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Date: 3rd October 2014 Time: 16:00 EST
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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 16, 2014, 02:41:22 PM
Captain Phillips - Great movie! As always with movies like this I wonder what is true, and what has been changed for the movie. Regardless, it was intense as hell, and Tom hanks was fantastic as always. Even had me tearing up in the end. he truly is one of our greatest actors.

The Grey - Why did I watch this? It was on a list of top 100 Netflix movies to see. I want my 2 hours back. It wasn't horrible, but it was totally predictable. And what's up with the giant man-eating direwolves? Alaska getting a bad rap here. It DID have more character and "meaning" than you would expect out of a movie like this. I'll give it that.
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 13, 2014, 09:48:36 AM
I posted this on FB this morning:
Aauugghh! It's driving me nuts. People trotting out the ridiculous "rule of three" now that Lauren Bacall has died a day after Robin Williams. I'm seeing it mentioned all over the place. Think for just a second about this supposed "rule". Where would it come from? Why would it happen? How would it even be possible? Things do not happen in threes. People do not die in threes. People die by the thousands every day! It's all just silly superstition, and humans trying to make sense of things they don't understand. Some days I truly do feel embarrassed for the human race.
18  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: August 12, 2014, 08:48:19 AM
I'm right smack in the middle of Breaking Bad Season 4. I'm kind of getting tired of Jesse's mental issues, and Walt doing something stupid just so the story can move along.
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Like last night had Walt drink a bunch of wine, then stupidly give Hank the idea that Gale wasn't the real genius behind the product. I get a little bit that his stupid pride, and "battle" with Gale over who is smarter/better, might influence him a bit, but to make such a stupid statement? I assume Skyler will kill him in the next episode and that will be that.   
And Jesse's 3 day endless party? I understand what they are doing with him, but at this point it's overdone and annoying. He's pathetic. We get it.
The show is enjoyable on a surface level, but a little overrated. Maybe by the end of it all I'll change my mind, but I doubt it. I most certainly want to see how it all pans out.
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 11, 2014, 08:35:53 PM
You know what other numbers don't lie? The amount of money his movies make. Kind of sickens me that he's figured out if you make a movie out of a recognizable franchise/brand/name, it won't matter how good or bad it is, people will still go out and see it just out of curiosity.

I know, and I hate that it makes me so judgmental in regards to the general movie going public. I know that sounds weird, but I find myself looking down on people who enjoy godawful movies like what Bay directs/produces. Mostly because I LOVE movies, and want the great ones rewarded with more than just good reviews, and the bad ones penalized by more than just bad reviews.  When a shitty Transformers movie makes 3-400 million dollars all it does is tell Hollywood to make more movies like that. I like explosions and giant robots as much as the next guy/gal, but it NEEDS to be accompanied by a coherent story and characters I actually care about.
Aaaaaaanyway...

I watched The Divide the other night. That was a fucked up movie. Started out with a decent premise, then spiraled down into torture porn type stuff. Not cool.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 11, 2014, 04:21:21 PM
^ The consensus for TMNT is pretty typical Michael Bay.  Lots of good action; no childish charm.

Remember, Bay didn't direct TMNT, just produce. It doesn't mean he didn't have a hand in the proceedings, though.
Orson, you're never too old for any kind of movie, as far as I'm concerned. TMNT, though, looks terrible, and apparently is. Definitely prioritize Guardians over it.

OMG, I went to RT to look at Bays Filmography:
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/michael_bay/
The #'s don't lie.
21  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 11, 2014, 09:35:13 AM
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.

Brother I loved it. Such an odd tale and premise. The thing I didn't jive with was:
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That one middle-aged guy that was in a suit. He was basically the terminator, killing everyone from the tail section people, to the cops, to the front sectioners. What was up with him? Seemed like he was brought in just for the hell of it.

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Possibly a "villain figure" for the sake of it.  The film sort-of 'needed on' (can't make things too easy).  I thought he was gay, actually.  IIRC his other hitman buddy (with the beard and brown hair) was leaning against him early in the film when Terminator kind of softly shrugs him off.  Then the same dark-haired hitman is then later killed by Yona (impaled by some object she steps up on) and the Terminator gives an angry/sad look that makes him hell-bent on targeting her till the very end.  Yona is specifically the target of both the "through the cabin" shoot out (when the train is on a curved track) and at the end when Curtis is having his chat with Ed Harris

So: Revenge?

And yeah I agree the plot's been told many-a-time.  Many have.  Kudos to Snowpiercer for....telling it in a real one-of-a-kind way though.

I suppose you're explanation could work, Dice.
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The character just felt a little over the top invincible without any explanation to how or why. Terminator indeed
22  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: If I were to watch ONE comedy show... on: August 07, 2014, 09:58:07 PM
Yes, Yoda, that guy. But I've only seen two episodes so far. I can't imagine much of anyone found him funny at this stage, as he hasn't done anything funny yet. Crying in the shower because your wife got a commercial part that you tried out for? Not funny. His audition? Not funny.
I'll give it time, though, as I like the rest of it so far.

Laugh tracks are insulting to peoples intelligence. I can't stand them.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: August 07, 2014, 10:38:44 AM
((bro hug for Din))
I'm sorry to hear that about your mom. I know very little about Parkinsons. Can people live a relatively decent life with it for a while? Does it actually kill you, or just debilitate you? No matter, that's a rough thing to take.
24  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: If I were to watch ONE comedy show... on: August 07, 2014, 10:35:58 AM
I watched 2 eps of Arrested last night. What a bizarre show. I can definitely see how this could build up into something great. I'll keep watching. The husband of the blonde lady is crazy annoying, though, and not really in a funny way. Hopefully they drop that act soon.
25  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!
26  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!
27  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.
28  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.
29  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.
30  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.
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