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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 03:18:27 am »
I generally try to be as objective as I can - to be clear I'm certainly on the left side of things and I somewhat admire Corbyn by default seeing that he actually seems to stand for something and have principals (and I utterly loathe the tories), but I wouldn't call myself a hardcore supporter of his (I'm a remainer for a start), and from where I'm standing it just seems like one big ongoing smear campaign. They've tried various things before - including the 'commie spy' angle, it's just that this one seems to have stuck more than the others.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 22 February, 2019, 10:45:34 pm »
Genuine question - what is up with all the accusations of anti-semitism that surround Corbyn?

Is there any real substance to it, because I never really hear any actual examples being cited, I just hear the accusations themselves as if that should convince me. I'm totally open to counterpoints, but right now all I'm hearing is 'Hilary's emails!'.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 22 February, 2019, 07:53:54 pm »
Just wondering what is it about Mad Men that you find depressing? There are sad parts, and there's a low key sense of existential angst and ennui I guess, but I never really found it sad or depressing to watch.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 22 February, 2019, 05:07:49 pm »
Polished off the final episode of The Americans last night. 75 episodes done in under 4 weeks. Jesus, I need help. Though the show is perfectly bingeable, I almost wish I'd been watching it during its original airing so I could have really savoured each season and episode - burning through so much content so fast feels a little much, you know? Feel like my time with the show was so fleeting.

Anyway, amazing, amazing show - up there with the all time greats for me. And I loved the ending - without giving anything away, it doesn't go the way I was expecting (which I was really relieved about).

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 19 February, 2019, 05:37:39 pm »
I had Mario Maker on the 3DS. It was fun to play around with for a few minutes, but I never really made anything that good with it. So if I get the Switch sequel it'll primarily be to play other people's levels rather than making my own.

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 14 February, 2019, 05:30:41 pm »
Tetris 99 is really fun, though. It's really cool that they're actually putting some thought into their online service and offering these cool little bonuses.

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 14 February, 2019, 05:29:00 pm »
how can you be underwhelmed with the highlights you noted. I'm stoked.

It's mostly my own fault - I think it's because of the rumours/leaks that swirl round before one of these directs. Nintendo themselves heavily hinted that there'd be an announcement of a brand new, previously unannounced game, and many recent rumours have pointed to a Metroid Prime Trilogy and a secret Star Fox game (both of which are apparently nearly ready for release), neither of which were mentioned yesterday. There were also no updates about Luigi's Mansion 3.

I was also hoping for some more genuine surprises and news about more third party games/ports - the ones that were announced (Assassin's Creed 3 etc) didn't really do anything for me.

Hopefully there will be another Nindies direct in the next few weeks.

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 14 February, 2019, 12:42:44 am »
Hmmm. Slightly underwhelming. As usual, quite a lot of emphasis on fairly esoteric JRPG type stuff (I'm not fussed about Fire Emblem, sorry!) and announcements of DLC for games I don't really care about (Starlink, Smash Bros and Captain Toad Treasure Tracker)...

Main highlights were:

Zelda: Link's Awakening (the old Game Boy title) is getting a full remake, and it looks ace. Out this year, I imagine towards Christmas.

Super Mario Maker 2 is coming out in June.

There's a free (to Nintendo online subscribers) 99 player Tetris game out right now.

Final Fantasy 9 is out today, with 7 following next month.

Daemon X Machina demo is out today, but the game itself sounds like its still a ways off.

Yoshi's Crafted World looks quite good.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 11:01:45 pm »
For a modern take on Heathers, check out Thoroughbreds. It's a little different in tone and much lighter on the humour, but has a similar feel at times.

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 13 February, 2019, 10:00:19 pm »
Nintendo Direct is streaming any minute now. Should be some pretty cool announcements.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 12 February, 2019, 05:34:21 pm »
While they're both wonderful (probably my favourite film series of the last decade), I actually think the first Paddington is slightly better than the second. The family characters feel a little sidelined in the sequel, and the first film also packs more of an emotional punch I would say - the scene where Paddington gets his coat, and the one where he first meets the Browns (and the lost/found sign illumination) almost make me tear up just thinking about them.

The Paddington films didn't do especially well in the US, so when I rave about them to people here they give me a very suspicious look, as the trailers do indeed make them look awful.

Last I heard the director is now working on a Willy Wonka reboot for Warner - hope that doesn't mean we won't be getting a third Paddington.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 12 February, 2019, 12:05:32 am »
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Saw this last night - it was a lot of fun. The plot is a little flimsy* and the twists are hit and miss - I thought one surprise reveal concerning a certain villain worked great, while another similar twist regarding a second villain feels a bit incongruous and didn't really work for me, and overall it all feels a bit too meta and irreverent to really count as a great standalone Spider-Man film (imo)... but the visuals are the main selling point here, and it's worth seeing for them alone. Genuinely fresh and original, and looks unlike anything I've seen before.

*Did they even explain where the spider that bit Miles came from? It all seemed quite vague. Quite a lot of the plot points felt a bit glossed over and you just had to go along with it and not think about it too much.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 08 February, 2019, 08:27:23 pm »
Sorry to keep harping on about it - but The Americans really is an outstanding series. It's a bit too early to say as I'm only on season 3 so far, but it's seriously looking like it's going to join Breaking Bad and Sopranos on the 'best TV shows evar' list.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 06 February, 2019, 09:15:30 pm »
Nostalgia-driven advertising.

In the last few months I've seen Home Alone leveraged to advertise those useless smart speakers, The Dude from The Big Lebowski and Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City awkwardly shilling beer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer hawking skin cream, some incredibly lame Ghostbusters themed bank adverts, and a whole host famous vehicles from the likes of Back to the Future, Transformers and Scooby Doo in a Walmart ad.... And it just goes on and on.

It feels like every ad agency just got the green light to stripmine everything we remember fondly from the 80s and 90s, in favour of, you know, coming up with some actual clever ideas.

It's so tacky, so lazy, so desperate and all it does is cheapen the source material. Far from making me want to buy things, more often I just find the ads vaguely sad and depressing, in a 'wow, don't they all look so old and tired?' kind of way.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 04 February, 2019, 08:52:17 pm »
We tend to pretty much always have the subtitles on, with TV shows especially, which can be very dense with information these days, making it fairly easy to miss essential plot info, and doubly so in a show like The Sopranos or The Deuce where there is a lot of specific slang and shorthand.

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