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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 21, 2018, 08:58:36 PM »
Mr. Bungle - California

It's nice to see another one of the dozen people who like Mr. Bungle.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 07, 2018, 04:41:56 PM »
Tool - Lateralus
Aesop Rock - Impossible Kid
Transformers the Movie Soundtrack (1986)
Enigma - Screen Behind the Mirror
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
Kanye West - 808's and Heartbreak
Hozier - Hozier
The Mars Volta - Deloused in the Comatorium
John Mayer - Continuum
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: February 19, 2018, 02:07:21 PM »
I have. I may not be the right person to give an opinion, as Iím liking Marvel movies less and less with each new movie, but I can say that Black Panther is definitely a Marvel movie, for better and worse. I didnít think it was a bad movie by any means, but I didnít think it was outstanding either. If I were to rate it, Iíd give it three out of five.

Agree 100%.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:34:59 AM »
Finally playing GTA5. I've had it since it was released on the XB1 but never found the time to play it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:02:46 PM »
I'm reading the run of Marvel Star Wars comics starting from 2015 and the Thrawn Trilogy simultaneously. It's like I'm at different points in two timelines in parallel (extended) universes! Everyone knows the Thrawn books, so I'll focus on the comics.

So far those modern SW comics are way better than the new movies at doing new and interesting things with old favorites. For example, though it's a bit of a departure, would it surprise you that a man like Han Solo has a scorned ex-wife that's most displeased with him and knows how use a blaster?

The one's I'm reading are the first two Star Wars collected books from 2015 and all the Vader collection and crossovers therin (the "Vader Down" arc). Even my Star Wars hating wife thought it was interesting to see the moment Vader learns Luke's identity and his reaction(s). They also manage to credibly embrace the facts of the prequels and reintroduce them into classic Star Wars in interesting ways (because it's not just ignored or shoehorned in). For example, Vader being knowledgeable of mechanics and droids.

The medium provides the kind of slow burning deep dive for characters that goes a long way toward rectifying Vader's changes between the prequels, ANH, and Empire. I don't want to say it's actually making those classic films better, because they don't need it, but it's very cleverly scrawling in their margins to make THESE stories relevant. So, while it wasn't required, it's actually taking advantage of the subtle changes to the character between films. This is a lot better and more natural than the often forced ways the prequels and new films are connected to the originals for purely nostalgic reasons (which is ironically a disservice to the connection). Plus, that's all happening behind the backdrop of actual new situations, adventures or things we didn't see behind the scenes as opposed to rehashing the same Star Wars plot.

You basically get to see Vader fulfilling his official duties balanced, sometimes in very direct conflict, with running his own games. It makes him more clever and dangerous since he's been allowed to be since Empire, which makes sense because that's the direction it's supposed to be going, and it's a good one.

Yeah, all of the comics as of 2015 have been great. The new Vader series has been pretty badass. It takes place directly after RotS.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Solo: A Star Wars Story
« on: February 05, 2018, 04:22:23 PM »
Looks better than I thought it would.

Here's hoping it's good. Can't wait to see it!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: February 05, 2018, 04:40:07 AM »
I was unbelievably excited to watch The Cloverfield Paradox. I turned it on. I was unbelievably excited to be done watching it.

What a letdown. The movie had no clue what it wanted to be.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: January 01, 2018, 03:56:37 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.


What he said.

Iíve seen it twice, actually. The first time I had it all figured out pretty much as it happened. Honestly, the twist/reveal felt a lot like the one in the Prestige (people who didnít see THAT twist coming a mile away still baffles me).

I just donít get the love for it. And that is coming from someone who typically enjoys everything.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: December 31, 2017, 02:35:31 PM »
As someone that was hard on it at first, it was infinitely better than probably anything else I saw this year besides Get Out. And yeah, I'm talking about Star Wars, because for all the hoopla 2049 is the 3 hour sci-fi legacy film you're looking for.

Man, I thought Get Out was INCREDIBLY overrated. I enjoyed it for what it was, but I just didn't get the hype surrounding it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: December 31, 2017, 04:33:32 AM »
Sorry for the double post, but just had to share that I finally was able to see Blade Runner 2049.

Favorite movie of the year, by far.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 28, 2017, 01:27:41 AM »
Also, this shit's getting juicy:

Maybe all the cracks we're seeing from production to production are about to break wide open.

Oof, that's a harsh article. I lost interest in it the moment Ron Howard signed on. It has Justice League written all over it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 25, 2017, 05:28:24 PM »
Currently, I'd rank it behind TFA but still ahead of R1 and the Prequels (so, TESB, SW, RotJ, TFA, TLJ, R1, AotC, RotS, ... TPM).

For shits and giggles, here's mine:


The only reason I put the prequels above the new Disney stuff is due to the Clone Wars animated series. As I've said countless times on the boards, that series takes the veil of shit off of the prequels and makes them enjoyable.

Also, if you are in to comics, I highly recommend most of the new Marvel stuff. The Vader series have been fantastic, as well as the ongoing monthly just titled Star Wars. So far it's been really cool and has added a lot of stuff between ANH and Empire.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 19, 2017, 04:16:36 AM »
Second viewing made me enjoy it more. I think the first viewing was ruined by audience participation.

My original thoughts still stand, but it was definitely better the second time around=)

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:36:35 PM »

There's no powerful narrative force propelling it along, it's just sort of existing and reassserting its existence.

I've been trying to put my thumb on it, but that about sums up how I feel. Although I'm not entirely disillusioned, I just wish we had more.


but I'm not a fan of where they're going unless Abrams reverses course, "Not so fast."

Spoiler alert: he won't.

Hopefully we get an animated series that centers around Luke post-RotJ, pre-TFA. Clone Wars and Rebels actually feel like Star Wars. I'd love to see a Luke-centric series, but for whatever the hell reason the franchise continually shits all over using him outside of the movies or books. As opposed to the movies, I have a lot of faith in an ongoing series.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: December 16, 2017, 12:43:24 AM » :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.

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=)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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