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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 September, 2018, 08:08:18 pm »
but there is probably an important conversation to be had about the spreading influence of China's corrupt and toxic brand of authoritarian corporatism to other markets, particularly given the oppressive restrictions on foreign investment that allows the Chinese state to appropriate intellectual property (including technology patents) from the West.

As long as we can sell them our wares no one cares.

Movie Star Fan Bingbing's Disappearance Raises Questions About the Chinese Justice System

The mystery highlights the opacity of Chinese justice. The use of so-called black jails has been ramped up across China since President Xi Jinping came into power in 2013. In August, a U.N. human rights panel said it had received credible reports that 1 million members of the mostly Muslim ethnic Uighur minority are being held in secret camps for “re-education.”

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 September, 2018, 04:41:33 pm »

I thought the hyperbole and arcane knowledge of Statham's love-life gave it away.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 September, 2018, 04:29:41 pm »
Could you try not being so much of a racist in public?

Forgive the Prof.; tongue welded in cheek runs through almost all his posts. We wouldn't want him any other way.

Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« on: 22 September, 2018, 10:16:02 pm »
I mentioned Cullen to my 12 year-old son by way of a paternal cautionary tale about not listening to unsavoury nutters on You-Tube

The red-headed stepchild of YouTube Ireland.

Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 21 September, 2018, 02:55:16 am »
Link Prime: your rather hysterical reaction suggests you're not much of a feminist?

Disengage your sarcasm filter.

Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 18 September, 2018, 09:19:34 pm »

I just hope to see Fury's eye being stolen by Rocket.

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 15 September, 2018, 11:20:19 pm »
He was just resting.

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 15 September, 2018, 08:49:00 pm »

Indeed, and the flashback stories could've filled that hole easily, but I assume the creators wanted something different to keep them interested.

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 15 September, 2018, 08:37:02 pm »
Max Bubba and Rage were 30 years ago now. The stories stand irrespective of what happens now.

I have previously been comprehensively schooled by members of the board that new star wars films, for example, have not impacted on my continued enjoyment the originals, so surely a new development in Strontium Dog in the 21st century does not retrospectively ruin or detract from a story from several decades past?

Anyway, I have enjoyed the new storylines and Johnny's return. Just occurs to me that in a story where time travel has featured prominently, that our main character may at least contemplate abusing the power to save the life of the most significant person in his life.

That's conflating personal enjoyment with the development of what happens in-story. It's not only about the importance of stories past but of stories future. Presuming the decision to resurrect Johnny in such a literal fashion means the writer wants the consequences of those past stories to still be extant at the present time then it's all about the character and not just rebooting for the sake of. Otherwise they could've just gone back in time and saved both Johnny and Wulf – but that's kind of a boring story and only re-enforces the idea that death really doesn't matter in that universe.

Resurrecting Johnny was a narrative fudge borne from the desire to undo a consequence. In hindsight, it was said that killing Johnny was a mistake. Apparently the same degree of regret for offing Wulf is not there, so they replaced him with his son instead, which is better for Johnny and the series.

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 15 September, 2018, 07:18:53 pm »
I was perfectly happy with the apocryphal angle taken with the flashback stories, but if a stricter continuity and character evolution is considered to be what matters, then it's not wise to negate every significant dramatic development that happened in Johnny's life – especially now that Wulf's son is part of Johnny's future story plus it's a far more interesting catalyst for new stories with Johnny as a father figure.

It's a matter of character priority: without Johnny there's simply no story to speak of. That's not the case with Wulf, so resurrecting him can't be considered an equivalent with Johnny's Lazarus moment.

Prog / Re: Prog 2097 - Psychos A-Go-Go!
« on: 07 September, 2018, 11:46:19 pm »
Let's face it, occult investigator is the next big 2000AD trope after future-fascist bully-boy and killer-for-hire.

And to think Judge Dread was originally an occult investigator.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 September, 2018, 09:27:20 pm »
and George Miller stepped back from production because of this, only directing some of the vehicle stuff near the end and leaving the rest to another director.
Not sure on the accuracy of the above, but if true it does explain quite a lot!

He had a co-director on the film.

Games / Re: Cyberpunk 2077
« on: 02 September, 2018, 05:55:02 pm »
"Last but not least, it was openly admitted that a lot of inspiration for the game’s ‘megabuildings’ came from Judge Dredd. As they said earlier, these are huge, multilevel skyscrapers inhabited by all sorts of people and filled with content. Nonetheless, most of the action in Cyberpunk 2077 will take place in the ever-bustling streets of Night City."


The article refers to this filmed interview with the developers where they mention the 2012 Dredd film as an influence (turn subtitles on):


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