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  1. Anyone tried the new Iron Man game?
  2. She’s in Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga on Netflix too. Briefly.
  3. I’m astonished to say that I enjoyed this too - I felt that they actually developed Rachel’s character a bit beyond just ‘love interest’ and felt it actually had loads of energy and an obvious love and affection for Eurovision, even down to the Graham Norton commentary. The sadly brief Natasia Demetriou cameo certainly didn’t hurt either.
  4. I get that it’s not everyone’s taste, but I reckon Pixar films (or other CG rendered animation) would look amazing in HFR too.
  5. I though being able to actually see what was happening when the camera panned, instead of just the smeary mess that you usually get on 24fps film, was a real game changer.
  6. The Hobbit films were shown at 48fps (so double the usual rate) which I think was the trade off between losing the cinematic look, but improving the smoothness. Gemini Man was shown at 120 FPS.
  7. High frame rate. Was experimented with on the Hobbit films and more recently Ang Lee's Gemini Man. I really love it. 99% of people fucking despise it for making everything look too 'real' and non filmic.
  8. There are certainly underwhelming transfers that don't really feel like much of an upgrade from the blu ray. I think a lot of films from the last 15 or so years are guilty of this as they were filmed digitally rather than on film and upscaled from 2K (or worse) up to 4K, and there's no extra visual information they can capture. A good 4K scan of a movie shot on film can reap great benefits though. I've got shit eyes, so take this all with a pinch of salt. I think the best disc I've watched was Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which looks properly stunning in places, even though the film itself is only so so. I think HFR is a bigger upgrade for me than 4K, and I wish more films were shot and released in this format, as it's amazing seeing pans in films that aren't blurry messes. I do appreciate that only Peter Jackson, James Cameron and Ang Lee share my enthusiasm though.
  9. I bought literally THOUSANDS of DVDs. Basically every film I'd ever enjoyed (and a fair few I didn't even like much), with the idea of building a sort of film library. Eventually I threw away all the boxes and put them into disk holders. I was a lot more selective with Blurays, probably only have a few hundred of my top, top films. With 4K, I've got an (almost) complete collection of Marvel 4K steelbooks (I didn't really like the Norton The Incredible Hulk or the ugly steelbook they made for the 4K version), and less than 20 classics. And the entire Fast & The Furious series. Largely though I feel my collecting days are behind me, as having moved house so many times in the last 20 years, the idea of accumulating yet more physical stuff is way less appealing, and I'm tending to buy things digitally now.
  10. I stopped playing COD games when I realised they were paying real weapons manufacturers licensing fees to use the names and likenesses of their guns. It turns out my line in the sand is actually funding gun manufacturers. Simon Parkin wrote a good article about it a few years back: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-02-01-shooters-how-video-games-fund-arms-manufacturers
  11. Will you be able to buy it on its own? I've already rinsed the original, and would be more up for buying this as a standalone rather than a full price title where I've already played 80% of the content.
  12. This oral history of Wonder Showzen is amazing reading: https://www.theringer.com/tv/2020/6/9/21284446/wonder-showzen-mtv-anniversary-oral-history-clarence-beat-kids
  13. The best episode was the one where a particularly annoying contestant managed to turn the whole group against her. On her day to cook, she let people in, but was so drunk (Before she’d even cooked) she had to go upstairs and have a lie down, leaving her fellow contestants to cook for themselves. Judging by what was left on the kitchen counter, she was planning to cook them an Old El Paso tortilla kit meal. I think the episode was later pulled from rotation though, as she committed suicide a few years later.
  14. Carpenter’s commentary with Rowdy Roddy Piper on They Live is also brilliant, albeit bitter sweet, as Roddy goes into quite a bit of detail about how tough his life has been since the film’s release. I think he sadly died a few years after recording it.
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