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@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (25 January 2020 - 11:17 PM)

Twitter's revamp is so dumb. Nowadays, even when I am logged out of my account, right-clicking an image on Google Chrome won't let me access a URL to easily get the image's full size. That functionality was so useful!

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 January 2020 - 10:01 PM)

But when was the last time you saw a major retailer (since TRU) actually allot shelf space for a Transformers Titan? Or the Vintage Collection Poe X-Wing? There's clearly some sort of disparity between "girls" and "boys" toys that give companies justification to create $100+ items in the girls segment in FAR greater frequency than in boys.

@  fourteenwings : (25 January 2020 - 12:56 AM)

"how expensive they were" Tell that to L.O.L. O.M.G. and the $129 Amazing Surprise (I mean I guess when it comes to the toy aisle Power Rangers isn't a juggernaut like L.O.L.)

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 January 2020 - 09:18 PM)

I think the big reason we didn't see the actual combining Zords at retail was because of how expensive they were. It would cost $100 to get enough of them to make a Megazord, $160+ if you want the Ultrazord. Or parents could just get the dang Ultrazord for $40 even if it didn't combine.

@  Steevy Maximus : (24 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

Because they are "kids toys" not "collector toys"

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 03:27 PM)

1) I don't have Target. 2) can't go into my walmart. I'm surprised Hasbro won't sell the toys on Pulse

@  Bass X0 : (24 January 2020 - 02:43 PM)

I dreamt my phone was ringing and woke up to answer it.

@  Sabrblade : (24 January 2020 - 02:05 PM)

The Lightning Collection figures, the smaller normal-sized Beast Morphers Ranger/enemy/Beast-Bot figures, the role-play morpher and weapon toys, and the simplistic non-combining megazord toys have all been very easy to find at various Targets and Walmarts. It's only been the actual combining Beast Morphers zord toys (which are bizarrely being sold individually this time) that have been hard to find in stores.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 01:49 PM)

Thought I do question Hasbro's almost reluctance to have the toys available anywhere.

@  Paladin : (24 January 2020 - 01:44 PM)

i've been trying to sell mine for weeks...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 01:37 PM)

I hadn't opened mine yet, but from what I've seen, the general agreement is that the Beast Morpher zords are much better than Bandais.

@  ThunderWear : (24 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

I'm guessing if they're going to do anything on the level of Legacy Zords, it's being discussed behind NDAs at Toy Fair

@  Rodimus Supreme : (24 January 2020 - 10:38 AM)

Lightning Collection is good, and they're taking their sweet time on making Zords that are better than Bandai's Zords.

@  ThunderWear : (24 January 2020 - 10:34 AM)

So, what's the general PR fandom consensus of the Hasbro run of PR so far? I pretty much stepped out of the community after I got the Bandai Legacy zords I wanted.

@  Paladin : (24 January 2020 - 08:46 AM)

that would require someone to BUY Hasbro PR toys...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 07:17 AM)

Well hopefully see some cool PR stuff. Wish BBTS sold Hasbro PR toys.

@  fourteenwings : (24 January 2020 - 07:01 AM)

February 22nd through 25th, I feel like it was earlier last year...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (24 January 2020 - 06:32 AM)

When is NY TF?

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:43 PM)

I don't know about Hasbro's general policy but I know everybody was on lockdown for Frozen II, which included both LEGO and Hasbro. Plus, I'm guessing everybody is holding off PR for NY Toy Fair? Overall, it's best to remember that Toy Fairs are for buyers, not fans.

@  fourteenwings : (23 January 2020 - 11:41 PM)

LEGO has been doing this for ages, including sending cease and desists when outlets get leaked images.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:42 PM)

And then they ended up selling off the brand, so I guess I wasn't the only one.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:41 PM)

Last time a toy brand I followed tightened down on toy fair and all the invited guests posted glowing reviews of what they saw, I ended up being disappointed as heck.

