It's sometimes easy to forget just how pure the appeal of Star Wars was back in 1977. George Lucas may have always had Joseph Campbell’s notion of the hero’s journey in mind for his sci-fi fairytale, but if you were a kid when you first saw the film now known as A New Hope, you were likely just impressed by the laser swords and that amazing aerial dog fight above the Death Star.As Star Wars became a trilogy, then two trilogies and then its current expanding roster of films and animated series, it has also become loftier, more focused on the intricacies of the Force and the competing ideologies of the Jedi and the Sith. That’s not a bad thing, but the recent animated series have drunk deep from that well. Clone Wars filled out the events of Anakin’s war years, while the core of Rebels was always exiled Jedi Knight Kanan and his protégé, Ezra.Well, enough of all that. The latest Star Wars animated series, Star Wars Resistance, turns its attention to … [Read more...] about “The characters are pilots and mechanics”
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Netflix has always done well out of being perceived as the cheeky young upstart, the brave disruptor of a stale status quo. A service that lives or dies by how well it can drive and maintain subscriptions, Netflix has a long history of delivering cool, unexpected events designed to prove just how dynamic, fresh, exciting, and in-tune with the modern media enthusiast it really is, compared to the slow, unswerving old-guard. There was the early championing of much-loved, but decidedly dead, culty shows, whose audiences had long felt neglected by their original owners. The resurrection of Arrested Development made Netflix an instant hero, regardless of the eventual quality of season 4. As did the service's at-the-time unprecedented move of securing day-and-date, ‘live’ broadcast of the final season of Breaking Bad for long-deprived, spoiler-fearing UK audiences, in step with the show’s US airdates. And then there were the many, many revivals of nostalgia … [Read more...] about Cloverfield, Annihilation, and Mute: Do Netflix’s big name movies make it a real Hollywood rival, or is it all just expensive smoke and mirrors?
Who knew that Monster Hunter World would actually be about hunting monsters, in a world? Us neither! Thankfully, it's ridiculously good fun and despite the fact you're always being pitted against bigger and badder beasties, that sense of achievement never dies. They also each have their own set of attacks, weaknesses and exposed squidgy bits to aim for, so you might need a bit of help knowing what to do. When you first start out in Monster Hunter World, taking all this in is definitely a challenge. Working out where the best place to hit a monster is might be the easiest part, but working out why you keep dying so quickly is another thing entirely. We’ve put together a Monster Hunter World monsters guide to help you out though, with knowledge pulled from our Hunters Notes and numerous, numerous deaths and hunt attempts. It’s worth checking out this guide before you go into a fight, to make sure that your armour is the correct type for protecting yourself from the … [Read more...] about Monster Hunter World monsters guide: Weaknesses, locations, strategies, materials and more
Females on film While film school classes and incensed critics continue to debate the lack of women in film, female actresses are fighting the good fight on the silver screen itself. Alas, not in anywhere near the numbers needed - provided things were a little bit fairer, of course - or that woman over the age of 40 didn't suddenly become a movie exec's idea of nightmare kryptonite.Over the years, these actresses have been asked to play any number of damsels, dames, nagging housewives, ditzy girlfriends and occasionally (just occasionally) an interesting and nuanced character. This list celebrates the latter, looking at the very best female creations in the history of cinema. Enjoy.15 most prolific female screenwriters25 funniest female characters25 best movies on Netflix Prev Page 1 of 101 Next Prev Page 1 of 101 Next 100. Baby (Dirty Dancing) The Character: Dirty Dancings Jewish princess learns to thrust n grind with Swayzes Johnny Castle. Nobodys gonna put her in a corner … [Read more...] about The 100 greatest female characters in movies
The first time Taylor Kurosaki and Bob Rafei saw a running PlayStation, they were in a Las Vegas hotel room. It was the 1995 Consumer Electronics Show. They, along with the company they worked for, Naughty Dog, were being given a behind-closed-doors look at Sony's first foray into the game console industry. When they describe the event now, they use words like "inspiring" and "enthralled" and phrases like "blown away." They didn't know it at the time, but the members of Naughty Dog in that room — Kurosaki, Rafei and co-founders Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin — were looking at the system that would host the team's next game: Crash Bandicoot. They were seeing the console their company would eventually create the unofficial mascot for — the console they would develop Naughty Dog's first smash hit for. It was Kurosaki and Rafei's second day with the company. Naughty Dog released Crash Bandicoot for Sony's original PlayStation in September 1996. In it, the team took an old … [Read more...] about Crash Bandicoot: An oral history