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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Funny Cow - Maxine Peake as an up and coming female comedian in Yorkshire in the '70s and '80s. Not quite what I wanted, as it didn't lean as much into the grit of '70s working men's clubs as I expected and could often be quite whimsical. I also didn't think we ever got much insight into why the character is like she is, especially in her latter years. 5 out of 10. Tombstone - '90s western about Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday. Never got around to watching it and it was as fun as I thought it would be. Not a deep, or properly accurate, portrait of the events after the gunfight at the OK Corral but I did like that it wasn't the centrepiece of the film and we saw the aftermath. Val Kilmer's turn as Holliday makes you wonder why he couldn't not be an arsehole and done better with his career. 8 out of 10.
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    Line of Duty

    Anyone else watching this on BBC2? It's quality drama, well acted and tense as fuck.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Well Roma got a best picture nomination so I think that might be good.
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    RBS Six Nations 2019

    What a way to win the grand slam by strangling, not just beating, Ireland like that. We're in great shape for the World Cup until we meet New Zealand.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Brimstone - Moody Western with Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning that's incredibly grim viewing for most of its overlong run time. It features (in no particular order) rape, child abuse, incest, mutilation, hanging and immolation - not viewing for all the family. The story is told in a Tarantino-esque fashion to hide the mystery of the central character until the last quarter of the film and it mostly works but it's gruelling to watch due to the subject matter and it's near 2hr 30min run time. Told from a female perspective but I wouldn't call it a feminist revisionist Western or anything like that because so much violence and misery is heaped on the central character. Guy Pearce absolutely revels in his role as evil incarnate and Dakota Fanning puts in a good performance as the doomed protagonist but it's hard work. 6.5 out of 10.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Blackkklansman - Spike Lee's film based on a true story of a black policeman going undercover with the KKK. Good performances all round, though I think the film could've been trimmed by 15 minutes, and the story/themes are still incredibly relevant today. In fact the film ends with footage of Charlottesville in 2017 and Trump's response to it. Worth seeing even if it'll make you wonder why people are such cunts. 8.5 out of 10.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    All The Money In The World - Ridley Scott's version of the kidnap of Paul Getty, and his grandfather's hesitancy to pay the ransom, which is more famous for the jettisoning of Kevin Spacey at the last minute for Christopher Plummer. A fairly nuts and bolts movie that's fine but nothing more. Mark Wahlberg is relatively understated as Fletcher Chace and Plummer is okay as the elder Getty, though I can only think he was Oscar nominated as an eff-you to Spacey because his performance is nothing special. The definition of average so 5 out of 10.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    The Senator - Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy covering the week of the incident at Chappaquiddick when a young woman died after he crashed his car into a body of water. Fairly standard biopic with very little criticism of Kennedy's actions (he didn't notify the police of the accident for 10 hours) or insight into why he acted like he did. So no matter how good the film is, you'd want a more insightful, critical take on such a strange, tragic incident. 6 out of 10. Downsizing - Matt Damon stars in a Charlie Kaufman film that doesn't actually involve Charlie Kaufman about a man who shrinks himself to 5 inches as part of an initiative to save the planet. Whatever tone it was going for doesn't matter because it doesn't land anywhere. It's a bit quirky, a bit dramatic, has a some humour and is a bit saccharine and all of it adds up to a unsatisfying film. There's probably a good film in the premise but it's not in this 130 minute mash-up with questionable special effects and science. 4 out of 10.
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    Should the UK remain a member of the EU

    Over two years of political debate we've wasted on this. All the stuff that needs fixing in the UK has nothing to do with the EU and yet it's been thrust into the limelight whilst austerity continues to wreak havoc. Can't be arsed with any of it, clear Brexit off the table, call a general election and start again.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    The Florida Project - Drama filmed in a gritty, realistic style about a young mother and daughter living in Kissimmee and the shadow of the 'magic' of Disneyworld. I knew this had good reviews but wasn't sure what I was getting and luckily it was really good. Naturalistic performances from the two newcomers in the main roles and especially from Willem Defoe as the apartment's manager. The mother just comes across a massive cunt who refuses to grow up and reacts badly to nearly every situation and it certainly elicits sympathy for the young girl because she doesn't stand a chance in life. 9 out of 10. Moonlight - Oscar winning film about the life of a young black man in a tough Miami neighbourhood (slight thematic link to the Florida Project) who struggles with an addict mother and his own sexuality. To be honest not a lot of this resonated with me. It was well-acted and looked gorgeous but I found Acts II and III to be much less interesting than Act I and I wasn't sure that the sensitive lad from Act I would necessarily become the man he became in Act III. I preferred La La Land which was announced as Best Picture by accident instead of this. Good but it just didn't move me much. 7 out of 10.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Really smart, funny adaptation of the comics and especially liked their Spider-Gwen, it can't be long until she gets her own spin-off. Jokes are very clever with references to past incarnations of Spider-Man, where he is in the pop culture landscape and it culminates with a fantastic post-credits scene that uses the old Spider-Man meme to hilarious effect. Just a fun, vibrant film with an excellent voice cast. 8.5 out of 10.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Boy - Taika Waititi's comedy about a kid who idolises his father even though his father is actually an immature deadbeat. Infused with Waititi's trademark humour and with a style of speech that makes you imitate it for hours afterwards, this is a really nice, touching coming-of-age story in a unusual setting. 8 out of 10
  13. Eh? What about it? Controversial twist on a popular thread. Probably a few rules like demos don't count and if you've only played it for 30 minutes that doesn't count either. If you can review and describe games that you've completed, that may make for a more complete experience although I understand that bad games generally don't get completed because they're, y'know, bad.
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    Rate the last game you've played...

