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TalkBack / Re: AEW Fight Forever Rings Opening Bell On June 29
« on: May 25, 2023, 03:03:14 PM »
"Press X to superkick the dog"

Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: May 25, 2023, 02:54:36 PM »
Fast 9

I know Fast X is out, but I hadn't seen 9 yet, and it was on HBO Max, which is dead now. Anyway, the movie mostly sticks to the formula but makes a few changes. The fun street race or heist that normally opens these films is replaced by a stock car race flashback, and it still works. John Cena is Dom's long-lost brother, which is weird for a guy whose main thing is "family". You'd think Dom would've reached out by now. Cena is great in the movie. There's a lot of retconning going on. Also, they finally go to space.

I think the best parts about the movie aren't touched on quite enough. Tyrese (Roman) realizes that he and the rest of the gang might be immortal, but the rest of the group writes this off as them being lucky, despite him having a really good point.  I mentioned the irony of Dom having an estranged brother. There are scenes where Dom is all "" and Cena is just watching and seething. There was clearly a found family vs blood family dynamic that was sold, but not fully explored. I honestly think the film would've been better exploring Tyrese's existential crisis and Cena's family-envy more instead of the space stuff, which was largely superfluous and felt like it was tacked on because they felt the need to do it.

Not the strongest in the series, but a good romp. Definitely a "one of these for fans of this" movie 7.5/10

Ant-Man and the Wasp in QUANTUMANIA

Sucks about Johnathan Majors. But this was a pretty good movie. I think this got a bad rep because Ant-Man is a B-list hero who's clearly punching above his weight class. Phase 4 also doesn't have a proper "Avengers" team-up movie, so this coming toward the end probably felt like a letdown.

The movie does well enough on its own though. You get to hear some of Ant-Man's book, which is basically how the world found out about what happened with Thanos. But instead of more "post-blip" world-building, they throw you straight into the Quantum Realm. One grievance I have is that Janet Van Dyne keeps this secret about what's going on in the Quantum Realm with no reason not to go into detail. The group is basically just walking around while she refuses to explain the very real danger they're in. That irked me quite a bit.

The comedy is pretty good and not heavy-handed. Ant-Man wins the day in kind of an Ant-Man way. Bill Murray is in it. It's a solid "like this for what it is and not what it ain't and you'll have a good time" movie. 8/10

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
« on: May 17, 2023, 08:43:30 PM »
But does it feel better because it’s an expansion of BotW’s world, or despite it? I don’t know.

I lean towards the former on. I started out expecting the world to be vast, yet familiar. Instead, the game was able to subvert my expectations by having a landscape that is more altered than I expected. BotW's Hyrule was great because it was vast, expansive, and new. TotK's Hyrule is all that while also being familiar.

Looks like Ja Morant could miss more than the 2 announced games for the Grizz....

What a bozo.

Colorado police also looking into the situation.... 🚔

Guess you can upgrade bozo to dumbass. 🤦🏿‍♂️

What's the upgrade after dumbass? Is it shithead?

During my playthrough, I saw the references to the Imprisoning War and immediately thought about the Hyrule Historia timeline mentioning some kind of war that hadn't been covered in a game. I'm glad BotW's placement is also finally settled.

I'm a little disappointed by the EU decision, but some of the arguments presented were incredibly weak. You can't argue about a marketplace that doesn't yet exist. It isn't clear what that market will look like long term or if it'll even exist. Oversondolidation in the existing market should be a good enough argument.

Nintendo Gaming / Re: Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
« on: May 08, 2023, 07:53:53 PM »
So the game has been leaked.  Anyone trying to avoid spoilers should just turn their computers off for the next 2 weeks because shits spreading like wildfire.

Not going to say anything in particular but Holy **** this game is massive.  For all the people wondering why it took 6 years for this to come out, your about to find out in a really really really big way.

Seriously, **** ****, holy **** this game is going to be beyond insane.

