Other XB1 games released this week: King's Quest: The Complete Collection (5 episodes + epilogue, chapter 1 out now, epilogue is Collection exclusive) Squid Hero for Kinect Life is Strange: Episode 4 - Dark Room The Swindle
Quote from: rittchard on July 27, 2015, 08:27:07 PM
It was actually fairly enjoyable with your expectations in check.
I think that is the secret for almost any movie. I had low standards for the Hobbit trilogy for instance, but quite enjoyed them for what they were. Sometimes it doesn't work though, I had incredibly low standards for Inception, and it was actually worse. :-) All that said, you are the only the person who I have seen/heard that had anything nice to say about Pixel.
I think it has to do with how the movie is presented.
For instance, when `Sm-ow-g` instead of `Sm-aw-g`is named thusly for the accuracy of some index in the back of a book somewhere that only the die-hards have read, and yet the dwarves battle him inside the lonely mountain? It creates a certain amount of dislike for disparate stance on accurate recreation.
When a movie is goofy to be goofy and does it well? I`m not going to bitch about the far-fetched nature of the premise.
I will not be watching Pixel in theatres - but I may still watch it.
I got some Neverwinter in, and some Arkham Knight.
Is 15 too young for punching? Oh, wait, you`re taking him to martial arts - I see some `lets spar` moments in your life, Ron.
In all seriousness, you two would make good parents - just don`t expect the world of yourselves or the kid in this situation. Knowing how you`ve run a voluntary team of unfocused individuals, I think you`ve got this - I`ve seen you NOT go all military on people whom you`ve wanted to - remember to hide your anger when the kid `presses your button` (and they will, mark my words)... that frustrates their attempts and could see them simply accepting instead of turning every situation into a potential conflict.
My advice is to be steady, consistent, and like Kung Fu masters of old, do not let your charge enrage you as it will slow the learning process. Oh, and never have parental disagreements with them in audience - have your discussions private and keep a unified front - those little bastards live on `divide and conquer` It is also important to support your partner, but they need to be supportive of you in this. Sometimes this can be the biggest challenge.
Also, congrats on turning your life into an eighties sitcom.
I come in here to see funny stuff. This? This is a bunch of R&P whining.
ATB will play The Church is Persecuted card, and then anyone else will pipe up and pop him on the head like a whack-a-mole. More often than not, his unwavering faith prevents his acknowledgement of said whack, so it looks like the whack-a-mole machine is broken.
Frankly, my lack of participation can be summed up in three points:
1) I became single - as an employed parent / homeowner / single man, time becomes even more precious. 2) My forum time used to impact work (and this site has been intermittently blocked by the company) 3) The console wars and the vitriol brought to the table do not appeal to me.
I'm currently dating, my house goes up for sale in the next week, and (at least on GT) the console wars have settled down some. I'm not "coming back" but I might spend a bit more time here.
So tempted to write an opinion piece on the Batmobile, and the place that game mechanic evolution has - where adding elements don't always improve your product, esp. when the draw to the next game isn't because it's bigger or better, but simply a progression in the compelling storytelling of a fantastic plot.
I am loving the game the more I play it. Just finished the Ace Chemicals sequence and man that was some of the most fun I've had on my PS4 in a long, long time. I'm even loving the Batmobile at the moment. So good. Want to play more.
One question I do have with the story though (I'm just past the chemical plant so no spoilers beyond that please).
Spoiler for Hiden:
Is Batman infected with Joker blood or is he just seeing Joker because he's infected with Scarecrow gas? The sequence in the power plant with Joker was a little confusing to me because my wife was asking me a couple of questions and I missed a couple lines of dialog.
That wasn't answered yet (I'm just past there myself).
Spoiler for Hiden:
There is a gap where we don't know who the fifth infected is - whether it be Batman, Gordon, or someone else. I love the fact that Joker is always around to quip etc. Also random thugs you fight will appear as the Joker. Nice touch.
Really? My less-than-angry comment was tongue firmly planted in cheek on the word-play of MAD having two meanings - I assumed we all knew that I've got a fairly good grasp of diction.
For me, you should have some sense of pity, understanding or empathy to the main character. His plight was unimportant and had he died half-way through, I wouldn't have cared one smidge. As for madness and redemption, Nicholas Hoult kicked his ass all over the map. As someone who has no strong attachment to the character Max (given my last watching of those films are twenty-five years ago), it means that the direction and acting failed to make him anything more than a placeholder for someone who isn`t a fan. Is that all Hardy's fault? No.
Truth be told, I have yet to see him in a role where I enjoyed any part of his performance. That does not mean I've not enjoyed other aspects of the films (consider for a moment that I liked Mad Max for most things that didn't have to do with him or his portrayal). I enjoyed Inception, Black Hawk Down, This Means War, and even Star Trek: Nemesis (as a silver screen TV episode of ST:NG, certainly not as a film itself). Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a movie I've not seen, and Layer Cake is something I've always been meaning to watch but never have. Having Hardy in them lowers the priority significantly.
I really didn't like the final of Nolan's Batman films. With time passing, they certainly didn't hold my attention as being important in the grand scheme of movies that I've watched and influenced me. Bane was arguably the star of that last movie and Hardy did nothing for me.
TL;DR - If a film has Hardy in it, it lowers my expectation, and if he is starring in it, I'd have to be coaxed into watching it.
Quote from: whiteboyskim on June 10, 2015, 03:15:14 AM
Quote from: Purge on June 03, 2015, 02:12:45 PM
FWIW I think Bana's portrayal of Robert Bruce Banner was far more compelling than Norton's, and he seemed genuinely haunted and conflicted.
Tom as Mad Max? Ugh. Too much focus on "madness" (and uncompellingly so) and less on Max.
This was Death Race 2000. That's it.
Well, the first word in the title was "Mad" after all. Part of what I liked about this was how Max starts as a feral animal, and gradually regains his humanity over the course of the film. The opening narration is absolutely true when he says he's reduced to a single instinct. That's not a far cry from where he ended up after Thunderdome when he was lost to the sands and the wastelands. One could see him devolving further over time until we meet him again in Fury Road, by which point there's very little humanity left.
Oh, and I barely breathed during the final sequence when he was climbing over the guitarist and the action was happening in 57 different places at the same time. A lesser hack like Michael Bay would have fumbled this so catastrophically I can't even begin to imagine it.
I agree the spectacle was entertaining, but the plot was thin and it was almost like the main character was over-thought and under-delivered (IMO). At best he was a supporting actor. At worst, he was a bloodbag prop with some action scenes thrown in.