Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (video game)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 game based on the Lemony Snicket book series and the 2004 film of the same name. The game is based on the film, which in turn is based on the plots of the first three books of the series: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window. Players take the roles of Violet and Sunny Baudelaire, solving puzzles, fighting villains and finding objects. Players encounter characters such as Mr. Poe, Uncle Monty and Aunt Josephine, along with villains such as Count Olaf, the Hook-Handed Man, the White-Faced Women, the Bald Man With the Long Nose. Jim Carrey, Emily Browning and Liam Aiken reprise their roles from the film while the voice of Lemony Snicket is provided by Tim Curry, who provided narration for the audiobooks for the series; the core gameplay consists of elements of a platformer, a puzzle game, a third-person shooter. The player assumes the role of either of the three Baudelaire orphans, can cycle through them depending on the version.
The Baudelaires can gain access to a multitude of inventions as well as ammunition throughout the game, which are those that tend to run along the lines of things a child might attain, such as rotten eggs, bubble gum, eau de toilette, garlic, among other things. The three console versions have the same basic layout - players can switch between playing as Violet, Klaus and, at certain moments, Sunny; the game begins at Count Olaf's house progresses to Justice Strauss' home, back to Olaf's to Uncle Monty's house Damocles Dock Aunt Josephine's house, Curdled Cave and Olaf's again. Along the way, Violet invents things - Klaus's weapon — the Brilliant Bopper. In the game, the heroes solve puzzles, fight Count Olaf's theater troupe, collect puzzle pieces with the familiar eye throughout the series. If the player collects 25 of each color puzzle piece, a place is revealed in their secret folder, which in turn reveals a picture where they can find a V. F. D package; this package reveals a special extra in the game, such as a making of featurette.
Completing the game will unlock the World Map, a sandbox mode allowing players to roam around the various levels and collect more puzzle pieces and packages. The Game Boy Advance version is different in that players can switch between all three Baudelaires at all times; the game features more places, such as Briny Beach. It is said to be more difficult than the console versions. In The Reptile Room level, some reptiles are mentioned. There are fewer inventions but have the same effects as the other games, such as the Parasol Glider, which helps Sunny glide from platform to platform. Players must collect objects that Klaus mentions to make the inventions. Players must talk to other characters to complete some quests or grab items that other characters are holding; the player must collect pictures and butterflies for invention upgrades, movie scenes, concept art. They must collect book pages to use on specific places to either give you extras, keep going on the story, or makes it easier to get around.
The PC version has several differences from the console games. For one, players cannot switch between characters; the game keeps the player as one character, switching to another when necessary, separates the older Baudelaire siblings at times. Secondly, there are Briny Beach and a horseradish factory. Players have different inventions to make; as a bonus, players can collect eyes. Some of the words, such as Quagmire, referring to the Quagmire triplets and Xenophobe, referring to a word Jerome Squalor mentioned to the Baudelaires in The Ersatz Elevator are from the books; the teaser trailer, released 5 months before the game's official release, features radically different gameplay from the final game. The game has received average to mixed reviews upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 70% and 72 out of 100 for the Game Boy Advance version; some reviewers gave the game lower scores, citing the short span of the game, lack of replay value, easy difficulty and repetitive gameplay.
The Sydney Morning Herald gave the game two-and-a-half stars out of five and stated that "The difficulty level is accommodating for youngsters, although the controls can be unwieldy. Sadly, the fun is short-lived, with no multi-player modes or replay appeal." Detroit Free Press gave it two stars out of four and stated that "Pote
Harry Potter (character)
Harry James Potter is the titular protagonist of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series; the majority of the books' plot covers seven years in the life of the orphan Potter, who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard. Thus, he attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to practice magic under the guidance of the kindly headmaster Albus Dumbledore and other school professors along with his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Harry discovers that he is famous throughout the novel's magical community, that his fate is tied with that of Lord Voldemort, the internationally feared Dark Wizard and murderer of his parents and James; the film and book series revolve around Harry's struggle to adapt to the wizarding world and defeat Voldemort. Harry is considered a fictional icon and has been described by many critics and audiences as one of the greatest literary and film characters of all time. According to Rowling, the idea for both the Harry Potter books and its eponymous character came while waiting for a delayed train from Manchester, England to London in 1990.
