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    Avengers: Endgame (April 2019)

    I wasnt even that hyped leading up to this, but now I've seen the trailer I'm all in. Fuuuuuuck.
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    Videogame Art Books

    Christ, those Metal Gear / Mcquarrie books are huge.
  3. Just fyi, the design work for the notorious has been appearing online via the artists responsible, and I have to say they look so much better than what is in the final film. Whether you approve from a canon perspective or not is a matter of debate, but I do wonder if it couldve been implemented better if not for all the reshoots.
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    RDR2 - Massive Spoilers Thread

    I took it as being the same thing he does all game - he talks a big talk, but when faced with truly difficult in-the-moment decisions, he gets information paralysis. He can't make decisions in those situations, so he just peace-outs. Same reason he leaves people behind and makes excuses later. Same reason he sides with Micah in the camp standoff even after multiple people have told him he's a snitch. He's one of those people who wouldve probably done ok as a valued advisor to a leader, but not being a leader himself. Also Sadie and Charles are such good characters that I sort of hope they dont feature in any dlc, just because then we can assume they got out clean. As soon as the story follows them again, theyre fucked. No-one like them survives to get the happy ending in these kind of westerns.
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    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    Hmm, series or movie(s)? I gave it a crack as a kid but didnt entirely buy into it, but who knows maybe now I might, especially if it's been remade a couple times.
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    Black Mesa Source

    That's really pretty. They nailed the otherworldlyness of it pretty well. I mean, tbh I've seen less interesting alien landscapes in AAA games.
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    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Coens + Netflix

    I forgot all about that being tom waits! Very much enjoyed this though, and agree it probably hangs together better in movie format. Also, that bank teller wants to try playing PUBG.
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    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    I saw this directly after watching the other alaskan-set film, Hold The Dark. That didnt work very well in Wind Rivers favour for me, tbh, mainly due to the more formulaic story and the less interesting cinematography. What I did sort of like about wind river was towards the end
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    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    I never watch their films for plot in the same way I never watched jackie chan films for plot. Both have servicable acting, but that's just a platform for the main draw - reallly creative fight choreography. I dont think I've seen that crew do a fight scene yet that didnt have some sort of novel setup to it.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2 - Single Player, NO SPOILERS thread

    That's true of most games. TBH the fact that the ground itself is properly black is not that common. Almost unheard of a few years back. I remember making that specific observation about RDR1.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2 - Single Player, NO SPOILERS thread

    I wonder if the animal skinning is anywhere near as technically fancy as it looks, or if there is some simple 3d trickery involved.
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    Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

    I only just got round to seeing this (and the last couple of marvel films), and I agree it hangs together far better than I'd have expected given how convoluted things have the potential to get. Yep, and it does feel like more recently theyve gotten more confident at tapping different genres/themes. Besides which, at this point I think we need reminding why some of the more mundane heroes are there. I do feel like with more emphasis on the cosmic/magical/generally reality-bending stuff lately, a lot of people have probably had to heavily revise their hero power-rankings (and then argue about it online).
  13. Just to go back to the previous comments for a minute......what they've done with SLJs de-aging looked great in the stills, but that it holds up under close inspection in motion is nothing short of astonishing. I had no idea the tech had got to that point. Also, that suit is pretty slick.
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    Hm. Makes my laptop look less like a toaster and more like an old-fashioned grill! It's an Asus with a 2gig i3, 4gig ram, and onboard intel graphics, although technically even that meets the system requirements. They make it sound like anything that can run DirectX9 will do, which is pretty vague tbh.
  15. I might be resurrecting a bit of a dead thread here, but I just saw this. Recently picked up netflix for another month so I could marathon the new Bojack season, and treated this as an added throwaway couple of hours. I also saw 5th Element again within, oh, the last six months, so had that fresh in mind as a comparison. Plus, I go in knowing it's Besson being his most Bessony; ie eclectic and stunning visual design, nonsense writing and story. And that's what I got. Rather enjoyed it on those merits. To echo most of you though, the lead casting got a hard nope from me. I dunno if the comic it's based on shines a bit more light on that decision, but both the character and actor are instantly unlikeable. Like, the intro scene was a solid 8/10 and the moment we meet the leads it drops to a 4. As much as I wouldnt expect to be saying it....Rhianna best actor. And Owen gets a shout for his angry end speech. But that's no different from 5th Element tbh, and as with that it's the design that'll stick with me. Notable bits being the Brutalist Millenium Falcon, the goofy tribe of bridge-troll looking dudes, and the Geth-like killbots that look suspiciously like they were lifted directly from the portfolio of one of my favourite artists. Also, all the weird clothing. Not a great film by any margin, but fun nonetheless.

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