The Backlash of Time Travel
Avengers: Endgame opened Pandora’s Box with its time heist. For such a high-profile, climactic story, it was strangely casual about the invention of time travel. Sure, there were only a limited amount of Pym Particles and that meant they only had one shot at pulling off the plan, but they had endless prep time and now that everything is copacetic with the post-Thanos universe, there’s nothing preventing the use of more time travel.
Granted, according to the movie’s rules, they can’t outright change the past, but they can still create alternate timelines to deal with the future. By the conclusion of Endgame, Steve Rogers had all the time in the world to send back the Infinity Stones because Hank Pym’s back and that means no more shortage of Pym Particles.
The upcoming Loki series on Disney+ is showing that there are going to be some resistance to willy-nilly time travel thanks to the Time Variance Authority. That’s right, we’ll be seeing time cops soon enough.
Kang antagonizing Ant-Man could honestly hit either extreme when it comes to time travel use. On one hand, Kang could be some kind of ominous authority figure out to oppose the man who ultimately helped invent time travel to begin with. On the other hand, Kang could be the horrible look at what’s possible now that the genie is out of the bottle and skipping through eras is easier than it should be.
Scott Lang saved the universe, but at what cost?
I Illustrate Curious Facts About Animals (12 New Comics)
I love random animal facts. Who doesn’t? I mean, just animals in general are amazing, right? But then there are these little things about each one—facts that, once we hear them, tend to stay in our minds.
And as a person myself for almost four decades, I can’t help but to personify these facts and wonder how they would translate into our less innocent world. So I draw them out in my comic, ZOODRAWS. I hope you enjoy them!
Check out my previous animal comics on Bored Panda here and here.
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Taylor Swift Sent Gigi Hadid’s Daughter a Sweet Gift
Gigi Hadid gave another glimpse of her baby girl with Zayn Malik, just a few days after the couple revealed that she was born the weekend of the 19th. On her Instagram Stories Friday night, the model shared a photo of her daughter’s tiny baby hand over an adorable pink satin blanket, one of the many gifts her friends had sent to celebrate the exciting news. The quilt was handmade by none other than the pair’s longtime friend, “Auntie” Taylor Swift.
“Auntie @taylorswift made this!!,” Gigi wrote on the snap. The new mom only showed a peek of the blanket, but we couldn’t help but notice it looked pretty similar to the one Taylor had gifted Katy Perry’s daughter, Daisy, earlier this month. We wonder if Gigi’s daughter, whose name has yet to be revealed, has a beautiful embroidery on her blanket, as well. Taylor and Gigi’s friendship dates back to 2014, as the model was even a member of the singer’s famous girl squad. The “cardigan” singer also collaborated with Zayn back in 2016 for their hit song, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.” Get a closer look at the sweet gift below.
‘Kajillionaire’ reviews: Miranda July’s ‘best film yet’ is ‘irreverent’ and ‘heartbreaking’
Miranda July‘s latest film “Kajillionaire” is in theaters now and numerous critics are hailing it as the director’s best work to date. The comedy-drama stars Evan Rachel Wood as a young woman who swindles her way through life alongside her scheming parents, played by Academy Award nominees Richard Jenkins and Debra Winger. One day, they bring in a stranger (Gina Rodriguez), after which things become more complicated. This Focus Features title is available in select theaters on Sept. 25 and will come to VOD on Oct. 16.
“Kajillionaire” currently sits at a positive 79 on Metacritic, besting July’s previous two films, “Me and You and Everyone We Know” (2005) and “The Future” (2011). An impressive 28 of 29 reviews are positive with just one mixed and zero negative. The film is at a very fresh 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the critical consensus stating: “Whether you see ‘Kajillionaire’ as refreshingly unique or simply bizarre will depend on your cinematic adventurousness — and fans of writer-director Miranda July wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Numerous critics highlight how the film balances its quirky comedic styling with emotional resonance. Reviewers rave about the film’s “cerebral and irreverent” touch, with July and the cast able to “find humanity lurking within their quirky oddballs.” Even those who weren’t as taken with July’s “more abstract” approach point out the “flashes of brilliance” throughout. Some particularly like the “divine” chemistry between Wood and Rodriguez while Jenkins and Winger “make the most of their small monsters.”
It is possible that like with July’s previous films, “Kajillionaire” could be too outré for the academy’s taste, but with the number of “best film yet” mentions, one could imagine it showing up in year-end lists and at the Independent Spirit Awards, where the director has been recognized before. Check out some key “Kajillionaire” reviews below.
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Eric Kohn (Indiewire): “July’s style is at once cerebral and irreverent, but ‘Kajillionaire’ doesn’t always find the most satisfying way to juggle those dueling tones. However, its spell lingers as July’s biggest concepts take root, and the movie turns from tragic to hopeful at an unlikely moment in tune with the artist’s previous works.”
Tomris Laffly (RogerEbert.com): “The chemistry between Wood’s deep-voiced, reluctant outcast and Rodriguez’s scrappy, vivacious go-getter is so divine that their joint passage is what ultimately sells and counts in ‘Kajillionaire’ … Often hilarious and gradually heartbreaking.”
Leah Greenblatt (Entertainment Weekly): “Jenkins and a nearly unrecognizable Winger make the most of their small monsters, peeling back layers of callousness and calculation to hint at the messier motivations underneath.”
Chris Evangelista (Slashfilm): “July – and her performers – find humanity lurking within their quirky oddballs. There’s also plenty of humor to be had, mostly from Wood’s deadpan delivery.”
Jordan Raup (The Film Stage): “More abstract than her previous films–and therefore, I imagine, off-putting to many–the steady, surreal, and sweet flashes of brilliance in this one-of-a-kind story are enough to sustain interest during some of the more tedious passages.”
Bilge Ebiri (Vulture): “July takes these weird, desperate characters and gives their lives a couple of cosmic twists that serve both to clarify her vision and to expand it. This might be her best film yet.”
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