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Post by Conreezy on Fri May 01, 2015 6:41 pm

Channing Tatum To Star In The Forever War Movie

Jesus Christ.

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Post by WJMorris3 on Fri May 01, 2015 8:35 pm

reboundstudent wrote:Do we really have to compare everything unfavorably to Daredevil?? I've seen several different reviewers this week talking about fight scenes in SHIELD and Avengers 2 by constantly comparing them to the fight scenes in Daredevil. I have mostly made peace with the fact that I am the only person on Earth who doesn't like this show, but why is it I just can't enjoy some other franchise without constantly being reminded that it's inferior and not-as-good as this completely different show?
Personally, I thought Ben Affleck wasn't so bad, but the movie stunk.

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Post by Guest on Fri May 01, 2015 9:36 pm

reboundstudent wrote:Do we really have to compare everything unfavorably to Daredevil?? I've seen several different reviewers this week talking about fight scenes in SHIELD and Avengers 2 by constantly comparing them to the fight scenes in Daredevil. I have mostly made peace with the fact that I am the only person on Earth who doesn't like this show, but why is it I just can't enjoy some other franchise without constantly being reminded that it's inferior and not-as-good as this completely different show?

I've never been so hot on Daredevil in general, so this is just another silly argument for me. I just want those rumors of The Punisher getting his own show to be true because I would watch that shit in an instant.

bomaye wrote:Please just be civilian get-up Sad

Agreed. :\

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Post by reboot on Thu May 07, 2015 12:34 am

I am enjoying Sons of Anarchy but goddamn have I had to suspend my disbelief to the point where it cannot be stretched further. This is likely due to my knowledge of outlaw biker gangs via a rather fucked up bit of my family. So, so, so romanticized and exactly how those assholes see themselves, but nothing like reality.

At least there is age appropriate eye candy thanks to Jimmy Smith, Benito Martinez, Titus Welliver, Tommy Flanagan, and Rockmond Dunbar
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Post by Jayce on Thu May 07, 2015 7:57 pm

Thanos just isn't hyping future films for me, an all powerful alien overlord who I know nothing about, kind of like that dark elf guy from Thor the Dark World, or that other purple villain guy from Guardians, or that guy in the latest Superman movie. They just don't seem like good villains, I'd rather have Loki, The Winter Soldier, some more human-esque seeming villains in the personality department, with super powers.

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Post by bomaye on Thu May 07, 2015 11:04 pm

I will say there is an extremely humanizing element about Thanos, but that may be a spoiler for a future movie, so I'll keep it at that.
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Post by Gentleman Johnny on Fri May 08, 2015 3:59 am

reboundstudent wrote:Do we really have to compare everything unfavorably to Daredevil?? I've seen several different reviewers this week talking about fight scenes in SHIELD and Avengers 2 by constantly comparing them to the fight scenes in Daredevil. I have mostly made peace with the fact that I am the only person on Earth who doesn't like this show, but why is it I just can't enjoy some other franchise without constantly being reminded that it's inferior and not-as-good as this completely different show?

I haven't seen those comparisons but I'm with you. I like DD but its tonally very different from Avengers and its slice of the MCU. The fight scenes of both should and do reflect that.

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Post by The Wisp on Fri May 08, 2015 8:32 pm

Age of Ultron was a fun action movie, don't get me wrong, it was worth the ticket price, but...

Age of Ultron Spoilers:
...it could have been so much better. First, I feel like they assumed some comic knowledge to understand everything. I have no idea who the thing Jarvis became is (I'm calling him "robot Superman", I wonder if the character design is intentionally referring to Superman?) and I felt like they spent way too little time on him. Like, he was there, and then they started fighting Ultron right away. Also, I have no idea who the guy with the robot wings at the very end was.

I also wish they had spent way less time on action sequences that were way too long, and much more delving into Ultron's psychology. I wish the movie had spent like 45 min - 1 hour of movie time to have Ultron slowly develop his motivations and become evil, really fleshing him out as a character, instead of him literally deciding to destroy all humanity in like 2 minutes with no real explanation (I gather that maybe comic fans have background knowledge on his motivations?). By the end it seemed to me that he felt like if humanity didn't evolve than that blue alien god thing would kill them all, but I'm not 100% sure on that. Even if that is the case, I wish there was way more development of it.
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Post by litterature on Fri May 08, 2015 9:00 pm

The Wisp wrote:Age of Ultron was a fun action movie, don't get me wrong, it was worth the ticket price, but...

