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TV, Film, & Anime / Elysium
« on: August 10, 2013, 11:55:10 PM »
As everyone can tell, I go to the movie a lot. My dad made me a lover of going to the movie and some of my best memories are with him at the movies. So, I go every chance I get if a movie interests me. I shouldn't have to say it, but there will be spoilers.

Anyway, Elysium. I thought it was a very well done movie. The previews only mildly interested me, but I thought, hey I love Sci-fi movies so I'll give it a shot. The general synopsis is that earth is pretty much one giant ghetto with little to no medical treatment and grossly over crowded. The wealthy decided they didn't want to live on the same planet as poor people so they built a giant space station called Elysium where they can heal any injury or disease within moments. The main character, Max, is exposed to lethal doses of radiation and has 5 days to live, but if he gets to Elysium, he can be healed instantly.

So, the plot is pretty straight forward. Lots of action and some very interesting death scenes (think explosion that blows off a guys face or sends limbs flying everywhere.) The most interesting part of the movie wasn't so much the story, but the character, Max. Max is a decent guy. He's a paroled con working in a factory. He could very well represent the average guy (minus the record). That's not what is interesting. What is interesting is that Max is selfish, not the sort of selfish that he would kill someone for the dollar in their pocket or to entertain himself. Max is selfish because he doesn't want to die and is willing to do whatever it takes to live, even if others have to suffer in the process. I think in a lot of ways, Max is you and me, because if you were given a written stone, you will die in 5 days and nothing on earth could stop that, unless you made it to this utopia in the sky. You could see it, but would be forever denied it because you were poor and born on earth. Max is you and me, because he wants to live and is willing to fight in order to do so, not because he's a bad person, but because he wants to live.

Over the course of the movie, which is about 2hours, you see a gradual shift in Max. He starts to re-evaluate things and begins to doubt his course, especially when he learns what he stole could save everyone on earth. This movie, provided it was done right, would make an amazing book because 2hours isn't really enough time to truly show a gradual evolution of character. But, the movie does a good job in showing some shift from selfish Max, to selfless Max.

Now, I'm not saying that this movie is the greatest thing to be released this summer. It would probably not appeal to everyone, but...to those who are interested in this sort of thing, it is a very good way to spend 2hours one afternoon. It's cliche and predictable in some sense, but that's not always a bad thing. The acting was wonderful, both from Jodie Foster and from Matt Damon. I enjoyed my time watching this movie. For something that looked kinda meh, I think its one of the best movies to come out this summer. You could even look deeper in the story to see real life, current day issues. Like how the US tends to ignore the poor and poverty stricken and how only a few elite ever get to experience paradise while everyone else has to claw and scratch for just the smallest crumb. Or...you could look at it as just a good movie and ignore the social implications of it. Whatever your movie watching mindset, it's definitely worth seeing.

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Video Games / Wii U
« on: July 24, 2013, 02:38:52 AM »
So, I got a wii u. Sadly, just like with previous Nintendo systems and handhelds, they have a serious lack of titles to go with it. There are a few, like SUper Mario U, but the selection is pretty sparse. But I'm not here to judge them on that since I bought it primarily for a select few games that are already slated to be released.

The system itself is kinda neat. It came with the system, the gamepad(the primary controller for the wii u), a sensor bar, and the various wires to connect. You can use your wii remotes on the Wii U, so at least Nintendo was reasonable about that. The wii U is also backward compatible with Wii games. It plugs directly into the HD drive of the television rather than having the colored plugs so the system is 100% an HD system.

I can't deny that the games look really pretty. The HD coupled with the nicely done graphics are pretty amazing. I can't wait to see if nintendo really uses this to their advantage and makes the most of their games.

I'm not sure what to think about the gamepad. It's neat in that it lets a person play the wii u while someone else watches tv or plays on another system but I can't help but feel that it is redundant. I'm wondering if the games will utilize the wii u touch screen as something more than just a second screen, like will it contribute to game play. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens with the games that are released.

The problem I ran into with the Wii U seems to be a fairly common on. I was going through the set up with my Wii U and it refused to connect to the internet so that I could finish setting up things. Now, I knew  my internet was fine because my lap top was connected, so I searched online and low and behold, apparently its a common problem. I don't know the reason but I found a step by step guide online that told how to bypass this error with the wii so that I could finish connecting and update the system and any games that I have as well as access the online store. I hope Nintendo goes about fixing this problem for future buyers of the system. I hate calling up service ppl via those 1800 numbers. They either make me feel stupid, have crazy accents so I can barely understand them, or they act like they don't want to be there. Thank God someone actually posted a how to online because that was a lifesaver and it worked. I connected the first time. So if you decide to buy a Wii U and it won't connect to the internet, try this:

http://kotaku.com/5961600/if-your-wii-u-wont-connect-to-your-wifi-router-heres-what-to-do

In short, it has some glitches, but the potential is out there as long as Nintendo doesn't drop the ball. There are some promising games on the horizon so we'll just have to wait and see if Wii U measures up to it's potential. Hopefully, the titles won't include an assload of cutesy petshop/pet owner games but have some real titles with substance and not simply games made for little girls who still play with dolls.

