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RE: [VIDEO] Halo (Paramount+)

I'll be honest, despite my initial tepid optimism I didn't make it past episode 3.

Surprised it's going straight to terrestrial, especially since Paramount+ just launched in the UK.



RE: being 'paid off' to remove bad review

Step 1: Take the money and delete the review.
Step 2: Create new account and leave another negative review of the product.
Step 3: Get offered £20 to delete the review.
Step 4: Repeat until millionaire.



[VIDEO] RE:'E3' 2022 | Summer Game Fest

Xbox/Bethesda showcase was a bit of a dud. There was a huge reveal that Microsoft are teaming up with Hideo Kojima for his next game. Otherwise it was mostly previously announced titles although there were a few gameplay first-looks, such as:

Redfall




Diablo IV




Starfield
Looks all kinds of janky but hopefully that's just the limitations of the console hardware.
Sadly it's more likely to be the fault of the ancient Creation engine they're using.
Hard to believe they would put this out showing such horrendous fps drops given how hotly anticipated this title is.

The map size reveal was pretty impressive, though.




PG Gaming Show coming up, not expecting much.



[VIDEO] RE:'E3' 2022 | Summer Game Fest

No mega earth-shaking reveals at Summer Game Fest, but there were a good few surprises and interesting looking titles, such as...

Flashback 2 😲😲😲




Aliens Dark Descent
For a fleeting moment, I was hyped that we might be getting an Alien Isolation sequel, but it's actually an top-down action RTS game.




Fort Solis
Imagine Dead Space crossed with Duncan Jones' film Moon (2009).




Layers of Fears
Sequel to Layers of Fear.




Witchfire
New dark fantasy shooter from the creators of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter






This item was edited on Thursday, 9th June 2022, 20:44

RE: [VIDEO] 'E3' 2022 | Summer Game Fest

Quote:
sj says...
"What's the actual reason they're calling COD MW II again? Because it was the last great one and people will buy it?"

Pretty much. Although every COD has made mountains of cash, the Modern Warfare games made especially big mountains of cash and so they just went back to that. The 2019 game was apparently pretty good, so there is a bit more enthusiasm for this one than most recent entries in the franchise.



[VIDEO] RE:'E3' 2022 | Summer Game Fest

The Last of Us Part 1, PS5 remake of the first game with a PC version also in development. I guess it's finally time to see what all the fuss is about...



Call of Duty Modern Warfare II
That's the sequel to 2019's CODMW, not a remake of the 2009 game. Also, the first COD since WWII to be released on Steam.



Summer game fest starts in 90 mins, will update with more highlights later.



RE: [VIDEO] Craig, Daniel Craig

That's a bit like what Danny Boyle was going to do with Bond 25 before he left the project...

Quote:
Danny Boyle says...
“Weirdly — it would have been very topical now — it was all set in Russia, which is of course where Bond came from, out of the Cold War,” the “Pistols” director explained. “It was set in present-day Russia and went back to his origins, and they just lost, what’s the word… they just lost confidence in it. It was a shame really.”

I can see why they wouldn't want to finish Craig's run by taking such a radical direction, but it could certainly work as the beginning of the next continuum.



[VIDEO] RE: Craig, Daniel Craig

Since this is now a Bond theme thread, I'll take this opportunity to highlight a couple of lesser known but equally great choices. Some Bond films have secondary songs which play over the credits.

For example, the one I mentioned on the poll thread above. KD Lang's 'Surrender', originally written for Tomorrow Never Dies but consigned to the end credits after they replaced it with the Sheryl Crow song. I have since upgraded this to my favourite Bond song of all time.




Next up, The Living Daylights actually has two additional songs performed by The Pretenders and written in collaboration with John Barry. Each one is based on a secondary leitmotif from the film - the love theme and the theme for the character of Necros, respectively. I always loved the scene where Necros turns up at the MI6 safehouse listening to his own theme tune on his walkman. What a badass!






For The World Is Not Enough, David Arnold had intended for the film to end with this song playing over the credits, but director Michael Apted felt that it was too downbeat. I can see why...




