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  1. George Clooney

    Avengers: Infinity War - April 2018

    If there’s any time travel or Avengers/current hero appearances I’d wager it would be Dr Strange coming back to warm Fury to only use the pager to call her after the snap. End scene is Marvel going off somewhere in deep space to help protect something and gives Fury the pager saying if she’s needed to use it and she’ll be back. Cut to credits. Mid credit scene, Fury is sitting there when Strange pops up, warning not to use it until the right time. Doing the whole “not saying what happens in the future” thing, Fury will ask how he’ll know when to use it. Zoom in on Strange’s face and he’ll say about “when the world is turning to ash”. Or something. Thatd be my guess of how they’ll explain where she’s been. Wherever she is, she’s obviously not somewhere it’s easy to get news of what’s happening to, or just difficult to contact in general. Strange knowing she’s needed for the final battle to defeat Thanos and being able to sneak back in time to say not to contact her seems too convenient not to use.
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    Food Prepping

    Another update on the Jambalaya - all the leftovers are eaten, and I probably enjoyed them more second/third time round (it also went down well with a workmate who tried a bit - think she’s now thinking of getting a cast iron casserole dish to have a go at it too). Like I said, the only let down was the cheapo tasting sausage I used, but thanks to a Polish mate at work, I’ve found where I can get decent kielbasa around here. Its defo getting made again, but I’ve been thinking about trying to tweak it into a curried version. Realistically I dont see why it wouldnt work - you can break the recipe into 4 steps, cooking the meat, cooking the veg, adding the spices, then the stock/rice. So for the meat, I was thinking just to replace that with chicken tikka, in the veg stage using slightly more onion and ginger and garlic (possibly chilli too) and then for the spice use what I normally do for a full curry which includes chilli powder, garam masala, cumin and turmeric. The stock/rice stage would use the same technique. Overall though the method would be the same and none of those ingredient changes should mess that up, that I can see. And it should hopefully end up with a curried rice and chicken dish that would be less hassle than the curry I usually make, and be more convenient after because while it has less sauce it already has rice with it. Thinking of trying it this week, will definitely report back if I do!
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    The Random WoW Thread

    No, its 4 - lfr, normal, heroic and mythic. Normal is what used to be considered "flex" difficulty, and is intended to be cleared by pugs, about similar to how most normal difficulty bosses during Lich King could be - you should need some co-ordination especially at early gear levels but nothing major. Heroic is what most people would have considered normal from about MoP maybe, in that it was actually pretty challenging for pugs unless you had decent gear and experience. Mythic is now what used to be heroic and. At least thats what I've heard them described as. In short: Normal is for pugs and casual guilds. Heroic is for semi serious guilds or casual guilds that have more skilled players Mythic is for top end guilds.
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    Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

    Holy shit I didn’t even mention the theme song or the opening credits, both of which are amazing. Even the fighting with the Superhot style figures looks fucking brutal. The song is great by itself, but even that is a statement of intent - “You Know My Name” may as well be saying fuck yall who don’t think Craig can pull off Bond, this is our guy now.
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    Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

    Ok, buckle up motherfuckers, because this has now become "why Casino Royale is the best Bond film in ages and its a fucking travesty to think what came after". Because Casino Royale is not only great, its exactly what the start of Craigs run needed to be and has some of the best handled stuff in a Bond film in forever. So first of all, I've addressed the parkour chase action scene. Seriously, if you havent seen that bit alone, go watch it, its freaking amazing and does a great job of conveying character through action while also being fabulously well done in its own right. But thats not the only good bit, its just the standout bit. The airport scene is also really good, and the fights are uniformly excellent. Again, they really sell Bond at this point in his "career", this isnt the suave, calm cool Bond that lamely karate chops bad guys, this is an angry, rough around the edges Bond windmilling his way through people in the most brutal fashion weve ever seen the character. The fights are harsh and brutal, from the opening kills to make him a 00, to the stairwell fight. This is the most physically capable Bond they've put on screen and Craig is freakin' excellent at making Bond someone who you think would be able to beat the shit out of a load of henchmen. Second is Eva Green, who I am pretty sure is the best Bond girl ever. She's shown as capable and as a match for Bond, but in a way that doesnt feel like they're trying to make her similar to Bond like they have done with Bond girls in the past where they've claimed they'll be more than a match for him. She's got her own strengths and she's clearly not there to swoon over him at first sight. In fact, if anything the verbal sparring during the first meeting makes her seem like she's rightfully wary of him. Then when she sees him kill some guys, she rightfully freaks out. Its a completely human reaction that doesnt make her seem weaker, it just feels like how the character may react. Greens character is the perfect foil for Bond here, to the point where her betrayal - which itself isnt a standard "oh she was evil all along" - just adds more to how we get the Bond we know. And lastly there's Craig himself. Before release, a lot of people scoffed at the idea of Craig as Bond, citing him as not looking the part and doubting if he could pull off the "feel" of Bond. But this wasnt Bond, not really. It was Bond becoming Bond, and Craig was freakin' excellent for that. I've said that this was a much more physical and brutal Bond than we've seen, but he also showed glimpses of him becoming the character we recognised. This was Bond learning that while he had skills, he still needed to learn some things to be a 00 agent. It's also Craig himself becoming Bond as the film goes on - there's a reason why we dont see him say the iconic line till the very end. And that end was freakin' awesome, played perfectly, from the phone call to the "who are you" teasing the line we know is coming, to panning up to the shot of Craig, and him finally delivering that line. Freaking. Amazing. It's not just Bond announcing himself in the film, its Craig announcing that he is Bond now. It was a shame that Quantum Of Solace was such a bland movie that didnt really build on anything they did here, because they did some awesome stuff that should have lead to the best run of Bond films ever. Instead we got one great Bond film, and couple of ones with some decent scenes. I do think Craig has been great with what he's given, but there was so much potential, its hard not to be really disappointed with what they did.
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    Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

