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Tomb A Day #36 - Tomb Raider II, Level 10: The Deck

It’s hard to pick a favorite Maria Doria level because I love them all so much, but The Deck is a strong contender. This level oozes atmosphere and the concept of an ocean liner jammed into a cavern at the bottom of the sea pushes all of my “Cool!” buttons. 

Walking to the edge of the deck and seeing the stern tipped over in the cavern was one of my favorite moments in this level. I like that Tomb Raider occasionally uses its distance fog (a technique for hiding short draw distance in games) as a shroud for impressive reveals of landmarks and giant rooms. See also: Colosseum.

Some small details I like: the ornate benches scattered about the deck, the algae-covered guardrails, and the rusty propellers.

I very rarely reblog anything (I’ve done it once and I’ve been a member for over two years), but these beautiful gifs called out to me. The Deck is probably my favourite level in any Tomb Raider game. The atmosphere is incredible.

This is why Toy Story is my all-time favourite animated film.

This poster is so sexy. I was contemplating buying the DVD from work today, only I just realised that it had a Blu-ray release in 2008. Unfortunately, the cover is horrendous, but what can you do? I’ve decided that I need to see more Ridley Scott films (he did direct the greatest motion picture ever, of course, and the only ones I’ve seen of his are Hannibal and his three sci-fi films) and this looks essential.

One of these days, I’m going to have a The Graduate/Midnight Cowboy/Straw Dogs triple bill and watch Dustin Hoffman evolve from a frustrated toy boy into a disabled con man and then into a bloodthirsty mathematician.

I really wouldn’t be surprised if either this or Sexoteque was chosen as the first single. Gotta love Elly complimenting a little girl’s hair colour at the beginning of this live recording.

(I apologise for the La Roux-dominated posts as of late, but I’m ridiculously hyped for the upcoming album).

Against my better judgement, I just pre-ordered the 40th Anniversary Edition of Carrie. I never got the 25th Anniversary Edition of It, so there was no way I could miss this. 

It cost £50 (and that’s not including postage), but fuck it.

LA ROUX #2 IN JUNE?

"During FFF - their first appearance this year - will present the world premiere recording of the upcoming, second album which will be released before the holidays."

"In June will be released long-awaited new album La Roux. Tracks from the new album will be presented at the show on FreeFormFestival 2014."

Thank you, Google Translate. It looks like it’s June, guys.

Somehow this evaded me until very recently. It’s notes from a test screening for Blade Runner in which the producers basically bitch about how dull the film (supposedly) is.

i-call-it-cunt-tube:

burningwiththefiresoforc:

Oh, Lord. Are Elly and Ben even working together anymore? It’s my day off work and I’ve done little else than scour the Internet for more on the ‘what’s holding up the second La Roux album?’ front.

I might just listen to Tropical Chancer repeatedly and drown my sorrows with a bottle of Frijj.

Not to make it worse, but he posted this a month before as well-

-Let’s hope it’s nothing that’ll keep Elly herself from releasing the next album. Not doing so would be extremely unfair to her fans.

Yeah, and I found yet another tweet in which he said something along the lines of ‘taking a backseat on this one to concentrate on new things.’ Hmm…

In other news, the ASCAP site credits Grace Jones as a co-writer of Tropical Chancer.

Oh, Lord. Are Elly and Ben even working together anymore? It’s my day off work and I’ve done little else than scour the Internet for more on the ‘what’s holding up the second La Roux album?’ front.

I might just listen to Tropical Chancer repeatedly and drown my sorrows with a bottle of Frijj.

Beautiful-looking people in their prime (Elly Jackson, Oliver Reed, Miley Cyrus, Ian Curtis, Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Alexandra Daddario, George Lazenby and Kate Bush) followed by the person I consider to be the most beautiful of all - my lovely girlfriend Hannah.

At Comic Con on Saturday, I bought a rather lovely Blade Runner print, limited to 300 copies and drawn by an artist named Tim Doyle. Not bad for £25 framed.

I WATCHED ONLY GOD FORGIVES LAST NIGHT

I think it’s fantastic.

I’ve wanted to see the film for some time but I’ve always held off in the fear that I would agree with the majority - that it’s hollow and pretentious. I recently saw Drive with similar expectations and instead found that I thoroughly enjoyed it. From that moment, I knew I had to see Only God Forgives. Not because I was expecting Drive 2 but because I appreciated the director’s style and so I wanted to see what else he was capable of.

It’s refreshing to see a film in 2013 that doesn’t necessarily look and sound like a film released in 2013. It doesn’t follow contemporary trends. The cinematography isn’t generic. The music doesn’t resemble something scored by Hans Zimmer. Instead, it moves at a deliberate pace and I was constantly reminded of one of my favourite horror films, Dario Argento’s Inferno, another film which is less about plot and more about stylised lighting and people walking around slowly to the beat of a distinctive score. It’s a modern arthouse film, abstract and bizarre and unlike any modern film I’ve seen in recent memory.

I’m not surprised in the slightest that the film has divided people, although I can certainly see it being re-evaluated in years to come. If a film like The Fountain (a film which I do consider pretentious) can develop a cult following and gain respect with time, I see no reason why a masterpiece like Only God Forgives shouldn’t.