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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: Today at 06:22:29 PM »
Been a while since I posted in one of these, so I might as well add one now:

I finally got around to seeing the live action Battle Angel Alita movie, and it's...Good, but not great. I actually feel kind of annoyed now that this film won't get a sequel considering that this movie only tells at best half the story. The movie is visually interesting to look at (a tough thing to do considering how one-note Cyberpunk often comes off as), the action scenes are excellently staged, and Alita is cool & compelling without being a Mary Sue.

There were just a bunch of small thing that just pulled me away from loving the film. For instance, the film never makes it clear whether beings like Alita are androids or some Ghost in the Shell-style Cyborgs. I understand that there is tie-in material that eventually makes it clear that they are Cyborgs, and they are living beings, but that's really not clear in the actual film. I kind of ruled it out immediately when it was revealed that Alita was 3,000 years old, considering that her (organic, apparently) brain should have decomposed by then.

I also found the motor ball rollerblade death race...thing kind of annoying. Yeah, it was visually interesting, but despite how much screen time it takes up it really isn't important until the last few minutes of the film. I also for the life of me couldn't understand what the rules/objective of the game was. Yeah, I know...a person grabs the ball and then makes a run for it until they eventually shove it into a hole. I get that part. However, it's played on a race track instead of a court with no indication of whether they have to race a lap before stuffing it in; etc. I just found myself confused watching those sequences since it was hard to tell what was going on outside people decking/slicing each other.

Throw in a lot of repetitive language ("Hunter-Warrior" in particular comes to mind when just "Hunter" would have sufficed and half the characters say "bounty hunter" anyway), and it just took a while for me to warm up to the film. And by the time it did, it was over on a To-Never-Be-Continued cliffhanger.

Who's broodwars?

There is no broodwars. Only Zuul.

All the characters people actually care about are either gone or on their way out...except Spider-Man.
Yeah, I’m going to need you to show your work. Black Panther, for example, is the highest grossing solo superhero film.

Assuming those box office results are real. Consider that we just had a story today where a whistleblower revealed that Disney's allegedly been inflating their parks & resorts revenue numbers for years.

I saw stories online of people seeing "sold out" empty theaters of Captain Marvel during its first week of release. Putting those stories together, I'd like to see Disney prove its ticket sales.

Also, both Black Panther & Captain Marvel were riding the coattails of the Infinity War Saga. I highly doubt that the next installments of those films will do anywhere near as well without people checking them out just to make sure they weren't missing crucial bits of information for the one plot thread the entire MCU focused on for 10 years.

Sony had no idea what the **** it was doing with Spider-Man before Marvel brought the character into the MCU. Into the Spider-Verse was excellent, but until Sony shows some consistency, it’s still the studio that had electric eels close a man’s tooth gap and give him the power to create underwear.

No disagreements here on that. Just saying, Sony has what Disney needs. They have the advantage in the negotiations right now considering where the Spider-Man IP is RIGHT NOW. Meanwhile, the MCU is both at its strongest & weakest, with everything depending on whether Disney can make people care about a universe now built around the C-list characters (and the Guardians).

Now, if the next round of Spidey-verse films tank, that will change the game once again and we'll probably see the same thing happen that led to Spidey being shoe-horned into the MCU in the 1st place.

In the meantime, I hope to see an actual Spider-Man film instead of Iron Man & His Amazing Friends.

Reportedly, the previous deal was that Sony kept 95-100% of the box office revenue from the Spidey MCU films, while Disney got a similar split for the merchandising. Disney wanted to renegotiate the deal so they go 50% of the box office revenue, and Sony said "nah". And good on them for doing so.

Disney had no bargaining power for such a split at this point. Yeah, Endgame is the biggest movie of all time, not accounting for inflation. Well, guess what? All the characters people actually care about are either gone or on their way out...except Spider-Man. Being at your peak means everything that follows is all downhill from there.

Meanwhile, Sony's been on an upward trajectory with Spidey considering the critical success of Into the Spider-verse and the commercial success of Far From Home & Venom. Sony had all the power in that negotiation, and it's good to see Disney lose for once.

Now watch all the Spidey books get mysteriously cancelled from Marvel Comics after all the characters are sent to an alternate dimension or something.

Yeah, gotta admit, I don't get doing a continuation of the 80s series when the 2000s reboot was generally liked, is a great deal better, and WAS cancelled before it concluded its storyline.

It's like doing a continuation of the 80s Thundercats cartoon. Yeah, you COULD, but the cancelled 2000s rebbot is RIGHT THERE!

