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46  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 08, 2014, 09:41:34 PM
American Hustle -

American Hustle certainly has problems sustaining its ridiculous story and characters, but this is incredibly lively filmmaking with solid performances from every cast member. The story is kind of hard to follow at times because they try to make you look one way while doing something else the other way, but it was very enjoyable. I liked the dynamics of the characters. Christian Bale and Amy Adams in particular were the most impressive. I love Jennifer Lawrence as an actress and she is decent here, but she did not deserve an Oscar Nomination. The whole movie is gorgeous to watch and completely envelops you in its style. It's really nothing more than an incredibly stylish caper film and I don't understand why it was nominated for so many Oscars, but it is a very enjoyable couple hours if you like more mature films. Just don't go in expecting it to blow your socks off.

Yeah you and I have the exact same opinion.  I admire like crazy that the "glorious reviews" didn't worsen your opinion, rather you enjoyed it for what it was and kept the reviews separate --- that's not always easy to do.

I feel the same.  I liked the film, found it wildly *entertaining* but not enough to get why oscar nominations were being thrown at it left, right, and centre.

Thanks! I always try to watch a film separate of the reviews so that I have an unbiased opinion even though I could probably recite the RT score to thousands of movies off the top of my head because I check it everyday to look at new releases and older movies I'm discovering. It's easier to do with films that have good reviews in my experience. Movies that have horrible reviews that I am not enjoying on any level I just immediately go "Yeah, they were right about this and this etc".

My review is several pages back by now, but I basically agree. A fun film, but I didn't think it was one of the best of the year. I agree on Lawrence, too. Flavor of the year, I suppose.
Like Josh, I'm a bit of  a nut for movies, and movie reviews. I follow RT a LOT, despite my issues with it, and read reviews from my few favorite reviewers. I often read them twice(once before and once after) to see how things all panned out. I'm quite good at not allowing hype, in either direction, to cloud my mind when I see a movie. I DO tend to avoid seeing poorly reviewed movies, which I may have previously been interested in, in a theater, though. When trips to the theater are limited, I'd rather go see something almost guaranteed to be great, and leave the mediocre films for home release.
47  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 06, 2014, 11:07:23 PM
Don't know about elsewhere, but here in the 'states there isn't a University campus around without girls going around to their classes in yoga pants and a tanktop or sweats.
Now hold on a damn second, Yoga pants do not equal pajamas. Yoga pants are in fact the GREATEST creatiom in terms of fashionable attire. I swear any woman wearing them instantly looks 40% more attractive. If the future Mrs. D. wanted to wear yoga pants to our wedding I would have no objections at all, they are that awesome.

As for the whole "bears of rpgs" calendar, do you need swimsuit photos?

100% agreement. Damn, I love me some yoga pants. Also dig the other stretchy type exercise pants that women wear. My wife wears them for all her work outs. YUM.

And that's why they get away with it.
Get away with it? More like "grace us with the pleasure of viewing them in such amazing fashion".

Grim you have to stop inserting text inside quotes !
Dammit! That happens when the whole post doesn't fit into the white space, and I forget to scroll down. I'm actually surprised more people don't do it more often. Or I'm just an idiot.
48  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 06, 2014, 11:03:12 PM
Before Sunset -

I didn't like this as much as the first. It's still written very well, and has the same overall feeling, but it was missing something. Maybe that something would have happened if it wasn't so damn short(80 min!). Especially in regards to how it ended, which I just found annoying, and not satisfying. Julie Delpy still looked great, but Ethan not so much. Too much smoking perhaps? Who knows. It was still good, and I'm looking forward to seeing Before Midnight.

I liked Sunset more (but it was also the first one *I* watched, Before Sunrise came after I liked Set so much).

And yeah I don't get what happened.  Younger Hawke looked pretty damn handsome; then I guess he smoked a ton, got his heart broken by Uma Thurman, got reaaallly thin and just...never adjusted physically.


In terms of the ending, I didn't like it either when I was younger (I wanted to SEE SOMETHING!!!), but as I grew up I realized less was more (and with the third [and final?] movie, it basically solidifies the consequences of the ending and that, marriage aside, he is staying with his French flame).

Quote
"Baby, you are gonna miss that plane"

"I know."

I think a kiss or any other sort of "grand gesture" would have been kinda forced.  They were chatting and trying to rekindle something that happened almost a decade ago.  Also, Sunrise and Midnight leave time for things to happen in between a montage, but Sunset makes you watch the series of events with no break (a risky move, but I think it worked...I also have no problem taking a sort-of "virtual tour" of Paris).

