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Whether he’s fighting agents in a machine-created dream world or flying across time with his best buddy, Keanu Reeves (The John Wick Franchise) has starred in some of modern cinema’s most beloved science fiction flicks. Now in 2019, the man who introduced us to the enduring pop culture icon Neo, welcomes us into the thrilling future world of Replicas.

In Replicas, Keanu stars as Will Foster, a daring neuroscientist on the verge of successfully transferring human consciousness into a robot body. When his family is tragically killed in a car crash, Will makes the fateful decision to use his research to preserve their minds and transfer them into secretly-grown clone bodies. Offering a fresh take on the Frankenstein myth, Replicas is a taut and action-packed sci-fi thriller about family, loss and the dangerous questions surrounding emerging scientific technologies.

So, as we await the release of Replicas, join us in looking back some over Keanu’s most spectacular sci-fi roles.

BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (1989)

Travelling back to 1989, Keanu made his first foray into sci-fi with fan-favourite comedy Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Still in the teen-heartthrob stage of his career, Keanu was perfectly cast as dim-witted dude Ted who, along with his slacker buddy Bill (Alex Winter), are about to fail their high school history report. With Ted set to be shipped off to Military school, the duo’s beloved band, the Wyld Stallyns, looks set to break up before they have even learned to play the guitar… Enter mysterious future dude Rufus and a time-travelling phone booth. Soon Bill and Ted journey to ages past, picking up Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Socrates and Abraham Lincoln on the way. Standing the test of time, Bill and Ted have proven an enduring success, earning themselves a 1991 sequel, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, as well as an upcoming third feature with Keanu set to reprise one of his most beloved roles. Excellent!

JOHNNY MNEMONIC (1995)

In 1995 Keanu took his first foray into the cyberpunk subgenre of sci-fi with Johnny Mnemonic. Set in the near future, Keanu plays a ‘mnemonic courier’ carrying highly sensitive information via a dangerous cybernetic brain implant for money. Taking on one last job before he can have the hazardous device removed for good, Johnny agrees to transfer a lethal dose of top-secret info that needs to be delivered fast. But it’s not so easy once the headhunting yakuza arrive on the scene! Co-starring Japanese screen legend Takeshi Kitano (Battle Royale, Zatoichi) and 80s muscleman Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, Universal Soldier), Johnny Mnemonic is based on a story by noted sci-fi writer, and the man who coined the term ‘cyber-space’, William Gibson. Critics may not have been kind on its original release but we love the seriously 90s vibes of this offbeat cyberpunk oddity.

CHAIN REACTION (1996)

Keanu earned his action stripes in 1994 with worldwide blockbuster Speed, and Chain Reaction sees him back in movie star mode but this time giving the action a sci-fi twist. The film follows Eddie, a scientist working as part of a team that is developing a new form of clean energy. When someone attempts to steal the formula and blows up the team’s lab, Eddie finds himself framed and on the run with physicist Lily (Rachel Weisz) in tow. Acting heavyweights Morgan Freeman and Brian Cox add a touch of class to a fun 90s thrill ride.

THE MATRIX TRILOGY (1999 – 2003)

Under the direction of The Wachowskis, The Matrix folded multiple influences including philosophy, evolutionary biology, Eastern religion and anime into a cyberpunk story packed with revolutionary ideas and ground-breaking action sequences. The story follows Neo, a computer hacker who discovers the world around us is not all it appears when he receives an invitation from cyber-terrorists Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and Trinity (Carrie Ann-Moss). The film’s Hong Kong action-movie inspired wire-fu techniques created visual thrills unseen at the time, while the depth of the story rewarded multiple viewings. Two sequels completed Neo’s story on film, while a sprawling extended universe comprised of video games, animated films and comic books have expanded on The Matrix universe. Among a career of stellar hits, The Matrix is possibly Keanu’s finest role and one that changed the face of modern sci-fi. Take the red pill and descend down The Matrix’s rabbit hole…

A SCANNER DARKLY (2006)

Cerebral sci-fi A Scanner Darkly comes from the pen of legendary author Philip K. Dick, the mind behind Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report and many more classics of the genre. A Scanner Darkly tackles themes common to Dick’s work and is set in a grim future where a powerful drug, Substance D, has taken over the country. Keanu plays undercover agent Bob Arctor who’s on a mission to find and disrupt the drug’s supply chain. When he becomes addicted to the hallucinogenic drug, Arctor finds it increasingly difficult to separate himself from his undercover persona. Richard Linklater was the unlikely director to bring this title to screen. Visually arresting, the film used a special method of animation called interpolated rotoscope, which animated the film after it had been shot digitally. Trippy.  

