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  1. Cheyenne

    Joker origin film - Joaquin Phoenix Confirmed

    Breathy acapella cover of Tears Of A Clown for the trailer.
  2. The best Fighting game of the last two decades is Nidhogg. Additionally: It is not lacking in modes. It has everything it needs. The graphical style of Nidhogg 2 is a delightful change.
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    All things Yakuza! - Start with Yakuza Zero

    General consensus is that 0 is the best. I personally prefer quite a few to it, but 0 also feels quite different in terms of its characters and story to the others. There's a serious amount of continuity in the series, and it pays to work through each title if you're really invested in the characters.
  4. Actually my favourite thing shown in the Direct. A must buy when I get around to having a Switch.
  5. I think a possible issue is the saturation of games from the studio over here in the last two years. Revisiting Kamurocho has generally been a delight for me over the years, with those sometimes lengthy gaps between games due to the dark days of localisation. Since 2017 though we've had 4 games featuring Kamurocho come out outside of Japan, plus the upcoming Fist of the North Star game which feels very familiar (though I won't deny, loved the demo for it). I do like what appears to be a much deeper level of interaction with the environment. After playing Yakuza 6 I was hoping the studio would push towards more of that, really dig into the density of the world. As much as it may sound like sacrilege though, I'd like it if they could strip out the combat entirely...
  6. This one I really need to rewatch. On release it didn't do much for me, yet at the same time I could feel just how special it was, how it distinguished itself from its contemporaries. Even if I don't come around, that's one I can see being revered in decades to come. I don't think there's nowt wrong with the likes of Inception being mentioned (aside from my apathy towards every film Christopher Nolan has ever made) but it's hardly a case of something that grows over time, is it? It was championed and heralded upon release and is still talked about regularly seven years after release. I think this is where my own lack of detail in starting this thread is coming back to bite me, but if Inception is talked about 30 years down the line I believe it will be talked about in either the same or lesser terms than it was upon release. I think that can be extended to a lot of big hits and award darlings from the modern era. We don't run the risk of losing films in the way that occurred during the first few decades of cinema, and with better historical cataloging (plus viewing access with the internet) they will always be available to watch for future generations, but whether they'll still be championed is another matter. It's a common (and fairly facile) argument to bring up, but I did look up the Best Picture winners from 2010 onwards and holy hell I had forgotten almost all of them, and I've seen all of them! Argo won Best Picture! But the reason why I looked it up was to look at the fellow nominees, as it's often been the case that the nominees pool is usually far stronger than the eventual winner. Sure was the case, but in asking what would get talked about for decades to come, I counted less than 10 films that I think would fit, and even that was debatable as I was including the likes of Phantom Thread and Grand Budapest; the former due to its recommendation in this thread, and the latter due to the same as, well, I don't personally rate it as one of Anderson's best, but others here do and I'll admit I only saw it the once. It really does come down to personal opinions and how much a movie affect you, but I believe my original intent was to think about films that maybe weren't huge hits or award winners (but does not necessarily mean critically panned or completely bombed), but you think will live on over time. Calvary yo.
  7. I was thinking more along the lines of films like Peeping Tom. Maybe not quite as extreme as that example, but films that will grow in stature as time moves forwards (which is pretty much all speculative, can't read the future!) God I'd love for Dredd to become a cemented classic down the line. It deserves it. I think what helps the likes of Calvary and Dredd is that they feel like complete films; for sure Dredd has so many openings for sequels and continuations, but the story told within its runtime sees satisfying resolution and its central characters completing an arc of development. On a similar note to Dredd, how about District 9? Definitely one of the better mainstream sci-fi hits of its time, and perhaps given extra weight due to how Blomkamp's succeeding films never matched up to it (I had a great fuckin' time with Elysium though).
  8. This is exactly what I want to hear! That was on the Emirates catalogue when I was flying back from Japan a few days ago. I really want to see it but thought that on an airplane wouldn't do it justice. How does it rate alongside Paul Thomas Anderson's other work? As frankly he will surely go down as one of the all-time masterful filmmakers. Christ, look at his filmography.
  9. As I was reading the What truly great films did you see at the cinema on initial release? thread, the thought hit me that, being 28, most of the films I have seen on initial release are still relatively 'new'. Yeah sure I watched Jurassic Park when I was like 3, but it wasn't until over a decade later that I properly appreciated it. So I've got no clue as to whether what I've seen in the past decade will become classics going forward, or if they'll fade away. There are a few good shouts (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Lives of Others etc) but I want to try and think about lesser films that you think will grow in favour as the years roll by. Here's my (current) top pick: Every now and then I forget just how good this film is. When I saw first saw I was still reeling emotionally for days afterwards. I recall seeing it described as a black comedy, and while sure it raised a few chuckles, it deserves far more than that description. It's tragic, it's poignant, it felt relevant and representative of its time (but not in a style that I think will date it) and I find myself recommending it to people more and more. Coming from The Guard (a fine, thoroughly enjoyable film) to this is one of the most incredible steps I've ever seen from a filmmaker. A more recent film (and I need to give it more to gestate and think on) that I think could pass into the all-time greats category is The Breadwinner. Similar to Calvary, I thought it was such a step ahead of the rest of Cartoon Saloon's films (which are still excellent!) and was properly wowed. Other films from this decade that any of you think will endure over the years?
  10. Cheyenne

