Author: Wendy Browne

Mini Movies: The Return of the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival’s focus on worldwide creativity and digital innovation continues with the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival on August 9 to 20, 2017. Now in its second year, the festival is now accepting submissions until July 30th for 60-second-or-less films on Instagram using the hashtag #TIFFxInstagram. Applicants must also complete a submission form at tiff.net/shortsfestival. The 2016 competition received submissions from all over the world that were viewed by Instagram users over four million times. The festival’s panel of directors included directors Ava DuVernay and Xavier Dolan, actor-director James Franco, actress Priyanka Chopra, cinematographer Ben Richardson, illustrator and animation artist Rachel...

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A New Destiny for Top Cow’s Genius

In 2008, Top Cow’s Pilot Season introduced us to Adam Freeman and Marc Bernardin’s Genius. Fueled by Afua Richardson’s artwork, it seemed we were getting a harsh look at life in South Central LA from the eyes of a 17-year-old girl orphaned by gang violence. But there was so much more to Destiny Ayaje. The character was born from Bernardin’s “idle thoughts about revolution,” as he told Newsarama. Military history–brilliant strategists like Ghengis Khan, Alexander the Great, and Hannibal–and a documentary on people training themselves for the “inevitable race war” against gangbangers whom these militia men believe are already primed to...

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Get Your Game On: Something Something Dragon Age Something

I’m procrastinating with the final episode of Telltale Game’s The Walking Dead: A New Frontier and I still need to get back to The Witcher 3. It’s not that I don’t want to play these games. It’s just that sometimes, life and general malaise get in the way. Also, other games get in the way too. I am currently obsessed with Darkest Dungeon, the rogue-like game that demands a lot of care and attention for your adventurers as they venture into the depths of dark dungeons, lest they get too stressed out. The game warns that victories will be Pyrrhic at best, which...

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Mass Effect Andromeda Diaries #5: Friends Like These

Previously on Andromeda Diaries: Ryder won over the grizzled hearts of the exiles and brought them back into the Nexus fold. Sort of. Starting work on Kadara opened up all sorts of doors. When I return to the Tempest, my email inbox is full and everyone wants to talk. Peebee is having a meltdown in her escape pod, and I hop in to try to calm her down. She says that floating is what really calms her down, and SAM suggests she drop the gravity in the airlock and float around there. Ryder joins her and this progresses into further flirting...

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KFC’s Tender Wings of Desire Leaves Something to be Desired

Every few weeks, I cycle through fast food cravings. I know I shouldn’t indulge these cravings, but sometimes a bucket of KFC chicken is just what I need. It’s a kind of FU to having to be a responsible adult 24/7. And no, I don’t want to share. Classy girl. A post shared by Wendy Browne (@nightxade) on Feb 18, 2017 at 4:19pm PST KFC seems to understand my needs and so, for Mother’s day, the fried chicken company released its first novella, Tender Wings of Desire, featuring Harland Sanders as the blond and blue eyed romantic interest of one...

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