Sunday, 16 June 2019

A Dog's Way Home: DVD Review

A Dog's Way Home: DVD Review


It's not exactly rocket science - a film about a dog's bond with their master that transcends the obstacles put in their place.

Throw into that mix a 400 mile journey, and you've got some idea of what A Dog's Way Home is about - it's like a Nicholas Sparks version of an animal love tale - dog meets boy, dog and boy separated and will they be reunited?

Bella (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard) is a young pup, living under a house with a group of stray cats. When Bella meets Lucas (Hauer-King), it's puppy love on both sides, and the pair forms a bond that can't be broken.

A Dog's Way Home: Film Review

But when a nasty animal control officer condemns Bella under city law, Bella's forced to leave the city for her own safety - and leave behind her new family. However, she decides that it's important that she gets home to Lucas, and so she sets out on an incredible journey to get home.

A Dog's Way Home is aimed young, and it hits every level that the book from W Bruce Cameron would want to.

From simplistic voiceover to narrative simplicity, this is a film that knows what it wants to do and how to avoid a majority of mawkishness to get there. But it's also not above throwing in montages with middle-of-the-road soppy songs and cover versions along with some ropey CGI animal work to pad it out. Its short episodic feel does hurt it in places, and while there are elements of The Littlest Hobo for when Bella comes into people's lives, it's harmless family fluff.

Interestingly, there's also a few threads of tolerance seeded for an audience that are younger - from the inter-racial relationships to the message of tolerance towards army veterans and acceptance of their plight, A Dog's Way Home has its heart in the right place, even if its execution is questionable at times.

It's a very familiar journey for the tried-but-true animal friendship film, and while the cougar and dog relationship is unusual at best, A Dog's Way Home is really about the bond between man and dog - and is what is likely to resonate with the audience. 

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Escape Room: DVD Review

Escape Room: DVD Review


Less torturous than the Saw franchise, but still none the less suspenseful, Escape Room's premise is a nicely executed mystery box, awaiting to be opened.
Escape Room: Film Review

Zoe (Russell) is a college kid, who finds herself at a loose end at the Thanksgiving break, and not going home. Upon receiving a mystery box, she cracks it open, eventually, to discover an invite to an Escape Room meeting, where the prize is $10,000 for escape.

Upon arrival, she finds a clutch of others in the waiting room as well, destined to be her colleagues in the escape. But each has a secret, and as the reality begins to settle in, everyone has everything to lose.

While Escape Room is a case of some fairly weak character work (everyone's a stereoptype in some form or other), thanks to the lead's empathy, there's a bit to latch on to in terms of emotional stakes.

And what Escape Room may lack in depth for leads, it more than makes up for in terms of execution.

Essentially a series of five chamber pieces, the claustrophobia and suspense of an escape machination is given a taut and well-executed edge. Certainly, the aesthetics of the third room is brilliantly conceived and nonchalantly realised. To say more is to spoil that reveal, but needless to say this one central set piece more than makes for the price of admission.

Escape Room: Film Review

What's not as great about Escape Room (aside from some of the aforementioned characterisation) is the fact its ending feels deliberately conceived as a cash-grab, scene setting for anything future. It's massively disappointing that this cynical approach is deployed, robbing the audience of a feeling of completion and a film that deserves another on its own merits, rather than lazy writing by studio fat-cats.

Ultimately, Escape Room provides some knotty moments, gives the torture-porn series a welcome non torturous approach, but fails the finale intensely. 

Friday, 14 June 2019

NZIFF announces film retrospective Vive la Varda!

NZIFF announces film retrospective Vive la Varda!


The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) presents a retrospective celebrating the life and work of French New Wave filmmaking pioneer Agnès Varda.
Varda’s experimental features are seminal works of feminist cinema, French New Wave and neorealist filmmaking.


Her contributions to cinema have been widely applauded, especially since her last autobiographical documentary premiered at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival, shortly followed by her passing away in March 2019 at the age of 90.

