twmac

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  1. That is, except for me? 2020 has kind of sucked so I got sucked into buying the Xbox Series X under the logic that I wanted something cool to look forward to. There are only two games that look truly next gen (Dirt 5 and some FPS game), and all the reports just make them both sound like they are on fire in terms of rolling out features. I am just curious if anyone else is buying them, and why. But also, if you are not buying one, is there something impeding you (other than you don't want one)?
  2. Movie Marathons

    So, my girlfriend had only watched 2 Nicolas Cage movies before she met me and they were Captain Correlli's Mandolin and National Treasure. So, it made her think that he was basically terrible and not worth watching. I didn't know this and on our first non-going out date a year ago, we watched Mandy, which she loved. We then watched Mom & Dad, which she also liked. Basically, very accommodating on my love of Nic Cage. Well, after much talking we went on a 5 movie marathon: Face/Off Adaptation Primal Color out of Space Lord of War Adaptation she liked and thought he was fun, but the film was 30 minutes too long, which seems to be the point of the film, but also she is not wrong. She got very sad when Lord of War was also well received, but mainly because she liked Jared Leto, as she finds a lot of films based on grim real life stories piss her off. Face/Off went down like a fire work in a John Woo movie. I love this film in both an ironic and unironic fashion, and she was super into it, but like she dug the acting in a genuine way with the two actors mimicking each other and she loved Travolta's Cage impersonation. Primal was not great. Famke Jansen's plastic surgery is really saddening. Anyway, pretty dumb film that was entertaining but didn't live up to the promise of the premise (Snakes on a Plane, meets Under Siege, meets Nic Cage). Color out of Space really pretty, creepy film, and Nic Cage is kind of perfect. My girlfriend then noted that Nic Cage almost seems incapable of playing a non asshole. Anyway, this was just an excuse to talk about movie marathons and this forum is pretty dead right now, so I figured I'd post. If anyone has fond movie marathons through a genre or actor's collection, please post here!
  3. Plug your shit

    I wrote a long piece on my changing view on Heavy Rain and its legacy: https://medium.com/@twmac/heavy-rain-a-retrospective-9a2d797dc9a6
  4. Movie Marathons

    He is barely in Rumble Fish so I wouldn't have recommended it. Red Rock West was on the docket - but then Colour out of Space took over. I really need to rewatch Bringing out the Dead.
  5. Movie Marathons

    Yeah, impossible to find at the moment.
  6. Movie Marathons

    I think she has a deep seated hatred for both those films and Cage is the central focus of her ire. I found out that Captain Correlli's Mandolin was the favourite film of one of her exes too, which sounds like a bad time.
  7. Movie Marathons

    Bad Lieutenant was on the list as was Leaving Las Vegas. Leaving Las Vegas doesn't seem to be on digital stores, and I couldn't find a local copy of it on DVD or Blu Ray. I guess he isn't an arsehole in Con Air?
  8. Movie Marathons

    She actually thought Donald was kind of an asshole too. He says things, or asks things that make Charlie feel even worse, and he seems to do it deliberately.
  9. Sunset Hardcore - my very first game

    Hey, sorry, it isn't on a platform I can play it on.
  10. I just read this thread from the beginning and it is super depressing. I poked Chris on Twitter to ask if this affected the announced platforms when they first came under Valve's umbrella, I was assuming it was going to go PC only. I too was not pessimistic enough.
  11. Broken Lines - New 2019 Trailer

    Cool, I look forward to it, probably on Project Scarlett now, given how little time there is now.
  12. Movie/TV recommendations

    It is probably even more directionless than The Witch
  13. Movie/TV recommendations

    I watched The Lighthouse a few nights back and I don't know why I did as I didn't really like the director's last movie The Witch. Like everything about his last movie there is nothing bad exactly about it, it just lacks any kind of verve or purpose. It is about two men in a lighthouse and the tension between them. Given the performances and cinematography that should have been enough, but just felt like an empty experience. It is unlikely I'll bother to watch another one of these, and depending on who you are you can take it as praise or criticism, it felt very Lynchian.
  14. Movie/TV recommendations

    I just watched The Death of Stalin and it was this macabre comedy where I was constantly horrified by casualness of human life. Some great performances and I loved that everyone just kept their accents. I think it is Jason Isaac's performance and twang that threw me in a good way. It has inspired me to spend more time looking into Stalin's death and the political upheaval during that period
  15. Broken Lines - New 2019 Trailer

    Any chance of a console release. It looks cool for sure.
  16. Movie/TV recommendations

    Lots of creeping dread with one mild jump scare. Very gory. Just watched Peanut Butter Falcon it was okay but Dakota Johnson needs to stop being in films. Shia Laboeuf does a good job and the actor that plays Zach is great. The problem is that Johnson's character is bot underwritten and she does nothing with it. There are too many side stories that don't pay off and even a guest appearance from Jake 'The Snake' and Mick Foley don't really save it.
  17. Movie/TV recommendations

    Just watched Midsommar the director's cut and I said 'Fucking white people' so many times that I annoyed the woman I went to see it with. I really liked it, big, moody, incredibly slow but always engaging. I really like the way things feel wrong from the get go. Also, the boyfriend is a character I loved to hate. So, basically everything tht Erkki hated about the film, I liked.
  18. Game Pass

    Yeah, you nailed Yoku, it is why I liked it so much
  19. Game Pass

    Ah, makes sense - for me I already use Xbox Live Gold all the time so paying an extra dollar to get game pass was a no-brainer. There is lots of new stuff coming right now that is worth checking out, I barely have time to play it all.
  20. Game Pass

    Isn't the exploit something that Microsoft are advertising?
  21. Infinite Jest

    I beat Infinite Jest, it was one of the best written door stops I've ever read. Some crushingly effective chapters (even paragraphs) sandwiched in between phenomenally written, well-observed tedium. Pretty sure Wallace hated Brett Easton Ellis but their ability to fill pages full well written nothing is very similar. Maybe Easton is a bit more nihilistic. Glad I read it, but I don't think I'd ever recommend it to a living soul. Unless I find someone that likes a book that is both very bad and possibly brilliant in all of its moments. The errata bits were what almost broke me, so dumb and stupid and pretentious.
  22. Movie/TV recommendations

    I just went to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, if you like Tarantino this is more of that. I was never bored while watching it but I found myself kind of scratching my head. Also Margot Robbie is criminally under utilised in this film to the point where I couldn't understand why they bothered. One nice touch is that because of the Tarantino thing, people show up that are pretty big names to do 5 minutes of work and that worked really well for me as I struggle with other films that introduce 'incidental' characters that are big name actors that are blatantly going to come back later, because the film's budget requires it.
  23. Game Pass

    My current recommendations: For the King Moonlighter The Banner Saga trilogy Neon Chrome Void Bastards Old Man's Journey Descenders Steam World Dig 2 Ashen Recore Mutant Year Zero
  24. Games Writing (Writing About Games)

    I am here because of what Ben requested. This is just a review but it nails down why Metal Wolf Chaos is still worth playing: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-08-06-metal-wolf-chaos-xd-review-as-dazzlingly-dumb-as-its-legend-suggests