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    FREE SOLO

    It was going to be called Solo before the Star Wars film got in the way. The crew were following Honnold for months to make a film about him, and he used the film as motivation to really go for El Capitan. I hope to go there one day, the scale of nature/art when experienced in person can really have an effect on you that's overwhelming. I got it from a Rothko, stature of David, and the grand canyon. Yeah i loved this documentary, really recommended, and not that easy to buy/access when i tried to watch it. The way it uses photos to bring the period to life is so seamless and effective. Jimmy Chin made Meru as well about alpine climbing which is supposed to be great, and is also on Netflix. Not seen it yet. Honnold's mum has more reason than anyone to lose her mind with worry over Honnold's free solos yet is pretty relaxed about them. Maybe she has no choice but to accept it. She says 'i think Alex is measured and knows what he is capable of'. It's other climbers who flip out most about his climbs, who know the difficulties. There's footage in smaller films he's done where no one in the group will commit to a route and Alex will say; 'are we just going to sit around then, if no one will try it i will'. Then he's essentially soloing as if he falls it will be an 80 ft drop. He just does it. There's one in Ireland in YouTube where he on sighted it with no prior knowledge or preparation and there's a load of people watching at the top, trying to be quiet and not put him off. The host of the video described it as the most intense thing he's ever seen, you see Alex check holds, measure the route, and go back to go forwards. I'm more nervous watching other people free solo now - Alex in all the videos is so assured and calm, smiling, whistling, loving every second. No grunts, no aggression, no apparent struggle. So he seems so supernatural.
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    FREE SOLO

    This has been my most anticipated film for a year, since the director Jimmy Chin's photos of Alex Honnold's El Capitan ropeless climb were put on to a webpage without National Geographic's permission and they were taken down before i got the chance to see them. Hopefully, of a 4 hour climb there's at least an hour of footage. There's a clip on gq which is not on YouTube for some reason that shows the most difficult moves of the route. It's more ridiculous than i thought anything in the climb was. He's roped. Just...imagine a few hours in attempting it. https://www.gq.com/story/free-solo-exclusive-clip I can understand Honnold's reasons for soloing, just can't comprehend reducing a vast challenge to something possible. No mistakes allowed for 4 hours. He's like an alien. I'd probably travel the country to catch this at the cinema. Should be out in uk before Christmas.
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    Your Very Best Gaming Year

    1993 Gunstar Heroes The Chaos Engine Zombies Ate My Neighbours NBA Jam Rock N Roll Racing Aladdin Doom Myst Sonic Pinball Cannon Fodder Sam & Max Hit the Road Mortal Kombat II Super Bomberman The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Virtua Fighter Daytona USA Sim City 2000 Mega Man X Ridge Racer Day of The Tentacle Syndicate Secret of Mana Star Fox
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    FREE SOLO

