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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: February 15, 2020, 07:22:04 PM »
Finally got around to watching the good Captain Marvel movie, aka Shazam, and...yeah, that was pretty entertaining. I feel like the film is a bit long so I would have trimmed back some of the scenes with Captain Marvel being arrogant and selfish. Also, the designs of the 7 Deadly Sins were just awful and generic, and their CG was incredibly unconvincing.

That said, I thought the acting was great, the fight scenes very well-paced, and I really wasn't expecting to see the extended Marvel family this early in the "franchise." I'm really curious whether they're going to use the "Mary Marvel" name for one of them considering DC can't actually use the "Captain Marvel" name.

The humor in the film was pretty on-point, and I really appreciated the scene in the mall where you got to see all the classic-style DC merchandise ("I'm Batman") and the nod to Big. I appreciate DC allowing their directors to make more than 1 style of film (unlike the MCU, where every film is "what if everyone was a quipping, sarcastic Spider-Man except Spider-Man?"), but I can certainly enjoy a popcorn film like this every once in a while.

I would also note that, while Harley was the best part of Suicide Squad, that is one hell of a curve she got graded on. The same with Wil Smith's performance as Will Smith in that film. Rushing out a pseudo-sequel starring Harley & just stamping the Birds of Prey name on it wasn't a recipe for success.

They would have been better off making a dedicated Harley movie & doing BoP later on down the line when the DCEU (whatever it is now) & its characters are better established. Not everyone watches the CW TV shows, where some of these characters are better-known.

Birds of Prey appears to have under-performed.

Good. It looked like crap.

Good why? I don't judge things until I've got more than just a trailer. The general consensus has the movie squarely as a B rating. But I also can't go by that either. I have to actually watch it. The only reason I haven't watched it is I'm not that fond of going to the theater anymore. I have a free voucher and some gift cards, but it's a lot of trouble to go get a ticket when I can watch something else on VOD.

The trailers look awful, and the general consensus online seems to be that the trailers are fairly representative of the final product. It looks like a film that was rushed out the door to pander to a very particular subset of the fandom, and now it is failing as a result. It's not even a proper Birds of Prey film, since the Birds of Prey are traditionally Batgirl/Oracle, Huntress, and Black Canary.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)
« on: February 10, 2020, 07:51:36 AM »
I feel like they shouldn't have needed the crazy, last-second shot - if Houston had won, Utah would've thrown this one away. But wow, what a buzzer beater! One of the best of the season so far? I mean, the defense was solid all around. It was just a huge shot.

Unfortunately, the Rockets just historically have our number, between Harden  and this new defensive strategy apparently everyone in the West is using on us now where they go Small Ball. We also just haven't found a solution where Conley works in our offense. His inclusion is driving down Mitchell & Ingles, who traditionally are our primary ball handlers.

Bogey got fouled on that shot, too. I doubt he would have gotten the whistle if the shot hadn't gone in, though.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)
« on: February 09, 2020, 07:56:09 PM »
So...yeah, that happened. Bognanovic with a ridiculous, off-balance game-winning 3 at the buzzer with only 1.6 seconds to work with after the Rockets just hit a potential game-winning 3 of their own. Go figure.


General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)
« on: February 05, 2020, 08:25:13 PM »
Ugh...I'm just done with this Jazz team. They're remarkably worse now that Conley's returned, regardless of his own stats, and they've become fond of chucking again.

I thought Nintendo owned the IP for The Wonderful 101, or at least the publishing rights, but I guess they don't? Did Platinum buy it back or something?

Considering how poorly Wonderful 101 sold on Wii U (IIRC, it was somewhere in the low 1000s. Club Nintendo was practically giving that game away), I wouldn't be surprised if Platinum used some of their Tencent money to buy the rights back. Platinum's trying to build up their own library of titles lately (as opposed to doing projects for other companies), so that would make sense.

I've never understood the love for Wonderful 101, but maybe with the changes Platinum's said they plan on making to the game (including a UI update & adding a real Easy difficulty setting), maybe I can get into it.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)
« on: January 30, 2020, 09:30:16 PM »
*sigh* Yeah, I know we're short-handed tonight, but MAN the Jazz seem to really want their usual 5th Seed these days.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)
« on: January 30, 2020, 05:42:08 PM »
What issues do you have with the East reserves?

Pretty much the 2 players you outlined. I'm not sure, though, who I would replace them with since I'm really not all that familiar with the Eastern Conference teams.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)
« on: January 30, 2020, 04:29:07 PM »
Alright, we finally have our All Star squads, now that the reserve players have been announced:

East: Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Ben Simmons, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum, Bam Adebayo, Domas Sabonis

West: Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Brandon Ingram, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul

As you can imagine, I'm delighted to see Gobert & Mitchell on the Western All Star team. I can't find any issue with the other Western reserves, either.  The Eastern ones, though? Hmm...

