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@  Liege : (19 November 2019 - 07:42 AM)

That he is.

@  Benbot : (18 November 2019 - 04:01 PM)

And a good boy

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 09:19 AM)

Hound is at least a very good toy.

@  ThunderWear : (18 November 2019 - 09:11 AM)

Hound is the only other one that even comes close to Chromia in my area, and he ships in two separate waves.

@  Liege : (18 November 2019 - 08:58 AM)

This might be how they finally get rid of all the Chromias. I've not seen a shelfwarmer like that in ages.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 08:26 PM)

It's a good deal if you want a full set of Refraktor (and if they have them at your location)

@  TheMightyMol... : (17 November 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Here we can buy two and get one free, but at least two of them are gonna be the same toy, because lol distribution.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 01:01 PM)

In the U.K., it’s more like you but two, you only get one given how expensive they are.

@  RichardT1977 : (17 November 2019 - 11:38 AM)

Transformers are Buy 2 Get 1 free at Target this week.

@  Bass X0 : (17 November 2019 - 04:29 AM)

2019 has been one long South Park episode.

@  Sjogre : (16 November 2019 - 10:46 PM)

Okay, that actually sounds pretty fun.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 12:49 PM)

It was set in the forties, featured Nazi's as the villains and had Kiko fight mostly Ice Age animals and a mythical dragon that now ruled the island guarding Kongs treasure.

@  Paladin : (15 November 2019 - 11:37 AM)

and it was ALSO eleven hours long.

@  Maximus Ambus : (15 November 2019 - 10:55 AM)

In a alternate reality Peter Jackson made Son of Kong.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 November 2019 - 09:30 AM)

To be fair to boba: everyone else to go into the sarlacc was a sacrifice. Stripped almost naked and tossed, and didn't have body armor, a jetpack and a weapon.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 November 2019 - 06:54 AM)

Nah, he just has to keep up his plot insurance payments so he can shoot his way out of the Sarlacc again.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (15 November 2019 - 02:59 AM)

Funny, but everyone knows he bounty hunts for Jabba Hutt to finance his 'Vette.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 November 2019 - 02:54 AM)

Okay.. Not sure why.. but streaming is harder than jsut playing the game.. even though that's pretty much what I was doing.

@  Xellos : (14 November 2019 - 06:47 PM)

What type of vehicle does Boba Fett use for time travel? A Man-DeLorean.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 03:55 PM)

Admittedly, it's been a long time since I've been to a walk-in clinic, as I tend not to get sick (and the one time I do every 4-5 years, I prefer just riding it out at home), but the last time I went I'm pretty sure you could just show up, no appointment. It may be different in Quebec,though

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:36 PM)

One thing to note about health insurance in Germany is that we have a two-class system: mandatory health insurance is basically the economy class, while private health insurance is the business class.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:32 PM)

My local doctor is actually a shared office with several doctors where you will get randomly assigned to one of the doctors available that day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:30 PM)

Also, employers are required by law to cover part of their employees' health insurance fees, so I only have to pay my part.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 02:28 PM)

Basic examinations and sick notes (known as "work-inability certificates" in Germany) for the employer are covered by our health insurances by default.

@  TheMightyMol... : (14 November 2019 - 12:02 PM)

Around here, we can go to a walk-in clinic whenever, but might have to wait in the queue until there's a doctor available, which can take hours on a busy day. And then hope our insurance will cover anything.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 November 2019 - 07:38 AM)

There actually are a good number of clinics around here: but the walk ins require an appointment (what?) and are only done once a week. IF you can get an appointment, you see a doctor usually within 40 minutes, but good luck getting the appointment.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

Depending on the day.

@  Nevermore : (14 November 2019 - 03:35 AM)

We have family doctors (called "house doctors") with regular office hours where you may need an hour or two of waiting time.

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 November 2019 - 12:50 AM)

Two weeks? That seems a little long; are there not a lot of walk-in clinics around you?

