‘Danger, Will Robinson’- Lost in Space, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! How was our weeks this week? Assignments are nearly all done, and I am getting all ready to enjoy some time off before starting my dissertation. Going to enjoy the sun whilst I can! I binge watched Lost in Space this week, whilst I was writing and dying in the heatwave we’ve been having this week (Hope you’ve all been drinking to stay hydrated!)
Without further ado, here is my thoughts on Lost in Space!

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Family round the table, discussing some plan or another – Lost in Space, Netflix, 2018

Lost in Space is a 2018 reimagining of the 1965 show of the same name, with all the characters having the same name too – but slightly different jobs. This is the 21st Century after all! An object, dubbed “The Christmas Star” crashes into Earth and threatens to wipe out humanity (we see Maureen and Penny wearing gas masks in one scene). Maureen begins to work on the team that works on the “Resolute”, a way off of planet Earth and to find a new colony on another planet – No this isn’t Star Trek, I promise. Though “No Man” has “boldly gone” this way. The Robinson family is selected for the 24th mission off of Earth, but before they reach their destination, an alien robot breaches the Resolute’s hull. Colonists crash land on a habitable nearby planet where they attempt to find a way back to their ship.

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Will and his Robot. Danger – Lost in Space, Netflix, 2018

I loved every moment of this show, like every moment… okay that’s a slight lie, but I’ll explain in a second. This will be easier if I just talk about character here, so off we go! (We’ll go in reverse age order!)
Will is probably the most traumatised kid in the whole of the universe. Everything just seems to go wrong for him, and he doesn’t cope with stress well (you’ll see what I mean when you watch it). I think he was a perfect addition to the family. Without him we won’t have the Robot, and he grows through his metal friend.
Penny has some of the best lines in the whole series, she’s just like her Mum in her free-spirited-ness. But obviously, Penny can be a bit more carefree than her mum. I don’t remember when it was, but at one point I had to pause the show because I was laughing so hard at something she said.

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Maureen and John on the planet they never name – Lost in Space, Netflix, 2018

Judy, the eldest of the Robinson kids, is a super smart 18 year old girl. Like her brother, she’s taken on the family trait of super intelligence. But they’re very different – Judy is much more like her Dad than anyone. Which is obviously a talking point for the show.
Maureen and John have a tumultuous relationship to say the least. They were barely talking when they left Earth, and being shoved together could either be a detriment to them or  could help them fix their issues. I was so committed to their relationship throughout. I will say their parenting skills need a little work though.
Dr Smith is the antagonist, like the original show. I kinda wished I didn’t hear so much about her back story though. That’s the one issue I had from earlier. But that’s it. So that’s really good.

To all you who saw the original show, you’ll still love this. It doesn’t feel like it’s trying to be a remake of either that or the movie. I loved every second.

Have you seen Lost in Space? What was your thoughts? Love or hate it? Think it’s just another remake? Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: Lost in Space, Netflix, 2018]

 

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‘ My name is Gene. I’m a MEH emoji.’ – The Emoji Movie, 2017

Good Monday everyone! How are we all? As you guys know, I’m bogged down with a lot of work and assignments, so I will be giving you a short review today. I am someone that works with noise in the background, which means I watch a lot of movies that come out of Sky, Netflix, Amazon or any other streaming site I have a subscription to. I tend to come across a lot of awful movies, and trust me this one is *awful*. Without further ado, here we have The Emoji Movie.

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This was a thing! – The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2017

The Emoji Movie is a pile of gar- no wait… I should at least try give you guys a non bias review… at least give this thing a chance…
Let me start over… *clears throat*
The Emoji Movie is an animation, much like any other we see in this day and age, based on the trend of emojis. It is about Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, who decides he needs to set out to become a normal emoji. Gene is an emoji that lives in Textopolis (very hard thinking on this name guys…), a city inside the phone of his user Alex. He is the son of two ‘meh’ emojis (😒) named Mel and Mary, and is able to make multiple expressions despite his parents being singular face emojis. He goes on a mission to make himself a normal emoji, and makes some friends along the way.
Okay, there’s the brief synopsis – I can stop being unbiased now…

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This is so true for this movie… – The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2017

I went into this movie with an open mind, I had seen it hadn’t done too well on any of the scoring systems for movies. I tried to get on with this movie. I really did. But…this movie is 2 hours of my life I will never get back. You may say that’s an exaggeration, but I do not. It was awful. It was just painful to watch. I can honestly say it just seemed like an advert for the mobile apps Candy Crush, the match three game, Dropbox, the safe file app and Spotify, the well known music app. It didn’t seem to have a story other than “here’s some huge apps we’re going to show you, because we were paid a lot of money to show them off to you.” I am struggling to find anything good to say. I feel like the actors in this movie were wasted on it. Such big names for something so awful… honestly, it’s a tad depressing. Maybe I only feel this way because I was watching it whilst half asleep, stressed out and missing nearly a pint of blood (I had given blood that morning, and just needed to chill out with a movie.

