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Messages - abelardsnazz

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 July, 2018, 11:47:13 pm »
My favourite Dwayne Johnson film of the year so far is .
That's a phrase I didn't think anyone would ever utter.

He's the highest-paid film star in the world, like it or not. Like Arnie or Sly used to be, only more family-friendly.

The Death of Stalin. Such dark subject matter shouldn't work as comedy, but it does in the hands of a brilliant script and cast. A standout is Simon Russell Beale.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 12 July, 2018, 08:29:49 pm »
Skyscraper. Mashes up The Towering Inferno and Die Hard with a whole lot of cheese. The script's terrible and the plot's so full of holes you could fit several very tall buildings through it. It just about gets away with it though thanks to tense and well-sequenced action scenes. My favourite Dwayne Johnson film of the year so far is still Rampage though.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 05 July, 2018, 08:24:11 pm »
Rogue Trooper volume 2: love that cover, one of my favourites of the series so far. I enjoyed this volume more than the first one, as it fleshes out Rogue, his buddies and the world. Liked the humour of Fort Neuro, and the great art throughout. A winner.

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Film & TV / Re: GLASS – UNBREAKABLE/SPLIT Sequel
« on: 05 July, 2018, 12:11:40 pm »
I'm not entirely sure the world needs this, but consider me interested for now.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 July, 2018, 06:32:23 pm »
For the record, Rogue Trooper volume 2 collects from Hats off to Helm to The Vid-Vultures. Looks as if volumes 3 and 4 will collect the rest of the original run up to Return to Milli-Com. If The Hit is then missed out, volume 5 should be Cinnabar, War Machine, and hopefully the Dice Man strips and a smattering of annual and special stories.
Hoping your maths is right as I'm really keen to see War Machine as part of this Collection. Why would The Hit be left out?

The story was rubbish, in my opinion - "I just killed Yuan-Toh's double - again!". What?

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 July, 2018, 05:29:15 pm »
For the record, Rogue Trooper volume 2 collects from Hats off to Helm to The Vid-Vultures. Looks as if volumes 3 and 4 will collect the rest of the original run up to Return to Milli-Com. If The Hit is then missed out, volume 5 should be Cinnabar, War Machine, and hopefully the Dice Man strips and a smattering of annual and special stories.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 02 July, 2018, 07:59:01 pm »
Sicario 2: Day of the Soldado
Saw this one yesterday. I think it was quite alright. Not as brilliant or haunting as the first one, but it did it's thing. The story is basically Brollin and Del Toro's characters igniting a civil war among the cartels in the light of the US president labeling the cartels the T word.

I think it's a really cool idea, but I wish the implementation was a bit better. With less cliché. There are no big distractors of such but enough to itch. Especially towards the end.

On the plus side of things, Del Toro and Brollin are really good. I especially like Del Toro's Alejandro. There's a scene in the film tying into his back story which really shines.

By large. Feels like a tie in movie novel or comic, which happens to set up a third movie. One I'm sure will create a divide among people wether it was great or not (not great = not as great as the first one).

Ditto this. I for one hope they don't do a third one, as the situations and characters seem to be played out now. Thought it was OK.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 28 June, 2018, 09:53:47 pm »
I liked the Kenny Who? volume, the title trilogy was great fun, and Cam's art throughout balances the action and comedy brilliantly. I enjoyed The Warlord despite the questionable language, and it's a significant story in Dredd chronology as its events prompt the first resignation of McGruder.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 26 June, 2018, 08:28:11 pm »
The Happy Prince. Rupert Everett writes, directs and acts the last days of Oscar Wilde with the right balance of decadence, wit, tragedy and damaged dignity. The cast are brilliant and Everett delivers with some often beautiful cinematography on what is clearly a labour of love for him. Liked it a lot.

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Any chance Pirates of the Black Atlantic will be in the 2000AD collection?  Really, compared to some of the tripe that made it in, it's a crime it wasn't in, especially as a prequel to Block War and Apocalypse War.

Don't think this is likely unless there's an extension, as the third and final Dredd-themed volume will contain Dark Justice and Dreams/Fall of Deadworld.

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So that was that. Really pleased that The Graveyard Shift made it into the collection, it's a stone-cold classic. And the rest of War on the Streets ain't too shabby either.

So if some of the lower quality stuff in the collection could have been ditched, what should have taken its place? For me, the following should have been included:

Blood of Satanus
Pirates of the Black Atlantic
Question/Error of Judgement/A Case for Treatment
In the Bath


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Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: 24 June, 2018, 10:51:07 am »
Got the Hershey cover which I think is great. Striking and moody.

Highlights for me were Tyranny Rex, which I think could have done with a few more pages to flesh out its ideas some more. And Anderson, with precise art and references to her history. Hope we can see more of these stories from the respective creative teams.

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As promised, here's a link to my index for the whole collection, duff issues and all. There are bound to be some errors, feel free to correct, share and use as you see fit.

[url]https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QLPkkRSGHDOnlci50ppBWWZk6P3Pg3JONmF0v_gD7Mo/edit?usp=sharing/[url]

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