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My Interview With Millie Manders

Recently I got a chance to put a few questions to my old buddy Millie Manders, a fantastic singer-songwriter who is a force to be reckoned with in the British music scene. When I first met Millie in 2013, I was blown away by her powerful vocal work and intricate lyrics which told such fascinating stories.

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As it’s 2019 and a lot has happened, I saw this the perfect time to speak to Millie and I am happy to share with you now the outcome of that chat…

You had a huge 2018, it was an incredibly busy year for you and The Shutup, what did you see as your personal highlights?
Releasing a new EP after two years was a huge highlight, and seeing the reaction to it was amazing. We got to tour to new towns, we went abroad as a band for the first time, we had more people coming to our shows than ever before… So many highlights….
In 2018 you released the new EP ‘Shutup’ and I loved hearing it over and over. What made this release different to the previous EP’s?
Collaborating as a band for a start was always going to make it different. You then have the cumulative interests and sonic preferences of a group begin to merge making it, in my opinion, more interesting – the previous EP was also a collaboration but with other producers and songwriters. I have always retained topline (melody) and lyrics though, on the most recent EP too.
To answer your question though, the processes were different. George wrote a horn line that became the basis for Right To Life. Brave was a jam session that focussed around the drums and bass. Lolipops was originally a poem I wrote and One That Got Away was a hook I had in my head for days. 
For the first time we went to a professional mixing/mastering engineer who really knew how to craft our vision sonically and made our recordings sparkle beyond measure. Each person involved in creating Shutup is, I believe, very proud of the end result.
Last year I saw a lot of updates from you with your shows and festival appearances. What show was probably the most memorable of last year?
 Rebellion without a doubt. There were some incredible shows – Boomtown, Nice N Sleazy, Bearded Theory were all incredible – the crowds that came and supported us blew our minds, but to be on the Empress Ballroom Stage – a 3000 capacity room at 1:30pm and to see it packing out for a band barely known was one of the most emotional experiences I think any of us have experienced. I nearly cried. I also nearly threw up. Haha!
2019 has just begun, what shows have you already got in the pipeline for fans to come and see you?
We are at Rebellion again this year, plus we have Nice N Sleazy, Camden Rocks and a few others, plus we will be coming to Scotland for the first time since 2014 and a bunch of other places. Loads of shows in loads of places!
With the release of various Eps over the years, have you looked at maybe doing a full album in the future or would you prefer another EP next?
It’s something we want, but it has to be right. I’d love to release an album but I would rather release another EP than release an album with songs I only half believe in. A body of work needs to be as good as you can make it. So yes, but not til it’s right.
I have over the last few years seen you rock the Ukulele. Is there a particular instrument you would love to learn to play?
Sure! Loads. I’d like to pick up my clarinet again. I’d like to learn guitar properly and get better with my sax. I’d love to be able to play the piano. I’d quite like to try learning trumpet….
The mix of ska and punk is very evident in the latest EP. But, I remember when I heard you sing ‘I Feel Good’ live and was blown away by your vocal range. Would a cover album ever be on the cards? Or a recording of that track?
Super unlikely. But who knows?
By the end of 2019, What would you like to see achieved by yourself and the band?
I’d like us to have a heap of new material written if not released. I’d like us to be touring in other territories both in and outside of the EU. I’m always looking to progress musically.
A fun question to finish on. You are stuck on a desert island and you are only allowed one album, one food item and one luxury item. What do you pick?
The album thing is really hard because that’s not something that has ever stayed the same for me. When I was 15 it would have been Dookie by Green Day. At 18 it would have been Stoosh by Skunk Anansie. Two years ago it would have been To The Moon by Popes Of Chillitown. Right now probably I Was Broken When You Got Here by Call Me Malcolm… Tomorrow who knows? But surely no matter how good the album, if you only had one, at some point silence would become more appealing?
One food item?? God this is a horrible question haha! Is there other food on the island?? ummmm……. Vegan Sriracha Mayonnaise. That stuff goes with anything…
One luxury item… Coconut oil. Cheating a bit but its a brilliant moisturiser, healer, hair product and cooking oil. Boom!
Millie, as always, thank you very much. If people want more information on you and the band, how can they do that?
You’re welcome!! Thank you Jonjo!!
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If you have never heard anything by Millie Manders before, here are a selection of her songs for you to get your teeth into!

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SEVEN HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NINTENDO DIRECT 13/02/2019

The Nintendo Switch calendar was indeed looking very quiet for 2019 and beyond, a Direct was needed for a long time! If Nintendo wanted to make the fans both happy and slightly disappointed, it was now! Before every presentation, the amount of rumours that go round would make you think that you would have to take out a second or third mortgage to get them all.

Even though we may not have too much to take on to the hybrid console this spring, the releases that have been announced promise some fun times now and to tide us over until E3 and beyond. Whether it’s the new IP, a sequel to a Wii-U classic or even a reimagining of a much beloved game, it is here!

