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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 December, 2018, 10:15:55 pm »

Been hearing more and more the last few years about how this is a modern Christmas cult classic, so gave it a watch the other night. It's a Christmas-themed horror/comedy very much in the vein of Gremlins and probably intended for the same young-ish audience.

I liked certain aspects of it lot. The cast is great and it has some really terrific creature designs and visuals, but overall as a film it didn't really click for me. It has amusing moments, but isn't imo funny enough to stand alone as a comedy. I also didn't feel like I got to really know the characters enough to feel emotionally involved when it starts to unravel. It also doesn't really have the same sense of rules that Gremlins has regarding the supernatural threat and there isn't much buildup - it just takes a sudden jarring swerve into monster movie chaos after the first 30 minutes of dark family dramedy.

Film Discussion / Re: Dredd 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray available to pre-order now!
« on: 07 December, 2018, 05:41:15 pm »
Has anyone from the board upgraded to 4K yet?

Maybe I'll change my tune one day, but tbh the transition to HD was the last meaningful upgrade in resolution. I doubt I'd even notice the difference between HD and 4K on my 32" screen, and I don't want a bigger TV than that.

Off Topic / Re: Christmas presents for the "children"
« on: 07 December, 2018, 05:38:23 pm »
I was a bit surprised/heartened recently when I was talking to my teenage nephew to find that he's really into 80s films like The Terminator, Back to the Future etc.

I sure as shit wouldn't have given a 30 year old film the time of day when I was that age.

Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 22 November, 2018, 05:51:04 pm »
There's a massive sale going on on the eshop right now.

It looks like the titles on offer vary by region (I'm in the US) but there's a ton of great games available at discount, including the likes of DKC: Tropical Freeze, Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, Skyrim etc plus dozens of indie titles.

I just picked up Undertale, The Messenger, Minit, Wild Guns Reloaded and Dead Cells.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 29 October, 2018, 09:51:53 pm »
Twitter brings out the absolute worst in everyone, eventually. I stopped using it years ago, and I can't fathom why anyone still wants to be on there.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 October, 2018, 05:32:08 pm »
Free Solo
Documentary about climber Alex Honnold and his attempt to be the first person to summit El Capitan in Yosemite National Park free solo - ie no ropes or safety measures. Really well made doc that just breezes by, and Honnold makes for a pretty interesting subject - he's clearly somewhere on the spectrum and has trouble operating in the everyday world and relationships - he often comes across as slightly aloof and callous, but also displays a level of self-awareness and humour that makes him quite a likable guy. Very good stuff, well worth tracking down, especially if you can see it on a big screen.

American Animals
A curious hybrid of heist movie, college drama and documentary by the director of the equally genre-bending The Impostor from a few years ago. Tells the story of four college students who conspire to raid their school's vault of priceless books. The film mostly plays as a straight dramatisation of the events, but it's also interspersed with talking head interviews of the real people involved (including the wannabe thieves themselves),  and as the film progresses the documentary and fictionalised strands cross over in surprising and inventive ways. Evan Peters (who folks here will probably recognise mostly from his role as Quicksilver in the X Men movies) is fantastic as the co lead role, playing a really charismatic shithead. Absolutely gripping movie - funny, shocking, at times almost unbearably tense, with a surprisingly moving and impactful ending. High recommend.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 October, 2018, 06:12:08 pm »

An arthouse grindhouse movie - sort of a mashup of Drive and The Evil Dead with Nicolas Cage at peak Caginess. Has a grainy, oversaturated burned-in VHS aesthetic that looks like nothing else out there and the soundtrack and sound design in general is insane, and holy shit is it loud! The plot is so thin as to be almost immaterial - this film is 99% mood and atmosphere which makes it one to see on the big screen - I imagine it would lose a hell of a lot watching it on a TV. No doubt its fans would claim 'that's the whole point' but I felt it took far too long to get going and was at least 30 mins too long, to the point where it really struggled to hold my attention by the end. Wouldn't watch it again, but kinda glad I saw it nonetheless. It's certainly memorable, and people who love this movie are really going to love it.

Sorry to Bother You.

Satirical arthouse movie with a surprising sci-fi twist. Sort of like a feature length, avant garde episode of Black Mirror. Amazing cast, and voice cast (you'll have to see the movie to see what I mean... ). Creative, visually inventive and full of righteous anger but ultimately a bit too unfocused and messy to really get it's message across. Tbh it really lost me in the second half, it just got too out there for me to follow what was happening and what the director was trying to say. Ultimately feels like a surrealist comedy sketch that outstays it's welcome.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 October, 2018, 08:43:34 pm »
I know MCU has its problems,  but taken together it is an incredible body of work.

