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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 15 February, 2019, 03:13:54 pm »
a runny arse is never good.

Prog / Re: Prog 2117 - Hotzone!
« on: 15 February, 2019, 03:13:14 pm »
This shoudl probably be in the 'Stupid things..' thread BUT...

Some one generally said 'are you allowed to say that?' in reply to my comment that we have a blacksmith coming to gove a demonstration on Sunday. :lol:

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 15 February, 2019, 08:43:58 am »
I can't believe they're porting Assassin's Creed 3.
It's far from the best in the series and it's already been out on Wii U. They'd have been better off porting the Ezio trilogy or Black Flag - at least those games are bonefied classics.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 14 February, 2019, 01:20:09 pm »
I had to share this amusing story as it immediately reminded me of a certain forum member.


No offence intended - it just made me laugh. :lol:

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 14 February, 2019, 12:35:20 pm »
Link's Awakening is one of the very best Zelda games so hopefully this remake will do it justice. It looks very pretty, I just hope they don't shoehorn silly motion controls.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 February, 2019, 09:23:18 am »
I'd say Prince of Darkness, They Live and Big Trouble are the B rate Carpenter films that could have been great.
They all have the same problem in that they seem to meander a bit around the 3/4 mark and my attention always starts to wander before the end. To a lesser extent The Thing does the same but just about manages to keep things on the boil (and the good bits are so good it still manages to get an A rating).
IMHO Assault is Carpenter's best film by a country mile, followed by Halloween. I'd put Escape in the top category as well - it manages to keep its hokey energy sustained throughout.
Even the B grade films still have plenty to love about them though.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 11 February, 2019, 11:58:46 am »
I want to try ths again now.
I wouldn't mind giving the books a go too.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 February, 2019, 09:22:16 am »
I have a real soft spot for high school films and I hadn’t seen this one since the 90s.
It’s much funnier than I remember but the satire is pretty dark. I wonder how modern audiences would react to its theme of teen murder and social justice. I can see why they never show it on TV!
Definitely worth a watch. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater both give good performances – as do the Heathers who are all absolutely vile.

A Quiet Place
Was enjoyable but I really can’t see what all the fuss was about. There were some good ideas and the performances were excellent but it certainly lacked originality. I felt like I’d seen that monster design a million times before and the revelation that the creatures with hyper sensitive hearing were vulnerable to high pitched frequencies was like – no shit Sherlock. It’s the first thing I’d have thought of because that’s always the vulnerability for monsters with hyper sensitive hearing.
I was left with the impression that this film had been marketed as a cut above the normal horror fare and lots of people who never watch horror watched it because of Emily Blunt and her Writer/Director/Actor husband and thought they were seeing something original.
In summary – very competently made, some good ideas, very good performances but let down by an unoriginal story and lame monsters.

Jake Gylenhall plays a history teacher who finds he has a doppelganger on the other side of town.
I sort of enjoyed this film. Again, the performances were good and it had lots of rude bits.
It was a bit arty farty though. The story was pretty slight and I thought they could have done more with it. I was expecting some sort of Hitchcockian thriller which is probably why I ended up disappointed.
Worth a watch but don’t expect to be blown away by the story – it’s all about the mood and the feels.

« on: 08 February, 2019, 09:43:31 pm »
Well I enjoyed the latest episode but it was all over the place.
It was fun to see the classic ‘spaceship confronted by big weird thing they don’t understand’ scenario but I could have done without the Saru sub-plot.
The thing with Tilly and the mushroom-verse is getting a bit old too.
Overall I’m still enjoying the series but it feels somehow less satisfying than series 1. I think it’s perhaps because last series felt very fresh and kept the audience guessing. We know the status quo now though and this is in some strange no mans land between the last series of Discovery and the Trek of old.

Prog / Re: Prog 2117 - Hotzone!
« on: 08 February, 2019, 10:03:49 am »
I don't like that cover at all - very fuggly.

Dredd was fantastic - I'm really enjoying this story. Script, art - everything is just top notch.

Skip Tracer - Just another uninspired episode. The art is quite nice though.

3riller - This one didn't grab me.

Brink - Outstanding.

Jaegir - I enjoyed it but there's something missing. I want the main characters to be a bit more developed and distinctive.

Film & TV / Re: Netflix recommendations
« on: 07 February, 2019, 01:16:43 pm »
I really enjoyed The Last Kingdom.

The first two series were on BBC2 and the last series was on Netflix (now the whole thing is on Netflix though, so it doesn't matter if you missed it when it was on telly).
It's really good - vikings, saxons, swords, sex, violence.

It's based on Bernard Cornwell's novels which I haven't read, so no idea how faithful it is.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 07 February, 2019, 05:59:57 am »
People used to talk about the shared universe of Quentin Tarantino’s films. Vincent Vega is the brother of Mr Blonde, Alabama (from True Romance) is mentioned by Mr White etc.
I wonder if the Winston Wolf Direct Line insurance adverts are supposed to take place in the same universe and, if so,what prompted the character’s move from LA to the UK.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 04 February, 2019, 05:32:40 pm »
It’s very probably to do with my eyes not being great. I have this problem a fair bit. On computer games, for example, I always have to have the saturation turned up much higher than the advised ‘adjust the sliders until the logo is barely visible’. If I do that and then go into a cave or something, I literally can’t see anything, so I have to set it much brighter.
The mumbling is something else I often have trouble with. I’ve recently bought a soundbase for my TV which certainly helps. I have the ‘clear voice’ option on the highest setting which is really good - there are still some shows and films I struggle with though.

I’m sure The Expanse is excellent and I’m sure the moody lighting and low drawly accents are all part of the noir aesthetic but it doesn’t help if your senses aren’t particularly acute. If I watched the show in a pitch black room with the volume wacked up it would probably be fine, but that’s just not the reality of how TV viewing happens in my house.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 03 February, 2019, 09:33:31 am »
I tried watching this and really wanted to like it but it was so dark, I couldn’t see what was happening and everyone mumbled so I couldn’t hear what they were saying. It was like trying to watch a badly pirated VHS.

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