Review: Vampire: The Masquerade – Shadows of New York – One For The Bookworms Out There – Nintendo Life

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There are visual novels, and there are visual novels. Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York joins the likes of Phoenix Wright and the not-yet-on-Switch Danganronpa series in marrying the visual novel form with its second-most prominent genre, that of detective work. What's the most prominent? I'll tell you when you're older.

Quite unlike Phoenix Wright, though, Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York contains very little in the way of actual gameplay. Next to none, in fact. You spent all four of its hours reading and only very, very occasionally making a meaningful choice. Much of the experience is passive, and dialogue selections rarely offer much in the way of branching content. This is the novel part of visual novel writ large. If you don't like reading, you won't like this. If you want to solve puzzles, you won't like this. Thankfully, if you like well-written and compelling vampire fiction, you will assuredly like this.

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It was compelling to this writer, anyway. Immersed in the world of, erm, "Darkness", Shadows of New York is a moody, gothic but surprisingly contemporary piece of work, and one we found engaging from start to finish. The protagonist role is taken up by Julia, an investigative journalist whose life begins to systematically fall apart almost as though it's part of some grand plan. It's only a matter of time before she falls in with the Lasombra clan of vampires, a mysterious and powerful sect with metaphorical tendrils all over New York. To reveal much more would be heading into spoiler territory, and when the story is all there is, that would be doing Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York a disservice. Let's just say Julia gets to put her investigative skills to use in a more violent scenario.

It's visually attractive throughout, with a parade of beautifully evocative animated scenes and fantastic character portraits. Presentation is strong in general, right down to the font choices; yes, it's just reading, but you have all the options you could realistically ask for. Text size, positioning, speed, a log to check out any dialogue you may have accidentally tapped through. There's also a nifty glossary of Vampire: The Masquerade jargon, though despite being series neophytes ourselves, we never felt confused or lost in the world as it was presented.

It helps that the game is so grounded. Not so much in terms of its fantastical elements, but in the way it laces them through a very recognisable and thoroughly modern world, all the way down to the influence of COVID-19. There are also plenty of references to popular culture, though used in a way that makes the world feel more tangible and convincing, and the interactions more believably natural. The refreshingly unpretentious dialogue is one of the strengths of Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York, creating a nice sense of the unexpected even in the most seemingly banal interactions. Even when the story gets heavier and more portentous, Julia's acerbic, cynical presence helps keep things down to earth. It's a tone that the game persists with for its relatively short duration, and it's an approach that makes it a much more accessible experience.

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As we mentioned, there are only a few choices at critical points, and while they do branch the narrative and offer different endings, you can see them all fairly rapidly with replays and judicious use of the text skip button it's worth doing so to experience the most satisfactory ending. Perhaps interestingly, while this is a "standalone expansion" to a previous Vampire game (Coteries of New York), we didn't feel lost at any point throughout indeed, we enjoyed Shadows so much that it motivated us to check out its more full-featured predecessor. Which, we imagine, is rather the opposite of the intended order, but we think this is a pretty great way to sink your fangs into the Vampire: The Masquerade universe. Critically-acclaimed first-person RPG Bloodlines doesn't seem to be coming anywhere near the Nintendo Switch, but our curiosity is officially piqued and we'd like to see more of this world.

It's not perfect, of course it's short, the alternate endings don't take long to skip to, and its near-total lack of interactivity will rub some players the wrong way. It feels a little like a teaser, something to dip your toe into before you head out and buy all the other Vampire games, sourcebooks and maybe start dressing like one yourself. It's a compelling cause.

A mature visual novel that isn't afraid to be fun, Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York is a quick plunge into the freezing waters of a bloodsucker-filled Big Apple. It won't last you forever, but you'll be hooked for its short runtime. It does a lot with a little and is breezy enough to fly by. Just don't expect to actually, you know, do that much. Great art and good writing, but not enough of it.

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Why Vampire Diaries Ended With Season 8 (Was It Cancelled?) – Screen Rant

The Vampire Diaries was one of The CW's most popular series, but it surprisingly ended with season 8. Here's why season 9 didn't happen.

