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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 11:06:41 pm »
You'll get me started on THE RIGHT STUFF next...

We've been cursing ourselves that we didn't preface the visit to First Man with a re-watch of The Right Stuff, if only to keep the emergent trilogy in order.  If I'm remembering rightly, TRS ends with Cooper on the last Mercury launch, so it should dovetail perfectly with Armstrong signing up for Gemini, just as Apollo 13 kicks off with the Tranquility landing.  Gus Grissom plays a distant second fiddle to Ed White (as Armstrong's neighbour and friend) in Last Man, so it would have been nice to see him in the spotlight beforehand.

That's next weekend's family movie night sorted anyway!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 09:10:17 pm »
I remember tears welling up in my eyes when the Apollo rocket lifted off when I saw it in the cinema.

Same here,  but then any indirect contact with the relics of Vostok,  Mercury,  Gemini, Voskhod and Apollo leave me in a state. I was only half kidding last week when I compared First Man to Passion of the Christ: if there's a scrap of religious sentiment left in me, it is fully focused on the seraphim and cherubim of the first astronauts.  And their modern prophet Chris Hadfield,  'natch.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: Today at 02:50:54 pm »
I had a goo (obviously, it distracts me from imminent economic,  political,  environmental and nuclear doom), and it's more funny than aggravating. A hive mind of the ignorant, fearful and oh-so entitled, running in circles yapping away happily. Just keep telling yourself that pointing this out will only alienate them further,  "othering" goes both ways and we have to find common ground on which to negotiate our better shared future.

Or to put it another way,  small-minded whiny racists hate being called on it.

Mind you, the review the comments are appended to isn't much better, what I could see of it: 2/5 "poorly executed". I know it's the place of critics of criticise aithout the qualifications to back it up, but I would still love to see their idea of "well executed" family telly. It's not an unblemished masterpiece, but "poor" it is not.

Another fave that appears all over the place: "all that's missing is someone with a disability". Obviously paying close attention,  these eagle-eyed guardians of quality telly like what we useta have.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: Today at 01:53:31 pm »
"Why don't the PC Brigade create their own characters?". That's my new favourite. Ah yes,  the Doctor: stamping on the oppressed, championing inequality and generally not getting involved in local politics since 1963. What's that you Daleks, you want to turn Londoners into your Robomen and use them to run slave gangs digging for the Eath's core? Why carry on old chaps,  musn't rock the boat with this PC nonsense, humans should know their place: soon you won't even be able to exterminate an inferior race without some SJW busybody foiling you.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: Today at 12:04:00 pm »
Yes,  "this wasn't Dr Who" is a fascinating reaction from anyone who actually watched the episode and has ever watched Dr Who. Whether you liked it or not, this was absolutely Dr Who.

However, I think I'll reserve my open-mouthed awe for the many,  many commentators who were annoyed by the depiction of white Alabama residents as "moustache twirling villains". People who contributed to or just acquiesced to the twisted world of segregation may well have been complex well-meaning individuals living in a bizarre context (#notallracists)  but that's not how history,  or dramatic family telly, are ever going to depict them. Tough luck, and best heed that lesson fellas.

No, wait,  it's the commentators who wanted to explain to Ryan why he (and by extension all black males) was stopped more often than his mates: they're my favourite. Luckily history is coming for them too.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 11:40:56 am »
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.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: Today at 06:59:44 am »
What struck me most strongly about the episode was the way the initial scenes could so easily have been read as a fantasy situation where a baddie had already changed recent history into one where bus drivers carried guns, Rosa was cowed into getting off the bus, and arseholes punched black guys in the street for returning lost gloves. The revelation that this was our regular timeline, and as Taryn said upthread, it was the worst place the TARDIS had ever landed... well, despite every awareness of the history of the Civil Rights movement, that still managed to be a punch to the gut.  You can read about lynchings, disenfranchisement and separate bathrooms in the Pentagon, but seeing these everyday petty outrages happen to our own contemporary characters in mundane settings (bus, diner, motel) can somehow seem more real.

That they sustained and ratcheted-up the initial discomfort, restrained themselves from having the characters 'inspire' Rosa in any way (although I liked the connection between Rosa and Ryan at the end, and that maybe she was playing to this specific audience too...), and made a well-known story extremely tense and personal (Graham's pain at believing he was letting his wife down by not helping Rosa, on what amounted to his home turf, was brilliantly conveyed without any recourse to NuWho histrionics): that was quite an achievement.

Wimmin Doctors and uppity negroes?  Whatever next. 

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 21 October, 2018, 09:18:57 pm »
It happens. But feck the lot of them, like tonight's episode pointed out, it may take another lifetime (or many), but they'll lose in the end.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 21 October, 2018, 08:05:59 pm »
Well now!  If that's the tone this series is taking, sign me up.

