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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 February, 2020, 10:29:19 am »
The pink elephant, if you please!  Man, I've not watched that in ages.

Nice to see some Blade 2 love on here.

30 - Countdown (2019).  I found this one genuinely scary.  Horror film about a phone app that tells you when you are meant to die.

Not gory or anything but I was cacking it.  Which hasn't happened since It Follows.

Ha!

Brilliant film. I really was blown away by how good it was, not having seen it in a good decade or so.

It is a shame we don't see more from Sam Raimi. The man makes great movies, and A Simple Plan and The Gift deserve much more love than they get, as does Drag Me To Hell.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 February, 2020, 09:41:23 am »
Darkman

Wow. Had forgotten what a touchstone this movie was to a young Rately back in the day.

Loved it, and I was fearful it would be one of those nostalgia movies where it doesn’t live up to what I remembered. Thankfully I was very, very wrong.

You get great performances, a brilliant, slimy villain in Larry Drake and the kind of inventiveness, unique shots and chaos that Sam Raimi brings to his movies.

“TAKE THE FUCKING ELEPHANT!”

Any movie where Liam Neeson delivers a line like that is worthy of a re-watch.

If Sam Raimi directs the Dr Strange movie, we might get something unique, that doesn’t follow the formula of the majority of the Marvel movies. And I love the Marvel movies, just hope they shake things up with the next slate of movies and deliver movies that are unique visually, and have actual stakes and surprises.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 20 February, 2020, 10:37:08 am »
25 - Blade 2.  The best Blade.  Still holds up, even the CGI.  One of the best vampire films.
It is truly, properly funny, and not in the silly way that parts of Blade: Trinity attempted (and failed), it has glorious visuals (even the slightly flubbed CGI, where the complexity was too much for the time is decent), and the performances are among the best in the series. It is untimately a powerful film because it has emotional resonance. and the conclusion actually means something to the character. Without that scene, as the sun rises and Blade accepts events unfolding before him, it would merely be a good film, but by twisting the knife into the viewer one last time is brilliance.
And I totally did not cry. Not even a single tear. No siree...

There seems to be a lot of hatred for the movie, but I've always enjoyed it.

The line, "Like Hammered Shit.", immediately scores an 8/10 for me.


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Creative Common / Re: Book Nooks
« on: 19 February, 2020, 09:55:53 pm »
Incredible stuff!

A Tardis, with flashing lights and sound effects would be ace, and a cracking place to store extra bookmarks!

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Film & TV / Re: Inside No. 9 (BBC2)
« on: 19 February, 2020, 01:48:03 pm »
Thought that was a superb, emotional piece of TV, that touched on things that affect all of us. Family, expectations, failures, pressure, debt, mental health. So much of it rang true.

Immediately into my top five of Inside No. 9 episodes.

The performances by Steve Pemberton and Debbie Rush were something else. The way Julia, the mother, lit up at mention of her errant son having eaten on a stag weekend was just mesmerising and heart-breaking. And the knowledge as parents, as they sat with each other at the table that he would be "Moving on" before long... Just amazing writing and performing.

I don't know if they can keep up the quality forever, but I'm hoping they do, because the freshness, and twists of each episode, and the skill and heart that goes into it is something we should feel very lucky to be able to witness.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 February, 2020, 09:58:14 am »
I like the People Under the stairs.
One of those films I'd just come across, watch, forget, but thoroughly enjoy each time.

I hardly watch broadcast TV anymore, mainly streaming stuff either from Netflix or Amazon Prime, or the older channels on demand services. I love having that facility to watch things when I want, but I do miss the old days of channel flipping and just happening across stuff.

Was having a conversation with some friends and we were talking about the joys of a late night movie find on terrestrial TV. The likes of Judgement Night late Friday on BBC1, or The Ring on Film Four, which, at the time scared the pants off me. want, that by the time we identify the bloody movie, you are so nackered it has to wait till later. Repeat!

Alex Cox's Moviedrome was my introduction to so many great movies, often drunk.

The drink had a lot to do with falling in love with so many movies!

And I have lost count to how many great movies, and introductions to great directors, actors I had through Moviedrome.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 February, 2020, 10:18:19 pm »
I like the People Under the stairs.
One of those films I'd just come across, watch, forget, but thoroughly enjoy each time.

I hardly watch broadcast TV anymore, mainly streaming stuff either from Netflix or Amazon Prime, or the older channels on demand services. I love having that facility to watch things when I want, but I do miss the old days of channel flipping and just happening across stuff.

