Review: THEY REMAIN is Recommended To Any H.P. Lovecraft Fan

It's a difficult task to review a film where it's best to go in as blind as possible. They Remain's plot and characters are best kept as neatly under wraps as possible as the most enjoyable viewing experience is trying to piece it all together yourself. That being said, They Remain is an enjoyable albeit a bit flawed psychological thriller.

The barebones premise of The Remain is that two scientists are tasked with surveying an area of land of some importance. They are under the employ of a shadowy corporation that sadly never becomes more involved or integral to the plot.

The story starts out very strong and drops you right into the middle of what's going on without any handholding. In fact, I wish more films were brave enough to treat their audience like They Remain does. But sadly the plot and characters get somewhat boring to watch as the pacing loses its footing in the second half.

The first half of the film does an incredible job with playing with the stakes and ratcheting up the tension but unfortunately, in my opinion, the film doesn't culminate to any satisfying crescendo. If the film was 20 minutes shorter the ending could have had a lot more impact rather than feeling like a drawn-out conflict.

The production design and cinematography are the definite high points of the film and was the main thing that kept me engaged throughout. I definitely recommend the film to any Lovecraft fans as some of his famous themes are played with in this film. 

They Remain is available now On Demand and Blu-Ray. The movie was directed by Philip Gelatt and stars William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) and Rebecca Henderson (Mistress America ). Here's the trailer:

New ANT-MAN AND THE WASP TV Spot Lists The Things They Need to Do To Make Things Right

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Marvel Studios has released a new TV spot for Ant-Man and The Wasp that offers some more fun new footage from the film as Scott Lang lists all of the things they need to do to make things right. A couple major parts on that list include taking down Ghost, who seems to have the makings of a great villain. As you've seen, she has a pretty cool power of passing through solid objects. 

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

We've since learned that the mission will focus on going into the quantum realm to save Janet Van Dyne, and I think the quantum realm is going to end up playing a role in Avengers 4. What do you think?

Peyton Reed is directing Ant-Man and the Wasp and it stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michael Pena as Luis, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, T.I. as Dave, Randall Park as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jimmy Woo, and Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, and Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost.

Ant-Man and The Wasp will be released in theaters on July 6th, 2018.

Stephen King Dissed Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING In His Latest Book

There may be some things that will be left unknown about Stephen King when he leaves this Earth, but his hatred for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining will not be one of them. It really says something when nearly 40 years after the film's release King is still slamming the film. King's latest diss towards the adaptation came in his latest book The Outsider (via Indiewire):

King introduces a character in “The Outsider” by noting that she’s watching Kubrick’s Paths of Glory because, in her words, it’s “better than The Shining,” 

I get that he doesn't like the film, but damn. It's not like Kubrick is alive to defend himself anymore, so you're just basically doing this now to shit on his legacy! It comes off as petty to me, and while he's completely entitled to his opinion of how his work was handled, dude needs to accept that Kubrick's version was great to a lot of people. Move on King! You have numerous other adaptations you could pick apart far more than the one made by a legendary director.

Filipino Actor Received Sexually Disturbing Comments During A Twitch Livestream

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Image from the film "Kasal" starring Paulo Avelino by Star Cinema

Paulo Avelino, a well-renowned movie and TV actor in the Philippines, is known for his award-winning films and stellar performance as an actor. However, not many know that Avelino is also an avid gamer himself and enjoys popular online first-person shooters such as PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds, Fortnite and Escape from Tarkov among others. 

Last week, Avelino ventured into live streaming his play session on the popular streaming site, Twitch.tv. Given his extreme popularity in the Philippines, people went into a frenzy and immediately tuned in to his live stream of Escape from Tarkov. However, things quickly got out of hand as the comments in the stream started from innocent admiration of his good looks to downright sexual harassment. 

