Amazing Benefits of Time Warner Cable Internet Plans

Time Warner Cable Internet gives you access to an incredible array of services, plans and features. In short, Spectrum Internet now offers a best-in-class internet experience that is simply the best in the nation.

You get fast speeds, top-notch customer service, and innovative product offerings. Plus, if you choose to bundle Time Warner Cable Internet with TV and Voice, you can unlock an amazingly low monthly price.

Unlock all the benefits of Time Warner Cable Internet

The place to start, of course, is by understanding how Time Warner Cable Internet is completely changing the game for Internet users. Whether it’s speed, reliability or customer service, Time Warner Cable Internet has you covered. Just check out everything that you get with each and every order of Time Warner Cable Internet:

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  • Ability to stream 4K movies
  • Network reliability
  • Best-in-class customer support
  • Free modem for in-home Wi-Fi networks
  • Powerful online security suite

Super-fast Internet

With 60 Mbps Internet speeds, you are getting an Internet connection that is 20 times faster than DSL. That makes it possible to stream full-length Hollywood movies, even movies in HD and 4K! Moreover, you can download as much content as you’d like, including a full array of music and games. With Time Warner Cable Internet, the entire Internet is at your fingertips!

No data caps

With Time Warner Cable Internet, you never have to worry about bumping against data caps. Other Internet service providers try to limit how much Internet you can consume, but not Time Warner Cable. There is no limit on how many shows you can stream, how many websites you can visit, or how much content you can download. With Time Warner Cable, you are about to experience unlimited Internet.

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Bundle Time Warner Cable Internet with TV and Voice for more savings

One major benefit of signing up for Time Warner Cable Internet is being able to bundle Internet service with TV and Voice. These services are all designed to work well with each other. And here’s the major advantage of bundling: you can save significantly on Internet service! That makes Internet much more affordable for every budget. For example, stand-alone Internet from Time Warner Cable is $44.99 per month. But when you bundle with TV and Voice, you can get Time Warner Cable Internet for just $29.99 per month!

Time Warner Cable bundles available now

When you order Time Warner Cable Internet, you have several options. You can order it as a stand-alone offering. Or you could create a Double Play bundle, in which you bundle TV and Internet into one affordable package. And, finally, you could choose the most popular option, which is to create a Triple Play bundle. Here are the three most popular Triple Play bundles:

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The best-selling bundle is Triple Play Gold. What you get with this package is simply astounding. First of all, you get Time Warner Cable Internet with 60 Mbps connectivity speeds. Then you get 200+ channels, including the following top entertainment channels: HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, Starz Encore, EPIX and TMC. And, finally, you get access to unlimited nationwide calling and 18+ popular digital calling features.

There is no time to wait, order Time Warner Cable today!

As you can see, there are so many great reasons to sign up for Time Warner Cable Internet today. These are the main selling points of this top-of-the-line Internet service:

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And, to top it all off, Time Warner Cable Internet is now able to provide a 30-day guarantee. If you are not completely happy with your new Time Warner Cable Internet within 30 days, simply cancel and get your money back. It’s as simple as that!

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All the Hollywood Sexual Misconduct Scandals You Need To Know

The Hollywood sexual misconduct scandals that started in late 2017 show no sign of abating. After legendary film producer Harvey Weinstein was called out for a pattern of sexual misconduct in October 2017, literally hundreds of women have stepped forward with their own stories of being sexually assaulted, intimidated or even raped by some of the most famous men in Hollywood today. Here’s a list of all the Hollywood sexual misconduct scandals you need to know…

Harvey Weinstein

In just the first month after the sexual misconduct allegations surfaced, more than 80 women – many of them actresses and models – shared their own stories of being harassed, bullied and intimidated into having sexual relations with Weinstein. Even worse, this pattern of behavior appears to have taken place over decades. In response, Weinstein was removed from the leadership of his film production companies and stripped of his membership in Hollywood’s prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It was Weinstein who sparked the nationwide #MeToo movement on social media, and in many ways, he has become the poster child for Hollywood sexual misconduct.

Kevin Spacey

The star actor of Netflix’s “House of Cards” saw his own house of cards collapse once co-workers and actors stepped forward with their own stories of how Spacey created a sexually-charged work environment on his film and TV projects. Perhaps the most damning revelation came from an actor who alleged Kevin Spacey attempted to have sex with him when he was just a 14-year-old boy, nearly 30 years ago. That allegation opened the door further for accusers, who began to cite incidents of sexual harassment that might have taken place decades ago, but were just now coming to light.

Dustin Hoffman

Need more proof that the #MeToo movement was unafraid to take down the biggest names in Hollywood? Look no further than Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman, who is now alleged by six actors and actresses of sexual abuse. Back in 1985, for example, Hoffman allegedly made sexual advances on a 17-year-old male assistant. In other cases, Hoffman propositioned fellow actresses, attempting to have sex with them in his hotel rooms.

James Toback

Hollywood director and writer James Toback was already the subject of a blistering Los Angeles Times investigative report into his sexual misconduct dealings with 38 women when another 200 women stepped forward with their own sordid details of how Toback attempted to have sex with them. That makes a grand total of 238 alleged cases of sexual misconduct. To put that into perspective, that means that Toback attempted to sexually harass one new woman, every week of the year, for nearly five straight years!

James Franco

Some of the charges of sexual misconduct have been more innuendo than formal complaint. Now, some top Hollywood actresses are bringing up James Franco as a potential sexual deviant. For example, actress Ally Sheedy sent out a cryptic tweet, suggesting that Franco was the reason that she left the film and entertainment business. Other women have now claimed that Franco tried to convince them to do full frontal nudity scenes in his films, mostly out of his desire to seduce them. What made the allegations all the more damaging for Franco is that he won a Golden Globe award on January 7. Two days later, he was forced to show up on Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” to deny any wrongdoing.

Morgan Spurlock

The documentary director Morgan Spurlock, best known for his film “Super Size Me,” owned up to a history of sexual misconduct that dates all the way back to his college days. His history of rape allegations once again resurfaced, putting Spurlock into the spotlight. Later, Spurlock admitted that he had cheated on just about every one of his romantic partners, including his two wives, and that his pattern of sexual activity was far from normal.

