Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Trip to Spain: Film Review

The Trip to Spain: Film Review

Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon
Director: Michael Winterbottom

Returning for a third helping that's more Quixote than quixotic, The Trip To Spain just about manages to stay on the right side of not being irritating.

The Trip to Spain: Film Review  

Once again culled from the six part TV UK series, which aired on satellite rather than free-to-air broadcasting, and spun off from the first Trip which aired in 2010,  the film follows an exaggerated version of Steve and Rob as they travel around Spain, taking in restaurants and trying to one-up each other along the way.

This time with Coogan hitting 50 and Brydon struggling with two young kids, there's very much a feeling of desperation in the air as the duo head round the sumptuously shot Spanish countryside. With Winterbottom's sweeping scenic vistas providing the eye-watering backdrop, it's down to the relationship between the two to provide the meat in this meal - and they certainly don't disappoint.

There's a definite feeling of ennui between the pair given their collective point in their lives.

The Trip to Spain: Film Review
Coogan is teetering on irrelevance in many ways, looking to still capitalise on the Oscar success of Philomena by injecting it into every conversation much to Brydon's annoyance; and Brydon's continual pushing of his impressions as every point borders on irritating in the extreme, a reminder that not all travelling partners are welcome.

With Don Quixote and Sancho Panza figuring into proceedings, there's a feeling that you're never quite sure why these two are friends anymore, and both play their roles well, with Coogan's irritability and frustrations being perhaps the saddest of the two. Struggling with past feelings, current career worries and future loneliness, Coogan's exasperation is palpable, and while there are moments that you feel he's being unnecessarily dismissive to Brydon, there's the fact this examination of a close friendship cuts to the quick where it needs to.

Granted, there's the obligatory Michael Caine moments, but it's the scenes where the duo are trying to out-impersonate Mick Jagger and the competitiveness between them over Roger Moore when they're joined by two women for a meal that speak the loudest to what Winterbottom's showcasing here. It may be a Tourettes of impressions at times but what it demonstrates is that niggling pushing and pulling between friends as well as showcasing of insecurities that come later in life to some. Less men behaving badly, more men behaving sadly, the midlife existential crisis has never been so scathing and fascinating to view.
The Trip to Spain: Film Review

Shorn of the excesses and stultifying rhythms of the TV version, the tighter film, with its more caustic edges and very funny moments proves that it's still a trip worth taking. Just.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Win a double pass to see Terminator 2 3D

Win a double pass to see Terminator 2 3D

He said he'd be back and now he is!

It has been 10 years since the events of the Terminator. Sarah Connor's ordeal is only just beginning as she struggles to protect her son John, the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, from a new Terminator, send back in time to eliminate John Connor while he's still a child.

Sarah and John don't have to face this terrifying threat alone however. The human resistance have managed to send them an ally, a warrior from the future ordered to protect John Connor at any cost.

The battle for tomorrow has begun...

The film’s in cinemas on August 24 for one week only , so grab your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle and get to the cinemas!

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The Eagle Huntress: DVD Review

The Eagle Huntress: DVD Review

Blasting as much female empowerment as it's allowed and with a closing track from Sia with the refrain You Can Do Anything, The Eagle Huntress comes dangerously closing to over-egging its cinematic pudding.

But thankfully, the simplicity of execution for this story helps it soar as highly into the skies as one of the titular birds the cameras are following.

It's the story of 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian Aisholpan, who's determined to smash centuries of patriarchy and tradition that dictates women can't be eagle huntresses, as it's the sole domain and right of the men.

However, Aisholpan is a falconry prodigy and despite her always smiling, red-faced exterior, she's determined to ensure she follows her heart and dream.

Thankfully, with a tremendously supportive father, the pair set out across the remote Altai Mountains to achieve their goal. First, it entails Aisholpan getting her own bird, then taking part in the eagle festival and finally off out into the wintry plains to hunt.

Through the traditional coming-of-age tale that unfolds, director Otto Bell's managed to craft something that looks spectacular and cries out to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
Mountain vistas and the barrenness of the world inhabited by Aisholpan and her father make for eye-popping visuals.

