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Film & TV / Re: The Mandalorian
« on: 10 June, 2021, 01:13:02 PM »
I think I’ve only seen one (maybe two) bounty Hunter rodians including Greedo*, but you make good points. (Although I’m pretty much enjoying all the Filoni and co stuff. I like some of the nostalgic stuff but I do hope they don’t get stuck there also.)

Amusingly, it didn’t click straight away that the episode with jawas and sandcrawler were actually on a desert planet that wasn’t tatooine. In their case it doesn’t really bother me that they all appear to be scavengers as it makes senses in their desert clan based society. Same with a lot of  hutts being crime lords, in a mafioso crime family sense, although it would be nice to see at least one individual in a different role.

While not a fully intelligent being, seeing a rancor in an endearing light was welcome in the recent Bad Batch series. If it turns out to be that rancor from RotJ, though, I’d feel rather sorry for it. Never thought I’d say that about the rancor! Other canon material suggests it’s another individual, but as that material is in books, it wouldn’t be the first time that stuff is overwritten.

I would like to see more different types of alien in future series. You do tend to see the same species reoccur - not a bad thing in itself, as it’s not just the humans who are interstellar travellers - but new creatures to continue that sense of Star Wars alien wonder would be great. Frog lady from The Mandalorian and that huge weird creature who runs much of the crime on Correllia in Solo are steps in the right direction, but a lot more different things as background characters would be great.

* Is it bad that the possible pun in his name only just occurred to me?

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 May, 2021, 03:10:21 AM »
Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure. Watched this for the first time since the first time, when I was too sophis...sofistic... old to do any more than cringe.  And... I actually enjoyed it.

It does a hell of a lot with what was obviously a budget consisting of a fiver and a family bag of crisps, and while its retelling of The Hobbit with furry onesies is distinctly dumbed-down, it's also quite surprisingly pretty, and dare I say it, engaging. The hunting-beast stop motion (and prop) is quite scary, the Gorax is a neat bit of bluescreen, and there are some stunning matt paintings. The Towani kids aren't nearly as irritating as I remembered (their parents are morons,though), and the only real letdowns are the profusion of terrestrial animals (stick a horn or some googly eyes on those ponies fercrissakes) and the painful lack of movement in many of the Ewok masks: even this is made up for by some solid physical acting. 

It was particularly cool to see Logray strut his stuff,  although I do wonder why the Ewoks were so wowed by specifically the levitating of their Golden God Threepio (this is a Prequel to RotJ) when this is a power their own mystics have.

Anyhow, it's been added to my personal canon with no regrets. Can you believe that there's never been any official SW figures of any of the new characters? I'd pay good money for Chucka-Trok on his pony.

Should I risk Battle for Endor, a film I do not think I've ever seen?

I watched them both for the first time recently and I think I actually preferred the sequel. Warning: Something happens at the start that reminds me of Alien 3.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 03 May, 2021, 11:20:26 PM »
Thunder Force

++BEFORE WATCHING++

Two overweight women in superhero costumes suggests that this will be one of those scream-a-lot US comedies that's probably not very funny. Like an 80s sitcom, there'll be a moral message strapped in somewhere, accompanied by some hugging. There will be a scene, played for laughs, focused on how difficult it is to get into the tight costumes. Because Melissa McCarthy's in it, there'll also be some gross-out humour.

++AFTER WATCHING++

They didn't do a scene about the difficulty of getting into the costumes - instead it was about how difficult it was for two people that size to get into a Lamborghini.

A comedy of no laughs.

I liked the fact that the film was centred on two overweight ladies. You don't see that very often. It's good to see films centred on people of different physical types, just as we see (and are) all different types in the real world.  Diversity in film is improving, but it's decidedly wanting in certain areas...

... but yeah, I didn't find the film very good either. The crab guy was very amusing in that initial fight scene though, when he scurries out of harm's reach sideways.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 26 March, 2021, 02:46:40 PM »
I loved Beastmaster too, and it’s also been years that I’ve seen it. Did the scene involve those bird head things? I found those quite disturbing at the time.

There are creatures with sort-of wings that enveloped people and (I assume) ate them.  Definitely one of the few highlights.

That’s them. When standing upright the wings look like they’re wrapped in cloaks. The film leaves it up to the imagination as to how their victims are consumed as their beaks don’t seem to be involved. Just a lot of movement then dropping bones. Brrrr.

Also: Wolfen.

Haven't seen that in years, so my memory may be lying to me, but I remember it being pretty good.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen it too, and I enjoyed it. It’s weird, and enjoyably so, and does a whole different thing with the werewolf* thing, and there’s an eco message in there too.

There was a bit that managed to be daft and dark at the same time, like the decapitation by wolf, moving eyes scene. . And that classic “it’s all in your head” scene with the Native American on the beach. Heh.