She stated that the idea of "this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard became more and more real to me". While developing the ideas for her book, she decided to make Harry an orphan who attended a boarding school called Hogwarts, she explained in a 1999 interview with The Guardian: "Harry had to be an orphan—so that he's a free agent, with no fear of letting down his parents, disappointing them... Hogwarts has to be a boarding school—half the important stuff happens at night! There's the security. Having a child of my own reinforces my belief that children above all want security, that's what Hogwarts offers Harry."Her own mother's death on 30 December 1990 inspired Rowling to write Harry as a boy longing for his dead parents, his anguish becoming "much deeper, much more real" than in earlier drafts because she related to it herself. In a 2000 interview with The Guardian, Rowling established that the character of Wart in T. H. White's novel The Once and Future King is "Harry's spiritual ancestor."
She established Harry's birth date as 31 July, the same as her own. However, she maintained that Harry was not directly based on any real-life person: "he came just out of a part of me". Rowling has maintained that Harry is a suitable real-life role model for children. "The advantage of a fictional hero or heroine is that you can know them better than you can know a living hero, many of whom you would never meet if people like Harry and identify with him, I am pleased, because I think he is likeable." Harry first appears in the Philosopher's Stone. Starting in 1981, when Harry was just one year old, his parents and Lily, were murdered by the most powerful Dark Wizard, Lord Voldemort, he attempted to kill Harry too, but was unsuccessful and only left a lightning bolt shaped scar on Harry's forehead. Voldemort's body was destroyed. Harry learns that the reason why he survived was because his mother sacrificed herself for him, her love was something that Voldemort could not destroy. According to Rowling, fleshing out this back story was a matter of reverse planning: "The basic idea Harry... didn't know he was a wizard... and so I kind of worked backwards from that position to find out how that could be, that he wouldn't know what he was...
That's... When he was one year old, the most evil wizard for hundreds and hundreds of years attempted to kill him, he killed Harry's parents, he tried to kill Harry—he tried to curse him.... Harry has to find out, and for some mysterious reason, the curse didn't work on Harry. So he's left with this lightning-bolt shaped scar on his forehead, the curse rebounded upon the evil wizard, in hiding since"; as a result, Harry is written as an orphan living with his only remaining family, the Dursleys, who are neglectful and abusive. On his eleventh birthday in 1991, Harry learns he is a wizard when Rubeus Hagrid arrives to tell him that he is to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There he learns about the wizarding world, his parents, his connection to the Dark Lord; when he is sorted into Gryffindor House, he becomes fast friends with classmates Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, foils Voldemort's attempt to steal the Philosopher's Stone. He forms a rivalry with characters Draco Malfoy, a classmate from an elitist wizarding family, the cold, condescending Potions master, Severus Snape, Draco's mentor and the head of Slytherin House.
Both feuds continue throughout the series and are settled at the series's end (Draco's in the West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Snape's on his deathbed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In a 1999 interview, Rowling stated that Draco is based on several prototypical schoolyard bullies she encountered and Snape on a sadistic teacher of hers who abused his power. Rowling has stated that the "Mirror of Erised" chapter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is her favourite, her favourite funny scene is when Harry inadvertently sets a boa constrictor free from the zoo in the horrified Dursleys' presence. In the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Rowling pits Harry against Tom Riddle, Lord Voldemort's "memory" within a secret diary which has possessed Ron's younger sister Ginny; when Muggle-born students are being Petrified, many suspect that Harry may be behind the attacks
Henry Fool is a 1997 American black comedy-drama film written and directed by Hal Hartley, featuring Thomas Jay Ryan, James Urbaniak, Parker Posey. As in The Unbelievable Truth, an earlier Hartley film and reality again conflict; the film won the best screenplay award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. A sequel, titled Fay Grim, was released in 2006. Another sequel, titled Ned Rifle, was released in 2014. Inept garbage-man Simon Grim is befriended by Henry Fool, a witty rogue and untalented novelist. Henry opens the world of literature to Simon, inspires him to write "the great American poem." Simon struggles to get his work recognized, it is dismissed as pornographic and scatological, but Henry continues to push and inspire Simon to get the poem published. Henry carries around a bundle of notebooks that he refers to as his "Confession," a work that details aspects of his mysterious past that he one day hopes to publish, when he and the world is ready for them. Henry's hedonistic antics cause all manner of turns in the lives of Simon's family, not least of, impregnating Fay, Simon's sister.
