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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 351
« on: June 22, 2017, 03:26:49 PM »
Just you wait untill the next one. I'm sure it won't be as "easy" as it was for the moment. They do look tired and dirty though. So I would not say that it was a walk in the park. And considering where the last fragment is, they might not come back unscathered mentally and physically. Though I doubt anything mortal will happen.

Yea, if you read the whole dreamscape sequence from the beginning it is quite the journey. Surreal, confusing, emotional, informative, and by the way the characters appear at the end of this last episode here, clearly it's been an exhausting experience for them. Also let's not forget that there was a lot that we weren't shown, given how small the broken fragments were. We can assume that they spent a lot of time collecting the pieces. In fact, I like to think that since they aren't exactly bound to the laws of real time, perhaps they've been doing this for what could seem like an eternity, fighting off endless waves after waves of enemies. So even without Miura needlessly showing it to us, we can fill in the blanks and piece the whole incredible journey together which honestly, just imagining it seems draining, physically and emotionally. And of course it goes without saying that the real challenge is just ahead. If you think it's been too easy for them so far, just imagine that everything up until now has been the easy part and just look at how exhausted and disheveled they look at the end there. The real challenge has only just begun.

Anyway loved the episode, of course. A little bummed about the break though. I never comment on the breaks, but this one stings because I was expecting a steady stream through summer and was really looking forward to it (WE'RE SO CLOSE! WE NEED CASCA BACK! :casca:).  C'est la vie.

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Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: June 18, 2017, 03:15:18 AM »
I'd just like to say that I'm proud to still have never watched any Berserk related animations after that first Golden Age movie all those years ago. I feel so bad for everyone that has been forcing themselves to sit through this just because it's Berserk related, especially the admins.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 01, 2017, 07:55:13 PM »
Go on. I thought the extended cut supposedly fixed it?

I'm guessing you haven't seen it?  I'm going to disregard the theatrical edition totally since it's a complete mess. The Directors Cut of Kingdom of Heaven is another example in the same way as Prometheus in that it's a massive letdown because all the work that went into the movie can't save it from the few glaringly obvious bad decisions. On the one hand this is a movie I really want to enjoy because it's a historical epic about the crusades that looks fantastic, has a great cast and if you're like me and enjoy long movies like the Godfather or Apocalypse Now, Kingdom of Heaven is four hours long and made in the classic Hollywood tradition containing an overture and an intermission. Scott could have a masterpiece on his hands here, even with the liberties taken with the actual history. But despite how much I want to like this movie I have no desire to ever sit through it again (although I did sit through it many times out of fascination). For the average person, once is enough, like Prometheus.

That's actually more threadbare than I thought it would be. The truth is Scott's not some auteur, he's a great director and a producer, but obviously not a writer, so he cedes a lot of creative control over the quality of his stories, which explains why there's such irregularities there. Since he's in his writers' hands, if they don't have the goods the best he can do is polish a turd.

This is basically what I've come to believe is the major problem. Even if the issue with the movie isn't necessarily with the actual script, like dialog or specific plot points, it's with general preproduction choices that have major consequences for the film. It's still no excuse though, and I'll use Kingdom of Heaven as an example. Scott may not be a writer, and maybe he's wise for letting others do the writing, but he chooses his projects very carefully and it's still baffling to me as to how he can move forward with the problem decisions. Maybe it's a case hindsight is 20/20. Or maybe that's just how it always is, whether it's Scott, Spielberg, Cameron or Lucas. But honestly, Scott being underrated or overrated as a filmmaker aside, he's just as peculiar as the others when it comes to the trend of tarnishing ones own legacy or staying on the mound too long or however you look at it. Alien is without a doubt a masterpiece.

