Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the latest film from one of my favourite directors, Tim Burton. You might know him from films such as Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman (1989) or Big Eyes (2012) plus much more great films. Miss Peregrine’s stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie and Hayden Keeler-Stone.
This was a film that completely surprised me as I didn’t really have any expectations going in to see it or any thoughts for how it might be. While I had seen a trailer or two in the lead up, I thought that it would be just another kids film and probably one that isn’t for me. But I was completely wrong, this film was exactly what I wanted! It was filled with actors that I love such as Eva Green, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson and it came from one of my favourite directors too! After watching it all, I was completely blown away by the story and how good everything came together. I really recommend going to see this one if you can, it’s in my view one of the best films of the year.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is all about this kid (well teenager), Jake, who doesn’t really think he’s that special at all, but a lot of other people do and he ends up visiting the home of Miss Peregrine, where there’s a bunch of peculiar children with special gifts. It’s a bit like Professor Xavier’s X-Men school, but a bit different. In this house of the peculiar, they live the same day over and over again by reversing time so that no one can find them and they can be happy there. But all is threatened by a villain and his group of monsters who love to find these time locked places, break into them and eat everyone’s eyes. It’s all scary stuff really! But the story is told in a such a good way and at such a great pace that the film really was a joy to watch.
Tim Burton seemed to me to be the perfect choice for this, he always makes these peculiar looking things in his films and with a bunch of peculiar characters to work with, he really brought everything out wonderfully. He also was able to get all the actors to put in great performances as well. Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Ella Purnell and Hayden Keeler-Stone were all excellent in this film and all were very impressive. Asa Butterfield did great as the lead character and hopefully there’s more from him in the future. Ella Purnell really stood out as well and is very memorable, I do think she has a lot of great things to come in the future after this. Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson always seem to deliver, so no complaints there at all.
The special effects were all impressive. There’s monsters, ghosts, invisible things, fire effects, ice effects and explosions. There’s all sorts of things in there to keep the audience entertained and in suspense. The music is also very well done too.
The only thing I think is, that it’s possible that due to the dark tone of the film, that it may possibly be a bit too scary for some young kids. There are some gruesome scenes in there to see which might scare a few younger ones. But that was what I loved about this film so much, it didn’t feel toned down at all and even with the gruesome scenes, I loved it even more! The film is also a bit long (2 hours 7 minutes), at the end I thought possibly it was almost about to drag on a bit, but I didn’t mind, it still ended well enough.
There’s not much more I can say about this one. When I love a film, I can’t help but tell people to go and see it. I definitely want to see this one again and I am hoping to add it to my film collection when it comes out on Blu-Ray in a few months. It’s got some great directing from Tim Burton and it’s one of his best films in a long time. Young actors Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell did incredible work with their roles and I hope there’s more to come from these two. There’s also a lot of great moments from Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson slotted in there and those two are always great anyway. If you only see 5 films at the cinema this year, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children needs to be one of them!
Do go and see this film, I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I truly loved it!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart
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.
- 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
|Artist||Album||First Week “Units”|
|Jonas Brothers||Happiness Begins||414,000|
|Ariana Grande||Thank U, Next||360,000|
|Billie Eilish||When We All Fall Asleep||313,000|
|BTS||Map of the Soul: Persona||230,000|
Tyler, the Creator
|Death Race for Love|
|165,000 (1) (2)|
|Vampire Weekend||Father of the Bride||138,000|
|DJ Khaled||Father of Asahd||137,000|
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