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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:

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

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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=)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: December 19, 2016, 02:19:39 PM »
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...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.
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 :ganishka:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 before...it makes more sense if you follow DC. :sad:

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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?

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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.

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