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  1. Hmm!

    Majora's Mask (although it could just as easily be Ocarina, but MM just pips it i think)


    Mega Man 2


    Mario 64


    Metroid Prime

    Jet Set Radio

    Castlevania IV

    Super Mario Kart... especially the brilliant, shrill, mental-sounding Rainbow Road

    If Galaxy lives up to its predecessors' standards I'll be annoying a lot of people with my humming over the next few weeks

  2. The Ghost House was absolutely fantastic - the music, and the way the closer you get to the carousel you can hear the music from that mixing in with the main theme; the psycho piano; the huge moon outside; the squawk the eye things made when you ran around to make them dizzy; the box thing that threw you up in the air when you grabbed it...

    Haven't played it in ages, and it's easily one of my favourite games, and have meant to get it on the VC. I'm kind of enjoying putting it off though, knowing it's there to play through again sometime when I'm idle games-wise...

  3. Wow, what a turnaround with this game - was braced for a clunky start after reading the reviews, but even so, the yawnsome space marine stuff (seriously, is there any more overdone scenario) just felt so awkward and wrong. The bit when one of the bounty hunters calls you 'Sammy'.... aagh!

    I was never so happy to see a change of scene with the Bryyo level... and god, some of it really is so gorgeous. Even after playing the previous Primes i'm finding myself stopping and gawking at the chains holding down the moons, and the lava flows, and the metalwork designs... just so atmospheric, and leagues ahead of anything else i've seen on the Wii. Only had the briefest wander in Skytown which looks more impressive still.

    Settled into the controls now as well... so as long as there's no swing back to the earlier schtick, I'm hugely relieved.

  4. Hope they're just using 'golden compass' bits in the trailer to keep the fancy words from freaking people out... As long as they call it 'alethiometer' at some stage in the script as well I won't mind.

    Bears and monkey are looking pretty good in that trailer though.

    It's an odd decision leaving out the climax of Northern Lights til the second film though. I mean, it's a really good cliffhanger,

    the whole view of the city from another world and all that

  5. "Mr Simpson, don't you worry - I watched Matlock in a bar last night. The sound wasn't on, but I think I got the gist of it"

    I love (and miss) Lionel Hutz even more than Troy McClure.

    Hutz: Mrs Simpson, your sexual harassment case is just what I need to rebuild my shattered career! Care to join me in a belt of Scotch?

    Marge: It's 9:30 in the morning!

    Hutz: Yeah, but I haven't slept in days.

  6. There was a small boy in front of us, must've been about four or five (the age I was when I cried in a cinema at the death of Optimus Prime in the animated movie...!) and his very loud, absolute joyousness about what was transpiring on screen really displayed to me what a great family film this is, too. No blood or guts, just silly humour & fantasy fun.

    Aw that's just fantastic. Didn't see any kids in the crowd when I saw it but will be looking out for that kind of stuff next time I go... Passing on the torch <sniff!>.

    When I think how my 8-year-old self would have spontanaeously combusted if he'd seen that film...! And not been arsed about plot holes or dodgy storytelling, which kept me seesawing between 'this is great' and 'this is horseshit'.

  7. On the way home from work this evening I passed the Savoy in Dublin where the premiere was on - had no idea it was tonight. Ducked in to look at the display in the lobby, recognised a guy I half-know who's in film distribution and he got me in! Best blagging opportunity in ages.

    Was completely taken back to giddy 11-year-old form before it came on... Always knew it wasn't going to be the film I'd have made (my first time ever sitting through an entire Bay film), but enjoyed lots of it - for every cringeworthy bit of dialogue or stupid over-shaky camera move, there's a decent robot scene that balances it out.

    Very happy with the robot voices, Weaving's Megatron is good,

    didn't like the comedy cartoon noises Frenzy made though - kind of robbed him of any menace really, much more mechanical sounding voice effects for him would've been ace

    Too much happening too fast in a lot of scenes, as people have said, but I'll be getting the dvd to have a good old wallow in the robot-on-robot action.

    Loved that

    Starscream legs it in the end, the bad guys get fuck all character moments but that little detail was nicely true to form.

  8. I'm happy now I've heard its set to be out before (or for, most likely) Christmas. Had started to really think it was going to be delayed into next year...

    The Bee Suit, the Boo Suit, properly trippy looking environments - can't play this soon enough.

    (Oh, they could do a Baa Suit - Space sheep!)