    This video does the best job of any I've seen of making his climb and the consequences feel real. The bit at 2:50 is ...i mean really fucking hell. I can't really grasp Honnold (or any free solo climber). I always think of Tom Daley in the last Olympics, when he got an all time great score in the preliminary round but the next day just fell short to qualify for the final. "Sometimes you don’t really understand what’s happening there,” said Jane Figueiredo, Daley's coach. “The brain’s telling you something but the body’s not connecting. I know he was sure as heck doing his best to make his body go there.” I guess Honnold can and has judged how he's feeling it on a given day and decided to not commit. Still think that's what really defines him, the love and desire to do it. Imagine yourself in that position at 2:55, you'd have to embrace the challenge and joy of climbing to get through it. Alex says; 'what keeps me from falling is knowing i won't fall'. Obviously if he didn't want to do it then he wouldn't attempt it and put himself in positions of doubt. Climbing with complete freedom to him is the greatest joy, it overrides the precarious positions he finds himself in. Which is still hard to fathom, when i watch the el sendero climb, i can't believe my eyes. And those were just the parts of the route Honnold was comfortable with recreating for the film. The wall seems entirely flat, the wind is blowing heavily, at one point he crosses over his right hand with his left and left foot across his right...it's insane. I guess just because it appears to be a precarious position doesn't mean it is. He'll just say it's easy and comfortable for him. I'm kind of embarrassingly obsessed by Alex Honnold, i guess because his solos are put to film and others who do them largely haven't been. Imagine doing something so badass and no one seeing it. He's said that no solo climber has fell on anything really challenging, it's always something far lower than their level, the feeling being because they're not as enthused they're less bothered and a little bit of complacency seeps in. I think if Honnold was ever to meet his end climbing (morbid i know but i check to see if he's still alive when i google his name) it'd be with an alpine climb where he's out of his comfort zone. i I kind of want him to stop soloing but then i read about his recent skyscraper climb and was disappointed there was no footage.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    I don't get it. I am in the minority of liking the current champions league format. I like the group games. I like that teams from lesser leagues go up against big clubs and can conceivably end in the top two and go far in the tournament. It rarely happens, i know, but that's not the fault of the format. And when it does, it's fantastic. Yeah the name 'champions league' doesn't work. A closed league would be the worst thing - what's the point? Any tournament or league without that possibility for unexpected outstanding teams to beat the bigger sides and progress far loses the spirit of sport. Also would it not further create a divide between the top teams and the rest, in terms of players desiring to play for a select group of teams ? The only thing i don't like about the champions league is that by the time the quarter and semi finals come around and the big match ups are made, players are often too knackered to perform at their best. Resulting in dire nullifying games, or ones so lopsided that it's ultimately disappointing that you don't get classic back and forth goal fests. It's all one way, every time. Kind of. You do get a few slight comebacks. It's just not two big teams performing at their best. I think the group games better reflect that. Also the away goal rule should go. The most stupid thing in high level football, along with penalties awarded for unintended hand balls. Pushing forward the champions league second round, quarter, semi and final to finish by Christmas wouldn't be possible and would seem weird. Maybe decrease the number of teams in each league? Drop to 18/16 maybe. Always so much shite there anyway. A few less games wouldn't make much difference i suppose. Cup games are mostly knock out now, still replays sometimes though. Maybe start the season earlier. When is the premier league getting its winter break? It's just one weekend isn't it. woww. I like big teams going against small teams. So often the big team batters the small team. So what, don't be shit. Some people moan about it because they've betted on the small team winning and been let down again. I don't want to see the big teams face each other often, 20 years of that will get boring fast. It should be rare. Like how you think Arsenal haven't faced Real Madrid that much...just..twice?? in 2006, when the bbc report has it that 'David Beckham wasted Real's best two chances in the first half'. Yeah Arsenal have faced Barcelona and Bayern Munich dozens of time in the last 12 years...it's not perfect. Or Liverpool vs Barcelona, I'd love to see that this season and would prefer it be something of a rarity; if not this season then maybe next. A site has it that they've faced each other competitively just 8 times in 42 years. Mid 70s, early 00s, mid 00s.
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    Bottom : An Appreciation

    Yeah, me too. I grew up on Bottom. It was the comedy that most struck me, i was captivated by Rik Mayall's insane performance. It was this absurd, vicious, surreal world...contained within a rotten flat. It was like a live action cartoon, Ren and Stimpy made real. All the obvious episodes were my favourites, in our house the robber kidnapped one was like the centre of our comedy world everything else revolved around. I wasn't a teenager when The Young Ones suddenly appeared on tv to appreciate its searing freshness. I watched it as a kid but not with the same fascination. I think Bottom's premise, dynamic between the two, world building and dialogue were far higher. They captured gold, more consistently, and it's tighter, less indulgent. edit: by 'vicious' i don't mean the slapstick violence or an undercurrent of nastiness, i mean those on the outside - the police officers, people they'd come across. I was frightened by the police officers in Bottom as a kid. The Inbetweeners does a similar thing of having these crass lovable teenagers who can punch a fish to death, or run over a squirrel and say loads of rude things inbetween but anyone they meet in the wider world away from their own is so comparably mean and curt.
  7. The only valuable reason for these films to exist will be for them to bomb hard and for James Cameron to feel the immense failure of that.
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    Sicario 2: Soldado

