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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 June, 2020, 09:09:34 AM »
I've been rewatching the Mission: Impossible films with my brother (over WhatsApp).

I wasn't hugely enthusiastic but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed MI1.
I'd forgotten it was directed by Brian DePalma and it really does feel like a pretty classy action spy thriller.
The opening sequence is great and still quite shocking (poor Emilio), the restaurant scene is excellent and very tense and the much mimicked Pentagon heist is a great set piece.

MI2 on the other hand is absolute shit.
I never really got the John Woo thing and in this movie he bins all the MI tropes, other than the masks and makes something that feels more like Face/Off 2 than a Mission Impossible film.
It really is just rubbish with few redeeming qualities. On top of all that it feels incredibly dated with the excruciating nu-metal soundtrack (they even manage to ruin the iconic theme music).

MI3 is a return to form with an excellent turn from Philip Seymour Hoffman as a creepy, ice cold baddie.
There are double dealings, heists, a great supporting cast of IMF specialists and spectacular stunts.
I really enjoyed this one and it had me nailed to my chair from the excellent tension filled opening.
MI2 is the only weak link in an amazingly high-quality franchise. The recent Chris McQuarrie ones are setting the standards for your modern techno-thriller, IMO. Cruise is never less than excellent.

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General / Re: Obscurum Artem
« on: 23 June, 2020, 09:02:31 AM »
I cannot express how much I love that Halo rendering. Might have to get myself a print of that somehow.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 June, 2020, 11:13:45 AM »
Mad Max (1979).

That reminds me - I watched Mad Max: Fury Road a few days back, in glorious 3D on my PSVR.

It’s only the second time I’ve seen it, the first being at the cinema. I had forgotten what a relentless, bonkers, batshit crazy film it is.

The real stars of the show are Charlie’s Theron and the other women, plus that young lad that switches sides. Hardy is a monosyllabic non-entity really, but that’s ok.  The others more than make up for him.

Anyway, great film - thoroughly enjoyed the second viewing.

Just an astonishing movie. The imagery, sound.

I think I saw it three times in the cinema, but I haven't really appreciated just what an oddity, and bonkers bit of Gonzo cinema it is. No other filmmaker makes movies like George Miller.
It's an incredible spectacle. The sheer *colour* of it all (which is ironic given how well the black and white version was received -- not for me, that one). Weird and interesting storytelling, with the titular character not much more than an instigator, and the real character arcs reserved for everyone else, even the bad guys. It's almost like they shot the prequel to an as-yet unfilmed *actual* Mad Max story *first*. And then the action, which is every bit as good as the originals. It took me a second watch to really understand what they were going for, but I've enjoyed it several times since then. Big screen, lights down, surround sound pumped up...it's pretty unique.

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Games / Re: PlayStation 5 / Xbox Series X mega-thread!
« on: 16 June, 2020, 05:14:31 PM »
Consoles rarely hold my attention for more than 2 or 3 of the release games, but I'm okay with that! For Xbox One, it was Tomb Raider, the new version of Rock Band (1000's of hours into that series), and one of the Lego games that my wife really took an interest in. Now, years later, I've bought the follow-up Tomb Raider, and that's it. Once again, my interest swerved aside, in this instance to PC and Switch, although we still regularly play Rock Band Rivals.

That said I always enjoy the excitement of a new console release, even though these days it's really about what ecosystem and exclusives you prefer, not a mind-blowing step-up in fidelity like it was in the early days. I stuck with Microsoft last time, and have regretted not being able to play Last of Us and a few other really good looking exclusives. This time around, I'm not sure which way I'll go.

I will say this though: a stripped-down console, with no BluRay and a nice big SSD, is exactly what I'm looking for.

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Links / Re: Dredd: Animated (unofficial test)
« on: 16 June, 2020, 11:45:42 AM »
Great stuff, brilliant visualisation of Dredd + Lawmaster.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 June, 2020, 10:31:27 AM »
Capricorn One

What I find interesting about this film is its parallel to the fake moon landing conspiracy.  When I read the synopsis of the plot I thought that maybe they were inspired by the conspiracy theory, but looking into it I can say that isn't the case.  The script was written and film began production before the first instance of theory was published.  It's also too close to say (even tongue-in-cheek) that the conspiracy theory came from the film.  It's just kinda weird.
I have no doubt whatsoever that fake landing conspiracy theories were doing the rounds by mid-late 1970's.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 June, 2020, 04:38:05 PM »
I've been a fan of Spielberg's take since it was released. I don't have any issues with Tom Cruise, he's a fine actor, and plays his part convincingly in this as well. The whole first half is stunning. We've seen an awful lot of big budget alien invasion film and TV in the last few years, but back when this was released, it was still kind of novel. Things are more uneven in the second half.

One element I will never get over is the characterisation of his son, who is just goddawful annoying, but Dakota Fanning more than makes up for that. If the film peters out, it's because the book peters out, but kudos to the screenwriters for holding fast to the original ending.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 June, 2020, 09:42:54 AM »
Oh god...I watched The Core! They read "science fiction" and decided to ignore the science and take a nice, healthy bite of the fiction and just gorge themselves on it.

It's passable as an unintentional comedy, especially in the highly enjoyable bird scene in which a London bus driver who's got a phobia of birds entirely fails to remain calm or find the brakes: instead opting to accelerate and swerve wildly towards the inevitable. 