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 07:01 PM)

Does germany make it quick and easy to see a doctor too? Cause an emergency doctor visit can take two weeks out here, and an emergency ROOM visit can take 18-24 hours.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:43 PM)

(Good thing is, under German law, if you call in sick during your vacation and see a doctor immediately, you get to keep your vacation days.)

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:42 PM)

Too bad. My plans wee to do two more overtime hours before having my last day of vacation for the year on Friday. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (13 November 2019 - 06:41 PM)

So I'm currently on medical leave for a particularly stupid reason: Burned my back with a hot-water bag while sleeping last night. Though the doctor said I'm hardly the first person to have this happen to them.

@  Patch : (13 November 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Just a particularly odious example of the 90s era of depicting transgender women as either the subject of crude humor, or "Jerry Springer" material.

@  Ashley : (13 November 2019 - 04:55 PM)

I think Ace Ventura legit contributed to me spending years in self denial. I will never be ok with Jim Carrey.

@  Benbot : (13 November 2019 - 01:22 PM)

I thought he since changed his tune.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (13 November 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Jim Carry Paladin?

@  Maximus Ambus : (13 November 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Don't doubt what he can do. Sonic the Hedgehog!

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 11:51 AM)

not giving a dime to a transphobic antivaxxer.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 November 2019 - 11:25 AM)

It'll be a terrible movie if jim carrey phones it in. Otherwise it should be decent.

@  Paladin : (13 November 2019 - 10:45 AM)

sonics' still gonna be a terrible movie but at least they whined loud enough to make him look passable for a 2-minute trailer. "yay."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:37 AM)

But of course to annoying people there's no such thing as different decisions made for different reasons, there is only "I like it so it's right" and "I don't like it so it's wrong."

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:35 AM)

Even if we pretend it's objective truth that they were both bad, then they were bad in very different ways.

@  ▲ndrusi : (13 November 2019 - 10:33 AM)

Sonic's previous movie design looked genuinely bad. The Transformers '07 designs just looked insufficiently like what certain loud and obnoxious parts of the fandom think Transformers are required to always look like.

@  Otaku : (13 November 2019 - 08:50 AM)

Um... Purple Monkey Dishwasher?

@  TheMightyMol... : (13 November 2019 - 08:25 AM)

Do we really need to have Every Movie Transformer Thread Ever in the Squawkbox?

@  Bass X0 : (13 November 2019 - 08:13 AM)

Sure it made money but that doesn’t mean it has appealing character designs. Lot of god awful fugly faces in the Transformers movies.

@  Otaku : (12 November 2019 - 08:25 PM)

@Liege My issue with Transformers (2007) were elements I thought were unnecessary.  I know it was supposed to just be a joke, but I didn't ever need to hear about "Sam's Happy Time". >.> Which, being in awe of the first "live action" TF-film, didn't even register until I'd already purchased and watched it on DVD a few times (after seeing it in theaters 3 times).

@  Liege : (12 November 2019 - 08:22 PM)

For all the Bayisms in the 07 movie, it was tempered by Spielberg as producer. Designs aside it was an enjoyable popcorn blockbuster about a boy and his first car who happens to be an alien from another planet. They sequels are just Bay going unchecked after he proved how much bank he could bring in.

@  TM2-Megatron : (12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM)

I didn't find the designs in the '07 movie to be that bad, personally. What got really offputting was how Cybertronians in general become such huge a-holes in the later films; the designs were very much secondary to their horrible personalities


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#1 TM2-Megatron

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 12:43 AM

Just got back from seeing the late show (so as to avoid the screaming hordes of horrible children), and I'm happy to be able to say that I found it quite good; a hell of a lot better than any of the trailers I saw led me to believe.

