Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on January 17, 2013, 05:34:57 AM
Given the amount of time, effort, and money I and others put into this place, posts like this just break my heart. I really don't know what to do other than more - write more reviews, write more articles, write more news. We've got big plans for 2013 and it's my hope that folks take a moment to see it. Honestly, the forums baffle the hell out of me. For instance, when we post up more videos than GameTrailers.com and then somebody comes in the next day and links to some other site rather than taking a second to look at the work we put in, it just stings. When it happens nearly all of the time it just makes me completely confused. I'd gladly take suggestions on how to make it better.
th'FOOL mentioned that Front Page traffic is steadily climbing - which to me says you ARE doing something right. What it comes down to is I think that the Front Page and the Forum are still two very distinct and separate groups. It's been shown several times here that the forum-goers rarely read the frontpage, and I think it's because we are an older demographic who have been gaming, and looking at gaming webpages, for years. We are entrenched in our ways. I'd been using places like IGN before GamingTrend existed. It's hard to break those cycles. So I'd be curious to see the stats on who is reading the front page, and where they are coming from. Are they younger gamers, interested by the video coverage? Are they gamers closer to our middle ages who just stumble upon the page and decide to keep coming back? The forums definitely give a very coloured view, and I don't think it should take away the great work that is being put on the front page. I can appreciate that it must be frustrating since we are the vocal part of the Gaming Trend community - but we are far from the only people making use of the website. The others simply might not see the forums as a place to put comments if they just read a couple of reviews a month, or watch a few videos.
Which is why I'm curious to see how the further integration plans that you have for the Front Page and the forums will go - will it bridge the gap? I'm not so sure, simply because I have no clue on the type of people that read the front page (and I'm guessing there is no real way to tell?). Will that group and the forum-goers mesh? Or will there be a clash? But it is definitely worth trying, just to see.
Watched it again. I would definitely say the second viewing was a far better experience. Combined with not going in expecting TDK#2, but a different experience, I came away thinking it is indeed nearly rivalling TDK overall. Where as I'd probably have said 3.5-4/5 on first viewing, I'd now say 4.5-5/5.
A few spoiler thoughts:
Spoiler for Hiden:
To me, this movie really was about hope and it's perseverance. Bane trying to break Gotham via giving them hope then shattering it. The hope of the people restored by Batman. Robin's transformation and wanting to give the kids hope until the end. It felt much more poignant on second viewing.
The epilogue after the bomb was still spot on PERFECT in my mind. Even knowing everything that happens, I still got choked up listening to certain pieces of dialogue.
Speaking of dialogue, Bane was MUCH, MUCH clearer at the theatre I went to this time. Night and day. I think I got every conversation without trying. It made him a much better villain, when you can actually understand him. Still not Heath Ledger level, but very imposing and impressive villain all the same.
The main weakness I still felt was any part having to do with the police. Where in TDK they played a large roll, this time they seem pretty silly. The giant chase at the first sighting of Batman. Then, sending nearly the ENTIRE police force underground? Dumb. That stretches believably past my breaking point, and given it's a superhero movie, that point is pretty far along the line. The brawl/war with the police was similarly goofy I thought. It makes for an impressive scene, but overly silly for my taste.
I'm perfectly OK with the ruling, and actually think it's somewhat lenient. The only people I feel bad for are the lower to mid-level players (i.e. those not likely to get picked up elsewhere) who are getting caught up in all this.
2nd and 3rd string players will now get bumped up into the now vacant spots. The team will be terrible, but those players will actually be given more of a chance to show off their skills. The lower to mid-level players of other schools might suffer though, in the case that a top-level player is brought in from Penn for their position.
I'm good with the ruling as well. I actually fully agree with the wiping of the wins - removes vestiges of a tainted legacy. It doesn't harm past players or anything, but it does at least officially wipe out people naming Paterno as one of the greatest ever, and seeing his name in the record books.
Quote from: metallicorphan on July 19, 2012, 08:36:57 AM
I have heard that BANE is still hard to understand,how did you get on with him Jiffy?
I probably understood about 90% of what he said. It generally wasn't an issue, but I did find voices a bit difficult to decipher in general in some scenes. I'm not sure though, it might have just been the theatre since it wasn't just Bane I missed a few bits of dialogue for, but other characters/scenes as well.
Saw it down here in Australia. It's excellent and a great end to the trilogy. TDK still remains the best of the series though. It is definitely worthwhile to see both earlier movies again to freshen up - both get quite a bit of reference. I want to see it again already.
Very slight spoilers:
Spoiler for Hiden:
I thought the film went a bit TOO big. It just didn't seem...plausable at some times. Where as TDK kept things small and personal, going for the really large scale sets and destruction in TDKR...took a little away I felt. TDK felt like a excellent action-drama that just happened to have a guy in a cape, TDKR strayed a bit more towards typical superhero movie cliches...which I thought weakened it.
