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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: November 20, 2017, 03:22:41 PM »
As a special bonus, I created a 5th anniversary postcard to share with everyone, regardless of whether they're participating in Secret Schnoz or not (Please PM me your address if you'd like one). See a sneak preview of the card here:



Can't wait to see all of it on the postcard we receive :isidro:

My gift has,been sent. Might be wednesday according to amazon

Thanks for the update and quick turnaround Branded!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 18, 2017, 05:29:12 PM »


Watched Justice League on opening night and it was a mess. I went with the lowest of expectations and here's what that did for me - I realized after the movie that some of the action was cool and left it at that. On my commute to work the next morning, none of that really mattered and what I thought last night about the characters, shallow motives, bad or flat jokes, a Batman that blows, weird jarring CG or whatever in the beginning and all the problems it had were there to stay. The villain was weak and it didn't really explain a lot of things about what was going on. Without spoiling much, I'll say I enjoyed the Flash and some of the humor around him. His treatment reminds of the current (light, funny) Spiderman reboot. I read early tweets about JL being better than BvS but that's a low standard to begin with.



Speaking of messes, I almost forgot about The Dark Tower. I finally watched it on a long flight and regretted it instantly. It didn't piss me off as The Last Airbender but it left a hole in the 'what if' or 'why did they do it this way' department. The trailer is mad deceptive and shows most of the coolest action sequences that simply look cool no doubt but the movie lacks substance and you don't get behind, at all.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2017! Time for Presents!
« on: November 16, 2017, 07:01:49 PM »
Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere we go guys!

Registration is closed, the :schnoz: amiser has randomly chosen our fates and PM's have been sent to everyone participating.

Quick reminder to everyone participating to -

(i) please send out your gifts in time so they get to your Schnoz before December 25; and
(ii) update the topic when you send your gift out so Grail and I know/ can tally things up at our end

If you have any questions or need some help, don't hesitate to PM me and/or Grail. Good luck~!

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: New photo of Kentaro Miura
« on: November 15, 2017, 01:33:34 PM »
Whoa, thanks for sharing Jorge.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:26:54 PM »
I recently began my re-watch of season's 1 and 2 before diving into the new season and I'm on episode 3 of season 1. Can't help but hear the themes ring in my head while I'm at work like the opening of Laura's theme or Freshly Squeezed.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:15:27 PM »
Another lovely banner, Grail ... it's amazing.

Count me in :guts:

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Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: October 26, 2017, 11:40:22 AM »
According to Jump World's FB page -

(this is translated)

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The #48 edition of the weekly young jump magazine has revealed that publishing will launch a new magazine for the 2020 Olympic games held in Tokyo.

The New Magazine will be called "for jump", will be in A5 format and the first issue will be dated November 29 at a price of 1,000 Yen (tax not included).

The theme of this magazine will be disability and will be a collaboration between the editors of the weekly young jump and sportiva site.

Your first number will have:

1-Photos and articles about disabled athletes.
2-A manga by Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Real, Vagabond) that will be named Kamiji! - Yui Kamiji Story-(Provisional Title) in which she tell the life of Japanese tennis player Yui Kamiji.
3-Special episode of tough saruwatari as a tough----, Judo-focused.
4-A new manga, theoretically a series of Youichi Takahashi (Captain Tsubasa) on football for the blind.


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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 11, 2017, 07:00:21 PM »
I liked Edge of Tomorrow too and agree with the both of your perspectives on it. Cruise gets a bad rep in the US and not a lot of people are interested in watching his films but he's a megastar outside the US.

Thanks for the extensive write-up Walter.


I don’t need to explain to this crowd how influential Blade Runner is, and thus, what a terrifying feat it is to pick up on its trail and attempt to make a new story truly matter. These were some big shoes to fill. So I appreciate how well this movie straddled the line of being a sequel while also being its own thing. I went into this whole endeavor pretty much grossed out by the idea, was somewhat softened by the early reviews being out-of-this-world, and about 10 minutes into the movie, I got it. I understood why that world deserved to be revisited.

