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Title: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 06, 2010, 09:35:25 AM
This thread is the place to put links or descriptions for everything that inspires you, aside from FRUA (or that inspires to to write stuff for FRUA) - at least if you don't want to start a new thread for it.



I will start by praising James Rolfe aka The Angry Video Game Nerd (http://www.cinemassacre.com/category/avgn/).

I've been watching his hilarious reviews of (mostly bad) nostalgic games for years, and it never gets old (even if the games are mostly old).

Unfortunately, he did not review "Pool of Radiance" for NES yet - it might not meet his criteria for a "shitty game".

If you don't know him yet (there might be some who haven't heard of him), check out the Nerd. His latest video is sort of a sequel to some of his older reviews, but the classic review of Moonwalker (http://www.cinemassacre.com/2009/01/07/michael-jacksons-moonwalker/) is a good place to start. :)




Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Baronnecro on September 06, 2010, 10:14:08 AM
he did a dragon warrior one too if I remember correctly. and Friday the 13th perhaps? (NES)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 06, 2010, 10:48:45 AM
he did a dragon warrior one too if I remember correctly. and Friday the 13th perhaps? (NES)

I don't know about Dragon Warrior, but the Friday the 13th one is here (http://www.cinemassacre.com/2006/10/13/friday-the-13th-2/).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Baronnecro on September 06, 2010, 03:48:12 PM
 :D that was the one. :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 06, 2010, 04:04:18 PM
Should I put a warning in here regarding the language?  ;)


Anyway, the Nerd's title song 'ear-wormed' me endlessly and mercilessly.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 06, 2010, 07:15:02 PM
I think this would make a great SHUA mod:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDDHHrt6l4w&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Baronnecro on September 06, 2010, 08:08:10 PM
hilarious! i mean if you know the watchmen graphic novel, or to a lesser extent the film. if not, i bet ppl think it's an actual cartoon
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on September 06, 2010, 11:08:58 PM
I still like this guy, but I've never seen him in SHUA.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYRPvz-LV-k&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYRPvz-LV-k&feature=related)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 07, 2010, 01:14:48 AM
Nice videos... you could almost think the Watchmen one was authentic. :)


More genre-bending: Silent Star Wars (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOjzLggAKis&feature=player_embedded)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 07, 2010, 11:02:46 AM
Whatever Marvel is hoping to do with their Avengers movie, Bollywood are obviously already accomplished experts at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5Pjo0WjBcs
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on September 07, 2010, 03:16:12 PM
I totally want to see Superman break dancing in the next movie. Even better .. Batman Breakdancing!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 07, 2010, 03:22:43 PM
I totally want to see Superman break dancing in the next movie. Even better .. Batman Breakdancing!

Like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8BZDwLExPI)?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 07, 2010, 04:52:06 PM
Some people just can't hold their orange juice. 

You know, a number of artists have done illustrations, which can found about the internet, of different superheroes doing the batusi.  Maybe I'll convert one of those pics for Rocco's mod...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 07, 2010, 10:28:11 PM
But speaking of musical Batmans...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUPBgYeanZ0&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on September 07, 2010, 10:47:16 PM
Whatever Marvel is hoping to do with their Avengers movie, Bollywood are obviously already accomplished experts at:

Wow. I'm accustomed to music in the pentatonic scale, but that was actually painful to watch.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 10, 2010, 03:31:54 AM
The two best movies of last year (probably even of the last few years):

A Serious Man (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTiEXMUVxyg&feature=related)

and

Inglourious Basterds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0QpexeEUbI&feature=related)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 12, 2010, 08:45:32 PM
The tune that can make even the end of the world funny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P1cuO3qEs4&feature=fvst
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Baronnecro on September 12, 2010, 10:37:29 PM
 ;D I wish they had stuff like Benny hill on TV still. I watched that show as a young en! I was nearly 5 years old when my mother warped me with British comedy including flying circus.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 14, 2010, 10:05:51 PM
The two best movies of last year (probably even of the last few years):
 

I have a different point of view: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KST5GW64RRI&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on September 15, 2010, 07:01:30 AM
I'm of two minds about "Inglorious Basterds" and "Watchmen" but "A Serious Man" and "Toy Story 3" are fantastic movies without a doubt.  :)

Two lesser known comedies I enjoyed at the Berlinale this year, sweet and amusing:

Boy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBC0bEwlEvg) by Taika Waititi
Au revoir, Taipei (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icGbs7rwLEc&feature=related) by Arvin Chen
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 15, 2010, 04:35:49 PM
I'd love to see how you'd incorporate those sensibilities into a UA mod.   :D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 15, 2010, 04:46:20 PM
I like the trailer for "Boy" in particular.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 15, 2010, 09:46:33 PM
I expect some of you have already seen this spoof of one of the Dark Knight's big scenes, but for those who haven't:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2yv8aT0UFc 

--and here's some funny stuff they didn't put in (just beware of several f-bombs):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjBOTT0tr84&NR=1
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on September 16, 2010, 12:23:03 AM
I expect some of you have already seen this spoof of one of the Dark Knight's big scenes, but for those who haven't:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2yv8aT0UFc 

Yeah, that one is pretty funny.  ;D

"OK. Not gonna help, the hitting. I'm not even sure if that was a question or a declarative statement."

This one is part of a series, many of which are Super Hero related:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxVPZJiFGFc&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 16, 2010, 12:13:04 PM
Comedy-wise, a constant source of inspiration is The Daily Show (http://www.thedailyshow.com/) with Jon Stewart.
Even if you're not an American, and not particularly invested in American domestic politics (like me), the show is still bloody hilarious!

The Colbert Report isn't bad either.


These shows makes me wish we had some comedians of similar quality on German television, but the only one who had the protential to become a kind of German Jon Stewart just appears to be bored out of his mind in recent years:

(http://files.plomlompom.de/cineplom/1868/fgsfds_haraldschmidt.jpeg)

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 16, 2010, 07:02:40 PM
A major inspiration, the works of Edward Gorey...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t5a829z-4w 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrq3Vugxqqo&NR=1 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFqYtz7exBs&feature=related 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtRqUEtMsDg&feature=related

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on September 20, 2010, 10:39:07 PM
I've always been inspired by Norse Mythology. The tale of Thor's Visit to Jotunheim, in particular.

Thor's Visit to Jotunheim (http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/tbulfinch/bl-tbulfinch-age-39.htm)

********

The benches and the passageway behind them were filled with giants, drinking, eating, shouting at the top of their voices. Before him a group of six, with iron-gray topknots and patchy beards like Skrymir's, were wrangling. One drew back his arm in anger. His elbow struck a mug of mead borne by a harassed-looking man who was evidently a thrall. The mead splashed onto another giant, who instantly snatched up a bowl of stew from the table and slammed it on the man's head.

Down went the man with a squeal. Skrymir calmly kicked him from the path of his guests. The six giants burst into bubbling laughter, rolling in their seats and clapping each other on the back, their argument forgotten.

"Hai, Skridbaldnir!" Skrymir was gripping another giant on the bench by the arm. "How's every little thing wit' you? Commere, I wantcha to meet a friend of mine. This here guy's Asa-Thor!"

Skridbaldnir turned. Shea noticed that he was slenderer than Skrymir, with ash-blond hair, the pink eyes of an albino, and a long, red, ulcerated nose.

"He's a frost giant," whispered Thjalfi, "and that gang over there are fire giants." He waved a trembling hand toward the other side of the table, where a group of individuals like taller and straighter gorillas were bowling at each other. They were shorter than the other giants, not much more than eight feet tall. They had prognathous jaws and coarse black hair where their bodies were exposed. They scratched ceaselessly.

...

Right in front, facing him, flanked by two guards who carried the curious burning swords, sat the biggest giant of all - a giant dwarf. That is, he was a full giant in size, at least eleven feet tall, but with the squat bandy legs, the short arms and huge neckless head of a dwarf.

- excerpted from "The Roaring Trumpet" (1940) by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt

The Roaring Trumpet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shea_(fictional_series))

********

Hill giants have tan to reddish brown skins, brown to black hair, and red-rimmed eyes. They typically dress in rough hides or skins.