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (2008)

In 2008 Keanu starred in the big-budget remake of the classic 1950s sci-fi The Day the Earth Stood Still. The original, directed by legendary filmmaker Robert Wise, who also made Star Trek: The Motion Picture and The Andromeda Strain, has gone down in sci-fi history as one of the finest movies ever produced. The film incorporated Cold War-era fears into the tale of an alien visitor who arrives on earth with an important message for mankind. The remake replaced the original’s warning about the destructive power of Cold War nuclear warfare with grave concern for environmental damage to the planet, with Keanu’s well-meaning alien visitor deciding whether humans can change their destructive ways or if he must eradicate them from the planet. A must-see for sci-fi fans with a sober warning about humanity’s future. Klaatu Barada Nikto!

ANYONE CAN QUANTUM (2016)

It’s not strictly a movie, but this fun short made by US University Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter is worth a mention. Made to kick off a celebration of quantum science the promo video sees Hollywood actor Paul Rudd forced to grapple with the concepts of quantum mechanics in order to beat professor Stephen Hawking in a game of chess. And why does Paul Rudd have to beat Stephen Hawking at chess? Keanu Reeves visits him from 700 years in the future and tells him the fate of mankind depends on it… Not only does the short feature a cameo from Marvel’s Ant-Man, but it’s also directed by Keanu’s old Bill and Ted buddy Alex Winter! As Ted would say, ‘Whoa..!’

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To celebrate the DVD release of new, multi-award-winning comedy-drama, Stanley, A Man of Variety, we take a look at some of the best roles from legendary British actor Timothy Spall. In truth, he hasn’t simply added one role to his repertoire with Stanley, because he plays every single character in the film!

A lonely man named Stanley (Spall) finds himself in prison for a crime he believes he didn’t commit. Now a forgotten soul approaching his fifteenth year in the old psychiatric facility, he maintains his role as a trustee by cleaning the grim prison interior, earning him the privilege of watching and re-watching classic comedy videos. When this privilege is withdrawn, Stanley becomes so distressed that he suffers a physical and mental seizure. Soon, his beloved heroes – Max Wall, George Formby, Max Miller, Margaret Rutherford, Alastair Sim and more – visit him in hallucinations (all played by Spall) showing their sinister, unsettling side and take him on a bizarre journey through the unbearable truth of his life and incarceration.

To celebrate the release of this show-shopping turn from Spall, here is a recap on some of his best roles and why he remains one of Britain’s greatest talents…

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983)

In the iconic British comedy series, we follow seven English migrant construction workers who leave the UK to search for employment overseas. Among the colourful characters, Spall plays Barry, a loveable electrician from the Black Country. The show has been so popular and earned such a cult status that a revival brought two new series and a Christmas special in 2002 and 2004. In fact, the first series was ranked #46 on a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes, compiled by the British Film Institute.

Secrets and Lies (1996)

In this Oscar-nominated comedy-drama from Mike Leigh, Hortense is a young, black Londoner who, after the death of her adoptive parents, is surprised to discover her birth mother, Cynthia is actually white and soon goes about tracking her down, leading to a family reunion. Spall brilliantly portrays Cynthia’s brother, Maurice, who along with his wife keep some secrets of their own. The film was both a critical and commercial success, at home and internationally.

Harry Potter series (2004-2010)

Based on the world-famous books by J. K. Rowling, no one could have imagined how huge this film franchise would become, so far spawning eight films and a spin-off prequel series in the Wizarding World universe which launched with Fantastic Beasts. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2, Spall plays Peter Pettigrew, nicknamed Wormtail, who formed one of the four Marauders. Though only a supporting character, Spall is still recognised by many young Harry Potter fans and it remains one of his best-loved roles.

 Pierrepoint (2005)

 In Adrian Shergold’s drama, Spall took on the challenge of portraying prolific British hangman Albert Pierrepoint, from the time he first trained for the job and was accepted onto the list of the country’s official hangmen in 1932, until his resignation in 1956. The film was well regarded for not side-stepping a difficult and controversial subject, with critics also praising Spall’s exceptional leading performance.