I felt the same way while it was being made, before the promos came out. Even with the promos I couldn't help but be dissatisfied with the choice of casting Ryan in it. I love Denis but to have one of the two writers be someone who did the story for Alien Covenant was another red flag.

How do you feel about rumors of Denis doing the next Dune? It's again another movie that doesn't need a follow up and yet, it'll happen anyway ... so given that predicament (as a fan), is Denis the best man for the job? 
 
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K’s a vessel for the narrative, and a great punching bag (did Ford write into his contract that if he works with Gosling, he mandates a certain number of punches to the face?), but not much else. And that’s a bummer — but that was inarguably his role: He was supposed to be a second-class citizen who represses his feelings and simply obeys. I suppose they chose the right actor! He was rationed precisely one emotion, he used it well, and that’s all she wrote.

:ganishka:

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2) Was Wallace, Mr. I Own The Fucking Stars, really going to miss the fact that his nominally protected caravan was effortlessly dispatched and NOT track them down? Isn’t going straight to the one they’re trying to hide, just MAYBE not the brightest idea?

Yeah, that's a hard one. It hit me on the subway this morning that perhaps it's not as obvious as it seems and that maybe it was still all orchestrated by Wallace? Luv could have killed K when she had the chance before swimming back to the car, but she didn't. Maybe she had orders not to kill him so it's orchestrated that K kills her (I'm shrugging this off as I type it cos it sounds ridiculous) and so both, Deckard + K lead him to the child he's been looking for. It's a big big stretch but Wallace talking about how the meeting between Deckard and Rachel was orchestrated was a bit bonkers and I didn't see coming.

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Griff can tell you about his recut of Minority Report though, he actually pulled off something we'd talked about doing — cutting out the fat and making it better.

I want in on this cut!

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Berserk Merchandise / Re: First4Figures Berserk Line Announced
« on: October 11, 2017, 05:47:27 PM »
I was taken aback when I first saw it in person because I wondered how they dealt with the weight of Guts diving forward with his weight, the armor and the sword. That aspect impressed me the most and then I also saw other statues from Sideshow that had crazy poses with characters resting all their weight on one leg and so forth. It dawned on me that I was so used to see AOWs statues and their style, it's never as fluid looking or dynamic as these because of the materials they use or the weight of it all.

Vein-filled neck is mostly hidden underneath the cape and isn't noticeable from a distance. A minor attention to detail they left out for the DS was that the handle is short and the blade looks puffy if you look at it sideways. 

Being a Berserk product, we know prices will be inflated unfortunately because of the standard AOW set but for that scale and pose, it's cheaper than what AOW would offer.

The exclusive version with the purple base was on display. Base looked good and I was more a fan of the pose. The pictures on page one are higher quality and detailed than mine but mine are pictured straight if it helps -






As for the comparison picture, I feel like the F4F figure should be a bit bigger than it looks in the comparison, but it's hard to match since it's just a photoshop mockup.  It truly did look MASSIVE in person, and it is indeed 1/4 scale.  Actually I've seen both Prime1 and F4f Guts statues in person now (Prime1 at SDCC) and I think they will match each other pretty closely.

Definitely closer to 1/4 or 1/4 for sure.

Zurth, if it helps, here's a comparison photo of the statue with me next to it. I'm 5'9 if that helps


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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 11, 2017, 03:10:19 AM »
Just got back from Blade Runner 2049 and it's breathtaking, atmospheric and I found that I got to the end of the movie feeling satisfied, more than satisfied as a matter of fact about the justified length of the movie - giving the story the space it needed to be engaging, give you the chance to be emotionally invested in some characters. I almost can't believe it's that good a sequel.

