@rancid-schnitzel just looked it up and RotJ is 4ABY and mando is 9ABY so there is 5 years between him going into the pit and mando fighting fennec
So maybe he was with the Tuscan’s for years, might explain the change in character
Yeah it makes sense in terms of his change. Problem is that I didn't want to see that character. I wanted the bad ass "no disintegration" guy. No issue if he later has a character arc where he becomes a nice dude, but can I please see him rip shit up first.
He was pretty ruthless gunning down those bikers which I enjoyed
Right - on a request from a dirty stinking TSF lurker...
I watched a little thing called... The Velocipastor
It's your classic "catholic pastor becomes a sort of were-dinosaur"
I'd watched that trailer, and assumed I knew what I was in for.
I was in for a surprise, or several.
Tit-watch: zero. There's a sex scene, which never reveals anything more than a bra. And a montage. A fucking weird montage set to the director's mate's band playing shit music. And at no point does the bra come off. Or any other underwear. In fact, at the end of it - post-coitus, as it were - they're both wearing underwear. Which comes in handy, because then... ninjas!
But, fuck, I'm getting ahead of myself.
Opening scene sets a really good tone for this thing. Priest, sermon, walks outside - sees his parents by a car - wave, smile, cut away, cut back to where the parents and car WERE - but now it's an empty car-park with text on-screen stating "VFX: car on fire"
This was my first out-loud "what... the... fuck?"
Over the course of this movie - I literally said out loud "... the fuck?" 2 or 3 times, and "What. The. Fuck." another 2 or 3 times. It would have been more, I was tired.
We meet a pimp. A subtle character. His name is Frankie Mermaid. Why? "Because he's swimming in pussy." He decides to go into confession. "Over the last 4 days? I stole candy from a baby... then I threw that baby into the river... so he couldn't snitch, obviously"
I noted this dialogue early on, before realising it was fucking low-key compared to the rest:
Hooker: "I don't know much about God"
Priest who's a were-dinosaur: "Well, I don't know much about dinosaurs"
There's one of several montages, with the priest-were-dinosaur working out, for some reason, giving an air-fist-pump, and also burgeoning romance... all mixed together. Why would you work-out if your plan is to use your dinosaur "persona" to fight evil? I don't know... that question becomes the smallest of your worries very quickly
All of a sudden there are fucking ninjas. I had some small quibbles with the ninjas early on, but again - they became relatively insignificant in hindsight, after the fucking madness that comes later
Before spoilers - I'll note that there is a scene of the priest reading up on how to use his were-dinosaur-ery... he's reading "All About Dinosaurs", and "Crime 2". That's... kind of a nice little summary of this movie, in some ways
Oh - there's a Vietnam flashback. This has got a WHOLE lot of what-the-fuckery going on. A fucking WHOLE lot.
And then... Here be spoilers...
Fucking ninjas. Just... everything you thought you knew about these ninjas goes out the fucking window.
But... they're drug dealers, I hear you say?
Yeah - but their plan is to get everybody addicted to drugs, and then cut off the supply, so that everybody has to join AA-type meetings, and get converted to Christianity.
And they're chinese.
And one of them is the priest's brother.
And now there's a magic sword.
And there's a scene of a blood drenched man holding his enemy's head over his own, with a freeze-frame and then the imposed text of a Gandhi quote about eradicating violence
And then some more What-The-Actual-Fuck-ery with the aid of magical screen text
All in all - I give The Velociraptor - 4.5 good-intentioned christian dinosaurs out of 5 evil-intentioned christian ninjas.
The missing 0.5 - is because for about 10 minutes in the middle of the film - I thought I knew what was going on... and that felt kinda meandering.
@MN5 he is way cooler than you realise, that was July 2021.
How the hell do you remember this ? Amazing ferning
Watching Hornby: A Model World - about the model-train, aircraft and Scalextric maker.
Goes thru all the stages of designing a new model locomotive, manufacturing, marketing sales and making sure it grows the company. The amount of tech involved in getting the detail right is really high and leading edge (they developed their own mini-loudspeakers to get the train sounds right).