The Damned United (2009)

 This hit sports drama adapted David Peace’s bestselling novel, The Damned Utd, and translated the author’s dramatic retelling of Brian Clough’s tenure as Leeds United’s manager of 1974. The big screen adaptation boasted an all-star cast, with Spall portraying Peter Taylor, Brian Clough’s longtime assistant. The film became both a fan favourite and big critical hit.

The King’s Speech (2010)

The Oscar and BAFTA-winning tale of a friendship between the reluctant King George VI, plagued by a nervous stammer, and his irreverent Australian speech therapist. Charting their remarkable relationship in both moving and funny ways, the film was equally applauded for using clever cinematic techniques, such as tight camera framing and slight distortion, to highlight the King’s anxiety. Among the ensemble cast and historical figures brought to life, Spall was praised for his portrayal of Winston Churchill.

Mr. Turner (2014)

 Mr Turner is Mike Leigh’s stunning biopic depicting the incredible story and final 25 years of one of Britain’s greatest artists, J. M. W. Turner. A complex figure, Turner produces masterpieces ahead of his time that challenges the art world, while still affected by the death of his father and dealing with love and conflict. It first premiered in competition for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival where Spall won Best Actor, and the film was nominated for several Oscars and BAFTAs.

Stanley, A Man of Variety (2018)

Reuniting with My Angel writer/director Stephen Cookson, Spall took on the immense challenge of portraying several British comedy legends in this quirky, funny and moving story. When Spall’s central character, the incarcerated Stanley, suffers a seizure and begins hallucinating, Max Wall, George Formby, Max Miller, Margaret Rutherford, Alastair Sim and many more appear, with Spall delivering spot-on, even frighteningly heightened portrayals of every persona. British film critic Mark Kermode even said: “Timothy Spall could win an award for Best Ensemble Performance”. The film generated rave reviews and won awards at film festivals all over the world. It remains one of the most original British comedies of recent years. 

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Stanley, A Man of Variety is released on DVD and digital download 29th March from Tribal Films

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Based on the events of a night he had in Soho back in 2002, ‘Lost in London’ was both Woody Harrelson’s directorial debut and the first movie to be live-streamed to cinemas. But, short of that novelty, how does it hold up as a movie in its own right?

The Review:

Right from the off, ‘Lost in London’ is different to a lot of movies. When a low budget movie is shot, it lives and dies based on the dialogue and the skill of its actors. In spite of the significant resources behind the production and initial broadcast, ‘Lost in London’ embodies this as well. As the entire production was filmed and broadcast live, the movie is basically one long scene. The only time-skip in the entire production is towards the end of the movie and is performed by moving the hands of the clock on the wall while the camera is pointing away. Therefore, without the luxury of significant special effects, everything rests on the performance of Harrelson and his co-stars and the quality of the script to keep things flowing.

And, incredibly, they do. During a one-hundred-minute runtime, the cast pulls off their roles damn near perfectly.

As for the plot itself, Harrelson seems to take a significant amount of glee in portraying himself as almost entirely unsympathetic for most of the movie. Over the course of the night’s events, he punches Owen Wilson in the face, takes back money from a homeless man in a wheelchair because he needs it for a taxi, rips the ashtray out of said taxi and then attempts to flee, when the police are called, in another taxi. The events of the plot are kicked off when his wife finds out about a recent affair he had; which only goes public because he attempted to haggle with the lawyer, he tried to employ to keep it quiet. As most of the events detailed above are based on real events of that night, this seems to be Harrelson’s effort to avoid ducking responsibility. Regardless of this, the events of the movie make for an entertaining story.

As the quotes from Harrelson’s friends and associates at the start show, he chose a hell of a challenge for his first attempt at directing and he definitely makes an impressive showing of it. Nevertheless, he’s restrained by the nature of the project; there are very few changes of perspective throughout. And while the cast does a heroic job of keeping things fresh and interesting, the ‘one long scene’ nature of the movie does bring a certain amount of story fatigue at points.

The Verdict:

This was clearly a passion project and it shows with the quality of the finished product. Harrelson and the rest of the cast pull off a stunning performance considering that it was done in just one take. Nevertheless, the hoops they had to leap through do leave a few rough edges.

