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Overwatch’s New Anti-Cheat System Sounds Great in Theory

Blizzard released another developer update for Overwatch last week, detailing a number of changes for the summer season of the game and a new anti-cheat system. An update video like this has been expected, with the upcoming annual Summer Games event and a rumored thirty-first playable hero on the horizon.

Ever since the release of the game in 2016, Blizzard has been trying to combat the influx of Overwatch‘s cheaters and toxic players. Given the longstanding popularity of Overwatch, it’s not surprising that these elements of the player base continue to be a problem for the rest of its community. But this problem is still a top priority for Blizzard, and the developer has been diligent in working out ways to deal with it, including a streamlined reporting feature and the implementation of a rating system for players with good behavior.

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The latest video in director Jeff Kaplan’s ongoing series of updates highlights Blizzard’s most recent attempt to curb cheaters: an automatic shutdown system for matches where cheating is detected. If the server picks up on any kind of illicit actions that break the fundamental rules of the game, such as aimbots or wallhacks, it will automatically shut down the match. None of the players on either team will be penalized for the match shutdown, so their ranks and ratings will not be impacted in competitive modes. This feature has been live on Overwatch‘s Public Test Realm for a little while, but Kaplan says it will be added to the full version soon and that it will be the next major evolution of cheat detection in the game.

The idea has gotten a broadly positive reception within the Overwatch community, many of whom are no strangers to playing with (and against) cheaters. A Reddit post discussing the feature is filled with the comments of people sharing their thoughts and experiences with cheating, and their gratitude to Blizzard for its uncommon dedication to keeping the game as fair as possible. However, others have raised legitimate doubts about this feature; many are afraid of false positives within the system and worry about how it could be exploited.

While this may be the most comprehensive anti-cheat method that Overwatch has had yet, it remains to be seen how effective it really is. As any sufficiently popular multiplayer game ages, it will attract more and more cheaters looking for holes in the system. It’ll be great if this system can consistently identify and shut down cheating properly, but it will get very frustrating very quickly if it gets too many false positives.

Next: Blizzard Working on Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, Cancelled StarCraft FPS

Source: PlayOverwatch/YouTube, Reddit


2019-07-15 01:07:43

Connor Trinske

10 Great Movies To Watch After Binging Stranger Things

So, you’ve consumed Stranger Things entirely too quickly. And now you have no idea how you’re going to wait until season 4 comes out. Well, fortunately, the show was inspired by countless movies that can help quench your thirst a bit. If you’ve seen them already, then you know perfectly well they’re just what you need. If you haven’t, then it’s absolutely time to soak in the real deal, and not just settle for a reverent homage! These selections were alluded to, or influential to, Stranger Things. However, all references aside, they actually capture the essence of their decade and setting.

10 It (2017)

It, oddly enough, is actually a result of the tremendous success of Stranger Things. The story was updated to take place in 1989, opposing the source material to incorporate the current trend. It even borrowed Finn Wolfhard himself! This is one of many stories about suburban kids uncovering the mystery of an evil, invading force. Also, the kids have to deal with growing up, all the while. The film’s horror is tastefully executed, with the dreaded Pennywise being driven by a terrifying Bill Skarsgård. In fact, the performances are impressive all around. But if a supernatural clown wasn’t enough, every single adult in the film is icky or terrible. This movie also has modern production values, which doesn’t hurt.

RELATED: It: Pennywise’s 10 Creepiest Moments From The 2017 Reboot, Ranked

9 Carrie (1976)

One of the most effective Stephen King adaptations ever put to film, director Brian De Palma spent a lot of his career paying homage to Alfred Hitchcock. As such, the movie develops its tension slowly and effectively, and is filled with the paranormal. It may not be from the 80’s, but it’s a Stephen King classic about a young girl with telekinetic powers. She has a troubled home life, and deals with a lot of high school drama, which eventually pushes her over the edge. There’s a lot of growing pains in this story, especially emphasized by that agonizing opening about Carrie’s first period. A bullied outcast, with an oppressive mother, it’s hard not to be sympathetic for her. As such, it’s both rewarding and difficult to watch her snap.

8 The Monster Squad

This movie is an absolute breeze to watch, with a runtime that’s fitting for an homage to the Universal Monsters. One of the co-writers is Shane Black, who has developed a number of famously successful movies. Then there’s the director, Fred Dekker, who only has two other movies to his name. And yet, he once again blends comedy and horror into a children’s tale. A group of witty kids have to save their small town from the forces of Dracula and his cohorts. It sounds silly, and yes, it absolutely is. However, although the tone is cheesy, the monsters themselves are presented as genuinely scary things. This selection is perfect for Halloween, and certainly for Stranger Things fans.

7 The Terminator

This is a movie that wasn’t actually popular when it came out, but has garnered complete reverence since. In Stranger Things, it was referenced at a theater before season 3, but now it couldn’t be more blatant. The Russian villain that’s after Hopper and Joyce not only has a similar build and appearance, but is even depicted like Arnold’s T-800. There’s always a reason to revisit the original Terminator film, which has great performances and Stan Winston’s fantastic special effects. The movie is full of 80’s culture like neon, big hair, and terribly dated synth music. The evil Model 101 is actually treated as a serial killer throughout the film, and the relationship between Reese and Sarah is genuinely touching. So, the combination of horror, action and romance makes it a great selection after viewing Stranger Things.

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6 Back to the Future

Another reference from season 3, it just doesn’t get more 80’s than this movie. It’s steeped in dated vernacular, hilarious attire, and nostalgia for the 50’s. Easily one of the best films ever made, it starts off rather slow, before you realize that so much of what you’ve just seen is crucial because of time travel. With the incredible Michael J. Fox, then known for Family Ties, an everyday kid ends up threatening his entire family’s existence after going back in time. All thanks to an odd, unexplained friendship with an old, manic scientist. Who makes a time machine out of a DeLorean, by stealing plutonium from Libyans. Does any of this sound plausible? No. Is it entertaining? Beyond compare.

5 Poltergeist

If you go into this movie expecting to be scared, you probably won’t leave satisfied these days. Even at the time of Poltergeist’s release, there had already been films like The Exorcist and The Changeling that took paranormal oppression more seriously. This movie leans more towards fantasy, and involves a suburban family that discovers a portal between realms in their house. This doorway between dimensions causes a number of disturbing occurrences, namely the vision of a melting face. So, there’s no denying that the premise had a large effect on Stranger Things. It’s been contested that Spielberg may have directed it himself, rather than Tobe Hooper. That says a lot about how perfect this movie is for you Hawkins fans.

4 Gremlins

This is a unique story all around, mixing in elements of horror, comedy and even Christmas. Although, it was written by Chris Columbus himself, who would go on to helm Home Alone. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, this strange movie fills one more small town with an unnatural, invasive force. A teenage kid gets a weird little creature for a Christmas present, who later spawns a group of vicious counterparts. Gizmo is very much like Dustin’s pet, in season 2. This movie is over-the-top, cheesy, and bizarre—all the necessary staples of the decade. At times, it’s genuinely endearing, needlessly sad, and a lot of fun. Keep coming back for the mom’s initial showdown with those pesky gremlins.

3 Firestarter

This is the first of two movies that comes immediately to mind when watching Stranger Things for the first time. And it took them three seasons to finally directly reference it, as a poster outside the video store. Firestarter is the story of a little girl who can cause fires with her mind. Also, a clandestine laboratory is chasing her down because of those abilities, for nefarious reasons. Drew Barrymore is fun, and it has T.J. Hooker’s Heather Locklear. The effects could use some work, and the cinematography is literally nonexistent. However, it’s conceptually robust, keeping you intrigued about the end. And the villain has a questionable, disturbing interest in Barrymore’s protagonist. It really makes you want to see him get his comeuppance.

