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Milania Giudice Asks Donald Trump to PLEASE Help Her Dad

President Donald Trump has a lot to worry about these days.

Specifically, the Commander-in-Chief must be wondering whether he'll get impeached, whether he should resign and whether history will remember him as a traitor to his country or a really huge traitor to his country.

But Milania Giudice would really appreciate it if President Trump took a moment to consider her request right now.

Milania and Dad

The 13-year old has posted a message on social media about her father, Joe, and is very likely pending deportation.

Joe Giudice, of course, pleaded guilty to bankruptcy and financial fraud back in 2016 and just recently completed a lengthy stint in prison for his crimes.

Back in October, however, a judge determined that Joe - who is NOT an American citizen - must return to his native country of Italy once he's no longer a ward of the state.

This is what very often happens when an immigrant commits a felony.

Joe Giudice is not usually the face of immigration in this regard, but here we are.

Teresa Touches Joe

Now that Giudice's appeal to have this deportation decision reversed has been denied by a court, the former reality star is almost definitely headed back to Italy.

Much to the understandable chagrin of his four daughters.

“We will never stop fighting for you daddy,” Milania captioned the throwback photo of herself and her father above, adding:

“It’s not the same without you. I miss you terribly. I wouldn’t be the person I am today with out you, I wouldn’t know how to stay strong. I need you home daddy. All I want is to be a family again. I love you endlessy buddy.”

The young teenager added two pink hearts to her post -- as well as the hashtag #freejoegiudice and she also tagged President Donald Trump.

milania plea

Trump, of course, really hates immigrants in this country.

He especially hates immigrants who break the law, so he doesn't seem like the ideal person to help Milania out here.

Which really does make us sad, despite our disdain for Joe and his equally unethical and entitled wife, Real Housewife of New Jersey Teresa Giudice.

These two may suck, but they have four innocent kids at home.

The oldest of these kids, Gia, shared her own social media message to Joe/about Joe in response to his deportation appeal getting rejected this month.

Teresa Giudice Hold Hands

“Pictures, memories, and hope is the only thing that has gotten my family this far. we are fighters but my father is someone who is one of the most important people in my life," she wrote, concluding:

"not a day goes by where we don’t love you, miss you, and fight for you with all our hearts. you will be home with us soon daddy. I love you so much.”

Heartbreaking, right?

Teresa, though, doesn't seem to really care that her husband is being sent to another country.

She has very casually said already that she plans to divorce Joe once he gets kicked out of the United States.

Teresa Giudice and Hubby

“I’m not doing a long-distance relationship. I’m not doing it,” she coldly said a few weeks ago, explaining herself as follows:

“You know, I want somebody with me every day. I know exactly what happens. You know, I’m sure he’ll be with other women. It happens. We do the long-distance thing, it’s not going to work. I’d be like, ‘Bye, bye.’”

We really hope Teresa's kids never read that quote.

The only real hope remaining for Joe appears to rest with Trump, whose mind really is occupied with other things at the moment.

Although Teresa's hair stylist, Lucia Casazza, figures there's no harm in asking anyway.

“All the things you have done I think you can make a motion to bring this man home back to his family instead of sending him to a country that he has no ties to besides his cultural background,” she wrote on Instagram yesterday, directing her plea to the Oval Office and concluding:

“@realdonaldtrump Make a motion to pardon Joe Giudice.”

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Someone Great Review

Someone Great is a Netflix film for this moment, and with authentic performances by Gina Rodriguez and Lakeith Stanfield.

It’s entirely fitting that Jennifer Kaytin Robinson’s directorial debut, the energetic Someone Great, premieres on Netflix the same day that Lizzo’s new album drops, as her music features prominently in the movie and its marketing. But more than that, Someone Great has the same vibrancy, positivity, and emphasis on investing in your own journey that makes Lizzo infectious. A film about friendship and believing in yourself (somewhat) disguised as a romantic comedy, Someone Great is a movie that knows, deep in its core that the best part of the night is getting ready with your friends.

Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) was just dumped the night before by her boyfriend of nine years, Nate (Lakeith Stanfield in a leading man in a role that practically weaponizes his abundant charisma). The immediate catalyst for the breakup is that she got her dream job on the other side of the country, writing for Rolling Stone. She enlists her friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) to help her say goodbye to New York, and maybe carry out a bit of unfinished business. As Jenny makes her way through her city for the last time, we get to tag along and meet Mama Ru’s warm and regal drug dealer, Jaboukie Young-White’s overly familiar, yet still somehow charming, rich kid, and Rosario Dawson’s affected, name-dropping Vogue editor, who also happens to be Nate’s cousin.

Over the course of roughly one day, each of the three leads goes on their own journey of self-discovery while immediately and repeatedly making their friendships feel lived-in. The film, like the friends, recognize that the path of growing up is different for all of them. One breakup is a heartbreaker, but another is a cause for celebration. While sex and love are certainly involved, Someone Great is more concerned with loving yourself and your friends than romantic love as the ultimate goal. When one relationship moves forward, it’s clear that it’s a huge moment of personal growth and understanding for the character we’re rooting for, which just so happens to involve vulnerability with a partner.

Someone Great knows its audience and its characters well, and a certain demographic will recognize themselves and their friends on screen. Since it’s on Netflix, everyone swears like people do in real life, Erin sports a “Sister Resister” shirt from Wildfang, and there are multiple accessories emblazoned with the word feminist in various women’s apartments. Her blazer has a variety of feminist and trendy enamel pins, and the music is phenomenal, and very of the moment—HAIM, Jessie Reyez, Mitski, Robyn, Aces, Phoebe Bridgers, Twin Shadow, Big Freedia, and an emotionally nuclear use of Frank Ocean’s Moon River, among others.

Someone Great is sex-positive, and views women’s bodies the way we view them when we’re alone, a major benefit of a woman director. Women go braless in commonplace situations, not in a sensationalized way. Jenny spends time alone in her apartment with no pants or bra, because all women know the greatest feeling on the planet is taking those two items off at the end of the day. The women wear unpadded bralets, the ultimate twenty-teens repudiation of the male gaze because who has time for underwire, unless your chest requires it?

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One of the women eventually experiences what other movies would deem to be bad or irresponsible sex. To wit, she fears her friends will chew her out, but instead she’s greeted with cackles, congratulations, and cheers. Satisfying casual sex is a positive part of her journey for the moment, and they know it. And about that casual sex: since it’s a bit of already-regretting-it-while-doing-it, there’s a moment when she says “we shouldn’t,” and he stops, immediately, and says, “If you really don’t want to I’ll stop, obviously.” She tells him to continue and they do. This is the kind of NBD consent you get baked into the script when the writer and executive producer of Sweet/Vicious is your writer and director.

Gina Rodriguez’s Latinidad shines through Jenny in a joyous and natural way. While it might sound funny to call someone’s own heritage natural, plenty of other vehicles have found a way to turn their Latinx stars into walking stereotypes, so seeing a character like Jenny who throws in Spanish (and teaches her boyfriend in flashbacks), wears an amazing Latin AF crop top, and sings Selena in a bodega, is a breath of fresh air. The way that her best bud Erin uses a bit of Spanish with her too reads as the casual sort of closeness that found families so often have.

The toughest challenge for Someone Great is balancing its upbeat, you-got-this-grrl tone with the backdrop its set against: that of a deeply painful breakup. It’s incredibly effective at capturing the feeling of a breakup in a familiar place when, everywhere you go, everything you do, everything you hear, and everyone you see reminds you of the person you were with, the life you made together, and who you used to be when you were together. Where Someone Great struggles is with the dismount. Erin and Blair’s journeys were less prominent but still come to satisfying conclusions. While Jenny’s is the right move on paper, it feels like there was one more story beat, one more push toward realization, one more peek into her inner workings that we needed to bring things to a close.

Someone Great is a refreshing departure from movies that would have Jenny giving up her dream job in the third act, something this movie never even considers. Instead it’s a meditation on what it means to love and to lose, to invest in yourself even when it hurts. It manages to be fun and frivolous yet still grounded in meaningful truth that will feel deeply personal to many young women, or anyone who has had to make a tough choice in love.

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4/5
Review Delia Harrington
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Apr 20, 2019

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Star Wars Streaming Guide: Where to Watch Online

No need to go to a galaxy far, far away for your Star Wars fix. Just check our streaming guide to watching Star Wars movies online!

Star Wars Streaming Guide
Feature Alec Bojalad John Saavedra
Apr 20, 2019

This Star Wars article contains spoilers.

There's no end in sight to Star Wars. Disney controls both Lucasfilm and the world itself, so it's going to be a long time before we don't have a new Star Wars movie to look forward to. 

Not only that but the series also already has an impressive amount of content already in the books. The "watch every Star Wars movie" marathons are bound to get longer and you'll need an easy compendium of sources to find each and every flick. 

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With that in mind, we've compiled the complete list of Star Wars streaming movies. This covers the original trilogy, the sequel trilogy, the prequels, and any other Star Wars-related movie that will come out now and forever. Follow our guide so you don't miss a single lightsaber battle, Force choke, or questionable hairstyle. 

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

The Phantom Menace is rightfully considered the bottom of the barrel of Star Wars movies. Sure, it's nice to begin your marathon with the story of Anakin Skywalker but be warned that little Ani might ruin Darth Vader for you...

And then there are the trade blockades, votes of no confidence, what feels like six hours of underwater chase scenes, and the dreaded Jar Jar Binks, who might have seemed like a good idea at the time but is perhaps the most despised supporting character in the entire saga. At least we get that excellent climactic duel between Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Maul. That epic fight almost makes the first hour and change worth it. Almost.

Still, give Phantom Menace a rewatch (or first-time watch) anyway but a pretty great third act and a John Williams score befitting a much better movie.

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Do you hate sand? Then, boy, do we have a protagonist for you. Attack of the Clones is a marked improvement over The Phantom Menace and introduces one of the more fascinating galactic conflicts in Star Wars history with the Clone Wars. The movie doesn't exploit the Clone War concept enough to save a pretty lackluster film but at least there's less Jar Jar.

What we do get are the first hints of Anakin's eventual fall to the dark side, from his disagreements with Obi-Wan to his confused feelings about Padme. Then there's the whole bit with his mother, which really marks Darth Vader's first evil act in the saga. Anakin starts to get a taste for massacres here.

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There's also a bit of fun to be had with lightsabers in Attack of the Clones. We finally get to see Samuel L. Jackson school some bad guys and even Yoda gets in on the action with his brief duel with Christopher Lee's Count Dooku (a clear homage to Count Dracula, the character Lee played in ten movies). 

You could do much worse than Attack of the Clones, although your mileage will definitely vary. Some fans really hate this movie. 

Available on: AmazonGoogle PlayYouTube

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars actually refers to a TV show and a movie. Both are excellent pieces of the Star Wars universe and build upon the storyline of the Clone Wars better than any of the main movies in the franchise. Start with the movie but then be sure to give the series a shot as it contains some of the most awe-inspiring and emotional moments in the series' canon. 

Besides all of the adventures starring your favorite prequel Jedi like Obi-Wan, Anakin, Yoda, and Mace Windu, The Clone Wars is also the story of Ahsoka Tano, Anakin's young Jedi Padawan. Watch a couple of episodes and you'll quickly discover why Ahsoka is one of the best characters in Star Wars

further reading: How Star Wars: The Clone Wars Can Be a Better Show

Along the way, fans will also be reunited with Darth Maul! You're probably asking how that's possible. The Clone Wars explains all that while also expanding Maul's story beyond his quest to destroy the Jedi. Now, he wants to kill his former Sith master, too!

Once you're done with this series, you still have The Clone Wars revival airing on Disney+ to look forward to!

Available on: AmazonGoogle PlayYouTube

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Now, this is more like it. Revenge of the Sith features many of the same drawbacks as the other prequels. Its dialogue is rough and there's an overreliance on CGI. It does, however, have something that no other prequel does: a fitting climax. 

The story begins with all-out war above Coruscant and ends with one swift blow of a lightsaber on the volcanic hellscape of Mustafar. Anakin, bent on saving Padme, whom he believes will die during childbirth, begins to take advice from Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who you all know by now is actually Darth Sidious, the evil Sith Lord who has been manipulating the Republic and the Jedi all along.

The movie covers much of the end of the Clone Wars, including a battle on the planet Utapau (a location George Lucas meant to use in A New Hope, but didn't) and the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk, where a young Han Solo would have made a cameo had Lucas not come to his senses. 

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It also features Anakin turning against the Jedi, joining the Sith, killing a bunch of kids at the Jedi Temple, and all-around being a bad dude. This forces Obi-Wan's hand, and he travels to Mustafar to confront his former apprentice once and for all. The result of this duel leaves Anakin horribly scarred and mutilated. At last, he is reborn as Darth Vader.

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Disney went with a tried and true story for the second "standalone" Star Wars film under its charge. Solo is the origin story of everyone's favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder, Han Solo. Thanks to some winning performances from Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and some other supporting players, Solo is a much more expansive and thrilling Star Wars film than just merely a standalone story.

The story begins with Han's life on Corellia where he lives as a small-time crook. When he and his first love, Qi'ra, execute a plan to escape the planet and the shackles of a crime lord, young Han finds himself losing more than he ever expected. 

further reading: Solo Easter Eggs and Reference Guide

Solo introduces us to young Lando and L3-37, an independent droid who fights for the rights of her robotic brethren. It's in this relationship that Solo is perhaps at its best. You won't want to miss it. 

Other necessary origin beats: how Han became captain of the Millennium Falcon, how he got his infamous blaster, how he met Chewbacca, and how he made the Kessel Run in under "12 parsecs." The story behind that last one will surprise you.

Available on: AmazonGoogle PlayYouTubeNetflix

Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels

Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels takes place after Revenge of the Sith and before A New Hope, so it fills in an important part of the timeline in the Star Wars canon. The show is also a ton of fun. 

Here we get the birth of the Rebel Alliance through the story of a small group of rebels fighting the good fight against the Empire. At the center of this series is Ezra Bridger, a young orphan living on the occupied planet of Lothal. When he has a run-in with both the Empire and the aforementioned rebel group, Ezra is thrust into an adventure beyond his wildest dreams. It will lead him both to the frontlines of the Galactic Civil War as well as to the secrets of the Jedi.

further reading: Essential Star Wars Rebels Episodes

Rebels is the strongest of the Star Wars animated series released thus far and for good reason: the cast of characters is fantastic, the stories are full of deep Star Wars lore (it even introduces time travel!), and there's plenty of action. You'll also get to see Darth Vader in some of his most frightening appearances in the entire saga as well as the return of Maul, who is still on his quest to destroy the Jedi who cost him so much in The Phantom Menace.

This is just really fun Star Wars and shouldn't be missed!

Available on: AmazonGoogle PlayYouTube

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Star Wars standalone films seemed like a dicey proposition in the early days of Disney's takeover. Would audiences still care about one-off movies set outside the structure of a trilogy? Well, if they're as good as Rogue One, then yes, absolutely. Rogue One reveals the endless possibilities to non-trilogy films set in a galaxy far, far away. More importantly, it finally gets the concept of a Star Wars prequel right. 

Rogue One tells the story of Jyn Erso, the criminal-turned-rebel-spy who led a mission into the belly of the beast to steal the Death Star plans that would become the McGuffin of the first Star Wars film. But in Rogue One, those plans are actually front and center. Jyn, secret agent Cassian Andor, Force devotees Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus, Imperial defector Bodhi Rook, and the hilarious droid K-2SO risk it all to acquire the plans that will lead to the destruction of the Empire's ultimate weapon. 

further reading: Rogue One Easter Eggs and Reference Guide

This movie also has the best space battle since Return of the Jedi, so get ready for plenty of X-wing action and dogfights with TIE fighters. Also, if you ever wondered where Darth Vader lives when he's not out chasing Rebels in space, Rogue One has your answer. 

