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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.


Since there's no "TV shows to look forward to" thread I'll put this here:

BBC's adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I'll definitely be checking this out.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 23, 2014, 09:02:40 PM »
I hadn't even heard of it. I'll keep it in mind though if you think it's worth checking out.

Yeah, I don't think it has made all that much noise, unfortunately. I went to see it with some guys from work and most of them hadn't heard about it either. I highly recommend it and I'm personally quite glad I got to see it in theaters; it was well worth my time and money.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: November 23, 2014, 08:36:18 PM »

I saw John Wick the other day and I thought it was really good. It's a very straight forward movie with a very simple plot but it's so much fun. I thought it was really well done. Has anybody else seen it? I'd be very interested in reading opinions from other members.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 54
« on: November 04, 2014, 07:54:48 PM »

Thank you for another great episode!  :serpico:

One bit that stood out to me was the discussion that started with Walter saying that Wyald was possibly the worst example of what an apostle is capable of, which is something similar to what I thought when I first read that volume. Regarding that discussion, I also agree with Aazealh in that my reaction at the time might have been influenced by how Wyald's behavior was presented to us: it's right there in the pages for the reader to see. I distinctly remember having a hard time getting through some of the pages in the volume, due both to the graphic nature of some of the images and, as Walter said, the horror of what Wyald and the Black Dog Knights did. Up until that point in the series I had been shocked a few times by the world of Berserk, but this volume took the cake. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I know all apostles are up to no good, but the way Wyald was presented made him stand out to me.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: October 08, 2014, 07:11:20 PM »

Unfortunately I don't read as much as I used to (not that I read all that much to being with,) but about a year after starting it I finally finished The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. One of the reasons it took me so long to finish it was that it took a while for me to get into the story; the first part wasn't all that interesting to me, but once I got past the first part I got hooked. I'm glad I did read it through, it was well worth it.

At the moment I'm in the middle of The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, which is a book that I haven't found all that easy to get through. After I'll finally read the Sherlock Holmes books, which for some reason I haven't read yet.

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