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  1. 12 minutes ago, Pug said:


    I have the last gen ATV 4K (2nd gen) and P+ isn't UHD or HDR so I doubt the new one is, unless someone here here has the 3rd gen ATV 4K & can prove me wrong.




    I did the free month's trial via a current gen ATV 4k when the service launched and there was no 4k content then and that was enough justification for me to cancel. That and the near total lack of anything I wanted to watch bar Frasier.


    Pretty dire all round but the lack of a full fat service in the UK is more than a little insulting.

  2. On 04/11/2022 at 13:33, Clipper said:

    Stupid question I know but I rarely use frozen stuff other than fish fingers (for the boy), fish fingers,lollies :D  and freezing batch cooking etc.


    So I know some veg survive freezing better than some. My son loves broccoli and I buy it fresh usually but I don't like it and so it never goes to waste but it certainly gets a little soft/rubbery as time goes on. So I was considering frozen broccoli florets for convenience. When cooked on hob in hot water do they have same consistency and bite and flavour as fresh? I won't bother if they are going to go mushy.


    ANd opening this out to other frozen veg does it all really work. I see frozen chopped onions and chillies and mashed potato etc. I personally use those fresh or cook them for myself but can see that they might make sense financially frozen (ok not the mashed potato) :D Is there any loss in quality compared to fresh?



    Yesterday I was told that soft carrots can be fixed by leaving them in water overnight as they soften due to dehydration. The same may apply to broccoli.


    Most veg seems freezable but peas are the the absolute champions. Chillis are definitely fine after freezing - there is zero impact on flavour plus I'm sure that chopping them whilst frozen reduces the transmission of stingy bits to the fingers (and then the eyes).


    I also recall reading a few years ago that the nutritional value of some vegetable is actually improved by freezing although I can't recall which particular ones. 


    Absolutely heartbreaking news. 

    I knew she was very Ill but it is still such a shock and has properly upset me.

    RIP Mimi.

  3. On 25/10/2022 at 23:08, MarkN said:

    I lived off my home-made bean chilli



    Is this the one with a lentil base that I remember seeing you posting the recipe of and which I made a mental note to try (I'm trying to eat much less meat)?


    If so, I can't recall where you posted it? but would love to have a go at making it.



  4. On 31/10/2022 at 06:33, Rayn said:

    Barbarian (2022, Disney+)



    I assumed everyone was sailing away to find a copy of this. Great to hear it's on Disney as I'm keen to see it so that's tonight's entertainment sorted.


    It is really helpful to show the format/streaming source/whatever for films.

  5. 3 hours ago, englishbob said:



    I'd be interested to know what the PC Master Race makes of the graphics in MP ? (especially after coming straight from Vanguard which was very pretty indeed).


    MP map graphics feels like they got a special deal on some old Ubisoft assets and did those - they are pretty grotty in a lot of places. Animation still excellent if not better than before, but it feels early PS4 to me - maybe I'm missing a download or something



    It looks fine to me with everything at max setting and 4k - nothing spectacular but functional enough. Lighting seems a bit flat maybe but that might be due to so many maps being set in sunny ME or Mexican locales. 


    13 minutes ago, englishbob said:

    Whilst I like the way it plays so far in MP I haven't really taken to any of the maps at all. Can tell you the worst one though, the border control one.


    Interested to hear from what others think that have played though Cold War and Vanguard on the maps


    I've not found any of the maps to be especially interesting.


    The half dozen or so I have played have all felt like random collections of very connected rooms and corridors with quite small open areas. I've seen very little sniper or marksman usage as the maps seem to encourage assault rifles, SMG's, and shotguns so it's just loads of high speed running around with short to medium range weapons so far. There was much more variety in Vanguard and Cold War but it's early days and they added lots of maps to those over the year. I would like just one decent sized three lane type map for now though so I can do a bit of sniper alley type playing.


    Surprised that folk are finding it slower and tactical as it seems pretty fast and hectic to me. The new mine/grenade thing that burrows into a wall and explodes on the other side has a lot of potential for fun.

  6. 8 minutes ago, T Pot said:

    Have they changed it since the beta? I was dropping people with as little as 2 or 3 bullets then.


    Anything more than one shotting is too long for me! 


    I have no idea how many bullets it takes to kill someone as I'm not getting enough feedback from the game for me to be sure but it is definitely more than two (just using the starter assault rifle and SMG). It is more than I recall Vanguard was when I played SC on that but it may be less, it is hard to determine exactly but I need to be aiming at an enemy and hoping I am hitting them for way longer than I like. It is hard to underestimate just how much a decent hit marker sound adds to player feedback and this is very lacking (I've tried both the 'classic' and 'MW' marker sounds) even after turning down the volume of other sounds but it is still weak and I really shouldn't need to make big changes to the audio mix.




    14 minutes ago, drewthmsn said:

    IW have said it’s “coming soon”. I’ve got my fingers crossed there’ll be an update today to put it in, think updates are usually around 5/6pm UK time. 

    Ah, excellent! 


    Fingers crossed.




  7. Can somebody tell me how to activate hardcore mode?


    At the moment the long TTK and lack of decent hit feedback sounds makes this feel like I am firing blanks into sponges which is not great. HC will at least remove the spongey feeling but the lack of decent hit feedback is probably going to curtail my interest in this pretty quickly.

  8. I played the campaign last week as it was a dull rainy weekend and, as COD campaigns go it was not too bad at all. It is the first one I have given more than an hour to since probably the original MW 2 so must have been doing something right. It was a good move to release it a week early as if the MP were available at the same time I'd have probably given up on it quite quickly. 