    I ought to rewatch Sicario, maybe it's a film that reveals itself over time, where you fill in details to compensate for its obtuseness. It was like Villeneuve was continuing on the directional style of Enemy where the abstract quality really enhanced that film. I'm still sceptical and think if the direction, cinematography and score had been by lesser names people wouldn't forgive its uneveness. Its vague nothingness becomes mysterious. Bladerunner is like the pinnacle of this effect, but being sci fi gets away with it. It's like; every other great film has those ordinary things like characterisation, suspense, tension, but make a film that transcends those things with striking visual poetic moments and you get timeless beauty. Still just think Villeneuve makes very good films but not great ones.
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    Sicario 2: Soldado

    I thought this was brilliant. I wasn't sure I'd ever watch it as i found Sicario a nothing film with quality cinematography and direction that seemed to elevate it above mediocre for most people, although maybe i just didn't get it. I can't even understand the attachment people have to it to cynically view this sequel/continuation as a cash grab. For a lot of the prominent reviewers on letterboxd to give this a 4 is madness. I don't know if this film having more of a plot and characters it makes it more straightforward. There's so many good scenes, uncomfortable scenes. I like films that might be mired in unneccessarily convoluted plot to anchor it with something simple that can provide tension throughout as the scenarios naturally play out. My second favourite film of the year so far, (after Tully)...film wouldn't be as interesting if anyone could know which films they engage with.
  10. Kind of forgot about this, missed the start, on BBC 4 now. First episode about the romcom.
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    The Man Utd Thread

    Mata is a born footballer, he should always play. (i'm not watching the game, i don't know how he's doing)
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    Cars From Pixar

    I think Cars is more a bit boring than bad without enough humour and also too long. Cars 3 was surprisingly great.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    5-1 is worse than the Benitez classico score line wasn't it i think.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    4-1 Suarez hat trick + pained face on Ramos.
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    The Man Utd Thread

    It's impressive how quickly he reacts to score, Pickford's save is awesome as well. Two things more difficult than the run up he agonizes over. Doesn't seem to wait for the keeper like Balotelli.
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    Football Thread 2018/19

    That's one of the best headers I've ever seen by Suarez. way to hype up a goal i know.
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    The Man Utd Thread

    Pogba run up is amazing.
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    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    I watched it on my 12 inch tablet but these films are best watched on a big screen aren't they? The Raid 2 is one of my favourite cinema watches. I could watch that middle hour of The Night Comes for Us over and over i think. My favourite bit of many was the push out the window. For me gruelling is one vs one fights on concrete, that sustained battering. When it's one vs many and people are dropping easily it's..joyous. Has anyone seen Veteran? It's described as an action comedy but doesn't do either that well. Director of The Night Comes for Us also did Killers which i always meant to watch. I didn't trust the action would be worth the drama around it, i go into each of these films wanting to be blown away by something I've not seen before so i don't risk the disappointment... I sort of hope Gareth Evans feels challenged/inspired by this film and seeks to better it with The Raid 3. Although i want to see his Hard Boiled inspired twin pistol shooting action film he's mentioned in the past as well. edit: hmm, imdb has it Gareth Evan is rumoured to be directing 'Deathstroke', I'll just click its name see what it's all about. Noooooooooooooooo. No. no gareth no. no edit edit: oh right yeah Gareth has no reason to return to The Raid world. I hope he returns to action films though.
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    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    Well i wouldn't put it up there as one of the greatest martial arts/action films ever, but i liked it more than others I've watched in the last few years, like No Tears For The Dead, Coin Locker Girl, The Villainess, Confidential Assignment, Headshot, Veteran, The Berlin File, Drug War...most of which are highly rated and were successful at the box office. Veteran for instance i was really psyched for, but I'd barely recommend it as containing anything worth seeing. 4th all time highest grossing film in Korean cinema history though. 13 million admissions in 3 months in a country of 51 million is...a lot isn't it. Night Comes For Us is silly as all martial arts films are. There are easier solutions than having fights.
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    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    Night Comes For Us made me think what is the most action packed film ever (in terms of percentage of duration of film being action). Much preferred it to Headshot, which settles into a boring and predictable one on one fight over and over. TNCFU switches between multiple one against many fights and it's pretty thrilling. Even if there is no particular attempt to construct an action scene we've not seen before. So i relished the violence, i want some extremes, some reason to endure it. Also enjoyed the multiple protagonists, the passionately insane one had a lot of personality, as did the cigarette smoking one actually. It was not straight forward in that way. Also introduced a lot of mysterious villains barely distinguishable from each other. A film can have a wafer thin setup and plot but I'm still sort of overwhelmed by the drama, people all bloodied and wrecked, death and carnage all around them as they barely survive to take some more guys out as they sacrifice their life.
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    PES 2019

