2018’s Best PC, Xbox, PS4 Black Friday Deals (Gaming)

Thanksgiving is approaching and that means Black Friday deals are right around the corner – along with football, turkey, and stuffing. Whether you’ve been waiting for a price drop on a new part for your PC or just haven’t pulled the trigger on copping a new console, you’re in the right place.

The Metahuman team has accumulated the best gaming deals that Black Friday 2018 has to offer and stuffed them right here for your convenience. You’re welcome.

 

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The Crimes of Grindelwald Re-Review: Didn’t Manage To Enchant

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald made its official premiere yesterday and is on track to collect $75 million through its opening weekend, despite harsh reviews.

Crimes of Grindelwald is the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series and is an extension of the Wizarding World initially created for the Harry Potter franchise.

It would be unfair to call the movie terrible because it had splashes of Rowling’s brilliance, but it’s impossible to defend its shortcomings.

The main issue with the film is that it lacks the streamlined warmth and inner story that each of the Harry Potter movies strived in. Even the first Fantastic Beasts movie had a beginning, comprehensible middle, and satisfying end.

The film begins with Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) escape from a U.S. wizarding prison. As the dark wizard slithered from one spell to the next and took on ten Aurors by himself in a spectacular mid-air fight I tucked further into my reclining theatre chair and prepared for another stellar story.

That story was there, somewhere, but it stuffed below an onslaught of scenes that seemed chaotic and diluted by poor transitions. It jumped from scene to scene with little explanation as to how we got there and why. All of the moving parts are eventually brought together, but done so by a character that plays no role other than that.

The unnecessary addition of new characters was another gripe I had with the film; some famous names were there for no reason at all. Most of the trailers show off Nicolas Flamel, the renowned creator of the Philosopher’s stone. His role in the movie turned out to be laughable. A couple of returning characters, such as fan favorite no-Maj Jacob Kowalski, suffer the same fate.

This lack of organization made it hard to feel connected to any of the characters, especially those that were newly introduced. Of course, seeing a young Dumbledore and McGonagall at Hogwarts was nostalgic and made the Harry Potter fan in me giddy regardless.

In its defense, Rowling not only wrote up the story and its characters but also played a large part in the film’s production. This could be a reason why its structure resembled that of a book; there was a smooth beginning that set up what the story was going to be about, but the middle chapters were split between multiple characters, each getting a chapter or two in a rotation until the conclusion.

For hardcore fans, The Crimes of Grindelwald is perfect. It’ll stuff you with details, waste little time explaining what’s going on, and eventually give you the answers you’ve been waiting for, all while setting up the next few movies. That’s essentially what this film was; a giant build up that answered a few necessary questions to get the ball rolling.

However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s a very confusing, convoluted mess of a movie that would probably be better received if it had a book to back it up. That’s how the last couple of Harry Potter movies got away with jumping around in the same fashion, after all. No one cared about transitions at that point because everyone had memorized each detail from Rowling’s pages.

The beasts were fantastic, Eddie Redmayne was spectacular as Newt Scamander once again, Depp turned out to be the Grindelwald we never knew we needed and the last minute of the movie gave us an answer that we’ve been waiting three years for. Who is Credence the Obscurus?

Fantastic Beasts 3 will be epic and while this film was a bit tough to swallow, it wasn’t so bad that it curbed my excitement for what Rowling will make happen next.

 

 

 

The Crimes of Grindelwald Re-Review: Didn’t Manage To Enchant

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald made its official premiere yesterday and is on track to collect $75 million through its opening weekend, despite harsh reviews.

Crimes of Grindelwald is the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series and is an extension of the Wizarding World initially created for the Harry Potter franchise.

It would be unfair to call the movie terrible because it had splashes of Rowling’s brilliance, but it’s impossible to defend its shortcomings.

The main issue with the film is that it lacks the streamlined warmth and inner story that each of the Harry Potter movies strived in. Even the first Fantastic Beasts movie had a beginning, comprehensible middle, and satisfying end.

The film begins with Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) escape from a U.S. wizarding prison. As the dark wizard slithered from one spell to the next and took on ten Aurors by himself in a spectacular mid-air fight I tucked further into my reclining theatre chair and prepared for another stellar story.

