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  1. Should the original web series be watched before this or is this some kind of expanded version of them anyway?
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    How have you not married that woman yet? You're going to need to come up with a hell of a present for her next birthday now. Have a great time!
  3. I don't think that really holds together as an explanation. You're cherry-picking that bit from the beginning of the film but ignoring the later moments when they do
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    Now those insanely priced Laver Cup tickets I was looking at don't seem so bad. (Ok, they do, but still.)
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    I suppose that, as with Raducanu, there will be an argument that the draw unfolded in a favourable way for Alcaraz: no Djokovic, Medvedev and Nadal eliminated, no top 10 opponent from the 4th round to the SF. I don't have any time for that, personally. This tournament confirmed what everyone already felt: Alcaraz is an absolute phenomenon, a clone of Nadal in terms of physicality and determination but very much with his own style. Youngest no. 1 in history and the first teenage Grand Slam winner since... who else but Nadal. His level was so high that I wouldn't really have bet on any of the three that I mentioned above over him anyway. And he achieved this without compromising on his exciting, attacking game at any point. I wouldn't say I've been a fan of many of the younger generation of players, with the exceptions of perhaps Thiem or, more recently, Sinner and Kyrgios (with some caveats!) Most of the rest are just too inconsistent or dull to really get behind. I've been fully on board Team Alcaraz for a while though and even got to see him at Wimbledon this year (even if it wasn't his best day again Sinner). Looking forward to seeing what he does next year, especially in the clay season.
  6. I think it won't be on iPlayer until it's been broadcast, and now that's been postponed.
  7. I don't think it has much to do with cost. Inside Out - a random example just because I happened to see the sequel topic earlier - had a $175m budget. The original Pinocchio had a budget of $2.6m which, adjusted for inflation, is maybe around $45m in 2015, when IO came out. I doubt that illustrators are better paid now than they were in the 40s, and a lot of it could easily be outsourced. Studio Ghibli are making the numbers work; Spirited Away was made for just $20m. I still find it beautiful personally but I think it's just regarded as a bit unfashionable and lo-fi in comparison.
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    Fair play to Ruud though - two grand slam finals in one year. Maybe he'll even turn up to this one! But yeah, Alcatraz is the most exciting talent in quite some time, combined with the kind of refusal to lose that has rarely been seen outside the top 3. There was so much opportunity for his head to go down, in both of these epic matches, in the kind of way seen so often with the 'next gen', but not a hint of it. Really looking forward to the women's tonight as well. I think they're both fantastic, both on the court and off, and, while Jabeur would be the more historical, I'll be delighted for whomever wins.
  9. Anyone else going to the Chelsea - West Ham game at Stamford Bridge on the weekend?
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    Kygrios looking unstoppable at the moment. Blew Medvedev away despite basically throwing the second set. As always, his quality is pretty much in inverse proportion to his antics, and there were very few antics last night by his standards. Odds are still very high of self-sabotage, of course, but it does feel like he's doing better and better at allowing his exceptional talent to take centre stage, rather than the theatrics. If anyone was still in any doubt about the source of his behaviour though - i.e. he's an unsupervised 6'4" toddler running around a tennis court - then this utterly ridiculous point should make it abundantly clear:
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    Amazon's tennis coverage is consistently brilliant. The terribleness of football punditry is hardly new but it's just embarrassing in comparison, having watched so much tennis in recent years. I'm more than happy to take a foreign commentary stream when I'm watching football, just so it's white noise in the background. Surely it's harder - or should be harder at least - to do interesting tennis commentary than football? I certainly wasn't expecting Serena to come through that match last night. I was only able to watch some of the first set, and she was looking decent enough, but I still assumed that Kontaveit would be much too strong. The Giorgi - Keys match was quite something earlier in the evening too. Both absolutely blasting groundstrokes at each other, Keys basically playing every service game from 0-40 down and hitting it even harder when she was. I have no idea how Giorgi generates the power she does - she seems so small and delicate and then she's just obliterating the ball. All a little bit error-prone, naturally, but very entertaining.
