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FantasyCon / Membership numbers
« on: May 20, 2012, 03:00:28 pm »
How do you get hold of your membership number for booking for Fantasy Con?

Other Media / Google +?
« on: October 05, 2011, 06:50:28 pm »
Does the British Fantasy Society have a circle on Google + ?

FantasyCon / Volunteering for Friday
« on: September 26, 2011, 12:49:44 pm »
As I should be there early on Friday, how do I volunteer to help with goody bag stuffing?

TV and Film / Kick Ass
« on: April 22, 2010, 09:47:02 pm »
Saw the film 'Kick Ass'.  Funny, tense, sick, bad taste, great.  Lovingly refers to other super hero movies and has some moments that are horrible and funny at the same time.  You will never hear the theme to ĎThe Banana Splitsí without winching.

TV and Film / Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
« on: September 25, 2009, 05:32:07 pm »
Anybody seen this now it's on Itunes?

TV and Film / Disney buy Marvel
« on: September 01, 2009, 05:43:02 pm »
I saw in the news that Disney is to buy Marvel comics.  On one hand this looks like a good deal.  Disney gets the characters it can apply major marketing force to.  Marvel gets some security. 
   On the other hand, the rights to all the films, are with different studios, so the legal paperwork could take a while.  Even if this does get sorted out, there is no guarantee that there will be a flood of films.  Warner studios own all the DC heroes, but Batman seems to be the only they can make work on screen.  Superman and Wonder Woman are stuck in development hell. 
   Also this may wind up being like Touchstone pictures and Miramax for Disney.  Part of the studio, but kept separate so they donít all have to be family entertainment.  Letís face it, the majority of the Marvel superheroes have backgrounds or personal problems that donít seem in keeping with Disney. 

Books / The Picture of Dorian Gray
« on: September 01, 2009, 05:41:08 pm »
   Read the ĎThe Picture of Dorian Grayí by Oscar Wilde finally.  Partly because Iím not sure if Iím going to wind up going to see the new film of it.  But also because Iím trying to develop a project linked to Gothic literature, so felt I should try it. 
   I realise that may go down as heresy, but I wasnít that impressed.  Firstly the character of Lord Henry Wotton may be very quotable as a stand-in for Oscar Wilde.  But such a ĎMary-Sueí character does rather weaken the dramatic weight of the story.  The best sections are Dorianís thoughts before sliding into decadence and debauchery.  But it does feel a weakness that there is so little comment on the lack of his aging after 18 years.  It also does feel like a cop-out that one of the characters threatening Dorian gets shot by accident in a hunting trip.  As a companion piece to ĎThe Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hydeí, itís interesting, but of itself, it has less weight then it has been given.

TV and Film / Fullmetal Alchemist
« on: July 29, 2009, 09:13:55 pm »
Finished watching this anime series.  Thought it was brilliant, thoughtful and moving in places.  Anybody else seen it?

FantasyCon 2009 / Able to cancel if need to?
« on: July 28, 2009, 09:09:10 pm »
I'm not sure if I can make it this year.  If I can't, what do I have to do to officially cancel?

Books / World Book day 2009
« on: March 03, 2009, 08:22:24 pm »
So is anybody doing anything for World Book Day on Thursday?

TV and Film / Being Human
« on: March 02, 2009, 08:17:46 pm »
Enjoyed this series.  Heard it's going to get 2nd, so what did everybody think of the 1st?

Books / Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
« on: October 15, 2008, 07:58:02 pm »
Just read this and wasn't impressed,  The basis of Greek Gods, stuck together in a decaying London house, is a good one.  But the lead human charecters don't feel convincing, the plot drags into a replay of a famous story and the ending feels very rushed.

Or is this just me?

General Discussion / November Novel Writing Month.
« on: August 18, 2008, 07:11:29 pm »
I was thinking of trying it this year.  Anybody else do it and did it help?

TV and Film / The Very Dark Knight
« on: July 30, 2008, 09:42:41 pm »
Saw this  last Saturday.  Heath Ledger is great.  Thinking about it, it did remind me of Batman Returns, in the concept of the sequel being darker then the orginal, possibly because the studio gave the director more freedom.  Also does rise points about the 'war on terror', rendition, survalence, escalation, anarchy and cover-ups, that you wouldn't expect in a summer blockbuster.  Also doesn't feel the need to fall into easy situations and answers. 

So what does everybody else think?

TV and Film / Wanted
« on: July 12, 2008, 07:21:50 pm »
Saw this last night.  A lot more exciting and daring then I thought it would be.  Would rave more, but spoliers.  Anybody else seen it?

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