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  • Couple in a Hole Review | Blueprint: Review
    Hole admin April 3 2016 Film Reviews Reviews Director Tom Geens Screenplay Tom Geens Starring Kate Dickie Paul Higgins Jerôme Kircher Country UK Belgium France Running Time 105 mins Year 2015 BBFC Certificate 12a Love hurts sang Emmylou Harris and nowhere is this more evident than in Tom Geens new film Couple in a Hole It s set in the Pyrenees and at first it seems as though we are in a rural idyll There are steeply wooded mountains lush meadows streams abundant wildlife all lovingly photographed by Sam Care the cinematography is top drawer But from the opening sequence where the main character John is seen hunting a rabbit the sense that this is not going to be some pastoral delight like an updated Jean de Florette is firmly established and over the next 100 minutes or so the story Geens presents peels away the layers to reveal a narrative that is painful raw and deeply moving even if at times you have to suspend your disbelief It s arguable that the first shock to our sense of rationality is to discover the reason that John is hunting at all We follow him back through the forest to his home a crude cave in the middle of a clearing utterly devoid of creature comforts Living in the cave is Karen his wife She is a woman with a serious problem more or less cave bound as John goes off foraging in the forest Even going outside to sit in the fresh air presents her with major difficulties What we start to wonder is going on One of the strengths of the film is the way the answer to this question is slowly revealed To all intents and purposes John and Karen seem the sort of people who could live next door were it not for the fact that they have this extraordinary life style Is it some form of extreme back to nature gig Are they in hiding On the run There must be something deeply wrong with them or they have suffered some extreme experience that they should both consent to live in a hole in the ground rely on scavenging in the forest for their food and have no access at all to what the rest of us would consider to be the minimum requirements of civilised life The key to unlocking this mystery is the appearance of André a local farmer When he and John first catch sight of each other they react in opposite ways André seems keen to offer frienship and help while John urges him to leave well alone André appears to blame himself for the tragedy and goes out of his way to try and establish friendly contact with John Gradually his resistance to these approaches is worn away and the reason behind them appearing to know one another is revealed André and his wife owned the house in which John and Karen both once lived It was destroyed by fire as

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  • Wilde Review | Blueprint: Review
    Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Film Reviews Wilde admin December 18 2015 Film Reviews Reviews Director Brian Gilbert Screenplay Julian Mitchell Based on a Book by Richard Ellmann Starring Stephen Fry Jude Law Vanessa Redgrave Country UK Germany Japan Running Time 118 min Year 1997 BBFC Certificate U Wilde originally released in 1997 but just released on Blu Ray is a compelling biopic drama based on Oscar Wilde s Stephen Fry relationship with the love of his life Lord Alfred Douglas Jude Law and the resultant shaming and imprisonment that follows The first half hour of the film covers five plus years of Wilde s life at an almost disconcerting pace documenting through key moments his marriage to Constance birth of his sons and predictable sexual awakening to men via Robbie Ross advances It s when Wilde meets Lord Alfred Douglas colloquially known as Bosie that the fast pace slows down and things get more interesting The first meeting of Wilde and Bosie is charged with intensity with Law s piercing gaze searing into Fry s rather stricken one From there the relationship seems to move forward quickly Wilde and Bosie get in bed together and move in together and before long Wilde s disgruntled ex lovers are commenting that he s in love this time and his rather naive wife is remarking that he hasn t been home in so long The love story well and truly takes centre stage though the family lives of both men maintain a constant presence throughout and as Wilde s wife and children fade further from view Bosie s family ties through his homophobic brute of a father come into focus as the end of the film approaches Despite initially appearing charmed by Wilde over dinner at a restaurant Bosie s father Lord Queensberry becomes more and more aggressive towards Wilde culminating in an accusation of sodomy Ignoring the unwaveringly faithful Robbie s pleas to the contrary Wilde takes Lord Queensberry to court for libel This as expected results in evidence stacking up against him and Wilde s scandalous arrest and imprisonment Despite the rather grim turn of events the film thankfully still manages to end on a high with Wilde hesitantly going to meet Bosie after release from prison and a joyful reunion between the two only slightly dampened by the written epilogue which tells us they parted ways for the final time three months later Though the film feels a little rushed and disjointed in places it is enjoyable especially so as Fry and Law are at the top of their game as good perhaps as I have ever seen them Their chemistry is such that a relationship between their characters is one hundred percent believable something that is lacking in

