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Messages - Apestrife

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 August, 2019, 07:55:58 pm »
Just home from watching Once upon a time in Hollywood. Such a lovely film. It's 60's Hollywood felt like it was filmed back then. Amazing attention to detail and a fantastic tribute to films. It gave me the feeling that of reading a Grant Morrison comic book in which the heroes are also reading comic books with it's scenes of the main characters watching movies. So much so it made people walking past the screen in my cinema fit the film, adding to the feeling of watching a movie.

I also liked the driving and listening to music. It managed to add both to the setting as well as each character. Especially Brad's character Cliff. Such a wonderfully complex character. Felt as ugly and charming as Landa in Basterds.

Loved the ending, but at first I wasn't sure what Tarantino wanted said with the film, but it clicked when a friend (who I watched it with) wanted to know more about Charles Manson and Tate's murder. Basically managing to strip Manson & c/o of the fame which was given to them. A bit like how Hateful 8's ending made use of the Lincon letter after the violence came to an end.

Another thing which hit me while watching what felt like a happy ending, and then realising the gate to Tate and Polanski's house felt it was the one to heaven and the sad music which played... It felt like the dying dream of Rick fucking Dalton's carrier, being invited into heaven by Tate.

I'm quite likely to watch it again soon. Fantastic film.

I also watched Hail Ceasar this morning. A good movie to watch before Once upon a time in hollywood. Very funny and weird about a "fixer" working for hollywood in the 50-ish's during the commie scare. Delivers a existential story which I really relate to.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 August, 2019, 09:34:10 am »
Saw Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers on Netflix out of morbid curiousity... Felt like I was watching a This Is Spinal Tap take on UFO "documentaries".

I wasn't a believer of UFOs before watching it, and now I'm even less of one. Well worth a watch.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 05 August, 2019, 09:34:30 pm »
Recently played through the Doom 3 (BFG Edition) 2019 rerelease on Xbox One, it's showing its age a bit in some superficial areas, but holds up incredibly well for a game from 2004! I got sucked right back in and it's as good as any current game for my money.

I forgot how much of a star the base itself is, super oppressive, claustrophobic, dark (they lit this thing like a seedy nightclub from day one), dangerous, and with an over-designed look to all the metal panels and exposed machinery, it's almost baroque. All before a Hell portal was even a twinkle in Betruger's eye!

I hadn't played the BFG Edition before, and the only change I noticed was the flashlight. You can now have the flashlight turned on whilst simultaneously holding a gun, which wasn't the case before. My friend said that it almost feels like cheating :) . It does make it a bit easier and less scary in parts, but it's fine overall. There's one bit where a guy chaperones you with a light through a pitch black area, which made sense in 2004 but now his dialogue about doing you a massive favour doesn't quite ring true!

I always thought it was a worthy successor to the Doom crown, but it had plenty of its detractors back then. I wonder if it'll change any minds this time round, now that perhaps expectations are different?

I like it alot more this time around, thanks to DOOM2016 being the DOOM game I wanted DOOM3 to be. Has it's fair share of cheap scares, but it's dark areas and one on one encounters it feels quite unique I think.

But I hope they'll add the option to play the game with a flash light. The gameplay calls for it.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 05 August, 2019, 09:26:35 pm »
Got DOOM2 and DOOM3. Both games lends themselves well played with a controller. DOOM1 and 2 are only 5 each, 3 10. I didn't get DOOM 1 since I already got it on PC, and I mostly play it for the first episode, the later ones not being as fun.

I never finished DOOM 2 back in the day, so I'm giving it a go. 1/3 in and I must say I enjoy it quite alot. Alot of interesting maps and the double barrel shotgun plus the new enemy types makes it feel like different enough beast from the first game.