Plus, their puppy love was there...it was SO there that nothing more really needed to be said.  Asking the "if you had one night to live" question was an easy trap almost for an obvious answer, and her singing a song with his name in it was just fuel on the fire.  Then there's the scene where they're in the cab; he's talking about a dream he had of her and she reaches out (but gets too shy to completely touch him):



For a movie with no kissing or sex scenes, I thought it captured love and general 'amour' for someone perfectly.  Especially in that "will-they, won't-they" aspect.

If I didn't hit on "what's missing" then I'm not sure what else to say.  Rather, it happens.  Like in a movie I saw recently....

The Grand Budapest Hotel

If you're a Wes Anderson fan, you know what you're getting into.  If you like his work, you'll love this film; if you don't, then you won't.

But anyways, and as a Wes fan, I *loved* this film.  The perfect cinematography, the cast, the messages, the homor, and the usual stylings that make his films a pleasure to watch.

Gustave, played by Ralph Fiennes, plays a *perfect* Gentleman, with great poise, a respectable attitude, a touch of brilliance, a great honesty and kindness and....he's surprisingly potty mouthed for his "character type" bursting into a "holy shit" or "what the fuck" (and its derivatives) when you least expect, but still delivered in such a subtle and soft way it's almost hard to notice --- and it's perfect.

Something did bother me about the whole ordeal.  I'm not too sure the conclusion is terribly revolutionary (the build up was probably better than conclusion itself), or if the plot is just a bit too convoluted, or maybe the sometimes awkward pacing in terms of what takes the "plot's time" up.  But i will say it has the best Klimt-esque painting of two lesbians masturbating I've ever seen and quite possible one of the greatest casts ever assembled (filled with their quirks and charms).

I really, really recommend it if you enjoy Wes' works or are in the mood for something different.  It's not without flaws, but it's a gem nonetheless.

EDIT: Grim, sorry if I quote you a lot here, but I think in some sense we have a similar taste in movies.  Not always our opinions of them (which, IMO, makes the conversations better), but more in what seems to appeal to us x)

Conversation is the whole point! Quote away!
You have an amazing memory. if I wait a week to review a movie, like I did with this one, I have a hard time remembering the details. A week. How long ago did you see it? haha.
Actually, what I really like about these movies is how "real" they are. Sure, they're probably written better than most people's conversations in real life, but everything just feels right. Like the moment you mention above. I also like that there is no guarantee that they are going to end up together in the end. Probably why I liked the ending of the first much more.
Midnight is on HBO On demand, so we'll be watching it soon.
See Gattaca. Great movie.


49  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 05, 2014, 09:55:08 PM
Don't know about elsewhere, but here in the 'states there isn't a University campus around without girls going around to their classes in yoga pants and a tanktop or sweats.
Now hold on a damn second, Yoga pants do not equal pajamas. Yoga pants are in fact the GREATEST creatiom in terms of fashionable attire. I swear any woman wearing them instantly looks 40% more attractive. If the future Mrs. D. wanted to wear yoga pants to our wedding I would have no objections at all, they are that awesome.

As for the whole "bears of rpgs" calendar, do you need swimsuit photos?



And that's why they get away with it.
Get away with it? More like "grace us with the pleasure of viewing them in such amazing fashion".
100% agreement. Damn, I love me some yoga pants. Also dig the other stretchy type exercise pants that women wear. My wife wears them for all her work outs. YUM.
50  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 05, 2014, 09:44:07 PM
Before Sunset -

I didn't like this as much as the first. It's still written very well, and has the same overall feeling, but it was missing something. Maybe that something would have happened if it wasn't so damn short(80 min!). Especially in regards to how it ended, which I just found annoying, and not satisfying. Julie Delpy still looked great, but Ethan not so much. Too much smoking perhaps? Who knows. It was still good, and I'm looking forward to seeing Before Midnight.

12 Years a Slave -

Pretty much what I was expecting. A very good movie, that could have been a great movie, if not for a few flaws. The best part, of course, is Ejiofor, who is absolutely fantastic. I didn't know who else was in this, so I was surprised as each person showed up. Cumberbatch! Fassbender! Pitt? First two were great. Fassbender in particular, who plays crazy damn well. Pitt just plays himself.
The problem I had was with the way it jumped around in time. I was confused multiple times as to when things were happening. The movie hammers home just how horrible people are capable of being. I had to look away at a few scenes, and I never do that. The story made me wonder how many other blacks went through something similar.
It's not a happy film, but it's certainly important in showcasing a sad part of our country's history.
51  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 04, 2014, 08:41:33 PM
I have been carrying group projects on my back my entire life.

