In the lonely interior of Poland, far away from any big city or town, is the small village of Chelmno nad Nerem. From 1941 to 1945 it was here that between 152,000 and 340,000 Jews were exterminated. Of the victims kept there, only two survived.
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Back when I was but a small child, I loved the first-person shooter genre. I grew up with games like “TimeSplitters” and “Goldeneye 007,” games that weren’t so much about UAVs, airstrikes or K/D ratios so much as they were about stupid fun. And this was back in the day when gamers had to actually play together in the same room.
Under a lattice of lights, the UAA Dance Ensemble emerges in sterile outfits. The performance following, “Sleying the Reed: A Movement Meditation on Women and Violence,” is a resonant portrayal of women’s struggle.
Now that’s more like it! The first “Thor” film stumbled and presented a story hobbled by unlikable characters and an uninteresting plot. Now, the filmmakers have mostly learned their lessons and released a film finally worthy of the God of Thunder.
Following on the heels of his 2011 EP, “Ravedeath, 1972,” Hecker returns with an even more richly textured, live instrumental album. “Ravedeath” represented a shift in his production. Hecker went from using samples to live instruments, and the result was well worth the wait. It’s safe to say that with “Virgins,” Hecker has successfully lived up to and exceeded “Ravedeath.”
Many old arcade fans fondly remember “The House of the Dead,” a series of light-gun games that had players shooting up zombies. It was so popular that it later inspired, of all things, a typing tutor, “The Typing of the Dead,” in which players used a keyboard instead of a light gun to kill zombies using the power of spelling and grammar. It was very tongue-in-cheek, combining the already faux-terrible acting of the series with the silliness of deadly words.
In the world of “The Clone Returns Home” cloning a body is possible, but what about the spirit? “Even if you extract the memories and destroy the original body, the original soul will still remain,” says Professor Teshigawara (Toru Shinagawa, “Dark Water”) in a scene from the film.
There was a day when “The Chronic” reigned supreme. Dr. Dre brought the synthesizer to hip-hop and no Los Angeles club would be the same for years to come.
In the 80’s, socially conscious hip-hop, like De La Soul’s “3 Feet High and Rising” and A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Low End Theory,” dominated the rap landscape. Groups like N.W.A rose to prominence with “Straight Outta Compton” and two members from that group, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, would find fame with critically and commercially acclaimed solo releases.
“Ender’s Game” as a film is difficult to discuss for fans of the original novel. It falls under the same conundrum that the film adaptation of “Watchmen” fell under, in that the story is more or less directly translated into film, with little to no surprises for fans of the book. For those who never read “Ender’s Game,” this is great, as it provides an easily digestible version of a fantastic, deconstructive story. But will fans of the book feel the same way?
Check out the synopsis for movies coming out in November including: Dallas Buyers Club, Ender’s Game, Last Vegas, Big Sur, Diana, 12 Years a Slave, Free Birds, Man of Tai Chi, About Time, Thor: The Dark World, The Starving Games, The Book Thief, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Best Man Holiday, Charlie Countryman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Delivery Man, Nebraska, Black Nativity, Frozen, Homefront, Philomena, Oldboy, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Linearity has always been tricky to deal with when it comes to storytelling in games. Do developers force players down a small, linear path to deliver a stronger narrative, or do they allow players to do what they please, paving the way toward stronger gameplay? “The Stanley Parable” is a deconstruction of this conundrum.