Yes, quite heavy-handed and simplistic, and probably far too much Dr Exposition, but  damn cool all the same - and exciting!  I love the team aspect,  the working-stuff-out on paper,  the absence of psychic paper nonsense and the even the way the sonic tricorder is used (scanning,  opening locks and, errr, white-board eraser). Some nice continuity with River's Stormcage and Capt Jack's time gadget too.

The racism was genuinely affecting,  the characters' frustration, disgust and anger really powerfully delivered.  Robinson was excellent as Rosa,  and Ryan and particularly Grandpa Graham got chances to shine, Yaz less so (again). I think Bradley Walsh is a bit of a treasure. Whittaker has good comic timing too,  loved the Banksy gags.

Episode looked amazing,  BTW - cannot have been cheap to make. And my Rosa-Parks-obsessed daughter loved it. Very promising stuff.

Obligatory but Minor Nitpicking: Not sure why Rosa wasn't freaked to learn Yaz was a cop,  given her earlier worries about Ryan, and not sure why Crasca (?) couldn't have zapped Rosa with his displacer (not hurting her after all, and he was able to shoot at the gang). And there was no way that fishing reel Ryan used was from 1955.

Books & Comics / Re: The Daily ZARJAZ!
« on: 21 October, 2018, 09:10:12 am »
Love Chris's light,  open art on this. Daily Zarjaz always a treat.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 20 October, 2018, 03:07:25 pm »
Anthea Bell, who translated Asterix for the English market, has died at 82.
I received my first Asterix from an aunt when I was a kid. I had no idea they were translated from French in the beginning. Bell clearly had a gift.

Yes,  a truly incredible talent. I vividly remember seeing my first French Asterix book as a kid, and being puzzled that almost all the names were different - and suddenly realizing that all the puns (that I was only beginning to appreciate) were delivered by someone other than the wondrous Goscinny. RIP.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 20 October, 2018, 01:38:05 pm »
To try to tell a single story to wrap up every line of dialogue that'd hinted at his past just feels reductive. You could have ignored all that and made it expansive.

Very true, but they did do a fair bit to open it up as well - in addition to all the predictable pedestrian elements you allude to,  I was fully expecting Jabba, Boba Fett, Tatooine and Kashyyyk; instead I got Q'Ira, Beckett, Val,  Rio,  Enfys Nest and Robo-Maul, Mimban, Vandor and Savareen. As usual with these things,  it's that new stuff I enjoyed most, but I have to accept that these prequel films are pitched squarely at nostalgic fans and existing IP exploitation (cue utterly gratuitous Star Destroyer and TIE fighter chase - don't the crime syndicates have (new) spaceships of their own?).

While Solo is far from a masterpiece it's way more entertaining and involving than it had any right to be, and a far better stab at Young Han than I could have imagined.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 20 October, 2018, 08:14:29 am »
There's no denying that your central point is true,  but doesn't it also apply to everything after the original Star Wars?  Jabba,  Darth Vader's nature,  the Emperor,  Luke becoming a Jedi... Should they ALL have been left to our imaginations? There's certainly a good argument for that, but I'm very glad we got more on-screen adventures - and Solo definitely falls into that category.

For all that it was totally unnecessary,  Solo was very good fun, and did you really have a better mental version of those card games,  or the Han&Chewie meet-cute ("We make secret battle of pretend")? I don't think I did.

General / Re: new 2000ad RPG to funded via Kickstarter
« on: 19 October, 2018, 07:25:03 pm »
As for the content - strange to call it Luna-1 when it could potentially cover any Dreddverse space strips (at least the local to Earth ones).  Hopefully they'll include the Anderson Goes to Mars story.

I agree, it's odd - but from this showing it seems like a solid plan, to follow the order of the Mega Epics and introduce related material as they go. Presumably next we'll get the Undercity, the Academy and SJS/Chief Judge's Office in the DtLD book.  Then Texas City and Extra-solar shenanigans in JCQ. Clever sort of drip-feed.

General / Re: new 2000ad RPG to funded via Kickstarter
« on: 19 October, 2018, 03:58:04 pm »
Jovis, my poor wallet  :o.

Great stuff, and loving the placeholder name "Anne Orther". I think the idea of covering the Corps and Titan (and Enceladus?  Mars?  Hestia?) in the Luna-1 supplement is a great one,  and hopefully shows the shape this range is going to take, not restricting itself to the epics themselves but expanding on their elements and settings.

Hope Mongoose and Warlord have some arrangement regarding the so-so RT kickstarted minis that seem to be still dribbling out.

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