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  • Birthday April 6

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  1. One can never fully count on the Academy’s taste aligning with that of the critics, but Nomadland was the best reviewed film of the year and probably my favourite from the nominations I've seen so far. I'll go Chloé Zhao, Riz Ahmed, Frances McDormand, Daniel Kaluuya and Yuh-Jung Youn for the others.
  2. I couldn't help having a flashback to the more innocent times of "the next Indy movie is going to have Cate Blanchett and John Hurt, and get this, Karen Allen is coming back."
  3. Apologies in advance for the bumping of a rather archaic topic, but with the recent announcement of Mads Mikkelsen joining the cast alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge and of course Harrison Ford, my feelings on the project have shifted from "no reason to exist" towards the realms of "slightly intrigued." The choice of James Mangold to replace Steven Spielberg in the director's chair remains an intriguing one too, and a somewhat optimistic one given where the franchise left off.
  4. Yeah, I know for me, the action sequences were a fairly mixed bag. What with it being mostly made up of lengthier takes on the radically truncated stuff from the cinematic cut, some of it now feels awkwardly overlong. Other scenes work much better but are sometimes weighed down by some fairly unsightly CGI. My favourite Man of Steel scene was the one in which Clark flew for the first time and broke the sound barrier, the scope and magnitude of that just jumped out at me in the best way possible. I feel pretty confident in saying that there's nothing in Justice League that can reall
  5. For a secondary nomination, I'd go with Avengers: Age of Ultron. The trailer made it look like James Spader's Ultron would be a genuinely cold and predatory villain, instead the character came off as a rather ill-conceived plot device.
  6. I know for me, Prometheus springs immediately to mind as an example of a film with great promotional material and a middle order end product. The initial teaser in particular was just through-the-roof amazing.
  7. Happy. Indoors or outdoors?
  8. What the article describes is pretty much the definition of a toxic workplace, and how any investigation could end in them finding nothing wrong simply beggars belief. Incidentally, it was only recently that I heard about Affleck relapsing during the making of Justice League, and that being the main reason that he stepped away from playing Batman. I don't blame him because the drama behind the scenes sounds like an absolute nightmare.
  9. Michael*


    Fair to say the lucky 'tache didn't have the desired effect in midweek. Heavy metal football was made to look more like stoner doom by Real Madrid, with even the much maligned Vinicius thrashing away like Sunset Strip in the eighties. I wouldn't consider the tie to be over just yet, though. Despite their ropey form as of late, one can never quite count out Liverpool at Anfield.
  10. Happy little bit late birthday! :Dinah:

    1. Michael*


      Most kind my good man, thank you!

    2. Matt!


      You're welcome! :Dinah:

  11. Michael*


    My original plan was to come up with a few different conclusions for the weekend's football, but there's really only one that matters. Alisson's moustache is truly awe inspiring.
  12. They're out there, just harder to spot. Presumably their attention span leaves a lot to be desired. Pity poor Arthur Curry. Is Paul Bunyan a Kaiju?
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