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  1. Treble

    Treble's Retro Gaming PC challenge!

    Just to let you know, still waiting. Stuff I order from China usually takes less than two weeks, so I expect it might rock-up very soon (although CNY has probably caused a huge backlog). As an aside, I normally avoid ordering stuff from China on eBay. Them sending a tiny package around the world for almost no money seems like an obscene waste of resources, and also - at such a ludicrously low price - you just know someone's getting exploited I only did it in this case to stay under the £35 limit, and the only other times I do it is when there's odd stuff I need that's totally unavailable except from there... stuff like components for retro machines and the like. Anyway, just publicly scrubbing my conscience a little bit
  2. Treble

    A movie watchers blog

    If Beale Street Could Talk A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime. I think your reaction to Barry 'Moonlight' Jenkins' new film is going to (at least partly) depend on whether you've read the novel. I was one of those weirdos who hadn't read American Pastoral and enjoyed the film, feeling the critics' derision was pretty harsh. Railing at critics can make you look like a thicko, but in the case of AP I honestly think many of them were afraid to give praise in case it may them look stupid by association - the book is thought of as a towering masterpiece (not by me; I dislike Roth and much prefer his contemporary, John Updike) and woe betide anyone in the media who hints they are apathetic toward it or - gasp! - haven't read it. I'm therefore guessing Jenkins' film is being batted between several schools of thought right now: those who champion him as great new voice for black people in cinema, those who have read the novel and are judging the movie as an adaptation, and those who don't have a dog in the fight and are taking it on merit. If you look at the RT score, critics have it at 94% and audiences at 69%. I really enjoyed it, but I think the audience score is closer to reality than the critics' consensus. It has a mellow sensibility, is gentle and kind towards its protagonists and looks beautiful; a visual interpretation of the book's lyricism I'm guessing? The snatches of dialogue obviously imported verbatim from the book are sweet but powerful; unfortunately they don't translate into naturalism, so you have to be content with the film being caught somewhere between realism and fantasy... and not really nailing either. That's a fairly large issue, really. The film begins with some really good clashes - age against youth, family against family, pragmatism versus romanticism, but this falls off in the second act to concentrate on the lead pair's life together. Mrs. Treb put it succinctly when she moaned about the number of shots that are of them staring into each others' eyes. Yes it's sweet, but there's no dramatic tension there. The third act feels more like late-period, self-indulgent Malick: gorgeous but fairly hollow. So why did I like it? Well, the performances are just amazing. You could watch Stephan James, Kiki Lane and Bryan Tyree Henry's faces change subtly through different emotions as the sun sets until time itself stops. The score is a gentle companion/counterpoint to the action, and the visuals are bathed in a warm orange glow like streetlights on a summer evening. This is a film with such care and introspection embedded that it's impossible to not admire. Whether you love it or not will very much depend on whether you're happy watching and listening to lovely people face ordinary horrors in a methodical and contemplative way. To some that's (Days of) Heaven, but to others it's a recipe for slow-motion boredom; a failed attempt to turn the novel's inner monologue into an exciting narrative. I'd highly recommend checking it out if the 'good bits' sound like your bag, though: if you haven't read the book; if you want to see more African-American stories told in a completely new way. Even then, like my superior half, you might just find it to be wispy and ephemeral nothingness, and get bored and fed up. Either way, people shouldn't be ashamed to say what they feel - it's meant to be entertainment, at the end of the day
  3. Treble

    The 3DS Resurrection thread

    Paging @deKay
  4. Treble

    The Worst Characters Committed to Screen

    That he's a person, not a character? And that the only character he's really known for is Smithy in Gavin and Stacey, where he's really good. People hate Cordon as a person rather than any character he's played, I guess.
  5. Treble

    A movie watchers blog

    No worries man, and happy to help Inside no. 9 episode: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4533012/ On-topic, I saw If Beale Street Could Talk on Sunday. Really good, very moving and beautifully shot & scored. It has some flaws (typical of any adaptation of a literary novel, really) but really worth seeing. I'll get some more impressions down when I'm next at a keyboard
  6. Treble

    A movie watchers blog

    Just be very careful. Sams listen non-judgementally, ie even though they want to help, they don't direct people. The way we approached conversations about people's thoughts of taking their own life was/is very circumspect and open. I know you were part of the conversation years ago, when I talked about my experience here, and it may be worth looking through that thread in case it helps. Sorry if I sound a bit defensive, but Samaritans are utterly unique in this country for listening without alerting the authorities - we were told in no uncertain terms we must refuse entry to police asking to check records or divulge details of conversations. Creating a facsimile that people recognise as a Sams surrogate - but doesn't get the way we talk right - may get a false impression. Also, Inside no. 9 did one thing similar recently, so may be worth rewatching that to check you don't overlap too much.
  7. Treble

    Yoshi's Crafted World - demo out now

    Anyone who still has a 3DS knocking around needs to get the excellent conversion of Yoshi's Woolly World. It got really overlooked because of the Switch coming out around the same time
  8. Treble

    Rian Johnson Star Wars trilogy

    I really like Rian Johnson - he seems down to earth, fun and not particularly egotistical - but I don't really like his films. I don't feel he's progressed past the 'indie filmmaker' stage far enough by this point in his career. You know, where you've got great ideas but no money, so you rely on clever dialogue and some startling shots, but can't really pull of dialogue-free action scenes or any kind of wit or comedy. I get that same impression with Treverow and a few others of their generation of filmmakers. They aren't wunderkinds like Spielberg or Wes Anderson, or Lord and Miller - they're people with some talent who got too far into the limelight before being seasoned, it seems to me. The difficulty at this late stage is reining them in. It's hard to tell them they need a mentor, or a script editor, or anything like that when they can retort with, "My last movie made a billion dollars" but if anyone can take advise, I would expect it to be Johnson. For the new trilogy, I hope he has taken lots of advice from his peers and nails his pacing and characterisation - pares down his desire to create densely-woven but not particularly inspired plots and make something accessible without losing his personal stamp in the process.
  9. I've got up to episode 4 of the first season and it's not grabbed me yet. I think mainly because I don't think much of the characterisation/not invested in any of the characters at all. The plot is very good and the central mystery intriguing, though. So, on balance, worth me carrying on or not, d'ya reckon?
  10. What was great about it early on was how anyone could die, and anyone could win. By the end of S4, if someone had said, "The Dornish end up victors" you'd have been shocked but not surprised. If S8 ends with anything other than Cersei and Daenarys killing each other, Sam coming back with a super-weapon/super-knowledge, the dragons all dying whilst taking down the ice dragon, Jon Snow as king with all the 'baddies' losing, I'll be supremely impressed and utterly shocked.
  11. We should have a poll for how we would like it to end! * Rob Stark/Mother-of-Dragons incest-athon win * Lannister win * White Walker win * All dead, Sam creates a new society from the ashes * CLEGANEBOWL! Honk! honnnnk hooooooonk!
  12. Treble

    Treble's Retro Gaming PC challenge!

    Graphics card converter finally on its way, following CNY:
  13. Treble

    Alita: Battle Angel

    I think there's 2 factors at play: naivety and legitimacy. It's not told very well, but makes sense I guess.
  14. Treble

    Alita: Battle Angel

    The champion gets a pass into Zalem.
  15. Treble

    The Lego Movie 2 - The Second Part

    Flopping is a bit strong; it opened less well than expected at $34m. The budgets for blockbuster animated films are about half what they are for live action, so if this makes $400m worldwide, I think Warners will be happy enough.

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