Black Mirror (Charlie Brooker- Netflix, 2011- 2016)

Season 3 episode 2 ‘Playsets’

The Channel 4 science fiction horror has recently moved over to Netflix, allowing for more binge watching and a larger audience.  Luckily, despite the move, they have stuck to the usual fantastic and ‘get you thinking’ story lines. You are given a terrifying insight into what the future could hold if technology is going the way it is.

My personal favourite that had me on the edge of my seat and my house mate hugging my side was episode 2 of season 3 ‘Playtest’. When an American tourist comes over to England and runs out of money, he opts to test out a new game. The game connects to your brain so only the player can see and hear the simulation. The game personifies your greatest fear in a ‘fantastic’ new horror game. You start off small and end up experiencing your very idea of hell. It really makes you understand yourself and connection to your loved ones.

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The episode start off slow and makes you wonder how this episode could possibly lead to anything good but trust me when I say this, it’s one of the best Black Mirror episodes I have seen. Much like the structure of the episode, we start off with little expectation and are then chucked straight into the deep end without little preparation towards how it will end. We are given plot twist after plot twist and are truly left shocked.

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The horror is also true, normally with Balk Mirror we are just caused to think about our inner being and how screwed we are if technology does become so advanced but this has jump scares and horrific visuals. Some horror shows do have crappy special effects in terms of creating monsters, such as the early Doctor Who, Supernatural or Grimm but this is realistic for what they aim to achieve. It is horrifically beautiful. It’s not often when you could mistake an episode of television for a high quality cinematic product.

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The show is cruel to both audience and characters and we just want the nightmare to end. What if technology does go that far??!!! I would suggest that anyone watches Black Mirror. It is high quality, full of powerful discourses and will just get you thinking.

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

 

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Ghostbusters (Paul Feig 2016)

A few years ago Hollywood decided to re-make ‘Ghost Busters’, we were worried but excited. A fantastic series of films are being brought back for the fans to geek over and for the younger generation to be introduced to something great. However, no film really beats the original and they probably couldn’t even touch the nostalgia of the first three films.  Hollywood then though ‘hey, why not make the Ghost Busters all women?’ This caused a lot of issues but to be honest I love girl power and was definitely on board.

Ghostbusters is based around a group of scientists who catch ghosts, pretty simple idea. If I was to go into more detail I would say that a bad man goes around New York and makes machines that let ghosts outs. These ghosts then terrorise the Americans. But all I want to see if the slime ghost and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

I’m going to go straight into the decision of making the main protagonists women. There is nothing wrong with the decision, the actors do a brill job and get the job done. The Ghostbusters are smart, funny and can take down all the ghosts in New York, just like the original lot could.  The story is still told and we get a kick out of the film. Us ladies also get a bit more’ go girl Power’ but that’s about it. If they wanted to make the film any better in this sense they should have avoided pointing out that they are women within the film. ‘Women am I right?’ But we can just take it as the film laughing at those sexists who hated the idea. The film then takes this one step further by taking Thor and making him their idiot receptionist but as he’s Chris Hemsworth we can look past his IQ. Plus he has a dog called ‘My cat’ so he is 100% necessary to this film.

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The Ghostbusters new receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) in Columbia Pictures’ GHOSTBUSTERS.

The film is light-hearted and gives us a good few laughs, manages to make the supernatural decent for little children and pays constant homage to the original. I don’t’ mean they keep in the original weapon, clothes, logo and car, which they do, they literally reference the past films. We get to see the living ghostbusters throughout the film playing different characters, such as the new research assistant or the taxi driver. The stay Puft also makes a great appearance. Lines in the film also  correspond with the original theme song.  An issue with this number of references is the idea that they might rely on these factors to be good in the eyes of the fans. I only really got excited whilst watching the film when Sigourney Weaver was in the end credit scene.

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Cabbie: I don’t go to Chinatown, I don’t drive wackos, and I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!

The story over all was good, it could have been a little more horrific and perhaps humorous, you could tell that they were aiming for humour overall but some of it was too spread out. It is defiantly no Oscar Winner but will do in terms of entertainment. The characters were what made the film instead of the plot and this is something that probably shouldn’t be the case.

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I do however have some issue with the ‘funny one of the group’ Dr. Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) was supposed to be the secondary character that made you laugh the most but she often felt slightly forced and immature. She was funny but was the Jared leto’s Joker of the film. Everyone wants to be her but she wasn’t the best character in the film in terms of adding to the story.

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Erin Gilbert: What year is it?

Jillian Holtzmann: It’s 2040. Our president is a plant!

In my opinion the funniest character was Patty Tolen, the street smarts. Patty had the best one liners and was related to the original ghostbuster.

Patty Tolan: [as a ghost leaves on the subway] I guess he’s going to Queens – he’s going to be the third scariest thing on that train.

Patty Tolan: [turns around and sees a mannequin right behind her] Was that there before? Please don’t answer.

[the mannequin starts chasing her]

Patty Tolan: I said don’t answer!

Granted I am being harsh with this review. The film is funny and similar to the original in style but the target audience seems to have changed to a younger audience, which may have caused some of the immaturity. The women within the film are dominant characters to show that they can do a good job. The plot is well structured and entertaining for its genre.

 

Side note:

While i was looking for pictures to fit this post i found the best picture ever of the Stay Puft.

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How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

 

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