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)
« on: January 30, 2020, 07:56:32 AM »
Ugh...I swear, the Jazz are just DETERMINED to get that 5th Seed again this season.  :rolleyes:

Pacific Rim is a big budget b-movie.  The plot is cheesy, possibly on purpose, but to the point where it's enjoyable for it.  The action scenes are great.  I loved that movie while accepting that it isn't a "good" movie.

For the record, I specifically named the Pacific Rim sequel, Uprising. I've seen the original Pacific Rim, and it's one of my favorite movies. Heard the sequel was awful, though.

TalkBack / Re: Get Ready for Paper Mario on Switch!
« on: January 28, 2020, 08:07:12 PM »
The title of this article seems somewhat misleading.  :-\

The Transformers movie franchise is so, so bad. At this point, I won't even stream them in the background while working from home as white noise... there is simply better white noise available.

Beast Wars would have to be more than AMAZING to save the series.

Yeah, I will defend that 1st Michael Bay Transformers movie as perfectly enjoyable (if extremely flawed), but after that 1st one? Ugh...

Have heard good things about Bumblebee, though. Picked it up when it was on sale, but haven't watched it yet. It's currently up there with Pacific Rim Uprising on the list of movies I own that I should get to.

Apparently, history is set to repeat itself as Beast Wars is once again being dusted off to save the franchise after G1 screwed everything up.  :P

Yeah, Paramount is finally considering making a Beast Wars movie. They're apparently also considering making another movie in the spin-off universe that Bumblebee created.

Beast Wars is my favorite Transformers series, followed closely by Transformers Prime. That said, I really don't want the people that screwed up G1 Transformers (even more than it already was) in live action making a Beast Wars movie. But if they must do this, Garry Chalk and David Kaye must be involved, along with Scott McNeil if possible. YESsssss.

I should really watch my copy of Bumblebee.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: January 26, 2020, 01:17:24 PM »
Uh, breaking news out of LA: Kobe Bryant was among five killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. Variety confirmation

Edit: Woj confirms that his daughter Gianna (13) was also on the helicopter. Fucking hell.


Such a waste, all around. I was never particularly fond of Kobe, but he was exceptionally talented and he'll definitely be missed. And for someone as young as his daughter to go that way...damn. I hope the media gives focus to everyone who died in that crash, not just the Bryants.

Incidentally, along with Shazam & Aquaman, I also picked up a DC movie I've always been morbidly curious about: Superman: Brainiac Attacks. It's an animated Superman movie that uses the art style & most of the voice cast from Superman: The Animate Series, so it's kinda...sorta...a "lost" DC AU movie, but...not really.

I went into this movie expecting a total trainwreck that based on its reputation, but it's not actually that bad. In fact, I'd say it's about on par with a C-Tier Superman: TAS/Justice League episode. The animation is typical DCAU-caliber work, the voice acting is excellent, and the story is not all that far off what you'd see in a typical Superman episode of the DCAU.

Where the movie falls flat with me is how it fails to commit to a particular style. The movie may LOOK like S:TAS, but it has none of the musical theme from that series. Instead, it seems to rely on an odd variation of the John Williams Superman theme. Luthor is not only voiced by Powers Boothe instead of Clancy Brown (the best Lex Luthor), but his character seems to be modeled after the Gene Hackman Luthor. He just has a lot of goofy dialogue and bad jokes that just don't work for the character. Likewise, Brainiac is now voiced by Lance Henrickson instead of Corey Burton, and his character seems more emotional than we've ever seen the character. Meanwhile, Lois; Superman: Jimmy Olsen; Perry White; etc. all DO have their Superman:TAS voice actors and are very much in character with those versions. The two styles just don't fit together.

Overall,'s alright. We DCAU fans are spoiled when it comes to great storytelling, and by comparison to the proper DCAU this film does not hold up well. However, on its own I thought it was OK.

I finally watched Joker.

Damn, this was a great movie.

People who were complaining about the "message" of this movie missed the point.

Do recommend.  Best DC movie in a long time.

I also watched it recently for the 1st time after it hit BluRay.

Yeah, it was alright. I'm not thrilled with the pacing of the movie, with its fondness of lingering on sequences that don't seem to have any particular purpose. What specifically comes to mind are those moments where the movie will just stop so Phoenix can do one of those extended arm flailing "dancing" sequences with himself. Honestly, I'm not sure I understood what he was doing for a fair amount of the film.