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  • Nintendo Quest Review | Blueprint: Review
    will discuss Nintendo history landmark games box art music graphics game play and more Jay Bartlett a self confessed Foo Fighters Star Wars and Nintendo maniac is given a quest to start afresh and gain God like status by collecting every official NES retail title six hundred and seventy eight of them Extra impetus to the difficulty and expense of the task at hand is exerted in the form of refusal of any online help All purchases must be old school from retail outlets and second hand stores dealing in those appropriate goods In doing so Nintendo Quest turns itself into a buddy road movie documentary that at times feels touching and at others a delightful look into the mindset of the masses of collector s out there I ll confess I m not a collector I just don t have that mentality I find most collectibles to be clutter and would never consider holding onto something for sentimentality s sake There are no Amiibo s in my house My entire history with Nintendo from NES through to present day has been sold on to fund the next new Nintendo console in fact I find myself buying more and more titles digitally Now I m not blind to the collecting bug I have close friends who are prone to said tendencies and will spend entire monthly wage packets to extend their collection s profile and getting where they want their collection to be What Nintendo Quest offers is a window into the world of collecting and the emotions that are confronted on a weekly daily basis by all the avid collector s out there To buy or not to buy that is the question All titles sound and incidental artwork are suitably retro 8 bit fitting the theme of the documentary Jay s collection progress is highlighted through on screen 8 bit representations of the collected cartridges and his remaining funds However well produced edited and written a documentary is it can all unravel with the actor s involvement and the viewer s ability to empathise with the main protagonists Rob McCallum provides voice overs and appearances throughout the 92 minute documentary and is likeable enough Jay Bartlett however the main focus and the collector throughout the story is instantly a draw a thoroughly nice guy with predilections to anxiety but rooted in North American rock and geek culture of the 90s and onward Jay s back story given throughout the documentary tells us who he is and how he got to where he is today He famously describes his deceased father as the worst person I ve ever met in my life a tyrant Racked with guilt one minute for over spending on a single cartridge and then elated the next because of a bargain and a meeting with a fellow enthusiast that moves him There s a lot of North American motivational talking about achieving your dreams in the first 8 minutes that slightly over eggs it but

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  • Haiku Review: November 15 | Blueprint: Review
    Haiku Review February 16 admin March 3 2016 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Last Shift on DVD David Brook January 18 2016 Competitions Featured Features Interview with Steve Oram admin January 11 2016 Featured Features Interviews Our Favourite Films of 2015 David Brook January 4 2016 Featured Features 2 Comment Haiku Review December 15 admin December 12 2015 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Aferim on DVD David Brook December 8 2015 Competitions Featured Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Featured Haiku Review November 15 admin November 17 2015 Featured Features Haiku Review Where have you been We hear you cry We missed this post last month boo Not to worry though this month everything is back to normal hooray and we ve had a fantastic time reading through the last two months of your weird wonderful reviews So once again here are our Top 10 teeny tiny reviews Haiku Review Top 10 We re glad to be back Here s our selection of your film reviews for the last 2 months If you d like to be featured in next months Haiku Review blog we will do one I promise all you have to do is write a really amazing review in the simple Haiku format Which is much harder than it seems but also quite a lot of fun Once you ve got your Haiku tweet it to us at BlueprintRev using the hashtag HaikuReview We retweet all our review submissions and if you re in our 10 favourites we ll feature you on the