NZIFF programmer Sandra Reid says “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate the late Agnès Varda by presenting her final film, Varda by Agnès, accompanied by a mini retrospective spanning several decades of her career. Each title is a vibrant testament to the great filmmaker's radical and unique approach to cinema and it's terrific to have them in the programme.”

The five films featured in Vive la Varda! Retrospective are:
Varda by Agnès
2019 | 115 minutes | DCP
The late, great French filmmaking icon’s swansong is a magical self-reflection on art, movies, invention and Varda’s own lust for life inside and outside of the cinematic frame.
“[Agnès Varda’s] curious spirit and merging of radical politics with personal life made her one of contemporary filmmaking’s most inspiring figures.” — Artforum
View on website here

Daguerréotypes
1976 | 80 minutes | DCP
Bakers, grocers, butchers and other local characters pose for this lovely portrait documentary of the residents of a humble street in Paris whichAgnès Varda called home for over 25 years.
“Varda’s affable, curious portrait of her neighbors and acquaintances on Rue Daguerre… is at once one of her warmest, most quietly affecting movies.” — Film Society of Lincoln Center
View on website here

Jacquot de Nantes
1991 | 114 minutes | DCP
An affecting, gorgeously rendered cinematic love letter from Agnès Varda to her husband, the great The Umbrellas of Cherbourg director, Jacques Demy.
“Extremely evocative… an engrossing, moving tribute.” — Time Out
View on website here

Le Bonheur
1965 | 76 minutes | DCP
Agnès Vardas beautiful, quietly unsettling depiction of a young marriage strained by an affair examines the complexities of love and happiness.
“[Le Bonheur] emerges as a harsh critique of free love, as well as an empathetic exploration of its allure.” — Andrew Chan, Slant
View on website here

Vagabond
1985 | 105 minutes | DCP
An unforgettable Sandrine Bonnaire won the Best Actress César, and Agnès Varda received Venice Film Festival’s top prize for this defiantly feminist masterpiece.
“[This] story of a young womans short, troubled life is cool, enigmatic and as gripping as any thriller… An unmissable film.” — Peter Bradshaw,The Guardian
View on website here


NZIFF is run by a charitable trust and encourages lively interactions between films, filmmakers and New Zealand audiences in 13 towns and cities around the country. The full NZIFF programme will be available online from Monday 24 June 7:00pm for Auckland, and Friday 28 June for Wellington. NZIFF starts in Auckland on 18 July and in Wellington from 26 July in 2019.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Win a double pass to see ANNA

Win a double pass to see ANNA


ANNA To celebrate the release of Luc Besson's Anna, in cinemas June 20, you can win a double pass to see the movie at the cinema!

About ANNA

Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret.

Her indelible strength and skill leads her to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins.

An electrifying thrill ride unfolding with propulsive energy, startling twists and breathtaking action, ANNA introduces Sasha Luss in the title role with a star-studded cast.


ANNA is in cinemas June 20
Cast: Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Helen Mirren

Win Captain Marvel on Blu Ray

Win Captain Marvel on Blu Ray


THE BARRIER-BLASTING, INTERGALACTIC ORIGIN STORY THAT GOES 
HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER

MARVEL STUDIOS’
“CAPTAIN MARVEL”
LANDS IN BLU-RAY™ COLLECTIONS JUNE 19

Captain Marvel on Blu RayExtensive extras explore the universe’s most powerful hero and future Avenger, Nick Fury’s influence on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fan-favorite Goose the Cat, deleted scenes, gag reel, commentary and much more!

The spectacular, 1990s-era Super Hero adventure, which electrified and inspired audiences worldwide and surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales, lands on DVD, Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ June 19.

