Resident Entertainment https://residententertainment.com.au Always something to read or watch Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:30:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 138582933 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Review https://residententertainment.com.au/spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-review/#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:09:37 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24249 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is an animated Spider-Man film based on the popular Marvel comics character of the same name. The film comes directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. The film features voice acting from Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin, Zoe Kravitz, Nicolas Cage, Liev Shreiber and Kathryn Hahn.

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is an animated Spider-Man film based on the popular Marvel comics character of the same name. The film comes directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. The film features voice acting from Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin, Zoe Kravitz, Nicolas Cage, Liev Shreiber and Kathryn Hahn.


When first going in to see this Spider-Man film, I was quite excited about what the experience could be. In recent years we’ve become used to seeing multiple Spider-Man franchises at the cinema, but they’ve all been live action releases. This is the first animated cinema release I’ve seen for the character and it’s actually one of the few superhero films released in recent years that’s animated, which is odd considering the comic book background these characters all come from. But it’s also a nice change.

The main character in this movie isn’t actually Peter Parker (Spider-Man), although he does feature in the film. Instead it’s focused on the character of Miles Morales who is also capable of filling the Spider-Man role.

Miles (Sharmeik Moore) and Uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali) in Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse
Miles (Sharmeik Moore) and Uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali) in Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse

Miles is a character that’s probably less known by the masses out there as part of the Spider-Man universe and has been kept out of the many Spider-Man films of the past and apart from the comics, I’ve only seen him in the recent Spider-Man PS4 game. If you did play through that game earlier this year, then you might have some familiarity with who this character is. But even if you didn’t play that game and don’t know Miles at all, Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse does a great job of introducing this character to the audience, slowly developing him as it goes along and also expanding quite a bit on the lore of the Spider-Man universe. In some ways, there’s more lore introduced in this film than the entire of the recent Marvel reboot of the live action character.

I don’t want to go into the plot because it can be all spoilt quite easily and I’d rather my readers go into this film as fresh as I did when I went and saw. I even recommend not watching too many trailers. But it was overall well handled and well told. Coming out of the film, I thought this was one of the better Spider-Man experiences I could have at the cinema and I’d be happy to see a sequel should Sony decide to release one in the future. As an animated film, this is one of the films I’ve liked the most, with it bringing the same freshness and charm that the first of the Lego Movies brought back when it was released a few years ago.

Gwen Stacey (Hailee Steinfeld) in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Gwen Stacey (Hailee Steinfeld) in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

The voice actors are all rather good. I enjoyed both Sarmeik Moore and Mahershala Ali in this film and the two seemed to be a great match for the characters they played. There was also some great work from Hailee Steinfeld and Jake Johnson for their characters.

For those going in to see this one for the action, I’d say you get a decent amount of it, at least as much as you’d expect from an animated film. But keep in mind as well that this Spider-Man film is also more for the kids so it is generally going to be kid friendly action scenes inside and that also applies to certain aspects of the film too, with kid friendly jokes and less adult centric themes.

The animation is decent. At first when watching the film for the first half of the experience. I wasn’t too sure I liked what I was seeing. But I understand they’ve gone for a very comic book esque look to the film and as it kept going, it grew on me and I started to really like what I was seeing.

Overall I’d say that Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is a must watch at the cinema this weekend, especially if you’re a fan of the Spider-Man universe. The amount of Spider-Man lore that this film introduces audiences to is massive and one that I greatly appreciated. The story is well told and the voice acting is great. The animation is also decent. There’s not much at all to complain about when it comes to the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse film experience and I’m happy to recommend it as something to watch this weekend.

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Creed II Review https://residententertainment.com.au/creed-ii-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/creed-ii-review/#respond Sat, 08 Dec 2018 13:57:35 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24234 Creed II Is a film which comes directed by Steven Caple Jr., of which this is really his major film as he’s mostly done short films in the past. Creed II stars Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson Dolph Ludgren and Florian Munteanu. The film takes place in the Rocky universe of films and while it’s […]

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Creed II Is a film which comes directed by Steven Caple Jr., of which this is really his major film as he’s mostly done short films in the past. Creed II stars Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson Dolph Ludgren and Florian Munteanu. The film takes place in the Rocky universe of films and while it’s the second in the Creed series it is the 8th in the Rocky franchise.

Going in to see this film at the cinema had me very excited. I am a big fan of the Rocky character and love it every time we get to re-visit the universe Sylveser Stallone created. The first film of the Creed series was quite good (see Petey’s Review here) and I was very impressed with it back when I first watched it. For the second one I had about the same expectations that this would be something pretty good and I’m happy to say that it was.

In this film, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) is dealing with a lot of different things at once. His character is getting closer to Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and the two are looking like they’re getting ready to start a family. Adonis is world champion and everything is great. But then Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), who is the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) shows up and challenges Adonis for the title. The problem with this is that Ivan Drago was the man who killed Adonis’ father back in Rocky IV. So the fight brings a lot of emotions out for both Adonis and his trainer Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) to overcome.

