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Film & TV / Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« on: 24 September, 2022, 08:59:08 PM »

My favorite bit: it starts raining.


Fucking yes. I was thinking about watching those movies after the series. Now I definitely will.

I'm pretty sure the DVD extras documentary about filming Helms Deep is longer than the DVD extras documentary about making the rest of the movie

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Film & TV / Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« on: 24 September, 2022, 02:14:20 AM »
This continues to be a thing of beauty and when scenes land, they land really well but goodness to they could have squeezed episodes 4 and 5 into a single episode.

I would go as far as to say the five episodes we've had so far could have been squeezed into three. Here are some thoughts I have thunk about the show so far:

(Fair warning, this is a bit meandering, nit-picky and spoilery)

There was a weird bit in episode two where Elrond and Calebrimbor resolve to go and visit the Elrond's Dwarf mucker. I was expecting a big ol' procession with guards and carriages, but nope. Cut to the two elves sauntering up to a wee door in the side of a mountain. They didn't even hop on a horse. Didn't even put on a coat of bring a picnic bag for the journey. No pomp or ceremony. In the most expensive TV show ever

Maybe the dwarves just have entrances to their mines everywhere, so they just sauntered down to the entrance down to the nearest one. Maybe it's just elves being elves and a multi-day journey doesn't seem like a big deal. At least that's one part where they just progressed the story, and they do address the Elvish disregard for time later.

The dwarves injected some much needed levity into all the Elve stuff, Elrond and Durin's friendship is really endearing. Not a full blown bromance, but I think that makes it a bit more genuine and charming.

The Harfoot culture is feckin' brutal.

"We will wait for them"

Will ye fuck.

I wasn't invested in the drama of the Nori's da being left behind because it was obvious the big man would sort them out.

The big man is the most interesting part of the harfoot plot. Who is he? Amnesiac Sauron? I want to say Tom Bombadil, but he was cut out of the Jackson trilogy, so why bring him in here? Could be to address that omission, but his coat is not blue and his boots aren't yellow.  A Bombadil origin story would also ruin his mystique and he doesn't seem to be all that care-free. I will concede that his attitude could easily change over the millenia. Galadriel's certainly did.

Gladriel's character has just been idling. Sure she has achieved stuff, but I don't get the impression that she has learned anything or developed in any way. She remains obsessive and haughty, so I'm looking forward to see if the events in this show turn her into the aloof and wise being that dumbfounds the fellowship with her other-wordly beauty. The ecstatic horse riding scene was a bit strange, her love of a good ride wasn't really established and I don't like when shows pad their running time with slow-mo. There's been a lot of that throughout.

Númenor looks awesome, but I don't think we needed two episodes of politicking. This isn't A Song of Ice and Fire.  But I like how they're setting Elendil up. Seems to be a rise and fall arc going on there.

The Southlander's plot is my favourite. The showrunners have correctly judged that rubber face orcs are way better than CGI ones. They're properly menacing and have provided some of the best action scenes so far, with Arondir Legolassing all over their asses. Benjen Stark makes a good villain too.

Overall, the run-time would put us roughly at the last act of The Two Towers theatrical cut, so here's hoping for some Helm's Deepish* swording next week.

*Peter Jackson's staging of that battle scene was insane, so I'm not expecting anything near it. Nor should I. Even from the most expensive TV show ever.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 23 September, 2022, 11:01:50 AM »
Did Operation Tower Bridge have any protocols for updating the lyrics to the Sex Pistols’ song? King and regime don’t rhyme that well.

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Film & TV / Re: GoT: House of the Dragon
« on: 22 September, 2022, 12:22:27 AM »
Having little interest in Monday's ostentatious Granny Planting Ceremony, I thought I would get caught up with this show.

It doesn't quite have the magic of its predecessor*, neither literally nor figuratively. If not for the dragonses, you would be forgiven for thinking this is an alternative history show, rather than a fantasy one. If not for Dr Who I would say there are no strong characters.

It also takes a couple of episodes to get over the inter-episode-time-skip whiplash, although I appreciate the nod/wink to the camera lines that lampshade them.

Don't get me wrong, it's good TV, but I really didn't get invested until the latest episode. It may be streaming fatigue from the pandemic, but a lot of shows from streaming services seem like movie trilogies split into ~a dozen episodes, but the first movie and a half is all set up, so nothing happens until episode ~5/6. I'm having the same problem with that LOTR the Rings show, but there's no Dr Who in that to spice it up.





*The show, not the monarch

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 15 September, 2022, 11:58:36 PM »
Eddie Butler, the voice of BBC rugby.

For years I couldn't stand his pretentious bombast. It won't be the same without him. 65 is no age.

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Film & TV / Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« on: 03 September, 2022, 09:39:30 PM »
I haven't made my mind up yet but I hate the Harfoots. Those Irish accents are really grating.

Those are Irish accents? I thought they were poorly done west country accents.

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Film & TV / Re: LotR: Rings of Power
« on: 03 September, 2022, 12:02:17 AM »
The first episode is mostly elves and I've never been a fan of the Tolkien elves*, and here they don't have hobbitses to ground them or a Gandalf type to low-key undermine their pomposity.

