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Fifty Shades of Grey - Yeah, yeah, yeah, laugh all you want. This was a request by my wife, and as I am almost always the one to pick the movies we see, I figured I would humor her for a change.
Yes, it sucks. But, it didn't suck as bad as I thought it would. Not a whole lot happens, really. The highlight, as expected, is Dakotas fine little body, which we get to see a lot of. The rest is pretty darn bad.

Don't worry, I saw it too (with an interested girlfriend).

What I hated is that this HAS potential, but it fails it.  And well, specifically not this adaption of this particular book (which in the most amusing pieces of trivia ever is a series based on a fanfiction of another completely shit trilogy about sparking vampires).

First off, there is no chemistry, be it in the adaptation of this book and how the characters are written or the actors themselves.  The characterizations themselves COULD be interesting, but the film doesn't bother, and I'm truly not interested in finding if the book is better.  I hate that Ana is this absolute pure angel, complete with her V-card and those cutesy bangs and floral frock.  She's "oh so innocent".  (I'm glad they didn't include her verbal ticks from the book, saying both "jeez" and "oh my" over 70 times or that "inner goddess" bullshit the book has).  But I think what's worse is that the idea I got from Ana is that she's this naive schoolgirl thinking she can get a boy to love her if she plays along and plays a shitty and semi-jealous flounder along the way (or worse, the epitome of that "no means yes/yes means no" idea).  She's the bad part of a shy character that doesn't let you get to know her thoughts and cannot communicate with her audience in some way or her dominant partner --- a huge no-no and probably the reason this stupid thing goes on for three books.  For a lucrative concept, she's about as deep as a puddle.  At risk of typing any more, Christian's no better at playing the stereotyped hot-but-tortured rich guy with a dark past (stay tuned for film #2 to find out what's eating him! ZzzZzz).  Their characters are cheap and hollow.

Of course, it fails on smaller, basic levels too.  "Anastasia, you're no good for me.... But I'll see you Monday, and here's some first edition books.  What?!?!  I-it's not like I'm flirting with you or anything!!!!... I don't do that." ಠ_ಠ 

I think a real BDSM-related film would be great and 'spicy' this day and age, I'd argue that's really the only reason the book took off was because it hit some tantalizing nook people wanted to bite into.  A shame the source material is such pulp and drivel that it does little in a film and little for the 'erotic' and generally unique concept going to screen.  An honest effort to create a drama around the idea could be potentially interesting.

Ah well, like you, I feel the same.  Well, Dakota has a kind perma-bored look on her, but yeah her body was nice.  But Christian was definitely easy on the eyes... and his apartment was nice as hell!  And I guess on another plus, the film LOOKS good and SOUNDS good.  Just the rest is about as mindless as you'd think. 

Yeah, my wife really digs Jamie Dornan. She was bummed that he didn't get to use his real (Irish?) accent.
The film WAS shot fairly well, that's true.
I've always liked the dark-haired, pale looking girls, so Anna is right up my alley. Too bad Dakota can't out act a brick.

Check out Black Mirror

I had heard about this show, and it's in my list. I'll give it a try.

I watched the first season of Orange is the New Black. It was amusing, but not the great show I was expecting. It's all over the place in tone, which has me feeling a bit off sometimes. We go from serious drama to wacky sitcom in a blink.
I'd like to know if there are really any female prisons like this. These women are given so much freedom. I guess the show requires it for some of it's plot points, but it's quite ridiculous.
I DO plan on watching season 2 eventually.
I started up House of Cards season 2, but I really want to be watching a sci-fi/fantasy show right now. I don't see anything good in that department on netflix, though. Am I missing something? Any recs?

I've seen a ton of movies over the past month or so, but I'll only mention the most recent one or two.

John Wick - I heard a lot of good word of mouth on this, and I honestly wonder why. It's just another Liam Neeson Taken rip-off, which was a rip off itself of many other revenge fliks.
The plot is barely there, but that didn't really bother me. I just got bored with the endless killing. Yes,
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the dog thing in the beginning totally pissed me off, but is wiping out 100s of cronies really necessary payback?
Someone needs to give Theon Greyjoy a part where he isn't an obnoxious asshole because I can't stand even looking at him onscreen.
I might have enjoyed this kind of movie in my younger (and much less discerning) days, but now I just don't see the point. It kind of makes me sad a little that people get off on constant death, as if it means nothing.