DOOM3 is as good as I remember it. Not to say perfect, but I really like what it has to offers. It's a charming horror fps. Guns aren't as loud like I'd would like them to be but just like David Bowie's mix of Stooges - Raw power (which lacked bass) it has grown on to me. I've made sure to disable auto aim, auto reload and so on, to make as much of it up to me. Having to manually reload when getting circled by mars hell zombies makes for some nice horror. Only wish they'd add the option to having to choose between carrying a flash light or a gun, instead in this verison of the game there's the BFG version's light, which can be turned on without the need to switch. It's a superficial sense of dredd, but I like it. Bit like with having to manually reload (which is an option).

Also wish they'd let me switch the button lay out. But I've e-mailed the guys handling the port about it. Hoping they'll patch it in. It's panic button, so I'm having hope --since they'v been really good at updating their switch ports :)

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 02 August, 2019, 02:50:52 pm »
American Carnage #1-9 by Bryan Edward Hill.The first ever Vertigo comic I read was 100Bullets. A fantastic start. American Carnage will probably be the last one (technically), and it's a damn fine swan song.

American Carnage is a really dark tale about a former undercover FED Rick who takes on a job infiltrating a far right leader's inner circle. The back drop is a war between white supremacy groups and Rick himself is a mix race (black/white) who can get away as white, something the book takes into some very interesting and tough directions.

Bryan Edward Hill writes a story which is far from good guys vs bad guys. I get the feeling he's done quite a bit of research, and a fantastic job on making the characters being the driving force of a story which is alot more complex than a bunch of "I vote Obama" vs "I vote Trump" hoo-ha. A burning cross in the first issue got me a bit worried, but in a later issue it was adressed in a very interesting way which really served the story.

I read it on comixology and can't wait to pick it up as a trade.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 02 August, 2019, 09:17:17 am »
Too Old To Die Young I more or less love everything Nicholas Winding Refn, but this wasn't for me. I'm very fascinated by the visuals, every light source is like magic neon, but I couldn't get into it.

As you can see by the trailer it has amazing visuals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0KO8My-90g

Basically about a corrupt cop in a LA infested by dark and seedy people. Made me think of a slo mo crash between Ridley Scott's The councelor and Refn's Only God Forgives. It goes for the art house dream like state of both and their ridicule of elegans, but a much much slower phase. It's probably the slowest story I've seen. Every episode reminded me of the last episode of Twin Peaks: The return, but without any of that which preceded it. It doesn't feel earned.

Will probably give it another go someday. See if I can't get into it. But right now I much rather watch The councelor (the Director's cut) or Only God Forgives.

But if someone likes Refn's later movies and/or twin peaks I think there could be a good chance Too old to die young could be worth a look. Or if someone just wants to see something complete different.

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Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 02 August, 2019, 06:44:17 am »
Caught a summer cold.

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Off Topic / Re: Your best ways to positivity "trick yourself"?
« on: 01 August, 2019, 07:13:40 pm »
Reasons, reasons = Day didn't start out the way I'd prefer, and things kept going in that direction... --So I took a walk. I walked till I wasn't irritated any longer, and then I mused because I felt a little irritated that I wasn't irritated any longer  :D

I find doing something nice for someone else takes me out of my own mindset for a bit. You know, making a colleague a cuppa, buying flowers for the missus, a nice present for someone, helping a mate with a random task, or even just being really considerate when out and about - holding doors open for folk in shops, giving up a bus seat for someone - whatever.

It works. It doesn’t matter if your help or consideration is even noticed or appreciated - it just keeps anxiety, bad temper, and melancholy at bay.

Just my experience anyway.

I second that. Alot of things takes basically nothing. With some luck someone also starts holding up doors and so on.

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Film Discussion / Re: Drokk Vinyl
« on: 01 August, 2019, 04:12:23 pm »
Picked it up a while ago. Brilliant album. Also comes with some nice bonus tracks.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 20 July, 2019, 03:58:17 pm »
Alan Moore's Swamp thing saga. I found it to be very cool. Did a good job with it's focus on sex stuff and nature's beauty in the guise of a horror comic. Very different from my usual reading of Moore. Quite disturbing at times (as expected from Moore) but I think it's focus love stood out.

