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Film & TV / Elseworlds
« on: Today at 09:45:26 am »
If you're not watching the current Arrow/Flash/Supergirl Elseworlds DC TV crossover,  you're missing a trick. Last week Superman and Amazo,  tonight Batwoman and Dr Destiny. Thank grud I have kids to put me on to this stuff, it's proper superheroing. No prior knowledge required,  just enjoy.

Incredible work Eamonn, I had fully intended to throw some dosh at the raffle (for not-100%-altruistic purposes) and somehow forgot the auction date. I will make recompense before the day is out. You're one of the good'uns, sir.

As for Colin, you've had me chuckling at your modded Calvin & Hobbes strips for years now, but this latest one is on a whole new level!  Quite the talent with the pencil there, young man.

Creative Common / Re: DREDDCEMBER!
« on: Today at 02:17:03 am »
Tharg needs to get you back on Rogue ASAbloodyP.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 02:10:21 am »
This is going to be one of those alarmingly common situations where we disagree, Bear! I luuurved it, and didn't find a single minute of it boring (although I do agree that Aldrin was depicted as almost comic relief, rather than just the bluntly ambitious character he is, which was a pity).

I thought the film was very clear about why Armstrong was the man in the chair - he was shown as utterly calm and focused, as well as a proven pilot and fast-thinking engineer, best showcased in the Gemini 8 docking disaster (best scene in the film). 

Given that, in the event, the Eagle overshot its target by 4 miles and Armstrong had to had to manually select an alternative and bring the lander down right at the edge of its fuel range, that decision was shown to be correct. In an all-veteran crew he was the one who had successfully dealt with the first mission to be aborted in space. He was selected for pure technical competence, contrasting with the political weight surrounding the mission. 

The bits with his daughter are holdovers from the Hansen biography that the film is an adaptation of, and I thought they gave some needed speculative insight into the head of a notoriously private man.  The last bit with the bracelet was gratuitous (and not in the book, IIRC), but I suppose it acted as a visual symbol of the conclusion of his journey.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 December, 2018, 10:13:37 pm »
Mmmm, to my surprise my kids were very impressed by the non-fatal resolution of Aquaman  Other than Manta's dad and the king of the mer-people, none of the characters died, heroes and villains alike (faceless extras galore, mind).  You'd know it wasn't a Disney! 

I've a high tolerance for stupid movies,  but I'm being hard on Aquaman because I feel it wasted too many opportunities to be good. The script was utterly dire and gave the cast hardly any chance to shine, and the world was poorly communicated,  despite the obvious buckets of effort that went into creating it. It's not good when I'm almost dozing off during action sequences.

All that said,  there's no doubt it's at least as good as Justice League, which puts it in joint 2nd place as far as DC movies go.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 December, 2018, 05:28:24 pm »
That's the one, rat-fans!  There's some more Blessed early on and some pre-incident Leslie Ash at the mid-point, if that's your thing.  You'll need a fairly strong constitution unless you're judicious with the slider.

General / Re: John Burdis KTT (hons)
« on: 16 December, 2018, 04:39:36 pm »
Be a purl and drop one.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 16 December, 2018, 03:26:19 pm »
I want to hear more about Jayzus sniddling Prang. It's been too long since bumsex girl and the charity shop fumbles, as a boring monogamist I need to live vicariously through the grubby people I meet on the internet. You know who you are.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 December, 2018, 08:31:41 pm »
According to IMDB, he played him in the Roland Rat version!

I'm not mad about the Disney Christmas Carol (I'm watching it too!), but it's certainly a faithful adaptation. My go-to's are Muppets, Alastair Sims' and Patrick Stewart's ones, and of course Scrooged.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 December, 2018, 07:59:03 pm »
Inclined to agree with Matt about Aquaman in every particular. 