Age of Ultron Spoilers:
...it could have been so much better. First, I feel like they assumed some comic knowledge to understand everything. I have no idea who the thing Jarvis became is (I'm calling him "robot Superman", I wonder if the character design is intentionally referring to Superman?) and I felt like they spent way too little time on him. Like, he was there, and then they started fighting Ultron right away. Also, I have no idea who the guy with the robot wings at the very end was.

I also wish they had spent way less time on action sequences that were way too long, and much more delving into Ultron's psychology. I wish the movie had spent like 45 min - 1 hour of movie time to have Ultron slowly develop his motivations and become evil, really fleshing him out as a character, instead of him literally deciding to destroy all humanity in like 2 minutes with no real explanation (I gather that maybe comic fans have background knowledge on his motivations?). By the end it seemed to me that he felt like if humanity didn't evolve than that blue alien god thing would kill them all, but I'm not 100% sure on that. Even if that is the case, I wish there was way more development of it.

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Yeah, totally! I especially agree about Ultron. The title "Age of Ultron" sounds so ominous and grand, but what you get is more like "Ultron's 5 minutes". Also about the Vision (that's the name of "robot Superman", IIRC the name is actually mentioned in the film at some point), I thought it was pretty lol that Bruce Banner just says "haha ok" when Tony Stark tries to talk him into doing the Ultron thing all over again... But, on the other hand, I liked the fact that it doesn't backfire - I'm a bit tired of the "technology is so horrible, you're all wanting to play God" trope.
Oh, and I thought Hulk's rampage scene was pretty random too, but it's one of the coolest battles in the movie, so I'm not complaining.

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Post by The Wisp on Sat May 09, 2015 2:31 am

litterature wrote:
The Wisp wrote:Age of Ultron was a fun action movie, don't get me wrong, it was worth the ticket price, but...

Age of Ultron Spoilers:
...it could have been so much better. First, I feel like they assumed some comic knowledge to understand everything. I have no idea who the thing Jarvis became is (I'm calling him "robot Superman", I wonder if the character design is intentionally referring to Superman?) and I felt like they spent way too little time on him. Like, he was there, and then they started fighting Ultron right away. Also, I have no idea who the guy with the robot wings at the very end was.

I also wish they had spent way less time on action sequences that were way too long, and much more delving into Ultron's psychology. I wish the movie had spent like 45 min - 1 hour of movie time to have Ultron slowly develop his motivations and become evil, really fleshing him out as a character, instead of him literally deciding to destroy all humanity in like 2 minutes with no real explanation (I gather that maybe comic fans have background knowledge on his motivations?). By the end it seemed to me that he felt like if humanity didn't evolve than that blue alien god thing would kill them all, but I'm not 100% sure on that. Even if that is the case, I wish there was way more development of it.

Spoilers:
Yeah, totally! I especially agree about Ultron. The title "Age of Ultron" sounds so ominous and grand, but what you get is more like "Ultron's 5 minutes". Also about the Vision (that's the name of "robot Superman", IIRC the name is actually mentioned in the film at some point), I thought it was pretty lol that Bruce Banner just says "haha ok" when Tony Stark tries to talk him into doing the Ultron thing all over again... But, on the other hand, I liked the fact that it doesn't backfire - I'm a bit tired of the "technology is so horrible, you're all wanting to play God" trope.
Oh, and I thought Hulk's rampage scene was pretty random too, but it's one of the coolest battles in the movie, so I'm not complaining.

More Ultron spoilers:
I'm glad I'm not alone in feeling this way about the movie! Yeah, when I first saw the trailers with the Ultron narration and foreboding score, I thought, "wow, the first Avengers was a popcorn action flick, but this one looks like they're going to be getting into some meaty issues and have weighty philosophical dialogues between the heroes and Ultron". Nope! Just the same format as the first movie: opening action scene, briefly introduce the villain, a much longer action scene that ends in a setback, a little downtime where heroes regroup, then a final really long action scene. At least in the first movie Loki had been established already!

Again, I enjoyed the movie but felt disappointed at the same time Shrug
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Post by eselle28 on Thu May 14, 2015 3:29 pm

Why did the Jem remake decide to turn her into a teenager? She wasn't a kid in the TV show. When she wasn't a singer, she was an adult who ran a record company and raised foster kids. I think the people who are making this are kidding themselves if they think there's a significant chance of attracting today's teenagers, and I can't imagine that the 30-something women who make up the existing fanbase would prefer to see a Hannah Montana spinoff rather than something a little more faithful to the original.

