If you haven't watched Blizzard's new animated short yet, you should probably do that. It stars Bastion, the endlessly hateable turret robot, as it awakens from a years-long slumber after a huge battle. Though Bastion seems to have an appreciation for nature, the poor omnic struggles with his past as a machine of war. The internet, as you might have guessed, has feelings about this.
ok well bastion video made cry, so, here we are, in this day-- Cohen is a ghost (@skullmandible) August 18, 2016
I love bastion so much, 1 of my favorites, but seeing him in game is just pic.twitter.com/sDQg90YH2N-- trip (@shmegolas) August 18, 2016
I catch you posting spoilers about the bastion short in my timeline before I get into work you'll meet a worse fate than PTR Genji-- Sam Thorne (@Strippin) August 18, 2016
According to the new Overwatch short, whenever you go into turret mode as Bastion, you're basically making a robot have 'Nam flashbacks-- Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) August 18, 2016
So much Bastion suddenly! People.. I mean.. It's Bastion. BASTION. The worst thing about Overwatch, deserving of eternal pain and hellfire..-- Robin Torkar (@pixlpit) August 18, 2016
I think we forget that Bastion was already done 17 years ago. pic.twitter.com/xd8ew1DPjB-- Sebastian Todd (@SebastianToddVA) August 18, 2016
Thanks Blizzard, now every time I'm raging at Bastion all I'll be able to think about is how sad I feel. Q__Q pic.twitter.com/9S8t5smdd5-- Anne @ Gamescom (@AnneMunition) August 18, 2016
PLAY OF THE GAME: Bastion, as Bastion-- Z E N O (@ZenoMagatama) August 18, 2016
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YOU: (crying) waaaah bastion and his bird friend wahhh-- Chris Person (@Papapishu) August 18, 2016
ME: (serenely, logically) the bird feels no emotion, it is simply following instinct
on that note, i am so ready for a full length animated overwatch movie. pls blizzard. i beg u.-- pebble. (@somniars) August 18, 2016
Zarya: I have destroyed more of your kind than I can count.-- Crymetina McMuscles (@LeanaMastro) August 18, 2016
Girl, you missed one. #BastionShort
#Bastion-- Karen (Mei-kythera) (@Malkythera) August 18, 2016
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That Bastion short had some of the worst dialogue ever-- Matt McMuscles (@MattMcMuscles) August 18, 2016
OH MY GOD
French race walker Yohann Diniz is leading today’s 50k, but his competition hasn’t been a, uh, cakewalk? It looks like Diniz either has severe gastrointestinal issues—at times shoving a sponge down his pants to soak up wet fecal matter, and then throwing the sponge off toward the crowd—or stuck a bunch of chocolate bars in his underwear for energy, and they melted.
Sometimes the internet is amazing
Nothing about this makes me think, "Yes, this is a smart decision."
John Krasinski is the new Jack Ryan
Justin Vernon’s genre-defying musical collective Bon Iver followed through on its recent teases yesterday, announcing a title, track list, and release date for the band’s third studio album. 22, A Million will be available on September 30, but fans of the group who managed to follow our advice and make their way to Vernon’s hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin this weekend got to hear the whole thing last night, when the band played the album in its entirety at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival.
We weren’t there, but going off the two tracks Vernon released online today, it sounds like the band’s always loose “indie folk rock” descriptor—which it was already outgrowing with 2011’s Bon Iver, Bon Iver—is now pretty much obsolete. Besides—presumably—driving his record label’s copy editors nuts, “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” and “10 d E ...
On Monday, cargo shorts became the unfashionable subject of vitriol when the Wall Street Journal’s Nicole Hong published a disapproving story about the many-pocketed style. Today, men at the storied paper are wearing cargo shorts to work in protest and solidarity with their questionable taste.
This was fantastic. They face off tonight!
Viewers who choose to stream an episode of the BBC’s ambitious, Peabody Award-winning documentary miniseries Planet Earth from 2006 probably have a few basic expectations. They’ll see plenty of breathtaking, artfully shot nature footage accompanied by some cogent, incisive commentary, all of it delivered in the plummy tones of narrator David Attenborough. But, at least for a brief window of time, viewers who watched Planet Earth on Netflix got something else: the irreverent, often profane comedy of Master Of None star Aziz Ansari. Through either some weird glitch or a bizarre stealth marketing campaign, the subtitles for the Netflix version of Planet Earth all came from the 2015 comedy special Aziz Ansari: Live At Madison Square Garden. (“Not funny,” raves Filmpudding on IMDB.) The “problem,” alas, has been corrected, but not before Reddit user benmeiri84 posted a shit ton of pictures to prove that it happened.
