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Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 31 January, 2022, 12:47:10 PM »
I ended up handing in my notice at work this morning after an altercation with the 'regional consultant' (the area manager. He just holds that title so when shit hits the fan he get the heat taken off him as he's only a 'consultant'. Would you be surprised to hear he's the CEO's step brother?). We've been down to a quarter of the staff again due to positive test results, with no measures being put in place to insure staff safety on an hourly wage, its just not worth it at all and his complete apathy at our collective concerns is telling.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 January, 2022, 01:43:47 PM »
At this point FF is basically just M.A.S.K with less spring loaded gimmicks and i'm all in favor of it.
Delightful nonsense.

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 23 January, 2022, 10:49:22 AM »
I do fortunately have experience and transferable skills in other industries, and have been applying like a madman to get out of this toxic pit of exploitation. Oh I'm not saying an office or admin job will be any easier or free of its own problem, but I'll at least have consistent hours, a schedule that isn't ever changing, and some semblance of change.

I do have the fortune of being in a workers union but as folks have previously pointed out, any attempts at making the hospitality workplace a more fair or equitable industry is kind of hamstrung by a broad disdain for it by the British public. Its a catch 22 that I don't think will ever improve, only get tighter until the heat death of the fucking universe.

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 22 January, 2022, 12:08:56 PM »
I'm noticing a very worrying trend, really just an evolution in what was already the norm, among hospitality companies. We've become increasingly disposable, and any concerns we might externalize about personal safety is dismissed as "we're doing what the government advises".
33 out of 45 employees across four branches off with positive results? No problem, just pull double or triple shifts. Whats that, those 12 staff members are tired and complaining they want adequate reimbursement for their work? Well they get their hourly contracted so thats not our problem, if they keep complaining terminate them, they're within their six month probational period.

It's so. So exhausting out there guys.

Creative Common / Re: I wrote some weird shit
« on: 18 January, 2022, 04:18:39 PM »
Well, thread necro. I pulled Rebirth after it sold it's 100th copy which was...unexpectedly nice. But in the meantime i've been working on the craft, publishing various short stories through a number of imprints, and decided late last year to give self publishing another shot. This time including paperbacks!

THE ASH AND BONE SANCTUARY is a collection of ten horror tales, six original, alongside two short stories and two prose poems presented in revised and expanded form from REBIRTH, in 150 pages of spine chilling gore.

In print: 28/02/22


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 January, 2022, 04:35:26 PM »


Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a strong contender for my favourite living director working in the industry today, so it comes as little surprise his dreamy musings on the death of nature as a slow, drawn out rattle, versus the death of humanity as an explosive whimper (the image of boreholes as a form of trepanation on a cosmic level is inspired) is so wonderfully mesmeric. Actually unfair a movie this perfect drops mere weeks into the year, nothing else stands a chance.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 January, 2022, 03:18:29 PM »
It is slightly funny folks got in a tizz about someone voicing an opinion, over post where they didn't even voice an opinion. Love to see it.


Next on my list of 2021 catch ups, a movie younger me would have loved but man, Edgar Wright really just isn't for me anymore. Self indulgent and fundamentally misunderstanding the genre modes that allegedly inspired him, all to churn out a turgid, weary excuse for a haunting tale. Not good.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 16 January, 2022, 12:25:47 PM »
Heading out to Bargain Booze for some office supplies.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 January, 2022, 12:24:42 PM »




Part of my 2021 catch up of guff action flicks I missed at the time and ya know what, it hits the spot pretty well. You can always depend on Evan Spiliotopoulos to deliver the matinee action pomp and fuck me, getting Iko Uwasai to consult on the action scenes was a call. My type of trash.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 January, 2022, 11:22:23 AM »
(I can't help but wonder if some of the initial online negativity was a reaction to the determinedly diverse cast of characters and the fact that the film is strongly female-led. Since I had no intention of going to the cinema to see anything when The Eternals hit theatres, I wasn't paying much attention, and I wonder if there was the hand of the "wokeness is ruining Marvel" crowd in play there.)

I think its a very tempting trap to fall into in assuming a lot of criticism for media comes from a place of, at best, bad faith and at worse outright bigotry. Its interesting you would bring this up for THE ETERNALS where, in contrast to Black Panther and Captain Marvel which where tarred and feathered by the right wing nostalgia media losers brigade, was actually largely derided for the simple fact its looked ugly as sin and incredibly dull.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 14 January, 2022, 12:01:32 PM »
Been meaning to check that out, rather adoring the annual Worzel Gummidge specials from the same team. Just delightful, calming television drenched in folklore.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 January, 2022, 08:41:53 AM »

Psycho erotic body horror by way of French extremist feminism cinema and my fuckin god, its been a long time since a film made me squirm. Julia Ducournau is simply one of the best in the industry right now and it quite, quite deranged.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 January, 2022, 02:50:21 PM »

Local indie picture house is having a season of movies written by Nigel Kneale (a few i'm skipping but being able to see The Woman in Black, Hammers The Witches, and Quatermass and the Pit on the big screen is going to be dope) and this was a considerable gap in my experience with one of the formative genre teleplay writers. It is, as one would expect, excellent, and dare I say remains probably the best adaptation of the novel on screen?

Seeing a rare, unavailable 35mm print of a 70 year old BBC teleplay in a cinema feels utterly bizarre however. Like some form of celluloid curse is being projected into my brain.

Film & TV / Re: What The Flux?
« on: 02 January, 2022, 09:12:51 PM »
'Kin hell. That Next Time though...

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 31 December, 2021, 09:35:43 PM »
David Warner remains fantastic.

Four words nobody can ever argue with.

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