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« Reply #1160 on: April 04, 2014, 02:26:13 AM »

It is superb.  Any fan of comics should watch it.  End of story.
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« Reply #1161 on: April 04, 2014, 01:11:54 PM »

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 03, 2014, 03:40:48 PM

thanks for the SAO recommendation.  Almost done with the series and it definitely pays off.  I could do with less of the young women objectification, but it is certainly a very deep series once you get past that

Finished it last night... great stuff, even if (as noted) the 'second half bad guy' was a little over the top crazy / pervy.  icon_lol
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« Reply #1162 on: April 15, 2014, 05:50:25 PM »

Run, don't walk, to your tv set and watch Narco Cultura.  I've been waiting on this one for a while and it doesn't disappoint.

I first heard about narcocorridos after they featured one on an episode of Breaking Bad.  They're Mexican folks songs...but they glorify the lives of violent drug lords and such.  The drug gangs even commission singers to create them and then get them played on some radio stations in Mexico.  It's pretty screwed up. 

Anyway, go watch this documentary.  It's pretty disturbing at times.  But always fascinating.
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« Reply #1163 on: April 24, 2014, 05:32:33 AM »

Just watched the "Looney Tunes" episode of Farscape.  That might be the most delightfully batshit insane 45 minutes of TV I've ever seen.   icon_lol
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« Reply #1164 on: April 24, 2014, 05:12:59 PM »

Isn't it, though?  It's one of my all-time favorites.
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« Reply #1165 on: April 25, 2014, 12:30:17 AM »

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« Reply #1166 on: April 25, 2014, 12:05:46 PM »

I've got so many hundreds of hours of shows to get my fiancee caught up on, and neither of us have seen Farscape.  So between Bab 5, BSG and Farscape, what order should we watch em?  I've seen the first two myself.
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« Reply #1167 on: April 25, 2014, 01:38:10 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on April 25, 2014, 12:05:46 PM

I've got so many hundreds of hours of shows to get my fiancee caught up on, and neither of us have seen Farscape.  So between Bab 5, BSG and Farscape, what order should we watch em?  I've seen the first two myself.

I'm enjoying Farscape much, much, much, much more than BSG.  If you can suffer through a couple rough initial episodes, it becomes all kinds of awesome.

Can't speak to Babylon 5...never gave it a look.
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« Reply #1168 on: April 25, 2014, 02:04:36 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on April 25, 2014, 12:05:46 PM

I've got so many hundreds of hours of shows to get my fiancee caught up on, and neither of us have seen Farscape.  So between Bab 5, BSG and Farscape, what order should we watch em?  I've seen the first two myself.

Farscape is the most fun of the bunch IMO, it's much more of an adventure show than B5 or BSG.  I'd put it closer to Firefly in scope and tone.
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« Reply #1169 on: April 25, 2014, 03:34:14 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on April 25, 2014, 01:38:10 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on April 25, 2014, 12:05:46 PM

I've got so many hundreds of hours of shows to get my fiancee caught up on, and neither of us have seen Farscape.  So between Bab 5, BSG and Farscape, what order should we watch em?  I've seen the first two myself.

I'm enjoying Farscape much, much, much, much more than BSG.  If you can suffer through a couple rough initial episodes, it becomes all kinds of awesome.

Can't speak to Babylon 5...never gave it a look.

when/if you watch Bab5, make sure you get past the first season before judging it too much.  I find the first season pretty awful and would have given up if someone hadn't told me to just push through.
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« Reply #1170 on: April 25, 2014, 04:01:08 PM »

I've given up on trying to watch BSG.  It just doesn't do it for me, and the chorus of people that tell me that they completely lose track of their own crap doesn't exactly motivate me to devote the dozens of hours to get there.

The fiancee and I worked our way through Farscape together and enjoyed it.  I hadn't ever seen all of the final season, as SciFi kept moving it around and I was still using a VCR at the time, so that and the miniseries were new to me at the time.

I have the Bab5 stuff and am itching to watch it again.  Season 1 is rough, but 2-4 more than make up for it.  There is no season 5...  ninja
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« Reply #1171 on: April 25, 2014, 07:53:12 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 25, 2014, 04:01:08 PM

I've given up on trying to watch BSG.  It just doesn't do it for me,

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« Reply #1172 on: April 25, 2014, 11:05:28 PM »

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Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 25, 2014, 04:01:08 PM

I've given up on trying to watch BSG.  It just doesn't do it for me,



For me, it's this:

Spoiler for Hiden:

How much have you tried to watch, Isgrimnur?
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« Reply #1173 on: April 25, 2014, 11:12:17 PM »

I wasn't super fond of BSG either.  I stopped watching towards the end of season one, and hearing where it ultimately goes I feel like I made the right call.
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« Reply #1174 on: April 26, 2014, 12:33:17 AM »

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 25, 2014, 11:12:17 PM

I wasn't super fond of BSG either.  I stopped watching towards the end of season one, and hearing where it ultimately goes I feel like I made the right call.

