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  1. Just out of interest, what was your own imagined backstory for the engineer & aliens when you first saw Alien? Or did you not really care?


    I always thought he was like a gigantic alien space trucker whose ship had been infested en route somewhere, and he'd had his own unsuccessful version of the film play out until he'd had to ditch the ship and set a beacon to warn everyone else away.

  2. There was some really interesting Prometheus test footage with Rafe Spall as an android knocking about years ago which appears to have been scrubbed from the internet, seem to remember it made it look like there was a decent film in there at one point.


    His recent appearances really highlight what an outrageous waste they made of him in Prometheus.

  3. 27 minutes ago, ZOK said:

    If they removed all the Aliens and Alien lore from this film it would be a much better flick, that’s for sure. Except for the bit in the lander, that one can stay.


    Prometheus has nothing worth saving at all. It’s just a travesty.


    I quite like the premise of Prometheus. The idea of a group of bright-eyed optimistic scientists and dreamers making an epic voyage to follow a star map to meet our creator, only to find out for some completely inexplicable reason they hate us and want to kill us, could have been a really great fantasy/sci-fi horror film in the right hands. It's sort of bewilderingly horrifying, like an abusive parent feels to a child. It's just a shame it was buried in so much shite.

  4. On 23/01/2023 at 08:30, Timmo said:

    Evil Dead


    I can see why this was influential but God is it bad. My favourite bit was when Bruce Campbell stayed sat in his chair while his friend was getting attacked 2 yards away. And the acting generally is diabolical.


    That said, some of the effects are well done and there’s some decent gore. The soundtrack is cool.


    I was hoping for more because Drag Me To Hell is one of my favourite horrors in recent years. 

    I’m probably committing about 12 atrocities in this post but I really thought it was quite shit. 



    Have you seen Evil Dead 2? Highly recommend you watch it if not, it's much much better.


    I'm with you to be honest, the original's always seemed pretty ropey to me - although I watched the sequel first, which may have something to do with it.

  5. 55 minutes ago, Strafe said:


    OK, I hope everyone else takes note also.


    46 minutes ago, Rex Grossman said:


    TBF I don't know who in this thread is trans so anyone saying you're not an ally may be well within their rights to do so.



    A non-binary poster did this two pages back and was told "that's just stupid". I've deliberately not tagged them as I get the impression they don't want to continue being part of the discussion.


    3 hours ago, Mallet said:

    I don't agree with this at all. 


    Why does it matter if it is a direct line, an indirect line or some nebulous connection to the people profiting from your purchase? The end result is the same, shitty person got money from you. 


    Alot of the same people who were in charge at Apple and Foxconn when it emerged about the workers committing suicide are still there. The same people who were a ok with those conditions are still profiting when you buy an IPhone. 


    Like wise Tencent is still profiting when you buy Elden Ring, the connection isn't as obvious but it is still clearly there. 


    Whenever you buy Fifa you are giving money to the people who want to get small kids addicted to gambling so they can make more money. 


    The end result is the same


    I understand where you're coming from, but if we accept that purely by the nature of the system we find ourselves in, the end result of pretty much every purchase we make is 'shitty person got money from you', then I think it's also possible to see a case of "this person voices hatred for that group, I do not hate that group, I will not fund this person" as offering more of an opportunity - or, possibly, just an easier one - to exert your personal ethics than trying to navigate through a homogenous mass of corporate entities, which because of their size & position within the system are linked to morally reprehensible practices. 

  6. I don't think I agree in this case. This is one of the few occasions when you can actually apply your ethics while consuming a product. All the whatabouttery comparing it to trying to avoid Nestle products or TenCent investments or the works of writers who are dead or musicians who are in prison are not really relevant - this is a relatively rare opportunity to be able trace a direct line from the money you spend to a royalty payment into the pocket of a single individual who is gleefully espousing hateful views about a marginalised group to an enormous audience, and encouraging that audience to do the same, and is apparently suspected of funding organised groups doing the same thing. And that presents an opportunity to divert your money elsewhere while still consuming a product that, for example, your kids are really excited about playing. You might not be able to fully separate the art from the artist but you can fairly easily avoid paying them if they're a hateful dickhead.