Also, as everyone else has asked, where are the holograms? In today's world of special effects, they can't honestly be telling me that they couldn't have somehow worked holograms into the story.
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Post by Gentleman Johnny on Thu May 14, 2015 5:03 pm

I hear the comic reboot is going swimmingly.

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Post by eselle28 on Thu May 14, 2015 5:15 pm

Gentleman Johnny wrote:I hear the comic reboot is going swimmingly.

Yes, I keep seeing praise for that in discussions about the trailer, to the point where I'm thinking about just reading some of that and pretending the movie doesn't exist. The art looks cool, at least, and is much more in keeping with the over the top show I liked as a kid.

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Post by Guest on Fri May 15, 2015 4:20 pm

This isn't a rant, but moreso a post of remembrance and respect and a tiny bit of sorrow.

B.B. King, one of the most influential blues guitar players of our time died today. He was 89, so I'm not terribly hurt since he had a long and influential career. Here's to you, Riley B. "Blues Boy" King.


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Post by litterature on Fri May 15, 2015 5:39 pm

eselle28 wrote:
Gentleman Johnny wrote:I hear the comic reboot is going swimmingly.

Yes, I keep seeing praise for that in discussions about the trailer, to the point where I'm thinking about just reading some of that and pretending the movie doesn't exist. The art looks cool, at least, and is much more in keeping with the over the top show I liked as a kid.

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That looks like Steven Universe fanart, doesn't it? Not that it's a bad thing, it does look really cool...

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Post by waxingjaney on Fri May 15, 2015 6:39 pm

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What the shit? When did Jem and the Holograms become busty Thundercats?
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Post by Guest on Fri May 15, 2015 7:08 pm

To paraphrase and simplify a rant I made elsewhere about the same topic, I'm annoyed with the execution of the new Supergirl show. They made her life too much like Kal's, kind of defeating the purpose of her character (at least within the New 52) as a highly critical contrast of Kal's belief in the good of humanity.

...But I'll still give it a shot. Looks fun, at least.

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Post by eselle28 on Fri May 15, 2015 7:48 pm


Wow. I don't know how that got past the laugh test. The closest I can come is some very clueless executive proclaiming that movies about princesses always do well for them.
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Post by CP96 on Sat May 16, 2015 10:18 am

I've been hearing a lot of reports that the new Mad Max is an extremely progressive movie with interesting female characters and strong feminist themes. Awesome. I don't mean that sarcastically, that genuinely is awesome. We need more movies like that and I wish the film-makers every success.

I've also heard reports that the new Mad Max is an incredible action movie that shows modern, CGI over-reliant movies how it should be done. Again, awesome, I hope that catches on.

I still have zero interest in watching it though. Post-apocalypse as a setting does nothing for me and from the trailers I've seen I'm just not interested. I wish people would get off my fucking back about it.
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Post by nearly_takuan on Wed May 20, 2015 2:11 am

Caitlyn Snow wrote:What's a singularity?"

So, I get that somebody has to ask the question to give other characters an excuse to explain stuff. But, her not knowing about that in particular makes her look incredibly ignorant for a scientist—especially in contrast to a certain other character immediately understanding what is meant by "accretion disk" even though it'd be perfectly understandable if he was ignorant given that events on his personal timeline influenced him to focus on forensic science over other pursuits.
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Post by eselle28 on Wed May 20, 2015 1:51 pm

<mod>I split the Game of Thrones discussion, which seems like it has legs and might overwhelm the other rants. The new thread can be found here.</mod>
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Post by nearly_takuan on Thu May 21, 2015 2:47 am

It seems to me that Ultimatum was in general not very well-received, especially in hindsight. New 52 did so poorly overall that it's already getting rolled back.

So then who the hell imagines "Last Days" is a good direction to take everything in now? How many times are they going to try this "never be the same" crap before it stops being lucrative? Sad
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Post by Caffeinated on Thu May 21, 2015 7:16 pm

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Post by Gentleman Johnny on Tue May 26, 2015 5:06 am

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That's it, burn it all down.
On a related note, I just found out that my second in command dodges questions about the age of our cast because she doesn't want to spoil the illusion. The median is somewhere around 30 and the average is probably late 20s. Since when is 30 too old to be sexy?

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