I’ve just spent 4 straight hours in the company of Brothers: a tale of two sons - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brothers:_A_Tale_of_Two_Sons - if you are interested in engaging in the game don’t look at the wiki page as part of the experience of game playing is obviously not knowing what is coming – not plot spoiling doesn't appear to be part of the game playing community - anyway the landscape is sublime, the narrative very moving and the dynamics of the playing fairly unique in my experience of gaming (not huge) – you are left with the feeling of a profound sense of loss – this might be my first empathic gaming experience.
meanwhile - some films watched over the break – so far
The Equalizer http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455944/ – Denzel – the man with a past – he plays the isolated-lost-loner-character well with the twist of extraordinary fighting skills and empathy – predictable but fun.
Get Santa – well http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1935940/ if I was 6 I might find it wonderful and Jim Broadbent is a glorious ‘gansta santa’ but.......I'm not 6.
Boxtrolls – http://www.theboxtrolls.co.uk/ yes it’s all good with some very clever animation backed up with a strong script.
Toy Story That Time Forgot - toy story short –http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3473654/ lots of knowing fun – it takes us from the moment ‘the gang’ are joined to Bonnie with some great 'in jokes'.
What we do in the shadows http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3416742/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 – a laugh out loud mockumentary about vampires in new Zealand.
Eagle v Shark http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0494222/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 more ‘indi-fare’ from new Zealand – a cast of outcasts – tragic-comic with the funniest attack on a disabled person I have ever seen!
Batman - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096895/ – its difficult to beat Jack Nicholson being Jack when he’s on form! But talk about slow.......and the dated clothes ....shoulder pads wtf were we thinking.
The Interview - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2788710/?ref_=nv_sr_1 – not as bad as I thought it would be but a film that offends everybody – is that a good thing?
Chico and Rita – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235830/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 beautiful drawings with a great dream America sequence underpinned with a narrative that takes in a slice of Jazz history.
Blue valentine – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1120985/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 another tragic wandering around Gosling film, a film about loss, loss of love, 1 hour and 20 mins – seems longer.
Darkman - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099365/ ludicrous plot, special effects, acting and overall concept ..........don’t even start about the science - but in its own way its charmingly odd.