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  1. The Dark Knight (2008) This came in on such a huge wave of hype at the time yet it didn't really need it, it's that strong a film it could probably have got by on word of mouth alone. So much good about it,, not least Heath Ledger's Joker which dialled back on the camp and made him feel more dangerous and unpredictable as a result. Like the first film the story gracefully unrolls, albeit with more action. It's genuinely hard to fault it beyond minor quibbles like some mumbled dialogue. 5/5 Tiger Claws (1991) Definitely one of the better American-produced films to feature Cynthia Rothrock, although after the opening she has to take on the second fiddle role to Jalal Mehri who couldn't really pull off the moody "I work alone" renegade undercover cop thing convincingly. At least the fights are good and there's a serviceable serial killer plot. 3/5
  2. Here's my review from Letterboxed of one of Gene Rodenberry's post-Star Trek 70s pilots: Planet Earth (1974) Unlike some reviews here I came to this more for John Saxon who I was more familiar with through Italian crime flicks and other assorted trash. It's difficult to critique this in 2022 as the point of the story is so dated. It certainly has the feel of original Start Trek, with a civilised society clashing with something more primitive, in this case a tribe where men are slaves to women, but in the most cack-handed way. I can see why this didn't get to a series. It requires too much suspension of disbelief compared to Star Trek, the promise of a thousand more stories rings hollow. I can't deny it wasn't entertaining, but it's easy to see why this died in the water. 2.5/5
  3. Tried R-Type Tactics, an odd strategy game where you arrange fleets of ships against various enemies. Going to be honest, I had a job reading the small text even on the bigger Vita screen, but looked interesting. Might try it on the PC under emulation and see if that helps. More block-dropping with Koloomn, known as Kollon in Japan and the rather dull-sounding Ultimate Block Party in the US. Very bright presentation with upbeat tunes, has a similar vibe to Puyo Puyo but plays like a combination of a lot of block-related games, you make large areas of the same colour by rotating 2x2 sets of blocks in your cursor, you can add more as you go for big combos, has some power-ups which frankly take away from the purity of it. Gets very tough with more colours though. It does highlight the purity of Lumines.
  4. Got to the sex scene in Typeface and laughed out loud even though I was out on a walk at the time. Chuckling just thinking about it.
  5. Oh it makes sense, it's still a crap move that's only going to generate resentment. You could say hey it's only a couple of quid (I'm not near Steam so can't see the discounted price; guessing it's about a fiver), but that's not the point. It is an update, just a back-to-the-drawing-board kind of update. Hell, if Bethesda can give existing Quake owners the new port for free this lot certainly can.
  6. Yeah, we're not going to be giving links out, but it's not too hard to find.
  7. Well remember seeing one of these in an arcade in Weston Super Mare about 1995. At £2 a go I wasn't touching it (50p for Virtua Fighter was bad enough) but it was popular. There was a guy making sure kids weren't dropping icecream all over it.
  8. The Pro 2 works fine for me, although the MiSTer doesn't recognise the paddles on the grips, sadly.
  9. I have a Bluetooth controller but I have to keep pairing the bloody thing up every time I turn the MiSTer on. How do I fix it? Is it the dongle I'm using or just the way it has to be?
  10. Weirdly that tonal twist totally grabbed me.
  11. Batman Begins (2005) I take a shortcut through CEX to catch the bus home from work, and as it was running late I went back in and bought the Nolan Batman trilogy on Bluray for a fiver. Not going to lie, I loved this from the off, the tone and pace of it felt just right, as did the tight action, moments of dry humour and even the dangerously earnest cod philosphy. Obviously it's a well-crafted film, but I just found it totally engaging, with a very well-paced origin story. At the time the Batman franchise needed a change of direction like this, and whilst I have a soft spot for camp, this stylishly darker take worked for me. Can't fault the cast, and for some reason I was overjoyed to see Shane Rimmer have a small part in this. 4/5 Nil By Mouth (1997) Man alive, that was a hard watch, but a fulfilling, brilliantly-directed one. It's a finely-observed tale that treats domestic abuse more than cheap drama, understands the ebbs and flows of a domestically-abusive relationship in the most no-nonsense way. Hearing Ray Winston's character talking about his father was powerful stuff. I'd like to know more about what inspired this, but from this watch I get the impression this came right from Gary Oldman's heart. 4.5/5
  12. The one tune on this is by me. It's really, really old, from 1994 or thereabouts. It's really strange hearing it in this.
