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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 


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, 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


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


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


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


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, 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


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


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


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

altered carb

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


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, 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


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! 

No Review this Week! – 12/02/18

Hello everyone! I have been struck down this week, quite badly, and therefore have not had the strength to do anything then watch My Little Pony on repeat – yes, I will admit to that, just this once! As much as I would love to, I know you guys wouldn’t want a review of that – especially when it could just be a drug-fuelled mess! – so I won’t be giving you guys a review this week! I am sorry!

Next week you’ll have to tune in for Seb’s (@sebonthesilvermountain) ‘Top 10 TV shows and Movies’ – things that he’s really liked! Some I have spoken about, but I’ll let him explain them better! I’ll be out of the UK, enjoying some winter sun.

See you in a couple weeks!

Sorry I’m sick guys! Any of you feeling the winter flu? While you’re here, why don’t you tell me what things you want to see here for 2018? Leave a comment down below!

‘Coming back from the dead is a bitch. Every single time.’ – Altered Carbon, 2018

Happy Monday, everyone! And happy 1 year birthday to us! That’s right, 1 whole year ago we began our crazy journey into reviewing, and boy have I loved every minute. Hopefully you have too, because I don’t plan on stopping any time soon!
This week Altered Carbon came out, which I first heard about on the One Show on the BBC a few weeks ago, with an interview with James Purefoy (who plays Laurens Bancroft). From the get-go I knew I wanted to watch this, and I knew Seb would do too. We knew what we had to do this weekend, and we sat down and binge watched it over 3 nights – he wanted to do it quicker, but I like that thing called ‘sleep’ too much!



Takeshi Kovacs brandishing his gun – Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018

Altered Carbon is set in the distant future where people use “sleeves” instead of one fixed body. Their consciousness is transferred to “stacks”, which are placed at the base of the/inside the vertebrae, and a person can only experience a “true death” if someone is to kill this stack, otherwise it is just placed from one sleeve to another.
The long and short of it – death is a thing of the past, people can just re-body and move on.
Because of this re-sleeving, people can almost come back from the dead, and this happens to Takeshi Kovacs, an Asian born man now placed into the “first body” (not really but spoilers!) that can be found – a military grade white man after 250 years “dead”. As an Envoy, a man of the rebellion from hundreds of years ago, he’s unused to the world that’s he’s come into – especially because people keep recognising him and he has no idea what they’re on about.
Kovacs is accosted repeatedly by Kristen Ortega, a detective in the BCPD, who seems to have a thing about not letting him get hurt. People beat him up for absolutely no reason. Everyone seems to have an issue with him before he’s introduced himself to people! You’ll have to watch to find out why!

Altered Carbon

Sassy Kristen Ortega doesn’t take any crap from anybody! – Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018

I love the fact that multiple people play characters within this show, without it feeling wrong on a cultural level. Even though a white man is playing an Asian man as the main character, we get constant flashbacks of his life as an Asian man, and see him flipping through sleeves like they mean nothing to him. It’s really interesting to see a sleeve that he’s not willing to let die, and makes sure he patches it up as best as possible.



Takeshi Kovacs (in his birth-sleeve) and his sister Reileen Kawahara when they get reunited! – Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018

I loved Lizzie Elliot’s story line, a woman that had such a fractured mind that she can’t have fixed unless she’s put into virtual reality. She’s literally a boss. I loved everything about her. Amazing actress too! She was by far my favourite character, and I was glad that she, along with her mum and dad, such main characters in the show. It was really cool to have a badass family; hacker mum, military dad and Lizzie the (insert mega spoiler).



Poe, an AI hotel (yes, a hotel). He is The Raven, and has a huge love for humans. ‘Specially Edgar Allen – Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018

There’s so much I want to enthuse about with Altered Carbon but I don’t even have the words to put down! It’s full of life, story and amazingly well rounded characters. Even though there was so many, it doesn’t feel over saturated with storylines. Each character has their own parts of the episode, so it’s easy to differentiate what’s going on, and I’m sure I can remember each character’s story if you quizzed me. Other than why Kovacs has a pink backpack, but Seb cannot remember that either, so I hope we just missed it and it was actually explained!

Altered Carbon was by far one of the best Sci-fi/Cyber Punk shows I’ve seen in a long time – which admittedly isn’t many things I’ve seen, but I’ve seen enough to have an opinion. It was well filmed, well told, well… well I loved EVERYTHING so yeah… I guess I didn’t care for as much of the past stuff as some people might, I kind of wished he had remained more of an enigma to the audience but it also worked that we found out about Kovacs as we watched, so I won’t complain! Plus, I can’t complain about how much sex there was – very much on par to Game of Thrones or Outlander! I actually like that sex is being normalised by tele!

