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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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 24, 2017, 07:45:44 PM »
Saw Alien. The worst in the franchise by far.

Oh boy, that blows. I was expecting it to be decent or at the same appreciative level as Prometheus.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 24, 2017, 07:31:32 PM »
Just read the spoilers and the summary (thanks Aaz and puella as always!). I love reading about possible theories on the imagery of this episode. Those creatures - super creepy >_<. I'm scared of spiders and seeing them just plop off the ground like that and attack them was just ... eeeeeeiiiiikk. Takes me back to those long legged creepy crawlies in episode 321. *goosebumps*

Could there be a possibility that the person Casca wants to see is either the Moonlight Boy or Griffith? If it were Griffith, I'd imagine the reason for her seeing him would be to ask "Why?". As I type this I don't think she'd want to necessarily see the Moonlight Boy if it were a contest between Guts and Griffith but I thought of him because that's another 'he' in her life. Hmmm ... none of that sounds plausible to be honest but I can't shake off the feeling ...

I love the way/ method each memory is tapped into. Genius.

In closing, I'll leave it at this: get your hankies ready for 351, people. :badbone:

I'm ready (I think)!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:30:33 PM »
I now need more than 1 hand to name good Bollywood films! The top 2 films i would have never seen that stood out to me were the Indian Rang De Basanti and the Serbian Underground.

Rang De didn't resonate with me, too pretentious. If you're looking for Bollywood reccos, here are some I enjoy Swades, Sholay, Guide, Zanjeer, Silsila, Don and Aandhi.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Milan trip
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:19:06 PM »
That gallery looks amazing with its ceiling art, thanks for the recommendation Grail! I haven't seen anything like it before, in person so this'll be a treat. I'm gonna push for checking it out. One of the girls on the trip studied in Florence and suggested going there to relive her college years and there's a lake either there or somewhere close to there.

Shootin' the Breeze / Milan trip
« on: May 09, 2017, 05:52:33 PM »
When it comes to taking time off, I get 2 weeks in a year (most times I squeeze in a 3rd week to take advantage of 5 sick days that I never take) and I've always gone back home to visit the family. I've been to Toronto twice because of family and that's about it. So, I'm kinda excited to hit up Milan this September. Why Milan ... because return tickets were $350 and it was one of those things where you had to pick up the ticket the same day you saw the deal otherwise you wouldn't see it again. I’m more of a mountain/ beach/ outdoorsy/ the less the people the better kinda guy but an opportunity to explore any city I won’t shy from.

We fly out on the 20th and leave Milan the afternoon of the 27th. I’d love to spend more of my time in Milan itself but the group I’m going with are more seasoned in their travels, some already having been to Florence, and there’s their take of what the trip should look like. We’ll be booking our rooms together, so it’s one of those things where I’m going to go with the flow I guess (?) … but I’d love to check other things out if there’s other stuff worthy of checking out. Here’s the plan of the trip so far per a mock-up of the itinerary the group came up with. I have zero input on it thus far …

Thursday – we check out DaVinci’s last supper and a place called Duomo.
Friday – leave for Florence in the morning and stay all of Saturday.
Sunday – leave for Cinque Terre and stay all of Monday.
Tuesday – come back to Milan or Lake Como.
Wednesday afternoon, we fly back.

So I’m here for recommendations from any of you who’ve been to or around Milan! As a tourist, I wouldn’t know if a food-place is legit or one of those tourist traps featured on most “Top restaurants to eat at in Milan” websites. Do also recommend any places within an hour or two hours of travel distance that you think would be worth checking out.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 09, 2017, 03:20:16 PM »
Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 was ok.  I'm a big fan of this movie tv series Marvel has built the last 10 years, but this one especially is feeling like those late episodes with more filler than even I want before the finale. 

There's a good movie in there, but Gunn writing this solo, too much feels like he tried too hard. Did you like Groot, Rockets quips, the one liners?   Cause this has them doubled up in a way that felt too reminiscent to AOU.  I would say GOTG2 is slightly better than that.  Kurt Russels Ego was great.  The emotions were more feely than the first, but even then over half of the movie gave me that "get on with it" numbing bore.

