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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Ultimate Spiderman on: August 02, 2011, 01:02:43 PM
New topic for new character.  I've got no problem with a new Spiderman, might even check out Ultimate now.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC Comics Movies Animated vs Live Action on: August 01, 2011, 04:39:45 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on August 01, 2011, 02:01:12 AM

Quote from: Wargus on August 01, 2011, 12:23:10 AM

Routh was fine as Superman, the movie however was a poorly written travesty.  It played Lex Luthor (supposedly one of the smartest men on the planet) as a megalomaniac (ok) idiot (not ok).    I'm not sure why they can't seem to put together a decent movie. Marvel has figured out the formula for blockbuster supers movies, DC has figured out the formula for fantastic supers animated movies.

Yes, as I said, you have to watch it as what it really is - a sequel to Superman II. In other words, Superman Returns is Superman III.

In Superman: the Movie and Superman II, Lex Luthor, supposedly the greatest criminal mind in the world, is a megalomaniac, and an idiot. His plots are just as ridiculous back then (sink California just so he could make his property in Nevada into beachfront properties?).

You and I are going to disagree on this.  I did watch Superman Returns as a sequel to Superman II.  I still think the story fails on that, not the characterizations, certainly following in the footsteps of the Donner films.  They were firmly in the Silver Age.  The Super-Son stuff was bad, the Lex attempt at the real estate scam was bad, the most heroic person in the movie was Lois' boyfriend.

For ravenii: If you haven't seen any of the animated, give them a try (unless you just don't like cartoons as a rule.)  My personal favorite is Mask of the Phantasm, an extended episode of Batman:TAS, or the unrated Return of the Joker, if you know the Batman Beyond world.  Other opinions will vary.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / DC Comics Movies Animated vs Live Action on: July 31, 2011, 04:49:41 PM
This may be my first topic started, but I don't understand something.

The subject matter of DC Comics can easily make for good movies.  I don't think I am out of line by stating that, with few exceptions, the DC Animated DVDs have had much better reviews and stories than the Live Action ones.  The Animated ones are usually stand alone, and yet do not reboot each time.

Given the use of CGI and the cost of each, is there a reason that the decision makers do not use the scripts/treatments that the DVDs tend to use?  Green Lantern: First Flight could have been stretched a bit (origin, etc) to make a 2hr film and I believe that treatment was much better than the vehicle that was produced.

Justice League?  If that much money is to be invested (and Green Lantern needs a reboot already), Final Frontier seems to be a good story for the screen.

Even back to that late 1980's and earlier 1990's. Mask of the Phantasm was on a par (storywise, not money) with Batman, and the best treatment until Batman Begins.

I believe that those stories would make the money that any other treatment would Live Action.  Try an experiemnt... use the DCU animated Wonder Woman and do that properly cast and budgeted Live Action.  Can't do much worse that Green Lantern or Superman Returns.

After 74 years of stories, there are better things to film than what WB has been doing.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dragoncon 2010 Cosplay on: July 29, 2011, 10:42:47 PM
I read  the warniing, but thought that this will do....

Anyone heading to Dragon Con this September?
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Batman: Year One on: July 23, 2011, 05:45:49 PM
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] First Avenger: Captain America on: July 23, 2011, 12:39:59 AM
Is Hugh Jackman in this one too?  I ask because I just watched the Avengers Cartoon episode about Cap.  Seems Logan was retconned into the Howling Commandos when I wasn't looking.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman:Arkham City due this October! on: July 23, 2011, 12:35:27 AM
You know, with these trailers (ever since the Hugo Strange one)  I would go for a full length DCU movie called "Arkham City."

When did Cobblepot become British?
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC universe Reboot/Relaunch on: July 21, 2011, 02:04:08 AM
Ok, I admit that I have a blind spot when it comes to comics, but when I see a quote like this:

"Timeless and modern, classic and contemporary, but younger, brasher and more brooding, this is Superman. The New Man of Tomorrow."