I’m sorry this review has been so awful! Better thing next week… I promise!

Have you seen The Emoji Movie? What did you think? Hate it or love it? Leave a comment down below! 

 

 

 

 

[Header Image: The Emoji Movie, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2017]

‘I wish somebody spoke his language’ – Isle of Dogs, 2018

Good Monday everyone! How are we all? I am drowning in deadlines, but my library door is always open, so I can’t forget about you all! I’ve been with Seb (@sebonthesilvermountain) this week, and we decided to have a date night. Both of us wanted to see this movie, so after a very filling Wetherspoons we toddled down to his local cinema and cuddled up to watch. Wes Anderson is one of our favourite directors; we both loved The Grand Budapest Hotel and I really liked Fantastic Mr Fox. So, without further ado, here’s our thoughts on Isle of Dogs!

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Cover art for the Dvd box – Isle of Dogs, Fox Searchlight Studios, 2018

Isle of Dogs is a stop motion animation, with an all star cast. Set in a dystopian near-future Japan, the film follows a young boy who goes in search of his dog after the whole species is banished to an island due to an illness outbreak… and the fact that everyone likes cats more. The prologue explains the downfall of dogs and the uprising of cats – dogs were only saved by the daring deeds of a young samurai.
The film is split into acts, four if I remember exactly. Most of the film takes place on an island of trash, just off of the coast of Megasaki City, Kobayashi. The humans speak in their native tongue, and are translated by interpreter, machine or subtitles. The dogs have been pre-translated – it highlights the struggle between man and beast when trying to get them to play fetch. As I said before, it’s got an all star cast. The main dogs are played by names like Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton and Scarlett Johansson, whilst there are human characters played by the likes of Frances McDormand.

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Wes Anderson and his figures – Isle of Dogs, Fox Searchlight Studios, 2018

Overall, I really really enjoyed this film. Like every second of it. I felt like I learned something about the culture of Japan, I found it to be a respectful depiction of such – it wasn’t being forced upon me that this was correct. It also brought up the idea about being environmentally friendly – Trash Island isn’t exactly a sustainable solution. I think it shows Anderson’s worry for the future, a dystopian world who’s leaders get rid of the things that they hate through mass cullings. It shows that if people band together, they can make things better for everyone – and the epilogue shows that. I won’t spoil it for you, you need to go see it for yourself.
The only qualm I had with it was that the man in front was so tall (or I was so short, either way) I struggled to see over his head. It made me remember why I disliked going to the cinema on a regular basis.

Have you seen Isle of Dogs? Do you want to? What’s you views on it’s portrayal of our future? Do you believe we’re heading for a dystopia? What about it’s portrayal of Japan?Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: Isle of Dogs, Searchlight Studios, 2018]

‘Who’s is the mask I’m wearing?’ – The Grinning Man, 2016

Happy Easter, readers! I hope you ate lots of chocolate and didn’t get caught out by too many April Fools Day jokes! I was going to give you a usual review of a game or movie this week – that was until I went to the theatre in London on Saturday night, with my friend Daisy, and I just need to tell you all about it! The journey to see this musical was a weird one – we had booked tickets to Coraline the Opera, didn’t realise it was a matinee and so missed the show (woops!) We then struggled at 4pm to find something to do, until we saw that under 25s can see some shows at some theatres for only £25! So we booked some good seats and went!
Plus, the main character was inspiration for the Joker, so this counts… right? Without further ado – here is The Grinning Man.

Disclaimer – I obviously understand that this is a limited run (there are still tickets on sale), and not everyone can go see it, but I really enjoyed it, so wanted to share. ON WITH THE REVIEW!
Oh and… reviewing something from memory is harder than it looks, so bear with me! First times etc…

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Operating the puppet of Grinpayne – The Grinning Man, Tom Morris et al., 2016-Present

The Grinning Man is a tragicomic musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel The Man Who Laughs, and is brought to us from the director of War Horse – it uses puppetry in the same way as War Horse, the use of skeletal animals (in this case a wolf, not a horse) and the children within the play.
It unfolds as a crazy fairytale – slightly horrish, slightly whimsical, completely awesome. It’s framed in a huge pair of bared teeth, a bit like Grinpayne’s unfortunate face.

