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Film & TV / Re: Y the Last Man on Disney+
« on: 15 September, 2021, 09:56:58 PM »
Just been to the UK premier of Disney+'s new show Y the Last Man based on  Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra 2002-08 Vertigo comic of the same name set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mysterious cataclysmic event simultaneously killed every mammal with a Y chromosome but for one man, Yorick Brown

The first 3 episodes will be released of 22nd September with the other episodes being released every  Wednesday.

Not much happens in the first episode as it is just setting up the world and the characters just before the men all die, but it is well acted feels like it is going to be a good series

One man and his monkey, surely?

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Other Reviews / Re: Thirteenth Floor Vol. 3
« on: 14 September, 2021, 11:57:18 AM »
I've got this and Stainless Steel Rat, but they're Christmas presents for one of my kids. Honest.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 September, 2021, 07:25:23 PM »
I watched Infinity War and Endgame back-to-back and it's not clear why the second one would be regarded as so woeful compared to the first.

I mean, I think its awful in MANY capacities beyond its comparisons to Infinity War (a thoroughly mediocre is enjoyable experience) due to just how thuddingly, blindingly, dreary and tiresome it is as a piece of "art"* unto itself.

*I use this term with the loosest of meanings when it comes to the house of mouse.

I know i often use things like "More like AVENGERS: SHITGAME" as shorthand myself but these are pretty broad brush strokes. Any chance of an example of "dreary" or "tiresome"?

I mean I certainly think some of the set pieces could be trimmed for time especially if there are beats in there for characters I'm not particularly engaged with but "dreary" and "tiresome" I just don't get. Genuinely curious.

I can see what he means. There is an element of spectacle for spectacle's sake, and at the cost of the plot being driven forward.

BUT these are comic book adaptions. The action is therefore intrinsic to them, and I don't feel they should be criticised for it any more than you could criticise a western for having shots of a cowboy on a horse. You know what you are getting into when you sit down to watch one.

I may not be articulating that properly. It's kinda like saying a steak is too beefy. It is what it is. Don't chow down and expect something else, and definitely don't if you are a vegetarian.

I do feel, as I have said, that these movies are guilty pleasures and like a fish supper - tasty but with instant regret and a sickly feeling.

For me, I admire the technical skill in showing a photo-realistic representation of what comics and my imagination have thrown up for decades. But I also have a slightly guilty feeling that the Marvel movies cost so much, and say so little.

So, yes, I can see how they may be tiresome and dreary. They are noise and fury with nothing to say, and that can be wearing. Like watching fireworks for six hours. It's fun at the start, but soon the booms, bangs and fancy lights are... dull.

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That image of Dredd by Mick McMahon, is it from a Judge Dredd musical? Looks like he's dancing. Quite poor pose.

MK1 LAWGIVER

Anderson, too

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 01 September, 2021, 08:07:19 AM »
I don't think that could be considered a spoiler seeing as how he has the same name and it's the same actress playing his mother.

I've not even seen the film, so sorry if it's a spoiler. I've just seen the BBC review saying, "this is a sequel to the original, ignoring the other sequels, with Actor X playing the child from the first film". The BBC review said it was pretty damn good.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 31 August, 2021, 05:43:54 PM »

I'll enjoy watching the remake hopefully but I reckon I'll leave OG Candyman for another 10-20 years.


The 2021 film is a sequel to the original, y'know. The main character is the baby from the original.

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Events / Re: Best of 2000AD #1 signing
« on: 24 August, 2021, 11:10:03 PM »
without the Hachette gouging.
Why do you say ‘gouging’?

I feel it's a never-ending saga and my fear of incompletion means I'd be compelled to buy them all, even the duff ones that these kind of things use to pad out the collection. Whereas, for reasons that I know are really baseless, a comic just feels better.

In typing that, I realise my feeling is baseless, but it also how I feel. It's like the Hachette collections are like those £30 a month model sets that seem to never end

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Events / Re: Best of 2000AD #1 signing
« on: 20 August, 2021, 10:43:18 PM »
Always a sad jolt to see a Bolt post.

