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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Is A 1980s Cinematic Nostalgia Trip

WARNING – SPOILERS!!! Pac Man, Back to the Future, and Blade Runner are only a few titles that make up the 1980s cinematic nostalgia trip in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, now playing in theaters. Based on the novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One follows a young man named Wade Watts who lives in a dystopian United States in 2045. Humanity, as Wade knows it, is plagued by a failing economic system, an ominous corporate-governing body, and a tainted outdoor environment, all the result of an energy crisis caused by global warming, corporate greed, and the depletion of Earth’s fossil fuels. Since the real-world is no longer a pleasant place to spend your time, Wade, like most people, spends his days in the OASIS, an interactive virtual reality comprised of games and puzzles from every video game, movie, book, or television show made primarily between 1980 and 1990, although there are a few exceptions. The OASIS is the mind-child of James Halliday (obviously Cline’s own doppelganger) who, prior to his death, left a hidden Easter Egg inside the OASIS that, if found, provides the winner with his massive fortune and control of the corporation running the OASIS, and that’s where Wade’s (or Parzival as he is named in the OASIS) story begins. Continue reading

Baltasar Kormakur’s New Drama ‘Everest’ Opening In Theaters September 25th

Director Baltasar Kormakur (Contraband, 2 Guns) will see his latest drama titled Everest open on big screens across the country this September 25th. Working from a screenplay by Oscar-nominee William Nicholson (Gladiator, Les Miserables) and Oscar-winner Simon Beaufoy (The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire), the film follows an expedition to the top of Mount Everest that quickly becomes a nail-biting fight for survival when a snow storm hits the mountain. Starring in the film are actors Jason Clarke (Lawless, Terminator: Genisys), Josh Brolin (Men in Black 3, No Country For Old Men), John Hawkes (American Gangster, Lincoln), Robin Wright (Forrest Gump, House of Cards), Emily Watson (Red Dragon, War Horse), Keira Knightly (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Imitation Game), Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation), and Jake Gyllenhaal (October Sky, Prisoners). Seeing as William Nicholson and Simon Beaufoy, who combined have an incredibly impressive catalogue of work, including Nell (1994), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), 127 Hours (2010), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), and Unbreakable (2014), on top of having an excellent cast, I’m sure this one will be much better than everybody is anticipating. The trailer is available here on MADE, so remember to mark your calendars!