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  1. In this topic, you can vent your feelings about any movie, tv show, actor, etc. I tried this in a topic in @Quiver's Spider-Man: Homecoming and worked pretty well. (I got a downvote.) Here, you can vent your feelings and I'll make a rule. Don't give people downvotes. It is their honest opinion and if they hate something in a movie you people like, you can counteract their claim with whatever you come up with. This is officially the Entertainment Discussion debate topic. It'll basically be a negative review. Let's begin with one of the worst superhero movies ever. X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I have a lot of problems with this movie. First and foremost, DEADPOOL!! 20TH CENTURY FOX, WHAT THE $%#@ WERE YOU THINKING???!!! DEADPOOL HAS NONE OF THE POWERS SHOWN IN THAT STUPID MOVIE!! SHOOTING LASERS?? KATANAS IN HIS ARMS?? GETTING CONTROLLED BY A COMPUTER?? FREAKING HAVING HIS MOUTH STITCHED UP???!! There is a reason Deadpool is called the Merc with a Mouth, and looking like a cheesy knockoff of Slender Man isn't it! Second, Gambit. I'm not saying he wasn't good, it's just that he's barely in it. He's one of the best parts of the movie, but his screen time is way too short. Thirdly, the CGI. All of the CGI is poorly done in this film, especially Wolverine's claws, the fake Patrick Stewart, and that part when Logan is chopping up the ladder. Fourthly, Agent Zero. Out of all the terrible characters in this film, he was the cheesiest and the most annoying and I'm glad he died. Finally, the continuity issues. In future films, they manage to fix errors pretty well. But there are two major ones not fixed. One, STUPID STRYKER. The guy who played him was a terrible actor to begin with, but in Days of Future Past, he looks younger and it's a little confusing, because Logan hasn't changed the timeline yet. Second, if Logan and Sabretooth fought in the Vietnam War, and were sentenced to death, what happened to Sabretooth? Stryker apparently doesn't find them, but Logan is shown in the U.S. later, in 1973. Sabretooth's fate in the X-Men Universe is left unexplained, which is disappointing, because I thought he was good. (They announced he might appear in Logan which would've been amazing but he never did.) Anybody is welcome to respond to me but please. This is an opinion, so either read and leave it or debate it. Have at it.
  2. The Batman was a film that I anticipated for a long time, ever since that first trailer. And I must say, it lived up to my expectations. Matt Reeves is one of the most consistent directors working today and he was a great choice to direct the movie because he just knows how to make one properly. There is a lot of in-camera action and movement, the special effects and CGI are used as supplements rather than crutches and the action sequences are well-choreographed. Robert Pattinson is terrific as Batman, so quit trash-talking him. Twilight was forever ago and I'm just more surprised that people keep talking about it. Pattinson brings a lot of emotion to Batman from just the way he looks, moves and reacts to things. While I would have liked to see just a little more of him as Bruce Wayne, this is understandably a Batman movie and it knows that. If you still don't like him after this... I don't know what to tell you, maybe just don't watch any Batman movies for a while. The rest of the cast brings amazing performances to the table as well. Zoe Kravitz is wonderfully mysterious and coy as Catwoman, Paul Dano is intimidating and terrific as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright plays the best Gordon ever (yeah, it's true), Andy Serkis brings a soulful and somber Alfred into the light and Colin Farrell completely vanishes behind prosthetics and voice to become the Penguin. You won't even remember that's him until the credits. This was a real, genuine movie from beginning to end. And hopefully Hollywood will take notes, because The Batman is the kind of movie I want to see more of.
