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I find the earlier stories stronger. The later ones are interesting, beautifully illustrated, but a bit empty. The early stories you got the feeling they were really trying to parody reality. For example, there was an excellent story where a serial killer is hunting down people who go on a begging show, where they trot out a sob story, and get loaded down with millions of credits. There was also another one where they have a gameshow where the loser ends up killed. Basically they were taking the piss out of reality television, at least 2 decades before it became a phenomenon. But then Nigel Kneale did something similar around the same time in the last Professor Quatermass story. It was the logical next step.


A friend tells me there is a crossover story, where there is a dimension rip and Judge Dredd hunts down Batman as a clear vigilante, but ends up teaming up with him instead. Which would probably be a better film than Batman V Superman i would have thought.

Yes there is, it's a fun little story:batmanjudgedredd-566810f85f9b583dc3d6d29


Early Dredd stories were more fun for sure when the series didn't take itself too seriously, However I really liked the Prophecy/Little Judge/Apocalypse war storyline. It was epic. Then they tried to recapture the magic and poured disaster upon another on Mega-City 1

There was a story where Dredd and Anderson travelled to the future and discovered that Mega-City 1 was in ruins and there was literally like dozen citizens left. That was nice AU story, but in the main storyline they have since almost got to that point...


Sort of same thing happened with Tank Girl. Early stories were complete anarchist nonsense where stuff happened out of whack, it was fun as hell. Then they began making plotlines and it became boring.



I missed a LOT of them the first time around. Im buying the compendium editions now and catching up, and its interesting to see some of the best storylines are those I missed. For example, the Judge Cal storyline is absolutely brilliant. They take Caligula as a model and drop him into the 21st Century. Even the ending was thought provoking.


Ive read some of the recent ones, and the artwork is by and large brilliant. But you get the feeling in some respects they are just retreading old ground. Maybe this is more obvious when you look at the compendiums.


I must get that Batman crossover, that looks my cup of tea. I think of Batman and Dredd as pretty much the same character, just one does it inside the law, the other outside it.

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I simply don't know the character as I knew the other ones. Might be because this one (first female version) appeared in 1982, by which time I had moved on to 2000AD rather than Marvel titles.


.... OK, it's more complicated than that of course.


Carol Danvers, never heard of her.


She originally had solo title but was fairly signifant character of the Avengers in the '80s. In a way she is nowadays almost better known as character whom Rogue drained her superhuman powers. Obviously this angle is not part of the movies canon.


I rather liked the trailer, seems like it might follow her original take quite well - she had split personality of Ms Marvel and Carol Danvers who did not like each other. (Claremont would later reuse the idea with Rogue whose mind was split between her own and Carol's personality). Side note, she is same alien race as Ronan, villain from the first Guardians of The Galaxy.


Too bad they're not using her original costume!


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A Kree, yes.


And I see Jude Law is playing the original Cpt Marvel, the Kree renegade soldier Mar-Vell. I guess hell get to be a mentor for a little while.


Trailer looks meh, but of course I will have to see it. I always did like the Kree storylines.




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By the way, I saw 'Meg' last week. It was ok I guess. It didn't take itself very seriously but didn't go to Asylum level silliness. Surprisingly, it was better than the book it was based on, or maybe it isn't such a surprise as the book was quite bad. Science wasn't too good but no worse than any other shark/seamonster flick.


The movie was just too clean, 'friendly' rating really hurt it. It would have needed more blood and gore. There wasn't that many scares, scene progression was quite predictable. And I expected the shark itself look bit better given it's 2018. It looked more like 1998 level CGI shark.

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There's an upcoming German movie on the spectacular 1979 escape of two families from the DDR by home-made hot air ballon (previously adapted for the screen in Disney's 1982 "Night Crossing" already). It's a total depart for director Michael "Bully" Herbig who rose as a comedian and made parodies like "The Shoe of Manitou" and "(Dream)Spaceship Surprise" starring him and the regular cast of his TV show "Bullyparade"; he has said he's done with comedy, actually.