Louis C.K.

One of America’s funniest comedians also got caught up in a series of sexual misconduct allegations that trace out a sordid history of more than 15 years. The most damaging of those came from two fellow comedians (both women), who alleged that Louis C.K. would often undress in front of them and then masturbate. Other women claimed that Louis C.K.. would call them in the middle of the night, while obviously in the middle of masturbating.

Steven Seagal

The action hero Steven Seagal has now been accused by three women of sexual misconduct, including one incident in which he used a “casting couch” to seduce a woman and force her to take off her dress. Other women have claimed that Seagal exposed himself to them in a hotel room.

Many Others Accused

That’s just a partial list of all the powerful directors, producers and actors who have been called out on the Hollywood black carpet of shame for a past history of sexual misconduct. These Hollywood insiders have also fallen from grace:

  • Paul Haggis – Accused by five women of rape and forcible oral sex
  • Matt Lauer – Accused of sexually harassing and intimidating women on the set of the “Today” show
  • Jeremy Piven – Accused by multiple women of various forms of sexual misconduct
  • Brett Ratner – Accused of raping or abusing several high-profile actresses
  • Charlie Rose – Fired by CBS News, PBS and Bloomberg for groping women on the set and walking around naked in front of them
  • Russell Simmons – Accused of aggressive sexual behavior, including forcible oral sex and a potential shower rape
  • Jeffrey Tambor – Accused of sexually harassing transgender actors
  • Ben Vereen – Accused of sexually abusing two women on the set of a community theater production of “Hair”
  • Ed Westwick – Accused by two actresses of sexual impropriety

As the Hollywood #MeToo movement gathered in intensity in 2017, it started to take down powerful men in the media and government – including former comedian and current Senator Al Franken, who admitted to forcibly groping a woman in 2006 while on a USO Tour. And don’t forget about former President George H.W. Bush, who has been accused of telling dirty jokes around women and lightly patting their behinds as a way of flirting with them.

While the accusations have been sordid and salacious in many cases, they are important because they have helped to shine a new light on Hollywood. The first brave women who stepped forward in late 2017 have cleared the path for other women to tell their stories. In doing so, they may be bringing much-needed change to Hollywood.


TV Review: “SEAL Team”

There has not been a TV show in quite some time hat has so effectively illustrated the tensions and issues involved in America’s battle against its radical external enemies as “SEAL Team.” This new CBS “blood-and-sand” military drama, which launched to initial critical acclaim in September 2017, follows the adventures of an elite Bravo team of Navy SEALs. These brave soldiers are deployed to far-flung points of the globe to do battle with terrorists, extremists and a variety of other evildoers in the world. It’s a first-rate TV show, driven forward in part by the phenomenal acting of a cast led by David Boreanaz.

“SEAL Team” captures the drama and tensions of an elite fighting unit

The major dynamic of “SEAL Team,” of course, is the drama that happens between the members of an elite SEAL team. There is the team leader, Jason Hayes (played by David Boreanaz), as well as four other individuals who play key roles in the 13-episode CBS series: Ray Perry (played by Neil Brown Jr.), Sonny Quinn (played by A.J. Buckley) and Clay Spenser (played by Max Theriot).

How all of these team members interact is really part of the magic and spectacle of this TV show. For example, the closest friend of Jason Hayes is Ray Perry. He is the person that Hayes can count on in true moments of peril, and it is a very singular friendship indeed. And then there is the fascinating story of Clay Spenser, a second-generation Navy SEAL who is currently still adjusting to the life and rigor of being a SEAL. We sense that he is made of strong stuff indeed, but compared to others on his team, he is still very much a SEAL in training. In the very episode of the show, he ends up shooting a terrorist despite strict orders to bring him in alive, setting up enormous tension with his team members.

And there is more that feeds this dramatic tension of this SEAL team. For example, one of the early plotlines of the show (including Episode 1 “Tip of the Spear”) involves how each team member is dealing with the recent loss of a team member. As the series progresses, we start to see the broad outlines of how much these brave men have risked, all in the hopes of protecting their nation and making their families proud.

SEAL Team” sends us on dramatic missions around the world

If you enjoy the “Jason Bourne” movies, in which protagonists are sent around the world to a head-spinning number of exotic locations, you’ll enjoy the narrative of CBS’s “SEAL Team.” There have only been 13 episodes of this riveting new TV show, but it seems like with every new episode, we are sent somewhere truly dangerous and destabilized around the globe. For example, in Episode 2, the team is sent on a mission to destroy chemical weapons. In Episode 3, the team is sent to the South China Sea to rescue a team of researchers. In Episode 5, they are sent to the South Sudan to help evacuate an embassy. Other missions take them to Afghanistan, Yemen and other flash points around the world.

In every one of these cases, the SEAL Team is sent on some of the most dangerous missions possible – and that just ratchets up the dramatic tension of this TV show. In one case, they are sent on a race against time to prevent the implementation of a “dirty bomb” plot. In others, they must capture dangerous war criminals or outwit their rivals from other superpower states. In Episode 9, for example, this SEAL team must match wits with the Russians and the Chinese.

“SEAL Team” features compelling characters, not just stereotypical clichés

Where “SEAL Team” really excels is in its depiction of the inner demons, hard choices, and mental anguish faced by each of the team members. For example, David Boreanaz’s character must grapple with the loss of a close friend in combat. The loss has left him mentally weakened, and he is forced to undergo mandatory therapy as part of his recovery. Not only that, but the anguish of losing one of his “brothers” has resulted in his estrangement from both his wife and children. Add in the fact that a new romantic interest (Mandy Ellis, played by Jessica Paré) lingers on the sidelines of this military drama, and it’s clear to see Jason Hayes is going to have plenty to consider when he is not out there fighting the terrorists.

Much the same can be said for all of the other characters, and perhaps none more so than Max Theriot’s character, Clay Spenser. He, too, must wrestle with inner demons and anguish, not the least of which is the need to measure up to past generations and a heroic father figure. If you are looking for cardboard cutouts and character clichés, it’s time to look somewhere else: “SEAL Team” really delivers when it comes to character development and the type of narrative arc that leaves audiences coming back for more.