  3. Discovered this gem while playing Death Stranding, a very atmospheric and thoughtful song
  4. 23. Earwig and the Witch 22. Tales from Earthsea 21. Ponyo 20. Ocean Waves 19. Pom Poko 18. Howl’s Moving Castle 17. My Neighbors the Yamadas 16. Arrietty 15. The Cat Returns 14. When Marnie Was There 13. Porco Rosso 12. From Up on Poppy Hill 11. Grave of the Fireflies 10. Castle in the Sky 9. My Neighbor Totoro 8. The Wind Rises 7. Whisper of the Heart 6. Princess Mononoke 5. Only Yesterday 4. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 3. Spirited Away 2. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 1. Kiki’s Delivery Service My ranking of the Ghibli films
  5. What If...? is beginning to frustrate me. I've really liked the premises and execution of Episodes 6-8, but (especially with the Killmonger and Thor episodes) it seems the show's favorite thing to pull is a cliffhanger and/or letdown. My prediction has turned out to be correct, nothing surpasses the Doctor Strange episode in my mind. And that's really disappointing. I've enjoyed the episodes so far and I like a lot of the ideas in them, however the show has an odd way of building up those ideas. This is very much the case with the episode "What If...Thor Was An Only Child?". This story was goofy and kind of insane but I really enjoyed how different some characters were, and I really liked the development of Thor and Jane Foster's relationship. The episode decides to end with a tease of next week (now this week), with "What If...Ultron Won?" and this is where the flaws of the show really start to shine. I knew that the show was building up to some kind of crossover climax, it's been hinted at. But when the teases for said climax contradict the story and ruin what could have been a standalone bottle episode, I'm gonna be a bit annoyed. To discuss this further, we're entering spoilers. So I ranted a bit more than I wanted but What If...? is unfortunately proving to be a letdown. It's not terrible and I really like the ideas we are shown. But it's not up to its true potential. Things I liked in the past episodes:
  6. Episode 5 of What If...? was ok. It wasn't anything super special, though it could have been. The element that really drags this episode down is the comedy. It is just way too light-hearted for something as dour as this. Having the Wasp die a heroic death only to be followed by Paul Rudd cracking a pun every half-second was really dragging. (Ant-Man makes way too many jokes in this situation). Similarly, Happy yelling "Blam!" over and over again as he is dragged to his death does not work. Also the Watcher literally says, "Oof." ....what??? Now that's not to say every joke didn't land. They just should have toned it down. I particularly like Bucky's jab at Falcon after Okoye splits the zombified Sam in half. And Spider-Man receives better writing here than he does in his own movies. Marvel finally mentioned Uncle Ben. Good things do happen. I also really like that they upped the gore in this one, even if it's just zombies. Now I'm also confused by some spoilery elements too.
  7. When it comes to Marvel movies, I've developed a critical eye for them because most of them follow a standard formula. Most of them have a weak villain. And they don't have anything of significance to say about the world around us. So when I say Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is one of the best Marvel movies in years, I don't say that lightly. I think Shang-Chi succeeds where Black Panther falters. It's not bogged down by its existence in the MCU, its themes and message are clearly developed and shown and all of the characters have some sort of importance to the story. I wasn't sure how I felt about this movie leading up to its release. I think I was afraid it would be another misstep like the aforementioned Black Panther or Captain Marvel, movies that Marvel insisted were going to be culturally significant but were held back by the Marvel formula. Shang-Chi proves that Marvel needs to give more creative freedom to its creators like Destin Daniel Cretton, who was obviously given a lot of freedom to tell the story he wanted. This film feels more like a Chinese martial arts film that is given a Marvel twist rather than a Marvel film given an Asian twist. The fights are extremely well-choreographed and well shot, making them look great to watch. The visuals are also very good, and there are some shots that look amazing. You can tell a lot of care went into this production and a lot of care went into the story as well. Every major character in this movie has something to do and a great character arc to match it. Every one of them is relatable. Simu Liu puts a lot of energy into his performance, which is also helped immensely by the fact that he did most of his own stunts and fights. Tony Leung is great as Wenwu (or the Mandarin, but even the characters in the movie don't call him that) and I would hesitate to even call him the antagonist because he is much more complex. Meng'er Zhang also is great as Xialing, Shang-Chi's sister. I think I enjoyed her arc the most in the movie. The biggest risk in this movie is Awkwafina. She's a great comedian but she's given a lot of the overbearing Marvel humor, which makes her character seem less interesting. But being an Asian-American myself, I related a lot to her position and her struggle in life. I think her arc is a great message for Asian-Americans but the film should have put more emphasis on it rather than the humor. She does have some funny lines, but they could have toned it down. The only other issue I have is the amount of exposition in the film. Because Shang-Chi is introducing a new world and part of this universe, there's a lot of explaining that it has to do. Fortunately, a lot of information is presented in a good way, but there are just a couple of scenes that could have used some work. If you like movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, chances are you'll like this film. It has a lot to appreciate and a lot that Hollywood can learn from. It is a wonderful representation of Asian culture (a good 30-40 minutes in total is completely spoken in Mandarin) and has many things that can entertain international audiences. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings gets a 9/10 from me and you should go watch it in a theater, on the biggest screen you can.
