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Video Games / Re: Diablo 3!
« on: August 11, 2011, 02:58:00 AM »
The concept art for this game is nothing short of breathtaking:

News & Not News / Re: Osama Bin Laden : Dead
« on: May 06, 2011, 05:41:43 AM »
So Osama bin Laden was found in a mansion in abbottabad. Talk abbottabad place to hide!

Vagabond / Re: Smile
« on: March 14, 2011, 09:36:50 PM »
Inoue has turned into one of those guys that's always drawing on their I-pad.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: February 21, 2011, 09:37:57 PM »
Mike Patton on Wolfmother:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: True Grit
« on: December 27, 2010, 12:35:12 AM »
Coen bros movies are very hit or miss for me.  Some of their films are among my all-time favorites, but I'd put True Grit among their misses unfortunately.  Jeff Bridges did a pretty fine job in the lead role (although sometimes I couldn't understand what the hell he was saying) and Matt Damon wasn't as bad as he usually is, but Hailee Steinfeld was terrible!  I couldn't stand her witty dialogue, though she's not completely to blame, it also comes down to the style of writing Joel and Ethan Coen use, and their sense of humor.  Sometimes it works beautifully, other times it leaves me squirming.  I guess some people like it though.  There were a lot of people the theater chuckling throughout, mostly the grannies.

Other than that, I wasn't very satisfied with the cinematography, and that's the one thing I was really excited for after the beautiful photography in No Country for Old Men.  But the fact is, westerns just don't work with that polished big-budget look, at least there was no CGI this time around to speak of.  There were some nice landscape shots, but I didn't really go for the towns/interiors.  This movie just made me realize how great the old John Ford/Sergio Leone scenery/set design was.  And I really missed the great music the old westerns had (especially the Ennio Morricone scores), the music in this movie was so generic.

Despite Jeff Bridges amusing portrayal of Rooster Cogburn, I'd say overall this was a big disappointment, but not too big as I've come to expect some pretty lame efforts from the Coens these days.  They just can't make westerns the way they used to, so they retreat to remaking the classics (3:10 to Yuma anyone) and they always fall short.  The last really original, fresh, and truly great western I can recall was Dead Man, and that was made in 95'.  Have there been any others worth a damn made since?

Vagabond / Re: Letter to Inoue
« on: December 18, 2010, 10:44:44 PM »
Just read this topic, I'm in. How should we pursue this? Write letters by hand and have 1 person on the forum mail it to him, or a collective letter that goes out to him online?

I'd say we nominate Griffith to write it.  He's obviously very passionate about this issue, and I think we're all pretty much in agreement about this whole thing, and Griffith expresses it particularly well.  Sorry to put this burden on you Griffith, but all you would have to do is compile a bunch of your recent posts/chatlogs, organize them a bit, and then personalize it in a letter format.  Then you could post it here and we could make suggestions.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: November 06, 2010, 08:15:37 PM »
Someone filmed Griffith last time he went clubbing..

Anime Asylum / Re: Old Berserk animation series confirmed: Berserk Recut
« on: October 09, 2010, 10:57:24 PM »
Have you seen Watchmen: The motion comic?  It's simply the art from the comic, with minor edits and added effects to give it a more cinematic feel.  The main problem with it is there is only one voice actor doing every character, including the women.  Because of this fatal flaw, I couldn't take it seriously at all.  But otherwise it was actually really well done, the music was even really cool.  Personally, I think that's the only way to go about a project like this.  Just cutting up the anime and changing things around doesn't really work, I'd prefer the uncut original anime over this any day.  But we can all agree that the manga is by far superior to the anime, so why not just do something like a motion comic?  Like this, , only with voice acting/music and in sequential order.  Only if someone does it, please God don't do all the voices by yourself.  Even a bunch of amatuers would be better than nothing, and still probably not too far off from the English dubbing in the anime (though I do think the English voice-actors are quite fitting)

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: September 21, 2010, 12:47:17 AM »
80s Video Dating Montage - pure gold!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Post Wacky Images
« on: June 16, 2010, 11:01:59 PM »

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: June 04, 2010, 06:05:31 PM »
Honestly try and get through this without abiding to the title..