Wait.... if it's a continuation of the 80s show... what does this mean for She-Ra?

Push comes to shove, they can always pull out the increasingly tired "IT'S A DIFFERENT WORLD IN THE [FRANCHISE] MULTIVERSE!" cop-out.

TalkBack / Re: Nintendo Sales Panic: July 2019 US NPD Group Results
« on: August 15, 2019, 08:58:09 PM »
Good on Fire Emblem selling so well, though it would mean a whole lot more if anyone other than Nintendo bothered releasing games in July.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: August 12, 2019, 09:19:19 PM »!?TeamID=1610612744&PD=N

Damn, we play the Thunder 3 times in the first 30 days..... they trying to dispense that off our books as quickly as possible. LOL
Some good warm up games from them before we really gotta turn it on leading up to the Xmas game.

You also face the Jazz 3 times before the middle of December. Enjoy.

Of course, if last season is any indication it's going to take Donovan half the season to get into his groove, so you never know.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: August 12, 2019, 08:41:05 PM »
Looks like the Schedule Gods are going a bit easier on the Jazz this year than they were last season. The first few months are just SLIGHTLY less of a murder gauntlet this year, with only a few week stretches of truly difficult teams. By the same token, though, there are also only a few stretches of "easy" teams, so it's a pretty balanced schedule overall. It'll be interesting to see if this new Jazz squad will actually manage to play consistently, rather than playing down to the easier teams as they've been known to do in the past.

Apparently, one of the league's big focuses this year was reducing the number of back-to-back games, and I'm definitely seeing that here.

I wonder what's going to become of that Dragon's Lair movie, because that was an extension of an Indiegogo campaign. If that was really going to come out in 2020, then that should already be REALLY far along (since it's animation). I wonder if Don Bluth would be able to salvage it and pitch the remainder of the work to another distributor.

As part of Disney's continued efforts to purge anything that threatens their increasingly-homogenous lineup, they have canceled nearly 300 films Fox had at various stages of production. Notable titles include a Mega Man movie, a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen reboot, a 2nd Assassin's Creed film, a Flash Gordon reboot, a Magic the Gathering film (for some reason), and a Fraggle Rock movie.

A list of the projects Fox had in development:

Make no mistake: there's a lot of crap in there, but there's also some stuff I would have seen. I didn't hate the 1st Assassin's Creed film, so I'd be interested in seeing a 2nd. After all, the first game in the series was awful, while the 2nd turned out amazingly well. I'd also have been interested in seeing what Fox would have done with the Mega Man franchise, considering Capcom's own efforts to create anything outside the actual games have been pathetic. Seeing Fraggle Rock on that list was certainly a surprise.

Vice: Project Doom looks somewhat entertaining, a rarity for a Switch NES classic. I'd never heard of it, so that'll be something to check out.

Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: August 07, 2019, 04:30:29 AM »
Man, did DC Animated go way down hill in the last few years or what? What happened?

With very few exceptions, yes. Originally, DC planned their movies to be distinct entities with their own look and continuity, as they were adapting different stories from different comic eras. Then some company decided to redefine cinema with a series of live action comic movies, and DC decided that everything should be in one continuity.

Unfortunately, the incessant need to be "edgy" and "adult" has always been a problem with DC's movies. I remember them shoehorning blood, sex, and swearing into those early DC animated movies like Superman Doomsday because "we're not a children's cartoon anymore!" The New 52 just provided character designs and writing fit for the executives' teenage mindset. And unlike the recent DC live action movies, the animated films have been produced on such small budgets that they've never failed hard enough to force a course correction. Just check out sometime just how many modern DC animated films use "Vs" in their titles.

We have a truly awful-looking Wonder Woman animated movie coming up next, also in this continuity. After that, we have 2 Superman films, one of which is an adaptation of "Superman: Red Son". I don't remember what the other one is. Batman's going to be on hiatus for a while until The Long Halloween comes out.

Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: August 06, 2019, 06:34:02 PM »
So today we have yet another Batman animated movie in the increasingly mediocre "DC Universe" animated movies, and like every other film in this New 52 continuity before it, Batman: Hush is extremely...mediocre. Shocking, I know.