I thought that generally the plot for Creed II was quite good. In some ways it follows a similar formula to what we’ve become used to with the Rocky franchise, but it does work very well. There’s a lot of heart to the story and there’s great meaning behind each of the characters and who they are. I’ve always loved the Rocky films for the great messaging they deliver to the audience relating to determination, perseverance, motivation and focus. There’s also strong themes in the film about the importance of the family and caring for those important people in your life. All of this in combination, makes Creed II quite a nice film experience at the cinema and one with a lot of heart in it. 

The actors are all quite good. Michael B. Jordan had a tough role to play in Creed II and did well in both the physical aspect and the more dramatic scenes. It was great to also see Sylvester Stallone back again on the big screen playing one of his most iconic characters again. Tessa Thompson also does quite well and there’s quite a few musical parts for her character in this film, which she does perform well in Creed II. These three actors seemed to fit on screen well together and I enjoyed everyone else too.

The action and the actual fights in this are decent. It was interesting to see Michael B. Jordan go up against Florian Munteanu who is a giant really.

Overall I thought that Creed II was a film with an excellent story and a lot of heart. All of the actors were great on screen, especially Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone. The fight between Forian Muntenanu and Michael B. Jordan’s characters is certainly one to see at the cinema. Most viewers will get a lot out of this film experience. It’s worth it re-watching Creed I and also Rocky IV before going in to see this film if you want to refresh a little on the lore, but it’s not essential. I highly recommend going in to see Creed II at the cinema if you can this week. It’s a decent film experience and I loved it.

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Widows Review – Spoiler Free https://residententertainment.com.au/widows-review-spoiler-free/ https://residententertainment.com.au/widows-review-spoiler-free/#respond Sat, 24 Nov 2018 23:56:27 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24221 Widows Review – Spoiler Free Widows is a film which comes directed by Steve McQueen who some may know as the director is 12 Years A Slave (2013). It stars Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell. The film is an action thriller about 4 women […]

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Widows Review – Spoiler Free

Widows is a film which comes directed by Steve McQueen who some may know as the director is 12 Years A Slave (2013). It stars Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell. The film is an action thriller about 4 women who inherit quite a bit of debt from their dead husbands and are under pressure to pay it all back.

When I went in to the see this movie, I was super excited about it. I haven’t seen too many Steve McQueen movies, but am aware of how great a director he is and when looking at the cast, we have a substantial amount of great actors in this film. Being a massive Liam Neeson fan, I was already sold on the experience, but basically every other cast member in this film is an added bonus.

After viewing the film I felt that the performances were all excellent. Viola Davis was exceptionally good in her role as the lead character, Veronica. I thought that Veronica was a tough character to play, but Viola really did impress in both the action scenes and the more dramatic ones. I also really enjoyed both Michelle Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki in this film and both excelled with their strong female characters. Liam Neeson was also excellent and his character in this film I think will be one that will surprise many people. I certainly was surprised by the end.

The story in this is pretty good. Essentially the plot of the film is that each of the women characters’ husbands dies in a heist mission early in the film as they were robbing a criminal organisation. It then falls on Veronica (Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) to pay back the money to the criminals their husbands owe it to, or some very bad things are going to happen to them. Watching these women scramble to deal with this and figure everything out was quite good. The tone of the film was quite dark and serious, making Widows a thrilling and dark experience.

I thought that Steven McQeen did well in this film to keep the tone dark throughout it, but also maintain a sense of mystery with the plot. To be honest with you all, this is one of the few films this year that did actually surprise me and towards the end things definitely escalate and it gets good.

For people going in to see this, this week for an action experience. I’d say the film certainly does deliver on that. It’s not on the level of say something like The Equalizer 2, it’s a little less than that. But there are some decent action scenes in Widows. But I’d say that the film is more dialogue heavy and more thriller based with a lot more story telling (which I loved) than pure action sequences. It was well balanced though between the two and I think the way the story was told led to the experience of Widows being the good one that it was, characters were able to develop and we were able to get great performances from all of the cast members as result.

Overall I’d say that Widows is certainly a film worth seeing at the cinema this weekend. The cast of actors including Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell is enough of a reason to check this one out and Steve McQueen directing as well gives you another reason to give this one a chance. The film definitely won’t disappoint, it has some solid action moments but it’s in the storytelling where Widows excels. I really enjoyed it and when I came out of the cinema on the day, I thought it was one of the better film experiences of 2018.

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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider The Forge Review https://residententertainment.com.au/shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-the-forge-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-the-forge-review/#respond Thu, 22 Nov 2018 10:11:31 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24209 Shadow Of The Tomb Raider was a game that I played quite recently and really enjoyed in many ways. You can read my full review for the base game right here. But recently the game got it’s first dlc and I thought I’d take a look. The dlc wasn’t too expensive, it was about $4.99 […]

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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider was a game that I played quite recently and really enjoyed in many ways. You can read my full review for the base game right here. But recently the game got it’s first dlc and I thought I’d take a look.

The dlc wasn’t too expensive, it was about $4.99 usd when I got it from Steam earlier this week. But I really had no idea how long it would be. I’ve now played through it all and finished it and I thought I’d let you all know that it’s about an hour of content. Maybe 2 hours if you do a lot of exploring or wander off a little from the quest as you explore. When I did finish the dlc, while I did feel quite accomplished, I did really wish it was only just a little longer.

