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@  fourteenwings : (26 April 2019 - 12:11 AM)

After "Secret Wars", Marvel's comic sales dropped for most of their series but it wasn't bad enough to be worried about. I think. What homages, exactly?

@  NotVeryKnightly : (25 April 2019 - 09:31 PM)

Kamen Rider Specter Tutankhamun Soul was definitely a thing.

@  B-Fox : (25 April 2019 - 09:30 PM)

How popular is Marvel's current comics? Because the homages to it got very anemic audience reactions.

@  The Doctor Who : (25 April 2019 - 07:47 PM)

An Egyptian themed version of a popular Japanese TV show: Tutankhamun Rider

@  MEDdMI : (25 April 2019 - 06:53 PM)

combine the two options. Grayffles or Waffson

@  Paladin : (25 April 2019 - 05:43 PM)

split the difference- "Ryan" after the Titanium Ranger.

@  Sabrblade : (25 April 2019 - 05:10 PM)

The second name choice is "Waffles", named after Goofy's gray tabby cat from Goof Troop. It's a cuter name than "Grayson" and the kitten is definitely adorable, but his colors aren't as close a match to the namesake as one of his sibling's colors are (said sibling is already spoken for, so I can't name that one).

@  Sabrblade : (25 April 2019 - 05:07 PM)

The first name choice is "Grayson", because he's gray and a son, and I think the name sounds cool. It also makes me think of Carter Grayson, the Red Ranger from Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, who was a born leader and one of the coolest Red Rangers.

@  Paladin : (25 April 2019 - 05:07 PM)

"Lamont."

@  Sabrblade : (25 April 2019 - 05:06 PM)

I need help deciding on a name for one of the kittens. He's an all-gray cat but is also showing early signs of growing some black stripes in his fur. There are two names I've thought of for him and can't decide which one I like more.

@  Telly : (25 April 2019 - 01:31 PM)

got the second part of first gundam, popped it in and wow! picture miles better than my old dvds. other than the archaic animation (which i dont mind), it looks like it was done recently

@  Xellos : (25 April 2019 - 07:49 AM)

Aye, or at least the movies for Zeta, as they supposedly negate ZZ, kinda like how the Code Geass clip movies retcon some events before the newest one.

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 11:05 PM)

i wish theyd dub double zeta. thats the only one im missing for the "amuro vs char" thing (and chars not even in it so...). but given some of the things ive heard about it, its probly best that they dont dub it

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 11:02 PM)

and im on vacation next week so ill have lots of time to watch all this lol

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 11:01 PM)

@zaku ive got war in the pocket on standard dvd already. amazon didnt have it on blu ray. bonus points to it for having character designs by haruhiku mikimoto. and this collecction is only "new" in as much as its new to me on blu ray. ive had burnt dvd copies of it all for years

@  Xellos : (24 April 2019 - 09:44 PM)

Yeah, 00 was pretty good, and I recently watched Build Divers, and found it really fun. Got both limited editions of IBO... still need to watch them...

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 April 2019 - 08:30 PM)

00 is also pretty good, basically a refined version of the Wing concept, and IBO is great.

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 April 2019 - 08:29 PM)

I'll be the requisite "Build Fighters is actually pretty good" chime in

@  MEDdMI : (24 April 2019 - 07:52 PM)

G Gundam was the best. Horse mecha! Piloted by.... a HORSE!

@  ZakuConvoy : (24 April 2019 - 07:31 PM)

I'd probably recommend tracking down 0080 War in the Pocket to go along with your new collection, but you might have enough to watch for right now.

@  Xellos : (24 April 2019 - 06:53 PM)

G Gundam will likely always rank first for me, as it is the one I find the most fun, but 8th MS was great for being the most "realistic" of the UC stuff.

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 06:17 PM)

the only other gundam series ive watched-which was also the FIRST gundam series i watched-is wing (and ill probly get that on blu ray soon too). i know i havent watched everything tied to it, but the UC is quite enough for me lol

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 06:14 PM)

i think 8th team is my favorite, but cant say why. maybe it has something to do with them not being newtypes. i dont particularly like that concept

@  Xellos : (24 April 2019 - 06:11 PM)

8th M Team, 0083, and Zeta are my favorites of the original timeline. Have yet to watch Origin, but it is loooow on my list, as I never particularly liked Char. Quattro Bajeena was actually kinda cool, though.

@  Telly : (24 April 2019 - 05:49 PM)

so i just did something insane. i bought gundam origin, first gundam, 08th ms team, operation stardust, zeta gundam AND chars counterattack on bluray...

