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Sundance Review: BLINDSPOTTING is a Funny Yet Powerful Emotionally Charged Film

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One of the big ongoing discussions in society right now is how police officers single out African Americans, which has led to many false arrests, injuries, and senseless deaths. This film Blindspotting, which I recently watched at Sundance, touches on this issue in a very interesting and strong way. This might just be one of the best contemporary films on race relations since Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.

The thrilling story is set in modern-day Oakland and follows a character named Collin (Daveed Diggs) who is trying to get through the final days of his probation after being arrested for a crime that he would love nothing more than to put behind him.

These final days of probation end up being incredibly intense for Collin. As he is trying to move forward with his life and better himself, he happens to end up witnessing a police officer gun down an African American man who he was chasing in the streets. This event is a life-changing experience for Collin who is really doing his best to change his ways.

I know this movie sounds like a heavy drama, and while the movie does have its dramatic moments, it’s also filled with some great amusing comedy. That comedy mostly comes out when Collin’s life long friend Miles (Rafael Casal) is around. Miles has a knack for getting into trouble and Collin is trying so hard to stay out of trouble! There's a fun buddy-comedy relationship with these two characters, but their friendship is put to the test as Miles keeps pushing Collin to his limits. 

The city of Oakland also plays a character in this story as it is going through a transformation of its own from a ghetto city into a hipster town. And as you might image, the creative team had a lot of fun playing with that. 

This movie has slick and rhythmic style as it weaves together a powerful story that focuses on race and class. There’s a lot going on in this film and a lot of statements are being made about the society that we live in. This movie does a solid job of smoothly getting its points across and also staying locked in with the story that it’s telling while entertainingly giving its social commentary.

One aspect that I loved about the film was the freestyle rap that was included. Both Collin and Miles are spitting rhymes throughout the course of the film and when everything comes to a head at the film's climax, Collin delivers a freestyle rap that left me overwhelmed with emotion. It was amazing. These hip-hop techniques used in the film really amplified its characters' and the thoughts they were expressing. 

As for the title, Blindspotting, it comes from a black-and-white drawing known as Rubin’s vase. It is a  visual puzzle where the brain can immediately see one of two images... the outline of a vase or two faces facing each other. You can't see these images at the same time. This film takes that concept and uses it for people's inability to look past stereotypes.

The movie was co-written by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs and they did a hell of a job with the script. It was directed by Carlos López Estrada and this team brought us an amazing film that I think audiences will enjoy.

I also just want to point out that Diggs gave in incredible and moving performance and there's no doubt this movie will launch a very successful acting career. 

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Surprise! Danny McBride Made a CROCODILE DUNDEE Sequel!? And There’s a Trailer!

So, this movie came completely out of nowhere! A teaser trailer was just released for a Crocodile Dundee sequel starring Danny McBride called Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home. This seems like it would and should be a joke, but it's totally not! There’s an official site for the film that you can check out here full of all kinds of production stuff. On top of that, there's an article about it People magazine, which confirms that the original Crocodile Dundee, Paul Hogan, is set to reprise his role. During the interview, Hogan said:

"Crocodile Dundee is a film that has stood the test of time. It was a defining moment in my life and one of my proudest accomplishments. Throughout the past few years, I’ve been thinking about how to bring Dundee to a new generation. I’m excited to introduce the new Crocodile Dundee to the world and look forward to sharing more news about those involved very soon."

McBride went on to add:

"I’m not going to lie to you, to be a real Crocodile Dundee, I think 95% of it is the vest and then 5% is just being able to not fall down and stay on your feet."

According to the synopsis that was released, Crocodile Dundee is missing in the outback and there's only one person who can find him... That is his "the loudmouthed American son no one knew he had." Thre's also some additional information on his son, who will be played by McBride:

“Unlike his father, Brian grew up a true city kid. But that won’t stop him from picking up his dad’s oversized knife and launching himself into the Australian Outback, completely unprepared for what lies ahead.”

Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home will be released in the Summer of 2018. Now, watch the trailer and tell us what you think!

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Joel McHale Gets His Own Unscripted Netflix Show

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Fans of Community may recognize Joel McHale as the study groups fearless leader Jeff Winger. Well, if you enjoy McHale and his comedy style, you’ll be happy to hear that he is getting his own Netflix show: The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale. I know, the name is mind-blowing. This show is said to be an unscripted weekly topical show that pokes fun at pop culture and worldwide news. It sounds like it could be a lot of fun to watch. It’ll only be a half-hour so it won’t be a time suck either. This continues Netflix trying to get into the talk show business after canceling Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea and bringing David Letterman in for My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. McHale’s new show will premiere February 18, 2018, on Netflix worldwide with new episodes every week. Here's a teaser for you.

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The Slo-Mo Guys Just Did An Awesome Episode About How Televisions Work, And It’s Worth Checking Out

I watch television every day but I've never stopped to think about all the components that go into making the picture appear on my television. Sure, I know it's all a bunch of pixels making an image, but there's a difference between knowing that and exploring it at the depth of which The Slo Mo Guys do in this video. You'll get to see just how an image develops on both a CRT and flat screen television, and what's happening on the subpixel level in slow motion. It's cool enough you'll want to go into your living room and stare at your tv as close as you can. Don't do that though, you'll mess up your eyes. Watch this video instead, and be amazed. 

