When Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One was released earlier this year, it was met with very lukewarm reviews. The general consensus among most critics found the story lacking substance beyond a pandering to a base of nerd culture who will watch a 139 minute film full of pop culture references for the sake of having “Oh, I recognize that!” references. However, just seven years prior, Cline’s book received adulation for doing the exact same thing. In a short period of time, an escapist fantasy which was called “a guaranteed pleasure” had become a piece of fiction where people would say things like: “Is this what it’s like to watch a culture die?” Why? Most of the commentaries believe controversies over toxic fandoms have taken their toll within popular zeitgeist. Whether it be Gamergate, or Comicsgate, or toxic Star Wars fans, some of the fun has been taken out of immersing one’s self in pop culture by people who define their value by gatekeeping that culture. This has also gone hand in hand with a trend of communities across all aspects of society becoming more insular at the fringes, whether it be movies, television, music, or dare I say politics. Some of the most vocal members define their status not by what a thing is, but by defending the purity and sanctity of their precious against what they believe it is not. And this is true no matter if talking about what Star Wars shouldn’t include, all the way to what an American is not supposed to be. Add into this we’ve gone through a roughly two decade period where the major entertainment franchises of the past thirty years have had their bones picked through for reboot and prequel material, leading to endless lost hours of debate from troll and non-troll alike on what’s been changed, how things fit, and whether it all sucks. But a side-effect of this is a nerd culture which largely searches for a way to hold on to old magic, and make past memories great again, instead of creating new ones. With David Yates’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it is the tenth film in J.K. Rowling’s “Wizarding World” franchise and the second prequel to the main Harry Potter story. Telling the tale of major events which shape Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), that also sets the stage for Lord Voldemort’s later rise, the magic community divides over the rules which keep them hidden from muggle life after the dark wizard Gellert Grendelwald (Johnny Depp) escapes and begins drawing more and more followers to his side. Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) is forced to choose a side as he races against Grendelwald to find Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), who seems to be a very important person in a very ancient prophecy. Rowling’s story uses the trappings of her wizarding world to warn about the dangers of being complacent while demagogues rant and spew bigotry, which is not a surprise given her very outspoken criticism of Trumpism. The ending for this film, which was written by Rowling, has already been somewhat divisive among Rowling’s fans. However, there is a question of execution. Because, even though for fans of this universe it can be fun to return to it, there are moments where the film descends into references for reference sake.
The Republican Party may have been the victims of a carpet-bombing in this month's elections, but you know who made out like a bandit? Donald Trump, of course. Trump's private businesses, which he has not divested from, raked up $4.2 million from Republican campaigns during the just-closed election cycle. The Republican National committee has been eager to hold events at Trump's for-profit businesses. «Conservative» candidates and political action committees have made a point of lining Trump's pockets as well. But the biggest suckers, of course, are the poor dumb dolts who have been giving cash to Trump's supposed 2020 «re-election» campaign. In that time, Trump’s best customer was a candidate who wasn’t even on the ballot in 2018: Trump himself. His 2020 reelection campaign spent $743,781 at Trump-owned properties since Inauguration Day, paying for rent at Trump Tower, for lodging at Trump’s D.C. hotel and for water from Trump Ice. What a wonderful, cheap little grift. Trump's fans all pony up their $20 or $40 donations, thinking the bit about Making America Great is just around the corner. Trump's campaign puts all the sucker-money into a big sucker-sack and hands it over to Donald Trump's own businesses. The terms of Trump's non-divestment allows him to pull out whatever profits he wants and stuff them under a White House mattress. And you don't have to try to sell the morons bottled water, or steak, or admission into a worthless scam university; they offer you money, and you just take it! As for the rest of the Republican Party, they appear to be getting what they deserve, good and hard. The Washington Post reports that of the top ten Republican candidates spending cash at Trump properties, four ended up losing their re-election bids and a fifth (Rep. Bill Shuster) retired. Go figure. Mixed feelings abound. What Trump's doing is obviously crooked and any other member of government who tried it would be indicted immediately. But on the other hand, all the people being scammed here very, very, very much deserve it. Sure, toss your cash his way and let him light it on fire. Wasn't doing you much good to begin with, right?
