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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: January 01, 2018, 03:12:55 AM »
Well, I guess it depends on what you think it was. To me it was a pretty excellently constructed horror satire and social commentary where every detail actually mattered and pays off, and it works both as a straight horror concept and obviously on a much greater scale as an allegory (though each part enhances the other instead of getting in each other's way). Some of the themes actually aren't that different from 2049, but fresher, deeper and more specific than exploring humanity and human rights via robots. That's why I rated it higher despite 2049 being more up my alley as a gorgeous, top tier sci-fi thriller. In general I also think the surprise factor worked in Get Out's favor: it's a horror movie from a comedy guy and is supposed to have some social commentary that could all easily fall flat, but instead it worked on every level and blew away expectations. Wheras something like Blade Runner both has to live up to larger than life expectations while also being pretty esoteric (the big budget prestige follow up to a movie that bombed). Anyway, I'd recommend giving it a second chance because it's a different experience when you already have the puzzle pieces fit together.

TL, DR:

I loved Get Out.  Found the premise considering the twist quite original and overal a disturbing enjoyable film.

What he said.

Have you guys listened to Peeleís commentary for Get Out? I loved the movie, but the commentary added so much to the film for me. I was surprised by how many little details in the film were symbolic or had deeper meanings (for example the deerís head in the room they imprison the main character in being a symbol of black men/masculinity, ďbuckĒ being a word used for a black man). Peele also has a pretty cool mythology for the movie that unfortunately was only very lightly hinted at. And heís a total horror nerd so itís fun relating to him as he geeks out on the subject.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 25, 2017, 04:32:22 AM »
Well, I don't think it's such a simple litmus test either, like if Luke can feel moments of despair (of course he can); Hamill even said Luke might take a few years to regroup, but this is about the core, direction and summation of his entire character, and considering his heroism is a large driving force of the original trilogy it's strange that he completely gave up on everyone and everything he cares about for the convenience of this plot. So, I think Hamill is pretty spot on and in touch with the character he's embodied so well over the years (I think I like real life Hamill more than "Jake" from TLJ =). But that's the story Johnson wanted to tell and he tells it about as effectively as can be, but I don't think it's a great or even very true direction to take the character, more like a 'what-if?', and certainly not a worthy swan song (I don't think that was the point, but they took on that burden). Anyway, it's the only Luke-centric sequel we're going to get, so those of us hungry for that will ultimately have to make peace with it or banish it to the prequel zone.

I hear you. The people I sincerely feel really bad for are those who spent their lives engulfed in the Expanded Universe material. I canít imagine how much it must suck to see how Luke actually ended up after reading countless books about Lukeís post-ROTJ adventures and building up this mythos/idea of him over decades.

My never getting into the EU was a saving grace in this case. I can only go on the logic of ďdoes this make sense within the context of the movies/canon/character?Ē And Johnsonís decision does so Iím fine with it.

Take Admiral Ackbar as an example. I fucking love the guy. Who doesnít? He dies in this movie. And everyone was pissed he died semi-off screen. ďHow could you kill off Ackbar like that?! He deserved better!Ē But hereís the thing: Ackbar becoming a huge fan favorite doesnít change the fact he was a bit player in the Star Wars story. Within the context of the story he didnít deserve a grand, glorious, focused-on death. Doing so wouldíve been pure, unnatural fan service. So even though I love the character, Iím fine with the death he got.

Anyway, I understand this thread isnít meant for my kind of folk so Iíll stop parading on everyoneís rain.



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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 24, 2017, 08:14:26 AM »
Well, I wouldn't mind you showing your work here though because that's pretty high praise! I mean, the movie is non-stop action (or motion depending on you POV), but so are a lot of movies, the prequels and TFA included, so what made this one stand out to you in such a positive way? What makes it more authentic and genuinely magical? It is full of ideas, but what made them hit home for you in such dramatic fashion versus, say, the sports bar in Attack of the Clones?

I honestly don't know if I can answer that in a satisfying way so please bear with me.  I'll use Rogue One as an example.  They literally beat you over the head with the hope message, but the movie never instilled a feeling of hope in me (making a movie that's based around the idea of hope end with everyone dying probably wasn't the best idea  :ganishka:).  The Last Jedi touches on the idea here or there, but it does so in a way that really struck home with me.  When Luke showed up to stare down the First Order, I realized (beyond the obvious fact he was stalling for the Resistance) what he was doing.  The non-First Order galaxy had lost all hope, seeing the Resistance as a lost cause.  And Luke's act (and sacrifice) was ultimately supposed to replace the fear and despair in the galaxy's citizen's hearts with hope and the belief that victory is possible.  It was essentially the Star Wars version of the coach's epic halftime motivational speech in every sports movie when the team's down by fifty points.  To me that was powerful.  And I felt it.  Right in the old ticker.

