I'm hoping that in the sequel, the Engineer survived the alien octopus attack, finds a hockey mask in the wreckage of Charlize's pleasure pod, and makes his way to earth to terrorize teenagers at a remote campsite.
Quote from: Blackjack on June 15, 2013, 05:22:26 AM
Perhaps I should just go see Star Trek into Darkness a 5th time.
Good luck. We went to see it (for the first time) yesterday afternoon, but it was already gone from our nearby cineplex. The internet had told me just two days earlier that we could see a matinee. I was surprised that it barely had a 6-week run...in my day successful movies stuck around for months. Oh, and they have reserved seating in all of their theaters now. When did that become a thing? It slowed the ticket line to a crawl. I don't think we'll be going back there.
Another local theater said they'll still have it for one more week, so we're going to try again tomorrow. We've seen every previous ST movie in the theater so there's a tradition to uphold here.
Not at all interested in Superman, though, outside of the netflix queue.
This has been quite common in theatres for years now, especially in the summer. Im actually surprised thats its had a very solid 6 week run. 4 weeks seems to be the norm for a blockbuster these days and then after that its pretty much only showing in a few places.
I liked the premiere but the 7 month time jump is very disconcerting. They've skipped over so much that happened in those 7 months, that it seems like a totally different show. Its like they resolved a lot of the cliffhanger issues from last seasons finale by ignoring them. Comes off kind of cheap, IMHO.
Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 11, 2013, 04:55:49 AM
I watched this evening, and my take is that it's a Trek-flavored action film.
Spoiler for Hiden:
First off, apparently no one has ever heard of perimeter security. Not Starfleet, not the Klingons, not the top secret military facilities off of Jupiter.
Second, I understand they're trying to pull on the old Khan hallmarks of the reactor scene, old Spock, etc., but to me, it just seemed cheap. I don't have the emotional attachment to these versions of the characters, and they don't even have that great a connection to each other yet. It just seemed to me to be trying to tug on my emotional and nostalgia strings, and failing.
Also, why the hell do we need Khan to survive when we have 72 others genetically engineered to be just like him in cryotubes? To the point where we're pulling one of them out to stick Kirk in it. Was there some rare blood type establishing dialogue that I missed?
And then, true to the worst of Trek Reset Buttons, we flip the script on the death of a major character, only to undo it by the time that the credits roll. We know that they're not going to let either of them die this early in a reboot, so it just seemed cheesy to try and recreate that moment.
All in all, it's decent as an action film to today's standards, and enjoyable as such, but it's not the old Trek, and I wish they'd stop trying to tie it back to the old stuff. Boldly go where no one has gone before.
Perhaps all of these tie backs to the old stuff are actually due to a broken time line in the act of correcting itself. I do find it humorous that you emphasize your point with an old stuff quote.
Theres a bunch of stuff that I wish I could do that for. The first that comes to mind is The Foundation Trilogy by Issac Asimov. Another series I devoured as a kid was The Lensman series by E.E. "Doc" Smith. Its pure space opera from the golden age of sci-fi.
Regarding ATB's question re: The Stand. YES! READ IT! It is imho King at his absolute best. I really enjoyed the mini series but it didnt come close to doing the book justice. It is one of my all time favorites. Also, if you like books of that genre, do yourself a favor and grab Swan Song, by Robert Mc Cammon ( Also check out Boys Life, also by McCammon, its fantastic! )
the show isnt perfect but it is a lot of fun. It meanders at times but every season there has been several great episodes. Id say its been an entertaining ride and worth watching. On a side note, a few years back they talked about doing a spin off season of Supernatural that takes place in the 1800's and involves the Winchesters and Samuel Colt and the reasons behind the making of a very special revolver. I really hope they revisit that idea because I think it would make for a great limited run series.
Im a big fan of Nolan, so yeah I hope they get him for this. As far as The Dark Knight Rises, I felt that it was pretty good. Unfortunately it had the curse of trying to live up to the level established by The Dark Knight. That was just too high of a bar for it to clear.
CBS has made some interesting moves with some of their established shows. They pulled Person of Interest from Thursdays, where it was doing great and filled the slot in with comedies. I doubt it will hurt Persons of Interest, as they moved it to Tuesdays to cap off the NCIS/ NCIS LA line up but it takes away Elementary's lead in and that may hurt the shows performance. It also looks like CBS is taking Friday seriously as a ratings night as theyve moved Hawaii 5-0 to Fridays, which is normally a death nite for most series. I figure Persons of Interest will have excellent ratings as its capping off a very strong Tuesday line up but both Elementary and Hawaii 5-0 have been kind of stranded and its going to be interesting to see how they fare.
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Quote from: Ironrod on May 14, 2013, 04:25:03 AM
If you want to go WAY back, this is the first album that I ever owned. I must've listened to it 20 times and could recite all the stories verbatim.