There are also prequel problems. The climax of the first episode is bereft of any drama because we already know Galadriel doesn't piss off to Elf Valhalla for all eternity. For all the money spent on that scene, there were some very green-screeney lookin' shots.

Hopefully the dwarves show up in the next episode and provide some much needed shenaniganery.

*I'm an unashamed Elf racist. Creepy supremacist fuckers

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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 02 September, 2022, 11:49:33 PM »
Regarding Social Media, I'm on Facebook solely.  I use it mainly for some modelling groups, some related groups like the Black Hole movie, Space 1999 etc and to keep in touch with old school friends.  Some of the general threads from groups can be very toxic.

As I said, these sites appear to promote outrage and righteous indignation. If the groups on there are as toxic as you say, you might want to consider smaller more obscure fan-sites to indulge your interests. Like here, but for Space 1999 or whatever.

I've seen messages like "People like you will be dealt with", or "I'm a traitor", or "Leave Scotland for the true Scots" etc...

No true Scotsman would be posting that sort of nonsense ;)

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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 01 September, 2022, 09:10:26 PM »
I can highly recommend getting off the social media. Ditched it all about five years and haven't missed it all. I've heard it has just got worse, and the pandemic/lock downs massively exacerbated it. Just use whatsapp to keep in touch with the people I need to keep in touch with, and curated a reddit account which is mostly animals acting like eejits. Just like the Shark, my phone is mostly just a sophisticated walkman.

For years now, the big social media sites have been driving engagement by making people angry and sad, encouraging outrage and righteous indignation.

For years now I have been comparing social media sites to meatspace social settings. If your local library didn't have a problem with people harassing women and minorities on their premises, you would boycott it as soon as you found out. If a bar doesn't have a problem with nazis using their premises to meet up, then it's a nazi bar and you don't go there.

I wouldn't bother weening off it. Yeet it out the window as the young ones say.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 28 August, 2022, 07:40:05 PM »
Shit: Dark Shit, more like.

You should probably see your doctor about that

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 28 August, 2022, 05:13:27 PM »
... but it just feels like I'm watching an RPG session.

Heh, wait 'til you see episode 8

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Film & TV / Re: GoT: House of the Dragon
« on: 26 August, 2022, 04:18:40 PM »
Well excuse me very much. I wasn’t really trying to convince anyone of anything, just talking shite as is my wont. I could have saved myself some bother and not typed that out.

You could have saved yourself a lot of typing too with a simple “fuck off”.

Anyway, off I fuck

Sorry if you found my response too blunt - I was triggered (but, y'know, not in a trauma-related way) by your (self-described) shit-post. I don't think my saying "fuck off" (apart from it just being bluntly abusive) would've got across what I was trying to convey, though*.

Philosophy question: if a shit-post is just another label for a troll (verb), then should shit-posters be taken aback when people respond?

*Like, it really seemed as if you were saying that the Parental Advisory stickers (caused by Tipper Gore freaking out about her daughter singing Darling Nikki - a moral panic response) were the equivalent of trigger warnings (a structure that attempts to help trauma-sufferers avoid trauma triggers). Is it really bad that I pointed out what seemed like your mistake, there?

WARNING! The following post may contain poorly thought out nonsense!



I only meant to compare them as content warnings that I take as signposts to interesting media. I didn’t take the time to express that to the fullest of my eloquence because it was the arse end of my lunch break. I don’t think I expressed my self so clumsily that I equated serious trauma to the threat of potty mouthed rapping and Dee Dee Schneider’s fabulous hair and makeup. That would be a very silly thing to say. Even by my standards.

Po-faced seems apt. At least from the trailers. Same goes for that new lotr of the rings show.

I’m probably gonna wait until there’s a few more episodes and then binge the thing if there’s a good buzz about it.

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Film & TV / Re: GoT: House of the Dragon
« on: 26 August, 2022, 02:56:54 PM »
Well excuse me very much. I wasn’t really trying to convince anyone of anything, just talking shite as is my wont. I could have saved myself some bother and not typed that out.

You could have saved yourself a lot of typing too with a simple “fuck off”.

Anyway, off I fuck

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Film & TV / Re: GoT: House of the Dragon
« on: 26 August, 2022, 02:01:37 PM »

Tis in the news: House of the Dragon: Should graphic birth scenes have a trigger warning?


My only problem with that headline is that it poses a yes/no question, and when a headline does that it's because the answer is no. It's awful click baity.

I like trigger warnings. A big long list of them means the attached media is probably pretty cool and you might even get to see boobs. They're a bit like those old stickers from the 90's:



Most of the albums I bought as a teenager had one of those slapped on them.

I can't comment on the scene in question here, as I haven't managed to work up the enthusiasm to watch it. I'm not worried about spoilers because no matter what happens in this show, ultimately the last Targaryen dies when she gets stabbed by her charismaless human dildo of a nephew, then a emo kid wizard becomes king because Peter Dinklage delivers a terribly written speech really well.

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Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 23 August, 2022, 03:50:27 PM »
I’m guessing it has something to do with JWST being calibrated to infrared. It compensates for the doppler red shift at a intergalactic scales, but it might make reds look white at interplanetary scales. That’s my guess, but it could just be an instagram filter.

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