Frost giants have dead white or ivory skin color, blue-white or yellow hair, and pale blue or yellow eyes. Their build is basically similar to a muscular human, with appropriate size differences.

Fire giants are very broad (about 6' at the shoulders), looking almost like dwarves. Their skins are coal black, hair is flaming red or bright orange, and eyes are deep red.

- Monster Manual (1977) by Gary Gygax

********
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Baronnecro on September 21, 2010, 07:18:12 AM
for awhile I thought Brotherhood of the Wolf was one of the best films. I like the martial arts mix with modern things like muskets and  swords. Are there many non-asian martial arts films with guns n swords set before 1860? I'd like some examples... ps. I'm not including Magnificent Seven (i believe it's 1860's)

please enlighten me.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 21, 2010, 08:50:34 AM
I'm not including Magnificent Seven (i believe it's 1860's)

I know it's a remake of "The Seven Samurai", but I don't think there were any martial arts in the "Magnificient Seven".

The only thing I remember about the "Brotherhood of the Wolf" was the extremely silly and cheap-looking monster, which totally ruined the film for me.

To me, lots of films have these "CGI-blots". For example, when I think of "Die Another Day", the first thing that comes to my mind is the image of an extremely crappy-looking CGI-Bond kite-surfing in front of a giant CGI-wave.  ::)
The latest Indiana Jones movie was probably the worst offender in this regard.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Null Null on September 21, 2010, 03:39:19 PM
Is that Harald Schmidt?

As for not being invested in US politics, believe me, the way things are over here right now, you are quite lucky to be German.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on September 21, 2010, 05:03:01 PM
As for not being invested in US politics, believe me, the way things are over here right now, you are quite lucky to be German.

Have you been following German politics? Not as volatile as Greece or Spain at the moment, but interesting enough.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 21, 2010, 05:40:54 PM
for awhile I thought Brotherhood of the Wolf was one of the best films. I like the martial arts mix with modern things like muskets and  swords. Are there many non-asian martial arts films with guns n swords set before 1860? I'd like some examples... ps. I'm not including Magnificent Seven (i believe it's 1860's)

please enlighten me.


I'm not personally a fan of this particular adaptation, but I believe it meets said requirements:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuJlF0UpQoA
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Null Null on September 21, 2010, 06:39:07 PM
Have you been following German politics? Not as volatile as Greece or Spain at the moment, but interesting enough.

What, the bit with Sarrazin?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 21, 2010, 07:58:36 PM
One of the greatest villain's themes, ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rvtf1qlKrc&feature=related 

It's a shame there's not a midi version.   :-\
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on September 22, 2010, 12:34:36 AM
I hope the new Green Lantern movie is as good as this:

Sirena, Empress of Evil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSwzfsltjiw)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 22, 2010, 08:17:30 AM
Is that Harald Schmidt?

Yes, in his brief "hairy hermit"-phase.

Quote
As for not being invested in US politics, believe me, the way things are over here right now, you are quite lucky to be German.

Well, we do have our share of weirdos here, but judging from some of the stuff I see on the Daily Show and the Colbert Report, they can't hold a candle to the ones you have over there (yet).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 22, 2010, 03:39:22 PM
I hope the new Green Lantern movie is as good as this:
Sirena, Empress of Evil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSwzfsltjiw)
 

The way Kiro(?) rode GL just had to have been an inspiration for The Ambiguously Gay Duo.  I really wonder what the artists at Filmation were thinking on that one...  Could they have possibly been as naive as the kids who watched that show (of which I was one)...?
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Post by: hans on September 22, 2010, 07:11:20 PM
One of my favorite superheroes is the original Hourman.  This is probably the closest he'll ever get to his own major motion picture, however:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsrDtE8WZ0k
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on September 22, 2010, 09:31:41 PM
I hope the new Green Lantern movie is as good as this:
Sirena, Empress of Evil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSwzfsltjiw)
 

The way Kiro(?) rode GL just had to have been an inspiration for The Ambiguously Gay Duo.  I really wonder what the artists at Filmation were thinking on that one...  Could they have possibly been as naive as the kids who watched that show (of which I was one)...?

1967 was a simpler time...

They thought it was harmless to have a young lad wrap his arms around a 30-year-old man and ride him. They also thought it was harmless to make Kairo an Asian stereotype and have him call GL "Boss". They were also apparently unaware that GL's ring would be worthless against the YELLOW flying pterodactyl aliens and their YELLOW spaceships. And yet the Filmation cartoons have a certain charm after all these years.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 22, 2010, 11:25:06 PM
1967 was a simpler time...
They thought it was harmless to have a young lad wrap his arms around a 30-year-old man and ride him.
 

If I were a more suspicious type, I might think that they'd named the young lad after the effeminate villain Joel Cairo from The Maltese Falcon, which would mean that maybe Filmation's writers and artists were in cahoots on slipping a little adult wink past the censors ("Take that, Dr. Fredric Wertham!"). 

Yet, even if I seem to split my time wincing and laughing at them, today (and perhaps this is pure nostalgia on my part), but I'd definately take the campy 60's action toons over the completely neutered 70's ones...(Well, at least until Challenge of the Super Friends gave us the Legion of Doom in 1978...)   :P
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 23, 2010, 04:37:36 PM
They thought it was harmless to have a young lad wrap his arms around a 30-year-old man and ride him.

This is just weird.  :o
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 23, 2010, 06:00:48 PM
60's superhero cartoons (much as I loved them) were generally campy, simplistic, and poorly written. 

Cartoons of the same era spoofing superheroes, perhaps ironically, often contained much better ideas, dialog, and style. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKss2pBYQ6Y 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72rYHuWidSM&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldsRkD-Bilc&feature=related 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch1T8-hDy5I 

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 23, 2010, 06:11:21 PM
I always liked this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ait8WKjryGI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ait8WKjryGI)

It was even created by Bob Kane.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on September 23, 2010, 11:34:04 PM
Yet, even if I seem to split my time wincing and laughing at them, today (and perhaps this is pure nostalgia on my part), but I'd definately take the campy 60's action toons over the completely neutered 70's ones...(Well, at least until Challenge of the Super Friends gave us the Legion of Doom in 1978...)   :P

The 70's gave us this little gem:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqB36FsglEE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqB36FsglEE)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 24, 2010, 12:10:13 AM
Nol, you're gonna make my twitch return! 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 24, 2010, 09:46:34 AM
Is it just me, or whenever Godzilla and Mothra are on the screen together the air becomes filled with sexual tension...? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsZLYmmBaHE&feature=related 

Composer Ikira Ifukube was a direct influence, as I used one of his Mothra themes as the final tune in my early mod "Unspoken Dream." 

Here's Mothra's famous song: 

Slightly melancholy version: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daMT1fG0LVI&feature=related 

Happy, happy version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBdRLW3v5xQ&feature=related

This is the actual tune I used in my mod, however, often called "Mothra" but actually "The Sacred Fountain" from Godzilla vs. the Thing (Mothra):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwNq8M6-GHQ&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dinonykos on September 24, 2010, 04:41:58 PM
for awhile I thought Brotherhood of the Wolf was one of the best films. I like the martial arts mix with modern things like muskets and  swords. Are there many non-asian martial arts films with guns n swords set before 1860? I'd like some examples... ps. I'm not including Magnificent Seven (i believe it's 1860's)

please enlighten me.

Vidocq with this french guy who also played Obelix contains what you could call martial arts. I read somewhere that Vidocq indeed used a kind of french martial arts style. "Savate", or what is the name?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Baronnecro on September 25, 2010, 07:22:00 AM
 ;D thank you so much Vidocq looks like what i was looking for. I am very interested in seeing this film.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Baronnecro on September 25, 2010, 07:27:45 AM
also this sounds like college reading to some people, but has anyone read Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces" or know of his monomyth?  It is a must read for anyone who writes anything with a heroic journey or struggle. The best examples i could use from modern day could be perhaps, Star Wars or almost ANY anime as well as mostly every comic book in history.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomyth
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 25, 2010, 08:12:04 AM
also this sounds like college reading to some people, but has anyone read Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces" or know of his monomyth?  It is a must read for anyone who writes anything with a heroic journey or struggle. The best examples i could use from modern day could be perhaps, Star Wars or almost ANY anime as well as mostly every comic book in history.