I think I added like 20 words to my muted list on Twitter when I saw the game leaked. This includes the word "Link" which is adding other complications to my casual scrolling, but it's fine.

Movies & TV / Re: I cast myself as Pop Culture Characters
« on: May 08, 2023, 07:50:30 PM »
The Robin one was a really good look.

Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: April 17, 2023, 10:33:53 PM »
I always thought it made sense that the power stars got updated in Mario 64. Power Stars are the Nukes of Mushroom Kingdom.

When I was making Mario Maker Levels I'd use them like keys, as in there is no way you can get through this section without one.

That's a pretty cool design element. But the stars in Mario 64 aren't making the villains temporarily invincible. And characters all over seem to have them from King Bob-omb to Mama Pinguin. They clearly have some power, but maybe not quite nuke level? I guess they power the castle and/or protect its inhabitants in some kind of way. I don't remember too great.

I would highly recommend anyone playing these games for the 1st time to start with Battle Network 2, as I did way back when. The 1st game is very rough, and it's missing features like style changes that the series would add from the second game onwards that helps to lesson the repetition somewhat. Absolutely nothing of story significance happens in the 1st game that isn't recapped in the 2nd. Naturally, the reviewer made little to no mention of any additions the sequels made.

These games are extremely similar to each other, but judging the entire series by the mediocre first game is a mistake.

I played 2 first as well. I went back and tried the first game once, and it was not great, lol. Definitely not worth it considering the story recaps you mentioned.

I found out some time last year that these games had an active online community (which, wow), so I hope the online is enough for those fans specifically.

Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: April 15, 2023, 08:26:21 PM »
I saw the Mario Bros Movie yesterday and think I give it an 8/10.

The pacing is swift. The movie wastes little time, even if the story isn't particularly complicated. I found Bowser's primary motivation and related insecurities to be a hilarious interpretation of the character. I also really liked how the power-ups were interpreted in the film, though it made it seem like Mario needed the mushroom to jump well but Peach didn't, which might imply she's always big, but I'm likely overthinking it. Peach does mention she had an edge having grown up in that world, which is enough of an explainer.

I think I was caught up in the references/excitement of a Nintendo movie coming out in 2023 to really enjoy the actual humor the film was going for. That's not a knock on the movie, that's just me being a dork.

It felt like the biggest issue was how Mario met Peach. Like was this scene written by Nintendo? Because it was just a level tutorial. Very strange. It also just felt like there was no connection between them.

I thought it was a fun touch that Mario still had to go through a tutorial level. It made the narrative feel more videogame-y.

The biggest knock that I have against the movie is that they seemingly blew the load on references. We got a freaking fire flower Donkey Kong in this movie, which I don't think has been in a game? Kart action on Rainbow Road with green and blue shells also got checked off the list. I'm definitely excited to see where they take things even if the bonus scene showed a Yoshi egg hatching in the real Brooklyn despite us seeing Yoshis in the film, but I guess that would actually force a Mario/Yoshi interaction.

The other gripe I have is pretty small. Bowser really wanted that power star, and there seemed to be one in that world. But it ended up being more like the 2D game power-up than the N64-style mcguffin.

That looks great, imo. A nice, sci-fi romp. I'm all in.

Yeah, looks neat, agree music is meh, but trailer music is rarely indicative of the final product. And why is BatMan a fascist? Did I miss something about that or were they trying to be funny because "LOL billionaire bad"?

Batman was sort of made to have fascistic qualities in the Frank Miller run. He is a vigilante who enforces the law using violence. He's also a rich guy, and the villains are usually poor people. Though you would only know he's a rich guy from our omnipresent observer perspective. Though Mr. Reese figured out what Wayne Enterprises was spending its black fund on in The Dark Knight. Another thing that could be said about a rich guy enforcing Gotham law is, the law in Gotham is corrupt. Even good cops like Jim Gordan turn a blind eye to a guy in a Bat suit beating up poor people.

