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Joined on: Sunday, 23rd December 2001, 02:26, Last used: Friday, 6th September 2013, 05:47

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About this user: 13.5 stones of wit

This user has posted a total of 13626 messages. On average, since joining, this user has posted 1.9 messages a day, or 13.31 messages a week. In the last 30 days, this user has posted 13 messages, which is on average 0.43 messages a day.

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RE: [VIDEO] Jungle Cruise

That's 3.

Honestly I knew his sexuality would be an issue for some, being a Disney flick. And in fairness I thought the scene handled the subject well, and the language was indeed appropriate for the year. Being gay in 1916 wasn't something that was spoken about openly, and even though the conversation was just between Macgregor & Frank, it was realistic that he still didn't use the word 'gay'. Which, at the time was still a widely-used metaphor for 'light, bright or happy', rather than explicitly for being of the homosexual persuasion.

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RE: [VIDEO] Jungle Cruise

Also, and this was lost on Max, the opening orchestral arrangement might have sounded familiar



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RE: [VIDEO] Marvels M.O.D.O.K

Sorry, any comedic stop-motion animation is immediately subconsciously compared to Robot Chicken and thus immediately less funny.

But I'll probably end up watching & enjoying it anyway

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RE: [VIDEO] Run Hide Fight

Took a punt on this one, and yeah, it's not without its hidden meanings.

It's been compared to Die Hard in a school, but it's not really. Any movie where hostages are taken and explosives involved are usually compared to the Bruce Willis movie (executive decision, Toy Soldiers, The Rock, Under Siege etc) so the trope is kinda over-played, so I'll ignore that comparison & review the movie on its own merits.

It should be mentioned that while DailyWire acquired the distribution rights to the movie, they had nothing to do with its inception or production (production started late 2019 and premiered at Venice September 2020, before being distributed January this year). I guess some of the elements therein appealed to their obvious biases, but I'll assume they weren't paying attention to the parts without guns as there's a few lines in there that aren't really part of their manifesto.

But anyhoo, the premise you can get from the trailer. Outcast kids start shooting up a school and take everyone hostage, delaying the ultimate plan until they're #1 trending and being livestreamed all over America. Zoe Hull (Isabel May - who does a good job) lives alone with her huntsman father, who has been teaching her to be self-sufficient after her mother died of cancer (but still appears in the movie in an emotional device that isn't too clunky), which is an obvious lead-in to how the movie's going to end.

The topics touched on are handled ok. The ease with which they bad guys got their weapons is mentioned, but could have gone further. The motives behind their actions are a touch predictable, but still serves as a commentary  on the current fascination with social media and undeserved instant fame. 

The title itself comes from the unnecessary mantra levelled at those that are likely to be in an active shooter situation - schoolkids. Run. If you can't, hide. If you can't... you get the point. However it's used here as part of the characters progression & motivations, and related to her in a way that makes sense.

It's a shame that a right-wing cesspool picked up the rights to this, as it sullies the hard work that's gone into it, and the intentions behind the message trying to be told. Give it a go and try to ignore that side of it. Also, if you're an animal lover, look away at the end of the first scene

SPOILER:
That's a real deer actually being shot.

I enjoyed it. It poked holes in the way active shooter situations are dealt with in schools, decried the obsession with temporary fame, and told the story well. Some like to think the only thing that'll stop a bad guy with a gun might be a good guy with a gun, but show me a balls-to-the-wall action flick that doesn't end the same way.

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RE: [VIDEO] Jungle Cruise

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mbilko says...
"The Rock and Emily Blunt but thought Jack Whitehall stole the film and was an absolute hoot from start to finish"

Agree 100%. A proper rollocking adventure film, with hints of The Mummy (Fraser, not Cruise) and the modern Jumanji remake. Jack really should have got higher billing. I can see some types having an issue with some issues that were touched on, but screw them, it's 2021.

Loved it, would recommend.


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RE: [VIDEO] Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian

The same tactic used by the FBI when they get grey-hats to work for them in lieu of prosecution.

While his work was impressive, it's all done using copywritten material. Come work for us, make us look good, we'll pay you a fraction of what we do our regular CG guys and we won't sue you to oblivion.

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RE: [VIDEO] Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian

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"Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has hired to its team a YouTuber who went viral with a video that showed him using deepfake technology to improve upon the special effects in an episode of "The Mandalorian.""

Thing with that is the software base he used wasn't home-made. The success of a good deepfake is the amount of source material used, which I'm pretty sure came from every frame of RotJ Mark appeared in. Facial recognition locates the anchor points and several days rendering does the rest. There may have been some cleaning up to do post-render, (particularly around the eyes, the harbinger of the uncanny valley).

It was probably quicker & easier to clean up the shots his way, but 90% of the work was already done for him by ILM and the make-up guys stretching Hamill's face. Not to detract from what he achieved, and by gum he did a sterling job. If he can carry on doing what he did with someone else's software at half the time and a bigger reference library, I can see season 3 being filled with more or less the entire original cast, as well as having to deal Grogu's yellow lightsaber.



