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DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« on: November 18, 2017, 11:01:44 pm »
Tomorrowland

You know I fancy myself as a bit of a futurist, I love the future, the possibilities of tech and how we can change our society... so it's a strange oversight that I hadn't seen Tomorrowland.  I hadn't heard great things about it so I wasn't dying to see it, but then this scene appeared on TV the other day and needless to say, it caught my attention.


That's pretty awesome, right?

I see that, and I want to go there.  I want to know more about that world, I want an adventure there.  I appreciate that they can't show a LOT of that, realistically (and financially), so I know we'll only spend a little time there.  But it'll be worth it, right?

No, not really.  You know what happens when they get there?  Over an hour and change into the movie?

It's empty.

Well, not "empty."  Hugh Laurie, who's criminally underused, and two guards are running the show and do... not much... show us a machine that shows the Earth is going to end.  And there's a fight scene and an explosion and that's kind of it.

And you know what sucks, especially about them turning it into a dystopia?  The movie rails against dystopias earlier, and Britt Robertson has an entire monologue where she complains about how you can't promise something shiny and awesome and not deliver, basically repeating my rant about the movie IN THE MOVIE!

There are SO MANY POSSIBLE IDEAS left on the floor that it's frustrating as all get out.  This is straight up what I call a parts movie, little moments I like, lots of ideas coming to my mind, but a movie I will probably never see again (and thus take twice as long to watch it in order to strip it bare for parts).

The premise is that all the smart people decided to go to another dimension and really explore their futuristic ideas and see if they could really save the world.  It's a bit Bioshock, but whatever.  The premise of the movie is that Jules Verne, Thomas Edison and Tesla were some of the first members of the society (and built a pretty sweet brass rocket to go there), and then at the 1960s World Fair, they recruited a bunch of inventors and forward thinking people and brought them over to Tomorrowland to build and design it.

Either of those ideas sound like an AMAZING movie!  You would watch either of those, right?  60s free-thinkers hanging out with old steampunky inventors debating about what the "future" is?  Or present day dreamers visiting a functioning Jetsons future and figuring out how to save our world?  Or you could explore the idea that utopias and futurism has always had a white ethno-centric bias and foreign cultural voices and ideas need to be explored and brought in (I will give the movie credit for suggesting that in the denouement).

What's really galling about that is that it's Brad Bird directing and co-writing, and Pixar is one of the most enviable think-tanks of the 20th century.  If anyone is qualified to tell a story like that, it's someone who worked in that environment and they barely even TRY.  Just lip service.

You could also have a whole thing about private vs public ownership.  This movie was made in 2015, privatization of space and all these other arenas was definitely happening, there's something in that you could make a movie about!  BTW, Britt Robertson's dad in the movie is an unemployed NASA engineer, who has to be really bad at job hunting because Elon Musk or someone should be able to use those talents.  Heck, I kept thinking "how would Elon Musk fit into the world?"

Also, there's this cool little girl robot with a weird British accent named Athena, I liked her.

George Clooney was good, but he doesn't show up until an hour into the movie.  I forgot he was in the movie until he showed up again.

You know what I want, right?  Something I thought for sure would have been made by now... something I'm trying to write (and to take a line from the movie, "I'm tired of waiting for someone else to make it for me")... remember 2015 from Back To The Future II?  That's what I want.  Just a whole movie, in a place like that.  Not a dystopia, not an action movie, just... I wanna hang out in the future for a while.  Flying cars, robots, hanging gardens, weird clothes etc.

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Music / Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now?
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:03:02 pm »
Into Things: Stranger Things Theme (C418 Remix)
Vs. Into You (Ariana Grande) Mashup


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6cYvE0pr4w

Sounds pretty cool, I think.


Lindsey Stirling - Christmas C'mon feat. Becky G

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-dwmYeLLng

First Christmas song I've heard this year, and I quite like it.  Very interesting contrast of styles, too.

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Off-Topic / Re: I Saw A Celebrity, Get Me Outta Here!!!
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:18:56 pm »
I swung by Target after work because I needed razors.  Just a quick little late-at-night run.  Apparently five minutes after I left, guess who walked in and began saying hi to everyone.

That's right, Taylor Swift.  Missed it by that much.

Not sure if Chip will be mad at me for missing her or happy I didn't meet another big fave of his before him.

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Off-Topic / Re: Glorious Wins...
« on: November 11, 2017, 06:51:20 pm »
A video on Digg made me want to search for similar videos on Youtube.  These are people seeing colour for the first time, it was just such a delight to watch... and of course, brings up certain emotions in myself, having had a moment of epiphany like that when I was younger.  Lemme tell you, those first few hours of sensory overload are euphoric, I remember being able to watch TV on volume level 5, I was hearing plastic bags rustling so loud they were like a hurricane, the electrical hum of every piece of tech in the house... it's insane.


I love how this guy just stops in his tracks the second he puts those things on.


This kid is so adorable.  "It's dark bluuue!"  I also love how scientific he is, only putting the glasses on after establishing what he's going to be looking at.

The fact that everyone keeps bringing up grass and trees in all these videos just makes me think that moment in The Force Awakens was a bit underdone, but at the same time I can't imagine it would work for the movie if Rey was walking around the forest like a stoner, "what's this?  Have you seen this?  There's pink AND green, and the plants are different colours!?"

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Television / Re: What Are You Watching? (TV Shows on DVD/Blu-ray)
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:36:23 pm »
OMG, the Orville tonight was amazing... the show was cute but this one was straight up LOL funny.

