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Website and Forum / Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« on: 20 October, 2019, 08:26:56 pm »
I'm quite guarded in non-Internet social situations so end up not saying much.

This is why they invented beer.

Film & TV / Re: Movies you haven't seen?
« on: 20 October, 2019, 12:46:58 pm »
It hardly seems worth watching now as an adult; it's something that would have amazed me as a kid but I can't be arsed now.

I re-watched BttF on the big screen when they re-released it for the 30th anniversary, having not seen it in many years. Honestly, it's great. From its long opening shot that loads up so much information, to the realisation that "Ostracised scientist illegally acquires nuclear material for his unauthorised time travel experiments and falls foul of the terrorists who sold it to him" would have made an entire movie in 2019 but is the first ten minutes of this film and serves only to get you to the actual plot…it's brilliantly made, the plot advances relentlessly but entirely logically (within its own terms!) and the performances are universally great.

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 20 October, 2019, 10:56:48 am »
I think describing Zippy Couriers as ahead of its time is pretty fair. I think Hilary Robinson's work of this time is often unfairly reflected.

A bit of a mixed bag, but overall a lot better than the consensus would often suggest. I liked Zippy Couriers as a decent change of pace/tone within the prog (and some lovely art, too) which, surely, is the point of an anthology. Medivac 318 also seems widely under-appreciated, despite strong scripting and some genuinely wonderful art from the much-missed Nigel Dobbyn.

Prog / Re: Prog 2154 - Combat Shock!
« on: 20 October, 2019, 10:51:35 am »

So as I say almost exactly as we were. 4 for 5 and those 4 make it feel like a five for... reviewing the Prog these days is getting a bit samey, but what a good samey.

I agree exactly. It’s a testament to how good the rest of the prog is that I’m enjoying it immensely even though I’m skipping one story entirely (and I literally never skip stories).

A shame that Pg1/Pg2 transition in Brink couldn’t have come on a page turn, but I’m sure that would have occurred to TMO — sometimes the pagination just won’t play ball.

Film & TV / Re: HBO Watchmen
« on: 18 October, 2019, 03:35:47 pm »
I’ve decided it’s shit and I’m not going to actually watch it, because then I might have to change my mind.

AKA: The John Carter Effect.

In my defence, I really like John Carter. :-)

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 18 October, 2019, 11:11:58 am »
The ingredients are in place for a tasty cake mix, but I didn't enjoy it, and I'm not sure why.

I'm pretty sure that if you can't get through writing an issue of a Batman comic without delivering a 'hot take' like this…

…You probably shouldn't be writing a Batman comic. I mean, yes, intellectually that's true, but it's just another "who pumps the Batmobile's tyres" moment — in the context of a shared-universe pulp character, it's just wank.

Film & TV / Re: HBO Watchmen
« on: 17 October, 2019, 10:44:44 pm »
I’ve decided it’s shit and I’m not going to actually watch it, because then I might have to change my mind.

I think The Molch was just referring to the impending end of the con season and his general state of frazzledness…

Books & Comics / Re: "The Whole Twoth" 2000AD Strip Cartoon
« on: 15 October, 2019, 11:52:08 am »
My query is would these strips be covered by the satire laws.

Given that (I believe?) you’ve been explicitly asked by the rights holder not to do a published version, for profit or not, I’d suggest that looking for some loophole to circumvent that request may not be the smartest idea anyone’s ever had.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 14 October, 2019, 11:18:41 pm »
Currently about halfway through S1 of the complete box set of Stargate: SG-1.

As I remembered it is, for the most part, tremendous fun. Its efforts to prove it’s not sexist due to the inclusion of Samantha Carter are oddly really quite sexist on a regular basis, which makes some of the episodes quite a lot less fun than they might have been, and it seems strange now to think of a science fiction series stretching its budget over twenty-two forty minute episodes when almost no one attempts even half that nowadays…

But, for all that, really not a bad way to kill forty minutes every other night or so at the end of the evening. A shame that the franchise fizzled out so ignominiously with the dull and murky “Universe” but it’s nice to go back the bright and sparky beginning.

General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 13 October, 2019, 06:55:22 pm »
…because I got hit with a massive round of ‘corrections’* literally five minutes before I went in to see the Psychedelic Furs live for the first time in thirty years of being a fan. The Furs were great, but drinking water for 90 minutes in a night club because I knew I had to work when I got out took the shine off a bit.

*If you want to know what fucks letterers off more than anything else, it’s a stealth re-write sent through as “corrections”.

General / Re: Judge Minty (Judge Dredd fan film)
« on: 12 October, 2019, 06:33:11 pm »
Minty is great — it feels like the best ‘proof of concept’ thing you’ll ever see and I love it. The Strontium Dog short, though… that honestly feels like a pilot for a show I could happily watch a full series of. I’ve seen lots of SF stuff on cable that doesn’t even come close to what you folks did here. You should be rightly proud of them both.

Film & TV / Re: Blade Runner: Final Cut
« on: 29 September, 2019, 11:32:40 pm »
Where was the misogyny in it? Not doubting you at all, I just don't remember.  It was fairly plain to see in the first one.

I thought Wallace giving a speech on how he couldn’t make replicants fast enough and then disembowelling a naked female replicant was pretty unpleasant. The introduction and almost immediate dispatch of the replacement Rachel for having the wrong colour eyes. Just all the way through, women seemed both sexualised and disposable. I didn’t like it at all.

Film & TV / Re: Blade Runner: Final Cut
« on: 29 September, 2019, 07:28:59 pm »
I can’t think of a film I wanted to like more than Blade Runner 2049… and didn’t. Empty, soulless and dull. There’s a thread of vicious misogyny running through it (which, TBH, doesn’t separate it from the original movie) that I found utterly repellent.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 September, 2019, 09:24:59 pm »
Princess Shite more like


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