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  1. I read a review of Domino the other day that absolutely slated it and made it sound like a career low for De Palma.
  2. "Shot down, in a blaze of glory!"
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. All new stuff, I think. Here's one: I got goosebumps.
  10. 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.
  11. I bought and read two of the books suggested in this thread. Mini reviews: Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea This jumped straight to the action with very little build up, which wasn't ideal, but there were some good spells as the characters tried to work out what the hell was going on after the triggering event. Disappointingly, there wasn't really a sense of place, despite the confined setting - the best of these kinds of books treat the immediate environment almost as a character in their own right which helps build atmosphere and tension, but there was little to none of that here. Some mildly interesting character work, but the underlining premise of the book, when it was revealed, didn't do it for me. It was interesting in an abstract way, and I might have taken to it more if it was covered in a different book, but it just didn't seem to fit the setting and was handled all too quickly. Then there was a reference to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea that, if I understood correctly, was pretty daft. A Fall of Moondust I've not read much Arthur C Clarke - 2001 and a few short stories, but that's it, so I can't say how this one ranks. This Insert other media was...OK. It felt a bit lightweight (not just because it was set on the Moon, hah) and flat, with little sustained tension, and it wasn't really until the end that there was any genuine sense of urgency or drama. Clarke plays it with flashes of humour and a couple of very brief and trivial subplots. The action jumped back and forth between the stricken craft and the rescue operation, which meant there wasn't really a sense of claustrophobia in this book either. The action beats and character work reminded by of a 70 disaster film. So not quite the belters I was hoping for, but thanks again for the suggestions. I'll probably check out a few more recommendations.
  12. There's one thing that annoys the hell out of me with film channels these days: Great, The Taking of Pelham 123 is on later! Oh, it's the remake. Great, Day of the Dead is on later! Oh, it's the remake. Great! Total Recall is on later! Oh, it's the remake. Great, RoboCop is on later! Oh, it's the remake. Great, The Thing is on later! Oh, it's the remake prequel. After a bad day at work sometimes you just want to watch a comforting old favourite but you CAN'T. Assault on Precinct 13 (original, obviously) is another cracking thriller, but I'm sure everyone already knows that. While the remake isn't completely terrible, it does what so many modern films/remakes do and adds banal character motivations, extraneous subplots and so on, so that the tightness that was present in the original is lost, although I suppose you could argue that this at least helps differentiate it from the original.
  13. I almost edited that book into my first post because , yeah, the Navidson Record sections are brilliant in places, but the horror of impossible architecture is perhaps a bit too far from what I'm after here.
  14. Good stuff. I'm off to my local indie bookshop later to put in a few orders.
  15. One of my abiding memories of Gremlins 2 is watching and rewatching the bit where the Spider Gremlin transforms, trying to remember where I'd heard the classic piece of guitar shredding:
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