Watch Exclusive ‘Smallfoot’ Clip: Down the Mountain

Watch Exclusive 'Smallfoot' Clip: Down the Mountain

In the delightful family adventure Smallfoot, a curious Yeti named Migo (voiced by Channing Tatum) sets out to prove that elusive creatures known as "humans" actually exist. Migo is a scientist and knows that he needs to bring concrete proof.

To that end, Migo must leave his people by a perilous path down a mountain. As our extended exclusive clip shows, though, that's just the beginning of the many challenges facing the heroic scientist and adventurer.

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Wild swims and mountain walks in Norway

The last leg of his Scandi tour takes Kevin Rushby to Norway. On this odyssey, he’s discovered the best things – swimming in fjords, spectacular hikes, wild camping – are free
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Heading west from Åre by rail, we watch the forest and softly rounded fells roll by, all the way up to the border town of Storlien. I’m with my daughter, Maddy (15) and we’re intrigued at this crossing point: a forlorn old railway station in the high wilderness along the Swedish-Norwegian border. With twilight stealing in, we switch trains and set off, charging downhill into Norway.

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Venice Film Review: ‘The Mountain’

A near-hypnotic pall of strangeness, so opaque as to be genuinely menacing, shadows and disrupts the pristine surfaces of “The Mountain” — and that’s before Denis Lavant shows up to take its derangement into the stratosphere. The fifth and most austerely polished feature to date from American outlier Rick Alverson, this troubling fable about a shiftless young […]

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How a friend’s tragic death inspired ‘Gabriel and the Mountain’

When Brazilian director Fellipe Barbosa set out to make a film about how his childhood friend ended up dead on a mountaintop in southeast Africa, he went to exhausting lengths to get it exactly right. “On the last day of the shoot, we walked four hours to arrive at the place where his body was…
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How Scaling a Mountain in ‘Celeste’ Calmed a Worried Mind

Celeste is a game about climbing a mountain. That’s the elevator pitch, anyway. I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I booted it up for the first time and found myself at the base of this titular mountain. I had heard rumblings that there was more to it than that, but it still took me by surprise when it was revealed that, among other things, Celeste is a game about dealing with anxiety.

I’ve been living with the dirty ‘A’ word for the past two years now. Some days I’m fine, other days I’m not. Describing its pervasive feelings, and those of its sinister bedfellow – the panic attack – is a difficult proposition, beyond listing the easily identifiable physical symptoms.

I’ve no doubt used these before when detailing the range of feelings you might barrel through when playing a horror game like Alien: Isolation. Sweaty palms, shortness of breath, numbness in the extremities, a racing heartbeat — you get the jist. Only now they occur when there’s not even a single xenomorph in sight.

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A mysterious figure says she is part of Madeline.

In hindsight, the first time anxiety crept up on me was more terrifying than the reality of the situation would warrant. It was the second time that forced me to take action. What should have been a peaceful walk with my dog turned into a life-altering moment. When my breathing became erratic and my heart started racing, I immediately jumped to the macabre conclusion that I was having a heart attack.

Being in the middle of a field, with help so far away, I figured this would be the end of me; killed by a dodgy heart on a fateful dog walk. The mass hysteria and rapid boom-boom-boom of my heart soon subsided after what felt like an eternity, but that uneasy feeling never quite went away. After a glacial walk home, feeling like I was at death’s door, I booked a doctor’s appointment for the following morning.

For the next few weeks I ran the full gamut of heart tests. My doctor monitored both my heartbeat and blood pressure; I took an electrocardiogram test, and gave blood at the local hospital. The results came back, and physically, there was nothing wrong with me: it was all in my head.

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Gangsters challenge the player to fight on the street in Yakuza Zero.

What I mistook for a heart attack was actually a panic attack, and I was soon diagnosed with a generalised anxiety disorder. I have no idea what triggered it or why, but medication has at least eased the apprehensive feelings I would experience for no discernible reason on a near-daily basis. Instead, my anxiety will manifest in nonsensical situations, because I’m home alone, engaging with public transport, or sitting in the darkened room of a cinema, to name but a few.

Video games have been a useful form of escapism when the war inside my head is at its most histrionic. Whether I let my mind wander the opulent streets of Kamurocho in Yakuza Zero, or cooperate with friends to pop headshots and score screamers in the likes of Destiny 2 and FIFA 18‘s Pro Clubs. Yet none of these games have had a profound effect on the way I grapple with my anxiety like Celeste has.

Although I’ve never played Towerfall before, I was attracted to developer Matt Makes Games’ latest because of comparisons to the magnificently irreverent Super Meat Boy. I knew there was more to it than comparable gameplay hooks, but without wanting to spoil myself, I jumped in blind.

Patiently Punishing


Madeline says that she feels like she needs to accomplish something.

Like Team Meat’s audacious console debut, Celeste is a devilishly difficult 2D platformer. It demands pinpoint precision and a mastery of its various systems to progress through its myriad stages, but unlike Super Meat Boy‘s brazenly bloody adventure, it takes no glee in punishing the player.