There's more to this simple tale though than just pigtails and pluck.

The chubby faced Aisholpan embodies a spirit that's facilitated to shine on the screen, and it's easy to see why the likes of Morgan Spurlock and Star Wars' Daisy Ridley are involved with this tale - it screams empowerment as its simple MO.

There's little in-depth interviewing of the family, Bell's camera is simply there to capture the moments and transpose them to Western worlds unaware of a life lived. There's little intimacy, but Bell hilariously and simultaneously decries the decades-old detractors, determined to dwindle Aisholpan's flame. Showing scenes of her school friends engaged and excited by the prospect of her break-out adds elements to the innocent 13-year-old's journey but doesn't deify it; this is a kid who not once loses her charm and sweetness as the path to destiny is trod.

Blessed with beautiful cutaways, and literal eagle eye views, The Eagle Huntress is hypnotizing in its simplicity, but what shines through is not what you'd expect.

For in among the traditional coming of age triumphs as Aisholpan innocently decimates the decades-old way of doing things, emerges as tender a portrait of a father- daughter relationship as has ever been committed to celluloid. Bell's eye for the more intimate moments between the two speaks more to the familial bond, than it does to the bird or the tension of competition.

And while you could level claims of the film lacking bite in parts, the lingering image of a father and daughter trekking on horseback together, along with brief moments of Aisholpan's father's fears speak more loudly than any eagle's cry ever could or do. 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Win a double pass to see American Made

Win a double pass to see American Made

In Universal Pictures’ American Made, Tom Cruise reunites with his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman, in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.

American Made is produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Academy Award ® -winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and Tyler Thompson (Everest), Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison (The Departed), and Kim Roth (Inside Man).

American Made releases in New Zealand August 24, 2017.

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Competition closes August 28th

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Win a double pass to see An Inconvenient Sequel

Win a double pass to see An Inconvenient Sequel

A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant -- as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

An Inconvenient Sequel releases August 24, 2017

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Enjoy 15 Months of PlayStation®Plus when Purchasing a 12 Month Membership from PlayStation®Store

Tuesday 15 
August, 2017

Media Alert: Enjoy 15 Months of PlayStation®Plus when Purchasing a 12 Month Membership from PlayStation®Store

Available to all Players Including Current PlayStation®Plus Members

Auckland, New Zealand, 15th August, 2017: Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) has announced that Players can receive and enjoy 15 months of PlayStation®Plus when purchasing a 12 month membership from PlayStation™Store.
The current annual fee for the 12 month membership of PlayStation®Plus is NZD $89.95.

The offer is open to all Players including current PlayStation Plus members and available until 9 PM NZST on Tuesday, 29th August only from PlayStation Store.

With a PlayStation Plus membership, Players can enjoy PlayStation®4 online multiplayer, two PlayStation 4 games each month, new PlayLink social party game That’s You! as a bonus game until 25th October, exclusive discounts and 10GB of online storage for game saves.

Kong Skull Island: Blu Ray Review

Kong Skull Island: Blu Ray Review

Kong may be King of all he surveys, but in this mesh-up of Apocalypse Now and The Land That Time Forgot, his human counterparts are a little wanting.
Kong Skull Island

But that's not to detract from the spectacle of the mega-monster's return in this fantasy film so reminiscent of the past.

As the new franchises start to emerge, a Monsterverse is being set up and it's this latest which reintroduces the beastie last seen ploughing down Auckland's streets under Sir Peter Jackson's watch.

Starting off over the South Pacific in the dying days of the Second World War and then zipping forward to 1973, the story's thrust centres around an expedition to a mysterious Pacific Atoll known as Skull Island. Headed up by John Goodman's government agent Bill Randa, and made up of a ragtag bunch including a former SASer turned mercenary (Hiddleston, complete with piercing blue eyes), a photo-journalist (Larson), a bunch of scientists (including The Walking Dead and 24: Legacy star Corey Hawkins) and a bunch of just-out-of-Vietnam grunts, headed up by Samuel L Jackson's jaded-after-years-of-war-and-lacking-a-purpose Colonel Packard, the gang set off.