  8. Free Guy is a movie in theaters now and it was fine. I found it funny that one of the screenwriters, Zak Penn, also helped write Ready Player One, a movie that is essentially a worse version of this. Free Guy wisely does not try to take itself very seriously and its humor is especially funny. I would say that is the strongest thing about this movie. Ryan Reynolds is delightful as always and a lot of the best jokes are either his or involve him. Jodie Comer is also very good in the movie and I hope this means she'll be in more movies now and not just Killing Eve. Taika Waititi didn't feel very genuine to me and unfortunately, he is not very funny nor threatening as the villain. There are also a lot of cameos in this movie and some of them work and some of them don't. Tina Fey and Channing Tatum have absolutely hilarious cameos. But several YouTubers and streamers like Jacksepticeye, Pokimane and Ninja appear in the film and they were all super distracting. And they weren't very entertaining either. It's a fun movie to watch with friends and it's very entertaining overall. It's no masterpiece but it's pretty good for what it is. 7/10
  9. There were two quotes in my mind as I watched the most recent episode of What If..?: "What is grief, if not love persevering?" spoken by Vision and "The things I do for love..." spoken by Jaime Lannister. To really understand, you're going to have to watch the episode yourself because the events that take place are nothing short of incredible. Episode 4 has literally broken the Marvel formula. To discuss, I must talk spoilers. This episode is in another level entirely from the others. I seriously doubt they will top this one.
  10. Episode 3, in short, lived up to my expectations.
  11. IMO, Episode 2 was way better than Episode 1 in every way. Chadwick Boseman really put everything into this performance, and I really enjoyed seeing him as Star-Lord. And here's just a list of things that were great about this episode. - Nebula having hair, having a complete opposite personality than she does in the movies and her more familiar relationship with Thanos - Thanos being a good guy. Everything they did with him, I was totally on board with. I also like how he still insists that his plan to help the universe still has merit - Yondu, Kraglin, Taserface, Korath, they were fun. Korath especially since he turns out to be a huge Star-Lord fan - The Drax and Howard the Duck cameos My only complaint is with the Collector. They give a really interesting concept here but I don't he was as threatening as he should have been. You can see that he not only has weapons from Malekith and Hela (two powerful villains) but Cap's shield and Mjolnir as well. With those victories in mind, the fight he has with T'Challa and Yondu should have been longer. And yeah, the Nebula/T'Challa ship is a little bit hard to get used to.
  12. So I went through all (specifically Cosmere) and gave each book its own anime opening and ending. I looked up the lyrics and went through the song before I approved each one. I would love to hear thoughts but also I would love to see other's additions or suggestions! Fire away! And we don't need to keep to just music either, let's talk about what scenes would look great as an anime or what voice actor would be best as a certain character or even what studio could be a good choice for a particular series. But here's my list of openings and endings. (Links included) Elantris OP 1 - Sirius by Eir Aoi OP 2 - The Day by Porno Graffiti ED - STYX HELIX by MYTH & ROID Mistborn Season 1 (Final Empire Arc) OP - the world by Nightmare ED - Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai by Yoko Hikasa Mistborn Season 2 (Well of Ascension Arc) OP - Red Swan by YOSHIKI feat. Hyde ED - Wareta Ringo by Taneda Risa Mistborn Season 3 (Hero of Ages Arc) OP - Shinzou wo Sasageyo by Linked Horizon ED - Koi wo Shita no Wa by Aiko Warbreaker OP 1 - Sakura Nagashi by Hikaru Utada OP 2 - One Last Kiss by Hikaru Utada ED - Is There Still Anything That Love Can Do? by RADWIMPS The Stormlight Archive (Kings Arc) OP - Colors by Flow ED - Lost in Paradise by Ali feat. AKLO Mistborn Season 4 (Alloy of Law Arc) OP - unravel by TK from Ling tosite sigure ED - The Real Folk Blues by The Seatbelts The Emperor’s Soul (OVA) OP - Sincerely by TRUE ED - Fukashigi no Carte The Stormlight Archive (Radiance Arc) OP - Gurenge by LiSA ED - Memories by Maki Otsuki Mistborn Season 5 (Shadows of Self Arc) OP - Duvet by Boa ED - Alumina by Nightmare Mistborn Season 6 (Bands of Mourning Arc) OP - Trigun ED - Kiri by Monoral Mistborn Season 7 (Secret History Arc) OP - Redo by Konomi Suzuki ED - Shunkan Sentimental by SCANDAL White Sand OP - Believe by Folder 5 ED - Grand Escape by RADWIMPS The Stormlight Archive (Oathbringer Arc) OP - Kaikai Kitan by Eve ED - One more time, One more chance by Masayoshi Yamazaki
  13. Hello, everyone. (If anyone cares) Some years ago now, a friend of mine and I created a hive mind account for this forum titled "Captains Domon". We had a lot of fun discussing various Sanderson topics and other things with all of you. Then we both graduated and went our separate ways for a while. Now one of us has returned to manage the account. I'm excited to get back into the Cosmere after a two-year absence (I have not read Rhythm of War yet and I highly anticipate it) and I'm glad for the next step!
