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  1. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 3/5 Visually breathtaking, but mostly as a result of a kitchen-sink approach of throwing absolutely everything at the screen and hoping something sticks. Rihanna's brief (ish) cameo was great and she out-acted both of the leads so much it hurt the rest of the film. I doubt we'll be getting a sequel but I'd still watch it, and it's inspired me to pick up the recently reprinted English translations of the original comics so that there was that.
  2. That's another thing. I had the Master Key and didn't get to the Capra Demon until much later and so was massively levelled up when I eventually faced him and twatted him and the dogs first go. Having decent poise and a halberd that could one shot both dogs right at the start helped a lot there. Second playthrough with a new character (INT/DEX) was a different story however...
  3. To balance this, can I just say that I thought it was an absolutely terrible film with no redeeming features at all. Avoid at all costs. Black Dynamite on the other hand has me in stitches. Deliberately bad but in such a great way. Dodgeball is great too, as are Superbad and Spy.
  4. The God of Small Things Anathem Black and British Contact The Looting Machine
  5. Well, so much for my New Year's Resolution to buy less books. I just bought 5 from this list and then also Packenham's The Scramble for Africa to go with The Looting Machine. Cheers @Stopharage but also argh.
  6. Or perhaps enjoy both of them?
  7. Just a note to say that Flowers for Algernon is a bona-fide classic and anyone with an even passing interest should pick it up. 99p is an absolute steal, and I'm tempted to buy it (even though I own a physical copy in the UK somewhere) just so I can read it again.
  8. Sub-genre guide: 01 - Brutal, melodic death metal (imagine a brutal version of Opeth with 7-string guitar and no clean singing and you're kind of there) 02 - Progressive death metal (sounds a lot like Hacride if you've heard of them) 03 - Progressive black metal 04 - Melodic death/doom metal 05 - Doom metal 06 - Progressive death (Opeth before they started churning out prog rock rehashes, but with the epic knob turned up to 11) 07 - Melodic black metal 08 - Groove/thrash metal 09 - Blackened death metal 10 - Extreme metal apparently
  9. What he said. Meanwhile, I've put my albums down, even if I'm somewhat unconvinced about the last three on the list.
  10. Metal thread represent! Apropos of that, here's my metal list: 01 - Hath - Of Rot and Ruin 02 - Target - Deep Water Flames 03 - Borknagar - True North 04 - Lucidity - Oceanum 05 - Fvneral Fvkk - Carnal Confessions 06 - Wilderun - Veil of Imagination 07 - Wormwitch - Heaven That Dwells Within 08 - Exhorder - Mourn the Southern Skies 09 - Vltimas - Something Wicked Marches In 10 - Damim - A Fine Game of Nil
  11. Best melodic death/doom album you'll hear all year. I think I've pimped it before but anyway here it is again
  12. A primer to the works of KJ Parker (which admittedly leaves out the Engineer trilogy [his best series] and some of the other standalone books, but seriously, go read The Folding Knife, Sharps and Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City as all three are excellent) https://www.tor.com/2019/12/09/eight-ways-to-approach-the-work-of-k-j-parker/
  13. I never really got on with Keown to be honest and the art of The End looked rubbish when compared to Future Imperfect or Gary Frank's very clean lines. Actually, Gary Frank was by far my favourite Hulk artist of PAD's run. I doubt the sale is still on, but just to second that the original PAD run of Spider-Man 2099 was excellent and well worth reading. There's a fucking crossover at one point, but you can pretty much ignore it (although it faintly pains me that I missed on one of the damn crossover issues at the time but fucked if I can be bothered to buy it now). The art does take a massive nosedive after Rick Leonardi leaves though, and none of the artists that followed him could hold a candle to the standard he set, but the story was worth it. EDIT: Don't be a muppet like me and start reading in the middle as there are a few interesting twists that you'll be spoiling!
  14. Late to the party but... 1. My Arms Your Hearse (most probably because it was the first Opeth album I ever heard, but damn) 2. Blackwater Park (maybe it's overrated like Empath, but then maybe so your Mum) 3. Ghost Reveries (although this one is tough. I love Still Life just as much, and Deliverance isn't far behind) As for albums of the year, it's been a bit of a nightmare. I used to do lists and write them on my blog that only I read, but I've missed the past 3 years and now I can't fucking even decide on years in the past when the albums that I still regularly listen to is pretty cut and dried. Bah. Anyway, current front runners for 2019 include: Borknagar - True North Damim - A Fine Game of Nil Hath - Of Rot and Ruin Lucidity - Oceanum Fvneral Fvkk - Carnal Confessions Wilderun - Veil of Imagination Vltimas - Something Wicked Marches In Wormwitch - Heaven That Dwells Within Cattle Decapitation might show up, but reviews have been mixed and I haven't been entirely convinced by the two singles released so we will see.
  15. Just finished K J Parker's Scavenger trilogy at long last (bought the paperbacks like 10 years ago then bought them again on Kindle since the physical books are in a different country to me right now). The first book is the best as the main character blunders from disaster to disaster as he keeps on meeting people who know him but don't realise he's lost his memory. The second book is provides background detail, despite the long-winded tracts of interminable detail about blacksmithing (with some horrific outcomes) before the the final book ties up all the loose ends, albeit doing so with a 10 page summary of the entire plot at the end that was somewhat overdone. It's not prime Parker (that being the Engineer trilogy, Sharps and The Folded Knife) but if you're a fan then it's certainly worth reading.
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