Poet John Donne famously wrote that “No Man Is An Island,” and the medieval life simulation game Life is Feudal: MMO proves that very concept with their immersive adventure. Developer Bitbox has debuted a new trailer for their title, which guides gamers through the first five hours of the experience.
Starting off as a peasant with little resources, players gather food and supplies to set up their own camp. By socializing with other players and working as a team, the initial goal is to build a home. Then players will divvy up their responsibilities in the game, as various hunters, gathers, and defenders will attempt to build and protect their respective environment. Though I’ve spent most of my life as a solitary gamer, the idea of joining a group focused RPG is enticing (I need to be a better team player!)
Throughout their journey players must work together to thrive in a feudal society that exists in an all too unforgiving and violent universe. Gamers can find their true calling as a vassal, farmer, knight, or even a member of the royalty, as Bitbox claims that there is a “place for everyone” in this game. To sign up for the Life is Feudal Beta, go to play.lifeisfeudal.com.
Though most people this weekend will be headed to their local theater to watch The Fate and the Furious, various cinephiles may want a bit of alternative programming.
Directed by Michal Marczak, the immersive Polish drama All These Sleepless Nights is simply a must see cinematic experience, especially if you love visually driven, non-linear narratives. The picture combines both documentary and fictional elements, as Marzcak’s main actors brought elements of their personal lives into the shaping of the movie.
The story centers on Kris (Krzysztof Baginski), a 24-year-old who, after the heartbreaking end to his relationship, parties the night away with his best friend Michal (Michal Huszcza). As they attend raves, house parties, and whatever spontaneous event they could get their hands on, the pair continue to strengthen their bond. When Michael’s ex-girlfriend Eva (Eva Lebuef) enters the picture, all bets are off, and the buddies may end up going their separate ways. Shot in Warsaw over two summers, All These Sleepless Nights, while evoking the visual splendor of Terrence Malick’s (To The Wonder, Badlands) films, has a distinct voice of its own. Marczak’s creative decision to blur the lines behind reality and cinema also showcases our own relationship with the moving image. But instead of attempting to figure out where the real truth lies and where fantasy exists, living in the moment, as Kris eventually comes to realize, may be the best option on the table.
Also covered this week on CinemAddicts is My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, an animated film written and directed by cartoonist Dash Shaw and featuring the voice of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, and Maya Rudolph. While the movie didn’t completely land a knockout punch for me, I really dug Shaw’s unique animation style and refreshingly unrepentant dark humor. It’s definitely worth a look if you’re an animation enthusiast. Check out this week’s episode of CinemAddicts below!
Director Kathryn Bigelow takes several years between films, as her last two films (The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty) attest, the anticipation is only outmatched by its execution. With Detroit, she reteams with screenwriter Mark Boal for a look at the 12th street riot in 1967 that claimed the lives of 43 people. During these five days of civil unrest, over 7,000 people were arrested and 1,000 buildings damaged. Over 9,000 members of the U.S. National Guard, as well as 800 Michigan state police and the U.S. army were tasked with putting an end the rioting.
Considering their successful union with Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, Bigelow and Boal have another Oscar contender on their hands with Detroit. Race relations and political unrest is an evergreen topic, and whether it’s police brutality or the immigration issue, the themes behind Detroit is still relevant some forty years later.
Co-starring John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Will Poulter, and John Krasinski, Detroit opens nationwide August 4th. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Along with its box office and critical success. La La Land is a musical that captures the diverse spirit of the City of Angels. In celebration of the film and to honor its director Damian Chazelle, Mayor Eric Garcetti is declaring April 25th La La Land Day. Aerial dancers BANDALOOP will perform a medley of dances on the facade of City Hall during the event.
Chazelle, along with his La La Land team (composer Justin Hurwitz, production designers David and Sandy Wasco, jewelry designer Kyle Chan, and choreographer Mandy Moore) will attend the event. The event, which is open to the public, start at 8:30 a.m. with an opening performance by a jazz band followed by a speech from Garcetti. The jazz band will also return after the BANDALOOP performance to close the show.
Centering on the bittersweet romance between a struggling jazz musician (Ryan Gosling) and determined actress (Emma Stone), La La Land was the recipient of six Oscars. Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Gosling talk about what makes La La Land a unique narrative:
La La Land also also comes out on Blu-ray April 25.
You don’t need an Xbox 360, PS3, or more recently a Nintendo Wii U, as PlatinumGames has released its action epic Bayonetta on Steam. PC gamers can now enjoy the action in 60fps and HD resolutions, and the Digital Deluxe Edition is available for purchase at the same price for gamers who purchase the title before April 25th.
From the mind of director Hideki Kamiya (Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry), Bayonetta centers on the titular character, the last survivor of an ancient witch clan who is revived after 500 years to fight a seemingly insurmountable slew of angelic enemies.
“We are dedicated to bringing high quality, best practice PC conversions of our back catalogue games to our fans, and Bayonetta was a great fit,” said John Clark, Senior Vice President of Commercial Publishing for SEGA Europe. “Bayonetta is one of the most often requested PC conversions of our games, so finally being able to launch it on Steam is fantastic. There’s more to come!”
