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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« Last post by radiator on 22 January, 2019, 11:42:23 pm »
Barry

It was... alright/watchable enough. Great performance by Bill Hader, but I don't really think it lives up to all the awards recognition it got, and the premise of the series (hitman moves to LA to become an actor) seems a little hack, and kinda like a throwback to the 'relatable hitmen/bumbling gangsters' subgenre of every single indie movie from the mid-late 90s.
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Film & TV / Re: Shane Black's The Predator
« Last post by radiator on 22 January, 2019, 11:37:04 pm »
The bulk of it is/was on Youtube. T'was shite.

That ending.  ::)

More laughable was the alternative endings. One featured Ripley coming back through time to battle the Predator. T'other one substituted Ripley for Newt.

Yes, really.

I miss the days when there was a divide between fan films and real films.
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Events / Re: LAWLESS: A Celebration Of British Comics 2019
« Last post by Andy Lambert on 22 January, 2019, 11:28:20 pm »
Absolutely worth considering, Mardroid - and attending! It's a great event - lot's of drinking, lots of laughs, lots of social interaction with the guests, artwork and merchandise to buy, costumers and props for photo opportunities. The weekend just goes too quickly and I usually feel the post-con blues when going home, but I'd be going home with signed artwork, happy memories and new friends made. I can't wait for May to come around!

I've added some photos from last year's Lawgiver - they're not the best photos but they'll hopefully whet your appetite...! ;)


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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« Last post by Richard on 22 January, 2019, 11:06:24 pm »
If they do, they'd better include Downlode Tales this time.
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by radiator on 22 January, 2019, 11:01:13 pm »
As I say, I may need to adjust the colour saturation settings on my TV, but I swear the sand on the beaches was this really warm peachy/orange colour in a lot of sequences which looked very odd and out of place. Perhaps it wasn't so much a saturation issue as it was how heavily the grade was applied and how it strangled a lot of subtlety out of the natural colour tones of a given scene. It almost looked a bit like when they 'colorize' old black and white footage.
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Jim_Campbell on 22 January, 2019, 10:42:54 pm »
I’m on record as a right whinger about orange & teal grading (I even had a minor gripe about it in the recent Jumanji movie) so I’m fairly sure I’d have had a moan if it had been that egregious in the cinema. I’m of an age where my memory could be playing tricks on me, of course, but I honestly don’t remember the cinema release looking like that.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by radiator on 22 January, 2019, 09:55:00 pm »




That's interesting - it looked super obvious and incredibly distracting to me - certain scenes were essentially monotone - literally everything on screen was either orange or blue, and the skin tones looked almost comically saturated and orangey in a lot of scenes... Maybe I need to adjust my TV settings?

Have to say, I normally don't even really notice things like colour grade if I'm into the film and/or if it suits the tone of the film as a whole - I'm not a fan of orange and teal generally, but I will say that it at least seems far more appropriate for something that was shot in say, Southern California.
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Jim_Campbell on 22 January, 2019, 09:26:33 pm »
My major complaint about the film is its colour grading - which probably represents the single most damaging and egregious use of an orange and teal colour palette I've ever seen.

I wonder if this has been tweaked for the home market? I haven’t seen Dunkirk since the cinema and whilst I wouldn’t describe the palette as naturalistic, it had a slightly desaturated quality that wouldn’t have had me reaching for ‘neon’ as an adjective. Baffling, if the film has been messed about with.
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by radiator on 22 January, 2019, 08:49:46 pm »
Dunkirk.

I must admit I'd kinda written Nolan off after Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar, but thoroughly enjoyed this. Very effective piece of blockbuster filmmaking that didn't oversimplify the events or insult the viewer's intelligence, allowed some nuance in the characters (Harry Styles' character would probably have been positioned as a 'bad guy' or a coward in a typical Hollywood war movie, but is treated with sensitivity and comes across as someone just trying to survive.

My major complaint about the film is its colour grading - which probably represents the single most damaging and egregious use of an orange and teal colour palette I've ever seen. Having the characters skin and the sand on the Dunkirk beach be rendered a ghastly shade of neon orange is a truly baffling creative choice, and also really works against the period setting and subdued tone of the film. I thought Nolan was classier than that - it seems so strange to go the lengths he does of shooting on film and on IMAX cameras, using minimal cgi and all that, then layering on a heavy, garish digital colour treatment that makes his film look like a mid-2000s Michael Bay production.
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