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  1. 18 hours ago, Popo said:

    A particularly nice touch that only really dawned on me this morning:

     

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    The final moment where the camera pans backwards through the bedroom window, settling on an iconic image for anyone who has played the game:

     

     

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    They used an even more similar shot to that in the first episode and very nice it was too.

     

    Episode 3 is going to be hard to follow. Tender, beautiful, and then desperately sad. I cried quite hard. 

     

    I had been quite enjoying the show so far, although  can’t work out if having played the game is better or worse with respect to that enjoyment, but they have upped the ante with this latest episode by an extraordinary amount. All the characters have been brilliantly cast and played but Bill and Frank deserve awards for this…

     

    Incredible.
     

     

     

     

  2. 11 hours ago, Lying Cat said:

    Returnal is in my mind not just one of the best games of the generation but one of the best games ever and I love it to tiny little bits.

     

    This is not a lie.

     

    It is an astonishingly good game and, thanks to the incredible endless DLC, remains my default, go to, PS5 game nearly two years after it was first inserted into the disc drive. The game mechanics and that all important 'feel' are absolutley perfect and remain as addictive as hell.

     

    I cannot think of a single thing about it that comes anywhere close to being a negative but, despite that, am now thinking about double dipping with the PC version just because proper 4k at 60fps+,  and maybe some fancy dan RT, would be nice but I'll wait on reviews in case they botch it. 

     

    And, yes, PC people, a Dual Sense will add to the enjoyment.

  3. 10 hours ago, Isaac said:

    Missed the annual Putty release again. Sold out in less than 20 minutes.

     

    Classic.

     

    It'll be available at your local beer shop though surely? Even my local here in the sticks is getting some again.

     

    I thought the launch was Friday as that is when Beermoth have their kegs of it on?

  4. On 25/11/2022 at 14:04, Gigga said:

    Have you guys heard about Sure Shot?
    https://sureshotbrew.com/

    Ex Cloudwater head brewer, pop culture references on the beer cans. I had a box from them a month or so ago after I saw them recommended on Twitter and they had a sale on at the time. It's all been pretty good but I quite enjoyed the Small Man's Wetsuit and Succulent Chinese Meal. There's a black friday mixed case on https://sureshotbrew.com/shop/black-friday-mixed-case/

     

     

     

    Yeah, Sureshot are a decent new addition to the Manc beer scene. They have a taproom now, right under Piccadilly Station and on the way to Cloudwater and Track tap rooms. Balance opening a taproom not too far away very soon too so it's a pretty healthy corner of town for beer fanciers.

     

    Sureshot were very kind on their taproom opening day as everyone got a tote bag with a can, glass, stickers etc and, despite that being more than enough,  Lucy the taproom manager even allowed me to blag a couple of extra sets for my local tap room staff. James Campbell was knocking about too and had time for everyone so that was nice given how influential he has been to the modern UK beer scene (ex CW founder as well as head brewer). 

     

     

  5. On 02/01/2023 at 00:06, Dark Soldier said:

    Playground (2022)

     

    French film about a seven year old girl who attends her new school, that her older brother is already at, and witnesses her brother being bullied.

     

    It is shot, entirely, from the height level of the seven year old girl. Stunningly shot in places.

     

    Absolutely captures that child like feel, the way in which they communicate and see the world.

     

    Its a gut wrenching thing. It isn't brutal in the 'classic' sense but the themes of alienation, fear, panic, anxiety which many kids feel as they grow (and im sure we felt back then) are portrayed so vividly that it can be a hard watch. Totally nails that naive cruelness children possess, that cinema rarely likes to show.

     

    By far and away the greatest example of child acting I have seen. The girl who plays the seven year old deserves an Oscar and all the world.

     

    Adults are kept at arms length, we only see snippets of their faces and are often off camera

     

    Absolutely astonishing film and only 72minutes long.

     

    5/5

     

     

    Thanks for highlighting this as I'd likely have missed it otherwise.

     

    Agree 100% with your review. This is an incredible, challenging, film with some very high quality acting from all but, as you say, the girl playing Nora is astonishingly good. Not once does she look anything other entirely natural and totally convincing which is quite something given that she is on camera for 90% of the running time and that camera is generally very close up.

     

     

    5/5

     

  6. The only one that goes in the fridge is mayo. 

     

    I have never kept ketchup, salad cream, HP sauce, Branston, chili sauces, mustard, horse radish, mint sauce, etc, etc in a fridge and have never noticed a degradation in any of them even with  most lasting for many, many  months before getting used up. I don't want cold condiments at all and keeping them in a fridge is obviously a sign of madness and deep depravity.

