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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: If I were to watch ONE comedy show... on: August 06, 2014, 09:13:33 PM
Thanks for all the recs folks, especially those who really broke it down.
I've had Louie and Arrested Development on my Netflix List for a while now. I finally watched the first two eps of Louie last night. It was pretty good. Definitely a little different. Uncomfortable humor, which I kind of like, because it's real. I'll watch more eps for sure.
I figure I'll watch an ep of Arrested tonight to see how I like that.
Curb Your Enthusiasm had been on my radar for a while, then I simply forgot about it. I'd like to watch it, but I see Netflix doesn't have it on streaming. Is there another (legal) way to watch it?
I've heard Parks and Rec is good, but skip the entire first season? That's seems odd. Wouldn't I feel like I was missing something by starting with season 2?
Thanks folks!
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / If I were to watch ONE comedy show... on: August 05, 2014, 09:35:05 PM
...what would you recommend?

I'm not big on comedies. Whether it's TV shows or movies I mostly see them as a waste of time, and filler between "real" shows/movies.
I can't remember the last time I watched a comedy show on a consistent basis. Seinfeld? Yeah, it's been that long.
So, I KNOW there are great shows out there that my dumb head is missing out on. I hear about shows like Parks and Recreation, and Arrested Development, and get slightly interested, but never enough to take the plunge.
I think I would be more open to an hour long comedy/drama type series. I mostly can't stand sitcoms with their laugh tracks and stupid humor. I saw an episode of Two and a Half Men once, and was baffled as to how it was so popular. It was awful.
People keep telling me to try The Big Bang Theory, but I have a feeling I'll get the same result.
I would appreciate any recommendations. Especially shows available on Netflix.
Thanks!
18  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 02, 2014, 09:55:16 PM
Guardians of the Galaxy -

A very entertaining movie with a few issues that keep it from being GREAT. The movie almost feels TOO packed, as if they jammed a trilogy's worth of activity into a single movie. Everything just goes by too fast. Like how Gomora, bad ass green lady that she is, goes from evil thief/assassin to loving companion in a matter of 10 minutes or so. It just felt too forced. Chris Pratt made a perfectly likeable hero, but lacks that charisma needed to be a star. Basically, comparing him to any of the Avengers makes you realize how weak of a character he is. Hopefully, the inevitable sequel will flesh him, and everyone else, out a bit. I'm being too negative. It's definitely a FUN movie. It looks fantastic, and has a ton of great scenes. I did find the 80's music a bit intrusive, though. Some would probably disagree on that. After credits scene is stupid, IMHO, and not worth waiting for.

Note: agreed totally with Star as well. Shoehorned romances suck.
edit: Karen gillan was in this? She was the blue sister? Wow. I didn't even know.
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 29, 2014, 05:08:50 PM
Anyone see Snowpiercer? That seems to be getting shafted with a minimal release

Yes! I somehow convinced my wife to go see it. Pretty darn good movie, with a few flaws I can't go into for fear of spoilers.
Summary:
-Story has been told a million times before, but it's still told well
-Decent action, but very violent
-Chris Evans is great

I DO recommend it. You'd probably like it. Sadly, there are very few show times for it, despite it being a better movie than a lot of the junk playing in 3000 screens. The movie industry baffles the hell out of me.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 29, 2014, 05:03:07 PM
I haven't been gaming much at all lately.
I downloaded Rev 60 based on Neal's rec, so we'll see how that goes.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 29, 2014, 05:00:36 PM
We got back from our trip yesterday afternoon.
I tallied over 2000 miles on my new Crosstrek in 6 days! It rocked the vacation, though. Great gas mileage, plenty of room for all sorts of stuff, and a smooth ride.
Pennsylvania is a beautiful state. I loved driving through the mountains. We also visited Laurel Caverns, which is South of Pittsburgh. It was cool, but I was bummed that those caves didn't have stalactites or stalagmites.
My wife did her weekend long hardcore exercise conference thing, and my son and I saw a big ass battleship(USS New Jersey), visited an Aquarium, and explored around town.
Philly was a bit of a letdown, besides the Mutter Museum. The lines were forever long to see the Liberty bell or get into the Museum, so we said screw it. Plus the city was too congested, and had a funk about it.
I almost had a chance to meet Pat Gann(Ramza), but our schedules just didn't jive. Bummer.
Overall, it was a lot of fun. Next year I think we got the opposite direction. West, or Northwest.

CW, I'm bummed to hear about your mom, and all the troubles you're going through. I really hope things get resolved and she gets the help she needs.
22  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 29, 2014, 04:35:54 PM
Yeah, I was surprised at how good that movie was, too, Took. Gosling was really good in it.

I've watched a lot of movies over the past month or so, but haven't written reviews for them due to being worn out, and just not feeling up to it. I hope to return to my review writing when work stops trying to give me a heart attack.

