Ready Player One: A Nostalgic Trip

Many were excited for the theatrical release of Ready Player One, and for good reason. Ready Player One is not just the action film, that the trailer hinted it to be, and that many awaited, but it was extremely humorous too. It’s combination of action and comedy, made the film thrilling and exciting.

If you’re a movie buff you will fall in love with this movie, and as a gamer you will love it even more. It is hard not to love any of Steven Spielberg’s films, this now including Ready Player One. One of the best things about the film is the nostalgic trip that it takes the audience into. Stanley Kubrick’s film, The Shining (1980), was a big part in this. The introduction of The Shining, into Ready Player One’s storyline was amazing, and a scene to applaud. Its recreation of the set left people in awe, and gave the audience a sample of the VR world by allowing the viewers to immerse in the setting. If you’ve seen The Shining this scene will be your favorite, and if you haven’t seen it, then it will make you want to watch it. This is one the best, or if not the best tribute that I have seen for Kubrick’s film.

Ready Player One is not just popular for gracefully including movie references, but it also did not miss having video game references, or what one may call easter eggs. Throughout the film, viewers can spot various of their favorite video game characters. For example, Halo characters, Minecraft, Joust characters, and many others.

One of the most memorable easter eggs was a flash back to the old tootsie pop owl commercial. If you were born between the years 70s-90s this reference will definitely bring memories.

And we cannot forget the ending, the biggest easter egg of all. A major twist that takes you back to the arcade ages. Without spoiling the movie, one can say that its ending is similar to that of Love, Simon (2018). The most important key factor to the plot of the movie, is obvious, but because we are introduced to it early on we forget about it. Therefore, when this key element is reintroduced into the screen, we get this feeling of thrill and excitement, with the thought of, “I should’ve seen that coming”.

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Music Videos You Should See #2: Mountain At My Gates by Foals

Hello again, and welcome to Music Videos You Should See! I’m Audrey and I am here to introduce you to a truly magical experience of a music video. A couple weeks ago we explored alt-J’s music video for their song Breezeblocks. This week, I am focusing on Mountain At My Gates, a song by the band Foals. Where last time I looked closely at story telling within a music video, this week I will be analyzing the tech behind making Mountain At My Gates.

First, let me guide you through how to watch the video. It’s not often when one must have a tutorial for viewing a video, but Mountain At My Gates is unlike any other music video I’ve ever seen. In the video above you will notice a round (what I like to call) thingamabob. It has four arrows going in each direction. When the video begins it zooms you into this world, as if you are a bird. Once the image fills the screen and you begin to see the actual band members playing, this is where the real fun begins. Go up to the thingamabob in the upper left hand corner and click on the arrows. Like magic, you seemingly move the camera to see more and more of the video. You can go in literally every direction and fool around with this video for a long time, just watching as the band members move between frames and interact with themselves in a different angle. It’s pretty awesome.

This video was filmed using a GoPro Spherical, which is a pretty recent GoPro invention that takes video in 360 degrees. Using this camera made it possible to create a sort of virtual reality that the video is in. I can’t imagine how epic it would be to watch this video with a VR headset. Okay… Now I really want to do that… Anyone have one I can borrow for a few minutes?