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  • LeoliansBro 11 Dec 2013 10:03:47 43,016 posts
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    nickthegun wrote:
    Maybe im just incredibly perceptive, but I thought the book made it pretty clear that the plot against the atreides happened because the harkonnen simply hated them and the emperor was well jel of how sexy, awesome and popular Leto and the rest of the family were, so it was an alliance of convenience more than anything else.
    Yep that's why, I'm just not sure what the plot actually was.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • nickthegun 11 Dec 2013 10:09:46 58,635 posts
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    OIC, yeah, it was to get leto away from his throne world. I think. Youve got me doubting this was in the book at all..

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  • Alastair 11 Dec 2013 10:41:20 15,301 posts
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    I read the first third/half of the book in rather small chunks with too many days in between. For the rest I read it on holiday and so was reading regularly and really got into it.
    I also struggled a bit with all the new concepts for stuff - what is Gom Jabbar? What is Bene Gesserit? What is XYZ? Perhaps I'm laying myself open to be called a thickie, but it took a while to get my head around it.

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • LeoliansBro 11 Dec 2013 10:50:31 43,016 posts
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    The book likes to sprinkle in obscurities to hint at a wider unfamiliar universe out there but it's normally either understandable from context (like the farfreluches system or the Landsraad), explained (like the Gom Jabbar) or unimportant flavour (like the swordmasters of Ginaz).

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • RedSparrows 11 Dec 2013 10:53:39 21,834 posts
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    I fucking love the book, need to reread.
  • Load_2.0 11 Dec 2013 10:56:53 18,745 posts
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    Its been a while since I watched Dune. Fat Baron and Skinny Sting were striking images.

    Best thing about Dune was Dune II: Battle for Arrakis!

    Harvest that spice, build more rocket launchers! Spice bloom!
  • Alastair 11 Dec 2013 10:58:48 15,301 posts
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    Baron Harkonen wasn't fat enough imo. He was pretty repulsive though.

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • localnotail 11 Dec 2013 11:01:17 23,093 posts
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    @Alastair This should provide clarification.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • LeoliansBro 11 Dec 2013 11:06:43 43,016 posts
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    Upgrading the baron from buoyed to fully flying was one of the things the film really got right IMO. That and casting Stilgar, who is the most awesome looking human being ever to have lived.

    Leto, Hawat and Jessica are spot on, Yueh and Gurney are wrong, Sting is a moment of genius sadly hamstrung by his inability to act.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Gambit1977 11 Dec 2013 11:25:05 9,583 posts
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    It makes you wonder what Lynch's Return of the Jedi would have been like. Evil backwards talking dwarfs...oh, hang on!
  • sirtacos 11 Dec 2013 11:50:57 7,260 posts
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    Rango

    I take back everything I said about this film 2 years go. I didn't get it then (must have been in the wrong mood), but I do now. It's great.

    8/10
  • The_Goon 11 Dec 2013 11:53:42 124 posts
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    Men In Black 3 - 73/100

    I've not been a big fan of the MIB franchise in general but I quite enjoyed this one. Definitely good for a laugh.
  • Bremenacht 11 Dec 2013 13:09:07 17,358 posts
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    Re Dune, I thought the plot to kill the Duke was something to do with his old witch advisor fearing a new, more powerful witch (and a new, more powerful Emperor) arising from the Atreides?
  • localnotail 11 Dec 2013 13:11:27 23,093 posts
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    Observe the plans within plans within plans.
    a feint within a feint within a feint
    tricks within tricks within tricks
    treachery within treachery within treachery
    wheels within wheels within wheels
    blue within blue within blue
    Edited by localnotail at 13:13:21 11-12-2013

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • LeoliansBro 11 Dec 2013 13:15:58 43,016 posts
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    The Bene Gesserit were trying to make a male version of themselves, and had told Jessica to bear only daughters so they could be mated to Feyd (or another suitable Harkonnen, but pretty much Feyd). They weren't trying to kill the Duke, they were unable to help him and could only salvage Paul. How they managed this or what influence they intended to use is unclear, as it is obvious that they have no power over the Harkonnens.

    The rest of the Bene Gesserit 'help', the Missionaria Protectiva, is just coincidentally in place and only useful to Jessica as Paul is not aware of it, and equally Leto could have been helped by it had Jessica escaped with him. What exactly the Bene Gesserit were doing behind the scenes, if anything, is another one of those extremely vague parts of the book.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Architect_z 11 Dec 2013 13:23:53 2,366 posts
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    Has anyone seen Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa?

    I wanna know if its any good.
  • localnotail 11 Dec 2013 13:29:13 23,093 posts
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    Yes. It's great. If you love Alan, you will love it. They could've stopped the film after the opening car journey and I would've been happy though.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • kalel 11 Dec 2013 13:46:06 86,004 posts
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    I thought it was ok. Pretty much your standard TV into movie translation. Some good moments, probably not quite enough to justify a whole film, but a valiant effort.
  • Deckard1 11 Dec 2013 13:53:14 26,907 posts
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    Does the character feel right? There's something off about him in mid morning matters. They nailed him in the book though.
  • Dougs 11 Dec 2013 13:54:42 66,378 posts
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    Hae to admit, Mid Morning MAtters didn't feel right to me either. It was over-played a little I thought.
  • beastmaster 11 Dec 2013 13:55:35 11,103 posts
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    Alpha Papa - I think it's got one of the funniest visual gags I've seen for a very long time. Decent, funny film.

