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1  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 23, 2014, 04:23:45 PM
Continuing off topic, as we all know Hollywood would thoroughly ruin a GitS adaptation. (It probably doesn't help that I don't particularly like SJ):

So you didn't like it because angry faced Jeremy Renner spent most of the movie making angry faces?? It was stupid because it was supposed to be stupid. Its over the top on purpose and if you actually get the joke its awesome. in fact, Renner and Gemma Arterton (the female lead in clash of the titans) have both gone on record a bunch of times about how much fun making it was. 

This.
Well, not Grim ultimately feeling insulted "this", but H&G being a fantastic film "this". I put up a glowing review before Grim's, and I stand by it. It was just fun as hell to watch. Over the top and delicious. Shouldn't be taken as anything more than that.
Now granted, Grim is pretty much straight edge, and I watched it through 420 vision. I'm sure that helped my enjoyment level a lot - lol. Even then, I know I'd still enjoy it without the haze.
Straight Edge? Where'd you get that idea? No 420 for me, but I certainly enjoy my wine and beer.
Like I said earlier, I know exactly what they were going for, and felt like they didn't accomplish it(along with hundreds of reviewers: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hansel_and_gretel_witch_hunters/?search=hansel )
Yeah, I know, reviewers suck and stuff, but they are generally correct in the aggregate)
 I wanted to like it, as the material is right up my alley, but it just wasn't to be. At least Gemma is hot.
Oh, well. To each his own, right?
2  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 23, 2014, 11:16:39 AM
In the first 2 minutes of walker, the Dali llama is brutally attacked in the middle of a Texas amusement park and I'm already sold on this being the best episode yet.

edit: a magical child just breathed a potted plant back to life!

omg this show can't be for real...

I remember watching Walker way back when it was aired. I don't recall it being so damn wacky, though. You're making me want to re-watch this ridiculousness!

Last night - Ep.3 of American Horror Story Freak Show
This show, like it's predecessors, just keeps getting more and more bizarre. In no way is it good television, and yet I can't look away. They almost have too many characters with too many things going on. I'm not really liking the weird song #'s. Especially considering they have all been songs that came out long past the time the show takes place in.
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 22, 2014, 04:44:59 PM
The Purge - For 12 hours a year, all violent crime, including murder, is legal.
Not bad. Interesting idea/plot. Pretty short film overall, but then it's only supposed to take place over 12 hours. Kinda lame how the last 10 minutes or so of the film are given away VERY early on. Saw it coming a mile away.
The long-haired crazy kid definitely needed more screen time. Don't want to say too much else about the plot, in case there are some who have yet to see it. With a film like this, it's too easy to say too much.
I'd say if you are a fan of this type of film, it's worth a watch. It doesn't do anything amazing or groundbreaking, though.



Yeah, I watched The Purge recently as well. It wasn't that great of a movie, due to some contrived sequences. It was still a decent home invasion flik, though
Code:
Why the hell would the kid have the code?! Has nothing like this ever happened before in all the years the purge has been happening? Hard to believe. Then we have the boyfriend situation. He wants to kill the girls dad just because he doesn't want her to date creepy older guys? That's nuts.
The nutjob "kids" in the movie that invade their home: How are they able to lead normal lives the rest of the year? You can't be that crazy one night, and be an upstanding citizen the next 364. No way.
The movie was pretty disturbing from a home invasion standpoint. And just thinking about something like The Purge actually happening makes for an interesting conversation. I think most people wouldn't participate at all. But how many nutters are out there that actually would? I don't really know, but it's scares that there are those that would.
I actually DO want to see Anarchy, just to see the street viewpoint of it all.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 21, 2014, 04:08:14 PM
FFXII had a story it wanted to tell, but the scope of the game's development and Squeenix's development practices blasted that game from pretty much every direction.

At least it had that over FFXIII which spent all its time writing its prologue and basically gave us a minor character arc and three different variants on how the story ends (which FFXIII-2 basically came along and said that none of them mattered anyways because the story ain't over yet).