As Simon begins an ascent to the dizzying heights of Nobel Prize-winning poet, Henry sinks to a life of drinking in low-life bars as his own attempts at fame result in rejection by Simon's publisher who once employed Henry. The friends part ways and lose touch, until Henry’s criminal past catches up with him and he needs Simon’s help to flee the country. Thomas Jay Ryan as Henry Fool James Urbaniak as Simon Grim Parker Posey as Fay Grim Liam Aiken as Ned Maria Porter as Mary James Saito as Mr. Deng Kevin Corrigan as Warren Camille Paglia as herself Nicholas Hope as Father Hawkes Toy Connor as Teenager at World Of Donuts Based on 28 reviews collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 89% of critics gave Henry Fool a positive review, with an average rating of 7.4/10. Leonard Maltin gives the film two and a half stars, saying Hartley "just misses the mark". Henry Fool at AllMovie Henry Fool on IMDb
A Doll's House
A Doll's House is a three-act play written by Norway's Henrik Ibsen. It premiered at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 21 December 1879, having been published earlier that month; the play is set in a Norwegian town circa 1879. The play is significant for the way it deals with the fate of a married woman, who at the time in Norway lacked reasonable opportunities for self-fulfillment in a male-dominated world, it aroused a great sensation at the time, caused a “storm of outraged controversy” that went beyond the theatre to the world newspapers and society. In 2006, the centennial of Ibsen's death, A Doll's House held the distinction of being the world's most performed play that year. UNESCO has inscribed Ibsen's autographed manuscripts of A Doll's House on the Memory of the World Register in 2001, in recognition of their historical value; the title of the play is most translated as A Doll's House, though some scholars use A Doll House. John Simon says that A Doll’s House is "the British term for what call a'dollhouse'".
Egil Törnqvist says of the alternative title: "Rather than being superior to the traditional rendering, it sounds more idiomatic to Americans." Nora Helmer – wife of Torvald, mother of three, is living out the ideal of the 19th-century wife, but leaves her family at the end of the play. Torvald Helmer – Nora's husband, a newly promoted bank manager, professes to be enamoured of his wife but their marriage stifles her. Dr Rank – a rich family friend, he is terminally ill, it is implied that his "tuberculosis of the spine" originates from a venereal disease contracted by his father. Christine Linde – Nora's old school friend, widowed, is seeking employment, she was in a relationship with Krogstad prior to the play's setting. Nils Krogstad – an employee at Torvald's bank, single father, he is pushed to desperation. A supposed scoundrel, he is revealed to be a long-lost lover of Christine; the Children – Nora and Torvald's children: Ivar and Emmy. Anne Marie – Nora's former nanny, who gave up her own daughter to "strangers" when she became, as she says, the only mother Nora knew.
She now cares for Nora's children. Helen – the Helmers' maid The Porter – delivers a Christmas tree to the Helmer household at the beginning of the play; the play opens at Christmas time. Nora's husband Torvald is working in his study, he playfully rebukes her for spending so much money on Christmas gifts, calling her his "little squirrel." He teases her about how the previous year she had spent weeks making gifts and ornaments by hand because money was scarce. This year Torvald is due a promotion at the bank where he works, so Nora feels that they can let themselves go a little; the maid announces two visitors: Mrs. Kristine Linde, an old friend of Nora's, who has come seeking employment. Kristine has had a difficult few years since her husband died leaving her with no money or children. Nora says that things have not been easy for them either: Torvald became sick, they had to travel to Italy so he could recover. Kristine explains that when her mother was ill she had to take care of her brothers, but now that they are grown she feels her life is "unspeakably empty."
Nora promises to talk to Torvald about finding her a job. Kristine tells Nora that she is like a child. Nora is offended, so she teases the idea that she got money from "some admirer," so they could travel to Italy to improve Torvald's health, she told Torvald that her father gave her the money, but in fact she managed to illegally borrow it without his knowledge because women couldn't do anything economical like signing checks without their husband. Over the years, she has been saving up to pay it off. Krogstad, a lower-level employee at Torvald's bank and goes into the study. Nora is uneasy when she sees him. Dr. Rank leaves the study and mentions that he feels wretched, though like everyone he wants to go on living. In contrast to his physical illness, he says that the man in the study, Krogstad, is "morally diseased." After the meeting with Krogstad, Torvald comes out of the study. Nora asks him if he can give Kristine a position at the bank and Torvald is positive, saying that this is a fortunate moment, as a position has just become available.