As I’ve already finished the game, I just fast travelled to the dlc location and got started. But I guess that for people yet to play through Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, this dlc might be something good to have from the start as the added gameplay and the larger side quests meant that as you would go through the story, there would be something to break up a little of what I thought was a very linear game experience. A larger distraction or side mission that this dlc would be in a first playthrough I think would do a lot for the core game experience.

The Forge dlc basically has you encounter a family who are looking at an old map their grandmother left behind and Lara kind of just strolls in there and immediately knows what the map all means and what to do. She then starts working with the family and the dlc experience of the Forge then becomes one big treasure hunt quest.

The Forge itself is actually pretty good. It’s essentially an extra challenge tomb to explore and to be honest it’s one of the better ones in the game. You venture into a lava filled cave system, which is filled with a flammable gas that can be set alight to activate different gameplay elements. Playing through it solo was okay and I got through it after many deaths. But I can see that it would be super easy if I did it in co-op.

Overall I enjoyed my time with the Shadow Of The Tomb Raider dlc this week. It was nice to visit the game again after not playing it for some weeks now. I did actually really like that the developers did put effort into at least giving us a story with cut scenes and even though it was a simple one, for the price of the dlc it was a good decision to give that to players. The Forge tomb itself is quite good and one of the better tombs in the game. The only thing I wish is that it could have been a little longer. I finished it satisfied that I completed the tomb but was left wanting more. For the asking price it’s a good value buy for a short experience and a visit back into the world of Shadow Of The Tomb Raider.

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PSVR & PS4 Black Friday Deals https://residententertainment.com.au/psvr-ps4-black-friday-deals/ https://residententertainment.com.au/psvr-ps4-black-friday-deals/#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:34:21 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24206 So Black Friday in 2018 is about to start and some brands are kicking off their black Friday deals a little early. We’ve received some info from Sony about what deals will be available for PlayStation. This week you can find a PSVR starter pack for $299.99 and under. But if you take a look […]

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So Black Friday in 2018 is about to start and some brands are kicking off their black Friday deals a little early. We’ve received some info from Sony about what deals will be available for PlayStation. This week you can find a PSVR starter pack for $299.99 and under. But if you take a look a little closer on Sony’s black Friday website, you’ll find that other retailers have it for a little less. With Big W being the cheapest on offer at just $259.

Quite a few video games are also going on sale during the week. The PlayStation site has links to various retailers and also their own PlayStation store with what sales are going to be available. Careful browsing will likely allow you to find the best deal.

But here are some Amazon links to some of the games currently on sale this week.

  1. God Of War – $40.95 (Last checked 20/11/2018 at 8:23pm)
  2. Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition $33 (Last checked 20/11/2018 at 8:23pm)
  3. Detroit Become Human $40.95 (Last checked 20/11/2018 at 8:23pm)
  4. Marvel’s Spider-Man (PlayStation 4) $39 (Last checked 20/11/2018 at 8:23pm)

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review https://residententertainment.com.au/fantastic-beasts-the-crimes-of-grindelwald-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/fantastic-beasts-the-crimes-of-grindelwald-review/#respond Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:05:44 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24181 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a film which comes directed by David Yates who some may know as the director of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and also multiple Harry Potter films. This film stars Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law. It is the second film featured inside the Harry […]

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is a film which comes directed by David Yates who some may know as the director of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and also multiple Harry Potter films. This film stars Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law. It is the second film featured inside the Harry Potter universe in the Fantastic Beasts series.

When first hearing about and seeing the initial trailers for The Crimes Of Grindelwald, I was quite excited to see the film eventually release. This time around, they’ve added Johnny Depp into the cast and he plays the film’s villain, Grindelwald. I was excited to see Johnny Depp in this because in the past he’s been so great in the many Tim Burton films he has starred in and to me he seemed like just the right type of actor to place into a supernatural film like Fantastic Beasts. In this film we also get Jude Law, who plays Dumbledore. Jude is always great to have in a film, but I was keen to see what they were going to do with a much younger Dumbledore.

The plot of this film I thought was a little different to what I was anticipating. The first film focused quite heavily on the Newt Scamander character (Eddie Redmayne) and his accomplices as they sought to take down the villain and also deal with a bunch of mythical creatures. This film does try to bring quite a bit of what we saw in the first film, with Newt completing a bunch of animal care activities. But to me, Newt and the creatures seemed to always be a bit of a sideline plot that the film, particularly in the start gets quite bogged down in. Even some of the side characters from the first film, I felt were more in this film for some consistency rather than being useful for the story and to me it was a bit of any issue. It’s not until about 45 minutes in when things start to get serious and Grindelwald and Dumbledore start doing more that things get much better. The middle part of the film and towards the end of it I felt was very strong. We get to see Dumbledore, we see Hogwarts and we get a fantastic performance from Johnny Depp as Grindewald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review

Now I don’t want to spoil things at all and I don’t want to seem too negative because Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is certainly a film worth seeing. I felt that it did quite a bit to expand to the lore of the Harry Potter universe and I’m very interested in both Grindelwald’s and Dumbledore’s stories. But this factor does bring a little bit of an issue with it, I have the question in my mind as to whether I am interested in Newt’s stories? I’d say a little less, I don’t really want to watch someone catch monsters all that much for 5 films. What I think was missing and I think because the story in the start of this film was bogged down in maintaining the side characters of the first film and all the monster elements, that there was quite a bit missed to do something interesting to develop Newt’s character. He was basically just more of the same the second time around. But since there’s going to be 5 of these film, maybe they can do more next time I hope.

