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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 April, 2019, 01:27:10 pm »
There may be a point here about low expectations, but Shazam was very good fun, tied with Wonder Woman for best of the DCs for me. Not being aware of the comic, wife & kids thought the central 'twist' was great. The overlong and rather disturbing opening sequences nearly put me off, but within the context of the overall movie they were entirely justified.

I award 100 bonus points for no character making any kind of joke about suddenly having adult sexual characteristics, and no interior shots of the strip club (most gratuitous cliché in all of cinema).  Minus 25 points for not going Full Tawky.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 18 April, 2019, 12:01:18 pm »
Decided to dive into the Star Wars new canon novels so just finished the first one, New Dawn.

Of the 'new canon' stuff, I've only read Bloodline, the pre-TFA Leia novel, and Cobalt Squadron, the pre-TLJ Rose & Paige novel.  The former was genuinely very enjoyable, the latter a bit weaker and suffering from its YA ambience, but still interesting. Meaning to tackle JJM's New Dawn and the Wendig ones, at some point.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 18 April, 2019, 11:50:36 am »
Ignoring everything else, that’s a terrible title.

JJA strikes again.  Clearly the aim was something that evoked Return Of or Revenge Of so as predicted they're already rolling back from that whole "a clean break with the past" theme that ran through TLJ.

And so it goes.

I don't think there was a 'clean break with the past' theme in TLJ: although both Luke and Kylo aspired to one, they were both completely frustrated in their aims.

Luke explains that both he and Han will always be with Kylo, Rey carts off the Sacred Texts with Yoda's connivance and (the bits of) Anakin's sabre, Luke clarifies that the Jedi Order is far from finished, and the rebellion reborn. Indeed, a Skywalker becomes the central villain for the first time. The film leaves a blank canvas in the sense that the story could go anywhere from there, but there is no escape from the past.

Rey No-One is a great idea (the best one, IMHO), but it doesn't have to be the final one.  And even then, did we really believe Kylo when he says that her parents were drunks that sold her to Plutt? Did we really believe what a Dark Side mirror showed her? 

My concern still lies with Abrams. He is the very last guy I'd have asked to wrap something up in a satisfying manner.

Film & TV / Re: The Boys TV series - Karl Urban cast as Butcher
« on: 18 April, 2019, 11:35:17 am »
Go out on a limb here and say that is tonally perfect.  The gore even looks like Darick gore! Fingers crossed it's a good'un.

Prog / Re: Prog 2127 - Have you had your Thrill Fix ?
« on: 18 April, 2019, 11:23:32 am »
All good stuff under a great cover.

After this week's Dredd I suspect that Mark Sexton must have grossly offended Mike at some point in the past - the number of distinct perp characters in successive tiny panels must have been a nightmare: but Sexton is more than up to the challenge, and John Charles does his wonderfully idiosyncratic thing and keeps everything sharp and well-defined. Some great backgrounds squeezed in between all the figures, and an intriguing gangland plot that almost feels more Ewing than Carroll. Dense, satisfying.

Survival Geeks doesn't end on quite the high note this great run deserved, and I really don't care for the word 'Finale' in the teaser... to the story, right, not the strip? Say it ain't so, people!

Scarlet Traces.  Edginton gives D'Israeli free reign to draw 6 pages of retro-spaceship action, and Matt goes on to sear our eyeballs with his magnificence.  Hard to believe this all started with a mudlark finding a desanguinated corpse. 

Max Normal continues to be way more interesting than such a premise has any right to be, with some lovely character work from Cornwell, and fun Cersei-and-Jamie analogues from Adams.

Kingmaker ambles along very pleasantly, its somewhat decompressed style greatly helped by inventively laid-out pages from Gallagher.  I do hope that Crixus's link with the Ebora isn't the solution to every problem they encounter.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 16 April, 2019, 05:48:03 pm »
(I can actually remember where I was when I first heard about Attack of the Clones, now that was a howler)

Thankfully that moment was captured for posterity.


God I've aged hideously in 18 years.  Although to be fair the missus hasn't done much better.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 16 April, 2019, 04:24:29 pm »
As to the other thing, like literally every SW title since Return of the Jedi I thought 'Rise of Skywalker' was utterly awful (I can actually remember where I was when I first heard about Attack of the Clones, now that was a howler).  Then I rolled it about in my head a bit and realised it was perfectly fine. The trailer, while having some good bits (Rey's leap, Poe and Finn in action together), reinforced my fear that LFL are rolling back on everything and ignoring the shiny blank canvas Johnson handed them. I still hope that's not the case, and while Palps is probably my favourite character across the first 6 movies, I really didn't need to hear from him again.  And as for a 5th film with a quest involving a superweapon, even the remains of one... no thanks.  But we'll see.

Now go, I wish to be alone with the Clone Wars S7 trailer.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 16 April, 2019, 04:09:50 pm »
There’s also some ShakyCam™ phone footage of the five minute preview they showed and it looks very promising indeed! It gave me a real Strontium Dog vibe!

