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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 February, 2019, 07:25:20 am »

Finally caught up with this French film. Well, that's what I call a great toe-sucking scene, and the parties were amazing. It really makes vet school look very tempting.  Certainly one of the best campus coming-of-age films I've seen in a long time, with some excellent moments of black comedy. The gay roommate in particular was a brilliant character, and I also liked the Goth sister.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 February, 2019, 12:30:01 pm »
Researched Batman vs. Superman. For a movie striving sooo hard to be iconic and memorable, it really isn't that memorable.

I warmed a little to Man Of Steel on second viewing but a second look at BvS turned me off. 

Goyer and Snyder just don't understand Superman and Batman.  But that's Ok. You could still make a great film with those versions of the characters.

But it also seems, they have forgotten how to write a story or characters in a way that makes the action (and the iconic shots) they have in their heads seem earned.

It is literally just a collection of "ideas" which they filmed and added some short bridging scenes.

More like DAWN OF SHIT.

Check out Moviebob/Bob Chipman's epic takedown of BvS on YouTube. Longer than War and Peace, but worth it.

Off Topic / Re: Podcasts
« on: 07 February, 2019, 09:42:41 pm »
The only podcast I wouldn't recommend it Shit Town - please don't waste 8 hours of your life on this.

Hear bloody hear. Christ that was annoying.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 05 January, 2019, 08:45:47 am »
A great New Year special that had my kid jumping up and down with excitement (that'd be my boy who just had a Dr Who themed birthday party and sleeps with his sonic screwdriver on the nightstand). We loved the stripping back of the Dalek emphasising their essential deadliness once more, and this older fan liked the return to shooting Dr who in a quarry. The team has really come together well, as shown in the way that the Ryan plot about family held our interest even though it was mostly a static two-hander. Wish the next series would come sooner!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 December, 2018, 10:56:13 am »
Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse.  My boy's first superhero film in the cinema and it sets a really high benchmark. The animation mixes multiple styles in the same frame to really beautiful effect, the characters are all well drawn, and any child watching this will be instantly sold on the idea of future Miles Morales movies. The finale maybe gets a little confusing, but I was impressed with how solid a grasp I had on the space where it was all taking place considering that it was multiple Spidermen swinging through a multiverse crash. Kingpin was a truly evil-hearted bastard and the secondary villain reveal was a brilliant surprise. Hoping for much, much more of this.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 19 November, 2018, 06:10:43 am »
I'm still a few episodes behind, but can I just declare my love for Chibnall? No idiotic playing with time travel concepts too large to satisfactorily do in 45 minutes, no love saves the day shenanigans, no massive overarching continuity that leaves my kids puzzled and annoyed... just an odd, intellectual, kind hero with a box that means they can have an adventure at any time, and in any place. And some friends who allow for explanations of the complicated stuff. The doctor is for kids again, thank goodness.

Prog / Re: Prog 2106 - End Times
« on: 10 November, 2018, 12:38:18 pm »

Rearrange the above to form a sentence that gives my Prog review.

All droids in cylinders are firing on Tharg and this, his Prog!

Film & TV / Re: TWD series 9
« on: 06 November, 2018, 07:23:45 am »
Total reboot 5 episodes in?

General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 06 November, 2018, 07:19:08 am »
OBITUARY - The Times

Carlos Ezquerra obituary

Comic-book artist who left Franco’s Spain and was inspired by the British punk scene to create the brutal enforcer Judge Dredd

November 6 2018, 12:01am,
The Times

If most of the best-known characters in the universe of comic-book superheroes were American inventions, Batman, Superman and their ilk met their match when Carlos Ezquerra created Judge Dredd, the crime-busting character whose exploits have entertained readers of the leading British comic 2000AD for more than 40 years.

The brutal law enforcer in the post-apocalyptic future urban dystopia of Mega-City One was first drawn by the Spanish-born cartoonist when the weekly comic launched in 1977. Ezquerra’s character pursued dastardly villains without the sanctimonious, goody two-shoes style of Clark Kent and the Caped Crusader. When Dredd caught criminals, he did not hand them to due process, but dealt out a violent justice as judge, jury and executioner.

Ezquerra’s design for the unsmiling character was partly based on illustrations of soldiers in ancient Greece, but the edgy zips and chains that adorned his black body armour were inspired by the mid-1970s punk scene in suburban Croydon, where the cartoonist was living. Dredd’s costume was completed by oversized knee pads, a huge eagle on the epaulette on his right shoulder and a distinctive helmet, which meant his full face was never seen.

“You can recognise Superman by the shield on his chest, Batman by his hood and Dredd by the helmet,” Ezquerra said. “He’s a bastard, but the kind of bastard we’d all like to have near us when we’re in trouble.”

It took him just a couple of days to come up with his original drawing for Dredd, chain-smoking his way through tins of Spanish cigarillos as he did so. “When I create a character, I do it quickly, because the longer you stay working on an idea, the more chances you have to spoil it,” he said. His creation is still appearing in 2000AD as the comic’s longest-running character and has its own spin-off title, Judge Dredd Megazine.

