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Many games are bound to compare unfavorably to last year’s one-two punch of Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, but here in early 2018, I’m hard-pressed to think of a game that is left staggering more than Fe. It’s a shame then that Fe, the flagship title released by Swedish developer Zoink as part of the EA Originals project, begs such comparison with its teeming, natural setting and an emphasis on ability capture and platforming. The similarities mostly end there, however, and what’s left, while admittedly beguiling, too often squanders its best ideas in the service of lengthening the experience.

You play as a small canine-like called (no surprises here) Fe. The opening of the game captured my attention subtly, drawing me forward to follow some sort of deer further into the game’s low-poly wilderness. When I caught up to the creature, an understated prompt asked me to sing,
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Movie Review – Half Magic (2018)

Half Magic, 2018.

Written and Directed by Heather Graham

Starring Heather Graham, Angela Kinsey, Stephanie Beatriz, Chris D’Elia, Thomas Lennon, Luke Arnold, Molly Shannon, Jason Lewis, Rhea Perlman, and Johnny Knoxville

Synopsis:

Explores themes of female empowerment through sex, work, and friendship. These women are able to come together through their frustration over male dominance and in fact use their newly formed sisterhood to lean on each other and understand that they must first learn to love themselves before doing anything else.

As far as outlandish plot devices go, magic candles capable of granting obnoxious and gossipy middle-aged women plagued with self-esteem and relationship issues their own fantasy worlds is overload. Directed, written by, and starring Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Hangover trilogy, Twin Peaks), Half Magic is pulling from past life experiences in an effort to highlight her mistakes (the same many
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Film Review: ‘Looking Glass’

Film Review: ‘Looking Glass’
Nicolas Cage continues to pad his resume with VOD-centric B-movies of wildly varying quality, demonstrating, if not discerning taste, then a prodigious work ethic that would have served him well as a Warner Bros. contract player during the 1930s and ’40s. “Looking Glass,” the latest in his seemingly endless parade of low-rent star vehicles, is notable mostly for showcasing a relatively restrained performance by the often manic actor. During almost the entirely of this derivative melodrama, a slow-burn scenario about strange doings at a second-rate desert motel, Cage tamps down his trademark tendency toward ravenous scenery chewing. He remains admirably disciplined even during scenes in which one of his co-stars is prematurely giving the game away by doing everything short of screaming, “I’m the mad killer! I’m the mad killer!”

Following the accidental death of their young daughter, married couple Ray (Cage) and Maggie (Robin Tunney) seek a new life in a new locale. They move
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I Don’t Get It: The Films We’re Supposed To Love But Don’t

Tom Jolliffe looks at when films receive almost universal praise from critics and audiences, and an expectation that you should also love them. It’s not always the case…

The year is 2001. At this point I’ve already seen a few David Lynch films. I’d never (still haven’t) got round to Twin Peaks. I sort of liked Dune (I’ve a soft spot for messy 80’s sci-fi or fantasy). Eraserhead at that point was too weird for me. Blue Velvet is great. Even since, when picking up more first hand experience of his CV, I’m in the camp that finds Lynch a mixed bag. He’s never anything less than mesmerising but as far as the odd David’s, I’ve always lent more toward Cronenberg. It was this year that saw the release of Mulholland Drive.

A then unknown Naomi Watt’s headlining a mind-bending Hollywood pastiche,
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The Missing: new game from creator of Deadly Premonition teased

Ryan Lambie Feb 16, 2018

From the designer of the incredibly strange Deadly Premonition comes The Missing. Here's Swery himself with a quick teaser...

Anyone who's played Deadly Premonition probably won't forget the experience in a hurry. A lumpen and deeply strange survival horror adventure, its story and tone was evidently cribbed from David Lynch's Twin Peaks, but its eccentricities ran far deeper than its story and visuals. This was a game, after all, that featured some distinctly lumpen controls, visibly shoddy programming, odd mini-game digressions, and a protagonist whose beard constantly grew as you played.

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With stuff like that going on, Deadly Premonition understandably garnered a cult following, and its creator, Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro, is now something of a gaming celebrity. 

Swery's
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‘Portlandia’: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Want To Reunite One Day, But Not In a Cheesy Movie — Turn It On Podcast

‘Portlandia’: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein Want To Reunite One Day, But Not In a Cheesy Movie — Turn It On Podcast
Portlandia” has successfully skewered modern relationships, pop culture and well-meaning misguided characters over the course of eight seasons. But looking back, Carrie Brownstein admits that she cringes at a few older sketches that don’t necessarily hold up.

In particular, Fred Armisen’s characters make references early in the show’s run to Netflix — but the mail-order DVDs, not the streaming service. “That’s one thing that bothers me,” Brownstein said. “You’re apt to make something that becomes dated because of technology. You’re not immune to it. But I hate it so much!”

