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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: Today at 12:43:24 AM »
Want.....to.....press.......spoilers.... :magni:

But really, the fact no one on here is freaking out tells a story.  Sometimes we over react with joy and sometimes we know right away we donít like something.  This just has one big ďeh, itís okĒ written all over it.  Much like the games Iíve played in the last few months (not you, odyssey!) Luke warm is not gonna sit well with my stomach.

I think over time, TLJ will be looked upon kindly. Hell, when Empire came out it didnít have a quarter of the praise it has today.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 15, 2017, 10:47:52 PM »
I enjoyed the movie for what it was. It had some glaring problems Could the dreadnaught chasing the cruiser be any fucking slower? Jesus Christ, come on.

The good:

- The atmosphere was awesome. I felt like they had the same tone as Empire, which is always a plus.
- The visuals were impressive, especially when Holdo hit the deadnaught at light-speed. The whole audience was like "Oh my God". It was awesome.
- Luke standing in front of Kylo and the First Order. Super powerful moment. I only wish they would have had Luke crush one of the AT-ATs with the force like he did in Dark Empire.
- Leia was awesome the entire movie. I think this is the first time I've actually enjoyed her character, actually.
- Kylo killed it. I loved him in this movie. I loved seeing the good in him when he took his thumb off the firing trigger. He still loves his mom. The dude is just the most confused villain in the history of villains. I can't wait for his redemption in Episode 55.
- Hux was cool, even though I hate him. Domnhal Gleason is my man crush, so that's why he's in the good list.
- I felt it ended on a high note. I was afraid they would go full Empire with it and it be a cliffhanger. Glad they decided against it.


The bad:

- The story. The most glaring problem was when Holdo just didn't tell them the plan in the first place. It could have saved Finn and Rose a trip as well as keeping the escape ships safe since DJ never would have said anything.
- The lessons. When Rey immediately goes to the dark side and Luke tells her, it's never revisited. I'm not even sure what the lesson was.
- Did Luke even train Rey, outside of telling her to feel the force?
- Luke's character. I felt like he was all over the place in terms of characterization. He was either serious, funny, or brooding. I still loved him for being on the screen, but old, broken Luke just isn't for me.
- Poe. I have come to the conclusion that I just do not like Poe. At all. All he had was his black X-wing, and now he doesn't even have that.
- Finn. I don't feel like he developed at all from TFA.
- Rey. I think Daisy Ridley is just as confused playing the character as we all are watching her. She's like Luke when he was younger, but just way more naive and dumb.
- Snoke. I don't think he's actually dead. If he is, then I feel like his character was WAY underused and not very menacing.


Aside from the bad, it's still a good movie. I will be seeing it again in theaters for sure=)

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 23, 2017, 02:46:56 PM »
That's pretty radical; aren't they going to release other games in the next few years? I mean, I also feel like there's no reason to get a Switch now besides BotW and Odyssey (or just the latter if you have a Wii U), but I also kind of assumed I was just ignorant. What about the versatility, portability, etc?

I have the 3DS, as well as every other console. Also, I'm sort of alleviating the amount of clutter I have right now. In my heart of hearts, I knew I wouldn't use the switch anytime soon so I decided to part with it. It's a great little machine, but outside of the BotW/SMO hype I had for it I just do not see myself playing it anymore.

It went to a nice home, so that's what I'm more happy about.

I've been playing Ni-Oh on PC (Aaz graciously got it for my birthday :badbone: ). No getting around it ó it's a Souls game set in 1500s era Japan, and it's really fucking good. It gets bonus points for feeling like a Vagabond-meets-Souls game, what with primary weapon options being dual katanas and the kusarigama. Definitely worth picking up for those inclined to both series.

Wow, I completely glossed over this. I just started it last night and was drawn in by how fast the gameplay is. Also, the story seems pretty cool.


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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: November 23, 2017, 04:06:25 AM »
BTW Switch Owners, how is Super Mario Odyssey treating you after spending some real time with it? Do I need to pay $350 for it or am I still good making do with my Wii U and waiting a decade like with these other Marios? =)

I actually finished it completely. After having done so, I realized I would most likely not be picking my switch up for several more years so I sold it. I don't sell consoles, but I had absolutely no problem doing so with this one. It had two great games for me (BotW and SMO), but I just do not feel the need nor want to go back to them.

As for my current squeeze, I've been playing Nioh. Bloodborne is my fave game of the past two years, so I'm wondering if this will take the top spot.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:05:34 AM »
Batman seemed ...lazy? tired? I dunno, there was a distinct lack of enthusiasm on his part, as opposed to him in BvS. To me he was just going through the motions of what the script demanded, and he never convinced me to care about anything. For myself, I was mostly running off sheer anticipation of seeing all the heroes fighting on-screen and how the dynamics between different members would play out. If I were to see it a second time I'd have nothing much to look forward besides a certain fight in the middle of the movie. The movie simply can't stand up to scrutiny.

Yeah, I agree on that. Afleck had a lot of hopes for the character, but I think taking on a multiple movie role might not be something he's into anymore. He did an interview recently where he said he wasn't sure how long he would play the character, despite having originally said he was in it for the long haul. If anything, I think Whedon's added dialogue pussified him.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 19, 2017, 01:47:44 PM »
Allow me to infuriate you by saying Wonder Woman was mediocre at best as a movie, and that its success rested almost exclusively on the popularity of the character itself and what she embodies (female empowerment) in a social context where it's sorely needed.

