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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.

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

:isidro:

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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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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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.

True.

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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:

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

http://www.lastexittonowhere.com/

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!

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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.

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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 (http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2014/07/14/hulk-vs.-james-bond-staring-into-the-id-of-a-boner-incarnate), on which he postulates that the best Bond movies are romances, and I find myself agreeing with him.

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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.

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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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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: April 13, 2016, 06:40:52 PM »
Well, I'm less restful about it given that news, but I'm always going to be wary because of the way Bad ended having to cram what seemed like at least a couple more seasons of story into 16 episodes.

The possibility of something like that happening will definitely always be present but, quite unusually for me I must say, my outlook for this show is quite optimistic.

Yeah, but they had that from the start; so the show has almost become a complete detour from... the show. It's like they've said, they just like Jimmy more than they do Saul. But, the main tension of the show shouldn't be, "What's this show about?" After the latest episode things have certainly gotten more interesting though.

To me the tension is more "will this be the last straw? Is this what finally sends Jimmy over the edge". I agree that things are getting more interesting. I'm really looking forward to the season finale, and at the same time I can't believe how fast the season went by for me.

Yeah, we've got three shows here, and I actually like the divide because it means they can introduce Gus without involving Saul (since the creators are on record saying they "think" they didn't really know each other, but that Saul knew of him through Mike). Even if they never do bring him on or it's just a cameo at the end, that's where Mike has to be going as he gets deeper in the game and makes a name for himself.

Agreed. Speaking of Mike, I some times find him looking quite worn down and tired; instead of looking like a younger Mike, as it should be. I wonder if this is intentional...

Well, POINT TAKEN, guys! Saul now has a more nuanced and protracted origin than Batman.

:ganishka:

It's really not hard to see Slippin' Jimmy becoming Saul anyway, it's this detour, his back and forth flirtation with respectability, that's the anomaly. Plus, that's inherently anticlimactic because we already know which way he goes. "Will he? Won't he!?" I already know, he WON'T. =)

It is the anomaly but I think it does make sense. First he tried to do it for Chuck and then for Kim (though I admit the second time was a bit of a retcon). I agree that it might be anticlimactic but I still think it's quite interesting seeing Jimmy try knowing that one way or another he will fail.

Or I'm being too harsh and expecting the show to be something it's just not. I mean, like I've said, it almost feels like some noncommercial, meditative slice of life art piece at times, "We're not just about breaking bad all the time, maaaan". It's a good show, and unique, and maybe it'll end up being a total triumph in its own right, but it's certainly not how I expected.

Expectations, man. More than once they've done a number on me.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: April 12, 2016, 07:04:52 PM »
http://www.ew.com/article/2016/03/15/better-call-saul-renewed-season-3

This is great news! :ubik:

It's also on AMC but it does seem like they're truly cross-platforming it, so maybe it will have a home somewhere no matter what.

I hope so. I'd like for the show to go as far as it wants to go, preferably in its own terms.

Still, there's business realities that not even Breaking Bad was above. Someone has to pay for these episodes to be produced, and who and how much matters, and it's not like the producers aren't aware of this. Saul is shot digitally as opposed to film, as Breaking Bad was, because it saves them like $100,000 an episode.

Certainly. I just got the impression that having Netflix involved somehow gave them more wiggle room than shows exclusively on AMC have, or even shows on other networks (an example that comes to mind is Hannibal; an acclaimed show that I liked a lot, but that didn't meet NBC's expectations in terms of ratings).

I'd like to see them actually do something with Saul, which is explicitly what they set out to do; the idea of it being a half hour comedy was even toyed with. While I'm glad they chose something more serious and to their strengths, making what's an entirely different show about essentially a different character on the name of Saul is kind of a cheat. I mean, he's going to be Saul on Breaking Bad, and so far there's been little to rectify how Jimmy becomes the man we see there, who is either a very complete or otherwise broken man compared to this one. The more nuance and depth they give Jimmy, the more it actually poses the problem of how the hell he becomes a clown like Saul.

Again, that was the plan, not saying they need to do that but it's almost like they never really figured it out beforehand and still haven't. A big concern going in was if they could figure out how to make a Saul work, and one could argue they haven't.

