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    Solid little thrillers

    There's one thing that annoys the hell out of me with film channels these days: Great, The Taking of Pelham 123 is on later! Oh, it's the remake. Great, Day of the Dead is on later! Oh, it's the remake. Great! Total Recall is on later! Oh, it's the remake. Great, RoboCop is on later! Oh, it's the remake. Great, The Thing is on later! Oh, it's the remake prequel. After a bad day at work sometimes you just want to watch a comforting old favourite but you CAN'T. Assault on Precinct 13 (original, obviously) is another cracking thriller, but I'm sure everyone already knows that. While the remake isn't completely terrible, it does what so many modern films/remakes do and adds banal character motivations, extraneous subplots and so on, so that the tightness that was present in the original is lost, although I suppose you could argue that this at least helps differentiate it from the original.
  2. I almost edited that book into my first post because , yeah, the Navidson Record sections are brilliant in places, but the horror of impossible architecture is perhaps a bit too far from what I'm after here.
  3. Good stuff. I'm off to my local indie bookshop later to put in a few orders.
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    Gremlins 2 Appreciation Station

    One of my abiding memories of Gremlins 2 is watching and rewatching the bit where the Spider Gremlin transforms, trying to remember where I'd heard the classic piece of guitar shredding:
  5. This is a good start - thanks, everyone. 'Twenty Trillion Leagues...' sounds particularly intriguing. Incidentally, there's a section in 'Das Boot' that describes an uncontrolled sink to the seafloor and I found it genuinely unsettling and claustrophobic. I read it just before turning in for the night and it stayed with me for a while. A few years ago I would have gone for this, but my tolerance for trash has rapidly diminished. I appreciate this particular genre isn't going to attract a vast number of literary works, but I'm sure there's some middle ground that I can live with, particularly if the story/concept are strong enough. My first love was sci fi so I'l check out some of those, particularly the Clarke one. I'll add Wool to my list too.
  6. I've recently finished reading 'Das Boot', and loved it, and before that I re-read 'World War Z', and one of my favourite segments was the one following a Chinese (I think) submarine crew. So that got me thinking that I'd like to read more books that are set on a sub or an underwater habitat or possibly some kind of spaceship - the key thing really is a small group of people isolated in a confined space within a very hostile environment. Over the years I've read the daddy of them all, '20,000 League under the Sea' (one of my favourites), also 'Sphere' and 'The Hunt for Red October' and perhaps some others that I've since forgotten. I know there are quite a few Clancy-esque thrillers that sound like they would fit the bill at first glance, but I don't fancy US military potboilers. Ideally I'm after something a bit more considered and atmospheric. Any recommendations from you well-read people?
  7. They'll use ads to hide lag. Player pushes left on controller stick. 'Your character will turn left after this message from our sponsor.'
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    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    I've not yet attempted Ganon - any spoilers about that in the vid?
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    Robocop (1987)

    Just gimme my fuckin' coleslaw.
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    The Worst Characters Committed to Screen

    Whoever it was he didn't belong in that film or, indeed, any film.
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    The Worst Characters Committed to Screen

    The so-called comedy sidekick in Stallone's Judge Dredd made me want to chew my ears off at the time.
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    Tolkien - Biopic of some guy

    Legolas Tango in Paris
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    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Shouldn't it just reset if you leave the area and come back? Edit: sorry, I misread your post and thought you meant reset your entire game.
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    Tolkien - Biopic of some guy

    Look Who's Tolkien.
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    Das Boot TV sequel coming to Sky

    I'm about half way through the original source novel at the moment, and it's a brilliant and tense exploration of daily life on a U-boat. There's not been much engagement with the enemy yet, but I'm still gripped. The description of what it was like during a storm is particularly good. Not seen the film in about 20 years, and I'm keen to see the full length original TV series to see how much of the book made it in.
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