The Talos Principle

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The Talos Principle is a first person puzzler game which has beautiful graphics and wonderfully memorable music. The atmosphere of the game grabs you from the start with its amazing puzzle design and great writing. Provoking narrative, philosophical and metaphysical questions, this game really makes you wonder. Even though it’s very demanding and intense, I couldn’t put the game away when I played it. You constantly have questions that you want answered and it makes you keep thinking, even when after you stop playing.

You play as a sentient artificial intelligence placed within a simulation. From the start you have this narrative voice who explains himself as your god, your creator. You question his logic and you read from other people who both obey and disobey him. As you follow the storyline you read a lot of texts which are written by various people. Here’s one example of the many texts you throughout the game:

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As you are artificial intellige nce yourself you also communicate with a help program who asks you tons of questions. You constantly wonder why you are in this simulation, how to get out, what’s outside of the simulation, who’s behind it, there’s always so many questions!

One thing I didn’t like about the game or what I would want to see more of, is that you should question Elohim (your god) and his logic straight to his face. I would like to see more chaos from Elohim and his reaction as you confront him. Much like Glados from portal who tries to kill you when you don’t do as she says.

If you’re not the kind of guy who plays for the story, tries his best to read everything and follow every single bit then maybe this game is not for you. But this is one of my favorite and most memorable games I’ve ever played and I would suggest this game even though it’s so challenging.

   -Ludwig Sundell

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Where the Wild Things Are

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Where the Wild Things Are is a well written cold drama about the problems that can be caused by a closed group of people, the trouble with leadership and the cost of selfishness.

Since there is an insane amount of mixed feelings about this movie, I shall start with that I actually enjoyed this movie very much. It’s not the best I’ve seen obviously, but I would say it’s in around my top 25 maybe. This movie is so different and unique and I think that’s why so many people dislike this movie, it’s nowhere near what you expect and makes it very confusing to watch.

This might just be me, but I love watching weird and confusing films. I don’t know if that’s something positive or negative, but I almost always have an open mind before I watch a movie, which is good! This is probably why I loved this movie; I didn’t expect a kid’s movie, or a regular family adventure. I can imagine it wouldn’t be the best movie for a parent to go and watch with his/hers kids since of the dark and moody atmosphere. But I love that kind of stuff! I love how they balance the feeling of creepy and cozy at the same time, maybe more towards creepy though.

Now if I think if you should go and see this film or not is up to you and what kind of person you are. I wouldn’t recommend this as to any family at all, I think kids would either get afraid or bored of it. If you’re an open minded person that likes any kind of drama then I definitely recommend it. It will probably be a different experience and will leave you with a ton of questions, which in my opinion is often good. I love to think about things I’ve watched.

   -Ludwig Sundell

Zes

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Zes is an electronic music producer from Netherlands. He himself chose to call the music genre he produces as melancholy/breaks. I don’t know if you can call melancholy a music genre but the word could be explained as a gloomy state of mine or just sadness. Which is a fits his music good in my opinion. Breaks (or breakbeats) is an electronic music genre where the drums usually are on a non-straightened 4/4 drum pattern (percussion instruments don’t okay directly on beat). As opposed to the steady beat of house, techno and trance. This just basically means that the drums are more advanced than a regular EDM genre.

Zes is an underrated producer, which might be because his music is not like much of the mainstream music. His music differs from much other and is overall quite unique. I personally love this kind of music, it’s chill and has unique and powerful drums. Great music to crank up the volume on your subwoofer.

I would recommend you to give his latest EP from 2014 a try, the feel and atmosphere of his music is amazing, it’s very unique and there’s no other that have such an similar style.

I think this deserves a lot more attention than most of mainstream house producers etc. His music is harder to produce and actually stands out which is why I dislike that Zes is so underrated. But I guess that’s how a lot of music works now nowadays, people enjoy to listen to the same thing over and over again on the radio. But we all have different music taste. Personally I love to find an underrated artist that stands out. One thing that especially makes me happy is when an artist or producer who is different goes mainstream. Example of this is one of my favorite producers: Cashmere Cat. I listened to him a long time ago, now he has millions of plays on spotify and has recently made a song with Ariana Grande. I still listen to him and I love his music.

   -Ludwig Sundell

Sky´s Limit

that song is about who we are. That person in that song wants show the Girls what he can. Everyone can show things to people what they actually want and show them much more of that they belieave on. Every people wants attention to feel okay. Some of them who gets attention feel so much more of what they choose to do.