First big problem with KoH is that Scott seemingly caved into the studio pressure to have everyone speaking English. Let's be real here, this movie looks gorgeous. The attention to detail is amazing. Game of Thrones's art department and wardrobe on steroids. If you're going to make the film look this authentic with the giant sets and exotic locations and incredible armor departments then why not apply the same thinking to the language aspect? I understand why studios don't want subtitles in movies for American audiences but you'd think someone like Scott would have enough clout to make the call on his big budget period piece. But I guess he folded here and it's devastating to see the great Muslim Saladin talking to all his generals in this weird English accent, clearly affecting his performance too. All the characters speak English in the entire movie, there are no subtitles. The whole world spoke English, which is very distracting after the heavy multicultural diversity message that's at the heart of the movie. There are scenes that take place in the Muslim army and they all speak English to each other. It's even worse when it's actually used in the plot when an eavesdropping captured English crusader overhears some important information being spoken between Muslim generals and can easily converse right back with them. DOH!

Another big issue for a four hour movie like this is the pacing. I actually enjoy really long, slow movies, but even my patience is tested here and it wouldn't be that big of a deal if it wasn't for the fact that they are constantly skipping over major battles that could have injected some life into the movie. Again, I understand why they do this. They want to save it all for the final big battle, a massive siege for the final 15- 20 minutes. But when you have 3 and a half hours of buildup, that final siege needs to be one of the greatest battles ever put to screen and, of course, it is not. It's not that bad, it's actually totally serviceable. But when we have The Lord of the Rings and Troy and even Scotts own Gladiator, where the battle is right at the beginning, it's a gamble to save all the action for end of the 4 hours. It could have been satisfying had there been other conflicts throughout the movie, just a few smaller battles here or there. They even have a perfect opportunity for a great battle in the desert a little over the halfway mark into the movie where the Muslim army ambushes the English who decided to march into the desert without enough supplies. But they skip over it, instead showing the before and after. We see the torn up battlefield and we wish we could have witnessed some of the action. In a show like Game Of Thrones I can understand not being able to film a big battle scene, especially in the first season, and having to cut around it, but in this movie there's really no excuse. After four hours of politics I don't know if any movie could wow it's audience with action. It's got to be dispersed throughout. 

The final MAJOR problem is Ridley Scott made here is casting Orlando Bloom as the lead. He simply cannot carry this movie for it's length. Imagine Jon Snow in the first season of GoTs. Lots of staring, looking confused, not speaking a lot, or speaking slow in a deep gravelly voice. Furrowing of the brow. It's painful to watch and it actually gets worse with multiple viewings. I don't know how Scott could have overlooked this. It destroys his movie.

Spielberg, Scott, Cameron and Lucas. They're all different enough that you can't use the same brush to explain away all the problems that come with all their recent work. But with the exception of Cameron, they've all revisited their own franchises to try and capture that same magic again, and they all end making the weakest iteration of their own series. Out of all of them though Scott to me is the most frustrating. Talk about ranking piles of shit, besides the prequels out of all those directors Scott has the most bottom turds. I mean, have you seen 1492: Conquest of Paradise? Makes Kingdom of Heaven look like Lawrence of Arabia. I could talk about all the problems with that movie too, but there's hardly anything even remotely redeeming about that movie. Literally not worth it.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: June 01, 2017, 01:57:30 PM »
Anyway, despite all that, it's impossible for me to believe Ridley Scott could do worse than these or anything after Alien: Resurrection. Just no fucking way even on his worst day it'd be more worthwhile just to look at. So, with that said, here's my Alien/Predator movie rankings off the top of my head, feel free to disagree, and if you think this is a waste of time, I actually sat through all this shit save for Covenant:

Alien
Aliens
Predator
Alien 3
Prometheus
Covenant
Predator 2
Predators
Alien: Resurrection
AvP
AvPR

There's a few that I'd accept are basically interchangeable on here, like Alien 3 and Prometheus, the lesser two Predator movies, and AvP and Resurrection could be switched (AvP isn't crazy bad, but by the same token at least Resurrection has crazy going for it). So, without seeing it, by my estimation Covenant can be no worse than the 5th "best" Alien movie, and 6th including the full A/P canon.


