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Film & TV / Re: The Mandalorian
« on: 19 November, 2019, 06:24:31 pm »
Heh. Yeah I've already had that spoiled for me, but its not a major deal. There is still a lot I don't know concerning what happens, etc. A bit of a pain to have to wait so long though. Okay I don't have to, but it seems to be the right thing to do aside from utilising a VPN*, but that seems to be so much rigmarole.

I never thought I'd be interested in a Disney film service. With their acquisition of Star Wars and the MCU, things have really changed!

*I don't have a moral issue with that as I'd still be paying for the Disney service. I don't want to pay for it then find the VPN didn't work, and it was all a waste of time and money, though. If they have a trial period like Netflix and other services do, (I haven't checked) that might not be so bad, and the waste would just be time, if it didn't work.

As for going the Captain Mardbeard route, I confess I've done it before on occasion, and salved my conscience by promising myself I'd get the Blu-ray when it came out, but I'd rather not. Whatever I finally do, I'd still be supporting an illegal operation in the meantime, and that doesn't sit too well with me.

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2019
« on: 17 November, 2019, 07:05:56 pm »
And Tom Foster kindly customised my Chromebook.

Led to this exchange on Sunday
Tom Foster: This one guy has got me drawing on his laptop
Me: That's cool. Like a Digital commission?
Tom: No. On this laptop (shows me said laptop with immaculate sketch being inked on it)

I was genuinely a bit lost for words...

Heh. That reminds me of that silly penguin sketch from Month Python.

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 17 November, 2019, 06:31:07 pm »
Sad to read that Rogue Judge. That's harsh and way too young. All the best to you and his family.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 November, 2019, 04:58:16 pm »
I'm not sure I buy what happened to 'Carl' but I suppose there was some pointers to that in T2 when 'Uncle Bob' explains about emulating humans more when around them. He was a good source of comedy, at least.
That whole subplot just wrecked it for me, despite the film's other qualities, of which there were many. It's the terminator, ffs. I'd rather Sarah had tracked it after John's death, decommissioned it, and pulled it out of mothballs when they needed some help. No character arc, sure, but better than taking the T-800 less seriously even than comic relief.

I understand where you’re coming from. It does kind of mess with Arnold’s depiction in T1, as described by Kyle Reese as a “relentless machine that can’t be reasoned with, and won’t stop until you’re dead”. (Not an exact quote.)

You get the impression that Carl can totally be reasoned with.

That being said, I do think this is explainable. I think a terminator’s programmed mission takes precedent, and until it is fulfilled, they won’t stop, and absolutely can’t be reasoned with aside from being captured and reprogrammed. Up until John Connor’s assassination, I think this was true for the T800 who became Carl too.

After that, he’d fulfilled his mission, his very reason for being. The T800* in T2 stated “I can’t self terminate”, so he has to find some new purpose. I guess he could have gone on a human killing spree but he and other such infiltrators aren’t  programmed for that. They kill their target, and anyone who gets in their way without remorse, but they don’t just kill everyone for the sake of it. He didn’t even kill Sarah directly after shooting her son. You even see the Rev-9 endoskeleton walk past a shocked guy and glance at him, but it doesn’t harm him in any way as it sees no need, even despite it’s robot nature being exposed.

And so Carl finds another purpose. The learning computer reaches its full potential and he changes.

I totally get why this depiction of him could be annoying and feel at odds with past characterisations though. And it does seem somewhat of a stretch, although it didn’t bother me that much.

I confess the drapes thing amused me.

Books & Comics / Re: Orbital to stop selling weekly comics
« on: 08 November, 2019, 04:28:29 pm »
They're turning into Mark Millar!


Piranha Comics in Bromley is mentioned in that article! I used to go there quite a bit!

Classifieds / Re: The Thirteenth Floor - Halloween Freebie
« on: 01 November, 2019, 06:18:42 pm »
Duplicate book is claimed now!

Amusingly when I saw it that second time, I had a sense of familiarity but couldn't quite remember it.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 01 November, 2019, 11:07:29 am »
Ah, so it's a sequel to the film version of The Shining? I did wonder, when I saw those seems in the hotel, and I've read the Doctor Sleep novel.

I guess I can understand their taking that route considering many viewers would know the Kubrick film but wouldn't have read the novel.

I actually rather liked the Shining film, but yes, as an adaptation it's somewhat questionable.

Classifieds / The Thirteenth Floor - Halloween Freebie
« on: 31 October, 2019, 07:58:28 pm »
Good evening and happy Halloween squaxx! Munstroid here with a seasonal offer.

I was just checking some books I've got in a pile* and noticed... I've purchased The Thirteenth Floor (Rebellion paperback collection) twice. And judging by the discount sticker on the front, it was at Forbidden Planet, likely during one of those Souther meetups both times. That's usually when I go there.

