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Sir_Muffonious

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In Topic: The Video Game News Thread of waiting for PSX for DMC5

14 September 2017 - 09:53 AM

Is Doom's single player campaign worth checking out? I had assumed the draw was the multiplayer for some reason.


In Topic: moving Wicktures that you are watching

14 September 2017 - 09:48 AM

The pro-Dracula bit is essential IMO.


In Topic: Star Wars Movies: The J After Trevorrow

14 September 2017 - 09:47 AM

 

Yeah, I understand the worry, but people have been saying this about the Marvel movies for years, too, and I still don't really see it. The Guardians of the Galaxy movies feel distinct from anything else, Iron Man 3 felt like a Shane Black movie, the Joss Whedon ones are very obviously Joss Whedon ones, the Louis Leterrier one was exactly as bad as every other Louis Leterrier movie, Cap 1 was classic Joe Johnston, the Russo Brothers are better than everyone else. Granted, when they hire boring no-name directors with no discernible style of their own, they end up making those very paint-by-numbers Marvel Movies™, but I've yet to see a director with a distinct voice get chewed up by the machine (well, except for Edgar Wright's original Ant-Man, obviously :P).

 

Eh, I agree that Guardians has a unique feel, and that the Russo Brothers' films are recognizable because they're actually good, and the Whedon ones are recognizable because the dialogue is so bad and the female characters are...typical Whedon fantasies, but aside from that I don't see a lot of variation. Maybe I'm just unfamiliar with a lot of the directors...and I don't really like the Marvel films at all to begin with. 

 

But totally, I'm willing to give Episode VIII a chance and see if it actually builds on the existing content or if they just continue to replicate the story beats from the original trilogy. I certainly want it to be good and different.


In Topic: moving Wicktures that you are watching

13 September 2017 - 09:23 AM

Zootopia was a net positive but it had some dicey messaging too. Racism is bad but you know the fox is one of the good ones because he...becomes a cop? ok. And that sloth scene, man.

 

Castlevania was surprisingly good. Love a good anti-Catholicism, pro-Dracula toon. I was surprised they ended it where they did but I guess they were just testing the waters for the real deal? Also it's one of those shows that gets a weird kick out of its excessive gore.

 

I just watched the King of Comedy for the first time in a few years and man is that one of Scorcese's underrate gems. Taxi Driver gets a lot of credit and this is nearly the same movie except it's not so dire and doesn't take itself half as seriously. There's a sort of weird idolization of Travis Bickle in our pop culture that neglects the fact that he's kind of a big racist, and the King of Comedy tells a similar story about delusions and loneliness without the uncomfortable monologues about "scum" and "cleaning up the streets" while showing exclusively shots of Black people.

 

Oh and the new season of BoJack Horseman is good. When that show started I never would have guessed that it would be any good. It's funny, clever, emotionally resonant, not overtly mean or punching down, and the characters have great arcs. Every new season makes me rewatch the whole show.


In Topic: Star Wars Movies: The J After Trevorrow

13 September 2017 - 09:04 AM

I don't know, I think the prequels took a lot of risks with the unknown. Sure, there were Jedi and Sith, R2 and 3PO, Yoda, Anakin and Obi-Wan, Tattooine, etc., but Lucas also made an earnest effort to expand the universe as well. Obviously, a lot of that stuff was...not very good, but I think that's largely because no one was there to question him. Besides the more diverse cast, which I'm all about, I don't think TFA added much. Obviously I expect the next two films to build on that though.

 

TBH it doesn't matter who directs the movie because it's the franchise producer aka Disney who gets to call the shots, and that's the actual problem I have. The movie is going to look and feel the same no matter who directs it, because the director doesn't get a voice.