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Maggie (Lauren Cohen) in The Walking Dead Season 8

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So the 11th episode of The Walking Dead season 8 just went to air and this one sees us focus in on the variety of characters on Rick’s side of the war and how they are currently trying to survive as well as what’s going on with Negan’s response effort at this current time.

The episode’s main plot focuses in on Daryl leading his group through the woods and across a dangerous swamp as they make their way to the Hilltop. Although it would seem that this would be a Daryl based episode, his character in this one is there more to keep the plot moving forward. Apart from getting pretty mad when Dwight escapes, it was other characters who did much more.

Dwight as a character in the show is becoming one of the more interesting characters to watch. While it was sort of clear that his character was likely to betray Negan last year due to all the things that Negan did to him, his place at this moment and where he currently sits as a character is maybe not how he thought things would end up. While it would seem to many that his actions in the last few episodes where he betrayed Negan’s group, in order to help Rick’s group, would be enough to allow him to join Rick’s group with little issue, it just isn’t so.

Tara in this episode displays a strong dislike for Dwight and is seen to push a Walker towards him, putting his life in danger. When the two characters end up alone together, Tara moves to kill Dwight and chases him around the woods (even though she has a gun in her hand). The two end up almost caught out by Negan’s men and hide in a bush together, Dwight himself isn’t sure it’s safe for him to go out because he doesn’t know the extent or the knowledge of his betrayal yet. In the end though he goes out and greets Negan’s people and they have no idea what he did. Interestingly, Dwight covers for Tara and her group and leads the men away. Although Daryl is quite angry about all this, Tara ends up defending Dwight. Does she now respect him or has he earned her trust or even that of Rosita’s? It’s hard to say really until the characters meet up again but it was an interesting development.

While the story was quite interesting to see in the Daryl side of things, I felt that the episode was a little bogged down in the Gabriel plot line. We hadn’t seen much from Gabriel at all since the mid-season finale, but the character had escaped with the doctor from Negan’s camp with the help of Eugene. Gabriel is now almost blind and is being treated by the doctor, the two struggle to survive and have no clue where they are going or even what they’re doing and end up drawing attention to themselves and getting caught by Negan’s people. Although there were some allusions to God in this episode and I don’t mind the theme and the idea of this plot. But for some reason it was just a little boring to watch. I’m not sure what to make of Gabriel’s character at the moment, but the eye effects were a little discomforting to see. Where he will go from here I am not sure. The doctor ends up dying which seems bad for Maggie, but Sadiq is also a doctor so he’ll probably do just fine.

Negan in this episode continues to be quite intimidating and makes Eugune quite nervous, especially since he asks him about how Gabriel escaped with the doctor. Eugene is then made to go to the bullet making factory and start making bullets as Negan’s supplies are low due to having to use up a lot of it escaping the walkers outside his compound in the mid-season premiere. This is a very bad sign for someone who is at war. Rick doesn’t seem to have the same issue at least for now with his own ammunition supplies. Towards the end we hear of Eugene talking about using catapults and Negan makes a speech about blood and turning the people in the Hilltop into the walking dead. Could you maybe spray the characters with blood to turn them now? I can sort of imagine what might happen next week, but not sure where this is going to go. Someone must surely die from this at the Hilltop though, I wonder who it will be?

Maggie is currently leading the group at the Hilltop and we see her talking to the various prisoners in this episode. There’s a no mercy approach towards them from her and the fact that they keep bringing these prisoners up in the season so far every now and again and Maggie doing nothing at all with them tells me that it’s possible there’s something to come from these characters soon. Whether or not the prisoners will bring something of consequence to Maggie and the Hilltop or if they’ll do some good for Maggie there is hard to say at this time.

Maggie (Lauren Cohen) in The Walking Dead Season 8 - Dead Or Alive Or Review

Maggie (Lauren Cohen) in The Walking Dead Season 8 – Dead Or Alive Or Review

Overall this was a decent episode with some great moments. There was a lot of developments with the various characters and many of them now have a clear path going forward. With the exception of Gabriel who I think is a little lost now, Dwight, Daryl, Maggie, Tara and Rosita all have interesting things going for them going forward. I’m keen to see Rick return to the hilltop and where the show will lead next and also what Negan might be planning next week with his attack.

The Walking Dead airs express from the US on Mondays from at 1.30pm and 7:30pm on Showcase on Foxtel

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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Need For Speed Heat Australian release date Is November 8

The Need For Speed Heat Australian release date is November 8 2019. The game will be published by Electronic Arts and comes developed by Ghost Games. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

EA says “The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed  fans love – expressive customisation, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game.”

What is Need For Speed Heat about?

Need for Speed Heat sends fans to Palm City, a brand-new open world where street racers have gathered to make their names known. By day, players compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars. At night, players risk it all to build their Rep in underground races where a rogue police task force roams the streets, ready to take racers down and swipe all their earnings. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where a player can roll deep with their crew, build their garage full of hot cars, and make the city their nonstop playground.

Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games said “Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.

Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.

The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.

Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.

The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.

Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.

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Crawl Review

Crawl is a film which comes directed by Alexendre Aja who some may know as the director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The film stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.

Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?

Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!

Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.

The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.

As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.

The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.

The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.

Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!

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