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Film & TV / Re: Mad Max - Fury Road
« on: 14 June, 2018, 10:16:05 pm »
I hadn't seen The Road Warrior before Fury Road. I quickly rectified this, and while I liked it, it's hard to appreciate fully without the nostalgia you'd have for it if you'd watched it a lot growing up. It's not even really fair to compare them given the huge disparity in budget. But I'd say RW drags a bit in places, whereas FR just has this irresistible breakneck pacing from start to finish.

The two films were made 35 years apart; it took Terminator 2, Matrix 2 and Bourne 2 to get audiences even half-way to where George Miller wanted to take them. *

Mad Max 2's still operating on the Where Eagles Dare/Fistful Of Dollars model of a dramatic set-up with occassional action scenes, rather than pure action. 

In terms of the evolving grammar of action cinema, 35 years before Mad Max 2, the hot action ticket was John Wayne winning the war in the Pacific theatre


* Even then, as previously noted, Fury Road wasn't a runaway success

Totally - that's why it's hard to directly compare them.

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Film & TV / Re: Mad Max - Fury Road
« on: 14 June, 2018, 08:34:10 pm »
There's no fat in it whatsoever - appropriately enough it's like a finely-tuned engine.

I also love how the action is insane, but unlike so many modern blockbusters it never crosses over into being so over the top that it shatters any sense of reality and suspension of disbelief and just becomes visual noise.

I love how the worldbuilding is almost entirely visual and packs so much information in without having characters spouting exposition, or beating the audience over the head with it. I think people that complained that it had 'no story' and was 'just one long action scene' simply don't have a solid understanding of storytelling. It's one of the best written blockbusters I've ever seen!

Damn, I need to watch it again!

Shockingly I hadn't seen The Road Warrior before Fury Road. I quickly rectified this, and while I liked it, it's hard to appreciate fully without the nostalgia you'd have for it if you'd watched it a lot growing up. It's not even really fair to compare them given the huge disparity in budget. But I'd say RW drags a bit in places, whereas FR just has this irresistible breakneck pacing from start to finish.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 14 June, 2018, 05:59:19 pm »
The presentation - and e3 in general - has been a huge let down for me regarding Switch news.

I was confident that, now the Switch has a solid install base, we'd see a huge surge of new games, ports and indie titles being announced, but I guess not?

In fact the only new thing to catch my interest so far has been the new Trials game. And that's really about it.

Sorely disappointing.

My Friend Pedro looks awesome:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaPBAKg3VT4

Haha - it does indeed. Slipped me by somehow. Looks almost like a 2.5d side-on Hotline Miami.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 13 June, 2018, 07:46:42 pm »
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I'm fine with E3 Nintendo Direct, Daemon x Machine is right up my alley.

DxM does indeed look great.... but the announcement was pitifully vague in terms of concrete information, release date etc. Could be over a year away for all we know.

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I can't help feeling what they really mean is 'the shite Switch version will arrive 8 months later'.
If this is the case we could end up with a similar sistuation to what happened with the Wii U - inferior version comes out late, no one buys it, support dries up.

I hope not - the huge install base that Switch already has - and the appetite there is for more games would suggest that it's a huge market ready to be tapped. In any case, I don't think it's realistic to expect the latest and greatest current gen games to get ported to Switch - I'm more interested in 1st and 3rd party Switch exclusives, indie games, and ports of older titles like Dark Souls, and these kind of announcements were surprisingly thin on the ground.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 12 June, 2018, 07:44:14 pm »
The presentation - and e3 in general - has been a huge let down for me regarding Switch news.

I was confident that, now the Switch has a solid install base, we'd see a huge surge of new games, ports and indie titles being announced, but I guess not?

In fact the only new thing to catch my interest so far has been the new Trials game. And that's really about it.

Sorely disappointing.

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Film & TV / Re: Mad Max - Fury Road
« on: 11 June, 2018, 07:16:05 pm »
In terms of action, stunts, choreography, cinematography etc, Fury Road is easily the best action film since The Matrix as far as I'm concerned.

Each to their own, but for me, the Marvel movies are enjoyable but ultimately disposable (even the very best of them - GotG, The Avengers - I'd only rate as a high 4 out of 5), and the new Star Wars movies have been mediocre plain and simple. Fury Road is such a tightly constructed film, and made with such a vision and singular purpose it just blows everything on that list out of the water. I mean, can you even name a single memorable action scene from, say, The Force Awakens...?

I'm not sure Dredd is really a fair comparison - it's certainly one of the best genre movies of recent years, but I almost wouldn't describe it as an action movie (it doesn't actually have a huge amount if action in it when you break down), and it's certainly no blockbuster.

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Film & TV / Re: Mad Max - Fury Road
« on: 11 June, 2018, 05:39:29 pm »
It really is the best action movie/blockbuster of the last 15(?) years, isn't it?