I watched it last night and thought it was a solid 6 with it's failings being it was now too self aware of what worked in the first film. I liked the first film more. Speaking of positives, Yondu, Ego, Judge Dredd and Mantis were characters I enjoyed more than the others. It was also weird how the jokes through the movie didn't resonate or fell flat on me with the exception of a few instances and didn't help how Groot was now met with a bunch of 'awwww's every single time the character was on screen. Movie going experience aside, I enjoyed the bad guy but spoiler ahead - the way Starlord uses those powers in the end with no effort or training against someone who's part of the planet and is doing this for a million years was honestly rubbish and unconvincing. I've gotten past the silliness of the dance-off in the first movie but this was nonsensical. BUT, hey, it's what it is and the movie worked for a lot of audience members or pals I went to watch it with. I also wonder how this pushes the story of the infinity stone or any galaxy guarding or whatever else forward. We get a bit of the guarding part in the beginning of the film.

Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: May 09, 2017, 03:04:47 PM »
Well, Slam Dunk has sold over 121 Million [data from 2014].

157 million copies as of January 2017 per an article I'd read earlier this year ^_^.

The other day I was watching a Japanese reality show about young people asking each other out on dates (don't ask), and a member of the typical panel of commentators that these shows usually have compared a guy who plays baseball to Hisashi Mitsui, and the entire panel seemed to know exactly who he was talking about. It surprised me, even though I knew Slam Dunk was very popular in Japan.

You'll hear a second reference on that show's Aloha version/ season, giving nod to another character from Slam Dunk :slan:. It took me by surprise as well when it happened in a "Whoa, COOL!" way.

Oh yeah, it's wild to me how that's the enduring basis of his celebrity; Vagabond has sold over 80 million volumes, twice as many as Berserk, and it's like nobody gives a shit about it anymore. He's defaulted back to being the famous basketball manga guy. I mean, it's understable given Slam Dunk's popularity, but it's still weird how transcendent it is, like beyond being a highly successful and, until recently, working mangaka. It's also kind of disheartening as a Vagabond fan since it's like his legacy has already comfortably solidified to pre-Vagabond status, like it's become a footnote.

You articulated what I've been feeling so well. Anyone new I meet who talks anime or manga with me don't really know of Vagabond, even if they've been watching anime or reading for the last 7-8 years ... or in the last decade to play it safe. Sometimes they look at my phone sticker or wallpaper and ask where I got it from, you know. It's unfortunate and it almost makes me want to wish I was carrying a volume or two on me so I could put to paper what I was describing to them. It's also a little disheartening to see some of his art in the last 2 volumes drop (while other details are still great like backgrounds or the plot which I know is slow and has been met with criticism but I still enjoy the melancholy and the struggle of Musashi at this point in the story), and can't help but compare it with how Miura's art is not on still on point but gets better or might I add, pushes the envelope with every volume. I'd love for Inoue to get back to focusing on REAL or Vagabond on a daily so ideas/ art/ everything else comes back to him seamlessly without much of a struggle or writer's block.


You're talking about Terrace House on Netflix, aren't you :farnese: and yeah I thought that was a cool, funny little reference, too. Slam Dunk is mentioned a few times on that show, including by a model who apparently reads it in her spare time.

Goddamnit Walter, you beat me to it and I was keeping it a bit of a secret for his sake. But we're all in on it!! :farnese:

Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: May 08, 2017, 10:04:28 PM »
Maybe we should organize Musashi and Kojiro Basketball clubs in Japan and solicit Inoue to draw illustrations of what the mascots of these two teams dueling might look like to promote the big game! :carcus:

:ganishka: aye aye! He was briefly in the US for a Lakers game couple of months ago ^_^. Ohhh yeah, he was also the brand ambassador to the Gaudi exhibition and took trips to visit Gaudi's works a few years ago before releasing the Pepita art book and two companion, smaller sized books.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: May 08, 2017, 05:24:24 PM »

Blade Runner 2049 trailer. Looks awesome. Roger Deakins cinematography looks amazing.

Here for the trailer. Just watched it and if anything, I'll go see it for the visuals.

Watched the first
Saul, Silicon Valley and Fargo came back, but The Leftovers last season is trumping all in both drama and comedy. Hard to believe how one of the few shows/movies to deal with grief well (most media do it so badly), has also become one of the funniest, just the intro to the latest ep, had me cackling like a mad man.

Been meaning to check out The Leftovers. Will have to now that you recommend it.

