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Godzilla: King of Monsters

The fight of the century is almost upon us. No, I’m not talking about the British Royal Family and Megan Markle. I’m talking about the upcoming battle of the titans that are King Kong and Godzilla. …

The history of VR and how it is shaping the future

VR brings the world to you

Some technologies, when they come along, make us sit up and take notice. We look at them and despite their flaws, we see potential beyond what they are capable of right now. These rose-tinted glasses can often lead to an over-abundance of enthusiasm for a product that never finds its feet. But sometimes a technology rolls with the punches to survive an onslaught of negativity and fulfil its destiny.

I would put VR technology into this bracket. After years of promise, it hit the mainstream in the 1990s with…

Mortal Kombat 1995

For anybody of a certain age, Mortal Kombat the 1995 film by perennial schlock-jock Paul W. S. Anderson holds a special place in their heart. The series of videogames it is based on is a juggernaut of a franchise that brings ultra-realistic violence (at least that’s how I remember it) to the fighting masses. I still remember my first experience with Mortal Kombat 2 on the (at the time) cutting-edge Super Nintendo Entertainment System. From my first fleeting glance, I was enthralled as I watched an older, cooler boy from my friendship group play with such gusto that I believed…

American Psycho

The film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis visceral novel American Psycho is 20 years old. Debuting in 2000 when the Y2K bug had us all cowering in fear, 2021 feels like the perfect opportunity to revisit the movie at a time when a proper virus is ravaging the planet.

American Psycho’s timing felt perfect in the early noughties as fear over a millennium coming to an end and the excesses of the past decades caught up with our fragile psyches. The film (directed by indie filmmaker Mary Harron) is ambitious in scope, and its themes are difficult to get a…

His House is on Netflix now

Last Halloween was weird. Not only was there a paucity of trick or treaters at my door, but there were no new horror films at my local multiplex to scare the shit out of me. It’s a shame too because it promised to be a banner year for cinematic horror, with a sequel to the impressive Halloween reboot (imaginatively entitled Halloween Kills) and new films in The Conjuring, Saw, and Purge franchises. Hell, there was even going to be a reboot of Candyman produced by Get Out’s Jordan Peele. What were we left with instead? Fucking Hubie Halloween on Netflix.

The cast of Alita: Battle Angel

Battle Angel Alita is an iconic piece of manga fiction that has long begged for a cinematic outing. The story of a teenage cyborg who discovers who she is after rising from the scrapheap is an outstanding work of art that transcends its Japanese roots to become an accessible and emotive journey of discovery — one action set piece at a time.

But turning such an iconic and action-packed story into a movie would never be easy, even with James Cameron on board as writer and producer and the ever-energetic Robert Rodriguez directing. …

Wonder Woman 1984: The Poster Shot

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is one of the few critically successful movies of the new era of DC superhero films. And while most DC cinematic romps enjoy decent box office returns and a level of fanboy fanaticism that Marvel could only dream of, critical success has been far harder to come by for the blue and white side of the comic book divide.

The first Wonder Woman enjoys many triumphs during its lengthy runtime, but for every whoop inducing sacrificial plane crash, there’s an overly effects-driven sequence that tarnishes the film’s success. …

Cyberpunk 2077: The poster shot

Cyberpunk 2077 is a hell of a game. Its open world is immersive, and the (short) story it weaves is one of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. It is both beautiful and breath-taking in equal measures… but at the same time as ugly as a wart filled mutant and as broken a gaming experience as you’re ever likely to experience.

It’s fair to say Cyberpunk 2077 has endured a rocky release, and it’s impossible to enjoy the game while ignoring the controversy surrounding its disastrous launch state. While I’ve not had the ‘pleasure’ of playing either…

The Granddaddy of all Violence in video game discussions

Video games have been around in some form or another since the 1950s and for as long as companies have been making them, they’ve included violence. From the early days of pixelated graphics and low fidelity blips and pings of controversial games like Custer’s Revenge, video games have revelled in destruction and carnage. Hell, if you wander down the video game aisle of your local shopping mall today, your eyes will be assaulted with a vast array of hyper-realistic first-person shooters, grisly role-playing games, and driving games where pedestrian safety is… let’s say unimportant.

The problem is, this level of…

Shudder’s Host

**This article was written during the COVID-19 pandemic when we were all stuck indoors going mad**

With movie productions shut down and theatres struggling to stay open, finding things to watch is a problem that I never thought I would face in my lifetime. But it’s in times like these that our true saviours, the streaming services, reveal themselves and save the long boring lockdown days with cheaply produced tosh to while away the hours while resisting the urge to clean… or watch Pornhub.

Okay, the first paragraph is a somewhat tongue in cheek (Xhamster’s better than Pornhub) description of…

Ian Ford

Maths teacher, author, driving instructor, gamer, film buff, comedian, eco warrior, gigolo, prime minister, and fantasist.

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