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Okay, the trailer looks like pretty much any summer movie release of the last ten years, and it's still a flippin Transformers film so yeah there's that, but...


Sanity prevents me saying that anything associated with the atrocious live-action Transformers franchise might be "good", but I am willing to concede this does not look as abominable as the others did, thanks in part to the 1980s setting, the director being the same Travis Knight what made Kubo and the Two Strings, and the lead being a lady type, which now dangles the insane possibility of seeing live-action Transformers movie fanatics attempt to convince the world that the Transformers movies have somehow got worse by casting a female lead - I mean, they'll have a job convincing people Transformers movies could actually be any worse than they already are, let alone giving themselves the philosophical handcuffs of tying that concept to misogyny, so hopefully that will be entertaining and not just horrible like the Kelly Marie Tran thing.

Apologies if mentioned elsewhere, but Down The Tubes is reporting that kiddie horror comics Scream! and Misty will have a co-ed special published later this year, featuring new material from 2000ad alum.

There's a good talent line-up in there, and I hope they go for an all-ages audience as I wouldn't mind seeing this sell to a wider audience than... well, us.

Film & TV / Pratchett/Gaiman's GOOD OMENS adapted for tv
« on: 19 January, 2017, 04:28:04 pm »
If we're lucky, it'll be a bit more amusing than the okay-ish but laugh-free Pratchett adaptations that Sky 1 did years back, though it'll probably be most compared to the unintentionally hilarious Damien that recently ran on US telly, covering as it does similar grounds in telling the tale of the Antichrist, who unbeknownst to his angelic and demonic stalkers and overseers has accidentally been switched at birth with the child of a middle class English family.
Hilarity hopefully ensues.

Film & TV / xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage
« on: 20 July, 2016, 11:40:29 pm »
It will hopefully dispel the sour taste of the joyless, pretentious, and deathly dull Point Break remake and it's getting its own thread as a reward for being possibly the most abominably stupid thing coming our way in 2017, featuring as it does Vin Diesel skiing through a tropical jungle, and then surfing on a motorcycle - by which I do not mean he does handstands on a motorcycle while it is moving, I mean he drives a motorcycle across the surface of the ocean and uses a wave as a ramp.

Film & TV / Colony (tv series)
« on: 22 March, 2016, 04:45:03 pm »
Apologies if there's a thread already, but I just finished watching the first season of USA Network's Colony, which was actually quite good.  Made by Lost alum in front of and behind the camera, it also stars Rick's Wife from Walking Dead and OH HELL YEAH Carl Weathers, and while it won't win any originality awards - it cribs heavily from the original V miniseries - it does manage to take itself just the right amount of seriously without disappearing up its own arsehole.
There's not much in the way of sci-fi in it - the aliens don't actually appear onscreen and humans run the occupation - so it's more the story of a city under enemy control.  Limiting the sci-fi element also arguably helps smooth over the cracks in the premise so you can concentrate on the backstabbing and espionage rather than wondering why aliens would build a giant wall to contain a colony of humans they don't seem to have much use for.
Confirmed for a second season, so might be worth a watch when it hits terrestrial telly.

Film & TV / Childhood's End (2015 SyFy miniseries)
« on: 20 December, 2015, 11:04:09 pm »
Possibly of interest to some forumites, Childhood's End is an adaptation of the Arthur C Clarke novel of the same name from 1953 for which SyFy have apparently splurged out big-time, though it actually looks cheaper in places than something like Fear The Walking Dead or the upcoming Colony, and poor Charles Dance has to have one of the weakest prosthetic suits I've seen in quite a while.

Non-spoilery review: I've not read the book, so I can't speak as to whether the story's been liberally cribbed-from over the decades since the novel came out or whether this is just a very trope-y adaptation, as it's heavily reminiscent of Earth: Final Conflict and the V remake, as well as taking a leaf out of Independence Day's book.  Not exceptional, but worth a look.

Film & TV / Legends of Tomorrow - first trailer
« on: 14 May, 2015, 06:31:03 pm »
First look at the superhero team show comprised of some very dull characters that the CW are making.  If you watch Flash/Arrow, it looks like more of the same, and I imagine that's good enough for most.
After 2:13 the trailer probably gets super-great but that's when I decided I'd had enough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MubNoWQiSc as that's when Rory from Doctor Who shows up as the DC version of Doctor Who - no, really.  I think they might be making this to make the Supergirl show look better.  If so, job done.

Classifieds / (eBay tat) Alan Moore/Grant Morrison odds 'n sods
« on: 03 January, 2015, 12:59:45 pm »
Help a brother pay random and arbitrary eBay and Paypal fees, often several times over to the point he's lucky if he sees penny one in profit, especially after their P&P price-fixing for his expensive Chrimbo by buying his tat off the internet equivalent of a pawn shop in a rough neighborhood: all issues of Sea Guy, The Filth, and Joe The Barbarian for five nicker, or for three nicker you can have some of that odd illustrated poetry Alan Moore does every now and then that doesn't feature men in spandex punching each other in the head for twenty pages, thus infuriating the internet further.

