Very rarely can a straight action movie excite, these days. It’s a fact: it is becoming increasingly difficult for films to break away from the pack in this tired genre. Enter The Raid: Redemption, an impressive, Indonesian actioner from writer-director-editor extraordinaire Gareth Evans, a film that avoids all of its potential pitfalls with a stripped-down plot, impressive visuals and brutal, stunning action – making it one of the best action films in years.

Gareth Huw Evans has added just enough story to serve Raid‘s breathtaking, brutal and completely original action, inspired by the little-known martial art Pencak Silat. The film opens on Rama (Iko Uwais), a rookie cop preparing for his day. He goes about his morning workout, kisses his pregnant wife, and prepares for his work day. A clock ticks. This opening scene is the most calm the film features, and yet it is claustrophobic, tense.

In just a few, small set-up scenes, the plot is laid out: a small team of elite SWAT forces – Rama included – must enter a run-down, fifteen-story high rise, filled with gangsters and drug lords, to take out the crime lord, Tama (Ray Sahetap) while avoiding an army of henchmen and his brutal and skilled right-hand men, Andi (Doni Alamsyah) and Mad Dog (Yayan Ruhian).

This simple plot shows how this film is a perfect example of not needing a convoluted set-up or execution to make a good action film. Director Gareth Evans keeps the premise reasonably small and understated, particularly when compared with the excessive and electrifying violent action, which takes up the majority of the film’s 101 minute running time. The violence is uncomfortably brutal, due to the realism of the combat. Thanks in large part to choreography by Uwais and Ruhian, every hit, punch and stab look and sound real. Not only is the action impressive in its realism and execution, but it has something severely lacking from the majority of modern action films: originality.

The acting here is serviceable, although it isn’t given the opportunity to be anything more, as there is very little dialogue (and subsequently few subtitles) to distract from the relentlessly, hard-hitting violence. However, as the body count builds up and the options for the SWAT team seemingly dwindle, Evans adds some interesting, character-driven complications that elevate the stakes of the action in the third act and add a much-needed change of pace to the otherwise non-stop carnage (which, by the end of the film, begins to wear out its welcome).

From the vision, execution, choreography, and editing, The Raid: Redemption is always treading new territory. A wholly visceral and brutal sensory experience, Evans and the movie’s two stars and choreographers have rewritten what modern action can achieve. The Raid: Redemption hits you hard from the onset and doesn’t relent, attacking your senses with the full force of Pencak Silat.

Grade: A-

Rated: R (for strong, brutal, bloody violence throughout and language.)

The Raid: Redemption is currently playing in limited release.

Official pictures from the Gilmore Girls revival hint that Stars Hollow’s pride and joy went on to become a teacher. Tanc Sade’s Instagram suggests otherwise.

Rory Gilmore — high school English teacher or staff writer on The Stars Hollow Gazette? When the first official photos of the Gilmore Girls revival were released by TV Line, Rory Gilmore was shown standing at the front of a classroom with some chalkboard notes that seemed to indicate she was teaching high school English. And she wasn’t just any high school teacher, but a Chilton high school teacher.

Source: TV Line

However, while promoting an upcoming charity fundraiser, Tanc Sade, everyone’s favorite Life and Death Brigade member, Finn, gave away that Rory Gilmore is an above the fold writer of the Stars Hollow Gazette. Sure it’s a long cry from covering the parking lot pavement of Chilton, but it does not strike us as the type of hard-hitting journalism that would satisfy a girl who hit the road to cover the Obama campaign at the close of the series. This issue, dated July 19, 2016, will appear sometime in the “Summer” installment of the four-part series.

Whose to say that Rory Gilmore can’t juggle two careers at once? She was, after all, the Editor in Chief of The Yale Daily News and a star student who graduated on time after taking a semester off to have a breakdown. Maybe her staff writing position is just a hobby.

This is not the first inside look into the Gilmore Girls reunion that Sade has provided. One quick browse through his Instagram and you will be treated to tons of behind the scenes goodies! Here are some of our favorites.

A Gilmore and her LDB boys


They’ve come a long way from moving Rory out

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix soon.

Twitter announces slew of changes to give you more room to tweet, get noticed

You'll also be allowed to retweet yourself. Umm...

11:15 am EDT, May 24, 2016

Twitter has confirmed that they’ll be making a few changes to let you fit more in a single tweet. Changes to retweeting and chatting with a user are also in the pipeline.

Earlier this month we told you Twitter would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140 character limit, but it looks like the social network is taking things a step further. Not only will URLs and photos no longer be a part of the character count, but they will also stop counting usernames.

Here’s Twitter’s full breakdown of the upcoming changes:

– Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

– Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

– Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

– Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

One or two of these additions may be controversial. For example, giving people the option to retweet themselves if “a really good one went unnoticed” sounds like a cheap solution to fix the issue of tweets not getting noticed. Why should it be upon the user to do something to get the tweet noticed? It’ll look obnoxious if we’re retweeting ourselves — it’s the equivalent of asking aloud, “Hey, did anyone just hear my excellent thought?” even when everyone heard it but purposely ignored it.

Twitter isn’t ready to launch these changes today because they want to give developers time to prepare. This way, third party apps like Tweetbot (It’s great — there are no ads in it!) will be ready to support Twitter’s new rules right at the start of the official launch. Expect to see these features in a few months.

Sadly, we’re still waiting for Twitter to launch an “edit” button. It sucks to be unable to fx a mistake.

James Corden invited the now world famous Chewbacca Mom onto The Late Late Show for some sh**s and giggles.

Ah, Chewbacca Mom. A literal ray of sunshine whose viral video is sure to put a smile on your face. Proof that even the simplest materialistic things can bring us joy if we have the right outlook on life.

A small, simple video… and now a national sensation to the point you can’t escape that Chewie mask anywhere. Talk about oversaturation!

For those not yet burdened by the cynicism of age and the Internet, her overnight fame means that there are plenty of new ways to laugh with Chewbacca Mom — the best of which were provided by James Corden Monday night on the Late Late Show.

Corden, in a video reminiscent of his Carpool Karaokes, invited Chewbacca Mom (real name Candace Payne) and her daughter to drive around with him, with humorous results:

Chewbacca Mom does a flawless impersonation of herself as she participates in the spoof, and then suddenly, J.J. Abrams appears to add his support of the mask’s authenticity.

It ends with them all wearing masks and laughing hysterically. (Are there… fumes in these masks?)

Anyway, if you want even more Chewbacca Mom, check out another video of her on Corden’s show:

Did you find it as hilarious as James Corden does?

Kohl’s, which is selling Chewbacca masks like hot cakes since this went viral, has a lot to thank Chewbacca Mom for. And they’ve been showing their appreciation with extra Star Wars-related merch for her and her family. Now we’re just waiting for the inevitable reality series.