Review: Snoop Dogg – Coolaid

Featured artists: Too $hort, Swizz Beatz, Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa, Trick-Trick, E-40, Jazze Pha, Suga Free, October London

Producers: Snoop Dogg (also exec.), Bongo, Los, Nottz, Just Blaze, Cardo, Cubeatz, Swizz Beatz, Musicman Ty, Avenue Beatz, Daz Dillinger, Dazmin, Soopafly, J Dilla, Rockwilder, KJ Conteh, Jazze Pha, Timbaland, Fingazz

Snoop Dogg is someone who will live on long after he’s dead. Since his debut Doggystyle in 1993 (and even before that with his many guest appearances on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic a year earlier), Snoop has influenced the music landscape in ways we’re not even capable of noticing. Everyone likes at least one Snoop Dogg song, which is fairly easy considering his massive catalogue. However, some may argue that he’s tired, long past his prime, and should retire before he taints his legacy. With his fourteenth studio album, Coolaid, Snoop’s aiming to prove the doubters wrong.

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Review: Legends of Tomorrow – Season 1

Cast: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Ciara Renée, Falk Hentschel, Amy Pemberton, Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller

Writers: Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Chris Fedak, Sarah Nicole Jones, Beth Schwartz, Grainne Godfree, Ray Utarnachitt, Anderson MacKenzie, Cortney Norris, Matthew Malaa

Directors: Glen Winter, Dermott Downs, Antonio Negret, Steve Shill, Gregory Smith, Joe Dante, John F. Showalter, David Geddes, Thor Freudenthal, Rachel Talalay, Alice Troughton, Olatunde Osunsanmi

First there was Arrow. Then there was The Flash. Then there was Vixen. Now it seems The CW has gotten very ballsy with its DC Comics-related programming by creating a time-travel anthology show with all the B and C-list characters they could gather from Wikipedia. Some could interpret this as the network biting off a bit more than it can chew. Others could see it as a more positive alternative to the dark and depressing tone of the DC movie universe portrayed in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. In the end, what we end up with is a show fighting against itself.

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Review: Doctor Who – Series 9

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman

Writers: Steven Moffat, Toby Whithouse, Jamie Mathieson, Catherine Tregenna, Peter Harness, Mark Gatiss, Sarah Dollard

Directors: Paul Wilmshurst, Hettie MacDonald, Daniel O’Hara, Ed Bazalgette, Daniel Nettheim, Justin Molotnikov, Rachel Talalay

It’s hard to believe that a little over ten years ago, Doctor Who was but a fondly-remembered but increasingly-derided sci-fi show of yesteryear, doomed to wallow in the continuity of its own expanded universe. But then, in 2005, Russell T Davies pioneered its comeback, and we’re now ten years and four (maybe five) Doctors into this new era of the TARDIS. Peter Capaldi takes his second series as the titular Time Lord, and it’s ended up being the most experimental series yet.

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Review: Jessica Jones – Season 1

Cast: Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Wil Traval, Erin Moriarty, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Tennant

Writers: Melissa Rosenberg, Micah Schraft, Liz Friedman, Scott Reynolds, Hilly Hicks, Jr., Dana Baratta, Edward Ricourt, Jenna Reback

Directors: S.J. Clarkson, David Petrarca, Stephen Surjik, Simon Cellan Jones, John Dahl, Rosemary Rodriguez, Uta Briesewitz, Billy Gierhart, Michael Rymer

When Daredevil was announced amongst the series of Netflix shows to be created by Marvel Studios, there were many concerns, including how to get past the Ben Affleck-starring film from 2003, and how Marvel would handle darker, adult content. But it went on to win the hearts of both critics and fans alike. As a result, the second show from the Netflix/Marvel deal, Jessica Jones, seems to have a lot less pressure on it, despite being only the second product from the Marvel stable to have a female lead. Yet Jessica Jones seems very keen to push the limits even further, and succeeds on many fronts.

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Review: Dr. Dre – Compton

Featured artists: King Mez, Justus, Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Candice Pillay, BJ the Chicago Kid, Anderson .Paak, Xzibit, Cold 187um, Sly Pyper, Ice Cube, Dem Jointz, Jon Connor, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Asia Bryant, Jill Scott, Eminem

Producers: Dr. Dre (also exec.), Focus…, DJ Dahi, Free School, Dem Jointz, Bink!, DJ Khalil, Best Kept Secret, D.R.U.G.S., Trevor Lawrence, Neff-U, Cardiak, DJ Premier, BMB Spacekid, DJ Silk, Mista Choc

Dragons. Orcs. Trolls. Griffins. Vampires. Werewolves. A list of legendary creatures that spread through stories and tales, used to entertain children and adults alike with a mere thought of their existence. This list also used to include Dr. Dre’s Detox, an album from one of the greatest producers of all time, the Chinese Democracy for the hip-hop generation. And while we probably never will see Detox, at least a new Dr. Dre album can no longer be a punchline with the release of Compton, to tie in with the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.

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Review: Ant-Man

Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, T.I., Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas

Director: Peyton Reed

Writers: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd

Marvel Studios have been on a massive winning streak since they sparked their “cinematic universe” with Iron Man in 2008. However, whenever Marvel laid out their plans out even before then, they also announced Ant-Man, an Edgar Wright-directed project surrounding one of their C-list properties. Since then, we’ve had eleven films under the Marvel Studios banner, some of which have become the highest-grossing films of all-time, and Edgar Wright unceremoniously left the project once it entered pre-production in 2013. Hence, there’s suddenly a lot of pressure on a film which would seem to be far lower-stakes fare than The Avengers or Iron Man.

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Top Five Most Anticipated Games for the Rest of 2015

We now come to the last of my rest-of-year anticipation lists – this time, it’s games. For those who haven’t already, check out my similar lists of albums, TV shows and movies. We have plenty of games to look forward to in the coming months and here’s a look at what I’m anticipating for the rest of the year.

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Top Five Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2015-2016

Thanks to events like San Diego Comic Con, we now have a lot more information about when your favourite television shows are returning and what new ones are coming this autumn/fall/cold times. So here’s a little list of what I’m anticipating in the 2015-16 season. (Note: I tried to choose shows that are premiering in 2015 so hopefully that justifies the absence of shows like Better Call SaulThe X-Files and Legends of Tomorrow.)

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