Although i don't remember that,for some reason just the title made me think of this
I have that, its an excellent album. Richard Burton does the narration and theres a bunch of 70's era british rock musicians contributing including Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. Its worth checking out if youve never heard it.
additionally, just found notice of some new CW shows:
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE. Based on the original UK series, The Tomorrow People is the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in TEENAGE ANGST , possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together, they work to defeat the forces of evil. Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell star.
STAR-CROSSED (previously OXYGEN). Passion, politics and TEENAGE ANGST threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since. Aimee Teagarden, Matt Lanter star.
REIGN. The previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The secret history of TEENAGE ANGST at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue. Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo star.
THE HUNDRED. 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a massive spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents with TEENAGE ANGST back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Eli Goree, Bob Morley, Henry Ian Cusick star.
they don't list The Originals.
 looks like Nikita got a renewal but for a very short final season. The creator of the show tweeted about it.
I am going to miss the Thursday night line up. Ive enjoyed both shows a lot. I will say that Person of Interest has really rocked it lately. The addition of Shaw and the ongoing battles with Root have been great fun. Oh and Shaw is amazingly hot! She makes violence seem seductive.
At least the surgery was a success. This poor guy has gone thru hell due to this, not the least of which is the humiliation he has faced. I cant even imagine the post surgery pain he must be enduring, having what amounts to a 132 lb tumor of muscle mass removed from his penis and testicles. Add in the fact that the was a definite risk of bleeding out during surgery and Im having a hard time finding the humor in his situation, but hey, each to their own I guess.
These movies are so bad that they are good. The fun thing is they totally play up the over the top style to the point of absurdity. One of the best parts of Expendables 2 was the appearance of Chuck Norris. It was so insanely over the top it was hilarious. Throwing in a classic Chuck Norris joke was the icing on the cake. If you want realistic action and a finely weaved plot, then look elsewhere. If you enjoy cheesy B movie action with plot holes you can drive a tank through, this is for you.
Updates are the nature of the beast due to the constant changes in the discs themselves. There are certainly players that are faster when loading but good bluray players like that are generally more expensive so you have to weigh the inconvenience of the loading times vs the cost of the player. I myself have a Pioneer Elite bluray play. It was expensive but it is quick and it is also region free and runs pretty much any disc format available. Most people wouldnt use most of the formats available but I wanted a player that could handle high end audio formats that most standard bluray players cant decode.
Rotten Tomatoes has it at a 59% ( critics ) and 68% ( viewers ) which isnt too bad for a Sci-fi flick as even good tend to be underrated by critics. I also think that Cruises rep probably lowers the reviews a bit and expect them to come up as more people see it. Most everyone who I know who has seen it liked quite a bit.
I didnt notice the "coming up" blurbs because I DVR'd it and skipped past all of that. What I did notice is that in 2 hours they managed to rip off every sci fi cliche, ever filmed. From Star Wars to Star Trek to Mad Max etc, hell they even threw in Romeo and Juliet for kicks. I half expected an Alien to burst out of Julie Benz chest at the end, just because they hadnt hit that one yet. I hope the show gets better but then this is SyFy, so if it does improve, they will likely cancel it immediately.
If they want to kill off the forums then charging a subscription fee would be an excellent way to do so. Theres just too many free forums out there that provide what these forums provide. Sure some people would be willing but by doing so you would cripple the activity, which is quite frankly already low as it is. I really doubt that what they would get financially would be worth the potential damage it would do to forum activity. Its just my personal opinion but slapping a subscription fee on the forums would likely backfire. Also sending in a donation check is a far different animal than a monthly subscription fee. Its apple and oranges. A one shot payment through a donation drive or through a crowdfunding effort is much easier for people to accept than a constant subscription fee.
Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 19, 2013, 06:32:40 AM
I have to say I'm kind of disappointed in the lack of responses here. Maybe that's because of the ambiguity as previously stated? Who knows, but I guess I expected more people to at least show some interest in the site's future.
I think a big part of the lack of responses is the ambiguity of the topic. I dont think that its because people are not interested ( there are a lot of views on the topic ) but how many of us actually understand the inner workings of the site or have a handle on the actual business models being used to support it? Theres probably a very small number of people who feel they can actually add something constructive to the discussion. Anyone can get on here and recommend a donation drive, a subscription based model or a crowd-sourcing effort but is that what Ron and Mike are really looking for here? Theres some very bright people hanging around these forums and while the quantity of replies may not be huge, hopefully the quality will more than make up for it. As far as me, I enjoy the site and hope its around for a long time. Ill be happy to help however I can but I lack the knowledge to offer solutions (beside the very basic ideas already mentioned) that would be of any substantial use. Im betting the lack of replies are because so many of us fall into that category.