Cobra Kai review

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Cobra Kai Never Say Die!  Is that right?  I might be getting my beloved ‘80s references mixed up.

by Thom Yee

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Cobra Kai images courtesy of Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television

I have a weird relationship with The Karate Kid.  I mean, I’m mostly a ’90s kid, but I was born in the ’80s, a child of two worlds one might say (if one were being intentionally overdramatic), so even though it may have taken until the ‘90s for me to get to them, many of the biggest properties of the ’80s still managed to have a significant influence on my life.  In fact, four of my all-time top five favourite moviesBig Trouble in Little China, Die Hard, Back to the Future, and Transformers the Movie — are properties firmly planted in the ’80s.  And that’s not something I planned, I only just realized that as I began to write that last sentence, but 1984’s The Karate Kid was definitely a movie that never sat quite right with me, and there are two reasons for that. Continue reading

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Avengers: Infinity War review

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Thanos was right

by Thom Yee

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Avengers: Infinity War images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

This world doesn’t make sense any more.  Californians are intentionally drinking untreated, unsterilized water they’re buying “off the grid” while people in Flint, Michigan still have too much lead in their taps.  A ridiculous, Immortan-Joe-esque ignoramous is the President of the United States.  Vaping is a thing.  And Thanos is a major figure in our popular culture.  Those four things might seem unrelated at first, but I’m pretty sure they all have megalomania and super-villainy at the heart of their origins.  But we’re mostly here to talk about Thanos today, because, as of April 27, 2018, people — normal people all over the world — know who Thanos is.  And the opportunity to talk about Thanos?  As if he was something or someone people might know about?  Someone people might actually care about?  That makes almost no sense!  That’s almost insane!
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Ready Player One review

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I like DeLoreans

by Thom Yee

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Ready Player One images courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Nostalgia is a hell of a thing. Or maybe it isn’t, I don’t even know anymore. Haven’t people gotten pretty sick of nostalgia by now? Aren’t we in the midst of the great nostalgia backlash? Don’t people now despise their once treasured memories after all of this overexposure? Don’t you all hate remembering stuff now? Hasn’t the whole thing gotten to be ONE. SICK. JOKE? Well anyway… here’s everything nostalgic for you… together…!

There’s a promise inherent in revisiting the things you used to love but have, for whatever reason(s), left behind. It’s like putting on your favourite pair of jeans or pulling a warm blanket all the way over your head on a cold and stormy night. Something that’s familiar, something that’s so comforting that it becomes sort of a shield from the terrible world around you.

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