I've enjoyed some movies more than others, but I think the only one I didn't enjoy at all was Iron Man 2 (which I'll confess I've only seen once and may be judging harshly). I'm fairly kindly disposed towards Age of Ultron — its only real fault is that it tries to do too much (waaaay too much) and, let's be honest, there are worse faults a film can have.

Even the much-derided Thor: Dark World isn't terrible, it's just… off. Somehow, none of its scenes seem to be the right length. It feels like all the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order.

But, by and large, that MCU brand is pretty much a guarantee of a couple of hours of decent cinema entertainment — sometimes merely pretty good, often great. That's a hell of a thing over eighteen (?) movies.

20 now isn't it?

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 01 October, 2018, 09:50:40 pm »
I love Temple Of Doom. My relationship with it is much like my relationship with Return of the Jedi.....I can appreciate that Empire is the better film, but I'm more attached to Jedi. I appreciate Raiders is the better film.....but I have a real attachment to Temple of Doom. I've never understood why people rate is so harshly, it's non stop fun.

I'm in the same boat re: Temple of Doom. I know Raiders is objectively a better film, but ToD is the one we grew up with on video (taped off TV, obvs*) so it's the one I'll always have the most affection for. Agree that people are way too harsh on it - Last Crusade is far sillier, especially at the end.

*Edited for TV. I think I must have been in my late teens before I saw an uncut version, and was genuinely shocked to see actual hearts being ripped out, though it did make a lot more sense in retrospect - until then I could never figure out why all the characters were so scared of Mola Ram scratching their chests with his fingernails.

General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 01 October, 2018, 05:13:09 pm »
Can't quite believe it...



Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 27 September, 2018, 05:21:12 pm »
Skull is a great icebreaker, and - paraphrasing from the Shut Up & Sit Down review - the only game that it's possible to teach new people to play when everyone's drunk.

What I think is really great about it is that you have to be incredibly bold and audacious to stand a chance of winning, which really adds to the excitement.

Most of our gaming is with a cadre of four players

Highly recommend Azul for four players - beautiful - and surprisingly spiteful - game, addictive and easy to pick up.

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 27 September, 2018, 05:17:49 pm »
we wanted to play Skull but some other bugger had got it

You know you can make your own set with some beer mats and a pen, right?  ;)

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 27 September, 2018, 12:37:47 am »
Skull is wonderful - it only really comes alive with 5-6 players though I find.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 20 September, 2018, 05:32:40 pm »

Not really convinced so far - plays very much like a wannabe Breaking Bad (which we just finished rewatching), but without the deft balance that made that show work. Even at it's most far-fetched, the solid writing and acting in BB anchored it and made sure it never quite went off the rails. In Ozark, there's barely any buildup or tension-building - it just suddenly veers into high drama during the first episode before you've even really got to know the characters, and the characters react to the extraordinary circumstances in a too casual a way for me to find it remotely believable or get me invested.

Creative Common / Re: Why Don't I Enjoy Art Any More?
« on: 17 September, 2018, 06:19:21 pm »
Totally identify with this, sadly.

In the last five years since I moved to the US I feel like I've undergone a slow but fundamental change in interests and outlook - I've discovered a passion for the outdoors; camping, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, just travel in general - and as that has grown, my interest in all things sci fi and comic books has dropped off a cliff, and I spend a lot more time and energy (and money!) on photography nowadays than drawing. I feel very disconnected from the whole geek world without really knowing why, and it makes me quite sad in a weird way - almost like I've betrayed my younger self or something?

When I do (occasionally) draw, the subject matter has totally changed - it's no longer robots and sci fi stuff and more stuff inspired by nature and travel. I've started to sell a few of my illustration prints in a local chain of shops which is cool, and could maybe go somewhere (but it does also come with a lot of anxiety/fear of rejection - "what if they don't sell?" etc).

In general I find that creativity is a blessing and a curse and brings out the worst in me in a lot of ways - I (like many others I suspect) go through phases of feeling supremely confident about my abilities and then periods of crippling self doubt. I tend to love what I'm working on while I'm doing it, then immediately hate it once I've finished - and I will overthink things to the point where I will quite often abandon projects half done after spending a huge amount of time on them (I currently probably have like a dozen things 'on the back burner, but who knows if I'll ever get round to finishing them?). I also increasingly experience feelings of competitiveness and jealousy when friends have success in creative endeavors, which is really unhealthy and a part of my personality that I hate.

While certain friends and family members are very encouraging and supportive, I get equally discouraged and demotivated when others show only the bare minimum of interest or enthusiasm for my work - it kinda feels like a kick in the teeth sometimes. The internet can also be a really daunting place - it's weirdly dispiriting to post something you've worked very hard on online to be met with almost total silence and/or indifference, and it can sometimes make you wonder what the point of it all is.

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