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: May 12, 2010, 07:01:54 AM »
this video is beyond awesome:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: April 30, 2010, 11:55:10 PM »

Seinfeld From A Serious Point of View
A show about nothing. And yet, everything.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: April 16, 2010, 02:42:16 AM »
Gaspar Noë's Enter the Void clips!

unfortunately, I can't watch this right now (i'm ^ actually at work), so everyone tell me what's it like and your first/second/third impressions! Yay! :ubik:

I actually got to see the film a few months ago at the Sundance film festival, and I'm still recovering..  It's one of the darkest, most insane, powerful films I've ever seen.  I know it was too much for a lot of people, even those who loved Irréversible.  I'd say it's comparable to 2001: A Space Odyssey as far as delving into the infinite truths of life and death, and the psychedelic regions of the human mind.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Recommendations for Manga
« on: April 16, 2010, 02:32:42 AM »
Anybody into the works of Tsutomu Nihei?  He's best known for Blame!, Abara, and Biomega.  He also did a Halo story and a short X-men adaptation called and Wolverine: Snikt! which is pretty popular in the US.  I've only just begun reading his stuff, I'm only just a few volumes into Blame! but I must say, he already may be my other favorite (alongside Miura and Inoue)  His writing is a little bit far-out, but his art is so breathtaking. 

His strange worlds and the terrifying creatures that inhabit them, I don't know how he comes up with them.  I just can't get enough of his style.  I'm looking forward to diving into his other works.  If you haven't already, check out some of his stuff.

Vagabond / Re: How to pronounce Inoue
« on: April 10, 2010, 05:21:18 PM »

Thanks for the heads up, good to know.

Vagabond / How to pronounce Inoue
« on: April 09, 2010, 08:54:20 PM »
Forgive me for such a stupid question, but as much as I love this guy, I always wonder if I'm pronouncing his name correctly.  I pronounce it In-oh-oo.  Anybody know for sure? 

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: April 09, 2010, 08:39:58 PM »

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Directors to keep an eye on.
« on: April 03, 2010, 05:24:22 PM »
Gasper Noe (that's a good one), Spike Jonze, Gondry, and P. T. Anderson. I know these guys are pretty famous but they all have only a few films under their belt, and they are all great. Definitely worth keeping your eye on because I don't their best work is behind them. I wouldn't say the same for David Cronenberg, Jim Jarmusch, Abel Ferrara. Not that they suck or anything, but I do believe those guys have their best work behind them. Cronenberg is a legend, Jarmusch has practically retired and Abel Ferrara? I don't think I've seen anything from him since 92's Bad Lieutenant.

They may have their most notable work behind them, but they're still far and beyond most of the other filmmakers working today, and still worth keeping an eye on.  Cronenberg is still making very interesting films, despite straying from the body-horror genre that established him.  How can you say Jarmusch has practically retired?  Did you see his latest The Limits of Control?  It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I absolutely loved it and will not stop seeing his movies as long as he keeps making them (which I'm sure he has at least a few more to come before his time is up.)  Abel Ferrara is hit or miss these days I'll admit, but Bad Lieutenant is far from his last great film.  Do yourself a favor and see The Addiction, The Funeral, and The Blackout if you haven't already.  I'm still eager to see his latest documentary Chelsea on the Rocks, but it's hard to come by.  He's also apparently adapting a new version of Jekyll and Hyde.  You can't deny that isn't at least a little bit intriguing.

Now David Lynch on the other hand has officially stated his departure from making films, which I think is tragic.  But despite this, I have a feeling there will at some point be more to come from his strange, wild mind.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Directors to keep an eye on.
« on: April 02, 2010, 10:59:55 PM »
Guys that I keep an eye on and see every film they make, that not everybody and their dog already knows about, are Gaspar Noé, Lars Von Trier, David Cronenberg, Jim Jarmusch, Abel Ferrara... I'll list more if I think of them.  I know most of you know about all these guys already, but at least they stray from the hollywood bullshit that most people seem to flock to these days.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Post Wacky Images
« on: March 14, 2010, 11:12:43 PM »

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: March 01, 2010, 02:11:29 AM »
It got 89% over at Rotten Tomatoes. So could you tell us what's wrong with it other than it's not an action movie?  :???:

Actually, I did like it in ways.  I'm glad to have seen it (well, most of it), and I may have been a little harsh in my earlier statement.

It's the true story of South African president Nelson Mandela's attempt to eradicate racism through the nation's Rugby team.  For most of the movie, the focus is on Mandela and his method of politics.  The sport of rugby serves as the backbone of the film, but takes a backseat to the characters.  Then, in the last act, it focuses on the world cup and the act of Rugby itself, and turns into a typical inspirational sports movie.  You know how the game is going to turn out, but it just goes on and on.  It tries so hard to make the final victory have that much more of an impact, that it does just the opposite.  It's hard for me to describe, but at this point I lost all interest and was just waiting for it to end.  It's a nice, simple little film, and I enjoyed the first 3/4 of it, but I believe this execution of the final act was a fatal flaw that took away from the film as a whole.

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