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  1. You've got Suspiria in the wrong slot and I'm fairly sure 19 is Pulse/Kairo
  2. Proper niche bit of nonsense that I did to practice making stuff in Blender - what if the Dalek in Dalek was the weird looking 1960s Marx toy Dalek.
  3. To be fair though, the crims are sometimes pretty bad too.
  4. Exidor


    I hadn't seen the full length Tron suit picture before. Weird that you'd do it in lifts when the animators can just scale you up in post. Frida must tower over the rest of them in real life.
  5. And it manages to tease a bit more of a coherent message out of the thing. A lot of Alan Dean Foster's novels have had decent film adaptations.
  6. The Under the Skin film basically takes the blurb off the back of the novel and spins a brand new story out of it. It's a good film but it's nothing like a faithful adaptation.
  7. This worked well enough for me to bookmark a tweet of a comic two years ago. Tofu bacon. The embedding has come out a bit weird there.
  8. Yeah, it definitely felt like I was joining a story already in progress. To be fair he does a decent job of explaining most of the backstory but I think that's part of what was keeping me from getting into it. It's hard to tell which bits are actually relevant and which bits are just "this person/ai is in this part of the galaxy because these reasons stretching back hundreds of years ok now here's the plot". I'll see if Prador Moon is cheap anywhere and give that a go, cheers.
  9. Is Neal Asher good? I've been slogging away at The Soldier audiobook for a couple of hours and I don't know if it's the narrator or the writing but none of it is going in. Is it worth trying it in written format?
  10. If you're after some recommendations... Fantomas and Les Vampires - Louis Feuillade's daft crime serials are a bit of an investment in time but they're just great fun. Secret societies, mistaken identities, intrepid heroes, all that stuff, with lots of location work around Paris. The MCU of its day. A Man There Was - Victor Sjostrom morality play about a wronged man who must decide whether to avenge himself or be the better man when the opportunity presents itself. It has a rowing boat chase for the ages. I Don't Want to be a Man and The Oyster Princess - Ernst Lubitsch's early silent comedies are smart and raunchy and way ahead of their time. He moved to Hollywood eventually and became a big influence on Billy Wilder. Häxan - Mad old "documentary" about witchcraft and devil worship with some great special effects. There's a version out there narrated by William S Burroughs but the original is the one to watch. The Dr Mabuse trilogy - Fritz Lang's sprawling crime epic picks up the ball from Feuillade and runs with it. Lots of plots to take over the world by an evil criminal mastermind, lots of foiling by plucky forces of law and order. Coeur Fidele and The Fall of the House of Usher - Jean Epstein started out doing fairly straight but innovatively shot dramas (Coeur Fidele) and then fell in with the surrealists and started getting weird. Usher is crazy and really hard to find a decent copy of but worth it if you can. The Hands of Orlac - Conrad "Caligari" Veidt is a concert pianist who loses his hands in a train accident. A mad doctor transplants new ones on for him but - uh oh - they used to belong to a murderer. Man with a Movie Camera - Russian documentary that does what it says on the tin. Just a guy with a camera shooting stuff on the street. But it's electrifyingly put together. Proper masterclass in editing. There It Is - Charlie Bowers was one of the old silent comics that got lost in the wake of the big three but he was doing really inventive stuff mixing live action and stop motion and Python-style absurdity. His Scotland Yard in this is quite something. Sunrise - Classic melodrama from FW Murnau. Good hearted farmer is lured away from his wife by a vixen from the big city. Doesn't sound all that but it's stunningly shot. The Passion of Joan of Arc - Joan of Arc in court getting sentenced to death for an hour and a half. That's it. Absolute powerhouse performance by Maria Falconetti and, again, stunningly shot by Carl Theodor Dreyer. Genuine masterpiece.
  11. It was very much a golden era of filmmaking. I do actually really like silent films. Metropolis gets a lot of attention but pretty much all of Fritz Lang's silents are great (and super long). Especially Woman in the Moon, where he got early rocket scientists in to advise and basically predicted exactly how the space programme would work 30 years ahead of time. Also it has Fritz Rasp giving swivel-eyed Rik Mayall vibes as the main villain.
  12. Back on my bullshit - another 1960s dalek. I think his skirt might need work - it looks like it's pinching here and there where I've cut the circles out of it. And I did the donut tutorial. Right to the end.
  13. Blender's as good as anything for learning the basics of modelling/sculpting/whatever, and as of 2.8 it's actually almost user friendly. There are some functional differences between apps but the general skills are pretty transferable, and studios will take a shit hot sculptor over someone who can name every hotkey any day.
  14. "A writer of thrilling, unusual telly in the lead writer role" - yeah, they should have got the Broadchurch guy in or something. I kind of agree with his last point though. I'd like to see them give it to a non-fan next time - someone without all the baggage who can just write interesting stories without all the Timeless Protector bollocks. A bit like every single producer and editor on the show's original run.
  15. It got Torchwood off the ropes for season 3. Put it back on them again in season 4 mind.
  16. After years of using the most cack-handed workflow you've ever seen to animate other people's models in Blender, I've gone back to square one to actually learn how to use it properly. Step 1 is modelling and shading - this is the old 1960s toy dalek. Step 2: Donut
  17. Not to stick up for it or anything but I'm guessing "sipping a martini" is a figure of speech meant to imply that granny is not pulling her weight. Then the joke is that she actually is. The old switcheroo. What japes. As for the Daffy bit, they'll have done a statistical analysis of viewer metrics while watching the old Looney Tunes cartoons and ascertained that key spikes in engagement occur around moments of absurd physical action, so throw one of those in to tick that box on the spreadsheet.