Ezquerra’s character has spawned two feature films, in which Dredd was portrayed by Sylvester Stallone and Karl Urban, several video games, a series of novels, audiobooks, a board game and even a pinball machine. Dredd has also been celebrated in pop songs by the Human League, Madness, Anthrax and the Manic Street Preachers, among others, and was one of ten British comic characters commemorated in a series of stamps issued by the Royal Mail in 2012.

When Stallone portrayed the character in the 1995 film Judge Dredd, it was widely reported that he would be sure to get the role because Ezquerra had based his original drawings on the actor’s impressive physique in Rocky two decades previously. Sadly the story turned out to be untrue.

“The idea came from a joke I made when I was in London for the film premiere,” the cartoonist said. “I suppose my English is not good enough to make jokes.”

Working with the writer John Wagner, Ezquerra created a pantheon of other memorable comic-book heroes, including Johnny Alpha, a mutant bounty hunter in the Strontium Dog comic, and the Stainless Steel Rat, one of just two characters he drew that were inspired by a flesh-and-blood role model. The other was Major Easy, and both were based on the actor James Coburn. “Mostly I visualise the characters in my mind, but I loved his look in The Magnificent Seven,” Ezquerra explained.

While many of 2000AD’s most successful artists used the comic as a launch pad to work in the bigger and more lucrative US market dominated by Marvel and DC Comics, Ezquerra remained loyal to the publication that gave him his break. Even after he had returned to continental Europe to live in Andorra with his wife, Concepción, he continued to work for 2000AD. He is survived by his wife and two sons, one of whom, Hector, has often inked his father’s drawings.

Born in the tiny town of Ibdes in Spain in 1947, Carlos Sanchez Ezquerra was enthralled by comic books from an early age and began drawing for Spanish publishers when in his teens, working mainly on war stories and westerns.

By 1972 Ezquerra had a British agent, who found him work in the UK market illustrating soft-focus, romantic stories aimed at young girls for the magazines Valentine and Mirabelle. He also undertook work drawing a variety of adventure strips for The Wizard, which offered an outlet for the dark humour and abrasiveness that were to become Ezquerra’s hallmark.

His dislike of Franco’s fascist regime at home and a growing number of British commissions led him to move to London in 1973. He was soon drawing the comic strip Rat Pack, inspired by the film The Dirty Dozen, and Major Easy for the newly launched war comic Battle Picture Weekly. When the magazine’s editor Pat Mills and chief writer John Wagner launched 2000AD, they turned to Ezquerra to visualise Judge Dredd.

When another artist was employed to work on the strip there were ructions that resulted in Ezquerra walking out, but he was soon back. He not only drew Dredd through what fans of comics regard as the character’s quintessential era in long-running storylines with titles such as The Apocalypse War, Necropolis and Judgement Day, but by 1980 had added Strontium Dog, Tharg The Mighty, ABC Warriors and The Stainless Steel Rat to his portfolio.

A lifelong cigar smoker, he had a lung removed after contracting cancer in 2010. After the operation, Ezquerra shrugged, picked up his pens again and asked his readers: “Who the hell needs two for drawing?”
Carlos Ezquerra, cartoon illustrator, was born on November 12, 1947. He died of lung cancer on October 1, 2018, aged 70.

Off Topic / Re: Podcasts
« on: 03 June, 2018, 06:15:05 pm »
The Beef and Dairy Network. Deadpan comedy about beef and dairy farming. Quite a lot funnier than it sounds.

Last Podcast on the Left is great as long as you have a very very dark sense of humour and avoid the dull creepy pasta episodes.

How Did This Get Made? is my weekly guaranteed laugh.

Film & TV / Re: Black Mirror Season 4
« on: 21 January, 2018, 12:15:59 pm »
Best: Hang the DJ. Very well handled twist that I didn't see coming.
Favourite: USS Callister. Just good fun throughout.
Least favourite: Arkangel. Good premise, unbelievable characters.

Other Reviews / Re: LETTERSENTERTAINYOU 2015 - The Beast Lives!
« on: 21 January, 2018, 12:12:28 pm »
Paul's letter footprint stretches waaay back to Prog 268 in 1982. He has been awarded the Beast Code MMM, which was stripped from James Mackay who has been stuck on 9 since 2008. Sorry James but it's a tough old world in the letters game.

Bugger. (9? Are you sure they were all me?)

Film & TV / Re: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
« on: 28 November, 2017, 11:11:24 am »
Since when has Scarlet Witch been played by Julianne Moore?

Film & TV / Re: Wonder Woman 2017
« on: 30 July, 2017, 10:24:00 pm »
As soon as someone proves there's a paying audience for action films with female villains, The Rock will be wailing on Meryl Streep's face with a 2x4.

Fast and Furious' most recent outing was with a villainess I think.

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