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Film & TV / New Bladerunner TV and Aliens show in the offing.
« on: 22 November, 2021, 10:23:32 AM »

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 17 November, 2021, 10:03:40 AM »
Author Wlibur Smith aged 88


I loved the film The Mercenaries, based on his novel. A sort of grittier Dirty Dozen. I may revisit it soon.

Was that criticised at the time for its extreme violence? Rod Taylor was the lead, I believe and I think it was called 'Dark Of The Sun' at one point.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 10 November, 2021, 11:38:55 AM »
Northern Ireland Civil Rights Leader, Austin Currie, dies.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 09 November, 2021, 10:38:52 AM »
Dean Stockwell, best known for Quantum Leap but had a formidable acting career, has died.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 07 November, 2021, 08:24:26 PM »
Actor Clifford Rose who starred in Secret Army as belligerent Nazi Kessler, has died.

Film & TV / Is Sigourney Weaver Back For More Aliens?
« on: 06 November, 2021, 03:34:49 PM »

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 04 November, 2021, 08:48:00 PM »
Veteran Actor William Lucking of many a TV and film has died.


Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 04 November, 2021, 08:42:02 PM »
Dancer, Choreographer and occasional actor Lionel Blair has died.


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 02 November, 2021, 10:15:53 AM »
The Mist

The Mist.  More like fucking shit.

In german the title would translate as 'The Crap' so I guess they did that job for you. (I remember the old chestnut about marketing issues with the Rolls Royce Silver Mist in Germany...)

But what an ending...

Films, like music, are entirely subjective. What some people might consider a masterpiece is looked upon with bafflement by others unconvinced of its merit. The Mist is probably the best post 9/11 film yet made IMHO a haunting horror show of America torn apart from without and within. We should debate the various quality of movies and TV shows as a second opinion might reveal something you missed. The films I never got anything from? John Carpenters Prince Of Darkness and probably its polar opposite ET: The Extraterrestrial. I couldn't care for either of them.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 01 November, 2021, 11:37:36 AM »
The Mist

Okay, I'm cheating.  This movie is still playing as I write this, but fucking hell, why is this film regarded so highly?
It is contrived, cliched, awful looking, nihilistic garbage.  It does the idea of exploring the horrors of humanity and the failures of people a disservice by being so derivative.  It is almost entirely predictable and lacks any kind of charisma to carry the trite characterisations and conflicts.  I seriously don't understand why this is so highly regarded.  Watching it in Black and White surely can't make it any less a steaming pile of shit.  It looks bad.  The CGI is terrible and the monster designs are generic and boring.
Hey, you know what film does this concept much better.  Krampus. 
The Mist.  More like fucking shit.
I wish I turned it off when I realised this was utter crap. I skipped through to the end and I don't care. 
Bare in mind, I watched Jason takes Manhattan in it's entirety.  What the hell did that film have to keep me engaged to the end that this film lacked?

Ah, The Mist is an allegory of the post 9/11 world that shows American civilians must pay a terrible price for the power America enjoys. Its movie's theme can be difficult to disentangle from a face value horror story of humans trapped in an Alien environment. The monsters lurking in the Mist is American power, and that's why you see what you see at the end. That's why the Military, who initiate the crisis with the Arrowhead Project, end up riding to the rescue, but far too late. 

Events / Re: 'V for Vendetta' exhibition
« on: 01 November, 2021, 11:32:07 AM »
Oh, fantastic stuff!

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 21 October, 2021, 09:50:20 PM »
Just caught up on this thread and holy shit, glad you're still alive mate. Gutted for you about your boat/home. Was this you?

Aye, that's the one.  Somehow my gas cylinders didn't explode - small mercies, I suppose.  Thanks, guys, appreciate all your support.

Bloody hell and I was getting fraught over some extra work. Glad you're [reasonably] okay JayzusB.Christ. Truly awful.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 18 October, 2021, 01:35:15 PM »
Former US Secretary Of State Colin Powell has died.


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