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Dea and Grinpayne – The Grinning Man, Tom Morris et al., 2016-Present

The music was amazing. The score was equally as eerie as it was intriguing, and I liked that the orchestra was underneath the stage, we could only see “Hans” the conductor and pianist from where we were sat in the audience.
It breaks the fourth wall a lot, “I hate the theatre” “Puppetry’s not as easy as it looks” etc., via it’s clown character, Barkilphedro. He spends most of the time he’s being the comic relief, but other characters do help with that too (mostly David Dirry-Moor, one of the three royal siblings). Other characters are other stereotypes from Victorian England, including, but not limited to; Josiana (sexually liberal Duchess), Angelica (mentally unstable Princess), King Clarence (King Henry VIII-esque character, fat and angry). I found most of it hilarious, the gags kept coming, even when you thought they were going to end they would happen again, like the potion feeding scene.
Even when a blooper happened, they got on with it; Barkilphedro rolls off stage at one point and his hat got stuck on a light. Cue a hand gingerly coming out of the side of stage to try and untangle himself. Whilst the audience, including myself, laughed, the actors on stage kept a very straight face.

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Grinpayne in his crazy state – The Grinning Man, Tom Morris et al., 2016-Present

The actors also get involved in the audience a couple times. They bustle their way through, sitting with people in the audience, making them move all their stuff. It makes the audience feel like they’re actually a part of the freak show. They also make a reference to an audience being there a couple of times whilst on stage. My new claim to fame is Louis Maskell, who plays Grinpayne, stepping on my foot as he went past and leaning down to whisper “Sorry” to me. Very nice of him.

It was honestly the best thing I’ve seen on stage for a long time. I honestly can’t recommend someone go see this more. Under 25s can see this show for only £25, no matter what seat they pick.

Have you seen The Grinning Man? Do you want to go? What else have you seen on stage? I’d love to know! Leave a comment down below! 

 

‘Relax… this pot is making you aggressive…’ – Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Good morning/afternoon readers! How are we all today? Recovered from the loss of sleep from the clocks going forward? I know I haven’t!
Todays review will be slightly different – I’ve been watching a lot of movies recently, but none of them have been ‘comic book appropriate,’ so I thought screw it, let’s just talk about something I’ve been watching! I mean… at least it’s an adaptation… right? Without further ado, let’s talk about Eyes Wide Shut.

Warning – this review is not for minors, 18+ please! 

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The Movie Poster – Eyes Wide Shut, Warner Bros., 1999

Eyes Wide Shut is an erotic drama (quote wikipedia on that one, not me) based on Traumnovelle (Dream Story); written, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick (fun Kubrick fact – he lived in a manor house incredibly close by to where I am). It was the last movie he ever worked on, making it a pivotal movie for me – I’ve watched a few Kubrick films now, and his style has changed throughout. Like other Kubrick adaptations, this film verges so far from the book it’s barely the same anymore, but significant plot points are not omitted. I find it very interesting that Kubrick hired Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise to be his main characters, these two were a married couple at the time of this film – and definitely adds to the sexual tension of the piece. Throughout, we have callbacks to it’s original setting, with the use of old Victorian buildings etc.
The narrative follows the sexually charged adventures of Bill, a medical doctor , who is shocked when Alice his wife, says she had contemplated having an affair a year earlier – which is shown in the first few moments of the movie. Bill is called away during a party, leaving his wife to the hands of another man who gets her slightly too drunk. Extremely upset Bill embarks on a crazy night, in which he infiltrates a massive masked orgy of an underground secret society.

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The weird mask things – Eyes Wide Shut, Warner Bros., 1999

One issue I always have with Kubrick’s work is how long his films are. When he was writing them it was shocking to have a movie over 2 hours long, and (according to my select button) this movie is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. There’s got to be a lot of this movie that’s pretty superfluous, it goes on a little bit too long. I’d have struggled to sit through it in a movie theatre/cinema that’s for sure.
I also have a real issue with Bill’s first port of call to be “cheat on wife with prostitute.” Learn to talk things out with your wife dude! You’re married with a kid! Whilst I admit that what she did was wrong, she didn’t kiss the naval officer, whereas he instigated an affair with a prostitute. At least it didn’t go further than a kiss. It makes me laugh that the way that Bill gets into one of these crazy parties is by wearing a tux with a hood and a mask, talk about weird!
The Master of Ceremonies bit is weird, the constant imagining of Alice having sex with another guy is weird – the whole movie is weird. And I think that’s it’s appeal. It’s weird, because it’s Kubrick, but at the same time it’s weirdness is alluring. I want to find out what happens in these underground sex cults, whether it’s true or not (I presume not), and it makes me want to keep watching.  I will watch any of Kubrick’s work any day, which I will finally get around to doing soon!

