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Sonic the Hedgehog 2: What the Movie Got Right (and Wrong)

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The first Sonic the Hedgehog movie was a delightful joyride; fun, colorful, and showcasing a brilliant cast, it set a new standard for quality video game adaptations. It has flaws, but is enjoyable, and the creators did a fantastic job portraying some of the best parts of the Sonic franchise. Considering that the artists completely re-designed Sonic by popular demand, there’s no denying that the film was created with respect for the fans.

The recent release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 followed a very similar suit. There were definitely parts of the movie that could have been changed or even cut altogether, but the whole thing was exactly what you would expect from a Sonic feature: over-the-top, silly, action-packed, and impossible not to smile at. Now that we know a third movie is already in the works, this is our chance to look at what direction the franchise should go in. Here’s our analysis of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, what the movies need to change and what they’re already doing right.

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Whether you’re a longtime fan of the games or a newcomer, seeing any combination of Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles together on-screen is magical. Ben Schwartz, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, and Idris Elba have fantastic chemistry, and watching their characters interact is too much fun. Everyone is just right: Sonic is a fun-loving kid with a wild streak; Tails is an intelligent, lovable techno-geek; and Knuckles is a wonderful bull-headed frenemy. Watching them join forces near the end calls back to those giddy feelings you first got with Sonic Heroes, and the baseball game at the end is a prime example of all the wholesomeness. The trio was definitely the best part of the entire film.

Fans of the Sonic franchise know that things tend to be a little over-the-top, often to a clichéd and even unlikeable degree. This is especially true for human characters, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is no exception — not everyone is unlikeable. In fact, Tom and Maddie have great chemistry with each other and with Sonic, and the way they refer to him as their kid is very endearing. That being said, many of the human characters felt like a bit much even compared to their alien CGI counterparts: Rachel’s intense personality is now more like a caricature of an angry woman, the patrons of the lonesome tavern in Siberia come off as stereotypical, and the G.U.N. agency’s incompetency feels very forced. The Sonic Team’s exploits would be even more impressive if the world around them was believable and posed a bigger challenge.

Jim Carrey as Robotnik is one of the best casting choices in recent history. The way he attacks the role of a hyper-intelligent, deranged scientist is a treat for everyone in the audience. He’s kooky and witty, and wholeheartedly embraces the insanity of the Segaverse. It may be different from the original lore, but his seething hatred for Sonic makes sense within the context. His portrayal of Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 takes the crazy up about ten notches after his exile to the Mushroom Planet, but he peppers the performance with bits of sass and wit that ground his character just enough. He’s a total diva, a complete dork, and the coolest bad guy ever in one comprehensive package.

When Carrey announced his plans to retire after Sonic the Hedgehog 2 wrapped up, the world shed a tear. As a result, producers Neal H. Moritz and Toby Ascher promised not to recast his character with anyone else. This choice is wise for multiple reasons: Carrey is a fan favorite, and recasting probably wouldn’t sit well with the franchise’s target audience. Also, Robotnik’s death will actually have some weight if he doesn’t pull an Eggman-Ex Machina and somehow miraculously survive being smashed by his own machine. Furthermore, his leave would give other villains a little more time in the spotlight. As long as the creators don’t change their minds, the saga is in great shape for even more interesting sequels.

Little things add up, and both Sonic movies got their P’s and Q’s in order. From foreshadowing the Master Emerald on Sonic’s map to Tail’s introduction in both films, all the intricate details come together and make sense. Sonic even named Tom ‘Donut Lord’ in his phone contacts, and Tom likewise uses the original Green Hill Zone theme as his ringtone. Plus, the way the movies use rings as a consistent theme is priceless.

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As stated earlier, the best parts of the sequel were the scenes that focused on Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. Unfortunately, much of their screen time was diminished because the directors played too heavily into Rachel and Randall’s wedding. Rachel is mostly used as a hostile foil for Tom, and there just wasn’t enough time for viewers to invest in her relationship. Their love story was likely a way to make their characters more empathetic (given that they’re both tertiary antagonists), but the directors could have cut most of the wedding sequence and given us more of the Sonic Team instead.

