Month: July 2014

Carson – a review

a3353601358_2Here’s a little quickpickle for you guys this week – and it’s another delve into the world of music! So recently my sister got a job, and one of her colleagues told her about his band, Carson. Intrigued by his description, she and I looked them up a few nights ago, and it’s safe to say that we were more than a little impressed. An up-and-coming British band, Carson have just released their EP, titled ‘Take Your Time’, and it’s a cracker. Armed with killer hooks, riveting choruses, and melodic vocals paired with raw emotion, this mini-album is not to be overlooked. The songs individually are all brilliant, with lyrics that are beautifully written and catchy as heck – and with sound similar to the likes of You Me At Six and Young Guns, their pop-rock vibe is infectious and it is impossible not to headbang along to it once you’ve pressed Play.

The album begins with Memories – it is composed brilliantly in terms of the instruments being used, and while it is lyrically quite simple, it remains catchy and enjoyable. The next song, Stuck In My Ways, has a wonderful 90’s feel to it, with the mellow start building up to a chorus worth belting out, which will be resonating around in your brain for days to come. Song number three, What She Said, is a definite crowd-pleaser, with a thumping beat and the almost-growls of the vocals making it a stellar track. And, last but definitely not least, is Changes – a great album closer, with a slightly lighter feel compared to the other songs, but this certainly does not take away from its excellence.

Overall, this album is a joy to experience, with each song adding to the foundations of a great band in the making. I’m expecting to see these guys grace a big stage sometime very soon, and I really hope they eventually get the widespread recognition that they deserve.

5/5 – All in all, it is one of the best EPs I’ve heard in a very long time, and I highly recommend that you all search Carson on Facebook and download it [it’s free!].

~Steph.

Deconstructing Harry-Review

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“A surreal comedy that is both innovative and witty.”

 

Deconstructing harry is a comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen. The film tells the story of a successful writer named Harry Block (Allen), who draws inspiration from his own personal experiences and writes them into stories. Inevitably, given his numerous affairs and disastrous marriages, drawing from these experiences alienates more than a few individuals that have been involved in his life. The film in fact opens with one of his former lovers furiously confronting him, clutching his latest book in her hands. Inside the book is a detailed re-imagining of their nefarious relationship, with little other than the characters names being changed. The enraged former Mrs Block then proceeds to chase Harry onto the roof firing a revolver at him along the way.

 

Whilst there are many clever cut-aways and deviations, the central plot features Harry driving to a university that once expelled him, to receive an honorary degree. Along the way he is accompanied by an old friend, a prostitute and his young son (whom he has just kidnapped from his ex-wife.) During the journey there are numerous flashbacks and cutaways, some of which include segments of Harry’s writing. The film gets particularly interesting when Harry interacts with his own fictional characters. Here, the more surreal elements of the films come into play including segments in which a man (quite literally) goes out of focus and Harry visits Hell.

 

These cutaways and continuous time lapses could’ve quite easily run the film into the ground and made the plot a mess, but it hasn’t. The film’s structure is superb. The writing is also sound, and contains many witty remarks and great one-liners about sex and religion (two of my favourite subjects to ridicule and joke about.) It is also enjoyable to see some big names in films just doing small and modest roles before they became Hollywood big shots. Surprise cameos by Toby Maguire, Robin Williams and Mark Strong all play small but interesting fictional characters in Block’s writing.

 

One issue with the film that some may have however, is the time lapsed jarring that occurs through out the dialogue in the film. Every now and then the dialogue between two characters suddenly skips to a later point in the conversation. On occasion this can throw you off. Quite why Allen has chosen to do this likely remains up for debate, but personally I feel it is to show the deviating attention in Harry Block’s own mind.

 

Verdict

 

Whether you are a writer or not, this is a surreal comedy that is both innovative and witty, making it a sure fire hit for all.

 

4.5/5

And Now For Something Completely Different

Okay, so do you how when you’re in school/uni/work and you always know the day because of it, then you get some time off and you have absolutely no clue about the date or day or anything? Well that happened to me. I only realised I’d missed last Monday because a friend asked me where my review was, and I looked at her and replied, “What? It’s only Sunday. It’s not due until tomorrow!” and she said, “Uhh, Meg. It’s Wednesday.” and that is how I apparently lost a few days somewhere. This week’s post is late just because I slept far too much yesterday. No excuses.

