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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 07 August, 2022, 05:29:04 PM »
Hard pass on THE SANDMAN for me...an orgy of smug back patting.

Very much not my thing.

Shame you didn't enjoy it. I very much did; I don't watch spooky ghosty shows normally so this all seemed quite fresh to me. Quite looking forward to much more.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 26 July, 2022, 02:55:17 PM »
It was. Even if nobody else finds it funny, it amuses me no end that they have the same name.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 26 July, 2022, 02:34:33 PM »
Alex Jones is about to lose a whole lot of money.

Jones is an absolutely terrible presenter in an absolute dog turd of a show. But doubtless the BBC will keep paying her far too much for THE ONE SHOW for this to matter.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 25 July, 2022, 10:02:58 PM »
Oh and finished Seinfeld which was also great with a fabulous conclusion (even if the last couple of episodes weren't as funny as usual).

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 25 July, 2022, 10:01:05 PM »
THE BOYS season 3 was pretty damned good. Never spotted any filler. Finale had a less than impressive smack down (Homelander strangely underpowered) but that aside, satisfied and set things up for what could be a good fourth (and final?) season.

Announcements / Re: The 10,000 Disasters of Dort - coming May 2023
« on: 24 July, 2022, 11:50:06 AM »
Mike Dauntless. Fantastic name!

Announcements / Re: Alan A Grant RIP
« on: 24 July, 2022, 11:48:27 AM »
I find it amazing that if you read a girls or boys comic in the seventies (and nearly everybody did) that you were reading Grant, Wagner and Mills. But you didn't know it. A shame for all of those who don't know what a great contribution he made to their childhood.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 July, 2022, 11:43:37 PM »
Caps off the trilogy (and while I didn't want this to end, I also do hope they leave it here) in fine style with great performances, action, special effects, themes and feels.

This is blockbuster movie making at its finest. Plus classy nods to the originals.

Some bits aren't subtle; putting an ape slave labour force to work against the visual of a giant American Flag while the star spangles banner plays. But some stuff is brilliantly underplayed; when Caesar has (mostly) learnt his lesson he stops speaking as much and starts signing again.

Loved, loved, loved all three. And yes, they do get better.

Announcements / Re: Alan A Grant RIP
« on: 23 July, 2022, 04:38:13 PM »
Gutted by this. Like many of you I was lucky enough to have met Alan several times (especially at Moniaive) and can only each the condolences and thoughts above.

Two favourite bits:

I interviewed him once and was struck by how generous he was at name checking his co-creators.

Me: So what did you think of BATMAN BEGINS?
Alan: Pish!

He went into more detail but it still makes me chuckle.

Suggestions / Re: Zip Nolan's genes?
« on: 14 July, 2022, 10:41:53 PM »
Why isn't JUDGE ZIP NOLAN in the regened progs?

I really enjoyed the show. In early episodes I thought, "you don't need the comic to understand this". But by the end I thought, "if you don't know the comic, you won't have a clue what's going on".

Film & TV / Re: The Batman (POSSIBLE SPOILERS)
« on: 11 July, 2022, 03:56:16 PM »
Thought this was cracking. Especially the differences in the upbringings of Batman vs. Riddler vs. Catwoman. Some good detection and some good action stuff.

It didn't look too dark on the telly (but was still dark).

I've said before that I love the fact that Batman is a character that you can view this way. Or like Adam West. Or like Nolan's. Or like The Animated Series. Or like Burton. Or Schumacher. Or even Snyder. And all are equally valid.

It was just faithful to the imagery though. It got a lot of the tone wrong.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 July, 2022, 11:02:50 AM »
And they kind of get better and better.

Yeah its kinda hard to argue with that.

The equally awkwardly titled DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES last night and, yeah, it's another cracker. Tense and exciting from the start and barely let's up.

Sympathies still always with the apes, even as they attack the human compound you feel for them being misled rather than for the human defenders. Helm's Deep this is not.

I particularly like the way all of the characters act rationally given the information they have at any given time. Nobody does anything daft because the plot demands it.

Top notch performances all-round; again, Serkis and the other mo-cap players knock it out of the park. Great to see them in the main cast too not relegated to the special effects section of the credits.

In a film of flawless, utterly flawless special effects there are two bravura shots that stand out; a pov from the twirling turret of a careering armoured car that gives a 360 degree view of the battlefield and that final zoom in to extreme close up on Caesar. I wonder how much physical stuff they actually filmed for some bits.

Simple visual storytelling also abounds. Nobody says what happened to Will but there's a yellow plague cross painted on the house which also lets you know just how dark humanity's slide was. And the difference between how Caesar and Gary Oldman address their citizens is very telling.

My favourite things about it? The apes with their hunting paint on look scary as anything.  The subversive commentary on America's obsession with guns. Things go pretty well until the presence of a gun mucks it up whether it's Carver in the initial meeting, his hiding if a shotgun or, most importantly, Koba getting his hands on an assault rifle.

Oh and the very true and sad  "Human work. Human work. Human work" as Koba points to his ravaged body.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 05 July, 2022, 11:08:34 PM »
Those resignation letters are brutal!

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