I thought the slow speed ship chase was awesome.  Not only was it a new, cool idea, but I felt like it was really well done.  There was a real sense of weight to it.  To use the cliche, I was on the edge of my seat.  Keep in mind I didn't plan on seeing the movie before June so I went ahead and spoiled it for myself as soon as the spoilers hit. I knew how the chase would end.  Even then, every time the movie cut to that part of the story and another ship was destroyed by the First Order, I thought," Oh shit, they're fucked if they don't do something fast!"

I don't care what anyone else thinks, Holdo(?)'s kamikaze run was objectively awesome.

I'm trying to avoid a wall of text so I'll try to tl;dr this.  This movie had weight and consequences.  Because of that, I was captivated.  It told a fun, fresh story that moved along the overall plot of the Star Wars story in a good direction.  I loved the humor.  I loved the fact that the humor was used appropriately.  I loved the action.  It didn't feel like an OT Star Wars movie, but it did feel like a Lucas Star Wars movie to the point where I believe Rian Johnson essentially created the perfect George Lucas-only Star Wars film.  TLJ, to me, is essentially the first third of ROTJ without the Prequel Trilogy-ish parts (the band scene and Fett's death by pratfall).  In other words, it's what Lucas was striving for but failed miserably at achieving.  And I'm totally cool with that.  My problems with the prequel trilogy never had to do with them not being totally serious all the time like in Star Wars or Empire Strikes Back.


ETA: Here are my thoughts on the direction in which they took Lukeís character:

If I were making this Star Wars movie, would I have done what they did with Luke? Nah. But I do love what they did with his character. I thought it was realistic, natural, and true to his core character.

(Before I begin I want to say this is how I see it. Iím not suggesting this is The Truth and all other interpretations are wrong.)

In the OT, Luke was given two jobs, defeat the Emperor/Vader and rebuild the Jedi order. Now Luke obviously completed job #1, but job #2 would prove to be tougher. Hereís 2 reasons why:

1. Luke never completed his training, either via Jedi or Sith, so his understanding of the Force, and the entirety of the Jediís understanding of it, was probably fairly shallow. At the very least we can say he probably didnít have the same depth of knowledge that Yoda or Kenobi had.

2. Luke has a cocky streak in his nature. Not only has it been commented on in the OT but itís shown in ROTJ during the first third.

Now Iím not saying Luke was an arrogant idiot, but I do think he wasnít aware of how little he probably knew. And why wouldnít he be that way? He literally defeated the biggest badass Force users in the galaxy AND was crowned a true Jedi by Yoda himself.

So how I see things is after Luke defeated the Empire he either helped his sister rebuild the Republic a bit before starting job #2 or immediately began construction on a temple and finding Force sensitive kids.

Kylo joins Lukeís school, and this is where Lukeís two ďflawsĒ start to come into play. Now I can see Luke seeing his job as teacher as essentially a lay up. Nobody knows the Force better than him, right? So when he senses the dark side in Kylo and investigates further, his realization of just how much ďthe cancer has spread,Ē per se, coupled with its complete blindsiding of him caused him to momentarily ignite his lightsaber. Unfortunately those few seconds changed everything, and to me I love the idea of that.

Doing something bad sucks. You regret the action. You regret the consequence/fallout. And you hate/regret the mindset that led you to that action.

But unintentionally doing something bad is infinitely worse. Imagine youíre having a nightmare. Your body feels movement in the darkness of your room. You suddenly wake and instinctively defend yourself. You feel your hand connect and hear sobbing. You run over to the light, turn it on, and your kidís there crying, holding his cheek, and looking at you with eyes of fear and betrayal. Now not only do you have all the guilt and weight of the bad action but the added guilt and weight of knowing you never meant to do it and would never intentionally do it. Things like making amends, rebuilding trust, etc are now even harder and more painful for you.

So Luke unintentionally slaps his kid and, as if that werenít enough, in doing so accidentally creates the next Vader. Think about that. His one mistake, which is bad enough on its own, ends up unleashing hell on the galaxy (with a wink and a nod to Snokeís corruption).

If that doesnít put the fear of Go-... the Force in you, and make you suddenly aware of your own limitations, I donít know what will.

