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Made of Ghosts

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  1. I don’t think it’s the masterpiece it was initially made out to be, but I found it hugely compelling, especially the first half. The second half gets a little muddled, the climax was actually kinda disappointing compared to what I imagined, and it also gets less clear what the film is aiming for. Still, it’s something new for comic book films and mostly a success. Joaquin was always going to be good, but credit to Todd Philips for stepping up too. His material up to now didn’t fill me with confidence but he really pulled something off here. In moral terms (yawn) most of the film makes Arthur an unambiguously grotesque character, but like I said it gets a bit muddled towards the end. Still I think The Dark Knight does a lot more to glorify the Joker than this.
  2. Celeste update: about three chapters in. It’s great. Just feels fantastic to control and I’m getting surprisingly absorbed in the plot too. It’s in that Super Meat Boy category of frequent deaths and instant restarts, sure, but it’s not *difficult* as such. Accusations of trial and error gameplay are understandable but not really fair. You can usually tell what’s going to work, it’s just tricky to pull off.
  3. Splurged on Rime, Thumper, Celeste and Hollow Knight. Yeesh. My Switch pile of shame is rivalling my PC one at this point.
  4. Four in a Bed is the only reality show you will ever need, let’s face it. No writer could ever come up with something as wonderfully petty as eggs-benedict-gate from last week.
  5. Can’t believe they didn’t mention Desert Island Disk.
  6. What’s the cheapest way to play with a decent d-pad? Been perfectly happy with the joycons up til now, but for some reason NES Zelda is really not a pleasant experience with four separate direction buttons.
  7. Is it me or is the 3d World theme a bit... crap? It’s missing LOADS of useful stuff (especially tracks) for no apparent reason, the additional stuff is mostly underwhelming, it’s less versatile overall and the way it’s separated from the other modes means you’ll only choose it if you specifically want beat blocks or !-blocks or something.
  8. 2000 1. Memento 2. Requiem for a Dream 3. Chicken Run (what a triple feature) Tough cuts: In the Mood for Love, Battle Royale, The Emperor's New Groove 2001 1. Mulholland Drive 2. Gosford Park 3. Monsters Inc Tough cuts: AI, Legally Blonde 2002 1. Minority Report 2. The Hours 3. City of God Tough cuts: 28 Days Later 2003 1. Finding Nemo 2. Belleville Rendezvous 3. Dogville Tough cuts: absolutely fuck all. I don't even like these three all that much. What a boring year. 2004 1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2. Spider-Man 2 3. Downfall Tough cuts: Primer, Prisoner of Azkaban, Mean Girls, Team America. Easily the strongest year of the five (followed by 2001)
  9. Perhaps not directly relevant to the sexual assault conversation but here's a good/very depressing read about how public outcry (over a much milder perceived offence) can trigger someone to commit suicide: https://quillette.com/2019/01/30/the-death-of-a-dreamer/
  10. First level that I'm actually happy enough with to upload! YS9-GS2-0LG, !-Block shenanigans, mostly puzzley, please like and subscribe etc etc
  11. There are some films in the list that I like but also some that I don't like, and there are some films I like that aren't in the list, and the ordering of said films is not exactly how I would have ordered them.
  12. Breath of the Wild is a handheld game! (Pullblox and Link Between Worlds were bubbling under on my list)
  13. Just gonna do the decade list cos I’m hopelessly behind as always. D1 Breath of the Wild D2 Dark Souls D3 The Witness D4 Journey D5 Splatoon D6 Dishonored D7 Super Mario Galaxy 2 D8 Super Mario Maker D9 Baba is You D10 Mario Kart 8 And none for Mario Odyssey, bye.
  14. Endgame isn’t reeeeeally the “conclusion” of the entire MCU so far. It’s the conclusion to Infinity War, sure, but most of the other movies have perfectly satisfying conclusions of their own (barring a thirty second coda of “ooh who’s the purple guy”). You’re not really left hanging.
  15. The first two Andrew Haigh films are just great, I was getting really excited for him as the next big underappreciated writer/director, then he went and made Lean on Pete which absolutely HONKS.
  16. Can You Ever Forgive Me? Rocketman Booksmart The Favourite Toy Story 4 Spider-Man: Far from Home Us The Lego Movie 2 Detective Pikachu In roughly that order. Bit of a slow year, maybe I’ve not been watching the right stuff.
  17. Peep Show took a plummet after series 3 - S4E1 is pretty good though so I generally think of episode 2 as the shark jump point, that episode is absolutely painful to watch. There are a few decent ones after that but generally only one or two per series. Not sure if it was down to poor decision making or just a general decline in writing quality, but maybe it was a mistake to get Mark and Sophie together? They probably couldn’t have strung out the will-they-won’t-they situation for much longer, but the show did feel very rudderless without it.
  18. Rocket Robot On Wheels was better anyway.
  19. Very mixed feelings on this - ultimately negative I think but with a lot of caveats. The opening is really gratuitously horrifying in a way I really disliked - it mirrors a very similar sequence in Hereditary that made me feel a similar way. Very effective filmmaking but I don't think there was any need for it. Odd thing to say about a horror film, I know. The central relationship is so well realised that it's actually kind of uncomfortable to watch (in a good way this time). Christian in particular is very well written, a complete arsehole in a hundred minor ways. Ari Aster is incredibly good at building an uneasy mood just from the tiniest things, an off-kilter camera angle, a weird bit of acting, etc. I felt a lot of tension and dread throughout the film but it didn't really build or pay off, it just sort of bubbled. I imagine a lot of people will find this interesting and unusual but I just got frustrated. I wasn't ever bored but a lot of scenes dragged on aimlessly and without any sense of ebb and flow. I also felt like the weird undercurrent of humour was very at odds with everything else. The funny-creepy imagery in the final sequence is almost bonkers enough to make it worthwhile though.
  20. I got the currys £2 stylus too and it works fine. Not the most precise thing in the world but it doesn’t need to be for something grid-based like this.
  21. We wouldn’t have “I Wish I Was James Bond” by Scouting For Girls and I can’t countenance such a horrible dystopia even in fiction.
  22. The new interface is fucking me up. Feels really cramped. Are people using styluses?
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