3 items from 2016
This lowish-budget British film about gamers playing a Vr shoot ’em up gone wrong is a modest update on all those killer-website movies in the noughties
With the Imax-scaled Warcraft inbound, this lowish-budget Brit attempt to replicate gaming’s immersive properties – stalking nerds around an, of course, mysterious corporation’s wipe-clean HQ while they beta test a Vr shoot ’em up – risks looking a bit Amstrad. Yet it’s been capably produced: writer-director Charles Barker may cleave to a dusty old slasher-pic template but he hustles everybody briskly between levels, sending his industrious design team ahead of him to redress a presumably limited number of sets. If it’s far from bleeding edge – within days, it’ll look as dated as Tron and The Lawnmower Man do today – it’s a modest upgrade on all those killer-website movies that popped up a decade ago, keeping us at least semi-interested as to who stands and falls. »
- Mike McCahill
Unsuspecting gamers play a deadly multiplayer shooter in the Brit sci-fi offering, The Call Up. Ryan takes a look...
Philip K Dick once wrote that reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, refuses to go away. In The Call Up, a bunch of online shooter fanatics get caught in a virtual reality game that, even when they no longer want to play it, won’t be turned off.
This is the first feature from writer-director Charles Barker, and, just in time for Vr technology’s (apparent) second wind, The Call Up wades into the topic of gaming and the warping of reality. That is: what happens when a videogame becomes a little too realistic for comfort?
Set in an apparently deserted office block in New York, The Call Up sees a disparate group of strangers take part in a competition with an enticing star »
Zeb Larson reviews Apama: The Undiscovered Animal…
Everyone’s heard stories about a hero based on a spider, a bat, a wolverine, but an apama? Hungarian ice cream truck driver, Iliya Zjarsky, goes hiking one day and discovers the animal spirit of the most powerful creature mankind has never known. Soon he unlocks the powers of the ‘Apama’ and hits the streets of Cleveland in an offbeat series unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
A while back, I was sitting in a bar with a friend talking comic books. We were bemoaning the overrepresentation of New York in the superhero genre (and to a lesser extent, the spiritual influence of Chicago and Los Angeles). The mass media of the Big Apple has gone a long way in obliterating regional color from comic books: dialects, architecture, and even the unique socio-political problems that certain places face. Why wasn’t there a »
- Zeb Larson
3 items from 2016
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