  13. Started listening to Terror Tome today, it's super stuff so far, 100% Marenghi. Surprised they'd not done anything like this sooner.
  14. Been ripping through Paperbacks From Hell and it's fantastic. If you have any interest in all those old horror paperbacks from the 70s and 80s or just like to read about trash culture generally then it's £1.99 well spent. The author has a knack for making anything sound like essential reading, pulling out all the lurid plus points, although he does have a tendency to run through the whole plot in a paragraph; I've had to skip some as there were a few books I fancied reading. Wouldn't mind the physical book as this has tons of illustrations of book covers that probably look better in real life. Should say it's from an American perspective but does mention some British authors like Brian Lumley and James Herbert. Not Garth though, hmm. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paperbacks-Hell-Twisted-History-Fiction-ebook/dp/B01NBO5GIH/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1668612198&sr=8-6
  15. 18 - Toast On Toast by Steven Toast - autobiography and tips from famed actor or stage, screen and VO. Audio book is read by Steven Toast himself who brings his legendary voiceover skills to bear. At just over 3 hours it is short but that's in its favour, by the end you've got the point. It swings between laugh-out-loud funny and feeling a bit like Matt Berry being asked to knock something out over the weekend, like bits almost felt made up on the spot. However, the funny bits are very funny, like the chapter about his bad review and his time at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Acting) especially.
  16. So fi you're up for some hot CONFIG.SYS-editing action it's PCEm.
  17. What are the main differences between PCEm and DOSbox? Is it easier to set up and use?
  18. Friday Night Dinner (series 2) I avoided this sitcom for the reason I tend to avoid anything where most people I hear about say "oh that Friday Night Dinner, it's really good", the more they talk about it the less I want to watch it. But I decided to give the first episode a go so I could at least form more of an opinion, like I had done with Fleabag. Unlike Fleabag, which just left me cold as I couldn't relate to it on any level, I was surprised how much I got into Friday Night Dinner. I'm not Jewish and I had to look up what a Friday night dinner was all about, but this is so well-written you don't really need to know, the comedy just feels natural. Makes a change to see Tamsin Grieg not playing a hopeless singleton, and seeing Paul Ritter in this knowing he's no longer with us is bitter-sweet. By the end of series 2 the quality seems to be consistently high. 4/5
  19. Went for the audiobook what with Garth reading it. And that Paperbacks From Hell, is that Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the '70s and '80s: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction Paperback? That would be right up my street as I read tons of those as a teenager, probably partly why I love Garth Marenghi. Stephen King was too professional, I wanted no-nonsense tales of terror, gore, lust, slugs, rats, and the rest.
  20. Coppers (1988) Tim Roth plays a strange young man with an unhealthy obsession for acting as a police officer in this BBC drama. He convinces illiterate builder Reece Dinsdale to accompany him on nocturnal patrols, managing to fool most people including the police themselves. Very simple story, it's more an excuse for Roth to put in an eerily convincing performance as the committed, audacious fantasist. Like a more laid-back and lower-budget Nightcrawler. 3/5
  21. Another that doesn't emulate well is the excellent Motorstorm: Arctic Edge, although I think one region's version does, can't remember which.
  22. I got a new Vita recently as my last one has died, so set Adrenaline up again, put some PSP games on there. Lumines is the one I always go back to, it's just a pure joy to play, what with the music, the feel of trying to slam as many blocks together before the thing sweeps across. Was never much good at it, and I actively avoid seeing replays as it just makes me feel rubbish. I'd also recommend Archer McLean's Mercury and Mercury Meltdown. Very tricky physics-based puzzle games that get pretty taxing.
  23. Does it have component? I was using an OSSC but found just having a PS2-to-component cable gave me a good picture, even if it's a bit chunky.
  24. How long have you not been able to buy Kindle books via the Amazon app? It says it can't sell them through the app due to a change in Google Play Store's terms. Ah, the joined-up internet, the future is here today etc.
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