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  • Book Review: Cujo | Blueprint: Review
    Reviews Features Reviews Author Stephen King Year 1981 Stephen King is undoubtedly a master of horror writing lets not get into this argument it s hard to maintain that level of brilliance when you re producing them at a rate of knots see also Pratchett Terry and his imagination knows no bounds for things to creep us out and scare us into sleeping with the lights on The horrifying and haunting Pennywise from It or the singular finger poking from the drain in The Moving Finger all serve to scare us witless and the limitlessness of the unknown horrors of the world is enough to keep us awake all night Cujo doesn t deal in this kind of horror there is nothing supernatural about this dog and nothing otherworldly about the circumstances of the novel and nothing anyone could have done to stop these events unfolding This is what makes it so chilling The novel focuses around two families the Cambers Joe Charity and Brett who Cujo lives with and the Trentons Vic Donna and four year old Tad The Trentons have a terrible old car on it s last legs which Vic encourages Donna to take to Joe Camber to have a look over while Vic leaves town to try and save his failing business It s not been a good day for Cujo who was bitten by a bat after getting his head stuck in a cave opening The novel takes us into Cujo s confused and disorientated mind allowing us to share his rabid confusion The Cambers Boy Brett is worried about his missing dog but when Charity takes him on a trip to see her sister his worries are soon forgotten Soon Cujo is all alone with the blinding rage and hunger the rabies builds in him The novel s body count isn t too high or too gratuitous After picking off the neighbour and Joe Camber Cujo seeks refuge from the burning sun in the barn All this time Donna and Tad have been trundling up to the Cambers house hoping to get the car fixed As they roll into the driveway the car cuts out and they find themselves in a dead car with no one around but Cujo Here begins a desperate stakeout between the car and the ever intensifying madness of Cujo who begins to throw himself against the car to get at the people inside The most frightening aspect of Cujo is it s stark reality In the introduction to one of his short story collections King talks about showcasing to us the thing we re all afraid of our own death However wherever and at the hands of whoever it may be King is not afraid to offer us just one more possibility as to how we might meet our end There is nothing supernatural about Cujo and the novel works hard to give us his muddled and confused point of view in order to confuse and challenge how we

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  • Book Review: Rust and Bone | Blueprint: Review
    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 Reviews Book Reviews Book Review Rust and Bone Rosalie F November 21 2012 Book Reviews Features Reviews Author Craig Davidson Publisher Picador Craig Davidson s book of short stories Rust Bone is at first a surprise after watching the recent film adaptation As well as being moved from North America to France the film is actually an amalgamation of two separate short stories and two characters that in the book inhabit quite different worlds It s a tribute to Davidson that Jacques Audiard was inspired so much by his writing that he wanted to adapt two of the stories However it s also a tribute to him that while Audiard had to rewrite the stories to a large degree he stayed true to Davidson tonally There are no heroes in these brief tales only flawed individuals coming to terms with themselves and the particular lives they inhabit but each character is deeply human and the writer makes you feel sympathy for them all despite some of them being distinctly un likeable individuals Outwardly ordinary they are people that we may think we know but their individual passions open new worlds to us often letting us into less seen aspects of North American life As a result the reader thinks more about the wider world they re truly living in The eight stories in total take us into unusual places including bare knuckle boxing matches orgies and magic shows Davidson packs a punch with his writing describing physical sensations behaviour and desires in unabashed detail He sets this against a far gentler yet constant attention to the physical environment Descriptions of light and colour the weather the city or landscape are interspersed with sporting terminology harsh language and graphically detailed injuries In this way every story is light and dark physical and brutish and yet human and beautiful It s not easy reading visceral at times sickening and honest to a painful degree that occasionally makes you want to look away from the page The characters in each story are confronted by their failures with regard to how they ve treated the other people or the animals in their lives No two characters are alike in their responses some find redemption through sacrifice or a change of behaviour while it s clear that for others they are yet to face the realities that we can see and we leave them at this point in their journey It can feel as is Davidson is asking us to judge some characters more harshly than others

