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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 24 May, 2020, 12:34:35 PM »

Both Noam and Nim feature in the film of Manufacturing Consent.


Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 16 May, 2020, 05:24:41 PM »

It's obvious that IX was supposed to foreground Leia (and Joe's excerpts above support that) , which would have created a more convincing structure. What they managed to pull off in that respect underctrahic cirvumstances was astounding, and buys all concerned a lot of leeway from me.

What I find funny is the last week or so fans were (deservedly) gushing over Filoni's fitting end to The Clone Wars and the recent interview where he waxes lyrical about The Phantom Menace to a bunch of SW directors, but not a peep about these quotes from the art-book that's been out several months with bits and pieces of it copy/pasted into numerous articles – quotes that would 'hang' JJA, Johnson and Kennedy etc.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 16 May, 2020, 04:26:37 PM »
Nice stuff,  Joe. Where's the Kylo's Bedchamber 03 bit from?

Both are from this (the artbooks are great).

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 16 May, 2020, 04:00:19 PM »
I have my own fistful of Sequel critiques and how they were put together but I've no problem with the idea of them or the older characters being a bit tarnished – I expect that to happen and then to do something with it, but that wasn't entirely successful due to different executions/time pressure/death, whatever. Any emotional attachment I had or have for them as a kid, or adult, doesn't really come into it or even bother me as those are a separate bunch of stories that are unchanged.

I'm posting these snippets not as comment on any particular opinion but as context for the Hollywoodland thinking behind the films in the earlier stages and how they compare to execution and reaction.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 15 May, 2020, 10:38:11 PM »
As someone who already loathed VIII, all this stuff from Mr. Prime and Mr. Panther about gentler heroism and so forth helps further crystallise some of why I hated it. Cheers, lads! (I'm not having a go at either of you, honest - your assessment of the film's attitude and themes features some insightful analysis, but whereas you both warmed to the idea of the movie undermining what you refer to as the tropes of old, I did not.

Arguably Luke in ROTJ had already opted for the 'gentler heroism' route and TLJ just reiterated it.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 May, 2020, 10:15:28 AM »
Tron Legacy. Considerable improvement on the original, in terms of plot, performances, effects and designs.

I like it a lot. I even quite like the uncanny valley quality of CLU in the computer world — the creepy not-quite-rightness of it, intentional or not, actually works in the story’s favour. I’m sorry it didn’t do better at the box office, because I’d have happily seen more.

It did well enough that they did a TV series (which I've not seen so can't comment upon).

The cartoon was already in development and deals for cast and crew were in place at the time the film was released. It was promptly cancelled after its first season due to lack of viewers.


Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 01 May, 2020, 02:21:37 PM »
Interestingly enough, An Post - the equivalent of Royal Mail here in the Emerald Isle - have not, to the best of my knowledge at least, had Saturday deliveries for as long as I can remember, if ever. (Of course, I stand to be corrected on this, but I can only ever recall Monday to Friday postal deliveries in this country.)

There are weekend deliveries at Christmas time.

Books & Comics / Re: Favourite Asterix Book
« on: 26 April, 2020, 05:39:30 AM »
For me there’s more of a direct line from Asterix to 2000AD; both existing in the same zone of influence as the old Signet novel sized MAD digests with yellowed pages I was reading at the same time — even though they were from the 60s and 70s the humour and style hadn’t aged at all and were a mine of wider cultural references that stuck with me. All that was mixed-in with plenty of the usuals of IPC/DC Thompson humour comics.

Tintin I never took to as it just felt like the Blue Peter of comics, and I didn’t like Blue Peter, ever. I can of course appreciate it now though — Tintin I mean. I’ll never like Blue Peter.

Books & Comics / Re: Favourite Asterix Book
« on: 26 April, 2020, 12:38:54 AM »
Mansions of the Gods pour moi.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 25 April, 2020, 03:30:15 PM »
I’m not sure he has dementia. I don’t really recognise in him what happened to my gran, although I guess it affects people very differently. What I do see is someone who has some kind of personality disorder (likely narcissism) combined with huge privilege, and with the more typical issues that come with age (poor memory) and sheer arrogance (talking bullshit, like he has all his life, but now being under scrutiny for it).

Yes, I've seen what dementia is really like, and it's nothing like whatever Trump has.

I think we can safely say Trump has cognitive impairment, much like his friend, Joe Biden.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 25 April, 2020, 11:51:30 AM »
We’ve known he’s part of SAGE since the Sunday Times reported it several weeks ago.

Just in case anyone was uncertain what actual honest-to-God evil looks like, here's a snippet from today's Sunday Times by Tim Shipman, their political editor:

The final paragraph implies worse.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 April, 2020, 09:10:30 PM »
Revealed: leader of group peddling bleach as coronavirus 'cure' wrote to Trump this week

Mark Grenon wrote to Trump saying chlorine dioxide ‘can rid the body of Covid-19’ days before the president promoted disinfectant as treatment


General / Re: 'lost' Judge Dredd strip by John Wagner
« on: 24 April, 2020, 12:30:58 PM »
A touch of Jim Baikie.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 13 April, 2020, 09:56:01 PM »
How China’s “Bat Woman” Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus

Wuhan-based virologist Shi Zhengli has identified dozens of deadly SARS-like viruses in bat caves, and she warns there are more out there

The genomic sequence of the virus—now officially called SARS-CoV-2 because it is related to the SARS pathogen—was 96 percent identical to that of a coronavirus the researchers had identified in horseshoe bats in Yunnan, they reported in a paper published last month in Nature. “It’s crystal clear that bats, once again, are the natural reservoir,” says Daszak, who was not involved in the study.


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