Here’s what the Heave staff has been into this week!
This on repeat til the break of dawn:
I started playing with an iOS title called Type:Rider this week. You basically play as a colon (the punctuation kind, not the anatomical kind), navigating through the history of typography and different fonts and such. You’ll also pick up history lessons on typography along the way, but the texts tend to be kind of long, so I usually wait to read those in one sitting later on, so as not to interrupt the flow of gameplay. That part is basically platforming done with the game’s theme and some simple controls (left, right, jump). It’s a good time, and definitely different than a lot of games out there.
Today Blue is the Warmest Color opens in New York and Los Angeles from Sundance Selects, with a full (and growing) expansion to theatres across the country starting November 1st. A tale of a young woman growing up and discovering herself with the unexpected trust and guidance of a slightly older lesbian, the film is a love story impressing every man, woman, and critic who sees it, with the characters’ sexuality playing no distraction to being able to see that the film is a beautiful and unforgettable thing of its own. Causing much uproar, controversy, and blushing opinions, Blue has been in the news the past couple of months for a number of things: lead actresses Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos cried they gave up a year of their lives and will never work with director Abdellatif Kechiche again, Kechiche said the film should not even be released to audiences, Kechiche threatened to take “spoiled” Léa Seydoux to court, and caused the New York Times’ lead film critic A.O. Scott to openly scoff at the MPAA’s NC-17 rating slapped onto the film, which Scott’s 14-year-old daughter saw twice at Telluride out of admiration and adoration for the story and its characters. And because of the rating, the IFC Film Center in New York has issued a notice outlining why exactly they won’t be following the MPAA’s “suggestion” and therefore will be allowing high school students under the age of 17 to attend all screenings of Blue – and that they will be honoring all plane and bus tickets from Idaho as admittance to the film since Blue is the Warmest Color was banned in the whole state. If that’s not enough to get you interested, go watch the trailer and read a few reviews and your heart just might melt.
A friend sent me this. It’s a pre-WWF commentator Vincent Kennedy McMahon doing play-by-play for a muscle-man posing competition. And it’s goddamn amazing.