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7281  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you tell someone to "grow a man-sack" without hurting their feelings? on: May 18, 2009, 06:06:35 PM
Can you whiteboard the whole man-sack growth process with him?  I find that visual aides really help make a point.
7282  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Antichrist on: May 18, 2009, 06:00:08 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 18, 2009, 05:41:13 PM

Oh, and I'm certainly not saying US directors are stupid, or the audience is either - just that culturally, we watch and perhaps then also produce movies of different styles. Then again, I could have seen the wrong movies ;-)


Danish box office toppers for Jan/Feb 2009:

February 27–March 1    $3,155,891    +128.7%    22    Män som hatar kvinnor    9
February 20–22    $1,380,154    -39.1%    22    Bolt    8
February 13–15    $2,265,309    +10.1%    23    Bolt    7
February 6–8    $2,057,285    +83.3%    24    Bolt    6
January 30–February 1    $1,122,632    -16.3%    22    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button    5
January 23–25    $1,340,388    -2.3%    21    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button    4
January 16–18    $1,372,008    -20.9%    22    Australia    3
January 9–11    $1,733,493    -23.4%    20    Australia    2
January 2–4    $2,261,899    -0.6%    24    Australia    1

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7283  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jason Bourne is a Pussy! (Taken) on: May 18, 2009, 05:22:09 PM

Quote from: Sith Lord on May 16, 2009, 12:02:55 PM

Quote from: Kagath on May 15, 2009, 02:34:21 AM

Yeah I was a little bit skeptical since I've never seen him in a role quite like this. I know he was in some 'actiony' stuff in the past but nothing I've seen compared.

As a Krull alum, I'm sure he can handle anything.

 icon_lol
7284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: May 18, 2009, 04:58:09 PM
I've been playing with a Shadow Warrior and I hit lvl 6 last night (after starting and playing about 3 other characters).  I'm trying to specialize in Astral Lord so I took the Astral Lord focus and gave it 3 skill points.  Then I bought a rune for Nether Allegiance from a runemaster.  The combat art is available on my list of combat arts (meaning it's not greyed out in the list), but when I slot it it's not available to use.  Anyone have an idea what's going on?   icon_confused

oh, and the same thing goes for Reflective Emanation.  it's also available to slot, but I can't use it.
7285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Antichrist on: May 18, 2009, 04:49:54 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 18, 2009, 04:35:21 PM



That being said, and this is meant totally without any kind of offense in mind, I doubt most americans will like it, since its REALLY not the type of movie you'r used to seeing. Whats going on is NOT obvious, lots of things are being left unsaid, and he doesnt play on effects, but mostly on human drama, and the depths to which humans can move themselves

No offense, but we gave the world Orson Welles, Lee Strasberg, David Mamet, the Coen brothers and a whole slew of great filmmakers/directors and screenwriters.  I don't think the American audience as a whole consists of people who can't understand subtlety or nuance in a film.

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I'm a staunch defender of the auteur theory. Some of the best films ever made have been made by auteurs: Coppola, P T Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Luis Bunuel, Alfred Hitchcock, etc. This is how I operate as a filmmaker. You seem to be calling for 'populist filmmaking' here, hepcat. Nothing wrong with that.. But making films that appeal to large, low-common-denominator audiences ain't my thing. That style of filmmaking is fine for summer movies, but not all movies can be this way. I don't know if 'Anti-Christ' is any damn good, but I gotta stick up for Von Trier here.


If it's successful and it touches an audience then it's not really a vanity project, which is what I'm complaining about.  You can make a film that's personal and still touch on universal themes, or you can make a film that is filled with really bad writing and blame the audience for not getting it.  I haven't seen this film but from some of the reviews it seems like he created something that is just that.
7286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: ....I've been hesitant to say this, but... on: May 18, 2009, 04:32:08 PM
My thoughts are with you and your family, Ron.  If there's anything the community can do to help out, please let us know!
7287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Antichrist on: May 18, 2009, 04:26:35 PM
I love the defense that some filmmakers fall back on when their "vision" is ill-received that they made it for themselves and they don't care what the audience thinks.  If you make a film solely for yourself, don't be too surprised when the inevitable lack of context causes your audience to scratch their head and wonder what the hell is going on.
7288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: May 17, 2009, 02:26:51 PM
I picked it up yesterday after trading in a bunch of old games I had finished.  While I certainly understand and agree with the assessment that this game has a pretty awful story, I still enjoy it for what it is:  a hack'n'slash with tons of loot. 