I have for you now my personal highlights of the presentation. I will note this is not a full representation of the Nintendo, but it is my personal opinion of the releases that actually have a strong interest to me. Also, I shall say now that I am not employed by Nintendo and would really enjoy a job in the PR team for them or maybe even an official tester for the games they craft? Please?

Super Mario Maker 2

If you are gonna start a Nintendo Direct off strong, this was it! Possibly the only game I ever played on the Wii-U, Super Mario Maker was indeed a gem of a game and I loved the custom levels that many around the world had contributed. The idea you could create your own worlds and make them as easy or as difficult as you please was possibly the greatest creation for the console.

When the presentation began with this game, I couldn’t hold my excitement. Since the Nintendo Switch first came out, I really wanted a Mario Maker for my own. Instead of a port like many predicted, we are getting a full-blown sequel which will continue to challenge many creators and infuriate many gamers with near-impossible levels.

At this time, the game has been given a June release date. Expect to see this game before E3!

Tetris 99

What happens when you take the best-selling game of all time and give it the “Battle Royale” treatment…THIS! An idea that sounds so crazy, but looks so much fun. In an age where we have PUBG, Fortnite and various other shooters who think this is the best way to progress, I could never have dreamed I found a Battle Royale I could really get behind.

Don’t expect too much depth with this game, it is honestly just Tetris with 98 other people and the points you achieve are used to then attack the opponent of your choosing. I have played about 30 minutes of this so far, as it was released almost immediately after the direct, and I must say this game is simple but fantastic.

Tetris 99 is available now on the Nintendo eShop!

Boxboy + Boxgirl

Boxboy, the game that I honestly think was the inspiration to Snipperclips. The puzzle game series has always been popular with many fans and has appeared on Nintendo consoles in the past. It has previously been a more handheld experience, but it does seem like the 3DS is being left to fade away like the victims of Thanos’ finger snap in Avengers: Infinity War.

While I personally have never played this game, it does have my interest. The co-op aspects, the simple graphics and the cute aesthetic could see this become a surprise hit. Plus, Boxboy is joined by his wife/partner/sister/friend for a whole lot of fun that I will certainly have a crack at.

Boxboy + Boxgirl is due out April 26th!

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

I wanted to play this game for a long time, why have I not yet played this game before? Well I have no excuse now as it will be coming to my favourite game console in the next few months. Games that tackle mental health issues have become highly acclaimed over the last few years with releases such as Celeste!

If the footage that was shown was from Nintendo Switch gameplay, we could really be in for a treat. I know this game has won a number of awards and my friends have already told me I should give it a try. Well, this is definitely going on the list!

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is out in the Spring!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem games were never that important to me when I was growing up. My teen years mainly consisted of Call Of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and many EA titles (before the microtransactions fiasco!). But, I was introduced to these games when the 3DS port was released for the Switch, and I am now a fan.

Is it the anime cutscenes that got me? The beautiful graphics? The battle system? I’m not sure. All I know is that I love how this title looks. The Nintendo Direct turned me from being on the fence about this title to really wanting the summer to come!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses comes out on July 26th!

The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

I have mentioned before that before Breath Of The Wild, I had never really been a fan of the Zelda series. Wind Waker was fun, and I could see why many people weren’t too keen on it. When I bought my Switch, The Legend Of Zelda was indeed the game I needed and the 80+ hours later show that I must have enjoyed it.

I understand the next BOTW-style game will be a while away, but this game looks like it will be fun. I know the style is a bit more basic, but I trust Nintendo to take this classic Game Boy release and create something that is perfect for those who play on the go. Also, who would love an Amiibo of Link from this game? I would

The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening comes out later in 2019!

Astral Chain

Platinum Games may have many people on the edge of their seat awaiting the release of Bayonetta 3, but they have got another game coming out before we see the sequel. Astral Chain comes from the minds behind Bayonetta (Hideki Kamiya) and Nier: Automata (Takahisa Taura). With this much talent, there is a lot of hope on this title being a success.

With any new IP, there is always a lot of questions. Just watching this trailer, I honestly can’t tell you what the hell is going on, but I really want this game. This action title will surely be the last big summer release for the Nintendo Switch and possibly the biggest debut for a new franchise on the console. Why do we have to wait for such nice things?

Astral Chain is due for release August 30th!

If I could make a point about anything from this Direct, it was the lack of information on the supposed Metroid Prime Trilogy port or even a follow-up on Animal Crossing. Overall, this was possibly one of the strongest presentations in recent memory.

What did you think of the Nintendo Direct? Is there anything you wish had been shown on Wednesday? Let me know in the comments.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

WHY I DEFEND WILL SMITH AS THE GENIE

Let’s be honest, how many people were honestly going to say they wanted to see the 1992 animated classic Aladdin remade in a live-action production? Well, Disney have been taking a huge number of the favourites and bringing them into the 21st century by utilising special effects and techniques which seemed impossible when the cartoon counterparts first debuted. While the various images and clips make the film look amazing, the biggest criticisms seem to come on Will Smith playing the all-powerful Genie of the lamp!