I kinda modeled the story arc of The Sect around this.  ;)


Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 25, 2010, 09:14:23 AM
Robot Super Soldiers of the future (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCXvAqIDpIw&feature=player_embedded#!) in training.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 25, 2010, 09:56:17 AM
The opening credits of "Watchmen" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrVZV__w500) - one of the best credits sequences I have ever seen.

It even makes me like the song, though I normally despise Bob Dylan with a passion.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 25, 2010, 11:53:10 AM
- one of the best credits sequences I have ever seen.
 

Not only is it excellent in and of itself, its canny compression and revelation of vital narrative information to the movie is probably unparalleled.  I can't think of another credit sequence which is as important to the film that is also as well done.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 25, 2010, 12:05:28 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfc9GLxlhEw&feature=fvw

This credit sequence from Casino Royale, on the other hand, is quite superb in itself, but is essentially superfluous.  All it really adds to the movie, besides the obligatory credits, is a bit of extra fun. 

*Likewise, the 1967 spoof of the same name:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O5aA83GfYc
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on September 25, 2010, 01:28:26 PM
The opening credits of "Watchmen" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrVZV__w500) - one of the best credits sequences I have ever seen.

The title sequence gives vital background information. It also has quite a few visual references built into it. Here's one of the more obvious ones:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 25, 2010, 09:42:14 PM
Another superfluous title sequence, but featuring a very underrated theme by the great Lalo Schifrin (Mission: Impossible, Enter the Dragon):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UE4Vpv-YMs&feature=fvw
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 26, 2010, 03:17:57 PM
Another superfluous title sequence, but featuring a very underrated theme by the great Lalo Schifrin

I wouldn't call any title sequence that doesn't tell parts of the story "superfluous".

Most opening credits have two main functions: Set the mood for the picture, and... to list the credits. :D

It's interesting to see how the significance of the opening credits changed over time: In the 30s and 40s most movies had the entire credits up front, and only a "The End" card at the end. In the following decades the closing credits appeared and got increasingly longer, while the opening credits got shorter.
Nowadays, many movies eschew the opening credits altogether, some even omit the title of the movie (The Dark Knight being a prominent example).

But it's probably a good thing: Artists have more choices regarding the opening of their film. If you have a great idea for a title sequence, you can put that in, but if you feel like jumping right into the action, you can do that, too.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 26, 2010, 08:32:05 PM
I wouldn't call any title sequence that doesn't tell parts of the story "superfluous".
 

Heh, I was still using the word in the original context of story narrative.   ;) 

A good title, in hacked UA mods as well as in movies, should (besides giving credits) set a mood, raise audience expectations (leaving them more attentive after the titles than before), and at least hint at a major theme, or pivotal elements, within the upcoming story.  (Plus, good, appropriate music helps, of course.) 

Here are some more favorite, nice, movie ones: 

Restrained Bond...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcIl_6amBvU

Hitchcockian...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbSDxA9q21I&feature=related

Funny cartoon style...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viJipACkwBw

Shaw Bros. style...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTeQJjnZeac

Samurai (from which I converted an image for one of my titles)...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwzpxk-qEnQ
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on September 27, 2010, 08:40:24 AM
Nowadays, many movies eschew the opening credits altogether, some even omit the title of the movie (The Dark Knight being a prominent example).

I think Christopher Nolan started it with Batman Begins and at first I thought it was a clever rhetorical device specifically used in the context of that movie, underlining its prequel / new beginning character. But apparantly it's just a whim of the director since he did it with TDK and Inception, too. I don't remember if he applied the same method in The Prestige but it's quite probable. That doesn't make the trick uninteresting at all but I'm still somewhat disappointed, I admit.  :-\

Anyway, I love good title sequences and end credits. It's like an art in itself.  :)

And as I recently experienced, even a mere display of the names can be quite entertaining and colorful (and short). Of course, it has to fit with the rest of the movie but in this case it did (think of childrens' picture books):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0MCsVRqrkc (Should translate to something like WE MADE THIS MOVIE, followed by the name of all who were involved)

Talking of children's movies, I thought the end credits of A Series of Unfortunate Events were very cool, too, but I couldn't find the original version of it on youtube. On the other hand, maybe childrens' movies are most suited for fanciful end credit sequences...

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Thanks for the links, hans! I especially like (and recognize) the samurai title sequence.  :)

 
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Post by: hans on September 27, 2010, 11:27:44 AM
Thanks for the links, hans! I especially like (and recognize) the samurai title sequence.  :)
 

I heartily recommend that movie, Samurai Fiction.   :D

Here's an unexpectedly nightmarish title sequence for a family/kids movie: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-qIBPj2aMA
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Post by: Ben J on September 27, 2010, 11:44:16 AM
There are also cases when the credits are way better than the movie itself.

Case in point: The end credits of "Running Scared" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANL0NujVZOc)
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Post by: hans on September 27, 2010, 12:31:20 PM
There are also cases when the credits are way better than the movie itself.
Case in point: The end credits of "Running Scared" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANL0NujVZOc)
 

Nice one! 

Here's my vote for best end credits of all time: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vawsUk-9veQ
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Post by: Ben J on September 27, 2010, 01:32:59 PM
Pixar's movies generally have great credits sequences.

End credits of WALL-E  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFpULFu7bwU&feature=related)
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Post by: hans on September 28, 2010, 08:14:26 PM
Here's another direct influence from Japan, --Jet Jaguar, from the movie Godzilla vs. Megalon.  I named Jet Jupiter in my Mars mod as homage to him.

Here's his theme song from that movie, as translated into English by the fine bots at Mystery Science Theater 3000: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cxV8Bf8ND4
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Post by: Ben J on September 29, 2010, 03:58:59 PM
Jet Jaguar seems to be a pretty awesome guy!


Here's one of my favorite movie songs (and its lyrics are full of truth): The End of an Act (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z3GJiZqDCI)
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Post by: Nol Drek on September 29, 2010, 07:23:28 PM
This novel made me laugh out loud, in the literal sense of snot flying out of my nose and my stomach convulsing, not in the more common figurative sense of being slightly pleased and perhaps even smiling but not wanting to disappoint the person with whom you are communicating electronically and so exaggerating your own state of amusement because, honestly, what are the chances that they will discover that you are not, in fact, actually laughing out loud?


PROLOGUE -- CONCERNING BOGGIES
This book is predominantly concerned with making money, and from its pages a reader may learn much about the character and the literary integrity of the authors. Of boggies, however, he will discover next to nothing, since anyone in the possession of a mere moiety of his marbles will readily concede that such creatures could exist only in the minds of children of the sort
whose childhoods are spent in wicker baskets, and who grow up to be muggers, dog thieves, and insurance salesmen.
 (http://www.jrbooksonline.com/PDF_Books/boredoftherings.pdf)
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Post by: Ben J on October 02, 2010, 11:08:47 AM
Has anybody ever seen the Dungeons & Dragons movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0190374/) that they made ten years ago?

I mean, it starred Jeremy Irons, but the rest of the actors seemed miscast and way too young, the trailers looked like crap and the 3.6 rating at the imdb isn't encouraging either - that's why I haven't had the courage to try and see this movie yet.
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Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 02, 2010, 11:35:54 AM
I mean, it starred Jeremy Irons, but the rest of the actors seemed miscast and way too young, the trailers looked like crap and the 3.6 rating at the imdb isn't encouraging either - that's why I haven't had the courage to try and see this movie yet.

Well, if you think highly of Jeremy Iron's acting talents, you probably shouldn't watch it.   :P
It's a disgrace.

