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  1. Silent Runner

    The Arcade Ten.

    1.SF II The rest are in no particular order. Double Dragon 1942 Operation Wolf Super Sprint Star Wars - the wireframe one you sat into Golden Axe Bad Dudes Vs. Dragon Ninja Rolling Thunder Commando
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    Good recent(ish) horror books?

    I started The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley over the weekend and read about 40% of it so far. It’s the story of two brothers, one a mute. Who are taken by their family to a religious retreat every year to try and find a cure for the muteness. It’s a weird, gothic story full of twisted religious imagery and bleak, isolated locations. This reviewed really strongly – Stephen King loved it - but I’m not feeling it. There’s lots of atmosphere and nice prose but very little plot. And I’m struggling with it. I don’t think the narrator is named (the amazon page tells me he’s called Smith but I haven’t spotted this in the book) which annoys me, there’s no way to tell when it’s set and nothing has happened yet. I’ve a few other things to start so I’m probably going to park this. Anyone read it?
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    Sturridge lucky to stay on there. Went in studs up and got none of the ball.
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    Over the weekend I read The Woman in The Window by A.J Finn A woman is suffering with agoraphobia after an accident. She spends most of her day on the internet or looking out her window at the houses across the street. While spying on her neighbours she witnesses a murder – a man stabbing his wife - and calls the police. The cops arrive but are reluctant to believer her story and then the man she saw killing his wife turns up with a different woman he claims to be his actual wife. Shock! This got strong reviews and is being made into a film but I thought it was pretty average. It lifts ideas from classic films but tries to get away with it by having the characters mention the films in question. At one point the woman of the title observes that her situation is like something from Rear Window. There’s a couple of twists that are obvious from miles away and the ending is predictable. Not worth bothering with.
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    Gareth Evans' Apostle - September 28th on Netflix

    Only watched a minute of the trailer before bailing out. I love a bit of folk horror and that looks amazing.
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    Mandy - Panos Cosmatos

    This is showing in the art cinema here in a month. I've booked my ticket after watching it tonight.
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    Arsenal

    Torreira comes on at half time and we're a different team. Two scored and should have been 3 and much more life about them. Excited to see him get starts in the team.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    Is Lloris dropped? Vorn cost them two goals today.
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    Favourite supporting / bit part actors

    I don't remember Vincent Schiavelli as the lead in anything but he always put in a good shift.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    Not sure what Welbeck was expected to do there? He just stood there. Unlucky England.
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    BoJack Horseman

    Yeah, I don't know why it's taken me so long to get into it. I think it's because I've started to see Netflix made shows as pretty poor. Neal Beal The Navy Seal?I love that guy, although BJ was right about those muffins. I watched up to episode 11 last night where Bojack, Sarah Lynn and Todd take piles of drugs and try to write a book in 5 days - amazing stuff. The final scene was crushing.
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    Burt Reynolds (1936 - 2018)

    There’s a great documentary called The Bandit, I think it was made by the country music channel, that’s well worth watching. Lots of great old footage of Burt and Hal Needham back in the day.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    Can amateurs and futsal players hoof the ball aimlessly forward? If the answer is yes then they would fit right in with our current tactics. Feels like the end of the road for O'Neill and Keane. I appreciate there were a lot of players missing but we beat Wales pretty handy a few months back and now this. What a shambles.
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    BoJack Horseman

    Started this over the weekend and I'm loving it so far. I think I've watched 5 or 6 because I don't want to rinse it. Best episodes have been the David Boreanaz one and the Rock Opera one. Or the one where they go back to Boston for Dianes Dads funeral. But every episode has been hilarious. Best supporting character is the whale that reads the news - that guy cracks me up.
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    A movie watchers blog

    Kissing Candice https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5225428/ 17 year old Candice longs to escape her seaside town and finds solace in her imagination. When her disillusionment calcifies into an obsession with a troubled stranger, she becomes entangled with a dangerous local gang. This is the debut feature from Aoife McArdle an Irish director who started out making music videos. It's the story of Candice. A teenage girl living in an Irish town - Drogheda or Dundalk I think - who doesn't have much going on in her life. She falls in with some a local gang which leads to all kinds of problems. At the same time there's a missing child story that plays out in the background of the film. You can see the music video origins of the director all over this - there's lots of dreamy, trippy sequences filled with ambient music and dense, colourful visuals. There's loads of neon lit, night scenes and scenes filmed in pubs and nightclubs. The acting is fantastic. With an excellent central performance from Ann Skelly as Candice and really good turns from the support cast. It's beautiful to look at and really makes grim, Irish suburbia something visually interesting. There's a strong soundtrack and a heavy, brooding atmosphere. It reminded me of a David Robert Mitchell film, it had that same absence of technology and lack of adult supervision - it exists in it's own time and universe where teenage lives and adult lives never intersect. It never specifies it's time period, the cars are all 80's models and only one person has a phone - and that's a 10 year old Blackberry. None of the teenagers use phones. A flawed film for sure but a very strong debut from a director I'll look out for in future. 3.5/5
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