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 on: Today at 02:30:09 AM 
Started by jdv - Last post by jdv
Las Vegas gets snow... for the 3rd time this winter:

 on: February 18, 2019, 10:42:11 AM 
Started by jdv - Last post by Warpig
Black Mirror is one of those shows I know I should be watching, but I don't.

I have no idea why.

 on: February 18, 2019, 10:17:41 AM 
Started by jdv - Last post by Plissken
As for the social justice anachronisms, just be glad they didn't go full Battlefield V where female soldiers with small frames and amputated arms are consistently beating up male soldiers in WWII without some sort of German ubermensch potion.

As for Wyatt, did you see him in that episode of Black Mirror a couple years ago?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/PdptmzBVZLo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/PdptmzBVZLo</a>

 on: February 18, 2019, 09:18:53 AM 
Started by jdv - Last post by Warpig
Wyatt Russell, that's pretty cool, hope he keeps going.

 on: February 18, 2019, 12:56:06 AM 
Started by jdv - Last post by jdv
Well made, slick, and violent, the JJ Abrams produced OVERLORD is essentially the big screen movie version of the classic video game Castle Wolfenstien.

First the good - solid photography, costumes, props, sets, sound effects, and music - it's a big budget movie that puts the money on the screen.  You won't feel like you've wasted your life by watching it.

The cast - featuring Kurt Russel's son Wyatt & Jovan Adepo as the Americans, with Pilou Asbęk as an SS villain - is solid.  Russel proves he's more then a name - he clearly has a least some of his dad's magic charisma and acting chops.  Big things from him ahead.  Adepo is the nominal star of the film, yet he doesn't quite have enough charisma to pull it off.  He's good, but not great.

Part of the problem with this film - and it is a big one - is that it gets many many important details wrong, primary among them the color blind casting.  Adeop is black, as are several other cast members.  Not only do they mix with white soldiers (something that would only happen in the midst of a very bad battle, never before), but they are shown as Screaming Eagles from the 101st Airborne  (the same outfit seen in BAND OF BROTHERS).

That simply didn't happen.  Adeopo's character also states at least a couple of times about how he was drafted.  The Airborne was an all-volunteer combat force, at least on D-Day.  So big error after error....

In one way, who cares?  It's basically a comic book movie. But on the other, because this movie borrows so heavily from BAND OF BROTHERS, relying on the viewer's familiarity and love for it to help establish street cred, you expect better.  One character so completely ripped from BoB that he almost becomes a parody.

Ultimately, it's extremely lazy writing.  As some of you know, I've been working on a WWII script which features black and white soldiers, and have gone to great lengths to explain in the story how that would happen.  No such hard work done here.  And to use the exact regiment as seen in BAND OF BROTHERS is chutzpah in the extreme (kinda like choosing the name "Maverick" for a fighter pilot character).

Which might help explain why this movie was a box office fail - I mean it lost it's ass bad despite being pretty good.  And that, I believe, is because the culmination of all the slightly off bits.  The historical inaccuracies aside, the movie has a hard time deciding if it's a horror movie, or an actioner - and that causes lots of problems (including with the ad campaign, which has no clue what to do with this flick).

The music is OK, but no theme music.  WWII movies practically dare the composer to come off with a sweet theme.  Not sure there's a good WWII flick without one.  Because the score has to swing between action and horror, and it all kinda blends together (unlike, say, a movie like PREDATOR).  See, PREDATOR is horror movie with action.  This is an action movie with horror, and that's a very tough sell.

The movie also bogs down right when it should be picking up speed, about 20 minutes in.  The writer has a very elaborate sub-plot with a woman and her nephew that story-wise was completely unnecessary.  Through her character we see that Nazi's are kinda rapey, and that they like to experiment on people.  Things we all already know in a general sense, and more importantly, could have found out in better, more exciting ways for this story in particular.

