Nearly three decades into her record-shattering career, Mariah Carey knows a thing or two about endurance. It’s almost a full minute into “The Distance,” the latest track from her 15th album, Caution, before the elastic midtempo beat drops, by which point Mariah—ever the over-achiever—has already blown through a cheerleader chant, the first verse, and a pre-chorus.
Currently, Red Dead Redemption sits as our number two greatest game of all time, so there’s more than a little chomping at the bit in the lead up to the release of its prequel, Red Dead Redemption II, on October 26. To help tide things over—or perhaps to refocus attention away from questions about Rockstar’s “100-hour-week” labor practices—there’s a new minute-long trailer designed to sell the game’s cinematic and western bona fides.
In our review of 2016’s Battlefield 1, we were impressed with the Battlefield series’s renewed focus on character, noting that the game’s War Stories mode offers a wide variety of personal, well, war stories, from “the wearisome recollections of a grizzled Australian commander desperate to keep his idealistic, hero-worshipping aide alive…to the woes of a mountaineering member of the Italian Arditi trying to reach his brother’s infantry unit.”
Pop icon and political activist Barbra Streisand takes aim at President Donald Trump in the lyric video for “Don’t Lie to Me,” the first single from her 36th studio album, the pointedly titled Walls. Written and directed by Streisand, the video intersperses lyrics from the song—which include bon mots such as “Why can’t you feel the tears I cried today?/Cried today, cried today”—with scenes of environmental disasters, the March for Our Lives rallies, and protests over Supreme Court Justice, proud beer guzzler, and alleged sexual predator Brett Kavanaugh.
Mary Lambert’s Pet Sematary, which was released the same year as the filmmaker made Madonna’s iconic “Like a Prayer” video, hasn’t aged as well as other Stephen King adaptations from the era. As such, it will come as a surprise to no one that a remake is on the horizon. Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer from a screenplay by David Kajganich and Jeff Buhler, the new Pet Sematary follows a doctor, Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), and his wife, Rachel (Amy Seimetz), who stumble upon a mysterious burial ground near their family’s new home in rural Maine. Tragedy naturally strikes, forcing Louis to turn to an unusual neighbor (played by the reliably unusual John Lithgow) and in the process unleashing an unfathomable evil that will no doubt have hyperbolic consequences.
“Humanity has learned nothing from its mistakes,” announces Left Alive. It’s practically a grim assessment of America in 2018, though the game takes place in the ruins of a proxy war fought in December 2127. Politics being as they are, while this might not be the game that enthusiasts of the tactical RPG Front Mission were expecting—the two share the same fictional universe—survival action shooter Left Alive may be the game they deserve.
Joseph Kahn’s Bodied, the music video auteur’s first feature since 2011’s Detention, premiered way back in 2017 as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s “Midnight Madness” section to generally favorable reviews. Since then, the film has made pitstops at Fantastic Fest, AFI Fest, and, most recently, the Melbourne International Film Festival. The satirical film tells the story of how a progressive grad student, Adam Merkin (played by American Vandal‘s Calum Worthy), becomes an accidental battle rapper and whose success breeds outrage. Bodied also stars Jackie Long, Shoniqua Shandai, Walter Perez, and Rory Uphold, with special appearances by such well-known battle rappers as Dizaster, Dumbfoundead, and Hollow Da Don.
When it comes to all things Kingdom Hearts, our feelings toward the franchise are torn between intense cynicism—darkness, if you will—and unabashed joy. True to form, Square Enix’s announcement today of Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far falls somewhere between those two extremes.
From the moment the Oslo-based developer and publisher Funcom first teased Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden with a cinematic trailer back in February, we’ve been looking forward to seeing the game in action. It’s one thing to be charmed by a trailer in which an anthropomorphized duck with duct tape patching up its bill looks hungrily at a scavenged can of ham before shamefully putting it back down upon meeting the eyes of its pistol-packing porcine companion; it’s another to be charmed by the actual gameplay.
On the slinky heels of last month’s buzz song “GTFO,” Mariah Carey has released “With You,” the lead single from her first album since 2014’s under-appreciated Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse. Neither song sounds like a potential hit, but the former was at least a fresh direction for the singer, due in large part to a sleek sample of Porter Robinson’s EDM track “Goodbye to the World” and Mariah’s nonchalant performance and signature sense of camp. “With You,” on the other hand, doubles down on the formula established by Mariah’s 2005 comeback single “We Belong Together,” which she’s been trying to replicate in one form or another for over a decade.