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Wait, Kenneth Branagh’s Villain Made Some Points in Tenet

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Points … they were made.
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Christopher Nolan tries very hard to blow our minds over and over again in Tenet, often by refusing to explain things that he has just totally made up. It’s sort of the “Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself?” of directorial tactics. How does reverse entropy work? “Don’t try to understand, just feel it.” What is a temporal pincer? “You have to stop thinking in a linear fashion.” What’s the bad thing we’re trying to prevent? “Something worse than the nuclear holocaust.” Why is this algorithm … made of metal … and not a theoretical construct, as is the understood definition of the word “algorithm”? “Any more stupid questions?”

Eventually, Tenet’s pseudoscience begins to feel like a very long, exhausting troll: At one point, Elizabeth Debicki’s Kat demands to know what exactly the fuck is going on in this movie, and Robert Pattinson’s Neil pulls up a chair and says, “Every law of physics …” and then the scene ends. In one scene, one character yells to another, in an accusatory fashion, “To you, it’s all about plutonium!” I personally began to check out on an intellectual level when The Protagonist asks Neil something along the lines of, “Well, if we’re alive now, doesn’t that mean our mission ultimately succeeded in the future?” And Neil is like, “In a parallel universe, you can’t know the difference between consciousness and multiple realities,” and then just looks smugly out the window.

But the most nonsensical portion of the movie is its, uh, entire central conceit. The whole reason the Tenet temporal pincer has to go down in the first place is because Kenneth Branagh’s psychotic, abusive Russian oligarch, Andrei Sator, has decided to blow up the past from the future. The Protagonist, played by John David Washington, struggles mightily to understand this concept — namely, how a future would even exist if the past that came before it was destroyed. Each time, Neil replies with some version of, “Well, you see, it’s the grandfather paradox” — the theory that it would be impossible for a person to travel back in time, kill their own grandfather, and still exist in the first place. Neil does not offer this as an explanation, but rather, an explanation as to why there is no explanation. When The Protagonist presses Neil on this, he “explains” that the people in the future just “figured out” some way that blowing up the past makes sense and it’s fine, don’t worry about it, it’s something to do with an algorithm made of big chunks of metal and nuclear fission and inversion, stop asking me!!!

But it’s only near the end of the film that we discover why the future has decided to blow up the past — and this just might be the only part of the movie that makes any sense. Sator, sitting on his yacht, planning to kill himself in order to activate the algorithmic bomb (?) that will obliterate space-time, calls up John David Washington to explain himself, in the grand tradition of all cackling movie villains before him. Unfortunately, it is impossible to hear this part of the movie; Branagh mumbles Russian-ly beneath a violently booming soundtrack. I was lucky (“lucky”) to catch more than two words from each sentence. But, as far as I and my fellow viewers understand it, Branagh “explains” to The Protagonist that the reason the future is trying to blow up the past is because of global warming: Things have gotten so desperate in the future, that the inhabitants have no choice but to turn back to the past for answers, and the answer they settle on is “bomb it all,” with, perhaps, the hope being that the vengeful act will … create some kind of new timeline in which the planet will survive? Unclear. Either way, Branagh goes so far as to ask The Protagonist if he’s sure he wants to thwart this plot, considering the fact that the future sounds like an awful place. “Yeah,” says The Protagonist confidently.

My reaction to this revelation was twofold: (1) Christopher Nolan figured out how to fix global warming but won’t even do us the honor of explaining it in full; (2) Wait, wait, you’re telling me that the future believes that if we want to save our planet, all we have to do is obliterate the entire past (the “past,” of course, being our current present moment, please keep up), and that Earth might go on to experience a healthier, saner existence where its inhabitants are not at the mercy of whatever mutant supervirus has escaped into the smoke-clogged ether? Sign me up, babe!

The classic hero’s journey has long centered on the idea that saving the world also means saving everyone in it — but what this Kenneth Branagh villain presupposes is, what if it didn’t? *Pulls giant bong rip* Let’s consider, for a moment, the notion that the human species as it exists has no specific “right of way” on planet Earth — that since we’re solely responsible for killing it with our capitalistic greed and narcissistic myopia, perhaps we don’t deserve even a chance to stay here. It was a nice experiment, the human one, and it’s all but failed; let’s admit defeat by giving something else a shot at doing it better, rather than dragging everything — including the planet itself — down with us. Why not let the birds take over? Let the turtles have a turn, all the way down, baby!