Arriving home with extensive line-up of extras detailing the development of this highly anticipated addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), “Captain Marvel” includes Featurettes that highlight the transformative journey of Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) and her character’s impact on audiences around the globe; the influence of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) on significant events within the MCU; the perfect pairing of directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; the ongoing conflict between the Skrulls and the Kree; and the raw talent behind the fetching feline named Goose. Viewers also gain access to six deleted scenes, director commentary, a gag reel loaded with funnies, flubs and Flerkens, and never-before-seen concept art and production photography. 

Starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers and Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, you can win a copy of Marvel's Captain Marvel!

All you have to do is email your details and the word MARVEL!

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Competition closes 28th June.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Men in Black: International: Film Review

Men in Black: International: Film Review


Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Rafe Spall, Emma Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani
Director: F Gary Gray

It's easy to forget the Men In Black series was a franchise of goofy aliens versus straight laced G-men, dour faced, suited and booted.
Men in Black: International: Film Review

Yet the original film with Will Smith fast talking his way into stone-faced Tommy Lee Jones' world was a blast of family entertainment, propped up with a peppy rap song that lived on for years.

The latest, Men in Black International, is the final nail in the franchise coffin, a film that should neuralise its entire audience after its car-sponsored credits have ended. It would be the only decent thing to do.

Hemsworth and Neeson are the original Men in Black, H and T, who back in 2016, saved the world by ridding it of the threat of the Hive atop the Eiffel Tower. Two decades earlier Tessa Thompson's science-smart and ferociously intelligent Molly had a run-in with the MIBs and has been determined to join their ranks, but has been rebuffed repeatedly.

When Molly and H cross paths, they're put on a mission to investigate whether MIB's been infiltrated, and once again, save the world.

The depressing thing about Men in Black International is that the potential's so inherently there.

Both Thompson and Hemsworth have a good rapport, as Thor and Valkyrie can attest. Yet, a weak script, with twists that can be seen coming from literally the opening minutes do nothing to exploit their chemistry, and in fact, choke it in a cloud of lame weak gags that fall flat.
Men in Black: International: Film Review

Once again, the script lazily points to Hemsworth's necessity to derobe, and while an Avengers-inspired gag is amusing, its weak execution sees it fall flat. Hemsworth's done comedy well, as Ghostbusters can prove, but essentially, it's a boorish himbo in parts that outstays its welcome long before 15 minutes is up.

Tessa Thompson is more successful, giving her Agent M a more rounded feel, even if she spends most of the film seeking validation from a male. (Seriously, this film with its female needing approval and two middle Eastern villains feels like a queasy throwback at times.) And Emma Thompson's snarky boss is wasted in a book-ending turn that feels like it could have had the spark and spunk the script so desperately needed.

While Men in Black International is a family film, its commitment to the kids comes in the form of Kumail Nanjiani's Pawny, a CGI character that irritates initially, but is soon saddled with the lion's share of the and best lines. To be honest though, he's no Frank, and pales weakly in comparison.

Ultimately, at a sagging two hours, the film doesn't proffer nearly enough - it may be positioned as a comedy action movie, but it offers up little enough of either, and is a depressing end to the franchise that began with such bluster 22 years ago.

When it goes goofy (as it does towards the end) and cuts loose with its script, Men in Black International offers up a good reason to exist. Sadly, it's too late in the piece, and as the depressing Lexus car product placement shots pile up, the feeling is one of utter despair, and wasted opportunity.

Wild Rose: Film Review

Wild Rose: Film Review


Cast: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo
Director: Tom Harper

You've seen Wild Rose before.
Wild Rose: Film Review

Its underdog tale of someone hoping to fulfill a dream against all the odds is not a new one. In fact, it's a cinematic staple, one as inherent in the multiplex as popcorn, phone users and people talking.

And yet, in Jessie Buckley and Julie Walters' hands, this film emerges from the distinct shadow of familiarity to be an emotional piece, that pivots midway through into something that's more about what it takes to get to where you should be.

