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Helltrekkers.

Whither Crustacea?

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 April, 2022, 09:41:34 AM »
SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME
I enjoyed that a lot more than I thought I would. The action scenes go on slightly too long (especially the Statue of Liberty sequence but, to be fair, they had a lot to resolve) and the quiet moments are the best. Willem Defoe and Alfred Molina are obviously having a blast.

I hope Tom Holland isn't type cast in a straight to DVD ghetto after his stint at Marvel. I'd love for him to have a long Kurt Russell style career.

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Film & TV / Re: Dr Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
« on: 21 April, 2022, 11:54:24 AM »
And John Bishop is terrible.

Reminds of how bad Jerry Seinfeld is (in his own show) when compared to the other actors around him. You can see them editing around his poor acting... Barely holding shots on him for a microsecond longer than they have to. To be fair, there is a meta commentary on this in the episode where Jerry and George get their pilot show.

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Film & TV / Re: Dr Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
« on: 20 April, 2022, 11:17:11 PM »

They cant navigate by instruments, so have to use the stars, but the stars then just start swimming about randomly for no plot reason (I think this might ahve been a Flux lot point rewritten when this was bumped from the Flux series?  Even that doesnt make sense as the Flux event occurred in the 21st C and wouldnt have affected the past)

This but they explained. It was poorly and quickly explained and the reason was shit. But it was explained. Not the Flux but it was whatever geomagnetic thing the baddie was doing. Some non science babble about changing the directions of the poles hence it looked like the constellations were moving.

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Film & TV / Re: Dr Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
« on: 20 April, 2022, 11:09:46 PM »
She did say "one of the greatest" I think. But still not remotely true.

That was just inept and embarrassing. How do you mess up Sea Devils vs. Pirates?

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Film & TV / Re: Dr Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
« on: 20 April, 2022, 04:56:33 PM »
This sounds brilliantly bad... I almost can't wait to see it.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 April, 2022, 06:15:33 PM »
... but Pierce Brosnan's Die Another Day and Roger Moore's A View To A Kill was far worse as final Bond films go.

Connery had the pretty sucky DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (if only he'd bowed out on YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE). Lazenby gets a good last with OHMSS (which is also a good first) and Dalton has a pretty good last film in LICENSE TO KILL (despite it being a bit US bound like Diamonds).

The villain was deffo the weak bit in NO TIME TO DIE for me.

Diamonds are Forever is a great Bond movie!!!

DIAMONDS the first Bond movie I saw at the cinema but despite that nostalgic pull, I find it almost unwatchable and turgid and tired now. The next one I saw was THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. Which just gets better every time I watch it.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 April, 2022, 12:04:51 PM »
... but Pierce Brosnan's Die Another Day and Roger Moore's A View To A Kill was far worse as final Bond films go.

Connery had the pretty sucky DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (if only he'd bowed out on YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE). Lazenby gets a good last with OHMSS (which is also a good first) and Dalton has a pretty good last film in LICENSE TO KILL (despite it being a bit US bound like Diamonds).

The villain was deffo the weak bit in NO TIME TO DIE for me.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 April, 2022, 12:15:40 PM »
There's a great tradition in "few stood against many" stories whatever the medium and especially in movies. Is there a better example than ZULU? (And actually of war movies in general). I doubt it but I keep looking.

PANFILOV'S 28 MEN is a Russian film available in an attrociously dubbed version  on YouTube (some of the gore may have been cut) and is sort of ok. As ever when everyone has military regulation haircuts, is in uniform and often covered in shit, it's hard to tell who is who (yet Zulu manages it). Military buffs will love to see the prominence of the anti-tank rifles and  the obvious dangers of letting your tanks get too far ahead of your infantry. But everybody and I mean everybody takes several hits but still manages a heroic last throw of a grenade. But the kicker is that a quick Google it's all absolute bollocks - a made up myth of the Soviet propoganda machine.

Rooted slightly more in fact is THE OUTPOST about a battle at a ridiculously isolated American outpost in Afghanistan as they try undermine the Taliban. The cast aren't quite as identikit (at least half a dozen can be recognised from scene to scene) and the action is brilliantly staged with low , long tracking shots following the soldiers as everything blows to shit around them... Very immersive but without the one take artifice that people (not me) found off-putting about 1917. I'm not a soldier and have never been anywhere near the military in my life but the pre-battle interactions have a feel of truth about them. In fact even during the fight there's realism as soldiers sit in armoured cars for cover rather than risk going out to fight/ save people. Deaths are simple and quick... No last gasp heroics.

There were a couple of Medal Of Honour dished out and the film does a good job of showing why the were deserved. But reading the unit citations you wonder why some seemed to get medals for the aforementioned sitting in an armoured car until air support arrived.

I'll not pretend it does a good job of representing the politics of Afghanistan but as an entry into the "lions led by donkeys" subgenre of war movies, it does ok. Some of the lions are sheep too and nobody quips as they kill. All underlined with a simple shot of one of the Medal Of Honour recipients waking from rest in a room full of bodybags.

Can you tell that Mrs Tips is away and I have full control of the evening's viewing?

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 April, 2022, 11:56:00 AM »
The Liam Neeson/Harry Melling segment is pure horror.

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Film & TV / Re: Kids in the Hall - coming back via Amazon Prime
« on: 14 April, 2022, 07:46:41 PM »
Hurrah. I still giggle when I remember the bloke saying to his wife  "I wish you'd pay a bit more attention to my nipples".

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Prog / Re: Prog 2275 - Dive, Dive, Dive!
« on: 10 April, 2022, 11:20:50 AM »
Just adding to the Dan on Dredd love here... Outstanding stuff. Not that there's a bad piece of art or design or storytelling in the whole prog.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 April, 2022, 11:17:02 AM »
SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER
More Harryhausen goodness with a trio of creepy troll creatures, an amazingly expressive baboon, giant walrus, troglodyte, sabertooth tiger and a bronze minotaur - who is utterly wasted. 

A completely whitewashed cast (a wooden Patrick Wayne and a young Jane Seymour, Patrick Troughton's gullible genius), pathetic villains (they are outnumbered and outgunned without Minoton) can't derail it though.

Genuinely can't understand how a writer and director set up a villain like Minoton and not have him as part of the climax. Possibly would make it too similar to the end of Golden Voyage?

I particularly like the "Now we have the hard journey home!/ Cut to Coronation Room" ending.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2276 - House of the Unholy
« on: 10 April, 2022, 11:02:44 AM »
Well isn't this just fantastic. What a line up in script and art. Some of the last run were not my cup of tea but this prog is just what I want. And more! A centre spread full of zoom in gags!

Imagine if Dredd had been the last strip, and you were in my shoes having enjoyed every thrill, then got that reveal on the last page!

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555 because that's the one that immediately jumped into my mind.

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