SEAL TEAM stars David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, in a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them. SEAL TEAM will be broadcast in the 2017-2018 season on the CBS Television Network. Pictured left to right: Toni Trucks as Davis, Neil Brown Jr. as Ray, David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, Jessica Paré as Mandy Ellis, Max Thieriot as Clay Spenser and AJ Buckley as Sonny. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The true potential of “SEAL Team” has yet to be fully explored

As Season 1 of “SEAL Team” comes to a close, it becomes easier to see how much true potential this CBS TV series has. That potential can be summed up in just a few words: it reminds us of the human element involved in this nation’s battle against terror. This comes through in a number of different ways, and not just when the team members are interacting directly with the ISIS terrorists in far-flung destinations around the world.

For example, there is the tendency to view terrorists as “The Other” – people at the fringe of humanity, with very little in the way of redeeming qualities. But as “SEAL Team” shows us, there is a lot to unpack here. Take Episode 8 – it involves a SEAL mission to extract a U.S. soldier who was captured after deserting. This reminds us that the war against terror comes with its set of internal contradictions: it is possible to support the war, but differ markedly on the tactics. Other episodes hint at the issues raised by the U.S. prison at Gitmo, created to imprison ISIS radicals.

So what’s the big takeaway here? Perhaps the notion that “SEAL Team” has much work yet to be done. The future for CBS’s “SEAL Team” is very bright indeed. It’s easy to see CBS extending this series for another 13 episodes, and TV audiences will once more look forward to the extraordinary adventures of these brave men as they undertake some of the most dangerous and risky mission possible, all in the name of protecting our homeland from unimaginable evil.

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The Best Christmas Movies Streaming on Netflix in December


Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, it’s time to turn our focus to Christmas. And what could be more in the spirit of the holidays than streaming a Christmas movie on Netflix while drinking a glass of eggnog and turning on the lights to the Christmas tree? With that in mind, here are ten of the best Christmas movies streaming on Netflix in December.

#1: Dr. Seuss “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

While many people still think of the 1960’s era animated cartoon version of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” there’s a strong case to be made for Jim Carrey’s stylish live-action update of this film. The details of Whoville are lovingly recreated in this film, and, of course, Jim Carrey’s manic, over-the-top style of acting is perfectly suited for his role as the Grinch (although you might not at first recognize him under all that green makeup and special effects).

#2: “White Christmas” (1954)

It just doesn’t get any more all-American than this – “White Christmas” is full of romance, humor and beloved song-and-dance numbers that most of us probably have already memorized by heart. And, of course, it stars some of the biggest icons ever to appear on the silver screen – Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye. This nearly 65-year-old classic will warm your heart every time you watch it.



#3: “Legend of Frosty the Snowman” (2005)

This is an updated take on the classic Frosty tale. If your kids want to believe that magic is real, they need to watch this If you listen carefully, you’ll recognize the voice of Bill Fagerbakke (of “Coach” fame) as the voice of everyone’s favorite snowman. As an added bonus, the narrator of this classic Christmas tale is none other than Burt Reynolds.

#4: Disney’s “The Santa Clause” (1994)

If you enjoy Tim Allen’s style of comedy, you’ll be glad to know that the full “Santa Clause” trilogy is now available for streaming on Netflix. The first of these “Santa Clause” movies was easily the best, however, as we watch Tim Allen magically taken away to the North Pole after accidentally taking out the real Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

#5: “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” (2007)

OK, from a purely technical standpoint, “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular” is not a movie. But the show is so cinematic and so well acted that you could easily call it a movie. There are so many timeless elements here – not just the dancing and singing Rockettes, but also the classic music from “The Nutcracker” and other holiday favorites. If you’ve ever dreamed about spending a white Christmas in New York and making the trip to Radio City Music Hall for this show, then you have to watch this special.


#6: “Bad Santa” (2003)

By the time Christmas actually rolls around, you may be getting a bit tired of all the holiday cheer and the same holiday songs played over and over again, on constant rotation. Enter “Bad Santa,” perhaps one of the darkest Christmas movies ever made. It stars Billy Bob Thornton as a criminal mastermind robbing department stores on Christmas Eve. And it also features a fair share of profanity-laced humor and adult situations – but there’s still a happy ending to all this. Maybe this is the type of Christmas movie to stream after the kids have gone to sleep.

#7: “The Ref” (1994)

In a similar way, “The Ref” is another of those Christmas dark comedies that suddenly came into vogue in the mid-1990’s. This one stars Denis Leary as a criminal who takes a family hostage on Christmas, only to find how exactly how insane and dysfunctional they really are. And, making this film even darker, it also stars Kevin Spacey – once one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, but now forever disgraced by sexual harassment allegations. You really have to be in the mood to watch this film.

#8: “Ernest Saves Christmas” (1988)

Back in the 1980’s, Jim Varney’s bumbling, goofy character of Ernest P. Worrell captivated TV audiences – so it’s perhaps no surprise that he eventually got a Christmas special of his own. This movie is actually a re-telling of “Miracle on 34th Street,” in which Ernest plays a starring role in helping Santa Claus bring the magic of the holidays to children everywhere.

#9: “Trading Places” (1983)

While the film is not specifically about Christmas, it’s set during the holidays. It’s hard to believe that this film is already 35 years old – it seems like just yesterday that Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis collaborated on this all-time comedy classic.


#10: “Gremlins” (1984)

Finally, what would the holidays be lie without this fabulous film from Steven Spielberg? Back in the 1980’s, “Gremlins” completely changed our ideas of what a holiday film could be. For good reason, “Gremlins” always gets voted on to the list of “underrated” Christmas movies, and so it’s great to see that Netflix has made it available for streaming this year. It’s even more relevant this year, given that the popular Netflix show “Stranger Things” features plenty of 1980’s-style nostalgia, and one of the films that it references is “Gremlins.”


By now, you’ve probably noticed that some of the all-time great Christmas movies are not on the list. What happened, you might ask, to “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “A Christmas Story” or “Miracle on 34th Street”? What happened to movies like the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy “Elf”? Sorry, that’s not an oversight – it’s a reflection of the fact that Netflix does not have every great Christmas movie in its vast archive. (The good news, though, is that if you really want to watch those films, you can stream them on iTunes and YouTube.)