I'd agree with this ranking (haven't seen Covenant), except for maybe putting Resurrection above Predators, just because of what was mentioned before about it having some uniqueness in its vision (the frenchness), whereas Predators really had nothing, just an adolescent remake of the original (with a samurai!). I mean seriously, shoving a predator/samurai fight scene in that movie is like having Yoda whip out his tiny green light saber in Attack of the Clones. One person thinks it's cool and forces it into the movie no matter how much it doesn't belong. But anyway ranking anything after Predator 2 is like figuring out which turd is least offensive. 

Anyway, despite all that, it's impossible for me to believe Ridley Scott could do worse than these or anything after Alien: Resurrection. Just no fucking way even on his worst day it'd be more worthwhile just to look at.

It's interesting to think about. He's a competent filmmaker who's made unquestionable classics. You know he's got it in him to make something truly great, and that's what's so frustrating when you look at his filmography and see some just plain bad movies or even worse, the almost good ones with the baffling choices that end up ruining the movie. You're right that from a visual standpoint, even his worst movies look great (Prometheus included). A lot of the time the real bad stuff comes from a few simple decisions that just unwind the whole thing, sometimes it's in the script and other times it's something done in post production. To me it's a real mystery. How can a man who puts so much work into something and make it look so great be so seemingly foolish to let a few no brainers bring the whole movie down? This goes way beyond Prometheus, which, as we all have said, could have really been something had that script been wiped clean of Lindelof's religious crap and the unnecessary confusing alien mythos forced in, all which added nothing to the movie and had no consequence in the end. Too many cooks in the kitchen. It seemed like Scott had a pretty good grasp on the movie he wanted to make initially. Oh, and keep your helmets ON for the love of god! EVERYONE thought that was stupid.

Another example of Scott's frustrating skill as a filmmaker to make a movie look amazing, but be so terrible because of a few simple bafflingly bad decisions is Kingdom of Heaven. I actually wrote several paragraphs on why I think that movie is so strangely close to being great while at the same time so far... but I don't want to clog up this thread with it. I mean, unless you really want me too I guess I could post it I suppose.

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Lol yeah I tried that of course, "The first interracial kiss on TV!" but Shatner and those damn mini-skirts give it away! >_< The cultural impact is a double-edged sword too because she's probably more likely to think of The Big Bang Theory guys than MLK saying it was important, and really, which view does society promote more? We're never getting liberal space utopia. =(

Speaking of which, how much does The Big Bang Theory suck? It's just completely dreadful and cringefully not funny. I honestly can't believe how popular that show is. It's cashing in on the acceptance of nerd culture being the quirky funny norm now, but it's such a sham. The characters are no more nerds than That 70's Show actually looks like it's from the 70s. Look! They're a bunch of super smart virgins with calculators who love comics, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and they reference them constantly and have no social skills! I understand this show is serving vanilla flavored crackers to the most common of denominators but it still ... Once again I overestimate our current society. I thought we were beyond the point where this was funny and the number one rated sitcom in the country.   


Yeah, this is a pet peeve of mine because first episodes, like first seasons, are almost never as good as what's to come. They have to setup and explain too much for too little payoff (See: The Wire Ep. 1 :magni:), and half the time it's just a pilot trying to prove the concept before doing anything with it.

It's been years since I've seen it so maybe I'm forgetting something but I've seen this said about the Wire before and I don't get it. I thought the first episode was great. I remember at the time the show had been built up so much that I was eager to witness it's greatness, and right from the get go I thought "ok, I get it. I can tell this is going to be good", admittedly it was more like the Michael Scott kind of way ("The Wire. Greatest show I've ever seen. I don't understand any of of it").  I've only seen it once and it was years ago so maybe I'm forgetting how embarrassing that first episode is. Not sure if I should even revisit it lol.



