The next generation of gaming consoles is finally, finally here. The PS4 and the Xbox One are both lovely in their own lovely ways, but you'd be crazy to get both. So which one—if any—do you pick? Advertisement If you just wanna play some gat dang games Both the PS4 and the Xbox One are fantastic at playing games. A whole hell of a lot better than your old 360 or PS3, and probably better than your PC if you don't have a real, tricked out gaming rig. Moreover, since the Xbox One and the PS4 share a x86 architecture this time around, they are more alike than they've ever been. But the PS4 has one big advantage over the Xbox One if literally all you care about is bleep bloop and pew pew. At $400, the PS4 comes in a hundred bucks cheaper than its Microsoft competitor. Sure, you miss out on a few Kinect bells and whistles, but none that are central to the gaming experience. The PS4's guts can churn out a 1080p stunner just as good as any Xbox One, and sometimes even … [Read more...] about Xbox One or PS4?
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Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them about. The actor: Harry Lennix didn’t immediately plan to take his love of acting and turn it into a full-time career—he spent time in the seminary as well as in the classroom as a teacher—but after a number of acclaimed theater performances turned into an on-camera career, there was no turning back. Having amassed a back catalog that includes sci-fi (Dollhouse and the Matrix sequels), Shakespeare (Titus), superhero movies (Man Of Steel), and even a little bit of comedy (Little Britain USA), Lennix has been spending the majority of his time in recent years in prime time, starring as FBI Agent Harold Cooper in NBC’s The Blacklist, which returns for its seventh season on October 4. The Blacklist (2013–present)—“Harold Cooper” The A.V. Club: How did you find … [Read more...] about Harry Lennix has Superman anecdotes involving Henry Cavill
So last week, ESPN canned Bill Simmons. And now everyone’s doing the fun thing where we speculate about where he will end up for the next phase of his career. Where’s ol’ Bill gonna go? Fox? Turner/Bleacher Report? NBC? A boutique startup underwritten by a messianic venture capitalist with a boner for the NBA? Who’s gonna land the Bro Whisperer? He won’t come cheap! This seems like a good moment to point out that, wherever he winds up, it’s going to involve some rich asshole paying $7 million a year for a terrible writer. Bill Simmons is a terrible writer. Pioneering sports blogger! Tasteful employer of excellent writers! Elite podcaster! Good at coming up with documentary series ideas! Lousy writer. His writing is bad and not good. Advertisement Typically, criticism of Simmons’s writing takes the form of apologia. Before he became famous and powerful and got distracted by the life of a celebrity, the narrative goes, he was a talented … [Read more...] about Bill Simmons Is A Shitty Writer
This piece was originally published September 25, 2018 and is part of The A.V. Club’s favorite features of 2018 When I was a poor twentysomething writer in Chicago in the ’90s, I didn’t go to church. I instead worshipped, every weekend, at the altar of Martha Stewart Living. In my frequently semi-hungover state, there was nothing better than Martha’s home improvement show airing on Sunday mornings, reminding me to order my fall bulbs early and to ice my chicken before frying it. Of course, I would do none of those things—I had no yard of my own to plant in, and my culinary pursuits at that point were mainly limited to making hummus and baking cookies—but I, like millions of Americans, remained riveted by Martha Stewart. The Martha of 20-odd years ago was a far cry from the razor-tongued grandmother who now takes down Justin Bieber on comedy roasts. Before Snoop Dogg, before Macy’s, before lying to investigators about a well-time stock sale, … [Read more...] about Martha Stewart Living
Some of Netflix’s true-crime series start with a fascinating case, then expand their focus to engage with larger social issues: Making A Murderer and corruption, for example, or The Keepers and institutional memory. However, in its newest binge-worthy miniseries, Evil Genius: The True Story Of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist—at least, in the two episodes of the series made available for review—the streaming service has decided to eschew deeper meaning, and just take viewers on a ride. Advertisement The story begins on August 28, 2003, when 46-year-old pizza delivery driver Brian Wells was recorded on security cameras walking into the PNC Bank on Peach Street in Erie, Pennsylvania with a strange, bulky object under the collar of his white Guess T-shirt. He presented a pre-written note to a teller explaining that the object was a collar bomb, and demanded $250,000. When the bank was unable to produce the full amount in the stated 15-minute time frame, … [Read more...] about A collar bomb, a frozen body, and an