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  • Rosalie F | Blueprint: Review
    Separation Andy Goulding April 22 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 10 Ready Player One Andy Goulding April 10 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 9 Mad Max Fury Road Andy Goulding March 26 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 8 Dumbo Andy Goulding March 12 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Spoiler Episode 7 This is England 90 Andy Goulding March 1 2016 Featured Podcasts Spoiler Podcast Blueprint on the LAMBcast Roll Your Own Top 5 David Brook February 15 2016 Featured Podcasts Blueprint on the LAMBcast Best Movies of 2015 David Brook January 7 2016 Featured Podcasts Blueprint on the LAMBcast Star Wars The Force Awakens David Brook December 22 2015 Featured Podcasts 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 Rosalie

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  • Book Review: Cosmopolis | Blueprint: Review
    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 Reviews Book Reviews Book Review Cosmopolis Katy Vans November 21 2012 Book Reviews Features Reviews Author Don DeLillo Publisher Picador I saw the trailer for this recent Cronenberg offering and didn t get around to seeing it in the cinema and at the time I didn t realise that it was based on a Don DeLillo book of the same name At just a couple of hundred pages long this is a racing read and appears to be dying for the film adaptation especially by someone who brought us A History of Violence and Eastern Promises The story turns on a day in the life of Eric Packer 28 multi billionaire asset manager who we join on a mission to get a haircut His obscene wealth is no protection from the rioting city or the looming menace of a possible death threat it does in fact make him a target As a Londoner I found a lot to enjoy in this book which shows a picture of city living with its noise claustrophobia business and loneliness DeLillo s summation of city dwellers as stunted humans in the shadow of the underwear gods that adorn the soaring billboards perfectly describes how I feel walking down Oxford Street Eric s mental aloofness does not make him immune to the gnawing ennui that can take hold of the super rich It was hard for him to say something he hadn t already said words arranged in the same tedious sequence a thousand times before This is surely a common feeling for those at the top when you can buy anything one day even that can lose its charm Packer reminds me of some ancient god from mythology who is bored with his lot in heaven and chooses to disguise himself as one of us so he can walk among the mere mortals and take part in all the feelings humans do He seeks a multitude of sensorial experiences throughout the book endlessly searching for meaning and newness looking to feel something real When Eric finds his life may really be under threat he finds himself drawn to the business of living at last mirroring the well accepted idea that only when faced with death can you really appreciate life and how short it

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  • Holy Franchise, Batman! Book Review | Blueprint: 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 Home Reviews Book Reviews Holy Franchise Batman Book Review Henry Tucker July 19 2012 Book Reviews Featured Features Reviews Author Gary Collinson Publisher Hale Books Price 12 99 ISBN 978 0 7090 9413 5 Website www halebooks com With The Dark Knight Rises now with us the time is right to look at the history of Batman on both the large and small screens For those of us that grew up in the 1970s it is hard to imagine a time when Batman wasn t on our screens in some shape or form Since his creation in the 1940s there have been many incarnations of the Dark Knight and each generation probably has its favourite This could be Adam West with his underpants on the outside of his pants along with his faithful sidekick Robin shouting such things as Holy Astringent Plum like Fruit or you could be the only person who liked George Clooney and his nipple suit Whatever your personal favourite it will be in this rather excellent book by Gary Collinson He has broken down Batman s many appearances in chronological order from the very earliest film through that 60s TV show the Tim Burton Joel Schumacher period the 1990s animated TV show and then right up to date with Chris Nolan s trilogy Well it s not quite up to date as Dark Knight Rises has only just come out and so doesn t really feature Expect a second run of the book soon to include that I would wager Within each section you have detailed plot synopses which are of some interest but also and of more interest information on how each of the films or shows got made in the first place All this information which for a minor fan such as me is really interesting and quite eye opening and comes from many different sources These are often interviews that the protagonists did with various publications over the years They are all referenced at the back of the book and it makes for

