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Messages - CalHab

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: Today at 01:26:02 PM »
Thor #18. Thor has lost his hammer. Oops. First he goes to Loki for help, who points him in another direction- Throg, The Frog of Thunder! This is an absolutely joyous romp, revelling in the absurdity of the Marvel universe, and there are some beautiful pages here, for what could have just been a gag issue. I was grinning from ear to ear from the first page to the last. Wonderful. I can't wait for next month's issue.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 12:29:39 PM »
I've had that experience a few times recently. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 12:20:42 PM »
Plus, I don't find her sexy.

This is exactly the problem I had with Nosferatu! He was fugly as fuck! And not in a good way. And The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - wtf? If they'd managed to get Robert Redford to play Tuco they could have changed the title to the The Good, the Bad and the Hawt, clearly improving the movie and culture at large! Sophie's Choice? More like Sophie's a Munter etc. etc.

I get your point, but Lara Croft was conceived* as a sex symbol. You're making a false equivalence here.

You're also criticising someone for judging an actor's looks while calling Meryl Streep a munter.


*admittedly in the 90s by tech bros

The recent Tomb Raider film is an adaptation of the rebooted games, which make a clear move away from the sexist and outdated view of Croft in the 90s game. The character is portrayed in the film in a very similar way to how she's portrayed in the game. Funt Solo's point is a good one.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: Today at 12:15:41 PM »
The initial interest for me was Hulk as avenging monster. Once the very large supporting cast became the main driver I gradually lost interest. The Gamma Flight mini was just a complete waste of time.

It's a real shame how it ended, as it could have been a landmark series.




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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 October, 2021, 08:52:51 AM »
The Velvet Underground. This was an absolute joy for me. Todd Haynes does a wonderful job of presenting archive footage in context, often with a split screen showing Warhol films alongside interviews or other footage. It works wonderfully.

I’ll also add that I could happily watch an entire film of Jonathan Richman talking about the VU.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 23 October, 2021, 12:29:29 PM »
Defenders#1-3. This is interesting. Dr Strange assembles a team to hunt through the past for the bad guy. Each issue is from the perspective of a different team member, Strange in #1, Silver Surfer in #2 and Harpy in #3. #2 is the standout of these three, a loving tribute to Lee/Kirby comics with Al Ewing doing a very good impersonation of Stan’s bombastic dialogue. Worth picking up.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 October, 2021, 12:05:27 PM »
Is Mishima available on a streaming service? I remember hearing about it years ago in Peter Biskind's book but I've never seen it anywhere.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 21 October, 2021, 11:59:49 AM »
I disagree on most counts. Lara was a killing machine in all of the original games, it was simply sanitised by video game tropes and capabilities of the time. At least the first of the Tomb Raider reboots *tried* to address this aspect of her character. As for the puzzles, apart from the exploration aspect which is present and correct, I'd personally rather have the brilliant physics-based, self-enclosed tombs of the reboots than the endless "hope you don't drown" or "push this cube" nonsense of the originals.

I agree. The self-enclosed tombs are fun and the open-world stuff is well done in all three games. I'm a big fan of the reboots. Firing the bow, climbing up rock walls. All great fun.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 21 October, 2021, 09:27:22 AM »
Australia comes with a surcharge because they have to put an upside down label on so your postal service can read it.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 October, 2021, 03:24:56 PM »
I don't think this is an accident. They do function as a propaganda arm of the UK government for a "home" audience. It's particularly interesting that the "home" audience is England.

This becomes blatantly obvious when you watch international sporting events.

I can't speak to how badly the BBC misunderstand Scottish or Welsh issues, but I can't believe it could be worse than their understanding of Northern Ireland, especially when it comes to the NI protocol.

True! However bad the BBC's Scottish coverage is, it pales into insignificance when compared to their treatment of Northern Ireland.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 October, 2021, 09:43:16 AM »
I tend to listen to BBC Scotland on the radio a lot. There are a lot of issues with it, but I agree that they are generally caused by a lack of funding.

The problem I have is the "national" and international news, particularly when it covers Scottish matters. There is widespread ignorance and arrogance about devolved matters and Scottish issues. They invariably use talking heads from Westminster who repeat UK government lines without analysis or critique.

Their international coverage does the same and is uncritically supportive of UK foreign policy, in a way that their World Service coverage isn't.

I don't think this is an accident. They do function as a propaganda arm of the UK government for a "home" audience. It's particularly interesting that the "home" audience is England.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 19 October, 2021, 03:26:34 PM »
As with David Amess, someone may disagree with his personal politics, but when it comes to the military issues, Colin at least wasn't that bloodthirsty unlike many of his military compatriots. "war should be the last resort".

Maybe when he gets to Hell he’ll find those weapons of mass destruction that, as part of the Bush administration, he spent years lying about.

I don't blame him entirely, and it's likely his only mistake in his career. He even acknowledged it afterwards.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2011/9/11/colin-powell-regrets-iraq-war-intelligence

It's worth also pointing out that he participated in the original cover up investigation into the My Lai massacre.

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Events / Re: Lawless 2022
« on: 13 October, 2021, 01:40:18 PM »
That would be great!

Perhaps a tv in the background showing Dixon knocking in a last gasp winner against the Faroe Islands?

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Film & TV / Re: Steven S.DeKnight vs CB Cebulski
« on: 13 October, 2021, 01:35:07 PM »
Anybody using the name Grover who isn't a furry blue monster is guilty of muppet-ural appropriation.

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Events / Re: Lawless 2022
« on: 13 October, 2021, 01:32:01 PM »
Ah, but now they have Roy of the Rovers, which could only benefit from having a crossover (Rok of the Rovers?).

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