* Okay, wolfen aren’t werewolves, at least in the shape shifting sense, but I’m sure you get what I mean.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 26 March, 2021, 01:54:53 PM »
Now that we are in sword and sorcery, dragons and dungeons, has anybody seen Q:The Winged Serpeant by Larry Cohen?

Oh yes! I’ve forgotten most of it, but remember enjoying it.

Also: Wolfen.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 26 March, 2021, 01:50:45 PM »
It's fun.  Now I have switch gears from Sci-Fi to Fantasy, my next film will be Beastmaster and it will be my first viewing.
Not seen it for years but I loved Beastmaster when I was a kid. Might even have seen it twice at the pictures. There's one quite disgusting part in which left a lasting impression on the 8 year old Cosh.

I loved Beastmaster too, and it’s also been years that I’ve seen it. Did the scene involve those bird head things? I found those quite disturbing at the time.

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Film & TV / Re: Justice League: The Snyder Cut - worth watching?
« on: 26 March, 2021, 01:37:10 PM »
I watched it recently. It was enjoyable enough. Despite being four hours I wasn’t bored at all. That being said, I didn’t find it all that different from the theatrical cut (which I also liked) although if I’d watched them back to back I’d probably have picked up on more.

It probably is the better of the two in a lot of ways in that you get more character depth for Cyborg and the horned spiky bad guy with the German sounding name, which I’ve forgotten. And the Darkseid stuff was cool. And I liked that extra twist where the Flash helps to save the day. I much preferred this to the stuff with Superman sidelining him and the stuff with the Russian family in the other cut.

Tonally it’s quite different, quite somber and worshipful - the latter I could have done without. Credit where it’s due, those ladies singing a hymn while Aquaman returns to the sea had beautiful voices, but I found the scene a bit cringey. On the other hand, I liked some of the humour in the Whedon cut.

I think my favourite take would be a mixture of both cuts, but with some of the padding removed.

The epilogue was interesting, but did feel a bit superfluous. Well, unless they do something with it in future films. I guess it’s possible. Although considered not canon, that could change, and besides, this extra stuff doesn’t really contradict what happened in the theatrical release all that much, so it could have happened offscreen as it were. I’m getting a bit tired of the dark superman thing though. Let him be the proper hero from now on.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 March, 2021, 01:18:57 PM »
This is a highly entertaining film.  It's hyper-violent post-apocalypse with aesthetics of an 80's kids toy thrown in.  Plus Michael Ironside plays the villain.  That was delightful to see.
If this is your bag and you haven't already seen it, Space Hunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone is another fine example of Ironside metal, if you can put up with the film's exploitative nonsense.

I loved that film although it's been years since I've seen it.  Bounty hunters.Android ladies. Cursed Earth (sort of). Creepy mutant kids. A giant cyborg. And what was with those attractive but bad ladies who seemed to live in an underground river?  Silly, a little scary in places (for younger me, although present day me would shrug it off. It was mainly those mutant kids) but a lot of fun.

Thinking back, I can see why you thought it exploitative though, although it didn't really register at the time.

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Film & TV / Re: Wonder Woman 1984
« on: 14 March, 2021, 01:01:54 PM »
I didn't mind Aquaman. I.e. I enjoyed it well enough but there's lots better and I'm not in a rush to watch it again.

So, since I seem to have a lower enjoyment threshold than a lot of other people, I'd imagine I'll like Wonderwoman 1984 ( or whatever it's called).

I remember when I knew it was being streamed on Amazon, I did looked forward to watching it... then saw the rental price.

I didn't expect it to be the same price as regular rental since this is a cinema release alternative but, that's actually more than I pay at the cinema!

Depending on the cinema of course. Since prices are more, others less. And I guess I'm paying for it to be sent to me too rather than having to travel, but then there isn't the cinema experience either, so it's all swings and roundabouts. Bit then I think,  I could buy the film for around that price in less than a year's time!

Anyway, putting it off for now.

Oddly I am very much looking forward to the director's cut off Justice League this month although I liked the Whedon version. (Another film everyone else seems to dislike.) I don't think I'll be able to put that one off, although I'm still uncertain at four hours it won't drag. I'm just... so.... curious... (Yes I remember the one about the cat.)


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Prog / Re: Prog 2221 - Taking the Biscuit!
« on: 05 March, 2021, 02:43:16 AM »
I quite like psycho Red tormented by the guilt of her involuntary murders.

Me too. Rather than considering her as amoral, I’d say she is both more moral, and at the same time, more dangerous than she has been before.  With early Red, under Wagner, Ezquerra and Grant, I got the impression she was a bit of a rascal who kind of revelled a bit in what she was, although there was a bit of tragedy even then. And I didn’t get the impression she was particularly dangerous to innocents... although she could be if she starved.