The online platform of the Philippine Inquirer, a leading newspaper in the country, reported that majority of Avelino’s audience were women. Now, several fans in the live stream took it too far and bombarded the actor with crude sexual remarks that were obviously offensive, dirty, and sexually inappropriate. You can check out some screenshots of the comments below, with their corresponding rough English translation since the comments were made in Tag-Lish (Tagalog-English). 

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Translation: "It’s one thing to be horny, it’s another thing when the streamer is hot."

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Translation: "Landi (direct translation is to flirt) is real"
                    "Rape Paulo"

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Translation: "You can shoot your c** on me daddy Pau, anytime you want." 

Translation: "You can shoot your c** on me daddy Pau, anytime you want." 

Translating these sexual remarks already made me uncomfortable but imagine what Avelino felt like being objectified in that manner. The situation got so bad that an admin was forced to intervene saying, “Guys, favor. Please show some respect for our poging (handsome) streamer, can we do that? Just try to avoid saying inappropriate words or things in his channel. Thank you so much!” Currently, Avelino has 3,604 followers and has 49 videos on his Twitch channel. He did not make any comments regarding the sexual harassment, but any person, whether a man or a woman, whether famous or not, does not deserve to be treated that way. 

This incident begs to question how Twitch views sexual harassment and what safety precautions they employ to protect streamers and their audience. Browsing through Twitch’s community guidelines, the streaming service explicitly states that “Harassment is any content or activity that attempts to intimidate, degrade, abuse, or bully others, or creates a hostile environment for others, and is prohibited. Harassment is prohibited.” The guideline continues by saying that Twitch considers numerous factors to determine whether a case of harassment is present. In the case of Avelino’s audience who made the sexually explicit remarks, Twitch does not tolerate any “Unwanted sexual advances, sexual harassment, and sexual bullying.” 

Concerning what the streaming service does to protect its streamers and their audience, it is stated that violating the policy against harassment will lead to the perpetrator’s account to be suspended. Even though Twitch has guidelines in place to protect its patrons, we can’t help but wonder whether these are enough. 

Sexual harassment in gaming has been a long-occurring problem in the industry. Women are objectified, degraded, and are met with sexist remarks whenever male players discovered their gender. An article written by the BBC documented some of the unfortunate cyberbullying female players go through when playing video games online. Now, Avelino’s experience revealed that some men experience sexual harassment online too, and in his case, in the hands of women. The question now is how do we put an end to this on-going problem that men and women face in the world of online gaming? In the end, cyberbullying and sexual harassment is never okay whether online or in the real world, regardless of the person's gender, race, social status, and beliefs. All we want to do is to play games, why can’t we just focus on that? 

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Promo Video For The Big Films and Shows Coming to Netflix in June Along With a Full List of Titles

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Netflix has released a promo video featuring all of the big new films and shows that will be coming to the streaming service in June. I also included a full list of titles for you to go through that includes Star Wars: The Last JediThe DepartedIn BrugesThor: Ragnarok, Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 6, Luke Cage Season 2, and more. It looks like there's going to be a good amount of entertainment coming to Netflix in June to look forward to! What are you most excited about?!

June 1:

Assassination Games

Blue Jasmine

Busted! (Season Finale)

Disney's 101 Dalmatians

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

He Named Me Malala

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

Just Friends

Miracle

National Treasure

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

November 13: Attack on Paris

Outside In

Righteous Kill

Rumor Has It

Singularity

Taking Lives

Terms and Conditions May Apply

The Boy

The Covenant

The Departed

The Prince & Me 4: The Elephant Adventure

June 2:

The King’s Speech

June 3:

The Break with Michelle Wolf (Streaming every Sunday)

June 5:

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok

June 7:

Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast: Season 2 (Streaming every Thursday)

The Night Shift: Season 4

June 8:

Alex Strangelove

Ali’s Wedding

Marcella: Season 2

Sense8: The Series Finale

The Hollow

The Staircase

Treehouse Detectives

June 9:

Wynonna Earp: Season 2

June 10:

Portlandia: Season 8

June 14:

Cutie and the Boxer

Marlon: Season 1

June 15:

La Hora Final

Lust Stories

Maktub

Queer Eye: Season 2

Set It Up

Step Up 2: The Streets

Sunday’s Illness

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Range: Part 5

True: Magical Friends

True: Wonderful Wishes

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 6

June 16:

Grey’s Anatomy: Season 14

June 17:

Club de Cuervos presenta: La balada de Hugo Sanchez

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 5

June 18:

Encerrados

June 19:

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

June 22:

Brain on Fire

Cooking on High

Derren Brown: Miracle

Heavy Rescue: 401: Season 2

Marvel’s Luke Cage: Season 2

Us and Them

June 23:

Disney’s Tarzan

June 24:

To Each, Her Own (Les Goûts et les couleurs)

June 25:

Hotel Transylvania: Season 1

June 26:

Secret City

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro

June 29:

Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits

GLOW: Season 2

Harvey Street Kids

Kiss Me First

La Foret

La Pena Maxima

Nailed It!: Season 2

Paquita Salas: Season 2

Recovery Boys

TAU

June 30:

Fate/EXTRA Last Encore: Oblitus Copernican Theory

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Opinion: The New STAR WARS Films Need To Tone Down The Humor

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Don't worry, no spoilers here, just need to rant.

I went and saw Solo: A Star Wars Story over the weekend, and while I wasn't nearly as critical of the film's flaws as other critics, there was one element of the film that really got to me. In fact, it's kind of been something sitting in the back of my mind ever since my first screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and I think with the exception of Rogue One, it's been a complaint of mine with every film. I don't like the new style of humor the films are using, and it's making me cringe far more often than I laugh.

As I'm sure I'll be told by the dozens who see the headline and hop straight to the comments, Star Wars has always been a franchise riddled with humor. The original films had that smart-ass sarcasm and occasional slapstick routines, Jar Jar stepped in shit in The Phantom Menace, so I get Star Wars wants to modernize with the times and attempt a new style of humor into its latest batch of films. It works with Marvel films right? So why wouldn't it work with Star Wars?

I'm not entirely sure on that one, but for the latest Star Wars film I feel like a majority of the new films tense moments are almost immediately squashed by some attempt at The Office type humor. Remember that emotional scene between Rey and Kylo Ren in The Last Jedi? They're speaking telepathically and trying to understand their connection to one another and forming a strange sort of bond. The moment could've served to mount the tension between the two after they team up to defeat Snoke, but instead, we got:

"Can you put a shirt on?"

Great scene, instantly killed by a weak attempt at humor. It didn't make me laugh in the theater, and although I'm an unapologetic lover of The Last Jedi, I can't defend that scene. It sucked me out of a scene where something crazy was going on, and effectively ruined the fresh mystery of Rey and Ben's telepathic conversation. 

That happens a lot in Solo as well, and once again, I found myself unable to get engaged in the drama and high-stakes of a scene because characters are spouting off jokes during life-threatening situations and minutes after tragic deaths. It's like Disney doesn't want an audience to feel too tense, so anytime things feel the slightest bit serious someone needs to pepper in a half-hearted joke to get 2-3 people laughing their asses off in a theater while others just sit there. 

I'm not really sure what the best solution is towards fixing it, and if you think I'm suggesting Star Wars drop the humor entirely, I'm against that. Am I alone in feeling this way? How have you guys felt about the new style of humor the latest Star Wars films have had?

Looks Like We’ll Be Getting Some EARTHSEA Movies

Fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin sadly passed away earlier this year. However, before her passing, it looks like she worked out some deals to have some of her works turned into films. We already knew that The Telling was being adapted, but according to Deadline, so is Earthsea.