Aaaanyway… instead of a review or a rant this week, I’m throwing up something a little different. Anyone who has read our ‘about’ page will know all of use here at Picklepants are Creative Writing students, so I thought I’d cater a little bit to fellow writers this week, or to those of you who want to know a bit more about the process. In amongst my many hundreds of Internet bookmarks for gaming things, books, movies, TV shows etc., I have plenty of writing resources scattered around, and they’ve all been great helps to me at different points. So I’m going to list some of them here in the hopes that they’ll be as useful and interesting to you lovelies!

 

General Tips and Tricks, Advice and Guides

For All Your Nefarious Plotting Needs (Disclaimer: Probably not so great for world-domination plots)

Get Some Character in that Character

Use Your Words, Friend

Some Other Stuff!

 

Phew! And that’s only some of them. I hope it’s a helpful collection, or interesting at least. If you guys have any more suggestions or tips of your own, just mention and link them in the comments below and I’ll throw ’em up here. Happy Writing!

– Meg

Mario Kart 8- An Overdue Review

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Hello there! I apologise for the lack of content from me for the past few weeks, been a little bit mad. I’ve been meaning to review this game for absolutely ages but every time I sat down to write one up another game just came along and distracted the ever loving shit out of me. But finally I’ve gotten around to it.

 

Mario Kart. Now unless you’ve had your head under a rock for the past decade you will have heard of this franchise and know what its about, so im gunna move swiftly onwards and not treat you like morons by going over the premise. Mario Kart 8 is the reason we’re here folks and Mario Kart 8 is what we’ll get. This game is fucking amazing. Period. It was actually the sole reason that I went out and bought a Wii U and boy oh boy I wasn’t disappointed.

First off let me say that this game is beautiful. Sometimes lost if you play split screen but hugely noticeable when played single player, or in the replays at the end of a race, the detail in every little thing just astonishes me. My personal favourite are the textures for DK and Bowser, It’s just something about their scales and fur that send a shiver through my body and make me go “oooooooh!”. Granted those aren’t great examples of little details as I mentioned earlier but just be patient and let me get to it, after all im just one man! Things like tracks in the sand and clouds (there’s a cloud level in case you were thinking I had gone insane and thought you could drive through the sky, what do you think Im a fucking idiot? what’s the matter with you?) that actually last for quite a while and actually make you feel like you’re driving on said object. The levels themselves are well constructed and an absolute joy to race on, granted a few take a couple of runs to get used to them but that’s the same with any racing game. The new anti-gravity sections of races adds a new element to the game and really make you think about what you’re doing because in these parts if you hit another player instead of bouncing off like a oversized grapefruit, you both get a small speed boost. this may sound like nothing but it really does factor in, say you’re on rainbow road doing some sweet drifts and some schmuck gives you a little nudge when he passes you, instead of just being slowed or both bouncing off each other you fire off like a pre-mature rocket and fall to your horrible death. Yeah not so insignificant now huh.

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Babies got back!

 

 

The character list although extensive I think is rather poor. They got rid of characters like Boo, Dry Bones and even Bowser Jr. and replaced them with all of the Koopalings. Now I don’t have anything against the Koopalings necessarily it’s just they all seem the same to me. I was especially shocked at no Bowser Jr. as this game has more Baby characters than ever. And don’t even get me started on Pink Gold Peach!

The new tracks are memorable and fun and the adjusted “classic tracks” are also incredibly enjoyable. Everything just seems really polished and there isn’t really one level that doesn’t have at least some redeeming part to it. It just really seems like a lot of care and effort went into each and every track. Now I can’t speak about the levels and their design without mentioning the music. this may seem sad but the music in this game is a real high point for me, They just seem to perfectly mirror the atmosphere of the level that they are being used for and give you that sense of real awe and excitement. And boy does this game have a lot of those moments (don’t want to spoil anything so you can feel the same innocent wonder that I felt when seeing these moments for the first time).

