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Film Discussion / Re: Expert film knowledge needed please
« on: 25 June, 2019, 08:53:59 pm »
You are very welcome. I confess I found the quote first time by searching for it in "" speech marks, which is I reckon the trick to these things.

Film Discussion / Re: Expert film knowledge needed please
« on: 25 June, 2019, 08:42:55 pm »
Leigh, not "Leighton". That was my phone inventing people.

Film Discussion / Re: Expert film knowledge needed please
« on: 25 June, 2019, 08:41:48 pm »
Career Girls by Mike Leighton,  1997.


General / Steve Moore in Fortean Times
« on: 24 June, 2019, 11:21:54 pm »
I was sure we had a thread somewhere about mentions of 2000AD in other publications and other media, but I can't find it. If it exists and a mod would like to merge this into there,  I'd be grateful.

Anyway, Steve Moore- known to us predominantly as writer of Tales of Telguuth and various one-offs in the prog, as well as many other seminal British strips going back (for me) as far as Warrior magazine, receives a two page article in the current Fortean Times. Written by his lifelong friend Bob Rickard, FT'S founding editor, it goes into some detail about his life and beliefs, his work and obsessions, as well as revealing what happened to his frankly astonishing library after his death, and the contents of said library.
Absolutely worth the £4.50 cover price alone, but when taken with the major feature on the resurgence of Folk Horror, it makes for a package that no squaxx of this parish will wish to miss.


Suggestions / Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« on: 24 June, 2019, 12:50:01 pm »
I've long thought it should go to Beano dimensions and paperstock, which feels both like it stands out more on the shelves (the prog and meg always look weirdly short and small in WHS) and should be cheaper to produce. Although it should be noted that I have no idea if it would be.

This kind of ties into my wish that US comics,  instead of being printed on shiny paper, would go back to something a bit cheaper for the monthlies,  so as to further reinforce the longterm collectability of the trade editions. Stick them back in normal shops, drop the monthly price, and allow more people to see them as affordable entertainment, with the trades/ hardbacks for we collectors.

But as I say, I know nothing about how this works. All I know is that 2000AD used to stand out on the shelves  (or at least hold its own) and now it does look a bit hidden. And don't get me started on putting The Meg in an opaque bag.


Suggestions / Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« on: 24 June, 2019, 12:15:05 pm »
That brings up a whole other issue about whether it is LONG OVERDUE that the prog has a complete redesign? How long has it looked like that,  been that size, had that paperstock, and had the same interior "branding" (Tharg, Nerve Centre, text print size, etc etc)?
But that may be for another thread? 

Prog / Re: Prog 2136 - Last Chance To Shine!
« on: 20 June, 2019, 12:33:49 pm »
Well if that wasn't a corker of a prog, I don't know what is. Every page was riveting, and that's even with reading it at close to 2am after the most stressful day I can remember in years. If I had to choose a favourite strip it'd be Scarlet Traces, simply because I haven't seen a comic strip that looked that beautiful- and dragged me from panel to panel so effectively for a long time. Oh my god those colours!
But everything was top notch. That last page of Dredd!  Thistlebone! Hazzer back with a kentic opener! A cover featuring an old man on a deckchair! Haha! Letters!
Perfect prog.
And next week... oh bugger it's another Anderson strip. Arse.
Still, four out of five will always be good in my book.

Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 19 June, 2019, 01:20:11 pm »
Not read mine yet, but I have a question for anyone buying this off the shelf.
Anyone else find this stocked very sparsely today? My town's WHS, which routine gets 10+ copies of the prog and meg, and usually stocks around the same number of the specials, only received 2 copies today. I bought them both- one for me, one for the boy, leaving none on the shelf on day of release before 1030am.
The other WHS, at the railway station, had none, despite also having stocked last year's and regularly having both prog and meg on its shelves.
Anyone else notice similar?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 June, 2019, 04:30:26 pm »
Tarzan and giant spiders seem to go together,  I feel. At least on screen. In the original ERB novels I'm not so sure, as I've only just started reading them. Maybe it's the cryptozoological stories of the J'ba Fo'fi, but deepest colonial Africa and giant arachnids seem a good fit. So much so I would be surprised if they weren't featured on a semi regular basis.

That said, extensive Googling has revealed only Desert Mystery. I would LOVE to see any more.

