Sunday, 2 December 2018

Sunday, Sunday (86, 87, & 88)

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Even though this track dates back to 2013, it's so refreshing to officially hear — and watch — 'Alone on the Rope'. Set a trippy, retro, Americana-laced aesthetic, this B-side to 'If Love Is the Law' actually fits pretty damn perfectly to Who Built The Moon, even though this song was originally featured on the deluxe edition of the new record. 

When this film was first announced, I was skeptical to say the least. There's never been a 'live-action' adaption in the Pokemon universe, and I could never picture realistic looking Pokemon alongside real people. Well, Legendary Pictures have proved me wrong, and I'm surprised at how okay I feel about this after watching the first glimpse of Detective Pikachu

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The CG Pokemon do not sit in the uncanny valley like I thought they would — instead, they stay true to their animated counterparts. They do have some realism in specific details though, like Charizard's scales, Bulbasaur's bulb, and Pikachu's fur. 

The only problem I have as of right now is the amount of people comparing it to the likes of Roger Rabbit and Space Jam; that it's weird to see that Pokemon can live in cities/alongside humans. It's literally canon in the games! I get that it's strange to see them alongside real people as opposed to animated, but still. It's not as surprising as people are making it out to be. 

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Ever wonder why Grey's Anatomy is still on television, despite the majority of its beginning cast being absent? It's all thanks to the medium — and wonder — of medical dramadies. In a recent article, Cosmopolitan's Anne T. Donahue explores the reasonings behind the longevity of this genre, and why viewers can't get enough. 

"They deliver love stories, tales of personal growth, reminders that death is imminent, and contain themselves to a single industry (and even location) to assure viewers that these types of lives belong only to those who serve medical professions," she wrote. They are the perfect storm which lets them continuously stay relevant. Viewers connect with these characters and want to see where the drama — and narrative — takes to distract them for their lives for an hour. 

While this may only be a teaser, Pixar brilliantly introduces a new character in the form of Forky — a spork that Bonnie has crafted into a toy. It looks like Sporky is having an existential crisis, as "he wants to fulfil his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him," as director Josh Cooley explained to Entertainment Weekly

Yeah, I can't wait for this either. Time to emotionally prepare myself!

The recent California wildfires have thankfully been contained, but if you're intrigued as to how they began and spread so quickly in the first place, National Geographic's Sarah Gibbens explores the conditions that led to these fires and why they were so hard to contain. 

From the area's typography to climate change, wildfires are scarily becoming the norm for California and other areas across the U.S. 

It was inevitable that I'd end up finishing Red Dead Redemption 2's main story, but boy I was not expecting to be so emotionally attached to the characters. Arthur Morgan has got to be one of gaming's best protagonist in recent years, and knowing what will unavoidably happen to John Marston is still making my mind spin. 

The thing is though, I know I missed a lot of stuff in my first playthrough. That was mainly because I wanted to plough through the narrative to avoid spoilers (which worked). Thankfully, it's pretty obvious that Rockstar encourage multiple playthroughs, and of course I'm already in the midst of my second. 

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I'm taking this one super slow, making sure I cover everything I can. I'm pretty much following the official guide this time around, completing missions 'in order' and making sure I'm not missing out on any of the bounties, stranger missions, side quests, and other experiences to eventually 100% complete the game. I can already see myself still playing RDR2 in a year; it's that damn immersive. 

If you're looking for some love and hilarity relating to the game, you've gotta take a look at Brittany Vincent's piece on why Sadie Adler is an absolute badass on Syfy. Then embrace the love of Arthur in Polygon's exploration of turning him into a well-deserved big boy, and soundslikepizza's uncanny impression of the outlaw while playing online. I can't. 

Man, I've missed playing in and experiencing this world so damn much. 

Thanks to my inability to play one game at a time, I am currently enjoying the worlds of Red Dead, Far Cry 5, Pokemon Let's Go and the remastered Crash Bandicoot trilogy. While I could push my gaming sphere to five, I want to experience the Spyro Reignited trilogy without hopping to four other games. 

That being said, it looks like it's been well-received (thankfully), and is even being used as a well-deserved Red Dead antidote as GQ's Sam White pointed out in a recent article. I can't wait to explore even more of my now remastered childhood. 

Want to know how many squibs were used in the making of Robocop? You're in luck, as director Chris Griffiths is helming the ultimate Robocop documentary which will give fans a brilliant insight into how the 80s Verhoven classic was made. Count me in.

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I was listening to Skarsgård, especially when it came to Eric and True Blood, but spent more time dreamily staring at his face. Can you blame me? 

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit turns 30 this year, so what better time to take a lookback at the live-action animation classic? That's what Topic's Madeline Leung Coleman and Eric Duker have done, exploring how the classic came to be and the influence it has had on the film industry. And yes, there is mention of the masterpiece that is Space Jam

Oh, how I am jealous of those living in Orlando and Anaheim. If I could, I would own the crap out of an annual pass — especially with all the new attractions and themed nights that are coming to the California park next year.

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From a '90s themed night to an upcoming Spiderman shooter ride, Disney are pulling out all the stops to make their theme parks even more unbelievable than they already are. But I can't be the only one questioning what will happen to Universal's Marvel Superhero Island at Islands of Adventure if Disney create a similar land in their parks? I'm assuming there's a complicated clause of shared rights.

Admittedly I got chills watching this trailer (I mean, who wouldn't), but I'm still not sure how I feel about this. The original was literally my childhood, and I'm obviously apprehensive about how this is going to go. And while I'm excited to see Donald Glover voice an adult Simba, I'm getting pretty annoyed at Disney referring to this as a live-action remake. It's computer-generated, i.e. another form of animation. 

I mean, if you want to watch a live-action Lion King, the stage musical would be the closest you can get to experiencing that. 

It is truly mesmerising to see how quickly Ziegler picks up these iconic dance routines. She's such a talented dancer — and inventive, too.

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There's still no word on an actual release date for Cyberpunk 2077 — apart from that it will be out in 2019 — but it looks like it's going to totally be worth the wait. According to CD Projekt Red CEO Adam Kicinski, they're still "fleshing out the game world." But it looks like Red Dead Redemption 2 has taught the studio that they must release "extraordinary games" so they can earn a "nice fat slice of cake." 

"The studio believes Cyberpunk 2077 can score as high critically as Rockstar's open-world Western did," he explained to Gamespot. "It teaches us that we need to publish extraordinary games, and that's exactly what we're planning." 

As insane as the popularity of SpongeBob SquarePants has become, there's no denial that it was a huge part of my childhood. To hear that the show's creator Stephen Hillenburg dadly passed last week has made me reminisce on his creation, and how crazy it is that a sea sponge has practically been in my life since I was three. 

Netflix are creating a live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop ...yeah. I'm not sure how I feel about this at all, especially with how the live-action adaptation of Death Note was received. There is some hope in all this though, as the anime's director Shinichirō Watanabe will be a consultant on the series, along with many other contributing writers and artists.

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There's no word about who will star in this adaptation, but Steve Blum better be involved or so help me God. 

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If you were to ask me what my favourite television shows are, The Sopranos would be right at the top of that list, even though I still haven't finished the series. I can't really describe how much I love this show, so here's an article written by Vanity Fair's James Wolcott who sums it up pretty darn well. 

From how the show defined America's white cultural shift to how creator David Chase "records and preserves the cusp of the pre-9/11, post-9/11 atmospheric shift," Wolcott only just brushes the surface on why this show will forever be a cultural masterpiece.

Can Grande be anymore iconic? No, didn't think so. 


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