Rob Kemp’s The Elvis Dead

November 3, 2017 at 21:00 (Comedy, Festivals, Gigs, Music) ()

Hyde Park Picture House as part of Leeds International Film Festival 2017

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Resident Evil 7

October 22, 2017 at 11:18 (Games, PS4)

I was impressed by the demo and positive reviews and wanted to give the full game a go. The only problem was that it was now spring and I wanted to play in the dark. So I waited until September when it started to get dark earlier and finally got stuck in. At first I wondered if I’d made a mistake playing in the dark, the game was genuinely creepy and perhaps I did need the light on after all.

The opening sections of the game where you are restricted to the same locations as the demo continued to impress but once you are properly ‘introduced’ to the family things go wrong and not just in the story but the entire game. The more I played the more I got annoyed and more than once wondered if I should just quit, but it’s not a long game (apparently 10-15 hours is considered short) so I persevered. The good parts of the game are done extremely well: exploring the locations, trying to figure out what is going on, feeling a sense of dread from a realistic threat. It’s not long before that realistic threat becomes stupid overblown science-fiction/horror nonsense and that’s when the game starts to fall a part. The story makes little sense, seemingly shoehorning in a plot to loosely tie it to the rest of the series. There’s an inconsistency to encounters where you’re never quite sure if this is a stealth moment or unload all your ammo and hope for the best. The boss sections, like practically all boss sections, are tedious drawn out affairs that feel like they just get in the way of the rest of the game. Later in the game you’re asked to make an important choice but one of the characters is so underwritten I was barely sure who she was and her connection to the main character seemed tenuous at best.

I’ve found that once you realise that you’re not fully on board with something all the small niggles really stand out as well. Poor inventory management is perhaps part of the series. Your character has a torch but hardly ever uses it, even though a lot of the game is in the dark and it’s too difficult to make things out. The videotape sections make sense initially but who’s supposed to be filming the later ones? There were more things that annoyed me but thankfully I’ve forgotten those now.

Demo: 5/5
Full Game: 2/5

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Kevin Brownlow: the Restoration of Napoléon

October 13, 2017 at 15:30 (Film, Talks)

Widescreen Weekend at National Science and Media Museum

Widescreen Weekend is proud to welcome the acclaimed British film historian, documentary-maker, filmmaker, and author Kevin Brownlow.

Kevin Brownlow will deliver a special talk taking us through his incredible 50-year journey to restore Abel Gance’s five-and-a-half hour silent masterpiece Napoléon.

The event will be accompanied by a screening of Napoléon’s famous triptych sequence, showcasing one the film’s most innovative techniques and one of the earliest uses of widescreen.

https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/kevin-brownlow-restoration-napoleon

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Robin Ince: Pragmatic Insanity

October 10, 2017 at 18:30 (Comedy, Gigs)

The Wardrobe

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The Surfing Magazines + Fur Blend

September 22, 2017 at 19:30 (Gigs)

Brudenell Social Club Community Room

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TV Posts

July 1, 2017 at 13:21 (TV)

You may have noticed, although I suspect now, that I stopped posting monthly lists of what I’ve been watching on TV. It didn’t take long to do and was occasionally useful for me but I figured I’d rather watch another half hour of TV than making a list.

I’m still using Trakt and you can see what I’ve been watching over there.

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Glastonbury 2017: The List

June 27, 2017 at 14:17 (Festivals, Film, Gigs, Music) (, )

A list of all the acts and films I saw (or partially saw/heard) at Glastonbury this year. Nothing was disappointing (apart from the massive crowds and gridlock) but also not much stood out as a real highlight, those few highlights are in bold.

Thursday

  • La Strada (Black Lamp)
  • Rogue One (Palais)
  • The Libertine (Cineramageddon)
  • Withnail & I (Cineramageddon)

Friday

  • Hacienda Classical (Pyramid)
  • The Pretenders* (Other)
  • Glass Animals (Introducing)
  • Dua Lipa (Peel)
  • Roe (Introducing)
  • Kris Kristofferson (Pyramid)
  • Royal Blood (Pyramid)
  • Elbow** (Park)
  • Lorde* (Other)
  • Radiohead* (Pyramid)
  • The Flaming Lips (Park)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road* (Cineramageddon)

Saturday

  • The Bootleg Beatles (Pyramid)
  • Jeremy Hardy (Cabaret)
  • Kernow King (Cabaret)
  • Phil Kay (Theatre Field)
  • Jeremy Corbyn (Pyramid)
  • Run The Jewels (Pyramid)
  • Katy Perry (Pyramid)
  • The Avalanches* (Holts)
  • Foo Fighters** (Only heard them walking behind Pyramid)
  • Fatboy Slim* (Sonic)
  • Craig Hill (Cabaret)

Sunday

  • Robin Ince (Crow)
  • Cassette Boy vs DJ Rubbish (Glade)
  • Rag’n’Bone Man (Missed because of a nose bleed)
  • Barry Gibb* (Pyramid)
  • Kiefer Sutherland* (Avalon)
  • Stuart Goldsmith (Cabaret)
  • Chic** (Pyramid) 
  • Goldfrapp* (Peel)
  • London Grammar (Peel)
  • Justice** (Holts)

* – Partial set
** – Passing through/couldn’t see but heard

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Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads (Preview)

May 30, 2017 at 20:45 (Comedy, Gigs) ()

The Wardrobe Leeds

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March TV

April 5, 2017 at 18:08 (TV) ()

  • Inside Number 9 (1-4)
  • Follow The Money
  • Catastrophe
  • Gap Year
  • Homeland
  • Last Week Tonight
  • The Replacement
  • Broadchurch
  • The Goldbergs
  • Agents Of Shield
  • 24 Legacy
  • The Walking Dead
  • Full Frontal
  • SS GB
  • Taboo
  • Class
  • The Moorside
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine
  • Timeless

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February TV

March 5, 2017 at 13:56 (TV) (, )

  • OJ: Made In America
  • Inside No  9
  • Uncle S3
  • SS-GB
  • Homeland S6 (1-5)
  • Last Week Tonight
  • Bojack Horseman S2
  • The Goldbergs S4 (1-8)
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • Taboo
  • Modus
  • Agents of SHIELD S4 (1-3)
  • Class S1 (1-5)
  • The Daily Show
  • The Affair S3 
  • Film 2017
  • Lip Sync Battle S3 (1-2)
  • Real Time With Bill Maher
  • Brooklyn S4 (1-10)
  • Great American Railroad Journeys
  • Timeless
  • Not Going Out S8

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