KUNG FU PANDA 3 [2016]: in cinemas now [short review]

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IN CINEMAS NOW

RUNNING TIME: 95 min

REVIEWED BY: Dr Lenera, Official HCF Critic

 

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In the Chinese Spirit Realm, Grand Master Oogway fights against the spirit warrior Kai and has his chi stolen, but not before he warns Kai that Po, the Dragon Warrior, will stop him. Kai disregards this and returns to the mortal world. Po isn’t currently having too good a time though. Master Shifu announces his retirement and passes the role of teacher to Po, but finds that teaching kung fu is hard. A chance encounter with another panda who breaks Po’s dumpling-eating record sees Po reunite with his real father, but Kai is trying to take over the land with his jade zombies. Kai can only be defeated by a master of true chi, which was an innate ability of the panda colonies, so Po, Li and Mr. Ping, travel to the secret village where the pandas hide while Shifu and the Furious Five stay behind….

We just don’t have time to review all the films that we see these days on HCF, and I certainly don’t have the time I used to have to review all the animated movies that I see, but I thought I’d throw in a short review of Kung Fu Panda 3, being as I reviewed the second instalment and had a little bit of time. It hasn’t had as good a reception as its two predecessors, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a lighter effort, with hardly any of the darkness and far less of the drama that we saw previously. In my experience, critics tend not to be too fond of the kind of animated film that consists largely of jokes, though I personally love it when a cartoon feature hits my funny bone. More problematic for Kung Fu Panda 3 is that they seem to have skimped on the action, and the finale in particular is a big disappointment, Po overcoming the villain in a far too quick and convenient manner. We don’t even get much of a sense of him developing the new skills that he learns, and I can’t be the only viewer who hoped that the wonderful assortment of weapons in a hall full of armour and arms belonging to past legendary grand masters would eventually be put to good use!

Still, there remains a lot to enjoy. The lovely traditional Chinese watercolour look of the first two films is improved on, resulting in a truly great looking film [though the Spirit World is rather disappointing], some of the humour does work [notably when Mr. Ping is onscreen, James Hong seeming to voice the role with even more relish than usual], there’s just enough emotional content without it changing the overall happy vibe of the film, and the scenes at Pandaland [which seems to be very easy to find considering it’s supposed to be secret] are very cute. The film has the usual worthwhile messages of self-worth, family and love, but is also brave enough to not paint in a bad light such Panda-like activities as getting up late, lazing around, and eating a huge amount. Unfortunately the Furious Five are largely sidelined throughout, and Kai may look like an effective villain but seems to have hardly any motivation for trying to take over the world. I guess it’s just because he wants to, which in a way is almost refreshing. The voice cast seem to be enjoying themselves, and isn’t it great to hear J. K. Simmons in an animated film? While a notch down from the previous two films, Kung Fu Panda 3 is still a thoroughly likeable and warm hearted adventure. It kind of wraps things up nicely really and, rather than carry on with the proposed three further sequels, it might be a good idea if Dreamworks ended it here before quality really begins to go in a serious way.

Rating: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆

GOOSEBUMPS [2015]: in cinemas 5th February [short review]

USA

IN CINEMAS: 5th February

RUNNING TIME: 102 min

REVIEWED BY: Dr Lenera, Official HCF Critic

 

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Zach Cooper and his mother Gale move from New York to the town of Madison, Delaware. Zach takes a liking to their neighbour Hannah, but her father Mr. Shivers warns him to keep away. When he hears the two of them arguing and Hannah screaming, Zach calls the police, but Shivers convinces them that nothing’s wrong. The next night, Zach tricks Shivers into going to the police station for further questioning while he and Champ, a socially awkward student Zach has befriended, search Shivers’ house. They find a shelf containing dozens of Goosebumps manuscripts, all of which are locked. Zach grabs a key nearby and unlocks one of the books, The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena. Guess what materialises….

