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  1. Rudderless

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    Not really. There are one or two nice bits which combine traversal and puzzle solving, but even the challenge tombs are distinctly lacking in, well, challenge.
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    Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    So inserting a superfluous 'like', throwing in a grammatical error and then making the example sound *more* ludicrous ('getting wet' doesn't exactly suggest 'being submerged in water for an hour') is an improvement? Right.
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    Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    No one's "enforcing their views onto people", for fuck's sake, she's just offering her opinion. No one's making you read it, nor demanding you agree with it.
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    Shadow of the Tomb Raider

    No, because she says it goes *way beyond* "the usual action movie/video game suspension of disbelief", of which wet pistols are merely a throwaway example. It's not like "OK, I'm going to knock two stars off because Lara's damp guns really ruined the immersion". As for the busywork criticism, she gives two examples immediately afterwards. It's not so much that the busywork exists as the lack of effort in integrating it so that it makes a quantum of narrative sense.
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    The Walking Dead: The Final Season

    Yeah, I enjoyed the opening episode. Bit longer than usual, which meant it could pace itself a bit rather than have Clem lurching immediately from one disaster to the next. I liked the slight change in art style, too – captures a comic-book aesthetic better than previous seasons. And a cracking last few minutes. When a game makes you say 'holy shit' out loud, it's doing something right.
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    Gaming things you regret selling...

    Most of my GameCube games, but particularly Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Wario Ware Twisted. The Bit Generations games - though I've since managed to recover three of them from elsewhere. And an imported Mother 3 GB Micro, which I think I sold to biglime on here (come to think of it, I think I sold a Famicom Micro, too). In each case I needed the money at the time, so it was probably the right decision, but those are the ones I'd probably try and find a way to keep hold of if I could go back in time.
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    Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema - Tuesdays 9pm BBC 4

    Yeah, like sci-fi, horror's a bit too broad to cover as efficiently as, say, rom-coms or heist movies, which are more likely to follow a specific template. But, as with the others, it was entertaining and enlightening all the same, so I wasn't too bothered that it kind of pinballed around a bit. I was disappointed it was the last episode, too, but it wouldn't surprise me if there was a second series. Westerns, war movies, film noir...plenty of other avenues they could explore.
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    Skyscraper - The Rock's Towering Inferno

    Strange film, this. For me, it pips Extinction in the 'goofy premise played with a weirdly straight face' stakes, for three reasons: 1. The Rock is just innately likeable. You can't help but warm to the guy. 2. Neve Campbell makes the absolute most of a fairly thankless role. 3. The kids aren't unbelievably stupid and annoying. Other than that, it had a couple of nicely mounted set-pieces - and fair play, it featured a disabled protagonist without making a massive deal of it - but that was about it. The surprise-he's-a-bad-guy reveal was the most predictable mini-twist in living memory, and the lashings of cheese didn't quite fit a film with a strangely sombre undertone. But yeah, a central character it's easy to root for, a family you didn't actively want to die...I've seen much worse. But Rampage was better - that at least had a sense of its own silliness, and played up to it.
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    Edge #323 25th Anniversary Edition

    This Thursday.
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    Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema - Tuesdays 9pm BBC 4

    For someone who apparently "cannot pass judgement" on this film you haven't seen, you seem to be doing an awful lot of judgement passing.
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    Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema - Tuesdays 9pm BBC 4

    The podcast runs to two hours, so you're saying they spend fully half an hour making these references every week? Nonsense.
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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - 2018

    The bit on the pier with the lone dinosaur - was that a Brachiosaurus or a Brontosaurus? I thought the latter at first, but I'm doubting myself.
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    Is your local cinema terrible?

    My local cinema is lovely in so many ways - wide reclining seats, bags of leg room, quality picture/sound, decent (if expensive) food - except for the film selection. If there are three good and three bad films released on a Friday, you can guarantee that they'll be showing all the lowest-common-denominator rubbish. If you're lucky, they'll get a print of one of the good ones a couple of weeks late and show it for about two nights. They do have the odd mystery screening which is a nice idea, but they never seem to bother advertising it, so unless you're checking the website every day you'll probably miss it.
  14. I liked this quite a lot, even if it did feel a tad overstretched in places. You could tell it orginated as a short, though I didn't mind the unhurried pace. Thought Freeman was perfectly decent; in fact, the acting in general was very good, including the baby.
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    Best three films from this list of 15?

    The Wailing is the pick of those for me. Train to Busan is great, too: not hugely scary, but a cracking ride. The Ritual was a pleasant surprise despite being slightly derivative. It Follows is terrific: final act doesn't quite live up to the first two, but it's one of the most distinctive horrors on the list and has a brilliant Disasterpeace soundtrack.
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