So backstory, Seth McFarlane and Adrienne Palicki's characters are divorced, he caught her cheating on him with a blue alien in the first episode.  Tonight's episode brought him back.

And it was Rob freakin' Lowe.


His species emits a phermone that makes people fall in love with him, meaning this episode he manages to snare the attraction of... Seth McFarlane.  Yeah, that happened.  And it was hilarious.

It also had the insanely weird visual of Norm MacDonald's character (Norm MacDonald is in this show, btw) finally hooking up with Dr Finn.

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Photography / Re: The Hot Chick Thread
« on: November 06, 2017, 06:45:41 pm »
Cheers for that dude, Nina is one of my pencil crushes.

...do you think she can act?  I keep thinking of her as Amber, maybe the Dutch accent can be modified into a New Yawk accent.

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DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: Aftermath (2017)
« on: November 04, 2017, 06:50:08 pm »
I've never even HEARD of this one before now.  Doesn't sound like I'm missing anything.

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DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« on: October 31, 2017, 08:43:02 pm »
So I finally saw the 1931 Dracula, the classic with Bela Lugosi and it was... ..boring.  I mean, Bela Lagosi was good but and there were a couple interesting visuals, but on the whole, it was just... boring.  It wasn't scary, the cinematography wasn't that dramatic... I know they were still learning the language, but then you compare with the Spanish version on the same disc, shot on the same sets and it's just so much creepier, the photography is more dynamic... it's nuts.  It's a superior remake made at the same time.

So now I'm watching the 1992 Francis Ford Coppola Dracula (which I've seen before) and I dig it so much, it's so nuts, creepy, overdesigned and theatrical, full of practical tricks and constantly messing the the audience's heads (the shadows not matching, Gary Oldman being slid around on a track, etc).  I always thought this was parodying the original but so much of this ISN'T part of the DNA of the original, and I guess I was just disappointed.  Plus Gary Oldman doesn't chew scenery, it devours it like a glutton convinced he's starving.  Plus Keanu Reeves is kind of adorable, Harker's kind of a thankless role but he's so darn likable and "aw shucks" that t makes the part memorable.

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Video Games / Re: What Games Are You Playing?
« on: October 30, 2017, 09:05:11 pm »
Well, it's already out of the box.  But I did put it back into the box.  I had some musings about the differences between the NES and SNES in terms of animation but it feels like it would be.. a bit rehearsed.

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Video Games / Re: The Switch!
« on: October 30, 2017, 08:24:57 pm »
So now that we've gotten demo units in stores, I've actually gotten a chance to try and play one of these.  I'm surprised how little the switch dog controller is (and by extension, how small the Switch itself really is).  It really reminds me of the DS in terms of how big the buttons are (and their placement).  I tried using the motion controllers but it didn't feel quite right to me (having never played the Wii consoles), maybe I'm still wired to lean in on my controllers, but it feels like there's nothing there.  But that might be the point, I think there's this idea they're working towards where you don't have to press buttons, put as few restrictions between you and the gameplay.  I'm all up for that.

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Video Games / Re: What Games Are You Playing?
« on: October 30, 2017, 08:19:39 pm »
We got a bunch of SNES Minis at work today so I bit the bullet and I bought one, I didn't get much of a discount though.

Now, I never had the SNES growing up, I went from the old NES and GameBoy combo to the N64 when I moved back to the states.  My friends had some, and I know I have SOME experience with some of the games.

The device is pretty cute, though the door hinge to get the controllers in is a bit tricky.  I do like that it's USB-C powered, meaning you could run this off a battery, I suppose.  Would be great for taking in the car for a trip.  I can easily imagine modders adding a screen to this and making it a portable unit.  In fact, I'm surprised I haven't heard of that being made back.

I was thinking I would record an unboxing video fro that as a test, but there are a ton of unboxing videos for these and I really didn't want to set up a camera thing right now.  Plus I don't have any way to capture the footage so I couldn't really do a follow-up on them.

The controllers take a little more getting used to, I went three levels into Super Mario World and I was sill trying to figure out what each button did... I guess I'm not wired like that yet.

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Off-Topic / Re: The What The F*ck Thread
« on: October 30, 2017, 08:12:53 pm »
This feels like a real WTF kind of thing... I certainly had that reaction watching, an AI creates new faces.


Just imagine this being used to create background characters (or even main characters) in video games and animated features!  We already have computers that can simulate crowd movements, imagine if they can create crowds!

They also show off the ability to blend other points of reference together, like cars and bedrooms and so on.  This is reminding me of the holodeck from Star Trek, once it learns motif and context you could have a computer create anything for you just based on your description.

This is actually making me really want to draw some mash-up faces... I happen to have a copy of Vogue I got the other day, I'm sure there's some reference in there I could play with.

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Now Playing: Movies / Re: Shazam (TBA)
« on: October 27, 2017, 11:24:42 pm »
Same... but I'm interested.


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This is cute.  Found while in a Youtube rabbit hole.


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DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: Baywatch (2017)
« on: October 27, 2017, 05:27:04 pm »
I haven't finished this yet, I'm at the part where they get to the party.

The movie is kind of interesting, the mood is a bit all over the place... it's kind of 21 Jump Street-y and parody but also weirdly high budget action... the boat fire sequence was pretty dope, it seemed like the kind of thing that the old show would have wanted to do, remember it started off as a serious tribute to lifeguards, people who risked their lives for strangers every day.

The stuff with Kelly Rohrbach and... Ronnie... it's cute.

That's all I can think of right now.

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