Patrick R

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  1. AGDQ 2018

    Tuned into the stream at random and caught the Mega Man X race, which was absolutely incredible. 3 competitors who all, at one point, are in the lead, with only about a 10 second spread all the way to the very end. Worth checking out the archive later.
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    Awesome, glad you liked it.
  3. Movie/TV recommendations

    I wouldn't call it one of Baumbach's best (it has basically the most boilerplate indie dramedy story imaginable) but it is still Baumbach and the first time I've liked an Adam Sandler performance.
  4. Movie/TV recommendations

    I did not think this year was a strong year but I saw more new movies than any year previous, so I still saw more good movies than last year. 2015 and 2013 were amazing years, though. I think a big disconnect for me that happened this year is that 2017 was the worst year of my life, largely because of the cultural climate in America, and it felt like there weren't any films at all that actually addressed that. Obviously due to the nature of film production almost every 2017 film was in pre-production before Trump was elected but it still created a massive whiplash for me. Killing of a Sacred Deer was the only film I saw that felt it captured the feeling of living in 2017, even though it too was made before any of this and was almost certainly not a specific reaction to the cultural climate of America. That was a very cathartic film, I think I exorcised a lot of dark shit laughing my ass off.
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    I recorded a massive two-part 5-hour podcast about 2017 films with my friend and former podcast co-host Jim. In it we talked about our favorite films of the year. Part 1 Part 2 And my top films of the year were: 25. The Babysitter 24. Call Me By Your Name 23. Columbus 22. Snowflake 21. The Meyerowitz Stories 20. Mother! 19. Baby Driver 18. I Am Not Your Negro 17. Three Billboards 16. The Florida Project 15. Good Time 14. Blade Runner 2049 13. Star Wars: The Last Jedi 12. Lady Bird 11. My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea 10. Tragedy Girls 9. Dunkirk 8. The Square 7. Wormwood 6. Get Out 5. Personal Shopper 4. John Wick Chapter 2 3. The Crescent 2. Staying Vertical 1. Killing of a Sacred Deer
  6. Time for Another Pac-Man

    Pac-Man Championship Edition DX Nitro+ Blasterz Xrd HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is super satisfying but I have only played about an hour and I'm not sure what if any strategies I should be employing. The fun is that I'm flying by the seat of my pants (not unlike the original Pac-Man) but it feels like maybe there's more nuance to getting a high score than that, especially on the shorter time trials where the optimal route feels very obvious I'm not sure how I could do them faster.
  7. Star Wars Episode 8

    Apparently that iron joke was a true blue reference to Hardware Wars(?!?!?), which is maybe the purest distillation of Johnson's approach I can think of. Dude snuck a Hardware Wars reference into a real life main-line Star Wars movie.
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    I have hearing loss and if I haven't seen a movie before I always opt for subtitles to be on, especially if there are other noises happening like the dishwasher going. However, if I'm familiar with a movie and know it well enough that making out every line of dialogue isn't necessary for me to follow the story I will turn them off because I do find them distracting to some extent. And Jennegatron is definitely correct about them ruining jokes in comedies.
  9. Movie/TV recommendations

    That's just common knowledge.
  10. Movie/TV recommendations

    In Christmas movies like Miracle on 34th Street and The Santa Clause where Santa is real but adults don't believe in him, what does Santa actually do? Because if he delivers presents to all the boys and girls of the world, where do their parents think those presents came from? And If he doesn't, what good is he?
  11. Star Wars Episode 8

    Interesting! That certainly explains why they are so ubiquitous and conspicuously clutter the frame in so many of those scenes, which is what made me think of Star Wars Special Edition. On the other hand, this movie is already positively cluttered with new Star Wars creatures elsewhere so it still feels kind of Special Edition to me throughout, and puffin replacement doesn't explain that scene of Chewie traumatizing the porgs, or their return in the Falcon, and I do think those moments are designed to sell stuffed animals. On the other hand, part of my respect for this movie is that everyone gets a character arc, and if he wasn't going to actually affect the plot in any way, Chewie's relationship with the porgs is a cute way to not forget about him.
  12. Movie/TV recommendations