Have you seen Altered Carbon? Loved the adaptation? Want to read the book? Maybe you hated every second and can’t wait to rant about it? I’d love to chat! Leave a comment down below! 

[Header Image: Altered Carbon, Netflix, 2018]




What I’ve watched so far in 2018

Hello, readers! Good weekend? I spent mine doing nothing and enjoying it! It’s nice to have a weekend of doing nothing every now and again. Whilst doing nothing I watched a few movies, and then thought about the ones I’ve watched since the beginning of 2018. I’ve already sat down and watched a lot of movies. Here’s a brief opinion of the ones I can remember!

Now You See Me 1 (2013) and 2 (2016)
I found these two on Netflix, and I’ve wanted to watch them for a while. I’m only half way through the 2nd one, but I can tell you they feel very similar. The plot line made little sense, but I don’t think I was watching it for more than the magic tricks – which, by the way, are hella amazing. Bit sad that Amy Adams didn’t return for No.2 (probably scheduling conflicts) but I didn’t hate them! 6/10 and 6/10

The Big Sick (2017)
I watched this just yesterday, and loved every minute. I’m glad I didn’t see it at the movies because there were quite a few times I cried. I honestly really liked it, and would watch it again! 8/10

The Disaster Artist (2017)
I loved The Room when I saw it, and loved the making of it just as much! It was pretty nepotistic, but I loved that the “frat” of Hollywood made this movie. It made it extra funny in all the right places! 9/10

The Jungle Book (2016)
This movie will never live up to the 90s animation. It tried it’s hardest, but like all the live action movies it falls pretty flat. Good graphics though! 7/10

The Circle (2017)
What an awful movie. No pace, no story, boring. Honestly boring. I was really sad to hate something with such potential to be a good movie… 3/10

Table 19 (2017)
I love cheesy rom-coms, and this fits the bill! I actually loved most of this movie, and only gave it a slightly higher than mediocre score because of some stilted acting. But hey – it’s got Anna Kendrick in so how can I hate it?! 7/10

The Book of Henry (2017)
Honestly it’s not as bad as people have said. I don’t get why certain people slated it so much. Sure it wasn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen, and it approached too many topics at once, but it wasn’t awful. 6/10

I am surprised how many movies I’ve watched to be honest. Maybe I’m just a huge procrastinator. I want to watch more and more. Look out for more of these reviews later in 2018!

Have you seen any of these movies? What were your opinions? Leave your comments down below! 

‘Tell Gamonda to call me!’ – Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy, 2017

Hello everyone! I’m back! I enjoyed my randomly gifted weekend off from our resident Man on the Silver Mountain. It gave me enough time to begin writing again! I’ve really enjoyed getting back to my stories. Oh – and to play a lot of video games… don’t judge me, okay?


Our daring team! – Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017

This weeks review is (almost) a sequel to my previous review about Telltale’s Batman. While not of the same branding, it’s almost Marvel’s answer to it. Firstly, I want to point out that – like Batman- this is Telltale’s Guardians, not the movies. All the characters are based on the comics, not the movies. And the movies aren’t mentioned. Remember, no movies here. Okay – now that’s been set straight, here we go!

Let’s get in the mood for it with some ELO, which just so happens to be the theme song for this game!


Spaaaaaaaace! – Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017

Anyway, back to the review! –
The plot centers on the Guardians finding an artifact of great power, the ability to bring people back from the dead. Each Guardian individually covets this power (for spoiler reasons). Some want to get rid of it completely some want to use it to bring back a loved one. I’ll let you play the game to know who wants what. But I can let you know that the Guardians must protect it from the malicious Kree Hala the Accuser who wants it for herself. The Kree were all killed out, and her ship is the last of their kind. She wants her son back. She wants her people back. It’s an understandable want. Except she’ll kill to get it.


Gamora and Nebula look much more like their comic counterparts – Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017

The writing for this game was superb. I loved that it wasn’t even about the films; I was able to feel like I was playing each and everyone of the characters was fully rounded, even the secondary character arcs, and I felt sad at each death, maybe-death and even when things just didn’t work out properly for our characters.I loved every moment of this game. At certain points you get to see Peter’s Mum, go back inside his memories of her. It was incredibly sad watching her die, especially because you’re playing a 10 year old character at the time. Drax’s family was a crazy minefield, and I just want to hug him now. Rocket’s girlfriend Lylla was hella amazing, as was Gamora’s upbringing and even playing as Groot was so cool! I love Telltale storytelling, and there were points I wanted to laugh, points I wanted to cry. It was amazing. Seriously, give it a go.

