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@  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

@  Sabrblade : (12 November 2019 - 06:59 PM)

And yet, Transformers still broke the bank at the box office, opened up the brand to a whole new generation of fans, shot the brand up to mainstream appeal, and enabled all kinds of new collector-oriented lines and other avenues to come about. Not saying Sonic's movie will do the same for his series, but the 2007 TF movie certainly did more good than harm.

@  Bass X0 : (12 November 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Paramount changed Sonic due to fan backlash but refused to redo Transformers 2007 with new cgi appearances based on their classic forms everyone’s knows and loves, and can relate to. Trailer 1 Sonic is as appealing a design as 2007 Bumblebee...

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

I don't. They're a pain in the ass to repair.

@  Benbot : (12 November 2019 - 12:48 PM)

I wish car companies would bring back flip up headlights

@  TheMightyMol... : (12 November 2019 - 09:07 AM)

Wear a hazmat suit. It's Walmart, they're used to weird.

@  wonko the sane? : (12 November 2019 - 07:54 AM)

2 inches of snow on the side of the house, 2 feet of snow on the deck. I hate this winter already.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (11 November 2019 - 11:33 PM)

But that requires actually going IN walmart. ;P

@  Liege : (11 November 2019 - 11:22 PM)

Pro tip for anyone hunting the for the Walmart 35th exclusives: try the seasonal aisles rather than the toy section. I found the display with all the exclusives and a bunch of the reflector wave practically untouched amongst those novelty arcade machines and a bunch of frozen merch.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:45 PM)

Although that does spark an idea for me. In a new continuity, Censere the Necrobot could be the herald Cityspeaker for Quintessa the Necrotitan just to play on their monikers utilizing Greek for dead, nekrós.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (11 November 2019 - 09:26 PM)

I hate to burst your bubble, Maximus Ambus, but 90% of things said in IDW turned out to be amnesiac half-rememberings courtesy of Adaptus or outright lies courtesy of Shockwave.

@  Jenny : (11 November 2019 - 08:54 AM)

The toy's designed to look like Wipe-Out, anyway.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 08:14 AM)

Didn't they try to retcon that into a figure of speech because that connection went against everybody else's long-term plans?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 November 2019 - 03:53 AM)

There's still some connection given Trypticon was created by Mortilus.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 November 2019 - 12:12 AM)

Yeah that toy doesn't exactly look like Necrobot.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 08:24 PM)

But.... it's just "Necro" not "Necrobot".

@  TheMightyMol... : (10 November 2019 - 05:10 PM)

But why does the God of Death need a giant space kaiju? Wait, never mind, answered my own question.

@  Maximus Ambus : (10 November 2019 - 02:15 PM)

Yowza I just realised Titans Trypticon comes with Necro AKA Censere AKA Mortilus.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

I... think the best equivalent would actually be the British "There is room for improvement".

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:15 PM)

There's always a sense of irony to it, but what the ratio between irony (you really failed) and straightworwardness (at least you achieved something) is depends on the situation and the speaker.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:12 PM)

The meaning can be both literal (you succeed on one level but fail on another), or it can be utterly ironic (you fail in every regard but the most technical; or even worse, "you really gave your best"), and anything in between.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 01:10 PM)

For example: A singer can hit the notes really well, but clearly isn't a native speaker and what little of the lyrics you can make out sounds nothing like what it's supposed to be.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:06 PM)

The premise seems to be the mixing of technical and aesthetic technical qualities towards the overall success.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 01:05 PM)

But both "hollow victory" and pyrrhic victory" are referring to having lost as much as you've gained. IE; a battle was won but both armies were destroyed. The town being seiged is victorious, but all the soldiers are still dead. Nevermore's concept is more "You did it, but it's so ugly we don't know if you actually succeeded".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Alternately, one could probably also call it a "hollow victory".

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:35 AM)

Example: In the Powerpuff Girls episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", the monster-of-the-day was a really tough, giant-size one that required the use of a really destructive mech to defeat it. While the monster was ultimately beaten, the city of Townsville was utterly trashed by the mech's weapons in the process. So, while the city was saved from the monster, it was harmed even worse by the mech that saved it, making the victory bittersweet.