Special mention goes to Shirley Bassey's 'No Good About Goodbye'. David Arnold has said that this was not originally intended to be the title song for Quantum of Solace, but it literally use the main theme from the film and sounds incredibly Bondian nonetheless:






[VIDEO] RE:Stranger Things: Season 4

Yeah that was clearly the highlight of the season. Sadie Sink pretty much carried the show this year.

Not hard tho since everything else was kind of a mess.

Eddie? Unbelievably annoying in the first episode but thankfully spends most of the season in hiding.
Murray? Shouts every line for some reason. Annoying.
New pot-smoking pizza guy? Annoying and pointless.
Yuri? Another absurd pantomime villain, completely over the top and silly. Same goes for that entire storyline.

Episode 7 was a bit of a chore. The highlight was...

SPOILER:
the Demogorgon finally tearing s*** up after being teased for like half the season

Almost made up for the relentless exposition fest in second half. Admittedly I was distracted trying to figure out precisely which Philip Glass piece they had used for it.

I feel like I'm being overly negative here, when really I didn't hate the season. It's just that the show is just so absurd and over-the-top now. For example, in the first season, Hopper is a small town police chief overcoming the loss of his daughter and becoming a surrogate father figure for Eleven. In season 4 he's still coming to terms with all that stuff, except now he's imprisoned in a Siberian gulag while his girlfriend flies thousands of miles in a rickety old s***box with a suitcase full of money and a wacky sidekick to rescue him, surviving a plane crash in process. It reminds me of this:



Plus there are way too many characters, leaving a bunch of them with barely anything to do. Mike and the gang over in California like:




Hopefully the last two episodes will redeem the season.

I hope they rein it in for the final season, whenever that comes.



[VIDEO] RE:Prey (prequel to Predator)

Full trailer:



Alternate link: https://www.scified.com/uploads/prey-movie-trailer.mp4

Shame they didn't use the Comanche language with english subtitles. A few too many "cool" shots of spinning axes for my taste, too. Hopefully they didn't dumb it down too much for a teen audience.




This item was edited on Tuesday, 7th June 2022, 14:47

[VIDEO] RE: 'E3' 2022 | Summer Game Fest

Heavy emphasis on PSVR2 titles in the Sony show, such as:

Resident Evil Village
Horizon Call of the Mountain
No Man's Sky
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Ch. 2

They also announced a PC port of Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered, which was a bit of a surprise. It will be released on August 12th.

One of the bigger reveals was Resident Evil 4 remake, to be released March 24th 2023:



Also there was new footage for a few previously announced games, such as:






Meanwhile the chat was like...






RE: [VIDEO] The Orville Season 3

Quote:
Snaps says...
"Apparently not. 🙁"

It is on Disney+ in the UK, no need for a VPN.



RE: Trial Depp n Ex

They awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, but there is a cap of $350,000 on punitive damages in that state.

Minus the $2 million that Heard was awarded due to the false statements about the crime scene, in total Depp receives $8,350,000 and a clear name.

I'm sure he will be enjoying a megapint or two this evening.



This item was edited on Wednesday, 1st June 2022, 19:43

RE: Trial Depp n Ex

Verdict has been reached, will be read at 3pm EST / 8pm BST



"E3" 2022 | Summer Game Fest

So E3 itself was cancelled again this year, but Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest has pretty much taken over anyway.

It runs from the 9th to the 12th, apart from Sony who will host their 'State of Play' show tomorrow (June 2nd).

Most of the usual conferences will be present, the only exception being EA Play which was cancelled this year. No big loss really as they barely even make games any more, just casinos for kids.