Like Batman I will put my choices down below! SPOILERS AHEAD:

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Have you played Guardians of the Galaxy? Do you love or hate Telltale? Leave a comment down below!

[Header Image: Guardians of the Galaxy, Telltale, 2017]

“It’s Like a Nuclear Weapon that Grants Wishes.” – Bright, 2017

I’m giving you over to our Man on the Silver Mountain this week! We did watch and discuss this one together though – so without further ado; we bring you Bright, 2017. As per usual, you’re in for a long one! (If I have any comments to add they will be in italics!)

Hi guys, it’s me again, The Man on the Silver Mountain. During the holidays I sat down with your Librarian and we watched Bright. There were two reasons for this; firstly, we wanted to watch it, and secondly because people we had been talking to that had already seen the film were either singing its praises or ripping it to shreds and we wanted to understand why.
The Librarian said that she’d probably add her own comments on this for you guys too but I volunteered to write this as the genre space that Bright fits into (which I’ve most frequently heard dubbed “modern arcana”) is something I’ve read more of, seen more and played more of than your Librarian has. As with some of the other films I’ve talked about before I feel like Bright doesn’t deserve the backlash it’s receiving from critics or people that have missed the point of the movie.
Before I get into this though; I’ve been asked to try and dodge spoilers again but might not manage it perfectly, so if you’re not wanting to be spoiled at all for this movie, then I suggest going away, watching the film and then coming back to talk to us about it.


For those of you that haven’t seen the trailers or are a little fuzzy on the story it kinda goes like this; in a modern setting where all of conventional history has been permeated with races and magical abilities from something akin to D&D or Tolkien-esque fantasy, a cop called Daryl Ward (Will Smith) is returning to work with his orc partner Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) after time off recovering after being injured in the line of duty. Returning to work he finds himself mixed up in office politics surrounding his partner who happens to be the first and only orc police officer in the LAPD. Soon afterwards at a hectic and disturbing crime scene they find a magic wand said to be like “a nuclear weapon that grants wishes” and madness ensues as Ward, Jakoby and their only witness to the events that transpired, an elf called Tikka (Lucy Fry) are hunted throughout the city by gangs, corrupt cops, elven cultists and anyone else who seems to feel like it.

So, where to begin?
Let’s start with the setting as that seems to be what a lot of non-critics are getting caught up on. The setting and thus the story being told within it are not for purists. If you’re a hardcore fantasy fan then this might not be for you, if you’re an action/thriller kind of person then this may not be for you, if you’re a buddy cop movie kind of person then this may not be for you. If the combination of all of those things being mashed together sounds like fun to you, then you’ll probably enjoy Bright. (Even if they aren’t for you, I would say at least give it a go – don’t judge a book by it’s cover and all that.)


Jakoby, Tikka and Ward hiding out –  Bright, Netflix, 2017

This film’s setting is not about race. In the film the fact that lines have been drawn between races; with elves being rich and beautiful, humans being… well human, and orcs being the poor, the criminals, etc. is not to draw parallels between those fantasy races and real-world racial demographics. What is does is use the fantasy races, that are all obviously visually distinct, to give the audience away of at a glance distinguish between the privileged and the downtrodden. The races focused on in the film (in spite their being nine major races mentioned in the film and seen a couple of times as in the case of a couple of centaur cops) are threefold and line up with the class system observed in America today. We can also see through the situations of the characters we meet throughout the film that the divide between middle and lower class is shrinking with more and more humans ending up in poor neighbourhoods or joining in with gang violence and somewhat illegal or less reputable activity. Even our main human character Ward is at risk of losing his home and can’t afford to maintain a good environment for his child. This film is about class divisions and not about race. Is there an element of racism on display to generate tension? Yeah, but it’s made clear by Ward telling his daughter “Everybody’s just trying to get along and have a good life. All of the races are different. Just cause they’re different doesn’t mean anybody is better or worse than anybody,” towards the beginning of the film when she asks about whether orcs are just plainly less intelligent than humans, that this isn’t as big a concern as status. Jakoby being hired seems more akin to the police hiring an ex-gang affiliate and feeling negatively towards such a decision but in the way the setting is laid out this is depicted as fantasy racism, a thing that is visual and easy for people to understand in passing.


