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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 September, 2020, 10:16:22 AM »
I can actually enjoy DH4 on a 'doesn't stand alongside the first 3 but is a fun enough action movie' sort of way, but 5 was just dreadful, really couldn't find anything to like there.

Street Trash is a film that showed a couple of times at All Night Horror Madness nights that I went to but always on a night where I never made it to the end so never caught it. Watched it on Shudder there and it's really something. Absolutely dreadful, but in the kind of outrageous and gross-out offensive way that probably would have been a fun riot at one of those movie nights but on your own on a Thursday morning falls pretty flat. It's like Troma times a thousand and has some hilarious body melt gore moments so did make me laugh a few times, but pretty hard work without an audience to enjoy it with.

Film & TV / Re: The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance
« on: 23 September, 2020, 02:08:30 PM »
Another problem is the length of their seasons, they've often said something they look at when renewing shows is how many people who started a season actually finished it, and it's very rare I watch a Netflix season that isn't padded out by a few hours so it's no wonder the viewers drop off.

Film & TV / Re: The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance
« on: 23 September, 2020, 07:24:02 AM »
Damn, we just finished watching S1! Netflix really don't seem to care about sustainable shows, they're all about the new show buzz to get people talking and pull in subscribers and don't really care about shows beyond a season or two. I've stopped getting invested in anything they do at this point.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 September, 2020, 10:50:39 AM »
Vivarium on Shudder, a weird and unsettling film with some really creepy stuff going on. I liked it a lot, and the lead performances were great, especially considering I rarely enjoy Jesse Eisenberg.

Before The Flood, a Dicaprio doc about climate change on Disney +. I've owned the soundtrack to this for yonks and listened to it loads but only just getting round to watching the film and it's good, and also scary and that soundtrack is still excellent.

And Bombshell, which I thought was good and everyone in it was great. I had trouble seeing the Megyn Kelly it presents as the same person I'm sure I've seen in Fox clips being horrendous to any guests that don't share Fox's right wing views, but I guess that person might not have made as relatable a movie protagonist so can see why they'd do some character airbrushing (the Murdochs also come out of it looking alright, so I got the impression there were certain people they were wary about offending).

Obviously regardless of what kind of TV presenter she is that doesn't take away from the story it's telling, and it's a good depiction of how that kind of abuse can go on unchallenged in a workplace when it comes from the top, and how difficult it would be to kick against it. Also pretty entertaining just for the parade of actors they get in constantly to play people, usually with a rubber chin or a bonkers accent.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 September, 2020, 10:17:51 AM »
I really wish they'd re-release the original Guyver anime series, the closest I've been able to find is a few old DVDs of a later remake series, but that original one which Manga UK released as a monthly 'video comic' was really a big thing for me back then but never seems to have resurfaced here!

Watched Random Acts of Violence on Shudder, didn't hate it but it was a bit dull. There were some stylish moments but overall didn't do much for me. Also it seems to always be the case that whenever a movie or TV show features a fictional comic (it's about a serial killer taking inspiration from a hit slasher comic) they never look anywhere near as good as actual comics. Get some 2000AD artists on the job!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 September, 2020, 01:46:36 PM »
Antiviral, which I think is the first Brandon Cronenberg film I've seen. I'm sure I won't be the first person to comment that he's definitely inherited some of his dad's sensibilities and eye for squirmy body horror, and it's got some really interesting/horrible ideas about the fixation with celebrity and it feels horribly plausible (if you were selling cold sores harvested from the lips of Lady Ga Ga someone would definitely buy them). Good, but icky so not for everyone.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 September, 2020, 10:26:47 AM »
Yeah I did really enjoy the whole Marvel saga and loved going to see Endgame and having all of that wrap up, but it just feels done to me now, Endgame put a nice full stop on it and I can't seem to muster any enthusiasm for more!

Watched Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the first film was fun and I'd heard this one wasn't as good and it really is a bit of a mess. Still had its fun moments, have to admit we laughed at a few of the Elton John gags despite (or more likely because of) how silly it was, but a bit disappointing even going in with low expectations.

Also Aliens of The Deep, a James Cameron underwater doc on Disney +. Pretty interesting, looking at a trip to the bottom of the ocean from the point of view of it being prep for what exploring somewhere like Europa might be like. Was a pretty good watch.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 September, 2020, 03:20:11 PM »
Don't often out documentaries on (with movies we're usually after escapism!) but watched Hail Satan last night and it was brilliant. Funny and entertaining and really interesting. I think Lucien Greaves might be my new hero. On Netflix, recommend!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 September, 2020, 03:35:17 PM »
Yeah it had some inventive fights but they were just too frantically presented to be enjoyable! I did enjoy the first as a cheesy action romp though.

