If this all sounds a little wishy-washy, then let me close the feature by offering a more practical side to it all. Yes, sad movies make us feel better - so what? Surely the way that we choose to deal with our emotions is down to the individual, and a healthy mix of movie types, along with other media like TV, games, and books creates a balanced emotional framework for us to exist in. Sure, that’s the ideal but the notion of joyful emotional balance, which you see in movies like Love Actually and The Holiday, rarely reflects reality. Byrne highlights the impact of not acknowledging our negative emotions, and suggests how sad movies can help. “The suicide rate for men is a huge concern,” she says. “It’s the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. The ‘boys don’t cry’ message that men and boys are brought up with is really harmful. It makes it difficult for men to be vulnerable or to talk about how they’re feeling and seek help. Men … [Read more...] about Why watching tragic movies like Logan is actually good for you
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In the heyday of printed games magazines, we ate with our eyes. In the absence of video, we studied still images and tried to animate them in our minds. It's hard to imagine now but seeing a game in motion for the first time really was just as big a revelation as how it played. In the years since, video games have made art critics of us all. We even learnt a new vocabulary to talk about them: references to pixel density, shading, style and perspective made themselves at home in even casual conversation, and how could they not? Try explaining these four images without them: … [Read more...] about Picture books and video games: a backdoor into childhood
Vampire is a “mortal word”, I am told by Stéphane Beauverger, Vampyr’s narrative director. “A word created by writers” which doesn’t do the real thing justice. Vampyr’s night-dwelling, blood-loving creatures are “so much more”. The RPG from Dontnod (creators of Remember Me and Life is Strange) puts you in the shoes of a recently-turned vampire Dr Jonathan Reid, finding his feet in 1918 London as its ravaged by the Spanish flu. A mysterious outbreak of flu-ridden vampires has hit its streets, so you’ll have to dodge them and vampire hunters alike to find out exactly where the pandemic came from. … [Read more...] about Stop it Vampyr, you’re bloody spoiling us: 4 types of vampire (so far) and 3 ways to rip people apart?!