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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Divisive Movies. on: January 15, 2013, 03:47:11 PM
I watched Paranormal 1 on a chilly autumn night in a drafty 3rd floor apartment in a 100+ year old building stoned out of my mind
Yoda =

Wuss...

Haha! I kid! THAT SOUNDS TERRIFYING O_O
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Divisive Movies. on: January 12, 2013, 04:53:00 PM
Will Ferrel movies. I have disliked every one I have seen. The most divisive seem to be Elf and Anchorman. I thought both were awful and unfunny. It seems most people think otherwise. Baffling.
I have yet to see Stranger Than Fiction and The Other Guys. Both I've heard are good even for peopel who don't like Will Ferrel. We'll see.

Now I can agree with you, largely, on Anchorman. That was a bit overhyped, and really not as funny as I was expecting it to be. That being said, it had its share of moments.

Elf, on the other hand, is a great Christmas movie. Check your Christmas spirit, my friend, your heart needs to grow ten sizes this day ^_~ haha.

The only film I can think of that I really, thoroughly enjoyed and most people I know or who have commented on it don't, is Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. True, it really doesn't do Final Fantasy justice, but as soon as you think of it as being called just "The Spirits Within", its a pretty good film. Beautifully rendered, great soundtrack, fairly well acted and the story is good, I think. I like what it conveys and tries to teach, and its fairly straightforward in getting to that point, while tossing in the odd touch of drama and tragedy, but not getting muddled down by it.
18  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 12, 2013, 04:48:03 PM
So I watched The Hobbit. Despite a initially having a crappy feeling that they cashed in big time by making three movies I enjoyed this a lot. It's been a long time since I've read the book, so I can't really say what's been added in but I thought the movie had good pacing. Having been bummed by "meh" reviews I was very guarded about this. But as soon as the thing started I was caught up in the awesome production values. The excellent attention to detail from LOTR is back but even more refined. This movie is a stunner and technically awesome. The characters are pretty solid too, for the most part. I'll watch Martin Freeman eat a ham sandwich though, for Pete's sake.

I like the slow reveal of Smaug too. I can't remember if the Necromancer was in the hobbit...or not. In fact I'm not angry about the addition of extra material at all. They're excellent storytellers and will do everything justice.

I was pleasantly surprised with The Hobbit myself.... I didn't think I was going to dig it at all considering it was my least favorite of Tolkiens writing.... and to top it off the appeal of Middle Earth seemed to have wore out entirely to me after the recent years of excessive LOTR media.... but I was totally wrong! In fact, I liked it enough to erroneously run out and purchase the terrible Lego LOTR game right after.... I was sucked in! Baited.... fell for it... and middle earth took me for another 60 bucks damnit.... but that movie was absolutely worth my time :)

The Hobbit is a pretty great film. Jackson definitely lived up to his prior entries into Middle-Earth, but at the same time improved upon what wasn't so hot in the trilogy, namely getting rid of some overthetop character archetypes like the often too silly rivalry between Legolas and Gimly. At any rate, Martin Freeman played an excellent young Bilbo, and the whole company of dwarves was quite solid as well. My only complaint there is that a couple still looked a touch too human, but that may just be a symptom of them being "young dwarves"

Yoda, the necromancer was in the book. However, it was Gandalf that went and discovered him, not Radagast, but I guess they wanted the latter to have a more profound role. Most of the added stuff is still legit too, since it's in the errata. The main antagonist, though, is altered somewhat, but doesn't really take away from the tale.

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.

YUP.

People who like Westerns and action and great acting should watch this film. Christoph Waltz, man, does he ever inspire me to be a better actor. Jamie Foxx did a stellar job in his role too, conveying his emotion and tension wonderfully. The whole flick is a genuine good time, but probably one of the best stories Tarantino has ever told, in my opinion. I mean, I really liked Kill Bill and Inglorious Bastards, but this tale spoke with a lot more genuine emotion and commitment. Sorry, that's the best way I could word my thoughts.

I mean, Django Unchained still has a fair amount of Tarantino's tongue-in-cheek moments, but they really didn't take me out of the film like they have in the past. I really like how the tale was told, how the actors conveyed it, and it also has a really rad soundtrack too, in my humble opinion.

Again, go see this film if you don't mind a bit of blood. And let me stress that although its bloody, its not gory. Rare are the moments that you're are forced to see the wounds, rather you just see the overthetop by product. And it is so over the top that your brain immediately goes to a place of "this is like a comic book or cartoon" and desensitizes you, reminding you that its all pretend. Fret not, you only have to see Foxx's junk.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: August 29, 2012, 01:50:44 PM
I can't say that I'm excited about them making iOS games...

Sure beats not making anything, though. All those people still have jobs and an awesome logo now.

I now expect an iOS game that is their unicornabeargasus chasing robot unicorn.

Anyways, I'm glad they have work, and its a shame they won't be doing things on as grand a scale as Amalur, but still, they're doing stuff, and I'm sure they'll make some great titles. And besides, looking at what Epic has done, it won't not be far flung for them to have something as awesome as Infinity Blade, so maybe their is hope for something grand.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Let's make an awesome Pirate RPG! on: August 29, 2012, 02:21:26 AM
I'm not sure if Sid Meier's Pirates would fall into the true RPG vein, but it's a pretty solid pirate game, if a bit repetitive. I have it on the iOS and it's a solid good time, and its model could definitely be built upon to make a really solid pirating RPG.

