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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
« on: April 07, 2016, 02:03:01 PM »
Looks great. JEJ is still alive, so maybe Vader will be in this movie. It would be a shame if he wasn't.

Also, the cinematography looks amazing.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 25, 2016, 01:43:16 AM »
Alright, just got back from BvS. I enjoyed it, with very little to gripe about.

As I expected most of the reviews are just nitpicking the shit out of Snyder.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: March 24, 2016, 07:43:55 PM »
There's no possibility it could just be a bad movie or that fans would in turn try to rationalize that away (it's not like you already declared you'll like it! =)? And I don't think the critics are just going with the flow at the expense of a film they actually know to be secretly good. It's not like they didn't give a fair shake to other comic book movies like The Dark Knight Trilogy, Avengers and the MCU really, X-Men, Deadpool, etc (or other pop genre fiction like Star Wars for that matter, which was welcomed with open arms). Was the new Fantastic 4 unfairly tarnished or was it just bad? It's not like this film is immune to that because Batman and Superman are in it. Anyway, here's hoping it's just a worse Age of Ultron (overly long, complicated, launching pad for other movies with some redeeming characters and elements), and not a modern Batman & RobinSuperman.

I feel like I need to state this, albeit obvious: I'm going in for the visuals, not the story. Like I do every Snyder movie. I have enough good DC stories to keep me entertained. MoS was a super visceral movie, but they completely missed the mark on the character. It was an awesome movie, but a fucking shitshow of a Superman movie.

I have no doubts BvS is going to be the same way, aside from Affleck portraying Batman (apparently he's awesome, which doesn't surprise me since he's been a fan since he was a kid).


Case in point on MoS being a shitshow of a Superman movie:

The article basically sums up that Snyder has and never will get characters and their established history. I hope to whoever the fuck is listening that they take him off of Justice League.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: March 24, 2016, 05:21:07 PM »
Fun rundown of the previous Batman and Superman films ranked by tomatometer rating:

So, according to this scale, Batman V Superman falls somewhere between Batman: Forever and Superman III. Well... I'm still excited! :troll:

At this point it's all bandwagon reaction. Close friends who have seen it loved it, despite it straying away from the lore.

I know I'll enjoy it, just like I did Man of Steel. Just a shame people love to hate Snyder.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: March 23, 2016, 03:58:17 PM »
I'm still excited to see it, but I'm not expecting a whole lot out of it anymore. And yes, I did expect a lot at one point.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Amazing manga you've read?
« on: March 19, 2016, 04:54:00 PM »
While I like Berserk, One Piece is my all time favorite. I recommend it to anyone.

Vagabond / Re: New Readers (No Spoilers)
« on: March 11, 2016, 10:26:14 PM »
After years of putting it off, I'm finally going to be starting this.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Dark Tower
« on: March 01, 2016, 07:13:08 PM »
Not sure if this's the right place for the post, Admins please move if needed?

The Dark Tower movie moves forward with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey

I'm all about diversity, but I really feel like this is a bad move as far as casting for Roland goes.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: February 26, 2016, 04:55:22 PM »
I sat through the entirety of A Serbian Film, and at the end I think I was more shocked at how other people are shocked by it.

Or maybe I'm just desensitized to that type of stuff.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Has anyone watch any good animes lately?
« on: February 10, 2016, 04:50:44 PM »
Your Lie in April.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: January 06, 2016, 04:44:39 PM »
Ok that's it, you've convinced me. I am going to start watching the Clone Wars. Should i start from the beginning ? I remember you saying that season 1 isn't that good compared to the others. I don't really mind skipping one or two seasons.

Watch them all, including the movie. There is tons of payoff down the line.

Why should anyone watch Star Wars: Episode 1?

It isn't nearly as bad if you've watched Clone Wars. In fact, and as I've said tons of other times, the prequels are worlds better after having viewed the series.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: January 04, 2016, 06:24:15 PM »
Nice. I haven't read his others (other than The Road, which even without reading all his books feels like his most accessible one). Blood Meridian was gloriously painful to get through for me both in terms of the harsh reality it depicts and how dense the descriptions of everything are. But man, what a fucking ride. I don't think there's anything out there quite like it.

Man, I had a hard time getting through it, but I did enjoy it.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2015! Gift time!!
« on: December 25, 2015, 11:21:47 PM »
Received my gifts from Gobs sometime last week and hadn't had the chance to say thank you, so thank you for Brook!


Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 22, 2015, 05:58:30 PM »
Thank you Griffith and everyone for the input. One other question I had; are most of the prequels solely dependent on CGI? I grew up in the 80s and 90s and I love practical effects like The Thing or Ray Harryhausen's work, and while I heard the Force Awakens has more traditional models and props like this, I'm not sure about the other trilogy.

90-95% of the movies are green screen. And they look awful.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 22, 2015, 05:19:52 PM »
Finally, he made what was on paper what a Star Wars prequel should have been (it's really the only one worth watching at all since the other two are basically meaningless), but it was such an over the top, overcompensating and operatic, self-satirizing mess (it's almost so bad it's good) that it's best appreciated like a play.

I agree with you completely.

