The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the new film from No Country for Old Men filmmakers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, drew every imaginable response during its U.S. premiere at the 56th New York Film Festival earlier this month. Originally conceived as a six-part Netflix series — it will still premiere on the platform on Nov. 16 — the film has been trimmed to a manageable feature-length work while retaining its chaptered structure, which elicited everything from roaring laughter to slack-jawed silence. A book called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Other Tales of the American Frontier provides the framing device, its pages turning between each of the film’s six stories. The book also serves as a reminder: What we’re about to witness is a folkloric retrospective on the past, viewed in some future moment, with requisite awareness — or lack thereof. Buster Scruggs isn’t just a Coen brothers Western. It’s a Coen brothers film about Westerns and, in many … [Read more...] about The Coen brothers’ new Western grapples with the genre’s history — and their own career
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Over the past several weeks I have sent a lot of interesting people who work in the games industry an email containing the following scenario: “You enter a room. The door locks behind you. From a door opposite another you enters. This other you is a perfectly identical clone, created in the exact instant you entered the room, but as every second ticks by they are creating their own distinct personhood. The doors will unlock in 90 minutes. Nobody will ever know what happens in the room. What do you do? (assume the materials you need for whatever you want to do are in the room). Please show your working, if able.” Many people have not responded, no doubt because they are still grappling with the question, and not because this is a bizarre thing to get from a journalist – especially if you don’t have an established relationship with them. But a lot of your favourite developers and voice actors and generally lovely people did respond, with very thoughtful answers. I … [Read more...] about We asked a lot of people: what would you do to a clone of yourself?
It was Team Andromeda — an internal R&D team at Sega of Japan — that first revealed the potential of the Sega Saturn. Its debut game was the on-rails shooter Panzer Dragoon. Part Space Harrier, part Dune, part Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Panzer Dragoon filled Sega Saturns around the globe with evocative 3D shooting action featuring a blue dragon and its rider. Over the course of three initial games — Panzer Dragoon (1995), Panzer Dragoon 2 Zwei (1996) and Panzer Dragoon Saga (1998) — Team Andromeda continued to mine this simple yet compelling premise: that of a rider and his dragon facing off against a mysterious empire. While 2002’s Panzer Dragoon Orta (developed by ex-Team Andromeda members who later joined another studio, Smilebit) kept the series going later, it was the role-playing game Panzer Dragoon Saga that ended up becoming the standout. Taken at face value, Panzer Dragoon and its much-improved successor, Panzer Dragoon 2 Zwei, … [Read more...] about Panzer Dragoon Saga: An oral history
It’s no secret that Drake plays Fortnite. Ninja and Drake broke the Twitch record for highest views by an independent broadcaster earlier this month when they streamed the game together. Drake said that he was a fan of the Twitch streamer well in advance, having followed him on Instagram a week prior. With the ease of a guest on a daytime talk show, Drake spoke openly about how Fortnite was often a break during long studio sessions, which he said can last around 20 hours. Soon, fellow artist Travis Scott and NFL rookie turned FaZe partner “JuJu” Smith-Schuster came along for the ride. Rapper Lil Yachty made sure everyone knew he was down to play, and gamer-turned-YouTuber-turned-rapper Post Malone whined about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds being the better game, anyway. Stepping back from the event, this banter could be easily mistaken for the way an average night with friends goes down — if those weren’t the names of international celebrities. … [Read more...] about Drake didn’t make video games mainstream — they have been for years
Females on film While film school classes and incensed critics continue to debate the lack of women in film, female actresses are fighting the good fight on the silver screen itself. Alas, not in anywhere near the numbers needed - provided things were a little bit fairer, of course - or that woman over the age of 40 didn't suddenly become a movie exec's idea of nightmare kryptonite.Over the years, these actresses have been asked to play any number of damsels, dames, nagging housewives, ditzy girlfriends and occasionally (just occasionally) an interesting and nuanced character. This list celebrates the latter, looking at the very best female creations in the history of cinema. Enjoy.15 most prolific female screenwriters25 funniest female characters25 best movies on Netflix Prev Page 1 of 101 Next Prev Page 1 of 101 Next 100. Baby (Dirty Dancing) The Character: Dirty Dancings Jewish princess learns to thrust n grind with Swayzes Johnny Castle. Nobodys gonna put her in a corner … [Read more...] about The 100 greatest female characters in movies