The Vampire Diaries ended after season 8, but was it canceled? The supernatural drama created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec was based on the book series of the same name written by L.J. Smith. The pilot aired in September 2009 and became the highest-rated premiere since The CWformed in 2006. Its success is why The Vampire Diaries ran for several years, with Plec confirming in 2016 thatThe Vampire Diaries would conclude the following year. But despite ending after season 8, the series' popularity led to two spinoffs:The Originals(which featured crossovers from several Vampire Diaries characters including Stefan Salvatore), and Legacies.

The Vampire Diariesput a signature twist on the usualyoung-adult, coming-of-age storylines. Elena Gilbert and her friends' growing pains included controlling their bloodthirsty impulses, figuring out how to channel powerful magic, dealing with a werewolf curse, and trying to remain human and alive in a town overrun with supernatural creatures. The driving force behind the series' popularity was the love triangle between Elena (Nina Dobrev), Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), and his older brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), which ended with Elena choosing Damon. When Dobrev exitedThe Vampire Diaries after season 6, the show faced several obstacles: declining ratings, creative fatigue, and expiring contracts - all of which ultimately led to the series ending with season 8.

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Plec told THR that going into season 8, the future ofThe Vampire Diaries was still undecided. However, once it was clear the story would center around The Vampire Diaries' underworld, Plec felt the show was reaching its inevitable conclusion. And so, The Vampire Diaries concluded naturally without being canceled, though the announcement itself was a bit of a surprise.

"Once we started talking about quote-unquote 'hell' and quote-unquote 'peace,' which is theVampire Diariesversion of heaven, it felt like if we're telling those stories, and we're telling stories about our characters trying to find their ultimate redemption and salvation with the end result being peace or hell, then it certainly now feels like this is the last season. Because if you can't take those journeys all the way to their conclusion, then why are we telling these stories in the first place?"

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Agents Of SHIELD Characters And Their Buffy The Vampire Slayer Counterparts – Screen Rant

The controversial Joss Whedon is the creator behind hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Agents of SHIELD, both of which share similar characters.

Joss Whedon's name, for better or worse, will always be associated with his most popular television property: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Scooby Gang of characters that made up the series have become archetypes for genre television. Whedon also had his hand in another piece of genre television in recent years: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

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While Whedon helped develop the concept for the show, he was mostly involved inits first season.Husband-and-wife team Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancheroen were the showrunners responsible for the creative decisions made to tell S.H.I.E.L.D.'s story. The characters they developed over seven seasons do see links to those belovedBuffy the Vampire Slayer character-types.

Coulson is an easy character to place.Whilehe fits the trope of the mentor introducing his young charges to a whole new world, he's also the closest thing most of his team has to a parent in their midst. He becomes more than a boss; Coulson is a father figure to most of his team.

Like Joyce knowing there's more to Buffy's late night adventures than she lets on, Coulson knows most of what's going on with his team without them ever saying anything. He gives Fitz and Simmons a home away from home, just as Joyce does withthe Scooby Gang.Coulson eventeaches the team about the reality of love, loss, and sacrifice, much as the pivotal episode of Buffy, "The Body" did.

Some fans of these two series might have expected May and Coulson's counterparts to be reversed, but this very much fits their characters better. May is absolutely a mentor to the young women she works with the audience just doesn't see quite as much of their training.

It's May who teaches Daisy, Simmons, Piper, and Elena all how to fight. She's the one who learns their strengths and how to utilize them in a fight. It's also May who presents as a stiff, by-the-book older member of an organization before she begins to care about the team.

The audience might have thought of Ward as a safe love interest for Skye at the start of the series. Oh, how wrong they were.

Ward isn't the Angel of the show. Angel is a vampire with a soul who wants to help people; Ward is a bit too self-serving for that. Instead, he's Angelus, the evil being with the angelic face that gets people to trust him when they really shouldn't.

Faith is the rebellious Slayer introduced after Kendra is killed in action. She doesn't hold back and enjoys her gifts instead of seeing them as a burden. Sound familiar?

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When Elena is introduced to Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans, she's in the same boat. She doesn't understand everything about her Inhuman powers, but she's embracing them, enjoying them, and using them to help people at a disadvantage. Elena even butts heads with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents from time to time because she wants to do things her way.

