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Links / PlayMountain
« on: 11 April, 2013, 05:44:37 PM »
Years ago, I had the honour of being moderator for Steven Awalt's critically acclaimed www.spielbergfilms.com.
Regretfully that site is defunct. However, the community rose from the ashes and formed PlayMountain. We too started out as a Spielberg fansite, but over the years we've evolved into a general film site.


I'm a founding member and administrator, and contribute articles from time to time. The beauty of our site is that we review all the latest films, but every now and then you'll see an article on an old obscure one. There are no rules. We are a film website run BY film fans, FOR film fans. We were big supporters of Dredd aswell.

Please, come over and check the site out! And why not join the forums and have a chat while you're there?
Be lovely to see you guys...

General / Judge Dredd Complete Case Files Vol 9
« on: 11 April, 2013, 05:38:05 PM »
Boy, I've had a flick through. Looking forward to getting into this one!

General / Judge Dredd: Lawman Of The Future
« on: 11 April, 2013, 03:47:19 PM »
We're currently spring cleaning the house and I found an interesting little curiosity. Issue One of a magazine called Judge Dredd: Lawman Of The Future. It was published in 1995, the same year that the Stallone movie came out. Dredd's costume was drawn to look like Stallone's from the movie, and I think the comic was supposed to be an ongoing title. I don't know if any more editions were published after this. Sadly, I've lost the trading card that was given with the title as a free gift.

Anyone got info on this?

Prog / Dudes! What's with the cover on Prog 1827?!?
« on: 10 April, 2013, 09:18:26 PM »
Look, you know I love you guys and am a huge fan - but the cover this week was a bit much wasn't it?  :o
When my wife picked it up from the newsagents for me earlier, she had a RIGHT look of disgust on her face when she handed it to me, and told me to put it upstairs straight away so the kids didn't see it!

I know 2000AD can be very gory at times, and I don't have a problem with that. In fact, I kinda like it! But a headless dude on the front cover?!?! My newsagent only gets in two copies a week now, and always kind of reserve one for me. The one they have left behind they have no choice to put out with the kids comics cause there is no other room on their shelves. Apparently, the lady behind the counter wasn't impressed either.

This isn't a complaint, it's just a bit of a moan - so please take it the way it was intended and don't flame me. I just felt something had to be said, that's all.

I looked for it in Smith's this morning, but nothing. Any ideas people?

Creative Common / Emotional Structure by Peter Dunne
« on: 14 March, 2013, 12:17:22 PM »
I've quit my job and my wife is supporting me to write a screenplay. It's hard going, but I couldn't do it without this excellent book. I recommend it highly.

Megazine / Anyone else have trouble finding this?
« on: 14 March, 2013, 11:38:08 AM »
Seriously, this comic is like rocking horse shit to get hold of. I can get 2000AD no problem from the local newsagent - but when I've asked them if they ever get Judge Dredd Megazine they look at me like a dog who's just been shown a card trick. My local WHSmith seems to have stopped doing it.

Yesterday I drove all over town trying to find it, and found it in a backwater shop in my town's ghetto area. The lady behind the counter told me she orders it in for a collector, and Rebellion always send a couple more for her to put out on the shelf.

So hopefully that means I've found a regular supplier. The downside of course is that the shop is right in the rough spot of town - and I run the risk of getting killed every time I go there.

Oh well.  :-\

Already had the first three volumes! WOO HOO!!! I've begun reading Vol 4 in earnest - and am REALLY into the Judge Child saga. Makes being 35 ( :'() tha little more easier.

So. I'm 17. It's a gloriously hot day in Summer 1995 - and I'm dead excited about seeing Judge Dredd. A big budget, special effects packed big screen adaptation of a comic book I love - starring an icon of cinema who I've grown up with.

I'm sitting in the cinema with my friend Dan. The lights go down. Alan Silvestri's music score starts, we are greeted with classic comic covers and James Earl Jones' voice booms throughout the cinema reading a title card explaining the world of Mega City One. At this point I am excited. Very.

Then, I remember seeing Rob Schneider's stupid little fucking gerbil face and hearing his whiny little voice. My heart sank slightly. My hopes are lifted slightly by Stallone's heroic introduction and his big booming "I AM THE LAW" speech. Then I hear the words "Double Whammy" and again I am in the doldrums.

Who knew that an hour and a half could feel so bloody long? I knew the film was completely fucked the second he took off his helmet whilst chatting with Chief Justice Fargo (what the hell was Max Von Sydow doing in this garbage?)

I could've handled Dredd taking off his helmet IF

A - He didn't willingly take it off. If it was removed when he was being stripped of his rank and sentenced to Aspen.