The mid-credits scene that introduced Project Shadow and gave us a glimpse of the namesake antihero was positively thrilling. Both Sonic movies are awesome, and there’s no doubt that Shadow will further enhance the series. There are already fan theories circulating the Internet on who should play him, and we couldn’t be more excited to see who joins the roster.

The films should definitely keep introducing more canon characters. Sonic the Hedgehog is revered by fans everywhere, and everybody has their favorite — from prevalent characters like Amy Rose and the adorable Chaos to lesser-known players like Tikal and Fang the Sniper, there’s enough room for everyone to appear in the Segaverse.

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Who Is Hannah in Night Sky? Why Does Cornelius Call Her an Apostate?

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Portrayed by Sonya Walger, Hannah is one of the most important supporting characters in Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Night Sky,’ Even though she is introduced in episode 7, titled ‘Lake Diving,’ she becomes a crucial part of the plot by the time the first season concludes. After escaping from the most secretive and dangerous cult in the world, Jude comes to Farnsworth, Illinois, in search of his father, Gabriel. He later discovers that a truck driver dropped Gabriel off at a location in Enfield, Michigan. Jude travels there with Irene and Denise and discovers that it’s a bed and breakfast establishment. Its owner is Hannah. Here is everything you need to know about her. SPOILERS AHEAD.

Who Is Hannah?

Hannah introduces herself as the owner of the bed and breakfast establishment. She informs Jude and the others that Gabriel came there 15 years earlier. He worked as a handyman, and they had a relationship, but ultimately, he moved on. She seems to be still bitter about it. However, it soon becomes apparent that she is not exactly what she claims to be. Hidden somewhere in the hotel, a man named Paul is keeping surveillance on all the guests.

Hannah later has a long conversation with Jude about Gabriel and lets him stay in the same room his father once occupied. There, Jude finds the codes to his father’s possible location in a copy of ‘The Count of Monte Cristo.’ The following morning, when Jude and the others depart, Paul follows them.

The season finale reveals that Hannah used to be part of the cult just like Jude and Gabriel. And now, she heads an organization that fights the cult. They don’t interfere when Cornelius threatens the Yorks and Jude. However, after he is subdued and placed in the van that Stella and Toni took from Nick, Hannah and her people intercept them on the road. Stella tells Hannah that she is no longer a guardian of the cult before she and Toni are taken away. When Hannah speaks to Cornelius, it becomes apparent that they know each other. Cornelius is fanatically devoted to the cult. Even after being captured by the enemy, he is outwardly defiant. However, his eyes give away that he is terrified.

Why Does Cornelius Call Hannah an Apostate?

From the interaction between Hannah and Cornelius and the fact that Gabriel sought her out, we can glean that Hannah left the cult before Gabriel. In the following years, she presumably set up a resistance against the most powerful shadowy organization in the world. She likely knew that Gabriel had left the codes to his location in his room and ensured that Jude would find it. She and Gabriel did probably have a relationship, and she just might be bitter that it ended. But she likely omitted its context. It’s possible that Gabriel was part of her organization before his departure and played a pivotal role in the fight against the cult. However, he has since moved on. For Hannah, the fight continues.

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As mentioned above, Cornelius is fanatically devoted to the cult. The phrase “apostate” refers to a person who has renounced their religion. In Hannah’s case, she has left the cult. This is why Hannah — along with Jude, Gabriel, and now Stella — is an apostate to Cornelius and all other active cult members.