This Christmas, it’s time to “Netflix and chill.” There are plenty of great Christmas movies to stream, and if you get started now on these all-time classics, you might just be able to watch them all before Jolly St. Nick slides down your chimney.


Adam Scott and Craig Robinson Get Spooked in “Ghosted”


The new TV show “Ghosted,” which premiered on FOX in October, can best be described as a supernatural-themed comedy. In it, two comedy veterans – Adam Scott and Craig Robinson – play paranormal investigators recruited by a shadowy government organization known as the Bureau Underground. There are plenty of comedic laughs, but also plenty of paranormal frights. So it’s safe to say that Adam Scott and Craig Robinson get spooked in “Ghosted” – and we have plenty of fun watching what happens next.

Adam Scott, Craig Robinson and the paranormal buddy comedy

Over the past 30 years, there have been plenty of great buddy comedies on the big screen. Just think of movies like “48 Hours,” “Trading Places” and “Midnight Run.” In many ways, “Ghosted” follows in this tradition – it’s like a buddy cop movie you might have watched in the 1980’s, but this time it’s two paranormal investigators.

On one hand, you have Adam Scott’s character (Max Jennifer), who is a disgraced astrophysics professor from Stanford who believes, deep down, that his wife has been abducted by aliens. Things have gotten so bad that he’s working at a second-hand bookstore just to make ends meet when the Bureau Underground recruits him to become a paranormal investigator.

On the other hand, you have Craig Robinson’s character (Leroy Wright), a former LAPD cop who is working as a mall security guard when the Bureau Underground contacts him. Unlike Max, Leroy has absolutely no belief in aliens or the paranormal.

So you can immediately see why Adam Scott and Craig Robinson make such a great comic duo. On one hand, you have the slightly off-kilter paranormal believer who’s afraid of everything; on the other hand, you have the no-sense LAPD cop who doesn’t believe in anything paranormal. This constant tension between the duo is played for some hilarious laughs.

If you’ve seen this comedic duo in an interview together, you’ll have a good idea why they work so well together in “Ghosted.” They literally finish each other’s sentences, and seem to have great chemistry working together. (You might recognize both of them from “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.”) In interviews, the two actors have specifically referenced as inspiration some of the all-time great buddy comedies, especially “48 Hours” (Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte) and “Midnight Run” (Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro).

The spooky elements of “Ghosted”

While there’s plenty of comedic material to mine for laughs, there’s also a lot of paranormal elements as well – including ghosts, aliens and things that go bump in the dark. What makes everything so spooky is that it’s never quite clear what the role of the shadowy government organization, the Bureau Underground, is in all this. In some cases, it almost seems as if the government is responsible for everything that has run amok.

The real challenge, according to Adam Scott and Craig Robinson, is how to balance the spooky and the funny within a 30-minute comedy format. But it’s a blend of comedy, fantasy and the supernatural that the show pulls off very well. In between comic scenes and comic banter, there are severed heads, spaceships and weird lights in the sky. The goal, say Scott and Robinson, is to create the perfect mix of comedy and horror, along the lines of the giant Marshmallow Man in “Ghostbusters.”

In many ways, you can also think of “Ghosted” as a comedic “X-Files.” There are unexplained disappearances, shadowy organizations, and paranormal events. And, yet, it’s somehow all very funny. And, just like the format of the “X-Files,” there’s one ardent believer in the paranormal, and another main character who doesn’t believe.

The best scenes in “Ghosted” are when Adam Scott and Craig Robinson get spooked

There’s an undercurrent of zaniness that fills the entire show. And things are never quite as zany as when Adam Scott and Craig Robinson get spooked. It’s hilarious when Adam Scott starts freaking out, and Craig Robinson needs to calm him down. And some of the scenes are just hilarious – like when the two start slapping each other in the face. Or when they are both crawling around on all fours, trying to evade what they think are paranormal forces.


“Ghosted” in many ways feels like a spoof of classic sci-fi thrillers

There are so many different inspirations for “Ghosted” – the classic buddy comedy, “Ghostbusters” and “X-Files.” To that mix you can add the classic sci-fi thriller. In these thrillers, there’s usually some researcher or investigator on the relentless search for truth, trying to figure out the role of shadowy and corrupt government workers or money-hungry corporate R&D folks. In these thrillers, there are usually scientific experiments gone wrong, research findings that are supposed to remain secret and/or classified, and plenty of unexplained events.

So “Ghosted” often riffs on these themes, to hilarious effect. Take the example of the Bureau Underground. The very name of this organizations sounds like a hilarious mash-up of the Weather Underground the Federal Bureau of Investigation. There seems to be some kind of conspiracy going on here, yet it is the federal government that’s involved.

What goes down in these top-secret government facilities can be hilarious as well as spooky. Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”) and Craig Robinson (“The Office”) have plenty of experience playing characters in zany, wacky work environments, and it’s clear that some of the top-secret government employees here are also zany and wacky in their own weird ways. This makes for some great parody and comic relief.

“Ghosted” is a fantastic combination of comedy, fantasy and the supernatural

It looks like FOX has a new comic hit on its hands. Adam Scott and Craig Robinson work well together, and never more so than when they’re getting spooked. This new FOX show combines comedy, fantasy, and the supernatural in a fun, enjoyable way that feels fresh and relevant. For fans of buddy cop movies, you have the non-stop banter between Scott and Robinson. For fans of “X-Files,” you have all the paranormal elements in this show. And for fans of all-time classic comedies like “Ghostbusters,” you have similar elements of the zany and the paranormal.


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Marvel’s “Black Panther” Will Be Incredible


Set to hit movie cinemas in February 2018, Marvel’s “Black Panther” already looks like an incredible new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on teasers, trailers and images made available by Marvel, there are so many reasons to be excited about “Black Panther.”

“Black Panther” will be the first Marvel film to feature a mostly black cast

Writer and director Ryan Coogler has assembled an absolutely first-rate black cast for this film, headed up by the young Chadwick Boseman. You probably know Boseman best for his role as Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall” or as Jackie Robinson in the critically acclaimed “42.” He’s also going to appear in two upcoming Avengers movies, including “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018, where he will also play the role of T’Challa (the real name of Black Panther).

