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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 21 October, 2018, 10:51:57 pm »
Way better than last week's episode.

It felt like it could have had a little extra time at the end - it was all a bit of rush into the credits with the music not really suiting a whizz past of credits.

Really impressed with the score by Segun Akinola - I can't imagine Murray Gold on an episode like that.

General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 19 October, 2018, 12:03:23 pm »
I've been asking for a reprint of the Starlord stories in a hardback, with colour spreads reinstated, and Journey into Hell with colour spreads.

The repro in the current Agency Files isn't a good representation of Carlos' work.

Add in his colour Stront stories (The Collector, Beast of Milton Keynes - not sure if any others) and the last two stories and that would make a fitting tribute.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 18 October, 2018, 07:21:13 pm »
I think he had a point, given how overlit the studios were at the time.

Was this not simply a by-product of the way many studio scenes were shot…?

Rather than multiple takes for wide, close-up and reaction, they would simply stick three or more cameras on set and shoot once, with one camera taking in the wide, another for Doctor close-ups, a third for Companion #1, and so on. Of necessity, this meant the lighting had to be as flat and bland as possible to work with multiple cameras shooting simultaneously from different angles.

From what I recall, pretty much like that.

From what I've read Caves of Androzani was shot much more like a regular film was, and is well-regarded but was an exception.

General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 18 October, 2018, 07:12:04 pm »
... it was nice to hear in the ThrillCast that Matt Smith's inclination was to end Stront Dog

... and that he thinks that will be John Wagner's wish, too. I agree with other commentators that the symbolic restoration of the Sternhammer-Alpha partnership brought the strip full circle and was a touching end to the Resurrection era stories*

We already knew how Johnny and Wulf died. Now we know how their story ended **

* Which, in the end, turned out to be all about undoing the misguided decision(s) to end the lives of those characters in the first place.

** Perfectly.  If you can read that last page without welling-up, see a doctor.

It was affecting at the time - now, it carries so much weight.

General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 17 October, 2018, 11:07:45 pm »
Yeah, it's amazing work. Colour Dredd in the annuals was a Christmas treat.

A colour Carlos epic, really was like having our Christmases at once.

I love black and white, it's what I grew up with - but this was stunning.

General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 17 October, 2018, 08:04:19 pm »
I adored his use of colour on his painted (or colour inked) pages.

Splashes of neon through the spectrum from panel to panel.

There's also a panel of Odell in Countdown to Necropolis just loosely painted in silhouetted in a lit doorway, which gives another layer to the art.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 17 October, 2018, 01:50:11 pm »

I seem to remember John Cleese making a guest appearance as a genie and shouting "kids' show!" before being banished back into his lamp. Whereas Python was more "adult" (or possibly cerebral), The Goodies seemed to have a wider appeal, much like The Simpsons I think.

Yeah, that was in the Goodies and the Beanstalk - the Simpsons isn't a bad example, especially where the initial setup takes a real detour.

Prog / Re: Prog 2103 - Demons of the mind
« on: 17 October, 2018, 10:02:11 am »
Hmm - a restart fixed it this time.

Wonder if it being active when new content is released requires a restart?

Prog / Re: Prog 2103 - Demons of the mind
« on: 17 October, 2018, 10:00:21 am »
The ipad app is knackered again for me.

Can't buy, can't download previously bought content.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 17 October, 2018, 09:46:16 am »
There are some great gags in there, especially from Graeme Garden.

Some of the early stuff seems to drift off towards the end in particular, but yeah I'd say under-rated.

It's weird that it gets labelled as kid's stuff - was shown about 7:30pm, but a lot of the jokes aimed at adults in the same way 40s Warner Bros cartoons might have been.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 16 October, 2018, 11:31:08 pm »
Working my way through 60 odd episodes of the BBC episodes of the Goodies.

The early stuff is a bit hit and miss, but fascinating from a historical perspective, even when it gets a bit uncomfortable.

What stood out is how regularly things pop up that remind me of other stuff.

There's the music master's organ/artillery combo, similar to the Pandemonium in Nemesis, the Mirth Police in Goodies Rule OK, destroying anything that might give pleasure *waves at Judge Cal*, even the impersonating puppets is very Shaun of the Dead.

I jumped ahead a few years to Goodies Rule OK - (The one with the giant Dougal) I've no idea what the budget was but with the props and miniatures, or it being kept in-house at the BBC, it's pretty astonishing to see that spent on a comedy programme.

With it being a 70s programme there's also pretty much a Rolf Harris mention/appearance every other episode... even back to back Cyril Smith and Stuart Hall... plus doses of Savile.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 15 October, 2018, 08:56:03 pm »
Good to see a replacement for the crying boy painting that survives house fires.

General / Re: Judge Minty (Judge Dredd fan film)
« on: 14 October, 2018, 06:53:18 pm »
Just had a clear out of behind the scenes videos and uploaded them onto the facebook page

Think they were mostly shot by John Burdis


Film & TV / Re: The Apprentice - comics
« on: 12 October, 2018, 11:44:06 am »
Would you like a chocolate bar and a bottle of water to go with it?

Yeah very dubious.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 12 October, 2018, 09:14:20 am »
Sorry to hear that Jimbo.

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