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Classifieds / Re: EARTHSIDE 8 FOR SALE
« on: 16 February, 2019, 07:11:18 pm »
I’d have thought the little laughing face at the end would have given it away that , of course I was joking  ;) But yeah I’ll just relist it if it doesn’t sell.

And one for the 'over my head' thread, on my part.

I swear, sometimes when I shake my head, I hear a rattling sound...

Classifieds / Re: EARTHSIDE 8 FOR SALE
« on: 16 February, 2019, 07:08:29 pm »
... And if you're gonna put it in the bulb anyway, if it doesn't sell, you might as well lower the price.

Swipe texting on my phone there...

Off Topic / Re: Stupid things people have actually said to you.
« on: 16 February, 2019, 07:03:26 pm »
I overheard a lady at work saying she wasn't keen on pork because it tasted too much of pig.

To be fair, she isn't stupid at all, (and I kind of get what she means.), but she comes out with amusing things.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 16 February, 2019, 06:04:53 pm »
Too early to be an addiction yet, but I've seen three episodes of Kingdom, and it's very enjoyable. Upper class Koreans had very flamboyant hats back then, didn't they? 😁

I also just started The Umbrella academy. Just one episode in, but I liked it. It's sort of a superhero thing, with a future plot point that could have been nicked from Heroes (although it probably wasn't) but it has some pretty weird stuff mixed in and it all works. Too early to tell how this will be, but it has a promising start.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 February, 2019, 05:57:44 pm »
I'm kind of on the fence about watching Battle Angel Alita.

The large eyed CGI of the main character irritates me a bit for some reason. I was under the understanding that she had the large eyed look in the original media due to the fact all the characters are drawn that way*, and I think it's even more exaggerated with females.

If that's the case, in translation to live action, shouldn't she just look like a young woman? At least until part of her flesh gets scraped away... So why not just have a young actress in the role on screen, rather than through motion capture? (Fair dues, that's a major job in itself, probably actually harder than being on-screen. I'm not knocking motion capture characters in any way.)

I guess her unique appearance is an intentional part of the story, a way of showing that she is visually unique,
and in danger of prejudism as a result, bit suspect that could have been done another way. I don't have anything against that in itself, but I wonder if it strays from the intentions of the original for an excuse for Cameron and co to push the envelope of what is possible with CGI. I actually like CGI, but I feel it should serve the story, not the other way around.

On the other hand, reviews here seem largely positive, which is swaying me. And....*

*having never read the manga or an the anime, I could be wrong here.

Classifieds / Re: EARTHSIDE 8 FOR SALE
« on: 16 February, 2019, 11:07:11 am »
... And if you're gonna put it in the bulb anyway, if it doesn't sell, you might as well lower the price.

Off Topic / Re: The Dream Warriors
« on: 12 February, 2019, 01:20:28 pm »
Heh. I'm not sure, but I'm jealous of your vivid detailed dreams. I hardly ever remember mine, and they tend to be vague and nonsensical.

Your dream reminded me of something I might read in the Dark Tower novels.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 10 February, 2019, 11:35:14 pm »

A supernatural horror western. I downloaded it a while back but only just read it.

The demonic possession stuff wasn’t particularly original, but blending it into a Western resulted in something rather unique, I thought. I enjoyed that a lot.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 04 February, 2019, 07:07:47 pm »
For what it's worth, my hearing is fine, yet I often still find myself resorting to subtitles to make out what people say. I have no difficulty hearing the sounds, but often miss the actual words.

Don't get me wrong, it's not so bad that I'd miss most of the film if I left the subtitles off. It doesn't stop me enjoying films at cinemas. But with a rewind function I feel the need to catch everything... and it can make the viewing drag on a bit, if I'm not careful. 😆

While I like the naturalism* in modern acting, there's something to be said for the older days when people spoke more clearly on film..or maybe that's just in my head.

*I might have used the wrong word, there.Speaking and acting in an everyday kind of way** rather than exaggerating enunciation like in some plays is what I mean. Not to be confused with a slightly different spelling which involves people doing everyday activities with their clothes off.