    Deathtrap and Sleuth are not that old ('82 and '72, respectively) but they make a positively wonderful "Verbose and Witty Two-Handed Single Location Michael Caine Play Adaptation Comedy Thrillers About Murder And People Talking About Murder" double feature. Sleuth is OOP and probably harder to track down legally (though I hear, through the grapevine, many OOP movies are uploaded in their entirety to YouTube) but Deathtrap is available on most legit streaming sites and on disc via Warner Archive. They are both somewhat tongue in cheek homages to the stage thrillers of the era that plays like Dial M for Murder made famous, but not so much that they turn into parody. Deathtrap is probably the more suspenseful of the two (director Sidney Lumet does really great work creating a metafictional aesthetic) while Sleuth is definitely the wittier and more verbose. If you've only seen Christopher Reeves as Superman Deathtrap is a real treat and proof that he was legitimately one of the great actors of his generation and if you've only seen Laurence Olivier in roles where he's hamming it up and shouting than...well that's exactly what you get in Sleuth, but it's great fun.
  13. Star Wars Episode 8

    I really liked this! I was so happy with how irreverent it is. It has no reverence for what these movies are supposed to look like, no reverence for the kind (and amount!) of humor they're supposed to have, the tone they're supposed to have or the moral universe they exist in. As someone who feels very distanced from his peak Star Wars obsession circa 1996, that was the breath of fresh air I needed. It feels like a half-step towards a Lord/Miller sensibility but the relentless playfulness (and even overly broad silliness) is tempered by a desire to follow through on the emotional journey of every character, no matter who, no matter how it screwed up the pacing. It feels personal and heartfelt in a way no Star Wars movie has since A New Hope. But A New Hope is an elegant weapon, not as clumsy or random as The Last Jedi. After Force Awakens I had no confidence in Disney to allow a movie this idiosyncratic to be part of the main trilogy and if it weren't JJ Abrams taking the reins again for the next one I'd say it's got me more invested in Star Wars as an ongoing series than ever. Even as a 12 year old who thought Episode 1 was really cool and neat and keen, I had no desire to return to that world. But this was a great time and I am invested in the emotional lives of these space people, even the villains, and that's really something. On the other hand, I even liked the Porgs, and Porgs are objectively awful Star Wars Special Edition crap designed to sell stuffed animals over Christmas that feel extruded from the same think-tank as Minions. So maybe I'm some sort of lunatic.
  14. Quitter's Club: Don't be ashamed to quit the game.

    I've really been enjoying Intrusion 2, which is sort of like Metal Slug if Metal Slug had a ton of jittery physics objects, but the second world boss is a massive pain in the ass and whenever he fires off his missiles the slowdown gets too bad for me to dodge them. Wish there was some sort of level select cheat so I could just skip it and move on to the next world but instead I'll just skip it altogether.
  15. Music Of The Year 2017

    I mostly listened to old music this year but my favorite working band, A Giant Dog, put out a new album and while I prefer their previous two albums there's still some great stuff on it, like this. My favorite old music I discovered this year is The Platters, which is a 50's/60's vocal group. They're most famous for their rendition of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" but pretty much any one of their songs where tenor Tony Williams is the lead vocalist is a heart melter. I bought myself the The Platters Ultimate Collection for my birthday and it's been wonderful seasonal music, with some of the same tenor and atmosphere of classic Christmas music but none of the schmaltz and, most importantly as a real-life Grinch, none of the Christmas.
  16. Movie/TV recommendations

    The Disaster Artist is a very perfunctory and uninspired movie. Franco does a good Wiseau impression but reveals nothing about the character, so it's never more than that. I like movies about making movies and this had all that same behind-the-scenes fun but anyone expecting more out of it, closer to something like Ed Wood, will be sorely disappointed. That said, the audience I saw it with were mostly die-hard The Room people (and had tickets to see the monthly midnight screening immediately after) and they absolutely loved it so if you are a huge fan you'll probably like this more than me.
  17. Oh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit, making a 1920's era documentary is a crazy great thing to do in a game. I haven't played Firewatch yet (my laptop can't run it) but I hope by 2009 I have some piece of equipment that can run this because this is so up my alley. If anyone from Campo Santo is reading this, what is the music in the trailer? I may well be mistaken but I'd be surprised if it's an original composition and I can't find the track listing anywhere where the trailer's been officially posted.
  18. Recently completed video games