I'm looking forward to the recolouring made for the absolute of Swamp thing. Hoping it's on par with the work DC did on Sandman.

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Books & Comics / Re: What is your Favorite Anime/Manga?
« on: 20 July, 2019, 08:51:29 am »
I'm quite lite, but here are the ones I like

In manga i really like AKIRA. Hell of a book. Big and brutal. Disasters hits and lasts for pages, and the story still manages to find room for characters as big as it's explosions. It's THE manga I read.

As for animes...

Only yesterday: Nice little story about a woman on a summer job doing farming. She's thinking back on her childhood, in which ways it has affected her in her adult life. To me a very relatable story.

Night is short, walk on girl: Basically about a guy trying to get a woman to notice him during a strange and dream like night in Tokyo. Very weird, but also very lovely.

Kino's journey: About a girl with guns riding around on a talking motorcycle visiting strange kingdoms. Each kingdom serves as the basis for a little story, and overall the series is a really cool collection of such.

Serial experiments Lain: About a young girl who sees the influence of internet getting stronger and stronger, and -of course- more nightmarish. A story which really got me thinking about the fact that people can essentially become one person in real life, and another one on the web.

Naussicaä and the valley of the wind: A lovely world gone to stomm story with giant insects, deserts, poison forests and giant flying apparatuses of war. And most importantly, Naussicaä. A young woman who's a sort-of-princess, explorer and warrior with a strong heart doing her outmost in trying to avert war between the humans and insects. She's amazing throughout the whole movie.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 19 July, 2019, 10:01:24 am »
The league of extraordinary gentlemen: The tempest #6 by Al and Kev. Anyone else who read this? Feels like they snuck each issue out as quietly one could.

I read it as a little good bye letter from Alan. I'm still lost on the english super hero stuff, but I think I understood most of the main yarn. Had a couple of good moments. A bit of an experience in itself having to google the endings song lyrics only to find they came from the vinyl record Moore wanted released with the black dossier.

Looking forward for a re read once Tempest is collected as a book :)

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 11 July, 2019, 07:58:54 pm »
4321 by Paul Auster I love Auster's New York trilogy, but I've to read something else by him to love. Had high hopes for 4321 with it's premise of 4 different lives of one person, but I don't think it delivered. Especially not the ending. Some magic and here and there among the pages, but overall it just felt overly long.

Oh that's really interesting as I've enjoyed all the Paul Auster I've read. Out of interest which other books have you tried?

Said New York Trilogy (City of glass : Ghosts : The locked room) which is one of my favorite books.

Other than it and 4321 if I remember things correctly: The Book of Illusions, Travels in the Scriptorium. I think one more as well. Been 10 years. Got any recommendations? :)

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Off Topic / Your best ways to positivity "trick yourself"?
« on: 07 July, 2019, 03:16:03 pm »
I don't know if I'm alone in thinking this, but sometimes I have to "trick myself" a little in order to get a bit of positivity.

For example, when my grandfather takes a walk through a forest which now has a highway close to it, with lots of cars hissing by, he likes to think it's the sound of a nearby creek where water is flowing. Instead of getting annoyed over the fact that he's listening to a bunch of cars.

As for myself my most used "trick" recently has been telling myself "He/she/they won." when I see something online which annoys me. For example when I see someone on twitter who is very wrong. Then I tell myself "This person won." and doing that I don't get angry one bit any longer. Essentially " winning nothing", since I'm not even bothered by what probably is the deed of some attention seeker.

How about you? Any tricks?

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Film & TV / Re: That gum you like is going to come back in style -
« on: 07 July, 2019, 12:39:01 pm »
I watched Eraserhead, Blue velvet, Mullholand Drive, Twin Peaks: Fire walk with me and then Twin Peaks: The return. All of their beauty, ugliness, fun and sorrow felt entwined. Especially with the use of colour blue and lashing sounds of electricity.

I've yet to watch Lost highway and Inland empire. Any good?

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