Online Screen Editor Jacob Heayes runs through some of the highlights of 2019 in video game storytelling.
Jacob Heayes praises Playdead’s unsettling horror platformer and its commentary on control.
In the first edition of his narrative gaming column, Online Screen Editor Jacob Heayes reflects on the achievements of What Remains of Edith Finch.
Any humanities student will be familiar with the term that there’s ‘no such thing’ as originality in any form, whether it be novels, theoretical criticism, or in this case, musical theatre. Particularly in screen-based portrayals of musicals; 2017’s La La Land features a shot-for-shot recreation of a photo shoot from 1957’s Funny Face, parodies of […]
Partnerships and pairings are essential to cinema – they enable actors to play off one another, allowing for more naturalistic and endearing performances; as the old adage goes, “acting is reacting”. One of the finest and most enjoyable genres to embrace this is the “Buddy” film. Popularised by its off-shoot, the more infamous “Buddy Cop” subgenre, […]
Last month, a Guardian article pointed out an interesting trend among Oscar-winning actors and actresses in the past decade or so – they’re getting older. In the 2000s, best actresses had an average age of 36, which then went up to 41 from 2010 onwards. Best actors have also seen a slight increase in the […]
After a brush with scandal over some unearthed homophobic tweets, Kevin Hart’s life insurance was looking like it would mature sooner rather than later. Thankfully, it looks like he might have picked up a ‘get out of jail free’ card in the form of his favourite pastime: A crappy movie with a stupid premise. A […]
Dr Alex suckles loudly on an ice lolly. “I like cars,” he whimpers, a drop of sugary green juice probing its way down his chin. The girl he’s talking to smiles and nods. “Oh really?” she asks, visibly more interested in the far superior banter occurring by the beanbags. The camera cuts elsewhere. Everyone watching […]
The casting couch. We’ve all heard the stories confessing the dark truths of Hollywood’s underbelly. From Marilyn Monroe to the child star, Shirley Temple, Hollywood has a long, ugly history with sexual harassment, stemming from an endemic lust for power by those placed in positions of authority. A throwback to the ‘golden-era’ of old Hollywood, […]
A desolate castle rising out of a jagged hilltop, surrounded on all sides by dense forest. A full moon in the inky, starless sky above. Here there be monsters, make no mistake. In this sunken place, there lives a stalking, ghoulish creature, with sallow skin and narrow eyes; the eyes of a killer. One who feeds […]