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Film & TV / Predator vs Santa Claus
« on: 11 February, 2020, 02:49:29 PM »
Why am I just learning of this today?

This is an official 20th Century Fox short. It is... arsom.


Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who (13th Doctor)
« on: 05 February, 2020, 12:02:42 AM »
When it's not preaching, it's okay.

Film & TV / Re: Dracula - BBC series
« on: 09 January, 2020, 06:21:23 PM »
Episode 3, was such a pile of shite disappointment.  The first one re-wrote vampire myths and played with troupes, episode two what a nicely done country-house murder mystery at sea, but that third one was pants from the beginning: as with so much TV drama, this was horrible things happening to horrible people, so who cares? who are we rooting for here? not even the villain.
Episode 3 sagged so much in the middle with obvious padding and a fair bit or extraneous exposition, for elements that weren't central to the story, and the whole Foundation thing never made any sense, as did the insipid lawyer, WTF? We can have armed units and black choppers on Whitby beach but hey a halfarsed lawyer wanders into the inner sanctum and Dracula is out of there...
I fully expected 'love' to save the day as was the norm in Dr Who, and in a way it did here too, disappointing waste of a good set up, show and resources.


Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 06 January, 2020, 08:37:46 PM »
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt on Switch.

This could be the greatest narrative with the most memorable cast of characters, and offer deepest, most richly detailed and layered open world ever conceived in a videogame.

I wouldn't know, because I am fucked if I am putting up with the absolutely atrocious, sub-early PS2 era controls and traversal and the eyesore of a cluttered UI to play it for long enough to find out.

I remember years ago hearing that the Japanese have a derogatory slang term for Western-made videogames, which they often regard as imprecise, unpolished and sloppy from a control/handling perspective. If there's any truth to this phrase, The Witcher III is the absolute epitome of it.

I am genuinely astonished that this game gets a fraction of the praise it does. From a 'game feel' perspective it's an absolute mess. A chore to play.

What I found, too. Although I promised my brother on Saturday that I would give it another go.

General / Re: Urgent: GordyM missing?
« on: 27 December, 2019, 11:00:04 PM »

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 27 December, 2019, 10:59:46 PM »
I wish I hadn't started this thread. I am I glad I did. It's like the book The Road, only without the comfort of fiction.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 26 November, 2019, 11:32:31 PM »
I really don't know who to vote for, as I am in Scotland.

I don't want Brexit, but accept it's the will of the people. So it should happen. Except I don't think anyone knew what was being proposed, and am worried about Russian involvement having skewed the vote. (That may be paranoia).

I really don't want Scottish independence. The European Union is 40 years old and has an exit mechanism, yet it has proven difficult bordering on impossible for the UK to exit. What chance, then, for either England or Scotland to have an orderly unwinding of a 300 year old treaty with no exit mechanism? We could face a decade of uncertainty and, frankly, there are bigger (climate, economy) problems that need fixing in that time.

Not to mention the simultaneous negotiations with Europe. We face not an endless war but rather an endless dialogue.

So, vote Tory to keep the union? Likely a wasted vote.

Vote labour, to have a referendum? But Corbyn will sell Scotland up the referndum river to get SNP backing.

Vote libdem? Certainly a wasted vote.

Games / Re: Rebellion now own the Bitmap Brothers IP
« on: 26 November, 2019, 10:32:18 PM »
My go to team name, for anything from Fifa to a pub quiz, is and always shall be Brutal Deluxe.

Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 18 November, 2019, 05:35:29 PM »
Thursdays for me. For the last few months.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 November, 2019, 05:34:49 PM »
"New Jumanji" is my current recommendation for anyone who wants a good family film. I feel it's grossly under-rated. It has a timeless appeal to all, akin to Back to the Future (or, to a lesser extent Gremlins or Ghostbusters, although they have scary bits).

I'm not saying it is great. It's just a solid family movie, of which there are precious few.

Events / Re: JOCK SQUAD XMAS PINT 2019
« on: 12 November, 2019, 08:16:05 AM »
My work do. As the boss, I need to be there to provide drink. So, a no from me

Film & TV / Re: PREACHER has ended... thoughts?
« on: 04 November, 2019, 07:34:58 PM »
I really enjoyed the last dozen or so episodes (end of season 3, all of season 4).

I wish it had ended with Jesse on a horse and a memorable fight with Cass, but as it was I think the final scene was genius and really highlighted the tragic lonliness of Cass.

Sure, it deviated from the comic. A lot. But, c'mon, any programme featuring an answer to the question: "Who would win a fight, Jesus or Hitler?" can't be all bad.

The omission of "Not enough gun" was criminal.

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 26 October, 2019, 04:35:12 PM »
I realised at the zoo that eiderdown is actual downy feathers from a spieces of duck called the Eider.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 25 October, 2019, 05:33:58 PM »
Still nope

Film & TV / Re: Scorsese makes Joker movie - or The Death of Culture
« on: 05 October, 2019, 02:41:06 PM »
Nope. My 14 year old just got knocked back from it.

Y'know, the original posts on this thread might end up being premature, if reviews are anything to go by.

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