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Film & TV / Re: On telly this week
« on: 25 October, 2022, 09:29:26 PM »
Last episode of House of the Dragon made the whole series worthwhile!

I thought the penultimate episode was excellent as well. I particularly enjoyed the fact that (albeit briefly) we got to see some non-toffs and the hint of underlying class tensions is something I hope we’ll see develop in Season 2.

Film & TV / Re: On telly this week
« on: 25 October, 2022, 09:26:55 PM »
Just watched the first episode of The Peripheral on Prime. It’s very William Gibson, in a good way. Dense, imaginative, exciting. As with much of Gibson’s work, it just drops you in at the deep end, with mountains of implied history and backstory, and expects you to get on with it, which is both bewildering and rather exhilarating.

I’m actually reading the book at the moment and now I don’t know whether to stop reading the book so I can enjoy the series, or hold off on the series until I’ve finished the book (which is also excellent)…!

Film & TV / Re: On telly this week
« on: 23 October, 2022, 10:03:09 PM »
Well, Chibnall’s final Dr Who was apocalyptically awful. I mean, honestly, the worst TV I’ve seen in years. Poor Jodie Whitaker — I can’t believe how bad that was. What the actual FUCK was that?

Other Reviews / Re: Monster Fun - Halloween Spooktacular 2022
« on: 23 October, 2022, 07:19:31 PM »
I find it baffling how WHSmith faces comics.

As I’m sure you know, you have to pay WHS an absolute fortune if you want to get them to display your title anywhere other the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.’

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 22 October, 2022, 09:48:26 PM »
I remember Motorhead playing a gig in their house, for no apparent reason

And The Damned playing ‘Grimly Fiendish’ if we’re looking for a comics connection, if I recall correctly…

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 October, 2022, 02:12:47 PM »
A deft bit of wordplay there, my man  :)

Thanks! I was quite proud of that one. ;-)

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 22 October, 2022, 10:17:17 AM »
the best thing the UK could do to try and regain even one iota of stability is beg to be allowed back into the EU.

Highly unlikely they'd have us. At the barest minumum, we'd need a non-Conservative government for the process to begin, so comprehensively have the Tories trashed our relationship with Europe, and even then it's going to have to be incremental.

Start with the customs union (which at least makes the problems with the Good Friday Agreement go away), move on to limited regulatory alignment which would alleviate a signficant number of import/export hurdles and allow us access to some pan-European schemes we're currently excluded from, the rejoin the single market and, maybe, after a decade of contrition, they might consider allowing us to rejoin. On much worse terms than the ones we had when we left.

The EU is never going to send a signal to member states that you can just leave, give it a go on your own, decide you don't like it and walk back in when you feel like it. Particularly not given the way the Tories behaved right through the negotiations, and since.

That's the gift of Brexit.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 October, 2022, 09:20:48 AM »
I was looking forward to this based on my crush for the Rock and the trailer but this is yet another review that basically says "Splosions!"

I'm generally well disposed towards Dwayne Johnson — almost all the films I've seen him in (which, I'll confess, isn't a lot) have, at worst, been thoroughly entertaining, and, at best, been surprisingly good (the Jumanjis) so, as I said, I went into this wanting to like it (and hoping DC were getting their movie shit together).

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 October, 2022, 05:57:22 PM »
Black Adam

Well, that was… very much a DC superhero movie, and I don't mean that in a good way. Shame — I wanted to like it.

I mean, it's not first-Suicide-Squad bad, but it's so achingly, desperately mediocre and at just over two hours, it's at least half an hour too long. The 'characters' are non-existent, from Johnson's Adam all the way down the cast. Brosnan makes a decent fist of what little he's given to work with, as you'd expect, but the rest…? They've got nothing to work with — they're literally there to do whatever the plot requires and deliver the occasional one-liner regardless of whether it seems in-character or not.

I think one of the key problems with the DC movies is that the VFX teams (who, presumably, are only working from storyboards developed with the director's approval) only seem to know how to stage one fight. And most of the movie is fighting. And it's just the same fight, again and again. Even if the VFX were better (and they're pretty average) the fights would still be dull.

There's a point (you'll know if you see the film) where the story appears to be reaching a natural conclusion. They could have ended it there, stuck a To Be Continued on it, and it would have clocked in at maybe 90 minutes and might have been OK, but instead there's a 'twist' that's telegraphed so violently obviously that you can only gasp in wonder at the fact that none of the protagonists saw it coming, and the movie starts up again we're treated to another half an hour of the same fight we've been watching for the last hour and a half.

Catch it on a streaming service when you don't have to pay for it, and maybe drink heavily throughout.

Shit Adam, more like.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars: Andor
« on: 20 October, 2022, 11:02:12 PM »
Andor will have 2 seasons. It was originally 5.

My bad. I should have looked that up…!

Disappointing, though. I could totally go more than two seasons. Especially since we'd been pre-warned that K-2SO wouldn't turn up in the first season.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 20 October, 2022, 10:30:57 PM »
Perhaps they're counting repeats.


Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 20 October, 2022, 02:52:19 PM »
Oh, Jesus fucking Christ. The Times is reporting that Boris fucking Johnson is "taking soundings" in the Conservative party, with a view to standing in the forthcoming leadership contest.


Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 20 October, 2022, 02:25:08 PM »
Is that five Tory PMs in just over six years?

And three inside four months when the next one takes office. Still, at least we have a first past the post electoral system that guarantees stable, long-lasting governments, eh?

Even the Italians are laughing at us, now.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 20 October, 2022, 02:01:23 PM »
Within a week?  Can't see them organising it that quickly, after the shambles last time!

The plan that's been circulating is that when the leadership contest gets down to the last two, whoever has the fewer votes stands aside in favour of the other, who just gets appointed leader by default.

They're not going to allow that interminable campaigning phase like last time, and they have no intention of putting it to the members.

In the words of one unnamed senior Tory a few days ago: "The membership fucked it up. They don't get another go."

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 20 October, 2022, 01:35:56 PM »
And Truss is gone. New leader within a week.

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