I for one was all up for this casting. We knew that you would never get a Robin Williams type of casting, but then again, I feel that makes casting Smith a better choice anyway as he will indeed be different. Over the last few hours, I have been reading some Twitter and Facebook messages and I will be defending this iteration of the blue being that will be at the centre of this remake!

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“He Is Just Doing Will Smith!”

Really? Well done for working that one out. Now I can not say that Will Smith is the best actor in the world, but when you cast the man, you have a good idea of what you are to get from him. When Robin Williams was cast, it is believed he was just allowed to be himself and become as zany as possible to create a Genie that was much loved and definitely the source of much of the humour in Aladdin. So is an actor being like himself really that bad? Nope!

“Why Was He Cast? He Will Just Play The Same Character He Always Does”

Well, can you really get an idea of the character he is playing from a couple of images and 5 seconds of video? If you can, then well done. Why is it the opinion can be stamped to an actor and/or character before the film comes out. Anyone remember Heath Ledger as The Joker? I think the internet exploded that day when the announcement was made. Everyone only remembered Heath for either his romcoms, A Knights Tale (oh god!) and Brokeback Mountain. But it turned out Ledger was awesome and the Oscar was well deserved.

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“I Had Such High Hopes For This…But I Can’t Get Past The Horrible CGI On Will Smith’s Genie”

If Genie was just a human in blue paint, would you be annoyed? Of course. Does a big imposing Genie with blue skin, otherworldly body and huge presence require CGI to work? I would say so. I can understand why many won’t like the CGI. But remember, this is just a few seconds of what is to come. I honestly think it looks OK, Will Smith looks like the genie with his essence all over it like I would have wanted. Also, am I the only one who likes the CGI?

“…I Wanted Gabriel Iglesias”

NO! OH GOD NO! NO NO NO NO NO!!! If I could have chosen, I would have loved to have seen Matt Lucas to create a truly laid back Genie with a rather animated look in real life.

“I Won’t Watch This Car Crash”

Ok, that is up to you. I honestly see that this film will be much like The Jungle Book and Beauty And The Beast and live up to its legacy and actually appeal to audiences old and new. Aladdin was indeed a great movie in the 90’s and the one thing that does sadden me is that Robin Williams didn’t live to reprise his role as The Genie. Apart from that, I reckon this will be a decent movie. It won’t be the best of all time, but it will be successful.

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So, now that I have gone through my timelines and found some answers to the people complaining about the Will Smith version of the character really needs to either wait until we get a bit more footage or just go into the film with an open mind. I know this will not be the perfect iteration of the character, but no actor can ever top what Robin Williams brought to the part when he got in that voiceover booth and unleashed possibly the most iconic Disney character I have witnessed in my lifetime.

What do you honestly think? Do you believe Will Smith will be good? Do you believe he will sink the film? I for one can’t wait to see this film.

Aladdin will be out in cinemas May 24th 2019!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Jonjo’s Best Of 2018!

2018 has come and gone! While we have massive events such as Avengers: Endgame, the return of Mr. Robot and the new core Pokemon RPG to make this year an awesome one, this is the perfect time to reflect on what I thought was the best of the past 12 months!

Which film did I most enjoy? What was the best book I read? Which show on Netflix was my go-to binge? What TV show made a massive impact to me away from the online giant? These questions and more are about to be answered in the First Annual Singing Whovian Awards For Excellence And Quality!

Best Film – Avengers: Infinity War

This was not easy! 2018 brought us such gems as Black Panther, Creed II, Mission Impossible: Fallout and Bohemian Rhapsody which I am sure will all do well when it comes to the award season in the US. But, for me, the culmination of ten years in the MCU being presented in this epic movie could not be ignored.

Beginning with Thanos taking down the Asgardian refuge ship and killing half of those on board, we see him begin his quest to wipe out half of all life as he sacrifices everything to achieve this goal. Iron Man, The Guardians Of The Galaxy and the other Avengers all come out to fight in this film which truly is bigger than any other that has come before it.

Could you get a more sympathetic yet terrifying antagonist than Thanos? Has there truly been a better film series which has managed to bring together such a huge list of characters that fans have loved over the past decade? Anthony and Joe Russo show that Marvel Studios can not only create a brilliant film, but have truly made the biggest shocker since Luke Skywalker found out his Dad was Darth Vader!

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Best TV show – Better Call Saul

Well, who thought this would happen? Could it be possible that the spin-off to one of the most successful TV shows of all time may actually be just as good or maybe even better than its predecessor? The tale of Jimmy McGill took possibly its most dramatic step this year as Jimmy has to deal with the loss of his brother and try to get his licence back to practice law.

With Season Four taking the biggest time jump so far, we see Jimmy and Kim slowly grow apart as the lives they live continue to divide them as the Saul Goodman persona begins to emerge as a force to be reckoned with. Kim tries to support Jimmy the best way she can, but can she possibly save him from the man he is destined to become?

