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  1. Been playing this in the arcade, getting into it. Never really played Tekken before, never had a Playstation, thought it looked cool with King and his jaguar mask and then was so impressed by Eddie Gordo. I just convinced myself i didn’t need it cos i had Fighting Vipers. My fighting game journey doesn’t include it, in that way it’s a shame. It was my favourite genre if not to play but just to see the different characters and how detailed and lifelike the animations were. It was a genre that could impress graphically. Blanka’s electricity, Vega’s stage, the thunder in Cage’s Virtua Fighter 2 stage, the increase in crowd numbers in each Tekken. The jam packed fun of Smash Bros. It culminated in Soul Calibur which was so astounding i can hardly believe it now. The animation was so fluid, each move connecting so seamlessly, it was beyond anything i could imagine. Just Voldo contains more creativity than half the industry’s output. Arcade machine connects to other players in other arcades. So it’s a surprise to me if i win one game really, i might be against experts who’ve got 2 decades on me. There wasn’t a way to lean my phone up to catch a video, i would get battered in aerial combos, have 30% energy left then just hectic punch and grab my way to a win. Really some great wins from nowhere. The women i prefer, the elastic one who does flips. And i gradually got a few moves to pull out. I’m just not used to blocking. King was unbeatable, he’d grab me mid air. A few would pull out the same moves over and over. I had one playing as the Street Fighter guy who was like Floyd Mayweather. As a genre i lost interest. I loved Soul Calibur’s survival mode and unlocking all the artwork, 2 i played a lot and in two player. But like all sequels you’re familiar with 90% of what you’ve already seen. There should be new fighting games that come along. I don’t know what they might be, but i consider a genre dead if there isn’t any. It really only had a decade of evolution. Something like The Warriors had a side scrolling extra mode which was pretty good. These fighting games have built a really solid basis and i’d like to beat up endless goons with Law in a Streets of Rage format.
  2. Always gets forgotten! I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately where they’ve talked about comedy being of its time, and there’s that thread in off topic as well about the Mandela sketch, and Little Britain. I’ve always despised Little Britain and there definitely were criticisms of it ‘from the left’ at the time, people can find articles if they look. I’ve rewatched MITM recently and its humour is so universal and true, honest and real it hasn’t aged at all and likely never will. Most of the comedy i’ve loved is like that. I still watch Red Dwarf. The only thing i can think of in Malcolm that people might feel uneasy about (though slap me for even mentioning this if you like) is a possibly ‘fat-shaming’ episode where a girl babysits the kids and talks to Francis on the phone, who remembers her as an obese girl at school who was infatuated with him. She puts on a fat suit and it shows a school scene. ‘Come on guys...she’s not fat’. The funny bit about that is just Francis is stood about two yards away with his mates. Friends also had characters get in fat suits and jokes made at their previously presented- as-ugly selves. That is an amazing episode though where Dewey out smarts his brothers. The bit where Reece and Malcolm cover Dewey in felt tip pens and chocolate, ‘See? This is what he’s like’, only for the girl to say ‘looks like it’s another bath for you’, then carries him off as he smiles and waves at them is so good.
  3. I find There Will Be Blood just stops about half way through. No one else seems to mind though.
  4. For sure. I started at no. 1 then kept scrolling, and scrolling and scrolling...thinking will it turn up. I was listening to a /filmcast episode recently and they seemed to present the show as morbid and dour, citing a particular tense episode where a main character goes through an ordeal. Which was one episode unlike any others. It was mostly very funny. If some have yet to watch it when looking for another boxset to get into you can do worse. If nothing else you’ll see some inventive ways people can die at the start of every episode. As a construct i always loved that, you have a continuing storyline but then get to learn about the deceased and their family, the show never lags because of that fresh injection. Mad Men is the most exquisitely written tv show i think, in terms of dialogue. The way they craft scenes and situations from almost nothing and do so with so much care. Even so it’s always a surprise to see it ranked so high. 24 deserves to be higher. Yeah Bauer tortures a few people, yeah it’s ridiculous, but nothing comes close to its excitement. A lot of shows people might like aren’t all that distinctive. 24 and Lost which is also too low genuinely were. Boardwalk Empire never gets the love it deserves.
  5. No place for Autechre’s Untilted then, with the write up underneath being: Pro Radii > everything else. Everything.
  6. Can’t believe no one has mentioned Lincoln’s placement.
  7. I’ve seen The Humanity Bureau. I do not recommend it. There’s some driving across a desert scenes where they do it fake with a screen or cgi and it’s so obvious i don’t know why they did that way. That’s the only thing i can remember about the film.
  8. *gets up, notices guardian min by min, checks latest* ohh oh..
  9. I can’t imagine what this will be like. High Rise was slick (and unwatchable i thought, literally..i got through 3/4s and couldn’t take anymore) and Free Fire had big stars and action and was fairly mainstream in tone even if the film ended up being small scale. I can’t imagine why the studio asked him and why he took it, other than it being a job. Googling i read a strange news piece on it, translated from another language or something.
  10. Maybe there’s another director called Ben Wheatley out there? Has anyone checked? This is the oddest director-franchise match up i’ve heard of.
  11. Snowpiercer. I loved Bong Joon-Ho’s Korean films, Memories Of Murder is one of my favourite films, and i read he was directing a sci fi about human transportation, and i saw a few photos and it didn’t matter so much that this was his first English language film as i trusted his brilliance. I saw an early photo of Song Kang ho stood inside a container and it impressed on me an expectation of a sci fi that would be slow, deep, heavy, devastating, powerful. Then i saw the trailer and for much of it was in a state of denial. Then i watched the film and for 20 minutes clung on to a hope it’d improve. After 40 minutes i accepted this was just a comic book film. It hurt, a lot. I so wanted to see that sci fi, set on worn down space carriers, something about human transportation in a horrible dystopian totalitarian reality. Not an action film set on a train that amps up the absurdity. The same thing happened with Gravity. I saw glimpses and imagined a sci fi horror with a chilling quietness, it’d be eerie and maybe even profound, a quality director at the helm. No it was just a rollercoaster ride. I love Kim Jee Woon’s films as well, i think his directing of action is among the best in the world, a pure technician, so The Last Stand also hurt. Like the parent of a child who has committed murder you have to find ways to process the pain and confusion, the feeling nothing is going to be the same ever again. They’ve changed, everything has changed, you can’t go back.
  12. Also Suicide Club which has some of the strongest imagery of anything. And Strange Circus which is mental. Some of Takashi Miike’s recent stuff like Lesson Of The Evil and As The Gods Will i love and Audition is my favourite horror film. He just acts as a for hire seemingly for anything however trashy*, and Sion Sono despite being more of an auteur putting more of his style and his writing in his films still can churn out some rubbish. *Terra Formers? Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbeakable - Chapter 1??
  13. about 5 minutes ago actually. “A notorious criminal must must break an evil curse in order to rescue an abducted girl who has mysteriously disappeared.” poor easily weirded out Nicolas. *shakes head* Sounds like a cutscene from a Japanese horror. Imdb says its in post production so it's too late for anyone to back out. another way to phrase the plot:
  14. Presumably they thought Bailly and Lindelof and Matic could defend though. And i think they can.
  15. The worse thing Woodward does is refuses to meet the people campaigning for football staff to be paid the 'national living wage'. They've asked repeatedly and he just ignores them.
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