Yup, same here.
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« Reply #1175 on: April 26, 2014, 03:17:53 AM »

I really enjoyed the first season of BSG, but gave up when they jumped forward in time after the second (?) season.  I think I got 2 or 3 episodes in and it had just gotten so boring that I never went back.
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« Reply #1176 on: April 26, 2014, 08:11:03 PM »

Netflix finally added the 2nd season of The Venture Bros.  That show gets better each season for me.
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« Reply #1177 on: April 28, 2014, 06:00:22 PM »

We've watched the miniseries and the first 12 episodes of Season 1.
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« Reply #1178 on: May 06, 2014, 09:00:03 PM »

I've been watching the anime series Fate Zero which was just added to Netflix Canuckistan. A sort of urban arcana theme with an interesting story and some terrific animation. Highly recommended to fans of anime.
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« Reply #1179 on: May 06, 2014, 11:35:11 PM »

I see a lot of anime in this thread, any of you folks subscribe to crunchyroll as well?  If not you should consider it.
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« Reply #1180 on: May 27, 2014, 02:46:50 PM »

I went on a Scott Adkins movie watching marathon over the weekend. After watching the entirely awesome  Ninja II I fired up Universal Soldier Day of Reckoning I didn't think there was a chance in hell that the movie would be good, but I was wrong. The first 30 minutes is a bit formulaic but once the movie gets going it is non-stop action. Adkins carries the movie and near the end he goes absolutely nuts, big thumbs up if you like violent action movies. Then I watched Assassination Games, with Adkins and Van Damme. It was decent but the action wasn't anywhere near as good as Ninja II and Universal Soldier, it's still worth a watch though.
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« Reply #1181 on: July 12, 2014, 03:09:48 PM »

I watched The Conspiracy the other night and was frustrated with the site outage 'cause I wanted to post about it.

It's set up as a documentary that starts out following a conspiracy nut who stands on street corners with a megaphone.  Eventually, it leads down a rabbit hole that is obviously not going to end well, but there's no way back, really.  All along the way, there's a fairly believable conspiracy web that gets laid out (nothing new, necessarily, but laid out well).  This part scratched my conspiracy itch pretty well.

The performances are good.  Especially Alan C. Peterson as the conspiracy nut (he hits all the right notes).  Aaron Poole is good, too, as one of two documentarians who gets hooked.  Bizarrely, he has a similar energy to the similarly named Aaron Paul (Pinkman of Breaking Bad).

The pacing is nice. The way it's filmed generally works (though there are some "hidden camera" shots that wouldn't actually have come out the way they did if they were real hidden cameras, but most people won't notice that).  The script is good, especially when getting to the root of the conspiracy stuff.  They give just enough information to make it clear (and make you wonder how much is real).  They also have a number of real-life experts as talking heads in the film.

My only real issue is that the ending isn't quite as shockingly twisty as they want it to be.  A little too much is telegraphed, I think.  But it still works just fine and doesn't spoil the movie as a whole at all.

Currently, The Conspiracy has a score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.  If you're in the mood for a documentary-style thriller or just want some conspiracy insight, this is a pretty good film to try.
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« Reply #1182 on: July 18, 2014, 05:54:23 PM »

The last few weeks I've been watching two anime series and finished both up:

Attack on Titan: The last of the human race live behind huge walls that keep these giants, called "titans", out of the city. It's been 100 years since the titans showed up and for whatever reason the history of what happened has been lost by the city. So they're clueless of why the titans are there and because they live behind these huge walls most have lived their lives without seeing a titan before. Well of course all goes to shit and the Titans start getting in to the city.

The anime follows a group of three kids who join the city military in hopes of fighting titans. The problem is they don't have a good way of killing them and lots of people die. There's a lot of time spent on the psyche of a soldier. From shell shock, to dealing with defeat, or questioning orders you don't understanding. And that's kinda the main problem I have with the series. It spends way too much time on these struggles. Sometimes with long dialogues between characters, long internal thoughts, or flashbacks. Many of which happen while things are really moving and it can just bring the action scenes to a complete halt.

But other than that the show is really good. The city they created is really well thought out. Although almost the entire series is spent inside the city you only get glimpses of life in there and its pretty interesting. The mystery behind the titans is always there and a few wrinkles are added to their mystery later on. I didn't find the characters all that likeable, they're pretty much cutouts of various templates you see in other anime, so the story was the main thing keeping me interested.

Looking forward to Season 2 whenever that comes out.