Some of the surface sequences in the second act are fun (the Sicily chase, mainly), Momoa has occasional flashes of charm, and I did like some of the creature designs quite  a lot, but if it wasn't for Amber Heard's d├ęcolletage I fear I would have fallen asleep more than once.  It managed to be shockingly pedestrian and drawn-out while at the same time wildly overstuffed and more than a little crazy. Or to put it another way, despite excruciatingly long sequences of exposition, no single element ever gets time to be developed (example: in about 20 minutes we get through previously-unseen kingdoms of merpeople, crab people, deep-ocean-trench people and pterodactyls at the Earth's core, without ever getting to know anything about any of them).  The de rigueur climactic battle that takes up much of the trailer is between King Orme and "The Kingdom of Brine", a bunch of creatures we were never even introduced to - but they went to the bother of hiring John Rhys Davies for the two lines that their single talking representative has.  I won't even comment on Julie Andrews' bizarre contribution, or what the point of casting Dolph Lundgren was supposed to be.  Wasteful, and frustrating.

There's absolutely no point picking holes in any of it, cos it's all holes but but but: Orme sends singulaly unimpressive tidal waves to crash into the world's coasts, specifically including Maine, but when we see the Currys' lighthouse there's no hint of damage - even the rickety landing stage is intact. Ditto all of Sicily. Speaking of Sicily, the map they find there points the way to the deepest ocean trench giving access to the hidden ocean at the Earth's core... in the Med?!? . Oh i need to stop, we'll be here all night

The de-ageing craze continues apace with what seem like rather gratuitous jobs on Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe, and a bizarrely unrecognisable shot at Temuera Morrison.  Actually, Morrison isn't half bad in this.

On the positive front, my wife assures me that Jason Momoa remains a very fine figure of a man, and even on the rare occasions when he is wearing a shirt on it appears to be painted on.  Take that as you will.

The real disappointment is that a film obviously designed to capitalise on Aquaman's surprisingly enjoyable turn in Justice League... doesn't. Everyone around him is so grim and serious all the time that the brief glimpses of that humour seem utterly out of place without other lighter characters to play off.  Oh, and large chunks of the third act are lifted from How To Train Your Dragon 2, but not in a good way. 

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 December, 2018, 03:18:16 pm »
In fairness to TLS I'm not very good at expressing tone in my posts.

What annoys me most about Eternal Brexit, even more than what is likely to be catastrophic economic and political impact on my own country that we're not supposed to care about because it's the the will of "the" people, is that it permanently distracts from what actually matters: tackling climate change and mass migration (not the occasional storms and a trickle of refugees of today, the real stuff - drowned cities, barren fields and billions on the move).  That a bunch of posh fucks have manipulated us down this nationalist dead-end for their own short-term benefit... it's almost too much to bear. And before anyone says, "growing economic inequality": same posh fucks.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 December, 2018, 03:00:56 pm »
So basically what happened to Greece.  And Greece is still inside the EU.

Pretty much that.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 December, 2018, 02:37:33 pm »
The problem as I (a largely ignorant arsehole) see it is that Rees-Mogg, Johnson and the whole parasitic parade of toffee-nosed freaks are staying/being kept out of it, permitting them to sweep in when the dust clears (whatever the outcome) and be annointed as saviours of the land in its hour of need.  May was never more than a sacrificial lamb for the Tories, the PM who was chosen to eff-up Brexit, because that's the only outcome there could ever have been. 

No-Deal Brexit: May failed, hateful EU punishes UK with unending hardship, Rees-Mogg to the rescue.
May's Deal: May failed, hateful EU punishes UK with economic decline and vassal-status, Rees-Mogg to the rescue.
Remain: May failed, betrayed the wishes of the people and condemned UK to eternal occupation, Rees-Mogg to the rescue.

I hope the pension was worth it.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 December, 2018, 01:55:24 pm »
Doesn't that covers most managerial decisions?

And many relationships.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 December, 2018, 11:27:00 am »
It's a simple fact that the victors don't really need to protest. Plus they all live in the country and the minibuses are needed for the bingo; you can never find the lav at these things and their bladders aren't what they used to be*. 

I was reading a thread about one of Sharky's favourite source of factoids, the Milgram expriments, and it observed that one of the main stated motivations in the <40% of participants who administered shocks past the point where the 'victim' cried-out was a strong reluctance to admit that they had been wrong to do so in the first place. It was those folks that went all the way to 'lethal' and beyond, rather than accept that they were duped and in the wrong way back when the pain they were causing first became evident. Watch this space.

*Whose is.

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