Mendes’s Skyfall is beautiful – when black silhouettes play rough and tumble against blue-lit jellyfishes, it’ll take your breath away. But if anyone was worried that the American Beauty director would serve up a stylish but vacuous Bond, they needn’t have been.
I can’t deny, as a gamer, I’ve been a little bored recently. The last few months have been a bit of a dry spell, so I packed my bags and made my way to Cologne, Germany to visit Gamescom, the biggest games trade fair in the world. Just like the scorching 36-degree weather in Cologne, the forecast for the gaming industry is good.
So, the series has somewhat of a serious following in Japan, and I can totally see why. It has a rather interesting blend of anime cut-scenes and game-play, which I can honestly say I found truly enjoyable. The dialogue had me laughing so loud I worried the rest of the house, and the story is really engrossing, I soon found myself treating the game almost like a movie… a reeeaaallly long movie.
Watching people run to see the pop punk heroes was a sight to behold. “This is the worst kept secret in England right now”, Billie Joe says to pretty much the whole of Reading. Playing classics from their massive back catalogue, even their new song gets everyone in the mosh pit, crowd surfing and wall of death mood.
Reading festival this year was as eclectic as ever. Sure most of the 87,000 strong crowd that visited the site over the weekend were ticking off ‘glamping’ in their ‘great book of cool things students do’, and at times it did feel more like a GCSE party rather than a rock concert but at least One Direction weren’t on the line up.
Robot Entertainment are back with a second installment to their Orcs Must Die series, this time sporting a rather nifty Co-op mode, but aside from the inclusion of a friend, what’s so different about Orcs Must Die 2?
The game revolves around a spikey green blob, who is the victim of scientific testing on a regular basis. Naturally, it’s less than enthusiastic by this deal, so escapes, freeing his other blobby friends in the process. What follows is this little guy’s quest to eat anything and everything that isn’t nailed to the floor… until he can eat the nails first.
I think prog is still considered something of a dirty word in the music community… it is looked down on as pretentious, lacking in soul or just downright weird and to be fair some of it is but there is much out there that is top notch stuff, deserving more attention than it currently receives.
There’s no arguing Jeff Tweedy is one of the greatest songwriters of the last 15 years and on a hot Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio, he and John, and Nels, and Glenn, and Mikael, and Pat proved why they are one of the greatest live American Rock’n’Roll bands around.
I suppose filming all those TV episodes and doing all that chasing around is bound to become a bit tiring after a while, but who would have thought Kiefer Sutherland was such a fan of cupcakes?
The songs themselves are what you would expect from Slash, powerful bluesy rock riffs that encompass that element so hard to capture and all too often absent in modern rock…. groove.
It’s one of those wonderful moments you can’t find a genre to box it in, hardly electro, not traditionally drum and bass, barely pop with a tinge of indie. It takes you from wanting to dance to feeling a deep sadness and then getting confused because you feel both of them at the same time.
Since the birth of cinema, the medium of film has been exquisitely used to tell tales of great human feats, journeys and conquests, to the most minutest universal human emotions and experiences. The Expendables 2 is none of these.
The first question everyone asks about this movie is “Can a Bourne film work without Matt Damon?” Well, the answer is yes. The Avengers…