2 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

This is probably one of the most famous movies of all time, although Spielberg is known for making movies like that. It’s very likely that he’s made something definitive for all of our childhoods, at one point or another. But in a time when he pumped out an entire trilogy of Indiana Jones classics, there’s no omitting this obvious selection. A broken family discovers a supernatural presence, with the government hot on its heels. E.T. helps to heal a damaged home life, as the kids alone uncover the mystery of his powers and goals. Yet again set in suburbia, the movie is filled with that playful Spielberg charm which Stranger Things has borrowed often. This is essential viewing for any human being, let alone a Stranger Things fan.

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1 Stand By Me

It’s time to reference Stephen King again. Truly, what is Stranger Things without his influence? Stand By Me is one of the most engaging, emotional coming-of-age stories ever told. It boasts an all-star cast, who play another set of kids in a small town. This time, the savvy group discovers a murdered corpse, and they go about investigating the truth. It’s an incredible adventure, and they frequently have to contend with a frightening bully. That may seem like a trope, but we all know that’s just reality. There’s always a bully. The framing device is also very touching, with Richard Dreyfuss reflecting on his childhood. This movie has pure nostalgia for a different era—but it’s still a perfect fit because of its themes and tone.

NEXT: Stranger Things: 10 Best Episodes, Ranked


2019-07-14 07:07:25

Anthony Fertino

Someone Great Review: Gina Rodriguez’s Rom-Com Is A Win For Netflix

Someone Great puts a new spin on the rom-com genre with an entertaining romp through NYC as three friends reach turning points in their love lives.

Last year, Netflix found a great deal of success with their romantic comedy fare, and the streaming service responded to that success by upping the output of their original rom-coms. The latest to hit the streaming service, Someone Great, is a refreshing breath of air in the romantic comedy genre, focusing on three friends at a time of major upheaval in their lives. At the center is music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), who is broken up with by her boyfriend of nine years, Nate (Lakeith Stanfield), just before moving to San Francisco for a new job. She’s comforted by her friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) throughout one particular day and night in New York City, but Erin and Blair are dealing with their own relationship dramas. Someone Great was written and directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Sweet/Vicious), and is her directorial debut. Someone Great puts a new spin on the rom-com genre with an entertaining romp through NYC as three friends reach turning points in their love lives.

Someone Great largely focuses on the story of Jenny and her grief in the wake of her breakup with Nate. Through flashbacks, the movie explores various stages of their relationship, from the night they met through to the breakup. In present day, Jenny is reeling from the end of their nine-year relationship and trying to distract herself by spending time with her friends in one last hurrah before she moves across country. Instead of focusing on the start of a relationship, though, Someone Great goes a different rom-com route by detailing the end of a long-term relationship and depicting a woman trying – and sometimes failing – to move forward. The end of a relationship can be much messier than the start of one, and Someone Great portrays that facet of love and romantic relationships in an incredibly honest, realistic way.

But while Jenny is perhaps the main protagonist of Someone Great, Erin and Blair are also faced with their own important decisions with regard to their love lives. Erin has been casually dating Leah (Rebecca Naomi Jones) for months and must decide whether to commit or continue flaking out on someone she has real feelings for. Meanwhile, Blair is in an unfulfilling long-term relationship when her eye strays to a guy Jenny had a crush on in college, Matt (Peter Vack), who comes back into their lives. In these stories, which have almost as much focus in the movie as Jenny’s, Someone Great plays out two typical rom-com storylines – the romantic interest afraid to commit and the protagonist looking for someone more fulfilling. These arcs work to balance Jenny’s breakup with other tales of romantic love and depict different phases of romantic relationships, in similarly honest and realistic fashion, keeping Someone Great well within the rom-com genre.

But while Someone Great delivers the romantic storylines viewers would expect from a romantic comedy, the true strength of the movie is the friendship – platonic love – of the three main characters. And that’s undoubtedly thanks to the performances of Rodriguez, Wise and Snow, who portray these three friends’ relationship as complicated, but ultimately loving. Someone Great depicts a variety of love – self-love, platonic love, romantic love – in a way that feels much more true to life and revolutionary because of it, especially in a genre like romantic comedies that tend to elevate romantic love above all else. It helps to set Someone Great apart from other rom-coms, and the film ultimately delivers a much more honest picture of the lives of these modern women. A great deal of that is due to the performances of the three leads, but it also comes down to the film’s script.

Prior to Someone Great, Robinson’s main credit was the short-lived MTV drama Sweet/Vicious about a pair of girls who become vigilantes on their college campus taking down those who get away with abusive behavior. Like the TV show before it, Robinson’s Someone Great script features plenty of snappy dialogue and focuses on the bond of the film’s female characters, with their other relationships often taking a backseat to the core friendship. Robinson’s writing and directing on Someone Great elevates the film. And considering the well known hands-off approach Netflix takes to its originals, the quality of Someone Great is a testament to Robinson’s talent, as she once again showcases a unique and wholly necessary voice in Hollywood at the moment. Someone Great is further proof that we need more and different voices in a storied genre like that of rom-coms in order to keep it fresh and modern.

Ultimately, Someone Great is a wonderful addition to the romantic comedy genre, putting a new spin on the classic tropes and taking a look at a side to romantic relationships very rarely explored within films of this type. It’s a fun and enjoyable watch for rom-com fans, and/or those looking for strong female-fronted and female-created cinema. With the low barrier of entry that comes along with all Netflix originals, Someone Great has the potential for major success on the streaming platform. In the rom-com revival that we’ve seen over the last year or so – with Netflix as a major contributor – Someone Great fits well into the wave of new films that elevate the genre beyond (most of) the tired tropes of decades past, while still providing an entertaining romantic comedy experience.

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Someone Great is now available for streaming through Netflix. It is 92 minutes long and is rated R for drug content, drinking, sexual material and language throughout.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!


2019-04-19 05:04:16

Molly Freeman

Game Of Thrones: 10 Great Book Characters Who Were Wasted On The Show

As popular and acclaimed as Game of Thrones is, there are always going to be those fans who will point out how the books did it better. The show only has so much time and money, so they can’t possibly include everything from George R.R. Martin’s books. Still, when your favorite parts don’t make it in the show, it’s hard not to be disappointed.

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There are plenty of great characters who never made it on the show, but there are also those fan-favorites whose depiction on the show was a bit of a letdown. Whether the role was cut down or key characteristics were missing, the show version failed to meet our expectations. Here are some of the great book characters who were wasted on Game of Thrones.

10 Lem Lemoncloak

Lem Lemoncloak is introduced in the books as part of the Brotherhood without Banners. Along with Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr, Lem helps protect the smallfolk from the horrors of war. Once Lady Stoneheart takes over leadership of the Brotherhood, Lem really gets to shine, helping to track down and execute the Freys.

In the show, Lem has much less of an impact. In fact, he is never mentioned by name and only identifiable by his signature yellow cloak. He is also much less heroic, butchering Brother Ray and his followers before being executed by The Hound.

9 Roose Bolton

In the books, Ramsay Bolton is just as sadistic and cruel as is depicted in the show. However, the scariest Bolton in the books is still his father, Roose Bolton. Much more low-key than his son, Roose is a soft-spoken, calculating and ruthless man. However, what makes him so unsettling is how pragmatic he is about his horrible crimes. Unlike Ramsay, he takes no pleasure in killing but still does it without breaking a sweat. He makes for a very effective villain.

