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RE: [VIDEO] Matrix Resurrections… Pick a pill…

If you are interested in the score, you can listen to it here:

Very generic tbh, lacking much of the complexity and creativity of Don Davis' music with a handful of needle drops from the OG scores to remind you that it is a Matrix film.

My expectations for this film are set pretty low.

RE: Amazon to stop accepting Visa credit cards

Snaps says...
"Do you have one and what are the supposed benefits."

I have one but I don't use it all that much. I can see how it would be handy for people with several different cards, though. It's a way to combine all of your different debit/credit cards into a single card. You can switch between them using the app, so you only need to remember one PIN number.

There is a free option as well as two paid tiers that offer additional benefits.

I don't work for them, I swear.

RE: Amazon to stop accepting Visa credit cards

An easy workaround would be to get a Curve card and assign your Visa credit card to it.

RE: Death Penalty

I do think there are certain crimes for which a death penalty would be appropriate. Murder, school shootings, terrorist acts etc. Not as a deterrent and not as revenge, but rather a way to simply delete the worst people from society.


This could only exist in a magical fairytale land where the justice system always gets the right person. Which they clearly don't.

Also, I've read horror stories about botched executions where they used the wrong cocktail of drugs and left the subject in agony or even a vegetative state. So there would need to be some "humane" method of execution that always works perfectly 100% of the time.

But for the first reason alone, I'm against it.

RE: [VIDEO] Bond, Trailer Bond

Orson Welles made Citizen Kane when he was 26.

RE: [VIDEO] Bond, Trailer Bond

Couldn't disagree more. Not just a great Bond movie but a great movie full stop, and a fitting end for Craig's stint as the character.

The only low points were:

Rami Malek's villain was weaksauce and sorely underdeveloped.
The whole DNA-targetting nanobot/virus thing has been done several times before, most notably in MGS.
My most hated trope - the noble sacrifice. Zzzzz.

Great score from Hans Zimmer* (*although a huge part of it was actually composed by Steve Mazzaro), although they did straight up copy and paste the Batman chase theme in one scene towards the end. It worked pretty well, though.

Also, the action sequences were brilliantly choreographed with one of the best car chases in Bond history (Matera). A massive improvement over the terrible Rome chase in Spectre. The forest scene was also brilliantly executed. The single-take stairwell shootout did have me looking for the edit points, though.

I would say it's tied with Casino Royale for Craig's best Bond, Skyfall next then QoS and the dreadful Spectre dead last.

A solid 4/5.

[VIDEO] RE:The Witcher (Netflix)

Seems like they upped the budget a bit.

[VIDEO] RE:Invasion (AppleTV+)

So, the first three episodes:

The slow-burn pacing might turn some people off. War of the Worlds this ain't. It's more like This Is Us with a sci-fi twist. It follows a number of different storylines taking place all around the globe, including extra-marital affairs, school children being bullied, a retiring small town sheriff looking for religious meaning etc. But then there are slightly more exciting stories like a JASA communications expert (my favourite character) who is trying to uncover the mystery surrounding a recent space disaster, and a US army captain and his team investigating the disappearance of another squad in Afghanistan (the writers couldn't have known lol). All the while strange things are happening, mostly in the background.

The writing is a bit on-the-nose sometimes and the show has its fair share of dumb/contrived moments, such as:

The teacher who can't find the brake pedal.
People carelessly leaving their car keys unattended at a supermarket during a global crisis.
The adulterous husband calling his girlfriend instead of 911 when crazy things start happening.
Also, the bully kid is just a bit too obnoxious and looks ways too much like Rick Astley. Hope he meets a grisly fate.

Max Richter's music elevates the show immeasurably. In fact, his involvement should tell you a lot about the tone they are attempting to strike.

Apparently the pace picks up in the later episodes, but I hope it doesn't accelerate too much. I'm rather enjoying the show's ponderous nature.

Season 2 already in production.

RE: The 100 greatest TV series of the 21st Century

Nice to see The Leftovers getting some recognition.

Band of Brothers all the way down at 36, though?

U wot m8

[VIDEO] RE:The Batman

I'm optimistic. Can't be worse than the Snyder-verse crap.


Si Wooldridge says...
"Is it a full 22/23 ep run then?"

Nope, just ten episodes.

