Move over Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie is the greatest platform game ever made.
“A fairy tale adventure starring a dim-witted bear and his wisecracking avian companion, 1998’s Banjo-Kazooie carved a unique place in gaming history thanks to a treasure trove of memorable characters, vibrant level designs, and ambitious attempts at cross-title connectivity. It was the product of Rare, the superstar video game studio founded by Tim and Chris Stamper in 1985 and based in an 18th-century farmhouse in the Great British countryside.”
Zendaya had big shoes, well, rabbit feet to fill with voicing Lola Bunny in Space Jam: A New Legacy, and she was up to the challenge.
“Honestly, I fully expect this film to not be good. That being said, I only wanted one thing: good Lola Bunny content. It looks like that is happening from merchandise, trailers, and the fact that they did go out of the way to get one of the biggest actresses around to play Lola. So I’m ready to Jam, even if it is mediocre.”
Superhero landings are silly, and Marvel finally acknowledged that in Black Widow.
“Despite her lack of fantastical superpowers, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow more than held her own along the other Avengers right up to the moment she sacrificed her life to help save the universe in Avengers: Endgame. Director Cate Shortland’s new Black Widow solo film is a reminder of just how lethal a fighter Marvel’s Natasha Romanoff always was, even if she sometimes looked a bit silly doing it.”
It’s time for the rest of the world to acknowledge the popularity of video games, but the latest Jeopardy! category acts like it’s some sort of tiny niche.
“Last night, popular human and YouTuber, J.D. Witherspoon appeared on Jeopardy!, to ask the contestants questions about something called ‘video games.’ Have you heard of them? They’re available to play on a device called a ‘PlayStation 5.’ I like to imagine a world in which an industry bigger than movies could ever be treated like something that exists outside of the smallest niche of specialist interests. Perhaps one day, but that world is not yet ours.”
Are you in the mood for some quality action? These movies from the first half of 2021 have you covered.
“Like any down-on-their-luck hero, the action movie never gives up. As blockbuster films continue to get pushed further down the release calendar or punted to streaming with Hollywood formulating a plan to revive the theatrical distribution business, it will likely be tough to find big mainstream action hits to celebrate. The genre was in a weird space even before the pandemic, with superhero franchises and similar tentpoles sucking up most of the oxygen.”
Over a decade later, Inception is still blowing our minds. Check out some fun facts about this Christopher Nolan film.
“After The Dark Knight made $1 billion worldwide, Warner Bros. let director Christopher Nolan make his passion project, Inception (although most passion projects don’t generally have a budget of $160 million). The confusing but exhilarating film, which was released on July 13, 2010, made more than $800 million worldwide. Here are some things you might not know about the film.”