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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: May 10, 2017, 02:12:31 AM »
I'm not a fan of or plugged into the Hellboy series or film franchise, but didn't a possible third installment by del Toro die recently? Isn't this kind of tough news for fans hoping for that? Like, a third movie is IMPOSSIBLE despite a name director, but sure they'll do a reboot? I say this as a sympathetic Berserk fan tortured by the arbitrary decision-making of adapters, but for all I know it's the best thing for it. =)

Eh, it just depends. GDT wanted to mainstream HB and I think he did a great job with it. But the comics are much darker and less humorous--which is what, I believe, the creator Mike Mignola wants. I've heard rumors of the pair (plus Pearlman) having a falling out, so maybe that's what lead to the reboot.

Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: May 09, 2017, 12:43:01 PM »
Well, Slam Dunk has sold over 121 Million [data from 2014].

I understand, but I've heard more of Vagabond than I have Slam Dunk.

Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: May 09, 2017, 11:52:19 AM »
Oh yeah, it's wild to me how that's the enduring basis of his celebrity; Vagabond has sold over 80 million volumes, twice as many as Berserk, and it's like nobody gives a shit about it anymore. He's defaulted back to being the famous basketball manga guy. I mean, it's understable given Slam Dunk's popularity, but it's still weird how transcendent it is, like beyond being a highly successful and, until recently, working mangaka. It's also kind of disheartening as a Vagabond fan since it's like his legacy has already comfortably solidified to pre-Vagabond status, like it's become a footnote.

That would be like people recognizing Miura for Japan over Berserk :ganishka:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: May 09, 2017, 11:31:41 AM »
Hellboy reboot in the works. I'm pretty excited for this, so I hope they remain true to the atmosphere of the comic unlike del Toro did.

Also, I think David Harbour will do a good job. Pearlman kind of made the role his, so it'll be interesting to see what he can do. Maybe he'll be the underdog like Ledger was in TDK.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: May 08, 2017, 03:39:14 PM »
I can not get behind or understand the raving amazement for All Star Superman.  Of all the critically acclaimed stories, that one has me scratching my head.  I'd take watchmen over that any day of the week.  Even TDKR is better written, though the art is atrocious.   I'd put Kindom Come as the king as far as D.C. Is concerned.

Did you even read All Star Superman?

There any news on the next trailer for TLJ?

We literally just got one. Don't expect to see it until later this year.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: May 08, 2017, 12:49:59 PM »
If Watchmen is the zenith of super hero comics, then Providence will be the same for horror.

Personally, Watchmen is more of the zenith of deconstructionism in comics in general, not so much super hero comics. I'd say that the zenith of super hero comics in a classical sense is All Star Superman.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: May 03, 2017, 07:19:56 PM »
Yeah, the first book was great. The problem is what came after. :ganishka:

I liked Drawing of the Three, but I loved Waste Lands. After that, though...eesh.


Blade Runner 2049 trailer. Looks awesome. Roger Deakins cinematography looks amazing.

Not sure if anyone else has been watching it, but season 5 of Samurai Jack has been absolutely wonderful.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: April 18, 2017, 06:39:12 PM »
Except in Clone Wars apparently. =)

Griff, you're making me rage so hard right now  :ganishka:

As I've said before, Anakin in the Clone Wars is what he should have always been. The movies ruined his character on screen 100%, but CW redeems him. It actually has the time to show a natural progression to the dark side (losing friends, getting fed up with the Jedi order, etc). It makes sense when watching it over five seasons, as opposed to three movies. It's why he's probably my favorite character in the entire SW universe, movies and all.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: April 18, 2017, 12:28:02 PM »
Here's a fun, quick story about the PT:  A year or two ago one of the members here (Johnstantine, I think?) was trying to convince you guys to give The Clone Wars a shot.  I wanted to give it a gentleman's try, but I couldn't get myself to do it because I had a very negative visceral reaction to the prequel trilogy and anything related to it. 

I still can't recommend Clone Wars enough. It's amazing.

Vagabond / Re: Inoue News Archive
« on: April 16, 2017, 09:54:35 PM »
^ that's gorgeous.

Below is a recent drawing by Inoue for the Kumamoto International Manga Festival.

Not a fan myself, but that's absolutely fantastic.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: April 14, 2017, 09:41:47 PM »
It was fine, a bit restrained like the final release trailer for the last one which is ok by me, but I wish the first words I heard Luke Skywalker speak in over 30 years wasn't generic fodder for a teaser trailer. In retrospect another reason to give him a proper reintroduction in the last movie after playing his appearance so close to the vest, "Thank God we saved him for this... trailer?"

