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General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 8
« on: 18 March, 2021, 08:54:16 AM »
It's still:

1. Tour of Duty
2. Trifecta
3. Mechanismo

Every Empire Falls was good, and it's more of a definition of an 'epic' than Mechanismo, but it's not quite good enough to get my vote over it.
Block Judge is a story I'm really into, but I don't think it ranks as an epic either for length or stakes involved, so again it doesn't get my vote.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 March, 2021, 03:42:56 PM »
Nostalgia is even better than it used to be.

I usually find showing these films to my wife is a good indicator of how rose tinted my view is. She watched Krull once but never again: she didn't even finish Ladyhawke. She liked Beastmaster though.

Another rubbish one that I like, because it's a bit self referential, is Deathstalker II.

"Deathstalker? Is that your first name or your last name?"

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 7
« on: 17 March, 2021, 03:37:31 PM »
I've definitely not voted for some stuff because it didn't feel epic enough - and having looked back at Alex's list there's some good stories coming up but (assuming they stay in the running) I'm not sure I can see my votes changing until we get to The Pit.

It's an interesting exercise nonetheless!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 March, 2021, 02:22:34 PM »
We're into some of my most beloved films here!

KRULL is a mainly bad film with some really cool bits. I really like the scifi / fantasy mashup The scene where the Slayers rise up out of the swamp is one of my favourites of all time, Ergo is brilliant and it's great for a game of 'spot the actor' (Tucker from Grange Hill!) but the film kind of drops off a cliff after they get into the fortress and the bit with the beast is terrible so it always kind of ends on a bum note when I watch it.
BEASTMASTER is also technically a dreadful film that's hugely enjoyable. The fight choreography is dreadful and the plot is stupid but the core concept is brilliant. The panther is a spray painted tiger and there's obviosuly multiple ferrets playing the two ferrets but this sort of ineptitude just adds to it's charm imo. I won't enthuse more about this yet.

HAWK THE SLAYER is the like the BBC home-made version of these films. On one level, absolutely laughable with it's synthy soundtrack and 'special effects' that include obvious swords on strings, silly string and coloured pingpong balls. It's a bit like a fantasy magnificent seven though and I really, really like it. It's got some really quotable dialogue. I suspect it's one of those films that's beloved if you saw it at the right time and awful otherwise, but it's just so great.

I've watched all three of these recently, but not THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER which I haven't seen since I was a teenager and I need to watch again. I think I often get it mixed up with Deathstalker, a horrible film that suffers from the absolute scourge of 80s sword and sorcery which is masses of rape scenes. A skim of Wikipedia tells me that's not the case, so i should get on it.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 16 March, 2021, 10:04:15 AM »
Oh that sucks.

Prog / Re: Prog 2223 - The Root Of All Evil
« on: 16 March, 2021, 10:02:12 AM »
Lockdown ennui stopped me reviewing the last prog, but I'm catching up. Also my Prog arrived on Saturday! Wooo!
Lovely cover this week, simple and effective design.

Dredd - The little speech at the start about ideas.. are we building towards a Dredd / Chimpsky confrontation? I enjoy a Dredd where Dredd isn't the central character and I enjoy Chimpsky's more hopeful take on Dredd's world. That said, this is my least favourite Chimpsky outing to date - too much too soon, or just him being a little too good at everything? - so like a few others have said if Dredd doesn't kill him here then I'd prefer to see him move onto his own series. Lovely design on young Chimpsky btw.

NAKKA of the S.T.A.R.S. - Digging this 3riller. I appreciate the gentler pace and the 'Englishness' of it all. It's amusing without being too slapstick or cynical, great characters, cool designs, lovely art and colours. I think stuff like this has a real place in the prog and providing it sticks it's ending I'd like to see more of this.

Thistlebone - Moving at a glacial pace but enjoying this. Less creepy factor in this episode but the flashback nicely done with the art switch - this story is very welcome in my prog.

Proteus Vex - Superb conclusion to what has been an excellent run. Last week had all the action, this week has all the talking with a bit of a cliffhanger ending. Vex himself remains a bit of an enigma but that's not an issue - despite being mainly small scale shootouts, the series has a weighty feel with events seeming very significant because of the way they're framed in the context of a more realised universe. Art-wise I think Jake Lynch has more than stepped up. I really like this and I hope it's coming back.

Durham Red - Wraps up. I'm still not sold on 'regrettable-uncontrollable-bloodlust' Red - the concept works, but not the setup for me, because I can't understand why she'd put herself in situation where she can do such things unless she's a complete idiot. That said her actions at the end of this episode DO work in the context and things wrap up very nicely. On the flipside, not sure why the sherrif acted as he did because until she refuses his offer all I've mainly seen is a badass saving her own bacon, so he comes across as a bit of a bellend.
It might sound like I didn't like this, but I think this reboot is the best take on Durham Red since the original and overall it's been a great read. Full marks to Ben Willsher for his designs in this run which have been great and I loved floating brain lady. I hope this does come back, because for the first time I'd like to see what happens to the character next.

