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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Stuff that reminds you of BERSERK
« on: March 30, 2017, 02:35:42 PM »

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

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

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.

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:

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:


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). 

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.

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:

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:
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. 

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Official 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.

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.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Do you believe in God?
« on: October 29, 2016, 10:24:40 PM »
I think Bill Maher described it best when he said " I preach the Gospel of 'I Don't Know'. And that's okay". I guess I'd be lumped into the agnostic category.

 But then again, when I really think about it, I'm always reminded of something Stephen Colbert said. "Agnostics are just atheists without balls".

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Movies to look forward to
« on: October 22, 2016, 09:00:39 PM »
The first trailer for LOGAN is up and it looks solid now the wait for March has begun.

I'm glad it's being directed by James Mangold, the same director of the previous Wolverine movie. I enjoyed the Directors Cut of that movie, even though he was walking the tightrope between pg-13 and R. But now that Deadpool has opened up the door for R rated superhero movies, I think this one will be very good.

Berserk Miscellaneous / Re: Berserk Musou (PS3, PS4, PC)
« on: October 08, 2016, 01:37:32 AM »
Hopefully the North American and European region can buy these costumes as DLC. Doubt we will have any pre-ordering bonuses.

In all the Dynasty Warrior games on the 360 or ps4 they have tons of costume packs that are available as DLC. Sometimes they are even free.

So yea I wouldn't doubt it.

Video Games / Re: Dark Souls III
« on: October 01, 2016, 11:08:44 PM »

Yeah, again, it comes back to what's really worth your time, or what game you just HAVE to play, not that you want to or would potentially be interested in. I'm assuming DX is like that for you since you bought and played it from the get go? We'd probably all be better off saving our money and time just for those games instead of bothering with a backlog of "games we want to play" that are arguably the opposite.

Not to derail this thread too much but this is basically the attitude I've adopted since I shelled out the $400+ for my Uncharted PS4 Edition (Uncharted 4 inevitably ended up in my backlog  :ganishka:) because I bought the system specifically for Dark Souls 3. Now I'm on a strictly one-game-at-a-time diet. After DS3 (which I can't say I didn't get my moneys worth) it's Deus Ex, which in my opinion is that good (holds me over until the new Mass Effect, which will also be a day one purchase).  But without the time or money for a backlog, prioritizing like this works just fine.

Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Amazing manga you've read?
« on: October 01, 2016, 10:31:30 PM »
Personally I'm reading Berserk, Vinland Saga and Vagabond. I find Vinland Saga more interesting for now, especially in lastest chapters ( still chapter 131.5 was weird ), while Miura beside last episodes didn't draw something epic for something like ... 30 episodes? And last 30 episodes of Vinland Saga are epic, full of emotions and such content, cliffhangers are there as well.

I've been enjoying Vinland Saga just fine, but honestly I can't remember a Berserk episode that hasn't been "epic" in recent ... shit years now. The whole manga at this point is just one grand spectacle after another. Every episode in Falconia is epic, Guts' story reaching Elfhelm is obviously a big deal, and before that, the Sea God, hell even the flashback was epic in a sense.

Anyway I've said it a zillion times but the only other manga that has really kept my interest over the years (besides maybe Blame) that I recommend to everyone because I think it's criminally underrated is Eden: Its an Endless World. Check it out if you haven't.

Podcast / Re: Skullknight.NET Podcast: Episode 80
« on: September 29, 2016, 01:48:45 PM »
Great podcast! Also finally got around to reading the episode. Not much to add to the thread or to what you guys have said except that I wonder if any of the imagery within Casca's dreamscape will have anything to do with very early childhood, possibly stuff we haven't seen before or possibly some things from the brief flashback episodes she had told Guts about in the cave. I wonder if the likeness of the nobleman who Griffith had saved her from, for example, could form as part of a collection of imagery that has been repressed representing all the male figures who have attempted to take advantage of her. Or perhaps as Walter mentioned for the type of imagery used to show her isolation (her being alone in the dark, or out in a battlefield) maybe in keeping with the childhood theme her isolated village in the mountains or her neglectful parents.  In any case there's no doubt it's going to be an incredible journey into her psyche.   

I've also got to thinking about the relationship between Guts and Casca as a whole too, from the very beginning. I kind of want to go back and read that part of the story again, while focusing on the more romantic aspects between the two of them and their budding relationship, the power struggle, the leader aspect Casca could potentially serve, just to get a better idea of how things could be in the future. The dynamic is going to change so much. I could see a scenario where they have to almost fall in love again. Re-discover what makes them so compatible, if at first they clash a bit. It doesn't have to be a big thing, but just something along those lines.

I certainly don't think it'll be one of those situations where they see each other across a field and start running into each others arms calling their names. 

Also just to give my impression about the awesome final page. I didn't get the "eye", especially now that we know there's going to be some type of battle field imagery in the future, it's just an eclipse, shown through black smoke and darkness. There needs to be a light source for the eclipse so the light shining through the dark smoke is necessary, but not necessarily to make the image of an eye. Just a streak of light, which actually reminds me more of the images we have seen of the Falcon of light shining through clouds or smoke in the past.

Current Episodes / Re: Episode 347
« on: September 24, 2016, 11:01:00 PM »
Just released after two weeks in rehab and it looks like I missed a shit ton of updates. Man do i have a lot to catch up on. This all looks awesome though! DOn't have a lot time to read now sadly so if any of my fellow Berserk brothers feel like giving a rundown of these latest events (missed the episode too :judo:) I'll pay you back (in favors(sexual))

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: September 17, 2016, 12:06:51 AM »
Does that mean we'll get to see :schnoz: in all his glory?

Now that you mention it, think about all of the amazing things that happen in this arc of Berserk. The Millennium Falcon arc is my favorite arc (Fantasia could easily surpass it though) because of how expansive it is for the story. It's got a little bit of everything and it's just so massive and filled with big epic scenes, tons of new creatures and characters, new locations, massive battles, magic, apostles, etc. Its a huge undertaking to try to adapt this part going forward, under any medium, you'd want so badly for it to be awesome, now more than ever. It's so depressing that they are actually pushing forward with this.

Honestly though the thing that'll make me hate it the most is if Miura ends up taking more breaks with the manga to help with the anime. Not that I blame him, it's just the situation that's frustrating. These terrible animes are slowing down the manga  :mozgus:   

Anime Asylum / Re: 2017 Berserk TV Series (Season 2)
« on: September 16, 2016, 09:42:22 PM »
I was waiting for official confirmation, since Twitter is...yeah.

It's for real. The end of the last episode says "2017 spring, the next arc arrives." It cuts from the same footage of Flora's mansion shown in the first episode to a panning shot of the Berserk Armor, ending on this:

I didn't even realize how much I dreaded a season 2 until now, knowing there's more to come. I was so happy it was coming to an end, where it could die and never be brought up again. But nope, there's going to be more of this nonsense. Dammit.

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