Items make an appearance as always and like with every new Mario Kart we have some new additions. The music box item is by far the most useful of the new entries as it’s the only thing that can stop you from being hit by a blue shell, yeah they done went and brung it! Speaking of blue shells they have been slightly modified in this outing, instead of doing a straight beeline for the person in 1st and flying towards them they have since had their wings clipped and now run along the ground like normal shells. Difference is that now if you get in the way of a blue shell they fuck you up too before getting on their merry way to the front runner. My least fave (Other than the god damn coins!) would have to be the piranha plant, which replaces the chain chomp I might add. This item acts in a similar way to chain chomp by eating the other racers but doesn’t do the whole bullet bill thing and drag you around the track really fast. Again doesn’t sound like a big deal but it is, When it does try and eat another driver it drags you in that direction, oh and if no one is around you it just bites at the air randomly, meaning that if you are near an edge or something and it takes a bite towards the edge then you are done! It becomes really annoying.

Overall this game is a must buy for anyone with Wii U and is a perfect game to play with your friends (I have even came up with my own drinking game for it which I will be sure to post at some point If anyone would like to try it out). This game is even so good that I would consider It a console seller and I honestly think this game and the future sales of Super Smash Bros will save the so far failing Wii U console.

Mario Kart 8 gets my highest ever score 10/10.

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-Joe

Adult World – a review

Adult-World-Poster-438x650 After devouring every current season of the brilliant American Horror Story, I took a very strong liking to two of the stars of the show, Emma Roberts and Evan Peters; so, I decided to do some digging and unearth some other productions they had starred in so I could feed my growing adoration of them. Somewhere along my search for new movies, I stumbled across the curiosity-spiking ‘Adult World’, and after reading a synopsis, I knew I just had to watch it.

Focused on the plight of young Amy Anderson, an aspiring young poet who has just graduated from college, the film looks into her desire to become a published writer and to receive the praise she believes she deserves. However, her road to fame is rocky, to say the least, and after numerous rejections from a plethora of literary platforms, she is forced to find a job in order to pay off her mountains of student debt. After much fruitless searching, she reluctantly applies for a job at Adult World, a dingy adult bookstore/sex shop in downtown New York. There she meets Alex, a budding artist with a kind heart and a great sense of humour, and who adds a touch of joy to her life [which is currently void of much happiness at this point in the movie] because Amy’s character encompasses a lot of the melancholy and narcissism that is often associated with writers; but instead of it being clichéd or irksome, it is done in such a way that it comes across as humorous and entertaining, and is a part of what makes the movie so good.

The film then picks up the pace when two other major characters are introduced – the first being Rat Billings, a poet who had his time in the limelight quite a few year ago, but is now a recluse who enjoys nothing more than his own company. Amy, being a passionate fan of his, pursues him relentlessly until he agrees to be somewhat of a mentor to her in helping her with her poetry, and their journey from awkward strangers to kind-of friends is utterly brilliant to watch. The other character we meet is Rubia, a transgender woman with a sharp tongue loaded with hilarious quips and surprisingly heart-warming words of advice, and who takes Amy under her wing and offers her a friend at a time when she needs it most.

The introduction of these new people and experiences into Amy’s life truly opens her eyes, and she then begins to find inspiration in the most unlikely of places.

Led by a great cast [Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack, Armando Riesco], ‘Adult World’is a fantastic movie about pursuing your dreams and how life doesn’t always happen the way you expect it to; sprinkled with comedic moments guaranteed to make you laugh, this film is definitely high up on my list of recommendations.

4/5 – Any writer will relate to Amy’s desperate [and countless] attempts to be recognised for her work, and this alone gives the movie a real and authentic feel.

~Steph.

‘Grave Witch’ by Kalayna Price, Review

Grave Witch by Kalayna Price

“Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, but that doesn’t mean she likes what they have to say.

As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she’s on good terms with Death himself—who happens to look fantastic in a pair of jeans—nothing has prepared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high profile murder when she’s attacked by the ‘shade’ she’s raising, which should be impossible. To top off her day, someone makes a serious attempt on her life, but Death saves her. Guess he likes having her around…

To solve this case Alex will have to team up with tough homicide detective Falin Andrews. Falin seems to be hiding something—though it’s certainly not his dislike of Alex—but Alex knows she needs his help to navigate the tangled webs of mortal and paranormal politics, and to track down a killer wielding a magic so malevolent, it may cost Alex her life…and her soul.”

Now, computer troubles put me down for the count last Monday, so let me make it up by throwing a doozy of a book at you guys.  Grave Witch has quickly become one of my favourite books, and I can’t remember the last time I picked up a series new to me and fell head over tail in love. Maybe four or five years ago? Yikes.