Still, for a show that is filmed months in advance and can’t be timely, “Portlandia” has mostly managed to be in the zeitgeist. Think about the sketch years ago about spoiler alerts (which has become even more relevant in this Peak TV age) or the infamous Colin the chicken sketch, which took the idea
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Interview: Director Tim Hunter Takes Us Through the Looking Glass

This Friday, the psychological thriller Looking Glass arrives in select theaters and on various digital platforms courtesy of Momentum Pictures. Directed by Tim Hunter (the director of River’s Edge and episodes of various genre TV shows like Scream: The TV Series, Hannibal, Gotham, American Horror Story, and more), and co-starring Nicolas Cage and Robin Tunney, Looking Glass follows a married couple trying to rebuild their lives after a tragic accident claims their young daughter. They purchase a remote roadside motel, but get more than they bargained for once they realize there’s much more to their new property than meets the eye.

Daily Dead recently had the pleasure of speaking with Hunter about his latest project, and he discussed what initially drew him into the world of Looking Glass, collaborating with both Cage and Tunney, and more.

Great to speak with you, Tim. I still remember how badly River’s
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Netflix’s ‘Safe’ To Close Inaugural Canneseries TV Festival

Last year, cinephiles wrung their hands about what to do about television. As December rolled around, thinkpieces emerged defending placing David Lynch‘s eighteen episode “Twin Peaks” on the Best Film Of 2017 lists, as if a mere association with that rectangular box would sully his accomplishment. Even further back in the spring, Cannes Film Festival honcho Thierry Fremaux pushed back against the idea of film festivals including television in their lineup (even as he selected to screen two episodes of “Twin Peaks”).
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Film Review: ‘August at Akiko’s’

In the humble Hawaiian bed-and-breakfast where much of “August at Akiko’s” is set, a sign to guests offers the following instruction for when they depart: “Leave no trace, just a presence.” In a sense, writer-director Christopher Makoto Yogi’s beguiling whisper of a debut does much the same thing: A late-summer mood piece, sometimes literally meditative in pace and ambience, it’s not heavy-imprint filmmaking, but its breezy, benevolent warmth stays with you after its immediate details begin to fade. Starring acclaimed jazz musician Alex Zhang Hungtai as a fictionalized version of himself, chasing his past and a human connection on the sleepy Hawaiian island of his childhood, it is, among other virtues, a soul-deep love letter to a state that Hollywood tends to more glibly romanticize. Following its Rotterdam premiere, the film’s wistful sunniness should warm up further festival programs.

Competing with the luxuriant coastal scenery for the camera’s besotted gaze much of
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“The Narrative Model Used in TV Series Brings Us Back to a Stage That We Long Surpassed in Cinema”: Lucrecia Martel’s Rotterdam Masterclass

Lucrecia Martel’s Zama was one of the few titles to escape the sweeping critical scorn heaped upon the cinematic year 2017. After getting passed on by Cannes (potentially because one of its producers, Pedro Almodóvar, was president of the jury – though that would only have disqualified it from the main competition) and inexplicably landing an out of competition slot in Venice, the long-anticipated fourth feature by one of today’s most distinguished auteurs was received with Twin Peaks: The Return-levels of enthusiasm in certain quarters. The comparison to Twin Peaks isn’t merely incidental: both are works of staggering confidence and […]
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‘The Orville’: Jessica Szohr Cast As Series Regular For Season 2 Of Fox Series

Jessica Szohr (Showtime’s Shameless) is joining the cast of Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville as a new series regular for the Fox space dramedy’s upcoming second season. Szohr will play a new member of the crew onboard The Orville. Gossip Girl alumna Szohr is coming off a season-long arc on the Showtime comedy Shameless. Her series credits also include stints on Twin Peaks and Complications. She is repped by ICM Partners, Atlas Artists and attorney Dave Feldman. The Orville
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John Krasinski Would Love To Be In An Office Reboot

John Krasinski says he’s game to return for a reboot of The Office TV show. Reboot and revival mania is rampant across network television. Will & Grace returned to NBC late last year and has already been renewed for another season. The X-Files is already in the second season of its revival run on Fox. Twin Peaks returned on Showtime last year after more than 25 years on the sidelines. There are many more on the air and many more to come, including next month’s Roseanne return and revivals of such long-ago shows as Murphy Brown and Magnum P.I.
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‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Feud,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Use Black and White Imagery to Enhance Storytelling

‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Feud,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Use Black and White Imagery to Enhance Storytelling
Even as the modern television landscape is growing increasingly complex and colorful in its storytelling, it’s also becoming more black and white than it’s been in decades — in a quite literal sense.

