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by Dr. Talos
Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Film and Video
Topic: Last Movie You Watched
Replies: 1991
Views: 177155

I just watched Come and See (1985) by Elem Klimov. I don't really know what to say about it other than never have I watched something that so captures the utter horror of war. There is none of the heroism of war films, none of the visual excitement or even any catharsis. Klimov captures ...
by Dr. Talos
Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: Film and Video
Topic: American Godzilla 2.0
Replies: 642
Views: 72633

Stylish and exciting. I'm cautiously optimistic for this.
by Dr. Talos
Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Film and Video
Topic: Last Movie You Watched
Replies: 1991
Views: 177155

Didn't plan to but saw Akira on Toonami last night. Totally worth staying up till 3:00am for. Second time seeing it and first time watching the dub which wasn't too grating. The film holds up as well as I remember and is visually gorgeous. I really have to get around to reading the manga one...
by Dr. Talos
Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:51 am
Forum: Film and Video
Topic: Last Movie You Watched
Replies: 1991
Views: 177155

Saw 12 Years a Slave, a consummate masterpiece and the greatest film made concerning American Slavery. It manged to never to slip into sentimentality and portrayed with unflinching realism the disgusting horror that was the institution of slavery. It was a harrowing experience.
by Dr. Talos
Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: Film and Video
Topic: Last Movie You Watched
Replies: 1991
Views: 177155

Watched All is Lost. A thrilling testament to the human spirit, a survival tale about man against nature, man against bad luck, man against the indifference of other men and perhaps most importantly man against himself. Barley a word of dialogue was spoken but my attention did not waver from the gri...
by Dr. Talos
Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:21 pm
Forum: Completely and Utterly Off-Topic
Topic: [Literature] Currently Reading (discussion)
Replies: 1912
Views: 216595

If you like Light in August I highly recommend The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom!. People like to say they're complicated and all that, but if you don't have trouble with Light in August you shouldn't have trouble with his other works either; you just have to concentrate on th...
by Dr. Talos
Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:04 am
Forum: Film and Video
Topic: Last Movie You Watched
Replies: 1991
Views: 177155

Watched La Haine again. It was as brilliant as I remembered it. Stark and violent, an ode to hopeless despair and anguish solidified by excellent acting and brilliant camera work. It left me cold and needing a stiff drink. "It's about a society in freefall...' says it all really. Also s...
by Dr. Talos
Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:50 am
Forum: Anime and Manga
Topic: What are your other favorite anime?
Replies: 482
Views: 104198

Top 10 apart from Eva in no particular order:

Texhnolyze
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Cowboy Bebop
Serial Experiments Lain
Haibane Renmei
Paranoia Agent
FLCL
Angel's Egg
Casshern Sins
Samurai Champloo
by Dr. Talos
Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:08 am
Forum: Video Games and Gaming
Topic: Currently playing 4: Guns of the Patriots
Replies: 1969
Views: 247931

Finished a game of Hearts of Iron 3 as Republican Spain on the side of the allies. Did not go well... Germany invaded and I was not ready to say the least. Got driven into the sea in less than half a year. Spent the rest of the war in Western Sahara harassing the few Italian ships that passed by and...
by Dr. Talos
Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Completely and Utterly Off-Topic
Topic: [Literature] Currently Reading (discussion)
Replies: 1912
Views: 216595

Recently finished Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata. It was a beautiful read, wonderfully subtle and infused with a deep sadness. Kawabata managed to capture time and place with vivid yet restrained description and a delightful juxtaposition of contrasting images and action. It is a true masterwork ...
by Dr. Talos
Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: Video Games and Gaming
Topic: Currently playing 4: Guns of the Patriots
Replies: 1969
Views: 247931

It's the HOI series that I've never been able to get into, due to its nigh impenetrable nature. It's no Dwarf Fortress, but it's still overwhelming, because every single time I try to play a Hearts of Iron game, I think "so, what am I supposed to do now?" and invariably qu...
by Dr. Talos
Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: Film and Video
Topic: Last Movie You Watched
Replies: 1991
Views: 177155

Just saw Gravity. It was an utter triumph, so beautiful and absorbing. The plot was solid if predictable, the acting convincing, the visuals were breathtaking and each scene was brilliantly constructed and flowed so smoothly with minutes of thrilling action passing without jarring cuts. My film of t...
by Dr. Talos
Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: Rebuild of Evangelion Discussion
Topic: Was the 14-year timeskip *really* necessary? [Split]
Replies: 31
Views: 8498

^Shinji may be free from being a direct pawn in his fathers schemes but not the consequences of those schemes which he, Wille and the rest of the world will feel throughout Final. In addition I imagine he will be either directly or indirectly part of Wille's attempts to thwart Gendo and thus sti...
by Dr. Talos
Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Anime and Manga
Topic: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Replies: 756
Views: 145639

Well there is one point about the flash-backs where the anime is better than the manga : the heroes' training days in the boot camp : in the manga it was shown as a flash-back after the battle of Trost and served to introduce the personality of most of the characters(Jean, Reiner, Connie, S...
by Dr. Talos
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Video Games and Gaming
Topic: Best Voice-Acting In A Video Game
Replies: 22
Views: 4149

Bastion's voice acting is indeed splendid. The game wouldn't be half what it is without old Rucks. Spec Ops: The Line gets my vote for exceptional voice acting. Nolan North really put on a tremendous performance and the whole cast really sold the Apocalypse Now-esque decent into brutal viole...
by Dr. Talos
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Anime and Manga
Topic: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Replies: 756
Views: 145639

Manga is nowhere near that slow but it has major pacing kinks of its own: awful placement of flashbacks in general being the major offence. But yeah, in comparison to anime's sleep inducing lagging in That Fucking Stone arc manga's pacing wad downright Hitchcockian in perfection. Oh god the...
by Dr. Talos
Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Anime and Manga
Topic: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Replies: 756
Views: 145639

This is always bizarre to me, as I thought those middle eps were very good. The only one I had an issue with was the one where Eren went Titan deliberately for the first time, as I thought that ep could have been condensed to half its running length without issue. Most of the rest was great though ...
by Dr. Talos
Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Anime and Manga
Topic: Best English Dubs
Replies: 58
Views: 7387

Samurai Champloo had a pretty great dub and Haibane Renmei and Texhnolyze weren't half bad. I also quite enjoyed the Darker than Black dub.
by Dr. Talos
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: Anime and Manga
Topic: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Replies: 756
Views: 145639

OOC, how exactly does it compare to Death Note? Does it begin spectacularly but end in a sludge heap? I can't really see how it is comparable to Death Note. They have nothing in common except maybe a certain grimness and even then Snk's tone of existential despair is very different to Death...
by Dr. Talos
Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: Video Games and Gaming
Topic: Currently playing 4: Guns of the Patriots
Replies: 1969
Views: 247931

I'm alternating between Europa Universalis 4 and Victoria II at the moment. Its been a while since I really got stuck into a grand strategy game and both are quite excellent. Vic II was not an easy one to learn, took quite a while before I got the hang of it but of the two I'd say it's t...

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