Also, the Clone Wars movie wasn't too bad. It was actually supposed to be the first three episodes of the series, but Lucas wanted it in theaters. The CGI sucks, but the story isn't too bad. It leads to the best Star Wars since ESB, in my opinion. The whole series makes you really enjoy Anakin a lot and makes it actually feel sad knowing that this:


doesn't happen overnight like it did in the movies.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 22, 2015, 04:31:16 PM »
Warning: Based on that statement this man is a possibly a sadomasochist. :troll:

I wish that weren't the case, but as I've said on the board in the past...watching the Clone Wars series actually makes the prequels better tolerable. I actually don't mind them anymore.

Phantom Menace still sucks, though.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 22, 2015, 03:27:23 PM »
This will probably sound really dumb, but I have never experienced the Star Wars prequels. I watched the original trilogy growing up and loved them, but never went to the theater for those. Are they as bad as people make them out to be, or is it exaggerated? I'm still debating if I should watch them all before the Force Awakens. Thanks everyone! :)

I would recommend watching episodes 1 and 2, then watching all of the Clone Wars series, then episode 3.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 21, 2015, 08:52:00 PM »

Funny you contrast it positively against Jurassic World though; debates of subjective quality aside, isn't that in the same mold and basically it's closest equivalent (along with Star Trek 2009 for different reasons)? A "soft reboot" that technically exists in the same continuity but is basically a remake/revival with some modern wrinkles? I saw Jurassic World again recently and enjoyed it much more the second time because I knew exactly what it wasn't; so, who cares if it's truly of "classic" quality if it's basically just a reproduction anyway (that may redeem The Force Awakens for me, ultimately)? Plus, the second time I could focus on just how much it was also ripping off Aliens and kind of appreciate the nobility of that pursuit. But yeah, it's purely junk food while The Force Awakens at least has some compelling characters, accompanying story threads and some genuine forward momentum).

I've never been a huge fan of the Jurassic Park stuff. I actually preferred JP3 to JW. JW was just not...good. Hence why I called it a shitshow. Even after (forced) multiple viewings, it got worse for me. But, again, I'm not the right person to ask about it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 21, 2015, 07:24:07 PM »

No surprise there. Just glad it beat the shitshow that is/was Jurassic World.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 18, 2015, 07:49:16 PM »
More random thoughts:

Was it just me, or did that Rey vs. Kylo interrogation/force battle scene come off a little rapey? Was this intentional? Is it problematic or the ultimate in fangirl empowerment and pandering? Could that unfairly shame victims because there's no such equivalent force resistance in real life? Am I just trolling at this point? But seriously, someone's going to write a sincere 1000 word blog post on this at some point?

Anyway, it was certainly a bit ridiculous after a while of watching them strain and blink at each other, but so we're all her instant force powers, like during the "Oh yeah, I'll just use the force powerup and win the game!"

No, I agree. That whole scene felt pretty forced (pun heavily fucking intended, dammit). After a while it was like, Ok, we get it, you two are strong. I can't imagine them having done that scene in less than 20 takes. It was just so awkward and felt like something you would see on some late night comedy show. It's the only part of the movie where I actually was taken out of it because it was so silly.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:59:43 PM »
"The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am." Re-watched the OT this week. :ganishka:

Well, I'm no less biased, and for that I don't even know if I'm going too easy on it or being unfair (I'm only holding it to the standard of my favorite movies ever from my childhood =); like did I really sit back and experience it as it was or was I so up in my head about it I was basically experiencing some paralleling meta dissonance (which the movie completely facilitates btw!). I mean, it's trying to be new and old Star Wars at once, and I actually liked the new better than their attempts to be the old, so it's like a missed opportunity on both counts? I don't know, I need to see it again with some perspective, but my first impression is it never quite rang true and my gut feeling is that's because it didn't (Immortan Joe: "MEDIOCRE!"), or worse...

Mutt Vader: "You need a teacher!"

"Part time."

Maybe you're trying too hard to analyze it? Or maybe you were trying too hard to immerse yourself in it?

I just didn't feel those. I let it take me by the hand and I loved the ride. I had some issues with it, but it never didn't feel like a Star Wars movie to me.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 18, 2015, 04:13:21 PM »
Great points, Griff. I'm the opposite, however. I embraced it from the opening scene until the end.

I'm extremely biased though since SW has been an integral part of my life since I left my dad's ball sack.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 18, 2015, 03:05:34 AM »
Just got out of the movie. Loved it all.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 15, 2015, 08:03:24 PM »
My wife actually pulled my aside last night and asked me to stop talking about the premier on Thursday night. Apparently I've been talking about the premier since November of last year, and even moreso when each new trailer dropped. I've maintained radio silence on all spoilers outside of the trailers, but knowing it premiered last night has made me fight looking up anything related to the movie with almost every ounce of will I have.

I think seeing this movie on Thursday will be the end of a prolonged orgasm, be it good or bad.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 15, 2015, 06:37:09 PM »
I still remember getting into an argument with a fan friend in high school because I took the somewhat radical position at the time that, "it was kinda bad." His response was basically, "Come on!" and "It's Star Wars!" To which I would say things like, "That's my point, WAS it?" followed by more "Come on"s.

I'll be ready at approximately 10:30pm this Thursday. :badbone:

(better make it 11 since there's probably going to be at least a half hour of previews)

Don't rush on my account though because Holiday crap is going to have me running all over afterward as well.

I'm watching it at 7pm on Thursday.

I'll refrain from sending you spoilers.

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