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Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 17 January, 2023, 12:59:41 PM »
Aye, best of luck Sharks, in health and in all that m'larky.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 17 January, 2023, 12:59:05 PM »
(On an unrelated note, but seeing as it's you: I think I saw a hawk on Sunday. Brown thing with large wingspan. It was gone before I could get a better look. Calling after it was no use. If only, I thought, there was someone I knew of who could communicate with hawks, albeit in a low and indistinct voice!)

The spirit of Rutger Hauer rides again, but never the two shall meet.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 17 January, 2023, 12:31:55 PM »
I've been feeding a trio of foxes that keep coming to the small garden round the back of the family home.
Probably shouldn't but i've grown quite fond of them actually, plus it keeps them from trying (and failing) to squeeze into the cat flap.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 January, 2023, 10:36:53 AM »

Yeah I'm an absolute mark for this, obviously. A series I adore being reinterpreted by two of our greatest living auteur directors, who are known fans of the franchise, it was never going to be anything but a triumph.
Fan wank aspects aside I adore how Shin took the series back to it roots, acting both in universe and by cultural association as a counter balance to the desperate politicism of Shin Godzilla by proposing a philosophy of optimism and altruistic good will. Earnestness on such a big spectacle fare as this is desperately lacking in major productions from the West these days.

Also its incredibly funny Anno and Higuchi made Zarab a manlet in a trench coat.


An excellent yet deeply flawed dramatic black comedy that goes drastically off the rails during the final act.
Blanchett is utterly compelling in the titular role, and some slightly obtuse jabs at contemporary politics aside I feel it was broadly successful in conveying the rational and moral decay of those in positions of authority, regardless of the industry.

Portrait of a Lady in Power.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 January, 2023, 12:54:30 PM »
Aye, it did, and I did acknowledge that. It just wasn't a very good example of how to handle said dichotomy.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 January, 2023, 08:51:31 AM »

A very stupid film, with all the typical contrite, annoying Johnson malarkeys you would have come to expect. But it is better than the first one in a such that it actually has SOMETHING to say about class dichotomy, even if its incredibly ham fisted in doing so. I will give anyone a few extra points for attempting to reinvigorate the Murder Mystery genre in the space age year of 2022/3.

Watch THE MENU instead, similar concept, just better.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 January, 2023, 02:31:54 PM »
Aftersun really powerful and affecting, worth all the plaudits it has had recently

Seconded. It's pretty damn great.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 January, 2023, 09:42:51 AM »
Been on a bit of a Peter Watkins binge recently.
Hate to say that THE WAR GAME might be more harrowing than THREADS but it is, it really really is.

Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 05 January, 2023, 02:30:57 PM »
Some folks will probably know my primary hobby and outlet is filmmaking, small, pithy mood pieces on celluloid.

I recently took my first step into standard (or 'double') 8MM production by purchasing a nice little pocket Bolex from the early 60's. Bought from a licensed reseller for a solid price, i was really excited to get into the thick of it. Less than 72 hours latter, on my first shoot, I fucked the damn thing up by somehow shattering the variable shutter dial, causing the clockwork mechanism to go into freefall and effectively exploding in my hands.
Turns out you're only supposed to control the variable shutter then the motor is running, not in lock. A stupid little mistake on my part, but a humbling one.

Always read the manual on your decades old gear folks.

(Up shot, went to purchase a new one of the same model from the same seller and he sent me a replacement for the price of shipping for my troubles. Sometimes small communities rock like that.)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 03 January, 2023, 03:37:43 PM »
"I am shocked, SHOCKED to see there is GAMBLING going on here!"
"Your winnings sir..."
"Oh, thank you very much!"

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 03 January, 2023, 09:50:33 AM »

First time watch, if you can believe it, on 35mm yesterday. Rarely do i say movies deserve their reputation but yeah, this one absolutely does.

Also no one told me its funnier than about 99% of other movies, massive W.

Prog / Re: Prog 2312 - Xmas with the Devil!
« on: 01 January, 2023, 07:20:58 PM »
A Deadlock Wizard did it.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Filming reveals 2000AD connection (SPOILERS)
« on: 29 December, 2022, 10:34:26 AM »
Although of a very different era, I grew up reading The Crimson Hand and similar epics in the pages of DW Monthly and to this day consider it the correct way to do an epic in this universe. So good, over its long run, be it Marvel or Panini, DW Magazine/Monthly has rarely dropped the ball on the comic front, very much slept on.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 December, 2022, 05:35:34 PM »
And could we now get back to something less controversial, like Japanese wartime atrocities and David Bowie’s acting skills?

Amusingly i've rewatched both THE HUNGER and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH recently and yeah, Bowie is clearly in his most elemental when playing something ancient, and alien, and yet utterly alluring.

Also, watch MOONAGE DAYDREAM anyone who hasn't yet. It's probably in my top 5 of the year, just front the back banger.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 December, 2022, 10:47:32 AM »
A brilliant, brilliant film. Especially 40 years on when we, as Brits, are now thoroughly entrenched in denialism over our own egomaniacal history.
Don’t worry. We, as Irish, will always be happy to remind you. :)
Gods own work.

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