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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 08:31:41 pm »
According to IMDB, he played him in the Roland Rat version!

I'm not mad about the Disney Christmas Carol (I'm watching it too!), but it's certainly a faithful adaptation. My go-to's are Muppets, Alastair Sims' and Patrick Stewart's ones, and of course Scrooged.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 07:59:03 pm »
Inclined to agree with Matt about Aquaman in every particular. 

Some of the surface sequences in the second act are fun (the Sicily chase, mainly), Momoa has occasional flashes of charm, and I did like some of the creature designs quite  a lot, but if it wasn't for Amber Heard's d├ęcolletage I fear I would have fallen asleep more than once.  It managed to be shockingly pedestrian and drawn-out while at the same time wildly overstuffed and more than a little crazy. Or to put it another way, despite excruciatingly long sequences of exposition, no single element ever gets time to be developed (example: in about 20 minutes we get through previously-unseen kingdoms of merpeople, crab people, deep-ocean-trench people and pterodactyls at the Earth's core, without ever getting to know anything about any of them).  The de rigueur climactic battle that takes up much of the trailer is between King Orme and "The Kingdom of Brine", a bunch of creatures we were never even introduced to - but they went to the bother of hiring John Rhys Davies for the two lines that their single talking representative has.  I won't even comment on Julie Andrews' bizarre contribution, or what the point of casting Dolph Lundgren was supposed to be.  Wasteful, and frustrating.

There's absolutely no point picking holes in any of it, cos it's all holes but but but: Orme sends singulaly unimpressive tidal waves to crash into the world's coasts, specifically including Maine, but when we see the Currys' lighthouse there's no hint of damage - even the rickety landing stage is intact. Ditto all of Sicily. Speaking of Sicily, the map they find there points the way to the deepest ocean trench giving access to the hidden ocean at the Earth's core... in the Med?!? . Oh i need to stop, we'll be here all night

The de-ageing craze continues apace with what seem like rather gratuitous jobs on Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe, and a bizarrely unrecognisable shot at Temuera Morrison.  Actually, Morrison isn't half bad in this.

On the positive front, my wife assures me that Jason Momoa remains a very fine figure of a man, and even on the rare occasions when he is wearing a shirt on it appears to be painted on.  Take that as you will.

The real disappointment is that a film obviously designed to capitalise on Aquaman's surprisingly enjoyable turn in Justice League... doesn't. Everyone around him is so grim and serious all the time that the brief glimpses of that humour seem utterly out of place without other lighter characters to play off.  Oh, and large chunks of the third act are lifted from How To Train Your Dragon 2, but not in a good way. 

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 03:18:16 pm »
In fairness to TLS I'm not very good at expressing tone in my posts.

What annoys me most about Eternal Brexit, even more than what is likely to be catastrophic economic and political impact on my own country that we're not supposed to care about because it's the the will of "the" people, is that it permanently distracts from what actually matters: tackling climate change and mass migration (not the occasional storms and a trickle of refugees of today, the real stuff - drowned cities, barren fields and billions on the move).  That a bunch of posh fucks have manipulated us down this nationalist dead-end for their own short-term benefit... it's almost too much to bear. And before anyone says, "growing economic inequality": same posh fucks.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 03:00:56 pm »
So basically what happened to Greece.  And Greece is still inside the EU.

Pretty much that.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 02:37:33 pm »
The problem as I (a largely ignorant arsehole) see it is that Rees-Mogg, Johnson and the whole parasitic parade of toffee-nosed freaks are staying/being kept out of it, permitting them to sweep in when the dust clears (whatever the outcome) and be annointed as saviours of the land in its hour of need.  May was never more than a sacrificial lamb for the Tories, the PM who was chosen to eff-up Brexit, because that's the only outcome there could ever have been. 

No-Deal Brexit: May failed, hateful EU punishes UK with unending hardship, Rees-Mogg to the rescue.
May's Deal: May failed, hateful EU punishes UK with economic decline and vassal-status, Rees-Mogg to the rescue.
Remain: May failed, betrayed the wishes of the people and condemned UK to eternal occupation, Rees-Mogg to the rescue.

I hope the pension was worth it.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 01:55:24 pm »
Doesn't that covers most managerial decisions?

And many relationships.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 11:27:00 am »
It's a simple fact that the victors don't really need to protest. Plus they all live in the country and the minibuses are needed for the bingo; you can never find the lav at these things and their bladders aren't what they used to be*. 

I was reading a thread about one of Sharky's favourite source of factoids, the Milgram expriments, and it observed that one of the main stated motivations in the <40% of participants who administered shocks past the point where the 'victim' cried-out was a strong reluctance to admit that they had been wrong to do so in the first place. It was those folks that went all the way to 'lethal' and beyond, rather than accept that they were duped and in the wrong way back when the pain they were causing first became evident. Watch this space.

*Whose is.

Film & TV / Re: Dabnett on University Challenge BBC4!
« on: Today at 09:00:39 am »
Was this a repeat of last year's?

Seems likely: in the absence of fine-grained dating evidence in the form of bonus questions on Tide Pods or the She-Ra reboot it was impossible to know.

Film & TV / Re: Dabnett on University Challenge BBC4!
« on: 14 December, 2018, 08:10:54 pm »
Not that early on!  Clearly submitting to the loa of puns exacts a terrible price from the host.

Friday night inertia leads me  into TotP - good lord but the Kate Bush of 1986 was possibly the most beautiful woman alive.

Film & TV / Re: Dabnett on University Challenge BBC4!
« on: 14 December, 2018, 07:58:11 pm »
Ah he did okay at the start, but Apollo and Rafael were red-hot!

Film & TV / Dabnett on University Challenge BBC4!
« on: 14 December, 2018, 07:35:08 pm »
Right now!

Creative Common / Re: What Are The The Prices For Lettering?
« on: 13 December, 2018, 06:15:47 pm »
And that's that. May as well head over to the JBF...

Creative Common / Re: What Are The The Prices For Lettering?
« on: 13 December, 2018, 04:58:20 pm »
Feck's sake, this place is just no good - I was looking forward to a Christmas donnybrook!  Courteous bloody pro's ruining everyone's fun... 

Prog / Re: Prog 2110 - Gremlins in the System!
« on: 13 December, 2018, 03:27:43 pm »
Re: Kingdom, it's definitely an end, insofar as it wraps up the whole Numan-TickWar-Space stuff, but I don't believe it's the end. Abnett may (or may not) be resting it for a while at this handy point, but personally I'm not remotely done with Gene & Co yet, and I can't believe he is either.

As to the rest, Dredd good fun and looking great; SinDex a bit by-the-numbers (reminds me too much of the giant cyber-gator story) but Yeowell & Charles on top form; Brink as nerve-jangling as ever.  Abnett really pulling his weight this week!

Creative Common / Re: What Are The The Prices For Lettering?
« on: 12 December, 2018, 05:58:14 pm »
Anyone want some popcorn when I'm going to the lobby?  This is getting good!

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