Aren't you like 18 or something? You can't really say things like this until you've actually lived a good portion of said life. Maybe I'm wrong, and you're forty. ;-)

Anyway, I'm with the skinny guys here. I'm 6' and weigh about 145. I used to weigh more, but lost almost twenty pounds due to chronic illness issues. No matter what I do I can't gain it back. It's weird. I had to buy all new clothes because of it.

My wife is tall for a woman at 5' 8", and is a exercise nut. When she first started it all about 6 years ago, the weight just fell off, but then it stalled out about 40#'s from her goal(Yes, she was a bit overweight. Yes, she would kill me for talking about it). Because she is tall she carries it well(great behind!), but the stats say she is "obese". She is actually incredibly healthy and her doctors say so. Runs marathons and everything. I say this because I'm one of those fools who used to think what you weigh somehow dictates how healthy you are. She's certainly healthier than I am.

This was an exhausting week at work. Glad it's over. The weekend looks good, weather-wise, and I'm looking forward to some time in my garden.
52  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 04, 2014, 08:26:22 PM
So I decided to try two new shows on Netflix streaming:

Archer - WTF did I watch? That was 22 minutes of total bizarreness. Very much adult bizarreness. Some of it was funny, and some of it was just too ridiculous. I'll probably watch another episode out of sheer curiosity for where it's going to go.

I finally decided to go ahead and watch the first episode of Breaking Bad. Man, they sure packed a lot of material into a single episode! Crazy stuff. I already have questions, but I assume they'll be answered in time. Like: Why doesn't he tell anyone about his cancer? That type of thing drives me crazy. And why did he decide to get into the meth game? Money? And why does he need money? Just to keep his family comfortable until he dies? I would think he'd be doing ok as a high school Chemsitry teacher with some experience.
Don't answer those questions unless it's somehow not a spoiler. I'll keep watching.
53  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: April 01, 2014, 01:22:37 PM
Season finale of Walking Dead was a whole lot of nothing. It started out well enough with a really intense showdown but then went into endless dialogue and flashback segments and the ending was rather anti-climatic.  Im probably being a bit harsh but I was expecting more after seeing the promos...they pretty much gave the impression of complete chaos.

Agreed. It was pretty weak, and nothing but a lead-in to next season.
54  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 30, 2014, 11:38:57 PM
I actually really like Life as a House as well. warts and all. It had a pretty profound effect on me, to be perfectly honest. Possibly because of personal issues, both health-related, and Dad-related.

One more thing about Spec Now:
Code:
That final scene doeasn't make sense in another way. How the hell did Sutter get accepted into college? Especially a college like a smart girl like Aimee is going to? I think it was pretty well established that he just didn't care about academics. There's no way he had time to turn it all around either.
I suppose I'm over thinking it.

I have yet to see Catching Fire. Looking forward to it.

Jena Malone = YUM.
55  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 29, 2014, 08:14:56 PM
The Spectacular Now -

Wow. I'm on a roll with good, if not great, movies. This was fantastic, and has been on my mind since it ended. The beginning makes it look like it's going to end up being a typical teen sex/romance flik, but it diverges from that pretty quickly. Yes, it has a lot of the hallmarks of the genre, but it rises above almost every other movie about this topic. I found Sutter annoying, even after he wasn't supposed to be, but that was just his character. It's interesting that the movie chooses to tell the story about a popular kid who really has no idea how others view him. We get this same perspective, but in a far more interesting way, out of Aimee's story. Shailene Woodly has impressed me before, and she's great here. I do question the idea of her not being seen as attractive by the males of the school. Especially considering she's better looking than Brie Larson, who apparently no one questioned? They never explain why she has such low self-esteem, and can't see her own beauty(in or out). I LOVED that she's a total geek, and was into comics and sci-fi. Geek girls for the win! I question all the drinking in the movie, and how it goes by with little circumstance, and no one really bothering to talk about it, besides a brief blurb. Sad reality? This is a great movie. It tells a simply story wonderfully, without resorting to all the stupidity commonly found in movies of this type. One that I will continue to ponder long after I write this. Highly recommended.

I agree with this and I loved this movie too.... But I was reaaallly let down that the final act was about a kid with goddamn absent daddy blues.  It was the same old story too:

Waaaah my dad's an alcoholic!!! (and my momma warned me!)
Waaaaaaah does that mean I'm one too?!?! 
WAAAH I'm gonna drink away my sorrows!!!!  FUCK YOU LIFE

I probably sound a bit mean with that; but I dunno; I thought they coulda done better.  His switch for it just kinda set off a bit too easily (but I may need a rewatch).