I'm not sure whether to say that or not. Or if it's disrespectful to then move on to a comment. Sorry if I upset anyone. I am really unsure of the etiquette.

Anyway, I would like to buy this. Even though I have a full collection, I am too lazy and would like curated gems without the Hachette gouging.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 20 August, 2021, 01:03:12 PM »

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General / Re: 2000AD ...in 1988!
« on: 19 August, 2021, 03:06:46 PM »
My Grud, was that really 33 years ago?  Also, I had to do a double-take when I saw John Higgins' Rogue cover. 
 Jesus, put it back in your pants, Rogue... oh, wait.

I've never noticed that before, but once seen it can't be unseen.

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Megazine / Re: Meg 435 - Waugh In Hell
« on: 17 August, 2021, 10:15:39 PM »
Oops. The bold bit was meant to be a spoiler

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Megazine / Meg 435 - Waugh In Hell
« on: 17 August, 2021, 10:07:33 PM »
Got my Meg, and there's no thread!

All a bit bland for me, but Angelic is fun and Waugh redeems it. Which, when you read it, is ironic... as hell.

So, what do we have:

DREDD

This feels a bit like one of those stories where there's a threat of retaliation from another city and then it fades away. I hope not, but I honestly don't know if it's over or not. That can't be a good thing. And there's a fight which could have been a bit more Stan-Lee but is very perfunctory. Jury is out on this. Which can't be good, when the same jury is judge and executioner. Art feels a bit rushed too, especially the last two pages.


DIAMOND DOGS

I feel this is too low key to grab my attention. It's a nice tale of Brit Cit's underbelly, and it's Dredd-world. But it's neither a high-octane thriller nor a character piece and suffers a bit for it.


ANGELIC

This is fun. Nice judge at the end; not sure if this is alternate world or origin story, but I likes it.


THE RETURNERS

I can't wait for this to end. It's confusing, random and seems to go nowhere. I can't tell the characters apart, the fact they were dead seems irrelevant, and for folks who have been through so much they are just too trusting. Haven't they seen any horror film ever?

DEVLIN WAUGH

This is the most fun thing in the Meg in ages. No spoilers, but the change in demeanour makes me think there is a Plan and I am enjoying it being unspooled. I look forward to seeing Devlin in hell - the mind boggles, dear boy!

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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 16 August, 2021, 09:19:27 PM »

 The times where scientists determined that we live in repeating cold and warm circles has ended.


No one "determined" that. It wasn't a decision, but what happened. Until we screwed the temperature of the planet.

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Film & TV / I have no time and I must stream: Boxset Binge Briefings
« on: 10 August, 2021, 10:48:15 PM »
Couldn't decide on a title, so went with two.

There's just too much choice on telly now. I thought we might apply the Hive Mind to decide what we should be watching. Goodness knows, Mrs X and I can't do it alone.

We've just finished Snowpiercer on Netflix. It's good. It's Sean Bean and Jennifer Connolly, crossed with 1984 and Animal Farm, but on a train.

Thinking about The Glitch. Anyone seen it?

And currently, by virtue of me getting a new work phone that gives a year of Apple, thoroughly enjoying Ted Lasso on Apple. It sounds duff fish out of water stuff - American college football coach manages a Premiership football team - but is oddly fun and a strange mix of the wholesome and the terribly sweary. We've watched 10 episodes in two days.

What's making your eyes square?

EDIT: I have forgotten entirely about the Boxset thread. Just ignore this!

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General / Re: Welcome
« on: 10 August, 2021, 11:53:10 AM »
What about Thread Zero, though?

https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=27.msg185#msg185

Scojo's moved on from Dredd and Bond, now. His new thing is Brexit! *


* Vote Leave, since you ask

Thread Zero was something else. A quirk of web-code (or was it more sinister?), it was a thread on the board that you could only see sometimes and sometimes only you saw it, that stole posts from other, more innocent, threads before disappearing again, to lurk until it became hungry once more.

None of that is a lie. Hopefully some old timers back me up... although we tend not to talk about it, the same way we don't say Candyman three times to a mirror.

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