Eyes Wide Shut is classic Kubrick weirdness, but honestly I loved it for that. His distinct directoral stance can be seen throughout; the sex scenes reminded me a lot of A Clockwork Orange (which I also loved and thought was crazy).

Have you seen Eyes Wide Shut? Are you a fan of Kubrick? I’d love to chat about him with you all! Leave a comment down below! 

Games I’m Looking Forward to Playing in 2018

Merry Monday, readers! How are we all today? Other than a stinker of a cold (I know – I think I’m cursed) I have had a really good week!
Last week I gave you the games I’ve enjoyed playing this year, so this week it was suggested that I give you all the games I want to play in this year – ones that will release in the next 9 months! Let’s just get on with it shall we!

Sea of Thieves – Released 20th March 2018

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Sea of Thieves, Rare, 2018

Everyone loves pirates, right? I’ve wanted a good looking pirate game since Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, which was a great pirate game (and awful assassin’s game!) I’ve seen some amazing footage of this game, played by big gaming channels like Funhaus, and it just looks like a tonne of fun! I love the idea of hoisting the sail, steering a ship and getting the booty from long lost islands! My only qualms with it is the character generator making everyone look like a potato, so hopefully they’ll be changing that for the actual game release. This game looks like it’s going back to the early days of Rare, from before it was brought out by Windows and the awful Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, and I am so excited!

 

A Way Out – Released 23rd March 2018

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A Way Out, Hazelight Studios, 2018

A Way Out is the second game by Josef Fares (of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons fame). This is a pretty revolutionary game. Whilst lots of large narrative games are single player only, this game has no single player – only a multiplayer (local and online). Players must work together as Leo and Vincent, two convicted criminals, to escape their prison. The story is split screen, so players can see both narratives at once. This idea, to me at least, is so cool! I love playing games with other people; as much as I do like a singleplayer game, it’s really refreshing to play something whilst chatting to someone – and I have just the man I want to play this with! (Our resident Man on the Silver Mountain if you hadn’t guessed! He’s also looking forward to playing this one too)

 

State of Decay 2 – Released 22nd May 2018

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State of Decay 2, Undead Labs, 2018

Zombie games make it twice on this list, and this is number one! I was recently introduced to State of Decay last year, and brought the Game of the Year edition last week for myself. What I’ve always thought that game lacked was a multiplayer. Which is why I’m glad that they didn’t change much about this game for the sequel, other than adding a multiplayer. I’ll be going through the first State of Decay to get myself through the wait for the second one!

Shadows Kiss – Released Sometime in December 2018

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Shadows Kiss, Clockwork Throne Studios, 2018

This is the first game I’ve ever backed from the beginning of it’s development. I love a good supernatural game, as well as an MMO, so putting vampires and multiplayer games together is a big yes from me! It draws a lot of inspiration from Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, which I’ve never finished but do love to have a play of every now and then. I can’t wait to run around and eat some humans, whilst running around and killing werewolves with friends – nom, nom, nom!

GTFO – Released Sometime in 2018

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GTFO, 10 Chambers Collective, 2018

The second installment of zombies on this list. Except this one is much scarier, and I won’t be able to play by myself at all! GTFO is by the people that made Payday, which is obvious when you look at gameplay trailers. It’s a 4 player cooperative game, which I hope can be played with less than 4 players, and you team together to go around an abandoned facility, grabbing loot and killing undead! I am an awful shot, so I hope that people can help and bear with me!

Ooblets – Released Sometime in 2018

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Ooblets, Doublefine Studios, 2018

Thought I’d end this on a nicer game. I love simulation games; and loved Stardew Valley when it came out. This is very much like that, with a mix of Pokémon too. It’s just about living a life – harvesting, exploring, joining clubs, collecting things and meeting the towns residents. It’s just a calm and relaxing experience which I can’t wait to have! It’s all so cute and adorable, and I will feel cute and adorable playing it!

Have you seen any of these games before? Wanting to play any? Perhaps you hate the idea of them? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment down below!

 

 

Top 5 Games I’ve Enjoyed Playing in 2018

Hello everyone! Thank you for bearing with me recently! Been all over the place! I’ll always come back to you though, remember that! A library is never closed for long!

