Now Playing: 8/5/13

In a new column on Dead Screen, we want to periodically keep you in tune with what we’re watching (or playing) in between keeping up with new releases and visiting old favorites. The inaugural edition reveals we’re a gamer heavy bunch, but that doesn’t stop us from appreciating the finer points of gaming, or movies in that matter, through storytelling and brilliant acting. Just what are we enjoying these days? Scroll down and see…

Tim’s Pick: Spring Breakers

Spring Breakers is a polarizing film. Some people love it for its dreamy landscape, brilliant meshing of color, texture, and abstraction, and its subtle satirical elements. Some people hate it because of its disorienting essence, and they end up lumping it in with other forgettable party movies. But I love Spring Breakers, and that’s not only because of its surprising nature. It’s also because of the film’s realism. The characters are so nonsensical, so fascinating, yet so shrewd. As someone who has no respect for the youth party scene, this movie was a giant middle finger to college kids and high school preps everywhere who think that this edgy lifestyle somehow sheds light at the end of the tunnel. Some may disagree with me. Some may disagree with the way the film goes about saying so. But, in the end, Spring Breakers is my obsession, and I can’t get enough of it.

John’s Pick: Super Mario 64 (Japanese Version)

In the Spring I was in Tokyo and took the opportunity to pick up a copy of one of my favourite games Super Mario 64. Lost my copy many years ago and was thrilled to find a copy at a used game shop. I’ve been playing it near constantly. It doesn’t matter that I can’t read what star I’m on, because I still remember all 120 of them.

Jason’s Pick: Portal 2

I probably don’t have to warrant the merit of this game, but if you’re one of a handful of people that have avoided the Portal franchise, you’re really missing out. Revisiting the game recently has reminded me why I fell in love with it in the first place – updated, fresh puzzle mechanics that keep the game from getting to monotonous or like it’s original, a wonderfully paced story and some of the best voice-acting you’ll ever hear in a video game.

Andy’s Pick: Bioshock Infinite

I’m a bit late to the party as this has been out for a while now, but I was saving it because it is one of the few games my girlfriend loves to watch. While I have to say I’m very impressed with Infinite, I feel as if my experience is sullied because I beat The Last Of Us first. The base stories are similar, the character interaction is similar… it all kinda feels ‘same’y to me. My girlfriend even mistakenly called Elizabith “Ellie” a few times. Now, I’m only halfway or so done with the game, so I still have a ways to go, but at this point it isn’t living up to the massive hype and I fully believe that is because The Last Of Us gave us a ‘Once In A Lifetime’ game while Infinite is just a “Great” game. First world gamer problems.

What’s on your screen these days? Tell us in the comments below!


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