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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 November, 2018, 09:49:59 pm »
StarCrash is bad but it has best space-helmet ever (which I believe is a water-tank of some sort).

And don't forget David Hasselhoff's Man-Perm!

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 21 August, 2018, 08:04:59 pm »
Make Room!  Make Room! which is uhhh... the best Harry Harrison novel I've read, I guess?  It says something about the tone that the movie's inclusion of a cannibalism subplot actually lightened the adaptation's mood, but it's an interesting spin on the noir detective thriller, clearly influenced by postwar austerity and cultural memories of the Depression-era shanty towns.  There's still a level of relevance despite - or perhaps because of - the relatively primitive technology, but the idea that migrants would flock to the US from China rather than the other way around in the wake of global resource and housing shortages probably dates it more than anything else.
Harrison's writing and the world it describes are more interesting than any of the central plot arcs, particularly the hunt for a murderer that goes nowhere by design, and I enjoyed this to the point I wonder why it doesn't appear in my list of the 100 best sci-fi novels (created by stripmining arbitrary "100 best" lists off the web), as I'd certainly rate it above the rather dull Starship Troopers.
Do yourself a favour and get stuck into Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series. It is by far my favourite Harry Harrison works.

I'll overlook the Starship Troopers comment. This time. ;)

However, for the love of god, avoid Harrison's Stars and Stripes Trilogy!

General / Re: So what ever happened to Stickleback???
« on: 26 June, 2018, 09:26:10 pm »
If you want weird and obscure "Whatever happened to Vanguard?"

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 March, 2018, 11:22:24 pm »
Jason Statham went to my High School (a few years before me - I think it was probably still the Grammar School then).
His dad is a singer and still performs in pubs around town as Barry Wild (Yarmouth's own Tom Jones).
And I went to the same University as Liam Neeson, which is not a specific reason to watch any film he is in.

But works as an excuse since he's good in anything.

Film & TV / Re: Black Panther - Please add your review
« on: 20 February, 2018, 02:02:27 am »
I haven't seen it but I have heard it has a predominantly black cast, apart from Martin Friedman (Bilbo Baggins) and Andy Sirkis (Gollum) as the Tolkien white guys
Would you believe that Andy Serkis actually made that joke in an interview!?

Suggestions / Re: Dredd compared to The Punisher on Netflix
« on: 10 January, 2018, 05:40:03 pm »
You seemed to have missed the one big difference between the characters.

One is a vigilante and the other ... do I have to say it!!!

In audience terms this is the fundamental difference between the two.

Vigilantes are a staple of US culture: Batman and almost all superheroes and cowboys; Death Wish, Falling Down, Gran Torino, The Equaliser, Man on Fire, John Wick, to a certain degree Dirty Harry – and Liam Neeson.

US audiences especially have liked the heavy-handed lone crusader fighting socety's perceived ills but not always the man of authority wearing the badge and waving the big stick.

I think that could be overstated. American audiences do have an affinity for "maverick" types, but authority figures can also be popular characters. Dredd (the character) is not dissimilar to the sheriff in a Western, for example.
And its not as if Dredd has not stood up to those in overall power.
He led the revolt against Judge Cal. He defied the Council of 5 over the Judge Child. He has resigned in protest and forced a Chief Judge to step down. It was virtually him versus the entire department over the Mutant issue.
In many ways he's the authority figure as they should be. More of a John Wayne than a Dark Knight?

Suggestions / Re: Dredd compared to The Punisher on Netflix
« on: 09 January, 2018, 11:03:54 pm »
You seemed to have missed the one big difference between the characters.

One is a vigilante and the other ... do I have to say it!!!

Film & TV / Re: Red Dwarf XII
« on: 23 October, 2017, 09:19:59 pm »
More importantly what exactly is the recipe for "Sugar Puff" Sandwiches?

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 12 October, 2017, 04:29:04 am »
Okay am I alone in seeing Plif the Hoojib in the trailer?

Film & TV / Re: New Doctor
« on: 25 July, 2017, 09:00:15 pm »
I keep forgetting the Rochdale Herald exists, weird thing to associate with the hometown.
In Richmond & Twickenham the Local Paper is "The Informer"!

Film & TV / Re: New Doctor
« on: 16 July, 2017, 06:23:23 pm »
Unfortunately I can't get the image of her as the dull-witted receptionist on St. Trinian's out of my head. This is going to be a problem.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who - Series 10 (Spoilers)
« on: 02 July, 2017, 08:27:16 pm »
The Good:

Missy/ The Master Shooting Himself/ Herself in the back!

The Bad:

Another Cop-Out on "Killing" The Companion

The Ugly:

Going straight to the Nu-Who Cybermen. Shouldn't Mondasian Cybermen evolve into Classic-Who Cybermen :-*

Help! / Re: Galway bound - Hive-mind recommendations?
« on: 23 June, 2017, 12:37:34 pm »
If you like Historic Military Fortifications, there are some mint-condition Martello Towers around Galway Bay.

General / Re: Cameos in early progs
« on: 08 June, 2017, 01:00:47 pm »
Depending on how early?

How about all the talk show hosts who interviewed Walter the Robot in "The Day the Law Died"

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who - Series 10 (Spoilers)
« on: 04 June, 2017, 07:14:46 pm »
Whenever there's a plot revolving around a planet wide invasion it always turns out to be a rubbish story.
Dr Who is much better when he's saving a small outpost or a space station or something.

Yes, planetary invasions require explosions. Insane monologues, someone going Ha!Ha!Ha!
(And preferably Daleks randomly gunning down bystanders ... that's what Daleks are for!)

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