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Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2020
« on: 11 May, 2020, 07:47:29 AM »
Silly question, but does anyone if this is still likely to be on?

Especially considering the Nightingale hospital is in there at the moment....

They sent an email out to exhibitors a few weeks ago saying the plan is still for it to go ahead but, if not, they have an alternative plan in place that will involve rescheduling.

Personally, I’ll be surprised if it goes ahead. It will probably be able to by then but I’m not sure how many people would be willing to go to an event that size come November.

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 10 May, 2020, 09:03:35 PM »
Where the new rules have popped up online, one detail that's being reported is that you're allowed to meet up with one person outside of your household (with social distancing).

Boris didn't say that in the speech, did he?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/10/uk-coronavirus-lockdown-what-has-boris-johnson-announced

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 05 May, 2020, 06:23:20 PM »
I finished Red Dead Redemption 2 in February after sinking about 60-70 hours into the single player. Then I replayed the original Red Dead Redemption and now I've immediately gone back to play RDR2 again from the start.

Simply put, RDR2 is the best game I've ever played. It's hard to recommend on that basis because I honestly didn't feel that way until about 35 hours in but it's the investment and the character building that makes it hit so hard and profoundly at the end.

So yeah, wonderful game and experience that I wish it was possible to somehow share with people who don't play video games!

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 May, 2020, 12:25:58 PM »
'Errementari' on Netflix, well worth a punt!

Lots of great performances in this one and it seemed like the dub isn’t that bad either (though I watched it subtitled in the original language). I was a little surprised by how it seemingly turned into a comedy halfway through after a very dark start and it goes places I wouldn’t have anticipated but I found it very enjoyable. Great visual effects, too.

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Film & TV / Re: Red Dwarf is Coming Back
« on: 26 April, 2020, 06:04:39 PM »
Just saw via G&T that Norman has been ill with the virus, currently recovering. Here's hoping that goes as smoothly and quickly as possible for him.

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Film & TV / Re: 'Fear the walking dead' - Whats the verdict so far?
« on: 26 April, 2020, 09:17:44 AM »
Fear... has always been beautiful to look at, even more since the 4th season. But I just have zero interest in any of the new characters (and they even managed to kill my interest in the two characters that crossed over from the main show) so have no reason to watch. If I liked the new additions I’m sure I’d feel differently.

I don’t know if it’s the still the case, but one of Fear’s strengths, I’ve always felt, is unique locations. One of the reasons I got bored with TWD around seasons 6-8 was because I was sick of the sight of the same places all the time but Fear has a real variety, particularly in season 3.

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 26 April, 2020, 08:33:47 AM »
That thing about the fake NHS accounts, the guy making the claim (who has declined to share his workings) has a dodgy track record with providing evidence for such things.

“His was the first account we were able to find that shared a false quote that went viral during the 2019 election campaign. The quote (in a now-deleted tweet, still available on the Internet Archive) was claimed to be from the leaked US-UK trade documents, and supposedly said that the US reserved the right to “withdraw all trade” if the UK did not agree to discussions about “the sale of all assets within and partnered with the National Health Service”.

No such quote appeared in the leaked text. When asked by a Twitter user where the quote appeared, Mr O’Connell gave a page reference that did not exist in any of the documents.”

https://fullfact.org/online/evidence-network-fake-nhs-tweets/

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Music / Re: Upcoming Gigs
« on: 25 April, 2020, 09:13:23 PM »
First gig of the year wasn't quite what I'd have guessed it would have been but had a blast \m/


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Film & TV / Re: 'Fear the walking dead' - Whats the verdict so far?
« on: 25 April, 2020, 03:25:10 PM »
So here's a question that might as well go here as any of the other Walking Dead telly threads. So adding a few things to my Amazon Prime watch list and remembered they have Walking Dead on there. So my question should I pick up regular Walking Dead from Season 8 - I dropped off at Season 7 only 'cos the DVDs ran out and then LoveFilm died, I've always found it okay fun, if not classic telly. OR should I pick up Fear of the Walking Dead... which do folks think is better?

...or I guess the third way is just to move onto something else entirely, watch Deadset again which I've been meaning to do, watch a few old Schlock Zombie movies I've seen hangin around Prime for my Zombie fix and invest my time into some of the 'better' telly that's been recommended and is hanging around my watch list like a bad smell!

My view is that there is a period where Fear... is better than the main show but that’s long behind us now. I’d recommend giving the first 3 seasons of that a watch (or just season 3 at a push), but I’d say going back to the main show makes more sense in your scenario as seasons 9 and 10 are an improvement.

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Film & TV / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: 23 April, 2020, 11:21:04 AM »
I’ve thought about if we’ve seen Jimmy in BB, too. The two moments that come to mind are in his last scene when he finally walks away from Walt and around the time when Mike threatened him on the whereabouts of Jesse and that shook him up.

The only thing that doesn't really carry over between the shows, in my view, is Jimmy and Mike’s relationship being much deeper that it seems on the original show. Considering what we now know about what they’ve been through together (particularly in recent episodes), Saul not having any reaction in the desert when Jesse outs Walt as having killed Mike is a bit weird. Though you can find reasons to explain that, so it’s not a big deal.

