Devs (2020)

Medium: TV (Hulu)

Rating: 4.9/5 I have seen what perfection has wrought

Reviewer: jericho

Reference(s): IMDB Listing || Amazon

You think you have seen interesting or compelling tech company drama? You haven't until you watch this, and you will. You will understand the concept of quantum computing before you start the show and you will embrace the many-worlds theory. You find this review confusing now but it will become clear, until it doesn't again. And then you will find yourself the god in the machine while you ponder the implications of when computing power goes too far. You will then enjoy your new state of enlightenment and make better choices.

Described as a drama/thriller when mindfuck is more apt. This show does a great job of making you think about serious implications that quantum computing could bring. While it is certainly sci-fi in the level of computing power suggested, it creates a nice vehicle to let us have a glimpse into what "quantum supremacy" might mean.

The Invisible War (2012)

Medium: Movie (Multiple)

Rating: Off the charts

Reviewer: martums

Reference(s): IMDB Listing || Amazon

I realize it's a cliche to say something like "...this film was robbed at the Oscars." So if it wasn't robbed, what then? This film was nominated for Best Documentary, which ultimately went to Searching for Sugarman. Not sure what was going through the judges minds, but there's no excuse.

This film was robbed. These women are brave. This subject matter is not to be taken lightly. One in four. Do the math.

Ted Lasso (2020)

Medium: TV (Apple)

Rating: 5/5 better than a biscuit, which is a cookie

Reviewer: jericho

Reference(s): IMDB Listing || Apple

This comedy from Apple TV stars Jason Sudeikis as "Ted Lasso", an American football coach recruited to coach a British football (soccer) team. It's basically Gomer Pyle (Lasso) meets Major League (plot) to start and it delivers. Sudeikis does a wonderful job playing the always upbeat transplant assisted by coach Beard (Brendan Hunt) as they are immersed in a new culture and new sport at the same time. It's not a sports show at all, it's just about the people and interactions with goofy analogies and quick wit. Very light and well-done comedy, worth the watch.

Sucker Punch (2011)

Medium: Movie (Multiple)

Rating: 4/5 - It's more than aesthetics, violence, and a fantastic soundtrack

Reviewer: martums

Reference(s): IMDB Listing || Amazon

Ass-kicking soundtrack! While this might not be Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; holy harmony, Batman! Does it ever work well with the spectacular action sequences, contributing to the experience superbly. Browning performs two, and Gugino and Isaac are thoroughly entertaining in the duet they perform during the rolling credits. Not only is there a trip to a mental hospital--but also a transorbital lobotomy! Yay! Wait, no, that's horrible.

Is this fantasy action flick a victory for feminism? Browning's character Baby Doll is simultaneously self-reliant, a self-sacrificing and innate leader, (who has also lost her mother, as in Uninvited). Let's take a quick vote here, courtesy of lord Google: Monical Batyzel: Are you fucking kidding me! (rough paraphrase), Scott Mendelson: Notsomuch, Spout and Daniel Walber: Fail!, Victoria Hungerford: depends on the audience.

Accompanying performances by Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung and (the ever fabulous) Carla Gugino all dovetail splendidly, and the token-male-who-is-not-a-scummy-bastard-that-deserves-to-have-his-nuts-chopped-off-in-a-violent-fashion Scott Glenn is regrettably without lines worthy of his supporting character.

Now, on one hand, yay! Eye candy, action candy, etc. And on the other hand, holy shit, Snyder is trying to point an accusatory finger at the audience, yours truly included, for not just enjoying the patriarchal, oppressive and exploitative environment, but for accepting it without question. Oh, snap.

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