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  1. lolly

    What books did you read in 2019?

    There's a Devil in the Drum - J.F. Lucy Compelling and thoughtful, Lucy's account of his service during WW1 . Some of it has been disputed as his memory is obviously quite patchy of some events but that doesn't distract from the account.There's no glory here and the impact the prolonged exposure to conflict has on him becomes more apparent as the book progresses. A recommended read for anyone with an interest in the conflict or war in general. I need to polish of Day of the Triffids next.
  2. lolly

    The Jazz Thread

    May have mentioned it but I got Bheki Mseleku - Celebration via bandcamp a few months back and it's been on decent rotation since, really is rather good. So cheers for the recommendation all those months ago.
  3. lolly

    What’s the worst film you have ever seen?

    This is 40. Judd Apatow's vehicle to get his family into a movie . A pretty decent comedic cast if you look at it but it's such a shrieking shitfest with Rudd and Mann playing two of the most unlikable characters of their careers. It's got the usual toilet humor , literally, of these movies and foists two boring, self centered fuckwits on us for the guts of 2 hours as they deal with the horror of turning 40 in upper middle class America. Haven't seen anything he's produced since then and that was 7 years ago. He's distraught obviously...
  4. lolly

    What books did you read in 2019?

    Shaman - KS Robinson Story of a trainee Shaman and his various trial and tribulations approximately 32,000 years ago in Southern France. I'm not going to give away too much of the plot because there's not really that much there and this only runs to about 450 pages. If you've read the Mars trilogy ( all 4 books...) you might be slightly disappointed by this- it's not up to the quality of those books and feels very slight in comparison. There were also sections that dragged after a pretty strong start and I felt like I might be in for a bit of a slog but the last 1/2 is reasonably decent and was entertaining enough , also ties in with real life locations etc. I read Aurora last year also by KSR and it wasn't fantastic but readable up until the final chapter which( for me) was utterly exhilarating whereas this is somewhat the opposite - the ending feels like a fairly low key affair and not as satisfying as what went before. Worth a read if you're interested in some early man shenanigans but not a classic by any means. 3/5
  5. lolly

    Best New Music 2019

    Got real Fugazi vibes from this, which is obviously a good thing
  6. lolly

    Tolkien - Biopic of some guy

    You lot are Tolkien the piss with these puns.
  7. lolly

    No Man's Sky

    I'm super late to the party on this , is it worth picking up now, seems like a metric fucktonne of updates have improved it to a considerable degree as it was getting hammered a while back?
  8. lolly

    Sci Fi recommendations

  9. lolly

    First film seen at the cinema

    Star Trek TMP because my dad wanted to see it. Obviously didn't appreciate it at the age of 3 but it's one of my favorite trek movies which I only recognised 30 years later, there's a proper sense of mystery and otherness about the "alien" causing the kerfuffle.
  10. I've been laughing on and off for the last 5 minutes on this line alone. Bravo.
  11. lolly

    What books did you read in 2019?

    For me, this is about as accurate a description of King's work as I've read - some of his short stories are fantastic, Different Seasons being a highlight. he's obviously capable of some genuinely creepy horror but in a lot of his books the drinks between water ,so to speak , are too long and bogged down by excessive exposition. I'm about to give up on Perdido Street Station, over 120 pages in and it's just not grabbing me at all, I've not bought into the world or the characters and I've too many books in my pile of shame that I need to get through. Shaman by KS Robinson or There's a Devil in the Drum by J Lucy next .
  12. I recently got a PS4 and this was mentioned as being the GOTY the year before last. It's very slick and well designed but the gameplay is is pretty repetitive with little variety from one area to the next. I only kept going because I was curious to how they were going to tell the story of the apocalypse and that's reasonably interestingly done.
  13. The Deuce Bigalow movies - quite obviously utter horseshite but there's a reasonable amount of slapstick in them and usually a feelgood message in them about something. There's probably heaps of racism,sexism and bigotry I'm missing that's giving me this rose tinted view of them.
  14. lolly

    What are you reading at the moment?

    Blood and Thunder finished - definitely worth a read if you're interested in the conquest of the wild west and American expansionism/murder & dislocation of indigenous peoples during that period. Knocked over I , Robot too, only had a chapter left after reading most of it last year, didn't realize it was nearly over because it was part of a 2 book paperback. Surprisingly amusing bit of sci-fi with a couple of cracking characters and a slightly uplifting but menacing ending, reminds me somewhat of the very end of the foundation series . My 2018 piss-poor attempt at a reading challenge is paying dividends early doors in 2019.
  15. This is the only movie I saw in the cinema last year and the missus is a huge Queen fan so relieved it was pretty decent. Was aware of the artistic licence taken with timelines and relationships for dramatic effect, didn't detract overly from the movie at all and ending on Live Aid was the obvious choice . Malik is fantastic and it was a bit odd to see him & Jurassic park fella , who were both in "the Pacific" miniseries together onscreen again in different roles , had some contextual issues in my head for the 1st 20 minutes.

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