Ben X

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  1. The Good Place

    I'm a little unclear on something (spoilers for at least S3E4, probably up to S3E6):
  2. Filmmaking

    Good luck!
  3. The Asian Film Thread

    Just watched Train To Busan, it was fantastic. Would make a great second half of a double bill with The Host.
  4. The Swindle comes out on Switch tomorrow. It still has a discount on currently, which may or may not disappear on release. (Disclaimer: though I've probably mentioned it in this thread already and most people here are aware, I'm best mates with the dev and have co-designed a couple of games with him.)
  5. Idle Thumbs Hiatus

    Sorry! Hmmm, I did just get Shadow Warrior 2 free on gog...
  6. The Good Place

    Started watching season 3, still great. It really is impressive how this show continually changes up the situation and dynamics but never loses its grip on the storytelling or humour.
  7. Ooh, you need to watch Datalore for this:
  8. Chain Of Command was the episode that leapt immediately to mind, so all I can advise is to reconsider that omission!
  9. Filmmaking

    Interesting. That's US$? Have you found a public domain alternative for a year down the line?
  10. Filmmaking

    How much did you spend on the music track, if you don't mind me asking?
  11. The Weekly X Files Rewatch Thread

    Just watched first episode of season 11 and it was atrocious. 40 minutes of people in rooms spouting painfully clumsy exposition at each other, David Duchovny with an increasingly unconvincing lack of a single grey hair (appropriately, given Mulder's futile hunt for greys) and an unbelievable cop-out from the previous season's cliffhangers:
  12. Is Daybreakers the one with Ethan Hawke aaaand... Sam Neill? I quite enjoyed it, iirc - it felt like a good world-builder that could have led to some great sequels. I'm with you on the MCU though - Iron Man and Ragnarok are the only ones I unreservedly loved.
  13. The Big VR Thread

    Oh yeah, I hadn't thought about the ducking and sidestepping; that seems like it could be a big component if a beatmap creator decides to emphasise them.
  14. The Big VR Thread

    Holy shit, that looks amazing and also incredibly difficult! So with the mod you upload a song and create the pattern of target blocks? Or just the pattern and the player has to own the track? Also, does the VR aspect add much to this? Seems like it could be a pretty similar experience with just the controllers and a big telly or monitor...
  15. Movie/TV recommendations

    Excellent, thanks SAM and Gorm and SAM's friend! Erkki, give it another one or two eps at least! One thing I really enjoy about it is getting a look at Japanese culture and social etiquette.
  16. Movie/TV recommendations

    And the first season is 52 episodes long, right? That's all I have access to on Netflix anyway (plus they have them in the incorrect order), so maybe I'll check out the final ten episodes or something and see how I feel if further seasons come up. Be aware @Erkki that Terrace House is chill-out tv - it doesn't engineer any drama, so it moves pretty slowly and it takes a while to warm to the house-mates/commentors. But it's totally addictive once you're fully into it after a few episodes.
  17. Movie/TV recommendations

    I love The Expanse, but it took me at least half the first season (including a read of the Wikipedia episode summaries) to fully grok all the background and storylines they throw at you. I'd say it's worth a re-watch at an early enough time that you're unlikely to fall asleep, @Erkki! I'll +1 Terrace House, it's great. A reality show that avoids all the grossness of the genre. I recommend watching the different series in order, though - Boys & Girls In The City, then Aloha State, then Opening New Doors. (Apparently there's at least one earlier season that only got broadcast in Japan, but it only has fan-created English subtitles which don't last to the end of the season.) In cartoons, I finally rewatched Adventure Time seasons 1 and 2 and am now moving onto stuff I haven't seen. This show is great, it's like a family-friendly Rick And Morty. I also tried Steven Universe, but after ten or so episodes I found it mildly irritating - I've skipped forward to around episode 20 as apparently that's where the serialisation kicks in and it starts to pick up.
  18. Jurassic Franchise

    Please find below the correct opinions on all five Jurassic Park movies: Jurassic Park - stone-cold classic Jurassic Park 2 - a few cool moments but mainly misjudged and messy. Jurassic Park 3 - if you accept that it's a much cheesier affair, this is actually very fun. Some great sequences and likeable characters. Jurassic World - frustratingly dull and clumsy, from the direction through the script and score even down to the shitty new Amblin ident. Jurassic World 2 - [just saw this today so this is a bit lengthier] Not half as amateurish as the first JW, and it even has one legit great extended sequence ( ), but once that is over, it moves to a big mansion for the rest of the movie and goes through all the same tired old beats over and over - . The very ending was pretty sweet, though, even if it was pure sequel set-up. And now, because I can never hear the main theme without these stupid lyrics now, I will ruin it for all of you also:
  19. This is the best place! Just came here to share it myself. This seems like rather a strange idea, and without any further information I'm a little pessimistic, but who knows could be amazing!
  20. Robocops

