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I caught Blood Diamond on TV.  What a fan-freaking-tastic and powerful movie.  Leo has got to be one of the best actors in Hollywood right now.  Djimon Hunsou's performance was bone chilling.  And the movie itself is eye-opening.  Really makes you think about the human toll paid for the things we value and perhaps take for granted in the western world, be it blood diamonds, the organ trafficking trade in China & India, etc.

General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition
« on: March 07, 2008, 09:00:58 PM »
So Deggy Weggy Poo- didja hook up with the cutie in that 2nd picture?  Or at least one of her less attractive friends:P

I just saw Bad News Bears on TV.  I'm talking the original 1976 version with Walter Mathau and Tatum O'Neil in her best role ever and NOT that piece of rotten garbage remake from '05, which was one of the worst remakes ever.  

The Bad News Bears is probably one of my favorite sports movies of all time.  The kids have so much character, and that great dialogue... man, with all the political correctness baloney (bologna= lunchmeat, baloney= BS) nowadays, there's no way they'd make a movie like The Bad News Bears any more.  Who couldn't like that little spitfire Tanner and his foul mouth?  The frustration the kids felt and the way they expressed it felt real to me.  

One thing I really like about the movie is that there's no real good guy or bad guy.  Everyone is a flawed human being and they make no bones about their flaws, Buttermaker especially (he's certainly not a likeable character, but he's genuine.)  That's what gives the movie heart and depth.  

Definitely a classic in American cinema as far as I'm concerned.

Last night they were showing "From Russia with Love" on TV.  I watched it.  Still my all time favorite James Bond movie.

Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued
« on: January 01, 2008, 11:46:03 PM »
I finished New Brunswick New Jersey: Goodbye by Ronen Kauffman.  Awesome book.  I'm loaning it to a friend now.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 26, 2007, 04:14:35 PM »
I finished Madlax.  Fun series with over-the-top action, a twisty surreal plot, and incredible music.  I can definitely see why some Noir fans were disappointed with Madlax as the former is more realistic and the latter is more surrealistic and often unbelievable because of it.  I preferred Noir, but Madlax was a great ride.  Completely different animals.  Once I let go of my hangups and accepted that some "rules" are different in alternate realities, I was better able to accept that a "touchy feely" assassin like Madlax, who would be toast in our reality, survives in hers.    

One thing I like in both series is the endings.  Bee Train is good at making sure all loose ends are wrapped up and making endings that are satisfying and believable within the contexts of their respective worlds of course.  I've seen/read/heard too many stories where the writers could not write a good ending.  

I'll definitely be saving up for the El Cazador de la Bruja boxset when it comes out.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 25, 2007, 10:24:08 PM »
I'm now 15 episodes into Madlax and it's quite enjoyable (yeah, I spent Xmas day watching anime.)  I like Noir's cast better, but Madlax has a twistier and more surreal plot.  I'm starting to get a better bead on Madlax herself now.   There are still a few things I'm not quite buying, but perhaps as I go further...

Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal
« on: December 25, 2007, 01:51:15 PM »
I got the Madlax boxset as one of my Xmas gifts and I just watched the first 5 episodes.  It's difficult for me not to compare it to Noir for obvious reasons, but as for which one is better, it's like apples and oranges.  Both have similar threads, but are very different animals.  Noir is my favorite anime series, still is, but Madlax is good in its own way.  But Mireille is still the hottest anime female I've ever laid eyes on and that ain't gonna change.  

One thing I will say is that the music in Madlax is a LOT better than the music in Noir, and that's not faint praise since I thought Noir had an exquisite soundtrack.  The opening song for Madlax is terrific.  

My opinions do far: Where Noir is more realistic, Madlax is more surreal what with those trippy sequences.  The main plot is somewhat weird, but engaging; I want to know what will happen next.  As far as characters go, I prefer Noir's characters hands down.  Madlax seems a sloppier more rookie assassin than Mireille.  Where Mireille was far more professional about her work and maintained strict boundaries with clients, Madlax seems too "touchy feely" for an assassin and lets herself get too close to clients.  This gives her character humanity, but I'm not totally buying it.  

