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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 October, 2018, 06:12:08 pm »
Mandy.

An arthouse grindhouse movie - sort of a mashup of Drive and The Evil Dead with Nicolas Cage at peak Caginess. Has a grainy, oversaturated burned-in VHS aesthetic that looks like nothing else out there and the soundtrack and sound design in general is insane, and holy shit is it loud! The plot is so thin as to be almost immaterial - this film is 99% mood and atmosphere which makes it one to see on the big screen - I imagine it would lose a hell of a lot watching it on a TV. No doubt its fans would claim 'that's the whole point' but I felt it took far too long to get going and was at least 30 mins too long, to the point where it really struggled to hold my attention by the end. Wouldn't watch it again, but kinda glad I saw it nonetheless. It's certainly memorable, and people who love this movie are really going to love it.


Sorry to Bother You.

Satirical arthouse movie with a surprising sci-fi twist. Sort of like a feature length, avant garde episode of Black Mirror. Amazing cast, and voice cast (you'll have to see the movie to see what I mean... ). Creative, visually inventive and full of righteous anger but ultimately a bit too unfocused and messy to really get it's message across. Tbh it really lost me in the second half, it just got too out there for me to follow what was happening and what the director was trying to say. Ultimately feels like a surrealist comedy sketch that outstays it's welcome.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 October, 2018, 08:43:34 pm »
I know MCU has its problems,  but taken together it is an incredible body of work.

I've enjoyed some movies more than others, but I think the only one I didn't enjoy at all was Iron Man 2 (which I'll confess I've only seen once and may be judging harshly). I'm fairly kindly disposed towards Age of Ultron — its only real fault is that it tries to do too much (waaaay too much) and, let's be honest, there are worse faults a film can have.

Even the much-derided Thor: Dark World isn't terrible, it's just… off. Somehow, none of its scenes seem to be the right length. It feels like all the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order.

But, by and large, that MCU brand is pretty much a guarantee of a couple of hours of decent cinema entertainment — sometimes merely pretty good, often great. That's a hell of a thing over eighteen (?) movies.

20 now isn't it?

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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 01 October, 2018, 09:50:40 pm »
I love Temple Of Doom. My relationship with it is much like my relationship with Return of the Jedi.....I can appreciate that Empire is the better film, but I'm more attached to Jedi. I appreciate Raiders is the better film.....but I have a real attachment to Temple of Doom. I've never understood why people rate is so harshly, it's non stop fun.


I'm in the same boat re: Temple of Doom. I know Raiders is objectively a better film, but ToD is the one we grew up with on video (taped off TV, obvs*) so it's the one I'll always have the most affection for. Agree that people are way too harsh on it - Last Crusade is far sillier, especially at the end.

*Edited for TV. I think I must have been in my late teens before I saw an uncut version, and was genuinely shocked to see actual hearts being ripped out, though it did make a lot more sense in retrospect - until then I could never figure out why all the characters were so scared of Mola Ram scratching their chests with his fingernails.

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General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 01 October, 2018, 05:13:09 pm »
Can't quite believe it...

RIP

Legend

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Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 27 September, 2018, 05:21:12 pm »
Skull is a great icebreaker, and - paraphrasing from the Shut Up & Sit Down review - the only game that it's possible to teach new people to play when everyone's drunk.

What I think is really great about it is that you have to be incredibly bold and audacious to stand a chance of winning, which really adds to the excitement.

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Most of our gaming is with a cadre of four players

Highly recommend Azul for four players - beautiful - and surprisingly spiteful - game, addictive and easy to pick up.

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Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 27 September, 2018, 05:17:49 pm »
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we wanted to play Skull but some other bugger had got it

You know you can make your own set with some beer mats and a pen, right?  ;)

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Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 27 September, 2018, 12:37:47 am »
Skull is wonderful - it only really comes alive with 5-6 players though I find.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 20 September, 2018, 05:32:40 pm »
Ozark.

Not really convinced so far - plays very much like a wannabe Breaking Bad (which we just finished rewatching), but without the deft balance that made that show work. Even at it's most far-fetched, the solid writing and acting in BB anchored it and made sure it never quite went off the rails. In Ozark, there's barely any buildup or tension-building - it just suddenly veers into high drama during the first episode before you've even really got to know the characters, and the characters react to the extraordinary circumstances in a too casual a way for me to find it remotely believable or get me invested.

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Creative Common / Re: Why Don't I Enjoy Art Any More?
« on: 17 September, 2018, 06:19:21 pm »
Totally identify with this, sadly.

In the last five years since I moved to the US I feel like I've undergone a slow but fundamental change in interests and outlook - I've discovered a passion for the outdoors; camping, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, just travel in general - and as that has grown, my interest in all things sci fi and comic books has dropped off a cliff, and I spend a lot more time and energy (and money!) on photography nowadays than drawing. I feel very disconnected from the whole geek world without really knowing why, and it makes me quite sad in a weird way - almost like I've betrayed my younger self or something?