While the couple may be on the rocks, we also get to see Gustavo Fring as he begins to grow his empire with the help of the fantastic Mike as he has to deal with the operations and tie up the lose ends. Also, as the series prepares for its fifth season, will we see the show eventually come up to Breaking Bad or even fully embrace a more sequel-based setting? I would like to see the show meet a satisfying conclusion with the chance to tie up all storylines for the man we have come to know as “Slippin’ Jimmy”.

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Best Netflix Film – Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

2019 may be the year we will get the new series of Black Mirror emerge on Netflix, but I can’t see many people would have expected this to emerge. A late Christmas present from the streaming giant was definitely welcome when Netflix announced that Bandersnatch was to premiere on the 28th December…but the biggest surprise was yet to come.

When the film premiered, it was later discovered that you could choose the path that the episode was to follow. Whether it was what cereal that central character Stefan would start his day with, what cassette would be blasting from his Walkman or even how you would finish a fight scene, Charlie Brooker has given us yet another classic.

While we may be waiting till later in 2019 for a full Season Five of the hit show, I can safely say that this special will keep many people entertained for hours while they attempt to get all the endings.

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Best Netflix TV Show – BoJack Horseman

Can you believe we have already had five seasons of this fantastic series? BoJack Horseman is the perfect show to blend comedy, drama, speak about everyday issues such as anxiety and depression and also involve anthropomorphic animals who inhabit the world that is so similar to our own. If you’ve never seen the show before, its main star is a Horse-Man who used to star in a sitcom which was a big hit and he now gets by each day as a semi-functioning alcoholic with more mummy issues than Norman Bates.

Will Arnett continues to shine as the troubled star who has to not only deal with his own personal demons, but he also has to get through the loss of his mother in what is possibly one of the finest episodes of TV that I have ever witnessed. The supporting cast all bring their best performances in this season, whether its Alison Brie as Diane begins to deal with her split from Mr. Peanutbutter or even Rami Malek or Stephanie Beatriz for their roles as the workforce behind BoJack’s new series called Philbert.

I honestly could not have thought anything would have beaten season four of this fine show, but Arnett and the rest of the stars are all on top form. BoJack Horseman continues to tackle themes that many other shows would never touch, yet we seem to take it in just as much with these animated creations as we would if the people were real. Bring on Season Six!

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Best Playstation 4 Game – Spider-Man

The PS4 has been possibly the greatest console to come out from Sony, with many games that push the boundaries of what we would consider the standard. In the last few years we have had Bloodborne terrify the masses, The Last Of Us bring people to tears and even the latest God Of War show that it just gets better and better.

Truly, the best of all these in my opinions is Spider-Man! The 2018 game which reinvents all we know about the wall-crawler and provides possibly one of the tightest and most enjoyable gaming experiences ever. The game looks visually amazing and it handles almost as well as a certain caped crusader and his series of games set around the famous prison based in his world.

While not the most original idea brought to the console, the execution of the title character and his world is just stunning. The story is indeed a unique one to any Spider-Man canon that has come before it and I am sure there will be millions of people eagerly awaiting the sequel when it his the Playstation 5 in the future!

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Best XBOX ONE Game – Dragonball FighterZ

This is not a console exclusive, its not the biggest title of the year and it may actually not have sold super well compared to others, but I really really really loved this game. Taking on a more hand-drawn style that reflects the anime has really gone in FighterZ favour to produce the most exciting figher of the year.

While it has come out on the PS4 and also amazed me on the Nintendo Switch too, it is the XBOX ONE which sees it really shine with the 4K visuals on the XBOX ONE X and just bringing back the greatest memories of watching the show. When you get such seemless gameplay and beautiful art design like this, how could you not love it?

Including some great multiplayer options and a story mode from original creator Akira Toriyama is indeed the greatest strength of this game. It takes what has come before from titles in the Budokai and Xenoverse series and really puts you into the action in a way that has never been possible before.

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Best Nintendo Switch Game – Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Was there any other choice? Octopath Traveler was a deep tale with some of the best music in video game history, the Bayonetta 2 port was so much fun to play through and Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu was a fun nostalgic trip to Kanto and I loved throwing all my Meltan into the park. While these games scored high for me, I got my biggest joy from bashing buttons as I took either Kirby or Richter Belmont to victory against the 70+ challengers over them 100+ stages.

When this game was first announced, my only experience in the Smash realm was with the Wii edition in the late 2000’s. But with each Nintendo Direct, the excitement just kept getting higher. The idea of throwing these characters from countless franchises to see them fight it out on these wacky stages shouldn’t be so appealing, but it does work well.

Whether you play alone, with friends or with that pro online who kicks your arse every single time, you can’t help but love this game. It’s simple and complex at the same time. It is visually beautiful and straightforward to play.

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Best Book – The Walking Dead Vol. 30: New World Order

I will admit, I haven’t read a lot of books that actually came out this year. The Walking Dead comic series has got a book edition every six months and never fails to succeed in terms of storytelling, intrigue and character development. For a comic that has been going for over 15 years, the concept is still as fresh as ever and the latest chapter has been indeed ambitious.

