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Film & TV / Re: Tremors reboot TV series mooted?
« on: 27 June, 2017, 10:34:24 am »
Considering the way the original tv version was fucked over with network demands and scheduling jiggery-pokery, I'm surprised they're bothering.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 25 June, 2017, 09:01:31 pm »
It's bigger, so it's heavier.  FFS, keep up, lads.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 25 June, 2017, 08:26:38 pm »
Brexit is the beach they'll die upon, but it's not their main concern.  Their priority will most likely be a fire sale of publicly-owned works and infrastructure.  It's been nice having an NHS.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 25 June, 2017, 03:39:31 pm »
Outraged wheat farmers swung it because they were tired of finding crop circles where Theresa May had been doing constant u-turns etc etc.

I don't know about boundary changes, but the Tories might want to get to work on outlawing byelections, otherwise it's just a matter of time now.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 June, 2017, 05:20:29 pm »
If you punch a policeman's helmet off, he's technically not in uniform so he can't arrest you for it.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 22 June, 2017, 01:34:18 pm »
LOL

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Film & TV / Re: GRIM RUMOURS ABOUT NEW STAR TREK:DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 22 June, 2017, 12:39:55 am »
I don't know what Isaacs' character will look like, but his action figure looks good in that pic.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 20 June, 2017, 11:46:40 pm »
Masters of the Universe was a Fourth World movie.  That'll just have to do.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 June, 2017, 11:09:25 pm »

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 June, 2017, 09:47:34 pm »
What I'm not clear on is how the Tories can exercise the executive power of government if they haven't formed one?  Is this why they've cancelled the Queen's speech: because she can't yet acknowledge the government as legitimate?
I thought they'd cancelled next year's Queen's speech?

Last I heard, the speech was postponed until after a deal was made, and as yet there's no deal.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 June, 2017, 08:21:21 pm »
What I'm not clear on is how the Tories can exercise the executive power of government if they haven't formed one?  Is this why they've cancelled the Queen's speech: because she can't yet acknowledge the government as legitimate?

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 18 June, 2017, 10:59:39 pm »
On social media I'm seeing the "paid protestors" narrative emerging already.  "They must be doing this only because they are paid to by lefties, because the survivors have nothing to be angry about and no-one has done anything wrong."  I want to believe this is motivated by malice because the alternative is terrifying: that these fuckers genuinely live in an alternate version of reality where over a hundred people (tbc) dying in a slum fire in one of the richest cities in the world is beneath their notice.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 18 June, 2017, 09:03:33 pm »
Because lefties have hijacked the tragedy.
Meanwhile, Kensington's Tory-run council is rehousing Grenfell survivors outside Kensington despite Theresa May's assurance that this wouldn't happen, which is baffling until you remember that Kensington just elected its first Labour MP by a majority of 20.
But yeah, it's the lefties who have taken advantage.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 18 June, 2017, 12:02:29 am »
I really liked Damnation Alley, so gave Roger Zelazny's Nine Princes In Amber a go seeing as Lord Of Light looks like too large a page count when I have a small mountain of Stephen Kings and at least 80 of the top 100 science fiction novels of all time still to get through, but more fool me, as it's the first in a trilogy of 10 books.
Though possible not at the time of writing, the plot seems in these days to be a well-worn path - practically urban fantasy in its early days - but I don't really read enough proper fantasy to judge it, as I don't particularly fancy books in my life about giant-titted redheads going on a quest to find secret treasure while pursued by the Ork King or whatever fantasy books are actually about.  I didn't know the full plot and went into it cold: a seeming amnesiac grifter wakes up in a hospital and gradually pieces together who he is and blah de blah - it's basically the kind of thing I could see a tv producer pitching in a fit of desperation after all his other shows got knocked back and he had to pull something out of his ass and somehow kept talking and got from Lost to Lord of the Rings before getting the green light, and the plot progression - with its occasionally arbitrary jumps in time and major events and battles dismissed in a sentence here or there - seems like the kind of thing that would happen in a mid-budget telly show.  It actually reminds me very much of Wayward Pines in the abstract, though I suspect if I actually watched Once Upon A Time more of this might seem familiar to me.

An enjoyable enough page-turner not harmed by its overly-familiar tropes.  Zelazny has a good writing voice and keeps things cracking along, at least enough to keep me going into Guns Of Avalon, which continues the story but effectively ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, or at the very least lacks any solid jump-off point.  Whatevs, I think I'll pause at this point and re-evaluate going any further, even though I am reliably informed you can stop reading at the fourth or fifth book when the Corwin character runs his course.  I am not sure I want serialised fantasy in what I laughably refer to between drunken sobs as my life.

Also Star Trek: Kobayashi Maru, which is a testament to the kind of shit you can find in charity shops, and also a testament to the need of writers to keep them Benjis rolling in even when they can't force their heart into a project.  Essentially a retread of Galileo Seven but with the arguing and boisterous giants replaced with short stories about how each character tackled the titular no-win scenario in their Starfleet days, I had two takeaways:
1 - each character in this substandard literary landfill from the late 1980s has a better approach to the simulation than the Kirk character in the Trek reboot movie, though Novel Kirk's resolution seemingly hinges on his being the kind of egomaniacal knuckle-dragging simpleton and two-dimensional misrepresentation of the TOS character that the Trek reboot assumes him to be, and
2 - Trek writers really, really struggle with the idea of post-race humanity, as this is like the third tie-in book where Sulu's backstory is reduced to knuckle-biting racial caricature, though arguably nowhere near as bad as that Mike W Barr thing where Sulu remembers his youth in an internment camp YES THAT WAS A THING.
Anyhoo this wasn't very good.  Unlike other Trek tie-in novels, he added with a suspicious lack of earnestness.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 16 June, 2017, 08:25:17 pm »
There's already a major protest scheduled for the capital tomorrow against the Con/DUP deal.  This feels like a powder keg.

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