**Making allowances for criminal activities and other naughtiness which provide much of story it's story, of course.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 February, 2019, 01:31:05 pm »
Ghost Story

A kind of anthology. Quite good, if a bit silly in places. Genuinely spooked me a bit and made me jump in places. Particularly the first 'case' with Paul Whitehouse.(I'm a big girl's blouse where ghost stories are concerned. I think a lot of what me makes me jump isn't so much the ghoulish appearance as the loud sound affects, though.)

It ended in a rather odd way... but its worth a watch if you like this kind of thing.

Oh, nice little homage to The Evil Dead films in 'Case 2'.

Film & TV / Re: Russian Doll - Netflix
« on: 04 February, 2019, 01:24:55 pm »
I've seen the promo, and it seemed my cup of tea. I appreciate your review, as it's difficult to tell, with new stuff. Thanks.

Film & TV / Re: The Expanse
« on: 04 February, 2019, 01:22:27 pm »
I tried watching this and really wanted to like it but it was so dark, I couldn’t see what was happening and everyone mumbled so I couldn’t hear what they were saying. It was like trying to watch a badly pirated VHS.

Given that literally no one else here has reported having this problem, have you considered the possibility that you actually do have a dodgy copy and/or that your eyes and ears are knackered?
Or a general settings issue?

I find dark things a bit difficult to make out on my tv, although I can't remember if that was an issue with the Expanse. As I have this with various films/programmes I'm certain it's my settings though. Or films are generally too badly lit nowadays.

I have attempted to sort it out, but it's surprisingly difficult to get things right, not the actual altering itself which is just sliding bars about, but getting it to look right is another thing.

Not helped by the TV in my room behind a touch too small for the distance from my peepers. Heh.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 03 February, 2019, 11:25:50 am »
I saw,The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, recently too. Liked it a lot.

Superbob, yesterday on Amazon Prime.

It's a comedy superhero film, with a largely British cast set largely in a place I used to go regularly: Peckham.

How did I miss this?

Bob is basically an ex postman , who got bit by a meteor in Rye Park and ended up with Superman powers. It's essentially about him balancing being a superhero with having a life, and how he is exploited. So not the most original thing, maybe, but with the tone it all somehow works. Or it did for me, anyway.

It's told in the form of a kind of documentary. It has a strong element of parody, yet does its own thing too. I found it very funny in places, but it's not afraid to go 'sad and poignant' too. Generally a rather sweet film, that's not afraid to be rather silly, and have a decent message to.

I enjoyed that a lot.

Shortly before that, I saw The Girl with all the Gifts.

Kind of another take on the Zombie genre, but not JUST another take on the Zombie genre. Well worth watching.

« on: 02 February, 2019, 12:39:23 pm »
I just can't think of them being in the same universe because the tech in this is so much beyond anything they had in TOS.
My issue with this (common) criticism, is that warp drive and transporters aside, the tech we have NOW is beyond TOS! Discovery is "the future imagined from a 2018 perspective" whilst TOS was "the future imagined from a 1960s perspective".

I've recently been watching a lot of TNG, and there's an episode where the big reveal is that the computer has been infected with a program that is spreading from system to system .. almost like ... a virus - cutting edge in the 80s, but now you just wonder why they don't have any anti-malware running.

While I largely agree with that, I found myself puzzled by the prevalence of holographic communications technology in Discovery. I don’t really have an issue with holographic tech existing in this time period, but it does seem to be used too much here. In the recent episode, a bloke accuses Captain Pike of being like his grandmother by ‘communicating by screen’. They ALWAYS communicated via screen, even in the spin-off shows! Holographic communication became a larger thing in the later series of DS9 and that seemed to be only for specific situations.

I’d just about buy the idea that they used holographic communication on Discovery due to it being a cutting edge science vessel* but that reference from the prison bloke in episode 3 suggested all the hip kids were using it.

*not too much of a stretch. One of the lecturers at my university mentioned ‘blue ray technology’ and even gave me a good layman’s understanding of it. This was just before ordinary DVDs came out (or maybe they’d just come out? I don’t think so, though) and a good few years (maybe even a decade) before blu-Ray actually appeared.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 31 January, 2019, 01:23:19 pm »
The 'just what you see, pal' guy when Arnie asks for a plasma rifle in the something* watt range? I think you are right Sheridan, although I didn't think that was a pawn shop.

He's got one of those faces I always recognise, but can rarely remember where I saw him. I don't mean that in a negative way.

*40? I know, I know. Google is my friend.....

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