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Sadly, in the show, the spotlight is taken by Ramsay. The more cartoonish and violent Bolton takes center stage and eventually dispatches Roose very unceremoniously.

8 Mance Rayder

In the books, Mance Rayder is the charismatic leader of the Wildling army. He is also a known trickster, having once snuck into Winterfell disguised as a musician and attended a feast. It is thought he was burned to death by Stannis, but it’s later revealed he was spared and sent on a secret mission to infiltrate the Bolton-held Winterfell.

The show doesn’t spend enough time with Mance to get any sense of how he united the Wildlings. There is also no sign of his trickster nature, with Wildlings like Tormund being much more interesting. His death by fire proves to be the real deal in this version.

7 Doran Martell

Doran Martell is the prince of Dorne and a seemingly ineffective leader. We meet Doran following the death of his brother Oberyn. Despite his family’s insistence they strike back at the Lannisters, Doran remains loyal to the throne. However, it is eventually revealed his inaction is all a facade and he is part of a conspiracy to put Daenerys Targaryen on the Iron Throne.

The show is much less nuanced with handling such an interesting character. In their version, there is no greater plan and Doran is actually the useless leader he appears to be. He does nothing and is quickly killed by his family, then never spoken of again.

6 Aero Hotah

Areo Hotah is personal bodyguard to Doran Martell. Though calm and quiet, Areo is known as one of the most skilled fighters in all of Westeros. Armed with a longaxe, he dispatches his opponents with complete ease. The books are currently setting him up for some exciting confrontations.

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In the show, we do not get a single glimpse at to Areo’s fighting prowess. He just stands silently by Prince Doran’s side before being killed off by one of the Sand Snakes in one of the show’s lamest death scenes. He was, sadly, collateral damage for the show’s mishandling of the Dorne storyline.

5 Illyn Payne

Illyn Payne is the executioner in King’s Landing and the man who took Ned Stark’s head. If that position wasn’t intimidating enough, he is also mute after having his tongue cut out by the Mad King. He plays a larger role later in the books when he helps Jaime Lannister learn to fight with his left hand and they form an unusual friendship.

Ser Illyn is introduced in an appropriately intimidating way, but disappears from the show after Season 1. Bronn takes on his role as Jaime’s BFF, and while those two make an entertaining pair, the interactions with Ser Illyn were very compelling.

4 Aeron Greyjoy

Aeron “Damphair” Greyjoy is one of Theon’s uncles and a priest of the Drowned God. He was once a worthless drunk, but after a near drowning, he rededicated his life to serving his god. He also has a deep-seated and painful hatred towards his brother Euron which causes much conflict when Euron returns home.

You’d be forgiven for not realizing Theon had another uncle in the show. In fact, it is never stated that the character credited as Aeron is actually related to Theon as he is little more than a background character in a couple episodes.

3 Stannis Baratheon

Stannis Baratheon is a humorless and stern man, but in the books, he’s probably best suited to sit on the Iron Throne. Stannis doesn’t care about power, but knows it’s his right and responsibility to rule Westeros. He is also the only would-be king to come to the North’s rescue and may be the man to liberate Winterfell.

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In the show, Stannis is a puppet to Melisandre, unable to make decisions and inept in his quest for the throne. Despite being a skilled fighter and total badass, he is not king material. Plus, he burned his own daughter to death which made it very difficult to root for him.

2 Wyman Manderly

Wyman Maderly is a fan-favorite character from the books. Manderly is the butt of many jokes due to his enormous size. However, there is more going on with Manderly than meets the eye. Despite acting loyal to the Freys and Boltons who now control the North, Manderly is secretly plotting revenge against those responsible for the Red Wedding. He is also the man who made the infamous Frey pies.

In the show, Manderly is simply one of the Northern lords who name Jon Snow King in the North. Arya takes over his role of the Northern avenger and Manderly is relegated to a quick cameo.

1 Barristan Selmy

The books have established one individual as the most feared fighter in the Seven Kingdoms, Barristan Selmy. He served two kings as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard before being dismissed by Cersei. He then travels across the Narrow Sea to serve Daenerys Targaryen. Despite his age, Selmy is still a very impressive fighter and military leader. When Daenerys flees Meereen, Selmy is the man who takes charge. He has continuously proven to be one of the queen’s most valuable assets.

Selmy’s reputation is the same in the show, but we are given little proof of it. Whenever a battle is happening, he is stuck standing beside Daenerys doing nothing. Once he finally does get in a fight, he is impressive but quickly killed off.

NEXT: Game Of Thrones: 8 Most Important Episodes To Watch Before Season 8


2019-04-14 07:04:28

Colin McCormick

Missing Link Review: Laika’s Latest Has Great Animation, But a Thin Plot

In an era where the majority of mainstream animation is computer-generated and designed to have broad appeal, Laika has been content to dance to the beat of a far more idiosyncratic drum since it started making stop-motion features ten years ago. That more or less remains the case with Missing Link, their fifth offering overall and a comedy-adventure about an offbeat explorer (Hugh Jackman) and his newfound buddy, a Sasquatch (Zach Galifianakis). Unfortuntely, while it marks their most impressive technical accomplishment yet, the studio’s latest lacks the personality and ambitious storytelling of their previous films. Missing Link is quite the visual feast, but its unremarkable narrative and characters (save for the charming Mr. Link) leave something to be desired.

Jackman lends his voice here to Sir Lionel Frost, an eccentric investigator of monsters and myths who’s determined to gain membership to Victorian-era London’s illustrious Optimates Club. Missing Link is the second recent time the ex-Wolverine actor has played a creative outsider whose obsession with social climbing threatens to be their undoing, following his turn as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. In Sir Lionel’s case, that drive comes from a desire to secure his legacy, having long been the black sheep in the eyes of his wealthy family and the unreservedly snooty members of the Optimates Club. Problem is, like Barnum, Sir Lionel is a far less interesting and charismatic protagonist than the characters he befriends (then exploits) for his own self-serving ends, over the course of his rather conventional personal arc.

In this case, that’s a reference to “Mr. Link” (Galifianakis), the eponymous Missing Link between humankind and their primate ancestors. Like a number of Galifianakis’ roles in the past, Mr. Link embodies a more sensitive form of masculinity and is not without his personality quirks, such as his tendency to be extremely literal minded. Overall, though, the character is pretty endearing and is responsible for many of the film’s biggest laughs, thanks to his childlike manner and general lack of self-awareness. At the same time, however, the script by longtime Laika animator-director Chris Butler struggles to present Sir Lionel and Mr. Link (or, as he comes to call himself, Susan) as flip sides of the same coin. Indeed, there’s a bit of a false equivalency drawn here between Sir Lionel’s desire to join the Optimates Club – a group that embodies everything bad about Victorian culture – and Susan’s wish to track down his relatives (the Yetis) in Shangri-La, so he won’t have to be alone anymore.

Missing Link‘s supporting characters are similarly rough in their presentation, beginning with Zoe Saldana as the movie’s female lead, Adelina Fortnight. Essentially the Marion Ravenwood to Sir Lionel’s Indiana Jones, Adelina ends up having little to do other than provide emotional support for Lionel and scoff at the idea that she’s a damsel… while constantly needing to be rescued, over and over. Saldana does perfectly fine voice work in the role all the same, as does Stephen Fry as the Optimates Club’s president and the film’s main villain, Lord Piggot-Dunceb. Missing Link is cheerfully satirical in the way it portrays Piggot-Dunceb and his peers as being comically regressive and conceited in their perspectives and manner, but for the most part the comedy feels pretty toothless. Basically, at this point, mocking Victorian Brits for being chauvinistic colonialists feels like an uninspired way to go about holding up a mirror to the problems in the world today.

