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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 18 August, 2019, 07:24:41 am »
Fear the Walking Dead season 4

I’ve been watching this on Amazon Prime. Still some way to go, but it’s all been pretty good. Kudos for structuring this in such a different way to the past series. And the new characters* are great. Killing off one of the main characters relatively early on gave me mixed feelings, yet it’s working. And he still remains a somewhat major character considering the structure of the show jumping between ‘then’ and ‘now’. Interestingly I find myself routing for the new characters more than the old, except perhaps in the then segment of the programme. The old brigade have turned into vengeful gits, in the Now segment although that’s understandable considering what they’ve been through. But I understand that’s wholly intentional.

It’s all very interesting, anyway. I do feel like there’s a whole series worth of events in between series 3 and even the chronologically earlier ‘stadium’ part of this series, but that may not be a bad thing. We are fed a bit of what happened, in small chunks.

I’m way behind in the main series, incidentally. Much as I like it, I don’t feel all that driven to catch up, although I may rectify that at some point.

*New to this spin-off, anyway, since technically one of them was in the first series of The Walking Dead, I believe.

Film & TV / Re: The Boys TV series - Karl Urban cast as Butcher
« on: 12 August, 2019, 02:45:25 pm »
The gills bit made me wince.

Me too. I guess he got his comeuppance, but... yikes!

He got some comedy moments later, which made me chuckle.*

* Not that I find the death of animals funny, you understand, but the framing was very amusing.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 12 August, 2019, 02:34:32 pm »
Glad to see positive comments on Bladerunner 2049.

To be fair, a lot did seem to like it, but plenty seemed not to. I really liked it myself, too.

Books & Comics / Re: New British Comic - 'Mary Boys'
« on: 10 August, 2019, 04:36:52 pm »
Love the art style, and the concept is intriguing! Definitely interested.

Film Discussion / Re: I Am Mother
« on: 10 August, 2019, 04:07:48 pm »
Agreed, it's a good one. Nice robot design too.

Film & TV / Re: HBO Watchmen
« on: 30 July, 2019, 08:14:04 pm »
I don't disagree he went too far. Emphasis on the word 'quite', in my comment.

Film & TV / Re: HBO Watchmen
« on: 30 July, 2019, 07:07:16 pm »
I followed the link, and actually, out of isolation, the comments don't come across quite as harsh. He says nicer stuff about Moore elsewhere.

I'm in two minds about an extension, but this comment seems promising:

Lindelof did promise, however, that the original source material isn’t being retconned or rewritten in his HBO version. “We reexplore the past but it’s canon,” he says. “Everything that happened in those 12 issues could not be messed with. We were married to it. There is no rebooting it.”

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 24 July, 2019, 08:09:19 pm »
I forgot about those!

Sad to learn of Rutger Haur's death. And 75 years isn't so old nowadays.

I guess my favourite role with him was Roy Batty in Blade Runner. I really enjoyed Blind Fury too.

Film & TV / Re: New Rogue Trooper Film!!
« on: 22 July, 2019, 01:15:55 pm »
The dog makes me smile. "Whatcha doin'? Whatcha doin'?"

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 14 July, 2019, 01:31:08 pm »
People who burn stuff during the day when you're planning (or have already) hanging washing out.

Is it too much to wait until the evening at least? I understand Sunset might not be viable during the long Summer days as you might not want to supervise a fire that late, but leave it until after 6 at least..

Thankfully, I'm not in desperate need of a change of clothes for next couple of days, but I might have been.
On the plus side, I feel really relieved that the waft of chemical smoke isn't the electrics from the relatively new washing machine that's gently whirring away.*

* Washing machines have come a long way, haven't they? Do you remember when they would loudly walk around the kitchen?

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 08 July, 2019, 01:08:04 pm »
I enjoyed Dark season 1, and looked forward to the second... but now it's here I'm delaying watching as I can't remember all that happened, and I know it will be extra confusing as a result. I watched the 'story so far' trailer on Netflix... and it didn't help much.

I should probably just rewatch season 1, I guess. Likely I'll enjoy it well enough if I do it's just the thought of slogging through episodes I've already seen.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 July, 2019, 01:58:48 am »
... he'd just come out of the toilet and (was) promoting a comic stool that had been set up

That's what I call marketing.

Dirty night monkey!

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 08 July, 2019, 01:52:34 am »
"White zone" doesn't mean anything in English. "Black spot" does. Translation sometimes needs to be idiomatic, not just literal changing of each word in isolation.

I understand that. I guess ‘white zone’ still makes some sense to me as it make me think of white noise, and mobile phones and other electrical goods tend not to work well I’m the area.

I also tend to associate ‘black spot’ with the area being inherently evil, or at least bad, something which could be arguable considering the proportionally high murder rate, but the forest gives as well as takes, protects as well as kills. Black spot can also mean a troubled area too, and yes, it is that. A lot of the evil perpetuated in the series isn’t done by supernatural beings but by people. Like Life on Mars Black Spot is very much a police procedural with people committing crimes with the supernatural stuff largely being only marginally involved, although a couple of times it has aided in resolving crimes. It does becomes more prevalent in series 2.  When the supernatural does hurt or kill someone, it is largely retaliatory in nature.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 July, 2019, 11:39:26 pm »
Just on my way back from Spider-Man Far From Home. I had a slightly surreal moment on the way to the men's before the film. Through an initial set of doors leading to the rollers is this small lobby area and there was Spider-man. "Hi!" he says, while adjusting his costume. I think he'd just come out of the toilet and had as bit more adjusting to do.

Quite a decent version of the costume too. Later or became clear he was a kid donning the costume promoting a comic stool that had been set up.

Anyway, I enjoyed the film a lot. 2nd end credit scene was a good gag.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 07 July, 2019, 03:54:52 am »
Black Spot* - a French series (2 on Netflix at the moment) about cops in a small remote  town very close to a huge forest. Much of the episodes involve solving a murder. But there’s a bit of supernatural shenanigans afoot too.

Enjoying it a lot. Highly recommended. Series 1 completed, and working my way through 2 now.

* The original name in French is Zone Blanche ... ‘Blanche’ actually meaning ‘white’, but I can sort of see why they decided to go with ‘black’ for the translation. Kinda wish they hadn’t though.

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