Let's be honest - the world is a bit of a scary place right now. Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, people all over the world have been encouraged to to stay inside their homes to prevent spread of the virus. While this is certainly a worthy endavour that EVERYONE should be following, it unfortunately means that we're going to be scrambling for things to do for the next couple of weeks. Now, while Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services are no doubt great companions for this kind of situation, to quote Yoda from Empire Strikes Back.....there is another.
“You brought me all the way out here to kill me? For what; so that I could enjoy the sunset one last time?”
When I first heard that Disney had plans to make a sequel to Frozen, I was partially excited, but mostly kind of indifferent. It’s not like the first movie left us on a note that necessitated a sequel, but at the same time, I knew that a sequel presented a chance for a brand new world to be properly fleshed out, and the possibility of that intrigued me. Disney movies are exceedingly good at building entire universes, and they usually know how to present them to us in doses that are just right. Bearing this in mind, I walked into Frozen II having only watched the initial trailer that they released, and based on that, I was ready for a darker adventure that explored both the characters of Anna and Elsa as well as their relationship as sisters.
I know I’ve spoken at length before about Majora’s Mask, but most of those discussions have been centred around how dark the game is or how mysterious so many elements of Termina are. Today, I want to take a look back at Link’s strangest adventure, but actually take a look at the masks that Link obtains throughout the game. Now, as one may easily deduce, masks are an integral part of the game. Link can get a grand total of 24 masks throughout Termina, each of which serve him in a different way. Of course, it is not compulsory to get every single mask in the game to finish it, but there is a certain reward for obtaining all the masks in the form of the Fierce Deity Mask, one of the Transformation Masks (which, by the way, will not be featured on this list for reasons I shall explain shortly). In this list, I’m going to be going over my Top 5 masks from the game. How I will be ranking them depends on utility, aesthetic and personal enjoyment, and as such, the list will be subjective, so if you have a different list or if you disagree, that’s totally fine! I would love to have a discussion with you if you don’t agree, because learning different points of view is always a plus.
It's November, and if you know anything about me, you'll know that this is the month I dedicate to celebrating everyone's favourte tunic wearing hero who even in 2019, still gets called Zelda for some reason. That's right, it's time for another Zelda Month, and just like last year, I'll be writing four articles and putting them up here for your reading pleasure. Now, in case you're wondering, yes, the articles will be running until the end of the first week of December, so it isn't for the entire month, but nevertheless, I will endavour to give you the very best Zelda content, so that you too, can join in the celebration of this legendary franchise.
When I first started to learn about the horror film genre, one of the first icons I encountered was Pennywise the Dancing Clown. At first, I was a little befuddled as to how a clown would be considered scary; the clips I had seen consisted of him laughing comically while holding a red balloon or simply smiling (somewhat creepily) at random kids. (Well, there was that one scene… but not much aside from that). The 1995 miniseries made him look more goofy than scary, despite everyone on the Internet saying the contrary. I began to dig a little deeper, reading up on the Stephen King novel from which the character was from, and I, being the naïve 11 year old I was, quickly lost interest in the complicated and somewhat nonsensical plot (A giant turtle? Really?). However, I’m happy that I discovered the character in the first place, as it paved the way for my love of the horror film genre, and also ensured that I would be over the moon when it was announced that a film remake of the miniseries was being done. I watched it with a group of friends, and found that the film didn’t disappoint one bit—what I had always imagined as a very complicated plot was just a simple, heartfelt story about a group of misfits fighting something much bigger than themselves. However, as the credits rolled, I knew that the story wasn’t over, and waited anxiously for the news of the next part to be revealed. Two years later, here we are, with IT: Chapter 2.