The deluxe edition includes a digital art book from the original Climax Edition and a 5 track soundtrack sampler. Previous SEGA back titles that have been released for Steam include Typing of the Dead, Valkyria Chronicles, and SEGA Mega Drive Collection.
Real estate entrepreneur Sean Conlon has shown he has a skill set for the TV medium with the CNBC series The Deed: Chicago, and expanding his horizons is something that’s not foreign to this Irish immigrant. Coming to the U.S. with just $500 in his pocket, Conlon worked as a janitor and pursued on his real estate dreams whenever his shifts were completed. He started his real estate path in 1993 and made sure that, even if he found success in one aspect of the business, complacency would not be a part of his equation.
“When I started in real estate brokerage, I spotted, somewhat accidental but I (familiarized myself) with the zoning book,” said Conlon who helps people in dire trouble with their properties on The Deed: Chicago. “So it was like learning juggling - it was a useless talent until it suddenly wasn’t. I basically had the zoning book learned up and I figured out that where you had one house, you could tear it down and put three to four. And some lots were maybe five foot deeper and you can put an extra unit on it. That was kind of where I made my bones in the business.”
Click on the media bar to hear Sean Conlon explain why the greatest fortunes are still built on real estate.
The Deed Chicago airs Wednesday evenings on CNBC (10/9c).
In its sixth season, as we found out a few weeks ago, Scandal still has the power to shock its viewers. The series has refused to settle into a rut and play it safe, which isn’t just good for fans — it’s good for the actors on the show, too! Darby Stanchfield says the evolution of the show’s characters keeps the show interesting, and she’s very happy with the way her character, Abby Whelan, has progressed. (Click on the media bar below to hear Darby Stanchfield)
You’ll find Scandal in ABC’s TGIT lineup, airing Thursday nights at 9/8c.
Over its first couple of seasons, The Flash built itself a large and loyal fan base. While that’s obviously been a good thing, since the series has been a strong performer for The CW, it can also be a double-edged sword. When the producers decided to take the show’s third season in a different direction — in the Flashpoint arc, Barry Allen (aka The Flash) literally changed history — a lot of those loyal fans protested loudly about the show’s altered reality. Many questioned why Barry would make such seemingly selfish choices and expressed shock over the consequences. One of the fans who’s been taken aback is someone who might surprise you: It’s the show’s star himself, Grant Gustin. At a recent press event, he told us he’s also been struggling to understand Barry’s actions. (Click on the media bar below to hear Grant Gustin)
The Flash airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on The CW.
Though the first two Thor films were well received and box office hits, they are not exactly considered as the best movies Marvel has to offer. Expectations have been immeasurably heightened with the teaser trailer release of Thor: Ragnarok, probably thanks to its not subtle Guardians of the Galaxy vibe.
That being said, kudos to director Taika Waititi for showcasing Chris Hemsworth’s comedic abilities with this Thor installment, and maybe this time around the hammer wielding god won’t play second fiddle to Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
Cate Blanchett looks terrific and terrifying as Hela, the goddess of death who seemingly lays waste to Asgard (and Mjölnir!), and it’s great to know that Idris Elba is back as the underutilized Heimdall (hopefully Elba has more scenes this time around).
Valkyrie, one of my favorite characters from the Marvel Universe, is also part of the film, and hopefully Thompson nails the part. A former member of The Defenders (she’s not part of the group in the upcoming Netflix series), Valkyrie is known for her warrior skills and mettle. Hopefully Valkyrie gets her chance to shine in a sea of crowded superheroes (including the Hulk!) and villains.
If you haven’t checked out the teaser, it’s a great one with the promise of a wonderful showdown at the end.
Thor: Ragnarok opens November 3rd nationwide!
Salma Hayek, who has been open about her own immigration experiences in the United States, is not a proponent of President Trump’s plans to build a wall that he claims will be bankrolled by Mexico. One would assume federal funding will play a huge role in this controversial project, which Hayek pointedly describes as “dumb.”
“If (immigrants) could work legally, then they would pay the taxes that benefits America,” said Hayek, who stars with Rob Lowe and Eugenio Derbez in the upcoming comedy How To Be A Latin Lover. “There needs to be an immigration reform. It is really horrible that we’re not spending the time actually working out a good, well planned, well though out immigration reform. And we’re spending the resources trying to build a wall that is a waste of time and money.”
Hayek also points out that many undocumented workers are an integral aspect to the farming industry. “They have the endurance,” added Hayek. “They have the skill (and a) green thumb. If you don’t have the right energy with your hands, and everybody knows this, you kill the plants. There are so many gardeners. We work with the plants a lot. There are so many plants we discover with the herbolaria because we are good with this skill and American needs people who are good with this skill.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Salma Hayek explain why President Trump’s wall, along with being dumb, simply won’t work (Derbez is also heard at the end of the clip):