The Ron Ely tv show, which was the Tarzan of many people now between 35-45 (being slightly older, my Tarzan is Weissmuller) was surely too low budget, and low on special effects to have featured them? And in colour, which my memories aren't. But- we had a black and white tv until at least 1973, and I had one in my bedroom a lot later than that. And memories, eh? Who can trust them?


Film & TV / Re: On telly this week
« on: 15 June, 2019, 02:22:07 pm »
A heads up that TALKING PICTURES TV (SKY 328) is, next Saturday,  showing The Night Strangler, Woman Eater and The Trollenberg Terror. All in one day. A day that happens to be my birthday.
They are also showing 1970s kids ITV supernatural series Shadows, every weekday at 5pm.


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 June, 2019, 02:19:45 pm »
I have a great deal of affection Eight Legged Freaks- as it was a favourite of my kids when they were small. However, the decision to give the spiders squeaky voices sunk it for me. The short film that got them the gig to make it in the first place (included on the UK dvd) is far, far better.


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 June, 2019, 04:29:09 pm »
Ha, no, but that is excellent and now I need to see that. There is no movie ever made that would not be improved at least 50% by the inclusion of a giant spider.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 June, 2019, 03:25:22 pm »
Tarzan's Desert Mystery (1943)

Johnny Weissmuller stars as Tarzan, no Jane is present but she writes to him asking him to go get some "fever medicine" that is located in a mysterious jungle across a desert and at the end of the film.

When he gets to the end of the film,  and reaches the jungle, Tarzan finds giant lizards, lions, carnivorous plants and eventually a giant spider. And it that huge arachnid that concerns me.

This is THE Tarzan film of my childhood. And the giant spider was at least as memorable as any number of Dr Whos,  Hammer House of Horrors or episodes of Nationwide in which Frank Bough warned us all about werewolves.

However, it wasn't this spider.

Honestly, the sequence is great but it's nothing like I remember. Wrong spider,  wrong size,  Wrong web, wrong location, wrong person in the web,  wrong wrong wrong.

So- is this a case of memory cheating? And if so, how do you explain my mate having the same memory as me? Is there another Tarzan vs Giant Spider epic? Do we both remember a completely different film, not Tarzan at all? And if so,  how? Were Weissmuller Tarzans always shown in a certain slot during the mid seventies and then one week something different was shown, so confusing two ageing men prone to reminiscing about.such things?



Prog / Re: Prog 2135 - Beware the woods...
« on: 13 June, 2019, 09:16:08 am »
This week's prog felt like a whole new start, despite seeing the end of one strip and surely nearing the end of another. Such was the impact of Thistlebone, which told a straightforward story in a way that the prog arguably hasn't done for ages.
Print it in black and white, with John Stokes on the art duty, and that could have come from Scream or Eagle in the mid eighties. And I mean that in the best possible way.
I've blown hot and cold on Simon Davis over the years, loving his Sinister Dexter, not enjoying his Slaine at all, but here I'm firmly back onside. It's absolutely beautiful, dripping in atmosphere, full of clarity and character, and already I'm salivating over the possibility of a hardback "European style" collection (if we are still allowed European comics after Halloween).

In the rest of the prog, Scarlet Traces is again the stand out. After losing its way in the last series (which now seems vital to reread to follow the whole story, annoyingly/cleverly) this one has been so far Top Thrill for so many weeks, it seems odd to relegate it to #2. Dredd was okay, a meat and potatoes installment that broke no new ground nor did anything particularly obnoxious. Nice art as well.
And Kingmaker is another one of those surprising strips that I started off resenting but ended up finding myself reading every panel with glee. When it returns, in probably a few years time, no doubt I will dread it from the first "coming soon" mention, then find myself absorbed every week.

And next prog we have Harry back. Joy! Thistlebone, Harry and Scarlet Traces in the same package. I reckon The Mighty One is somehow reading my mind's idle musings when wandering about. Thanks, you creepy green mind reader.


Yes, it was the more recent Dredd I was talking about really. IDW did their classics run, but that was yet again the early stuff that anyone familiar with the strip would already have read multiple times.
Dredd is a popular strip with a strong reputation, but how many casual punters across the States must surely be under the impression it either stopped years ago or that the newer stuff is just inferior? Trade paperback editions of most US monthly titles already exist with no perceived effect on the floppies that they contain.
I get all the arguments against, but it just seems very strange that Rebellion's flagship character doesn't have a regular place in the monthly schedules of such a huge market, and that they are content instead to have the property represented by the IDW version. Although to be fair, I've not bought or read that one for a good few years now, so it may have improved greatly.

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