Leilah looking for her wand. She was a good villain – Bright, Netflix, 2017

The next couple of things I want to touch on I’ve heard from critics, or people who worship critics, more than anyone else. First off, the film was too dark and badly shot. I think we were watching different movies. It was dark, I would agree but I could always see what was going on and some of the choreographed shots during fight scenes that jumped between multiple angles were fine and allowed both the Librarian and myself to keep up with what was going on and see everything. Were there moments where the film got more hectic and jumbled? Yes, for instance there’s a scene where they enter a packed club. Ward and Jakoby end up trying to fight their way through a dancefloor occupied by a well-populated mosh pit. The camera zooms in, moves jarringly and all we can really see are the characters trying their best to keep moving in the chaos. Why shoot it like this? Simple; we’re now as confused as the characters are and it’s only when the characters regain their composure that we get a wider-angle shot to allow us to see Tikka beckoning to them as she’s found a way to escape. The way the film was shot was related to how the characters experienced it whilst not being too jarring or confusing to the casual viewer. (I agree that there was times of darkness. I couldn’t tell if it was the adaptive lighting of my tablet screen or the darkness of the cinematography.)
I’ve heard that the film had a poor story and that the characters lacked growth. Let’s tackle these two things separately as the first is easier to get through than the second. So, poor story? I wouldn’t say so, more a simple story as it’s a pretty straightforward Hero’s Journey kind of set up with the Call to Action, Reaching the Threshold, Death & Rebirth, Atonement and Return to the Norm in a big cycle.
To discuss growth of the characters we first have to talk about the characters. Let’s start off with Ward; he’s an older cop, jaded by his time on the force, focused on results and not seemingly bothered by much else. He’s a man of some principle as he resents the office politics hitting him due to his orcish partner and stands up to corruption among his colleagues. He’s flawed, sure; dismissive, unkind, sarcastic but he’s still one of the good guys when all is said and done. Now we see him blaming his partner for the injury he received that took him off duty and resenting the fact that he still has to share duties with him after returning to work. It draws him into a pretty miserable situation as the movie continues but skipping ahead a bit towards the end of the film it’s Ward and Jakoby against the world, they’re honest with each other, watching each other’s backs and the troubles from the beginning of the film are resolved at various points throughout the film, with Ward going out of his way to ensure Jakoby survives and encounter with the awesome villain that is Leilah played by Noomi Rapace, leaving himself seemingly without any way of protecting himself after the fact.


Magic police, Kandomere (an elf) and Hildebrandt Ulysses Montehugh (a human), interrogating Ward and Jakoby – Bright, Netflix, 2017

Jakoby on the other hand is an outcast at the beginning of the film, an orc without proper tusks, raised by humans and not accepted by any of the orcs they encounter throughout the majority of the movie as he’s not “blooded” a rite of passage and ritual acceptance of young orcs as being proper orcs. He’s naïve, hopeful and trusting in spite of being harshly aware of how out of place and unwanted he is. By later in the film though given every opportunity to break or give up he finds companionship in both his fellow police officer Ward and in the elf they’re protecting Tikka, finds purpose in keeping those friends and the communities they’re dealing with as safe as he can from the violence and mayhem that’s chasing them and comes out the other end by ignoring everything including his own safety to save Ward from a burning building, an act that earns him the respect of the orcs that have labelled him an outcast for his whole life.
So there’s growth, certainly. Does it matter though? No. On reaching the point in the Hero’s Journey where our heroes return to the normal world accepting their new version of normal after what they’ve experienced the events of their night of chaos and gun fights is covered up by federal agents. As a result the only people that their growth matters to is them, Daryl Ward and Nick Jakoby. If that enough? I’d say so but we’ll have to see if it does or not in the next film considering Bright 2 has already been greenlit.

After singing this movie’s praises though do I have my criticisms? Absolutely, the movie was good but not perfect. Seeing more of the villains was one thing I’d have liked; learning more about them and their plans, or at least learning more about them as people. I’d have liked to see some of the other nine races that are mentioned several times, dwarves are mentioned but not a single stocky beard owner is highlighted in the film as far as I noticed. The main criticism that I have though is one that’s been echoed by other people too; there wasn’t enough of it. I got to the end of the film and wanted more; I wanted to know more about the universe, about the way the rest of the world had developed outside of Los Angeles with magic and magical races being real in this universe. I kinda wish it had been a TV series instead of a movie, but if that had been the case we probably wouldn’t have gotten named like Will Smith, Joel Edgerton or Noomi Rapace in the movie and the chemistry between Smith and Edgerton definitely made it better for me than not. What I can hope is that Bright 2 will be just as good if not better and then maybe we’ll see a spin-off TV show to expand the universe more at a later date.

Overall I’d give this movie a 8-9/10 with those missed points purely being down to it not giving me all I would have liked from the universe.
I hope you found this a fun read and I know your Librarian and I would love to hear your thoughts down below and if you’re interested in more stuff I’ve done I’m sure the Librarian will stick my links in here somewhere too.

Do you agree with MotSM’s comments? We’ve spent a lot of time chatting about it, with lots of people, but would love to know your thoughts! Leave a comment down below! 

[Header Image: Bright, Netflix, 2017]