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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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Posted 30 July 2020 - 09:02 PM

So what do you marathon in October?



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 09:44 PM

Hallmark Christmas movies.

the horror

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 09:59 PM

So what do you marathon in October?

 

More horror movies. This will be the second year where I've started in August, and it runs through to October the 31st. There's no theme to the movies in October this year, its just a selection of horror films.

 

This year I have 78 films on the slate, although that's subject to change in October, so we'll see if that bears out. Sometimes I have to swap out films due to a lack of availability, although that's rare. When I do that, I'll pull a replacement from my list of alternates. 

 

Here are the counts for the previous marathons:

 

2019: 68 films (August, September/October).

2019 Mid-Year Marathon: 33 films

2018: 98 films (September, and October).

2017: 49 films

2016: 16 films. This was my first "official" marathon, and I only did it for the 2nd half of October. 

 

I try to watch as much unfamiliar/new material as I can, but occasionally I re-watch films I'd not seen in many years, with the occasional re-watch of an old favorite here and there. "Night Of The Living Dead" (the original), "Jason Lives",  and "The Crow" tend to get re-watched. 


Edited by CORVUS, 30 July 2020 - 10:11 PM.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 10:10 PM

It's been a while since I have seen [REC] but I seem to remember enjoying it. Quarantine was kinda crap with some events that didn't make a lot of sense and that unintentionally hilarious scene where a zombie is beaten to death with the camera lens. [REC] seemed to work better, made more sense, and didn't make you wonder how these people could survive a trip to Dairy Queen much less a zombie outbreak. 

 

Lets also not forget that Quarantine gave away the ending in the trailer... and the friggen poster!!!

 

Pontypool was a movie that came out of nowhere and really made an impression on me. Although I have to say that I found the first part of the movie more interesting and scary than the later part. 



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 10:22 PM

I've run into more than a few films over the years that have boasted images and sequences that stayed with me. But until 2018, I hadn't seen a horror-film that legitimately scared me in over 30 years. 

 

That film was "Unsane", a 2018 movie starring Claire Foy and directed by Steven Soderbergh, where a woman is tricked into being involuntarily committed to a mental institution. The film is immersive, having been shot on an iPhone, and I found the first 35 minutes to be so harrowing, that I actually had to pause the movie for about 15 minutes while I gathered myself and deduced why I was so wracked with anxiety. This is how I figured out I evidently have a deep fear of being involuntarily committed.

 

Once I sussed that out, I was able to proceed with the film. Sadly, while a very good flick overall, the climax lets the premise down a little. Overall, though, I was quite impressed.


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 01:02 AM

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


Both are really good for the genre, but pale in comparison to Night.

I really need to watch the Road again. Fantastic movie. Same with Children of Men.
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Posted 31 July 2020 - 05:55 AM

Night of the Living Dead is a true classic. Also one of the few films that got a remake that is equally as good for vastly different reasons. Both of those films stand on their own merits despite having the same overall plot and characters. Overall, I tend to prefer the remake but I feel the original's message and ending are a lot more powerful and important (and isn't that a heartbreaking thing to type in 2020?).



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Posted 31 July 2020 - 06:57 AM

I agree about the "Night" remake being a great film in its own right, with Patricia Tallman and Tony Todd really cementing the film as Barbara and Ben, respectively. The only real shortcoming, for me, is a godawful score. Apart from that, it's yet another example of superlative horror remakes that were released in the 1980's. Or, 1990, in this case. 


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 08:24 AM

New Night is better than Old Night.  Come at me.

 

But if you haven't seen Old Dawn since all this started, you really should.  It's uncanny, and remembering it is not the same as seeing it. 

 

As society dies, denial and conspiracy theories are everywhere.  The media gives equal time to both sides, and ad revenue is more important than accuracy.  People look right at the problem, in their own homes, among their own families, and deny that it could possibly be happening.  Cops turn out to be white supremacists.  Urban neighborhoods full of minorities are left to die.  Rural good ol' boys with their guns insist on going about a normal, even pleasant life, literally laughing and playing as death wanders through their lawns.  And no matter how awful things get, it always feels good to buy things.  

 

Black Mirror has nothing on Old Dawn in 2020.  


Edited by Thylacine 2000, 31 July 2020 - 08:27 AM.


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 09:08 AM

It is a masterpiece. Hell, Night and Dawn and the Night remake are glorious.

I've rewatched them so many times I can close my eyes and basically replay them in my brain, but maybe I should throw them on for the hell of it.
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Posted 31 July 2020 - 09:10 AM

Actually, I can't fault anyone for liking the remake better. Its really good. 

