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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 03 March, 2021, 12:03:28 AM »
The great Bunny Wailer has gone to Jah

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 01 March, 2021, 07:03:02 PM »
The MCU is like the comics - if like me, you grew up loving that interconnectedness where everyone has their own books but with frequent guest appearances and occasional big crossover events, then the movies worked very well. I've watched them all several times, and could stick Avengers Assemble on pretty much any day of the week. Even the weakest (Thor 2 IMO) isn't bad, and I'll happily rewatch it. There have been other good comic-to-movie transitions, but these 23 were the first ones that for me truly recreated the comfortable thrills of a shared universe that I so fondly remember. For a True Believer, I think they were an amazing sequence - Excelsior! (side note - why didn't they call it the marvel movie universe (MMU) so we could differentiate with the marvel comics universe (MCU)?).

My only big gripe with Winter Soldier is the cliched 'sticking chips in a computer against a deadline' climax. So sick of these ticking-clock contrivances taking the place of more imaginative plotting, and why do these ships and bases always have vast inner spaces with precarious walkways? Still, I recognise it's just a narrative maguffin and Steve's journey is the important part, as mentioned above.

Bored with the free stuff, I decided to splash out and rent something at the weekend - Amazon can fuck off with their £16 to rent Wonder Woman 1984 (seriously? I know they have to recoup some money with covid, but almost three times the cinema price to watch a critically so-so movie on my laptop? Nope). So instead, I went for New Mutants.

Very disappointing. The young cast do very well with what they're given, with the exception of an untypically flat performance from Maisie Williams, but it's a lacklustre and predictable affair that seems to be missing an Act 3. Charlie Heaton is particularly good as Sam 'Cannonball' Guthrie, and Sunspot and Magick were also fine, but the protaganist Dani Moonstar is rather dull. Young mutants are experimented on in a cruel hospital, but bust out. I was expecting "and then they..." to follow, but that's where it abruptly ended - I don't mind movies setting up a sequel as long as they actually give us a full movie, but this was just acts 1 and 2 stretched to fill the time. Every cliche you can imagine crops up but the only real threat they face are their own powers. The lone captor hints at an interesting backstory, but it's never developed and once the kids come to terms with their powers and PTSD, they just bust out and that's it. Even the SFX aren't amazing - With Rahne for example, we never get a good transition scene - we glimpse a full wolf at one point (played by "Chuck" apparently) but most of the time she just sprouts unconvincing sideburns and claws and then jumps on people's backs flailing her arms about and screaming, like a toddler in Wolverine cosplay having a meltdown at comic-con.

Also been on a spy thriller kick recently. I watched three of the later Mission Impossibles in random order, and although Tom Cruise plays exactly the same character in every film he makes, they were rollicking silly good fun. I couldn't face downgrading to the poorer-cousin Jack Reacher films, so I went for the Bournes. The original three are essentially the same film over again, but it's a good one so who cares. They are notable for car chases in which a beat-up stolen taxi or police car takes multiple chassis-crunching high speed impacts and still performs like a Ferrari. Watched the Jeremy Renner reboot and whilst it essentially follows the same playbook (down to the improbably robust vehicles), it wasn't as entertaining. Matt Damon isn't exactly Mr Charisma but I guess it's easier to root for the tortured amnesiac than the desperate junkie.

News / Re: The Great Dante Reathrough Podcast
« on: 26 February, 2021, 09:16:17 PM »
Excellent! I've just finished my own Dante reread courtesy of those lovely Hachette hardbacks so it's still fresh in my mind. The creator interviews and recollections in those were always a good read, so I'm looking forward to listening to this queuing up dozens of episodes of this that I really am going to listen to when I get a minute. (I feel shamed when my phone passively-aggressively tells me it's stopped downloading new episodes of my favourite podcasts because I'm clearly not interested in listening to the ones in the queue, so I don't know whyI bother, you ungrateful human.)

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 25 February, 2021, 04:15:25 PM »
I had my jab on Saturday - I was surprised to be called so early, but apparently the combination of asthma and angina ticked enough boxes to get me in this group, so I'm a happy bunny.

Off Topic / Re: Jokes you've made up...
« on: 17 February, 2021, 07:47:00 PM »
Years ago, a close friend was having open heart surgery. It was a congenital defect that had killed his older sister in her thirties and if not corrected, would likely do the same for him - basically, a muscle defect meant part of his heart was bulging into somewhere it shouldn't. The op would fix it, but was risky. His friends gathered in the pub awaiting news and talk turned to stories of his legendary kindness and generosity.

I said "yeah, the one thing you can say about Jez is that his heart's in the right place." After a brief stunned silence, it got a big laugh.

(not seen him for ages, but he's still with us 30 years on)

General / Re: Festive Thrill-Tree: Charity Raffle!
« on: 17 February, 2021, 07:35:14 PM »
My fine Dredd coffee mug arrived also, very well secured (expect bubble-wrap and parcel tape shortages in the Cardiff area). Thanks again, great prizes, great cause.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 13 February, 2021, 12:31:08 PM »
Immortality has been achieved, and my name will forever be inscribed alongside those legendary heroes of old....!

Colin MacNeil most definitely

Despite my love of Cam's work, it's gotta be Carlos innit?

General / Re: Festive Thrill-Tree: Charity Raffle!
« on: 09 February, 2021, 03:48:11 PM »
*happy dance* I won a prize - that's two forum raffles in a row, and cool prizes both times!

Cheers Dave (DM on its way), and well done for organising this for a worthy cause!

This particular Battle of the Simons goes to Mr Fraser

Mick McMahon

Games / Re: What was your best game?
« on: 08 February, 2021, 03:04:17 PM »
Wizball was one of my favourites, but we used to play it on a b&w TV so guessing the exact colour of the paint drops from the shade of grey made it even trickier!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 February, 2021, 03:21:04 PM »
I never watched that one, especially after deciding never to watch another Zack Snyder ever.

It's terrible. Possibly not the worst film I've ever seen, but definitely a contender.

I always get it mixed up with Donkey Punch, which led to a very confusing conversation in a noisy pub once

(remember noisy pubs? *sigh*)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 February, 2021, 06:44:14 PM »
Yeah I was wondering about Rollerball having recently rewatch Westworld and finding that held up I had a nosey for this but alas these days resist paying for movies instead wait for them to come around on a free service.

In my minds year this is the best sports film but not seen it for years so don't know if it hold up.

I watch about 30 minutes of the remake and it was more like Rollerballs so went to bed.

Only watched it once about 35 years ago, and all I can remember is some dude setting a tree on fire at a party. Am I hallucinating that?

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