It does seem that the extreme left are more than happy to attack anyone on the left whilst making no comment whilst the right run amuck...

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drewjmore wrote:

I cannot recommend, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, enough.

Oh Heinlein's best by far!

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Well we kicked things off with Double Indemnity, I really rather enjoyed it.

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Boter wrote:

Also can we get less retina searing in the green, 'kay, thanks.

Happy now!?

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Boter wrote:

And also probably "View revision history". tongue

The last revision saved was a few hours old and would have lost hours of Regan typing runtimes in by hand!

I don't really know much about spreadsheets, I just type "How do I..." into google and then I know things  cool

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I was really hyped for Valerian when it was first announced. I've always enjoyed the fifth element and Adele Blanc-Sec a French-language film that Luc Besson made a few years back about an Edwardian adventuress.

However, when the film came out I didn't have a lot of spare cash for cinema trips and the tidal wave of negative reviews did not encourage me but I watched it last week with my wife and it was definitely nowhere near as bad as the reviews made out. Whilst it wasn't particularly good either I enjoyed it for the visuals if not the plot which was certainly lacking. It felt like one of those films where they had gone over every detail in the source material and tried to fit all of it in instead of just taking a small portion and focusing on that. Definitely not as bad as some people say but nowhere near as good as it could have been.

I really enjoyed the opening sequence with the ISS being expanded on and all the different meetings to the David Bowie song. If the rest of the film had been more in keeping with the opening it would have been a lot stronger.

On Sunday I got to watch Molly's Game which is the directorial debut of "love him or hate him" Aaron Sorkin. I am certainly in the former category, enough of a fan to recognise that Idris Elba's law firm was the same one that Rob Lowe had worked for in the West Wing. My viewing companion commented on the way out how much he had enjoyed seeing a film with a strong female lead that did not involve a romance. Certainly, one to pass the Bechtel test.

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Great stuff Teague, it always boils down to what the lights doing with these shots, if you can figure that out, you are laughing smile

I'd definitely be up for something assuming it wasn't in the middle of the night.

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(22 replies, posted in Episodes)

Jaws was one of those movies that whilst I knew from its impact on popular culture, I'd never been particularly interested in watching.

However, whilst putting together a Christmas list I figured it would be fun to put down some classic movies I'd never seen, also Owen kept nagging me about it.

It was a pretty good film I guess!

and the best part is I have another Down In Front to listen to!

Guys, we only meant stop eating on mic, not stop entirely!!

Edit: Trey mentions Harry Turtledove, author of lots of alternative history novels. He actually wrote a novel with Richard Dreyfuss about a version of North America which never broke away from the British Empire.

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(8 replies, posted in Movie Stuff)

MartyJ wrote:

It's odd that this kind of delay would affect an English-speaking country.

It used to be everything got about a 3 month gap between the US and European releases (and then it ended up being The Phantom Menace FFS) but now most things are same day releases (See, piracy can be a good thing!)  but kid's movies are the last to still get these delays, often so it can be released in the local territories school holidays but this just seems to be throw a six to start...

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(3 replies, posted in Movie Stuff)

I am sorry to see Darkest Hour score so low after the previous Churchill film was so poor.

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http://eepodcast.lauraaftermidnight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/panto.jpg

It’s that time again for the Extended Edition Christmas Panto!

This time we are in a dark and dingy dystopian future, It is the year 2031. It’s been twelve years since the last podcast went dark. Anything below 10.000.000 views is permanently deleted off the internet, or put in the darkest corners of the dark web.

In the quiet backroom of a small pub in North Norway, a former podcaster drinks away his problems and tries to get by playing cover songs…

The EE Christmas Panto!

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Trey wrote:

I looked up Chau on IMDB and was stunned to find out she was in the infamous Trenches - the web series made years ago by fanfilm guy Shane Felux.  So let that be a lesson to everyone - you never know who's gonna make it in showbiz based on where they start.

What was Trenches and why was it so infamous??

DarthPraxus wrote:

we also got a Spider-Man reboot. Kill me.

Spiderman colon Homecoming was actually pretty good movie by Spiderman standards.

Make of that what you will.

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Here we go!

138 The Last Jedi

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(30 replies, posted in Creations)

I've been waiting for this since it was first mentioned in the chat. I listen to more audio dramas than most and people try gimmicks that more often than not just feel like exactly that, a gimmick.

The found footage idea of a black box recording not only works, but works in a way that would lose something if it were in any other medium.

It gives the early scenes of the charaters celebrating their find a sense of impending dread. You know from the very start that no one is getting out of this in one piece. It's The Hyacinth Disaster, not the Hyacinth Whoopsee.