So Luke, understandably, is now in a position where heís emotionally/mentally devastated, acutely aware of his own ignorance, and snakebitten to the nth degree. So whatís more natural than for him to try to find more knowledge by locating the earliest Jedi temple he can find and isolate himself from both the galaxy and Force so he canít make another devastating mistake?

Makes sense to me, at least. But Iím just a poor country lawyer.

Now Iíve got some beef with Lukeís actor...

Hamill said, in effect, he didnít like what Johnson did with Luke because he believes Luke always sees the good/Light in others, even when it appears theyíre completely lost like Vader.

However, I donít believe thatís true as evidenced by the OT. When Luke found out Vader was his father, his goal did change to trying to turn him good again to the point he risked death by going into the very heart of the enemyís lair. But what happened when he was there? What happened when Vader sensed he had a daughter, and said they could turn her to the dark side?

Luke embraced the anger of the dark side, beat the shit out of Vader, and nearly killed him. Now Iím no expert on human psychology, but to me murdering someone suggests youíve given up on them, on trying to turn Vader good again.

Someone might say,Ē But he didnít kill him! He stopped himself!Ē

Thatís true. But why did he stop? Did he remember his plan to turn Vader?

Remember the Cave of Evil scene in ESB where Luke faced the projection of his greatest. His greatest fear wasnít that he would die. It wasnít that there was no good left in Vader. His greatest fear was that HE would turn to the dark side.

When Luke bashed Vader and cut off his hand, the sight of Vaderís mechanical stump reminded him of his own mechanical hand. And with the help of some Emperor douchebaggery, Luke realized his greatest fear was coming true. THAT is what shocked him back to ďnormal.Ē It wasnít the love for his father. It wasnít suddenly remembering his dad had good in him. It was his fear of joining the dark side that put him back on the right path.

So I believe Hamill is wrong. Luke can, momentarily at least, ďgive upĒ on someone. But I donít know if Luke did, or could, give up on Kylo. Vader was essentially a victim of circumstance, an at his core good person who was tricked/trapped by the dark side. Kylo WANTS to be evil. Heís not trapped. He was tricked, but heís where he wants to be. If Luke didnít follow him around the galaxy trying to change his mind, is that really giving up on him? I honestly donít know.



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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 21, 2017, 09:14:15 AM »
I was planning on waiting for the blu-ray release to see this one, given the bad reviews, but the estimated release date is June 19th(!) so I watched it tonight. And I have to be honest here... Best decision of my life. I absolutely fucking loved it. TFA was a solid but average good film, the embodiment of a 5 out of 10. But TLJ was pure fucking gold. I could go on and on about all the details I liked, but it hit me why I was hooked in by this film as it was winding down in its last few minutes: The movie filled me with that genuine sense of adventure. I hadnít felt that way since my first viewing of A New Hope. Shit, I donít even know if Iíve felt that way since I was a kid.

The one thing I really didnít like was when Rose passed out. That was some Prequel Trilogy level bad acting. And I mean that literally. Padmeís double did the exact same thing in Attack of the Clones when she died. And this is terrible of me, but I was kind of hoping she had died, lol. Rose, I mean. Not the double. Who did die.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 352
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:50:36 AM »
Fantastic news!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: November 20, 2017, 03:37:20 AM »

I donít know anything about the movie, but telling from the poster I assume itís a combination of Predator and Poltergeist 3.


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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:03:29 AM »
I like that they put Carrie Fisher in the center of the poster. A nice gesture.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Sup
« on: October 01, 2017, 11:03:13 PM »
Welcome aboard, my friend. :)

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Need help with a tattoo
« on: September 10, 2017, 11:45:57 PM »
Update. Tattoo is done and looks great. Thanks again Aazealh!
http://imgur.com/gallery/GlyJH[/url]

It looks great!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: September 04, 2017, 04:17:04 AM »
PS: Funny thing I learned by Googling "Odessa Twin Peaks," there's a Hooters-esque sports bar in Odessa, TX named Twin Peaks.

They're all over the place down here. And they're Pacific Northwest/Rocky Mountains/lumberjack themed too so it's like being in the show itself! (And depending on which one you go to there might even be a biker bar fight scene!)

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Lord Fancypantaloons at your service!
« on: August 05, 2017, 10:30:58 PM »
Well met, noble paladin! Itís been a while since Iíve seen any of your kind in the west. It would be an honor to aid you in any way that I can.

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Character Cove / Re: Whats stopping Serpico from one shotting Zodd?
« on: July 21, 2017, 11:27:37 PM »
While Serpico effortlessly slices and dices the "lesser" creatures he faces, when it comes to larger or more powerful foes his sword proves to be less effective.  During the battle at Flora's mansion, Serpico uses the sword to attack an apostle.  He is able to blind him (which is his goal), but the sword doesn't slice through the apostle's head.