  18. Prior to Luca we've had dead white woman stealing a black man's body, trolls on a quest, toys coming to life, dysfunctional superhero family, child growing up and learning to deal with emotions (plus guitars), shit talking cars, forgetful fish. Pixar stuff has always been about people growing up and learning to deal with emotions, they're just doing it a bit more blandly and on the nose nowadays. I think a lot of that is down to losing Lasseter. As much of a menace as he was in the workplace, he had an incredible animator's brain and he knew how to give a story a bit of energy. They need someone else like him in the driving seat again, just without the wandering hands.
  19. She was in a series called Flowers and that's pretty much all she was known for before this.
  20. Counterpoint: I absolutely lost my shit driving to work one day listening to The Humans when it gets near the end and... Properly crying laughing.
  21. I find it quite hard to get excited about the animated ones. I know the animators are doing what they can within the piss poor budgets they're given but they're just not very good. I'll pick it up eventually for the special features and that but not in any rush.
  22. Another month, another bunch of books. Problems and Other Solutions - Allie Brosh An illustrated memoir of sorts from the woman behind Hyperbole and a Half, covering weird childhood obsessions, friendship, loneliness, daft pets, crippling depression and all the usual stuff. Script Doctor - Andrew Cartmel Cartmel's memories of his time as script editor on Sylvester McCoy's run of Doctor Who. He doesn't come across super well considering these are all his own words - it's always the production people who ruin the stories and never the guy who commissioned stuff they didn't have the budget for and who couldn't time a script to 25 minutes if his life depended on it, and he can't seem to resist dropping in references to the physical attractiveness of any woman he had to work with, which may have been how you did things in the 80s but comes across a bit creepy in the 21st century. Still, it's fascinating to see how the BBC was run in those days and go behind the scenes for the shooting of some of the stories. It's a wonder anything ever got made at all. McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #12 - Dave Eggers (Ed) I got a bunch of these off ebay a while back because I'm a sucker for gimmicky book design. Issue 12 features 12 stories by new writers, a story by McSweeney's regular Roddy Doyle and a selection of 20-minute flash fiction curated by Dave Eggers. It's a mixed bag and your enjoyment of it is going to depend to some extent on your tolerance for hipster literary showboating. Highlights for me were the Doyle story and a piece about growing up in Ceausescu's Romania by Andrea Dezso that's like dystopian Elena Ferrante. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - HP Lovecraft & INJ Culbard (graphic novel) Ian Culbard has carved himself a bit of a niche doing comics adaptations of classic creepy tales. If you know Lovecraft then you'll know this one - curious young man bites off more than he can chew when he takes an interest in an ancestor who had some unusual interests. It works surprisingly well in the comics medium, quite cinematic use of space and timing and he captures that creeping sense of dread nicely. The Motherless Oven/The Can Opener's Daughter/The Book of Forks - Rob Davis (graphic novel) Starts off like Jan Svankmajer doing Grange Hill and then gets weirder. Scarper Lee is a schoolboy doing normal schoolboy things in a bizarre world where your dad might be a steam-powered boat on wheels and it rains knives on a regular basis. He's living out the last three weeks of his life with quiet resignation. He knows it's three weeks because everyone in his town knows when their deathday is. Things start to change when he meets new girl and chaos magnet Vera Pike though. It's hard to explain where it all goes from here because it only makes sense if you read it, but the worldbuilding, character development and slow reveal of why the world is the way it is are all top notch. The Road to Wigan Pier - George Orwell (audiobook) A book of two halves. The first is decent social journalism, with Orwell embedded in the working class North and describing the miserable conditions first hand, then the second is a supposed defence of socialism that does the cause no favours at all. He never really presents an argument for how socialism would work in practice, or even attempts to explain what it is, just sets up some straw man arguments against it and then dismantles them. It's chock full of his hangups about his own class and, despite his time spent with the miners oop north, a lingering tendency to view the proletariat as a single lumpen entity that needs stirring into action by its betters. It does still offer some interesting insights but the endless moaning about the damage done to the movement by fruit juice drinking do-gooders in pistachio shirts (?) gets a bit wearing. He really fucking hates fruit juice drinkers. The House on the Borderlands - William Hope Hodgson I picked this up because I heard that it was an influence on Lovecraft. That's quite the understatement, seeing as it lays out the blueprints for two of HPL's favourite subjects - slouching subhuman beast men and vast, unknowably abstract cosmic horror. As with Lovecraft, the cosmic stuff can sometimes disappear up its own arse a bit but the more human scale horrors are really well done. House of Psychotic Women - Kier-la Janisse An unusual combination of film criticism and memoir. Janisse writes about her own turbulent upbringing and illustrates/expands on it with analysis of a range of cult and exploitation films that centre on disturbed women. It's not the most flattering comparison to make but she breaks everything down very rationally and has clearly done a lot of work getting to the roots of her own self-destructive behaviour. Applying the same kind of serious consideration to the characters in bargain basement exploitation crap is surprisingly interesting and I've now got a list of absolute chod to try and find on youtube.
  23. Leviathan Wakes is literally expansive Greg Bear's Eon (and Eternity which continues the story but isn't as good) Joe Haldeman's The Forever War NK Jemisen's Broken Earth trilogy is maybe more fantasy than SF but it's good and well narrated
  24. Fags, Mags and Bags always used to be good for a listen. Bit of a Father Ted vibe but it's an Asian corner shop in Glasgow instead of Irish priests.
  25. I think you'd struggle to get Tom's buy-in for a plan like that.
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