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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 29, 2015, 03:36:49 PM
Cappitan MURICA: The Winter Soldier - Wife & I enjoyed it. As far as the recent flood of superhero films goes, this one is among my favorites. I appreciate how they made it sort of an espionage thriller, instead of just "Yeah! I'm a superhero! I do superhero things! Judo Chop!". I will say though, that the action scenes are sweet.
I've never really been into comic books, so I'm pretty ignorant on the whole Marvel mythos. Therefore, I can't make any comparisons between the film and it's source material.
Either way, this isn't the type of film that really gets you thinking too much. It's just fun as hell to watch. I like the cast here. Well, expect for S. J. While I admit she is hot and has a sexy voice (as evidenced in Her), I don't particularly enjoy her acting on screen. She did OK here, though.
All in all, a good time. Kept me interested throughout. Looking forward to the next Cappin' entry.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 22, 2015, 03:20:37 PM
Been working on a desktop PC for a friend of a friend. Apparently, he uses it to produce and process music. I was told that the PC would shut off whenever he was running lengthy or heavy processes. Usually, that's a sign of overheating, so I assumed it was a cooling issue.
I opened this thing, and proceeded to experience the most heavily dusted PC I have ever witnessed. There was a pile of dust bunnies in one corner that was so large, I thought a mouse was living in there for a sec. The CPU cooling radiator was heavily CAKED with dust. The CPU couldn't breathe worth a shit. Surprise, surprise that this thing was shutting off on the dude regularly. There were at least a few cobwebs, meaning spiders had actually lived in there at some point. There were also other dust bunnies and dust dunes all over the inside. It's only 3 years old, so I'm left to assume this dude must be using this thing in an old dirty building, or something. So, I cleaned it out with my shop vac. Never worked with a PC filthy enough to require that kind of power.

I replaced the PSU; CPU cooler/heatsink; and the only case fan. Everything now works... except for the damn case fan. Spins up for a few seconds, then stops as the rest of the computer boots and functions normally. I connected it to the molex adapter from the PSU, and it ran like a dream, but then I have to contend with a case fan warning whenever the computer is booted. Hopefully, that can be disabled.
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: January 21, 2015, 12:52:20 PM
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.

Glad I'm not the only who felt this way.  This was compounded by how many of my friends were screaming at me about how it was the greatest show in the multiverse.


I'm not as adverse to BB as you fellows seem to be, but I will admit I was getting a bit bored with the whole thing by the last season. However IMO, the last few episodes are pretty darn good. Definitely worth finishing.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: January 21, 2015, 10:24:57 AM
Wrapped up Burn Notice last night. Watched the last 4 episodes in a row. I held off mentioning the series before now, because I figured most would scoff at the ridiculousness of the show in itself. To a degree, I agree: It's mostly mindless fun. Although IMO, not quite as silly and mindless as some other shows, like CSI, or the aforementioned (in this thread) Walker.
Either way, it's not the potential reality of Burn Notice's situations/episodes that kept me watching. It's the characters. To me, they are likeable, and I actually cared about what happened to them.
I won't go into too much detail, but I will say I enjoyed the series overall, and am happy to have spent time with Mike Weston and crew. The show started off a bit rocky, but picked up speed with interesting plots early on. There seemed to be a bit of a repetitive lull about halfway through the series, but the characters were interesting and likeable enough that I stuck with it. Good thing I did, as things really pick up w/in the last few seasons. I'd say those last seasons are easily the best in the whole series.
When the show finally ends, you kind of realize something:

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Several decent people die over the course of the series. Including some of Mike's past friends, and the 2 remaining members of his immediate family. Ultimately and basically, just so Mike can get his real second chance at life. Granted, this wasn't how Mike wanted it, but it still kinda seems unfair... If it wasn't for him, those "decent people" would all be alive. Granted, if it also wasn't for him, many bad people would still be doing their thing. That's just how it is...
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5  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 20, 2015, 04:29:53 PM
edit: natros: I'm pretty sure every wired xbox controller is plug and play with Windows.  I could be wrong though, I just know that is how they have worked for me.

I was wondering about that... probably should have looked more into it. Reason being, is that I have accumulated a few Target gift cards that would have easily paid for a new controller. However, when shopping online, Target only had wired and wireless Xbox controllers. No mention of "Windows" or "PC" in any of them.
Like I said: Should have looked more into the compatibility you mentioned. Not sure why I didn't... (probably laziness). Oh well. It was still cheaper than usual in the end, anyway. $25, instead of the typical $30-$35 I've seen.


in favor of a native american with RIDICULOUS boobs getting naked every time she casts a spell

Sounds like I need to play this series backwards.