By the way, are the light and shadow campaigns different enough to warrant a replay with a different character?  I'm torn between the inquisitor, the shadow warrior and the temple guard and I'd love to be able to play two of them, but I don't want to if it's simply going to be the same campaign for the most part.
7289  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I got a ticket on: May 17, 2009, 01:16:49 PM
I got one recently for a DWS.  Driving While Sexy.  There's no way I could fight that one though.   icon_cry
7290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you found your true calling? on: May 17, 2009, 05:22:49 AM
I'm in the same boat as Gratch.  Unfortunately, I lack the backbone right now to make a change, plus the pay is decent enough.  Hopefully someday I'll have an epiphany and change up my life.  Until then I'll just try and look at things in a zen like manner. 
7291  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Smallville Season 8 (spoilers inevitable) on: May 17, 2009, 05:18:54 AM
I've been keeping up with the show only because I'm incredulous as to why they keep renewing it.  It is, imho, one of the worst shows on television at this point.  They continuously butcher a comic book icon with seeming glee each and every episode, but that's a distant issue compared to the level of bad writing.  It's like watching a train wreck...I can't look away because it is so terrible.  Right now I put this in the same category as According to Jim in my book of "why in the hell do they keep renewing this?"   icon_eek
7292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: May 15, 2009, 09:19:32 PM
I've been enjoying it.  The devil was getting more airtime for a while and he really is the main reason for watching it.
7293  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CHUCK IS BACK! Chuck vs. The First Date Spoilers! on: May 15, 2009, 06:21:07 PM
So they renew Smallville (someone in the cast has GOT to be sleeping with a CW exec), but not Reaper?

...grumble...   disgust
7294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 14, 2009, 09:37:39 PM
I wonder if there were any clues hidden in Jacob's tapestry?

7295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jason Bourne is a Pussy! (Taken) on: May 14, 2009, 08:43:28 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 14, 2009, 07:01:43 PM

Quote from: Simon on May 14, 2009, 05:34:39 PM

I believe the extended version only adds two minutes.

Which is usually the case with the scam about "Director's Cut", "Extended Cut" and "Unrated Version".

tell me about it.  i was duped into owning two copies of BladeRunner....
7296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 14, 2009, 03:15:44 PM
I think the hot russian woman calling Richard by the name "Ricardus" (or whatever it was) was interesting.

I'm really surprised at how much I enjoyed this season of Lost.  I had all but given up on it after the first season as it seemed to just ramble on without a point.  Establishing a definitive end date for the show seems to have reinvigorated the writers, though. 
7297  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Defense Grid: The Awakening 5 Bucks on: May 14, 2009, 02:07:32 AM
I don't believe that temporal towers stack, but I've noticed that they pulse at different times, depending on when they're built.  Therefore two of them will oftentimes catch the racers that sometimes slip through between the pulse of a single temporal tower.
7298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New DVD/BD releases 5/12: Khaaaaaaaaaannnnnn!!! on: May 13, 2009, 04:10:26 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on May 13, 2009, 02:43:04 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on May 13, 2009, 12:03:48 AM

Wow, just finished Taken. Awesome movie. Liam Neeson is like the Irish Jack Bauer, only more ruthless. It's a must buy on Blu-Ray for me.

This sounds like it takes similar subject matter to The Limey but does it right.  I found The Limey to be simply so-so.  I think I'll have time to watch Taken tonight after work.