Producer Jennifer Fox was given the film rights to the series before Le Guin’s passing. Also, Le Guin’s son, Theo Downes-Le Guin will serve as executive producer. I’ve only read the first book, but it was freaking amazing. I am incredibly excited and this gives me the much-needed push to go back and read all 5 books and 8 short stories.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the series:

The series, which was first introduced in the 1960s, is comprised of five novels and eight short stories set in a fantasy archipelago of hundreds of islands, imperiled by those who use magic to gain power and upset its delicate balance. Most of its characters are people of color and the emphasis is on understanding nature and human nature, not possessing power over them.

What do you all think about Earthsea being adapted into a feature film?

Texas Official Blames Violent Video Games For School Shooting, Is He Right?

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About two weeks ago, a mass shooting occurred at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Authorities revealed that around ten people were killed in the shootout which lasted for 25 minutes. The gunman is identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis a 17-year-old student at the school. 

As families and friends mourn over the lives that were lost in this horrible incident, Texas’ Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick spoke out regarding the apparent causes of these mass shootings. In a video by SBS news, which is currently going viral on Facebook, the public official was shown pointing blame to the removal of God in schools and abortion. However, he is most insistent that video games play an active role in the creation of these shooters who have been terrorizing schools, churches, and public spaces for several years now. 

In the video, Patrick is seen appealing to the nation about the role video games play in mass shootings in the United States. He said that “Look, the video games issue we have got to address this country. Based on all the research we have done, 97 percent, according to psychologists and psychiatrists, 97 percent of teenagers view video games, and 85 percent of those video games are violent.” He also commented that teenagers are spending a lot of time playing these video games that are showing these kids how to kill people. 

The debate on whether violent video games lead to violent behavior has been going on for a long time. On the one hand, you have the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics insisting that there is a link between violent video games leading to violent behavior. The psychological group claims that 90% of children in the US play video games, the majority of which are between the ages of 12 and 17. Furthermore, the APA said in an August 2015 policy statement that, “Researchers have also continued to find that violent video game use is associated with decreases in socially desirable behavior such as prosocial behavior, empathy, and moral engagement.”

On the flip side, several studies from sociologists, psychologists, and other behavioral experts have debunked the claim that violent video games increase aggression and decrease empathy, which eventually leads to violent behavior. A study by Whitney DeCamp, an associate professor of sociology at Western Michigan University, revealed that kids who like to play brutally violent video games may already have a predisposition toward aggression, DeCamp claims.

In his research, DeCamp examined data from a 2008 Delaware School Survey that collected responses from 6,567 eight-graders. In this survey, the students were asked whether they had played any violent video games in the past year. DeCamp separated the respondents who had an inclination to aggressive behavior due to a natural attraction to violence and other factors such as gender and family relations. When he studied the data of the respondents who did not have an inclination towards aggression, DeCamp concluded that playing video games, no matter how brutal or violent, does not predict violent behavior. 

A video by Psych2Go shared another interesting perspective on the issue. The video said that majority of the studies that claim a link between violent video games and aggressive behavior were not entirely accurate and reliable as they focus on short-term effects. In previous studies, participants will be asked to play violent video games for an amount time, and right after the game, researchers will test the participant’s empathy and aggression levels. Of course, the results showed that right after playing a brutal video game, the level of aggression increased while the level of empathy decreased. However, the video claimed that the same result can also be obtained after a participant undergoes a competitive or challenging task such as failing to answer a complicated math problem.

Due to the unreliable results of short-term testing of aggression and empathy levels, researchers from Germany decided to conduct a study of their own. In their study, participants were not required to play video games. Instead, they talked to gamers who are already playing violent video games on a consistent basis and non-gamers who have never played a video game in their life to participate in the research. They then showed the participants an image that, according to previous studies, would not invoke the same emotional response from people who play violent video games as opposed to those who do not. Researchers discovered that neural responses -which were measured via a fMRI- showed that both groups displayed the same level of empathy regardless of their gaming background, which weakened the claims from previous research. 

