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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: August 08, 2017, 08:28:32 PM »
I'm mildly enjoying this season with it's flaws here and there, more evident because of the writing. The pacing feels a bit weird but I won't lie - seeing some characters interact or finally meet after extensive periods is cool to watch. This last episode though ... spoilers ahead - I couldn't get to terms with how quickly Dany + Dothrakhi army got to Highgarden that quick. Drogon's a bit of an idiot to let that second spear injure him after he had a warning shot. I had a similar problem with accepting that successful surgery Sam performed on Jorah, who's suddenly cured ... how did he not die from all that swish squish kabish? The final moments of episode 2 made the episode worth watching.

Also, Go Euron.

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:38:49 PM »
Good input from the members who posted above, props to you all you mates.

Thanks for asking Walter and for giving us a chance to be participants (of the process) even as listeners.

To me, the re-read podcasts function as Admins (and the occasional bonus participants) laying the smackdown in a one time only, special analysis of the series, where there’s an in depth view of past episodes and volumes. I'd be lying if I said there were moments where I didn't think of a certain implication the way I thought it played out or a scene's significance or the expression when someone said something or an instance foreshadowed, etc. till the podcasts shed light on it. There were moments, I as a reader, knew of beforehand or from reading the forums over the years when a member would ask a question and it’s clarified by Walter, Aaz, Griff but with the page by page analysis there's also talk of certain misconceptions of a particular moment that are addressed and squashed which I love. The re-read analysis is such a good source for anyone if they have the time to listen to it versus doing a forum search and going through topics. It's rich in information on a different level, with a personal touch. The analysis on the first 3 volumes were some of the best in the series of re-reads because not a lot of people or new fans discuss it, they’d have questions of more recent scenarios or theories.

Then again, I realize in the real world it's hard to make the time to create the content and we all have lives outside the forum. It would be selfish of me to say “I want this or that” when I'm the guy simply clicking on the podcast button and consuming it - whether it's on the go or while I cook (when I often listen to older favorite pods), etc. To create this level of content takes massive effort. So as a fan of the series, the quality of the content that's being given to us and of the members in the podcast, I'm just glad to hear you guys talk Berserk, movies. I’ll leave the way you discuss it up to you and trust me when I say, I’ll be more than happy with the direction the Admins choose moving forward *thumbs up*.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: How Did You Find Out About Berserk?
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:45:30 PM »
Don't burn me at the stake to this, but it's thanks to the 2016+ adaptations...

Well, I never actually watched them, but I was motivated to read the manga due to all the comments about how Berserk "deserves a better adaptation" and whatnot. So I thought, why not try it? So I did. Now I'm here, wishing I had waited for it to be over so I wouldn't have to suffer the long waits with the rest of ye...

I think that this is really one of the few things good about the 2016-2017 adaptations. Regardless of their quality, they do give exposure to the series and also provide a way for the fans of the manga to express their love for it to more people, by contributing to episode discussions and making memes or whatever. Obviously Berserk should get an adaptation worthy of its name, but at least the current adaptations DO increase the chances of more people learning about the series. Though, if they were actually good they would probably attract even more people to the series...

No shame in admitting it, the silver lining is that you're here now and you can differentiate + appreciate the story depicted in the manga. This sort of situation was briefly discussed in the introduction of most recent SkullKast (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=15355.msg248919#msg248919).

Be sure to support Berserk by purchasing the manga and enjoy the ride dude. 

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 89
« on: July 31, 2017, 02:01:16 PM »
Thanks for the podcast guys, enjoyed this one a lot.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:54:09 PM »
https://youtu.be/fQIfGzhb3gc
:ganishka: ... that last act saved the episode from being one cheesy mess (sorry Jorah).

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: July 19, 2017, 08:01:14 PM »
Trailer for The Snowman, directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) with Fassbender, JK Simmons, Chloe Sevigny (stopped watching around the 1 min mark cos I was afraid there'd be massive spoilers like most trailers today) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8LttobzeQ4

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

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: July 17, 2017, 03:57:54 PM »
Yeah m, it's pretty tricky. I wasn't sure myself whether I should buy it or not. I'd be buying it for the art in the cover (of young Grunbeld) and the illustrations within. Can't translate the written text, so there's no incentive when it comes to reading it and if isn't written by Miura then I'm not really interested in the text. Walter raised valid points in his discussion on the previous page. As of now, I'm on the bend whether to own it or not.

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Creation Station / Re: The Art of Rapaz!
« on: July 17, 2017, 03:41:35 PM »
Looks good! I like how the brand sits at the bottom of the frame.

