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    Recommend a film

    I seem to recall there used to be a "Recommend a film" thread in here for people to recommend "off the beaten track" films but i can't find it so thought i'd make a new one. I'll start the ball rolling: Firstly, Brick. Very good Film noir detective story set in a high school. I thoroughly enjoyed it, took me back to some of the old style movies. http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0393109/ Secondly, The Squid and Whale. A great semi-autobiographical film by Noah Baumbach about divorce and joint custody. I can watch this film over and over again. http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0367089/ Thirdly, Pan's Labyrinth. It's spanish and in subtitles so may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is in my opinion the best film of last year. Set during the Spanish Civil War it tells about a young girls daydreams in her attempts to escape her life. Fantastic story and amazing effects. http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0457430/
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    PES 2020

    I remember school having one of those BBC beasts and that was the first computer i probably used, but my first to own was also the speccy 48k. I later upgraded to the Speccy 128k with the disk drive attached I don't remember what first games i had but the ones i remember playing the most were stuff like Chuckie Egg, Manic Miner, Jet Set Willy, JetPac, Fruity Frank, Dizzy series, Slightly Magic, and later on The Bards Tale which would have been one of the first big world epic adventure games. Spent hours playing that, jotting down all the different maps (only to find later on that there was a cheat booklet with them all in). It was such a big game that one it came on TWO tapes Oh yeah, and Pajamarama - I still have no idea what the objective of that game was (apart from "wake up") but it was fun These days i have recently got one of those Oculus Quest VR headsets. Fuck they are good. I was playing Vader Immortal and when you meet up with Darth Vader it is proper intense It all feels incredibly real!
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    Recommend a film

    Jay and Silent Bob Reboot - It was mostly nostalgia that got me through this. I used to love the Jay and Silent Bob Kevin Smith films 15 years ago or whenever i last watched them but this one was mostly garbage or cringeworthy. There were a couple of bits that made me snort but otherwise not much going for it. It makes me wonder how the older films have aged and if i'd still enjoy them watching them now, but then the cringe bits were mostly watching the 40-50 year old actors try and act like they were still 20 year olds so maybe it wouldn't be so bad to revisit them, i'm afraid to find out though 3/10
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    PES 2020

    The first football game i had was Footballer Of The Year on the Speccy. Played that loads. It was a little different because most football games you are a manager but this one you were a player. If you played well you would get offers from better clubs, if you were shit you would just get relegated. The graphics were appalling of course, i think the best you could do was move the football along the base of the screen and press fire while angling your joystick to a corner of the goal at the top of the screen but i still loved it. I still have my Speccy and Amiga somewhere. Might have to see if they still work
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    What Have You Been Watching?

    Just watched "Don't f**k with cats" which is one of those true crime docs (in 3 parts) that Netflix have been kicking out recently. This one is about a bunch of internet nerds that vow to track down a guy that posted a video of himself killing some kittens. I don't usually bother with this sort of thing (although i have seen Making a Murderer) but 2 mates separately recommended it to me so i gave it a go. It is definitely a crazy, and a little worrying, story of the things people will go to for notoriety, fame and some internet likes. Worth a watch if you have a spare 3 hours.
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    Team of the decade

    I forgot until recently that we still have Zach Clough on the books... He must be up there with some of the worst business we've ever done. £3m+ and a four and a half year contract! We've still got him signed up until Summer 2021 (another season and a half!!), and at this point it looks like he's gotten so shit we can't even manage to farm him out on loan anymore
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    What Have You Been Watching?

    I'm pretty sure i watched Gummidge as a kid, but didn't bother with this one. I also watched the BBC's Dracula. It was going well until that third episode. What the hell was that?
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    Chelsea v Forest

    https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/sport/football/5136460/chelsea-escape-penalty-call-thanks-to-var-but-even-their-own-fans-cant-believe-ridiculously-tight-call-vs-forest/ Shows a picture of the ”offside”...
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    What Have You Been Watching?