Here is the schedule:

Sony State of Play
Thursday, June 2nd | 23:00
Twitch | Youtube

Summer Game Fest
Thursday, June 9th | 19:00
Twitch | Youtube

Future Games Show
Saturday, June 11th | 20:00
Twitch | Youtube

Xbox + Bethesda
Sunday, June 12th | 18:00
Twitch | Youtube

PC Gaming Show
Sunday, June 12th | 20:30
Twitch | Youtube


To be confirmed:

Devolver Direct
TBC | TBC
Twitch | Youtube

Ubisoft Forward
TBC | TBC
Twitch | Youtube

Nintendo
TBC | TBC
Twitch | Youtube


Things I'm hoping for:

Wolfenstein 3 announcement
Avowed gameplay footage
More PS -> PC ports (particularly Ghost of Tsushima)
Splinter Cell remake footage (unlikely since they only announced it December, but I can hope)
I would also kill for some news about Mimimi Games' next real-time tactics game, (codename 'Project Süßkartoffel')


In addition to the conferences, there will be another Steam Next Fest running from June 13th to 20th. This is an online festival of indie games where you can download and play a large number of demos for upcoming titles. There are usually a few highlights amongst the flood of pixel-art platformers and dating sims.

https://store.steampowered.com/sale/nextfest




[VIDEO] RE: Trial Depp n Ex

I'll admit, I've been completely hooked by this trial.

I don't know where they got some of these witness but it's been an absolute hoot from start to finish.

Some of the highlights involved:

  • Heard's lawyer objecting to his own question.
  • The usually very private Kate Moss testifying against Heard's claims that Depp had thrown Moss down some stairs during their relationship in the 90s. In fact, her testimony only made Depp look even more chivalrous.
  • Walter Hamada (Head of DC at Warner Bros.) testifying that Heard's role in Aquaman 2 was reduced due to poor chemistry with Jason Momoa.
  • Ex-TMZ employee testifying that the video of Depp smashing cabinets was shorter compared to the one submitted in evidence for the trial, suggesting that Heard had edited it to remove the part that makes her look bad. It also heavily suggested that she was the one who leaked it to TMZ.
  • The judge being dumbfounded after watching Alejandro Romero's video deposition, in which he starts taking huge drags on his vape and then starts driving while still answering questions.
  • Heard's team inexplicably submitting the same photo as evidence of two separate incidents of alleged abuse.
  • Heard's team submitting an audio clip as evidence of Depp's jealousy in which he has stolen her red Mera wig and is prancing around pretending to be her character fawning over Aquaman.
  • The testimony from one of Heard's witnesses that Aquaman was "the most successful movie of all time" (it wasn't lol)

Special mention goes to Depp's hilarious (and rather spicy) text about Heard and Elon Musk:





[VIDEO] RE:OBI-WAN KENOBI SERIES

Well, at least Boba Fett no longer has the worst chase scene...





RE: [VIDEO] True Detective

Jodie Foster To Star In Season 4 Of HBO Anthology Series

Quote:
Foster, who will also exec produce the series, will play Detective Liz Danvers in the series, which comes from writer and director Issa López and executive producer Barry Jenkins.

The series is centered around Detectives Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro who are looking to solve the case of six men that operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanishing without a trace, when the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska. The pair will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.

Yes please.



RE: [VIDEO] Better Call Saul

Damn...

SPOILER:
I was so rooting for Howard :(

It's funny, this is pretty much how I expected it to go and yet it was still pretty shocking nonetheless.

And so begins the tortuous 7-week wait...



RE: [VIDEO] Prehistoric Planet (Apple TV+)

First episode is wonderful. I'm sure there's a fair amount of invention involved in order to tell the kinds of stories you would expect from a BBC/Attenborough documentary, but the photography makes it all feel very natural. And thankfully they didn't Disney-fy it too much, plenty of baby dinosaurs getting munched.

And holy moly did the effects improve since the old Walking with Dinosaurs days.

I refuse to believe that was over 20 years ago.



[VIDEO] RE: RIP Vangelis...

I was reading about him passing yesterday but there was some confusion with some websites reporting it as a hoax. Turns out it's true :(

Indeed, Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner are the big ones, but his score to the Oliver Stone's troubled 'Alexander' is just as grand and memorable IMO...



'The Drums of Gaugamela' is an absolute banger, as well.



He might not have composed many film scores, but his loss will be greatly felt by many.