This week I promised you a bumper post of what games I have been loving so far in 2018; most of these games are old, or have been updated in 2018, some of them are new. I play a lot of video games at home, with Seb and with friends so narrowing this list down was hard. But without further ado – here is the ‘Top 5 Games I’ve Enjoyed Playing in 2018’!

Life is Strange

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Life is Strange, DontNodEntertainment, 2015

 

Let’s start with Life is Strange. I have been playing this in anticipation for playing the prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm. Both are episodic games, with the ability to do things to change the future dialogue or events in the game. Set in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Max Caulfield (a student photographer) discovers she has the strange ability to rewind time when her childhood best-friend Chloe is shot dead by Nathan Prescott, the boy who’s father owns the school and most of the town. The ability to rewind time is a big part of Life is Strange. It allows for the puzzling mechanics of the game – fetch quests and changes to the environment. The first rewind is to save Chloe from her untimely demise at the hand of Nathan.
I really enjoyed playing this game, I haven’t finished it yet, but plan to in the next week or so. Whilst some of my friends found the story to be mundane, I currently find it to be compelling and I want to progress to find out what happens. I can’t wait to finish and start the next one!

Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter 

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Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter, Cryptic Studios, 2015 – Present

I have played this game for a long time; at least 3 years at this point. Like many other gamers, I play both tabletop and video games, so playing a D&D MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) with the ability to sit at my desk in my pyjamas sounded like a laugh riot!
Neverwinter takes place in the time when a the city itself is forced into chaos by the disappearance of the last Lord. Factions are fighting for dominance to call Neverwinter home, as undead rise and attack. The Lich Queen Valindra attacks the newly built wall, it’s a weak feature, and attempts to sack the city. The tutorial forces the player in as deep as possible – they have the save the city as quick as possible!
As with all Dungeons and Dragons stories, Neverwinter is captivating from a narrative standpoint. All of the races are accepted equally; classes and races get their own quests too, which you can include your friends in on. My main character Lerissa (a tiefling warlock) loves to run around with her lover Svokk (a dragonborn rogue)!

 

Overwatch

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Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment, 2016 – Present

I’ll be honest – everyone and their dog plays Overwatch or has seen Overwatch being played. I, like many other people, have a main character or two – I really like playing D.Va, Sombra, Moira, Zenyatta and I’m looking forward to the addition of Brigitte later this month!
A brief synopsis is thus – Overwatch is set in a fictionalised Earth, thirty years after the the resolution of the Omnic-Crisis. Human created AI’s called Omnics, that turned against their makers. The United Nations, based off of the real life equivalent, quickly created the team of ‘Overwatch’ to fight against them. They win, and shut down the Omnics. The Leaders of Overwatch begin to argue, Gabriel Reyes and Jack Morrison can barely be around each other anymore. The UN realise they need to do something to stop them, as the rest of the world have outcried about it. Overwatch HQ is blown up, purposely killing Reyes and Morrison among others. The UN then passes the Petras act, stopping all Overwatch and Overwatch-esque activity from ever happening again. Years pass and it turns out that Reyes and Morrison are very much alive – Reyes is now a terrorist called Reaper (basically death), the leader of Talon, out for vengeance and killing. Morrison is the masked vigilante Soldier: 76, and he’s working with old members of Overwatch to stop Reyes and find out why he was shut down in the first place.
Now this story is great, but I wish I had found it out in the actual game and not via story comic books or via my own research. These characters have amazing backstory, which should be found out via playing the game. The story doesn’t even mean anything in the game, Overwatch and Talon characters can play in the same maps together and be on the same team. Why have an in depth story when it means literally nothing?

Kitty Powers Matchmaker / Love Life

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Kitty Powers Matchmaker, Magic Notion, 2015

Who doesn’t love drag? Who doesn’t love matching people to others, forcing them to be together even if they aren’t meant to be? Who doesn’t love giving their couples a happy ever after? If you answered “I love it!” to these questions this game is for you! Kitty Powers is a real British drag queen (waiting for one of our Queens to get on RuPaul is getting tiring), and the lending of her persona is amazing for this game. She’s the perfect person to have as a boss. She has recently launched a new branch of her dating service and has hired the player to serve as her newest matchmaker . You can design your character to fit how you want, including dietary requirements. I really loved this little game, even though it can be repetitive at times, it’s a fun way to pass the time. I obviously just like to play matchmaker, even if I make all my characters lie to get to the second date!

