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  1. Wow, I need to compose my thoughts fully, but my initial reaction is this is the best film I've seen in years. Loved every minute.
  2. Phoenix's Ti Amo at number 2 on your list is an inspired pick. Definitely one for the good times! Is that your favourite of their records? Wolfgang obviously gets the most love, but I actually find Bankrupt is the one I return to most, the second side in particular - that Drakkar Noir to Chloroform transition is something else. Can't wait until they tour again!
  3. Current thinking... 01 - Frank Ocean - Blonde 02 - Chromatics - Kill for Love 03 - The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs 04 - Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly 05 - Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here? 06 - Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition 07 - St. Vincent - St. Vincent 08 - Slowdive - Slowdive 09 - Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2 10 - Kids See Ghosts - Kids See Ghosts 11 - IDLES - Joy as an Act of Resistance 12 - Burial - Rival Dealer EP 13 - Beach House - 7 14 - The National - I Am Easy to Find 15 - Alvvays - Antisocialites 16 - Wild Nothing - Gemini 17 - Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness 18 - Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica 19 - Four Tet - New Energy 20 - Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
  4. Anyone else think the difficulty levels are really poorly balanced? I did the first few dungeons on Hero mode. I like enemies doing double damage, but I can't understand why they also removed heart pick ups. Make them rarer perhaps, but doing away with them entirely just means you end up spending too much time backtracking to fairy fountains and Crazy Tracy's. It's irritating rather than challenging. I switched to Normal mode instead and it has the opposite problem of being too forgiving. Aside from that and the frame rate issues I can't fault the game.
  5. Marlowe

    The National

    Agreed. The vinyl is a revelation. The female vocals on this are achingly beautiful, and so complementary to Berniger's baritone. Lyrically this is a really strong album as well. So Far, So Fast and in particular "Don't you know someday somebody will come and find you? / If you don't know who you are anymore, they will remind you" slays me every time. Might be my favourite record of theirs.
  6. This kind of hyperbole doesn't help to be honest. Martial had an off day, sure, missed a couple of good chances, but I also watched him make a lot of good runs that just weren't found by the players behind him, which is why he ended up dropping deeper and deeper. Fred has actually been decent this season (him playing like this in a 3 with Herrera and Pogba could have been something). James is young and has a lot of potential - it's the fact he's starting nearly every game due to our lack of wide options that is the issue. Pereira again should just be a squad player at this point. We need a wide player, some creativity in midfield and another centre forward who can give us the option of playing more direct when up against low blocks. Defence is decent (second lowest good chances conceded in the league was a stat I read the other day) and gives us a good base to build from at least. No no no. I'll never watch the team again if this happens.
  7. Didn't feel like I'd listened to enough this year to have a solid 10. Despite that, I'm surprised the Kanye and Charli XCX records didn't make the list. Looking forward to the decade poll @ngchol
  8. This looks like another pile of shite. After the promise of Casino Royale I never imagined Daniel Craig would end up becoming the worst Bond. But he undoubtedly is. For all of the excesses of the late Brosnan era, at least those were unashamedly genre films, rather than the humourless 'cinematic universe' wank they're churning out now. Get rid of Craig, get rid of Purvis and Wade, fire Barbara Brocolli into the sun. Get someone in whose sole aspiration is to make a self contained spy film in which Bond doesn't have to go rogue, have another mid life crisis or pointlessly use a quota of Sony products.
  9. Saw IDLES at Manchester Academy last night. It was a joyous bordering on spiritual experience. Samaritans and Danny Nedelko were the highlights - can't think of anything comparable to being in a room with thousands of people all shouting about loving immigrants and renouncing all the toxic masculine stereotypes that weigh us down. Beautiful.
  10. Marlowe

    Best New Music 2019

    It's great. Definitely a touch more poppy and less sprawling and cinematic than Kill for Love. I'd assume Dear Tommy if it ever comes out will be closer to KFL in that regard. I can't get over how good On the Wall is in particular - actually better than the original, which I can't say for any other Jesus & Mary Chain cover I've heard.
  11. For a film that has attracted so much praise and controversy, it just wasn't all that... interesting. Phoenix is good, it's competently shot, there's a decent soundtrack, it succeeds in sustaining the bleak atmosphere they're going for... but there was just nothing of substance there to excite me or engage me. The character arc is frankly boring. We all know the character and therefore we all know where it's ending up, so you have to at least make the journey interesting. Throughout it he isn't presented with any proper choices or dilemmas that might develop the character, instead what we're given is a character with serious mental issues who has a series of tragic things happen to him and then starts responding with violence. He's unconvincing either as an anti-hero or a villain, and when there's barely a second of the film that he isn't in shot, that's a big problem. As the violence escalates, just in case you still don't get it or find the arc believable it cheaply throws in the fact The political themes are handled no less clumsily - the people taking to the streets presented as being every bit the bloodthirsty mob of the conservative imagination (a characterisation it shares with The Dark Knight Rises). Clumsy also describes Thomas Wayne and the film's need to remind you it's a Batman flick by dragging in Batman origin story that doesn't serve the film in any way. It's Taxi Driver crassly adapted for the comic book film generation without any of that film's nuance.
  12. 2000 1. Almost Famous 2. Memento 3. Gladiator 2001 1. Mulholland Drive 2. Ghost World 3. Amélie 2002 1. City of God 2. Minority Report 3. 24 Hour Party People 2003 1. Lost in Translation 2. Good Bye Lenin! 3. Big Fish 2004 1. Collateral 2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 3. Napoleon Dynamite
  13. Marlowe

    Nintendo Switch

    I'd actually rather have DKR than Mario Kart 64. Its standard multiplayer options weren't great, but I have incredibly fond memories of playing through adventure mode with a mate in co-op (you had to use the JOINTVENTURE cheat code to unlock it). Why Rare decided to put an entire feature like that behind a cheat code I will never know. My top 5 N64 online multiplayer wishlist would be: 1. F-Zero X 2. Goldeneye 007 3. Wave Race 64 4. ISS 98 5. Diddy Kong Racing
  14. Update: I discovered Stardew Valley on Switch...
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