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  1. There's always a few nice ones either of the warrior priest variety or humble and genuinely faithful type but Cornwell is fond of his horribly corrupt bishops, confessors, abbots and preachers. I think Sansum from the Warlord Chronicles is fittingly all of those and some point or another and as such is clearly the worst of the bunch.
  2. Got bored and watched Blood Father with Mel Gibson and the new King Arthur film. Blood Father was pretty good had some fun moments, didn't overstay its welcome and Gibson carried the film on his performance. King Arthur on the other hand was just crap and this is coming from someone who absolutely loves Lock Stock, Snatch and Rock'N'Rolla. Bad pacing, boring characters and turned into a ps3 game at the end. The best bit was at the beginning and that's only cause the music was from that one good halo advert and so it brought back some nostalgia
  3. Enjoyed it, wasn't my favourite Nolan film and I wouldn't rush to see it again but it was good while it lasted. The one thing that I didn't quite follow was how Not Gibson/French Soldier died - did he just get caught on something as they were bailing from the merchant ship?
  4. The only way I can see myself enjoying this is if they go with the insane embellished version and end on Douglas lobbing Robert's heart at the Moors.
  5. About the whole human villain thing were any of the humans beyond the Asshole from Oz even villainous in Dawn? I can't really remember Oldman's character acting unreasonable or towards the apes at any point or really does anything to escalate the conflict. Maybe at the end with the bomb but in my mind he's entirely in the right there, you've got a golden opportunity to take out the animals that just attacked you without provocation as best you know and killed and enslaved your people - you don't pass that up just cause some guy points a gun at you and starts rambling about waiting for the monkey civil war to be over.
  6. Planet of the Apes was such a let down. It's fine not being the war movie the trailers and the name kind of you know, implied but if you're going to do a pivot at least do the pivot well. It wasn't atrociously bad just such a let down after the great showings of Rise and Dawn. Also do the writers of this series have something against Gorillas?
  7. Banks over McKean is one of the most perplexing things on that list given that for me at least McKean was the strongest performance of the season and one of the best on TV this year. It could be Banks is getting the Dinklage treatment and this nomination is a sort of apology for not getting anything for Season 1
  8. Definitely agreed, I had tickets to see it at the Edinburgh Film Festival on sunday but had to give them away because of work - as much as I enjoyed it, (which was tremendously, every scene with the ALF was a delight) having it up on the big screen rather than on my slightly mediocre telly would have been an improvement. It's my only issue with the Netflix films is that beautiful ones like this might be experienced sub optimally by a fair chunk of the viewership who might have iffy internet or not so great tvs/computers.
  9. Baby Driver was a very enjoyable film, it was more action and less comedy than I was expecting so while I wasn't laughing throughout like I'd had hoped I don't think there wasn't a moment where I wasn't entertained
  10. I'm starting to feel slightly vindicated as someone's who's spent the last couple seasons arguing in favour of Chuck and moreso Hamlin to my friends. Hamlin's easy to dislike at first cause he's a bit smarmy, up himself and had a hand up through nepotism but he's also hard working, loyal, seems to give everyone a fair shake and acts way more rationally than anyone else on the show. His put down of Jimmy this last episode has been one of my favourite moments of the season.
  11. Finished The Vegetarian by Han Kang, Man Booker Prize winner, a well written relatively small scale story that was pretty surreal in bits but very personal. Also blitzed through Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov, equally short but a fun read if a bit abrupt towards the end.
  12. The new chief has got to be corrupt in my mind - like yeah there's not wanting to buy into what seems like a tall tale but then there's just shouting down everything and somehow believing that Nikki managed to sneak that massive fuck off big syringe in and that the Camera just happened to cut out. Plus surely he must have bumped into the fake cop on his way in there was like 2 seconds between the guy running out and the chief coming in
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  14. Overall this show keeps me bordering between enjoying it and a solid meh. Mad Sweeney was the highlight of this ep just as Audrey and Anubis were for last weeks but the bits in between and the plot drag so much that If I wasn't already invested as a book reader this would probably be in the "ignore til its finished then binge if people say its good" pile