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  1. Why do so many of these artists sound SO bad when watched live on TV?   I think its a little unfair to say its probably because they cant sing.  I cant help but wonder how much of the vocal quality is lost from the translation of a live event to being broadcast into our own living rooms.  I am no sound engineer, but I expect there has to be compromises made which affect the end result.

  2. The three I have watched in the last day or so I have thoroughly enjoyed.  The Innocents was fantastic, with the best child-acting I think I have ever seen.  Hellbender was very enjoyable, loved that it was written, shot and performed by a husband and wife, with their two daughters.  Just finished Dashcam, I say I am a sucker for found footage-styled horror but even I am feeling burnout with it, yet I really enjoyed this one too with its pace and dark humour.

     

    /edit almost forgot, I watched Firestarter today.  Its hard to watch a movie adaptation of a book I know quite well as I spent more time thinking about all that has changed.  Anyways, it was passable and held interest, not terrible, not great.

  3. I found this list quite interesting / useful - https://letterboxd.com/robbthemoth/list/horror-gallery-every-horror-movie-ever-updated/ - supposedly every horror movie ever made.  I am on 1% seen, thats 421 of 28350 listed, but thats only based on entries I have put into my Letterboxd account.  I have started working my way through them where I am able to watch the films, short movies included.  I am well aware there is going to be mostly garbage, but there will be some gems to uncover and I am pretty much used to watching terrible horror movies so will see how it goes :)

  4. I watched Atroz (Atrocious 2015) last night, holy shit that was a nasty one.  I felt compelled to have a shower after watching it, to symbolically rinse the dirt off me that I was feeling.  Few films do that, and this is one of them.  

  5. I have had my XBox Series X for a couple month now, and have played and completed Lake, the brilliant Edith Finch, Halo Infinite.  I have a few on the go at the moment, but the game which gets most of my time for the last month or so is the original 1993 classic Doom.   I have played it many times of course, my plan is to work through every Doom game on Game Pass on Ultra-Violence difficulty.  I completed the original game and the first listed expansion, and have started the second Doom addon, Arrival, and am now onto map 6.   Holy shit this one can be difficult at times, its brilliant though and there is nothing like Doom.

     

    I completed LIS True Colors, which I thought was magnificent, the two central characters Alex and Steph are just so strong and the way the game conveys the facial emotion is astounding to me.

     

    I started also Visage which, as someone who loves horror movies and games, was going to be right up my alley, but I reached a point where I literally have no idea what to do (other than cheat the answer) and got frustrated with it.  I imagine I will return to it at some point.

     

     

  6. My interest in this has nosedived in the last few weeks.   The racing itself is quite satisfying, and it always looks astounding.  I look at the map littered with icons, 90% of which I have no interest in doing, I don't play online either and am realising that there is little left anymore to motivate me in playing.  Probably I might like to purchase the properties, and I will dip in on occasion, but there just isn't much left to lure me back to playing how I did in the first three weeks or so.

  7. 14 hours ago, Meatball said:

    They do seem to vary a bit in difficulty depending on the circuit/type so I fluctuate between Expert/Pro.

     

    I had a play earlier here and could spank them pretty easy on Expert, but Pro as in the vid took some more care and effort...

     

     

    Very impressive, I love how smooth your control is.  When I play it seems that my cars want to skid and lose control all the time, especially the faster cars.  It feels like maybe I am playing it wrong, or not learning the road layouts and focusing on what is coming up.  I am very much full trigger on/off, I think when I take corners my finger is still on the accelerator but at the same time I am braking to try to get a optimal speed to take a corner.  If I come off the gas completely and brake, when I then floor it again the faster cars often spin or I lose control.  If playing this properly means a gradual usage of the triggers, as in real driving pedals, then I am in trouble as its depressing fully is ingrained into me.

  8. I have been playing this since I got the Xbox Series X recently.  Is the difficulty model broke?  I started on Average, and win pretty much every race, so the game suggested I go to Above Average and now I am lucky if I finish 9th.  There seem to be very little middle ground between the two, so much so that it makes me think I am either awful at it or missing something.

  9. I picked up a Series X a couple weeks back, and promptly got on with completing Halo Infinite campaign.   Yet with all these jaw-dropping games at my disposal, the game that I have sunk the most time into over the last week or so is Doom (1993).  Playing it yet again, on Ultra Violence, there is still nothing like it.  My plan is to work my way through each Doom game on the X, up to Eternal which is the only one I am yet to play.  The other game I am on-off playing, is Lake, between the two its hard to get more polar opposite games.

  10. My daughter has Animal Crossing NH, and keeps talking to me about Amiibos.  I had a look and from what I can see they are figures that you can buy to give new costumes and such, but they seem to be unavailable or out of stock.   How would I get one of these things?

  11. Have any of you watched Be My Cat?  Adrian Țofei's depiction of a nutcase obsessed with Anne Hathaway is about as chilling as it gets.

     

    Several of you mentioned Midnight Mass (something I enjoyed greatly), I would also recommend season 1 of The Terror which is set in the 1800s about two ships stranded in the Arctic who have to contend not only with the harshest environment on the planet, but also with brutal and deadly attacks from something else out there with them.  A great cast, superbly acted and a decent blend of drama and horror in good measure.   

     

    I did start season 2 but lost interest in the new storyline after about three episodes, but I would wholeheartedly recommend season 1.

  12. Thread showed great promise, have you decided not to go ahead with it?

     

    Since Covid happened I have been working from home and spent 85% of my day listening to music on headphones (which I have spent an insane amount of money on but that's another matter..) and being that Hip-Hop has been my favourite music since the late 80s, I have been both digging in the crates and listening to the majority of new album releases via Tidal.  That said, loads of these in your top albums list which I have heard before so I will check some out. 

     

    I do this weird thing where I score each track in an album to give me an overall score out of 10 and put it all into Excel which seems to keep me motivated and listen to a lot of music (all genres) that I would ordinarily have bypassed.  Looking at it now I have listened to over 1400 albums since the middle of last year which I started this (obsession) behaviour.  I am sure to be fuelling my OCD tendencies, but on the plus side its helped music to become one of my favourite pastimes which is welcome after a period where I felt bored and jaded with so much of it.

     

    Anyhow, hopefully you will carry this on as I for one would be interested to read about good (and bad) albums that I might otherwise have missed out on.

  13. 1 hour ago, Nathan Wind said:

    Gotsta say, this looks phenomenal on a Switch OLED. The sunset glinting through the trees as you walk down to Riverwood. The flames leaping out of the screen as you torch a bandit whose final words are ‘lucky shot’. The mist clinging to the ground as you lol out loud at the broken AI of that wanderer dude near the start who’s stuck in a weird fighting animation loop, even though he isn’t fighting. It’s good to be back.

     

    I am also playing this on the OLED and can only agree with you, its magnificent, and still one of my favourite games ever.

  14. Since buying the OLED Switch, I began to (re)play Skyrim.  It looks absolutely wonderful on that screen.   it captures the feeling of being in a vast, open-world entirely at your disposal perfectly.  I genuinely cannot think of a better adventure game than this.

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