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/
Director Oren Moverman takes the theme of family conflicts and serves it up on a grim platter. Food is how we experience and share our culture, however, in The Dinner, it’s not specifically what people eat that matters. That’s superfluous to the real stuff. Everything families seek, or want to avoid, or suppress, is laid out on the table here.
Check out Steve Coogan, Richard Gere & Laura Linney in this excellent drama that deals with family politics and even promotes awareness about mental illness. As Cream Magazine's Publisher and Editor says, it's 'A film about family politics and the politics of dinner conversation.' To read the review online, head over to:
At the crack of dawn, a light switches on in an old stone farmhouse in the English countryside. A harsh wind blows while a soft light of early morning brings in a new day. There’s no rest for the wicked, growing up on a farm. Something that is epitomised in the young son of a farmer who lives a dreary, monotonous existence between his responsibilities and getting soused every evening until late night. For Johnny Saxby, there is little room for joy.
Director Francis Lee explores the restless heartache of Johnny Saxby in God's Own Country. The film is first and foremost a love story between two men, but it also doubles as a coming-of-age message of hope for lost souls that long for a deep connection that can save them from the loneliness of the harrowed land on which they live.
there is something to be said for young actor Tom Taylor who plays Jake Chambers in the 2017 adaptation of The Dark Tower. You have to ask yourself how this newbie is able to out-act every cast member. Taylor puts a solid effort into the role about a boy plagued by dreams of a Man in Black and his dark agenda that involves the torturing of children. Soon he is to learn that these occurrences are real and are happening in another parallel place known as Mid World.
With the slew of Sci Fi hits and misses of late, including Valerian, Alien: Covenant, Guardians Vol 2 & War of the Planet of the Apes, Stephen King's magnum opus, The Dark Tower, is a decent film with good action. Tom Taylor surprises with his solid effort (not many could carry a film's plot by themselves) and favourite Idris Elba brings the stunning Gunslinger's skills to life. Check out the review here: www.creammagazine.com/2017/08/how-one-kid-manages-to-carry-most-of-the-dark-tower/
In this age of come-and-gone again tentpole films which recede from memory just as soon as they have been released, 'The Time of Their Lives' is a brilliant, fresh revival of a feel-good movie that relies more on character and the old romance of the golden age. Hats off to Joan Collins, Pauline Collins and the ever-charming Franco Nero who manage to pull off a film that leaves all the empty action films in the dust. Check out my review here:
Indie Publisher and author of Fiction, J.K.A. Short also writes on music, games, and other creative entertainment