Saturday, 25 February 2017

Haaaallooooweeeen

John Carpenter and Debra Hill weren't involved in this... could explain a lot. Anyway, guess what, you'll be surprised... Michael is back!

It turns out a fight isn't that dangerous, with both Michael and Loomis surviving. Ten years later, there's Laurie's daughter, Jamie, who becomes a target. Michael is being moved, breaks out, and immediately heads for the daughter... somehow knowing about her... and kills a LOT of people, even armed people, along the way. Does he have a cone of silence centered on him? Anyway, there's a lot of running around, and pauses where we think they are safe, then more chasing, then more safe then more chasing... ye gods! It eventually ends... I think.

I will give that the end moment is about the only good moment of the entire movie, although I'm not sure that's ever picked up on? (Given that the rest of the titles seem to be about Michael. I will find out.) Other than that, we have unbelievable Loomis and Michael surviving the end of the second movie, unbelievable loads of deaths happening off screen, and then the usual complete incompetence as Michael tries to get his actual target.

This is a retread of previous Michael movies. The end note promises a great change... we'll see if that happens, but I doubt it.

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Friday, 24 February 2017

TP 5.3

The last story of the season, and they all fit on one DVD. So this either indicates how short they are, or that Big Finish is losing interest. This is The Heart of Sogguth.

Mike and his band are picked up by a new manager, but it turns out that manager is the leader of the cult following Sogguth, and he wants to use the band to get the beat of their cult out to the world. John joins the cult to find out more, but fortunately Elizabeth is resistant to the beat. Which is why John has to kill her. It comes together as Sogguth is summoned...

This is a lot better. While not really a TP menace, it is a menace, and the TPs are in trouble as they try to counter it. It also features Mike's band, redubbed from Flintlock to the Fresh Hearts (which reminds me of Hearts that Hate). While Nicholas Young claims this is realistic, not really, it does take on some darker edges and provides an actual episode with some meat in it (although that doesn't stop them from an overly long recap).

And, of course, because we have Sogguth, we think Lovecraft, although we never see the actual creature. This could work as a CoC style module, although it might need to be beefed up a bit. Still, potential.

A decent end to the season.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Heddin Figures

Three Black women work for NASA but they are rated lower than the computer equipment they are being replaced by.

We follow Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. They are computers for NASA, which means they do computational work. And that they aren't stupid by any means. But being Black and being women, they are way down the pecking order. We follow them through various events as they get involved in getting an astronaut into orbit and not so much challenge the system as just try to get by being themselves, which is hard enough in the system.

We get many, many incidents of them being Black and being degraded. We also get moments of them getting slightly raised and being treated as human beings. And while that is nice, and this is movie speak for how the entire crew of people got treated, I can't help but feel this is just a little on the twee scale and that it couldn't work out as nicely as it does (so far as it can be called 'nice').

Which means I want to read the book to find out more about the true story.

So in that regard, the movie works to raise interest, even if it is very stylised.

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Haaalloooweeen

Blah blah, we all know about how this was thought of as an anthology series. The real shame is that after this, they didn't keep to it.

Halloween is coming, with fun masks for kids! Only it is slowly revealed that there is an evil power behind this, and the lead, a doctor, eventually manages to uncover this. And then reveals he has amazing powers of being able to operate computers he's never seen before to defeat everyone!

This is actually a lot better than the previous two movies. It's a nice story, and goes really dark in that it actually kills kids, something rarely done is any movie, let alone a decent one. And the ending gets to be ambiguous, something America apparently can't handle...

On the flip side, was someone writing an Auton story and made the script into a movie? Really, this works as that, with a factory making masks out of their own material (okay, just normal rubber, but it could easily be plastic), with control circuits to take over everyone at a predetermined signal. It even has a doctor as the lead! This easily could have been Autons Take America!

Anyway, is this the peak of the series? If so, I've lot a long way to go not at the top...

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Friday, 17 February 2017

TP 5.2

Well, after last time, they are now off planet... but it's not getting better. This is A Much Needed Holiday.

The TPs are sent on holiday to another planet (which is a clear studio set) to examine archaeology ruins, but as it happens an alien race is on this planet making the local young boys into a slave force. (A lot has been said about Roger's proclivities towards having young boys in rather skimpy outfits, but I'll leave that to the commentaries.) Of course, the TPs have to get involved, and it's only through them that the small team of aliens are overthrown.

Another planet, another rebelling. According to the commentary, this was in a novel, then a Look In strip, and now an episode. And yet... it feels like a low cut rate knock off Doctor Who episode. Complete with rather rubbish looking aliens (in that the aliens look like they are wearing rubbish bags, with silver foil heads and hands).



This just feels so generic, it a) could be in any series, and b) wouldn't be a good episode in any series.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Welcome to... The Hole

One tourist attaction up in the Bay of Islands is a hole in a rock. This is a very large rock, and the hole is formed by the sea eroding away. I wanted to see this, but, as I mentioned, my prebooked cruise was cancelled.

Fortunately, when I got to Paihia, there was a Explore store right there, advertising quick trips! In a smallish boat, we would speed along, bouncing away, out to the Hole and back. Normal trip: three hours. This trip: two hours. Done!

We saw a few items also on the trip, so it wasn't just the Rock, and you can see pictures in this album. We also went into another cave right beside it that will soon become its own hole (and it was amazing to see it inside, lots of pictures there).

And, of course, I took video of the hole trip itself:


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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Rerun of the Caper Crusaders

I'm a fan of the Adam West Batman, and really need to get around to watching the BluRays some time... but until then, I could reminisce a bit with this new movie that is an animated return to that era.

As ever, Batman and Robin are relaxing when the Fearsome Foursome of Joker, Riddler, Penguin and Catwoman arrive on the scene to cause mayhem. While being put into the first of unnecessary slow death traps, Catwoman tries to drug Batman into being Evil, but it doesn't take... yet! Then, as time goes on, Batman goes Dark(tm), and takes it out on the villains in a very not-60s way. Robin must save the day, but can he get Catwoman to help?

This does feel very 60s... although the story is off. There are a lot of nods to the series, and more than one jab at the Nolan movies, but Batman going Dark doesn't fit with how camp the series really would have done it. So while there are echoes, it feels off.

Adam West and Burt Ward of course return to voice the roles, as does Julie Newmar as Catwoman. I'm guessing her presence is why Catwoman gets more of an arc here, with the other three villains being largely interchangeable outside of their schtick lines. Clearly they are older, hence the animation, but their voices, while evocative, definitely show their age.

A hint tease of the series, but ultimately not that satisfying.

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