Man I get it if they intentionally dubbed it in British English to make it all sound... I don't know, Britishy for the hell of it like they did with the Dragon Quest games as of late, but complaining about everyone having a British accent in a dub released primarily for UK distribution is like complaining about how everyone's speaking in Japanese in a Japanese dub.

I've said it around here before, but one of the reasons I stopped playing was because of the annoyingly repetitive battle voices. They drove me nuts! A game should always give you the option to turn them off. Always.

The problem with this is that the voice clips are pretty much your best indicator as to what your party members are doing and is essential in setting up some of the more complicated Arts Combos available like the Break > Topple > Daze > Face Wrecker combo.

I should have explained myself better. I actually meant the after battle voices. Terribly annoying.


I'm still playing Alan Wake. I like it well enough, but purely from a story and atmosphere viewpoint. The gameplay leaves much to be desired. I run madly from lighted area to lighted area, trying desperately to not get killed. Facing off against the enemies is almost always a losing proposition.



5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 20, 2014, 09:57:38 PM
Man I get it if they intentionally dubbed it in British English to make it all sound... I don't know, Britishy for the hell of it like they did with the Dragon Quest games as of late, but complaining about everyone having a British accent in a dub released primarily for UK distribution is like complaining about how everyone's speaking in Japanese in a Japanese dub.


I liked Balthier's voice.  It's just a personal preference.  Most of the XC characters' accents sound to me like a British version of the millions and millions of good ol boys that infest my neck of the woods.  If I want to feel like I'm watching a Guy Richie movie I'll fire up a copy of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

I've said it around here before, but one of the reasons I stopped playing was because of the annoyingly repetitive battle voices. They drove me nuts! A game should always give you the option to turn them off. Always.
6  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: October 19, 2014, 08:53:11 PM
I'm the complete opposite of Lard. I think this season has been incredibly mediocre so far. There hasn't been a single stand out episode yet.
I like Capaldi as the Doctor. It's the things they make him say that I'm not enjoying.
Last nights episode was just ok. I wish they would stop treating Danny Pink like he's an idiot, though. The whole Clara/Pink relationship subplot has gone nowhere.
I agree with Dice about the mystery lady/mystery place. It feels way too detached from everything else going on. I'm sure we'll get some halfhazard explanation for it in the end, but that won't make up for what we've seen already.
7  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 18, 2014, 11:28:57 PM
Under The Skin -
Man, was this ever bizarre. Total arthouse fare, which I normally like, but which lost me pretty early on. Not because I couldn't follow it or anything, but because it was slow and boring, with little explanation for anything happening on screen. We seem to have Scarlett playing an alien impersonating a human, and going after men for some unexplained reason. This is enveloped by some beautiful scenery, and very moody atmosphere, which do nothing to save it from the lack of story. I simply didn't care about anything happening on screen.
The ONLY reason I would recommend this is an entirely shallow one. You get to see Scarlett in various shades of undress, including full nakedness. Damn, she's got a body on her. If you're a fan of Scarlett, then this might be worth it, but otherwise I think you'd just be bored.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 18, 2014, 08:55:02 PM
Get the guy who did Hansel and Gretel:  Witch Hunters (Tommy Wirkola) attached to this, and it might turn out to be be something worth watching.  Otherwise...we'll probably end up with a 47 Ronin situation where there's a bunch of white people running around Tokyo pretending to be more Japanese than the for real Japanese people they spend 90 minutes totally killing the shit out of.
H & G was awful, so I very much disagree with you. It wasn't even fun in a cheesy kind of way.

I like the potential of a GitS movie, and think Scarlett could actually work. We'll see.

No no 1000 times no.  Exactly like I said with 47 Ronin and Keanu Reeves (or like how that shitty Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow ruined all you need is kill) attaching an A lister usually ends up warping brilliant source material to suit the actor, instead of finding an actor to suit the role. No good.

And, no joke, hansel and gretel is just about the best action movie I've ever seen not named Beverly Hills Cop.  I have no idea why people hate on it.

