CS Recommends: Raised by Wolves, Plus Video Games & More!
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MAX EVRY’S RECOMMENDATION: Raised by wolves
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Both Prometheus and Alien: Covenant felt like a compromise to director Ridley Scott, as his much-touted return to the alien world was less a means of explaining the origins of the Xenomorph and more other science fiction ideas. Perhaps the only way to get the budgets he needed to investigate these ideas was to hook them up to the alien franchise cart, but now that streamers like HBO Max are poised to ignite piles of money on valuable content – and with the Alien franchise On The Retreat, it turned out to be a perfect opportunity for Scott to expand his visualistic approach to the nature of creation, belief, death, and artificial intelligence with the Raised by Wolves series. I didn’t get the chance to watch season one when it aired last year when it didn’t seem to have a huge cultural footprint, so I checked it out and was shocked to find out that it wasn’t just thematic to the others is similar to two movies, but it’s pretty much Prometheus 3, except name! Without spoiling too much (the first season of 10 episodes has a lot of twists and turns), I’ll say that there are some very well-known characters in Prometheus and Covenant that show up and instead of using the acid-bleeding alien villains, it seems like a quite to have borrowed certain design from a certain failed Stephen King adaptation. All in all, the show is a blast and a breath of fresh air to find an original science fiction story told on a big screen, with allusions to Scott’s previous work in Alien and Blade Runner, as well as the European comics by Moebius and the like that Ridley loves so much.
KYLIE HEMMERTS RECOMMENDATION: Game of Thrones
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With so many new Game of Thrones prequel series in the works, I recently made the decision to watch the award-winning show again and was reminded that no matter where you land on GOT last season, GOT remains one of the greatest stories that are to be had graced the small screen. Author George RR Martin’s formidable, brutal, and harrowing world of dragons, magic, family, death, heroism, and betrayal provides the perfect setting for customization to explore complex and intriguing characters who often challenge what it means to be good and being wicked – or even honorable – in ways we’re not always used to seeing on TV because in the world of Game of Thrones the answer isn’t always that straightforward (unless you’re Ramsay Bolton or Joffrey Baratheon).
Watching the series again has made me appreciate storytelling even more than the first time, realizing how much is earmarked for future seasons, how everything is connected and ultimately helps understand many future creative choices. I fell in love with the entire cast again, overwhelmed by the talent and hard work of almost everyone involved. Whether or not you’re a fan of the HBO series ending, nothing can change how incredible the story as a whole is. And if you’ve never ventured to Westeros, don’t let the naysayers fool you. You are absolutely missing out on some of the greatest moments and performances in TV history.
RECOMMENDATION FROM GRANT HERMANNS: Grim Fandango Remastered
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If you’re anything like me and I know I am, then the crime noire genre is brimming with compelling and compelling stories on the big and small screens, but in the world of video games and one of the best titles out there, to not only take advantage of tropes of the genre but to improve them and give them a unique twist are those of Grim Fandango, originally a LucasArts title that has recently been remasters on the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One from Tim Schafer’s new studio Double Fine Productions. The focus of the game is the travel agency Manuel “Manny” Calavera, which tries to save a virtuous soul on its journey. It evokes the feelings of the Maltese hawk and Casablanca, exploring truly unique and fascinating elements of the Aztec beliefs of the afterlife and various creature designs while also using not-too-difficult point-and-click puzzles to help guide the development of the Advance story and character. If you are missing out on the old-school formula for adventure games or are looking for a quirky and charming title, look no further!
RECOMMENDATION FROM MAGGIE DELA PAZ: Miracles in Cell No. 7 (South Korean film)
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Based on a real-life story, this film revolves around a mentally retarded father named Lee Yong-gu, who was suddenly arrested after being wrongly charged with child murder. Because of this, he was involuntarily separated from his beloved 7-year-old daughter named Ye-sung. During Yong-gu’s time in prison, he unexpectedly made five friends in the form of his cellmate in Cell No. 7, who found a clever way to reunite Yong-gu with his daughter.
This 2013 comedy-drama is definitely one of my favorite South Korean films to date. It contains a heartwarming story that will make you smile, laugh, and rage, while also breaking your heart in the process. The chemistry between the main cast was one of the best parts of the film, which was anchored by the brilliant leading performances of Ryu Seung-ryong and Kal So-won.
JEFF AMES RECOMMENDATION: The Wolf of Wall Street
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In a movie world that is largely dominated by superheroes and endless sequels, it’s sometimes easy to forget what a really great movie looks like. Step into the wolf of Wall Street, the most intriguing piece of cinematic overkills Martin Scorsese has ever achieved – and that’s a compliment. Wolf is quick, mean and perverse without apology in his portrayal of the real-life criminal Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio, in perhaps his best performance to date), who became famous for fraud and money laundering. and lived a life of decadence, debauchery, crime and exuberance. The man owned a yacht larger than most midsize homes, spent thousands of dollars in restaurants, and millions more on prostitutes. He lived the life most men dream of – a life of endless sex and enough money to finance a small nation for decades.
Scorsese does not judge Belfort or his sizeable group of happy underdogs – including right-wing man Donnie Azoff (played by Jonah Hill in a truly remarkable performance) – for their crimes. In fact, after three hours of free sex, violence, and dwarf litter, you feel like the man is somehow enjoying it. We also. Who wouldn’t take a path similar to Belfort’s, even if it ultimately meant ending up in a posh prison cell for a few years?
Yes, we’ve seen it all before. Wolf is basically Goodfellas mixed in with a small casino minus Joe Pesci. On Wall Street, the criminals don’t beat you in the head, but they blind you and dance over your ignorance. Get ready for a wild ride!
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