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Emily Asher-Perrin

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Delivers on Family Drama as Only Hogwarts Can

It’s still over a month before fans can grab a copy of the eighth installment of the Potter series (in script form no less, I mean, when has there ever been this kind of hubbub over a theatre script?), but I was lucky enough to catch the thing in previews, and while I’m obliged to #KeepTheSecrets, there is still so much to say.

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Speed Racer: An Overlooked Masterstroke That’s Good Enough to Eat

Warner Brothers had been trying to develop a Speed Racer film for nearly two decades, but the project never really launched until it was suggested that perhaps the Wachowskis should direct something beneath an R-rating to introduce them to family audiences.

The movie wasn’t very well received, and that’s wrong. Cosmically wrong. Speed Racer is brilliant.

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Series: Wachowski Rewatch

Apologize to No One — V for Vendetta is More Important Today Than it Ever Was

V for Vendetta is in the awkward position of being a film that was maligned by its original creator, the incomparable Alan Moore. And while I have deep respect for Moore as a writer, I can’t help but disagree with his criticism of this film.

Especially now. Not after the massacre that has occurred in Orlando, Florida.

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Series: Wachowski Rewatch

When AI is Actually Intelligent: Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions

I decided to put my rewatches of Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions into one piece because they basically function as one story, filmed together and released only six months apart in 2003. There’s always one question that I have in regard to these two movies, and I’m not sure anyone has the answer—

Was this continuation one that the Wachowskis always had in mind?

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Series: Wachowski Rewatch

Rewatching the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Film

Arriving at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2 was awful because it really felt like the end of everything. The books were complete, the films were soon to be over. There was a lot riding on the final film, which appropriately billed itself in posters and trailers as “The Battle of Hogwarts: The Movie.”

The film was critically lauded for the most part, but for fans of the book it strikes an odd balance between doing some things perfectly and some things… oddly. Awfully. Disappointingly. The performances are gorgeous, the spectacle is right on, the visuals are beautiful. But there are misses in this film that prod at your sides like weird itchy tags on new clothes.

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Series: The Harry Potter Reread

Look Good in Virtual Reality: Cyberpunk Fashion

Does cyberpunk have it’s own sense of fashion? What defines it? Most genres and sub genres come with vague rules about how their characters must dress—fantasy has a lot of tunics and laces and leather, sci-fi has a lot of jumpsuits and metallic tones and… leather. Okay, so clearly everyone likes leather.

But what is cyberpunk fashion all about?

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Series: Cyberpunk Week on Tor.com

A Myth About Truth, Reality, and Self-Actualization: The Matrix

Story goes that the Wachowskis approached producer Joel Silver with a script that they wanted to film. Then they showed him the Ghost in the Shell anime, and said “we want to do that, but for real.” He told them that they needed to direct something else first to get the credentials they needed to make their pet project. So the Wachowski’s wrote and directed the movie Bound, which did well enough to approach the studio with The Matrix. Warner Brothers thought their budget for the film was outrageous (around 80 million dollars), so they gave them ten million and told them that was all they would get.

The Wachowskis spent the whole ten million filming the first ten minutes of the script, then came back to Warner Brothers and asked for the rest of their money. They got it.

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Series: Wachowski Rewatch

The Inspiration for Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti is a Muslim Scientist From the 10th Century

In Nnedi Okorafor’s Nebula Award-winning novella Binti, the eponymous main character is a young woman who is an expert at crafting Astrolabes, a device that was used to discern the position of the stars and planets around us in ancient times, useful for everything from astronomy to time keeping to horoscopes.

It just so happens, there was a woman living in 10th century Syria who was well known for creating these incredible devices.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Really Hopes You Remember Those Characters You Liked From Before

X-Men: Apocalypse is a story meant to bridge the gap between the previous generation of characters fans have been rooting for since 2011’s First Class, and the mutants they came to know from the first Bryan Singer films in the early aughts. Because of that, Apocalypse has quite a lot to of ground to cover, and a lot of characters to juggle.

Does the film manage that circus act? Um… very yes and very no.

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