    Main game as my copy was from just after it was released. The Frozen Wilds was discounted on PS Store in January but I didn't buy it and now I regret that very much.
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    Rate the last game you've played...

    Horizon Zero Dawn - Been sat on my shelf for 2 years but got around to it in January. 63 hours and 100% completion later and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story was mostly bollocks but I really liked Aloy and the game was a beauty to look at it. Also really liked using a bow and arrow for most of the game rather than guns, though I did love tearing a disc launcher off a Thunderjaw and using it against him. Generally avoided the Ubisoft trap of unlocking the map and loads of POI though it did have the stupid trope of climb a tower to show the map. Slight flaws aside (story, everything in the game world wanting to kill you, Glinthawks and Stormbirds - cunts, slightly repetitive mission structure) I loved wandering the game world. 9 out of 10.
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    VAR Thoughts?

    I hate it and to all the people who continuously moan about refs, VAR is on you.
  17. Unimaginative username that's now been there too long to change. Picked it because Star Wars Episode III was out at the time and I had an Obi Wan avatar to go with it. I wear the lameness of it as a badge of honour now. Avatar is Gigi Meroni who played for Torino in the '60s and was killed crossing the road in Turin when he was 24. Changed it back in 2014 and have never felt the need to change it since.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Captain Marvel - Bit of a disappointment whilst still being enjoyable. I found the first 30 minutes quite dull and I'm not sure the piecemeal mystery of Carol Danvers was the best way to tell the story. Points for Sam Jackson, the depiction of the Skrulls and the cat but this is a middle-of-the-pack effort. Did like Brie Larson in the title tole once she got more of a grip on the character. Might also have suffered by me being more excited for the Endgame credits scene too. 6.5 out of 10.
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    The world of a woman.

    It won't be just one, it'll have friends. Buy an electric trap and it'll sort them out. Caught 5 of them under my sink with one of those. Check around for droppings to see where they move about.
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    As predicted, all the companies are realising that selling their content to Netflix is a mistake and soon you'll need multiple subscriptions to get everything that you once had for a single price. Physical media is still the cheapest, best way to curate a library of stuff you like. And the Netflix practice of throwing 1000s of hours of content out, with barely any quality control, will soon become tiresome too.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Ready Player One - Adaptation of the book of the same name and I had the same level of frustration with the film that I did with the book but for different reasons. I think it was just too meta to have Spielberg direct this when the book is very often in thrall to his movies and given how much of the film was CGI I'm not sure how much he even directed. Everything felt to weightless, rushed, under-explained, goofy and clichéd. Spotting some of the pop culture characters and references was fun but I felt it traded way too heavily on nostalgia, just like the book. At least the author (screenwriter here too) had the good grace to drop the whole "The puzzle was a scene from Film X, luckily I'd just watched Film X 200 times a week ago" shtick that ruins the book so badly. Also, Mark Rylance doesn't have to be in everything you do, Steven. 4 out of 10.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Beast - British film set on Jersey that's difficult to categorize (though Wikipedia says it's a psychological thriller) about a troubled girl who starts a relationship with a man who may, or may not, be a killer. It's a subtle film for large portions but it does become more obvious as it reaches its conclusion. Strong central performance from Jessie Buckley who straddles the line between emotionally repressed good girl and angry bad girl well. 8 out of 10
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Hostiles - Christian Bale escorts Wes Studi's dying Cheyenne chief back to his ancestral lands whilst avoiding Comanche attacks and other perils along the way. Beautifully shot, slightly clichéd and well acted by Bale and Studi. Not groundbreaking but well told and worth your time. 7.5 out of 10
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    Sky, Virgin Broadband etc

    £94 for all HD channels, phone and internet with Sky.
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    The Ailment thread

    I've never had such a bad run of illness as I have for the last 5 months. So desperate that I've been down the health shop for herbal remedies.