Was having a conversation with some friends and we were talking about the joys of a late night movie find on terrestrial TV. The likes of Judgement Night late Friday on BBC1, or The Ring on Film Four, which, at the time scared the pants off me. I think nowadays we are spoiled with the ability to find and search in such specificity, that by the time we identify what we want to watch, it sucks the joy of discovering a movie, and basking in the sharing of it with your mates. Mind you, the level of choice we now have with so many different streaming devices means we usually spend so much time trawling fir what we want, that by the time we identify the bloody movie, you are so nackered it has to wait till later. Repeat!

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General / Re: Have I missed a thread about this?
« on: 12 February, 2020, 09:44:50 pm »
"Dredd, the tech boys were hoping you could road test our new Dacia Duster..."

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Film & TV / Re: Inside No. 9 (BBC2)
« on: 12 February, 2020, 02:58:05 pm »
That episode foreshadowed nine years ago.
(SPOILERS, obviously.)

Fantastic.

I'm assuming if Psychoville had had a third season, then this would have been a plot point.

Speaking of that show, when David made his grand entrance, all I could think of was that horrendous scene where Maureen "feeds" David!


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Film & TV / Re: Inside No. 9 (BBC2)
« on: 11 February, 2020, 10:44:46 am »
Spending time with old friends.... :lol:

Absolutely superb.

Shearsmith and Pemberton continue to knock it out of the park.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 06 February, 2020, 11:21:53 am »
We have this sheet, on the farm. We call it "The Sheet," we even pronounce the capitalisation and bold font. We sometimes add italics and waggly finger tips to acknowledge impending eerieness. Because The Sheet isn't what it seems to be. The Sheet is purest evil.

Oh, it must have been magnificent when it was new. Tough, hard, shiny black plastic cut to precisely three metres by twelve metres, easy to fold in half to receive a load of wood chips or horse manure; I imagine how easily my spade would slide over it as I fill barrows of chippings for the woodland paths or barrows of horse shit for the Smelly Corner. How easy to scrape up those last bits, how easy to wash off, how easy to fold away.

But all that was long ago and The Sheet has long since revealed its true nature. It's more holes, now, than plastic, twisted and evil. Jagged, rent pennants flap from its once geometrically perfect sides, jagged holes pucker and gape, sucking at your hands and boots with bad tempered jaggedy edges. And it stinks, now, and it's always unpleasantly moist, and it has... things living in it. Things that disappear when light gets on them. It whips and it writhes and it whispers in the wind even, and especially, when it isn't windy.

It is like the four dimensional shadow of the ideal Platonic shape of a nightmare protruding into our world. But I fear it may be more even than that. I can't be certain (because I had to construct my instruments out of old baked bean tins and a hair dryer) but I think the farmer is deliberately feeding The Sheet. Nearly six per cent of every load simply vanishes between delivery and relocation. It's odd, because she's always so careful to keep the cats and dogs away from it and hates to go near it herself. We lost a chicken to it, one time, and all Hell let loose for a fortnight - The Sheet kept blowing loose and ending up in all sorts of weird places. I swear one night I saw it fighting with another sheet in the woods, whipped up by one of those storms that come screaming in at us from the Irish Sea, whipping and rending and biting - black jagged fury in a black jagged night.

This morning, I had to unfold The Sheet in preparation for a delivery of wood chips. It's easy to do - just be aware of your feet and under no circumstances gaze into one of the holes. I looked at it, lying there, the solid four dimensional shadow of the mouthparts of a superdimensional energy-sucking death worm, pinned down by the eldritch powers of six bricks and a traffic cone, and I thought...

Maybe I should do a blog about how the world is in danger from a massive attack of the sheets.

And then I thought...

Nah.

I think PJ should draw this up. Folklore Thursday? How about a Thursday Shark Tale!

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General / Re: Urgent: GordyM missing?
« on: 05 February, 2020, 01:20:13 pm »
Heart drops every time I get a notification that there's a new post to this thread.

Hoping this is a story that ends positively.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 04 February, 2020, 01:41:38 pm »
Thank you Tordel's and Rately for your kind words and support. It means a lot and is deeply appreciated. All the best to ye!

-Paddy Kafka

Best to you too, Paddy!


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Film & TV / Re: Inside No. 9 (BBC2)
« on: 04 February, 2020, 11:58:22 am »
Looking forward to watching it this evening.

Really enjoyed the entire series, and good to see the BBC supporting it.

Be interesting to see what the two of them could do if they got a chance to put their names to an episode of Doctor Who, preferably something Halloween based!

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 February, 2020, 08:50:16 am »
Finally got to sit down and open the dreadful black plastic bag.

One of the books was unscathed, but the other one has two horrible dents in it, near the top of the front cover. Noticeable, and, as applies to most collectors, it makes me wince when I now look at the book.

In two minds as to whether I can be arsed with wasting  more hours and minutes of my life trying to source the replacement.

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