I somehow bet you're wrong on Edge of Tomorrow as well, but I have yet to see it, so cannot say.
Using a well know actor is purely for marketing. Without one, a ghost movie simply won't make much money, quality be damned. You or I may not care about such things, but the general public is easily wooed by famous names.

This was my Hansel review from back when I saw it:
This was really bad. Pretty much right from the start. And not even in the "so bad, it's good" kind of way. It's like the people responsible couldn't make up their minds what they wanted to do with the concept, so they mixed it all together, and hoped that no one would notice how incoherent it was.
Considering how good he's been in other roles, it's almost painful watching Jeremy Renner in this. He has this look like he knows he's involved in something awful, but just had to see it through.
Gemma Arterton, who I don't recall seeing in other roles, is just ok, acting-wise. She's attractive, but in a more down to earth kind of way, which I liked.
The movie felt oddly forced into it's R rating. There's a lot of (bad) CG blood and guts, and some misplaced F bombs. I actually think it would have been better cut down to PG-13.
This could have been silly fun. I believe the concept(see title) could actually be done right. Too bad this turned out so far from it.

So you didn't like it because angry faced Jeremy Renner spent most of the movie making angry faces?? It was stupid because it was supposed to be stupid. Its over the top on purpose and if you actually get the joke its awesome. in fact, Renner and Gemma Arterton (the female lead in clash of the titans) have both gone on record a bunch of times about how much fun making it was.I think you missed the boat on this one entirely. I bet you're the type that doesn't like evil dead either. 



Sorry, but now you're just being an insulting ass. Claiming that I didn't "get it" is condescending, and assumes you know things about me that you don't. Just because I didn't like a movie that you did doesn't mean that I'm simply too stupid to get it. My wife and I have been enjoying movies like this for years(Yes, I love the Evil Dead fliks), and both found that it simply didn't work the way they intended it to work. Most people I have talked to have agreed with me on this. I'm not going to insult you for being the outlier, though. Just like I wouldn't expect someone to insult me for liking Dracula Untold. Although, I admitted outright that it's not a good movie. I liked it despite that.
Can we get back to playing nice now?
9  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 17, 2014, 09:09:18 PM
Get the guy who did Hansel and Gretel:  Witch Hunters (Tommy Wirkola) attached to this, and it might turn out to be be something worth watching.  Otherwise...we'll probably end up with a 47 Ronin situation where there's a bunch of white people running around Tokyo pretending to be more Japanese than the for real Japanese people they spend 90 minutes totally killing the shit out of.
H & G was awful, so I very much disagree with you. It wasn't even fun in a cheesy kind of way.

I like the potential of a GitS movie, and think Scarlett could actually work. We'll see.

No no 1000 times no.  Exactly like I said with 47 Ronin and Keanu Reeves (or like how that shitty Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow ruined all you need is kill) attaching an A lister usually ends up warping brilliant source material to suit the actor, instead of finding an actor to suit the role. No good.

And, no joke, hansel and gretel is just about the best action movie I've ever seen not named Beverly Hills Cop.  I have no idea why people hate on it.

I somehow bet you're wrong on Edge of Tomorrow as well, but I have yet to see it, so cannot say.
Using a well know actor is purely for marketing. Without one, a ghost movie simply won't make much money, quality be damned. You or I may not care about such things, but the general public is easily wooed by famous names.

This was my Hansel review from back when I saw it:
This was really bad. Pretty much right from the start. And not even in the "so bad, it's good" kind of way. It's like the people responsible couldn't make up their minds what they wanted to do with the concept, so they mixed it all together, and hoped that no one would notice how incoherent it was.
Considering how good he's been in other roles, it's almost painful watching Jeremy Renner in this. He has this look like he knows he's involved in something awful, but just had to see it through.
Gemma Arterton, who I don't recall seeing in other roles, is just ok, acting-wise. She's attractive, but in a more down to earth kind of way, which I liked.
The movie felt oddly forced into it's R rating. There's a lot of (bad) CG blood and guts, and some misplaced F bombs. I actually think it would have been better cut down to PG-13.
This could have been silly fun. I believe the concept(see title) could actually be done right. Too bad this turned out so far from it.
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Ghost in the Shell (by Hollywood) on: October 17, 2014, 04:45:23 PM
Get the guy who did Hansel and Gretel:  Witch Hunters (Tommy Wirkola) attached to this, and it might turn out to be be something worth watching.  Otherwise...we'll probably end up with a 47 Ronin situation where there's a bunch of white people running around Tokyo pretending to be more Japanese than the for real Japanese people they spend 90 minutes totally killing the shit out of.
H & G was awful, so I very much disagree with you. It wasn't even fun in a cheesy kind of way.

