CS Recommends: The Immortal Hulk, Plus Movies, Games & More!
Stuck inside? Don’t know what to watch/read/play/listen to? ComingSoon.net has got you covered. In this week’s CS Recommends our staff gives you solid tips on the best media to consume during your downtime, including The Immortal Hulk and more! Check out our picks below!
MAX EVRY’S RECOMMEND: The Immortal Hulk
After taking a break from ongoing comics series, this is the one that sucked me right back into the Marvel world in the best way. Imagine the Hulk/Bruce Banner you know and love, but now writer Al Ewing has revolutionized the character by emphasizing the Jekyll/Hyde aspects of him. By leaning into the Devil Hulk persona, this bestselling series is the first to truly embrace the horror aspects of Hulk like never before. This includes a gruesome Hulk autopsy that truly tests the title of the series and a trip straight into hell itself. It’s much more adult territory for the superhero, far more Re-Animator than Avengers. Also, the covers by legendary Alex Ross are some of his best work. If you haven’t taken the plunge with this title yet trust me when I tell you do not hesitate, and order as much of the run as you can because you are going to literally DEVOUR it!
KYLIE HEMMERT’S RECOMMEND: Immortals
Fans have fallen in love with Henry Cavill over the years, partly because of his stellar role as Superman/Clark Kent in the DCEU in addition to his hunky, badass portrayal of Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher adaptation. I want to take the Cavill fangirl train back a few years, though, and remind viewers of director Tarsem Singh’s 2011 action fantasy drama Immortals, starring Cavill as Theseus who leads a star-studded cast including Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff, Luke Evans, John Hurt, and Freida Pinto. Immortals, written by Vlas Parlapanides and Charley Parlapanides, is loosely based on the Greek myths of Theseus, the Minotaur, and the Titanomachy. Besides fun performances by Cavill and co., where Immortals really shines is its action sequences that still stick out in my mind even nearly a decade later.
GRANT HERMANNS’ RECOMMEND: Portal 2
Valve has offered gamers a number of exciting and pulse-pounding titles over the past 23 years, but one of their best is a more tranquil and mind-bending affair: Portal 2. A sequel to the 2007 puzzle-platform game, the 2011 title continues the story of heroine Chell as she navigates the Aperture Science Enrichment Center during its reconstruction to escape the maniacal GLaDOS with the help of new robot Wheatley. The original game was a fun, if short, title full of unique puzzles and challenges and Portal 2 does exactly what a sequel should in expanding its story in an intelligent and breathtaking fashion, doubling down on its dark humor, offering even more fascinating and challenging puzzles while still keeping the learning curve level for casual gamers. With the brilliant additions of Stephen Merchant and J.K. Simmons to the voice cast, this game is not only one of the best sequels of all-time but is also one of the best video game titles ever created and is a wonderfully quaint and aesthetically pleasing title to get your hands on.
MAGGIE DELA PAZ’S RECOMMEND: Hotel Del Luna
Directed by Oh Choong-hwan from a script written by acclaimed South Korean writing duo The Hong Sisters, Hotel Del Luna revolves around a mystical and supernatural hotel which only accepts wandering ghosts as guests with the staffs catering to their every need and helping them with their unfinished business before they can truly pass on the afterlife. The titular hotel is headed by a long-time owner named Jang Man-wol, who is neither a ghost nor a human and was bound to the hotel by the deity Mago due to her mysterious past. When the time has finally come to hire a new general manager, who will handle the human affairs needed for the hotel, Man-wol has decided to collect a debt she made years ago with a man who mistakenly stole something from her. In exchange for his life and wealth, his only son must work for her after 20 years. That’s why the smart and capable Gu Chan-sung has no other choice but to become the new general manager while trying to face his fear of ghosts.
Hotel Del Luna is a 16-episode fantasy drama series which was one of last year’s highest-rated Korean dramas. I highly recommend this series because it offers a unique and charming storyline that will definitely get viewers hooked through every scene. In addition to its intriguing main storyline, each episode also features a side story centering on a different spirit that covers many different topics concerning societal problems.
What I like the most about this series is its visually stunning cinematography and high-quality sets. K-Pop superstar Lee Ji-eun, better known as IU, has yet again proven her acting prowess and has successfully led another beloved drama with Hotel Del Luna. Through her character’s fierce personality and iconic wardrobe, IU will no doubt captivate viewers with her strong and memorable performance as Jang Man-wol.
JEFF AMES’ RECOMMEND: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
One of the positives of this whole quarantine situation is the amount of time I have to go back and re-watch classic films I hadn’t seen for years. Case in point: Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, an astonishing, simple, but sprawling western epic that continues to stand as a towering cinematic achievement. Many will remember Ennio Morricone’s iconic score, and Clint Eastwood’s growling “Blondie,” but can we take a moment to appreciate just how damned good Eli Wallach is in this flick? The man delivers an intensely physical performance during which his character commits heinous crimes and tortures the film’s hero via the old walk-through-the-desert tactic, but still elicits empathy during his savage beating at the hands of Lee Van Cleef’s Angel Eyes.
Sadly, this was Eastwood’s last pairing with Leone after the two had grown tired of working with one another following A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More. Too bad. This was an amazing partnership, even if it only lasted three films.
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