That story was there, somewhere, but it stuffed below an onslaught of scenes that seemed chaotic and diluted by poor transitions. It jumped from scene to scene with little explanation as to how we got there and why. All of the moving parts are eventually brought together, but done so by a character that plays no role other than that.

The unnecessary addition of new characters was another gripe I had with the film; some famous names were there for no reason at all. Most of the trailers show off Nicolas Flamel, the renowned creator of the Philosopher’s stone. His role in the movie turned out to be laughable. A couple of returning characters, such as fan favorite no-Maj Jacob Kowalski, suffer the same fate.

This lack of organization made it hard to feel connected to any of the characters, especially those that were newly introduced. Of course, seeing a young Dumbledore and McGonagall at Hogwarts was nostalgic and made the Harry Potter fan in me giddy regardless.

In its defense, Rowling not only wrote up the story and its characters but also played a large part in the film’s production. This could be a reason why its structure resembled that of a book; there was a smooth beginning that set up what the story was going to be about, but the middle chapters were split between multiple characters, each getting a chapter or two in a rotation until the conclusion.

For hardcore fans, The Crimes of Grindelwald is perfect. It’ll stuff you with details, waste little time explaining what’s going on, and eventually give you the answers you’ve been waiting for, all while setting up the next few movies. That’s essentially what this film was; a giant build up that answered a few necessary questions to get the ball rolling.

However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s a very confusing, convoluted mess of a movie that would probably be better received if it had a book to back it up. That’s how the last couple of Harry Potter movies got away with jumping around in the same fashion, after all. No one cared about transitions at that point because everyone had memorized each detail from Rowling’s pages.

The beasts were fantastic, Eddie Redmayne was spectacular as Newt Scamander once again, Depp turned out to be the Grindelwald we never knew we needed and the last minute of the movie gave us an answer that we’ve been waiting three years for. Who is Credence the Obscurus?

Fantastic Beasts 3 will be epic and while this film was a bit tough to swallow, it wasn’t so bad that it curbed my excitement for what Rowling will make happen next.

 

 

 

American Horror Story Season 8 Ends (VIDEO RECAP)

The end of “the end of the world” never felt so rushed and satisfying.

Jeremy talks about American Horror Story: Apocalypse, the ending of Season 8 and a few unanswered questions that we had coming into the final episode.   See Jeremy’s recap below.

 

‘Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald’ Review, A Beautiful Disaster

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is a Harry Potter movie on crack.  

From a theatrical, storytelling, standpoint it was a hot mess. From the perspective of a Harry Potter fan, you’ll be left with a lot of questions.

However, for those that have invested time into the franchise, you’ll be at the edge of your seat the entire time for an overall satisfying ride. Whip out your phones because when the credits roll, Google will be your best friend.  

There are hardly any references to characters or situations that happened in the first movie, so we recommend that you take the time to watch Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them as a refresher.

As we continue our review, know that spoiler warnings are in effect.

The Fantastic Beasts

The fantastic beasts in Crimes of Grindelwald were arguably (and it appears most critics would agree) the best part of the movie.

They were all extremely unique, creative creatures that did a great job of grabbing and pulling you into their world. Whether that be underwater or across Paris depends on where you are in the movie. 

The biggest draw to these beasts are the mysteries behind them and what they’re capable of.

One of our favorites, the Zouwu, can travel thousands of miles a day without getting tired. Rowland describes it as an, “…elephant sized cat, [that is] five colored…”

The Love Stories of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

The fan-favorite couple of the first movie, Queenie and Jacob (played by Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler respectively) were quickly introduced and then quickly torn apart.  It was heartbreaking but didn’t quite have the impact the writers were probably expecting because of their minimal screen time. 

We feel like J.K. Rowling said, ‘We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s close this out and thank you, next.’

Newt Scamander, portrayed by Eddie Redmayne, and his seemingly emotionally flat love interest, Tina, played by Katherine Waterston, refers to him as ‘Mr. Scamander’ upon their first meeting. This came off cold and uncaring, which was fine. However, they had very little chemistry throughout, which may have also been due to on-screen time.