Not intended as a criticism of the contents, mind. I'm just getting forgetful in my old age. I swear, when I shake my large melon I hear a rattling sound. Reckon I'd loose the whole noggin if it wasn't bolted on.

I was thinking of selling a copy, but you know what? Discovering  my brain-dead mishap the day before Halloween,** is so fascinating to me*** . If you'd like the copy and you don't mind covering the postage, PM me your address and it's yours.

First come, first serve seems fairest.

Whether you're successful or not, all the best to you.

*I was checking my copies of American Vampire so I didn't double-buy copies in the recent Halloween Comixology sale... and the irony has just hit me.

**On All Hallows Eve's Eve, one might say.

***I'm easily fascinated.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 October, 2019, 02:31:34 am »
 Zombieland: Double Tap

I think I might  prefer the first film a bit, but this was good fun, and pretty amusing.

Film & TV / Re: Movies you haven't seen?
« on: 21 October, 2019, 02:25:48 pm »
I must have seen The Godfather and it's sequels hundreds of times.

Like who hasn't?
And I bet these fottuti falsi were tuning in to The Sopranos every week too.

Many haven't according to some of the comments in this thread.

Me included. I've seen parts of one of two but I've never seen them all the way through.

I think I actually bought it on VHS. Will into the time period when I was already watching Blu-ray.

I was with a friend and we happened on a video shop whose downstairs was full of video tapes going extremely cheaply, as you could imagine. I bought it with a couple of other things on a whim, really.

Never got round to watching it, and now I don't think I've got anything to watch it ON.

Also never seen the Rambo films all the way through. I think I saw chunks of the first (very late) and got the gist of what was going on. Never much appealed despite me liking Swazzenegger action films like Commando back in the day.

Film & TV / Re: That gum you like is going to come back in style -
« on: 13 October, 2019, 01:25:48 pm »
Regarding the arm, it's -as you probably already figured- the little man in the lodge. I've heard he (the actor) and David Lynch had a falling out of sorts, and thus he was replaced by a tree with a piece of chewing gum on top --because why not  :D

I confess I didn’t make that connection, but the idea of the little man being ‘the arm’ rings a bell. (I’ve forgotten a certain amount about the original series. It’s been a while since I saw it.)It explains why one of the blokes at the black lodge only has one arm too, I suppose. Sort of. As to the chewing gum on top of the tree, I wondered what that was supposed to be! I thought maybe a brain of some sort, but that didn’t look quite right.

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.

Film & TV / Re: That gum you like is going to come back in style -
« on: 13 October, 2019, 03:10:41 am »
I watched the first two episodes today. The blu-Ray provides the option of watching them separately or there’s a feature length concatenated version. I chose that.

That was... very weird (as to be expected) and I enjoyed it. I didn’t understand it all, but maybe things will be explained better later, although I suspect much will remain a head-scratcher. ”This is the evolution of the arm.” Ooookaaaay.... :lol:That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

One thing I have mixed feelings about: the whole doppelgänger thing seemed a bit out of nowhere right at the end of series 2. I.e. the evil entity, ‘Bob’ who caused the grief in series one appeared to work by possessing a person and working through them. A duality of a kind, certainly, but nothing like what’s going on with agent Cooper.... or is it? It’s still an enjoyable thread, in series 3, mind.

Books & Comics / Re: New British Comic - 'Mary Boys'
« on: 08 October, 2019, 02:10:05 pm »
I tried again to the same issue. I found out how to contact support directly, anyway so I've submitted a ticket. A bit of a drawn out process as they understandably try to take you through their FAQs first, which don't really cover it.

At least this way I could submit the generated error code.

Bloody hell. Sorry for all the hassle. I'm keen to know what they tell you, so please could you keep me posted because it's a recurring problem.

That's okay, it's not your fault.

They messaged me back,and it turned out to be silly simple thing. I was using autofil on my device to fill in the form. I just filled the form in manually, and everything went through fine this time.

So yeah, anyone else wanting to back this, just enter the info in manually. When you get those little boxes popping up offering you the chance to fill out the rest of the form...ignore. it will fill in the fields, and it will all look okay, but the system won't accept it.

Film & TV / Re: That gum you like is going to come back in style -
« on: 04 October, 2019, 08:30:21 pm »
This reminds me;I've yet to see the latest new series of Twin Peaks!

I must amend this situation soon.

You must its brilliant.

Shortly after posting the above I ordered the Blu-ray* yesterday evening. Arrived today! I ordered it pretty late too. Well impressed with Amazon Prime, although I didn't get it for that.

A nice surprise too as I'd forgotten I'd ordered it, today.

*Curiously I noticed it's named differently from how the series was advertised: Twin Peaks:The Return.
The dvd/Blu-ray is called 'Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series'. Descriptive, but not as catchy, eh?

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