In the interest of sounding even more dorm-room nihilistic and Bane-esque, allow me to add that, although the dinosaurs’ sudden extinction was likely a bummer (briefly) from the dinosaurs’ perspective, it doesn’t necessarily have any inherent qualitative meaning within the greater life span of the universe. If we let go of the human-centric idea that we’re somehow superior to all other species and the Earth itself — that we should continue to totally and systematically destroy the Earth simply because we can — and accept the notion that another life form might arise and treat the planet and each other with more love and respect than we ever could, it becomes easier to enthusiastically sign up to be a bad guy in the 2020 Christopher Nolan film Tenet, only in theaters now.

I’m not here to condone the behavior or the methods of Sator, who is a FitBit spon-con demon. I am also not here to pretend that I don’t sound like a 19-year-old philosophy minor who just finished watching Trainspotting. I am merely here to say: Let’s shoot the messenger (and throw him off a boat), not the message. I am, of course, a reasonable supervillain, one who’s open to hearing about other ways to fix global warming — oh wait, we already know about those, we’re just not doing them. So at this point, I suppose, if I were John David Washington, and someone from the future approached me and asked me to help press delete on the oil-guzzling trillionaires and the fascist dictators and the people throwing shit at Walmart employees because they don’t want to wear a mask, subsequently assuring that the planet (and potentially our species, though that’s secondary) would survive for billions of years to come, supporting all other sorts of life forms who did not go out of their way to rape and pillage and plunder and throw condoms into the ocean for thousands of years, I would be like, “Kenneth Branagh … excuse me, Sir Kenneth Branagh …I am intrigued.” I would then call up Rihanna, explain the situation, ask her to release R9, and then call up Sir Kenneth Branagh from the future on his little yacht phone, and ask him to speak a bit more clearly this time.

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How Las Vegas became the world’s casino capital

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These days, it’s impossible to think of Las Vegas without the image of the lights on the strip and glamorous casinos coming to mind. But the Vegas we know of 2020 wasn’t always that way; and it took a long, long time to get its reputation for being the world’s casino capital. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and get to the root of how Las Vegas became the city that never sleeps.

A historical journey

It’s hard to believe these days, but the Las Vegas region was once an abundant marshland stock full of rich vegetation. That is, until the marsh receded, and the waters disappeared, transforming the landscape into a desert, with the trapped water underground sprouting life and forming an oasis.

It was during the 19th century that the explorer Antonio Armijo from Mexico foraged the way from New Mexico to California on the first commercial caravan. It was a member of the group, Rafael Rivera who rode west to find water and venture through the desert, setting his eyes upon Las Vegas Springs. Las Vegas was therefore named ‘the meadows’ after the grasses found growing there.

Years went on and both Mormon and Mexican settlers began to filter through. In 1890 it was decided by railroad developers that Las Vegas would serve as a spot along the San Pedro, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles railroad route as well as connecting to major cities along the Pacific Coast. From there on, Vegas boomed with stores, boarding houses and saloons popping up around the area. This was the beginning of the Las Vegas as we know it — with railroad workers and ranchers enjoying the gambling and drinking through illegal speakeasies and bootleg casinos operating despite the ban on gambling in Nevada in 1910.

In 1931 gambling once again became legal in the state, with new casinos and showgirl venues opening up along Fremont Street to entertain the thousands of workers who flocked the city during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The first hotel, El Rancho Vegas, opened up in 1941 along Highway 91. Its success inspired others to open up their own hotels along the highway which would one day become the strip. Tourists began to flock to the city over the next few decades to enjoy the casino scene and see incredible artists like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra perform.

The birth of the mega resort

It was in 1966 the businessman Howard Hughes purchased the Desert Inn hotel; this was followed by over a dozen more hotel purchases, pushing out the mobster-owned hotels that had previously dominated Las Vegas. The concept of the mega hotel came about in 1989 when Steve Wynn opened the Mirage as the first hotel resort in the city. By 1994, Las Vegas was the home of more than 86,000 hotel and motel rooms with 13 of the 20 largest mega resort hotels in the world. It was during this era that the Strip became populated with more hotels and casinos, with developments inspired by the iconic cities and countries of the globe including Egypt, Paris, New York and Rome.

Las Vegas in the 21st century

The Las Vegas of today is well and truly established as a home for entertainment and casinos — which remain the biggest source of income for the city. However, there’s no doubt that Vegas faces more competition than ever before from the virtual world, with more people than ever before opting to play at an online casino, rather than play in the old fashioned way, but Vegas will always have the advantage. For many, it’s a once in a lifetime trip that an online casino can’t replicate, but do the online equivalents help to increase interest in Vegas?

The bright lights of Vegas is attracting billions of dollars in investment as many try and get a slice of the revenue that the sector has to offer. During 2019 over 42.52 million people came to visit Las Vegas from all around the world. Domestically, it was shown to be the second most popular destination for U.S. traveller’s dream spots after New York.