Either way, Madlax is a fun series with good action.  In some ways it's more engaging than Noir because it's paced better so far and the main storyline is more present.  Noir never lost sight of the main storyline, but sometimes peripheral ones would take center stage.  

I am certainly a fan of Bee Train's "girls with guns" offerings and I look forward to El Cazador de la Bruja, which I hear is quite good.

Since it's Christmas Eve, I will enjoy 24 hours of "A Christmas Story" starting at 8pm tonight.  I always find myself watching it a couple of times in that span.  Easily my favorite Christmas movie ever.  Gotta love the leg lamp.

And if some of y'all RPGfan peanut gallery posters keep taking potshots the way you do, you'll shoot your eyes out! :P

Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued
« on: December 22, 2007, 10:15:41 PM »
I'm about 5 chapters into "Better than Real" by Huw Lyan Thomas.  It's a sci-fi (post modern cyberpunk) book.  The writing is a tad choppy and the story is nothing original (it evokes aspects of various anime and comics I've liked), but the pacing is excellent and the characters are cool.  Part of me thinks that this book would actually work quite well as a movie, at least so far.

I just saw Golden Compass.  I have very mixed feelings about it.  The visual design was great and the casting was splendid.  However, the editing was quite choppy and therein lies why the movie kinda fails.  Anyone who's read the books will be disappointed because of detail omissions and anyone who has not read the books will be completely lost for the same reasons.

I've read the books and since I had them, my mom read them (she's a voracious reader) so she wanted to see it too.  

Like the book, the movie is rather boring until Lyra meets Iorek the bear.

Best part was getting free sets of Golden Compass decks of cards at the theater.

I just caught Howl's Moving Castle on TV yesterday.  Gorgeous movie, but a total WTF acid trip.  Calcifer and Turnip Head rule!  I definitely have to see it again to make more sense out of it.

Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued
« on: November 22, 2007, 07:17:42 PM »
Quote from: "Esper_Crusader"
I'm currently reading Nikki Sixx's "The Heroin Diaries".  Very Good read.  I had no idea he was that far gone back then.  I'm amazed that they were able to release "Girls, Girls, Girls" at all.

Have you read Motley Crue's "The Dirt" at all?  If you liked Nikki's book, you should check out The Dirt.  The Mick Mars chapters are probably the best ones in the book.  And I gained a whole new respect for John Corabi after reading The Dirt.  

Nikki Sixx must have superhero-esque powers.  I mean, the guy went into the hospital for a heroin overdose, died, came back to life, went back home, shot up again, and is still alive, kicking and rocking today.

It's kinda funny how some rock star autobiographies start out with a whole "drugs are bad, don't do them... now let me tell you about the totally awesome and crazy life I had while fucked out of my mind on drugs!"

I just came back from Bee Movie.  It was a fun flick.  Nothing incredible or awesome, but a fun flick with some funny Seinfeld-esque moments.  I thought the ending was extremely well done.  

One of the little kids in the theater was so into the movie, he was almost crying when it was over.  He didn't want it to end.  If that's not a good review for a kid flick, I don't know what is.

Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued
« on: November 02, 2007, 01:31:52 PM »
It was language and content that got Catcher in the Rye banned from a lot of high schools.  I read it in high school and I liked it... probably because it was one of the only books I read in middle and high school that didn't completely suck.  The book was fairly easy to read and back in high school, I liked that I was reading a book about a disillusioned somewhat modern day character close to my age rather than some stodgy adult in the distant past.  It seemed every book I had to read in the middle and high school canon felt old and stodgy.  Catcher in the Rye didn't.  

You'd probably have a different view if you read the book at age 15 than now.  I was a sophomore in high school when I read it, so I was probably 15 or 16.  Remember, I was in high school from 1992- 1996, the grunge era, so Holden seemed to resonate more with us back then.  

Animal Farm was probably the best book I read for school, pre-college.

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