Posts Tagged ‘Bayley’

Some time ago I wrote for a fine publication called Culture Bomb. Unfortunately said publication has ceased operation, but you can still find its website active should you wish to head back into the history of counter-culture.

The editor of Culture Bomb has kindly allowed me to republish my work there, here on my own blog, and I’ll be doing so periodically starting here, my first ever piece for it.

This article was originally published in Culture Bomb on Thursday 19th May 2011~

We are actors. A game, as it stands, isn’t capable of letting us do things exactly the way we would want to. And really, would we want them to? (I’ll answer this for you now.)

The joy of games, in many ways, comes from taking the role of someone else. This might sound contentious, or unfashionable, but a lot of the joy from mainstream gaming (that you pay £40 for and not just play for an hour on Newgrounds) comes from the medium, in many ways, being an extension of movies. (more…)

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Like all good horror movie monsters, Popcorn Horror has risen once again, stronger and more imposing than it was ever before.

I had been hoping to write this post a month ago when Popcorn Horror first relaunched but its been a fairly heavy writing/recording schedule.

For me there is something a little bittersweet about this new iteration of the pioneering platform that is Popcorn Horror. I’ve always been a fan of their mobile based delivery system for grassroots, independent horror films. It kept me more entertained on the bus back my last workplace than Youtube ever could and it genuinely supported up and coming film makers in a genre I am passionate about. (more…)

Legendary. Not just one of the greatest rock songs ever made, not just one of the greatest songs ever made, but, simply, one of the greatest things ever man.

Website: www.motley.com
Twitter: @MotleyCrue

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Its not a lot, but at least we get to see it’s head. Looks like it’ll thankfully be a classic comic look, and suggests he’s made out of Iron Man technology.

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September; it hails that most dreaded thing of children across the land. Yes, its back to school time.

School can be something of a real trauma for some kids, especially if you’re Carrie White, who not only has to contend with her psycho Christian mother, but also fellow students so unpleasant they are actually willing to kill a pig just to pull a prank on her.

In these month’s Twelve Months Of Terror we look at the 1976 classic Carrie and give it a thorough examining. Louise Boyd and myself, RJ Bayley, examine the religious imagery of the film (and whether there is some element of witchcraft to Carrie), on the nose audio cues, the pun logic of conspiracy theories, whether horror has to necessarily be scary, and just what is are the hair dynamics of the film.

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The biggest and best comedy festival in the world is underway right here in Edinburgh. So for this installment of Twelve Months Of Terror we’re looking at a horror comedy, featuring a killer clown played by surrealist stand-up comedian Ross Noble; see how much funny is packed into that? All the funny!

Or is it?

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Because making the poster anything less than full size wouldn't do justice to the movie.

A specific win. (click to make it go BIG, or if your system unexpectedly crashes, extinct)

If you come out of Pacific Rim thinking its stupid, what were you expecting? An insight into the human condition? If you went into Pacific Rim thinking anything of the kind, then there’s only one stupid element in that situation, and it isn’t Pacific Rim.

However, if you go into Pacific Rim under the assumption that you are going to get a movie about enormous robots having enormous fights with enormous aliens, then that is what you will get. And get it you will, in spades.

You want deep characters? Okay, how about that moment when the giant mech ‘Gipsy Danger’ grabs a massive, slobbering alien by the head, winds up for a punch, but then rockets come out of its elbow and the giant robot rocket punches the massive, slobbering alien in the face?

There you go. Have that. There’s your “deep characters”. Puss.
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Twitter@Megadeth

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