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News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 16 February, 2019, 06:12:17 am »
Both Grant Morrison (Judge Dredd / Big Dave / Really and Truly) and Mark Millar (Grudgefather / Robo-Hunter / Babe Race 2000 - the infamous Prog 883) have achieved the dubious honour.

Film & TV / Re: Doom Patrol!
« on: 14 February, 2019, 09:19:36 pm »
The stuff with Jane looks pretty good - some very recognisable personalities, and the scene with her, Cliff and the painting in the rain is straight out of the start of the Morrison run. Cliff himself, however, looks kinda... well, cheap. Flimsy. Hopefully he'll get an upgrade to a weightier form (or even get the spider legs eventually.) Cyborg seems completely superfluous - no idea what he's doing there. Good to see Mr. Nobody though - clearly they're going for a different interpretation of his appearance, since his comic form is pretty much untranslatable to the screen.

Off Topic / Re: The Dream Warriors
« on: 13 February, 2019, 09:24:28 pm »

Any potential creepiness has been ruined by the fact that I'm hearing that line in the voice of Hodges, the ARP warden.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 06:36:14 pm »
Don't get me wrong, I think Assault on Precinct 13 is a superb film. But, to borrow a familiar phrase: "Hello... hello... I've got a message for you and you're not going to like it..." - Prince of Darkness is also a superb film. They're just very different, despite the superficial similarities of the 'under siege' set up. The former takes a simple premise and milks it for every ounce of tension available, whereas Prince of Darkness keeps on throwing in crazy new quantum curveballs which nonetheless fit perfectly with the main premise (and within Carpenter's much loved 'Rio Bravo' framework.) It's an imaginative tour de force of Grand Guignol glory (by way of some serious Nigel Kneale worship) blessed with endlessly quotable dialogue, and a lot of clever, eerie little moments to counterpoint the madness. (The bit with the disappearing playing card must be one of the sharpest.)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 05:40:08 pm »
My point precisely.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 05:36:09 pm »
At no point in Assault on Precinct 13 does Alice Cooper impale anyone with a bicycle.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 February, 2019, 04:37:07 pm »
Prince of Darkness is easily my favourite Carpenter movie. The Thing is probably objectively better, but Prince of Darkness has Dennis Dun.

Creative Common / Re: Torquemada cosplay
« on: 09 February, 2019, 07:34:05 pm »

I'd largely agree with your assessment of The Day the Law Died - it has a lot of great moments and elements, but it's not consistently a great story. It's a good story, but it's certainly not as strong as its immediate predecessor The Cursed Earth. That said, I love Cal himself enormously, even if he is just John Hurt in I, Claudius (or, with his original haircut, Pat Mills.)

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 January, 2019, 12:10:10 pm »
Scottish independence would require a rethink of Scottish national identity. A majority of Scots are happy to also be British: a continued shafting from Westminster is simply the expected state of affairs, and defining ourselves in opposition to England is, for some, part and parcel of Scottishness, something that's harder to maintain if we're permanently divorced. There's an argument that the case for independence needs separated in the popular consciousness from the SNP - they've been in government a long time now and are somewhat more tarnished of late.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 January, 2019, 10:13:36 am »
the UK will break up into its constituent parts a new England, Wales Scotland

I don't know your nationality, but in my experience, non-Scots massively overestimate the Scottish desire for independence - and I say that as a (formerly card-carrying) Scottish nationalist myself. If Brexit led to an independent Scotland I'd be overjoyed, but I'm not in the least convinced the appetite for another form of exit will be there.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 January, 2019, 05:18:41 pm »
The titular (allegedly real?!) weapon is front and centre and creates for an fun set of decapitations and some glorious choreography.

Cor! Sold!

Film & TV / Re: Stan and Ollie
« on: 15 January, 2019, 06:26:12 pm »
heard some good things about this, anyone else?

It's brilliant, go and see it. Sublime performances all round.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 January, 2019, 12:01:05 pm »
Stan and Ollie (2019) Anchored by two absolutely stunning performances from John C Reilly and Steve Coogan, this is a gently funny, sad, extremely touching tale of Laurel and Hardy in their later years. Reilly's Ollie is an easy-going, affable fellow, who struggles to resist temptation; Coogan's Stan is a steelier, more driven figure, the comedy engine of the double act. The plot is slight, but the film as a whole is a moving meditation on the nature of friendship. Also of note are the pair's wives - Nina Arianda, as Laurel's blunt Russian bride, Ida, threatens to steal every scene she's in, whilst Shirley Henderson as Lucille Hardy tends to undercut Ida's boasts in a quieter, more low-key manner. Overall though, a genuinely warm, beautiful movie.

News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 10 January, 2019, 08:27:10 pm »
Ron was undoubtedly one of the greats - an amazing talent - and may he rest in peace. Though his clean-lined style was, on the surface, very different from Carlos's rougher, rawer art, in many ways they were two sides of the same coin. They were both absolute masters of the grotesque; of glorious, characterful ugliness, wildness, and madness. Dredd was a natural home for both geniuses.

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