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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: December 16, 2015, 07:01:41 PM »
So I just saw the movie. I don't know if my overall impression of the movie is a spoiler or not but I guess I better tag everything.

I think the movie was good but it wasn't great; there were things I really liked and there were others that I didn't. The story is basically A New Hope with some twists and some stuff from episodes V and VI. The locales are basically locales from other episodes in all but name, and one can't really help but be reminded of the original trilogy every step of the way, though I guess that was most likely the intention to cater to fans. I didn't quite like that there was a Death Star in the movie. I know, I know, it's not a Death Star, it's a Starkiller and it's much, much bigger. :schierke: Since they can be destroyed in basically the same way I guess they're not that different after all. I find it funny how after all these years the forces of the dark side didn't quite manage to design a Death Star thingy that is not vulnerable to the kind of attack that took down the first one. Another thing I didn't quite like was how Rey was able to accomplish so much in terms of using the force with no training whatsoever, especially when it seems to have taken Luke quite some effort to reach what I perceived as being similar levels; talk about being a natural. Speaking of Rey, I guess being in tune with the force automatically makes you at least decent when it comes to handling light sabers (I guess one could argue that she was already proficient with her own weapon and that perhaps that was a good enough start, or that perhaps she was already good with swords, but I don't really buy any of those arguments). Perhaps Kylo Ren really sucked as a fighter and that's why Rey managed to keep up both in terms of using the force and swordsmanship (and I don't think it was all due to Kylo Ren's injury). One more thing I didn't quite like was Snoke, not the character himself, but the CGI behind it, which I thought wasn't very good, but perhaps this was just an effect of the 3D screen.

Regarding the things I did like, I thought Daisy Ridley and John Boyega were really good and that they had good chemistry. I really enjoyed Rey and Finn's relationship from the very start (Finn trying to help Rey when she clearly didn't need help) to the end (when she told him that she'd see him again). If the next movies will have more adventures with Rey and Finn sign me up already. I thought Harrison Ford was quite good too and I think this movie was a good send-off for Han Solo. Also, I found the humor in the movie to be really good, there were quite a few moments that had me laughing. The nostalgia factor kind of goes both ways for me, on one hand I was constantly reminded of the original trilogy, on the other hand there were really good nostalgia moments, among which I basically count the introduction of all the (literally) old characters. One moment that stood out for me was the introduction of the Millenium Falcon, i thought it was a really good gag. finally, I thought they did a good job in terms of setting up the next movies, for example, I'm really interested in finding out where Kylo Ren goes from here, and I also wonder if we're going to learn more about Rey's story (perhaps I'm reading too much into it but I wonder why Leia hugged her so affectionately at the end).

As I mentioned at the start of this rant I thought the movie was good, so I give it three damaged Darth Vader helmets out of five.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 70
« on: December 06, 2015, 07:15:08 PM »
Thanks for another great episode!

I tried something new for the intro and outro music this time: I made them into backing music for the opening 4 minutes and the closing 2 minutes, so it plays at low volume underneath what we're saying. Both are tracks from the Dreamcast game's soundtrack, though they aren't by Hirasawa Susumu.

What did everyone think of this? Liked it / Didn't like it / Didn't notice?

I didn't like it. I found the music distracting, particularly the one playing at the beginning of the show.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 342
« on: November 24, 2015, 11:00:41 PM »

Great episode and momentous occasion. It indeed is a good time to be a Berserk fan (as if there really was ever a bad time to be one  :iva:)

With all the good stuff that's happening I can't get a certain song by Kool & The Gang out of my head.  :serpico:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 23, 2015, 09:42:14 PM »
Those are all good ones (one way or another), but I notice a conspicuous absence of Connery entries? Was his charisma not enough for you to elevate them above how boring they actually are? =)

You know, I'm not sure I like Connery's Bond. It may not have been all his fault that his Bond turned the way he did, but I found it kind of hard to get past moments like this:


or even small things like this:

And it's not only his attitude towards women, I'm not sure I liked him all that much in general. I guess in the movies I've liked I've found Bond to have some redeeming qualities that somewhat make up for the other stuff (which seems to be there in basically all the movies I've seen)

Yeah, that's a good way to put. Coincidentally, I was thinking about this yesterday and reconsidering my best Bonds by Bond, and sort of how to best get a sense of the arc of the series without actually watching too many (because, just as you discovered, it's really not great on the whole =).

