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  1. Good write up @Plissken. I’m a season ticket holder and don’t know what to make of it really. I don’t know if it’s because the pandemic and distance from the club has affected me but I’m ambivalent for some reason. I think I’m kind of like “well let’s see what happens”. It’s not like the old ownership was sustainable if we wanted to remain at the top table. We had to get investors in to continue. The manager would have probably left too - which obviously would be a disaster. I was impressed by the press conference with Pace the other day. Yes, they were only words but with the situation as it is I think it’s going to be a while before we see any changes. The scepticism is understandable. They have it all to prove. But I’m not getting bothered by it yet. I think we’ve done as well as we could with the previous financial model. Now let’s see if we can improve the infrastructure and help this great manager improve the 1st team.
  2. Me too - it's not arrived with Yodel yet though so I guess it'll be tomorrow/Monday before it arrives? Doesn't matter either way tbf - it's much better than the 17/12 we were told was the expected delivery date!
  3. I love the first two films and yeah, when I bought the dvd boxset ages ago, the third film had such a bad reputation that I didn’t even bother watching it. Then some time passes, I read up on it and realise that it was nominated for 6 Oscars, including picture, director and cinematography. I know the Oscars aren’t, by any means, a reliable barometer of what makes a great film. But still, it suggests it’s not the complete disaster that it was made out to be. Maybe critics were tired of the New Hollywood directors after the dire 80s stuff and didn’t see any good in their films? It’s about time I rewatched these! If there’s a special ultrahd boxset then it can live with my Apocalypse Now one.
  4. @charley farley changed to processed now and estimated delivery 21/11. Has yours changed too? Maybe they're doing their best to put me off an Amazon order.
  5. Got one at Very with expected delivery 17/12. Hopefully that’ll change! At least I don’t have to try and buy one now What has possessed me?
  6. I think it’s me getting older but my interest in their news/feature articles had narrowed to the point I’d have a flick through for 10 mins, put it down and then not read it again until the next issue. I never read any of the columns or letters. The review scores don’t have anywhere like the same weight they did in the 90’s/2000s. I just tend to read reviews from the particular journalists I like. Maybe it needs a massive shakeup? How much can they change though really? Maybe they could do YouTube videos alongside the magazine involving Patreon? Bring the reader closer to the writer? I feel so distant from the writing. I have definitely made a switch to watching YouTube videos for reviews/features e.g. NintendoLife, Digital Foundry. I can watch trailers etc and make up my own mind. I just think I’ve lost interest in a lot of the subjects around video games and don’t know whether I’ll keep the subscription going.
  7. I’m not too keen on him - I think it is his over praise for message films/depressing Oscar best picture nominees/winners that I don’t like. They’re just not my kind of films though so he is entitled to his opinion/I have mine etc I definitely disagree with his views on The Deerhunter, a film I love. However I love his enthusiasm for The Exorcist, a film I also adore. I don’t think anyone could say he isn’t short of a strong opinion and that’s good for a critic. You’re doing your job if you’re pissing people off. Too many critics just fall in line with each other. I think Kermode is better than that but he’s just not my cup of tea.
  8. We (Burnley fans) kind of have the same discussion about Pope in goal over Pickford. I think he would be an improvement. But I also think his kicking needs improving too. And who knows how he’d do under the microscope of playing regularly for England. Especially in a tournament. But he definitely deserves a run in the side for me. I think if he had all the big 6 experience, champions league etc then he’d be in there now. Also discussed are Tarkowski over Maguire, Gomez, Mings etc etc. This isn’t as clear to me because it’s unknown how Tarks would play in that defensive shape...where normally England would commit more players forward compared to Burnley. Though like you said - England have been very defensive of late for whatever reason. I wish he would get his chance though. Since he gave the penalty away against Italy he hasn’t seemed in the picture. What this has led to is to Burnley fans, well those I talk to anyway, having zero patience with Southgate. I find it slightly unfair and he certainly shouldn’t be sacked or anything. I suppose we just want our players to get a fair opportunity.
