MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Is Baby Driver GoodVery good!Wow! That sounds enthusiastic!It’s been a rough year…So what’s this one about?It’s a bank-heist/car-chase/young-adult/romance/action/musical/comedy set in Atlanta, Georgia.…you’re gonna have to be more specific.Ansel Elgort plays “Baby,” a soft-hearted twenty-something kid with near-supernatural (superhuman, at least) car-driving skills who, because of a childhood accident, has to listen to music 24/7 in order to drown out a constant ringing in his ears. He owes a substantial debt to a ruthless (but also oddly laid-back) criminal mastermind played by Kevin Spacey, who forces him to use his automotive skills as the getaway driver for a series of daring bank heists. Not long after squaring this debt, he meets and falls hard for a diner waitress with a heart of gold who offers him love and a chance at a normal life, but he soon finds that a life of crime is not as easy to escape as he’d hope and finds himself stuck in a rapidly-deteriorating series of chaotic events that will challenge what he thought he knew about his criminal colleagues and ultimately force him to get his hands dirty in a way he’d been desperately trying to avoid.That sounds like a Jason Statham movie.Basically, yeah; but with a tone and main character more suited to a Nicholas Sparks YA Romance thing. Also, the conceit of Baby effectively “scoring” every moment of his life with several iPods full of eclectic pop music means there’s a song underpinning almost every scene more or less turns it into a kind of action-musical.This sounds insufferable. What’s so good about it??Well, it’s directed by Edgar Wright, so…Oh! Now I want to see it! You should probably have led with that.Yeah, Edgar Wright basically specializes in movies that should be completely insufferable but actually turn out kind of great (see: Pilgrim, Scott), and this is right in that wheelhouse. “The Transporter: Heartwarming Millennial Musical Romp Edition” sounds like pure torture, but when you’ve got a timing, pacing and scene-geography savant-like Wright directing and a killer cast (Elgort, Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Lily James, John Hamm) bringing their A-game it all kind of clicks into place. It’s a very fast-paced, involving, compelling little movie that doesn’t overreach – despite all the weight and excitement that gets attached to every Edgar Wright project by the critical set; it really is “just” a mid-scale action movie with a more whimsical romantic subplot and a slick soundtrack. And that’s just fine.Is Baby an interesting hero?He is. I didn’t expect anything special out of Elgort based on his previous movies, but he brings it here in a really challenging and different kind of role. There’s something… “off” about Baby that the film never specifically identifies. But it’s an unusual energy that makes him at once compelling, off-putting, weirdly intimidating but also weirdly child-like; and once the plot has been laid out the film is mostly driven by the way the other ostensibly older, jaded “grown-up” characters and compelled to act toward him. Some friendly, some bullying, some nurturing, some hurtful, some bouncing back and forth between all of the above. It’s as though his actual personality is so guarded and inscrutable that the other characters are driven to project one onto him. And that’s an interesting “real-feeling” dynamic that ultimately pays off with a freewheeling third act where surprise character turns as to which of the “bad guys” are or are not actually “bad” plays out in clever, interesting ways.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Chinese sex-bot manufacturer, Touch, was ordered to pull its dolls from the market and apologize. This, less than a week after it began its “shared girlfriend” doll rental service.China’s long had strict pornography laws, often restricting access to sexual material. And while some products skirt the line, this may have been too much. Chinese media said that the company was fined by law enforcement and then ordered to stop promoting its new toys.“We are sorry to announce that Touch will suspend the operation of the shared girlfriend project, our intention was for more people to experience erotic fun,” Touch said via Chinese micro-blogging site, Weibo.The company had a line of ten dolls that became available for rental by smartphone app starting Thursday. Reports say that they were marketed as one of five different models — four representing women of different ethnicities like Russian and Japanese — and a fifth resembling Wonder Woman from this year’s superhero flick.Each was available for about $45 a night, but customers had a few upgrade options. Some including special preparations that are only referred to via euphemism and still others would add sound effects for certain types of play.According to correspondence with the BBC, it seems the company will be paying its customers double what they had put down for rentals to compensate them for their trouble.Another statement translated by tech blog Gizmodo asserted that Touch just wanted people to have fun and be happy.“Because our third-party marketing staff failed to comply with related regulations, certain promotion campaigns were suspended by regulatory agencies, considering the widespread controversy, we decided to stop the project.“Ever since the project began, we’ve used the slogan ‘Shared girlfriend—your heartwarming companionship.’ We hope to introduce expensive silicon sex dolls to the public, in order to provide love and companionship …. We sincerely apologize for the negative impact caused by the project, especially its negative impact on online discourse at a time of major meetings … In the future, Touch will continue to put corporate social responsibility as a priority while actively exploring healthy and harmonious sexual lifestyle. Sex itself is not vulgar. Making more Chinese people experience the pleasure of sex is still the goal we strive for.”That’s fair and good, for the most part, but there’s obviously the creepy marketing and weirdness around sharing sex toys with others.I will be among the first (and loudest) champions for sexual progressivism, but it’s a bit bizarre to have a cadre of dolls that are shared among several anonymous partners. Now, with proper cleaning, that’s not really a huge issue, but that’s also something that you generally have to regulate and enforce, something China’s sex-negative government probably doesn’t want to put up with.There’s another facet to this. As Touch notes, Chinese culture isn’t very accepting of sexual openness. Decades of utilitarian-themed propaganda and suppression of sexual content have limited discussions about these topics. From that perspective, what the company’s looking to do is pretty noble, but I definitely wouldn’t blame you for being a little weirded out by a company personifying their dolls and advertising them as “totally submissive” and able to “meet the needs of the single homeboy.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Who Are They?Part of what made The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time so memorable was its focus on “time.” Before being hurled into the future to play as adult Link, player spent the first dungeons as the more innocent Young Link, just a little elf boy with a sword hanging out in the forest. This same Young Link, after regaining his childhood in one of the three split timelines, also starred in the much darker and weirder Majora’s Mask.Smash HistoryAs far as the secret clone characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee go, at least Young Link’s clone status is right in his name. So both of Link’s N64 Ocarina forms were represented. Many interpreted the appearance of cel-shaded Wind Waker “Toon Link” in later Smash Bros. games to be the next evolution of Young Link. But now both child heroes of Hyrule can battle it out in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.What Looks New in Ultimate?Young Link’s whole deal is that he’s smaller, faster, yet weaker than Link. His moves are also somewhat tweaked, like his fire arrows and traditional boomerang. Plus he can wall jump. But while he struggled in Melee, Young Link is looking surprisingly promising in Ultimate. He might be the best Link. Also, he’s now the only Link from the Ocarina of Time-era, arguably the definitive Zelda style.Our Hopes?With his Breath of the Wild makeover, Link is now fairly distinct from his two young counterparts. However, we are a bit concerned that having both Young Link and Toon Link will be a little redundant and we hope they have some significant differences we haven’t noticed. Everyone is here, but everyone should at least be slightly unique, even if they are technically reincarnations of each other.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. 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Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guide Stay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Young Link Grows Up!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Young Link.
With ‘Borderlands’ Crossover, ‘Fortnite’ Just Ad…Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits As a stupid American most of my time spent thinking about modern day Britain is just constant failed attempts to understand Brexit. And when I do think about the royal family it’s either something like “Why is this still a thing?” or “When is The Crown coming back to Netflix?” But Prince Harry, who went from dressing up like a Nazi to marrying Meghan Markle, can’t help but leave an impression.And maybe the reason I’m so ignorant of current United Kingdom affairs is because I spend too much bloody time playing video games. Fortunately, now Prince Harry himself wants to put a stop to that. While speaking to mental health experts at a West London YMCA, the Duke of Sussex called for addictive games, particularly smash hit Fortnite, to be banned.“It’s so irresponsible,” the Prince said according to The Daily Express. He called Fortnite “An addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible.” He urged parents to protect their children from getting their minds altered from a threat worse than drugs and alcohol. Ultimately, real human connection is what Harry wants us to return to. “The only place you might go is online and you will probably end up getting bullied.”While the idea of banning Fortnite or any “addictive” video game is totally ridiculous we see where the prince is coming from somewhat. Kids shouldn’t spend all their time on the internet. Fortnite gets much of its fortunes from psychologically and financially exploitative free-to-play tactics governments should really regulate. And after the recent Fyre Fest-esque disaster of a recent Fortnite party in Norwich, we get why someone English would have a particular grudge against Fortnite.But man is it funny watching an actual prince in the year 2019 try to look hip and with it by commenting on what kids these days are into. I wonder what Prince Harry thinks about flossing? Meghan could probably teach him. For more on Fortnite check out the new account merging features and watch us get coached by a Fortnite professional. Stay on target