Eddie Redmayne was quite good in this film and I like him in this role, he does a great job with Newt. I think maybe though that, Johnny Depp and Jude Law had more interesting characters to follow and their performances really did stand out as the better ones in the film. I would have liked more screen time for Jude Law though, he gets a lot in this, but we could have had more. Johnny Depp on the other hand, got I think just right amount of screen time and made a stronger impact than I thought in this film. I do hope they keep him coming back.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Review

The CGI and the special effects in this are quite good. There’s some of the best looking effects in this film of all Harry Potter universe films. There’s a lot of work that goes into animating all the monsters that Newt has to catch and there’s nice effects on all of those. David Yates has worked on so many films in this universe now that he seems to know how to get the look of things just right. I always like coming back to this universe every few years and seeing what is going on with it and there’s a lot of work that goes into making the visuals look just right and I admire it.

Overall this is a great film to go and see at the cinema if you love the Harry Potter universe. I love films that do a lot to expand the lore of the world’s and franchises that I like to watch and I’m a big fan of this franchise. The film does take a bit to get going in the beginning and I felt it was bogged down in a bunch of unnecessary ways, but from the middle and towards the end things start to get quite good. Jude Law, Johnny Depp and Eddie Redmayne were all great in this, but I particularly thought that Johnny Depp did exceptionally well.

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News: The Sims 4 Update and Get Famous Expansion Pack https://residententertainment.com.au/news-the-sims-4-update-and-get-famous-expansion-pack/ https://residententertainment.com.au/news-the-sims-4-update-and-get-famous-expansion-pack/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2018 04:43:02 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24111 The Sims 4 latest update and Get Famous Expansion Pack are both expected this week. Get ready, the stars are about to shine. The Sims 4 Dev Team (also known as the SimGuru’s) have been quite productive in the last few months. Monthly streams provide information. They have also demonstrated some of the new (and […]

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The Sims 4 latest update and Get Famous Expansion Pack are both expected this week. Get ready, the stars are about to shine.

The Sims 4 Dev Team (also known as the SimGuru’s) have been quite productive in the last few months. Monthly streams provide information. They have also demonstrated some of the new (and FREE) additions to The Sims 4 on PC in the Get Famous update which will be available this week. Some new features were announced a few weeks ago; including a new Active Career; Fashion Stylist, Terrain Tools and the new Point of View Camera.

 

Style Influencer Career

Your sims can now work in design in the Style Influencer Career. Similar to the Social Media, Politician and Critic Career that was introduced in The Sims 4 City Living Expansion Pack, this career is “work at home”. Creative sims will flourish in daily tasks and assignments to take them from “Rag Reviewer” to the equivalent of Style Superstar. A new sketchpad item will also be available that works like a “portable easel” which is a great way for artists to take their work with them. The artwork can be dropped into any sims inventory, or onto walls like normal. The best part of this new addition is the option to literally “influence” other sim’s style. Sims can now discuss outfits, start trends and even offer make-overs to other sims.

 

Terrain Tools

One of the major elements missing from The Sims 1, 2 and 3 Build Mode was the ability to edit the ground that your sims stand on. With the new Terrain Manipulation Tool coming in the latest update, builders can take it to the next “level” and build on hills, slopes, ledges anything you can think of. It looks like a simple “push and pull” manipulation, so hopefully, there can be some great creations on the gallery soon.

 

First Person View Camera

Brand new to The Sims 4 is the new First Person View Camera. We can now see into The Sims mind… sort of. By pressing SHIFT while in game, will bring up a new camera mode, similar to a “First Person” mode. For the first time ever we can see what our sims are doing from their perspective. Woohoo!

 

The new update will be available from the 14th of November. Please make sure to do the usual “back up” and remove CC prior to starting your game after updating.

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The Girl In The Spider’s Web Review https://residententertainment.com.au/the-girl-in-the-spiders-web-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/the-girl-in-the-spiders-web-review/#respond Sun, 11 Nov 2018 11:13:43 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24099 The Girl In The Spider’s Web is  a film which comes directed by Fede Alvarez who some may know as the director of 2016’s Don’t Breathe. The film stars Claire Foy, Silvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Merchant and Cameron Britton. When first seeing the trailers for the film, I found it all to be quite […]

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The Girl In The Spider’s Web is  a film which comes directed by Fede Alvarez who some may know as the director of 2016’s Don’t Breathe. The film stars Claire Foy, Silvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Merchant and Cameron Britton.