 

As mentioned previously, both versions of DAWN are on the slate for September's remake-month theme. Here's the list:

 

* Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)

* Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)

* Body Snatchers (1993)

* The Blob (1958)

* The Blob (1988)

* Dracula (1931)

* Dracula (1958)

* Dawn Of The Dead (1978)

* Dawn Of The Dead (2004)

* Gojira (1954)

* Godzilla (2014)

* The Thing From Another World (1951)

* The Thing (1982)

* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

* The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

* Friday The 13th (1980)

* Friday The 13th (2009)

* A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

* A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

* Psycho (1960)

* Psycho (1998)

* Let The Right One In (2008)

* Let Me In (2010)

* The Evil Dead (1981)

* Evil Dead (2013)

* Willard (1971)

* Willard (2003)

* The Fly (1958)

* The Fly (1986)

* IT (1990)

* IT (2017)

* IT Chapter Two (2019)

* The Andromeda Strain (1971)

* The Andromeda Strain (2008)

 

I may change the order in which I watch these, although each version will be watched subsequently. 

 

I've seen quite a few of these (several times in some cases), but in many cases, its been a very long time. In fact, its been so long since I watched THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, I have forgotten the solution to the mysterious plague, and I've never seen the remake.

 

I dread re-watching the NOES remake, because it was such a slog in theaters, but I should give it a second chance to see if my opinions of it still hold up. I also dread Gus Van Sant's remake of PSYCHO, because I know its basically shot-for-shot, and thus perhaps one of the most redundant remakes in horror history. 

 

I may add in MANIAC (1980) vs MANIAC (2012), but that just depends, because the month is already film-heavy. The original always made me feel like I needed a shower after watching it, which is part of the point. The remake, starring Elijah Wood, was friggin' fantastic IMHO, and equally disturbing in its own right.  


Edited by CORVUS, 31 July 2020 - 09:14 AM.

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 09:16 AM

I've run into more than a few films over the years that have boasted images and sequences that stayed with me. But until 2018, I hadn't seen a horror-film that legitimately scared me in over 30 years. 
 
That film was "Unsane", a 2018 movie starring Claire Foy and directed by Steven Soderbergh, where a woman is tricked into being involuntarily committed to a mental institution. The film is immersive, having been shot on an iPhone, and I found the first 35 minutes to be so harrowing, that I actually had to pause the movie for about 15 minutes while I gathered myself and deduced why I was so wracked with anxiety. This is how I figured out I evidently have a deep fear of being involuntarily committed.
 
Once I sussed that out, I was able to proceed with the film. Sadly, while a very good flick overall, the climax lets the premise down a little. Overall, though, I was quite impressed.


I saw this! I thought it was great! Scary because it could happen to anybody. It's just crazy people... or people thinking you're crazy when you're not. Who would listen to you?

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 09:18 AM

Yesss. I love the new IT movies, surprisingly. I'm glad you are doing those. My only complaint is that if Richie could have contacts in the 1980s why couldn't he have them now? Him having to put his glasses back on was such a defining moment in the book, its just a weird thing to wash away. Did they think we wouldn't know he was adult Richie if he didn't have his glasses on?

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 09:23 AM

Oh man, I'm glad someone else has seen UNSANE and thought it was good! 

 

And I'm also glad that I've waited until now to see the IT remake, although watching that miniseries and then both films will be a bit of a test. :D


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 05:00 PM

New Night is better than Old Night.  Come at me.
 
But if you haven't seen Old Dawn since all this started, you really should.  It's uncanny, and remembering it is not the same as seeing it. 
 
As society dies, denial and conspiracy theories are everywhere.  The media gives equal time to both sides, and ad revenue is more important than accuracy.  People look right at the problem, in their own homes, among their own families, and deny that it could possibly be happening.  Cops turn out to be white supremacists.  Urban neighborhoods full of minorities are left to die.  Rural good ol' boys with their guns insist on going about a normal, even pleasant life, literally laughing and playing as death wanders through their lawns.  And no matter how awful things get, it always feels good to buy things.  
 
Black Mirror has nothing on Old Dawn in 2020.  


I think I've only watched Night remake once or twice. Will have to do a rewatch this year, but I'm fairly confident original is a much better film, with a much better atmosphere.
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Posted 31 July 2020 - 05:25 PM

Eeeh. Night continues to have damningly relevant social commentary, but OG Night's Barbara might as well have died in the first act. (And yes, I know that's so Ben gets to be the actual Main Character in subversion to then-modern film billings. It's just robbing Peter to pay Paul in the commentary department)

 

But I digress, as I've said elsewhere, 2020 has me wanting to write a formal apology to Romero's estate for shitting over the more "unbelievable" aspects of his "of the Dead" series.


