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The Post is a film which comes directed by Steven Spielberg who some may know as the director of Jurassic Park (1993) or most recently Bridge Of Spies (2015). The film stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson and Alison Brie.

The Post is a film set in the 1970’s during a time when newspaper companies The Post and The New York Times published a bunch of articles in their publications known as “The Pentagon Papers” which exposed a bunch of unwanted secrets about the US government’s actions during its involvement in Vietnam between 1945 to 1967, with the actions of multiple US presidents during the year being made public. Some of these actions in the past weren’t all that great and looked quite bad, especially for the Johnson administration. With the president in 1971 being Richard Nixon, the government at the time sought to try to keep things quiet and a lawsuit against the New York Times and later The Post was launched against the newspapers to in a way, stop them from publishing what they had found. The Pentagon Paper story is quite interesting, if you’re interested, you can read more about the Pentagon Papers right here.

Although it may seem that the film might teach audiences about the Pentagon Papers and the multiple motivations for the US being involved in Vietnam during those years, these things are sort of not really covered all that much. In fact, I finished the film and really I have no idea about that many details about the papers at all. What we as the audience hear mostly is that the government lied and that the press has the right to report whatever it wants because they should be able to tell the truth. The focus on the film is on the case between the government and the two newspaper companies with the main theme in the film being about the first amendment in the US constitution (the free speech one).

As a story, I don’t really mind what The Post is. For the most part it is interesting as I really don’t know that much about the period and didn’t know anything about the court case I learnt about during the film. Although, when thinking about the film and the current political climate, should you follow what’s going on in the US with Trump and The New York Times at the moment and the attacks between the government there and some of the less friendly press. I can’t help but think that this film and its message about letting the press be free is sort of possibly propaganda to be added into the mix for the current fake new climate. I might be wrong and maybe it isn’t at all, but I can’t help but feel that way with this one.

I do wonder a little about the characters in the film and their own motivations for publishing the stories. I find it hard to believe the newspapers are about nothing but the ‘truth’ for the people and not about the amount of money they’ll make on the paper run with a story as big as the Pentagon Papers. They’ll make heaps of money on the sales and ad revenue that week won’t they?

The actors in this are all quite good. I have no complaints at all when it comes to Tom Hanks or Meryl Streep’s performance in this one. The two deliver their lines exceptionally and shouldn’t disappoint the audience at all. Steven Spielberg has done well with the directing of this one and the film looks clean and slick at all times.

The film is however paced quite slowly and it takes a long time for the story of the Pentagon Papers to get told. As a film with heavy political messaging within it, I think the audience for this one is a little low. I’m not sure how many of the readers of this site will enjoy this one and as a film to travel to the cinema for to see, I could see many of the readers here getting bored with it. But it might be something interesting to pick up on Netflix or on something similar when it releases if you want to.

Overall the film is well acted and has a great director behind it all. It has an interesting historical story about a time when the newspapers published some secret documents and got in a bit of trouble from the government for it. But it’s a strong political film that I don’t think will be for everyone, especially overseas audiences as it is very US centric. Some will love this one, but I can see many others getting bored as the film doesn’t have that much drama or tension, it’s mostly talking and more talking. Those who do go to see it will be left with a strong message of the importance of free speech and the first amendment, which they can discuss with their friends as they leave the cinema and that’s really important don’t you think?

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

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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