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Thanks for posting this! I've always wanted to read some of the Gundam manga, but never got around to it. I'll definitely put it on my list, though.

As for manga, I'm a One Piece lover.

Is that the dude that wrote Lost?


Even worse: Prometheus

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: January 27, 2017, 06:08:11 PM »
These things aren't mutually exclusive, and having some ideas or outlines aren't equal to having a cohesive story and universe planned out, plus his claims have changed so much on this front, including some obvious contradictions and outright lies about how it was "always meant to be X, Y, or Z," as to not be taken too seriously. On that note, here's another thought: those ideas and outlines probably weren't well thought out to begin with, so it's not just poor execution of some supposed master plan if the plan already sucked and was just rehashing more of the same BS, but worse. And considering what we got, that's the most likely and even obvious answer. I don't think Lucas shuttled a bunch of awesome ideas to do some bad shit on the fly as he was actually making the movies.

As always, you sway my way of thinking. It makes sense when put like that, for sure.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: January 27, 2017, 05:25:31 PM »
He did not have a cohesive story or universe in mind from the beginning, and clearly did not come up with one during the making of the prequels.

Not trying to start an internet fight by any means, but Lucas had the outline for these stories written back in the 80s. So he did have a general idea of where things were going, he just executed it extremely poorly.

The prequels ruined whatever quality existed within the Star Wars universe, as did 99% of the EU garbage.

As I've said other times, the Clone Wars animated series is absolutely amazing and rekindled my love for Star Wars. I highly recommend it to anyone to watch.

Video Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: January 16, 2017, 06:23:10 PM »
That's what he's doing now. But buying the game a second time for $20 was originally more alluring than getting a new graphics card for $200.

Ah, I read it as him having just outrightbought an XB1. My mistake.

Video Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: January 16, 2017, 12:41:22 AM »
Never gonna happen unfortunately. That ship sailed with the Gamecube. And I'm fine with it honestly. For games that require actual heavy computing I have my computer. Funny story: my brother was playing a game recently and his PC is 6 years old so it ran like crap. He was desperate to enjoy the game and decided to buy it again on his Xbox One just so it would run smoothly. Sadly for him, it was still worse on the XBOne than on his computer.

Why wouldn't he just upgrade his video card? He could get one twice as good as the xb1 for half the price!

I've slowly been making the transition to PC and it's been awesome. Nintendo will always have my money, though.

Video Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: January 13, 2017, 09:13:01 PM »
That's pretty much what I'll be doing. THANKS OBAMA.

BTW: "Preorders of the all Nintendo Switch versions have entirely sold out at Amazon, Walmart, and GameStop." Ohhhh Nintendo...

The master edition of BotW sold out in three minutes. I didn't even know it had gone up.

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: January 13, 2017, 03:11:14 PM »
Seems consistent with the usual Zelda vibe to me. Voice acting is neat. Don't have a lot of observations honestly. I've preordered the console and the limited edition of the game.

Agreed. I preordered the Switch as well, but the limited edition has not been put up for preorder in the states yet.

Very, very excited for this.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your most hated words
« on: January 09, 2017, 03:28:39 AM »
Maybe you should hang out with a different crowd.

Or get off of Reddit.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: January 08, 2017, 01:45:33 PM »
Do I really need to see the Cars though?


Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: January 06, 2017, 08:06:01 PM »
I just asked him what he thought of the movies: "Um, I think I didn't like it. "

Like father like son  :ganishka:

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your most hated words
« on: December 30, 2016, 07:07:41 PM »

In my native language, Portuguese, it's really simple to pronounce, but in English it's a complete torture :mozgus:

And I'm really curious: you guys have trouble or think it is annoying to pronounce it, or the problem it's me who is not an English native speaker?

No, most people just end up looking like idiots when they try to say it.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Do you believe in God?
« on: December 30, 2016, 05:11:01 PM »
That's... not very nihilistic.

Yeah that's pretty much the complete opposite of nihilism.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Time for Presents!
« on: December 30, 2016, 01:41:41 AM »
Received my gifts today, and couldn't be happier!

Seriously amazing!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: December 26, 2016, 12:08:02 AM »
What do you like about it?

Enough that I'm excited to see it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: December 25, 2016, 11:21:38 PM »
Looks good to me. Can't wait to see it!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: December 20, 2016, 12:12:46 AM »
You think? The reason it got so long is I had to replace all the swearing with so many words. :mozgus: :ganishka:

Hey man, I'll take what I can get. I enjoy your opinions, especially since they do a good job of swaying mine=)

Saying one of the most significant and arguably best films ever made is second to its modern run-of-mill derivative, literally re-skinned in some cases/places, without explanation, perhaps because a viable one does not exist, is pretty inherently and inexplicably undermining was my point.

Like I said, I enjoyed it.

Alright, there's no point arguing taste, but don't you suspect you may only like it predicated on your enjoyment of the others, so it's a bit strange to be like, "Hey, this dour retread about kyber crystals is way better than that whole rousing mythology that made anybody care about this world in the first place." I get enjoying it based on what it does with the original material, but unless you think these characters and story are so wonderful on their own it's a bit strange to rate it better than the real thing it's constantly referencing. I guess I can take solace in that based on this you'll be quickly abandoning it for the next shiny, new "Star Wars" branded movie that comes out. Fickle Fanbase: A Star Wars Story; I'll be playing the part of the unhinged fanboy furiously typing this in his worn Star Wars shirt from middle school. =)

No, I don't think so. I went into this expecting to be disappointed. I wasn't in the slightest. I think I stepped in the wrong direction by comparing this anthology movie to the main episodes. Shortsighted of me for sure, but that's what I get for enjoying the expanded stuff so much!

