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  1. Cameron has been quite open on why he made the first Avatar and why he's continuing to make more Avatar films. Then after a couple years of overt activism. Seems he's thought deeply about what he's doing with these films. Doesn't seem upset about it to me. I wouldn't bet against him.
  2. Cool, although the thread is a spoiler one, I'll spoiler some parts to spare the random clickers. Why the last 10-20? I was the most engaged during that part, the build up was intense, so much that... I did feel the overall length could've been 30mins shorter - but I'll see if I feel the same after a second viewing. So so many highlights but just a couple come to mind...
  3. Just got back from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. It was simply amazing and spectacular - puns intended but fully warranted. Recommended. The plethora of animation styles can be daunting to the senses, it does run 2hrs 20min, and you end up welcoming passages spent in any verse just to catch your breath and rest your eyes. I won't delve into the plot here, will save that for the old Spider-Verse thread if I can find it. Before I forget, the soundtrack is lit, see it in a cinema with a good audio system. My viewing enjoyment, and that of many sitting near me, was spoiled by a trio of kids seated in the centre who were restless throughout - taking phone calls from their moms and using the torch on their phones to search for items dropped. Thankfully the cinema sound system was loud and the movie made use of it so I managed to filter them out for the most part, but I'll have to plan a second viewing to get a better experience.
  4. Interesting. I would have guessed the complete opposite. However it makes sense as the eggs I've been sourcing this year are fresh. I get them from my local kebab shop owner who has laying hens at his farm - he gives me a text message whenever he has a dozen or so extra he can sell. They're all-sorts of sizes and still have crap on them - but they are much better eating than supermarket eggs. Thanks for the ideas, I'll may try them out. Cold soba noodles are the best, I prefer the buckwheat kind, massaged with a little oil and soy sauce. Had forgotten about poaching the eggs. I have poached batches before and, depending on how careful you set the raw egg in the bath, they come out tidy.
  5. I soft boiled 8 eggs. Plan to use these throughout the week in various delicious meals. Cooked them to perfection, if only they were judged by the inside softness. Had some bother peeling the shells off, the exterior appearance by the end of it all - what the fuck man! Only one of the eight came out unblemished. The rest look like this side of the moon - one was even round I must've lost a third of the white! Fuck! How can I garnish more than one bowl of delicious ramen with half cratered soft boiled eggs - this is some bullshit. It'll at least be a week before I can soft boil another batch. Need to figure out where I went wrong. Did I cool them under cold water too fast?
  6. I haven't read the source material but I presume accents were not described? That could be likely going in and probably hold for a generation, maybe two. But if there's any type of early childhood school system in the Silo then this is where the next generations will acquire their accents, and over time they should all blend. I'll leave it as a challenge with the adaptation to screen that has not been successful (maybe even a TV trope we have to accept). At least they have actors who are willing to mask their natural accents for the project - no Sean Connerys here, where all his character roles had Scottish accents (and winning Best Supporting Actor playing an Irish American cop at that).
  7. Enjoying it so far. I like the Silo itself as an engaging backdrop and they've revealed enough, especially giving some sense of scale in the third episode, to give it some needed character. Like knowing the layout of Babylon 5 or the Enterprise D and their many levels and inhabitants. A few things don't gel for me about this world. I agree with the musings up-thread about Ferguson's accent. I can paper over this to continue watching. However, considering a population about the size of a small town, 5-15 thousand I'm guessing, which has been siloed (no pun intended) for 5 generations (140yrs I think I heard), even with the class separation we've been shown, and accounting for speech impediments, wouldn't they all have the same accent by now? It's possible this could be a result of the casting, due to the production location being in the UK. Robbins, Patton, Jones and Common seem to be using their normal US-TV accents, so it seems the accents from the non-US contingent, as a collective, is not consistent. Also, there have been a couple instances so far where characters have not known who people are. I would contend that even if the Silo's current population is upwards of 15 thousand, if this was your entire world, then there should no more than 2 degrees of separation between any two people in the Silo. And anyone in a position of authority should know, or know of, everyone else. With regards to the Silo's populous over generations I hope they explain how the first generation coped with resources. The Holston's experience in the first episode (really liked Jones & Oyelowo in their roles) hinted at so much. Clearly at some point population control became mandatory for the survival of the society. Did they have enough food/accommodation capacity to grow from the start, or was there a generation of scarcity at the beginning? Also, a little nitpick, but I would have a report presented on adding safety nets across the span at each 10th level - that's if they can spare that much resource in materials. It could serve a secondary purpose as playground space.
  8. Star Wars by Wes Anderson Trailer | The Galactic Menagerie Welcome to the "Galactic Menagerie," a whimsical and visually stunning fan-made fake trailer that reimagines the classic Star Wars universe through the eccentric lens of Wes Anderson. This enchanting mashup brings together iconic Star Wars characters with Anderson's trademark symmetrical compositions, pastel color palettes, and quirky humor. Journey to a galaxy far, far away and experience a unique adventure featuring Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and other fan favorites. Watch as they navigate the Galactic Menagerie, a universe filled with eccentric creatures, charming droids, and peculiar locations reminiscent of Anderson's beloved films such as "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
  9. Yeah, this was excellent. In other updates, a new Fall of Civilizations Podcast episode dropped yesterday, 17. Carthage - Empire of the Phoenicians. 3rs 38min, Audio only. I'm only half way through and already have learnt new things.
