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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2017 edited
    Aidabaida wrote
    Actually, I'm seeing more people mad at people mad at it being a woman than there are people mad at it being a woman.


    Yep, general consensus (much like with the "black James Bond" situation) in fact seems to be pretty favourable.
    Almost seems as if some PREFER this to be controversial rather than it actually BEING so.
    'no passion nor excitement here, despite all the notes and musicians' ~ Falkirkbairn
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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2017
    This comment on Facebook made me laugh out loud: "Never watched it, and definitely not going to now!"
    biggrin
    Some people really are a special kind of...well...special.
    'no passion nor excitement here, despite all the notes and musicians' ~ Falkirkbairn
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2017
    Doesn't the Doctor regenerate into a new person anyway? Also, haven't they had female hero figures in the show already? And is the preemptive "people will hate this" a bigger deal than people actually hating this?
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      CommentAuthorBobdH
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2017 edited
    Martijn wrote
    Yep, general consensus (much like with the "black James Bond" situation) in fact seems to be pretty favourable.
    Almost seems as if some PREFER this to be controversial rather than it actually BEING so.


    One can in general only consider oneself liberal minded and forward thinking when faced by another group showing closed mindedness. Otherwise you're just... average. And who would want to be that? It's not easy being an activist in times of growing tolerance.
    Procrastinate now. Don't put it off.
  1. Martijn wrote
    Aidabaida wrote
    Actually, I'm seeing more people mad at people mad at it being a woman than there are people mad at it being a woman.


    Yep, general consensus (much like with the "black James Bond" situation) in fact seems to be pretty favourable.
    Almost seems as if some PREFER this to be controversial rather than it actually BEING so.


    I'd wait with a black James Bond for a few installments though. Had it been right after Brosnan, that'd be totally fine, but the Craig series essentially rebooted the franchise. So we just had the whole backstory of who James Bond is and suddenly they'd have to explain it again. Not that it hasn't been done yet (I'm looking at you, Spider-Man), but still.
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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2017
    No difference in my eyes then the time he used to be Scottish, then not. That was never adequately explained either.

    No, if they ever go down that route, they'd -in my opinion- best do a 1984 kind of redaction: Bond is black, has always been black and will always be black.
    'no passion nor excitement here, despite all the notes and musicians' ~ Falkirkbairn
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      CommentAuthorAidabaida
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2017
    BobdH wrote


    One can in general only consider oneself liberal minded and forward thinking when faced by another group showing closed mindedness. Otherwise you're just... average. And who would want to be that? It's not easy being an activist in times of growing tolerance.


    I completely, completely agree. You can't be a progressive without problems, so when problems run out, it's time to create some!
    Bach's music is heartless and robotic.
  2. Martijn wrote
    No difference in my eyes then the time he used to be Scottish, then not. That was never adequately explained either.

    No, if they ever go down that route, they'd -in my opinion- best do a 1984 kind of redaction: Bond is black, has always been black and will always be black.


    I do need to read some of the novels.
    http://www.filmmusic.pl - Polish Film Music Review Website
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2017 edited
    PawelStroinski wrote
    Martijn wrote
    No difference in my eyes then the time he used to be Scottish, then not. That was never adequately explained either.

    No, if they ever go down that route, they'd -in my opinion- best do a 1984 kind of redaction: Bond is black, has always been black and will always be black.


    I do need to read some of the novels.


    Ian Fleming added the Scottish bit to his later novels after being impressed by Connery as Bond.