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RE: [VIDEO] Ghostbusters 2020

This should settle a few debates



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RE: [VIDEO] Ghostbusters 2020

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Jitendar Canth says...
"There’s no reason Egon couldn’t have had a family pre-1984."

Possible, but 2 1980's movies & a cartoon series that changed the canon to such a degree it screwed up Janine and naming the second car. They would have mentioned it at some point.

Or they're just hoping no-one notices

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RE: [VIDEO] Ghostbusters 2020

This is probably the only film I'm looking forward to this year. I wasn't impressed with the staypuft vignette, and there's a little too much shilling for Sony in some of the BTS stuff, but now this fuller trailer is out I have more hope.

Good to see Janine, but it's still unclear if she & Egon got back togther, and if she's just there in a capacity of overseeing Egon's last will. There's also a mismatch between time passed since GB2 (1989) and the apparent age of his daughter.

Obviously Dan at the end, but I have a feeling Bill was there too, in one tiny shot. Might be wrong. Still very stoked, it feels like we've been waiting for this one forever.

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RE: [VIDEO] Jolt

Actual, proper garbage.

It's basically a low-tempo Crank with a less cohesive gimmick to keep the story going. Editing is awful, Beckinsdale is irritating by virtue of excessive personality (seen before, done better by better actors).

So the plot. Kate is Lindy, who has 'Intermittent explosive disorder'*, meaning that she can snap suddenly and leather the ever-loving bajeesuz out of anyone who chews their food too noisily.

(*this is bullcrap, and it's an insult to anyone who has been diagnosed with this disorder, including a younger me)

She has a therapist, Tucci, who has hooked her up to a vest made of electrodes, with which she can give herself a titular Jolt whenever she feels herself losing control. And it's from this premise we're to believe a 7-stone wet Kate Beckinsdale is an unstoppable killing machine.

It might have worked, if the sum of the parts didn't come across as being thrown together over a drunk weekend. You'll chuckle every time you see the same backlot street set from a different angle. You'll laugh heartily when our heroine starts throwing babies at a police officer, and you'll be left scratching your head when you see a scene showing her apartment, with booby-trapped door leading to a lump of C4 that is literally an altered photograph.



Some might get a kick from Kate's feisty portrayal of the main character, but it's just let down by amateurish directing, poor performances, wasted talent (Bradley & Sarandon get less than 3 minutes' screen time - total), and a 'twist' that is obvious by the fact that

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When one of the top-billed actors is killed off in the first few scenes, it's a dead cert they're going to show up again at some point

If there's one positive, once the movie gets away from that one street set, some of the interior set designs are bloody impressive. I just hope they didn't pay too much for them



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RE: Post Trump fallout

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alfie noakes says...
"The important headline from that is that Russia wanted to put a "mentally unstable" Donald Trump into the Whitehouse"

Sadly, so do still a whole bunch of mentally unstable Americans


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RE: [VIDEO] Euros 2021 (Men's)

Let's be honest - if England plays the way they did last match, and Italy does the same, we haven't got a chance. We won the semi via an own-goal and a penalty - luck more than anything. We need the skill & determination we showed against Ukraine, or we just won't cut it.

Best of luck to the boys. I won't be putting a bet on this time or I will bloody jinx it.



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RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

Second jab tomorrow. Also happens to be my birthday. Wonder if I'll get a discount.

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RIP Richard Donner

There's probably not a human alive who hasn't seen one of his iconic movies. Goonies to Superman & Omen. The Lethal Weapons all the way up to 16 Blocks.

RIP

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RE: The Watch - Discworld series

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Snaps says...
"As good as David Jason is he was nothing like a decent casting for Rincewind in Colour of Magic."

Maybe the DOS game skewed my biases, but no-one but Eric Idle would have been perfect for the role.

Just given it a go and paused for the time being halfway through episode one. The biggest issue here is that you can't suddenly 're-imagine' a universe that's been established in the minds of the faithful for the last 30+ years and expect it to work. I'll probably continue watching over the the next week and give a proper view, but thus far, style over content. It's too well established to get a modern makeover.

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RE: The Watch - Discworld series

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admars says...
"it's apparently not great"

I've yet to see a Pratchett adaptation that passed muster. Possibly Going Postal, but Hogfather & Colour of Magic just had something about them that just didn't 'pop'.


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RE: Indiana Jones and the Wheelchair of Atlantis

Workmate just returned from a holiday round those parts and saw the train they were using, adorned with Nazi flags.

Which is weird, as unless it's a flashback or Indy's going to be fighting the same neo-nazis who built that moon base.

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RE: [VIDEO] Old

Many moons ago I read the graphic novel this is based on (Sancastle by Pierre Oscar Lévy). You can certainly tell the author is french, what with one of the characters having in innate hatred of Arabs, plus all the underage nudity & implied sex.

I don't know how closely M is going to follow the narrative of the novel, not much judging by the trailer.

