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  1. Could be but Another thing, regarding Batman and Gordon attempting to solve one of the riddles: Honestly though, I think it did plenty right, and showed a world that a superior sequel could really run with.
  2. I liked it. At times I liked it a great deal…but thought it was heavily flawed. I was *really* into it for the first 90 minutes or so, but I felt it didn’t quite come together as well as it might have done. Additionally, for all the hype about Batman’s detective work, that aspect was definitely less interesting that I’d hoped it would be. I had issues with the ending too. Now, if I’ve missed something I’ll welcome corrections but…
  3. Horrible news. His COVID story was awful. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/dec/20/this-thing-was-trying-to-dismantle-me-mark-lanegan-on-nearly-dying-of-covid
  4. As has already been said, relatively speaking, they’re *far* more powerful & comparable to decent PC hardware then the PS4 / One were at the time of release. I suspect COVID has resulted in more games than usual being cross-gen, but once the new consoles are something approaching the sole focus, we’ll see a lot more from them. Under the circumstances, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this gen span 8-10 years without a ‘Pro’ refresh.
  5. Really sad. He was a constant on-set presence on Ghostbusters: Afterlife and it was clear how close he and Jason were. https://amp.theguardian.com/film/2021/nov/19/who-ya-gonna-call-ivan-jason-reitman-ghostbusters-hadley-freeman-film
  6. It's a curious one, that's for sure. Either ZeniMax was an incredible bargain, or on a superficial level, it looks like Sony have wildly overpaid for Bungie.
  7. The Tragedy of Macbeth went up yesterday and I thought it was beautiful - Shakespeare noir via German Expressionism. Let's have more of the Coens doing stuff independently of each other if this is anything to go by, please.
  8. That is sure to increase the likelihood of Hamilton staying in F1.
  9. I have a suspicion Russell will be told in no uncertain terms he isn’t winning the next title (assuming the car is definitely title material) and that he can look forward to being their #1 driver in a year or two.
  10. Therefore I’d say he’s not really a worthy winner. It would be like the ridiculously high quality Liverpool / Man City title race in 2018/19 being determined by the Premier League deciding with 15 minutes to play that the next team to score in their match gets 5 points for the win.
  11. Maybe the end game is to go full Sports Entertainment. In which case I want words like “racing” and “pitstop” banned and replaced by “high velocity duelling” and “a trip to the technical facility”.
  12. I bet there are a fair few still active in the organisation who feel that way, and for various reasons. I reckon there are plenty of other drivers who could take the record and not be met with similar objections, if you take my meaning. In the event of more shenanigans next year, Hamilton should retire and mention at every possible opportunity that he’s the most successful driver in F1 history.
  13. Nah, that's fucking weak. You'd have to adapt it on the fly - if one team is ahead by five, next goal is worth six. It's the only way to keep people watching!
  14. Now that the pretence has been shed, they should look to Hollywood for future race directors. I'm all for George Miller getting first bite.
  15. Violet Ramis Stiel (Harold’s daughter) on Ghostbusters: Afterlife - https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-features/ghostbusters-afterlife-harold-ramis-daughter-violet-movie-1235044849/
  16. Regarding one of your spoilered points,
  17. Looks like it’s set to do better even than yesterday’s estimate in the US: https://deadline.com/2021/11/ghostbusters-afterlife-opening-weekend-1234877444/
  18. Jason Reitman on GBII, spoilered due to Afterlife references:
  19. It looks as though this is in course for a better than expected opening weekend in the US at least, with $40.5m, vs Sony’s projection of $27-28m and independent tracking of up to $35m. Pretty solid for a post-COVID opening and hopefully positive word of mouth keeps it going for a few weeks at least, which would bode well for more given it cost half as much as 2016. https://deadline.com/2021/11/ghostbusters-afterlife-opening-weekend-1234877444/
  20. I think it’s shown me that supposedly credible critics can be just as susceptible to a good old fashioned pile-on as fanboys. I’ve seen more than one reference to the fact Afterlife treats the original as a “sacred text” and “serious sci-fi”. Where was this shit when you were gushing over Star Wars and Marvel? Am I going nuts or were most of the jokes in the original courtesy of wise-cracks from the characters rather than situational or indicative of the film’s tone? I feel as though a lot of the aforementioned scribes watched 2016 as a refresher course and thought because that at times felt like a feature-length SNL skit that the original was exactly the same since it too featured alumni from the same series.
  21. I’ve seen some that are almost incredulous the 2016 film is ignored, which has to be the biggest stretch in the history of review given that it’s set in a different universe where the original Ghostbusters didn’t exist. I think if you’re bringing up the 2016 movie and using the reaction to that - as unnecessarily and prematurely vitriolic as it was - as a cudgel with which to beat this one, your credibility as a reviewer has to be called into question. There’s an unsubtle partiality that compromises your verdict; I can’t take seriously tooth gnashing about fan service in a sequel 30+ years in the making if you’ve been throwing out positive notices left, right and centre to 95% of the 6,002 Marvel films released over the last decade.
  22. Another thing I enjoyed towards the end of the film
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