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Nick R

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  1. In GamesRadar's case, you can blame Future for putting Total Film and Newsarama under the GamesRadar+ brand. I suppose we should be thankful that they didn't merge MusicRadar into it too.
  2. I've never really looked at individual pages' ad block stats. Is 15 blocked items, 20% of the page total, a particularly high proportion? Or is the focus of the screenshot meant to be the 784,471 since install? (Doesn't seem unusually high, for a long-running, frequently-visited site.)
  3. Totally serious answers: 1. Futurama 10. Don't you open that Trap Door! ('Cause there's something down there!) 16. The Muppet Christmas Carol
  4. Your spelling of "Saffin" (it's one F in the film) has just made me realise how similar it is to Pierce Bronhom's Taffin! All together now, everyone say the line... On your Major Spoilers:
  5. I liked this a lot. I'm quite satisfied with this as a conclusion to Craig's time in the role. Although I predict that like Skyfall, I'll begin to find the more dubious plot mechanics more bothersome over time, when it's separated from the hype of its release as an Event. Biggest criticism: Craig Bond ranking: Casino Royale Skyfall No Time to Die The Something of Boris SPECTRE ... though if judged specifically by action, I'd put Skyfall and NTTD above CR. (Rewatching CR the other day, its action was a lot choppier than I remembered, even in the otherwise brilliant Madagascar opening - though still far clearer than QOS.) NTTD's action: Mission: Impossible comparisons: Random comments:
  6. It does look more like 1996 than 1998 in the image above! But the higher-res version here shows that it is 1998: https://magazinesfromthepast.fandom.com/wiki/Arcade_Issue_1
  7. Turns out the Dave Perry who was trending was actually the Aladdin/Earthworm Jim one.
  8. That's a good point; straining to see a tiny screen will just compound eye problems.
  9. I was just about to post that! I've been looking forward to this video for a while. (Last year, I backed the Kickstarter he did, to do these video essays on each Craig Bond film. But then the Bond lawyers spotted it and objected to it being a profit-making project, and Kickstarter were uncommunicative about implementing the requested changes to comply, which led to it getting shut down. Glad he was able to finish making this one, at least.) It is a really fair and thorough assessment of the film, acknowledging people's valid issues with it (like the editing of the action scenes, and the way it relies heavily on you remembering minor details of Casino Royale like the necklace), but focusing on the thematic stuff that it does well - even if those aspects are buried and not given the focus they deserve. He gives some good counterexamples to the criticism that it's not a playful film - though he's right that it is a weird choice to put the movie's best joke in subtitles. I didn't know about (or had forgotten...) the stuff in the Xbox 360/Nintendo DS games that seem to be remnants of the original ending! And his speculation about how the bizarre costume agent Fields wears in her introduction might have originally been intended to be relevant seems plausible.
  10. I haven't counted and compared the number of positive/negative posts, but I genuinely have got the impression that whenever Craig's Bond has been discussed on the forum in recent years, the posts complaining about his films being dour/joyless/overlong/etc, and pessimistic about NTTD, have felt like the most prominent ones. I'm not claiming that that's any specific reason for that - such as that there's some "hivemind" that'll shout down anyone who dares say they like his films - just that it's a trend that I've noticed. This isn't the only place online where people are vocal about being critical of his films, but as this is the place where I spend a lot of my time online, with a relatively low number of regular posters, it seems more prominent here. Anyway since I wrote my earlier post, three people have posted to say they like Skyfall. Cracks are appearing in the hivemind!
  11. Speak for yourself! Over the last few years, it did sound like the producers and Craig recognised SPECTRE's issues, and were doing all that could to have Craig finish on a high note. Will be disappointed if that's not the case. It seems to be in this thread.
  12. Nick R

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    Well, the kids have to learn about TekWar sooner or later.
  13. This oral history retrospective of the Mark Waid/Mike Wieringo Fantastic Four run is worth reading: https://www.gamesradar.com/uk/fantastic-four-mark-waid-mike-wieringo-tom-brevoort-ff/ Bill Jemas sounds awkward to work with.
  14. The Game Boy Advance version of Street Fighter Alpha 3 was an extremely impressive port. Shame you had to control it with a GBA.
  15. The Vincent Schiavelli assassin scene is good though. One of the best scenes, and the best side-characters, in any of Brosnan's Bonds. "It won't look like a suicide if you shoot me from over there." "I am a professor of forensic medicine. Believe me, Mr. Bond, I could shoot you from Stuttgart und still create ze proper effect."
  16. It's been a while since I watched it, but the way I remember interpreting that ending:
  17. Burning Rangers should have been pushed from the Saturn and onto the Dreamcast.
  18. There are a couple of places where the adaptation from animation to live-action has drained the energy: the running across the screen at 0:13 looks comical, and the gunshots a few seconds later look a bit weedy compared to the originals. But other than that, looks fine!
  19. Twitter has fallen in love with the idea of casting T'Nia Miller, who was in RTD's Cucumber (which I haven't seen) and Years and Years (in which she was good):
  20. Comix Zone 2 In the original, you played Sketch Turner, a cartoonist who got transported inside his own comic. In this sequel, that artist gets transported inside the movie adaptation of his own comic! Can he fight his way through the hordes of executives to ensure that a multi-billion dollar corporation will give him fair credit and financial compensation for the ideas he created? (Bit of topical social commentary for you, there.) At the end, there's a post-credit scene in which Sketch Turner is visited by Kid Chameleon, who reveals that the movie is just the first entry in the STIECU (Sega Technical Institute Extended Cinematic Universe), setting up the sequel... Comix Zone 3: Dawn of the Age of Sketch Turner Vs The Ooze True to the shared universe promise, Sketch Turner must now battle enemies from other Sega Technical Institute games: Kid Chameleon, The Ooze, and Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude! (Unfortunately, nothing from Sonic Spinball, because of boring legal issues with Sega Japan.) However, fans are not pleased with the quality of this game. It's revealed that the version that was released was not what the original developers intended. And so an online fan campaign begins: #ReleaseTheMarkCernyCut. This is ultimately successful, leading to the release of... Mark Cerny's Comix Zone 3: Dawn of the Age of Sketch Turner Vs The Ooze It's like the original version, but with extra levels that double the game's length, and it's in 4:3 for some reason.
  21. The Steve Ditko estate (and other creators' families) are in copyright litigation with Marvel: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/marvel-suing-avengers-copyright-termination-1235020110/ The creators' heirs are being represented by the same lawyer who represented the Siegel and Shuster families against DC, and Disney are represented by the same lawyer who represented DC. What a small world it is at the Big Two!
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