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16  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.
17  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.
18  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.
19  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.
20  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.
21  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.
22  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.

23  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: October 06, 2014, 08:51:00 AM
Holy shit, episode 2...walker had a Lamborghini Diablo bearing down on him at full speed and decided to rectify the situation by doing a freaking drop kick through the front windshield. Of course the driver is immediately knocked unconscious (and the car someone stops) while the Chuckster walks off without a scratch. classic walker!

Episode 3: walker just caught a dead body with a fishing pole!

Oh man, I loved Walker Texas Ranger back in the day. It was definitely one of those "so bad it's good" shows. My family watched it every week, and it was loads of fun. Plus it's Chuck Norris. The man literally became an internet meme! Doesn't get much better than that if you ask me.


Except when he did this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pnFg0Sp2Xw

Ok, maybe that wasn't better.
;-)
24  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: October 05, 2014, 11:02:54 PM
That said, the buzz on the coming episode is positive all around. I've read a few spoiler-free reviews and they've all been universally positive.

Lots of people saying this might be even better than Listen (which I thought was only soso, so we'll see).

I hope you guys like
Code:
SPIDERS

Brilliant premise tonight.  But like last week's possible 'racism' undertone, this one may delivery a stronger 'pro-life/choice' one.
I think it's misdirected, sure it was there, but I liked the greater implications in this episode and to get some idea of when/why the Doctor meddles with history and when he doesn't. And this time, despite his power (and possible ability to abuse that power) he just flew off to let others find out what was the right or wrong choice.... where the 'right' choice was figured out ONLY on a last-second final impulse.

I think this episode was a lot like "Midnight" in a way. Some episodes have a cool plot; but some just want to set up an interesting scenario. Midnight had next to no real plot, or real action, or a big mystery, or big evil villain; but more of an experiment on 'mob mentality' played to an episode and it turned out very, very well. "Kill the Moon" sets up a conundrum for our Doctor's meddling and asks "field trippers" to decide history.


Anyways, I actually, even if not always agree with that Flick filosopher website you posted Grim.  I love how reviewers can make "those observations" that tickle the bak of your mind but you never arrange into words.  Good writing too

I always anticipate her reviews. She normally has them up by Sunday night. She sees things that I just don't see, and I like that.
I thought Kill The Moon was decent. Great premise, certainly, but the ending just kind of left me feeling "blah". Well, of the story, anyway.
Code:
Claras final words, as bad ass as they were, felt out of the place in this season. It was long overdue, and very well said, but like something out of the Tennant era, if you know what I mean. Emotions haven't played much part in this season as of yet, and I don't see that changing.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Do You Ever Look Through Your Old Posts? on: October 03, 2014, 08:26:51 AM
I've been around for a LONG time, but I can't say I've ever taken the time to look at my old posts. I can't imagine things have changed much, considering that I'm old now, and was old then. Now if I were to look back to the beginning of the Fan, then I would probably see some differences.
I know I've mellowed over the years. I'm still opinionated, but less confrontational. I think more before I type, and hit "post" (or send).
Video games are now just a passing diversion I play for a couple hours a week. My passions have shifted to far more important things in life. I still enjoy them, but on a top 10 list of things I want to be doing right now, gaming is in slot 7 or 8, where just a few years ago, they were 3 or 4. When I first joined the Fan/Lunarnet gaming was what I did. I think I was still living with my parents, hoarding cash, and playing games all the time.
It would be interesting to look back that far. 15 or 16 years, or whatever it was.
26  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: October 02, 2014, 10:56:31 PM
Wow, you are sure forgiving of this season. I thought this past episode was pretty weak. I'm really getting tired of how the current Doctor is written. He's far too mean, and apparently clueless about humans, despite interacting with them for many many years. What's the deal with calling Pink a P.E. teacher over and over again? Why is this not explained? And why is he so anti-soldier?
I don't buy into the "He only wants the best for Clara" explanation. He might as well be walking around with a shotgun to scare away the creeps from his little girl.
I don't blame Capaldi, or even Jenna. They're doing the best they can with the shitty scripts they're being given.
I'd rather they expounded on what was going in in the intro to the episode, and gone from there. Now THAT could have been interesting.
Oh, I could keep going forever, but I'll just stop. I'm just so bummed at the direction the show has headed. A couple decent eps, and the rest mediocre, and less than.
This is the first season of Doctor Who my wife has ever watched. I suppose that might be to her advantage, as she has no basis for comparison.