    Red Dwarf

    (not realised the post in question is almost a year old until after writing) I would also like to jump on the same wagon as Chosty. What I properly loved about early Red Dwarf (and this did carry on through to a good amount of the later series, but not quite to the same extent) is how the show would utilise these big sci-fi ideas to tell personal stories that informed us more about the primary cast. I genuinely still rate the show as one of my all-time favourites on the strength of those early years, and off the top of my head you have wonderful episodes like Confidence & Paranoia, Me2, Better Than Life, Polymorph, Marooned, Bodyswap, Stasis Leak and Balance of Power, that strongly develop this relatively small cast of characters. The double of those first two episodes in the first season are just phenomenal to me: We've slowly gotten to know Lister as a character and in Confidence & Paranoia we see physical manifestations of what he perceives those attributes as, which then leads into Me2 which is a fun twist on that odd couple dynamic but shows us the extent of Rimmer's self-loathing, where he is in fact his most hated person. There's this fantastic dialogue in Better Than Life: Lister: You never said much about him. You must have been pretty close. Rimmer: Close? Lister: Sorry, very close. [dramatic pause, music swells] Rimmer: Close? I hated him! I detested his fat, stupid guts, the pop-eyed, balding git! Lister: Why are you so completely blown away about him dying then? Rimmer: Oh, it doesn't mean to say I didn't respect him, didn't look up to him. It was only natural, he was my father. Lister: There's nothing natural about your family, Rimmer. I mean we always knew Rimmer came from a messed up background, but this episode uses the Better Than Life game to really delve into how deeply set his neuroses are. In a game where you can make your wildest dreams come true he actively sabotages himself. It's stellar character work. Polymorph has a gimmick that would be repeated well in Back to Reality (and less so in Emohawk: Polymorph II) where removing a key component of a character's personality provides a fun twist on them for one episode but also serves to reinforce how well we know them. Then Marooned is a great little stripped back episode which foregoes the encroaching wackiness for something that would fit well in Series I. And I will always have a soft spot for The Inquisitor later on (Series VI?), as I loved how they played with the concept of the character's being their own judges, therefore being held to their own standards. I felt that was a fine bit of development for Lister; the thought that he knows how he could achieve more, but consigns himself to a life of mediocrity. Then there's also the class act episodes like White Hole and Queeg, which are just hilarious (and I bet if I rewatch them now they'll contain some nuggets of character development. Wait, Queeg is that for Holly!). Series I & II are near faultless, was never a fan of Waiting For God, and series' 3 through 6 have more than their fair share of great episodes.
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    All things Yakuza! - Start with Yakuza Zero

    I feel like I've been broken. I still never really got on with 0, or not to the extent where I regard it as highly as other fans. Too bloated and meandering, with one of the most disappointing overrall narratives (poor pacing being the main blight to me) and unmemorable characters outside of the Big Two. Even then, I felt the prequel nature of it was a wasted opportunity; Kazuma as the Dragon of Dojima turns out is a myth that never existed because he's apparently always been this stand up dude, and while I liked the presentation of Majima initially, it was such a sharp contrast to how he has been presented in the series up until then that I just couldn't get invested in it. I've always though the strength of the series was its continuous nature, and 0 dialled back the clock and made a big misstep of it in my mind. A damn shame as functionally it is one of the best in the series; combat is an absolute dream and though I may find it exhausting, it's a good thing to see such a wide array of optional content. But how it hangs together just never felt right to me. Much like Yakuza 5 it's overly long and it lost me for vast swathes of its playtime (the middle ten chapters dragged on endlessly for me, not aided by my lack of fondness for the new characters it introduced). I don't think I've ever been more disappointed in a game. So, series preference for me (this is where Imma cement my weirdo take on the series): 4>2>6>3>1>0>5 (the positioning of 2 is up for debate as I haven't played it for years, maybe Kiwami 2 will be the confirmation on its ranking). I still liked 0. It had flashes of absolute brilliance, and the polish and style of it were near faultless. 6 on the other hand, totally grabbed me, and its memorable characters and narrative pacing (and yeah, I like that it was much shorter) help put it nearer the top. All Yakuza games have great combat and fun diversions, so I really am there for the story and immersion, and that's where 6 totally knocked that out of the park for me. 3 needs more love. I genuinely loved the super slow opening chapters in Okinawa.
  12. Cheyenne

    E3 2018: Playstation Conference - NO FFVII

    Isn't Dying Light 2 from Warner Bros? I know they were involved with the first, unsure if Techland are owned by them or not.
  13. I am oddly okay with the removal of wild battles. They pale in comparison to trainer and gym battles, where you face actual teams and run the risk of being beaten. Wild battles are grindy and unless trying to catch a particularly tough or elusive Pokemon (usually just a legendary) they never really taxed the mind. Not sure if the Go method is my preferred, but I welcome a shake up.
  14. Cheyenne

    All things Yakuza! - Start with Yakuza Zero

    Yeah, I am planning on a proper swoop through those in either Premium Adventure or a Legend difficulty run (done a good few of Kazuma's before I started getting voerwhelmed by the amount of time it was taking up. Just a shame that the main story is so lacklustre in my eyes compared to other entries. 4 is still the pinnacle of the series for me (though it conversely had arguably the most disappointing final boss fight).
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