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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by JOE SOAP on 23 September, 2018, 08:08:18 pm »
but there is probably an important conversation to be had about the spreading influence of China's corrupt and toxic brand of authoritarian corporatism to other markets, particularly given the oppressive restrictions on foreign investment that allows the Chinese state to appropriate intellectual property (including technology patents) from the West.

As long as we can sell them our wares no one cares.

Movie Star Fan Bingbing's Disappearance Raises Questions About the Chinese Justice System

The mystery highlights the opacity of Chinese justice. The use of so-called black jails has been ramped up across China since President Xi Jinping came into power in 2013. In August, a U.N. human rights panel said it had received credible reports that 1 million members of the mostly Muslim ethnic Uighur minority are being held in secret camps for “re-education.”
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Prog / Re: Prog 2100 - Anderson's Darkest Hour
« Last post by Magnetica on 23 September, 2018, 07:19:45 pm »
What a fantastic Prog - the best in a long time. It felt like a year end Prog and we still have that to come.

I am not sure why, but the cover really works - it seems way better than the preview last week.  Dredd's gun really stands our against the 2000AD logos.

The Dredd tale is a really strong opener. I generally don't like features in my Prog, but this one was great. I dug out Progs 2004 to 2006 and re-read "Act of Grud" after reading it and then re-read Dredd. It really adds to it and I would recommend everyone to do the same, if they have them handy. Really looking forward to the rest of this one.

Brink as ever is just awesome. Top, top stuff.

I am not sure why but I feel much more engaged with whathisname in Skip Tracer already. Colin MacNeil's art seems very similar to Paul Marshall's on this strip. Not sure if that is him deliberately trying to make it look like that or not. I guess Dylan Teague's colours also contribute to this, as he seems to be using a particular palette for Skip Tracer. I would though rather have Paul Marshall on this...only so we can have Mr MacNeil back on Dredd, where he belongs.

Anderson starts strongly, but has a bit of a weak ending in my opinion. Jake Lynch is also one of the most improved artists over the last couple of years, with a some really strong stuff. But for me, this isn't quite up to that lofty standard. Some of the anatomy just doesn't look quite right.

Sinster Dexter similarly starts strongly and ends weakly. But looking forward to its return in Prog 2109.

Fiends to the Eastern Front is very enjoyable, even if it threatens to go over old ground storywise. Hopefully that won't be the case. The art is very different to what we have had on this series before, but I was totally in to it by page 2.

Kingdom is a story I have been threatening to do a complete re-read on for a while. I read the first two TPBs in the spring but did not complete the rest as it would require putting my back Progs in order. I think this new series is just the motivation I need to do just that.
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Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« Last post by Leigh S on 23 September, 2018, 07:05:56 pm »
I'm wary of Chibnall (and basically anyone else within 100m of the Torchwood production office when they signed off "Cyberwoman"), but I stand to be pleasantly surprised.

The only problem I have wwith that trailer is the Moffatty "I'm the Doctor and I fix things/always help" odd self description - does any one do this in real life? Still, they are the sort of lines that get taken out of context for trailer and sound odder than they do in their proper place, so we shall see!
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Professor Bear on 23 September, 2018, 07:01:24 pm »
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Professor Bear on 23 September, 2018, 06:01:36 pm »
I know I should be concerned that my defence seems to be "everything he posts is stupid", but I've worked for it.
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Frank on 23 September, 2018, 05:44:54 pm »
If it really is tongue in cheek, then some context is required that would indicate that.  Some small clue




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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Professor Bear on 23 September, 2018, 05:37:57 pm »
You just want me to stop making jokes about the famine.

The phenomenon of financial interference in Western cinema by Chinese backers was first brought to the public's attention by that notoriously anti-Chinese group (checks notes) the Chinese, after some particularly glaring localisation work on one of the Iron Mans featured polorising Weibo mainstay, Bingbing Fan, and the continuing and baffling cinematic omnipresence of Jing Tian, but there is probably an important conversation to be had about the spreading influence of China's corrupt and toxic brand of authoritarian corporatism to other markets, particularly given the oppressive restrictions on foreign investment that allows the Chinese state to appropriate intellectual property (including technology patents) from the West.
On balance I decided to go with mocking how most Chinese co-financed films made for English-speaking audiences haven't been very good - because they haven't - and pretending I don't watch every film Jason Statham makes - which I don't.
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Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Last post by TordelBack on 23 September, 2018, 05:35:48 pm »
Sexy is one thing. Exploitative pseudo-porn bollocks (Red) or 'glamour' model Page-3 poses (Halo) is another. Not least in an industry that still has massive problems with representation, and from a publication that has historically been very male.

Please pretend I also said all those words in that exact order.
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by TordelBack on 23 September, 2018, 05:31:54 pm »
We wouldn't want him any other way.

I dunno, I've always felt we should rastafy him by 10%-or-so.
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Funt Solo on 23 September, 2018, 05:07:59 pm »
Wait, then.  So you're saying that Professor Bear actually really loves the movie The Meg, thinks that Bingbing Li is a great actress, the amount of bloodshed in the movie was perfect and that he loves the level of financial investment in movies provided by Chinese nationals?  In other words, I need to reverse everything he says because he's playing a permanent game of Opposite Land?

Sorry: I'm not that smart.
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