My Gaming Thoughts On: The Stanley Parable (2013)

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When ‘The Stanley Parable’ was released in 2013, I remember all of my University friends were immediately playing it and, eager to know what this game was, I started asking my friends what it was about and what you did in the game. They wouldn’t tell me anything and told me to just buy the game as a blind buy.

I’m glad they told me this.

‘The Stanley Parable’ is best played without any prior knowledge of its content, as knowing anything about the game will spoil the players’ experience. All I can say is that its amazing and one of my favourite games. If you’ve ever played the ‘Portal’ series or even if you’re just a casual gamer, please pick this up and play it.


‘The Stanley Parable’ is a game where you control Stanley / ‘The Stanley Parable’ is a game where you don’t control Stanley.

‘The Stanley Parable’ is a closed, linear game / ‘The Stanley Parable’ is an open world game.

‘The Stanley Parable’ is an exploration game / ‘The Stanley Parable’ is a game where you sit still forever…

‘The Stanley Parable’ is a game with a Broom / ‘The Stanley Parable’ is a game without a Broom.

‘The Stanley Parable’ is a game with lots of cups / ‘The Stanley Parable’ is a game without lots of cups.

‘The Stanley Parable’ is a game with buttons / ‘The Stanley Parable’ is a game without buttons.

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Woah, woah, woah…that got a bit weird and out of control, and I do apologize……I know! Why don’t we start this review again? Ok then…

LET’S BEGIN AGAIN!


5/5

The (somewhat secretive) trailer can be seen below (and it can’t be seen below):

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Zombie Kitty Podcast 137: The Shape of Water w/ Podcast Shoutouts

ORIGINALLY RECORDED: 10TH OCTOBER 2017

Where I attended the BFI London Film Festival’s screening of ‘The Shape of Water’, the new film from Guillermo del Toro. In this episode, I first do a spoiler-free review then a spoiler review as I didn’t originally know when I was going to upload this episode.

Shoutouts:

-Red On You Podcast (@TheRedOnYouPod)

-Talking Stars Podcast (@talkingstarsbit)

-Riley On Film (@rileyonfilm)

Zombie Kitty Podcast 136: Netflix’s Bright w/ Shut Up! I Like This Podcast

NOTE: I apologize for the loud noise throughout this episode!

Where me and my guest, Jeff from the Shut Up! I Like This Podcast, have slightly differing opinions about the Netflix film ‘Bright’. We talk about the world in which the film takes place in, as well as the film’s issues, the risks the film would’ve had if it had been theatrically released, and we discuss the hatred for David Ayer and Zac Snyder and whether that’s warranted or not. We also discuss what we’d like to see in ‘Bright 2’ (Hint: we DEFINITELY want to see more dragons!).

We also talk about the ‘Batman Ninja Movie’ trailer in Trailer Talk.

Jeff is the co-host of the ‘Shut Up! I Like This’ Podcast.

You can find them on Itunes and at the following social media platforms:

Facebook: facebook.com/shutupilikethis

Twitter: @ShutUpILikeThis

Email: suiltmailbox@gmail.com

My Thoughts On: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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While I have never covered these films on the site or on my podcast, I really like the ‘Mad Max’ franchise. I always felt like they were the film version of a rollercoaster: you weren’t watching them for the plot or character development that much; you were watching them to see cool action sequences and an interesting setting more than anything else. 30 years later, ‘Fury Road’ is not too much of an exception: the plot is a simple escort mission, but it uses this plotline to show the audience some amazing (and practical!) action sequences and introduce us to the main characters. And, while I was really looking forward to this film and had been eagerly awaiting its arrival since it was first announced, I have only just recently got round to watching this for the first time.

The acting is fantastic and, while Tom Hardy is brilliant as Max, it’s Charlize Theron that stands out as Furiousa. The film shines a light on her more than it does with Max to the point where I was debating whether the fiilmmakers had accidently called this a Mad Max film. Saying that, the chemistry between the two characters (going from strangers who don’t trust each other to them working in a team) works flawlessly.

The visuals and soundtrack are ultimately the stars of this film: the visuals are gorgeous and the soundtrack is brilliant and chaotic: it blends in with the film so well, coz the whole film is completely nuts! (…I’m aware I’ve missed the oppurtunity to call it mad, but shhhh….)

The only negatives I have with ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is the running time and some of the transitions between scenes. It did seem a little too long at times, and I think it could’ve been 15-20 minutes shorter. Some scenes are also split up via a fade out transition, which I personally think was a mistake: the use of these transitions made the film look cheap, and it reminded me of a TV film, which is not what I want to be reminded of when watching something as epic and cinematic as this!

