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46  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
47  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.
48  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.
49  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.
50  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!
51  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!
52  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.
53  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.
54  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.
55  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.
56  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.

57  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?
58  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.
59  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.
60  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.
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