And the roundup returns… again. We had to miss out last week due to a dodgy power cable, which we didn’t receive until the last minute and we just rolled with reviews. So, let’s get going, shall we? And put behind us this last seven days which saw us say goodbye to the two massive legends that were George A Romero and Chester Bennington.
First review by new RR collaborator!
Wednesday was a big day for us as we welcomed another awesome person into the double R family. It was of course Colin, who shared with us his thoughts on singer and songwriter SZA’s second musical offering Ctrl. Colin has been covering albums for a while now on Instagram, pop by and check them out, but for now Ctrl can be read HERE.
Must watch movie of the summer.
Baby Driver has been taking over the world recently and for very bloody good reasons, so come Thursday Mags decided she wanted in on the conversation surrounding this fucking sweet film. Her review doesn’t give any of the plot away, so if you're one of those few people who still haven’t seen it, read her reasons why it’s a top flick HERE before heading down to the cinema.
GTA V Gun Running: it is as cool as it sounds.
Now we all know I love my video games, and Grand Theft Auto has been one of my favourites since the original top down classic of '97. So, it shouldn’t come as any kind of surprise that I’ve been smashing GTA V’s latest DLC Gun Running, nor when I used the excuse of “I’m reviewing it so I need to play heaps”. HERE's my eventual take on Rockstar North’s latest update for Grand Theft Auto Online.
Personal Jesus? No, call an ambulance.
Depeche Mode’s lead singer Dave Gahan has finally been released for hospital in Belarus on Wednesday after having to cancel the Minsk show on Monday night due to ‘a stomach complaint’. The band made a statement that they were looking at all the options of a rescheduled show soon, saying they would have more information next week. I wish Dave all the best and feel sorry for the fans who must wait just a little longer to see the group live, they are amazeballs (and that’s coming from someone who’s not a fan).
Daniel Craig has flipped again, after last year he was reported as saying something along the lines of “I’d rather slash my wrists than do another film (Bond)”, well the tune changed when it was announced he will be reprising the role yet again. More interestingly are the rumours surrounding who will be directing; Christopher Nolan’s name seems to keep popping up a lot. And why the hell shouldn’t it, even though I haven’t seen Dunkirk yet, I’m hearing nothing but great things about it and I think Nolan could do the film series justice.
The Jaeger program needs you, soldier!
The first trailer for Pacific Rim 2: Uprising dropped this week and I’m not sure how to take it. On one hand, it means the sequel to the 2013 Sci-fi hit is getting closer, but on the other it revealed absolutely nothing other than there are more of the giant mechs called Jaegers since the teaser is done in a recruitment video style. So, I’m ecstatic the film is coming but pissed that we know next to nothing, other than Guillermo Del Toro won’t be directing but will at least be a producer along with the lead actor John Boyega. Seems Star Wars pays well.
BBC finally revealed the next Doctor Who main and of course the interwebs lost its collective shit, both in a good and bad way. Why? Because it's Jodie Whittaker, the brilliant actress from ITV’s Broadchurch series. Half the fans cried out “But she’s a woman!” the other half (myself included) either love the diversity or don’t really care if the titular alien is a man, woman, animal, mineral or vegetable. At the end of the day Jodie is a massively talented performer and I’m sure she will win everyone over.
Monday here in the UK finally means it's Game of Thrones day again, which means staying off social media (damn near impossible in this day and age) until you get a chance to see it (for the night is dark and full of spoilers), trying to avoid the several people watching it on their phones at lunch at work. But let’s be honest, it’s a top show and we’re going to miss it when it finishes next year. But as I said season 7 returned and it was well worth the wait. Without going into it too deep, in case some of you still haven’t seen it yet (SHAME!), Arya reveals her end goal, though no one should be surprised. The North gathers at Winterfell to plan their next moves while Little Finger still plots in the shadows. Sam discovers an old secret that could really help Jon Snow and one of his upcoming battles. Bran finally reaches the wall on his way south away from the White Walkers vast army, which is getting bigger (hee hee). Newly crowned Queen Cersei realised she’s not in a great position, surrounded by enemies and almost out of friends until a certain pirate comes a knocking. But the big moment was when Daenerys finally made it Westeros, Dragonstone to be precise. I’m not used to this waiting a week for an episode anymore, I’m more of a binger, this is going to kill me.
Talking about missing Game of Thrones when it's over, the two showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have announced their next project, which has been picked up by HBO and has already divided the masses. Confederate is the title of the new series which will be based on an alternative universe where the South won the right to secede during the American Civil War. Confederate will be set in current times and on both sides of that border. Personally, I think it’s an interesting idea and can’t wait to see it.
Not to be out done by Nintendo, Sega and Atari are releasing old school consoles later this year. Both will cost $80USD and come pre-loaded with classic games, the Atari will come with 120 titles while the Sega will have 80 including Mortal Kombat and Sonic. Pre-sale starts next Friday so be sure to get online fast and secure one of these fantastic machines, I’m all for the nostalgia these days and will be going for the Sega.
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At first I thought this was about an evil snowman killing people... Thankfully it isn't.
Hi, Mags here, since Dan didn't care about this enough I decided to write about it instead because I know this flick is gonna be great. The first trailer for The Snowman is out! Yay! The film is based on a best seller book by Jo Nesbø, but I'm not excited just because all these Scandinavian people are great at thrillers, is also directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) but most importantly I can't wait to see what Michael Fassbender (the psychotic droid from Prometheus and Alien: Covenant) will bring to this new project. Hurry up October!
Track of the Week Handpicked in cahoots by Dan and Derek V AKA Norman Voorhees:
This single was released in the lead up to the new EP Add Violence, which came out yesterday. While I can't call myself a massive NIN fan I always had an appreciation, which continues here with ‘This Isn’t The Place’. The opening instrumental sequence lasts a whole two minutes before Trent finally starts singing. It's haunting and beautiful, but I'd expect nothing less from Mr Reznor.