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Isle Of Dogs Review – Spoiler Free

Isle Of Dogs is an animated adventure/comedy film which comes written and directed by Wes Anderson who some may know for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel or Fantastic Mr. Fox. Isle Of Dogs stars Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig and Scarlett Johansson.

Going in to see this film, I wasn’t sure really what to expect. I’ve seen quite a few of the trailers for it in the lead up to its release, but they didn’t really blow me away. The dogs themselves didn’t seem interesting and I couldn’t see the appeal of it, except that there was a very interesting and likable cast as well as Wes Anderson’s name attached to it all. I also really wasn’t sure what the audience is for the film, being an animation I didn’t know if it was for kids, or if it was a more artsy animated film meant for adults.

Coming out of this film last week, I walked out of the cinema with one of the biggest smiles on my face I’ve had all year. The film is a delightul and intruguing story about a bunch of dogs who live in Japan that are sent to the garbage dump because they have something known as “dog flu” which is very bad. The dogs are discarded and chucked away and they all live in a place that’s very hard to survive in. It’s harsh, but also a little sad. Things change a little for our group of dogs when a kid name Atari turns up and starts looking for his lost dog, which he misses and also loves. It’s here where the journey begins and the kid and the group of dogs start their search.

While the plot of the film I guess sounds a little simple in the way I describe it, I can tell you that the plot is filled with a lot of depth, interesting themes and also a lot of symbolism. I can’t really spoil it when reviewing it, but coming out of this film, you’ll have so much to discuss. Each of the dogs are different characters in themselves, but so too is Atari and also the villain Mayor Kobayashi. To some extent I feel that I certainly need to give this one a second watch just to fully see things I may have missed the first time round with the story. I absolutely loved every part of the adventure and was in no way expecting something with so much depth within it from Isle Of Dogs. This is exactly the type of film I like to see and I’m definitely getting the Blu-Ray when it comes out later this year.

The animation is something I’d like to mention. I really enjoy the look of this film. I don’t know much about the type of animation process myself as I’m not technichal, but the art style they chose to use is distinctly different from many of the other animated films you’re likely to have seen in the past years or even to see in the near future. This isn’t some Pixar style animation (which is good too), but it’s nice to have something different to what we’re used to getting all the time.

Isle Of Dogs Review

Isle Of Dogs Review

The sounds in the film were also great. In the cinema I loved the musical instruments that were played, particularly the Japanese themed music which you can hear in the trailer. I thought that the music was well mixed and used well to create just the right feeling for what was going on in certain points of the adventure. Without it, the film maybe would have been boring, but it wasn’t at all.

The voice acting is another high point. I enjoyed everything I heard from Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson and all of the rest of the cast. The chosen voice actors seem to know how to do a decent job at voicing characters that I guess are serious, but also be comedic and I guess lovable in a way.

Overall I’d highly recommend seeing Isle Of Dogs at the cinema this weekend. If you’re a fan of Wes Anderson or any of the many voice actors including Bill Murray, Scarlett Johannson, Edward Norton or Bryan Cranston then you’re sure to have a good time. The story is a solid entertainment experience and has a nice message, theme and tone to it with a lot of depth. The animation is also quite interesting and soundtrack is excellent. Isle Of Dogs is one of my favourite animation films in a long time and I’m happy to recommend it as a great option at the cinema this weekend.

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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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

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