Spartacus87

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  1. I'm not really sure how I feel yet about this new Governor storyline, and I don't think it'll be fair to judge it either way until the whole character is wrapped up. The Governor's development from here will decide whether last night made any sense or not. It was a cool episode in the sense that it basically told a standalone movie of a guy who lost the people he was with, lost his will to live, found comfort in new, interesting characters, and slowly learned to adopt them as his family. Also neat to set pretty much the entire episode in a creepy, run-down apartment building. That was all cool, except for the fact that this nice guy who is now joking with a little girl about how he was a pirate, recently gunned down dozens of innocent people in cold blood, wanted Merle and Daryl to fight each other to the death in front of a crowd, and sexually assaulted Maggie. Among other terrible things. The Governor as a character was really clumsily handled from the start, as he constantly flipped between a somewhat logical guy to a cartoonishly evil villain at the drop of a hat, but that's not the current showrunner's fault, so I guess he's trying to make the most of this major character before finishing his arc. I hope that this turns out to be a successful re-boot of the Governor prior to either his final redemption (which will have to be pretty huge considering the awful things he did while running Woodbury) or his last breaking point before going completely off the rails as a dangerous lunatic. I have a feeling that they're setting it up for things with his new "family" to go horribly wrong and he ends up coming for Rick and the prison gang with laser focus.
  2. Godzilla teaser that was shown at Comic-Con...all hail the King (of the monsters): http://youtu.be/zw3-V4QDNpM
  3. The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad have the same music supervisor, a guy named Thomas Golubic. He just did a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") where he told some interesting stories about working with Vince Gilligan on selecting different songs for Breaking Bad, and the process he goes through to pick a song for one of the shows he works on.
  4. Pretty much, yes. In the later issues of the comic, Rick yells out that they're the walking dead, not the zombies. It's a bit on the nose, but sums it all up well enough. I'm still of the belief that there's more going on with Carol and the blond girl and the murders of Karen/Random Guy. That girl is too weird and creepy to not have some sort of secret she's hiding, unless it's just a lame swerve they're building up with unnecessary hints. I also don't mind the Governor coming back; part of the reason his character ended up so bland was because they switched showrunners towards the end of last season, so the Governor's arc just had to get wrapped up before the new showrunner could move on to other things (like this half-season's plague).
  5. Carol: Pros of keeping her around - she's one of the "original" band of survivors (Rick, Carl, Daryl, Glenn, and Carol) still alive, she's capable of holding her own against walkers, she has maybe the closest bond with Daryl out of anyone in the group, and she's involved with teaching the children in the group important survival skills Cons of keeping her around - She's turned into a complete sociopath, she has no problem murdering people within her group without even consulting anyone else about the idea before carrying out the deed, and she encourages others to adopt that same sort of guilt-free mindset (and she couldn't keep track of her dumb daughter long enough to avoid that abysmal first half of season 2...just kidding...sort of) I think it makes perfect sense for Rick to give her the boot, given what we've seen from her. She's on the freaking prison "Council" and yet she couldn't even be bothered to introduce the idea of killing Karen and That Other Guy to stop them from spreading their illness to the other leaders, she just went and did it anyway, and was then offended at the notion of that being a questionable decision. As Rick pointed out, if he lets Carol come back to the prison, he has to tell everyone the truth of those murders, and Tyrese would then find a new, violent use for his trusty hammer besides caving in zombie skulls. The only tough part will be how Rick will explain all of this to Daryl.
  6. That was my thought too. When Rick was investigating the crime scene and looking at the hand print on the door, two things stood out there: 1 - The hand print looked smaller than an adult's hand, and 2 - He had to crouch down to hold his hand up to the print, not just lower his hand a bit to match Carol's height - it was a level that would be closer to a child's height I have a feeling Rick was just trying to confirm his belief that Carol was involved as an accomplice somehow, not just trying to determine if she was the guilty party. Something is definitely going on with these girls. The show has made too big a point now over how the older one had an issue killing her dad, but was upset when her favorite walker (which she had named) was killed, and her younger sister said she wasn't afraid, she just "had issues," and Carol was assigned to be their "Mom" once their dad died. This is about the point where I stopped reading the comics years ago, so I'm now in unknown territory as far as what happens to different characters, but I'll go out on a limb and guess that the older girl killed them with Carol's help, and the older girl, who is now inside the quarantine area, is going to kill some more sick people. She then gets caught in the act by Hershel, she kills Hershel, and Carl is the one to kill her to put a stop to this cycle of violence.
