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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 18, 2018, 07:01:51 PM »
Griffith's variation: Paul McCartney

NightCrawler's variation:

Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Queen - The Prophet's Song
The Beatles - When I'm Sixty-Four

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 06, 2018, 11:21:41 AM »
Can't go wrong with any Beatles album but I've always been a Magical Mystery Tour kinda guy, good pick though, has some of George's best Beatles material.

I basically like all of their work, and there might be times when my pick would not be the same, but The Beatles has a lot of good stuff, and it also has the most songs, which doesn't hurt if you're stuck on a deserted island with only a few albums at hand.  :iva:

I'm always hesitant to pick between Nevermind or In Utero, I ultimately went for In Utero but in all honesty Nevermind is just as good if not better, I think Nevermind flows a lot better than In Utero and probably has more well written songs but the songs that I do like on In Utero, I love way more than anything on Nevermind.

It is for sure not an easy decision, but to me it all comes down to the impact Nevermind had on me when it came out, which was massive.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 06, 2018, 08:11:42 AM »

My list:

The Beatles - The Beatles
Radiohead - OK Computer
Zurdok - El Hombre Sintetizador
Nirvana - Nevermind
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
El Cuarteto de Nos - Raro
Queen - A Night at the Opera

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 21, 2018, 08:20:26 PM »
I'm with Flibble on this. I was a bit thrown off by how quickly the rape itself was dealt with. Instead of making the physical rape the brutal, visceral experience I thought it would be, Miura emphasized the atmosphere of the Eclipse and the trauma of it. He was economical about it, and gave more weight to the new elements here (Casca's breaking, the heart, and the body's restoration). But looking over everything, I do think the act of the rape itself was de-emphasized as a result. I also think part of my reaction was based on expectation for what the Eclipse would do to Farnese and Schierke (nothing, really). Miura chose to focus on what mattered: The breaking and the reunification of Casca in the same episode.

The more I think about it, the more I love it  :casca:

I couldnít agree more. I think it makes perfect sense that the focus was completely on Casca, but I wonder whether what we saw was it for Schierke and Farnese, in terms of the impact of what they experienced, or if there will be ramifications which will be presented to us at a later stage (where it wouldnít take anything away from Cascaís restoration).

Current Episodes / Episode 354
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:24:48 PM »

Not much to say other than the countdown begins:

I canít wait for the episode to come out!  :daiba:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:09:48 PM »
Have you guys seen Black Panther?? Is it any good??

I have. I may not be the right person to give an opinion, as Iím liking Marvel movies less and less with each new movie, but I can say that Black Panther is definitely a Marvel movie, for better and worse. I didnít think it was a bad movie by any means, but I didnít think it was outstanding either. If I were to rate it, Iíd give it three out of five.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:32:38 PM »

Wow! Simply amazing.  :ubik:

Not only does Miura not disappoint, heís continually exceeding my expectations. Itís been said many times before but, the fact that he continues to deliver after almost thirty years of working on Berserk, is immensely impressive.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 352
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:45:09 AM »
Digital YA is out.

Thanks for the heads-up!

As I bought this issue, I was a bit surprised that this issue is the seventeenth I've bought this way already. I didn't realize it's been that many!

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 11, 2017, 05:43:38 PM »
Yeah right, you're probably just here to defend Edge of Tomorrow!


... but I also think it benefited from being surprisingly good

I completely agree with this.

...whereas the hype around Interstellar kind of put it in a no-win place (save for the box office) of being transcendent or bust, and I thought it was much closer to the former, at least a credible attempt, than given credit, or even the credit given to less ambitious movies. So, I didn't mean to pick on Edge of Tomorrow so much as point out what I see as a double standard. Like, just come up with a cool Twilight Zone idea and we'll rave but don't get too ambitious or we'll be disappointed!

I think your point came across loud and clear, and I agree with you. It's just that, as they say, I'd go to bat for Edge of Tomorrow any day, and so I felt I needed to say something.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:09:16 PM »
Nothing to be ashamed of, Interstellar IS awesome. I have no idea why the usually slutty pop syfy fandem drew the line with its relative flaws, despite its strengths, yet falls for every other one trick pony that comes through the stable (Edge of Tomorrow OMG I'M CUMMING!!!!).

