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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Good point, qwerty. I have often wondered why John Carpenter's later films have been so erratic and disappointing.


Have Carpenter's later films been erratic? I thought they were uniformly shit. Laughing

Very sad because early stuff like The Thing and Escape from New York still stands up really well.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and halloween, dark star, big trouble in little china - totally disparate kinds of films, and yet he nailed all of them.

And now? He can't even pull off a retread of "Escape..."

It's sad! Especially that one where the guy from NWA fights goths on mars
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Apparently Carpenter was addicted to something for a while, but I could have imagined that. think it was coke or crack. I dont remember.
Apparently he wants to use the original actors for macready and childs. he wants to explain the difference in age as severe frost bite to their faces.


Carpenter does look pretty wrecked in recent DVD extras.

But are you sure it was a coke or crack addiction?

It could just be severe frost bite.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's a chain smoker, that makes you skinny as hell and ages you. I'd hesitate to say he's on crack. No doubt about this guy though

eddie van halen in 93


eddie in 2004


At the moment I'm reading Murder in Samarkand by Craig Murray, which details our ambassador to Uzbekistan's reeling in horror at the UK sanctioned human rights abuses out there. It's interesting, but as ever, what's the whole story?

Also I caned Brian Blessed's autobiography "The Dynamite Kid" ( Laughing ) the other day, it's alright for a laugh
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The Lure of Adventure" by Robert Kenneth Jones . This is a history of
the American pulp magazine "Adventure" in its early years. Jones
describes how the mag published noted writers Rider Haggard, John
Buchan, Talbot Mundy and Harold Lamb, as well as now-forgotten
writers like Leonard H. Nason and Robert and Kathrene Pinkerton.
The mag's editor, Arthur Sullivant Hoffman, was an excellent magazine
producer, even if Jones' book also reveals Hoffman as something of
a right-wing pulpit-thumper (he used the mag's editorials to attack gun control and immigration Shocked ). It's a pity TLOA's reproduction of
"Adventure's" covers is so poor, and I don't agree with some of
Jones' opinions (he doesn't like Mundy's "Tros of Samothrace"!
HERESY!) but it was an interesting book nonetheless.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Power And The Glory, by Greene. The story of a whisky-priest in Mexico during the period in which the Church was outlawed. About thirteen pages in, and so far Greene's style paints a vivid picture of Mexico (no idea how accurate, mind).
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chancellor Valium wrote:
The Power And The Glory, by Greene. The story of a whisky-priest in Mexico during the period in which the Church was outlawed. About thirteen pages in, and so far Greene's style paints a vivid picture of Mexico (no idea how accurate, mind).


That reminds me, really must read that one.

Currently on The Naked God, book III of Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn Trilogy. Considering the whole lot is about 30,000 pages, it's holding my attention very well.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Secret History of the Oxford Movement, which I found second-hand for £5. It's a brilliantly paranoid dossier of the alleged transgressions of the High Church faction in the C of E circa 1880. Barbed-wire cinctures, women forced into convents, the works.
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Pex wrote:
The Secret History of the Oxford Movement, which I found second-hand for £5. It's a brilliantly paranoid dossier of the alleged transgressions of the High Church faction in the C of E circa 1880. Barbed-wire cinctures, women forced into convents, the works.

Real Maria Monk stuff! What fun. Smile
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Chancellor Valium wrote:
Pex wrote:
The Secret History of the Oxford Movement, which I found second-hand for £5. It's a brilliantly paranoid dossier of the alleged transgressions of the High Church faction in the C of E circa 1880. Barbed-wire cinctures, women forced into convents, the works.

Real Maria Monk stuff! What fun. Smile


After reading it, I bet Pex feels a new man.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bbc war report 44-45 & the man who was "m"
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James Bond: The Authorised Biography of 007 (1973) by John Pearson.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

B3 wrote:
Chancellor Valium wrote:
Pex wrote:
The Secret History of the Oxford Movement, which I found second-hand for £5. It's a brilliantly paranoid dossier of the alleged transgressions of the High Church faction in the C of E circa 1880. Barbed-wire cinctures, women forced into convents, the works.

Real Maria Monk stuff! What fun. Smile


After reading it, I bet Pex feels a new man.


That's a Littlemore like it.
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Pex wrote:
B3 wrote:
Chancellor Valium wrote:
Pex wrote:
The Secret History of the Oxford Movement, which I found second-hand for £5. It's a brilliantly paranoid dossier of the alleged transgressions of the High Church faction in the C of E circa 1880. Barbed-wire cinctures, women forced into convents, the works.

Real Maria Monk stuff! What fun. Smile


After reading it, I bet Pex feels a new man.


That's a Littlemore like it.

These puseylanimous puns are scarcely worth bouvering about.

I'm trying to read Conrad's The Secret Agent, but it's unbelievably slow getting to the point.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just ordered The Power & the Glory by the way, Chancellor. Very Happy

Still on Peter F. Hamilton's The Naked God, with about 150 pages to go (out of... Jesus... about 3,600 when you factor in the first two volumes of the trilogy). Still reasonably gripping, though I've been told the end is a tremendous let down. I expect it was the owner of the supposedly haunted fairground that did it, but we'll see.
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