In the case of the Blue Beetle trailer, it was just a low blow.

I think the label still fits without knowing that Batman is or is funded by a billionaire. He's upholding the law using hyper-violence, coming just shy of killing his targets. He's a cop on steroids who looks more like he's helping an incompetent police force by acting outside the law than overcoming department corruption.

I'm with Perm, the music in that trailer was taking me out of it a bit. The suit's ok to me too. Something just feels a bit off, but it's still comic-book-y.

I had started reading the Jamie Reyes Blue Beetle at some point, but I've completely forgotten what was going on. I might have to go back and take a look.

Yikes. How long until it's officially canceled?

Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: March 28, 2023, 07:46:54 PM »
I finally saw Marriage Story, the 2019 Netflix Oscar-bait film about a divorce. The acting is fantastic here. Adam Driver and ScarJo put on some amazing performances. They're both also given a song and dance number to really sell that the two are acting in this movie. However, those scenes are clearly there just for that reason.

Aside from that, I completely hated the movie. The feelings it left me with were almost all entirely negative. No character felt like they went through a meaningful arc. The story itself was utterly unsatisfying. And I'm not sure what I'm supposed to walk away with at the end. That divorce is bad? Not a new concept! That lawyers are evil? That's also an old trope! I wouldn't watch this again and can't recommend it.


I agree that it is the finest Nintendo game ever made.

I would say that it even meets RFN's high bar of being significant.

I'd like to see Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire. As a fan of pinball and Pokémon, I'm a bit upset I never owned this and only got to play it a tiny bit. I think it was out on the Wii U as well, but I didn't get it then either.

I'll also add Tetris Blast. It was called Super Bombliss in Japan. I don't think it ever got re-released. I liked it a lot. It's Tetris but with bombs. There's even a boss battle mode where the bossed float around the matrix and you have to trap them and blow them up. I really liked it as a kid.

If the league gets him for having the gun on the team plane, we can upgrade him to two steps past that.

Movies & TV / Re: The Super Mario Bros. Movie
« on: March 01, 2023, 11:42:20 PM »
We see a lot of Rainbow Road in the trailers/posters. I assume they need it to get to Bowser's castle or something toward the movie's end.

NWR Forums Discord / Re: I want money
« on: February 24, 2023, 01:54:33 AM »
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How bad could it have possibly been? Like, Catwoman bad? Or WW84 bad?

The Flash trailer looks. . .sigh . . . pretty good. I guess if they got the big cameo, they weren't gonna scrap it.

These games (Fire Red and Leaf Green) are faithful to the original Red and Blue to a degree we won't see again for pokemon remakes for a long time. It is to the point where the game actively prevents you from evolving certain pokemon like Chansey and Golbat even if you meet the criteria to do so until the postgame. To be clear, Blissey and Crobat exist in the game. The games just refuse to let you have them until it arbitrarily decides you can.

It's funny you mention that because the Let's Go games are very similar in that regard. Any new evolution simply doesn't exist (Rhyperior, Tangrowth, Umbreon, etc.) in those games, which feels very weird. I would've hoped FRLG would've been the last games to be overly faithful, though, at the time, I don't think I minded too much. BDSP's dedication to faithfulness to the original was criminal.
It sucked that BDSP weren't willing to do more, but IMO BDSP benefited from being a remake of a significantly better set of games.

True. But even though Gen IV was my favorite, I wasn't super inspired to finish everything in BDSP because of the lack of ambition.

Then Arceus came out and took all my attention away. Though that game suffered a tiny bit because I had just adventured around with these Pokémon. But the game felt so fresh and different regardless.

I saw a tweet mentioning that Westbrook didn't hug LeBron after he broke the scoring record. Which, I mean, can you blame him?

I saw a video of AD sitting on the bench, and uninterested in Lebron breaking the record.
But AD really didn't seem into the game at all.

That's par for the AD course though. It's why Pels fans don't miss him much.

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