    The Specialist - 8.5/10

    This film is one of my guilty pleasures. It's overblown ridiculousness and uber-hammy acting (especially from Rod Steiger) is just world-class.

    I'm not sure if the sexual innuendo is meant or not but it's played with such a straight face it's brilliant.

    Sharon Stone plays a magnificent slut.

    The Resident Evil films. I'm one of the reasons they keep making them.

  • graysonavich 11 Dec 2013 14:02:34 7,274 posts
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    It wasn't the same Alan from I'm Alan Partridge for me. It felt like Steve Coogan trying to play Alan 10 years later knowing he had to carry a feature film.

    Obviously that's exactly what it was. But it didn't feel like "our Alan". But I'm probably in the minority for the amount of times I've rewatched the older stuff.

    Like kalel says, it was "ok". Some inoffensive giggles as it moves along. Nowhere near the quality of the original series, but also nowhere near the disaster most of us dreaded it might have been.
  • Gambit1977 11 Dec 2013 14:07:38 9,583 posts
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    graysonavich wrote:
    It wasn't the same Alan from I'm Alan Partridge for me. It felt like Steve Coogan trying to play Alan 10 years later knowing he had to carry a feature film.

    Obviously that's exactly what it was. But it didn't feel like "our Alan". But I'm probably in the minority for the amount of times I've rewatched the older stuff.

    Like kalel says, it was "ok". Some inoffensive giggles as it moves along. Nowhere near the quality of the original series, but also nowhere near the disaster most of us dreaded it might have been.
    This is exactly how I felt about it. It was fun, but like the SKY One specials, it wasn't really 'our' Alan.
  • Dougs 11 Dec 2013 14:13:32 66,378 posts
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    :( Was hoping for rather more glowing reviews from fans of old. Ah well, will still be better than the vast majority of comedies out there I'm sure
  • xXJippedXx 11 Dec 2013 14:14:47 269 posts
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    Alpha Papa is Classic Partrdge, Didn't like his newer stuff but AP is on point or spot on, either way it's ruddy bloody brilliant... it really is!

    xXJippedXx... on EVERYTHING!

  • Deckard1 11 Dec 2013 14:16:19 26,907 posts
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    Its not the first time the character has changed really. The character in The Day Today and Knowing Me, Knowing You is different (and shitter) to the one in I'm Alan Partridge. Both series of I'm Alan Partridge are just perfect from start to finish, everything else has been a little underwhelming (except for the book).
  • Ceelion 11 Dec 2013 14:24:44 174 posts
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    Over the weekend I watched:

    Lawless - 8/10 - Made me want to be a 1920's Chicago gangster. Worth it if only for Tom Hardy's amazing 'Uuuh' and 'MMmmns'

    2012 - 3/10 - Some cool world-ending CGI but way too many close ups of John Cusack's face for 'comedy relief'. Welled up a couple of times though, dying parents final goodbyes and all

    Stardust - 10/10 - I could watch this film over and over again. Fantastic family fun with an all star cast. Robert De Niro as a gay pirate and the 'whoopsie' line is probably the best thing you'll ever see, plus Tristan's mum is a stone cold fox.
  • TOOTR 11 Dec 2013 16:32:45 9,485 posts
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    EuroStalker wrote:
    Cold Manor Creek (2003)

    Escape to the country aggravated. Family buy home in the country to escape city life. Family face narrow minded small town people and a dude who wants his house back.

    Shockingly, Sharon Stone does NOT take her clothes off or get shagged. Disappointing.

    3/10
    Sharon Stone was 45 years old in that film. You cougar hunter! ;)

    Everybody should just calm down a little bit and have a nice cup of tea.

  • nickthegun 11 Dec 2013 16:34:55 58,635 posts
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    Ceelion wrote:
    2012 - 3/10 - Some cool world-ending CGI but way too many close ups of John Cusack's face for 'comedy relief'. Welled up a couple of times though, dying parents final goodbyes and all
    My favourite thing about this movie is that it had no tail at all. It had a year long shelf life the minute it was released.

    Except for people like yourself..

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  • TOOTR 11 Dec 2013 16:35:18 9,485 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    The problem the film has with the plot against the Atreides is that the book doesn't really explain it well either, and so it is sort of fudged. Best guess the book was implying that drawing out the Duke from Caladan was the only way to get to him, but there's also the suggestion that the Harkonnens were going to sabotage spice production so they / the Emperor could legitimately step in to restore order, but when this doesn't happen they just go 'ah fuck it let's attack' and activate Yueh.

    The film just takes the 'Harkonnens have a tactical advantage on Arrakis' idea and runs with it.
    And all of this reminds me of playing Dune2. I can see those little blue vans now...

    Edit : Exactly Load_2.0! Exactly!

    Edited by TOOTR at 16:37:14 11-12-2013

    Everybody should just calm down a little bit and have a nice cup of tea.

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