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (24 April 2019 - 05:46 PM)

Hollywood stereotypes, eh? Don't get me started on how sheerly unrealistic that can be, and how badly Hollywood loves to stick to them.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:44 PM)

Also, fun fact: To me, Dutch is the language that sounds harsh compared to German.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:37 PM)

Generally, nobody shouts at each other in Germany unless they're either a) morons or b) doing it for comedic effect.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:36 PM)

... based on an outdated way of speaking (I mean, does anyone in the US still speak like Joe Friday?)... which might also have been at least partially a regional thing.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Generally, many native English speakers' primary conception of the German language and its perceived harshness comes from Hollywood movies... created by non-native German speakers, with non-native German actors giving their impression of what they think the German language sounds like...

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 05:33 PM)

I might be severely biased, but as a native German speaker, I think the perception of the "harsh German language" is at least in part due to a myth created by Hollywood.

@  Pinkcolliebot : (24 April 2019 - 05:32 PM)

I wish I knew if that Blue autobot in the background in the movie Bumblebee was Blurr.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (24 April 2019 - 11:52 AM)

Blood is blue before coming into contact with air from outside.

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 April 2019 - 09:50 AM)

I had to use a whole ten percent of my brain to understand that.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (24 April 2019 - 08:32 AM)

I think I saw a debunking of that like at least a decade ago when I still relied on TV for things.

@  Paladin : (24 April 2019 - 08:21 AM)

isn't the whole "lemmings jump to their death" thing proven false now too???

@  Pennpenn : (24 April 2019 - 03:05 AM)

It's like how the whole "alpha male" thing doesn't really show up in wolf packs in the wild.

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2019 - 01:54 AM)

Aaaaand another myth busted.

@  CORVUS : (24 April 2019 - 12:27 AM)

Quite welcome! :)

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (23 April 2019 - 09:51 PM)

@Corvus Huh, did not know that part. Thanks for imparting knowledge!

@  Kayla Kaon : (23 April 2019 - 09:27 PM)

No because it's true.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 April 2019 - 09:17 PM)

Would I be jaded if i said that's a good lesson about people as well?

@  CORVUS : (23 April 2019 - 09:01 PM)

Overstated risk. Most observations of sexual cannibalism in the Praying Mantis occurred in captivity, versus nature. When entomologists began observing them in nature instead, they found that sexual cannibalism took place around 30% of the time. Basically, if a male Mantis avoids thin, hungry females, his chances are pretty good. #yesimanerd

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (23 April 2019 - 07:52 PM)

Are you a male mantis?

@  MEDdMI : (23 April 2019 - 07:27 PM)

Death by snu snu

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 April 2019 - 06:40 PM)

There's a joke about going out with a bang to be made here.

@  Kayla Kaon : (23 April 2019 - 06:38 PM)

I would hope getting laid is preferred over dying :p

@  Nevermore : (23 April 2019 - 05:20 PM)

Don't we all want to get laid?

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 April 2019 - 04:53 PM)

I'd spend the first few loops just taking an extended nap.

@  Dekafox : (23 April 2019 - 04:48 PM)

Endless death time loops certainly happen enough in Star Trek


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Posted 19 March 2019 - 04:45 PM

Watched this movie on DVD today, to be honest, the visuals are good, the acting reasonable, the story, is a slog, clearly this movie is to busy setting up for the sequels that its falling over its self, if anything, I think with Fantastic beasts, JK simply wanted a excuse to visit other parts of the wizarding world that Harry Potter never did! I found in this film, there is to many characters and many of them underdeveloped or simply forgettable, the reason Harry Potter worked so well, is because we got to grow with the characters and see some kids grow into adults and fine actors, here, we are just given Newt, a collector of strange magical creatures, who is already an adult, yet he really lacks motivation as a character. In all, I have to give this film a 2 out of five Stars, to much time wasted on setup for sequels and not really enough to truly keep one invested in the story, I think JK could of used a cowriter or someone to look over her script prior to filming.

 

My general thoughts are for this: Aside from the fact it could of been better, many of the preformances by the actors were just subpar, to many characters who just suddenly appear and have next to no back story, I also feel the title of the film is rather misleading, it shouldn't be called the Crimes of Grindelwald, it should be called Magical World Paris, with a title like it has, one would expect more of a trial type film, where Grindelwald is put on trial for his crimes, not escape in the first act and then spend rest of the movie pretty much mopping about and then making some speech towards the crimax of the film. In the first film, the reveal of the villian being Grindelwald was a complete waste of time because it meant nothing, there was no pay off for that, we are seeing the main villian for the first time and their doing nothing but getting taken away by the good guys. As a villian, Grindelwald is weak, dull and uninspired, the guy playing Dumbledore was pretty desent and had a much stronger performance than Grindelwald did!