Orwell / Orwell: Ignorance is Strength

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Orwell, Osmotic, 2016

Orwell is an episodic surveillance game. The Nation is lead by The Party. And you are an investigator of the government, spying on the civilians. It’s a linear story, unti’ the end; you are investigating The Thought, a freedom fighting company against The Nation and The Party.  Each part of the evidence is a data-chunk which can be used for or against The Thought. It is the players story that determines the outcome of The Nation, Orwell and The Thought. The Second Game is much in the vein of the first; the player is still an investigator for The Nation.
I really enjoy these kind of games. I love a good story, especially a dystopian one, and can’t wait to get playing on the second episode of Orwell: Ignorance is Strength.

Have you played any of these? Loved or hated them? Want to know what other games I play? Leave a comment down below!

No Review this Week! – 6/3/18

Hey everyone! Hope you all enjoyed a snowy week and built lots of snow-librarians (those are a thing right?)

I have been swamped with univeristy work this week, and will be up until the end of April – just need to get it all done and then you have my undivided attention!

I’m so sorry it’s been so patchy recently, I feel awful for it, honestly I do!

Next week I shall be giving you the low down on all the games I’m playing at the moment and the ones I just love so much and just havw to share -mmos, adventures, point and clicks – you name a genre I’ve probably played something in it!

I aim to make it a bumper post, there’s a lot to fit in, so it gives me a week to play a bit more and perhaps give you some screen-caps of my characters and some detailed background info on it all!

Stick with me through this next month or so please! I promise it will be worth it!

I really am sorry that I can’t give you all my undivided attention! Is there anything you’d like to see my review – it can be any medium (book, movie, comic, game) and doesn’t have to be an adaptation! Leave a comment down below!

Top 5 Anticipated Movies of 2018

Hello everyone! Long time no see! How are you guys? Sorry I’ve been away for a little! I have been sick and then I went on a week away – good place to recover if I don’t say so myself. Because I’ve been away and am just getting into the swing of things again I thought I’d give you guys an insight into the ‘Top 5 Movies’ I’m looking forward to watching (and perhaps reviewing) in 2018! Below each I’ll leave a trailer for you to enjoy!

Game Night

Game Night is brought to us by the same people that did Horrible Bosses. It’s about a group of friends who love to play games (yay!) and get invited to a night of games they won’t forget – a murder mystery. For one, I love the fact that they’re normalising gaming by using Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman. As a gamer myself this makes me happy, as it’s no longer seen as the ‘nerdy’ thing to do. Two, it looks like a good mix of fun and drama! I love a good comedy, a romance and a bit of drama/action going on! It’s definitely one I will be watching!

Deadpool 2

This was an obvious one for my list. For one, the first Deadpool movie was one of the best Superhero (and X-Men) movies I have ever seen. Who wouldn’t love a movie that has a whole sex scene montage that includes ‘International Women’s Day’, with some strap-on action? It was funny and crazy, with some amazing fight scenes. I cannot wait to see the second one, with the inclusion of Cable (badass) and Domino (also a badass). I’m looking forward to more of the merc-with-the-mouth. Hopefully they keep up the jokes that Ryan Reynolds has done for the advertisements.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Another installment to our X-Men means I will be going to see it. Anyone that knows me knows that I love the X-Men; I have hair dyed like Rogue! I hope that they’re going to be better than previous X-Men movies, but I’m not as against them as a lot of people are. I love reading the X-Men comics, and the 90’s show is my all time favourite kids show (my ringtone is the theme song!). Though we only have a teaser out at the moment, it will be interesting to see what they do with the Dark Phoenix saga. It will be interesting to see how X-Men: New Mutants and this take on the franchise.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! 

I’m allowed one guilty pleasure on here. I loved the first movie… no, I love the first movie. I watch it whenever I feel a bit glum or want something on in the background (thank you Netflix!) I will be going to see this with my Mum; because everyone needs something to watch with their Mum, right? I will be singing along, but trying not to dance in the aisle!

The Incredibles 2

IT’S ABOUT TIME! HOW MANY YEARS HAS IT BEEN? 14??? I have been waiting for this movie since I completed the Gameboy Advance version of the original game, when I was about 10. I have been waiting too long for this movie. I am a bit worried that the movie theatre will be filled with screaming children – I pray for an adults only screening!
I feel sorry for Bob in these trailers – Helen has gone off to save the world and he’s been left to look after Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack. As this is just after the last movie, Jack-Jack has only just got his powers. So learning to deal with them seems to be a struggle! He can’t eat cookies forever!

Are you looking forward to any of these movies? Like or hate the ones I’ve said I want to watch? Leave a comment down below! 

