Editorial

The Problem With Bored Ghostbusters

Posted by Simon on July 22, 2015
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There’s a new Ghostbusters movie incoming, one that fills the boots of the titular paranormal exterminators with female ankles and has Bridesmaids and Spy director Paul Feig using his comedy experience to bring it all together. None of this is a problem, of course – anyone who declares that a female-led Ghostbusters won’t work is an idiot – but there could be a tonal issue with the reboot’s approach. The first cast picture from set shows Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones in uniform, lined up, looking bored.

And that could be a problem.

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Let’s Talk About The New Joker

Posted by Matthew on April 28, 2015
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Joker / Jared Leto

Pictured above is the look of The Joker as he’ll appear in Suicide Squad and the rest of the DC Movie Universe. He’s played by Jared Leto, who I actually rather like, and he looks… different.

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Remedy. It’s the Family You Choose That Matters Most.

Posted by Katherine on April 22, 2015
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remedy_s2_mainelementI always knew I would watch Remedy. I didn’t know I would love it.

With the epidemic of hyperbole filling every last gap of the internet it would be easy to blow off that statement. Content is being created on so many platforms I feel like every other day someone is telling me about the “best show ever”. Binge-watching has become an accepted term and celebrated practice. Emotions and descriptors have gone off the rails.

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Crowdpleasing: The Problem With Guitar Hero’s New Perspective

Posted by Simon on April 19, 2015
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How the franchise’s return has got its outlook completely wrong.

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A Closer Look At The Second Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser

Posted by Matthew on April 16, 2015
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Let’s take a closer look at the shiny new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This will be mostly conjecture and guess work on my part but I think it’ll be fun!

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Oscar Predictions

Posted by Matthew on February 22, 2015
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Oscars

It’s just about time for the Oscars so here are a few predictions, just so they’re on record before the show starts.

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INCOMING: The Annual Awesome Friday Oscars Liveblog Starts Soon

Posted by Simon on February 22, 2015
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It’s been a slow start to 2015 for all of us. That changes today. Here comes the 2015 Oscars or, as Matt so eloquently refers to it, rich people giving their friends golden statues. And we’ll be there every step of the way.

The main show starts at 5:30pm PT, and we’ll start wittering away from twenty minutes or so beforehand on the site liveblog. As you can image from Matt’s reaction to the nominations, it’s likely to be a rather sarcastic affair that is sure to reference the absence of The Lego Movie roughly 2,428 times. Join us and join in!

Kat’s going to be giving her own spin on the event on her Twitter, and Matt and I will more than likely be posting to the Awesome Friday Twitter too, so you have many options for your Oscars viewing pleasure.

See you soon!

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14 Movies to Watch on Valentine’s Day No Matter Your Relationship Status That Don’t Involve Nicholas Sparks

Posted by Katherine on February 14, 2015
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Love is in the air everywhere you look around. You’ve got the best of my love. I just can’t get enough of your love, babe. I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, what you did, as long as you love me. I don’t care what they say I’m in love with you. All you need is love. Might as well face it you’re addicted to love. Come and get your love. Can you feel the love tonight?

You can’t?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. And there’s nothing wrong with that even if all the giant displays of red hearts and fluffy things and greeting cards and hand holding couples all over the mall are trying to tell you otherwise. There’s a lot of love in the world that doesn’t fit into cardboard boxes or perfectly co-ordinate with an arbitrary date in February.

Contrary to the current array of movies playing on television (AMC is playing Titanic back-to-back for 18 hours straight. The boat sank in 3.) there are also a lot of love stories in film. If you’re looking for something to watch tonight but don’t feel like crying alone while watching the Notebook (the tired stereotype of single women on this day), let me recommend some alternatives.

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Dak Vs The Empire

Posted by Simon on February 13, 2015
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The moment all our Star Wars hope died.

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Matt’s 2014: The Best Dozen

Posted by Matthew on December 31, 2014
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Best of 2014

Best of lists are hard. Choosing the films I liked best isn’t hard, but keeping it to a reasonable number and ranking them is. One thing that’s not so much hard as it is annoying: coming up with something to say other than “I loved this and you should watch it”.

I saw a lot of films this year but there are plenty I missed. I didn’t see Birman, Whiplash, or Mommy, all of which are on many other best of lists for the year (and in the case of Whiplash I can guess it would have made mine) but I also did see Boyhood, Gone Girl, 22 Jump Street, and a host of others that didn’t make my list.

All in all I saw over 75 of the movies released in 2014. Not a huge percentage when you think about it but certainly more than the average person.

So with all that in mind here are my favourite dozen movies from 2014.

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Simon’s 2014: A Lego Surprise And Nintendo Fights Back

Posted by Simon on December 31, 2014
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2014! I had another baby and as such my Best Of The Year list is maybe not as exhaustive as Matt’s, but I could tell you anything you need to know about Go, Diego, Go!. And how 3am feels.

Here’s my best movies and games of the year.

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The Opening of Bayonetta 2 Is Perfect

Posted by Simon on October 27, 2014
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There is an annoying tendency for over-explanation at the beginning of games.

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Scene Stealers – 12 Television Actors You Need To Know

Posted by Katherine on October 09, 2014
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8bcb622d7827b9d2f436d20320b6We are living in an era of great ensemble television.  As viewers we are being spoiled not only with their work on screen but with cast interaction on social media platforms like twitter.  It has the effect of making you feel included in their TV family, and as a result you the viewer feels a sense of loyalty to them.  Shows like Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grimm & Revenge have been excellent at this.  Though nothing could rival the social media power of CW stars, a class on which should be taught at the LaineyGossip Faculty of Celebrity Studies.  The best part for me is getting to hear from the cast members who aren’t necessarily the face of the show.  The actors who go to work every day and do a great job even though they don’t always have their own storyline.  The ones who aren’t going to be promoting it on talk shows.  The ones whose names you may not have heard.

I thought it was time to fix that.  Here are 12 people doing consistently good work that you need to know the names of. Continue reading…

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Edge Of Tomorrow Is The Best Sci-Fi In Years And You Can Own It Today

Posted by Simon on October 07, 2014
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I’m not one to blindly promote products just for the sake of information, so a Blu-Ray release doesn’t usually inspire me to comment. However, when that film is Edge Of Tomorrow, and there’s a chance you may have dismissed it at the cinema on account of the worst marketing campaign in recent memory, then I have to try and change your mind. For it’s not just Tom Cruise’s best film in years, it’s also one of the finest slices of sci-fi escapism you’ll ever watch.

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Why I’ve Stopped Playing Destiny

Posted by Simon on September 30, 2014
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Maybe you read my review. Maybe you took the message – that it’s all about the finely-tuned shooting and the loot rather than story progression – and bought a copy to experience it yourself. Maybe you’re enjoying it as much as I was. It was going so well up to a point, but following a few moments of realisation, it’s sat dormant in my hard drive for a week.

So, what changed?

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