Buckley is Rose-Lynn, a Glasgow fire-cracker, a love of country music burrowed deep under her ginger bangs and in the white cowboy boots she's never out of. Just released from a 12 month stint in jail, Rose is determined to get to Nashville to realise her dream of becoming a singer.

But there are two things standing in her way - the first is an electronic tag, and the second is her kids, which she feels are holding her back, and who've been thrust upon their grandma (Walters, in fine honest form) during her incarceration.

So, forced into taking a cleaning job with local stay-at-home businesswoman Susanna (Okonedo, benevolent, but underwritten and under-used), Rose-Lynn tries to cope with the reality of life, and the pursuit of a dream...

Wild Rose is a conventional film that veers nicely into non-conventional territory when you're about to write it off.

Anchored by a performance from Buckley that's as honest as it is earnest, Wild Rose overcomes some of its narrative flaws because of its lead. It helps that the well-written rounded take on the cliche is given more of a life thanks to Buckley's mix of vulnerability and hard-as-nails approach, which, to be frank, borders on the selfish, making her a hard case to cheer for.
Wild Rose: Film Review

And yet, in moments between Buckley and Walters, Wild Rose's true raison d'etre comes to the fore - a reconnecting of family, of hopes and dreams, of life and reality, and of generations wanting the best for their next. There are moments of rare honesty in Rose, a mother who doesn't yet want to be, but who is, and in Walters, a mother who hasn't got what's she wanted in her daughter.

It's here that Wild Rose soars, in among its country soundtrack, in its examination of two women orbiting each other and clashing. While Rose's interactions with Susanna seem oddly undercooked and character intentions lost in a fog of under-writing, her interactions with her mother are deep, intense and honest.

The rebel at Wild Rose's heart may hold dear a country adage of "three chords and the truth", but the honest truth is this tried-and-tested formula film is really about the relationships between women, rather than a simple second shot at glory film - and for that, it deserves to be shouted with as much gusto as Rose-Lynn musters behind the microphone on stage.

Sometimes Always Never: Film Review

Sometimes Always Never: Film Review


Cast: Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Alice Lowe
Director: Carl Hunter

Irritatingly quirky to start off before quickly cementing itself as something like a cross between Waiting for Godot and a rumination on fathers and sons, Sometimes Always Never is a low key delight.
Sometimes Always Never: Film Review

Nighy plays tailor Alan, who starts the film by meeting up with his son Peter (a downbeat Riley) and clearly trying to repair their relationship. (The reasons why are too spoilery to discuss here, and while it's not a massive plot point, part of the vicarious thrill of Sometimes Always Never is seeing the tiny details teased out.)

When Alan moves in with Peter, the strained bond is pushed further, but as events transpire, the truth behind it all becomes apparent...

As mentioned, the initial quirk of Sometimes Always Never greatly irritates, as if director Hunter has nothing else to lean on, but what happens is that the combination of Nighy and Riley begins to tease something out that's utterly poignant, charmingly unexpected and utterly and unequivocally moving.

Dry in extremis, the delight comes in the wordplay (in more ways than one) and the subtle nuances of the relationship between father and son, entrenched as it is in the English ways of relationships, where less is said than should be.
Sometimes Always Never: Film Review

Nighy and Riley excel in this piece which is effectively about communication, the lack thereof and what goes unsaid in relationships. It's surprisingly affecting in its little moments as Hunter assembles the pieces on the chess board of this bond, using drained colour palettes and terrible interior decor to illustrate various moments in their lives.

There's an intrinsically sad whimsical feeling to Sometimes Always Never, but it manages to leave you feeling uplifted as it skirts around David Lynch levels of obtuseness.

Sometimes Always Never is, without a doubt, one of the low-key highlights of the cinematic year.

