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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2014! Time for Presents!
« on: December 26, 2014, 01:42:13 AM »
Got my stuff from Grail the other day. Couldn't be happier!

Giganto and the poster, as well as the hand-made comic were all unexpected. Thanks so much again, Grail!

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 24, 2014, 07:32:28 PM »
BTW, Wally and I were discussing MGSV today and the missing emotional link going in, namely that it's a direct follow up to the game in the series maybe the fewest people had access to or otherwise played (at least stateside). Instead of that bloody spoiler FAQ why didn't they just package Peace Walker HD with Ground Zeroes as a "bonus" (that would have been far bigger than the "main game" but would actually justify the cost in content)? It's not like it would really hurt Metal Gear HD Collection or Peace Walker PSP sales at this point and I think they would have made up way more than that in Ground Zeroes sales. Annoying.

They've already released a shitty port version of Peacewalker on 360 and PS3, so I'm guessing that's why they didn't release it with this.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: December 22, 2014, 12:05:05 AM »
I played about 2h of Revengeance and couldn't stand how it plays. But I wish you well!

Had you played it for about 30 minutes more, you would have beaten the game.

Worst $65 I'd ever spent.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Interview
« on: December 18, 2014, 02:21:09 AM »
It's a pretty big loss if you ask me. Just goes to show that with the threat of violence, anyone can get their way.

Same thing happened with South Park censoring those two episodes that didn't even have Muhammed in them.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 337
« on: December 13, 2014, 01:46:52 PM »
My standard theory is that he died and because he wanted to keep fighting and not rejoin the great ocean of souls, the elves/dwarves fashioned him a magical suit of armor that could contain his soul. Thus he has existed that way for a thousand years, neither truly alive nor dead.

But he is our hearts.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 12, 2014, 06:51:19 PM »
So. I stopped reading around issue 124-126 or so... with "all out war" still going on.

How good are the rest of the issues?

That shouldn't have been a 12 issue arc. 6 at the most. No idea why he dragged it out, but the pacing had never been that bad until then.

Once you get to 127-128 it gets back to where it needed to be and is gearing up to be amazing again.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: December 12, 2014, 02:50:17 PM »
Double post, but whatevs.

135 was awesome. This whole arc has been getting the series back to its roots. Fucking awesome.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:52:35 AM »
You mean Terminator and T2? Because as far as I'm concerned those are the only Terminator movies that exist (and didn't Cameron do some 3D short with the T2 cast for Universal studios?). And your example should be more like:
T1/Alien > T2/Aliens >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> everything else in the franchise(s).

Or at least the same taste applies when appreciating T1 and Ride the Lightning, even the parts that seem rough around the edges today.

I'm an Aliens man. Alien is an all time great, and I'm sure it's better for some deep filmmaking reasons, but when people start getting into what makes it better than Aliens or what makes Aliens worse I just hear genre preference or something akin to movie magic.

I mean, if we're getting down to the bare basics, then yeah Aliens is the more solid film. I've seen it more than I have Alien so that has to say something.

Also, Aliens has the nostalgia factor because it's the first movie I ever watched with my parents that I can remember.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: December 10, 2014, 07:24:11 PM »
T2's a movie you can watch every few days if it pops on TV, whether you're in the middle or the end or the beginning - it doesn't matter. Cameron did the same with Aliens, taking both science fiction-horror/ thriller franchises and adding an action-adventure angle to them which works commercially. For me, Alien > Aliens or everything in the franchise and T > T2 or everything in the franchise. All this talk has made me wanna marathon all Terminator movies, so that's part of this weekend's plan.

I could never compare Alien with Aliens. To me they're just two different movies in different genres.

I love them both equally.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: December 05, 2014, 07:37:38 PM »
I don't care as long as the cat is there. It's all that matters! :puck:

Daaaaamn, I'm not a super fan of having him in that role (I didn't like him as Khan in Into Darkness)... :judo: I'm really looking forward to Dr Strange too... Of course I didn't follow the casting so I don't know who else was considered. I'll take you guys' word that the others were worse though. At least he's a good actor.

