This is a guest post by Emma Baker – a video game enthusiast, studying English at Bournemouth University. You can follow Emma online through Twitter, or via her Tumblr blog.
Beyond: Two Souls has been marketed like a blockbuster movie
David Cage, the writer and director of Beyond: Two Souls has admitted that he wants to try to create a new form of entertainment by merging film with gaming. But how successfully does he pull this idea off?
It’s clear right from the initial title screen that Beyond: Two Souls is one of the most stunning games that has been produced to date. The visuals are compelling, providing the player with vast, extensively detailed landscapes. The lighting and textures are on point throughout the game, regardless of where the player moves. Every scrap of detail has been fine-tuned to ensure everything is rendered to a standard that makes it feel like you’re looking through a squeaky clean window.
Last week, my countdown of the films in contention at the 2014 Oscars spanned 10 of the most interesting films on the way ahead of the awards ceremony. This week, it’s the top ten, starting with Michael Fassbender getting involved with drugs and Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney. Continue reading
UK Release Date: 25th October 2013
Runtime: 114 minutes
Director: Gavin Hood
Writer: Gavin Hood
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, Moises Arias
Synopsis: After an inter-planetary war, talented children are trained to fight the alien aggressors in order to avert any future conflict.
It’s always nice to be genuinely surprised by a film. Trailers for Ender’s Game promised nothing more than a slightly childish sci-fi romp led by the kid from Hugo and Harrison Ford. Instead, Ender’s Game is an intelligent, thought-provoking, action-packed thrill ride of an autumn blockbuster.
UK Release Date: 7th November 2013
Runtime: 91 minutes
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writer: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Synopsis: A medical doctor working on the Hubble Space Telescope finds herself floating alone in the endless void when debris dislodges her and a colleague from the orbiting spacecraft.
Every so often, a film comes along that reminds me why I love cinema so much. Maybe once every few years, I’ll sit myself in that tiny seat and watch something that makes every Scary Movie 5 and Movie 43 completely worth it. Gravity is that film.
This all sounds a lot like hyperbole, but it isn’t. Gravity is nothing short of a jaw-dropping masterpiece.