No easy task at all. If someone were to ask me for a recommendation of which movies to watch I'd suggest, from the movies I've seen, Dr. No (it's the first one, so it's a must if only for that), From Russia with Love, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me, GoldenEye and Casino Royale. I'm still yet to find out if there's a Dalton movie I'd recommend, but I'll get there soon enough. This list is already six movies, so if it came to that I'd probably skip one of the Connery movies, but it's hard to decide which one.

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.

Will do!  :serpico:

On a side note, for me the best thing to come out of a Bond movie that I didn't like was the theme song for Live and Let Die, which by far my favorite Bond song. My second favorite Bond song would probably be Nobody Does It Better. How about you? Any favorite songs?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 22, 2015, 08:30:40 PM »
Better or worse than Quantum of Solace, though?  :carcus:

Truth to be told I don't remember much of that movie, so I can't really say.  :sad:

I haven't seen Spectre yet, but that's because I think I've already diagnosed its problem, which is it's trying to do old Bond in the new style and it's creating this weird dissonance. Like, the nods to the classic Bond tropes in Skyfall worked because it was the modern Bond fondly commenting on them (and meta as fuck, "We're going back in time" in the literal equivalent of the Bond DeLorean), but it was still fully modern and fit the style pioneered by Casino Royale. That made it fun and kind of gave us the best of both worlds (even it's clumsy hacking/spy/sexual politics); what the old Bond took seriously could be what was campy about this Bond, adding a nice dash of nostalgia to the more down to Earth approach. On the other hand, it sounds like Spectere is trying to modernize the camp and make it serious, which just sounds like a recipe for failing on both levels simultaneously. Nobody really wants to see them take Dr. Evil, or any of that other fun Austin Powers-inspiring Bond stuff, and try to make it DEEP and personal and gritty, not least of which because that's hard to really take seriously. Furthermore, it makes it seem like the modern Bond was just a necessary diversion, as if Casino Royale, unarguably one of the best Bond movies if not THEE best, was just something they had to do, but always bent towards this inevitable return to form (they just had to us into it after Jason Bourne =). So, I'm sure I'll enjoy it because it seems like fans familiar with the old Bond are the ones most appreciating it, but I'm not excited about it.

I think you assessment is spot on, and I'd be really interested in what you think about the movie once you see it, particularly since this year I made it a project to watch all the Bond movies in order, most of them for the first time (before this  project I had only seen from GoldenEye and up to Skyfall), and I can't say I'm a fan of the series as a whole. My next movie is Moonraker and so far, out of the movies I've seen, I've only really liked On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me, GoldenEye and Casino Royale.

EDIT: By the way, I remember you posting your top 10 Bond movies so I looked it up, and it looks like I'm only missing The Living Daylights and For Your Eyes Only (but you stroke the latter off the list, so I'm not sure it counts). When I first read the list it was like reading a foreign language but now I know what it's all about, I think. :serpico:

He also brought up the excessive length, which is another reason I'm not as excited to sit down and watch it as I might be.

I agree that Spectre is too long.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 17, 2015, 08:17:01 PM »

I saw Spectre the other day and I can't say I liked it. It felt like a checklist of beats that had to be crossed off and, worse than that, it also felt like they rehashed elements of previous movies in a way that I found off-putting. There were also moments in the movie that were supposed of import but they fell flat and were basically unearned. Too bad, I like Craig's Bond, but this movie was a wasted opportunity.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« on: November 13, 2015, 09:01:41 PM »
Binge watched Aziz Ansari's new show on Netflix called Master Of None .... If you got Netflix, give it a shot guys.

I just learned this show existed the other day and what I read about it definitely caught my attention. It's now on my list, but I'm not sure when I'll get to it because:

there's too many shows!

Indeed. The list of shows I follow/plan on watching consists of 42 shows, and I find it amazing that people in my social circle don't really watch many of them, though they watch other shows I don't. It feels like nowadays there really is something for everyone and in my opinion the quality of many of the shows is quite high (though of course there's also many crappy and mediocre shows).