Yeah, but they're very much not getting there, and unless something shocking happens (not impossible with this crew's history) I'm not seeing something bigger overall take shape, quite the contrary, they're going even further afield (maybe that's how we'll arrive at something fantastically unique, but with the steps forward and back the show's already taken, I'll believe it when I see it).

It could definitely be that they haven't figured out how to make Saul work but, in my opinion, the Jimmy of the show is slowly but surely becoming the Saul of Breaking Bad, and I think we've already seen glimpses in Jimmy of what was par for the course for Saul (like when he defended the guy that sold stuff to Nacho, or when he's filmed his commercials, or to some extent even when he's helped Mike), and I think all that is happening is contributing to lead him there. I'd say something similar about Mike as well (who is going deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole).

Even if/when they do, was this the best use of 20 hours, a lot of it retreading the same or every similar ground (it's a fair question since I'm investing the time =)?

It's very much a fair question. Maybe it wasn't the best use of the first two seasons, but my take on it is that they want to hammer their points home to show that his transformation didn't happen overnight.

And again, I don't see or believe in a master plan yet; from what they've said and I've seen and the nature of the beast they're just making it up as they go along (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, this was true of Breaking Bad, and most television, as well). It feels like it's almost indecision at this point though, or Jimmy's predicament is the producers: do they want to play it straight, be a comedy, be a Breaking Bad fan service show (they keep using elements, but the big fish are still out there =), and they're kind of trying to do a little of it all without fully committing to anything (even the show's original material; Nacho and, until recently, Chuck are almost non-factors). They're choosing half measures, when they should go all the way. :carcus:

I also think that they're making it up as they go along (the clearest example is the major step back they took at the beginning of the second season), but I rationalize their decisions as them trying to explore some themes and, as I said above, to emphasize some points, though perhaps I'm giving them too much credit and being nave.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: April 11, 2016, 07:05:26 PM »

Griffith, after reading your post a couple of questions came to mind, so I'd like to ask them if I may. These are all honest questions so please bear with me.

This is a weird show; I like it (more than anyone I know) but feel like it's going absolutely nowhere except off the airwaves without ever depicting Saul!

I probably like this show more than anyone I know too.  :serpico:

If the show was allowed to run its course, what do you think the ending would be? The reason I ask is because I think that one possibility is that the show will end once Jimmy does becomes Saul. I'm not saying that I think this is the most likely scenario, but I think I'd be fine with it (typing this paragraph I'm thinking that perhaps the natural ending would be Saul meeting Walter). I personally don't feel like a full-fledged Saul is a must for the show. In my opinion just having the show being about Jimmy's transformation would be fine.

One thing I do wonder is what the show would be about if they do go with a full-fledged Saul. We've already seen Saul in Breaking Bad, so I wonder what this show would add to what we've already seen.

... I can't help but worry they're going to get the plug pulled on them before they can go anywhere...

I don't know how these things work, and over here the show is marketed as a Netflix original show, so I wonder if the show getting the plug pulled is really a big concern? I guess what I'm trying to say - and again, I most likely don't know what I'm talking about, which is why I ask - is, if the show loses viewers, would Netflix pull the plug in the same way a regular or a cable network would? Do they even have that many viewers to being with?

or worse, that they don't actually know where they're going.

Is this a big concern for you at the moment? I don't think it is for me. Not only do I like the show as it is, the runners have a lot of credit with me for what they did in Breaking Bad. At the moment I'm more than happy to trust them and to see how it all plays out.

As I've said before, for all it's minute by minute quality the show truly seems rudderless and meandering, with little connection between it's disparate parts (I think Mike and Saul have talked, like, twice this season?). It's like they managed to solve the problem of prequel expectations by completely ignoring where they're supposed to be going, which is admirable, but only to a point.

