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  1. Marlowe

    Best New Music 2019

    It's great. Definitely a touch more poppy and less sprawling and cinematic than Kill for Love. I'd assume Dear Tommy if it ever comes out will be closer to KFL in that regard. I can't get over how good On the Wall is in particular - actually better than the original, which I can't say for any other Jesus & Mary Chain cover I've heard.
  2. For a film that has attracted so much praise and controversy, it just wasn't all that... interesting. Phoenix is good, it's competently shot, there's a decent soundtrack, it succeeds in sustaining the bleak atmosphere they're going for... but there was just nothing of substance there to excite me or engage me. The character arc is frankly boring. We all know the character and therefore we all know where it's ending up, so you have to at least make the journey interesting. Throughout it he isn't presented with any proper choices or dilemmas that might develop the character, instead what we're given is a character with serious mental issues who has a series of tragic things happen to him and then starts responding with violence. He's unconvincing either as an anti-hero or a villain, and when there's barely a second of the film that he isn't in shot, that's a big problem. As the violence escalates, just in case you still don't get it or find the arc believable it cheaply throws in the fact The political themes are handled no less clumsily - the people taking to the streets presented as being every bit the bloodthirsty mob of the conservative imagination (a characterisation it shares with The Dark Knight Rises). Clumsy also describes Thomas Wayne and the film's need to remind you it's a Batman flick by dragging in Batman origin story that doesn't serve the film in any way. It's Taxi Driver crassly adapted for the comic book film generation without any of that film's nuance.
  3. 2000 1. Almost Famous 2. Memento 3. Gladiator 2001 1. Mulholland Drive 2. Ghost World 3. Amélie 2002 1. City of God 2. Minority Report 3. 24 Hour Party People 2003 1. Lost in Translation 2. Good Bye Lenin! 3. Big Fish 2004 1. Collateral 2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 3. Napoleon Dynamite
  4. Marlowe

    Nintendo Switch

    I'd actually rather have DKR than Mario Kart 64. Its standard multiplayer options weren't great, but I have incredibly fond memories of playing through adventure mode with a mate in co-op (you had to use the JOINTVENTURE cheat code to unlock it). Why Rare decided to put an entire feature like that behind a cheat code I will never know. My top 5 N64 online multiplayer wishlist would be: 1. F-Zero X 2. Goldeneye 007 3. Wave Race 64 4. ISS 98 5. Diddy Kong Racing
  5. Update: I discovered Stardew Valley on Switch...
  6. Lol, show us someone in here who thought we could be title contenders. Any level headed fan knows it's top 4 at best this season.
  7. Where are you guys streaming this?
  8. Marlowe

    Cricket Thread

    Feel bad for Archer. Can you imagine getting figures of 6-48 only to see your team register a lower first innings total! We'll be going into the second innings 100 runs behind at this rate and it'll all be over tomorrow.
  9. I'd definitely take a draw tonight after last season's travails at Molineux. If our midfield is as easy to bypass as it was in the first half against Chelsea we'll have a real challenge getting anything from the game.
  10. I'd definitely say if you don't have at least passing knowledge of the Manson murders and 60s/70s Hollywood, you're not the intended audience for this film. It relies on a certain level of audience expectation about what's going to transpire. I can't imagine it working as a standalone narrative.
  11. 1. Booksmart 2. Diego Maradona 3. The Favourite 4. Us 5. Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
  12. Pretty drastic action! Who are you looking to bring in? I got 82. My main concerns in my team are no Sterling and no Man Utd attackers, but I'm going to try to hold out until the international break before tinkering.
  13. @JPL Everything you mention is actually why the show is so good. It doesn't feel the need to force a change in pace, to surprise us with twists or to tie all the different threads into a larger overarching plot. The slow evolution of the characters and the finer details of their lives is the show. If it tried to do those other things it'd just be a pale imitation of Breaking Bad.
  14. Saw the Final Cut at the cinema the other night. Was my second time watching the film. My first time was the theatrical cut on DVD years ago, which in no way prepared me for how spellbinding it is on the big screen. Incomparable.
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