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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 17, 2018, 05:43:58 PM »
Agree with Nighty above and that trailer for the remake got a lot of ppfftt or "why does it need a remake reaction" with the group I went with and I ended up being the only fellow who actually liked it.

I loved The Witch and Hereditary I thought was unsettling and bloody damn good. I'm not much of an anxious person but the mood, music raised my anxiety a couple of times through the film. The 2nd act of the film is where it's a bit of a slow-burn but not by much and I like slow-burn anyway, so I didn't mind it at all. Some scenes drag a little longer so characters can breathe a bit and their emotions can be wholly fleshed out. The music was brooding, suffocating and the end was ... lets say they hit the nail on everything thematically.

Some people find ghosts scary, others find monsters scary (that's me!), so having watched the film, I've been reading comments that either say it's great or it's a snooze fest. Bottom line, watch it and see/ experience it for yourselves to make that opinion. I'm up for a rewatch before it leaves theaters.

Also hit up The Incredibles 2 this week. Funny in a lot of parts and while it's a predictable plot, it's not that bad of a ride. Upgrade from the first film, diving into familiar family dynamics or egos or the pride of Mr. Incredible and his relationship with Elastigirl. I'd say decent movie, for sure. The short film before the movie - BAO - got mixed reactions where emotional scenes got laughs from people in the audience. It wasn't perfect but I liked it.

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I'm pretty curious to hit up

- The Terror because of the cast and well ... the trailer sells that desolate landscape or atmosphere pretty well - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l328p5sSEmc
- Corporate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_H8xcqy4Vc

Lost In Space was ... a complete waste of my time. Had I known it was garbage, I wouldn't have checked it out. You could watch the first 2 episodes, jump right to the last episode and you wouldn't miss a thing. And, it's still not going to redeem the bad story telling or character shifts that happen in the first season. Production wise - great. The writing however, sloppy as hell and while I can understand the purpose of corny stuff here n there, the show simplifies AI a lot and the way the story shifts just doesn't make sense. Maybe this was written for kids as a 'family show'. Speaking of, it was momentous every week to sit on the dining table and watch The X-Files week after week ... moments of awe, terror and cool weird sci fi that sometimes didn't make sense at all (haha!). But this's also when the internet wasn't big and I didn't have access to shows/ world events/ information as freely as kids would have today. I can't imagine anyone in their teens being excited about this new Lost In Space.

Has anyone checked out Altered Carbon yet? That's another one I was meaning to check out.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: The New Picture Thread
« on: May 31, 2018, 02:07:45 PM »
I've been away for a little longer than I should've because of work first and then I decided to move mid April but a move without the help of movers this time. I thought I'd save money in the long run if I made a couple of trips in an Uber XL or Lyft XL (load the back with boxes and everything) but I didn't imagine it taking a long 5 weeks to get it done. I could only do it over weekends, so all my weekends of May and late April were dedicated to the move. What made it a challenge was that my apartment was on the 6th floor, with no elevator. By the time I'd go up and down with heavy boxes (just enough to fit in an SUV), I'd be dead!

Last night, I chucked my bed (mattress, box and frame) and did a final sweep. This's me with my last piece of item that didn't go into storage. It rode a cab while staying on my lap ^_^ and I must say, Skully's quite popular with the ladies. While waiting for a cab outside, he got a couple of smiles and "Ouuuu's" here n there.


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Vagabond / Re: Official Slam Dunk thread
« on: May 31, 2018, 01:57:22 PM »
Oh man ... these covers look really good. What do you think Walter?

I wonder if they mentioned a re-release in English with the new covers. If it's for the Japanese version only, I don't own the Japanese volumes as yet and maybe picking these up will set them apart from the English ones (?). But it's also more space on a book shelf!! Grrrrrr.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 30, 2018, 04:02:39 PM »
While I'm at it, I also recently saw Annihilation, which is a better-than-average sci-fi movie starring Natalie Portman. Recommended for fans of the genre.