I don't think it had anything to do with D&D either, except for featuring all the usual fantasy stereotypes but then again, I completely forgot the story so I might be wrong.
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Post by: hans on October 02, 2010, 11:37:58 AM
Pretty darn bad.  Maybe we should make up a list of recommended sword & sorcery movies...  That might deserve its own thread...  Maybe even a poll...
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Post by: Nol Drek on October 02, 2010, 10:19:11 PM
It's from 1983, it's dubbed from Italian, the armor is pretty crazy, and it's also R-rated (mostly for violence).

Hearts and Armour Part 1 English
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aMM1BoPw_E&feature=related
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Post by: Null Null on October 02, 2010, 10:31:42 PM
Has anybody ever seen the Dungeons & Dragons movie that they made ten years ago?

Went to see it when it came out. The movie is, not to put too fine a point on it, scheisse. Bad acting (Thora Birch is wooden, Jeremy Irons hams it up), illogic (the empress ends years of inequality between mages and nonmages by declaring everyone equal), silly bloopers (Zoe mclellan's glasses fall off and are never seen again), and...well...they scare off a beholder by throwing rocks at it. The mightiest nonunique monster in 1st ed. D&D, and you can scare it off with rocks?
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Post by: Ben J on October 03, 2010, 03:19:48 AM
Okay, I think you've all convinced me not to watch the D&D movie.  :D

Incredible that there was even a sequel to it.

Maybe we should make up a list of recommended sword & sorcery movies...  That might deserve its own thread...  Maybe even a poll...

I think the LOTR movies would win by a landslide in such a poll. But a thread about this may be a good idea.
The question is: Which sword & sorcery movies aren't bad?  ;D
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Post by: Baronnecro on October 03, 2010, 08:37:58 AM
The Waynes Brothers have no place in a D&D film, and also a maze/labyrinth with no minotaur, damn! I seen the D&D film in the theater and was infuriated by it.
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Post by: Null Null on October 03, 2010, 12:26:04 PM
Okay, I think you've all convinced me not to watch the D&D movie.  :D

Not necessarily, a lot of people enjoy bad movies. :)
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Post by: Vix on October 03, 2010, 01:36:07 PM
The second D&D movie, Wrath of the Dragon God, is pretty good. Very D&Dish.
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Post by: Nol Drek on October 03, 2010, 01:49:12 PM
Okay, I think you've all convinced me not to watch the D&D movie.  :D

Incredible that there was even a sequel to it.

The sequel, Wrath of the Dragon God, is not as bad as the first movie. There are recognizable classes and a dungeon crawl sequence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiS1CH-Zyto
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Post by: Ben J on October 04, 2010, 08:09:03 AM
The sequel, Wrath of the Dragon God, is not as bad as the first movie. There are recognizable classes and a dungeon crawl sequence.

Does watching the sequel make sense, if I just skip the first movie?

Not necessarily, a lot of people enjoy bad movies. :)

Speaking of bad movies, James Rolfe is currently reviewing one bad horror film each day in his annual Monster Madness (http://www.cinemassacre.com/category/moviereviews/monstermadness/) series.
I have a feeling that I would enjoy those films a lot more than watching insufferable "serious" Hollywood crap like The Reader or Crash (the Haggis one, not the Cronenberg one).
But I'm not actively seeking out bad movies. Not as long as there are still Kurosawa films I haven't seen.
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Post by: hans on October 04, 2010, 02:59:16 PM
On the subject of monsters, and since we're into October (Halloween month), here's five of my favorite Horror movie themes: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l56CkdOXqkA 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNow_ol9X6Q&feature=related 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PXGQhMjkyk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxzIOMS2zzY&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFoPSlr03aM&feature=related 

I've never seen this last movie (or House by the Cemetery), but I heard the song on the Dr. Demento radio show, years ago, and found it funny and cool.
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Post by: Baronnecro on October 04, 2010, 04:36:48 PM
or perhaps a scarier skeleton....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc2LlZD67lQ
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Post by: Ben J on October 05, 2010, 12:35:23 AM
Some superhero news: Zack Snyder will be directing a new Superman movie (http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/zack-snyder-directing-superman/), and Christopher Nolan is writing it.
I think this sounds quite promising.
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Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 05, 2010, 05:59:06 AM
Some superhero news: Zack Snyder will be directing a new Superman movie (http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/zack-snyder-directing-superman/), and Christopher Nolan is writing it.

Co-writing it. But his brother Jonathan Nolan who wrote the story of Memento seems to be involved, too. As long as Zak Snyder works with proficient and distinctive writers I can actually imagine enjoying his films. After all, I have no quarrel with his talent regarding visual aesthetics - if it is put to good use.  :P

Thanks for the info, Ben J!  :)
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Post by: hans on October 05, 2010, 10:59:24 AM
Some superhero news: Zack Snyder will be directing a new Superman movie (http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/zack-snyder-directing-superman/), and Christopher Nolan is writing it.
 

That is interesting.  Snyder's sense of visuals and tempo have almost tempted me to see his current, owl movie...
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Post by: Baronnecro on October 05, 2010, 11:16:45 AM
we're all adults here look past the fact that they're owls. i looked past the fact that there were giant blue cat people in avatar. :)  I hate cartoonish races/species. IMO: The Guardians film has a good fantasy plot and characters, from a literary standpoint.
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Post by: Ben J on October 05, 2010, 01:09:39 PM
As long as Zak Snyder works with proficient and distinctive writers I can actually imagine enjoying his films. After all, I have no quarrel with his talent regarding visual aesthetics - if it is put to good use. 

If I had only watched 300, I'd be skeptical, but having also watched Watchmen*, I'm quite enthusiastic about the choice of Zack Snyder as director.



*"Who watches the Watchmen?" - I do!  ;D
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Post by: Vix on October 05, 2010, 05:51:24 PM
Snyder has also been tapped to helm the next Superman movie. This one will be made pretty quick before WB loses the license.
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Post by: Nol Drek on October 05, 2010, 10:27:48 PM
Snyder has also been tapped to helm the next Superman movie. This one will be made pretty quick before WB loses the license.

I was under the impression that DC Comics was owned by Warner Brothers.
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Post by: Vix on October 06, 2010, 11:24:11 AM
They do, but this is what I am referring to:

"A July 9, 2009, verdict on the case denied a claim by Siegel's family that it was owed licensing fees. U.S. District Court judge Stephen G. Larson said Warner Bros. and DC Comics have fulfilled their obligations to the Siegels under a profit-sharing agreement for the 2006 movie Superman Returns and the CW series Smallville. However, the court also ruled that if Warner Bros. does not start a new Superman film by 2011, the family will have the right to sue to recover damages"
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Post by: Nol Drek on October 06, 2010, 07:59:01 PM
Yeah, I realized after I posted that you must be referring to the Siegel estate.
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Post by: Ben J on October 07, 2010, 03:55:39 PM
This review of the recent Star Trek reboot (http://redlettermedia.com/star_trek_09.html) is not only hilarious and insightful, it also deals (especially in the first part) with stuff that we've talked about here and on the Fantasy Films thread: Reboots, remakes, re-imaginings, re-hashes, re-whatever, and why these types of films are getting made.

Warning: The review is over an hour. But it certainly doesn't feel that long.

BTW, I think this reviewer is a genius. I could listen to his schtick all day.
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Post by: hans on October 07, 2010, 08:29:10 PM
BTW, I think this reviewer is a genius. I could listen to his schtick all day.
 

"People shouting is drama."   :D 

Very funny, with lots of insight. 
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Post by: hans on October 08, 2010, 12:03:00 AM
More title sequences... 

First, a real one... Woody Allen's "Bananas" set a latin tone, juxtaposing humor against violence, simply but effectively:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYmrU2PtyJ0&feature=related  

Many university art majors are creating faux title sequences for term projects.  Here are some very good ones: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-8SMBiaHF8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka2iatCqXYg&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhwl2ibaDUw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCuqGKQiwcU
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Post by: Ben J on October 08, 2010, 02:02:25 AM
"People shouting is drama."   :D 

Very funny, with lots of insight.

My favorite part was when he askes: "Why did the movie stop thinking for me?"