Available on: AmazonGoogle PlayYouTube

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

The original Star Wars. The only movie in the saga that was once officially only called Star Wars with no subtitle or episode title after it. Even after all these years, it remains a stunning storytelling and technical achievement. This is the space opera you're looking for.

A New Hope is the story of a band of Rebels who must stand up against an evil and oppressive Empire. We meet Princess Leia, a diplomat-turned-soldier willing to die for the Rebel cause; R2-D2 and C-3PO, the chorus of this grand adventure; Han Solo, a smuggler who says he's only in it for the money but actually has a heart of gold; Chewbacca, Solo's faithful companion and walking carpet; Obi-Wan Kenobi, an old hermit living on a desert world who harbors a mysterious and epic past; and, of course, Luke Skywalker, the farm boy who is destined to defeat the Empire and bring about the end of the Sith. And that's just the heroes. 

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There's also Grand Moff Tarkin, the calculating and merciless Imperial leader played by Peter Cushing (who played most of the role in slippers!), and Darth Vader, a lightsaber-wielding monstrosity who will stop at nothing to retrieve the plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star. 

If you've never watched a Star Wars movie or are wondering if maybe you should just skip the prequels and get to the good stuff, yes, you should just put on A New Hope ASAP.

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back is many fans and critics' choice for best Star Wars film ever. It's not hard to see why. The Empire Strikes Back is a remarkable middle chapter for the franchise and makes the absolute most of its extended cast of characters and nails the concept of a mid-series climax.

By the time we rejoin our heroes on the ice planet Hoth, the victory at Yavin is a distant memory. The Rebels are in hiding and the resurgent Empire is out for blood. Darth Vader has a personal mission, too: to find Luke Skywalker, the young Rebel hero who destroyed the Death Star. But how to lure the boy into a trap? By using Han and Leia as bait. 

An action-packed battle on Hoth and a remarkable chase sequence through an asteroid field later and The Empire Strikes Back is off to the races. In one lane is Luke, who travels to the swamp planet of Dagobah to find Jedi Master Yoda, whom the Force ghost of Obi-Wan promises will finish the young hero's training. 

Meanwhile, Han, Leia, Chewie, Threepio, and Artoo make their way to Cloud City to hide out and fix the Falcon's damaged hyperdrive. Little do they know that not all is what it seems with Han's sketchy friend Lando Calrissian, who hosts them but has ulterior motives for doing so...

The Empire Strikes Back is one of the greatest sequels in history and arguably the best science fiction movie ever made. To miss this one is to miss what makes Star Wars a truly great franchise. 

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi faces a huge burden as it attempts to wrap up a story beautifully told in the previous two films. It's not a perfect movie but it is a near perfect conclusion to the initial trilogy. 

Fittingly, this threequel opens right where the entire saga began: with two droids walking through Tatooine. This time, it's as part of a plan to spring Han from Jabba the Hutt's palace in the desert. Tons of undercover hijinks ensue for the first hour of the movie.

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Once Han is back on the Falcon, it's time to focus on the Empire, which is building a second Death Star in an effort to finally obliterate the Rebellion. To ensure that everything goes as planned, the Emperor himself arrives on the space station to oversee construction. It's on this giant moon-sized weapon where Luke will face Darth Vader for the last time as well as make the ultimate choice: become a Jedi or allow himself to fall to the dark side. 

Return of the Jedi is a 101 in epic storytelling. While it does have its issues (the boring Ewok section), it more than makes up for them with lots of action and the second-best space battle in the entire saga. Seriously, the final assault on the Death Star is AWESOME.

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Star Wars Resistance

Star Wars Resistance

The newest Star Wars animated series is the only story on screen to explore the months leading up to The Force Awakens. As you might expect, Resistance doesn't actually follow the main players in Leia's Resistance, but rather characters in the periphery who will ultimately be affected by the First Order's attack on the New Republic. 

It's the fact that Resistance isn't actually tied up in galactic conflicts and fights between good and evil that makes it unique to the rest of the saga. Instead, Resistance follows Kaz Xiono, a young pilot who is recruited by Poe Dameron to spy on the First Order. His mission is to find a mole inside the Colossus, a ship refueling station located on the ocean planet Castilon. 

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Kaz proves to be a bit less adept at spying than piloting a fighter, which leads to quite a few funny moments (overall, Resistance is the most comedic of the animated series). The young pilot also dreams of proving himself and becoming a member of the Aces, the Colossus' elite fighter wing. Whether he succeeds in both of these goals will probably decide just what Kaz will be up to when the war against the First Order begins. 

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

J.J. Abrams' next chapter in the Star Wars story came out more than 30 years after the conclusion of Return of the Jedi and in many ways feels like it could have been released 20 minutes after. It's remarkable how well The Force Awakens fits in with the Original Trilogy and the Star Wars mythos. The movie may feel a bit too close to the original Star Wars for some but it's hard to argue that it doesn't absolutely nail the spirit of the movies fans fell in love with in the first place. 

The Force Awakens deals with a whole new cast of characters: Rey, an orphan living on the wasteland of Jakku; Finn, a Stormtrooper who never had a choice but to join the First Order; and Poe Dameron, the greatest starfighter pilot in the galaxy. Their stories converge as the First Order begins its attack on the New Republic.

further reading: The Force Awakens Easter Eggs and Reference Guide

Luckily, General Leia has formed the Resistance, an army bent on destroying the First Order. Yes, the galaxy is at war once again, but this time the good guys will have to fight without Luke Skywalker, who's gone missing but may be the Resistance's only hope. But as Yoda said back in 1980, "There is another."

Rey is a captivating young hero who develops a connection to the Force throughout her adventure with Finn and an older Han Solo and Chewbacca. It's this connection that will later put her at odds with Kylo Ren, the masked dark side heir to the legacy of Darth Vader!

Indeed, the Sequel Trilogy begins in fine form here!

Available on: Amazon, Google Play, YouTube

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi is a classic middle chapter of the series. It changes the tone and perspective of everything that came before it. "Let the past die, kill it if you have to," Kylo Ren says. And Johnson happily obliges.

Unlike past chapters of the Skywalker saga, The Last Jedi forgoes the time jump and begins immediately after the end of The Force Awakens. The Resistance is on the run from the First Order, which is hellbent on avenging the destruction of its planet-sized secret weapon, Starkiller Base. The First Order's pursuit of the remaining Resistance forces becomes the central conflict of the movie, as things look dire than ever for those still loyal to the Republic.

further reading: The Last Jedi Easter Eggs and Reference Guide

Elsewhere, Rey has found Luke, but the legendary Jedi Master is not what she expects. Luke, having failed to train Ben Solo (now the evil Kylo Ren), has chosen a life of exile on Ahch-To, the site of the first Jedi temple. It's here where Rey hones her skills as a young Jedi, with the help of a hesitant Luke. 

There are plenty of twists and turns in The Last Jedi, none of them worth spoiling. What we will say is that this is a very bold chapter of the Star Wars saga. It does more to move the story forward than any other Disney-produced Star Wars films and is arguably the best of the new movies.

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Hiring is the lifeblood of the world. Few people do truly singular work; instead, nearly every facet of our civilization is built by groups of humans (and increasingly machines) working in tandem.

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That presents quite the puzzle though: if teamwork is so critical to the functioning of, well, everything, why are we so god awfully bad at building teams?

Minus a couple of high functioning teams of course, the evidence for team rot is all around us. Startups go bust when teams of two (i.e. founders) can’t make simple decisions about the future of their business. Large companies exsanguinate cash while their teams spend eons debating the minutia of a pixel in the checkout flow. At even larger scale, massive infrastructure projects like California’s HSR fail because the right people weren’t planning and building it (plus ten other issues of course).

How do we get this so wrong, so consistently?

The first reason, and the one most challenging to overcome, is that human endeavors are fundamentally built upon aspirations. A startup is a dream, no different than improving Excel’s formula editor or adding traffic signals to an intersection. Action cannot happen without aspiration, and so we tend to be far more optimistic with all facets of a plan before execution.

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Can the Biblical Epic Be Resurrected?

Several years ago, it appeared as though the Biblical Epic had risen in Hollywood. After all, it once reigned over all...

Exodus and Biblical Epics in Modern Hollywood
Feature David Crow
Apr 20, 2019

At this point, the genesis of the Hollywood Noah’s Ark adaptation is almost as famous as the biblical flood narrative itself: a legendary director takes on one of the Bible’s most famous Old Testament stories from Genesis, one with an angry God, an angrier flood, and a lot of requisite special effects that are essential to pull off the proper disaster. The movie is big, the movie is controversial, and the movie costs so much that the studio is demanding multiple edits of the picture for the most effective commercial appeal.

I’m of course referring to Noah’s Ark, the 1928 early talkie directed by Michael Curtiz, the man who would go on to make such Hollywood masterpieces as The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Casablanca (1942), and White Christmas (1954). As all good stories find themselves passed on from one generation to the next, it is almost shocking that, save for the ridiculous The Bible: In the Beginning… (1966), there has not been another big budget go at Noah and his majestic ark until Russell Crowe grew the big bushy beard for Noah. Of course, despite the controversy surrounding the already infamous director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) and his over-budgeted take of the Bible story, as well as Ari Handel’s graphic novel, it ultimately remained a tale as old as the movies. Long before Russell Crowe’s Noah had a vision of God and a whole lot of H2O, burgeoning Californian studios were also seeing the signs, golden calves or otherwise.

Frankly, compared to the drama Curtiz’s Noah underwent—three extras allegedly drowned during the shooting of the flood scenes (John Wayne was also on the set that day), talking sequences were reshot after the success of The Jazz Singer, and Warner Bros. ended up cutting over half an hour out of the film following an anemic premiere—the complaints that Aronofsky’s approach to the material was not biblical enough or that he spiced up the story by making a minor Genesis character (Tubal-cain) into a villainous, war-loving Ray Winstone seem quaint. Still, these very public qualms faith-based viewers had with Noah, and then Exodus: Gods and Kings' own subsequent criticisms raises a fair question: can the Biblical Epic be resurrected?

Given the large number of faith-oriented moviegoers in the U.S. alone, a vocal demographic that has risen in cultural prominence since the 2000 presidential election, it feels somewhat belated that the studio system has come back around to the Bible. And by that, I do not mean the History Channel and Mark Burnett re-cutting their Bible miniseries for the umpteenth time for a quick, if impressive, cash grab at movie theaters in February 2014. Rather, the studios are finally cashing in on at least a certain type of Bible story in a way that has not been seen in decades.

Hit or miss, Paramount and Aronofsky’s Noah should have opened the floodgates for others to pursue likely less controversial tactics in their biblical passion plays. There was Ridley Scott of Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven fame tackling the story of Moses for the 21st century in 20th Century Fox’s Exodus, complete with Christian Bale at the height of movie stardom in the role of another orphaned hero who will not give up on his people. And then there's also Burnett and Roma Downey's Ben-Hur remake in 2016 with Jack Houston. Neither of these landed, but they should have given the precedent of Hollywood's previous history with the Good Book.

For the last 35 years, American cinema (for better or worse) has been built around cultivating a tentpole system that offers heavy spectacle in the summer to finance the prestige in the winter. The advent of the internet, smartphones, truly brilliant television, and a myriad of other competitive distractions has accelerated this system’s growth and urgency, which in the last 10 years could be summed up as a plethora of superhero movies, a few micro-budgeted horror flicks, and a little left over to finance the distribution of someone else’s already completed and audience-friendly picture.

As the genre du jour of the last decade—fantastical stories of caped and robed men doing miraculous things for the betterment of mankind—are mostly being consolidated either at Disney or Warner Bros., the rest of the studios are forced to look for another brand with instant name recognition and mass-market appeal. Consider that the first film ever shot in cinemascope, the widescreen format that would forever change the way people watched movies and even the shapes of their television sets, was 1953’s pious howler The Robe. Not unlike when Hollywood turned to the Good Book during the first decade of television’s popularity, the time appeared to come again for Tinsletown to find religion.

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And it is a perfect marriage, despite the always vocally displeased religious leaders who view the supposed modern day Sodom and Gomorrah as an unworthy outlet for the sacred texts. In general, whatever misgivings artistic license creates to the most faithful, the Bible is a perfect excuse for the congregation to soak in some big screen entertainment. Indeed, despite the teachings of the book being ever so devout and insistently well intentioned, both the Old Testament and the New are crawling with sex, violence, and the other vices that Hollywood movies are normally denounced for under any other secular circumstance. For those worried about sinfully smutty entertainment, Bible-themed movies allow one to embrace those inclinations sin-free.

The Passion of the Christ made $370 million at the 2004 U.S. box office (only $3 million behind Spider-Man 2), and that was largely thanks to church leaders encouraging congregations to see the movie, even booking tickets for worshippers, children included, embracing a film that Roger Ebert called the most violent he’d ever seen, and far exceeding the graphic nature of previously denounced hot button pictures like Pulp Fiction, The Matrix, and Gibson’s very own Braveheart. Yet, that movie is far and beyond the norm of most Biblical Epics, which besides usually being in English, can offer more mainstream enticements than 120 minutes of flogging and impalement.

At the start of her career, icy blonde Lana Turner made her name by playing demure good girls, a bemusing feat in retrospect given her taste in men, and an ability to knock them dead. While that visage of virtue came crashing down when she played the femme fatale in 1946’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, she maintained a certain level of mainstream accessibility until her private life cut sharply into the headlines. This is probably why she was cast in 1955’s The Prodigal, a Hollywood expansion on the New Testament parable found in the Gospel of Luke.

A rather short and sweet story about the wayward son returning home to his father’s non-judging arms, the MGM picture turned it into a vision of lustful seduction when a pagan priestess, who does not appear in the Bible, named Samarra (Turner) convinces the younger son Micah to waste his inheritance on the local Pagan cult who die in fire and brimstone. Not unlike creating a villain in Aronofsky’s Noah that undoubtedly will be in need of smiting before the end credits, the inclusion of a popular female movie star, and the sex she might sell, is a staple of almost any successful Hollywood movie, be she Scarlett O’Hara or Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. And it still may work, as seen in Noah’s last trailer, which was introduced by current Hollywood sweetheart Emma Watson, before it cuts to her character of Ila, Noah’s adopted daughter, frolicking in the woods with Shem (Douglas Booth), Noah’s genetic son. But they aren’t playing like brothers and sisters.

As with the violence associated in most biblical tales, the appearance of women in the Bible, not the most feminist of books, has been expanded into many theatrical tickets sales for decades. It’s worth noting that John the Baptist is one of the New Testament’s greatest heroes. He foretold the Christ’s arrival before the messiah appeared and is believed to be the man who baptized Jesus Christ as an early follower of his teachings. And yet, while appearing in many films, including in one as biblical triple-threat Charlton Heston with The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), there is not a single movie named after pious John or his journeys. Conversely, Salome, the woman believed to order John the Baptist’s head on a silver platter after an erotic dance performed for father King Herod’s court, has had at least six films made where she is the titular star. It is a remarkable achievement when she is not even actually named in the Bible as the female dancer who ordered John’s head à la carte, but like the myth of Mary Magdalene being a prostitute, many know the story of the devilishly dangerous succubus named Salome.

