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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: February 20, 2015, 03:43:39 PM »
Watched Dracula Untold a few months ago.  It was pretty fun and very nicely made, but mostly waffle, added nothing and had nothing to say.  The postscript, though, was so stupid I can't understand why they wanted to do it. 

Just rented Lucy.  It was terrible.  It felt like someone just wanted to make a movie of someone violently tripping for a couple hours.  A lot of the effects are neat.  The plot is so nonexistent it seemed like it was meant to be read as metaphor.  The sciencey twaddle was PAINFUL OUCH.  Worse than the worst Star Trek spinoff sciencey twaddle.  I don't know why they even pretended.  It would have worked better with the same premise as 2012's Chronicle, as far as the sciencey twaddle part. 

Saw the last Hobbit movie a little while back.  It was too goofy.  Had some fun moments, though, and I can't help but approve of any scene with Thranduil in it.  (Unfortunately for all the Hobbit movies, Martin Freeman bugs the ever livin' heck out of me, so I can't enjoy it when he's playing characters you aren't supposed to hate.  All his screen time as Bilbo was just like UGH IT'S MARTIN FREEMAN PLAYING BILBO AS A LITTLE FUSSY PRICK.  Now I understand Bilbo *is* a little bit of a fussy prick at times, but not THAT fucken' much.)

Also went to see Jupiter Ascending, and it was a lot of fun and a visual treat.  Probably too silly for people who do not like silly things to happen in epic looking movies.  The villains were pretty weak, though.  They did pack a lot of style into them but they didn't grab me.  Considering how epically evil they were - well, I know half the point was that it was casual epic evil, but still.  They didn't sell it much. 

Just got back from Kingsman: The Secret Service, which was also very fun.  I couldn't really get all the way on board with Sam Jackson's character but it looked like he (and everyone) was having fun making the movie anyways and I like that kind of thing.  There's a berserk massacre in a church that really just straight up amazed me.  I'm not gonna say they walked a fine line, exactly, with the tone, but IMO they found a great mood for the whole movie, self-aware without losing all the suspense.  I noticed Dave Gibbons' name in the credits, and it turns out it's loosely based on a comic book by him and Mark Millar. 

I really liked Mark Strong in it, who I'd just seen in The Imitation Game, which was also pretty solid, though I have a feeling if I was British I'd be....  Oh my god, Keira Knightley is ACTUALLY ENGLISH?  I...  This whole time I thought she was American faking an accent.  Nevermind.  Anyway, Imitation Game is good enough that even though Cumberbatch bugs me, I managed to forget to be annoyed by his presence. 

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:57:03 PM »
Really?  More than Jodie Foster's extra terrible performance?   :troll:  Well, OK.

I do like the look of Chappie but I can't look at it without thinking of Short Circuit.

Creation Station / Re: GummySkull's colors and fanart
« on: December 17, 2014, 06:29:16 PM »
Agreed w/ the others, very attractive shading, works nicely with the inks, maybe try find some more specular hotspots for Puck's light to reflect off.  Great work, thanks for sharing it here!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: December 08, 2014, 05:43:51 PM »
Yeah, Avatar was fun to look at but a total puff piece.

T2 was my favorite fucken thing ever when it came out.  I was 14 and that movie was PERFECT.  I must have watched it a hundred times.  The badassery level of T2 Sarah Connor was everything I wanted in a movie as a lil 14 yr old girl.  It was (and is) so rare to see a movie badass who wasn't even slightly vamped up.  It's less perfect now but nothing can really dent how much I love it. 

Loved Alien/s for again not vamping up the lady badasses.  Come to think of it, Aliens and T2 both had that nice 1-2 punch of butch badass ladies and quietly badass androids.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Grail and I Got Married!
« on: November 16, 2014, 02:56:51 PM »
Oh my gosh!  Congratulations you lovely people!!  <3

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Horror Movie Thread
« on: November 03, 2014, 02:16:49 PM »
The weirdest thing about Hellseeker is that there's some deleted scenes on the DVD that are head and shoulders better than anything they put in the actual movie.  Like some actual halfway interesting banterous scenes between Kirsty and Pinhead. 

I've had the chance to hang out with Doug Bradley a few times and he seems like a really great guy who is as disappointed as the fans are that none of the film guys seem to be able to figure out how to do anything interesting with the franchise.

I also rewatched the first one after a million years and finally realised where I'd seen that guy before!  Andy Robinson, who plays Frank, is the fan-favorite Cardassian tailor, Garak, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:58:20 PM »
It's a feral ram whose territory includes this guy's property.  The guy looks after it and takes care of its kid.  And harasses it with quadcopters.

