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Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: 20 November, 2019, 09:14:21 am »
I keep wondering where all the animals are

In interviews, the writer, Jack Thorne, said he had to think very carefully about putting animals in a scene or giving them a line of dialogue, since that cost so much money. HBO money isn't Netflix money, apparently.
Not to mention the violence done to them in the first three episodes already. I've assumed they haven't focused on them too much because it's a hard sell to draw the kiddy-winks in with cute animal best friends only to see them throttled by a monkey or squished in someone's hand. And with more to come.

Film & TV / Re: HBO Watchmen
« on: 20 November, 2019, 09:12:09 am »
Wow. The Looking Glass episode was incredible. This series is top shelf.

Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: 20 November, 2019, 08:53:11 am »
Episode 3 was the best so far -- amazing what a good, driving narrative will do for an episode. The raid on Mrs. Coulter's apartment was particularly good. Hopefully this signifies a step up, because until now it's been watchable and good-looking, but weirdly dissonant.

General / Re: Mega City 1 Judge ID tattoo question
« on: 19 November, 2019, 05:50:24 pm »
Lol I'd forgotten about that frame.

Website and Forum / Please address connection timeouts in the Windows app
« on: 17 November, 2019, 05:02:41 pm »
Hello to the software droids! Please look into continual timeouts when the Windows 2000AD app tries to connect to the store. It's a nice app but half the time I have to download directly from the website when I'd rather the app managed it for me.


General / Re: How do you read yours?
« on: 12 November, 2019, 02:22:00 pm »
Dredd first, then whatever other strip has my full attention (right now that's Brink). Then any one-off's. Strips I'm unsure of, or feel I would need to re-read the previous episode to fully appreciate, wait until they're complete. (Ironically this is more friction-free since going digital.)

News / Re: Game News - Judge Dredd: Crime Files
« on: 11 November, 2019, 09:39:09 am »
That's what put me off as well -- plus the whole thing is fiddly on a screen the size of my S5's.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 November, 2019, 04:05:19 pm »
Transplanting Lecter to that dungeon was a bit daft, but no arguing with the effect it had on me when I saw it as a youth. That film taught me many idelible lessons about filmcraft. Manhunter's Lecktor was a different creature, a smarmy, vindictive uncle that I never found very scary. Framing an evil of that type needs a Demme, not a Mann, IMO, but Manhunter overall is still a brilliant piece of work.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 07 November, 2019, 09:53:58 am »
Oooh! Isolation is one of my all-time favourites and I hadn't heard of this.

General / Re: 10 Day Delay on Deliveries to Northern Ireland and Ireland
« on: 07 November, 2019, 09:53:15 am »
I would imagine an automated worst-case-scenario warning has kicked in post the original Brexit deadline.

Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: 05 November, 2019, 10:05:04 am »
Exposition title cards are always a warning flag -- and there was nothing whatsoever in them that you couldn't get from the episode. Looked great, very watchable, but a bit flat in the dialogue and tension department.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 03 November, 2019, 02:11:57 pm »
The first book of The Dark Tower (which was 5 separate stories published in the late 60's, early 70's) are hard going. Once you get to the 2nd book, The Drawing of The Three, it's rockets along and is truly one of the best series of books ever written.

Throw out Your Game of Thrones, this is the real stuff.
70's-80's I think you'll find. :)

I loved the Dark Tower up until its meta turning point, then went a bit cold on it.

Film & TV / Re: HBO Watchmen
« on: 30 October, 2019, 04:13:55 pm »
I just watched the first two and was riveted. Superb storytelling.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 28 October, 2019, 02:49:03 pm »
Terminator: Dark Fate  By no means up there with T2 (not sure if it was a mistake watching it the day before watching Dark fate) but I had a really good time watching it.

Linda's return as Sara Connor is a real stand out. Her pain looks real through out the film. Arnie does a really good job as well, I was surprised how genuinly funny he could be on film (without being the butt of the joke). The new cast is also solid. I was especially pleased with Grace, who looked like she'd be a bit annoying in the trailers but I think the film she was really good. Same goes for the Rev 9 Terminator. Not very exciting in the trailers but he sure is in the movie.

It plays it quite safe. Nothing mindblowing. A bit like the recent Halloween, borrows a bit here and there from the sequels it's said to ignore. Not a movie I'll watch every time after rewatching T1 and T2, but all and all a really solid action film with a suprising amount of humour and heart.
I was a bit let down by this. The main problem is that I thought the terminator *did* become the butt of the joke. Second to that, I didn't feel at all sympathetic to the girl targeted for termination. Her arc, such as it was, was fumbled. There was lots to like though. The final fight sequence was particularly good, Grace was a sympathetic character very well played, and it was awesome to see Sarah Connor back on-screen kicking the shit out of some bad metal. Also Sarah's flashback sequence was extremely cool -- I just wish they'd played it straight, rather than as some pseudo dream sequence. Maybe the budget was getting thin!

Overall not the return to form I'd been led to believe, just more of the same, really, with some fan-pleasing twists. Honestly I think Salvation did a better job of regenerating the idea than this one.

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