If this all sounds a little wishy-washy, then let me close the feature by offering a more practical side to it all. Yes, sad movies make us feel better - so what? Surely the way that we choose to deal with our emotions is down to the individual, and a healthy mix of movie types, along with other media like TV, games, and books creates a balanced emotional framework for us to exist in. Sure, that’s the ideal but the notion of joyful emotional balance, which you see in movies like Love Actually and The Holiday, rarely reflects reality. Byrne highlights the impact of not acknowledging our negative emotions, and suggests how sad movies can help. “The suicide rate for men is a huge concern,” she says. “It’s the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. The ‘boys don’t cry’ message that men and boys are brought up with is really harmful. It makes it difficult for men to be vulnerable or to talk about how they’re feeling and seek help. Men … [Read more...] about Why watching tragic movies like Logan is actually good for you
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It must be the sense of anonymity that compels people to share secrets with strangers. I was having a conversation with a woman in a bookshop when she decided to tell me something I could tell was troubling her about her nine-year-old son. "The thing is," she said (she had a twitch in her lower lip), "he's a bright boy, but... he still likes books with pictures in." As a children's bookseller, I hear things like this all the time. Proud parents like to tell me that their children no longer 'need' pictures in their books, as though they had just collected their children from a clinic specialising in the treatment of visual withdrawal. Sometimes it's the children themselves that need reminding: "You don't need books with pictures in- remember?" In either case, the message seems clear: pictures are mere training wheels for text, and the sooner we're done with them, the better. … [Read more...] about Picture books and video games: a backdoor into childhood
Mentioning “moving fast”, Beauverger confirms that the skill I saw being used in the demo at the Focus What’s Next Showcase is a viable combat option. Vampires have evolved way beyond jumping, instead turning into clouds of black smoke and rushing towards their target, invulnerable whilst moving at this great speed. To affect your foes without drawing your pistol, you can also mesmerise them and take control of minds. We’ve already seen this in the demo, as you can use the skill to lead a victim away into the dark where you can feast on them. Witnessing this in combat, however, would be fascinating - could you turn them against their friends? Send them into a frenzy? Beauverger wouldn’t let anything else slip about the potential of mesmerising, so we’ll have to wildly speculate for now. … [Read more...] about Stop it Vampyr, you’re bloody spoiling us: 4 types of vampire (so far) and 3 ways to rip people apart?!