In recent seasons, cutting-edge series across several genres — including “Black Mirror,” “Master of None,” “Feud: Bette & Joan,” “Twin Peaks,” “The Walking Dead” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” — have gone visually vintage, experimenting with retro monochromatic visuals — sometimes for extended sequences, sometimes for entire episodes, but always for a very intentional effect.

Black Mirror’s” fourth season, Charlie Brooker-penned episode “Metalhead” featured stark post-apocalyptic environments and a steely robotic bloodhound. Director David Slade filmed the entire episode in native black and white to underline the stripped-down, desaturated nature of the society.

“The world has been starved of color — there’s not much hope left in the world — so to have the world be drained of color felt right,” executive producer
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Dear TV: Lighten Up! Poorly Lit Scenes Confuse Viewers, Can Frustrate Actors

Dear TV,

Dark twists are fine, but scenes that are lit so dimly we can’t tell what is going on, or even with whom, are quite problematic.

Yes, TV sets are making technological advances, and many of us might have a shiny new Samsung whose dark recesses are “none more black.” But it seems like you keep pushing the envelope, overusing dark, shadowy scenes to set a cinematic mood, at the cost of clarity.

Take The Walking Dead‘s midseason finale, which on paper alone challenged the viewer to follow along, dropping assorted characters in strange, new environs. But
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‘The Trade’ Review: The Opioid Crisis Gets a Thorough Portrait That’s Horrifying and Human in Showtime Docuseries

Sometimes, the greatest service a documentary can provide is an unseen perspective. In a landscape where five-second headlines crystallize into long-held opinions, documentary filmmaking can allow for a more nuanced, label-resistant look at an issue. America’s opioid crisis has become a talking point, referenced in Tuesday’s State of the Union free from any practical implementation of solutions. “The Trade,” a five-part series from Showtime and “Cartel Land” filmmaker Matthew Heineman doesn’t purport to be a corrective or some magic key to unlocking the problem. But as a means for empathy and a way to understanding the human cost at each step of an international heroin trade, it does far more than hollow words and shallow promises.

Rather than embed with just one individual or group or take only a drug war framing to the transportation of narcotics, “The Trade” follows a number of different throughlines: the boss
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Today in Soap Opera History (February 1)

1954: CBS daytime soap opera The Secret Storm premiered.

1980: CBS aired the final episode of Love of Life.

1980: The Edge of Night's Nola admitted she was Mrs. Corey.

1994: As the World Turns' Holden and Lily reunited."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1954: The Secret Storm premiered on CBS. The daytime soap opera was created by Roy Winsor.
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Secret ‘Annihilation’ Clip Unlocked and Brings Something Back With It

Much like the viral marketing for mother!, Paramount Pictures has been unlocking new footage on the viral website for Alex Garland’s Annihilation, in theaters February 23rd. In the latest piece of footage, Jennifer Jason Leigh (Amityville: The Awakening, The Hateful Eight, “Twin Peaks”) tells Natalie Portman (V for Vendetta, Black Swan) that something was brought back from inside the “shimmer”. Here’s […]
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Sarah French Stars in Creepy Music Video Portrait for Witherfall – Nsfw

Up-and-coming indie actress and scream queen Sarah French (The Amityville Murders, Death House, Ouija House, Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, “Twin Peaks”) is starring in a spooky new video for the band Witherfall and their song “Portrait,” and we’ve gotta warn you… this plays more like a mini-horror movie […]

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The lost sequel to Good Morning Vietnam

Simon Brew Feb 5, 2018

Robin Williams was set to star in a follow-up to his breakthrough hit, Good Morning Vietnam. And it was fully written, too...

The 1987 comedy-drama Good Morning, Vietnam was a very unconventional hit movie. A war film, and a hugely comedic one, it remains most remembered, not unfairly, for being the breakout movie role for Robin Williams, seizing his moment and his day with incredible impact.

Williams, by this stage of his career, was already hugely popular on television, courtesy of Mork & Mindy. But the genesis of the movie that would ignite his film career actually lay back to even before then, in 1979. That’s when the real-life Adrian Cronauer, on whose story the film is based, pitched a sitcom based around his experiences as DJ in the Vietnam War. It got the interest of agent Larry Brezner, who bought an option on the story. But television networks
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Hidden ‘Annihilation’ Clip Reveals the Shimmer’s Eventual Takeover

Hidden ‘Annihilation’ Clip Reveals the Shimmer’s Eventual Takeover
We already gushed over the first trailer for Ex Machina director Alex Garland‘s Annihilation, which took us into this dream-like sci-fi horror nightmare that harkens back to all sorts of genre films like Jurassic Park, Predator, and even Contact. Now, discovered on the official website is a clip in which Jennifer Jason Leigh (Amityville: The Awakening, The Hateful Eight, “Twin Peaks”) explains to Natalie Portman (V for Vendetta, Black […]
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