I'm thinking it is time for TPTB to reread Kingdom Come.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Google+ on: July 03, 2011, 04:08:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 01, 2011, 03:38:20 AM

I didn't mean that in the "it'll be really popular" way, I meant it in the "everybody will be leaving it for the new hot social bullshit" way, just like they left Myspace for Facebook and they're leaving Facebook for Google+. 

You think it's cool now because your parents don't have an account there, but #1, people our age are parents, and #2 your parents will go where ever the stupid Oprah and evening news says they should and if the migration really starts it will eventually trickle down to them.

Rapidly getting top the point where people our age are the GRANDparents.  Not quite yet, but getting there.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Superman: Christopher Nolan Producing, Director is.... on: June 25, 2011, 04:55:22 PM
As far as Superman goes; if the last, or only, time I saw Krypton blow was in Superman, that would be fine.  Before that, there was the Adventures of Superman, afterwords, the animated shows, and most recently, Smallville.

If covering some of that background is needed to say give Zod some depth, issues with the El family, rival for Lara, bestest friends with Kal's dad before the big schism, etc., sure, I'd love to see that kind of stuff on Krypton before the blowup.  If the elder Kents are in the movie because Clark needs something, or visits, or wants some parent advice, I'm good with that too.

My thing (and it is just mine) is that I don't mind the characters appearing for whatever the story is, I just am not enthused about seeing the origin of Superman again.

Edited to say on the tangent, I disagree that Superman- the movie was the first time superheroes were treated with respect. IMO, the 1960s Green Hornet tried but was hamstrung by the campy Batman expectations.  In the 1950s, the Adventures of Superman was also a quality show. I put George Reeves performance as Clark over Chris Reeves as far as that character interpretation goes.  The George R.'s Clark never appeared to be as the nebbish as the 1978 portrayal and looked to me to be more of a "real" person.

disclaimer - I think that Batman (1966) and Superman (1978) are fine shows/movies and do not mean to imply otherwise. heck, I like Brave and the Bold, too.  Superman III, Superman IV, Superman Returns, and Batman after Returns and before Begins. NEVER HAPPENED. smile
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] First Avenger: Captain America on: June 25, 2011, 01:01:20 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on June 25, 2011, 07:35:24 AM

And back to our Captain...

Super leap!

Super leap II!

Throws his mighty shield. Seems like a good wallpaper idea...  icon_cool

The Shield changed in the last two pics.  Looks like the first one had the original shield-shaped shield, and the sceond one the more modern round one.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Superman: Christopher Nolan Producing, Director is.... on: June 25, 2011, 12:49:28 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on June 25, 2011, 04:56:11 AM

Quote from: sgoldj on June 24, 2011, 10:42:49 PM

I saw Jor-El and Lara are cast.  Unless the reviews are great, I am OUT.  This all indicates ORIGIN to me, and I do NOT want to see Jor-El fight with the Council AGAIN, Krypton explode AGAIN, young Clark being trained by Ma and PA Kent AGAIN.  If there is someone on the planet who doesn't know that part, please send them a flyer.

I have no trouble with a flashback or exposition, but and hr+ of that origin will drive me crazy.

If done right, it'll be awesome. Just look at Batman Begins.

Well maybe not - Batman Begins is about, well, the goddamn Batman.

To be fair, the other Batman movies really didn't cover origin to the extent of the Superman movies.  Flashbacks, snipits, dream sequences.  Batman Begins was the only one.  that's one reason I liked the 1989 Burton/Keaton movie.  Batman was there, the police didn't like it, but aside from a 2 minuite flashback of Jack shooting, the movie figured I knew why Bruce Wayne dressed up.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Superman: Christopher Nolan Producing, Director is.... on: June 24, 2011, 10:42:49 PM
I saw Jor-El and Lara are cast.  Unless the reviews are great, I am OUT.  This all indicates ORIGIN to me, and I do NOT want to see Jor-El fight with the Council AGAIN, Krypton explode AGAIN, young Clark being trained by Ma and PA Kent AGAIN.  If there is someone on the planet who doesn't know that part, please send them a flyer.

I have no trouble with a flashback or exposition, but and hr+ of that origin will drive me crazy.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [BBC]Sherlock on: May 15, 2011, 11:43:12 PM
Just letting all know.  Now available on Netflix Instant Viewing.

