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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 07, 2017, 04:14:14 PM »
I saw Get Out last week and it was good fun. The audience was totally into the movie and it ruined it for me a little because I don't like clapping and all that jazz. There was this guy who laughed a little too late after a scene/ joke and held it long where a bunch of other members of the audience laughed at it. Things like that take away from a tense moment. Outside of that, the film itself has a witty script - leading to some really good and uncomfortable conversations and it's funny in parts with a good, slow build up. It felt more like a Thriller with a handful of jump scares. I'd avoid watching the trailer if you haven't checked it out already because looking back at it, it definitely spoils some cool moments. There's a lot of information in either the dialog or what's around the house that ties into the story. Peele was meticulous about that kind of stuff and parts of the soundtrack reminded me of The Shining. I'd give it a solid 8 on 10.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: February 23, 2017, 03:03:01 PM »
I watched it twice now and it feels a bit forced. Anyway, I'm glad it's a prologue and it won't make it to the film, phew. Good riddance. Fassy looks a bit older but it's a good separation in the 'look' department of Walter (the character not out own Walter!) compared to David. So I'm curious to see how they handle that.

James Franco? Really? I've been keeping myself in the dark about everything related to this movie in hopes that it'll help IF I decide to go see it (freeze framing every inch of those Prometheus trailers ultimately made the sting that much worse upon finally seeing the finished product). Seeing James Franco here is a big turnoff. I genuinely despise this guy now, at this point. Maybe if he stuck to his own realm of comedies or movies that better suited his style he wouldn't piss me off as much, but does he have to be in EVERYTHING. The guy dips his feather in any project he has a slightest interest in and it's the audience that suffers because he's TOO well known to play anybody other than James Franco in any movie he's in.

I can appreciate an actor trying to branch out and show more range by taking on different projects other than what people know them for. But there's a right way to do it. Robert DeNiro used his tough guy mobster persona to make several genuinely funny comedies ( before he slid completely into the realm of bullshit feel good family pictures). Jim Carrey made some decent movies that allowed him to do both comedy and drama. James Franco, on the other hand, seemingly has the power to pick and choose whatever project he wants, without any method or science behind it. It's like he has contempt for the audience. It doesn't matter if he's even right for the part, if it's something HE wants to do, he does it. Ultimately, it's the movie that'll suffer, all for the appeasement of his bloated ego.

IMO  :azan:

Hahaha oh boy, I hear ya. I know a lot of people who don't like Franco for various reasons. Him, Shia, Tom Cruise and a few others fall in that 'can't stand' category for some folk. Speaking of Franco only, I actually don't mind the guy and if him being in everything is one of the main reasons for your opinion, I think it's fair ... but it also makes you think - what's wrong with trying to get some range or showing it off? Are you saying an actor must pigeon-hole himself to one or two specific genres or kinds of movies? It's almost as if you're faulting him for trying. I'm not saying Franco is an amazing actor but the notion you have that he should stick to just comedies or goofy movies and not touch something serious piqued my curiosity. On the other hand of my discussion ...


Berserk Merchandise / Re: Displaying Berserk Art & Merchandise
« on: February 21, 2017, 02:54:52 PM »
Guys :puck: we need more :ganishka: :beast:

Awww man, that’s one of the most amazing displays I’ve seen and especially because of the thought that went into the display, placement and overall arrangement of pieces. It flows SO well, hats off to you sir! I especially love how you showcased Gyakko, pretty creative! 

Quick cell phone shot of the set up in my new house.  Don't have everything out.  Was starting to feel junky. 

Incredible Maiku. All little Pucks together look damn cute! Moving to a new place must have been hella stressful with boxing everything and then having to unbox everything. When I moved a couple of months ago, I was asking DK how to pack some statues cos I didn’t have enough picture~reference for em! Man, it was such a stressful time, I don’t even want to think about it *escapes*. I still haven’t figured out or am too scared to remove the cape from Guts 1/6 and at the time of the move, I held its Styrofoam box on my lap and rode with the movers in their fan, just to make sure =_=’

Well, I ended up taking some pictures today for the AOW Winter Journey photo contest.  I had to move a display case and some statues out of my room this weekend because my heat unit needs fixing and technicians are coming tomorrow to install a new one.  So I figure, might as well take some photos!  It's been a while anyways.  Most of these you've already seen on my site, but always nice to see them in a different light.

