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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 04:35:36 PM
The cameos and arcana in GotG are probably even more obscure than the main characters.  But yeah, it's meant to be more sci fi...however, between Groot and Drax, you've got plenty of superhero stuff to boot.
42  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 02, 2014, 11:41:22 AM
Season 1, yes.  Season 2, no.  Season 3, yes.  Season 4, so far yes.

The problem with season 2 was that they should have wrapped up the story in season 1 and went onto a new mystery (like they did season 3 and are doing with season 4), but instead they artificially extended the story from season 1 through ridiculous and stupid plot devices that made viewers and critics alike write the show off.  But they learned their lesson and returned with a much better story for season 3. 

But the real draw of the show are the leads.  They're fantastic.  Especially Holder.  He's made even more impressive when you realize English is the actor's second language. 
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 11:07:20 AM
Don't be so hard on her.  I'm sure she can be funny when she wants to be.   icon_razz
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 02, 2014, 03:28:10 AM
Ah hell yeah, season 4 of The Killing is up.  Episode one was fantastic.  Gonna be hard not to binge watch them all this weekend.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 02:39:10 AM
I'm rather curious as to what Marvel insider stuff made the other Marvel studio films unapproachable for you.  Because to be fair, there's just as much of that in GotG as in any previous films.  But just like all the other films, you need absolutely zero knowledge of that stuff to enjoy it. 
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 01:56:39 AM
I enjoyed it and that's really all that matters.  I feel that what little disappointment I may have had in some portrayals was greatly overshadowed by my love of the end product and its loving and numerous nods to the source material.  I can't divorce myself from years of enjoying the comics as a kid, nor do I want to.  It made me enjoy this endeavor all the more for it, in spite of what you may think.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 02, 2014, 12:30:43 AM
You'll enjoy it a bunch more if you are in on the usual marvel insider stuff though.  

Just got back and it's definitely in contention for best marvel film with Avengers.  Such a fun, fun ride.  Even the simple introduction of adult Peter was so damn endearing that you couldn't help but cheer for the guy from minute one.

Things that worked:

Chris Pratt.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, casting him was genius.  

Groot and Rocket.  Freakin' loved them.  I was worried that Bradley Cooper the movie star would overshadow his voice work, but he pulled it off perfectly.

Gamora.  I honestly didn't think Saldana could pull it off, but she did.  

Lee Pace.  What little I saw of Ronan in the trailers always left me a bit cold.  But he actually made it work.

The story.  It wasn't terribly deep, but neither was Star Wars and Indiana Jones.  Both of those films obviously served as inspirations for Gunn.  He managed to make a film that has you laughing hysterically one minute and almost in tears the next.  The great cast was a huge part of that, sure.  But you have to give Gunn credit for not being TOO manipulative in the emotional scenes.  Although there were a few times he nearly crossed the line.

Things that didn't quite work:

Drax.  They hired an athlete and it showed more than once.  He tried, but I ultimately felt he was the weakest character in the ensemble.  Plus, they neutered the character a bit, imho.  In the comics, Drax earns the name The Destroyer by being...well...a destroyer.  In GotG, he's more like Drax the Nuisance most of the time.

Nebula.  I love Karen Gillan as much as any red blooded male.  But for some reason her character was never terribly believable for me.  

It's a nitpick, but I prefer the Yondu from the original GotG, by the way.  Still, Rooker did a good job.

Oh, and you show Cosmo but you don't make him a bad ass?  Why???  smile
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 05:49:08 PM
Hmmm....looks like the only true IMAX showing near me is down at Navy Pier and I'm not about to make that drive on a weekend.  I'll just go with 3D.  They have one of the digital IMAX retrofits at a theater near me, but that's a giant scam worthy of its own thread.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 05:10:46 PM
Ooh, thanks Fool!
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 05:02:15 PM
Question for those who saw it:  is the 3D worth the extra cost of admission?  Or does it seem tacked on or superfluous?
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:57:06 PM
I had to leave the band after the sold out '82 world tour when it was discovered that I was experimenting with the feathered look.  Layers in hairstyles was verboten at that time.  And when I announced in the Village Voice that I was going to stop using Aquanet altogether, I was drummed out of the industry.

