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Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: Today at 01:37:59 pm »
Well I'm loving it, and Phillip Pullman is happy with the adaptation - maybe he doesn't understand his own book.

Either that or he likes the money.

Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: Today at 09:03:49 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.

Just give em a dog or a mouse from the pet shop. Job done.

Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: Today at 08:34:29 am »
I'm still watching this but frankly it's a little boring.
I can't say I'm particularly interested in the characters and as someone mentioned up thread - I keep wondering where all the animals are.
I also find the names of things so naff that it makes the whole thing seem a bit hokey - 'Gobblers?', 'Spy Flies'? - well naff (especially the spy flies which seem to be beetles rather than flies).
There are some good bits though (I like the evil monkey).
I'll stick with it in the hope it gets better.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 November, 2019, 10:34:46 am »
The only conspiracy theory I have any time for is the circumstance around Diana’s crash.
I don’t know what happened but I’m pretty sure we’ll never get the full story.

The driver had a bit of drink on him, there were paparazzi chasing them so they crashed. Seems fairly clear cut to me - people are killed in traffic accidents every day.

Fair enough - just never rang true to me - at least I always thought there was more to it.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 November, 2019, 06:19:00 am »
The only conspiracy theory I have any time for is the circumstance around Diana’s crash.
I don’t know what happened but I’m pretty sure we’ll never get the full story.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 November, 2019, 02:52:06 pm »

It's a classic. It might be controversial to say, but Anthony Hopkin's Hannibal Lecter is probably the least interesting thing in the movie for me. Always find his performance very hammy and a bit over the top compared to the genuinely frightening/quotable Buffalo Bill and other lower level creeps like Chilton.

Not controversial at all.  I don't know if you ever watched Manhunter but Cox's performance is far more restrained and potentially chilling.  In fact I always consider it a far superior film to Silence on so many levels.

Wonder how Brian Cox would have approached the role in Silence Of The Lambs? A shame he was never in with a chance of getting it. Always jars that the initial choice was Gene Hackman.

Should totally have had Ned Beaty in the next cell.

Film & TV / Re: His Dark Materials - BBC series
« on: 05 November, 2019, 09:02:51 am »
I've never read the book or seen the film.
It was okay. I'll be tuning in next week but more out of a sense of 'this has an amazing reputation so it must get good' than from anything I saw in ep.1.
I thought the animal companions seemed a bit cheesy and silly and I didn't think it was directed particularly well (an example - when the kids went into the tomb, it looked liked the least scary room ever - big and open and bright. Loads of wide shots to emphasize the spaciousness. It seemed very lacking in atmosphere).
The performances were generally pretty good and I liked the airships. I thought the 'dust' photographs looked really cool too.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 28 October, 2019, 12:50:38 pm »
Halloween (2018)

This was far better than I was expecting. I have to say I really enjoyed it.
Jamie Lee Curtis was really cool in her Sarah Conner-esque prepper guise.
I guess you could say it went off a bit towards the end, becoming more of a predictable slash-fest. I'd have liked to have seen a bit more of the journalists but generally speaking it was great fun.
The opening scene in the asylum and the bit with the bus were really excelllent.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 28 October, 2019, 12:43:17 pm »
The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past

I've just completed a play through of this. Did I enjoy it? Sort of. It‘s obviously a really well made game but it‘s the presentation that impresses most. The gameplay experience was very up and down. I actually feel similar to the way I felt about Breath of the Wild - there‘s a ton of great stuff there, and when it all works its really fun and satisfying - but there’s way too much irritating stuff to spoil the overall experience.
The combat is, frankly, rubbish which makes boss battles more of a chore than something to look forward to.
I find the music irritating (I played most of it with the TV muted) and the general tweeness is a bit hard to bear.
The dungeons are the games strong point and some of them are really enjoyable. I really liked the first few and I actually quite liked the Ice Palace. The Swamp and Woodland ones were a pain in the arse though. I almost gave up on it around that time because I just wasn’t enjoying the game. I‘m glad I stuck with it but I have to say, I doubt I’ll ever play through it again.
I struggle to see why so many regard it as 'best game ever' material, or even the best Zelda game. It's excellent in terms of scope and presentation and there are a ton of good ideas but as a complete package it isn't quite as impressive as, for example, Super Metroid.
I‘m getting my money’s worth out of the SNES mini though - I might try one of the RPGs at some point

Film & TV / Re: Movies you haven't seen?
« on: 21 October, 2019, 11:35:44 am »
I'm very cautious about watching as many so called 'classic movies' as possible. No point rushing them, they're never out of print or off streaming services, hence why i've never seen Lawrence of Arabia, Trainspotting, Oliver!, or Dead Mans Shoes despite all being ingrained in internet and global pop culture. I'll get around to them eventually, along with a lot of movies already covered.

I have seen Robot Jox at least 16 times.  My conscience is clear.


I watched Lawrence of Arabia a few years ago and didn't enjoy it at all. The theme is a lovely piece of music but bloody hell is it overplayed in the film! They may as well have just had it on repeat non-stop.

Thinking about it, there are loads of classic westerns I'd like to see. The trouble is, I get mixed up with what's what. I don't think I've ever seen High Noon, The Shootist, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. There are loads.

Film & TV / Re: Movies you haven't seen?
« on: 20 October, 2019, 12:12:23 pm »
I've never seen any of the Godfather films.
I don't generally enjoy mafia films, so I'll probably never bother.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 15 October, 2019, 01:05:32 pm »
I've been watching lots of Quantum Leap which is currently being repeated on Forces TV (which I stumbled upon by accident. I'd never heard of Forces TV).
I'm really enjoying it - it's really fun, good natured and easy to watch. Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell are both just as likeable as I remember.

Books & Comics / Re: New and upcoming partworks
« on: 06 October, 2019, 09:19:43 pm »
I’m quite tempted by this but I’m reluctant to sign up for another part work.
If they included the adventure game books I’d probably take the plunge.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 02 October, 2019, 09:14:32 pm »
Thanks mate.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 01 October, 2019, 08:00:28 pm »
Rambo: Last Blood

You could write the plot on the back of a postage stamp and at times it feels like a straight to video Steven Segal film or something.
An hour and a half flew by though, and if all you’re after is to see Rambo fucking up some baddies it’s good fun.
Not as good as the last Rambo but better than III and probably better than II.

Vile film. All Mexicans are rapists, traffickers and generally nasty people.

Build the wall!

Horrible film and a stain on the name of 'First Blood' which was the exact opposite.

I don’t want to get into an argument about the moral standing of a Rambo film but I think this is a bit unfair. The aunt, daughter and journalist are all major characters and aren’t depicted as nasty people. Other than that, it’s pretty explicit that we’re dealing with a gang of criminals rather than average Mexicans going about their business. It’s like saying John Wick makes all Russians look like killers.

Thinking about it some more, I’ve changed my mind.
I’ve realised there’s not actually any reason for the baddies to be Mexican at all. All the bits where they go over the boarder, they could have just been going to the nearest city. The gang members could have been anybody.

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