@  Sabrblade : (10 November 2019 - 11:32 AM)

@Nevermore, sounds to me like what one might call a "bittersweet victory". The goal was met, but at great cost or by disastrous result that call into question if the achieved goal could even be called a success.

@  Arvegtor : (10 November 2019 - 09:40 AM)

Seems to be close enough to "Pyrrhic victory"

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 November 2019 - 09:37 AM)

What do you get from putting the German term through a translator?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 November 2019 - 08:57 AM)

That is a ridiculously interesting concept. But I don't think english has a singular term for what you're describing.

@  Nevermore : (10 November 2019 - 08:28 AM)

Is there an English equivalent for what we Germans call "deductions in the B rating"? Context: Someone did something and suceeded on a technical level (as in, achieved the intended goal), but failed to some degree in the details, i.e. there was some collateral damage, or while a technical success, the end result is an aestetic failure. It can be used highly ironically, as in "barely achieved the intended goal, but failed so much in every aspect that's not purely technical that it might as well be considered an utter failure altogether." The German term is derived from the old judging syste in figure skating, which gave separate ratings for "technical merit" and "presentation", with the latter being the origin of the German term.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (10 November 2019 - 02:32 AM)

Huh. I did not know before today that "medieval" had an alternate spelling "mediaeval". Like "paleontology" and "palaeontology".

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 November 2019 - 04:15 PM)

'Beast Wars in underrated' the comment went. I exploded.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:19 PM)

Absolutely.

@  wonko the sane? : (09 November 2019 - 02:14 PM)

So... you can look like a cop from the 70's AND a huge nerd at the same time?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (09 November 2019 - 02:09 PM)

I feel like the best way to carry the Switch would be an under-arm torso holster.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 12:31 PM)

It's not. hell. If the 3DS zelda case just stretched a LITTLE more it would fit.

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 November 2019 - 03:38 AM)

I feel like the Switch Lite is a bit big to have hanging on your belt like that, but I don't take my Switch out with me often anyway.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (09 November 2019 - 01:13 AM)

I must be the only one who wants a switch lite case with a belt loop. o.O

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 November 2019 - 03:03 PM)

I'm gonna have "Chainsaw Buffet" and "Candy For the Cannibal" by Lordi playing in my head all night.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 November 2019 - 12:36 PM)

Trick or treaters can only consent to cannibalism in Germania.

@  Sabrblade : (07 November 2019 - 12:12 PM)

Hey, if the trick or treaters can't take some loving insults, that's their problem.

@  Arazyr : (07 November 2019 - 11:39 AM)

Just make sure to put the leftovers in the fridge, so they don't get spoiled.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 November 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I love children... but I can never eat a whole one.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 November 2019 - 09:52 AM)

I can neither confirm nor deny this allegation.

@  Paladin : (07 November 2019 - 09:46 AM)

...you don't roast the trick or treaters, do you....


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#1 Maximus Ambus

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 01:54 PM

No spoilers in my post  EDIT: But we can post them with spoiler tags, this series has a years exclusivity with Netflix.

 

What an awesome series this was, I loved every minute of it and got a bit nostalgic for my childhood era. It conjured memories of my family getting our first VHS (and our first video was Watership Down) and of the first comic I subscribed to through the newsagents: Transformers.

 

Oh what the pit, here's a trailer.

 

 

First eight minutes:

 


Edited by Whirl Maximus, 07 August 2016 - 04:33 PM.

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 02:08 PM

the series is perfect. Everything is so well done.


A persistent predator is always alert!awake! focused! and Zzzz.....

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 04:08 PM

Only one thing disappointed me, but it's a spoiler.

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 04:18 PM

Spoiler

 

This show is

Pretty.

Good.

 

Seriously, it's captivating and mysterious. The kids are all terrific. This show calls to mind everything that was cool about 80's horror and replaces all of the terrible writing and acting of that era with drama that is very well composed and performed. I can't praise it enough.



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Posted 07 August 2016 - 05:36 PM

I've got two eps to go on this, loving it.

Its all a bit cliched imo, but I guess that's the point since its all referencing 80s shows and movies.

