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  1. El Geet

    The Kid Who Would Be King from Joe Cornish

    Only way to keep track.
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    Gloomhaven

    I pre-ordered the latest reprint from Chaos Cards last year and it arrived a couple of weeks ago. This was a bit silly as I don't think I'll ever get round to playing! If anyone wants it, I'll sell at cost £125 plus P&P. It's not even been opened. Thought I'd offer it here before the trading folder/ebay.
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    The Kid Who Would Be King from Joe Cornish

    I went to the family gala screening thing in Leicester Square a coupe of weeks ago. All the main actors tuned up and went on stage to present the film with Joe Cornish. He' a very likeable chap and hearing Patric Stewart speak is always a pleasure but the film was not that great at all. There are number of interesting subversions of the traditional tale and you can see he's made a genuine attempt to make this ancient legend a relevant and empowering story for today’s kids. I wouldn't be surprised if these attempts may have been reined in by the money people. I love Patrick Stewart but I never saw the point of his sporadic appearances. The young Merlin was excellent as it happens. The film has a lot of heart, has some funny moments and the kids are likeable and relatable. However, it doesn’t quite achieve the level of adventure and excitement that could have made this a worthy contender to take the baton from Harry Potter and run with it. The CGI is extremely well done and Rebecca Ferguson is excellent if rather under-utilised as the big bad, Morgana. There is a surprising lack of variety in Morgana’s evil undead warriors and the film just doesn't build satisfyingly to a crescendo. My kids (9 and 12) found it pretty average too. Edit: I bumped into Rebecca Ferguson (literally) on the way out down the back route. She was scarpering faster than we were! She's tiny!
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    The Right Stuff - TV remake

    Loved both the book and the film. The film does of course make some changes but they nailed Chuck Yeager for me. Or Sam Shepard did anyway. This seems like it’s nothing like the book or film.
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    Best one hit wonder of all time

    I had the 12" too! Forgot about Vienna Calling. For shame.
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    Best one hit wonder of all time

    Great thread. Surprised this hasn't been posted yet:
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    Dungeons & Dragons Thread

    Thanks, guys. Will see if I can’t rope in my wife.
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    Dungeons & Dragons Thread

    Thought I’d pop in to say hi. I played a bit when I was a kid and really enjoyed it. Mostly AD&D and a bit of Call of Cthulu. Decided to get the 5e starter set a while back but never got round to playing. Finally took the plunge with my kids, a mate and his kid. First time of being a DM and it went reasonably well. Kids seemed to really enjoy themselves although they can get a bit embarrassed around the actual role playing. We were going to go again this week but, unfortunately, my mate’s kid is a bit...teenagery. He’s 12 and has suddenly decided he doesn’t want to do it again. Mine are really disappointed but don’t think can really do Mines of Phandelver with just two players can you? Bit annoying as had invested quite a lot of time prepping.
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    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    Thought it was ok. As others have said, strong lead performance carries it. It’s a bit silly at times with some obvious plot misdirection. Agree with whoever said it works well to show how grim being a cam girl must be and it’s likely a glossy version of reality anyway!
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    Best Films of 2018

    I would say this is a movie to watch in the cinema. I know that gets bandied around a lot but given the 4:3 format and, well, it’s just so lush to look it really won’t do it justice to watch it on a screen at home.
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    Best Films of 2018

    Need to watch a few more but not sure anything will top ‘Cold War’. Although of the better movies that’s prob the only one I’ve watched in the cinema so slightly unfair comparison.
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    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    Yep. It actually happens. That RLM pretty much sums it up.
  13. Bit late to the party but finally got round to watching over past week or so. I’d watched he first episode months before and had completely forgotten about the dodgy punk gang opening so Ep 7 took me by surprise. Not a great deal to add and I enjoyed it primarily as an exercise in nostalgia. I’m a prime target for this age wise. The characters and production values keep this watchable - I really don’t find the story itself particularly interesting/intriguing. The big bad could be anything really - it’s just a back drop to serve us up a coming of age story dripping in 80s nostalgia. Favourite nod? Gremlins a close second but I loved the back and forth between Jonathan and Nancy at the conspiracy theorists house which was the Indy and Kate Capshaw scene in Indiana Jones and Temple Of Doom almost scene for scene. A movie I must have watched 50 times. You have to give credit to the way they pull this off. Whereas ‘Ready Player One’ approach felt hugely hamfisted and forced and was (rightly IMO) criticised for it, Stranger Things, whilst clearly as exploitative at the end of day, is genuinely a homage and treats its influences like naturally occurring, lovely fuzzy warm memories.
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    Robin Hood

    It looks utterly execrable.
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    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    I wasn't expecting much to be honest. I'd probably have enjoyed it more if it was a standalone film with no links to anything if that makes sense (but even then the film just doesn't hang together particularly well). I find the fan service incredibly jarring. I almost feel sorry for the directors and screenwriters of these movies having to try to fit everything into a preconceived narrative...preconceptions which vary wildly from individual to individual depending on whether they're fully invested in the OT, the EU or just not at all! I guess Marvel have it easier in that respect in that they seem to have a consistent vision for how things fit together and they have had control of that narrative pretty much since the beginning. Not to mention they have a shed load of source material that predates the movies. Star Wars relies heavily on the original trilogy plus a lot of fairly dodgy close to fan fiction EU stuff (as I understand it). Maybe the Marvel franchise will fall apart in 30 years when they try to make prequels and back stories for which they have no original material.
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