My god, that display is fanfaaaaakingtastic~!! 5 breathtaking kits, 5 AOW statues and 3 helmets, such a treat. I love the fact that it gives the viewer a reference for scale for some of the bigger newer AOW statues mixed with the old, because we’re seeing them side by side. The height Tentacle Ship gets because of that sword is ridiculous, such a display-nightmare. What's incredible is that this display/ spread is only off the things you had to move to replace the heater ... there's so much more for us fans to see :isidro:. And, poor SK hahaha!

To anyone entering the contest, good luck mates!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: January 13, 2017, 04:35:19 PM »
My first film was some version of Tarzan but I was two years old at the time and obviously don't remember! My folks swore not to take us to the movies till we were older. I was eleven when they took me for Last Action Hero cos I loved Arnold.

So a bunch of movies in the last few months -


Finding Dory - charming and I'd recommend checking it out for the pair of whales who were awesome.

X-Men Apocalypse - I still remember that cheesy moment Metallica's music was on screen but overall, it was not very good at all. Appreciated Fassbender's emotion in that forest scene.


The Secret Life Of Pets - not too bad, this was a light date movie and I'd just watched Louie CK's standup the evening before.

Ghostbusters - hey I thought it was decent coming from a place with zero expectations and it didn't help I have a huge crush on Kate.


The new Bourne movie - eeehh, plot felt pretty weak, predictable and the movie was just loud.


Queen of Katwe - definitely recommend watching one, it's a story of a girl in the slums of Katwe (Uganda) who learns to play chess and tries to go competitive so she can afford a better living for herself and her family. Good performances overall.


Godzilla Resurgence or Shin Godzilla - this was a lotta fun but it depends on how you'd take the Evangelion influence because the music, camera angles, plot direction and a few ideas/ things are very reminiscent of the first Evangelion movie from the reboot series of films. So that could either be a good thing or a bad thing where it didn't feel like Godzilla ... buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut the destruction in the movie is just oooouufff, I loved it.


Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them - I thought it was charming in places you saw Randy Daytona on screen but that's about it. I thought it was okay at best, one time watch.

Moonlight - now this was a movie I was so glad I watched. Highly recommend it to all. The less you know, the better. It didn't blow me away but it was satisfying.

Moana - I liked some of the music on here where it made me want to check out those 2 songs I liked a week later and the story was touching. Recommended for a casual watch.

Arrival - I had a lot of things to talk about fresh from watching it but I never got around posting about it. The soundtrack felt familiar and in the midst of the film I realized I'd heard it (!), LIVE, a month before at a cathedral where Johann Johannsson performed and I'd gone to watch it. It all came back to me in a good way. I didn't mind the movie or the plot (felt a little 'eehhh' in the end) but I enjoyed the ride. The brooding cinematography and camera zooming in or out at the beginning made me a little uneasy but it's part of the experience. I'd go back to this in a few months cos I liked it.


I took up MoviePass which's a subscription for theaters, you pay $49.99 and you can potentially watch 1 movie per day. The catch - you have to book it through the app and you have to wait 24 hours before the next movie you book. So that creates a bit of a hurdle if you book a show today at 8 PM and then want to catch another show tomorrow at 7 PM. But yeah, tickets are about $15 a pop, so after the 3rd movie, everything you watch is free.

Edge of Seventeen - didn't know anything about it going in and it was not bad, not bad at all. Woody's character was the most fun. I'd recommend checking it out.

La La Land - great soundtrack, great cinematography, Emma was really good, Ryan was Ryan (woody) but I appreciated his dance and piano skills. All in all, this was a fun ride. The first song threw me off. And I thought of the SK.Net~ers living in California being stuck in traffic as I watched it.

Manchester By The Sea - takes the cake, I loved every second and maybe I just love depressing movies.