    The parkour based chase through a construction site beats 99% of action movies all by itself. That shit is sublime, and one of the best constructed action set pieces ever. Not just because it’s really well done action wise, but it serves perfectly to set up Bond as a character, or at least how he is at that point in his life, with his actions and choices in the paths he takes through the site informing us of the kind of person he is - while the guy he’s chasing is much more capable at traversing the area quickly, Bond uses his wits and occasion brute forces his way to keep up. That was what completely won me over for Craig as Bond, and it’s probably in the top bits of any Bond film ever for me.
  7. George Clooney

    Food Prepping

    Update: Made it, eaten it, enjoyed it! By far better than any pre-made jambalaya I've had. That said, I couldnt find andouille or keilbasa sausages around me so I went with literally the only pork smoked pre-cooked sausage I could find, which was Matthesons. And while they werent terrible, I get the feeling that finding a proper sausage replacement would have made this amazing rather than the really good it was- they were a bit spongy texture wise and very artificial tasting with the smoky flavour. The rest was great though. I did half the recipe suggested and it came out really nice. At first I didnt think there would be enough rice to take in the liquid, but it came out just right and the rice was nice and soft and full of flavour. I added cubed chorizo rather than prawns as well, which was a good call. That much made enough for 3 portions, even with my first being massive (which means I'm now incredibly full). I already love the cast iron pot too. Definitely one I'll make again, but I'll make sure to track down proper sausage for it this time.
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    Netflix Recommendations - See OT for other thread

    Yea it can definitely be a bit daunting to know what to spend your time on as there’s so many even from someone mainstream like Jackie Chan in the martial arts section. The Shaw Brothers films in particular have loads of movies, and sometimes the titles don’t exactly scream quality. For example, my two fave Shaw Bros films are ones called Dirty Ho and My Young Auntie. But the titles make the first sound more like a blaxploitation film, and the second like an 80s sitcom. Ive been thinking about doing a proper post recommending martial arts films, splitting it into categories like Jackie Chan, the new wave of stars, the current “legends” like Donnie Yen and Jet Li, and older classics. Probably take a while to write up so I depends when I’ve got time, if I do it.
  9. George Clooney

    Food Prepping

    So I think I’m going to stop off on the way home from work any get stuff to make that jambalaya recipe posted. Also because I see it as an excuse to splash out on a cast iron casserole dish, which I assume is more or less the same? I’ve been thinking about one for a bit and Sainsburys do then for around 35-45 quid depending on what size you get, so this is as good an excuse as any, plus there’s other stuff I’ve been thinking of trying that it’d be good for. I’ll deffo report back when I’ve done though!
  10. George Clooney

    Netflix Recommendations - See OT for other thread

    Some more serious recommendations for martial arts fans - occasionally they whack some old Shaw Brothers films on there, and they've got a few on at the moment that are well worth a watch that arent that well known. First a well known one - 36th Chamber of Shaolin is probably the best known Shaw Brothers film and is on there, if you havent watched many old style martial arts films its a great starting point. One of the better ones story wise, and some great action. It occasionally does something that a lot of older martial arts films do, where they'll have them doing weird or stupid looking things for training or as techniques but its not that bad for that. Next one worth a watch is Opium and the Kung Fu Master, which stars the guy who plays Jackie Chans dad in Drunken Master 2 (if you're a John Woo fan you may also recognize him from A Better Tomorrow). Stories decent as far as martial arts films go - a kung fu master is pretty much unbeatable until he starts getting hooked on opium allowing the pushers to take over the town. The fights are really good though, makes you wonder why they didnt actually have the guy fighting in Drunken Master 2. Next up is Sword Masters: 2 Champions of Shaolin, which is an utterly terrible film, with some bonkersly good fights. I dont think bonkersly is a word, but it fits just how stupidly good the fights are in this film. Some genuinely astonishing skill on display at times, with super long shots of several fighters being held during really complex sequences. The plot is utter bobbins, the acting is poor and the tone is ridiculous. There is genuinely a scene where the fight ends after someone tries a flying kick and the "good guy" counters by ripping his genitals off. This then prompts the attacker to drop to the floor, gasp, then collapse. Everyone acts like this is a normal and expected situation. Skip to the fights though and you're all good. Last one is the Five Venoms, which has some weird fighting styles that they obviously made up for this film, but doesnt go to far with it and is occasionally really good. I know some people like Legendary Weapons of China as well, but tbh I've never been that much for it - for some reason the fights just arent quite there for me. They're not terrible, but not amazing. It's on though if you fancy something more after watching those I've said above. I'm hoping they put 5 Element Ninjas back on, which is also utterly ridiculous but has some of the most amazingly choreographed multi person fighting I've ever seen. Yes, the weapons look like they've made them out of baking foil, but I can forgive them for that.
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    Netflix Recommendations - See OT for other thread

