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  1. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

    It's amazing that he could find a story criticising a young black City player for buying his mum a house - and it wasn't even the one about him! Amazingly depressing, of course. These tabloid writers know that tapping into people's prejudices sells papers - some people clearly enjoy being angry at people who don't look like them having the temerity to have nice things. I'm sure they don't think of themselves as "racists" in the same way as, say, someone who would actually abuse or assault someone because of the colour of their skin. But in many ways this structural / institutional racism is harder to avoid and has much more of a corrosive effect on our society.
  2. I for one know that the first thing I'd do if half my friends died and I fell into a deep depression, is have a shave. No, I definitely wouldn't turn into some kind of badly groomed wookie, absolutely not.
  3. Never played the Castlevania games but I thought this was great. The violence is a bit over the top sometimes, but does it with enough style and inventiveness to just about get away with it. Season 1 got me curious and practically ended before it started, but Season 2 had much more meat on the bones, and the ending was incredibly satisfying. Really made you give a shit about the Alucard - Dracula relationship. Maybe some of the "Vampire War Room" type stuff dragged on a bit in the middle, but overall, more please.
  4. Liamness

    Red Letter Media Fan Club

    They should book him on Ellen now, she loves that "where are they now" type stuff doesn't she? They could talk about his work regarding AAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDSSS awareness.
  5. Liamness

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Not sure what's supposed to be unusual about that.
  6. Liamness

    Return of the Obra Dinn

    Yeah, same. Feels like the "tutorial". I've seen loads of death scenes... I'm assuming I should probably slow down a bit and start tying to identify people.
  7. Liamness

    Audio Club

    If no-one minds I'll link to this thread in trading where I'm selling a copy of Ableton Live and an AKAI midi controller. You may not be surprised, given that I've never posted in this thread, that I am not making very good use of them. Please rescue my things from their sad life of neglect. Oh and please do let me know if I'm asking a ridiculous / unreasonable price.
  8. Liamness

    A movie watchers blog

    @sandman Haha - perhaps proving my point there. It's a film about the violent supression of a mass pro-democracy gathering in Manchester in the early 1800s.
  9. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    An incredible goal. As good as he was with us, he's improved certain aspects of his game to a ridiculous degree in the time since. An absurdly clean hit with it dropping down over his shoulder.
  10. Liamness

    A movie watchers blog

    Peterloo I must confess first of all that, prior to yesterday, I don't think I'd ever seen a single Mike Leigh film, television programme or play. Yes, I know, I should go watch Abigail's Party, etc. The upshot of this is while others seem to mostly be talking about the "broader canvas" he tackles here, I'm able to just look at it in its own right. And it's quite good, if flawed, portrayal of an event in this country's history that I often feel is treated as something of a footnote. I think the portrayal of the aristocracy and the powerful is the weakest aspect of the film. Too often the acting comes across as caricatured, beating you over the head with the idea that they are far removed from normal life and thus have no perspective or common sense. The grimacing police constable is perhaps the worst example, who scowls from the sidelines of so many scenes in a scarcely believable fashion. The scenes among the common folk are much more genuine and often quite touching, but also at times it can seem like the author's voice is coming through. But it does mostly feel grounded in reality, and the overall effect becomes quite immersive as the attention to detail here is pretty wonderful and the performances are spot on. I think Leigh would've done well to focus more on these characters and push everything else to the background, and make it less of a history lesson. Ultimately while I feel that the first hour and half or so could have more dramatic thrust, it does set the scene and ultimately gives more weight to the climax, I imagine particularly for someone not well versed in the actual history. Ultimately you do get a keen sense of one side's hope for a better future, born out of the simple act of meeting and exchanging ideas (there are a lot of speeches in this film, be warned), and the other side becoming increasingly paranoid about this fact. Of course you know these two perspectives will come to a head, but when the tension slowly rachets up and the horrors begin to unfold, the impact is not lessened. I appreciate that Leigh does not try to give greater meaning to the violence - it is presented as chaotic and random and stupid. Which makes sense - from what I understand the massacre had almost no impact on the pace of reform, and may have even set it back, so it wouldn't be correct to try and set these events into a historical context which does not exist. An important film then - but perhaps not executed as well as it might have been.
  11. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    Feel bad for Bournemouth almost - but they should've put us out of sight in the first half really. They were the only ones out there playing.
  12. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

  13. Liamness

    The Man Utd Thread

    I think Sanchez was onside there. His movement has been pretty good. A disastrous performance more generally so far though, 1-1 flatters us massively. Yet another game where we've started slowly and with no clear plan. Hopefully we've got that out of our system now though.
  14. Liamness

    The Wire

    Most DVDs have 576 vertical lines, I'd have to check if that's the case for the wire. Arguably they had more resolution than most needed at the time if they were using SCART or composite - it was really only plasma owners using component that would've benefited at the time. As such, I would say that most DVDs look acceptable, at least, Yeah I've read that before, it's a pretty fascinating read. He seems to accept it as a valid alternative version of his creation, that would definitely get it in front of more eyeballs, but that is nonetheless compromised. It does seem much better than "HD" versions of some other shows which got totally butchered - and of course most of the value in The Wire is not really in its visual language, but in the dialogue and the plotting and the performance. I wish they'd included the episodes in the original format on the Blu-rays, though. I probably would've bought them by now if so.
  15. Liamness

    The Wire

    We have two other, longer, threads about The Wire, just FYI:

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