However, upon arrival at the Island, they're attacked by Kong, the protector of the world.

Smashed to pieces, the group's split asunder and finding themselves separated in a jungle environment and with different creatures all around threatening them, the race is on to get to the extraction point alive.

Kong Skull Island

But, it soon transpires Kong is not the only threat on the island...

Kong Skull Island is, in effect, a generically pulpy trash monster-bash of a movie.

Its B-movie ethos is redolent of the old Saturday morning matinee screenings, where stars would slum it to be seen next to the creatures and the mass audiences who'd lap the pulpy trappings up.

In fact, the film's A-listers simply do no more than find themselves lined up as prey in a kind of brutal meshing of The Land That Time Forgot and Apocalypse Now in Kong Skull Island.

And much like those films, where despite Doug McClure's acting chops, the creatures and the FX were the stars; and depressingly, with Kong Skull Island, that's the same here.

Once again, a rote collection of humans, with scant character thrown in amongst an ethnically diverse bunch (for which Kong Skull Island gets a thumbs up) are proffered up to be fodder for the creatures, and we're supposed to care thanks to a modicum of interaction.
Kong Skull IslandEssentially, the movie slows when they have to escape the island, with tantalising bits thrown in simply for set up. The worst is Jing Tian's scientist who says very little and is clearly there to tick some kind of box for Chinese box office. Even Hiddleston's clearly-modelled-on-Nathan-Drake mercenary reveals that his father went missing over Hamburg in a desperate ploy to set up a dangling thread for future films. Larson fares equally badly, and while she doesn't exactly go full Fay Wray, her character's clearly wanting. As the film goes on, it's clear the director's more interested in visuals and positions the characters in stock shots that feel ripped from a storyboard or an art book.

More successful is the arc afforded to John C Reilly's hirsute lost-in-time pilot, whose quirks in the trailer belie a deeply resonant emotional story that's worth the price of admission alone. There's a large case to state that Reilly is actually the lead of this film without a shadow of a doubt.

Equally, Samuel L Jackson's Colonel, a soldier without a war, but looking for an enemy is an alternate take on Apocalypse Now's Colonel Kurtz, that's as daffy as the preponderance of director Vogt-Roberts' over-reliance on slow-mo helicopter shots and 70s soundtrack that could be a Vietnam movie's greatest hits. (It's ok, we get it - you've seen Apocalypse Now and are rather fond of it)

Kong Skull Island

The film's at its dumb and derivative best when it doesn't monkey around and when its titular monster is on screen, battling either the human invaders (though admittedly, it's no competition) or fighting to protect the other creatures from the beasts that lie below. Kong's CGI is an impressively solid piece of work, with the ILM team preferring to concentrate on the scale and scope of the beast and a few facials, rather than the full range of emotions. And some sequences of Kong against the backgrounds really do shine, a testament to both the effortless melding of CGI and atmosphere.

It's here the sound and fury of the film builds on its B-movie aspirations and while it's clear this is Legendary Pictures' push for a franchise (with a Kong Godzilla pic in the works), if future films are to be successful, they need to do more work on the human elements of the film or abandon that and just fully embrace the monsters-fighting-each-other premise. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie: DVD Review

The LEGO Batman Movie: DVD Review

Vocal cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson

Director: Chris McKay

Quite literally a Block-buster, the computer generated actioner The Lego Batman Movie is perhaps the antithesis to what you'd expect from DC's brooding Dark Knight, so masterfully re-envisaged for the Christopher Nolan series.

The Lego Batman Movie

And yet, the family-size fun of the film simultaneously encompasses and actively embraces everything that makes Batman tick (his neuroses and soaring loneliness) and throws it through a LEGO prism, giving it an occasionally meta-sheen and splashing it all with a degree of contagious lunacy.

