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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: October 17, 2012, 08:15:57 AM »
Hahaha. Causing plane crashes before it was mainstream. I need to watch Malcolm in the Middle again - last time I watched it I was probably Frankie Muniz's age.

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: October 05, 2012, 08:51:11 PM »
The pacing complaint about Wind Waker (which I completely agree with), actually made me realize something I did enjoy about Twilight Princess. There was virtually no lack of content or glaringly "incomplete" areas in the game. While I despise the wolf/fairy-hunting segments, in the grand scheme of things they didn't hurt the pacing the way the Triforce hunt did. Also I think the TP version of Hyrule is a good size. It's just....a lifeless region. I know I've harped on this before, but the majority of NPCs are background citizens you can't even talk to, and they're all concentrated in one area. When has 5 people ever constituted a "village"? This incarnation of Kakariko is a disgrace to the ones we're used to.

It's a shame; the atmosphere in TP was actually really well done, and the dungeons were pretty good. It just lacked a living, breathing world worth saving.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: October 05, 2012, 08:41:26 PM »
Looks like the guy's thinking a little too hard on that one. It could simply be that he's estranged from his family, and that's a birthday ritual.

While the sandwhich-cutting one rings true for me, some of the others are a bit stretching. Like you said about the bacon, it's just him lamenting. We've seen it before, when Walt gets kicked out of the house. He's walking to his apartment and passes by the community pool, and grabs the net and fishes out a bandaid that was there. Just one example of him latching onto the familiar as he copes with the separation.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: September 06, 2012, 12:34:23 AM »
I have often felt conflicted while watching the show and seeing oversights like that, because it's a little off-putting to see the protagonist come so far and slip up so glaringly. Yet on the other hand, as I rewatch the whole thing, Walt has been struggling from day 1, in no small part due to his own vices and flaws. I would definitely describe the man as "ruthless", as opposed to "calculated."

I'm not totally bothered by him leaving the book lying around because in the interests of the story, it was only a matter of time he screwed up and Hank pieced it all together; it might as well be something this poetic (no pun intended). Besides, from a certain point of view, it makes sense that something like that would be Walt's undoing. His journey has been an interesting one; he's transformed from ignorance to a position of overconfidence and power. I know people like to dwell on Walt's manipulative tendencies, but let's be frank: he's never really been that good at lying. His chief advantage is that people underestimate him. His family and Jesse underestimate his dark side until it's undeniable, and his enemies underestimate his determination and capability to back up his talk.

It is fitting, then, that as we approached the final act of the story, that he feels comfortable in a sense of invincibility (Which is of course unfounded), just before his downfall. Walt's whole fight has been premised on the fact that he can somehow separate his "work" from his home life, that while he's fighting tooth and nail outside the house, he has absolute domain inside of it. Combine that with his arrogance and need to feel validated, to see tangible proof that he achieved greatness? I'm not surprised he just left the book there. He thought he'd won.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Hobbit (Movie)
« on: September 04, 2012, 11:03:21 PM »
The Desolation of Smaug? Ugh. Why does this whole thing seem lame to me? When it was first announced as two movies, I figured the second would bridge the gap between The Hobbit and LOTR. Now I suppose the best I can hope for is a complete rewrite that lengthens the tale and includes all sorts of Appendix stuff. I mean, really, 9 hours of The Hobbit?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: September 03, 2012, 03:33:31 AM »
There's gotta be something more to it than just "I'm out." I mean, certainly the show likes to take surprising twists, but given the direction the show's been steadily going in for five seasons and what we've heard from Vince Gilligan himself, this seems difficult to take at face value. Who's to say Walt isn't just lying to Skyler because now that he's shifting his business internationally, he'll end his local operations? Makes sense to me at least. Cover up all evidence in the ABQ to Phoenix area, make it seem like it's over even to the people who knew about it. Meanwhile in Europe....

The ending was nice, though I am pretty sure we never saw Walt receive the book in real time. We did know he had it, because in an earlier episode he picked it up and smiled. But I'm not too bothered by this, partially because I spend a lot of time analyzing the show between episodes.  :slan:

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: September 01, 2012, 12:07:50 AM »
Dark takes place in a larger and (mostly) seamless world.