By Christina

As Elephants Are

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Chances are, you’ve never heard of this band. Not so strange if you haven’t as they aren’t as popular as they might should be. It’s arguable. “As Elephants Are” is following the “dark moody indie pop” genre, they don’t like to relate themselves to any particular genre though. With their “dark moody” music they often release songs with a relaxing yet powerful melody. The band together achieves the perfect mix of a moody, relaxing song while still keeping you as an active listener with happy elements in the song. It’s hard for me to give praise to bands as I don’t always think as much about every element of a song but in my opinion the band is creating great music with great lyrics, great instrumentals, and a great feeling overall. They make sure that you get stuck listening throughout the song without really having to focus at all. You get the feeling that they have created their songs with emotion and really given in their soul for their songs and the contrast between vocals and instruments mixes together really well with their style of music and I’d say they really stick out compared to other bands.  
 
Even if you’re not an avid listener of Indie I recommend you give them at least one chance to prove themselves for you.  Indie’s a really open genre and I believe it consists of music that can fit anyone as long they find the right song.  Songs like “Souls”, Grown Ups”, and “Went Wrong” are songs that get stuck in my head and I recommend for you to check them out as well. They’re on Spotify as well on Soundcloud and therefore no hassle to find them either. The only thing I have a problem with is that they so far only have a few songs out and while they are easy to catch up on it also leads to tiring out the songs quickly.

Muse 

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Muse, one of
 few bands which can deliver a really good live session. You’ve probably experienced the feeling when you hear a really good band for the first time but later get disappointed because the singer is just plain bad. That’s not something which is going to happen if you listen to Muse. Matthew Bellamy’s singing and makes the whole band stand out as a whole and sounds almost the same as in any recorded studio song and proves that he possesses raw talent along with some really high clean notes. I also believe that’s what makes the band. The band as whole consists of talent which stands out vocally, lyrically, instrumentally and a lot of people agree with the statement that they’re even better live.  
 
There isn’t much to say really. You must listen to this band if you haven’t yet done so. They make music that can fit most types of people. From calm, smoothing songs to harder and faster songs. Songs like New Born, Bliss and Undisclosed Desires Will make you think and feel while songs like Knights of Cydonia and Map of the Problematique. The one thing that bothers me is that Muse easily gets caught up with the theme of politics. A little bit too much and entire albums can be dedicated for it sometimes. For some it isn’t a problem. It can be hard though as the common themes mostly consist of politics, love or drugs throughout any band and the songwriting is mostly the thing others get stuck on as well.

It can be bland but at the same time it’s something that’s the best and worst part of Muse. It’s inconsistent between the songs but it’s not hard to skip through a song or two if you don’t like it.

 Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

 

I’ll start off saying this movie was quite a disappointment for me. Was it bad? Not really, can’t call it good either though. I’ll start off with the beginning of the film. It all starts with Smaug rampaging Laketown. Pretty much what we expected from the huge build-up from the prequel. Nothing wrong with that really. But what disappointed me how easily Smaug was dealt with. It felt like the dragon just came in, destroyed some things and then died. Basically there was this this huge built up which resulted in having to wait a year, and then you receive the payoff which is just gone after 10 minutes and felt like less. Then the plot of the actual movie begins, just feels weird in I can’t say that I’m a big fan of the neither of the trilogies but I can say that there were some questions after the movie which were left unanswered. For example, what happened to the gold, the Arkenstone, the king of the mountain etc.? (I know you can find the answers but still feels that it shouldn’t get left out). This is something that I feel shouldn’t be too complicated to invest a few minutes for. These were things that didn’t bother me at the time as I didn’t pay attention to it for some reason.

 The one thing I noticed the most though during the movie was the lack of dialogue throughout the movie. I understand that the movie basically revolves around one huge fight but it still feels like most of the talking were fillers and weren’t quite necessary or had any real meaning. I began to realize my  A lot of people including me were disappointed with the CGI effects, relying too much on computer animated effects.

There were also scenes which were too unrealistic for me. One scene where Legolas literally runs upwards only on falling rocks doesn’t really make sense to me. Another scene where the orc leader Azog sort of gets knocked out under the ice just to wake up and launch up into the air, especially after an already long fight and everything gets dragged out.

The orcs doesn’t seem like a proper threat most of the time either as any main character basically just could kill 20 of them during a 30 second scene like it was nothing. Even Bilbo threw small rocks at the orcs so they fainted/died. Although it’s said that “hobbits are uncanny marksmen with any kind of missile weapon” it still looks ridiculous for me. Despite me only ranting in this review I still believe that if you’re a proper fan you’ll like this film as a finisher for the series.