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61  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 04, 2014, 09:49:58 PM
Only Lovers Left Alive -
I really thought this had potential. It looked so different than a typical Vampire movie, and it IS. Just not in any way that I liked. It's major flaw is that it's boring. There is very little story here, with only a smidge of conflict. This is all artsy cool new age vampires with apparently nothing to do.
It's a bummer because Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are both great actors. They were even good here, with the flimsy characters they were given.
I imagine some movie snobs would love this for the exact reasons that I didn't. More power to them, but I need a decent story with decent characters, and this was lacking both.
62  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: November 04, 2014, 10:04:48 AM
Finished Well of Ascension, and am anxious to move on to Hero of Ages, but I'm taking a break inbetween. I'm junping back into the top 50 scifi books of all time list and reading A Canticle for Leibowitz. I hope it's as great as I've heard.
63  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: November 03, 2014, 10:35:13 PM
Despite my complete disinterest in Coven, AHS: Freak Show has been surprisingly good. The various plot lines are at least cohesive and not a kitchen sink of unrelated horror tropes. It's still crazy problematic, but entertaining.
My thoughts exactly. It's not a great show, but it's a LOT better than Coven.

Last nights Walking Dead pretty much sucked.
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I like Beth as a character, but we didn't need a complete episode about her that felt totally disjointed from everything else going on. Very weird.
64  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 03, 2014, 10:52:14 AM
Gone Girl -
My wife and I were off work on Friday(we always are on Halloween), and instead of braving the crappy weather, we went to see this.
A very well made, well-paced, well acted film. It had the proper amount of tension and buildup, as well as surprises for those of us who didn't read the book.
I actually thought Affleck was perfect in this role.
Rosamund Pike was even better, but It was weird not hearing her British accent.
Overall a great film. The ending drove me nuts, though.
65  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: November 03, 2014, 08:49:00 AM
Ha! Ryan Murphy would make Jessica Lang the new Doctor! Now THAT would be amusing.
Personally, I have no problem with The Master being female, nor did I think it was a slight against a possible female doc. It really didn't even occur to me until I read that review I posted.
I AM annoyed at the constant recycling of villians, though. When it was revealed that she was The Master, my eyes couldn't possibly have rolled any higher.
The Clara/Danny relationship is horrid, and has resulted in zero feels for whatever happens to them. I actually cared about Amy and Rory after a while.
I like Capaldi. I just feel bad for him that he's been stuck with such bad writing.


As for...

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Going back in time to save Danny. The show has established that it isn't possible in the episode "Fathers Day" in the first series with Rose. She tried to save her dad from being killed by a car (I don't think Danny dying in a traffic accident was a coincidence to this fact) and then the weird time eating bat things appeared and started to dismantle reality.

The Doctor really has had some bullshit excuses for why he can't just go back in time, but I think Danny's death is so familiar to Rose's dads death because we are [i]supposed[/i] to compare the two and accept that this isn't something he can just change.

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So what did Clara expect him to do then? What are the chances that she would stick her fingers in the TARDIS goo and somehow send them to some made up "Hell" that the Master created just for The Doctor? How could that possibly have been planned for? It just makes no sense!

It's ok to suspend disbelief and just enjoy a fantastical story, but it still needs to follow the rules of it's own world.
66  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: November 02, 2014, 10:54:09 PM
*NOW* are you guys happy?
You act like I actively WANT to dislike the show. In past seasons I've enjoyed far more than I've disliked.
To answer your question, NO, I thought this ep. was pretty bad. It was just so all over the place and inconsistent. And the whole second half depends on an act that could not have been planned for, making it ridiculous.
Dice calls it minor. I disagree.
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Clara acting the way she was with the Doctors keys was just so bizarre, and out of character. It felt like we missed an episode or ten building up to this.
This whole heaven and hell thing as a cover for a plan by The Master bring back the Cybermen is just so damn WTF.
And why would the Doctor even decide to go to Hell anyway? Wouldn't he just go back in the time stream to save Danny? Why attempt to go someplace that he wouldn't even believe exists? I can't even see Clara buying into that. Plus, Danny being the great guy that he is, would be in Heaven, no? At least according to Clara and Doc, who don't know what he'd done in the Army.
This whole ep just drove me nuts, and not in a good way.
Once again, MAJ writes a great review, although she nit picks more than what I would.
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The Master being female didn't even click as an issue with me.
http://www.flickfilosopher.com/2014/11/doctor-blogging-dark-water.html
67  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Halloween on: October 31, 2014, 09:15:23 PM
As predicted, the weather seems to have kept the kids away. We got maybe half the trick or treaters we normally do. It's cold and windy, so I really don't blame them.
Oddly enough, I really didn't see many Frozen costumes. maybe one or two. Most kids were buried under coats and hats, anyway.
I saw several Spidermen. Even a girl one, which is awesome. I really hate seeing nothing but the stereotypical "boys as superheros", and "girls as fairies and princesses". Dammit, parents, stop perpetuating this crap! My brother is doing this exact thing to my little 5 year old niece. She's gotten nothing but pink crap since she was a baby. We've always bought her science crafts, and cool building type things. Of course, she's a friggin' pink fairy for Halloween. ugh.
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Halloween on: October 30, 2014, 02:19:28 PM
No, as I have no reason to be. I used to wear a mask or dress up on occasion for the trick or treaters, but haven't done so in a while.
If I had a party to attend, I would do the costume thing. It's all in good fun.
We're a tad sad, as our 13.5 year old son decided he doesn't want to go trick or treating this year. He just "doesn't feel like it" is his response. I think my last year going was 13 or 14.
Thing is, every year I get "kids" older than that dressed up(or not) and begging for candy. It doesn't bother me. If you're willing to put in the effort, I'll reward you with candy, no matter your age.
We are on a high traffic corner, and regularly hand out between 300-350 pieces of candy. The weather might limit that this year as it's supposed to be sucky out tomorrow. 40 degrees and windy as hell. We'll see.
69  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Marvel Super-Thread on: October 30, 2014, 09:21:25 AM
Thor 2 was pretty weak, IMHO.
Cap 2 was fantastic.
Iron Man 2 and 3 were both just ok. Still amusing due to RDjr. being awesome in the role.
The Hobbit movies have been extremely mediocre so far. Decent entertainment, but not memorable at all. The last 30 minutes of 2 saved that movie.

