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931  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Anime/Manga Journal on: June 29, 2006, 04:47:08 PM
FF Unlimited sucks. At least I thought so. I won't bother going into Gundam because the only Gundam Series I've seen and liked was SEED. NGE is good minus the stupid ending. Naruto is okay as long as it is the direct story from the manga and not the atrocious filler episodes. Though I will suggest watching Naruto for no other reason than episode 133. I stopped watching anime for the most part after seeing that episode because it was so good.
932  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies on: June 29, 2006, 04:40:19 PM
Quote from: "Degolas"
Conan the Barbarian - This was like watching a Manowar album...

Haha!

I just came back from Superman Returns. Loved it. See the movie's thread for my detailed impressions.
933  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Superman Returns on: June 29, 2006, 04:27:42 PM
SPOILERS: My post has massive spoilers so read the coded sections at your own risk.

"Holy Shit" is about all I could say after seeing it about an hour ago. I don't even know where to begin myself! But I'll give it a shot.

I guess first off I have to say I loved this movie on multiple levels. As a fan of Superman, as a fan of movies, and as a fan of literature. Why Literature?

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Luthor set off the pace by comparing himself to Prometheus. Which is a very skewed comparison considering Prometheus was the greatest friend of mankind. All he really did that was like Prometheus was steal the fire (knowledge) of Superman (God). Though I thought it was fitting Luthor ended up stuck on a rock.

There were plenty more symbolic allusions to Greek and Christian myth. Obviously the part where Superman catches the globe from the top of the Daily Planet was an allusion to Atlas who was charged with holding the weight of the world on his shoulders. There was also the portrayal of Superman as a Christ-like Savior figure. However, the fact that Jason is his son kind of flips that on its head. Therefore Superman = God and Jason = a potential Christ. Plus the little speech that Superman gave Jason at the end.

And Yes, I know Jor-El gave Superman the same speech.

Okay, I guess you could just say I was glad Superman was finally given the myth treatment as the character has become a modern myth.

With that aside I guess I can go into my other thoughts on the movie that aren't so literary.

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Brandon Routh. I was extremely pleased. I thought he'd be perfect when I saw him on the Golden Globe Awards a few months ago, but he even beat my expectations. He wasn't QUITE as geeky as Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent, but pretty close. I don't even need to go into him as Superman because he just rocked.

Kate Bosworth. Although part of me wants to agree with everyone that she didn't do that good of a job since she lacked the "in-your-face" attitude of the Lois of yore, the other part has to disagree. Lois had become a mother, and let's face it, kids change people. I thought it was only natural she be somewhat toned down and conservative. But that's just me.

Kevin Spacey. He was fucking fantastic.

Special effects were really well done. If I hadn't known better I would have been fooled.

I especially liked the "dark" crystal continent Luthor created. It was just such the opposite of Krypton and Superman's Fortress.

Though I have to admit. I seriously almost cried when Luthor and his thugs were beating up on Superman. When Luthor stabbed Superman with the Kryptonite shard I felt REAL hate and anguish. It wasn't watered down by the comfort that the movie is fiction/fantasy; it was real.

And of course, I loved it when Jason ran up and kissed Superman when he was in the hospital bed. It almost made me cry again.

I don't think I've ever been so emotionally involved in a movie, video game, or book the way I was with this movie. It was that good. I'm going to go see it again...a few times probably.
934  The Rest / General Discussions / Fucking Japan, I swear to God on: June 28, 2006, 11:11:38 PM
Ah, I love it when a board member posts while "a bit tipsyr." Never ceases to make my day.
935  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Spider-Man 3 teaser on: June 28, 2006, 01:42:12 AM
WTF? May 2007? Crap.

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Venom? I thought Venom wasn't going to be in the Spiderman movies.

Regardless, I'm excited...even if I have to wait another fucking year.
936  The Rest / General Discussions / I want to party with this dude. on: June 27, 2006, 09:09:28 PM
Old news, I heard about it over a month ago. Of course that's likely due to my living in Utah. Though, from what I hear, the smell was like strong ammonia, so I wouldn't want to party with that guy.
937  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 27, 2006, 02:06:11 PM
Quote from: "GrimReality"
Quote from: "Jimmy"
I was running around killing Liquid Metal and King Metal Slimes for about four hours last night.