Sold.  :badbone:

Video Games / Re: New Metal Gear Solid Game and movie announced
« on: September 01, 2012, 12:03:43 AM »
I'll try to sum up my self-important opinions on this rather quickly:   :griffnotevil:

-Metal Gear Solid 2 is underrated
-Snake Eater is rated exactly as it should be  (Read: wonderful)
-MGS4 was embarrassing in ways, but also good enough to be the end of it
-I don't want any more games in this series
-A movie will either be a disaster or, more likely, never make it out of development hell
-Give me Zone of the Enders 3

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: August 31, 2012, 04:19:27 AM »
Wow, that's some enormous praise. I'm curious if any of you guys have played the first one, Demon's Souls, and if you can compare Dark Souls to that one? I've played Demon's for many hours on my PS3, and I'm wondering if there's anything that this game does better.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 29, 2012, 02:05:30 AM »
I'm still hoping he kills Ted on a whim, but his remorse with Mike the other night suggests he's still got some of his old humanity left (ironically theses are the only circumstances he shows it now).

You know, that's actually the most interesting part of episode 7 to me. It actually threw me off a bit, until he started saying "this could have been avoided, oops, Lydia has the names."

It really makes me wonder where his character's going. You could really see Walter White for a few seconds in his face.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:00:25 PM »
I keep thinking about Walt's motivation for all his actions, and it keeps coming back to Grey Matter.
Why doesn't he just don his evil heisenberg persona and threaten that rich couple into giving him what is rightfully his?
Its the only way I can see him getting closure, and any percentage of 2+ billion is way better money than his meth schemes.

Because he walked away from it, and I don't see Walt ever crawling back to it. Even trying to forcibly get his "rightful" stake in the company from Elliot and Gretchen would probably be seen as cowardly and less than ideal. Heisenberg has realized that he doesn't need to regret the past anymore, because he can build his own empire. Or so he thinks...I'm hoping we actually get to see it go that far, before it falls apart.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 27, 2012, 02:58:38 AM »
Well....I think everyone saw it coming. Not that it makes it any easier.
Pretty sure tonight had clear evidence that Walt's pure evil now too: He compared himself to the Yankees.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 20, 2012, 06:18:18 AM »
2 Episodes left, holy hell. I have to wait another year for the rest?!  :mozgus:

In all seriousness, I'm OK with it.

I'm glad someone is, 'cause I'm certainly not.  :azan: We should be only halfway done with a season.
But yeah, I'm sure once the show is over, I won't care.

So possibly my new favorite reaction from  Jesse now goes to him drinking his water during the awkward dinner. So good.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 13, 2012, 03:29:00 AM »
Not gonna lie, I expected Walter to be the one to shoot the kid. You know, to start the gears turning in Jesse's head about what happened to Brock. Guess we're not that far into the deep end yet  :ganishka:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Dark Knight Rises
« on: August 12, 2012, 03:30:27 AM »
Yeah, whatever happened to that guy? I miss his use of the spoiler tag.

I think the last post of his I saw was like a week ago. You make it sound like we're talking about Pogs or Big League Chew.  :troll:

Video Games / Re: Diablo 3!
« on: August 12, 2012, 03:28:39 AM »
Well as long as someone else is gonna mention a Diablo-like game that isn't Diablo...
Check out Path of Exile. It's in closed beta right now, though if you donate 10 bucks you'll get automatic access. Most people I know who consider themselves hardcore D2 fans say they're enjoying PoE more than D3. I can't vouch for it myself, but I might go ahead and pay the ten dollars to try it myself. I like some of the features I've seen described, like randomized dungeons that are tied to "scrolls". In other words, high level dungeons are almost a commodity in and of themselves.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 07, 2012, 08:18:51 AM »
Noticed something neat after watching it a second time: in the last scene with Skyler smoking, she's using a coffee mug as an ashtray. The mug says 51 on it. Yeah, that cancers coming back. :beast:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: August 06, 2012, 02:17:23 AM »
 :isidro: HOLY fucking shit, that episode....

