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Film & TV / Re: Mad Max - Fury Road
« on: 20 June, 2018, 09:38:44 pm »
Sure they look a little goofy in those particular pictures, but overall I much prefer those costume designs to the current ones in the DC movies.

As I said in the Justice League movie thread: DC/Warner badly need to fire their entire production/costume design department. The aesthetic manages to be simultaneously boring and ugly, which is quite a feat. As overpowering as the Burton/Furst designs of the Batman movie were, at least there was a sense of coherence to them.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 20 June, 2018, 09:32:26 pm »
But Kenobi is a totally nothing character...?

Don’t agree, but how much character does Blondie have in the Leone/Eastwood movies? Precious little in ‘modern’ terms. Still works.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 20 June, 2018, 08:11:34 pm »
I honestly don't know why so many people evidently want an Obi Wan Kenobi movie - is it purely because Ewan McGregor is now about the right aged to play him in a movie set around the timeline of Solo? Because that isn't really enough to hang a film on imo...

Four words: Star Wars Spaghetti Western.

News / Re: Leah Moore and John Reppion
« on: 20 June, 2018, 07:32:46 pm »
The only option coming up is a page to input debit or credit card details - no Paypal option there, on my profile page, or on the donation page.

PayPal me the money and I’ll pay the donation on my card. Seriously. Msg me here for details. If there’s a Paypal charge between us, I’ll swallow that.

Games / Re: A Couple of Ideas for Rebellion
« on: 16 June, 2018, 11:46:46 pm »
GTA5 cost over $200 million.

Ummm… Kickstarter…?

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 16 June, 2018, 10:37:43 pm »
Good man!

Games / Re: A Couple of Ideas for Rebellion
« on: 16 June, 2018, 08:15:30 pm »
Possibly the absence of that level of capital.

Quickly — to Kickstarter! :-)

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 16 June, 2018, 10:45:25 am »
Slightly surprised no one seems to be reading Michael Moreci and Hayden Sherman's Wasted Space from Vault.

Yes, yes, I'm lettering it, but I would have thought it would be right up many 2000AD readers' street… Moreci loves him some sci-fi (see: Roche Limit) and this is big ol' high concept stuff. Billy Bane, a galactic-scale version of Billy Graham, "voice of the Creator" gave the Creator's divine endorsement to a galactic-scale Trump figure, propelling him to power, which immediately results in a despotic regime and wars all over the place. A lot of people, including Billy himself, blame Billy for this so he's gone into hiding but wheels are in motion and the fate of the galaxy might have more to do with him than he'd like. Plus, y'know, a whole bunch of people and things wanting to kill him.

I can see Sherman's art (which I can only inadequately describe as the scratchy bastard offspring of Howard Chaykin and Ted McKeever) not being to everyone's taste but it's a meaty old read. Plus, Chewbacca to Bane's Solo is a bright blue robot gigolo (or Fuqbot) called Dust. Special guest appearance by Philip K. Dick in the first issue, too.

Give it a go!

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 15 June, 2018, 06:36:52 pm »
My real regret is that there isn't going to be a direct sequel - things were only really getting going by the end!

Agreed. I came out of Solo very much up for as many "Han and Chewie smuggle shit and get into scrapes with the Empire" movies as Disney/Lucasfilm want to make…

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 15 June, 2018, 04:54:39 pm »
Do you think they'll proceed with any tales movies right now after this bombed? I'm wondering if Disney/Lucasfilm will wait on the box office from Episode 9 before they invest any further big money.

They’re already moving on Obi-Wan — I hear there’s an art department in full swing doing concept stuff right now.

I’d be surprised if the studio looks at Solo as anything more than a bump in the road — after all, it’s not a bad film by any measure. Re-shooting an alleged 70% of it will have ballooned the budget to the point where Disney/Lucasfilm will probably be happy if the thing breaks even somewhere down the line.

If they drop a couple of stinkers in a row then I think they might reappraise the strategy.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 June, 2018, 04:15:10 pm »
No. The problem, as I very clearly explained, is that the government privatised the agency that assigns the fishing rights. The UK’s small-scale, largely independent, fleet of fishermen simply weren’t able to compete with multinational operations running factory fleets in the bidding process. The death of the UK fishing industry is the product of less government and more market forces, not the other way round.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 15 June, 2018, 03:15:20 pm »
Strange. I saw Solo in 3D, which people often complain is too dark to begin with, and I didn't think the film was at all over-gloomy…

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 June, 2018, 03:14:23 pm »
I think that most people who join the police force do so out of a genuine desire to do good but that the institution has become so fundamentally corrupted towards enforcing legislation instead of upholding Law that little good can actually be done.

One of the most depressing hours I've ever spent was a lunch break on a training course with a colleague from our sister paper in Grimsby who was an ex-copper. Crime (at least at that time) was endemic in Grimsby thanks to grinding poverty and massive unemployment due to the decimation of the fishing industry* — the conversation was summarised when he said "I joined the police to fight crime, but all I ended up doing was recording it."

Sadly, I don't think there's any way back to the Peel-ian ideal of the police, which is that they have no more or no fewer powers or authority than any member of the community, simply that they are delegated by the community to deploy those powers on a full-time basis and can be better trained in important skills like not getting their heads kicked in.

*Side note: another thing the pro-Brexit crowd in for a sore disappointment over, if they think the British fishing industry is coming back. The catch quotas are a product of the EU but are broadly sensible measures to avoid stock depletion. Who actually gets to catch those fish is, and always has been, a matter for the UK government. However, since they privatised the agency that assigns fishing rights, the large factory fleets completely outbid the far smaller UK operations (often one-man or family operations) for the rights. They not one extra fish will be landed by UK fishermen as a result of leaving the EU unless we abandon the quotas, and then the North Sea will get fished until it's empty.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 June, 2018, 08:57:08 am »
Yup. Democracy is great, all right.

Looks at Trump.

Looks at Brexit.

Looks at the only semblance of sanity in the entire British political system coming from the unelected House of Lords…


Prog / Re: Prog 2085
« on: 12 June, 2018, 10:34:08 am »
With the prog on the floor and me on stilts. Doesn't everyone?

For the love of God, man, treat yourself to some reading glasses!

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