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  1. Isis

    Name for decorator frosting

    Nozzle
  2. Isis

    His Dark Materials Series

    That's all part of its sinister af aspect though. There's something pretty cold about Mrs Coulter - on a deep level, for all that she does have feelings and shows them sometimes. Actually the monkey shows the odd bit of softness in the books I seem to recall. But mostly it's totally deadpan. It gives no social cues, so people don't know how to react to it. Basically it's intimidating in its refusal to fit into the accepted behaviours of humans and dæmons. Like, dæmons greet each other a lot (touching noses) in the books. I bet the stupid golden monkey doesn't allow other dæmons to touch it (except Stelmaria). So edgy.
  3. Isis

    His Dark Materials Series

    So so so ready to get to the north, meet Lee Scoresby and Hester. I'm still not totally feeling Lyra. If she doesn't show a bit more character soon then she might not be convincing enough when she does take action. Not sure how I feel about the golden monkey having an existential moment about death - when the dæmon disappears as the Gyptian dude kills himself. It made me feel weird and uncomfortable and I guess that's the point. Someone I know online was complaining they didn't understand what was going on (they've not read the books). I said 'some kids have been kidnapped and people want to get them back'? Then they said 'and the talking animals!'... I replied that I think the dæmons have been explained a few times. I especially think that Mrs Counter and the golden monkey are used to great effect to show the relationship between a person and their dæmon: sometimes they act in unison (when they fight the gyptian), other times they display different facets of the same emotions, and other times one hides all emotion and but the other shows it. I think that it's really well done. Ultimately the guy who didn't get what was happening confessed he was paying more attention to his phone than the TV.
  4. Isis

    His Dark Materials Series

    We talked about it earlier in the thread too. Before the show started airing. Hopefully they'll start on season 3 next year. *fingers crossed*
  5. Isis

    His Dark Materials Series

    You are wrong. Second season has already completed filming.
  6. Isis

    His Dark Materials Series

    No. No. No. We cannot even think about this yet.
  7. Isis

    His Dark Materials Series

    What I like is that the golden monkey does not look 'comically evil'. If anything he just looks severe and scary, implacable - like he's masking his feelings, much like Mrs Coulter. Actually I loved the bit where Lyra says 'you got angry... you're still angry now'. It shows that Lyra finds it normal to defy authority and she clearly isn't scared of doing so (i.e. she hasn't had that beaten out of her) AND she knows exactly how to rile Mrs Coulter the most - by pointing out her loss of control. You often see that in families where people know exactly how to prod someone to get a reaction. Ok, so that bit where the monkey was in a room, then Mrs Coulter was coming from the opposite end of the corridor, and then SUDDENLY the monkey was next to her coming from the opposite direction of where it had just been. How did it do that? (super fast transit through the vents? WITCHCRAFT???).
  8. Isis

    His Dark Materials Series

    Sad Pan's face is heart-breaking
  9. Isis

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    Finished watching The Hot Zone yesterday. If you work in lab science, or in infectious disease like I do then you should really watch it. There was a classic bit of CGI angry monkey action in the finale, which was truly hilarious. I get that it was set in the late 80's but I think they could have jazzed it up a little - it looked like a bit like a straight to TV, Hallmark movie at times. It's a bit sad, they could have done more with the base material I thought.
  10. Isis

    His Dark Materials Series

    I thought the 'everyone's special' line was great, including the delivery.
  11. Isis

    His Dark Materials Series

    Well, I'm surprised that anyone would have issues with James McAvoy. I think he's fine here. As I said before, the jury is out on this Lyra. It's not bad...yet. Let's see what happens next time.
  12. Isis

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    Hmmm. I didn't believe in the fifth season either. So I haven't watched it yet. But I will probably binge it at some point. I finally finished off Knightfall at the weekend. The second season was better than the first - the first one was just TOO hammy. I mean, it is still hammy but slightly less awful. I would say watch it if you like slightly OTT medieval stuff - plus Mark Hamill obvs. That said, I got a bit fixated on the fact that there are so many windows in the finale and glass windows were not a thing at the time. And once you notice it, everyone has loads of glass windows. *shrug*
  13. Isis

    His Dark Materials Series

    I thought everything and everyone was fine. Baby Pan in the first scene was perfect and I'm all set to hate the golden monkey. It will remain to be seen whether this Lyra will top the Radio 4 adaptation performance though. I think she can. But let's see.
  14. Isis

    His Dark Materials Series

    u wot, 8? LMM is gonna be great. We've been listening to the soundtrack while we were brewing today. Excite.
  15. Isis

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hunting Minds

    I've got a friend who absolutely loves it. I assumed it was some naff old biddy-ish thing that I would hate...
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