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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 November, 2018, 02:09:50 pm »

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 November, 2018, 12:25:58 pm »
Finally wrapped up the two trilogies on my watch pile.

For a Few Dollars More does what all great sequels do, raise the stakes, gives us another day in tge life of Maco, a second protagonist with his own take to tell, and a cabaret of truly disgusting antagonists. A great second instalment. It still comes a distant second in the saga, though. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is a perfect western, and a perfect war movie. Even in it’s nearly 3 hour extended cut it doesn’t miss a beat or waste a scene, or score, or a line. Leone made something special and I think he knew it.

Contrary to popular opinion I feel The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is the best of the lot. Everything from the casting to the cinematography is nothing short of superb, Harryhausen is at the peak of his game and the movies unremitting sense of fun is infectious. That being said The Eye of the Tiger ain’t half bad either, brimming with fun and whimsy. Not a bad weeks viewing at all.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 10 November, 2018, 01:14:02 pm »
Prof Bear has pinned his hopes for socio-political reform on a nice little guillotine Kickstarter. The stretch goals include knitting classes. Mobfunding is the next big thing.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 09 November, 2018, 05:51:19 pm »
So I stumbled across a Jonathan Pie video on my FB timeline, and is it me or has this guy let his success get to his head? He used to be a genuinely witty political commentator, but now seems to cater the outrage alt-right community.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 November, 2018, 11:35:47 pm »
Oh, and I saw Bohemian Rhapsody the other night. Profoundly disappointed, and no one could have wished to love it more than I.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 November, 2018, 11:32:46 pm »
Which order? I am sure you are aware that in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, he picks up the outfit in which he starts Fistful.
In release order. As intended.

Decided to break up the Samurai and Western binge i've been on recently, too much of a good thing ain't so good after all, as Home in Manchester housed a special screening of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and, stop me if this sounds familiar, though not my favourite of the trilogy (that goes to The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, a perfect adventure movie) you still get all the hallmarks of 50's Harryhausen wrapped up in a lavish and delightfully garish package. The Dragon in particular is still a joy to watch. I've said it several times, but we did nothing to deserve Ray Harryhausen.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 November, 2018, 09:31:20 pm »
Serve a lot of them at work, always a delight. The wee ones in particular glow at the feeling they're being treated like adults.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 November, 2018, 03:35:47 pm »
Starting a rewatch of the Man with No Name trilogy, and by god though The Good, The Bad and The Ugly made a house hold name out of the character and Eastwood, A Fistful of Dollars is a damn good way to open a trilogy. It gets better with each viewing and though I have doubts it will ever eclipse For a Few Dollars More, my favourite of the saga, it's still a top tier western.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 November, 2018, 03:02:34 pm »
Also, is it even legal for them to only accept payments by card? I would have thought that there would be some sort of proscription against refusing legal tender?

Can't speak for Ireland, but whilst trying to find out which NQ cafe Hawkmumbler was talking about, I found this quote from the Manchester Evening News:
Kicking myself as I forgot it's name, it was in on Red Lion street...

What Jayzus said. I actually binned my contactless to curb my impulse spending. But on a trip to London came to regret it, spending way more than I needed on a day pass I didn't end up needing for the tube. Going against my better judgement, I've downloaded apple pay as a quick solution whenever i'm in the capital and need contactless again, otherwise i pay almost entirely in cash these days.

Events / Re: MCM Comic Con
« on: 07 November, 2018, 09:08:55 pm »
I DO attend most MCMs for at least one day, and though admittedly they are utter shit for comic fans they have provided me with some quality experiences and made me some truly valuable friends in the cosplay community. Extremely good for certain avenues in independent productions too, like small budget movies and podcasts.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 07 November, 2018, 08:55:33 pm »
Going off on a tangent here, but this morning I tried to buy a coffee in a cafe where I often go, only to realise they ONLY take card payments (I'd never noticed before, but had fuck-all in my account this time around so tried to pay with cash).

In fairness, they recognised me and took my cash just the once, but as I left, it struck me that this is bullshit of the highest order, and another attempt to keep Dublin out of the reach of the riff-raff.  They can rest assured, I suppose, that no homeless person could ever sully their premises, nor anyone on a very low income. (I frequently only have cash; having spent all the contents of my account or squirreled it away in a distant credit union to protect it from myself.) Or am I overreacting?
Nail on head. There was a cafe in Manchesters northern quarter that tried that crap a few years back, being a pretty left leaning (and one of the friendlier cities towards the homeless, not to put too bright a shine on my fair lands) once folks caught on to it they just stopped going. Closed down recently.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 November, 2018, 10:10:35 pm »
Bram Stoker's Dracula is awful, awful stuff. But I love it all. Even Keanu.

I once enthusiastically recommended it as the closest adaptation of the book to a very cultured senior academic while somewhat drunk; he took my advice, and never looked me in the eye again.
The most accurate adaptation will always be Count Dracula courtesy of the beeb, with Louise Jourdan as the Count.

I'm fond of many versions of Stokers tome, but more keen on pastiche movies that utilise the Count for original, and sometime delirious, results. The Hammer sequels, Blacula, or Count Draculas Great Loves (basically Dorian Gray with a vampire).

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 03 November, 2018, 10:13:16 pm »
CEX is a second hand joint only, surely? My local is little more than a glorified thief, offering over expensive prices for damaged stock.

I've fast approaching a complete run myself, just 31 left to go!

Colin, The Invasion was rather better than recent animations. I do wish the beeb had stuck to their partnership with Cosgrave Hall.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 03 November, 2018, 10:58:17 am »
Prof might not but I will! Starcrash is crazy, bonkers and inept in a way only and italian knock off could be and I freaking adore it.

Also, missed opportunity Tips! StarGASH surely!

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