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  1. 4 points

    New Series--The Orville

    Not untrue, but I don't really see anything on TV or in the theater these days that I cannot point to a show in the last 70 odd years and say the same. Or read a book for that matter without having read an older book that has already done it. I have boarded the bus where being original is no longer a prerequisite, but rather how they tell the tale. I really get a kick out of watching the younger crowds face when I dredge up the original of a "new cool show" and they realize the "genius" movie maker really just remade an old movie/show with better technology.
  2. 2 points

    Alita: Battle Angel

    I really don't see the issue at all. We constantly get inundated with dweebs spouting BS everytime someone casts a part to a good actress/actor instead of kowtowing to a basement agenda. In this case they are going another route. They are casting the lead to actually look like the source material instead of trying to do the impossible of finding an actress that will meet the prejudices of hundreds (thousands??) of keyboard warriors. So an anime based live action will look like the anime? For years people have been crying because the anime based live actions don't look like the anime? As for the track record of adaptations being badly made B or D flicks, Scifi was relegated as junk movies until shows like Star Wars and Bladerunner changed perception and more importantly how studios viewed them, income-wise. Whether you like the individual movies or not, moves like Lord of the Rings broke epic fantasy's out of B flick purgatory. There is a LOT of good anime to be mined and it will not be long before one hits pay dirt. There have been a few really good ones that could have been a rung in the ladder to full blown success. But we have too many people that live in a very dark place and want to drag the rest of us down, rather than just enjoying movies for what they are. I still enjoy Conan the Barbarian. While it isn't an epic, it is fun and at the time one of the only fantasy treatments out there on the big screen. Not the only mind you, but one of them and it helped keep the idea alive in Hollywood. As for Alita, we have only seen an initial trailer so we really have no idea what it will really look like when complete. We have no idea of how the actual story will run. They could make the visuals perfect and have a craptacular story. Or read these type posts and decide to "fix" the visuals and really screw things up. Because, be honest. It is an anime which is to say an animated show, and that means everyone that watches it has a different picture in their minds eye. If people actually gave opinions based on the actual merits of the attempt rather than immediately bag on them so they can try to sound cool by spouting an agenda, we might actually see better and better adaptations in the future. Take LotR. I know a lot of people that were upset because of the way they edited the storyline to fit the movies constraints. I know a lot of people that were upset because of the way they depicted A or B as opposed to how the person complaining personally envisioned it. But everyone was able to immediately recognize Middle Earth, Hobbits, Dwarves etc and most people admit that it was a really good cinematic and visual adaptation. Not to mention that in my circle, even the people that "hated" it own a copy. For Alita I will watch it and then decide if I think it is good or not. And to be frank, I don't care where they get the cast as long as they can act the parts, the sets/background environment reflect the anime and most importantly they follow the actual story. In the anime. Unless they state they are basing the movie on the manga, I don't care about the manga. OK babble-fest done.....
  3. 2 points
  4. 2 points

    Funny pics

    I woke up to two feet of snow outside!
  5. 1 point
    There may well be some Trump supporters who see that as a feature, not a bug.
  6. 1 point
    Except not nearly as pretty as 300.
  7. 1 point
    Yeah, I've heard a lot of speculation about whether DC/WB shot themselves in the foot by leaving Superman out of all the trailers. I don't know how open a secret that was outside of geek circles, so I don't know how many more people might've gone if they'd known Supes was in it, let alone whether or not he was "the real Supes." To me, the trailer just screamed more of the same Suicide-Squad-meets-300. If that's not fair to the movie (and it sounds like maybe it wasn't), they have no one to blame but themselves. Edit: We can't even blame Snyder for the trailer; that's all on the studio.
  8. 1 point

    And now, for your daily dose of cute...

    These are the guys at my backyard feeder, and that's their song.
  9. 1 point
    Maybe trailers showing Superman actually acting like Superman may have helped. All I saw leading up to the movies release was lots'o'explosions. While I am 100% on board with Wonder Woman movies. The rest of the more recent models of Bats and Supes were well into the meh to blek range for me. At this point, if they want me to slap down $20+ to go to the theater, the preview will need to SCREAM Superman. Not Dead Beat Dad or Casual Killer or Angstman....
  10. 1 point