I can’t imagine for the life of me why Goosebumps, which came out in the USA last October, has taken so long to come to the UK, especially as it was a hit. Almost filmed in 1998 with Tim Burton as director, it would have been a perfect Halloween release, and probably deserves a full length review on this website though I don’t really have the time. Maybe I’ll do one for the Blu-ray release. Possibly the best horror-orientated family flick since Paranorman, and at times almost coming across as a melding of The Monster Squad, The Burbs and Waxworks, it could easily pass for an 80’s movie if it wasn’t for the CGI, the odd reference to things like Tinder, and the occasional bits of frantic camerawork during the action scenes. It even has some of that old school charm, especially in the early section, most notably when Hannah takes Jack to an abandoned amusement park, the lights go on and they climb up the ferris wheel. The scene has an innocent sense of simple childlike wonder in a seemingly different world from our digitally-dominated one. The story soon settles into a series of run-ins with a variety of monsters and much rushing around to save the day….and when I say variety I mean variety, the monster lover in me having fun spotting all the different kinds of creatures, some of them only briefly seen, even if I’ve never read a Goosebumps book. Unfortunately the CGI is a bit variable, with a giant praying mantis and a werewolf especially not looking too good, but the set pieces are exciting and well staged. An attack by garden gnomes especially sticks in the mind. The monsters are led by Slappy, “a ventriloquist’s dummy with a Napoleon complex”, and he’s a memorable villain, both scary and funny.

Rather than adapt a single book, screenwriters Darren Lemke, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have concocted a story involving the real life writer of the books who creates all these monsters because he’s lonely….and then discovers that they’ve become real. The plot has a few holes, and a twist happy ending, just after a moment of sadness which seems to conclude one subplot in a rather touching fashion, seems somewhat tacked on, but the story is driven along at a tremendous pace while taking time to deliver some well placed chuckles which commendably steer clear of becoming crude in nature, and just a bit of pathos. Jack Black, who I’ve been finding rather annoying of late with his irritating manner, and especially in his previous collaboration with director Rob Letterman, that ghastly version of Gulliver’s Travels, is the best he’s been in ages as the author E. L. Stine, and his young co-stars are very capable. Goosebumps overall is very good fun for all the family and I’m rather glad that a sequel is being mooted.

Rating: ★★★★★★★½☆☆

 

Meet the monsters of ‘Goosebumps’ in this TV spot

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A US TV spot has been unleashed for the upcoming movie adaptation of Goosebumps, and if you needed to know what monsters you can expect to see, then the thirty second trailer has the answers.

Author R.L Stine’s series of books called Goosebumps spawned a TV series in the 90’s, and was adored by fans looking for something dark, funny, frightening and everything inbetween.

Goosebumps is directed by Rob Letterman, and is written by Scott Alexander, Carl Ellsworth, Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke, based on R.L Stine’s books. The cast includes Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Halston Sage, Ella Wahlestedt and Jillian Bell.

Expect to see the film in cinemas 10th February 2016.

Synopsis:

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

 

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A giant praying mantis attacks in first ‘Goosebumps’ clip

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The first Goosebumps clip has arrived, and in it you shall witness a giant praying mantis attacking, and Jack Black and co screaming.

The clip is relatively funny, but what is really impressive are the special effects, which are terrific. Check out the clip, and a reminder of the trailer, below.

Author R.L Stine’s series of books called Goosebumps spawned a TV series in the 90’s, and was adored by fans looking for something dark, funny, frightening and everything inbetween.

Goosebumps is directed by Rob Letterman, and is written by Scott Alexander, Carl Ellsworth, Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke, based on R.L Stine’s books. The cast includes Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Halston Sage, Ella Wahlestedt and Jillian Bell.

Expect to see the film in cinemas 10th February 2016.

Synopsis:

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

 

 

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‘Goosebumps’ sequel already in the works!

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The movie adaptation of Goosebumps is not due in cinemas until February here in the UK, however Sony are already looking ahead for a sequel.

The series of books (181 since 1992) have sold over 350 million worldwide, so Sony naturally want the develop this into a franchise. They are already planning a writer for the sequel, but it seems Sony are being cautious, waiting to find their man.

They want to go ahead with the sequel, based on the first films sales. So if popular, a Goosebumps 2 is likely. The tracking board revealed the news.

The report states that Sony is in the process of tracking down a writer to tackle the script for the sequel, so the planning is still in the very early stages.

Author R.L Stine’s series of books called Goosebumps spawned a TV series in the 90’s, and was adored by fans looking for something dark, funny, frightening and everything inbetween.

Goosebumps is directed by Rob Letterman, and is written by Scott Alexander, Carl Ellsworth, Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke, based on R.L Stine’s books. The cast includes Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Halston Sage, Ella Wahlestedt and Jillian Bell.

Expect to see the film in cinemas 10th February 2016.