It has to be stated that Jemma Simmons and Willow Rosenberg are masters of their craft. In Simmons' case, that craft just happens to be science while Willow's is magic. Of course, "magic is just science we don't understand" according to most science fiction and fantasy fans.

These two characters are the smart ones in their friend groups in a genre where, for a long time, the smart one was also cold and pretentious. They are neither of those things. Simmons and Willow are two of the warmest and most feeling individuals in their respective shows, proving that a character can be a genius, emotional, and the female best friend without sacrificing a character arc.

Though Simmons and Fitz have been friends since the Academy and it takes them years to try their hand at romance, they are definitely not the equivalent of Willow and Xander. Instead, Fitz is a lot closer to Tara.

Fitz harbors feelings for Jemma long before he tells her. He also saves her life, or helps her save the life of others, before he does it as well. He even gets a sudden death scene to shock the audience, leaving plenty of fans unhappy (though Tara's certainly had a huge impact on media for the LGBTQ community). At least Fitz and Simmons got to reunite thanks to time travel; Tara didn't get that chance.

When Buffy the Vampire Slayer began, Cordelia seemed like the cookie-cutter mean girl. She was selfish and focused only on what she wanted, not caring how anyone else was affected. Her growth over the course of the series, however, turned her into a hero, andcarried her over intoAngel, where she even ended up with some supernatural gifts of her own.

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Now, Raina never fully embraces hero status. She does, however, go through her own Inhuman transformation after allying with villains to get what she wants. She even ends up with the gift of prophecy, just like Cordelia, and tries to be an aid to the good guys.

Fans who didn't enjoy Deke's introduction in season 5, whichresulted in him becoming a main character, might compare him more to Dawn. He is, after all, a suddenly appearing relative of a main character who tends to get in the way.

Deke, however, is absolutely an Anya. Anya is someone who becomes integral to the group because of her knowledge (and her connection with Xander). She's also unabashedly honest about what she wants and about her perception of people. Sometimes she annoys members of the Scooby gang, but in the end, she sacrifices herself for the people she cares about. Deke might drive Mack and Daisy crazy, but he puts everything on the line for them. He even sacrifices the chance to live out his time-displaced life with his family to remain behind in an alternate timeline.

Robin Wood was introduced late in the game, but his introduction as an authority figure who kept popping up to help in Buffy's life became important. It turned out there was more to him than meets the eye as his mother was a Slayer.

Sousa and Robin aren't exact carbon copies of one another. Like Robin, Sousa has a connection to the past of the central character. In his case, that connection is to his work with the SSR before it became S.H.I.E.L.D..Both characters also both end up going on an epic road trip (or space trip in Sousa's case) with the new women in their lives as the finale closes. For Robin, it's a pair of Slayers; for Sousa, it's a pair of Inhuman sisters.

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is firmly an ensemble show, but if there's one character whose journey is spotlighted the most, it's Daisy Johnson. She goes from being an outsider to finding her family and she sacrifices herself to save the world (a lot), and most of the time, the world doesn't even know she does it.

Daisy and Buffy are very much cut from the same cloth. They are young women who find themselves burdened with the responsibility of superpowers that leave them responsible for people who fear them. They might turn their back on their paths once or twice, but in the end, they're heroes who can't walk away from a fight.

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Twilight Theory: Could Bella Actually Be Half-Werewolf? | CBR – CBR – Comic Book Resources

A new fan theory suggests that Bella Swan of The Twilight Saga is half-werewolf. But is there any evidence to back this up?

TheTwilight Sagafollows human teenager Bella Swan on her journey through the world of the supernatural lead by her vampire boyfriend, Edward Cullen. During her journey, she befriends Jacob Black, a potential love interest and childhood friend who just happens to be a werewolf. From the start, Bella seemed to be drawn to the world of the supernatural, and now, a new theorysuggestsshewasn't the generic human girl as previously believed because she'sactually half-werewolf.

The first piece of evidence posed in this theory is that vampire powers do not work correctly on Bella as they do other humans, which is a shared skill of the Quileute werewolves. Alice, Edward's adopted sister, has the special ability to see the future, but she is unable to see the future of the werewolves or those whose lives become intertwined with a werewolf. Even prior to her transformation into a vampire, Bella was able to mentally block vampire powers,with Edward being unable to read her thoughts.