Yet you haven't been able to sell the most popular show on television and a bonafide cultural phenomenon!? It's not exactly stuck in the fantasy nerd box (as a matter of fact that's from where it gets more of a backlash *cough* ahem *cough*) . Anyway, you got any Hamilton tickets for me you haven't been able to unload? :guts:

Well, admittedly I have made progress in this department. She's agreed to watch it, although begrudgingly. Although your post will still help the cause. "See! even he's saying it's a cultural phenomenon. You don't want to be left out, do you? And you love Hamilton"!

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I'll throw my hat into the ring when it comes to the difficulty of trying to find things to watch with the significant other.  A lot of the time, I'll get her to watch the first episode of a show that I've sold her on but unfortunately, we never really get beyond that due to lack of interest. But, like you Griff, we did successfully watch the Sopranos entirely because it's the great uniter.  Beyond that though, she's way too much of a girly girl to take interest in anything overtly sci-fi and fantasy. But there's some other stuff that we can watch together such as Entourage, Breaking Bad, Flight of the Conchords, Freaks and Geeks, The Office and now most recently, Curb, which is a show that sometimes can take a person a good chunk of episodes before it has them hooked, especially if that person is new to the style and comedic sense of Larry David. So basically, it's an interesting little game trying to feel out what shows to not only introduce her to, but which ones are worth it to keep at it because they have the potential to stick.  She had a real take or leave it attitude with Curb at first, but now at season four she's very much hooked, which is good because I wanted to rewatch the whole thing again anyway.

We've just started Twin Peaks, so I'm curious to see how that goes (I secretly left out any hint of the ultra Lynchian weirdness that creeps in), and I'm still grinding her down to Game of Thrones but that one's tough because the fantasy aspects are such a turnoff to her. As far as something like Berserk, forget it. Or even manga and comics in general. And animation? Unless we're talking Disney movies that's usually a no. We watched a few Miyazaki movies but that's no accomplishment, how can someone dislike those?

Now that I think about though, there was one anomaly. Early on when I was still naively overloading her with tons of nerd stuff because I thought any chick would get into what I'm into because I'm into only the coolest of shit (and I'm a great salesman) so I was stupidly throwing everything at the wall to see what stuck. To my surprise, she did pick up on one thing. The manga (her first ever) Battle Royal. I have to say that is a pretty great piece of work for someone with no experience with manga to pick up with. 15 volumes. It's an easy read. It's exciting and has a lot of tense and suspenseful parts. It's pretty gory and can be very explicit with it's graphic sex and violence but as long as someone doesn't have a problem with that I can see how Battle Royal can be a page turner for someone reading a geeky Japanese comic book for the first time.  Anyway, she really loved it and read the whole thing super quick. I actually forgot that until I started writing this post. So, maybe there is hope for Berserk after all...

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Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 87
« on: May 29, 2017, 04:51:16 AM »
Yay, finally.

P.S. I'm always curious as to which image you'll choose from the new episode. Kind of like which will be used at the beginning of the collected volumes. I usually guess accurately.  You had a lot of good ones to choose from this time, but this one made me laugh.   :iva:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 350
« on: May 29, 2017, 04:43:50 AM »
Yep. I've been saying so for years: getting to Elfhelm and finally having Casca regain her mind is the biggest turning point of the series. We're reaching the mountain's summit and preparing for a frenetic descent towards the end of the story. Up until now, Miura has mostly been opening new "threads", by which I mean he has been expanding the story with new elements. Some threads were tied, but not too many. But soon we will switch gears and he will start closing the story down and tying all those threads. Some new elements may still be introduced, but comparatively less, and with a shorter lifespan. Meanwhile we will be getting closure for more and more things. Major apostles will die, major mysteries will be revealed, major developments will take place... All focusing towards a single point: the ending.

