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@  Rycochet : (07 May 2021 - 05:10 PM)

Surprised we didn't get a full size retool from the monsterbot mold. I'd rather have a CW Ironhide retool though, we need a van Wilder.

@  tigerhawk : (07 May 2021 - 04:19 PM)

I just noticed Wilder was the only omission from Takara Legends.

@  Nevermore : (07 May 2021 - 06:01 AM)

Even more weirdly, it was the early shift where some people had their regular day off for the week, while the late shift was supposed to have full attendance (not counting sick days, vacations and overtime reduction).

@  Nevermore : (07 May 2021 - 01:15 AM)

The weirdest part was that there was a steady influx of voters during the early shift, while hardly anyone showed up during the late shift.

@  Nevermore : (07 May 2021 - 01:14 AM)

Wow, that was a long day. But it's over, and I finally got some sleep. Not particularly happy with the outcome, but then again, my candidates both admit they didn't really campaign that much.

@  Echowarrior : (06 May 2021 - 08:56 PM)

Best of luck, Nevermore.

@  wonko the sane? : (06 May 2021 - 10:18 AM)

Best of luck man.

@  electricidad : (05 May 2021 - 03:22 PM)

GOOD LUCK, NEVERMORE!

@  Nevermore : (05 May 2021 - 03:14 PM)

The election committee whose chairman I am has been preparing this election since February. There's no real gain for me either way, so I don't care that much for the outcome, but it's going to be a stressful day for me either way.

@  Nevermore : (05 May 2021 - 03:13 PM)

Wish me luck. Tomorrow is this year's supervisory board election at my workplace, and I'm the guy in charge of organizing the election.

@  tigerhawk : (05 May 2021 - 01:30 PM)

I have two Overlords one was faulty with a melted foot and they never took it back but replaced it, I just checked the guns, both the handles seem to be turning white.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 May 2021 - 07:38 PM)

REVELATION! Towering war machines more durable than nerd!

@  Telly : (04 May 2021 - 07:18 PM)

pansy. my trypticon AND scorponok took a header from 4 feet up and only had parts pop off that were easily reattached. guess 'cons are tougher...

@  tigerhawk : (04 May 2021 - 04:03 PM)

My TR Perceptor fell and the titan master peg in the leg snapped off. Fortunately I have the Legends one.

@  wonko the sane? : (02 May 2021 - 08:50 PM)

It's a fairly well known fact that "it's a wonderful life" only became popular after it dropped into the public domain. So, yeah, they probably did.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (02 May 2021 - 08:29 PM)

I read an interesting observation on Twitter. If it is the natural course of a human to grow into Grandpa Abe yelling at a cloud, but nostalgia also yields rose-tinted glasses for the likes of one's youth, then did Greatest Generation adults bemoan how Baby Boomer children loved box office flops such as The Wizard of Oz and It's a Wonderful Life?

@  Steevy Maximus : (02 May 2021 - 09:54 AM)

You’re traveling down a rabbit hole I dare not follow

@  Otaku : (02 May 2021 - 09:26 AM)

At the same time, with my almost non-existent knowledge of Japanese and how oddly some things translate, seeing "Gorgeous Giorgios Gorges" made me wonder if that would make it "JoJoJo"... which now has my brain terrified of a weird Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo/Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Crossover. @[email protected]

@  Otaku : (02 May 2021 - 09:24 AM)

It is always weird when things align.  This talk of Gorgeous Giorgios Gorges in the SquawkBox reminded me of King Gorgeous Gorge on the FoxBox.

@  -LittleAutob... : (01 May 2021 - 08:52 PM)

Nice

@  Nevermore : (01 May 2021 - 09:03 AM)

I got one even better: After that character by the name of Gorgeous Giorgios dies in a gorge, they name that whole area after him: The Gorgeous Giorgios Gorges.

@  tigerhawk : (30 April 2021 - 01:56 AM)

Paint apps did slide notably during TR, wave one's Titan Masters had detail but wave 2 onwards was absent of them. Wave 5's Ramhorn, Dreadnaut, Scorchfire and Aimless had detail but Murk and Hazard didn't, can't speak for Flameout as I got Legends Twintwist and Slugslinger.

@  kizudarake : (29 April 2021 - 04:50 PM)

Anyone here got any g1 jet fire parts for sale?

@  wonko the sane? : (29 April 2021 - 04:12 PM)

Other than a few overly tight joints, the paints apps are my single complaint about the generations line.

