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  1. Bless This House (1972) As was the trend at the time, this is another big screen adaptation of a popular sitcom, this one starring Sid James and Diana Coupland. The humour is gentle but very dated, hugely reliant on lame slapstick and the sort of overdone social faux pas that seem quaint today. The whole thing feels like a Carry On film from the time, not just due to the likes of Sid James and Peter Butterworth appearing, but it was produced by Peter Rogers, directed by Gerald Thomas and has the ever-present comedy Eric Rogers soundtrack that sounded dated at the time. Being born in the 70s the look of it felt familiar and despite it's overall crapness somehow warm and nostalgic. 2/5
  2. Journey To The Centre Of Time (1967) I want my time back! This was a great example of how to pad a film out and pretend to do something but deliver nothing. Incomprehensible plot largely made up of science gobbledygook, montages and stuff generally. They go 5000 years into the future! Then go 5 million years into the past! Look, it's awful, avoid. 0.5/5
  3. Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! (1963) Never watched any of these Seijun Suzuki films before so this is just going on what I saw which was a rather entertaining, twisty and stylish Japanese crime caper from the early 60s. A ballsy private detective goes undercover investigating some stolen guns, getting one over the cops and the gangsters in the process. It has bags of style, from the groovy soundtrack to the sharp suits, fast cars cruising around early 60s Tokyo, and varied characters. There's never a dull moment, it has a lot of colour for something set in a largely grey world, and it moves swiftly and with apry humour. Simply great fun. 3.5/5
  4. Another query, this one about the Amiga core: I just updated Mega AGS and was checking the recommended config settings in the readme. Under Aspect Ratio it says 40:27, yet in the core the only options I have are Original and Full Screen. Was playing the superb Roadkill the other night and in menus the top and bottom of the screen are cut off. Did they remove 40:27 as an option recently?
  5. Yes that worked perfectly. Cheers again.
  6. That's brill, cheers. Will give it a shot later.
  7. I think I already know the answer to this but I was trying to play a GBC game and every time the screen clears and displays something else the MiSTer output goes black for a second. I believe it does this for other cores too. On my old telly the screen would reset but not go off like that. It's bloody annoying. I'm guessing that's just the way the MiSTer outputs via HDMI, am I right?
  8. 1. Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson - Well I was wrong in the post above, this book isn't "great" but it is thought-provoking and throws up some interesting ideas about the relationship between a dying Earth and new frontier Mars, whether a new Martian society should be free to do their thing without corporations taking full advantage. Shame this audiobook (23 hours, not 29, although it feels like 50 at times) can drag, largely down to meaningless descriptions of rock formations, landscapes, and the like that are impossible to visualise and just go on and on and on. Didn't mind the excessive scientific detail though although I acknowledge that's a bit excessive too.
  9. https://brothomstates.bandcamp.com/album/rekobn-tich-ey Brothomstates had an album and a couple of singles on Warp in the early 2000s. Before that he was active on the demoscene doing really nice Aphex-y electronic music. Here's a collection of tracks from the late 90s.
  10. Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley was on release in 1987 just another SAW production, although it was to mark a new more bland era for them. It was number one, natch, but easily avoided, and pretty harmless. Whilst the song did remain in people's memories it wasn't granted 'classic pop' status really, it faded away as any pop ephemera should. All was fine. Then some bellend created the Rickroll. Probably funny the first time someone saw it, but it soon became intolerable. Worse though the song seemed to take on this ironic classic mantle, all of a sudden it was the epitome of "old pop", most likely lofted to this position by people who weren't born when it came out in 1987. So now the people who had hoped it had gone from the cultural consciousness forever have to put up with this insufferable record. Enough!
  11. Telegram Sam by T Rex. Can't really complain about that. Just looking at that week's chart, it's choc full of total class: 29 - Theme From Shaft by Isaac Hayes 22 - If You Really Love Me by Stevie Wonder 20 - The Persuaders theme by John Barry 15 - Family Affair by Sly and the Family Stone 9 - Let's Stay Together by Al Green 4 - Horse With No Name by America Lots of other fun stuff like Brand New Key by Melanie and Son Of My Father by Chicory Tip too.
  12. Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal (2001) Proper mess of a film, fin in places but it's so all over the place it's difficult to get with the vibe of it. Essentially a metal band (industrial metal, strictly speaking) do a gig on a plane that's being live-streamed, it gets ... well, saying it's attacked by terrorists is a stretch, just another mis-hit. It sets up nicely, and the ending section is a good take on the old Airport talking-them-down cliche. The rest just felt like it was made up as it went, plus there's so much stupidity on show here. I have to say I was recovering with the flu whilst watching this, and maybe I wasn't totally up to PARTY like the people on board. 2/5
  13. Last couple of films off that 6 Flight Disasters box, firstly: Flight From Hell aka Mercy Mission: The Rescue Of Flight 771 (1993) TV movie based on a true story about a pilot flying a crop-duster from Hawaii to Australia, loses his navigation, a commercial airliner searches for him. Everything that could go wrong pretty much does, well, except the plane crashing, obviously. Honestly, this is medical-grade emotion-baiting stuff scientifically designed to get the old heart strings pulled so tight you think they can't take any more. It uses every trick in the book to get an emotional response, right down to the frankly awful continuously mawkish soundtrack. They were doing something right because even this massive cynic had a lump in his throat towards the end specially when the two pilots (Scott Bakula and Robert Loggia) meet up. Go on, take the piss! The downtime in the drama was all a bit too wistfully sentimental, but I guess that was all part of the cunning plan to rev it right up, the swines. Can't give this anything less than a 3, honest. 3/5
  14. Barring things like Beatmania, there were some terrible novelty arcade "experiences" in the late-90s/2000s. And at a quid a go you couldn't fully adjust to them without spending a load. Well remember some bloody awful skateboard one that was just unplayable.