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:34 PM)

JediNews UK basically said they got a walkthrough of Lego's showcase...but were legally bound to NOT talk about anything, much less take pics.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 10:24 PM)

I wondered why I had seen basically nothing newsworthy from the event

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 January 2020 - 10:14 PM)

Word is that Hasbro and Lego have their UK Toy Fair stuff on MAJOR lockdown. Full NDAs and everything.

@  ThunderWear : (23 January 2020 - 09:28 PM)

Seeing people say the $0.99 + $20 shipping item is cheaper than the $19.99 + free shipping item and getting tons of likes for it... I just don't know anymore.

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 09:11 PM)

if you havent already, y'all check your walmarts clearance aisle. i found siege six shot for $5. course, it could just be my walmart, but never hurts to look

@  Vexwing : (23 January 2020 - 07:20 PM)

Candlejack is going to need more ro

@  Patch : (23 January 2020 - 06:30 PM)

I thought you had to type out Candlejack's full name bef

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 02:46 PM)

I typed in the wrong tab.

@  Paladin : (23 January 2020 - 02:32 PM)

must've been the works of Candleja

@  Telly : (23 January 2020 - 02:06 PM)

looks like maximus wiped himself out mid-sentence

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 January 2020 - 08:42 AM)

Disregard this.

@  TheMightyMol... : (22 January 2020 - 06:58 PM)

Bold of you all to assume we won't wipe ourselves out in 50 years.

@  Benbot : (22 January 2020 - 04:27 PM)

There will be no UBI, people will just live in a ditch while they celebrate owning the libs.

@  Rycochet : (22 January 2020 - 03:24 PM)

In 50 years, retail will be dead because all stores are staffless fully automated operations controlled by Amazon. The UBI will be less than a fifth of what it actually costs to live after two decades of cuts and.a steadfast refusal to match inflation.

@  Maximus Ambus : (22 January 2020 - 02:55 PM)

In fifty years retail will be a thing of the past through robots, printers and Universal Basic Income.

@  Rodimus Supreme : (21 January 2020 - 11:16 AM)

Big retailers just don't want money anymore, so let's not give them any,

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:12 PM)

This place is a madhouse, feels like being cloned.

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 January 2020 - 03:38 PM)

I took one step beyond the outer limits to the twilight zone.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 10:19 AM)

All retail is basically the same.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 January 2020 - 10:00 AM)

Walmart just needs to go bankrupt already.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:19 AM)

They didn't put the 35th anniversary stuff back out until after new year. I'm no retail expert, but I feel like having stock on the shelf is better than the back. Especially toys at christmas time.

@  ThunderWear : (20 January 2020 - 07:18 AM)

Yeah, my local walmart took away the 35th anniversary endcap weeks before Christmas and left the Transformer section empty well past Christmas.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 January 2020 - 04:44 AM)

Mine only has the 35th Anniversary Voyagers. A whole lot of them.

@  Telly : (19 January 2020 - 11:35 PM)

just be happy your walmart even stocks voyagers. mine doesnt

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 January 2020 - 08:53 PM)

Figures that Walmart finally restocks Studio Voyagers...with Wave ONE

@  ThunderWear : (19 January 2020 - 09:27 AM)

I snagged Rainmakers for half off.  They make me want jolly ranchers.

@  Trpodeca : (18 January 2020 - 04:21 PM)

I was using my account on another comptuer, and oddly it seemed to default to $US rather than converting it.

@  TM2-Megatron : (18 January 2020 - 02:02 PM)

You should be able to set eBay to display in your local currency, although personally I like to know the actual currency the item is listed in so I know if I need to account for forex fees or not


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 03:36 PM

I only have to glance at his posts to tell if a movie is good or bad generally.

-ZacWilliam, if he disliked it, the film is generally intelligent and wonderful. ;)

What about the movies I like?



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Posted 20 November 2019 - 03:40 PM

They're terrible and shlocky and should be avoided except as free tv movies aired at 2 PM on Sundays.


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 04:57 PM

They're terrible and shlocky and should be avoided except as free tv movies aired at 2 PM on Sundays.

That's an unusual description of The Sandbaggers.