     

    I make batches of my own hot mango and pineapple sauces which I do keep in the fridge but that's really because it tends to thicken more and, given that I've made it myself, I'm unsure of how it will keep (it lasts forever in the fridge and suspect it'd not be too harmful if kept in the cupboard as there is a dose of vinegar and citric acid in there to preserve).

     

     

  7. I'm reading (listening to) John Higg's latest, Love and Let Die, and it is absolutely brilliant.

     

    He uses the release of the first Bond film and the first Bond single on the same day in October, 1962, and the cultural behemoths went on to be as the launch point for a discussion on the next sixty years of British cultural and social history. It is an inspired idea and Higgs delivers it in his usual, highly detailed, thoroughly researched style. I'm only up to 1964 and the use of Fleming and his Establishment card carrying, backward looking, misogynistic, regressive colonialist attitudes as the anti quark to the quark that is the working class, forward looking, progressive, future that the Beatles represent is throwing up all sorts of gems that I as, neither a fan of the Beatles nor much of a fan of Bond, am enjoying immensely. I did try to listen to the Beatles again last night but they really are not for me, however interesting their story is turning out to be.

     

    That Higg's has a wonderful reading voice makes for an audiobook that even I am able to pay attention to is a real bonus. 

     

    Anyways, so far it is shaping up to be as good as the extraordinary history of the 20th Century, 'Stranger than We Can Imagine', and I cannot wait to get back to it whilst cooking later.

  8. 20 hours ago, Dark Soldier said:

    Playground (2022)

     

    French film about a seven year old girl who attends her new school, that her older brother is already at, and witnesses her brother being bullied.

     

    It is shot, entirely, from the height level of the seven year old girl. Stunningly shot in places.

     

    Absolutely captures that child like feel, the way in which they communicate and see the world.

     

    Its a gut wrenching thing. It isn't brutal in the 'classic' sense but the themes of alienation, fear, panic, anxiety which many kids feel as they grow (and im sure we felt back then) are portrayed so vividly that it can be a hard watch. Totally nails that naive cruelness children possess, that cinema rarely likes to show.

     

    By far and away the greatest example of child acting I have seen. The girl who plays the seven year old deserves an Oscar and all the world.

     

    Adults are kept at arms length, we only see snippets of their faces and are often off camera

     

    Absolutely astonishing film and only 72minutes long.

     

    5/5

     

     

    This sounds great. Where is it available?

     

    That is a wider request as I really appreciate seeing where folk are seeing/sourcing films, especially newer ones.

     

    EDIT: It's on MUBI! Will watch this week...

  9. 11 hours ago, Steve McQueef said:

    It's funny you should mention that, it's the one thing I asked my wife for, for Christmas, but she forgot to order it...

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    Happily, it magically appeared today, via Amazon. 

     

     

    The Amazon elfs are very thoughtful! I've got a couple more chapters to go until finishing the book (technically the audiobook as the preview sample lead me to believe QT was narrating the whole thing but he has, so far, only read the opening chapter. Probably a good thing overall as 10+ hours of him might be a bit exhausting) and it has been a unique and fascinating insight into the greatest decade in cinema.

     

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    Planning to now! Thank you for the recommendation :)

     

     

    Enjoy!

     

    The book has made me hopeful of a post film making career Tarantino devoting his time to writing and talking about film.

     

    Congrats on the 1000 BTW! An astonishing amount of films to watch in a year...

  10. 5 hours ago, JohnC said:

    Ruggero Deodato, probably best known as the director of Cannibal Holocaust, died at age 83.

     

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/dec/29/ruggero-deodato-director-cannibal-holocaust-dies-aged-83

     

    Sad news.

     

    CH was, and still is, an astonishing that stood head and shoulders above all the others in that short lived exploitation sub genre and, also, above the vast majority of 'found footage' movies that have followed it. 

     

    As an aside, Riz Ortolani's lovely main them is one of a very few tunes that I find myself humming randomly whenever I need to hum. On e of the others being 'The Gonk' as heard most famously in Dawn of The Dead.

  11. I'm with the naysayers on this.

     

    A very disappointing special which adds nothing to the previous, near perfect, three series and, as @Twinbee and @PKsuggest, actually makes the finale of S3, and everything before, retrospectively worse.

     

    I'll spoiler for those that haven't seen the last episode yet:


     

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    I've no idea why the cottage needs to have burned down as nothing in the plot required them to not be living there happily. Andy possibly getting back into Archeology in order to fund building a new house on the plot was rendered almost unnecessary by the suggestion that they would sell Becky's mother's house. It just seemed a cruel and pointless aside.