I've seen that sentiment a lot while watching movies with people who have zero tolerance for ambiguity.


More title sequences... 

First, a real one... Woody Allen's "Bananas" set a latin tone, juxtaposing humor against violence, simply but effectively:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYmrU2PtyJ0&feature=related  

Woody Allen is also responsible for one of my favorite movie openings ever, which is this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyaj2P-dSi8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyaj2P-dSi8)
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Post by: hans on October 10, 2010, 08:59:31 PM
Some music in a Halloween mood. 
(Note that my including these links does not mean I unreservedly endorse a band, their choice of names, or their expressed philosophies -- I just think these are well done macabre tunes.)  :P 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3uJEiDETKE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gVk8Xs9cE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-mw3Zj6AC0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVvlVHdLCx0&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_neOGeee9k&feature=more_related  

The last one was featured in Tim Burton's Batman Returns.
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Post by: Ben J on October 11, 2010, 03:11:59 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_neOGeee9k&feature=more_related [/color]

The last one was featured in Tim Burton's Batman Returns.

Yeah, I remember that, the video is on the DVD.

At least it's not as obnoxious as the Prince soundtrack from Batman 1.  ;D


Does anyone else feel that Tim Burton hasn't made an entirely satisfying film since "Sleepy Hollow"?
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Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 11, 2010, 06:22:08 AM
Does anyone else feel that Tim Burton hasn't made an entirely satisfying film since "Sleepy Hollow"?

Hm, I don't know. "Alice" was a huge disappointment and I won't even talk about "Planet of the Apes" but I actually liked "Sweeney Todd" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". I thought "Corpse Bride" was nice, too, it just suffered a bit from the German dubbing of the songs, I suspect (or the ones in "Nightmare Before Christmas" were a lot better). Granted, "Big Fish" was lacking in some aspects but I still enjoyed it.

Of course, if you're generally opposed to singing in movies, half of the ones I mentioned won't satisfy you no matter how hard they try.  ;)

My favorite Tim Burton movie remains "Ed Wood" though.  :)
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Post by: hans on October 11, 2010, 10:19:17 AM
Does anyone else feel that Tim Burton hasn't made an entirely satisfying film since "Sleepy Hollow"?
 

Sleepy Hollow was seriously flawed.  Burton made a horrendous mistake in giving Ichabod Crane a (completely unnecessary) backstory of being a witch's son (albeit suppressed memory).  Once this is revealed, Ichabod can no longer represent the cold logic of science (which means that most of the thematic tension in the story just went out the window), nor is he a man experiencing and struggling to come to grips with a new reality for the first time, because we find out he was born into it (so let's strip him of all his internal tension, too).  Utterly senseless!  Why, Mr. Burton, why?  ??? >:( :'(
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Post by: hans on October 12, 2010, 03:37:22 PM
My favorite Tim Burton movie remains "Ed Wood" though.  :)
 

Martin Landau's performance was terrific.   :)

I really do like Tim Burton as a director, I just feel that his Achilles' heel is that he'll include bits just because he finds them interesting in themselves, and is not always the best judge of whether they help or hurt the movie as a whole.  Still, although they are often flawed, his films are always interesting (with the probable exception of Planet of the Apes).
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Post by: Ben J on October 12, 2010, 03:54:35 PM
I agree about Ed Wood... I'd put that film into my top 15 or even top 10 of the Nineties.


Big Fish was kind of cutesy, Corpse Bride and Sweeney Todd had too much singing indeed (got me there, Olivier ;) ). But Planet of the Apes was downright horrible, and nothing in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory worked for me.

I don't even remember that witch business from Sleepy Hollow... I know that the story was a little convoluted and deviated quite a bit from the Washington Irving story.

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Post by: hans on October 12, 2010, 08:02:48 PM
Pee Wee's Big Adventure wow-ed me, totally.  I've followed Burton's career ever since.  Pee Wee, not so much.
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Post by: Ben J on October 13, 2010, 11:51:47 AM
Opening sequences again:

An interesting series of video essays on David Fincher's credit sequences. (http://www.movingimagesource.us/articles/grand-openings-pt-1-20100920)
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Post by: snoop on October 13, 2010, 03:11:11 PM
Has anybody ever seen the Dungeons & Dragons movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0190374/) that they made ten years ago?

I mean, it starred Jeremy Irons, but the rest of the actors seemed miscast and way too young, the trailers looked like crap and the 3.6 rating at the imdb isn't encouraging either - that's why I haven't had the courage to try and see this movie yet.

Crap movie, but one great line, from Irons' character as he seemingly has the hero Ridley at his mercy:

"Not so talented now, eh Mr. Ridley!"
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Post by: Ben J on October 13, 2010, 04:29:00 PM
Here is James Rolfe's review of "Infra-Man" (http://www.cinemassacre.com/2010/10/13/inframan/)

... I almost suffocated from laughter.


"Not so talented now, eh Mr. Ridley!"

I guess if the hero was called Mr. Smith, he would have said: "Not going to Washington today, eh Mr. Smith?"

Of if he was called Mr. Deeds, he would have said: "Not going to town today, eh Mr. Deeds?"

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Post by: Nol Drek on October 13, 2010, 10:23:57 PM
Here is James Rolfe's review of "Infra-Man" (http://www.cinemassacre.com/2010/10/13/inframan/)

... I almost suffocated from laughter.

This review goes BOOM!
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Post by: hans on October 13, 2010, 11:48:05 PM
Infra-Man is da bomb!   :D 
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Post by: hans on October 14, 2010, 12:07:05 AM
Opening sequences again:
An interesting series of video essays on David Fincher's credit sequences. (http://www.movingimagesource.us/articles/grand-openings-pt-1-20100920)
 

I hated Fincher's Alien 3, as well as his Se7en (I don't think he's gotten anymore of my money since those).  Gimme Infra-Man, anyday!
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Post by: Dinonykos on October 14, 2010, 06:32:24 AM
Here is James Rolfe's review of "Infra-Man" (http://www.cinemassacre.com/2010/10/13/inframan/)

Thank you so much for pointing me to this movie! And 50% of the monsters have horned helmets! That is so inspiring!!!!
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Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 14, 2010, 06:34:14 AM
I hated Fincher's Alien 3, as well as his Se7en (I don't think he's gotten anymore of my money since those).

I don't care all that much for his other movies (especially not Panic Room), but Fight Club rules!  8) That's one excellent movie he made.
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Post by: Ben J on October 14, 2010, 06:36:26 AM
I hated Fincher's Alien 3, as well as his Se7en (I don't think he's gotten anymore of my money since those).  Gimme Infra-Man, anyday!

Fincher has made some movies that I didn't particularly care for (Alien 3, Benjamin Button, Panic Room), but Seven, Fight Club and especially Zodiac are genuinely great movies. And from what I've seen, The Social Network could be another one.
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Post by: hans on October 14, 2010, 04:15:18 PM
I realize that I'm in the small minority regarding Se7en.  My biggest beef was how dumb the police detectives were in that film.  It was CSI-haven't-a-clue. 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 14, 2010, 04:29:25 PM
Here's another really nice end credits sequence: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MqJ3iGBdOo&feature=related
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Post by: Dinonykos on October 14, 2010, 04:57:08 PM
I realize that I'm in the small minority regarding Se7en.  My biggest beef was how dumb the police detectives were in that film.  It was CSI-haven't-a-clue.
Se7en was quite dumb in my opinion, last not least since the killer left his own scheme in the end and sacrificed the - obviously innocent - character played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Maybe that was a stylistic device...
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Post by: Dinonykos on October 14, 2010, 05:07:37 PM
I realize that I'm in the small minority regarding Se7en.  My biggest beef was how dumb the police detectives were in that film.  It was CSI-haven't-a-clue.
Se7en was quite dumb in my opinion, last not least since the killer left his own scheme in the end and sacrificed the - obviously innocent - character played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Maybe that was a stylistic device... but too me, it seemed not convincing.
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Post by: snoop on October 15, 2010, 02:21:21 PM
I guess if the hero was called Mr. Smith, he would have said: "Not going to Washington today, eh Mr. Smith?"