You, sir, must have a lower opinion of Humanity than I previously gave you credit for. Congratulations!



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Posted 20 November 2019 - 06:24 PM

Oh, you can ignore me all you want.

Doesn't mean I'm wrong though.

 

Indeed, ignoring you doesn't make you wrong. You being wrong is what makes you wrong.

 

Trying to give a true review a film of which you've only watched 10 minutes is intellectually dishonest, and just plain childish.


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:41 PM

I would ask that you answer 2 questions, however.


Sure thing!
 

If you don't like the first 10 minutes of something, why do you keep watching?


Ok, well most of the time I do keep watching and that's because when I actually sit down to watch a movie it is because I wanted to see it and I don't trust my snap decision after 10 minutes. Often movies with bad starts get better, but even when they don't, *I* generally want to form an opinion based on the whole movie.

And, if the first 10 minutes of something have been so awful that you are thinking "I'd rather watch a blank screen than this," and yet for some reason you do keep watching, how many times has it actually turned around and become something you enjoyed--really enjoyed to the point that you forgive the utterly horrid first 10 minutes? (As follow ups, would this hypothetical show be better off without those first 10 minutes? If so, why are they even there? If not, and they are crucial to the overall show, was there a way to make them less horrid?)


There have been times that I haven't finished a movie and there's nothing wrong with that. I don't want you to feel like that was my problem with what you said. But I actually have a remarkable example for your question. Captain Marvel. I felt the movie was very strange as I was watching it, especially the first bit of it. Even as I left the theater I was confused and I don't like being confused.  My wife still doesn't ever want to see the movie again and that's okay.  I haven't taken the time to watch it again, but I want to.  Because as I lay in bed that night thinking about the movie, I believe that I understood what the director was doing.  I am disappointed to see that I didn't post it here where I can point you to it, but I wasn't on the Allspark that much for a few years until recently.  But I posted on Facebook and will put it below:

 

"Spoiler free analysis: Captain Marvel might have gotten me back in the theater a second time in the old days without 2 toddlers. I’ve liked it more as I have reflected and look forward to watching it again at home. If you’re thinking of going, I say this: Many times during the movie I felt confused and uncertain about where the story was going and I usually feel like that means the director should have done a better job, but hold on. The director is putting you in Captain Marvel’s shoes. She is confused and uncertain where her mission is going so you will actually be sharing her experience and figuring out who to trust and who are good guys and bad guys right with her. You aren’t watching her go dot to dot through a traditional superhero origin where everything that has to happen is everything you know has to happen. I believe that was intentional and pretty neat. And if you have a little girl that is old enough, go show her that one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU is a girl."

 

Since you have already written a review of the movie, I won't avoid spoilers with you.  Everyone is lying to the main character.  The structure of the movie uses familiar tropes to make you as the audience trust lies just like Carol.  Even casting choices and things they said about them in the lead up to the movie were lies.  They said Jude Law was playing Mar-vell.  He wasn't Mar-vell.  He's actually a villain from the comics.  Right off the bat they show you that Carol has a superpower and they refer to it as a gift they gave her and your average movie goer accepts it.  It's a lie.  They have kidnapped her and are trying to control her.  She's totally brainwashed.  Later they introduce who seems to be the bad guy and they cast Ben Mendelssohn who has lately played high profile bad guys and he's a Skrull which we know are bad guys.  But it is a lie.  As the movie goes you AND Carol get more and more hints that you've been deceived and everything gets turned on its head.  She changes sides when she realizes that the bad guys are the good guys and the good guys are the bad guys.  The freaking Skrulls are the good guys.  The Kree are the bad guys.  Mar-vell is reimagined as a woman that Carol knew.  Her origin was a few years ago.  She just didn't get to finish it then because she was taken by the Kree and brainwashed.  To me, it is all pretty cool.  No one but "This Is Us" has ever so successfully misdirected me.  But the experience that a first time, non-spoiled viewer of this movie gets is VERY interesting.  Even if you watch it now, you won't get that because you were never actually going to even watch the movie without being spoiled and maybe you still won't.  But you are confused and off-balance watching the start of the movie because you are supposed to.  Because Carol is.