Grave Witch is full to the brim with everything I love in an Urban Fantasy novel. Magic, mayhem, mystery, miscellaneous beasties of assorted size and teeth-number… it’s got it all. But it’s also wonderfully different and fresh, an awesome new take on a lot of familiar old concepts in the genre, including witches, branches of magical ability, Faerie courts and even folded spaces, which you don’t hear much of in stories but may be one of my favourite concepts – a space of any size that has always existed but just hasn’t been detectable or even spatially present until a catalyst makes it ‘unfold’. Nekros City, the setting of the novel, is one such space and is the hub of weird things in America. Magic is absolutely everywhere in this world – even the most mundane of mundanes use hair straightening tricks, and quick cleaning spells, and complexion charms. The Fae own a bar, witches set up market in the centre of the city, a kelpie lives in the river… it’s fantastic. Well, not the kelpie. She’ll eat you dead. But still! And don’t forget that vaguely prophetic gargoyle living in the garden, who you never see move, but definitely changes location and whose name is Fred.

Urban Fantasy is really brought to the extreme here, with magic more believably integrated into ‘our’ world than I would have thought possible. The descriptions of the riots and violence after the Fae made themselves known and witches came out of the broom closet gave me chills, and there are even powerful political parties within the world against ‘non-humans’. Some of the bigotry demonstrated harkens back to real life in a way that definitely drives the point home.

The Fae and witches and their dynamics in this novel’s world are just great. Their different uses of magic are fascinating, and I loved hearing about all the specific abilities witches alone can have (these witches being ‘wyrd witches’, often powerful in their ability, but paying a steep price in using them – and if they don’t use their magic, it seeps out of them in dangerous ways!). With folks such as grave witches around, those very rare magic users who can raise shades from corpses, see ghosts and even peer into the terrifying, decaying land of the dead, we see into a deeper world. Though it’s really only hinted at, the things that live in the wastes of the land of the dead sound way scary. Definitely not somewhere you want to be trapped if you’re a ghost reluctant to move on to whatever’s next.

Which brings me to the soul collectors. Damn, these guys are awesome. The collectors are this story’s iteration of what we might call ‘grim reapers’ and their job, yep you guessed it, is to take the souls of the dead to wherever the hell they go. Operating through magic all their on, they’re beings utterly shrouded in mystery, invisible and impossible to sense by any other than the dead – and powerful grave witches. And anti-social and governed by rules unknowable to mere mortals as they may be, that doesn’t stop one soul collector from being our heroine’s oldest, closest friend. Hey, if you met the only living person who could touch you and through that make you capable of eating pizza and drinking coffee, you’d hang around too! And it was definitely interesting to find out that Death is a snarky, sassy babe.

Alex Craft is everything I adore in UF heroine. She’s tough and weird and funny, never a self-righteous prude, not too judgemental to others for their life choices (as long as people aren’t being disembowelled because of them, of course). Very much not arrogant, but has plenty of self-confidence and she’s damn well going to make sure haters know it. She is far from perfect with her abandonment issues, her quick-decisions, recklessness and often her blindness – both metaphorical and literal, at times. She is her own person, reluctant to lean on anyone, but so very grateful to those who add support anyway. Death, of course (wow, that’s weird to say) supports her where he can, and she even has a new partner in solving-crime-but-also-kind-of-committing-crime-because-why-the-hell-not, Falin Andrews, mysterious detective who may or may not be human and who may definitely be an ass. A useful ass, but the point stands. I have to say, he has yet to win me over completely. I enjoy his scenes, and I don’t dislike him. But I don’t exactly want to swaddle him up in a bundle of blankets and protect him, which is the symbol of truly beloved characters, as we all know.

The prose itself is wonderful. It’s never too pretentious, but beautifully descriptive and rich, as well as great in conveying emotions. It’s the type of writing that just flows off the page and paints a fabulously dynamic picture in your imagination. Grave Witch is just full of engaging writing that kept me glued to the book and left me dying for more.

The book builds itself up with action and development to an intense climax, filled with great revelations.

Although, if I’m honest here, some of these revelations were a little predictable. But it personally didn’t take the fun out of the story, nor out of watching Alex discover things in her own time. I could seriously read everything about this character and her life, she’s that much fun.

The story was generally steady-to-fast paced, but it did slow in a couple of places, and I did catch myself skimming when I hit them, though it didn’t exactly take a heroic measure of patience to keep going – the book drags you in quite well.