Still, there’s no denying that Missing Link might be Laika’s most beautiful-looking film to date (which, after movies like Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, is really saying something). Butler and his team of animators here bring settings as varied as smucky Victorian England to the wild Pacific Northwest and the majestic Himalayas to truly visually striking life, using an array of bold hues and intricately-detailed miniature sets. The studio’s stop-motion animation has never been more fluid and expressive either, even as they continue to eschew realism in favor of more stylized character designs and shapes/faces. On the other hand, it’s all the easeir to be frustrated by the film’s underwhelming plotting and character development when you consider how much time, hard-work, and passion was clearly poured into bringing this story to life.

All things considered, though, Missing Link is a perfectly sturdy film bolstered by its lovely animation. While it’s missing the emotional depth and rich themes of the studio’s better offerings, fans will no doubt appreciate Laika’s ongoing commitment to filling their movies with strange characters and equally weird humor (some more adult in nature than others). Those who are interested are encouged to see the film on the big screen, where they can really appreciate the sheer amount of detail that’s been poured into evey nook and cranny of its universe. After all, if the movie’s a success, then we may yet get another ten years of enjoyably oddball features from the studio.

Missing Link begins playing in U.S. theaters on Thursday evening, April 11. It is 95 minutes long and is rated PG for action/peril and some mild rude humor.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!


2019-04-07 10:04:28

Sandy Schaefer

8 Actors Besides Oscar Isaac That Would Make A Great Lead Solid Snake

While fans of the Metal Gear Solid games by Hideo Kojima have been pining for a proper movie adaptation for years now, Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts seems to finally be getting a chance to bring Snake and any number of characters to the big screen. But with a property like Metal Gear Solid, an adaptation was never going to be so easy. Will they decide to bring back Naked Snake (who you may remember from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater), Big Boss (MGS 5: Phantom Limb), or Solid Snake from the original games? Maybe all three? From what little we’ve heard about the film so far, it sounds like it may span across multiple generations and deviate from a typical story structure. Regardless of what happens, let’s hope they can cast the lead actor who can take on the tough role.

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8 Andrew Lincoln

While fans of The Walking Dead have known for years the caliber of performance that Andrew Lincoln can put on as a man trying to bring about order in a world on the brink of collapse, we haven’t seen much else from him since his time at AMC. Casting Lincoln in the role of Snake would give the actor a chance to show a wider audience exactly what he’s capable of. There are definitely some similarities between Lincoln’s character on The Walking Dead, Rick Grimes, and Snake that could help to bring an authenticity to the role that Lincoln has spent years working on.

7 Chris Evans

Chris Evans is another actor that has had years of practice playing the soldier fighting to stop to end of the world. But with his contract with Marvel coming to a close, he’s sure to be on the hunt for new and exciting projects. If you’re at all familiar with Chris Evans’ work, then you know he’s peppered all throughout the cinematic adaptations of geek culture. From Scott Pilgrim to Captain America himself, it almost makes too much sense that he’d hop into the role of another famous icon in geek culture. Who knows what we’ll see Evans in next, but whatever it is, you can bet it won’t be too long before he jumps back into the geek landscape.

6 Diego Luna

This one is a bit of a long shot, but should the filmmakers be looking to add some diversity to the role, Deigo Luna would make a perfect fit. From his recent roles in Star War: Rogue One & Narcos, it’s pretty clear to see that Luna is capable of portraying the tough soldier endlessly fighting the good (or bad) fight. While Luna is not as physically imposing as some of the other actors of this list, he could bring a complexity to the character that would accentuate Snake’s analytical and tactical skills rather than focusing exclusively on his CQC prowess. We know that Luna has the acting chops to lead (or possibly co-lead) a franchise of films based on the Metal Gear Solid game series, the only real question is who would be cast as the Otacon to his Snake.

5 Dylan O’Brien

While Dylan O’Brien is definitely the youngest actor on our list, he’s certainly got the experience to back a claim to a potentially highly physical role like that of Snake. While some of O’Brien’s recent films like the Maze Runner trilogy and American Assassin weren’t terribly well-received by critics, they gave the young actor the opportunity to highlight and develop his skills for playing roles demanding of such astonishing physicality, which we can assume the role of Snake will be as well.

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We’ve already watched as O’Brien led one franchise through to its conclusion, and another bonus of hiring an actor so young is being able to illustrate Snake’s growth throughout a series of films. There’s certainly plenty of Hideo Kojima’s story to tell.

4 Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal has had the type of career where he’s been able to play just about any role. From a traumatized marine sniper to a time-traveling schizophrenic high schooler, and even a supervillain. It’s tough to imagine a role that Gyllenhaal couldn’t pick up. He’s definitely got the range to play a complicated and long-lasting role like that of Snake, but with casting still up in the air, it’s hard to say who exactly they’ll be looking at for the iconic role. Regardless of who director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and Hideo Kojima (a close friend of Vogt-Roberts) are looking at for the role, Gyllenhaal is certainly the caliber of actor that could really bring the role (and possibly the franchise) to life.

3 Hugh Jackman

While Hugh Jackman has given up on the role of Logan due to the excessive physical demands of the role, there’s not much stopping him from taking on the role of a character like Big Boss and portraying the character much later in his mercenary career. Big Boss, as we see all throughout Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, is no stranger to the phrase “if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself”. As we see, however, he’s not as agile and quick as he used to be. The years have noticeably taken their toll on the aging soldier. Something we’ve seen Jackman pull off to near perfection.

2 Christain Bale

Okay, this one is mostly wish-fulfillment. We know beyond any shadow of a doubt that Christain Bale can pretty much carry just about any film he’s a part of. The dedication to his craft absolutely bleeds through every single role he disappears into. Few other actors could likely bring the role of Snake to life in the form or fashion that Bale could.

RELATED: Metal Gear Solid Movie Will Embrace The Weird and Supernatural

While Vogt-Jordan has released some concept art with an eerily Bale-esque Snake hidden behind the wreckage of a car, he made certain to remind fans that casting was still up in the air and the concept art should in no way be taken as a casting announcement. We can dream though, right?

1 Mads Mikkelsen

If his role in Death Stranding is any indication of his relationship with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, then we can assume that Mads Mikkelsen must be on the shortlist for actors being considered to take on the role of Big Boss. Vogt-Roberts has already hinted that he would like the film to contain multiple generations of a story so that he can better illustrate the cycle of violence perpetrated throughout time. If you’re still not convinced that Mikkelson deserves the role, then I’ll simply refer you to the later portion of Netflix’s Polar adaptation (minor spoilers), after his character, The Black Kaiser, gets his eyepatch. If that’s not Big Boss himself, in the flesh, then I don’t know who is.

NEXT: 15 Crazy Things Fans Don’t Know About Metal Gear Solid


2019-03-16 03:03:02

Danny Hernandez

Kevin Feige Sees Great Potential for The Skrulls in The MCU’s Future

Warning! SPOILERS for Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige teases the Skrulls future in the MCU after their official debut in Captain Marvel. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel introduces the franchise’s first headlining female superhero, but it also serves as the proper entry of the shape-shifting extraterrestrials to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And now that they’re finally here, fans are expecting to see them again moving forward.

Set in 1995, Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers’ story as she comes back to her home planet after having been brainwashed and programmed to be a Kree warrior member of the Starforce. At that time, Earth is caught in the middle of the ongoing brutal war between the Kree and the Skrulls. The Skrulls are positioned to be the movie’s primary antagonist, supposedly using their unique ability to infiltrate and eventually take over the world with Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) as their leader. But as it turns out, they were only trying to retrieve a piece of technology that would help them find their own settlement away from the abusive Kree Empire.