These days, Las Vegas continues to thrive and be a source of entertainment for millions of visitors from around the world looking to experience what the city has to offer. With new generations becoming interested in casino games — and some incredible musical residencies continuing to be announced — Las Vegas surely will continue to be one best places to go for a unforgettable dream destination for many.

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Land-Based Casinos

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What can people find at some of the biggest land-based casinos in Canada? From Niagara Falls to Toronto, there is something for everyone at casinos in Canada, including table games, slots, roulette, blackjack, and other games. There are also many poker and blackjack tournaments held throughout the year and it is easy to find jackpots or slots with free spins at the casinos. Many casinos also have hotels, bars, and numerous restaurants which are perfect for players seeking some comfort. A relaxing casino experience for all ages can be found in many different places in Canada. Choose one from below.

Choosing a casino depends on your tastes and location within Canada. Do you want to experience the grandeur and splendour of nature while placing a bet? Then head to Niagara Falls. Do you want to see a show? Choose a casino with a show that will be perfect for you. If you are looking for pure relaxation, then check out some of the casinos with spas and world-class dining. Entertainment is also a large part of the casino experience in Canada. Musicians, bands, comedians, and other types of entertainment continue to be found at all of the biggest casinos.

Some Big Casinos Near Nature

Casino Niagara is located in one of the most beautiful places in Canada and the world. People from all around the globe come to experience the best of both worlds at Casino Niagara. Players have access to beauty and scenery while spending time at one of the biggest casinos in Canada. The casino has two floors with over 1200 slot machines, poker, and other table games. There are also many different restaurants and even a comedy club. The sports bar and casino was refurbished back in 2017, meaning that it has not lost any of its charm and shine.

ST Eugene Golf Resort: Casino of the Rockies is a golf and nature lovers’ paradise. The location could not be any more splendid. People can find the casino between the Rockies and Purcell Mountains. Furthermore, the casino has an interesting history after it was converted from an Indian Residential School. It was then opened in the early 2000s. St Eugene has table games, electronic roulette, baccarat, and blackjack. There is also a golf course, restaurant, bar, spa, and hotel that is highly rated in Canada. Overall games are limited so most people come for golfing and betting fun.

Caesars Windsor is famously located on the riverbank in Windsor, Ontario. Visitors from both Canada and the States frequent the casino and hotel. Players can see the Detroit and Michigan skyline from the area. There are two floors of slots, table games, and plenty of poker tables. Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette are also available at the casino. It has beautiful restaurants, a gym, bars, slots, and live sports. Check out the Titan 360™, a 10-foot tall slot machine with 5800 pounds of wins at the click of a button. It’s the largest slot machine in the world and great fun.

  • Enjoy the size of Casino de Montreal and Hard Rock Casino
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  • Enjoy High Culture at Elements Casino Brantford

River Rock Casino Resort – In Transit

Are you passing through Vancouver Airport and have a long transit? Hire a cab and spend some time enjoying slot machines at River Rock Casino Resort. There are slots galore and the different themes make it an enjoyable visit for all. There is even a Dungeons and Dragons slot for gamers. A fourteen-table game room can be found at the casino and international poker tournaments are held regularly. Other features include a VIP area, spa, live music, 24-hour food and drink, as well as other entertainment. Richmond is also worth a quick visit, especially for some delicious seafood.

Casino de Montreal – The Big Gun

Casino de Montreal is 526,488 square feet of casino excitement. The casino has around 20 thousand visitors each day and is one of the biggest casinos on the globe. If you are still unconvinced about the size of the place, then imagine five floors of slots and table games. 3,000 machines and 111 table games make the casino seem even more mammoth. Casino de Montreal games can be played in a smoke-free environment and many players comment on the user-friendly games and helpful staff. Complimentary drinks and top-rated gourmet food is all part of the experience at Casino de Montreal.

Hard Rock Casino – Another Big One

Hard Rock Casino is another large casino located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The casino is over 80,000 square feet, making it a big one in Canada. Hard Rock has gaming tables, slots, baccarat and a poker room. The casino includes 70 casino tables and 1,000 slots. Private rooms and high roller areas are also available. However, the Hard Rock name is known for excellent food and this is what people love about this casino. Many players comment on the quality of the food here. It even has a 1,000 seat theatre, making it great for dining and a show.

Elements Casino Brantford – Enjoy High Culture

Elements Casino Brantford is a historical gem for culture in Ontario. It is a charity casino that was established last century. It includes the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, which is a high society entertainment venue in Ontario. The centre is well known to performing arts enthusiasts in Ontario and Canada. Players come to see a show, enjoy some gourmet food and a game. The casino also has plenty of slots, table games, blackjack, baccarat, sic bo, three card poker, roulette, and other games. There is also a 14-table Texas Hold ‘Em poker room. Enjoy all the excitement.

