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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 06, 2016, 03:56:06 AM »
How about make a good movie in two hours or less? THAT'S a wonderful cut.

If that's what you need for a wonderful cut, then props to you. You have my full support.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 04, 2016, 06:13:41 PM »
You're at an unfair advantage here, because the cost of fully engaging in such a discussion is having to watch Watchmen again — far too high a price. But just off the cuff, I'm not sure how any editing could ameliorate the tone-deafness of that movie.

Can't really speak for others, but I took the plunge on a whim and really enjoyed it. Felt more cohesive and complete.

Not for the faint of heart due to the length, and not for those who just don't want to look back. Shame, though. Such a wonderful cut.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 04, 2016, 06:00:20 PM »
Snyder's Watchmen movie was to the comic what those Berserk Golden Age trilogy movies were to the manga.

Oooo, gonna have to disagree with you 100% on that one. The ultimate cut was fantastic and about as loyal to the source material as anyone could get without it feeling bloated and pretentious.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 04, 2016, 12:37:10 AM »
To be fair, Marvel movies achieve PRISTINE levels of mediocrity.


I'd agree with you, but I absolutely adored Ant-Man and Winter Soldier (Civil War and GotG were good, too). The rest...not so much.

I think the inherent problem is that WB/DC are just streamlining the shit out of everything and not learning from their (obvious) mistakes. Regardless, I still enjoy the films they've put out, but realistically...they could be better.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 03, 2016, 04:25:42 PM »
That's a generous reading: 9 positive out of 24 reviews isn't "even," even sucks anyway, and currently it's sitting at 35% on RT (45 on metacritic though).

I said even because the mixed ones could go either way, but I was being too optimistic in thinking they would actually be positive;)

These guys are never going to produce a good movie again, let alone a successful multilayered franchise. That's truly mindblowing to me, like a perfect textbook example of the tail wagging the dog and movie executive creative malfeasance.

Holy fuck, I can't even describe the level of shittiness that entails. I feel like the same thing happened with Josh Stank of Shitastic 4, but less public. I believe WB even said that each individual film would be left solely up to the director, but god damn are they ever going back on it.

That's the only review I need to read.

I usually try to be pretty optimistic about things, and I absolutely love DC, but I have never been excited for this. At all. I hate the characters for the most part unless they're teamed up against their respective hero (Captain Boomerang without Flash is just awful), so I (along with apparently everyone else) are not their target market.

Sad, but I'll still see it. For reasons.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 345
« on: August 02, 2016, 03:40:28 PM »
I don't feel that this vision now coincides with his original dream, on a subjective level.

That's exactly how I feel about it. It's just cool to see it clearly stated by Guts finally.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 02, 2016, 03:38:48 PM »
If anyone cares Suicide Squad is getting the reviews we all saw coming.

It's pretty even right now. 9 positive, 8 mixed, 7 negative.

I haven't been super looking forward to it, but I'll still see it. Maybe.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: August 01, 2016, 02:10:47 PM »
Yeah I just meant that I'm disappointed they chose to do away with them. Who cares about Cyborg? :puck:

*raises hand*

Vic Stone is like another Wally West. He worked his way up from the Teen Titans and basically gained the respect of all the heavy hitters.

But, as said makes more sense if you follow DC. :sad:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: July 25, 2016, 12:59:28 AM »
Haha wow that bad huh? Okay as I thought I might've read a bit too much into it. I'm by no means a WW comic nerd (never read any Golden or even Silver Age either) so you might be right if we're talking about the original character. But from what I have seen throughout her various incarnations here and there in the latest decade or so Im really gonna have to disagree there. I also seem to remember you actually liking BvS so it might just be a matter of taste.

Yes, I enjoyed BvS (flaws and all). WW is a fave of mine, so I went in expecting them to not write her well.

What "various incarnations" have you see her in in the last decade?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: July 24, 2016, 07:18:57 PM »
^WW looks very underwhelming as expected, I guess it'd be pretty hard getting her personality right and it'd probably take a very special and talented actress to pull it off. But man, I just can't help fantasizing about how cool she could've been, it would be the perfect opportunity to bring a very different kind of superhero to the screen in these times flooded with superhero adaptations, a female one no less. I know this sounds kinda farfetched and a bit lame especially coming from a guy but, having dealt with young troubled people and kids at my job I also think her character, if they'd get it right, could've been somewhat of an inspiration for girls. I know its a comic with violence and shit so please don't misunderstand, I'm strictly talking her personality.

