close Video Everything to know about 'Fortnite' 'Fortnite' has become a cultural phenomenon and mega-hit for video game developer Epic Games, boasting 125 million players around the world. What is it that makes this game so immensely popular, and how did it come to be? There is nothing more irresponsible than a boy on a videogame binge. The call came in shortly after 6 a.m. Jason was refusing to get out of bed. So his mom called 9-1-1. Deputy Damion Whyte of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call. “Are you serious?” I later asked Mr. Whyte. “You responded to a 9-1-1 call about a boy who wouldn’t get out of bed?” IS 'FORTNITE' MAKING ITS FINALE? “It’s our policy to respond to every 9-1-1 call, regardless,” Mr. Whyte told me. Deputy Whyte arrived at the home and went into the boy’s bedroom. He told the boy to get up, get dressed, and go to school. The boy refused. He said that he had been … [Read more...] about ‘Fortnite’ and the collapse of parenting
The problem with the latest season of Doctor Who is easy to label, but will be harder for its creative team to fix. This version of the Doctor, while abundant in her personality, is lacking an inner life. She knows what she believes in, and the show’s writing this season refuses to challenge her in any meaningful way, now that it seems like she’s achieved some kind of mental peace. And without that innermost life of moral conflict, which has long been the show’s second heart, Doctor Who may simply spin its wheels in perpetuity. Doctor Who is a show about change Doctor Who triumphs decade after decade because of a unique harmony between one of story’s core conceits and the needs of a long-running TV show: As the Doctor regenerates, so too does the storyline. Regeneration brings about a new personality for the Doctor, which often comes with new companions, enemies, overarching plots, and even new music and opening titles. The Doctor doesn’t stay the same … [Read more...] about Doctor Who has given us a Doctor without inner conflict
Looking back at 2018, I find that I don’t define the months by weather or trends. Instead, some of the strongest memories come from the games that I played with my friends. From the tail end of 2017 updates to titles like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Star Trek: Bridge Crew that we enjoyed in the new year, to releases like Sea of Thieves, No Man’s Sky Next, Red Dead Online,A Way Out and Fallout 76. Titles come and go, but there seems to be a common philosophy behind so many of the titles we enjoyed this year: These games gave us an arena for adventure as opposed to a contest or competition. I’ve often heard that any game is fun if you’re playing it with friends, and there’s some truth to that; having the gang around on voice chat will make any experience better. That doesn’t mean that there every game facilitates or encourages friendship, though. Consider League of Legends, undoubtedly a very popular and well-made game. All of the merit and … [Read more...] about 2018’s games taught me the value of online fun with friends
In a report on the 2011 press conference where Lars von Trier referred to himself as a Nazi and consequently got himself banned from the Cannes Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter referred to the director as “cinema’s premiere enfant terrible.” It’s a title that’s well-earned over the director’s years of increasingly provocative films — Breaking the Waves, Antichrist, Melancholia — as well as his behavior in public and on set. There are those comments that got him (temporarily) banned from Cannes and, more seriously, recent allegations of sexual harassment (which did not name him directly, and which he subsequently denied) from the singer Björk, who starred in von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark. As time has passed and his work has become increasingly in conversation with his reputation, the question seems to be whether or not all the fuss that’s inevitably kicked up around each time von Trier releases a new film is truly … [Read more...] about The gory House That Jack Built settled with the MPAA — but can it settle with an audience?
The person who exists at the beginning of a relationship, especially a long one, is not the same person who leaves it, however they leave it. This is a basic truth that’s rarely discussed when we talk about marriage or any kind of commitment that’s meant to last a lifetime; anyone who vows to spend their life with another will eventually be replaced — but it’s impossible to tell by whom. 2018’s Annihilation tackles this grim reality. The question of who we become and how it impacts others lives at the heart of the movie, despite conversations about the film often focusing on alien terraforming or mime-like beings who morph into human shape. The movie, loosely based on Jeff VanderMeer’s novel of the same name, tips its true hand early in the story. Lena, our protagonist, is a soldier-turned-biologist. While her husband, Kane, is on a military mission to explore an unnamed, but vaguely alien, bubble that is changing the flora and fauna it engulfs, … [Read more...] about Annihilation is 2018’s best sci-fi movie about relationships