Monday, 14 June 2021

Rasputin's effect on film credits

“This is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is purely coincidental.”


“an exiled Russian prince sued MGM in 1933 over the studio’s Rasputin biopic, claiming that the American production did not accurately depict Rasputin’s murder. And the prince ought to have known, having murdered him.”

Wizard / conductor

“Do you need wizard references? Google orchestra conductors.”

So now I have more Tremere than my new Vampire: The Masquerade game needs. You could fill a chantry with different personalities.

And now “Tremere who actually is an orchestra conductor” is in my idea pile as well.

Bonus: one of the conductors in the gallery is Elim Chan, who got into conducting to use a magic wand.

Sunday, 13 June 2021

OPP Con and Elysium weekend

Quite a lot of news from Onyx Path and Renegade Games (including big reprints of OP V5 books by Renegade) - this is not all.

Trinity got a first look at Assassins and Anima and a reveal of Victorian SF setting Aether.

Vampire: The Masquerade 5 got art previews for Sabbat, Second Inquisition, and a deluxe prop box version of the Book of Nod. (Also this week the Bloodhunt trailer and a new Swansong trailer as well.)

Also I came joint third in the audience for the V5 trivia, tripped up which elder is a Gangrel.

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Raiders Of The Lost Ark at 40

Empire talks to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Lawrence Kasdan, John Williams and more for the 40th anniversary of Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

Friday, 11 June 2021

They Came From Classified

... is actually They Came From Classified.

West Of Darkness

Following a general World Of Darkness filmography thread where I went on an aside about horror and supernatural Westerns, a reminder on a Facebook group... Have I not done this here?

Near Dark is a Western in tone... with some characters dating back to the era..

High Plains Drifter is ambiguous, Ghost Town (1988) is more fantastical and adventurous, Bone Tomahawk is harsh, Grim Prairie Tales is an anthology so a mix of styles.

Dead Birds would work as a one-shot.

And they keep coming. I haven’t seen The Wind or The Pale Door.

For a bonus point, I imagine the second Sabbat Civil War looking like the start of Gangs Of New York except at night. Like The Warriors with slightly more top hats. (Note: derogatory language.)

And yes of course a horror Western is on the list of games I’d like to do.

The Bad Batch 1.07: Battle Scars

Star Wars: The Bad Batch
1.07: Battle Scars
“As they traverse a decommissioned medical facility, the Batch encounter an unexpected threat.”

24 minutes plus credits, the first episode not to be shorter than the one before!

(Inconsistent pluralisation, last week it was “the Batch encounters”...)

Following an in medias res opening Cid isn’t being very generous with the Batch’s cut on her jobs, when they’re interrupted by A Mysterious Stranger...

Garbage: No Gods No Masters

The new Garbage album No Gods No Masters shows a mix of classic Garbage-y sounds, a bit of a punky feel in The Creeps and a goodly amount of righteous anger in The Men Who Rule The World and Waiting For God.

As well as the already released title single and Wolves and an electric ballad called Uncomfortably Me, the last song is called This City Will Kill You. It’s like they’re offering Vampire chronicle quotes on purpose now.

Bonus trivia: The cover photo was taken by Shirley Manson herself in Edinburgh’s Dean Cemetery.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt is the forthcoming free Battle Royale for the setting. 

It looks great, I expect to be terrible at it.

It isn’t going to be like my Vampire games, but neither was Redemption, which was the first Vampire: The Masquerade computer game and the only one for four years.

The Lord Of The Rings: The War Of The Rohirrim

The legend of Helm hammerhand as an animated feature from Kenji Kamiyama, director of Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex. More at Deadline, mentioning Philippa Boyens working as a consultant on the project.

I was not expected this.

SAC shows some great action sequences, and some good introspective dialogue scenes, both essential to a Middle-earth war story, especially with a war with people rather than the forces of Sauron.

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Trinity Continuum: Aberrant

Trinity Continuum: Aberrant is loosed upon the world.

Loki 1.01: Glorious Purpose

1.01: Glorious Purpose
“After stealing the Tesseract in “Avengers: Endgame,” Loki lands before the Time Variance Authority.”

The title comes from Loki’s introductory speech in Avengers, reminding us that were dealing with the Loki of that era, not the one who had three films worth of major character development since. even though tonally we’re closest to Thor: Ragnarok...

Monday, 7 June 2021

Vampires in Goth clubs

Aesthetic and the baseline reluctance for countercultures to invoke mainstream authorities. Gothic culture's affectations make for a default baseline Masquerade, and the darker emotionality allows Kindred to indulge the memory of what it means to be alive.

Cloak & Dagger

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger (S1 trailer) premiered three years ago today, a serious YA drama based on the comics duo. played by Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt. It dropped their drugs-related origin but keeps drug use as a plot, and also tackles racism, homelessness, trafficking and police violence.

It was ;part of a Freeform channel substrand along with the pilot for the much lighter-hearted New Warriors, and which also got a crossover with Runaways on Hulu.

Like the Netflix shows it stays fairly grounded in terms of costumes and villains. Unlike the Netflix series that kept everybody in New York, the show moved the unhappily empowered teens to New Orleans, a good choice for a different and flavourful backdrop IMHO.

The two heroes’ powers reflect and complement each other, making for an unusual partnership. The series also runs with them being part of a pattern, a Chosen Two... with some trouble ahead.