Been playing Dank Soils Rememed: recently got all achievements so that's done. The game is, well, it is what it is. So it still is really good with just some touch-ups here and there and running much better than any version (including DSfix which still didn't solve some framerate issues in places a la Seath, and the decreased rolling and jump distances and falling through the world when sliding down a ladder when the framerate was upped to something noticeably higher than 30fps). Some areas seem much darker than I recall. Duke's Archives for instance. And when going from inside to out the lighting transition from dark to sunny and bright is a bit jarring, like it was for Valley of Drakes into Blighttown for the original (still here in this game). And a cinematic of the crow dropping you in Firelink, one scene looks significantly darker than the rest. I need not mention Frampt's extra melanin either. Not really complaints, just some graphical/lighting changes that were weird. I'd say more, compliments and complaints, but don't feel like it, and would rather save that for a relevant thread in the actual forum dedicated to the game. Overall I'm enjoying myself so that's that.
Last couple movies I saw: Hereditary and Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Hereditary is a really good, tense film. I was made as uncomfortable by the fracturing family dynamics and unexpected turns of overwhelming grief as I was, maybe more so, by the supernatural/hallucinatory(?) stuff. Dunno what to think of the ending. The last half of the movie you're not exactly sure what is happening, what's real or not, and the ending tries to set in stone what probably would've been better left a bit more ambiguous. The imagery in the last scene, almost a cruel mockery of the tragedies that happened (intentional on the film's part - I'm not spoiling anything) and the look on the face of the character who's the center of attention were all well-done in their own right though even if it may have strayed off course from what the movie initially set itself up to be. I read there was a three-hour cut that had to be trimmed for probably obvious, commercial reasons. I'd still like to see that cut. This is a movie that feels like there are holes that could be filled to enrichen some characters and scenes and make sudden transitions to tonally different segments smoother. As it is though, still really good stuff. lol @ its D+ Cinemascore. Cinemascore is really a useless meme to me.
Sicario 2: Cartel Boogaloo is a movie you can watch without having seen the first, as this doesn't follow up on or reference anything from the first Sicario whatsoever. A "stand-alone sequel" they call it. I'd still recommend seeing the first Sicario as 1) it's a fantastic movie in its own right, 2) it's the better of the two movies, 3) having the context for the characters in this movie helps appreciate what's going on with the characters in the sequel and exactly who they are and what they do. A solid movie in its own way, has some good tension and action, all that, feels a little more conventional than Sicario 1 which is more a POV from Emily Blunt's character as to "what's going on? What am I getting into?" and gradually finds out that she's being roped into some terrible dealings as a cover for said terrible dealings, true motives behind furtive characters are revealed and we see the terrible things they (or in this case one in particular) do for what was done to them. The first Sicario had a much...scarier vibe to it. Had some unforgettable moments. Day of the Soldado doesn't live up to that unfortunately, but is by no means bad. You want to continue to see the adventures of Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro's characters in Mexico engaging in shady, morally and legally questionable set-ups to get back at cartels while their plans fumble altogether in the process, there is good stuff here. There is a slightly sentimental turn in one scene that was a bit jarring, but nothing awful. And a sudden turn at the end that seemed ludicrous in how stupidly lucky a certain character ends up after being led to think otherwise. Last scene is good. I probably wouldn't mind seeing a third one of these. A few things feel like they're left hanging that could be resolved with a follow-up. So, it's good, but if you liked the first Sicario as much as I did, this one...isn't as good, but still worth a look.
On a final note, there is a user here whose presence I've been missing, and afraid has left for good because of the nature of his final post. I've mentioned him before by name but won't this time. I was told he's probably just taking a break from the forums but I'm afraid that may not be the case. :/ I'll just say he was an invaluable member of the forums and his posts always were intelligent and illuminating. He has a PS ID under his handle but those aren't loading here for some reason, and trying to look up user IDs on the very PlayStation website doesn't seem to work at all. Something broken there? The Steam handles, for those who have those, work just fine. I can click on them and get to a person's profile without issue. Playstation.com on the other hand...not so good. Anyway this person hasn't been logged in since March. I do hope it's just a break and nothing else because his last post had this tone of "I'm done with this place." Was in the Trump thread. Would suck if that were the case.
AND THAT IS ALL FOR NOW I think Iunno...
Through Dark Souls of futures past. The speed runner longs to see. One boosts between a pair of binos. Parry Walk with Me.