Fifty Shades of Grey - Yeah, yeah, yeah, laugh all you want. This was a request by my wife, and as I am almost always the one to pick the movies we see, I figured I would humor her for a change.
Yes, it sucks. But, it didn't suck as bad as I thought it would. Not a whole lot happens, really. The highlight, as expected, is Dakotas fine little body, which we get to see a lot of. The rest is pretty darn bad.

General Games / Re: Uncharted 4
« on: January 31, 2015, 12:15:14 AM »

Also, super late quote:

Wait, wasn't he an asshole in the last game? I've always just found him annoying. A decent character to play off of Nathan, and whatever female is there, but that's it.

Sounds like every single character from Uncharted flew over your head. I don't know how that happens with someone that's into movies as much as I've seen you be.
Wait, wha? Kinda mean, don't ya think? I'm pretty sure I'm allowed to not like a character. I never liked Sully. So what? I don't get what this has to do with my liking movies, though. Yowza.

I'm finally finishing Breaking Bad. 7 eps into season 5. I'm entirely sick of Walter and his shit. He deserves to die, whether by cancer or by bullet. His clueless stupidity has gotten redundant. The show is good, and great at ratcheting up the intensity, but definitely overrated. I'll try and blow through the last 6 eps quickly to get it done.

General Discussions / Re: Youtube
« on: January 21, 2015, 10:38:18 AM »
man I didn't know they made a Raid 2.

Gotta see that.

American Sniper too.
Under the Skin was pretentious arthouse junk. Lots of naked Scarlet, though, so it's all good.
Gone Girl was great. Rosamund Pike was fantastic.
Snowpiercer was good, but a tad overrated.
Grand Budapest Hotel was fantastic. I'd love this to win Best Picture
Winter Soldier - fantastic movie. I love seeing great action movies recognized
Lego - fun surprise
Considering The Raid wasn't anything special, I have no hopes for the sequel.
Guardians was a lot of fun, but not best picture quality

The sniper movie can wait until Blu.

This is a convo that should probably be in the move section. Oh, well.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3
« on: January 21, 2015, 09:58:00 AM »
I'm about 60 hrs in, and I'd be surprised if I'm even halfway done. I'm still overwhelmed at the sheer amount of things I have yet to do. I'm lvl 12 and haven't even attempted to fight a dragon yet.
I've crafted several things. Got some bad ass Masterwork armor on Cassandra right now.
I'm working on the Inner Circle quests now.
I went the Knight Enchanter route with my mage. The spirit blade is basically a light saber. Good times.

He's not the best, but Matthew Mc...god his name is annoying to type out...has done some good stuff. He just gets tagged in some shitty stuff all too often. I mean, magic mike? Ghosts of girlfriends past? I know there are plenty more but I'm having a brainfart. Plus, it's not like he is actually bad in those movies, just the movie itself is bad.

Honestly, screw the haters, I liked Reign of Fire.

I actually liked Reign of Fire too. But more in an Evil Dead/Army of Darkness laul kind of way, so I figured it merited inclusion.
It's an awful movie, but still kind of entertaining. The dragon is bad ass.

If we want to compare shitty movies I'm sure Deniro takes the cake in sheer quantity of garbage churned out. If you want to compare the two that's also interesting considering Deniro has played himself in every successful movie...where MM does show some range.

And if you actually hate his character in Dazed... then I doubt you even know what movie you're watching because he has the best quotes in movies history there:
He plays the perfect guy hanging onto the easy life, ready to fade into obscurity.

Contact was a great movie despite it's flaws. I thought it dealt with advancing technology nicely in a continually complex political climate. Tough shit they didn't show her landing on a alien homeworld. That's not what it's about.

When an actor has been in the business for decades it's easy to pull out shitty movies, even the greats make duds. But you're ignoring his good movies.

Frailty was amazing. One of the freakiest movies I've seen.
A Time to Kill was great
he was legendary in True Detective
I haven't seen Mud but that looks interesting and it's in my queue.
and Dallas Buyers Club was highly regarded as well.

