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Jimmy B wrote:

Anyone who has seen Attack The Block has seen Jodie Whittaker as she was the woman the kids mug.

Anyone who's listened to the DiF commentary knows her as "British Felicia Day"  smile

(Welcome back, Jimmy.)


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Oh, look! A new episode! big_smile


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STD's premiere date has been announced.

Teague wrote:

Yesterday someone was the first ever to ever climb El Capitan with no safety equipment.



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Prometheus is a hot mess wrapped in amazing visuals. They're so fucking amazing that the movie had me fooled on my first viewing - I haven't noticed all the stupidity. The DiF commentary really tears Prometheus a new one, it's one of my favorite episodes.


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Turns out Ridley Scott actually listens to criticism.

Instead of another pretentious story that asks questions about our origins (and has no clue how to answer them), this time we got a much more straightforward Alien movie. Some plot points from Prometheus are continued, but it's clear that Ridley wanted to push aside its more controversial aspects and go back to Alien's horror roots.

Shaw, the previous film's annoying protagonist, got killed offscreen by David, who's much more interesting to watch. Even the problem of her religious motivation ("it's what I choose to believe") gets mentioned - the company didn't trust Billy Crudup with a command because of his faith. Did the writers actually listen to the DiF commentary?

The David/Walter dynamic must've been inspired by Lore and Data from ST-TNG (John Logan is a fan). The cliché of an evil AI doesn't bother me here - I have no trouble believing that an android with a humanlike psyche and superior intellectual capabilities would've become megalomaniacal. Fassbender's double performance is easily the most interesting one in the movie.

Unfortunately, the other characters don't get much development - their main purpose is to become xenomorph fodder. They're even more reckless than the Prometheus crew; when will they learns that sending people to an unknown planet without spacesuits (another Star Trek trope recycled by John Logan) is a bad idea?

Dorkman's remark about the Alien universe becoming smaller in Prometheus is even more applicable here, when it turns out that the facehugger eggs are a result of David's experiments. It is never explained how they got onto the Engineer ship on LV-426.

The visual side is impressive, but we've come to expect that from Ridley Scott.

To sum it up: Covenant is an improvement over Prometheus, but still has issues.


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I'm still worried about those alleged Klingons. Maybe it's better to assume it's a prequel to the Abramsverse or another alternate timeline (I wouldn't have a problem with that) than try to fit new ideas and redesigns into the original timeline canon.

Oh, well... We'll just have to wait and see.

Regan wrote:

And youtube's recommended video after that is... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8aUuFsXRjU



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A sequel to the previous video: Rogue One releases in the UK:

Teague wrote:

Had no idea he was still around and still Star Warsing.

Oh yeah. Nate hit it big. He worked on some SW fiction (comic books, IIRC) and now his book about SW on home video is coming out.

Nathan Butler's overview of all US home video releases (for potential buyers):

An Honest Trailer appeared:


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Teague wrote:

Holy shit, this is still happening?

Yup. Unlike Axanar, they weren't sued. Let's keep our fingers crossed, they're doing great work.


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A new Star Trek Continues episode.

It still amazes me how well this show is able to recreate the feel of ST-TOS. The stories these guys come up with could've actually been a part of the original series.


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Logan is very unusual for an X-Men movie, maybe even more so than Deadpool. It manages to weave elements of a western, a road movie and a character drama quite skillfully (to use a cliché, it transcends the comic book movie genre). Some even call it Marvel's Dark Knight.

Easily the most mature film of the series, a huge improvement over the fairly formulaic X-Men: Apocalypse. Definitely worth seeing.


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A new trailer for Alien: Covenant is out.


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One lousy technical Oscar for Arrival. Star Trek Beyond lost to Suicide Squad.

On the bright side, Zootopia won and the Best Picture announcement almost turned into The Naked Gun 33 1/3  lol


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avatar wrote:

Obvious Oscar baits?

You can't get more obvious than La La Land (as I mentioned in my rant a month ago).

8 nominations for Arrival is a chance for the sci-fi genre to get its foot in the door again. Unfortunately, it's probably the melodrama aspect of this movie that got the Academy's attention (more typical sci-fi/fantasy stuff pretty rarely gets out of the genre ghetto). It still doesn't stand much chance of winning for Best Picture or Best Director IMHO sad


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Seems like most of those good Pixar writers work at Disney Animation Studios now. Zootopia is vastly superior to the Pixar movie that came out just a few months earlier (The Good Dinosaur).

fireproof78 wrote:

likable Judy Hops

And very pretty. I don't wanna sound like a furry or nothin', but she's one hot bunny big_smile


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avatar wrote:

Arrival - so if you learn to read circular alien logograms, you can suddenly see into the future? It's touted as "hard-SF" (and it exudes that vibe), but that makes as much sense as a genetic mutation giving you psychokinesis.

I don't think the marketing department had much choice. It's a magic bean movie where the most important part of the magic bean defines the ending. Revealing the prophetic aspect in the trailers would've spoiled too much.

The very presence of aliens already excludes the movie from the "hardest sci-fi" (e.g. The Martian) category. If you show how they look like, it opens a whole new can of worms and the movie becomes even softer (2001 didn't show them to avoid just that). Arrival went a step further, and, IMHO, pulled that off very nicely.


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Faldor wrote:

There's a newspaper article doing the rounds interviewing fans who are skeptical about the new series. It's about TNG

And they were partially right, 'cause the first two seasons of TNG turned out to be pretty bad tongue

I'll give Discovery a chance, but I've been getting less optimistic about it lately.


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A photo from the set of Star Trek: Discovery leaked:

If those are really supposed to be Klingons, then I'm starting to worry. That look would be a radical departure from everything that was established before. Even the guy from STID looked much more Klingon than these weirdos. We're they inspired by Sarris from Galaxy Quest?

I miss the days of Mike Westmore's make-up designs.