  7. I suppose depending on their age you could use it as a way to teach your kids about one of the few ways you have to consume ethically under capitalism. 'I know you like Harry Potter, but this is what the author is doing now, so here's how we can still play the game without giving her money' sort of thing

  8. Why doesn't anyone who wants to play the game, but not financially support a hateful bigot multi-millionaire who is actively campaigning for a marginalised group's lives to be made even harder than they already are, just buy it secondhand?

  9. Kevin Can Fuck Himself is pretty good, although it never quite makes the most of the excellent cast and the interesting premise. You do get a few glimpses of what an outstanding series it could've been and it's very watchable though.


    We have a thread!

  10. On 16/01/2023 at 10:41, K said:


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    I found it eye-opening that the film managed to demonstrate the threat that men pose towards women; it's something I sort of knew, but would probably have struggled to put into words. Even the well-meaning male characters are shown to be threatening and potentially harmful. This is probably very much old news to most female viewers, but it was enlightening for an ingenue like me.






    I felt the same way - it's a such a simple device but casting Kinnear in all (but one) of the male roles is remarkably effective; as soon as you see his face on more than one person, every single thing the male characters do becomes an unsettling threat. When Jessie Buckley walked into the pub I had a genuine "Shit, this is how we must make them feel all the time" reaction. Probably something I already knew in a general sense, but I thought it was a highly effective way of making me share a fraction of that feeling myself.


    Good film, although I think the effectiveness of scenes near the end are let down by the CG

  11. 6 hours ago, Bazjam said:

    Thirteen Lives 5/5


    Thought this was fantastic. Hearing this was by Ron Howard, I feared it may be a little overplayed, but that couldn't be further from the truth. A fascinating story told in a brilliantly no nonsense way. 


    I seem to remember people saying there was a really good documentary film about this as well. Am I right in thinking it's on Netflix?


    Disney+ , it's called The Rescue. It's fantastic, just as gripping as Thirteen Lives.

  12. Probably Christmas Day 1992 - in November me and my brother had given our dad a full sales presentation about why he should buy us an NES, one of the reasons being it was most reasonably priced as it was no long top of the range which we were FINE with. Turned out he hadn't listened and bought us a Mega Drive instead. Nearly shit myself with glee.


    We played Sonic until our eyes bled and then fought over the controller and both got a clip round the ear & it got packed away. Best day.

  13. 11 hours ago, MK-1601 said:

    The whole "earnestly stating a position is lame" early 2000s South Park-esque schtick, which Mike seems the most stuck in, really trips them up when they try to discuss anything serious.


    Case in point:






  14. 3 minutes ago, Benny said:

    As for the RLM video, I think their show is consistently weakest when they start to discuss issues that they are definitely not equipped to actually explore. As the little bit about nepotism just didn't really go anywhere and it's clearly a more complex issue than is worth getting sidetracked into on one of Mike's somewhat ill informed asides.


    But I was of course not disappointed with


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    The now customary Star Trek reference.



    Mike's definitely the most generally ignorant of the bunch and to be honest outside of his knowledge of the literal act of producing a film I find he's got very little of actual interest to say, he's just comic relief. Jay sitting there listening politely while he talks absolute shite for 3 minutes was very funny though.


    Tangentially related I really wish Jay would write about film or direct something of his own free of the "lol we're hack frauds" protective shtick. He's got such an obvious passion for it and the little tidbits of criticism and enthusiasm he occasionally writes on Twitter are always really interesting

  15. Yeah really enjoyed The Menu, 4/5.


    I wasn't expecting



    haute cuisine Saw


    but it was highly entertaining nonsense.


    Also, at the end, am I imagining things or 



    when the rest of the kitchen staff are shouting "we love you chef", does the actor's PA character say "I love you Dad"?


  16. 5 hours ago, Skykid said:

    Last month I picked up the Tiny Code Christmas challenge. 12 days of short tutorials for making classic-style demo effects with an emphasis on sizecoding, i.e. squeezing the effect into code that is 256 or 128 bytes long.

    Despite that (optional) challenge, it's very accessible to anyone with a little coding experience up to advanced level, and the two platforms they showcase, PICO-8 and TIC-80 both have free versions to play with. Really good fun! I'd highly recommend, and they say TCC will stay online for a while.



    Thanks very much for linking this, I've always wanted to look into creating demos and this looks like a great place to start. I have absolutely zero coding experience apart from some QBASIC when I was 9 or 10 so I imagine it's going to take me a while 😅

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