Of if he was called Mr. Deeds, he would have said: "Not going to town today, eh Mr. Deeds?"

Yeah, yeah...

I guess I'm just a sucker for attempts to break the fourth wall...  :-\
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Post by: Ben J on October 16, 2010, 05:42:25 PM
We watched "Kick-Ass" tonight, and I know that many people love that film, but I'm not sure about it...

The parts about the ordinary guy who dons a superhero outfit were enjoyable (even if the teen comedy sub-plot about the hero faking to be a girl's gay best friend made me squirm), but I found the whole affair with Big Daddy and Hit Girl to be seriously creepy. It's not enough that we get a 11-year-old girl saying stuff like "it's in the shape of a giant cock" or "I'm just fucking with you Daddy", at the end we can witness a grown man repeatedly kicking a little girl in the face, slamming her into a table, etc. Not really my idea of fun.

Also, Nicolas Cage looked like a sad sack, both in and out of costume. I didn't buy him as a "real" superhero. Maybe that was the point, but looking at a panel from the original comic (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5uK186IuK-A/TBevLuKxQnI/AAAAAAAAAF8/pKfeWsbUvqc/s1600/517791-scan0001_super.jpg), I don't think that it was the point.

Now while I didn't hate the film, I can't say I loved it either.
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Post by: hans on October 16, 2010, 06:38:39 PM
We watched "Kick-Ass" tonight, and I know that many people love that film, but I'm not sure about it...
 

I thought it was great, even tho it has a title neither I, nor the ticket guy, could say out loud.   :P 

Besides being full of suprises, laughs, & thrills, it presents a chance to look at the psychology of superheroes, --the drives, problems, and maladjustments. 

Hit-Girl is particularly interesting to examine. 

Her sailor talk can be seen as an attempt to act tough (as if she needed to), overcompensating for the fact that she's a little, 11 or is it 13-year-old girl.  Or is there something deeper prompting her verbal vulgarities?  Her dad never swears... 

More interesting is to meditate on how she perceives herself, and her relationship to her dad, and her world (if, in fact, those subjects are not linked to the above).  She clearly knows of the outside world, it's value systems, and cultural norms (evidenced by the fact that she's picked up swearing someplace, knows what normal little girls like, and freely surfs the internet). 

My thought is that she has come to realize that her dad is, mentally, damaged goods.  He's no longer all there.  Yet, she loves him, and humors his superhero psychosis (even if she also enjoys it) because it allows them bond.  She probably doesn't think there'll be a happy ending for them, but rather they'll go out in a blaze of glory, yet she prefers that to losing him to a mental institution.  A big reason I think this, is because her last words to him in the movie seem to have reversed the parent/child relationship.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 16, 2010, 07:40:00 PM
BTW, as I once said, the best music cue from the movie is this song;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS8RVkaIM9c&feature=related

--but played thusly: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flMS2gHFOH0 

I always preferred the Dickies' version of Gigantor to the original toon, too: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlhQi1a0CXo&feature=more_related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 16, 2010, 07:55:16 PM
We watched "Kick-Ass" tonight, and I know that many people love that film, but I'm not sure about it...

*SPOILERS*

I'm of two minds about Kick Ass, too, but maybe for different reasons. I think it looks great, the soundtrack is cool and I enjoyed most of the movie but my big issue with it is that it's pretty inconsequential and the ending was a huge disappointment, for me it ruined everything that seemed interesting about the story. I don't know if that's supposed to be clever if you first pretend to show superhero stories from an anti-heroic, more realistic point of view just to trash the whole concept for a happy Hollywood ending... I don't get it.

Big Daddy and Hit Girl are not portrayed as heroes in the movie, they're freaking psychopaths on a revenge trip so excessive that you'd almost sympathize with the "bad" guys (but you don't because they're too stereotypical to feel anything for them). Kick-Ass is a jerk living in his own fantasy world, never asks questions and therefor doesn't really get it and becomes a more or less willing pawn in their game, until his girlfriend (the only positive character in the movie) opens his eyes to the real world and values in life. So far, so good. I actually liked it.

The rest of the movie consists of showdown action scenes that are a feast to the eyes and at the same time extremely disturbing - personally I felt most uneasy watching the underage gun freak on the rescue mission for her father, presented in a way as if she was playing a 3D-shooter. Conjures up some very ugly associations...

Fast forward: After Hit Girl has taken her revenge with Kick Ass' help it's suddenly as if they're the greatest superheroes ever and everyone lives happily ever after. I'm sure Kick Ass' girlfriend is very thankful that he chose not to listen to her and instead chase his fantasies and risk his life, well, because it was for a good cause, wasn't it? Just like the time Hit Girl slaughtered her friend because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. And how good for Hit Girl that she can go to a normal school now, I bet her classmates and teachers will welcome her with open arms - just pray that noone at school will ever piss her off... That totally creeped me out and I didn't understand how and why the movie could make such a U-turn at the end.

To a smaller degree I had similar issues with Watchmen and in both cases I can't tell if it's the fault of the comics or the movie scripts but if the ending of Kick Ass is supposed to be ironic I think the director didn't do a good job to convey that. Why make a movie (or comic) that has all the pretence of deconstructing the superhero genre and give more depth to it when you don't really want to go there in the end?

Don't get me wrong, I actually like revenge movies. Some of my favorite movies are. I'm also not one to cry outrage if there's violence and amorality on the screen. And like I said, I enjoyed large parts of Kick Ass, from a visual standpoint even the showdown was awesome. But I've got a problem with apologetic attempts to downplay violence and amorality and pass them off as heroic and good. There's a big difference between revenge movies and the superhero genre and it seems to me Kick Ass just couldn't decide what it wanted to be. It was one of the most interesting movies I saw this year but I still feel it could have been a lot more interesting and profound if not for that stupid ending. Now the movie's thought-provoking only because the second part of the script is so controversial. :-\   

Besides being full of suprises, laughs, & thrills, it presents a chance to look at the psychology of superheroes, --the drives, problems, and maladjustments. 

I agree with the first part and I also see the tendency of the the latter, I just didn't really buy it at the end. Besides, for me Big Daddy and Hit Girl are not really superheroes and Kick Ass is a greater jerk at the end of the movie than he was at the start. He developed and matured a bit but then chose that maturity is not for him - after all he's a superhero! :P
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 16, 2010, 09:08:48 PM
*MORE SPOILERS*

Even your negative comments, Olivier, indicate that Kick-@ss contains a thematic depth and complexity absent in most other superhero movies.  We judge most other superhero movies on fairly superficial elements, and how well, or poorly, those were done (sfx, fight scenes, etc.).  Kick-@ss, like Watchmen, and perhaps a lesser degree, the X-Men movies, demand discussions of character arcs, moral perspectives, and other more cerebral dramatic elements. 

I propose that the ending had to veer closer toward the superheroic archetypes than the beginning.  Thematically, it continues the titular protagonist's allegory to an addict, immersing him fully into the fantasy elements he'd been craving, even if they have an ironic or pernicious edge.  He must become trapped by his addiction, then he must confront and defeat it (or completely lose himself to it -- whichever way you wish to interpret the film on that level). 

Besides which, it would be impossible to continue a fully realistic examination of a costumed "hero" without it quickly becoming just pathetically sad.  (Also, John Ritter already did it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75EXgcE3EMs --a movie that became increasingly unwatchable as it went on.) 

KA's ending, as well, had to complete the Hit-Girl arc, which I think it did fabulously in the scene where she's being flown over the city, as if by an angel, creating a perfect, visual emotional catharsis for giving closure her relationship with her dad.   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on October 17, 2010, 02:42:53 AM
Also, Nicolas Cage looked like a sad sack, both in and out of costume.

Nicolas Cage always looks like a sad sack. He's Nicolas Cage.
Sells a lot of tickets, though.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 17, 2010, 03:46:58 AM
Nicolas Cage always looks like a sad sack. He's Nicolas Cage.