When first seeing the trailers for the film, I found it all to be quite intriguing. I am aware of the film series The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and how popular it is, but I have to admit that actually I’ve never seen any of them. So although this franchise is a related in some way as it’s based on books by the same author. I really don’t know anything at all about it.

The plot of this film follows a computer hacker name Lisbeth (Claire Foy) who is firmly embroiled in the world of spies, intrigue and mystery. She’s so far into the world of spies and mystery that at times I found it quite difficult to keep track of what was going on at all in the film. This is one film you certainly need to enter the cinema with a completely clear mind because if you start thinking about something else while watching it or if you’re at home once this releases and get distracted on your phone for a bit, it’s super easy to get lost in what’s happening.

I found the way that characters were introduced in this film to not resonate with me in a proper enough way that I kept losing track of who everyone was. To be honest, this is one of the first films in 2018 that I felt a little lost with. For general audiences going in to see this one, just be ready and focused and make sure you pay attention to what’s going on. I did and still was lost. Others may have better luck though.

If you’re going in to see this film for the action. There is quite a bit in there and I thought most of this side of the film was pretty good. It’s no where near the level of Mission Impossible Fallout. But it’s more like a low budget Atomic Blonde. Actually compared to most spy films recently, I’d say it’s quite similar in tone to what Atomic Blonde was, but tries to be quite tricky with the plot.

Overall, I wasn’t too big of a fan of The Girl In The Spider’s Web when I went to see it. I’m not too sure what fans of the book might think of this one but as a general film to see at the cinema this month. It’s one of the ones that I’d say you could probably skip and just wait to see it when it gets a home release. A better choice this week for action movies might be Widows, it has a better cast and a really great plot.

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Escape Plan 2 Blu Ray Review https://residententertainment.com.au/escape-plan-2-blu-ray-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/escape-plan-2-blu-ray-review/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2018 10:08:08 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24063 Escape Plan 2 is a film which comes directed by Steven C. Miller who some may know as the director of 2017’s First Kill. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista,  Xiaoming Huang,  Jesse Metcalfe,  50 Cent and Wes Chatham. The film is a sequel to Escape Plan, which released back in 2013 about a man trying to […]

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Escape Plan 2 is a film which comes directed by Steven C. Miller who some may know as the director of 2017’s First Kill. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Dave Bautista,  Xiaoming Huang,  Jesse Metcalfe,  50 Cent and Wes Chatham. The film is a sequel to Escape Plan, which released back in 2013 about a man trying to escape from one of the world’s most secure prisons.

Escape Plan 2 is a film I initially wanted to see at the cinema. I had watched the first one on home release and enjoyed it back then. Even though this one was without Arnold Schwarzenegger, it still had Sylvester Stallone and a decent cast for an action flick. But when it was released in theatres here in Australia, it only screened for about a week and then it was gone. I wasn’t at all free that week and completely missed out.

Now that it’s available on Blu Ray and DVD here in Australia I finally took a look. While I didn’t mind the film and like the actors involved, I didn’t think that this sequel really matched the quality of the first film. One of my main disappointments with this one was that there was such limited screen time for Sylvester Stallone and even less for Dave Bautista. Secondly Xiaoming Huang, who does his best, had heaps of screen time which was great, but just not what I was looking for with this film.

The action sequences are okay. There’s a lot of fight scenes and you’ll see all actors fight at least 1 person each throughout the film. There’s also some cgi moments in there, but they are only okay too.

For the most part Escape Plan 2 seemed to me to be an action movie filmed on a tight budget. Steven C. Miller tried his best directing this and you can see there’s a lot of close up camera scenes on the actors faces which is jarring to watch but I think was done as the sets weren’t big enough for wide shots.

As for the Blu Ray special features. there aren’t actually any. It’s just the film and a very nicely made menu for playing the movie and selecting the scenes. This Blu Ray is for those who are massive Sylvester Stallone fans and want this for their library of films so they don’t have one missing or for true Escape Plan franchise fans who need to complete their collection with this sequel. The film isn’t that bad of a time and if you’re curious about seeing it at home, depending on your choice this week, it could be worth renting digitally from your preferred store.

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A Star Is Born Review – Spoiler Free https://residententertainment.com.au/a-star-is-born-review-spoiler-free/ https://residententertainment.com.au/a-star-is-born-review-spoiler-free/#respond Sun, 04 Nov 2018 09:34:32 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24052 A Star Is Born Review – Spoiler Free A Star Is Born is a film which comes directed by Bradley Cooper who also stars in the film alongside Lady Gaga. The film is about an ageing musician who due to alcoholism is suffering from a career which is going downhill. But things start to look […]

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A Star Is Born Review – Spoiler Free

A Star Is Born is a film which comes directed by Bradley Cooper who also stars in the film alongside Lady Gaga. The film is about an ageing musician who due to alcoholism is suffering from a career which is going downhill. But things start to look up when the ageing musician finds a young talent who he helps to find fame.