Synopsis:

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

 

 

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New ‘Goosebumps’ trailer has a beginning, middle and a twist

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A new trailer has been released for the movie adaptation of mid 90’s TV series, Goosebumps, and you can view the hilarious two minutes below.

There is not a huge difference here from the first trailer, but regardless of that it’s well worth another look. I was actually hugely impressed with how good this film looked after the first trailer, and this second trailer confirms that Goosebumps is going to be one hell of a ride, with plenty of laughs along the way.

Author R.L Stine’s series of books called Goosebumps spawned a TV series in the 90’s, and was adored by fans looking for something dark, funny, frightening and everything inbetween.

Goosebumps is directed by Rob Letterman, and is written by Scott Alexander, Carl Ellsworth, Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke, based on R.L Stine’s books. The cast includes Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Halston Sage, Ella Wahlestedt and Jillian Bell.

Expect to see the film in cinemas 10th February 2016.

Synopsis:

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

 

 

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Meet the ‘Goosebumps’ creatures in this collection of images

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Columbia Pictures have released a collection of images from their upcoming Goosebumps reboot starring Jack Black. The meme-ready marketing images feature some of the creatures appearing in the upcoming film, so check them out in the below image gallery.

Author R.L Stine’s series of books called Goosebumps spawned a TV series in the 90’s, and was adored by fans looking for something dark, funny, frightening and everything inbetween.

Goosebumps is directed by Rob Letterman, and is written by Scott Alexander, Carl Ellsworth, Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke, based on R.L Stine’s books. The cast includes Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Halston Sage, Ella Wahlestedt and Jillian Bell.

Expect to see the film in cinemas 14th August 2015.

Synopsis:

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

 

ComicCon: Here’s a few more images from the ‘Goosebumps’ movie starring Jack Black

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The San Diego ComicCon kicks off this week, so expect a barrage of updates on the latest genre films, but the promotional stuff has already started! Released overnight are three new images from Goosebumps, which see’s Jack Black playing R.L. Stine. You will find the new images, plus two released last week, below.

Speaking with EW, Black had this to say about playing the role:

“This is obviously a fictionalized version of his life and nothing that happens in this movie actually happened to him, other than him writing all the books. So I felt like, I was just going to approach it as a character, doing what I thought was most dramatically interesting and right for what was needed. I also got to meet R.L. and he’s a really great guy. Really smart and funny and sweet. But I made [the character] more of a sort of curmudgeonly dark, brooding beast master. So from the very beginning, I was taking liberties. I think he’s cool with it though. [Laughs] He’s been on set and he actually did a little cameo.”

Author R.L Stine’s series of books called Goosebumps spawned a TV series in the 90?s, and was adored by fans looking for something dark, funny, frightening and everything inbetween.

Goosebumps is directed by Rob Letterman, and is written by Scott Alexander, Carl Ellsworth, Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke, based on R.L Stine’s books. The cast includes Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Halston Sage, Ella Wahlestedt and Jillian Bell.

Expect to see the film in cinemas 14th August 2015.

Synopsis:

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

 

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First ‘Goosebumps’ images feature Jack Black as R.L. Stine

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The first two images from director Rob Letterman’s (Gulliver’s Travels) adaptation of Goosebumps have arrived, and both feature star Jack Black as R.L. Stine.

Speaking with EW, Black had this to say about playing the role:

“This is obviously a fictionalized version of his life and nothing that happens in this movie actually happened to him, other than him writing all the books. So I felt like, I was just going to approach it as a character, doing what I thought was most dramatically interesting and right for what was needed. I also got to meet R.L. and he’s a really great guy. Really smart and funny and sweet. But I made [the character] more of a sort of curmudgeonly dark, brooding beast master. So from the very beginning, I was taking liberties. I think he’s cool with it though. [Laughs] He’s been on set and he actually did a little cameo.”

Author R.L Stine’s series of books called Goosebumps spawned a TV series in the 90’s, and was adored by fans looking for something dark, funny, frightening and everything inbetween.

Goosebumps is directed by Rob Letterman, and is written by Scott Alexander, Carl Ellsworth, Larry Karaszewski and Darren Lemke, based on R.L Stine’s books. The cast includes Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Halston Sage, Ella Wahlestedt and Jillian Bell.

Expect to see the film in cinemas 14th August 2015.