Yes, but it doesn't always work for the roles he's portraying. In "Adaptation" he was brilliant as a sad sack. In "Kick-Ass" he was miscast, imho.

But I haven't given up on him. Next up I'll watch "Bad Lieutenant", that should be a role more suited to him, plus it's a Werner Herzog film.

I will stay the hell away from "Drive Angry 3D", though.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 17, 2010, 06:42:23 AM
About the Big Daddy / Hit Girl relationship: There might be depth and/or thematic abiguity to it, but I still think the movie grossly mishandled it. What Big Daddy trained his daughter to be and what he taught her to do amounts to a form of child abuse. He is the second villain of the piece. Hit Girl had no say in the matter, and she is not in the capacity to decide if it's right or wrong. Yet the movie portrays the things Hit Girl does as "cool" and invites us to cheer her on.
If that's so cool, I guess being a child soldier in Africa is totally über-cool.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 17, 2010, 06:58:58 AM
*MORE SPOILERS*
Even your negative comments, Olivier, indicate that Kick-@ss contains a thematic depth and complexity absent in most other superhero movies.  We judge most other superhero movies on fairly superficial elements, and how well, or poorly, those were done (sfx, fight scenes, etc.).  Kick-@ss, like Watchmen, and perhaps a lesser degree, the X-Men movies, demand discussions of character arcs, moral perspectives, and other more cerebral dramatic elements. 

Sure, I totally agree. I wouldn't have been disappointed if I had expected nothing of the movie. It managed to build up my hopes in that regard during its course but the ending didn't fulfill them; for me it didn't fit with the complexity I had begun to see in that movie.

Of course, I exaggerated a bit. For some reason Kick Ass apparantly has taken a liking to the little girl, feels sorry for her and wants to "protect" her. That's some kind of superhero thinking there. And Hit Girl doesn't carry out her revenge just for its own sake but in honor of her daddy. So their motivations are not purely personal and egoistic. And let Kick Ass be a jerk who loses himself in his addiction, fine. It's not so much the events shown at the ending that put me off but the way they were presented, as if the movie wanted me to believe and accept that's a good thing to be happy about. For me it kind of *is* pathetically sad. I could accept that Hit Girl needs closure and that Kick Ass wants to help her but I don't see them draw a line under the whole thing at the end. More likely this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship of psychopathic "superheroes" who have never shown any concern for human life during the whole movie (Kick Ass is more shocked at Hit Girl's superior fighting skills than at the massacre she commits...). I don't deny it's an interesting ending but the tone is too light and not even ironic. The movie makes it appear as funny now when Hit Girl gives the school bullies a beating and I begin to wonder: was I meant to laugh at Hit Girl crushing a human in the scrap press, too? It's as if the movie wants me to swallow the world needs psychopaths like her, if they're on the "right " side. What makes other superhero movies interesting is the conflict between democratic values and laws and vigilantism but that's not even a topic here. It's taken for granted that the whole system is corrupted, the good cop (who's friend with Big Daddy and lets him do his thing) just as well as the bad cops. And were it not for Kick Ass' girlfriend who doesn't play a very big role in the end there would be next to no real relativization to the extreme viewpoints of bloodthirsty Hit Girl and Big Daddy and don't-think-don't-ask Kick Ass.

Like I said, I've still found it to be one of the more interesting 'superhero' movies and despite all enjoyable to watch. I'm only suspicious of the light and inconsequencial tone of the ending which seems to suggest some kind of complicity with Hit Girl and Kick Ass, ignoring the hazardousness of their behaviour and way of thinking and downplaying the moral instance that the girlfriend seemed to represent.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 17, 2010, 04:09:52 PM
*Lots more SPOILERS -- when will they ever stop?!*

I applaud you both for your moral objections, Ben & Olivier.   :D 

I do not condone, nor am I a fan of murder, torture, child abuse, revenge, vigilantism, unforgiveness, or cusswords.  (I am, in the real world, a licensed minister of the gospel of Christ, after all.)  The black guy good cop was specifically added to the movie to indict the actions of Big Daddy and the way he was raising Hit-Girl.  His scene comes right after Hit-Girl's first massacre, by conscious design.  The director, Matthew Vaughn, did not want the audience to feel that (he felt) what Big Daddy and Hit-Girl were doing was "okay."  (Of course, he didn't let the good cop stop it, either.)  The morals and relationship between Big Daddy and Hit-Girl were deliberately skewed and meant to shock (to a significant degree as a mocking satire of Batman and Robin). 

If you watch the movie again, during that first Hit-Girl massacre, you'll see that Kick-@ss is appalled, too, and at one point seems to be shaking his head "no" as if begging her to stop.  He decides to quit after that, perhaps, thematically, recognizing what his addiction might make of him (which, you might say, it later does). 

That the audience is allowed to cheer the bloodshed (and protagonists' bloodlust), or even that they are encouraged to do so, is a critique that surely extends beyond this single film, and maybe even the whole action movie genre...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 17, 2010, 07:16:23 PM
I do not condone, nor am I a fan of murder, torture, child abuse, revenge, vigilantism, unforgiveness, or cusswords.

I'd never dare say you were, hans. I was criticizing the movie not the people who like and defend it, least of all you, my friend.  ;)

Not to give you the wrong impression, it's not my intention to preach and I generally don't judge movies by the morality of the themes they treat. I even admitted to being a fan of revenge movies. And I'm a great fan of the TV series Dexter where you're meant to sympathize with a psychopathic serial killer and I admit it works for me. But it's a guilty pleasure, and as for the character of Dexter, while he's facing all the challenges and qualms usually present in the superhero genre, he knows perfectly well he is no superhero himself, rather a tragic anti-hero. And there are lots of other sympathetic in-depth characters who present diametrically opposed viewpoints and lifestyles and whose opposing viewpoints, lifestyles and problems are no less taken seriously which is what gives the series complexity and charm.


The director, Matthew Vaughn, did not want the audience to feel that (he felt) what Big Daddy and Hit-Girl were doing was "okay."  ... That the audience is allowed to cheer the bloodshed (and protagonists' bloodlust), or even that they are encouraged to do so, is a critique that surely extends beyond this single film, and maybe even the whole action movie genre...

It's a pretty harsh accusation to say that a director actually intended something like that and I'd never go that far. But just because a director wasn't going for a certain effect doesn't mean the tendency to evoke it can't be inherent in the movie.

I don't want to come across as another Frederic Wertham or Jack Thompson and what I applaude in you is that you try to defend art against such improper moral accusations.  :) But really, even though I keep talking about morals for me it's more a matter of taste. I'm against censorship, all I'm saying is for me this movie didn't fully work. I can understand all of your arguments but personally I still find the character-painting a bit lacking and some scenes including the ending a bit tasteless.

That doesn't make it a bad movie for me - it's actually a quite good movie. But personally I can't say it's turned out that well as I think it could have and even though I savored most of it, the strange U-turn at the ending left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. No offense intended, tastes differ.   ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 17, 2010, 07:33:27 PM
Hit-Girl is particularly interesting to examine. 

Her sailor talk can be seen as an attempt to act tough (as if she needed to), overcompensating for the fact that she's a little, 11 or is it 13-year-old girl.  Or is there something deeper prompting her verbal vulgarities?  Her dad never swears... 
 

Another explanation for her expletives could be that she (even if subconsciously) is demonstrating passive/aggressive antipathy to the life Big Daddy is grooming her for.  She is cursing the vigilante lifestyle even as she seems to revel in it.  Big Daddy, on the other hand, demonstrating his psychosis, has adopted the most affirmingly positive speech patterns in his costumed guise, mimicking that of Adam West's campy, 1960's Batman. 

One, last thought, for now:  Kick-@ss is realistic until Dave's initial stabbing/runoverring, after that, it becomes increasingly far-fetched.  Some cineastes might not see that as coincidence, but rather reflective of a point where the film begins to describe Dave's ensuing delusions.  So, in that viewpoint, Dave did not become Wolverine-like after the crash, but may be crippled for life and have to take powerful pain medications for as long as that life lasts...  (cue tra-la-la song)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 17, 2010, 08:51:00 PM
I'd never dare say you were, hans.

