Hardcore survival in rain-lashed jungles and death-defying leaps: these are some of the elements of the high-action, thrilling adventures of the next gen Lara Croft. Alicia Vikander does an excellent job toughing it out as the famous archaeologist’s daughter in Tomb Raider, the third film to be made based on the popular video game series. Although it does not measure up to the lavish scale we've come to expect, Tomb Raider is an okay film. Audiences will enjoy it more if they see it as enjoyable escapism, not as a true-to-heart homage to the video games.
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MCU Delivers A Movie Rich In Cultural Lore
From the moment Prince I’Challa’s airship flies into the cloaked metropolis of Wakanda, the adventure of the Black Panther begins. Not since Marvel’s MCU Phase One movie releases have we been given a world filled with such incredible characters and spellbinding action. It took over a decade for audiences to get a superhero film with real fire and soul and there's enough colour, action, well-paced plot conflicts and spectacle to keep everyone entertained.
Check out the full review at: 'Black Panther' killing it at the box office.
Every so often, an artist appears that is a consummate creative in every sense of the word. They exhibit the kind of suaveness and Swiss Army Knife array of skills that men secretly admire and women find alluring. I’m talking about the endless list of talents that we find in great icons of the past like Leonardo da Vinci.
We can see this in Trevor Noah. This is a guy that continuously surprises fans and the world alike with his accomplishments – he’s a writer, a TV presenter, a stand up comedian, an impressionist, a polyglot, an intrepid voyageur, and a man straddling many cultures. He has undoubtedly made his mark owing to three things: delivering on point stand up specials, publishing a bestselling memoir, and taking over hosting duties on the iconic Comedy Central news satire program, The Daily Show.
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Director Guillermo del Toro creates a fantastical, character-driven period film that lives and breathes its own wondrous monster lore. Set in 1960s America, it centres around a mysterious water-dwelling creature that is captured in South America and brought back to Baltimore for scientific study.
The Shape of Water has an ensnaring charm that speaks with great humanity and thrilling suspense and delivers scenes that will move audiences to tears. A bond is quickly formed between the humble, mute Elisa and the creature which develops into an intimate connection.
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Going back in time, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace was received with mixed reception. The film gave us many iconic additions to Star Wars canon, including Jedi councils, desert battles with cloaked figures wielding double-edged light sabers, pod races, and full-scale invasions into the peaceful planet of Naboo. Yet haters detested at the time and now people have grown a little more accepting of it. The same may not be said for the latest Star Wars film: The Last Jedi.
While it was exhilirating to see Mark Hamil reprise his role as the legendary Master Skywalker, and witness Carrie Fischer's best performance as General Organa, there was also a lot that was wrong with the film that stopped it from becoming great.
Read more at Cream magazine here: The Force Weakens in 'The Last Jedi.'
Not a yes sir, not a follower? If the Beatles were the spokesmen of their generation, then Imagine Dragons are fast becoming the voice of a new one. The former battled against old conventions, experimented with psychedelics and practiced transcendental meditation. They were not just trend setters, they were representing a revolution of the post-war era. The latter are the front men to a new sound and style that hits you with its rhythm-driven edge, but their appeal goes deeper than that.
An awareness tendrils its way into the music that, while they’re successful, there’s more to it. The words play on two meanings. There’s the factory music and cathartic high of reaching the top. Yet there’s also a symbol that all that is merely a way post onto greater things. As Paul McCartney said that at the height of Beatlemania, when they got to the top, they found there ‘wasn’t much there.’ That insight finds its way into many of Imagine Dragon’s songs too. The message is to go deeper. What are you creating that is meaningful to you? Dan Reynold’s might ask.
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Netflix is cornering the market on some quality programming. Shows like The 100 and Sense 8 are just some of the shows building a bedrock audience. The future of television is here and it comes with cutting visuals, suspense, and captivating storytelling. The recently released Netflix film, Death Note, is its latest American adaption of a popular Japanese Manga serial, and boy was it met with mixed feelings.
Fans of the anime series have blasted it for leaving out so much material. But I think a lot of the complaints are unwarranted. I’m a fan of Full Metal Alchemist and wasn’t sold on the teasers for the live action film, but that doesn’t mean the movie won’t be any good. Sometimes an adaption can actually work if we don’t get too serious. We don’t need to over-think the series or the hundreds of episodes that came before it. The film’s strength lies in building on the source material without going overly in depth. Instead it relies on grounding the film on its core concepts and simplifying the plot just enough to engage. Check out my full opinion piece here:
Say what you wanna say about cosplayers. But some fans take their hero-costume game to the next level. It wasn’t really all that long ago when all a fan needed to do to feel connected to the silver screens was buy a ticket to see a premiere. Wouldn’t anyone stammer just a little if ‘the man with no name’ came into your coffee shop and ordered a double shot mocha ‘punk’ in a gravelly, smoke-ridden voice.
The next level of fandom is cosplay. It comes from that fire to feel connected to our favourite characters. Sir Ian McKellen once said that playing Gandalf as a fully interactive character, was the ‘next best thing’ to starring in the film itself. But some out there believe that to dress up as the scruffy-lookin’ Han Solo, or rig a suit bringing your prop-mold making game to the armor of Destiny 2, makes you a different class of fan altogether. Check out the full list article here:
Stranger Things is a surprise hit series. The show infuses a blend of sci-fi and 80s nostalgia that takes the ‘band of kids against all odds’ archetype and injects it into a chilling, horror thriller. In the fictional small town of Hawkins, Indiana, a mysterious otherworldly entity enters their world by means unknown and people systematically begin to disappear, including one young Will Bryers. Season 1 was engrossed with his family and three close-knit friends frantically trying to solve the mystery surrounding his disappearance and the strange occurrences happening all around town.
Ahead of the premiere of the second season, for those who unwittingly skipped this fantastic show, take a look at what makes Stranger Things one of Netflix's best. Read the full feature on LLF:
Gravel crunches beneath the feet of a solitary figure as it saunters into the radioactive, orange-dusted expanse of an abandoned city. A Blade Runner advances – bioengineered to operate on command, not to think for himself. He has reached the end-thread of an investigation. He searches for an answer to a riddle that has been hidden for almost 40 years. All paths converge on former officer, Richard Deckard.
With dazzling visuals and an impressive soundtrack, there is a lot to love. But there is one problem with Blade Runner 2049: its not really a film, but a visual documentary of the conditioned human psyche. For the full review, head here:
"Today's productions demand actors that can move people. O.T. Fagbenle is one of those rising stars that is answering that call. The way O.T. Fagbenle manages to connect with his audience in The Handmaiden's Tale convinces me that there is much more he has to offer." Check out the full opinion article at: livinglifefearless.co/2017/opinions/o-t-fagbenle-fills-the-demand-for-outstanding-actors/
Video Games aren’t art. We’ve heard the argument before. But video game characters are no longer stand-alone ventures. They’re juggernauts: franchises that serialize this style of creative, immersive entertainment. Since Lara Croft first emerged in the 90s, she has spawned several game titles, movies, and comics. She has also appeared as an anime character in Revisioned: Tomb Raider Animated Series and has gone through many incarnations as a poseable action figure.
For my full list article with all the killer fan art, head to the following link: www.thegamer.com/tomb-raider-fans-who-made-cool-af-lara-croft-art/
Indie Publisher and author of Fiction, J.K.A. Short also writes on music, games, and other creative entertainment