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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 April, 2017, 03:53:09 pm »
A SINGLE MAN
Colin Firth, an Englishman in LA, struggles to get over the loss of his long-time partner Matthew Goode. It's the sixties so society isn't quite ready to let him grieve openly - he's not even allowed to the funeral in one of the most touching scenes - and this follows him for one day as he struggles with exactly what to do with that old service revolver (in one of the funniest scenes).  Again it's all gorgeously presented (did Tom Ford - director ever do ads?) and framed throughout as Falconer (Firth) is an outsider looking in.  Julianne Moore is in it and is also great.

Tom Ford is a fashion designer, hence the visual flair. A Single Man is one of my favourite films in the last few years. Maybe the best cinematic depiction of grief (alongside the opening sequence of Up).

Oh it's the same Tom Ford. Like the Humphrey Littleton's, I thought it was a different bloke.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 18 April, 2017, 01:26:05 pm »

As for the main event game itself; The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild- it is, pun intended, breath-taking.
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It looks absolutely gorgeous, but it's the ingenious design and game-play (scientifically known as "Nintendo magic") that make you want to play it as soon as you wake up, work or hangover be damned.

I'm loving this game.  Some people are moaning about the lack of traditional dungeons and mini-bosses and special weapons and  bosses but the way this is set up works miles better for me.  Nearly everything is a BOSS and the weapons aren't just for use in one dungeon and then neglected (almost) thereafter.  I need to beat a Lynel, and I can't. SO I'm away training up, practicing, get more meals and skills and hearts and then I'm going to kick his ass.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 April, 2017, 12:30:15 pm »
THE HANDMAIDEN

Oldboy director Park Chan-wook cuts loose on a tale of intrigue and hustles in Japanese occupied Korea in the 1930s.  It's visually compelling to look at from the get-go (and gorgeously scored too) but as events unfold and are retold from different perspectives (giving an entirely new take on what's going on and who's conning who) it gets only better and better.

By the time it finishes, the men are ALL irredeemable bastards and I'm still not entirely sure who was most naive and most conned.

Great stuff.

Oh and if you are a bloke thinking of going to see it just for the hot, lesbian action*, you'll be reminded in the narrative itself why that still makes you a hot sweaty pervert.


*This movie was actually Mrs. Tips choice; and I did warn her off thinking it might get too dark for her tastes so I could stand proud in the cinema that I wasn't a hot, sweaty pervert.


A SINGLE MAN
Colin Firth, an Englishman in LA, struggles to get over the loss of his long-time partner Matthew Goode. It's the sixties so society isn't quite ready to let him grieve openly - he's not even allowed to the funeral in one of the most touching scenes - and this follows him for one day as he struggles with exactly what to do with that old service revolver (in one of the funniest scenes).  Again it's all gorgeously presented (did Tom Ford - director ever do ads?) and framed throughout as Falconer (Firth) is an outsider looking in.  Julianne Moore is in it and is also great.

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And of course is anyone knows and wants to invite Frank himself along, feel free.

I'm sure he'd love the opportunity to discuss his work with drunken fans. :)

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How about this...
1300 - meet for a pint in The 78
1430 - into the exhibition
1630 - pint in another pub
1800 - mother India for beer and curry
2000 - whatever seems most fun...

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Film & TV / Re: LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE
« on: 17 April, 2017, 12:02:30 pm »
gft = Glasgow Film Theatre.  Glasgow's main arthouse* cinema. 


*I debated whether or not to put "arthouse" in quotes and decided against it as it made it sound like the kind of place that shows korean lesbian porn**.



** The Handmaiden - really good actually.


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Film & TV / Re: The Walking Dead - Season 7
« on: 13 April, 2017, 02:58:20 pm »
Worst season so far for me.

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I'm still in.  Though I may be on the train back to Edinburgh with The Huff as I need to be at work in Edinburgh at 0645 on Sunday 30th....

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Film & TV / LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE
« on: 13 April, 2017, 12:13:21 pm »
I've a chance to catch up with some of the Lynch I have missed at the GFT this month... but probably only manage the one movie.

So which should it be?

LOST HIGHWAY or MULHOLLAND DRIVE?

(I've seen all the other ones they are showing - except for TWIN PEAKS: THE MISSING BITS but I can't recall enough about TWIN PEAKS to make that a worthwhile investment of my time).

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Prog / Re: Prog 2024 - Meet Harvey
« on: 03 April, 2017, 07:40:04 am »
All great stuff. All of it.

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Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 03 April, 2017, 07:37:46 am »
Ow! My knee hurts. And it's keeping me from running which rapidly became my new addiction.

It is this new addiction causing the knee to hurt and I am fixing this with the help of a Physio but I overdid it yesterday in the garden. So, Ow! again.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 02 April, 2017, 07:17:47 pm »
BLADE RUNNER  - The Final Cut.

It must be twenty years since I last saw this and while visuals and soundtrack are still amazing, I was surprised that Deckard is so rapey and that there is zero chemistry between him and Rachel. Really, they spend about twenty minutes together - even less in screen time. Is there a cut where their relationship seems remotely real?

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Film & TV / Re: Inside No. 9 (BBC2)
« on: 02 April, 2017, 07:12:28 pm »
That Christine episode is all kinds of brilliant.

And how long has Sheridan Smith been good?

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 28 March, 2017, 08:46:31 pm »
And even more win as we do the Switch thing.

Tiny Tips playing Zelda on big telly. Undocks it and carries on playing while we drive to piano lesson. Hands it to me and I get half an hour of Hylian hijinks in while he's at the lesson. Then he plays it on the way back and docks it on return home. Hey Preston, on the big telly again.

I didn't even know I wanted this feature but it's a great USP.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 28 March, 2017, 04:25:46 pm »
Oddly, Wind Waker didn't grab me at first as, despite the bucket load of goodwill it has by being a Zelda game and the gorgeous design, I too wandered round aimlessly for a while.

I then realised that I had missed the whole game mechanic where the fish faced fecker marks stuff on your chart and low and behold, it grabbed me. Started again and loved it.

I also used to quite enjoy riding about Hyrule field  on Rooms in Ocarina of Time just looking for fun things to do. Killing time until I could be bothered with the main quest. That always seemed different and more enjoyable than some games where I've been killing time because I couldn't figure out what I was meant to do next.

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