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16  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: February 28, 2011, 02:28:58 PM
I loved the recent D&D episode and the famous "Modern Warfare" episode.  So I'll take your recommendation as the show hasn't done wrong for me yet.
17  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently watched Episodes of TELEVISION BOX offerings! on: February 28, 2011, 01:59:12 PM
I'm very pleased with how Bob's Burgers is doing.  Family Guy got lame a long time ago, but I was too addicted to stop watching it.  Bob's Burgers takes some of their humor but doesn't make it nearly as crass or harsh.  Bob is as hard working as Hank Hill, as loving as Homer Simpson, and just a dash of Peter's childishness.  A perfect mix.

Outside of that, Parks and Rec and The Office.  When I watch these it's always on Friday at lunch time over Hulu, and I always save the better one for last.  Recently, I've enjoyed Office more.  I've thought the show has gone downhill in the past few seasons, but this one (especially after the mid-season break) has been phenomenal.  Michael is being developed more than enough that we'll care about his soon departure.
18  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 28, 2010, 11:21:16 PM
So I went into Tron expecting an abomination and I was pleased it was not.  It had some interesting theology that was, to my knowledge, completely absent from the original and kept me thinking after the movie.  Tron does feel overall quite dense and tries to distract from that realization with colors, shapes, and sounds.  Unfortunately, this tactic is rather obvious and ends up feeling worse than it could.  Fan service abounds!

Given some of the acting feels very, very wooden(specifically Quorra), bad distractions in the story sequencing and some plot holes, I feel inclined to rate it slightly above average. 
19  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Movie Trends that NEED to Stop on: December 21, 2010, 11:27:02 AM
I guess (overuse of) 3D technology is a given. I want to say "cheesy dialogue" but in all honesty, that's not a trend: it's just a consistent symptom of the movie industry. I simply feel like more and more films have really generic writing.

Would definitely like to see a halt in movies based on popular Young Adult novels. I mean-- the Twilight books are huge, I understand that. Same goes for Harry Potter and maybe Narnia. But Cirque du Freak, Legend of the Guardian, Percy Jackson... it's just an influx of films that are, at best, mildly intriguing. Some of them didn't even make particularly good books in the first place!

The real unfortunate thing with Percy Jackson is that the movies had the potential to be better than the books.  Percy's constant commentary can come off pretty juvenile (expected considering his age, but makes the book hard to get through).  If they had only spent more time tightening down the script's dialogue and locking in good takes from the actors... Percy Jackson could have toppled Harry Potter in the cinema.  Instead they simply spent more money into improving the special effects.  Which is exactly the common trait among Hollywood I want stamped out.

I wanted to like Avatar.  I really did. But I can't tolerate the acting or the script's dialogue. If they can spend a quarter of a billion making it as pretty  as it is, they could have easily found a way (reserve maybe 10 million of that) for a screen play treatment by someone who knows how to write interesting dialogue.  The same goes for reshoots on many of their scenes.

As much as I'm a defender of the Star Wars prequels, I can't deny that this is precisely what went wrong with them as well.  Overblown special effects budget at the expense of dialogue and acting.  The result is something gorgeous, but only partially human.  Hello uncanny valley, goodbye artistic integrity.
20  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 17, 2010, 11:28:54 AM
So I was getting some filing done and found myself watching the chick flick "Post Grad."  I typically stay far, far away from these kinda movies and this one only confirmed my sentiments.  The characters are one-dimensional and too proud to warrant any real sympathy.  Imagine the most trite, cliched direction the plot can take.  You say to yourself "Oh no they can't do that, that'd be stupid."  Well they do! 

On the plus side the acting is not distracting.  It does work.  Alexis Bledel is cute.  Michael Keaton plays her dad and I like to imagine he really is Bruce Wayne settled down in a secret, suburban life.  There's an unexpected scene that involves some dark comedy.  I wouldn't have minded it if the rest of the story was cut out simply to make the movie just about this one scene (maybe two to give it background).

2/5 stars  Would not watch again.  Definitely would not recommend to others.
21  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 09, 2010, 11:09:19 PM
Finished "Outbound Flight" and its accompanying short story "Mist Encounter."  I was not expecting them to tie together.  I am now a Thrawn fan. :)  Eventually I'll get to Zahn's original trilogy.  But now I can say for sure I'm looking forward to it.
22  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 04, 2010, 12:52:29 AM
Just finished "Falling Down."  Very intense movie.  The whole time I'm asking "Is he going to bring mercy or wrath?"  Some of the dialogue felt a bit forced in its delivery but at least the film looks great.  I also love how I was so wrapped up in the movie, I didn't realize Michael Douglas' character wasn't named until over half way into the movie.  Easy 4/5 stars.

"In Bruges."

A very enjoyable film.