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TV, Film, & Anime / The Conjouring
« on: July 22, 2013, 02:00:57 AM »
 8) Will be spoilers 8)

Well, it was a horror type movie supposedly based on actual events. Maybe yes. Maybe no. Who knows? when they base on actual events this is what happens. A can rolls off a counter in a house a family just moved into. That then gets hollywood's touch and turns into a haunting with ghosts physically harming a family with a soup can....the soup can was there, so the movie was based on actual events. LOL

The basic premise was that a family bought an old house pretty cheap. They were a family of seven. Two parents and five girl children. They could not afford to move and then an evil spirit of a witch started haunting them, amongst other ghosts.  So who do they call? A husband/wife team of haunting/demonology experts to come get rid. They come. They get rid. Apparently the Church(and I mean the catholic church) doesn't like helping noncatholic ppl. So, while the family is being tortured, they are going through red tape by getting approval directly from the Vatican. So, the demonolgist guy is the one who has to do the exorcism.

Well, it had some good suspense. The whole atmosphere was kinda ruined for me because there were some high schoolers in the seats in front of me and every time the music changed or a suspense moment started the build, they would start squealing and screaming. It was pretty annoying.

The movie itself was decent. Most people would be better off waiting for it to show up on netflix or to rent. Eh, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't anything special. I wasn't surprised how it ended or what happened in general. There were a couple of creepy moments, but nothing extraordinary. The best part of the movie for me was the Riddick preview. I enjoyed the movie, don't get me wrong. There was good acting and special effects, but like I said, it wasn't anything special. If you want to go to the movie, go. It won't feel like a waste of your money, or it didnt for me, but I wouldn't make a special trip to the movie to see it.

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TV, Film, & Anime / World War Z
« on: June 27, 2013, 11:12:05 PM »
 ;) There be spoilers here ;)

Well, I went into this movie with low expectations. Zombie movies don't have the best track record and the fact that this was less horror and more action made it even less appealing, but I love Brad Pitt and I love zombies. I had a free afternoon and figured I would give it a shot. Now, I don't know whether it was the low expectations going into the movie or the movie itself, but I found myself enjoying it. I never grew bored watching it and the action wasn't distracting. It definitely wasn't your traditional zombie flick, so that might be a turn off for monster movie purists. The 'zombies' if you can call them that, are less zombies and more like viruses. The only purpose in biting a human is to transmit the disease/virus/whatever. Once bitten, they aren't eaten or anything, they simply turn into another 'zombie' in like 10 secs and start running after someone else to bite. When there is nothing to bite, they just stand around doing nothing. When they 'attack' in a crowd, they climb on top of each other so they look like ants.

The critique I have for the movie is that the end seemed to come really fast. It had an almost 'summary' ending. Brad Pitt's character did a dialogue as if he was writing a letter or a book.  The ending wasn't necessarily bad, but it probably could have been better. Also, there was this whole scene where his wife and kids are sent off the ship because they think he's dead and without him alive, there is no point in keeping around the wife and kids to take up bunk space when someone of value could be there. So, you expect them to have been in danger....nope. He just finds them safe and sound at the end in some relocation camp. IDK, I'd have liked some drama around them being sent away since they wasted several minutes of the movie sending the wife and kids off.

Overall, pretty okay movie. If you are expecting traditional zombies, this is NOT the movie for you. You need to have an open mind about zombies if you want to watch this. But if you think of it as less a zombie flick and more of a sci-fi/apocalyptic beginning sort of action movie, then it will probably be interesting for you to watch.

Oh, and another thing, Brad Pitt is looking old around the eyes. I fully blame having to deal with Angelina Jolie and her addiction to adopting kids like one would dogs as the the reason.

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TV, Film, & Anime / Man Of Steel
« on: June 25, 2013, 02:28:37 AM »
There have been mixed reviews about the recent Man of Steel movie. The biggest criticizing from critics has come from the huge amount of sponsors that paid for their product/business to be used in the movie to nearly the point of calling Superman a sellout. The movie earned around $160 million from corporate sponsors before it ever hit the theaters. Some of the more noticeable businesses are IHOP, Sears, 7-11, and The National Guard. Honestly, I was a little bothered when I heard this because I thought the movie was going to be just one big commercial with more focus on selling the items rather than actually focusing on the story-telling of the movie. Honestly, for having over 100 sponsors, I didn't notice but a couple so that fear was put to rest.

The movie itself has received some bad and decent reviews. I enjoyed my time in the movie. I wasn't bored. I was drawn into this new version of Superman. I knew that if I went into this movie comparing it to Christopher Reeve, I would only leave annoyed. I had to realize this was not a retelling of the same old Superman, but was instead a new and unique take on it. Lois Lane knew Clark Kent was Superman from the beginning, even before he had the name Superman. The basic elements were there, but they were tweaked enough to make the story a surprise for everyone who knows about Superman.

As for the actor who portrayed Clark Kent/Superman, Henry Cavill, he was okay. There were times when he was bare on his upper body and I just felt it looked a little touched up. Idk...it felt a little too perfect. hahah. I will admit that in the suit he looked pretty decent. Christopher Reeve is still my favorite, but this guy did a fair enough job. What really endeared him to me was during the fighting scenes when he would be getting his ass handed to him and would get this look on his face like he was so pissed off at himself for getting boned. For some reason, that really hit me in the right spot. I think without that little expression, I wouldn't have liked him nearly as much.

Overall, if you're going to the movie to see it, it's worth the money you pay. It might not break any ceilings in its portrayal of Superman, but considering this is the era of superhero movies, it's not a bad effort.

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Introductions / Hello!
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:15:36 PM »
Hello! My name is Daydreamer79 or more commonly used, Day.

The new forums are nice and thankfully, no worries for that dang blasted anti-hacker thing. Let's now all go have nice yaoi fun together!

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