Star Wars: Rogue One - I appreciate the direction the plot took in the end which wasn't a kosher ending but overall, did I have to have seen it knowing how it was going to end? Would I be missing out if I didn't watch it? I think I wouldn't. It's fine that it's there but it's a couple of decades too late. Like Force Awakens, I'll re-watch this a year from now.

Sing - Nick Kroll's character Gunter was the best, I thought the movie was just OK.

Nocturnal Animals - stylish but it tried to be a little too intelligent or reaching at times. The end was fine and you see it coming. Cool performances by Michael Shannon (woot woot) and Jake.

Loving - watched this the day after Nocturnal and chuckled inside when Michael Shannon popped up on screen. Marton Csokas as the sheriff was damn cool.

Jackie - not bad, not amazing.

Hidden Figures - the crowd loved it a lot more than I did. I thought it was OK.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Time for Presents!
« on: January 13, 2017, 03:57:06 PM »
Here's a video of me trying out the hot sauce that JMP got me!

I don't know how you did it Gobs, I watched that back to back. The potatoes helped!?

I got my Schnoz package yesterday after a bit of going back and forth with the fellas at USPS but it's here! Mr. Flibble, thanks so much for the lovely doodle in the card (so much glitter I got some on me right now and it's all over my keyboard too ... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa~~~~~) and the 14 x 11 print of Skull Knight <3! I love it, thanks thanks and thanks!

Was this a painting you drew? How long did it take?!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: December 19, 2016, 05:05:54 PM »
Blade Runner sequel news -

The good - Harrison Ford will reprise his role. Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners) in talks to direct it.

The bad - there's a sequel.

I guess if Denis is confirmed it'll make it all the more interesting.

I don't even think that's necessary, and Ford's been over the hill for YEARS.

Nevertheless, news of a sequel is just plain bad, to me. Blade Runner stood alone just fine. The PC adventure game was a nice follow-up that was consistent with the movie without stepping on its toes (and also didnt have to involve Ford).

Official teaser for Blade Runner 2049 is out -

Denis, the cinematography in the teaser are a plus. Honestly I still feel the same way even after watching this ... can't feel excited about it but it's one of those films I'll have to watch when it releases. Opening weekend or not, isn't important. Last weekend I watched La La Land and it just confirmed my thought on Ryan as being such a wooden actor, he's definitely over-rated albeit the love for him within the industry and who knows if this might be perfect for him ... his expressionless face might just be one of those things that triggers the argument over whether he's a replicant or not.

Berserk Merchandise / Re: commission work for 1/6 Guts head sculpt
« on: December 19, 2016, 02:46:54 PM »
Good stuff berserkberserk! I like how we can see the progress of a smoother version of the face and then the potential final version of it. Thanks for sharing your process with us. Quick observation - the ears in the possible final version are too pointy.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Time for Presents!
« on: December 14, 2016, 04:05:23 PM »

Disclaimer: I didn't draw this. I just stuck a reindeer Schnoz onto a free coloring page. :slan:

That's awesome!

Oh man, be careful there Gobs ... that hot sauce has over 2 million scoville units. Even a bit on a toothpick will burn your tongue, so extra careful.

JMP - check out First We Feast on YT, I'm almost there in terms of owning all those sauces (this season) to replicate the experience.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 13, 2016, 07:39:47 PM »
so any fighting game aficionados out there with some recommendations?

I'd recommend the King of Fighters series, specifically versions 1994, '95, '99, '00, XIII and XIV. '94 and '95 are classic and they come with heavy battle damage per hit. These are harder games in the franchise. 99 is a more well rounded game with the best game mechanics imo. '00 changed a bit to cater to more combos and lastly, XIII and XIV have modern game mechanics with bigger (infinite) combos/ attacks.

VERY cool man, good stuff indeed! The shading effect in the last two or even the Guts one are pretty cool. But man, Grunbeld looks like a badass in that sort of rust coloring.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 16, 2016, 08:09:01 PM »
Alright guys, registration for this year's Secret Schnoz is closed and the Schnozamiser :schnoz: has picked/ matched who got who! PM's have been sent to everyone and just a quick reminder to everyone participating to -

(i) please send out your gifts in time so they get to your Schnoz before December 25; and
(ii) update the topic when you send your gift out so Grail and I know/ can tally things up at our end

If you have any questions or need some help, don't hesitate to contact me and/or Grail.