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Posted 19 March 2019 - 08:51 PM

Grindelwald single handily took out dozens of Auroras without even trying that hard, and could have easily destroyed Paris if the Alchemist wasn't there to stop his fire and forget spell. The dude wasn't there for a fight, as he is playing the long game, gathering followers and trying to defeat his biggest threat, Albus Dumbledore. 


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Posted 25 March 2019 - 11:17 AM

I just saw The Crimes of Grindelwald. I wouldn't call it inspired, but it had it's moments.

 

Gidnelwald is like, a good villain on paper. He makes a lot of smart moves, coupled with a number of "Hahaha I'm the Bad Guy do you get it yet?" moves. There's also the fact that his entire plan relies on getting an emotionally underdeveloped and severely unstable child stuck in a man's body to do what he wants.

 

As for the other characters, they were sketched well enough, and I'm glad Newt's brother didn't end up dying. There were two entire flashbacks for Leta, which I think wrapped up her arc in this movie nicely but what happens to her kind of... felt like it was cleaning up a mess rather than a natural growth from those things in her past.

 

A lot of people complain that this movie has a lot of set up, but I think that's actually ignoring the many things that did happen. I mean, the main problem is that the final act (again?) was really poorly written and dragged out an ending that essentially happens before the Grindlewald rally by stuffing it with lots of big bang things.

 

This is probably my favorite movie series, but also the only one I follow so that's not much praise.

 

Anyways at the beginning there was a lot that's just:

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 03:39 PM

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 09:27 PM

This film killed my interest in future Harry Potter media. This film is nothing but a soulless cashgrab, more interested in setting up the next five years of films, than being engaging or interesting in its own right.


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Posted 09 April 2019 - 09:31 PM

I find that a very weird complaint, if only because of how it would sound in other contexts. Like, replace "film" with "episode" or any sort of installment in a serialized format.

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 09:55 PM

I'm still scratching my head as to how a fun little bestiary with silly notes by Ron and Harry written in the margins is being turned into this epic 5-parter film saga involving that evil wizard Dumbledore fought.



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Posted 09 April 2019 - 11:02 PM

If they wanted this to be a film about Newt they should have had him travel the world, researching magical creatures. If they needed an overarching villain, he should have fought a poacher, a smuggler, a corrupt government official, or something, who's exploiting some magical creature, and when Newt beat them he learns that they were actually part of a larger organisation. This organisation then becomes the main villains of the film series.

 

It would have been something different, and actually made sense for a series called "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them".


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Posted 09 April 2019 - 11:10 PM

The bizarre detachment of Newt himself would be a problem if this were the first thing we see from this universe, but I think it's refreshing after how much of Harry Potter was dependent on, well, Harry himself.

Admittedly, I don't remember the books too well, but from what I gathered the view they gave of the Wizarding World was a bit too confined by what Harry could care to remember, so a lot of things like how society works was left unclear.

edit: not to say that the approach taken back then was bad, but such a hugely divergent approach is something this universe really needs. Maybe these movies aren't the best way to do it, but I can't say I want Newt to feel more like a lead after all the years of Harry.

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 11:59 PM

 

a series called "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them".

 

Only the first movie was called that.

 

Granted, I never really paid much attention to the real part of the Harry Potter franchise after reading the books and seeing a few of the movies

 

 

This film is nothing but a soulless cashgrab

 

Is this bad when the movies themselves are pretty fun? Like, this is a series about the Wizarding World and a prequel that goes over a lot of what the Harry Potter series chose to ignore in order to tell it's story. It's an expansive world-building attempt, and I quite like that.

 

 

than being engaging or interesting in its own right.

 

If you chose to ignore every single character and their compelling narratives, sure? Like honestly the Queenie plot from the second movie was surprisingly compelling in it's own right, starting on what appears to be the wrong foot just to actually show you that this is indeed the path she's taking in the end. I mean, I don't believe Maggie and Newt have any chemistry, but that could be said for a lot of things.

 

and when Newt beat them he learns that they were actually part of a larger organisation.