Everything I hate about the New 52 DC animated movies is here in full swing: characters needlessly being assholes, everyone (male & female alike) having broad shoulders & elongated heads so they look like football players, Damien Wayne's mere existence, etc. But because they want an "animated universe" now, they decided to basically slap the Hush name over a completely different story. Instead of a story about Batman facing a childhood friend gone supervillain, a devious mastermind who knows his every move and plans 3 moves ahead...we get the Bruce & Selina Romance Hour (featuring some guy named Hush). Yes, they decided that what this movie really needed to be about was Catwoman reforming & having sex with Bruce for half the movie before deciding that Batman Can't Really Change (because that would mean he'd actually age). Same ol' **** goes in, same ol' **** comes out.

Oh, and I hope you weren't really looking forward to seeing how Hush was translated from the comics, because they pulled a Gotham By Gaslight on us and changed his true identity. I'm not going to spoil exactly who it is, except to say it's really stupid. It's the kind of needless stupidity I'd expect from an episode of Young Justice.

Some of the dialogue and fight scenes are good, and the characters look OK so long as they remain in profile, but I was hoping for so much more and I knew it was all downhill the moment I saw the New 52 character designs. See it if you want. It's not offensively bad like Batman & Harley Quinn. It's just incredibly...meh.

Suffice it to say that I'm not looking forward to their adaptation of The Long Halloween, which is the next Batman story being adapted. It's being done in 2 parts, but I REALLY hope they're not going to try to alter it to fit this awful continuity.

Movies & TV / Re: Star Trek
« on: August 06, 2019, 10:23:45 AM »
CBS has confirmed that Picard will be a "hybrid" of STD and Next Generation.

Well, there went my hopes of this thing being salvageable. They swear that means it'll have the writing of Next Gen with the budget of Discovery, but they haven't proven that level of writing so far with their stewardship of Star Trek.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: August 03, 2019, 08:21:11 AM »
It's a small thing, but...YES! It's finally happening! The Jazz are bringing back the 90s purple mountain jerseys and matching court!  :D :D :D

It's about time. They're the best logo and jerseys the Jazz ever had. Unfortunately, they swapped them out for those godawful black & red jerseys soon after.

Umm...just asking, but given the huge scope of the game depicted in the trailers and Obsidian's well-known technical incompetence, is this something people should actually want to exist?

So the filesize for the Switch version is 15 gigs so theoretically Activision should be able to go for a 16gb cartridge and fit the game in. Unfortunately it's Activision so that's probably not happening.

Dimes to dollars you have to download Spyros 2 & 3 on Switch via patch just like you had to on PS4.

The movie experience is expensive and the home experience is more comfortable and cheaper. I only see value in seeing the event movies in the theater. But now every movie seems to try and be an event movie. So I am not even doing that.   

Yeah, same here. The last film I saw in theaters was Into the Spiderverse, and that was mainly because I wanted to support that film. Haven't gone to the theaters since then, and I don't expect to do so any time soon. There's just nothing in the theaters I want to see that I can't just wait to release on home video. My 55 in. 1080p TV, PS4, bed, and my nearby fridge & microwave provide a far better experience than anything I can get at the theaters in my experience (and for overall a far lower cost).

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: July 28, 2019, 02:51:46 PM »
Every team can afford to go over the cap. Hell, every team could afford to play in a system without a salary cap. Some owners are just more brazen about their motives than others.

No, they really can't, and it comes down to ticket prices & merchandising sales. Yes, the Jazz have gone over the salary cap before and will again, but despite Gail Miller being a nearly $2 billion owner, the Jazz themselves are in a separate Trust with only $243 million in revenue last year.

Yes, the luxury tax is an option, but it's a very costly option for a small market team. Just to use an example, take the Lakers. They had $395 million in revenue last year. If they needed to, they could much more easily absorb the cost of the luxury tax & higher salaries than a team like the Jazz can.

Most of this comes down to ticket sales. The Jazz, apparently, had the lowest-cost tickets in the league last season at $6 a game for some seats and are only this season raising them to $15:

Again, by comparison, check out the pricing on the Lakers' seats:

It's not a matter of "well, just raise the ticket prices" when you're in a small market. The average income in Salt Lake City is only $28,428 per year, just below the US average. And perhaps you've noticed, but the Jazz don't tend to get included in big sports broadcasting contracts like the Big Market teams do.

The Jazz are spending this kind of money right now because it's the only way to compete with how the West has shaken out the past few seasons, and if they didn't spend to compete they wouldn't be able to keep Donovan Mitchell happy. It's not good business in the short term, but they're hoping it'll work out in the long term.

This is just ridiculous....

now imagine if Marvel Studios had a 4th movie this year.... or if Spider-man counted for Disney's totals!

