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  1. In Topic: Ye Big Movie thread

    12 April 2024 - 12:37 PM

     worry, on 07 April 2024 - 10:07 PM, said:

    Started with Godzilla in 2014, and the track record has pretty much been putting out an amazing trailer followed by a movie that gets the monsters largely right and the people disastrously wrong (boring/stupid/generic in the way bad summer movies tend to do). And the majority of each film, naturally, focuses on these humans, so it's been a series of high potential --> C- to C+ movies. That includes the new Kong movies (even Skull Island imo). Anyway, I haven't seen the brand new one yet, but it looks substantially goofier than the previous ones, for better or worse.

    The Monarch series on appletv is the opposite - a human story set around the monsters, which ties the legendary G movies and Kong ones together quite nicely.

    The latest movie certainly goes down the showa era route of Godzilla movies with a goofier tone, but the movie was surprisingly much better than the trailer - it was dumb, but a lot of fun.
  2. In Topic: Querying about QuickTidal

    18 February 2024 - 08:54 PM

    He's probably fine and will drop back when ready.

    I've been distracted with other stuff and realised I haven't been on the forum for maybe months now... it happens! Good to see things are still ticking along here though.
  3. In Topic: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

    22 May 2023 - 01:25 PM

    I'm loving it, personally. It's a proper sequel - it's taken elements from botw but then added to or improved them. Obviously the base game mechanic is the same, but the new skills give you so much freedom to do things you're own way, and the game encourages creativity at every point.

    There's a guy by a locked door who wants mushrooms from a cave below - immediately you assume its a fetch quest. When he doesn't want the mushrooms - you realise you're just being shown the caves. Go in, use Ascend to get behind the locked door.

    Fuse is amazing. I thought it was basic at first, like stick a rock on a sword. But when I fused an enemy horn onto a specific sword, I got a whole new named weapon that does a ton of damage.

    Coming from ps5 games, the controls are all over the place. But I've remapped jump to X which helps, and since I'm only playing this now I've got used to it.

    Travelling through the depths is a new experience - they've taken the fromsoft 'layers' idea so you have 3 maps instead of one; sky islands, land, and depths. I'm enjoying literally digging up new lore about hyrules past.

    Cannot fault it so far. Maybe I wish Zelda herself was more like the Windwaker/Ocarina ones instead of this overly dramatic one, but I suppose she wouldn't need rescuing then. She's going to have to wait anyway, I have Pony Points to collect.
  4. In Topic: Bleak/Dark/Grim for the Sake of Bleak/Dark/Grim

    27 April 2023 - 04:13 PM

    I was watching an Asian channel the other night, NHK news maybe, and there was this program that just showed 72 hours in an obanyaki stall in Japan. It was just so calming, and it was notable because it's become so rare to see people just being pleasant to each other, enjoying their work, and regular customers that return each day for something made with a bit of care.

    I don't need serial killer profiles, just give me a guy making stuffed pancakes.
  5. In Topic: Bleak/Dark/Grim for the Sake of Bleak/Dark/Grim

    27 April 2023 - 02:07 PM

    View PostQuickTidal, on 27 April 2023 - 02:02 PM, said:

    View PostTraveller, on 27 April 2023 - 01:54 PM, said:

    I wonder if the state of the world in general is a factor here. When times are good, looking for something different in dark fantasy is escapism.

    I think you're right. We only need look to the 70's. Things sucked in real life, poverty and crime were at all time highs, drug use was killing a LOT of people, and the vast majority of film was focused around dark shit....and into that decade came a dude who told a really simple story about good triumphing over evil in space.

    There's a reason STAR WARS was a hit. The public was dying for something to lift them up out of the shit of that decade. And if you hear Lucas talk about it even today he notes that he wanted something escapist and fantastical for the masses.

    So yeah, maybe we've dipped so far back into the dark as a world and people have begun looking to rise above that into the light of escapism.

    Iirc, in one of his rare interviews before he got pissed off with it all, this is pretty much what Alec Guiness said. He just went back in to watch it; it was an uplifting escape from life on the street at the time. Obviously for many others, too.


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