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  1. Disappointed that logo doesn't just say "Jonathan"
  2. I just love it. Performances are great, it looks fantastic. Avoiding spoilers, but one of the last two episodes that had a very specific stylistic difference, was really smart. It feels more like a play, than a telly show, which I’m guessing is deliberate, given Martin Short’s character’s profession. But maybe it’s also the sets, and the small cast. Either way, it’s cracking.
  3. I’ve just checked an old Argos catalogue, and Ghost Castle was £7.95 back in 1985.
  4. I think the big Waddingtons board games were still pretty expensive back in the day - I’d get one for Xmas in the 80s, like Frankenstein, or Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs (and eventually Heroquest). I don’t know how comparable the prices would be inflation-wise to now, though £120 still definitely raises an eyebrow.
  5. They made an Open All Hours game???
  6. Just watched the first episode of Only Murders in the Building. Really enjoyed it. The characters already have a good chemistry, and I really like the comic tone, with a bit of drama mixed in. Opening and closing credits very classy too. Like an animated New Yorker cover.
  7. Watched Assault on Precinct 13 for the first time since my student days. Absolutely loved it again. I looked up the death row antihero actor, Darwin Joston, who was really charismatic. His Wikipedia entry features this heartbreaking line:
  8. Thanks both – he already has some Titan, and tonnes of the DVDs. We know someone who has shelves of One Piece too Is that Battle Angel Alita, @Broker? I seem to remember that been advertised in Manga Mania (a short-lived UK publication that serialised Akira, Godzilla, etc, in the early 90s that I useed to enjoy). If so, do you just start at volume 1? I realise this is probably my last chance at introducing him to something he won't already know about. I'm conscious that trying to get him into Akira was a bit like if someone handing me a Led Zeppelin album when I was into grunge in the early 90s. Kids have got to find their own thing.
  9. Can someone recommend a good manga series for my son (planning ahead for Xmas)? He’ll be 14 by then, got into Death Note, but that was quickly superseded by his favourites – Tokyo Ghoul and JoJo’s. I’m not wild about manga, despite Akira being my favourite ever comic, so it’s hard for me to judge. He’s managed to nab a couple of Chainsaw Man books, which alongside Tokyo Ghoul, seem to hit the sweet spot of mature-ish content and some humour as light relief. I lent him Akira, but he wasn’t crazy about it, but I think he’s getting to the age where he is more interested in discovering things himself. He read a few One Piece books which we borrowed, which were fine, but didn’t hook him. Any ideas greatly appreciated.
  10. Twinbee

    Squid Game

    Thanks @PK - he’s a reasonably mature kid for his age. We’ve watched things like Blair Witch, Shaun of the Dead, Attack the Block, etc together. He watches a lot of anime, and the likes of Attack on Titan, which is pretty gross at times. I might preview an episode or two and make a final decision. Cheers.
  11. Twinbee

    Squid Game

    How brutal is this (I’m guessing quite)? Son (13.5) is intrigued, but the Netflix content warning signals a full house of bad things (including sexual violence, etc).
  12. Actually that’s a good point, it’d be really helpful if folks mentioned where they’ve watched films. I need to know whether to get excited or not depending on what’s (legally) available to me
  13. Finally got round to watching Hereditary last night. Needed a rare window where: - partner wasn’t in (tricky in the pandemic) - kids packed off to bed at a reasonable hour - I wasn’t knackered I enjoyed it. Looked and sounded fantastic, Toni Collette was incredible. Didn’t *quite* live up to the hype for me, but very good. I’ve already seen Midsommar, and I’m really looking forward to what Aster does next.
  14. I think I still prefer Dark Castle over Dark Sector. The remote combat (shooting and flanking) seems more of a faff, and kinda removes the immediacy in Dark Castle’s combat. Which seems to defeat the object, when pulse rifles or whatever are meant to be exciting.
  15. It’s not Dean-esque, it’s an actual Roger Dean! I’d sit and stare at this sleeve as a kid for ages. Would love to know the conversations that led to its commissioning.
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