Certificate: 12

Director: Woody Harrelson

Starring:  Woody Harrelson, Eleanor Matsuura, Owen Wilson, Willie Nelson, Martin McCann, Sean Power, Amir El-Masry, David Mumeni, David Avery, Nathan Willcocks, Bono (voice), Ali Hewson (voice) and Daniel Radcliffe.

Running Time: 100 minutes

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A lot of parents worry about their children’s game playing habits. They see their kids playing on games all the time and they can only assume that this must not be very good for their health. This is, even more, worrying for those who have children who like to play violent video games. Obviously, parents have a right to worry about the negative impact these violent scenes could be having on their loved ones. Nevertheless, there are certain steps you can take in order to ensure your child does not play too many violent video games…

Educate them

Sit down and talk to your child about the effects that violent games can have on people. Make sure they know the impacts so that they can be aware of this when they are playing. Sometimes you need to shock your children a little bit in order to make them realise the true extent of how bad something can be. Thus, pick a moment when your child is in a good mood, sit down with them and explain to them the negative impact of excessively violent video games.

Know your child’s limit

If you can see that your child is getting too engrossed in the game that they are playing, if you notice that they are getting stressed out or you feel like they need a break, then make sure they step away from their game and that they do something else. Don’t simply leave your child in his or her room playing for hours without checking in on him or her.

Check the games that your child is playing

You need to make sure that the games your child play are age appropriate. You should check the boxes of your child’s games to ensure that they are suitable for your little one. You may have bought all of your children’s games, but you don’t know what they have borrowed from their friends and thus it is recommended that you check now and again.

Suggest different games

You should take an interest in their game playing and suggest different games which they may like. Have a look online and see games which are relevant to their interest but are not as violent as some of the games they are playing at the moment. For instance, if they play a classic like the MS Pacman arcade game, they will have a lot of fun yet it is suitable for children.

Ensure that they enjoy other activities

Make sure that playing video games is not the only activity that they enjoy. They need to have other hobbies so that gaming is not their only area of focus. You don’t want your child to become obsessed with video games, especially if they are only playing violent ones.

Suggest your child plays their games in the main living room now and again

It is likely that you will have the biggest television in your living room. Therefore you should suggest now and again that your child plays their games in the living room as a treat. However, this will showcase whether they have got anything to hide with the games they are playing or not.

From encouraging your child to play appropriate games to encouraging other activities, if you use the tips in this article then you are likely to be able to control how many violent games they play.

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The Gist

Akerlund’s film tells a biographical tale inspired by the book Lords Of Chaos written by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind. It tells the story of a group of young musicians, including Euronymous (Rory Culkin – Signs, Scream 4), Necrobutcher (Jonathan Barnwell – Ripper Street, Endeavour) and Kjetil Manheim (James Edwyn – Palo). Together these three dream of becoming a metal band that means something and to reclaim the name black metal as they feel bands that are currently in the genre no longer have the beliefs of the founding fathers.

The course of the band and music history though are changed forever when they meet Dead (Jack Kilmer – The Nice Guys, Palo Alto) a troubled young man who becomes a messiah for the band and their followers and Varg (Emory Cohen – Brooklyn, The Place Beyond The Pines) who has even more vocal thoughts about the black metal community and later becomes a rival for Euronymous.

The Review

When word filtered out that the Lords Of Chaos movie was being made it put a whole subculture of people on edge. The events that surrounded the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem in the early 1990s are not something that are exactly looked back on fondly by heavy metal fans. Yes Mayhem virtually created a new wave of black metal but the crimes and deaths around the band also caused negative media attention and scorn to be placed on a subculture of people who already had been vilified fairly frequently. The saving grace for those worried about the film though was that it was being directed by Jonas Akerlund (Spun, Polar) – a gifted filmmaker who also had inside knowledge of the black metal world given that he was formerly the drummer for Bathory.

Putting together the screenplay for Lords Of Chaos was always going to be a tough task for Akerlund and his co screenwriter Dennis Magnusson (King Of Devil’s Island, Jordskott) given that because nearly everyone involved in the events of Mayhem had a different story or version to tell and given that perhaps some people don’t want to incriminate themselves. Still what they deliver here in the film is serviceable enough to be able to piece together events and seems to tell the more ‘popular’ sides of the story.

