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Messages - The Enigmatic Dr X

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Mrs X says that there's a movie, a zombie movie, that has an end of the world montage set to R.E.M,'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It."

I say she's mistaken and thinking of the opening to the Dawn of the Dead remake, which has a montage of  Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around".

Yoda-like, she says "No, there is another".

So, who is right? Can anyone name a zompocalypse movie which features a montage set to the End of the World as We Know It? Or even an apocalypse on film?

Grud knows why, but the Hive Mind has been agreed as arbiter of this one.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 26 May, 2021, 01:23:51 PM »
Anyone else looking forward to the Steel Rat collection? I am torn between having it for me or giving it to a son.

You and Boris have sooo much in common.

One is a white, middle aged, right wing pontificator who likes the sound of his own voice and insists his opinions are right. The other is the PM.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 25 May, 2021, 01:17:50 PM »
I'd have to go with Batman Arkham, but Asylum. I find it the least pretentious in the series. Tbh, there are not many superhero games out there, so that may work a bit in the Knight's favor.
The core Arkham games are still the gold standard. The first set the tone, the second arguably the best, and the third a satisfying conclusion (including a personal top ten gaming moment - driving the defeated and indignant Riddler to the GCPD lock-up).

I have an issue with Arkham games, all made after Asylum. Asylum had a comic book feel than the rest and it was non-pretentious. Every single game crumbles under the authors' ambition. City, for e.x, had Hugo Strange discovering Batman's identity, and you would think it would intensify the gameplay, but it didn't. It went nowhere. Same with the toxic poisoning, notwithstanding that Joker lived for weeks, while you were supposed to die in several hours. And in both cases, the game misses to motivate you to engage in it. And I didn't like that City throws you in the lap of one supervillain after another. But basically, the plot is lame. And for some reason, I find the graphics inferior to Arkham Asylum.

Arkham Origins is quite a solid prequel to Arkham City, but it feels too much like the City, so I observe it as full-blooded DLC than the full-blooded game.

Knight... The story quickly goes nowhere. Joker is again the main antagonist, after Scarecrow. And quite unnecessarily. Hallucination scenes bring nothing to the game, apart from more Batman-Joker dynamic, which is done to death in the previous games. Side missions are mostly uninspired. I'd single out Professor Pyg and capturing Killer Croc as scenery-chewing in that regard, but everything else is a disappointment, in one way or another. The game loses momentum in the second half. Scarecrow is not Bane. Batmobile, while driving mechanics are great, is vastly overused. And for further blasphemy, he's required for solving Riddler puzzles. I mean, couldn't developers make something that is casual puzzle solving, like in Arkham City, instead of casually beating the lap time that we got?
And yes, the PC version is horribly hackneyed. From a technical standpoint.

All fair comment. But it let me fly about Gotham City, then land in the Batmobile. So... that wins.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 25 May, 2021, 10:15:04 AM »
I loved Knight. It was like the other two, but with the Batmobile.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 24 May, 2021, 10:13:50 PM »
Anyone else looking forward to the Steel Rat collection? I am torn between having it for me or giving it to a son.

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Music / Re: What's everyone listening to...?
« on: 24 May, 2021, 10:11:00 PM »
Been re-enjoying some 70s Queen. Some of their album tracks are awesome.

Teo Torriati (which I know was a single in Japan), Love of My Life, Flick of the Wrist, Lap of the Gods... Revisited, It's Late (criminally never a single).

Man, those songs are just plain good.

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Are you likely to attend the Eastern Contingent (or is it South-Eastern Contingent?) - the meeting that takes place in Cambridge when things are open?

Pah. Call yourselves fans. The Cal Hab contingent have continued with their normal meeting scheduling, lockdown be damned.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 24 May, 2021, 10:07:16 PM »

I appreciate your sentiment, Doc, over Donnie Darko, but here i must thoroughly disagree.

So what's your shout for the best superhero game?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2233:Regened - Ready to face the law?
« on: 24 May, 2021, 07:05:40 PM »
Over time, I have gone from not liking these, to warming to them, to really enjoying them as a diversion and throwback.

I see there's an ad for a collection. That makes me a little sad. A collection would be a great annual, Viz style.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 24 May, 2021, 07:04:17 PM »
Currently playing Miles Morales on the PS5.

The game is... Amazing.

The graphics are... Spectacular.

Especially the ray tracing which is... Astonishing.

Compared to the PS4 version it's vastly... Superior.

But it's not as good as Arkham Night, which as far as superhero video games go is the... Ultimate.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 May, 2021, 06:58:56 PM »
Don't be mean! Any film that needs a director's cut to explain its plot is mince.

Don't get me started on the Director's Cut of Aliens! Mince AND tatties. I'm getting hungry now.

But the DC of Aliens isn't needed to explain its plot?

Arguably, neither is the DC of Donnie Darko. In both cases, the DC actively undermines the theatrical cut, by over-explaining in a way that reduces tension. Given that both narratives thrive on tension, reducing it is ... reductive.

On the other hand, the (original) DC of Blade Runner removed the voice over, which was a studio-applied over-explanation that spoiled the atmosphere of the theatrical cut.

Y'know, in 20 odd years on this forum, this might be my first argument. My first on-line argument! Woo-hoo.

Anyway, you're wrong because without the DC...

och, you know what. Life is too short. I know lots of people like Donnie Darko. I didn't. I guess it's just a marmite movie. I am certainly not going to lose any sleep over it. It would be a dull world if we all liked the same things.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 May, 2021, 05:54:31 PM »
Don't be mean! Any film that needs a director's cut to explain its plot is mince.

Don't get me started on the Director's Cut of Aliens! Mince AND tatties. I'm getting hungry now.

But the DC of Aliens isn't needed to explain its plot?

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 May, 2021, 05:53:38 PM »
I may have the benefit of spending 20 odd minutes googling this stuff after watching the film.

I watched the theatrical cut. The DC adds around 20 minutes including a series of excerpts from The Philosophy of Time Travel book that features in the film. That book, which was available on the film's website at the time of its release, explains what is going on - that Donnie is in a bubble universe, basically.

Without that explanation, the firm is (take your pick) either impenetrable twaddle, or deep because it lets you draw your own conclusions. The DC has a backlash (not from me) for giving a definitive explanation of what the sneck is going on, thereby shattering the emo-illusions of a generation, I guess.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 May, 2021, 04:43:49 PM »
I am glad that there is someone who disliked self-indulgent, pretentious Donnie Darko.

Impossible as it is to rebut such a cogent argument, I must confess that your silver tongue has swayed me to your way of of thinking. Tell me now, if you would deem to stoop, your thoughts on the subtle ouvre of Milius?

Don't be mean! Any film that needs a director's cut to explain its plot is mince.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 May, 2021, 08:22:07 AM »
That's the beauty of the internet, I guess. So many ways for you folks to be WRONG.

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