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Silent Runner

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  1. Wright Thompson, the excellent long-form sports writer, has written about Manchester United. As you might expect it's a great read. https://www.espn.com/espn/insider/story/_/id/32218044/super-league-rage-ronaldo-mania-fight-soul-manchester-united
  2. Possessor is my favourite horror film of the last few years. Perfect mix of style, violence, thought-provoking plot and acting.
  3. Bottom one for me. I could never see Tom siding against Siobhan.
  4. His autobiography - which is a brilliant read - is mostly about how much he hated tennis. Pretty sad really.
  5. Yeah, last nights was kind of weak. The drill and the russian guy being released was a bit silly. The best bit of bad CGI was in the first episode when Suranne Jones was being lowered onto the submarine - it looked like something from a PS2 game. Still loving it though.
  6. Nah, seriously - you need to get through the first 70 minutes or so because the payoff is an absolute riot.
  7. Had an absolute blast with Malignant. It was probably trying to keep too many plates spinning but it was totally worth it for the last 30 minutes.
  8. The Toll https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6981064/ A darkly-comic thriller about a lone toll-booth operator with a past that is fast catching up with him. A Welsh film set in a small town where a toll-booth operator passes his days reading books and taking money from the few cars that pass through. It turns out he's on the run from *something* and when one of his old crew passes the toll his past soon catches up with him. This tried really hard but never got going and felt like less than the sum of its parts, somehow. The cast are all good - Micheal Smiley and Annes Elwy especially - it uses the isolated location well, has a nice Calixico-esq soundtrack and is only 80 odd minutes long. But the plot is a real mess and the story is told in a weird, chopped chronology style that makes it hard to follow. I think it was going for a Shane Meadows meets the McDonaghs meets Tarrentino vibe but falls way short. 2/5
  9. Sylvia Pattersons excellent biography I'm Not with the Band is cheap at the moment. She was one of the best writers with Smash Hits during it's glory years and went on to write about music for loads of other publications. I think fans of the Chart Music podcast would like this. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Im-Not-Band-Writers-Music-ebook/dp/B010QCLP5A/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=sylvia+patterson+im+not+with+the+band&qid=1631139396&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
  10. Yeah, far better. I struggled with The Troop and The Deep - don't think I finished The Deep. But this feels like it was written by a different author. I like that subreddit all right, there's a few on Tik Tok I follow for horror recs.
  11. I’m about 150 pages into Little Heaven by Nick Cutter. I wasn’t crazy about his previous 2 books The Troop and The Deep but this is really good so far. It starts with a young girl getting taken by some kind of monster up into the forest on a mountain. It becomes clear that her father has some kind of history with this monster and that it’s using his daughter as bait to lure him into the hills. He then recruits two friends to go after the creature. We then get a flashback to the 60’s and meet the 3 of them for the first time - turns out they’re all hired killers. And back in the day they were hired to help a woman rescue her nephew from a cult who live in a remote forest in the mountains. The story then cuts between the quest to rescue one of the killers daughter and the original mission to save a small boy. (It’s not as confusing as I’ve made it sound). This is very good so far. There’s a nice mystery, a real sense of dread (major HP Lovecraft vibes here), good characters, a bleak, isolated setting and some nasty gore. The split timeline works well and writing is pretty great. Easily the best of Cutters books to date.
  12. I thought this was OK. Loads of potential but it never really went anywhere with the premise. Annie Murphy was class though.
  13. Terribly sad, such a young woman. Girls Aloud were legit one of the best bands of this century. RIP.
  14. Louise Weners books is good bit of 90's nostalgia.
  15. Referee only short of asking Ronaldo for his shirt at the end there. The prick.
  16. Ireland one up at half time against Portugal and playing really well. Ronaldo missed a penalty. Best 45 from Ireland in years.
  17. Bellerin gone. Feels like it should be a bigger story but it's hard to care really.
  18. If City have any self respect they'll put 10 past us in the second half.
  19. I watched the first few episodes of the new Paul McCartney documentry, McCartney 3,2,1 and really liked it. It's a 6 part series with McCartney sitting at a mixing desk with Rick Rubin and talking about how he wrote songs, how The Beatles put them together, how they were produced, the Abbey Rd set up etc. It's shot in this really sharp black and white that contrasts with the colour archieve shots from the 60's and 70's. Rubin is a good foil for McCartney, he asks some gentle question and lets McCartney just talk away. There's a lot of nostalgia and it goes over some well worn anecdotes. But McCartney is such a likeable presence and the way they break down the music is so interesting that the 30 minutes episodes just fly by. I thought 6 parts might be a bit long but I'll almost certainly finish it today.
  20. I'm really liking this. It seems nicely balanced and I never seem to win or lose by a massive margin. And the lack of killstreaks is such a good idea - you get a nice flow to games. I do seem to get stuck in one gamemode sometimes - like, I'll play 5 games of Shotguns and Sniper Rifles in a row, then 5 of the discoball Capture The Flag. Anyone else get that?
  21. Identity, Supremacy and Ultimatum are all brilliant films.
  22. You could probably option Laymons entire bibliography for pennies. And there's so many of his books that could be great films - Funland, Traveling Vampire Show, the Beast House books.
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