4.5/5 Stars, Very few complaints, all in all, and I am excited for an Urban Fantasy series in a way I have so missed!

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Kalayna Price

– Meg

Only God Forgives Review

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“Whilst I think it was better than most of the critics said it was. I can see why a lot of people had a problem with this film.”

 

Only God Forgives is a Danish- French art house crime written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Vithaya Pansringarm. The film itself is set in Bankok and tells the story of Julian (Ryan Gosling) who is an American expatriate running a Thai boxing club that also acts as a front for a drug smuggling operation. After his older brother Billy is killed, Julian’s mother (Kristen Scott Thomas) demands that vengeance be dealt and that the man responsible is killed. One of the key figureheads responsible happens to be a local police lieutenant called Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm.) Matters are further complicated as Julian refuses to avenge Billy’s death when he discovered that he raped and killed an underage prostitute.

 

With a storyline like this, it comes as no surprise that this is a gritty film mostly shot in the dark alleyways of Bankok’s red light district. Here, is where the film is at its best. Each scene is very melancholic and eerie, rarely detracting from the events happening on screen. However whilst I think it was better than most of the critics said it was, I can see why a lot of people had a problem with this film. Some movies attempt, and have done successfully, to convey a narrative through actions and setting rather than through dialogue. Only God Forgives is another such film where you may have landed an easy gig, if you find yourself being put in charge of the script. Very little is said through out this movie, only ever really speaking to disclose some vital plot points or outline how a character is responding to a given situation. Given this fact, it is actually quite a challenge to comment on individual performances and, by asking fellow movie watchers, the actors and actresses will either do it for you or they wont. It’s all down to your own personal tastes.

 

This style of filming is strange in this film as first it plays to its strength but ultimately becomes its biggest downfall. In the first half hour of this film, this monotone, grumpy layout is interesting and really solidifies the ruthless attitude of the film. However once you start to hit that post 45-minute mark, the whole style becomes something of an exhausted approach. This relentless soliloquy of silence gradually looses artistic impact, and becomes nothing more than a series of people walking slowly into a room, glaring at another person for a bit, then slowly walking out. You soon find yourself becoming tired of this, and eventually beg for someone to just do anything; shout, shoot someone… anything to engage you in the plot.

 

Sadly I felt that the film never really recovered from this downfall, thus loosing impact, pacing, and inevitably my interest.

 

Verdict

 

Whilst credit must be given to the film for trying to do something different, the overly self-indulgent silence throughout is likely to put you off engaging with the film.

 

2.5/5

Broforce: Testosterone Fueled Carnage!

 

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Previously I have spoken about early-access games and one in particular I highlighted was Broforce. Finally I got my hands on the game and after playing for even just a few minutes I was hooked and just had to share my thoughts with other people. This game is some sort of potion of awesome with dashes of humour and charm but with a whole heap of napalm and adrenalin!

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The game itself plays out like your conventional platformer, going from left to right (mostly) and has incredibly tight controls which a game like this so desperately needs so that when you die you have no one to blame but yourself. The action element is where the gameplay shines with each bro playing differently which adds a sense of strategy into the run and gun shoot-em-up, Enemies are varied and progressively change as the campaign (which isn’t complete at the time of this article) moves forward. Boss fights are fun and help give you that feeling of accomplishment at the end of stages as well as force you to really use your experience with all the different bros to beat them as some can only be killed in certain ways.

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I love this art style! I have always been a fan of pixel art and games that do it well just make me melt inside. This game evaporates me. The characters are distinct and easy to recognise which is a feat in itself but coupled with the different environments and enemies it just makes it seem that much more cared for. Oh and speaking of environments, they are fully destructible! At first it seems funny but again its these little details that add depth to the game. It allows you to create your own path through the levels but on the flipside it can also become your downfall if you abuse it too much to the point where there is no floor left to stand on. The stages themselves get harder as the game moves forward so their isn’t some massive jump in difficulty nor is this game a cake-walk it finds a nice balance and if you can’t beat a level it doesn’t dumb it down or take it easy it just sits back and lets you keep repeating till you get it. Same with multiplayer and single player. Playing with friends while much more fun and enjoyable also can make the game easier as each level has the same amount of enemies as if you played single player. Not to say single player isn’t fun, far from it, it’s a great way to get to know the game and really progress and see what the game has to offer. I would say multiplayer = funnier not anymore fun.

