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  1. Did no one think... Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. I'm finding the series a lot more enjoyable in this series because I (finally) know who's who and what's what. I can't wait for 2020 AD when I'll finally be able to watch the whole thing without week-long delays. I agree with those who thought The only bits I didn't like were the scene with the dwarf and Which is wonderful. It's the first TV series to make me hate imaginary people. That's a good thing, right?
  2. That's almost what the internet was invented for.
  3. As I said at the time, it's the 4th best Alien movie. Or is anybody willing to debate that Alien:Resurrection is better than Prometheus?
  4. I give this episode credit in that I actually understood what was going on for a change. A few lines were clearly there for idiots like me to catch up, and I still can't name most of the side-characters or what they do, but that doesn't matter at the moment. The main appeal is that's a great medieval soap opera but instead of slagging matches people get their eyeballs rammed onto swords. And I'm fine with that. I also like the political/moral shadiness side of things where anybody with noble intentions ends up dead or worse. But best of all, no stupid wheelchair kid harping on about visions! I was waiting for a moment to go and make a drink the whole episode when he showed up, but had to keep watching. Downsides are that Jamie isn't as hot with short hair and a giant hook hand, I don't like the dwarf guy having to play nice and hope he gets back to being a sarcastic little sod soon. And this better be the last bloody desert city dragon girl gets to or I'm through with her endless hike.
  5. I was quite disappointed by this, as I lap up anything by Aronofsky and I thought he might bring a more inventive, though epic sci-fi colour to the well-known Bible story. It starts off as a mix of a History Channel drama, meets a budget Game of Thrones, with a few shots reminiscent of a graphic novel or 300. The visual inventiveness of The Fountain is absent, and Clint Mansell is having an off day and seems to be figuring out what made the Gravity soundtrack so good. Most of the cast chew on the scenery, looking far too much like a glamorous white American family dressed in post-apocalyptic chic. Russell Crowe has in it in his favour that he's Russell Crowe, and does his best (he even dares sing after Les Miserables!), and Ray Winstone is aided by having the most interesting character, but this isn't the kind of film to get under the skin and I was always longing for it to go deeper into the questions it fleetingly raises. The pacing of the story is all over the place, showing it had trouble in the editing suite and one can sense there were 4-5 other versions of it drifting around out there. I'm not surprised given the aimless screenplay. The flood scene itself is spectacular, but I'd expect that in a film about Noah, but the film languishes after the flood scene, focusing on a weird, fanatical moral dilemma that most sane people could solve in five minutes. There are some LotR style elements at the start, but again, these are skimmed over and feel oddly out of place once the novelty has worn off. It doesn't feel like a "Christian" movie for Americans, if that worries you. God takes a back seat here, largely being synonymous with Mother Nature, but the climate change message is loud and clear. Had this been a low-budget indie movie, we'd probably be praising the director who showing such promise, but with this budget it's a definite step back after Black Swan and The Wrestler, neither of which were classics themselves. On the whole it reminded me of that Tom Cruise wander-about movie Oblivion, with Anthony Hopkins being the white Morgan Freeman. If you like that, you might like this. PS) On a side note, I am starting to grow weary of seeing Iceland as the default fantasy/alien world.
  6. I'm grieving for Sean Bean already. It does look very video-gamey, and the lead character seems to lack charisma, but it also looks like superb eye-candy and a chance to see full-on space opera on the big screen with some amazing effects, so as a frustrated sci-fi lover, I can't wait. Though it might well turn out to be a pretty screen-saver, rather than a goosebump causing movie, yet there is hope. After all - everything I've just said (minus Sean Bean) could have been labelled at The Matrix.
  7. Does this game have loading screens between zones or is it one big seamless world? The latter is for me one of the big selling points of Skyrim and why WoW amazes technically. I would pay just to explore a new Elder Scrolls world.
  8. According to the Wikipedia, it's the third official "reboot" after Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Punisher. So Batman Begins is probably is the movie that popularised the term. Interestingly all reboots have been sci-fi or horror movies. The geek dollar. A re-imagining is just a pretentious way of saying remake.
  9. Yep, exactly. It's not that I can't enjoy a film where the you know the character's are going to be okay (I have no problems with superheroes) - just as long as the movie doesn't keep putting them in them in dangerous scenes where you know they're going to be okay but you're supposed to be on edge. Then all the action is redundant. In other words, if your character is invincible, don't keep putting them in situations where people try to kill them.
