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Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard

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Review: The Hitman’s Bodyguard

August is typically where the bad movies of the summer go to die. But some rise to the top and stand out among the late summer flops. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is one of those movies. It’s the buddy-cop action-comedy you need, with no cops in it. It’s full of action, all the funny you want, and it’s a real treat spending time with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. This is a great summer movie to end the summer with.

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Review: DuckTales

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Review: DuckTales

DuckTales is back and better than ever! It’s a rebooting of the original series that ran from September 1987 to November 1990, four seasons with a total of 100 episodes and a theatrical spin-off film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp. It was considered the best of the Disney Afternoon line-up that also included great shows like: Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck and The Gummy Bears.

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2017 Hugo Awards – The Finalists

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2017 Hugo Awards – The Finalists

The Hugo Awards are this Friday, 7:30 PM Eastern European time (that’s 12:30 in the afternoon for those of us on the East Coast). The Worldcon 75 youtube channnel should be streaming the ceremony live, just in case you’d like to watch the announcement for Best Novel (or Best Editor Short Form, if that’s what you’re interested in.)

Pixelated Geek managed to read almost all of the fiction entries this year; we’re only missing the novels A Closed and Common Orbit and Too Like the Lightning, plus a few of the graphic novels. If you’ve read any of those and would like to have a review linked to the PG site, let us know! If any of the ones we’re missing wins an award then I plan to read those next (I still think Death’s End is going to walk away with the Best Novel award this year.)

Huge thank you to the Hugo Awards website and File 770 for providing tons of info on the awards, controversies, and the places to find entries that were posted in full online!

Click the jump for a full list of the finalists (and my predictions for the winner!)

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Review: All the Birds in the Sky

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Review: All the Birds in the Sky

One day the Singularity would elevate humans to cybernetic superbeings, and maybe then people would say what they meant.
Probably not, though.

Charlie Jane Anders’s Hugo-nominated book, All the Birds In the Sky is a modern-day fantasy/sci-fi drama that’s partly about a global apocalypse and a war between science and magic, but mostly about two young outcasts trying to find their place in the world and in each other’s lives.

Put yourself in the place of a typical highschooler, with more than the typical amount of high-school misery. Add the complication of being a budding engineering genius (if you’re Laurence), or you’ve just been told by the Parliament of Birds that you’re actually a witch (if you’re Patricia). Imagine stumbling across the one person in the world who understands you, not because they share your passions, but because they think your passions are weird and fascinating and something that makes you you.

Now imagine finding out that the two of you are destined to destroy the world.

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Review – Transformers Till All Are One #12

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Review – Transformers Till All Are One #12

This is it, the final issue of Till All Are One. (Until the Annual anyway.) I wanted something that would be a satisfying ending, but still leave us with more story to be told. I think we got it, but I’m really curious to see what everybody else thinks. Read on for preview pages and the (spoiler free!) (mostly!) review of Till All Are One #12.

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Young Justice: Outsiders SDCC 2017 Panel

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Young Justice: Outsiders SDCC 2017 Panel

After being cancelled in 2013 the odds were pretty against this show ever coming back. But due to an overwhelming outcry from fans, online support, streaming services, all social media and a sign/letter petition, it’s coming back! This new third season will be called Young justice: Outsiders. The continued adventures of the young DC heroes’ team will debut in 2018 exclusively on a new DC-focused digital service.

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Podcast Review: Conversations With People Who Hate Me, Episode 1

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“And remember, there is a human on the other side of the screen.”

Fans of Welcome To Night Vale may be familiar with Dylan Marron as the voice of the Carlos, the enthusiastic scientist with the perfect hair. Many other folks probably know Dylan from his popular videos, including the Unboxing series (“Unboxing Rape Culture”, “Unboxing Police Brutality”, etc) and the Shutting Down Bullsh*t series.

These videos have spawned a lot of hate mail and – in the way of the internet practically since the first e-mail was sent – a few people have felt free to say some truly nasty things when no one can see the face of the person typing. Dylan Marron has decided to use these responses as the basis for a new podcast, “Conversations With People Who Hate Me”. The podcast is an attempt to start an actual dialog with some of Dylan’s detractors. I listened to the first episode today, “You’re a Piece of Sh*t”, and the results were surprisingly not as uncomfortable as I thought they’d be.

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