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  1. Darren

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    2010's a good film and it would be much better thought of if it wasn't the sequel to one of cinema's solid gold classics if not the best film of all time (it is). It could never live up to 2001 and it doesn't try to, but it complements it very well, I think. Plus it has Roy Scheider, Helen Mirren and John Lithgow! The only thing I don't like in 2010 is the hairbrush bit, but that's mainly down to the shonky 80s effects. Full disclosure: 2001 and 2010 were the first two Blu Rays I bought.
  2. Darren

    The Leftovers. (HBO show)

    I've recommended this to everybody I know any time the subject of great TV series has come up. I don't think any of them have watched it. I'll keep trying.
  3. Darren

    Star Wars - the new canon

    I'd never heard of it but yes, that does sound very similar but without the more ludicrous parts.
  4. If it also features the other Empire bounty hunters I hope everyone in the film keeps getting Zuckuss and 4-LOM mixed up.
  5. Boba Fett was cool in Empire, wasted in Jedi, pointless in the Star Wars Special Edition and ruined in Attack of the Clones. There is no need whatsoever for this film to exist. Of course I'm going to see it.
  6. Darren

    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    Luke: Alreet, I'll gi it a go. Yoda: By eck lad, stop mithering and eether do it or don't.
  7. Darren

    Star Wars - the new canon

    Here's my list: (no ranking within tiers) ABSOLUTELY MUST READ Leia: Princess of Alderaan Lost Stars The Last Jedi From a Certain Point of View (for Claudia Gray's Kenobi story) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Dark Disciple Lords of the Sith Thrawn Rebel Rising Bloodline Phasma Battlefront: Twilight Company GOOD Ahsoka Rise of the Empire Guardians of the Whills Smuggler's Run The Weapon of a Jedi Moving Target Aftermath: Life Debt Aftermath: Empire's End Before the Awakening Cobalt Squadron WORTH A LOOK From a Certain Point of View (for the rest of it) Battlefront 2: Inferno Squad Aftermath The Perfect Weapon DON'T BOTHER Catalyst Last Shot Canto Bight ABSOLUTELY DO NOT READ UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES Heir to the Jedi
  8. Darren

    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    Within minutes of me writing this my boss emailed to say the meeting has changed to a conference call, so I can stay at home, dial in, and get to the pictures in plenty of time. Panic over. It's the will of the Force! (That's not how the Force works.)
  9. Darren

    Star Wars - the new canon

    You might recall how I said I've been rattling through novels, both Star Wars and (whisper it) non-SW, since getting a Kindle a few months ago. Well, here's the book that broke that habit. This was an absolute slog which took weeks rather than days to polish off, and my overwhelming emotion at the end was simply relief that it's all over. The irony is, it's not even terrible. It's miles better than (the new canon's reigning stinker) Heir to the Jedi. It's just, surprisingly for a book about interstellar cool dudes Han and Lando, very very unengaging. Perhaps that's not fair so I should probably elaborate on why this book doesn't work, which boils down to two main reasons. The first and most glaring is structural. In this story there are no less than four separate timelines: Han and Lando "now" (a few years after ROTJ), Han "ten years ago" (between Solo and ANH), Lando "fifteen years ago" (before Solo) and the baddie's origin story "about twenty years ago" (after ROTS). Most chapters jump to a different timeline to the last one, so just as you start to get a handle on who's doing what, where and why, it all goes out the window and you have to try and remember how the chapter before the chapter before last ended. Adding to the confusion is the fact that the same main characters and macguffins appear in most if not all of the intertwined storylines so you're constantly on the back foot trying to remember who knows what or has done what at each point in each story. I'm sure it was all very meticulously worked out and I'm sure it all fits together like a beautiful jigsaw, but the experience of reading it is less the satisfaction of solving an ingenious puzzle and more the bafflement of being overwhelmed by too many similar pieces. So it's difficult for any part of the story to get any kind of traction, because as soon as it does it disappears for two or three chapters while the same people fight over the same stuff in different circumstances and a different decade. But even then, it would be worth sticking with if the stuff they were fighting over was interesting, but unfortunately, and here's the second reason the book doesn't work, it's just silly. As I don't recommend you bother reading it, here's the baddie's master plan in which our heroes repeatedly find themselves enmeshed: See? Silly. And there's absolutely no peril, because the new films exist and in TFA the galaxy isn't overrun by . Having said all that, it is much better than (still bottom of the league) Heir to the Jedi if only because Han and Lando speak and act in character rather than being totally different from how they appear on screen. Lando even gets a bit of character development. It's just a pity it happens in such a poor book. Ah, I'm even bored writing about it. Just don't bother with this one.
  10. Darren

    Star Wars - the new canon

    I read them at the time but I can't remember whether they're any good or not, and I wouldn't trust 8-13 year old me's judgement even if I could. But you can't go wrong for a couple of quid - I think I'll buy it myself. Glad you enjoyed Thrawn @Boothjan, it's good to have another positive review especially as I'm about to write a much more negative one.
  11. Darren

    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    I already mentioned I'm not seeing this yet due to my sons being away all weekend and insisting I wait for them to get back, so we're booked in for 8pm on Tuesday. Except now I've got a meeting in London on Tuesday which doesn't finish until 5 which makes getting back for 8 unlikely at best. I have a bad feeling about this.
  12. Darren

    World Cup 2018 Sweepstake!

    Add me please, I’ll deliver the tenner in a brown paper bag at a motorway services car park as tradition dictates.
  13. Darren

    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    Plus her clothes fall off more often than Cupid Stunt's.
  14. Imagine if the goldfish start remembering their past storylines!

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