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Crimes of the Future: Plot, Cast, and Everything Else We Know

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Crimes of the Future is the latest film from body horror master David Cronenberg, and it promises to be everything we’ve come to expect from the Baron of Blood. Fans are excited for the film’s release, as it will be the first major motion picture from the famous auteur since 2014. While Cronenberg has gotten fairly steady acting work throughout his career, he took a break from filmmaking after directing Maps to the Stars, starring Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, which ended up being a flop at the box office. Now people wait to see Crimes of the Future with the apprehension of choosing a frog to dissect in science class. When we buy our ticket and pull back the skin, will we see everything we hope for?

David Cronenberg is known for his Oscar-winning work The Fly, which premiered in 1986. In it, a crazy scientist accidentally transforms a man into a human/fly hybrid when one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. He has also made films such as the 1991 adaptation of Naked Lunch, A History of Violence, and the 2012 film Cosmopolis. Although Crimes of the Future bears the same name as one of Cronenberg’s first short films from 1970, it is not a remake of that film.

Here’s what we know so far.

While Crimes of the Future will be premiering at the Cannes Film Festival and then to the public in June, no one has had a look at it yet outside the trailers. At the moment, we can tell it is a surgical horror story set in the near future in which humanity is adapting to some sort of evolutionary change. In it, an artist puts on art nouveau performances in which he grows new organs and displays them to the public.

The film heavily sexualizes this new behavior, as we hear the moans and brief gasps of pleasure from the characters that feel the edge of the scalpel or probing movement of the endoscopic camera. In the Crimes of the Future trailer, we hear someone say, “Surgery is the new sex.”

The movie feels depraved and unashamed, pouring blood in front of its audience and offering up its organs like a confession and with a very different feel from Cronenberg’s old film of the same name. The 1970 film had a plot in which all sexually mature women were killed and took part in its horror from acts of depravity. Not so with this movie. But the old film did feature an artist who put on performances that exhibited his organs.

This new film appears to use that character as inspiration, choosing to create an entirely different story around that concept instead of taking anything from the old film’s plot. This new story seems to be more concerned with the sci-fi trope of man meddling in areas of science that ought not to be meddled in, a common theme of previous sci-fi movies from Cronenberg. This is a future being explored by people with unusual medical power attempting to push the boundaries of the next stage of evolution.

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The synopsis from IMDb reads, “Humans adapt to a synthetic environment, with new transformations and mutations. With his partner, Caprice, Saul Tenser, celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances.” Which makes the movie sound as if it were some sort of horror prequel to the world of Blade Runner, in which humans are made of synthetic parts.

The cast is packed to the brim with wonderful actors. Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings) plays the main character, artist Saul Tenser who suffers from “Accelerated Evolution Syndrome” and grows the new organs he uses for his performances. Mortensen is a veteran of Cronenberg films, staring in Eastern Promises and A History of Violence. Lea Seydoux (No Time to Die, Blue is the Warmest Color) plays Saul Tenser’s partner and initial love interest, who helps him perform these unholy exhibitions. And Kristen Stewart (Spencer, Twilight) enters the fray as a detective with the National Organ Registry that begins to investigate Tenser.

Don McKellar also plays an agent with the National Organ Registry and was also in eXistenZ, another Cronenberg film. Scott Speedman, who played in the Underworld films, plays Lang Daughtery. Other cast members include Tanya Beatty (Yellowstone), Denise Capezza (Bang Bang Baby), Lihi Kornowski, Nadia Litz (The People Garden), Welket Bugunue, Ephie Kantza as Adrienne Berseau, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos (Beckett) as Doctor Nasatir, and Jason Bitter (Post Cards from the End of the World) as Tarr.

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The movie promises to be everything we’ve heard from the legend that Cronenberg has become. And he’s pulled no punches with production as apparently, he expects mass walkouts at the movie’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this month. While there is no definite release date set for the film, it is said to be coming out in June of this year, which is only another two weeks away. Depending on how the film does at Cannes, it won’t be long to wait for the auteur’s next work, and we’ll see the clean Hollywood elite’s first reactions to Cronenberg’s beautiful and disgusting world.

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