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  1. But tonally T1 and T2 are vastly different anyway, so it's meaningless in any case.
  2. I'm midway through a re-read of the trilogy after reading the Book of Dust, so this is all very timely. Any chance that this will be available on terrestrial at some point? (Edit: I'm being MASSIVELY dense. Saw the trailer said HBO and assumed it was on pay-per-view or similar, despite the BBC reference in the thread title.) Also, what was the general issue with the film? I know that the religious elements were massively toned down, but assumed (maybe wrongly) that it never did enough at the box office to justify sequels. Was it a crap adaptation?
  3. I'm going to get Wool next - sounds very promising. I really like The Abyss film but never realised there was a novelisation, although I've read a few movie tie-ins and the quality can be shocking. I'll see if I can find a second-hand copy. The Martian is another one that's worth getting. Not seen the film, but if there's a book then all the better. I've read the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson and thought they were stunning. Although on the whole they're far from what I'm asking for here, there are some great sections focusing on survival in a hostile environment. I'd be very happy to return to Mars.
  4. I've got all the DLC and I'm working through the extra shrines, which are a great addition. Not sure when I'll do the Trial of the Sword - I've had a few half-hearted attempts, but seems like I need a massive chunk of uninterrupted time to be able to clear it, which isn't easy to come by these days. I've got 1 shrine left to find in the main game (119 out of 120 I think), and it's bugging the hell out of me.
  5. Things fried in breadcrumbs always went down well with ours when they were younger, and still go down well now. Cut up strips of chicken breasts/cod loins/tofu, perhaps? You can also do the same with whole turkey steaks - the thin ones work best. I reckon you could also do it with cauliflower steaks, but these would probably need to be cooked, or nearly cooked, beforehand. Coat in seasoned flour* Dip in beaten egg Roll in Panko breadcrumbs (normal fried breadcrumbs work OK, but Panko gives a better crunch/texture) Chill for 30 mins or so (longer is fine so can be done way in advance) Shallow fry on a medium heat for a few mins until cooked (chicken will take longer than fish) Drain on kitchen paper and serve straight away with chips/new potatoes/Hasselback roasties, and veggies. The chicken ones go brilliantly with chilli ketchup (I mix normal ketchup with sriracha) or a decent BBQ sauce, and the fish ones go really well with tartar sauce or standard mayo. You can get your children to help with coating - fun but messy! *As a minimum, add salt and pepper to the flour (this is best for the fish, I think) but I also add ground cumin, smoked paprika, oregano and garlic granules for extra flavour. I also sometimes sprinkle this mix of over parboiled spuds when I make roasties. I make up a decent sized batch and keep it in an airtight jar.
  6. I read a review of Domino the other day that absolutely slated it and made it sound like a career low for De Palma.
  7. "Shot down, in a blaze of glory!"
  8. Juggernaut (1974) A very British disaster. I recorded this a year or two ago and finally watched it earlier in the week. A terrorist has planted seven bombs on a luxury British cruise liner, The Britannic, and demands a ransom of £500,000 (Dr Evil.jpg). It's up to Navy bomb disposal expert Richard Harris to disarm them before dawn of the next day at which point the bombs are due to explode. I think I'd call this a bit of a curate's egg. It certainly has an interesting political dimension as it appears to be an allegory of the decline of Britain in the 1960s and 70s and how successive governments of the day were held hostage by the unions over wage demands. The stormy weather causes widespread seasickness among the passengers - Britain very much the sick man of Europe. I'm not sure if the allegory goes deeper, with individual characters representing key figures of the time, as my historical knowledge is a bit vague. For example, there's a bloke who does little more than just walk around the ship, coming into shot and back out again while other characters share the focus. Not sure who or what he's supposed to represent - maybe some ineffectual political leader. The film itself, however, is pretty lacklustre. It has a lot of acting talent - as well as Harris, there's a bright-eyed Anthony Hopkins, a dark-haired Ian Holm (more striking than it sounds), David Hemmings, Omar Shariff and a whole load of minor British actors that will have you saying 'Oh, it's him from...' It also has the tobacco-chewing sheriff from a couple of the Roger Moore Bond films, and Roy Kinnear being Roy Kinnear. Yet despite all those names no-one does very much with the material; Harris and Holm are probably the standouts. Even though the script has some mild intrigue, everything's all low key and never given much life due to the flat, staid direction (by Richard Lester) that's typical of many British films of that time. The best bits, or at least the ones with any degree of tension, are the bomb disposal scenes - lots of close-ups of mechanisms, shaking hands, red wire vs. blue wire, etc - and it was largely shot on a ship during a storm, which lends some genuine authenticity to it. Worth a watch if you have any interest in British political history or if you're a die-hard fan of terrorist/disaster films, but it's certainly not a great example of the genre.
  9. Yeah, that's a stunner. It reminds me of a summer day, yes, but mid afternoon on a hot Sunday back in the 80s when I was a kid. Everything's closed, the streets are quiet, no cars, and I'm just bored, alone in the park.
  10. The trailer will be disaster porn heaven. The film will be terrible; a dog will be in it. I'll watch it on ITV2+1 in a few years and probably enjoy it.
  11. I just made this (with a few minor modifications) for lunch, and it was amazing. I'm not a vegan or even veggie, but simply trying to eat less meat, and I'd happily eat this over a normal burger. It's also more appealing than a highly processed fake meat alternative. I cooked it for less than the full time and it was fine - if anything, it was slightly too soft but that's probably a personal preference thing than anything else and maybe my steaks were on the thin side. I also cooked it a lower temp as 450F (230C) seemed very high and I was concerned about the batter burning. It's one I'll try on the kids.
  12. Yeah, it's by Mike Mignola. It looks like it's been reissued as a single volume, which is widely available, but would the originals be worth more? I can't find any reliable guidance.
  13. This might end up needing to be moved to the trading folder, but I've recently unearthed a box of my old comics, and I'm looking to sell them to clear some space, but could do with some advice on costings, whether to split, etc. They're mainly Dark Horse stuff from the early 90s, all in very good condition (I know there's specific terminology used to describe the condition of comics but that seems to be a minefield). Aliens: volume 2, monthly, issues 1-21 Bram Stoker's Dracula, fortnightly, issues 1-10 Aliens: Earth War (single volume) Aliens: Genocide (4 volumes) Alien3 (3 volumes) Predator: Big Game (4 volumes) The Thing from Another World: two-volume follow on to the Carpenter film Batman vs. Predator (3 volumes) Terminator: The Enemy Within (3 volumes) A few issues of 'Concrete' - some bloke who got turned into golem-like being. Anything there of much worth?
  14. All new stuff, I think. Here's one: I got goosebumps.
  15. News of the week - Apollo: Extended Edition is coming out on 19th July! Remastered (it says for the first time?) and with 11 new instrumental tracks composed with Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois. Shit the bed! This was probably the album that got me into ambient in a big way, so I'm massively hyped for this.
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