@  tigerhawk : (29 April 2021 - 02:25 PM)

I just saw Legends Leo Prime now I wish Titans Return Alpha Trion had a few more paint apps for ship mode.

@  walruslaw : (28 April 2021 - 09:33 PM)

dagrimbo

@  CORVUS : (27 April 2021 - 08:11 PM)

Indeed.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (27 April 2021 - 04:59 PM)

CORVUS: considering that reply, I'm pretty sure this was just another instance of Bass posting poorly-defined drivel as if it were profound.

@  TheMightyMol... : (27 April 2021 - 04:24 PM)

Given the last year and a half or so, is it any surprise?

@  Bass X0 : (27 April 2021 - 04:12 PM)

People are snapping already it seems.

@  Kaon : (27 April 2021 - 12:15 PM)

I like the Shattered Glass Megatron's alt mode

@  CORVUS : (26 April 2021 - 07:30 PM)

I'd like to know what society he's talking about, and what qualifies as "nothing", TBH.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (26 April 2021 - 05:09 PM)

I don't see the point in such a poorly defined "everyone is terrible" statement. He's not complaining about any specific people or specific problems.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (26 April 2021 - 05:06 PM)

I do not see anything about Bass's comment that felt a need for you to attack him.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (26 April 2021 - 04:35 PM)

Bass: does that "everyone" include yourself or are you just trying to act like you're better than everybody without actually proving anything?

@  wonko the sane? : (26 April 2021 - 04:10 PM)

Mostly it's "oh, don't say that right now" and "better learn when to duck".

@  Bass X0 : (26 April 2021 - 04:05 PM)

There's something to be said about society when everyones just an inch away from snapping over nothing.

@  Steevy Maximus : (26 April 2021 - 02:17 PM)

WalMart is a cruel mistress. Today she runneth over...tommorrow, she'll be barren as a desert.

@  -LittleAutob... : (26 April 2021 - 12:21 PM)

I love Wal-mart now- They have way more Transformers figures than Target- last night I came home with a WFC Authentic Wheeljack even though I was torn between wanting TFP Arcee and TF: The Movie Blurr, two figures I have never ever seen before-

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 April 2021 - 10:29 AM)

Spelling intended lol

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 April 2021 - 10:29 AM)

Curious Geogore

@  NotVeryKnightly : (25 April 2021 - 07:54 AM)

"My name is Giovanni Giorgio, but everybody calls me Giorgio"

@  MEDdMI : (25 April 2021 - 07:52 AM)

New JoJo villain, GoGio

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 April 2021 - 07:52 AM)

Is this a Jojo?

@  Nevermore : (25 April 2021 - 06:49 AM)

Now I suddenly have a character with the name "Gorgeous Georgios" in mind.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 April 2021 - 04:00 PM)

H A -

@  Nevermore : (24 April 2021 - 01:58 PM)

Saint Georgios Day?

@  Donocropolis : (23 April 2021 - 06:59 AM)

more like Saint GORGEOUS Day.

@  tigerhawk : (23 April 2021 - 04:59 AM)

Saint Georges Day.

@  Sabrblade : (21 April 2021 - 11:55 PM)

Glenn Morshower would agree. He goes to auditions with his shoes full of syrup.


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#1 CORVUS

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 03:10 AM

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So, doing something different this year with my annual Horror-Marathon, and that's covering it here. I'll be starting my marathon with a week-long pre-show on August the 25th. 

 

This is the fifth year that I've done this, and generally I just post about it on Facebook. I'll be doing that this year too, although I'm paring back the FB coverage this time out because, well, screw Facebook. While I'll post notifications about what and when I'm watching on FB, my reviews will no longer be posted there. Instead, the reviews will be posted on my blog, and right here. 

 

In the lead-up to this year's marathon, I'll go ahead and start sharing some of my review-comments from the past couple of years. If this thread goes over well, I'll keep splitting coverage. Tomorrow (HAH! Later today) I'll go ahead and list the films that are on the pre-show lineup.

 

Basically, watch this space. ;)


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 04:23 AM

Do Ghost Tunnel! The movie is unintentionally hilarious.

 

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 04:45 AM

*checks*

 

Looks like that film is called "Ghost Train", but "Ghost Tunnel" is an alternate title. Unintentionally hilarious eh? Alrighty, I've added to to the alternates list!


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 04:53 AM

Gah! Been a few years. Not Ghost at all. Death Tunnel is what I meant.

 

Death.

Ghost.

Same thing, right?