In fact, she was a box office draw when she got the glam treatment as played by Rita Hayworth in 1953’s Salome. Based on the 1891 Oscar Wilde play of the same name, the auburn-haired star, who turned Gilda into a classic simply with the suggestive flick of a glove off her wrist, played Salome as a tragic heroine, one whose sexy “Dance of the Seven Veils” was performed to save John the Baptist’s life! It may not have been scripture, but it was a hit, just like the movie that inspired it, Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah (1949), a picture that turned Delilah’s (Hedy Lemarr) seductive manipulation of Hebrew judge Samson into an epic love story, and the biggest hit of that year.

Like the binary role of women in counterculture’s film noir movement, as well as mainstream Hollywood’s big budget Westerns, the post-war Bible films depicted the fairer sex in one of two roles: the virtuous good girl that the hero should end up with (but usually doesn’t in noir) and the tempestuous siren selling pleasure on a silver plate. Whether it is Nefretiri (Anne Baxter) in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956), an Egyptian queen who never appears to know Moses in the Old Testament’s Book of Exodus, or Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward in David and Bathsheba (Darryl Zanuck’s 1951 rebuttal to Samson and Delilah), Hollywood’s biggest Biblical Epics had a habit of extrapolating minor or non-existent characters into the most popular films of yesteryear. The importance of this is that it reveals the Bible as a treasure trove of storied material that audiences once, and likely would again, get behind as it indulges in behavior that certain moviegoers would otherwise avoid or condemn. It is especially paramount in adapting New Testament stories, because unlike 2014’s big budget Noah and Exodus stories, “the greatest story ever told,” is one of the hardest to sell to mainstream moviegoers.

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The most successful and easily the best film to derive from the New Testament is the 1959 remake of Ben-Hur. The biggest selling American novel of the late 19th century, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880) was written by former American Civil War Union General Lew Wallace and is an extravagant literary rationalization for becoming a follower of Christ (with a healthy dose of The Count of Monte Cristo thrown in). And William Wyler’s 1959 vision of the film is a stunning realization of that story with Charlton Heston at his most earnest as Judah Ben-Hur, a marble statue given something approximating life and a deep well of stoic charisma by the silverscreen icon. Betrayed by a boyhood friend, Heston’s Jewish prince is sentenced to death on the high seas as a slave for the Roman Empire with only a helping hand given by a passing carpenter holding a divine cup of water.

Ben-Hur’s story of revenge, redemption, and transcendence follows that of Jesus Christ from his Sermon on the Mount to finally his crucifixion on the vacillating and complicit order of Pontius Pilate (a wonderfully effete performance by Frank Thring). The movie did boffo box office and won a record 11 Academy Awards. And like the earlier 1925 silent Ben-Hur, everyone only remembers the dazzling chariot chase where Ben-Hur defeats his vengeful nemesis Messala (Stephen Boyd) in staggering 70mm photography.

It is a prime example of adapting “A Tale of the Christ” without ever having to fully show his face. While the Christian Messiah has been a popular subject for moviemaking ever since From the Manger to the Cross (1912), the first-ever Jesus movie and one of the first feature-length films, his story has also been one usually deferred to in favor of Old Testament cinema.

The first Hollywood account of the carpenter from Nazareth was Intolerance (1917), a production overseen by the woefully wrong messenger, D.W. Griffith. As the filmmaker responsible for the KKK renaissance of the 1920s with his cinematic opus Birth of a Nation (1915), Griffith tried to make it a point that he wasn’t that racist with Intolerance, a three-and-a-half hour epic that intercuts between four moments of “historic” intolerance, including the crucifying of Jesus Christ. After the script was labeled Anti-Semitic by certain Jewish groups, Griffith found himself changing the slant of the film to place emphasis on Romans for the execution of Christ. The movie was a financial flop and marked the subject as a matter that future filmmakers would largely choose to avoid (or to hit-up with a whip in the most medieval of ways in Gibson’s 2004 case).

Indeed, the Biblical Epic was on its way out in the 1960s, but two of the most high-profile flops in the genre were King of Kings (1961) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). The first of which was Nicholas Ray’s ham-fisted remake of the equally stuffy Cecil B. DeMille 1927 silent movie of the same name. The prospect of Ray, a filmmaker best known for early realist pieces like Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and hard-hitting noir that hit even too hard for star Humphrey Bogart with In a Lonely Place (1950), making an earnest Jesus picture sounded like a bad idea from the word go. This is a man who blacklisted his ex-wife Gloria Grahame after he found her in bed with his 13-year-old son from another marriage. And the general consensus ultimately agreed about this woeful material choice when King of Kings had a not-so-kingly box office and critical response.

The Greatest Story faired a little better creatively as directed by George Stevens and an uncredited David Lean. Importing Swedish acting heavyweight Max von Sydow, still only eight years out from his star-turn in The Seventh Seal, to play Jesus was a creative coup too. The picture also featured Heston in his biblical hat trick. Nonetheless, the movie was a financial flop that nearly sank United Artists as its biggest misfire…until Heaven’s Gate finished the job in 1980, sending UA into the corporate afterlife of MGM’s celestial arms.

Secular moviegoers and Christians alike delight in tales stemming from the New Testament, but like an Easter Day celebration, many would prefer it without the Jesus-themed sermon. The 1953 box office juggernaut The Robe introduced audiences to CinemaScope in a big way by proving that television was not the end-all-be-all, and that Jesus is a moneymaker, in literal passing.

Following the hand-offs of the robe Jesus wore on the day of his execution, like in Ben-Hur, Christ is mostly an off-screen presence. After Richard Burton’s Marcellus Gallio, a Roman tribute and ladies man, wins Christ’s robe in a dice game, he finds himself drawn to save virtuous good girl genre trope Jean Simmons from the evils of her betrothed Caligula (Jay Robinson) and also from Roman paganism since they both convert to Christianity by the film’s end. Rather than the teachings of what Christ promised, moviegoers have long preferred a focus on what Jesus proposed humanity not to do. The biggest New Testament stories are therefore the ones that focus on the might, as well as hedonism, of the Roman Empire.

Besides Ben-Hur, the biggest New Testament movie likely remains Cecil B. DeMille’s The Sign of the Cross, a 1932 pre-Code epic about devout early Christians and the lions that ate them. In Emperor Nero’s (Charles Laughton) Rome, DeMille could tease audiences with every imaginable salacious pagan fantasy. Scandalously lurid with its gladiatorial fights, Christian-devouring lions, lesbian dances, implied orgies, monkey-Christian fondling, and a naked Claudette Colbert taking a barely-obscured bath, the movie is cited as one of the most notorious 1930s Hollywood horrors that led to the Hays Code in 1934 (and the later censoring of The Sign of the Cross). But since DeMille ended the tale with Roman patrician Marcus Superbus (Fredric March) falling in love with a young Christian girl (Elissa Landi), who he then chooses to die with in the lion’s pit, the movie had audience approval from the less stiff moviegoers, thereby cementing DeMille as the go-to Biblical Epic director.

When looking at the vast expanse of cinema’s Biblical Epic genre, DeMille’s name ascends higher than any not called Yahweh. Born in 1881 to an Episcopalian lay minister from North Carolina and a Sephardic Jewish mother of German heritage, DeMille’s parents shared a love for drama and theatre. All of those values were instilled in DeMille at a young age, as he later credited attending an Episcopal church in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey as the location where he dreamed of dramatizing the Book of Exodus, leading to two separate films called The Ten Commandments.

Becoming a stage actor in 1900 and one of Hollywood’s earliest pioneer directors by 1914, DeMille would go on to carve out an immortal niche in Hollywood for larger than life epics, many with more than a hint of his religious upbringing: The Ten Commandments (1923), The King of Kings (1927), The Sign of the Cross (1932), The Crusades (1935), Samson and Delilah (1949), and The Ten Commandments again in 1956. As much the progenitor of the silent film trope (along with Griffith’s Intolerance) of pairing a contemporary story with a biblical one, therein sneaking in the sermon most vividly as seen with his first Ten Commandments, DeMille could be argued as the one who ushered in the Biblical Epic at its peak in the 1950s.

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When Samson and Delilah became the biggest hit of 1949, the scale and pageantry associated with a Cecil B. DeMille movie became synonymous with the Bible. In the first age of television’s vast invasion of popular consciousness, it was the widescreen Biblical Epics, along with Westerns and Musicals, that stood tallest in theatrical Hollywood’s desperation for mass entertainment attention. Movies got bigger, longer, and more visually decadent than Rome’s bread and circuses. The biggest New Testament films took a page from DeMille’s The Sign of the Cross by focusing on everything but that Cross until the obligatory come to Jesus finale, and the Old Testament movies got bigger and bawdier. But none were bigger than The Ten Commandments in 1956.

The two films that mark the height of the genre, sharing the same star and only three years of separation, could not be more different. While Ben-Hur was a big screen spectacle meant to exhilarate with populist entertainment—like Chariot races and mutinous battles on the high seas, shot in gorgeously bright colors that reveled in the Roman exterior sunlight as much as the earthy browns of the film’s Libyan locations—The Ten Commandments was a darker and almost apocalyptic movie that dived right into DeMille’s reading of the Gospels. Unlike William Wyler, who later said Ben-Hur was meant to be a thinking man’s biblical [i.e. Cecil B. DeMille] movie, DeMille painstakingly observed what he thought was true to the scripture that marked his first Biblical Epic, and now his last.

Despite being shot on location in Egypt and Mount Sinai, DeMille’s second Ten Commandments is a dark, ominous film filled with stylized lighting for an ancient world long gone, struck away by each lightning strike thrown from the Creator. Well past the third hour mark, when Moses comes down from the mountain to see that his followers have made a mockery of God by worshipping a golden idol, the film takes on disastrous proportions far greater than any parting of the Red Sea.

Intended to be DeMille’s final masterpiece, the movie feels like a stark judgment on human failure, even if DeMille sees every frame as nothing short of incredible achievement. Casting his previous collaborator Charlton Heston of The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) as Moses, DeMille made public comparisons between the actor’s physique and righteousness with Michelangelo’s marble likeness of the Hebrew chain-breaker. In fact, that was his introduction to the film with his 10-minute trailer dedicated to showing off fidelity to the material that he is introducing. It is also likely why he served as the omnipresent narrator bearing witness to this tale of Jewish liberation. One could almost wish he also dubbed himself over Anne Baxter’s line readings as well.

Revisiting The Ten Commandments with sound, color, and Heston was meant to be DeMille’s final magnum opus on this mortal coil, which became a reality when the director died of a heart attack three years later. And as he passed, so too did his genre of choice.

In the decade of Vietnam, civil rights, and Woodstock, the stories that once offered a sense of stability and moral fortitude became increasingly dated and out of touch for the boomer generation. Beyond the encroachment of television, the Biblical Epic like the mythic Western offered a comforting parable for the supposedly war-weary generation that won WWII. Tired of combat and modern horrors, Hollywood’s biggest budgets were dedicated to either completely obscuring reality’s strife or placing the lens on “good versus evil” and “us versus them.” White hats and black hats, American GIs and Nazis, or Christians and Romans, it was always at least partially about reminding audiences of moral certainty.

DeMille even compared Moses’ struggle against Ramesses II and the Egyptians as the fight of freedom-lovers everywhere against the tyranny of communism. However, after that supposed struggle sank Americans into a needless war in Southeast Asia, one that was costing the next generation thousands of lives, the parents’ entertainments and diversions—including Westerns, Musicals, and the Biblical Epic—became more than passé; they were offensive. The Italian-American collaboration of The Bible: In the Beginning… (1966), which attempted to recount the entire Book of Genesis through pretty European things gallivanting around the Garden of Eden and director John Huston humbly casting himself as Noah, the savior of humanity during the Great Flood, proved to be an even greater flop.

The naturalism ushered in by Marlon Brando, James Dean, and the plethora of other graduates from Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio made the noble strutting of Heston, DeMille’s Michelangelo statue, seem antiquated. By the time The Greatest Story Ever Told nearly capsized UA, younger moviegoers were deserting Hollywood tropes in droves. Ironically, Greatest Story’s Jesus Christ, the eternally wizened and world-weary Max von Sydow, would have far better luck at bringing moviegoers to Jesus in the ensuing decade by scaring the Hell out of them. Playing old and decrepit again while still in his youth, von Sydow was The Exorcist in the 1973 religious horror movie directed by the notoriously agnostic William Friedkin. Modern, cold, and disturbingly naturalized in its presentation of demonic activity within the confines of everyday Georgetown, the movie earned $400 million worldwide despite its hard, hard R-rating. In the stripped down, insistently authentic era of the film school generation that ruled the roost in imploded 1970s Hollywood, this is as far as serious religious filmmaking would go.

And yet… that brief shining moment of auteurism running Hollywood has long ended. Somewhere between the release of Star Wars in 1977 and UA finally going under with the beautifully boring Heaven’s Gate in 1980, the studio system bounced back by demonizing creativity in favor of the reliably recognizable blockbuster. And what could be more recognized than the Bible?

So, here we are again, on the proverbial cusp of what should be the first biblical blockbuster hits of the modern era. And unlike the gospels of Marvel, DC, or George Lucas, these are characters that have no licensing and copyright fees. The only major intervening Hollywood Bible studies since the reemergence of a (corporate) studio business model were Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Gibson’s Passion project. Those both broke the unwritten rule of filming Christ’s story that goes back to the heyday of Griffith, yet even the latter still proved to be a box office juggernaut despite no major studio financing and being performed entirely in Aramaic and Latin.

An English-spoken Old Testament tale with movie stars like Russell Crowe and starlets like Emma Watson is so out of Cecil B. DeMille’s playbook that Anthony Hopkins may as well be doing a Charlton Heston impersonation. New CGI creatures and Tubal-cain may not be in “Noah’s Ark,” but such minor fine print details haven’t silenced the choir in the past from hallelujah-ing over the inconsistencies; I am surprised they aren't as loud now in an era where golden, red, blue, and green idols of every stripe are worshipped each summer by moviegoers making their annual pilgrimage to the next masked avenger movie.

The modern box office has not reflected a new conversion from religious moviegoers, but it still seems like the studio system's Biblical Epic is on the cusp of a Second Coming if they got the right filmmaker in touch with the right material.

*** A version of this article was first published on March 31, 2014. 

David Crow is the Film Section Editor at Den of Geek. He’s also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. Read more of his work here. You can follow him on Twitter @DCrowsNest.

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Bible stories make for varying cinema. Here are the best Bible movies about Jesus Christ himself...

Bible Movies About Jesus Christ
The Lists Rebecca Clough
Apr 20, 2019

The Biblical epic appears to be back in a big way. Not only has Mary Magdalene hit UK cinemas just in time for Easter, 2018’s offerings also include the recently released Paul, Apostle of Christ (which rather confusingly features ex-Jesus Jim Caviezel as his pal Luke) and the upcoming Pontius Pilate, starring Eric Roberts.

Religion can make for contentious filmmaking: too earnest and the movie feels sanctimonious and dull, too irreverent and you risk making “a holocaust movie that has the power to destroy souls eternally” as a nun once told Martin Scorsese, who directed 1988's The Last Temptation of Christ. Here are the top 25 movies about the man we can thank for the enormous amount of chocolate we eat at various intervals throughout the year:

25. Gospel Road: A Story Of Jesus (1973)

Gospel Road: A Story Of Jesus

An enthusiastic convert to Christianity, Johnny Cash dug into his own pockets to make this film on location in Israel. He appears as narrator and his songs provide the soundtrack. The relatively low budget forced some creative solutions to certain scenes: Jesus is never surrounded by crowds, but instead sound effects are used along with the music to produce the right atmosphere. Cash’s wife, fellow singer June Carter, plays Mary Magdalene (and is the only actor with lines).

