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Messages - Jim_Campbell

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 February, 2019, 02:17:02 pm »
‪Good word of mouth overcame my resistance to some very lacklustre trailers for Alita: Battle Angel. Glad I went — it’s good. Never read the manga, so have no idea how it compares, but the film is a solidly entertaining couple of hours. ‬

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Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 15 February, 2019, 04:20:55 pm »
I hope you rolled your eyes in an exaggerated fashion at this silly person.

I was too busy consulting my log tables…

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Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 15 February, 2019, 03:59:10 pm »
It is not really hard SF with its obsession with numbers and so forth, it's hard SF in that until a point very few things act without regards to physics and the tech is all based around actual principles and mechanics. But it's not hard SF where they spend much time dwelling on that.

Fair enough. I haven't read 'em — all I know is what people (whose opinion I generally trust) have said and they all seem to think the books are pretty turgid. Other opinions are available, obviously!

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Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 15 February, 2019, 03:20:52 pm »
I'm told the books are really tough going, in the way that 'hard' SF has a tendency to be. I dislike 'hard' SF as a point of general principle* but those who are better disposed towards the sub-genre might get on with them.


*I was once told by one of its enthusiastic supporters that "no one should be allowed to write science fiction if they can't use a slide rule."

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Film & TV / Re: Doom Patrol!
« on: 14 February, 2019, 11:20:56 pm »
Does Cliff's jaw move when he speaks?

It didn’t in the Titans episode where he appears. Why would it? He doesn’t have lips, a tongue or vocal cords — he’s not articulating speech in a human way, and they modulate Fraser’s voice to make it clear that it’s supposed to be synthesised.

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Film & TV / Doom Patrol!
« on: 14 February, 2019, 08:42:18 pm »
After a very promising debut in Titans, here's an extended trailer for the full series. There is so much Morrison/Case stuff in just those four-ish minutes. I'm really quite taken aback.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2117 - Hotzone!
« on: 14 February, 2019, 11:21:50 am »
Fair enough, but

The "but" rather cancels out the "fair enough", don't you think?

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 February, 2019, 09:31:45 pm »
How's the first one? Anyone seen it?

Really good. Although I haven’t (yet) seen the second, everyone seems to think it’s better than the first, so you might not enjoy it as much watching them in reverse order…

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General / Re: 2000 AD ART STARS WINTER 2018 - ROGUE TROOPER
« on: 10 February, 2019, 06:52:54 pm »
WOAH.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 February, 2019, 06:51:36 pm »
His 10 minute review was amusing - I don't think I can spare 2 hours of him expanding on it. Unless his longer critiques talk more about film making in general and how this compares.

I’ve been listening to this all afternoon while I work. Haven’t quite got to the end of Pt3, but it’s good stuff. Closely observed and well-argued. Takes in Snyder’s other works (worth noting that Bob thinks Snyder is a good film-maker, a view I don’t share), talks about comparable films from the MCU, other DCEU movies, has an excellent and completely relevant diversion into the brilliance of Starship Troopers, says some insightful stuff about the comics that gave rise to a movie like this…

It’s smart stuff. Crucially, he’s coming at this from the starting point of: this is the work of a whole bunch of talented people who weren’t setting out to make a terrible movie, so how did we end up with this…?

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Film & TV / Re: PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY THE NEW STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 03 February, 2019, 01:34:30 pm »
I may be backtracking here but I also think the gore is completely misjudged now. A baby's head! FFS

I agree completely. Somewhat taken aback that discussion of this episode seems to have largely focussed on the varying degrees to which people find Tilly annoying and no one saying "Decapitated babies? Isn't that a bit much?"

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Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 03 February, 2019, 10:07:08 am »
I tried watching this and really wanted to like it but it was so dark, I couldn’t see what was happening and everyone mumbled so I couldn’t hear what they were saying. It was like trying to watch a badly pirated VHS.

Given that literally no one else here has reported having this problem, have you considered the possibility that you actually do have a dodgy copy and/or that your eyes and ears are knackered?

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 02 February, 2019, 11:15:00 pm »
How To Train Your Dragon 3:

Narratively the least satisfying of these movies by a substantial margin. And yet, oddly, thematically perfect. Assuming this is the last movie, it’s a brilliant capstone to the trilogy in many ways…

…and yet, not actually that great a movie.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 01 February, 2019, 12:56:45 pm »
1997 Annuals and Speci...

oh bugger - I know I've not been the biggest fan of these as the years have gone on, but its weird that there are none at all this year...

Quoth Andy Diggle, many moons ago: "Nobody bought them."

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 January, 2019, 02:33:49 pm »
The Commons passes a motion that (at least theoretically) takes no deal off the table

Is that true? I thought No Deal was still a very real and increasingly likely possibility?

Hence my use of the word "theoretically" — the amendment explicitly said that the UK shouldn't leave without a deal, but didn't commit to any measure to ensure that actually happens.

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