What isn't there to say? The pool scene, the "Waiting for what?" The cinematography was fantastic this week. And screw everyone who hates Skyler; her scenes are making me feel so uncomfortable. What good acting.

Is anyone else worried about possible foreshadowing though? There was a lot of talk about Walt Jr. driving and speeding....What if he dies in an auto accident? I'm trying to piece together how and why Walt goes on the run as we saw in the season premiere. I think the biggest question is: Does it happen before or after Hank finds out? Because I can't imagine how he could just up and leave without accelerating the gears in Hank's brain. Ah man, there's so much to take in and think about. I rarely react out loud verbally, but this show does that to me.

The ticking watch at the end...You can't help but love the blatant, but effective symbolism.

I actually have had a couple friends show interest in the manga because of the movie, as well as seen a few similar topics come up on other forums. Guess the best we'll ever get for Berserk are animated advertisements for the real deal. Yay?  :???:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: July 30, 2012, 06:05:17 AM »
Wowzers, the suspense is killing me.  :isidro:

I really liked Jesse's business insight at the end. Maybe you weren't included in Grey Matter because you lack perspective and entrepreneurship Walt.  :ganishka: Also I think it's kind of funny that they're cooking in an infested house considering Walt's previous experience with "contamination."

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Dark Knight Rises
« on: July 26, 2012, 09:07:50 PM »
If we are to nitpick, you can rip any movie apart like The Amazing Spider-Man or The Avengers (oh totally) but I think it's convenient to rip this one more because it's Batman.

Funny you should say that, I thought I was the only one who found The Avengers to be eye-rollingly silly. But then I've never been a huge comic book fan. Don't get me wrong, I've always digged superheroes, just not the majority of the mediums in which they've appeared. Whereas all my friends are hardcore comic nerds and know everything about the universes and lore, etc. I imagine for them, the movie was their version of seeing Berserk animated. "OH MY GOD IRON MAN IS STANDING NEXT TO HAWKEYE AND THEY'RE MOVING!"  :troll:

Now if we're talking about Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns....that's my kinda drug.  :badbone:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: July 26, 2012, 04:39:13 AM »
One thing that's getting me a little sad about this season so far is that when it comes to Mike, I get this vibe that he's being set up to die tragically at the end of the series. The fact that he's the most experienced when it comes to Gus's universe, combined with the incremental gleams of humanity/morality we see from him, I suspect he's going to be a parallel but opposite element to Walt's progression. I completely see him turning against Walt in the end, and I want him to, but I'm 99% sure he'll die in the process. And I think this woman he spared in the last episode will be involved. No half-measures Mike.  :sad:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Dark Knight Rises
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:27:54 AM »
I think people try too hard to read into movies these days, but on that note, isn't nearly everything about how we live our lives technically political? There's an important distinction between political and partisan, and if you told me a movie like The Dark Knight was literally apolitical, I'd assume it was directed by someone who...well, doesn't stand for anything.  :ganishka:  There can be a message without an agenda.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:16:46 AM »
Also, season 2 is very well done (only one they plotted completely in advance), and still my favorite.

Seconded. I think the following two seasons are still very strong, but when I got to the last episode of Season 2 and everything "clicked"....that was a wonderful moment.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Breaking Bad
« on: July 23, 2012, 04:40:28 AM »
Cranston's performances this season have been downright creepy.

Hearing him at the beginning of the episode when he's so masterfully trying to console Jesse over the phone, and then again when he breaks down over almost shooting Walt....Jesus man. It makes me uncomfortable how convincing he is.

"Consoling" his wife at the end this time... just, wow.

When he said "It gets easier", I think the fear in her eyes was communicating "That's what scares me."

Anyway another stellar episode. And we practically got 30-40 minutes of it devoted to Mike tonight. Anyone else want more of that?   :ubik:

So, what is this Breaking Bad thing? Seems like a mix of Weeds and Dexter. Maybe i'll give it a go.

Be careful. What you just said was borderline insulting; this is our territory.  :slan: Yes you should watch it.

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