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  • Ashens and the Polybius Heist

    Ashens and the Polybius Heist

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    The Polybius Heist works darn well, actually. I kind of liked Ashens and the Quest for the Gamechild in its own weird way, but I needed to use a lot of Ashens fan points to survive watching it. In contrast, I'm sure that Polybius Heist actually works as a low-budget heist comedy even if you're not an Ashens fan.

    And the reason why it works is that it doesn't really rely all that much on Ashens "lore" or injokes. A…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

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    I wasn't entirely sure if I'd like this, and the beginning half of or so is pretty much weird action scenes and exposition that doesn't do much.

    But the second half? Now we're talking.

    It's not perfect by any means, and by far not as good as Inception (which, in contrast, made much better blend of the mindblowing bits and action), but it's... pretty good overall. I guess.

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  • Zone

    Zone

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    (This is an indie film released on YouTube. Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwkIaJX3hmg )

    There's no doubt Stalker (1979) is one of the cornerstones of scifi canon. Yet, it's not even that abundantly clear that it *is* a scifi film: Tarkovsky decidedly took a more philosophical and spiritual approach that lends itself to many, many explanations. Yet, it's a film that is also based on source material: the novel Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers. The novel is definitely scifi and definitely more…

  • Assassin's Creed: Embers

    Assassin's Creed: Embers

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    In the "video game films I bought long ago but I didn't watch because I didn't play the previous games" series of films.

    A fairly competently made short film, meant to wrap up the Assassin's Creed II / Brotherhood / Revolutions sub-trilogy by telling us what the heck ultimately happened to Ezio Auditore.

    I'd first say it's a little bit okay-meh - a bit of ponderings and an action scene and a bit of ponderings. But I guess I can…