The internet ...
UP!?! This guy is insane
Well, it's been a heckuva day for comic geeks on the internet - after months and months of anticipation, the review embargo for Suicide Squad was lifted and....it was not pretty. As in, "mid-30% on Rotten Tomatoes" not pretty. As in, "Jared Leto's Joker is barely in the film and also sucks" not pretty. As in, "AN ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO FOR DC FILM FANS WHO HAD PINNED ALL OF THEIR HOPES ON THIS" not pretty.
It's the last point that's been reverberating through the internet since the reviews came out - the primary hub of DC film discussion-slash-blind optimism on the internet, r/DC_Cinematic has been in mild meltdown mode all day (although not really as bad as things were in March with Batman v. Superman) combined with a general sense of malaise that the first three films in the DC cinematic universe have all been met with critical disdain. Suicide Squad seemed like the film that would buck the trend - where Man of Steel and BvS were overly grim and humorless, Suicide Squad seemed fun and irreverent and, well, NOT directed by Zack Snyder.
And - just like with the backlash over Batman v. Superman - many are pointing fingers at critics (for being overly biased, Marvel fanboys, paid off by Marvel, or some combination thereof)...and even at RottenTomatoes (which is simply an aggregator of reviews). And while RottenTomatoes certainly has its share of issues (the binary "Fresh or Rotten" style doesn't leave much room for nuance or mixed opinions), a vocal subsection of DC fans have formally declared war with a Change.org petition to remove the site from the internet altogether.
But there's weird wrinkle to this seemingly straightforward tale of an overly defensive fandom - recent updates seem self-aware and tongue-in-cheek enough that the creator may have created the petition as a joke or trolling attempt to draw out people who might actually take it seriously. The problem is that IT WORKED A LITTLE TOO WELL, garnering thousands of signatures and supportive comments in only a few hours:
Not to say that this represents all of the comments or even all DC film fans - many, many people have pointed out that Rotten Tomatoes is actually owned by Warner Bros. (aka the same company that produced Suicide Squad, and would therefore have a vested financial interest in the movie appearing to receive more positive notices).
Let this serve as a reminder that you're still allowed to enjoy a movie, even if most critics and even the general populace doesn't like it. You don't have to get this invested in reviews! You don't have to try to ban websites! You don't have to...promise to eat Lego Batman?
This made me laugh a lot sitting at work
Planet Earth Season 2?!
Will these drop in earned loot boxes too?? Or do you have to pay cash money!? That'd be absurd
You can't buy these items with credits, though
They should do new Planet Earth's every four years, like the Olympics
Video: Otters vs. Butterfly
Slow Down and The Get Down. All in on Both of those.
1970s teenagers embrace hip-hop, and BFF actors drink wine in a sleepy summer month.
After a busy July, the streaming world slows down a bit in August — as does seemingly everything else. There are fewer original programming debuts and fewer big exclusives, as both the film and TV worlds take deep breaths before the start of Oscar season and fall TV in the months ahead.
But there’s still plenty of good stuff to check out, especially if you’re willing to venture off the beaten path. This month, look out for rapping teenagers on Netflix, grown men drinking wine on Hulu, and lots more.
Here are our top five picks for each of the top four streaming services — Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now.
If you’re a NASA geek, you’ll be in heaven with this 2007 documentary, which marks the first time lots of footage from the Apollo missions to the moon was ever made available to the public. The whole point of the film is, “Hey, we went to the moon! Isn’t that cool?!” which isn’t a hugely nuanced argument. But it is really cool, and it makes a sneaky argument for future space exploration too.
Slow TV is a movement out of Norway that uses your television to display every minute of some mundane thing — like a long train trip, or a knitting competition, or a crackling fire. Most of these installments (which Netflix seems to be packaging as individual entities) are several hours long. If this approach appeals to you, it can be surprisingly meditative. And even if it doesn’t, the train footage will offer you a free trip to Norway, so, hey.
