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  1. Whilst that's true, I think as we leave this decade there is merit in reviewing it as a whole.
  2. I don't buy this idea that there is an inherent greater artistic value in high culture compared to low culture. The Matrix never shied away from exploring the human condition, sexuality, the nature of reality, conformity to societal norms, etc. whilst also pioneering its own visual cinematic techniques. The fact that it also includes a man wearing a trenchcoat and shades doing a one handed cartwheel, whilst shooting an assault rifle doesn't invalidate the ideas it explores.
  3. Having watched all 9 films in the space of a week I think Lucas was: 1. Making them up as he went along (e.g. Vader being Luke's father and then also Leia's seem like later additions). 2. Not worried about tonal consistency between films. Each film has its own distinct personality. The Star Wars films vary from masterpiece to bewildering failure, and I'm glad of that. Directors and storytellers have been given the freedom to stamp their own personalities on the films they make and I'd much prefer to see that than the streamlined, homogenised fare we're being fed these days.
  4. If it makes you feel better, I wasn't being serious in my recommendation that Nolan should stick to making indie film
  5. He needs to accept that he's never going to equal Kubrick and he should stop trying. It's embarrassing to watch at this point. He should go back to making interesting indie films. Edit: Adding an edit in here to make it clear this is a tongue in cheek comment akin to saying Heston Blumenthal should give up and open kebab van in a lay-by off the B472.
  6. I caught the 7 minute prologue for this at the BFI Imax today ahead of Star Wars. I can confirm that it was the single most Nolan thing I've ever seen, complete with multiple "BBBAAARRRRRGGGGG" noises.
  7. I appear to be somewhat at odds with most people here in that I felt it built on all the character development work put in by TLJ in a surprisingly satisfying way. I'm not getting the "gaslighting" or "rewriting the previous from" vibe. As for the film itself: 4 Star Destroyers out of 5.
  8. The lake dickhead went down second go for me, mainly because someone left a useful message outside the door. Gascoine took 30+ attempts.
  9. This is a really petty point but you've said this twice now. Trust me as someone who's traveled extensively in the Middle East, no part of the trailer looks like it was filmed there - and a quick Google confirms this (and neither was Quantum of Solace).
  10. Did literally nobody watch The Leftovers, because whilst this is excellent, it's not quite reached that level of masterful storytelling (yet)?
  11. I had a quick blast of Halo 5 on my Pixel 2 XL last night. The picture was clear and crisp, and the controls were responsive enough for the pace of the game. I might buy a controller phone clip and try it out properly, but I suspect my old eyes won't enjoy extended play sessions. My son would love it though.
  12. I suspect part of the reason for buying Campo Santo was for the storytelling chops.
  13. Just to add a countering view. I really like the score - it's got a cool spaghetti western vibe to it.
  14. This Twitter thread from a Q&A session with Benioff and Weiss left me feeling somewhat relieved that they were no longer attached to a Star Wars series. Fair play to them on making the most popular tv show in a generation, but you get the impression that a lot of the success is down to the great cast, crew and source material rather than them.
  15. I went to see this last night purely to see what a high frame rate film looks like. (Just to get the film review out of the way, it's pretty dull). High frame rate is an interesting choice for action films. First off the soap opera effect is present and correct, and does make things look a little cheap. If you can get over that it does have the positive of making incredible crisp, clear, detailed 3D - as in genuinely looking like a full diorama into the screen that far exceeds another other 3D I've ever seen. On still scenes there's a weird effect that makes it look like every single element has been add to the frame separately in post production even though you're sure the actors were filmed live on set. All this is forgiven as soon as the camera pans because movement is always really clear with zero blur no mater how frantic the action gets. There's a motorbike chase scene with some extreme aerobatics that just looks "real" - like you're sat in front of the actual stunt happening just meters away from you! I can't recommend anyone actually go watch this, because it's not an engaging film, but when Avatar 2 comes out I would definitely recommend seeking out the 3D high frame rate version over the 2D version. Seeing Pandora like this would be something special, even if the film turns out to be pap.
  16. I've always assumed that you were one of the more attractive forum members, and now we have the proof!
  17. MechE

    Ad Astra

    I was the first thing that came to my mind too.
  18. Just a heads up that this is out on Switch and PC next week.
  19. No, it's digital only on PC.
  20. David Mitchell (writer of Cloud Atlas) is co-writing.
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