 

I should preface my comments by mentioning that despite the hype I remember for it back in the day, Finding Nemo was never really my favourite Pixar film.  At the time it came out, I placed it above A Bug's Life, but below Pixar's other efforts.  As the releases rolled on, up until Toy Story 3, all but Cars impressed me more than Nemo.  Then we entered the post-TS3 era, and the chinks in Pixar's previously nigh-impervious armor started to show.  Before, it seemed like they could do little wrong (not unlike Marvel Studios today), and even their "worst" efforts were still light-years ahead of the competition.  But after TS3, we got a sequel and a prequel that didn't really live up to the originals (also, not The Incredibles sequel that so many wanted), a movie that felt more like a Disney Princess film than something from Pixar, and the truly bizarre Good Dinosaur, which really didn't resonate with me at all, personally.  Inside Out seemed the closest to capturing that traditional Pixar spirit, and it surely had a unique way of tackling emotional issues and depression in a children's film, but for whatever reason I never really fell in love with its characters in the way I have most of Pixar's earlier films.  Inside Out also lacked (for me, anwyay) that moment that most Pixar films seem to have where you really have to work to hold back a few manly tears, which I think is a moment most people secretly enjoy.  WALL-E remains my favourite Pixar film to this day, and probably for the foreseeable future.

 

Finding Dory definitely feels like a true return to the original Pixar spirit.  It's not Toy Story sequel good (but let's face it, how many sequels improve on the original?), but it still is very good, and fans of the original, or just fans of good animated films with touching stories won't be disappointed.  Despite the 13 year gap in production between the two, it effortlessly recaptures the tone and world of the original without feeling stale.  I never even really liked Dory all that much while watching original film (relative to the comedic foils in Pixar's previous films, anyway), but Finding Dory really lives up to its title, and we get to learn more about who Dory is (at the same time she does).  One word of caution, though - this movie obviously contains flashbacks of Dory's childhood, and young Dory is almost painfully sweet and adorable... I actually felt mild physical pain at some points from the feelings her relationship with her parents dredged up in my cold, dead heart.  I don't recall seeing any images of young Dory in the trailers, so maybe it's something Pixar wanted to save for the film.

 

All in all, I'd definitely recommend this one.  If this resonates with audiences as much as I recall the original Finding Nemo did, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Disney has its third (or fourth, since The Jungle Book is now over $910 million and has yet to open to open in Japan) billion-dollar movie this year.  Jeez... time to buy more Disney stock.


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 03:33 AM

The newspaper I'm with periodically gets movie passes from the local theater as part of their payment for running the showtimes and other advertisements. I'm given a number of these each month so that I can go see the film of the week for my review, meaning that no money has to change hands either way. And I usually manage to pick the screening with the least number of people (there have been a few screenings where I was the only one in there), so it's not like I'm taking a seat away from anyone. 

 

Well, that all came to an end starting with this movie. 

 

Disney's been forcing theaters to sign contracts stating that no movie passes or the like are to be accepted for the first two weeks of a film's release. I found that out the hard way when I went to make the morning screening, meaning that I'm now out an hour's pay until I can get the finance guy to reimburse me for the cost of my ticket. 

 

The rest of the actual experience was downhill from there. 



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Posted 18 June 2016 - 11:24 AM

Took the kids to a double feature at the drive in with this and Jungle Book last night. Dory was first and it was cute. There were some genuine laugh out loud moments and somehow I missed every trailer for this so I was genuinely surprised throughout.
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Posted 18 June 2016 - 02:48 PM

Disney's been forcing theaters to sign contracts stating that no movie passes or the like are to be accepted for the first two weeks of a film's release. I found that out the hard way when I went to make the morning screening, meaning that I'm now out an hour's pay until I can get the finance guy to reimburse me for the cost of my ticket. 

 

That's been an industry standard for almost 15 years now.


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 07:07 PM



 



Disney's been forcing theaters to sign contracts stating that no movie passes or the like are to be accepted for the first two weeks of a film's release. I found that out the hard way when I went to make the morning screening, meaning that I'm now out an hour's pay until I can get the finance guy to reimburse me for the cost of my ticket. 

 

That's been an industry standard for almost 15 years now.

 

We're a small publication, and the theater is a small chain. It makes sense for us to continue the arrangement we have, and so Disney pushing for this just threw a royal spanner in the works. 