Keeping that in mind what Akerlund has delivered here is a brilliant film that cruises through genres with seamless ease. Some of the crimes committed are shown in their gorey, naturalistic form bringing forth a strong horror element but at the same time Akerlund manages to bring a type of black comedy through that just simmers under the surface throughout the film giving the film an almost dark version of American Pie at times. Having said that though this is also a film of mystery and intrigue and has genuine heart at times. The pain felt by various characters when a character suicides is dealt with brilliantly by the filmmaker and the film takes another turn completely with the suspense that is brought into things by the rivalry between Euronymous and Varg.

What else adds to the brilliance of Lords Of Chaos is the casting. The three leading men here are sensational. Rory Culkin’s well-rounded performance reveals him to be an actor that Hollywood needs to be taking more notice. His dramatic and poignant style of acting shows him to be somebody that can match it with the Jake Gyllenhaal’s of the world. His scenes with Emory Cohen are amazing, especially when Cohen is at his menacing best. Last but not least is Jack Kilmer who shows that he is an actor to watch. All three of these young stars could have big futures ahead of them especially given the acting range they asked to perform here – whether it be black comedy or scenes of intensity the three shine throughout and deliver what is asked of them.

The Verdict

Lords Of Chaos has all the makings of a cult film. A brilliantly written film that is a little different to everything else currently on the market, amazing performances from its leading men and one of the those films that you really have to search to find where it is screening. Lords Of Chaos is one of the must see films of 2019.

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The Gist

Directed and written by one of the world’s most enthralling filmmakers, Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Salesman), Everybody Knows sees Laura (Penelope Cruz – Volver, Vanilla Sky) return to her birthplace in Spain with her two children for her sister’s wedding. Upon arriving her two children seem to see the time away from their home in Argentina as paradise, especially her teenage daughter Irene (Carla Campra – Veronica, Marsella) who has her eyes on a local lad.

Things go very awry though when Irene is kidnapped during the wedding reception and Laura begins to receive threatening text messages about what will happen if a ransom is not paid. When it is realised that it must be someone close to the family that is holding Irene accusations begin to fly. Suspirations are cast on Laura’s then absent husband Alejandro (Ricardo Darin – Truman, Wild Tales) who is in desperate need for cash, her ex-boyfriend Paco (Javier Bardem – Skyfall, No Country For Old Men) and his new wife Bea (Barbara Lennie – Maria, El Nino) who the family are feuding with over the sale of some land years earlier.

The Review

Take three Oscar winners, then mix in some sexual tension with suspense and intrigue – what do you get? A simmering Spanish film that will drew in its audience in a way that very few thrillers seem able to do these days.

In the hands of a lesser filmmaker Everybody Knows could have been a Taken style revenge film with Javier Bardem go on a bloody rampage through a Spanish town. Instead Farhadi has the skills as filmmaker to instead do the script do the bulk of the work. This is an intriguing tale where just about anybody could be responsible for the kidnapping – hell at one point I even found myself wondering whether the local priest was involved seeing he was so desperate for cash to fix up the Church. It is that suspicion that totally grips you as an audience. Such is the way that the scenes are written that you almost forget that a girl’s life is as stake as your mind starts to think about who possibly might have her and why they have done it – you find yourself scouring every line of dialogue and every scene just for a clue to who the guilty parties might be. In fact the only minor disappointment in this film is that the identity of the guilty is kept so well hidden until the reveal that the audience may feel a little ripped off that they didn’t receive more information a little earlier on.

Farhadi also brings the best out in his cast. It is impossible not to like the character of Paco even when he is one of the suspects in the case. Bardem is once again in Oscar winning territory here as he plays man who is obviously never gotten over his romance with Laura while trying desperately to hold onto his vineyard and not annoy or hurt his new wife Bea. Bardem’s scenes with Cruz are some of the finest cinematic moments of 2019. There is an obvious sexual chemistry between them on screen and in a way he is the hero of this film without ever drawing a weapon in anger. Likewise Cruz is in award-winning form as well as her emotional portrayal of a distraught mother tears at your own emotions. She once again reminds cinema-goers what a great actress she really is.

The Verdict

Everybody Knows is a must for anyone that likes a well-written, brilliantly acted film. The suspense this film generates puts most big action block-busters to shame while delivering two acting performances that will be long remembered by Cruz and Bardem. Few films with involve their audience as much as Everybody Knows does this year as this gritty who-done-it will completely immerse anybody watching it.