Before going in to see this film, I actually wasn’t super hyped for it. I had seen the trailers and while I do love Bradley Cooper in any film and got the initial impression that this one might be something special as Bradley is also directing. For some reason nothing about it hyped me up at all. When seeing the initial marketing campaigns for A Star Is Born, I didn’t recognise that Lady Gaga was in this at all. Mostly because not being  follower of Lady Gaga at all, I just didn’t recognise her. I’m not sure what Lady Gaga fans think, but I felt that while Bradley Cooper being in this was strongly marketed, I didn’t really see much at all that Lady Gaga, one of the most famous voice talents in recent years was in this. It’s a big deal really.

But anyway. I went in to see A Star Is Born and honestly, this is a must watch film in 2018. I had no idea what I was in for going in to see this film. I must say, that while for the most part it is a sad story, coming out of it and leaving the cinema that night. I felt very happy. It’s very hard I think in modern cinema and rare actually to see a film that is actually quite a moving experience. Looking back at all that was released so far this year, there just isn’t at all anything like the experience of A Star Is Born.

The acting in this film is excellent. Bradley Cooper had a very tough role to play. His character’s name is Jack and he’s central to the story as the ageing musician, who is struggling with a lot of issues. Alcoholism is one of his great battles and because of this Bradley Cooper had a very diverse character to play and gave us in the audience one of his best performances on film. Lady Gaga was also very good and to be honest she was excellent. Lady Gaga, was more than I expected her to be and while I know she’s a singer and I expect this side of the film to be great from her and it was, her acting was just as good. Both Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga together excelled in this film and deliver great enough performances to warrant watching it alone.

Overall A Star Is Born is one of the best films of 2018. It was rare this year that I watched something with so much emotion and left the cinema so happy and rich from the experience. I highly recommend going out to see A Star Is Born and am still impressed by both Lady Gaga’s and Bradley Cooper’s performances. I can’t wait to see this one a second time.

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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Review https://residententertainment.com.au/shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-review/#respond Sun, 28 Oct 2018 11:13:05 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=24014 Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is the third game of the most recent reboot of the Tomb Raider video game series. The game comes developed by Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics, but is published by Square Enix. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is currently available on PC, Xbox One and PS4. When first seeing the […]

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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is the third game of the most recent reboot of the Tomb Raider video game series. The game comes developed by Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics, but is published by Square Enix. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is currently available on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

When first seeing the early trailers for this game back when they first started appearing on the web, I was quite excited about the game. This current Tomb Raider series is actually one of my favourite video gaming series’ in recent years. The first Tomb Raider was excellent back when it was first released and Rise Of The Tomb Raider did a lot to build on the foundations of the first game in a much better way. So with this third Tomb Raider game, my expectations were undoubtedly quite high.

In many ways my expectations were certainly met and in some ways they maybe weren’t. I’ll detail a few reasons why and a few reasons why not.

The thing that you will notice and many people notice about Tomb Raider games is the graphics. With each game in this series, or even as the last few years have went by and Tomb Raider games were being released, with each release came an enormous expectation and many marketing presentations about how great the new game in the series looked. With Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, many would have noticed the many videos littered around the internet by NVIDIA marketing people about the new ray tracing technology and its use in Shadow Of The Tomb raider.

I must say that the graphics in this game are exceptionally good. I played through the entire game on PC and marvelled at appearances, shadows and textures in the various levels in the game. I’ve seen the game running on both Xbox One and PS4 as well and it’s quite good looking as well. But I chose PC this time round (previously played Tomb Raider on PS3 and Rise of The Tomb Raider on Xbox One) as I was keen to see how far I could push it on my machine. I would say though, for the PC audience that you do need a fairly powerful gaming PC to play this game on the highest settings and resolution with a high frame rate (60+), but could do well on the lower-medium settings with a lower end build.

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider in game screenshot (PC)

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider in game screenshot (PC)

Another plus of Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is the excellent musical themes and sounds within the game. Much of the levels will have you listening to a variety of dramatic melodies as well as more quieter themes and some scarier tunes. There was a good balances of these tunes throughout the game and at times, the musical pieces really did add to the atmosphere of playing inside a very tribal jungle environment.

The gameplay in Shadow Of The Tomb Raider has been improved and tweaked quite a bit since the last iteration. You will be doing a lot of swimming, with a variety of levels requiring Lara to dive deeply and for long periods. There’s also a lot of climbing and new rappel down abilities which help Lara to reach new areas she couldn’t before. I actually did really enjoy the climbing aspect of this game, there’s quite a lot of it and while it wasn’t always easy to see where to go, timing the jumps at times was a challenge.

Additionally, compared to previous titles in the series, Shadow Of The Tomb Raider does rely much more on stealth and Lara can do more stealth related things such as covering herself in mud so she can’t be seen so easily and also hiding in walls covered in mud or shrubs. The stealth section was quite good, but often times I found the areas where you needed to stealth to be not large enough for me to get around enemies to flank them or to approach the same area differently each time. As the stealth areas were quite narrow in their layout I often found myself just taking down enemies one by one and simply moving in a straight line from one bush to the next as I did so.