See, we know the Nazis are making some kind of zombie-super men before we even get our popcorn and sit down in our seats.  And this movie pretends otherwise.  Now, if a movie is hitting on all cylinders, we don't mind.  DIRTY DOZEN?  Yeah, we know the basic plot, but part of the cool of that movie is getting there.  SAVING PRIVATE RYAN?  It takes almost the whole movie to meet the title character, but again, we don't care.  ALIENS?  Worth the wait to see the badies.

OVERLORD just isn't quite that good.  When you're completely stealing the back-story from the most beloved WWII movie ever made (BAND OF BROTHERS), and then tying that to a genre that is rapidly becoming blase (zombies/super villains) without having the subsequent amount of grit means this movie is always trying to ice-skate up hill.  Mixing genres is very hard, which means they needed to work a bit harder make it all work.  Thus the lack of believable detail hurts more then it would otherwise.

It is frustrating movie because some of the decisions made seem to have been made purely out of a sense of political correctness, and that made worse by lazy writing.  An utterly un-needed sub-plot slows down what ultimately has a lot of kick-ass action.  Nice debut for Russel, who is the standout actor in this movie.  Still, a very watchable movie, one that would make a good double-feature with FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY.

I hate giving out half stars, but....

BOTTOM LINE: 3.5 "Hey, I loved BAND OF BROTHERS too!" out of 5 stars.

 on: February 15, 2019, 05:31:53 PM 
Started by jdv - Last post by jdv
I'm gonna try to make it out tonight!

Can you PM me your address?

Sending.... now.

 on: February 15, 2019, 04:57:03 PM 
Started by jdv - Last post by The B.O.B.
I'm gonna try to make it out tonight!

Can you PM me your address?

 on: February 15, 2019, 03:49:28 PM 
Started by Gunslinger - Last post by Plissken
"Sentient dairy products, werewolf soldiers, robots gone wild, garbage monsters, cyborg bounty hunters, alien spiders and blood-thirsty demons from hell - all converge in eighteen NSFW animated stories."

 on: February 15, 2019, 03:42:26 PM 
Started by Warpig - Last post by jdv
"The 31-year-old -- at 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 150 pounds -- skipped the earbuds on this run, opting instead for the sound of his own footsteps. A quarter-mile into his descent from Towers, he heard pine needles rustling on the trail behind him.

"I stopped and turned," he said. "And it's one of those situations where sometimes I turn, sometimes I don't. But in the back of my mind I always wonder if it's something dangerous like a bear or a bobcat or a mountain lion, and in this case it was in fact a mountain lion.

"So I remember seeing that and just having my gut feel the full impact of the situation."

The approximately 80-pound juvenile cougar barreled toward him. Kauffman put up his arms and screamed in an attempt to scare the cat away.

"Unfortunately, it kept running," he said.

The cat leapt at Kauffman's face. He raised his arms in a defensive motion to blunt the initial attack. Its mouth locked around his wrist. One tooth sunk into the meaty part of his thumb, another dug into the top of his wrist.

The mountain lion hugged Kauffman's body, digging its front claws into his back. Its back legs thrashed at his thighs. He tried to throw it off. But with its mouth clamped around his wrist, the two ended up tumbling more than 20 feet off the trail into a gully.

"But during that fall, the cat ended up on its back and it still had my wrist this whole time in its mouth," Kauffman said.

With the leverage of being on top of the cougar, Kauffman used one of his legs to pin the animal's hindquarters to the ground, and then searched for a way to fight back. He grabbed sticks, but they were rotted, and crumbled when he tried to use them against the cat. With his free hand, he found a rock and began hitting its head. The angle was awkward and Kauffman let the cat's legs slip out from under him.

He was able to repin the mountain lion's legs with his left leg and swung the other around to the cat's throat.

"I got my right foot onto its neck," he said. "And then I was able to get some weight onto its windpipe and that's what eventually suffocated it."

Only when the cat was dead did it release Kauffman's wrist from its mouth.

The whole battle lasted about ten minutes. "

I presuming he gets to roll new hit dice, as he must have leveled....


 on: February 15, 2019, 03:36:18 PM 
Started by jdv - Last post by jdv
Pre-heating shed as we speak....

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