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: October 08, 2014, 04:02:32 PM »
Thanks guys!  Yeah, I had a lot of fun digging back into Grunbeld.  It's a really dense scene and I was so happy when it started looking like I imagined it sounding.  The glowing embers really made it pop.

You guys are right about the darker one being in better continuity with the story and tone.  I think I like the lighter one better on its own, but it's more sort of the Weeki Wachee Springs version. 

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Fav werewolf movie
« on: October 08, 2014, 01:03:13 AM »
I like Dog Soldiers a lot.  It loses some steam and originality towards the end but for most of the movie it just seems like absolutely everyone is into it and doing a good damn job and I really dig that kind of energy. 

There was a saturday morning cartoon based on Teen Wolf.  It was my favorite show when I was nine.

That would require anyone here being sufficiently hung up on popularity to cause drama. 

Creation Station / Re: Lith's colors & tutorials
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:17:58 PM »
ONE YEAR LATER!!!   Thanks you guys.  <3

OK, my gallery died again a little while ago when the raid array it was on violently exploded, but I've just got it mostly working again ( AND uploaded a couple new colors!

First I revised an old color of Grunbeld's group of great big apostles stomping on burnt Ganishka gore flower monsters:

And here's a new one, the Merrows rescuing Guts.  I ended up with two versions and I can't seem to decide which I like better.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 337
« on: October 06, 2014, 03:43:29 PM »
Stuff like this makes me want to photoshop Rakshas hiding in somebody's armpit into every episode.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: It Came From The Internet
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:18:03 PM »
Also it appears we're not the only ones who haven't been baptized in menstrual blood.

Aaaahaha.  Yeah...  The one thing that gets up my nose as far as gender presentation is people who speak about specific equipment as though they were actual owners of it.  I don't care if you are a boy without a cock but if I am under the impression that you have one, and I ask you what it this or that is like, for fuck's sake don't answer the fucking question, just tell me it's too personal or something please.  And I don't care if you are a woman who has never menstruated, but please don't use the oceans of blood cred when you have never done the oceans of blood thing.  It's not like you aren't a real woman if you don't occasionally yell about the latest pair of panties your loins have ruined.  Like if I adopted a kid, I'd be a mother, but I'd have to have some serious balls to pull the agony of childbirth card just because I felt like it was a standard part of the motherhood package.

I agree, more glimpses of other Berserk universe countries would be awesome.  (I've mentioned it before, and I know it's really out of scope for the series, but I often find myself wondering what's going on in the Berserk-universe's South and Central America-analogue during all of this.)

Between this and Acetone's kit it leaves me wondering what's so tough about this image to get right in 3D.  Acetone's skull is a heck of a lot closer to the design but neither of them look like they try hardly at all to match the rose briars or the way the skull is shattered.

News & Not News / Re: Robin Williams passes away at 63
« on: August 12, 2014, 05:30:46 PM »
My condolences. 

Well said.

Excellent, thanks for the walkthrough Aaz!

Incidentally, does anyone know what exactly the 一気読み! "read gulp" edition is?  It looks like it's just a digital repackaging of a couple volumes together? 

Aaaha!  Yeah Justin Roiland has made like half a million cartoon pitches with varying degrees of seriousness.  He describes the creation of these characters thusly:

"At the time (October 2006) I had nothing to lose and my original intention was to call this "back to the future: the new official universal studios cartoon featuring the new Doc Brown and Marty McFly" and then I'd just sit back and wait for a letter from their lawyers to arrive. That's actually why it's so filthy."

Oh my holy crap they made a SHOW out of Doc and Mharti?  BRB laughing forever

I'm a big huge ridiculous Doctor Who fan, though more of Doctors One thru Eight than Nine and up.  I've enjoyed a fair few episodes of the new stuff but yes, it does stumble and lose itself in faffing around quite a lot.  I think they've just had a hard time finding the sweet spot of being a kid's show that is also awesome, instead of being really dumb or really over the top 'cool' and 'epic'.  A really lot of them suffer really badly from just being way way way over-epic in a way that might possibly work if I was actually still a kid but as a grownup I am just like OMG Doctor no stop, plot, stop, companions, stop, sheesh.  It's a typical problem of the show that they keep bringing in actors I'm really excited to see but then everything is so epic serious that it's silly and I can't really enjoy it.  And Ten's tantrums as he's leaving the show were just embarrassing, and none of the fans I know can figure out why they decided to write him that way.  I have really enjoyed a lot of the recurring side characters they've thrown in in the last season or two, though the episodes themselves haven't been all that strong IMO. 