As Eugene leads the group to Ohio, the survivors are invited to a community that has many people within its walls, approximately 250,000. While the gang begin to learn about the people in Ohio, Michonne discovers that her daughter has come to this settlement and may still be alive.

Like any Walking Dead story, you find that it is the living characters that are dangerous and unpredictable. Where the story will surely only develop further in the next volume, it is good to see more characters enter the fray such as the unhinged ‘Princess’ and the Commonwealth’s governor Pamela Milton (not another Governor!!!!!). Bring on book 31!

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That was my list, did you agree with any of my picks? Are you upset that I didn’t include Red Dead Redemption 2 on my list of games or that I left Venom out of the running? Let me know.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Metroid Prime 4 Rebooted And The Curious Case Of The Missing Trilogy Port!

June 2017 saw an E3 announcement like no other! Nintendo told the world that a long-awaited sequel to the Metroid Prime series was indeed in production for the Switch. But then a few days ago (Friday 25th January 2019) we got the news that would shock millions of Switch fans worldwide, Metroid Prime 4 was to get a major delay! Now, why was this? Surely the last year and a half since the announcement must have been enough time to develop a certainly pleasing entry to the franchise! Turns out that Nintendo were not happy with the progress that had been made by the unnamed studio (which many believe to be Bandai Namco) and made the difficult announcement.

While we may not know all of the facts, we have been informed by Nintendo’s Shinya Takahashi that Retro Studios will take the reins and go back to the series they helmed for the trilogy we have already enjoyed. The studio will start the game from the very beginning and seemingly scrap all assets that already exist. I should also say that Kensuke Tanabe will also be back as producer for Metroid Prime 4 to help create the best game possible.

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With this news, it is safe to say that the game will possibly not return until 2021 at the very earliest, which could be a tough wait for any fan. But since this news arrived, there was been a number of sources offering some information on what comes next. Imran Khan from Game Informer has offered updates on Twitter about the studio switch, what was going wrong and also discusses THAT Metroid Prime Trilogy collection!

While Khan says that 4 was being made by multiple developers and this ultimately saw its downfall, he also mentions that the Trilogy was due to be announced in December 2018 but was pulled at the last minute. This looks like the change to Retro was part of the reason for the delay, but we can only hope that the collection will be announced in a Nintendo Direct which may be revealed on January 31st! Why 31st? Well I honestly think this would be the best time to open the year by discussing the successes and now give a focus to the other big titles since Prime 4 will not see a release for a long time.

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So, we could have Metroid Prime Trilogy HD coming to the Nintendo Switch in the next few months, but could we also see some other Metroid titles make the cut and come to the console while we wait? The original NES game is already available to play with the subscription to the online service, maybe it would be easy enough to send the other classics our way to lessen the blow.

This could also have an impact on the release schedule as many believe that 4 was due to come out by the end of the year. With Pokémon, Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing and hopefully Bayonetta 3 on the way in 2019, we may see some games get a bigger push to replace Samus’ next adventure. Personally, as long as Pokémon Generation 8 and Bayonetta 3 are great, I think I can wait for Prime 4. If that Trilogy which has not stopped being discussed is indeed ready, release it now please Nintendo and just let the people have something for now!

Thank you for checking this article out and I look forward to reviewing discussing mentioning thinking bringing any scrap of news about Metroid Prime 4 to you in the future!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Black Mirror – Bandersnatch. REVIEW

Netflix, how do you do it? You bring back possibly my favourite show on your platform with the choose-your-own-adventure format and I admittedly had a great time watching this epic. With many choices, both seemingly meaningless but fun and the more tough and game-changing decisions blend well to create a tale which is as fun to watch as it is to play.

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We are taken to 1984 in this film/special when we meet Stefan, a programmer who is attempting to make a video game of Bandersnatch, a book that allows its reader to choose the path they take. While Stefan looks to take this idea to the video game company Tuckersoft, he also begins to develop a friendship of sorts with creator extraordinaire Colin Ritman. While the story starts off fairly relaxed, the mystery and the intrigue behind the characters and the world they live in slowly takes you as your choices truly shape the world you see.

I really don’t want to give too much away, but even from the first mundane decision you make, it will impact on what you are seeing from that very moment. From choosing the music you hear and even the way you deal with some big revelations is just hard to think you are actually making a right decision. This film is possibly best described as in the same vain as a release from Telltale Games, most notably The Walking Dead and Batman: The Enemy Within.

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While the storytelling method may be unconventional, it does keep you hooked throughout. Though Charlie Brooker’s writing is as sharp, funny and terrifying as ever, you can’t ignore the impressive cast involved. Fionn Whitehead impresses as Stefan and the ever-fantastic Will Poulter really does a great job in a role I wish I could describe more. Also, Craig Parkinson (one of the greatest actor’s in Britain and awesome in ‘MisFits’) takes the role of Stefan’s Dad and his story also can be made dependent of what you decide.