I bummed around for a few years after that, taking the odd job in keyboard tie stores to keep myself in shoulder pads and epaulettes, and didn't really reenter the music world until one weekend in '94 when I discovered that Too Shy was number one with a bullet in Uzbekistan...who had apparently just invented the radio the year prior to that.  I was flown to their capital and asked to perform the song with my old bandmates during their annual "Jesus Christ, We're Still Here!!??" festival. 

Despite the bad blood, we were able to set aside our differences and perform a searing 12 minute set that brought the shack down. 

Not bad for a simple cannibal from the backwoods of Tennessee, eh?
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 02:47:04 PM
Get a few cats and create yourself a cat powered car...

53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:44:04 PM
I have no response to that, so here's Kajagoogoo performing their smash hit, Too Shy!
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:37:56 PM
Dear Stand Up Comics of the World,

We write this letter to let you know that your services are no longer needed.  Issie has now perfected your craft and we feel that any further attempts in that endeavor will only serve to highlight your amateur standings.  

We also ask that all rubber chickens, fake arrow through the head pieces, and giant hammers be turned in as well as we honestly feel prop comics will be his next target.

Sincerely,

Audiences of the World
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] Child of God on: August 01, 2014, 02:34:05 PM
So a few weeks back I caught a trailer on Hulu for the new James Franco directorial attempt based on a Cormac McCarthy short novel. It's a story about a backwoods Tennessean in the 50's who becomes increasingly savage and violent.  It looked interesting and I made a mental note to keep an eye out for it.

Today I took a look at the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.  

...it's not getting good ones.  36 percent rating so far...and falling.

Two of my favorite review synopses:

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What did we do to deserve James Franco?

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Time and again I found myself looking at a wobbly shot of somebody's slouched shoulder, or a not-very-interesting left ear, wondering what information, exactly, these visuals were intended to convey.

I guess I'll just stick with No Country for Old Men for my McCarthy fix.  
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 01:55:37 PM
It depends.  Are you an elderly spinster?
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 01:17:04 PM
Rotten Tomato ratings usually drop on release of a film, but GotG seems to be holding steady with high marks.  Even a majority of the "top critics" they list love it.   I'm definitely doing a matinee tomorrow.  I grew up on GotG (the original group with Yondu) so I can't wait to see what they do with the Nova Corps and the rest of the older stuff.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 31, 2014, 05:32:26 PM
This just moved up to an opening weekend matinee thanks to that review.
59  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 30, 2014, 06:47:34 PM
Yup.  I always reference that episode in one way or another when something like this comes up. 
60  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 30, 2014, 05:02:35 PM
"Do you want cream and sugar with that, sir?"

"Sure do...but here...let me just shoot it off the top shelf behind you there..."
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 30, 2014, 04:48:54 PM
The interview you linked to notes that there was a film adaptation announced.  Alan Moore points out that the film rights were actually sold by Radical in 2009, a year after this interview.  It's not inconceivable that he was on good terms with Radical in 2008, they screwed him (without his knowledge) in 2009, and his good will soured by the time he found out he wasn't going to make any money off the deal.  

From the interview you linked to:

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The movie version of your “Hercules” was announced. Is this your first experience being adapted for screen?

Actually, it isn’t much of an experience for me at all so far, as I know little more about this than what can be found on the Radical website! I’m assured, though, that everyone wants the movie to be a pretty close adaptation of the comic book, which suits me.

Although another article clearly states that the contract did NOT obligate Radical to recompense Moore for the film.

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According to CinemaBlend.com, Steve Moore's contract with Radical Comics bosses, who sold the film rights, made it clear he would have no involvement or money if a movie adaptation of his comics was made.

So who knows.  Alan could just be bitching again about films being made from comics/graphic novels again.  He does have a habit of doing so.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Hercules - Don't Look Now, but it's Actually Turning out to be Good. on: July 30, 2014, 04:07:38 PM
Alan Moore is asking that you boycott it.  Normally I take his tirades with a grain of salt as he's the poster child for disgruntled artist. But he makes some good points about how Steve Moore (the creator of the comic it's based on) was screwed over by studios and publishers alike before he unfortunately died before the release of the film.
63  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 30, 2014, 01:11:05 AM
That even morons can become doctors if they have enough money?
64  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 29, 2014, 07:27:21 PM
Could he have at least avoided smirking for his mug shot? 

What do you prove by taking a rifle into a friggin' airport without even practicing basic gun safety?  One of the biggest no no's of safely owning a gun is NOT pointing the goddamn thing at people...even if you just happened to do so while shifting it from one shoulder to another. 
65  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 29, 2014, 01:37:55 AM
Anyone who doesn't already own space rangers HD should leap on the sale.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: July 28, 2014, 08:13:33 PM
Tom Hardy is great in everything he does, so I have some hope it will turn out well.
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 28, 2014, 07:14:27 PM
It is.  So is "you son of a whore" and "dickless wonder"


<ssshhhh everyone...I'm trying to see if he uses these later>
68  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 28, 2014, 02:42:25 PM


Mom said you and your penis were going out today.  What does that mean?
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 28, 2014, 02:31:52 PM
I can see your point, but I'll have to wait until I see it first before making a case for or against that.  My uninformed opinion tells me that no CGI generated character could capture the little quirks of a character actor like Chris Pratt in a role that rests almost completely on his ability to be a charming rogue.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 27, 2014, 11:41:21 PM
Meh...So far the positive word of mouth outweighs the negative.
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 27, 2014, 09:44:19 PM
That's a good sign.  It must have tested well enough to warrant that.  That or they have the set already built so they figure, "why not?".
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 25, 2014, 07:10:57 PM

Quote from: rittchard on July 25, 2014, 06:12:46 PM

As long as there is full frontal I'm in.

Even when it's not Ron Perlman?
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 25, 2014, 03:06:13 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 24, 2014, 08:11:57 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 22, 2014, 02:48:59 PM

I think the rights cover all use of the characters.  I don't believe it stipulates only film appearances.  Here's a handy chart of all the characters and their rights by studio. I honestly thought Sony owned more than two characters.  It also is interesting that the rights to Man-Thing were sold to Lionsgate.  I would love to see a film adaptation of that character...and yes, I'm discounting the SyFy feature from a few years ago.

man-thing was mentioned on SHIELD by name.  BTW, I'm about 99% certain of the character rights being movie specific and not just media.  This is also how they keep all the characters on the cartoons (and likely why the rights were worded the way they were). 

On that chart at the bottom, should Iron Man and Avengers just be together (and thus in first place) since it's all part of the same series?

Ah, here's a piece that explains the rights issues.  Disney apparently can do whatever they want with cartoon appearances, for example. 

I would kill to see Man-Thing appear on Agents of SHIELD.  Perhaps as a love interest for ex-Agent Grant.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 25, 2014, 02:56:33 PM
But if it were better written it would be in your wheelhouse, right?
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 24, 2014, 04:50:41 PM
...oh, there are explosions.  Just not the kind you'd want to see.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer] Shades of Grey on: July 24, 2014, 02:33:47 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on July 24, 2014, 02:17:43 PM

I feel like Secretary did this all better as well as having the male lead be named Grey over ten years ago.

 thumbsup icon_lol
77  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 23, 2014, 07:51:39 PM
Lots of countries have compulsory military service.  I think it's usually like 1 or 2 years at most.  And it's certainly not for folks under 18.  
78  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 23, 2014, 07:17:07 PM
Having lived in Chicago for the past 15 years or so, any act of kindness by a server at a fast food restaurant is most welcome.  Hell, anything that doesn't end up with me being able to see them rubbing my burger against their naked ass while I'm sitting in the drive through would be a welcome change of pace.
79  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: How not to defend the second amendment on: July 23, 2014, 06:41:43 PM
On the one hand, I could see teaching firearm safety.  On the other, I can't see tying a child's progression through the education system to his ability to field strip an AK-47 for christ's sake.

Offer it as an option, fine.  Don't friggin' force it on kids.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 22, 2014, 02:48:59 PM
I think the rights cover all use of the characters.  I don't believe it stipulates only film appearances.  Here's a handy chart of all the characters and their rights by studio. I honestly thought Sony owned more than two characters.  It also is interesting that the rights to Man-Thing were sold to Lionsgate.  I would love to see a film adaptation of that character...and yes, I'm discounting the SyFy feature from a few years ago.
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