Science fiction movies tend to be heavy on action and spectacle, but it’s becoming more and more common to see films like High Life and Starfish that have more of an art house sensibility. Science fiction author John Kessel thinks some of these films push things too far, especially in the case of a movie like Beyond the Black Rainbow. “It was almost impossible for … [Read more...] about Are Sci-Fi Movies Getting Too Pretentious?
Hey, you. Yes, you! Are you tired of Netflix's algorithm telling you what to watch? Does the streaming service think you enjoy Black Mirror and Friends reruns a lot more than you actually do? HBO hears you, and it has a solution: recommendations from actual people. Recommended by Humans, launched today, is a "human-powered" recommendation tool that, instead of gleaning what you … [Read more...] about HBO’s Next Big Idea: Recommendations From Actual Humans
It’s been one year since TikTok launched in the US, and the app has exploded into a cultural force. From helping propel a little tune called “Old Town Road” into a monster hit to dominating VidCon as the freshest new platform, TikTok’s growth has been fast and unrelenting. Much of the app’s popularity in the beginning could be attributed to its … [Read more...] about TikTok turns one: its first 12 months, as told through TikToks
The exact particulars of the apocalypse are unclear—what caused the disaster; what precise form, or forms, the fury took—and all that we, the viewers, know of what happened is that it’s referred to as The Event and that Earth’s remaining survivors are four black women. Fortunately, post-Armageddon life comes with delightful upsides."We don't have any … [Read more...] about Is a Much-Needed Jolt to TV Comedy
Lenny’s been having a hard time. First, there was the car crash. A bystander said he was all right, just a little banged up, but he still had to go to the hospital. A friend tried to cover for him, saying he was texting while driving, but everyone in town knows Lenny has a drinking problem, a problem that’s only gotten worse since he lost his side gig as a … [Read more...] about Welcome to Lower Duck Pond, a fake town of 82,000 people