My problem with The Limey was that it moved a little too slow.  Terrance Stamp was fantastic and the way he appeared to always be on the edge of just wiping out everyone around him was well done.  However, they never really fulfilled that promise of an explosion in the way I felt it should have been (read:  carnage, baby, carnage).

Taken on the other hand?  Damn...Neeson is one scary son of a bitch when he gets going.  I love that movie.
7299  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Defense Grid: The Awakening 5 Bucks on: May 13, 2009, 03:00:28 PM

Quote from: Moliere on May 11, 2009, 11:34:11 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 11, 2009, 06:12:26 PM

My god, this game is addictive.  I'm sitting here at work thinking about how to set up towers now.  I hate each and every one of you that suggested this game...   icon_evil

Center of Power is kicking my ass. I've tried different combinations of Tesla, Inferno, Guns, Cannon, Meteor and Concussion Towers putting them in various patterns to extend the walk time of the aliens along with different timing on my Tower upgrades and still all of my power cores get taken between waves 14-18.

I put two yellow concussion towers smack dab in the middle of the top platform near the exit and then put in two temporal towers.  4 yellow cannons on each corner of that platform and a red gun tower in between the concussion towers and i tore through everything.   icon_biggrin

STILL addicted to this game.  Couldn't get into the demo for plants vs. zombies, though.   icon_confused
7300  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Defense Grid: The Awakening 5 Bucks on: May 11, 2009, 06:12:26 PM
My god, this game is addictive.  I'm sitting here at work thinking about how to set up towers now.  I hate each and every one of you that suggested this game...   icon_evil
7301  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Stalin vs Martians $7.99, May 9-10 only on: May 08, 2009, 04:58:02 PM
even at that price, most reviews indicate it's not worth it.
7302  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: STEAM Weekend Deal - Universe at War: Earth Assault $4.99 on: May 08, 2009, 04:49:25 PM
shoot, i picked this up on the 360 a couple of weeks ago for 9.99.  the control scheme for a console for this game is a nightmare, but it seemed like an interesting game.  now i'm temped to buy it for the pc.   icon_evil
7303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek- now with impressions and spoilers! (tags broken) on: May 08, 2009, 04:18:59 PM
Ebert's usually the more forgiving of critics when it comes to genre films.  However, this time around he appears to be the victim of old school expectations.  It seems like he's almost upset that they're messing with the franchise.   icon_confused
7304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bejewled Blitz on Facebook is digital crack on: May 08, 2009, 03:14:59 PM
What the heck is a "BiL"?   icon_confused
7305  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Avatar Gone? on: May 08, 2009, 01:41:00 PM
My avatar has gone missing, as well.  I updated it with another last night just to verify and it appeared for a while, but is now gone again. 

...which, given my pension for a particular avatar, might be a good thing for the rest of you.
7306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starting casting on: May 07, 2009, 11:41:55 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on May 07, 2009, 11:03:44 PM

hepcat, my original post I said "think Tudors with a coat of paint', but I deleted out the entire rambling diatribe.  That's why I went with the short version.

 icon_biggrin
7307  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 07, 2009, 09:27:08 PM

Live action Tick.  The fact that you don't know who that is makes me doubt your taste in comedy.  icon_eek

 Get thee to netflix, my son.  Thank me afterwards.   icon_wink
7308  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Slotmachine explodes and kills 10! on: May 07, 2009, 08:36:37 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 07, 2009, 06:56:41 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 07, 2009, 06:26:28 PM

That's one hell of an explosive jackpot.

The three bombs coming up should have been a hint.

Ah fudge, now I gotta go through life knowing I had the same joke in my head as CeeKay...
7309  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost returns next week! [Spoilers!] on: May 07, 2009, 08:17:58 PM
Richard has been the most fascinating character to me for the last few seasons.  I was glad to see a little more of him last night.  I'm looking forward to finding out more about his background.  Hopefully it's sufficiently creepy. 

