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Books & Comics / Re: Hannah Berry to be new comics laureate
« on: Today at 01:14:51 pm »
Get her in the Prog and slap some laurels on the cover, Thargy baby, she's a keeper.


As a complete side note,  it always amazes me how 2000AD collections fail to trumpet their more famous creators. The DR&Quinch/Skizz Mega-Collection, for example - 200 pages of Alan Moore, one of the Top 5 most famous comics writers of all time* (yes,  I'm including Stan Lee :rolleyes:) never mind art by Alan Davis (ye and I know the Baikie Skizz is some of the greatest comics art ever,  but the average US comics afficianado not so much...) - and yet this info is almost hidden in the usual trade dress.  Wouldn't it have made sense for Hachette to tart up the cellophane wrapper with giant sized 200 PAGES OF MOORE and DAVIS for a TENNER?   If you've got it,  flaunt it.


*Lee,  Gaiman,  Hergé, Moore, Miller, would be my guess. Maybe Schultz and Watterson too,  but does anyone remember their names these days?

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Hard to see how you'd do it without CGI,  short of traditional animation,  or keeping it at a Man From Atlantis scale (pier-divibg aside). And while you're absolutely right about it looking like it's in space rather than underwater,  you'd be left with very limited visibility and reduced visual scope if you were to actually model the deep ocean: which might be a valid stylistic choice,  but clearly not one the DCCU fancied.  We'll see if this pure-fantasy direction pays off.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 15 October, 2018, 01:16:16 pm »
Have to defer to you on that one,  never seen it.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 15 October, 2018, 01:02:58 pm »
Give me a break - one minute the Defense is she’s not in full awareness of her body yet, the next is she’s a space ninja.

Both those things were in the show. 

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 15 October, 2018, 12:57:56 pm »
And pretty much all genre TV that has featured a woman since 1995. 

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 October, 2018, 12:54:25 pm »
And that's democracy!  Thought this was rather good: https://mobile.twitter.com/DonaldClarke63/status/1051143334226526208

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 15 October, 2018, 12:44:40 pm »
FWIW I would have preferred the Tardis to remain elusive for a few episodes longer, with the gang hitchhiking around trying to find it or get back to Earth someone other way.


Yeah I really hoped they'd do this, think it would have been great fun. Alas not and I can see why they might have gone that way. After all its a key concept to the show and I'm assuming they want lots of new folks tuning in so best to get it established asap.

Still shame as it would have been a good setup. Mind that said the redesign now it is here is great.

Mmmm. My 9-year old daughter,  who somehow has never watched or even been particularly aware of Dr Who before (I have no idea how, she's a pretty hardcore SF show fan... I'm just a bad father), was entranced by the reveal of the Tardis interior, so I suppose they know what they are doing.  My son (12) says he prefers 13 to the three previous Doctors he's watched (Tennant, Smith and Capaldi, but mainly Smith), despite harbouring a mild resentment for girls being the center of everything these days (his words), so ditto.

 

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 October, 2018, 12:29:44 pm »
Yeah,  I dont think our economically-ruined terrorist-stalked island would be in much of a position to gloat*. We'd certainly be suffering a hell of a lot more than Boris & Chums,  unless someone takes a pop at Brighton again... And I don't even know how I'd feel about that at this point. And if I don't,  you can be sure there's plenty whose feelings are quite clear.

Given as how EVERY permutation of Brexit is intrinsically a disaster, my money is on the average venal opportunist secretly angling for a last minute re-run and scrapping of Article 50 so that they can play the see-sawing markets for a bit and then settle back into lucrative careers of spittle-flecked divisionist euro-blaming.  That's not going to be any fun either, but on a purely personal note it'd be better than teenagers pointing guns at me every time I fancy some cheap booze and fireworks and tit-for-tat atrocities on the radio every morning.


*Never stopped us before...

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 15 October, 2018, 12:05:58 pm »
Very few of the Doctor's incarnations have had ANY concept of personal space, at least not since No.  4. Squishing their face right up against people and lecturing them is what the Doctor does. Also, she's not a woman any more than that Tardis is a police box:  she's a quasi-immortal alien busybody with two hearts, and her power has never been about her physical size. And she knows kung-fu.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 15 October, 2018, 11:19:45 am »
All robot foes with that same power configuration and no hardening against EMP,  maybe.  I agree that the gradual transformation of the sonic screwdriver to a magic wand, and almost the Doctor's defining superpower,  is one of the worst aspects of NuWho, and that 13 seems to use it a lot,  but not so far to the exclusion of more hands-on tinkering. Stuff gets made, levers are pulled, things are plugged in - it's an improvement.

Opening doors,  investigating holograms - that's what the screwdriver is for. Channelling the love of humanity to reset time, less so.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 15 October, 2018, 10:50:26 am »
The odd nature of the multiple threats this week is because this is a race course - the route is specifically designed to include leftover obstacles from a devastated Stenza weapons design/testing ground. Hence shoddy robots,  gas fields and psychic dish cloths. 

There's actually been a pleasingly practical feel to the problems and problem-solving, with companions getting stuck into mechanical repairs and jury-rigging rather than the Doctor just twiddling her rather suggestively-shaped sonic penknife and fixing everything remotely.

I did enjoy the moment where it was clear that somebody at a script meeting realised that it was usually the Tardis that supposedly did the magic translating. FWIW I would have preferred the Tardis to remain elusive for a few episodes longer, with the gang hitchhiking around trying to find it or get back to Earth someone other way.

BTW I think the Doctor is doing just fine at having a presence.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 14 October, 2018, 08:28:25 pm »
I did sort-of wonder about the Doctor giving up and going full self-pity at the end, but I'm happy enough to chalk it up to a to-be-explored peculiarity of this incarnation, or failing that, a post-regeneration wobbly.

Liked the new interior BTW,  especially the 'porch'. And as Colin says,  the kids loved it.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 October, 2018, 08:11:51 pm »
..ittried to be a a 50s sci-fi B-movie AND the 4th Indy Film and as such a 30's adventure serial and thus didn't commit to either and therefore work as either. It needed to be bolder in its intent and ambition to change, or be commited to its origins. Rather it failed in both ways.

Fair point, but I liked the alien aspect,  I thought it was neat to just make a direct swap between God and his earthly leftovers and aliens and theirs, rather than changing genres. I liked seeing Indy dealing with the von Daniken version of archaeology instead of the Albright one, and in much the same way.

For me the failures weren't really thematic so much as too many awful set-pieces, unlikeable characters and frankly shoddy sets and CGI. The plot, the 50s window dressing and Indy's post-Crusade story I actually enjoyed.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 14 October, 2018, 07:53:52 pm »
Well no real complaints about this week's episode, that was proper Dr Who that was. Sort-of glad they were fibbing about there being any season arc too.

Yaz felt a bit underused, the robots maybe a bit underdesigned,  but I liked the problem solving, the refreshing lack of speechifying and again the fact that I could actually hear the dialogue. Loving the credits music too.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 October, 2018, 06:54:37 pm »
Ah it's not that bad,  just not... good.  By coincidence I rewatched it the other week too, and while I liked it quite a bit at the time, I find myself less and less enthused as the years pass. Its heart is in the right place, which is as a late '50s sequel to Raiders, rather than a 4th Indy movie, and it's hard to fault Ford and Allen's chemistry,  but by heck is it let down by hopeless new characters and some dire, incomprehensible sequences.

Young Indy is fun, but the bizarrely re-edited DVD boxsets are hard to adapt to.

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