For the long-time fan, this moment should actually be bittersweet. It is the end of an era of endless possibilities where it felt like Berserk could go in any direction, seemingly forever. And while it won't be happening too quickly, given the current publishing schedule, it might be faster than we expect. Whether Miura will take the time to show us the intricacies of Fantasia and to have the group undergo a bunch of adventures on the way to Falconia is strictly up to him. It could take twenty volumes for the group to reach Griffith, or ten volumes, or five. Because we're at such a crucial point in the story, there's just no way to know.
Well, I don't think it'll be over quick either, but at this rate a lot of that stuff can happen quickly in the course of the final act rather than requiring entire story chapters or arcs dedicated to them. To put it another way, the eleven revelations you list  could be covered in eleven episodes, or less considering how many cross over. I almost feel like travel, set up, and other logistics would take up most of the time.

I certainly feel that bittersweet feeling about the recent events after arriving on the island. When the ball gets rolling in Berserk, it really gets rolling.  I'll always remember at the climax of the Millennium Falcon Arc when Ganishzilla was stomping around, there was a massive battle with the army of apostles and it didn't seem like things could get any crazier. Then we got the preview for the next episode and it was the legendary two page spread of Skullknight with his Beherit sword striking at Femto with Zodd in the background. It blew everyone's mind to the point where we were checking the legitimacy to make sure it wasn't some insane fake. So yea, things can happen fast and events can overlap to the point where we get a lot of information in a very short span of time. The one good thing is that these major events, like at the end of an arc, tend to span several volumes themselves just due to the amount of detail. The eclipse, or the entire final confrontation between Griffiths forces and Ganishka's are drawn out in excruciating detail (excruciating for the artists, I'd imagine, a treat for us). So I guess no matter which way you look at it, I'd say we still have plenty more years and many more volumes of Berserk to look forward too. It's just that it could be covering shorter periods of time as the events get bigger and more important.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies you've recently watched
« on: May 27, 2017, 02:36:12 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k12tbOBvYZ4

If you add up all the superficially "AWESOME" moments from AVP:R, you basically get the Red Band trailer, which is infinity better than either of those god awful shit movies put together (because its four hours shorter).

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Twin Peaks Returns
« on: May 23, 2017, 11:14:59 AM »

It'd have been so easy to just go back to the basics and explore all those older characters again, make them the stars. I'm sure many fans would have been pleased with that approach, but not me. I got plenty of that in Season 2. This was the honest path for continuing the story they set out to tell, unafraid to introduce  new characters, and go in surprising yet fitting new directions,and I have a ton of respect for that.


Exactly my thoughts! What I meant earlier in the other thread about my own waning interest during the second season and some of the narratives that just seemed to drag on endlessly while frankly all I cared about was getting back Cooper and the more Lynch type stuff (which are the best parts of show).  So for the new season to start off the way it has is like the best thing possible for me. Especially after basically writing Lynch off as a filmmaker for years now. I mean, seriously, this is Lynch in the style of Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, which I really honestly was NOT expecting. The man can still do it like no other filmmaker can. At 71 years old to be producing this kind of material and actually directing in this style, you have to respect that. I don't know what he plans to do after this but since he stated that feature films are out of the question this could be a great sendoff.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Twin Peaks Returns
« on: May 22, 2017, 03:02:02 PM »
So I just watched the first two episodes of the new Twin Peaks (pats 1 and 2 together, making a full hour and half long episode) and without reveling anything or spoiling anything I think it's safe to say that this was exactly what the fans were waiting for. Even if all you want is some classic Lynch storytelling, its all there. I dont think anyone will be disappointed.

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I'm not the biggest Twin Peaks fan, I think I appreciate it more than I actually enjoyed watching some of the more meandering episodes in season 2 (especially after how downright incredible some other episodes are, like the pilot, which stands up as well as any of Lynch's films) but I'll admit there's no way I can not tune in for the new season. Which reminds me, has anyone that's seen The Missing Pieces, that movie long feature of deleted scenes from the last bluray release, shed some insight on to how essential it is and where it fits in between the show and movie? I never watched it because I think it ended up not being what I originally thought it was. But I can't even remember.