The Coen brothers’ dark crime thriller about a drug deal gone wrong and the ordinary guy who finds the money turns Cormac McCarthy’s already cinematic novel into one of the best movies of the last 25 years. It won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem’s terrifying killer Anton Chigurh.
The month’s biggest Netflix original series is a staggeringly ambitious, surprisingly entertaining mess. The Get Down traces the coming of age of five teenagers and the birth of hip hop in the late 1970s in the Bronx, as director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, among others) brings his signature collage filmmaking style to a project that perhaps tries to do too much but always feels deeply, deeply human.
German TV has been coming on strong in the last several years, particularly with period pieces that explore the era of division between the country’s East and West halves. This series, set in 1956 Berlin, uses that complicated political world as the backdrop for a story about a mother trying to raise three daughters and run a dance studio.
FX’s bittersweet romantic comedy — emphasis on the “bitter” — is sharp, mean, and somehow still deeply heartfelt. Its cast is quietly and confidently turning out some of the best comedy performances on TV, from Aya Cash and Chris Geere’s crackling chemistry as central couple Gretchen and Jimmy, to Kether Donohue’s turn as Gretchen’s enthusiastic trainwreck friend Lindsay, to Desmin Borges’s heartfelt performance as Jimmy’s long-suffering roommate, Edgar. Now, you can watch both seasons on Hulu before the series comes back for a third on August 31. Trash juice for everyone!
There have been so many Hannibal takes since this 1991 landmark film that it’s easy to forget where the fervor began. But if you’re in a place where you won’t mind letting the skin crawl straight off your body, consider revisiting The Silence of the Lambs, if only to watch the acting master class that is Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster facing off against and snarling at each other.
You can hardly ask for a stranger and delightful distraction than Steven Universe, Cartoon Network’s animated series about an earnest boy and his family of alien warrior guardians. (Seriously!) In any given episode — all of which clock in at a bite-size 11 minutes — you might find Steven and the Crystal Gems chasing down a spaceship, saving the world, or simply splitting a pizza and singing a song about it. You never quite know if you’re in for an otherworldly adventure, or a sweet coming of age story, or both, which is what makes the show so special. (Beware: Hulu has autoplay, so you just may end up lost in Steven’s universe for longer than you meant to.)
From Aardman — the determinedly odd animation studio that brought you Wallace and Gromit — this claymation tale of a plucky sheep and his loyal flock makes for a particularly witty adventure. (It even nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature in 2015, though it never had a chance of winning against Pixar’s Inside Out.) If you need your heart warmed and/or laughs in surprising places, Shaun the Sheep is a solid bet.
One day, actors and best friends Matthew Goode (The Good Wife, Downton Abbey) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Brothers and Sisters) decided to make their drinking habits productive … by traveling to Italy to learn more about the wine they love so much, and then filming the entire adventure. Such a project might sound self-indulgent (and hey, it probably is!) but judging by the teases we’ve seen so far, the two Matthews are so charming together that it’s hard not to grin right alongside them — or at least live vicariously through them — as they clink glasses on some sun-soaked veranda, the wonderful jerks.
Overshadowed at its release in 2001 by The Sixth Sense, which came out two years earlier and explored similar themes, director Alejandro Amenábar’s Edwardian ghost story has only seen its reputation grow over time, thanks to fantastic acting by Nicole Kidman, plenty of genuinely creepy moments that still manage to feel fresh and undated, and the delightfully melodramatic grand guignol feel of every spooky set piece.
Sure, you could watch A Clockwork Orange or the Matrix trilogy — both out this month on Amazon — for the umpteenth time; or you could curl up and revisit this macabre childhood classic. Featuring a handful of blackly comedic tales about a mummy, a killer cat, gargoyles, and a demon, this 1990 anthology is one of the last gasps of what made ’80s horror so great. It’s funny, teeming with old-school special effects, and outrageously over-the-top.
This ’70s thriller starring Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier as an evil Nazi dentist is one of the best spy movies ever made. Unprecedented in its depiction of the life of a spy as an unglamorous mess, Marathon Man features the wonderful Roy Scheider, who gets his younger brother, Hoffman, embroiled in a disturbing cat-and-mouse game of espionage and conspiracies. Olivier is honestly terrifying in one of his greatest roles.