It is indeed a "limited series", which is different to a "mini series". It's a slightly nebulous term that just means a shorter season than a full run, usually between 8 and 12 episodes. So if it does well, it will be renewed.

No interest, myself. I think I watched ~6 seasons of the original show before the formula became tiresome.

RE: Scream (continuation rather than reboot)

The first film was a razor-sharp satire of the slasher movie genre. This just looks like another bog standard horror movie with none of the wit of the original.

Plus the trailer gives away like half of the deaths. Wtf?

RE: [VIDEO] Star Wars: Squadrons

If you have Amazon Prime you can get a free key for Origin for this game.

There is also Ghostrunner (redeemed on GOG) and Alien Isolation (for Epic Fail Store).

RE: [VIDEO] Asimov's Foundation

First two episodes are a bit of a chore. It is visually stunning and the production value is off the charts, and Bear McCreary's score is a treat. I'm struggling to really connect with the characters, though.

Gaal reminds me of Rey from Star Wars a little bit, in that I'm kinda invested in her story because the show tells me she is the main character and I guess she is somewhat interesting ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Lee Pace is chewing the scenery just a little too hard, bordering on panto-villain territory.

So far I'm enjoying the world (or Galaxy) building the most and they've done a pretty decent job of establishing the lore (although from what I'm told it deviates wildly from the source material). A quick skim of the wikipedia article would seem to confirm as much.

Hoping for more sci-fi and less relationship drama in the coming episodes.

RE: Babylon 5 Reboot

A Babylon 5 reboot is in development...

... at The CW

Don't get your hopes up.

[VIDEO] Invasion (AppleTV+)

An alien invasion is seen through the different perspectives of various people on different continents across the world.

Starts October 22nd.

No relation to the ill-fated 2005 ABC show of the same name.

RE: [VIDEO] The Orville

It should be on Star (the section of Disney+ for mature content).

I don't have Disney+ so I can't check, but maybe you have to search within the Star library for it to appear?

RE: [VIDEO] La Brea

It's amazing how many cliches they managed to fit into five minutes. So nice of the collapse to pause for 20 seconds during a dramatic moment, only to instantly resume straight after xD

It's NBC so it likely has a first class ticket to cancellation town anyway.

RE: [VIDEO] Matrix Resurrections… Pick a pill…

Jitendar Canth says...
"Edit: Just remembered that at the end of Matrix Revolutions, after Neo did his whole Messiah on the mecha-cross thing, it switched back to the Matrix, where the sun was rising, and it had all turned Technicolor... Makes sense it would stay that way for a sequel."

It does indeed:

RE: [VIDEO] Matrix Resurrections… Pick a pill…

Looks like John Wick wandered onto the set of Sense8. Given how the sequels turned out, how extremely hit-and-miss this creative team can be and the lack of Don Davis' music, I can't see this feeling like anything more than a cheap imitation.

RE: [VIDEO] Spider-Man No Way Home

Either they are keeping Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield's involvement super secret, or they just aren't in the movie very much.

I've avoided all Marvel crap like the plague for years but the prospect of an 'Into The Spider-verse'-style live action mash-up actually piqued my interest. Some closure for the OG characters would be really nice.

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[VIDEO] RE:American Crime Story

Actual trailer:

That's a whole bunch of make-up on Clive Owen. Same goes for an unrecognisable Sarah Paulson.

RE: [VIDEO] So... what are you playing just now?

Back 4 Blood beta

As someone who spent thousands of hours playing L4D2, I was massively hyped for this game.

Not anymore.

The introduction of a convoluted rogue-lite card system just adds needless complexity and progression for people to grind. Melee combat is ineffective and unrewarding. Gunplay is okay but the addon system is unwieldy. Maps are decent but the characters are kinda bland and the special infected are nowhere near as good or memorable as the classics, despite borrowing heavily from them.

But the biggest stinger of all is the lack of a campaign versus mode. This alone makes the game DOA for me. The PVP in the game is more of a swarm wave/survival mode and just plain sucks.

Disappointment of the year :(

RE: [VIDEO] American Crime Story

Season 3 'Impeachment' begins September 7th.

I still can't see Clive Owen as Bill Clinton but I'm sure it will work.

Trailer should arrive soon, but in the meantime there is this promo image: