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  1. The worst thing I ever drunk-purchased was a copy of TOCA Race Driver 3 for the Xbox. That's pretty impressive.
  2. Like almost anything with a CPU and graphics output, the demoscene has been on this for ages:
  3. Splashdown 2: Rides Gone Wild on the PS2 - excellent novelty speedboat racing with crazy circuits that change each lap. Downhill Domination on PS2 - okay it's not motorbikes but mountain biking is just as fluid and fun. And stating the obvious here: SSX Tricky.
  4. Undercover Hooligan (2016) A police officer sacked from the force for violence is asked to infiltrate a criminal gang with a view to bringing down the leader and his family. Whilst not the worst Brit gangster film I've ever seen, and I've seen a few, this was a pretty sloppy effort with poor writing, wooden acting and a production that lacked the sort of attention to detail that could have made this a better film. In the right hands a low budget needn't be a hindrance, the limitations can force creativity and invention from the right director. Not in the case of this film, sadly, where the lack of budget extends to lack of care in all departments. The script is disjointed, rife with head-scratching plot points and threads that go nowhere. I found myself going "hang about, what?" more than once when certain things happened. At one point a character asks our anti-hero "do you like football?", by this point I'd completely forgotten this was supposed to be a gang of football hooligans turned gangsters. I'm going to spoil it so you don't have to watch it, thank me later, but the inevitable death of the top man was so messily-directed I had to spool back and watch it a couple of times to work out what happened. Also the protagonist is punished by the gang by being forced to have sex with an STD-infected sex worker and told he'd be put in some concrete - I mean guys, make your mind up or at least communicate. The fact the protagonist had a Tommy Robinson haircut was a real distraction too. And the whole thing has that doomy analogue synth serious soundtrack that matches the distinct lack of humour, even dark humour. Nice colour grading and a bit of depth-of-field cannot mask the inadequacies of this forgettable and unsatisfying film.
  5. If it's still going I'd be interested. if not then okay, fair enough.
  6. I had a crap year last year and things went off the boil somewhat, only autiobooks really kept the numbers up towards the end. This year I'm aiming for 30 again. Not off to a great start, had to abandon The Madness Of Crowds by Douglas Murray as it was absolute cobblers. Someone recommended it to me, and although it goes against my politics I thought it would be a good way to avoid confirmation bias. Essentially though it's "aren't SJWs all idiots", citing all the sorts of hot-button topics that got lazy alt-right Youtubers up in arms the last few years. He spends a whole chapter moaning about how Google Image Search shows pictures of black people when you search for "white man". And whilst it was genuinely amusing hearing him read out lyrics to Nicki Minaj tracks in his smug, plummy tones, that wasn't enough to justify the sheer tedium I experienced. As I find myself saying a lot at times like this: life's too short, could be reading something worthwhile.
  7. Weeklybeats 2020 - bloody hell, the first week has had 70+ entries. Going to be hard listening to all that every week.
  8. For some reason StreakClub won't let me upload my final track, so I've put it on Soundcloud:
  9. Similarly, something like Super Puzzle Fighter.
  10. Guys guys guys! https://matssetting.top/products/mini-synthesizer-pack?pix_id=615234505910647&price=8 Has to be totally legit, has to be.
  11. Yeah at the end of the day it's not a competition. Personally it really got me making music regularly rather than sitting on a directory full of half-done tracks for months, even years. Okay so not everything was a masterpiece but there are at least 5 I'm really happy with. Definitely going on the WeeklyBeats 2020. Tougher call there, there are some seasoned musicians up there.
  12. Saw this posted elsewhere: The Best Acid Tracks 2010-2019 playlist
  13. White House Down (2013) Terrorists take over the White House whilst wannabe Secret Service agent and his daughter are on a tour. The other White House takeover film of 2013 is a significantly larger budget affair with master of the epic Roland Emmerich at the helm. How does it compare with Olympus Has Fallen? It's certainly a lighter touch, more of a buddy action film than the Die Hard homage of the rival. The action and tension is more evenly spread here, with thrills occurring at regular intervals. There's definitely more humour especially between Channing Tatum and President Jamie Foxx, but there are enough tongue-in-cheek serious bits to stop this being an outright comedy, thankfully. It did rather fall to bits towards the end, the inevitable air strike had no weight, and what happened to the cliche smart-arse hacker guy? Presumably he was left there with his umpteen monitors. With just enough daft action combined with straightforward bad guy motivation this wasn't that bad, certainly an entertaining watch even if it wasn't cinema gold. Good to see James Woods hamming it up. It didn't have the overt B-movie chops of Olympus, but it delivered more consistent thrills throughout.
  14. I think that's it for me. Including the couple of audiobooks I have on the go that's 21, pretty low for me.
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