I thought Richard Gere was great in Chicago. Definitely glad there's at least one other fan of the big budget Hollywood movie musical around, these troglodytic nerds don't appreciate them enough.
I've been slogging my way through A Farewell to Arms. I know Hemingway is a beautiful writer and all that but it's execrutiating so far. Will probably prefer For Whom the Bell Tolls because it has communism and macho bullfighting at least
I think I listen to soundtracks from Musicals more than I listen to regular music. Les Mis is probably my worst guilty pleasure. (25th Anniversary Concert if you want the best vocals.)
And I just watched Hamiltion for the first time recently. History is fun when you have songs. ^_^
Me and my boyfriend went to the cinema for the first time in about two years today and watched the Demon Slayer Movie. (Which I'm sure Mizal will appreciate since we all know what a big anime fan she is.) Must say, I am always impressed by anime writers ability to create the most loathsome characters imaginable (think Joffrey x 10) without even trying.
I mean, the logic seems to be;
"Lets create an underdog character that all of our fans can relate to. What do you guys think?"
"Hmm... How about an unbearably whiny guy who's constantly screaming at the top of his lungs for no reason, runs away from danger at every chance he gets because he's a massive fucking pussy, and on top of that, he constantly stalks and harasses under aged girls. Sound relatable enough?"
"... Yeah, I'd say that sums up about 90% of anime fans."
"Also let's give him a costume that literally looks like a giant packet of Doritos."
... Must clense my sould by listening to Cell Block Tango for about ten times straight. ^_^
This made me laugh. It's so true. I do enjoy a few anime here and there, but they always have certain character tropes that I hate. Another one is the rapey villains. It's like they sit around the writers table and say, "Hey, is our villain evil enough? No? Okay, lets have them try to rape a 13 year old girl. Yeah, that will do the trick." If it happens once, I'll just pretend I didn't see it, but every villain in every anime? Come on guys...
i think some of these tropes come from the Japanese culture that anime's are from. They view certain things differently, anf it makes for some cringe worthy characters/plot lines.
We can only assume so. They have a lot of things that revolve around romance/dating that I frankly don't understand. Even in good love stories, they pop up.
I recently rewatched the Japanese movie "One Cut of the Dead" (or "Don't Stop the Camera!" depending on how they decided to translate the title). It's a really fun and familial experience, with a good amount of humor.
One thing I found surprising and very effective is that the humor doesn't stick that much to the Japanese type of humor. For having watched a lot of Japanese movies, a huge part of the humor is really ludicrous or stupid (stupidly fun). I know it's something a lot of people aren't always sensitive to, and may even dislike.
I think "One Cut of the Dead" really bypasses this problem and proposes something that suits any audience.
If you're willing to watch the movie, don't judge it in the first 30 minutes. You'll get it after finishing the movie.
I'm watching Season One of "Doom Patrol". The writing is eclectic and solid. Plus, I just love DC Comics. Strangest superhero show I've seen in a long time.
Doom Patrol Hilarious Most WTF Moments - YouTube
I am now going through the fase of reading some older manga, you know the classics. Even I get sometimes a burn-out trying to keep up with trashy shows. So I first thought that I would want to read the most depressing stuff that I could find. I craved for something that could give me the same feeling as I got for Vinland Saga (also has a great anime adaptation by the way) or Berserk (the 1999 adaptation was all right, the manga is a masterpiece). So let's see,
Think of the most pathetic person you have met and double it. Damn, that main character's whole life is a mess. You are kind of forced to follow him from elementary school age to young adulthood. He has literally no spine whatsoever, never makes something of himself and always drifts his mind off to nothingness. He hurts the people who are close to him, is a dirty coward and even drove a person to suicide. God, the main character could be so infuriating at times. At the end of the story, I could feel nothing than emptiness. I guess that this happens when you binge through these kind of things. People say that when you are in your 30s that this kind of stuff will hit harder, so maybe I am not really the target demographic. The art is extremely good. It kind of reminds me of the semi-realistic anime style you usually saw in the 2000s like battle royal (great stuff) or gantz (infuriating piece of garbage that hasn't aged well. No, you don't have to force naked women down my throat every page in order to keep my attention. It's a story that you want to desperatedly like, but it will never live up to its premise. Art's great though.) Some of the pages are so surreal and beautiful that you could make a wallpaper out of them. The main novelty is that the main character is not drawn as a real person, he is portrayed as a crudely drawn bird. I thought that the work overall was pretty charming and a good read though I will advice you to take breaks sometimes. I had to one time.
People say that it's a evangelion ripoff, but I highly doubt it as the story takes a whole different vision. The whole concept of the show is that a group of around 12 children gets the chance to pilot a giant robot in order to save the earth from mass destruction. The catch is that the robot is fueled by life force. When you have finished piloting the robot, you die shortly afterwards. The whole story revolves around children who have to come to terms that they will die sooner or later. Great read, a bit bleak, but I really enjoyed it. I heard that the Anime adaptation is a lot lighter with a happy ending, but I preferred the bleaker ending of the manga more. The art is a little shittier. I dislike the character design purely because of the fact that I couldn't tell most of the characters apart. The robots are really nicely drawn though.