Given a cameo in the Lego Movie, where everything was indeed awesome, Will Arnett's gravelly take on Bats was a great tonic to the film and it's obvious to see why he's been brought back for a full-length adventure.

Riffing on the Adam West era of Bat-movies and cocking a snook at the overly clogged 1997 Joel Schumacher Batman film that threw all the villains together in a fight against the Caped Crusader, The Lego Batman Movie feels almost Pixels-ish in its narrative.

When all of Batman's greatest villains team up to take him down and take over Gotham City, Batman finds he's got more than he expected on his plate. The situation's further compounded when he discovers he's accidentally adopted an orphan in the form of Dick Grayson (Arrested Development and Scott Pilgrim's Michael Cera) who's trying to become his sidekick.

The joy of the Lego Batman Movie is in the insanity of its execution and the depth that lies beneath its surface.

The Lego Batman Movie

From the opening credits where Batman's voiceover actively mocks the logos (intoning that "DC is the House That Batman Built") right through to the mayhem which transpires on screen, the film's MO seems squarely to be in the fun stakes. And while it teeters dangerously close to feeling overlong in the final strait, the glee and relish that Arnett brings to the role helps compensate for the film's feeling of overload.

The tone is squarely pitched at amusing the kids, ticking geek boxes and still managing to stay staunchly reverent to the Bat-history. (Affectionate nods to Adam West's time and the silliness of the KAPOW era of the 60s just being one such part of what transpires, and further proof that to mock the present, you have to embrace all aspects of the past).

But as with the Lego Movie, scratch beneath the shine of the bricks and you'll find there's a lot going on under the surface.

Arnett's arrogant Batman is so narcissistic, so selfish and so prone to delusion that even his butler Alfred's taken to reading a book about setting "limits for your out of control child", just one of many nods to problem parenting that pepper the film. There's another thread about Batman's complete ignorance to his loner perception from others; it's a film that widely acknowledges the real-life implications of the loner life style that Bruce Wayne's endured for years and the effect it'll have inexorably had on his psyche, something which the live action films have always flirted with.

Equally, Galifianakis' Joker is more damaged than ever, simply because of a throwaway line from Batman that he's not the Bat's greatest nemesis, and that he's "currently fighting other people". As Batman's pushed to embrace the truth of his fears of being part of a family, the Joker's equally pushed to embrace the yin and yang of their relationship.

These are oddly compelling and deeply interesting messages to be found in among the frenetic and constant humour of a children's movie, but it's not to say that those minds behind the film aren't afraid to pack a powerhouse of gags and vocal talents to the film.

The Lego Batman Movie

From Jemaine Clement voicing Sauron to roundly mocking Tom Cruise's Jerry Maguire's declaration to Dorothy via a great throwaway nod to The Twilight Zone episode where William Shatner's troubled by gremlins on his plane, it's clear there's plenty that's gone into both the writing and execution of The Lego Batman Movie.

Pop culture references crackle, but never at the expense of the pace of the film and the plot itself; it's a heady mix that entertains as well as pierces the myth of Batman and the evident contradictions and absurdities of having a Caped Crusader protecting the city.

Perhaps it helps that McKay's had a hand in the satire and stupidity of Robot Chicken, but along with that, the confidence those behind The Lego Movie had is clearly an influence on this film.

While this Bat-outing could stand to lose a little of the narrative fat, those seeking a bit of fun and a little mocking of the occasional pomposity of the DC and Marvel Comics Universe will revel in its trappings, and delight in its occasionally scurrilous and frivolous take on the Batman mythos.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Life is Strange: Video collection

Life is Strange: Video collection

The original, award winning game, Life is Strange was celebrated for its use of music and Square Enix are looking to build upon its success with the new partnership with Daughter that was announced yesterday – the original press release is attached for full details.
Daughter’s entire original music score entitled “Music From Before The Storm” will be released via Glassnote Records/4AD on September 1st 2017. The game will also include multiple licensed tracks including three licensed tracks from Daughter themselves.
The first of three episodes of Life is Strange: Before the Storm is entitled ‘Awake’ and will release on 31st August 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC (Steam).