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« on: November 09, 2015, 08:13:44 PM »
I'm watching Blacklist. I don't know why.

For me it's James Spader. I liked his work on Boston Legal and I still like his work on this show (oddly enough I didn't quite like him on Avengers 2).

Video Games / Re: Video Game Soundtracks
« on: October 23, 2015, 05:43:11 PM »
Chrono Trigger & Cross

It's nice to see Chrono Cross get some love. It's one of my all-time favorite games and I like the soundtrack quite a bit. I thought about putting it on my list but in the end I decided to list only my top two.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
« on: October 23, 2015, 05:33:04 PM »

The other day I got my tickets for December 16th. So far I haven't watched any trailers and I have stayed away from any sort of spoilers; basically I know nothing about the movie other than the fact that it's a Star Wars movie and that familiar faces will be on it. My reason for going in blind is basically that expectations are a bitch, so I'd rather go in having none.

Video Games / Re: Video Game Soundtracks
« on: October 20, 2015, 07:31:45 PM »

My favorites are Chrono Trigger ( and Mega Man 2 ( or I simply can't get enough of them.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 340
« on: September 22, 2015, 06:48:49 PM »
While looking at the episode I was wondering if someone from Griffith's forces will show up due to all what's going on during the fight, be it human or apostle guards. But perhaps the fight will be over before they show up.

She also warns her girls not to try to peep, because if they're caught by the Demon Soldiers, they'll be either killed on the spot or arrested for helping traitors.

Could this mean then that Luka is aware such cases happening in Falconia? It'd be really interesting to know more.


So Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is over. I thought it was a solid show all in all. In terms of adapting the book the show did fall short, as clearly pointed out by Walter, but I think that for all its shortcomings the show did manage to get other aspects right. Would viewers be better off reading the book than watching the show? Most likely, but in my opinion the same can be said of most adaptations. On the other hand, I know a few people that are not big on reading that can now take a look into the world of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and I think that what they'd be getting out of it is enough to make them appreciate it. Who knows, perhaps the show will get more readers for the book. I myself just started reading the book a second time after reading it several years ago.

...Hannibal has been cancelled by NBC


I just watched the first episode of season three and throughout the episode I was reflecting on how gorgeous and good the show is, only to learn about the cancellation today. A real bummer. I hope it gets picked up somewhere else.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 63
« on: June 10, 2015, 07:23:48 PM »
I've seen it three times now, don't know that I've EVER done that. It's not even like I'm that crazy over it, I've just been shepherding different people in, but even the third time I never got bored. =)

Second viewing done! I really quite enjoyed the movie even though it was the second time around. One of my favorite moments both times was a profile shot of Furiosa while she was on the war rig waiting to depart from the citadel. It's a very short moment but it really stayed with me.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 63
« on: June 09, 2015, 06:06:02 PM »
Hmm, you've stumbled onto a coloring issue, for sure. But it's still possible. You just have to include text along WITH the clickable part of the standard URL tagLike this, I think Of course, then the link sort of disappears...  :farnese:

Thank you! I tried just tagging a straight up URL like this: but it didn't quite work. The URL was clickable, but it wasn't quite hidden and it wasn't quite visible either.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 63
« on: June 08, 2015, 07:34:26 PM »
Thank you for another great episode! This time I had to listen to the podcast in two sessions because I hadn't watched Mad Max, but now I finally have. Great discussion! Regarding the movie, I'm so late to the party that I feel like there's not really much I can't say, but I will say that, even with all the hype surrounding it and the high expectations, the movie didn't disappoint one bit; on the contrary, I thought it was really good. So much so that I'm seriously considering going to the theaters to see it one more time, and that's is something that I haven't done in very many years.

Regarding a certain moment of the Mad Max discussion, Griffith I have the perfect card game for you:  :troll: (I actually own a copy of the game)

By the way, how do you spoiler tag a URL?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Game of Thrones TV [spoilers]
« on: June 05, 2015, 01:56:05 PM »

There's the books and there's the show. How about a musical?