  7. Let us know how that phrase goes over. Walking Dead fans have to be the most critical group of fans of any current TV show. But I think that's for 3 reasons: 1 - It's immensely popular, to a point that's hard to believe for a show about zombies, is generally slow developing, doesn't have the greatest group of characters, and takes a lengthy mid-season break every year. Yet it's usually one of the top 4 or 5 highest rated shows on TV in any given week. So it attracts a large enough audience to provide a lot of view points. 2 - The story centers on a situation that readily sparks debate over the "right" or "wrong" way to go about things, and in this case, I think the weak character development helps, since it's easy for the audience to project themselves into different characters. 3 - The Walking Dead is far from a perfectly written show (and having 3 different showrunners in 4 seasons is a huge part of that problem, not to mention that Robert Kirkman has no idea still how he's ever going to even finish the comic series, so there's no end-game to build towards), but when the show is clicking, it's amazingly good. I'd seriously submit "Clear," from last season (the episode where Rick, Michonne, and Carl find the guy Rick left behind in Season 1), up there as one of the very best episodes of any TV show from last year, better than even some of Breaking Bad's final episodes. That entire episode, from start to finish was jaw-droppingly good (I still find myself thinking about the random guy with the backpack who they drove away from at the start of the episode, only to find and then take his backpack at the end of the episode, while his body parts were littered all over the road). So it's frustrating when a show can be THAT incredible, but still have so many mediocre episodes in between the high points. Well Carol did make a point to say that they "had a huge buildup overnight." So I don't know that we can assume that the fence zombies built up over time - seems more like they're appearing suddenly as they're being fed by rats. Plus, I'm not going to spoil anything for anyone who didn't see this Sunday's teaser that aired during Talking Dead, but I think that this Sunday we might learn a little more about why/how so many more zombies are showing up at the prison fences.
  8. Not that weird. What sort of noises were they going to make to distract the zombies away from the fence? Turn up the loud static on the radio of that old truck? And then what? The zombies might go after that, but not for very long. The pigs offer not only a distraction, but in multiple areas, as well as a way to occupy some time for the zombies as they feast. And again - they had to get rid of the pigs anyway because of the flu virus going around, so might as well use them as bait. My only questions are, why not lure the zombies further away from the fence? And if you're going to bait the zombies into smaller groups, shouldn't you then at least take out some of them in the process? (Also, I just re-watched The Walking Dead Comic-Con trailer where Hershel says "we just lost two of our own in cold blood," so I guess Tyreese's girl and that other guy did get murdered while they were still alive, which answers one of my questions)
  9. Overall, I very much like the direction this season is taking, compared to the previous seasons. The new showrunner seems to have some interesting ideas to mix up conflicts our band of survivors should be facing, and I hope it'll only get more interesting once the Governor makes his return (if he's not somehow already behind some of this sabotage taking place). That said, I have two questions about last night's episode: 1 - So did Tyreese's girl (and that other nameless random guy) get murdered in their cells and then burned? Like someone just came in and killed them while they were still merely coughing? Or did they die, turn, and then someone found them as zombies and burned them? All the blood smeared all over the place didn't make that very clear. Since Tyreese is upset and it seems like this act will be a significant point of tension, I'm guessing they were murdered and then burned. 2 - My girlfriend hated Rick wounding the piglets to leave as zombie bait; my answer to that was they were bigger distractions while still alive and making noises than if he outright killed them and threw them off the truck, plus they had to go anyway since nobody knows what's causing the spread of this flu virus. However - isn't it kind of a temporary fix to lead the zombies away with some small pigs? They were only like 100 feet away from the fence, not exactly leading them back out into the woods where some zombies could get distracted by other animals and the crowd might disperse a bit. Once they eat the pigs they'll turn around and head back to the fence at the prison. Are these even questions worth asking during a zombie show? Probably not, but I still wonder them the same.
