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Seeing Star Trek Beyond

I only say this movie last night but I have to say that I enjoyed it so much. Don’t worry, there wont’ be any spoilers here!

It was a great story, really good. I was very impressed by the whole thing. It was excellent. I have to say that I’ll probably go and see it again I expect. If you’re a Star Trek fan then you’re in for a real treat. I think that this one might be the best of the three so far.

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New Thunderbirds DVD is coming soon!

It’s been a long wait for this Kickstarter reward. But I’m sure it’ll be worth it. I’m really looking forward to getting it and watching it, and apparently it’s coming next week! So you’ll be getting plenty of news about it next week, when it comes.

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Goodbye Admiral Ackbar

Well it really is sad to hear that Erik Bauersfeld has passed away at the great age of 93. That’s impressive. He’s responsible for delivering my favourite line in Star Wars “It’s a trap!”. I always thought that Admiral Ackbar was a great character, not just for that line of course.

So goodbye Admiral, and goodbye Erik. You will be missed.

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I haven’t brought myself to watch this as yet, but I will

Downtime
Downtime

I didn’t know anything about this film until it got suggested on Amazon. It’s a spin off obviously, but I’d never heard of it before. I don’t have high hopes that it’s some kind of forgotten classic, but I will watch it at some point and see what it’s like. Although I am a bit nervous about watching it.

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Watching Predestination

I’ve been meaning to see this film for quite some time, but just never got around to it. Also, a few people have said that they didn’t like it or didn’t rate it, or had similar views. So I kind of put it off as my expectations of it dropped over time. I remember seeing the trailer for it and thinking it would be very good, but didn’t get to the cinema to see it.

Anyway, finally I’ve watched it, and I really enjoyed it actually. I didn’t expect to for the reasons I’ve mentioned above, but I thought that the story was good. I got me thinking a bit anyway.

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True Grit vs True Grit, the old and the new, and what I think of both

The new version of True Grit
The new version of True Grit
True Grit
True Grit

Now I’ve seen both, and within only a few weeks of each other, so I think it’s not a bad time to make a comparison.

I have to start with the fact that my preference is unchanged. I think that the original is the best of the two. In fact it is the best by far. Having said that, the remake has some very good qualities in its favour. First off, it is a very true remake. Very little is changed, with the exception of the ending, which, I believe, is much closer to the book. However, I’ve not read the book as yet. When I have there’ll be another comparison of all three.

Where I think the remake went wrong is in three key areas. I’ll explain them shortly. However, for now …

IF YOU HAVE ANY INTENTION OF WATCHING THESE FILMS, PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SPOILERS FOLLOWING!

  1. John Wayne can’t really be bettered. Bridges did a good job but I wasn’t sure what he was trying to do with his accent really. That seemed a bit strange to me.
  2. The (for me) quintessential line “Fill you hands you son of a bitch” is delivered properly in the original. Not so much in the remake.
  3. The ending. I won’t say why I don’t like the ending in the remake, but the original’s ending is upbeat and excellent, and I love it.

I’m glad I’ve seen both and I’m glad I’ve got both. In my opinion they’re both worth watching, but the original will always be the best.