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This Guy Made A Flying Bathtub, And Suddenly I Feel Insecure About All My Accomplishments

If you would've told me yesterday flying bathtubs would be feasible before flying cars, I'd have called you a madman. Today, I'm just as shocked as you surely are, as this guy successfully flies a homemade hexacopter from his house to the local market in what must have been a horrifying adventure! More power to him for making it there safely, now all I want to know is if he has enough juice in those batteries to make it back! Check out his flight below:

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Here’s A Real Life Version Of The Every Meat Burrito From REGULAR SHOW

Binging With Babish recently hit the achievement of 2 million subscribers, and like most YouTube celebrities he had to celebrate it in a big way. This meant dropping over $500 on every exotic meat he could find in the Brooklyn area to create "the every-meat burrito," from Regular Show. Rattlesnake meat, ostrich meat, bull testicle meat, alligator meat...you name it. Even if you've never watched the show, it's pretty amazing to watch this thing get constructed! Check out the video below, and let us know if you'd take a bite out of this bad boy!

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This Side By Side Comparison Of BLADE RUNNER And BLADE RUNNER 2049 Shows The Sequel Nailed The Look

I'm not going to make too many waves on GeekTyrant by professing Blade Runner 2049 is an amazing film, but I do feel the need to celebrate the fact that it was with the readers. If you have that snarky friend who loves to argue everything and spent a long time talking about how the sequel wasn't that good, show them this video to show that from an aesthetic perspective, they're dead ass wrong. Also, just check out this video in general because it's seriously impressive how much work went into recreating the look of the original film. 

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Chill Out With This Awesome Animation And Music Video

The work week can be stressful, and sometimes you just need something to relax. Those looking to find a chill vibe during this crazy week need to check out this awesome music video featuring the music of Nitai Hershkovits. The animation in this trippy music video is made by prolific and typically trending animator Felix Colgrave, and its pretty amazing. I can't wholly say it's super geeky, but I can say that if anyone can listen to contemporary jazz and animation and feel relaxed, its probably a geeky person. Check it out below:

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This Live Version Of “They’re Taking The Hobbits To Isengard” Will Make Your Day

Today I stumbled upon a live version of "They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard," on YouTube, and as much as I don't want hate mail for getting the song stuck in anyone's head today, I had to share it. This beautiful rendition comes from the guys in The Dread Crew of Oddwood, who probably get booked in every geeky event they apply to off this song alone. 

Hear their version of the song, and then check out the original below because you're going to want to listen to it after hearing this: 

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REMOTHERED First Impressions: Hide and Seek Has Never Been So Scary

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The increasingly popular indie horror title from Stormind Games, known as Remothered: Tormented Fathers, has a currently available Early Access version on Steam and I got the chance to make my way through this section of the game. It has been an intense game of chasing and hiding that feels like playing a great blend of Resident Evil horror and Hello Neighbor hide-and-seek puzzle solving.

Gameplay

Taking control of Dr. Rosemary Reed, a curious women who wants to know the truth behind what Mr. Richard Felton is hiding inside of his house. You quickly find yourself sneaking through the house in hopes of uncovering dark secrets hidden behind various, often disgusting, puzzles.

As you are an unwelcomed guest inside the home, you are best to move slowly so that you are not heard. If you run, Mr. Felton will hear your footsteps and begin looking for you. He will not stop hunting you down until after you hide inside of a cabinet, under a couch, or simply crouched behind some cover. Basically, the more noise you make the longer he will give chase.

If he does manage to get close enough, he slashes at you. I didn't die from the slashes, but they weaken Reed and cause her to move slower. This gives him the chance to grab you which, if you have a weapon, you can escape by button mashing as indicated. Careful now, there is a quick change that you have to adjust to within a second or you will die! The same rules apply when The Red Nun makes her appearance.

While you are inside the house, you will come across various areas and objects with a puzzle symbol on them. This means that you need to find a puzzle item, that could be lying anywhere within the house, in order to continue to make progress through the story. These could range from obvious to curious, but the main thing is to try not to over think where to look. I found myself running right by the essential items thanks to over thinking more times than I would like to say.

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Graphics and Sounds

The game has a mix of sounds that depend on what is going on in the moment. When you are searching the house and unheard, you just hear footsteps and mutterings from Mr. Felton as he goes about his night within his home, but once you are caught the chase music begins. The music, including the ones used in the cutscenes, are always very fitting for the moment and successfully bring the feeling of dark intensity to fill the mood.

Visually, the game looks well done all around. While Mr. Felton isn't undead or anything gross of that nature, his mental state is shown outright in his outfit choice, crazed look, and constant aggression. The times that you do come face to face with a dead body, the detail is pretty gruesome yet fitting for the stories that go along with them. My favorite part of the graphics within Remothered would have to be The Red Nun. Her mere presence is unnerving and her weapon is an interesting look sword.

Conclusion

The story has me intrigued and I am looking forward to escaping the manor while uncovering the truth around the Felton's daughter, Celeste (or Jennifer, as she likes to call herself). There were some tweaks obviously needed for the AI stalking moments so that it has a better set up for how it walks about while looking for me. It was a lot of fun and a rather challenging game that I suggest to all horror puzzle gamers. Lets just hope that the story turns out to be as fascinating as its built up to be so far!

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