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  • Review: Tappingo 2 (3DS) | Blueprint: Review
    Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Game Reviews Tappingo 2 3DS admin September 3 2015 Game Reviews Nintendo Review Reviews Format reviewed 3DS eShop Other formats available eShop exclusive Developer Goodbye Galaxy Games Publisher CIRCLE Entertainment Ltd Price 2 39 Website official website Rating 3 Tappingo 2 is the follow up to last year s critically acclaimed puzzle game Created and programmed by Hugo Smits it pays a heavy debt to games like Picross Upon loading up this affordable puzzler the player is greeted with a scarcity of menus For example options only include the ability to turn on or off sound and their related effects Other than that the menu allows you to play or not to play through the game s 104 levels and that s it Puzzle games make or break themselves on the mechanics of the puzzling and I m so happy to report that Tappingo 2 nails it All the action takes place on a grid within the lower touch screen The top screen displays a 3D pixel art representation of your progress throughout in real time The touch screen faces the player with many squares that house numbers Each number represents how many squares that initial starting square should be extended in order to be successful There is no such information in what direction the line should be extended to north south east or west The way that a line can be extended is with a little flick of the stylus in the direction desired and it feels good to do so and not on a single occasion did this mechanic feel lazily implemented but went to show how well the touch screen interface works every time However the line you ve just flicked will keep extending until it contacts another square or extended line obstructing it The puzzle element therefore stems from the players ability to discern which of the many lines to extend at the right time and not block any future extensions Make a mistake and it s as easy as double tapping the numbered square to retract that misinformed linear decision Now go crazy and craft some awesome pixel art puzzles Tappingo 2 s whole package is small but well put together Completed puzzle s pixel art range from ears of corn and penguins through to guest cameos of Mutant Mudds Maxwell and old school Nintendo consoles Music is standard fare for these types of games Hugo Smits has included some improvements over the original game such as zooming into the action on the larger more drawn out puzzles It all goes to make this a better package than its previous installment but very similar except for the puzzles on offer If you loved the first Tappingo or if Picross holds a special place in your heart then Tappingo 2 is definitely for you The biggest drawbacks to playing were a lack of saving established progress and the game s difficulty Pausing the game only does that there is no

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  • Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut (Wii U) Review | Blueprint: Review
    A one way intermittent radio transmission from an unknown source gives vital information of your plight and goal to journey into the center of the mysterious cube and destroy it from within before it can reach Earth and eradicate all life on our planet but not all is what it seems The game looks great in aesthetic and HD shininess and plays fluidly with no hints of slowdown or stuttering Movement is controlled by the left analogue stick moving you around in first person mode whilst the right stick takes control of direction of sight The A button leaps you into the air 1 cube high Those of you who are masters of first person shooters will be right at home here However the infuriation of being forced to use a non inverted sight axis was too much at first I play my games with airplane controls push forward to look down and Q U B E DC does not offer any variation on its control scheme It literally took me 2 ½ hours of play before feeling totally comfortable with the to me reverse axis orientation That said you will feel disorientated at points due to the similarity of the environment in all directions Merely rotating around is enough to cause concern over the direction that you need to take in fact the game revels in trying to put you off at points especially during the darker puzzles where coloured blocks can only be turned on one at a time like light switches Amidst all this continuity of white gray blocks vibrant primary coloured blocks can be manipulated by depresses of the shoulder triggers ZL makes a block extend protrude outwards and ZR has the opposite effect Red blocks can be extended 3 cube lengths and are your standard block of deployment Blue blocks extend only 1 cube height but when depressed they spring up and launch whatever happens to be placed upon it you or other objects Yellow blocks come in a line of three and depending on which block you choose to extend extend in different shapes such as stair cases Green objects are movable and if an error occurs can be reset to their original starting position Purple blocks allow for the rotation of rooms etc And that s not mentioning all the other hazards objects that can be manipulated including magnets lasers rolling balls etc The meat of any puzzle game however pretty and with whatever production values is held within its puzzles Q U B E DC s puzzles most certainly do not disappoint Variety is the key and as the game progresses new ideas arrive based on the moving and rotation of cubes that will leave you flummoxed at many points Guiding balls through mazes using magnetism building platforms to jump up to rotating towers to deflect lasers colour match rotation puzzles moving floor marble madness style puzzles and many more await the intrepid explorer All puzzles can be completed with logical thought

