In the leadup to our next episode, as yet without Question, I thought we’d try something a little different. An occasional feature on Vice Games takes the form of correspondence between two or more writers working out an idea, just the publication of an email thread. Because I need your help with some preliminary thoughts, I felt this format might suit us here. Also, it hearkens back to the very origin of our podcast, if you remember how we traded ideas on the first Google doc. If this ends up going nowhere or you’re not feeling it, obviously we can keep it published to Gmail, but otherwise I’d like to open it to our audience. I’ll take any perspective, and as much experience/expertise as possible. To the business — I need you to poke holes in a frantic theory. … More The Manager, Please
Black Visions Collective “As an organization dedicated to Black liberation and to collective liberation, we need a radical and ongoing investment in our own healing. By claiming love for our own bodies, our own psyches, our own experiences, and by building the resources we need to integrate healing justice into all that we do, we … More Orgs for Racial Justice
This week, Donovan and Son Ha-ri watch a down-home favorite: Death Wish III. Join them as they grapple with the Big Questions which spin out of a movie that should be the worst in the world, but simply is not. It’s a film whose politics badly intersect with their lives as a young black male and a time traveling history student respectively, but whose gleaming surface stirs memories of beloved cult classics like Commando and Judge Dredd. Fellas, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride (no girls allowed). … More What Would Charles Bronson Do? (Death Wish III Commentary)
Donovan Morgan Grant and Harrison Chute are joined by Peter Last Name of Dead Times to cry about an unusual shade of Hollywood’s blasted psyche: the reboot. For some, a blessing, for others, a curse upon this cursed Earth — unless it’s Dredd. … More Re: Reboots
The trilogy is complete! Donovan and I (me, hi, Harrison) start off with honorable and dishonorable mentions before diving back into the TOP FIVE. For the most part, we track in-character — I start out with a couple “aren’t women so cool” blah, blah, blah whatever, and Donovan is brought back to an impossible place, a forgotten place, with a triumphant return for Steven Universe in a three-pronged attack (trident formation). But then things get a little twisty-turny, a little Neon Genesis Evangelion, and you’ll just have to see how we recount the recent transformations in our lives, shaped as we are by invisible forces (streaming on Netflix). … More Escaping 2019: The Final
Looks like it’s that time again! Well, 2019 was a checkerboard of emotions, in that some squares were sad, some squares were angry. The key is to play your pieces correctly, turning some of those squares into happiness, or at least diversion. Perhaps that’s Chinese checkers. Regardless, Donovan and I (me, Harrison) are both big believers in the power of media, be it healing or escape or education. Big talk for John Wick 3, maybe, but don’t get me started. Or do, rather, as herein, cases will be made, tears will be shed, invites to play will be sent. … More Escaping 2019: Day 1
Donovan and I put our heads together and said “owie” and then hashed out a definitive, superlative, effervescent, luminous listicle squaring the zany years of 2010 through 2019. This is how we so say, but how say you? … More QNA’s Ten Best Movies of the Decade
Keyboard warriors assemble! Peter rejoinders for a look at the YouTube Wars, monetizing emotional labor, influencers, and how to defeat the engagement machine (also ContraPoints). … More Why Does Social Media Suck HARDER?