X-Men:First Class Review

Superman's not the only one who
can rock the cape and underwear look.
X-men:First Class is what happens when you let “Kick-Ass” helmer Matthew Vaughn direct an X-men movie. Set during the cold war the movie feels like a comic book film via Connery era Bond, and yes, that is as awesome as it sounds. That’s not to say the film is without flaws. The rushed production shows in places, and few of the cast give sub-par performances, but the film gets a lot more right than it gets wrong. 

First Class takes place years before the previous X-men films, and series mainstays such as Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm and Jean are not the titular X-men of this edition of the franchise. Instead the film focuses on the first meeting of mutants Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and their formation of the original X-men line up. Vaughn makes full use of the 60’s setting, and infuses the film with a great sense of style. I mentioned the Bond influence, but I should also point out this film features January Jones made up to look like a fembot from Austin Powers, oh, and James McAvoy says ‘groovy’, repeatedly.


L.A Noire Review

 A collaboration between Rockstar and Team Bondi, L.A Noire puts players in the shoes of war veteran turned detective Cole Phelps as he tires to find some redemption on the streets of 1940's Los Angeles. Whilst this certainly isn't the first Rockstar game to feature a war scarred protagonist on a quest for redemption, L.A Noire is definitely not GTA IV or Red Dead Redemption circa 1944.  Sure, there's an impressive sandbox city in all it's glory, and there are exciting car chases and shootouts that borrow heavily from the aforementioned Rockstar titles, but none of these things are really at the core of L.A Noire.Instead the game focuses on the processes of deduction and investigation, utilising several gameplay mechanics that really make Cole Phelps feel more like a detective than just Niko Bellic 2.0.   

Cole Phelps is to clues what pigs are to truffles.