Synopsis:

The adaptation of the R.L. Stine books series follows a young boy who moves with his mother and sister to the small town of Greendale, Maryland. There, he meets veteran Young Adult horror author R. L. Stine, played by Jack Black. The infamous Slappy – a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy – comes into play and sets free the many many demons of Stine’s mind. Stine’s niece teams with the boy to put all the evil genies back in the bottle.

 

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BRUTAL LEGEND

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BRUTAL LEGEND
Developed by Double Fine
On consoles and Steam for PC

BRUTAL LEGEND focuses on the character of Eddie Riggs, a metal-head roadie who has to tune guitars and such for “the world’s worst ‘heavy metal’ band”, Kabbage Boy. When a stage accident lands Eddie unconscious, Eddie is thrust into an alternate world, where true metal has the potential to thrive, if it wasn’t for demon Emperor of the Tainted Coil, Doviculus, and his minion, glam rocker General Lionwhyte.

Attaining special abilities in this new world, Eddie finds himself equiped with three powerful weapons: a broad axe called ‘The Seperator’, ‘Clementine’ the flying-V guitar that can be used to cast magic spells, and ‘The Deuce’, a heavy metal motor vehicle that can be weaponised to defeat enemies. With the added ability of reading ancient Titans’ messages, Eddie is herald as a ‘chosen one’ by a group of resistance metallers, led by Lars Halford, his sister Lita and Ophelia. Eddie vows to help Lars’ resistance movement to take down General Lionwhyte and Doviculus, but in order to do so, they’ll need an army. But no ordinary army will do. They’ll need a HEAVY METAL army, and being a roadie, Eddie knows just what to do to organise a crew to put on the best show ever.

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BRUTAL LEGEND is a third-person action-adventure cum real time strategy game set in an alternative universe where metal rules supreme. Fans of rock or metal music will be in their element, especially with the intro of the game, where Tenacious D singer/guitarist, Jack Black, who voices the protagonist Eddie, summons the player to follow him into a record store to find this ‘rare’ title. Pulling out the vinyl of Brutal Legend from the shelf, the player can begin the game. A cut-scene which introduces the character of Eddie is really well done, detailing the role which he plays in live shows. His despair at serving an indie or pop band acting as metal is evident to see and we yearn for him to have a better life with real metal music. A bittersweet event lands him where he’s needed most, the Temple of Ormagöden, where Eddie must beat Doviculus’ demon minions with a little help from Ophelia. This opening level acts as a tutorial for the player and helps them get to grips with the weapons at Eddie’s disposal as well as the powers of Clementine and the building of The Deuce.

After escaping the Temple, Eddie drives Ophelia to Bladehenge, a settlement where the metal resistance led by Lars Halford, resides. Eddie gives Lars and the resistance new hope against General Lionwhyte, and decides to recruit an Ironheade army so they may be successful in their quest. As Eddie, the player must complete a set of tasks that see Eddie recruiting an array of characters, to headbangers with enormous traps to motorcycle riding Fire Barons, led by a character voiced by Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, who also voice General Lionwhyte.

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The main and most difficult of the missions are the battles. Eddie’s army set up a stage and the player must free fan geysers and build merchandise booths upon them to make the fans happy and gain more fans. The more fans that are gained, the more Ironheade units can be loaded onto the battlefield. The units are made up of the different factions, including Razor Girls, the Thunder Hog, Roadies, Bouncers, Metal Beasts and more. Each unit has a speciality, and also a special double-team attack that can be used when the player engages Eddie with the unit. The aim of the the battle is to gain as many fans as possible, securing with merch booths to put units on the battlefield, and take over the enemy fan geysers and ultimately destroy the enemy stage. Whilst this sounds rather easy, the battle is player out in real-time, therefore strategy is rather important. I found the real-time strategy element of the game to be rather overwhelming, as I didn’t quite know how the game and the battle worked to execute the proper strategy. Needless to say, if like me, you’ll begin to work out how the battle commands and strategy works by spending time playing the game and failing numerous times. As Eddie, the player can fly high above the battlefield using demon wings, and assign commands such as ‘defend’, ‘attack’ and ‘follow’ to the Ironheade units, using light markers. The player can directly get involved with the battle action too, with the use of Eddie’s magic spells and axe, as well as operating the fog, stage speaker system and stage lights to help wear down and defeat enemies. When claiming a fan geyser to build a merch booth, summoning The Deuce or creating a positive effect using Battle Cry, the player must use Clementine to activate them. This is done in the form of a button mashing mini-game that is akin to Guitar Hero. The riff is rather simple and one of the enjoying things about using Clementine.