As far as GoT goes, it definitely seems like it'll be wrapping up in these last two seasons and I for one am excited because I think the shortened season will cut out the filler and help the story stick to the action and what's important. Plus I'm guessing that means they can spend more money on the things that need it. If this was two years ago, I probably wouldn't care as much, but seeing as how last season got the series back on track as far as I'm concerned, with some truly outstanding episodes and developments, I'm back to being invested in the show. 

And of course I'm very happy about one more season of Curb. Honestly I think it's the best comedy of it's time. It's what the The Larry Sanders Show was in the early 90's. I rewatched the whole thing last year on my own, and now I'm rewatching it again because my girlfriend hasn't seen it and it's just as great. Doesn't get old. I think Larry has one more great season in him. Yea, he's getting older, but he was always old. What, is he going to get even more cranky? The show will still work, I'm not worried.

For anyone wondering how to watch all these new shows across all these networks, this seems like a good chance to plug what I've been using to watch all my tv and movie needs since Christmas, the increasingly popular Amazon firestick (with the right apps, of course). While I was initially not satisfied because of some issues here and there (occasional bad quality, mislabeled episodes, missing episodes) I do find myself always going back to it because, well, the convenience of having just about everything at my fingertips at any given time is too great.  Sometimes older shows can be a bit spotty, but for newer stuff that's just airing it's great.

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: April 12, 2017, 02:33:02 PM »
I'm a huge Silent Hill fan and found Downpour to be the best in the western series tbh. It's definitely not without flaws but I feel like they did a pretty damn good job with what they had to work with.


I really liked Downpour however I played it on release and sadly the game was so full of bugs and glitches and choppyness that about halfway through I had to give up after a glitch left me unable to complete a sidequest.


Anyway, I guess I'll be the one to bring it up: is anyone playing the new Mass Effect?

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: March 30, 2017, 02:59:09 PM »
You didn't know about Phantom of Paradise until 2017??

Nope lol. Shocked myself because I thought I was a self respecting De Palma fan. Somehow I missed this. Though in my defense, I generally stay clear of musicals. I've always hated them.

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Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: March 30, 2017, 02:35:42 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zyjjz8inz8o

Came across this old DePalma movie from 1973 and obviously I thought of  :femto:

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Current Episodes / Re: Status of Berserk's Pre-publication
« on: March 08, 2017, 03:37:22 PM »
Fucking finally:ubik: :ubik: :ubik:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: February 23, 2017, 03:57:28 PM »
what's wrong with trying to get some range or showing it off? Are you saying an actor must pigeon-hole himself to one or two specific genres or kinds of movies? It's almost as if you're faulting him for trying. I'm not saying Franco is an amazing actor but the notion you have that he should stick to just comedies or goofy movies and not touch something serious piqued my curiosity. On the other hand of my discussion ...



Well like I said, I can understand an actor trying to show some range or avoid typecasting by choosing different roles, but there is a method to it. You watch enough commentaries, interviews etc with actors discussing how and why they choose their roles you understand the process. Some actors are more careful than others. Some take a lot of convincing, it's part of their process. They want to do what's best for them, the director and most importantly, the audience. They have to factor not only their own careers but the brand or product they're selling. For example, Michael Keaton is known for choosing his roles very carefully. It would probably amaze all of us to know some of the roles he's been offered, and sometimes turned down. He's obviously very versatile, but there are many stories about how close he was to not doing Batman, or Beetlejuice, or even the simple role of ATF agent in Jackie Brown. Not because he doesn't think he CAN, but because he's not sure if he's the right person for the role, perhaps there's someone better suited for that part. This is something I think is lost on Franco. Putting aside my own personal dislike for the mans style, I still can't help but feel that he constantly pops up where he doesn't belong. I'm sure there's lots of actors that would love to be in a Ridley Scott alien movie. Who wouldn't? But does he ever stop to think if he should? Does he belong, considering his public persona? This is further exemplified with Kenny Powers driving the ship. Can this film stand two overtly comedic actors in the same space while maintaining it's serious nature? At least Danny McBride doesn't have such a presence in the real world where we see him late night on Comedy Central getting roasted by Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen.