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider also allows you to yet again use Lara’s various weapons to get through enemies, which include a bow, assault rifle, shotgun and handgun. While I do enjoy the action mechanics quite a lot in this game and in the franchise in general. I felt that in this game, there just wasn’t enough of these moments and when they were there, they weren’t big enough moments. In many ways Rise Of The Tomb Raider is the better action game, whereas Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is stronger in exploration, puzzles, stealth and climbing.

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Shadow Of The Tomb Raider also utilises a levelling up system where Lara can learn new abilities. But the way it was laid out and the rate in which you unlock things wasn’t too useful. The abilities themselves are good, but often times I found myself not really needing much more than what I had. The bow was enough at the beginning of the game to keep using it all the way through it. In addition to this there was also a bunch of traders you could speak to, who you can trade with for various in game items and resources. This was okay and in theory it’s a great idea. But throughout the game, I had picked up so many things that my inventory was always full and I never really needed to buy anything. The lack of action in the game also meant that my bow was always ready with a full inventory of arrows, I never felt low on resources once.

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider's ability upgrade system

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider’s ability upgrade system

The story of Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is a little bit hit and miss. In some parts it’s quite good and taking the game into the jungles of South America gave this game in the series a unique setting and feel to it. While the game starts off strongly and the story is quite intriguing, especially as you start to explore Paititi with Lara. For some reason the middle section of the game really does drag on. You start to get involved in the local politics of the natives and to me it seemed all a little out of place and Lara’s character didn’t seem to fit in well with all of that. Luckily though, the final third of the game is quite excellent and once things start picking up again it’s a complete joy until the end.

The story did shine in certain parts and there was a lot of work put into developing the Lara Croft character. There’s certain moments where you explore Lara’s childhood which give a great perspective into the younger Lara Croft and in the game Lara deals with some very dark issues regarding her own actions and that of her friends. Overall, there were some truly great Lara Croft moments in Shadow Of The Tomb Raider.

The voice acting in Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is quite good. Camilla Luddington who voiced Lara Croft is a great standout. Her performance in this is one of the best in the series and she’s now completely embodied the Lara Croft character. It’s hard to imagine the next Tomb Raider game without that distinctive voice, so hopefully it won’t be too long before we have Camilla back on again voicing the character. Unuratu was also a well voiced character, her voice was from Patricia Velasquez who some may know from her work in The Mummy Returns (2001). There was also some good work from Earl Baylon who voices Jonah.

Overall Shadow Of The Tomb Raider is a decent action adventure game to have in your collection. The game has some really great things going for it such as its graphics which are amongst the best in gaming in 2018. It also has some great voice acting from Camilla Luddington, Earl Baylon and Patricia Velasquez. The music is excellent. The stealth gameplay as well as the swimming and grappling mechanics are nice additions to the franchise. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider’s main plot is quite intriguing and is strong in the beginning and in the end, but does get bogged down quite a bit in the middle section of the game. With regards to the plot though, I did appreciate the effort put into developing Lara Croft as a character and Shadow Of The Tomb Raider did have a lot of very strong moments which Lara went through that do add quite a bit to the character. This is decent action adventure game to consider buying this year, fans of the Tomb Raider franchise likely don’t need much convincing to go out and get this one and they’re the ones likely to enjoy this game the most.

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OUT NOW: Stardew Valley on Mobile https://residententertainment.com.au/out-now-stardew-valley-on-mobile/ https://residententertainment.com.au/out-now-stardew-valley-on-mobile/#respond Wed, 24 Oct 2018 04:15:01 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=23959 “Stardew Valley” is now available on iOS and Android as of the 24th of October 2018. Stardew Valley coming to mobile If you’re looking for another way to escape “Real-Life” situations, you can now take to the Farm in Stardew Valley. Concerned Ape posted earlier this month have now released the 8-bit, open world, RPG, […]

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“Stardew Valley” is now available on iOS and Android as of the 24th of October 2018.

Stardew Valley coming to mobile

If you’re looking for another way to escape “Real-Life” situations, you can now take to the Farm in Stardew Valley. Concerned Ape posted earlier this month have now released the 8-bit, open world, RPG, farm simulator to mobile devices on Apple and Android. (Google Play to come soon)

The best part about Stardew Valley in our pockets, is that we have access to the full game. (Up to Version 1.3 Single Player) The Story line and Game play are exactly the same to the versions we know well. Aside from some expected “formatting for mobile devices” — so far, it feels like home. While we have to pay a hefty $12.99 for this mobile game, it is great value considering this is the cheapest option between console, PC and mobile.

 

One thing that was amended for the mobile versions is the ability to control the game with the touch screen. The new “touch screen” controls are an interesting addition for a long-time player. You have the ability to touch the screen on everything — from walking, to viewing the inventory, crafting and moving through pages. I am always sceptical about controls on Mobile Games. I have to admit, I am finding it to be fairly easy to control. The only drawback so far is that my finger is constantly in the way when walking. Perhaps a bigger iPhone screen would be better?

Concerned Ape have also given us the option to bring our PC saves via iTunes to our mobile games. I was so impressed! That way, you don’t need to live through the painful Role Playing Events that occur when starting a new game. Of course, starting a new game sometimes feels like a new day, with perhaps a new farm plot and new love interests to explore. Or, perhaps an evil Joja run is in order?