When Ken jumps off the tower and doesn't die immediately, I was floored.  Never seen that before in a movie. Heh, his body was so soft at that point they could serve it as Chef Boyardee.

It makes sense from that distance you very well might live a few seconds afterward (talking out my butt here). 
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Build the Arcology City: the Sim City 2000 With the Highest Population Challenge on: November 30, 2010, 03:59:47 PM
There's a guy that played Sim City 3000 and managed to max everything he could out.  Cracked featured him in an article:


and the corresponding video is very much worth a watch:


I don't know what's more frightening: the fact of how much planning and building he put into it or the fact that the "ideal" life expectancy is in a person's 50s.

Edit: I just realized that I posted the same video as Tomara.  Shame on me.
24  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 29, 2010, 01:30:51 AM
Falling Down
Joel Shumacher should have made a Batman movie like this

Holy crap!  I just ordered it from Netflix and it's been collecting dust on my nightstand.  Maybe I'll watch it tomorrow.
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: November 29, 2010, 01:28:36 AM
Just fiinished my degree in Creative Writing.  I wonder if the local pizzeria is hiring. :/
26  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: November 27, 2010, 01:27:16 AM
Carefully making my way through Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn.  It took a while to get going and could have served to be split into two books as the first half is only buildup to the "Outbound Flight" project itself. 

I like my Star Wars EU and really would like more material in between I and II.  Funny how Lucas and co. made big projects in between the last two episodes of each trilogy (Clone Wars for PT and Shadows of the Empire for OT) and somewhat neglected the other gaps of I-II and IV-V (even though each of them span longer time than the later gaps of II-III and V-VI).  Though I suppose they'll very well do what they want with or without the consent of my geekery.
27  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: July 11, 2010, 11:37:34 PM
Finally (finally!) saw Donnie Darko last night.  I was quite impressed and not completely confused as a lot of people make the first viewing out to be.  For Jake Gyllenhaal's dynamic performance,  interesting ending that's wide open for interpretation, well placed humor, and for a story involving airplane crashes (yet released very close to 9/11) I give it a 5/5.
28  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: LOST (Season 6) on: May 24, 2010, 04:42:35 PM
Is it safe to say that the "flash sideways" was further in the future, when all the characters had died (and they've just been running amock in the afterlife/purgatory)?  They just needed to find each other to reach heaven/nirvana?
Meanwhile Hurley and Ben remained to protect shimmering life light?

You're mostly right.  The Flash-Sideways timeline is one created by the characters in order to find ultimate rest after their adventures on the island.  It is a distant continuation of the original timeline only created by the ultimate end of each character within it.  As Christian said (I'm paraphrasing) "Some long after you."  Some of the characters in the FST lived a LONG life after what the audience saw in the Original Timeline, so it's very possible Miles, Lapidus, Richard, Kate, Sawyer, and Claire (was there another on the Ajira flight I missed?) died happily of old age and simply passed into the FST after that point.

In the case of Hurley he probably guarded the island until he couldn't anymore, after which his consciousness passed into the FST (as he's seen with Libby in the church).  Ben may not find rest; he's haunted by his experiences back in the original timeline (which would include his guarding of the island).
29  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: May 08, 2010, 12:55:38 PM
Hey guys, I'm about to graduate college and thought I'd spend the summer trying out FFXI.  And it's only $15 for the collection and a month play time on Steam.  How can I say no?  I just had some questions first:

Guilds are called linkshells, right?  From what I take it there's at least a fair number of you together; where are you exactly?  I have two friends interested (one possibly joining up fresh like me and one resubscribing his high level account), is there any way we could contribute?  I understand if you guys only let in high level/skilled players; I have no intention of being an awkward third wheel, heh.

Is race selection that crucial or is it more cosmetic at high level?

I'm still trying to figure out the whole job system.  I see there's the starter jobs and the advanced jobs you can pick up at lvl. 30.  Do all the jobs you have contribute to a central pool of stats and abilities or do you "activate" one at a time to switch out different emphases of stats and abilities?  Or is it completely different from either?
30  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: January 04, 2010, 06:47:30 PM
So I finished up the second Percy Jackson book The Sea of Monsters.  I really like the character Riordan is building up; it's near solid proof Aquaman can be really cool (as long he's not actually named Aquaman).  I love how the series gives mythological explanations for the everyday world such as mega corporations are tied to the lifeforce of monsters.  Should you cut off a hydra's head two more grow back in its place, and another fast-food chain springs up out of nowhere overnight.

My only real complaint for the series is Percy's narration.  A lot of times it just gets in the way and dumbs things down.  His description (and wisecracks of that description) feels too childish and naive.  I know that it's probably more realistic that way (in that children can talk like they are ever so clever) but it makes me want to read less because of Percy's voice getting in the way of what's typically a very entertaining chain of events.

Next up, Ender's Game!
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