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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.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« on: December 07, 2016, 05:06:05 PM »
She did, but I don't think she's necessarily a reliable indicator. She's still following her programming, unlike Dolores. It'd only be a matter of her being programmed to not see that he was one.


Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« on: December 07, 2016, 03:25:57 PM »
... to the point that I'm surprised it wasn't revealed Felix at least is a host... And I'm still not ruling that out for season 2.

Didn't Maeve already confirmed that Felix is human? It may have been when he realized that Bernard was a host. But who knows, perhaps it's not the case and this is one more reveal they're holding on to for as long as they can.

That closely mirrors what I said in my previous post!

When I posted I thought my problems with the whole dual timeline thing were not the same you had, but after re-reading your post I realized that perhaps they were not that different after all.  :farnese:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« on: December 06, 2016, 06:51:59 PM »

Regarding Westworld there were things I liked and things I didn't quite like. Some of the stuff I liked has already been mentioned, so I'd like to mention stuff I didn't quite like instead. One of the things I didn't like was how Felix and Sylvester just went along with whatever Maeve told them to do, as the given motivations for why they did it were really hard to believe (to me at least). Another thing I didn't quite like is how they handled the dual timeline situation, particularly how the show seemed intent on keeping confirmation of it as some sort of big reveal. Because of the way they did things in general one had to go over what had happened in previous episodes and consider the information given then in light of new information presented in the latest episode, and I'm not sure that's a good way of going about things, at least I'm not a fan of such an approach. Finally, in parts the show seemed to not be moving forward at all, and it wasn't always easy getting through certain episodes.

All in all I did like the show, but there were things I wish were done better. In any case I will be watching when the show comes back in 2018.

BTW, can we talk about the soundtrack? Not the pop song remixes but the cool ambient stuff that sounds right out of Mass Effect (which I'm happy they used it liberally). :guts:

I for one liked all of the soundtrack, pop song remixes included. Part of the fun of watching the show was wondering if I would recognize any of the songs, and I think for the most part the songs were done and used very well. I particularly enjoyed the presence of the Radiohead's songs I identified, with Exit Music being a highlight (speaking of Radiohead, I can't believe I'm finally set to watch them live after almost twenty years).

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 23, 2016, 08:59:24 AM »
Such a fantastic episode!

I wonder if Schierke's dream, in addition to everything else, is also a reminder to the reader that she's still very young, and whether that could play a part in what's to come. I guess it's safe to say that she's grown a lot since joining Guts, but I wonder if what she will experience while helping Casca will be beyond what she's experienced before.
That opens the question of the happier moments though, and much more importantly, of her son. Will he be there at all? If this includes post-Eclipse events, then I can't imagine that he won't be. He's too important to her. But those inclusions aren't guaranteed.

I think it would make sense for her son to play a role in all of this. If anything he might might be incentive enough for her to "come back" and move past what happened. I don't know if the translation I read is accurate enough to be referred to, but he might be a key to the resolution that was mentioned by Danan.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: September 13, 2016, 05:47:44 PM »

I just finished Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz, by Thomas Harding. I read the second half of the book in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Stupid Stuff We Really Want
« on: September 13, 2016, 05:44:56 PM »
Definitely man, that site is goddamn amazing if you're a science fiction or horror film fan. I only own 4 things from it so far. Slow and steady ... what did you get if you don't mind me asking? I have a Sunshine tee, a HAL tee and cap and a Nostromo jacket.

I got two shirts, one inspired by Predator and one by Inglourious Basterds (it's tricky only picking a couple of designs).

On a related note, I was watching an episode of Top Gear and one of the guests, Brian Cox, was wearing one of their shirts (Stay on target). Good stuff.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Stupid Stuff We Really Want
« on: September 07, 2016, 08:32:23 PM »
Ok, i didn't want to share my precious little secret. But here goes. For the true movie buff (it's filled with obscure references) this is THE BEST t-shirt design house. Click the find button and "search by film" and be amazed.

Ever since I read the post above I've wanted to buy something from that site, and I finally did (I can't believe it took me over five years  :farnese:). I got my order today and I couldn't be happier with what I got.

Thank you for sharing, NightCrawler!

Vagabond / Re: Thoughts on Vagabond's Future
« on: August 14, 2016, 05:02:52 PM »

I stopped reading around the time when we see an old Matahachi telling stories on a bridge. When I was reading I thought it was a great story, but when the long breaks started happening I just didn't come back. I think I will read from start to end if the story is ever finished, as I'm very interested in how it all ends.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: July 03, 2016, 04:08:49 PM »

I finally got the chance to watch Creed and I really liked it. I think this movie is proof that sequels can be good. In my opinion Stallone was great in this movie.

I also saw The Nice Guys and I thought it was a really fun and funny movie. For some reason the Russell Crowe of this movie reminded me of John Goodman.

I think the only one I didn't mention either in relation to the top 10 and honorable mentions as well the the Bond to Bond arc is License to Kill. Lots of people like that one and think it's the perfect vehicle for Dalton, but I just thought it was ok and though The Living Daylights is kind of mediocre, it still better represents Bond. Let me know what you think when you've watched them both.

So I finally watched all the movies up to and including GoldenEye. It took me this long to get to this point because I just couldn't muster the will to watch Never Say Never Again (it took me months to get it done). As far as Bond movies go I thought The Living Daylights is among the better ones (in the context of Bond movies I'd definitely recommend it), but I didn't really like License to Kill (it's such an eighties movie and not in a good way). I guess we're in agreement in that The Living Daylights is indeed a Bond movie while License to Kill isn't.

By the way, I read the articles that Film Crit Hulk wrote on James Bond (, on which he postulates that the best Bond movies are romances, and I find myself agreeing with him.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 76
« on: June 27, 2016, 07:37:28 PM »
Re-reads are tough, time-consuming, and never as entertaining or breezy to record as new episode discussions no doubt about it.

I've personally found the re-reads no less entertaining than any other podcast you guys have made, but I'm sure you'd manage to make an episode where you only read the phone book entertaining.  :serpico: More than that, I find the re-reads quite valuable, as I always come away with something new when listening to them.

But this train won't stop. People seem to really like them, and at this point, I'm committed to catching up to the releases.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who is grateful for all the time and effort you have put and will continue to put on this project. Thank you and keep them coming!  :daiba:

On a different note, it was really good to hear from Griffith again; as others have said, he's been missed.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 01, 2016, 09:41:55 AM »
Captain America: Civil War. I liked it but I didn't love it. Just as another recent super hero blockbuster, in my opinion this movie tried to do too much but, unlike said other blockbuster, this one managed to do much of it right. What I liked in no particular order: the action sequences (in particular the airport fight), Black Panther, Spider-Man, Giant-Man (I can't say I knew he existed before this movie, but I liked him nonetheless), the humor, and that there was a better reason for the heroes to fight each other than in BvS. What I didn't like: that there was no real reason, plot-wise, for Spider-Man and even Ant-Man to be in this movie (unlike Black Panther), Bucky killing the Starks as a plot device (I understand why they did it, but I didn't like it), that the ending was a to-be-continued kind of ending (perhaps this movie should have been titled Captain America: Dawn of Civil War :troll:), and that it felt a bit long (when thinking about this last one I realized that I've said the same about a few movies lately, so now I'm wondering if it could just be me getting old or having a shorter attention span). 

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