The more votes get counted, the more the depth and breadth of the blue wave comes into relief. Democrats now have a 7.8-point lead in the House popular vote, 53 to 45.2 percent, with millions of votes yet to be tallied. NBC News writes: What were the national House vote margins in the midterm wave years of 1994, 2006 and 2010? Try R+7 points, D+6.4 points and R+6.6 points, respectively. As Nate Silver noted Monday, Democrats are now «even-money» to end up with 40 or more House flips with four remaining uncalled House races. And when all is said and done, Democrats' total popular vote tally in the midterms will rival that of Trump's presidential sum from 2016. Heckuva wave, Trumpie!
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Walmart has just begun testing same-day grocery delivery called Walmart To Go in one of its stores in China, months after the American retail titan expanded grocery delivery in its homeland. The service is accessed through a mini-program within WeChat – the Tencent-owned messaging platform Walmart partnered with earlier this year, in order to better […]
In a short but amply-hyped interview with CNN, Facebook’s founder and chief executive again responded to criticism over the company’s most recent crisis. The interview, excerpted from a longer Q&A for a CNN series called “Human Code,” hit most of the main questions that critics have raised about Facebook’s failings and Zuckerberg’s unilateral control over […]
TechCrunch has obtained an internal memo published by Facebook’s outgoing head of public policy Elliot Schrage in which he blames himself for hiring PR firm Definers. He admits to having the company push negative narratives about competitors, but says Facebook did not ask or pay Definers to publish fake news. COO Sheryl Sandberg left a […]
Cognitive difficulties in patients with diabetes, caused by repeated episodes of low blood sugar, could be reduced with antioxidants, according to a new study. The study findings suggest that stimulating antioxidant defenses in mice reduces cognitive impairments caused by low blood sugar, which could help to improve the quality of life for diabetic patients.
Since taking the reins as chief executive of Kindred at the beginning of the year, Jim Liefer has been focused on commercializing his company’s autonomous robots. But unlike forward-projecting use-cases for robots that may (or may not) one day take over for human beings in a wide swath of functions, Kindred’s current robots are purpose-built […]
Shaun Moore and Nezare Chafni didn’t initially intend to develop a new standalone facial recognition technology, when they first got started developing the technology that would become their new company, Trueface.ai. When the two serial entrepreneurs were planning their next act five years ago, they wanted to ride the wave of smart home technologies with […]
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police will step up patrols by troopers as they seek to ensure compliance with seat belt and other laws during the busy Thanksgiving travel period. The Click It or Ticket campaign will include seat-belt enforcement zones around the state. A Tuesday statement from state ...
A dead sperm whale that washed ashore in a national park in eastern Indonesia had more than a thousand pieces of trash in its stomach, according to park officials. Items found inside the […] The post Dead Whale With 1,000 Pieces of Plastic in Stomach Found in Indonesia appeared first on Geek.com.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Dozens of people gathered outside of a National Park Service office in Maryland in a push to stop construction of a pipeline under the Potomac River that would connect natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to industries in West Virginia. News outlets report around 50 people gathered ...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on Republican Mia Love losing her U.S. House seat (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Republican Rep. Mia Love says she will be calling Democrat Ben McAdams after final election results show he defeated her to flip the U.S. House race in deep-red Utah. ...
STARLIGHT, Ind. (AP) - A popular southern Indiana tourist attraction will remain in business after relatives purchased a portion of the land at auction. Most the 156-acre Joe Huber's Family Farm & Restaurant sold Saturday. A local businessman purchased much of the farmland in Starlight for $1.32 million. But Huber ...
The Lego Movie 2 trailer is here and Emmet, Lucy “Wyldstyle,” and the Lego gang are back to combat evil intergalactic forces. On Tuesday, Warner Bros. Pictures released The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part trailer […] The post ‘The Lego Movie 2’ Trailer is Here and It’s an Intergalactic Dream appeared first on Geek.com.
The 20-year-old Indian driver finished 10th in his second season in F3 with Carlin, struggling to follow-up his sixth place in the standings the previous year. Between those two seasons, he tested with MP in the post-season GP3 test but elected to stick with European F3 for 2018. Daruvala will join the grid for the final race of GP3, before it becomes the FIA F3 Championship. “After my ... Keep reading
JT Gibson scored 21 points, Zach Jackson added 20 and Omaha blew out Bethune-Cookman in the second half for a 76-56 victory
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The Miami Marlins have designated infielder-outfielder Derek Dietrich for assignment, opening a spot for one of seven minor leaguers who were added Tuesday.