First episode of Silicon Valley's new season was decent with it's usual for every victory, there's a downer kinda theme. Didn't know Fargo started!

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.


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.

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: May 01, 2017, 06:21:46 PM »
I was also surprised that they didn't cut this part of the story too short, since there wasn't a lot of action. I'm shocked to say it, but had the episode been traditionally animated, it would have kind of been fun to watch...! :magni: God, I feel dirty just saying it.

Oooooo ... glad to know.

I'd been on the fence whether to watch it weekly or not ... but I decided to marathon the season once it was completed. I subscribed to CrunchyRoll around the time the season began and streamed the first 3 episodes weekly in the background, without watching it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: April 26, 2017, 08:30:51 PM »
It's Alien Day today and they released a Prologue to Alien: Covenant which I actually didn't mind watching -

I like the throwback to the original soundtrack in the trailer and Shaw's face has this uncanny resemblance to Ripley's. They've been giving out a lot of information the past few weeks and I see it on my feed but I haven't seen it. From here on, I'll go straight to see it on the big screen.

Guessing there'll be some chat about it, shall we make another thread for it? Or merge it with Prometheus and call it 'Prometheus, Covenant chat'.

Finally a movie for Invincible announced. It's my all-time favorite American comic, so I'm really looking forward to what they cook up.

Outside of myself and Incantation, I'm not sure anyone else reads the series here. It's written by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and it's arguably one of the best superhero comics ever. I recommend it to anyone.

Aaah nice! Didn't know they were coming out with one. This should be interesting.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 349
« on: April 26, 2017, 07:55:14 PM »
That exchange between Guts and Serpico was ... immense. I've gone back to reading it again and again and it's hard not to get emotional by it. Something tells me Roderick isn't going to get to die the way he wants to if or when it happens.

As always, thank you very much Puella and Aaz! I can't wait to land the entire episode in the mail and read the translation when it comes out in due time. Also waiting on the last episode to arrive in the mail.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Horror Movie Thread
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:02:56 PM »
Greetings boys and ghouls! I've got a new group of horror movie reviews to share with you so grab your crotches because I'm going to scare your balls off.
:ganishka: That's awesome!

The Conjuring 2 was pretty bad.

I'm currently watching Annabelle so I guess I shouldn't review it yet, but so far so suck.

I also watched The Midnight Meat Train which I actually really liked.

Yesterday I watched Lights Out which I thought was good and creepy as fuck.

It Follows. It's incredible.
Agree with everything you said above.

Skeleton, I recommend you check out The Void (saw this last weekend and was meaning to write about it), Raw, The Wailing (stick till the end), The Eyes Of My Mother, and if you're a Kiyoshi Kurosawa fan - Creepy (to me, it marks his return to form and I finally got to watch it earlier this year ... more of a Thriller though). IT Follows came out last year ... so I'd also recommend Green Room if you haven't seen it yet.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: April 14, 2017, 04:11:21 PM »
For die-hard fans such as myself, anything less than the movie proper is a teaser.
Ahahaha, cool beans! I think this'll be the last video I watch before actually watching the film cos I don't want to get spoiled.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: April 14, 2017, 03:36:11 PM »
Neat poster.

Watched it on mute cos I'm at work but it looks decent. There's some drama, action, explosions, running, BB, sabers. When it finished, I though to myself "Ok, I'm gonna have to watch the first one again before diving into this one ..." but the next moment, I figured I didn't have to. Episode VII didn't click with me to the extent that I feel the need to watch it a third time. I watched it again this past December after a year of it's release and it felt flat.

The video is over 2 mins long, why call it a teaser?!

Hi Sweval, nice write up.

Brett is an engineering technician and is the first crew member to encounter and be killed by the full grown Xenomorph. Brett is rather stupid and easily one of the least likeable of the crew.
Brett whipped up some cattle prods and nets to capture the alien, I wouldn't think that would classify him as 'rather stupid'.

Lambert is the umm, actually I’m not sure what Lambert’s job is aboard the ship, she might be the communications officer of the helmsman someone feel free to correct me.
She's actually the ships navigator.

Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: April 12, 2017, 03:30:02 PM »
^ that's gorgeous.

Below is a recent drawing by Inoue for the Kumamoto International Manga Festival.

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