Related: Captain Marvel Review: A Marvelous, Empowering MCU Origin Story

By the end of the film, Danvers has fully switched sides, helping the Skrulls with their endeavor and battling her old allies in Yon Rogg (Jude Law) and the rest of Starforce. She leaves Earth to accompany Talos and his people find a brand new home. It’s unknown whether or not the Skrulls were able to get their own planet, but Feige teases that (unsurprisingly) Captain Marvel will not be the last time fans will see the Skrulls in the MCU, saying in a recent interview with ComicBook.com:

“Just like not all humans are bad, and not all humans are good, I think Skrulls probably have a variety of moralities amongst them. When they can do what they can do, it probably gets very tempting. So, it’s fun to have introduced this concept and see where it goes.

“As we saw in the tag, she’s [Captain Marvel] with us now in the present day. But those intervening years between her soaring off with Talos and answering Fury’s call, we think is ripe with potential for storytelling.”

Many took the Skrulls arrival in the MCU as laying the groundwork for a potential Secret Invasion big screen adaptation. The trailers for Captain Marvel painted them in a bad light and that made for an effectively executed plot twist in the movie. But now that people know that they’re not all that bad, it’s curious how Feige and his team are planning to incorporate them in future films. Considering how they’re tightly linked to Danvers (at least Talos’ and his people), they could factor again in her future solo adventures after she joins the fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Endgame.

Despite establishing that Skrulls aren’t evil in one film, that’s not to say that they can’t be villains in future MCU movies. As Feige pointed out, they “have a variety of moralities amongst them.” It’s safe to say that Captain Marvel only introduced a fraction of their race, and surely there’s more of them scattered in the galaxy – as briefly mentioned by Talos. Perhaps, some of them have even made their way to Earth. Hopefully, those who did are peace-seeking ones like Talos and his people, but for the sake of storytelling, there’s always the possibility that those roaming around the world are as ruthless as they were initially portrayed to be.

More: Captain Marvel’s 10 Biggest Spoilers

Source: ComicBook.com


2019-03-09 09:03:21

Ana Dumaraog

The Last Jedi Was Great (But Still Ruined Star Wars Fandom)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a great film, but it still ended up ruining the franchise’s fandom. As difficult as this may be to believe, a year has now passed since Rian Johnson’s installment in the Skywalker saga opened in theaters. Continuing the story established in the record-breaking The Force Awakens, many viewers were excited to see how the narrative would continue, spending two years formulating their own theories about what the future held for Rey, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, and others. Few would have predicted what Johnson had in store – for better or worse.

Debates about the director’s bold and ambitious creative choices rage on to this day, with many feeling they either necessarily moved the series forward in exciting ways or killed the movies by blatantly disregarding what came before. Based on The Last Jedi’s critical reception, $1.3 billion box office gross, and Kathleen Kennedy green lighting a new Star Wars trilogy from Johnson, it’s safe to say Lucasfilm like how things turned out with what ended up being a polarizing film. But for all its merits, Episode VIII still broke the fandom (though that isn’t entirely the film’s fault).

The Last Jedi Is A Great Star Wars Film

One of the most common criticisms about The Force Awakens was that it felt very safe in some respects. Yes, there were some risky decisions (hinging the entire first act on the new cast of characters, limiting Luke’s return to a single scene at the end), but it was quite intentionally a soft reboot of A New Hope, designed to remind audiences why they fell in love with Star Wars in the first place. The results proved that approach worked, but even those who loved The Force Awakens knew the next episode couldn’t simply be an Empire Strikes Back redux. People wanted to see something new that pushed boundaries and broke new ground.

Related: The Last Jedi Is A Reverse Phantom Menace

The Last Jedi was certainly that. While there were some noticeable parallels to the previous movies in the saga, Johnson looked to help the franchise evolve with a story that both honored the past and subverted many expectations viewers had going in. In many ways, Episode VIII was a challenging film that strayed far from the confines of the typical blockbuster. It was a movie about our protagonists dealing with the consequences of failure and the difficult choices they have to make in trying times. It was a movie that returned Star Wars to its roots by shedding the franchise’s over-reliance on all-important bloodlines and told the audience a hero could come from anywhere – even if they were born to two junk traders who sold their child off for drinking money. The Last Jedi also – smartly – subverted expectations with some ingenious twists (like the Snoke death) that pushed the narrative forward in a way where anything can happen in Episode IX. Johnson didn’t entirely wipe the slate clean, but J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio have numerous possibilities at their fingertips.

It should be noted that The Last Jedi isn’t a great film for the simple reason that it was different. That’s part of it, but The Last Jedi was also an incredible sequel to The Force Awakens. Johnson took his responsibility seriously and built off what was introduced in Abrams’ film. Every character arc in The Last Jedi can be traced back to its predecessor. Poe Dameron is the hotshot pilot in need of a lesson in leadership. Finn selfishly wants to fly off with Rey instead of aiding the Resistance’s cause. Rey and Kylo Ren are still trying to figure out their respective places in the universe and how that connects to their past. And, of course, the controversial Luke storyline is rooted deeply in Force Awakens concepts. Skywalker intentionally removed himself from the fight during his friends’ time of need. The only good explanation for that would be if he endured something horrifying and traumatic – like his absolute failure of Ben Solo. If Luke gallantly picked up the sword as soon as Rey arrived, then his exile would have been exceptionally contrived and meaningless. Viewers needed to meet him at his lowest point in order for the payoff of his sacrifice on Crait to connect.

In the aftermath of The Last Jedi, many accused Johnson of retconning numerous elements Abrams set up, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Besides Luke, Johnson also stayed true to The Force Awakens’ dialogue about Rey’s parentage. Remember, it’s Maz Kanata who tells Rey that her family is never coming back and she needs to look ahead for the belonging she so desperately desires. Even the disappointment surrounding Snoke’s murder stemmed more from the plethora of fan theories about the Supreme Leader’s backstory than anything that was concretely presented in The Force Awakens. Snoke was positioned as some sort of Emperor surrogate, but there was nothing that said he had to be the sequel trilogy’s big bad. Killing him allowed Snoke to fulfill his true purpose (to this story, anyway) of being a red herring and a stepping stone for Kylo Ren’s journey. If Snoke were still in the picture, Episode IX would almost have to be a Return of the Jedi redux where the all-powerful dark side user is thwarted. But now, Kylo Ren (the most interesting character in the modern films) can have even more of the spotlight in an enhanced role.

Page 2: How The Last Jedi Broke Star Wars Fandom

The Last Jedi Broke Star Wars Fandom

Johnson knew he didn’t want to make a “conventional” Star Wars movie when he got the Episode VIII job. He wanted to craft something that he would like to see as a fan – something that would thrill, entertain, and even surprise viewers. In a way, that’s what The Empire Strikes Back did in 1980, receiving polarizing reviews as viewers left the theater seeing their favorite heroes fail (sound familiar?), trying to make sense of the open-ended finale, and reeling from the Darth Vader twist. Today, decades after its release where fans have had plenty of time to marinate on Empire, it’s hailed as the best entry in the entire franchise. But at the time of its release, it was divisive like The Last Jedi is right now.

