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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 August, 2020, 05:38:01 AM »
Wrong thread pals, this is the LAST movies thread. Porns down the hall.

Please DO NOT reference the spam. That way posts like this won't seem odd!

Website and Forum / Re: Spam, pornspam, and morespam
« on: 08 August, 2020, 11:55:05 AM »
I can't imagine how the likes of Quatermass could be adapted for that kind of... (suddenly remembers the existence of the 1985 film, "Lifeforce").


Never mind.

Ah god bless Matilda May.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 26 July, 2020, 02:24:02 PM »
Ah man, John Saxon is one of those great character actors whom, if you where to pop in any Italian genre fare from the early 60's to late 80's, you could depend upon to give a top notch performance.

He never seemed to become the A list leading man you would have expected him to be, but he remained humble all through his career and left behind one hell of a filmography.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 21 July, 2020, 06:56:51 PM »
Rewatching The IT Crowd yet again.  Timeless stuff.

Oh goddamn these electric sex pants!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 July, 2020, 10:25:12 PM »

Now I don't know what on gruds green earth took me so long to finally watch this absolutely heart of gold gem, but i'm glad I did, this week of all times. Been feeling extremely homesick for the see and the Channel Islands of late, away from family, from the sea and sky and air, and away from home for so long has...hurt.

Local Hero brought it all back, and actually made me a bit weepy (that final shot, bloody hell, that final shot). I can see this becoming a personal favorite.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 19 July, 2020, 03:27:49 PM »
The Night Land's strengths are so great that even its manifest flaws cannot eclipse them. Still, you may find Hodgson problematic in a different way to Lovecraft - not in terms of his attitude to race, but towards male / female relationships. 'Unreconstructed' is an understatement! Still, it's more a case of thinking "oh dear" and moving on - he's not like Lovecraft, whose prejudices actively fuel some of his stories and are inextricably woven into their literary fabric.

Oh aye, but i've found Hodgsons misogyny issue to be very much less overt and gratuitous and not interwoven with the ethos of his mythology. He was a sailor, after all, so likely of ''o'right lads, lock up your daughters' disposition which, though not an excuse, is more understandable than Lovecrafts "EVERYTHING THAT ISN'T WHITE OR MALE OR RICH OR FROM MY HOMETOWN IS GOING TO FUCKING KILL US ALL" brazen bigoted lunacy.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 19 July, 2020, 01:31:49 PM »
You need to do The Night Land now. Monstrously flawed, frequently aggravating... and yet probably the best book ever.
Already on the shelf, waiting it's turn, along with several collections of his nautical horrors.

I'm aware it's a deeply dividing book but all the more reason for me to wade in...

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 July, 2020, 11:11:23 PM »
You might want to hold off on picking up an overpriced, second hand edition of Dawn of the Dead, Colin.

Second Sight has a news bells and whistles edition coming out, all 4 cuts in UHD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 18 July, 2020, 09:44:03 PM »
I've been reading a great deal of cosmic horror and urban wyrd material lately, expanding my perspective beyond Lovecraft into equally influential and all together less problematic auteurs.

And thus I devoured Robert W. Chambers seminal anthology THE KING IN YELLOW in just a few days. A sublime phantasmagoria of cursed plays of cities shrouded in shadow in distant, haunted lands, ruled by a terrible cosmic deity, of ghostly homes and the corruptions of war. It's a brilliant piece of fiction, that feels like a fully rendered universe of woe. It's a pity Chambers turned away from mythic writings after this.

Next I gave the CARNACKI: GHOST FINDER by William Hope Hodgson a reread, wonderfully esoteric series of fables and early forerunners to the supernatural noir genre, filled with outer monstrosities with porcus features, houses with laughing features and a few red herrings to really throw you off the formula. Following the reread I chased it down with finally reading Hodgsons most famous novel, THE HOUSE ON THE BORDERLAND a brilliantly genius bit of mind warping fiction compounding all of the earth history into a ball of pessimism and ethereal dread. It's easily the equal of any of Lovecrafts more influential, longer prose.

I'm intending to keep reading through some cosmic and mythic authors i've long neglected, like Thomas Ligotti, Franz Khafka and Alan Garner, in the coming months. Good stuff.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 16 July, 2020, 05:31:29 PM »
Where have all the porn spambots suddenly cropped up from? Seems like every other day i'm reporting half a dozen.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 16 July, 2020, 03:08:43 PM »
Kolchak The Night Stalker - I love this daffy old series, mildly obsessed as I am with urban America circa the 1970s, and seeing Chicago up close like this as I have another rewatch is a treat.  The monster-of-the-week formula works best when we don't see the often-terrible creature work and the threat remains offscreen or filmed in the first person, but the lizard monster rampaging around the mining colony on Janus VI secret laboratory is simultaneously laughable and fantastic, having the ability to smash through any wall at any moment and murder everyone in the room, yet also for some reason appearing out of thin air in these incredibly long, empty tunnels.  Great fun.

The best Kolchak episodes are the ones that just go all the way into eldritichian, mythic abominations. Energy eating native american bear spirits, geometrically summoned elder beings accidentally invoked through architecture, invisible extraterrestrials using earth as a galactic pit stop, or a Jewish guardian demon protecting the Hebrew quarter of run down Chicago.

The show never quiet reached the heights of the first pilot movie, but it's an entertaining urban wyrd serial with one of the great 70's lead performance by McGavin. I really gotta give it a rewatch soon too.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 16 July, 2020, 01:31:48 PM »
Finally half working my way through Season 2 of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.

Still probably the funniest show in years, now with added Mark Hamill.

Off Topic / Re: yoincks! followed closely by bah!
« on: 10 July, 2020, 04:19:46 PM »
Seem's a very relevant time to bring back this thread this week...

Monday Yoink!

Was successfully accepted into and offered a position on the September 2020 trainee scheme for journalistic post graduates at the BBC in media city, a positions i've been working towards for 3 years now and was extremely excited to start....

Wednesday Bah!

Only for funding to be pulled for the position days later due to concerns over job security post Covid, and there's no guarantee i'll even be able to simply take up the job next September instead, meaning i'll likely have to reapply for the job and go through the long application process ALL OVER AGAIN...

Thursday Yoinks!

Was offered a similar position at the MEN after a few months waiting on feedback from my interview back in February...

Todays Bah!

....Aaaaand that position has been pulled too.

Fuck it, who needs a career eh? I'm having a drink.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 08 July, 2020, 04:43:42 PM »
So the latest thing that's been eating up my time and attention is David Lewis-Williams' 'The Mind In The Cave', which attacks the pressing problem of the origin of cave art (and to some extent, portable art) in the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition.

Really great book, one of my favourite popular archaeologies, but maybe drifting towards out-of-date now.  Can I recommend his equally readable follow-up Inside the Neolithic Mind (2005),  which revisits those ideas and takes them forward to Gobekli Tepe and beyond to megalithic Europe.  (To my horror I realise that one is 15 years old and all).

Man, I bought Inside The Neolithic Mind a good 5 years ago and still haven't got around to reading it. This has reminded me to bump it up a bit.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 08 July, 2020, 03:41:28 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.

Oh I dropped out a few weeks back. It wasn't even fun in a morbidly curious fashion anymore, watching the same four or five members circle jerk isn't my idea of an open community or a fun time.

Ouroboros indeed.

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