Torvald, Dr. Rank leave the house, leaving Nora alone; the nanny returns with the children and Nora plays with them for a while until Krogstad creeps through the ajar door, into the living room, surprises her. Krogstad tells Nora that Torvald intends to fire him at the bank and asks her to intercede with Torvald to allow him to keep his job, she refuses, Krogstad threatens to blackmail her about the loan she took out for the trip to Italy. Krogstad leaves and when Torvald returns, Nora tries to convince him not to fire Krogstad. Torvald refuses to hear her pleas, explaining that Krogstad is a liar and a hypocrite and that he committed a terrible crime: he forged someone's name. Torvald feels physically ill in the presence of a man "poisoning his own children with lies and dissimulation." Kristine arrives to help Nora repair a dress for a costume function that she and Torvald plan to attend the next day. Torvald returns from the bank, Nora pleads with him to reinstate Krogstad, claiming she is worried Krogstad will publish libelous articles about Torvald and ruin his career.
Torvald dismisses her fears and explains that, although Krogstad is a good worker and seems to have turned his life around, he must b
Ned Rifle is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Hal Hartley. It is the third and final film in a trilogy following characters introduced in Hartley's 1997 film Henry Fool and 2006 sequel Fay Grim. Ned Rifle stars Liam Aiken as the title character, reprising his role from the other two films, as well as Aubrey Plaza, Parker Posey, James Urbaniak, Thomas Jay Ryan; the film premiered on September 2014 at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in select theaters and on demand beginning on April 1, 2015. Kept in a special school run at age 18 Ned is free to leave, his mission in life is to kill his rogue father Henry. On visiting his mother Fay, serving a life sentence for terrorism, she cannot tell him her husband's whereabouts and suggests he contacts her brother Simon, a writer in New York. Anxious to see Simon is a penniless postgraduate called Susan, who wants to write about his work. Learning that his father was last heard of working in Seattle, Ned rushes off to the airport.
Susan follows him, because she has her own reasons for wanting to find Henry, Ned reluctantly teams up with her, though he keeps refusing a romance with her. In Seattle, he learns that his father is being kept in a special clinic. In fact, Henry shams madness. Ned abducts his willing father, planning to shoot him in open country, but discovers that Susan has found his revolver and removed its ammunition, she makes off with Ned's father and gun. Reaching a motel near Spokane, she reveals that she was the 13-year-old girl whose parents burst in just as she had lured Henry to her bed. For that, he got seven years. Now they can carry on and their night of passion disturbs the whole motel. Ned meanwhile in the morning is waiting outside for them to emerge. Susan, having completed her unfinished business with Henry, shoots him dead. Ned bursts in, in a struggle with Susan accidentally knifes her to death. Outside, armed police are waiting for him. While promoting Fay Grim in 2007, writer/director Hal Hartley mentioned the possibility for a third Henry Fool film, hinting that Aiken's character Ned would be the story's focus.
In May 2013, Fortissimo Films acquired the global sales rights for the film at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Gemma Arterton was attached to star. On November 6, 2013, Hartley launched a fundraising campaign to produce the film through Kickstarter, seeking a total of $384,000 and offering various incentives to those who donated $1 or more. Liam Aiken, Parker Posey, James Urbaniak, Thomas Jay Ryan, as well as some crew members, appeared in several videos promoting the campaign. On November 25, Hartley added a $9,000 reward tier offering the film's distribution rights for seven years in the United States and other countries, notably the first Kickstarter to propose offering film distribution rights. Subsequently, Kickstarter notified Hartley that selling distribution rights is a form of investment, forbidden by Kickstarter's terms and conditions, Hartley removed the option; the Kickstarter campaign ended on December 4, with 1,789 donors raising $395,292. In March 2014, Hartley scouted locations in Queens and the Bronx, as well as locations could double for parts of Washington State.
On March 13, it was announced that Aubrey Plaza joined the cast and that a fall release date was planned. Principal photography began in early April 2014, shooting in locations including Queens and the SUNY Purchase campus. Filming wrapped on April 26. A teaser for Ned Rifle was released on July 22, 2014; the film premiered on September 2014 at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It was screened in the Panorama section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 6, 2015; the film's US debut premiered at SXSW in Austin, Texas on March 13, 2015 and was available for viewing on demand on Hartley's official website beginning on April 1, 2015. The film was released in a limited release on the same day. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 78% based on 32 reviews, an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Ned Rifle serves as a satisfying conclusion to Hal Hartley's "Henry Fool" trilogy - and one of the strongest late-period works from a distinguished filmography."
