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Film & TV / Re: Blu-ray Minithread
« on: 19 February, 2019, 03:53:51 pm »
I grabbed those Carpenter boxes too, Prince of Darkness just arrived yesterday. Was a little annoyed by the way the pre-orders went up, because initially it didn't look like PoD was getting the box edition treatment so I ordered the steelbook edition instead and wound up with both. Still, I have a friend who collects steelbooks who wants to buy it off me so all worked out in the end!

Also just bought the Arrow release of Miracle Mile, had been meaning to own it for a while and seeing it again recently gave me the prod I needed. Not watched it yet but Arrow's treatment of these cult classics has been great.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 19 February, 2019, 09:27:22 am »
Yeah I've not tried a load of times, but haven't managed to beat the Hunk level either. I gather the best approach is basically to sprint it and hope you can avoid as much as possible (with the occasional pause to stun a zombie with a legshot or something). I haven't found a way to avoid being hit by Mr X at least once when he appears though, and I've not been lucky enough to scrape through to the exit yet. I've gotten annoyingly close though!

Is the new Survivors DLC a similar set-up? Just a mad challenge-mode style dash to the finish?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 February, 2019, 10:24:57 am »
We went to see Alita: Battle Angel and really, really enjoyed it. Helped that it was an IMAX showing but it looked and sounded absolutely stunning, and I thought the designs were really cool and the action was very well executed, it's rare I actually feel excited by action scenes these days (maybe a bit numb to how overblown things have gotten in this CG age?) but even when things got pretty wild the confrontations in this still felt meaty and grounded. It helped that for a 12A they've really not been shy about making the fights feel pretty bone-crunchingly impactful (and they also used their one 12A F-Bomb very effectively I thought). The Motorball sequence was really thrilling in particular.

The fact she's completely mo-capped wasn't as distracting as I feared from the trailer, yeah her eyes are massive but the performance capture is pretty exceptional and the performance underneath is really strong so I was won over early on and just stopped thinking about it. I do wonder why they felt they really needed to do it though, as introducing that kind of uncanny valley element for no reason other than I guess to replicate the anime look is a weird choice if it's maybe going to put some people off. I thought it was perhaps because she's not supposed to look entirely human, but then people interact with her as if she is human until they see her cyborg limbs, so it just strikes me as a bit unnecessary, but not particularly bothersome.

It really is about as close to a live action anime as I think I've seen, and the kind of cyberpunky anime that I particularly enjoy, so I had a great time with it. We came out of it chatting giddily about how fun a sequel would be, and a bit bummed about how unlikely that is given it seems to have been tarred with the turkey brush before release so will probably flop pretty hard.

Also got to Resident Evil: Extinction on my RE rewatch, and Cosh was right about it being the closest thing to an objectively good film that the series has. Maybe it's coming off the really poor looking Apocalypse, but this just feels way more visually confident and focused than the others. It's all staged pretty well, the story is intelligible, the desert gives it all a great post-apocalyptic Mad Max With Zombies vibe, the action scenes are pretty great and with the duster and knives combo it has maybe Milla's most badass look of them all. Really enjoyed it, and not even in the guilty pleasure way that I enjoy some of the others.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 18 February, 2019, 10:04:03 am »
I also had that 'why is their hair not floating?' moment, before reminding myself that for sci-fi on a telly budget they're actually addressing way more little details than most shows would bother with! I didn't even register the pouring drinks thing, I think it works in the show's favour that because everyone is walking around in magnetic shoes I almost forget there's no gravity for long stretches. I also thought the tears moment was really cool, such a small detail and was really neat that they did it.

Another detail I liked was that they'd thought about how someone's dialect and accent adjusts to who they're around, it's most obvious with Naomi because she flits between the Rocinante and the belter community, and it's really cool how she slips in and out of belter lingo as she goes back and forth. Everyone does that when they visit home, but not sure I've noticed that detail in a show before.

Have finished season 3 now and about halfway through it I turned to my wife and declared it my favourite show I've ever watched, and she agreed. Battlestar has been the king for a long time for me (so much so that it felt a bit like a betrayal to say it!) but it really has engaged me that much. Time will tell if it will stand up to that claim, or if I was just caught up in the moment, but right now I'm really excited about rewatching it all before season 4 appears later in the year, and I very rarely do that with TV shows.