Lets talk about the soundtrack - the visuals were amazing, sure but the soundtrack - blaring loud at times to enhance the spectacularity of the future world or those landscapes - was just awesome. I couldn't help but smile through most sequences. I was a bit surprised to see Hans Zimmer on the credits for it, maybe it was a good thing he's the lower/second credit.

Spoilers below -

I enjoyed Joi a whole lot and the complexities around her character + CGI. Stunning and that sequence with the prostitute reminded me of Her. It was heartbreaking to watch her get crushed with those last words of hers and K passing out, only to wake up to the sight of the prostitute to remind him of the shared experience he had with her and Joi.

That book - Pale Fire - I haven't read so I won't know any references in story relating to it unfortunately. Sigh.

The penultimate sequence between K and Luv was suffocating and hit hard.

It's interesting to see the film open with what I think is K's eye and the visual of the car that almost mirrors the opening sequence of the original movie with Deckard. So does that work in favor of the argument that Deckard is a replicant after all. I know Ridley insists on it but I feel like the movie, actually does this pretty well, where it doesn't over-explain the "Is Deckard a replicant?" question and doesn't give ambiguous answers. It takes you on a parallel with K and leaves the door open.

And that brings me to what I think was one key difference between the original and the sequel. The original leaves you with a lot more questions than this one does and it isn't disappointing or anything, it's just an observation. If anything, the sequel does well to build on those questions and without giving away much, retains most of the essence of the original.

I liked the little nods in the soundtrack or dialog "...more human than human..." and so forth in the sequel.

Coming to Wallace, he's not distracting, not flat or one dimensional which's a good thing and I think I personally could see past Jared Leto's casting or image from that horrible Joker he played last. Phew. His interaction with Deckard was a cool insight into the first one and adds another layer of questioning about the first one which I liked.


I have a lot more to discuss if someone who watched it can talk about it. Walter? I want to watch it again, for sure. Anyone watch the short movies they released? I haven't ...

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 09, 2017, 02:17:30 PM »
Blade Runner was good. Carve out 2h43m of your lives and go see it  :void:

You're not easy to please, so your post fills me with optimism about the movie. I was trying not to get too excited because I like Denis but I'll go in with a bit of excitement. I'm watching it tomorrow.

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News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:53:15 PM »
Used to use AIM a lot in the early to mid 2000's alongside Yahoo Messenger. AIM was better than Yahoo or MSN back then. Remember ICQ? It was big for us my first year in college but the mania slowly died down. I haven't logged into AIM since 2009 and hearing this news, I kinda regret it. I moved to GChat ever since.

I know people really love certain platforms like Slack and Discord. I've used them both extensively, but they lack basic features that made AIM such a crazy, weird thing.

We recently got Slack at work and after much protest (from me because it didn't make much sense for the inner workings of my firm on a day to day), I signed up for it. Now ironically, I'm the only one actually logged on to it every day and using it. Everyone else is signed off or just not interested.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:43:42 PM »
Pacific Rim 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EhiLLOhVis

It looks cool but something is off ... reminiscent of Michael Bay's Transformers line of movies. Maybe it's the way the camera pans or angles sideways or the fluidity/ choreography of the action. The jaegers in this one look sophisticated, clean, less robust or mechanical.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:39:33 PM »
I enjoyed Ex Machina, so I'm going to put the writer + director's next movie in here - Annihilation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufaDurSCKOk

Kenneth Branagh's next one is an adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel Murder On The Orient Express ... plus that cast - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq4m3yAoW8E

The Lobster sparked a few conversations/ debates among my friends and it was a good watch overall ... the director's next one looks promising called The Killing Of A Sacred Deer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQFdGfwChtw

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Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:26:21 PM »
Just too good Lith! How long did it take you to complete and any pros or cons of using Photoshop compared to your old process?

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Berserk Merchandise / Re: First4Figures Berserk Line Announced
« on: October 06, 2017, 03:18:56 PM »
I'll check it out this weekend.