 

Seriously, it's captivating and mysterious. The kids are all terrific. This show calls to mind everything that was cool about 80's horror and replaces all of the terrible writing and acting of that era with drama that is very well composed and performed. I can't praise it enough.

Dammit I tried to quote you and it revealed the spoiler. :( At least its vague enough that I don't know the exact details.

It feels like a Steving King miniseries, but they were all pretty terrible weren't they? So yeh I agree its a great improvement on those.



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Posted 07 August 2016 - 06:07 PM

Aww, crap. This is a Calrissian-esque betrayal, isn't it? Sorry about that, man.

 

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If it helps, it's not at all relevant to the plot. Sometimes you scratch your head at the decision making of a few characters, but it's the kind of stuff good writers can use to drive a narrative.



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Posted 07 August 2016 - 07:38 PM

You slimy double crossing no good swindler 😂
Spoiler
Great show though.

Edited by BlitzwingHaz, 07 August 2016 - 07:41 PM.


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Posted 07 August 2016 - 08:37 PM


 
 
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Posted 07 August 2016 - 10:35 PM

Recommended to me by a friend but first and second ep was too slow for me. Then another friend said keep watching so watched third, fourth, fifth then finished it all.

It's good but, man, violence. I looked up an article interview with the creators and it answered all my questions about the deaths and choices and ending.

Edit - oh, I sometimes thought the main kid looked girly and the little girl looked boyish and they should switch, hahahahaha.

Edited by Fero McPigletron, 07 August 2016 - 10:37 PM.

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   TOY DRAMA THEATER!

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 10:48 PM

why switch? don't enforce the binary Fero... remember there is a near-infinite line of measurable space between 0 and 1 ... these may be a pair of 0.5s ;)



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 01:40 PM

Spoiler

 

Spoiler

 

Recommended to me by a friend but first and second ep was too slow for me. Then another friend said keep watching so watched third, fourth, fifth then finished it all.

It's good but, man, violence. I looked up an article interview with the creators and it answered all my questions about the deaths and choices and ending.

 

I might be desensitized. As horror goes, I thought this was tame by comparison. Which is something I was very grateful for. The gratuitous and often, uh, gooey nature of the genre turns me off quickly. Stranger Things hits that sweet spot for me by being enough of all the necessary things for this kind of story without being too much of them.



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 02:39 PM

Well, for me, it was the violence related to Eleven, especially the ending. But perhaps it's referencing 80's Firestarter, ala so sweet yet yikes.

I confused Eleven for a boy at first but I think that was a point for a while.

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 03:06 PM

May also have been related to the movie Altered States (1980).


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Posted 08 August 2016 - 03:50 PM

This series spoke directly to my soul! It was pretty tough for the Bride and I to space out our watching of it over a week. We really wanted to binge.

 

Also I am a non-nostalgic fan of old-school D&D so it was pretty cool to see the various game materials. I have a few of those old yellow Grenadier miniature boxes, as well as the DUNGEON! board game you see in a box in one scene. 


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 10:35 PM

Spoiler
Great show though.

 

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Hopefully it gets a second season.  I really enjoyed the 80s feel everything had... even down to little details like how on-screen fonts dissolve in the title sequence.



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 07:45 PM

Spoiler

 

I've rewatced a couple key sequences and have my own ideas about that.

 

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Posted 10 August 2016 - 10:53 PM

The only stretch for me was how would an 11yo boy know anything about putting make-up on a girl?

 

 

He had an older sister, I would think it wouldn't be tough to pick up the basics.


 
 
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Posted 10 August 2016 - 11:06 PM

Speaking of knowing things, their teacher was so cool. They even had his home phone (bros before water hose). Glad his case wasn't like the other cool guy, the cook guy.

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 06:15 PM

I just finished this. It was amazing. It was great.

Only issues is I feel we saw too much of the monster inside the school and that took the terror away and moved the series into hokey sci fi.

Weird how Nancy's dad is like a non character. I wonder how much her mom knows at the end about went on.

Really don't know how they'll do a sequel series but I'm there

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 07:26 PM

Don't know about a sequel? Did you not see the ending of the final episode?  There are two pretty major threads left hanging.


 
 
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