Boter and Teague as noted else where do a better job than just show up as resident forumers, and Blue does a great job in the later episodes holding things together.

The mystery is handled nicely, I'm left wanting to know what's going on but I'm left with impression that Writhryn does know, and isn't about to give a TED talk about a mystery box.

I really hope this gets the attention it deserves.

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(53 replies, posted in Movie Stuff)

Having seen it twice, I found it much stronger on the second viewing. On the first time round I found the Laura Dern / Battlestar Galactica plot line to be the weakest aspect but looking at it again, It was actually the Poe story arc that let's the side down.

I really like the idea of doing a plot where the heroes don't trust the leadership so come up with their own scheme to save the day, only to fuck up. Unfortunately the film tries to portray Poe as too cocky and taking too many risks because, apparently if you start an attack you should finish it, but it doesn't stick the landing. The pay off is supposed to be in the base at the end where he leads everyone towards the back door to escape and Princess Leia is all "Don't look at me, he knows what's what!"

But for me, as an arc it doesn't quite come together. If it had been Poe who wanted to fly up the cannon, and not Finn and then realises he should lead everyone out it would have closed the arc nicely, as it is, it is just another storyline too many.

A lot of people take issue with Rose and Finn nipping off to the casino but I rather enjoyed that whole sequence, although it was remarkably lucky that they ended up in exactly the same cell as someone who could not only help them but also open the door and yet had not already done so.

The main critersism from people who didn't like it seem to be about Luke. I can see why Mark Hamill said it wasn't how he pictured Luke but I think it works. He had a moment of weakness and regrets it.

I loved the Yoda scene, it was everything I was hoping for with the movie, I've no idea why the prequels ignored that side of the mythology.

The Porgs were great, the humour fit the scene, and was surprisingly dark in places. The porg jumping on the saber hilt as the other one starred ignorantly down the business end was hilarious, as was Chewie trying to enjoy a quiet dinner.

Rey's plot was built on nicely from The Force Awakens. It was more than simply Luke training her exactly as we'd seen before, although I do think she is doing very well for someone who has not even had a youtube tutorial in the force to follow.

The darkside cave was cleverly done yet different from what we'd seen before and I thought the revelation about her parentage was brilliantly handled. I love that the force can come to anyone in this galaxy and not just those with the right bloodline.

Luke's stand off against Kylo was nicely handled, it reminded me of an old joke from Digital Llama Radio about a role-playing group with a Jedi taking on AT-AT's (ignore this if you are not Teague or Owen)

Part of me was hoping Luke would simply push all the walkers over with one wave of his hand. Why do they need to redesign everything all the time? They should call these new ones MON-KEE Walkers (what? Chicken walker stuck!)

Luke's dying felt unfair after the twist of his not actually have been there, although they did set it up when Kylo tells Rey "You didn't do this, the effort would have killed you".

I can't decide how I'd rank this against Rogue One and The Force Awakens, R1 took a few viewings to grow on me and I loved TFA from the start.

I'm sure you could snip ten or twenty minutes out of The Last Jedi and have a stronger and more focussed film but it's far from being the mess that some fans are whinging about.

Roll on the Han Solo movie, Episode IX and Johnson's trilogy!

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(115 replies, posted in Episodes)

I can see Kennedy sitting on the original cuts out of not wanting to go against Lucas' wishes.

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(53 replies, posted in Movie Stuff)

Spoilers to follow!

Cor, I rather liked that, you guys?

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(660 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Extended Edition - 137 The Best And Worst Of 2017

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(68 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Tarantino wants to direct a Star Trek movie

where did *that* come from?!

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The Extended Edition Podcast is back, this time joined by Paul from Nerds Assemble to discuss Star Trek: Discovery! There hasn’t been a Star Trek series on TV in twelve years and technically there still isn’t unless you are in Canada, but we’ll just ignore that because broadcast television is dead and the only person who still watches it is your gran. Enough about that there is Star Trek to be discussing!

136 - Star Trek: Discovery

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(83 replies, posted in Creations)

Writhyn wrote:

1) If I take random person photo and morph them with another random person photo, creating a third person who doesn't exist, is that "transformative art" enough that I could use it? (obviously, you're not lawyers, but you might have some experience?)

Strictly speaking, it would be an infringement of copyright unless you had permission to modify the images. But probably no one would ever notice.

If you want to stay safe then look up stock photo sites.

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(30 replies, posted in Creations)

It'll make for a top Christmas release!

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MartyJ wrote:

which may turn out to be another misguided attempt at Ewok-esque cuteness).

Which was the initial reaction to BB-8. wink