On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Ned Rifle on IMDb Ned Rifle at Rotten Tomatoes Ned Rifle at Kickstarter Ned Rifle - Official Website
Law & Order
Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series created by Dick Wolf, launching the Law & Order franchise. Airing its entire run on NBC, Law & Order premiered on September 13, 1990 and completed its twentieth and final season on May 24, 2010. Set and filmed in New York City, the series follows a two-part approach: the first half-hour is the investigation of a crime and apprehension of a suspect by New York City Police Department detectives. Plots are based on real cases that made headlines, although the motivation for the crime and the perpetrator may be different; the show has had a revolving cast over the years. Among the longest-running main cast members were Steven Hill as District Attorney Adam Schiff, Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe, S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren, Sam Waterston as Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green. Law & Order's twenty seasons tie with Gunsmoke and spin-off Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for the longest-running live-action scripted American primetime series.
The success of the series has led to the creation of additional shows, making Law & Order a franchise, with a television film, several video games, international adaptations of the series. It has won and has been nominated for numerous awards over the years, including a number of Emmy Awards. On May 14, 2010, NBC announced that it had canceled Law & Order and would air its final episode on May 24, 2010. Following the show's cancellation, Wolf attempted to find a new home for the series; those attempts failed, in July 2010, Wolf declared that the series had now "moved to the history books". In 1988, Dick Wolf developed a concept for a new television series that would depict a optimistic picture of the American criminal justice system, he toyed with the idea of calling it Night & Day but hit upon the title Law & Order. The first half of each episode would follow two detectives and their commanding officer as they investigate a violent crime; the second half of the episode would follow the District Attorney's Office and the courts as two prosecutors, with advice from the District Attorney himself, attempt to convict the accused.
Through this, Law & Order would be able to investigate some of the larger issues of the day by focusing on stories that were based on real cases making headlines. Wolf took the idea to then-president of Universal Television Kerry McCluggage, who pointed out the similarity to a 1963 series titled Arrest and Trial, which lasted one season; the two watched the pilot of that series, in which a police officer arrested a man for armed robbery in the first half, the defense attorney, played by Chuck Connors gets the perpetrator off as the wrong guy in the second half. Wolf decided that, while his detectives would also be fallible, he wanted a fresh approach to the genre, to go from police procedural to prosecution with a greater degree of realism. In addition, the prosecution would be a reversal of the usual formula in lawyer dramas. Fox ordered thirteen episodes based on the concept alone, with no pilot. Then-network head Barry Diller reversed the decision. Although he loved the idea, he didn't believe it was a "Fox show".
Wolf went to CBS, which ordered a pilot, "Everybody's Favorite Bagman", written by Wolf about corrupt city officials involved with the mob. The network did not order it because there were no breakout stars. In the summer of 1989, NBC's top executives, Brandon Tartikoff and Warren Littlefield, screened the pilot and liked it. However, by 1990, NBC executives had enough confidence that the innovative show could appeal to a wide audience that they ordered the series for a full season; the series is known for its extensive use of local color. In seasons, New York City mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, attorney William Kunstler and Bronx Congressman José Serrano all appeared on the show as themselves. Local personalities had recurring cameos as fictional characters, such as Donna Hanover and Fran Lebowitz as judges. On September 14, 2004, in New York City, a road leading to Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers was renamed "Law & Order Way" in tribute to the series; the music for Law & Order was composed by veteran composer Mike Post, was deliberately designed to be minimal to match the abbreviated style of the series.
Post wrote the theme song using electric piano and clarinet. In addition, scene changes were accompanied by a tone generated by Post, he refers to the tone as "The Clang", while Entertainment Weekly critic Ken Tucker has referred to the sound as the "ominous chung CHUNG", actor Dann Florek as the "doink doink", Richard Belzer as "the Dick Wolf Cash Register Sound". The tone moves the viewer from scene to scene, jumping forward in time with all the importance and immediacy of a judge's gavel –, what Post was aiming for when he created it. While reminiscent of a jail door slamming, it is an amalgamation of "six or seven" sounds, including the sound made by five hundred Japanese men walking across a hardwood floor; the sound has become so associated with the Law & Order brand that it was carried over to other series of the franchise. The UK-aired Channel Five versions of