23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: July 21, 2014, 11:05:31 PM
I want to watch Fargo, but would like to finish Breaking Bad first. Will I be able to catch it on On Demand? How does one go about watching a show like that? is it available for (legally) free anywhere?
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 18, 2014, 09:15:00 PM
I've been enjoying A Wolf Among Us. I've downloaded all 5 eps, and just started #3. Unfortunately, it kept locking up in the same spot last night. I would have to turn the PS3 off manually each time because I couldn't do anything. I even went and downloaded ep 3 again to see if it would work, but it still locked up. What the hell can I do? Erase the game entirely, and start over? How do I recover my cloud save? This sucks.

Edit: I'm not up on Disgaea. What is that thing next to my name? What the heck am I? Kind of looks like one of those bull skulls you run into in the middle of the New Mexico desert. Not that I've ever been there.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 18, 2014, 05:14:09 PM
Hey Grim, Do you know of anything that a 12 year old boy definitely needs to check out when they go to Chicago? My gfs kid is visiting his dad in Chicago and I want to give him some ideas since his dad won't think of any. Thanks!

My diminished value claim has been sent to the insurance company. Now I just need to wait until the car is fixed and then I can start the haggling. My injuries are doing better My neck is stiff and sore still and constantly feels like it needs to crack.

I can tell you what my son has enjoyed. He's 13 right now. Pretty much all the typical stuff, really. He loves the Shedd Aquarium, as well as the Museum of Science and Industry. The wife and I enjoy the Field and the Art Museum.
Personally, I like visiting the places like the Lurie garden and Millenium Park. The Bean!
Navy Pier always has something going on, but it costs a ton just to park there.
Yodes, being a Chicago guy, can probably recommend some places as well.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: July 17, 2014, 11:49:06 PM
Man, it feels like it's been forever since I posted a haps, let alone anything on the boards at all. It's been a hellish Spring/Summer at work, and I'm just too tired and stressed out to do much else during the week. The weekends are a mad scramble to get stuff done around the house/garden, but I never catch up there either.
Throw in slight marital issues(nothing major, but...) and it's all really getting to me.
Aaaaanyway...
I'm going on a well-deserved vacation next week. The family is taking a road trip from NE IL. to Glassboro, New Jersey. We'll be staying a night in Akron, OH. on the way there, and a night in Pittsburgh on the way home. We'll be in the Philadelphia area for almost 4 days, and I'm perusing sites looking for interesting things to do and see.
Mutter Museum is high on my wife's list
Can anyone from around that area recommend anything? You guys know about my love of nature and gardening, so I'm definitely leaning in that direction. I don't want my wife and son to be bored, though.
We'll be stopping at Gettysburg on our way home. I'm not too into that kind of stuff, but feel we should see it anyway.
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: June 15, 2014, 11:13:26 PM
How to Train Your Dragon 2 -

The first movie, 5 years ago, was such a wonderful surprise. I was pretty happy when they announced that a sequel was coming, but kept my expectations in check. I really don't allow myself to get to excited about any movie until reviews start showing up. The first trailer for this was weak, and left me worried that they didn't know how to follow up the original. I'm happy to say that they succeeded quite well! They pushed the story forward 5 years, which I think was a smart move, story-wise, as the characters are now all young adults(+/- 20?). The movie looks amazing, and has all sorts of dragon flying, which helps to show off the world better. Hiccups mom is an awesome character, and added a lot to the story. Unfortunately, though, there was very little character development outside of her, Hiccup, and Stoic. The surrounding characters all kind of act the same as they did 5 years ago, except now they are love crazy. I found this a bit overdone and annoying, but it didn't really hurt the movie. I was surprised how emotional some of the scenes were! Totally caught me off guard. was it as good as the first? I'll have to think on that for a bit. It's definitely a great movie, though, and I very much recommend. it.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: June 13, 2014, 11:34:04 AM
Started Wolf Among Us. Damn, this is WAY more violent and language-filled than I was expecting.
I like it, though. I think the whole detective/mystery will work well with this style. The graphics, music, voices, are all perfect.
29  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 11, 2014, 09:24:25 AM
^Breaking Bad was an epic show. Stick with it till the end.
I have full intention of doing so, as I hear 4 and 5 are fantastic TV.

I just watched ep 4, and MAN this season sucks. What the hell have they done with Walter? And with Skyler? It's all just so...bizarre. Kind of like Falling Down, the TV series, except not good.
It really feels like they had no clue where to go after season 3. It's a mess.
30  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: June 07, 2014, 12:54:38 AM
Finally finished Season 3 of Game of Thrones, and watched ep 1 of season 4 last night. It's weird not having to wait for the Blu release. Free HBO for the win.

I also started season 3 of Breaking Bad. Not impressed with the first two episodes. Seems like it's heading into a not so good direction. Still good, but with some really strange things happening that just make no sense.
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