I watched it twice in the theater, the second time was a week apart. I'm always skeptical about calling movies good because of their lasting power and watching it just a week apart, I wasn't bored and actually enjoyed it all the more. Definitely good! Thematically it's like Ex Machina in the way it ended and I appreciated the slowburn beginning leading up to it's darker moments, suspense and the third make-or-break act. Of the 2 sets of friends I went with, some of them either thought the third act was too weird or could've been part of a totally different movie or weren't convinced with the outcome of it but not in a "What do you think happened at the end of Inception?" kind of way. Questions about purpose, motives were discussed instead. So all in all, this was a sure keeper.

Fantastic movie. I don't own physical copies of many movies, but I do have a copy of that one on DVD, and that says a lot about my opinion of it.

Lovely soundtrack and worth keeping on DVD/ BR. The end is visually striking and suffocating at times.

I watched Han Solo last night. There was something basic I wasn't down with - Han. Outside of that character, everyone else and the story was all the action adventure that could be in a Star Wars film. The old formula done well. Great visuals here and there. I was surprised to see a certain someone to appear towards the end of the film. The actor playing Lando (forget his name but he's everywhere ... the Atlanta chap) nailed Lando. Speaking of Marvel fatigue, I felt like I'd just watched another Star Wars movie only to find myself watching this a few months apart. That awe of rushing to see it wasn't there for me personally and I would've gladly waited for it on DVD/ BR if my friends hadn't got me a ticket.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: The Horror Movie Thread
« on: May 30, 2018, 03:49:27 PM »
Hereditary comes out next week, here's a trailer for it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6wWKNij_1M

Looks promising and I'm going to have to check it out cos it's made by the folks who did The Witch - a movie I liked through and through.

There were 2 fun movies I hit up that were on Netflix - The Ritual and Creep 2. The Ritual was a bit of a slow burn horror in the woods film following a group of good, old friends. Of course, there's a bit of a disagreement among the group members but that's just surface level of what's going on in the background. The outcome isn't exceptional or surprising but it didn't feel like a waste of time because of some of the visuals and atmospheric moments. Definitely check it out if you can. Creepy 2 was a step up from Creepy ... it's all about jumpscares like the first movie and this takes it up a notch in the weird area. What scared me with the first one was not knowing what the character was capable of or what he'd do or how far he'd go. Knowing all of that and going into the sequel I was afraid it might not click but the movie still managed to connect thematically and up the ante a bit.

Also hit up The Endless in April which was a lot of fun - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DTbx7c7ez8

The protagonist's are two brothers who go back to a UFO death cult when they receive a video from the cult. They'd left the cult about 10 years ago and the younger brother really wants to go back and check it out - for closure. They go back to find some old friends and things get weird as time passes on. If you're interested, there's an easter egg if you're familiar with the writer/ director's other movies ; )

EDIT - got tickets for Hereditary for next Tuesday, should be fun.

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Video Games / Atari VCS
« on: May 30, 2018, 03:03:34 PM »
I took the plunge and pre-ordered the Atari VCS console. I got the regular black version by itself and a set of remote controls because it was the cheapest option in the campaign.

They have 2 consoles offered - the black regular version called Onyx (comes with a 30ish% discount if bought by itself) and the Collector's version (front wooden like look for the panel).

It's currently available through an Indiegogo page - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/atari-vcs-game-stream-connect-like-never-before-computers-pc/x/18832119#/

I haven't kept in touch with the gaming market or insights and I'm curious to know why Atari would go through an Indiegogo for such a release ... which kinda seems to me as something that would be popular and would garner enough orders or pre-orders on its own.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:51:38 PM »
I was in DC this past weekend and on my way back, I was bored and downloaded a couple of games on my phone. I'm not big on gaming on the phone because I never had a good or powerful phone, always running out of battery. Couple of months ago I picked up a refurbished iPhone 7s and it's been holding up pretty well (so far atleast!). Two hours in I got stuck and started getting dizzy in the backseat. Frustrated, I looked for other popular free games and picked up WeavetheLine ... loving that one!

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 355
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:39:53 PM »
Thanks for the link Sareth, order placed. Last week I finally got my package for episode 354.