6  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 20, 2015, 03:59:58 PM
^ I've been wanting to play the SH games over the years, but never got around to them. Sounds like something I should really check out.


Midnight Club L.A. - Just unlocked the 3rd group of cars. Immediately purchased a Mitsubishi Evo, cuz handling and speed are what matter in this game. Acceleration, not so much.. It's nice to be able to play as cop cars in this ("complete") version. The game is addictive as all hell. Haven't played anything else on the PS3 since I started it a few weeks ago. Not good, cuz I need to finish The Evil Within, as I am borrowing it.

Skyrim (PC) - My character is now about level 12 or 13. I've changed focus to becoming an outright punching machine. I want this dude to ultimately punch dragons to death. Thankfully, there are a few tutorials out there on helping to make this sort of character.  
I'm still using two handed weapons at various times for now (higher damage output for tougher enemies, and to assist in leveling). I will switch to full time fists fists when I can find (or create) some better armor (which influences unarmed strike damage with a certain Heavy Armor skill/perk/whatever).
Anyway, I just grabbed the unarmed enchantment from that dude hiding in the thieves guild tunnels (____ the Fist, or whatever). Now, gotta start working on the Smithing and Enchanting skills.

~I have an "Xbox Controller for Windows" coming in the mail tomorrow. This will open up many more gaming possibilities (I already have a lot of games I've bought on sale from Steam and Gog over the years that I cannot play yet, due to the lack of controller).
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 20, 2015, 03:35:36 PM
Been a few years since I've seen In Bruges, but I remember it being a good film. Very well acted. Even C. Farrell (of whom I've never really been a fan) did pretty well.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 19, 2015, 01:54:48 PM
Snowpiercer - Excellent film. Loved it. Everything: acting; writing; direction; cinematography... All done so well. It's got suspense; comedy; violence; and even stuff that can tug at your heart strings a little. I suppose I could surmise it as a great mix of sci-fi; fantasy; and outright craziness.
The movie is about a (near) future in which life on Earth in nearly extinct. Earth has been frozen over, due to mankind's attempt to release a type of coolant into the atmosphere, to combat climate change. Humanity's remaining survivors are on a type of "ark"-train that constantly travels around the globe. There is a strict class system on the train. Privileged people are in the front cars. The lower class are in the tail cars, and basically live by the means that the front car passengers provide. The film follows the tail car passengers current attempt at a revolt, due to being persecuted and treated so poorly for 17 years. The things/scenes they discover in the cars ahead can only be described as varied and intense.
One thing I really appreciate about the film is that it never loses focus. The lower class wants to get to the front cars badly enough that they will do anything to make it happen. This never loses steam, and the plot never becomes convoluted with unnecessary side stories or anything like that. I also really like how the true nature of a lot of things are tactfully and methodically revealed over the course of the movie... and tend to make perfect sense. One thing my wife said she appreciated was how there was no unnecessary music in most of the tense or violent scenes. I'd have to agree. Poorly composed or placed music can ruin scenes. Chris Evans (Cpt. 'MURICA) does a great job in the lead role, as does everyone else in the movie, really.
Very highly recommended, but I know that this is not a movie for all. I believe most will either straight up love it, or hate it. There is some steady violence in some scenes, and it is a bit graphic at times, but never excessive to the point of being "voilence, because.. violence." I think it's the perfect amount to convey just how "raw and real" everything about the film is. Like with what I mentioned above: Even the violence that occurs has a reason behind it that would probably be understandable by many in that type of existence.


This film is a perfect modern odyssey if there was one.  Equal parts weird, bizarre, nonsensical, and it quickly became a classic.  I honestly don't know how you even begin to think up the basic premise for this film, but it worked.

So I watched this Friday night, and I'm honestly confused why people like it so much. 