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When Bella became a vampire, it's revealed that she has the gift of a mental shield. She trains to use her powers to protect others, only lifting her shield in order to allow Edward to read her mind. While thetheory suggests that her unique powerful gift comes from her potential werewolf genes, the book's explanation of her gift being a human trait improved post-transformation makes more sense within the reality of the world.

The theory also claims that the reason Jacob is attracted to Bella and imprints on her child is because of the werewolf gene. The books present that one of the theories behind imprinting is potentially related to creating matches designed for successful werewolf reproduction. So, in theory, Jacob's attraction to Bella is based on the connection of werewolf genes. However, even in the books, the concept of reproduction as a core cause of imprinting is presented as an inconclusive idea that is actually disproven by Jacob imprinting on a half-vampire. Ultimately, the books explain Jacob's attraction to Bella as really his imprinting instincts drawing him closer to Renesmee.

Also, the theory wildly suggests that Bella was only able to conceive a hybrid child because she had the werewolf gene. However, this is incorrect within the lore of the world. Bella and Edward were not the only human/vampire couple with the ability to reproduce. Alice and Jasper meet a vampire-human hybrid named Nahuel and introduce him during the trial with the Volturi to prove the existence and relative safety of a hybrid. If the mother has to contain werewolf genes in order to procreate with a vampire, than Nahuel would not exist. Plus, during childbirth, Bella is nearly killed and Edward transforms her into a vampire to save her. He injects vampire venom directly into her heart and bites her in multiple places on her body to distribute the venom as quickly as possible. Vampire venom is especially poisonous to werewolves, which is why in the reality ofThe Twilight Saga, werewolf-vampire hybrids are impossible.

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Legacies Season 3: Release Date, Expectations and Everything you need to know. – The TeCake

The infamous witches, vampires and originals will be back to make you believe in supernatural. Legacies has officially been renewed for season 4. The spin-off series of The Originals is set to come back with another season. Certainly, fans couldnt be happier. The blend of characters from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals were missed all this time.

Legacies is an American fantasy drama with supernatural elements. The show is created by Julie Plec. It was premiered on The CW channel. Legacies is a follow up story after the events of The Originals. Hence it features characters from the show along with the new generation. The story is depicted from the lens of Hope Mikaelson. She is Hayley and Klauss 17 year old daughter. Therefore, she is the heir of powerful vampire, werewolf and witch bloodline.

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The story takes place two years after the events of The Originals. Hope joins the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. The school provides a space for kids with supernatural powers. It teaches them how to control and manage of these powers. The Salvatore School was discussed in The Vampire Diaries. It was founded by Alaric and Salvatore brothers, when Alaric and Josies daughters started discovering their powers.

Legacies season 2 was released in October 2019. Later in January 2020, Legacies announced to be renewed for season 3. The news was shared on the social media accounts of the show.

Certainly, the show was supposed to release in 2020. However due to COVID-19, the shooting was left in between. Legacies season 3 was already planned to be released in 2021.

Subsequently, the production work for the previous season had to hit pause as well. A few episodes were already filmed and released. Later on 27 March 2020, the creator of the show Julie Plec announced wrap of the show. Consequently, episode 16 was announced to be the last episode.

Fans are upset about the midway ending of the show. Hopefully, well soon get to hear good news. Nonetheless, we sure will get Legacies Season 3 in 2021.

Legacies season 2 ended with Landons death. His best friend Rafael was also made into a dead puppet. Meanwhile, Hope got trapped in Josies subconscious. Hence, she fails to wake up in real world. As Julie Plec is known for her mythological writing, people expect to see some elements of that. It is being speculated that Landon might come back alive as he is part of Phoenix. However, Necromander stabbed Rafaels puppet with a special blade, to ensure Landon remains dead.

Other than that, in The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, the story line was more mature with every season. But we might not get to see that here. Legacies is meant for the younger audience. Legacies is a lighter than the other two shows.

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Fortnite Teases Blade As Next Marvel Hero Coming To The Game – Screen Rant

Marvel shares a tease that Blade, the famous vampire hunter, might be coming to Fortnite as part of the seasonal crossover event Nexus War.