I'd play through a remake of FFVII, but I imagine the graphics won't hold up well at all. That being said, I grew up on the SNES Final Fantasy games - FF3 (FFVI) will always be the high point of the series for me. I'm actually replaying it now, and after all the years I still enjoy a playthrough and am amazed at how long the game is. I'm sitting at over 24 hours played now, and haven't even begun the final part.
I also enjoyed FF9 and FF7 more than FF8 - the draw system and completely unsympathetic characters killed FF8 for me. FF9 was outstanding and my favourite PS1 JRPG. It was sublime.
I liked but didn't love Prometheus. I thought it did some really neat things, and had some STELLAR scenes/shots, but overall...just wasn't fantastic. Fassbender is outstanding, as usual, and most of the cast good to very good.
I especially thought...
Spoiler for Hiden:
Charlize Theron's character was wasted, and some scenes, including her death, pretty silly. I'm still a bit confused as to why her escape shuttle was jettisoned in a way to damage it, then she went and hopped in a pod instead of into her shuttle. There was a tiny bit of dialogue I missed right then when the Captain was telling her she had 40 seconds, but I had assumed he wanted her to get away from the planet, not be stranded there.
I thought the Space Jockey stuff was good though, and interesting. I'd still go and see another movie if Scott did a sequel. Or gave the sequel to James Cameron... And there are some good, creepy scenes in the movie. It just oozes atmosphere.
I have now sat down and spent 2 hours on this movie. It's been out here in NZ for a while. What can I say, it was a quiet Tuesday.
A little note about my movie tastes before my review - I'm pretty easy going when it comes to movies. I enjoyed stuff like ID4, Transformers 1 & 3 (the second I disliked though), Armageddon, etc. Great movies? Hah. But entertaining in their own right, especially with lots of explosions and characters that don't get in the way of the action.
Now, Battleship. I can't think of a movie I've seen theatres in the last 2 years (and I see quite a bit in theatre) that is worse that Battleship. It is flat out awful. The first 90 minutes of the film is just god-awful bad. Not bad in a fun way, just BAD. I hated the characters and wanted them all to die horrible fiery deaths. The decisions made are truly stupid. The writing is bad. The science involved make Armageddon look like it holds a PhD in physics. And I actually sympathized with the enemies a bit as:
Spoiler for Hiden:
The US fires first and were the aggressors, even if it was a 'warning' shot. Who would want to do that to an unknown alien race?! THAT YOU 'INVITED' HERE.
And then, in the last 3/4, the movie finally hit it's stride. I'm not kidding, it finally found the 'so bad it's funny' region. Really, I couldn't believe that:
Spoiler for Hiden:
the world is pretty much saved by senior citizens and the USS Missouri, a museum ship. That somehow could function still, with a 'skeleton' crew and a surprisingly well stocked armory
I wish I was kidding. It was SO terrible at that point I couldn't help but laugh at the reveal. From there, the movie just went all out at killing as many brain cells as it could, so it's quite fun. The special effects, for the most part, are above average.
For all of those that have waited your entire life for a movie to properly encapsulate playing Battleship (so, nobody), you will be pleased to know that, in some fashion or another, this movie contains: The pegs The grid system, calling out shots, along with a 'hit/miss' response. A reference to the quote 'you sunk my battleship', though not a direct quote. Opportunity, missed.
Seriously, this is a bad, bad movie. How it got made in the first place is beyond me. And how is Taylor Kitsch the selling point of a $200M movie? He is one of the worst parts of the movie. Pretty much replace him with a piece of cardboard and you'll have something that can act better. Rihanna I could say the same thing for, but she wasn't the star anyways.
0.5/4 stars, just for the last 1/4 which provides some laughably bad entertainment value. The rest is just bad. That this movie is sitting around 50% on RT is absolutely baffling.
Overseas box office do not count in my equation. Foreign territories will watch any piece of junk Hollywood produces in droves. Again, your attempts to troll me have failed.
I didn't realize that American audiences were such paragons of good taste in movies!
Battleship has been playing in NZ for a while now, but I just can't work up the interest to pay $10 to see just how bad it is. I'm amazed that the reviews weren't terrible though. And I do love some stupid action now and then as long as it is pretty.
The rest of the world gets to see The Avengers long before North America for some reason. It opened today here in New Zealand, so naturally I trotted out to see it!
My non-spoilery review:
What I think I like most about Joss Whedon is his ensemble banter. The Avengers thus falls right in his wheelhouse with it's huge cast. There are some extremely entertaining lines and scenes in the movie. The action is excellent, well shot so it is easy to follow (ie no unnecessary shaky-cam!) and the effects are top notch (with one or two minor exceptions). There were a couple outstanding sequences to see on the big screen. We've seen the cast before and know they all fit the roles well (or, I thought that way at least), just with only Mark Ruffalo as the new face of the Hulk - he does a good job, and I think I liked him more than Norton in the role.
