Late Thursday evening, the Reddit community was thrown into chaos when the master subreddit /r/all began exclusively showing posts from the website’s unofficial Donald Trump subreddit, /r/The_Donald. As of 10:50 P.M. Eastern time, the page appears to have returned to normal.
Ryan Collins, the Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to a felony hacking charge earlier this year in connection with the 2014 celebrity nude photo leak known as “The Fappening,” has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, authorities announced on Thursday.
Peter Parker is a huge dork, so it’s probably not surprising that when he’s not busy being your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, he’s as swept up in Blizzard’s excellent hero shooter Overwatch as the rest of the internet. But let’s ask the real questions: who does Spider-Man play as the most in Overwatch?
Everybody knows that Quentin Tarantino loves to connect his movies into one cinematic universe. People smoke Red Apple cigarettes, people eat Big Kahuna burgers, Michael Madsen’s Vic Vega from Reservoir Dogs is brothers with John Travolta’s Vincent Vegas from Pulp Fiction, and so on. It’s fun to make those connections while watching any QT movie but this edit by Beyond the Frame that links up all those references to the shared universe is even more fun because you can see it all unfold seamlessly, jumping back and forth from one movie to another.
The first thing I did, when presented with the new Macbook Pro, was reach for that dimly lit display just above the keyboard. The new Touch Bar is the most exciting part of the new MacBook Pro. It’s a Retina strip that sits on top of the keyboard (Retina commonly denotes a super high DPI) and is a replacement for the function keys that have existed on laptops for what feels like forever.
Here’s the latest gem from the Wikileaks dump of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s private correspondence. According a newly leaked email, one close Clinton ally was so alarmed by the revelation that the former Secretary of State used a private email server, she characterized the situation as “fucking insane.”
I very much enjoyed watching this surfboard get made by hand because, well, I love watching anything get made by hand. But also, there are neat graphics that pop up and show what’s happening at each step of the process. You get to see an animation of what he’s actually doing to the surfboard and what shape he’s trying to get at—it’s craftsmanship with an explanation.
Bird lovers, let’s hear it for the little guy. Researchers have just discovered evidence that common swifts (a small type of bird) can spend 10 continuous months per year in the air without landing—a world record for sustained flight in nature.
I’ve played through all the episodes so far of Batman: The Telltale Series video game and thought I’d figured out who the game’s big bad was. The villain using chemicals to manipulate people into acting out their repressed impulses? Had to be Scarecrow, right? Wrong. An all-new character is pulling the strings, revealed in a scene that threw me for a loop.
James Buckley plays real comedian James Mullinger in a British film blending fact and fiction, with comics appearing as themselves. Trouble is, it’s not funny
This British effort about men’s magazine journalist James Mullinger (James Buckley from The Inbetweeners) who wants to be a standup comic at least deserves some credit for daring to make it hard for itself. After all, how does one make a comedy with a protagonist whose defining feature is that he’s not very funny?Continue reading...
This drama based on the true story of a man who lost limbs and part of his face after contracting septicaemia has good performances, but the story may be better served with a documentary
If ever a film was a tough watch, it is this: based on the true story of Tom Ray, a man from Rutland in the East Midlands who in 1999 had to have his arms and legs amputated and part of his face removed after contracting a rare form of septicaemia. He and his wife Nicola lived through the ordeal with great courage. One comes away from the film with real respect for the raw honesty of the performances: Joanne Froggatt is Nicola and Tom Riley is Ray.
However, there were moments when I thought the subject might be better served with a documentary. The direction and dialogue are frankly a bit flat, occasionally hitting some unsubtle emphases and working in laborious flashbacks to Tom’s unhappy childhood. Sometimes the movie put me in mind of Mathieu Amalric in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – and sometimes Ronald Reagan in Kings Row. Well, Froggatt’s performance finds some strong notes. And a more sophisticated and complex film might well have failed to approach the painful realness of this story.Continue reading...
