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Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 03 December, 2021, 12:07:35 PM »
I'd really like it if film directors could be brilliant and also not be complete pieces of shit.* Just in the interests of my mental health, could folks maybe give me a few examples of brilliant directors who are also OK humans? They don't have to be humanitarian of the year… at this point, I'd just settle for not being weirdo misogynists, sex pests, child rapists, or dropping helicopters on people. That sort of stuff.

David Lynch seems to be a good sort, so that's something.

Film & TV / Re: Accident Man 2
« on: 02 December, 2021, 08:43:42 AM »
This just reminds me of everyone's favourite Tharg, Alan McKenzie, and his claim to have single-handedly designed and created Luke Kirby. John Ridgway was justifiably miffed about that.

I'm sure Pat Mills would be delighted with that comparison.

Film & TV / Re: Is Sigourney Weaver Back For More Aliens?
« on: 30 November, 2021, 09:03:28 AM »
I don't play computer games so can't comment, but I feel like I've heard there's a very good and scary Alien-based game out there from recent years, written by one Daniel Abnett.

Alien: Isolation. Very atmospheric.

Film & TV / Re: New Bladerunner TV and Aliens show in the offing.
« on: 24 November, 2021, 12:12:16 PM »
Soooo a random thought , but would a xenomorph lay an egg in a replicant?

An alien laid an egg in Bishop in the William Gibson Alien 3 script.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 November, 2021, 04:11:11 PM »
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

I enjoyed it. The bus fight and the scaffold fight are brilliant set pieces and the lead characters are likeable and charismatic. I thought it went adrift in the final act, but its all good, daft fun. Perfect for a Friday night with a beer.

Games / Re: Cursed Earth Card Game by Osprey - House Rules?
« on: 22 November, 2021, 03:57:53 PM »
Its a beautiful game but I just couldn't get into it. I think I probably just don't enjoy solo games.

I absolutely loved Judge Dredd: Helter Skelter, though. I got the Dark Judges expansion, but haven't had a chance to play it yet. Hopefully it did well enough that they can justify more. An ABC Warriors/Nemesis expansion would be brilliant!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 November, 2021, 11:19:47 AM »
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Cradle of Life
Nearly everything is wrong with this movie.
Doesn't she have a really good coat in the snow bit?

I vaguely remember watching this in the cinema, and there was a bit where time is reversed and rerun, which at the time I thought was an interesting way of showing the try-die-retry dynamic of the game.

Maybe that was the first film, though.

Film & TV / Re: Is Sigourney Weaver Back For More Aliens?
« on: 16 November, 2021, 03:08:43 PM »
Budget is a good point. There's more willingness to take a creative risk on a comic when, at most, you'll lose thousands of dollars, not tens or hundreds of millions if you fail. The dead hand of committees and executives will stifle creativity.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 November, 2021, 02:57:46 PM »
I really enjoyed that film as well! It was a touching tribute to a man pursuing his vision. Not unlike Ed Wood (both the film and the man).

I was also really interested in the folkoric aspect of the stories Rudy Ray Moore took from the homeless guy. Its akin to Alan Lomax, going around recording artists without proper attribution or acknowledgement of copyright (to be later ripped off by Moby). There's some interesting historical and ethical questions in there, tied in with exploitation of African-American culture.

Film & TV / Re: Is Sigourney Weaver Back For More Aliens?
« on: 16 November, 2021, 02:49:43 PM »
For me, it’s because they remain slavishly tied to the original continuity, in a manner that too often erodes the mystery in the original films, overcomplicates matters, and also stops new writers from doing anything interesting.

I used to quite enjoy the Dark Horse Aliens comics, they often did interesting things with the material. Maybe its the format?

The Marvel Aliens comics I've read have been very poor.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 15 November, 2021, 12:46:27 PM »
The Thing #1 (Walter Mosley, Tom Reilly, Jordie Bellaire, Joe Sabino). A deliberate throwback, this comic is set sometime after the end of the cold war, but in tone could be the 60s or 70s. The pieces are put in place for the storyline, The Thing is isolated from friends and family in this issue and an antagonist is introduced. The art, however, is a cut above the script here. There's a deceptively simple style and a few interesting tricks used. It all makes it quite a fun issue for the reader.

I did a quick google, and the Walter Mosley who wrote this is the novelist best known for Devil in a Blue Dress. I'd assumed it was a coincidence!

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 15 November, 2021, 12:38:12 PM »
Human Target 1 - looks fantastic Tom King does rather love dangling as much mystery and intrigue from the get go. Our hero 'death' from the start, as is of course fitting and Lex Luther and the JLI somewhere at the heart of it all. These are effective openers b

I'm looking forward to this. Tom King has done some great stuff, even if his recent stuff is more mixed (though I'm enjoying Batman/Catwoman).

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 11 November, 2021, 03:00:11 PM »
I didn't know that. Smith should have overruled him.

Pat Mills being famously open to editorial suggestions...

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2023
« on: 11 November, 2021, 02:58:58 PM »
Is it normal for books to wait almost two years to be published? Is this still the paper supply problem that publishers were struggling with?

I haven't read Harmony, so can't comment on it.

I would just like to state, for all those people who reckon the Prog is "terrible these days", that in this roundup of the complete history of 2000AD, it looks like Chronos Carnival will get through at least two rounds. This means that, statistically at least, it is a better than average story over the history of the prog.

Holy crap.

I'm confident that it wouldn't get anywhere near the prog these days.

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