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  1. I like the style of this! Can't think of another animated movie that looks like it. Miles Morales is apparently the main character. But does this mean Spider-Gwen, Silk, Pavitr Prabhakar, and Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider-Ham are going to be in it as well?
  2. Cruise and McQuarrie doing their bit to raise awareness of a horrifying condition that YOU - yes YOU - can help solve:
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    Doctor Who

    The interesting snooker player?
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    Aquaman - 14th Dec

    Or they can stick a two star rating on the poster and use cunning compositional tricks to imply it's four. A bit like how SFX magazine's covers always look like they say SEX. https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/tom-hardy-s-legend-film-snuck-a-2-star-review-onto-its-poster-made-it-look-like-5-10492505.html (The headline says five, but it was clearly meant to fit the pattern of four star ratings in that column.)
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    Avengers: Endgame (April 2019)

    Did you win an award for that King Kong "Cinema: it's the experience that counts" video as well, @kerraig UK?
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    Nightclubs in Video Games

    What Max Payne 3 had one too. What's the point in a nightclub level that doesn't begin with you smashing through a window in slow motion and headshotting several bad guys before landing? Also this:
  7. @CrashedAlex I have a question about the Burnout games that I've been curious about for a while. The first time I ever heard about Burnout was in Edge's pre-release feature on the first game. One of the things mentioned in that interview that's always stuck in my memory as a great idea was the way that the traffic crossing your path at 90° crossroads was set up to be triggered based on your speed toward the junction, so that almost every time you crossed it, you'd have a spectacular near-miss. But those 90° junctions with traffic crossing your path seemed to get less and less prominent as the series went on. My questions are: what are your memories of developing that feature, and am I right that the de-emphasising of those right-angled crossroads in the sequels was an intentional change? My guess is that those crossroads were a horrendously difficult thing to balance: to make it seem like the player is surviving them fairly, instead of only making it through either thanks to pure random luck in the traffic pattern, or because the game is giving them a helping hand. (And a front-facing camera angle is not good for judging traffic coming at you from the side!) Was this why those junctions became less prominent in the sequels?
  8. Yes, that is how it's described. They're also trimming certain awards (you can probably guess which ones) out of the live telecast: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/academy-plans-three-hour-oscars-telecast-adds-popular-film-category-1133138
  9. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the other way round: I think there was one of the interviews McQuarrie did for M:I (maybe somewhere in the seventeen hour, two-part Empire podcast?) where he says that Cruise really strongly dislikes the look of digital compared to celluloid. (Ironic considering he starred in Collateral, one of the first big movies where the advantages of digital photography were mentioned and praised in reviews.) Also it's funny that I ended up being the one who posted this, since I've never had a TV that has motion smoothing as a feature! I dislike the label "soap opera effect" because, as accurate a description as it may be, it represents a snobbish film vs TV mindset, that there's something special and superior about 24fps film as opposed to 50i video for TV broadcast. I don't have any particular affection for soaps, but I resent the way this attitude also dismisses things like sitcoms; I'd argue that most of my favourite sitcom episodes are a lot funnier than my favourite comedy films. People talk romantically about how the pioneers in the early days of cinema somehow alighted on this magical 24Hz projection frequency that strikes the perfect blend between reality and fantasy; convincing motion while disguising the artiface. And then on the other side you have people saying that 24fps only came about because of technical limitations, that people are only attached to it because it's what they were brought up with, and that filmmakers should be free to experiment with modern technology in situations where it might be advantageous (like shooting action). I lean toward the latter. I know that native high frame rate filming is very different from the automated interpolation used by TVs, but I have to mention The Hobbit. I only saw one of the three Hobbit movies in 48fps, and although it was sometimes distracting (especially in the more subdued talky scenes, where it made subtle arm and head movements seem twitchy and on fast-forward), I enjoyed the novelty of the sensation. I hope that the Avatar sequels do get released in 48fps/60fps/whateverfps formats because it's a sensation I'd like to have again.
  10. I think enough about this has been confirmed now to be worth starring a new thread. Chris McQuarrie is directing again, and the main new/returning cast members have been announced: No Jeremy Renner this time though. And today one more returning cast member was announced... Also, sounds like Tom's going to do yet another insane death-defying stunt. Of course he is. http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2017/03/20/tom-cruise-has-been-training-a-full-year-for-his-next-big-mission-impossibl
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    Best Films of 2018

    Yeah but the motorbike scene was great. (Are you going to do your video on it that you mentioned in the film's thread?)
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    Black Mirror

    I didn't write "Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror" because that would be Laurence Fishburne. http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-to-hold-black-mirror-up-to-society-with-new-comedy-drama
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    Doctor Who

    Well that was much better than pretty much anything else this series. Frogs, triangles, and
  14. Over the last few years, Archie's comics that turned Sabrina the Teenage Witch into a genuine horror comic have been very well-received. The TV series adaptation was originally going to be treated as a spin-off of the other current Archie TV series (The CW's Riverdale), but now it's being done by Netflix instead. It's got Michelle Gomez, Lucy Davis, Miranda Otto and Richard Coyle in the cast! There's a black cat in the trailer - but no sign of it talking...
  15. The PS1 StarCraft clone KKND Krossfire had one that my friend always insisted on watching every time we started the game up...
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    Give The Spy Who Came in from the Cold a try. Like you I struggled to get into Tinker Tailor... In my case it was because I struggled to remember so many names of men in subtly different positions within Circus bureaucracy! I should probably give the book another try, now I've seen both the TV series and the movie and can put faces to some of the characters. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, on the other hand, is a lot more focused on a small set of characters.
  17. I think the rumour came about because the 29th November is a year to the day since the Infinity War trailer.
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    Doctor Who

    All the episodes from 2005 onward were put on iPlayer about six months ago, but they were due to expire next week. But now they've been extended so that they all show as "available for over a year"! This is good news for me as I'd finished rewatching all of RTD's run, but I'd assumed that I'd only have chance to rewatch a few episodes from the Moffat era before they all get removed.
  19. The Hollywood Reporter says that they're already working on a sequel to be directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, and a spin-off about the female Spider-characters to be directed by Lauren Montgomery: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/spider-man-spider-verse-sequel-spinoff-works-sony-1164210 Both have lots of directorial and storyboarding credits on cartoons involving superpowers like Avatar, Korra, Voltron, Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice and assorted DC made-for-DVD animated movies like Wonder Woman. Dos Santos in particular is well-known for knowing his way around animated fight scenes - couple of my favourites below: I've put those clips in spoiler tags because, well, let's not get ahead of ourselves until the first one's out!
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    Doctor Who

    Yes, and it was also the best episode of the entire Capaldi era. But then, I'm a sucker for format-breaking episodes that are all about the writer showing off a clever gimmick. Things like Buffy's Hush/Restless/Once More With Feeling; most episodes of Inside No 9; and Doctor Who episodes like Midnight, Blink, and Love & Monsters.
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    Doctor Who

    I liked seeing what happens when two different people see the psychic paper and read two different things. Alan Cumming's acting choices were... interesting. But he was downright subdued compared to the villain at the end of the episode! I saw this tweet: Yeah, that comparison occurred to me. But would the episode have been improved by a line like "I met Satan; right now he's in a pit on a planet orbiting a black hole", in the vein of the Agatha Christie/wasp line from last episode? The programme doesn't need to make an explicit fan-pleasing reference every time a similar subject to a previous episode comes up. (The episode also chose not to reference the fact that the Doctor had once married James' predecessor on the throne!)

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