175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Thor Impressions' on: May 08, 2011, 01:01:25 AM
Good flick..lots of fun.

It seems that, after taking in the scene past the credits, Captain America will easily fill the last set up necessary for The Avengers.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spill it: Your favorite downloadable games on: May 06, 2011, 03:55:46 AM
Rage of the Gladitor
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek: Phase II on: May 01, 2011, 08:54:32 PM
I'll have to catch this one, I didn't realize that it was out.  IMO, "World enough and Time" is still the best episode.  The others are worth watching though.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii 2/HD/ Eel's Wet Dream Imminent? Also, Wii Price Drop? on: April 25, 2011, 08:51:42 PM
Assuming that the new system is real, I am not the least bit interested untill I hear of some games I am interested in.  I love my Wii (watch it), but still using it for an exercise trainer.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: April 09, 2011, 12:38:23 PM
So where do I put in my revolving Weird Al "This Is The Life" reques?


180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica HD remakes on: March 26, 2011, 02:51:15 PM
I played the heck out of Wii RE4, but I don't think I can take "Leon!  LLLEEEEOOONNN!" any more. smile
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] First Avenger: Captain America on: March 26, 2011, 02:46:25 PM
USA Today article basically says that Cap is Superman in personality.  I'd have to agree.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Three Musketeers on: March 26, 2011, 02:43:08 PM

Quote from: Barrakketh on March 26, 2011, 01:15:37 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 26, 2011, 04:44:50 AM

I have such a love for the Michael York,Oliver Reed Three and Four Musketeers that i will probably give this a miss,just like i did with Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherlands version
I'm with you on the Michael York version from the 70s. I did see the Sheen/Sutherland version, but I barely recall it I can't even remember who played de Rochforte or Constance in that remake. I can reel off almost the entire cast from the 70s edition.

This +10.  I've got to get that DVD two pack.  What a cast. Look it up on IMDB if you haven't seen them.
183  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizard101 anyone? on: March 21, 2011, 02:31:57 AM
just wondering how much or little it was still being enjoyed.

I see that new content is scheduled to open again.

184  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizard101 anyone? on: March 09, 2011, 08:10:24 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 07, 2011, 12:59:33 PM

Quote from: sgoldj on March 07, 2011, 12:47:07 AM

My death has had trouble with ONE battle (that I still can't do at lvl 42)

It involves a life boss doesn't it? frakkin life bosses.

Sorry I missed this earlier, no. Life bosses haven't been a problem, I keeps some fairy to know the sheild down.  This problem is :

posiible spoiler, but I will try to be vague

Spoiler for Hiden:
  Three bosses in Grizzleheim Warrendeep, each of them several thousand hit points and all three at once 
185  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizard101 anyone? on: March 09, 2011, 08:01:44 PM
Aside from the initial amount they give, I haven't spent any crowns.  Personally, I wait until they have a 1 year for $59.99 sale, then jump on.  Right now I am on fro six months, when there runs out, I will garden, pet pavilion, and random encountrs until I see a good subscription sale.
186  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizard101 anyone? on: March 07, 2011, 06:56:38 PM
Your primary school let's you take advantage of the power pips and certain quest spells. You can train in multiple schools past that, but each school requires that you start with lower level spells then progress up. In other words, if you want have good balance spells, you will have to spend training points on the low levels. If you want that and storm, you'll wind up with lots of low cards.  Your primary school is free to train, the rest cost points.  Grainy points are given after certain levels and are limited.

storm has great spells and you can enhance your hit points and probability to hit with equipment.

187  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizard101 anyone? on: March 07, 2011, 12:47:07 AM
PairIng up will let you get past about anything. I don't think the school matters for that. I think a life or death second school would be good for myth. My wife says that balance is the way to go for a second on myth. Her second character was myth so I would believe her. She originally used storm/life.

What school do you plan to use?