    Original is an absolute classic. 2 is awful. Robocop is acting really weird even before he gets his directives fucked with - it's like Weller is taking the piss or forgot which part of the film he was in. Then he gets turned into a comedy buffoon, then gets chopped up and we barely see him for ages while all this OCP bullshit goes on. The sub-plot with Murphy's wife is an interesting idea but doesn't go anywhere and feels tacked on to make Murphy less bland - his only characteristics in this are - pursuing a drug-lord, and is a robot and therefore easily fuckable-with. Lewis is barely in it. 3 actually has a few nice touches and moments that feel more like the original - the general set-up of OCP pushing people out of old Detroit is cool, with the final set-up of cops and concerned citizens in a battle against OCP-paid criminal scum feeling like the logical conclusion, and Lewis, Johnson and Reed get some good moments. Plus the Johnny Rehab cartoon is amazing. There are a shitload of great character actors in it too - Rip Torn, CCH Pounder, Stephen Root, Bradley Whitford, Mako, Jeff Garlin. I even don't mind the jetpack and gun-hand, it feels logical that Robo would upgrade and customise for different situations and he can always take them off to go back to Classic Robocop, plus it gives him more of the superhero feel that, as Dan pointed out to me, they create with the face-mask. It's still not that good a film, though, obviously. There's loads of goofy shit, especially the villains and the kid, and Robo still spends far too much time being broken which is very boring and makes him seem weak (not in the first film, obv, the targeting system scene is ace). Plus that fucking pink pimpmobile (although once pretty much everything except the chassis is blown away it looks like Robo is driving around in a 1920s car, Mafia style, which would be an amazing film plot). Basically, Robocop only works as an origin story. If you're making an entire film where he's just a robot cop doing normal cop things, it isn't very interesting. However, this doesn't help the reimagining, which is very boring. It feels like it went through about ten screenwriters, all smoothing the edges off. A Robocop where neither Murphy nor Lewis is much of a character but Casey Wong and The Old Man are. And now good ol' Neil Blomkamp is making what is apparently going to be a direct sequel to the original, based on the unmade sequel script the original's writers penned immediately after the first film: The article seems a tiny bit vague about the exact sequel nature of it, I wonder if they're going to do what the upcoming Terminator and Halloween films are apparently doing and explicitly erasing everything except the first film (or two with Terminator).
  21. Robocops

    Yes, definitely leave it like that! Though you could read the Frank Miller Robocop Vs Terminator comic, that's great.
  22. Marvel movies

    Disney bought 20th Century Fox. Bad news: homogenisation of all popular culture. Good news: X-Men and Fantastic Four in the MCU! Anyway, I saw Ant-Man And The Wasp and enjoyed it. Some very inventive action sequences and comedy setpieces. However, the narrative does feel overstuffed and characterisation suffers as a result. Also, the loose improv feel of the comedy dialogue doesn't really work - a Shane Black style polish would have really helped, I think. I probably prefer it to the first one overall...
  23. Missions Impossible

    That video's great. It's very funny the way it has Tom Cruise doing car, bike and helicopter stunts while occasionally cutting to Henry Cavill walking across a field. It's an interesting situation that Cruise is a multi-Oscar-nommed actor and also a relatively accomplished stunt performer. No MI thread is complete without the Tom Crooz video, though. If nothing else, MI2 brought us this:
  24. I've got a pretty big games backlog that I'm working my way through, and I've decided to clear a big chunk of it out by playing all the FPSes in chronological order. So I thought I may as well post my thoughts here. It'll likely take a long time - I don't have that much time for gaming at the moment - so this thread may not get updated very regularly. I'll probably play through a lot of the early ones on easy, because I've got a lot to get through and some of those 90s FPSes are crazy tough. I'll also give up on a game if I'm hating it. I'm going to try and stick to the original experience, so no mods and no mouse look for the earliest ones (including DooMTM even though apparently it was possible - no one outside of id actually did that, right?). I'll allow some genre-bleeding. I'll also probably mention a few that I've played previously and can remember my impressions of. My list (mainly for my own interest, I've given a colour rating (only 75 emoticons allowed so couldn't do thumbs!) to all the games played so far. It's mainly about my final enjoyment level rather than a broad review of the game as a piece of art):