    If I remember correctly Fleming died just before the 3rd film, Goldfinger was released.
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
  3. And when exactly did Bond cease to be Scottish in the films? I think after Lazenby sported a kilt in OHMSS in a scene and the Scottish heritage was actually mentioned, the films did not discuss Bond's past till Skyfall, which was post-Casino Royale anyway.
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    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTime7 days ago
    Roger McMoore
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTime7 days ago
    seriously though, the Scottish-ness isn't really played on in the films except for Skyfall ( OHMSS doesn't count as Bond was undercover impersonating a Scottish genealogist ), it was just an invention for the books by Fleming to tie in with his love of Connery as Bond.
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
  4. The Mummy (2017)

    What a load of bullocks. Where is the fun, where is the suspense, where is the coherent story-telling. Oh yeah wait, this is the new Hollywood we're talking about. Lots and lots of CGI overload, cardboard characters and very little substance plot-wise. One of Tom Cruise's worst starring projects. Not sure what he was using when he signed for this, but to go from Born on the Fourth of July to this crappy adventure film (minus the adventure) is a mystery to me. I mean the man truly rocks on the Mission Impossible flicks, but here every scene he's in is wasted. I blame it on Alex Kurtzman's piss-poor direction. And even if Cruise does his own stunts here, there's nothing stunt-worthy to even talk about because every action scene is a big mess.

    And yeah, Brian Tyler still doesn't know how to compose a decent adventure score. I heard NOTHING of worth, and I went in unbiased as I forgot who did the score for this film. That's how much he is on my radar. Only about an hour into the film I remembered Southall giving this a glowing review. From me it gets an appalling rating, but what else was to be expected? vomit
    "considering I've seen an enormous debate here about The Amazing Spider-Man and the ones who love it, and the ones who hate it, I feel myself obliged to say: TASTE DIFFERS, DEAL WITH IT" - Thomas G.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    Yeah, the film was crap. Which was a major surprise, since Cruise is usually good at picking projects.
    I am extremely serious.
  5. Yeah he is, he mostly know to elevate a film he's in, by his presence alone. He's a rock-solid actor who knows what he's doing. Not so much with The Mummy though... dizzy
    "considering I've seen an enormous debate here about The Amazing Spider-Man and the ones who love it, and the ones who hate it, I feel myself obliged to say: TASTE DIFFERS, DEAL WITH IT" - Thomas G.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime5 days ago edited
    And even if he doesn't elevate it, the directorial style or vision is so solid that it's quality. Especially genre fare and sci fi.
    I am extremely serious.
  6. For his best performance will always be for BOT4OJ. As oscar-worthy as they come. But his performance was helped of course by Stone's flawless direction and the supporting cast (especially the whole 'erect penis' scene with his parents). I get chills just thinking about that.
    "considering I've seen an enormous debate here about The Amazing Spider-Man and the ones who love it, and the ones who hate it, I feel myself obliged to say: TASTE DIFFERS, DEAL WITH IT" - Thomas G.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    Just saw WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. It was OK, but the weakest of the new POTA films so far. Giacchino's score was 99% dreadful.
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    Another seal of approval from Thor thanks to the Inverse Thor Law. It really is the best film of the year. punk
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    DreamTheater wrote
    The Mummy (2017)

    What a load of bullocks. Where is the fun, where is the suspense, where is the coherent story-telling. Oh yeah wait, this is the new Hollywood we're talking about. Lots and lots of CGI overload, cardboard characters and very little substance plot-wise. One of Tom Cruise's worst starring projects. Not sure what he was using when he signed for this, but to go from Born on the Fourth of July to this crappy adventure film (minus the adventure) is a mystery to me. I mean the man truly rocks on the Mission Impossible flicks, but here every scene he's in is wasted. I blame it on Alex Kurtzman's piss-poor direction. And even if Cruise does his own stunts here, there's nothing stunt-worthy to even talk about because every action scene is a big mess.

    And yeah, Brian Tyler still doesn't know how to compose a decent adventure score. I heard NOTHING of worth, and I went in unbiased as I forgot who did the score for this film. That's how much he is on my radar. Only about an hour into the film I remembered Southall giving this a glowing review. From me it gets an appalling rating, but what else was to be expected? vomit


    This is Universal's attempt at a cinematic universe. They went with the most recognisable characters first with one of the most bankable stars. It had a relatively small budget so as not to be too big a risk. It sucks because it's a studio film made by studio execs who made poor decisions. It's a complete farce. And naturally they got the genius that wrote Lost and the Star Trek films to direct it.
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      CommentAuthorBobdH
    • CommentTime4 days ago edited
    Thor wrote
    Just saw WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES. It was OK, but the weakest of the new POTA films so far. Giacchino's score was 99% dreadful.


