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Messages - JamesC

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Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 22 August, 2019, 06:11:38 am »
I’ll take 70s rock over hip hop any day.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 20 August, 2019, 03:24:08 pm »
If you accept him being a replicant though, it opens the possibility that the whole plot is actualy a Deckard field test and that the Nexus VI replicants haven't seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion - it's all made up to give Deckard something to do.

A field-test where they send a weaker, middle-aged replicant against a bunch of sexy upgrades who kick the shite of him repeatedly.

Yes - and the value of this depends on what they're testing for.
Maybe they're trying to see if the memories, values, emotions they've implanted will create the desired effect of him persevering with his duty and not saying 'fuck it' and doing a runner when faced with superior odds.

All I'm saying is, it's fun to look at the film from different angles and hypothesize on different scenarios. Some of these meanderings may lead you down a blind alley but it doesn't make them any less fun to engage in. Having an almost definite 'replicants are just as alive as humans' angle makes things a little more cut and dried which I think is detrimental to the orginial film.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 20 August, 2019, 02:40:15 pm »
I love Blade Runner and agree that it doesn't matter whether Deckard is a replicant or not. Part of the fun is in reading the story in different ways and pondering the 'what ifs'.
If you accept him being a replicant though, it opens the possibility that the whole plot is actualy a Deckard field test and that the Nexus VI replicants haven't seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion - it's all made up to give Deckard something to do.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 20 August, 2019, 12:06:56 pm »
According to the film lore, the Replicants were essentially indistinguishable from humans, bar a few tiny anomalies, and the ageing thing was a failsafe that could be removed. I don’t recall how the book positioned things.

To my mind, Blade Runner falls between two camps. The sequel was unnecessary, but for me didn’t impact negatively on the original. I suspect that third category exists for quite a few films. (There are relatively few, though, that with the sequel meaningfully improve the series as a whole. For every Mad Max, there are dozens of “why did you do thats”.)

I thought that, while a good film in its own right, it did impact negatively on the first film.
One of the central themes of the original is whether the replicants are actually alive or whether they just 'think' they're alive - that's what makes it thought provoking and philosohical. Once you've established replicants can procreate biologically it pretty much answers that question.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 15 August, 2019, 04:09:46 pm »
Red Dwarf.

After series 6, and the departure of Rob Grant, it's been diminishing returns ever since.

Always nice to see the boys back onscreen, and there's been ome cracking bits here and there, for sure, but never quite as good as it's heyday.

I was tempted to say Red Dwarf but couldn’t decide where the cut off point should be. If I was being really harsh I’d say after series 2. I really like those early low budget pre Kryten episodes (Thanks for the Memory is probably my favourite episode). Series 3-5 are still really good throughout, then it hit a bit of a downward slide. I’ve really enjoyed the later series on Dave though. It’s still the best TV sci fi comedy by miles (let’s forget Hyperdrive ever happened).

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 August, 2019, 05:50:16 pm »
Into the Spider-verse

I liked it but was disappointed with yet another ‘special effect wave of ill defined peril’ finale. I’m really sick of these in Superhero/Sci Fi/horror films.
Lovely animation and super stylish though.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 14 August, 2019, 04:19:54 pm »
Robohunter after Verdus for me. They never recaptured that magic.

Police Academy after Assignment: Miami Beach

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 August, 2019, 10:27:00 am »
There’s also a giant wristwatch gag.
Top Secret is excellent, a favourite of mine from childhood. The songs are hilarious and Val is great as Nick Rivers. I could quote the film all day but how could anyone not love the introduction of the French resistance (haven’t we met somewhere before monsieur)?

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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 31 July, 2019, 11:57:09 am »
Water bottles - we got ours from TK Maxx really cheap. They always seem to have loads of them.

I'm going further down the line of vegtarianism all the time. I eat very little meat and could really cut it out altogether but I value the convenience of being able to eat whatever's offered. Basically I don't buy or cook meat but if my mum offers me something I don't want to make things awkward for her. It's also useful when on holiday or when out with friends.
We have our own chickens now (I couldn't imagine eating them!) which are basically pets who give an edible by-product so I'm very comfortable with eating the eggs.
I wish I could cut out dairy but can't find a milk or cheese alternative that I can get on with (oat milk came closest). I've massively cut down though.

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 26 July, 2019, 01:31:33 pm »
Pang’s great - I had the Speccy version which I liked well enough at the time. No idea how it stands up.
Has anyone played the much earlier Speccy game (which I think Pang basically ripped off) Bubble Buster?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VH2hEOy0rO8

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Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 25 July, 2019, 06:24:48 pm »

Clocks.

They turn people into robots.

From the script for Watchmen Season 2.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 19 July, 2019, 09:56:11 am »
Blazing Chrome on Switch

An unashamed tribute to Contra III/Super Probotector, so right in my wheelhouse (Contra III being one of my all time favourites).

It's a lot of fun, but there's something slightly off about it that I can't quite put my finger on. There's something in the overall presentation, or pacing, or balancing that doesn't quite live up to the game its trying so hard to emulate.

It certainly looks the part but I often find the same thing with trying to play retro (or retro inspired) on modern consoles. I think it's to do with the controller (at least it may be as even straight ports/remakes feel off to me). I'm not a switch owner but if I ever invest (which I may have to once Bayonetta 3 is released) I think I'll get one of those 8BitDo retro controllers.

Incidentally, if you have any interest in the Megadrive Mini which is coming out in November it includes Contra Hard Corps which is excellent.

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Off Topic / Re: Squaxx Telling Jokes
« on: 18 July, 2019, 08:38:27 am »
Archeologists have discovered a new tomb in Egypt. There's a mummy that's been covered in chocolate and wrapped in gold foil.
Pharoah Rocher.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 July, 2019, 05:48:36 pm »
Yesterday

Ok, it's Richard Curtis whom without the buffer of Ben Elton is an overly sentimental c*nt but I quite enjoyed this.

Helps that I like the music of The Beatles and that Lily James is frickin' gorgeous but the last 3 musical tracks on this absolutely rock. the music is pumped right up and it's fun.

Wouldn't run to watch it again or buy it on blu ray but it's a pretty good diversion on a dull Saturday afternoon.

Fun but shallow. Just like my good self.

I need to see this - it was filmed in my town (Gorleston). The Pier Hotel is a 10 min walk from my house.

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Film & TV / Re: Black Mirror Season 4
« on: 10 July, 2019, 03:51:32 pm »
I thought they should have called it Mortal Cumbat.

Street Fister?


I think there's a bit of Street Fister in all our hearts.

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