    Just finished The Witcher on Netflix. Mixed feelings on it really. I can tell the fantasy world has potential, but the first season was all a bit of a confusing mess if you've never read the books or played the video game (which i haven't). A lot of characters and kingdoms appear or are mentioned as a important plot point, but then disregarded without explanation. I think season 2 will be better now that a lot of the stuff is sorted out. The problem is that they couldn't really decide what type of show to do. It seems like they decided they wanted an epic show with loads of political intrigue and backstabbing like Game of Thrones, but also wanted a intricate multi-layered story with twists you didn't see coming like Westworld, but also wanted the traditional American TV episodic monster of the week, all with a bunch of gratuitous blood and tits, and you can't fit all that in over just 8 episodes and make sense. Still, i didn't hate it, i just was watching it thinking how much better it could have been if they had just stuck to one, or even two, ways of storytelling.
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    Recommend a film

    I've noticed that a lot of these people that give 1 star reviews are people that speculate, before the film comes out, on what they think the plot is going to be (usually something shit they've ended up having an argument with someone about on Reddit or something). Then when the plot isn't that, they throw a hissy fit, give a 1 star review and try and claim there idea was better (when it usually isn't). Either that or they have some weird gripes about the women characters v the men characters or the fact that someone is Asian I actually gave it the same rating as you (literally), mainly because i love Star Wars whatever though because there were a lot of problems with this one i think, mostly where they have tried to "correct" something that people didn't like from Last Jedi. My biggest gripes were the U-Turns they made from important bits in Last Jedi that, not only didn't need doing because they were better how they were (in my opinion anyway), but because the U-Turns didn't actually make any sense (trying to remain spoiler free, so a vague example would be the Helmet... what the fuck was that?). MILD SPOILER BELOW!!! Highlight below to read it. My favourite part of the whole movie was the big jar of Snokes at the Sith home world I was chuckling about that for ages
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    Recommend a film

    Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker - I think out of the latest 3 installments, this was my least favourite. The plot didn't really make sense and was all over the place trying to put too much in, and they went for cheap corny sentimentality as opposed to any real heart. I also felt like they pandered to all the man-babies that threw a hissy fit over the previous installment a little too much, almost throwing that movie under the bus. Still I love Star Wars - the inventiveness, the ideas, even stuff like them adding a random monster into the background for no reason - and when that John Williams music hits i just can't help but slide into that world and enjoy it. I wouldn't say it was a fitting end to the Skywalker saga but i'll certainly be watching it again (and again probably knowing me!). 7/10
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    Recommend a film

    Watched a couple of Taika Waititi films recently, the guy behind What We Do In The Shadows (and the most recent Thor movie): Hunt For The Wilderpeople - Really enjoyed this. Proper fun, and daft, story of a rebellious kid and his foster dad going missing in the New Zealand bush while they are hunted by the authorities. They meet some great characters along the way (Rhys Darby's "Bush Man" was classic!). I was chuckling the whole way through. 9/10 Boy - Struggled a bit with this one. Again set in the New Zealand outback, a Boy, whose Mum died years ago, idolises his absent father who he's never met. When he shows up (just to try and find a bag of stolen money he buried somewhere on the property) the Boy tries to get to know him. The main problem with this is the Boy is just not very likeable, and since the film is about him it's hard not to switch it off after the first 15 minutes. Ultimately it is worth seeing it through, if nothing else for the hilarious bit at the end credits where the cast basically do a Haka in the vein of Michael Jackson's Thriller video. 5/10
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    Recommend a film

    Joker - A standalone origin story of the Joker that doesn't involve him falling into a vat of acid. I had heard really great things about it, except from IKS above of course, but it really wasn't all that. The first two thirds of the movie (with a couple of exceptions) are really really slow and, while i appreciate it is supposed to be that way, you can't get away from the fact that it is jarring and annoying. I guess the pay off in the last third was OK though. 5/10 Knives Out - Really really loved this. A classic whodunnit mystery story with a top sleuth PI trying to find out if the Patriarch of a rich family really did commit suicide or whether he was murdered by one of his spoiled kids. It features loads of top actors playing loads of really great characters and it is a lot of fun along the way. Great stuff. 9/10
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    What Have You Been Watching?

    Bit late since it came out 18 months ago or something but i just watched Altered Carbon which i was really impressed with. Not many tv series/movies make me think "I must buy the books" but this series did. It's set in a future where the human conscious can be stored on removable "stacks" which can then be placed in another body once yours dies or, if you are rich, you get bored of it, leading effectively to immortality. At heart it's a murder mystery but really it deals a lot with what this new tech allows you to do and the morality that goes with it. Plus loads of tits. Also watching Cobra Kai, am in to Season 2 at the moment. It's set in the present day 30 years after the events of the original 3 Karate Kid movies and follows Danny and Johnny as the latter brings back Cobra Kai (which was shut down after the events of Karate Kid 3). Great stuff, and a proper 80's nostaglia-fest
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    What Have You Been Watching?