The movie is well paced and pretty much just hits the ground running from the opening minute. At a bit over 2 hours the movie felt just right to me. Any longer and it might have started feeling exhausting, and if you cut a bit you'd probably lose some very enjoyable dialog and fleshing out of the characters and their interactions.
The 3D is post-processed 3D. I thought it was decent, but nothing groundbreaking or necessary. The movie would work just as well in 2D if you have the option. I didn't.
If you haven't seen all of the previous movies that build to The Avengers (for shame!), Thor is by far the most important (and a refresher before seeing TA wouldn't be a bad idea if you aren't really familiar with Thor and Loki), probably followed by Iron Man 1+2. Captain America gets a few references back to his movie, but from The Hulk you just need to know that angry = green.
I'd say 3.5/4. It's not perfect (I can't really detail why without spoilers), but it is a highly entertaining summer action flick and well worth seeing in theatres. You know, when it eventually comes out in the US/Canada.
There is once again a short scene after the first set of credits, so it is worthwhile to stay just a couple more minutes. Most people had already left the theatre when I saw it, and it wasn't even a very long wait.
Once this gets released in the US, we can commence with the spoiler talk.
if they make it a different take on the whole alien one aspect where a research ship finds the space hulk and then has their own survival/destruction story ala alien with the ending being crashlanding the hulk onto the planet, then it could be good, if a bit trite.
Going way back to 2009, I almost think Caine might have been part of the writing team, given how the newest trailers sort of indicate the story going...
Haven't read the book (lined up on my Kindle when I get finished with WoT...so sometime next year at my reading rate!), but saw the movie this afternoon. Good movie, but not great. No trouble following what was going on or the characters, motivations, etc. Pretty straight forward movie in that regard. Effects were...okay.
My biggest knock against the film is the blasted shaky cam/quick cuts nonsense. It really detracts from my enjoyment in many, MANY scenes. There was one part of the film I felt that style was more than qualified:
Spoiler for Hiden:
The 'bloodbath' at the start of the Games was pretty brutal as it was, and I imagine would have been much more graphic if NOT quick cut/shaky, pushing up the rating of the movie...
But using it throughout the movie makes me hate the director/cameraman, and they take away from the movie.
I just rewatched Alien and Aliens as well. Such tremendously excellent films, and so different the tone in the two of them. I still enjoy Aliens more, but Alien slowly seems to be getting better and better in my mind with time. The sense of dread, terror and not knowing in the first movie is just superb.
Old article, but Detroit should get to host one of the next two WC's. Question is, do they do it in Comerica Park in Detroit or go for the big #'s at the Big House? Also, who do they play?
HBO must be unhappy with this. Detroit (while a very good hockey team) is just not an interesting group of people, from what I can tell.
That being said, they obviously deserve to host a Winter Classic if you ignore the HBO aspect. I think the obvious opponent is Chicago. St. Louis may also be a good call if they continue on their upward trajectory.
Another interesting choice is Colorado. They can play the old school animosity angle.
I agree that Chicago would be obvious choice, but I wouldn't be surprised if Toronto was the opponent. Certainly I'd pick them before St. Louis, even though they aren't in the same conference. Original 6 team + upward tracking (somewhat) + guaranteed MASSIVE crowd. Put it in the Big House and I bet Leaf fans will ensure the place is sold out. Their fans are bonkers.
It's really interesting to me how the trailers/previews have changed for Green Lantern - the early previews were very cheesy/hammy to me, and looked like a very light hearted (and not overly good) movie. The later trailers have had much more serious tones and actually look quite good to me. I'm curious to see how the actual movie turns out.
The Predators sure have gotten a few very lucky bounces (the tying goal in Game 2 also was a goofy one), and I think (HOPE) the Canucks take game 6 in easy fashion - other than Game 2, the Canucks have been the better team. Rinne has been the difference, as expected. Luongo has been very good too, but Rinne is the only reason this series isn't finished. I'm hoping that the Canucks are finally starting to figure him out (shoot stickside), and will finally see some production from the twins (who did look good yesterday, just can't convert!).
But I <3 Kesler. He's easily Vancouver's MVP. What a season and a game. Tipped slapshot to the face cuts his chin open, misses one shift to get clean up, comes back shortly after to score his 2nd goal of the game.
While I don't generally enjoy defensive matchups as much as offensive games, Steelers-Ravens games tend to be pretty outstanding and brutally hard hitting. I look forward to this game more than any other this upcoming weekend.
Quote from: raydude on January 05, 2011, 12:55:51 PM
I don't know if its the 3D glasses or the fact that the movie was shot in 2D and then converted to 3D but it seems the 3D version is blurrier and the colors more washed out.
Other than the purposely 2D shots (the real, non-computer world), Tron was actually shot in 3D, not converted. The scene you described was indeed in 2D though, and 3D glasses in general have been noted for muting colours and causing a bit of smudging/blurriness.