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Posted 20 November 2019 - 11:07 PM

That's an interesting take.

On the other hand, if that's what's going on, there's a better version of that movie: Donnie Darko. I still see new things in that movie when I watch it. And it managed to not annoy the crap out of me when I first watched it, even though I didn't know what was going on.

 

Compare that to "Your teacher says your not ready, but we're still going to send you on this highly classified important mission. You're going with people you know, but that the audience hasn't been introduced to."

 

Now, starting en media res can work. I've seen it done.

 

Given the way this movie started, though, I honestly can't imagine what anyone saw in it to make them want to watch any further than I did. Heck, I gave it 5 extra minutes just because it was a Marvel movie and I didn't think it could be nearly as bad as the nerdrage wanted us to believe.



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Posted 21 November 2019 - 12:08 AM

You're going with people you know, but that the audience hasn't been introduced to."

 

Korath from Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely in the group with her.


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QUOTE(Bass X0 @ Aug 17 2013, 08:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think the concept of being educated and being able to educate is something that more people need more of in their lives.

No, we don't all know everything but we should spread and share that what we do know.

If I'm consistently misspelling a word, I would want and expect people to correct me as should I imagine all decent people who know the value of good literacy.

Its just arrogant laziness to know you're spelling a word incorrectly and not correct yourself or ignore the advice when people do tell you how to spell a word correctly.

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 01:19 AM

I'm guessing that was the guy who had 2 or 3 lines in the attempt to capture Quill? Hardly someone we were really introduced to.



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Posted 21 November 2019 - 01:51 AM

Also, if you had watched more than just the first ten minutes of the movie, you would have learned that those other guys in her group are people we're not supposed to care about since they turn out to be bad guys, with Carol's actual allies coming into the story after she arrives on Earth, and which we do care about since A) two of them ARE familiar faces and B) two others are new characters whom we are formally introduced to, whom we get to know very well, and who turn out to be the among the best and most likable characters of the movie (I'll never say that Carol herself was well written as she bored me, but her allies made the movie enjoyable).

 

As for why the first ten minutes initially stuck with the unimportant characters that we aren't supposed to be interested in, as Axaday described, that was all part of the film's intentional use of misdirection. And another of the bad guys who comes in later in the movie is also another very familiar face (and it's not Thanos).


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QUOTE(Bass X0 @ Aug 17 2013, 08:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think the concept of being educated and being able to educate is something that more people need more of in their lives.

No, we don't all know everything but we should spread and share that what we do know.

If I'm consistently misspelling a word, I would want and expect people to correct me as should I imagine all decent people who know the value of good literacy.

Its just arrogant laziness to know you're spelling a word incorrectly and not correct yourself or ignore the advice when people do tell you how to spell a word correctly.

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 05:49 AM

Given the way this movie started, though, I honestly can't imagine what anyone saw in it to make them want to watch any further than I did. Heck, I gave it 5 extra minutes just because it was a Marvel movie and I didn't think it could be nearly as bad as the nerdrage wanted us to believe.

 

You have an opportunity for real introspection then.  You can't imagine why anyone watched it further than you did, but 100 million people did.



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Posted 21 November 2019 - 06:35 AM

That's an interesting take.
On the other hand, if that's what's going on, there's a better version of that movie: Donnie Darko. I still see new things in that movie when I watch it. And it managed to not annoy the crap out of me when I first watched it, even though I didn't know what was going on.


I haven’t seen Donnie Darko. I have heard it is good. A lot of other movies people liked I haven’t seen. But they’re going to keep making movies and a lot of them aren’t going to be as good as Donnie Darko.

My wife saw Captain Marvel all the way through and didn’t like it. Even after talking with me about it, she doesn’t want to watch it again. And you might have never liked it either and that’s fine. You can quit 15 minutes in and you can not like the movie. You can even both. You just can’t expect people to be interested in your review of a movie you haven’t seen.



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