But just check out some of the other high-profile cast members set to star aside Chadwick Boseman. There’s Lupita Nyong’o in the role of Nakia, Forest Whitaker in the role of Zuri, Angela Bassett in the role of Queen Mother Ramonda, and Michael B. Jordan in the role of the villain Erik Killmonger. In the “Black Panther” comics, Nakia was both a lover and enemy of Black Panther, so it will be interesting to see Lupita Nyong’o in this role – based on the trailer, she is as beautiful as she is fierce, and she’s going to be a very powerful on-screen presence.

“Black Panther” will showcase the techno-utopia of Wakanda

The home of T’Challa (Black Panther) is Wakanda, which looks from the teaser videos and trailers to be a combination of techno-utopia and African tribal kingdom. There are futuristic space ships flying around, some high-tech weapons and also people dressed in outfits that are reminiscent of African tribes. Some of the scenes from the movie – such as what appears to be a coronation scene at the Warrior Falls – are absolutely breathtaking. And the Royal Guard protecting the royal family at Wakanda – known as the Dora Milaje – looks amazing: it’s essentially a super collective of beautiful warrior women.


“Black Panther” will reveal the secrets of T’Challa’s super powers

In the “Black Panther” comics, Wakanda was the home of the valuable metal vibranium, which was used to make the high-tech suit used by Black Panther. With this suit, T’Challa is able to deliver short pulses of fantastic (and lethal power) as well as to scale large buildings. In the comics, this body suit was the equal of the suit worn by Iron Man, so you can get a real sense of the types of super powers that Black Panther will have in this movie.

“Black Panther” will feature some riveting action and combat scenes

Some of the highlights from the trailer were all the combat scenes, both between Black Panther and his enemies, and between those who are trying to usurp power in Wakanda. T’Challa is returning home to Wakanda, and there is plenty of political intrigue. For one, his father, the king T’Chaka, managed to make enemies across Wakanda. Secondly, there are plenty of rivals to the throne who view themselves as the mental and physical equals of T’Challa – and that’s going to invite some open rivalries to emerge.

It looks like there will be at least several internal pretenders to the throne, with the most powerful of them being Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan). In the comics, he was often able to compete one-on-one with T’Challa, and the trailer teases what appears to be an epic showdown at Warrior Falls between T’Challa and Erik Killmonger.


“Black Panther” is going to show us the trials and tribulations of T’Challa as he becomes king

One of the best lines from the trailer is, “It’s hard for a good man to be king.” Lupita Nyong’o speaks another great line, “You get to decide what kind of king you are going to be.” That apparently foreshadows some of the trials and tribulations faced by the new would-be king. Yes, his father bequeathed him a marvelous kingdom, but there are plenty of warring factions and even some who appear to be the physical equal of T’Challa – not easy, considering that he’s the superhero Black Panther.

Plus, a voice in the trailer keeps intoning about a potential revolution. So you can appreciate the epic challenge facing T’Challa. Add in the prospect that his love interest – Nakia – might not be who she claims to be, and the choice of who might become the future queen to rule after the Queen Mother Raymonda (played by Angela Bassett) hands off her duties is not so clear-cut.

“Black Panther” is going to include a diabolical plot from T’Challa’s traditional enemy, Ulysses Klaw

The one evil villain that Black Panther fans can’t wait to see on screen is Ulysses Klaw (played by Andy Serkis), who has always been the traditional sworn enemy of Black Panther. According to the film narrative, this villain is once again up to no good. This time, he’s trying to steal the precious metal vibranium, which can be used to make superhero suits like the worn by Black Panther. This villain plot line is especially important because it is the narrative plot that connects the story of political intrigue in Wakanda with the events happening in the “real world.”


“Black Panther” is already creating a huge social media buzz online

One of the biggest hits thus far on social media has been an epic YouTube mash-up video created by a Black Panther fan who has spliced together clips from the “Black Panther” trailer with scenes from a variety of “X-Men” and “Wolverine” films. In this YouTube viral hit, Black Panther is seen doing battle with Wolverine in a truly epic showdown.

That scene, of course, won’t appear in the real “Black Panther” movie, but it shows you how excited fans are becoming. Black Panther has always been one of the least-known Marvel comic book heroes, and it’s clear that the fan anticipation is building to a fever pitch,

Best of all, it looks like director Ryan Coogler is just as much of a fanboy of the “Black Panther” comics. Fans have studiously dissected every scene from the trailer and found hints and clues to Black Panther plotlines that have appeared throughout the nearly 50-year history of this beloved comic book hero. Seeing it all come alive on big theater screens starting in February 2018 is just going to be incredible.


“Stranger Things” Season 2: Intense, Creative and Charming


Almost overnight, it seems like “Stranger Things” has become the new “must-binge” TV show from Netflix, following in the long line of popular shows like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” that have influenced the pop culture mainstream. So it shouldn’t perhaps have been a big surprise that Season 2 of “Stranger Things,” when it finally dropped on October 27, was just as intense, creative and charming as Season 1.

The audience viewership numbers for “Stranger Things” Season 2 are off the charts

Netflix has been notoriously secretive about the total viewership numbers for its shows, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Nielsen from finding ways to measure how many people are actually watching shows like “Stranger Things.” And it turns out that the audience viewership numbers for “Stranger Things” Season 2, as measured by Nielsen, are off the charts.

Here’s just one number that really stands out: Nielsen found that 361,000 people watched all 9 episodes of Season 2 within 24 hours of their first release on October 27. That is the true definition of a “binge.” The average viewer watched 2.9 episodes within the first 3 days of release, meaning that they averaged 1 episode per night. You might call this a “light binge” because these viewers were still on pace to watch 9 episodes in 9 nights – very impressive by any standard.

Moreover, on average, Netflix attracted an average of 8.8 million viewers per episode of Season 2, of which 6.2 million were in the all-important 18-to-49 demographic. But that’s just an average – Episode 1 attracted 15.8 million viewers, with 11 million in the 18-to-49 demographic. Even the final episode (Episode 9) attracted more than 4 million viewers – a clear suggestion that close to 4 million viewers did an intense three-day binge of the complete Season 2.