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There is no Big Bad chasing people in holes - the enemy here is accelerated time with no way to escape - probably a metaphor for holding onto your family & youth before it's too late.
Looks interesting, but also similar to the Happening in the case of no visible threat - please be better than that.



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RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

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Si Wooldridge says...
"And how many of those have stepped up to try and run the country?"

None I'd guess. They're smart, not ambitious beyond their means.


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RE: Gunpowder Milkshake

Hmm... style over content isn't buttering many parsnips these days, even the last John Wick came across as tired & old hat. Still, lokks worth a watch, and nice to see Karen still getting the big roles.

Also, not sure how Lena felt about being asked to play karen's mum - there's only 14 years between them

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Bad time to be in the building lark

As someone who works with the building industry, it was only a matter of time before things started to get a bit rough. Long story short, goods are becoming very hard to come by, with seemingly obvious staples like cement & timber becoming the proverbial rocking-horse doo-doo.

Much of this is down to the construction industry firing up again after the lockdown, and demand outstripping supply by an order of magnitude. Climate change also plays a part as it's been too warm for trees and too cold for plastic(?)

But another factor is the meteoric rise in costs of goods. I've personally seen the price of timber more than double in the last year, decking is due to go up another 15% next month, with 5-10% rises across the board for almost everything else. One of the pertinent reasons for this is the rise in shipping costs. Last year it was $1,500 to get a 40-foot container to Europe from Asia, now it's closer to $8500.

Then there's Brexit. I have a personal saying - 'there's a reason builders aren't accountants'. The majority of our customers voted to leave, citing all the wrong reasons and flat-out lies for doing do. We even had one customer aggressively demand we all voted to leave or he would never shop with us again. I personally would have been glad to see the back of him but he's still hanging around, complaining about his prices which are now going up as a direct result of his decision, as most of our softwood comes from Scandanavia, and import charges are also skyrocketing.

Hopefully that will level off soon, but the stock price rises will still go up, and in the nearly 20 years I've been working here, I've never known them to come back down again at a similar rate.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57247757


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Remember all those CG shots in Flight of the Navigator?

Turns out a remarkably large number of them weren't.

Captain Disillusion bequeaths his Intern, Alan, to take us through how the VFX tricks of the trade were used to great effect, especially given the limitations of the required tech at the time.

It's a 40 minute watch, but well worth the time. I'll be honest, quite a lot of this was new to me, and I saw this one at the cinema.



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RE: Post Trump fallout

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Si Wooldridge says...
"But surely that can't happen if Biden's Presidency is a success and all the GOP talking points about him are completely untrue, right?"

When the GOP is trying as hard as it is to enact widespread voter suppression laws that marginalise voting districts in largely black & latino districts, it's clear they know Trump can't win on normal voting points, so they just want him to be the figurehead when those restrictions force a GOP win. Biden could be the best president since (insert name here), and bring the US to a new era of prosperity and power on the world stage, but you know as well as the rest of us that none of that matters because he's a Democrat. They just want their guy in charge because he gives all the rewards to the wrong people.

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RE: Post Trump fallout

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Si Wooldridge says...
"still worried about Trump..."

Not really him, more the GOP's insane determination to keep him as their figurehead. The worst thing that could happen to the US, nay the world, in the next election is to put that thing back in power.


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RE: Post Trump fallout

Also, as expected, Giuliani is well and truly under the bus and getting dragged along by the undercarriage

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RE: Post Trump fallout

Didn't know if you guys were aware of this, but apparently the election still isn't over. Under some rule probably scribbled on the back of a cigarette packet, a private security firm has been tasked with doing an independent and wholly partisan re-audit of Arizona's election result.

The security firm is called Cyber Ninjas, which genuinely sounds like a D-List e-sports team. They're pro-Trump, as are the majority of the ballot counters, so you can bet your bottom dollar they're going to find something the previous 2 genuine audits didn't find.

Of course, that would be if the ballots could be guaranteed not to be spoiled, despite the place where the audit is being done kicking tme out as their lease is up, and they've got some private gigs to cater for, so the ballots are being shuffled around from place to place, probably screwing up the COC in the process.

Remember when Trump supporters, 4 years ago, so very gleefully bleated 'He won, get over it'?

Here's Jay's take

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RE: Boris the not-a-spider

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Si Wooldridge says...
"Right, so your polling card doesn't perform the same role?"

Every time I've voted they've got my name & address on a list, they then write a connecting reference number on the polling card and I go vote. They have ALWAYS known who voted for whom. 



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RE: [VIDEO] The Pie Thread!

I've only ever voted Tory once, because at the time there was no decent alternative. I was labour when Blair was taking his jacket off and showing his sweaty pits, but generally I've been voting for whoever closely matches by own ideals.

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"I think the problem is summed up right there, in that no one really understands what Labour stand for anymore."


I would contemplate voting labour, if only I knew anything about them, what their policies are and what the leader even sounds like. "Vote for us because we're not them" isn;t really something you can put on the front page of a manifesto

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