 

Seb’s Top 10 of 2017/2018

Hi guys, the Man on the Silver Mountain here once again, this time I’m throwing something your way that’s a little different from when I usually turn up to help out the Librarian. As I’m sure she’s told you she’s been busy and more than a little sick.
I offered to help and she suggested I do something a little different with you; a top ten. Apparently you guys like me showing up occasionally enough that she thought maybe you’d like to know what I’ve been watching and enjoying over the end of last year and beginning of this one.

To preface the list, I was originally thinking of kicking off with best five and worst five but whilst I had loads of things I’ve enjoyed the only negatives I could really produce were Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Trek: Discovery, two of my favourite franchises historically that have been let down by lack lustre recent additions in my opinion, as a result though this turned into a much more positive top ten, listed below in no particular order.

Black Mirror

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Black Mirror, Channel 4/Netflix, 2011 – Present

I’m sure a load of you have already been watching Black Mirror. It’s an anthology show in the same vein as the Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits from ages ago and that’s already a big plus in my book as I do love me some varied storytelling. More to the point though I like shows that have depth to them, either in terms of the subject matter they’re examining, subtext and secrets for fans to theorise on, or otherwise just a really solid plot to invest in; Black Mirror covers all three better than probably any other entry on this list purely thanks to its anthology format. Definitely worth a watch in my book if you haven’t already.

The Good Place

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The Good Place, NBC/Netflix, 2016 – Present

I love philosophy! I even considered heading to university as a mature student to study it. So when you’ve got a show like The Good Place, that pulls all of the philosophy I’ve enjoyed reading plus some more that I was only tangentially aware of, together as part of a hilarious and concrete plot it’s an instant win for me. Worth watching if you want to be entertained into learning something.

Librarian’s side note – Seb wouldn’t know about this one if I didn’t suggest one day we watch it. I’m so glad we did because we both love it to bits! Sometimes (!) I have good TV suggestions! 

Lucifer

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Lucifer, Fox/Amazon, 2016 – Present

I’m not at all religious but I find the various myths, legends and stories of religions fascinating, especially when re-worked intelligently into stories that use the resonant core of what made those religions so influential in their times, even up to the present in some cases, but can use that core to tell a different but no less engaging story. This is where Lucifer pops up on my radar, it’s smart, funny and balances the supernatural of the main character literally being the biblical Devil and the mundanity of the individuals he’s surrounded by. I especially enjoy this show for the thought that’s gone into considering angelic and demonic impressions of the universe; they know that there’s more beyond the mortal coil but they still have no real idea about what’s going on as God remains aloof and hidden even from them for the most part. Worth taking a look in my opinion if you want something light-hearted that may give you some stuff to think about afterwards.

My Hero Academia

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My Hero Academia, Funimation, 2016 – Present 

Now, I’m not really a huge anime fan. I can’t really say whether it’s the art style, the differences between the culture I’ve grown up in and the culture of the creators of most anime, or if it’s just something completely nebulous that will remain forever undefined, but I’ve just found that most anime just doesn’t hold my attention all that well even if more traditionally Western cartoons and animations aren’t a problem for me to sit and binge through. My Hero Academia though kept me hooked from beginning of season one through to the end of season two easily. The characters have depth, the plot examines some really interesting questions like “What does it mean to be a real hero?” or “How would society cope if 80% of the population were superhuman?”, and the pacing of the show seemed really good (unlike old school Dragon Balls Z one fight doesn’t take half a season to conclude). If you’re into anime and haven’t gotten around to watching this yet, or if like me you aren’t an anime fan, I’d suggest checking out My Hero Academia as I feel it has something for almost anyone whilst not forgetting what it is.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, BBC America/Netflix, 2016 – Present

Ah, Douglas Adams, the man who famously wrote Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and who unfortunately passed away in May 2001, left us with more than just that one piece of well-known work. One particular piece was Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a tale about individuals granted with particular gifts by the universe for reasons no one can really understand. Enter Dirk Gently, one of these special individuals whose gift is to stumble through life solving problems whether he likes it or not. With a great cast including Elijah Wood and a very well-written and consistent script in spite it being written about the innately chaotic nature of the universe, my biggest complaint about this show was that there wasn’t more of it straight away. If you like Douglas Adams or otherwise just want something fun and quirky to watch this is what you’ve been waiting for.

