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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?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: May 20, 2017, 06:13:55 PM »
Definitely the best episode in a long while.

I'm not sure I agree. I enjoyed the episode, but I didn't think it was much better than the previous ones. I guess in the end it probably doesn't matter that I didn't think it was much better, because what I did think was that, to me, it was a must-watch episode for three reasons: 1) I really like him, though I can't say I'm looking forward to learning what's going to happen to him, because it probably won't be good (as already hinted by this episode). 2) Gus' field trip (as they would frequently say in Fargo season 2, OK, then). 3) It's all good, man. Perhaps this is the moment where they finally start getting somewhere with the show? I guess we'll see.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: May 10, 2017, 05:40:15 PM »
The last episode was actually great. It was 100% of what I enjoy about this show: legal drama and Jimmy's trickery.

It was good indeed. And I thought it also tied to the revelation that Griffith mentioned in a previous comment (unless I got confused about the revelation :iva:). Let's hope the second half of the season is more like this episode rather than the first four. Though I have to say that I did like "Sabrosito" (even though the Spanish in this show, and Breaking Bad for that matter, is cringe worthy).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: May 01, 2017, 06:59:58 PM »
Seems like that never happened?

I guess it never did. In fact, I wonder how much you'd really miss if you skipped season two altogether and watched the current season directly. There were some really good moments in season two but, in terms of development, I'm not sure the characters are really that far from where they were at the end of season one (or at the beginning of the show, for that matter).

I just went back and re-read posts related to the second season and it seems to me that Griffith and others were already feeling about the show the way I'm feeling about it now; I guess it just took longer for me to reach my breaking point.  :sad:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: May 01, 2017, 04:44:10 PM »

Three episodes in and I have mixed feelings about the current season, on the one hand I'm glad the show's back and we get to dive into that world again, on the other it feels like nothing is happening at all (I'm beginning to think that perhaps it has been like this all along but I'm just noticing now). For comparison, I started watching Fargo season two at the same time as this show, and I couldn't stop watching Fargo until the season was over, whereas I currently have to convince myself to watch Better Call Saul. I'd be really interested in other people's opinions on how things are going.

Site & Forum News / Re: Server caching issues
« on: May 01, 2017, 04:25:19 PM »

I just want to take the opportunity to thank you guys for all the work you put into keeping this community up and running. The forum wasn't down for that long and nevertheless it felt like a part of me was missing. Also, I know from similar experiences how hard it is to sort these things out, so kudos for getting things up and running again.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 01, 2017, 08:56:05 PM »

I finally saw John Wick: Chapter 2 today, and what a great experience it was. The action is fantastic (there's lots of little details that make a world of difference in it), fun and it all looks gorgeous. To me the stakes felt a bit higher in the first movie, and the reason the story was set in motion was a bit of a stretch (though nothing that couldn't be overlooked/accepted), but I thought the ending was a lot better. Another aspect I really liked about this movie was how it gave us more information about its world. I really, really like this world and its weird rules, The Continental, its characters. I'm glad we got this sequel and I'm hoping we will get another one particularly because of how Chapter 2 ended. Talk about high stakes.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 84
« on: February 27, 2017, 06:29:36 PM »

Thank you for another great episode! :serpico:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: February 10, 2017, 09:14:08 PM »

I recently finished The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett. I can't say I'm familiar with the Discworld series in general, but I'm a big fan of Cohen the Barbarian. I'm now reading A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: February 10, 2017, 09:10:12 PM »

I just saw The Lego Batman Movie and I thought it was great, so much so that I give it five Jarritos out of five. I'm already looking forward to revisiting the movie when it comes out on blu-ray.

Site & Forum News / Re: Berserk Quiz: Leaderboard & Discussion
« on: January 13, 2017, 06:35:37 PM »


Not as cool as having the cover of the game with Aazealh and Puella on it, but for some reason I happen to have that version of the game:

I never expected to see its cover anywhere outside my home. It always looked ancient and, to be honest, cheap to me. Small world I suppose.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: January 11, 2017, 07:12:29 PM »

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Your most hated words
« on: January 08, 2017, 03:54:24 PM »
"Thanks!" has really started to bug me. Every work email I get ends with it. For example:What the fuck are you thanking me for? Why the excitement? There are so many other ways to end an email, so stop with the thanks!

I'm with you. I find this annoying as hell.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: January 08, 2017, 03:51:00 PM »
Do I really need to see the Cars though?

I'd say sure, why not. It's of course my personal taste but I'd watch Cars (the first one) over The Good Dinosaur any day of the week, so make of that what you will. Also, Cars 2 is supposed to be a spy movie, just like some Bond movies. :iva: Is Cars 2 worse than Spectre? Watch it and find out!

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 82
« on: December 10, 2016, 07:38:50 PM »
Another great show! I really look forward to these!

Seconded! Thank you guys for keeping up with the re-reads.

I found it a bit funny that I listened to the podcast not long after finally watching The Act of Killing, as it's a good example of people rationalizing their atrocious actions.

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