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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Books
« on: April 28, 2002, 11:25:29 AM »

There it is! Book 6 got on my nerves but Mat always pulls you through with his humor ;)

Mat is beginning to be the only character where I dont yell out "groooooan" as a chapter starts. Mat's my favorite.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Books
« on: April 28, 2002, 10:55:09 AM »
If you want a really good read. I would recommend the Wheel of Time books by Robert Jordan. They are fantastic! And they also have a HUGE following online. I am only on the first one and already I am hooked. If liked Tolkien in the slightest, then these books will suit ya down to the ground ^_^

Yeargh... Jordan. If you can tolerate 600 pages of nothing before about 30 pages of payoff badass fighting, youll llike jordan. Thats his formula for every book Ive read of WoT, and Im on book 6. Its pretty painful stuff... But the payoff is pretty sweet.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Books
« on: April 27, 2002, 04:24:16 PM »
I love the Dark Tower series. Although, in my opinion it goes downhill a bit after the first book  ;D Still though, honestly you should read it. Roland is an amazing character. You only fully understand him once you get to book 4 though.

Im currently reading James Ellroy and hes blowing my socks off. Amazing writer. Its certianly not fantasy, but its GOOD shit.

Id also recommend anything by Neil Gaiman. My favorite novel to this day is Neverwhere by him.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: black swordsman vs. spiderman
« on: May 11, 2002, 10:49:03 PM »
WOW that made my day! WHoever made that is a total badass. I love the very ending. Walk...

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: MIB 2
« on: May 20, 2002, 07:21:05 PM »



Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Best RGP ever?
« on: May 27, 2002, 02:20:13 PM »
...and i still luv FFVIII. ::)
and i still think that it was a big step foward...
maybe not concerning the story or developement of the characters but as the game all together it was just great to play and i enjoyed going through all troubles with squall & co.

Yeah the draw system really appealed to me  ;)

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Best RGP ever?
« on: May 27, 2002, 12:40:56 PM »
Hey thats my subaru in the back there! Im suing for personal property infringement, ass.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Best RGP ever?
« on: May 26, 2002, 11:24:32 PM »
Perhaps so, but Iíd say stepping away from FFVIII in any direction is automatically a plus; itís an inescapable sinkhole of role-playing game mediocrity. †A completely streamlined, straight-forward, mass-market RPG designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Donít believe me? You need look no further than the simplified interface, paper thin plot, and of course, the awful, awful characters (with the exception of Luguna Loire); it was like playing Final Fantasy 90210. If you want me to elaborate on my claims, Iíd be more than happy to, but if youíre really an avid FFVIII fanÖI donít recommend it. †


Hey now. You can't attack FFVIII without adequately justifying your love for FFVII. There are several here who are keeping their mouths shut during all this "FFVII is great" babble being spoken, simply to make things less dirty.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Best RGP ever?
« on: May 24, 2002, 11:21:14 PM »
Best RPG or best game that came from the RPG cloak?

Morrowind is being hailed as the best RPG so far, even though I hate the hell out of it. Its the ultimate "role playing" game. But who gives a crap about that anyway.. most RPG fans could care less about that aspect. I and most others, are in it for the plot, or whatever the hell square does to their games to give them their flavor.

And so, Id have to say the best game to use the RPG cloak is FF6. Its still my favorite game ever. Maybe its nostalgia, maybe its true, who cares I love it.

Xenogears takes a close second for being the best story Ive ever played. Thats right, best story I've ever played. I hated the gameplay but the characters and development was worth the pain, by far.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: I just browsed trough the member list..
« on: May 24, 2002, 04:05:10 PM »
... and noticed how many registred users have 0 posts! I think nearly the half of all registered users haven't posted here.
Are these boards really that scary?

For a time, you had to be a member to view posts. This was done to keep certain undesirables away at the time. I have since removed that feature. Now guests can view without having to become members.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Episode II
« on: May 28, 2002, 02:09:28 PM »
Natalie Portman to Appear on ROTJ DVD
Mon, May 27, 02 12:48:09 PM EDT

Dark Horizons is reporting that Natalie Portman will appear on the 'Return of the Jedi' DVD:
MTV apparently re-iterated rumours that Natalie Portman has signed on to be a part of the new scenes being filmed for Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi - she'll shoot scenes during the production of Episode III which'll then be reinserted to the DVD release of 'Jedi'.


Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Episode II
« on: May 19, 2002, 10:44:53 AM »
I think we are straying away from the real topic here. Yoda kicked ass.

Pretty damned sure thats already been established.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Episode II
« on: May 19, 2002, 01:49:33 AM »
Well, thats one area that I dont think is open to interpretation. The movie awkwardly clarifies it with 2 facts: 1) Teddy's selfless confession that Sammy never had a wife. 2) the insulin scene you refer to.

