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Off Topic / Love and chocolate in the time of Covid-19
« on: 15 May, 2020, 07:04:38 PM »
I know it's been a shit time for many people out there and it's all too easy to dwell on the negatives, but we should also highlight some of the good things that have happened during this terrible period of our lives. I'll go first:

My uncle, who was very good to me growing up, was in dire need of open-heart surgery but had to wait because of this virus. Fortunately, the surgeons were able to clear a spot for him and he underwent quintuple bypass surgery. After many hours and a cardiac event (heart attack) on the table, he pulled through.

Originally scheduled for 5 weeks of in hospital recuperation he was sent home after two days. The good news is he's responding well and on the mend. The doctors did an amazing job under very difficult circumstances. My family is very relieved and very grateful.

Film & TV / Worzel Gummidge Specials
« on: 10 December, 2019, 06:02:07 PM »

Film & TV / Alien Franchise Reboot
« on: 23 August, 2019, 08:08:41 PM »
This news makes me feel like a bowl of petunias.


The Alien franchise is in a mess. Despite being some of the best science fiction horror films of all-time and featuring an all-time iconic movie monster, the series’ mythology has disappeared up its own arse. The rot arguably began way back in 1992’s Alien 3, with each subsequent film getting a little worse. Then came Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, which threw in a load of confusing and portentous pseudo-philosophy into the creature’s origin story. Audiences were nonplussed, resulting in Covenant flopping and the franchise being on ice ever since.

Now, Disney having purchased the Alien IP as part of their merger with Fox, plans to perform an Alien resurrection. We’re hearing from our sources – the same ones who revealed that an Aladdin sequel was happening, which was confirmed this week – that they’re poised to reboot several high profile franchises that they acquired in the Fox deal, with Alien being the biggest.


Film & TV / Star Trek: Lower Decks
« on: 25 October, 2018, 08:20:45 PM »
Rick and Morty writer/producer Mike McMahan is going to produce a new animated comedy set in the Star Trek universe.


Film & TV / Good Omens Series
« on: 09 October, 2018, 11:17:42 PM »
I can't find any thread about this, but it's set to premiere on Amazon Prime next year. A trailer was released at the New York Comic Con.

Very excited to see this one.

Film & TV / Bill and Ted Face the Music
« on: 09 May, 2018, 03:42:30 PM »
It looks as if it's finally going to happen. A third Bill and Ted film!


General / Happy New Year
« on: 01 January, 2018, 12:18:26 AM »
Hope 2018 is a great one for all you squaxx. :)

Film & TV / Detectorists
« on: 04 December, 2017, 08:16:39 PM »
Is no one else watching the latest series?

Film & TV / Stargate
« on: 19 July, 2017, 05:25:06 PM »
Expect an announcement regarding either a new Stargate film or series tomorrow at SDCC:


Film & TV / Gods and Secrets (2016)
« on: 21 April, 2016, 05:14:07 PM »

Film & TV / The Man In The High Castle
« on: 23 November, 2015, 04:21:19 PM »
The complete series is on Amazon Prime.

I've watched the first episode and it is quiet intriguing. While like all Dick adaptations there are many differences and changes, but the overall tone of the show does manage to capture the feel of the book. So far I like it and will watch the entire series.

Film & TV / Star Trek returning to television. Sort of.
« on: 02 November, 2015, 04:43:43 PM »
It seems a new Star Trek series has been given the go ahead for début in January 2017. Unfortunately it's on CBS' VoD service.


Games / BattleTech for PC
« on: 02 October, 2015, 02:48:02 PM »
In case anyone might be interested a new BattleTech game is being developed for the PC (and Mac and Linux).


They have a Kickstarter for the game and have got the funding for a complete single player campaign so far. Which is great, but they are no where near the goal for a full PVP online game.

Games / MS-DOS Games
« on: 07 January, 2015, 09:49:42 PM »
Now you can access 2,400 MS-DOS games:


Please don't blame me if you don't get any work done.

Hi all,

I've recently read High-Rise by J. G. Ballard. It was first published in 1975 and I can't help but see some similarities between this book and the city blocks of MC-1.

I haven't been able to come across any references that this book might have an influence one way or the other. So I thought I would pose the question here. Did this book influence the world of Judge Dredd in any way?


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