...however, every time Richard speaks, I keep hearing



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Another urban myth dispelled. Ninjas don't bounce.
7310  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starting casting on: May 07, 2009, 08:14:26 PM
Sounds like they're angling to get something to compete with The Tudors. 
7311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel Digital Comics on: May 06, 2009, 06:21:49 PM
I was just checking it out and there are quite a few instances where a series of comics will suddenly drop 4 or 5 issues in the middle of the run.  That would drive me nuts. 
7312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Sacred 2 finally gold! on: May 06, 2009, 06:07:59 PM

Quote from: EddieA on May 06, 2009, 07:30:47 AM

From the IGN review -
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A more serious issue was the corruption of my game save file, which happened after a crash and required a trip into the Xbox Dashboard to delete the save file and restart. And by restart, I mean clean restart, as in all my progress was wiped across multiple characters. While it's impossible to say how widespread an issue like this may be at this point, it's something you should be aware of before making a purchase decision. In case you hadn't heard, Ascaron recently went into administration. We've been told by a representative that post-launch support can still be expected.

That pretty much kills it for me.  With a game this huge, there's no way I'm going to risk losing my saves, even if the possibility is remote.  I guess I'll just go with the PC version.

ditto.  oh well.
7313  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: May 06, 2009, 05:54:42 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on May 06, 2009, 05:44:54 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 06, 2009, 05:40:06 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on May 06, 2009, 04:54:36 PM

Someone needs to kick Amazon in the nuts!   500 bucks for an e-readrer...WOW! I want one, but they have officially priced me out of buying one.  First the PS3 and now this... You would think the economy is booming

what he said.
You guys realize the $359 one isn't being discontinued, right?

still too rich for my blood.  my price point for something that generates subscription/online retail revenue for the provider is 199.  I figured it out on this calculator...and calculators don't lie.
7314  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: May 06, 2009, 05:40:06 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on May 06, 2009, 04:54:36 PM

Someone needs to kick Amazon in the nuts!   500 bucks for an e-readrer...WOW! I want one, but they have officially priced me out of buying one.  First the PS3 and now this... You would think the economy is booming

what he said.
7315  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: May 06, 2009, 05:38:53 PM

Quote from: Arclight on April 16, 2009, 03:50:10 PM

I may or may not know what you're talking about...  paranoid

I might know what you mean
7316  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: List for Demigod 50% Coupon Codes on: May 06, 2009, 05:35:06 PM
Not sure when Stardock is sending these out, but I'll give mine to whoever is at the top of the list (if they haven't already been sent one) when I do receive it.
7317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Tomorrow War on: May 06, 2009, 04:20:30 PM
that is one busy UI   icon_eek
7318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3: Broken Steel today! on: May 06, 2009, 04:19:19 PM
ah, never mind.
7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3: Broken Steel today! on: May 06, 2009, 04:10:25 PM

Quote from: jersoc on May 06, 2009, 08:32:58 AM



I agree, this is the only DLC that I may buy too. This isn't sitting well with me since I really hate this DLC trend. At least Valve hasn't sold out yet.



doesn't far cry 2 on steam have a DLC?  Plus, DoW2 is a GFW product and I would assume they'll have DLC's for that as well.
7320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedons Dollhouse starts Friday on: May 06, 2009, 02:59:30 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 06, 2009, 02:52:26 PM

Quote from: Chaz on May 06, 2009, 02:49:48 PM

Something that I'm finding impressive about the show is the ability of the actors playing the dolls to change roles so well.  If you think about it, this show is really challenging for actors, because they essentially have to create very different characters every week, and sometimes switch back and forth within the show, which they have all managed to do very well, I think.  I was especially impressed with the guy who got the security chief put in his head.  It was kind of eerie how well he imitated him.

Yep- Dichen Lachman and Enver Gjokaj are great finds and hopefully will have a promising future even if Dollhouse doesn't go on.  Sad thing is that they are acting rings around Dushku. 

My thoughts exactly.  At first, I thought those two actors were merely window dressing.  But they've show some real acting chops.  Especially Gjokaj.  Man, that guy is scary good at playing such radically different people.
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