There are also a plot point in the movie I don't think is explained particularly well: how the pseudo-Occupy Wallstreet clown mob know that someone specifically dressed as a clown killed those 3 Wallstreet thugs to begin with. It feels like there was a scene cut where it revealed that someone saw that last Wallstreet guy get killed & reported it.

Overall, I quite like the movie, but there are elements of it that bug me a bit.

I really need to catch up on my Superhero stuff. Aquaman and Shazam were cheap on Amazon the other day, so I ordered those. Haven't watched a Marvel film since...Guardians 2?

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: January 25, 2020, 04:43:05 PM »
I think I've established how I feel about Los Angeles in general, be they Lakers or Clippers. They continually get the money, they continually get the talent, and they continually get the media attention.

Neither of these teams are "underdogs", especially this year.



The Jazz were down all night against the Mavericks, several times by double digits. Then they come back to win in the final minute on a game-winning 3 by Royce O'Neal, followed by a big play by...oh what was his name...

OH YEAH! RUDY...FUCKING...GOBERT, the soon-to-be 3-time Defensive Player of the Year, and he'd better be an All Star, too!



General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: January 24, 2020, 04:41:52 PM »
Why can't you just let me have this.... 😒
For five straight years, the Warriors were the most dominant team in the league. It wasn’t even that close. If not for a couple tough breaks (sometimes literally), they’d have five championships. I just can’t feel bad for a team that’s going to have two top 20 players returning and a high draft pick regardless of whether it’s the top pick. The draft is a crapshoot anyway. Donovan Mitchell was the 13th pick in 2017 (and the Nuggets traded down 11 spots), easily the best player in the same draft in which the Sixers traded up for Markelle Fultz. Considering how good the Warriors are at drafting, I wouldn’t worry about it.

Indeed, and Rudy Gobert was draft at # 27. Draft position is important, but moreso the talent of the front office in spotting talent.

Case in point, I was reminded of this video about how the Timberwolves have wasted 20 Lottery Picks.


General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: January 22, 2020, 07:57:35 PM »
Wow, this is the 1st Jazz-Warriors game this season I've actually been able to watch, and yeah...I know Curry's out, but man this Warriors team is bad. They just look absolutely listless out on the court. I'm not sure their record would be much better even if Curry was playing.

I was amused to see the Jazz starting lineup introduced with the Imperial March, though.  :P

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: January 20, 2020, 08:10:10 PM »
Nice win tonight as the Jazz just obliterated the visiting Indiana Pacers 118-88. The Pacers, clearly, were just utterly exhausted from playing the Nuggets the previous night. Strong contributions by Conley & Bradley. If his ego will tolerate it, this business of having him play off the bench could work really well in the long-term.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: January 20, 2020, 02:03:19 PM »
Oh, speaking of Dante Exum...he's injured again. Give me a moment to register my shock & astonishment at this unprecedented turn of events.

General Chat / Re: NBA Thread: Out for the Season (Broken Hand)
« on: January 20, 2020, 12:09:46 PM »
I'm not entirely clear from your post, but it sounds like you approve of the contract?

As a Raps fan, I like the move. Teams with a strong culture who make an effort to identify talented, hard-working individuals are often fun to watch. Toronto, Miami, and Utah are some examples, and all three are great teams to follow.

Maybe it's "too early" to hand out the money, but I feel like Utah's front office knows what they are doing. And investing in O'Neal will certainly pay out better than Exum did, right?

Oh no, I definitely approve the move. I'm very much a fan of the players who just work hard, push themselves to improve, and don't whine about it. It's one of the reasons why John Stockton was my favorite player of his era and Paul Millsap was my favorite Jazzman since then. It's a pity we had to lose him to Denver, but he was never going to get starting time on a squad that had All Jefferson & Carlos Boozer.

I just find the move a bit strange since the Jazz have been making moves to lock-in huge amounts of money for future seasons when this team is still very much untested. Conley still hasn't lived up to how we envisioned; our bench is still very inconsistent, and the Jazz still haven't played many of the big threats in the West. Locking in Ingles & now O'Neal with contract extensions feels a bit premature in January. We have no wiggle room for trades or big free agents right now to fill out the holes in our roster, and won't for years. Management is banking everything on this being a Finals Year.

Speaking of the bench, I wonder what we're going to do with Mudiay now that Conley's playing again. I really liked him as backup PG while Conley was out, but Conley took all his minutes in the Kings game and Ingles does not play well off the bench. There's speculation right now that O'Neal's payday might have been to soften the blow of having to move him back to the bench so Ingles & Mudiay can maintain their roles.

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