The episode is also crammed with easter eggs and references to the past, with more than a few mentions used in the video games presented and even a couple of images that will be familiar to fans who have stuck around since the beginning. Similar to the episode ‘Black Museum’, the episode likes to remind you of the show’s past and not cram it down your throat.

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While we may not have Season Five just yet, this is the perfect taster to prepare us for the next lot of episodes that will be unleashed upon the world in 2019. But until we get this next lot, I will happily keep that tape cassette playing that certain band and I look to see every option that is possible.

Final rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

 

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WHO I WANT TO SEE IN THE SUPER SMASH BROS ULTIMATE DLC!

On 1st November 2018, we had the final (finally!) Nintendo Direct dedicated to Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Masahiro Sakurai presented the all the news that we needed before the game is released, this includes the full list of characters now revealed and the various game modes which will be present in the upcoming release.

With Ken from Street Fighter, Incineroar from Pokemon Sun and Moon and even Piranha Plant from Super Mario are all about to make the advance to battle as the final confirmed fighters for the main game. BUT…this isn’t it! The Direct also confirmed that DLC would be released for the game in five parts! Each DLC will see a new character, a new stage and various music. We have around a year of updates to come and it could be almost anyone that could make the roster of playable characters. But who is gonna come to the game?

I have thought about this over the last few weeks, having a small discussion or two with friends over who would be perfect for the new game and why they would fit in perfectly. Without any further delay, here are the five fighters who I hope will join the Ultimate line-up!

Earthworm Jim – Earthworm Jim

Let’s be honest, Super Smash Bros is mostly known for throwing almost anyone together for possibly the craziest and most fan-pleasing roster in existance. Earthworm Jim is just a superb character who could hold his own against any challenger. Where as he could use his worm body as a whip, use his suit for strength and super jumps and maybe a final Smash which involves his trusty blaster? I would just love for this character to be taking on Ken and Ryu in a good ol’ fist fight!

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Lara Croft – Tomb Raider

I will be honest, this one is possibly the most unlikely to make the DLC, but I have got a good point to make. Before this series of games, would you believe Solid Snake would be interacting with Wario or that Sonic and Pikachu could share the same stage? Lara Croft is perfect in forms of agility, she could make weapons throughout the battle and how about seeing her twin pistols play a part in her final Smash? Also I want to make it clear, Lara Croft from 2013 onwards would be the character. But maybe a skin of the 1996 original.

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Crash Bandicoot – Crash Bandicoot

With the release of Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy coming to the Nintendo Switch a few months ago, wouldn’t it be a great time to bring the former Playstation mascot to the battle? Sure he is mostly known for spinning around and jumping on things, but he could definitely be a force to be reckoned with if he dons the Aku Aku mask. Final Smash, Aku Aku blasting someone into space! Oh, how about throw in Tiny or Ripper Roo as well?

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Chun Li – Street Fighter

If you say Street Fighter to someone, they will possibly remember Ryu and either say “Hadouken” or “For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday”. For me, Chun Li is just the best character to come out of this franchise. We may have Ken now too in the game, but Chun Li is just a whole different experience and someone who would be so cool with some powerful kicks and a final Smash that probably involves her famous thighs causing some big damage.

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Waluigi – Super Mario

FOR F**K SAKE! JUST PUT WALUIGI IN THE F**KING GAME!!!!!

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Sorry about that, but number five I think is reflected in the Smash community to quite the appropriate level. I had to really think which characters could possibly work well as new fighters, but I then came to the realisation that almost any video game character could make the cut.

What do you think of this list? Do you have any particular character you would love to see in the game? Let me know in the comments.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out on Friday 7th December!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu! First Trailer Thoughts

As a massive fan of Pokemon, I have probably played every game that has ever been released about the little pocket monsters who roam the world and are either made to battle by their trainers or just be grinded for candy in Pokemon GO! With this week bringing the release of Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, this has got to the perfect timing to unveil the trailer for this upcoming film!

Yes, the little yellow electric mouse is to make his big-screen live-action debut in 2019! The trailer was revealed earlier today and I must say I am favouring it so far. Making a film set within the world of Pokemon was always going to be a challenge, but it looks as if the real world and the creatures are blended quite nicely with some of the animated characters actually looking quite good.

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Seeing this as an adaptation of the popular spin-off game, Ryan Reynolds is bringing the title character to life in what could possibly be the first truly successful video game movie (or maybe it will fall hard). The characterisations seem to blend well and the sets look impressive, but there is something that does really stand out…THE POKEMON! Some actually look fine while others look almost terrifying and hardly anything like the sprites or drawings we are used to. Also, we know this is set in Sinnoh (Pokemon Gen 4) so can incorporate more than the original 151 that we grew up with.

For me, I am looking forward to seeing what this film will bring. I hope we get a fun movie which isn’t taken too seriously and maybe makes these forms of adaptation more acceptable in the future. The cast, aside from Reynolds, looks decent with Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) playing the main human in this story.

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is out in cinemas May 10th 2019!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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FIVE REASONS WHY NETFLIX AND MARVEL WILL DO ‘HEROES FOR HIRE’!