The next Marvel superhero that might join Fortnite within the Nexus War event could be vampire slayer Blade, according to a recent eloquent tease. Nexus War began in the game last month with Thor and other powerful characters joining the battle against Galactus.

A Marvel-themed seasonal event for Fortnite was initially teased at the beginning of August with an in-game comic book appearing in the menu. It featured several frames depicting Thor with his most recent exterior re-design standing against Galactus, one of the Marvels arch-villains. A couple of weeks later, Epic Games revealed the Mighty Thor in his full electrified glory, and soon after that, the massive crossover event Nexus War began introducing a whole team of superheroes, which consisted of Iron Man, Groot, and many others. Obviously, new characters are on their way to defend the Battle Island against Devourer of Worlds.

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One of the inevitable newcomers might have just been revealed via social media. The original tease by Marvel, subsequently retweeted by Fortnite, included a row of emojis obviously hinting at Blades eventual appearance in the game - a pair of sunglasses, the Sun, a vampire, and a couple of swords. Theres just a single solution in the Marvels roster of superheroes to this puzzle, and thats undeniably Blade in his iconic look. Presumably, the hero will be using a katana as a mining tool. This is actually the first official tease regarding new characters, although a month ago, players discovered in-game files pointing at the possibility of Spider-Man and Black Panther coming to Fortnite as well at some point.

As of now, the team of Fortnites defenders led by Thor consists of Iron Man, Groot, Storm, She-Hulk, Mystique, Dr. Doom, and Wolverine. The Nexus War event kicked off on August 27 with an impressive cinematic trailer featuring all the heroes listed above. They appear to have lost their memory upon arriving at the Battle Island, which doesnt prevent them from teaming up and joining forces against Galactus who is about to devour the entirety of Fortnites in-game world.

While Marvel is slowly developing a new Blade movie as part of MCU, now is the perfect time to reintroduce character in video games. Judging by the tease, the vampire hunter will be added to Fortnite sooner rather than later, which means that players can expect Blade to join the battle in one of the next mid-season updates. With his violent background, the hero will perfectly fit in the action-packed battle royale game.

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Darragh McManus on radio: The greatness of King George lasts, 30 years on –

Ever feel like you're getting old? This listener for one was mildly horrified to be reminded, courtesy of Arena (Radio 1, Mon-Fri 7pm), that George Michael's great album Listen Without Prejudice is 30 years old this month.

hich means that all the brilliant pop songs George threw out with Wham! for several years before this are now closing in on 40 years old. As I said, feeling old. Wake me up (from my afternoon nap) before you go-go.

Anyway, Sen Rocks described Listen Without Prejudice as "a modern pop classic", and it's hard to disagree. His guest, DJ Kelly-Anne Byrne, explained how the record was a huge change in direction for George, although his first solo album, Faith, had hinted that there was much more to the guy than the blonde mane and tight white shorts of Wham!

Listen Without Prejudice was downbeat, pensive, even gloomy. But the songs were still great, in and of themselves - melodies, lyrics, arrangements and that once-in-a-generation voice - and 'Praying for Time' is the kind of thing people will still be listening to in 100 years. ('Wake Me Up...', maybe less so.)

Speaking of enduring art, You're Dead to Me (BBC Radio 4), the history podcast "for people who don't really like history", looked at vampire characters in 19th-century Gothic literature. Deathless in both senses of the word, then.

Vampire legends long existed, but our modern conception of the bloodsuckers was born two centuries ago. Iconic characters such as Dracula, Varney, Carmilla and Lord Ruthven imprinted the idea of vampires as suave, cold and brooding.

The last of those, written by John Polidori during the famous night in Geneva in 1816 when Mary Shelley came up with Frankenstein, is regarded as the first literary vampire. As it happens, I read this story only a few months ago - part of a Gothic collection that had been glowering at me from the bookshelf for a decade - and it was horrible.

Not in the scary sense; rather it was so overwritten, the thing was almost unreadable. This show, by contrast, was as zippy and entertaining as it always is.

Meanwhile Talking History (Newstalk, Sun 7pm), another inevitably zippy and entertaining show, has been knocking it out of the park over the last few months, with a massive diversity of subjects under scrutiny. We have had everything from Jane Austen, stealth bombers, the later years of the Cold War and Vincent Van Gogh, to the Battle of the Bulge, Thomas Hardy, Raphael and ancient cities.

