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« on: 20 April, 2005, 07:00:06 AM »
Make sure that the last few hours of your auction are in the evening, on a Sunday night's probably best.  If you auction early in the month people still have money to burn.

Watch the market to see how much the kit you're planning to sell is going for (eg 2000AD seems to have hit a real slump in the past week).

Buy things to increase your Feedback Rating.

Offer combined postage on multiple wins.

News / Re: New Pope!
« on: 22 April, 2005, 01:23:31 AM »
A bit of politics:heavvyyy, man.

News / Re: New Pope!
« on: 20 April, 2005, 06:46:01 PM »
Soldiers that fought in WWII tend to be very forgiving of their counterparts once peace and the years have worn away the enmity.  It's hardly fair to attack people for joining the hitler youth.  I can only imagine that the peer pressure was pretty convincing.

His current views on homosexuality, birth control and AIDs deserve to be attacked.

Film & TV / Re: V for Vendetta Movie pics........
« on: 23 April, 2005, 05:58:47 AM »
I loved Neon - if only for the excellent offbeat posters.

Shame that it folded.

Film & TV / Re: V for Vendetta Movie pics........
« on: 22 April, 2005, 11:11:39 PM »
Sight & Sound I've never heard of:  if it's in the local papershop I'll give it a try.

(I must admit, I have begun to tire of Empire in recent months:  which is more a measure of their articles being fairly samey and their dodgy advertising policies, rather than poor reviewing techniques.)

We got caught in a cross-posting previously by the way - I was replying to Art with my last post.

Now...V For Vendetta.  Just thought I should mention it.

Film & TV / Re: V for Vendetta Movie pics........
« on: 22 April, 2005, 10:37:53 PM »
I don't want to go on and on ... but i can't help myself:

You're right - often these grand "unmissable" movies are recognised (in the fulness of time) as mere blips on the hype-radar of moviedom.

Empire recognises this fact, and often the DVD review of a cinematic 5-starrer might only come out as a 3 or 4 star movie.  Sometimes this is due to the difference between big and small screen, but often it is because the cultural significance has been reduced or altered.

Film & TV / Re: V for Vendetta Movie pics........
« on: 22 April, 2005, 10:12:15 PM »
I didn't realise that operating a star rating system was a gutter-dredging technique:  I find it quite useful.  If a film gets one star, it's probably crap on several levels (acting, script, photography et al), if it gets 4 stars it's pretty much hit all the right buttons.

The special 5-star rating does not mean it's better than a 4-star film:  it means it's considered "unmissable".

ID4, Jurassic Park and Phantom Menace all got the "unmissable" 5-star rating because they were (apart from anything else) cultural events in themselves.

Jurassic Park:  the first time dinosaurs had looked anywhere near that real in a movie.

ID4:  uber-hyped, teaser-trailer perfection:  this was the first time a serious "alien invasion" movie on that scale had been attempted in years.

Phantom Menace:  I don't need to explain the cultural relevance of the first Star Wars movie in n years, do I?

I don't find Empire a perfect magazine:  their habit of disguising adverts as articles twists my melons, and the splash-ads on their web-site are eeeevil.  Plus, as I said, they do hype up blockbusters outside of their actual reviews (regardless of the quality of the material).

However, I have every faith in the accuracy of their reviews, having read every issue since 1991-ish.  I have tried other film magazines and have never found a clearer format with a better reviewing system.

There are too many examples to mention of hyped movies that receive poor or average reviews:  just go and look at the latest issue on the shelves - I'll bet you find an example.

- this post sponsored by the Empire Editor's mum

Film & TV / Re: V for Vendetta Movie pics........
« on: 22 April, 2005, 07:24:30 PM »
Well, that's one point of view, Byron.

Empire (IMO) gives consistently fair reviews to movies, regardless of hype, studio pressure, moolah per movie or genre.

Their reviews are always well written, they go to pains to avoid spoilers (most of the time, but let's face it, it's a minefield) and they never review a movie until they've seen the full release version.

On the other hand, they often present large articles on upcoming movies that do seem more hype-based.  But even if they present a 10-page article on the next big blockbuster, their review may still say "poor".

From what you posted previously, it appears that you have some personal gripe with them.

Film & TV / Re: V for Vendetta Movie pics........
« on: 22 April, 2005, 05:38:38 PM »
I think it's a workable grammatical device, but only with some kind of further formatting or punctuation:

Alan "Watchmen" Moore
Alan Watchmen Moore
Alan (Watchmen, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen) Moore
Alen Moore (author of "Watchmen" and "The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen")

- fate amenable to change

Off Topic / Re: A real Snack Attack: the great...
« on: 21 April, 2005, 09:02:32 PM »
This thread reminds me of an advert I saw in a Syndey shop window:

"Sandwich maker wanted:  15 years experience"

I thought 'well, that would be everyone then'.

Off Topic / Re: A real Snack Attack: the great...
« on: 19 April, 2005, 08:36:32 PM »
Fresh wholemeal bread (light and bouncy like my brain), tomatoes, marge, peanut butter, lettuce, cucumber, cheese, mayonnaise and salami.

Or da bagel mit die cream cheese und salmon.

Or an oyster & chicken sandwich, hold the bread and hold the chicken.

"You want me to hold the chicken?"

"I want you to hold it between your legs."

General / Re: only in comics
« on: 19 April, 2005, 06:15:29 PM »
I dunno Trout, there's this little pub/club in Stoke-On-Trent and...nevermind.

General / Re: only in comics
« on: 19 April, 2005, 05:40:19 PM »
I like all the voice-activated equipment - like whenever Dredd uses his boot knife he shouts "boot knife!" and Johnny Alpha used to shout "electronux!"

Like it's not obvious from the big knife or the massive arc of electricity surrounding the knuckle-dusters.

If Dredd accidentally shouted "hamster!" would one appear in his hand?

Of course, this is a comic-device that lets the reader know what kind of weapon is being used at any given moment.  "Heat-seeker!", for example, is pure exposition:  and whoever came up with "double whammy!" for the movie needs to be taken outside and whammied...twice.

General / Re: only in comics
« on: 19 April, 2005, 04:16:00 PM »
And there's the "ee-ouk" of Chrysophrasia / Quinch fame.

General / Re: only in comics
« on: 19 April, 2005, 01:20:19 PM »

Back in the day, when I used to be addicted to a chat room, and everyone said lol, after a few months I found myself saying lol instead of actually laughing.

As for aieeee, there's also aaaaaargh.  Have you ever tried reading a comic but only the sound effects?  Akira is good for that.  I'm sure only comics have explosions that go KA-RA-KTOOM-FWOOSH.

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