Friday, 13 February 2015

Hex Dimension: Is Marvel teaming up with a Sony a wise move?

This week, a miracle happened. Marvel Studios finally struck a deal with Sony Pictures, allowing Spider-Man to at last appear onscreen with Marvel's other characters. But, perhaps more importantly, that deal establishes that this will be a new version of the character rather than the current puffy-haired, promise-breaking iteration. And, more important still, Marvel will be the ones with creative control, rather than the aimless executives at Sony. This is great news.

Following our reaction piece regarding the Star Wars trailer, Hex Dimension have written a similar piece about this Spidey news. Rather than just squee about how great the news is (like I did above), I tried to find a more interesting angle to look at this from. I think I found one - and you can find it too by following the link below.

Urgh, that suit.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Hex Dimension: Spoilers, Bodies, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I am, as you probably know, the kind of person who cries during films. A lot. I'm emotionally very vulnerable to swelling scores and good composition and whatever it is that Pixar always do. But thinking about it, with one single Donna-Noble-shaped exception, I don't think I've ever felt the same level of emotion about televison.

Last week that changed, drastically and painfully. We're currently binge-watching Buffy for the first time, and something happened that completely flattened me. It was just one episode - just one - but I felt numb and drained for days afterwards. Chances are you know exactly the episode I'm talking about - it's the one that stabs you in the heart and twists the knife.

It is, quite honestly, one of the best episodes of television that I've ever seen. And because it is so good, and because I'm still reeling from the power of it, I just had to write down my feelings about it. The team at Hex Dimension have very kindly let me post my thoughts over there, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It ended up being quite a personal piece, I think, but in this case that feels like a positive. In fact, I don't think there was any other way to write it.

So, whether you know what I'm talking about or not, I hope you'll click this image and join me in celebrating this amazing show.

...I need a hug.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Hex Picks: British Films

A lot of the stuff that we consume - whether it's written or visual or interactive - comes from America. They make more stuff than us, so that's just the way it is. But this February sees Hex Dimension trying to shed a little light on media from our own home shores. All our Hex Picks will be - to some extent - British, and it feels good to be giving them some recognition.

This week is movies (or "films", as we call them over here). There's everything from ultraviolent drama to gonzo comedy, and it's a pretty spectacular list of great films. I chose probably exactly what you'd expect me to choose - but it's one of my absolute favourites and I totally stand by it. So, for the good of the Commonwealth, click below.

Ooh, what kind of pies?