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1906  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 18, 2010, 10:08:31 PM
...I tell you, 90% of the time any movie based on a book, the book is better...

I may have said this here before, but my rule of thumb is always that if the book comes first, the book's better.  If the movie comes first, the movie's better.  There are a very few exceptions, but they're few and far between.  (One that's NOT an exception, even though it might seem to be, is The Princess Bride.  As great as the movie is, the book's even better, and the book came first.)
1907  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Forums / Re: i'm kinda curious... on: January 18, 2010, 10:00:30 PM
Of course, if someone is ignoring you... they wouldn't see your post here, right?
1908  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 16, 2010, 06:02:12 PM
Book of Eli really looks to me like "Fallout: The Movie." Is that at all what it's like?
1909  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Music written by me (Patrick "Ramza" Gann) on: January 11, 2010, 07:06:43 PM
Rise from your grave!

Had to come back and say that some of your songs have come up in my random playlist, Pat, and you did a nice job on them!  I'm not really into piano music, so I can't think of one where I said "ooh, that one's amazing," but there also hasn't been one yet where I thought "ooh, that's not very good.  I'm skipping this one," and that's saying something. :D
1910  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 11, 2010, 07:03:10 PM
Seriously, I was THIS close to thinking you guys were just screwing with us for a second.  Sunshine, Moon... 

"Ooh, I like Tree too.  Grass was OK, but a little slow to develop."

"No way - how can you like Tree, but say Grass was slow?!"
1911  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 10, 2010, 12:13:42 AM
Next time, check runpee.com before the movie.  Or if you see a lot of movies, you might think it's worth $2 for the iPhone app. :D
1912  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 06, 2010, 03:37:17 PM
9-

...Those looking for great visuals and action will get what they are looking for, while those looking for a great story should probably stick to Pixar (for now).

That was my impression as well.  The plot wasn't the best - huge holes, and why is it that 9 is a hero in the end?  If he hadn't screwed things up, they'd all still be alive, instead of half being dead.  But it looked great, the action was cool, and I liked it overall.
1913  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: December 28, 2009, 08:03:54 PM
Dios - nice hat!  I'm a hat guy myself.  They're coming back.
1914  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 27, 2009, 06:12:42 PM
Also, the TV version was terrible. :D
1915  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 24, 2009, 11:08:34 PM
Oh, I forgot to say I bought that and watched it!  I got the two Criterion Collection DVDs: "The Final Cut," which is apparently the Gilliam-approved version, and the "Love Conquers All" version, which is apparently the one that's been shown on TV.  Have only watched the Gilliam version so far.

Isn't there a Blu-Ray edition with a couple of different versions on it?

It's possible, but I didn't look for it after finding it really cheap on DVD.  I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the movie, and the PS3 does a good enough job of upscaling things for movies I'm unsure of.


I saw The Princess and the Frog today, and it was pretty good!  Not the greatest movie I've ever seen, but not bad either.
1916  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 22, 2009, 12:15:34 PM
[Yeah, Labyrinth just has David Bowie wearing pants that are way too tight. 

Pants, magic pants. ;)

See Brazil. Now. :)

Oh, I forgot to say I bought that and watched it!  I got the two Criterion Collection DVDs: "The Final Cut," which is apparently the Gilliam-approved version, and the "Love Conquers All" version, which is apparently the one that's been shown on TV.  Have only watched the Gilliam version so far.

I've seen Time Bandits a number of times, but on VHS.  Keeping my eye out for a copy of it on DVD, but haven't come across one, and don't care to look online yet.
1917  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 21, 2009, 11:41:23 AM
Watched Labyrinth last night with my wife, her brother, and his 7-year-old kid.  When we said "let's watch this," my brother in law said "Labyrinth?  Is that really a kids' movie?"  We were like "yeah, of course it is!"  And he said "isn't this the one with the eyeball hand guy?"

Turns out he was thinking of Pan's Labyrinth.  Big difference. :D
1918  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 17, 2009, 06:18:25 PM
We've watched all of Firefly over the course of the last week or so, and will watch Serenity this weekend.  I'd seen them all once before, but my wife never had.  She's not much of a Joss Whedon fan, so she didn't think she'd like it, but I knew once she "met" Kaylee, she'd be hooked, as they have a lot in common.

We also watched the first episode of Sigmund & The Sea Monsters, an old Sid & Marty Krofft show we'd never seen before.  I have 3 things to say about that show:
1) What's up with the title?  Sigmund is a sea monster.
2) Dang, those kids are ugly.
3) Those Krofft boys must have done truckloads of drugs.  I've seen at least three of their series now, and Land of the Lost is by far the least trippy.

And finally, we watched the first episode of a Twilight Zone-like show from the UK called Tales of the Unexpected.  The first season and a half were based on Roald Dahl stories, and the first one was pretty intense.  It was about an old dude who bets a young sailor that he can't light his Zippo 10 times in a row without fail.  If the sailor does it, he gets the old man's new Jaguar (car, of course), and if he can't, the old man gets to cut off his left pinkie finger.
1919  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: December 13, 2009, 08:27:38 PM
Finished the audio book of the latest Wheel of Time - The Gathering Storm.  Great stuff.  The new guy did a really good job - I loved most of the first 11 books, but in some parts, I think book 12's actually better because it was written by someone other than Jordan.  A big part of the theme is growing up, and throughout all of Jordan's books, the main characters didn't really get much more mature.  For example, in this one, there's a bit where Aviendha says that Rand's not stupid for not getting something - just uneducated.  If Jordan had written this book, she never would have gotten to that point.

Oh, and splitting it into 3 books was absolutely the right decision.  This one was chock full of plot advancement - can't see how he could have logically moved it forward any more quickly than this.
1920  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 11, 2009, 01:50:45 AM
Watched The Adventures of Baron Munchausen again tonight - hadn't seen it in a while.  Love it.  It reminds me, though, that I still haven't seen Brazil...
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