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  1. Star wars :Bloodline - Claudia Gray . I'm a SW fan, was playing SWGOH on mobile for about a year and currently neck deep into Battlefront 2 online with my KDR going in the right direction for a change. Picked this up because of all the positive feedback in the dedicated thread for the new canon and was initially a bit disappointed. It's written for a YA or younger audience and initially seemed a bit too simplistic. Kept at it though and the quality of the story and the characters is shining through, it fairly whips along and although it's obvious where it's going the journey is very enjoyable.
  2. The Handmaid's Tale- Never let it be said that there's not a bandwagon goes rolling by that I won't try to jump on months or years after it's passed. Atwood's fairly short story is light on background initially but builds up a picture of the society gradually and becomes more interesting as it goes.Unfortunately by the time my interest was piqued it was pretty much over. Spoilers for the ending:
  3. 42 hours on aircraft from Thursday to Monday - a lot of movies- very brief reviews Fantastic beasts and where to find them- I'm not a fan of the entire Harry potter thing or the universe but this was decent, liked the setting, the characters and it tootles along nicely. 3.5/5 Fantastic beasts- the Crimes of Grindelwald- not as good as FBAWTFT, Depp isn't as good or conniving as Farrell and it felt like there was less energy but more bombast. Still not bad. 3/5 The Predator(2018). Cut to fuck for violence and swearing due to airline . Was unrelentingly shite regardless - turned it off. 1/5 Captain Marvel- Brie Larson in another boring Marvel origin story - the script for these just gets tweaked from one to the other with a few cosmetic changes here and there. 2/5 Rampage. CGI gorilla outperforms various human cast including the rock to be the best actor in an entertaining but thick as bottled pigshit monster movie. 3/5 Battle angel Alita- CGI person outperforms various human cast in entertaining but often silly sci-fi about cyborgs etc. The uncut version is probably better and gorier. Surprisingly ok. 3/5 Spider man- into the Spiderverse. Another boring marvel(multiple) origin story. Lies,this is up there with Logan as the best superhero movie ever. It's fucking awesome, watched it twice. 4.5/5
  4. I was 4 when ESB was released and was brought to see it at the cinema- we got those icecream things that had a chewing gum ball at the bottom each(like a plastic cone filled with icecream) and mine was the only one without. So coupled with a downbeat ending I didn't understand and a disappointing ice cream scenario I've never really liked the movie despite it obviously being great.
  5. Aurora by KSR gave me some claustrophobia - it is generally set on a very large ship with various biomes as it were but I still got that enclosed feeling. It wasn't bad in general but has a standout final chapter (IMO) in regards something very simple and accessible for a lot of people that may not be appreciated by the majority of us.
  6. I got into the MP recently , it's good fun, the new Naboo map is quite good and the level of support from the developers seems pretty high. It's been a few years since I played online MP in anything and forgot how sucky being a n00b is, my KDR is still pretty poor even after a few weeks of relatively consistent play.
  7. Not finished the season yet- up to episode 5 but enjoying it so far- it's funnier than previous seasons.I quite enjoy the little Easter eggs and overt references / "inspiration" especially :
  8. This is destined for a 20-30% score on rotten tomatoes or the like but will be nowhere near as bad as it's made out to be. Still won't be good, mind.
  9. Bran the builder actually used the bodies of his slaves for his constructions....
  10. At which point we can say they myst the boat etc
  11. If they manage to make it as good as the 1st 3 seasons of GOT then I doubt anyone will care when it's set or what it's connected to. Look at Legion, I'd barely be able to draw the link between it and the wider x men universe based on the tone and style of the show, certainly for the 1st series( haven't seen the rest).
  12. Paddington 2 (2017) Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen and Paddington take the fall. So a bit of a different scenario this time with Paddington doing some time due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time . The architect of his downfall is a much more colorful if equally dastardly enemy Phoenix Buchanan , played by Hugh Grant who really puts the effort in and seems to be enjoying himself immensely. I have to say I preferred him to Kidman''s protagonist in the 1st, he's much more colorful and interesting , seems like a proper pantomime villain. There's also a much larger set piece for the finale which is good fun. I've quoted part of my previous review because I'm lazy and it holds as true for the sequel as the original movie: Neither logic nor cynicism hold too much sway in regards the plot and it trucks along with a who's/who of British actors all looking like they're delighted to be involved.There's lots of humor and heart and while it's obviously aimed at kids the missus and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 4.5/5
  13. Spoliers! Sorry, that's a joke. I loved the book- the horse drawn artillery and other details gave it such a sense of time and place.There was a lot to like about the movie, and to dislike, but the abrupt ending seemed true to the book.
  14. Paddington (2014) A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. I was going to write a spoof spiel whereby Paddington loses his family and goes all Grizzly on the poachers that did it in this dark re-imagining of the Paddington story but a) that's not particularly funny and b) it would be a disservice to a movie that I can only describe as lovely. This basically is a relatively short introduction (90 mins)to Paddington and the brown family in London with some major/minor peril in the form of an evil Nicole Kidman who wants to stuff him and put him on display. Neither logic nor cynicism hold too much sway in regards the plot and it trucks along with a who's/who of British actors all looking like they're delighted to be involved.There's lots of humor and heart and while it's obviously aimed at kids the missus and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I knew that it was well received and should have seen it sooner. 4.5/5
  15. "Space game of thrones" was the opening in the pitch meeting and that was pretty much that I'd imagine.
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