    New Series--The Orville

    Possibly because the main plot was taken directly from this Voyager episode. I would agree that after Kelly did one of the dumbest things in the history of dumb, that Ed's handling of the affair was very "Kirk-like" (I'm James T. Kirk! I'm right! Orders be damned!). For my part, despite nearly every episode directly plagiarizing old ST episodes and some unbelievably stupid moves on the part of the crew, I am growing attached to most of the characters and they keep me coming back.
  11. 1 point
    I actually felt the whole opening where the world is mourning his death did more in 10 minutes of real Superman, then the other 2 movies combined. I really believe Joss probably put that part together. I know, from something I read, that he did the interview in the opening, because Cavil had grown a mustache for another movie, so they digitally removed it for the scene, which looked odd. I can see Snyder in this, but I really think Joss tweaked stuff in editing, besides reshooting.
  12. 1 point

    New Series--The Orville

    I thought the episode was very well done and enjoyed it. Only thing that got me was that little girl had the best memory for faces, bodies and clothing of anyone I have ever met. Then, she must have grown up to be an artist who could recreate said image perfectly, to the point that the lady coming out of the house with the baby recognized Kelly immediately.
  13. 1 point
    I try to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol every year. I love that version and I think Michael Caine is tremendous as Scrooge. And I know it is weird, but I cry every time Robin as Tiny Tim dies. Just something about a grieving Kermit and Miss Piggy...
  14. 1 point
    That's exactly what I mean. Vast improvement over whatever the Hell that was before.
  15. 1 point
    By solid do you mean actual Superman? We haven't seen even an attempt at the character all through MoS to BvS. Heck we even had whimpering Angstman. Have they read any of the comics this time? Just asking....
  16. 1 point

    New Series--The Orville

    See Star Trek Deep Space Nine "Little Green Men" for the answer to your question.
  17. 1 point

    College Football 2017-2018

    Army West Point just won the Commander in Chief's trophy for the first time in more than 20 years. It's nice to see them playing well. They've been in the shadow of Air Force and especially Navy for a long, long time. Meanwhile, little old Weber State (often known out here as 'Just Weber') just completed their most successful season in school history. They advanced to the FCS quarterfinals, where they lost to number 1 James Madison by a field goal as time expired. They finished the season 11-3, and on the heels of down years by BYU, Utah, and Utah State, had easily the best season of any team in the state this year.
  18. 1 point

    Training Mundane Animals

    Well, except that's not what the player wants the bird for...
  19. 1 point
    Blockbuster, the Glam Rock superman. Hulk-like brick dressed like a 70's glam rocker - Thinking Noddy, Brian Connolly or Marc Bolan - glittering victorian parody of a costume with a rainbow cloak, platform shoes and a Tophat.
  20. 1 point
    Until the JL movie, Henry Cavill based his portrayal of Superman on Droopy the Dog.
  21. 1 point

    Alita: Battle Angel

    it's the first trailer. I remember of what the Hulk looked like in early trailers. I suspect the look will be finessed a bit by the time the movie is released
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  23. 1 point
    https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/11/04/jeff-sessions-once-again-hints-that-a-marijuana-cr.aspx Republicans absolutely big gubmint, as long as it's forcing conservative values on people. "State's rights" is conservative dog whistle for allowing red states to ignore civil rights laws and pass laws targeting minorities and women. As soon as a state passes a law conservatives don't like they want to roll out the federal government steamroller.
  24. 1 point
    Christopher R Taylor


    An easy way to do it is duplication, with the default form being the duplicates, and bought at lower power level than the merged form. Throw some limitations on it like "can only merge limited times/duration per day" and have the duplicates be different and you get the basic effect. Another is for the GM to let players build a gestalt character that they can combine into for special occasions or in certain circumstances.
  25. 1 point
    There have been some pretty broken rulings on hand attack and martial arts in 5th edition. They may have been changed later, but certainly for a while there were ways to get Advantages for free on your Strength without prorating it. If I remember correctly, you could take an Advantaged Hand Attack, and add up to the same number of dice as you have Strength (Str equal to the base cost of the HA). So, say you had a 5D6 Hand Attack (25 base cost), Penetrating (+1/2), Autofire x5 (+1/2). You could add up to 25 points of Str to it and get a 10D6 Hand Attack, Penetrating Autofire x5. This was in 5th ed Ultimate Martial Artist, I think. (just looked it up) Yup. And in the 5EDr book too, page 408. You don't prorate when you're using an Advantaged HA. And martial maneuvers add DCs without regard to Advantages either. So... to get your "badass martial artist guy", you'd want: 15 Str +3D6 HA, Penetrating, Autofire x5 Martial Strike +4 DCs That'll give you a 12D6 Autofire 5, Penetrating punch. It's completely book legal. Later they changed things so you prorate Advantages, but not in 5th. Not on Hand Attack.
  26. 1 point

    Retro Styled Campaign

    How about a 1940s campaign that is played as if it's a 1970s TV show?