There were other stories later where we saw more of her backstory that we saw more of the tragic side to her, but now she seems to be way on the other side of the spectrum.

Now it seems she really has been a danger to innocents, but I don’t think it was ever a random murder spree. I think these situations are still very much in the minority, but fact is, sometimes she gets caught short, so to speak, and if she is in a starved state, she will reach a stage where the thirst takes over and she has no control of herself. But she is also shows more guilt and remorse for her actions than before.

I’m not sure she was so much blaming the thirst as stating a fact.  At the start of the story she was literally out in the desert tracking someone, and hadn’t fed in days. I’m not sure how she ended up starving on a cruise ship. You’d have thought she would have made preparations before taking the security job, but we just don’t know the full story there.

I don’t see this so much as a contradiction to what happened before as more of an exploration of how her condition responds in extreme circumstances.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 21 February, 2021, 11:02:34 PM »
Tell a lie: Paranormal is apparently set in the sixties not seventies. (I’m unable to edit the above post.) I was sure I saw a 70s year at the start of the first episode.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 21 February, 2021, 10:55:14 PM »
In the past I would usually stick to one series, watching it through, then move on to the next.

I’ve been alternating between these series however. I’m enjoying the experience.

Ratched on Netflix.  This is a TV series about the wicked* controlling head Nurse Mildred Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest when she first comes to the sanitarium in 1947. I’m enjoying it a lot. It’s disturbingly dark in places but has moments of poignancy, mystery and lots of machination. Ratched is played by Sarah Paulson. (I remember her as Merlin the ghost girl from American Gothic - remember that weird show? Paulson’s appeared on a lot since then, including several series of American Horror Story.)

Paulson is great in the role. I thought they might go down the cliched route of portraying her as a good person and showing her moral decline, and while there is an element of that, she shows great ruthlessness from the start.  She’s got her reasons though, and she is certainly a complex character, and it’s fun to see her machinations. In one episode she organises a horrific murder -which doesn’t go to plan, but also shows great sympathy for other characters.[/

The supporting cast are very good too. I don’t think we’ve met any of those characters yet (one plus of setting this so far before One Flew... ) so that gets rid of any worries, of “I know how they end up” that may be an issue for prequels. (It’s rarely an issue for me, as it’s all about the journey, for me, but I know many are bothered by that sort of thing. There’s a doctor character who struck me as a pretty awful man,
performing lobotomies willy-hilly (and awful hot cold bath treatment, in this case to cure two lesbians of their ‘deviancy’. An awful, ambitious, cowardly little fellow. And seeing some of his back-story was incredibly disturbing.

And then last episode, he made me almost feel like I had something in my eye with his tearful “I think I actually helped someone!”,  moment, after apparently successfully treating a MPD patient with great empathy. And it didn’t come across out of character.
. That’s range for you.

Paranormal on Netflix. Another period piece, this time set in 1970s Cairo. It’s a foreign language series mostly performed (if that’s the correct term) in Arabic. I’m enjoying this a lot. The filmography is very dismal (in a good way) considering this is set in such a hot country. I like the melancholic cynical lead character a lot, and the supporting cast are good. If I had any criticism, it would be that I find some of the paranormal stuff a bit on the nose. I don’t mind some straight supernatural elements, but I wouldn’t mind some things being a bit more ambiguous. I appreciate the X Files already did that, though.  Oh there’s a creepy little girl in it too, and spooky children always hit the right chill factor with me, and I like that we aren’t sure what her motivations are.

Vikings - final series on Amazon Prime:  Enjoyable series so far. Kudos for continuing the quality after killing off Ragnar Lothbrock. (Name is misspelt as it has Norse characters).

Ripper Street on Amazon Prime: I’ve only seen one episode of this Victorian police drama, but I enjoyed that a lot. It went to a pretty nasty place some might find disturbing, but it’s kinda in the title, isn’t it?

The next two I can’t really help seeing piecemeal since they’re released weekly (although American Gods missed a week for the last episode, apparently due to American Super Bowl and Starz schedule. (It premiers in Starz in the US the day before apparently, then on Amazon Prime the next day.)

WandaVision on Disney+:  I won’t say much about this, except I’m enjoying it a lot and, concerning last episodes end: “A-HA HA HA HAAA!” Also don’t switch off during the over-long end-credits for this episode as there’s a little mid-credits bit. You might want to ffwd though.

American Gods (latest series) on Amazon Prime: Its a little slow with the main series thread, but it’s enjoyable enough. Glad they’re doing more with Bilquis than Gaiman did.

It occurs to me, all but the latter two are period pieces.