Watched The Canal this morning (on Amazon and Shudder), it was a pretty decent Irish ghost story with some really creepy moments. A lot of it maybe a tad too predictable if you're well versed in that sort of thing but definitely an impressive stab at the genre.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 September, 2020, 10:12:03 AM »
The Transporter 3 was a load of nonsense, even if it did have quite a fun gimmick in the Statham/Car explodey Wedlock idea. Totally unintelligible action though so didn't even really do the trick as a dumb action movie. I'm sure those fights were pretty good too before they were subjected to 7000 cuts per second, but I should have expected that from the director who once used 15 shots to show Liam Neeson hopping a small fence.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 September, 2020, 11:30:29 AM »
The Guyver.

I liked both the animes of this and hope to read the manga one day, but never saw the live action film.  It's crap, but watchable.  Someone, at some point during this production, had passion for the source material.  Then someone else thought it was stupid and joke.  I think there is another live action film with proper Zoanoids, so I might watch that on my next movie night.

Ages since I watched it but the second film is definitely a lot closer to the source material. I remember a review at the time comparing it to The Incredible Hulk telly series crossed with The Power Rangers, but gorier.

Yeah the second Guyver film (Dark Hero?) has some real Power Rangers vibes but I remember enjoying it for sticking more closely to the anime, it's definitely better than the first film. It's confusing though, round my way the first film was called Mutronics instead of The Guyver for some reason, although it might have been rebranded since then! I'm sure the cover art also had Mark Hamill transforming into The Guyver even though he's not the lead in the film so I guess they needed to push that Hamill star power.

I watched Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief, it was the kind of thing I was in the mood for and have to get the money's worth out of the Disney+ somehow while we wait for The Mandalorian! Fairly average family YA Potter style stuff.

I recognized the main actress but wasn't sure where from, turns out it's because my Instagram suggested accounts feed went through a few days of constantly throwing up fan pages devoted to pictures of her doing the shopping or getting in and out of cars, even though I honestly don't look for or follow any of those kinds of accounts. I'm not sure how Instagram's algorithm works, my wife gets loads of cool horror creature effects pages and that's what I want to see!

But anyway, Percy Jackson was okay I guess.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 09 September, 2020, 11:16:49 AM »
Marvel's Spider-Man on PS4. 

Dipping back into this with a recent purchase of the complete DLC pack, and it's amazing how easy it was to get back into the swing of things (ahem).
I think the Screwball Challenges are going to be an absolute head wrecker to complete for a full trophy list though.

I really took my time with that game and was on a mission to do absolutely everything available before progressing story missions, the Screwball Challenges were the point where I gave up on that though! I just wasn't having fun retrying them so had to move on for the sake of the game. Sometimes think about going back though, feel like I need closure.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 September, 2020, 10:43:46 AM »
Also really enjoyed Girl With All The Gifts and Game Night! Game Night in particular was way funnier than I expected.

Closed out my big rewatch of GiTS SAC with the Solid State Society film, have already seen it a bunch and it's great. It was always a film (rather than a heavily trimmed season) so obviously works better than the Laughing Man and Individual Eleven movies, and was good to see it again.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 06 September, 2020, 09:40:30 AM »
Finished off Rogue Trooper Redux in the early hours after getting sucked back in this week. I've lost track of how many systems I've bought RT for and how many times I've played through it, but I always enjoy another trip to Nu Earth. The remaster isn't particularly extensive so it'd probably feel dated to someone coming to it for the first time, but as a 2000AD fan it still holds up for me. They did such a good job of capturing the comics and it's easily for me the best toothy game we've ever had. Find myself humming the theme tune often.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 September, 2020, 09:36:19 AM »
Watched the second Ghost In The Shell SAC film edit thingy, The Individual Eleven. I thought in terms of the pacing and structure this season worked better than the first in this format, but was quite taken aback by just how ruthless the cuts are to get it to the required 2hrs40m this time! Entire episodes of backstory and relationships excised, but the trade-off is that it rattles along at a great pace and builds to an epic climax. Still not as great as watching the episodes, but made for a good film watching experience none the less.

Also watched Now You See Me, which was good silly inventive fun. For some reason I think I expected something more self-serious or more of a gritty heist movie but it's just an all-out daft romp and I had a blast.

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