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Besides from hack ‘n’ slashing and real-time strategy gameplay, the game requires the player to drive across the landscape of the alternate world. The Deuce is quite sluggish compared to the likes of GTA, but is not that hard to handle. Eddie can enter the Motor Forge, protected by the Guardian of Metal, Ozzy Osbourne, to upgrade The Deuce with weapons that will help with both main quests and side missions. What I found awkward with the driving aspect of the game is that it’s very hard to see a defined path in the alternative world, so I ended up getting stuck or driving way out of distance when all I wanted to do is get to the next mission marker.

As I previously mentioned, BRUTAL LEGEND is chock full of metal and rock icons, including Ozzy, Rob Halford, Lita Ford, Lemmy and Jack Black, as well as featuring a rocking soundtrack. As a film fan, I was over the moon to recognise the voice of Tim Curry as the demonic bad guy, Doviculus. The collection of well-known stars is the main draw of the game, alongside it’s metal-based soundtrack and gameplay.

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Away from the game, BRUTAL LEGEND has a strong narrative with an entertaining script. Tongue is firmly in cheek in this game, with little snips of humour here and there that will tickle the player. With rock stars, such as the likes of Ozzy, within the game, it of course has swearing, though the creators Double Fine have allowed the game to be censored if need be, with options to have blood show in the game or not, and whether the player would like to censor swear words or not. This is great to let younger players enjoy the game, as well as those who prefer a less profane approach, though the uncensored version isn’t that bad, which is the version I played.

Playing the PC version of the game via Steam, I found the graphics to be excellent and the game worked well with the Microsoft Xbox 360 controller for Windows. Trading cards and achievements can also be unlocked on Steam for those with an interest in it.

Ultimately, the game is enjoyable, though I would have preferred there to have been more action-adventure missions to the main story rather than real-time strategy battles which ate up a lot of the gameplay. It took me 16 hours to complete the main story and one side mission, though a good few hours of that was learning how to conquer the battles and failing miserably. If Double Fine ever were to make a sequel, I’d also like to see clearer paths for the driving aspect of the game. Other than that, the game succeeds for the gaming market, especially for music fans, with an excellent voice cast, script and engaging story.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

GOOSEBUMPS Film Set For 2015 Release

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Did you ever read the awesome kids horror novel series by R.L. Stine?

Well, there’s good news! The GOOSEBUMPS film is set to release, in the U.S. at least, on 7th August 2015.

Actors Timothy Simons and Amanda Lund have joined the cast which include Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Dylan Minnette, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Halston Sage and Ryan Lee.

Sony Pictures hold the rights to the books and have tapped Jack Black’s Gulliver’s Travels helmer Rob Letterman to direct.

The pic is loosely based on the series and is scripted by Darren Lemke and Mike White. Minnette will play Zach Cooper, who moves with his family move from NY to to the idyllic town of Greendale, MD, where his secretive new neighbor turns out to be author R.L. Stine (Black). When the many, many demons in Stine’s mind are set free by Slappy, a demonic ventriloquist’s dummy, it’s up to Zach and Stine’s niece Hannah (Odeya Rush) to put the evil genies back in the bottle.

Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz are producing, whilst filming is set for Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Black Comedy BERNIE To Be Released on DVD and Blu-Ray from 19th August 2013

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Universal Pictures UK are delighted to announce the home entertainment release of black comedy Bernie on Blu-ray and DVD from 19th August 2013. Starring Jack Black (School of Rock, The Holiday), Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike, Mud) and Shirley MacLaine (In her Shoes, Valentines’ Day), Bernie is the astonishing adaptation of the true story of funeral-director Bernie Tiede, directed by Richard Linklater (Me and Orson Welles, A Scanner Darkly). Bernie is the second collaboration between Linklater and Black following 2003’s School of Rock, earning Black a Golden Globe nomination.

Set in the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most popular residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently travelled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. She quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity, but Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. When the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie, she was not missed and Bernie continued to handle her affairs. So they were very shocked when it was finally reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and their beloved Bernie Tiede charged with her murder.

Bernie is a quirky black comedy with incredible acting performances available on Blu-ray & DVD – both on 19th August 2013.

BONUS FEATURES

· Amazing Grace

· The Gossips

· True story to the film featurette

· Deleted scenes