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  1. On 25/10/2021 at 14:21, BitterToad said:

    It basically looks like Halo Just Cause and Halo Crackdown rolled into one.


    12 minutes ago, Girth Certificate said:

    or like the Just Cause games where they don't even bother :lol: 


    Calling in vehicle drops from the air, and using a grappling hook to grab onto and hijack flying vehicles? Very Just Cause 2!

  2. 3 hours ago, JohnC said:

    Nowhere near me showing it. Sake.


    Same here. I looked on my local cinema's website a few days ago, and it the film was listed under Coming Soon, with a bell icon to be notified when tickets are on sale. (I didn't click it as I was checking on my mobile where I'm not logged in.) Then I looked at the site again yesterday and it wasn't mentioned at all. Some other branches of that chain (Light Cinema) have a few showings of it this week, but not all of them.


    So it could be the case that they showed it one or two times on Friday evening, and that'll be all the screenings it's getting. :(


    I suppose it's a reminder that the amount of attention Wes Anderson gets online is not representative of how widely his films get released. But I don't remember having any trouble finding a screening of Isle of Dogs!

  3. On 19/10/2021 at 19:10, Rsdio said:


    And Fei Long. And Law in Tekken. And, and..




    But when it comes to Jackie Chan, they avoid the likeness and just take the moves. Drunken Master is very popular...









    There are other videos on YouTube with similar comparisons of the moves that Tekken took from Jet Li in Fist of Legend, Donnie Yen in Ip Man, etc.

  4. 1 hour ago, CovisGod said:

    The other thing is online gaming, I can’t do it, the thought of me being shit at something whilst everyone else is miles better because they’ve learnt the game and played it longer fills me with dread


    Worrying about being a newbie who loses to more experienced players is nothing! I don't mind losing like that!


    The really terrifying thought is: "What if I put hours and hours into the game, read all the guides and FAQs, follow all the advice about strategies to play it all the way you're supposed to... and still lose just as much as I did when I was a button-bashing newbie?" :(

  5. 4 minutes ago, Flanders said:

    So I was tickled that the main maguffin of the movie is a mashup of two Metal Gear Solid classics:


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    Fox Die and nanobots, son

    And then I read a Reddit post that pointed out there’s even more Metal Gear in there:


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    The submarine thing docking at a deserted area like at the start of MGS1

    ’Smart blood’ injections to track you and a kind of soliton radar

    A climactic missile strike to destroy the base


    and best of all


    At the very end James Bond climbs up a MASSIVE ladder



    And another similarity that I saw pointed out on Reddit:







  6. 2 hours ago, Vimster said:

    Ban The Sadist Videos (2005)

    Documentary that covers the furore surrounding 'video nasties', starting off with the home video boom, the outrage whipped up by the likes of Mary Whitehouse, attempts to control what people could see via the BBFC, then the second half looks at James Ferman's time as the had of the BBFC and a fresh wave of outrage following the murder of James Bulger in 1993 and attempts to link that with Child's Play 3 in particular. It's amazing to think that we came dangerously close to having a bill and amendment passed that would stop people accessing 18-rated films normally. Good variety of voices here including those opposed to violent videos. From this distance the tabloid-fuelled sensationalism seems a bit quaint compared to our more cine-literate society now. Food for thought.




    That sounds like it might make a good companion to This Film is Not Yet Rated, a 2006 documentary about the MPAA which I haven't seen but is supposed to be good.


    One of the big differences between US and UK film certification that I find interesting iswhy in the UK, we think nothing of the jump from 15 to 18 cert, whereas in America, the jump from R to NC-17 is considered a really big deal. They're roughly equivalent in terms of which ages are allowed to see them unaccompanied, but NC-17 is perceived as essentially synonymous with pornography. It's considered box office poison to such an extent that companies prefer to give uncut home releases no rating at all rather than NC-17.

  7. 5 hours ago, Floshenbarnical said:

    I skipped 8 pages to say that you’re all wrong and Thunderball is indisputably the best Bond film and has the best soundtrack


    Sure, it's the best if you like watching lots and lots of scenes of people swimming veeeeerrrrryy slllllooooowwlllyyy underwater, plus one scene of speeded-up footage of Bond on an exercise rack, and another scene of speeded-up rear projection footage during the final fight.


    (The music is very good though. And it has one of the series' best SPECTRE meetings.)

  8. 3 hours ago, Delargey said:

    Imagine how good he would be with an AK47 instead of a bow. Maybe he can't handle recoil.


    Don't be silly! How would he fit those gadgets inside AK-47 bullets? :quote:

  9. The last time @Wiper sang the praises of Beyond Good and Evil's text entry system (almost exactly a year ago!), I replied that the one that Killzone used was also a good one, and I'm going to do so again:



    It probably took a bit of getting used to before you could do it as fast as in that video. (I never played online so I only ever used it for entering my save file name.) But it seemed a good way of solving the problem of using a joypad to move between letters at opposite ends of an on-screen keyboard.


    If you've got an on-screen QWERTY keyboard, and you want to type the word "lap", you've got to move the cursor from far right to far left and back again. That means either lots of repeated tapping of the D-pad; or you've got to press and hold and wait for the cursor to move, and then slow down before it arrives on the letter you want and do taps to move it the rest of the way.


    With KZ's system, you press right+Square to get "L", up+Triangle to get "A", then down-right+Square to get "P". Three separate actions to get three different letters. No repeated tapping to move the cursor required!


    Did any other games use a similar system?

