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  1. muselee321
    16-03-2018 10:03 PM
    Well, Shape of Water won a well deserved best picture oscar! I may have been listening to the soundtrack a lot... it's so well done.

    You make a good point about Arkangel, there was a lot of potential that they really missed out on. They kind of touched on it when she was a young girl but ignored it when she was a teen.

    I think Metalhead is too lowly rated by most. I liked the dogs too! Kinda cool how they were based on the Boston Dynamics robots.

    USS Callister was so well received and topped so many people's lists I might do a rewatch to see if my opinion changes.

    Thoughts on Thought Contagion?
  2. muselee321
    17-02-2018 08:17 PM
    Expectations are a powerful thing :P

    Ahh, heard of some of those. It's a good list! Shape of Water was interesting. It was a really beautifully shot film. I'm still trying to figure out some of the symbolism though, like with the colours, I feel like there's definitely something to be said about the use of green and red. Green = toeing the company line and societal expectations, red = passion and individuality? Not sure how I feel about it overall though; I didn't really like the ending but I don't think it could have ended any other way given it's kind of an adult fairy tale.

    I watched Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and that was really well done. Been trying to see more of the Oscar nominated movies before the awards with my mom so we're going to try and see Lady Bird soon.

    Okay, Black Mirror!

    1. Black Museum: definitely my favourite. The ending took me by surprise and it was pretty satisfying. I liked the format of how they showed the mini-stories throughout the episode but still tied them all together to make a compelling story. The guy who played Haynes was picked perfectly.

    I don't know how to order Arkangel, Metalhead, and Crocodile (2-4):

    Arkangel: this was one of those episodes where right from when they introduce the technology you can already guess the "bad" aspects that will happen and predict the ending, but at the same time it's technology that does seem like it could be invented in the future. I liked the parallel of the mother losing her daughter at the start, because she wasn't paying enough attention, vs. losing her daughter at the end, because she was paying too much attention.

    Metalhead: When I watched this one I initially had no idea what to think about it. I don't think I really "got" it . But I talked to my brother and I think it grew on me. I think I'm used to Black Mirror episodes being used to show technology usually in social applications, whereas the robot dogs were assumedly some military tech gone wrong? So tonally it seemed pretty different. And on the surface you might think it's stupid for these people to risk their lives just to make the last moments of a dying child more comfortable, but I think what they were going for was showing the purely cold and calculated nature of the tech vs. the depths of human emotion and compassion. I liked the episode a lot more by thinking about it this way.

    Crocodile: okay, the guinea pig at the end being used as a witness when the technology was already shown to be pretty shaky even when used on humans was kinda stupid. But otherwise I really liked this episode. It was kind of like Shut Up and Dance where the whole episode just keeps going downhill and even when you think it's done being dark it just gets even darker.

    5. USS Callister: this one was a bit of a let down for me. I felt the design of the game was really poor and it was just because of that that the characters were able to beat him the way they did. I would have thought he (as the game's designer and player) would have way more control over what happens in-game than he actually did. It had the potential to be a really good episode though.

    6. Hang the DJ: I think San Junipero was a way better take on romance and the light aspect of technology. Sometimes the reveal of "this is all a computer simulation!" is kinda cool but here it felt more like a disappointment because the whole purpose of the simulation was just for some dating app.
  3. muselee321
    26-01-2018 05:49 AM
    Maaan I typed up a whole reply a while ago but it must not have gone through! I only just found out. Sorry!

    Heh, the good thing about the topless scene is all the memes that came out of it it.

    It was mainly a lot of little things that bothered me and really added up. I didn't like a lot of comedy, and a lot of things felt forced and cheap. Like how BB-8 was used for comic relief every time he was on screen, and saved the heroes like 5 times. Hux was reduced to a silly comic villain and they started him with a way too drawn out prank call scene, which also was at the start of the movie and set the movie off to a weird tone. Rose was a pretty terrible character and Canto Bight was executed really poorly. (however, I disagree with the criticism that Canto Bight was a total waste of time and didn't amount to anything. At least it showed that the good guys can actually fail and plans don't always work out.) The flying Leia was really silly. Was not a fan of the porgs at all.

    There were also some sloppily directed scenes, like when Finn and Rose are being held down and surrounded by stormtroopers, with Phasma right in front of them just about to kill them. Then after the hyperdrive through the ship, Finn and Rose are all alone and the Phasma enters from the other end of the room with an organized group of stormtroopers behind her?

    Also didn't like that the majority of the conflict of the movie was just a slow-mo starship race and I really think there must have been SOMETHING the first order could have done to get even the slightest bit closer to be able to fire on them? It felt very boring and hard to believe.

