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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 21 November, 2019, 06:13:57 pm »
Finished Death stranding the other night. Took 41h. Amazingly weird as well as amazingly engaging game about delivering stuff across between bunker citys in a post apocalyptic america filled with wondrous philip k dick-esque inventions. Rain which speeds up time of things it hits, the main character carrying a baby in a bottle which can detect ghosts, ghosts which tries to drown the player in black tar, and so on.

The true beauty of the game comes from the indirect coop which is taking place. If I place a ladder, a bridge, leave a motorcycle and so on in my game, it can show up in someone else's game, as well as can their stuff show up in my game. And alot of times it can be a real life saver finding a vehicle when some heavy rain is coming in, potentially ruining my cargo. And to acknowledge things people find people give each other likes. Makes for a really wonderful time playing. Especially since carrying cargo has a real sense of weight to it.

Only thing I wish was a bit better would be the vehicle physics as well as the menus. The menus especially. Tiny text and often unclear button prompts, wether I'm to hold down a button or just press once (finding out I needed to hold down a button to reach a menu was especially tricky...)

Here's a trailer if anyone's interested.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 30 October, 2019, 06:05:55 pm »
Had no idea The deuce had ended! Saw the first season and quite liked it. Will start watching two and three soon then :)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 26 October, 2019, 06:52:13 pm »
Terminator: Dark Fate  By no means up there with T2 (not sure if it was a mistake watching it the day before watching Dark fate) but I had a really good time watching it.

Linda's return as Sara Connor is a real stand out. Her pain looks real through out the film. Arnie does a really good job as well, I was surprised how genuinly funny he could be on film (without being the butt of the joke). The new cast is also solid. I was especially pleased with Grace, who looked like she'd be a bit annoying in the trailers but I think the film she was really good. Same goes for the Rev 9 Terminator. Not very exciting in the trailers but he sure is in the movie.

It plays it quite safe. Nothing mindblowing. A bit like the recent Halloween, borrows a bit here and there from the sequels it's said to ignore. Not a movie I'll watch every time after rewatching T1 and T2, but all and all a really solid action film with a suprising amount of humour and heart.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 26 October, 2019, 05:45:39 pm »

Feel I should have known this. If I ever did, I'd forgotten it:

Walter Murch on IMDB

Cool. Never heard about that before. Thank you for sharing :)

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 22 October, 2019, 05:48:35 am »
Here's the final trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qn_spdM5Zg

I don't care much for it, but I'll watch it for sake of completeness.

Film & TV / Movies you haven't seen?
« on: 20 October, 2019, 10:01:40 am »
As the title suggets. Any movies you haven't seen --but should?

I'll go first... Back to the future :-[

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 20 October, 2019, 09:58:14 am »
Starcraft & Brood war Remastered I just finished the last of brood war. Tough campaign. I can confess I only played half of the main game, and then switched to cheats. It's a really good strategy game, but a bit too hard and time consuming for me. Fantastic mix of micro management, chess and rock paper scissors. Only draw back is the sometimes lacking path finding of units. Protos dragons getting stuck in stairs or SCVs getting stuck between supply depots haha. As said, just a bit too hard for me.

I actually mostly play it for it's story line. I really like it how gritty it is. It's Star wars without the force and cute stuff. The main campagin especially, with it's cutscenes of human moments of regular marines getting butchered by Protos and Zergs. A couple of marines using a nuclear bomb case to store beer or someone in his last moment shouting out to his friend "Sarge I love you". Brood war dialed down on it, but I still think it had a hardened feel to it. Especially in gameplay.

Shame star craft 2 didn't do it for me in the story department. Too "heroic" or something.

I, for one, will most likely pick this one up. Never read Slaine, and it looks like a good start.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 16 October, 2019, 08:35:40 pm »
Just finished reading Superman Year one #3 by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr, and as with the two before it doesn't go as all in as I wished it did. Has some fun ideas, but I wish it had a bit more crazy. Especially with last issue having Clark become a navy seal and loose his virginity to a mermaid. While Batman and Wonder Woman shows up it feels like 1 issue too late. Batman mostly becomes another authority figure Superman doesn't trust, Wonder Woman another woman he hopes to one day return to.

As for the art I think it has some of the best I've seen from Romita. As with Miller's writing, it has a certain charm to it. At times proportions are off, but I tend to enjoy it.

Tonally I think it feels like the first part of a trilogy together with Batman and Robin the boy wonder and Dark Knight Strikes again. Much due to Batman being weird, cruel and insane and young people using phrases like "slick as snot".

The ending feels like out of a radio series. Quite charming, but not fully earned. A bit like it's year one title. --for me it wouldv needed to be much more than just "okay" for that.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 October, 2019, 03:21:27 pm »
Prince of darkness by John Carpenter. Weird mix between scares and cheesy fun. Has a very intersting premise of the god in the bible perhaps not being the good god people are hoping for, but rather an anti god who grows stronger the more people pray to it.

Doesn't look like it had a very high budget, but Carpenter made impressive work with what he had. Some really amazing visuals. Has a dream like quality to it which reminds me a bit of Twin Peaks. Wouldn't surprise me if Lynch and Frost picked up a thing or two from it.

Not my favorite by Carpenter, but easy to recommend. Too interesting to pass up.

Film & TV / Re: That gum you like is going to come back in style -
« on: 13 October, 2019, 03:13:07 pm »
Did you ever think about all your times posting replies to forums that you’d type such things as appears in these last couple of posts? I certainly didn’t. Twin Peaks is nuts, but I like it.

You mean a dwarf who greets people in their dreams, talks backwards, says he's the arm of another backwards talking man, who then got replaced by a talking tree with a chewed gum as a head (which could be a referens to "the gum you like is going to come back in style") because falling out with the director of said series... Haha, no  :D

It's a lovely series. Love watching Fire walk with me followed by The return.

Btw. Feel free to ask away if you got more questions. You'll probably ask about someone called Billy later on ;)

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 13 October, 2019, 03:02:56 pm »
Robert Forster has passed away. Played Max Cherry in Jackie Brown, Sheriff Frank Truman in Twin Peaks and Ed the vacuum cleaner repairman in Breaking Bad among other roles. Brilliant actor.

Film & TV / Re: El Camino -A Breaking Bad Movie
« on: 13 October, 2019, 09:34:06 am »
A bit long, but solid. Felt like watching two episodes back to back. A nice epilogue to Breaking Bad. I really liked the flashbacks, especially those with Todd. Such a dude  ;)

The one at the diner was also really good. Left little doubt about Walter's main reason for cooking. Such a sad and empty man. Jesse's face was very telling.

Ending was a bit anti climatic, but I think it fitted Jesse's arc. Got a good feeling.

Btw. After watching it I saw the news... https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/robert-forster-jackie-brown-actor-obit-898237/

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 October, 2019, 09:53:03 pm »
Thief by Michael Mann. This one took me a bit by surprise. Starts out as near procedure on how to get a safe open only to focus on the main character Frank, a theif. Has a genuinely moving scene in which he confesses a thing or two about himself... I'll just leave it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBYhb49Hfw8

I was very fascinated where the story ended up. The pain he dealt with, the consequences of those coping mechanisms. Couldn't stop thinking about it for a week.

Only thing I wish was better was some of the editing. Felt a bit hasty at times. But in a way it fit the film due to the nature of James Caan's portrayal of Frank.

An easy film to recommend. I think especially if someone likes HEAT or DRIVE.

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