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  1. Aftersun 5/5 Gorgeous and heartbreaking, with two outstanding central performances (Frankie Corio is a hell of a find and Paul Mescal has never been better) and a final 15 minutes in which the film's gentle undercurrent of melancholy builds to an almighty wave. There's a surprising but devastatingly effective needle drop towards the end, and the very last shot is something else. Wonderful stuff – one of the best debut films in years.
  2. It didn't even offer a satisfying sense of closure, really - a couple of solid moments aside, it mostly felt like an extended trailer for three separate spin-offs.
  3. They are. I thought 5 and 6 were easily the weakest and 7 and 8 two of the strongest.
  4. Rudderless

    Edge #378

    That was 377. We've addressed it in the flannel panel in 378.
  5. He does, but I still think he was too old for that role and I found his accent quite distracting.
  6. Having thoroughly enjoyed the first four, I was quite disappointed with today's offerings. I thought 5 in particular was a dud - it's not always easy to expand short stories, and this felt both rushed in places and oddly sluggish in others. It's such a strong premise, but sloppy writing and direction undermined it.
  7. Yeah, there's a bit towards the end where there's several waves of them, but the only real challenge is staving off boredom as you run around waiting for specific resources to respawn so you can take the armoured ones down.
  8. Here's a snippet of a very early go before I'd done any of the tutorials. It is *marginally* easier to parse while you're playing. https://hyprd.mn/clip/3212010489 Looking forward to diving back in once we're off deadline and I'm slightly less frazzled.
  9. Ghostwire: Tokyo. One of my favourite 7/10s in ages, a delightfully awkward collision of east and west in its design, with a really distinctive (if limited) approach to firstperson combat and a memorable setting filled with too much open-world cruft. It never fully hangs together, but I enjoyed pretty much every minute of it.
  10. The length of the rllmuk thread being, of course, the most accurate barometer for determining a videogame's quality.
  11. The layoffs are terrible news, obviously, but I don't want anybody to be misled by that story's appearance here - no print publications have been affected.
  12. tbh the "mostly" makes it seem more likely
  13. I imagine if you're coming back to Splatoon after a long time away it feels more difficult because there are fewer genuine newcomers. After the initial settling-in period for Splatoon 2, which brought *a lot* of new players to the series, Turf War gradually got tougher, albeit never so much as the ranked modes which obviously a lot of the more skilful players gravitated towards. As a lot of Splatoon veterans start qualifying for Anarchy Battles (it takes a little while to reach Lv 10, after all) you'll see the challenge level off a little.
  14. What self-congratulatory, supercilious claptrap.
  15. I mean, that's kind of what Immortality is, tbh (I know what you mean, though)
  16. Click on your profile name in the top-right, select 'Ignored Users' and type 'CrichStand' into the box.
  17. 9am UK time tomorrow.
  18. I think that's the trade-off for hitting a stroke with more power. You can shift the camera a bit (which I didn't realise at first) but you've got to try and gauge it from before the shot when you can zoom out and move it around. It's a bit more like real golf in that respect - you can aim it roughly but won't always know exactly where it'll land. And spin can make a big difference as long as you land it on solid ground.
  19. Sorry to hear that. DM me your subscription number and I'll investigate it on Monday.
  20. Yeah, I think that was a common criticism of TL. You can skip to the start/end of clips almost instantly this time.
  21. Hmm, I had a similar thing but I got a very clear warning.
  22. Yeah, I'm in total agreement with this. Nine Lives Kat was probably the weakest for me, but still a clever premise with some interesting moments. Not sure any would *quite* break into my all-time top five, though I really liked the last three – Kid/Nap was one of the most purely entertaining ones they've done in a while (the "Stockport syndrome" line was brilliant) and I thought Jessica Hynes was terrific in A Random Act Of Kindness. A real return to form after the slightly underwhelming Series 6. Roll on 8 and 9!
  23. The Innocents - 5/5 The most unsettling (and upsetting) film I've seen in a long time: a slow-burn blend of social drama and supernatural horror that is almost unbearably tense in places and chillingly nasty in others. Incredibly bleak and brilliantly made, with the best child performances this side of Laura Wandel's Playground. (Advance warning that there's an early scene depicting an act of cruelty involving an animal, which I know is a deal-breaker for some people.)
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