Posts Tagged ‘film’

RPS Verdict: Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Adam, Alec and Pip all went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this week, as did many other people around the world. Yesterday, they discussed their feelings and thoughts about the film in the company of a transcription droid, which produced the following report. Plot spoilers are clearly tagged and hidden, but there are discussions of structure and character throughout so turn back now if you want to go in completely cold.

Adam: Christmas comes but once a year. And for the forseeable future, it appears that Star Wars will arrive on an annual basis as well. Episode VII: The Force Awakens opened in cinemas across the UK this week, with packed midnight screenings and all manner of excitement. We three have seen it already and the first matter for discussion is, naturally, wot did you think?

Alec: IV, V, VI, VII, I, III, II.

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Sense8 Versus The Matrix

Sense8 starts badly. It’s a show about eight people with a telepathic link that allows them to share each other’s skills, language, and pansexual orgies. Those eight people each live in a different country, but their link means they are frequently thrust together – sometimes literally, re: orgies – across time and space to share the same moments.

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Fan Film: An Alternative Reality – Football Manager

I attended Ole Gunnar Solskjær's testimonial in which he unsurprisingly came on as a substitute. In my ideal world, Berbatov , Solskjær and Juan Mata all retire from football and run a top notch delicatessen together.

Last year’s Football Manager [official site] documentary, An Alternative Reality, appeared on Steam’s video streaming service last night. The purchase is for streaming only, with no downloadable files available, and the standard price is £7.99 (there is a 30% launch discount at the moment). The documentary is already available on other digital video services, some of which do allow downloads as well as streaming, but its appearance on Steam caught my eye and I ended up watched it while cooking my dinner last night. Brief thoughts below.

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A Quick Aside: Wreck-It Ralph Film Trailer

Who Framed Jazz Jackrabbit.

Do I care that most the characters you’ll spot in the lovely trailer for Wreck-It Ralph are from consoles and arcades? No I do not. Because I’m super-happy after watching a trailer for a movie not based on a game, but based on the concept of games. It looks, incredibly, like there might be a game-themed film that doesn’t make me want to pull out my own arms. And from Disney, no less. The game: try to see how many licensed game characters you can spot in each scene.

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Portal At The Pictures: Lab Ratt

There's a great attention to detail here.

Portal has been a surprisingly prolific source of inspiration for many high quality products, so a short fifteen minute film based on its universe isn’t that big of a deal any more. However, what I love about Synthetic Pictures‘ Aperture: Lab Ratt (as spotted by The Sixth Axis) is how, in making a film based on Valve’s Lab Rat comic, how successfully they portray the evil of GLaDOS.

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Attack Of The Games: Cloverbrawl

Happens to me every morning.

What if all videogame characters came to life? Awesomes, that’s what. Imagine having to dodge Combine on the way to work, or high-fiving Sonic while waiting for the bus? Life would be unquestionably better. This is the subject of a new 18 minute short film by The Seakitten Collective – a Belgian couple who create their own special effects – called Cloverbrawl. You can find it below.

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