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Film & TV / Re: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
« Last post by radiator on Today at 09:08:17 am »
Saw it tonight.

Overall I liked it, but can understand why others didn't.

An endearing energy, a likable cast (Tessa Thompson FTW), some incredible visual design and a lot of very cool individual moments in a film that often feels quite loose and slapdash.

The humour mostly worked for me, but was calibrated just a little too high, and (and these complaints are going to sound very familiar) the film as a whole feels very messy and overstuffed - too many characters spread too thinly, and momentous events happening in too quick a succession for any of them to have any real dramatic weight. It felt very obvious to me that the writers had been given a bullet point list of plot points that had to happen, and were tasked with joining the dots between them.

It also felt like two or three film's worth of plot crammed into one movie - imo the film could have got enough mileage out of the 'gladiator world' setup for an entire movie's worth of plot. There's also quite a lot of weird technical issues, such as some fairly dodgy cgi and it being painfully obvious that Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins were clearly never in the same room together during filming, but hey, that's modern blockbusters for you, I guess. Our boy Urban was on customary fine form in a role that - being totally honest - seemed totally extraneous to the overall plot, and probably should have been cut.

Leaps and bounds ahead of The Dark World, but *controversial opinion* I still think the original Thor is the superior film. It's just much a more coherent and focused film.

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I suspect We'll see more of this almost Parody style. Tiny Tips said he thought GOTG2 was similar; not seen it yet

Nah, I disagree. For me at least, both of the GotG films get the balance of humour, action and relationship drama juuuust right and never overstep into self-parody, and the series remains the pinnacle of all the MCU has achieved as far as I'm concerned. Volume 2, which I regard as weirdly underrated, in particular packs a real emotional punch and knows when to dial the silliness back.
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The pod a week action continues as the voice of Tharg himself, David Bishop, returns to the book club to talk more Fiends of the Eastern Front action. We discuss his four novels inspired by the series, the Stalingrad sequel he did with Colin MacNeil for the Megazine, and also his Kindle book about the history of Battle Picture Weekly.

Cover art is a previously unpublished piece by the fang-tastic Chris Weston.

Listen in here:
http://megacitybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/49-fiends-revisited.html
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Books & Comics / Re: SLAUGHTER HAWK.
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 08:34:57 am »
Yeah, likewise.  So is this a hefty one-off, or the start of something even larger?
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Books & Comics / Re: SLAUGHTER HAWK.
« Last post by Hudge_Jeeley on Today at 08:12:32 am »
Looking forward to this. Love your work on Zarjaz.
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Prog / Re: Prog 2058 - A Frosty Reception
« Last post by A.Cow on 18 November, 2017, 11:18:38 pm »
Nerve Centre -- Woah!?? What's this week's Damage Report on about?  Could it be a sly hint that Rebellion are doing a high-quality digitisation of the full 2000 AD archive?  If so, I'd gleefully pay a subscription for that.  Sign me up now.  Where do I send my bank details?
Its a reference to the new coloured edition of Halo Jones that's coming out, probably.

Ahh ... that makes much more sense.  Thanks.  :)


(P.S. It's "on tenterhooks".  Surprisingly, the phrase does not related to hanging meat or tenderising it.)
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News / Re: VICE PRESS New 2000ad Prints released including Tula Lotay ANDERSON
« Last post by Arkwright99 on 18 November, 2017, 10:49:44 pm »
The Anderson Print is sold out. Hope some boarders were lucky.
Indeed, it was the one print I really wanted. :D I also decided to get Carlos's B&W Strontium Dog variant as well (to complement my '1977-2017' Dredd print):

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Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« Last post by Daveycandlish on 18 November, 2017, 09:09:17 pm »
Cheers Bolt - and there's even more Jikan adventures in this issue, also written by Mark Howard

The time-travelling, demon-hunting samurai begins a three part adventure, Broken Window, illustrated by Ross Bamfylde

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Prog / Re: Prog 2058 - A Frosty Reception
« Last post by Richard on 18 November, 2017, 09:01:46 pm »
I don't see why we'd need an explanation for Revere. Indigo Prime recruits dead people as its agents and gives them new bodies. They recruited Revere. What else do you need to know?
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Prog / Re: Prog 2058 - A Frosty Reception
« Last post by Colin YNWA on 18 November, 2017, 08:14:22 pm »
Nerve Centre -- Woah!?? What's this week's Damage Report on about?  Could it be a sly hint that Rebellion are doing a high-quality digitisation of the full 2000 AD archive?  If so, I'd gleefully pay a subscription for that.  Sign me up now.  Where do I send my bank details?

Its a reference to the new coloured edition of Halo Jones that's coming out, probably.

That was defo my reading of it. Which is a shame cos yours got me all excited A.Cow.

Anyway to matters Proggy and while this weeks ain't quite up to the level of late weeks its not bad at all.

Dredd leds us off with an action packed turn in this arc as my enemy's enemy becomes my friend I assume... will it it be his enemy's enemy that became his friend? ... I think one of Dredd's enemys is about to become his friend... mind knowing Joe he'll just take them both down.... fun stuff.

All credit to Pat Mills last week in Slaine he convinced me that the twist I'd seen coming a while ago had happened. This week he flipped me the bird and the teist is  the twist wasn't actually the twist at all and his twist was to untwist his twist, the tricky little might. I quite enjoyed being led down a merry path by Uncle Pat... which sounds worse than it was come to think of it.

Absalom is still excellent.

The new 3riller has a decent start but it has a fundamental problem. It s pseudo-Elizabethain heiat caper which could be great fun bit there's no jeopardy. Its all set up and we have a few characters dropped nicely into place and the heist has started swimmingly... and that's it. I mean I'm sure there's more to come but this week no sense of threat or danger and nothing to keep me on tender hooks awaiting next week.

Same with Indigo Prime EXCEPT there is bloody plenty of tension and danger BUT there's no bloody point waiting for next week as its on a break. DAMNIT. Damn you Lee Carter (I'm guessing here so excuse my ill informed lashing out!) and your painstakingly lovely art... or whatever is causing the delay in getting this out... but Jez it leaves with a glorious bang and for all my misgivings and nerves when this started I can't wait for this to be back (when hopefully we will havbe it explained specifically why Revere is back and its not just a gimmick.)

Anyway - very good Proggage.
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General / Re: No October Art Comp?
« Last post by Tjm86 on 18 November, 2017, 07:36:26 pm »
It is a lot quieter to be sure but I would still say it is one of the more friendly places around.  Folks in these parts are far more accepting of alternative views and mistakes, more willing to engage with different perspectives critically and generally quite restrained in their language.  That said, there seem to be one or two red button topics that require mod intervention but they seem to be quite rare.
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