To re-spin the Earth's core and thus avoid Global Mass Chaos by Pigeon, a group of people with no experience in drilling anywhere build a magic and stupidly spacious drill submarine with Star Trek gravity systems and tunnel to the center of the Earth.
Oh my god that film. "But what if we could?" The answer should have been, don't. Just don't.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 June, 2020, 10:39:42 PM »
I watched Solo around the time I was watching a lot of Red Letter Media videos, trying to decide whether I thought they were good or not.  They really seemed to be the focal point of negativity towards the film from my perspective of wider reactions.  I really thought I was an outlier in actually liking it as a fun romp.  I don't get why the film was shat on so much and why it didn't do very well.

2010
The sequel to the wonderful 2001: A Space Odyssey.  I like 2010.  I think it's horribly overshadowed by its predecessor to the point I'm not sure how many people even know that film got a sequel.  I like a little space mission in our solar system.  The mystical oddity and cold war stuff added flavour.  It's very good.  Looks good, too.
2010 is an overlooked classic IMHO. It took a mostly okay book and transformed it into a tense, political sci-fi thriller with a real dedication to not shitting on its predecessor. I'll watch Scheider in anything, but he's brilliant in this, as are most everyone else.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 June, 2020, 10:42:45 AM »
Sat down and watched Solo - a Star Wars story yesterday.
Honestly think it's the best Star Wars film for 35 years. Don't know why it didn't do better business.
I didn't like it at the cinema, bought it for cheap during one of HMV's many 3-for-2 Blu Ray deals, and have watched it several times since. It is definitely a grower. Part of my disappointment initially was simply the shadow thrown by Rogue One, which for me is the best Star Wars film since Empire, and my disappointment with Last Jedi, which after Force Awakens and Rogue One, took the shine off the new movies once and for all.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who (13th Doctor)
« on: 04 June, 2020, 10:31:18 AM »
Well, I just got to this after putting it on ice for a few months, and watched the back half of the latest series in pretty much one go. The usual ups and downs, but I must say the final two-parter had us hooked. Doctor Who remains pretty unique amongst TV sci-fi which is some feat considering how the genre has exploded over the last 10 years.

That was some lore sledgehammer that Chibnall dropped, eh? Wife and I both assumed the more obvious conclusion, which was that the Master was the Timeless Child and the Doctor was the original Time Lord, which would certainly explain the Master's ingrained psychosis and hatred of all things Doctor, so we won't be surprised when the next series pulls the switcheroo and the two of them discover their real identities are the opposite of what the Matrix showed them (said archive obviously having a will of its own). Overall this take on the origins of the Time Lords (which I assume retcons many other stories, TV or otherwise, being no Doctor Who expert) fits quite well within the picture of them that has been painted since the series was regenerated, which I guess could be a good or bad thing depending on your views of its quality since 2005.

Random thoughts. I don't have any complaints about JW's performance, said derpiness being part of the fun, though I wish the script would stop having her run exposition *to herself* while we look on from the sidelines. I've come to like all the companions, although they might have reached the end of their usefulness in giving the Doctor a "fam"; maybe time for some changes there. This latest take on the Master hovers on just the right side of pantomime for me -- in fact I think that guy is putting in quite a skilled performance -- but the direction as a whole falls on the wrong side of that line once too often, *especially* with the bloody cybermen. When those Time Lord Cybermen walked in lockstep into the Council chamber with their stupid hybrid costumes, it felt to me like there was about to be a musical number.

On the whole, some nice new mysteries to unravel and a Doctor that is still a pleasure to watch.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 03 June, 2020, 01:46:48 PM »
Wedgski - Pushing Ice is a personal Fave of mine from Mr Reynolds.

I've got both Permafrost and Bone silence in my read pile of his.
Thanks Bolt, I'll make that the next one.

Have you read any Peter Hamilton? I don't want to burn out on space opera, but he's often mentioned in the same breath as Reynols, Banks, etc.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 03 June, 2020, 10:48:28 AM »
Chomping my way through Alastair Reynolds's oeuvre after reading the Revelation Space series last year. Aurora Rising and Elysium Fire both brilliant; Chasm City a little convoluted but has all the same qualities of world-building and character that I like in his work. Just taking a breath right now, might be time to re-read Donaldson's Gap series, I'm thinking.

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Film & TV / Re: Classic Sapphire and Steel now on Forces TV
« on: 02 June, 2020, 03:14:57 PM »
Just found out that Forces TV are now showing 2 episode a day Monday- Friday of the classic show Sapphire and Steel from 11pm starting tonight 1 June and repeating 5 episodes at 2am on Sundays  alongside programs like Sliders, the Equalizer and The Dukes of Hazzard
This show put the willies up me when I was a kid and way too young to know what was happening. How does it hold up?

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 01 June, 2020, 12:35:28 PM »
I really don't know which one of us giving Lucas too much credit.  If he was serious and thoughtful about making TPM good then he failed hard.

I'm just left with the impression of a man that is less concerned with what would work best creatively over what would sell better.  Also, the most vivid thing I remember about 1999 was the toys.  There were so many toys.  There were too many toys.  So many toys.

Anyway, it doesn't matter.  We don't know the motivations of the man.  I know I don't respect him as a creative and I think he is very wrong about a lot of things.
Failure is not a always a result of bad motivations. It is possible to be serious and thoughtful and still fail.

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