My point was there aren't many like Interstellar and it should be more appreciated and elevated above the typical alien, cyborg, and time travel gimmick movies that come every year like Christmas and get a pass (they're basically just thrillers with a sci-fi twist). But, uh, Aliens and Star Trek? :guts:

I have nothing against Interstellar, even though it didn't resonate with me all that much, and I do think that it will go down in history as an important movie, after all, not many movies result in scientific papers, but I do think that you were a bit harsh on Edge of Tomorrow. Sure, it can be labelled as a one trick pony and gimmicky, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially when the one trick and the gimmick are well done and accomplish what they set out to do (except in terms of box office, as Edge of Tomorrow didn't quite perform as expected). I personally found Edge of Tomorrow to be quite entertaining, even on repeat viewings, and I think there are many other positives in the movie in addition to it being entertaining (Bill Paxton, anyone? :carcus:). I wouldn't say that movies of the quality of Edge of Tomorrow are all that typical or that they come out as frequently as every year, but that's just my opinion based on my experience with movies, which I admit is probably limited.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:41:13 PM »
Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Just two more weeks (over here)

 :sad: I was a bit disappointed by this movie. I should know by now that expectations are a bitch.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Horror Movie Thread
« on: October 04, 2017, 07:36:11 PM »
It was ok, nothing embarassing, but I don't really see what the box office fuss is about either.

This is exactly what I thought. I won't deny that some of the jump scares worked very well on me, but beyond that I found the movie to be nothing spectacular (and the CGI in some parts really took me out of the movie)

Character Cove / Re: Why Does Puck Change Appearance?
« on: September 09, 2017, 01:37:34 PM »

My take on this is that Puck is not actually changing form, but that Miura simply chooses to present him to us in the way that suits the occasion (though I don't have much to back up my opinion).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:19:44 PM »

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Just two more weeks (over here)

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: August 26, 2017, 10:12:31 AM »

I recently finished A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay. I don't know if I had too high expectations going in but I was disappointed.  :sad:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:21:24 PM »

I just got back from Baby Driver and I can only add to the praise the movie is getting. Long story short, I can agree with everything IncantatioN said, except I didn't have problem with the movie's length (my very minor criticisms lie elsewhere). A quick thought on the music of the film is that I found it so good and so well used that I'm planning on listening to the soundtrack, which is something I never really do.

On a side note, reading about the movie lead me to this: I'm not sure how well known this piece of work is, but I thought I'd share it anyway.

Manga Mausoleum / Re: Dark Horse Releases
« on: July 27, 2017, 02:53:37 PM »
My copy of volume 38 finally arrived yesterday, and what a great volume it is. I had already seen the individual episodes as they came out, and my Japanese copy of the volume as well, but nothing beats a physical book that I can actually read, even if the translation is not what it should be, as proven time and again by puella (if you read this, once again thank you for your hard work!) It never ceases to amaze me how, even after reading each volume multiple times, there's always something new to find, and how the story is still as impactful as it was the first time.

And now to wait for volume 39 to be released...

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk: The Flame Dragon Knight novel
« on: July 17, 2017, 02:41:58 PM »
In my opinion, it's not good to show interest for this novel, unless you want to see it happen again.

I don't think I could agree more with this sentiment, the tricky part is how far to take it. In the end to me it came down to not buying the book at all, even though the illustrations alone were probably worth it. In this instance I ended up deciding that I wouldn't want to contribute sending a message asking for more of these novels. Oh, wait...

It's already selling pretty well.

Perhaps it is too late and the message has already been sent and received.  :sad:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: July 05, 2017, 06:56:35 PM »
Baby Driver was 10 or 15 minutes too long but it bloody ruled. It's about a genius driver who has one last job and when he thinks it's all over, fresh start and all, he gets pulled back in and it goes from there. The film's amazing on every technical level - acting (main lead is a perfect fit), cinematography, action scenes, editing + music (bonkers). The entire movie is like a mix-tape with awesome wit and synchronicity between actions, gestures and the music. It's all about matching the rhythm with every scene. Definitely checking this out again when it releases on blu ray and can't recommend it enough, it's up there with the best action movie to come out this year. Watch it guys. Had to look up who worked on this other than Edgar Write and the stunt director is a chap who also worked on John Wick, Drive and the Bourne movies.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this movie. Sadly it doesn't open over here until the 26th. :sad: Glad to read another good review, though.

