It's official, summer is here! So as the weather hots up, Optimism Vaccine's got five great movies to help you get in the summer spirit. Enjoy!Read More
If you’re like me, then the only reason you tune in to watch the WWE is because Total Divas got you hooked on women wrestlers, and you must tune in every week to see what’s going to happen next with the Bella Twins, Paige and Naomi, which then results in your obsession with the other women wrestlers not on the E! reality television show.
It turns out, not everyone is like me.
Martin Scorsese's latest film, Silence, charts the grim experiences of Jesuit missionaries who face murderous hostility in 17th Century Japan. We take a look at five other films with a profound religious message, but who hide it so well, you might not even realize it's there!Read More
Happy 2017, everybody. Before we officially ring in the New Year, 2016 & I still have some unfinished business. Despite the abundance of great films we saw released this past year, there were still plenty of awful ones to contend with. Let’s not waste any time: here are my five worst films of 2016.Read More
Are your shelves empty and unsightly? Have you foolishly spent all your money on exciting experiences and not on shiny trinkets? Well fear not, we're here to count down the five (plus some) best movie box sets of 2016. You'll be broke in no time.Read More
Did you score a lot of gift cards or cash for Christmas? Want to break in the new year on the right note? Then we're here to help. Jack counts down his five favorite Blu-Ray releases of 2016. And then he keeps going because he sucks at following very basic instructions.Read More
2016 was a spectacularly awful year, and one of the more regrettable moments was the misguided #CinemaIsDead movement, wherein many purported that cinema was actually a bloating corpse floating in a sea of bloating corpses. If you ask me, any year that sees the releases of American Honey, Arrival, Cameraperson, Certain Women, De Palma, The Edge of Seventeen, Elle, Everybody Wants Some!! Green Room, The Handmaiden, Hell or High Water, The Innocents La La Land, The Lobster, Love & Friendship, Manchester by the Sea, OJ: Made in America, Sing Street, Sunset Song, The Witch, and even Zootopia is a worthy cause to celebrate, and proves that not only is cinema alive and kicking, but we need it now more than ever. To honor a year at the movies, I’ll be sharing my five favorite films that have gone by unnoticed. Let’s get started...Read More
If there’s one thing that nearly every AAA video game released in 2015 had in common it’s probably the fact that they’re all absolutely exhausting. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the dozens of sprawling, open world games proudly perched atop every game of the year list. Sometimes I just want something a little different before I pour another 100 hours into Fallout 4 and start to forget why I started roaming around a post-apocalyptic wasteland in the first place. Luckily, 2015 also gave us a ton of smaller-scale independent games, but they rarely receive the critical acclaim and press of their big budget counterparts. With that in mind, here are the 5 best games you probably missed in 2015.
As the year winds down and the awards season picks up steam, you’ll find that many “Best Films of 2015” lists are littered with the same homogenous, Oscar-bait garbage that Hollywood has been steadily churning out for the last 12 months. I find this extremely disheartening, as so many incredible films are completely overlooked, while rubbish like The Danish Girl or Joy or Point Break garner all the press and unwarranted accolades. Enough is enough; I’m here to give credit where credit is due, so here are five exemplary motion pictures that went above and beyond the call of duty and should be recognized as the best of what 2015 had to offer.Read More
When our crack editorial staff announced this recap series, I got a bit queasy. I knew I'd draw television. I freebase the stuff. It's the natural choice. Yet, I was overcome with apprehension. Your average musicnik will have little problem rattling off a hundred albums you never knew existed. But TV? Unfortunately there aren't throngs of bearded savants in Williamsburg recording their own television series for broadcast on locally pressed neon plastic satellites. What constitutes 'under the radar' television? Does Hannibal qualify? Had people been watching it, it'd still exist, right? How about relatively low-rated critical darlings like The Americans and Fargo? Even if you haven't bothered to binge the latest season just yet, I'm sure you've already seen them featured on every other critic's best of list. You can see the bind I'm in. I need a metric.Read More
2015 was a year where the media was…nice enough. There was some excellent television (Master of None was astonishingly incredible), some great music (EL VY’s debut, Destroyer's Poison Season, Blood Orange's "Sandra's Smile" and everything Steve Cuff wrote about last week), and Mad Max was certainly a terrific film, but I didn't spend all of 2015 staying up-to-date. Nope, in fact, it was just like any other year for me. It was another year that involved a relatively deep dive into the recesses of pop culture’s infinitely cavernous treasure chest. For 2015, I emerged from said chest with five old pieces of shit that are totally worth revisiting, or, for checking out for the very first time. They’re still great in 2015 and, I swear, they’ll become part of your permanent pop culture consumption. At the very least, this list will have you listening to Scritti Politti's Cupid & Psyche 85 more often than Adele's 25 by the end of 2016...Read More
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year again! All around the world right now scrawny white guys hunched over MacBooks are writing the EXACT same “Best Albums of 2015” list. It’s the one that starts with Kamasi Washington (because, like, I totally “get” Jazz, ya know?) and ends with that shitty Tame Impala record (It’s the one with album art ripped directly from your 4th grade Trapper Keeper). What a shame. So much great, diverse music was released this year. We got a Run the Jewels record remixed with cat noises AND every Smash Mouth song ever recorded mixed down to one single track. Does it get any better? Probably not, but here’s a list of five fantastic records that you missed out on while you were dry-humping your bored girlfriend to the rhythm of the new Sufjan Stevens single.Read More