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  1. Vimster

    A movie watchers blog

    Desert Thunder (1999) Hotshot fighter pilot is persuaded to put together a rag-tag team for a covert air strike on Iraqi superweapon. Least-talked of Badwin brother Daniel steps up and attempts to bring some weight to this straight-to-video actioner. You have to give some credit to the producers of this who clearly had enough budget for limited locations and lots of archive footage of fighter jets. One stand-out segment using most of the crop-duster-vs-choppers chase from Capricorn One, although it has to be said they shoehorned and blended it in pretty well. The film has a short running time of 82 minutes; when I got to the 70 minute mark and they still hadn't gone on the big mission I was thinking my copy was wonky,. Most of the film is the lead-up to what I'll state clearly was a rather underwhelming climax. Despite pumping up the music, the banter and the gung-ho-ness of it all it didn't get me going. Seems Like Old Times (1980) A man on the run after being forced to take part in a bank robbery seeks the aid of his lawyer ex-wife, unknown to her soon-to-be District Attorney husband. I remember seeing about 2 minutes of this many years ago and wondering what it was because even that short segment was funny. It has taken me this long to figure out what what film was. And I'm glad I finally found it. This Neil Simon-penned farce is sharp and funny with some excellent dialogue on the whole. Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Charles Grodin put in decent performances, although I found Chase's pratfalls a bit overdone. It may seems a bit old-hat even for 1980, and some may find the dialogue a bit forced, but I love this sort of writing where every line feels like it has been crafted. Not classic comedy but worth a watch.
  2. Vimster

    The Chase

    I don't watch it every day but will randomly put it on. 8 times out of 10 it's The Governess. Is she on it more than most or should I be playing blackjack for a living?
  3. Vimster

    Weekly Music 2019 - 52 Weeks, 52 Tracks

    That actually reminds me of High Llamas more than straight-up jazz. Not a bad thing, far from it. Really nice chords. Anyway this week I made a short and reflective tune - https://streak.club/p/34597/pm-reflection-by-vim I was using some freeware synth for the piano part but if I played more than 4 notes at once the CPU went over 50% - bonkers. I really like this one though. I might render that bit out and stick it in Ableton Live, finish it there.
  4. Vimster

    Bad games transformed by patches and remasters

    You can add KOTOR2, the PC version of Saints Row 2, Temple Of Elemental Evil and a few others besides to that. If a game is worth keeping alive there are modders out there who will do it.
  5. Vimster

    Early-90s Games Night

    Oh yes, I like the idea of, say, just playing Codemasters budget games on the C64. There are some right stinkers in that collection, but plenty of still-playable ones. I don't know what the appetite would be for a proper meet. I know there are several of us in and around the south-west and some up north, so I'm not sure where best to hold it. There are others who are better at organising this sort of thing - roberthazelby
  6. Vimster

    Bad games transformed by patches and remasters

    Going increasingly off-topic here, but a bad game that is in dire need of a patch and update is Rise Of The Triad 2013. What I played of it I really enjoyed, proper oldschool level design, gets really difficult. But it was a janky mess, freezing, crashes. It lacked polish to the point where it became unplayable. And yet it still, to my knowledge, remains unpatched.
  7. Vimster

    Bad games transformed by patches and remasters

    That's mobile games generally, sadly. Perfectly good games ruined by mandatory updates which, more often than not, ruin the experience.
  8. It's a very entertaining rant full of good points, and I'm sure it felt really good getting that off his chest. I can't help feeling anyone watching that knows all this, and probably feels the same way about AAA games and their publishers, yet it's always been like this, from horse armour to online passes to loot boxes. It's shouting into the wind. Nothing will change until consumers hit EA, Activision etc where it hurts: their financials. And as has been proven time and again there are enough people out there who are either happy with the status quo, ignorant of the business side of things or peer-pressured into paying for live services to keep these things going. That's not to say we should give up hope, and this video puts the case against AAA publishers with some force. Short of a mass boycott of AAA-published games (highly unlikely) or a socialist government (just as unlikely in the US, sadly) I don't see much changing. Thank goodness there is so much more out there apart from AAA games.
  9. Vimster

    The electronica thread

    https://evel.bandcamp.com/ I can recommend this label putting out the sort of sounds that would get the WATMM types tapping their feet.
  10. Vimster

    Early-90s Games Night

    Oh my C64 is permanently set up, ready for action. My Amiga 12o0 is out of action but I do have Amiga forever and a load of games for that. And of course the old Pi3 and even the modded OG Xbox for everything else. I do have some ideas but was hoping to get some extra inspiration.
  11. Every now and again I like to try and spice up a boring Saturday night in by giving it a bit of a theme, and in this instance I am thinking of having an early-90s games night, playing games and listening to music popular when I was around 20, was starting to make my own money and spend it on C64 and Amiga games mainly, briefly owned a SNES in 1993, and also had a number of Gmeboy games. So I wanted suggestions. Some fun games on C64, Spectrum, Amiga or console that would go down well with a bottle of wine or a few JD and cokes. Arcade games, puzzle games, hidden gems from a time I'd define as the tail-end of the 8-bit computer era but pre-Playstation and 3D games. Also any good suggestions for music to have on in the background, whether it's pop or dance or whatever.
  12. Vimster

    Abandoned Games (2019)

    Minecraft (Switch) I've not abandoned it as such but I'm not exactly pining to get back to it. Firstly going from mouse and keyboard to controller is a right pain, doing any kind of crafting feels really clunky, I end up with a load of stuff I don't need. Also this game has changed so much since I played it last about 3 years ago. I originally played it in alpha, September 2010, and obviously they've added tons. Things like villagers and pets feel like they're fun ideas but add needless complexity, for me anyway. Once again I'm getting impatient in my old age, not allowing the game to grow, wanting to just get it. And it doesn't feel like the relaxing game I used to enjoy on PC either. Not a bad game, far from it.
  13. Vimster

    Dave Perry is back...

    Don't underestimate the difficulty he's having trying to top that song at the end of the first one. Up and down, up and down.
  14. Vimster

    A movie watchers blog

    Red Alert (1977) An accident at a nuclear power plant threatens to turn critical, but was it sabotage? I was unsure what to expect from this 1977 TV movie starring William Devane, and as I watched it I was kept guessing right the way through. What we have here is a superbly-written thriller, based on the novel Paradigm Red by Harold King, that keeps adding on the twists and tension, culminating in a unique and tense climax. Without giving too much away, Devane and co are initially trying to establish what went wrong at the plant which could go critical, but soon find something potentially more sinister. There's tension between the investigators on the ground and the commander who insists on everything being done by the book and is reliant on his computer analysis. It did feel like some of the plot lines, like the one investigator's family trying to flee, had been seriously cut back from the novel (I've not read it so can't say for sure), but the core intrigue around the potential disaster was solid, as was the direction and acting, both excellent. An thriller worthy of your time. And you can watch the whole thing right here:
  15. Vimster

    Weekly Music 2019 - 52 Weeks, 52 Tracks

    https://streak.club/p/34536/pg-by-vim Minimal glitching piano this week. I have to say this Arturia PianoV2 is a superb VST. It doesn't use samples, it's all synthesised piano sounds.

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