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    Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

    Or looked at differently: "FALLOUT quietly makes Ethan’s failure to get over the loss of his team in the first MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movie the retroactive emotional spine of this entire franchise."
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    Gaming things you regret selling...

    I bought a copy of the Dreamcast version of Bangai-O from Gamestation around 2003. I couldn't get the hang of it (of either of its two control schemes, IIRC), and I was worried by the way that it seemed to make some of the most unusual-sounding disk drive noises when loading (which for the Dreamcast is saying a lot). Even those bizarre/whimsical still images weren't enough to keep me interested - everyone else seemed to find them charming, but I just remember thinking of them as a sign of shoddy translation! So I took it back to the shop the next day. I wish I'd given it more of a chance to get into it!
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    Great scenes in disappointing movies

    That suggestion reminded me of the space jump scene from Star Trek: Into Darkness, which - not having watched it since the cinema - I remembered being a quite well put together action sequence, and easily the highlight of STID. ... But no. I just went back and rewatched it on YouTube and although it probably was the best part of that film, that doesn't mean it's good enough to be worth posting in this thread.
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    Doctor Who

    The list of this series' writers and directors has been announced: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/dae5242d-e859-43cb-941c-e0a9f39e5928 Malorie Blackman is the only one I've heard of in that list. I've never read anything by her, but by all accounts she seems like a great choice of writer to have on the programme.
  5. In TimeSplitters Future Perfect's Subway map, if you shoot the vending machines, the damage texture looks like a scary clown face. I tried to find a screenshot or video illustrating it, but sadly the Video Game Soda Machine Project (a thing I just discovered exists) does not deem it worthy of mention. http://vgsmproject.com/category/timesplitters-future-perfect/
  6. I agree that as a self-contained movie, Infinity War is not as well-balanced (in its plot, character development, or many other aspects of storytelling) as the best action movie classics. Even the ones that are sequels, like Terminator 2. So to viewers coming to it afresh in a few years' time, I doubt it will stand up as well as some of the more self-contained MCU films. But, at the risk of sounding like one of those fans who says "this is a new type of serialised storytelling; it isn't meant to be looked at in terms of conventional movie storytelling! This is an experimental arthouse blockbuster!"... It can't be viewed in isolation. Right now, as an Event Film, a culmination, it's remarkable. And I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts. As for its exposition, how much you need to know about the other films, I'm going to link to this again: https://davidmann95.tumblr.com/post/173409762896/what-are-your-thoughts-on-infinity-war-and-do-you
  7. See that recent Mubi advertising campaign that caused a minor Twitter outrage for being snobbish gatekeeping (for which they apologised in the replies): I say this while posting on a forum that spun off from a magazine that began with the slogan "Edge: It's not for everyone."
  8. I used to have one of those Virgin Film Guides that republished reviews from the US TV Guide. This is their review of T2, to give a sense of the sort of criticisms it had at the time, compared to the first: https://www.tvguide.com/movies/terminator-2-judgment-day/review/128676/
  9. Not to take anything away from the collaborators who were vital to The Simpsons and Futurama, but Life in Hell [points at avatar] was something Groening did alone, and that had some excellent strips.
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    What are the most varied game series?

    Can we count licenced games in this? Star Wars games have covered a huge range of genres over the years (Star Wars Chess!), as has James Bond (FPS, TPS, racing game, arcade boat racer, that Game Boy RPG). Also: would the X-Com series be a contender? I've only played one game in that series (the least representative, least well-regarded one: Interceptor), but my mental image is that the other games are all top-down strategy games. But looking at the series' Wikipedia page, the games touch on many strategy subgenres:
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    This film's salt-licking is geophysicist-approved! THREAD: OTHER THREAD:
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    Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)

    Ah, you're opening a can of worms there...

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