  10. *** Minor spoilers *** Like the first one this film is hindered by an absolute lack of peril. The action scenes are boring, regardless of how well-directed they are. They have no impact on the plot. Remember in Fellowship when Gandalf is taken out by the fire whip demon thing? The characters are in shock. So was I, as a viewer. How are they going to make it without their leader I thought? Or how about when Sean Bean performs his contractual necessity? Shit just got real. Action scenes had consequence back then. Not now. So many near-escapes and unbelievable last minute rescues. I ended up feeling sorry for the orcs. Part of this is prequel syndrome. Bilbo is never, ever going to die. We know this. Nor is Legolas, making all his swishy, choppy action scenes redundant. And I think they have exhausted all the silly ways to kill someone with a bow. Nor do I care how Sauron hid out in a ruin for years and trapped Gandalf (who comes across as a prat). There is a reason LotR starts where it did and the rest was stuffed into appendices or whatever, because it’s irrelevant. The romance between the dwarf and the elf was tedious. Elven romance was in the original trilogy. And no one, not even in Hollywood, falls in love that quickly, especially like that. It comes across as really forced. To merge this trilogy into the other, they basically end up repeating the same stuff all over again. The ring stuff, characters succumbing to fear or temptation, the noble speeches, etc. We’ve seen it all before. It’s LotR by the numbers. They have to make it feel like the old films so they're forced to. The editing was really weird in the final third. Chopping between the story lines kept breaking the flow and sometimes we’d go from a serious scene to a lighter one, ruining the flow. Usually in a movie you can tell when it’s getting near the end but in this one I had no idea, because there is no ending at all. It just goes black, as if they’ve run out of film. Weird. However, despite all the flaws in the storyline, I could enjoy it in the sense I enjoyed Prometheus – basically just as eye candy. The sets and the world look beautiful and are truly immersive. A bit like a travel programme set in a fantasy world. So much detail. So if you want to immerse yourself in the world, and can tolerate the actual content, it’s worth seeing. PS) This was the first film I’ve seen in high frame rate and it was good. Just like getting a more powerful graphics card really. Doesn’t affect it much but makes a different on the shots with lots of motion.
  11. The C64 keyboard with tacked on glowy lights gives me some genuine retro faith at least: I hope you get to talk to Mother or whatever. EDIT: Plus a magazine for rolled up oral potential.
  12. My initial gut reaction was unfavourable but then it clicked that this is (hopefully) going for the campy,retro sci-fi vibe, perhaps slightly Speed Racer, rather than being dry, serious fodder sci-fi like Interstellar (probably) will be. I can dig that if it's the way it pans out. I mean the Wikipedia synopsis is: "Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is an unlucky Russian immigrant who cleans toilets for a living. She encounters Caine (Channing Tatum), an interplanetary warrior whom the Queen of the Universe sent to kill Jupiter. Caine tells Jupiter that the stars were pointing to an extraordinary event on the night she was born, and that her DNA could mark her as the universe's next leader"
  13. Granny’s Garden (BBC Micro): The first game I ever played at junior school and something that scared, transfixed and amazed me every time. I knew from the moment I played it that gaming was something special. Breakout (Atari 2600): The first console game I played. I didn’t know you could play videogames at home before I saw this being played at my sister’s house. It took over my life thereafter and they gave it to me because I adored it so much. I became a gamer for the first time, even with my stupid paddle controller. Sonic the Hedgehog (Master System): The Master System was the first ever brand new console I owned and Sonic was the game built into it. I had a choice between a NES and a Master System and chose the latter because Sonic was a lot cooler to a child. I hammered this game over the next six months. This was better than homework. Street Fighter II (Arcade): The coolest game throughout the 90s. Hanging out in arcades, with mates, this was the game to playing years after it came out. Wherever there was an arcade machine, in a fish and chip shop, or at a fairground, there was Street Fighter II. Showing off to strangers, trying to beat your mates, and being so excited when it came out on home consoles. This was the game of the streets for awkward teens! Wipeout (PlayStation): I bought a PlayStation as soon as they came out in the UK. I could see the potential. But I was always the weird gamer in the family until that point. When I bought Wipeout the rest of my older family and non-gaming friends immediately wanted to know what it was into and got into gaming themselves. It also cemented my love of electronica/dance music, which is still strong today. Goldeneye (N64): The game that introduced me to shooting friends. My first social shooter. Long weekends of back to back matches (snipers only, one hit kills, tension). And the single player was social too, people standing behind me, holding their breath, as I tried to complete the game on 00 Agent. And it filled me with such a love of Rare that I ended up working there for a few years, where I met lots of brilliant people. World of Warcraft (PC): Introduced me to the fact that online communities can create amazing friends from around the world and the joy of having an alternate life and world to explore. A bunch of people from across Europe who were in my “Guild” came together in 2007. In 2008 I married one of them and we’ve been married for five years now, so games have definitely changed my world.
