Saturday, 4 February 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie – Trailer

Apparently the 4th trailer, in fact, but... anyway, looks pretty funny.

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Nexus Director, Evan Boehm, creates interactive animated film 'Solace'

Okay this is weird, but interesting and oddly compelling.  Take a look for yourself!


Nexus Interactive Arts director Evan Boehm has produced ‘Solace’, a new interactive animated film, which launches online today (Thursday 19th January) on

This captivating interactive film is based on a short story from the collection Pixel Juice by award-winning science fiction writer Jeff Noon, and tells the dark tale of a near-future in which marketing, DNA and addiction are disturbingly intertwined. Gethin Anthony (Game of Thrones, Aquarius) provides the vivid narration for an unsettling childhood story of a boy trapped in a frightening spiral of addiction to a sugary drink, which raises ethical questions about the way technology embeds itself in our everyday lives.

The story structure follows one character talking to another in a pub about an addictive drink from their childhood, where the taste is determined by twisting the bottle cap to release the different flavours. As the story unfolds over their pints, 2-D animated bubbles emerge from the liquid and invite users to push, poke and pop them. The viewer becomes immersed in the story by acting as an abstract extension of the narrative, following the central protagonist’s tragic decline in his unrelenting pursuit of the perfect flavour combination.

‘Solace’ is a timely social commentary that uses technology to activate the viewers’ imagination to tell a story in an inspiring new wayDesigned for the web, viewers watch it through a standard browser with no need to download any special software or hardware.

The interactive liquid is built in code, part of a custom engine developed to produce a cartoon-like physics system that would respond instantly to user interactions. For a harmonised sensory experience, a generative, real-time audio sound system is weaved into the film to provide an atmospheric soundtrack. The six different flavours of the drink determine the colour scheme of animation, with simple, childlike tones used to contrast the dark adult themes.

Evan Boehm, the director this film, says, ‘Behind its cartoon-like exterior, this film ultimately aims to push the limits of interactive storytelling, whilst encouraging debate about the social, cultural, and ethical consequences of future genetic technologies. It follows the traditional beginning-middle-end structure with characters, but the real-time interactivity element is what makes it truly different and inspiring. One part narrative journey, one part playful, surprising interactive experience, it aligns perfectly with Nexus’ goal to explore innovative ways of telling stories.’

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Star Wars Episode VIII - name reveal and random ponderings

So, it's to be called "The Last Jedi".  Which does, I suppose, hint at the fascinating possibility of Episode IX potentially not featuring any Jedi at all?  (Doubtful, but... perhaps, possible.)  Or even maybe the Force acting as a separate sentient entity in its own right rather than through the conduit of the Order of the Jedi Knights?

Okay I'm waffling now :-)

So that makes it:

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith 
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 
Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi 
Star Wars Episode IX: ??????????????

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Mini-Review - Rogue One

So I finally got round to watching Rogue One and... yeah, overall I enjoyed it.  I want to keep this completely spoiler-free  so don't want to say anything much about the plot, but it's a decent story line with some actual character development here and there.  As you would expect the special affects are great, the music heavily leans on John Williams' score for the original films while standing up in its own right, and there are so many nods to the original movies that you are likely to lose count.  I was unsure whether someone who hadn't seen the original trilogy (yes there are people like this around!) would have much idea of what was going on, although it's hardly rocket science keeping up with the plot, it's just that it jumps around between several narrative threads early on in the film and presumes a fair bit of background knowledge in some scenes. 

It struggled with apparent plot holes once or twice, the big battle scene towards the end felt a little overlong, and the Empire's vehicles (At-At and Star Destroyer, I'm looking at you) seemed much easier to defeat than I remember being the case in the original trilogy, but despite these slight issues it's an interesting and enjoyable film, and certainly worthy of its place as a prequel to A New Hope.

From what I'd seen others write about Rogue One I was expecting it to be a significant level above The Force Awakens, but to be honest I found it a little better, but not much - overall I found both films enjoyable, a little disappointing in some ways, but overall with enough positive aspects to make them worth watching.

Oh one final thought... the CGI heads of Tarkin and Leia freaked me out.  Just a little.  

Okay one FINAL final thought - Darth Vader making a joke (or near enough) seemed odd.

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1 Angry Man!

Well that was annoying... last night we finally got round to watching the 1957 classic 12 Angry Men, which we bought ages ago but hadn't got round to watching.  just as it was starting to get really interesting, the disc stopped playing.  When we checked it that edge had apparently been damaged quite badly at some point, we just hadn't noticed when we put it in.

Drat and double drat...

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