I find one of the biggest strengths of it, particularly in season 3, is how with many of the conflicts it's not 'goodies vs villains', because there are a bunch of characters you've invested in and grown to love on all sides of the conflict and they're all just trying their best to carry out what their interpretation of the correct solution is. There are so many times that in the pursuit of that a character does something pretty awful, but it doesn't ever feel like a heel turn, you just feel for them and know they've been pushed into a position where that felt the only action. And man, Amos is just the best TV character in years. He is THE BEST, and he's so stoic and closed off that when he does his loyal friend thing it grabs me by the heart and squeezes all the feels out. I like all the characters that I'm genuinely tense as hell for a lot of it because there aren't any characters I wouldn't find gut-wrenching to lose!

In short, I love it, fantastic.

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 15 February, 2019, 09:29:39 am »
It is a very odd choice, I'm sure it has its fans but it seems to be pretty universally regarded as the weakest of the games. I didn't find it much worse than your average AC to be honest, but it's definitely nowhere near as good as something like Black Flag.

Very curious to try Tetris, if only because on paper the idea that even Tetris now has a battle royale really made me chuckle.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 05:03:33 pm »
I always find it weird that Prince of Darkness is often referred to as one of Carpenter's bad films, I'm a huge fan of it. I find it incredibly creepy and intense (and my other half maintains PoD and [REC] are the most scared she's ever been by a film). Also has one of my favourite Carpenter scores (the theme is fantastic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFb0XzoOZhk).

For me it captures the sense of being besieged in a situation that keeps on getting more intense (for want of a better description, the Night of The Living Dead thing) better than almost any film out there. I can totally see how watching it in a certain mood it might come across as very hokey, but personally it's always scared the bejeezus out of me!

Went to see it in a church once and the people there who hadn't seen it were absolutely terrified, which was fun.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 February, 2019, 11:25:26 am »
Good movies! Have you seen Radioactive Dreams? That's another fun cool movie that'd fit in somewhere on a shelf with those. Also Repo Man (1984) if anyone in here hasn't seen that somehow, one of the greats.

I haven't seen either of those, but funnily enough the friend I went to Cherry 2000/Miracle Mile with brought me in a loan of the Repo Man DVD the next day, and said if I liked those I would love it! Looking forward to watching it. Had to google Radioactive Dreams there and surprised I haven't heard of it, looks barmy. Will try and check it out, thanks for the recommendation!

Watched An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn at the weekend and really enjoyed it, but it's bizarre enough that it probably won't appeal to everyone. I still haven't seen the writer/director's previous film The Greasy Strangler but remember a lot of people I knew watching it and being a bit dumbfounded, so I'd imagine this is a similar tone and humour as that. A really good cast putting in some really amusingly odd performances and some really surreal laughs. Probably has very niche appeal, but we laughed a lot. It's bonkers.

Also tried to watch Garbage Pail Kids The Movie and made it about half an hour in which was good going I think. Had heard how awful it was and needed to satisfy my morbid B-movie curiosity, but the wee kids themselves were total nightmare fuel and I couldn't take it.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 11 February, 2019, 11:09:55 am »
Yeah we're about 6 episodes into S3 now after watching 3 back to back last night. It's pretty unheard of for us to watch more than one episode of anything in one sitting (outside sitcoms), but it's so damn good. I think the last time we actually binged anything was S2 of The Expanse actually.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 February, 2019, 10:20:07 am »
Watched the Fyre festival documentary on Netflix, which was pretty fascinating. The thing that struck me most was the insane level of self-belief all those idiots putting it together had. It's weird to watch people who believe they're geniuses just because they're wealthy, it's a peculiarly Trumpy sort of delusion. It only barely touches on the ethical question of how accountable 'influencers' should be for this sort of thing - if you have a huge Twitter following and someone pays you a ton of money to endorse a scam, then surely you're a participant in the scam for duping all those people for cash?! Apparently Fuck Jerry had final approval on the cut, which will be why they don't seem to get much of a kicking in it for their part in it, which is a shame as would be nice to see them get their comeuppance.

There's a remorselessness to the way the main organizer fella fleeces everyone continuously (his post festival 'business' venture is pretty jaw-droppingly brazen) that's quite disturbing to watch, there's some weird disconnect with reality going on there. A good watch, curious how the rival Hulu doc portrays things.

