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Messages - Greg M.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 15 February, 2018, 11:52:23 am »
Wife bought me the Hammer House of Horror tv series box set from the 80s.

'Children of the Full Moon' was one of my favourites - my father had described it vividly to me as a child (I was werewolf-obsessed) and when I finally saw it, it turned out to be just as good as he'd made it sound. (Normally, my dad's versions were superior to the actual thing.) 'Guardian of the Abyss' is a good one too, with the mighty Paul Darrow hamming it up royally.

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General / Re: Everything comes back after 20 years: The Prog's New Dark Age
« on: 13 February, 2018, 02:58:51 pm »
Personally, I find the 90s superior to the current state of play. I’m not saying there weren’t atrocious lows in the 90s, but there were some real highs too. (Yes, many of them were by John Smith.) The modern prog is a consistent, competent creature, but to me, it feels much blander – there’s little that’s objectively bad, but little that interests me that much either. Obviously, that’s subjective in the sense that it meant more to me as a teenager, and I actively engaged with even the stories I couldn’t stand, whereas nowadays I'm buying through habit, and just skip large chunks of it, or at least give ‘em a only casual leaf-through.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 07 February, 2018, 04:43:54 pm »
Is it worth to get Dark Souls 3 as never play DS1 or DS2.

A resounding 'yes'! I'd never played either of the previous installments (though I had played 'Bloodborne') and I loved DS3.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 06 February, 2018, 05:53:42 pm »

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 03 February, 2018, 06:00:45 pm »
The RTS-style stage battles were a bit of a hurdle for me though, I really hated them for a lot of the game.

They kinda ruined the game for me, and were the main reason I never completed it. All the other bits were great - I love Tim Schafer's style, I love heavy metal (and there were some really great track choices - Brocas Helm? Hell yeah!) I even gained a new and genuine appreciation for Jack Black. But it wasn't enough.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2066 - Bors Hunt!
« on: 03 February, 2018, 05:24:44 pm »
We may be learning (again) about the nature of truth,  by at the same time, why should I care about what happens to any of these amnesiac imposters,  running around a planet that blew up?

It would be good to think that this is all some kind of meta-commentary on the vagaries of war, and since it's Milligan - my favourite comics writer ever, I should note - it's impossible to rule out entirely. However, I wonder if the truth is much more prosaic: he's just not that good at remembering his own continuity.  I seem to recall a key character's surname changing between issues of X-Statix, for instance, and there's also the well-known issue with De Racine's poisonous / non-poisonous blood. Obviously Thrax being alive is a deliberate choice, and I suspect we will get a proper explanation of that one eventually.

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Creative Common / Re: Rogue Trooper (and related G.I's) Fanzine
« on: 29 January, 2018, 01:48:12 pm »
I've got a couple of ideas for a Major Magnam outing if that's any use?

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Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 26 January, 2018, 09:13:26 pm »
I seem to recall that John Wagner said he thought of Chopper as dead, but left it ambiguous, just in case he wanted to bring him back. That said, to me, Chopper's death was the only way for that story to end - thematically and emotionally, it's one of the finest endings to a series 2000AD's ever had.

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Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 25 January, 2018, 08:28:28 pm »
I'm pretty sure 'Enemy Below' (the flooded iso-cubes one - not a bad story, actually) is a Tomlinson and 'Manchu Candidate' is a McKenzie - they both certainly read that way. 'Cage of Knives' is credited in one of the collections as a McKenzie, but he says it wasn't him, so it must be Tomlinson.

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Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« on: 25 January, 2018, 08:01:58 pm »
It was both. Some of the Steelgraves are Tomlinson, some are McKenzie. I believe, for instance, they did alternating episodes on 'Sugar Beat'.

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Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 20 January, 2018, 09:47:51 pm »
Yes, that's a great review, Davey - they really get the point of the comic, and of the small-press in general. The ability to go for broke on idiosyncratic ideas is one of the things I love most about creating these sort of stories.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 11 January, 2018, 05:09:20 pm »
Saw Fast Eddie (with a reformed version of Fastway) supporting Saxon only last year (or possibly the previous year) - I think his health had been a bit shaky prior to that, but it was great to see him rocking out on stage once more. Sad to hear of his passing.

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Help! / Re: Zenith Titan Vol. 1
« on: 08 January, 2018, 05:59:41 pm »
I've scanned it - PM me your email and I'll send it your way.

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General / Re: The Judge Child Quest
« on: 04 January, 2018, 07:00:28 pm »
The Cursed Earth Saga, Day the Law Died, Judge Child Quest and the Lunar Marshall stories tend to be more thematically / locationally linked. 

Fair enough on the others, but The Day the Law Died is pretty squarely one coherent story. Which, in part due to lack of variety, isn't a patch on Cursed Earth (though there's a lot to love about it, mostly Cal himself.)

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 03 January, 2018, 11:09:24 am »
A varied mix of films for me over the last couple of days, most notable of which was Stalker (1979). I've had the DVD of this sitting around for ages, but never got round to watching it - more fool me. A stunning study of human motivation in a crumbling post-industrial wilderness - the shifting, capricious, alien-touched Zone, home to a room that may grant wishes - this features some of the most beautifully-shot and strange scenes I've ever witnessed in a film. Deliberately slowly, deeply profound, absolutely wonderful. My idea of a truly great piece of science-fiction and a truly great movie.

Kiss Me Deadly (1955): A movie it is impossible to describe without using the phrase "apocalyptic film noir", Kiss Me Deadly is best known for its explosive finale, as a Pandora's Box of hissing nuclear evil is opened, resulting in a terrifying set-piece that surely had an influence on the conclusion of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. Of particular note is the portrayal of our 'hero', Mike Hammer P.I. - Ralph Meeker plays him as an absolute sadist, whose face simply lights up when given the chance to dominate and bully someone weaker than him. The scene where he  'coaxes'  information out of a man by trapping his hands in a drawer is unforgettable.

The Eagle Shooting Heroes (1993): Prime Hong Kong mentalness - a ridiculously silly (and hugely enjoyable) mickey-take of the wuxia genre. Highlights include the main villain attempting (and repeatedly failing) to kill a man who actively wants to be killed, and an impromptu game of football using a floating head as the ball and featuring a Hong Kong rendition of the Match of the Day theme. Daft but enormous fun.

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