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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: Today at 10:50:26 am »
The odd nature of the multiple threats this week is because this is a race course - the route is specifically designed to include leftover obstacles from a devastated Stenza weapons design/testing ground. Hence shoddy robots,  gas fields and psychic dish cloths. 

There's actually been a pleasingly practical feel to the problems and problem-solving, with companions getting stuck into mechanical repairs and jury-rigging rather than the Doctor just twiddling her rather suggestively-shaped sonic penknife and fixing everything remotely.

I did enjoy the moment where it was clear that somebody at a script meeting realised that it was usually the Tardis that supposedly did the magic translating. FWIW I would have preferred the Tardis to remain elusive for a few episodes longer, with the gang hitchhiking around trying to find it or get back to Earth someone other way.

BTW I think the Doctor is doing just fine at having a presence.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 14 October, 2018, 08:28:25 pm »
I did sort-of wonder about the Doctor giving up and going full self-pity at the end, but I'm happy enough to chalk it up to a to-be-explored peculiarity of this incarnation, or failing that, a post-regeneration wobbly.

Liked the new interior BTW,  especially the 'porch'. And as Colin says,  the kids loved it.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 October, 2018, 08:11:51 pm »
..ittried to be a a 50s sci-fi B-movie AND the 4th Indy Film and as such a 30's adventure serial and thus didn't commit to either and therefore work as either. It needed to be bolder in its intent and ambition to change, or be commited to its origins. Rather it failed in both ways.

Fair point, but I liked the alien aspect,  I thought it was neat to just make a direct swap between God and his earthly leftovers and aliens and theirs, rather than changing genres. I liked seeing Indy dealing with the von Daniken version of archaeology instead of the Albright one, and in much the same way.

For me the failures weren't really thematic so much as too many awful set-pieces, unlikeable characters and frankly shoddy sets and CGI. The plot, the 50s window dressing and Indy's post-Crusade story I actually enjoyed.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 14 October, 2018, 07:53:52 pm »
Well no real complaints about this week's episode, that was proper Dr Who that was. Sort-of glad they were fibbing about there being any season arc too.

Yaz felt a bit underused, the robots maybe a bit underdesigned,  but I liked the problem solving, the refreshing lack of speechifying and again the fact that I could actually hear the dialogue. Loving the credits music too.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 October, 2018, 06:54:37 pm »
Ah it's not that bad,  just not... good.  By coincidence I rewatched it the other week too, and while I liked it quite a bit at the time, I find myself less and less enthused as the years pass. Its heart is in the right place, which is as a late '50s sequel to Raiders, rather than a 4th Indy movie, and it's hard to fault Ford and Allen's chemistry,  but by heck is it let down by hopeless new characters and some dire, incomprehensible sequences.

Young Indy is fun, but the bizarrely re-edited DVD boxsets are hard to adapt to.

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Books & Comics / Re: Thrillpower Overload: the missing chapters
« on: 14 October, 2018, 02:22:55 pm »
Thanks for that Frank. What a guy.   :'(

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 October, 2018, 06:24:52 pm »
While I agree entirely with the general sentiment,  the movie's not about the space race, it's about Neil Armstrong and his part in it (although it does explicitly frame the methodology of the moon missions as a response to being hammered by the Soviets on every point - starting a new approach entirely from scratch so that the Russians' lead in all other areas is irrelevant).

tl;dr: He died for your sins,  Bear! And it was the Jews that killed him!

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 October, 2018, 04:37:10 pm »
First Man. I imagine that this film had the same effect on me as The Passion of The Christ had on the more visceral variety of Christian, so brace yourselves for some speaking in tongues.

I don't think I have ever felt more completely in a movie than I was during the Gemini 8 sequence,  or the initial moonwalk scene.  And while I accept that this is a movie and not an historical documentary,  I've never really appreciated before quite why Armstrong was the perfect man for the job.

Gosling continues to successfully employ his androidlike acting to stunning effect,  and Claire Foy must be in serious contention for Best Supporting; she's nuanced,  understated, breathtaking.   Everyone else was amazing too,  even Ciaran Hindes' Permanent Caesar was deployed appropriately. I've heard people complain about Corey Stoll's abrasive Aldrin,  but I thought he was perfect, and perfectly loveable.  And even though I haven't quite forgiven Jason Clarke for Terminator Genitals [sic], his poor doomed Ed White is superb.

Oh look,  I could go on,  but I'll summarise my babbling praise by just saying that it is a masterclass in the use of focus - the camera is always fixed on exactly what it should be, and nothing else, eschewing spectacle for what felt like lived experience.  Intimate,
rather than infinite, space.   Further comment on the use of different camera formats and film grades would probably constitute a spoiler.

Absolutely brilliant, go see it, on the biggest loudest Imax screen you can find.


(Irish peeps: my first visit to the Blanchardstown Imax, what a cinema! I may never go anywhere else ever again).


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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 12 October, 2018, 09:38:57 pm »
Very saddened to hear about the passing of Greg Stafford. I spent many, many enjoyable hours with friends playing Runequest. RIP.

How very sad - Glorantha is one of the most unique fantasy creations, and at very top of the RPG settings.  I'll never forget my adventures there when I was 11 or 12, my first ever RPG experience as a player, and I've enjoyed dipping in and out ever since.  RIP Greg.


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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 12 October, 2018, 10:08:09 am »
I burn everything that History's Greatest Monsterâ„¢ writes before I can read it, it's the only way to remain a True Fan.

Phew,  that's a relief though. If Tharg, Dan or Ian are listening,  I Want Moah.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 12 October, 2018, 08:19:49 am »
Feck Jimbo,  that's an awful double blow in such a short time.  Thoughts with you and your family.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 12 October, 2018, 07:06:10 am »
Conclusion? No!!!!!!!!

Goddammit. Please let this be a typo. I've seldom enjoyed any strip as much as I enjoy Brink.

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Games / Re: I've got a Totally Unoriginal Gaming Show on Youtube now
« on: 11 October, 2018, 09:55:24 am »
Great choice for a review - I whiled away many bus journeys playing Battleship when I was too tired for Tetris or too drunk for chess.  Gameboy games were so insanely expensive (I was  a student) that I only ever seemed to have games that no-one else wanted. It's notable that I put every GB/GBC/GBA game onto my MP3 player about 10 years ago, but have never yet played Battleship again. Maybe today's the day!

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 09 October, 2018, 01:30:28 pm »
You wouldn't let it lie!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2101 - The Red, Wight and Blue
« on: 09 October, 2018, 11:59:49 am »
"Suppressed anger". Cheezus, no more posting from my phone.

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