    That being said, there were a lot of cool scenes and I already mention how much I liked how they did Kylo Ren. It wasn't a bad movie. I liked it a lot more than Rogue One. And I totally admit that part of my dislike of if is because of expectations. I had enormously huge expectations going into it and it was really disappointing. Meanwhile Justice League was an objectively worse movie, but I enjoyed it more because it was at least better than my extremely low expectations :P

    Hmm, well I recognize Logan, The Shape of Water, IT, and... the movie with the guy with all the split personalities? Other than that, no idea! What are the others? (I'm hopefully seeing The Shape of Water on Saturday, by the way!)

    I've seen all up to and including Hang the DJ. I liked Crocodile (other than how the ending happened) and Arkangel, but not so much Hang the DJ and USS Callister. I realize that ordering is probably opposite than most people's list... and I've heard Metalhead is apparently the worst episode but my brother said he thinks it'll be my favourite :P

    Turns out my brother got me a new D&D dice set. (My old one gives me notoriously bad rolls ). Yeah Hot Fuzz went over really well!
  4. muselee321
    01-01-2018 01:07 AM

    Have fun

    I don't know how I'll forgive you
    Yeah, you're right actually! Didn't think of that.

    Glad you enjoyed it! I was so-so about it. Granted, I had a huge expectations going in and loved TFA. And there were definitely some good parts, it wasn't all bad. Nowhere near as bad as some fans make it out to be. Kylo Ren's characterization was great and I agree he was the best thing about the movie. I was a huge fan of his after TFA despite a lot of people seeming to be disappointed/underwhelmed by him and I'm glad people are starting to come around and seeing what a great character he is. I loved the force connection scenes with Rey (other than that random topless Kylo one... why). The cinematography was also good! There were specific things I didn't like, but I guess I was disappointed that it could have been a lot better.
    It was cool seeing Yoda and there was a nice throwback with the puppetry!

    They totally should have replaced purple haired lady with Ackbar and had him hypderdrive the ship. Then as the enemies scoff and notice him turn the ship towards theirs, the First Order guy's last words should have been "It's a trap!"

    Don't tell me what you thought yet! Been so busy meeting with family I haven't watched episode 1. Tonight, though. Tonight. Nice shirt . Christmas was lovely! Hope yours was too. I still have a present coming today, too, from my brother (he said it got delayed in shipping ). I feel like Christmas passed really quickly this year. Can't believed it's already almost 2018. We're deciding on a movie to watch tonight as per family tradition and I think we're going to watch Hot Fuzz

    Youtube's got some of the original Iron Chef Japan episodes and they're such a treat! It's super dramatic. Chopped is great too! It always gets me how the host can say "You've been Chopped" with a straight face every time.
  5. muselee321
    24-12-2017 07:51 AM
    I really don't know what you're talking about!

    Haha, yeah that was pretty bad, and still some of the worst I've seen. In the Flash the episode afterwards Crisis 4, they even throw some shade regarding what happened... it'll make sense when you see it . I agree, Overgirl was a lot better.

    You wouldn't!
    Yeah you're right, I think they really under-utilized her. I would have also liked to see Aquaman do more water things. Instead almost all his fighting was on land where he was basically just a generic super strong guy. And even in his one fight underwater he seemed underwhelming.

    Don't worry, I'll keep quiet for now! Ahh, so you are aware of the reactions. I'm very curious to hear what you think. Yes, Black Mirror next week! And Christmas Eve tomorrow! Have a wonderful Christmas eve if we don't talk before then

    That's good to hear! People are so overwhelmingly against repealing net neutraility and I really do hope that that will have an impact on congress. And at the very least nothing bad is going to happen for a while anyways.

    I love the Cooking Channel! The ones with the most sugary foods are sooo good because of how amazing the food looks, totally agree. I love things like Extreme Cakes. Oh and Iron Chef is an absolute classic. And Hell's Kitchen of course, that's still a must-watch every week
  6. muselee321
    15-12-2017 06:50 PM

    I don't know what you're talking about! I've never done that either... especially not for my past take home exams... and it's definitely not the first thing I do when I get a homework assignment...

    Crisis was pretty good! I thought parts 3 and 4 were the strongest and part 2 was the weakest. Pretty exciting to have a huge crossover like that on TV. However, I wish I could erase the last few minutes of part 4 from my memory. So if you plan on watching, brace yourself .

    "You smell good" that line, as with many others, was so cringey. Okay to be fair I looked up the pronounciation on youtube and there were a couple videos that said "vye-oh-la" rather than "vee-oh-la" so I guess I can't hold it against you if you thought that .