Now for the part that makes this game what it is. The bros. The care and detail that has gone into every single sprite and character move set really blows your mind, especially when they are always updating the game with new bros, heck even while preparing this article an update came out adding another two more! Each character feels different and unique and really impact how you play the game. Each character is balanced well almost right off the bat which is excellent for when the game is updated because the new characters just slot right in there with the others you’ve collected. The addition of female bros will be seen by some as funny and as others by pleasing a demographic but I really don’t think that the case. Each bro has been designed specifically from the ground up, they will have been chosen not just for how recognisable a character they are but for their strengths and weaknesses and how they can add something new to the game.

This game is currently on a weekend sale on steam for £7.99 but if you go to humblebundle.com you can get it on sale for £5.99 and help charitable organizations at the same time and even when not on sale is cheaper than on steam normally. I can’t stress enough how much love I have for this game and could go on for hours ranting about it but instead I will just say go and get it and you will understand.

Im not going to give the game a rating as It isn’t actually finished but even if it were even in its current state It would get at least a 7/10. My prediction for when it finally releases will be more like 9/10.

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Thank you for reading!

-Joe

Ruby Sparks – a review

12_ruby-sparks_poster2Ruby Sparks was one of those movies where I saw the trailer in the cinema when it was first released a few years ago and I vowed that I would watch it as soon as I could, but other things got in the way and it got pushed to the corners of my mind until late last week, when, in need of a new film to watch, I chose this one. But, the saying “better late than never” has proven apt when paired with this movie, because it was certainly worth the wait.

The film starts out in a similar manner to a lot of others – we meet Calvin, a 30-year-old writer who had his time in the spotlight at the tender age of 19, but hasn’t written anything he deems worthy since the publication of his first hit novel. We soon learn that he is an introvert, living alone with his dog, and that he has weekly visits to his psychiatrist to try and muddle through his immense writer’s block. During one of the sessions with his shrink, the doctor advises Calvin to go home and write something to try and get past his block – something bad, explicitly. Calvin reluctantly agrees, and writes a short piece involving a woman meeting his dog and not minding that he is slobbery and messy (the dog, that is, not Calvin). He does this, and then, strangely enough, a woman approaches him in the park a day or two later and practically parrots back to him what he has written in his story. Believing this to be pure coincidence, Calvin continues to write, adding in the mysterious woman from the park as a permanent character; the story soon morphs into a love story between the woman, now called Ruby, and Calvin.

Now here’s where it gets really interesting – a few nights later, Calvin falls asleep at his desk, only to jolt awake in a panic the next morning as he remembers a meeting scheduled for later that day. He rushes to get ready, but his plans are soon brought to a halt when a woman appears at the top of the stairs – the same woman, in fact, as the one he has been relentlessly writing about for the previous week.

This scene is definitely a stand-out scene in the movie – Calvin’s utter shock and denial is amusing, to say the least, and his panic is entirely relatable – we, as the audience, are just as flabbergasted as he is, wondering how on earth something like this could be possible.

Without delving too much into the rest of the plot – I want you all to watch the rest of the movie with eager anticipation! – the story unfolds in a wonderful way, at first. Calvin and Ruby embark on an adorable journey, one which Ruby is entirely unaware did not exist until mere weeks before. Calvin, though still a little wary of the whole situation, is ecstatic, until things begin to sour – arguments spark, tempers flare, and Calvin begins to worry that he might lose Ruby. Until he does something he swore he would never do – he rewrites Ruby. By typing a single sentence, he can erase her anger, make her happy, and essentially make her do anything he wants, no matter how absurd or wrong. And this aspect of the movie was what really made me stop and think, because while Ruby began as a character, she is now a living, breathing woman – so, regardless of the fact that she once was a creation of his mind, does Calvin have the right to change the things he doesn’t like just by typing a few words onto a page? The whole idea of him being able to control her, almost as if he owns her, really stuck out to me, and this notion of ownership and power is deftly challenged as the movie reaches its most dramatic point.

Aside from the fascinating moral issues involved in the plot of this movie, as a whole, the film is engaging and entertaining to watch. The cast is great, and although it is a movie about ‘dream girls’ and ‘clichéd ideas of love’, the film itself is not clichéd at all – I just wish I had watched it sooner, but, like I said, it’s better late than never.

5/5 – It is a love story, but one like you’ve never seen before.

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~Steph.