Some of the more intense, creative, and charming elements from “Stranger Things” Season 2

So what exactly was driving all this impressive viewership of “Stranger Things” Season 2? Here are just some of the themes that social media interactions were picking up on with great regularity:

  • Anything involving demons (especially the “demodogs”!)
  • The supernatural elements of the Upside Down
  • Will Byers being held captive by a demon
  • The evildoers at the Hawkins lab

While Season 2 tended to follow the same basic narrative arc of Season 1 – the lab in Hawkins commits errors, Will Byers gets victimized by supernatural elements, monsters escape to wreak havoc, and Eleven finds a way to save everyone – the way the show continues to weave new narrative subplots in and out of this basic narrative arc is very impressive. Some of the scenes can be intense – such as just about any scene of Will being victimized by supernatural elements – but they help the viewer to identify even more strongly with the characters of “Stranger Things.”


“Stranger Things” 2 includes plenty of references to 1980s nostalgia

One favorite pastime of “Stranger Things” fans is trying to spot all the references to 1980s pop culture contained within the show. Some of the references are obvious even to the casual, first-time viewer, such as the “Ghostbusters” outfits worn by the kids, but some of the other references might be a bit harder to figure out. Keep in mind – this show is set in the year 1984, so it’s easy to see why viewers love to track down all of these 1980s references., in fact, tracked down 17 of the more creative and charming 80’s pop culture references within the show, finding connections to some of the most beloved films of that decade, including “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “War Games,” “Risky Business,” and “E.T.” Sometimes, these references included something very subtle – like a videocassette for one of those movies appearing in a scene – and sometimes they a subtle homage to those films, such as when Steve and Nancy dress up like Joel and Lana from “Risky Business” for a party.

Here’s just one example of how clever and charming these ‘80s references are: when Will is being held at the lab for tests, he’s asked to give his first choice for candy. He eventually decides on Reese’s Pieces. Well, there’s a good reason for that – Reese’s Pieces were the exact type of candy that the kids in “E.T.” fed E.T. in order to get him to trust them.


“Stranger Things” 2 is all about creative and charming character development

As more than one movie critic has pointed out, the main reason why viewers insist on binge-watching “Stranger Things” has to do with the creative and charming character development. We really want to learn more about these kids. Thus, it seems like Season 2, much more than Season 1, focused on their growth and emotional struggles. For example, you have the heartbroken Mike after he fails to win the girls of his dreams, and you have the sad, crestfallen Eleven shattering windows and adopting a new “MTV punk” look as a way of dealing with her emotions.

All of these emotional subplots are woven into the larger story, showing us what it means to deal with adolescence. And, in one of the more creative touches of Season 2, it turns out that a mysterious storm bearing down on the town of Hawkins turned out to be (spoiler alert!) a physical manifestation of puberty. The storm was meant to show us what this phenomenon must have felt like for these kids, so unused to experiencing certain feelings and thoughts.

“Stranger Things” 2 is all about the new monsters and demons

Based on the types of social media interactions that fans of “Stranger Things” have been posting on Facebook and Twitter in the period after Season 2 was released, it appears that viewers were intensely interested in all the monsters and demons that have been released by the Hawkins lab. Fans really wanted the return of the Demogorgon in Season 2, but what they got instead was a big, spider-like storm beast. So there was a lot of discussion about the differences between Gothic-style monsters and smoky, shadowy monsters. And fans couldn’t stop talking about the Demodogs!

“Stranger Things” 2 has a chance to become the new Netflix flagship hit

For so long, “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” have been the flagship shows of Netflix, showing us what it means to create an intense, creative and charming show. Well, it now looks like “Stranger Things” – thanks to its amalgam of 1980’s pop nostalgia, strong character development, and creative adaptation of classic science-fiction plot lines – is now on pace to become the new Netflix flagship show.



Learn About Lady Gaga in Netflix’s “Gaga: Five Foot Two”


Lady Gaga is undeniably one of the world’s most famous and talented musicians, and now Netflix is bringing us a new behind-the-scenes documentary that looks at a year in the life of this celebrated icon. “Gaga: Five Foot Two” takes us inside the making of her fifth studio album (“Joanne”) and gives us an inside look at the making of her halftime performance for Super Bowl LI. There’s a lot we can learn about Lady Gaga from this important new Netflix documentary.

“Gaga: Five Foot Two” shows us Lady Gaga’s relationship with her fans

First and most importantly, this new Netflix documentary gives us an unprecedented look at Lady Gaga’s relationship with her tremendously devoted fan base. It is clear from this behind-the-scenes look at Lady Gaga that she really feeds off the energy and passion of her fans, and that’s why the fan encounters that “Gaga: Five Foot Two” depicts are so illuminating – they show us the character and persona of Lady Gaga. We see how she feels a unique burden to live up to the expectations of her fans – and also how these brief fan encounters are a way for her to energize and re-charge.

“Gaga: Five Foot Two” gives us an unforgettable look at the Super Bowl LI halftime show

Has there ever been a more iconic and talked-about Super Bowl halftime show in recent memory than the one featuring Lady Gaga in 2017? The way she stood on top of the stadium in Houston and dove to the stage, and then burst into her most popular songs ever – it was simply incredible. And so “Gaga: Five Foot Two” gives us the remarkable story of how the show was dreamed up, how it was executed, and why it was so meaningful to Lady Gaga to pull off such a career-defining performance.

“Gaga: Five Foot Two” gives the viewer a chance to learn about Gaga’s family

We often think of rock stars like Lady Gaga as being so absorbed in their music, tours, and entourage that they no longer have time for a real family. But that couldn’t be further from the truth for Lady Gaga, as “Gaga: Five Foot Two” makes clear. What quickly becomes clear from this documentary is that her family is what helped to make her such a strong person. There’s genuine love and affection, and we see that through each of her family members – Angelina Germanotta (the grandmother), Cynthia (her mother), Joe (her father) and Natali (her sister). The big moment, of course, comes when it’s time to unveil her new studio album, “Joanne,” which has special meaning for her and her family.

“Gaga: Five Foot Two” shows us the celebrities in Gaga’s life

We always knew that the world of Lady Gaga was wonderful and fabulous, and this new Netflix documentary gives us the briefest glimpse at the types of celebrities whom she interacts with on a daily basis – people like Florence Welch, Tony Bennett, and Donatella Versace.