Patrick Geoghegan's curiosity seems endless, and thank God for that - you get weary of history shows obsessing about early 20th-century Ireland, important as it was.

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Dracula (Hammer film series) – Wikipedia

American horror/adventure film series

Dracula is the title of several horror-adventure film series centered on Count Dracula, who is accidentally resurrected, bringing with him a plague of vampirism, and the ensuing efforts of heroic Van Helsing family to stop him.

The original series of films consisted of nine installments, which starred iconic horror actors Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing as Count Dracula and Doctor Van Helsing respectively. The series of films is part of the larger Hammer Horror series.

Production of Dracula began at Bray Studios on 17 November 1957 with an investment of 81,000.[1] As Count Dracula, Lee fixed the image of the fanged vampire in popular culture.[2] Christopher Frayling writes, "Dracula introduced fangs, red contact lenses, dcolletage, ready-prepared wooden stakes and in the celebrated credits sequence blood being spattered from off-screen over the Count's coffin."[3] Lee also introduced a dark, brooding sexuality to the character, with Tim Stanley stating, "Lee's sensuality was subversive in that it hinted that women might quite like having their neck chewed on by a stud".[4]

In 2017 a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine saw Dracula ranked the 65th best British film ever.[5] Empire magazine ranked Lee's portrayal as Count Dracula the 7th Greatest Horror Movie Character of All Time.[6]

In addition to the Hammer Film Productions series, Christopher Lee reprises his role as Count Dracula in the Spanish-Italian-German-British Count Dracula (1970), produced by Harry Alan Towers, in the French Dracula and Son (1976), produced by Alain Poir, and in the American stop motion-animated Frankenweenie (2012), produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate.[18][19]

Upon publishing extracts of their screenplay for Anno Dracula in an updated version of the first book in the series, author Kim Newman revealed the film would use the likeness of Peter Cushing to represent the severed head of the deceased Van Helsing, establishing elements of the Hammer Productions Dracula film series as the backdrop for the film adaptation's events, specifically an imagined alternate ending to the 1958 Dracula film. The fourth book in the series, subtitled Johnny Alucard, follows the character of the same name originally introduced in Dracula A.D. 1972.[20]

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What’s Up at the Movies: We Review Enola Holmes – What’sUpNewp

Sherlock Holmes is among the most famous characters in all of fiction, as well as the human literary character with the most on-screen appearances (only Dracula has him beat overall). The new Netflix release Enola Holmes is the latest film to join this long tradition, and in its Victorian storyworld, Sherlocks name means as much as it does in our own so, this film asks, wouldnt it be nice to tell someone elses story for once? This adaptation of the first book in Nancy Springers series about a third Holmes sibling, 16-year-old sister Enola, turns that question into an ethos, setting out not only to entertain and inspire but to consider what it means for fiction to be progressive.

The story begins when the Holmes family matriarch, Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter), suddenly disappears, leaving Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) officially in the care of her eldest brother, cold traditionalist Mycroft (Sam Claflin). Possessing an intelligence that rivals her famous brothers (Henry Cavill), Enola was raised to value independence over social propriety, and to avoid being sent to finishing school by Mycroft, she runs away to search for their mother. With both brothers hot on her trail, she becomes unexpectedly tangled up in the life of another runaway, the young Lord Tewkesbury (Louis Partridge), and must decide whether to heed her mothers teachings and look out for herself or risk her life to help another.

The easiest thing to say about Enola Holmes is that its Millie Bobby Browns show from start to finish. The 16-year-old British actress (who also served as a producer!) is a joy to watch as the protagonist/narrator, and the film finds most success when it leans into her fourth wall-breaking performance director Harry Bradbeer, an Emmy winner for Fleabag, was a natural fit for the material. However, as much her energy carries us through the narrative without trouble, dividing focus between Eudorias disappearance and the Tewkesbury case limits our ability to invest in the plot. You probably wont notice how little you cared about the mystery element until its resolution passes by without impact. After doing so much work setting up Enolas intellect, youd think the filmmakers would give her something tougher to solve.

