Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Like a T-Rex impotently scrabbling its undersized arms, unable to reach the handle to flush its waste away, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom fails to overcome its own terrible design. This is a loud and overlong chore, with a potentially watchable movie buried deep in its first act. Bryce Dallas Howard returns as Claire, brazenly character-tweaked into a … Continue reading Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Subsurface Circular

Subsurface Circular is a curious and promising artefact (now followed by Quarantine Circular) that layers simple visuals and effective sound onto what is essentially a nicely crafted linear text adventure. Circular’s world is one of ubiquitous automation; an underclass of variously sentient robots and AIs run manufacturing and processing functions for society, while only ‘management’ is left … Continue reading Subsurface Circular

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Has a British country village ever been so lovingly constructed in virtual form? Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a paean to community values, viewed through the lens of a John Wyndham-esque science fiction yarn. Dropped into the Shropshire, players find themselves exploring an entirely abandoned town in the 1980s. Guided by cryptic radio messages, they are … Continue reading Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Deadpool 2

It's a little harder to subvert hugely successful but ultimately staid superhero movies when your own franchise is comprised of them, as Deadpool 2 discovers. This sequel to what felt a relative breath of fresh air doesn't do enough to justify its own existence. After the first film's improbably happy ending, Ryan Reynolds's merc with a mouth … Continue reading Deadpool 2

Revenge

Revenge is a film in two parts - a hyper-saturated nightmare followed by a bleached and ultraviolent fever dream. Its politics are straightforwardly progressive and its rage deeply felt. What it lacks in substance it largely accounts for in style, and certainly in venom. Jen (Matilda Lutz) is an apparently callow young woman, the beautiful consort … Continue reading Revenge

Rampage

Fresh on the tail of Tomb Raider, Rampage arrives to demonstrate that there is no easy route to videogame movie success. Where Alicia Vikander's vehicle attempted to ape the thematic success of its complicated source, Rampage aims to drop Dwayne Johnson into a situation as preposterously stupid as the arcade game it was "inspired" by. Its success is extremely limited. … Continue reading Rampage

Killcams to streaming – the changing face of defeat

In the early days of online multiplayer gaming, being able to re-examine one's failures was nonexistent gameplay factor. In your Quakes and Unreal Tournaments, death was a momentary break, and the manner in which one died was relegated to a verbal description – fragged, sniped, you name it, because the games did. With the advent of widely-played shooters … Continue reading Killcams to streaming – the changing face of defeat