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General / Re: Comic and book storage ideas?
« on: 21 July, 2021, 09:52:20 AM »
My only, only gripe is that lovely Complete Calvin and Hobbes seems a bit set aside up there.
That's because the stupid thing is such a weird size, it doesn't fit anywhere! I have that collection and it's kind of just... projecting from the top of one of my book shelves.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 16 July, 2021, 09:43:07 AM »
Double post.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 16 July, 2021, 09:37:04 AM »
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin. Rather excellent. Endlessly inventive and unafraid. The various protagonists do meld into each-other somewhat, but that could easily be by design, given the nature of the story.

Quantum by Patricia Cornwell. I'm continuously nagged by loved ones to read Patricia Cornwell, and I thought, finally she's writing in a genre I might enjoy. Turns out, I really don't like her style. I struggled to finish this, much to the disappointment of (it seems) everyone I know!

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. I'm a voracious fantasy/sci-fi consumer and it was downright strange that I hadn't read any Pern books. I decided to fix that and had a very good time with this first installment. It moves at a frenetic pace, mind you, unlike most modern examples of the genre I can think of, and treats a modern sci-fi staple with a casual disdain which I think will be very significant in the story going forward.

Hail Mary by Andy Weir. It *is* The Martian all over again, but in a new bottle and with a new set of problems for our hero to solve. Also, a protagonist who is more complex than it might seem. If you like this style of sci-fi -- and if you liked any of Weir's previous books -- then you're going to like this. I did.

Prog / Re: Prog 2240 - In with a bullet!
« on: 14 July, 2021, 11:51:12 AM »
We're going to have to start reviewing the Nerve Centre because this week's intro was top-shelf Tharg.

Prog / Re: Prog 2239 - High-Speed Summary Justice!
« on: 12 July, 2021, 10:41:14 AM »
Tagline for the next summer special:

"Summery Justice"

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 July, 2021, 09:05:37 AM »
The Tomorrow War. If you're tired enough not to think about what is happening or how it unfolds it's okayish. It helps if you nod off for 10 or 15 minutes here and there. You won't miss anything and sleep fuzz helps you from rolling your eyes too hard. If you've had your requisite eight hours then pass on this one.

Well for me this is one of those movies where you do not want to over think anything just sit back enjoy the over-the-top mindless action will you park your brain in neutral (just for breathing purposes) and wholla two hours gone. Yes, I enjoyed this it was fun
I enjoyed it until the last half-hour. It even made a kind of sense up until then, amazing for a time-travel plot. But that last act was mad, like the producers had accidentally found fifty million under the bed and had to spend it by midnight.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 June, 2021, 02:15:23 PM »
Godzilla King of Monsters.

Don't. It boggles the mind how offal like this gets budgeted in the region of $170m dollars.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 June, 2021, 09:48:00 AM »
Just to buck the trend here, Highlander is total tosh. Awful acting from almost all the leads (Sean Connery in particular totally phones it in: Clancy Brown is pretty excellent though) and a mind-numbingly stupid plot. If you don't like Queen (I don't) then it's got nothing going for it in my opinion other than the fact that it's not as bad as the sequels which are even worse.
If you dislike Queen, I don't think there's *any* way to enjoy Highlander!

Prog / Re: Prog 2234: Plummet of the Ape
« on: 07 June, 2021, 09:46:14 AM »
Quality prog. I especially enjoyed the ramp-up in Department-K from the previous week's Regened prog. Feral & Foe continues to make me snort with laughter. Chimpsky's Law nailed its opener with an intriguing historical backdrop. Mechastopholes looks amazing and seems ready to rock after a laid-back intro episode.  Bloody great!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 June, 2021, 09:33:08 AM »
Yeah, I have a lot of time for Razorback.
Same. Great film, beloved of my dear old dad.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 June, 2021, 04:18:55 PM »
It was a staple of drunk Saturday nights with my mates at uni. I re-watched it a couple of years ago, and *apart* from Clancey Brown, I found it pretty bad. We're spoiled for amazing fight choreography these days, and what's there doesn't exactly zing (except for the OTT sound effects). I'd be up for a remake.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 June, 2021, 01:46:02 PM »
Oxygene, Netflix. Great little sci-fi mystery box. Melanie Laurent superb. Keeps you guessing. Make sure you watch with subtitles, not dubbing.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 28 May, 2021, 10:08:23 AM »
is beyond my comprehension of entertainment - just found it really sick

though i know lots of people love films like 'saw' etc
I have to agree. I've no appetite for Saw-like torture porn movies. I bought RE:7 (Biohazard) on the strength of its reviews, but put it down after an hour of unbelievably bloody and gratuitous abuse at the hands of the game's protagonists. Not my cup of tea.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 25 May, 2021, 10:12:08 AM »
I didn't play the sequels much but Arkham Asylum is a top 10 game for me, with the Scarecrow nightmare sequence(s) an absolute standout.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 May, 2021, 10:25:25 AM »
Watched Army of the Dead on Netflix. A fun enjoyable movie with over-the-top elements that you can expect from any Snyder movie. Highly recommended for any Zombie fans. The runtime is quite long about 2:30 hours but it never felt like over 2 hours.
Yeah, I didn't rate it that highly. It was barely two minutes in before it started annoying me. Attempts at new (?) zombie lore felt like nothing more than to give the alpha zombie something to get mad about. Characters who were crack shots from 50m suddenly couldn't hit a zombie in the head at point blank range.  Emotional beats missed by similar margins. And if I have to listen to another fudging half-time acoustic cover of a song I like, I'll shoot *myself* in the head.

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