Something tells me you haven't watched much of the Classic Series; specifically, the Sixth Doctor era. I haven't watched the latest season yet, but from how you describe it, it sounds a LOT like how the Sixth Doctor's original era was; a mean, jerkass Doctor, and abominable scripts. It was so bad that the show got put on hiatus for over a year.

But so far, most everyone I've heard from rather likes this new season. Differnt strokes for different folks, I suppose.

I've never seen any old who. I can't see how having a jerk doctor once before somehow makes this jerk doctor ok.
I don't dislike him, or the show, entirely. It's had it's good moments, certainly. But then they always seem to be followed up with something bad. Bad writing, bad characterization, bad stories overall.
I don't really know anyone around me that watches the show to ask if they are liking it or not. A page I frequent seems to be full of discontented fans, though. Read her latest review, and the comments below it: http://www.flickfilosopher.com/doctor-who

27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: October 01, 2014, 10:46:39 PM
I started up Alan Wake the other night. It took me a while to get used to the controls on the computer. I so very rarely play games this way that I pretty much hate it. I wonder if I can use my PS3 controller somehow. I understand that a 360 controller can be used, but that would require whatever cord is needed for that.
Anyway, controls issues aside, I'm pretty intrigued. I'll definitely keep playing.
28  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: September 30, 2014, 10:34:38 AM
6 eps into House of Cards, and it's still fantastic. I can't help but think this is pretty darn representative of behind the scenes politics. Poor manipulated Russo.
29  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: September 30, 2014, 10:32:15 AM
I think the P.E teacher might be a British specific joke. Here ex-army personal who work in schools are 99% P.E teachers, hence his disbelief that he is a Maths teacher.


Yeah the reaction from Gaf on that joke was pretty lost (many jumping to it being a racist thing [physical activity = a black thing] than a 'soldier thing'). 

IIRC the 'soldier-hating' was just 'cause the Doctor doesn't like them or guns, right?

I think the P.E teacher might be a British specific joke. Here ex-army personal who work in schools are 99% P.E teachers, hence his disbelief that he is a Maths teacher.

Ah...
Here in America, P.E teachers are old pedophiles.

(Fun fact, my primary school P.E teacher was arrested and jailed due to touching young boys)
(Following fact, I guess I wasn't his type)

Or lesbians, according to Clueless.  And my high school PE teacher.
... Either way, the PE joke is *still* terribly lost on us non-British aliens.



Ahhh, that explains it. I was thinking either soldier = dolt = p.e. teacher, or even the racist card as some others have, sadly, mentioned.
I'd still like a better explanation for the soldier business, because I don't recall that being such a big issue prior to this season.
30  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: September 29, 2014, 09:44:36 PM
Wow, you are sure forgiving of this season. I thought this past episode was pretty weak. I'm really getting tired of how the current Doctor is written. He's far too mean, and apparently clueless about humans, despite interacting with them for many many years. What's the deal with calling Pink a P.E. teacher over and over again? Why is this not explained? And why is he so anti-soldier?
I don't buy into the "He only wants the best for Clara" explanation. He might as well be walking around with a shotgun to scare away the creeps from his little girl.
I don't blame Capaldi, or even Jenna. They're doing the best they can with the shitty scripts they're being given.
I'd rather they expounded on what was going in in the intro to the episode, and gone from there. Now THAT could have been interesting.
Oh, I could keep going forever, but I'll just stop. I'm just so bummed at the direction the show has headed. A couple decent eps, and the rest mediocre, and less than.
This is the first season of Doctor Who my wife has ever watched. I suppose that might be to her advantage, as she has no basis for comparison.
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