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  1. Pandorum (2009) Crew aboard a colony ship bound for a new Earth awake to find things have gone horribly wrong. This is deep-space horror that owes an obvious debt to Alien, as these sort of films usually do, but probably more so to Event Horizon, not unsurprisng considering this was co-produced by Paul W S Anderson, and it brings with it the slick industrial creepiness he's known for. And like Event Horizon this is definitely a mixture of physical and psychological horror in space, although somewhat underdeveloped, at times rather muddled. Essentially a couple of crew members awake to find themselves on a damaged ship, they have no memories but soon find some nasty mutated things scampering about. Maybe the chaotic story was meant to mimic the confusion of waking from years of hypersleep, it's probably the excuse they'd use, but if it wasn't for a big dose of well-delivered expostion a way in that brought things up to speed it would have been a total mess. Production design is excellent, the ship felt huge, full of dark, confined spaces and massive chambers, with excellent atmosphere through minimal lighting. It's a shame then that the action suffers from 2009's biggest bugbear, fast-cut editing. It may generate excitement but it is hard to follow. Dennis Quaid does a good Harrison Ford impression, other parts get the job done without being stellar. Things did improve towards the end, it has to be said. Probably forgotten not long after release (this was the first I'd heard of it), I get the feeling this will be picked up in years to come as some hidden gem, it is technically fine, if a little murky on the writing side. Worth it for fans of outer-space terror.
  2. Whilst some of it was filmed in NY: (from Wikipedia)
  3. Surprised no-one has mentioned one of my favourites: The Seven-Ups: Plus Wiliam Lustig did some of the grittiest NY-based films going: Vigilante, Maniac Cop, and Maniac. Really grimy visions of The Big Apple.
  4. Plays really well, probably shouldn't have started it just before bed though. I'm debating whether I want to play this online at all. Used to enjoy some forum-related Halo 3 back in the day but playing with randoms was pretty much a case of getting one in the back with the laser sword thingy. Still, when it all hits Steam properly that's plenty of single-player action for the money, no mistake.
  5. That's like keeping the remote on top of the telly.
  6. Ultimately we'd all be the target market. No-one under 30 is going to get excited at the prospect of a Bitmap game remake, not unless it's a blinding game anyway. And it would have to be a solid game in its own right to get past the pure nostalgia factor. It's possible, certainly.
  7. I'm stoked I'm getting a CD copy of that gratis as I'm on it. Didn't know it was this huge.
  8. You could, with a little effort, try something like Amibian:
  9. Went to buy Far Cry 5 Gold on Steam, add to cart, but when I try to check out it says I won't get a copy of FC3 because I already own it. Doesn't say anything about getting a free copy of FC3. Bizarre.
  10. Skptrace (2016) A Hong Kong cop gets involved with a conman whilst trying to take down a crime boss who has kidnapped his old friend's daughter. This Netflix buddy-cop throwback has all the elements for a great action movie... from 1990: Renny Harlin directing a Hong-Kong comedy/action film starring Jackie Chan. It has the stunts and fights Chan is known for, albeit edited to give itt a bit more momentum and give the aging action star a bit of help. That sounds a bit mean, I mean if I could do even a fraction of what 65 year-old Chan does in this I'd be amazed. And the classic end-credits blooper reel shows that Chan is doing his stunts, so all credit there. It's a shame then the whole enterprise felt a bit flat. The chemistry between Chan and co-star Johnny Knoxville wasn't really there, Knoxville did the super-irritating Yank thing well although it went beyond comedy-irritating to irritating-irritating pretty quickly. And this is another example of a film pumped full of Chinese money and clearly aimed at viwers in Beijing primarily. It certainly felt a lot more like a Hong Kong actioner, albeit a not-classic one. Might be worth a watch if you have any nostalgia for the buddy-cop/HK comedy action thing, but a double bill of Cliffhanger and Police Story would probably entertain more.
  11. The new Cottage Industries compilation from Neo Ouija is out, it's a 3CD monster. https://neoouija1.bandcamp.com/album/clockwork-manor-cottage-industries-9 Blatant plug, I've got a tune on there, but there's plenty of great music on this.
  12. https://chezkitokatrecords.bandcamp.com/album/vfo89-shewz Acidy breaky bit Warphlexy, just how I like it.
  13. That list just showed what a great time for games late-2004 was. I'm half-trapped in that time period, I still have my PS2 and OG XBOX set up and love playing Burnout 3 and the like. The PS2 was maturing, lots of interesting smaller games and exciting big games. Yes, yearly iterations were firmly a thing then but there was so much good stuff about it wasn't as depressing as now. Good times. Might have to fire up some PS2 this weekend, get pissed and play BO3.
  14. I think the latest patch must have fixed something because it works really well now. Before it wouldn't save my settings for some weird reason. Will have a proper go this eevening.
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