  10. 9 hours ago, dumpster said:

    Contraversial, but I'm going to say Theme Park on 3DO used the shoulder buttons to access menus, a mouse pointer that snaps to the next item with a tap of the D-pad, and digital placement of rides, paths, buildings etc.  Being a conversion of a computer game that was mouse control, the 3DO joypad was probably the worst replacement for a mouse possible. But the design of the menu system made the 3DO game my favourite version.


    The Mega Drive version had even fewer buttons available, and did a pretty impressive job of cramming everything in. Although there were some counter-intuitive compromises: you had two methods available to place rides, the quick menu with small ride icons accessed by one of the buttons, and the more thorough menu that came up when pressing Start. When placing rollercoasters, you had to use one version of the ride menu to place the ride entrance, and the other version for designing the layout of the coaster.


    My friend didn't have a manual with his copy of the game, so it took us ages to figure that out!

  11. I have a completely warped sense of what is a reasonable price to spend on a game. It's rooted in the mentality that I drummed into myself when I was going to GameStation in the early 2000s, buying second-hand Saturn/DC/N64 games for £5 each, and then PS2 games in 4-for-£20 offers. And then my judgement about game prices was further distorted over the years by Steam and XBLA sales.


    Consequently, the most I have ever spent on a new game is... £30, for Sonic Adventure 2 on launch day 20 years ago. :lol: (The Bank of England website's inflation calculator tells me that's equivalent to £50 today.)



    So I freely admit I'm a Scrooge and my sense of value for money is completely fucked up. Just don't ask me what I think is a reasonable price to spend on a graphics card...

  12. 25 minutes ago, Boozy The Clown said:

    Hopefully someone can advise before I get there but can I skip Yellow Submarine or is it an essential album or more of a soundtrack/ compilation of hits ?


    The Yellow Submarine album has four songs unique to it. But since you mentioned remembering the "one minute is a long time..." bit from the Yellow Submarine movie, you should listen to the whole album, because the excepts from George Martin's film score that are on there will bring back lots of memories. (Those instrumentals are also great in their own right write. :wub:)


    (Ignore the Yellow Submarine Songtrack, thoughthat's just a compilation album with all the tracks featured in the movie, without any of the instrumentals.)

  13. 2 hours ago, Eighthours said:

    At least in the next films, there will be (ending spoilers):


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    A decent sense of jeopardy now that the character has been killed off once and you know it could happen again. I get what David Mitchell said in his recent Guardian column (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/10/ah-mr-bond-i-was-expecting-you-to-entertain-me), though. I haven't worked out in my own head whether I consider the decision really bold because it's never been done before, or totally free of consequence because we know there are going to be more films. Personally I just expect another reboot next, with the Craig films treated like they exist in their own cinematic universe. I do hope that the likes of Q, M and Moneypenny aren't recast, though. 


    I really enjoyed NTTD overall, although it fell into the same trap as all the other recent Bonds in that the first half was much better than the second half.



    From David Mitchell's column (ending spoilers):



    As a result, every film, every scene, every hat landed on a hatstand, every grin at Desmond Llewelyn’s sternness, is now brutally recontextualised. When Connery wins at roulette, when Roger Moore attempts re-entry, when Pierce Brosnan merrily drives a tank through St Petersburg, they are all portraying a man destined to lie bleeding, heartbroken and alone, missing the daughter he never really knew, waiting to be blown to bits by his own country’s missiles. It’s quite the buzzkill.


    His death recontextualises the Daniel Craig movies, yes. But I disagree with the idea that it retrospectively spoils, or affects how you view, the ones made before that.


    That's like saying: "I saw that Ian McKellen movie 'Mr Holmes', and now I can't enjoy any old Sherlock Holmes adaptations any more, because I know the character ends up getting Alzheimer's."


  14. 3 hours ago, FishyFish said:

    Regarding the ending...


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    Are we expecting a complete re-boot with a new Bond, or are they doing away with the character? I mean, effectively every new actor in the role has been a re-boot to a large extent, but they've never gone so far as to kill the character before. Having the 007 code re-assigned to another agent is fine, but at the end of the credits it states "James Bond will return", so unless there is another person called James Bond up for the job, or Craig's Bond miraculously survived the missile strike, I'm not sure how they can continue with a "Bond" franchise without a complete reset where we are expected to assume none of the other stuff in all the other movies ever happened.



    There's a few ways they could take the series from here:



    * Continue the current continuity, keeping the M/Q/Moneypenny supporting cast, but focus on other 00 agents. (Doubt they'll do this! Unless Amazon wants to use it as a way of keeping a continuous stream of Bond Content...)


    * Repeat what they did with Casino Royale, and introduce the new Bond actor with an origin story - maybe this time covering his time in the navy? (I don't really want them to do this; I don't think that repeating the Casino Royale approach should be the normal way of introducing new Bonds from now on.)


    * Go back to how they did it before: forget about telling the main character's story from start to finish, and just present the new actor as Bond at some unspecified point in the middle of his career. (I think they should do this, although it might not be likely in this era of inter-film continuity and shared universes.)


    * Make a big change to make it clear that this is a clean break from the Craig films. Maybe make it a period film: set it in the '50s like Fleming's novels, or '70s to try telling a story set in the era when Roger Moore made his films, but with a modern style?


    And all of those could potentially retain the same actors as M, Q, or Moneypenny, the way that those actors have previously continued across different Bonds.


  15. The website/Twitter account This Is Not Porn had a lot of photos that would fit in this thread, but it was mostly behind the scenes shots of actors. There were some of musicians though. Scrolling back through the timeline, the first ones I found were the Christmas ones...








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