 

And yes, they put "THE WHEELS!" on the damn promotional picture.


Edited by Rust, 30 July 2020 - 04:54 AM.


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 10:12 AM

Anna and The Apocalypse is horror musical that I really enjoyed about Zombies!



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 10:50 AM

A horror musical...? Oh, I have to check that out.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:00 AM

I watched "Anna and The Apocalypse" during last-year's marathon. I didn't love it (I think my expectations were too high, perhaps?), but it is definitely worth a watch. In fact, I may re-watch it somewhere down the road.


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:28 AM

How appropriate, since 2020 is already its own horror marathon. You can't spell CORONAVIRUS without CORVUS!



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:34 AM

So, for this year's pre-show, I have 10 films lined up. The theme is pandemics (naturally):

 

* Children Of Men (2006)

* 12 Monkeys (1995)

* Blindness (2008)

* Maggie (2015)

* REC (2007)

* Contagion (2011)

* The Seventh Seal (1957)

* Right At Your Door (2006)

* Zombieland - Double-Tap (2019)

* Pontypool (2008)

 

Out of these, I've seen Pontypool and 12 Monkeys. I saw the former about 9 years ago, and the latter I probably saw shortly after it hit the video-store shelves, and it didn't truly grab me at the time. As such, its long overdue for a re-watch. Contagion isn't strictly a horror-film in the traditional sense, but its friggin' 2020, and its definitely close-enough to count. And, while I've seen the English-language remake of REC (called Quarantine), I've never seen the original.

 

For the curious, I started last-year's pre-show on August the 16th, and the 17 films I watched are listed right here


How appropriate, since 2020 is already its own horror marathon. You can't spell CORONAVIRUS without CORVUS!

 

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Edited by CORVUS, 30 July 2020 - 11:37 AM.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:45 AM

Oh, Children of Men is excellent!

 

Zombieland 2 is utterly superfluous and unmemorable. It wasn't the worst movie I watched on a plane this year (that'd be Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) but I remember the least about what happens in it. 



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 12:25 PM

I can't imagine someone voluntarily watching Contagion now.  



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 01:29 PM

Oh, Children of Men is excellent!
 
Zombieland 2 is utterly superfluous and unmemorable. It wasn't the worst movie I watched on a plane this year (that'd be Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) but I remember the least about what happens in it. 


I agree with all of this.
I finally got rid of that big white box.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 01:43 PM

I can't imagine someone voluntarily watching Contagion now.  

 

When my Nuclear fears peak, I'm known to re-watch "Threads" and "The Day After". Its my way of inoculating myself against the anxiety, and the current situation with COVID-19 should lend a little piquancy to "Contagion" it might otherwise lack, at least from where I'm sitting. 


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 04:08 PM

I'll pay someone to kick me in the genitals with steel toed boots before I ever watch "Threads" again.

 

I didn't sleep well for a month.

 

EDIT: To kind of tie that into the Horror theme of the thread, "Threads" did what it was meant to do, but it's kind of like the novel "The Deep" by Nick Cutter. It's a pretty cut and dry horror novel really - the tropes are loud and you're never really surprised by what happens within the book itself...but the imagry the book evokes stays with me to this day. It's disturbing and I don't like dwelling on it over-much, because I start recalling more and more details I'd aggressively repressed.

 

Put bluntly, it does what it's supposed to do. And it made me uncomfortable enough that while I don't bemoan the experience, I have no desire to relive it. Sort of like the "Joker" movie, really.


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 04:25 PM

I cannot blame anyone for never re-watching "Threads", and I know I'm in some sort of odd minority for doing so, multiple times. 

 

That said, I will never re-watch "The Road", ever. And I'm not likely to ever re-watch "Where The Wind Blows", or "Testament" either. 


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 04:30 PM

I still can't bring myself to watch the Road based on plot synopsis alone.



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 04:59 PM

Its an extremely well-done film, but it digs at your heart with a rusty spoon.

 

Anywhoozle, to keep content rolling between now and the start of this-year's marathon, I'm going to post some reviews for a handful of the horror films I've watched over the course of 2020, starting with...

 

RABID GRANNIES (1988)

 
 

 

This movie is batshit insane.
 
RABID GRANNIES is a film I've ducked for years. Why? Because the original, cheesy VHS cover-photo did nothing to endear me to the idea, nor did the ridiculous movie-title. And then there's the fact that TROMA released it here in the states, and I have something of a love-hate relationship with the studio, because I find them incredibly hit-and-miss. To be fair, they didn't make it, they just distributed it, and that's a fact that eluded me until recently.
 