A couple things: Chris Evans is horrendous at acting. Like Matthew Mcconaughey bad, and shouldn't be allowed to be the lead for anything.  Tilda Swinton tried her best to save things (because she is great) but was only in it for like a half hour. 
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Though it WAS pretty great when she got shot in the face.   SO much of what happens at the front of the train is total nonsense.  Wilford is basically being a cunt for no reason.  They never explained or even attempted to flesh out why he was so set on "everyone in their place" as a rule for everyone. I get that he needed to use their small children as living machine parts, but A) that was a solution to a super recent problem and B) that doesn't at all explain why he was keeping a giant group of people as chattle in the back of the train just milling around WAITING TO REVOLT FOR 17 YEARS!  And seriously what was the deal with that indestructible "Boris the Bullet Dodger" type guy? He spends like 7 minutes shooting at Curtis through the only thing that had kept the freezing death out for almost two decades, THEN he goes all "Hard to Kill" on everyones asses and kills most of Captain America's crew before being shot and stabbed a dozen times and strangled to death.  THEN he somehow resurrects himself, makes his way through an angry mob (that, for some unknown reason simply REFUSES to attack Namgoong and instead just stands there leering at him) and is VERY EASILY over powered. UGH.

Also, it felt like Ed Harris was miscast.  He is way better at being the stoic badass (a la Enemy at the Gates/A History of Violence) than he is at being some kind of maniacal evil genius with a God Complex. Someone like Willem Defoe (or even Sharlto Copley) would have been much more appropriate.

And the end
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How is humanity better off consisting of two children (without gloves) wandering around in the freezing cold (in front of bears)?  What are they even going to do? How in the world are two young people who have spent their entire lives indoors going to have a prayer out there? The whole movie kind of seemed pointless when it was so obvious that our species' best chance of survival was TO STAY ON THE AMAZING MESSIAH TRAIN. Curtis should have just taken Wilford's offer, subdued Namgoong.  Waited for the old man to die, and then slowly and deliberately introduce civil rights reforms.  Wouldn't that have been like, way smarter and more beneficial for everyone?  Instead he decided to be a selfish dick and take out personal vengeance at the expense of humanity. Especially after he let his BEST FRIEND (whose mother he stabbed to death) die right in front of him because saving him would've halted the rebellion. so it's not like Curtis was incapable of running those kinds of cost/benefit analysis(es)   He was all "well, at least I lost a limb helping someone.  So now I can die with a clear conscience. Nothing and no one else matters now. DEAD." Fuck that guy.


Snowpiercer was a FUN movie (if you choose not to think about anything that happens) but definitely not what I'd call "good"



Different strokes. I actually like the fact that the ending didn't wrap everything up with a pretty bow. I see what you're saying in that it seemed it was "all for nothing", but that's life in itself. Sometimes it really is all for nothing.
I agree that Ed Harris seemed a bit out of place. My understanding is that they wanted someone who had "presence". Sounds like you already had preconceived notions about Evans before seeing this - lol.
9  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 15, 2015, 03:29:05 PM
The Going is slow in The Evil Within. Currently in Chapter 4, right after the part where you first have to run from that teleporting 4-armed version of the girl from The Ring. Hoping to make some decent progress in it this weekend.

The slow progress is due to Midnight Club L.A. (bought through a PSN sale a few months ago) taking hold of me for the time being. I now see that Driver: San Francisco (in itself a good game) pretty much rips some elements right from this game. Anyway, I just saved up enough scratch to buy an RX-8. Currently enjoying winning races with it.