I like the potential of a GitS movie, and think Scarlett could actually work. We'll see.
11  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dice plays FF7 (Sponsored by Maxx) on: October 15, 2014, 10:40:29 AM
I've enjoyed reading this as well. Way back in 1997(DAMN) when I played it I had no clue what the story was really all about. I didn't even follow the Cloud/Zack business. Yeah, I was stupid. It was also right at the time when I met my wife, so I was just a teensy bit distracted.
The end battles weren't so easy for me, as I never got KOTR, or any of the super anythings.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 15, 2014, 08:41:57 AM
Moving along in Alan Wake. I bought a controller, and it works well. I'm still having a little trouble during the action scenes, though. This game just isn't smooth enough for fast paced action. Or I suck at gaming. That's very plausible as well.
The game has great atmosphere, and an intriguing storyline(within a storyline?). The environments look pretty good, but sometimes it can be difficult to tell where you are supposed to go. I've gotten turned around in the woods a few times. I wouldn't mind it so much if I wasn't getting attacked by hard to see shadow guys at the time.
13  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 14, 2014, 09:04:39 AM
Dracula Untold -
This turned out to be decently entertaining. I would not call it a "good" movie by any regular definition, but I still liked it anyway. The key is that I know the difference.
Luke Evans makes a great Dracula. He looks the part, and has great presence. I give him full props for going all out with a role that some would phone in.
The movie looks really good, which I find to be less and less of an issue nowadays, even with lower budget movies.
The story really does show a side of him we rarely see. I think they went a tad overboard with it, though. We are supposed to see him as some heroic figure here, sacrificing everything for his family, and his people. It felt very un-Dracula-like.
There were some story issues, too, but nothing that really bothered so much that I can remember it now.
Fair warning for Drac fans: This is NOT a horror movie. This is an action/drama. There are certainly some bloody battles and such, but nothing scary.
I eagerly want to see this because it's as close to a Castlevania mo ie as we'll ever get.

It's so funny that you say that, because I kept telling my wife how it reminded me of Castlevania games. Minus the whip, unfortunately. I wont go into details, but you'll understand why when you see it.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 13, 2014, 11:08:12 PM
I just finished the first season of House of Cards. In my opinion this show alone is worth the price of admission to netflix.
Wow, is it good. On every level. Even if you don't care about politics, this makes for fantastic drama.
I won't jump into season 2 yet. I always take a break between seasons of shows. I have to go back and finish the last season of Break Bad now.
Plus, The Walking Dead came back last night. Good episode, minus some pretty unbelievable things happening.
15  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 13, 2014, 11:04:16 PM
Dracula Untold -
This turned out to be decently entertaining. I would not call it a "good" movie by any regular definition, but I still liked it anyway. The key is that I know the difference.
Luke Evans makes a great Dracula. He looks the part, and has great presence. I give him full props for going all out with a role that some would phone in.
The movie looks really good, which I find to be less and less of an issue nowadays, even with lower budget movies.
The story really does show a side of him we rarely see. I think they went a tad overboard with it, though. We are supposed to see him as some heroic figure here, sacrificing everything for his family, and his people. It felt very un-Dracula-like.
There were some story issues, too, but nothing that really bothered so much that I can remember it now.
Fair warning for Drac fans: This is NOT a horror movie. This is an action/drama. There are certainly some bloody battles and such, but nothing scary.
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