Joaquin Phoenix was up for the part. I would have rather had him, but I can see why Cumberbatch would be the better choice.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: December 05, 2014, 10:51:54 AM »
Alright, let's vent. The Mother of Dragons doing her best to channel Linda Hamilton only makes how awful everything else is that much more glaring, especially Jai Courtney's swoll Kyle Reese. Also, why is T-1000 a cop again but not Robert Patrick circa 1991? The former is actually far less likely than the latter (it can look like whatever it wants but that's a helluva coincidence), especially considering Skynet seems to have decided to make every model Terminator look the same, or maybe just like some version of Arnold. And on top of the bonkers shitshow on display here they're retconning Terminator and T2, the only things good about Terminator in the first place!? I get that they're going for the "now anything can happen" exuberance of Star Trek 2009, but this is more like Days of Future Past done in reverse so that instead of negating Brett Ratner you make him prime! Why... why would you do that!? :magni:

Not to defend the movie, but it's been stated that it isn't a retcon, but a new timeline created because of Rise of the Machines.

Still, though. The CGI looks fucking awful at the beginning. It's reminiscent of the first few episode of the STARS series Spartacus.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: December 04, 2014, 09:46:14 PM »

New Terminator trailer.

Not much to say.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: It Came From The Internet
« on: December 04, 2014, 04:03:01 PM »
Well, I mean, the dude who filmed it got indicted for whatever reason. I thought it was bullshit, as does most of the country.


Shootin' the Breeze / Re: It Came From The Internet
« on: December 04, 2014, 04:01:06 AM »

Thought that was one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: November 30, 2014, 04:35:16 PM »
Wonder if they'll fix it in post after all the fans have finished complaining about it.

If they follow in the foot steps of Lucas, then no, no they won't.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: November 30, 2014, 03:41:49 AM »
I love the sith and this light saber I'll admit looks cool. How it's used in battle is left to be seen but I don't know if I'll like it. I loved the way the original series handled saber battles, especially Darth Vader's style (uses the force a lot more) or even Luke's in episode VI. The saber fights had less flashy acrobatic light weight swinging moves aka episodes 1-3.

Do you think the rule of two is unfair since there can be a whole lot more jedi masters in comparison? How does that work.

No, Darth Bane instituted it because there was constant in-fighting within the Sith order, so it made a ton of sense. The only one to not follow it to a T was Sidious. He trained several (Maul, Dooku, Anakin), but never fully took on the rule until Vader came into play, and even then he was ready to get rid of him in favor of Luke possibly succumbing to the dark side.

Once Sidious killed his master, Plagueis, he embraced the rule of One because he thought the Rule of Two was unnecessary. He made it his because he destroyed the Republic one move at a time over the course of 50 years.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: November 30, 2014, 02:47:48 AM »
I feel like I'm the only one who doesn't give a shit about how the saber looks=/

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: November 29, 2014, 02:09:34 AM »
I was reading another thread where they hypothesized a few reasons for that light saber.  The first idea is that it is meant to be a guard but the emitter is inside and not in any danger of being damaged by an opposing saber.  The protrusions on the sides of the saber are acting as protection for the wielder so as to not accidentally slice his hand in half.  The other idea was perhaps this is an ancient, custom,  or amateur job and the saber requires venting because it is over powered and the creator improvised this solution.

I'm a big fan of redlettermedia, especially their reviews of the prequels.  Not everyone's cup of tea but I highly recommend them as they take the films to task in a straight up film analysis while being very entertaining.  I also enjoyed The People Vs. George Lucas.  I am anticipating the film just because I think it has to be better than the prequels and i can watch Star Wars again without getting angry!

If you want to watch Star Wars without getting angry, watch seasons 1-6 of Clone Wars.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: November 28, 2014, 03:44:29 PM »
I thought it looked awesome. Can't wait!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 28, 2014, 03:36:43 AM »
Just got back from seeing Interstellar in IMAX. Had it not been so late, I would have caught the next showing immediately afterwards.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: November 26, 2014, 10:44:47 AM »

I can't help it, man. Hugh Jackman is like my #2 man crush.

News & Not News / Re: News & Not News Megathread
« on: November 26, 2014, 01:56:40 AM »
Bottom line none of what happened would have happened had the deceased not attacked a police officer.

Well, ya don't fuckin say.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: November 26, 2014, 01:55:16 AM »
Pan Trailer

Could be good , could be bad ; either way I'm more interested in this than Jurassic World.

For the first time in my life, I can honestly say I'm excited to watch a Peter Pan movie.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: November 25, 2014, 10:23:09 PM »
Can't they just let it die? At least I hope Michael Crichton's estate is getting money off of this.

It's been 13 years since the last movie, so I'd say it's been dead this whole time. Part 3 definitely murdered the series beyond recognition, so hopefully this brings something new to the table.


It won't bring anything new to the table.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:37:07 PM »
I thought it was generally accepted that people just don't talk about Prometheus anymore?

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