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Film & TV / Re: The Punisher TV series whats the verdict? worth catching?
« Last post by manwithnoname on 16 January, 2018, 03:22:53 pm »
Still a couple of episodes from the end (I'm not one for bingeing!) but I think it's excellent. I'm not sure how much resemblance it bears to Punisher comics in general and he's spent basically zero time in the suit so far but it's a striking depiction of the damage done to men who serve and a brutal de-romanticisation (is that a word?!) of people we generally refer to as heroes.

It's well-written and surprisingly thought-provoking, with some decent action sequences thrown in and some sly commentary on male friendship.

The Punisher doesn't really have much of a suit, unless a black T-shirt with a big white skull on it counts. I suppose it does. That an a large automatic weapon.
General / Re: ABC Warriors timeline in light of comments in Fallout
« Last post by IndigoPrime on 16 January, 2018, 03:18:39 pm »
In a sense, I'd prefer it if I could do that, but so much about Pat's writing in ABC Warriors is about fixing/talking about continuity/history. It kind of needs to be a Doctor Who – there's so much messing about with time that you simply can't tie it all together. In the event, that's not what really happens.
Film & TV / Re: The Punisher TV series whats the verdict? worth catching?
« Last post by IndigoPrime on 16 January, 2018, 03:16:38 pm »
Mrs IP's agreed to continue watching it, and we mulled during episode 2 that, amusingly, the hero – who's basically a functioning psychopath – is far more likeable and interesting than Danny Rand. (Our personal Marvel Netflix ranking is something like JJ > LC > Defenders > DD 1 >>>>>> all the DD 2 bits without DD/MM in >>>>>>>>>>>>> all the other bits of DD 2 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> several days later >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Idiot Rich Boy And His Glowing Hand.)

Punisher so far would fit in somewhere around the middle (Defendersish), I think. And his wife does have a name! In the subtitles only, natch, but that's something.
Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« Last post by manwithnoname on 16 January, 2018, 03:11:11 pm »
Bit worried for my wife as she will be featured in the bitchy programme Spa Wars tonight. As they would mock about her guide dog :(
Bit of a delayed reaction - I've never heard of Spa Wars - sounds like a good reason not to have a TV (which I don't) - how did it go?

You don't have a TV? How do you watch television?
Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« Last post by manwithnoname on 16 January, 2018, 03:04:08 pm »
I got the hardcover Dark Knight III - The Master Race at Xmas. Came to it very fresh, having avoided reviews and not reading any of the individual issues, obviously.

It's great. Of course it's nowhere near as brilliant as DKI - how could it be? - but it's far better than the divisive, often incoherent DKII. I'm not sure if that's because Miller ceded more control to Azzarello, or if there was more time and thought that went into it, but one of the big reasons is that Miller's contributions to the art are limited, with Janson inking Kubert's pencils.

This has meant the story is far easier to follow, and there's less art atrocities on show compared to DK2.

The plot is a thinly-veiled ISIS trope, but it still works and the return of Batman and Superman is great to see, as Miller gloriously resurrects both heroes in fine style.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by TordelBack on 16 January, 2018, 03:03:22 pm »
Did you find Father Ted equally "problematic"?

A HatTrick production for Channel 4, that one, so not a great example of self-parody, despite @Glinner and Arthur Mathews on keyboards. Absofragginglutely hilarious nonetheless, of course.

However, there's nobody better at promoting the image of an Irish culture of drinking to excess than we-ourselves, despite obvious negative consequences, so I think Pictsy can be completely forgiven for picking up on a classic example here.   
Film & TV / Re: Annihilation (Alex Garland film)
« Last post by manwithnoname on 16 January, 2018, 02:31:53 pm »
Shame that people in the UK can't watch it in the cinema, as intended by the people making the film.

As for "too intellectual", I suppose that that issue has been brought to the fore by the performance of Blade Runner 2049, and also the recent general underperformance of science-fiction releases that don't have any mass cultural resonance, like Valerian and Jupiter Ascending.

I think in Blade Runner's case, it did find its audience, the problem was it isn't big enough, and that's a massive problem when you have a decent sized budget and high expectations for marketing support

It's a strange book, too, quite abstract and meandering. Probably won more awards than it sold copies.
Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by manwithnoname on 16 January, 2018, 02:04:14 pm »
I watched two horror comedies.  Grabbers and Deadheads.  Grabbers is a nice enough film with the premise and execution being enough to carry it.  Although isn't drunk Irish people a stereotype?  I enjoyed the characters and jokes more than the story itself, which ends in tiresome cliche.

Perhaps raise your issues regarding stereotypes and cliches to the director, who is from Northern Ireland, and the writer, who is Irish. Don't forget to copy in Northern Ireland Screen and the Irish Film Board, who funded it.

Did you find Father Ted equally "problematic"?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by TordelBack on 16 January, 2018, 01:50:58 pm »
Although isn't drunk Irish people a stereotype?

More of an observation.  Some things become clichés because they happen a lot...

You're spot-on about Grabbers, the concept, characters and locations are fun, and make for an enjoyable film, but the plot doesn't really add much to proceedings.
I killed a Judge today. Oh boy...

Society tells us that killing is wrong, as does our natural pack animal instinct. We choose the strong to lead us, to show us the way, to chastise those who choose wrong over right, but what if society's idea of wrong is something that just feels right?

Killing is easy. Seriously, it's a piece of munce. Maybe I lack that bit of empathy that makes extinguishing another's flame so daunting, but as far as I'm concerned that makes me stronger, better than those who can only be held back by petty things such as fear and guilt.

It's the first time I've killed a Judge, but it was only a logical step after all the other people I've done in. I don't get those who studiously count their kills, like it matters. I kill, and I move on, that's all. The numbers are out there but I've never been bothered enough to look them up. If somebody reads this one day I'm sure the figures will be calculated and shrieked over by social commentators, but believe me their total will never be close to the reality.

In all honesty, my main reason for doing it is because it seemed like a pinnacle for any mass murderer, the ultimate crime, to murder one whose very job is to stop you murdering. Delicious in so many ways.

One thing I didn't want to do is give the victim a rare disease or anything like that. It may have been okay for sneaks like PJ Maybe, but I like to be more, well, personal. After all, that's where the true enjoyment is, when you see the light go out of their eyes. The begging is nice as well, but you can't always arrange that.

These days it's not too hard to find a section of the city that PSU don't cover, and it was very easy to get Judge Hadrell to meet me there. She's been on the streets 20 years now, but I had a way to make her trust me and come to the meet alone. I suppose you may be expecting details of some elaborate plan, or a grisly fight to the death, but the professional killer doesn't do things that way. When we both arrived she asked me why I had insisted she meet me and I simply shot her with an unregistered, untraceable Moley 92 handgun. Through the badge and into the heart, all she had time to do was register total surprise on her face before she bought it. It was quite sublime.

So that's it – I killed a Judge. Even though she was one of many it was still pretty special, and I'm very sure I'll do another one soon. Until then, there's always plenty of normal citizens who are all asking for it.

I expect I'll kill a few later today – after all, I'm due at the sector house for the night shift, and there's always plenty of action for a man who spent 15 years in the academy being trained to kill...
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