The Secret Life of Pets 2: Film Review

The Secret Life of Pets 2: Film Review

Vocal cast: Patton Oswalt, Tiffany Hadish, Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Harrison Ford, Jenny Slate
Director: Bryan Lynch

Pleasantly enjoyable whilst it's on, but forgettable the moment it's ended, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is an animation which does its zany job well and will entertain - as is to be expected of the Illumination stable.
The Secret Life of Pets 2: Film Review

The sequel to the peek-behind-the-curtain-to-see-what-our-pets-do-all-day takes its cue from a treatise more about parenting.

Faithful terrier Max (Oswalt, in laconic form) finds his life changed when his owner Katie meets and falls for someone before having a child. When the youngster shows, Max is initially reticent and hostile, but soon bonds with him before worrying about the day-to-day life he's now part of.

Meanwhile, Snowball the rabbit (Hart, in usual frenetic form) is now convinced he's a superhero, and is recruited by Haddish's pooch Daisy to help rescue a tiger, imprisoned in a circus.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 feels like a series of moments and mini-sequences strung together throughout, rather than a fully cohesive whole. It gels at the last minute, but it's a long journey to get to some semblance of a narrative.

That said, the journey to get there is pleasantly amusing, with sight gags and silliness the order of the day.
The Secret Life of Pets 2: Film Review

There's an emotional core for Max, and some learnings for youngsters in the audience about trusting yourself (Ford's gruff farm dog Rooster is nicely positioned, a mix of tough exterior and necessary emotional coldness) and for parents to trust their judgements as well.

Disparate threads resolve in a way that feels light, rather than subtle and nuanced, but frankly, kids in the audience won't care as there's enough to amuse, and adults won't mind as the film zips along at a pace that's both episodic and frantic.

Animation purists will find nothing new here, both in terms of visuals or also in terms of deeper meanings, but there's a passing joy to be had with The Secret Life of Pets 2 that renders this trip to the cinema something worthwhile while it passes, but fleeting the moment it's over.

LEGO® STAR WARS™: THE SKYWALKER SAGA announced

LEGO® STAR WARS™: THE SKYWALKER SAGA announced

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES,
THE LEGOÒ GROUP, AND LUCASFILM ANNOUNCE

LEGO® STAR WARS: THE SKYWALKER SAGA

The Galaxy is Yours!

Play Through Favourite Moments from All Nine Star Wars™ Saga Films
Like Never Before in a Brand-New LEGO® Video Game
__________________________________________________________________________________

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGOÒ Group, and Lucasfilm have announced LEGO® Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga, a brand-new console game where players will experience memorable moments and nonstop action as told through the unique lens of LEGOÒLEGOÒ Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga is the biggest LEGOÒ Star Wars game, featuring all nine Skywalker saga films, including the highly anticipated conclusion to the series, Star Wars™: The Rise of Skywalker. Launching in 2020, the game will immerse players into the expansive saga with the freedom to control hundreds of characters and vehicles to create their own unique journey through the galaxy.

Developed by TT Games in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Games team and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment,LEGOÒ Star Wars™: The Skywalker Saga will be available for the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and PC.

Friends and family can dive right into their favorite saga film and play through memorable Star Wars™ moments, reimagined with LEGOÒ fun and humour. Players can start at the beginning with Star Wars™: The Phantom Menace, begin the original trilogy with Star Wars™: A New Hope, or launch right into Star Wars™: The Last Jedi or Star Wars™: The Rise of Skywalker, both of which are making their LEGOÒ Star Wars™ game debut. From the desert of Geonosis, to the swamps of Dagobah, to the snowfields of Starkiller Base – players will have the power to revisit any planet, at any time, in any order they wish. The entire galaxy is available to discover and play in.
“LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga marks our return to the franchise that kicked off the LEGO video game series. The game will give fans an all-new LEGO Star Wars experience with complete freedom to explore the LEGO Star Wars galaxy,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “It was an absolute pleasure to be part of the launch of the original LEGO Star Wars game and it’s equally exciting to now move the series forward and help create a new era of LEGO Star Wars games.”