And, where the documentary really covers new ground is in its exploration of Lady Gaga’s feud with legendary musician Madonna. Is this just one of those staged feuds in the music world for both people to benefit from the resulting PR buzz? Or is there a real reason for two of this generation’s top musicians to have animosity for each other? Those are just two of the questions that this Netflix documentary helps to answer.


“Gaga: Five Foot Two” is unfiltered “year in the life” saga

The documentary takes on a cinema vérité approach, showing us a real, unfiltered look at Gaga, her entourage, and her adventures. And we see that not everything is glamorous for this rock star. For example, part of the documentary deals with Lady Gaga’s physical problems, including her ongoing struggle with chronic pain. It’s not easy to be on tour for months at a time, or to carry out all of her high-energy performances, time and time again, and it’s clear that this performance lifestyle has taken a physical toll on our rock star hero.

And, as part of this “year in the life” saga (which some have compared to “Madonna: Truth or Dare”), we get to see some of the other creative projects in Lady Gaga’s life. For example, she is taking on a guest role in “American Horror Story: Roanoke” and this could be another way to tap into her immense and very unique talents. And, of course, she is always looking for ways to make her stage performances all the more stunning. What emerges from this documentary is the story of a much more nuanced, complex character than we might have assumed. For many of us, Lady Gaga is larger than life. But she is very human, with her own weaknesses and frailties.

“Gaga: Five Foot Two” has the narrative arc of a true documentary film

On the surface, it might be easy to dismiss Netflix’s “Gaga: Five Foot Two” as just a celebrity puff piece, just another tool in the PR toolkit to build out her worldwide fame and generate sales for her new album. But do you know what? This is a real documentary film, and as proof of that, it actually debuted at the very prestigious Toronto International Film Festival before starting to stream on Netflix.

That, perhaps, is what gives this 2017 documentary film such a sense of realism – it is not just a rough cut compilation of unrelated scenes. Instead, it follows a true narrative arc. Yes, it might have a lot of rapid-fire cuts, but that’s only to intensify the feeling that we are one of the world’s busiest and most active performers. Everything that Lady Gaga does is high energy, and this documentary tries to convey that.

To be sure, you will learn a lot about Lady Gaga in Netflix’s “Gaga: Five Foot Two.” You will meet her entourage and her family, you will see her encounters with her fans, and you will see the making of two wonderfully creative works – her new studio album “Joanne” and her Super Bowl LI halftime show. And, best of all, you will learn about Lady Gaga not just as a performer and creative artist, but also as a wonderfully talented individual with a fascinating story to tell.



Season 4 of “Bojack Horseman” Is Darker Than Ever


Netflix’s adult animated comedy-drama “Bojack Horseman” is back for Season 4, and it’s clear that something has changed. Sure, the first three seasons of “Bojack Horseman” always seemed to be pushing the edges of just how far the show could go – but Season 4 is taking the show in a much darker direction, exploring themes like addiction, dementia and depression in ways that we never expected. In short, Season 4 of “Bojack Horseman” is darker than ever.

“Bojack Horseman” is no longer just a brilliant satire of Hollywood celebrity culture

When the star character of a show is a humanoid horse who’s also filled with addictive tendencies and a sense of deep self-loathing, there’s plenty of potential to explore the darker side of existence. Yet, for the first three seasons, it seems like “Bojack Horseman” was mostly willing to satirize Hollywood and celebrity culture. You basically had a washed-up Hollywood star – Bojack Horseman – trying to get back in the game and restore his once-fabulous TV career.

Along the way, we meet his on-again, off-again girlfriend (the pink cat Princess Carolyn), and watch him struggle to adapt to his current existence as a 50-something nobody without any real prospects in show biz. But here’s the thing: we as viewers believed that the show was about finding happiness, about finding redemption, and about finally making it in the end.

Season 4 has changed all that. Themes like anxiety, drug abuse and depression are everywhere. It’s not just that Bojack Horseman is bitter and depressed, it’s that he’s now sinking further and further into the cesspool of dark emotions. He is, in short, now a substance-addicted narcissist. He is not getting any closer to enlightenment, and really, he doesn’t care. That’s dark, right?

“Bojack Horseman” has some dark scenes involving family members

In Season 4, we are learning more and more about Bojack Horseman, and we are finding out that he is not a very nice horse. For example, consider the plot lines involving his mother Beatrice. He has placed her in a ramshackle nursing home in Michigan, glad to be rid of her both physically and emotionally. As viewers and fans have pointed out, he has literally turned his back on her.

And that’s not all – Bojack Horseman is not dealing very well with the fact that Hollyhock might actually be his daughter. He doesn’t want to adopt her, and is looking for a way out. He is not willing yet to take on responsibility for her, and seems to be actively looking for someone else to take her on. He seems to be just going through the motions, not yet doing the “right thing” and becoming a loving parent and adopting her with love.

“Bojack Horseman” is shifting its dark focus from Hollywood to politics

On the surface, a plot line about Mr. Peanutbutter running for political office shouldn’t be all that dark. After all, he’s just a golden Labrador Retriever, right? But even here, you can start to see how “Bojack Horseman” is now willing to take on modern politics.

Throughout Season 4, there are veiled references to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger. How did we get to this point in modern society where it’s easier for a celebrity to win political office than it is for a life-long, professional politician? There’s something cold and unsparing in this analysis, though, that has overtones of darkness.

“Bojack Horseman” continues to explore the meaning of melancholy, shame and guilt

Part of why fans love “Bojack Horseman” so much are all the goofy background gags in nearly every scene – like polar bears hanging out in Hawaiian shirts when other animals are wrapped up in heavy jackets, or all the funny word plays on signs (“I Pita the Ful”). But here’s the thing – these signs and gags have started to be less about being funny and cute, and more about reinforcing the shame and guilt that different characters feel.

As one TV reviewer noted, “Bojack Horseman” is now “a marvel of melancholy.” You might say that the show has transformed from being “biting and sarcastic“ to being “darkly funny” to now being “a marvel of melancholy.” Each season, the show seems to be headed deeper and deeper in that direction.


