So, what are the benefits of getting in touch with our sadder sides? Letting movies move us? “I absolutely think that we need to expose ourselves to the full range of human experiences and emotions,” explains Åsa Jansson, a Historian specializing in the history of emotions and medicine, currently an associate at the University of London. “I think a lot of purely fictional sad films, whether dealing with romance or other emotional connections, are so attractive because they allow us to feel a sort of ‘safe’ sadness. We might call it escapism – films that let us feel sad, ‘have a good cry’, and perhaps feel reinvigorated afterwards, without placing any kind of demand for action upon us as viewers. These types of sad films, and the kind of sadness they elicit, fit well within a cultural framework that celebrates happiness as a life goal and personal choice, and where there is little room for ‘real’ sadness.” In order … [Read more...] about Why watching tragic movies like Logan is actually good for you
The problem is, not all threats are characterised by moustache-stroking, suited villains. Sometimes maliciousness just exists, and is closer than you think. District X in the comics shows the grotty underbelly of mutant society and the impact they’ve had on humans. With Logan enjoying its own gritter setting, the mutant ghetto is a good opportunity to show just how grim a superhero movie can be. Drugs and superpowers aren’t incompatible, especially when humans have been buying Mutant Growth Hormone (MGH), a drug harvested from the blood of those with superpowers. Giving them the same powers as the mutant it was taken from, the comics show the markets crashing due to the X-gene disappearing from all the MGH vials and people get desperate. Remaining mutants can sell their blood to dealers for exorbitant prices, but the comics make a point of showing that they’re literally putting a price tag on their morals as MGH ‘burns out’ humans. A perfect crucible for … [Read more...] about The secret to saving the X-Men movie franchise is hidden in the comics – here’s how to do it
As stated before, pretty much all interpretations of the hidden blade have stationed the actual blade on the inner forearm, with the blade extending along the palm of the hand. The one exception is the hidden blade used by Darius in the Legacy of the First Blade DLC expansion for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, implying the earliest hidden blades were as conspicuous as the one that Eivor uses in Valhalla. … [Read more...] about It’s “A Deliberate Decision” To Change Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Hidden Blade, Says Ubisoft
Walking through streets is a bit of a clichéd way of travelling (insert hipster sigh here). Vampires don’t have time for that - Reid can jump very fast to cover distances in the blink of an eye, and “move like a shadow through to very high places like a balcony or a roof”. Being higher up will inevitably give you some advantages, spying down on those who scutter along below and allowing you to swoop down on unsuspecting enemies. Or you can wave goodbye to bridges as Beauverger goes on to say that you can “jump horizontally on the other side of a river, for example”. Having overgrown incisors has one extra benefit: you’re immortal! Although whether that’s a good or bad thing probably depends on your point of view. All this choice is almost too much to cope with. Almost. … [Read more...] about Stop it Vampyr, you’re bloody spoiling us: 4 types of vampire (so far) and 3 ways to rip people apart?!