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6751  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 01, 2013, 11:49:03 PM
Django Unchained

One reason I'm always happy to be a fan of Tarantino is that for the most part he's always able to deliver a really solid film.  Django is no exception.  It's what happens when you mix the action of Kill Bill vol. 1, and the talkity-talk of Kill Bill vol. 2, and while you don't get it in the same extremities as those two films did, the end result is still an incredibly satisfying Western film... heck, probably the best since True Grit, and....fuck... Tombstone (I'm your huckleberry) before that (either way, it brought life to a certainly dying genre).

The performances were perfect. 
6752  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2013: New Years REVOLUTION!! on: January 01, 2013, 10:19:44 AM
Eugh.  Work today.

I had a few drinks... as far as I can tell, a lot of my buds didn't do anything more extravagant than a house party, no one I know did a fancy trip or whatever.

Looking at the year in review -- very little noteworthy moments happened in 2012.  Hopefully it changes in 2013?


Dice's resolution is getting drunk?  Setting the bar pretty low there, Dice.

Honestly?  I was like...prohibition dry in 2012.  I wouldn't mind a few more beers this year.
6753  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2013: New Years REVOLUTION!! on: January 01, 2013, 12:07:14 AM
Happy jew yearr!!!!!!!!
6754  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2013: New Years REVOLUTION!! on: December 31, 2012, 10:05:55 PM
GETTING DRUNK... till nextyearRPH Fanners.  I love you.  twerntty thirteen... its the future!!!!!
6755  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tokitowa - Time and Eternity (third person 2D/3D RPG, imageepoch, PS3) announced on: December 31, 2012, 05:44:22 PM
Awesome a super-niche title like this is getting a release... but yeah... From what I've seen/heard about the game, I couldn't care less.

Atelier Ayesha for Europe as I sit in NA though... hmm.... any good EU game store that ship out to the wintery canadian north?
6756  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last 13 Days on: December 31, 2012, 05:42:49 PM
I thought X was a lot of fun when a lot of the beginning was out of the way.
6757  The Rest / General Discussions / 2013: New Years REVOLUTION!! on: December 31, 2012, 03:08:19 AM
So what'cha all up to for ushering in the new year?  Any revresolutions planned? :P

Either way, hope it's a glorious night for everyone.  A happy new year to all my favorite Fanners.
6758  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 31, 2012, 03:06:54 AM
I've been in love with Far Cry 3 and about an hour ago the fucking dog knocked over the brand new halo 4 Xbox and the disc is ruined. Yay:(.  No use crying over spilled milk, right? Can't smack the dog so I'm just quietly fuming:/

Chances are a disc resurfacing will fix you right up.  A local game or cd store probably does it for five bucks or less.

Nope.  Unlikely, if the system was knocked over, he probably got the "perma-ring" fried onto the CD.  I don't think even resurfacing fixes that. =/
Hard to hate a dog even for that...they're too fucking cute. :(

Playing FF9.  Um, I have a nasty habit of leaving the system on, and I have clocked over 100 hours, when the clock only goes to 99:59:59.  I love what happens after.  It kinda creeped me out too, the it starts back at 00:00:00, but the letters change colour and it looks like: 00:00:00.  Maybe a warning that you've been playing too long.

Doing all sidequests.  I happily beat Hades on my first try (yay!).  I love all the weird ass secrets in Memoria (well, except that I clearly missed any hope at Excalibur II...over 90 hours late...).  It's weird that a lot of the strongest stuff is easily obtained through Choco Quest than final dungeons or character sidequests... kinda sad my party is already pretty jacked for challenges.  I'm training against the Van's on Vile Island.  Fuck they're a frightening enemy based on the sheer fact they love launching comets at your face.  ...why do enemies cast float on you??  What for??

If you leave the game on for another 99:59:59 you'll change the clock's color to green and again for blue and so on until you go back to white which conveniently puts you back on the clock for Excalibur II.

Haha, omg, is that for real???

I hate the ExcalII quest... what's the point that late in the game besides bragging rights?? :(

6759  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 31, 2012, 02:41:23 AM
This is 40.

Cute, funny, but done better before.  It's pretty aimless, there's no real plot except for an issue that comes up for Rudd and Mann each.  Their daughter's sort of tag along, and the supporting cast as fodder to fill up time I guess.  Some scenes felt like an excuse to bring up embarassing things that couples do/discuss at some point... which I guess is amusing, but the rest of the film is pretty plotless.  It's good for a watch, for sure... but probably not worth a re-watch any more than that.  ... Paul Rudd's dad's Jewfro bothered me every time it was on screen.
6760  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: December 30, 2012, 01:54:11 AM
I've been in love with Far Cry 3 and about an hour ago the fucking dog knocked over the brand new halo 4 Xbox and the disc is ruined. Yay:(.  No use crying over spilled milk, right? Can't smack the dog so I'm just quietly fuming:/

Chances are a disc resurfacing will fix you right up.  A local game or cd store probably does it for five bucks or less.

Nope.  Unlikely, if the system was knocked over, he probably got the "perma-ring" fried onto the CD.  I don't think even resurfacing fixes that. =/
Hard to hate a dog even for that...they're too fucking cute. :(

Playing FF9.  Um, I have a nasty habit of leaving the system on, and I have clocked over 100 hours, when the clock only goes to 99:59:59.  I love what happens after.  It kinda creeped me out too, the it starts back at 00:00:00, but the letters change colour and it looks like: 00:00:00.  Maybe a warning that you've been playing too long.

