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Stranger Things’ Problem with Mad Max

Stranger Things season two premiered on October 28th. Set in a time when nerd culture — D&D, video game arcades, Ghostbusters — was an underground club of passionate people so devoted to their obsessions they were willing to be bullied incessantly for it, Stranger Things celebrates the creativity and drive of its central characters, Mike, Dustin, and Lucas. The boys solve puzzles mostly because they can connect the dots between D&D and real life. Stranger Things finds success not just from nostalgizing the past, but by being juxtaposed by what nerd culture is today. As evidenced by everything from the Zuckerbergs of the tech world to the multi-billion dollar Marvel franchise, it’s now as lucrative to be a professional nerd as it is fun to be a nerd footsoldier.

But this season we don’t just get the boys — we get a new character who is as real today as she was in 1980: the nerd girl.

The girl in question is named Max. A skateboarding ginger with anger issues, her game of choice is the 1982-classic Dig Dug. Upon discovering Max has beaten their high score at the arcade (Max’s pseudonym: Mad Max), Dustin and Lucas instantly fall for her. After all, she’s a gamer. She’s not like most girls they know; she’s like them Continue reading Stranger Things’ Problem with Mad Max

The Last Jedi is Damn Near Perfect Fanfiction Material. Here’s Why.

After its December 15th debut, The Last Jedi has proven to be one of the most divisive Star Wars films of all time. New problems are pointed out every day, only to be met with disagreement from someone else. The weirdest part about this, though, is where those lines are drawn—and typically, from the bizarre complaints about the modern humor to the cultural anxiety around the diverse main cast, the crack reveals itself to be positioned between the old fandom and the new fandom, not the critics and the fans.

Speaking of fandom: What does the Star Wars fandom look like these days? One might typically interact with two types of people in their daily fandom life: First, the hardcore fan who grew up with the Luke Skywalker as their hero and who hold the original trilogy up as perfect cinema, and second, the equally as hardcore fan who had their awakening sometime between the prequels and Carrie Fischer’s death, who embraces the evolution of the media with open arms.  Continue reading The Last Jedi is Damn Near Perfect Fanfiction Material. Here’s Why.

Premiere: Giants At Large – “Replay” (Originally By Iyaz)

The Daily Slice is excited to premiere a new track by long-time TDS favorites Giants At Large: a cover of Iyaz’s 2009 classic “Replay.” 

The new track by the band is off the soundtrack for the upcoming film (Romance) In The Digital Age which premiered in the United States on September 23. Preorders for the film’s soundtrack went live yesterday. If you haven’t heard, The film stars LOLO (you probably know her as the female voice in “Miss Jackson” by Panic At The Disco) and Chris Warren Jr., who’s best known for playing Zeke in High School Musical. The film is directed by Jason Michael Brescia, who previously worked on movies like The Newest Pledge and Bridge and TunnelContinue reading Premiere: Giants At Large – “Replay” (Originally By Iyaz)

The Daily Slice To Premiere Cover Of “Replay” By Giants At Large This Week

#ICYMI: Preorders for the (Romance) In The Digital Age soundtrack went live yesterday. If you haven’t heard, The film stars LOLO (you probably know her as the female voice in “Miss Jackson” by Panic At The Disco) and Chris Warren Jr., who’s best known for playing Zeke from High School Musical. The film is directed by Jason Michael Brescia, who previously worked on movies like The Newest Pledge and Bridge and Tunnel.

The Daily Slice is excited to announce that we’re premiering a track off the soundtrack by long-time TDS favorites Giants At Large: a cover of Iyaz’s 2009 classic “Replay.” The track will be available to stream on The Daily Slice’s website on Friday at 12:00pm EST.  Continue reading The Daily Slice To Premiere Cover Of “Replay” By Giants At Large This Week

Christopher Nolan’s Cleverness Never Ends | Film Review: “Dunkirk”

This year, the film I have most looked forward to seeing is Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. As a World War II buff and history teacher, when I heard this film was being made, my immediate reaction was, “Finally, a movie about the single most important event of the war.”  Without the evacuation at Dunkirk, the Normandy Invasions might not have been possible, as a large number of that D-Day force was made up of those rescued from Dunkirk’s beaches. Because of the event’s historical importance, not to mention cultural significance, the subject matter deserves an expert director, an ensemble cast, and a screenplay that presents the material in a new, exciting way.  With Nolan at the helm, and with a plethora of British stars, both old and new, Dunkirk is easily the best film of the year so far.  Continue reading Christopher Nolan’s Cleverness Never Ends | Film Review: “Dunkirk”