    Good solid first episode of Star Wars' The Mandalorian... errr not that i've watched it here in the UK with Disney+ not being available til March!
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    VAR

    I'd give the cricket method a try. Give each team 3 reviews, or 2 per half, and say any player or manager can use them for any decision they want - penalty, offside or even a throw in if they want. If the decision is overturned then they get to retain the review, if it's proved false they lose the review. You don't use it for anything else unless asked. This way it gives power back to the referee's. When the players all start moaning about a decision and surrounding the ref, all he has to do is tell them to review it if they feel that strongly. Just think about all the times a linesman is yelled at by some twat of a player when it's obvious he's in the wrong. All the times that a prick of a manager yells at a fourth official for a free kick he wants when it was nowhere near. That all starts to go away when they actually have a chance to review the decision and are made to look an idiot when they frivolously lose the review. Just a thought anyway, don't know how practical it would be in a game situation, but VAR as it is right now is causing more issues than it's resolving.
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    What Have You Been Watching?

    4th and final season of Mr Robot has been cracking. The latest episode ran for 49 minutes and had only 2 lines of dialogue, in the first minute Elliot is picked up by his sister who says "It's OK, we don't need to talk" (which makes sense following what happened last episode), then follows an absolutely breathless, thrilling episode ending with a bad guy kidnapping a woman and saying the line "It's time we talked". Genius episode, again written and directed by Sam Esmail (this bloke is winning at life - not only does he have several successful shows under his belt, loads of money, and can spill out cracking TV but he somehow managed to marry the super hot Emmy Rossum?). Anyway it was done so well that i didn't even realise that there was no dialogue Seriously, it wasn't until i happened to mention the episode to a buddy that he pointed it out. Have also been watching See which is the big budget show that Apple+ TV are leading with. It's not bad, it's a world set in the future where humans wiped themselves out somehow except for a few million who were all blind. Then some kids are born with the ability to see... 3 episodes in it has been Ok so far, the problem is obviously the no sight thing. They do make a great job of letting you believe that certain things could be done without sight but occasionally you are just watching it and think that there is no way that could have been built or that could have been done without being able to see. Plus little stuff, like all their clothes are matching colours, their hair and makeup look great that sort of thing... I mean, they should all look a mess Still it's good enough so far to get past stuff like that. I also am giving Watchmen a go, it's based in the world of the graphic novels but is telling a completely different story just set in that world. Again not bad so far, it's hard to tell where it is going after only 3 episodes but it's good so far, if confusing.
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    Recommend a film

    I've had a look around for Birdemic but it looks like it is solely on Amazon Prime at the moment (which i don't have), will keep a look out though. Weirdly, when searching i found that there is a documentary on it on the Vice channel on Wednesday this week (called Outsider) if you fancy that Zombieland: Double Tap - Released 10 years after the original, with the original cast all signing up. I liked this again, they kept all the good stuff from the first one but still made a new movie. Again Bill Murray managed to steal the show with the post credits scenes. 7/10 Terminator: Dark Fate - I love the Terminator franchise, well i love the first 2 and have tolerated the rest which is why i was looking forward to this one because it is the return of James Cameron (who left at T2) and is a direct sequel to T2 that ignores the other films as alternate timelines. This one is poor though. It's just light hearted action film, at no point did i feel any sort of danger for the good guys despite the Terminator sent back being even more advanced and unstoppable than ever. Honestly the whole thing was stupid, including (and mild spoiler here) the "revelation" that it is the girl that is the resistance leader and not her son. They do it in such an over the top way, as if they are saying "yes that's right, women can lead too!!" dun dun duuuuurrrrrrrr <mind explosion>!!!! As if that hasn't been the overriding trend in Hollywood for the past number of years. A few other points, they have to stop getting Arnie back! Every time they do they have to invent even more convoluted and moronic reasons as to why he is there and why he is good now. They also have to stop making the Terminators even more advanced because it just makes it even more implausible when the humans somehow win with their crap guns that couldn't even stop the first Terminator. Anyway, this was supposed to be yet another attempt at a trilogy reboot, i expect that , as per the last 3 attempts, this will again fail and they will try another trilogy reboot (with Arnie STILL in it) in a few years time. My pitch: The resistance seem to have unlimited access to a time machine now apparently so they decide to send back hundreds of soldiers to the various decades and murder any bastard that makes any mention of Artificial Intelligence or AI. Seriously even if there name is Adam Ian Smith but they prefer to go by AI Smith, they murder him. Terminators are sent back to stop them (and since they will be saving people, Arnie can have his good guy story arc) 4/10
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    Recommend a film