The Expanse

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The Expanse, Syfy/Netflix, 2015 – Present

Who likes their really hard sci-fi? I do, and The Expanse is a great way to indulge my want for it. Set in our solar system a bit of a way into the future after humanity has colonised out as far as the asteroid belt, we follow three individuals as they traverse the difficult landscape of a solar system on the brink of collapse and chaos. I particularly how season one sees the characters we follow slowly find one another and how then the second season has a lot of fun with these well developed and fleshed out characters that we’ve been watching in isolation up until then. It tackles issues around class, political control, corporate interests vs those of the people and many others but does it in a way that’s neither particularly heavy handed nor so easy as to treat the viewer like a moron. If you like your more realistic zero-G scenes and like your solar system-spanning conspiracies this one’s for you.

Altered Carbon

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Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018

I love the cyberpunk end of sci-fi. Blade Runner is in my top five movies alongside movies like Cloud Atlas as well that has its cyberpunk moments in it too. I’m excited for more news on Cyberpunk 2077 and apparently so are a lot of others too. I haven’t seen the new Blade Runner sequel yet something I NEED to do but just haven’t had the time to get around to it just yet. So whilst I wait for an opportune moment to find my way back to Blade Runner how best to fill my time that with another sci-fi/cyberpunk show that gives us a grim but potentially possible vision of the future where human bodies are interchangeable, death is no longer an issue and rich corporations and their owners basically run the galaxy? There isn’t one; that question was purely rhetorical. With a great cast, a great looking world, an AI run, Edgar Allan Poe themed hotel, lots of nudity, violence and dystopian future vibes this is one that anyone can find something to enjoy in whilst the engaging murder-mystery-with-a-twist unravels before you at a good pace whilst establishing the universe and setting up for season two easily.

 

Rick and Morty

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Rick and Morty, Adult Swim/Netflix/Comedy Central, 2013 – Present

I have no doubt that most of you have watched this, I know the Librarian has talked to you guys about Rick and Morty before too, but I couldn’t escape adding this one on here. Considering this started out as a weird, satirical rip-off of Back to the Future, kicking off with a lot of cheap and shocking gags that were perfectly delivered, this show’s grown after season three into a much more cohesive story but without losing much of what it gained from season one and two. I know some people didn’t like the lack of certainty in the show from season one and season two where things seemed a little disjointed due to the universe-hopping nature of the show but especially after some of the big reveals and events in season three, I’d recommend going back and sticking with season one and two to get to season three as it all starts to fit together a bit more interestingly now. Otherwise, if you’re already into the show I’m preaching to the choir.

Sense8

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Sense8, Netflix, 2015 – 2018

The show from the Wachowskis that Netflix cancelled due to costs and lack of engagement on its second season despite it being so good and wrapping up so many things from the first season. Set in the modern day with a very limited sci-fi element in terms of the sensates themselves (individuals who are psychically linked as a cluster, able to communicate and share experiences over any distance) this is a show that contains a collection of stories from many perspectives all elegantly intertwined around a main, conspiracy plot. Considering that after the backlash from the fans over the shows cancellation we’re going to be getting a feature-length episode to tie off the remaining story arcs from season two, now’s a great time to go and watch the first two seasons.

Thor: Ragnarok

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Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel Cinematic Universe, 2017

The only movie on this list because I don’t usually find myself watching movies, I don’t tend to have time to dedicate up to three hours or so compared to an hour for an episode of a TV show. I had to include the most recent Thor on this list though because the Thor sub-franchise within the MCU has had a rough time. Thor was an origin story, it did its job but wasn’t anything particularly special. Thor: The Dark World was mostly connective tissue for both the Avengers movies and as something to play with on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D TV show for an episode or so. So with that said Thor needed some care and attention and he got it in spades from director Taika Waititi. Humourous throughout but still allowing for a plot built more around the vulnerabilities and humanity of the characters involved rather than the purely godly, super powerful nature of the characters AND still including all the connective tissue required for Avengers: Infinity War and beyond this movie was very well crafted. If you’re a fan of the MCU and haven’t seen this yet, aren’t really a fan of the MCU but want a superhero themed laugh, or if you’re somewhere in between I would recommend Thor: Ragnarok as a movie to have a fun couple of hours watching.

And that’s my list, I could go into honourable mentions but I think this list is long enough already. What are your opinions on the things I’ve been watching? Part of the fun of watching stuff like this is having a chat afterwards and I know your Librarian would love to know your thoughts.

In the meantime though if you’ve enjoyed going through the list, and maybe even watching some of my suggestions, I’d love to hear and if you’d like more from me find me on YouTube. Thanks for reading, I hope to hear from the Librarian if you guys enjoyed any of my suggestions.

What have you loved watching recently? Hated any of Seb’s picks? Loved each and every one? Leave a comment down below!