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Vagabond / Re: Vagabond Statue
« on: June 28, 2017, 07:36:59 PM »
Lalla's work on this commission was amazing and he's done a second variant to Kai's head sculpt (I think I have pictures of this). That head sculpt by Kai Studio was hard to find back in the day, I tried to get it when I first saw it but couldn't. Kai also did two variants of Kojiro and a young Musashi. I'll post picture sets of these soon.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 27, 2017, 03:22:54 PM »


It was a week or two weeks ago that I watched a trailer for a movie called Flatliners coming out this year, decent concept I thought ... trailer here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1S52y5ZVlY. I'd shared it with a friend and she mentioned this looked like a remake or the sequel of the original from the 90's. I hadn't seen or heard of it and finally watched it. To be honest, for that time ... this looked, felt pretty decent. Predictable but not in an unpleasant way. The movie's about a Med student wanting to know 'what's there beyond death ... is there anything people see/ experience or is there nothing'. He enlists three friends to help him with his experiment, which is basically to flatline for a certain amount of time and then be brought back to life.

The look of the film and the cast (typical of the 90's where half of them can't act - case in point Billy Baldwin) were sort of refreshing to watch for a change versus star-studded casts of todays movies. Dark but not as dark as it's contemporary Darkman or Jacob's Ladder. Big year for Kevin Bacon (with this, Tremors) and Julia Roberts (this and Pretty Woman). Have to admit that I prefer The Lost Boys over this one for the Joel Schumacher-Sutherland partnership.

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Last weekend I had the choice to either watch Despicable Me 3 or Baby Driver and I was in the mood for both.



Baby Driver was 10 or 15 minutes too long but it bloody ruled. It's about a genius driver who has one last job and when he thinks it's all over, fresh start and all, he gets pulled back in and it goes from there. The film's amazing on every technical level - acting (main lead is a perfect fit), cinematography, action scenes, editing + music (bonkers). The entire movie is like a mix-tape with awesome wit and synchronicity between actions, gestures and the music. It's all about matching the rhythm with every scene. Definitely checking this out again when it releases on blu ray and can't recommend it enough, it's up there with the best action movie to come out this year. Watch it guys. Had to look up who worked on this other than Edgar Write and the stunt director is a chap who also worked on John Wick, Drive and the Bourne movies.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Post Wacky Images
« on: June 26, 2017, 03:06:34 PM »
Skeleton and Griffith :ganishka:


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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 26, 2017, 02:59:27 PM »


The Big Sick was a charming, funny and heartfelt Rom-com inspired by the real life experiences of Kumail and his girlfriend at the time. Especially enjoyed the small details in the whole 'arranged marriage' scenario and how well or true it's depiction is and the family pressures/ expectations that come from it. Recommended and I'll watch it again in a couple of months on a boring afternoon.

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 88
« on: June 26, 2017, 02:28:45 PM »
Loved the flow of the podcast and the fun everyone had with the talk of the Grunbeld novel. Missed Griffith on this one but Gobs was a good bonus, well done Gobs (!) and good job everyone.

Especially liked the part where the discussion was about the design of the forests and that of the creatures. I think what Aaz said about the bold choice struck a chord with me and brought me back to visuals from the Eclipse and so forth and how, like he said, if Guts were given a chance to go into her mind, he would've seen something incredibly similar/ the same visuals. So in that sense, there's no disconnect between something Miura wrote many years ago to what's portrayed in the episodes today - it highlights the depth and brilliance of his story and his art.

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Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] AOW collection and possibly more
« on: June 23, 2017, 01:58:08 PM »
Serpico (non bloody version) was sold to Amigokw on 06/16, shipped on 06/20 and delivered on 06/22. I've updated the topic to reflect the same.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 20, 2017, 02:49:32 PM »
Thanks Raffo~ngetsu (combo attack!) for those previews.

Also, those monster designs... forget "phallic" resemblance, those are some straight up anthropomorphized penises with penis arms (I'm surprised they don't have penis fingers=)! Not to mention the Golem choking them out. Miura's not beating around the bush. :carcus:

Freakish looking indeed.

Can't wait to read the entire episode to get a fuller sense of the forest and it's design, with all those sharp pointy things protruding from the ground making it hard to walk or move during battle.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 20, 2017, 01:41:12 PM »
Thanks a ton Sareth, can't wait to read this new episode.

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Vagabond / Re: Vagabond Statue
« on: June 19, 2017, 02:50:27 PM »
Using this space to post updates for anything new in the kits/ statues/ figures.

Just found out about three 1/6 Action Figures by Wolf King/ Vivid Doll for Musashi, Kojiro and the one I'm most excited about - Baiken! I especially love this clothing and likeness. They're priced between $93-100 (USD) and they're 12 inches tall, which makes them totally worth it. Wish I found out sooner because Musashi and Kojiro are out of stock in some places I checked. Pictures below -

Musashi






Kojiro






Baiken






Some shots of them together




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Bit of an update ...