When I do (occasionally) draw, the subject matter has totally changed - it's no longer robots and sci fi stuff and more stuff inspired by nature and travel. I've started to sell a few of my illustration prints in a local chain of shops which is cool, and could maybe go somewhere (but it does also come with a lot of anxiety/fear of rejection - "what if they don't sell?" etc).

In general I find that creativity is a blessing and a curse and brings out the worst in me in a lot of ways - I (like many others I suspect) go through phases of feeling supremely confident about my abilities and then periods of crippling self doubt. I tend to love what I'm working on while I'm doing it, then immediately hate it once I've finished - and I will overthink things to the point where I will quite often abandon projects half done after spending a huge amount of time on them (I currently probably have like a dozen things 'on the back burner, but who knows if I'll ever get round to finishing them?). I also increasingly experience feelings of competitiveness and jealousy when friends have success in creative endeavors, which is really unhealthy and a part of my personality that I hate.

While certain friends and family members are very encouraging and supportive, I get equally discouraged and demotivated when others show only the bare minimum of interest or enthusiasm for my work - it kinda feels like a kick in the teeth sometimes. The internet can also be a really daunting place - it's weirdly dispiriting to post something you've worked very hard on online to be met with almost total silence and/or indifference, and it can sometimes make you wonder what the point of it all is.

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Games / Re: Warhammer 40K Conquest magazine
« on: 30 August, 2018, 05:35:12 pm »
I had a quick browse of the WH40k stuff in my local board game shop the other day. Bloody hell - and I thought they were expensive back when I collected them in the early 90s  :o

Haven't played/collected/painted in well over 20 years, but I admit that I do have a lot of nostalgia/affection for all things GW and especially the 40k universe. I've read a couple of Dan Abnett's Horus Heresy novels, and they're surprisingly good. The first one - Horus Rising - is especially just a straight up decent sci fi story with some really interesting concepts.

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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 28 August, 2018, 07:51:23 pm »
I didn't care for their TFA review, but this was completely on point. The parts about the mishmash of conflicting tones, embarrassing humour (man, those deleted scenes are painfully bad), lazy writing and general lack of clarity and abundance of confusing/convoluted motives hit the nail on the head.

My first reaction coming out the cinema was 'a dog's dinner', and I still totally stand by that. I appreciate what Johnson was trying to do, but for me it's a massive swing and a miss.

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General / Re: Dredd actually being human
« on: 23 August, 2018, 02:23:30 am »
I've always liked the bit in 'Class of '79' where Dredd and Rico II spend Christmas day with Vienna. Neither Dredd nor Rico have much of a clue how to be in that context, and it's endearingly awkward.

I also enjoyed his interactions with Demarco in Beyond the Call of Duty - and later 'The Narcos Connection' - again, it's so weird to see Dredd 'off duty' and having an actual human interaction with someone. Likewise Mandroid - you get the sense that Dredd considers Slaughterhouse as an equal, and the two could have been buds.

I also like the bit in 'Hitman' where Dredd is in a hospital bed (after being wounded in the assassination attempt) and genuinely seems a bit introspective about his encounter with Chopper (during Oz) - it's so rare to see him being so unguarded, and interacting with Hershey etc almost as friends rather than colleagues. 'In The Bath' and 'Leaving Rowdy' (where IIRC it's revealed that Dredd still feels responsible for Lopez' death - way back in 'The Judge Child' - and keeps his badge as penance) are other good examples.

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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 15 August, 2018, 11:42:28 pm »
The humour was probably the single weakest element of TLJ for me. I like humour in an action adventure film, but I also think it's important to know when it's appropriate and when to ease off on it. (I think the Marvel movies are generally pretty good at this). But there's no consistency to the approach and tone of the humour in TLJ - it seems like they're just throwing everything at the wall in a slightly sweaty, desperate way to endear the film to the audience. The steam iron bit was downright bizarre - on a level with Chewie's Tarzan impression in Jedi as just seeming really out of place and distracting. A very odd choice.

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Film & TV / Re: New Rogue Trooper Film!!
« on: 15 August, 2018, 11:31:42 pm »
Said it before, but Button Man and Kingdom would be the two 2000ad properties most suited for movie adaptation in my opinion (BM as live action, Kingdom as an animation). Leviathan would also make a great premise for a TV series.

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Creative Common / Re: 1977 Dredd helmet
« on: 07 August, 2018, 10:42:11 pm »
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the 2012 costume is closer to the 1977 version than it's given credit for.

I agree, though I'm unsure if this was a deliberate choice or just a coincidence.

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