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Angry the Clown

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  1. I'm really not convinced we'll see that kind of an iPad. iPad OS needs more improvement though. It didn't get much love last year so I hope they give it some attention in 2021.
  2. That all sounds good to me. What I am really curious to see is if the Apple Silicon era will usher in performance parity between both sizes of MBP. That could tempt me to get a 14", but really I still worry about making my iPad largely redundant if I have another MacBook, so I'm still thinking an iMac or a more powerful Mini would be the way to go for me (just make a mini with 10gig ethernet that matches the best Apple Silicon MBP performance).
  3. Consistency is going to be a problem with ambient for this type of thing I think. It's remarkable how quickly light and colour changes naturally. Obviously high end lighting (Profoto...etc) can offer the promise of "quality of light" consistency, but (much) cheaper Chinese stuff from Godox and others, despite showing some shifts under tests, doesn't seem to be too bad so there would be acceptable lower budget options if you friend wanted to go that route with some large soft boxes...etc. I wonder what kind of focal length lens would be best for this kind of work. A 50 or 75 perhap
  4. That's a really interesting question. My first thought would actually be about lighting because you'd really want to be able to control achieving consistent light and colour.
  5. My Fair Lady (Paramount) is apparently on the way in May according to retail listings. That's great news. It was updated to 4k/DV on iTunes not too long ago but with Paramount you can never tell if that's ever going to lead to a disc or not. I had yet to buy the streaming version but I am eager to see it in 4k as it's a Technicolor/Super Panavision 70 production. The disc should be fantastic.
  6. While I'm not the biggest Ubisoft fan these days, the fact the license seems to be going back into the open allowing various developers to make a pitch for new Star Wars games like it was way back when is great news.
  7. I enjoyed this a great deal. It was the perfect slice of fluff to play over the festive period.The music, from the original stuff, to the licensed stuff, and the remixes and fresh takes of known songs was an absolute delight. I think I've just about acquired as many of the trophies that I feel compelled to get. I really don't like it when multiplayer trophies are part of the core and not separated, at least in instances like this one when there's just so many mp ones to get. I've two more levels to survive without dying on in order to get the Ace 30 levels trophy, but I'm not mass
  8. I'm sad Sony have not pursued mini-LED in any of their 2021 sets. Their older backlight master drive driven Z9D displays were so, SO good that I can't help but wonder how they might have merged that technology with mini-LED had they felt compelled to do so. What little blooming the Z9D sets had back in the day might well have been reduced to near insignificance with Sony's knowhow and mini-LED. I guess we'll have to see if they do anything in 2022, or whether they announce something later in the year (unlikely since they typically have announced Z models later in the year, but the Z9J was amon
  9. Respectable OLED updates this year from Sony and Panasonic. Sony are now going to be doing what Panasonic have been doing on their highest end OLED panel where an aluminium plate is used to help cooling while allowing to boost the peak brightness of the panel a little. They don't seem to be going as far as Panasonic have for the past two years in actually customising the panel itself though. The plate will only be on Sony's A90 models, not the A80. Both have new processors this year, and I'm keen to see if Panasonic's new one finally e
  10. Unrelated to politics, I cannot praise Team Deakins (a podcast established last year by cinematographer Roger Deakins and his wife) enough. It's just a goldmine for cinema lovers and has been an utter godsend during the pandemic.
  11. I like Pod Save America a lot. Their core audience is domestic of course but I've personally found that it's really good and engaging for those outside of America trying to understand the workings of the political system over there. 'Oh God, What Now?' and 'The Bunker' are good ones for anyone interested in the chaos of politics happening primarily on this side of the Atlantic. Both centre left leaning like Pod Save America just to put that disclaimer out there (as the actual content of these podcasts are best left out of forum discussion).
  12. Best make that decision soon as Netflix are raising the price of their 4k tier in the UK in February. Looking at my finances for the months ahead I'm actually going to drop thought of renewing Disney+ annually for the time being and just move to subscribing for a random month as and when it suits me like I do with Netflix. Wandavision will have finished before my current subscription ends so I will be able to see that and get a sense of what Star will have to offer in future.
  13. I've said as much in the past, but I suspect a digital Series X would suit me very well. While going for a PS5 with the optical drive absolutely proved to be the right decision for me, my approach to games on the Xbox would be very different since it would primarily serve as a Game Pass system 90% of the time (with anything else being a purchase in one of their generous sales). I always viewed the console as something of a PC substitute. It's quite possible that it's something they'd have ideally liked to have had at launch but opted to defer it so the full focus of part supplies
  14. Disney UK have begun their marketing for the forthcoming addition of Star to Disney+ today. I received email about it too. It's interesting that they're clearly not offering separate (cheaper) subscriptions for people who do not want Star. I'll have about a month left on my D+ subscription to take a look at Star to evaluate whether there's enough there for me to justify renewing annually or not. So far the trailer isn't revealing much that instantly appeals but I'll have to see the full list of what's available once it actually launches.
  15. I'm happy about that one too. I played it on Game Pass on the XB1X, so never had it on Playstation where Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider are in my digital library, so like you it will be nice to complete the set. I'll replay it at some point I'm sure (might even do a trilogy play through someday).
  16. I'm honestly not quite as pessimistic as I still don't feel like the barometers for measuring success that we've clung to in the past apply in quite the same way anymore. I think MS, and certainly Spencer, largely knew what they were going into. As we've all debated before, while it's nonsense when Spencer might say he's not fussed about sales, there is nevertheless a longer game plan that applies to MS and the wider reach of their services and how they might still successfully supplement their inevitably coming in "second place" on hardware sold over time. That the Series consol
  17. Super Nintendo World soft opened to an early crowd of guests! New pictures (the crowds really do show up how compact it is. Surely they will indeed make Florida's more spacious?) https://www.themeparx.com/universal-studios-japan-expansion/ I particularly love the Toad meet and greet costume and how tubby he is: It would take all my might to adhere to social distancing rules and not hug him. Some videos:
  18. Kept my promise to myself to save this until Christmas Day for added nostalgia value. It's joyous. One of my all time go to chill out pick up and play franchises remastered to absolute perfection. Everything is as it should be. It feels so right. I'm still not even that good at it, nor do I even have any interest in skateboarding, but it doesn't matter in the slightest. It's like wrapping myself up in a warm blanket on a cold day. Pure comfort gaming.
  19. I must admit I'm quite enjoying some of the iTunes prices on several titles at the moment. The 4k/SDR bundle of Sean Connery bond films was an all time low of 14.99 so it seemed silly to ignore it, despite the fact the only audio options they carry are the rather bad 5.1 remixes. The 4k/DV version of Rocky is 1.99 today, as was the 4k/SDR Great Escape yesterday. All of these are MGM, and with talk of them trying to find a buyer it's left me a little spooked that chances for physical catalogue Bond releases in 2021, and a UHD disc for the anniversary of Rocky, may have diminished if there's to
  20. Randy Watson having piled on the pounds, and the ageless men of the barbershop, is an absolute delight to see.
  21. That doesn't surprise me as it's 4k/SDR on iTunes. I'd like to import their disc of Mad Max. Did you get it, Adam? I keep wondering if Warner might do it internationally though as they have the rights outside of North America. I'll definitely be getting Kino's Eternal Sunshine disc next year though as Universal don't have the rights in the UK so I can't see Arrow or another label doing a UK UHD of it. It did drop from £30 to 24.99 here last week which was tempting, but I just don't need the bulkier box on the shelf and the included printed items. The added fea
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