However, these are very nit-picky points and, overall, doesn’t ruin an amazing film.

Sit back and enjoy the MADNESS!

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4/5

The trailer can be seen below:

Zombie Kitty Podcast 135: Gremlins Recall w/ Director Ryan Patrick

Where I am joined by director Ryan Patrick, as we talk about his short fan film ‘Gremlins: Recall’! We go through the plot, as well as talk about the production of the film, including location scouting, the film’s practical effects and score!

Gremlins: Recall is available on Youtube and Vimeo.

Ryan Patrick is the director of the short film and can be found at the following sites:

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ryanpatrick

Website: http://www.ryanpatrick.us

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryanpatrickus/

Twitter: @ryanpatrickus

We also talk about the ‘Mom & Dad’ trailer in Trailer Talk.

Zombie Kitty Podcast 134: The Cloverfield Paradox w/ Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer

Where I watch the third ‘Cloverfield’ film earlier than expected! I give a brief history lesson on this film, go through the plot and my notes. I also tell you what I liked and didn’t about the film and give you my theories on what I thought was going on, and explain how I think all 3 films are connected.

I also talk about the ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ trailer in Trailer Talk.

Zombie Kitty Podcast 132: Jeepers Creepers 3 w/ Slender Man Trailer

Where, after 14 years, I return to East 9 Highway in what is actually a midquel. I talk about the original ‘Cathedral’ script and my thoughts on it now. I also talk about The Creeper’s mythology and the ghosts that appeared in Jeepers Creepers 2, and whether any more information was given in this film to add to/explain these aspects. And, of course, I go through the plot and talk about what I did and didn’t like about the film.

I also talk about the ‘Slender Man’ trailer in Trailer Talk.

More Thoughts On: Disney/Pixar Coco (2018)

So I released my podcast episode on Disney/Pixar episode of ‘Coco’ recently and, while that episode was my shortest ever, I had a lot more points that I wanted to talk about but, at the time of recording, I couldn’t remember all of them. Therefore, I thought I’d do an article on the things I had forgotten to talk about. I will be writing these points as an informal list.

ALSO: SPOILER WARNING!

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Above: Miguel plays guitar while watching a VHS tape of his idol Ernesto De La Cruz. This scene was one of my favourites.

 

-In this film, Miguel’s family have banned music due to his great-great Grandfather abandoning his family to pursue his music career. However, Miguel aspires to be a musician but his family won’t allow it. As someone who loves music and used to play guitar, I immediately understood Miguel’s frustration: I would HATE it if my family forbad me to play, or listen to, music so I understood his frustration.

-There’s a joke that I thought was hilarious in the beginning of the film, once Miguel travels to the Land of the Dead. Him and his dead family members meet an officer at the information desk and the dog, Dante, enters the room and the officer sneezes, telling Miguel that he’s allergic to Dante: “I’m allergic to your dog”/”But Dante doesn’t have any hair”/”And I don’t have a nose and yet here we are”.

-Hector was one of my favourite characters. I mainly liked him because of his story arc, which was interesting as the side characters don’t usually have such a complete story arc that’s important to the film. However, he was a key character as he turns out to be Miguel’s great-great Grandfather, and was murdered by his friend Ernesto De La Cruz. I originally thought Hector was going to be a con artist, but my thinking towards him changed as I came to understand his character more.

-Final Death: This was something I thought was really interesting, unique and also shocking. The idea is that, if no one remembers you in the Land of the Living, you disappear. Hector even says that he doesn’t know where they go once Final Death takes them. It was sad, but I thought it was interesting as this idea has never been explored before.

Favourite Scenes:

-When Miguel realizes that Hector is his great-great Grandfather.

-Miguel and Hector perfoming ‘Un Poco Loco’ in the Land of the Dead (I’ve listened to this song A LOT).

And it is! It’s not many points, but I wanted to talk about them as I did forget to include them in my podcast episode.

 

Behind The Scenes: The Snowman (2017)

Join me in a Behind The Scenes episode! In these episodes, I will look at and talk about the pre-production, production, post production, reactions and influences/inspiration of a film, TV show or video game.

In this one, I look at the 2017 film ‘The Snowman’.

Shoutouts:

-What Were They Thinking? (@WWTTPodcast)

-I WANT YOU TO WATCH THIS (@IWYTWT)

-Cult 45 (cult45podcast)

-Darren Lucas (@newguyreview101)

-Super Nerds UK (@SuperNerds_UK). They also have a gaming Twitter which is: @SNUKgaming