Why it’s worth a watch: Rise of the Guardians was a box office bomb that’s now slowly being reappreciated by audiences. It’s an animated children’s film that relies on a series breakneck action setpieces, to the point that it becomes instantly reminiscent of your average comic book film. Call it “Baby’s first Marvel movie”, if you like. The dialogue might be, at times, a little on the painful side, but it’s an exquisitely crafted world that offers an alternative spin on holiday traditions. … [Read more...] about The 25 best Christmas movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney Plus
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So hardly fun stuff, but it's exactly what science-fiction should be dealing with at the moment; assuming cyberpunk actually wants to be sci-fi and not self-indulgent noir books with computer hacking and robo-limbs to explain away the complicated bits. I'm aware that there seems to be some sort of cyberpunk game coming out soon (I can't believe nobody brought it up) but I can't say it looks especially bold or forward-thinking when it comes to narrative. Come on, it's literally named after its own genre. Acceptable for a pen-and-paper RPG in the eighties, sure, but less exciting forty years on. Keanu Reeves pulling off his rocker shades while telling you to burn the city feels like the genre being boiled down to a median average. Grody! … [Read more...] about Why do we read cyberpunk?
Despite being solely concerned with the cheery subject of death, Spiritfarer is actually fun to play. There’s a management-sim element to your ship, as you collect resources from around the world and use them to craft new buildings and homes for your crew. There’s mining, a guitar minigame and even platforming puzzles. It’s got that great loop often found in farming games. You pull up to a new area, mine everything in sight and then build a new thing that lets you mine rarer items. Seeing your ship grow as you stack ramshackle buildings on top of each other is lovely, as is the satisfying clunk as it sails into a new port for the first time. It’s almost enough to take your mind off of all the death. … [Read more...] about The RPS Advent Calendar 2020, December 5th