  15. Bet that card has a minimum value too.
  16. Stating the obvious here but these sorts of arcades are just so damn boring. There's only so much enjoyment you can get out of dropping some 2p's into a machine, or watching a claw limply scrape over a cuddly toy. If you need to make the money to cover costs then this lack of sustainable enjoyment really won't cut it. Last time I went to a seaside arcade was in 2018 with my then girlfriend, afternoon in Scarborough. I tried really hard not to moan about the good old days etc and just enjoy spending some time together, doing a bit of people-watching whilst feeding a 2p pusher, exaggeratedly pretending to be some rich guy gifting her 50p to go on a grabber, anything to get some fun out of it. But we were bored rigid after about half an hour. Every other place was exactly the same, so rather than having a go on different machines in each place we'd walk in and go yeah, nah. Back in the day you could literally spend all damn day in those places and never get bored. Obviously on here we're going to be all bring back proper arcades. They're never coming back into general use. But unless these arcades start offering something genuinely compelling at a reasonable price (not paying £1 a go for some crappy on rails shooter) then, and I hate to say it, they deserve to close. Yes the seaside wouldn't be the same without them. The sights and sounds of an arcade wafting over the seafront whilst you have a 99. But then I guess everything has to come to an end eventually.
  17. Serious answer: Manhunt - maybe not 10 episodes but you could do some grotty Maniac-style slasher for the first half, then he gets caught and sent out as in the game. Pure, grimy, exploitation telly. Not-so-serious answer: The Sims except it's as if the game was played by a complete arsehole. The various characters just having the worst days possible, totally out of their control. Could contrast nicely with the clean American suburbia style the game goes for.
  18. The Stone Killer (1973) Prime era Charles Bronson/Michael Winner no-nonsense cop drama. Not much in the way of subtext here, just sticks to delivering a solid crime drama albeit not totally coherent at times. Seen this compared to Dirty Harry but this doesn't have the dry humour even if Bronson brings the grit. Special mention for the absolutely killer Roy Budd soundtrack that really adds some class. 3.5/5
  19. And another... Ground Control (1998) Low-key yet surprisingly engaging drama revolving around air traffic controllers, with Kiefer Sutherland's character helping out on a shift, battling the memory of losing a plane five years earlier. It's definitely not a classic, not a great deal of actual action, about 90% of the drama takes place in the air traffic control centre and probably half the dialogue is callsigns and headings, but I slowly got to like the bunch of people trying to deal with various crises, and The Fonz being the comic relief electrical genius gave it a lift. Sutherland's character's flashbacks didn't amount to much more than a bit of sweating and some of the interpersonal drama didn't develop much. The final segment was tense although I couldn't say how technically accurate any of it was. Credit for trying to make hand-calculating fuel burn and headings exciting. 2.5/5
  20. Another one from the 6 Flight Disasters boxset: Shootdown (1988) TV movie based on the shooting down of Korean Air Lines flight 007 in 1983 when it strayed into Soviet airspace killing all on board. The late Angela Lansbury plays the mother of one of the passengers, she is trying get the truth about the incident from the American government, her tenacity alienating the people in her life. The film largely plays on the theory that the 747 was flown deliberately into Russian airspace in order to allow the US to monitor the Soviet response, with the US keeping certain information secret. The whole story is interesting, and Lansbury is always watchable, her inquisitive middle-age mother character similar to her most famous role in Murder She Wrote, albeit more serious, but the incident is presented more as a human interest story of a mother's search for justice over the circumstances of the incident itself, other than a few scenes near the end including a reconstruction/explanation. It's a bit too Hallmark and not particularly compelling, very mawkish and over-sentimental. 2/5
  21. It's like panning for gold. And if you have the patience you really can find gold because no-one gives a shit about CDs these days largely thanks to the vinyl fetishists*. * I do own vinyl and have a turntable but I am sick of the "vinyl is better" bullshit I still hear.
  22. You won't need to take it out unless you want to use it for something else. If you want to access the contents on a PC just use the charging USB lead, run Vitashell and put that into USB or FTP mode.
  23. I have stacks of old computer mags including random issues of Retro Gamer. Some of these are ones I bought at the time including CRASH, Zzap64, various Formats, I even still have some of the very early editions of Your Computer from 1981/1982 I "borrowed" from the school computer lab although they lost their covers many years ago. Right now I have nowhere good to store them, they're in my bedroom taking up space. I'm reluctant to just recycle them and by all accounts you can't even give these things away. Like most of the computing/gaming stuff I have in my possession they are more an accumulation of random stuff than any sort of collection. I just hold onto them because I always have. I never read them, would much rather just get some scans online. They're generally much higher quality now than then were 15-20 years ago when I used to read blurry CRASH scans off WOS. It's like throwing books away, it feels wrong, but if no-one wants them what can you do?
  24. Is there no network connector under the yellow sticker then?
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