For me, my ice/storm/moon has trouble soloing in the dungeons.  My death has had trouble with ONE battle (that I still can't do at lvl 42)
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Legosi, Karloff, Chaney, Price, Lee... did I leave anyone out? on: February 21, 2011, 03:42:14 AM
left off John Caradine as well. I would say that Cushing and Lee are getting pretty modern. by that time you can start adding Jonathan Frid.

Also, are we talking Chaney Sr., Jr., or both?
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus Season Two on: February 13, 2011, 06:15:50 PM
We are assuming that this series will end with the arrival of Spartacus.  Is there someplace that said that?  It could be that there will be room in between this prequel and season 1 for another story.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Got 800 Wii Points, what's good? on: February 04, 2011, 01:04:39 AM
if you can get 1000 go for Rage of the Gladiator.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Can You Tell Me About Netflix on 360? on: January 23, 2011, 01:45:43 PM
I don't have a 360' but we alternate between the PS3 and Wii for Netflix depending on Which one happens to be up. no complaints with either format as far as streaming. especially true of T V shoes when we are not expecting great sound anyway
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Somethin' for the old-timers here on: January 22, 2011, 02:44:09 PM

Quote from: Zekester on January 21, 2011, 07:43:21 PM

Not much goin on today, so i just thought i'd throw this up........

To all the kids who survived the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable or satellite TV, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms! A lot of us didn't have air-conditioning in our homes until the 70's, but

I don't know about you guys,  ut I had Odyssee, HBO if I played with the fine tuning, Super 8 versions of movies (including some pr0n), cassets, 8-track, and a transistor radio. I remember the "Buckle up for safety"ads along with the anti-smoking ones.  maybe the 70's part should be dropped.  smile

193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best fitness game? on: January 10, 2011, 04:45:40 PM
I have EA Active for the Wii.  the Wiimote is only used for a few activities.  most of the time I leave it on the couch and hit the "A" button while the load screen is up to avoid the "lost communication" message.

I assume, but don't know, that the PS3 version would be similar in making sure the communications stay on between the bands and the receiver.

I am waiting for an NFL version without the bands since I really don't want to have two sets laying around.

FWIW, I have been using it sin e Christmas and am doing the card kickstart. 
194  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizard101 anyone? on: January 02, 2011, 05:36:32 PM
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you say 2011? on: January 02, 2011, 05:29:35 PM
Twenty eleven,  but then I used to say 20-aught-2 (3,4,5,etc.) also.  my advice? Listen to me, then do the opposite.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recommend a TV series on DVD please? on: December 24, 2010, 11:41:11 PM
since Babylon 5 was mentioned, Deep Space 9.

off the wall, but very funny:  Jeeves and Wooster.  Also, Black Adder

I've enjoyed seasons 1- 6 of Scrubs

Smallville  took some endurance, but the first couple seasons of Lois and Clark were good.

the Flash

Batman:TAS and Justice League
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best song title ever on: December 22, 2010, 08:46:17 PM
Get Your Tongue Out Of My Mouth (I'm Kissing You Goodbye)
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Green Hornet on: December 22, 2010, 12:45:11 PM
I saw this last night.  Very enjoyable, it is a Comedy-Action movie.  The comedy comes from the interaction between Seth Rogan and Jay Chao.  Cameron Diaz's character is essential and not used much at the same time.

THere was a small bit of the Hornet Theme from the 60's in the movie (about 5 secs).  Generally, there is an irony in that in the 1960's Batman was the comedy and the Green Hornet was the more serious.  In 2010, Batman is deadly dark and the Green Hornet is lighter.
199  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wizard101 anyone? on: December 20, 2010, 12:48:46 AM
Since I lost the subscription, I have been pet aging and gardening.  gardening is surprisingly fun and profitable.  I might finish that last crafting task with the mandrakes I get from the boom shrooms.  who besides the guy in golem court is training/selling garden seeds, spells, etc.?
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Young Justice on: November 28, 2010, 09:00:01 PM
watched it; enjoyed it.  I like that it is outside the continuity (Earth -16? Why not?).  it took a while to get used to the idea that Dick Greyson is Robin and Walley West is Kid Flash. So far that has not been significant.
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