Make no bones about it, you will die a lot during this treacherous ascent beyond the jagged peaks of Celeste Mountain. There is a death counter after all — you’ll start to feel like the video game equivalent of a red shirt in Star Trek. Yet meeting your demise never feels like the gut-punch it so often does in other masocore platformers of Celeste‘s ilk.

“Be proud of your death count!” one loading screen tooltips says. “The more you die, the more you’re learning. Keep going!” This is a game that wants you to succeed and takes wholesome joy in encouraging you to surpass its trickiest challenges. Celeste is like a soft, comfy hug of a game — all the while killing you for the 400th time in three hours — and this warmhearted nature comes across in its narrative, too.

Apprehensive protagonist Madeline is not a professional mountain climber. She’s on a self-imposed mission to scale Celeste’s peak for very personal reasons. Suffice to say, Madeline suffers from anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, and much of the storytelling is focused on how the mountain forces her to confront these issues.

You see, Celeste is not a normal mountain. There’s something mysterious and otherworldly about it, and Madeline is warned from the outset that it has a habit of showing people who they really are.

Art Imitating Life


Madeline is told that there are more creepy things living in her head than the mysterious figure.

The ramifications of Madeline’s visit are felt early on when a menacing part of her psyche breaks free. Part of Me, as it’s known, is a physical manifestation of Madeline’s anxiety and mental anguish. She’s an antagonist and tormentor; the part of Madeline’s brain that makes her doubt herself, and tells her she isn’t good enough. The relationship between the two is at the crux of Celeste‘s story, but I want to focus on one powerful scene in particular.

At the end of chapter four, Madeline meets up with Theo, a fellow adventurer she had previously encountered near the base of the mountain. Theo is the complete opposite of Madeline; he’s self-assured, cool, calm, collected, a jokester, and a proponent of good selfies — though there’s more depth to him below the surface.


Theo gives Madeline bunny ears as they take a selfie.

After he takes a comically long tumble directly onto his face, the two of them board a rickety-looking gondola in order to traverse to the other side of a perilous chasm. After a short conversation between the two budding friends, Part of Me disrupts the peace by stopping the gondola dead in its tracks, leaving Madeline and Theo dangling hundreds of feet in the air with no obvious escape.

Understandably, this terrifying situation causes Madeline to have a panic attack, which is artfully represented by ominous tendrils that blot out the sun and gnaw away at her from every angle.

Madeline’s personality still shines through here as she snaps at Theo about what a stupid idea this was, but in this moment he’s the perfect companion for what she’s going through.

Soothing A Worried Mind

As Madeline shrinks into herself, Theo recounts a trick he learnt from his granddad. “Picture a feather floating in front of you,” he calmly instructs as an orange hued feather appears in the centre of the screen. “Your breathing keeps that feather floating. Just breathe slow and steady, in and out.” It’s a simple exercise, but when your mind is racing this simplicity is essential.

Gradually the screen fades to black and you’re left with nothing but this feather, gently flowing up and down. You have to adjust Madeline’s breathing to keep the feather in its graceful flutter. Maintain a peaceful rhythm for long enough and you’re brought back to reality: the tendrils have dispersed, Part of Me is gone, and the gondola is mercifully moving again.

Thanks to Theo, his granddad, and Madeline’s deft handling of the situation, her panic attack has passed by without incident. All the two of them are left with is a memorable selfie to commemorate the occasion — snapped at the exact moment the gondola came to a petrifying halt.

At the time, this scene resonated with me because I was witnessing a video game protagonist struggling with an all-too-familiar sensation. Madeline might have a traditional arsenal of death-defying platforming abilities, but she’s relatable — she feels very human.

Cartoony Catharsis


Celeste relaxes with Theo, imagining the feather.

When I could sense myself succumbing to panic’s pernicious clutches just a few days ago, I closed my eyes and all I could do was picture Madeline and that feather. I slowly inhaled, then exhaled, syncing each breath with the feather, recalling Theo’s words, and taking inspiration from Madeline’s strength. Instead of overreacting, I was able to focus and think rationally, and the panic attack gradually faded away without ever escalating to unbearable heights.

As Madeline edges closer and closer to Celeste’s peak, Matt Makes Games introduces a spine-tingling gauntlet that forces you to utilise every skill you’ve learnt throughout Madeline’s exhausting journey. Reaching the top of the mountain after all of this is elating, yet it was that moment further down, on that stranded gondola, that will stay with me forever.

Taking what Theo said and applying it to alleviate a very real struggle is the biggest accomplishment I can take from Celeste.

I know visualisation is a technique often used in meditation to help relax and control one’s breathing, but in this case Celeste‘s depiction is heightened by its context, and speaks to the tangible impact of video game storytelling and interaction. Anxiety might always be with me, but there are ways to ease its suffocating grip. I just didn’t expect to find one halfway up a digital mountain, but I’m glad I did.

