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Off Topic / Re: The Dream Warriors
« on: 23 January, 2022, 04:32:17 PM »
Heh. Wish I had dreams like that.

Mine are mostly like vague movies or just odd thoughts which I forget very soon after waking.

It’s interesting seeing all the positive comments concerning Russell’s return (not so much on this thread. Here it’s pretty balanced either way. More talking about comments I’ve seen elsewhere on the ‘net). I remember near the end of his tenure, how negative people seemed to be, and how they rejoiced in his departure and the coming of Moffat. But now the way people talk, you get the impression RTD’s time was a golden age, and his return is applauded.

To be fair, he is the man who brought Who back, and it’s not the whole of his run that the negative people dislike, more the later series. Generally seems to be seen as a good ideas man, even then, but concluding the story arcs with … a wave of the sonic screwdriver,* as it were.

Personally I rather liked his Who, although I did agree concerning the way he would conclude stuff. The whole stuff with companions crushing on the Doctor got a bit silly too.  While I think I largely preferred Moffat as a writer I think his best stuff may have been actually under RTD and he didn’t conclude his arcs that much better. If anything I found his stuff rather confusing, although I liked that he brought the time element into his stories more, rather than just using it as a vehicle to get them to a setting for a story.

I haven’t particularly disliked any of the other stuff subsequently, even found the Time Child stuff interesting, (and I seem to be well in the minority there) but I have felt it could be much better. I really like Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor, but the stories really should have done more with her companions.

I’m interested to see what RTD brings after his time away now that he has so much more experience.

David Tennant’s return, if true, does smack a bit as a publicity stunt, but I am interested to see what they might do with him. It appears he will only be around for three specials or so, anyway, so his incarnation would be rather short.

*I don’t mean that entirely literally. Although that tool was relied on a lot more than it seems to have been in the old 60s-80s days.

Events / Re: Lawless 2022
« on: 22 January, 2022, 03:40:01 AM »
I attended Lawless a couple of years ago…*and booked ticket for the following year , which was cancelled for obvious reasons. Recently booked again, weekend tickets. Looking forward to it!

*I worked on a costume too.. then kind of chickened out of wearing it. In my defence the shoulder pads wouldn’t bend around properly. Thinking of reworking it for this year… but we’ll see.

Film & TV / Re: Wheel Of Time.....
« on: 08 January, 2022, 05:57:39 PM »
We’ll I didn’t mind the final episode but they have made some serious changes from the books that may cause some major issues further down the track.  Still I was on the edge of my seat through most of that and the missus who hasn’t read the books liked it.  Here’s hoping for a bit of course correction at the start of next season which the issues they had after the actor that played Matt left the show and has now been recast.
One thing I really didn’t like though having Nyneve get burnt out and killed by a he one power and then bringing her back to life it’s a big point in the books and particularly at the end of book 3 you can’t cure death, even the Dragon the most powerful chaneller ever born can’t do it

CU Radbacker

I don’t think Nynaeve was meant to actually be dead, but on the verge. She was healed just in time by Egwene. She did look dead though. They probably should have toned back the amount of damage she sustained.

Going by the books though, Egwene, while a powerful channeler* is not a talented healer and I’m not convinced she would have managed that. But then this isn’t the books. It would have been more believable if it had been Nynaeve healing Egwene from close death as healing is very much her thing, but Nynaeve had already had her moment in the previous (rather good) Logain episode.

I really enjoyed the books, (even those books in the middle that others didn’t) and I enjoyed this series too, although it could have been a bit better. It does depart somewhat from the books but is pretty true to them. I think Mat’s character was wrong (which isn’t to knock that actor or the character he did portray… it just wasn’t Mat. He is meant to be a cheeky rascal, and a bit of a rogue and a trickster,  although the actor does portray degradation under the influence of the Shadar Logoth dagger) pretty well.

He also left the series too early, but I understand that was due to real world stuff caused by break in shooting caused by the pandemic  and the actor’s leaving which couldn’t be helped. Hey probably dealt with this as well as they could.

Overall, with reservations, I enjoyed that, and I look forward to more.

*albeit minuscule compared to Nynaeve, but she is exceptionally powerful.

Film & TV / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: 08 January, 2022, 05:08:51 PM »
I’ve seen criticism online, but I’m enjoying it. I think some aren’t so keen due to the slower pace and less episodic nature than The Mandalorian (and I think the two timelines per episode get on some people’s wick) but I think it works well. I love The Mandalorian, but I’m also glad this isn’t more of the same (although both lean into the Western genre somewhat)  with just a different bloke in similar armour.

The train heist scene in the latest episode was particularly good.

I never thought to question why Tuskens don't die of thirst.

I confess, I was unaware those little black balls were meant to be melons, although it did seem strange that the Tuskens would intentionally bury their water in such small receptacles. Even odder was that there was a jet of water shooting out of the ground in an earlier scene and kid still made Boba and the rodian dig up melons.

Books & Comics / Re: Monster Fun
« on: 08 January, 2022, 03:48:21 PM »
While I wasn’t taken by most of the Halloween special (to be fair it’s not aimed at a middle aged bloke like me… but I do enjoy some entertainment targeted towards kids. This is no criticism of the artwork, by the way, that was great.) I enjoyed the new Leopard strip. I did raise an eyebrow at the Totem theme, as I remember that being an arc in Spider-man as well and Leopard borrows a lot from that already. They seem to be doing something a bit different with it here though, so fair enough.

I will probably buy the next issue or two to see how it goes. Not sure I’ll get it just for The Leopard of Lime Street as that would prove expensive, but the rest of the strips were not awful, and I’m happy to give them more of a chance.

Regardless of whether I continue to get this or not, I am very glad it exists and that Rebellion are expanding their comics output.

News / Re: Hawk the slayer coming to 2000AD
« on: 08 January, 2022, 02:59:49 PM »
I’m not sure I’ve ever actually seen Hawk the Slayer, although seeing the description and images ring a bell. That means I’ve probably watched it part the way through.

I will try to watch the film properly before I read the comic.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 12 July, 2021, 12:18:18 AM »
It's a bit... shouty. All those kids spend 90 minutes going "Aaaaaaah!"

That’s mainly what irritated me about that film. It’s got good stuff in it, though. The overall premise is decent, they just needed to tone down the annoying shouting kids. I remember two films coming out around the same time: The Goonies, and Gremlins. The latter I loved…although no shouty kids. At least not human ones.

Coincidentally (in that it’s set in the 80s and is centred around kids) I watched Super-8 today. It was okay, although I felt it dragged a bit, and I found it somewhat predictable.

Not sure what it says that near the end, I found certain scenes familiar and concluded that I think I’ve seen it before… and somehow forgot most of it.

The kids weren’t annoying and shouty though. The actual Super-8 zombie film footage in end credits was amusing.

The film felt like the kind that, with just a bit of tweaking and tightening could have been better. Or maybe it’s just because I was a bit tired when I watched it. (Started a new job* this week which means I need to sort out my sleep cycle. )

Oh the train crash effects scene at the start was phenomenal!

*Or more accurately returned to old job which I originally lost due to Covid situation, but  now in a permanent situation, which is nice.

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?

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.

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


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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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