Win a copy of Shin Godzilla

Win a copy of Shin Godzilla

Thanks to Madman Home Entertainment, you could be taking home Shin Godzilla!

About Shin Godzilla

From Hideaki Anno, the mind behind EVANGELION. The King of Monsters receives a terrifying resurgence.

It's a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different – something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake.
As the government scrambles to save the citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster's weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side, and the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes.
Special Features:
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Pre-Visuals & Outtakes
  • Making VFX – Shin Godzilla Visual Effects Breakdown
  • Pre-Visual Reel

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Win a copy of John Wick Chapter 2

Win a copy of John Wick Chapter 2

You can win a copy of Keanu Reeves kicking some serious arse!

JOHN WICK 2 - Release Date: August 16 (4K, Blu-Ray & DVD)
Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins guild.

Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Logan Lucky: Film Review

Logan Lucky: Film Review

Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Hilary Swank
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Logan Lucky: Film Review

Back behind the camera after 4 years, director Steven Soderbergh's latest is a hillbilly heist-cum-low-key-shaggy dog story that's bizarrely watchable and surprisingly fun - if overlong.

Tatum stars as the titular Jimmy Logan, a divorced dad family whose luck always seems to be on the downturn. His brother Clyde lost part of his arm in Iraq and now works in a bartender and his sister Mellie (Keough) works as a beautician; the trio live in West Virginia and are as middle America as they come.

Fired from his latest job, Jimmy decides to assemble a crew to launch an ambitious plan to rip off the annual Coca-cola NASCAR rally. Calling on jailed crim and explosives expert Joe Bang (played with blonde buzz cut and grim humour by James Bond himself Daniel Craig), Jimmy decides to launch the scheme - regardless of the fact that Bang, their main helper, is incarcerated.

There's a great deal of low key humour and extraneous threads in Logan Lucky that, when all tied together, prove to make this film a bit of a home-run in many ways.
Logan Lucky: Film Review

From its John Denver tinged opening, via way of its child beauty pageants and talent shows to the embracing of the NASCAR racing itself, Logan Lucky becomes an Ocean's 11 style caper that's very much at the heart of midwestern America and its sentiments and values.

And the idea of a down-on-their-luck family trying to turn it all around and taking on the system very much goes to the heart of current American woes as well.

Tatum delivers a low-key turn that's watchable, relatable and imbued with a heart; equally, Driver delivers a slightly slower-voiced performance as a little brother who's very much in the shadow of his brother. Even Keough and Holmes as a slightly monstrous ex are spot on as well. Craig has a bit of fun, cutting loose as the locked-up crim - but none of the main characters have any hints of darkness around them, making them all seem greatly accessible throughout the contagious film's run time.

Logan Lucky: Film ReviewBut it's the script by first-timer Rebecca Blunt that helps Logan Lucky and elevates it into a story that's worth the ride. (One scene involving a prison riot and George R R Martin will go down as the single-most leftfield and welcome digression alone in cinema this year.)

Granted, it could have lost some time and some moments.

MacFarlane's boorish British race car driver seems a bit OTT and pointless; equally, Katherine Waterston is wasted in a role that demands little of her and Swank's turn as an FBI agent trying to get to the root of the heist feels like the film's extended proceedings for no good narrative reason.

All in all though, Logan Lucky, with its hillbilly hucksters, Oh Brother Where Art Thou? heist heart and terrific charisma, marks a welcome return for Soderbergh and a welcome diversion from all the other standard fare currently clogging the box office.

Atomic Blonde: Film Review

Atomic Blonde: Film Review

Cast: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Toby Jones, John Goodman, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella
Director: David Leitch
Atomic Blonde: Film Review

Blazing style clearly over substance, Atomic Blonde's Cold War story breathes a chill over proceedings.

Whether it intends to or not is another matter.