    It is an almost entirely linear experience with no room for experimentation but definitely felt less like the endless shooting gallery of most COD campaigns. Some of the added variety was often a little dull - too much stealth, any crafting was too much crafting, and a few real tough levels that cost me more lives than the rest of the game put together. Notably the convoy and tank which were just endless deaths (on hardened) and extremely irritating. I also got tired of the armoured enemies which felt like playing the sponges in non HC MP modes as well as the trial and error gameplay of so many of the maps. 


    The Amsterdam level was an amazingly recreated environment but the stilted, stiff, animation of the NPC's took the edge off the photorealism a tad and it was a shame there wasn't much to do - almost as if it were made solely to get circulated on social media. 


    Most importantly though the guns felt extremely solid and very loud so that's promising for the MP which. coincidentally, has just finished pre-loading so I look forward to getting into that tomorrow. I hope there is an option to uninstall the campaign (and not install Warzone) as per Vanguard but at the moment the campaign is described as 'required'.


    A solid, great for a wet weekend, 6/10. 

  9. 1 hour ago, ZOK said:

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers! :quote:


    Good shout.


    1 hour ago, Vimster said:

    I recall the rights to The Exorcist being bought up was on the news a while back and they mentioned then they wanted to turn it into a franchise. Any right-thinking person's blood should run cold at the mere thought of that. Whenever I see things like this I automatically assume the new rights-holders feel the original wasn't good enough and needed "improving".


    I'd add the Child's Play re-imaging from a couple of years back to the good pile. It wasn't as nastily irreverent as the originals but had enough good new ideas, felt like an update that worked. 


    Yep, 'franchise' is a real alarm bell.


    There is literally no chance of anything good coming from fools trying to remake, reimagine, or expand upon The Exorcist. I didn't know they had remade Child's Play but  don't care too much for the original film which could be an excuse to watch a remake.


    1 hour ago, glb said:

    The Crazies remake is half-decent, not quite as mainstream as those mentioned so far but at least it justified being made by virtue of being quite good.


    I am a big fan of the original so shall maybe have a look at this remake.

  10. 19 hours ago, glb said:

    Yup. Not just a remake but a trilogy. Given their Halloween trilogy was about as much fun as getting kicked in the genitals by a horse, it bodes very badly indeed.



    Oh dear. 


    There is no way that these will not be as dreadful as they are unnecessary.  I can only think of one remake of a seventies or eighties horror that was close to being OK, that being Evil Dead but, even that, I could have lived without as, tonally, it missed the point of the original by a mile.  Every other remake has been a waste of time. The only genuinely brilliant, exceptional in their own right, and worthy reworkings of older genre movies I can think of are The Fly and The Thing. 



  11. 3 hours ago, glb said:

    what a hash David Gordon Green will make of the needless upcoming remake)



    They are remaking The Exorcist?!


    I cannot think of a bigger waste of time, effort, and money than remaking a film that remains pretty much note perfect all the way through and as potent now as it was when released almost fifty years ago.


    What I would welcome is a 4K release but assume they are waiting for the fiftieth anniversary.

  12. 5 hours ago, little che said:

    Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead is in the deal today . It's a dual timeline story of a young female pilot in the 30s and 40s, who disappears circumnavigating the globe (that's not a spoiler btw) and the young actor who is playing her in a big budget movie 70 years later.

    It's very good indeed and worth a few quid of anyone's money . It will be a film itself before long I very much imagine.



    This sounds excellent.


    Added to the digital pile of shame.

  13. 14 minutes ago, sofasurfer said:

    Yes but not...I cannot really elaborate without giving too much away but it definitely is a horror movie for me.


    It is, and it is fantastic.


    Strong Kill List feel, but better.

  14. I finally got round to reading 'Flowers for Algernon' last week, as recommended by @Stopharageand @Jamie John, and it was a wonderful, heartbreaking, read. Lots and lots to process and think about afterwards.


    I have decided to read more fiction so next up will be John Darnielle (of the magnificent Mountain Goats)'s  Devil House which is not a Kindle bargain but was recommended by Steve Albini and that is more than enough for me. Also, Darnielle is a hell of a lyricist so I've high hopes.



  15. 2 hours ago, layten said:

    It's in 4K HDR on iPlayer using the app built into my LG TV, but not when using the app on my (current gen) Apple TV.


    2 hours ago, SMD said:


    Love technology



    Apple doesn't support the HLG HDR that the BBC use because Apple.



  16. 31 minutes ago, SMD said:

    Anyway of watching in 4k on iPlayer or am I gonna have to yarr it?


    It is in 4k on iplayer.


    And it looks absolutely spectacular, as expected. The music is way too much though.

  17. 10 hours ago, Pekoe said:

    Everything everywhere... is no longer available on prime, just to rent or buy but with the thumbnail still showing as an Amazon exclusive 



    If you have an Apple TV then Everything Everywhere can still be accessed on Amazon without payment. 


    Just search for the film and it iinks to Amazon Prime as (I think) ATV defaults to free versions that are available on other streaming platforms that have been linked.





  18. On 26/08/2022 at 10:24, ZOK said:

    Finding Vivian Maier - 4/5 (Prime)


    A stunning doc about a young historian who buys some negatives by chance at an auction, which results in him bringing an undiscovered genius of street photography to public awareness. The film follows his investigations into her life and works, and the reminiscences of her charges as a nanny, the job which allowed her the freedom to shoot.


    If you find humans interesting, this film is gold. 



    Thanks for brining this to my attention.


    It is indeed a stunning documentary and, my word, what an absolutely incredible talent Vivian was. To think that all those tens of thousands of astonishing images might have been lost had the fella not only bought that first lot,  recognised the rare quality of them, and then do all the detective work to piece so much of her story together. Makes me wonder how many other amazing artists are sitting on mountains of art that they either cannot, or do not want to, share with the world.


    Brilliant film.



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