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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 17 January, 2019, 09:46:30 pm »
Mario Kart aside, there's a real lack of good driving games on the Switch at the mo. I'd love a port of Outrun: Coast to Coast or something along the lines of a Gran Turismo or Forza type of game.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 17 January, 2019, 06:39:33 pm »
Thanks both that's really useful, will defo check out those game. A colleague was also kind enough to share his Amazon wish list for other things to go with his new Switch... this made me want to cry a little as they all seemed from useful to essential and ... well there's a lot!

I wouldn't worry - one of the best things about the Switch is that it offers portable two player functionality straight out of the box. I wouldn't really say any extra accessories are essential - though I'd recommend a screen protector and possibly a travel case, both of which you can pick up pretty cheap.

Additional controllers, SD cards etc you can pick up as and when you need them.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 17 January, 2019, 06:35:41 pm »
Worth saying that the eShop has regular sales, so you can create a wishlist of games and pick them up when they're cheap(er). You also essentially get a little store credit for every game you buy, which can be put towards future purchases.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 January, 2019, 06:30:32 pm »
Hold the Dark

New Netflix film by the director of Green Room. It isn't a patch on that film, sad to say. Very well shot and acted and it's a more ambitious film, dense with arty farty symbolism. But the plot, such that it is, is a confusing trainwreck of muddled motivations and characters doing very implausible things for little to no given reason. I was so confused by certain plot developments that I actually had to pause the movie about halfway through and check the Wikipedia plot summary to see what I had missed, but I hadn't missed anything - the script really is just deliberately vague on the context for basically everything that happens in the film, so in my mind not an effective or involving mystery/thriller. Avoid.


Thoroughbreds

Thriller about some spoiled upper crust kids and a murder plot gone awry. It isn't a 5/5 smash and it won't be for everyone (I personally think it could have benefitted from leaning more heavily into the low key black humour) but it's a brisk watch (clocks in at under 90 mins) that is admirably restrained (it leaves a lot up to the viewer's imagination - there is very little graphic content and it's really only an R rated film because of it's thematic content rather than anything that happens on screen) and I really enjoyed for what is was. The cast (including The Witch's Anya Taylor Joy and British actor Olivia Cooke as well as the final performance of Anton Yelchin in full sleazeball mode) are really strong, and writer/director (Cory Finley) is one to watch for sure. Recommended.


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

New Netflix Coen Brothers Western anthology film. It's a bit self-indulgent - some of the stories go on a bit, and some of them are stronger than others, but I really enjoyed it overall. Proper filmmaking, nice to see Netflix throwing big money and something so unique and creative. Good stuff.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 16 January, 2019, 11:28:21 pm »
1. I believe the Switch comes with 32gb of internal storage, which will be used for system updates, game saves, screenshots/videos and installs (indie games as well as 'full' games can be downloaded onto the device from the online store or 'eShop'. 32gb will probably suffice for the short term at least, then you can look at picking up a micro SD card at a later date.

2. It's about as robust as a typical phone or tablet, perhaps slightly more so. Nintendo's consoles are usually built to last and fairly rugged but the Switch is still a piece of electronics so is unlikely to survive many droppages. In terms of the screen? It's fairly solid, but I've found that very few games utilise the touch screen anyway. I'd recommend picking up a screen protector though. The controllers/joy cons seem fairly temperamental - I had to ship one off for repair not long ago, but it was covered under warranty.

3. Mario Kart and Rocket League seem like a good shout. In terms of kid friendly games with good co op modes, I haven't played them personally but have heard very good things about Ultimate Chicken Horse, Snipperclips and Overcooked. The most recent Super Mario game - Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - is also a great simultaneous multiplayer player and singleplayer game, but will be on the expensive side. Fortnite - currently the most popular game in the world, is also available on the Switch and the base game is free.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 16 January, 2019, 06:32:01 pm »
It's weird - these days big budget vfx are so ubiquitous they've largely lost their ability to make an impression on me, and it's shows like The Deuce and Mrs Maisel, with their real life actual location shooting, incredible costumes and set dressing that really provide that wow factor I'm missing in blockbuster movies. It's insane how much attention to detail they pack into every little throwaway scene. In The Deuce you can almost smell the cigarette smoke.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 15 January, 2019, 08:08:39 pm »
The Deuce season 2.

Man, this show is so, so amazing. Along with GLOW and Marvelous Mrs Maisel this is probably my favourite show on TV right now. Crazy how overlooked it is. I feel like if it were on Netflix instead of HBO it'd be getting a lot more buzz.