Still... Teddy could be lying. Thats why i inserted 'selfless' above. There wouldbe no gain to lying to Lenny then. Hed just forget.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Episode II
« on: May 19, 2002, 12:35:37 AM »

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Watch the later Sammy scenes more carefully. I'm not saying that it gets simpler =). Lenny tells Sammy's wife eventually that the tests show that though the doctors initally thought that there was physical damage, there wasn't. Here's where it gets trick though, because you find out at the end of the movie, †Sammy didn't have a wife. Sammy's wife in the Sammy scenes is most probably Lenny's wife. Which means that any dialogue we see between Sammy's wife and Lenny is either purely fictional/made up in Lennys head, or its the real story, and the director is just playing with us...)

"Sammy should be physically capable of making new memories."

Which would infer that Sammy's memory loss was a psychological development. Now you can take that however you want, that's as far as the movie takes it. It could mean that Sammy wanted to forget things, and he drove himself to forget things.

My ultimate answer to the deeper Sammy/Lenny relationships (for those that want an ULTIMATE truth, which I really dont care for personally...) is that the whole point of the film is to question the reliability of memory. The director/writer intentionally leaves out key facts so as to make it unsolvable... that is, for the unfaithful who refuse to make leaps of plot faith †;D

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Episode II
« on: May 18, 2002, 11:33:20 PM »
The short answer is:

Conditioning is the answer for Faust's question. Lenny gets Sammy and his own stories confused. Lenny CAN use conditioning to learn new things, while Sammy couldn't. Sammy's problem was only psychological, Lenny's is both physical AND psychological.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Episode II
« on: May 18, 2002, 10:50:09 PM »

I've watched it like 20 times too. (O.K. well more like 7 times) †It seems to make less sense to me every time I see it. †

I have a Momento question: (I don't think this thread could be more off topic anyway)


Lenny's ailment would pretty much have to be psychological wouldn't it? †I mean, suposedly he had that acciden't and the last thing that he remembers is his wife's death, but he always is able to recite exactly what his problem and explain it to other people off of the cuff. †But if his condition is genuin and he really can't make new memories, he would wouldn't be able to remember that he even has this condition. †He would be in a constant state of confusion much like Sammy Jenkins. † Right?

This page says it better than I can:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Episode II
« on: May 18, 2002, 02:57:48 PM »

wonder if the film would work if you watched it backwards, since it is already backwards. liked that film a lot

Sort of... You forget the black and white scenes, which progress chronologically normal. The color scenes are backwards though. In my opinion its easier to understand backwards.

Oh, and by the way it is far and beyond my favorite movie. Ive watched it 20+ times.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Episode II
« on: May 17, 2002, 01:13:50 PM »

And if that is the best our generation has to offer i'm scared. I could bash that film frame for frame...
So could I, but thats not really the point. You could analyze a lot of what ouor culture sees as great films frame by frame and piece apart problems, or drawbacks. But thats not the point either. Trust me, I do the same thing, and because of it there are only around 20 films that I can actually say I enjoyed. And yes, the Matrix is one of them.

As for Episode II? Meh, I could care less.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Episode II
« on: May 17, 2002, 12:14:21 PM »
The Matrix had an unquestionably bad plot. ROBOTS TAKE OVAR TO USE TEH PEOPLE AS . . . BATERYS!!11@
Even a cursory examination reveals its incoherency. The science is laughable, and even worse, it doesn't really raise any ethical or moral questions. The style of the film skirts on puerile, liberally ripping-off Neuromancer and Ray-Ban commercials. However, I give it credit for some of the best choreographed shoot-outs and some interesting framework during the first half of the movie. The use of color also piques interest, but it may be coincidence rather than an intentional attempt at thematic chromography.
The use of color was no doubt intentional. Notice there is a blue/green  haze when in the Matrix and brown and gray haze while in the "real world".

 Wow, you made a real attempt to not like the film didnt you? Sorry man... You're missing out on what is probably one of the greatest movies of our generation.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Episode II
« on: May 16, 2002, 01:47:54 AM »

films are to be seen as cliche ridden polished pop culture icons

Youre giving the man credit where its not due...

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Berserk Game
« on: June 04, 2002, 09:25:52 AM »
An excellent post, Drachenfels.

for me to wonder and some else to answer. :P

The actual release was the 28th, but I dont get mine until June 2nd or something.... thanks!

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: post your 5 favourite movies
« on: June 05, 2002, 01:04:23 PM »
These are constantly fluctuating, but this has more or less been the top 5 for several months now

1. Memento
2. Leon
3. Shawshank Redemption
4. Traffic
5. Boogie Nights

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