Anyway, since I'm sure you're tired of me impotently ranting at you I'll try to put a bow on it; I think the main cause of our disagreement is you have a much more holistic view of the Star Wars saga and all its parts whereas I put a premium on the original trilogy, particularly the first two films. Though the first 40 minutes of Jedi alone are still ten times better than this movie... Sorry! Stopping, I swear!

Ah, see, there it is;) I'm much more interested in the expanded universe than I am the Skywalker saga (for now). I will say, though, the lightsaber flashback scene in TFA as well as seeing Luke at the end were some of my favorite parts in the entire series. Most others are in the Clone Wars show, as well as Dark Empire.

Honestly, at this point, the original trilogy is so deeply ingrained in my being that I can't even compare them to others. They're their own thing, much like Alien, Aliens, Road Warrior, etc--all being so good they don't really need to be brought up, let alone have things compared to them.

Finally, thanks for pointing out some obvious lapses in my explanation and comparisons.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: December 19, 2016, 02:19:39 PM »
...OH JESUS SKULLFUCKING CHRIST!! Seriously, dude!? Better than Star Wars 1977? An important, revolutionary, and objectively much better film beyond the geekdom-exploiting franchising that fuels the riffs on it like Rogue One? That's some truly circular logic (and you couldn't think about it for a week? Assuming you won't think it's the greatest movie of all time by then at this rate). The tail is wagging the dog; it's not better Star Wars than Star Wars. What's even the point of liking Star Wars to think like this? If that's the case, I've got some recommendations for local Elvis impersonators and Beatles tribute bands I'm sure you'll think are better than the originals (or maybe CGI Tupac is a more appropriate comparison =).

Anyway, containing easter eggs to Star Wars does not make it better than Star Wars, even with some hard, if obvious, realities put more into focus. Everything in the original Star Wars, beginning, middle, and end, is literally iconic, and the only things iconic in this, except for the sense you've seen it all elsewhere before, are taken from the original Star Wars. Putting Darth Vader in it for a few minutes doesn't make it better than the movie that invented Darth Vader and to which he is actually vitally involved (and CGI recreations of memorable characters aren't better than the real actors, etc). But step aside Vader, the real best villain in cinema history is here: Ben Mendelsohn's Director Krennic! :ganishka: See him not blow up a planet with the Death Star, and see that Death Star not get destroyed either; the literal point is it's all leading to something better.

This should all go without saying, but to reiterate, generic plotting and characters scrawled into the margins of Star Wars is not better than Star Wars, one of the 25 inaugural films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, especially when there's nothing inherently revelatory about said generic plot, characters, and action. Everything good about this movie is predicated on it's relation to the original Star Wars, therefore it cannot, and in fact is not, better than the original Star Wars, for which it is largely derivative and uninspired in comparison to. It's a video game tie-in level story. I know Star Wars is almost 40 years old now, we've seen it a million times, and you just saw this in the last 72 hours and want it to be just as good and more meaningful somehow, but how about a dose of perspective to temper that recency bias over the shiny, new homogenized "Star Wars" that you're mistaking for better how much more average it actually is? I hope I've at least provoked that perspective in my acerbic way, otherwise you might as well just say it's better than Empire too for all the sense this makes. Sorry to be a jerk, but that's just how I feel about saying this officially licensed reproduction is better than the original Star Wars. I mean, let's enjoy the ride down memory lane, but let's not go nuts.

Wow, guess I struck a nerve. I never said anything to undermine episode 4 or its achievements.

What I should have said is in terms of liking the movies I prefer it over the others.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: December 19, 2016, 02:01:33 AM »
I thought it was second only to Empire.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: December 16, 2016, 04:29:03 AM »
Just got back from Rogue One. Really, really enjoyed it.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 09, 2016, 01:22:22 PM »
Metal Gear Solid 2 was not good.

I'm glad someone else agrees. I played through it when it first came out, but it's still the only MGS game I haven't replayed. I tried to, but I got so ungodly bored within the first few minutes I just gave up.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Sign up by Nov 15!
« on: November 02, 2016, 06:16:59 PM »
Woo! Count me in!

News & Not News / Re: KochiKame Concludes 40 Year Run
« on: September 21, 2016, 03:01:20 PM »
Yeah, this is pretty monumental. One Piece is in the lead now as far as time spent at SJ I believe.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your Man Cave
« on: September 13, 2016, 06:42:23 PM »
Not enough One Piece!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 07, 2016, 08:38:31 PM »
Great explanation and comparison, Oburi.

Being a lifelong comic fan, it would have been incredibly shortsighted of me to even think the adaptation would be perfect. I went into it knowing I would have to take it as its own thing, so I never really had an issue with comparing the two. I still don't even compare them.

As for you initial comparison, well that just kind of flew over my head. Apologies for that=)

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