  10. Thanks for the heads-up, the new stuff was well worth the wait. The third installment felt like a teaser, with the end credits scenes. Ended up re-watching them all as a trilogy and it flows very well, especially the first two installments.
  11. If you hadn't posted this I wouldn't have checked my local. There was nothing billed yesterday when I looked, but today there were a couple sessions. Sooo, John Wick IV can wait, I traipsed out catch the midday session. If you enjoyed the last full trailer, then you're in for a real treat. This had no business being this enjoyable. The CGI/effects looked like they spent time polishing them up - take a lesson here Disney/Marvel. It did feel long - but then we got to spend plenty time with every character. I thought Pine did a great job with his plans. Some of the humour was hit & miss but a lot of hit stuck. The graveyard scene was hilarious. If you didn't enjoy the trailer, or see any potential in it, then maybe go see something else. I'm definitely going to watch this again, whether on the big screen or when it hits the small screen. Recommended.
  12. Went to watch a morning session of Cocaine Bear - because why not? But then I saw that Luther:The Fallen Sun was also showing. Really wanted to see John Luther on the big screen so I opted to see that first. If you've been a fan of Idris Elba's Luther character and series, then you won't be disappointed. This movie also works as a standalone for anyone who hasn't see any of the Luther series. Andy Serkis is the antagonist and just eats up his role. It's not perfect, it has a few problems, but I still found it easily digestible. Parts of the final act felt very Bondish, and the last scene hints at what may be in store for DCI J. Luther. In his signature coat with staunch, bowed gait, Luther looks at home on the bigger screen. Then I took a break for lunch and returned to watch... Cocaine Bear. Had great reservations and thought I might've just wasted good money on a ticket, but when I saw Elizabeth Banks' name come up as the director I felt a lot better, thinking if Banks has been allowed to put her stamp on this then it should be hilarious --- and it was! What a stupid idea for a movie, but they made it work. The CGI bear puts other recent CGI efforts to shame. Also, if this was Ray Liotta's last film, then I'm happy he went out on a crowd pleaser. Leave your brain at the door, unwind and root for the bear! Recommended.
  13. Went to watch Ant-Man:Quantumania after working out at the gym. I can understand the criticisms, they are all valid. I think it helped that I was exhausted and didn't want to think too much about what I was watching. Opted out of seeing it on the biggest screen available so saw it on a smaller screen. Wasn't expecting it to be a 3D screening though. I wasn't at all bored, but unfortunately there was nothing that got me overly excited. It was visually captivating, though the 3D was only useful in the introductory stages as the world a la Fantastic Voyage opens up, otherwise I wouldn't recommend watching it in 3D. (If you want a great 3D experience, watch Avatar 2 in 3D, on a giant screen.) The problem I found was, unlike the first two Ant-Man movies, it just wasn't that much fun. I could see Rudd was trying his best, but a lot of his interactions with the older Cassie, Newton, didn't hit home for me. I've always liked Pfeiffer as Janet and Douglas as Hank. Anytime with them, especially when they remind you of their previous Wasp/Ant-Man modes, is appreciated. Lilly's Wasp is always badass for me. I much preferred the Pym family dynamic than the Lang one, in this movie. Majors' Kang was a decent introduction, but it seems clear now that we got the most interesting Kang variant, He Who Remains, in the Loki series - hope that variant resurfaces somewhere down the line. There's a mid credits scene, which predictably sets up near future appearances, and an end credits scene which I quite enjoyed and look forward to. Both feature variants of Kang.
  14. I watched Knock at the Cabin over the weekend, M. Knight Shyamalan's latest. I didn't love it, but also didn't hate it. Thought it was a worthwhile watch, in that uncomfortable manner which MKS likes to provide. Small cast, tight setting. The performances were great, especially Bautista, who's screen presence here, seemed greater than his obvious physical presence. The thing that I couldn't quite buy into, until very late, was the basic premise. I'm reminded of the amorphism made popular by Carl Sagan, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence", and for me this came a little too late to make me buy into the whole setting. Cameron did it more abruptly in Terminator 2 when Joe Morton's character was presented with a world changing dilemma. If anyone's interested, MKS appeared in the always excellent le Video Club to mark Knock at the Cabin's release. His mantra for his crew is, "Our films should be sushi. The least ingredients at the highest quality."
  15. Its February already, damn. Early lessons after seven classes of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. One, keep your fingernails very trim. I was just discussing this matter with another practitioner and noting, though my fingernails were trim, that my thumbnails were a bit too long. Ten minutes later, after trying an escape, I accidentally gouge my chin with my thumbnail. Took some skin out and there was claret flowing. Got bandaged up to continue but couldn't avoid getting some blood onto my brand new pristine white Gi. I should have an interesting scar right in the centre of my chin in a few days time. Two, I never realised one could develop bruises on top of bruises.
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