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Games / Re: Oh Man!!!!
« on: 24 September, 2017, 07:07:55 pm »
Long toilet breaks are your friend.  And are also better for your bum.

PSPs - if you don't mind jailbreaking one yourself - should be dirt cheap these days.  I bought one of the pink slim models for £20 a few years ago so a niece could play Animal Crossing, though granted this was before all these defacto pawn shops like CEX popped up all over the place to buy stuff off junkies and thieves second hand consoles and games.

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Games / Re: Oh Man!!!!
« on: 24 September, 2017, 05:03:51 pm »
You can buy a PSP off eBay with the homebrew stuff already installed and ready to run everything from a ZX Speccy to a PSX.  Until its battery died that's pretty much all I used mine for, as the huge text and chunky pixels of old Speccy games really felt at home on that screen.  Felt a lot more robust than those plug-in joystick things that have emulators built into them, too - but then it would, as it's essentially just a PSX controller.

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Film & TV / Re: GRIM RUMOURS ABOUT NEW STAR TREK:DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 24 September, 2017, 11:08:37 am »
I have no idea how Fox chooses which shows live or die, but I presume it involves a dartboard.

edit: and a big bucket of money for Chuck Lorre.

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Film & TV / Re: GRIM RUMOURS ABOUT NEW STAR TREK:DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 23 September, 2017, 10:15:54 pm »
I guess now we know why CBS weren't too worried about The Orville - Fox have done what they usually do and the show's new (and presumably temporary) timeslot saw the ratings take a nosedive.  I guess we can stick a fork in it now, which is a shame even if I just can't unsee Star Trek when they're sitting in the ready room jawing away about a clash of cultures that can only be resolved by returning to the aliens' home planet and having a tribunal because yes episode 3 is one of those, but it's... uh... actually pretty good?  It's a thing about gender norms being surgically enforced by an all-male species and is surprisingly earnest for something that opens with a dick joke, but those looking for a TNG-scented sci-fi comfort blanket need look no further for something to cuddle.

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Film & TV / Re: GRIM RUMOURS ABOUT NEW STAR TREK:DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 23 September, 2017, 03:52:18 pm »
All kvetching aside, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is one of my favorites, and actually made a profit at the box office, but I've enjoyed pretending Trek has a high bar.

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Film & TV / Re: GRIM RUMOURS ABOUT NEW STAR TREK:DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 22 September, 2017, 10:17:18 pm »
Fuck all y'all, Goldsman wrote the best Batman movie and the best Lost in Space reboot film that came out in 1998 starring a member of the cast of Friends and Gary Oldman, this still might be good.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 September, 2017, 12:01:48 am »
Five - post-apocalyptic drama by Lights Out! creator Arch Oboler.  Up the thread somewhere, I suggested that the makers of the latest Z For Zachariah adaptation were making another film entirely, and I suspect it was this one.  Light on biblical allegory where Z was leaden, Five basically covers the same ground but in a more interesting way by recasting the serpent in the Garden Of Eden as a French person who is racist and lazy.  Okay, there's a bit more to it than that and the year it was made (1951) precludes it drawing on traditional B-reel features and pulp roots for inspiration (it's credited as the first post-apocalyptic American movie), so it looks to other sources, the most obvious being the debt the fatalistic ending owes to The Grapes Of Wrath.
"Enjoyable" is possibly not the word I am looking for here, but it is a curiosity for fans of the PA genre, devoid as it is of seemingly any fantastic elements beyond the premise itself.

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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 21 September, 2017, 11:51:03 pm »
Disney don't understand Star Wars, that's why the last two movies flopped.

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Film & TV / Re: GRIM RUMOURS ABOUT NEW STAR TREK:DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 21 September, 2017, 06:16:37 pm »
"Fans" that seem to be ex-Trek cast members who spend 90% of their free time at conventions and don't have a bad word to say about anything - and including at least one cast member of Star Trek Continues, a show that can only release its final two episodes if CBS don't call out the lawyers.
Seems airtight to me - the show must be good after all.

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Film & TV / Re: GOTHAM.
« on: 21 September, 2017, 01:40:22 pm »
The Batman version of Ivy is actually pretty interesting before she becomes the usual screeching supervillain: an underage hacktivist who catfishes older men into committing acts of terrorism.
Again: this was in a kids' cartoon.

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Film & TV / Re: GOTHAM.
« on: 21 September, 2017, 12:54:09 pm »
That does raise the question though: couldn't they have done that with the original actress?

She's 12 or something, and portrayals of noncery might have landed Gotham with a higher age rating than its timeslot would allow.  Americans are pretty easy-going about violence, but less so about sex.

For me, the problem with the character is that TAS and The Batman - children's cartoons - had really good takes on the character's backstory before she became a sassy ninja villain type, but Gotham's take is just dull.  As with other characters, it feels like there's no plan and they're just putting her in there for the sake of a name-check.

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Film & TV / Re: GOTHAM.
« on: 20 September, 2017, 07:51:44 pm »
It did feel like this season dragged a bit, but I put that down to a disjoint between the first and second halves.  Always nice to see someone's face get punched off their head, though.

I'm enjoying it too, though, although I thought the thing they did with Ivy was a bit dodgy. I know she's a sexy character in the comics, but there's no reason to fast forward and explore that side of her yet.

They actually nicked this from The Batman cartoon show, where Ivy's background before she gets dunked in ho juice is that she's a 15 year old hacktivist.  Gotham at least aged the character upwards.

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Film & TV / Re: GRIM RUMOURS ABOUT NEW STAR TREK:DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 20 September, 2017, 12:52:08 am »
It's not terrible enough to rant about, but it's maddeningly generic in every regard. Not funny enough to land jokes, not interesting enough to make it as drama. I wish it well, it may find its feet as it goes, but until it decides to stop blatantly tracing TNG and do something of its own, I really can't imagine giving it too much of my attention.

You are describing the show that Trek fans dream about.

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Film & TV / Re: GRIM RUMOURS ABOUT NEW STAR TREK:DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 19 September, 2017, 11:49:19 pm »
ZING.  He is the weakest thing about it, but the show itself is off to a decent start - certainly better than most sci-fi shows I can think of, especially the Treks.  If nothing else, it's amusing to see those reviewers with pre-written copy now trying to backpeddle, and I fully expect when it does an objectively good episode that many reviewers will seize the chance to start a "this is where the Orville finally found its feet!" narrative.

The title sequence has me scratching my chin why Axanar got sued but this gets a free pass, tho.  I can only conclude that unlike everything else about that increasingly-dystopian hellhole, America's satire laws must be pretty fucking liberal.

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Film & TV / Re: On telly this week
« on: 19 September, 2017, 11:25:31 pm »
I was happy to see a positive portrayal of suicide bombers on the streets of New York in the final episode, as that's something you don't see much of these days.  I'm also glad the whole sub plot about the magic book wasn't a waste of time.

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