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Film & TV / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: 22 April, 2020, 07:08:46 AM »
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I watched the first four or five episodes. It's a snooze fest. It might "get better after season blah", but frankly life is too short to watch stuff in the hope it picks up.

I definitely understand where this criticism is coming from. It definitely gets off to a very slow start - we totally bounced off it first time round and only came back to give it a second chance around season 3. It also definitely has lulls from time to time, and lets be honest - we're talking about a show that has an entire, season-long arc about digging a hole...

On the other hand, yeah, you're definitely missing out. BCS is one of the most assured, and (weirdly for such a 'small' show) one of the most cinematic TV shows I've ever seen. The cinematography is off the charts - I constantly find myself marveling out loud at the camerawork, the composition and framing. Even 'nothing' shots like a character sitting in the front seat of a car have an artistry to them, and there are often minutes-long purely visual sequences that are mesmerizing. For me that alone makes it worth watching. It's also one of the best cast shows I've ever seen - every role, from the main cast down to bit part characters are just perfect.

It's amazing, and this season has been one of if not the best so far.

If there's a problem with the show, it's that the portrayal of Jimmy simply doesn't quite square with my conception of him as the character we see in Breaking Bad - it's too sympathetic and nuanced. The Saul Goodman of Breaking Bad is a scuzzy lowlife - a rat through and through and could never get the time of day of a classy, smart woman like Kim, imo.

But I'm more than willing to overlook all of that in order to enjoy the show on its own merits.

Thing is we didn’t see much of Saul in his “off time” in BB, only when he’s dealing with clients so he’s always in work mode.

I hear you, yeah. It's all very subjective, but my take on Saul was always that he was a dyed in the wool sleazeball. A gutter rat. I don't believe there are any hidden depths to his character in the same way I don't believe there are any hidden depths to Trump. Some people are simply born that way and never change. When he mentions his ex wife in Breaking Bad, I have a very specific image of her in my mind, and she is not Kim!

That's not to take anything away from Bob Odenkirk's performance or the character as written. It's - to my mind - kind of revisionist, but it is brilliant on its own terms and it is what it needs to be to make the show work.

I’m not certain on this as I’ve only watched the ep once but wasn’t it mentioned that Jimmy had been married once or twice before when him and Kim got wed?

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Film & TV / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: 21 April, 2020, 04:06:24 PM »
It's amazing, and this season has been one of if not the best so far.

If there's a problem with the show, it's that the portrayal of Jimmy simply doesn't quite square with my conception of him as the character we see in Breaking Bad - it's too sympathetic and nuanced. The Saul Goodman of Breaking Bad is a scuzzy lowlife - a rat through and through and could never get the time of day of a classy, smart woman like Kim, imo.

But I'm more than willing to overlook all of that in order to enjoy the show on its own merits.

Thing is we didn’t see much of Saul in his “off time” in BB, only when he’s dealing with clients so he’s always in work mode.

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 20 April, 2020, 08:07:40 PM »
Brilliant, yep that's good now.

I feel like I'mfighting a running battle with people I know in all walks of life over ridiculous conspiracy crap regarding C19. It's like everybody has completely taken leave of heir senses, emptied their heads and is prepared to believe whatever nonsense reinforces their very personal fears.

I had it today with my mum and dad- my father, 83, is refusing to self isolate. Despite my mother having copd, half a lung and receiving a letter from her hero Boris pleading her to stay home, my dad doesnt see the need to protect her. Hes "a trained soldier", you see. When he was in the army, he received injections and was told by the medic "you boys getting these jabs, you'll never get ill". Despite that being 64 years ago and the intervening years bringing cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and continual shits (thanks for that, dad) he somehow sticks by this anonymous cretinous army doctor's word. "I'm still alive" he says, "so he was right".

Sorry, one for the "life sucks" thread really.

SBT

Sorry mate. I've tried to console myself on occasions when the overwhelming stress and fear of it all gets to me that my parents and loved ones are about as safe as they can be given the circumstances, when I've heard of people with folks who aren't listening to the advice or are stranded abroad. I can't imagine how stressful that must be.

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Film & TV / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: 20 April, 2020, 09:44:30 AM »
I quite strongly prefer BSC to BBC at this stage - it's almost unbearably tense stuff, with one splendid character after another permanently on the verge of screwing up and losing everything. Most impressive of all is Rhea Seehorn, giving one of the great understated performances of modern telly, and it's probably not healthy that I spend most of every episode imploring Kim to run away.

I've often felt that BCS is better than most of BB without quite hitting it's heights yet, but that's starting to change. I feel like season 6 is going to be very high-stakes!

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Film & TV / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: 19 April, 2020, 12:50:39 PM »
I hope Kim will be okay, but she obviously won't be because she's not in Breaking Bad. Oh dear!

That doesn't mean she's not around *during* Breaking Bad, though. Jimmy could be going back home to her at the end of the day.

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