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  1. Nobody (2021) Immensely enjoyable revenge B-movie cobblers this. So many have tried in the last decade and they've generally failed, but this has the ever-so-slightly tongue-in-cheekness, the darkly comicness, plays on what we know of these sort of revenge films and just has some fun. I've seen so many of these sort of films down the years it's easy to get jaded, a lot of them take the easy path and you may get a bit of a primal buzz but nothing major. This was different, it was a joy, the bus segment was funny, brutal. The final section was pure dumb, super-slick, probably aided by a few
  2. Palm Springs (2020) Have to admit that was a very entertaining film. It was obvious some thought had gone into the script, well, everything except the end which felt a bit like they had had the fun bit and just wanted the story to end nicely. Likeable leads really helped, it didn't get sappy although it was in danger of doing so near the end, but hey, it's a rom com so what do you expect? Good-natured, some nice ideas, worth a watch even if you hate romantic films. 3.5/5
  3. The Invisible Man (2020) It's difficult to articulate why this thriller didn't quite hit the mark for me. The pacing, setting and revelations early on are just right, things unfold at a rate that keeps things tense and intriguing. You feel the frustration as the main character, decently played by Elizabeth Moss, was having to deal with the gaslighting. I'd add that the way the invisibleness was shot was very well done especially in the less chaotic scenes early on. The ending's understatement worked against it somehow, I'm assuming it was mean to be ambiguous. There are some great ideas,
  4. Going all math(s) rock with Don Cab 2 by Don Caballero
  5. There's a lot of "obviously I'd say buy the book but I've got to tell you this one" in there. Not heard Dominik Diamond talk about anything for about a decade and it's sort of reassuring to hear he hasn't really changed that much, he still has that 90s post-modern-ironic style of presentation, he's still garrulous to the point of near irritating, he is candid about how much of a twat he was in the 90s whilst still retaining a bit of that twattishness in a self-aware kind of way. He swung between irritating and entertaining throughout, I got the impression Richard Herring wasn't su
  6. I mentioned my situation mainly because I'm in a strange position where it feels like I reached a plateau in my mid-30s and have stayed there, and as I get older there's a disconnect between my situation and all the "normal" people I know who still see gaming as something kids do. This isn't a particularly bohemian place, most people I know have taken the straight path and see anything off that as a bit strange, even gaming or slightly-obscure films/music/etc. My current situation doesn't bother me that much, there are plenty of married men out there who would kill for the life I h
  7. Whilst my gaming tastes have changed down the years I do still enjoy them, maybe not as heavily as I did years ago though. My patience level has decreased so anything with too long a lead-in gets short shrift. However, put MAME on or some arcadey games and I'm happy. It is disappointing though as I had always assumed as I got older my taste for complex RPG/strategy games would increase, not decrease; I had this fantasy of retiring and spending all day every day playing Stellaris or similar until I gave up the ghost. Not to be too down here but I don't have children, I don't own my
  8. Getting Trackmania vibes off that.
  9. Going s bit OT but that play sounds like the film Death Line (1972), a weird horror-ish tale starring Donald Pleasance. There are people out there who collect radio plays. My brother has a huge collection of them so I might see if he has it for you. EDIT: oh look what I found on Youtube:
  10. It's a tough one, maybe Christopher Lee, he's been in some absolute shit films down the years but he's always been very watchable. As for leading women, that's even tougher, Julie Walters most likely. Again, she's not necessarily been in lots of amazing films, but she makes them worth watching.
  11. Thunder Force (2021) Everything wrong with big-budget American comedy films these days, the coarse-for-the-sake-of-it humour, the endless, tedious ad-libbing, stretches of boring conversations that go nowhere, loose, ineffectual direction. A complete chore to watch, I found myself reaching for the skip-forward button more than a few times just to see how long each scene could be padded out. Even the few action scenes here are hamstrung by it! I want to like Melissa McCarthy, in better films with tighter direction she's alright. It's weird how Netflix chose to have McCarthy with Jason Bate
  12. Disorderlies (1987) It's difficult to dislike this goofy comedy starring The Fat Boys as a trio of incompetent care home orderlies hired by a conniving so-and-so who needs his uncle bumped off so he can repay his gambling debts. It isn't exactly hilarious, the humour is mostly slapstick and incongruity. It's all very loose and free-wheeling, upbeat. The cast all do their bit, but the real entertainment here comes from Ralph Bellamy who is clearly having a great time as the elderly uncle, riding around in his wheelchair with young ladies in his lap at a roller disco. The Fat Boys obviously
  13. Bruce Lee Against Supermen aka Superdragon vs Supermen (1975) I'm no expert but from what I can gather this was essentially exploiting Bruce Lee's appearance as Kato in the Green Hornet TV series; Brucesploitation. Anyway, you get Bruce Li here as opposed to Lee in a mish-mash of poor pacing and incoherent plot. However, it makes some ground back for some of the bizarre moments, like a car pursuit (couldn't really call it a chase) where a taxi follows that car for about 5 minutes, a sex scene soundtracked by Kraftwerk's Autobahn, an on-foot chase through the city with such long shots it l
  14. John And Julie (1955) I should point out this review was written on the day of Prince Philip's death. I'm certainly no fan of the royal family and have no feelings towards the Duke of Edinburgh. This is what would be described today as a feel-good movie about two children who run away to London to see the Queen's coronation in June 1953. John is the wily one, Julie, who I'm guessing is about 7 or 8, just wants to see the Queen. There are a variety of low-risk mishaps along the way. John's uncle just so happens to be one of the mounted guard. Sod the royals, it's all about the children's j
  15. I'm really surprised how good the prices for all models of Vita are on eBay right now, even in box. Definitely worth the £100 or so.
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