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31  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 31, 2014, 08:20:26 PM
Unbroken looks so damn generic. The trailer makes it look like one of those Inspiration Movies that hits all the perfectly prescribed bullet points without the necessary emotion. Most reviews I've read have confirmed this.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes -
I think this may actually have been better than the first one. I love the conflict between the apes and man, and how we come to care about both sides.
The CG for the apes is amazing, and so damn realistic.
I'm very much looking forward to the next one.

Manhattan -
I wanted to catch this before it disappears from netflix.
As expected, a very well written story. I really cannot stand Woody Allen, though, and don't see how any woman could find him attractive. Yeah, I get the sense of humor thing, but he's so obnoxious. (waits for someone to comment about much I'm like Woody Allens character in my thoughts and views)
The relationship with him and the 17-year old girl is a bit pedo-creepy, and too close to real life for him. Why Mariel Hemingway won awards for this role is baffling as well, as I didn't think she was that good.
The gale guy was an idiot, and I just wanted to punch him.
I still lik4ed the movie overall, but it's most certainly overrated.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -
Kind of a fun movie, with a heck of a strange premise. The CG was a bit offputting, but you get used to it. I don't think Pitt was the best choice for this role, but he did ok. Not much more to say.

32  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 31, 2014, 07:59:38 PM
37 hours in, and I finally get to Skyhold. This is awesome. I'm having too much fun with this game.
33  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: December 26, 2014, 11:42:30 PM
Christmas episode was just so damn weird. It left me feeling completely nothing. What the hell was with all the inception levels of "Are you dreaming or awake?" nonsense? Ugh.
As usual, I was left with tons of questions and WTF thoughts, but i honestly don't care enough to talk about them.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 23, 2014, 02:35:32 PM
My parents used to do Saint Nicholas Day with me and my brothers. We'd leave our shoes by the door on the night of the 5th, and there would be candy in them in the morning.
We would often leave food out for both Santa and the reindeer.
I've always preferred the more European wizard-like paganistic version of santa over the red and white puffball American one.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 23, 2014, 12:30:52 PM
Many of the most prominent 'Christmas' traditions--including decorating trees and gift-giving--predate Christianity.  And nobody who has actually studied the question seriously thinks Jesus was born on December 25th.  Basically Christmas was created by co-opting pagan celebrations of the winter solstice into Christian lore.  So I really don't see anything wrong with co-opting it back.  It's really more of a cultural thing than a religious thing for most people (yes I know there are some people who take the religious aspects seriously, but they're definitely the minority).
I think the only people who don't know(or care to know) the real story behind our current Christmas holiday are hardcore creationist types that live in a bubble. I should know, as I work with(and for. The owner is one) a few of them. I almost feel bad for them some days, but then I get over it.
I'm kind of bored at work today. Oh, my god, look at these freaking cookies! WANT:
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 23, 2014, 12:07:11 PM
I really need to stop screwing around with sidequests and get to to the whole Skyhold portion of the game.
This is easily my favorite game in several years.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2014, 12:40:26 PM
If Cartoon Network shows "Grandma got run over by a Reindeer" one more fucking time...I swear to Lucifer I will slaughter a reindeer and make christmas jerky. It's on at least twice a day every day til christmas, it drives me nuts.
Not to mention that it is one of the worst Christmas specials out there. I watched it once when it first came out. I will never get that hour back. Ugh.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 22, 2014, 10:13:10 AM
SOON...the non-stop Christmas music, and Christmas TV specials, will be at an end. My wife listens to, and watches, this stuff endlessly, from Thanksgiving to Christmas. I can stand very little of it, and make myself scarce as a result. I don't mind people enjoying the season and all that, but I prefer a much more subtle and quieter version of it. Plus, I'm more of a Winter Solstice/Axial Tilt kind of guy.
I work(sort of. It's kind of quiet in a landscape office this time of year) up until Wednesday, then am off until the 5th. Hopefully, I'll be able to work in plenty of gaming time in there.
39  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: December 22, 2014, 09:28:16 AM
I'm kinda loving all the different characters you can find this time out. It kind of feels Suiko-like. I just got that Iron Bull dude last night.
I keep reaching the inventory max, and have to head back to a town to sell stuff off. This is kind of annoying, but I'm not sure what the solution is. I upgraded it once to 72 or whatever it is.
I find myself still afraid of dragons, and haven't attempted to fight one yet. My main dude is level 9.
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 20, 2014, 09:05:12 PM
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies -

These movies started out slightly above mediocre, and just got worse. This makes me sad, as I really wanted to like them. I love the world, and (some of) the characters. It's just that I didn't care one bit about any of them. It doesn't help that the story is completely devoid of emotion, and any real consequences.
The two best characters, Bilbo and Gandalf, had absolutely nothing to do here, wandering around like lost puppy dogs. It was kind of sad.
The battle, which is basically the entire movie, is way too long, and is filled with too many ridiculous moments, that are meant to stir us, but just left me wondering when it was all going to end.
They really should have just made The Hobbit one long 3 hour movie, or maybe two, with a tad bit more exposition.
These movies just dragged, with too many lengthy scenes that added nothing to the overall story.
My 13 year old son seems to have liked them quite a bit, and maybe I would have too, at his age. It's amazing what years of life and wisdom do to ones perspective and enjoyment of things like movies.
41  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: December 16, 2014, 03:38:03 PM
I have plenty of retail experience. 5+ years at Babbages(pre-cursor to Gamestop), a year at Jewel, and another in a garden center.
I was at Babbages long before the modern, more obnoxious, sales tactics employed by Gamestop. We did have these card stamp things that they wanted us to get people signed up for. Pre-orders we're just getting to be a big thing when I left. This was about 15+ years ago, I think.
Now I work in landscape sales, but am the "man behind the curtain", so to speak, so I rarely work with clients directly. I like it that way.
42  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: December 16, 2014, 12:36:30 PM
You just saved me money. I was considering trying out Anachronox someday, but have always hesitated due to my expecting it to play like an "old" rpg. Like you said, in my teen years I may have enjoyed that, but just don't have the time, nor the patience, for it now.

I've been playing a lot of Dragon Age 3. I love it, warts and all. There's so much to do, and it's satisfying even in short sessions. I normally alternate my nights between gaming and tv shows, but I've been playing this every night. It'll keep me busy for quite a while.
43  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 15, 2014, 04:06:04 PM
I thought Elf was pretty good, not the definitive Christmas movie that a lot of people think it is, but still an entertaining movie. Only thing I didn't like about it was the scene that did an especially good job at highlighting how freakin' creepy "Baby It's Cold Outside" really is.

That song is awful no matter who is singing it, or what the circumstances are.

Plus, Dark haired Zooey > blonde Zooey
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The most horseshit battles you've suffered through, an RPG retrospective on: December 15, 2014, 11:48:12 AM
I still bristle when I think about the Grand Jewel battle in Legend of Dragoon.  That game had a lot of tough bosses, but Grand Jewel is one I distinctly remember pissing me and a lot of people off. 

I never beat Legend of Dragoon due to the horribly long final battle that never ended. I tried it 4 or 5 times and gave up.
45  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 15, 2014, 11:34:33 AM
I HATE HATE HATE Elf. A horrible movie that I just don't understand why anyone likes. It's not funny. It's just stupid. IMNSHO, of course. ;-)

The Grand Budapest Hotel -
Another bizarre as hell Wes Anderson movie. Basically, if you're a fan of his visual, and story-telling, style, then you'll love this film. All others might just wonder about what the heck they just watched.
Ralph Fiennes is amazing as Gustave, and is the heart of the movie.
Everyone is fantastic, though.
I'd call it a comedic caper movie. There really wasn't much here that made me feel anything, but I never expect that from Anderson.
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