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The Gist

Captain Marvel is pretty much two origins stories in one. On one hand you have a Star Force member named Vers (Brie Larson – Room, Kong: Skull Island) who has been trained by Yon-Rogg (Jude Law – The Grand Budapest Hotel, Closer) to become a ferocious warrior in their battle against the Skrulls. When an incident occurs though she finds out that her identity might not be what she thinks it is and soon finds herself on Earth trying to piece together who she is while the military come after this brand new visitor from space.

At the same time we see Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson – Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight) a former spy turned S.H.I.E.L.D Agent who is sent to investigate this ‘space creature.’ After realising that Vers (who is really Carol Danvers) is actually trying to protect Earth he decides to go against the wishes of his boss, Keller (Ben Mendelsohn – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ready Player One), and help Carol piece together her life.

The Review

Well Marvel have finally gone and done it – they’ve made a movie where the main character is a female superhero. It has been funny to sit back and listen to the words coming out of Hollywood as people act like it has never been done before. It seems like characters like Buffy, Lara Croft, Evelyn Salt and even Wonder Woman have been completely forgotten about. Then you have the naysayers who have the movie failing before it even opens (or before they have even had a chance to watch it). Let’s just sit back for a moment and forget those two arguments and let’s look at Captain Marvel objectively and for what it really is – a superhero movie.

In a way Captain Marvel is to the Marvel universe what Rogue One is to the Star Wars universe – yes it ties into the general Thanos storyline but when it comes to tone and characterisation it is vastly different to the other movies we have recently seen. The tone of Captain Marvel is so far different to that awful comedy we see in Thor: Rangnarok that they could literally be from different planets. Carol is not a flashy super-hero like Iron-Man nor does she show her toughness off to the world like Thor. In some ways she is reserved and very confused young woman searching for her identity while her belief of the world around her is turned completely upside that, and like any good Oscar-winning actress that is how Brie Larson plays the role. While some might be disappointed that her character is that way it certainly enhances the more thought-provoking side of the film.

As a screenwriting/directing team Anna Boden/Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson, Sugar) are smart enough filmmakers to know  when to shift the tone of this movie. The film ranges from moments of true suspense and drama while some comedy seems in from time-to-time revolving around Goose the very special cat. The comedy is up-and-down, at times it works and at other times it feels like a bit of a cop-out as a way to end a scene. As a film Captain Marvel works better when it comes down to its action sequences – there are some good hand-to-hand fight sequences (including a belter between Jackson and Mendelsohn) and thankfully there is no great, big Earth threatening action sequence with cities exploding – that has been done to death by Marvel over the years.

In a lot of ways the tone and locations of Captain Marvel mirror that of Green Lantern and I don’t mean that as a bad thing. For me Green Lantern is one of the most under-rated comic-book movies of all time. The complex story and sophisticated characters did scare off the average popcorn eating cinema patron but at the same time it was embraced by serious comic book lovers. In time it is easy to see that the same will happen to Captain Marvel.

As previously mentioned Brie Larson brings her normal intense style of acting to the role and more than handles herself when it comes to the action sequences. The result is a performance where she is able to bring her dramatic A-Game to the fore with some of the more touching scenes involving her identity discovery while going toe-to-toe with her action sequences alongside people such as Jude Law. She is well supported by the likes of Ben Mendelsohn (who I can’t mention why his performance is so unique given it would give away a spoiler), Samuel L. Jackson who brilliantly plays a version of himself thirty years in the past and Jude Law who once again shows why he is one of the most underrated actors who needs Hollywood to sit up and take notice of him once more.

The Verdict

Captain Marvel doesn’t sit nice and tightly in the Marvel mould. Its use of more intense drama, smaller-yet-noneless-impressive action sequences and bold use of visions and flashbacks is very foreign to what we have come to expect from Marvel and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. While the lack of Earth-shattering explosions and flashy characters may disappoint some this film may well show audiences that it is okay to have a thought-provoking superhero movie that makes good use of its soundtrack and puts extra pressure on the performances of its actors outside of stunts. This is a quality comic book movie that seems to be pushing new boundaries for Marvel.