Theron stars as Lorraine, a hard vodka drinking super spy who starts the film being debriefed by her boss Eric Gray (played with the usual brilliance by Toby Jones) and a CIA stooge (a bearded John Goodman).

Tasked with tracking down a list that could hold a complete breakdown of every spy and their alibis, Lorraine meets her contact David Percival (played with relish and energy by James McAvoy) in Berlin at the fall of the wall.

However, unsurprisingly things start to go wrong and soon Lorraine is in the cross hairs...

Atomic Blonde: Film Review

Trading more off a killer soundtrack that includes iconic tunes of the era like New Order's Blue Monday or Father Figure from George Michael, Atomic Blonde sadly lacks the moves to fully convince in this ripped-from-a-graphic novel.

There is one singularly impressive fight sequence inside an abandoned house that seriously showcases some incredible choreography and some impressively desperate close hand combat. Stripped of any OST or reliance on cool tunes to punctuate its narrative or execution, the grunting and bone-crunching fight stand alone of anything else this year.

But despite Theron's commitment to the icy blonde she inhabits and the fact she looks like a Debbie Harry clone thrown deep into the spy world, Atomic Blonde feels hollow, an exercise more in precise cool than a precision film of the spy genre, packed with twists. 

Atomic Blonde: Film Review
Once again, it's a film that has a commitment more to its origins than its cinematic execution, its pop stencil ethos and its desire to be cripplingly cool, ripped as it is from the Oni Press graphic novel series "The Coldest City"

It's not without merit; it's more that outside of its one truly raw and gritty fight sequence, it feels more of a hollow disposability than anything else. There's certainly little to cling on to after the lights have gone up - which is a real shame, given that Theron's a great actress and a female action lead of this calibre rarely comes along in a relatively mainstream Hollywood release.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – Trust in Brother TV Clip

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – Trust in Brother TV Clip

We’ve glimpsed the oppressive alternate-history America of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus in Liesel and German... Or Else! Now MachineGames and Bethesda Softworks have offered another twisted Nazi-fied take on classic American TV with Trust in Brother.

Trust in Brother:
“I’m still going to have to inform on you!” Sometimes life isn’t easy when you’re Ronnie and you’re always getting caught doing FUN (Following Unlawful Nature) things in Trust in Brother – a heartwarming comedy show for the whole family. Giggle your hearts out as the gluttonous Ronnie gorges on milk chocolate bars. Chuckle until your belt buckles burst as Ronnie dances to degenerate music that threatens to send him into a spiral of drugs, crime, and political deviance. But whenever Ronnie stumbles, his big brother Dale will always be there to catch him – and inform on him to the authorities! With a resounding endorsement from our Beloved F├╝hrer himself, you’re in for eine gro├čartige Zeit – a hoot of a time! Trust in Brother is filmed before a live studio audience.

More videos will appear as part of the world-building in Wolfenstein II, so expect further updates in the future.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus releases on October 27, 2017, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Winner of more than 100 awards at E3 2017, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus also received four nominations from the official E3 Game Critics Awards (including Best of Show) and won Best Action Game.

Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition

Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition

Return to the Wasteland 26th September with Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition. With all the latest gameplay updates (including Survival mode), graphical enhancements the ability to play Mods for free on PC and consoles, plus all official add-ons included, this is the ultimate way to experience the award-winning post-nuclear adventure from Bethesda Game Studios. 

Winner of more than 200 “Best Of” awards – including the 2016 BAFTA and 2016 D.I.C.E. Game of the Year – Fallout 4 is the studio’s most ambitious game yet. As the sole survivor of Vault 111, you enter a world destroyed by nuclear war. Every second is a fight for survival, and every choice is yours. Only you can rebuild and determine the fate of the Wasteland. 

Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition includes the fully updated original game along with all six add-ons: Nuka-World, Vault-Tec Workshop, Contraptions Workshop, Far Harbor, Wasteland Workshop and Automatron. Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition will be available on 26th September on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. 

