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Men In Black: International Review - Chris Hemsworth (H) with Em (Tessa Thompson) in Marrakech in Columbia Pictures' MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL.

Men In Black: International is a film which comes directed by F. Gary Gray who some may know as the director of The Fate of the Furious (2017) or Straight Outta Compton (2015). The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen anything to do with the Men In Black franchise. After 3 films in the series starring Will Smith many years ago, the franchise kind of disappeared. Then out of nowhere sometime last year this trailer was released for a new Men In Black film starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. I wasn’t really sure if it would be any good, but I did like the cast and I’ve always enjoyed this movie franchise so was keen to see the film.

Coming out of the film after seeing it, I’d say I actually really enjoyed it. This film does not take itself too seriously and the director has chosen to place very light hearted tone throughout the entire experience. There are tonnes of jokes throughout the film and while I chuckled a few times, I wouldn’t say it was laugh out loud funny, but I was still sitting there smiling as I was watching as it’s still quite funny and rather fun.

In Men In Black: International the story is that there is someone within the Men In Black who is a mole. No one knows who it is and Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and Agent M (Tessa Thompson) are investigating. There is also a significant alien threat which emerges throughout the film. The film’s story isn’t too bad, it’s quite light, but it does go well with the film’s set tone. I would say though that if you did analyse it too much, you will probably plot holes and all sorts of sillyness, but it’s not that bad.

Men In Black: International Review

Men In Black: International Review – Agent M (Tessa Thompson) and Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) riding the Marrakesh Hyperloop in Columbia Pictures’ MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL.

With this film I guess being a kind of refresh of this old franchise. It was important to get the characters right. Which is very difficult I believe. Tessa Thompson’s Agent M, is a new recruit to the Men In Black and the film acts as a bit of an origin story for her character. This was good as it helps bring audiences who are new to this franchise in to what the Men In Black franchise is all about. Agent M’s story also has a lot of call backs to Will Smith’s first Men In Black adventure and there are tonnes of references within this film that will make fans smile. Chris Hemsworth’s Agent H, is a seasoned agent and fills I guess the role that Tommy Lee Jones did as a bit of a mentor, but the two characters couldn’t be more different. Agent H is really silly, he’s the centre of most jokes and most of the time I wonder how he even qualified to be in the Men In Black. But what you must remember with this film is that it’s a comedy film first and foremost. Once acknowledging that this film is a comedy film, Agent H actually does fit rather well into this film’s tone and the character is just right for what the film’s director is going for, for this experience.

My only disappointment with this reboot or refresh or whatever they call it, is that it didn’t really do much at all to expand the lore of the Men In Black universe at all all. Yeah we do get some new aliens. But if they just did something to show us more of how this universe operates or expanded the lore in some massive way, it would have been pretty great. If they do make another sequel hopefully they can do more in this area because the Men In Black universe is pretty interesting and there are tonne of possibilities when it comes to its lore that are completely unexplored.

Men In Black: International Review

Men In Black: International Review – Molly (Tessa Thompson) gets fitted for her black suit in the MIB NY office in Columbia Pictures’ MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL.

The action scenes aren’t too bad. Men In Black: International is filled with CGI and very heavy CGI in certain scenes. Much can be criticised about this area and I can see some saying that it’s not that great. But I felt that it was actually enough for what this film was meant to be. I’ve always loved seeing the Men In Black weapons and they looked way better than they ever did in the past in this film. Also the car that they drive is very cool. Towards the end of the film where the major events all happen, there is some satisfaction to be had in terms of the action. Throughout the film there’s also a bunch of very cool alien fights.

In the end Men In Black: International is a film that’s a bunch of fun. It’s a film with a light hearted tone that I think will please most audiences looking for a movie experience this week, where they can just sit there in the cinema and chill out for a while, it’s fun enough to do that. The film has a great cast which includes Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rebecca Ferguson, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson. They’re all a bunch of fun. It is a heavy CGI experience which is quite good and the action was fairly entertaining. If you go into the film looking for things to be critical of, you’ll find a lot of silly stuff. But if you go in just wanting something fun to see, I think it’s quite enjoyable and I’m happy to recommend seeing it this weekend.

 

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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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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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

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AND UPDATED LIST

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