Also saw Cherry 2000 for the first time, as a friend was putting on a double-bill of that and Steve De Jarnatt's other film Miracle Mile. It's very different, and very much a straight to video '80s action cheesefest but it's a got a lot of charm and character, and the world is a weird post-apocalyptic sci-fi western mash of styles that reminded me of something like Fallout: New Vegas. It played really well, with people cheering on the action and chuckling along with the villain (Tim Thomerson plays an awesomely quirky bad guy with some great cheeseball lines) so if you like that brand of trashy '80s B-Movie then you'd get something out of it.

It's so different to Miracle Mile though that it's a bit crazy to think it was made by the same guy, he definitely has a ton of imagination and heart so it's a shame those seem to be the only two movies he directed. Cherry 2000 is a bit of fun cheesy throwaway fun, but Miracle Mile is a proper masterpiece as far as I'm concerned. Saw it for the first time at a movie marathon screening a year or so ago knowing nothing about it and it blew my mind, and seems like everyone at this screening had that same experience. If you haven't seen it then thoroughly recommend going in as cold as possible, as not knowing what it's about made for one of the best cinema experiences I've had.

Games / Re: Freebies and/or bargains
« on: 07 February, 2019, 09:47:16 am »
The original Crackdown is free right now on the Microsoft store, and is backwards compatible on the XB1 (and enhanced on the 1X apparently). Had a lot of fun times with it way back when it came out so will be interesting to see how it holds up!

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 06 February, 2019, 12:20:52 pm »
Played through a PC game called The Eternal Castle Remastered, which is an homage to Another World/Flashback style Amiga games (it's pitched as a remake of a forgotten classic but I gather nobody has found any evidence that such a thing ever existed, still some neat marketing!).

They really go HARD on the minimal art style (to the point where it can occasionally be difficult to parse what a screen is supposed to represent) and the controls are authentically clunky and poorly explained (I discovered I could switch weapons just before the game finished), plus the difficulty is just as brutal as those old games. None of that will sound appealing to most people, but having grown up with Amiga games I loved it, so it might appeal to people with that aquired taste and the same nostalgia for that sort of thing. Only about 2-3hrs long, and with a banging old-school soundtrack (I cranked the final boss fight up to ear worrying volumes because it was so damn good).

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 February, 2019, 09:38:11 am »
I need to give that remake another watch, I was pretty disappointed first time round but there's a good chance I'd enjoy it more if I know what I'm getting going in. Those movies have such a weird tone that seems really hard to nail down and perfect, and it didn't feel like it was hitting it for me. Saying that, there was a point right towards the end where it's raining blood and I thought 'now THIS is an Evil Dead movie', but then it seemed to finish just as it was hitting its stride there. Could have been the mood I was in, will need to go back to it!

I was also pretty underwhelmed by the ending to Ghost Stories, despite liking the film a lot overall. The marketing for the play made such a big deal about not telling anyone what happens because it would spoil the surprise, so I maybe expected a lot more. The movie is creepy as hell though, and I thought Paul Whitehouse gave a great performance against type (or at least I've only ever seen him do comedy, outside of the odd tender moment in The Fast Show).

Watched half of the Netflix Fyre documentary last night and it's really something! Had to put it off just as the attendees were arriving, so looking forward to jumping in tonight and seeing how that panned out (from social media I at least know the cheese sandwiches were disappointing).

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 05 February, 2019, 10:18:09 am »
Damn, that sounds insane! Something to look forward to. Seems like there's a lot of replayability in the way different runs vary, which is nice because that was such a feature of the original too.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 05 February, 2019, 10:14:47 am »
It definitely takes a bit of time to get into the phrasing and the way the characters speak. I remember comparing it a little bit to The Wire when I first started watching, just in the sense that you feel a bit like you've been dropped in at the deep end and expected to figure out for yourself what everyone is talking about. It's like joining a conversation mid-way instead of being introduced, if that analogy makes sense!

Once it clicked I didn't find it a problem though, and like The Wire I maybe feel a bit more engaged with it than I would have if it hadn't asked that of me.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 February, 2019, 10:08:39 am »
You're right, I hadn't spotted that! I do remember it being one of the more memorable films, maybe because the desert setting made it stand out a bit. Pretty sure the last one has popped up on Netflix now, I think it's probably one of my favourites. It's as bonkers as ever, and they'd obviously seen Fury Road by this point and decided to throw some dollops of that into the mix, which I was right up for.

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