I just saw Spider-Man: Homecoming, and I thought it was OK. Just another Marvel movie, whatever that means nowadays. Other than Guardians of the Galaxy (both movies) I can't say I've really been into what Marvel has released since the first Avengers movie. Homecoming does have some good moments, my favorite being the car ride to the dance, and it's always good to see Spider-Man on the big screen with the latest FX technology, but it felt way too long; I guess I didn't quite connect with it.

Anime Asylum / Re: Would you give studio 4C another chance?
« on: June 26, 2017, 05:47:38 PM »

I'd say no. Not only that, based on how things have gone so far I'd say there should be no more animations altogether (a new animation would pretty much have to be perfect to be welcome at this point). If the manga has such high quality, why should we settle for something subpar in any other medium?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:51:49 AM »
No, I didn't mean that as a negative. Well I mean sure, a great plot would make it a better movie, but my point was that it's entertaining to see video game action in movie format (454th enemy you encounter, seemingly oblivious to the fact you've just killed 453 others just like him since waking up: "I'll end this right now!", then gets killed in two minutes).

I see. As you will read below I guess I just didn't get your whole post.  :farnese:

In return I have no idea what you're talking about with "empty calories". I just mean that it's all about the action and visuals and not about the plot. No one cares whether it's the Russian or Italian mob that John Wick's pissed about. That they killed his dog or stole his car or he had some old debt or whatever is such a pure MacGuffin it's borderline satire. So much so that the characters themselves remark on it: it's fucking ridiculous in every way. But who cares, what matters is that John Wick slaughters hundreds of people in cool action sequences.

Thank you for clarifying what you meant, this time I did get it and, having understood, I can only agree with you completely.

After reading your post I wasn't quite sure if your opinion of the movie was that it was entertaining but not all that good or something else, especially since the second paragraph threw me off, in particular the word mindless, which in most contexts is used in a negative way (at least in my experience). My bad for not getting it.

In any case, I really liked both movies and I can't wait for the next one. I hope it won't disappoint even with the high expectations I have for it. If the third one is good, John Wick's trilogy could very well become my favorite trilogy of all time.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: June 22, 2017, 06:23:15 PM »

I just watched the season finale and I found it underwhelming; it didn't feel like a season finale at all. I will continue watching but I can't say I'm really looking forward to the next season.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 22, 2017, 06:18:44 PM »
I watched John Wick 2 (or "Chapter 2", whatever) and it struck me, just like the first one, as basically an action video game transposed into a movie. In fact I'd make the case John Wick is the first successful "video game movie", even though it's not actually based on a game. But really, the plot is paper thin and it's about a guy who headshots and/or annihilate in hand-to-hand something like 500 people in the course of two hours, where the nameless bad guys never stop coming and never seem to realize that they're obviously up against an impossible task.

I agree with what you say about the movies, but I get the feeling that you're selling them short. The plot of the movies is undeniably simple and straight forward, but I don't think that's necessarily a negative. I can also see why people would find the scenes repetitive, but I didn't get that impression at all. I think that the movies have a lot going on for them, for example the action sequences, which I found to be top notch. As I've mentioned before, I also really like the world in which John Wick lives. It's a crazy world that in some aspects might not make much sense, but I can't get enough of it.

Anyway I enjoyed it. People tend to describe any action flick or blockbuster as a "good, fun, mindless entertainment", but it's rarely the case in my experience. John Wick however really gets as close to mindless as you can get.

I'm not sure I understood what you meant here. Did you mean that you enjoyed the movie but it was nothing but empty calories, and that in the grand scheme of things this movie was as much empty calories as it gets?

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: June 12, 2017, 07:35:37 PM »
Someone on Reddit asked, and I can confirm: Grunbeld's hammer bends BEFORE the DS hits.

Upon closer inspection, it actually appears to bend multiple times in this scene. I'd call this the last straw, but  :ganishka:

I think you're looking at this from the wrong angle: it's not poor animation, it's just a reflection of Guts' true powers. You see, the animators actually got Guts right.  :troll:

By the way, every post I read in this thread validates my decision to stop watching this show when season one ended.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: June 07, 2017, 05:16:25 PM »
I was talking about episode 5. Episode 6 (the one you mentioned) aired a day after my post.

 :isidro: :farnese:

I just watched episode 8 and looks like maybe things are finally moving forward after all. Is it weird that I'm more interested in Nacho, Kim and Mike than I am in Jimmy at the moment?

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