Related: Star Wars Theory – Vader Corrupted Kylo Ren, Not Snoke

And it’s one thing for a movie to be divisive. Especially when something as massive as Star Wars is involved, it’s impossible to please everyone. Individual tastes are subjective, and the millions of Star Wars fans around the globe had their own ideas for what they wanted to see in The Last Jedi. Conversations and debates about a film’s happenings are commonplace and quite typical. However, a case can be made things went a bit too far in the case of The Last Jedi. The discourse was particularly toxic, going well beyond intentionally sabotaging the film’s audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Extreme instances of distaste for the movie boiling over included constant harassment of Johnson and star Kelly Marie Tran (who ended up deleting her Instagram after numerous attacks), the call for Kathleen Kennedy to be fired from her position as Lucasfilm president, and even a petition demanding The Last Jedi be removed from Star Wars canon. There’s also a case to be made the Last Jedi discussion had (some) negative impact on Solo, as evidenced by Ron Howard retweeting praise for the spinoff that simultaneously bashed The Last Jedi. Overall, it was a nasty few months that highlighted the worst the fandom had to offer. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of the film, obviously, but there was no need for things to reach this point.

In many ways, it bore resemblance to the reaction to the prequels – only amplified due to the presence of social media. Instead of George Lucas ruining childhoods, it was Johnson ruining all of Star Wars. It speaks to a larger fundamental issue with the fandom; everyone has their own ideas of what Star Wars “is” and what they want to see happen. There’s a strong sense of ownership over the property Star Wars fans feel, virtually unlike anything else in the film industry. Yes, all major franchises have passionate fandoms, but Star Wars arguably leads the pack in that department – and it affects conversation about the movies. Rather than talking about the actual content of the film, it becomes more about how it lined up (or didn’t) with expectations. Some people became so possessive of Rey and Snoke theories that they found it difficult to accept anything that diverged from that path. When The Last Jedi deviated from their idea of Star Wars, things boiled over. It didn’t matter how compelling or fascinating Johnson’s ideas were. They angered certain circles of the fan base because viewers couldn’t compartmentalize and accept there was more than one way the story could go.

And, honestly, The Last Jedi was doomed to this fate from the very beginning. As stated earlier, fans had two years to ruminate on The Force Awakens and develop hypotheses (however farfetched) for what would happen next. Last Jedi would have been just as divisive if Rey turned out to be Luke’s estranged daughter from a broken marriage or Obi-Wan Kenobi’s granddaughter (which would have required retcon acrobatics to explain in convincing manner). In that case, the people who loved Johnson for breaking from tradition and freeing Star Wars would have blasted him for rehashing tired tropes. If Supreme Leader Snoke was really Darth Plagueis, it would have appeased corners of the fan base who yearn for everything to be connected, but wouldn’t have sit well with others. All Johnson could do was put his head down, cancel out all the noise, and make the best film he felt was possible. He was never attempting to insult anyone or deliberately prove popular fan theories wrong (he was writing the script well before The Force Awakens opened in theaters). Like any director on any film, he was just trying to do a job.

It’s also worth pointing out that the worst of the Last Jedi dissenters are not wholly indicative of the Star Wars fan base at large. In a recent social media post, Johnson thanked viewers for the past year and has repeatedly said many of his interactions with viewers have been positive. That said, there’s no denying the fan community is in a less harmonious place now than it was a couple years ago, riding off the highs of the nostalgia-driven Force Awakens and Rogue One. Hopefully, Episode IX will be able to soothe things over next December and end the saga on a high note. After all, part of the reason why Empire was so divisive initially is because audiences didn’t know how the story ended. The same can be said about The Last Jedi, and its final reputation has yet to be decided.

More: The Last Jedi’s Trailers Created The Star Wars Backlash



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2018-12-17 02:12:21

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Interview – R.L. Stine

Halloween is just around the corner, and to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year there’s a new Goosebumps movie arriving in theaters – Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. The movie features a new cast of kids – played by Jeremy Ray Taylor (IT), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) – who discover a lost Goosebumps book in a hidden room and unwittingly unleash a new season of terror, as Slappy the Dummy brings Halloween costumes to life and wreaks havoc on the city.

Jack Black reprises his role as Goosebumps author R.L. Stine in Haunted Halloween , so to celebrate the movie’s release, Screen Rant spoke to the real R.L. Stine to find out about the new monsters on parade, and ask whether Black’s curmudgeonly portrayal of the author is accurate.

Related: Watch the Trailer For Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

I have to ask, because the movie’s about a secret Goosebumps book hidden in a box – is there actually a secret Goosebumps book somewhere out there?

R.L. Stine: No. I wish [laughs]. I wish there were some extra ones somewhere that I could pull out. No, no secret book… But it’s kind of creepy, these two boys go into this house and knock over something and find this book and it’s locked, and they unlock it. And that starts all the action. All the horrible action.

Are there any Goosebumps monsters in this movie that we didn’t see in the last one?

Stine: Well, there are gummy bears [laughs]. They didn’t have gummy bears. After the first one I said, “How will we ever do a sequel? You used every single monster in the first movie!” There was nothing left. But yes, there are some. There’s an ogre, for one thing. We didn’t have an ogre in the first one. And my very favorite scene is the one with the gummy bears. Cute little gummy bears and then they turn into monsters.

But they’re so cute, what harm could they possibly do?

Stine: Well, they grow teeth for one thing. And then they all stick together and become a huge blob and attack people. It’s a wonderful scene [laughs]. Very proud of that!

It seems like there aren’t a lot of scary movies aimed at kids, since so many horror movies involve blood and gore. Is there a special trick to terrifying kids?

Stine: No, it’s the same as for grown-ups, I think. I think it’s surprise, it’s travelling into the unknown where you don’t really know what’s next and you can’t see what’s coming up, and it’s a lot of twists and turns. I think it’s the same as doing horror for adults.

There’s a whole new cast of kids in this movie. Can you tell us a bit about them?

Stine: Well, there’s a delightful boy who’s building a replicas of Tesla’s lab, because Tesla’s real lab is actually in their town. And he’s fiddling with the electricity and he keeps blowing out all the electricity in the house, but he’s determined to do it. And his doing this leads to an amazing scene near the end at Tesla’s real lab. It’s a real Frankenstein type lab. I went to Atlanta, where we filmed the film… and they showed me these sets. These guys are geniuses! They built this amazing Frankenstein’s lab… I couldn’t believe what these guys could build. It was incredible.

So Slappy the Dummy is the ringleader in this movie again. What is it about Slappy that people love so much?

Stine: I don’t really get it [laughs]. I don’t know why a dummy coming to life is so scary. But people are really frightened of him, and he’s so popular now that every other Goosebumps book has to be a Slappy book. I think I’ve written about fourteen of them [laughs]. It doesn’t get any easier to think of plots about a dummy coming to life.

Maybe it’s also because he likes to insult people. People like comedy roasts, so maybe that’s why they like Slappy.

Stine: Well that’s why I like to write him – he’s really an insult comedian. That’s why I love writing him, because he’s so rude!

Do you think kids are easier to scare than adults, or harder?

Stine: Probably easier. Probably don’t have to work as hard to scare them. But you know, my audience – seven to twelve year-olds – I get them the last time in their lives they’ll ever be enthusiastic. And then when they turn twelve, they have to be cool… and they’re gone. But before then they love writing to an author, they love reading, they love hearing from you, they love going to things… it’s just the best audience.

Was Jack Black’s portrayal of you in the first movie accurate?

Stine: I love Jack. Not accurate at all! Nothing accurate. But he’s a great guy, I thought he was wonderful. He flew to New York in a blizzard to meet me, to try to figure out how he was going to play the character. And we had lunch and he was like, looking at me, right? [Laughs] And then he said, “Bob… what about the script is true about you?” And I said, “Nothing, not one thing, none of it’s true!” And he said, “I’m going to be a sinister version of you.” And that’s what he decided to do.. And then when it started filming he started talking like Orson Welles, right? He does, in that first film, and I said, “Jack, I’m from Ohio, I don’t sound like that!” But I thought it was really fun. What a weird thing, to be a character in a movie.