    Ha, then we nearly saw it at the same time. I'm a lot kinder. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the weak link if you ask me, but I did expect more from this in the intellectual department (it's there, but underdeveloped and not really any new ideas - though there's more going on between the lines). Kudos for not going into the cliche route of full on warfare in the third film but actually telling a story (these films keep surprising me how odd they are in combining warfare and tragedy and CG characters in big, expensive studio films), amazing effects during close-upd, heartbreaking moments (apart from some schmaltz) and especially Steve Zahn's character was great. I love Giacchino's work on these films, but was hoping a bit more from the score in-film this time around.
    Procrastinate now. Don't put it off.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    I have a number of issues with both film and especially score, but I'm too lazy to list them now. Maybe tomorrow.
    I am extremely serious.
  7. The one part of the score I thought didn't work in film was that Morricone-cribbed "travel" theme. Stood out like a sore thumb, and not in a good way, like the tone was a total mismatch for the film. The rest was fine.
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTime3 days ago edited
    Right now I'm watching BBC 4, BBC Proms 2017

    Tribute to John Williams celebrating his 85th birthday.

    Anyone else watching or even able to tune in?
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
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      CommentAuthorBobdH
    • CommentTime3 days ago edited
    OH NO! I KNEW THERE WAS A REASON I SHOULD'VE TAKEN THAT JOB IN LONDON EARLIER THIS YEAR AND THIS IS IT! BBC 4 is blocked in my Dutch television package sad.
    Procrastinate now. Don't put it off.
  8. Timmer wrote
    Right now I'm watching BBC 4, BBC Proms 2017

    Tribute to John Williams celebrating his 85th birthday.

    Anyone else watching or even able to tune in?


    Man, I thought you meant the LAST NIGHT and I frantically started to search the German TV schedule. But I see that that one is due only September 9th. cheesy
    "Did you see anything out there?" - "No. Why? What happened?" - "The ship just got herpes."
  9. And of course the BBC player is not accessible from Germany without doing some IP mumbo jumbo that I don't care about. I understand the EU is working on making those players accessible throughout the EU. But than those farce Brexit-EU talks are going to bust any day now and then that will be it for watching BBC 4 in Germany. angry
    "Did you see anything out there?" - "No. Why? What happened?" - "The ship just got herpes."
  10. Doctor Strange

    First of all I am glad, that this film is over in 115 minutes. I noticed that action films are revolting back to the average two hours of duration. So hopefully the era of stretching simple stories over three hours is over.

    This is an animated picture with (more or less) real actors in it. Story wise it feels like a mixture of Star Wars, Harry Potter and a bit of Ghostbusters. The James Bond reference was funny.

    So, yet another chosen one story. Was there a prophecy involved? There probably was.

    Anyway, the film doesn't take itself too serious, which makes it quite entertaining.

    The score of course is superb.

    smile Volker
    "Did you see anything out there?" - "No. Why? What happened?" - "The ship just got herpes."
  11. The "introduction" conversation between Cumberbatch and Mikkelsen stole the show for me. I think that's the best humor in a Marvel film there. This, Wong and the wi-fi password.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime1 day ago
    Just saw DUNKIRK. It's not the allencompassing masterpiece I had been foretold (it certainly doesn't compete with INCEPTION or INTERSTELLAR in Nolan's canon), but it was still very good. Zimmer's score is mostly 'pulse' or sound design -- in many cases the sole bearer of emotional engrossment, but the real goosebump moments was the Vangelis-like music for the [spoiler]private ships' entrance[/spoiler]. I could perhaps see a 30-minute presentation of the score working reasonably well on album; I'll look into that when I get it (it's no doubt longer than that).
    I am extremely serious.