Good luck everyone!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 14, 2016, 04:25:28 PM »
Awesome JMP, glad you're back for the Schnozzing fest this year!

Quick reminder for everyone wanting to sign up. Submissions close tomorrow on November 15th. If you'd like to be part of it, follow Grail's post a couple of posts above or (for convenience).

Creation Station / Re: My Berserk drawings
« on: November 14, 2016, 04:21:06 PM »
Damn good (!), I'm sure you'll get better with practice and things will flow better too. How long did those drawings take?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: November 11, 2016, 08:05:54 PM »
It follows, it's the movie he most recently directed, was Sci-Fi, and was a big success with a major star ($450 million against a $40 mil budget). It would be weird if they didn't mention it, or instead chose The Messenger or something. As a matter of fact, it's recent success might be the reason he had the opportunity to do this.

I didn't realize it was that big of a commercial success! It makes sense then, like you rightfully break down. I was just going by what I felt about the movie -> meh.

It's based on a comic book from the 1960s called Valérian et Laureline.

Thanks, the movie's release schedule gives me some time to hunt and read the comic book.

While looking for the comic and finding out about number of issues, etc. I stumbled on this para on Wiki -

In 1991 Mézières began work producing concept art for the director Luc Besson for his film The Fifth Element. When the project stalled and Besson moved on to work on the film Léon in 1994, Mézières returned to Valérian for the album The Circles of Power (Les Cercles du Pouvoir). This featured a character, S'Traks, who drove a flying taxi around a great metropolis on the planet Rubanis.[28] Mézières sent a copy of the album to Besson who was inspired to change the background of Korben Dallas, the lead character of The Fifth Element, from a worker in a rocketship factory to that of a taxi driver who flies his cab around a Rubanis-inspired futuristic New York City. Mézières produced further concept drawings for Besson, including flying taxi cabs. He also re-used certain aspects of the design of the space liner seen in the 1988 Valérian album On the Frontiers for the Fhloston Paradise liner seen in second half of the film. The Fifth Element was finally completed and released in 1997. The importance of the four classical elements to the film is similar to the significance the elements have in the two-part Valérian story Métro Châtelet, Direction Cassiopeia and Brooklyn Station, Terminus Cosmos. However, Besson has claimed that he first came up with the idea for the film at the age of 16 which would pre-date the publication of these two albums.

Aaah, that's why it looks so close to 5th Element :isidro: ... it's the other way round ... 5th Element looked like this comic book!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: November 10, 2016, 04:12:20 PM »
Trailer for Luc Besson's new sci-fi movie called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets -

5th Element, Star Wars and other influences visually speaking. And it's weird the trailer gives Luc credit or importance for making Lucy.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 07, 2016, 03:07:25 PM »
Well, his character is a taciturn, grumpy, mountain man type guy in this movie. Here's an interview with him and his co-star.

He's so charismatic and the beard looks good on him. Thanks for sharing that!

Watched Dr Strange last evening and it was ... well ... not bad, not bad at all. Parts I loved were a trippy scene in the beginning and the Inception~like visuals (if you're a fan of Escher = wohoo this's like Halloween candy) that's just gorgeous to watch and I doubt it'll have that same awe~ing effect if you were to watch it at home. Godzilla too felt very much like it where the scale of the monster and everything going on fell flat when I watched it at home versus when I watched it on the big screen. Anyway, I liked the mystical aspect of the film and how they approached it. Mads I felt may have had more meat to his role but we'll get to see it on an extended cut. The bad is that this's like any other formulaic super hero film and if you're OK with that, it'll be fun. Benedict I personally don't really like, at all. I felt like the wit he brought to his character in Sherlock or the delivery of his humor was missing here. There were things around him, characters or situations, where the humor hit more than his punchlines. Overall, this isn't as good as Civil War/ Winter Soldier/ the first Iron Man movie but it's kinda fun in the first Thor category. There are two post credit scenes for those who're curious.