  10. "12 Years a Slave" released its debut trailer, and while it looks like it'll be at least a decent movie, it also reeks of being 100% "Oscar-bait" through and through...: Meanwhile, Christian Bale has an upcoming movie called "Out of the Furnace," which also stars Willem Dafoe, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, and Forest Whitaker, and it looks pretty great:
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    Random Thought Thread

    Fun little pop culture trivia for everyone on a Friday afternoon - "Zombie Nation," the now over-played sports anthem, is actually a remix by Kernkraft 400 of a video game theme from the 1980's:
  12. Speaking of ridiculous recipes for movies that immediately go on my "Must Watch" list, the first trailer for "The Counselor" came out a couple of weeks ago, and it looks pretty, pretty, pretty good. - Screenplay by Cormac McCarthy. - Directed by Ridley Scott. - And starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender (who's always awesome), Javier Bardem (who is also always awesome), Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz (who I don't think has looked this hot since maybe the 90's, like in The Mask or something). If that doesn't end up being one of the best movies of the year, it'll be a crime.
  13. It's currently tracking 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is pretty solid, especially for a summer blockbuster type of film. I'll go check it out - I always enjoy Guillermo del Toro's work, and this is his first big budget major movie, so it's kind of a "make or break" situation for him. It's also the first chance for my boy Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy to step up into Hollywood "leading-man" territory, so I feel compelled to support him as well. And come on - it's giant mechs battling even larger monsters, with Charlie Day, Idris Elba, and Ron Perlman also in the cast. If I was just shooting off my own ideas for fun sounding movies that I'd personally like to see, this is pretty much the recipe I think I'd come up with.
  14. Oooo weeee...that is a very slick poster. I'll admit, when Joe Johnston signed on as the director for the first Captain America film, I became really skeptical. But that turned out to be a very fun, pretty compelling action movie. So I was a bit disappointed to hear that he wasn't coming back for the sequel, and I'm a little wary of this movie being more of a spy/thriller type of film, rather than another straight-ahead action/adventure movie. The director is also an odd choice - Anthony Russo, who's credits are largely producing and directing various primetime sitcoms over the last few years. But we'll see I suppose. Indeed. I liked someone's comment right after that trailer first premiered - what the hell kind of music were we using as the soundtracks for films about people being disgustingly rich before Jay-Z and Kanye West came along?
  15. Possibly the next "Wreck It Ralph" in terms of heavy nostalgia mixed with clever animated comedy...pretty awesome cast and solid production background too (from the guys responsible for "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" and the "21 Jump Street" movie):
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    The Own3d Thread.(Keep it clean)

    That is just outright horrific photoshopping....before I even noticed the improper hand placement by that woman, I spent a couple of minutes staring at the way her legs and knees are sharply cut off like the illustrators weren't sure (or weren't paid enough to care) whether or not she was supposed to be sitting in the pool or on the edge of it. I'll admit: I ended up laughing much harder at this than I initially thought I would. It just picks up steam and gets hilarious by the end.
  17. Yes, this X 1,000,000. Although I do feel sort of bad that M.Night Shyamalan is taking another huge career hit for After Earth flopping. From what I understand, it's a bad film all around and while the director of a bad movie should take some blame, Will Smith still wrote the script and made himself and his son the two lead actors. I don't know how it happened, specifically, but over the last few years I've grown to strongly dislike all things Will Smith. His acting bores me, he has a growing reputation as a huge diva (see: the production issues he created for Men in Black 3 as well as turning down Django Unchained because the violence didn't fit his "brand" image), and he's an unconfirmed Scientologist. I can understand that as a parent, he wants to see his son do well, and will do as much as he can to help his son's career, but something about the way he's pushing his son on Hollywood doesn't sit right with me. Tom Cruise has become the "cool" celebrity to rip-on, but I'd much rather see the next Tom Cruise movie over the next Will Smith film.