  14. The series is kind of wonky but is incredibly interesting. The concept is pretty well-used. P.S. The best characters in the series are a couple of toothpicks.
  15. It would take a bit too long to write down my mixed feelings so I will just write a brief summary of my thoughts on the ends of certain character arcs. Tyrion Lannister: Peter Dinklage is one of the best actors today so it's really disappointing that they are giving him this material to work with. Since Season 7, they've done some strange things with Tyrion and unfortunately, nothing paid off for me in this season. Tyrion is my favourite character but he is not given much substance in this season. Furthermore, I'm pretty surprised that he suggested Bran. Would not have expected that from him. Cersei and Jaime Lannister: When Cersei first started out, I didn't like her that much. But by Season 3, I felt that they had come to the point where she had become an actually intriguing character. Cersei's arc is completed on a note that I feel is true to her character. Jaime, on the other hand..... yeesh. WHAT A LETDOWN. He had so much going his way but then he's pulled back so he can get back with Cersei. Jaime deserved better, honestly. Daenerys Targaryen: STORMFATHER. WHAT. WERE. THEY. THINKING? The twist for Dany's character does make sense to a degree but the problem is that they never justify her reasons for doing so. This change was so rushed yet so drawn-out that it came out of nowhere. It was too shocking for me and it was thoroughly disappointing. Jon Snow: Besides Cersei, Jon's character arc was the one that I had the least problems with. Part of me really wishes that he claimed the throne. They had built up to something but passed us some salt instead. I actually liked how he was the one who killed Daenerys. BUT STILL. He could have totally claimed it. Why didn't Tyrion suggest him? Any of Daenerys' supporters probably would have just left or been killed or something but I really see no major problems with Jon getting the throne. Sansa Stark: This may just be me but I feel like Sansa has never been given a lot of focus, compared to other arcs. I believe she's a great character and she does get what she wants in the end, but I feel like there's something missing. I really can't put my finger on it. Arya Stark: WHAT A WASTE. What a waste of potential! Arya has such an incredible power yet she never uses it in Season 8. I've really enjoyed Arya's character and I felt like they were turning it up to 11, but then changed their minds and dialled it down. A lot. It was so disappointing. Bran Stark: Ummm. Yup. So that happened. I've never liked Bran. To me, his story was never interesting. They had the chance to do so but never did. I feel like they should have put Bran and Jaime against each other in this season. That would have been entertaining. But they didn't. He just continues to sit in his wheelchair, complaining about his crippling depression. Others: Brienne got knighted which made me happy. I didn't like how the Hound died (or the Mountain for that matter). What they did with Melisandre was pretty weird. And I wish Davos had done something awesome. Feel free to disagree.
  16. They could do that and just say that Snoke was a malformed clone or something
  17. Rodel here. Just today, my collaborator and friend Bayle was in a car accident with another friend. I spent a couple of hours worrying anxiously.

    Thankfully, they have no serious injuries and Bayle is walking away with a couple of broken ribs.