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Director Robert Elfstrom also doubled up as the lead. While we now ridicule the image of a light-haired, blue-eyed Jesus, it was de rigueur in 1973, and Elfstrom is so Caucasian he’s positively Nordic. It’s not the greatest film on the life of Jesus, but the addition of jaunty country music makes it enjoyably original.

24. The Passover Plot (1976)

The Passover Plot

While The Da Vinci Code popularized the theory that Jesus was married, another conspiracy had emerged decades earlier: what if Jesus "came back to life" because he’d never really died? Based on a 1965 bestseller, the plot centers on a drug which can simulate the appearance of death. Despite his disciples’ warnings of “rusty nails and splintered bones,” Jesus is determined to fulfill the prophecy of a Messiah who rises from the dead. It seems a bit risky to me, but then I’ve always found the most haunting horror films are the ones where pranks go wrong.

There are some interesting re-interpretations (Jesus causing a ruckus in the temple as a pre-meditated strike rather than a genuine overflow of indignation, Judas being a friend of Barrabas and trying to combine all the rebels for maximum impact) but the film itself could have done with more polish. (And better casting – John the Baptist is weirdly elderly.) Jesus preaches in the screechy manner of an angry TV evangelist, his message of love at odds with his mean little face. (Sorry, Zalman King.)

23. The Messiah (2007)

The Messiah (2007)

Even Iranian Muslim Jesus can’t escape being blonde. Played by Ahmad Soleimani Nia, this is Jesus' story told from the Islamic perspective. Using stories from the Qur’an and the non-Biblical Gospel of Barnabas, we still get the virgin birth and various miracles, but this time we have an alternative ending where Jesus isn’t crucified. Instead, he is saved from his fate by God, and the unfortunate Judas finds himself changing “amazingly in face and speech to be like Jesus” just in time for the Romans to arrest him. It may not have the highest production values, but it’s certainly a version of the story I haven’t seen on screen before.

Not to be confused with Il Messia (1975), the last film Roberto Rossellini directed and a more conventional take on Jesus (played by the lovely Pier Maria Rossi).

22. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

AKA the longest story ever told. This is your bona fide old school, all-star Biblical epic. The good news: while there are plenty of the kind of polystyrene studio sets you’ve come to know and love from 1960s movies, there are also some stunning sweeping shots of the (mostly Utah) landscape and beautiful lighting.

The bad news? Jesus is a bit awkward. Blessed with a spectacularly nerdy (or perhaps hipster?) haircut, he talks in the kind of slow, sonorous tones that suggest Max von Sydow is trying his best to be reverent. Unfortunately, the whole effect is rather monotone and lifeless. The rest of the cast has more spark. My favorite moment is Herod’s inadvertently modern response of “Get out!” when told of miracles. With a star-studded cast, including Charlton Heston, Sidney Poitier, and John Wayne, it’s a must for movie buffs with long attention spans.

21. The Gospel of Us (2012)

The Gospel of Us (2012)

Michael Sheen returns to his motherland in this ambitious project: an updated passion play filmed in three days in the streets (and beaches) of Port Talbot over Easter 2011. He’s the “teacher” – a man who pops up on a beach, is baptized (read: dunked under the waves without preamble), and gathers quite a following, despite not being able to remember who he is. The area has been taken over by a company called ICU who become increasingly aggressive towards the man leading the town into rebellion and telling the authorities “I make you unnecessary.”

Surreal at times, slow-moving, and revelling in the atmosphere of a small town, it’s an avant-garde film that won’t be for everyone, but it has moments of great charm – not least Jesus with a strong Welsh accent referring to the weather as “bootiful.”

20. The Jesus Film (1979)

The Jesus Film (1979)

Early films about Jesus (such as 1935's Golgotha) tended to show him from a respectful distance, with a serious poker face at all times. The Jesus Film was one of the first to break this mold. Brian Deacon (wearing a prosthetic nose) is a well-spoken Jesus with a jolly side, laughing heartily as his newly converted tax collector friend digs out his secret stash of cash to pay back all the people he’s cheated.

Visually, it’s bright and fresh. Despite being almost 40 years old it looks as if it could have been shot yesterday. It’s also one of the more culturally accurate films. For instance, the Last Supper takes place on the floor as nature intended rather than being staged like Leonardo’s painting. It’s been translated into over 1000 languages with hundreds more on the way, making it the most translated film in history.

19. The Greatest Story Overtold/The Divine Mr. J /The Thorn (1971/1974)

The Thorn

It’s generally not a great sign when a film has multiple names and release dates, but if you like (low-budget) irreverent comedies, this will be right up your street. Bette Midler is a stereotypical Jewish mother in her first major role – which she later tried to distance herself from, calling it “dreadful.” (Unfortunately for her, it was ingeniously re-named after her Divine Miss M album.)

The movie depicts John the Baptist as a flasher in a mac, Joseph as an unsuccessful inventor, and Mary as particularly keen for her son to turn more water into wine. The tone of the film can be summed up by Herod “Antipasto” suggesting that everyone should go to their hometown to be taxed so they’ll all be home “before Christmas.”

Religion-based satire was on the increase: 1980 saw the release of Wholly Moses with Dudley Moore, and Marty Feldman’s In God We Trust (or Gimme That Prime Time Religion). And who could forget the Catholic church’s new icon, “Buddy Christ” in Dogma (1999)?

18. The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)

The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John

Unrelated to The Visual Bible: Matthew/Acts production, this features narration by Christopher Plummer and Henry Ian Cusick as a boyish Jesus. (The casting of a handsome young dude as the messiah was also used in 2014’s rather wooden Son of God, which received some hilariously scathing reviews despite starring “Hot Jesus” Diogo Morgado.)

Basing the movie on the gospel of John means that we get to see some rarely filmed sequences, such as Jesus washing his disciples’ feet (often cut in favor of more bellydancing from Salome). Scripture which is sparse on detail can be interpreted imaginatively, but there is a downside to sticking closely to the source material: it’s difficult to film scenes with the narration “then he breathed on them” without slipping into farce.

17. Histoire de Judas / Story of Judas (2015)

Story of Judas

French-Algerian filmmaker Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche stars as Judas as well as writing, producing, and directing this glossy French production. His Judas is portrayed not as a miserly backstabber, but as the best friend a chap could have. It’s a revelation that will surprise you if you’ve literally never seen a film about Jesus before, as Judas being a misunderstood good guy isn’t exactly a new trope.

In this slightly far-fetched take on the story, the maligned disciple is the victim of a vengeful scribe. However, the film is visually stunning, with ancient ruins and desert scenes galore – and Nabil Djedouani is a thoughtful, understated Jesus.

16. Jesus – The Film (1986)

Jesus – The Film

German filmmaker Michael Brynntrup created the concept of the production as well as playing Jesus in this bonkers re-telling of his life, which promises, “Whoever sees this film will be saved!”

Shot in black and white, it’s made up of 35 parts, with contributions from 22 different filmmakers. Each director was given only the details of the shot immediately preceding his segment. In the manner of a silly party game, they could then allow their imaginations to go wild to create the next part of the story. It’s a fairly loose, quirky interpretation. For instance, we start by learning Jesus is a twin. (Joseph to the wise men: “You take the little one and we'll keep the big one.”)

In a somewhat similar vein, satirical black comedy De Mantel Der Liefde (directed by Adriaan Ditvvorst in 1978) is also broken up into segments, each based on people failing to follow one of the ten commandments.

15. Pilate and Others (1972)

Pilate and Others

Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita has three interwoven stories: Satan, disguised as a smooth-talking magician in 1930s Moscow, infiltrates the world of rich cynics. Pontius Pilate struggles with his conscience during the trial of Jesus. In Russia, Margarita is determined to save her lover (a frustrated writer) from his own despair. With me so far?

Pilate and Others is focused only on the Biblical part of the story but adds an extra twist: the setting is now modern day Germany. Pilate believes Jesus is an innocent man (albeit a mad philosopher), but is that enough to save him?

The Biblical section is also retold in Incident in Judea (1992) while The Master and Margarita has been filmed several times, including shorts, animations and TV series.

14. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

The Passion of the Christ

Different films focus on different aspects of Jesus’ life, and this one sets itself squarely on his physical suffering. There are moments of lightness scattered throughout the film, but for most of the 127-minute duration, we simply watch Jim Caviezel getting beaten to a pulp and then crucified. The violence lets up occasionally for creepy visions of an androgynous Satan.

At the time, Mel Gibson was seen merely as a simple-minded action star rather than an anti-Semitic loon, and cynics ridiculed the idea of him making a biopic of Jesus in the original Aramaic, Latin, and Hebrew. Who wants to watch that? Er... lots of people, apparently. (To date, it’s the highest grossing R-rated film in the US.)

Caviezel has confirmed that he will be reprising his role as Jesus in a sequel. Mel Gibson has suggested that The Resurrection will explore what Jesus got up to while he was dead, featuring “another realm.” Gosh!

13. La Voie Lactée/The Milky Way (1969)

The Milky Way (1969)

Director Luis Buñuel, known as the father of cinematic surrealism, was raised with a strict Jesuit education, resulting in a lifelong obsession with God and the means to create some memorably wacky movies. The Milky Way mixes the story of two traveling hobos with various characters who discuss religious philosophy.

Of course, Jesus and his mother both make frequent appearances, providing absurdly hilarious moments. She recommends he doesn’t shave (“You look much better with your beard”) and we also get to see that so rarely filmed moment in the scriptures when Jesus heals a blind man by spitting in his eyes.

If you fancy a less deep and meaningful but equally zany film, preferably one that looks like the effort of students, try Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001) or Ultrachrist! (2003).

12. King of Kings (1961)

King of Kings

Not to be confused with Cecil B. DeMille’s silent classic The King of Kings (1927), this lavish production is perhaps the quintessential Biblical epic, full of amazing sets, costumes, and battle scenes. Jesus barely gets a look in for much of the film – approximately two minutes is devoted to his healing people (often by casting a shadow on them or fixing them with a piercing stare) and he preaches once or twice.

But what the film lacks in religious devotion it makes up for in entertainment: Herod’s wife and step-daughter, for instance, are so deliciously evil it’s not surprising they get quite an unnecessary amount of screen time. We also get a new theory for why Judas betrays Jesus – under pressure to produce a rebel leader who does more than pray in the temple, he decides to force Jesus’ hand and have him arrested in the hope that this will spark a Carrie-style rampage.

11. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Inspired by Eric Idle’s sarcastic suggestion of naming their next film Jesus Christ – Lust for Glory, the Monty Pythons saw the comic potential of first-century Judea. Brian (Graham Chapman) happens to be born at the same time as Jesus and accidentally acquires a sheep-like following.

The Pythons insisted they were lampooning organized religion, not Jesus himself. Idle explained, “What he's saying isn't mockable, it's very decent stuff.” The sermon on the mount may be subject to mishearings (“Blessed are the cheesemakers?”) but Jesus is also credited with healing a leper (who’s now ungrateful because he’s lost his begging livelihood).

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There’s some fairly dark humor around the practice of public executions, and the controversial religious satire was banned for decades in some parts of the world. However, it’s worth seeing just for John Cleese playing a Roman version of Basil Fawlty supervising a stoning (“Who threw that?!”) as well as forcing Brian to correct the Latin grammar in his graffiti.

10. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Jesus of Nazareth

Providing the classic image of movie Jesus, Robert Powell was recommended for the role on the basis of those penetrating peepers, which were emphasized with a combination of white and dark-blue eyeliners. Director Franco Zeffirelli wanted a mystical stare, so Powell followed the non-blinking trend set by Max von Sydow. He was so convincing in the role that the crew allegedly stopped swearing when he wafted beatifically past in tea breaks.

Written by Anthony Burgess (of Clockwork Orange fame) and featuring an all-star cast (Anne Bancroft, Laurence Olivier, James Earl Jones, Peter Ustinov… you get the idea), the whole story is told in detail – as it was originally a six-hour mini-series, there’s plenty of time. As well as the usual sequences of patriarchal slut-shaming, it’s emphasized for once that Jesus’ male acquaintances would also have brought him into disrepute – being friends with a tax collector was NOT cool.

9. Risen (2016)

Risen (2016)

Risen has an enticing concept, seeing the crucifixion and its aftermath through the eyes of a Roman soldier. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) is under strict orders from Pontius Pilate to make sure the Nazarene’s body is guarded so nobody can steal it and claim he has risen. Needless to say, it doesn’t go to plan.

It’s a fascinating insight into the reality of life and death in 33 AD, and there are some thriller-esque moments as Clavius hunts for the disciples and the missing body. The cinematography and Roman sets look amazing, and as one critic said, “It's nice to finally see the Messiah portrayed by somebody who'd probably get extra attention at a U.S. airport by Homeland Security.”

Roman soldiers seeing the light has long been a theme in Hollywood movies such as The Robe (1953) and the 1987 film (and 2006 remake) The Inquiry.

8. Son of Man (2006)

Son of Man (2006)

Director Mark Dornford-May really ups the cuteness factor in this re-imagining of Jesus’ life, by casting children as the angels and shepherds and prolonging the scenes of Jesus as a toddler. The action has been transplanted to present-day South Africa, which works uncannily well. The immigration station which Mary and Joseph are summoned to is a bureaucratic nightmare, and there is a constant atmosphere of danger, against a backdrop of political unrest.

Grown-up Jesus preaches the importance of non-violent resistance, even when your country is occupied by a foreign government and, as he points out repeatedly, “you’re being lied to.” (When child labor laws are passed, medicine prices in the US and Europe are manipulated, and people just “disappear.”) This modern twist to his sermons doesn’t distract from the message of unity, but the community is put to the test by his death. It’s a unique film worth watching purely for the GLORIOUS soundtrack of traditional African singing.

7. Mary Magdalene (2018)

Mary Magdalene

At long last, we have a film in which Mary Magdalene escapes the boring and predictable pitfalls of being mistaken for a prostitute, adulteress, or WAG. Refreshingly, she’s simply a follower of Jesus, just like the guys. Rooney Mara is luminous as a young woman whose kindness and strength is apparent from the start. Recoiling from the ordinariness of marriage and kids, she is instantly hooked when she meets the preacher all the locals are talking about and leaves her old life behind.

The film combines gorgeous cinematography with an earthy reality, from the costumes to the palpable sense of pressure on Judea’s most in-demand rabbi. Again, Judas is portrayed as a devoted disciple who just wants Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix) to stop wasting time and start leading their rebellion, and Peter and Mary’s famous rivalry comes to a head when they have very different views of Jesus’ legacy.

6. Godspell (1973)

Godspell (1973)

John-Michael Tebelak wrote Godspell as his thesis in 1970. It was discovered by producers who hired Stephen Schwartz to compose a new score and the rest is history. With a Superman shirt and admirable afro, Victor Garber plays Jesus, who inspires various characters to leave behind their normal routines and re-discover a sparkly New York all of their own, in all manner of natty outfits.

With parables acted out with childlike enthusiasm by the players, and a catchy soundtrack, at first glance it looks like the kind of cheesy musical that you might enjoy as a child (but get embarrassed when you’re caught watching by your older brother and his friends and pretend you really weren’t that into it). It’s playful, silly, and goofy, but there’s something about the warmth and exuberance spilling out from the screen that makes this greater than the sum of its parts.

5. The Visual Bible: Matthew (1993)

The Visual Bible: Matthew (1993)

Filming a book of the Bible word-for-word is a risky business, especially when it comes to those long lists of who fathered who. But this 1993 version of Matthew is MADE by the performance of Bruce Marchiano as Jesus. In contrast to the stern movie messiahs of yesteryear, he’s lovely and cuddly, and so determined to be smiley that he can barely wipe the grin off his face.

