The very best documentaries draw you in even if you don’t care about cold-case crimes or political campaigns or jailed artists or sleep disorders. They allow us to see ourselves in the subject no matter how famous or how far removed they are from our own lives — which is part of the point, reaching for the humane strands that connect us across mileage and mental state. Stories about leaders and burnouts. Stories about losses and resurrections. Stories about fears and triumphs. Stories as true as a camera can allow. If you want to watch a documentary every day for the foreseeable future, Netflix has you covered for at least the next two years. To get you cheerfully enthusiastic about life and art, or to anger you to your very core, here are the 15 best documentaries you can stream on Netflix right now. The Nightmare(2015) Horror movies aren’t usually non-fiction, which is part of what makes Rodney Ascher’s documentary so mesmerizing. Ascher’s harrowing … [Read more...] about The 15 best documentaries streaming on Netflix right now
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Fyre Fest: Call it the ultimate scam; call it the most ill-fated music festival of all time; call it social media schadenfreude at the expense of rich millennial influencers. However you regard the fiasco, the imploded event has entered pop nomenclature as a synonym for disaster. Which is why the Fyre Festival, created by tech-bro entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, is the subject of not one, but two documentaries out this week. The third week of January was apparently the prime time for Hulu and Netflix to release dueling documentaries on the same notorious festival. But which one truly captures the quintessence of Fyre Fest? And which ones should you watch? To get to the bottom of the symbiotic streaming releases, three Polygon staffers convened to debate the merits and cross-check the facts: Karen Han watched Netflix’s Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened; Allegra Frank saw Hulu’s Fyre Fraud; and Petrana Radulovic watched both. Let the great Fyre … [Read more...] about Debating Netflix and Hulu’s dueling Fyre Fest documentaries
The director of Devil May Cry 5 has made it evident that he doesn’t plan to throw the towel and rest as soon as DMC is out. In fact, after the first major update that the game has planned in April, Mr. Itsuno will be working on his next major project almost immediately. Which is pretty soon considering Devil May Cry 5’s release date. After its release on March 8, and after checking the free update coming in April, I’m going to refresh and prepare for my next title. I hope to work hard so that my next title meets everyone’s expectations, and so that I can announce it as soon as possible. Devil May Cry 5’s release date is in just a couple of more months. It’ll also be the first numbered title in almost eleven years. The reboot games were just spin-offs in any case, and the canon surrounding them is still up for debate since Nero does exist here. Itsuno never felt very accomplished for his work on Devil May Cry 2. This can be credited to the fact that … [Read more...] about Hideaki Itsuno Already Planning To Work On His Next Title After Devil May Cry 5 Release And First Update
There’s something off about Detroit: Become Human’s androids. For once, though, that’s the point. It feels like we’re handing out the figurative ‘Best Looking PlayStation Game’ award every week right now, but it’s hard to overstate just how incredible Detroit looks, especially when it comes to character models. The problem facing the team at Quantic Dream is fast becoming a case of how do we make our androids less than perfect, rather than perfect.That’s a nice problem to have when it comes to realism (just to note - all the images you see in this article are in-game AND representative of how it actually looks), but this level of visual fidelity has been hard earned. Four years in development, over a year of mo-cap shooting, a selection of A-list actors, and a team of 180+ full-time creators - that’s the price paid for such quality and polish. And it’d all be for nothing if the underlying world and story were unbelievable or … [Read more...] about Detroit: Become Human hands-on reveals a smarter, more emotional game than you might think
Last week, news emerged of Nintendo's immediate and longer term plans for the Switch, reported on the Wall Street Journal, no less. The headline made it clear that there'd be no Switch hardware revision this year, with Nintendo's emphasis shifting to USB-C peripherals and its fascinating Labo initiative. However, tucked away at the foot of the report is coverage of a February investor briefing, where Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima talks about his plans of extending Switch's lifespan beyond the five to six year console average, taking the lifespan of the console hybrid up to 2021 at least. To make this work, hardware revisions may be inevitable. The question of when the first of those updates is set to arrive will almost certainly be a matter of economics - specifically, the build cost of the Tegra X1 processor currently used by Nintendo. The chip is mass produced by Taiwainese semi-conductor giant TSMC, and it's based on their 20nm technology. A stepping stone between various 28nm … [Read more...] about In Theory: Can a Switch hardware revision extend its lifespan?