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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Forza Horizon

Forza Horizon was released 26th October 2012, and is the fifth instalment to the Forza Motorsport series even though the game was developed by british games developer Playground Games apposed to the previous that were developed by Turn 10 Studios.
The game is very different to the ones before it mainly because you can drive around a map in the cars that you have bought or won, you have to drive to challenges, races and the garage. The game is set in Colorado USA at a fictitious festival called the Horizon Festival.
The graphics are outstanding, the cars look so realistic and the game is fun. There are lots of things to do in this game such as, improving your popularity, you can do this by performing tricks inside and outside races, increasing your popularity gives you the chance to win a free car and who doesn't like free things. You can modify cars that you have purchased by manual or automatic upgrading and you can design the bodywork on your car. The game is very short and it doesn't have a lot of cars but the verity is good. All in all the game deserves 4.5 out of 5.  

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Hunger Games Film Review

Set in the future in what was North America now called Panem, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are the chosen tributes of District 12 to compete in The Hunger Games, the reason for the games is to remind the people from the twelve districts that the rebellion that they once tried was a huge failure and to also show them that the Capitol are in charge and another rebellion will be pointless because the rebels will lose. The Hunger Games consist of 24 contestants fighting to the death and the games only end when there is a lone victor.
The way the film was filmed makes the audience feel Katniss’ feelings such as in the scene where Katniss gets stung by the tracker jackers, she then starts hallucinating and the audience see what Katniss is seeing, also Jenifer’s acting was very good she was believable and overall a very good choice for Katniss, the action scenes were very good to keep the audience hooked and they were very well shot as well, the film also stayed very true to the book making only a few minor changes.

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Kiki's Delivery Service Review

At this rate, I’ll be a white cat by the morning” is said by Jiji (Sakuma) Kiki’s (Takayama) cat, they have just moved into the bakery and their room is a little dirty so Jiji freaks out. The films storyline did very well to keep the audience’s attention throughout the film.

Kiki is only 13 years old and she is leaving home, all witches her age have to leave their homes and spend a year away from their families, so they can train and discover their talents. She decides that she wants to leave on the full moon, unfortunately for her parents that night is only a few hours away. Kiki soon realises that the world is not full of nice people and finds it hard to settle into the town which she loves the look of, while being in the town only 5 minutes she nearly causes a car crash and a policeman starts talking to her about not flying through the town on her broom, then a woman screams “thief” and the police officer runs off, Kiki then makes a run for it and a boy rides beside her on his bike and he was the one imitating a woman’s voice screaming thief, Kiki takes a sudden dislike to this boy and flies away from him. Kiki then runs into a heavily pregnant woman who is trying to call one her customers back because she forgot her Childs dummy, Kiki takes the dummy from the shop owner and flies down to the woman who misplaced the dummy and she hands the dummy over to the woman. When Kiki returns to the shop the pregnant woman asks Kiki if she has anywhere to live and offers Kiki her spare room to stay in. Kiki decides that she wants to open her own business and chooses to do deliveries; Kiki makes lots of friends, loses her powers and saves a citizen.
I said that The films storyline did very well to keep the audience’s attention throughout the film.Kiki gets into trouble in her first delivery; she meets new people and also works hard to make money.
The voice acting was done very well, the subtitles were easy to read and the animation was very good for the time period.

Awkward Series 1

Awkward. is a 12 part series following Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards) a unpopular girl who can’t seem to stay out of the spot light since her recent accident which looked a lot like a suicide attempt and as much as she tried to explain no one believed her, Jenna receives a nasty letter telling her what she needs to do to become popular and attractive, Jenna and her friends Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed) and Ming (Jessica Lu) suspect many people of writing the letter, Jenna is caught in a love triangle with Matty (Beau Mirchoff) who has her heart but doesn’t want to be seen in public with her and Jake(Brett Davern) who loves Jenna for who she is and isn’t worried to be seen with her or make a fool of himself.
The series is very funny; with an eclectic group of characters there is bound to be someone you can relate to, the storyline was brilliantly presented and kept the audience wanting more, overall the TV series is very good and appeals to a large amount of people.
4.5 stars out of 5  

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Two Versions Of The Same Song by Susan Francis

The story follows Serena and Paul, they meet at a New Year's Eve party and there is a lot of tension between them, as the book goes on we see that the tension between Serena and Paul builds up. They are forced to team up to create a song for Paul's cousin Kai's birthday party, Serena finds out that her feelings for Paul are becoming uncontrollable but he already has a girlfriend.

I was hooked from the first page, it was so fun to read, the storyline was very well constructed and I related easily to some of the characters and the stories they live. There was a few punctuation mistakes but apart from that the book was incredible, the descriptions wasn't overdone but enough to visualise the settings. Susan Francis is one to watch, I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.

4 out of 5 stars.