A last request to scatter their best friend’s ashes leads to some surreal and startling moments on the road
This confident, relaxed British feature debut by director Chanya Button and screenwriter Charlie Covell is a sort of millennials’ mashup of Laughter in Paradise and Last Orders. Cynical twentysomething Dan (Jack Farthing) has just died of cancer, and has posthumously ordered his two best friends Seph (Laura Carmichael) and Alex (Chloe Perrie) to go on a road trip across Britain to scatter his ashes in personally important locations, for reasons he announces in separate videos which they have promised to watch in each place. In engineering this cathartic quest, Dan plans to sort out their personal issues from beyond the grave. It’s not the most original premise, but it’s very nicely acted by Carmichael and Perrie (who was the lead in Scott Graham’s 2012 movie Shell). There are some great cameos from Julian Rhind-Tutt and Alison Steadman, and some startling moments, such as the surreal scene in which Alex has to play the crucified Christ in an am-dram production of the Passion, and makes a personal confession from the cross. Seph is horrified by Rhind-Tutt’s loopy hippies and their dodgy folk-cultural happenings: “That’s what happens when you’re arty but essentially a bit shit.”Continue reading...
In the lead-up to the holiday season, Microsoft is throwing down the gauntlet. Got an Apple-branded laptop? The tech giant will give you up to $650 to part ways with it, just as long as you spend that cash on a shiny new Surface Pro 4 or a Surface Book.
It’s kind of surprising that it’s taken this long for us to get here, but DMG Entertainment has bought the rights to best-selling fantasy author Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere books. All of them. And it looks like we’re not going to have to wait that long to see them in theaters.
Thanks to a poor dinosaur who scientists believe fell into a noxious pond after it died, we may have the first known fossilized dinosaur brain on our hands.
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World review – Herzog’s sombre look at the digital revolution
Werner Herzog’s documentary about how the internet has changed civilisation is thorough and thoughtful, if not conclusive
This week, the prolific film-maker Werner Herzog has also released a Netflix documentary called Into the Inferno, about the terrible might of active volcanoes. Here is his second new film this year (there’s a third to come, called Salt and Fire). It’s another catastrophist study of a colossal force that is indifferent to humans’ puny and irrelevant moral judgement. His subject is the internet and our new world of digital interconnectivity, and he takes a sombre, quite censorious line.Continue reading...
The second feature animation from the When the Wind Blows author tells the charming story of his parents’ marriage
Raymond Briggs’s graphic-novel tribute to his parents Ethel and Ernest, and their long, happy marriage has been lovingly turned into a feature animation that exactly reproduces the detail and the simplicity of his hand-drawn style. It is gentle and charming, with an unbearably moving ending, though I confess I’m not sure what to think about its essentially placid quality. Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent are the voices: a little old for the characters in their 1920s youth, but perhaps people looked and behaved a bit older in those days.
Ethel was a lady’s maid, Ernest a cheeky milkman who liked the look of the new Labour party. They had just one child, Raymond, having bought a terraced south London house in 1930. (Let’s see a young couple buy the same house today.) Ernest is a fireman in the war, after which he settles into an uneventful life. It’s a tender story about the lost world of what we now call the “white working class”: a low-tempo version of David Lean’s This Happy Breed, or maybe a happier, sunnier version of similar stories from Terence Davies or Dennis Potter.Continue reading...
If you need a last minute costume for Halloween, don’t rely on Amazon Prime shipping to get it in time. Many customers are complaining that when they went to order their Halloween costume, Amazon promised it would be shipped in two days. But when they got the confirmation of their order, it turned out the packages would arrive much later than initially promised.
US teenagers are kept underground for a doomed world-building project in this cheap British teen horror flick
Prolific Brit producer Jonathan Willis here attempts a teen-oriented tweak of the science-gone-wrong theme of his 2013 success The Machine. It’s about the doomed Posterity Project, a programme that sequesters the best and brightest youngsters in the US underground. While their twentysomething handlers uncover the project’s deadlier glitches, director Martin Owen applies plentiful visual gloss. A first-person shooting style necessitates intricate, Peep Show-like eyeline-matching, and the effects work is unusually sophisticated. Yet there’s no dressing up some desperately ordinary stalk-and-slashing, and the budget undermines the world-building: ex-EastEnder Kara Tointon heads a roster of phony US accents, and while Kids in America gets repeat plays, surely nobody here ventured much beyond Amersham.Continue reading...
Last night, it was Bryan Fuller would no longer be serving as showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery—an announcement that makes a good deal of sense when you consider the man’s workload. But buried in that news was a little tidbit about the cast that is slightly strange.