I'll also be bunging up lots of superhero bollocks as the days go by as I'm sick of the bloody sight of it, but some people seem keen on it so what the Hell.

Film & TV / Z Nation
« on: 16 September, 2014, 12:18:46 pm »
New to SyFy, the Asylum finds it's level as the no-budget mockbuster production company - whose CEOs famously went on record as saying the quality of their films was "irrelevant" - lowers itself further to make a tv show for a channel that famously hates its own fans even more than it hates spending money, and lawks but it's actually not that bad.
Well, okay it's not actually not that good either and by God is it cheap-looking and acted like it's an afterthought, but if - like me - you're burnt out on the whole "we humans are the real monsters!" angle that has choked the simple gory pleasures out of the zombiepocalypse genre in favor of juvenile angst and just want to see a Lost castmember with a machine gun hunting a zombie baby - zombaby? - like it's the alien from Alien, Z Nation has got your back, brah.  Despite it being running zombies and hinging around a zombie cure McGuffin, the show returns to the fun-n-trashy b-movie roots that typified the VHS era of zombie flicks, so if that's your bag at all and you don't mind that it's shot in scrapyards and derelict buildings, it might be worth a look.

Film & TV / Black Jesus
« on: 09 August, 2014, 03:38:04 pm »
Adult Swim make a play for some cheap PR by combining racial stereotypes and blasphemy in one package, as the Son of God returns to South LA in new series Black Jesus, that's already been decried by internet asshole hangout One Million Moms for Reasons:


The first episode is available on the web and the humor is surprisingly gentle for Adult Swim programming, though reliably obvious in places.  It isn't very offensive beyond the central premise (if you're even offended by that), and Jesus comes off as likeable and not a spiteful snob like he is in the Bible.  The show feels like a throwback to mid-90s gang movies and is probably the first time in at least 15 years that poor black LA residents have appeared on tv screens as anything other than Persons Of Interest in glossy cop shows or Heart-Throbs From The Wrong Side Of The Tracks in teen dramas.

Off Topic / Alternatives to Amazon?
« on: 12 June, 2014, 08:25:28 pm »
I've been using Amazon as a handy one-stop shop more or less since I first started using the internet, but I think it's time I took my money elsewhere.  It's not the poverty wages, or the tax-dodging, or the union-busting, or the price fixing, or the bullying of authors, or the dismantling of digital comic book distribution, or the blacklisting of books whose content they don't like even when they themselves sell books denying the Holocaust and giving practical advice to the discerning child-lover, or remotely accessing customer's tablets and e-readers and deleting content - it's all of these things and all the other things I can't be arsed to list here.

So like the thread suggests, does anyone have any recs for reliable online retailers?

Music / Inevitable "crap music" thread
« on: 23 April, 2014, 09:00:36 pm »
I try not to listen to the radio anymore because hearing modern pop music makes my brain angry at those responsible, but exposure is sadly inevitable: when I visit the gym and don't have my headphones in, when I'm out shopping in places where there's a radio going or that has a music channel on - it's unavoidable, so I'm going to bitch about it here when it happens rather than just putting the relevant names on the list I keep in my pocket of people I'm going to kill with a tank if I ever get diagnosed with a terminal illness. 
I throw the floor open to hear your thoughts on that racket the kids call "the charts", maybe you can even clear up something I don't want to Google: that Jessie J is a drag act, yeah?

Film & TV / The 100
« on: 01 April, 2014, 02:55:33 pm »
I thought I'd start a thread for rutting-teens channel The CW's foray into high concept pulp sci-fi, The 100, in which 100 juvenile criminals are forcibly exiled from a failing space station to the surface of post-apocalyptic Earth for Reasons:


Coming from the makers of The Vampire Diaries and 90210, it naturally doesn't really bear up to any kind of scrutiny, but then it has a cast-iron defence in that it is a show from the makers of The Vampire Diaries and 90210 and it's your fault for thinking you were going to get rocket science even in a show that is actually a little bit about rocket science, though if you don't mind The Tribe by way of Defcon 4 with a cast of twentysomething kids with thirtysomething parents, it's a decent enough sci-fi effort that cleverly compartmentalises its two casts (young adults and actual adults) to seperate settings and storylines, with the kids on the ground meeting mutants and cannibals and the adults in space politicking and plotting each other's murder.
Only two episodes in and so far it's fallen out of the Predictable Tree and hit every branch on the way down, the dialogue will not be winning any awards, and the characters are uniformly unlikeable, but it's still watchable if like me you have pretty low standards.

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