“Bojack Horseman” is all about broken, not flawed, characters

It might seem like a subtle difference on the surface, but there is a major, fundamental difference between being a “flawed” character and being a “broken” character. During the first 3 seasons, it was possible to see Bojack Horseman as a flawed character. Yes, he had destructive tendencies, and yes, he tended to feel sorry for himself, but you had the sense that it would all work out in the end.

Flash forward to Season 4, however, and it’s clear that Bojack Horseman is now a broken character. Some have compared him to Don Draper in “Mad Men” – someone that we initially trusted to be a true protagonist, but someone who showed that he was without true redemption. Bojack Horseman has addictive tendencies, he’s filled with self-loathing, and now he seems to be much more willing to take all this out on others.

So do we give Bojack Horseman another chance? Is a broken character like him capable of finding happiness? When he was simply bitter and jaded, we thought the answer was “yes.” Now, we are not so sure of the answer.

“Bojack Horseman” is still brilliant – but different than we remembered

It’s hard not to admit that “Bojack Horseman” creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg is absolutely brilliant. Obviously, the first three seasons were epic in ways that we never could have imagined. In Season 4, though, it seems like he has tried to push things further, to really make us understand the thoughts and motivations of Bojack Horseman.

And so Season 4 is somehow different from how we remembered Seasons 1 through 3. It’s still funny, and the sight gags and background props are still there, but the show is definitely darker than ever. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Bojack Horseman is finally able to find his own personal form of enlightenment.



“Blade Runner 2049”: The Sequel We’ve Dreamed Of


If there was ever a science fiction film that deserved a sequel, it was the original “Blade Runner” starring Harrison Ford and directed by Ridley Scott. It seems hard to believe, but that film came out in 1982, presenting a dystopian vision of Los Angeles in the year 2019. And now here we are in 2017, 35 years later, and it’s clear that the new “Blade Runner 2049” is the sequel we’ve dreamed of. The timing simply couldn’t be better.

“Blade Runner 2049” makes us question what it means to be human

In many ways, “Blade Runner 2049” is a deeply philosophical movie, asking some very deep questions about what it means to be human. And the way it does that is by making us question the blurred line between artificial life and human life. At what point does a replicant become a human? In the dystopian future, the only way to discern between a replicant and a human is a complex behavioral-emotional test.

The key to figuring all this out, of course, is the lead character, Ryan Gosling, who plays a replicant himself. He is Officer K of the LAPD, but “K” is just part of his serial number. He is a replicant – but a replicant who is more self-aware than most. He has memories, but knows they have been artificially created in a lab and placed within him. At one point, he even begins to question whether or not he has a soul. If he was “born” and not “made,” does that mean that he is more alive than other replicants?

Of course, there are layers and layers to dissect here, and that’s what makes “Blade Runner 2049” so much fun. For example, take the fact that Officer K has a girlfriend named Joi. Nothing too surprising in that, right? Well, it turns out that his girlfriend is an artificially intelligent hologram who prefers to call him by a human name (“Joe”) and not by his replicant name. And there is something remarkably human about K – he listens to Frank Sinatra, he reads Nabokov, and he yearns to learn the story of his existence. But is that enough to make him human?

“Blade Runner 2049” unites Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling

While Ryan Gosling is clearly the star of the movie, he is joined by the star of the earlier “Blade Runner,” Harrison Ford, who plays the legendary blade runner Rick Deckard. In many ways, this union of former star and current star is what makes this movie so powerful. The involvement of Harrison Ford is important for so many reasons, and not just for the reason that he provides a line of continuity between the original and the sequel.

Deckard holds a lot of secrets – both for Officer K and for the audience. He is the central link back to the sci-fi classic, so it’s surprising that the movie studio originally wanted to keep the involvement of Harrison Ford in the film a surprise for moviegoers. Later, it was decided that Gosling and Ford had such chemistry together that all of the initial marketing for the movie had them doing joint interviews.

“Blade Runner 2049” is a mystery and a quest, all rolled into one

A sense of noir mystery seems to permeate every frame of “Blade Runner 2049.” Part of that has to do with the pacing from director Denis Villeneuve, who unveils, piece by piece, the future dystopian reality of the year 2049. Some viewers have complained that the length of the film – at nearly 2 hours, 45 minutes – is too long, but they are missing the central point: there is a secret within the film so big that it needs plenty of time to gestate. As one character in the film says of this secret, “This breaks the world.”

And, as much as “Blade Runner 2049” is a mystery, it is also a classic quest film. It is a quest to find the true answer about what the world has become. It is a quest to find the original blade runner, of course. And it is also a quest to find one’s personal identity. This is not a quest that involves a lot of lethal explosions every 10 minutes – it is a quest that takes place as much in the mind and soul as it does on the screen.


“Blade Runner 2049” presents a new view of the dystopian future

If you think about most of the science fiction films of the past two decades, they have been strongly dystopian in nature. They ask a question, “What happens when technology gets out of control?” So in many ways, the new “Blade Runner 2049” follows this basic narrative of ruminating on the fate of a dystopian world. But it advances the narrative one step further by asking what we, as humans, can really do to prevent this world from happening, and whether humans are more to blame than the actual technology.

The milieu of “Blade Runner” is one in which replicants act more “human” than humans. Just how dystopian is a world in which the soul, feelings and emotions matter so much? How dystopian is a world in which we challenge our views and concepts and question why we’re on this Earth in the first place?

When the first “Blade Runner” came out in 1982, the idea of the future was that it would look a lot like downtown Tokyo, just filled with a lot of interactive holograms and replicants. That was the way we thought of the world. Flash forward 35 years, and the vision has become much more bleak. The feeling now is that technology will eventually destroy us in an orange apocalyptic fog. There is something within us as humans that might make us incapable of taking the next big step. Maybe it’s better if we just hand things off to the replicants.

“Blade Runner 2049” has a dream-like intensity

Those are some of the feelings, emotions and thoughts that will cascade through your head upon watching this film. Anyone watching “Blade Runner 2049” will inevitably feel more introspective upon exiting the cinema. The movie unfolds with a dream-like intensity. And, just like a dream, we can remember it, and we can remember how it made us feel, even if the details are hard to describe.



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