What's up with his neck :isidro:?!


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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 05, 2017, 10:10:01 PM »
:sad: I was a bit disappointed by this movie. I should know by now that expectations are a bitch.

That's a bummer, I guess I'll skip it. I watched the first one again (I think a month or two ago on my Rhode Island visit) and enjoyed it. It's a fun, casual watch.



Movie premise - Mindhorn was a somewhat popular TV show back in the day that unfortunately gets shelved. Fast forward to present day and the actor who played the character - Richard - is washed up, unemployed and pretty desperate for work. There's a killer on the prowl (big fan of the show ... thinks the fictional character Mindhorn is real) and requests to negotiate with Mindhorn. Richard takes up the job in the hope it'll be good PR and it'll revive his career. There's nothing new with the story and you can probably smell the end mid-film much like getting a whiff of the french fries you ordered as you're walking towards the counter to pick up the order. And yet, there's a certain charm to the humor because it's really well acted and it's a light film in it's core. It's a small cast and crew and they all do the job perfectly. Recommended.

Finally watched Blade Runner (The Final Cut) on the big screen last night. I've watched it occasionally at home, whenever I've been in the mood for it but there's something about the theater experience that makes this pop - visuals, soundtrack - just everything. The downside to the theater experience was that you could notice the picture quality lose it's crispness in a few scenes and retain them when the camera would move or switch to the next shot.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 03, 2017, 02:25:30 AM »


I was lucky I got to see (the Turkish) Death Warrior on the big screen a couple of weeks ago. To give you an idea of the movie, this's the opening scene - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptxJ8CqD8Zw

It was tear jerking fantastic. It has a bit of everything - ninjas, zombies, car chases, bike chases, soundtrack borrowed from Jaws and Psycho because the sound director liked it so much when he watched it that he did a copy-paste and a good script that's somehow lost in translation. Here's an example of what's going on ...






There was a point in the film where the Turkish Cop delivers one of the most important dialogs only to get cut to the next scene mid-sentence. And this would happen a lot. Unfortunately it's a long long film and my cheeks/ jaw began to hurt from exhaustion. A bit torturous but got through it. In short, recommended!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Horror Movie Thread
« on: October 03, 2017, 01:42:00 AM »
October's here and I'm trying to find decent to good horror movies to watch, movies I haven't watched before.



The Devil's Candy is decent, predictable but it didn't feel like a complete waste of time. I liked the fact that it revolved around a metalhead dad with his metalhead daughter and evil lurking around. So metal! Jokes aside, the soundtrack's decent and it's well filmed, acted and atmospheric enough to appreciate it. It's a story done so many times - family moves into a new home, shit happens. That's the basic plot but there's a bit of suspense and underlying terror that pulls the movie, making it watchable, enjoyable. Solid 7/10.

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I finally watched Rick and Morty, I think I have 2 or 3 episodes left to watch in Season 3. The show RULES. Poor, poor Jerry ... I feel for the guy sometimes. Rick is star of the show, sliding in dark truths here n there.

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 90
« on: October 03, 2017, 12:07:31 AM »
What a treat, thanks for putting this together Walter and Aaz. And thank you Void! This was a great great idea and I liked it a lot. One of my favorite podcasts so far.

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Berserk Merchandise / Re: Prime 1 launches a Berserk line
« on: September 14, 2017, 01:58:06 PM »
Prime 1 released information for their Guts Berserker Armor statue with size, price and pictures. Cursory glance reveals the sword's proportions being a bit off like the handle, overall length and width by the base + taper effect.