When Tina is first brought up, Queenie mentions to Newt that Tina was hurt hearing he was supposedly engaged to Leta Lestrange. It didn’t come off that way during their exchanges and even the height of Newt and Tina’s one-on-one love scene was cut short due to the entrance of Leta Lestrange.  Speaking of Leta…

Leta Lestrange, Newt and their brother love triangle.  This was explored briefly but it was a love story not well fleshed out. It is distracting at best as it arises and then leaves the viewers with so many questions.  At the beginning of the movie they introduce Newt and Leta with some obvious tension, then a scene back at Hogwarts with both of their interactions as kids. We find a few moments later that she is engaged to Newt’s brother, Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner).

After all that, she dies.

Finally, there is the love story of Credence and Nagini played by Ezra Miller and Claudia Kim. Another odd couple in the film; they get close, never kiss, have a few intimate moments,  and then Credence leaves her to be with Grindelwald because of his family issues. Done deal.

On this end, the film doesn’t allow viewers to feel the stakes involved with any of the characters, so in this aspect you’ll be left quite unsatisfied.

The Twists of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

(From the perspective of Credence Barebone)  “So I’m an adopted boy? No wait, I’m a Lestrange, no…actually you’re a Dumbledore.  Wait, there’s another Dumbledore? WTF.”

Then, the twist of, Leta Lestrange with a mysterious man who is not tied with the Ministry or with Grindelwald’s army.  We come to find out that he is an estranged half-brother who wishes to kill Leta’s real brother, who we all think is Credence but find out later that he is not Credence and her ‘real’ brother died when he was a baby that Leta switched with another baby because he was irritating.

That was not confusing at all…

Where Are We In Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald

We explore the wizarding world and then the no-maj world. We go back and forth without any indication of where you are. Are we in the no-maj world? Are we in the Wizarding world?

How are all these monsters out and about?  Did Grindelwald just cast a spell all over Paris for the world to see?  Did anyone see those huge blue dragons burning up a cemetery?

Then we continue to wonder. Are we in Newt’s suitcase? Are we at his house?  Are we in his basement?

Even Hogwarts doesn’t look like Hogwarts although we’ll give them that it was in an earlier timeline.

Summary

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is a great movie for Harry Potter fans.  

I’m not gonna lie, it is pretty confusing but there are shining moments such as the dramatic speech given by Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) and the charm that Eddie Redmayne brings to Newt Scamander’s character. (although lost in the shuffles of confusing story archs and weak character building) Scamander so darn likable interacting with his fantastic beasts, that it distracts you long enough to throw in a few good laughs amongst a rather dark film.

The Grinch: Not Enough Naughty, Too Much Nice

Illumination Entertainment’s animated film The Grinch premiered last Friday and did surprisingly well in the box office. The classic Dr. Seuss remake earned an estimated $66 million opening in America this weekend and $78.7 million worldwide, which gave it the No. 1 spot ahead of its competitor Bohemian Rhapsody.

Universal estimated that the story of Mr. Grinch, who is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, would bring in about $50 million, while box office experts predicted closer to $60 million worldwide.

The animated film took a slightly different approach in depicting the infamous Christmas grouch. Illumination created a more relatable backstory that involved Mr. Grinch growing up in an orphanage. Without a family to celebrate Christmas with, he was forced to angrily watch as other Who-children received the love and gifts that have become synonymous with the holiday.

Mr. Grinch’s journey towards Christmas-hatred was emotional but didn’t translate into the Grinch that we’ve grown accustomed to. The Cumberbatch Grinch did mean things occasionally, but it was clear from the start that he was trying to fight back against the goodness inside of him.

For instance, the first time Mr. Grinch visits Whoville (On a mission to buy enough food to last him until January) he has a series of hilariously cruel interactions with the Who-people.

While stalking the aisles he pops a whole pickle into his mouth before spitting it back out into the jar to place it among other groceries in a random Who’s cart. When he sees an old Who-lady struggling to reach the last jar of jelly he grabs it, acts like he’s going to give it to her, places it back onto the high rack, and then slaps it down to the ground where it splatters.

These are classic Grinch moves and had the entire audience chuckling, including the adults. However, after his mean shopping spree, there was a drastic fall-off in, well, Grinchiness. He treats his dog Max like man’s best friend (for the most part), he frees an overweight reindeer named Fred to be with his family instead of making him pull his sled, and he’s fond of Cindy Lue from the minute they meet.