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The Book, The Film, The T-Shirt by Victoria Myerscough - 3M ago

Gaming is something that is relatively new to us all. In fact, according to the American Physical Society, only in 1958 was the very first video game invented. The physicist William Higinbotham conjured up a rather simple game centred around Tennis. It was thought to be much like the 1970’s hit ‘Pong’ if any of you played that or even knew what it was. So with such a small history compared to some of the world’s longest running forms of entertainment – such as music, which was perhaps invented millions of years ago. Or sport, with the Ancient Greek Olympic Games starting around 776 BC! and, of course, polo dating back to around 600 BC here in the UK. But back to gaming.

Now, in Europe alone, the UK makes up around the second largest video game market – with Germany being first. So, you could say it’s popular. And even the kinds of video games that you play, may not be the same that anyone else in the UK does. And not only that, with the evolution of PC games and mobile games, alongside games stations, there’s a wealth of ways to play too. However, the main thought behind today’s post is why. Why do we game? What in our minds makes us want to game, and what are the benefits of gaming?

With quite the lousy wrap, thoughts on gaming can be pretty negative. But the world of gaming has its pluses. So let’s dig right on into them.

For Entertainment

To start with, you’ve got entertainment. Everybody needs entertainment as you can see from the topics we covered in the intro. We all crave entertainment and to laugh and have fun and just enjoy ourselves. Whether this is in the form of something online, such as critiquesdecasino.com, or in form of video gaming on your station. If something entertains you and you love to be involved in it, this is why you might game.

For Creativity

So then the next thing here is that you might find that you do it for creativity. Sure, not all kinds of games are going to be creative at all. But then others are. And then there’s the whole idea of video game creation yourself, and that you’re pursuing your creativity in that way. This is something that people miss. They see it as a form of entertainment purely, but it’s not. It’s also an art form.

For Escapism

Now, another thing that gaming can be to a lot of people, is escapism. And sometimes, escapism also gets a bad wrap. Because we ‘shouldn’t’ escape. We should solve our problems. BUT, sometimes, escapism isn’t bad. And if you need to turn to something to feel good and to have a balance, that’s good for you. And for some people, this is exactly what gaming does too.

To Connect With Others

But then the next idea for why you might game is centred around the idea of connecting with people. Maybe your friends also love gaming and playing? Maybe you want to connect with people online? And this is something that gaming can do for you. Connecting with others, as psychologytoday.com says, is such a big thing. It’s essential. It’s one of those things that allows us to be happy in life. So if gaming gives you that, keep on gaming.

To Boost Our Skills

So then the next thing that you might get from gaming, is skills. Yes, that’s right, gaming gives you skills. And it may be the reason that your game. Maybe you think about you need to really push on with understanding code or graphics or just about anything else that gaming involves. Maybe you’re even pushing your creativity to do this, as we talked about earlier.

To Relax

But then also, it’s something that you might just do to relax. Not everyone wants to escape. Not everyone wants to connect with others. But most of us need to relax. Because we all need that one thing we go to that allows us to relax our bodies and minds! And that can be reading for some or going to the gym to others. But for us, it’s gaming and it really does allow us to relax!

To Build A Career

But then also, this doesn’t always have to be about fun and enjoyment and what you do as a pastime. Sometimes it could be something that you do professionally or to grow your career. And when you love gaming, you definitely have a ton of career options, as lifehack.org shows, that you can allow you to pursue that interest and still get to build something in the form of the space. So if you love gaming and you really want to do more of it, and get PAID to do it, then you could go down this route too.

To Pursue An Interest

Now, this is something that not everyone will understand. But, when it comes to actually being able to love your life and live in the way that YOU want, you need to have interests. And the thing is, we all naturally have interests anyway. Whether you realise it or not. Sometimes, you just have to get more in tune with yourself to know what those specific interests are. And gaming can help with that. Sure, maybe gaming itself IS the interest. But sometimes, it’s the genre – like strategy or role play or sports!

Just For Fun!

And then finally, you’ve also got the idea of this just being fun. Because gaming is fun. Sure, for a lot of people, gaming is for escapism or to be able to build a career, or just chill out. But then at the same time, it is really fun too! It doesn’t have to be for any inner reason or anything. But if you love sports and you play sports games. Or you love adventure games or fantasy games or anything else. Because sometimes in life, we just need a hobby to do for fun!

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Forget Game Of Thrones and forget The Walking Dead brand new film Mary Queen Of Scots is going to show that the battle for supremacy in our own real world history is more intriguing than anything that Hollywood could ever dream up.