I'm with you Walter on staying spoiler-free ^_^. I'm gonna wait for Aaz's post with the summary and dive into reading the episode.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 12, 2018, 01:41:41 PM »
Oouff, the Shining is one of my favorite films and easily in my top 5 most replayed films but I dunno if I'd be able to handle the soundtrack while isolated on an island, I very well may go crazy. :ganishka: On its own merits though, it is a wonderful soundtrack.

Definitely, it's one of those that sounds great with or without the film playing in your head.

I was never a Megadeth fan when I first dove into metal primarily because of (and as silly as it sounds) this group of guys who loved them and I hated their guts. So if they liked Megadeth or Tool or Iron Maiden or whatever else, I just wasn't gonna listen to it. And years went by and I still haven't listened to a Megadeth records from beginning to end. I guess if there was one definitive Megadeth album, which one would it be? I'll need to do some reading on this topic in my downtime to catch up with the discussion ^_^.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Albums for Desert Island
« on: March 06, 2018, 03:29:16 PM »
Walter's list surprised me and equally fun was seeing yours, Griffith.

You've probably noticed a pattern here... I love liberal use of the ellipsis. :carcus:
WOW! Has the black album fallen out of favor? Well NOW YOURE UNNNFORGIVVVENNN 222222222222222-

:ganishka:

My favorite Pantera would be Far Beyond Driven but when I first heard of Pantera and managed to trade cassettes to finally get a complete set (with the exception of Reinventing), I'd gravitate to Vulgar Display Of Power because of the powerhouse Mouth For War and A New Level which is think is their best one-two punch opening songs across all albums.

This's one hard list to make because it's albums from anywhere ... EP's, full lengths, soundtracks, splits. Sigh, lets try this ... first draft in no order

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
Raison d'etre - The Empty Hollow Unfolds
2001: A Space Odyssey movie soundtrack
The Shining movie soundtrack
AKIRA soundtrack - Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Incantation - Diabolical Conquest
My Dying Bride - As The Flower Withers
Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse
Immolation - Failures for Gods
Evoken - Antithesis of Light

Choosing was oouuufff ... rough.

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Berserk Merchandise / Oniri Creations - Berserk line
« on: February 23, 2018, 04:34:33 PM »
They announced through their Facebook/Twitter - https://www.facebook.com/oniricreations/photos/a.1196312743783278.1073741828.1174349939312892/1626466317434583/?type=3&theater]

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Guts et sa mythique dragonslayer arrivent à grands pas dans votre collection... Voici un aperçu de notre prochaine statue Berserk. À l'échelle 1/6, ce projet marque le début d'une gamme de statues basée sur la licence. Nous vous l'avions déjà précisé mais nous mettons absolument tout notre savoir-faire dans cette pièce. Tous les détails, aussi infimes soient-ils, seront poussés au maximum. Qu'il s'agisse de métal, tissu, peau... ou autre? L'attente semble longue mais nous vous assurons que vous aurez rarement vu une statue 1/6 aussi ambitieuse.
Et nous avons extrêmement hâte de vous la dévoiler!


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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:20:04 PM »
HUmm weird indeed. But they do warn us (well at least in my e-mail) that it can take up from 2 to 6 weeks to get here and in extreme cases up to 3 months. I received ep352 a week or so after pre-ordering ep353. (I hope for you that it did not get lost in the mail. I know I would be pissed about that, and tbh I was starting to be a bit scared when it got to 6 weeks of waiting.)

Where do you live?

New York. I used to hit up the local Kinokuniya before but I've been tied up with work and I traveled a bit in the last quarter of 2017 resulting in not being able to order a copy from em. I've been checking YJA to see if I can buy it but it's a bit of a hassle. So I'd rather buy from CDJapan and spend a little more for the convenience.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: February 20, 2018, 05:55:16 PM »
I'm going to Black Panther tonight. Zero expectations.