B- He had a big gnarly scar or something. A gross disfigurment, which maybe made one if his eyes milky...

But no. Let's face it, in an unconvential way Sylvester Stallone is a very handsome man. Of course he wouldn't let his quirky, yet iconic good looks be ruined for his big sci fi movie.

From that point on, my heart sank. REALLY sank. For the rest of the film - it's just Stallone running round with a big gun, a dirty shirt and a stupid comedy sidekick. This wasn't a Judge Dredd movie. It was just a Stallone movie. And not a very good one. Hell, fucking Daylight is better than this shit.

Add in Armand Assante as a pantomime, scenery chewing villian (but hey, at least he looked like he was having some fun) - then you've got a real dud here.

Sure, Mega City One looked OK (but the FX to me were a bit ropey even then), Cursed Earth was rendered fairly well - and Mean Machine and the ABC Warrior (um.. why was he in this?) were pretty on the money - but that didn't save what is essentially a very bad movie.

Problem is, this was made my Americans. Nothing wrong with our friends across the pond, but the whole point of the comic book was it kind of affectionatly parodied certain aspects of American society. The film completely missed this and replaced the satire of the comic book with ill attempted comedy that bordered on slapstick.

When we get to what is supposed to be the most exciting part of the film - the money moment - the FLYING BIKE chase... I was just sitting in my seat hoping it was still sunny outside for the walk home.

And here's a question: Those "Judge Hunter" guys in the black suits who were sent to apprehend Dredd.
Dredd kills them right? Shoots a load of them, (even Fargo takes one out) and deliberatly causes them to explode and crash on the flying bikes? AREN'T THEY COPS TOO? Shouldn't Dredd at least get in trouble for wasting them?

You'll see I mentioned my walk home earlier. Well let me tell you guys. Whilst walking home, dissapointed and crushed that a comic book character I loved had been so badly fucked up - a wasp somehow made it's way into my trousers and STUNG ME ON MY ASS.

A fitting ending I think to the story of when I saw Sylvester Stallone's Judge Dredd movie. :'(

Film Discussion / My reviews of "Dredd"
« on: 31 January, 2013, 11:26:42 PM »
Hi all. I was very taken with the Dredd movie, so much so, it got me reading 2000AD again! I'm one of the founding members of www.playmountain.net. I act as a site administrator there and often contribute reviews and articles to the main site. We're a general movie website and are all big supporters of the Dredd movie - myself in particular. So rather than waffle on in existing threads about how much I love the damn movie I hope the admins here don't mind me posting links to my Dredd articles.

Here is the initial review I wrote after seeing the film at the cinema:


Here is a follow up article I wrote after seeing the movie on Blu Ray


And here it gets a mention in my Top Ten of 2012 article


Hope this makes interesting reading for you guys!

Books & Comics / Anyone else collecting the "Marvel Heroes" part-work?
« on: 25 January, 2013, 03:13:43 PM »
If not, and you want to - I suggest you get down the newsagent cause the first one is still out but I'm not sure how long for. The first graphic novel is The Avengers and the next one is a Spider-Man one!

I was always a DC kid growing up and totally missed out on Marvel - but I've seen all the movies and they've got me curious - so I thought this part work was a great way to start!

Anyone else like this stuff?

Welcome to the board / ChickenStu here....
« on: 25 January, 2013, 03:10:21 PM »
Hey guys

I'm ChickenStu, I'm almost 35 and throughout my youth I was a casual reader of 2000AD and have always been a big fan of old stoney face! It was difficult at times though, cause my parents dissaproved of comic books and often wouldn't let me get it (the rotters...)

About five years ago I had a subscription to the mag and the megazine, but sadly it all fell by the wayside when I moved house. Although recently, I found all the old ones I'd been sent (most were still in envelopes, lol) and put them in a box. I've still a few more to find from that subscription.

Anyway, since the excellent Dredd movie (I even hated the Stallone one when I was a kid!) I've got my interest back in a big way, and last week I started buying the title again. I bought the latest prog today - really enjoyed the story about the kid in the bubble.

I bought the radio show cassettes of The Day The Law Died and dug out the old PS2 game Dredd Vs Death aswell. For my birthday next month, I'm gonna ask for the first few Complete Case Files TPB collections of Judge Dredd and am going to collect them. Think I'm gonna pick up the graphic novel of Origins too!

So yeah, big fan. Just a shame my kids are a bit too young for it - I'd love to share this stuff with them!

Any advice on where to go by more seasoned Judge Dredd fans would be appreciated!

Nice to meet you all!  :)

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