    Out There Somewhere is a fun puzzle platformer with a teleport gun mechanic. It's awfully short (I got stuck on a couple puzzles and ended up finishing in 90 minutes) but it's only two dollars (and I think I got it for less via some Humble Bundle) and I definitely enjoyed it. My only complaint is the elements of combat, which are not great and it unfortunately doubles down on in the end.
  19. Movie/TV recommendations

    Three Billboards Outside of Ebbings, Missouri is really exciting on a scene to scene basis but I really didn't buy any of it. McDonagh tries so hard to give the audience whiplash, emotionally and tonally, that it feels way too highly constructed for such a relatively realistic movie. There's a moment where Frances McDormand's character goes from hostile to nurturing on a dime's turn and it felt phony. Same with the redemption arc of the film's most despicable character. There's a lot of little moments where it feels like McDonagh is trying to make the characters complicated and instead just undermines their reality. Every character's actions seemed to stem from a screenwriter's desire to shock instead of their own inner state, especially the stuff with the letters*. But Frances McDormand is amazing and it has Martin McDonagh's trademark dialogue and about a hundred really good little storytelling moments. I just never really got lost in the story or characters. As for the regressive/mean-spirited humor stuff, it's pretty clear that these are all bad, flawed people and I think it's more a device to key the audience not to root too hard for any one character than an expression of Martin McDonagh's actual beliefs. On the other hand, thinking that people this sexist/racist/homophobic/sizeist are so easily redeemable and worth empathizing with is definitely very, as the Twittersphere would say, "centerist", especially since none of the people of color get all the generous "depth" and "complication" that McDonagh grants the white characters. This is exacerbated by the fact that the film doesn't really have a moral center or even any one strong belief it holds. It tries to be bold and transgressive but actually feels quite timid in that way. It's like South Park, if South Park were funny.
  20. Other podcasts

    I feel like a lot of them are also on YouTube, unless this is a different thing.
  21. I had a random thought about movies

    I used to do a podcast where each episode we would cover a different director, so a lot of these I watched for that. It was a good primer on film history. Also, this is Letterboxd so when it comes to people like David Lynch and Buster Keaton, it's including a lot of shorts.
  22. I had a random thought about movies

    I manually checked a bunch of directors on Letterboxd. Entirely possible I'm missing something, but I think these are my most watched directors: Woody Allen - 42 Steven Spielberg - 34 Robert Altman - 23 Spike Lee - 23 Buster Keaton - 21 John Carpenter - 19 Coen Brothers - 18 Martin Scorsese - 17 Wes Craven - 17 Brian De Palma - 17 David Lynch - 15 Alfred Hitchcock - 14 Roger Corman - 14 Ridley Scott - 13 Mario Bava - 13 Billy Wilder - 12 David Cronenberg - 12 Richard Linklater - 12 Michael Curtiz - 11 Paul Thomas Anderson - 10 Roman Polanski - 10 Christopher Nolan - 10 Joe Dante - 10 Francis Ford Coppola - 10 William Wyler - 10 George Romero - 10 David Fincher - 10 Wes Anderson - 10 Robert Zemeckis - 10 John Huston - 9 Kenneth Anger - 9 Russ Meyer - 9 Stanley Kubrick - 8 Kathryn Bigelow - 8 Anthony Mann - 8 Robert Wise - 8 Larry Cohen - 8 David Mamet - 8 Vincente Minelli - 8 Quentin Tarantino - 8 John Ford - 8 Hard to imagine anyone topping Woody Allen, unless I start digging through and fully marking every single Loony Tunes cartoon I've ever seen, in which case it wouldn't surprise me if I've seen more Chuck Jones films than anything else.