What music does Spider-Man listen to? In the Oscar-nominated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, music taste is a key component to Miles Morales’ origin story. For a film audience used to numerous incarnations of Peter Parker, the introduction to Miles needed to feel swift, effortless, and individual. That’s why Miles’ first scene is so striking: Here is a teenage boy in his bedroom, Post Malone blasting from his Sony headphones, blissfully unaware of the time, mindlessly doodling and singing along as his parents try to yell over the isolated noise. Despite being an animated character, Miles, in this moment, is real. For the past 17 years, Spider-Man has owned real estate on the big screen, and in turn, the soundtracks of the varying adaptations serve as time capsules of music through the 2000s. From the rise of Nickelback to the dominance of mumble rap, Spider-Man movies have mapped musical trends, perhaps subconsciously, through their soundtracks. Here is a … [Read more...] about The Spider-Man soundtracks are the perfect time capsules of 2000s music
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At times, The Umbrella Academy feels like it has more in common with the Gothic works of the Brontë sisters than it does with superhero tutelage. Perhaps, given the series’ pedigree, this isn’t surprising. The comic the Netflix series is based on was penned by My Chemical Romance lead, Gerard Way. But there is a difference between Mall Goth and Romantic Goth, and there are elements in The Umbrella Academy that speak to the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, Ann Radcliffe, and Mary Shelley. Were this interpretation of the Hargreeves siblings simply another tale of superheroes living together, it would not captivate nearly as much, but because the superpowers are treated more like elements of the preternatural, the landscape and aesthetic feel lifted from the pages of an 1800s Romance, and the characters feel less like superheroes and more like Byronic heroes. Using a checklist of Gothic tropes from various online study guides, I thus present to you the reasons The Umbrella … [Read more...] about The Umbrella Academy has echoes of Edgar Allan Poe among the superhero vibes
After debuting a new trailer earlier this week, a confident Sony Pictures brought the first 35 minutes of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to a packed theater of New York Comic Con attendees in Madison Square Garden, and Polygon was there. From Miles Morales’ quirks to the ins and outs of yet another Spider-Man multiverse, these are the big things we learned from this massive preview. [Ed. Note: This post will contain spoilers for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.] Miles’ comics origin story is mostly intact Miles is the heart of Spider-Verse, and the film’s creators have stuck very tightly to his origin story as laid down by co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, right down to his family’s excitement about him winning the lottery to attend a prestigious Brooklyn high school. Though he’s been incorporated into the main universe of Marvel Comics now, Miles began his story in a parallel Earth. His uncle Aaron stole a spider from the same … [Read more...] about 5 things we learned from the first 35 minutes of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
A DNA match led to the arrest of a 72-year-old former police officer in one of the most baffling and sadistic crime sprees of the 1970s and '80s — a string of at least 12 slayings and 45 rapes in California by an attacker dubbed the Golden State Killer, police said Wednesday.Armed with a gun, the masked attacker would break into homes while single women or couples were sleeping. He sometimes tied up the man and piled dishes on his back, then raped the woman while threatening to kill them both if the dishes tumbled. He often took souvenirs, notably coins and jewelry, from his victims, who ranged in age from 13 to 41. The match led to Joseph James DeAngelo, who was fired in 1979 from the police department in Auburn, northeast of Sacramento. Despite an outpouring of thousands of tips over the years, his name had not been on authorities' radar before last week, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.Q: What crimes are linked to the Golden State Killer?A: The killer is believed to … [Read more...] about What do we know about the Golden State Killer and his victims?
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