I've wanted to get my hands on Skies of Arcadia for ages, just cannot find it anywhere!
21  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: The Elder Scrolls Online - planned for 2013 release on: June 12, 2012, 01:22:56 PM
Well then, lots of hot talk goin' on here.

I'm not overly excited for this either, really. Personally, I think the title lends itself better to co-op, having people come and join together in the pre-existing single player world. With the MMO, I just think it'll get too cluttered with all those "Chosen Ones' running amok, y'know?

However, story-wise and whatnot, I'm sure that'll be just fine in the MMO atmosphere, especially if they take a page from how I understand ToR does its thing. Plus, Skyrim, for example, is already chock-full of mindless sidequests and fetch quests, so, that's part of the work gone right there.

There're a nice amount of deails,
There is no reason this game shouldn't have a classless skill system and player housing... ...The fact that they think neither of those things work well or don't belong in an MMO annoys me.

Totally agree here. That's a bit disappointing indeed. I do loves me some classes, but I think the system Skyrim opened us to will be just dandy in an online setting, really. Perhaps they think it'll create too many variables for their systems to handle? I know nothing about serves and data and all that jargon, but I assume that storing that info for each character wouldn't be too over complicated to warrant railroading them into a set selection of limited variable?
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: June 12, 2012, 12:58:10 PM
Late to the party, but yeah, caught whiff of this a while back.

I can't believe that they just got axed and everything by EA. I haven't been reading too too much on it, but why the heck did it happen? I thought Amalur was doing well in sales, in spite of its proximity to Skyrim and ME3?
23  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Desolate Hope on: May 18, 2012, 09:54:53 PM
I... I have no idea what I have just witnessed... it all made sense until what seemed to be a crazy, Dragon Quest-style battle disco happened and I just lost all sense of what the heck.

Looks well made, though. Great design and sense of place.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dark Souls on: May 18, 2012, 09:51:02 PM
So, funny story: I've obviously known of Dark Souls (and Demon Souls) and its greatness for a while, mostly thanks to the RPGFan Podcast aka Rob and have wanted to give it a go. I have had a few opportunities at a friend's place and I know I like it, so it was a matter of waiting to get it, what with Skyrim, Skyward Sword, and ME3 to wade through.

Now a few weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend about games and such and she tells me she has Dark Souls and she effing hates it! It's too damn hard, she can't even get past the first boss, and it just makes her feel terrible (haha). Clearly, that hardcore isn't her jam. I tell her I'm a fan and I'm looking forward to getting it. What does she say? "You can have". I can just take it, she doesn't want it in her sight at all hahaha. So, I lent her Kingdoms of Amalur to heal the wounds and she has given me Dark Souls which I am now happily breaking into.

Such a fun, challenging title that really demands you keep your wits about you. I have moments I feel so badass getting those counters right, but then the next scrap my timing's totally off and I get my ass lain out. The worst. Better go retrieve my souls! NOPE! Laid out. *face palm*

*rinse*

*repeat*

Totally going to enjoy this grind. I'm running with a barbarian who seems pretty solid so far. Really wish I had taken down the Asylum Demon in the first place. I was making good headway, got about halfway, then got sloppy, dangit. Just didn't have the patience after the fifth try.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 29, 2012, 03:52:56 AM
In honour of a brief convo with kyuusei and AgentD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL_x1rRg7mM

and also... this.
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG girl you would marry? on: March 28, 2012, 05:51:55 PM
... I'd have to go with... uh... Tetra from Windwaker, if she actually had real people proportions and didn't look like a 12 year old...

Come on now, you can be honest. This is a safe place.

*super subtle wink*

...awkward...

And yeah, I remember that manga marriage thing too at one point. Weird folk about.
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 28, 2012, 05:49:50 PM
I want to get more guns and stuff!

Who wants to help Ole Yodes to shoot baddies to earn credits? Get me better guns so I can do some silver and then golds

I should be kicking around after rehearsal tonight to join the ruckus!
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 26, 2012, 03:41:06 AM
Is no one else a sniper? I love being a sniper/biotic combo and pick off the distant enemies while Garrus and James/Javik do the dirty work up close (for some reason Garrus never uses his sniper rifle).

Vanguard sniper, right here. I pick at them from a distance then switch to a shotty or pistol when I need to close.
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPG girl you would marry? on: March 26, 2012, 03:39:21 AM
Matoya.

Her magic brooms would take care of shit and we could travel the countryside. Best ladyfriend evar.

In slightly more seriousness, but not really, I'd have to go with... uh... Tetra from Windwaker, if she actually had real people proportions and didn't look like a 12 year old - more like this. I dunno', girl had some spunk, a sense of adventure, and could certainly handle herself, but could eventually recognize when she needed a little help as well.

Also had a soft spot for Aeris. She was just a kind-hearted gal. Dunno' if I'd enjoy Sephiroth as her stalker, though...
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: March 22, 2012, 03:04:28 AM


Oh now that's just mean...
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