    Totally agree with you on everything you said. You're right, the Russian family was weird; I kept expecting them to do something heroic or something else of note but all they were was a setup to a stupid joke about Superman saving way more people than the Flash. I get they were trying to get us emotionally invested with the families in the area that the JL would have to save but it was so poorly executed.

    Naw man, I love reading nitpicks!

    Yeah I saw it last night! Let me know when you've seen it. At least Black Mirror's only out in a couple weeks!

    I heard . I was so surprised to find out that the vote by the FCC only involved 5 people... just 5 people had the power to get this to pass to congress. The vast majority of Americans are against the proposal yet that doesn't seem to matter. I really hope congress puts a stop to it. I saw one of the California state senators proposed net neutrality laws for California, which at least would be good for you if that goes through!
  7. muselee321
    07-12-2017 05:18 AM
    We picked up our tree today actually! Going to decorate next week! Naw, we have just a random assortment of ornaments. From traditional things like bulbs and lights and snowmen figurines, to decades-old school and childhood Christmas projects, to Star Trek and other genre figures. My dad's favourite is a light-up Bird of Prey .

    Glad to hear. Sounds like you'll be able to relax soon enough! Good luck on them! Thanks, I got one over with yesterday which was okay, and it was definitely going to be my hardest. Only other one is a take-home exam starting Saturday which I'm not worried about at all.

    By all means, rant away! It's far, far from a good movie. I think my standards were just so low after Batman v Superman that anything better would have been amazing. JL is certainly not a good movie but I did find it entertaining. I agree Superman had some really cringy dialogue and acting throughout the movie (also the CGI animations of his body were particularly bad). I like Gustin way more as well. I think I liked Miller right after seeing it because he at least provided some comedy while BvS was so devoid of it, but having gone back to tonight's Flash I definitely agree with you. (Oh and he really mispronounced "viola" when he joked about playing it, and as a violist it was a cool reference but a conflicting one ). I'd love to hear what you think!

    Yeah, all the big theatres near me have been sold out for a while. I did dress up in my Next Gen uniform last time for the early screening, maybe I'll do it again this time . Oh nice, I didn't even notice there were Black Mirror trailers yet! I just watched them, and that's definitely Trek. Star Trek went into some pretty deep stuff occasionally so I think you're probably right.
  8. muselee321
    04-12-2017 01:07 AM
    It snowed for a few hours back in October which got me really excited for early snowfall this Christmas but there's been nothing yet! But otherwise, there's certainly a lot of Christmas spirit here . I'll be picking up a tree in a couple of weeks and decorating with my brother, as is tradition.

    Just need to get through final exams first. I'm done by next Monday at least. Do you have finals?

    I haven't actually seen any of the Thor movies yet . Nor Wonder Woman. But yes, I did enjoy Justice League. I saw the audience rating on rotten tomatoes is quite a bit higher than the critics reviews, and I agree with the audience rating a lot more. Superman's CGI mouth was pretty distracting . It was just... weird. It was definitely the worst in his first scene, and in later scenes his upper lip just looked kind of blurry. There was really just some terrible CGI mainly when they were animating people - super obvious dummy models.

    Did you get tickets for an early Star Wars showing? I managed to get some at my local theatre for December 14!

    Yeah, I've seen so much activity on reddit about it. It's good to see people are taking initiative and voicing their concerns. I'll certainly be keeping an eye on the next couple weeks. Hopefully under the next president they will work towards reversing it as soon as they can, if it does go through
  9. muselee321
    01-12-2017 07:21 PM
    I'd seen that clip before! I can only imagine how frustrating that kind of stuff would be to happen.

    Hmm that's a good idea too, doesn't look like too hard of a costume either. Not yet, but I definitely will be making the mask! Probably just with some paper-mache.

    Sounds like a classic Thanksgiving . Can't believe we're within a month from Christmas and the 2018 already!

    I saw Justice League yesterday and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. There were some weak moments and the CGI looked pretty bad in some places but it was definitely better than Batman v Superman and many of the other recent DC movies. I really liked Ezra Miller's Flash.

    Also... heard about the net neutrality stuff going on for you guys. I hope it works out for the best in the next two weeks.
  10. muselee321
    21-11-2017 09:08 PM
    There's an insane amount of stuff in games like those! Sounds like you'll have to go back and redo everything . Speedruns are mindboggling. They can make for some pretty funny live stream moments too.

    Yeah it keeps pleasantly surprising me by not falling into the usual tired plot devices they always do.

    Yeah I kind of have the hair length for it and there aren't many female characters that have short brown hair, so it works out well. And it's way more wearable than my costume last year which was Squirrel Girl... that tail! . Will you grow out a moustache? That would be dedication

    Thanksgiving is coming up for you isn't it? Hope you have a good dinner planned!

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