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  1. Vimster

    A movie watchers blog

    Venom (2018) You don't need a plot appetiser for this one, it's a big superhero flick, although it felt a lot more intimate than recent MCU fare, and yes I'm aware this isn't part of the MCU(tm), but those guys could certainly take some hints from this slick and entertaining tale, not least for the slender running time, keeping the film tight and action-packed. You'd hardly recognise Tom Hardy from the vulnerable, funny everyguy who gets 'joined' by an alien thing he plays. And Riz Ahmed's evil billionaire is miles away from his role in Nightcrawler. What we get though is a film with a light heart, great action with impact, genuinely charming leads, but maybe lacking in an emotional impact, trading it for spectacle. Still, it left me with a big smile on my face.
  2. Vimster

    A movie watchers blog

    Cyborg Cop (1993) When an ex-DEA agent's brother goes missing on a mission in a unstable Caribbean state, he sets out to find out what happened. That plot taster for this suitably daft early-90s-but-feels-more-80s straight-to-video action film doesn't really do it justice. John Rhys-Davies chews the scenery to breaking point as a drug lord developing and hiring out his killer cyborgs, whilst David Bradley shoots, high-kicks and punches his way to revenge, all whilst wearing a leather jacket. It's far from sophisticated; the 15 year-old me would have watched this twice in a row, but it has explosions, gun battles, serviceable punch-ups, gratuitous nudity by the truckload, and a tasteful sex scene, basically every box ticked. Time Trap (2018) A group of young people go in search of a professor who disappeared whilst investigating the disappearance of a couple in some caves. Low-budget time-travel tale which whilst having some really interesting ideas, took ages to get going, with some scenes in the first half feeling drawn out for the sake of it. It's probably a minor spoiler to say most of the budget went on the final third of the film, pretty much where a lot of the mystery pays off in a way I certainly wasn't expecting. The group of teenagers that are the main focus of the film made it feel almost like a family film. And whilst there was the potential for the story to get quite dark, it managed to keep things positive. Not classic SF, but had some good ideas, and, like good SF, left me with lots to ponder at the end.
  3. There was a season 6? Great news!
  4. Got this with my Audible credit this month and so far I'm really enjoying it. What I particularly like is how much sympathy O'Brien has with the various callers, trying to get to the bottom of why people believe all the nonsense they come out with rather than just dismissing them as idiots.
  5. Vimster

    What are you playing Christmas Day?

    I'm on my own this Christmas so I'll probably start the day as I did last year with some Commodore 64 arcade goodness, then in the evening I'l fire up the OG Xbox and play either MAME or Burnout 2/3/Revenge whilst getting merry.
  6. Vimster

    > Vic & Bobs House Of Fools Official thread

    That ghost hunters bit had me in stitches. This was definitely better tan the first one, and that was inspired. EDIT: it appears it's a rehash of this thing they did in 2015
  7. Vimster

    Your Retro Grail Items

    Colour me interested.
  8. Vimster

    Doom - 25 years old today

    Ah memories. I was always a computer gamer first and foremost, going from C64 to Amiga and later to PC. A mate worked in IT and bought his work PC over one weekend in 1994 and we played Doom 2. It was a pretty beefy PC for the time so it ran like butter. Being an Amiga owner seeing this was a revelation! He explained that it wasn't real 3D, just a trick, but it just looked so good and played so well. When I got my first proper PC in 1996 (had a 386/25 laptop in 1993 but that didn't have enough RAM) I of course snagged a copy of Doom 2 off a mate along with Day Of the Tentacle and Dark Forces. Got right to the end of Doom 2 but couldn't finish the last level for reasons I've long forgotten. A really important game for me, technically impressive, excellent level design, polished gameplay - greater than the sum of its parts.
  9. Vimster

    What Song Are You Listening To Right Now?™

    I was looking for something totally different on Spotify and this came up. I don't know what possessed me to listen to it, I've never heard of this lot before. But fuck me this is a superb album! Really rich, modern production. I'm usually not big on warbly vocals but they blend in here really well.
  10. Vimster

    Your Retro Grail Items

    I definitely want to purchase some kind of PVM in the near future.
  11. Vimster

    Reading Challenge 2018

    I think I've reached my limit for the year. the books I have on the go at the moment won't get finished before the end of the month, but if I count them that'll be 26 which is pretty respectable considering a few of them have been 700-page-odd behemoths.
  12. Vimster

    Kindle shop Recommendations

    Boo, they've all gone back up in price. Will keep an eye on them though.
  13. Vimster

    Ever been totally hooked on one game?

    Reading all this I'm feeling a bit frustrated that I simply do not get addicted to games any more. I have the time to lavish on a game but nothing I try these days sticks at all. It's difficult to quantify exactly why my attention span is shot, and it's definitely not the games. The last game I couldn't put down was probably Diablo III on PC, I could sit there for what felt like hours and hours just doing bounties, then I'd check the time played and it was something like 27 hours total, so when I see people playing it for 300, 500, 1000 hours it boggles the mind. Maybe one day I'll find that game that just hooks me back in.
  14. For me Burnout 3 is pure arcade driving greatness. Nothing matches the sense of speed and danger to this day. I played it to death on PS2 for years until, for some reason, the save file corrupted. So I just started all over again. Equally Revenge may have had its critics but things like the Traffic Checking events were a welcome variation to the racing. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on Dangerous Driving. Right up my street. Generally I'd like to see someone take a brave step away from the semi-sim 'arcade' racing and go fully arcade, complete with fantasy cars and tracks. If things like turn-based strategy can make a commercial comeback then pure arcade racing certainly can.

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