On that note, I finally saw Thor: Ragnarok, and after hearing for months it's this great, super fun flick among the best Marvel has ever done... it was alright. It didn't take itself seriously at all, but that kind of undermined all the cool stuff in it, because visually it's a treat that doesn't seem to have boundaries for better and for worse, so it's basically an animated comedy with no emotional core (other than the obligatory crescendo moments it doesn't even buy into). Here's hoping Panther takes itself at least seriously enough to have a little internal gravity.

I thought the new Thor was OK too, nothing special to talk about outside of the fact that some fight scenes were done well. They made it a lot more colorful than previous Thor movies, sort of akin to the Guardians treatment. Most jokes/ supposedly funny situations felt flat.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 354
« on: February 20, 2018, 05:51:41 PM »
Thanks for the link, Sareth.

Thx! Preorder done.  :guts: (still waiting for the January issue  :ganishka: )

It's pretty weird I didn't get the issue carrying episode 352 yet but I received the one with 353.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Hola
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:12:25 PM »
Welcome aboard nightmare, feel free to use all of the community's extensive resources - you've come to the right place. Enjoy your time on the board!

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: February 12, 2018, 09:15:15 PM »
Just started Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 353
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:55:23 PM »
Just got my issue today, man it's glorious. It'll take a while to fully appreciate it, now onto listening to the pod on it ^_~

Thanks for the summary puella and Aaz!

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Anime Asylum / Re: Berserk 2017 Blu-Ray
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:26:22 PM »
I may have watched the first or the first two episodes of the second season and didn't get to finishing it. It's a weird predicament I find myself in where I love Berserk but I didn't watch or consume something Berserk related that was out there for me to consume, if that makes sense. The first season was a frustrating, disappointing watch.

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Buying / Selling / Re: [FS] AOW collection and possibly more
« on: January 09, 2018, 04:30:59 PM »
Skull Knight On Horse II was sold yesterday to a person outside the forum, not sure if he's a member but he has friends on the forum. The day he was informed the statue was available, he picked it up. Quick to deal with. I've updated the topic to reflect the same.

This statue was initially put On Hold by SK member Kuiyingleung who has 1 post on the forum. This was on 12/21. After follow ups, he emailed me on Jan 02 saying - "Hi morning and happy new year, sorry for the late reply, I will send you the funds today..." indicating he would pay on Jan 02. Since neither payment nor any communication was received from his end, I sent him a reminder on Jan 04 to let me know if he was interested or give me an update on payment by end of day Jan 05. I also indicated to him that I would let the SK community know of our communication. There has been no response since his email to me on Jan 02.

The intent of being transparent with the forum to caution you if you are communicating/ dealing with Kuiyingleung. Currently he has one post, where he has expressed his interest in purchasing SK On Horse (Back-lighting).

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:14:55 PM »
Their two player games were really fun with this bunch or friends, decent selection for crowds I'd think ... but nobody was prepared for controllers to be dropped or thrown cos of game rage ... my friend wouldn't budge with Contra III and an hour later, he finally got to the first stage's boss and died at the same time as beating the boss. He was not pleased, not one bit. It was funny to watch.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Board games?
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:31:14 PM »
Having played Pandemic twice now, it's a decent game with enough action and it's a bit different because it's the game against you or the players. So there's a bit of co-conspiring to try to beat the game. I find it a little boring because there's less of what you ideally want to do if everything is a group decision (ya know?).

Haven't played Monopoly since I was a teen and recently played + enjoyed it a lot. A friend was given the Stranger Things themed game and whatever you do, I recommend buying property at Steve's Pool. Every goddamn round a bunch of us would somehow land on that slot. Another hot target is buying any property that comes after Jail because anyone headed to Jail would hit those up again.

Scythe was a lot of fun to play because of it's depth. It's a bit of a slow burn in the beginning because you have to set the base for all your actions later on. Earning 'popularity' is key and the more you have, the more influence you have in the game. I like the strategic side of the game. Getting the rules right the first time was a bit of a task. 

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: January 02, 2018, 06:16:52 PM »
On New Years Eve we played a few games on a friend's SNES Classic - Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Mario Kart (gave me motion sickness cos I wasn't used to seeing pixels move that fast), Super Ghouls and Ghosts and Contra III.

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