How are we doing, friends? I’ve had a heck of a last week, what with seeing Avengers: Endgame AND the Battle of Winterfell in a span of five days.
I promise we’ll delve deep into Endgame in a full post soon, but today, let’s deal with the slightly more time-sensitive matter of Game of Thrones Ep. 8.3, “The Long Night.” Assume full spoilers below.
Welcome to the belated third of our weekly Westworld S2 Ep recaps! I’ll be taking a look at each week’s episode (usually much closer to broadcast) as they come out, and then turning the conversation over to all of us as a collective project in the comments. SPOILERS AHOY!
Welcome to the highly belated second of our weekly Westworld S2 Ep recaps! (To stay in a very present mindset of analysis, I wrote this up before viewing Ep. 3.) I’ll be taking a look at each week’s episode (usually much closer to broadcast) as they come out, and then turning the conversation over to all of us as a collective project in the comments. SPOILERS AHOY!
Getting into any new genre is difficult and often intimidating. You know you’re interested in the idea, but there’s so much out there, of so many different quality levels, and even your best friends’ tastes just don’t line up well with yours. Plus, you’re used to one kind of story and the formula of another kind can be jarring at first.
Welcome to the first of our weekly Westworld S2 Ep recaps! I’ll be taking a look at each week’s episode (usually closer to broadcast) as they come out, and then turning the conversation over to all of us as a collective project in the comments. This season looks to be quite the ride, and I’m excited to help us all puzzle through it. SPOILERS AHOY!
So there was some Whedon news last Monday, and no, it wasn’t great. I usually avoid Whedon news of any flavor because the shouting gets so loud so fast, but this one blindsided me, can’t be unseen, and well, let’s talk about it.
Often, I see people say that kids don’t understand a lot of things. They don’t understand sexuality yet, they don’t understand gender, they don’t understand the difference between those things, they don’t understand consent, they just don’t understand. In reality, however, kids very much do understand these things. In some ways, they understand them so much better than adults to, because they’re still forming their own opinions.
We talk a lot on this site about Marvel. One of the reasons for that is that we’ve got some passionate Marvel fans, in all fairness, but also, Marvel makes a lot of noise. Enough noise that a lot of other things might go unnoticed. Today, here are some smaller publishers equally deserving of a good look. Maybe some of these you’ve heard of, maybe some of these you never have, but with an ever expanding market, it’s vital to remember that there’s not just one or two, or even three, companies with all the control. This world is for all of us and little companies often tell big stories.
Sometimes, you just miss one completely. At the time this late-night experimental-comedy-short hit Adult Swim on CN, and subsequently the internet exploded, I was in a (metaphorical) cave revising my dissertation for final submission, and by the time I re-emerged, blinkingly, into the world, this moment had already passed without my knowledge.
The final price tag for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, per the NYT, is estimated at approximately $350M (production + marketing), with an opening domestic weekend gross of $145M. This does not represent a loss–we have the entire summer ahead of us, and then the secondary market (DVD and digital sales) will more than compensate any (unlikely) shortcoming in ticket sales. Still, this is considered an underperformance for a Marvel film by some prognosticators, and almost guarantees a few think-pieces by the end of June about how perhaps the Marvel screen realm has expanded to its natural limits and now only contraction remains. The unexpected overperformance of the first Guardians installment–a whopping $773M worldwide in tickets alone–will be cited as proof of franchise attrition and “superhero fatigue” three years out, and there will be smug nodding.