Books & Comics / Re: Comic book panels that made you chuckle
« on: 15 March, 2021, 02:13:44 PM »
An old one that I'm sure we've all sen before, but one of my all time favourites.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 March, 2021, 09:38:44 AM »
It's a thumbs down from me for both Space Hunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (looks great, is awful) and I suspect controversially also Galaxy Quest, which I tried this weekend and couldn't even get halfway through.

Blade II I could watch again and again however. All the best bits in Blade (original) are in the first 15minutes. Any Blade film following is dire. But Blade II hits the spot. It's a very comicbook movie imo - shallow, brash, exciting - the bit where the Bloodpack are introduced could be straight out of something like early X-Force.

Games / Re: Being a Dungeon Master... on line.
« on: 15 March, 2021, 09:27:09 AM »
I've used Heroforge in the past (for models for this very game, actually). If you 3D print and paint them yourself they're reasonably decent.
Last time I finished a campaign we just had a barbeque.

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Round 7
« on: 15 March, 2021, 09:23:53 AM »
No change for me:

1. Tour of Duty
2. Trifecta
3. Mechanismo

Only Beyond the Call of Duty comes close to getting into the top three here but I wouldn't have said it was an epic, personally.

General / Re: Dredd Epics Ranked - Better! Vote for positions 36 - 29
« on: 15 March, 2021, 09:19:38 AM »
1. Wilderlands
2. Sin City
3. The Chief Judge's Man

Games / Re: Being a Dungeon Master... on line.
« on: 12 March, 2021, 05:45:13 PM »
I'm actually fast approaching the end of a 4 year campaign with my group. Assuming nothing goes wrong they'll beat the big baddie and then retire the characters, as they'll all be pretty high levelled by then.

It's weird to have played the last year or so of the game online rather than in person. It's the second longest campaign I've run that's had a definitive beginning and end, and I'd like to mark the end of the game in some way, but online (and I assume we'll still be online by then, anyway) is tricky. My best idea atm is getting some custom character art comissions done to remember the characters but I'd welcome any cool ideas.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 12 March, 2021, 04:07:20 PM »
That videos a prequel and yeah, it is a bit of a spoiler!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 12 March, 2021, 09:27:32 AM »
Turbo Kid

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.

It isn't a complex story.  I'd almost say it's Mad Max for kids, but this film is really gory so it's not that (although I would have adored this as a child).  The character Apple has an on-the-nose name, but she is absolutely fantastic and Turbo Kid is performed with the required amount of cheese.  I also really like that everyone rides around on bikes.  I can dig it.

I would absolutely recommend this film.  I'd gush over it more, but I don't want to ruin anything for anyone who decides to give it a go.

Pictsy is spot on, this film is absolutely great. Right level of 80s homage & cheese vs actual good filmmaking and some really charming characters. And a gnomestick!
Great soundtrack too, if you're into synthwave it's one of the best.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 12 March, 2021, 09:04:08 AM »
I must be the only person in the world who doesn't gush over Cowboy Bebop.  I didn't even finish watching the series.  Had one or two episodes to go, but just couldn't be bothered.  It wasn't bad but I really do not get what the fuss is about and I don't think I ever will.

That's a shame. I'm less than halfway in, but I'm finding it very good. Episodes are easy enough to watch as self contained chunks(and importanty, short enough to fit in during a lunchbreak or before work) but there's slow burning themes, characters are interesting and not stereotypes and the low-fi Scifi setting really works for me - it's touching that Space Western kind of vibe I so enjoyed in Firefly, Mandalorian etc. Also, Strontium Dog
It being so highly recommended by so any sources also gives me the confidence it'll complete it's story arcs and wrap up neatly rather than botch it (Battlestar Galactica) or just sort of finish midway (Deadwood) as I find myself reluctant to invest in a series that does that now.

what anime do you recommend? Never really watched any. Not sure if Speed Racer from the 70s counts lol

Not sure I'm best placed to answer this as my main anime phase was in the early 2000's with the first wave of 'Manga' as it was incorrectly dubbed then for the Western market. Stuff like Angel Cop, Crying Freeman, Cyber City Oedo 808, Fist of the North Star, AD Police etc - I had it all (on VHS!)

I've been rewatching these this year and although in most cases the animation is great they're bad. I believe they were selected for the West due to their lurid natures and they feature appalling voice dubs and extremely problematic plots with deep veins of misogyny and / or racism, insane violence, racism, sexual assault and so on. I couldn't reallty recommend any of them. They're not without merit (most contain some excellent stuff both visually and conceptually) but they've aged very, very badly.

One I have an enduring love for is Ninja Scroll but that is an uncomfortable watch at times as the female lead exists essentially to get assaulted and then die so the main character can have a justified rampage. The Japanese audio version is superior if you can watch with subtitles and I believe is on Youtube.

A lot of anime I see about now seems to be high-school themed where a student is angsty because they're a ghost / monster / have to fight ghosts or monsters etc but I've not dug too deep into the modern stuff. There may be other boarders who can suggest something better!

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