Lars von Trier’s film about a family reckoning with a wedding and the simultaneous end of the world is an unexpectedly tense, suspense-filled work. Thanks to a fierce, desperate performance from Kirsten Dunst, a sense of humor and energy that emerges at unexpected moments, and the sheer scenery porn of the gloomy European mansion that serves as the setting, this film is full of surprises.
There are samurai assassins, and there are 13 of them. What more do you need? Directed by Takashi Miike (perhaps most famous for Audition and Ichi the Killer), who should direct everything, this dazzling, high-octane action film is the perfect ninja fighting flick.
This is a movie about a hotel for dogs. Arf.
Director Mark Romanek, who’s possibly best known for his music videos (including Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” and Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”), doesn’t make nearly enough films. Indeed, this 2002 psychological thriller was his debut film, and he’s only made one other (2010’s Never Let Me Go) in the many years since. But don’t sleep on this unsettling drama, which boasts one of the late Robin Williams’s best performances — as a creepy guy who works in a photo lab and becomes obsessed with one of the families whose film he develops.
If you’re wondering why so many people seem willing to forgive director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire and such less-memorable films as Aloha) and actor John Cusack for just about anything, this hugely winning 1989 teen rom-com (featuring Ione Skye, whose career sadly struggled from here, as the other half of the central couple) is the primary reason. It’s the one where Cusack holds the boombox over his head.
Is this film adaptation of Charles Schulz’s iconic comic strip the adaptation the comic deserves? It’s not quite to that level, but it’s still enjoyable to watch, particularly if you already like Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang. And the animation, from Blue Sky, does an amazingly nice job of wedding Schulz’s two-dimensional drawings to 3D computer animation.
It’s possible that Brooklyn was made just so that old people would walk out of screenings saying, “They don’t make them like that anymore.” A winning period romance, it’s about a young Irish woman who moves across the Atlantic to the titular borough, then finds both love and herself — and its Oscar-nominated star, actress Saoirse Ronan, is terrific.
I had no excitement for this movie 10 minutes ago...now, holy shit I can't wait
There's a good chance you're not too familiar with director Taika Waititi - his biggest movie so far was the little-seen vampire mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows (which is seriously so SO good, so go see it). But very soon you'll know his name - he's the director of the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, which features Thor and Hulk mixing it up with the likes of Jeff Goldblum AND Cate Blanchett. But mostly, he's a genuinely hilarious dude and an extremely out-of-left-field pick to direct a Thor movie (then again, Marvel has a pretty solid track record of picking weird choices for movies and it being amazing).
The main point is: Taika Waititi seems like a hilarious, smart, and ridiculous person, and his Twitter account alone makes us excited for Thor: Ragnarok.
Thor is investigating who is after the Infinity Stones... pic.twitter.com/hlrhFwDKmh-- Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) July 30, 2016
@scottderrickson Hey man, don't tell anyone at Marvel but I'm freaking out. Strictly confidential!-- Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) May 12, 2016
Your secret is totally safe with me, brother. https://t.co/cm3BWNgYjj-- Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) May 12, 2016
Thanks man. Also, I loved Creed. https://t.co/xjaDLS9QhB-- Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) May 12, 2016
12. Add 11 school buses full of kids exploding & you'll be good. People love that in superhero movies. https://t.co/4NH6FJf4jt-- James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 12, 2016
Ahh got it, thanks! And do I have to put that purple dude in the floating chair in my movie? The magic glove guy. https://t.co/U8fFly4Ewg-- Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) May 12, 2016
Someone tell Jon Watts to join twitter. I need to know if he wants to swap titles. "Spiderman Ragnarok" and "Thor Homecoming" would rule.-- Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) May 12, 2016
Thor: Ragnarok did not show an actual teaser or any real footage from the finished film, but instead a short mockumentary-style video of what Thor was up to during the events of Civil War. In short, he was living in Australia with his new flatmate, Darryl.
Incredibly, footage of this seems to have not been widely-leaked yet - but the descriptions of it sound pretty incredible - including bits of Thor having a tiny bed for Mjolnir when he sleeps, emailing Tony Stark reminiscing about the time he "created the possessed robot that nearly destroyed Earth", etc.
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