He beams while exorcising demons, he chuckles while preaching, he guffaws while standing under a waterfall. He and the disciples enjoy so much matey horseplay, I’m surprised they stop short of flicking each other with towels in the shower. However, Marchiano does bring the character to life in a way that few others have and makes the often-recited words sound natural and spontaneous.

The Gospel According to Matthew was also made by Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1964, proclaimed in the Vatican City newspaper as the “best film on Christ ever made.”

4. Jesus of Montreal (1989)

Jesus of Montreal (1989)

Biblical scholars will appreciate the sheer ingenuity of the way details (and jokes) from the gospels have been seamlessly squeezed into this moving, modern-day tale of an acting group in Quebec. Tasked with re-working a Passion play, Daniel (Lothaire Bluteau) gathers a group of actors, saving them from a life of seedy porn voiceovers and degrading commercials. His performance as Jesus is a hit, but the church is uncomfortable at some of the more unconventional slants they’ve given the story.

The theatre doubles as their place of worship. Daniel causes chaos when he’s outraged at the manipulation of young actors forced to strip off for a beer commercial, while his troupe is determined to start an idealistic new company. Growing in popularity, Daniel is told he could have the whole city at his feet if he would accept the opportunities offered to him… but with the authorities closing in, there’s danger his work could be brought to an abrupt end.

3. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Beginning life as a rock opera concept album penned by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the stage show hit Broadway in 1971. It’s been filmed several times: Rik Mayall featured as Herod in 2000, and the 2012 stage show starring Tim Minchin was also released on DVD. For my money, the original, with its striking desert location, is the best. Ted Neely makes a sympathetic Jesus, but it’s Carl Anderson as Judas who steals the show. While the dancing and costumes are so Pan's People (a British all-female dance troupe from the '60s and '70s) it hurts (in a good way), the music has lost none of its dynamic power.

The post-crucifixion ending is intended to be ambiguous, but on viewing the footage, director Norman Jewison discovered the faint appearance of a shepherd walking near the empty cross and decided to use this serendipitous take for the closing shot.

It’s a show that never goes out of style, with John Legend appearing in a live US TV version for NBC this Easter along with Alice Cooper as Herod.

2. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

The Last Temptation of Christ

“What would have happened if Jesus had bottled it?” is the basic premise of Nikos Kazantzakis' 1955 novel, Hollywoodized by Catholic Martin Scorsese, fulfilling his lifelong ambition to make a movie about Jesus.

Despite a careful “this isn’t real” disclaimer at the beginning, the film’s infamy led to attacks on cinemas and many refused to show it, with several major video stores following suit. Apparently, depicting Jesus tempted by the thought of marriage was unforgivable. (Ironically.)

It’s a shame many people will avoid this film on principle because it’s fantastic, full of "I’d never thought of it like that" moments and a liveliness that makes well-worn Bible verses sound fresh. A thoughtful script and a wild-eyed performance from Willem Dafoe make it easy to imagine just how insane the Nazarene might have appeared.

Interestingly, it’s not the lure of sexual attraction that Dafoe’s Jesus is really focused on, but the simple pleasures of family life. Perhaps it’s the more insidious temptation. Who wouldn’t rather play with their kids than wrestle with the nature of their own divinity, fight the political system, and start a new religion? It’s an utterly compelling story of a man tortured by the conviction that God has a job for him that he doesn’t want.

1. The Miracle Maker (2000)

The Miracle Maker

1990s TV shows Testament: The Bible in Animation and Shakespeare: The Animated Tales had already made stop-motion animation a popular choice for re-telling old stories. Here it was used to create a delightful film which achieves in 90 minutes what some rambling epics fail to do in several hours. The political atmosphere of the time is well-drawn and events are neatly summarized with a well-written screenplay packed full of parables and miracles.

We see events through the eyes of a young girl who has a miracle of her own at the hands of Jesus (voiced by Ralph Fiennes). She watches as the local carpenter becomes well-known for his spiritual teachings and the establishment grows wary of a potential political explosion.

For a children’s film, there’s an astonishing amount of intelligent insight into characters’ feelings and motivations. It’s also beautifully made, moving, and funny.

Honourable mentions:

Book of Life (1999): It’s a bit rambly, but there are some great moments in Hal Hartley's tale of Jesus having second thoughts about judgment day – and telling Satan “it’s not that you’re so despicable, it’s just that you’re so incredibly trite.”

Civilization (1915): One of the first times Jesus was portrayed on film, he appears to a submarine inventor to urge him to promote peace, not war.

The Young Messiah (2016): Unfortunately, showing Jesus as a child feels a tad Omen-ish, especially when he starts doing supernatural tricks. Based on Anne Rice’s novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, it does raise the interesting question of how much young Jesus understood of his place in the world.

Jesus (1999): Standard re-telling of the gospels, with Debra Messing as Mary Magdalene and Gary Oldman relishing his role as Pontius Pilate.

Last Days in the Desert (2015): Breathtakingly beautiful to look at, this is an alternative take on the 40 days Jesus (Ewan McGregor) spends in the wilderness. Unfortunately, it only sizzles when Satan (also McGregor) is on screen and picking fault with God’s methodology.

Natalia Dyer Compares ‘80s and 2000s for Yes God Yes

Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer talks her new film Yes, God, Yes and tells us what's better about the '80s than the 2000s.

Natalia Dyer Yes God Yes Stranger Things
Interview David Crow
Apr 20, 2019

Growing up in a sheltered lifestyle is difficult. When everyone around you thinks the same and looks the same, it is hard to realize if you’re not the same. For better or worse, technology has made that bubble-like groupthink rarer, but it still exists and is captured at an amusingly awkward moment, for both characters and pop culture, during Yes, God, Yes. As Karen Maine’s directorial debut, the picture stars Natalia Dyer as Alice, a young woman who (kind of) wishes to conform with her Catholic school’s rigid teachings, but in the early 2000s is getting a crash course in sexual education at a point when “social media” was but a flicker in angry Harvard students’ eyes.

It’s an amusing setup for one of the more memorable dramedies out of SXSW this year. With scenes like Dyer going on AOL Instant Messenger to find out what a “tossed salad” is after high school gossip accuses her of such debauchery, she gets more than she bargained for from strangers demanding photos of her touching herself… an act she’s never really tried before. She also gets to think about what it is to grow up a young woman while attending a Jesus Camp that insists she must stay a passive girl.

“A lot of it actually happened to me,” Maine says when she comes by our SXSW studio. “Obviously I took some creative leaps with the story. I’ve never seen my priest masturbate, thank God. A lot of it was made up to make it more dramatic, but it’s such an interesting way to grow up: as a young girl in a Catholic environment in the Midwest where nobody else is a different religion or even a different race, or has different political views. It’s just very homogenous.”

Maine, who’s had experience telling stories from a uniquely feminine point-of-view in an industry that more regularly would skew toward a male coming-of-age yarn (her previous screenplay was for Spirit Award nominated Obvious Child), pulled from her own life of growing up in the late ‘90s and early 2000s.

Says Maine, “The internet was not what it is today… It was more like a hallway without any doors that opened. Or you could just open one or two. You can find out anything.” She adds in relation to Yes, God, Yes, “All of that happened to me. That was my screenname. I got that email about the saucy pics and asked to see more. And then my Dad, because he had access to my AOL account, had to confront me about it. In fairness, he was really sweet and kind about it. He didn’t really shame me, but I was like, ‘This is the most awkward conversation in the world.’ I think I flat out denied it. ‘That wasn’t me!’ It was obviously me.”

It’s a moment echoed in the movie when Dyer goes on AIM again and again to get to the bottom of what what her priest doesn’t want her to know.

“I think it’s always fun to play in [that sort of] world,” Dyer tells us. “Right now we’re in such a technologically special, strange place, and I think the generation below us is in a very interesting position. The access they have, the connectivity. I think it’s nice to remember a time where you didn’t have all that constantly. It was very early stages of communicating on the internet.”

It’s also a chance to return to a different era for Dyer, who has spent so much time in ‘80s on the star-making Stranger Things that it’s a bit of a time-warp to go to the early 2000s. With that said, Dyer knows which decade she’d prefer to be stuck in.

“Oh the ‘80s, I think,” Dyer says with a laugh. “Yeah, the 2000s were terrible! Low-rise jeans are the worst.”

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For much of the young cast though, including Dyer, Yes, God, Yes offers a trip back to the not-so-distant past.

“We all spent a lot of time just sitting around talking between takes, talking about things that came up as we were shooting the film,” says Francesca Reale. “We started talking about AIM, we started talking about music we were listening to. I think the three of us went on a little rant about mp3 players at one point. It’s interesting to play a character in that time, because it doesn’t feel so long ago, and I don’t feel so far away from the five-year-old I was in the late ‘90s or 2000s.”

It doesn’t feel so long ago, and yet it also seems like a different universe. One that should be getting closer again since Yes, God, Yes is a delightfully knowing comedy about what it feels like to know nothing, and being surrounded by others who are pretending they’ve got all the answers. With any luck from above, it’ll find distribution soon and a wider audience to the pass that knowledge on to. In the meantime, you can watch our full interviews in the video above.

David Crow is the Film Section Editor at Den of Geek. He’s also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. Read more of his work here. You can follow him on Twitter @DCrowsNest.

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Conjuring Timeline The Nun Annabelle
Feature Daniel Kurland
Apr 20, 2019

Warning! Contains major spoilers for The Nun and all Conjuring movies!

It's kind of perfect that the only two successful major shared cinematic universes out there are superheroes and horror. Comics have been telling a sprawling, interconnected story since their inception, while the first connected film universe ever, the Universal Monsters, was a horror franchise. The Conjuring’s Annabelle, Valak, the Nun, and the Crooked Man are no Frankenstein's Monster or Dracula, but the mission is the same: scaring as many people as possible. What’s fun about all of these spin-offs and side stories is that they intentionally feature tiny epilogues or moments that feed into other films in the franchise. You don’t need to be aware of these touches of continuity to enjoy the films, but their presence shows how important this universe (and its timeline) is to James Wan and the respective filmmakers. It’s no coincidence that Wan has had a hand in every one of The Conjuring universe’s scripts in some capacity, too.

The Conjuring universe has just added the latest chapter to their growing saga with The Nun, and for some the collective weight of these films and their connections may be too intimidating to jump in. What if I want to see The Nun but didn't see any of the Annabelle movies? Will The Nun still make sense if I love the main Conjuring movies, but have never checked out any of the spin-offs? Because a horror franchise's backstory should never be more frightening than its actual story, here's a helpful chronological breakdown of The Conjuring universe, from The Nun to Annabelle and beyond!

It should go without saying that spoilers will follow below…

The Nun

1952

The Nun takes place in Romania in 1952 and at this point is the earliest chapter in The Conjuring universe. Wan and the film’s director, Corin Hardy, seem to have designed the film to be an “origin of evil” type of story, which explores the genesis of The Conjuring’s big baddie and ultimate evil, Valak. When a nun commits suicide at the Abbey of St. Carta, people begin to suspect that dark powers of Valak are involved. The film even powerfully opens on a sizzle reel of Valak’s damage, complete with Lorraine Warren’s foreboding voiceover, taken from The Conjuring 2.

The Nun digs into the individual who is responsible for summoning not only Valak into the world, but demons in general. The film depicts what is ostensibly the birth of the first evil that initiates all of the series’ supernatural trouble in the first place. There’s a flashback that goes all the way back to the Dark Ages as the Duke of St. Carta’s ritual to summon Valak gets shown in detail. The Nun also briefly jumps back in time to 1945 to show Father Burke’s first experience with demonic possession. Whether the force that takes control of Daniel is Valak or some other evil, Valak still uses Daniel’s spirit as a means to torture Burke throughout the film (and really plays into the “Marquis of Snakes” namesake).

After it looks like Sister Irene and company have defeated Valak, The Nun not only shows that they were unsuccessful, but the film then jumps to 1977 during the Warrens’ “three stages of possession” lecture from The Conjuring 2. The couple’s possession footage gets framed in new light as the twisted fate of The Nun’s Maurice (“Frenchie”) is revealed. It also shows that the Warrens initially encounter Valak much earlier than they realize.

James Wan has said that he’s thought about how a sequel to The Nun would ultimately tie back to Lorraine Warren’s connection to Valak in The Conjuring 2 and bring the franchise full-circle in the process. The most logical story here would be to follow what happens to the Valak-possessed Maurice before the Warrens meet up with him (or even end the film with their intervention). In theory, The Nun 2 could take place any time between 1952 and 1975, but the late ‘50s or early ‘60s probably makes the most sense.

Further reading: The Nun Ending Explained

Annabelle: Creation

1955

Even though Annabelle: Creation came out after both Annabelle and The Conjuring, it’s a prequel to both. In fact, it’s kind of remarkable that Annabelle: Creation is not only a fantastic horror film, but that it also connects so many dots throughout the franchise. It simultaneously ties up loose ends to the first Annabelle movie, as well as The Conjuring, but it also effectively sets up the events of The Nun.

Annabelle: Creation is largely set in 1955 and follows Samuel and Esther Mullins as they open their home up to Sister Charlotte and six orphan girls who are in need, but the film begins with a brief detour in 1943 when the Mullins lose their daughter, Annabelle, in a car accident.

The goal of Annabelle: Creation is to explain how the possessed doll from The Conjuring came into existence. Samuel Mullins is a doll-maker and after the death of his daughter, the Mullins are so desperate to see their child again they form a pact with a demon (that they believe is their daughter’s spirit) and allow it to possess a doll as a host. Janice, one of the orphans, forms an unusual friendship with the possessed doll and the awakened evil spirit is now hungry for a human conduit.

The film's ending solidifies how this is a prequel to the previous Annabelle film, since the character of Janice goes on to become possessed, changes her name to Annabelle, and gets adopted by the Higgins family. The film then jumps 12 years in the future to the Annabelle prologue that's set in 1967. The Satanic cult killings that kick off that film are shown (and now have a greater context), as well as the Form family who are the protagonists of the next movie. 

Additionally, at one point in the film Sister Charlotte shows off a photo of herself and three other nuns from back when she was in Romania. The important thing about this is that an unnamed Valak is also present in the background of the photo as a fellow nun. While these nuns aren’t named, the photo originally appears on the wall of the convent within the Abbey of St. Carta in The Nun, placing Sister Charlotte’s photo in the year 1952. Furthermore, while the demon that possesses the Annabelle doll isn’t Valak, Valak conceivably helps this evil spirit complete its goal of possessing Janice, due to how it temporarily takes the form of a nun-like figure.

Finally, a (rather shameless) post-credits scene that takes place in 1952 features Valak, in nun form, walking through Romania's Abbey of St. Carta and looking as creepy as ever. Not only is the tag a nod to the events of The Nun, but the scene is also directly pulled from the film’s prologue.

Watch Annabelle: Creation on Amazon

Annabelle

1967

The Conjuring contains what's essentially a terrifying Annabelle short film, so it's no surprise to see how this evil doll quickly became a fan favorite. The Conjuring explains how the Warrens come in possession of the Annabelle doll, but Annabelle sets out to show some of the doll's carnage before she gets locked up. Annabelle is set a mere four years before The Conjuring and it follows Mia and John Form, two fresh parents who unfortunately come in contact with the doll who's eager for a human host. It's worth pointing out that Annabelle begins with the death of Annabelle Higgins, AKA Janice from Annabelle: Creation. It's her death in the proximity of the Form's doll that sets in motion the disturbing series of events that destroy their lives.