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 08:26 PM

Eeeh. Night continues to have damningly relevant social commentary, but OG Night's Barbara might as well have died in the first act. (And yes, I know that's so Ben gets to be the actual Main Character in subversion to then-modern film billings. It's just robbing Peter to pay Paul in the commentary department)
 
But I digress, as I've said elsewhere, 2020 has me wanting to write a formal apology to Romero's estate for shitting over the more "unbelievable" aspects of his "of the Dead" series.


I enjoy both, but catatonic, despondent Barbara is much more believable than "Ripley" Barbara. I feel og Night is probably the most realistic portrayal of people, and there various reactions in this kind of scenario.
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Posted 31 July 2020 - 09:10 PM

Setting aside the reality of stereotypes, there are a lot of reasons that can explain why original Barbara was so near-useless. She could have been a person to whom nothing bad had ever really happened, and she just couldn't cope with being assaulted, watching Johnny die, having to flee for her life, and then finding a mutilated corpse, only to be "rescued" by a complete stranger, who she later slaps while hysterical, only to get a right-cross for her trouble. It bears mentioning that its after getting punched and fainting, she becomes near-catatonic upon awakening, although she was close to that state when Ben happened upon the farmhouse anyway. 

 

Its also possible that hers were the reactions of a woman who is mentally-ill, and may have a history of emotional abuse. Who knows? This is just me trying to assign characteristics to her character that simply are not explored at all within the story.

 

I can tell you right now, my mother would have been nearly paralyzed with hysteria, although she wouldn't have been trapped in a loop of ranting in a corner and loud prayer. So, Barbara's reactions aren't wholly unrealistic, but rather unsatisfying to a great many people from a standpoint of narrative fiction. 

 

Okay, so, guess I'm watching the original NOTLD tonight. I'm in the mood. :D


Edited by CORVUS, 31 July 2020 - 09:59 PM.

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Posted 01 August 2020 - 06:31 AM

Don't get me wrong, her reaction is far from unrealistic. It's just how I'm wired, I suppose. If I'm introduced to someone at the opening of a film or book, I assume that character is a principle one assuming we're not in a Prologue. It's not just NotLD that I have issues with this sort of thing with.



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Posted 15 August 2020 - 03:25 AM

Got a new review for ya folks!

 

GIRLS WITH BALLS (2018)

 

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Oh man, if only this flick was as entertaining as its poster and promo images lead you to believe its going to be. 
 
GIRLS WITH BALLS is a French/Belgian sports-themed horror-comedy, directed by Olivier Afonso, that simply manages to lose track of what sort of film it wishes to be, and flounders its way to an unsatisfactory ending. To be honest, I should have known from the start that the vagabond-cowboy-bard narrator was a bad sign.
 
Unfunny singing-narrator aside, the first act does its job well, and establishes the characters in rip-roaring fashion. Schlocky, silly, and sophomoric, it manages to be a lot of goofy fun for the first 15 minutes. When the team gets lost and detoured towards a backwoods hostel populated by inbred, cannibal-hicks, the bad-guys are established, and the film manages another suitably promising 10 minutes.
 
However, at 25 minutes is, the cracks start to show, the film starts to fall apart.
 
The worst thing about this flick, IMHO, is that it doesn't really play fair with its own characters. That fun first act establishes the team as clever, energetic, and formidable, only for them to panic, split, and squabble in act two. In the process, the momentum is completely lost, and the movie ends up swinging into very dark, serious territory, only to attempt to recover and amuse with more sophomoric antics. In the process, it manages to become wildly inconsistent in tone, and eventually, the film loses my interest completely.
 
Its frustrating because all the parts for a good black-comedy are here: the cast is capable, and there are some effective practical-effects (and some unfortunate CGI gore later on), but when you combine the inconsistent tone with a sub-genre of horror we've all seen a hundred times before, it just makes for an irritating experience.
 
In the end, its not bleak enough to measure up to the better cannibal-hick films out there, and not clever or funny enough for a supposed black-comedy, and I just can't recommend it. If you want a good sports-themed horror-comedy, sit down and watch GOAL OF THE DEAD. You'll have a much better time.
 
 
The verdict? 1.5 stars ( * 1/2). Skip it.

Edited by CORVUS, 15 August 2020 - 03:29 AM.

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