Where the film becomes more interesting is in its thematization of a changing world. After being raised in relative isolation, Enolas quest is as much to find her place within a society that limits the roles available to women, and most supporting characters exist to represent the battle between tradition and reform. This political angle benefits from giving characters on either side some moral complexity, even if that sometimes proves more than the film can handle, but whats most compelling is that Enolas success in remaining true to herself is never in doubt. The film knows that, though Enola might struggle to fit into Victorian England, it is Sherlock that would be out of place today. Looking at his arch alongside his sisters protagonism makes Enola Holmes an intriguing entry into the debate of how classic stories should be updated to fit the times.

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Everything coming to HBO Max in October 2020 – Mashable

All products featured here are independently selected by our editors and writers.If you buy something through links on our site, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.By Brooke Bajgrowicz2020-09-26 10:00:00 UTC

HBO Maxs October lineup is finally here!

This month will see the premiere of The Undoing, a limited series drama starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant; Equal, a four-part docuseries about LGBTQ+ activists; and World of Calm, a relaxing, celebrity-narrated reflection. Also check out Ghosts Season 2, Detention Adventure Season 2, and Smurfs Season 3. Or tune in for the season finales of Lovecraft Country, The Vow, Room 104, and Raised By Wolves.

Need a new movie? Stream Charm City Kings, starring Jahi Di'Allo Winston and Meek Mill and adapted from the urban dirt-bike doc 12 OClock Boys. Or go on a documentary binge with The Perfect Weapon, 537 Votes, or Siempre, Luis. If youre instead in the mood for a recent but familiar feature, try out Emma, Cats, It: Chapter 2, or Us.

Check out everything coming to HBO Max in October 2020 below.

Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley is dropping a new drama miniseries on HBO that once again has Nicole Kidman taking center stage.

Based on the novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, The Undoing sees Grace and Jonathan Fraser (Kidman and Hugh Grant) living for themselves until a string of terrible events including a shocking murder shakes up their realities. Grace must build a new life for her family and leave the old one behind after getting pulled into the public disaster.

While the suspenseful trailer keeps the biggest twists a secret, the show's looming uncertainty coupled with an impressive cast (Donald Sutherland, dgar Ramrez, Lily Rabe, Noma Dumezweni, Noah Jupe, and more) has us eager to see the story that unfolds.

How to watch: The Undoing begins streaming Oct. 25 on HBO Max.

