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81  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...

82  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!
83  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
84  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.  
85  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?
86  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.
87  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.
88  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. 
89  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..."
90  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.
91  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.
92  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?
93  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. 
94  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.
95  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.
96  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>
97  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?
98  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.
99  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.
100  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?".
101  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?
102  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.
103  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?
104  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.
105  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
106  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.  
107  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.
108  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.
109  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.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread 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
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread 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.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 21, 2014, 08:18:29 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on July 21, 2014, 07:31:08 PM


I'm hyped for it, but are those actually film critics?  It looks like just a bunch of twitter feeds from about a dozen folks I've never heard of before.
113  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chic fil a and their overly religious behavior. on: July 21, 2014, 08:15:58 PM
They cook all their chicken in a vegetable oil that's been blessed by a priest.  I know this because every time I bite into one, it burns the roof of my mouth.  Some folks tell me it's because they're just hot...but I know better!
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passenger Jet Shot Down over Ukraine on: July 18, 2014, 02:17:42 PM
What Bullwinkle said.  There IS a conflict going on in that region, you know.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Birthday Hark! on: July 18, 2014, 01:23:44 PM
Happy day of birth!
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passenger Jet Shot Down over Ukraine on: July 18, 2014, 01:07:43 PM
I can't imagine that if the government did shoot it down, that it was anything but a stupid accident.  That doesn't make it any less wrong or tragic, but it does make it less an act of aggression and more an act of stupidity.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: French blogger fined by judge for be being too popular on: July 17, 2014, 10:34:22 PM
I do kind of long for the days though when justice was determined by a jury instead of by a mob.   icon_cry
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast on: July 17, 2014, 07:34:14 PM

Quote from: Lee on July 17, 2014, 02:25:26 AM

House just passed a bill today to make it harder for towns to provide internet themselves. I really just want more choices. A dish isn't suitable in a lot of apartments I have lived. DSL just isn't fast enough.

I'm constantly amazed at how much power cable companies wield when it comes to television and internet. 

I'm constantly dismayed at how they use that power to screw over customers.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: French blogger fined by judge for be being too popular on: July 17, 2014, 06:04:14 PM
I would guess it has to do more with their current issues with data collection policies and privacy that they've taken into the courtroom recently.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passenger Jet Shot Down over Ukraine on: July 17, 2014, 05:00:41 PM
Wow, I saw this earlier and there was no news at that time about what caused the crash, so I assumed it was just an accident.   icon_eek
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