You say this like it's an easy thing to do. I think I was only able to kill a couple liquids, and the few Kings I ran into took off right away.
I chuckled when you wrote how you were tired of the game after a couple weeks(maybe?). Play it for 96 hours over 5 months and come back to me.

Yea it is an easy thing to do with skill points allocated to spears. There is an ability called Lightning Thrust that guarantees a critical if the attack hits. King Metal Slimes have twenty hit points, but when I do 200+ damage with Lightning Thrust it makes their HP a moot point.

And I get tired of most games after about forty hours. I just don't think there is any reason for them to be seventy hours or more. Although I didn't really get tired of DQVIII, I don't see why the game had to be so long with it's mediocre story and characters. Admittedly, I could have shaved a few hours off my completion time if I hadn't leveled up for a while, but even then I see no reason why the game was so long.
938  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Spider-Man 3 teaser on: June 27, 2006, 01:55:08 PM
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DOH!

Well, I'm going to Superman Returns tomorrow so I'll catch it there.
939  The Rest / General Discussions / Fucking Japan, I swear to God on: June 26, 2006, 10:58:00 PM
I gave up trying to listen after the third "How dare you say such a thing to me!" It was just too painful.
940  The Rest / General Discussions / Democracy in chains. on: June 26, 2006, 06:37:48 PM
Well I tend to avoid reading fiery political commentary, but I do see where this guy is coming from. Though personally I have trouble seeing the expiration of the Voting Act affecting anything. I understand that racism still exists but I have my doubts that people would try to use poll taxes or literacy tests to try and keep minorities from voting. I could be wrong about that, but many Americans just don't even care about voting, much less who is voting.

Anyway, the article in the New York Times was much more informative than this commentary.
941  The Rest / General Discussions / Sony can't spell on: June 26, 2006, 11:01:12 AM
Doesn't look like a Photoshop to me. Awesome either way though.
942  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Did Final Fantasy really save Square? on: June 25, 2006, 09:28:07 PM
Quote from: "Dade"
Thank's for the history lesson, Jimbo.....but please....dont speak to me like a fucking asshole.


B-but...it wasn't me!

Did Final Fantasy save Square? I couldn't tell you for sure but it seems to me the Final Fantasy series was started in order to capitalize on the success of the first Dragon Quest game. The first games in both series are highly similar though I suppose you could argue this is simply because of technology limitations. But Final Fantasy II was a decent departure in the fact that it actually had a decent story and fleshed out characters and wasn't just a massive power level fest.

Yes, I think the first Final Fantasy was a Dragon Quest imitator, but the series moved in its own direction afterward. Of course this is all a moot point anyway due to the merger a few years ago.
943  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 25, 2006, 12:39:47 PM
Alright, so I went and checked out that hill by Baccarat and was pleasantly surprised. I even did the first Dragovian Trial. Anyway, the alternate ending for doing that wasn't much more satisfying, but it was better. I don't understand why they didn't make the Dragovian Sanctuary part of the main game though. Oh well, I'm finished with DQVIII now. Game clock was just over seventy-four hours.
944  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 24, 2006, 06:07:00 PM
Almost 70 hours into DQVIII. I think this is hands down the longest amount of time I've put into a game in a single playthrough. Anyway, Empyrea has sent me running around the world to collect orbs, and after that I guess I'll finish the game...at least I hope this is the end.

EDIT: Okay, just finished the game. Decent ending and a fun game, what more could I ask for?

Or so I thought.

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Now I'm curious as to what that place near Baccarat is doing all lit up and stuff, so I may have to go and check that out.
945  The Rest / General Discussions / Game Journal #2 on the new(ish) boards on: June 23, 2006, 11:55:40 AM
I was running around killing Liquid Metal and King Metal Slimes for about four hours last night. 70,000+ Experience for one battle? Yes please. I power leveled Hero to level 44. Hero, Yangus, and Jessica all have maxed skill sets now.

Hustle Dance = Hilarious
Golden Oldies = Hilarious

So much for being sick of the game.
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