  14. I don't know if this has been posted already, but this is the first video to make me "get" the potential of the Oculus Rift (when it gets going). Until now I just thought it was head-tracking and like sitting close the monitor in PC games. If this is what it does with a mediocre looking horror game, think of the potential. "Two inches from my face" indeed. Games have always been about the experience for me, a gateway to a different life and world, that holo-deck/Matrix experience of being somewhere else and having something to do when you get there. This is something truly new in gaming, thank fuck for that.
  15. The next-gen consoles are "launched" in winter 2014 as far as I'm concerned. That's when we'll finally have a decent range of titles that use the hardware, perhaps a price drop and a model revision. E3 next year should be fun and competitive, where we'll truly get to see what these consoles can do in the future. At the moment Dragon Age 3 is only next-gen game I want at the moment, maybe The Witness. Pretty pathetic. I don't see a reason to buy an Xbox 1 unless you have a lot of free cash and a big VCR shaped space. Technically it is supposed to be slightly worse than the PS4 in all regards and it costs more money? Madness. It's exclusive games did keep me on the fence at first, but the reviews overcame that. I don't like the Dual Shock controller but everybody says it's supposed to be better. Ideally though I'd like to wait until the first price drop and model revision. I don't trust launch consoles any more. I feel jaded but I don't see how my 13 year old self, who practically wet himself over the launch of the original PlayStation could get pumped now.
  16. Mildly interesting if viewed as a horror movie set in a village where everybody believes you are a paedophile without a moment's consideration, causing even your best friend to reject you with no dialogue or hesitation. Otherwise it felt to me like a bizzaro world Daily Mail story, with scandal erupting at the drop of a hat. Pity as the director is talented and Mads Mikkelson is even capable of out-acting his fringe.
  17. Dawn of the Dead is a cheesy B-movie to a degree (just look at the blood colouring) but it can't just be written off like that. Admittedly I don't think it's particularly scary. It's more like Aliens than Alien, with a bunch of people trapped in a scenario trying to survive. The most horrific thing is wondering if the characters will actually survive. It's an anxiety movie. I know everybody says that it's a satire on 70's commercialism, but I think that's blown out of proportion. For me, what I fell in love with, is the realism. It was the first horror movie where the characters did sensible shit. . I fell in love with it as soon as the characters barricaded the door with heavy boxes. Finally - some common sense in a horror movie! It's filmed more like a documentary than a horror movie, in that cold, gritty 70's way. It just starts, no introductions, no tedious introductions. The characters are just ordinary people, trapped in a hellish situation. He manages to show the end of the world without resorting to big set pieces. The lights in a skyscraper going off in the night is ominous enough. People die but it's often brutal or traumatic, not a cheap scare kill. Romero is best at this, a bit like Stephen King. He takes a hokey scenario (zombies, which were basically wacky voodoo shit up until his movie) and grounds it, setting in everyday America with normal people who have weaknesses. Arguably his best film, or most heartfelt one that I've seen is Martin, where he does the same thing with the vampire myth, putting it in a teenage boy outsider. The more his films drift from realism and human drama, the worse they get. Or nowadays, when he follows the trend of directors just not giving a shit the older they become. The characters do actually get bored in the middle of it, which is a risky thing to do in any movie but I like that subversion, and the way the film plays with the idea that part of us would actually like to be in a zombie apocalypse. Until we'd spent a few months in one. But at least they are characters. Fran can compete with Ripley. It has a sense of humour too. It allows us to laugh at the zombies falling over, and the ironic music and rednecks. So many horror villains take themselves too seriously. And very, very few films let you emphasise with the monster (the kid with the baseball glove probably being the best example of this). It's deeply influential obviously. That speaks for itself. But even today it is still the pinnacle of zombie movie tropes, as well as inventing them. Also worth a note - there are also 2 significantly altered versions of it (and more besides). The theatrical release is a lot more B-movie than the longer, slower, director's cut. The ending of it is both triumphant and about as rule-breaking as the first movie because And then that final shot... It set my imagination to 11 when I first saw it. PS) As a rule, top 10 favourite lists of all time will be conservative. A movie that's 20-30 years old and is still good has earned a lot more respect than you saw in the last 5 years, which could age badly.
  18. I'm appalled that I forgot to put Candyman on my list! A beautiful horror movie from the 90s. Can't find a good video of it but this Philip Glass theme tune sums it up...
