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Film & TV / El Camino -A Breaking Bad Movie
« on: Today at 05:28:40 pm »
A Breaking bad movie is coming out 11th of October, and here's a teaser :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZKqMVPlDg8

I like the idea of a Pinkman-movie. Especially with BCS season 5 not coming out until next year  :)

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I’m in the can’t be pleased camp here. A little way up the thread I complained that we didn’t get the full colour reproduction of the watercolour opening page of The Fable of Venice. Well we get the colour here and it’s beautifully reproduced, but it feels like padding on a very short story. It’s a good story - Rasputin in particular is wonderful - but it doesn’t seem good value for money on a premium book such as this.

Said watercolour page is in House of Samarkand, but I feel you. At the time I felt both Venice and Tango should'v had a lower price than the rest of them, and I think the same holds true for Early years... But I've gotten used to it, especially now with only two books to go.

Any ideas why the watercolour page was used instead of a b&w one?

I also wonder if the six larger hardbacks are still on the cards.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 24 August, 2019, 07:18:20 pm »
Faithless #5 by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet continues being a really cool and sexy little horror story. Doesn't move the plot forward as much as the earlier issues have but it seems like it sets up the ending (the series ending with #6) with the return of a certain character.

Superman year one #2 First issue was a bit slow but this one does more with the added page count. Clark becomes a navy seal and then falls in love with a mermaid (whom he frees from her father Posedion). Sadly it's nowhere as mad as I'd hoped it would be. I can't help wish Miller would'v brought Grant Morrison aboard on this book, similarly as he did with Azzarello on DK3. I think that would'v been great. But it's okay enough I guess, and I'd like to see how things end.

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Picked up The early years today. Read it on the train home. A bit like Fable of Venice and Tango it's short on page, but it delivers when it comes to story.

It was supposed to be a much longer story (which Hugo didn't finish due to something something issues with the publisher), but I think it serves well as a little intro the character as well as how Corto met Rasputin.

Besides the main story there are a couple of unfinished pages of what would happen next, as well as a bit of reading reading Corto, and also some colour pages.

Now one just needs to wait till next year for Ballad of the salt sea and then MU  :)

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 August, 2019, 07:47:00 pm »
I really don't want to talk about the ending of Once upon a time in Hollywood, but I'd like tell those who haven't seen it --you have no idea what your in for.

Mind the gap Quite the docu. A kid films his friends skate boarding from young age up to 20ish, and things go from having fun all the time to realising a thing or two what took place behind all the fun, at home. The guy behind the documentary also finds out a thing or two about some of his friends, and some of it is pretty bad. Really made me think about people I grew up with. I don't know what to say besides it's a rough movie which is tough on the viewer, and one I really recommend.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 August, 2019, 07:55:58 pm »
Just home from watching Once upon a time in Hollywood. Such a lovely film. It's 60's Hollywood felt like it was filmed back then. Amazing attention to detail and a fantastic tribute to films. It gave me the feeling that of reading a Grant Morrison comic book in which the heroes are also reading comic books with it's scenes of the main characters watching movies. So much so it made people walking past the screen in my cinema fit the film, adding to the feeling of watching a movie.

I also liked the driving and listening to music. It managed to add both to the setting as well as each character. Especially Brad's character Cliff. Such a wonderfully complex character. Felt as ugly and charming as Landa in Basterds.

Loved the ending, but at first I wasn't sure what Tarantino wanted said with the film, but it clicked when a friend (who I watched it with) wanted to know more about Charles Manson and Tate's murder. Basically managing to strip Manson & c/o of the fame which was given to them. A bit like how Hateful 8's ending made use of the Lincon letter after the violence came to an end.

Another thing which hit me while watching what felt like a happy ending, and then realising the gate to Tate and Polanski's house felt it was the one to heaven and the sad music which played... It felt like the dying dream of Rick fucking Dalton's carrier, being invited into heaven by Tate.

I'm quite likely to watch it again soon. Fantastic film.

I also watched Hail Ceasar this morning. A good movie to watch before Once upon a time in hollywood. Very funny and weird about a "fixer" working for hollywood in the 50-ish's during the commie scare. Delivers a existential story which I really relate to.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 August, 2019, 09:34:10 am »
Saw Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers on Netflix out of morbid curiousity... Felt like I was watching a This Is Spinal Tap take on UFO "documentaries".

I wasn't a believer of UFOs before watching it, and now I'm even less of one. Well worth a watch.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 05 August, 2019, 09:34:30 pm »
Recently played through the Doom 3 (BFG Edition) 2019 rerelease on Xbox One, it's showing its age a bit in some superficial areas, but holds up incredibly well for a game from 2004! I got sucked right back in and it's as good as any current game for my money.

I forgot how much of a star the base itself is, super oppressive, claustrophobic, dark (they lit this thing like a seedy nightclub from day one), dangerous, and with an over-designed look to all the metal panels and exposed machinery, it's almost baroque. All before a Hell portal was even a twinkle in Betruger's eye!

I hadn't played the BFG Edition before, and the only change I noticed was the flashlight. You can now have the flashlight turned on whilst simultaneously holding a gun, which wasn't the case before. My friend said that it almost feels like cheating :) . It does make it a bit easier and less scary in parts, but it's fine overall. There's one bit where a guy chaperones you with a light through a pitch black area, which made sense in 2004 but now his dialogue about doing you a massive favour doesn't quite ring true!

I always thought it was a worthy successor to the Doom crown, but it had plenty of its detractors back then. I wonder if it'll change any minds this time round, now that perhaps expectations are different?

I like it alot more this time around, thanks to DOOM2016 being the DOOM game I wanted DOOM3 to be. Has it's fair share of cheap scares, but it's dark areas and one on one encounters it feels quite unique I think.

But I hope they'll add the option to play the game with a flash light. The gameplay calls for it.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 05 August, 2019, 09:26:35 pm »
Got DOOM2 and DOOM3. Both games lends themselves well played with a controller. DOOM1 and 2 are only 5 each, 3 10. I didn't get DOOM 1 since I already got it on PC, and I mostly play it for the first episode, the later ones not being as fun.

I never finished DOOM 2 back in the day, so I'm giving it a go. 1/3 in and I must say I enjoy it quite alot. Alot of interesting maps and the double barrel shotgun plus the new enemy types makes it feel like different enough beast from the first game.

DOOM3 is as good as I remember it. Not to say perfect, but I really like what it has to offers. It's a charming horror fps. Guns aren't as loud like I'd would like them to be but just like David Bowie's mix of Stooges - Raw power (which lacked bass) it has grown on to me. I've made sure to disable auto aim, auto reload and so on, to make as much of it up to me. Having to manually reload when getting circled by mars hell zombies makes for some nice horror. Only wish they'd add the option to having to choose between carrying a flash light or a gun, instead in this verison of the game there's the BFG version's light, which can be turned on without the need to switch. It's a superficial sense of dredd, but I like it. Bit like with having to manually reload (which is an option).

Also wish they'd let me switch the button lay out. But I've e-mailed the guys handling the port about it. Hoping they'll patch it in. It's panic button, so I'm having hope --since they'v been really good at updating their switch ports :)

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 02 August, 2019, 02:50:52 pm »
American Carnage #1-9 by Bryan Edward Hill.The first ever Vertigo comic I read was 100Bullets. A fantastic start. American Carnage will probably be the last one (technically), and it's a damn fine swan song.

American Carnage is a really dark tale about a former undercover FED Rick who takes on a job infiltrating a far right leader's inner circle. The back drop is a war between white supremacy groups and Rick himself is a mix race (black/white) who can get away as white, something the book takes into some very interesting and tough directions.

Bryan Edward Hill writes a story which is far from good guys vs bad guys. I get the feeling he's done quite a bit of research, and a fantastic job on making the characters being the driving force of a story which is alot more complex than a bunch of "I vote Obama" vs "I vote Trump" hoo-ha. A burning cross in the first issue got me a bit worried, but in a later issue it was adressed in a very interesting way which really served the story.

I read it on comixology and can't wait to pick it up as a trade.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 02 August, 2019, 09:17:17 am »
Too Old To Die Young I more or less love everything Nicholas Winding Refn, but this wasn't for me. I'm very fascinated by the visuals, every light source is like magic neon, but I couldn't get into it.

As you can see by the trailer it has amazing visuals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0KO8My-90g

Basically about a corrupt cop in a LA infested by dark and seedy people. Made me think of a slo mo crash between Ridley Scott's The councelor and Refn's Only God Forgives. It goes for the art house dream like state of both and their ridicule of elegans, but a much much slower phase. It's probably the slowest story I've seen. Every episode reminded me of the last episode of Twin Peaks: The return, but without any of that which preceded it. It doesn't feel earned.

Will probably give it another go someday. See if I can't get into it. But right now I much rather watch The councelor (the Director's cut) or Only God Forgives.

But if someone likes Refn's later movies and/or twin peaks I think there could be a good chance Too old to die young could be worth a look. Or if someone just wants to see something complete different.

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Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 02 August, 2019, 06:44:17 am »
Caught a summer cold.

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Off Topic / Re: Your best ways to positivity "trick yourself"?
« on: 01 August, 2019, 07:13:40 pm »
Reasons, reasons = Day didn't start out the way I'd prefer, and things kept going in that direction... --So I took a walk. I walked till I wasn't irritated any longer, and then I mused because I felt a little irritated that I wasn't irritated any longer  :D

I find doing something nice for someone else takes me out of my own mindset for a bit. You know, making a colleague a cuppa, buying flowers for the missus, a nice present for someone, helping a mate with a random task, or even just being really considerate when out and about - holding doors open for folk in shops, giving up a bus seat for someone - whatever.

It works. It doesn’t matter if your help or consideration is even noticed or appreciated - it just keeps anxiety, bad temper, and melancholy at bay.

Just my experience anyway.

I second that. Alot of things takes basically nothing. With some luck someone also starts holding up doors and so on.

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Film Discussion / Re: Drokk Vinyl
« on: 01 August, 2019, 04:12:23 pm »
Picked it up a while ago. Brilliant album. Also comes with some nice bonus tracks.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 20 July, 2019, 03:58:17 pm »
Alan Moore's Swamp thing saga. I found it to be very cool. Did a good job with it's focus on sex stuff and nature's beauty in the guise of a horror comic. Very different from my usual reading of Moore. Quite disturbing at times (as expected from Moore) but I think it's focus love stood out.

I'm looking forward to the recolouring made for the absolute of Swamp thing. Hoping it's on par with the work DC did on Sandman.

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