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Violence begets violence: How The Purge’s satire gets even more timely this season

Violence begets violence: How The Purge’s satire gets even more timely this season

It’s nighttime in New Orleans, and something very large is on fire. I shouldn’t say what, exactly, because the producers of The Purge, USA Network’s adaptation of the film franchise of the same name, have slapped me with a very strict embargo on any and all spoilers. Frankly, I don’t want to see what happens to anyone who violates a Purge embargo. But let me just say, the flames feel hot even...

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The Art Of Ghost Recon Breakpoint

The Art Of Ghost Recon Breakpoint
Fine Art[Fine Art](https://kotaku.com/c/fine-art) is a celebration of the work of video game artists, showcasing the best of both their professional and personal portfolios. If you’re in the business and have some art you’d like to share, [get in touch!](mailto:plunkett@kotaku.com)  

The new Ghost Recon is out, and while it’s maybe not a high water mark for the series , it’s still got some cool...

Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Oct 12, 2019 at 20:00. 1 comments

Eleanor Davis challenges readers to find hope in The Hard Tomorrow

Eleanor Davis challenges readers to find hope in The Hard Tomorrow
Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance.

This week, it is The Hard Tomorrow. Written and drawn by Eleanor Davis (You & A Bike & A Road, Why Art?), this graphic novel looks at a bleak and very familiar near-future to tell a story about activism, empathy, and believing in a better world. This review reveals major plot points.

There is no progress without...

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Brian Merchant Brian Merchant Oct 12, 2019 at 01:30. 22 comments

There's an Automation Crisis Underway Right Now, It's Just Mostly Invisible

There's an Automation Crisis Underway Right Now, It's Just Mostly Invisible

What actually happens to workers when a company deploys automation? The common assumption seems to be that the employee simply disappears wholesale, replaced one-for-one with an AI interface or an array of mechanized arms.

Yet given the extensive punditeering, handwringing, and stump-speeching around the “robots are coming for our jobs” phenomenon—which I will never miss an opportunity to...

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Joan Summers Joan Summers Oct 12, 2019 at 01:00. 2 comments

The Chilling Details of Ryan Phillippe's Now-Settled Domestic Assault Suit

The Chilling Details of Ryan Phillippe's Now-Settled Domestic Assault Suit

In August 1998, after I Know What You Did Last Summer propelled Ryan Phillippe to stardom and plastered his face on teen bedroom walls across the country, a Paper magazine cover story christened Ryan Phillippe “The New Heat.” Months later he’d be engaged to Hollywood’s princess Reese Witherspoon, and the following year, the two would star together in the hugely successful Cruel Intentions,...

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Oct 12, 2019 at 00:40. 20 comments

The 2019 Lincoln Navigator Is A Glorious Return To American Opulence

The 2019 Lincoln Navigator Is A Glorious Return To American Opulence
Jalopnik ReviewsAll of our test drives in one convenient place.  

We never had kings or queens here in America. (Well, we did before we were our own country, but we showed those fools what we really thought of them.) If we did, though, they’d all be driving 2019 Lincoln Navigators. The car is flush with splendor, rich with opulence and brings back the lavishness that was sorely lacking from...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Oct 12, 2019 at 00:05. 21 comments

I Just Bought A Tiny 40-Year-Old Travel Trailer And I'm Going To Live In It

I Just Bought A Tiny 40-Year-Old Travel Trailer And I'm Going To Live In It

You can only learn you’re very wrong about the life choices you’ve made one way: the hard way. By chasing the American Dream, buying a house and filling the garages and backyard with cars I never had time to drive, I ran myself ragged chasing the things that I thought—that I was promised—would make me happy.

I’ve learned recently that experiences are worth far more than things. I have a...

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John Teti John Teti Oct 11, 2019 at 23:00. 18 comments

An NFL long snapper tells Block & Tackle about life in football’s least-appreciated position

An NFL long snapper tells Block & Tackle about life in football’s least-appreciated position
Block & TackleBlock & Tackle is John Teti’s column about pro football  

Specialists—athletes who are good at one particular thing—are not unique to the sport of football, but the gridiron takes specialization to an extreme. Baseball, for instance, has its LOOGYs (left-handed one-out guys) who exist to enter the game, retire one left-handed batter, and hit the showers. And a basketball team...

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Katie Rife Katie Rife Oct 11, 2019 at 22:00. 9 comments

Director Bong Joon ho on his favorite filmmakers and the rich kid who inspired Parasite

Director Bong Joon ho on his favorite filmmakers and the rich kid who inspired Parasite

We’ve still got a couple of months left to go in 2019, but at this early stage, Bong Joon ho’s Parasite might be the movie of the year. It’s the entertaining yet incisive critique of late capitalism that Adam McKay wishes he could have made, as well as a brilliantly constructed Hitchcockian identity thriller, farcical comedy, and family drama, all wrapped up into one film. Bong’s most...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Oct 11, 2019 at 22:00. 1 comments

'I Have Rights:' How Undocumented Laborers Are Exploited During Disaster Recovery

'I Have Rights:' How Undocumented Laborers Are Exploited During Disaster Recovery

Mario used to work. A lot. Twelve-hour workdays and seven-day workweeks are kind of the expectation when your job is to rebuild after a storm—and you’re undocumented. He hasn’t worked in about a year, though.

When Hurricane Michael roared through Florida last October, the 47-year-old left his New Orleans home knowing there would be plenty of work, and he had experience working in recovery...