Now, ducking out on this 1988 Belgian horror-comedy may or may not have been a mistake. I lean towards being wise to do so, because for years now, most of the releases boast big cuts to the gore-quotient, which makes no goddamn sense for a Troma release. However, some kind soul decided to take various releases and use them to cobble-together what may be the most complete version of the film to date, and then opted to put that on YouTube for free. This person is a God among mortals, and this is the version that I finally watched.
 
This flick is nothing less than the wicked, bastard-child of DEMONS, DEAD-ALIVE, and any movie you have ever seen that involves a bunch of familial parasites waiting for their aged "loved one" to kick-it so they can rake in their chunk of change. In this case, we have a pair of elderly ladies, the "grannies" of the title, that are actually referred to as Aunts, not grandmothers. They're celebrating their birthdays with a party that is evidently an annual affair. Attending are all their "loving" relatives, all of which are distasteful leeches in one way or other.
 
We have the asshole cousin who manufactures weapons, the asshole cousin who drives fast and womanizes faster, the asshole cousin who is a successful lesbian stereotype and has brought her current employee squeeze, the slightly-less-assholish cousin who has brought her coward of a husband and their two kids, the slightly-less-assholish spinster, the asshole cousin who is a cowardly, hypocritical priest, and the asshole cousin who is an obese, cockney factory-owner (that evidently manufactures condoms) that has brought-along his new trophy-wife who happens to be a nightclub singer. We've also got a long-suffering Butler, a bossy Cook, and the hapless maid. There's lots of food, lots of gossip and sycophantic sniping, and lots of thick, Belgian accents.
 
But, we also have the ESTRANGED ASSHOLE COUSIN, who isn't in attendance, but has sent along a present anyway. And why is this cousin estranged, pray-tell? Why, because he worships Satan and once held a black mass, of course! And you know what that means, right kids? Its means that these Auntie-Grannies aren't going to end up rabid at all, but rather they end up being Demon-Possessed!
 
So, I guess a better title would have been DEMON AUNTIES, but that doesn't have the same absurd ring to it.
 
Anyway, the film meanders its way through introducing us to this cast of boring stereotypes, and hits us with all sorts of silly, poorly-delivered dialogue. Its a bit of a slog, but as the party starts to wind down, the cake is brought out, and the final present from the Devil-Worshiping cousin is opened, the film takes off, and the shit hits the fan.
 
Now possessed, the Aunties decide that their nieces and nephews are surplus to requirements, and decide to trim the fat. And boy, in the gore-soaked case of the obese condom-factory cousin, do they ever trim the fat. The film still manages to bog itself down between gory death-scenes, thanks to the assorted family-members scattering and hiding together in various rooms as they are stalked here and there by their evil Aunties, but its still good fun. My favorite bit is the scene where arms-dealer nephew decides he's had enough of all the carnage and manages to retrieve a tactical-shotgun and then confronts his possessed Aunts is a glorious, gory standout, that deserves special recognition for its mean-spirited, blood-soaked hilarity.
 
The finale is a little bit of a letdown, but it works well-enough, and the aftermath is morbidly amusing as well. If you're looking for some goofy, European horror with a high body-count and lots of goop and grue, then RABID GRANNIES may just be what you're looking for. And with the best edit available for free right now on YouTube, the only thing you risk at all is your time. I say give it a shot!
 
THREE STARS!

Edited by CORVUS, 30 July 2020 - 05:06 PM.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 06:26 PM

I still can't bring myself to watch the Road based on plot synopsis alone.

After reading the book I knew I couldn't watch the movie.

During lockdown I rewatched both old and new Dawn of the Dead. Old Dawn in lockdown is a hundred times more brutal black-hearted satire than ever before. New Dawn in lockdown was actively alarming to watch and I had to "zone out" and not pay attention by the end.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 06:52 PM

I can't even fathom reading that book. 

 

I think the new "Dawn" succeeds as a remake because it strips down the original to 1) Zombie apocalypse. 2) Survivors gather in a Mall. From there it just does its own things, for the most part, and its got its own very harrowing, brutal story to tell, and it does a pretty good job of telling it. While not the masterpiece the original is, its definitely a worthwhile retelling. 

 

And speaking of, they are both on my list, because September's theme is Original vs Remake Month


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 07:51 PM

*looks up synopsis of The Road movie* so... like Walking Dead, but without the zombies?



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