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The Sinner Review – Spoiler Free

The Sinner is a new TV mini series which is based on the book of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr. The show stars Jessica Biel, Christopher Abbott, Abby Miller and Bill Pullman. The series is in the mystery/thriller genre and is about a young mother who struggles with random violent actions of which she cannot control.

When I first saw the trailer for this appear on Netflix, I was interested to see what the show might be like. I hadn’t really seen Jessica Biel in much for a long time and Bill Pullman is usually quite good in things he gets involved in. Being a thriller, which is a genre I enjoy and there being a little bit of a mystery surrounding the plot of the series, it seemed like a good show to spend the weekend. on.

The show tells us the story of Cora (Jessica Biel) who in the first episode is having a good time with her child and her husband on the beach. Suddenly something strange happens to her, she seems to become maddened with a couple on the beach and after some music plays, she goes insane and stabs one of the beach visitors, killing him in the process. Cora is quickly arrested and is guilty of the crime. But the thing is, why did she do that? Cora has no idea why or any memory of the man at all. Harry (Bill Pullman) is tasked with investigating Cora and her case and he suspects there is much more to the story than what Cora is saying. Uncovering Cora’s past and how she came to the point of murder is where much of the mystery for this thriller comes from.

Throughout the course of the show there is quite a lot of development and attention made to Cora’s character. I don’t want to spoil the mystery of what went on with her, but throughout the series you will come to know her past and her character quite well. Harry’s character also goes through some minor character development moments too, but his story just wasn’t too interesting I found when watching the show.

Jessica Biel plays Cora - The Sinner Review

Jessica Biel plays Cora – The Sinner Review

The Sinner is a show with themes surrounding topics of murder, sex, religion and family and these themes are spread all throughout the episodes. The directors for the show consisted of Antonio Campos (3 episodes), Brad Anderson, Cherien Dabis, Jody Lee Lipes and Tucker Gates (2 episodes), they all chose to use a dark tone for the entirety of the series. A lot of it is actually a little gloomy rather than tense, with very few light moments to brighten it up a long the way.

In some ways you would think the story of Cora is a little sad, especially since she’s got a family. But as characters developed, I struggled to find the good in any of them. I guess the show being called “The Sinner” does bear some meaning towards this. But everyone there, even the minor characters including the detective, Cora’s sister, Cora’s husband or any of the villains all had their faults which in my view made them all bad people.

Having these so called sinners and their stories spread throughout the show, while interesting as it may be and I couldn’t wait to uncover the mystery in the end. Along the way I felt uncomfortable watching the series. They’re all bad people and none of the characters in my view are likeable at all in the end. They’re interesting though, but that’s it. Alias Grace, which was also about a murder and had a similar story, was the better show and the main character there was a maniac, yet I liked her. That just didn’t happen here at all for me.

The acting in this is quite good though. Jessica Biel delivers an impressive performance as the lead for the show, she certainly does impress. Bill Pullman was an interesting one to watch and all his detective scenes were great and he worked well with Jessica Biel in the scenes they had to together. I wish I could have loved their characters more, but I just couldn’t.

The filming locations are well chosen. There’s a sort of mansion the characters visit throughout certain episodes and it seemed like a good place for the show to be set in. The woods where Harry explores are also well chosen. Costumes for the actors are all modern outfits, nothing too interesting, mainly dull and gloomy clothing which I guess matches the show’s tone.

Overall this is an interesting thriller to watch over a weekend. There’s only 8 parts to the show and what you get with The Sinner is an interesting character driven exploration into the psychology and character of Cora. Both Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman put in some of their best work here for the show and I was impressed with them both. It’s worth checking out if you’ve got some time to spare 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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