As I walked in, the first thing that struck me was the attention to detail in the décor and feel. Tastefully done up, with black walls contrasting with lightsaber colours, and blasters and Star Wars guns hung on the walls, it made a nerd feel right at home.
You've doubtless come across webcomics such as Cyanide and Happiness, or The Awkward Yeti, on your timeline at some point. The self-contained stories and gags, along with the simple, cute art make for easy sharing, and they're a great combination of hilarious and morbid. These comics, and several others like them, all rode the wave of a new kind of humour that was finding it's way on the internet. They tackled awkwardness, depression, and anxiety in self aware ways, with an absurdist layer that made them funny rather than depressing.
Samurai Champloo creator Shinichiro Watanabe is a tour-de-force in Japanese anime circles. If Hayao Miyazaki is the beloved Steven Speilberg type then Watanabe is the genre-bending, pop-culture reference dropping manic Quentin Tarantino type. He seamlessly integrates anime and manga with music and influences from other worlds. Watanabe is best known for Cowboy Bebop, a free-flowing space opera inhabited by a gang of bounty hunters and the most atmospheric jazz you’ll ever hear.
The true attraction of any story is the strength of its characters. Our ability to empathise with a character comes from how well rounded he or she is, and whether you can understand and relate to the motivations that drive him or her. I want to take this time to talk a little about the Humans in Battlestar Galactica.
I’ve told this anecdote more than a few times, but my brother scarred me for life when he showed me Ridley Scott’s Alien when I was the wee age of 6.It didn’t really register with me that there was a hero to the story all along, and that she wasn't the traditional male Hollywood leading man type. Ellen Ripley was a complete badass.
“This isn’t your parents’ Archie.” Variations of this sentence in many different articles have been used to describe Riverdale in the past few months since the show’s premiere, almost as a disclaimer. It doesn’t have very much in common with the classic sweater-vest-with-a-bowtie version of Archie, and by now, we ideally should be seeing that for the blessing that it actually is.
On the beloved occasion of Star Wars Day, where fans around the world display their affection for arguably the most celebrated franchise of all time, I decided to dive between the cracks of the Light and Dark, the fundamental reason why people flock the story of Star Wars. What goes beyond the story of family, beyond good and evil?
After the success of Logan and Deadpool, Hollywood seems all set to dive into the trend of R-Rated superhero movies. DC is interested in exploring the idea (they did release an R-Rated cut of Batman V Sueprman), Sony has just announced a Venom movie that it has taken great pains to point out will be rated R, and Deadpool 2 looks like it will lean even harder into the sex and violence that was such a big part of the first movie.
Familiar with the Who-niverse (if not, read here), but can’t decide where to begin the long binge? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. In this, the second part of our Whovian guide to the galaxy, we’ll take you through the ideal ways to get that TARDIS off into the fourth dimension. Allons-y!
Netflix's BoJack Horseman has spent it's three seasons casually traipsing back and forth across the line that separates the absolutely hilarious and the profoundly sad. The setup sounds like your typical loopy animated show: Will Arnett's BoJack is a former sitcom star trying to recapture his fame. But before you realise it, the show has you deep in a world full of complex characters, massive emotional peaks and valleys, and tons of silly animal puns.