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Napoleon Movie Review
Over a long and storied career, director Ridley Scott has been a regular presence in the historical genre. Between great attention to detail and engaging narratives, his films have achieved widespread acclaim. For his latest large-scale release, Scott takes on Napoleon Bonaparte, perhaps the most decorated and successful military master in human history. This monumental figure has been covered several times in film but rarely in a full chronicle. The 2023 release is capable enough, but it does stumble in the adaptation process.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Film Review)
WARNING: includes minor spoilers for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (both book and film) Cast: Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andres Rivera, Jason Schwartzman and Viola Davis
- Top Story - November 2023
The Sleep of Reason
The scene could be a selection from a feverish nightmare. It could simply be a metaphor for the callous "care" shown by the bourgeoisie toward the starving peoples of the Third World. Do they really get off on watching their victims twist in pangs of desire and hunger, while they dole out the literal equivalent of Marie Antoinette's famous cold-blooded quip?
The Sandman: "Brief Lives"
There's no denying that Neil Gaiman's epic comic series The Sandman is a work of sheer brilliance; the sprawling horror fantasy encompasses ten volumes of individual issues, spanning various story arcs, all culminating in the saga of Lord Morpheus, Dream of the Eternals, whose brothers and sisters include Despair, Destiny, Desire, Delirium, Death, and Destruction. It is the latter, the renegade Destruction, who left his realm as an Eternal to strike out in the human world; on a remote island, with a curmudgeonly talking dog, and Destruction as his Boy (ala' Vic and Blood in Harlan Ellison's famous story). Across the way, on the famous Isle of Lesbos, lives Orpheus, son of Morpheus, a talking head guarded over zealously by a personal retinue of keepers.
Killers of the Flower Moon
With many crime film hits through the decades, Martin Scorsese has often set the rules for the genre. The formula often involves fast-talking, violent mobsters breaking in and out of the criminal underworld. He returns to more historical trappings with Killers of the Flower Moon, another excellent production that embraces both heritage and a more emotive tone.
Why do Managers Exist?
Earlier this year, a paper published by the NBER gained national attention. In essence, it revealed that many companies were classifying their minimum wage workers as managers, despite lacking any managerial responsibilities. This classification allowed companies to avoid paying overtime. Notable companies like Panera, Verizon, JPMorgan, Publix, Walmart, Facebook, Staples, Lowe's, McDonald's, KFC, and Pizza Hut were all implicated in this practice at some point.
The Killer Movie Review (LFF 2023)
[Reviewed as part of the BFI London Film Festival 2023] In recent years, Netflix has become a major supporter for several filmmaking auteurs; following a biographical stint with Mank, David Fincher returns to a more direct storyline with The Killer. Just like his previous works, it delivers another razor-sharp package.
The Underworld franchise (A Series Review/Honest Thoughts)
If someone would have told me that I would actually enjoy this series a couple months ago, I would have probably laughed. That, or probably gone, "No, that looks creepy." And it kind of did. But now that I'm really into gothic horror, it's a series that's truly one of a kind. All five movies bombed at the box office to brutal reviews damning the franchise, but it gained a cult following all the same, and that's why so many were made. Oddly enough, Underworld (2003) isn't even the first one chronologically, though it was the first one released. The first film chronologically in the series is Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009), which follows the beginning of the war between lycans (half werewolf and half man, they can change at will between the two) and an all-powerful race of vampires who once kept lycans as slaves and bodyguards, believing them to be a threat to their kind.
Uzumaki: A Twisting Tale of Unnerving Horror
Known for his masterful ability to weave captivating tales of dread, Ito's manga "Uzumaki" stands as a testament to his uncanny talent. With its chilling narrative, surrealistic artistry, and nightmarish imagery, "Uzumaki" takes readers on a harrowing journey into the very depths of the human psyche.
Top Ten Cutest Anime Couples
Prepare yourselves for a delightful journey into the realm of adorableness as we explore the top ten cutest anime couples to ever grace our screens. From quirky love stories to heartwarming romances, these couples have captured the hearts of fans worldwide, melting even the iciest otaku hearts. So, without further ado, let's dive right into the list that will make you say "aww" and "kawaii" at the same time!
Top 10 Anime Recommendations for Fans of Akira
Its unique blend of cyberpunk elements, complex characters, and stunning visuals has captivated audiences for decades. If you are a die-hard fan of Akira or simply crave more anime with similar themes and quality, look no further. In this list, we'll explore ten anime series that capture the essence of Akira, each offering its own distinct style and narrative. Brace yourself for a journey into the world of thrilling dystopias, jaw-dropping animation, and thought-provoking storytelling.
Top Ten Terrifying Horror Manga (That isn’t Junji Ito)
1. "Higurashi When They Cry" by Ryukishi07 - This manga series is set in a peaceful village where a dark secret hides beneath its seemingly idyllic surface. As the story unravels, a group of friends becomes entangled in a cycle of gruesome murders, mysterious disappearances, and supernatural occurrences, leaving readers on the edge of their seats.