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Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Alien: Covenant
Last post by Bullwinkle - May 18, 2017, 04:51:57 PM
http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/alien-covenant

So I'm definitely in the camp that found Prometheus disappointing and mostly full of stupid and/or repellent characters doing stupid/dumb things. I don't mind a repellent character who has some opportunity to evolve a little (like the panicky officer in Aliens eventually does). I love Charlize Theron, but why hire her to be this rhymes with itchy character for an entire movie with no evolution at all? My brother and nephew loved it as experience but I don't think they argued that any of the characters were smart or terribly appealing. Sorry I digress.  :icon_smile:

I might catch Alien: Covenant late tonight (during its Thursday evening 'soft' opening) in spite of some reviews making the same observations. But many reviews say it's at least close to a return to Alien form for Scott, although some are complaining it feels essentially like a remake of Alien with dumber-acting characters. So we'll see.  :icon_smile:

I saw all four Alien films during their initial theatrical runs. I was I think 14 when I saw Alien with my mom and brother, and we definitely found it a pulse pounder. I didn't see movies repeatedly back then (stuff like The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark were probably the first blockbusters I'd go find a way to see in theaters over and over).

I caught Aliens in 1986, and wrote a movie review of it for my summer newswriting class in college. And I definitely saw it several times.

Alien3 I just really didn't much like. From what I read, David Fincher wasn't pleased with changes forced on him, and I kind of wonder what a 'director's cut' might've looked like. I just found it sad to kill off the Hicks and Newt characters 'between Aliens and Alien3" and aside from the appealing doctor character it was mostly unappealing characters in prison yelling at each other. Certainly you can see some of Fincher's primorial style trappings as director in it -- his camera work has a lot of energy, and I think that's what some folks respond to in it. Made for an excellent side scrolling blaster game on Sega Genesis at least. :)

Alien Resurrection I just found extremely weird. Joss Whedon helped write it, but I don't think it had the kind of charm his other work in TV and movies has had.
Joss has also been on record saying he was frustrated by the mishandling of what he wrote.
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Off-Topic / Re: Anyone doing anything for ...
Last post by Rumpy - May 18, 2017, 04:43:38 PM
I can't remember if we've had a thread on this, but I'll be heading down to Oregon in August for the total solar eclipse.
It'll probably be overcast.
There is a chance, yes. But experts have calculated all of the best locations based on their probabilities based on their former weather patterns. Where I'm heading will be east of some mountains on an elevated plateau.
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Off-Topic / Re: RIP - Chris Cornell of Sou...
Last post by Rumpy - May 18, 2017, 04:41:18 PM
Too young! Way too young. Had one of my favourite voices. :(
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Off-Topic / [movie] Alien: Covenant
Last post by Blackjack - May 18, 2017, 04:41:08 PM
http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/alien-covenant

So I'm definitely in the camp that found Prometheus disappointing and mostly full of stupid and/or repellent characters doing stupid/dumb things. I don't mind a repellent character who has some opportunity to evolve a little (like the panicky officer in Aliens eventually does). I love Charlize Theron, but why hire her to be this rhymes with itchy character for an entire movie with no evolution at all? My brother and nephew loved it as experience but I don't think they argued that any of the characters were smart or terribly appealing. Sorry I digress.  :icon_smile:

I might catch Alien: Covenant late tonight (during its Thursday evening 'soft' opening) in spite of some reviews making the same observations. But many reviews say it's at least close to a return to Alien form for Scott, although some are complaining it feels essentially like a remake of Alien with dumber-acting characters. So we'll see.  :icon_smile:

I saw all four Alien films during their initial theatrical runs. I was I think 14 when I saw Alien with my mom and brother, and we definitely found it a pulse pounder. I didn't see movies repeatedly back then (stuff like The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark were probably the first blockbusters I'd go find a way to see in theaters over and over).

I caught Aliens in 1986, and wrote a movie review of it for my summer newswriting class in college. And I definitely saw it several times.

Alien3 I just really didn't much like. From what I read, David Fincher wasn't pleased with changes forced on him, and I kind of wonder what a 'director's cut' might've looked like. I just found it sad to kill off the Hicks and Newt characters 'between Aliens and Alien3" and aside from the appealing doctor character it was mostly unappealing characters in prison yelling at each other. Certainly you can see some of Fincher's primorial style trappings as director in it -- his camera work has a lot of energy, and I think that's what some folks respond to in it. Made for an excellent side scrolling blaster game on Sega Genesis at least. :)

Alien Resurrection I just found extremely weird. Joss Whedon helped write it, but I don't think it had the kind of charm his other work in TV and movies has had.

I'm sad Neill Blomkamp won't get a chance to try to belatedly follow up Aliens, and bring back the Hicks and Newt characters. I would guess that would've had to just pretend Alien 3/4 didn't exist or were some 'alternate time line.' Ridley Scott's sourpuss comments about that suggest Blomkamp had no real script to speak of, just a basic plot idea and some concept art drawings, and so I doubt Scott has any interest in pursuing that specifically, even if he's said in recent interviews he wants to do and/or oversee several more Alien movies (he's bout 79 years old now I think).
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Forum and Site Feedback / Re: You may have noticed a few...
Last post by Blackjack - May 18, 2017, 04:33:19 PM
Thanks MonkeyFinger and Ron. :)

OK I guess I shouldn't take too much time understanding the ins and outs here if we're getting something new soon. I look forward to seeing/experiencing it. :)
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Forum and Site Feedback / Re: You may have noticed a few...
Last post by MonkeyFinger - May 18, 2017, 04:09:54 PM
-Is there any quick way to jump to the most recent post in a thread (as the old forum had)? I don't so far seem to find any icon that does that, just clicking on the highest forum page number and then scrolling down.
Yes. There should be an orange "New" button to the left side of the subject as long as you are logged in and new replies exist.
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Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prey 2017
Last post by MonkeyFinger - May 18, 2017, 03:57:49 PM
The patch for the save game issue hit the PS4 the other day and also allegedly corrects affected saves. Not far enough along to have been affected by it... between work and illness have not had any playtime lately.  :disgust:
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Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Catch all] Destiny 2
Last post by EngineNo9 - May 18, 2017, 03:40:43 PM
Is this like the space Pokemon?  Catch all the Destinies?   :icon_razz:
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Couple questions:

-Is there any quick way to jump to the most recent post in a thread (as the old forum had)? I don't so far seem to find any icon that does that, just clicking on the highest forum page number and then scrolling down.

-Does anyone else get an error message when trying to login from the main forum page? When I'm a on a sub-forum page I can login fine, but I usually get an error message when trying to login from the main page.
Don't worry too much about this forum.  Not to tip my hand too much, but we are talking days, likely this weekend, that it goes away and is replaced by the unified system.   Finishing some last second launch details...
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Forum and Site Feedback / Re: You may have noticed a few...
Last post by Blackjack - May 18, 2017, 03:30:27 PM
Couple questions:

-Is there any quick way to jump to the most recent post in a thread (as the old forum had)? I don't so far seem to find any icon that does that, just clicking on the highest forum page number and then scrolling down.

-Does anyone else get an error message when trying to login from the main forum page? When I'm a on a sub-forum page I can login fine, but I usually get an error message when trying to login from the main page.
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