LEGOÒ Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga features the biggest roster of playable characters in the LEGOÒ Star Wars™ series including the greatest legends from every era of the Skywalker saga. Players can fight against the forces of evil as favorite characters such as Luke Skywalker, Rey, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Finn, BB-8 and a legion of other heroes, or turn to the dark side as Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Kylo Ren, and more. The greatest vehicles from across the galaxy are also available to command. Players can jump to lightspeed in the Millennium Falcon to outrun Imperial starships, battle First Order TIE fighters in Resistance X-Wings, or podrace on Tatooine.

“With the Skywalker saga coming to an end, we wanted to give fans the ultimate Star Wars video game experience with all the humor and charm that is uniquely LEGO,” said Douglas Reilly, Vice President, Lucasfilm Games. “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Sagawill bring to life all those Star Wars adventures remembered and undiscovered in an epic culmination of all nine saga films as fans celebrate the closing of this chapter in Star Wars.”

“We are thrilled to continue LEGO Star Wars’ 20 years legacy with this impressive new game where kids and families can join forces to explore the galaxy together,” said Sean McEvoy, Vice President, Digital Games, The LEGO Group. “LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Sagacontains a massive amount of content and is an accessible entry point to the Star Wars galaxy, featuring all of the fun and unforgettable gameplay that makes LEGO games appealing to audiences of all ages.”

LEGOÒ Star Wars™ video games are enjoyed by multiple generations of gamers around the world with more than 50 million copies sold.

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Ubisoft Announces New Action-Adventure Game GODS & MONSTERS

Ubisoft Announces New Action-Adventure Game GODS & MONSTERS



UBISOFT ANNOUNCES NEW ACTION-ADVENTURE GAME GODS & MONSTERSTM

Become a Hero to Save the Greek Gods

Today, Ubisoft announced Gods & MonstersTM, an all-new action-adventure game developed by Ubisoft Quebec, the team behind Assassin’s Creed® Odyssey, will launch worldwide on February 25, 2020. This open world fantasy adventure features a beautiful painterly art style, engaging players in a fantastical world as they use godlike abilities to defeat famed mythological beasts and save the Greek gods in a heroic journey for the ages.

In Gods & Monsters players embody Fenyx, a forgotten hero on a quest to restore power to the Greek gods after it was stolen by Typhon, the deadliest creature in Greek mythology. Players will explore the Isle of the Blessed and prove their heroism as they face dangerous mythological creatures, including fearsome Gorgons and Harpies and mighty Cyclopes. Gifted with special powers from the gods of Olympus, players must overcome treacherous dungeons, challenging trials and perform heroic feats on their journey to save the gods.

A storybook adventure at heart, Gods & Monsters features a lively and colorful open world to discover. Players will roam freely on the ground and glide in the air, taking advantage of their extraordinary abilities to explore this vibrant world full of surprises, epic battles, quests and fantastical creatures. The journey will be as challenging and rewarding as the destination, and players will emerge as the heroes they were meant to become.

“Over the last 10 years, I have had the chance to be part of an incredible team that has pushed the limits of Assassins Creed to explore historical periods from a unique angle. But our imagination has always been bound to the reality of the history books. Through our work on Assassins Creed Odyssey these past four years, our minds have lingered on another aspect of our history  mythology. Today, with Gods & Monsters, the tales we all love and know so well become a reality to be explored like never before,” said Marc-Alexis Côté, senior producer at Ubisoft Quebec.   

Gods & Monsters will be available from February 25, 2020 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, Windows PC, the Nintendo Switch™ system and new generation gaming platform, Stadia.

Gods & Monsters will also be available on Uplay+, Ubisoft’s subscription service for Windows PC.

For more information about Gods & Monsters, please visit godsandmonstersgame.com and join the conversation by using #GodsandMonsters.


For the latest about Gods & Monsters and other Ubisoft games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.