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20 great lake and mountain holidays in Europe

Summer holidays don’t have to mean sea and sand. We pick breaks amid mountains and by tranquil lakes to suit lovers of long hikes, high-energy activity – or just dreamy upland vistas

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It sounds easy: “Cruising over rocky passes and through lush meadows.” But runners on this holiday in the Dolomites will have to concentrate hard on their footwork: the scenery of this limestone wonderland is so beautiful it would be easy to take a tumble. Dolomite Mountains’ range of hut-to-hut itineraries may be challenging, but the overnights at rifugi with scrumptiously rich food, comfy beds and drinks in the cutesy bars are just reward. The five-day Alta Via 1 covers 77km, starting in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
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See Bailey Bryan’s Sweet Bluegrass Spin on ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’

Since the 1950s, the holiday-themed spiritual "Go Tell It on the Mountain" has been covered by dozens of gospel, folk, R&B, rock and country acts. But for 19-year-old Bailey Bryan, raised in the Pacific Northwest town of Sequim, Washington, her version of the tune evokes not only the celebration of the season but also the scenic area where she grew up. 

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The amazing table mountain in South Africa

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South Africa is a country of heart stopping beauty and elegance, and it also has a hugely important history. The country has changed and evolved significantly over the years, but, the natural beauty has always remained. Always been a constant. There is such a grand cultural legacy in the country, and so many areas of it we look at with awe and wonder. One of the most beautiful parts of South Africa is Table Mountain.

This truly staggering flat-topped mountain is considered one of the most iconic and stunning natural landmarks in South Africa. Overlooking the glorious city of Cape Town, Table Mountain attracts thousands of tourists every year and plays a big role in the cultural heritage of South Africa as a nation. So, let’s find out more about this iconic mountain, and the role it plays in South Africa’s heritage. Here are some awesome facts about Table Mountain that we reckon you never knew!

It’s ancient

You could probably infer from the fact that it’s a mountain that the majestic mound has been around for quite some time. What you probably didn’t know is just how long it’s been around for. Well, all in all, Table Mountain is thought to be more than 250 million years old, making it older than the Alps, the Andes, and the Himalayas! In fact, it is one of the oldest mountains in the world, and we feel this helps add to its sense of grandeur to it. We can’t wait to explore further and find out more about this ancient wonder.

Amazing wildlife

South Africa has no shortage of amazing nature and wildlife as it is, but Table Mountain, in particular, has some stunning examples. There is loads of beautiful flora and fauna here, and a lot of the wildlife only exists on the slopes of the great mountain. For instance, there is a species of frog native to these slopes called the Table Mountain Ghost Frog. This little guy can only be found on an 8 km square area on the southern slopes of the mountain, and nowhere else in the world.

It’s still growing

It might surprise you to learn that Table Mountain is actually still growing! No, you didn’t hear that wrong! Hundreds of millions of years ago the Earth was the supercontinent Pangea, with Africa at the center, and then the continents broke off and drifted away. During this time, the shifting tectonic plates caused land masses to split and fold, but, Table Mountain remained immune due to being made from granite. The force was thrust downward instead, and this resulted in the mountain slowly rising over the years, and this is still continuing. In a few hundreds of millions of years, who knows how big it could be!

Table Mountain is one of the most impressive and incredible sights in the world, and a place you absolutely have to see as soon as you can. The mountain is a huge part of the DNA of South Africa and brings in a lot of tourism for the country. These are a few of the cool things you might not have known about Table Mountain and what an amazing structure it actually is.

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Hear Noel Gallagher’s Joyous New Rocker ‘Holy Mountain’

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have offered up their joyous new single "Holy Mountain," the first single off the former Oasis guitarist's upcoming new LP Who Built the

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Watch Idris Elba in 'The Mountain Between Us' Featurette

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star in The Mountain Between Us as two strangers who survive a plane crash in a remote wilderness area and then must rely on each other to get back to civilization and their loved ones. It's a dramatic, compelling story that is bolstered by the terrific performances by Elba and Winslet.

In our exclusive, behind the scenes video, Elba and Winslet talk about the real-life, treacherous environment in which the movie was made and how they drew inspiration from…

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Mountain highs: trekking without borders in the Balkans

It’s no easy stroll … but a spectacular new Balkan trail provides soaring peaks, lake views and memories of friendly locals – and real endeavour

The views from Kosovo’s highest peak are incredible. Or so I’m told. It’s a tricky thing to confirm in blanket murk and howling winds. I’ve just leaned into a gale to reach the 2,656m summit of Mount Gjeravica, where a shabby concrete marker displays a defaced plaque commemorating Kosovo’s first and only Olympic medallist. At this point, the marker and the plaque are the only things I can see. All around, clouds rush and squalls blow. “Yesss!” shouts the man next to me, holding on to his hat. “I love it!”

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