Avengers Endgame is three of Marvel’s best films, rolled into one
- The buzz word "inevitability" comes up a few times during the three-hour course of Avengers Endgame.
- What wasn't inevitable was whether directors Joe & Anthony Russo would pull it off: three hours of big-name Marvel superheroes not only juggling a zillion plot threads but doing so in watchable fashion.
- That likelihood became downright questionable after the uneven, sometimes emotionally hollow, and frequently bloated results of last year's Infinity War. But the Russo Brothers didn't just pull off an incredible action-blockbuster experience in Endgame—they made the kind of riveting, funny, full-of-life production that instantly rockets to the top of the MCU's best.
- But Endgame is at its most clever when it utilizes framing and surprises, not clichéd action sequences, to redirect viewers' attention right back where it belongs: the Avengers' relationships, grief, and burning questions.
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- But nothing so far has broken the Marvel formula quite like Avengers: Endgame, which follows Infinity War by diving deep into the previous film’s feeling of emotional loss and helplessness, exploring it at length, and then expanding into something that isn’t so much a Marvel story as a series of calculated payoffs for a decade of Marvel stories.
- It plays as an endless series of payoffs, in some cases for long arcs — like Tony Stark’s standoffish, dismissive relationship with Spider-Man (Tom Holland), whom he starts the film mourning in a passionate, personal way — and in other cases, for the tiniest of passing jokes from other MCU movies.
- (Even if Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed that Endgame isn’t the final film in this arc — the upcoming Spider-Man: Far from Home is.) In that sense, it’s certainly a triumph: it’s ambitious, towering, and above all, daring in its difference.
Mortal Kombat 11's DLC leak tickles the nostalgia of 90s kids everywhere
- Thanks to dataminers and a premature retail release, we have some idea of what kinds of fighters will be added to the roster of the game in the future — and whoo boy, if this isn’t a 90s fanservice parade, I don’t know what is.
- The guest fighters have been a staple of the rosters in both Mortal Kombat and Injustice games since 2011’s Mortal Kombat 9.
- Suddenly all those 80s and 90s characters we’d always wanted to see in a fight to the death seemed like possible additions to the roster.
- Given that Mortal Kombat is the quintessential 90s-era franchise that’s adapted to fit the modern times, the guest characters hearken to the early days, the pop culture atmosphere that birthed it in the first place, in a way the actual in-game characters no longer can.
'Game of Thrones' Recap, Season 8 Episode 2: That's What Death Is
- After he pushed Bran out of the window, the old Jaime had insisted that death was far preferable to living as "a cripple, a grotesque." You could argue that the golden lion died on the road between Riverrun and Harrenhal when his sword hand was cut off, just as the old Bran died in the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven or the old Arya died in the House of the Black and White.
- After learning from Jaime that—surprise to no one!—Tyrion got played and Cersei was lying the whole time, Daenerys storms out of the throne room and reads her Hand the riot act.
- Sean Bean answers the internet's most searched questions about himself and his character from Game of Thrones, Ned Stark.
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- This music was first heard on the series back on season three towards the end of Jaime's memorable bathtub confession scene, in which he told Brienne the story of killing the Mad King for the first time.
- Now, for the first time since Ned left Winterfell on season one, episode two, Ice is back in its rightful place of House Stark.
- Tyrion calls Jaime the "fabled hero of the Siege of Pyke." That fight happened decades before the contemporary events of "Game of Thrones," but Jaime had a meaningful conversation with one of the Stark household soldiers about it on the first season.
- Each novella follows the tales of a knight called Ser Duncan the Tall and young Targaryen prince known simply as Egg. Ser Duncan even got name-dropped on the fourth season of "Game of Thrones," when King Joffrey was reading through the White Book of the Kingsguard.
I got to play the new 'Mortal Kombat' before it comes out, and it's a vicious delight
- Like every past "Mortal Kombat" game, every character has multiple "fatalities" — ultra-violent finishing moves that can be used to kill the opponent at the end of the fight.
- While the gruesome ending can come as a shock, brutalities are entertaining, and they reward players for finishing matches with a variety of moves.
- When playing online, the game shows connection quality between players, but will also display whether a player is using wired internet or WiFi. When you find a solid connection in casual match, "Mortal Kombat 11" will let you rematch the other player as many times as you like, and you can even go to character select before playing against the same person.
- When playing Tower mode, players fight against a series of AI opponents under specific conditions.
- Ark II is an American live-action science fiction television series, aimed at children, that aired on CBS from September 11 to December 18, 1976 (with reruns continuing through November 13, 1977) as part of its weekend line-up.
- All the installments began and ended with numbered entries in the Ark II's log, which Lester, in character as Jonah, narrated in voiceover.
- In "The Launch of Ark II," the documentary filmed for the release of the DVD set, Lou Scheimer and others mention that the program was filmed during the summer of 1976 predominantly on location at Paramount Ranch near Malibu, California.
- BCI Eclipse LLC (under its Ink & Paint classic animation entertainment brand), under a license it had obtained from Entertainment Rights, released Ark II: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 on November 7, 2006. The BCI Eclipse 4-disc set included many special features, and the episodes were presented uncut, digitally remastered and in original production order.
- An MS-DOS-workalike, Human68k features English-based commands very similar to those in MS-DOS; executable files have the extension .X. Versions of the OS prior to 2.0 have command line output only for common utilities like "format" and "switch", while later versions included forms-based versions of these utilities.
- If a X68000 user restricts himself to use only filenames according to the 8.3 characters scheme of DOS, using only Latin upper case characters, then a disk written on the X68000 is fully compatible with other Japanese standard platforms like e.g. the NEC PC-9800, the Fujitsu FMR and FM Towns computers.
- Capcom produced a converter that was originally sold packaged with the X68000 version of Street Fighter II′ that allowed users to plug in a Super Famicom or Mega Drive controller into the system.
Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den
- The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den (simplified Chinese: 施氏食狮史; traditional Chinese: 施氏食獅史; pinyin: Shī Shì shí shī shǐ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: si sī si̍t sai sú; literally: 'The Story of Mr. Shi Eating Lions') is a passage composed of 92 characters written in Classical Chinese by linguist and poet Yuen Ren Chao (1892–1982), in which every syllable has the sound shi when read in modern Mandarin Chinese, with only the tones differing.
- It is an example of a one-syllable article, a form of constrained writing possible in tonal languages such as Mandarin Chinese.
- For example, when the same passage is read in Cantonese (even modern Cantonese) there are seven distinct syllables—ci, sai, sap, sat, sek, si, sik—in six distinct tone contours, producing 22 distinct character pronunciations.
- In Southern Min or Taiwanese Hokkien, there are six distinct syllables—se, si, su, sek, sip, sit—in seven distinct tone contours, producing fifteen character pronunciations.
Review: The indestructible humanity of A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World
- Aptly titled A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, it follows a young boy named Griz as he goes on a journey to retrieve his stolen pet.
- Fletcher uses characteristics like this to infuse A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World with hope rather than sorrow, something that most dystopian novels cannot boast.
- If you're a fan of post-apocalyptic stories that barrel forward at breakneck speed, A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World isn't for you.
- But anyone interested in character-driven stories that highlight our collective humanity and place a healthy emphasis on our relationship with dogs, C.A. Fletcher's novel will be a breath of fresh air.
- A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World is published by Orbit Books and will be available on April 23, 2019.