Ah well, other than that, the characters were really well-played and interesting.  I'm always a sucker for films that take place in home-like settings.  I love drawing comparisons with suburban-like families too who make do largely with what they have and achieve slowly (a reason why I think The Simpsons was such a hit with families... that and being damn funny in those days).  I think Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley have promising futures as actors -- hell, they already do now (Shailene especially; I love how she was this hot/feisty/mean teen in The Descendants, but a rather nerdy sweetheart in this).  Anyways, it was definitely not your typical teen coming-of-age story.

Yeah, I agree about the final act. Saw that coming a mile away.
On another note, I didn't even like the final scene. I feel it spoils the melancholic feel of what came before.
Code:
Not that we know exactly what is going to happen from then on. Maybe they won't get back together. Maybe she'll slap him for being an ass and not seeing her off to Philly. Who knows?
It didn't bother me that much, but I would have preferred it not be there.
The Descendants was a great movie. Wasn't she also in Life as a House? Or am I thinking of another actress? *checks IMDB* Nope, that was Jena Malone. I have little interest in Divergent, but with her in it, it makes me want to see it more. And not just because she's a beautiful lady.
56  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 29, 2014, 04:40:32 PM
The Spectacular Now -

Wow. I'm on a roll with good, if not great, movies. This was fantastic, and has been on my mind since it ended. The beginning makes it look like it's going to end up being a typical teen sex/romance flik, but it diverges from that pretty quickly. Yes, it has a lot of the hallmarks of the genre, but it rises above almost every other movie about this topic. I found Sutter annoying, even after he wasn't supposed to be, but that was just his character. It's interesting that the movie chooses to tell the story about a popular kid who really has no idea how others view him. We get this same perspective, but in a far more interesting way, out of Aimee's story. Shailene Woodly has impressed me before, and she's great here. I do question the idea of her not being seen as attractive by the males of the school. Especially considering she's better looking than Brie Larson, who apparently no one questioned? They never explain why she has such low self-esteem, and can't see her own beauty(in or out). I LOVED that she's a total geek, and was into comics and sci-fi. Geek girls for the win! I question all the drinking in the movie, and how it goes by with little circumstance, and no one really bothering to talk about it, besides a brief blurb. Sad reality? This is a great movie. It tells a simply story wonderfully, without resorting to all the stupidity commonly found in movies of this type. One that I will continue to ponder long after I write this. Highly recommended.
57  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 27, 2014, 01:39:53 PM
COMBO BREAKER


I went to the store today during my lunch break to find something for dinner. While looking through the manager special meat (basically meat that is almost at it's sell by date-usually 2 days away) I find a T-bone for 5 cents a pound. Yes. You read that right. 5 cents a pound. It was a little over a pound so the price was 6 cents. I was a little shy because of the price, I mean that is super expensive. Luckily for me it also had a 30% off sticker on it so I bought it for the extravagant price of 4 cents.


Also...related to the above posts...I am not sure how to take the question about whether I believe in the paranormal or not. It is one of those questions that can easily have judgement behind it. Also, I am assuming that Grim feels similarly to me, which is why there weren't words, just the post quoted. I am not sure what to believe, I don't disbelieve, just...don't know. I have seen some things I can't explain and heard some things that scared the shit out of me. It is a fun adventure to go out and do these investigations.

This is what I typed:
"Yeah, I was about to ask what Mr. Kael beat me to. Seems like a lot of money spent on something kind of...silly? To each their own and all that. Unless you're going to be on one of those ghost hunter shows, then go nuts. Those people are very good at scaring themselves, then pretending it's all real.
You know me, Dagg. Skeptic extraordinaire. "

It's actually in the post, just in the wrong place.

I don't think it's silly, that's why. It is a way to go out and explore history. I may never get proof that there is anything out there, and as I said I am not sure if I even believe that there is, I just don't know. It's a hobby and I spend money on hobbies. I would never spend money on a nice tree or shrub, but you would.

"I would never spend money on a nice tree or shrub, but you would."
So you'd spend money on a not-so-nice tree or shrub? ;-)

Well, you're welcome for the cleaner air my trees and shrubs help to create then. hmph.

BTW, I like the exploring of history angle. Always interesting. You hear they opened up to the public that supposedly haunted house with ten million rooms that is constantly being worked on? I forget the name of it, and where it's at. That would be interesting to go see. I remember watching a show about it.



58  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: March 26, 2014, 11:46:31 PM
Dice, Jimmy, and whoever: I've only found the Hobbit movies entertaining on the surface. As soon as you start thinking about them, they completely fall apart. I actually thought the second was worse than the first. My review is in here somewhere, so I'm not re-treading it all. Too long, too much CG, too many bad action scenes, superhuman(elven) Legolas and Elf lady, and much more.


