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  1. 5th gen for me. It came at a time in my life where I had the time and money to indulge in gaming. I owned the Saturn, PS1 and N64. Out of the three, I liked the Saturn best as I was heavily into 2d Capcom fighting games. Multiplayer wise, it was all about Mario Kart 64 and Goldeneye on the N64. And the Ps1 had Resident Evil, Metal Gear and the godly ISS Pro Evo games.
  2. Granted, i probably haven't played the original in decades, it looked bad then so i'd hate to think what it looks like now. it did nail the feel of the arcade though and even though the controls were digital they were fantastic. it's worth having in your collection, but if you want to play it by go for the 360/ps3 release
  3. I’ll bite. I honestly don’t know what to say, other than the 70s we’re probably the greatest decade for Hollywood and The Godfather was probably the pinnacle of that decade. Then again, I find the Marvel films boring which to some people would be just as incomprehensible.
  4. Fantastic stuff. You really should do a guided tour of the Amiga and demo some games.
  5. Just saw this, I thought it was great. Not going to pretend I was clever enough to follow what was going on, but the spectacle of the thing carried me through. Refreshing to have a big budget Hollywood film not signpost everything. Can't wait to see it again.
  6. Seconds John Randolph plays a successful banker who seemingly has everything, yet is dissatisfied with his lot. He makes a faustian pact with the company, who through plastic surgery change him into Rock Hudson, and give him a new identity as a successful artist with a plush Malibu beach house. Regardless to say things go awry and the film ends in one of the bleakest endings ever filmed. Brilliantly shot by James Wong Howe who uses fish eyed lenses and unconventional camera angles to give a sense of unease and paranoia. 4/5 - The middle act kind of sags but it more than makes up for it with its brilliant ending
  7. The version they showed to kids was cut. I remember seeing both when they originally aired back in 95
  8. The Changeling (1980) I read an interview where Martin Scorcese picked his top 10 scariest films, I'd seen most of them except this one so I thought I'd check it out. In terms of ghost stories, there's two types. You've got the ones that go all out with special effects, jump scares and bluster and ones that rely on mood, you never really see the ghostly entity and your imagination is left to fill in the gaps. The Changeling belongs to the latter. It's right up there with films like The Innocents, The Haunting and The Others. Incidentally, this film must have been an influence to the makers of The Others. As that film makes a direct reference to this film. 4.5/5
  9. Wild Tales Magnifcent film, sort of like a latin Tales of the Unexpected only better. You can watch it for free on Channel 4's All 4 site. 5/5
  10. NTSC games back then would run at 60fps, Pal games at 50fps. We did have a higher resolution though, hence the black borders for unoptimised games. The Dreamcast was the first console to address this, by offering us PAL games a 60hz mode if your TV could handle it. We've alot to thank Sega for.
  11. Yes, Daytona was a mess technically. But it played better than Ridge Racer and surely that's what matters. The Saturn version captured the feel of Daytona and Daytona USA was an infinitely superior game to RR. Once you'd played the 1 track and its three variations you were pretty much done. Original Saturn Daytona was far better than the crappy improved version Daytona CCE and it had better handling than the Dreamcast version too.
  12. I don't think we'll ever get back to the auteur days of the 70s, where the director was solely in charge and they could make personal, intelligent films with audience appeal. The Heaven's Gate debacle saw an end to that. Besides films cost too much. However, it heartens me that Netflix gave Scorcese 300 million to make The Irishman. Could the days of the 70s new wave be reborn on television?
  13. Anyone remember watching Peter Greenaway films on late night C4 in the 80s? I still remember the 1st time I saw A Zed and two Noughts and being absolutely baffled. Only reason I persevered with it was there was loads of nudity. They showed alot of weird stuff back then. C4 used to have a red triangle thing, where they'd show controversial films.
  14. I remember that Forbidden Weekend and watching The Devils. I hated it but I’d heard so much about the controversy that I had to watch it. If my memory serves me correct, BBC 2 also showed EL Topo as part of that season. It didn’t have a BBFC certificate and to the best of my knowledge was the only time it has ever been screened on TV.
  15. it was Alex Cox, i believe it was 92. Alex Cox's run ended in 94. And they bought Moviedrone back in 97 with Mark Cousins. First film shown was the UK premiere of Scarface. i dont think it would work nowadays, biggest pleasure of Moviedrome was discovery of the unknown. I'd never heard of The Big Silence and many of the other films they screened. With so much info at our disposal it just wouldnt have the same impact.
  16. I remember back in the 80s and 90s both BBC 2 and Channel 4 would show foreign films regularly. I remember seeing seasons of films by Kurosawa, Renoir, Satyajit Ray, the French new wave. You also really good film programmes like Moving Pictures, Moviedrome and The Incredibly Strange film show. That programme in particular did a brilliant show about Jackie Chan's HK films, they even showed a couple of his best. As well as some HK horror films if i recall. Nowadays we seem to have more channels but the programming is uninspired.
  17. i remember Sledgehammer!, i found it hysterical at the time, no doubt i'd probably think it's crap now.
  18. So, this isn't an adaptation of the Suzanne Vega song?
  19. Finally got round to watching this. Absolutely loved it. It felt as if it was Scorcese's last hurrah in the genre which he had dominated for half a century. I'm guessing the cheeky reference of The Shootist was an acknowledgement of this. The film works best when the characters are sitting down and talking, I could watching De Niro and Pesci eating bread for hours. It was also a lot more restrained than Scorcese's other films less flashier, less violent. It definitely felt like an older man's film. The only issue I had with it was the de-aging. Probably would have been better if Scorcese had used younger actors or just a better process. But for the majority of the film, most of the characters are playing close to their own age so it wasn't that much of an issue. Or maybe I just didn't notice so much as I was absorbed by the performances. Anyway, for me it's right up there with Scorcese's very best. Far, far better than his last Mafioso film Casino. But not quite in the same league as Goodfellas.
  20. You’re doing it wrong. What you should have said is help me identify this film. It features a guy whose mother raped a brain damaged pilot, whose wife bites off some guys dick and a bunch of psycho women who cut their tongues out. Oh and a transsexual quarterback. There may have been a waterbed in there somewhere too.
  21. Greatest film composer ever.
  22. i'm in my mid forties too and i remember seeing it on late night channel 4 in the 80s. c4 used to show lots of pretty bizarre films back then ( mainly Peter Greenaway ones) which didnt make alot of sense but featured alot of nudity. Anyhow, the Hotel New Hampshire was quite a prestige film, it starred Rob Lowe as the brother, Jodie Foster as the sister, Nastasja Kinksi as a lesbian bear and was directed by an oscar winner. It feels like a Wes Anderson film, in its absurdist plot and how everything no matter how bizarre is underplayed. And the reason why they have sex is because he has always been in love with her so she spends the whole day fucking him so he xan get over it. He ends up with the lesbian bear at the end if my memory serves me correct a quick google confirms im not the only one who thinks this was an influence on Wes Anderson https://www.filmlinc.org/films/the-hotel-new-hampshire/
  23. As someone has already mentioned, it has to be The Hotel New Hampshire. Which was made in the mid 80s, has a brother and sister, the sister gets raped and the brother and sister spend all day having sex towards the end if the film.
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