 

I don't want to get into criticizing your take on things but "large organization of animal poachers" doesn't sound anywhere near as interesting as what the series is doing right now.

 

I mean the movies are nowhere near perfect, but J.K.R is no screenwriter and even if she were, these are still tentpole blockbusters, but she's done pretty well with what she's got. Grindelwald was a big set-up movie, but it did it's work pretty briskly without screwing up too much, and was a fun, enjoyable ride.

 

On this note, filming for the third movie was pushed back from July this year to possibly next year, probably to get an actual screenwriter to handle J.K.R and maybe add a bunch of levity.


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 12:37 AM

When I meant larger group, I meant a larger criminal organisation, one who's involved in all sort of activities, not just animal ones. I could have made that clearer.


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 08:35 AM

A bit of delay for her to get someone to help out would be nice.


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 09:55 AM

A bit of delay for her to get someone to help out would be nice.

 

That's the problem. This is pure JK, with no one editing her work or acting as a conduit for her ideas. She is the only writer credited and it shows. She desperately needs a cowriter who knows how to translate ideas cinematically. Instead we get JK drivel and wish fulfillment. 


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 10:43 AM

Is there anything in these movies that was more wish-fulfillment than the Ron and Hermione relationship? Like, surely it's too early for any particular character's fate to seem "this looks like what the writer would have liked to happen to herself".

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 10:51 AM

A bit of delay for her to get someone to help out would be nice.

 

Agreed, I felt this film was just a low stakes mess and the villian was pretty worthless, the reason why Voldmort worked pretty well, he was built up carefully and didn't make his full return until the fourth book/film, but in this series, they suddenly reveal him at the end of the first film in a manner that made the reveal completely worthless as he was being taken into custody under the idenity he spent the whole film as and then at the begining of the second film, he escapes, so what was the point in putting him into jail in the first place?


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 11:00 AM

the reason why Voldmort worked pretty well, he was built up carefully and didn't make his full return until the fourth book/film,


That's some nonsense reasoning. Are you saying that villains can't work unless you take four movies before they show up?

I don't think this is even a sensible comparison considering that Grindelwald has been known about since Philosopher's Stone and lacks anything even approaching Voldemort's personal animosity towards Harry, so waiting four movies for Grindelwald would be more like four movies of aimless meandering rather than four movies of setup.

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 11:23 AM

as he was being taken into custody under the idenity he spent the whole film as

That's not even true. His disguise fell off so the American wizards knew they were arresting Grindelwald instead of Graves.
 

and then at the begining of the second film, he escapes, so what was the point in putting him into jail in the first place?


Are characters not allowed to leave a place quickly? Does every change of location need to be detailed in lots of screentime? Chamber of Secrets had Hagrid sent to prison and then return entirely off-screen.

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 11:45 AM

Voldemort worked as a villain?

 

Anyways, assuming that the Americans, who had super screwed up everything (like, everything) in the first movie would somehow be able to hold Grindelwald at all is really giving them a lot of leeway. Presumably he'd accounted for being captured at some point and had an exit plan.

 

 

made the reveal completely worthless as he was being taken into custody under the idenity he spent the whole film as

 

That's not why the Grindelwald reveal from the first film was bad, it was bad because it completely messed with the relationship that [Colin Farrel one and Credence had developed, which was pretty compelling. And it was bad enough that the bromance between them was framed in such a messed up way, it was made all the worse when it was actually confirmed that an old creepy gay man was trying to exploit Credence right from the start.

 

 

She desperately needs a cowriter who knows how to translate ideas cinematically. Instead we get JK drivel and wish fulfillment.

 

There's a lot of Set A to Set B to Set C-ing in the second movie, which was confusing and unneccesary. As a result, there are a bunch of scenes where characters just kind of get from one place to another without much explanation.

 

In the French Ministry, Leta is separated from Newt's brother somehow, but this is never shown nor is she ever questioned about it. Similarly, Newt, Maggie and Leta (and Jacob, separately I think) basically poof into existence at the Grindelwald rally, which is awkward as heck. And Maggie's solo adventures in the beginning of the movie are really, really weirdly framed.

 

But I won't agree on the drivel/wish fulfillment, because there hasn't been one moment where I felt that she'd just set aside writing a film to write the one super iconic scene she'd always wanted to write. In fact, I'd say the Leta flashback scenes are almost the opposite of this. And it's hard to claim Dumbledore is her sacred cow when he's barely in most of The Crimes of Grindelwald (you didn't say anything about this but it's common criticism I've heard online).


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