I don't think they're ignoring where they're going, but rather that they're taking their time getting there (I could go the other way and say that the problem is that Mike's and Jimmy's paths crossed too often in the beginning  :troll:)

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: March 27, 2016, 11:00:04 PM »

I also just got back from Batman v Superman. I thought it was too long, quite messy and scattered. I think it tried to do too much and didn't do much of it well. On the bright side, I really liked Affleck as Batman (though not so much the movie's Batman) and, out of the bat-suits seen in movies, this is probably the one I liked the most (though in my opinion it still has some issues). I give it two and a half Marthas out of five.

On a side note, I didn't quite know where to post this so I'll just leave it here: Batman v Superman - Sad Affleck

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Better Call Saul
« on: March 13, 2016, 06:42:00 PM »
You said it better than I ever could, my friend.  I would add to what you said, but you hit the nail squarely on the head.  I like the show.  The quality is definitely there.  But I wish the story would just get going already.

You said it more concisely; quality without quantity. I see the craftsmanship, but to no end.

Are they afraid to make the Saul show, or are they just way too in love with Jimmy? Is Saul actually going to appear in "the Saul show?" At this rate I'm afraid we won't get another season to find out.

I hear what you guys are saying but I quite like the show as it is. At the end of the first season things seemed to be going in a certain direction and at the beginning of the second season things haven't quite gone that way yet, in fact, they seemed to have taken a u-turn almost immediately. My take on things is that Jimmy is trying to hold on to being a "reputable" lawyer, partly for himself and perhaps also for Kim, and that the events of the first season were not enough for him to become Saul, which means that we'll get to see all he has to endure before he gets to that point, and I appreciate that they're taking their time showing us these events. I'm also enjoying Mike's adventures. Even if they don't seem to be leading anywhere at the moment, just having Mike being Mike is appealing to me. Finally, I find Nacho more interesting than Tuco. I guess we kind of know where things are going for him but this is another journey I'd like to see unfold.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: January 25, 2016, 07:50:32 PM »

A short from Gareth Evans (The Raid 1 and 2):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdrwseAC9Jw

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 19, 2015, 09:14:23 PM »
Otherwise, 3PO and especially R2 didn't even need to be in the movie. R2 was in full McGuffin mode until the plot was over. "Hey, now he works and we can find Luke!" Couldn't that have happened any time after they got the missing part of the map? That is some convenient plot-driven garbage right there.

And I don't think it was the only instance...

The thing is, I wasn't trying, this was just what was coming to me, and while I disagree it felt like the Star Wars movies of old (or really did them justice), I think it was an entertaining movie that nobody has to be ashamed of enjoying.

My opinion on this is closer to Johnstantine's. I came out of the theater thinking that this was indeed a Star Wars movie, for better or worse. But perhaps I need to mention that I didn't like the original trilogy as much as many other people did, and I didn't hate the prequels as many people did, so most likely my biases are different than Johnstantine's and yours. I recently watched all six movies, the prequels for only the second time, and my opinion didn't change overall. This time around it was clear to me that the prequels were worse than I thought on first viewing, but I didn't hate them.

It was nice to see a diverse cast (especially a badass chick), although I can't help but feel it was a bit too calculated.

I hear you, but I want to take it as a step in the right direction anyway.

Ah and I wish they had better explained why Finn out of all the troopers suddenly revolts.

I just assumed that the conditioning all Storm Troopers are subjected to doesn't stick the same way on all of them. But perhaps this is something that will be expanded on next time? Who knows, this could be the key to the next episodes just as Jar-Jar Binks was for the prequels. :troll: Kidding aside, it would have been interesting to have more information on this. On a related note, I think not explaining things in a good way is something I think this movie did on a few counts. I also got the feeling that the final movie ended up being a lot shorter that what it was meant to be, which is perhaps why some things are not as clear as they could be.

P.S. Kylo's sword design is still stupid.

I couldn't agree more. It was nice that he used the special design during a fight, but still.

One final thought: it would be great to listen to a Skullcast about this movie. Just sayin'...  :carcus:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 17, 2015, 07:29:51 PM »
...M did you see Creed because The Force Unleashed is the second film to do what it did : honor the spirit of the original while telling its own story. The new characters Finn and Rey were instantly likable as they synched so well with the returning cast from the OT.

I haven't seen Creed, and I really want to, but it's not on theaters around here until February... :judo:

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