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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 12, 2015, 11:28:14 AM
The Wind Rises -
"The Wind Rises! We must try to live!"
As usual, a wonderful story, and a visual treat, from Miyazaki.
This is definitely a more classic, quieter, tale, than many of his other movies.
It's basically a story of love. A love of work, and a love of, well, love.
I see much here as a metaphor for those watching. I saw my passion for gardening and nature, in Jiros passion for engineering, and flying.
This is a movie that sneaks up on you. It's powerful, but you don't realize it until it's over.
Highly recommended.

Blue Ruin -
This was one hell of an intense movie. An incredibly simply story that takes a while to even let us know what's gong on. Even then, very little is ever explained. This is not a bad thing, and results in a better movie.
This is raw, and very violent, and not for everyone. Even when it's all over, we are left with questions that will never be answered. I was ok with that.
A truly great performance by Macon Blair. His mannerisms are so spot on. He makes the movie.

V.H.S. -
This could have been decent if it wasn't so damn long. Cut out 40 minutes of asshole guys being assholes, and you might have had a decent little found footage horror movie.
As it is, it takes way too long to get to anything resembling horror , and the camera work sucks, even for this genre within a genre.
17  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 12, 2015, 09:34:54 AM
I finished Hero of Ages.
Damn. I waited as long as I could, but it had to end sometime. Ever read something that you so desperately didn't want to end? This is one of those books. One of those series, actually. And boy, does it end in spectacular fashion!
The first book was great. The second was just a tad less than great. This book then comes along and feels like something else altogether. Like Brandon had so much more to say and do, and jammed it all into one crazy novel, instead of dragging it out over the course of so many, like some authors do.
This book feels so much bigger in scope than the other two. The word is so overused, but EPIC truly does apply here.
I can't help but think about how amazing these books would be as movies. Mistborn fights? Steel Inquisitors? Huge battles, Castle cities, gods, etc. It's like Lord of the Rings and The Avengers got together and had a love child. Except a kick ass girl/woman is at the heart of it all, making it even better.
Damn. I'm going to miss this world, and these characters. I know there's one more stand alone Mistborn book out, but I'll wait a bit before reading it.
18  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 10, 2015, 04:41:28 PM
Once again, I feel stupid, and am missing something, so i have to ask for help.
When you buy a game and it's soundtrack on Steam, where the hell does the soundtrack go? I've bought a few games like that recently, and can't find the music! Please help. Thanks.
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 09, 2015, 05:02:29 PM

Yodes, you had a redhead, and you let her go? Tragedy. ;-)


She sucked. Wouldn't put out and was a nut job. Plus her best friend was crazy. For our prom trip we all rented hotels near a state park. We'll after we been there for a few hours her dumb friend showed up crying and yelling at everyone for not inviting her.

My girl was cute in hs but after we went to different colleges we lost touch. She got an eating disorder and eventually had to be hospitalized because of it. I think she went down to 75 lbs (norm was maybe 115 or so). Now she's married to a useless worm and they have one butt ugly baby.


Missing out on that is no tragedy :)
Yeah, sounds like it wasn't. Too bad, though. Gotta love them redheads. Well, I would have if I had ever dated one. Now I'm married, and have lost my chance forEVER. Damn.
;-)
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Dick Measuring Contest on: January 09, 2015, 03:34:56 PM
And then there's this guy, whose name always made me laugh as a kid(and maybe 10 seconds ago).
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Games of the Year 2014 - Official Thread on: January 09, 2015, 10:21:18 AM
I'm glad to see DA: Inquistion winning awards, as it truly IS a great game. The type that gets me my gaming mojo back after I've felt it slipping for years now. It's rare nowadays that I think so much about a game when I'm not playing it. I really want to be home playing it right freaking now.
I like that overall so many games are mentioned, as I always end up adding several to my list(s) of games to check out/play.
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Dick Measuring Contest on: January 09, 2015, 09:30:47 AM
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edit: Why can I never get hyperlinks to work? Am I just stupid? What's the procedure? Paste the link, then hyperlink over it? I'm an idiot.

Dickies!
edit 2: Hot damn, that worked. Thanks, Took.
23  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: January 08, 2015, 03:56:09 PM
Honestly, a cold office can be just as bad.  With an outdoor job at least you're moving around a bit, but an office job has you sitting on your ass all day where the jaunt to the toilet is the most aerobically effective thing you do all day.  I worked in the main area of an office which was just a big open-concept warehouse with the other main cubicles in the back, and I was FROZEN half the time since the heater couldn't fill a space so big.

This isn't a dick measuring contest of what's worse, certainly both have their ups and downs.
This is my office. The office has been expanded over the years, and the heating system is completely worthless. Plus, we're in a big ass warehouse type building next to open fields. It gets pretty damn cold in here. We all buy ourselves little heaters for our individual offices. The problem with this is that the circuit board was also set up inadequately, so we end up tripping the circuit when one too many heaters/power suckers gets used.