    I'm very thankful for the miracle and this doesn't change what we do here. (Even though we've had a hard time posting stuff for a while)

    1. Darkness Ascendant

      Darkness Ascendant

      rust my dude, I'm so glad you guys are okay

  18. I love the fact that Ian McDiarmid is returning as the Emperor. If they do this correctly, they can fix almost all the plot problems in The Force Awakens and to a lesser degree, The Last Jedi. There's a story in Star Wars Legends where Palpatine is revealed to have survived by possessing bodies with his spirit until he finally decays. If JJ canonizes this, he could explain why Snoke exists. And how Starkiller Base was built. And how the First Order exists. Let's say Palpatine ordered the construction of not just the first two Death Stars, but Starkiller Base in the prequel trilogy. After his death, his spirit just possesses another body, Snoke. Snoke/Palpatine would then oversee the finishing constructions on Starkiller Base as well as gather the remaining Empire forces to create the First Order. I really hope this is the case. (Also LANDO HYPE)
  19. Mine is Winter Soldier, but here's my overall ranking! 21. Thor: The Dark World 20. Iron Man 2 19. Avengers: Age of Ultron 18. Ant-Man and the Wasp 17. Iron Man 3 16. Captain Marvel 15. Doctor Strange 14. Thor 13. The Incredible Hulk 12. Captain America: The First Avenger 11. Spider-Man: Homecoming 10. Ant-Man 9. Black Panther 8. The Avengers 7. Guardians of the Galaxy 6. Captain America: Civil War 5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 4. Avengers: Infinity War 3. Thor: Ragnarok 2. Iron Man 1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  20. Another thought about Captain Marvel: The release of this movie seems ill-timed. Not from a commercial standpoint, but from a storytelling standpoint. You see, if Captain Marvel had been released in Phase One or Phase Two, with no other mention of her, we would have been aware that A. the Avengers Initiative was named after her and B. her character was out there. Everyone would have been asking, "Where's Captain Marvel? When is she coming back?", creating anticipation for her return. This makes the logo reveal on Fury's pager more satisfying because it confirms she is coming back. However, Captain Marvel has been released only several weeks ahead of Avengers: Endgame which makes her inclusion seem more forced. It doesn't help that her movie seemed to push the message that she is one of the most powerful characters in the MCU. I understand that they need the character, but it seems too quick and too soon before Endgame to do so. They should have released this film much earlier so that A. there is an age difference in her appearance, B. it wouldn't seem so rushed and C. there is anticipation for her appearance in Endgame. The empty performance we got from Brie Larson doesn't raise any hopes either. Hopefully, she's better in Endgame.
  21. Answers in order: Ant-Man, The Dark Knight, Unbreakable, WarGames, Dirty Harry and Taxi Driver
  22. So I just saw Captain Marvel. Eehhhh. It was fine. I don't think it was great. First off, I don't think Brie Larson pulls off the character of Carol Danvers. None of the trailers really impressed me, and one line, in particular, made me roll my eyes. "I'm not going to fight your war. I'm gonna end it." It just sounded so dumb and I couldn't take it seriously at all. Did I have fun watching the movie? Yeah. Is it the best Marvel movie? No. The writing for Carol Danvers is pretty weak and I got the feeling that she was only presented as a really powerful character to be set up for Endgame. Larson's performance felt... empty. Knowing that the Skrulls were in it, I thought I knew exactly how Fury lost his eye. The movie proved me wrong, kind of. It was kind of funny, but also underwhelming. I liked the cat though. Goose was pretty awesome. Overall, I have to disagree with Pagliacci and say that I enjoyed Aquaman much more than Captain Marvel. It's not terrible, just average.
  23. A little defence against my boi Jean-Claude, I do like Hard Target and Timecop, but yeah the rest of his movies are pretty unbearable.
  24. Things that Made Me Happy About the Oscars: Spike Lee winning his first competitive Oscar and Samuel L. Jackson's enthusiasm in announcing and awarding him. Olivia Colman's acceptance speech for winning Best Actress. Rami Malek's win and acceptance speech. Guillermo del Toro presenting Best Director to his close friend, Alfonso Cuaron. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse winning Best Animated Feature. First Man winning Best Visual Effects. Mirai being nominated for Best Animated Feature. No cringy host this year. Thank all things holy. Things that Made Me Angry (or Cringe) About the Oscars: Bohemian Rhapsody winning all the Editing awards. The fact that Mission: Impossible-Fallout was not nominated for anything. Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presenting Best Supporting Actress. Black Panther winning Best Original Score. The Favourite only won 1 Oscar out of the ten nominations it received. Won't You Be My Neighbor? was snubbed by the Academy for Best Documentary. Black Panther winning 3 Oscars. Bohemian Rhapsody led the ceremony with 4 Oscars. (What??) Serena Williams presenting A Star Is Born.
  25. Sounds like you need a reboot. If you'd like any suggestions of anime that might cleanse your palette. just say the word. Happy to help. Quick thought on The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: It's a great film, but I do think the pacing could be better. And the ending could be a little more satisfying.