    They finally adjusted team ratings for online divisions. I don't think they'd been changed for years. Liverpool have always been 396, Man United 351 (or around that). Liverpool's squad has massively improved this season as has their consistency and expectancy to challenge City. They're about 355 now. I think Man United should be 392 or around that but have kept their rating.. Can't remember others, i think Man City are below 300 now whereas were around 320 before. That they never altered the ratings despite squads massively changing within 3 seasons was pretty odd.
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    Creative Block

    Try to create your own little world that exists by its own rules and find joy and satisfaction in it. Language like persistence and work aren't helpful; you have to find the reasons to do it. It's not work, it is fun, it is an escape, it's an environment where you can be free to cause chaos, try things out, follow your curiosity. We attach words like 'talent' like there's a difference in people because we are obsessed with assessing. At school kids will be taught about Van Gogh but the teacher won't emphasize that he was prolific later in life, painting from 27 years onwards, and that he wrote thousands of letters to his brother about his passion for art. We're taught that he was tortured and depressed and his suffering elevated his art, but his letters are so eloquent and lively, he expresses so much positivity. He didn't paint because he was depressed, he painted because a passion inside was ignited by the exploration of painting. He found it enough to not let it go. It's a balance and had he lived in todays times maybe he'd have been distracted, not found the same all consuming love for it. Kids should be taught that that is what defined him; his mental illness just held him back, added shades of melancholy to his art. In his condition painting would have been a sanctuary, provided even more of an escape, but the love was already established. Kids focus on 'greatness' and asked to copy, understand, analyse. There's no space to find what gives you a kick. I have hundreds of unfinished stuff I can quickly sift through. Be in denial about it's 'worth', ignore what everyone else does, get psyched by looking at old stuff with fresh eyes, and think; 'I quite like that, why do like it?' That can get me going, 'this has some good things about it, but isn't great - why?' I used to work in a menial manual job I hated, I resented not being able to get up and carry on from the previous night's drawing. The way my day and life was framed I treasured the 15/30 minute breaks I got when I could draw. I'd never had that before or since. And I finished at 4pm then, ten minute cycle ride home. I found when it came to sketching I couldn't not be into it because the results would be pointless. I needed gems, needed the joy of shapes to come through. You can't fake it, it has nothing to do with technical skill. I've filled books sat in pockets of time, on lap in van, on plane, in waiting areas. When the industrialised world around us grinds you down and you relish playing. In a different job and less hours I still notice my desire waning. I make goals that I know I will not meet if i don't put the hours in. It's easier to get your 'play' from videogames, to express yourself with words on forums in a more immediate way. I think art has to be an all consuming obsessive outlet, that the momentum must gain through it re enforcing itself. I really think you could take anyone in the world and get them going in art, whatever it may be then lock them in a room with only their art as escape and the results will be fascinating. With no distractions and only your art to pour your mind into you don't have a choice but for it to stimulate you.
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    Red Dead Redemption 2

    Death animations in games are still shit then.
  24. Hadn't heard of this until now, can't find a thread. I thought he was doing an action film along the lines of hard boiled and its twin pistol shooting. For me Evans' films are one of the reasons to delay suicide, the highest praise you'd think. It does have Dan Stevens, limited big screen run which probably means never for most us, and isn't pure action. but still also stars michael sheen, I'd like this thread to be a mixture of how much everyone loves gareth evans and how much everyone hates dan stevens, and then a discussion about how the genius of one will struggle to override the rubbishness of the other.
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    Liverpool Football Club Thread

    I just looked at the table to see...most impressive thing is both city and liverpool have only conceded 3 in 9. Mourinho's first time with Chelsea only conceding 15 for the season is pretty ridiculous. Moreso when Man United have already conceded 16 so far this season...
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