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Launches 3rd October on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Launches 3rd October on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Launches 3rd October on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

The end of days is near, and dragons have returned to Gransys. Become the chosen Arisen and decide the fate of the world in Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, the critically acclaimed Action-RPG now updated for current generation consoles with improved high resolution visuals. A brand new trailer and screenshots are available to download at the press site.

Based in an epic fantasy setting, Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen combines exhilarating and deep combat with the freedom to explore and interact in this rich and detailed world. Choose between nine different classes and embark on your own adventure along with three AI companions, known as Pawns. These allies fight independently, develop alongside your character, and can be shared or borrowed online in exchange for treasure, tips and more.

This version contains the original Dragon's Dogma along with all additional content from its expansion Dark Arisen, including the Bitterblack Isle area, filled with challenging new enemies and quests, and additional high level weapons and armour sets.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider | New Gameplay Trailer Released

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider | New Gameplay Trailer Released We’ve just released the official gameplay trailer for Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.

 After the events of Dishonored 2, things might finally seem calm for Billie Lurk and her former mentor Daud – but a new storm is brewing in the Empire of the Isles.

 In the first standalone adventure in the award-winning Dishonored series, Billie will play a key role in the bloody battle against the black-eyed bastard himself, the Outsider.

 A former killer-for-hire in search of redemption, Billie will take on one last job and pull off the ultimate assassination – and the Empire will never be the same again.

 Get your first look at Dishonored: Death of the Outsider in action in this gameplay trailer, featuring Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen and Robin Lord Taylor returning as Billie, Daud and the Outsider

See a new side of Karnaca as Death of the Outsider takes you through its gritty underbelly. Investigate mysterious cults, infiltrate underground fight clubs, and even pull off a bank heist as you search for a way to do the impossible: kill a god. Playing as a new assassin, you’ll have access to slew of powerful new supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets, all of which are designed to help you cut a bloody swath through Karnaca and leave your mark on the history. Or perhaps you’ll choose to be merciful and use your skills to slip unnoticed through the world. In true Arkane fashion, the intricately designed levels allow for a wide array of playstyles, with branching paths and heavy choices that will greatly affect the outcome of your mission.

Death of the Outsider brings players back to the Empire of the Isles, with breathtaking visuals, intricately designed levels, and brutal combat systems that are a hallmark of the Dishonored series. With a new character comes a unique new set of supernatural abilities, deadly weapons and powerful gear, empowering players to become the ultimate assassin. And with developer Arkane Studios’ signature style, you can once again be as bloodthirsty – or as merciful – as you like. Check out for even more details in our recently released video featuring insights from Creative Director, Harvey Smith.

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider will launch on September 15, 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC

Denial: DVD Review

Denial: DVD Review

With made for TV aspirations and lacking a distinctly cathartic or powereful end, Denial's a courtroom film that really, sadly, falls a little flat when it ultimately enters the courtoom in its final stages.
Rachel Weisz in Denial

Centring around Rachel Weisz's American scholar and Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt and the libel case brought against her by denier David Irving (played with snake-like obsequiousness by a slender Timothy Spall), Denial concentrates on presenting the facts and the nuts and bolts of the case with relative solidity.

Choosing to deal with the fact that Lipstadt and her legal team had to prove the Holocaust did actually happen due to the intricacies and idiosyncracies of English law, Denial presents the usual tropes for the genre (a headstrong American who wants to pursue her way of doing things, a couple of showdowns et al) but delivers them all with little bluster and scant regard for histrionics.

It helps that Weisz is surrounded by some good sturdy character acting from the likes of Sherlock star Andrew Scott as lawyer Anthony Julius, who delivers a nuanced and subtle turn at the start of the film, before fading into the background during the court proceedings. Equally blessed with similar amounts of both stern temperament and righteous indignation is Tom Wilkinson as Richard Rampton, a prosecuting barrister.

