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Film & TV / Re: Scorsese makes Joker movie - or The Death of Culture
« on: 16 October, 2019, 11:13:28 pm »
It struck me the other day just how much the theatrical poster for Joker looks like a Jock painting. Anyone know if he had a hand in it's design?


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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 15 October, 2019, 07:01:58 pm »
I've played almost every Zelda game, and I found it kind of an ordeal. Weirdly, the combat is a breeze - I never lacked for health, never struggled with any enemy, and died maybe twice in the entire game - my problems were almost solely down to navigation and orientation.

For me its still very much a game of its time, in that I found a lot of the 'puzzles' quite obtuse, and I spent an inordinate amount of time just wandering the map trying to figure out where I needed to go next, and though I appreciated the compactness of the world map, I often found it felt very constrictive and mazelike to navigate. And the Eagle Tower dungeon was just painful - I must have spent the same amount of time in that single dungeon than I did the entire rest of the game, and had to resort to a step by step walkthrough to finally finish it. I knew what I had to do and where I had to get to, but for whatever reason found it completely impossible to commit the layout of the dungeon to memory, so simply getting from A to B was a frustrating nightmare, and I almost gave up on the game entirely.

Was surprised they didn't smooth off some of the rougher, more dated aspects of the game to compliment the updated visuals.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 15 October, 2019, 06:08:48 pm »
Just wrapping up Link's Awakening, a little disappointed with it tbh.  Found it quite obtuse and frustrating at times. Definitely one of the weaker Zelda games imo.

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Film & TV / Re: El Camino -A Breaking Bad Movie
« on: 14 October, 2019, 05:45:55 pm »
Thoroughly enjoyed it, but in the final analysis it doesn't add anything to the overall story, or really tell us anything new about any of the previously established characters.

It's more of a victory lap, and a chance to see all of these beloved characters one last time.

Solidly entertaining, but ultimately a little superfluous in that it essentially ends on almost exactly the same note as the TV show did, with Jesse driving off to an uncertain future.

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Film & TV / Re: Scorsese makes Joker movie - or The Death of Culture
« on: 12 October, 2019, 03:30:59 am »
Agree with the point above - I felt that the civil unrest in Gotham hadn't nearly been foreshadowed enough for the sudden turn of events later in the film to really make sense. One of those things you just have to go along with.

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Film & TV / Re: El Camino -A Breaking Bad Movie
« on: 12 October, 2019, 12:05:20 am »
Seeing this tonight (at a cinema. even though I have Netflix at home, because I'm weird like that).

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Jesse's fate post-finale has always bugged me a bit since it seemed more than likely he would be screwed in one way or another so I'm glad we'll get some closure.

In all honesty, though i will totally lap this film up, it's never something I wondered about. Though there was a bit of ambiguity, my personal interpretation was always that he went on to better things - him breaking through the locked gates at the end seemed fairly symbolic of him leaving all this shit behind, and I chose to interpret the earlier scene of Jesse woodworking as a flash-forward to him living a better life.

In any case, as long as Vince Gilligan keeps making spin off movies and set in the little interconnected universe of the criminal underworld of Albuquerque he has created, I'll keep watching them.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 October, 2019, 08:27:11 pm »
I have very fond memories of Buffalo Soldiers - want to watch it again soon to see if it holds up.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 October, 2019, 12:27:20 am »
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(aside from one horrendous misstep)

I know what you mean, and I'm going to assume that it was an honest mistake on the part of the filmmakers...(?)

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 October, 2019, 09:35:03 pm »
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Radiator's not just in the US. He's located in the geographic centre of US neo-Nazidom

Oregon has an... interesting history regarding inclusiveness, but that statement isn't really accurate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volksfront

https://www.behindthebastards.com/podcasts/part-one-oregon-is-a-bastard-the-history-of-a-white-supremacist-state.htm

As I say, it has some very dodgy suff in its history (again, like most US states I would imagine). Worth pointing out how much it's changed (and how the population has exploded) in recent decades though. Portland itself has by all accounts completely transformed from what it was like even 15-20 years ago.