*In the literal sense of the word. I don’t use that word to mean ‘good’.  Actually that was something that occurred when I was at secondary school, decades back. Do the kids still do this? I think they say ‘sick’ now instead.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 February, 2021, 01:35:34 AM »
probably true, but after watching Jaws, I don't think I'll ever swim in the ocean.

That was me for years until I finally figured "What a fantastic way to go!" There's nothing mundane about your demise if you are eaten by sharks!

Or by piranhas. Then there won't remain nothing of you. I know, week consolation.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think piranhas actually do that to people in real life. If you’re already dead I think they’d strip your corpse but if you’re swimming they’ll likely see you as the predator and run. Which makes sense as a I’ve heard they’re good eating.

That being said, one needs to be careful when swimming in South American rivers as there are other little beasties with spines that can swim into ...um... inconvenient places they shouldn’t. But I won’t elaborate on that, except to say ‘ouch!’

Back to movies, I saw a curious British comedy horror film recently called Eat Locals, on the Horror Channel. Small spoilers ahoy:

It starred he of the Daredevil series, Charlie Cox, and a whole bunch of other British actors, including that Welsh lady from Torchwood, the skinny chap from The Office (playing a priest in this) and the lady who played Mrs. Meldrew. I never thought I’d see that lot together. Oh and it also starred one of Tenant Who’s lovely companions. And a dark eyed Scottish bloke, who has a familiar face who I’ve seen around yet I can’t quite place what I’ve actually seen him in. (No criticism of him, he’s good enough, although I think he plays similar character types.)

Anyway, it’s basically army guys vs vampires involving a house in the middle of nowhere. You’re probably thinking it’s basically Dog Soldiers with vampires instead of werewolves, but, aside from the premise, it’s not really. For one thing it’s the vampires who are trapped in the house and the soldiers on the outside. And the soldiers are not the heroes. (I’m not saying the vampires are either. These aren’t your modern  emo  ‘oh we’re just misunderstood  victims’ types. Neither are they purely one dimensional monsters, but they do drink and kill people. (Aside from Charlie Cox’s character. He only feeds on animals, apparently, and does seem to have a conscience, but he isn’t exactly forbidding the others either.)

I felt like it wasn’t a particularly good film, but it was okay. Kinda cheesy in places, but I think maybe it was supposed to be. It was fun to see all those familiar faces in a film I didn’t know even existed. And there were a couple of twists. Extremely low budget I’d say, too, as there’s little in the way of horror effects, (not a bad thing in itself) and the occasional creature CGI is a bit dodgy. Like the bit when Mrs. Meldrew sneezes.

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Film & TV / Re: Carano, Whedon and all that
« on: 14 February, 2021, 02:13:37 PM »
Well, she should do wrestler movies then. And yes, I called euphemistically. Because she objectively is. And in (most) movies of today, especially Hollywood, handsome look is required. Being fat does not look well on the screen when you are required to run, jump, roll over etc. This is primary reason why I hate xXx 2.

Do you realize you are using silly arguments? Like, Arnie should only have done body-building movies, by your logic. And The Good, The Bad & The Ugly must be bad because not everyone's handsome? And people you consider overweight shouldn't do anything dynamic on screen? Of all the reasons to dislike XXX^2, you are blaming body shape?

I guess we can all rest easy that you're not in charge of talent scouting for any movie companies.

Totally agree with this.

I don’t agree with most of Gina’s posted views, although I was very much in the ‘don’t fire her for having them brigade’... until that last ridiculous statement comparing her experience to Jew in the Holocaust, etc. Yeah, she went way too far there.

But from a physical point of view I welcome the fact they cast someone who isn’t the usual slim stereotypical view of female beauty. (That makes it seem like I don’t think she is attractive. That’s not what I mean, in fact I think she looks quite lovely. Just not sure how else to phrase what I mean there.) And I thought she fit the role of an ex rebel shock trooper well in that regard. And yes, got the impression, like you that much of her size is muscle not fat. I wouldn’t even describe her as fat, although she’s a whole lot of woman.   :-[

I hope a lot more women (or men for that matter, although there isn’t as much bias with them) of all body types and shapes are employed in more mainstream roles in future.

I didn’t even mind her acting. It was a bit wooden, but for the role I thought it was okay.

So... I liked the character. Mixed view considering her firing, but it’s her own fault. Totally understandable why they did it.

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Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 12 February, 2021, 03:26:59 PM »
I take it back. Just had to fork out for last 4 episodes.

I saw them all, and I don’t think I was charged, but this was a good while back. A new thing? Very cheeky.

I did recently finish the second to last series of Fear The Walking Dead, only to see that the latest is already available! For a price. I figured if I leave it a few months they’ll move that to Prime as well, but if they’re now charging for episodes of other shows where they didn’t originally, I wonder....

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