CHATSWORTH, CALIFORNIA—Bree Mills is crouched in the darkened hallway of an adobe ranch house, her face illuminated by a high-resolution monitor. She’s clutching a pair of bulky headphones to her ears and watching as a family falls apart. The family is just around the corner, sitting down for dinner at a table set with three steaming plates of spaghetti and meatballs. There’s a basket of toasted bread and a canister of pre-packaged parmesan cheese. The Fiestaware water glasses have bright-red rims. These prosaic details seem meaningful considering what’s coming next. A young woman on the screen delicately unfolds a napkin as her step-father addresses her tattooed step-brother, who has just returned home after a months-long vacation. “Deena and I have been together for the last ten years,” he says of his wife, who is conspicuously absent from the table. “We were happy, at least on the surface—but you know how it is.” The camera pans … [Read more...] about Can a Woman Get Away With Making Fucked Up Faux Incest Porn Like No Man Could?
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The Miami Miracle was, like any even-half-decent football play, lovingly swiped. In this case, from one of the greatest college football games ever played: Boise State vs. Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. The Dolphins’ last gasp was supposed to be the relatively simple hook and lateral that Boise State used to tie up that game at the end of regulation. (Remember?) Except, as Ryan Tannehill noted, those Broncos “ran it a little cleaner” than Miami did. Still worked, though. Boise State called their play “Circus,” and the beauty of Circus was that it allowed for even more laterals if the first one hadn’t paid off, putting other players in position to bail out the ballcarriers. They didn’t end up needing those backups, but they were in place. The Dolphins practice their version, called “Boise,” a few times a year. Just by chance, they practiced it on Friday. So everyone knew what they had to do. Tannehill found Kenny Stills, who found … [Read more...] about The Miami Miracle Was 12 Years In The Making
Swinging around in the new Spider-Man is so much fun, it’ll make you look past the Ubisoft-style collect-a-thon. We discuss that and much more on this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen. First, Kirk and I talk some more about Destiny 2's Forsaken expansion, addressing the question “how much should creators listen to fan feedback?” and talking about the brilliant new Dreaming City location. Then Kirk sits down with video producer Lindsay Ellis to talk about Disney, Star Wars, fascism, and YouTube. After that I rejoin the show to cap things off with more Spider-Man love, which Kirk finally acknowledges is as good as I said it was. Listen here: Get the MP3 here, or read an excerpt: Jason: Do you see what I’m saying about how the core mechanics are so good that you don’t even mind the fact that it’s a Ubisoft-style collect-a-thon? Kirk: Nope, because getting around is so fun. Jason: Yeah, you’re swinging around, and you never want to use fast travel … [Read more...] about Makes Us Want To Swing With Style
Following a half-season of angry training videos, notable benchings, and frothing tension, Paul Pogba wants you to remember that he can still do shit like this: In a Boxing Day matchup against relegation-bound Huddersfield Town, Manchester United’s pricey midfield savant cranked in two signature goals to lay waste to the overwhelmed Terriers at Old Trafford. Just four days earlier, against similarly woe-struck Cardiff City, Pogba drew the foul for United’s first goal and assisted the second, effectively ending the contest after 29 minutes. Through two matches under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Pogba has looked like a new man, marauding through the center of the park and generally being the player United fans thought they’d get day in and day out when he was purchased in 2016 for a then-world record $116 million. And though Pogba is not the only United player to be revitalized under Solskjær—Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have similarly … [Read more...] about Surprise! Paul Pogba Is Still Really Damn Good
BISMARCK, ND.—I’d love to tell you that our voyage across the country in a 1970 BMW 2500 has been fraught with danger, stress, ingenious repairs by the side of the road and last-minute wrenching heroics just as we run out of daylight. But the truth is—and I’m trying desperately not to jinx us here—everything’s been going well so far. In fact, it’s left me nervous, wondering what will go wrong. For me, this trip has also been about confronting some of my more irrational deep-seated fears and anxieties. When my friend Clay told me he was buying Sam Smith’s old BMW sedan but was reluctant to just have it shipped from Seattle to the D.C. area where he lives—where’s the fun in that?—I immediately jumped at the opportunity and signed up to drive it to the East Coast. Why the hell not? It’d be a great story, one way or another. But when I actually got there and started driving this ancient machine eastward through … [Read more...] about How to Make a Long-Distance Road Trip in an Old Car Not So Intimidating