Oh Netflix, you are indeed a cruel beast. Just mere days after cancelling the much-improved ‘Iron Fist’ after a rather well made second season, we now learn that ‘Luke Cage’ will also not get a third run. Now, I have to be honest, I did much prefer the other Marvel/Netflix shows over these two. With the exception of The Defenders, the other shows in their pool were consistently entertaining and were perfect to stand on their own two feet.

But, is this really the end for both characters? Not by a long shot. There is something quite intriguing going on and the answers to the next step are all in plain sight. With both ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘Luke Cage’ seeing their sophomore efforts garnering more positive buzz than their first and bringing conclusions to their arcs in some way, they also delivered a massive cliffhanger for both to ensure they weren’t ready to go yet. Even better, the two may soon be coming together to form a Heroes For Hire series in 2019!

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So, what are these five reasons I hear you say? Well, as much as I can hear you while I type this up on my laptop while listening to some Morrissey? Let me go through my “facts” and discover why these two heroes will be back soon!

ONE: THEY HAVE CROSSED OVER MULTIPLE TIMES!

‘The Defenders’ gave us our first interaction in the Netflix slant of the MCU between Mike Colter’s Cage and Finn Jones’ Rand! ‘The Defenders’ may have been less than stellar throughout its eight episode run, but many agreed that seeing the Immortal Iron Fist and Power Man together on screen was so much fun.

Following the crossover, ‘Luke Cage’ played host to Colleen Wing as she continued her training with the now one-armed bad-ass Misty Knight! Also episode 10 saw Danny Rand come to Luke’s aid and the two got to show how good their chemistry can actually be. Many critics did see Jones’ performance of Rand as much improved in this guest spot and its fair to say that he did only get better from there.

Also, ‘Iron Fist’ season two also saw Simone Missick’s Misty as a series regular to further plant the seeds of a crossover between the two shows. Also, how cool would it be to see Misty Knight and Colleen Wing become the “Daughters Of The Dragon” and have their own show too? Yeah, that would be awesome. Colleen Wing actress Jessica Henwick has proven over three separate shows that her and Simone Missick have a great bond with each other and it is crossovers like this that proves this new show needs to happen.

TWO: THE CROSSOVER HAS BEEN HINTED TO OUTSIDE OF THE SHOW!

While many would think the idea of these two shows coming together as one may just be seen in a number of on screen easter eggs and choice in dialogue, it is actually a real topic that has come up amongst the staff in various interviews. While Marvel has famously delivered more fan service than Currys during the massive heatwave over the summer, they are not too shy to discuss potential plans going forward.

Cheo Hodari Coker, the showrunner for ‘Luke Cage’, was quoted in an article on Cinemablend discussing the possible ‘Heroes For Hire’ series by saying “It’s something that’s in the air…”. Also he mentioned “Internally at Marvel Television, everybody knows there’s a part of that combination that is inevitable…” saying also that “It feels right. It feels good.” When mentioning the crossover.

When Luke Cage actor Mike Colter was asked about the potential show, he told Empire TV that the question was “Above my pay grade” but also seemed to be happy at the idea of merging the shows, while being rather cagey (sorry) about it actually happening.

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THREE: THE CLIFFHANGER ENDINGS! *SPOILER TERRITORY*

Ok, if you have not seen the ending of either ‘Luke Cage’ or ‘Iron Fist’ season two, you may want to go catch-up on Netflix and see what you are missing…but if the rest of us are all good, I can continue.

The last time we saw Luke, he had just taken over Harlem’s Paradise following the death of Mariah Dillard. While Luke Cage believes he will assume the role of “Sheriff of Harlem”, Misty Knight believes that this could possibly end very badly for her friend and believes Cage could possibly be just as bad as the club’s predecessors. Luke Cage arguably needs someone to pull him back to the good side.

Misty Knight spoke more about her fear for Luke in ‘Iron Fist’ and kept her distance from him since he acquired the club. But, Danny Rand also had his own issues to deal with. He willingly passed the mantle of the Immortal Iron Fist to his partner Colleen, and yes she is bloody awesome with that fist (get your minds out of the gutter!) and that glowing katana. But, wait a sec, how did Danny suddenly get TWO glowing fists? And how can he seemingly transfer that energy into weapons? Yes, Iron Fist has a lot to answer for!

The two leads are seemingly worlds apart at this point, so a combined show could see both cliffhangers resolved and set up the team up we all want. While it looks like Colleen and Misty are already the partners we all want, Cage and Rand coming together officially has got to be icing on this already much filling cake!

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FOUR: THERE IS ONE MISSING CHARACTER WHO CAN BRING THEM TOGETHER…AGAIN!

Before ‘The Defenders’, we had one link throughout all four of the original series that helped sew them all together and help establish them all as part of one big world (or one big New York!). That person, is Claire Temple! Following Luke Cage’s actions in his second season, Claire was then absent and didn’t even show up to support her friend Danny in his latest fight with Davos.

