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I, for one, will most likely pick this one up. Never read Slaine, and it looks like a good start.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 16 October, 2019, 08:35:40 pm »
Just finished reading Superman Year one #3 by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr, and as with the two before it doesn't go as all in as I wished it did. Has some fun ideas, but I wish it had a bit more crazy. Especially with last issue having Clark become a navy seal and loose his virginity to a mermaid. While Batman and Wonder Woman shows up it feels like 1 issue too late. Batman mostly becomes another authority figure Superman doesn't trust, Wonder Woman another woman he hopes to one day return to.

As for the art I think it has some of the best I've seen from Romita. As with Miller's writing, it has a certain charm to it. At times proportions are off, but I tend to enjoy it.

Tonally I think it feels like the first part of a trilogy together with Batman and Robin the boy wonder and Dark Knight Strikes again. Much due to Batman being weird, cruel and insane and young people using phrases like "slick as snot".

The ending feels like out of a radio series. Quite charming, but not fully earned. A bit like it's year one title. --for me it wouldv needed to be much more than just "okay" for that.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 October, 2019, 03:21:27 pm »
Prince of darkness by John Carpenter. Weird mix between scares and cheesy fun. Has a very intersting premise of the god in the bible perhaps not being the good god people are hoping for, but rather an anti god who grows stronger the more people pray to it.

Doesn't look like it had a very high budget, but Carpenter made impressive work with what he had. Some really amazing visuals. Has a dream like quality to it which reminds me a bit of Twin Peaks. Wouldn't surprise me if Lynch and Frost picked up a thing or two from it.

Not my favorite by Carpenter, but easy to recommend. Too interesting to pass up.

Film & TV / Re: That gum you like is going to come back in style -
« on: 13 October, 2019, 03:13:07 pm »
Did you ever think about all your times posting replies to forums that you’d type such things as appears in these last couple of posts? I certainly didn’t. Twin Peaks is nuts, but I like it.

You mean a dwarf who greets people in their dreams, talks backwards, says he's the arm of another backwards talking man, who then got replaced by a talking tree with a chewed gum as a head (which could be a referens to "the gum you like is going to come back in style") because falling out with the director of said series... Haha, no  :D

It's a lovely series. Love watching Fire walk with me followed by The return.

Btw. Feel free to ask away if you got more questions. You'll probably ask about someone called Billy later on ;)

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 13 October, 2019, 03:02:56 pm »
Robert Forster has passed away. Played Max Cherry in Jackie Brown, Sheriff Frank Truman in Twin Peaks and Ed the vacuum cleaner repairman in Breaking Bad among other roles. Brilliant actor.

Film & TV / Re: El Camino -A Breaking Bad Movie
« on: 13 October, 2019, 09:34:06 am »
A bit long, but solid. Felt like watching two episodes back to back. A nice epilogue to Breaking Bad. I really liked the flashbacks, especially those with Todd. Such a dude  ;)

The one at the diner was also really good. Left little doubt about Walter's main reason for cooking. Such a sad and empty man. Jesse's face was very telling.

Ending was a bit anti climatic, but I think it fitted Jesse's arc. Got a good feeling.

Btw. After watching it I saw the news... https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/robert-forster-jackie-brown-actor-obit-898237/

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 October, 2019, 09:53:03 pm »
Thief by Michael Mann. This one took me a bit by surprise. Starts out as near procedure on how to get a safe open only to focus on the main character Frank, a theif. Has a genuinely moving scene in which he confesses a thing or two about himself... I'll just leave it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBYhb49Hfw8

I was very fascinated where the story ended up. The pain he dealt with, the consequences of those coping mechanisms. Couldn't stop thinking about it for a week.

Only thing I wish was better was some of the editing. Felt a bit hasty at times. But in a way it fit the film due to the nature of James Caan's portrayal of Frank.

An easy film to recommend. I think especially if someone likes HEAT or DRIVE.

Film & TV / Re: Scorsese makes Joker movie - or The Death of Culture
« on: 05 October, 2019, 09:04:52 pm »
Saw it yesterday. Really liked it. Bit like Taxi Driver does King of Comedy with sprinkles of American Psycho in clown spackle. The thing about his laugh was heartbreaking... Some really creepy scenes (in a good way I think). Fascinating getting to root for a character and then despise him. Me and my friend's take away from watching it was a solid "hope people become nicer to each other" in unison.

As for it borrowing a lot from Scorsese, I didn't mind. Wouldn't mind if more did.

Made me really want to watch The Dark Knight. Watching it now. heist in the beginning. "I hear he wears makeup... to scare people. You know, war paint.", made the two fit together in my head canon. Phoenix mista J being an inspiration to Heath's Joker.

Film & TV / Re: Blade Runner: Final Cut
« on: 29 September, 2019, 07:24:03 pm »
I think Blade Runner 2049 is a fantastic film. Regardless which cut of Blade Runner I watch it after, or as a stand alone. It's a really clever film that way.

Regarding Deckard in BR2049. Maybe you're in for a surprise ;)

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 29 September, 2019, 07:20:34 pm »
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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 21 September, 2019, 08:32:31 pm »
Yep to be honest I rate it more than Dark Knight - as I do Daredevil Born Again come to that. Its a fantastic story.

I found myself thinking the same (about Year one being triumphant) several time while reading it last week. I'm re-reading DK now, and it feels almost too wordy and narrativly cramped when compared to Year one's impeccable efficiency. --That said, I still love DKR very much.

Picked up the absolute. Will soon read the accompanying version with the original colouring printed on pulp paper :)

Year One is by far the best Jim Gordon Batman book (caveat: of those I've read). I've very much enjoyed the odd run here and there, Batman & The Monster Men, Morrison's Batman & Robin, Dark Knight Returns of course, but really, Year One is the ultimate Batman book. Which is a problem, since it's nearly 30 years old.

It felt like it could'v been written today. And if it was, I'd still regard as highley as I do. Especially for it's narrative precision and dramatical accuracy.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 21 September, 2019, 05:07:28 pm »
Batman: Year one by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. A book I really should read more often. Fantastic in every way possible.

We only have two volumes left right? Ballad of the Salt Sea and Mu?! Damn, i'm absolutely getting caught up by Christmas! Fable of Venice appears to be a bit tough to find but will be worth hunting down...

I cannot wait to read Ballad of the Salt Sea. Heard so much good about it. "Only" 5 months away now  :D

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 15 September, 2019, 06:42:03 pm »
Seven Soldiers by Grant Morrison. I don't know how to describe it other than it being a brilliant and very rewarding read (reread as well). While a thing or two about the seven unknown men in slaughter swamp still is a bit of a mystery to me (especially regarding the coat towards the end), but other than that I could really felt most of coming together in my head. Other than the cross over cleverness I'm also at awe over the imagination which went into each one of the arcs of the story. Frankenstein's especially.

Won't be long till I give it another read. And I cannot recommend the recent omnibus enough  :)

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