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  1. Well I thought this was superb. I have to admit, based on some of the reviews I approached this with some cynicism, but it was perfectly judged and the tone was very consistent. Fantastic performances and beautifully written and directed. I had no idea it would be that evocative either! I was a mess by the end of the film! So glad I ignored the reviews on this!
  2. I was incredibly cynical about this series when it was announced. I hated the film. I mostly hate the work of Lindelof. I hated the trailer. And I have a love of the book that meant I was always going to be reticent about an adaptation and especially a new story. I couldn't have been more wrong! This might be one of the best shows I've seen in years. Spectacularly good and so consistent with the tone of the source material. Amazing performances, really textured and genuinely clever writing. It's shot beautifully, great score and the pacing is pretty much perfect throughout. What an accomplishment. And special mention has to go to the props team for disguising what I'm assuming was a Pringle can as a glowing blue penis. As much as I'd love to see a second season, this one is almost so perfect that there's something quite special about just keeping it as a self-contained story. I guess they could just come up with an entire new set of characters, change location and continue to write stories inspired by the Watchmen universe.
  3. Yeah I do get it, I just personally think it's a really harsh assessment of his career overall, especially when most British fighters would kill to have the success he's had. You can think he's a moron (He doesn't seem to be the brightest of guys) and still respect his career without labelling him a joke. And I don't think losses to Canelo (Two weight categories above Khan) and peak Crawford (Arguably p4p king) hurt his legacy at all or should be considered blights on his career. If anything, going after top quality opponents should be commended, especially in an era in which active fighters are more concerned about protecting their records than fighting the best. But to reference @Plissken, I do think there's a genuine racial component to why a lot of people dislike Khan and having seen him fight live, the amount of racist abuse he gets is absolutely shocking. Just to stress, I absolutely know that doesn't apply here in case my wording is clumsy, I'm just saying it's definitely a factor for a lot of people on Twitter for example, and he gets a disproportionate amount of hate compared to other British fighters who haven't achieved half of what he has.
  4. Come on, that's completely unfair. As with Joshua, I think fighters should be judged by the quality of their opposition. Khan might not have been relevant for a while now, but that doesn't and shouldn't detract from what has been an objectively outstanding career, with a really impressive CV. This is a guy with wins over the likes of Maidana, Malinaggi, Zab Judah, Devon Alexander Chris Algieri and Barrera (Admittedly past his prime) winning titles across two weight devisions, and becoming a big name in the states in the process. Silver medalist at the Olympics too. He was also arguably the winner against Lamont Peterson and lost in really dubious fashion. The great Mike Costello ranks him in the top 10 British fighters ever. Yes, he tarnished his reputation after chasing Mayweather for so long and he has squandered the later part of his career, but he's been one of the most successful British fighters we've ever produced and at his peak, easily one of the most talented boxers.
  5. The hate that AJ gets is utterly baffling. As PeteBrant said, he's probably got the best CV out of the current crop of heavyweights. Fury has Klitschko and Wilder and then his next best opponent is probably Derek Chisora (9 defeats on his record). His last two fights have been against truly subpar opposition and he struggled massively against Otto Wallin, a fighter not even ranked in the top 50. Wilder's best? Fury and Ortiz (Who is allegedly in his 50's). After that, probably Brezeale and then it really is slim pickings. Not to say that AJ beats either of them, but this narrative that he's being protected or that his record is padded is completely ridiculous when the level of his opposition has generally been far tougher than those guys, and with far fewer fights too. Plus, going right after a rematch against a guy who completely dismantled you in the previous fight, is not playing it safe. Joshua was superb last night and completely nullified Ruiz's offence by keeping him at distance with a really effective jab and some surprisingly good footwork and lateral movement. There were two occasions in which AJ deviated from the plan and let Ruiz close the distance and step inside, and the moment he traded hooks, he came off second best, so forget the excuses, Ruiz has always been heavy and out of shape, this win was entirely down to a very disciplined, intelligent and consistent performance from Joshua. Ruiz has spent his entire career fighting in the same way. Short bursts of punches and combos and looping overheads, usually in the pocket because of his size disadvantage. And he's had a lot of success with his style because it's incredibly hard to keep someone at distance with the kind of jab output that AJ used last night.
  6. It was the Bantamweight World Boxing Series final today between Nonito Donaire vs Noaya Inoue and it is undoubtedly the fight of the year. An all time classic for sure and if there was any doubt previously, Donaire has secured his place in the Hall of Fame. Inoue could be on his way to being P4P best boxer on the planet too. Well worth a watch if you get a chance. Chris Lloyd on commentary was great too as I usually hate Adam Smith and the Sky Box Office commentary team.
  7. This is incredible. Just ridiculously cinematic and evocative! Amazing stuff.
  8. Apparently no broken bones and he's being treated for facial lacerations. Expected to make a full recovery but I'm not sure if that extends to being able to box again. He's one of my favourite fighters so really hope he pulls through! https://www.skysports.com/boxing/news/12183/11832650/errol-spence-jr-expected-to-make-full-recovery-after-car-crash
  9. A few recent shots using Ektar 100 film, which might just be my new favourite film
  10. That's also a really stunning shot! Thanks for the advice, super useful. I bought a Reciprocity app which gives recommended timings for just about every film type, so hopefully that should help too. I was going to do exactly what you've suggested actually and bring along my A7SII to take care of exposure readings, but the Mamiya 645 is pretty chunky as is, so I've just picked up a Minolta Auto Finder IV light meter with the viewfinder II 10 degree attachment which coverts it into a spot meter, all for around £45! Still a bit of a faff but definitely lighter than carrying around a DSL with a lens and gives me the added benefit of also having a nice, vintage light meter for skin tones etc.
  11. Oh that is lovely! Very useful to know, thanks Ste. What app are you using? I'll give it a go!
  12. A question to all film and medium format shooters: Apologies if that has been answered a million times, but I want to start getting into long exposure photography using my Mamiya 645 Pro TL. I have a shutter release cable and a few decent tripods, I'm just short of a light meter, which in truth I probably should've bought a while back. Since it's mostly going to be used for taking shots of the city and landscapes, any recommendations for an an affordable meter? Cheers! EDIT - And while I'm here... the little plastic thing has somehow come off my shutter speed dial on my Mamiya. Anyone know what kind of glue I'd be safe to use to put it back on? Looks like I need plastic to metal. Tiny amount should do it. Just to make it clear what I'm talking about. It's the bit that goes in the middle of the dial. Without: With:
  13. A few recent pics on a Mamiya 645 and using Fuji Colour Pro 400 film.
  14. Great match. Fair play to Djokovic. I think Federer deserved that, but it's about winning the points when it matters.
  15. Ugh, I can't stand tiebreaks. Does Federer have a losing record in them? Feels like it!
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