Illumination never lets Mr. Grinch be the Grinch, which culminates during his plan to launch a giant snowball towards the enormous celebratory Christmas tree that the Who’s have set-up. The cannon ends up malfunctioning and instead of the snowball taking out the Who’s Christmas spirit, Mr. Grinch himself is catapulted into the middle of the holiday festivities.

This was fine and the movie was obviously catered towards a younger demographic, as an animated Christmas movie should be, but unlike most animated classics it didn’t keep my attention. It was just too kiddy.

Now, it’s only fair to admit that I’m a big Jim Carrey Grinch fan. Who doesn’t like How The Grinch Stole Christmas? Carrey’s Grinch is hilarious, funny, disgusting, and even raunchy at times. It wasn’t much of a kid’s movie and its writers included a ton of innuendo and adult humor, but that Grinch was believable! When I envisioned someone who hated Christmas as a kid I saw termite infested teeth and a steady diet of literal garbage.

As a kid’s movie this Grinch checks off all of the boxes. It’s not overly mean, all of its humor is dumbed down enough for a child to digest for a laugh, and there’s the classic happy ending of a heart growing three-times in size.

The animation in the film is top notch, which is to be expected from Illumination. The scenes where Mr. Grinch is using ninja stars and net-shooting candy cane guns to wrap up Christmas trees and snag presents look great. Plus the way that this Grinch steals Christmas using his gadgets is way more thought out than the lousy vacuum method of Carrey’s.

The film’s last scene is heartwarming and will have some movie watching softies tearing up at Mr. Grinch’s dinner toast. I’d recommend that if you have kids, go and watch the movie once and let them enjoy the new-age Grinch; they’ll probably love it. If you don’t have kids and you’re looking for a Grinch fix, go on Netflix and pop on Carrey’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Disney+ Series ‘The Mandalorian’ Lead Actor Announced

Disney went out and got Diego Luna, so it’s no surprise that they cast another big name for the other Star Wars show.

It was announced Tuesday morning that Pedro Pascal has been offered the lead role in Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian, which will be available on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+. Negotiations between the actor and the media conglomerate have already begun, Variety reports.

The Mandalorian, written and produced by Iron Man director, Jon Favreau, will be centered around a “lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” It takes place after Episode VI – Return of The Jedi and before the formation of the First Order in Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

Pascal has an impressive resume both on TV and the big screen. He has previously played star roles as Prince Oberyn in Game of Thrones and Javier Pena in the popular Netflix series Narcos. Pascal has also appeared in The Equalizer 2Kingsman: The Golden CircleIf Beale Street Could Talk, and recently finished filming Wonder Woman 1984.

The first episode of Pascal’s Star Wars debut will be directed by Dave Filoni, who previously worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, according to Disney. Disney also announced that future episodes of the series will be directed by Taika Waititi, who directed Thor:Ragnarok, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

Last week Disney CEO Bob Iger also announced that Disney+ will premiere a second live-action Star Wars spinoff based on the adventures of popular Rogue One rebel, Cassian Andor, who will be played by Luna as he was in the film.

It’s impossible to know who Pascal’s character is or what role he will play in The Mandalorian, which doesn’t have a set release date as of yet. Pascal is represented by WME and Untitled Entertainment.

 

 

 

 

Marvel Founder and Comic Legend Stan Lee Dead At 95

The comic book universe lost a great man today – a legend.

A barrage of tweets, news articles and tributes flooded the internet Monday morning offering their respects for the loss of Marvel co-founder Stan Lee.

An ambulance rushed to Lee’s Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center shortly after, according to reports.

Lee had been struggling with illness for much of the past year and had challenges with his vision and pneumonia, according to reports.

Stan is largely known for creating Marvel Comics with co-founder Jack Kirby in 1961. Lee is responsible for creating many of Marvel’s signature superheroes including Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men, and The Avengers.

While his relationship with the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn’t always perfect (Lee sued Marvel in 2002 over royalties he was owed for the first Spider-Man movie), Lee had made cameos in every Marvel movie thus far.

Lee’s wife of 69 years passed away in 2017. He is survived by his daughter J.C. Lee.

Stan Lee was 95.

Everyone at MetaHuman Entertainment is grateful to have been influenced by Lee’s genius and we are saddened by the news. RIP.