The works weren't necessarily "fun" to read, they were both extremely depressing. Even though neither gave me these emotional highs and lows I was looking for, I think that I preferred Punpun over Bokurano. That's because I think that Punpun had utilised its medium way better than Bokurano did. There were some pages of Punpun that I could vividly remember while I could only summarize some key plotpoints and characters in bokurano. I tthink Bokurano could also be told in form of a novel without losing any of its charm, while Punpun could only work in the medium it is in now. One example was for example the main character who is drawn as a cartoon bird.
As for tv shows: I spare you the trouble, none of them were that good. Most of them were quite disappointing or simply filthy garbage. Ahum.
As for movies: I tried to watch batman vs superman. It bored me to tears.
The black list had been surprisingly good for a long time. It's a bit different from other crime shows because of the criminal storylines of the FBI informant. They also do a good job keeping the over arching plot line interesting while making each individual case exciting. At least, for most of it. I'm on like Season 6. There were a few slow parts.
I'm big into the cop/crime shows so I have a few in the category that I like. They are my favorite shows on Netflix now that the big networks took their shows back, haha. Lucifer is another good one. I do think the first half was better than the second, and we are still waiting on the last half a season... but the first three seasons are extremely good. There is a lot of tension between the two main characters because one is the devil (from Christian theology), and the other is immune to his devil powers like temptation. It plays a lot off Christian beliefs with interesting twists (like the angels in the shows being the "bad guys" while the devil is the "hero" so to speak).
Funny enough I've been going through Voyager all over again and half wondering why I'm doing this to myself.
There are moments when the series is almost okay and some episodes are actually good, but overall man did the writers really horse fuck that show. Lol.
Yeah, Lucifer might not be "family friendly" depending on the family watching. It is really good and has some great character development for Lucifer in particular. Of course, you have to get past the two seasons that he just sleeps around with every girl you see in the show. There is a lot that is sort of... not appropriate. The black list is a similar show that is a bit darker but less "adult" if you want to try that.
Ahh, well if you just don't like it that's fine too. I found it interesting because of the way the devil is portrayed over the entire show. Like I said before, he often steps into more of a hero role than the other Christian figures in the show. It's a fun phycological look at what the devil might be thinking. Sexual temptation just happens to be something very frequently associated with the devil, haha.
Yeah that's the one. Ig has a few boring stretches, but I have enjoyed it so far.
Mizal, I remember white collar! That was good as well. Don't know if I ever went back and finishes that one though. The main character was always enjoyable.
Not yet, but I've seen all the memes. I guess I should start to watch it to get the jokes...
I watched it. Seemed like a much worse version of The Boys. The least subtle writing I have seen in a TV show in a while.
See people talking about animation in this thread so I should mention that Primal on Adult Swim is some of the most entertaining violence I've ever seen in a show. Ridiculously good stuff and surprisingly full of namby pamby things like plot and character development for a show with no dialogue, just manly roaring
There was a well-received online animated series named Primal War on Newgrounds from the mid-2000's. I don't know if the Adult Swim TV show was inspired by it or what.
Yes I'm sure this flash animation (with dialogue) about furries with guns shooting at other furries who are dinosaurs due to an unknown political conflict, heavily inspired this wordless series about a neotlithic caveman surviving in a hyperborean world a decade later.
Can't believe they made 14 of those fucking movies.
And video games >:/
I mean do these dinos just live forever or is it a generational thing?
I mean with 14 movies I'd have to think the original dinos were dead of natural causes or great-great-great grandparents at best.
To say nothing of the whole exinction level asteroid event, but I'm going to guess with 14 movies, that just doesn't happen in this timeline.
Oh yeah, the double murder suicide thing.
Welp... I guess some voice actors should just never die for fear of what might end up on their tombstone...
Votes on best Swchwarzenegger epitaph:
1. "I'll be back!"
2. "Hasta la vista, baby!"
3. "I did bleed, you could kill me."
4. "I had to split."
5. "Come with me if you want to die!"
6. "I'm not into politics, and I'm not into survival.
7. "I've just been erased."
8. "I was a funny guy. That's why they killed me last.
9. "What a pain in my neck."
10. "Hear the lamentations of my women."
This is the land before time. Time didn't exist back then, so it's not a factor.
I did love those movies though!
Having watched a lot of the Blacklist with my family, we decided to watch Jack Ryan, and wow, I am really liking it. Way more intense and emotional than I expected, so I highly recommend it. The Blacklist, on the other hand, is pretty goofy and stupid.
Also watched Dredd for some cyberpunk inspiration, and it was some pretty cool violence.