Understandably, Claire was left frightened by Luke after his action saw him punch through a wall in their home as he refused to listen to his partner. To see Claire return to the Marvel/Netflix world is more a matter of when than if, Claire was the glue that helped bring the world together and it would be a great step to see her reunite Danny and Luke just as she helped them form a friendship in the first place.

If Claire was to appear again in this section of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this has to be ideal show. Rosario Dawson is a fantastic actress and arguably one of the best to be involved in this realm. Please Netflix, make it happen. But, if Dawson’s casting wasn’t enough to convince you, how about this…

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FIVE: THE CAST AND STORY COULD BE…SUPER!

In addition to Finn Jones as Rand and Mike Colter as Cage, the cast for this series could potentially be the best one yet! With both shows boasting a great roster of characters, there are many possibilities over who could join in the fun. In a slight change to format, I will make a list of who should be involved in the show:

Luke Cage…Mike Colter/Power Man

Finn Jones…Danny Rand/Iron Fist

Simone Missick…Misty Knight

Jessica Henwick…Colleen Wing/Iron Fist

Tom Pelphrey…Ward Meachum

Jessica Stroup…Joy Meachum

Gabrielle Dennis…Tilda Johnson/Nightshade

Sacha Dhawan…Davos/Steel Serpent

Theo Rossi…Hernan “Shades” Alvarez

Carrie-Anne Moss…Jeri Hogarth

Elden Henson…Franklin “Foggy” Nelson

I think that could be an epic cast right there, definitely an impressive list if they could pull it off. My understanding is that you could maybe have a team up with villains such as Davos and Shades, something I don’t believe exists elsewhere. But as these two characters have got a deep background, they could maybe form an allegiance with Tilda who could officially take on her Nightshade persona to help form a Marvel version of an Injustice League! Also, I would like to see characters like Bombshell and maybe Mr. Fish to help bring more obscure characters to this crossover.

In regards to the story, we could see a reflection of the comics where Jeri Hogarth actually is the founder of “Heroes For Hire” and with the funding of Rand Industries, could see the team consist of Danny, Colleen and Misty with them at first fighting Luke. Following this, they could then be bringing him to their side to complete the original duo. Also, to see a massive fight between Heroes For Hire and maybe Villains for Hire (Davos, Shades, Nightshade, Bombshell, Mr. Fish) would be just amazing. We will have to wait and see how this goes.

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MARVEL…NETFLIX…the power is in your hands! Clench that fist and make it happen!

What do you think? Do you believe this could work as a show? Do you think there is anyone that should also be included? Please let me know!

‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Iron Fist’ are both available to watch on Netflix.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The Five Animated Shows YOU Need To Watch In 2019!

Animation has always been a funky medium, the cartoons of today are all varied and different with many stand outs amongst the crowd. While we may have only just reached the half way point of this year, 2019 looks set to be a goldmine for those shows that will give you entertainment over the 12 months of that year. While we have many shows confirmed from the new year and beyond, here are the five shows you need to watch!

Castlevania – Season 3

At the time of writing this, season 2 hadn’t yet debuted on Netflix, but we have been promised that the show will continue into next year after the ball was dropped by star Richard Armitage. It’s no secret that Castlevania was indeed popular and it’s short 4 episode debut was barely enough to whet the appetite of its viewers. With a promised 8 episode drop coming this Halloween, 2019 will certainly be exciting for fans of this gripping video game adaptation.

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Carmen Sandiego

Netflix again for this next entry, and this one will be exciting for many. First of all, Gina Rodriguez (The star of Jane The Virgin, not the other Gina Rodriguez that appears when you type the name into Wikipedia) is set to take the title role in this 20-part series for the streaming service. If a series wasn’t enough, Rodriguez will also be playing the role in a live-action film for Netflix too! Educational as well as entertaining, this will be one for kids and parents next year!

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MOOMIN

Moomin (or Moominvalley) is an upcoming show based on the works of Tove Jansson and will see a blend of 2D and 3D animation techniques coming together. An all star cast including Taron Egerton, Kate Winslet, Richard Ayoade and many more come to voice the white hippo creatures and the other inhabitants of this world we will be visiting. Originally crowdfunded through Indiegogo, the project blew up exponentially and will be anticipated by many in 2019!

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Young Justice: Outsiders

2010 saw the debut of Young Justice, an animated DC show which featured many sidekicks to the superhero roster and saw Robin, Miss Martian, Kid Flash and others make themselves stand out as heroes in their own right. While Teen Titans established the lesser known characters could be intriguing, Young Justice saw them really stand out and even steal the limelight from mainstays such as Batman and Wonder Woman. If any Superhero show needed to come back, it was this one!

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Rick and Morty Season Four

The bad news: Rick and Morty will not be on in 2018! It is a fact we need to live with. But there is some good news as the show will be coming back for a 70 episode order! Season four looks set to debut in the later half of next year and will see the show firmly place itself back where it belongs as one of the most important animated series in years! Just be prepared for a long wait and a handsome reward!

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Which of these TV shows are you looking forward to? Is there any other animated delights that take your interest?

Let me know in the comments

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove