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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 14 September, 2019, 04:55:03 pm »

Disney all ready announced new SW films for December 16, 2022; December 20, 2024; and December 18, 2026.


Blimey, I had no idea of future films. That's interesting news. I think there were stories about the Knights of the Old Republic possibly becoming a series of films. Revenge of the Prequels!   

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 14 September, 2019, 11:17:52 am »
There are reports online that the Production team shot up to six different endings. I guess you could say having a selection of alternative finishes is a good idea, but perhaps it shows a lack of faith in the material. I hope that isn't the case, and I don't know for the moment about any reshoots as such. You'd think they'd start with a pretty strong narrative, to begin with, that pointed toward a particular conclusion. Disney has made it clear that after this Film Star Wars movies are going on a hiatus. It might be that this Movie is the last film in the Star Was saga ever made if the Disney Plus TV series do well.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 September, 2019, 11:03:37 am »
Chaos being normalised. Johnson doing Chinese-style state broadcast instead of attending prior commitment at a democratic investigation. Parliament literally shut down on a whim (and there’s nothing in law to stop this being done for, say, the entire parliamentary term, because our constitution only works if those in charge play fair). Gearing up for a general election where a worst-case Brexit will be forced through by a majority government backed by a third of the electorate.

This is all going swimmingly. Isn't it?

Yes, it's horrifying. Bo-Jo acts like his ogreish pal Trump, a President with questionable legitimacy. More division, less cohesion, almost invites disaster. Maybe that's the scheme with chaos and social breakdown on the streets people tend to look for a 'strongman' to save them. We all know that would favour conservative forces and their Law and Order spin. The chilling times we live in.

Off Topic / Re: Friday chat - what's happening with you?
« on: 02 September, 2019, 08:53:32 am »
If that had happened to me JBC, I'd be on the Whisky for sure. Stay safe, and I admire your good reactions under pressure.[Er, no pun intended] I'd have blubbed and phoned the Fire Brigade.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 28 August, 2019, 09:04:21 pm »
By eliminating Parliament, Bo-Jo's fuckwit Brigade gets their way by default. The Tory majority is too thin, and Jonson doesn't want to wait till October hence the barnstorming. They'll be blood on the streets sooner or later over this. >:D

Off Topic / Re: yoincks! followed closely by bah!
« on: 21 August, 2019, 02:25:03 pm »
Blimey, stay well JBC.  :o

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 August, 2019, 02:47:56 pm »
It's rather grim the reported attack on the reporter Owen Jones. Some repulsive people are coming to the fore. Proudhuff might be right that we're ' Still at the stage of clubs and fists.'  A memorable song The English Civil War by the Clash and horribly prescient. Well, will Bo-Jo get his way, and throw us out of Europe since starving for Blue Passports is character building? I think the grim scheme, as far as my amateurish thinking goes, is to have Brexit then the Tories will call an immediate general election. There hoping grateful Northern voters, many of whom voted to leave the EU, will either vote for them or abstain. All this before the harsh realities of Brexit begin to kick in, of course. It's chilling in its logic and might prove 'A Bridge too Far' for Remain inclined Parties to match.

« on: 18 August, 2019, 08:08:00 pm »

Film & TV / Re: RoboCop Returns
« on: 16 August, 2019, 11:19:39 am »
It looks like Neil Blomkamp is off the Robocop project. Mr H thinks it's over.


General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 14 August, 2019, 09:21:58 am »
The recent Predators film was not very good. You could argue the first Predator film was the only movie in the franchise worth revisiting. Beyond that, it was diminishing returns for that series. Nostalgia is a bit of a trap; we yearn for the feelings those golden oldies gave us. But we forget that it's highly unlikely any writer or Director can recapture such lightning in a bottle. Think of all the characters 2000AD created and ask yourself how many of them live on from their original conception. Not too many, because like films they tend to belong in another time and place.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 13 August, 2019, 03:11:21 pm »
Could this allegation be the real reasoning behind Disney's attempt at repackaging Star Wars? Disney didn't want to share any profits with Star Wars original creator George Lucas. By creating new characters, owned entirely by Disney to replace the originals ones they cut out any payment to him. Does seem a bit too conspiratorial to my eye but for profits, we all know Capitalism would sell its soul. Your soul, also. Well, follow the money as Deep Throat said.


Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 13 August, 2019, 09:38:11 am »
That's pretty wild. Some cosmologists suggest there might be dark matter hangovers from previous universes but I have no idea about that. "Curiouser and curiouser!" Cried  Alice.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 August, 2019, 09:13:06 am »
Kelly's Heroes was on yesterday with its strange hippy beat while blasting Nazis and stealing gold. Very materialistic for the supposed sixties counter culture. The Bridge at Remagen with George Segal and Ben Gazzara is another of those perennial war movies. Some good action scenes and stunt work in both.

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 11 August, 2019, 11:14:13 am »
There are reports that Deadpool might be repackaged to appeal to the PG13 market. Disney wants family-friendly fare rather than Adult material to sell to the masses. Rebellion is not Disney, but you could see the possible insistence amongst some investors to 'lighten' the tone of Judge Dredd. Tough call, money if you make your product more appealing. However, Garth Ennis's 'The Boys,' now considered a success must prove there's a market for more Adult orientated material. Megacity One strikes me as an almost perfect reflection of current-day America, where Security fears dominate all thinking. That might prove to be both any programmes appeal and its problem. The 'good guys' wear black, shoot to kill and defend a society where an elite have banned Democratic accountability. That might prove disagreeable in the long run, but maybe like GoT they can show that most stories have more than one side to them. The extremism of the Judges came about by Democracy's failure, and like any system, the Justice Department is subject to change and reform.   

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 06 August, 2019, 07:21:42 pm »


Yes! Paranoia is in retreat, thanks to this. Don't worry; it will return as it always does. I wonder if the scripts reached the' Second Cherry Revisions' stage yet. 

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