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  • Quick, Slick, Deadly | Blueprint: Review
    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 Comments 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 Reviews Game Reviews Quick Slick Deadly Loki Dawson November 4 2015 Game Reviews Reviews 2 Comments Here we are with another steam game review This has been an interesting item for me to review as I am not a big player of side scrolling shooters What makes this one intriguing is that it seems to want to go back to the simpler days of gaming This is a game that is perfect if you want a nice nostalgia trip So what is this game all about In this game you take on the role of one of three classes of ship Fighter Survivor and Trickster as they travel through space trying to survive wave upon wave of alien attacks Each unique class has its own play style and special abilities The best way to explain them is to go through each class individually Let us start with the easiest class for a beginner the Fighter class With this one you have the ability to copy enemy attacks by shooting three of a kind thus utilizing some rather powerful moves that can deal large amounts of damage to progress further Next up we have the Survivor class that is quite interesting as it has the unique ability to fill your energy bar by getting closer to the enemy attacks Although this sounds counter productive to the standard point of a game which is normally to try and avoid getting close and shoot to kill Once you have started to gather the energy you have two options First up you can use it to block attacks which is very useful or secondly you can let your energy bar fill right up and use it to release a devastating attack which will fill your screen dealing mass damage to all enemies One of the other unique abilities is to go into a ghost like mode wherein you are invisible Last but certainly not least we have the Trickster class with its ability to perform very tricky manoeuvres as well as wield a powerful boomerang shot and even drag a box which will deal immense damage to your enemies All of them compliment the game perfectly which makes sure that no two playthroughs are the same The level design is very simple but don t let that fool you because this game

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  • Rogue State | Blueprint: Review
    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 Home Reviews Game Reviews Rogue State Loki Dawson October 28 2015 Game Reviews Reviews Wow I never thought I d actually get to do a game review This is the kind of thing I dreamt of doing so here we go So what is Rogue State anyway This is a strategy game in which you play the new leader of a country after having just overthrown the previous dictator The goal is to not just rebuild the country but to also survive in power long enough to bring it to a great power This is easier said than done with not only four groups that will turn against you if you do not keep them happy but also your brother Farouq trying to sabotage your every move This game is hard as there are times you have to do things that go against your moral compass What s the gameplay like Well that is a tricky question most of the game play will take place in your office or the war cabinet and this is a game all about choices You will have a section to improve the infrastructure of the country and others to raise or decrease taxes Each decision will increase or decrease your popularity with the factions or even the U N and America You also have three neighbouring countries that you need to keep happy As I said before through all of this you have Farouq sabotaging your efforts What he does depends on what position you put him in on your cabinet i e if you put him as finance minister he will put some of the country s funds into his private bank account each day Did I enjoy playing it That s a tricky question I played the game three times and the longest that I stayed in power before being usurped was just over a year and a half This game is unforgiving and has a lot of replayability and makes you want to see how far you can get I found myself playing more and

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  • FullBlast game review - WiiU | Blueprint: Review
    The borders located on the left and right make the play area seem tight at first but this becomes unnoticeable very soon into the game itself Within each border the information of one of the 2 players co op game is housed Player 1 s status on the left and 2 on the right Each can see at a quick glance their health status number of lives remaining number of Mega Bombs unused and their score It is in the local 2 player co op mode that FullBlast is at its best With the second player in tow more enemies and their attacking blasts appear on the screen adding to the already frenetic gameplay Both co op players are easily distinguished from each other by their bright colour differentiation and only when not concentrating does confusion of which ship you are controlling ensue However there is a complete lack of a drop in drop out co op mode If a second player wishes to join you then you ll find yourself having to back out to the main menu and start all over again Shooting is matter of pressing the A button hold it down for a continuous stream of vertically ascending rapid fire There s no twin stick shenanigans happening here Movement via the Analogue Stick is precise and tight Your fighter jet moves exactly where you expect it to at all times Power ups range from Extra Lives additional Mega Bombs Fast Fire Shields x2 Score and weapon upgrades Weapon upgrades are where you ll have to be careful before picking up There are 2 different types on offer One fires a thin tightly packed volley of shots that upgrades from the one stream to a maximum of 4 bullets width with added homing missiles The second flares out the outermost bullets at a wider angle and can be upgraded to be more powerful with homing missiles thrown in for good measure Both power ups look similar Pick up the wrong one and your weapon will reset to the beginning of its upgrade arc Visually FullBlast seems like a halfway house of cartoon and serious action shooter Resembling pixel based vertical shoot em ups of the past but with fully rendered 3D polygonal models Touches and little details please throughout the campaign like the way when enemies explode there are added comic book phrases such as BOOM etc You ll find yourself flying over cityscapes populated with moving traffic below your fighter jet apocalyptic cities jungles with moving friendly tanks and artillery and arctic oceans with moving ships This is all incidental window dressing and all the parts of each landscape repeat often and you ll notice the same set of skyscrapers an identical river tributary or an exact replica iceberg formation many times over but that will not detract from the overall experience as all your attention will be focused on what happens in the air Take your eyes off of the action for 1 second and

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