  9. Two bits in The Others always stand out to me - Nicole Kidman in the room with all the covered furniture and statues, tearing all of the sheets off; and just after she sees the photo from the Book of the Dead, as the servants are walking slo-o-owly towards the two kids.

    Plus the well scene in Ring, as well as the obvious ending scene

  10. It's great when Big Brother throws up moments of pure comedy like at the end of tonight's one - that whole ridiculous drama with Nicky, Charley and Seany couldn't have unfolded any better if it had been scripted by a gang of sitcom writers.

    Nicky's full-on flirting with Liam is hilarious, I love the way she deploys the smiles, big eyes and girly leg-kicking and then as soon as she's away from him drops back into regular snarky, sulky mode.

  11. Yeah, it definitely needs to be animation. It is very much like Plague Dogs but with lots of guns. I think a live action version with cgi animals would look a little strange.

    Yeah, I think an animated adaptation of WE3 could work - Live-action would be weird but the kind of high-detail animation a crowd like Studio IG do could be pretty amazing.

  12. Well, just seen it - it's a huge improvement over the first one, which is a start. Actually I enjoyed it - yeah it's still pretty light in tone for a film with a world-ending threat hanging over it, but the humour is better than in the original (still very broad though) and seeing as the FF's powers are generally a bit more cartoonish than some other comic characters, I think they got a better handle on them this time around. I remember a big criticism of the first one being that The Incredibles did a better job of doing Fantastic Four powers than their own movie did... this one is a lot more inventive with them. Still not as good a film as Incredibles, it has to be said.

    Really liked how they handled the Surfer. Yeah, Terminator 2 kind of takes some of the novelty off seeing the Silver Surfer on the big screen, but his movement on the board, the way they managed to give him soulful expressions without giving him normal eyes (was afraid they'd try to do that) and the minimal dialogue all really worked for me. Laurence Fishbourne's voice wasn't too recognisable either, and I quite liked

    the way they did his 'powered down' dull state.

    Doom's better, still not great. Weird when you think how heavily Darth Vader's design was influenced by Doc Doom's costume, and how impressive he looked onscreen - they just can't seem to get Doom looking as good. Didn't think they should have

    healed his scars, he works so much better scarred and masked. I know it was done to show off their star, but still...

    Liked that for once it wasn't just the end of the world in America. A decent amount of globetrotting.

    Galactus - always going to be a hard one to realise - I thought it was a fair attempt at getting the whole cosmic-danger thing across.

    I missed the old tuning-forks though. There's something going on at the end when the Surfer confronts him - I thought I could make out some sort of face but it all moves too quickly to see clearly. A silhouette of the head with the forks, or the square-pupil eyes inside all of that energy stuff would've made me happy. But still, the cosmic-storm thing looked better than i expected

    I'd happily watch it again, anyway. Couldn't say the same after the previous one....

    And no idea why they plastered Jessica Alba with so much make-up, it's like they forgot there's a good-looking girl under all that stuff

  13. well after all these reviews, I'm now finally excited about this film. My son, who is giant robot mental, is going to explode during the viewing.

    Aw he's so lucky to be the right age for this - if I could show the most recent trailers to my 11-year-old self I'd fear for his mental state.

    All the early reports sound so positive, still want to keep expectation levels down to realistic levels though

  14. BUT, my childhood came alive this evening. I watched a movie full of humour, the best special effects I have seen, and a fun storyline. Everyone I spoke to afterwards loved it.

    So it's completely finished then? Don't want to ask about it, but....

    How's the sound? Visual effects look great from the trailers but I really want this film to have big metal-on-metal sound effects and cool distorted robot voices.

  15. If Phelan posts spoilers tomorrow it'll kill me not to look. But I'll be mad at myself if I do...

    And there's another month and a half of this! Damn you, Internet!

    Didn't have this problem the last time there was a Transformers film in the cinema.

  16. As an aside, I hope Sky aren't going to continue with the "two ad breaks within the show and no ad break between shows" thing.

    That was really taking the piss. The second ad break caught me by surprise, and then the announcer made a big song and dance about that new Pirate thing coming right up after the Simpsons "without any ads", as if it was this amazing favour to us! Oh, you mean the ads that you've just moved to an even more annoying place than the end of the programme??

    Jesus Christ! I was lucky there wasn't anything within arm's reach to throw

  17. The start menu of Starfox 64/Lylat Wars... it's the loveliest spacey little tune, and weirdly sad sounding - it's what being abandoned to float on your own through space would sound like.

    Downloaded it on Wii and have stayed on the menu for waaay too long.

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