Luscious is out having dinner with friends tonight, so Lord 15 and I settled in for bad pizza and a DVD. Gotham by Gaslight is an alternative universe Batman story set in the 19th Century, pitting the Caped Crusader against — maybe — Jack the Ripper. It’s a little contrived, but has some surprisingly good moments, and casting Selina Kyle as a Suffragette is all the good things.
As always, a movie watched is a Mixed Movie Quote posted……
Luscious is having a crack at moving towards veganism, and she’s doing very well at it. I’m proud of course, but I also want to help……
Terry Jones has left us.
Jones was always the member of Monty Python to whom I paid, if not the least attention, then perhaps the greatest measure of taking for granted, at least during the Python years.
I came to them through Live at the Hollywood Bowl first, a movie in which other members have greater roles to play. Then the TV series, in which John Cleese’s size, Eric Idle’s speed, Graham Chapman’s fury, Michael Palin’s virtuosity, and above all, Terry Gilliam’s animation, overshadowed what I later learned to understand and appreciate — his sheer solidity and perfect comic timing. In a show, and movies, that were often scattergun and slipshod, he simple never was. He was the bedrock that made everything else believable. I had to develop my own sensibilities before I could see it.
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Let’s back up with another quick-fire Lego 250 review! At least this time I won’t rant on about racism in children’s toys. Because I’ve got a whole new thing to rant about!
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Not this guy, but another Lego 250 review! This time, we hit the briny depths with an initial glimpse of one of the coolest themes outside of space: Atlantis.
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The graphic novel reading continues apace. Thanks to the tail end of my Perth trip reading, and the arrival of a Book Depository order, I’ve worked my way through another five……… six……… shut up, you’re not my Mum.
Let’s have at ye, shall we?
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The nostalgia was thick in the air at the Batthaim last night, as we settled in to expose Lord 15 to a simpler time, when computers had black screens and green writing, and Baby Yoda had three movements and hair.
War Games, surprisingly, holds up extraordinarily well. It’s still tight, tense, and superbly timed. Thank God we watched it first, because Gremlins has aged about as well as Keith Richards’ ballsac. Nevertheless, the law is the law: here they both are, Mixed Movie Quote style.
Fly me to the mooooon, with another Lego 250 reviewwwwwwww. Yes, it’s been a while, and I’m going to have to mark double time if I want to get through these reviews by the end of the year. So let’s jump straight to one of the biggies: the eighth largest set in my collection, and second largest one I’ve reviewed so far (and let’s hope it goes better than the Rex’s Rexplorer review….), 60229 Rocket Assembly and Transport.
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One thing I realised last year: I’m reading a lot of graphic novels these days. I always have, but for reasons of digestibility, time, and interest, I’m smashing through them over the last year or two. Sixteen days into 2020, I’ve read six, so I thought it might be fun to post a paragraph or two each time I get through another five.
Naturally, to start with, I’m going to do six. Because that’s how I roll. Badly.
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Yeah. Kind of writes itself, really……
How did we end up watching this sadly dated Arnold Schwarzenegger so-close-it-just-makes-it-seem-worse entry from the ‘not quite Predator’ days? Suffice to say, there was an emergency flight to Perth (more on that tomorrow, possibly), a trip to the DVD store, discovering that the Blu-Ray of Highlander that was purchased on said trip refuses to play in the Blu-Ray player bought in the same country as the Blu-Ray, and this was the first case I saw on the Family-Hasn’t-Seen-It-Yet pile.
Still, as the rule states, where there is movie watchage, so shall there be movie quote mixage. So here we are, your The Running Man Mixed Movie Quote:
Time for another Lego 250 review. This time we visit a Lego staple in two ways– the bottom of the ocean, home to several themes across the years; and arguably Lego’s cleverest and most beautifully realised theme, the triple-threat of Creator.
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Okay, I set a goal this year of completing at least 150 of these Lego 250 reviews, and hopefully all 250, so we’d better get the hell on with it, hadn’t we?
Let’s start the year with the set that started my AFOL obsession, and kicked off this expensive adult phase of my Lego journey: the straight-out space pimpage of 5984 Lunar Limo.
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First book of 2020 finished.
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Entertaining but superficial glossing over of a celebrity life that eschews self-reflection and insight in favour of name dropping and shaggy dog stories. It’s fun, and occasionally funny, but if you’re of the opinion that Idle’s career has been running off nostalgia and cannibalisation of his Pythonic roots for a long while now, this will not be the book to change your mind.
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