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General / Re: Why do you love Judge Dredd?
« on: 28 September, 2013, 09:23:52 PM »
So does anyone else have any more personal accounts of why they love the Judge Dredd stories?  Obviously there are strong opinions about the Apocalypse War story and the consequences shown in the more recent Chaos Day story.  Are there any opinions on the other big stories?  What are peoples favourite stories?  Who are your favourite characters aside from Dredd?  Are there any Dredd stories you want to read but haven't had the opportunity to?

For that last one I can say I've been interested in reading the entirety of the Cursed Earth saga and the Judge Child saga.  I've read good chunks of both, but not every episode.  The first comic I got was The Complete Judge Dredd when they were reprinting the Judge Child and that really got me into Dredd and subsequently 2000 AD.

Another one I have wanted to read for years is America.  Not too long ago I purchased the entire volume 1 of the megazine so I now have the opportunity to read it, I just haven't got around to it yet.  Looking forward to when I do, however.

General / Re: Why do you love Judge Dredd?
« on: 27 September, 2013, 07:03:42 PM »
It's awesome to see how this thread has taken legs.  There have been some great accounts of peoples appreciation for the strip and the character.  I never really went into depth about my thoughts of Dredd himself in my original post.

I am definitely part of the 'anti-hero' crowd on this one.  Dredd is mean and horrible.  He is uptight, rigidly following the letter of the law.  He is dispassionate for the most part.  He is a force for perceived order.  He is reliable, incorruptible and true to himself.  He has developed and aged.  He has shown depth, willingness to grow and change (to a degree).  I could go on and on, it's sufficed to say it is a multi faceted character.  I certainly would never want to come across the man.  Even if he was trying to help me there is a chance that I'll still wind up in a cube for some minor infringement of the law.  He is, however, interesting and compelling.  He is a character that can play the part of antagonist or protagonist marvellously.  It's never clear cut, black and white, good guys and bad guys with Dredd or the strip.  He makes a very compelling character.

Another thing comes to mind about the strip.  The fact that Dredd ages in real time means that the character is truly mortal.  It's creeping up on him as the years pass by.  There is always a thought in my mind "will Wagner kill off Dredd and if so, what will happen to the strip?"  I don't think John's writing dissuades me from thinking that, either.  That gives the story a slightly undercurrent of tension. 

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 September, 2013, 10:48:02 AM »
I still suspect Fantastic Mr Fox will be my favourite, as though it is mainly riding on Dahls tailcoats the neurotic introversion of Anderson's version sits comfortably well within my favourite Dahl book.

Not seeing the depth my wife puts in these movies though, they are quirky aye but deep...not so much.

Don't expect a Roald Dahl film.  IMO Fantastic Mr Fox would have been better served with a different title and a disassociation from the book.  That's not the only problem with the film.

I liked Rushmore and Tenenbaums when I saw them.  Life Aquatic, however, was a bore fest and is one of the few films I've not watched to the end because it was sooooo dull.  Mr Fox just felt like my inner child was being spat on all the way through.

« on: 26 September, 2013, 11:20:27 PM »
You have my permission to have a crack at my entry.

Urge to.... rearrange words... rising...

If you want entry to my crack I hope you'd at least offer to buy me a drink first. ;)

General / Re: Re: Why do you love Judge Dredd?
« on: 26 September, 2013, 08:01:37 PM »
I'm not actually a big fan of Judge Dredd, I love the universe, the stories, the trappings and apocalyptic setting but not a big fan of the man himself. If that makes any sense whatsoever. Or do you mean purely the Judge Dredd strip?

I mean the strip.

General / Why do you love Judge Dredd?
« on: 26 September, 2013, 05:39:43 PM »
So I'm still engrossed in my big 2000AD read.  Starting at my very first prog (897) and working my way towards the most recent.  I have not long finished reading prog 1461 which features the excellent Mandroid story line in Judge Dredd.  My big read has a great deal of nostalgic value for me, but currently I'm in new territory as there was a five year gap in my collection that I have only recently filled.  It's a fantastic experience.

I find myself, therefore, thinking about what draws me towards Judge Dredd.  When I was a little 10 year old the initial draw was the action and violence.  Judge Dredd has certainly not been a role model to me.  I don't agree with his actions, motivations or values.  As time has gone by I find that I am most endeared towards the depictions of the dystopic world he resides in.  The satire and commentary.  OK, the action and violence still has its place as well, but that's not why I like reading the stories.  I am reminded of one of the first strips I read when I first started collecting 2000 AD with a guy on a pedway, fed up, demanding he is not a sheep and subsequently causing a riot.  That one shot story has stuck with me for twenty years - as much as reading the Apocalypse War or Judgement Day (thanks to the Titan books).

So that is briefly why I love Judge Dredd.

Why do you love Judge Dredd?

« on: 26 September, 2013, 05:23:29 PM »
I can deface enhance all the other entries, too, if you like!  ;) :lol:

You have my permission to have a crack at my entry.

Welcome to the board / Re: Hi there!
« on: 24 September, 2013, 08:23:09 PM »
Welcome to the board :D

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 September, 2013, 05:22:43 PM »
Maybe it's the Final Cut I've got lying about somewhere.

I'm still surprised this "is Deckard a replicant" issue is so decisive.  It never showed up on my radar so it's a shock to see the debate still rages on.

I'm not overly fond of directors continuously releasing different cuts of films.  Some one should be slapping their hands and dragging them out of the editing rooms.  In the end I think it only ends up undermining what they had hoped to achieve in the first place.

I understand why directors like to release a directors cut of a film, though and often I prefer the directors vision over the studios.  Not always, I don't like the Donnie Darko directors cut as much as the theatrical cut.


ABC Warriors Trailer.


Deadlock, Joe, Hammerstein, Mongrol, Blackblood, Mek-Quake and Morrigun.  It's my favouritest ABC line up!  It's the best line up there was!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 September, 2013, 11:57:08 PM »
I don't know which versions of Blade Runner I've seen but this is the first I've been exposed to an "is Deckard a replicant" idea.  It is a concept that is briefly explored in the book the film is loosely based upon but I never personally saw it in the film.  I always saw Deckard as being human.  I'll certainly be more attentive next time I watch the film.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 September, 2013, 04:59:00 PM »
Wall-E is definitely one of my favourite Pixar films.  I love the story telling method used in the film.  The ending had me in tears the first time I watched it.  So much heart in a film predominantly about robots.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 20 September, 2013, 09:42:09 PM »
Monsters University - An alright film.  No where near as good as Monsters Inc and not particularly necessary either.  A tired plot with little surprises but a few chuckles here and there.  It lacks a lot of the heart that's in Monsters Inc.

« on: 18 September, 2013, 01:34:24 PM »
Just a little something I knocked together for the competition.

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