Ubisoft® Unveils RAINBOW SIX® QUARANTINE The Next Installment Of Tom Clancy’S Best-Selling Franchise

Ubisoft® Unveils RAINBOW SIX® QUARANTINE The Next Installment Of Tom Clancy’S Best-Selling Franchise

 

UBISOFT® UNVEILS RAINBOW SIX® QUARANTINE

THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF TOM CLANCY’S BEST-SELLING FRANCHISE


A brand new 3-player, tactical co-op shooter built from Rainbow Six DNA

 Today, during the E3 press conference, Ubisoft® revealed Tom Clancy Rainbow Six®Quarantine, the latest installment in the best-selling Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six franchise. This brand-new three-player, tactical co-op shooter will be available early 2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. The game will also be available on Uplay+, Ubisoft’s subscription service for Windows PC. More details on Uplay+ can be found at Uplay.com

Developed by a new dedicated team at Ubisoft Montreal, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six®  Quarantine is set several years in the future of the Rainbow Six Universe. The Rainbow Operators will face off against a highly lethal new breed of mutated alien parasite infecting human hosts and their surroundings.

We set out to create a radically re-designed co-op experience built on the foundations of one of the best shooters of this generation. What Siege is to the PVP shooter genre, we want Quarantine to be to co-op. said Bio Jade Adam-Granger, Lead Game Designer.

Players can prepare to launch into tense, chaotic and totally unpredictable missions as they will risk everything with their squad, every time they step into Quarantine.
For more information about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine, please visit rainbowsixquarantine.com, follow us ontwitter.com/ubisoft or facebook.com/ubisoft and join the conversation by using #rainbowsixquarantine.

For the latest about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine and other Ubisoft games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.
About Ubisoft: Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2018-19 fiscal year Ubisoft generated Net Bookings of €2,029 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.

Ubisoft ® Announces WATCH DOGS®: LEGION

Ubisoft ® Announces WATCH DOGS®: LEGION




UBISOFT ® ANNOUNCES WATCH DOGS®: LEGION
Watch Dogs®: Legion Introduces Gameplay Innovation Enabling Players to ‘Play as Anyone’ in Near-Future London


Today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft® announced that Watch Dogs®: Legion, the newest installment of the blockbuster Watch Dogs® franchise will be available worldwide on March 6, 2020 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and Windows PC. Watch Dogs: Legion will also launch on the new generation gaming platform, Stadia

In the near future, London is facing its downfall: people are being oppressed by an all-seeing surveillance state, a corrupt private military corporation controls the streets, and a powerful crime syndicate is preying on the most vulnerable. In Watch Dogs: Legion, the player’s mission is to build a resistance to fight back against the emergence of an authoritarian regime.

Thanks to a never-before-seen gameplay innovation created by Ubisoft Toronto*, the studio behind Watch Dogs: Legion, players will have complete freedom to ‘Play as Anyone.’ Every Londoner in the open world is fully simulated, with a persistent life and backstory, and players can recruit anyone from the entire population into their team. From an MI5 agent to a tough bareknuckle fighter, from a brilliant hacker to an illegal street racer, or from a rising football star to a geriatric grandma, anyone can join the resistance and become the hero of the story.

Every character also has unique gameplay traits, based on their profile. Once they join the team, players choose their class, level them up, and unlock new abilities and upgrades. They can easily swap between them and approach the challenges of the game the way they want using hacking and drones, stealth, melee or combat, lethal or non-lethal.

In Watch Dogs: Legion, the players' choices have real consequences. If non-lethal force is used, the enemy will attempt to subdue and arrest the player. But if the player shoots to kill, their characters could be wounded or even permanently killed.

In Watch Dogs: Legion, players can even bring their unique team online and team up with their friends in four-player co-op, while sharing their progression between single-player and online.