  12. Sort of. Depends what you expect it to measure. It does give a reasonable summary of how much effective attacking a team has done. The disparity between Liverpool's xG and goals scored seemed roughly reflective of the match to me. We had 12 shots on target and scored 9! I've seen 0-0s with more.
  13. I think the Liverpool xG was less than 3! Not that I'm exactly upset about it. Mind you, at least 3 of City's goals had the same sense of the other team just letting it happen. And quite what was wrong with Palace's 3rd goal, to potentially put them 3-0 up, I'm not sure.
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    Heck of a step up to a five setter against the top guys though. I agree it's nice and open, but I do think it'll be one of those three that lift it. Wouldn't be surprised to see Norrie make a deep run. He's been incredibly consistent for over a year now. Very tough opening round for Raducanu. She's looked much better in her last two tournaments but I think she might well need a couple of rounds to get into her stride, and Cornet could easily be too much if she's not there yet.
  15. Is the writing actually on the wall for this? I haven't really seen a huge amount of regulatory movement to deal with it. (Hopefully I've missed something - obviously it's all utterly dreadful.)
  16. I would probably say that the height difference made it look like a headbutt, and it wasn't really, but regardless, that was fucking stupid. Edit: lol!
  17. Late to the party but watched this tonight and loved it. I was going to write some details about why, but then I read @The Grand Pursuivant's post on the first page and realised there wasn't much point, because that already covered it eloquently and exhaustively. Absolutely best watched cold and just letting yourself be immersed. I'm a complete sucker for grubby sci-fi that throws you into the middle of a well-realised world and slowly tells a tale and this hit all the right notes. Dreamy, claustrophobic and captivating.
  18. I share the sentiment but I'm pretty sceptical about the (unsourced?) reporting on the contract situation. Singer was already fired or removed from the credits on other movies, years ago now, for his misdeeds, in both director and producer roles. There are really no clauses in these supposed contracts that can be similarly employed? I'm also doubtful that a studio is going to sign away its casting flexibility for multiple actors in the franchise for, what, at least 7 years, based upon when Dark Phoenix was produced and this 2025 date. Is that ever the balance of power in these things, particularly with an ensemble cast? I think it's much more likely that new X-Men movies simply didn't fit in with the existing plans and/or they felt it's too soon for another standalone reboot of it.
  19. There's a small but active community around NeoLemmix, a modern(ish) PC Lemmings engine that plays all the old level packs. It adds a few features that make it much less of a frustrating old-school experience, without spoiling the core appeal.
  20. A lot of the economics are about retaining subs, not just recruiting them.
  21. I could only assume that the idea was that
  22. I can't say I had any real problems with the CG at all. It wasn't top tier stuff, sure, but there was nothing especially egregious and, far more importantly, I didn't notice any of the truly immersion-shattering physics nonsense that plagues so many other films. The bear scene in particular felt brutal and weighty to me, with a very claustrophobic POV, and worked just as well as scenes in The Revenant, for example, which I think other people have also referenced. Perhaps the MCU and things like the Hobbit trilogy have lowered my standards here, so that I'm happy as long as people aren't bouncing around consequence-free like rubber balls or flying up into the sky for every fight.
  23. They are, but at least Prey had the sense to downplay the fairly absurd notion that the Predator is some noble warrior following an ancient code, as the original did. I think the only aspect in either is them not killing seemingly unarmed opponents. Otherwise, they are unknowably alien, merciless hunters and I don't know if we should necessarily understand what their sense of fair play entails, if anything. It's only in other Predator sequels and media that they've attempted to anthropomorphise this, always to the detriment as far as I'm aware.
  24. Various animals do die in horrific ways. But a specific answer for the dog: I thought this was really good, even if it doesn't reach excellent - maybe a 4/5 is fair. General spoiler-y thoughts:
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