Doing all sidequests.  I happily beat Hades on my first try (yay!).  I love all the weird ass secrets in Memoria (well, except that I clearly missed any hope at Excalibur II...over 90 hours late...).  It's weird that a lot of the strongest stuff is easily obtained through Choco Quest than final dungeons or character sidequests... kinda sad my party is already pretty jacked for challenges.  I'm training against the Van's on Vile Island.  Fuck they're a frightening enemy based on the sheer fact they love launching comets at your face.  ...why do enemies cast float on you??  What for??
6761  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 29, 2012, 12:55:40 AM
Why is the issue more about the fact he has a penis rather than the fact he looks about 8 years old. o.o

Because he looks like an 8 year old girl? I dunno, kinda wondered that myself.

The Japanese Defense: the pre-show warning "All characters in this animated title are over the age of 18".  Still drawn to look 8.

http://youtu.be/fS1uDnIPTvo
I'm glad this semi NSFW (but "arte") video was in the "related videos".
6762  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 28, 2012, 02:09:14 PM
Funny Grim mentioned Clockwork Orange, I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower -- where they do these sort of performances to the film.

Great movie.  Excellent performances from all three mains, and the supporting cast also play their roles extremely well.  Emma Watson is lovely, Ezra Miller again amazes as clearly one of the better young actors this generation, and Logan Lerman gets what is probably his first big/serious role.  The major issues are interesting, and while some might seem very much like the "teen issues" seen time and time again, but still has the ability to surprise and be sweet and fun.  I think that's what I like most, when it isn't being a bit more serious, the cast is still a fun group of teenagers doing the stupid shit we all did and thinking what we thought.  A few issues is that Logan Lerman is a pretty good looking kid, I can't picture him getting bullied at the start in real life (ok fine, nuance). .  And while I love the film, I can't help but feel Paul Rudd was underplayed and rushed; same with the bit about the Aunt -- a very important character (although, it is a hard subject to touch and show on film).  But what's worse is I'm not to sure what instigated a resurgence/recollection of the event and what purpose it served other than just "creating drama" for the finale (and his feelings about her are nothing short of complicated).  The original material was originally written as a novella by the same person who wrote and directed the film.  So one thing I thought was interesting to hear was how our main character's sister was given a larger role in the film while she was only mentioned in the book.

A big plus goes to the Truth or Dare scene and Ezra Miller for being amazing in this movie.
6763  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: December 27, 2012, 01:48:01 AM
I heard the Fairy world was the weakest of all of the SOA plots, but it's uphill from there.  The concept of the show is great, but seems to be dulled by really dumb plot decisions.  ...am I the only one to find the pretty hardcore relationship between Kirito and Asuna rather refreshing?  I kinda got sick of the romances that take 25 episodes to chronicle a first kiss (or worst case: a fucking hug). 

On that note:
I've been reading the Fushigi Yuugi manga.  I loved it when I was a kid and new into the world of anime that wasn't the stuff aired on North American cable.  Unfortunately, it's long, and dub VHS wasn't easy to find, so I dropped it.  I picked it up again for old time's sake and remembered everything I loved the first time.  It can get pretty hammy, but at least the series knows what it is and doesn't try to document how a couple took several volumes to fall in love.  Yuu Watase still manages to shock readers with the drama, and the action is great and the plot twists consistent.  The characters are widely enjoyable (I like how the main Suzaku warriors look charming and heroic while the villainous Seiryu warriors happen to just look so creepy/evil -- that's just *so* unfair; clearly being born into the bad guy territory makes you grow up to look like hell).  Definitely hitting up the Genbu series after (it's almost done too... so yaaay I won't have to wait for the next volume). 

I got the FMA manga.  I loved the anime (again, didn't finish), but -- as usual -- I hear the manga is better.  Drawn by a female....that kinda surprised me given the content (and honestly, I hate the shoujo manga style sometimes -- their eyes are like half of their fucking skull and with swollen lips.

On that note.  I skimmed through friends collection of Fruit's Basket manga... is it just me or does the art get WORSE as the series goes on??  It becomes really flat later on. =/

FINALLY
Watching Darker than Black.  It's really good, but edging on the last 5-6 episodes, I have a feeling a lot will go unexplained and many of its characters inexplicably missing if not dead (there's just too many characters for a 24 ep series).  I feel like it's really, really good, but a few key moments and plot points shy of being "legendary" or whatever.  I do like how they invest 2 episodes into a plot from what would otherwise be a single episode, makes it less rushed and gives you time to really get comfortable and familiar with everyone on screen.  The concept otherwise is fantastic; but the series seems to bite at more than what it can chew.
6764  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: December 27, 2012, 12:51:27 AM
Gonna put this in as a link instead of a pic because it's giant.  The flowchart of Every RPG Ever, from some magazine.

http://pixeldripgallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/RPG.jpg

I loved that [again and even when it was first posted].  I also love how Tetsuya Nomura can't draw muscles...Cloud's bicep muscles there seems to be blending into the front part of the elbow.  He should take some notes from the Street Fighter artists --- who draw too many muscles.

6765  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 26, 2012, 09:57:11 AM
^^  I really liked the book until it became a "it's up to the viewer" ending.  I hate that stuff.  But in regards to isolation=boredom; I've always found that when a movie tries to show boredom/isolation (especialy if it's prolonged, liked you say it does), it can convey boredom to the viewer.  I always hope directors avoid doing these parts for the same reason.

Apparently Quentin T. is getting flack for use of the N-word in Django.... have these people never seen Pulp Fiction??  Where were they then when it was less appropriate to use than in a movie about slavery? =/
As usual though, Tarantino brushes it off.
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