As a lifelong baseball fan, sometimes I'll think about some of the strange and seemingly coincidental facts about the sport that seem to not have a proper explanation. Things like: How did Stan Musial manage to hit exactly the same number of hits at away that he did at home? How weird is it that Roger Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961? And how could the Giants only win a World Series on every other year between 2010 and 2014? One thought that has followed me since childhood and nobody else seems to realize is this: If there was a player that wore the number 25 on your team, he was probably the power hitter of your team.
So the 2020 season is going to be off to a really late start since MLB and the MLBPA couldn't seem to reach an agreement on how to proceed for the longest time. This unprecedented year in the sport affects everyone involved differently: owners and the league are losing revenue, players are losing income, and minor leaguers are getting released. In short, there are losers on every side of this situation. However, there is one party or better yet, a team in particular that can and probably will benefit from all this: The Houston Astros.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is finally on Netflix and viewers binged it all the way to #1 on the streaming service. Prior to putting the show on their streaming service, Netflix announced that they are developing a live action adaptation. The thought of having a live action adaptation of this show is exciting, especially considering that the original creators are going to be involved as show-runners. Unfortunately, history has shown that the live action versions of popular animated shows and anime tend to be mediocre at best and crushingly disappointing at worst. For The Last Airbender, we only need to look back at the 2010 film of the same name. Needless to say, it missed the mark...by a lot. Also, Netflix has tried to adapt animation/anime into movies/shows before and were mostly met with mixed to negative reviews. To say that Netflix needs to get this right is an understatement. Which begs the question, what do we as fans need them to get right? What should they improve on from the movie?
Skyward Vol. 3 is the final volume in the Skyward series by Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett and it wraps up Willa Fowler's quest to fix a world where gravity no longer exists. The story picks up with Willa along with Barrow trying to stop Lucas from destroying her hometown of Chicago with an army of angry farmers riding on giant man-eating butterflies. At the same time, Willa is also following clues that her father left behind hoping to find a way to "fix the world" by restoring gravity.
Across movies, books, games and comics, many interesting characters have made their mark in the Star Wars universe. Few are quite as interesting as a certain Gungan. The village idiot turned war hero turned junior senator known as Jar Jar Binks has the unlikeliest story arc in the Star Wars universe, one that would rival that of Forrest Gump. And yet, this extraordinary figure is often vilified, not just by fans, but by the very people that reside in his universe. How can such a humble and well meaning character fall to such depths of resentment from multitudes of people? What did he do to deserve such unfair treatment?
Ridley Scott’s Alien was released in the summer of 1979 and has since become an iconic movie that has spawned an eight film franchise. It has inspired many works in the genres of horror and sci-fi across multiple forms of media. It's often described as a classic and a must-see film. As such, I was very interested in watching this movie once it came back to theaters through Fathom Events. Admittedly, I don't really gravitate towards anything that's classified as horror and I certainly never go to the theater to watch movies of this genre. However, because this movie is held in such high regard, I felt it would be best if I experienced it in the theater for my first viewing.