As a matter of fact, look no further than the greatly praised Michael Fassbender. Clearly a very skilled actor, a chameleon who's impressed many with his performances in a lot of great movies by a lot of great filmmakers. The guy has worked with David Cronenberg, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Terence Malick, Ridley Scott and many more already in his short career. He's now in a place where he can be a little more picky with the roles he takes. Myself and others at one point sought to watch his older or less known films simply because he was in them and we wanted to watch a great actor. But even now, with his popularity and fandom increasing he needs to be careful with how he chooses his roles going forward or people can get sick of him very quickly (I know I have no interest in watching the Assassins Creed movie, despite him as the lead). Does anyone really give a shit about the newest Johnny Depp movie? Or what about Christian Bale? Clearly a talented actor, but did anyone else start to roll their eyes when he popped up as John Connor after just being Batman (I clearly remember seeing the trailer for Terminator Salvation in the theater before The Dark Knight and turning to my friend saying "You can't be Bruce Wayne AND John Connor in a year)? I'm just saying it can be detrimental to the movie itself. And there is a science behind an actor choosing how to show their versatility.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to dread
« on: February 23, 2017, 02:28:55 PM »
Ugh, is it really that hard to make a futuristic space horror movie in the Alien universe? Why does it have to be so cringy. Just the casting itself is so off putting (except for Fass but like Griff said, even he seems deflated). James Franco? Really? I've been keeping myself in the dark about everything related to this movie in hopes that it'll help IF I decide to go see it (freeze framing every inch of those Prometheus trailers ultimately made the sting that much worse upon finally seeing the finished product). Seeing James Franco here is a big turnoff. I genuinely despise this guy now, at this point. Maybe if he stuck to his own realm of comedies or movies that better suited his style he wouldn't piss me off as much, but does he have to be in EVERYTHING. The guy dips his feather in any project he has a slightest interest in and it's the audience that suffers because he's TOO well known to play anybody other than James Franco in any movie he's in.

I can appreciate an actor trying to branch out and show more range by taking on different projects other than what people know them for. But there's a right way to do it. Robert DeNiro used his tough guy mobster persona to make several genuinely funny comedies ( before he slid completely into the realm of bullshit feel good family pictures). Jim Carrey made some decent movies that allowed him to do both comedy and drama. James Franco, on the other hand, seemingly has the power to pick and choose whatever project he wants, without any method or science behind it. It's like he has contempt for the audience. It doesn't matter if he's even right for the part, if it's something HE wants to do, he does it. Ultimately, it's the movie that'll suffer, all for the appeasement of his bloated ego.

IMO  :azan:

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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« on: February 11, 2017, 08:21:08 PM »
Is anyone else playing Nioh? I'm really enjoying it. Its like onimusha/souls. The combat at first seemed very convoluted but the more I play it the better it feels. Flows nicely. It has the speed of bloodborne that's for sure. The duels are super tense and you pay big time for missing a swing or being greedy with your stamina. It does some really cool stuff with the action adventure formula.

Skeleton Lucis, I missed your post! LOL. How do you like it so far? I didn't play the beta, I try to avoid demos.