Now you could argue that since Serpico just tries to blind the apostle he doesn't use the sword's "full strength" hence why the wind slash doesn't slice through the apostle's head.  However, if you notice Serpico never uses the sword's power against the apostles before or after that incident, even when he's in severe danger.  This implies that either Serpico doesn't believe the sword's slashes alone can defeat apostles or he knows the sword's slashes alone can't defeat apostles.  And given the fact he has enough faith in the sword's abilities to try and use it against foes who objectively far outmatch him (Daiba and the Kundalini, for example) I sincerely doubt that the former is the case at Flora's mansion.

I believe this view is reinforced by the group's first encounter with the Makara.  Serpico doesn't try to slice it in half or cut off its trunk or tail or legs.  He tries to blind it, the same strategy he uses against the apostle.  To me this implies that in both cases Serpico knows he can't outright slice through them like they're trolls or Daka so he tries to hinder them instead.  (Also it's worth mentioning that not only can Serpico not slice through the Makara but it's faster than him as well, counterattacking before Serpico can blind it and nearly killing him in the process.)

With the exception of the Sea God and arguably the Daiba/Kundalini duo, Zodd is far faster, stronger, and tougher than anything Serpico has faced.  Zodd could take multiple shots from Ganishka's lightning, which has the power to kill the weakest apostles almost instantly.  If Zodd can take that kind of punishment from Ganishka's lightning then Serpico's sword's powers probably wouldn't cause him too many problems, much less decapitate him with one slice.

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Creation Station / Re: The Art of Rapaz!
« on: July 16, 2017, 01:35:52 AM »
It looks great! That'd make a nice death metal album cover!

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Character Cove / Re: Serpico vs Silat
« on: July 09, 2017, 12:37:32 AM »
Silat.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Post Wacky Images
« on: June 24, 2017, 07:28:07 AM »

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: June 24, 2017, 02:38:39 AM »
I love Miura's illustrations, especially the walrus knights (talk about a Northern country!) and the Nordic designs incorporated into the clothes/armor of Grunbeld's friends.

Even though I agree an episode in the manga would've been better, I appreciate that we can infer the backstory solely from the illustrations without having to read the novel. The illustrations taken together are almost like a small episode itself, one Miura created outside the main story to satisfy our backstory curiosity. It's not preferable, but thinking of it like that makes it palatable to me.

But then again, I felt the backstory information we got in the manga was sufficient.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: June 23, 2017, 02:42:34 AM »
This would have been great in the manga... :sad:

Agreed.  :sad:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: June 22, 2017, 12:51:51 AM »
Maybe I'm alone in this, but SotC looks so iconic and beautiful that I'm a little offended they felt it needed a complete remake at all.

You're not alone.

And what have they done to my poor Wander?! He looks like Karl Pilkington with a wig.  :magni:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: June 08, 2017, 09:51:08 PM »
That's awesome. :ganishka:

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Milan trip
« on: May 25, 2017, 10:57:50 PM »
My advice is the less time you spend in Milan, the better. Enjoy :)

What's your favorite European cities?

Have fun on your trip, Incantation! I won't ask you to do it, but if you run into any fashion models in Milan I won't complain if you give them my number.  :carcus:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 23, 2017, 11:56:36 PM »
I'm finally starting RE7 today. Here we go. :sad:

That was an interesting game.

I'll probably go back to playing Star Wars Battlefront, my safety blanket game, now.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 23, 2017, 11:45:11 PM »
What I find most interesting is this:
http://www.gobolatula.com/gutsdog.png

That's great. :ganishka:

And thank you for the summary, Aaz and Puella.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: May 23, 2017, 02:23:11 AM »
I loved the ending of this episode as well as Kim's thousand yard stare at dinner and that woman at the meeting telling Mike how much her husband's unknown fate destroyed her, the same situation Mike's loved ones find themselves in after Walter kills him.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 22, 2017, 06:35:41 AM »
Got a few of the Necromancer sets completed in the beta. I like the character, he has a lot of skills from Diablo 2 like Summon Skeletons (duh), Skeletal Mage, Golem, Bone Spear, and Corpse Explosion. I've probably got 35-40 hours on the character now, it's made D3 a bit refreshing.

I'm sincerely surprised they added the Necro to the game. When they revealed the Witch Doctor as D3's pet mage and said they might add the Necro at a later date I figured it'd never happen.

I never played D3 so let me ask you something. Is D3's Necro better than the Witch Doctor?

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