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There's an upcoming German movie on the spectacular 1979 escape of two families from the DDR by home-made hot air ballon (previously adapted for the screen in Disney's 1982 "Night Crossing" already). It's a total depart for director Michael "Bully" Herbig who rose as a comedian and made parodies like "The Shoe of Manitou" and "(Dream)Spaceship Surprise" starring him and the regular cast of his TV show "Bullyparade"; he has said he's done with comedy, actually.


LOL i know a country where they won't show it...

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The film is loosely based on the evacuation of the 225 foreign nationals and almost 600 Chinese citizens from Yemen's southern port of Aden during late March in 2015 Yemeni Civil War.



Love the end of the movie...


In the end credits, 5 Chinese naval vessels intercept US Navy ships warning them they have entered Chinese waters and must leave immediately.

Got to shoehorn the great enemy in there somehow.

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A more focused study, however, is needed to truly understand that the Star Wars films are actually the story of the radicalization of Luke Skywalker. From introducing him to us in A New Hope (as a simple farm boy gazing into the Tatooine sunset), to his eventual transformation into the radicalized insurgent of Return of the Jedi (as one who sets his own father’s corpse on fire and celebrates the successful bombing of the Death Star), each film in the original trilogy is another step in Luke’s descent into terrorism. By carefully looking for the same signs governments and scholars use to detect radicalization, we can witness Luke’s dark journey into religious fundamentalism and extremism happen before our very eyes.


When we first meet Luke Skywalker, he’s an orphaned farm boy with barely any friends, living with his Aunt and Uncle, and wanting to join the Galactic Academy like all the other guys his age. You see, Luke didn’t become a space terrorist overnight, but he did exhibit signs that would make him a prime candidate for terrorist recruiters. The process of radicalization, as described by Anthony Stahelski in the Journal of Homeland Security, notes terrorists tend to:


Come from families where the father is absent (check)

Have difficulty forming relationships outside the home (check)

Be attracted to groups offering acceptance and comradeship (checkmate)

Luke is just the kind of isolated disaffected young man that terror recruiters seek out.



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Yep, been saying this for years. The SW films can be seen as one-sided propaganda flicks by a motley band of fringe elements calling themselves the Rebel Alliance. The destruction of (probably faulty) Death Stars aside, they never achieve anything, especially not to form a competent and stable government after the fall of the Empire in Ep. VI.

In Ep VIII, after losing literally everything and everybody except the Millenium Falcon and about as many members as fit on board, the statement of their defeated cult leader is "We have everything that we need: Hope."



If that isn't dangerously delusional extremism, I don't know what is.


Think of the Jedi in Ep. II and III. "The prophecy says, there will be The One to bring the force back into balance."

You guys are ruling the galaxy, without effective administrative or judicial oversight. How can the force be brought "back into balance" if not by dooming the entire Jedi order?




In a way it's brilliant. I just seriously doubt that it was intentional. ;)

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This was interesting, fellow on youtube posts under the name Aficionauto does features on famous screen cars or trucks. This is one on the surviving truck from 'Duel' (one of my favourite movies) and another one he does on the 57 (in reality a 58) Plymouth Fury from 'Christine'. Well worth a look.

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while catching up on old films


Saw "No Way Out" last night. Tough ending, even though I knew what was coming. Had an uncomfortable dream of loading the charred bodies onto a helicopter.


few days ago got finally around to watch Fury. Story soso. And a mobility killed sherman shopots up a whole Waffen-SS Division? Meh.


Good points were the depiction how cramped and tight it is inside the grate steele beasts. But the actors were all too bloody old for the roles. The tiger was driving around rather uninspired (I know, they did not want to risk anything with the musem piece)



Afterwards we watched Stoßtrupp Gold (aka Kelly's Heroes). Much better move with much better timing. ^_^

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