You will never really cohere

LYNNE RAMSAY’s films as narrative features are, to put it mildly, problematic: they rarely unfold in the approved straightforward manner; are elliptical to the point of obscure; are dark violent disturbing.

Documentary sheds light on Robin Williams’s joyous rise and painful fall

By Richard Roeper Television Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Directed by Marina Zenovich • July 28, 12:35 a.m., on HBO • Aug. 2, 8 p.m., on HBO Signature THE YEAR...

The makings of a compelling dungeon crawler

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong THE LOST CHILD is the collaboration of Kadokawa Games and NIS America, and with an outstanding set of...

Gods and monsters

By Noel Vera DVD Princess Mononoke Directed by Hayao Miyazaki Rerelease (Warning: article does not summarize the film’s story — there are websites for that — and goes into...

Silk purse

HAVE TO admit this straight out: I know nothing about fashion or clothes. I’d repeat that in Andrew Sach’s approximation of a Basque accent but for the record and to get it out of the way when it comes to couture and textile and clothing design I know nothing. Nada.

Managing your expectations in the zombie apocalypse

UNDEAD LABS’ State of Decay was a certified critical and commercial hit upon its release in 2013. Best described as a third-person sandbox-cum-survival game simulating a community in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, it tasked you with finding resources, interacting with other denizens, and clearing out zombies in an effort to survive. And, on the whole, it proved to be a compelling experience, its flaws notwithstanding.

Unhinged

THE BEST part of Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane is easily the first half — when unwary businesswoman Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy from The Crown) is suddenly committed to a mental ward for suicidal ideation.

The payoff is nothing short of sensational

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS is nothing if not peculiar off the bat. And it wears its strangeness proudly, assured of its capacity to unveil a masterpiece from an empty canvas by handing you the brush. As a truly sweeping god game from the mind of Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada, it melds its ambition with seemingly simple presentations; the visuals are colorful, if childlike, and accompanied by soothing keyboard acoustics, but its demands are such that a 20-minute tutorial is required for you to get going, and much longer after to experience comfort and confidence in what you’re doing. Once you get the hang of it, however, the payoff is nothing short of sensational.

Caged

JOHN FOWLES’ debut novel The Collector has been adapted several times for theater, stage, and big screen, most notably by William Wyler, later by Mike de Leon for a 1986 feature — Bilanggo sa Dilim (Prisoner in the Dark), shot on video.

Peerless

OBSIDIAN ENTERTAINMENT boasts of a stellar resume built on classic role-playing games. As exemplified by such notables as Neverwinter Nights 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II — The Sith Lords, and Fallout: New Vegas, it’s keen on drawing players in through compelling storylines and inventive quests. In this regard, its Kickstarter-rooted release in 2015 proved to be no exception. Paying homage to Bioware’s Baldur’s Gate and Black Isle Studios’ Icewind Dale, Pillars of Eternity deftly mixed old-school role-playing gameplay with the graphics and quality-of-life features of modern titles.

Packing a whole lot of wallop

THOSE NEW to role-playing games should be forewarned. Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory is an acquired taste and takes some getting used to. As a definitive collection of titles and content previously released on the PlayStation 4 and the PS Vita under the Flames of Rebellion and Sins of an Empire banners, it packs a whole lot of wallop. The Switch version, published by NIS America, presents you with a choice to start: Be on either side of a conflict in Fenumia, an empire bent on territorial expansion, with set objectives, and their attainment, dependent on point of view. In the end, though, the need for a full appreciation of the presentation and the content may yet spur you to go through both campaigns.

Riding the rails

TYCOON GAMES aren’t for everyone, but it isn’t hard to understand why they have a loyal following. They’re flashy, and they’re capable of producing a surprising amount of fun and complexity. From Sim City to Zoo Tycoon to Roller Coaster Tycoon, the process of building something from scratch and seeing it thrive and prosper brings about catharsis. And, by the same token, Kalypso Media delivers.
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