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2056  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 02, 2007, 03:13:53 PM
Not a movie, but I watched season 1 of Amazing Stories on DVD recently - it was interesting.  Some episodes were pretty decent, but I may have been giving those ones some nostalgia credit.  Most of them weren't very good.  It was a pretty big disappointment for me, because I thought "sweet!  I loved that show" when I saw the DVDs.

Now if they'd only release Misfits of Science...
2057  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: November 07, 2007, 10:48:45 PM
In case you were interested, I Am Legend has been made into a movie twice before.  

First, it was The Last Man on Earth, starring Vincent Price.  That one's available on Google Video for free because it's old enough to be public domain.  I've seen it two or three times, and I think it's a pretty good film.  It leaves out some of the interesting stuff from the story (like the answer to the question "what if a vampire is jewish?"), but it's still good.

After that, it was made again as The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston.  I haven't seen that one, but it's very different from the book, and I hear it's not very good.  Here's a trailer.

I just finished listening to the book on tape of The Picture of Dorian Gray.  Great book.  It's kind of twilight zoney, and I like that.  It's available for free too, also because it's public domain.  I found it at Librivox.  

While I'm plugging free stuff, if you want to read old books for free (rather than listen to them), you can download them for free at Project Gutenberg.

More recently, I found out that Baen books has stuff available for free too!  Baen puts out fantasy books, in case you don't know them by name.  There aren't a TON of books there, but hey, they're more recent books and they're available legally for free, and that's pretty nice.
2058  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: November 03, 2007, 11:35:11 PM
Wow - you guys are making me feel lame.  I just finished the third book in "The Edge Chronicles," a series targeted at probably early teens.  I read the first two a while ago after liking the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and had to read the third one to finish out the first trilogy.

I'm now reading the third book in David & Leigh Eddings' series "The Dreamers."  I was reminded fairly quickly that this series is kind of weak, even if you're a fan of their work, but oh well.  I have read pretty much everything he/they have ever written (he used to just put his name on everything, but later said "you know what?  My wife has really been a big part of writing these books" and started putting her name on all of them too.

Guess I'm in "finish old series" mode right now.
2059  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: October 23, 2007, 11:15:16 PM
Just finished watching Transformers.  Some stupid stuff in it, but they looked awesome as did the transformation effects.  That's all I was really looking for, so I wasn't disappointed.
2060  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: October 21, 2007, 03:41:26 PM
You both have rabbits?  Weird - me too!  Guess they're a more common pet than I thought.
2061  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: October 02, 2007, 08:30:57 AM
Just read The Gunseller by Hugh Laurie (yeah - he's House).  He's a good author!  There were a lot of clever phrases that made me laugh, but none I can pull out of my memory (and out of context) to throw down here.
2062  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: September 10, 2007, 08:27:27 PM
Quote from: "GrimReality"
Thomas is incredibly annoying(intentionally, I know) and leaves us with no one to root for or sympathize with.

I only managed to make it through the first book in that series.  The fact that he raped the girl who was helping him and there were never any real consequences and he didn't even seem to feel very bad about it turned me away, even though there were some cool elements to the universe.
2063  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: August 24, 2007, 12:58:40 PM
Wow - I'm so late to this party.  Just yesterday, I finished a book called "Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask" - it was released into bookstores, and then later released as a free ebook.  Pretty decent, especially considering the price.

Before that, I read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal.  I liked it quite a bit.

I've been alternating books, something random and then another book from a series I finally got all of after a long time.  The series is called Wild Cards, and if the people who made Heroes haven't read it, I'd be shocked.  The Wild Cards books are written by teams of authors (some very well known) and edited by George R. R. Martin.  If you can find them (think online), they're really good stuff.  They were written through the late 70s, 80s, and into the 90s.  There are 13 of them, and then a new trilogy was written later.  Sadly, if you try to read them starting somewhere other than the first book, you'll probably be pretty lost.
2064  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 20, 2007, 10:01:35 AM
Quote from: "Dincrest"
The only think I found odd was
towards the end when everyone was flying on thestrals.  All the thestrals were visible.  Shouldn't Ron's, Hermione's, Ginny's, and Neville's thestrals been invisible since they couldn't see them?  Only people who've seen death can see thestrals.  

Well, you could argue that, but I'd say that
the books and movies are all sort of from Harry's point of view, so since he's seen death, he can see them, and therefore we can see them.  Regardless, the question isn't whether WE can see the thestrals, but rather if the [i]characters[/i] can see them.  Apparently through the magic of film, we can see them whether we've seen death or not.

I saw Hot Fuzz the other day, and it was great stuff.  Anyone who liked Shaun of the Dead would probably love it.  I'm dumb, so I didn't pick up on what was happening until they gave it away.  At first, I thought that
it definitely wasn't the supermarket guy because he was too obvious.
 Then I thought
it was everyone who works at the supermarket but no one else.
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