Funnily enough, listening to a different episode of that very same podcast right now. I'll give that one a listen.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 October, 2019, 08:48:45 pm »
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Radiator's not just in the US. He's located in the geographic centre of US neo-Nazidom

Oregon has an... interesting history regarding inclusiveness, but that statement isn't really accurate - I don't think it's any nuttier than any other Northern state, give or take, and for the most part it's a fairly tolerant and friendly place. Drive a few miles into the countryside and things quickly get a bit Trumpy, but thats the case pretty much everywhere else I've been in the US, even California. There are definitely some loons here, but I think historically Idaho has a much worse reputation for being a base of operations for white supremacist/militia types.

If you're referring to the far right marches and attendant counterprotests that regularly happen in Portland (and get widely reported in the news), I will say that (from my point of view as a resident), they are;

1. Generally quite overblown by the media - the amount of violence and property damage that typically occurs wouldn't even raise an eyebrow compared to what goes down on the average saturday night in every town up and down the UK, for example, and I doubt I'd even know anything was even happening if I didn't hear about it on the news.

2. As far as I understand it mostly composed of non-locals who come from all over the country specifically because it's an extremely progressive, liberal city and they know they will get a more hostile reaction here than they would in say, Tallahassee, Florida.

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All are free, and I assume also available for Chrome.

* click the three dots on the top right of the video, pick "not interested", then "tell us why", and then "I am not interested in this video/channel".

Thanks. However, I watch vids on my iPad while I work, so (as far as I know) most adblockers won't work. I'm also not sure I have the option to click on autoplaying ads, but I'll check. Regardless, as I say, I generally don't mind ads per se, it's just the sheer volume of the nutty political ones that bother me. It's almost like someone should... more heavily regulate the big tech companies or something?

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 October, 2019, 07:37:35 pm »
I'm in the US so it may be different here. I watch all kinds of stuff, but generally its quite a lot of left-leaning news/current events type shows etc so my assumption is that these ads are specifically being targeted at me because of that.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 October, 2019, 07:03:24 pm »
I generally don't mind Youtube ads - I understand channels need to make money etc etc and I'm perfectly fine with seeing ads for products or services I might be interested in based on my viewing habits... However I am so utterly sick and tired of the constant stream of Libertarian/far right propaganda (which is presumably funneled towards me in a laughable attempt to change my political stance).

I swear to God if I see one more ad for the 'Epoch Times' or another Prager U type bozo lecture about 'free speech' or why fossil fuels are great or whatever I'm going to throw my iPad through the nearest window. Aren't there any kind of rules or guidelines about the ratio of political advertising on Youtube? It's literally nonstop.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 October, 2019, 06:18:32 pm »
Wasn't the name 'National Socialists' kind of deliberately oxymoronic? Almsot sarcastic, like a primitive kind of trolling or something?

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Film & TV / Re: Scorsese makes Joker movie - or The Death of Culture
« on: 07 October, 2019, 08:30:54 am »
Anyone seen it yet? While I've seen mixed reviews, I can't wait.  I never really had much interest in Marvel characters and was disappointed to see the last few Superman / Batman movies falling flat.  I really hope Joker gives DC films a bit of a boost.

I felt that the serious themes of mental health and social decay were an uncomfortable match for a rather shallow super villain origin story, even though Pheonix's performance is remarkable at times.

It wears it's Scorsese influence a little too obviously on it's clown crumpled sleeve also, though their are moments of audatious grandeur and it looks fabulous, with the film's attention to 80's style Gotham.

I’d go along with this take. It all seems a bit overly serious for what amounts to a slightly preposterous tale (the fairly perfunctory plotting and more egregiously comic booky elements are easily the weakest aspects of the film) but if its going to be superhero movies from here to eternity its probably better if they’re as stylish and character/performance focused as this, I suppose.

Not a masterpiece by any stretch, but worth seeing.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 October, 2019, 08:38:08 pm »

Hustlers

Lightweight but solidly entertaining ‘true life’ crime drama about down on their luck strippers ripping off bankers in post credit crunch Manhattan. I can imagine someone watching this on Netflix and being underwhelmed, as its really a fluffy, loud and brash popcorn kind of a film purely designed to be seen with an audience.

While I would have liked the script to delve a little deeper into its characters (it’s fairly light on character development and its supporting characters are really little more than loose sketches) I’d say it succeeds at what it sets out to do and I had a good time with it. The two lead actors (including a standout performance by - I can’t quite believe I’m typing this - Jennifer Lopez) are very strong and elevate the material even when the script is a bit wobbly and on the nose.

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