Isn't it amazing how much money you can make when you have practically a monopoly on the entertainment market and can easily dictate to theaters how many screens and showings they will have of your films?  :rolleyes:

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: July 27, 2019, 10:58:12 PM »
LOL, the Jazz were ~$11 million above the salary cap last season and are ~$8 million above the salary cap this season.

Yes, and do you have any idea how rare that is? If this site is anything to go by, that would only have been the 3rd or 4th time in the franchise's history that they'd ever done that. It's just not something the Jazz are known for doing.

Incidentally, researching net worth I have to give props to Gail Miller. Her husband only had an estimated net worth of $480 million when he died in 2009, which is the number I've always had in mind when thinking about the Jazz's expenditures. She managed to take her inheritance and spin that into an estimated $1.75 billion.

I got a good laugh out of the Knicks having the largest number of luxury tax pay-outs, considering the results they got from it.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: July 27, 2019, 01:19:29 PM »
Yeah, if there's one thing I wish they would implement, it's a hard salary cap: no going over it, period. That would stop "Super Teams" quickly enough, and would certainly prevent the Big Market Teams from just spending whatever they want to buy their talent. As it stands, they can afford to just pay the luxury tax if they're so inclined, which Small Market teams cannot do. Sure, you could still see such teams forming from big name players accepting pittances to come together, but there's no real preventing that from happening unless the League starts implementing minimum salaries (which they already have for Rookies).

Just IMO, players need to keep their gripes in private with their team management. In my experience, most teams try to work with their players when they're unhappy or if they have to be traded or released so long as the players aren't airing their dirty laundry in public, hurting the team.

Well of course Super Mega Baseball scored higher. It's sort of fun to say!

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: about to take our talents to Brooklyn
« on: July 25, 2019, 04:12:49 PM »
Kerr: Forced trade by Davis 'bad for the league'
”I'm talking more about the Anthony Davis situation," Kerr told The Warriors Insider Podcast. "Where a guy is perfectly healthy and has a couple years left on his deal and says, 'I want to leave.' That's a real problem that the league has to address and that the players have to be careful with.

"When you sign on that dotted line, you owe your effort and your play to that team, to that city, to the fans. And then it's completely your right to leave as a free agent. But if you sign the contract, then you should be bound to that contract.
Shut up, Steve Kerr. Just shut the **** up.

I will admit I’m biased because as stated numerous times, I typically always side with players on these matters. My major issue is primarily the bolded part because it completely ignores the fact that teams have the autonomy to trade players who may not want to play for a particular team or in a particularly city. The implication is that players should honor the contracts they sign, but teams don’t have to honor the contracts they offer players. Motherfucker, you were a player. What are you talking about?

Let’s not ignore the fact that Kerr coaches the Warriors, a team that just jettisoned Andre Iguodala, a guy who gave his heart and soul to the team for six years, to what is projected to be one of the worst teams in the league this season. Granted, the trade made sense from a business perspective. And Kerr said the trade was “devastating” for him. Of course, he isn’t going to dunk on his employer, but this is exactly why he should shut the **** up.

It’s also really weird that Kerr would point directly to Anthony Davis. First, players have been requesting trades for decades. Paul George demanded a trade twice in three years. Second, the Pelicans did nothing for seven years after drafting a generational player. Dell Demps signed bad contracts and kept trading draft picks. I don’t blame players like Davis for wanting to peace out. If it was a good situation, they’d be more likely to stay.

I'm kind of with Kerr on this, mainly because I've had a chip on my shoulder regarding player entitlement since the 90s due to an asshole named Rony Seikaly.
There's the link to the original Orlando Sentinel story if you want the full details but the short version is that back in 1998 the Jazz wanted to trade 2 good bench players & a 1st round draft pick for Rony Seikaly to bolster their roster for the coming playoffs. The deal got approved, the Jazz sent their players off on the plane to Orlando...and Rony Seikaly refused to leave Orlando. He absolutely refused to be traded to one of the best teams in the league (and depending on which season it was, it WAS the best team in the league), and he dug in his heels and whined until he got his way. He apparently wanted to renegotiate his contract.

The end result is that the trade ended up getting scrapped, and the traded players ended up getting flown back to Salt Lake to a hero's welcome at the airport from the fans.

With exceptions, I couldn't care less about players griping about contracts. You sign them, you honor them. You don't throw tantrums about it, and you don't try to force the team to trade or break your contract by airing your grievances in public.

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