In addition, Ubisoft announced the Gold, Ultimate and Collector’s Editions** for Watch Dogs: Legion:
·        Gold Edition includes the base game and the Season Pass.
·        Ultimate Edition includes Gold Edition and Ultimate digital content, including four weeks VIP Status to earn experience and currency faster.
·        Collector’s Edition includes the Ultimate Edition plus the LED Ded Coronet Mask Replica, an exclusive Steelbook®, a set of three stickers and a recto-verso propaganda poster, all inspired by the game's universe, and instant access to the mask in-game. Collector’s Edition is exclusive to the Ubisoft Store.

Fans who purchase the Gold, Ultimate or Collector’s editions will be able to get the game up to three days early from the standard release date. Fans who pre-order Watch Dogs Legion will receive access to the Golden King Pack with the “Uneasy Lies” Mask Skin, the “Serpent Sisters” Pistol Skin and the “Lux” Car Skin.

Moreover, Ubicollectibles revealed Watch Dogs: Legion: Resistant of London, its new figurine inspired directly from the world of Watch Dogs. This 26 cm figurine shows a DedSec operative in an iconic pose, wearing either the Winston mask or the King of Hearts mask (as two switchable masks will be included) and stepping defiantly on an Albion mercenary’s helmet as a proud member of London's resistance. This piece holds a burnt Black Jack flag, the symbol of the city’s decay. On top that, a unique ULC code that unlocks the in-game mask “King of Hearts” will be included for free.

Watch Dogs: Legion will also be available on Uplay+, Ubisoft’s subscription service for Windows PC. More details on Uplay+ can be found on Uplay.com.***

For more information about Watch Dogs: Legion, please visit watchdogs.com, and join the conversation by using #watchdogslegion. For further information about the Watch Dogs Legion Collector’s Editions and Ubicollectibles, please visit our website, store.ubi.com

*Associate studios are Ubisoft Montreal, Paris, Bucharest, Kiev and Newcastle. 

**Final content and release dates subject to change. Some features may not be available at launch. Content may be available for purchase and/or as giveaway(s) separately at Ubisoft’s sole discretion at any time.

***Terms and conditions apply, including age and territorial restrictions.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

E3 2019 Nintendo Press Conference

E3 2019 Nintendo Press Conference


It's time for the E3 2019 Nintendo Press Conference.

Get the full reveal of what lies ahead for Nintendo.

 

E3 2019 Square Enix Press conference - Marvel's Avengers

E3 2019 Square Enix Press conference - Marvel's Avengers

Watch the E3 2019 Square Enix Press conference - Marvel's Avengers is revealed.

Cold War: Blu Ray Review

Cold War: Blu Ray Review


Ending with a truly extraordinary final shot, Pawlikoswki's love story Cold War is a paean to the golden age of cinema and the universality of a romantic tale.
Cold War: Film Review

Shot in black and white and set in post-war Poland, it's the tale of composer Wiktor (Kot) and auditionee Zula (Kulig) who are attracted to each other, even though their fates should not be intertwined.

Landing a role in his troupe, Zula bewitches Wiktor, and as they cross Eastern Europe touring, their lines become more blurred, and their roles in each other's lives stronger than expected.

Cold War opens with local villagers singing and proceeds to let the cameras linger on the musical numbers and the committed performances of the singers. In fact, as it progresses, you could almost feel that Pawlikoski's more determined to archive local folk music and lore, before the story of Wiktor and Zula kicks in.

Cold War: Film Review

It is transcendantly shot; every frame oozes class as the black and white gives an eternal veneer to what plays out, but equally, the leads demand your attention to.

Kot channels inherent tragedy and frustration as Wiktor, the man for whom circumstance proves ruinous. Equally, Kulig has the kind of charm that lights up a love story throughout the years, and gives more than enough clout to the arc as it plays out.

Cold War: Film Review

Ultimately, Cold War will thaw even the most hardened of hearts as it dances the line between wondrously shot musical moments on stage and then veers toward the emotional intimacy of a relationship that shouldn't be.

Steeped in pathos, and riddled with seductive tones, Cold War is a luminous film that possesses a timelessness which is hard to deny.