Stardew Valley Mobile can be purchased on iPhone and Android from today.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2018: U.S. Chart https://residententertainment.com.au/top-album-debuts-in-the-u-s-of-2018/ https://residententertainment.com.au/top-album-debuts-in-the-u-s-of-2018/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 21:37:28 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=22408             *Please click here for an updated, full chart with over 100 albums released in 2018.* Below is an outdated sample.   Artist Album First Week Sales Drake Scorpion 732,000 Travis Scott Astroworld 537,000 Post Malone beerbongs & bentleys 461,000 Eminem Kamikaze 434,000 J. Cole KOD 397,000 Justin Timberlake Man […]

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Artist Album First Week Sales
Drake Scorpion 732,000
Travis Scott Astroworld 537,000
Post Malone beerbongs & bentleys 461,000
Eminem Kamikaze 434,000
J. Cole KOD 397,000
Justin Timberlake Man of the Woods 293,000
Dave Matthews Band Come Tomorrow 292,000
Carrie Underwood Cry Pretty 266,000
Cardi B Invasion of Privacy 255,000
Ariana Grande Sweetener 231,000
Kanye West Ye 208,000
Migos Culture II 199,000
Nicki Minaj

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Queen

Love Yourself: Answer

185,000 (1) (2)
Jason Aldean Rearview Town 183,000
Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes 182,000

 

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Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation DVD Review https://residententertainment.com.au/hotel-transylvania-3-a-monster-vacation-dvd-review/ https://residententertainment.com.au/hotel-transylvania-3-a-monster-vacation-dvd-review/#respond Sun, 21 Oct 2018 11:12:37 +0000 https://residententertainment.com.au/?p=23973 Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation is a film which comes directed by Genndy Tartakovsky who some may know as the same director that worked on Hotel Transylvania 2. The film stars Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade and Kathryn Hahn. It is the 3rd film in […]

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Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation is a film which comes directed by Genndy Tartakovsky who some may know as the same director that worked on Hotel Transylvania 2. The film stars Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade and Kathryn Hahn. It is the 3rd film in the franchise and this time around, Dracula and the rest of his monster friends decide to go out on a vacation of their own. They all go out to sea on a wild adventure on a cruise.

With Halloween fast approaching yet again and having to this year once more find some new films to watch during that week. Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation was high up on my list for films I’d love to watch this month. Sure I do like to have a big bunch of scary horror films which are much more adult to watch during Halloween, but having a bunch of spooky films that kids can also watch during October is also good to have, just in case you’ve got kids coming over or any in your household.

Having not seen Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation at the cinema, I wasn’t really sure what I’d be in for with this one on DVD. I’ve always liked the franchise and do occasionally like watching these sort of kids films so was keen to see how this one was this weekend. I’m happy to say that I rather enjoyed seeing this film at home and it’s filled with quite a bit of laughs throughout.

For the kids I think all the variety of monsters appearing in this and all the interesting looks of each of the many characters will keep them entertained. Additionally, there’s a fairly easy to follow story for young people. But there’s quite a bit in there for adults as well. Many adults will be familiar with the lore of the many characters in the film such as Dracula, Frankenstein and Van Helsing, but this is also maybe an area young kids may be a little lost with, especially if they’ve missed the previous two films.

As a Halloween film to watch this October, Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation is the perfect choice family film. It’s got a mixture of things for both adults and kids to enjoy. It’s both colourful and funny, with good music throughout. The film doesn’t really slow down all that much, it may not be many people’s favourite film in the franchise, but if you’ve spent the last few Halloween’s on the other two, this year this is one of the better family film offerings that’s new to watch.

As far as the DVD goes. It does come filled with quite a few special features. The special features actually do all play after the film’s credits. So if you’ve got kids at home watching this and you leave it on, there’s no need to really come back and individually press play on every single special feature on the DVD. A handy feature to have and one I wish was standard on many Blu-Ray and DVD releases (not just kid ones).

The highlights of the special features include 2 mini movies which are included on the disc. These are called Puppy! and Good Night Mr. Foot. Both are quite short features and remind me a lot of the Looney Tunes shorts we used to get on old VHS releases, why don’t we get to have those anymore? For fans of the Hotel Transylvania franchise, the two shorts are nice additions to have. Additionally the DVD release also comes with the following special features:

  • Scary-Oke Sing Alongs
  • Monster Lullaby Scary-Oke Sing Along With Dennisovitch
  • Johnny’s Home Movies
  • Drac’s Zing Tastic Read Along
  • I See Love Dance Party
  • Lyric Videos

For me out of these available special features. I really enjoyed the lyric videos the most. There’s quite a few of them inside there to watch and they are well put together musical segments. Overall actually Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation does have quite a few good musical tracks and themes. It’s a definitely a strength of the film.

Generally if you’re looking for a new release spooky film to watch this Halloween, then Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation is a good choice to have in you collection. It’s got decent special features on the DVD disc and the film is rather entertaining for both adults and kids to watch. It’s a solid at home family film experience.

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