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Film & TV / Re: RoboCop Returns
« on: 16 July, 2018, 02:56:01 pm »
All efforts to repel it fail... then right at the end, just before it chomps into Ripley's head (possibly still bald in this version )it dies of deeply embedded splinters.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 July, 2018, 04:39:07 pm »
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

the Blu-ray had an optional introduction, which was quite interesting. I didn’t know that after being released in Australia as ‘Mad Max 2’ it was renamed ‘The Road Warrior’ in the States, apparently to hide the fact it’s a sequel since the majority of Americans had never seen Mad Max.

I always figured it was just one long title: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, but there you go. Curiously* the Blu-ray disk title drops the number 2, so it appears as ‘MAD MAX The Road Warrior’ which fits with the titling of the other two sequels.

Anyway, having recently just watched the original film, I was interested to see that the introductory montage includes quite a bit of stuff in the first film, more than I originally noticed.

Film itself still holds up very well. It is arguably better than the first, and possibly the best of the Mad Max films, although I like things about all of them. (I’d also argue Fury Road is as good, which isn’t something I’d have expected to say concerning a modern sequel with a whole other actor in the lead role.)

There is a part in Mad Max 2 which drags a bit for me (and I think this says more about me than the quality of the film, itself.) but then it really takes off again to a rip roaring end with a nice little twist.

Annoyingly both this film and Mad Max skip in places. I did buy the box set second hand from CEX, so this is likely ordinary wear, I guess. I wish I’d gotten it new now. That being said the skipping doesnt involve missing much of the film, but I find it very annoying.

I’m really looking forward to the next one: Beyond Thunderdome. I understand many regard this as a downturn in quality, but I’ve always liked it and admired it for bringing something new to the series. More about that when I watch it.

* If you’re easily fascinated, like me.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 July, 2018, 01:37:10 pm »
After buying the Mad Max Anthology blu-ray recently, I decided to watch the first film Mad Max. I’ve seen it before, a couple of times but it’s been a while. Usually the ones repeated on the telly are The Road Warrior, and Beyond Thunder-dome.

I seem to remember it not being very good, but it held up quite well. I was rather puzzled by the amount of American accents, as I though I remembered Australian accents, originally. On further investigation, I find out the American release was actually dubbed! When I checked the sound section on the blu-ray it seems you have the option of English Dubbed (technically American English) or Original Australian Theatrical English... defaulting to the former.


Still an enjoyable film. Just wished I’d known there were two English versions. I’d have set the audio for the original.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 10 July, 2018, 10:50:11 am »
I wouldn’t be surprised if he survived. While he has a fairly major role in tESB and ROTJ, he is still mainly a supporting character outside of the triumvirate of Luke, Han and Leia.

That being said I’d be equally unsurprised if he is killed, but I’d rather they’d stop doing that

Film & TV / Re: Shane Black's The Predator
« on: 10 July, 2018, 10:44:19 am »
I agree, although it’s something that started in the last film, Predators. Thankfully, in that film, the classic predator does put up a good fight before being wiped out by the other more powerful version.

I wouldn’t mind so much if the new ones in this film turn out to be the females of the species, though. That could be an interesting twist.

Creative Common / Re: The Dredd Head drawing thread!
« on: 09 July, 2018, 09:18:08 am »
That's excellent and pretty submit-worthy as it is, I reckon. Not to dissuade you from going ahead with colour work - that will be nice to see too, but this is special as it is.

Off Topic / Re: I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Prog
« on: 07 July, 2018, 05:48:57 pm »
Flesh Gordon

I suspect this might have been done at some point*, although it likely had nothing to do with 2000ad.

*Not speaking from experience.

**No, honest!

Very nice! Thanks for posting Steve.

That picture of the three lawgivers together was interesting. Ezquerras version looks very much like a transitional model. I know it’s not, it’s an alternate take on the Mark 2*, but if you mentally swap the original Mark 2 and this version around, so the order is Mark 1, Ezquerra’s then the Mark 2, I think you’ll see what I mean. I.e. it starts elegant and slender, thickens out with Ezquerra’s (while remaining fairly true to the original design), then its the chunky short barrelled design most artists draw today.

It’s a nice design. It’s true to the old take but looks like it would do some major damage with that barrel.

*Or was he drawing it like that back in the Mark 1 days too? I forget...

Off Topic / Re: Seriously Misread Solicitations
« on: 01 July, 2018, 07:01:32 am »
I also figured that since the hunts in AvP* occurred in a big heated pyramid, the weather was irrelevant. I know they ended up outside, but I’m sure that wasn’t the predators plan.

* A film, I also rather liked. Sequel, not sure much with the lighting issues. I found it very difficult differentiating the predators and predalien.

Books & Comics / Re: JINTY VOLUME 1 REVIEW
« on: 29 June, 2018, 03:09:19 pm »
Nice review, and the stories seem up my street.

I confess, I would be one of those boys who gave girls' comics a wide burth, thinking much as you did.

Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 21 June, 2018, 03:31:57 pm »
I know I'm an army of one here, but... I've grown to adore that Miller Dredd. So very very wrong, but I love it!
Dredd shouldn't have a beard, but I've liked that image since I first saw it. Strange zig-zag leg linework included.

Cover: While I recognised the red stuff as blood, I got the impression she was upright. I know liquid doesn't work like that, but her posture suggests she is upright.

I have mixed feelings concerning the image, but it's... something*. And the fact the colour tone on her breast armour is very close to her face (and the outfit she wears in the strip itself is not so figure hugging) suggested at least partially bare breasts to me. Maybe I've just got a one track mind.

*Not meant in a derogatory way. I just can't t think of the correct word right now. I'm having one of those 'tip of your tongue**' moments.

**Or 'thumbs' in my case since I'm typing this on a smartphone.

Prog / Re: Prog 2085
« on: 17 June, 2018, 05:31:53 pm »
Durham Red and Deadwood

Agh! The phone type predictive gremlin .... thing strikes again.

Games / Re: A Couple of Ideas for Rebellion
« on: 17 June, 2018, 05:29:21 pm »
Crying out loud.

I just typed a post and my ipad crashed, and the post was lost. I do like my iPad, but I do find the Android system more robust in that regard.

In a nutshell: what I’d like to see would be a Strontium Dog game. While the bounty hunting scenario would lend well to open world, I’d be happy with a decent if more linear action game (preferably 3rd person) along the likes of our Rogue Trooper or the Arkham series games. Make sure you have the special weapons and toys available (upgrades available, it’s money paid for bounties, etc) and access to mutie powers. Maybe a buddie team up thing, the second character (Wulf or whoever) computer controlled in single player games. Could be smashing.

Film & TV / Re: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
« on: 17 June, 2018, 05:11:51 pm »
His quipping is a very Spidey thing to do, though, right?

Much as I really do like the previous Spider-man films (with the exception of one that I haven’t seen, so can’t judge either way - the second of the second reboot,with Electro as the main villain) and I find the Peter Parker of Raimi’s films very endearing, the MCU Spider-man seems closest to the comics as a character.

Aunt May, and his home, not so much. I like her as a character, but she isn’t the Aunt May of the comics. Raimi’s aunt May got it right, in that regard.

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