The desperate Forms turn to the church and the idea of an exorcism as their last resort. This is ultimately what gets Annabelle in the orbit of the Warrens. Father Perez even makes a sly reference to the Warrens (albeit not by name) as one of his solutions to the Annabelle problem, although he can’t reach them in time.

Annabelle concludes with a tag that’s set six months after the events of the film and cleanly leads into the incident seen in The Conjuring’s prologue. Both Rick and Debbie from The Conjuring make a brief appearance as Debbie’s mom buys the doll from an antique shop and the rest is history.

A third Annabelle film is currently in the works and it will allegedly focus on the doll haunting Judy Warren, Ed and Lorraine's daughter, placing it right after the events of The Conjuring 2 and likely set in either 1977 or 1978.

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The Conjuring

1971

The Conjuring series excels at the creepy factor, but what makes the main Conjuring films such a success is that Ed and Lorraine Warren are such an incredible, loving couple. They bring a humanity to these films that can be absent in the other offerings. While the Warrens are alluded to in Annabelle and appear in The Nun through recycled footage, The Conjuring marks their first appearance as they try to help the Perron family with their supposedly haunted home.

Set in 1971, The Conjuring tells a fairly to the point haunted house story that checks off most of the expected boxes and culminates in a terrifying exorcism sequence. Wan and company were just trying to make a good horror film with the first Conjuring, not launch a layered horror universe, so it doesn’t try to set up a handful of other properties. The film doesn’t even feature Valak, but instead opts for an isolated evil spirit known as Bathsheba. The Conjuring benefits from not trying to overextend itself and the Warrens’ creepy curio of haunted antiques leaves plenty of inspiration.

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The Curse of La Llorona 

1973 

Michael Chaves' The Curse of La Llorona is currently the film with the most tangential connection to the larger Conjuring universe, but it still fleshes out some important details about the characters from these films.  The most significant connection here is that Father Perez (Tony Amendola), the pastor with a wavering sense of faith, reprises his role from Annabelle. Perez uses his chilling experience with the possessed doll to properly prepare Anna Tate-Garcia for the spirit that's attached herself to Anna’s family.

The Curse of La Llorona takes place during 1973 in Los Angeles (although there is a brief prologue set in 1673 that explores La Llorona’s origins, which is technically the earliest moment on the Conjuring timeline without including all of The Nun's Spanish Inquisition nonsense). Furthermore, if the date didn’t already make it clear, Father Perez explicitly refers back to his encounter with Annabelle in Annabelle (the infamous doll makes a brief appearance via flashback). Not only that, but Father Perez basically implies that he’d also like to get the Warrens to handle the Garcia family’s case, but it’s only because they don’t have the luxury of time that he instead suggests Rafael Olvera (Raymond Cruz). The fact that this is set in 1973 also means that chronologically it would take place before The Conjuring 2 in 1977, but after the events of all of the other films (including the upcoming Annabelle Comes Home).

read more: The Curse of La Llorona Ending Explained

It remains unclear where all of this may be heading, but with Father Perez experiencing more encounters with the paranormal, perhaps this will all culminate in an all-star demonic showdown where the Warrens, Olvera, and Father Perez all team up to take down the forces of evil in a future Conjuring film.

The Conjuring 2

1976-1977

Curiously, The Conjuring 2 begins with a brief introduction that’s set in 1976 while the Warrens attempt to investigate the infamous Amityville murders. The Amityville case isn’t the film’s focus, but it’s during a séance there that Lorraine Warren first experiences Valak, the Demon Nun (or so she thinks). After this warning, the film jumps forward to 1977 when the Hodgson family from Enfield, London requests the Warrens’ expertise.

The Hodgson family find themselves under the attack of the ghost of Bill Wilkins, the residence’s former tenant. However, it’s eventually revealed that Valak is actually the real threat here and he’s manipulated Bill Wilkins’ ghost to do his bidding (not unlike what Valak does to young Daniel’s ghost in The Nun). A lot of The Conjuring 2 pits Lorraine against Valak as her biggest challenge yet. The demon can even block Lorraine’s psychic powers, which is significant.

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Lorraine tries to keep Janet Hodgson safe from Valak’s clutches, but the demon also chooses to manifest himself through the youngest Hodgson kid’s zoetrope toy. Ed helps protect Billy from the Crooked Man, a truly awful demon that makes The Babadook look friendly. The film ends with the Crooked Man’s zoetrope toy being added to the Warrens’ haunted antique collection, right next to the Annabelle doll and April’s music box from the first Conjuring.

The Conjuring 2 sees Lorraine effectively send Valak back to Hell and ends the threat that started in the Abbey of St. Carta all the way back in The Nun. On that note, Wan has said that he’d like to see a third Conjuring film push the Warrens into the 1980s and possibly tackle lycanthropy as a theme (and that it would likely not be another “haunted house” film), which would certainly make for a different sequel and also help further expand the series’ world in a big way.

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With news of a third Annabelle film, an upcoming Conjuring 3, and even an unscheduled Crooked Man spin-off in the works, this timeline is only going to become more overlapping and complex. For now, rest easy knowing that everything in The Nun will now make sense, but that doesn't mean that it still won't scare you like crazy.

Daniel Kurland is a published writer, comedian, and critic. Read more of his work here. Daniel knows that the owls are not what they seem, that Psycho II is better than the original, and he’s always game to discuss Space Dandy. His perma-neurotic thought process can be followed at @DanielKurlansky.

The Curse of La Llorona Ending Explained

We examine the ghastly conclusion to The Curse of La Llorona and what it means for the future of The Conjuring franchise!

The Curse of La Llorona Ending Explained
Feature Daniel Kurland
Apr 20, 2019

This article contains spoilers for The Curse of La Llorona.

The ever-evolving Conjuring universe has slowly grown into over a billion-dollar franchise, which is even more impressive for a series of R-rated horror films. Up until this point, The Conjuring universe has effectively been able to predict which monsters and demonic entities from its core films are deserving of spin-offs and deeper looks, but The Curse of La Llorona takes a decidedly different approach. The Curse of La Llorona’s demonic “Weeping Woman” gets her origins from Mexican folklore, rather than some pre-existing Conjuring film.

La Llorona may market itself as a standalone entry, but it does occupy a space in the same universe as Annabelle, Valak the Nun, and the Crooked Man. While The Curse of La Llorona can be enjoyed without any previous knowledge from The Conjuring franchise, it still presents a supernatural story full of twists and surprises. So for those of you that are still scratching their heads over The Curse of La Llorona’s ending, here’s a helpful explanation of how this terrifying horror is defeated.

Social worker and single mother, Anna Tate-Garcia (Linda Cardellini), starts to become suspicious when one of her cases, the Alvarez family, succumbs to particularly unnerving circumstances. Anna can't quite shake what she witnesses and as she heads further down this rabbit hole, she begins to realize that there's something far more sinister going on here than a case of child abuse and neglectful parenting. It's not long until Anna makes connections between the disturbing scene she encountered and the recent strangeness that's been affecting her own family.

As Anna and her two children become increasingly susceptible to the same dark forces that led to Patricia Alvarez discovering her sons drowned in a river, Anna becomes desperate for answers and consults some unconventional help in the form of a spiritual faith healer, Rafael Olvera (Raymond Cruz), and Father Perez (who last popped up in Annabelle) to figure out how to defeat the ghostly “Weeping Woman” that is La Llorona. Anna continues to race for answers and keep her children safe, but when she discovers that La Llorona has attached herself to her family (thanks to a vengeful Patricia Alvarez who prayed to La Llorona to murder the kids! Dayum.), she's pushed to a dire place in order to survive.

Olvera resorts to a series of drastic methods in his attempts to eliminate La Llorona. The tools in his arsenal include the sanctified tears of the “Weeping Woman” and the seeds of the “fire tree,” an element that La Llorona is vulnerable to since these trees were the one “witness” to her crimes against her children. All of these tactics are temporarily helpful, as well as Llorona's necklace, which is able to briefly cloud her judgment, but in the end it's a mix of La Llorona’s lore and brute force that ends her. Anna is able to stab La Llorona in the heart with a cross that's made out of the “fire tree.” It may seem a little ridiculous, but it's a conclusion that at least does its homework and makes more sense than the bonkers blood of Jesus solution to The Nun.

read more: The Curse of La Lorona Review

The Curse of La Llorona goes out on an uplifting note, unlike some of the other offerings in The Conjuring universe, and while it certainly seems like the terror of the “Weeping Woman” has been put to rest, it’s not impossible that she could return to plague children in future films.

Then again, Ed and Lorraine Warren have a daughter too, and even if La Llorona may be vanquished, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other demonic entities out there that are hungry for children. In fact, we think that’s the plot of the very next movie…

read more: The Curse of La Llorona Reaches Toward Global Audience

Daniel Kurland is a published writer, comedian, and critic whose work can be read on Den of Geek, Vulture, Bloody Disgusting, and ScreenRant. Daniel knows that the owls are not what they seem, that Psycho II is better than the original, and he’s always game to discuss Space Dandy. His perma-neurotic thought process can be followed at @DanielKurlansky.

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The Doctor Strange and Pink Floyd Connection

Marvel's Doctor Strange has a weird history with psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd. Get ready to expand your mind.

The Doctor Strange and Pink Floyd Connection
Feature Mike Cecchini
Apr 20, 2019

Doctor Strange and Pink Floyd both got their start during the 1960s, a decade known for mind-expansion, psychedelic experimentation, and the pushing of cultural and artistic boundaries. Neither were exactly in step with the rest of their genre.

Doctor Strange, unlike his spandex clad and heavily muscled contemporaries, used occult practices like black magic and astral projection to defeat his foes instead of brute force. Pink Floyd were never really the kind of post-Beatles psychedelic pop group that were still common in the late '60s, nor were they ever the kind of blues-based hard rock or technically-oriented progressive rock band that dominated the 1970s. Unsurprisingly, Doctor Strange comics were popular on college campuses as the counterculture revolution of the 1960s began to take hold and it's easy to see stoners disappearing into Steve Ditko's surreal artwork while early Floyd records played or why psychedelic rockers were more drawn to these than traditional superhero fare.

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson dropped a number of Pink Floyd references on Twitter during the production of the Doctor Strange movie (not to mention Bob Dylan, The Talking Heads, T.Rex, and other bands), so I was waiting to see if a Pink Floyd song would actually make its way into a Marvel movie. 

I wasn't disappointed. 

Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive" plays during a key early sequence in the movie. It comes from first Pink Floyd album, The Piper At The Gates of Dawn, which abandoned the melodic but skewed psychedelic pop of their early singles, "Arnold Layne" and "See Emily Play" for a collection of songs that were more metaphysical, sinister, and occasionally (like in the case of "Interstellar Overdrive") freeform explorations of sound and feedback. The album version clocks in at nearly 10 minutes, but live versions could run longer, as long as the band wanted, really, and were accompanied by a psychedelic light show and oil projections that were conducive to mind-expansion. Those visuals wouldn't have looked out of place in the Doctor Strange comics of the era, either.

Pink Floyd's guitar player, singer, and driving creative force in 1967 was Syd Barrett, who left the group the following year due to worsening mental illness that was likely accelerated by his voracious appetite for mind-altering chemicals like LSD. Marvel's Doctor Strange movie certainly leans heavily on imagery consistent with the visuals associated with LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline trips (Strange even accuses the Ancient One of spiking his tea with psilocybin), which is fitting, even if it isn't a direct connection to Pink Floyd.

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Barrett was still present on a few tracks on the band's second album, 1968's A Saucerful of Secrets, which has a semi-hidden image of Doctor Strange on the cover. The collage effect is not only reminiscent of the band's light shows and a representation of the psychedelic experience, but the placement of Strange himself makes it look as if the whole album cover is a spell being cast by the Master of the Mystic Arts. 

The Strange elements come from a story in 1967's Strange Tales #158, with art by Marie Severin (Doctor Strange co-creator Steve Ditko had left Marvel almost a year earlier).

Here's the page: 

(and thanks to Richie who pointed out the specific issue in the comments of our article about all of the easter eggs in the Doctor Strange movie)

The title track, "A Saucerful of Secrets" is kind of like the sequel to "Interstellar Overdrive" as it's another extended instrumental that places more emphasis on experimental sound than it does on anything resembling a traditional rock song structure. In other words, it's the perfect accompaniment to your reading of weird-ass Doctor Strange comics from the era.

Listen to Pink Floyd A Saucerful of Secrets on Amazon Prime

What I somehow never realized until this NightFlight article pointed it out to me is that you can also spot Marvel cosmic entity The Living Tribunal in the upper left-hand corner of the album cover, too...

Doctor Strange was still on the band's radar enough that they included him in the lyrics of "Cymbaline" from their third album, 1969's soundtrack to the Barbet Schroeder film, More. "Suddenly it strikes you, that they're moving into range," Syd Barrett's replacement David Gilmour intones solemnly, "and Doctor Strange is always changing size."

Funny enough, "Cymbaline" was known as "Nightmare" when it was performed as part of The Man and The Journey suite of songs, meaning it shared a name with the first villain Strange ever fought in the comics. Soon the band's lyrical focus drifted away from metaphysical concerns and into more earthly ones, and while they continued to produce extended musical compositions, the atonal sounds of "Interstellar Overdrive" and "A Saucerful of Secrets" gave way to the more melodic "Echoes" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."

read more: Pink Floyd Members Reunite on Stage in New York City

But if Doctor Strange was an influence on the band in their early days, you can perhaps see hints of Pink Floyd's influence on the character in the 1978 Dr. Strange TV movie, which has a synth-heavy, at times funky, electronic soundtrack and an astral trip visual sequence that looks like some of the light show projections the band were known for. The final song on Michael Giacchino's Doctor Strange score, "Master of the Mystic Arts" subtly evokes some of the band's 1970s work, too.

But one final piece of Doctor Strange/Pink Floyd synchronicity popped up in 2016. Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch joined former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour on stage to sing "Comfortably Numb," a song which started life as a demo called, funny enough, "The Doctor." Whether this is coincidence, or simply the universe bringing the Pink Floyd/Doctor Strange connections full circle is entirely up to you to decide, of course. Maybe Doctor Strange 2 can find room for more Pink Floyd music when exploring the Dark Dimension or somewhere similar.

Cast spells, or at least talk psychedelic rock and comics, with Mike Cecchini on Twitter. We have a playlist of all songs discussed here...

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God bless America and our public school system! Kids have it hard enough nowadays what with the temptation to vape, their enemies dunking on them on Snapchat, and having to live in a country run by a certifiable mess. And now their education is threatened before they even get into the scohol!

HuffPo reported on this misspelled school crossing in Doral, Florida. If that’s how the outside looks, imagine the quality of the teaching within…

A motorist on Thursday spotted the error, realizing that workers in Doral had made a mistake when painting the word “school” at a pedestrian crossing in the road. Instead of S-C-H-O-O-L, it was spelled S-C-O-H-O-L.

WPLG brought it to the city’s attention, and the city tweeted that the private contractor has now corrected its work. It’s not clear how long the mistake was there in plain sight.

Maybe it wasn’t a misspelling. Maybe it was protest art on how teachers are underpaid or how standardized testing screws kids over. Oh, wait, this happened in Florida. I get it. Nevermind.

Pic: YouTube

Open Post: Hosted By This Misspelled “School” Crossing

God bless America and our public school system! Kids have it hard enough nowadays what with the temptation to vape, their enemies dunking on them on Snapchat, and having to live in a country run by a certifiable mess. And now their education is threatened before they even get into the scohol!

