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  1. The Star Wars Thread

    And because I'm sure everyone's dying to see what I thought of it; Outside of the hype of OMGz A NEW STAR WAR, it was a perfectly serviceable sci-fi flick. Considerably better than the prequels and, in places, aesthetically stunning - the Imperial wrecks on the desert planet are amongst my favourite setpieces in the whole series. The story felt meandering and without any real sense of u...rgency, though. The villain was more about slapping you around the face with backstory than about serving any antagonistic purpose to the story you were actually watching, which didn't help. Meanwhile, the new protagonist characters didn't feel fleshed out *at all*, even by Star Wars standards - they were all tell and no show, and as a result it was pretty much impossible to get remotely invested in them. On top of that, when one of your central characters is a Stormtrooper who had a crisis of faith and joined the forces of good, that makes a moral quandary of having him (and everyone else) running around blindly gunning down Stormtroopers willy-nilly for the remainder of the film, now we know they're not just identikit Space Nazis. As for the returning characters, they were - inevitably - a little heavy on the nostalgia, with Han Solo in particular being a walking fan-service machine ("HE SAID TRASH COMPACTER, YOU KNOW, LIKE THAT BIT IN THE FIRST MOVIE!"), with too much in the way of dramatic reveals of familiar faces, and Solo & Chewbacca's cringeworthy first appearance. Carrie Fisher was sorely under-used, with one low-key conversation between Leia and Han carrying more emotional weight than the majority of the movie put together, with her performance being strong enough & believable enough to disguise that her sole purpose seemed to be to spout exposition. Chewbacca, also, got one convincing emotional, powerful moment utterly lacking in some of the more plausible characters. The plot, for what it was, was a near enough carbon copy of the original movie, but overall kind of worked for it, though - as I said earlier - was a little meandering and lacked focus, with little to get your teeth in to. It showed enough promise that, hopefully, when the series is able to move away from its crutches of nostalgia and fan-service, it could drastically improve. Also, BB-8 is a shockingly impractical droid. Give me that clumsy box dude any day.
  2. The Star Wars Thread

    I watched The Force Awakens. It was okay.
  3. General Gaming Thread

    I just had to Google that to see if it was even a real game. Tremendous.
  4. Nintendo Megathread

    NX will launch March 2017, with new Zelda released simultaneously on NX and Wii U.
  5. What music are you listening to?

    I'm a huge Prince fan, and even so, often find myself listening to this version instead of his.
  6. Music that is awful

    It's all about Lucky Meng.
  7. Prince has passed away.

    Bet he'd hate that.
  8. Prince has passed away.

    Fucking awful. One of my favourites. I don't have a long-winded, emotive post full of how he influenced me or connected to me in any way like I did for Bowie because, for the most part, none of that is true of Prince. He just wrote the best fucking music, and I fucking loved him for it. Over the past couple of years my music listening habits have narrowed down to, really, only a handful of artists, with Bowie and Prince chief amongst them. I'll go weeks listening to nothing but Prince. I've listened to "My Name Is Prince" more than any other song in the past couple of months. He was just amazing, almost perfect. It was once said that if Prince died tomorrow, there was enough unreleased material to still bring out a new album once a year for a hundred years. Let's hope that's even a tiny way to being the truth.
  9. I like the idea of creating a conglomerate of all the aging rock bands I don't care about any more, much more efficient that way.
  10. Ronnie Corbett has died

    Genuine contender for best sketch ever.
  11. Let's remember Razorlight

    worst thing about The Bravery becoming more and more obscure & forgettable is the diminishing returns on the "honest mistake" gag.
  12. Retro Gaming Thread

    That's superb. My new wallpaper;
  13. Retro Gaming Thread

    Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 will probably be next on my list, tbf. I'm pretty great at making parks with fun themed areas, then getting bored of them and drowning dudes in panda costumes.
  14. Retro Gaming Thread

    I just started playing Railroad Tycoon 2 instead, it's cosy and familiar.
  15. Ronnie Corbett has died

    Awful, awful news. One of the greats. Light Ent's taking a pasting this year.