I am far less familiar with his studio albums. Maybe I will sample some tonight.



RE: [VIDEO] 1883

Also announced, what was originally reported as a "second season" of 1883 will in fact be a spin-off called 1883: The Bass Reeves Story.

Quote:
The limited-run project will star Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo (Selma) as Reeves, a legendary lawman of the Wild West. “Known as the greatest frontier hero in American history, and also believed to be the inspiration for The Lone Ranger, Reeves worked in the post-Reconstruction era as a federal peace officer in the Indian Territory, capturing over 3,000 of the most dangerous criminals without ever being wounded,” the logline describes.

So a spin-off of a spin-off. I'm dizzy.



This item was edited on Wednesday, 18th May 2022, 20:40

RE: [VIDEO] 1883

‘Yellowstone’ Franchise Casts Helen Mirren & Harrison Ford In ‘1932’ Prequel

Quote:
The cast keeps getting better and better in the Yellowstone universe. Paramount+ announced today that Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford will star in 1932 (working title), the next installment of the Dutton origin story.

The streamer offered no additional information on who Mirren and Ford will play in the latest Taylor Sheridan joint, other than saying “the next story will introduce a new generation of the Dutton family and explore the early twentieth century when pandemics, historic drought, the end of Prohibition, and the Great Depression all plague the mountain west, and the Duttons who call it home.” It will bow in December and is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, 101 Studios and Bosque Ranch Productions.

The latest Yellowstone spinoff comes on the heels of 1883, the one-off prequel that starred Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as James and Margaret Dutton. The drama that also starred Sam Elliott, LaMonica Garrett and Isabel May became the most-watched title ever on Paramount+ globally.

Figured I would put this here since it's all part of the same family. Harrison Ford is a pretty big scoop for a TV series.

There is also another Yellowstone spin-off in development called 6666, which takes its name from the "four sixes" ranch. So no, it's not a western set 4000 years into the future. Bummer.



RE: [VIDEO] Prey (prequel to Predator)

The premise to this sounds really interesting. Can't be worse than the last one, anyway.

Also, this will be on Disney+/STAR in the UK.



[VIDEO] RE:Westworld (HBO)



June 26th.

Trying not to get hyped after the way season 3 turned out. Can't help it tho...





RE: Avatar sequels

Teaser trailer is attached to Doctor Strange 2 in cinemas and leaked online:

https://streamable.com/a1t9s4

Can't believe it's been 13 years. While the original had its problems, I'm still a thousand times more hyped for the sequels than any of the superhero crap that had infested cinemas for the past decade.

Such a shame that James Horner passed away. Hearing the theme at the end reminded me how great the music for the original was. His replacement, Simon Franglen, has enormous shoes to fill.



This item was edited on Saturday, 7th May 2022, 15:13

RE: Bloody Windows update! Again!

Quote:
Pete-MK says...
"Probably most likely candidate

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9401363"

If you can wait an extra day or so, you could save a few quid and get this:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Crucial-MX500-CT1000MX500SSD1-NAND-Internal/dp/B078211KBB/?tag=myrev09-21

For everyday use (including gaming), you won't notice a difference. Also available at CCL if you are Bezos-averse:

https://www.cclonline.com/product/247068/CT1000MX500SSD1/Solid-State-Drives-SSDs-/Crucial-MX500-1TB-Solid-Sate-Drive-SATA-2-5-inch-Internal-/SSD0713/



This item was edited on Tuesday, 26th April 2022, 22:39

RE: [VIDEO] Better Call Saul

Nice start, although I'm kinda bored with everybody always falling for Saul's crazy schemes without question. Even when they suspect him, no worries that was his plan all along.

It's also funny that the cartel storyline is far more interesting that main character's.

Gus, Mike, Nacho, Lalo & the Salamancas...



Saul, Kim, Howard, the Kettlemans, etc...



I have a feeling the mid-season hiatus will be painful. You know there's going to be some agonising cliffhanger to drum up hype for the last six episodes. Thankfully it will only be a few weeks.