The film chronicles the struggles that both Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) had against the threat to each and also the threats and obstacles that presented themselves amongst their own Kingdoms. Both are strong women from our past and both are brought to life brilliantly well by the talented Roan and Robbie.

For Robbie this was a chance to do something a little different seeing she will be playing in Harley Quinn in three new DC films slated for the next few years and she says that the idea of playing Queen Elizabeth captivated her from the start.

“The script was amazing,” she says. “As soon as I read it I knew that it was going to be something special. The idea of Saoirse playing Mary and Josie directing there was definitely a sense of girl-power around this project and there were already so many other women on board that I admired. It was not a character that I immediately gravitated towards, Elizabeth herself, the movie and the idea was very enticing and I really wanted to work with Saoirse. I had met her personally and loved her the moment that I had met her and I have been watching her work for years and I think she is incredible and then the moment you talk to Josie you see that she is so smart, she had such a relatable perspective on this story and I wanted to be part of it. I guess the short answer is I just didn’t feel worthy of being Elizabeth and that is why I originally passed on the movie. I said this is going to be an incredible movie but I am not the right actress, you should get somebody else to play Queen Elizabeth… somebody else will be a way better. But Josie was relentless and  she said ‘I want it to be you’ and I said ‘why? Why me? I can think of ten other actresses who could play this a lot better than me.’ That was when she said “I don’t want you to play a Queen I want you to play a woman.” And I was like “Yeah I can do that, I can definitely do that.”

Going away and doing some research also changed Robbie’s perspective on Elizabeth as a character. “Then I felt empathy for her,” she explains. “I really felt for her, to me she had a really tragic life, before that my image of her had been grand halls and servants, I guess I assumed that Elizabeth had had a really easy life, a very cushioned and luxurious life when in reality it was anything but.”

She says that history has also changed how people viewed the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth. “I think history has painted them as two rivals, one big cat-fight,” she says carefully. “But I think they both yearned, certainly I believe Elizabeth yearned, for that shared experience, that bond – that relationship and there was just constantly men in the way conspiring to keep them apart and pt them against each other. Their relationship was extremely complicated because on what hand that yearned to find that bond and almost feel comforted by the fact that somebody understands the position you are in, that had a very special sisterhood and there are many letters that showed how intimate they really were, but at the same time the mere existence of one threatened the existence of the other so there was constantly male advisors in their ears, conspiring against them and warning them. I enjoyed finding that inner conflict inside Elizabeth that really wanted Mary to succeed, because that would show that you really could rule with your heart and it would work.”

Mary Queen Of Scots opens in UK cinemas next week.

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Australian actress Mia Wasikowska is no stranger to intense movie roles. When she hasn’t been making movies like Alice In Wonderland she has been known to play some pretty intense characters in films such as Suburban Mayhem, Stoker and Madame Bovary but she says nothing has been like her character Jackie in the brand new horror thriller Piercing.

Here Wasikowska plays Jackie a young prostitute who is hired by a man who only has one thing in mind – tying her up and killing her. But what he hasn’t counted on his Jackie’s own twisted sense of reality and her own personal inner demons.

“The film came off the back of me making a couple of period dramas,” says Wasikowska when I ask her what drew her to Piercing. “It was so different different to anything else I had ever done. Originally they came to me for the role of the wife but then about the weekend before we were about to film the actress dropped out… and initially it was to be played by a much older actress. But then they asked me to play Jackie and that was a whole different thing because I wasn’t expecting to do of that stuff, but yeah it just seemed super exciting and so different.”

“I was really apprehensive about who was making this movie,” she explains when I ask what it was like working with up and coming director Nicolas Pesce. “I don’t normally watch these kinds of movies and I was thinking ‘who the hell would want to make it?’ I was very apprehensive about the group of people that I was going to end up with but they were all very wonderful and Nic was very sweet and kind. He is very creative and I felt very safe and very comfortable on set. I mean this was a movie being made by a bunch of men and I was the only female and was asking ‘what, why, who are these guys?’ And you know even when I sat down to watch the trailer I was like ‘I hate these kinds of movies, I can’t watch these kinds of movies’ wait I shouldn’t say I hate these kinds of movies… but I did really love playing Jackie.”

You can listen to our full interview with Mia Wasikowska on the Spreaker player below.

Piercing opens in UK cinemas later in 2019.

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