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  1. The Old Guard (2020) The concept of a group of (almost) immortal warriors who have battled through the ages is ripe for potential. And yet all that is relegated to the occasional LARPing flashback amidst a pretty standard modern-day action-oriented plot. They stalk about like they have been trained in SWAT tactics, and other than a bit of swordplay and some mentions of times gone you'd be forgiven for thinking they were just more ex-army types. You don't feel the sheer weight of their experience of war, life, changes. Consequently they lack character, there's nothing to root for. The action is slick, with great hand-to-hand, generally well-shot and edited, but the rest was pretty joyless and too earnest. Presumably Theron was going for cool and aloof but it felt more robotic. It has the front to assume we want a sequel too. 2.5/5
  2. I should have liked this, watched so much crap like this down the years, but yes it relies heavily on awful stereotypes in lieu of having a worthy baddie. It is a good nod to violent revenge trash though.
  3. Flareup (1969) Raquel Welch is a dancer at a go-go club in Las Vegas being pursued by a guy who blames her for his wife leaving him. He stalks her to LA leaving a trail of murders. It sounds like if this had been made 20 years later it would have been some super-sleazy, neon-night slasher flick in a similar style to Maniac, instead this is a very 1969 melodrama with Welch developing a relationship with a guy working at a club in LA, the other guy eventually tracking her down to add some peril. Initially 'groovy' is the word that springs to mind: groovy title sequence, groovy dancing (Welch does one routine), groovy music, although once Welch gets to LA things get decidedly less groovy and, frankly, a bit flat in comparison to the strong opening. Things heat up towards the end though. Great late-60s views of the Las Vegas strip and LA, it has all that great styling from the time backed up by a decent Les Baxter soundtrack. Despite the 1969 look and style, and Welch is hot here, this doesn't hold interest, the thriller doesn't thrill. 2.5/5
  4. What are Ubisoft's main money-spinners? Far Cry (open-world FPS set in exotic locations) - 5 games + 3 standalone DLC-ish spinoffs Assassin's Creed (originally open-world stealth, morphed into period open-world RPG) - lost count The Division (looter-shooter/MMO) - 2 games Watch_Dogs (3rd person open-world GTA-alike) - 2 games ... and stuff like The Crew, Steep and other activity-type games designed to keep people engaged. It's all getting a bit stale but when you boil everything down they have all the bases covered, they just have to find new and interesting settings. I honestly cannot see them innovating any time soon as far as their main gaming franchises go.
  5. I really enjoyed FC5, had a blast in fact. But only beat one of the three deputies because by that point I'd put over 30 hours in doing side missions and all that UbiWork and was just fed up. By the sounds of it this is the same as 3, 4 and 5 except they've found another setting. It'll have all the usual stuff in it albeit with a bit of a twist. Can't say the setting is getting me as hyped as I was for 5. Personally I'd say put Far Cry to bed, it's done. Just remaster FC2 so it'll play on modern PCs, I'd buy that.
  6. “I'd rather do something that's an inch wide and a mile deep than something that's a mile wide and an inch deep” - Warren Spector
  7. Escape From Tarkov sounded interesting, so I watched a review on YT... It's one of those games that makes me hope that, should the bomb drop, I'm directly underneath it because I'd last about 30 seconds going up against other survivors. I avoid the Dark Zone in The Division 2 for the same reason, I just don't have that combo of resourcefulness, a killer instinct and a thick skin to get any enjoyment from it. It does look like the sort of game you really need some mates to ease you into, give you a bit of a push. But as they say whilst it doesn't look the game for me I do admire just how committed to keeping it hardcore the devs are.
  8. I don't normally revise my film-criticism history but because I got it so factually wrong I deleted it and updated it: I don't normally do this but it turns out everything I said about this film was factually incorrect, I assumed the leads were good enough singers to carry this off but of course that wasn't the case. So what you're left with are some decent songs amidst a pretty mediocre comedy with a bit of Eurovision fan service. I still say if you love Eurovision you'll definitely get a kick out of this, but as a piece of general entertainment it doesn't hit the mark at all. Iceland still looks gorgeous, and I do have a soft spot for the mashup with the previous Eurovision winners, fully acknowledging this may make some physically ill, if not from motion sickness from the constantly moving camera then the in-your-face look-at-me OTT performances. But hey that's what makes Eurovision Eurovision.
  9. Okay I can understand them getting someone into to do McAdams' bit but Dan Sevenss role is a comic one, why couldn't they get someone in who could actually sing that? Even if they got him to do that and it wasn't West End quality singing it would still have worked. I dunno.
  10. Was she not singing? They did a great job finding someone with a similar singing voice to her speaking voice then. Looking it up now it appears they got some Swedish singer in but McAdams did do one song and acted a lot of the others. Well that's my review up the spout then.