 

As a result, this is going to have to be the last Disney film I review for a while; otherwise, we'd be getting nickle'd and dime'd each week. 

 

 

 

And as for the film itself goes,

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 10:41 PM

...what? Hank didn't lose his arm at the marine institute (I'm not going to spoiler-protect that, because it's not a dang spoiler). He was there BECAUSE he had lost an arm. In the ocean. Beforehand.

 

 

Though regardless, I can't think of too many prestigious national institutes that get "raided by the authorities" if an animal in their care is accidentally injured. What would they even be doing in the raid? Securing tank lids?


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 11:48 PM

Besides, if the authorities were going to commit the resources and whatnot to showing up, I think they'd be a lot more interested in the number of head injuries that Destiny likely suffered in her time there than an Octopus with a missing tentacle.


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Posted 20 June 2016 - 08:07 AM

136 million dollar opening weekend! Wow!


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Posted 20 June 2016 - 05:49 PM

Welp theres another sensitive reef fish about to get harvested into endangerment
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Posted 26 June 2016 - 04:17 PM

Gods, little Dory is super precious cute.

Not as good as Finding Nemo. The adventure was actually smaller this time.

What the hell is up with the little petting aquarium thing? Aren't people not suppose to handle starfish like that? Why is the rescue place letting that happen?

Probably shouldn't think in human terms but how old is Dory suppose to be? 30's? Her parents would be in their 50s to 60s? I actually thought the Finding Nemo ending pertained to Dory being Marlin sort of wife replacement of sorts. Weird with in laws around, haha.

I LOVE Hank! Such mouth less awesome!

Edit - the echolocation was overpowered, haha.

The otters helping all of a sudden was eeeeh.

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Posted 29 June 2016 - 05:54 AM

What bothers me with this film is the biological innacurracy. I felt the first film writers had done research on where sea creatures live, gow they move, what their havits are, but in this one, they just wrote a story, biology be damned. Because Hank would have been able to go through the pipes to help Dory.
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Posted 29 June 2016 - 06:45 AM

I loved the first movie, but could not find anyone to accompany me to this one, most of my friends considering this too much of a kid's movie - and I don't like sitting alone in the cinemas. So I'll wait until it's up in a good format on Kisscartoons.



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Posted 29 June 2016 - 09:23 AM

What bothers me with this film is the biological innacurracy. I felt the first film writers had done research on where sea creatures live, gow they move, what their havits are, but in this one, they just wrote a story, biology be damned. Because Hank would have been able to go through the pipes to help Dory.


Which part? As far as I can recall, Hank was only around when Dory got washed into the pipes when the humans were gunning after him. The first time Dory went in the pipes, Hank wasn't around and the first time Dory was shown the pipes, she was with Destiny.

I love how Hank slides and tentacles his way around but can octopuses do that? Survive out of water for that long? I got no idea. I know about he color changing stuff, though I'm sure they turned up Hank's ability up to impossibly awesome levels.

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Posted 02 July 2016 - 10:20 PM

Hank is maybe a little more 'solid' than an octopus would be, but his abilities aren't greatly exaggerated.

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Posted 04 July 2016 - 09:45 PM

I'm probably in the minority saying this was better than Nemo. I felt more for Dory in this one than all of Nemos runtime and I can say this as after I got done with seeing Dory I sat with my Niece while she watched Nemo an hour later. I don't know why other than I think I just liked that we had less Marlin on screen complaining. Hank was seven arms of sarcastic fun and I think the rest of the extended cast was better than the fish tank crew in the first one.

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Posted 04 July 2016 - 10:46 PM

^ I have to agree on that one; I found Dory more endearing here than Nemo in the first movie... the flashbacks to Dory's childhood were definitely a factor in that.

 

I felt things did get a bit too crazy around the finale... particularly the truck chase stuff... but even that was pretty amusing, if not exactly matching the tone of the rest of the film.



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Posted 05 July 2016 - 11:29 AM

For a film that has different is ok as a theme, weird that it plays a *scrubbed* walrus and a bird as a joke

Edit: special needs then.

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