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    Hip hop dad, Oxton soul boy and devotee of Mrs Paul.
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    Oxtonia, the cultural heart of the leisure peninsula.
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    Reading, writing, cooking, eating, watching telly, messing about with records and pretending to be in The Wu.
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    Teacher of English and calmer of juvenile lidder tendencies.

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  1. Paul

    Rate the last film you watched...

    Last Blood - 0/10. Ridiculous, cliched plot and levels of brutality which make it seem almost like a parody. The first film in this series was superb: a great action film with something to say about war and men who fight. This though is just awful. It fetishises an unprecedented level of bloody violence for absolutely no reason. Risible.
  2. Paul

    Rate the last film you watched...

    Miami Vice - 9/10. This is one seriously underrated film. It looks incredible, it’s gritty as fuck and the casting is ace. The framing is amazing with loads of ever so slightly low angle shots that leave the Miami skies filling half the frame. If it wasn’t for the mumbly dialogue and the very occasional moment that ever so slightly hints at cheese (mainly the tunes), it’d be perfect.
  3. Paul

    Rate the last film you watched...

    I’ve been listening to a film podcast called The Rewatchables recently and they had a run of three films selected by Quentin Tarantino to rewatch and chat about with them. I’ve subsequently rewatched all three myself to varying effects. The King Of New York - 9/10. I always loved this (Schoolly D, Walken, Fishburn, Snipes, Caruso, etc); it’s a real old favourite. However this is the first time I’ve rewatched it in years and still stands right up. And flips gangster movies quite a lot, into the bargain. Unstoppable - 8.5/10. I love Denzel and I love Tony Scott films and while I enjoyed this first time round, I hadn’t appreciated just how taut it is. It’s basically a monster movie with a train as the monster. It’s ace. Dunkirk - 10/10. I was dubious about this after first viewing and only really appreciated it after my second watch. However, it got better again after this third and it is genuinely a masterpiece, in my view. I think the narrative is so subtly revealed through editing and sound that it can feel a bit alien at first, but it seeps in to the brain. Also though, it’s stunning in a cinematography sense. An absolutely amazing film. Can’t remember seeing a grower of this scale before, ever in my life.
  4. Paul

    Rate the last film you watched...

    The Old Guard - 6/10. A good idea sloppily executed. The pacing, casting and dialogue are all weak, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that it had/has real potential as a concept. I wonder if they’ll turn it into a TV show. Mind you they’d probably fuck that up too.
  5. We finished it last night and the last episode was fucking brilliant. He’s genuinely talented. I also want to give I May Destroy You another shout. With two episodes to go, it is absolutely compelling. I have to say that watching it makes me feel the generational difference like nothing else I’ve ever seen. The attitudes to sex feel so far removed from what seems familiar to me. I think some of it is a London thing, but I deffo feel my age watching this. That said, the way she deals with issues of consent is absolutely fascinating. It is such a nuanced issue and yet she handles it without seeming preachy. In fact many of the scenes that raise these issues are incredibly powerful television and it feels like there isn’t a single episode which isn’t heavy hitting in the extreme. I can’t wait for the last two episodes this week as it is right up there with some of the best new drama I’ve seen in years and years. Certainly Michaela Coel is an absolutely incredible talent, both as a writer and a performer.
  6. Paul

    Rate the last film you watched...

    I think 4 is harsh as I thought there was genuine tension throughout. However it’s very flawed and that lies in the writing, for me. Tom Hanks wrote it himself and it comes across as a bit of a vanity project, in my opinion. Every single character apart from his is one dimensional, with the exception of Stephen Graham‘s character who manages maybe 1 and a half dimensions. Some of the little attempts to hint at the captain’s character feel ham-fisted. The not eating thing is just ridiculous after about the sixth attempt. The constant suspicion of the sailors with their first crossing Captain is equally ridiculous in the context of the cheers from the merchant sailors at the end. That all said, the action scenes are decent and, as they dominate the film, mitigate to some extent the poor quality writing of character and dialogue. 6/10 for me.
  7. Paul

    Rate the last game you've played...

    I bought this earlier in the week off your recommendation. Just waiting until I’ve finished my second play through of TLOU2 and then I’ll get stuck in.
  8. Paul

    Rate the last game you've played...

    Mad. I was the complete opposite. I thought it was subtle, mature and trying to make a comment about violence, revenge and what it is to be human. By a mile the most grown up game narrative I’m aware of. And playable as fuck.
  9. Paul

    The GF book thread

    I think that’s fair criticism actually and is probably reflected in the fact that, while I loved it, I also have not the slightest urge to re-read it. I was definitely charmed by the nostalgia it evokes though. That all said, while I’ll read the sequel, I haven’t got a clue what ground it might cover. The first book felt complete and final.
  10. Paul

    The GF book thread

    So disappointed with the Max Brooks. I had to fuck it off when, 18% in, it was still just basically really inane exposition and absolutely nothing else. Gutted. Now on Eden by Tim Lebbon, which was recommended in The Guardian a few weeks ago. Basically, the planet is fucked and humanity has created a series of “Virgin Zones” across the world which are areas where all human contact/interference is removed by law so nature can flourish. The story follows a team of illegal adventurers whose goal is to infiltrate and cross the first Virgin Zone, Eden, as it’s never been done before. However, once inside, mad shit ensues. It’s started really well; feels like a winner.
  11. Started watching Dave last night and then rattled through the first five. It’s brilliant; funny as fuck.
  12. Paul

    Rate the last game you've played...

    Won’t do spoilers, but I absolutely loved the story. Think it’s the best balanced game I’ve played between narrative and gameplay. Reviewers love to go on about games being playable movies, but this is the only thing I’ve played where I think that is valid. You actually care about these characters which is very rare in my view.
  13. I like Danny Murphy but this comes across as bitter shite from someone who never got to experience it himself and so dismisses it out of hand.
  14. Paul

    Beats and pieces

    Yeah. I had to listen a couple of times to make sure it’s actually not just cheesy or a total rip off, but I’ve decided it’s a tune.
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