Seeing as, unlike Jack’s version of you, you don’t hate kids – is there a favorite interaction with a young fan that you’ve had?

Stine: I’ve had way too many. I’m just so lucky. Because I go out, I really talk to kids, I go to schools, and I really do like kids. And you know, I have a son and I have a grandson, who’s four and hilarious. And he’s taking after my son, he won’t read my books. That’s my son’s claim to fame, he never read one. Isn’t that horrible?

Does he tell you that all the time?

Stine: He bragged about it, how he never read one!

You should write him into a book so that he has to read it.

Stine: I did! I made him the star of a Fear Street book, it was a vampire book, and he was the star and he didn’t read that one either. In the very last paragraph of the book he gets bit in the neck. [Laughs] I got my revenge!

More: Read Screen Rant’s Review of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween arrives in theaters this weekend.



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2018-10-11 04:10:45 – Hannah Shaw-Williams

Harry Potter: 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy

Draco Malfoy is one of the most memorable secondary characters in the Harry Potter movies and books. It may be due to his irredeemable and despicable behaviour,as everyone loves a good villain. It could also be the appeal of actor Tom Felton in the movies, and all the subsequent fan fiction they have produced.

However, not a lot is revealed about him in the books, and less even less is shown on screen, leaving him a mystery. We do know that his family has an unhealthy obsession with their pure blood heritage and an unflinching loyalty to Voldemort. One thing that we also know is that during his sixth year, Draco became even more villainous. He was given the task of assassinating Dumbledore and allowing the Death Eaters access to his present school, Hogwarts.

Some aspects that remained more hidden, though, including the origins of his name, which has links to the Hogwarts motto. His talents in transfiguration, charms, potions, and Occlumency are also never fully explored or known by the average person.

More surprisingly than all of this is the fact that despite being mortal enemies, Draco and Harry only duel twice – and one of them was in the presence of teachers, so it barely counts. Including these examples and every other duel that Draco is involved in, we have discovered that he never wins a single fight. This might be J. K. Rowling highlighting his cowardice and lack of morals that weaken his character ultimately. However, it might also have to do with his particular skillset.

With that said, here are the 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy In Harry Potter.

20 He is a gifted Occlumens

While Harry Potter is undoubtedly a gifted wizard, one of the things he was never able to master was Occlumency. This is the act of closing your mind to anyone who attempts to read it.

Draco managed to surpass his rival by mastering the art of this notoriously tricky skill.

While it may seem peculiar that Draco can keep other wizards out his head while Harry cannot, this is in keeping with his character. J. K. Rowling confirmed that Draco managed to become a gifted Occlumens due to his ability to suppress his emotions. The fact that Draco can excel in this area is only due to his repressed emotional issues that may stem from his dysfunctional family.

19 His name says a lot about his personality

J. K. Rowling puts a lot of thought into her character’s names and the names of locations – and the seemingly bland name of “Draco Malfoy” is no exception upon closer examination if we take a look at its origin on Pottermore.

The name Draco can either be linked to the Latin for “dragon” or the constellation. The word “Draco” is even in Hogwart’s motto: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, “which translates as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Draco’s last name, Malfoy, could have its roots in French, with “mal foi” translating as “unfaithful.” Rowling could have perhaps been a bit more subtle when thinking of names for her villains, however, as “unfaithful dragon” doesn’t leave a lot of space for redemption.

18 He temporarily had control of the Elder Wand

During his sixth year, Draco was given the task of destroying Dumbledore and giving the Death Eaters access into Hogwarts. While he succeeded with the latter, Draco was unable to take the life of the Hogwarts headmaster.However, when confronting Dumbledore, he disarmed the professor, which was a significant action even if Draco did not realize it at the time.

 By disarming Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly had control of the most powerful wand in existence – the Elder Wand.

This was only temporary, though, as Harry later confronts Draco in his house in the Deathly Hallows and disarms him. This meant that control of the Elder Wand was passed down to Harry, who still technically can wield it today. For one brief moment, however, Draco could have been the most powerful wizard in the world.

17 He learnt the Unforgivable Curses

Draco’s sixth year at Hogwarts was a pivotal and important year for the sole Malfoy child. As well as being given the task of overthrowing his school, he was taught the Unforgiveable Curses by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Lestrange, being Draco’s aunt, most likely taught him these forbidden spells to prepare him for his role. We know for certain that Draco can perform Crucio (the torturing spell) and Imperio (the controlling spell). However, it is unclear whether Draco ever learnt the ultimate Unforgiveable Curse: Avada Kedavra, which would destroy the receiver. Though Draco seemed like an antagonist during his first year at Hogwarts, few fans expected him to become such a villain later in the story. However, it could be argued that this was due to the pressures of his family.

16 He is supposedly one of the only Death Eaters who can love

Death Eaters are more ingrained to respond with acts of hate than love. This is hardly surprising, though, considering the amount of carnage and havoc that they have created. However, what is surprising is that even though Draco is a Death Eater, he is supposedly capable of feeling genuine love.

This love manifests itself towards both his parents and his future wife, Astoria Greengrass. This is at odds with the other Death Eaters, whose hate trumps their love. Be it Bellatrix Lestrange or Lucius Malfoy, these individuals are consumed by their service to the Dark Lord. While it could be argued that they love Voldemort, this is closer to worship than a romantic or platonic love.

15 He’s proud of his pure blood family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be incredible, but when it comes to metaphors, it is not very subtle. The fact that some wizarding families, such as the Malfoys, favor those with pure blood is meant to echo the real world prejudices that some hold. Draco’s parents instilled the belief that he is superior to half blood and muggles on him at a young age. This explains his resentment towards Hermione, whom he calls “Mudblud” incessantly.

This hatred for anyone who is not pure blood is a trait that many of the old wizarding families share.

The notable exceptions are Nymphodora Tonks and Sirius Black, who were cast out of the family for their beliefs that muggles and wizards are equal. Draco may not be as hostile towards muggles and muggle-born wizards by the end of the Deathly Hallows, but it is still a prejudice that he cannot escape.

14 He has used a Time Turner

J. K. Rowling may live to regret introducing Time Turners into the Wizarding World. The amount of problems that this device, which was used by Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, could solve is countless. It could be used to stop Voldemort from ever existing or it could be used to bring back beloved characters. However, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it is used by Hermione to ensure that she can go to all her classes and to save Buckbeak.

Having not learnt the amount of plot holes attached to such a device, Rowling revealed the existence of a secret Time Turner belonging to the Malfoys. Without revealing too many details of The Cursed Child, Malfoy uses it successfully, which makes him – alongside Hermione, Harry, Albus, and Scorpius  – one of the few known people to have used a Time Turner.

13 He has a Dark Mark

Some fans believe that it was inevitable for Draco to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Death Eater. He did this sometime between the events of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. We know this since we can clearly see a Dark Mark on his arm during the events before Dumbledore’s assassination. While Dumbledore looked unsurprised to see Draco pointing a wand at him, he did seem surprised by the fact that Draco now had a Dark Mark.

It is not possible to get rid of a Dark Mark, so despite the fact that Draco’s character has since been redeemed, he is not able to reverse the procedure. Draco will forever have the mark of He Who Must Not Be Named on his arm.

12 He was an extremely intelligent student

Although the movies show Draco to be just an arrogant bully, in the books, we see another aspect of Draco – we soon discover that he is an intelligent student, too. While Harry was always picked on in Potions due to Snape’s hatred for him, Draco was always the teacher’s pet.

