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Link broken? The gist is that this is an impressively sarcastic review of an old slasher flick based on the “unrealistic” premise of a cop abusing his power to murder people.
They could’ve called this article “Look at how ‘supply-side’ economics, anti-environmentalism, and all-around pro-oligarch legislation and ideology has destroyed some of the most iconic, classic Americana.”
Oh, and gentrification-based laws are also robbing us of the classic ice-cream truck jingle. “Family values” my ass.
Edit: Make a drinking game out of how many times you see the word “classic” here or in the link. This is depressing enough to get hammered for.
I normally don’t go recommending games, especially on a site like LGF that doesn’t focus on games. But this one took me by surprise, with how deep it was in its simplicity. The intuitive way to play turned out to be the wrong way. Getting the good ending required me to rethink good & evil within the game’s context. “Morality” in games is usually handled in a more ham-handed way than this. And while this one might seem equally hammy at first, its actually quite subversive. I’m genuinely impressed.
Its a flash game on Newgrounds. Its called “Perdition.” Your character is an android that has acquired free-will.
Who knew that big-budget crap-pop culture could do so much good?
But there was one clear message in Transformers 4: Hollywood loves the s*** out of China, because China loves Hollywood more than anyone else in the world. Films like Looper and Iron Man 3 did a decent amount of Eastern pandering, but something like half of Transformers: Age of Mechanical Dinosaurs takes place in Hong Kong. It’s no surprise that, while enjoying decent success in the U.S., Transformers is a freaking monster overseas.
Transformers 4 has been so successful, in fact, that we’re starting to suspect Michael Bay’s secret goal might be to avert World War III via dumb robot movies (his primary goal remains “make all of the money in the universe by blowing things up and hating women”). You laugh, but he’s doing more for Chinese-American relations than Richard Nixon ever did.
This is a (sometimes NSFW) webcomic on the Escapist Magazine site called Critical Miss. The focus is usually on games, but they dib-&-dab in social issues sometimes. Like today: Flat Earth Birth Control
From the first panel:
So, the supreme court has has decided that companies can use religious grounds to avoid paying health insurance claims for contraceptives.
Will this effect you?
No, because you’re mutants who will never experience human intimacy.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking in black-and-white terms about foreign countries. America is a free country, so we assume that all these repressive dictatorships must be like America in Opposite World, restricting every freedom they can get their hands on. But it’s not that simple. We don’t want to take away from the fact that a lot of these places are hellish nightmares, but some of them actually have (or had) policies even more progressive than those in the West. For example …
So wtf is our excuse?
Read all about it here: techdirt.com
TL:DR - Basically, this is just the latest sham story told to a ridiculously gullible press by the notorious Kevin Warwick.
(I linked to web archive because the original Warwick watch site is toast)
Do you get the impression that somebody might not like Putin?
Nah, must be my imagination.
Its been nearly a decade since the release of “This Film Is Not Yet Rated.” Nothing about the MPAA has changed since then. When I saw this article today on Cracked, I figured we can’t have too many reminders of why corporations can’t be trusted to regulate themselves in any capacity whatsoever. (spoiler alert: its called “conflict of interest”)
Unless you have kids (or still are one), you probably stopped paying much attention to movie ratings a while back, but they’re actually the secret gatekeepers of Hollywood. The rating even determines whether a film can advertise via TV spots (NC-17 movies cannot). This means millions, maybe tens of millions of dollars lie between an R rating and an NC-17 rating. Even more money lies between PG-13 and R.
The MPAA is the final arbiter of exactly how many boobs we get to see in a given summer, and that is too much power for any one organization to hold. So who are they, and why are they qualified to choose our entertainment? In the course of our research, we spoke with Kirby Dick, director of the MPAA investigation documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated.
Edit: added IMDB link at top.