River Cree Resort and Casino – Sports Lovers

River Cree Resort and Casino is a sport and gaming venue located in Edmonton that should not be overlooked. It has 39 tables of various money limits and over 1,000 slots. There are also a few different places to dine while enjoying a bet and other things to experience. There is a fitness centre, spa and a 200 room resort. However, the most interesting feature of this casino is the two hockey rinks, which are often used by the Edmonton Oilers for practice. It is possible to watch the team practice and go for a meal and some gaming fun.

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Top 8 Online Games That Kids Can Play Without Much Parental Supervision

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The gaming industry has been quite widespread since its inception. With the advent of globalisation and technology, this industry is reaching new heights. Kids these days are more inclined to the internet than they are to books. 

The internet has more information about everything than anywhere else and is very easily accessible. This further makes some parental control necessary. Most parents are worried about their kids playing violent video games that can further affect their mental health. 

Nevertheless, you cannot stop a kid from finding ways to log in to the internet, nor can you keep them away from playing video games. You can always supervise them on their media consumption. But that also gets tiresome after a point. This is when it gets necessary for you to introduce them to games that are not only kid-friendly but are also of their liking. 

If you are in a similar situation, looking for a way out, this article will surely help. Further mentioned are a few games that you can let your kid play while you concentrate on your work and well-being.  

1. Gummy Drop

Finding games that you can let your kids play without supervision is quite a task. With games like Gummy Drop, you do not have to worry one bit. With beautiful graphics and interesting gameplay, it does not take long for your kid to get hooked to the game. 

With new cities and interesting content being added almost every day, this 3 puzzle game is a good choice for your kids to play. It also connects to your Facebook account, letting you play with your other friends. It is also a nice way for your kids to improve their general knowledge and problem-solving skills. 

2. Skribbl

If you were a fan of Pictionary when you were growing up, you should definitely introduce your kids to this game. While the rules of Pictionary remain the same, this game improves on the visual aspect. With all of their friends in the same server, your kid can easily get hooked to this game. 

Easy and fun to play – once the server is set up, each player will get a word that they have to draw on the screen. The motive of the game is to help the other players guess your word. Each round chooses players at random. While it is advised that you use a tablet and a stylus to play this, you can always sketch with your finger. 

3. Ludo Supreme

A classic in every sense of the word, online ludo needs no introduction. There are some new features that are added in the game version of this app. It lets you connect to your Paytm account and earn real money while playing the game. 

Along with such amazing features, you can also play it for fun with your family or friends. It has other versions as well that come in different languages, especially in India, given the diverse nature of the country. You can download the LUDO for your android phones

4. Houseparty

There is no doubt that Houseparty has been one of the most popular downloads this pandemic. This is a networking app that lets you add as many as seven friends and play different games face-to-face via video calls. 

The novel approach of phone gaming made this a very widely chosen app. While playing games with your friends is always fun, this app lets you see and talk to them as well. Some of the most played games in this app include Heads Up!, Chips and Guac, Trivia and Quick Draw. With such amazing features and games, this is a worthwhile download for your kid. 

5. Monopoly

Monopoly is a very interesting game, which you can get your kids. Along with being fun, it can be played by any age group and is always stimulating your brain. This board game is an all-time classic that is now available on mobile platforms. 

The good thing about it being on the phone is that now your kids can play it with their friends as well, and all from the convenience of your home. 

6. Rocket League

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to play soccer but with cars, this game is exactly that. You get to pick a car at the beginning of the game in an oversized field with an oversized ball. Then start the five-minute matches where you have to score goals against them. 

To make it even more fun, this game allows the player to add up to three friends on the same server. It also has options where you can choose between casual play and ranked online play. Nevertheless, in both gameplays, you can earn new cosmetic looks for the car and get a chance to score more goals. 

7. UNO

Another all-time classic, UNO has been a very celebrated game all these years. The original company of UNO came out with the online version that is available on both iOS and Android devices. Since they are the copyright holders, you already know, the gameplay cannot get any better than this. 

Nevertheless, since it is a multiplayer game, you can play it both against your friends or strangers. It’s fun aesthetics, and new rules make it more interesting. It now has different modes of play and tournaments as well. You can also partner up and play 2v2 to win together. With servers available all around the world, you can connect to anyone you know. 

8. Guess The Word

Very obvious from the name itself, this game is known to be one of the most popular downloads in this list. It not only helps your kids spend some unsupervised time with themselves but also ensures that they learn new things in the process. 

The game contains different levels which get harder as your kid progresses, further making it more interesting and attractive. If you have some free time on your hands, you can also jump in and play with your kids.

Final Thoughts

So, these are the 8 games that kids of all ages can play without any tension. Above all, parents don’t have to panic or keep an eye on them all the time. 

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