I donít find it infuriating. There were a lot of cringey moments in the movie. It wasnít my favorite, but I also didnít hate it. Like you said, it was mediocre.

Gal Gadot happened to be my ďboner of the monthĒ at the time, so I enjoyed it for what it was.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:58:23 AM »


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.

Man, I hate to agree with you since I love DC, but god damn I feel the same way. Honestly, to me it's a lot like Tomorrowland--I hated it, but I loved it and I can't explain why. Weirdly, I actually enjoyed Steppenwolf as a villain, but I hated Batman (complete 180 from BvS, which is the version I loved). Even Diana felt completely different in this. Aquaman was just sort of all over the place with his characterization, while Vic was pretty spot-on. Barry though...he was like a mix of Wally, Barry, Jessie and Bart in one. He was super awkward, which I think the intention was. Ezra Miller did a great job, though. I think they finally got Superman right, too. Felt like he was flying through blue skies again, like he should be.

Strangely, I think the movie would have been much better had Snyder just stayed on and finished. I absolutely loathe Joss Whedon, so hearing he had been hired to finish up production was a major boner-kill. You could tell the exact moments he touched up since he has to always add in some shitty one-liners or humor.

As I'm typing this now, the movie hasn't even made $100,000,000 at the box office, which is the lowest a DC movie has opened to. It's a shame that WB didn't take notice of what made Wonder Woman such a success and approached this as such. I imagine heads will roll once the weekend is up, because the word of mouth on this movie isn't strong enough to give it some extra legs in the coming weeks. Apparently they needed to make $600,000,000 worldwide to break even, but that probably won't even happen.



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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 07, 2017, 09:56:54 PM »
I love doing this, but I have to skip this year:(

My present to all of you is my undying love.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 31, 2017, 01:32:24 AM »
Couldn't agree more, Walter. All four of my kids absolutely love it. I think that's why I'm enjoying it so much.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: October 27, 2017, 04:11:08 AM »
Sucked into Super Mario Odyssey, everyone. The game is wonderful.

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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.

Avoid the fanbase for the most part. It's toxic as hell and kind of ruins the show.

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Video Games / Re: Games to look forward to!
« on: October 02, 2017, 03:05:02 PM »
https://twitter.com/koeitecmoeurope/status/914848449463496704

Nioh is coming to PC! Previously a popular Dark Souls evolutionary derivative I couldn't care less about (hmmph!)... that suddenly think I might maybe definitely play! Funny how that works. :carcus:

It's cool, but most of the bosses are lame.

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Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: September 27, 2017, 02:34:57 PM »
Bloodborne is the best, though.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: September 13, 2017, 05:36:37 PM »
Well well, look who's back...

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/j-j-abrams-star-wars-episode-ix-director-colin-trevorrow-1202548094/

Seems a good, if obvious, trade since Trevorrow's Lucas/Spielberg impression is really just a worse version of Abrams' and it actually gives this trilogy a symmetry like the original (hopefully not TOO much like the original though, amirite!? :troll:). Anyway, as lazy of an out as this seems I can't really think of a better choice. Rian Johnson could change my mind of course, or fuck up Luke Skywalker. Other than that I guess it would have been nice to finally fulfill the prophecy of Spielberg directing one of these things, but I think he pinky swore with George to never do that, or it's some ego thing of his own ("I'm bigger than George's one movie"). Plus, he hasn't been in his prime for a while now anyway. It'd be like getting Michael Jordan on your team but from the Wizards. Probably better to take the current All-Star than watch Spielberg make his own version of the prequel debacle instead of adding the fun or pathos you might expect.

I wish it was Brad Bird, but Abrams is fine.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 13, 2017, 02:29:05 AM »
Finished up Horizon: Zero Dawn today. Absolutely loved the story and gameplay.

Started Bloodborne, and already have died about 100 times.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: August 10, 2017, 08:23:26 PM »
Been playing Horizon Zero Dawn (love it). Almost done with it, and will be making my way to Bloodborne!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: July 26, 2017, 02:21:03 PM »
Saw Dunkirk last night. What a visual/auditory experience!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: July 20, 2017, 07:00:58 PM »
Trailer for The Shape Of Water, directed by Del Torro with Michael Shannon, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins (trailer gives away too much) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_GKioYh5lA

Honestly there is so much about this that screams Abe Sapien I'm surprised Mike Mignola hasn't filed a copyright lawsuit.

Still, though, I'd love to see it.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: July 07, 2017, 04:09:57 PM »
Just saw Baby Driver. Can confirm all the thing Canny said. Very good movie, but a little bit too long in some parts.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 04, 2017, 07:13:59 PM »
Been playing the DLC for BotW. The game just is never not fun. Charging the Master Sword to full power has been difficult.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 26, 2017, 02:01:43 AM »
My initial reaction was that at least his brother had the decency to throw himself off a bridge, but i didn't want to sound too grim. :ganishka:

I don't know, man. That's about the shittiest thing I've read in regards to Scott's career.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 13, 2017, 07:10:00 PM »
Griff, is it at the very least worth a watch?  I have a guilty pleasure for resurrection.  Covenant just sounds more and more like something to avoid.

Take it from someone who loved ALL of the Alien/Predator movies: it's awful.

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