Knights of Sidonia: This one is basically a mix of Battlestar Galactica and Robotech, with the plot of Attack on Titan....in space!!!!! The human race has been wiped out by "Gauna", which are a shape changing alien thing. The last of the humans are on this huge ship, Sidonia, which is trying to make its way out of the Gauna space. Of course its not easy and they're getting attacked left and right. The story follows a kid who joins (well forced in to) the military and is fantastic at flying the Robotech type ships which are used to kill the Gauna. It basically follows the trials and tribulations of him becoming a pilot, the survival of the city, and those on his team.

The animation in this one is really good and I enjoyed the story overall. The characters were more likable than Attack on Titan for me so I was able to get in to it a bit. Although I kept getting confused on who was who as many of the characters look the same - and some identical because the ship has had to clone people. There's plenty of action and the story moves ahead at a good pace.

There's also a bear on the ship that talks and acts like a human. I'm just throwing that out there out of the blue since its done like that in the show. There is zero explanation of why this bear behaves like a human and can talk like a human. There are no other human animals on the ship beyond this bear. No one on the ship questions it. And when there is a flashback with the bear it raises even more questions about the bears origins than answers anything. The possibility of a silly explanation has me anticipating the next season.

In any case this one is worth checking out. The initial episode did not win me over but by episode three I was in it for the rest of it.

One hint, at least on the PS3, the show defaults to Closed Captions rather than the English subtitles. I didn't catch this till about six episodes in. For some reason the CC will either display dialogue or translation of an image on screen. Not both. And it chooses image translation over dialogue. So there were quite a few times where people were talking but the text on the screen was of some translation of something displaying on a monitor in the background. It was particularly annoying when you would start reading some dialogue and within a second it would be wiped from the screen in favor of some image translation because the scene changed to show something else. It occurs quite a few times so change to English subtitles.
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« Reply #1183 on: July 21, 2014, 08:29:06 PM »

Just a heads up, Journey to the West is up on Netflix streaming.  If you even remotely enjoyed Kung Fu Hustle, you'll love this new film from the same director/star.  It's silly but extraordinarily fun.
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« Reply #1184 on: July 21, 2014, 08:33:05 PM »

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Just a heads up, Journey to the West is up on Netflix streaming.  If you even remotely enjoyed Kung Fu Hustle, you'll love this new film from the same director/star.  It's silly but extraordinarily fun.

I randomly grabbed Journey To The West through iTunes back in March. My expectations were pretty low, as I wasn't a huge fan of Chow's previous work, but the 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes intrigued me.

It's a retelling of the 16th Century Chinese novel, as only Chow could do. I absolutely adored this film. It's by turns hilarious, ridiculous, thrilling, terrifying, and touching. Not everything about it works (some of the effects are pretty sketchy, but that might be by design), but it's just such a wonderfully fun ride that I can't help but recommend it. There were moments that had me laughing so hard the guy next to me on the plane kept giving me strange looks.

If you enjoy Chow's work at all, or are just in the mood for something fun and a little different, don't miss it. I'm guessing it's going to sadly fly under most folk's radar, which is a real shame.
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« Reply #1185 on: July 21, 2014, 08:38:09 PM »

The demon at the Inn was positively unsettling.  But there's an innocence to the story and execution that's just incredibly endearing.

And I'm guessing that most of your laughter was centered around the leading lady's motley crew, as well as the rogue demon hunters and their odd powers?   icon_biggrin
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« Reply #1186 on: July 22, 2014, 03:25:14 PM »

I agree with Crawley about the Knights of Sidonia - very good anime in all aspects. Attack on Titan is, as I said in the other thread, outstanding.

Another very good anime I watched recently that's at least on Netflix Canuckistan, is the Eden of the East 13 episode series - there's 2 movies too, but I haven't watched them. It's story is set in modern era Tokyo with a strong conspiracy theme. It begins in Washington DC though, with an opening situation so far out in left field that I can't remember another anime with such a strange opening scene. It's almost as if the writer began by writing some setting/scene concepts down on cards, then tossed them and went with those that fell closest. It's very good on all fronts, but the characters are really what stands out. It's also to some degree a spoof on spy action films. It certainly has its share of humor.
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« Reply #1187 on: July 22, 2014, 04:00:16 PM »

The Battered Bastards of Baseball

An interesting documentary about Kurt Russel's dad owning an independent baseball team.
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« Reply #1188 on: July 25, 2014, 10:11:11 PM »

Generation War just popped up in Netflix streaming.   Originally titled Unsere Mutter, unsere Vater (Our Mothers, Our Fathers),  Generation War is a German miniseries that aired on ZDF in 2013.    Its about 5 young friends who meet up one last time in Berlin in 1941 before going their separate ways.  The series follows their wartime experiences as Soldiers fighting on the Eastern Front,   a Nurse in a military hospital, an Entertainer, and a Jewish Tailor trying to survive Nazi Germany.     If you don't mind subtitles and have an interest in history or World War II,    this is worth watching.
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