Last night I watched the first 3 of The Handmaiden's Tale. Thought it was decent with it's slow moving plot. What I like is the music but after a point, the main brooding theme gets overused a bit much. I think I'll follow through watching all of this first season.

I think the season ended last week, I'm playing catch-up and am two episodes short of it. My impression of the show hasn't changed - it's decent and the ideas are dark but I also feel like the plot moves slow and there's that small bit that's lacking to make it an overall good show. It's decent, don't get me wrong and I love most of the acting (Elizabeth Moss, Strahovski who has this constant look of sadness + resentment, Joseph Fiennes who's a bit understated and regal~esque) and soundtrack, it's just the pace at which is plot moves episodically.

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Anyone watching American Gods? It's been 2 weeks since my laptop died and another 2 for my new one to arrive. So I'll binge on howmuchever of the show is out by then. My friend who recommended and lent me his book a few years ago (which I then read) said it was top notch. So I'm pretty stoked about it.

Finally caught up on this one and it's good! The first 2 episodes I found a bit jarring from the perspective of viewers who hadn't read the book and knew what was happening. But it's atmospheric thanks to Bryan Fuller. If you were a fan of Hannibal (the TV series), I recommend checking this out.

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Season 4 of Silicon Valley finished this past weekend and it didn't disappoint. The show continues to evolve characters with every season and I think the acting went up a notch in this outing. A solid and consistent 8 or 9/10 is what I'd give it thus far.

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Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] AOW collection and possibly more
« on: June 15, 2017, 06:47:06 PM »
I already did pm u

Got it, thanks. Right back at ya.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 13, 2017, 01:50:50 PM »
I watched Wonderwoman opening weekend and it was decent. I appreciated the fight scenes and the origins story. This film wasn't about the main villain but rather about her discovering the world around her and what it takes to be a superhero I guess. Lets be honest, as charming as Gal is in quirky situations or action scenes, she can't act (her emotional range is woody) and the film's strength is in the supporting cast.

Updated, spur of the moment Alien film rankings reflecting my mood as of this second:

1. Aliens - Because it's been proven that James Cameron was the only writer/director with a good grasp on this creature, and it's still somewhat quarantined off from the current shit.
2. Alien - How'd the all-time great sci-fi masterwork possibly go down since two weeks ago? Covenant actually made it, and Ridley Scott, retroactively worse! =)
*. Alien: Isolation - If games counted this rates higher than the films below. It respects the original premise and the Alien is terrifyingly unstoppable again. Also, there's only two good Alien movies.
3. Prometheus - Doesn't even have an Alien in it, which is probably best for all. Great cast and visuals, bad writing, some good scenes, but all the movies below make it look grand by comparison.
4. Alien 3 - Great cast, provides continuity and closure, and has its own unique, infamous yet enduring identity and legacy. Remember when a bad Alien movie was a big deal? Now this one's relatively good.
5. Alien: Covenant - 5th as projected, there's half a good movie here about something else, but the Alien part ruins it and vice versa. Time to retire or infuse the series with some new acid blood.
6. Alien: Resurrection - When Alien first went from tragedy to comedy; I can't forgive it. It's weird how similar some of Covenant's ideas are to this one, maybe I should rate it higher... Nah.
7. AvP - Dumb vs.
8. AvP2 - Dumber

While I haven't watched Covenant yet, I'd switch first and second place for my ranking of the films. Totally agree with the points you mention about each film.

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Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] AOW collection and possibly more
« on: June 13, 2017, 01:37:04 PM »
hello there

is there anything still available  ?

Yes. The statues or items listed above are for sale. Please PM me if you are interested and would like to take things further, thanks!

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The first 4/5 seasons of the Big Bang Theory were fun to watch before they got very popular and it sort of became self-aware for it's strengths and hit them harder than they used to. I haven't gone back to it since. I found myself enjoying all of The IT Crowd or all of Silicon Valley in comparison, if we're talking tech-nerdy-TV series. Brooklyn Nine-Nine's first 2 seasons I've gone back to and they have the occasional funny episode or situation but it's not as solid and the first 2 seasons.

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I went on the landing page on my way to work this morning and realized it had changed! Wanted to give props for it and found this topic. Sorry I missed the topic last year.

Good work on the page, looks excellent with that cool image in the background. Love the way it looks on a phone too. For the old one, I'd have to maximize it to click on the forum button because of my fat/ butter fingers and even then I'd accidentally click on a different button sometimes.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Milan trip
« on: May 24, 2017, 07:50:14 PM »
Thanks Branded and Aaz! Cool recommendation CatBrains, I've added it to our list of spots to possibly check out, thank you.


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