Here's the teaser for Netflix's live-action 'Death Note' movie

March 22, 2017

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You've probably heard of Death Note even if you've never seen it or know what it's about because it's one of the most popular anime of all time. Here's the teaser for the Netflix live-action remake which premieres on August 25th, continuing the long American tradition of taking "international phenomenons" and making them White. Although I will give them credit for showing enough restraint to not end the teaser with a shot of Ryuk accompanied with scary brrrooowowwowow music.

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'Rogue One' spliced together with 'A New Hope'

March 22, 2017

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Barre Fong took the liberty of doing what every Star Wars fan did in their head when watching Rogue One and spliced on the beginning of A New Hope to continue where Rogue One left off. There's actually not a lot of splicing needed though, since he essentially just removed the end credits of Rogue One and opening roll from A New Hope and played them back to back to create an extended version of Darth Vader's boarding scene.

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Netflix decides they value thumbs more than stars

March 16, 2017

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Speaking at a press briefing, Netflix's VP of Product Todd Yellin told reporters they'd be eliminating the five star rating and moving towards a thumbs up and thumbs down system similar to Pandora. According to Variety:

However, over time, Netflix realized that explicit star ratings were less relevant than other signals. Users would rate documentaries with 5 stars, and silly movies with just 3 stars, but still watch silly movies more often than those high-rated documentaries.

"We made ratings less important because the implicit signal of your behavior is more important," Yellin said.

In addition to the thumbs ratings, they'll be attaching a percentage-match feature that gives a numerical value to how closely a show or movie will match an individual's taste, although shows that fall under 50% won't display a rating. So in case you were deciding between the new Adam Sandler movie or Memento, you won't have to rely on the overly broad rating of a thumbs up. If this is all too complicated, it's basically the same system as YouTube or PornHub. I mean, wait, what's PornHub? I've never even heard of or been to that site.

'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' confirmed

March 16, 2017

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Even before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, James Gunn has confirmed that there will for sure be a Guardians of the Galaxy 3. He tells Complex:

There will be a Guardians 3, that's for sure. We're trying to figure it out. I'm trying to figure out what I want to do really, that's all it is. I got to figure out where I want to be, what I want to spend the next three years of my life doing. You know, I'm going to make another big movie; is it the Guardians or something else? I'm just going to figure it out over the next couple of weeks.

This should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody, since it's long been understood that Disney loves money and hates the not-having of money.

Official trailer for Pixar's newest film 'Coco'

March 15, 2017

The official trailer for Pixar's newest multi-cultural animation extravaganza Coco is here. And by multi-cultural I mean the Mexican culture. I could go into plot points about music or Day of the Dead, but what really stands out here is the animation. Even by Pixar's animation standards, there were some moments here that made me feel like my poor human eyes are inadequate.

Footage from 'Spider-Man 3' reused in 'Life' trailer

March 14, 2017

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Insane Reddit user toomuchsoull noticed this shot from Spider-Man 3 that appears nearly identically in the Life TV spot. And I say nearly identically because it's clearly missing the star of the show: Mr. Mustache.

Here's the shot from the Life trailer for comparison:

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And here's the TV spot so you can appreciate just how quick the shot is and just how ridiculous it is that somebody actually noticed it. The clip appears at around 0:27.

It seems pretty clear that it's just B-roll footage they used to pad the Life trailer, it's just interesting that the footage was shot both with and without Mr. Mustache. I wonder how he feels about being cut. He probably told his entire family to watch out for him and now he's embarrassed because they're going to watch the millisecond flash and he'll be nowhere to be seen.

Examining setup and payoff in film

March 14, 2017

Remember that stupid stuffed unicorn that Captain Boomerang kept showing in Suicide Squad? Remember how you kept expecting it to come back and play a role in the movie because they kept showing it? Remember when that didn't happen? I remember. And I can't forget.