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a violent stab of loneliness

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“But even so, every now and then I would feel a violent stab of loneliness. The very water I drink, the very air I breathe, would feel like long, sharp needles. The pages of a book in my hands would take on the threatening metallic gleam of razor blades. I could hear the roots of loneliness creeping through me when the world was hushed at four o’clock in the morning.” – Haruki Murakami

U2 & SOE

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+ Bono finds what we're looking for The music, credited as ever to all four members of U2, soon gets under your skin. + Experience counts on U2’s return to form Thematically, the new album breaks from the claustrophobic nostalgia that made Songs of Innocence heavy going. + Songs of Experience by U2 ranks alongside the band's greatest work This is truly a cracker of an album on first, second and third listens. Living with it for an extended spell will determine whether it hits the heights of a Joshua Tree, an Achtung Baby or the cruelly underrated Pop. 
Back from the brink | Hot Press
Rolling Stone: U2 Faces Down Mortality, Reconnects With the Power of Music
+ DailyMail: Bono finds what we're looking for
+ BONO TO APPEAR ON JIMMY KIMMEL'S (RED) SHOW NOV. 28 
+ BONO AND EDGE ANSWER QUESTIONS AT U2: AN EXPERIENCE OF SONGS IN L.A.
+ U2's Songs of Experience is full of desperation and meaty hooks in equal measure
+ Bono’s brush with death: ‘I was clinging to my own life’
The band’s latest is their best since “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb."

The 15 Best Songs From This Century That Wouldn't Exist Without U2: Critic's Picks

The Little Things That Give You Away Live from the Joshua Tree Tour
+ U2 & Lady Gaga - Ordinary Love.live


Wednesday panels.Remembrance of things Rorschach

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The Rorschach cover got my attention and I ended up liking this fist issue. We shall know in a year how they stick the landing on this.

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+ 7 THINGS WE LEARNED IN DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1
+ The Watchmen Sequel Is Off to a Good Start, Whether or Not You Think It Should Exist
+ DOOMSDAY CLOCK’S GEOFF JOHNS TALKS REIMAGINING WATCHMEN
+ DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 REVIEW: The clock is still ticking.


HighDef Nabokov

Lolita Blu-Ray
The last Lolita film recently had it's 20th anniversary and I've been waiting for an American blu-ray release of "Lolita" forever and a day.  I had given up but then I ran into a great release from Germany that was was the upgrade I was looking for. Here's the image difference between the DVD and this blu-ray.

+ Lolita: Behind the Scenes
SEEING 'LOLITA':"The remake of "Lolita" may never open in America" 
+ Interview: Dominique Swain, ‘Lolita’ Star in 1997 Remake 
+ NYT: Revisiting a Dangerous Obsession
+ ADRIAN LYNE’S LOLITA
+ Ennio Morricone - Love In The Morning / Lolita
Nabokov and the Movies

Essay: Lolita - Girly: Sarah K. Cleaver on Tumblr nymphet

Lolita Starter Pack


game awards picks '17

My picks for this year's game awards 

Game of the Year

Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Persona 5 (Atlus)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

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Best Game Direction

Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda)

Best Narrative

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Tameem Antoniades, Elizabeth Ashman-Rowe / Ninja Theory)
Horizon Zero Dawn (John Gonzalez / Ninja Theory)
NieR: Automata (Yoko Taro, Hana Kikuchi, Yoshiho Akabane / Platinum Games)
What Remains of Edith Finch (Ian Dallas / Giant Sparrow)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Jen Matthies, Tommy Tordsson Bjork / MachineGames)

Best Art Direction

Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Persona 5 (Atlus)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Score / Music

Cuphead (Kristofer Maddigan)
Destiny 2 (Mike Salvatori, Skye Lewin, C Paul Johnson)
NieR: Automata (Keiichi Okabe, Keigo Hoashi)
Persona 5 (Shoji Meguro)
Super Mario Odyssey (Naoto Kubo, Shiho Fujii, Koji Kondo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata)

Even tho I'm going with Zelda, special mention to this track that I love from Destiny 2:

Best Audio Design

Destiny 2 (Bungie)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Performance

Ashly BurchHorizon: Zero Dawn (As Aloy)
Brian BloomWolfenstein II: The New Colossus (as BJ Blazkowicz)
Claudia BlackUncharted: The Lost Legacy (as Chloe Frazer)
Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (as Nadine Ross)
Melina JuergensHellblade (as Senua)

Best Ongoing Game

Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar Games)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG. Corp)
Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
Warframe (Digital Extremes)

Best Independent Game

Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)
Pyre (Supergiant Games)
What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive) 

Best Handheld Game

Ever Oasis (Grezzo / Nintendo)
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)
Metroid: Samus Returns (MercurySteam / Nintendo)
Monster Hunter Stories (Marvelous / Capcom / Nintendo)
Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World (Good-Feel / Nintendo)

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Best Action Game

Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Nioh (Team Ninja / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Prey (Arkane Studios / Bethesda)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda)

Best Action/Adventure Game

Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

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Best Role-Playing Game

Divinity: Original Sin II (Larian Studios)
Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix Business Division 2 / Square Enix)
NieR: Automata (Platinum Games / Square Enix)
Persona 5 (Atlus)
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft San Francisco / Ubisoft)

Best Fighting Game

ARMS (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Injustice 2 (NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Ent)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (Capcom)
Nidhogg 2 (Messhof Games)
Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Family Game

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
Sonic Mania (PagodaWest Games, Headcannon / Sega)
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)

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Best Strategy Game

Halo Wars 2 (Creative Assembly, 343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
Total War: Warhammer II (Creative Assembly / Sega)
Tooth and Tail (Pocketwatch Games)
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (Firaxis Games / 2K)

 

Best Multiplayer

Call of Duty: WWII (Sledgehammer Games / Activision)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Fortnite (Epic Games)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Most Anticipated Game

God of War (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Monster Hunter World (Capcom)
Red Dead Redemption II (Rockstar Games)
The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

 

 

 

 

Best Debut Indie Game 

Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Golf Story (Sidebar Games)
Hollow Knight (Team Cherry)
Mr. Shifty (Team Shifty)
Slime Rancher (Monomi Park)

The Golden Joystick Awards 2017

-Mexican Mario
-Cappy
-Breath of the Wild
-Fire Emblem


Leonard Cohen Memorial

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+ Damien Rice Famous Blue Raincoat
Lana Del Rey & Adam Cohen - Chelsea Hotel No. 2 
+ Seth Rogen Recites Field Commander Cohen
+ K.D. Lang: Hallelujah
+ U2 Pays Tribute to Leonard Cohen in Toronto , U2: Bad/Suzanne
+ So Long Marianne, Adam Cohen & The Webb Sisters
+ Adam Cohen with the closing speech and the song Coming Back To You
+ Everybody Knows, Courtney Love
+ Dance me to the end of love, Sting
+ The Future, Elvis Costello