Anyway, he seems to be in a real dark place, but maybe changes his tune early since he's likely training Rey, Kylo looks cooler and I'm intrigued by the mask, and I wonder how involved Finn is going to be in his condition, unless this is mostly material from the first act.

Probably going end of Dark Empire on us, which I'm okay with.

I've seen enough, so I'll be avoiding future trailers. Same with the new Thor.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: April 14, 2017, 03:50:40 PM »
The video is over 2 mins long, why call it a teaser?!

For die-hard fans such as myself, anything less than the movie proper is a teaser.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: April 14, 2017, 03:19:25 PM »

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to ???
« on: April 10, 2017, 07:01:48 PM »

Among other things Cate is playing Hela and very likely will be "death" of the MCU.  Which means it's romance time for Thanos and his ambitions.  This film will tie up significantly with Avengers 3.

Not sure why this is in this thread. I think it looks fun and can't wait to see it.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: April 04, 2017, 06:32:22 PM »

Finally a movie for Invincible announced. It's my all-time favorite American comic, so I'm really looking forward to what they cook up.

Outside of myself and Incantation, I'm not sure anyone else reads the series here. It's written by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and it's arguably one of the best superhero comics ever. I recommend it to anyone.

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: March 15, 2017, 08:58:22 PM »
Thanks for the tip (I only used Guardian shields to absorb the beam, and never thought to parry)! Damn, I bet I already have the timing down from all that last second jumping to avoid the blast from early on. The game continues to astonish. =)

This is coming from someone who was so god damn annoyed with them that I was finally like "fuck this" and wanted to kill them all.

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: March 15, 2017, 07:38:32 PM »
You're ready, you just don't know it yet! :guts: The first one I ran at instead of away from and won was fully mobile actually, but I think I wedged him a bit on an island in a shallow swamp so he couldn't string me out and obliterate me (I was holding onto some pretty heavy duty weaponry at the time too). I didn't realize that though, so thinking it was relatively easy I tried fucking with the next one out in the open and got burnt to a crisp. This ultimately lead to my "scratch free" strategy, if you're ready to hunt the hunters: make them come to you, get behind a large object, a thick tree, tall wall, or a Guardian ruin is ironically ideal, that'll break their aim and take their fire, then when they try to come around time stop them for a second and use the opening and go after their leg(s). Busting one leg will give you an opening to hit the next etc etc, reset and repeat as needed until they're dead. Having a good weapon, particularly one requiring a lot of heart, will make this almost too easy. =)

Or you could just wait for them to charge up their beam and you could parry with your shield. It deflects the beam back to them and should work after three or so. You can use any shield.

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: March 07, 2017, 05:30:54 PM »
Not trying to brag, but I think I had the best death in the game.

I was climbing a mountain and ran out of stamina, then a ram hit me from behind and I fell to the river below and drowned.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 06, 2017, 12:47:11 PM »
Yeah, I'm working my way back across the map (I don't believe in fast travel =), hunting, and even taming, some animals and finding all sorts of interesting landmarks and things to investigate.

Being a man with 4 children, I never thought I'd be able to have time to do that in a game. Having a Switch has been amazing because I can literally take it anywhere like my 3DS, but with Breath of the Wild=)

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: March 06, 2017, 12:45:18 AM »
20 hours into Breath of the Wild, and I think I'm finally at the first dungeon. The easiest thing to do in this game is to get sidetracked. Oh wait no. The easiest thing to do is to die.

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: March 03, 2017, 09:03:50 PM »
What time of day did you go? Most places had stock left over from midnight but then sold out this morning.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 03, 2017, 04:21:38 PM »
Saw Logan last night and loved it. Great movie.

Video Games / Re: The Thread of Zelda
« on: March 03, 2017, 04:17:07 PM »
So I'm about 5 hours in to BotW and I already feel like this is out-OoT-ing OoT. The mechanics and story are just fantastic.

Interesting how you all noted One Piece. I always used to dismiss it as one of the 'Big Three' shows that all the anime fans loved in my high school (including Naruto and Bleach), while I was the edgy Evangelion kid. But I know a lot of folks that are still very fond of it, so I think I judged One Piece unfairly in my pubescent days. I'm always a little skeptical of huge long series that stretch out along miles worth of pages

There's a reason it's the highest selling manga of all time. I've been reading it every week since 2001. It's phenomenal.

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