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Film & TV / Re: Shane Black's The Predator
« on: 23 November, 2017, 07:53:32 pm »
At this point I imagine Predator fans have resolved themselves to taking what they're given and shutting the fuck up.

Film & TV / Re: Justice League 2017
« on: 21 November, 2017, 02:26:23 pm »
The female henchman killed off unceremoniously by Killian was originally supposed to be IM3's main villain, as a continuation of the rug-pulling gag started with the Mandarin.  Anyway, he'd have to choose a character no-one would guess might be the villain for that reveal to work, so I wonder what made Shane Black assume that a woman would never be assumed by Marvel audiences to be important?  Marvel made him change it because they didn't want to have to make female action figures, so I guess we'll never know.

Film & TV / Re: Justice League 2017
« on: 20 November, 2017, 07:38:17 pm »
not crap

The DC cinematic universe finally delivers.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 November, 2017, 02:42:43 pm »
All that article tells me is that old media is getting desperate - if only because it somehow defines Kezia Dugdale as a celebrity.  Dugdale herself I don't blame at all for looking to cash in while she still can, as after telling the few Labour voters she hadn't alienated to vote Tory in order to stick it to the SNP (thanks for that, Kez), we can safely say her career in the party in its current form is done.

In less important news, the multinational peer-reviewed British Medical Journal - a review and research body established in 1840 and acknowledged globally - has brought out a study linking 120,000 deaths in the UK directly to the government's Austerity policies.  The BBC is flatly refusing to cover the story because the Science Media Center - whom the BBC itself has described as being a GM lobbying group founded in 2002 headed by a Rwandan genocide denier - has said it doubts the study's findings.  In the meantime, the BBC is running stories sourced from Guido Fawkes, a right wing conspiracy blog founded by a man convicted of drink driving four times.

General / Re: No October Art Comp?
« on: 19 November, 2017, 11:11:55 pm »
I've seen attacks on this forum on socialist media that just seem motivated by misplaced entitlement from someone enraged that their opinions aren't mirrored by the people who regularly come here, and so resort to running off to FB or Twitter to tell tales.  Gets them through the day, I suppose.

« on: 18 November, 2017, 01:13:05 pm »
Most recent ep was nowhere near as bad, though this was inevitable given what it had to follow.

The latest pulls off a neat trick that Family Guy has done a couple of times: the main plot follows so many familiar tropes that the viewer has too many options to reliably guess what twist the writer will eventually settle upon (I presume they usually go for the most unrewarding twist because that's what the viewer will least expect).
Interesting to see the same tropes and problems as Star Trek Discovery cropping up (particularly killing off main characters/destroying the ship tipping the writer's hand), yet one of the two gets a free pass - although I'm used to seeing that precarious double standard in these days of nostalgia-led reboots*, and look forward to seeing the Lost In Space relaunch's gnarly 21st century reinvention of the original's communist carrot uprising.

* "The Force Awakens does everything right that The Phantom Menace does wrong!"

Film & TV / Re: Justice League 2017
« on: 15 November, 2017, 12:05:32 pm »
I'm not defending the JL movie, but a lot of these reviews were probably already written before the reviewer had seen the film.

« on: 14 November, 2017, 06:04:19 pm »
Burnham wasn't covered in lights and shouting things, I imagine that's how she wasn't noticed.

« on: 14 November, 2017, 04:02:05 pm »
I liked the giant neon lanterns that shouted "PREPARING TO TRANSMIT DATA" that they hid all over the ship, Klingons apparently being blind and deaf as well as stupid and useless at fighting.

« on: 14 November, 2017, 12:12:07 pm »
I look forward to more. Shame we'll have a while to wait! I'm not sure why this can't just be season one, and the next, season 2

Then CBS would only have delivered 9 episodes to the investors like Netflix that paid for 10.  Don't think they'd have been too pleased at having to renegotiate/pay again for the end of the story, let alone a "second" season they'd already paid for.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 November, 2017, 11:57:56 am »
Also not sure about the dinobots being so very large. I know they wanted to turn them into steeds for the main autobots (so it makes sense that they would be proportionally as large to them as the real beasts - and original dinobots- would have been to us) but as I thought the alternate forms of transformers were supposed to be based on things in the planet they're visiting, something a bit more accurate would have been nice.

The logic boat has long since sailed for the TF movie series.  In the very first movie they actually hide in some bushes so as not to be seen outside the main character's house, despite the fact that their entire species' identity revolves around turning into something innocuous in order to blend into their environment.  I mean, it is the actual fucking name of the film and everything.
Anyway, my point is that the movie Transformers are kind of shit in general when it comes to the concept of camouflage, so you may as well just ask why they're trying to blend in with dinosaurs at all - who, exactly, are dinosaurs going to tell if their suspicions are aroused?

« on: 11 November, 2017, 01:42:38 pm »
To be fair to it, it wasn't the worst episode of The Orville, it was the worst episode of anything.

Film & TV / Re: Universal's Dark Universe
« on: 08 November, 2017, 08:06:38 pm »
2 thoughts on Kurtzman and Morgan hitting the road:
1 - Kurtzman and Morgan's track record is hit and miss, and their absence is just as likely to result in better individual films.  Kurtzman especially has worked almost exclusively on "franchise" properties for the last decade.
2 - crossovers typically make more than the movie franchises that spawn the individual characters.  Even if Universal decided to cash in with what they already had and just went and made a Dracula vs The Mummy movie, they could probably make decent bank.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 November, 2017, 02:01:39 pm »
Don't worry, the Tories have worked hard to rebuild public trust after the Bojo gaffe by sacking an Indian lady.

Books & Comics / Re: Sector 13 - Belfast Based Fanzine
« on: 07 November, 2017, 01:53:12 pm »
£6.50?  That's almost the price of a pint etc

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