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  1. Venom - October 2018

    Sim - BEE - oat, dammit! Stan Lee says it like that (40s mark), therefore CANON:
  2. I posted this on r/Dreamcast and got a reply from Ed Lomas! I was a bit gushing in my reply to him just now. My excuse is that the magazines he wrote for were a big part of my early teenage years. Looking at his profile I see that in 2016 he did an AMA about his time working on ODM:
  3. Avengers: Infinity War - April 2018

    Bendis was one of the members of the Creative Committee who used to have a hand in MCU film development. Sometimes a heavy hand; we don't know who within that group contributed what demands for the films (and I like Bendis and Quesada's comics work so I don't want to believe the negative stuff is about them), but they didn't seem popular with either Kevin Feige or the directors. Joss Whedon said that they are were reason Thor's cave adventure with Selvig in Age of Ultron was cut down so much, apparently they were a big reason why Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, and James Gunn said they wanted to change the GOTG soundtrack. http://www.slashfilm.com/marvel-creative-committee/ http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2015/09/02/the-marvel-creative-committee-is-over
  4. I've always been quite fond of the first Avatar film. It was an amazing cinema experience, and I did enjoy rewatching it once at home - though I've not felt any need to do so again. But for the biggest movie of all time, it's surprising how little cultural starting power it's had. Its most lasting legacies seem to be all those "The Last Samurai Dances with Smurfahontas in Ferngully" jokes, and that first wave of ridiculously profitable 3D movies (Alice in Wonderland etc). But I would like to see a sequel. Especially if it does get released in 48/60/96/120fps versions; I know everyone hated The Hobbit's HFR version, but for me it was an interesting novelty, and I'd like to experience it again. Also I'll defend the use of the name Unobtanium. There are previous examples of scientific in-joke or placeholder names that stuck: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fubarite https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_hedgehog ... so it's plausible that someone speculated about a material that had the required properties, then concluded, "Of course, such a material could never exist in nature," and gave it that standard placeholder name. (It could easily have been called "exotic matter rock".) Then when it was actually discovered on an alien world, the placeholder name stuck. Doesn't stop it from sounding silly - and you'd assume that once its value was understood, the name would be changed very quickly, long before the events of the film. But it's a name that has a more plausible backstory than a lot of things in the film!
  5. Should all games have an easy mode?

    I agree with this. Max Payne 1 supposedly had adaptive difficulty. I don't know what player performance criteria it tracked, and what settings it changed in response. But I didn't like the idea that a shootout might be completed only on my fifth attempt not because I was getting better at it, but because the game had decided to tweak a few enemy HP values. Dynamic difficulty that responds to player performance by offering more or less ammo or health packs during exploration sections is fine. (I think Half Life 2 did this.) But changing aspects of enemy competence in between checkpoint restarts - without telling me - is a no-no. Finding out that a game does that means I'll never know: did I really complete the game by beating all the challenges the developers set? Or did I only win because the game took pity on me?
  6. Xbox Games with Gold | May 2018

    In an ideal world, all retro game re-releases would match the standard set by SVC: Streets of Rage. Comprehensive options, selectable region variants, functional but classy presentation.
  7. Do you remember how even despite the graphics being the most obvious selling point for the console, there were some UK TV adverts that just showed someone using the console to type out an email with a voiceover explaining that they'd been fighting their friends on Soul Calibur? I can't remember if they were Sega Europe adverts, or adverts for a specific retail chain selling the console. Either way, those adverts seem to have been forgotten - at least compared to the barber advert (which also didn't show off any game footage), and the "Up to 6 billion players" and "It's thinking" slogans, and the Arsenal sponsorship. When Metropolis Street Racer came out (or rather, when it was scheduled to come out...), Official Dreamcast Magazine began their review by putting these images across two consecutive double-page spreads: photographs of London, followed by their in-game equivalents. It was a better advert for the game, and the console, than anything from Sega's own marketing.
  8. Bad films with terrific music

    A while ago I did a list ranking their feature films, biopics and documentaries: https://boxd.it/2GGS The only major one I've never seen is the Let It Be fly on the wall documentary; I've only ever seen the clips from it that appeared in Anthology. Yellow Submarine - Not really their film since they didn't provide their own voices, the only songs they contributed were ones they didn't particularly care about, and just did a brief live-action cameo at the end. I can't be at all impartial or objective about this movie, given that it was my introduction to their music at the age of 4: at a time when other kids my age were watching their tapes of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast until they wore out, the cartoon I rewatched over and over was my Channel 4-recorded copy of this! So I always place it highly in lists of my favourite animated films. But apart from the music, it's worth watching for anyone who has any interest in '60s psychedelic art, or in animation history (IIRC it was only the second ever animated feature film made in the UK, more than a decade after Animal Farm). A Hard Day's Night - The professional critics' favourite, for good reason. Some really good dialogue, and Wilfrid Brambell is great fun. Help! - Generally considered worse than A Hard Day's Night, but I always liked it a lot. It adds colour!, globetrotting, some James Bond references, and some problematic racist stereotypes - as well as the Intermission and the Exciting Adventure of Paul On The Floor. Magical Mystery Tour - I reviewed this here. Other than a few amusing bits of wordplay, it's pretty boring when there's no music going on. On a related note, I rewatched Neil Innes and Eric Idle's The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash last month, when I heard it was the 40th anniversary of its fist broadcast. I remembered the musical parodies being spot-on, but I'd forgotten how funny the film is outside those bits!
  9. The Hobbit Trilogy

    That's a shame. You're missing out because she does know her stuff, and she's far from the worst offender when it comes to shoehorning annoying comedy YouTube Content Creator gimmickry into otherwise insightful videos. (I mean, we have a whole thread dedicated to Red Letter Media...) Some of her recent ones I particularly recommend: Her Disney film videos: Saving Mr Banks (I've never seen that film but this one is really good) / The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Pocahontas Twilight and Stephanie Meyer being an acceptable target for fandom hatred ... and her whole series on what the Transformers series has to tech us about film theory (seriously)
  10. This was tweeted before that Cameron interview was published, but it works as the best response I've seen so far...
  11. A movie watchers blog

    @Stigweard If you're doing MCU rewatches, you should go on Twitter and follow Joe Cunningham and his #MCUCharityMarathon! The charity bit is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joe-cunningham-mcu
  12. Bad films with terrific music

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  13. Great films with terrible music

    Even this track? Not so much the opening bit, but I've always really liked that short melody from about 20s in. One of my favourite film-specific motifs in any Bond film score (along with the Where Has Everybody Gone melody in The Living Daylights, and the Surrender riff in Tomorrow Never Dies). How can you say that, when Hot Fuzz has not one but two tracks from The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society? I'm trying to think what other music is prominently featured in that film. There's the blasts of noise in the mugshot montage (more Jon Spencer Blues Explosion I think?), Supergrass' Caught by the Fuzz in the end credits, and of course "AHWW NO". None of which are fucking awful!
  14. The Summer Movie Wager 2018!

    Aquaman is due out in December. ... So to answer your question: no, there aren't.

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