But enough complaining!  For Nine, I enjoyed The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances.  For Ten, I liked The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, and Midnight.  Eleven gets Vincent and the Doctor, Asylum of the Daleks, and Hide. 

To be honest, most of my Doctor Who fandom these days is tied up in the audio dramas, which are also hit and miss, but there's so many of them that there are absolutely tons of great ones.

Speculation Nation / Re: If the God Hand was killed
« on: July 19, 2014, 06:08:37 PM »

Indeed there must be at least several people that were destined to make themselves giants in the course of history or who could be nudged into notoriety but whose paths simply did not pique the God Hand's recruiting interest for whatever reason.  They chose and manipulated into place exactly whom they intended to.  What's the point in being an evil mastermind at the center of an infinite web of manipulation if you don't make the effort to bring it off with maximum panache? 

But I'm not sure what your question is exactly now.  If they are on a schedule of one every 216 years then it takes a thousand-ish years to get five. 

You seem to be asking, if the evil forces in the world are so powerful and can manipulate the world so, why have they not already won waaaaayyy back when?  I don't know but my guess would be that a) the slow suffering of the world is cool with it/them, and watching everything play out is satisfying in itself and/or b) the world wants a reason for its suffering, but it wants the reason to be cool and epic.

Speculation Nation / Re: If the God Hand was killed
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:26:01 PM »
It's not like they're on a schedule.  If you need a thousand years to get the five most awesome beings, you take a thousand years to get the five most awesome beings.  They're recruiting Alexander the Great, not Alexander the Pretty Good.

An interesting cut.  I like Reigan's full walkthrough subs quite a lot:

Podcast / Re: The FloraCast: Women's Berserk discussion
« on: July 18, 2014, 07:07:40 PM »
I like to point out that I am a female and I had thought these things, but as I recall during your pod cast you attributed these comments (or at least the sentiments) to the general male berserk fan, and "not getting it" do to their maleness. Well let me say that I am a female fan and I do "get it" as far as female sexuality goes but there is a big difference between real life, how female sexuality is depicted in media as well as the social assumptions that go along with female sexuality morality, and how it is often depicted  in male targeted audiences.

I was assuming anyone who would confuse arousal with enjoyment or who would publicly support the idea that showing arousal was probably intended to make the scene ambiguous would be a guy, or someone unfamiliar with the current state of understanding of female sexuality.   But you make a good point that even if the reader does have a solid grasp on female sexuality, that doesn't mean the reader assumes the author has one.  However, I think you are being uncharitable to Miura to assume that because it's a trope of hentai to depict any arousal a rape victim may experience as 'enjoying it,' that's what was intended in Berserk. 

I do think the sparkles etc were clearly intended to show a physical response but I do not think the physical response was intended to introduce any ambiguity into the situation.  If the movie's dev team or any other reader misinterprets physical response as ambiguity, even if it's just due to following whatever passes for expected social convention in manga, that is their problem.   

(As I said in the podcast, on second thought I would have figured guys would have a pretty good chance of knowing that physical arousal does not equal 'wanting it' or 'enjoying it', so I'm not sure who to blame for the misunderstanding on that particular issue, besides social convention.)

Podcast / Re: The FloraCast: Women's Berserk discussion
« on: July 18, 2014, 06:30:36 PM »
Hello everybody, I am a new forum member. Well, I have been lurking and listening to the podcasts for about 2 years but let's forget about that lol.


Quote from: fyuturistic
I have rarely seen anybody  talking about how she will react to the idea of having had a child with Guts,  the thought of the child being corrupted by Griffith during the rape, and especially the notion of it still existing within Griffith's reincarnated body.

Some big issues that will certainly be fascinating to see when Miura tackles them.  The question of what exactly Casca & Guts' kid IS now, and what he will mean to them (and to Saviour Mode Griffith), has got to be the main driver of the overall plot in the story at this point.  Casca's got a lot to work through and a lot she could potentially misplace blame for...  But I personally figure, at the end of the day, Griffith just plain chose to dick them all over in the end rather than live as an invalid, and the blame lies with Fate and the God Hand's manipulation of it for getting everyone to that point and Griff for pushing the shiny red button.  Hopefully Casca will similarly find fault mainly outside of herself. 

I've never put much stock in the idea that Casca would oppose Guts' ambition for vengeance out of any lingering affection for Griffith.  But the idea that she'd oppose it if it turned out it'd kill her and Guts' kid too, well, that's the can of worms I fully expect to see play out in the story.   

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