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  1. I absolutely love this series! I won't lie, I was less than optimistic when it was first announced, but I was immediately converted when I started watching it. They've kept everything so true to the original and I love the new characters as well, especially Deet, she is just absolutely adorable. I've watched it all the way through twice already, and I hope they don't keep us waiting too long for a second series. The only problem is... if you've seen the film, you know how it has to end
  2. Just finished watching The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Neflix for the second time.

    I was extremely apprehensive when this series was announced, I wasn't sure they'd be able to pull off a decent prequel series in the current entertainment climate which has been riddled with poor remakes, pointless reboots and unnecessary sequels.

    It seems my apprehension was unfounded.  The series is absolutely amazing, they have managed to stay true to the tone of the original and have expanded on the world in a way that feels natural and extremely satisfying, not least because they have chosen to film the entire thing with puppets and only used CGI for augmentation where it was appropriate to do so.

    The characters from the original have been faithfully reproduced with the voice actors doing sterling work recreating the voice and manner of characters such as Aughra and the Chamberlain.  And the new characters Like Rian, Hup, Brea and especially Deet are immediately likeable and feel very much a part of the world I recognise from the film.

    The dark character of the film is not only very much present, but much deeper too.  This series doesn't pull its punches, it has the gravitas to engage older viewers while being whimsical enough to appeal to the younger as well.

    If you have Netflix and you haven't watched it yet, do yourself a favour and get right onto it, you'll be glad you did.

  3. Avengers Endgame. It was okay, although nowhere near as good as Infinity War. One thing that did bother me was an extremely grievous flaw in the Avenger's plan. Aside from that small detail I enjoyed the film, it felt like a fitting conclusion to the long-running saga. I'm not sure how the next phase is going to play out though. The problem with having all these films linked is that there needs to be constant increasing of the stakes in order to maintain the momentum and it turns into an arms race where the heroes have to continually strive to out-macguffin the villains's macguffin, and there is only so far that you can push that before it becomes outright silly. I guess we'll find out soon enough.
  4. I'm sure they're a fun way to spend a bit of time with like-minded company much like any other board game. Do I think they are somehow capable of contacting spirits or other metaphysical beings? No, not really. I'm not a vehement denier of the existence of such things but I tend to take any claims of contact with such with a liberal helping of salt.
  5. I haven't played in a while, I move around a lot with work and currently there isn't anyone around that plays so my decks are just gathering dust. Never really been a format player as such, just play casually although I suppose most of my decks would be legacy legal and a few would be modern. I don't have a particular favourite colour, I play a little of everything and have a pretty wide variety of decks of every major kind. I generally find combo decks are the most fun to play, nothing is quite as satisfying as pulling out an insanely ridiculous combo like having a couple of Mirror-Sigil Sergeants, a couple of Paradox Hazes and a Tobita, Master of Winds on the table.
  6. Last one I watched was Battle Angel Alita, although that was only a two part OVA. I could take it or leave it to be honest, the new film and the Manga are both better in their own ways. The last full series I watched was The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which I would strongly recommend to anyone. The titular character, on paper at least, should be completely unlikable but somehow manages to confound that expectation and comes across at utterly adorable.
  7. The latest addition to my altar of geekdom. And also this poster, which Odeon cinemas were giving away with tickets to the film.
  8. Alita Battle angel (for the second time). I was hyped for this film ever since I first saw the trailer at the cinema (I forget what I was there to watch to but I think it might have been Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom). It is the first time in ages that I had been genuinely excited to see a film at the cinema and it didn't disappoint. The first time I went to see it I drove for an hour and a half, passing at least two cinemas on the way, so that I could see it at the imax, and it was awesome. The visual effects were fantastic with a score to match, the story was engaging, but at the heart of it all was Alita herself and I don't mind saying I fell in love with her during the film. She may be CGI but Rosa Salazar brought her to life beautifully, she manages to alternate seamlessly between vulnerable and absolutely badass, and unlike certain other recent high-profile characters there can be no accusations of her being a Mary Sue, we see her struggling, we see her hurt, cry, laugh, love, lose and everything in between. Her character arc throughout is the emotional roller-coaster that it should be in any film done right, rather than just being a flat line from left to right as we have seen elsewhere. It has flaws of course, no film is without sin, but when it's this good you are far more willing to forgive the little things.
  9. Do I really have to pick one? I love both of them, and they both come from very different times and play on your feeling in very different ways. I certainly relate a lot more to Charlie Brown than I do to Calvin, but the surreal hilarity of Calvin and Hobbes tops Peanuts so I like them both in different ways. If really pressed I would perhaps pick Calvin and Hobbes as my favourite of the two, but that is at this moment in time and if you asked me again tomorrow I might very well change my mind.
  10. There are quite a few that I like, and although it may not be my favourite I would have to present Akira as a top-tier candidate. Regardless of whether or not you like the film it is undeniable that it was one of the, the not the, most influential anime films of all time, at least in the west. Being the first anime film to really hit the mainstream in the west it played a huge role not only in popularising Japanese media but also dispelling the stigma that animated films had to be at least family friendly if not aimed outright at children. There was of course always people that enjoyed anime with whom films and series like Fist of the North Star, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Patlabor, Ninja Scroll and others were popular throughout the 90s, but these people were very much on the fringe, and even to this day if a person that went through their teenage years in the 90s has only seen one anime film, the odds are that film is Akira.
  11. Hard to pick out a single favourite but Lesson Zero is definitely a strong contender.
  12. Just finished reading Woken Furies by Richard Morgan, thus completing the tales of Takeshi Kovacs. Considering starting on the Thrawn trilogy next.
  13. I'm somewhat apprehensive about this upcoming film. It should have been made years ago, indeed it was in the pipeline but power struggles at the studio resulted in the project becoming the disaster that was Ghostbusters 2016. This film is going to be a 'passing of the torch' affair which is what the franchise needed, but it may suffer from the absence of Harold Ramis and although I am looking forward to seeing what they come up with there is still the potential for this to be a bad film.
  14. You can fit more urinals than cubicles in the same space, the ladies room has only cubicles whereas the gents has a mixture of both. So facilities of equal size will have more toilets for men than for women, add to that the fact that men don't take as long and the general rule of etiquette that you don't talk to other people in the gents and the throughput is much higher, hence no queues.
  15. Just had this delivered, only a few episodes in and it is already one of the (if not the) best anime series I have seen.