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Film & TV / Re: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
« on: 06 June, 2018, 05:28:53 pm »
New trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Hbz2jLxvQ

Well, I for one think this looks wonderful. Stylish, charming, and genuinely funny. I love the characters already.

Great cast, too.

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Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 02 June, 2018, 12:56:24 am »
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I don't generally mind if they ask first...
Do you say no? Does it work?

I believe the accepted British way of dealing with the situation is to say yes out of politeness, then resent them bitterly for the rest of the flight.

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 01 June, 2018, 12:41:53 am »
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Aside from the pushing aside of jar jar, how did episode 3 appease fans?

I've always been of the opinion that Episode I is by far the most confident of the prequels, and feels the most like it's own film. I think it's pretty clear that Lucas changed course quite a bit due to criticism of The Phantom Menace - most of all sidelining Jar Jar Binks, but also leaning heavily into the few things people actually liked about TPM - namely the action scenes/lightsaber duels. There's other things, like making fan-favourite character Boba Fett a central character in Episode II, the silly Yoda fights scenes, the extended Chewie cameo in Ep III etc etc.

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 31 May, 2018, 10:07:32 pm »
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The Sequel sequence has a follow-through but each installment is interrupted by off-shoots that are jumping backward, not directly connected to or necessary in terms of story: The Last Jedi doesn’t follow Rogue One, nor Solo The Last Jedi

Yeah, and yet I've spoken to people who I'm 90% sure weren't aware that Rogue One wasn't a direct sequel to The Force Awakens...

Perhaps they'd have been better off doing the spin-offs as TV series...?

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 31 May, 2018, 06:46:20 pm »
Also, regarding that cameo... I was aware that the character in question was miraculously resurrected in the cartoons (despite being very clearly killed - like, CUT IN HALF AND TOSSED DOWN A BOTTOMLESS PIT - and remember thinking "wow, that's dumb. At least they'd never do something that cheap and contrived in the actual movies"...

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 31 May, 2018, 06:42:03 pm »
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you only have to look at the 40 years of expanded universe novels, comics , games and cartoons for that

My point is that yeah, there's scope for novels, comics and games marketed exclusively to existing fans, but as we're seeing with Solo, there perhaps isn't much appetite for them as huge mainstream blockbuster films. I saw a review that described Solo as 'a filmed Wikipedia article'. That about sums it up. I couldn't give a shit about how Han Solo got his gun. It's just a gun - there's nothing special about it. I'm not interested in the precise circumstances of the times he first met Chewy or Lando - everything we need to know about their relationships we can infer from the original movies. Han is only an interesting character because of the journey he goes on in Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back. Even by Return of the Jedi he feels a bit superfluous.

I think there's a larger point about prequels - in that they are almost almost bad and no one actually seems to like them, they always fall into the same hacky tropes, and I genuinely don't understand why Hollywood keeps churning them out. More often than not, they actually do lasting damage to the prestige of their respective franchises - as in the case of Hobbit/LotR, Alien/Prometheus etc etc.

The one exception to the rule is Better Call Saul, which is totally great despite doing a lot of overtly prequely stuff that usually makes me roll my eyes. I can't think of a single other genuinely great prequel though.

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 31 May, 2018, 06:00:21 pm »
I think it's a combination of things - mainly an oversaturated marketplace - they clearly should have released it during a less crowded month.

As for the reception of the franchise itself... I can only go on my own first hand experience, but yeah there does seem to have been a huge falling off of interest.

The Force Awakens was a legitimate phenomenon - literally everyone was talking about it - and friends who normally don't care about blockbusters went to see it. I organised a big group of friends to all go and see it together.

Then Rogue One comes out the following year. Still quite a bit of hype/awareness, and I was able to get a fairly good-sized group together to see it, though the reaction was very muted - mainly shrugs.

By the time The Last Jedi comes out, no one I knew locally was interested to come and see it with me, and I'd struggle to name more than 3 or 4 people total who I know who saw it at all.

And now Solo is out, and even I - a lifelong Star Wars fan - can't be bothered to see it. I think perhaps two people in my entire social circle have seen it.

It's been a case of diminishing returns. After TLJ - the third underwhelming movie in a row - you just cut your losses.

I think RLM's Rich Evans hit the nail on the head when he said that SW as a property is surprisingly limited in scope. Return of the Jedi feels like a pretty definitive ending for the saga, and there really isn't much you can do with it. Stick too close to the originals and it feels like a retread, but diverge too far from the established formula and it no longer feels like Star Wars.

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Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 30 May, 2018, 08:16:51 pm »
It's not something I would ever do. The minimal extra comfort you gain is so out of whack with the massive extra discomfort you inflict on the poor bastard seated behind. Isn't plane travel already miserable enough for all concerned?

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