Furthermore, Henry Jenkins, a professor at the University of Southern California shared in an essay published in 2005 that despite the high consumption of video games by young people at the time, juvenile crime was at a 30-year low. Jenkins also detailed in his essay that people who are serving time for violent crimes were usually the same ones who consume fewer media than the average person. Lastly, he said that “the overwhelming majority of kids who play do not commit antisocial acts.”

Another way to determine whether video games play a role in violent acts such as mass shootings is to look at other countries with high consumption of video games. Japan, which is basically the hub for anything related to video games is a great example. According to NewZoo, a gaming market research company, about 60 percent of Japan’s entire population has played video games in 2016 one way or another. The interesting factor here is that despite the vast community of gamers in the country, there were almost no incidents of people being killed by a gun. In 2014 GunPolicy.org reported that Japan had only six gun deaths while the United States had 33,000 in the same year. The most significant difference between the two countries with high video game consumption is that Japan bans the possession, selling, or buying of handguns and rifles. Other countries such as Germany, the UK, Canada, France, and Australia all have high populations of gamers as well and all of these countries have lower incidents of death by guns compared to the US. Now there are, of course, many factors to consider when looking at gun violence statistics. However, the data does beg a major question: If all the above countries have a high consumption rate of video games similar to the U.S., then why is there a significantly lower instance of violence caused by guns in these countries? 

Going back to Dan Patrick’s statement that video games cause mass shootings, it is clear that studies prove the opposite. It is apparent that while video games may have an effect on aggression and empathy levels in the short-term, they rarely lead to aggressive and violent behavior in the long term. To put it simply, video games do not cause mass shootings. Of course, once tragedy such as the recent shooting occurs, it is easy to point blame on violent video games. However, given the vast amount of research that debunks this claim, maybe it's time we move forward from this false narrative and start looking for real-world solutions instead of blaming the virtual worlds gamers enjoy. 

Let’s be real, a lot of countries in the world play violent video games. However, why do these countries have lower instances of mass shootings? If video games are not to blame, then what is/are the real cause(s)? Let’s all think about that. 

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Amusing Behind-The-Scenes Featurette For TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES

Warner Bros. has released a fun new behind-the-scenes featurette for Teen Titans GO! to the Movies. It gives us a sneak peek at the voice cast bringing the characters they play to life and they also talk about what fans can expect from the film. 

I'll admit when I first heard about this movie I couldn't care less about it. But now, I'm actually kind of excited about seeing it. It just looks like a silly fun flick that DC fans will laugh at and appreciate. 

When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! Teen Titans GO! to the Movies finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers. It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously super villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

The animated film will feature the voice cast of the series, including Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven, and Hynden Walch as Starfire, Will Arnet as Deathstroke, and Kristen Bell (Frozen) have also joined the voice cast.

The movie was directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail, from a script written by Michael Jelenic and Horvath. Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is set to hit theaters on July 27th.

Zack Snyder Isn’t Aware of The Russian Family in JUSTICE LEAGUE and He Seems Confused

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Justice League was such a bad experience for Zack Snyder that he still hasn't watched the film. He's learning certain aspects of it from the fans who talk to him on the social network platform Vero. Recently, there was a conversation going on regarding the Russian family in the film and Snyder ended up chiming in with the comment, "What Russian Family?"

I'm sure that you all remember that as Steppenwolf brings together the Mother Boxes, the story regularly cuts back to this Russian family, as they represent the real-world dangers of what the villain is doing. Snyder had no idea this little subplot was added to the film. 

Here's how the conversation went down:

HUMOR: Fans are busy with theories about the Flash BTS pic but Zack Snyder tries to understand who are the Russian family from r/DC_Cinematic

When Joss Whedon was brought in to rewrite certain aspects of the film with Zack Snyder's blessing, I think a lot of fans assumed that Snyder knew about many of the changes that were being made. This makes it clear that obviously, that wasn't the case. 

I never really cared for that little subplot. Whenever it kept cutting back to that family, I was just pulled out of the story even more. 

Via: DC_Cinematic