But director Jackson is smart enough to ensure that this docudrama (with its verbatim dialect and dialogue ripped from the court proceedings) works better by humanising the pathetic Irving and his appalling take on what Hitler did, and letting the moral outrage seethe from the screen rather than turn him into a spitting fury caricature that evokes anger and is played OTT. Thankfully, a sneering Spall delivers in large spades, making his monstrous man all about the small facial movements as he spouts his foul beliefs and profligates his lies about what the regime did. It's not an easy task to make the man come to life, but thanks to large amounts of restraint and subtlety, it works better than it should.

Rachel Weisz in Denial

To describe Denial as workmanlike may sound like to damn it with feint praise, but in all honesty, this better-suited-for-the-small-screen has some sequences that truly work.

A visit to Auschwitz is narratively compulsory and puts barriers between Lipstadt and Rampton that need to be there for conflict of approaches, but by delivering the sequence with a degree of sensitivity, the gravity of what transpired there is hard to deny.

And yet, when the film enters the courtroom in the final furlong, the sense of depth of discussion and implications of what's playing out never quite feels as weighty as the subject matter would suggest. The courtroom scenes lack the OTT antics of barristers or the moments that droop into cliche, but it's hard to see what else could be done.

Smartly using the media throng and the news reporters to set the scene rather than exposition, the film manages to convey a sense of time with considerable aplomb, while simultaneously allowing Lipstadt to become more disgruntled that she's not able to take the stand and denounce Irving and his poisonous beliefs.

However, the more interesting kernel of the film lies in the contrast between the American and British judicial systems. From shots of a judge carefully taking and stirring his tea while eyeing a plate of biscuits, the sense of opposites is obvious in its studiousness and subtleties.

It's a shame that this isn't brought out more on the screen, but in fairness, the film couldn't risk trivialising its subject matter and the decision to simply present the case and the teams in a very matter of fact fashion means that the movie is never likely to soar when you'd expect it to.

Maybe that's no bad thing, and in all honesty, Denial is eminently watchable thanks to its ensemble cast, who all turn in well constructed performances, even if parts of them (particularly Weisz's out of her legal depth Lipstadt) veer dangerously close to feeling stereotyped.

Ultimately, Denial's attentiveness to its subject matter and its avoidance of preachy overtones mean the drama's solid but never spectacular. And while it follows the formula of a courtroom thriller, its inability (or perhaps, refusal) to give it a bit more theatrics mean the overall tone and resolution is more muted and respectful than powerful.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Handsome Devil: DVD Review

Handsome Devil: DVD Review

Handsome Devil: Film Review

Whilst it may be steeped in coming-of-age familiarity, writer / director John Butler's Handsome Devil packs a certain degree of charm into its story.

The tale centres around Fionn O'Shea's red-headed Ned who's sent to an Irish boarding school by his family. Bullied for not being into rugby and not getting behind the school's push to win a trophy for the first time in years, Ned forms a friendship with his roommate Conor (Galitzine), the star hopeful of the team, who's been shipped in from another school.

The two boys find themselves growing closer, and with the tutelage of Andrew Scott's English teacher Dan Sherry, they find their desire to be themselves blossoming.

But in a rugby mad school, homophobia's never far away...

Handsome Devil: Film Review

Handsome Devil has elements of Dead Poets Society, Sing Street and great 80s music to set it apart.

While its familiarity of themes feels a little stale and predictable in parts (a macho school coach who's appalled at the burgeoning friendship between his star player and the teacher), there's a degree of warmth in the short run time to justify its existence.

It helps that it's sensitively acted and handled by a strong cast, with Scott's Sherry easily the early charismatic stand-out of the piece, recalling elements of Robin Williams' Captain, My Captain.

It's also helpful that both Galitzine and O'Shea play their characters with affable warmth and underpin their journey with a degree of plausibility that's engaging.

And that certainly helps given the film's denouement and conflict can be seen coming a mile off, its desire to be uplifting and feel-good almost crippling its intentions.

Handsome Devil: Film Review

Handsome Devil won't spark a major renaissance in these types of films, but it can hold its head up high that this boarding school tale and its push for individuality does enough to bring its audience along for the ride, and leave them feeling slightly more uplifted than any cynical viewer has a right to have.