HuffPo reported on this misspelled school crossing in Doral, Florida. If that’s how the outside looks, imagine the quality of the teaching within…

A motorist on Thursday spotted the error, realizing that workers in Doral had made a mistake when painting the word “school” at a pedestrian crossing in the road. Instead of S-C-H-O-O-L, it was spelled S-C-O-H-O-L.

WPLG brought it to the city’s attention, and the city tweeted that the private contractor has now corrected its work. It’s not clear how long the mistake was there in plain sight.

Maybe it wasn’t a misspelling. Maybe it was protest art on how teachers are underpaid or how standardized testing screws kids over. Oh, wait, this happened in Florida. I get it. Nevermind.

Pic: YouTube

Warrior Episode 3 Review: John Chinaman

If you want proof that Warrior gets better and better each week, look no further than this episode.

This Warrior review contains spoilers.

Warrior Episode 3

Okay. Now this is more like it.

Can’t say I have many sharply tongued criticisms about Warrior this week. Can't say I want to find any, either. “John Chinaman” is a well-written hour of television that is less preoccupied with shock value and more focused on telling a meaningful story by defining its characters. Adam Targum, credited writer for this episode, did a fantastic job at making Warrior's odds, ends, and misfits gel together here.

“What, no love for Jonathan Tropper’s efforts the past two weeks?” you ask. Of course there is! Let's give him some props, shall we? Mr. Tropper set the stage well for Warrior’s ongoing conflicts in the pilot and its follow-up. He introduced us to certain characters in unforgettable ways. He also gave us a lot of, shall we say, “pleasant” imagery that will last a lifetime.

And yet “John Chinaman” adds ornate touches to the house of ill ripute that Trotter has built thus far by dialing up the show’s dignity just a little bit. Not much, but just enough to make Warrior slightly more palatable for me. I guess what I’m saying is, I didn’t get to see an extreme close-up of some dead guy’s poop this week. And for that, I’m grateful.

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“John Chinaman” is the point where the show starts taking its themes about racism and xenophobia more seriously — or, at least, where it starts to navigate through the pitfalls and unjust power dynamics of a society built on white supremacy.

Ah Sahm’s wrongful accusation and subsequent trial for a perceived attack on Irish immigrants is a tough predicament to throw at us right away. Its ramifications could disrupt a status quo that hasn’t even fully been established yet. It ___ to change the game before we’ve been given the ground rules. As a plot device, this sticky situation creates ripples throughout the morally grey zone we’re still exploring — ripples that touch each of the characters we’re still getting to know, forcing them to react and show their true colors.

This helps the show feel more raw, more relevant, and more grounded in reality. Warrior’s cast of characters feels huge at the moment. Okay, not as many as other shows, but we’re still very much in the “getting to know each other” phase of the viewing relationship. Anything that helps define the people we're going to be spending a significant amount of time with at this point is a big help, and Ah Sahm’s trial does the job wonderfully.

But because of that very reason, this massive conflict that stirs up a big bucket of shit is resolved in a fast and rather convenient way. Maybe too convenient, some might say. But I get why. This show isn’t a courtroom drama called The White People vs Ah Sahm; it’s a martial arts action noir called Warrior, which means that there’s still a lot of asses to kick out there. So, naturally, the show walks us away from the cliff that it joked about throwing us over minutes before and just kinda shrugs it off. But not before reminding us that nothing’s ever going to be that easy on this show. Nope. Never.

Keep up with all out Warrior news and reviews here.

Stephen Harber is the creator of the Batman/Doctor Who Adventures, a fanmade webcomic tribute. Read more of his work here, and follow him on Instagram @onlywriterever.

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Tristan Thompson is Just Smashing Every Groupie in Sight: Report

The basketball season may be over for Tristan Thompson.

But a new report alleges that the power forward has not stopped scoring in weeks.

Tristan Thompson Makes a Face

The Cleveland Cavaliers team member averaged 10.9 points per game over the past 82 games, but Us Weekly now alleges that he may be averaging more sexual liaisons than that per week.

That may be a slight exaggeration, we grant you, but the overall point remains:

Thompson has allegedly been going hard to the female hole ever since he was kicked to the curb by Khloe Kardashian.

Tristan has been continuing to go out and has been partying with friends,” a source tells this tabloid, elaborating further as follows:

“He’s been hooking up with other girls, and whenever he’s out, he’s had Instagram models … around him.”

This doesn't seem to be much different than the way Thompson acted when he was still with Khloe, of course, but it still seems notable.

Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian, Face-Licking Photo

Thompson, of course, was caught cheating on his then-pregnant girlfriend mere weeks before she gave birth to their daughter last year.

He then kissed Khloe's good friend, Jordyn Woods, on the lips late this past winter, further cementing his reputation as a serial cheater who sucks a lot.

Hence why this Us Weekly insider explains that the actions described are not all that surprising when it comes to the father of two.

“That’s just the lifestyle that he lives,” the source says.

Tristan Thompson Goes Up

Khloe decided to stick with Thompson after his first round of cheating because she wanted her daughter to have a father around and because she really thought Thompson would change.

She even took issue at times when social media trolls slammed her as "weak," standing up for herself as someone who was actually strong enough to put herself out there again and risk getting hurt.

Does she now regret forgiving Tristan's initial infidelity? Maybe.

But she would probably simply say that there are worse traits one can have then trying to see the best in people and trying to give one's child the most complete family life possible.

Tristan Thompson Kisses Birthday Girl True Thompson

Khloe and Tristan actually hung out this month in honor of little True turning a year old.

By all accounts, Thompson is not an awful father; he does want to be involved in the infant's life.

But he hasn't offered up any excuse at all for why he kissed Woods several weeks ago, cheating on Kardashian not with some random model... but with someone she has known for years.

“He just kissed me,” Woods herself said in an interview with Jada Pinkett Smith. “It was a kiss on the lips. No tongue … no making out.”

The Instagram star also clarified that having sex with Thompson was “never a consideration."

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson on Halloween

Thompson initially Tweeted the lame response of "fake news" when the Woods smooch first went viral.

However, he quickly deleted that message and has said nothing in public about the act since.

He has tried, though, to publicize his affection for young True.

“You deserve all the jewels, baby girl,” the professional athlete told his daughter in an Instagram video taken during last week's birthday party.

The guy is a very bad boyfriend. But we do hope he's dedicated to being a strong father.

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Danny Amendola Went Off On Ex Olivia Culpo And Her New Boyfriend Zedd On Instagram

Danny Amendola is a good-lookin’ slab of NFL player and just now revealed himself as crazy which is always a good combo in a man. Nothing like a hot guy with a crazy streak! The cops will get called eventually but the sex is usually way good prior to that unfortunate moment. Danny dug deep into his failed relationship with his ex Olivia Culpo in a since-deleted Instagram post. As well as insulting her current boyfriend. He misspelled his insult but we’ll still take it.

People reports that Danny and “model/actress/beauty pageant winner” Culpo, were last together in January. Since then, she’s been connected with “The Middle” dude Zedd. They were recently papped at Coachella embracing and dancing during Ariana Grande’s set.

Danny says they broke up because Olivia is a shameless attention whore. Did he miss the “Instagram model” part of her resume?

“I believe there should be a boundary btw private life and social media. Olivia believes in fishbowl lifestyle. This fundamental difference was huge in our relationship,” Amendola began.

“Olivia chooses and wants to be noticed on the internet and in Hollywood to make money. Which was hard for me to understand but quickly had to learn. Where as [sic] the cost of fame in this world doesn’t appeal to me. I play ball for one reason and that’s RESPECT,” Amendola continued.

To throw him a bone, it sounds like she was all-IG, all the time.

Amendola then alleged that Culpo would get “so mad” at him for not sharing photos of her on Instagram, but to him that was “fake, sometimes toxic, but sometimes beautiful.”

Wait, what? Yeah, he’s nutty. And a little self-congratulatory.

“If you’re my real friend you know I’m private. My mother, brother, father and nephew are closest to me in this world and you don’t see one picture of them and that’s for their protection from those who criticize and judge. I believe in nailing picture frames on the inside of my house to remind the ones I love that I care.”

Oh, and he needed to let us know that they fucked a lot and it was good. Thanks, Dan.

“A lot of time it was my fault bc let’s be honest I can be an idiot. But! Yup! She’s fucked up too! and if you cross me I’m a hard mfer to deal with,” Amendola wrote.

“The universe brought her and I together to enjoy life, love and learn. We celebrated that as often as we could. And the sex was fucking crazy too.”

And why did he post this exactly?

“Reading all these wild stories about her and I, and seeing Olivia with other men, I just wanted to personally clear the air out here.”

Danny is obviously jealous of new guy Zedd. In addition to some recent shade utilizing a scene from Pulp Fiction (clock the abs, though), Amendola made sure to save a piss stream for his new arch-enemy in the post.

“Not sure what’s in the future but the only thing I care about is her HAPPINESS. And if that’s dancing with scrony [sic] little fuck, so be it. I’m happy too. With that said! Liv! My beautiful ex-Gf! Carry on IG.”

Danny is so private that he decided to air all his private feelings on Instagram and shat on Olivia for not keeping anything private. That’s some pot calling the kettle shit. Or “kedul” as Danny might spell it. And don’t hurt for Danny, I’m sure he’s crying his heartbroken tears on the bosom of a side piece he allegedly cheated on Olivia with.

Here’s Danny’s whole post if you need to see it:

Pic: Wenn.com

Danny Amendola Went Off On Ex Olivia Culpo And Her New Boyfriend Zedd On Instagram

Danny Amendola is a good-lookin’ slab of NFL player and just now revealed himself as crazy which is always a good combo in a man. Nothing like a hot guy with a crazy streak! The cops will get called eventually but the sex is usually way good prior to that unfortunate moment. Danny dug deep into his failed relationship with his ex Olivia Culpo in a since-deleted Instagram post. As well as insulting her current boyfriend. He misspelled his insult but we’ll still take it.

People reports that Danny and “model/actress/beauty pageant winner” Culpo, were last together in January. Since then, she’s been connected with “The Middle” dude Zedd. They were recently papped at Coachella embracing and dancing during Ariana Grande’s set.

Danny says they broke up because Olivia is a shameless attention whore. Did he miss the “Instagram model” part of her resume?

“I believe there should be a boundary btw private life and social media. Olivia believes in fishbowl lifestyle. This fundamental difference was huge in our relationship,” Amendola began.

“Olivia chooses and wants to be noticed on the internet and in Hollywood to make money. Which was hard for me to understand but quickly had to learn. Where as [sic] the cost of fame in this world doesn’t appeal to me. I play ball for one reason and that’s RESPECT,” Amendola continued.

To throw him a bone, it sounds like she was all-IG, all the time.

Amendola then alleged that Culpo would get “so mad” at him for not sharing photos of her on Instagram, but to him that was “fake, sometimes toxic, but sometimes beautiful.”

Wait, what? Yeah, he’s nutty. And a little self-congratulatory.

“If you’re my real friend you know I’m private. My mother, brother, father and nephew are closest to me in this world and you don’t see one picture of them and that’s for their protection from those who criticize and judge. I believe in nailing picture frames on the inside of my house to remind the ones I love that I care.”

Oh, and he needed to let us know that they fucked a lot and it was good. Thanks, Dan.

“A lot of time it was my fault bc let’s be honest I can be an idiot. But! Yup! She’s fucked up too! and if you cross me I’m a hard mfer to deal with,” Amendola wrote.

“The universe brought her and I together to enjoy life, love and learn. We celebrated that as often as we could. And the sex was fucking crazy too.”

And why did he post this exactly?

“Reading all these wild stories about her and I, and seeing Olivia with other men, I just wanted to personally clear the air out here.”

Danny is obviously jealous of new guy Zedd. In addition to some recent shade utilizing a scene from Pulp Fiction (clock the abs, though), Amendola made sure to save a piss stream for his new arch-enemy in the post.

“Not sure what’s in the future but the only thing I care about is her HAPPINESS. And if that’s dancing with scrony [sic] little fuck, so be it. I’m happy too. With that said! Liv! My beautiful ex-Gf! Carry on IG.”

Danny is so private that he decided to air all his private feelings on Instagram and shat on Olivia for not keeping anything private. That’s some pot calling the kettle shit. Or “kedul” as Danny might spell it. And don’t hurt for Danny, I’m sure he’s crying his heartbroken tears on the bosom of a side piece he allegedly cheated on Olivia with.

Here’s Danny’s whole post if you need to see it:

Pic: Wenn.com

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John Singleton Is Reportedly In The Hospital After Suffering A Stroke

Two-time Oscar nominated writer and director John Singleton, who gave us Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning and Baby Boy, is reportedly laid up in the hospital after suffering a stroke. So light your Poetic Justice prayer candle (yes, I’m checking to see if Etsy has one and filing a complaint if they don’t) for the man who brought us one of the best lines in cinematic history: “You wanna smell my punane?

Love B. Scott was the first to report that John suffered a stroke. TMZ says that thankfully the stroke was “mild” and John is currently going through tests and rehab in the hospital. A family member says that John recently flew from Costa Rica to Los Angeles and they believe that’s what triggered the stroke. John felt a weakness in his leg and that led him to checking himself into the hospital earlier this week.

Many have been sending John healing thoughts, including Snoop Dogg (whose healing thoughts are definitely laced with the good shit), Nia Long, and Omar Epps.

 

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Pray 4 my brother 🙏🏽👊🏿✨💙. @johnsingleton

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John Singleton is only 51 years old. And Luke Perry was only 52 when that demonic bitch ass stroke took him from this world way, way too soon. We already knew this, but this further proves that strokes can happen to anyone. So if you’re already paranoid and as anxiety-filled like me, then a 911 operator will probably get a call from you saying, “Send an ambulance NOW, I’m suffering a stro- Oh wait, it’s gone. Must’ve just been a Charley horse.

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John Singleton Is Reportedly In The Hospital After Suffering A Stroke

Two-time Oscar nominated writer and director John Singleton, who gave us Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning and Baby Boy, is reportedly laid up in the hospital after suffering a stroke. So light your Poetic Justice prayer candle (yes, I’m checking to see if Etsy has one and filing a complaint if they don’t) for the man who brought us one of the best lines in cinematic history: “You wanna smell my punane?

Love B. Scott was the first to report that John suffered a stroke. TMZ says that thankfully the stroke was “mild” and John is currently going through tests and rehab in the hospital. A family member says that John recently flew from Costa Rica to Los Angeles and they believe that’s what triggered the stroke. John felt a weakness in his leg and that led him to checking himself into the hospital earlier this week.

Many have been sending John healing thoughts, including Snoop Dogg (whose healing thoughts are definitely laced with the good shit), Nia Long, and Omar Epps.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Pray 4 my brother 🙏🏽👊🏿✨💙. @johnsingleton

A post shared by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on

John Singleton is only 51 years old. And Luke Perry was only 52 when that demonic bitch ass stroke took him from this world way, way too soon. We already knew this, but this further proves that strokes can happen to anyone. So if you’re already paranoid and as anxiety-filled like me, then a 911 operator will probably get a call from you saying, “Send an ambulance NOW, I’m suffering a stro- Oh wait, it’s gone. Must’ve just been a Charley horse.

Pic: Wenn.com

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Original Content podcast: On ‘Guava Island,’ Donald Glover mixes music and politics

It was hard to know what to expect from “Guava Island.”

Last year, Donald Glover and Rihanna filmed the mysterious project with director Hiro Murai (who’s also directed multiple episodes of “Atlanta” and the music video for “This is America”, then they said almost nothing about it until debuting the film at Coachella and releasing it on Amazon.

