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16  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.
17  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.
18  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?
19  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.
20  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.
21  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.
22  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.
23  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.
24  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.
25  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.
26  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: THE EVIL WITHIN (ZWEI) on: October 10, 2014, 05:05:11 PM
I don't ever buy games at full price anymore, but this looks great. I just hope it isn't too hard for a wuss gamer like me.
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 09, 2014, 08:57:31 AM
I have not been too excited for the new American Horror Story after the abysmal season last year. I've never been too keen on the whole sideshow freak/creepy carnival thing. My wife digs that kind of stuff, though, so she was looking forward to it.
Fortunately it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. I wouldn't say it was great, but I am intrigued enough to keep watching.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 08, 2014, 08:52:33 AM
I am having a terribly hard time playing Alan Wake with a mouse and keyboard. I don't understand how people play games like this. It's so cumbersome! Any type of action scene at all totally kicks my ass, as I can't move and attack smoothly. I tried getting my PS3 controller to wok with the DS3 tool thing, but it's not working. I have a 360 controller, but no cord, so that won't work. I'll tr and get used to the keyboard but I just don't see it working.
29  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 06, 2014, 02:07:42 PM
Yeah, I read 3 of the Sword of Truth books, and stopped after that. It just wasn't working for me anymore.

I finished reading Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3), and all I can say is damn. It knocked me off my feet. Definitely one of the best books/series that I've read this year.


Glad you and everyone else who scoped Mistborn this year liked it. 

I started reading Mistborn because of posts on here, and am glad I did. I'm in the middle of book 2 right now, and very absorbed. Great stuff.
30  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 06, 2014, 08:58:24 AM
I've seen tons of movies, of course, but just haven't been writing reviews of them anymore. It's oddly time consuming.
Anyway, I saw NOAH Friday night:

It was actually a decent movie, for a fantasy epic based on a best selling fiction novel.
It really kind of did feel like Lord of the Rings Lite. Especially with The Watchers, which are basically Golems, or rock trolls. Fallen angels in the movie.
It looked pretty great, and Russel was a pretty good hero in Noah.
The animal business was kind of epic.
I had issues with some of the story, but since it's been a LONG time since I was in CCD(churchy school) I don't remember the details.

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