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Megazine / Re: Meg 411 - Primate Savagery
« Last post by broodblik on 21 August, 2019, 05:54:53 pm »
Another thing part of the floppie is a Mind Wars story from Starlord Annual 1981
General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« Last post by broodblik on 21 August, 2019, 05:45:37 pm »
Defoe looks great cannot wait.

The cover for the the Scream/Misty special:

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« Last post by Dark Jimbo on 21 August, 2019, 04:18:59 pm »
I love Defoe so hard. It's supplanted everything but Nemesis for me in terms of 'favourite Mills thrill'. Cracking worldbuilding, great characters, and even the dreaded politicking largely works, given the hero is a post-Civil War Leveller working for the Crown.

So, so glad that it's still a going concern after the changing-artist debacle looked like it might sink it completely.
Other Reviews / Re: The Vigilant Legacy.
« Last post by broodblik on 21 August, 2019, 03:55:52 pm »
I will buy a monthly Vigilant (but please keep Coleby on art duty).
Megazine / Re: Meg 411 - Primate Savagery
« Last post by broodblik on 21 August, 2019, 03:54:24 pm »
The meg is not in a bad space currently. All the stories I do enjoy.  Yes, some of them might not be the strong as others but still they all are readable. Yes, when Lawless was running the meg was on superior form. This is run we have a different beast.

Dredd is just excellent for me. I could never get into Lynch art, but I must say that I am a fan of his work now.

Anderson in the Meg I find to be more enjoyable/readable than the prog version. The story is helped by Goddard’s art (which I always find as very good).
Film & TV / Re: The Matrix: Re4matted
« Last post by sheridan on 21 August, 2019, 03:32:42 pm »
<completely unemotional monotone voice> "Oh no"

Is that your Keanu impression?
Other Reviews / Re: The Vigilant Legacy.
« Last post by IndigoPrime on 21 August, 2019, 03:29:19 pm »
I'm still being nagged to death by my youngest daughter over the Tammy, Jinty, Buster stuff though.  She is desperate for more of that lot.  It would be interesting to see how much that reflects general attitudes and what sales were like but I do hope Rebellion doesn't miss the boat on this.
I hope it’s selling well, but locally I’ve seen a LOT of copies on shelves. Reading WHSmith had at least a dozen. I hope that reflects a big order rather than them just sitting there (although they were faced appallingly). If Cor/Buster was a quarterly or monthly, I’d subscribe right away for mini-G. Tammy/Jinty… TBH, I’d probably subscribe for me. (The others could benefit from being released more often, but I’m not too fussed about the horror stuff being solely a Hallowe’en thing – just that it doesn’t have a load of “to be continued”. Put those strips in the Prog or Meg! And The Vigilant – I’m happy enough reading it, but it’s not yet grabbed me to the point I’d definitely buy a monthly.)
Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« Last post by Hawkmumbler on 21 August, 2019, 03:20:17 pm »
[Wednesday, 9:30AM, WHSmiths up the back arse of god knows where]

[Asset from here on known as the Burdis Bomb deployed at 9:45AM]

[9:50AM, Asset successfully decimates all competition, not a single copy of Photographers Monthly remains to be seen]
Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Keef Monkey on 21 August, 2019, 02:52:48 pm »
Hobbs and Shaw is daft fun but I had a laugh when the girl I work with who watched it said she didn't like it as it was too unbelievable compared to the Fast and Furious movies she absolutely loves!!!  Too unbelievable 😂😂😂😂 compared to Fasat and Furious!!!!

Cu Radbacker

As mad as it might sound I do actually get what she means! I described it to a friend as being more cartoonish than the main F&F films, those are over the top ridiculous fun but they have quite an odd tone that's somewhere between totally self-serious melodrama and knowingly ridiculous machismo superhero fantasy. I don't know if 'grounded' is the right word, but there's definitely something there in those films that Hobbs & Shaw feels like it's cut loose from to go full fantasy superhero movie.

I don't think I'd see it as a reason to dislike it mind you, I thought it was a lot of fun. Or at least, I think it would have been if my screening wasn't absolutely rammed with people talking through the whole thing when they weren't using their phones. Seriously, I had a day off and some films to catch up on so booked 3 films and went home after film number two because I'd had enough of the cinema experience. Went home and watched a blu-ray instead and had a much better time. I'd forgotten they'd shot so much of H&S in Glasgow, I used to walk past all the trashed vehicles in the morning going to work, so it was fun to see that chase through streets I know and being able to see how that bus actually got the big hole in it (I took a photo of that at the time)!

Other film I managed was Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood which I had a weird love/confused reaction to. I always love a Tarantino film and in many ways I thought this was him at his very best, in fact the writing I thought showed a different side to him - much less showboaty monologue-style chunks of dialogue with one eye on quoteability. I (mostly) love that stuff in his other films but while in other Tarantino films every character seems to speak with the same voice (Tarantino's) in this the conversations felt natural in a way I don't think he manages very often. The dialogue was still hugely engrossing, and the great characters and fantastic performances definitely helped, but there was a level of maturity and restraint in the writing which I don't think I'd normally expect from him.

Where it was less successful for me was in actual plot. I went in not really knowing what the film was about, and while I really, really loved all the character stuff whenever the Manson storyline popped up it felt like a diversion or a side story, and I didn't enjoy it as much as the surrounding stuff I kind of saw all those scenes as being a bit of a distraction from what I really wanted to see more of, which was Dicaprio and Pitt tooling about on movie sets and trying to get by. So when in the end that distracting side story turned out to be what it was all building to I was a bit thrown. It seems a bit like Tarantino maybe had that idea and then worked backwards, crafting everything else to get things to that finale, but all the other stuff he crafted was so much richer and more engaging than that (I'm assuming) initial idea.

Also the switch to ultraviolence felt jarring, it was like the movie just flipped into something totally different for 10mins. I love a bit of slapstick gore (I really enjoyed how much Hateful Eight brought to mind Evil Dead and The Thing) but I found the smashing of the girl's head into things too prolonged and mean-spirited to be fun. I did however laugh heartily when the flamethrower came out.

Overall I really liked it and will watch it again and maybe the things I didn't like will work better once I know what I'm getting into, but on a first watch I'm definitely a little disappointed that it takes that swerve into wacky, because the characters and the world they were in was strong enough that it didn't need it at all.

And the blu-ray I watched was Starman, which I don't think gets talked about much as far as Carpenter films go but I have a real love for. It's really different to the rest of his movies so it's understandable it doesn't get mentioned in the same breath as Halloween/The Thing etc. but it was a repeat rental for me on VHS as a kid and going back to it after many years felt very warm and fuzzy. Some of the effects are very poor but others still look great, and both leads are brilliant in it (and there can't be many more beautiful shots in cinema than that final shot of Karen Allen looking absolutely incredible), plus Carpenter's direction is as great as ever and shows he has way more than action and horror up his sleeve.
Other Reviews / Re: The Vigilant Legacy.
« Last post by Proudhuff on 21 August, 2019, 02:48:25 pm »
No sign of this in Edinbra FP, will have to hit TMO's shop....
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