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Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 29 July, 2021, 09:22:35 PM »
Shame! She could have done so much better.  But given the last episode I can remember as being "Great! I'd happily watch that again and again" was HEAVEN SENT some six years ago (and that's about the only Capaldi I remember) then yeah, I won't really miss it if it does take a rest.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 29 July, 2021, 09:17:13 PM »
Odd COINCIDENCE  we watched CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER last week and it got a good thumbs up.

Possibly the best Jack Ryan film (I think I rate it above Red October but not seen that recently;  certainly no other films come close) if not that accurate adaption but a lot of Clancy reads like extracts from a Weapons catalogue so that isn't a bad thing.

The action is great (the ambush rightly celebrated), the plot scarily believable (except where Ryan steps in at the end) though Ryan's deal with the devil at the end is conveniently absolved. Problems? Yeah. I'm pretty sure that a film about the drug war should focus a lot more on how the cartels impact the locals rather than just middle aged white politicians in another country.

Is it the last decent movie headlined by Harrison Ford?


They want to get copies into Bovington Tank Museum shop.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 28 July, 2021, 12:26:09 AM »
Yeah, I took my boys (both pretty grown up by this point) to see JAWS at GFT a few years back. Tiny Tips came out with an entirely new appreciation of a film that he'd only thought of as "Meh!" when viewed on telly.

I'd love to see CE3K on a big screen again.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 26 July, 2021, 11:13:36 PM »
So made it to end of S2 of Black Summer. Ultimately I didn't think it was worth it. There are a couple of bravura "long take" set pieces (one in particular in the finale) but very little in the way of character. I need a bit more to hang onto than technical cleverness.

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 24 July, 2021, 04:44:02 PM »
Tiplodocus: your company sounds like a case study for how to reframe office work. If it pulls this off, it will be well positioned for the future and surely have relatively strong staff retention. Good to hear some folks are getting this right.

I'm as surprised as anybody. It does help that the nature of where I work (business change) is suited for this kind of thing. And I do have a fairly understanding hierarchy of managers. I imagine some of our Branch and Contact centre teams might not have the same view as me.

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 23 July, 2021, 05:58:21 PM »

Oh and linking to this sketch is obligatory for all discussions about Working From Home.

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 23 July, 2021, 05:55:52 PM »
My employer has been rather good about this and have embraced the concept of WFH.  I am designated as a REMOTE FIRST worker which means I can work from home and am only obliged to head into the office 2 days per month. And even those two days are being ignored by local managers if it turns out we'd be going into the office just to spend all day on the phone or Zoom. The offices are now being designed around 40% occupancy (I think previously it was 75%). Our offices are places for collaboration (I.e. big project start-ups or v.important meetings), education (if it needs to be done face to face) and celebration. Changed days from what we used to refer to as "Branch Mentality". Other staff are OFFICE FIRST when their primary role is face to face dealing with customers but can still work from home if the need arises or FLEXIBLE.

You can't believe how appreciative I am to have a job that survived COVID pretty much unscathed, allows me to work this way, a good enough home set up to make it comfortable for me and Mrs Tips - who is in a pretty much identical situation - and a company that does seem to actually pay attention to the changing world.

I do want the odd day in the office - but mainly to go for a pint with some of my mates.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 July, 2021, 05:41:17 PM »
I enjoyed BLACK WIDOW (at cinema) so I don't get the hate.

Definitely in the upper tier of Marvel movies with a smash the patriarchy endingthat Wonder Woman lacked. Some genuine LOLs and nice character bits combine with stunning set pieces.
It benefits from being relatively low key for this sort of thing (and I appreciate that using low key to describe a finale with characters fighting as they tumble to earth amidst the falling and burning ruins of a super massive hovering aircraft carrier sounds daft but that's where we are now.)

Followed this up with an excursion to Glasgae to see what they've done as set dressing to St. VINCENT STREET for Indiana Jones 5. It looks great.

Prog / Re: Prog 2239 - High-Speed Summary Justice!
« on: 11 July, 2021, 11:18:13 AM »
 Just caught up on the last few progs.  They've been really good and have enjoyed it all; DREDD and Chimpsky being my favourites but others not far behind. And a fine set of covers too. The front of the SK Moore one put me in mind of Ron Smith... the back very much his own thing.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 28 June, 2021, 07:02:51 PM »
So part of my problem with Black Summer is yhat I can remember fuck all about S1. Only 3 episodes in, when she takes her hat off, did I think "Oh, it's the lass that was looking for her daughter!"

That could be me (I am old and my knees are weak) or that the characters barely get anything, e.g. dialogue,  to distinguish them as all they seem to do is run away, run away!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 June, 2021, 11:30:28 PM »
THE PRODUCERS popped up on council telly the other night and it had only just begun so I thought, I'll watch ten minutes of this because I can't remember seeing it in more than thirty years.

Needless to say I ended up watching the whole thing and still can't stop humming "Springtime for Hitler".

It's a remarkably slight movie, a few dated attitudes (but doesn't fare too badly considering) and I'm sure would have been instantly forgotten but for two utterly fantastic turns from Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel. They bounce off each other really well - surely some of it improvised.

I know there's a more modern version (is it a musical) and i have it in my head that it's Matthew  Broderick and Natha Lane). I can imagine Lane is superb but I'm too frightened to watch it and find out.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 25 June, 2021, 09:41:38 PM »
"Hey, it's Enrique Palazzo". All movies should list the one line actors this way in the credits.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 25 June, 2021, 09:37:59 PM »
Black Summer - this started off really strongly, I thought, with some fascinating structural choices in terms of the storytelling. There's an odd leap mid-season, though, where the experience level and cohesiveness of the protagonists seems to go up an order of magnitude - I had to go and check Wikipedia to see if I'd somehow missed an episode - or even an entire season.

Imperfect, but a shambling, moaning, brain-munching gem of the zombie apocalypse genre.

So I'm 2 episodes into Season 2 and wondering why the are bothering with non-linear story telling as so far it hasn't shed any new lights on events we've previously seen.

But more worryingly, I'm wondering if they are actually going to give the characters character. So far the only way to tell them apart is the clothes and the guns. They don't have personalities. At any given moment any of them could say murder a child or shag an aardvark and I have not a clue if that's in character for them.

But in terms of capturing the kinetic terror of a fast Zombie Apocolypse where you can't trust anyone, it's doing well.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 June, 2021, 10:55:37 PM »
If you can seek out TOP SECRET by the same team, it too is awesome.

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