  19. Would love to see you keep writing on the development of movies. You have a book in you somewhere, on movies with troubled developments. 'The Greatest Movies Never Made' but with a difference.
  20. I did watch Wake in Fear at the recommendation of old JPickford and must admit it's pretty good, pretty much the ideal of a cult movie in my book. Will be a slowly-burning favourite for years to come. There is something about Australia and the post-apocalypse that go so well together (not that this is a movie in that genre). I would recommend Straw Dogs and Revolutionary Road (the novel) if you enjoyed it.
  21. This is a hard list to do because a lot of depends on what age you were when you first saw them. The 10 childhood horror movies would look a lot different to the 10 adult ones, even if they’re classic movies. But anyway, I’ve mixed them all together. Here is my top 10 in decreasing order of writing enthusiasm. 1. Night of the Living Dead I can only imagine what a stab in the heart this film was when it first came out in 1968. Look past the hammy acting and embrace it as a part of its time. It has the low-budget, gritty realism that modern films have chased after ever since mixed with this almost 50’s tv show “everything is gonna be okay” mentality, which is going to be destroyed. Romero is the only director I’ve ever gone to get an autograph from. He was a genius with a big heart. And he invented the modern zombie mythos. Yes I fucking hate Land of the Dead (and whatever the fuck the zombie film he made after it was called, Cunt of the Dead of something. I guess he had to fill his retirement fund. God knows the guy got screwed over financially in the past.) But this movie has a rawness that is still haunting, more so because it’s set in such a backward era. These are humans on the edge and the ending… Wow. It is both poetic and heart-breaking. It’s tight. Must admit though this movie gets bonus points from me for the fact I saw it at the perfect time you can watch a horror movie – aged 12, late at night, not expecting much, should be in bed. Blown away. But now, decades later, I’m still amazed now that I’m putting it at number 1. There is so much in this film I want to write a crap film studies dissertation. 2. Alien I feel sorry for Alien because it always gets screwed over in top 10 lists because some people think it’s sci-fi and some people think it’s horror and it’s both and therefore it misses out. But it’s fucking scary. The air vent scene… (forget the jazz hands). Forget Kane having a sock puppet burst out his chest… Think more of him leaning over that glistening egg before it hatches. Bilbo Baggins raping a woman with a rolled up magazine. The eerie Amstrad computer. Alien probably is probably the best haunted house movie of all time. The Nostromo will deep space all around is chilling. The characters are perfect and Ridley Scott knows how to hypnotise with visuals. 3. The Fly He fucking vomits on food to digest it. I’m sold. That body horror of becoming something else, mixed with Jeff Goldbulm, what more could you want? This film is tragic, beautiful and that uneasiness kind of feeling that being a giant bug man would be sort of cool. The video cover alone is terrifying. 4. Don’t Look Now Donald Sutherland. Venice. Arty. Cool. Some red midget thing. I’ve only seen this film once but I can’t get it out of my head. I love it. 5. The Blair Witch Project Made me scared of the trees outside my house. The ending is fantastic. 6. Misery Memorable mad woman. Smashing feet. Best Stephen King adaptation. 7. Dawn of the Dead (original yo) This is my favourite not actually a classic movie and it’s only lingering here because it’s more of action movie/thriller than a horror film in my opinion. 8. Texas Chainsaw Massacre Why America is fucked up. 9. Hellraiser I only saw this for the first time last week! Does a superb amount with a limited budget. Gets across Clive Barker’s S&M edge and has a decent mythology, unlike so many other movies. A nice visual style too. 10. A Nightmare on Elm Street If you fall asleep, you will be brutally murdered. Made me stay asleep for ages. ----- Realised I can't count... 11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers I can’t decide if the 50’s or the 70’s version is better. Both have strengths. But that whole your loved ones will actually betray you for alien domination thing resonates in my family life. I’ll pick the 70’s version because Sutherland. PS) Halloween should be on here but I ran out maths.
  22. Thanks a lot for doing. Enjoyed it. Annoying that I'll need to obtain a PS3 to play two games in the top 10 though! And thank you more so for hating Fallout 3! I feel part of humanity again. I do wonder with that game is bad or whether it's just the game seems mediocre for those who played the 2D originals back in their prime. Would I like it more if Fallout 2 wasn't my favourite RPG of all time in the 90's? Fallout 3 can't help but feel like the same game restricted, limited and disgraced by the crappy FPS engine around it. Do you think it would be a better game in 2D with pre-rendered backgrounds and turn-based combat?
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