I find it a bit funny that I pretty much immediately recognized Guy Richie as the directior for King Arthur. I'll probably watch that.

I'm having a hard time remembering if I've ever read a post worse than this.

Diana was handled extremely well in the small amount of screen time she had in BvS, and she looks to be even better in this one.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: July 24, 2016, 07:15:24 PM »
I must be the only one who actually liked Martian Manhunter. Or Green Lantern (though I didn't see the movie). :iva:

Nope. those two are actually pretty popular for people who like DC.

*raises hand*

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: July 10, 2016, 06:50:21 PM »

You know for all the fun that was being had with the base edition of Witcher 3 Wild Hunt the Expansions took the game to a whole other level.

I've had Witcher 3 since the XBL holiday sale. I started it up and got about 30 minutes into it, but never played after that. I've heard the DLC is just as good, if not better, than the core game. I really should get around to playing it all the way through.

As for right now, I'm replaying Red Dead Redemption since it's backwards compatible on XB1. Forgot how amazing this game is.

Video Games / Re: Pokemon Sun/Moon
« on: July 07, 2016, 08:00:22 PM »
Which starter are you guys gonna start with? Im thinking choosing the owl, its kinda cute. I never start with grass pokemon and this one is half flying so it's gonna be a new one for me. The cat is also nice and I dont really like the seal.

I don't know if you were asking me or just in general, but I'm pretty much staying away from everything related to the game(s) until they come out. It's more fun that way, I guess.

Isnīt it ironic that a visible Batman fan as me probably wonīt get the version with the bat on the cover?

Not really, no. I love me some Batman, but Sun just appeals to me more.

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: July 06, 2016, 08:40:31 PM »
I do intend to play Twilight Princess in the near future too (a tad bit late sigh).

TP is amazing, but there's also Majora's Mask, Windwaker, and Link Between Worlds--all of which are fantastic. Skyward Sword was okay for the story, but becomes terribly boring with its gameplay.

Video Games / Re: Pokemon Sun/Moon
« on: June 19, 2016, 02:25:47 PM »
I'll be getting Sun, for sure!

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: June 14, 2016, 04:20:45 PM »

New trailer for Breath of the Wild.

I'm trying not to hype, but this definitely looks like they're going in the right direction

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: June 02, 2016, 06:10:23 PM »
I actually picked Dune up not too long ago and made it about thirty pages. I'll get back to it eventually, but having three kids makes it difficult to read more than a few pages at a time!

Also, not so much reading, but I've been listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History and it's awesome.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 19, 2016, 02:53:56 PM »
Here's a big secret about the Souls games: they're not that hard. Their difficulty is vastly overstated by everyone for some reason I can't quite understand. It's as if along the way people forgot that games are meant to have some measure of challenge, and require you to learn their mechanics in order to progress. Same thing happened recently with Hyper Light Drifter, a game I finished in Hard mode without any trouble but that apparently the Internet lost its marbles over because it was supposedly so hard. Walter told me the devs even had to patch the game to make it easier! All these people need to be put in front of Castlevania or Ninja Gaiden on the NES, that'd give them a taste of what a truly punishing game is.

Oh yeah, I remember that! Sorry, it had slipped my mind.

Haha, it's all good!

As for your Souls comment, I completely agree. I went into the mindset of it being ridiculously difficult and I think that's what made it so hard. Once I learned the basics of it, it got a bit easier.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 16, 2016, 08:25:00 PM »
On 3DS? Resident Evil: Revelations is pretty neat. Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is great too, if you like the classic SNES title.

Yeah, 3DS. I actually played LBW when it released, but then I stopped using my 3DS due to the numerous children I've sired since then.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 16, 2016, 05:29:21 PM »
Yeah man, going into triple digits is par for the course with this series.

I really like the mechanics of it. It's a nice change of pace from console stuff. Haven't played a DS game in quite some time, but it's nice to see how ungodly the backlog is on games.

Any suggestions for what to hit up next?

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 15, 2016, 07:01:19 PM »
Been playing Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and am about 10 hours in. It's my first MH game, but from what I understand that's nothing compared to how many hours I'll end up playing it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: May 11, 2016, 06:13:07 PM »
I refuse to see anything Snyder does after he butchered Watchmen. That movie was painful to watch from beginning to end.

Do yourself a favor and watch the Ultimate cut. It's basically an entirely different movie.

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.

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