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Godless Review – Spoiler Free

Godless is a new western available to watch only on Netflix. The show stars Jack O’Connell, Michelle Dockery, Jeff Daniels, Scoot McNairy, Merritt Wever, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Tantoo Cardinal. Godless comes written and directed by Scott Frank who some might know as the writer of the screenplays for Logan (2017), The Wolverine (2013) and A Walk Among Tombstones (2014). Scott Frank is also the director for all 7 episodes of Godless.

I’m not usually one to go into the western genre with much excitement. While I do enjoy films and TV shows from the genre from time to time and some of them are exceptionally good, it’s never been one of my favourites. But after seeing the trailer for Godless a few times on Netflix in the last week or so, I thought I’d give this one a go. I hadn’t done any research into the show and had no idea it had such great actors in there like Jeff Daniels or Michelle Dockery or that the author of the screenplay and its director had also worked on some of my favourite films, but I soon discovered all of this as I delved deeper into the show.

The basic story of Godless is that Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell) has left/escaped the gang that he used to run with and didn’t exactly do so without his previous grievances there being rectified. As a result, the gang which is led by Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) is in pursuit of Roy Goode and will kill anyone who tries to keep Roy safe. Frank Griffin is a known outlaw and one of the most dangerous men in the region, everyone is terrified of him as he’s quite fearsome. Roy ends up taking some rest in the town of La Belle and it is here that he becomes acquainted with Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery). La Belle is a strange town in that it’s mostly populated  by women, although they are no pushovers. Can Roy Goode be safe there?

 

I found the story over the 7 episodes to have quite a lot of depth to it, with a variety of interesting characters which were well developed over time. However, I did find that the character of Roy Goode was for some reason a lot less interesting to get to know than say Frank Griffin. While the two were both well developed and are completely different as Roy is the hero and Frank is the villain, Frank was for some reason always much more interesting to watch. That might have been due to Jeff Daniels exceptional performance, but even so, there’s so much to analyse and discuss when it comes to Frank Griffin. I love it when shows have a great villain and Godless definitely delivers that to its audience.

The actors in Godless were all impressive. I think my favourite of the bunch was Jeff Daniels who I’ve not really seen in any role as a major villain before, but his performance as Frank Griffin was certainly exceptional. You can always tell when someone is putting in some great work as an actor when their screen presence in all of their scenes seems to go above and beyond everyone else for a moment, like their character is always right at the centre. I also really enjoyed watching Michelle Dockery, who put in some good work and was one of the stronger female performers. The show’s lead Jack O’Connell also was a decent hero and I was impressed with what he could do and I also enjoyed watching Thomas Brodie-Sangster who had a difficult role as the town’s law man.

Frank Griffin is played by Jeff Daniels

Frank Griffin is played by Jeff Daniels

The tone of Godless is a little dark and full of tense moments. With all the episodes being directed by Scott Frank, I believe he was able to keep a solid level of consistency from episode to episode. At times when watching Godless, there are some slower moments and the pacing does at times slow right down, for some, I can see them getting a little bored with them wanting it to maybe move a little quicker. But it always does seem to me that this is how westerns are, it’s just slower in there for some reason. The characters ride horses, they walk into scenes and it seems to be always way too hot. Godless seems to maintain the same slow pace for much of the show, but I didn’t find it boring at all. It slowly introduces you to the characters and you watch what they do and learn about their past. It’s an interesting narrative to follow and directing it all is really a massive job, but I think it was well put together and is on par with anything comparable on film.

The set locations were all well chosen. There’s some beautiful scenery in multiple episodes of the show to look at. The sets themselves and the way they were designed was also well done and the costumes were all well designed.

Overall Godless is a great new show in the western genre. Viewers may find some parts of it to be a little slow, but there’s a great story in there, with some very well written and well developed characters. Jeff Daniels puts in a great performance as the show’s villain Frank Griffin and both Michelle Dockery and Jack O’Connell were great heroes. Godless is a well made western, with excellent set locations, costumes and also set design. I highly recommend checking out this show when you can as it’s one of the more impressive shows to be released in 2017 and shouldn’t be missed.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.

Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.

The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.

Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.

The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.

Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.

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PlayStation has just revealed that 4 new PS4 controllers are coming and also a Rose Gold PS4 collection. The new control colours include Electric Purple, Red Camouflage, Titanium Blue and Rose Gold. These 4 new controllers will release in September 2019.

PlayStation has also revealed that in November 2019, fans will also be able to have a new Rose Gold PS4 Headset which matches the Rose Gold PS4 controller and makes a new Rose Gold PS4 collection. PlayStation has said that it “offers the same Gold Wireless Headset audio features players have come to love, but boasts a Rose Gold metallic finish on the headband, with embossed PS Shapes on the inside.”

 

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August 2019 is a month with quite a few PS4 games and accessories that will be released. If you are looking for something new for your console here is a list of what you can find in stores this August. We’ve also included prices at different store to help you choose. If you want more retailers to be added next month for us to compare, let us know in the comments below.

Prices were correct as of 07/08/2019 but may change throughout the month.

Turtle Beach – Recon Spark Gaming Headset

Release date: August 15 2019

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Amazon.com.au: $89 (already available)

EB Games: $89.95 (releasing August 15)

JB Hi Fi – $89 (already available)

KONTROL Freek Inferno

Release date: August 20 2019 at EB games, available now on Amazon.

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Amazon.com.au: $45.87 (Already Available)

EB games: $29.95

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Release date: August 22 2019

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EB Games: $49.95

Dead Cells: Action Game of The Year Edition

Release Date: August 23 2019

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EB Games: $39.95

Control

Release Date: August 27 2019

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EB Games: $99.95

Amazon.com.au: $68

JB Hi Fi: $79

MXGP 2019

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Pricing & Availability

EB Games: $99.95

JB Hi Fi: $79

Wreckfest

Release Date: August 27 2019

Pricing & Availability

EB Games: $69.95

JB Hi Fi: $69

Amazon.com.au: $69

The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan

Release Date: August 27 2019

Pricing & Availability

EB Games: $39.95

JB Hi Fi: $39

Amazon.com.au: $39

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