Link to view pictures + preorder - https://www.prime1studio.co.jp/berserk-guts-berserker-armor-upmbr-04ex.html

From Prime 1's FB page

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"Anger...Fury...They draw out the armor's power. But... you must never yield everything to them. Make your volition... your pivot of power."
Prime 1 Studio is proud to present UPMBR-04: Guts, Berserker Armor from Berserk (Manga). Guts also known as The Black Swordsman is the main protagonist of Berserk. The Berserker Armor is a suit of highly durable armor forged by dwarves. Wearers of the armor are appropriately named Berserkers. This armor imbued with a violent od purposed for drawing out and manifesting its wearer’s negative emotions. It is eventually entrusted to Guts after Flora’s spirit tree mansion is invaded by apostles of Griffith’s reborn Band of the Hawk. This Ultimate Premium Masterline Berserk series brings to life the popular Japanese dark fantasy comics/manga and crafted with attention to details and true to the original design of the character. The Berserker Armor statue stands at an impressive 37 inches tall with his Dragonslayer sword on the shoulder. This is the ultimate piece for all Berserk fans.
Statue features:
- Size approx. 37 inches tall with the sword on the shoulder [(H)95cm (W)57cm (D)52cm]
- Size approx. 30 inches tall with the sword down [(H)75cm (W)57cm (D)44cm]
- One (1) alternate Exclusive portrait (In Exclusive version only)
Retail Price:
- Regular version: $949 US
- Exclusive version: $999 US
Edition Size:
- Regular version: 1000
- Exclusive version: 500
Prototype samples shown.
Product details could be subjected to change without further notice.

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Atrium Carceri - Seishinbyouin

One of my favorite albums by AC.

I've been listening to the new Ulver the past two weeks ... it's intoxicating

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EKZzGu5khg

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: August 31, 2017, 05:24:59 AM »
This looks low budget but the trailer managed to make me laugh courtesy of Arnold. Trailer for KILLING GUNTHER - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2wAXWY6k-g

Takashi Miike's BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQveuj6E0dE

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 28, 2017, 02:53:09 PM »
Sam's whole story for the past two seasons (or would it be two-and-a-half? three?) has also been rendered pointless. What did his journey to the Citadel accomplish? Did he become a maester? No. Did he learn any useful skills? No. Did he figure out anything that could help in the war against the White Walkers? No. All he did was find out a few key details, completely by happenstance, that allowed he and Bran to puzzle out Jon's full parentage. Something Bran should have been able to know anyway. He seems to know everything else, why would this slip under his radar? And I'm still having a hard time figuring out how this whole matter is going to contribute to the story's resolution. It honestly just feels like the writers are bragging about revealing one of the books' most prevailing mysteries before Martin gets a chance to. The only hope Sam has if he wants to have any meaningful role to play for the rest of the story is if he can glean something useful from the books he stole.

He's been really annoying the past two seasons and I completely agree with you. He also picked up random books and scrolls in the dark before jetting out - not very helpful.

BTW, something we should mention, congrats to Jaime on finding his BALLS! :ubik:

Hear hear. And congratulations are also in order to the guy who has no balls :farnese:

I liked how Cersei backed off her agreement in the end after a lot of back and forth. I wonder if Tyrion's going to get soft on her because she's pregnant. It's funny how you see Jon and Dany making love, switch camera to the Wall being torn down effortlessly. This new version of Viscerion is badass for sure. I didn't get the holes in the wings part too (good catch Griffith). Now that the season's come to an end, I realize we saw a lot of action where the bad guys had it coming and the good won, for a change. No rapes, no kids being torched (poor Shireen), no people ridden with disease (thick as dragon skin Jorah), some sex with couples people have been fanboying about (still waiting on Lord Varys ... but no time for that now). Most of the good (important) guys have prevailed ... they're mostly going to die next year and I hope people aren't shocked by it.

There's no way Beric or Tormund could've survived that sort of catastrophic destruction but no bodies = not dead ehh. It'd be a shame if Beric went in that fashion after being through all that.

Good stuff -

Tyrion's conversation with Bron and seeing good ol Pod again.
Lady Tarth and the Hound chatting about Arya.
Littlefinger's reaction and him trying to defend himself after that ridiculous highly intelligent detective work.

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