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Some 9 years after it was first announced, last week production finally commenced on the third Hanks/Spielberg-produced WWII mini-series Masters Of The Air.
Based on the book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany by Donald L. Miller, the series charts the actions of the Eighth Air Force of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.
Unlike Band Of Brothers and The Pacific (which both aired on HBO), Masters Of The Air will be shown on AppleTV+. Reports suggest a total budget around $200-250 million.
Director of the first three episodes Cary Fukunaga (True Detective Season 1, 007: No Time To Die) took to instagram to celebrate finishing the first week of filming:
Darude - Sandstorm
I watched this back in November. It's okay, nothing special. I was expecting them to make more of the video game angle given the title.
Gibson's only in about four or five scenes, but that's still a lot more than Michelle "why am I even in this movie" Yeoh.
Pretty funny seeing rich people getting BTFO.
Even funnier to see right and left uniting against them.
Distributed by The Daily Wire lol
So I'm guessing this is some right-wing "good guy with a gun saves the day" propaganda.
Not even worth a yarr.
Robee J Shepherd says...
"But it's okay Elizabeth, because you are white, nobody shot you!"
In fairness, they did fatally shoot another woman and being white didn't help her all that much.
Those big meanies! >:(
State of Decay 2 - I loved the first game, but this one fell short. The base-building has more depth, but the lack of a narrative makes the whole thing feel pointless after a while. The story in the first game was nothing amazing, but it gave me the motivation to keep playing. Here, you just keep going with the nebulous goal of surviving as long as you can. Once you've done that, you can do it all over again on a different map. It's a shame because the game could have been amazing. Being overwhelmed by a zombie horde and then losing a member of your group to permadeath evokes a genuine feeling of helplessness and horror that few other zombie games achieve. Oh well, a third game has been announced anyway. I hope they take the criticism of this one on board and make something really special next time.
Partisans 1941 - not as polished as Desperados III or Shadow Tactics, but still a decent entry into the real-time tactics sub-genre. Really looking forward to War Mongrels later this year, too.
Also finally got round to playing Assassin's Creed Unity after hearing that modern hardware can actually run it well now and that the bugs are mostly fixed. It runs well, sure, but it's still a bug-ridden abomination. I can't imagine what kind of unholy mess this was like when it originally launched.
"anyone know where i can download for free Microsoft Office - Word, PowerPoint, Excel..."
Microsoft offers free web-based online versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint via OneDrive.
Might be worth a look.
"Nicked from Wiki on the subject of Hitchcock's MacGuffin."
That's not really the problem, though. Grogu himself is basically a macguffin, albeit one with oddly more character development than most of the human cast. The problem is that each episode uses the exact same mindnumbing formula and most of the time, the events of the episode have no impact on the ongoing storyline. It's all so vacuous and unsatisfying.
They bring in cool actors like Titus Welliver and Michael Biehn, but then give them three scenes and kill them off. When Ahsoka turned up I thought "finally, a real character!". And while she was interacting with Din and Grogu, it was great. Some real storytelling, simple as it might have been. Characters talking to each other and advancing the plot. Good stuff!
But then it comes.
"Help me do the thing and I'll help you with the thing..."
Oh and then she disappears because it was all just a launchpad for her own show anyway. Ditto Boba Fat.
It would be great if somebody edited out all of the pointless guff and made a solid two-hour movie with just the main plot.
Finally made it to the end. I was really hoping they would move away from the tedious formula of the first season but it seems they doubled down on it instead. Previously on The Manderpian...
I need the thing.
We'll give you the thing if you do the thing.
Ok I'll do the thing.
*he does the thing*
I did the thing now gimme the thing.
Ok, here's the thing.
There is so much crap in this show that you could just straight up cut out and it wouldn't affect the story in any way. The only thing that kept me watching was the connection between Din and Grogu. If season 3 is gonna be about him becoming king of the helmet people, I don't think I'll bother.
As for the reveal after the credits? I guess they just had so much filler they needed to create a whole second show.
How many times are they going to make this movie?
In addition to releasing Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max day and date with the cinema release, Warner Bros. have now announced that they will do the same with their entire 2021 slate. Currently, this includes:
The Little Things
Judas and the Black Messiah
Tom & Jerry
Godzilla vs. Kong
Those Who Wish Me Dead
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
In The Heights
Space Jam: A New Legacy
The Suicide Squad
The Many Saints of Newark
The Matrix 4
This is unprecedented.
This item was edited on Thursday, 3rd December 2020, 20:12
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Going In Theaters & HBO Max On Christmas Day
No HBO Max in the UK so drink up me hearties, yo ho!
"Filler, nothing else."
Pretty much describes the whole show, tbh.
This show is like watching somebody play an open-world video game, but they just keep doing side quests.
For the first time ever, I'm actually excited about a console release. Not because I'm going to get one, but because of the impacts they might have on PC gaming. Since both the P*ss5 and the Eggbox Serious Eggs are using SSDs for the first time, games can finally make use of the huge amounts of bandwidth that will now be available.
AAA titles are almost always designed with the limitations of console hardware in mind, so nothing has really taken advantage of the immense bandwidth that SSDs can offer. I suspect that in the coming years, a decent NVMe drive will become much more useful.
Oh, and raytracing is purty.
This item was edited on Friday, 6th November 2020, 12:28
Phew, for a moment there I was worried this was about the Amazing Randy from Eurotrash.
Still one of the most immersive games I've ever played. Seriously considering playing this through again, which is very rare for me.
Robee J Shepherd says...
"He just doesn't look to me like he's doing anything other than tucking his shirt in."
They showed the same few seconds from two different angles to make it seem like it went on slightly longer than it did. It's amazing what you can make people believe with a bit of tricky editing and some dramatic music.
America's favorite serial killer Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) will return to SHOWTIME in a new 10-episode limited series that will once again bring together series star Michael C. Hall and showrunner Clyde Phillips. The new limited series is set to begin production in early 2021, with a tentative premiere date in the fall of 2021.
I really don't know. Part of me wants it to just stay dead, but with the original showrunner involved, maybe they can give the show the ending it deserved.
Looks like super garbage, like everything else Paul "not the good one" Anderson touches.
"I stopped watching this after Ep1 of season 2 which I thought was a bit of a mess.
Did I make a mistake?"
Season 2 had some of the show's greatest episodes (4 and 8 being particularly noteworthy). It was also a convoluted and often frustrating mess that pushed a lot of viewers away. The writers were tackling some big sci-fi ideas but didn't manage to convey them with the same elegance as they did in the first season.
Season 3 had its moments but IMO it was the weakest season so far. I wrote this ramble on another forum at the time. I'll put it in spoiler tags but its not very spoilery tbh:
The writers seem to have gotten bogged down in explaining endless swathes of backstory, often at the expense of the main narrative. Even when they are making big reveals, the show lacks any sense of momentum. They are obsessed with world-building, but the world they have built feels cold and sparse. It's not dystopian, it's just empty.
Bernard and Stubbs are just kind of ambling around, not really doing anything. William is just cracking one-liners, now his entire motivation is "gotta kill all the bots". Dolores is still a one-dimensional terminator. What does she even want, again? Caleb is super boring, although Aaron Paul is getting great mileage from his three facial expressions.
Charlotte is the only character with an interesting arc this season.
Then there's the endless poorly executed action scenes. Can one character please just aim their weapon before firing?
It's a shame because season 1 was so brilliant.
Man, those must be some long-ass episodes if it took you a decade to finish just six of them xD