Whether he was actually better than Harry is debatable, though, as Snape never gave the Gryffindor student a fair chance. However, one subject where Malfoy definitely excelled was in Charms, in which he was described as equally intelligent as Hermione.During his sixth year, he managed to cast the extremely difficult Protean charm. The only other person in the class who could cast it was Hermione.

11 He was supposed to get along with Harry

Draco and Harry were supposed to get along. According to Pottermore, Draco’s birthday is June 5, which makes him a Gemini. Meanwhile, Harry’s birthday is July 31, which makes him a Leo.

These two star signs are meant to get along with one another and are even able to become close friends.

During their first meeting, there was definitely potential for them to become friends, as Malfoy extends a hand of friendship to Harry. However, Harry sensed Draco’s arrogance and hostility and rejected him. Despite this, the fact that their star signs match up so well may have been a coincidence on behalf of J. K. Rowling. Or perhaps it could have been a hint that had Harry Potter shaken Draco’s hand, they could have formed an evil alliance.

10 He really wished he was the heir of Slytherin

While it may be obvious that the heir of Slytherin could only be Voldemort in hindsight, there was a lot of speculation over who it could be. During the events of Chamber of Secrets, many students thought that Harry was the heir due to his Parseltongue abilities.

Harry himself believed that Draco was the heir and took Polyjuice Potion in order to investigate. However, Draco admitted he was not the heir of Slytherin despite his family’s allegiance to Slytherin and their prejudiced view against Muggles. Although Draco didn’t know who the heir was, he served as nothing more than a pawn of the real heir: Tom Marvolo Riddle. This was still an honor for his family, though.

9 During Half-Blood Prince, he is described as unhealthily pale

Though one of Draco’s defining features is his pale skin, in Half-Blood Prince, he is described as being paler than ever. This is due to the fact that he was assigned by Voldemort to take down Dumbledore and help the Death Eaters infiltrate Hogwarts, which can put a lot of stress on a person.

Since he is the only one able to complete the tasks, he begins to physically show the signs of stress. It is notable to other students, particularly Harry, who notices his rapid deterioration over the course of sixth year. Before Half-Blood Prince was filmed, Tom Felton was told that he wasn’t allowed to come back tanned from holiday. His paleness may also draw some parallel’s to Voldemort’s own appearance, as some fans have spectated that Draco becomes more gaunt by committing evil deeds.

8 He wanted to use alchemy to become a better man

Alchemy is an ancient practice. Because of this, it is shielded in mystery. However, it principally involves turning lead into gold. For some reason, Draco became heavily invested in Alchemy after he left Hogwarts.

Post-Deathly Hallows, Draco settled down with his wife and child and began to study Alchemy. Being the heir of his family fortune and the Malfoy Manor, he did not have to worry about getting a job after school. However, Draco also spent time caring for his wife, Astoria, who was ill due to a curse that was put on her ancestors. While at home, Draco soon became fascinated by alchemical manuscripts. According to Pottermore, Draco’s obsession with Alchemy was pure – he wished to use it to become a better man.

7 He is never seen winning a duel

Despite Draco and Harry being sworn enemies during their time in Hogwarts, they only face off against each other twice. Their first duel happens during their second year in front of other second year students. However, Snape and Lockhart intervene after a snake is conjured by Malfoy. When Draco and Harry next duel, it nearly results in the demise of Malfoy during Half-Blood Prince.

During the events of Order of the Phoenix, Ginny and Draco also duel, which results in Draco losing his wand.

The final duel we see Draco participate in is during Deathly Hallows, when Hermione gets the better of him. At least during his youth, it was clear that Draco’s arrogance was just used as a shield.

6 He was a Prefect

A Hogwarts prefect is meant to inspire the younger students and act as a role model to them. By definition, Harry Potter would be the ideal Prefect for Gryffindor students, or any house for that matter. However, throughout his six years at Hogwarts, he is never given the coveted Prefect badge. While students like Percy Weasley may be obvious choices to become prefects, characters like Draco Malfoy aren’t typically expected to obtain the badge.

Draco is not a character that you typically associate with good morals, leadership, or as a role model. Regardless, Draco does become a prefect. Perhaps this was done by J. K. Rowling to show us that Draco did make for a decent leader, despite his lack of morals. In fact, some fans speculate that by giving Draco the badge, Rowling was not giving up on him.

5 He has ice grey eyes in the books, but Tom Felton has blue eyes in the movies

In the books, Draco is described as having platinum blonde hair and ice grey eyes. There are many parallels between Voldemort and his army and the Axis leaders and their army in WWII, so it makes sense that Draco would look like this.  However, in real life, the actor who brought Draco Malfoy to life on the big screen, Tom Felton, looks nothing like this. Felton has brown hair and blue eyes. Because of this, he had to dye his hair blonde for the movies.

Similarly, Daniel Radcliffe did not have Harry Potter’s green eyes. However, he found the contact lenses too painful to wear so the movies were filmed without them. Though not many fans may remember Draco’s eye color from the books, Harry’s eyes are constantly referred to in both the books and movies, which makes it even more noticeable.

4 He was unable to produce a Patronus

Though anyone can find out what their Patronus is on Pottermore, it is not as simple in the Wizarding World. Some wizards and witches are actually unable to produce a Patronus. While we know that Harry’s Patronus is a stag, many fans don’t know what Draco’s is. However, it has since been revealed that Draco is unable to conjure one.

This is apparently a common trait among Death Eaters, as many fans believe that they don’t have enough light and goodness to summon one.

While it has been established that Draco is capable of feeling love, this may not enough to produce the special charm. J. K. Rowling has also mentioned that Death Eaters are unable to produce a Patronus because Voldemort controls Dementors anyway.

3 He is a master of Transfiguration

Transfiguration is known to be a difficult class to pass at Hogwarts. After all, we see how hard it is for Ron to transform Scabbers into a grail in the movies. However, Draco is an accomplished hand at this craft. We see signs of this during his second year duel against Harry.

When they face each other in the Great Hall, Draco manages to summon a snake that slithers menacingly towards Harry. If it had not been for Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, he might have been attacked by the snake. In his later years, Draco even manages to transform Harry into a doppëlganger of Voldemort, which is an extremely complex charm. While the movies do not emphasize Draco’s intelligence, it remains clear in the books that he should not be underestimated.

2 His love life is fairly ambiguous

Draco’s love life is left relatively ambiguous in both the Harry Potter movies and the books. The only girl we see Draco talk to in the books and movies is Pansy Parkinson, who is described as the closest Draco comes to a girlfriend in the books. However, it is never actually confirmed that Pansy is his girlfriend in the series. At one point, the books describe a scene where Pansy is resting her head on Draco’s lap, but this is the closest we ever see them get.

While Draco eventually marries Astoria, little is known about how they met or even when they married. However, we do know that his parents disapproved of Astoria and that she was kind, and taught their son Scorpius to respect others (including muggles).

1 He is the only person Voldemort is known to have hugged

One of the most sinister Voldemort moments happens when he tries to honor one of his followers. This moment occurs during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort demands loyalty from the students of Hogwarts.

In a gesture of goodwill, Voldemort slowly and awkwardly brings Draco into an embrace in front of his followers. Understandably, Draco looks absolutely terrified, since the Dark Lord has never shown affection of any kind before. This is the only known instance of a Death Eater – or anyone for that matter – receiving a hug from Voldemort.

Are there any other interesting facts about Draco Malfoy’s body in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-11 04:10:43 – Dan Struthers