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    The last movie you saw......GO! (After you read the OP!!!!)

    Thanks for the review. This is definitely on my list of movies to see. It has a solid score on Rotten Tomatoes (69%), it's based on a pretty compelling true story, and I'd really like to check out Michael Shannon's performance before seeing him as General Zod in Man of Steel.
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    The last movie you saw......GO! (After you read the OP!!!!)

    I saw this the other night: (Full disclosure: I'm a huge fan of The Rock, and I'll have some interest in just about any project he's in. His addition to the cast in Fast & Furious 5 was also a big part of why the Fast & Furious franchise as a whole was reinvigorated, so it's nice to keep his character going in this series.) In short - I ****ing loved this movie. 8 out of 10 for me. It requires you to turn your brain off as soon as the opening credits begin to roll, but for mindless action, this is about as good of a movie as you're going to find these days. Part of what makes this film work in that regard (and Fast & Furious 5 worked well for the same reasons), is that the franchise has essentially been rebooted under two main rules: 1 - It's not a "street racing" or even really a "car" movie franchise anymore. They're now "heist" movies, centered on different "crews" assembling their different talents together to steal whatever extremely valuable item is being used as the main plot point. It's sort of like taking "Ocean's 11" and mixing it with a "Need for Speed" video game. 2 - It's an absolutely absurd universe they've established within these new movies, where everyone is capable of performing superhero-esque feats of strength and agility and the action sequences are ridiculously over-the-top. However, it all works because the film isn't trying to be more than a crazy action movie, and once you've come to understand and accept this universe's "rules" of physics and human natural abilities, everything flows pretty well. Fast & Furious 5 had the main characters from the first through fourth movies assemble together as one big crew to pull off a bank heist in Rio de Janeiro, while The Rock's character tried to hunt them down and arrest them. This film brings The Rock back as a good guy, who needs Vin Diesel to assemble his crew again, although this time they have to stop a terrorist from stealing some military software in London. If I had one or two complaints, it's that the storyline isn't as tightly written as the Fast & Furious 5 storyline (the heist plan in that movie was actually done really well, and the climactic action sequence was a great payoff, and most of the action sequences were naturally part of the plot), but that seems to be because they went heavier on the action in this one, while doing a little more of writing the storyline AROUND the action sequences just to make them sort of fit together. My other complaint is that the Paul Walker character has always been fairly lame, but he really serves little to no purpose in this movie. Without spoiling anything, there's an entire sequence where Paul Walker's character goes off on a side journey by himself to find some information, and that takes up maybe 10 minutes of the movie, but there's no payoff to that at all. It seemed like they just wanted to give Paul Walker some screen time on his own, since these movies are becoming more and more about Vin Diesel and The Rock. For anyone who's seen all of the previous Fast & Furious movies, you're probably going to see this one as well, but if you were at all wavering on that idea, you'll want to see this one since (again, without spoiling anything) this one weaves the last three movies together, including Tokyo Drift. And for anyone who hasn't seen the last few Fast & Furious movies, you have a little bit of time to catch up, because you're going to want to see Fast & Furious 7, which will bring in none other than Jason Statham to join the cast: http://www.contactmusic.com/news/jason-statham-set-for-fast-and-furious-7_3651580 (And with that casting addition, I'm already fairly sure that Fast & Furious 7 will be the best and most senseless action movie of this century)
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    The Own3d Thread.(Keep it clean)

    This has been making the rounds recently on a lot of TV, film, and entertainment blogs.... ABC Family's marketing department has done an interesting job of re-imagining what Batman Begins is about:
  21. Agreed. The first Iron Man movie was a lot of fun, it was done well, and since it was a new character for the big screen, it was a refreshing experience. The second Iron Man was just a rehash of the first one, with a couple of bland new characters added in, but that movie was sort of sacrificed by Marvel to get the ball rolling on The Avengers. Robert Downey Jr had sort of sleep walked through Iron Man 2, but since Joss Whedon came up with such a good script for The Avengers, and Tony Stark was actually fleshed out a little more as an actual character, forced to work with guys who were his legitimate equals, Downey Jr put on a pretty good performance. If he's not challenged, it's easy for Downey Jr to basically play himself and spit out some snarky lines, but that's why I have hope for Iron Man 3, with Don Cheadle's role as Rhodes expanding, Ben Kingsley supposedly putting on a show as a cerebral villain (not just another machine for Iron Man to simply fight off like in the first two movies), and Shane Black taking over the screenplay and direction. I'll believe that Nolan and Bale are returning for any sort of Justice League movie when they're actually on set and shooting scenes. It would be nice, but I just don't see either of them making the commitment to a project of that scale, especially one that's been in as much turmoil as the Justice League. Warner Bros is so obsessed with making this Justice League movie work, and I really don't understand it. Marvel built up to The Avengers movie in response to what Nolan was doing for the Batman franchise. It took massive planning on Marvel's part to combat the success of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Marvel has now established several tent poles between Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, with another Avengers movie in sight. WB seems to have done everything right so far with this new Superman movie, but they botched the Green Lantern movie, they can't decide if Wonder Woman should be a TV show or a movie, and they haven't even tried to do anything with The Flash. For an epic crossover movie, Marvel is sprinting into its second lap and WB hasn't even gotten off the blocks yet. If WB wants to make this superhero crossover film thing work so badly, I would suggest that they pump the brakes on the Justice League idea and instead just hope that this Superman film is a success, and then shoot for a "World's Finest" movie with Superman and Batman, and try to bring Nolan and Bale back on board for that. Nolan's already got his hands all over the new Superman movie, so asking him to direct a Batman/Superman movie shouldn't be a huge request, and if Nolan signed on, Bale would have to seriously consider it. The Avengers 2 could be about as big of a movie as anybody could ask for, but it still wouldn't outdraw a very carefully and well done film featuring the two biggest superhero properties around.
  22. Well, first, review the list that LKB posted of the opponents the Undertaker has beaten over his career to create The Streak. Guys like Mark Henry, Big Bossman, The Big Show, A-Train? Jobbers. Edge and Batista were both awesome but their careers at the top were so short (especially Batista's) that holding wins over them isn't very meaningful in the long run. Either he keeps The Streak going for another couple of years and walks out unretired, and leaves it at 21-0 or something, or he finally loses. And CM Punk would be a much better choice, given WWE's current status, than Randy Orton or I think even Cena. And Punk would probably be able to actually get a solid match out of Undertaker, something I doubt Cena would be able to do.
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    Random Thought Thread

    Love that song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq57guunjjo I also have a playlist on my iTunes that's about 90 or 100 songs from different soundtracks and composers. It's good music to just have in the background if I'm working on something and want some low noise that doesn't distract me. Also, I hope everyone's ready, because the kings are coming back:
  24. It's refreshing to see The Rock back and not cutting the ridiculous promos hes been using in his recent appearances, like saying lame Chinese food jokes and starting "Fruity Pebbles" chants. I love having The Rock back in the ring, but as loyal as I'll always be to him, I also understand the criticism he's taken for appearing to take his recent wrestling appearances with a half-assed approach. That wasn't the case last night and it did an excellent job of creating initial heat for this match. I also agree that he started to come off sort of heel-ish, but I think that fits with the likelihood that Cena is going to win. No more silly Rock and Cena. "PG" half-hearted Rock segments are painful to watch, and Cena's been silly practically his whole career. I'm of the belief that the streak should end at some point. And Punk is one of the best (if not arguably the best) main event guys the WWE has on a regular basis right now. Punk's in the prime of his career and I can't imagine that Undertaker's going to be a legitimate enough opponent for too much longer (he's already 48 and can only do so much in the ring at this point), so if they want to put someone over by having them end the streak, booking Punk to do the job is as good of an opportunity as any.