  9. I’ll check this out. I’ve known about Ed Harcourt for a long time. His 1st album from 2001, here be monsters, means so much to me & my wife. We listened to it together when we were at sixth form. 12 years later we had the last track, like only lovers can, as our first dance music at our wedding. The album was nominated for the Mercury but lost to badly drawn boy. All ancient history now! I would recommend Here Be Monsters and The Beautiful Lie above everything he’s done. But there are lovely songs dotted all around his albums. I haven’t listened to his last two albums so will need to make that happen. Oh to see him live again when all this is over!
  10. I am sorry about the length of this. I am more of a reader of this forum and have been for a long time. On very rare occasions I feel I want to contribute. I really struggle though. This is definitely the case with films. What I feel about films is so personal to me. So I'll try and get that across. What I feel is that film has been around however long it has been around, it's had a good run but its time as something that captures the public's imagination is over. And this was the case without the pandemic. Obvious examples that you all know about already and I don't know why I'm mentioning them: Netflix making the Irishman and Scorcese having to accept it'd only be a short time before it'd be on TV. The Oscars rapid decline in ratings. People (who I know anyway) talking about TV many times more than films. The studios don't care about cinemas - what Disney did with Mulan said everything to me on that score. I couldn't love going to the cinema more. I cherish my early memories of seeing Who Framed Roger Rabbit/Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade with my Dad. I have never got to the bottom of why I love watching films so much. I believe a lot in what Bret Easton Ellis says on his podcast about going to the cinema vs watching at home - poorly paraphrasing here but something like "you have to turn up at the time they're showing the film, the cinema is in charge and you're captivated by the screen." A horror film or say a film like Zodiac, when you haven't seen it before, where at the beginning these awful murders are unfolding in front of your eyes. And you can't leave (though I suppose you could walk out but y'know what I mean). The film will keep on rolling relentlessly. I think it does lead to an intensity that just cannot be matched at home. It is just you and the film. Weird comparison I suppose but I played Arkham VR recently and the last part of that was so intense. I felt very uncomfortable but thought at the end "that was an incredible experience". How can I ever express how that felt to somebody? There was no way out of it. I was horrified....but mesmerised at the same time. So no doubt the cinema, if it declines considerably, will be missed with that capacity to hypnotise me. However. Bonnie and Clyde means a lot to me. But i've never seen it in the cinema. I try not to say "it's one of the best films ever made" or "masterpiece" or something that usually gets said about the film. I try to think of it like "that film or moment in a film means a lot to me". There's one scene where, after they've done their bank robberies and killed people along the way, Bonnie/Faye Dunaway goes to visit her Mother. So their misdemeanours have been in the papers, her mum knows what's been going on. And she voices her disappointment to her daughter about what she's done and who she is hanging around with. The conversation takes place in a different style visually to the rest of the film. It's dreamy/fuzzy. The dialog is delivered very slowly. There's the beauty of the fields around them, with the sunshine fading in and out as the clouds pass over. It breaks my heart seeing that bit. I think it's because Bonnie has obviously been part of these horrendous things, but it takes her mum talking to her to make her face up to it. And there's no going back. The police are going to catch up to them and kill them. Now I don't know why this moved me so much and still does. I may not have got across to you why I feel this way about a moment in the film. I certainly wouldn't talk to someone about a film in this way via a normal conversation . But I didn't have to see it in a cinema to feel that way. I might make that connection with that moment and nobody else might. All those stories from years and years are already out there ready to move us and affect our thinking. For whatever reason movies have done that for me and will continue to do so as someone born in 1983. I just think it's the case that people who are younger and who are yet to be born will be moved by something else that isn't a movie. But that's fine.
  11. Playing this on PS4 and love it. The variety between platforming and the puzzles in the overworld works. The graphics and soundtrack also combine well. A lot of thought has gone into this game.
  12. I am receiving Playstation VR as a present and I’ve only experienced it once when a friend brought it into work. So got lots of catching up to do. I am genuinely excited which, as I am an older gamer of 36 years old, is becoming something of a rarity. This excitement is as much about me playing as seeing how relatives react to the likes of Astro Bot, Tetris Effect etc.
  13. Yep my mum & dad couldn’t afford to buy an N64. To dream/torture myself I read the huge Mario 64 review in Gamesmaster so many times.
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