     

     

    Same with Lance, whose decision to hide the gold and then not tell Andy nor the DMDC seemed weirdly out of character and similarly cruel and pointless.

     

    The main find being the Holy Grail was nothing more than cringe inducingly stupid, even for a Christmas special. I realise there has always been a little hint of magic running through the series but this was stretching things to breaking point. 

     

    Simon and Garfunkel turning up in their big car with chauffeur and assistant was another idiotic, unnecessary, addition that stretched the series gentle, warm, character observations into OTT, implausible, stupidity. 

     

    Finally, the actor playing the kid was scene wreckingly terrible. 

     

     

     

     

    I think I'll rewatch the three proper series and try to forget this exists. It seems like something thrown together after Crooke told the BBC he didn't have any new Wurzel material for this year before then succumbing to an offer he couldn't refuse despite not having anything more to say about the characters.

     

    Watch all the other episodes @ZOK as they are wonderful.

     

     

     

     

  12. 24 minutes ago, ZOK said:

     

    I'm playing it on a 16" M1 Pro with 16GB memory, and when you get to screen filling levels in the last few minutes, occasionally it visibly stutters. On an iPhone 14 Pro, it doesn't happen at all.

     

    I've collected nearly everything on both versions and can report with confidence that the controls on the iPhone are a dream, even compared to playing it on the Switch Pro controller. It's the better version in my view because you can play it anywhere, and both versions are identical...well, other than the iPhone version playing more smoothly, of course.

     

    EDIT: Also, ‘typically abysmal touch controls’? Mate, do you think it’s still 2011 or something?

     

     

    We have the same MacBook then but I've never noticed the slowdown. Mind, I mostly play on PC and that never breaks a sweat however chaotic it gets.

     

    We shall have to disagree on the controls as, to me, they are dreadful. A weird, floaty, dead spot and then the usual pushing my thumb or finger all over the screen. I gave up after three or four goes and am in no rush to pick it up on the phone.

  13. 7 minutes ago, ZOK said:

    Biggest Surprise: Vampire Survivors on iOS!

     

    Obviously no-one is surprised by now that this game is good, but nothing short of incredible that the phone version (which is completely free) is an exact replica of the computer original but runs even better on a modern phone than it does on a two and a half grand M1 MacBook. It doesn’t matter what they throw onscreen, it doesn’t stutter at all. Amazing.

     

     

    I don't have any problem running it on my MacBook although, that said, it is the only thing I've ever run on it that causes the machine to generate discernible heat. The typically abysmal touch controls render the iOS version a curiosity worth no more than a few idle minutes rather than the all consuming 30 min or nothing sessions of the proper game. 

  14. 7 hours ago, ChewMagma said:

    Well I can understand this - my biggest disappointment of the year was actually the PS5. I was excited to get my hands on one but aside from Elden Ring, I have barely touched it.

     

     

    The solution to that problem is Returnal.

     

    I've been playing it since it's release early last year and, thanks to the amazing (and free) DLC, am still putting in an hour or two a few times per week. It is a fearsomely great game and probably second only to Bloodborne on my greatest games of all time list. 

  15. Doesn't run at all on my PC.

     

    Opens on some 16bit looking FPS, with an irritating voice shouting at me, and then no control input at all whether by M+K or controller. I can access the menu and quit out though so that's something.

     

    Life's too short for this sort of shite these days so I'll just uninstall and move on.

  16. This looks wonderful even to someone who is not, by any stretch, an RPG sort. The charming appearance and music really attract but it is the farting woman's ambition and the pic of the Wicker Man in that PC gamer review that have totally sold it to me along with, of course, one of our own having worked on it.

     

    Looks like some perfect Christmas holidays gaming...

     

     

  17. Just now, cassidy said:

    It's very expensive and appears to have Region blocked discs in there. 

     

     

    It is definitely expensive but don't forget there are 20 films, a decent little book, and a couple of CDs. 

     

    Yes, you'll need a multi Region blu ray player for the two discs of UK films but, even if you are unable to play those, there are more than enough wild, weird, and wonderful films in the package  (many of which have been very hard to come by until this amazingly curated box set) to help justify the outlay.

     

    I'd say it is essential for anyone with even a passing interest in the genre.

  18. On 29/11/2022 at 21:45, cassidy said:

    It's not a film but it's a documentary but Woodlands dark and Days Bewitched is bloody fantastic. 

     

    My list of shit I'd never even heard of, let alone watched, has grown considerably. 

     

    Last years box set from Severin, All The Haunts Be Ours, which includes that brilliant documentary, should be considered an essential folk horror buy.

     

     

     

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