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  • Cruel Story of Youth Blu-Ray Review | Blueprint: Review
    of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Film Reviews Cruel Story of Youth admin August 16 2015 Film Reviews Reviews Director Nagisa Ôshima Screenplay Nagisa Ôshima Starring Miyuki Kuwano Yûsuke Kawazu Country Japan Running time 96 minutes Year 1960 BBFC Certificate 15 Cruel Story of Youth is a Japanese film from 1960 The director Nagisa Oshima was later famous for films such as In The Realm of The Senses and also Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence Cruel Story of Youth is a melodrama of sorts telling a story of juvenile delinquency The central characters are Makoto an attractive young student played by Miyuki Kuwano and Kiyoshi a handsome and somewhat exploitative bad boy played by Yûsuke Kawazu The basic plot is these two characters form a doomed romance They chance upon a scam where the attractive Makoto lures lecherous old men into giving her lifts in their car and when they make the inevitable sexual advance Kiyoshi is waiting in the wings to defend Makoto s honour and also fleece the men of their money The central concern of the film regards transition in the cultural values of the then Japanese youth The youth of this story have no real purpose or sense of hope One of the most poignant lines in the films is spoken by Makoto to Kiyoshi as they observe a protest that is taking place against the then US security treaty this treaty equated to a continued US military presence following the second world war Makoto says to her lover Kiyoshi we have money to spend Makoto has no sense of her country s plight i e the protesters concern with regard to the US presence and economic control Makoto s sole concern is the money she can spend this is what defines Japanese youth and in turn the extent of their desire and ambition For this reason the youth are now misfits with no real sense of purpose other than to consume and to consume a culture that leaves them feeling ultimately dissatisfied The film has some powerful scenes and images The colours are bold and primary like those of a floating world painting There are fight scenes and a general sense of rebel chic One scene that sticks in my mind is of the lovers driving a stolen motorbike in to the sea The film works on a basic youth entertainment level but towards the end resonates on a deeper level with regard to the consideration of the relationship between having freedom and the associated need to be responsible There are several non youth characters in the film Mako s older sister who reflects on a relationship she ended with an impoverished doctor in order to pursue a wealthy man Horio an old man who is

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  • admin | Blueprint: Review - Part 2
    Spoiler Episode 6 Melancholia Andy Goulding December 4 2015 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Recent Haiku Review April 16 admin April 11 2016 Featured Features Haiku Review 4 5 Trash A VHS Festival Justin Richards March 27 2016 Featured Features Reviews 4 5 Interview with Amber Fares Katy Vans March 3 2016 Featured Features Interviews Haiku Review February 16 admin March 3 2016 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Last Shift on DVD David Brook January 18 2016 Competitions Featured Features Interview with Steve Oram admin January 11 2016 Featured Features Interviews Our Favourite Films of 2015 David Brook January 4 2016 Featured Features 2 Comment Haiku Review December 15 admin December 12 2015 Featured Features Haiku Review Competition Win Aferim on DVD David Brook December 8 2015 Competitions Featured Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Home Reviews Book Reviews Film Reviews Game Reviews Short Films Soundtrack Reviews TV Reviews Podcasts Blueprint Review Spoiler Podcast Features Competitions Gates of Video Hell Haiku Review Interviews Short Films Weekend of Trash Author admin admin 4 0 Marshland La Isla Minima admin August 1 2015 Film Reviews Reviews Richard Hall reviews this exciting Spanish thriller 5 0 Mommy admin July 16 2015 Film Reviews Reviews Richard Hall reviews Xavier Dolan s latest film exploring the relationship between a mother and her explosive ADHD suffering son 3 5 Still Alice admin July 9 2015 Film Reviews Reviews Andrew Skeates reviews the Oscar winning Alzheimer s drama starring Julianne Moore Kristen Stewart Kate Bosworth Alec Baldwin 4K Television Is it the Future admin July 1 2015 Featured Features We mull over the facts about 4K Television to see whether we should all be upgrading our home entertainment setup or holding off for the

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