You're not wrong. :-)

Stylish, but I'm thinking if it's going to hold that interest it's going to have to do a lot better than 5 minutes of Holiday Special Boba - Mos Eile Arís - Salacious Crumb PETA commercial - Jabba's Eye Thingie - Gonk Gonk Gonk - Yet More Stormtroopers - Werner Herzog... wait, what, WERNER HERZOG?!?  Damnit I thought I was out and they pulled me back in.  And Taika Waititi to look forwards to. Utter bastards.

Prog / Re: Prog 2125 - Brave New World?
« on: 09 April, 2019, 11:25:39 am »
I really enjoy Survival Geeks, definitely made me chuckle more than once. Neil Googe's art is great and perfectly suited to the story.

With the greatest respect to Beeby and Rennie, I think Googe's art IS the story. It's just so much damned fun, so packed with clever visual reference and pure invention, and everyone looks to be having a blast even when they're supposedly in mortal peril.

Without Googe the strip could still be one of the most competent 2000AD comedy series. It's a nicely sustained romp, characters are well-defined and generally likeable, plots never get bogged down, things move along, there are good gags most weeks: but for all that, in different hands it could so easily be just a 2000AD riff on Big Bang Theory (-shudder-).

For my money the writers' true genius here (and it's no small thing) is in giving Googe a continuous procession of great settings and setups to draw. And by Grud does he deliver. His characters emote, his backgrounds convince, his details amuse: every panel is colour and energy and humour.

Like all good strips it's the product of a successful partnership between writers, artist and letterer, but I've no doubt that it's Googe's art that makes Survival Geeks the ongoing joy it is.  I take my hat off to all involved.

Prog / Re: Prog 2124 - The New Normal
« on: 27 March, 2019, 04:56:29 pm »
On a bit of a holiday from the forum while I perform Kohlinhar and otherwise try to get my mangelwurzel on straight, but there's always an irresistible temptation to sing the praises of a great everyday prog: and this is such a beast.

Grey Area is just nail-biting, lusciously illustrated stuff; Kingmaker continues to amuse (once you accept that being-far-too-like-LotR is the whole point); and while Survival Geeks always makes me beam at the very sight of it, as light and colourful and energetic as it always it, the name 'Princess Mantears' actually made me chuckle out loud in a crowded caf.  The Dredd, if perhaps not scaling those heights due to a rather over-used premise (third time out?), still delivers with a brisk pace, tongue-in-cheek dialogue and some classic panels from Goddard.

But aside from the deep consistency of quality cover to cover, the real highlight it was the realisation that I had been desperately needing a Max Normal series from Adams and Cornwell, and I never even knew it. Snappily written, characterfully drawn and featuring the ape sidekick that is de rigeur for all former Dredd enablers in civilian life. 

I return to the monastery of P'Jem to resume the purge. Keep it up, all.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 30 December, 2018, 12:13:11 am »
  Every time I watch the news, they're interviewing working class bigots who "don't want none of 'em scroungers round 'ere", not posh twits on horses.

Have you noticed the type of people that are cheerleading these attitudes from the political arena? Do Rees-Mogg and Johnson strike you as working-class? Do dishonest/disingenuous politicians and their copiously funded media campaigns have no influence?

Yes, it was an extreme position to equate fox-hunting with the Deadliest Game, and as noted it was a rhetorical device intended to compare the pageantry and enthusiastic cruelty of the hunt to the way refugees and immigrants are characterised as vermin, and much joy and satisfaction is taken in their 'control'. Both attitudes display the same pragmatic justifications that in my opinion actually mask a disturbing lack of simple empathy and an inherent pleasure in applying personal and institutional superiority to cause pain in the vulnerable. I suspect - and criminal psychology supports my view - that these attitudes and practices are common in the same people.

I apologise for not being relentlessly literal.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 29 December, 2018, 04:35:56 pm »
In short I hate the practice with every fibre of my being, ...

I know what you mean.  I get the same feeling when I see people using comic sans.

Exactly like that, legibility and good taste being torn apart by the hounds of ignorance.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 29 December, 2018, 07:44:23 am »
Hyperbole? On the Political Thread?  Surely some mistake?

It's probably quite damning enough to say that foxhunters enjoy terrifying and torturing small animals while parading around looking like the cavalry regiment of the KKK, but I like to draw that extra line that casts aspersions on what else that type of institution might secretly be into, a conclusion that is given some small weight by the strong correlation between psychopathic murderers and animal cruelty. Using overwhelming force to kill,  taking pleasure in the pain of the weak.  I flick my gaze in the direction of the Trump boys. Certain activities and the attitudes they display make me deeply suspicious about what else goes on in the minds of the participants.

In short I hate the practice with every fibre of my being, and I want you to too, working through the deployment of a rhetorical device.

Don't get me started on fly-tippers and people who break young trees.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 29 December, 2018, 12:42:04 am »
Cruelty to animals is one of the top predictors for sociopaths and their subset psychopaths, so I can confidently speculate what an institution dedicated to the practice would like get up to if it had half a chance. Already devoid of empathy and mired in the belief that their own traditions have inherently superior value, all it takes is that next step in dehumanisation that you can see in almost every piece about refugees and asylum seekers. What is this obsession with borders if not an enlarged fear of foxes in the henhouse?

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 28 December, 2018, 11:40:32 pm »
And why not?

Late contender for Post of the Year?

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