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  1. Stopharage

    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    I watched this last week and it's ridiculous. I tried to explain some of the events that happened to some friends and they genuinely thought I was taking the piss. I think your description is perfect - there were 3 points in the documentary where I questioned whether this was just some elaborate wind-up. I actually think it's a poorly made documentary but the events are captivating enough to keep you engaged.
  2. Stopharage

    What books did you read in 2019?

    2. Borne by Jeff VanderMeer. A strange, post-apocalyptic land is overseen by a giant flying bear, where a couple of mismatched lovers avoid the gaze of The Magician, whilst encountering something newly borne. Whilst sounding totally unconventional it's actually a slightly more traditional and conventional read than Annihilation et al. The description of the flora, fauna and general environs are hugely evocative but I felt at times the book meandered, especially mid-way through. But the plot is engaging, the characters are well fleshed out and the mysteries satisfactorily resolved by the end. I could happily spend time in the world that VanderMeer creates so vividly and I think it's a novel that really shows off his range and ability as a writer.
  3. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Horrible news. As a Leicester fan can totally empathise with the impact this could have on club, fans, community and (obviously) friends and family. I know this thread was criticised earlier in the week, but horrible events like this show what a tight, caring community football can be and how tribal nonsense pales into insignificance. Hope for positive news.
  4. Well, looks like the caterer will at least be reimbursed. Not by Billy obviously. $130,000 and rising. Great watch but at times I had to remind myself that this was a documentary rather than a black comedy. Felt really sorry for all the manual workers but hard to elicit too much for the drones who had been tricked into signing up for it. Reminded me of the hype that the Kony 2012 video received.
  5. Stopharage

    The Twelve by Justin Cronin

    It started on Tuesday; Sunday is the repeat. I was reasonably impressed with the first episode; cast seem half decent. My wife hasn’t read any other books and enjoyed it.
  6. Stopharage

    Broad City

    Final season (5) starts this Friday on Comedy Central. Sad to see it go but (hopefully) that will be 5 very strong seasons to leave behind.
  7. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I quite like Warnock. He used to write a decent weekly article in The Independent where he’d waffle on about great sausage rolls he’d bought, taking the bins out, family days out which his kids definitely hated and endless Yorkshire. Was quite endearing, then you’d get to the last paragraph where he’d declare a fatwa on Lee Mason. Was gloriously unhinged whilst being quite twee. Wouldn’t say he was one of life’s great thinkers.
  8. Stopharage

    Netflix - Releases & Recommendations

    Watched Close. Reminded me of The Hotel Manager, in style, location and some elements of the plot. A few decent scenes aside, it doesn’t amount to a whole bunch of anything, really. Naomi Raapace was decent as a bodyguard but the rather hackneyed and hole-filled plot let her down. Not one to seek out unless you like Raapace, Morocco or danger rooms.
  9. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Jota may well have just done us a favour there. Oh well, cracking game; no shame in losing in an entertaining way at least.
  10. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Never doubt Big Wes; I’m ashamed. A draw would be a fair result, both sides have been decent going forward.
  11. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I love Big Wes but he looks like he’s running in treacle and has the turning circle of an aircraft carrier. Good old game but our defence has looked diabolical all game.
  12. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    “Mourinho is available.”
  13. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I don’t understand Puel at all. Plays 3 defensive midfielders, at home, against a struggling Southampton. Then uses 2 defensive midfielders, away, against a fairly buoyant Wolves. I don’t want to see the guy sacked, but I can’t figure out why he didn’t even try to get somewhere in the FA Cup when we only needed 2 wins for safety. (Although a Prem reserve team should really have won against Newport).
  14. Stopharage

    Great scenes in disappointing movies

    I read the book before I'd seen the film and preferred it. It's a decent. movie, but wasn't quite the film I thought it would be; there's a fair bit of plot deviation.
  15. Stopharage

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Got to love Puel's commitment to defensive solidity by playing 3 defensive midfielders against Southampton. So glad I missed the game.

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