I've been craving an Onimusha type game for ever now so this will be my next game, especially now that South Park - The Fractured But Whole has been once again delayed for quite some time :sad:

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http://www.skullknight.net/vagabond

Though you wouldn't know it from my participation lately, but it's the correct answer by default. After that it's DBZ and I guess in fourth place very much by default is Death Note because I read my then girlfriend's, now wife's, friend's former roommate's (cue Dark Helmet) collection at their apartment eight years ago. It was compelling enough; I rooted for the evil main dude and felt bad that he arbitrarily lost at the end to some even more unconvincing, hastily introduced clone of the kid he'd already beat in what must have been the defining arc of the series before they squeezed out those extra few volumes. Can you imagine if Guts defeated Griffith only to have to face his previously unknown, somehow more formidable younger brother for a couple of awkward, anti-climatic arcs? =) And yeah, more sympathy for the devil from me, always. :griffnotevil:


Similarly, many years ago when I was still in high school and just the first issue of Death Note had been released, I picked it up in a bookstore as I was looking for a new manga to read. I thought it seemed interesting enough. This was before the anime, movies, and all around hysteria for the series. At that time, to me, it was just an interesting little story. I continued to buy the books as they came out and was generally invested in it until around the middle of the series, after the defining arc as you say, where it really meandered for a while. But I enjoyed it well enough to recommend it to friends. Then I guess it really caught on after the anime came out.  I hate to be such a hipster about it, but it really lost it's appeal after I started seeing plushies of Kira and L sold at local CVS stores.

It was cool while it lasted though, for that brief period when I thought I was the only guy reading it and had got lucky pulling it off the shelf randomly. Oddly enough, that's still the relationship I have with my second favorite manga behind Berserk, the criminally underrated Eden: It's an Endless World, which for some reason NEVER caught on. It got so bad to the point where Dark Horse stopped publishing the series 2/3rds of the way through, indefinitely. On the one hand, I'm happy it's still my little secret and I won't ever have to be a hipster about it. On the other hand, I have an incomplete series on the shelf. And that SUCKS (especially since they did such a nice job with the books, far better quality than the infinitely more successful Berserk). 

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: January 26, 2017, 01:43:56 PM »

The Jedi, Yoda mostly, didn't speak wise and crypting lines just for the sake of it, George Lucas had a clear idea of the whole philosophy behind the Force (being its creator  :ganishka:).

That's not what I took away from the prequels. It seems more like Lucas doesn't really understand the very thing he helped to create in the first place.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2016! Time for Presents!
« on: December 15, 2016, 03:22:22 PM »
I was about to say "that's nothing" but then I looked up the hottest hot sauce I have and it's 800,000.

Oh well. Time to die.


You should record it. Or better yet, wait and take a squirt on the next Skullcast.  :carcus:

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you watching? (television thread)
« on: December 07, 2016, 04:27:40 PM »
You guys realize I started a thread for Westworld back in July of 2014?  :ganishka: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=14384.0
I thought it was going to be very interesting at the time (I always thought the original had a really cool concept and it would be perfect for an updated version) but it seems I was the only one  :judo:. Sadly I haven't had time to watch it yet but I will soon hopefully. 

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Official Sk.net Weightloss/gain Thread!
« on: December 02, 2016, 11:04:59 PM »
Being a thin and slender man my whole life I'm very happy to say that I'm weighing in at 170 now. Although, this is mostly due to extreme inactivity and not the healthiest diet.  I think now that I'm getting older my metabolism is slowing down and combined with a new desk job that I've had since April (as opposed to previously being on my feet a lot) the weight is easily rising. Now I just have to be careful to not over due it. Nothing worse than a skinny/fat guy.

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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: What are you reading?
« on: November 30, 2016, 06:36:38 PM »
An omnibus edition of Blame was recently released, printed on larger, higher-quality paper, collecting 2 volumes at a time. This is great news for Blame fans, because the initial Tokyopop publication has been out of print for years. In addition to the larger print, more pages, and better paper, it appears to have a new translation, with the main character now named Kyrii. Hm. Gonna have to get used to that, I guess.

It's selling for about $25 per vol on Amazon, with Vol 2 out in December.

Wow awesome! I'm glad you mentioned this because I had been patiently waiting for something like this for a very long time. I was never able to finish this series because it went out of print. Truly an awesome manga though.

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