Avengers: Infinity War. Black Panther. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Incredibles 2. Venom. Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Deadpool 2. Ant-Man and the Wasp. When it comes to worldwide box office, the eight highest grossing movies of the year were all franchise movies, further cementing the trend for studios to put the majority of their eggs into just a few gargantuan baskets that cost anything from $150m to $350m to weave.For some years now, the decline of mid-budget, character-driven dramas has rightly been bemoaned. Even in the high-concept 1980s, Tom Cruise, the world’s biggest movie star, frequently appeared in knotty dramas like The Color of Money, Rain Man, and Born on the Fourth of July. It’s hard to imagine such a thing now, with 2018 doubling down on the ethos that size does matter.Love film?Subscribe to Total Film magazine and get your film fix every month with a digital or print version of the mag delivered straight to you door“Franchise movies have … [Read more...] about Movie 2018 Year in Review: Superheroes rule the multiplex, but will Netflix save mid-budget movies?
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From the opening seconds of Spider-Man PS4, you are Spider-Man. You’re treated to a quick opening cutscene in which Peter Parker juggles his daily life and that of being everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and then away you go, swinging around the Big Apple. No hand-holding, no three-hour tutorial sections designed to ease you into to a slowburn experience, and no laborious setup to “set the mood” or some such developer hand-waving filled with stale soundbites to disguise terrible pacing issues. No, there’s none of that. In a year that saw the likes of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 take gaming’s excesses to its absolute limit with the sheer amount of Things to Do on offer, Spider-Man prides itself on its economy of content; Insomniac has presented a game that isn’t scared to say its piece and knows when to make its final bow. It’s something developers should hopefully learn from as the flabby, … [Read more...] about [Best of 2018] Spider-Man Proves That Less is More in a Big Way
An anime hero and an anime villain are often two sides of the same coin; one character sets off on a chosen path and the other is a dark mirror of those decisions. The best rivalries hinge on commonalities that link hero and villain in a bond that is serendipitous, yet seemingly written in the stars. From Rurouni Kenshin to Naruto, a show’s ability to captivate an audience depends on the interplay of good and evil. In the case of shonen anime (a genre with a name that translates to “young boy’s cartoon”), when these forces meet, there’s usually an explosion — figuratively and literally. Even Dragon Ball Z — often considered to be the greatest shonen of them all — is at its best when main character Goku is paired with villains who reflect the sinister side of his own innate goodness. Frieza, Cell, and Buu all reflect infected, twisted versions of Goku’s persona. Then there’s Broly. First introduced in a non-canon film, Dragon … [Read more...] about How Dragon Ball Super’s Broly became the anime series’ Boba Fett
R.A. Salvatore has been at the fantasy game a long time. Thirty-one years ago, The Crystal Shard introduced readers to Drizzt Do’Urden, the twin scimitar–wielding, dark-elf ranger with a heart of gold (and a panther he can summon from the astral plane). Since then, Drizzt has become a fantasy icon, who, along with his supporting cast from the Forgotten Realms campaign, remain all over the new Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition handbooks, not to mention a handful of video games. Salvatore, 59, is almost as ubiquitous in the genre world. He’s written nearly 40 books set in the Forgotten Realms alone, not to mention his DemonWars saga, plus work on video games including Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and the Neverwinter MMORPG. He even developed a DemonWars tabletop game with his two sons. Yet Drizzt, above all, remains his most enduring creation — one whose moral compass never falters, even in the face of enormous challenges and the prejudice harbored by the … [Read more...] about R.A. Salvatore reflects on 30 years of writing Drizzt and an ever-changing fandom
A MOTHER has slammed Fortnite as "addictive" after her 10-year-old son was duped into spending money on the game. The woman, who (per her request) is referred to here as Diana for the sake of hiding her identity, said her son was told he could use a "hack to get free stuff", but ended running up a £52 bill instead. Her case isn't a one-off either: dozens of worried parents have taken to online forums to seek help in the wake of their child mistakenly spending cash on the game. "My son was advised by a School friend of a ‘hack’ which would trick the system into believing he had funds available to purchase v-bucks," Diana told The Sun. She continued: "Later when I looked at my phone and saw a string of emails from Sony and from PayPal I realised he had made several transactions. "When I asked him to explain what he had been doing he had no idea he had bought anything." Fortnite is a gaming phenomenon that's been downloaded 40 million times since its release last … [Read more...] about Mum blasts ‘addictive’ Fortnite game after kids accidentally spent HUNDREDS of pounds on virtual money