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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 06 July, 2020, 06:35:42 PM »
Alien: Resurrection. What can you say about this film? Sigorney Weaver puts in an adequate performance as Ripley's clone. There are some good moments and Brad Dourif is his usual creepy self, but this is a film where the sum is much less than its parts. I think Whedon forgot that Alien is supposed to be scary. There are no real frights, but a couple of mildly gross scenes and far too many quips. Could easily be renamed Alien: Meh.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 July, 2020, 10:15:51 PM »
Eurovision: Fire something or other (can’t be bothered to look it up) - a very tired formula of ‘will they won’t they fall in love/fall out with each other/ win the competition’ etc etc. If you imagine an Icelandic version of that Father Ted ‘My Lovely Horse’ episode, but which drags the arse out of everything, you won’t be far off. Supposedly a comedy, I only laughed at one bit with elves.


But Dan Stevens belting out LION OF LOVE  was awesome.

Glad to have my earlier thoughts confirmed.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 05 July, 2020, 04:15:00 PM »
Good dog.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 03 July, 2020, 10:39:50 PM »
I'm almost ashamed to admit that I've been watching Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps again. It's low and crass but it never tries to be anything other than that.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 03 July, 2020, 04:59:35 PM »
Sign my petition to replace all Westminster's statues of racists with working guillotines.
Only if you promise the blades will be very blunt requiring at least 2-3 attempts for a complete cut.

Pretty soon all comics will be Taco Bell.  ::)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 30 June, 2020, 03:37:21 PM »
Twister is being remade for 2022.


I bet the only thing they keep from the original (aside from a few twisters) is the cow.


And that will be the only good scene.

Off Topic / Re: A Question For Men
« on: 30 June, 2020, 03:35:09 PM »

OK gentlemen... I have followed your advice and have made an incident report. If and lets face it it's a big if there are any developments I'll let you know.

Well done you. If every lady this creep accosts makes a report then hopefully the police can do something to get him off the streets.

Off Topic / Re: The Death of Verbal Cultural Memes
« on: 28 June, 2020, 04:35:56 PM »

Or to put it another way,  we're old.

TBH I'm getting that a hell of a lot.  The number of times one of my colleagues responds with .. "but I was only born in ..." is getting bloody depressing.  Mind you, having to explain the Cold War or the Warsaw Pact does tend to generate other feelings ...

You know that you're getting on in years, when you're twice as old as the combined age of two of the other members of the D&D group that you're in. (And I'm talking people in their 20's here... :( )
At least you have a D&D group.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 June, 2020, 09:18:18 PM »
Twister, which I've never seen but is one of my wife's favourite films from her youth so whenever it came up she was incredulous that I'd ever watched it. Finally sorted that, and it's pretty damn good! Always love Paxton and him and Helen Hunt are both excellent, pretty much all the effects hold up surprisingly well, properly exciting and also very touching in places. Glad I finally saw it!

It is great fun, and I'm sad that I'm unlikely to ever see it in the cinema again. Feeling your sternum vibrate to the roar of the wind adds to the experience!



I imagine it made a fantastic big screen big soundsystem movie! Wish I'd seen it at the time myself now.

Yes, and now I think about it, it wasn't just the physicality of the sound, it was almost a feeling you were there. When the characters are inside the vehicles looking out through screens, you're kind of looking through the screen with them, with the rain spattering on the window and roof around you.

Seeing all the talk about this film I decided to watch Twister again myself. I've watched it at least once a year since I first saw it in a cinema that had recently upgraded its sound and it was frankly incredible. The sound is half the experience. You can't duplicate that in a flat at normal volumes, but the film is too good not to watch over. It's a favourite of mine and my wife's.

I think Twister may be the greatest action film of all time where science is the star.

On a tangent, if you love this film I would recommend the book Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling. An ecopunk novel about storm chasers.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 27 June, 2020, 06:10:16 PM »
Father Ted: A Song for Europe. You say that's a television episode? Well someone at Netflix saw it and redid it as a film but set in Iceland. It now goes by the title Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. Will Farrell and Rachel McAdam are a terrible duo that become Iceland's entry after all the others are killed in a mysterious explosion.

Typical Netflix stuff; overlong, not very funny and ultimately disappointing. The one bright spot is Pierce Brosnan as Farrell's very ashamed father.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 27 June, 2020, 02:19:30 PM »
Nope, can't do it. The 2000AD Facebook groups are too much for me.  Lots of good people there doing good work making/aggregating good content, but it's surrounded by such an ocean of smug negativity that every visit feels like the start of a peptic ulcer. Why people purport to be part of a fan community and spend their time relentlessly criticising the same creators (and editors), in many cases quite openly without having ever read the thing they harbour such animosity towards, I can't quite grasp.

Obviously they're free to say and think what they want, express their fandom as they please and good luck to them, but I can't be doing with it. Chummy banter I get, shitting on the people who make the thing you claim to love,  I just don't.
I've never been a part of Facepuke and stories like this just make me glad I never bothered to get an account.

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 26 June, 2020, 06:25:31 PM »
Guess which ones the producers put in as easter eggs?*

* I'm not saying that saying nice things on this thread will result in a graffiti tag or billboard poster in the TV series!
But you're not saying that it won't either, right? Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. Say no more.

Off Topic / Re: A Question For Men
« on: 25 June, 2020, 02:54:28 PM »
I can't expound any further than to say that that sort of behaviour is shocking. Report it to the police immediately. You may have been very lucky, the next lady might not be. This is predation pure and simple despite the 'soft' approach.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 25 June, 2020, 12:20:57 AM »
(Apple previewed next year's Foundation series yesterday and it looks fantastic).

I didn't know this was going to be a thing, so I checked it out.  I don't like the look of it.  Looks like it's lacking the charm from the books that I loved so much.  Think I'll give it a miss.
It's been about 40 years since I read Foundation et. al. and I don't recall so many guns.

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