“Guava Island” turns out to be a 54-minute, fable-like story of a musician named Deni (Glover) and his girlfriend Kofi (Rihanna) on a fictional Caribbean island. Deni plans to throw a music festival for the community, but the island boss Red Cargo wants to stop him — if his employees stay out late to party, they might not show up for work the next day.

On this week’s episode of the Original Content podcast, we’re joined by Jon Shieber to discuss our reactions to the film.

It’s certainly filled with beautiful footage of Cuba, as well as wonderful musical moments — like a restaging of “This is America” that makes its anti-capitalist themes even more obvious. But the story as a whole feels underdeveloped, and it’s a bit mystifying that someone would cast Rihanna in musical, then fail to give her a single moment to sing.

We also discuss an obscure little show called “Game of Thrones,” which returned for its final season last week. We have thoughts on the season premiere, and on what’s coming for the next five episodes.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

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John Singleton Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke – Variety

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Power Rangers Beast Morphers: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, News

Power Rangers Beast Morphers airs on Nickelodeon in 2019! Here's everything we know about the new season.

Power Rangers Beast Morphers News
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Apr 20, 2019

Power Rangers has just celebrated its 25th anniversary but the series is will continue! The 26th season will be Power Rangers Beast Morphers and its set to air on Nickelodeon in 2019! Beast Morphers will adapt footage from the Japanese Super Sentai series Go-Busters. While this season had previously been skipped for adaption previously it now finally has a chance to shine!

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Return Date

Power Rangers Beast Morphers will return on April 27th! We've got the description below!

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Episode 8  "The Cybergate Opens"

Scrozzle executes his plan to finally free Evox from the Cyber Dimension and the Rangers, along with an unexpected friend, must do everything in their power to stop him. (April 27th, 2019)

Previously we learned about another bevy of new toys for Power Rangers Beast Morphers. While most of them are your standard roleplay items, the names should interest fans. We have the Cheetah Beast Blaster, the Cheetah Claw, the Beast-X Electronic Saber, and the Cheetah Blade. Mostly weapons for the Red Ranger, although there is one particular note buried in the descriptions.

Swinging the BEAST-X ELECTRONIC SABER firmly 7 times unlocks "Beast Mode," with special light and battle sound effects.

Could Beast Mode be a power-up of some kind? We'll have to wait and see. We also have this description from the Cheetah Claw.

When the Red Ranger powers up in Red Fury Mode, he uses the strength of the Cheetah Claw to take on his enemies. 

Red Fury Mode? Now that sounds like a power-up

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Episodes

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Episode 1 "Beasts Unleashed"

Scientists tap into the Morphin Grid, but an evil virus corrupts the technology and a new team of Power Rangers is formed to defend the Grid from evil. 

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Episode 2 "Evox's Revenge"

When Grid Battleforce’s Commander needs to select a leader for the team, the Power Rangers are at odds over who should get the job. 

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Episode 3 "End of the Road"

Zoey tries to convince the citizens of Coral Harbor to use Morph-X powered bikes instead of cars, but Blaze uses this opportunity to execute an evil plan. 

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Episode 4  "Digital Deception"

Ravi is shocked when the evil Roxy comes to his rescue and wonders if there may still be good left in her. (March 30th, 2019)

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Episode 5  "Taking Care of Business"

Devon finds it difficult to balance a new job he took to impress his dad and the duties of being the Red Power Ranger. 

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Episode 6  "Hangar Heist"

Nate develops new technology from a captured Gigadrone and Devon struggles with fully trusting his team. 

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Episode 7  "A Friend Indeed"

Evox targets the Beast Bots to stop the Rangers from forming their Megazord.

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Episode 8  "The Cybergate Opens"

Scrozzle executes his plan to finally free Evox from the Cyber Dimension and the Rangers, along with an unexpected friend, must do everything in their power to stop him. (April 27th, 2019)

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Trailer

At Power Morphicon a trailer for the series was shown, featuring a ton of action footage (but as usual with PMC trailers, none of the actual cast.)

Mentions of the Morphin' Grid! An evil computer virus that isn't Venjix! It's a pretty barebones trailer but we'll be seeing more as Super Ninja Steel winds down and Beast Morphers starts filming.

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Cast

Also announced at Power Morphicon we learned Rorrie Travis will star as the Red Ranger (Devon), Jasmeet Baduwalia as the Blue Ranger (Ravi), and Jackie Scislowski as the Yellow Ranger (Zoey). The cast has recently arrived in New Zealand we expect to see pictures of them in action surfacing soon. 

We've also learned that new cast members have been added. We don't know much about their roles but we do have their character names! Colby Strong will star as Blaze, Liana Ramirez as Roxy, Abraham Rodriguez as Nate, Kristina Ho as Betty, and Cosme Flores as Ben.

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Synopsis

The description for the season was sent in a press release which you can read below.

Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called “Morph-X” with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The Rangers must fight off an evil sentient computer virus bent on taking over the source of all Ranger power, the Morphin Grid itself. Featuring never-before-seen leather suits and an all-new beast-themed arsenal (including dynamic new Zords), fans should get ready for a season full of secret ops and morphinominal fun.

In a previous press release from Saban Brands and Nickelodeon it was annouced the continuation of their partnership, with Nickelodeon to serve as the official broadcaster for Saban’s Power Rangers television series in the U.S. through 2021. 

That would keep the series alive on Nickelodeon for it's 26th, 27th, and 28th season. That would take us through at least the next two season cycle and one season beyond that. While the Power Rangers franchise has been acquired by Hasbro by then it looks like that partnership is still continuing.

Previously in an interview with AucklandNZ we learned that Executive Producer Chip Lynn was, "starting to develop the next season" but this casting announcement was the first concrete move to a new season happening.

More on Power Rangers Beast Morphers as we hear it!

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Shamus Kelley is a pop culture/television writer and official Power Rangers expert. Follow him on Twitter! Read more articles by him here!

Friday Box Office: ‘Curse of La Llorona’ Impresses with $11.8 Million – Collider.com

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Power Rangers Beast Morphers Episode 7 Review: A Friend Indeed

Beast Morphers is able to get genuine emotions out of a robot rabbit and we love it.

This Power Rangers Beast Morphers review contains spoilers.

Power Rangers Beast Morphers Episode 7

I love Jax so much. I love his voice. I love the way they bring so much emotion to a robot just through ears. I love how much he loves Zoey! Hell, I just love the Beast Bots and it’s all down to this episode.

It’s a simple story for Power Rangers but, as with all good TV, it’s grounded in relatable emotions. The Beast Bots just want to impress their human partners and the Rangers just wish they’d follow orders. It’s a nice little sci-fi twist on problems friends can have, especially when one side of those friends can literally be rebooted.

It’s easy to understand why the Rangers would be frustrated with the Beast Bots, they’re supposed to be helpers but they seem more concerned with trying to be the Rangers friends. It’s not the relationship they really expected and it takes some adjusting. I wish we’d seen a bit more of this “friendship” on the Beast Bots end featured in previous episodes to make this feel more built up to, but it still works well enough.

The Beast Bots personality, without needing to be flat out stated, also says a lot about Nate. Nate wants someone, anyone he can be a friend with. He hasn’t been around people much so why not build a friend? Kind of reminds me of Hartford in Operation Overdrive but more endearing and less weird.

Nate doesn’t really know how friends act so he makes the Beast Bots overly friendly and loyal. One may question why he hasn’t just made a Beast Bot for himself yet but that can be reasoned away as Grid Battleforce only wanting to devote resources to the Rangers and not lab assistants. Obviously this is setup for Nate becoming the Gold Ranger and building a robot sidekick but it’s grounded in learning about a character, so the lack of subtle setup can be forgiven.

The episode’s lesson, that blind obedience may sound nice but it robs people of their humanity, is a good one. Friends in real life aren’t just people you can boss around, they have needs to. In the Beast Bots case it’s simple acknowledgement as people. Sure they can be annoying sometimes but the more the Rangers treat them with respect the more they can tone it down. If this episode can remind people in the real world to always treat their friends as equals? Power Rangers has done good this week.

I have to commend Beast Morphers for wringing so much emotion out of robots with zero facial expressions. A lot of it’s down to the Beast Bot voice actors but let’s not discount the suit actors, they really gave it their all to. It’s also why I’m so impressed by Jax. That robot is legit just a robot and yet so much is done with the eyes, barely moveable arms, and the ears. Love it.

Honestly? I might be okay if we just followed the Beast Bots from now on. I really love them!

Keep up with all our Power Rangers Beast Morphers news and reviews here!

Shamus Kelley is a pop culture/television writer and official Power Rangers expert. Follow him on Twitter! Read more articles by him here!

 

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Acquisitions, more than IPOs, will create Africa’s early startup successes

Africa has made its global IPO debut. Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia—a $1 billion-valued company—began trading live on the NYSE last week.

The stock offering made Jumia the first upstart operating in Africa to list on a major global exchange.

This raises expectations for unicorns and IPOs to create the continent’s first wave of startup moguls. But unlike other markets, big public listings and nine-figure valuations could remain rare in Africa.

The rise of venture arms and startup acquisitions will factor more prominently than IPOs in creating Africa’s early startup successes.

I’ll break down why. First, a quick briefer.

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Jaden Smith Brings Out His Dad At Coachella – HipHopDX

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  2. Will Smith Performs with Jaden and Willow Smith at Coachella  TMZ
  3. A Family Affair! Will Smith Surprises Fans at Coachella by Joining Son Jaden Smith's Set  PEOPLE.com
  4. Will Smith joins Jaden on stage at Coachella  Page Six
  5. Will Smith Joins Jaden to Perform ‘Icon’ at Coachella  Variety
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Conor McGregor competes in exhibition boxing match in Ireland – MMAWeekly

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  3. Bodycam Footage Released Of Recent Conor McGregor Miami Beach Arrest  CBS Miami
  4. Video: Conor McGregor competes in exhibition boxing match in Dublin’s Crumlin Boxing Club  Bloody Elbow
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Five things to know about impeachment – The Washington Post

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  2. Trump expresses anger after release of Mueller report  CBS News
  3. Scaramucci says Pelosi is 'the smartest person' amid Democratic calls for impeachment  Fox News
  4. In a Functional Country, We Would Be on the Road to Impeachment  The New York Times
  5. The Mueller report is not an impeachment referral  The Washington Post
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To help counter China, U.S. turns to the Coast Guard – The Washington Post

To help counter China, U.S. turns to the Coast Guard  The Washington Post

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TITANS Set Video Gives Us A First Look At GAME OF THRONES’ Iain Glen As Bruce Wayne

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Tiger attack Topeka Zoo: Tiger won’t be euthanized after attacking female zookeeper today – CBS News

  1. Tiger attack Topeka Zoo: Tiger won't be euthanized after attacking female zookeeper today  CBS News
  2. A zookeeper suffered 'lacerations and punctures' in a tiger attack at the zoo in Topeka, Kansas  CNN
  3. Tiger attacks keeper at zoo  ABC News
  4. Woman hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo  CBS News
  5. Female zoo keeper attacked by tiger at Topeka Zoo  Daily Mail
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What if Elon Musk’s $420 dream hadn’t gone up in smoke? – The Verge

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  2. Tesla’s Elon Musk could earn up to $2.2 billion from stock options  Fox Business
  3. Why Tesla critics and fans are both wrong  Business Insider
  4. Tesla to shrink board to seven directors from 11  CNBC
  5. Tesla wants to cut size of board from 11 directors to 7  SF Gate
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More than 1,200 accounts banned for cheating in Fortnite World Cup – Polygon

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  2. How to watch the Fortnite World Cup Week 2 Qualifiers  FortniteINTEL
  3. Epic banned over 1,200 'Fortnite' World Cup players for cheating  Engadget
  4. Hundreds of Fortnite players forced to forfeit World Cup prize money due to cheating  KitGuru
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Police still investigating Crystal Lake boy’s disappearance – Chicago Daily Herald

  1. Police still investigating Crystal Lake boy's disappearance  Chicago Daily Herald
  2. A 5-year-old boy is missing from home, and police don't think he walked away or was abducted  CNN
  3. Missing Crystal Lake boy Andrew 'AJ' Freund: Boy, 5, did not leave home on foot, police say  WLS-TV
  4. Parents of missing Crystal Lake boy 'AJ' Freund have stopped cooperating, cops say; father back home after police escort him to station  Chicago Tribune
  5. Police Search Home Of Missing Crystal Lake Boy  CBS Chicago
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New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killed – The Associated Press

New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killed  The Associated Press

BUTEMBO, Congo (AP) — Militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, ...

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Emily Ratajkowski Doesn’t Know How To Hold A Dog And That’s Okay

 

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Emily Ratajkowski has a blink-and-you-miss-tit Instagram presence, and over the course of the past couple of weeks, she’s updated us with some amazing looks at her naturally huge boobs. The picture really catching our attention features Ratajkowski clutching a dog like he’s a crumpled up jacket that she’s bringing to the movie theater just in case it gets chilly. And you know what. I stan. I Staniel Radcliffe.

 

While the black pug puppy might momentarily not have the ability to breathe, and while his legs have long been dislocated, he gets to be smushed against Ratajkowski’s creamy rack. It’s a win for him. I’m surprised he’s not a full lipstick. Due either to asphyxiation or excitement. Or both? Anyway…

 

 

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Mr. Skin Minute: Game of Thrones Premiere Visits House Sprayjoy (VIDEO)

 

This week’s Mr. Skin Minute plays a Game of Bones!

It’s the dong awaited return of Game of Thrones on HBO, weep worthy nudity from The Curse of La Llorona star Patricia Velasquez, and new nudes from Anatomy Award winner Paulina Gaitán!

As always, this is but a taste of the great things that await you on MrSkin.com, so be sure to head over there today and start fast-forwarding to the good parts!

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‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw’ Trailer Shows the Unlikely Duo in Action (VIDEO)

 

If you’re getting sick and tired of Marvel and Star Wars giving you elusive trailers that are full of footage but reveal nothing of the plot, allow me to introduce the second trailer for the clumsily named Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw which gives you pretty much the entire plot of the film in three and a half minutes.

Like any good franchise, you need your spin-off movies, and rather than give the audience a pairing nobody wanted to see like Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez, they gave us Hobbs & Shaw. Teaming up The Rock Johnson with Jason Statham is enough to sell a movie all on its own, but when you add in the Fast & Furious connection, this thing’s basically a license to print money.

Who doesn’t want to see two of our baldest actors go toe-to-toe without Vin Diesel sticking his big ugly mug in the middle of it. Instead we get an all new villain in the form of Idris Elba, the man who joins Clive Owen in the exclusive club of actors who would’ve made a great James Bond but will never get the chance. The flick’s also got a great director in the form of John Wick, Atomic Blonde, and Deadpool 2 helmer David Leitch, so there’s kinda no way this won’t be great.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw drives into theaters on August 2.

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Bella Hadid’s Boobies Look Huge In Skimpy Red Bikini

 

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Bella Hadid is still acting like a real live supermodel, and like all real supermodels, she’s making us extremely jealous of her current exotic opulent vacation by posting countless sexy bikini pics. The sparkling blue water. Blindingly white sand beaches. Luxurious accommodations. Heaving dripping wet breasts.

The pics really catching my eye feature Bella busting out of a tight red bikini. Sure her hips are the stuff of anatomical wizardry, but those boobs. Pressed together. And did I mention wet. While God may have blessed Bella’s model sister Gigi with natural beauty, Bella’s been spending her earnings in all the right places. I like where she landed, but I’m excited to see what she comes up with in another ten years.

 

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