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Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Oct 11, 2019 at 18:00. 24 comments

13 Going On 30 made Jennifer Garner a rom-com star—and gave tween girls a sleepover staple

13 Going On 30 made Jennifer Garner a rom-com star—and gave tween girls a sleepover staple
When Romance Met ComedyWith When Romance Met Comedy, Caroline Siede examines the history of the rom-com through the years, one happily ever after (or not) at a time.  

Middle school is a special kind of hell, so it helps to have some sympathetic pop culture to get you through it. For those coming of age in the early aughts, that likely included 2004’s 13 Going On 30 , a romantic comedy that...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Oct 11, 2019 at 02:01. 15 comments

What It Takes To Give A 1949 Mercury The Heart Of A Tesla

What It Takes To Give A 1949 Mercury The Heart Of A Tesla

It came to me in the wide, swishy passenger seat of Jonathan Ward’s 1949 Mercury hot rod. All the right smells were imprinting the moment we rolled through industrial Chatsworth, California. Sun-heated steel from the dash; stretched leather; a vague tinge of nicotine on Ward’s jacket. One thing was missing, though: gasoline. The car wasn’t burning any.

But when Ward stepped on the go-pedal,...

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Oct 11, 2019 at 00:40. 4 comments

Bonesetter Reese And The (Mostly Painless) Birth Of Sports Medicine

Bonesetter Reese And The (Mostly Painless) Birth Of Sports Medicine

Honus Wagner’s career hung in the balance. In 1901, the superstar shortstop was in his second season with his hometown Pirates. But a wrenched knee suffered on the turf at Exposition Park—the Pirates’ home on the north side of Pittsburgh, a few hundred feet from where their current stadium stands today—along with rheumatism threatened to send him back to the coal mines from whence he came as a...

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A.A. Dowd A.A. Dowd Oct 10, 2019 at 22:00. 18 comments

Parasite may be Bong Joon Ho’s most thrilling ride on the genre-hopping Snowpiercer express

Parasite may be Bong Joon Ho’s most thrilling ride on the genre-hopping Snowpiercer express

The last time Bong Joon Ho made a parable of class warfare, he set it aboard one hell of a moving metaphor: a train looping endlessly around a frozen Earth, its passengers divided into cars based on wealth and status, upward mobility achieved only through lateral revolution. Parasite, the South Korean director’s demented and ingenious new movie, doesn’t boast quite as sensational a setting; it...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Oct 10, 2019 at 21:02. 8 comments

Killer Queen Black Brings A Perfect Arcade Game Home, With Some Issues

Killer Queen Black Brings A Perfect Arcade Game Home, With Some Issues

Since its 2013 release, the 90 Killer Queen arcade cabinets scattered across the states have become one of those underground sensations in urban gaming circles and among in-the-know indie connoisseurs. The 10-player competitive game has amassed a cult following, and is often breathlessly described as “perfect” to anyone who asks, “What’s Killer Queen?” If you aren’t among the lucky few, you...

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Erik Adams Erik Adams Oct 10, 2019 at 18:00. 17 comments

John Hodgman earned Medallion Status on the wings of an accidental acting career

John Hodgman earned Medallion Status on the wings of an accidental acting career

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them about.

The actor: John Hodgman loves jobs. He’s had several—literary agent, fabricator of complete world knowledge, imitation magistrate, to name a few—and writes about many more of them in his latest book, Medallion Status. But the...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Oct 10, 2019 at 06:30. 6 comments

Detective: City Of Angels: The Kotaku Review

Detective: City Of Angels: The Kotaku Review

It was raining a hell of a storm outside, windows rattlin’ so hard I thought my teeth were gonna’ shake out. I was halfway through a whisky, thoughts spinnin’, when my office door creaked open. It was her. The dame. The trouble. “Luke,” she said huskily, “I need your help.”

Oh. Sorry about that. I was feeling very noir for a minute there, but then, that’s what happens when you play Detective:...

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Oct 10, 2019 at 04:00. 22 comments

Will Smith fights himself in Ang Lee’s dopey but thrilling Gemini Man

Will Smith fights himself in Ang Lee’s dopey but thrilling Gemini Man

Ang Lee’s sci-fi action movie Gemini Man, which stars Will Smith as a government assassin who discovers that he was cloned by his former superiors, brims with the kind of possibilities of which transcendent pulp stories are made: an exclusive world of cold-blooded pros; a cavalier attitude toward both science and bodily harm; an air of weariness and regret; a hero who is fast and deadly with a...

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Anna Merlan Anna Merlan Oct 10, 2019 at 01:45. 13 comments

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

The Queasy Power of Shamelessness

Noah Levine, the influential punk rock Buddhist teacher whose meditation society, Against the Stream, collapsed after he was accused of sexual misconduct , never spoke to me for two stories I wrote about the allegations against him , despite my best efforts to contact him. But he did sit down this summer with Los Angeles magazine, for an interview published in July. In it, he indicated that...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Oct 09, 2019 at 23:32. 13 comments

2020 BMW M8 Competition: So Good It Was Worth The Long Wait

2020 BMW M8 Competition: So Good It Was Worth The Long Wait
Jalopnik ReviewsAll of our test drives in one convenient place.  

Twenty-five years ago, the King of the Hill at BMW was the 8 Series coupe. It’s a crowd-pleaser at Radwood today, but it was a tough sell back in the day. That didn’t stop fans from wondering when BMW would make a full-on M version of that car—something that only happened in prototype form .

The 2020 BMW M8 Is a 600 HP...

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