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    • The Bongocat Bandwagon

      23 hours ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      Am I doing it right?


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    • Watch what you read...

      2 days ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

       

      Watchmen (2009)


      To put it simply, it's like watching a comic book come to life.


      However, a comic book and storyboard are two very different disciplines. A comic book has a different set of rules for timing, themes, and camera angles than movies for a good reason. It's like they used a comic book as the storyboard.


      Imagine reading a comic book at someone else's pacing. Sometimes, you'll want it to hurry up, and sometimes, you'll want it to slow down. Sometimes, the internal monologue gets in the way. Sometimes, it seems absent.


      ...and this is not a superhero movie. It's a 1980's political drama that browbeats a message into the audience. Imagine if Ayn Rand wrote a comic book about war - instead of a 1950s novel about big government - and turned it into a movie.


      Now that you're prepared, go ahead and give it a watch. Watch it knowing what it is, and it's a good movie... for what it is.

    • Back in Black after 13 years...

      3 days ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.


      Riddick (2013)


      It immediately abandons the fanatical Underverse storyline from The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and returns to the theme (and, for the most part, story) of Pitch Black (2000). (It acknowledges the events of Chronicles with nothing more than a mere nod.)


      If you've seen Pitch Black, you'll essentially be rewatching that movie with minor adjustments scattered around. One might say that it's just part 2 of Pitch Black.


      In truth, this should have been the sequel to Pitch Black because, even with it's painful predictability, it comes full circle with that movie.


      Can't say that I was impressed, but to be fair, Pitch Black didn't impress me, either. (Chronicles just left me confused.)


      I would put this on par with Pitch Black but 13 years too late. If you recently saw Pitch Black for the first time and enjoyed it, Riddick could be a good follow up even if just more of the same. If you saw Pitch Black over 18 years ago, I think too much time has passed to resurrect that story. If you saw Chronicles in between, you'll probably be rightfully expecting disappointment, though you might still enjoy Riddick despite... whatever Chronicles was.

    • Pro-Tip

      5 days ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      I keep seeing questions about this. There are two funny icons on the video site in the upper-right corner of the thumbnails for recorded videos and live events.


      4lxUfV2.png This means that it is currently early-access for First memmbers.

      It will become available to all viewers later. Depending on the show, it could be the next day or the next week before it is available to all viewers. The icon will disappear when it becomes available to everyone.

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      DINjqx2.png This means that it is for First members only.

      It will not become available for all viewers. Live broadcasts may become available as a separate on-demand video with its own icon of early access or First-only (or even no icon for all viewers). Not all live broadcasts are First-only, but must of them are.


      I hope this helps those who happen upon this journal.

    • Primed for Prime Time...

      5 days ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      So... this might be happening. Alan Wake TV series.


      Now, many games have trouble translating into a linear media outside of the players' control. Yet, I think Alan Wake (2010) is a good candidate to try.


      Its narrative was very on-rails. The players played through a story that was told to them, but they weren't really in control of the story at all. The players were corralled into each paragraph of the story by force, interrupted for some gameplay in between. The character's personality was strictly defined to the smallest details and the player had almost no influence on that. Players played Wake just how the authors wrote him. ...and it was still a good game and story.


      I believe this makes the transition to linear media far easier than games with characters of loose backgrounds or a high amount of narrative freedom or customizing.


      That said: A hurdle would be that the character model, Ilkka Villi, is native Finnish and doesn't speak English well and the voice actor, Matthew Porretta, looks nothing like Ilkka. The iconic Alan Wake from the two games will be difficult to reproduce, but a reasonable substitute is possible.


      I loved the Lovecraft-esque feel of Alan Wake. The freaky stuck-in-a-mind-hump that was American Nightmare was good, too. I want more.


      I'm crossing my fingers so much!


      Trivia: Ilkka and Matthew did a live action trailer for Alan Wake's American Nightmare (2012) where they made fun of Ilkka's name, portrayed by Ilkka as Mr. ₴₵Ɽ₳₮₵Ⱨ (the psychotic alter ego of Wake), who lip-synced with Matthew's voice-over as they did in the game itself for the FMV sections of Mr. ₴₵Ɽ₳₮₵Ⱨ. One might not even know that Ilkka didn't voice the character because of American Nightmare.


      Trivia: Matthew Porretta played the character, Will Scarlet O'Hara, in Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). (Will's from Georgia.)

    • Game Night

      1 week ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      Game Night (2018)


      If you know nothing about this movie, watch it before you find out anything about this movie.


      If you've seen trailers, you can give the movie a miss. You'll find the pacing to be off and everything to be predictable.


      The only gripe I have: Interesting camera shots - nicely done, but I find that they're really out of place for a movie of this genre.

    • Technophilia... (A Prediction)

      1 week ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      Remember when bloom became a thing? Remember when HDR became a thing? Remember when volumetric lighting became a thing? There's a new thing out there now. This is what I predict will happen until the devs get over the mania.


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    • Beyond Necessary

      1 week ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      It's game day at Ole Miss, which means I'm stuck at home with the kids. We ain't going anywhere near town with all the craziness that happens with the flood of visitors in town, especially just the three of us. So... We're watching random movies.


      The Beyond (2017)


      It's a sci-fi drama in the form of a documentary.


      The movie spent so much time trying to explain the fictional science behind what they were doing that they didn't have any time left to explore the story's resolution. All their explanations still fall short, and we're left with a confusing finale. Production quality is decent, though, but for me, it's all about the story.


      Until next week - a slightly bigger game so maybe a slightly better story?

    • Damn you, Autocorrect!

      1 week ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      The war between humans and machines will be started by a misunderstanding via speech-to-text and autocorrect algorithms.

    • Speedrunning...

      1 week ago

      EricHVela Don't be a divider.

      I'm just going to state that the speed controls on RT's video player has saved me from removing episodes from my enormous backlog accrued last month.

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