Spoilers - The dark dimension looked cool and I haven't read the comics or anything so I didn't know what to expect. Looked like a soft, fluffy, psychedelic version of bacteria or atoms or something like that. And the design for Dormammu looked pretty familiar ... kinda like Doomsday.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 01, 2016, 07:06:46 PM »
I always look forward to this time of the year. Sign me up!

Lovely banner Grail.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 28, 2016, 02:17:45 PM »
Just watched Hunt for the Wilderpeople the other day. I really enjoyed it. It has lots of quirky humor and charm. It doesn't shy away from some sad and difficult circumstances either, but it approaches them in what feels like a very natural and matter-of-fact way. The main characters are really likeable and human. Lots of funny moments!

Just watched the trailer for it and it looks fun. I'll check it out if I can.

I didn't recognize Neill! I actually didn't even register that was him till you mentioned it!

He isn't in a scary movie or doesn't look like he's a serious character. So NOT Sam Neil~like!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 25, 2016, 04:14:03 PM »
Alamo Drafthouse finally after months and months of delay opened in Brooklyn and it was amazing. They officially open this coming Friday but they've started showing movies and opened the bar up for people so they can test/ try things out before going fully functional. The moment you walk in, the carpet is from The Shining and they have amazing posters of rare old monster films. The bar is exquisite with a wooden wall displays for severed heads and various anatomy or babies. We hit up The Dragon Lives Again which's my second time watching the film, I wonder if I posted about it before in this thread!

The Dragon Lives Again is def top 5 of the Brucesploitation genre. Watch the trailer (click). Bruce Lee is dead and is somewhere between Heaven and Hell when he encounters a bunch of dead people that want him gone. Some of the dead people he has to fight are Dracula, The Godfather, 007 and Clint Eastwood. The very last scene is funny as hell.

I've watched Coming To America a dozen times or more at my friends place on cable/ TV and it never gets old. I recently checked it out on Netflix and the Netflix version is a sort of extended, uncensored version! Still fun.

My Mom's visiting me and wants to check out Inferno, so that's something I'm going to have to force myself to watch. And Doctor Strange opens next week. The Arrival will be a must-see because of Amy and Dennis. Hope it isn't disappointing.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: October 25, 2016, 03:45:12 PM »
Solution: Starting with Vol 38, all new volumes go on a different shelf. Then the spines will appear consistent to their neighbor :slan:

Not enough Upvotes for that solution to be given in less than an hour. I'll have to rearrange the series in such a way to have Vaga~REA~Aki~Dunk on top to offset the spacing and get a Berserk shelf going in the middle of the shelf. Then there's also the Japanese volumes and their new spines to deal with :azan:

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: October 25, 2016, 03:25:16 PM »
That new spine looks awful in comparison, ooofff.

I'm always lending out my volumes to friends who want to read em but I might have to get selective because if there's going to be damage, I can't afford to grab another volume that'll have a different spine in the middle of the stack ... 38 and on I presume will look like this? UGH.

Guys calm down just buy the whole series again.


You sweet summer children don't know the pain of collecting the three (four?!) different spines throughout Viz's various rebrandings of Vagabond since 2003.  :judo:

I know what you mean :sad: ... the only consolation is that the spines for Vagabond's Japanese issues have stayed the same over the years. With Berserk, that's now changed too.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: September 22, 2016, 01:31:59 PM »
In all black and white, simply gorgeous -

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: September 20, 2016, 02:35:27 PM »
Warning - the trailer gives away too much, you might want to stop it around the mid 1 min mark.

Passengers -

The film looks gorgeous but I can't get a 100% behind it ... nice nod to The Shining and Sunshine from whatever the trailer shows.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: September 20, 2016, 02:30:35 PM »
Trailer for Viking with english subs -

From the same guys who made the Night Watch films.

Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: September 20, 2016, 02:27:46 PM »
It's not too long a break which's nice and agree with you Walter ^_^.

Having said that, episode 331 and on up until now has been a treasure of information that I find myself going back to often, re-reading it over and over with puella's translations. This break will personally give me some time to read the last 5 episodes without rushing into em and re-listen their corresponding podcasts.

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