Drinking Buddies -
While the title makes complete sense, it doesn't get you in the right mind set for what this movie turns out to be. It is NOT a rom-com. Yes, it looks like one, but it plays out nothing like what we all think of as the stereotypical (crappy) romantic comedy. This is actually GOOD. Really good. This is a drama about relationships and life. And drinking beer. A LOT of beer. Honestly, that part kind of bothered me, as so much alcohol is consumed in this movie, it's ridiculous. I let it slide due to the movie completely circumventing tired cliches, and actually being realistic in it's depictions of people in troubled relationships. A nice surprise.

Nebraska -
A quiet drama about a crazy old dude who gets one of those stupid sweepstakes packets in the mail, and thinks he's won millions. The movie is basically about the trip, and his eccentricities. It's slow, and can get a little boring at times, but seems to be aware of this. Little bits of humor are interjected throughout, and the movie is about a lot more than a silly roadtrip. I did find the old dude annoying, but I guess that was the point. Not a bad movie, but I don't think I could recommend it to your average movie goer.

Prisoners -
This is a pretty intense film. We have some great actors doing some fine work in a drama about kidnapped little girls, and how it affects people. It's probably a half hour too long, and spends far too much time on Hugh Jackmans character being angry, and acting like an idiot. It's pretty obvious from the start where it's all headed, but I still enjoyed the story, as dark as it was.

Inside Llewyn Davis -
A pretty good story here. although a bit slow. I had heard amazing things about this movie, and was, admittedly, let down. It's not bad, by any means, but was not the powerful, moving, experience I was hoping for. Oscar Isaac is pretty great as Llewyn Davis. He sings great, too. The movie never really goes anywhere, though, which I guess is the whole point. It's a more realistic, non-Hollywoodized, story of a musician trying to make it. No perfect, million dollar, ending here.
59  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 26, 2014, 11:04:24 PM
COMBO BREAKER


I went to the store today during my lunch break to find something for dinner. While looking through the manager special meat (basically meat that is almost at it's sell by date-usually 2 days away) I find a T-bone for 5 cents a pound. Yes. You read that right. 5 cents a pound. It was a little over a pound so the price was 6 cents. I was a little shy because of the price, I mean that is super expensive. Luckily for me it also had a 30% off sticker on it so I bought it for the extravagant price of 4 cents.


Also...related to the above posts...I am not sure how to take the question about whether I believe in the paranormal or not. It is one of those questions that can easily have judgement behind it. Also, I am assuming that Grim feels similarly to me, which is why there weren't words, just the post quoted. I am not sure what to believe, I don't disbelieve, just...don't know. I have seen some things I can't explain and heard some things that scared the shit out of me. It is a fun adventure to go out and do these investigations.

This is what I typed:
"Yeah, I was about to ask what Mr. Kael beat me to. Seems like a lot of money spent on something kind of...silly? To each their own and all that. Unless you're going to be on one of those ghost hunter shows, then go nuts. Those people are very good at scaring themselves, then pretending it's all real.
You know me, Dagg. Skeptic extraordinaire. "

It's actually in the post, just in the wrong place.
60  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: March 25, 2014, 09:55:12 PM
Ordered a 1080P 8 channel NVR and 4 cameras as an early birthday present to myself. I wont be using this surveillance system for home security. I will be taking it with me to paranormal investigations.
What a coincidence,I just installed an 8 channel dvr system at a restaurant, shame the cameras are only standard resolution. Only difference besides that is it IS for surveilance.
Yeah, I was about to ask what Mr. Kael beat me to. Seems like a lot of money spent on something kind of...silly? To each their own and all that. Unless you're going to be on one of those ghost hunter shows, then go nuts. Those people are very good at scaring themselves, then pretending it's all real.
You know me, Dagg. Skeptic extraordinaire.

I was considering a 960h system but I wanted the high Def so that I can see more detail in the dark.
Have you tested the cameras yet to see if their night vision is adequate? Most camera say night vision, but really mean maybe 10 feet of viewable distance before it's too dark.

Yeah, I saw the cameras in action. They have a good 30ft of true night vision (0 lux lighting). Most of the places I will be using them will have a little better than that, though not by much. I expect about 40-50ft of good coverage and then degraded beyond that. I plan on testing them this weekend when I go stay at a reportedly haunted hotel. I will let them run over night. Good times.

Do you actually believe in ghosts btw?

I don't know. I am not against the idea, but I don't really know.
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