Thursday, 18 November 2021
With a dystopian sheen and a sci-fi flavour running through its veins, Danis Goulet's Night Raiders is an exercise in intelligence and an impressive execution on a low budget.
With indigenous voices coming to the fore, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is Niska, who's trying to protect her daughter Waseese from forces which want to snatch her away. But when Waseese becomes seriously injured, Niska has no choice but to give up her daughter to the mystical Academy to ensure her survival.
However, as months pass, Niska starts to see the more totalitarian edges of the regime, and feel the oppression of the conditions she and others are forced to live in - and she decides to fight back, and get her daughter back. Will she be too late though?
Goulet's day-after-tomorrow world building is horrifyingly realistically envisioned, with elements of scifi thrown in for good measure. Drones litter the skies, tracking and tracing before meting out callous justice.
But Night Raiders is no balls to the wall scifi - it's a thoughtful pensive piece about the treatment of Indigenous races, about the fears of mothers and about what it takes to rise up.
Central to all this is Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, a rugged and grounded presence, who helps sell The Last of Us vibes of the film, the decay of society and the breakdown and mistrust of others. A spiky Goulet helps things along too, with the unpredictability of the script really pushing the envelope at times. A spare OST also helps to build an atmosphere of unease in this road trip movie which has psychological edges washed all the way through.
Clever use of drained and drab colours helps create a world in decay, as the story tackles brainwashing, assimilation and indoctrination.
If Night Raiders falls short, it is, in truth, in its final moments with a denouement that doesn't quite have the power it should, but a lot of Night Raiders marks the advent of many new talents both behind and in front of the cameras.
Monday, 10 June 2019
Xbox Showcases 60 Anticipated Games, Including 34 to Premiere in Xbox Game Pass
Xbox E3 Briefing Spotlights 14 Games from Xbox Game Studios, Unveils What’s Next for Xbox Game Pass, and Offers a First Look at Project Scarlett
AUCKLAND — JUNE 10, 2019 — Xbox showcased a blockbuster lineup of 60 anticipated games for both console and PC in its Xbox E3 Briefing and shared a glimpse of the future with Project Scarlett, which launches alongside “Halo Infinite” in 2020. Headlined by the biggest game of 2019, “Gears 5,” along with 34 games premiering in Xbox Game Pass, the Xbox E3 Briefing delivered 11 world premieres and a record 14 games from Xbox Game Studios, which will soon include legendary game development studio Double Fine Productions.
“It’s great to celebrate with our incredible fans and show how we are delivering against our vision to empower gamers to play the games they want, with the friends they want, wherever they want,” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. “With thousands of Xbox games in development, we curated our show around our players, with new titles premiering in Xbox Game Pass across console and PC, and game streaming that enables them to play their favorite games, with their friends, wherever they go.”
THE BEST WAY TO DISCOVER GREAT GAMES ON CONSOLE AND PC
PC gamers around the world can now join the Xbox Game Pass for PC beta through the new Xbox app, which is available today on Windows 10. Xbox Game Pass for PC is designed specifically for PC gamers with a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games from over 75 developers and publishers including fan-favorite PC titles like “Football Manager 2019,” “Imperator: Rome” and “Metro Exodus.”
Xbox also announced the launch of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a new plan combining the curated games library for console and PC with Xbox Live Gold (NZ$19.95 a month).
In addition, Xbox announced a variety of new blockbuster games that are available with Xbox Game Pass for Console starting today, including “Metro Exodus,” “Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition,” “Borderlands: The Handsome Collection” and “Batman: Arkham Knight.”
The Xbox E3 Briefing also showcased new Xbox Game Studios titles that will premiere in Xbox Game Pass, including “Gears 5,” “Battletoads,” “Bleeding Edge,” “The Outer Worlds,” “Ori and the Will of the Wisps,” and 25 games from the ID@Xbox program.
WELCOMING DOUBLE FINE PRODUCTIONS TO XBOX GAME STUDIOS
Xbox announced today the intent to acquire legendary game development studio Double Fine Productions, which will bring the total number of development studios under Xbox Game Studios to 15. Led by industry veteran Tim Schafer, the addition of this boundlessly creative studio will reinforce the Xbox team’s commitment to developing original content with memorable characters and unexpected stories. Double Fine showcased the long-awaited “Psychonauts 2” today on the Xbox E3 stage:
THE FUTURE OF CONSOLE GAMING
During its briefing, Xbox demonstrated its commitment to console gaming as a critical choice for players who want a device designed, built and optimized for gaming.
Project Scarlett will set a new bar for console power, speed, and performance, arriving Holiday 2020 alongside “Halo Infinite.” With a custom-designed AMD processor, high bandwidth GDDR6 memory, and a next-generation solid state drive (SSD), Project Scarlett will give developers the power they need to bring their creative visions to life. Thousands of games across four console generations will look and play best on Project Scarlett.
BRINGING XBOX TO THE CLOUD
In addition to delivering players the games they want, with the people they want, across console and PC, Xbox is also empowering people to play wherever they want by bringing Xbox to the cloud.
First, Xbox announced the ability to stream games from your Xbox One console, starting in preview this October. With console streaming, gamers will have access to their Xbox One game library and Xbox Game Pass titles on the go, streamed directly from an Xbox One console to a mobile device.
The Xbox E3 Briefing also marked a new milestone for “Project xCloud,” with E3 2019 attendees being among the first in the world to play Xbox One games like “Halo 5: Guardians” and “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” streaming on smartphones and tablets. With Project xCloud, Xbox is investing to ensure players have the choice and freedom to play the games they want, with the friends they want, how and where they want.
THE WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED CONTROLLER
In addition, Xbox unveiled the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2. Inspired by fan feedback, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is the world’s most advanced controller, designed with the most passionate gamers in mind.
The Elite Series 2 is the second iteration of the fan-favorite Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and is re-engineered for ultimate performance, customization, and durability, and includes 30 new and improved features such as adjustable-tension thumbsticks, wraparound rubberized grip, shorter hair-trigger locks, and up to 40 hours of rechargeable battery life. More details on local availability and pricing to follow.
THE SINGLE LARGEST SHOWCASE OF GAMES ON STAGE THIS YEAR
Xbox includes every player in its vision for gaming, which starts with unmissable content made for players wherever they are. With thousands of Xbox games in development, Xbox offered glimpses at 60 different games from all over the globe, including blockbusters like “Cyberpunk 2077,” “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,” and “Elden Ring.” Xbox fans were also invited to venture into the action-fueled world of “CrossfireX,” coming first to console on Xbox One in 2020 with special content for Xbox Game Pass members, and into the blocky depths of “Minecraft Dungeons,” coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4.
The Xbox E3 Briefing also marked a celebration of 37 PC games, including “Microsoft Flight Simulator” and “Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition,” both of which will premiere in Xbox Game Pass for PC. Fans also took their first steps into the next worlds being created by Xbox Game Studios, such as “Gears 5” and “Wasteland 3,” and discovered the unexpected with 25 new and wild ID@Xbox titles.
All forthcoming titles from Xbox Game Studios will premiere in Xbox Game Pass.
Games shown during the Xbox E3 Briefing include:
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