    I watched "The Confession Tapes", or at least a few episodes over the weekend. It's interesting but not as compelling as something like Evil Genius. That said, the first case mentioned has an utterly bonkers method used by the police that I was struggling to actually believe was a thing. More so because it was Canadian police using something that America had deemed too dodgy to use;
  12. George Clooney

    Hearthstone

    Not great tbh. There is a Deathrattle Rogue going around, but it’s only really worth it if you have both the necrium cards and carnivorous cubes. And even then it’s not an auto include because the deathrattle can be inconsistent. There are other rogue decks doing better like odd or quest rogue which it just doesn’t fit in very well.
  13. George Clooney

    Hearthstone

    I think there’s definitely an issue with how much armour Druids can gain at the moment, which makes that 1 mana minion removal spell dead easy to make super powerful. With how many cards they draw making ferocious howl super good, UI being super good before you consider the armour, and branching paths being so versatile, you can live for ages, so if you have powerful combos that can kill in a turn it’s becomes frustrating to play against. The tavern brawl is pretty easy with that deck I posted for bomb hunter. They just get wrecked by the bombs, and with the activators and other deathrattles like spider bomb, unless they heal like crazy they cant do much. I even played a Warlock that was using his to cheat out voidlords and cube them. Didn’t matter, the bombs cared not for his taunts. I’d consider adding leper gnomes and terrorscale stalkers, and probably take out Rexxar, and some of the non-magnetic/deathrattle mechs and the candleshots from the list I posted.
  14. George Clooney

    The Random WoW Thread

    Not played enough so far to really give a proper opionion, but decent enough so far. I like the stuff with Jaina, who I think they’ve been inconsistent with, but she’s still someone with a lot of potential storytelling wise. The stuff so far has just added onto that. I also really like what they’ve done with Anduin over the course of the entire game. We’ve seen him go from being a young boy who didnt really know his father and seen him grow and his opinions shape and form over each expansion. From the idealistic “war is bad, lets never fight” child to forming a bond with his father which they both learned from. Now he understands why sometimes you must fight, but he’s having to figure out how without his father. They’ve handled him really well, he could have been an obnoxious Mary Sue, similar to how they handled Thrall (which a lot of people hated), but he’s a really strong character. Its a shame about Varian, as he was also a character I liked a lot who had some badass moments, but also grew (thanks to Anduin) but it makes sense for Anduin story in this about finding his feet by himself. Say Whaaaaaaaaaaat?!? Instead you had to worry about three different drops, all of which could then have different traits which you then had to worry about getting the best ones. Then in the last stage of the game, you had the random upgrade system that legit meant you could get lucky with a lower item level slot that had the best traits that would be better than that shiny one from the last boss on the hardest difficulty that happened to roll the lowest stats. Then for a long while you had the issue where your weapon would be less powerful than someone who’d pretty much played the game for more time because they’d gather more AP and unlock more traits. Then at the end, traits were pretty much pointless in the sense that you could get enough AP to unlock them all in about 30 mins I liked the artifact weapon system overall, but it wasn’t without its issues. It was great for lore and stuff, but it certainly wasn’t the less hassle free of having that or weapon drops.
  15. George Clooney

    Hearthstone

    Yeah there’s talk about wanting nerfs to quest rogue again because some of the new cards make it easy to hit the quest and then it’s really hard for your opponent to catch up. Giggling inventor is mostly just annoying but there are a few decks which it’s really good in, and this is one. Some people have started teching in Blood Knights purely because you’re likely to see a giggling inventor and be able to get loads of value off of it. Im just glad there are several different hunter decks viable. Not sure why, but I’ve always gravitated towards Hunter, and now I can pick between spell hunter, deathrattle, mech, recruit or secret hunter and they all play differently and can pull out wins. I guess there’s Baku hunter too, but that usually isn’t that good now. Each of those decks can be mixed up a bit as well. I don’t think there’s any class that’s been particularly suffering at the moment.
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