The Artist

Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Bèrènice Bejo, James Cromwell and John Goodman
Released: Dec 30, 2011

 The Artist is not the first silent film to be released in the modern era. Brand Upon The Brain!, released in 2006 and Dr. Plonk, released in 2007, both belong to the silent movie category. The Artist, therefore, is not groundbreaking in the sense that it is simply silent in an era of contemporary talkies. It merely incorporates this element into a rather touching homage to a golden age of cinema. (more…)

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris
Released: Dec 16, 2011

Re-invention is a wonderful thing. Take an aging formula and putting it through the works to make it feel fresh and modern, it does wonders for mainstream cinema. The first Sherlock Holmes, released in 2009, was a prime example of this, taking what was old and dusty, added a dash of Robert Downey jr, and made it cool. In its sequel, while it follows the same procedure, the novelty has begun to wear off. (more…)

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Office Space

Director: Mike Judge
Starring: Ron Livingston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Stephen Root, Gary Cole and Jennifer Anniston
Released: 1999

Office Space is a film that just about everybody can relate to. We all have, or have had, a job that we hate. A boss who seems to epitomize the essence of evil itself. An occupation that is so menial that it sucks the very life out you as you push shopping trolley after shopping trolley into the trolley bay of despair….ahem….and Office Space is a film for people like that! It takes everything we have always wanted to do in our jobs and presents it to us, so that we may fantasize ourselves being in that role, and also dating Jennifer Anniston. (more…)

Rez


Developer(s): United Game Artists, Q Entertainment

Platform(s): PS2, Dreamcast

Release Date: Jan 2002

Ah, the age-old debate over whether or not video games can be considered ‘art’. This argument has raged since…well, since myself and my flat mate stayed up late one night and got a little over tired. Something as derogatory as a video game tends to be ridiculed when it is suggested as an art form. This is generally because when the term video game arises, images of simplistic games like Super Mario or stupidly violent games like Call of Duty tend to arise. And while Rez does not necessarily settle this ‘video games as art’ debate, it certainly provides a strong argument. (more…)

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Groundhog Day

Director: Harold Ramis
Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot, Brian Doyle-Murray and an uncredited woodchuck
Released: 1993

Comedy and Bill Murray are as synonymous as cheese and every other food.
He compliments the genre so well, and makes it look so easy. More than once, he has walked in front of the camera, giving the impression that he is simply going about his day, casually ghostbusting while being himself.
I miss Bill Murray being in films. (more…)

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Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

Developer(s): Nintendo, Retro Studios

Platform(s): Gamecube, Wii (as part of Metroid Prime Trilogy)

Release Date(s): Nov 2004 (Gamecube), Nov 2009 (Wii)

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes is a game that takes very few chances. With the first Metroid Prime game enjoying such commercial success, it probably didn’t make sense to mess with the formula of the game too much. However, they had to change some aspects of the game, to keep the franchise somewhat fresh. They do just enough, therefore, that differentiating between the two is like differentiating between brands of ketchup. You might prefer one, but it really doesn’t matter. (more…)