537 Votes (10/21)A Perfect Murder (10/1)A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (10/1)A Time to Kill (10/1)A Very Brady Sequel (10/1)Akeelah And The Bee (10/1)All-Star Superman (10/1)American Dynasties: The Kennedys (10/1)American Reunion (10/1)Analyze That (10/1)Analyze This (10/1)Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (10/1)Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (10/1)Ball of Fire (10/1)Beavis And Butt-Head Do America (10/1)Beef (10/1)Beginners (10/1)Best in Show (10/1)Black Christmas (10/31)BLOW (10/1)Bombshell, 1933 (10/1)Boogie Nights (10/1)Boomerang (10/1)Burning Ojai: Our Fire Story (10/28)Cats (10/10)Cats & Dogs (10/1)Catwoman (10/1)Cellular (10/1)Charm City Kings (10/8)Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke (10/1)City Slickers 2: The Legend of Curly's Gold (10/1)Clean and Sober (10/1)Collateral Beauty (10/1)Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (10/1)Constantine (10/1)Cradle 2 the Grave (10/1)Critters 2 (10/1)Critters 4 (10/1)David Byrne's American Utopia (10/17)Day Of The Dead (10/1)Death Sentence (10/1)Deerskin (10/1)Deliverance (10/1)Dirty Dancing (10/1)Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (10/1)Downhill (10/3)Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (10/1)Dreamcatcher (10/1)Edge of Darkness (10/1)Emma (10/24)Empire of the Sun (10/1)Endings, Beginnings (10/1)Enter The Dragon (10/1)Eraser (10/1)Firewall (10/1)Frantic (10/1)Frequency (10/1)Friday (10/1)Galaxy Quest (10/1)Gothika (10/1)Grudge Match (10/1)Hairspray (Musical Remake) (10/1)Hairspray, 1988 (10/1)Harina (Aka Flour) (10/1)Horror of Dracula (10/1)I Am Sam (10/1)Infamous (10/1)It: Chapter Two (10/27)John Lewis: Good Trouble (10/27)Jonah Hex (10/1)La Odisea De Los Giles (Aka Heroic Losers) (10/16)Laws of Attraction (10/1)Lethal Weapon (10/1)Lethal Weapon 2 (10/1)Lethal Weapon 3 (10/1)Lethal Weapon 4 (10/1)Libeled Lady (10/1)Life as We Know It (10/1)Lina From Lima (10/2)Little Baby Bum (10/1)Little Big League (10/1)Madea's Big Happy Family (10/1)Malcolm X (10/1)Man of Steel (10/1)Mano De Obra (10/30)Marie: A True Story (10/1)Million Dollar Baby (10/1)Miracle of Morgan's Creek (10/1)Mister Roberts (10/1)Monsters Vs. Aliens (10/1)Mutiny on the Bounty (10/1)Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always (10/1)Next Friday (10/1)Nothing Sacred (10/1)Open Water (10/1)Open Water 2: Adrift (10/1)Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (10/1)Presumed Innocent (10/1)Revolutionary Road (10/1)Roger & Me (10/1)Sands of Iwo Jima (10/1)Scanners (10/1)Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays (10/1)Se7en (10/1)Semi-Pro (10/1)Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird (10/1)Shame (10/1)Sherlock Holmes (10/1)Siempre, Luis (10/6)Sleight (10/1)Son of Batman (10/1)Steel (10/1)Superman vs. the Elite (10/1)Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (10/1)Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (10/1)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (10/1)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (10/1)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 (10/1)The Angriest Man In Brooklyn (10/1)The Butterfly Effect (10/1)The Chronicles Of Riddick (Director's Cut) (10/1)The Client (10/1)The Color Purple (10/1)The Curse of Frankenstein (10/1)The End: Inside The Last Days of the Obama White House (10/1)The Friday After Next (10/1)The Golden Compass (10/1)The Haunting (10/1)The Hills Have Eyes (Extended Version) (10/1)The Hills Have Eyes II (Extended Version) (10/1)The Hunting Ground (10/1)The Informer (10/1)The Invisible War (10/1)The Last Kiss (10/1)The Last Mimzy (10/1)The Matrix (10/1)The Matrix Reloaded (10/1)The Matrix Revolutions (10/1)The Mummy, 1959 (10/1)The Pelican Brief (10/1)The Perfect Storm (10/1)The Perfect Weapon (10/16)The Phantom of the Opera (10/1)The Soul Of America (10/27)The Thin Man (10/1)The Thing (10/1)The Whole Ten Yards (10/1)The Wings of Eagles (10/1)They Were Expendable (10/1)Tin Cup (10/1)TMNT (10/1)Training Day (10/1)Tricky Dick (10/1)Turistas (10/1)U.S. Marshals (10/1)Us (10/1)Vampire in Brooklyn (10/1)We Will Rise: Michelle Obamas Mission to Educate Girls Around the World (10/1)What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (10/1)When Harry Met Sally (10/1)Where the Wild Things Are (10/1)You've Got Mail (10/1)

A World of Calm: Series Premiere (10/1)Chelsea Handler: Evolution (TBA)Detention Adventure: Season 2 (10/15)Entre Nos Presents: Shayla Rivera: It's Not Rocket Science (10/9)Equal: Series Premiere (10/22)Ghosts: Season 2 (10/27)Gomorrah: Seasons 1-2 (TBA)How To With John Wilson: Season 1 Premiere (10/23)Race for the White House: Season 1 (10/1)Smurfs: Season 3 (10/20)South Park: The Pandemic Special (10/1)The ABCs of Back to School: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Families (10/3)The Bush Years: Family. Duty. Power. (10/1)The Fungies: Season 1B (10/8)The God of High School (10/8)the Monster at the end of this Story (TBD)The Undoing: Series Premiere (10/25)Vida Perfecta: Season 1 (10/29)Wild Card: The Downfall Of A Radio Loudmouth (10/7)

Everything coming to HBO Max in October 2020 - Mashable

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