I'm with you. I didn't used to be much of a McConaughey fan, but he's won me over through sheer force of will. Or just being awesome in some great roles.
True Detective is what really did it for me, but several other recent roles like Dallas Buyers Club also show he can act.
Mud is a decent flik, and he's pretty good in it. Mostly playing himself, though.

I'm not sure if I've ever actually seen Dazed and Confused. Apparently, I really need to rectify this egregious error.

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:56:38 AM »
Other people were watching football yesterday. I was outside with my mini chainsaw pole pruner. We always get a few nice days in January that allow me to get out and do some winter pruning.
FYI: It's better to prune in the winter, as there are less insects and diseases around to enter the newly cut open tree.
The more you know! *cue rainbow*

Maleficent -
1.5 out of 5 stars. Whatever Disney was going for here, they missed it by a long shot. They obviously spent all sorts of time and money on realizing the world of this movie. Too bad the most important part, the story, falls apart barely a half hour into the movie(and I missed the first 15 minutes!).
You barely even get to know any of the characters in this. Even Jolis Maleficent, which everyone expected to be amazing, just seems to wander around doing nothing all day, and smirking at the camera.
If they just would have portrayed her the way she was portrayed in Sleeping Beauty, this may have worked. Instead, we get this watered down pseudo 'nice" Maleficent that just looks and feels all sorts of wrong. Joli is great in the beginning. Then the script shifts to her being the misunderstood heroine, and you get the feeling Joli signed the contract without reading the entire script.
I didn't care one whit about anyone here.
Sharlto Copleys(who is generally awesome) king could have been interesting, but all we get is angst and anger. He's totally wasted.
The CG fairies are just plain weird. They look ugly even.
I figured this would end up being worth it simply for Joli, but that isn't the case at all. Don't even bother.

The Raid: Redemption -
2 out of 5 stars.  I'm confused as to why this is so revered amongst action movie lover circles. I don't see how it's much different from all sorts of other great action movies of the past. There have been plenty of movies with "super" dudes who kick all forms of ass. Just look at Bruce Lee movies for starters.
I suppose it was decently entertaining, but nothing special.
I might have liked this when I was young and stupid, and didn't care about a movie having a decent story and characters.

Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued
« on: January 13, 2015, 12:26:44 PM »
I knew you'd like it, Grim. 

What I liked about the Mistborn series was how well everything was meticulously thought out.  Stuff I was saying "huh?" about in book 1, was resolved in book 3, sometimes book 2.  No hanging plot threads and, yeah, the ending was incredible. 

I still need to start Alloy of Law myself. 

Right now, I'm reading some Hans Christian Andersen classics like The Snow Queen and The Little Mermaid. 

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I loved how it was all resolved, and especially that the Lord Ruler wasn't at ALL what everyone thought he was. He was a freaking hero, man! How it all played out in the end, and his meticulous planning came to the forefront, left me in awe. I imagine re-reading them is quite the different experience. Not that I will ever have the time.
I definitely did not see it coming that Sazed was the Hero of Ages. I just assumed, probably like a lot of people, that Vin was writing the bits at the top of each chapter. Heck, for a minute there I was afraid Elend would be it. I love how much he changed over the books, but am still a tad bothered by him becoming a Mistborn. Vin kind of gets pushed to the side a bit in the final book, allowing Elend to be typical hero material.
Still, that's a minor thing. 
I'm encouraging my son to read the series. I think he'd like them a lot.

Admittedly, my reason is that I haven't seen it yet.

You guys are dropping spoilers in here like you're going to retire and not have anyone succeed you.

What spoilers? Nothing either I or Dincrest said would spoil any aspect of watching the movie. Knowing it's a simple tale, without typical conflicts, is hardly a spoiler. Especially with a movie so visual like this. Heck, take away the amazing visuals, and it still spoils nothing. No worries, man.

Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:39:29 AM »
50 hrs into Inquisition, and I am overwhelmed at the amount of things to do. It really has gotten ridiculous. I understand the main story things are under Inquisitors path, and the inner circle, but I want to do a lot of the other stuff, too. Do any of the important quests time out?
I have yet to fight a dragon. My main dude is lvl 11.

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