    The Greasy Strangler - Turns out it was on All4 Art That was unpleasant anyway It had all the terrible acting, bizzare pointless scenes, and dodgy dialogue that they were surely mostly making up as they went along as The Room but instead of unintended hilarity it was just gross. Plus what the hell was the ZX Spectrum soundtrack all about? There was this one particular unexpected moment at the beginning that made me laugh out loud but it was rare, i think it is the look of sheer surprise in the single eye you can see 1/10
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    Recommend a film

    i'll keep an eye out for it (I still live in the dark ages without netflix etc... so only really watch movies either at the cinema or recorded from TV) Wild Card - Another terrible film from The Stath. This one promised loads of fight and action scenes but was actually about 95% watching the poor bloke try and act moody. A bodyguard for hire in Vegas ends up going up against a mobsters son. 2/10 Bad Times At El Royale - Really liked this. 4 people check in to the El Royale hotel, no-one is who they seem to be in this old fashioned style mystery thriller set in the 70's. Loads of twists and turns, it was written and directed by Drew Goddard who did Cabin In The Woods. 9/10
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    Recommend a film

    Mechanic: Resurrection - Wow that was worse than i thought it would be and i thought it would be pretty bad. Still a few passable action scenes. The Stath doing his stuff again in this sequel. 3/10 Zombieland - Enjoyed this, good laugh. "Zombie Kill of the Week" and Bill Murray steal the film despite barely being in it. Looking forward to the sequel out soon. 7/10 4 Lions - Someone mentioned this earlier in the thread i think. Comedy about some suicide bombers by Chris "Brass Eye" Morris. I enjoyed this as well. 7/10 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Think this was mentioned earlier as well. A teenage boy is forced by his Mum to befriend a girl who has just been diagnosed with cancer. I enjoyed this one too. 8/10
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    What Have You Been Watching?

    Recently watched Wu Assassins. It's a TV show that seems to take it's inspiration from a late 90's - early 00's Jackie Chan flick in that it has highly dodgy acting and plot, but great fight scenes and stunts. I liked it and hope they do a Season 2.
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    Recommend a film

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Some group of nutters decide to wake up all the ancient monsters of the world to combat overpopulation in some confusing logic. Godzilla tries to help while "Monach", the organisation built to try and monitor and control them, faff about ignoring the deaths millions upon millions of people because they are trying to save this one girl. The makers clearly couldn't decide whether to go with a movie about monsters scrapping or a movie with a plot you might care about and instead ended up half-assing both. 5/10 Rocketman - Elton John biopic, the plot is exactly the same as Bohemian Rhapsody, or any other rock star of the era, the difference is that this one, instead of just telling the story, does so in a more fantasy film kind of way. Entertaining enough if you like Elton songs. 7/10 X-men: Dark Phoenix - I generally like the X-Men films but this one was rubbish. Some aliens want some sort of force that has infected one of the more powerful X-men, Jean Grey, which for some reason makes her try and kill all her friends <shrug>? It all seems even more pointless because a lot of it is the same as the plot to the X-men: The Last Stand film, only not as good, which is saying something because that film was a bit naff as well! There's more that is pointless, annoying, and makes no sense - too much to mention here. It's almost like they just thought the fact that Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones was in it was enough. Even the action scenes weren't very interesting. 3/10
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    Recommend a film

    Jon Wick 3: Parabellum - If you liked the first 2, you'll like this. If not, don't bother. Personally i think they are great popcorn flicks. In this one John is pursued by the "High Table" after killing someone on consecrated ground, lots of ever more outrageous and impressive fights and stunts ensue. 8/10 Avengers: Endgame - Really good as long as you don't dwell over certain plot points too long... Action and effects are incredible. 9/10 Free Solo - Documentary about Alex Honnold who is rock climber who goes up almost sheer mountain sides "free solo" ie. without ropes or safety in any way and on his own. One slip or mistake and he is literally dead. He is about to try and climb "El Capitan" in Yosemite national park and this follows his life building up and eventually his attempt... This guy is a fucking nutter, by the end i'm pretty sure my heart was pounding more than his. 9/10
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    What Have You Been Watching?

    Got to say i am really loving this Last nights was hilarious and it also just got renewed for season 2 this week. I think i saw it advertised to be on BBC2 coming soon as well.
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