Anyway, 45 or so hours into Inquisition. I love the hell out of this game.
24  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 07, 2015, 09:43:35 AM
Into The Woods -
My wife wanted to see this.  It's a very hard movie to rate. I've made it plain that I don't like singing movies. I don't mind stuff like The Lion King, but this is beyond my ability to accept. Heck, I hardly even consider it a real movie. More like recorded theater.

Well it *is* a Broadway play...
So it should stay there then. I can't stand people breaking into song every 5 minutes when I'm trying to watch a movie. It makes any shot at a plot pointless.
I DID say this isn't my kind of thing. If you like that, then go for it.
BTW, I've seen a few musicals on stage and have enjoyed them just fine. It's the movie musical thing I don't like.

So you didn't like Team America?!  Or the musical episode from Scrubs (the sitcom I can only semi sarcastically refer to as the greatestist of its time)??? Or the old HBO Tenacious D TV show?

It's almost like you WANT to dislike all the things I think are awesome.  Why do you hate beauty grim???

but seriously though, a well done musical (or song aided theater) is actually pretty great.
Ok, you got me with Team America. That was awesome. I still bust out with "America! Fuck Yeah!!! On our way to save the motherfuckin' day, yeah!" on occasion.
Never saw Scrubs or Tenacious D.

Yodes, you had a redhead, and you let her go? Tragedy. ;-)

Took got it right. They spend far too much time covering ground that's been covered many times before. Move the fun stuff up, and cut the time down. As a lover of movies, I'm always focused on the screen, and whats going on, but towards the end of ITW I found my eyes and mind wandering. Not good.
25  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 06, 2015, 04:30:31 PM
Into The Woods -
My wife wanted to see this.  It's a very hard movie to rate. I've made it plain that I don't like singing movies. I don't mind stuff like The Lion King, but this is beyond my ability to accept. Heck, I hardly even consider it a real movie. More like recorded theater.

Well it *is* a Broadway play...
So it should stay there then. I can't stand people breaking into song every 5 minutes when I'm trying to watch a movie. It makes any shot at a plot pointless.
I DID say this isn't my kind of thing. If you like that, then go for it.
BTW, I've seen a few musicals on stage and have enjoyed them just fine. It's the movie musical thing I don't like.
26  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 06, 2015, 03:00:29 PM
Just about at the end of the third Mistborn book, Hero of Ages. So much is coming to a head! Information overload. It's exciting, and a great read, yet I'm already starting to feel that sense of sadness that comes when finishing a great series. I don't want it all to end. I'm going to miss these characters.
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 06, 2015, 10:07:27 AM
Into The Woods -
My wife wanted to see this.  It's a very hard movie to rate. I've made it plain that I don't like singing movies. I don't mind stuff like The Lion King, but this is beyond my ability to accept. Heck, I hardly even consider it a real movie. More like recorded theater.
Regardless, It was decent, but I had several problems with it.
The good: Production values, Meryl Streep being awesome as usual, Emily Blunt just being here.
The not so good: Convoluted story that is amusing at first, but then gets too mixed up in itself, and goes on forEVER.
Johnny Depp in this = Eww.
Celebs singing. Ok, this might not be a "bad" thing, but it kind of bothers me a little when already beautiful and talented people show off yet another talent us "normals" don't have. Jerks. I'll take Emily Blunt from Edge of Tomorrow any day over her in this.
Oh, and I can't stand squeaky kids singing. Yeah, they may have good voices for kids, but it still sounds bad to my ears.
Anyway, I can see this being appealing to those who like this kind of stuff.

Into the Storm -
It's basically Twister: The Revenge. Terrible plot with mostly mediocre acting. Tornadoes acting like monsters seemingly chasing after people. CG was ok, but not that much better than twister from many years ago.
Pretty weak even for disaster porn.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Obligatory 2014 Thread: Your Year on: January 01, 2015, 08:18:44 PM
Game of the Year is definitely Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Best game not released in 2014 , but played, was A Link Between Worlds. I loved that game.
I don't really keep track of these things, so i can't really think of much else I played.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 31, 2014, 08:35:02 PM
I haven't been out for New year's Eve in probably ten years or so. Our son, who is almost 14, has never been up until midnight on NYE. My wife and I generally end up sleeping by 10:30-11, then woken up by idiots shooting off fireworks. It's just another day for us. My parents used to let my brothers and I stay up, then drink fizzy grape juice. We'd do fondue, play games, watch movies, etc. I tried to implement that type of stuff with our son, but wife was having none of it. She prizes her zzzs too much.
We always spend New years day taking down the Christmas trees, and cleaning up. She's making a ham, too, which should be awesome. I love ham.
It's kind of too bad we haven't had any snow at all yet this year. It's weird to go a whole holiday season without it. Kind of sad, even.


30  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: December 31, 2014, 08:25:04 PM
Initially I liked Clara simply because she's gorgeous. Plus, she WAS interesting for a while. Now I'm entirely sick of her. I was bummed at the end of the Christmas episode why they implied she'll be back for season 9. I was hoping for a fresh companion.
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