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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 16 October, 2021, 09:27:44 PM »

Latham's steak and kidney pies. Heaven in a crust.


It's not just a few comics pros who are abrasive, some of us amateurs are prickly feckers as well.

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 14 October, 2021, 01:38:34 AM »
no more updates? Lets all admit this ain't gonna happen

Still nothing!

Couldn't wait the whole two months, huh? See you again for more thrilling reportage in December.

Here's something to put you on for a minute or so...

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 13 October, 2021, 08:56:43 PM »

Well Ho-lee sh*t. I thought this was some meme I didn't get or befuddling Photoshoppery but, stomm, it seems this actually happened. I feel like I've woken up in the wrong universe.

That damned Nero has a lot to answer for...

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 13 October, 2021, 04:57:11 PM »

Well, I guess ol' Bill needs to update his image following the failure of his lingerie business, Shatner Panties.

Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 13 October, 2021, 04:50:39 PM »

You're Goddamn right, Mister Pops. What I was trying to say, in my own clumsy way, was that in a parallel world where orientation didn't matter in the same way that it did in ours these films would still be great regardless of the protagonists' preferences. Just rewriting them in our world would be as bad as you suggest and I wouldn't argue for such revisions to be made. In writing modern films, however, I wonder whether presenting characters with different orientations without signposting and just telling a good story in an entertaining fashion would be one way of encouraging acceptance; to make boy meets boy, girl meets girl or feral teen meets ape (??) as mundane as boy meets girl without feeling the need to sensationalise it. Person meets person, kind of thing. (Which is not to say that there is no place for films exploring the prejudices and difficulties faced by minorities, far from it - but, maybe, not every film has to present non-traditionally oriented protagonists as victims of prejudice or be constantly tub-thumping. I guess I'm arguing for subtlety, which is just as much a shock for me (as subtle as a cast iron wheelbarrow full of broken breeze blocks, I am) as it is for anyone who's read any of my posts!)

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 13 October, 2021, 07:46:52 AM »



"Sally Rooney has turned down an offer from the Israeli publisher that translated her two previous novels into Hebrew, due to her stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict."

Seems like a political act to me, and this is the Political Thread...

Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 12 October, 2021, 06:12:18 PM »

I don't have any answers but here's my perspective, for what it's worth.

I personally don't care about people's sexual orientation and so long as nobody's getting coerced or harmed then what folk get up to is nothing to do with me. That's kinda' my default position on just about everything, tbh. When it comes to media, however, my feelings are a bit more complicated. I'm not a big fan of soppy love scenes of any persuasion but they are necessary sometimes in the context of the plot. A good love scene informs on the characters and situation, a bad one hangs signs around the characters' necks proclaiming labels like STRAIGHT! LESBIAN! GAY! BI! I detest those scenes because it feels like somebody's trying to force me to recognise something I'm really not interested in, to accept something I already accept. It's annoying, and probably more annoying still to people who think differently. I do, however, recognise the need for people of all orientations to be accepted - with my previous caveat, ideally - and that it's part of the media's role to facilitate this acceptance. Some attempts will be perfect, some will be cringeworthy and some will be exploitative, but most will be just clumsy.

I don't think that soppy love scenes are always necessary, either. Lots of media don't use them, relying on the story itself to get across everything the audience needs to know. This is an imperfect example obviously, but lots of films, especially old films, eschew soppy love scenes for intimate character moments and dialogue. Granted, in those more solidly heterosexual times, even soppy love scenes had little to do in respect of establishing a character's orientation because there were only two: straight and deviant. Nowadays, of course, it's gloriously diverse - and I think this might be a large part of the problem.

Maybe, and as I say I really have no solutions or even an understanding of what other people go through in this regard, it might be an idea to simplify things again, this time to loving and hateful. The subject doesn't have to be forced or signposted, just written as normal. Imagine a parallel world where the orientations of people had ceased to matter; would Casablanca still be a great film if Rick was Nikki and there were no other changes than that one name in the script? Would Raiders of the Lost Ark still be a great film with no other change than Henry Jones Junior becoming Henrietta Jones Junior? Or Marion becoming Mario? I like to think they'd still be classics, that I'd still love them, and that they'd convey the characters' orientations as effortlessly as the versions in our world convey heterosexuality without hanging big neon signs everywhere. (Tarzan might be a bit more problematic - just how did old Greystoke deal with puberty and young adulthood until Jane came along? And what if Jane had been John?)

I know, I know, this is a simplistic view but I'm a simplistic fellow and I guess it doesn't advance the discussion very much beyond pointing out what everybody probably already knows anyway - it's the love that's important, not the form it takes.

Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 12 October, 2021, 02:39:06 PM »

Didn't he catch cancer off the sun or something?

Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 12 October, 2021, 12:07:30 PM »

Oops, sorry - I didn't click the link and just assumed this was a reboot.

Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 12 October, 2021, 10:12:22 AM »

Makes sense for Supes to be bi, I think. Given the way Kryptonians reproduce by some kind of cloning (?) process, their society would have no need to enforce, encourage, or endorse strict or even prevalent heterosexuality. Some good and thoughtful stories could stem from this aspect of Superman's inherited culture clashing with his adopted one. Bravo, DC.

Website and Forum / Re: Avatars
« on: 12 October, 2021, 07:30:46 AM »

Also, my notifications haven't been working for ages. Has anyone tried turning the Command Module off and on again?

Welcome to the board / Re: PHIL...
« on: 12 October, 2021, 07:23:36 AM »

Quickly now, Mr Trum - and less of your lip.

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 08 October, 2021, 11:56:38 AM »

I'm glad you're okay, JBC. If there's anything I can do, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Announcements / Re: Doodles for Dave
« on: 07 October, 2021, 06:30:41 PM »

Not at all, Foxy - I thought that people might pay a lot more for a Bolt Original than a Sharkish scribble.

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