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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by von Boom on Today at 06:23:15 pm »
Apollo 13. Watched as a sequel to the superb First Man, this holds up really well. Very different in visual style,  and eschewing any sense of the internal lives of the characters, it nonetheless engages you fully in their plight, and the Earthbound hubbub surrounding it.  The zero-G scenes remain spectacular, and the on-board scenes in general are fantastic - unfortunately they sometimes feel like they're not really in the same movie as the external and earthside shots.

I've been a big fan of Paxton since Weird Science, and he was seldom better than his understated Freddo Haise. The Mission Control scenes feel a bit stagey and gung-ho, with lots of swelling music and carved-from-Apple-Pie Ed Harris intensity, but their incredible achievements carry you through that, and at least the determination of Gary Sinise's lucky/unlucky Mattingly is solidly believable.  Hanks and Bacon are Hanks and Bacon,  no more no less,  but that's fine,  and Kathleen Quinlan gives a far more balanced performance than I remembered.

Surprise hit in our house was Ma Howard (Jean Speegle) as Ma Lovell - her brilliant interactions with Armstrong and Aldrin,  and her killer throat-lumpening line "If they could get a washing machine to fly, my Jimmy could land it" just about steal the show. Talented family,  those Howards.
This is one of my favourite films. I've seen it umpteen times and I still hold my breath during the radio blackout. The cast is outstanding. I can't think of one wrong choice. I remember tears welling up in my eyes when the Apollo rocket lifted off when I saw it in the cinema.
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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« Last post by Modern Panther on Today at 06:15:02 pm »

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after the chat last night I got curious and decided to straight to the horses mouth and looked at the comments on the Telegraph's website.  Dear lord is that a world of entitled hate and fear! It really was quite breathtaking.

It's pretty much the same anywhere on the internet where either accounts are just throwaway, or the community size means there's little chance of encountering the same person twice.

Anyhoo...when poor Bradley discovers he's the standing white passenger, and there's nothing he can do about it...ooofft. Big, macho tears.
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Help! / Re: Looking for title of graphic novel 1970/80s
« Last post by Pyroxian on Today at 06:05:59 pm »
Could be "The Trigan Empire"?

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Help! / Re: Looking for title of graphic novel 1970/80s
« Last post by LTP on Today at 06:00:23 pm »
Apologies I didn't receive any notifications on your answers.

I will have read it around 1982 in the children's section of my local library.   It was colour print but the covers were black, it was A4 and quite thick.   

The feeling I have looking back is a science fiction setting but with some medieval weapons like swords.   A bit like Flash Gordon maybe.

Thank you for your suggestions I'll do some research.
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by radiator on Today at 05:32:08 pm »
Free Solo
Documentary about climber Alex Honnold and his attempt to be the first person to summit El Capitan in Yosemite National Park free solo - ie no ropes or safety measures. Really well made doc that just breezes by, and Honnold makes for a pretty interesting subject - he's clearly somewhere on the spectrum and has trouble operating in the everyday world and relationships - he often comes across as slightly aloof and callous, but also displays a level of self-awareness and humour that makes him quite a likable guy. Very good stuff, well worth tracking down, especially if you can see it on a big screen.

American Animals
A curious hybrid of heist movie, college drama and documentary by the director of the equally genre-bending The Impostor from a few years ago. Tells the story of four college students who conspire to raid their school's vault of priceless books. The film mostly plays as a straight dramatisation of the events, but it's also interspersed with talking head interviews of the real people involved (including the wannabe thieves themselves),  and as the film progresses the documentary and fictionalised strands cross over in surprising and inventive ways. Evan Peters (who folks here will probably recognise mostly from his role as Quicksilver in the X Men movies) is fantastic as the co lead role, playing a really charismatic shithead. Absolutely gripping movie - funny, shocking, at times almost unbearably tense, with a surprisingly moving and impactful ending. High recommend.
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Film & TV / Re: TWD series 9
« Last post by auxlen on Today at 05:03:51 pm »
Was so sick of the rival factions, governor, then the saviors...and Negan was so annoying (he spoke like he was delivering punchlines on a bad radio 4 comedy, like dr cox on scrubs) Just talk like a human!

Nice to see the survival side without guns....for a change
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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« Last post by auxlen on Today at 05:01:25 pm »
Late to the party as only just watched episode one.
I always give the new Drs a go...Loved Smith's first series and Capaldi's same but they lost me soon after.
1. Jodie...no problems except she seemed a bit too Matt Smith for me...hopefully she'll find her own soon. Love her costume...
2. NO MORE MURRAY GOLD!!!!!!!! get in...i HATED his too loud, too dramatic music. HATED, I tell you. The new music is a welcomed change.
3. Good mix of companions.
4. Some proper harsh deaths...the security guard on the phone to his granddaughter anyone?
5. Loved the twist where you thought he was idolizing the dr(i hope that was a statement of intent) but it was his nan!
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Classifieds / Jim Baikie Judge Dredd Artwork For Sale Ebay
« Last post by EddieHitler on Today at 04:23:41 pm »
Sorry for the shameless plug...got to pay my bills somehow....so off to ebay it eventually went.

Please have a look.

Thank you

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2000AD-Judge-Dredd-Megazine-Artwork-Signed-by-Jim-Baikie-1990/202477327294?hash=item2f2496d3be:g:uoUAAOSwUIxbzLvo:rk:1:pf:0

ps...Any tips on how to post this item as I do not want it damaged during transit or have to roll it up thank you!
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Thanks, guys

All sold and posted.
£434.56 brings the running total to £7530.26 or cancer research UK
 :)
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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« Last post by broodblik on Today at 03:08:54 pm »
Fantastic to see Death Wish turning up too, as that's a cracking strip even in its later Eagle run where it all gets a bit bonkers.

Only read the run in Eagle but will get it for sure. Always liked the character. Was the original Death Wish strip drawn by Vanyo brothers (whatever happened to them, they were great) as well ?
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