So last night I saw the first episode of BBC's adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. And... whew, I was relieved. Surprisingly, it's really good!  :ubik:

Woohoo! I'm glad you liked it. I also watched the first episode yesterday and I liked it too. I can't say it blew me away but it certainly caught my attention enough to continue watching. It also made me want to read the book again a bit more than I already wanted to. I particularly liked the scene in the church; the special effects were not outstanding, but I thought the scene was done sufficiently well for the quality of the effects to not matter that much. I also liked Vinculus, in particular his scene with Childermass. By the way, what did you think of Childermass? I must confess that unfortunately I don't remember him all that well, so I'm curious to know what you think of his portrayal.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: May 25, 2015, 07:34:46 PM »
Fury Road dad update: "Beyond outstanding." :guts:

Mission accomplished!  :ubik:

Speaking of parents watching the move, have you read this?

Man, I really want to see Mad Max but I haven't found a suitable time yet, and I don't see things changing any time soon. I'm feeling like Walter was at the beginning of the latest podcast; but luckily for him he had fixed things by the end of the episode. I need to figure something out stat.

Haha, isn't that perfect, though? "You know--I just thought of something. I'll be fine."


Jay appeared a couple of times in the highlight reel and they used the photograph I posted above when they cut to a commercial break. I heard there were talks for each of them to appear on the other's show near the end of each but it could just never be worked out. It's too bad considering how many times Leno appeared on his show before (when he and Dave were killer btw and had a natural chemistry) it would have blown the roof off. Though, probably appropriate it didn't happen for all the right and wrong reasons (don't want to distract from the other's farewell, don't want to seemingly bow to the other either, and... it just wouldn't be the same).

I did see the picture when they cut to commercial, but I guess I was expecting something else, something more. A snipe or a joke perhaps? It's old news but I was kind of expecting a joke about taking back the show from Colbert soon or something. Though I think what you said about them not appearing on each other's show also applies to them not taking a shot at Leno. It was the right way to go.

Mine as well, and here's a great write up on that list, the last show, and Letterman's legacy here:

Good stuff! Thanks!

Conan just didn't work as the King of Mainstream Late Night, like Letterman he's much more effective as a subversive misfit and I'm glad he's still thriving on social media, because I'll likely never watch another late night show again.

I like Conan and for a time I did follow a bit of what he did on TBS, but it's been a while. On the other hand I quite enjoyed some of his Serious Jibber-Jabber episodes. It's still Conan but it's good to see another side of him.

Part of me wishes he did get the Late Show though, but Colbert does truly seem like someone that could do something completely different. I have no idea what to expect.

I honestly have no expectations whatsoever. I don't quite see what he can do to revamp the format, though I'd like to see him do it.

Anyway, some more tributes from late night luminaries and leftovers:

Conan Says Thank You To David Letterman
Jimmy Kimmel Bids Farewell to David Letterman
Adam Sandler's Musical Ode to David Letterman
Norm Macdonald Performs Stand-Up on David Letterman
Martin Short's Funeral Song for David Letterman

More goodies!  :ubik: I don't think I can watch them today but I'll definitely check them out.

David Letterman's final show...

Thank you for posting the highlights! I meant to watch the show but it slipped my mind. It was indeed a subdued show but, like you mentioned, it felt appropriate. I was expecting a mention of Leno at some point, even if a small one, but it never came (or I missed it). Out of the top ten list the one I liked the most was the one from Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

I don't watch late night shows anymore but there were periods of my life when I watched a few almost religiously, so this was basically must-watch TV for me. I guess in general this was quite an important final show because it was Letterman.

Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 20, 2015, 06:13:40 PM »
Nice. I can't tell you how many hours of my life I've spent playing that game.

Ditto. It's actually my favorite game.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 62
« on: May 06, 2015, 06:01:17 PM »
Thank you JMP, Walter and Grail for your kind comments! :farnese: And thanks also to Walter, Griffith and Aazealh for having me on the podcast. It was a great experience being able to discuss Berserk in real time with you guys, and just talking to you in general. :serpico:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 02, 2015, 07:22:40 PM »
Though, while it's the same length as the last one, it's not nearly as long or clunky

I didn't know both movies were the same length before reading your comment. If somebody had asked me which one was longer I would have guessed the second one hands down. I don't know why but throughout the movie I felt that it was way too long.

(better movie, yes, but not a better Avengers movie)

I couldn't agree more.

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