Season 2 so far has been far less heavy and more 'fun' (for want of a better word) than season 1 was. The lives of the characters and their various plot threads feel far more interlinked now, and I'm even starting to like some of the pimp characters, especially Larry, whose storyline takes a really surprising turn this season, and it's really satisfying to see the power balance shifting (however slightly) in favour of the female characters.

Apparently it's been renewed for a third and final season, though I was relieved to find that the creators always intended for three and done, so it's great that we'll end up with a really great, complete, short run of a truly wonderful show.

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Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones prequel
« on: 11 January, 2019, 07:40:52 pm »
I have very much come round on the later books. I - like most people - didn't much care for them on first reading but I love them now. While they still have some epic 'wtf' moments*, they are dense and are generally more concerned with the characters internal struggles and dilemnas than they are with exciting plot twists. They also include very important character development for Dany and Jon who, having both ascended to power in the previous books, now have to grapple with the politics of ruling and attempting to win the peace (and both failing in their own ways).

A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons, taken together (they were originally intended as one book) are also quite deliberately slower paced to represent the lull between the cataclysmic events of the opening trilogy, whereas the intended next book (The Winds of Winter) will see things gathering pace for the big finale (for a start, it's opening chapters will essentially comprise two giant battles). They aren't page turners in the same sense, but I very much disagree with the common opinion that Martin has 'lost control' over the narrative. I fully understand why some people struggle with the Dorne and Iron islands plots in A Feast for Crows - I did at first - but there is a lot of meat on the bones and the books are well worth revisiting.

Having said all that, I totally understand the need to pare them down for TV adaptation, I just think the TV show writers have badly floundered in how they have handled things, especially concerning Stannis and the farcical Dorne storyline.

*Like the Daznak's Pit scene (where Dany escapes from the Gladiator stadium on the back of Drogon) which imo the show totally bungled and is so much cooler and frankly more metal as it plays out in the books.

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Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones prequel
« on: 11 January, 2019, 05:56:09 pm »
Yeah, IIRC he was a guest star in season one, and wasn't a regular until season 2. I'd also argue that he wasn't a household name prior to GoT.

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Writing budget. Then effects budget for me. As the effects got better, the writing became a bit more slapdash.

Absolutely. I think they really peaked with seasons 3 & 4 and it's been a steady decline ever since then. It's pretty obvious that the showrunners (like many readers) loved the first three books but don't really care so much for the books that follow, with how many liberties they've taken with the narrative. You can also tell how much the writer favour certain characters over others - the portrayal of Stannis is a particular sore point - he's a standout fan-favourite character in the books, but the show's writers never really got a grasp on what makes him compelling (and ended up giving many of his standout moments to Jon Snow).

You don't have to do too much reading between the lines in order to detect something of a rift between the showrunners and George RR Martin ever since season 4 when the show really started to diverge from the books (4 being the last season Martin himself wrote on). I don't think there is outright animosity, but I do think Martin is a little stung as he was always very vocal about wanting  a longer run (10 full seasons) and a more faithful adaptation of his books, while the showrunners (understandably) wanted to wrap things up much sooner.

It's still essential viewing in terms of pure spectacle, but really that's all it is - spectacle, whereas those first four seasons were far more interesting and engaging on a character level, and really turned viewer expectations upside down. It's hard to watch the 'Beyond the Wall' episode of season 7 - packed as it was with action movie cliches, and reconcile it with the show as it was circa season 1.

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Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 10 January, 2019, 09:31:29 pm »
Netflix made a doc about the ill-fated 'social media influencer music festival' FYRE which might as well be called Schadenfreude: the Movie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ0KNVU2fV0

I'm sold.

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Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones prequel
« on: 10 January, 2019, 06:11:12 pm »
As for this series, I'm not particularly interested given how much of a nosedive the quality of writing has taken in the last few series of the main show, though I believe Jane Goldman is involved, and I tend to enjoy her stuff, so could be a surprise.

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Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones prequel
« on: 10 January, 2019, 06:09:04 pm »
Yeah, and remember that Sean Bean was by far the most famous (arguably the only internationally famous) cast member of the original series when it launched. All of the young cast (who went on to become the real main characters of the show) were total unknowns.

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News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 10 January, 2019, 05:24:43 pm »
RIP - one of the true greats.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 08 January, 2019, 11:04:11 pm »
Bodyguard.

Had heard good things about this, but I thought it started out with a fairly preposterous opening, and just got more silly from there. Lost my attention after the first episode.

Girlfriend liked it, though.

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Film & TV / Re: Stan and Ollie
« on: 08 January, 2019, 10:58:32 pm »
Heard good things about this, and the casting is spot on - looks like Hollywood finally figured out what to do with Steve Coogan.

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