Quirky, fly-on-the-wall, lots of tech, historical research, interesting business aspects and surprisingly few nerds. Really enjoyable and we all like toys...
Her the feeling this will be quite bad in the outer islands nearer the volcano.
Although one of the major island groups in Tonga (cant remember uf Ha'apai or Va'avu ) seemed to be quite high lying. Think it us Va'avu. So might get quite bad in Ha'apai group. Which is closest. Isnt that the group volcano is actually in?
@nepia or that they went into hibernation after killing the last deviant...something
one of the interesting things about marvel though, for better or worse, they dont generally give up on a movie, they get in different director, tweek the direction and the sequel will probably be a success
Havent actually done a ton of riding here as just too hot. Prob been out every 2 or 3 days for a decent ride.
Had a few sessions at Coro and spent a bit of time on the jumps trails with the lad getting him sorted. Good refresher for me to be able to ride and jump doubles again as wouldnt usually ride that sort of stuff.
There has also been a fair bit of gravel and forest riding too which hasn't been too bad as is generally quite shady. The pine downhills were steep and fast. Certainly wouldnt be easy to stop if you needed to. Best ride was probably my annual slug up to Castle Rock. Good ride of about an hour up and 15-20mins for the down and just under 1000m elevation gain.
Also rode whangamata trails late last week. A lot of work has gone in to these over the past year. Some really nice jump and flow trails now. Had one minor bail where tried to take the feature by pass rather than riding a drop blind and managed to make the decision too late and ended up over the bars. Sprained wrist and lots of bruising up my right hand side. Doh!
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I’ve just ticked over 5000km since getting the PHEV on 28 July. The computer tells me that of that I’ve covered 1219 km on petrol with the rest on battery. It’s a big, heavy car and as I leave it in Hybrid mode (usually) the petrol engine is obviously kicking in under higher loads. So it’s no surprise the average consumption on petrol is 10.5 l/100km. So all up the fuel cost for the 5000km is $287.47. That’s not bad tbh. I’ve had cars that averaged 20+ l/100km.
That's outstanding. I get about 800ks out of my tank that costs me around $160-$180 to fill at the moment. I like your car a lot! 🙂
Is that diesel? Does it include the annual fee thing you have in NZ?
No, Petrol. No RUC's on top. They are included in price of Petrol.
@majorrage From memory said cousin has previous form?
If she is raising a lil baitch and in denial then all the hormonal shit will exacerbate it, but yeah, where was the Dad during all this?
It's difficult for me to identify what the change was like for my wife because she was going downhill fast with MS contemporaneously and she was / is a very private person but I remember long walks (to the pub) helped me - if not necessarily her.
Just finished reading After the Tampa by Abbas Nazari. Well worth a read, given the nature of the topics traversed it isn't always an easy read, but thought provoking.
A much better review than I can write here, including:
Four doors down from the Nazaris in Ballantyne Ave were the Mo’ungas, and Abbas and his brothers quickly became mates with Richie, now an All Black.
Mo’unga remembers them all playing touch rugby, barefooted, down the cul-de-sac, with language barriers never standing in the way of the fun they had.
“The thing that amazes me about Abbas and his family was, when they got to Christchurch, it took Abbas probably two years before he spoke better English than me, and was five-times smarter than me, and you could see the way he applied himself – Abbas was always at the library, reading.
“Him and his family, they were all on a mission when they landed.”
All Black Richie Mo’unga grew up a few doors away from Abbas Nazari in Christchurch, and the pair would join the street’s other kids playing rugby, barefoot on the road. “I’m sure he’d still back himself to put me on my back, now.”
Mo’unga says Abbas was a decent rugby player, though they didn’t face each other after primary school.
“Thankfully. Coz he could put me on my backside. He’s a big boy. You see what he’s been through, I think, he’s scared of nothing.”
Abbas played 1st XV rugby, trialled for Canterbury representative teams, and became a devoted Crusaders fan.