I kind of don't like knowing so far ahead of time what all is coming out. I prefer knowing the year before, so the wait isn't so long. Although, several of these I have zero thoughts on due to knowing nothing of the material.
70  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: October 28, 2014, 04:36:51 PM
Moving along in Mistborn #2: Well of Ascension
I'm getting close to the end.
Someone make movies out of these books, PLEASE! Oh, my god, how I want to see Vin in action on a movie screen.
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The Koloss are way derivative of every fantasy creature ever, and I had hope for a short while that they would break the stereotype, but it was not to be. They are evil troll-like things, and that's just the way it is.
I'm at the part where Vin returns to Luthadel, and starts kicking Koloss ass all over the place.
I get shivers at these scenes, and shivers again thinking about them done with a LOTR(Avengers?) style budget and devotion.
I've even been wondering who would be cast as Vin.
A man can dream.
71  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: October 27, 2014, 11:00:24 PM
My wife pre-purchased this for me for my birthday, so I'll have it on my doorstep on the 18th. I hope it's good!
72  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: October 27, 2014, 10:57:44 PM
Total agreement with Star and Dice. This episode was just "blah". Nothing really happened. I'm a total tree hugger, but still found the whole "trees are great" business a bit over the top.
Her sisters name was Annabelle? Really? That's a type of Hydrangea, in case anyone didn't know that. A white one, though. The one shown was purple or blue. That little side story was pointless.
The Clara/Danny relationship keeps getting  worse and worse.
Can we see the dark haired lady slowly killed in the last episode? Or at least roughed up a bit? That might make the whole season worth while.

73  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: October 27, 2014, 02:44:37 PM
I am 40 today. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this. I can't say I'm happy about it, that's for sure. The older I get, the more pressure I feel to DO things, and make some sort of difference in the world before it's all over. Because of my weird health condition, and my constant pain medication, I can't help but think there is no way I'm making it to anywhere near 80.
Anyway, I didn't mean this to be a downer post.  Most days I feel well enough to do most anything I want to do. I think my point is that while I have this weird sense of urgency in my life, I see very few people out there who seem to feel the same. I get frustrated because I'm out there doing things while others are sitting at home watching shit TV shows or whatever.
Thing is, I also understand that I'm lucky enough to be at a point in my life where I am able, and have a little bit of time, to do things like volunteer, and educate myself further. I find myself frequently getting frustrated, and judgmental, of the actions(or lack thereof) of other people, without knowing anything about them. This is wrong, I know, but I still do it.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, midlife crisis and shit. Save the goddamn Monarch butterfly motherf*$kers!
74  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 27, 2014, 09:32:30 AM
The Wolf of Wall Street -
This was ridiculously long. They could have cut out an hour and still told the same story, only better.
The movie is basically 2 hours of showing how lavish and full of drugs and debauchery his life was, and the rest being about his rise and fall. This really just felt like an excuse for a crazy couple year long, drug-filled, hooker-filled, party.
Leo was fine as Jordan, but it's not the type of role he hasn't played before. I do think he is a bit old for the part,but they did a decent job of making him look younger.
I was mortified when Jonah Hill showed up, and remained mortified every time he was on screen. I cannot stand him, and remain baffled as to how he even got in this industry to begin with. He knows the right people, I guess.
Overall, it was still decently entertaining, and interesting, but I wouldn't call it a great movie. Certainly not worthy of award nominations.
75  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Doctor Who on: October 26, 2014, 10:58:38 PM
I missed last nights episode due to being out with my wife. I'll try and find a way to watch it tomorrow night and report back.
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