Also continuing to have a blast with the PC version of Skyrim. Certain mods make it all the more enjoyable and awesome. However, been getting some "coil whine" from the new graphics card. Only now and then, and it's temporary whenever it happens. Still, I'm taking it as an excuse to upgrade the 6-1/2 year old PSU (the oldest part on my PC by far).
10  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Boards / Re: I'm getting redirected to weird ads when I try to edit posts. on: January 15, 2015, 11:34:49 AM
Some sort of ad blocker should help those who are having problems. I currently run Adblock on Firefox and have not had a single issue navigating the site this week. I know this type of suggestion doesn't win any favors with admins, but invasive ads shouldn't be tolerated by anyone.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 15, 2015, 10:27:05 AM
Snowpiercer - Excellent film. Loved it. Everything: acting; writing; direction; cinematography... All done so well. It's got suspense; comedy; violence; and even stuff that can tug at your heart strings a little. I suppose I could surmise it as a great mix of sci-fi; fantasy; and outright craziness.
The movie is about a (near) future in which life on Earth in nearly extinct. Earth has been frozen over, due to mankind's attempt to release a type of coolant into the atmosphere, to combat climate change. Humanity's remaining survivors are on a type of "ark"-train that constantly travels around the globe. There is a strict class system on the train. Privileged people are in the front cars. The lower class are in the tail cars, and basically live by the means that the front car passengers provide. The film follows the tail car passengers current attempt at a revolt, due to being persecuted and treated so poorly for 17 years. The things/scenes they discover in the cars ahead can only be described as varied and intense.
One thing I really appreciate about the film is that it never loses focus. The lower class wants to get to the front cars badly enough that they will do anything to make it happen. This never loses steam, and the plot never becomes convoluted with unnecessary side stories or anything like that. I also really like how the true nature of a lot of things are tactfully and methodically revealed over the course of the movie... and tend to make perfect sense. One thing my wife said she appreciated was how there was no unnecessary music in most of the tense or violent scenes. I'd have to agree. Poorly composed or placed music can ruin scenes. Chris Evans (Cpt. 'MURICA) does a great job in the lead role, as does everyone else in the movie, really.
Very highly recommended, but I know that this is not a movie for all. I believe most will either straight up love it, or hate it. There is some steady violence in some scenes, and it is a bit graphic at times, but never excessive to the point of being "voilence, because.. violence." I think it's the perfect amount to convey just how "raw and real" everything about the film is. Like with what I mentioned above: Even the violence that occurs has a reason behind it that would probably be understandable by many in that type of existence.


12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Awesome deals - 2014 version - Save money for that PS4/XBONE on: January 09, 2015, 12:59:43 PM
Steam is having an Anime sale this weekend. Some pretty good JRPG titles in the mix.

http://store.steampowered.com/sale/anime_sale
13  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 02, 2015, 10:42:01 AM
Bioshock Infinite - Finished. In my opinion, the ending sucked. Everything before the actual ending was pretty cool, though. Honestly, I still like the first Bioshock the best. Not even for nostalgia's sake. I really enjoy the game play and environment the most in that one. Not to say I think Infinite was bad. Just my least favorite of the series.
The gun play in Infinite was vastly improved from the first two games, but the flip side to that is that to me, it felt like the developer's game play focus was almost entirely on said gun play. The "vigors" didn't really seem as powerful or useful as the "plasmids" did in Bioshock 1 & 2. I rarely used them. Maybe the "vigors" just didn't suit my style. The story was probably the best part of Infinite, but the ending just seemed like it was trying to be confusing for the sake of being confusing. I'm probably just too stupid to get it. Oh well. Still a good time, overall. I don't regret finishing it.

The Evil Within (EW) - Just started this one last week. To me, this is the real Resident Evil 5. Unsurprising, considering the ties this game has to that series. Anyway, I love that EW just throws you into the middle of crazy shit, and makes you feel alone and confused. Practically from the get go. Being that it's a survival horror game, there is a large focus on stealth. It's stealth system reminds me of The Last of Us (EW's system is less refined, but more forgiving than TLoU's). I do have a few small-ish gripes with the game play mechanics of EW, but they don't take away from the overall experience. I'm enjoying the game much more than RE 5.
So currently, I'm having trouble taking down the chainsaw guy in Chapter 3. I need to scout out the area for hiding places and traps again before "activating" him.
14  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 17, 2014, 02:59:20 PM
Not looking forward to this weekend's brake job on my car... Such work never feels like fun to me, but I flat out refuse to pay a mechanic $200 in labor for something that simple. They charge the same for much more difficult/complex jobs, so it feels like robbery.
Now, I just have to remember to hit the caliper bolts with a penetrating oil (sounds like something that belongs in the bedroom, or your preferred place of doing the nasty - schwing!) the night before.
Thankfully, I have plenty of various winter beers in the garage fridge to keep me buzzed company while I work.
15  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 17, 2014, 02:48:29 PM
Anachronox is f'n AWESOME.  Yes, the first area is long, but it's like Midgar in FF7.  When people complain about FF7, the first question is "didja get out of Midgar yet?"  I actually liked the first area, though it definitely requires patience to get through.  It was really creatively designed, almost like an Escher painting in some ways.  So, yes, the game does get better once you're out of the first area.  Patience is rewarded in the game.  I thought the final dungeon was great fun to play through.

Knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel helps. The Midgar comparison makes sense. Perhaps I will revisit Anachronox again soon, should I find myself with adequate extra time over the holiday vacation. I really wanted to see what was beyond the first area, but the unnecessary tediousness of it left a sour taste in my mouth.
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