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Molly’s Game is a film which comes both written and directed by Aaron Sorkin who some may know as the writer of The Social Network (2010) or A Few Good Men (1992). The film stars Jessica Chastain,  Idris Elba, Kevin Costner,  Michael Cera and Jeremy Strong. The film is based on a book by Molly Bloom which chronicles her life in the poker game business, where she ran private matches for famous and also very rich individuals who loved to play poker.

Going into this film I was quite excited to see what it would be like. I’ve been impressed with many of Jessica Chastain’s recent films such as Miss Sloane and A Most Violent Year as well as many others in her filmography, so am quite a fan of what she does. I’m a big fan of Aaron Sorkin and his writing, having enjoyed his recent TV show The Newsroom and also The Social Network. But we’ve never seen Sorkin direct anything in the past and this is his first big film doing so, so I had no idea what to expect. But the combination of actors involved in this film and also the writer and the director had me excited.

The story itself is actually quite an interesting one. I had no idea who Molly Bloom was at all, but her life story of trying to become a professional skier at the Olympics and then failing and somehow ending up in the world of possibly illegal poker games is an interesting one. Aaron Sorkin did well with the writing of the various characters and events in the film, but I think most interestingly, Molly’s character stands out quite a bit. Molly is this strong female lead character who goes out all on her own into a world which can be very dangerous and even though she’s a very smart woman, she still does get into a lot of trouble. There’s a lot of ups and downs to the story and Aaron Sorkin did well to provide an interesting character journey in this film.

Aaron Sorkin as a director I thought was quite good. The pacing, much like his dialogue is both fast and witty. Although the film does have quite a long run time at 2 hours and 20 minutes, the amount of quick character conversations and witty remarks throughout the story, mixed in with the fast pacing meant that I felt that even though the film was dialogue heavy, it didn’t feel slow or bogged down by trying to explain certain scenes to the viewers. Although there’s a lot of content to go through in Molly’s Game I didn’t feel overwhelmed and instead enjoyed watching it all play out.

Jessica Chastain in the film stars in the lead role as Molly Bloom and does a phenomenal job with the character. I felt that she was much more enjoyable to watch in Molly’s Game than she was in Miss Sloane and I think it’s maybe because Molly is a much more relatable character than Sloane was, but both performances were exceptionally good. I also enjoyed watching Jessica Chastain act alongside both Idris Elba and Kevin Costner who both were great in the film.

Overall Molly’s Game is a very well put together and entertaining film about the true story of Molly Bloom. Jessica Chastain did exceptionally well with her performance in this film and both Kevin Costner and Idris Elba were there doing great things too. The highlight of the film for me was the writing from Aaron Sorkin who tends to write very smart and fast talking characters and I very much enjoyed seeing his characters interact with each other.  The fast pacing of from Aaron Sorkin helped to keep what is essentially a dialogue heavy film feel quick and not slow at all to watch. Molly’s Game is an enjoyable film experience and I recommend going in to see this if you’re a fan of any of the actors involved or Aaron Sorkin’s previous films. Even if you’ve never seen anything from the cast or the writer in the past, Molly’s Game is still a great choice at the cinema this weekend.

 

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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

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL AND UPDATED LIST

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