  11. Here's the review I did for the Rate Your Last Film Out Of 5 thread: It's co-produced by the EBU, they use the official logo, this is definitely meant to be a celebration of Eurovision albeit with a few gentle jokes at its expense. There is a big number during a party where a number of previous real Eurovision winners take it in turns to sing an elaborate mashup, the camera is continually moving, bright coloured lights all over the place, fancy outfits - it exemplified everything people either love, or detest, about Eurovision. If you hate Eurovision there will be nothing here for you. I wouldn't call myself a Eurovision fan but I do enjoy the spectacle, so I could appreciate the fondness for the competition that comes over in the production, performances and especially the songs. The Lion Of Love, whilst clearly meant as a parody of an overblown Eurovision anthem, is genuinely great, Dan Stevens gets the balance just right, it's a proper performance with just enough comedy to it. Pierce Brosnan doesn't sing, thankfully. As for Fire Saga themselves, Rachel McAdams throws Will Ferrell in the shade, frankly. She has an amazing voice, plays the straight man to Ferrell's driven dreamer which was didn't do a great deal for me. Nothing to say about their song because it basically wasn't The Lion Of Love. As a comedy it's merely okay, a few laugh-out-loud moments. Generally a feel-good film that fans of Eurovision will get something from. And it did make me want to go on holiday to Iceland, looked gorgeous.
  12. Was just watching this new GBA modding video. If you're prepared to put the money down it looks like it's easier than ever to do a decent job with little or no soldering required.
  13. Ends with the caption "Coming at some point this decade, maybe, don't hold your breath"
  14. Team Fortress 2. Not played it in a while but it's still going strong. The only issue is that so much has been added to the game down the years, both from Valve and the community, it would probably be a bit confusing to a total newcomer. But in all the time I played it I never encountered any toxicity. Another one would be Killing Floor 2. I played this for a while when it was early access and really enjoyed it, but I'll be honest and say I'm scared to go back in and have to team up with people who know all the maps and don't want to have to carry dead weight, although you would get decent people who would drop all their excess cash so others could upgrade between rounds. Had a fantastic experience on it though, was playing with randoms and it ended up with me and this other guy, no voice chat but we worked really well as a team, sealing up the doors and covering each other. It's those sort of moments that make online gaming great, just a shame they're rare, for me at least.
  15. I love bots in CS:GO. Find an empty server doing GunGame, just me and some bots. Much more enjoyable.
  16. Not much to add really, he composed a ton of sumptuous music down the years, and speaking as someone who makes music he has had an influence, the way he does chords ... amazing.
  17. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga (2020) deleted 3/5 I don't normally do this but it turns out everything I said about this film was factually incorrect, I assumed the leads were good enough singers to carry this off but of course that wasn't the case. So what you're left with are some decent songs amidst a pretty mediocre comedy with a bit of Eurovision fan service. I still say if you love Eurovision you'll definitely get a kick out of this, but as a piece of general entertainment it doesn't hit the mark at all. Iceland still looks gorgeous, and I do have a soft spot for the mashup with the previous Eurovision winners, fully acknowledging this may make some physically ill, if not from motion sickness from the constantly moving camera then the in-your-face look-at-me OTT performances. But hey that's what makes Eurovision Eurovision.
  18. At least Jeff Minter would probably buy one.
  19. Does it still only let you have so many game updates downloaded at once or did they actually do something about that?
  20. Yeah I had that, couldn't edit my car's skin or anything. Seems to be working now. Yes, I can recreate my old purple car with flames on.
  21. So far so TM. Not 100% keen on some of these new blocks like no-steering and fragile. Just imagining some multiplayer track where some arsehole puts tons of those in for the lols, those and lots of slo-mo blocks just to make it even less playable. However, the ice bits are great, all about the counter-steer. Probably going to just try and rinse the tutorial tracks and get gold on all, by which time hopefully the online will be populated fully. That list though, peak Ubi.
  22. It's really low, like the recommended graphics card is a Geforce 970.
  23. Jeff was saying there was a heavy embargo on the game, which doesn't bode well. Hopefully they'll not have the crap situation where you had to buy Valley, Desert, etc and just have it all in one game, albeit a game you don't actually own. Hopefully that would also mean any new environments would be more widely played online. Stadium was the standard one, you'd very rarely if ever be able to play any of the others. Also keen to know if the likes of TM United Forever and TM2 are still being played heavily. I couldn't log in to ManiaPlanet a while back for some reason. Wouldn't put it past Ubisoft to shut all that down to serve the new game.
  24. That's the Trackmania I know and love, with all the pointless crap around the outside of the screen, that psychedelic screen effects, hundreds of cars on the track at once. Like Jeff I'm hoping this all comes back.
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