And I didn't think you were, amigo, I just think it's sometimes wise to make such definitive statements during discussions like this, all things considered...   ;)

That doesn't make it a bad movie for me - it's actually a quite good movie. But personally I can't say it's turned out that well as I think it could have and even though I savored most of it, the strange U-turn at the ending left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. No offense intended, tastes differ.   ;)

Indeed. 

Tastes are as varied as there are individuals, yet most folks spare little attention to try to understand their own tastes, --why their tastes are what they are...  (Yet that is exactly why I enjoy discussions like the one we've had.) 

Adults have the habit of judging their own emotional responses to art along the lines of confirmation biases (not allowing anything to conflict with their established ideas about themselves and their values).  They reject art that they can't easily justify liking (such as art which produces cognitive dissonance -- conflicted or embarassing feelings). 

I find it far more rewarding to be honest with one's-self.  If something inside me has a positive reaction to a work of art, which my conscious mind may find no easy reason for, rather than deny that feeling, I like to try to unravel that puzzle.  What was it I liked?  Why is it speaking to my soul?  What need is it feeding, or what emotion, or belief, is it validating? 

For everything there is a reason.   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 18, 2010, 03:05:11 PM
In general, I have no qualms about violence in movies (heck, The Sect is also pretty violent at times, if only in text).

But it depends on who is doing what to who and why.

I have no problem watching Oldboy plowing through a hallway of bad guys with a hammer, or The Bride slicing up the Crazy 88. But I get an allergic reaction to children being put into violent situations in an inappropriate or irresponsible way for laughs and/or cheap thrills.

I still think that Kick-Ass portrays the actions of Hit Girl and - to a degree - Big Daddy, as primarily cool and awesome. Through the way the scenes are directed, and especially by changing the most disturbing aspects of the story from the original comic book, to give Big Daddy a more "heroic" motivation and a more touching death scene.

Consider this (from the imdb trivia page for "Kick-Ass" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1250777/faq#.2.1.7)):

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3.) Probably the biggest character motivation change is the origin of Big Daddy. While in the movie, Big Daddy really is an ex-cop out for revenge against D'Amico, in the graphic novel, it is revealed in the torture scene that he was only pretending to be an ex-cop turned vigilante, and that in reality, he was an accountant, and that the reason for being a vigilante superhero was, just like Dave, he was a huge superhero comic book fanatic, and that he funded everything for him and Mindy (Hit-Girl, his daughter) by selling a bunch of his old vintage comics he kept locked in a chest from Mindy so Mindy wouldn't know that her father wasn't a cop. He then reveals his motivation for going after the gang and making up the story of his wife's death (who is, in fact, still alive and divorced from him) and his excuse is simply, "We needed a villain." Also, in said torture scene, Big-Daddy's death is a tad bit more gruesome and he dies before Hit-Girl even comes back to the rescue, not being able to say goodbye to him. In the graphic novel, he gets shot in the head with most of his brains coming out, while in the movie he gets burned to death but has time to tell his daughter goodbye. This was probably changed for the movie to give Big Daddy and Hit-Girl real motivation for going after the bad guys and to make the bad guys more, well, bad. Also, because Big Daddy's now ex-wife is revealed to be alive in the graphic novel, it is her (Mindy's/Hit-Girl's mother) that Mindy stays with at the end, not Sgt. Williams like in the movie.

That sounds a tad more like a despicable psychopath than his portrayal in the movie.

Yet they changed most of this, and added much weaker indictions (if you want to call it that) of Big Daddy's behavior. The "good cop" in particular was the weakest character in the movie. He knew what Big Daddy was up to, and he pretended to care for Mindy, yet he didn't lift a finger to help her.

Because of his inaction, we can later watch a gangster beat a little girl to within an inch of her life.

It would probably take a better director to handle the moral ambivalence of the material. Matthew Vaughn seemed more interested in the fun of it all, hence the elimination of the most disturbing aspects of the Big Daddy/Hit Girl backstory.


Did I mention that I love analyzing movies? :D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 18, 2010, 07:50:26 PM
Did I mention that I love analyzing movies? :D
 

Me, too (obviously).   :P

Kick-@ss & Watchmen have provided much for me to meditate on and explore, in that regard.  I fear, tho, that upcoming movies, like Thor & Captain America, will fail to incorporate some of the most important central themes of their characters.   :-\

(Back to Kick-@ss) Something folks look for when interpreting meaning are repeating motifs or sets.  Kick-@ss revolves around three disfunctional families --or, more specifically, three father/child relationships.  Dave & Hit-Girl have lost mothers, while Red Mist has a mother that is, essentially, a non-entity.  Each father is passing along a harmful philosophy. 

Some might object that Dave's father doesn't do this, but he does.  That philosophy is expressed by Dave as "With no powers comes no responsibility."  Dave's father demonstrates this philosophy by not being more involved in Dave's life, even when he's seeing Dave repeatedly come home with a beaten-up body.  (That this detached parenting philosophy may be just as harmful as the other two is easily arguable from such statistics as may be found on this page http://parentingteens.about.com/cs/familylife/a/statistics.htm.) 

So, a clear theme in the movie is that of "the sins of the fathers." 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 18, 2010, 08:20:42 PM
*You might as well just expect SPOILERS everytime, folks*

I still think that Kick-Ass portrays the actions of Hit Girl and - to a degree - Big Daddy, as primarily cool and awesome. Through the way the scenes are directed, and especially by changing the most disturbing aspects of the story from the original comic book, to give Big Daddy a more "heroic" motivation and a more touching death scene.
 

I approve of those changes.  Really, I approve of all the changes made from the comicbook for the movie Kick-@ss, just as I did for Watchmen.  The comic version of Big Daddy is a repeat, in many respects, of Dave's motivation & thematic functions, only darker.  Essentially, tho, it's the same device.  The movie Big Daddy adds a new, complementary dynamic, and one that explores a darker viewpoint of both Batman & Robin and the cliche comicbook-vengence-origin mocked by Dave earlier in the film. 

The comicbook version also is difficult to justify in many respects, like how does an accountant/comicbook-geek know so much about the workings of a specific underworld gang? --and how did he get so good with weapons and combat tactics?  The movie version has logical answers to those types of questions.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 19, 2010, 09:03:01 AM
I approve of those changes.  Really, I approve of all the changes made from the comicbook for the movie Kick-@ss, just as I
The comicbook version also is difficult to justify in many respects, like how does an accountant/comicbook-geek know so much about the workings of a specific underworld gang? --and how did he get so good with weapons and combat tactics?  The movie version has logical answers to those types of questions.

I agree that the motivations and "logistics" of Big Daddy make more sense in the movie version, but that could also have been achieved by a different explanation that wouldn't downplay the psychopath angle as much. But I think the filmmakers did that intentionally, to make the actions of Hit Girl more "heroic" and easier to stomach for the audience.

Imagine the same showdown as in the movie, but instead of mowing down "bad guys", the audience knew that Hit Girl is killing random people and the revenge story was just a fantasy of her dad.

That's the route they could have gone if the filmmakers were really interested in a "Taxi Driver"-type ending, but they were not, instead they opted for a somewhat standardized "hero saves the heroine in the nick of time"-finale and an then ending on a note that most of the viewers would classify as "happy", despite the disturbing aspects noted by Olivier.

I think that's why "Kick-Ass" doesn't work as a convincing satire for me. The movie thinks it's ballsy for showing a little girl killing dozens of people, but in the end it shys away from delivering anything that the audience members can't simply laugh off as "cool" or "awesome".

I imagine if Matthew Vaughn directed a remake of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", it would end with the knights discovering the grail and living happily ever after. Or if he directed "The Life of Brian", then Brian would escape from the cross at the end and fight Pontius Pilate, accompanied by "cool" rock music. Or if he directed "Dr. Strangelove", then Slim Pickens would be blasted out of the sky at the last minute by a hero on a jetpack equipped with gatling guns.


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Kick-@ss & Watchmen have provided much for me to meditate on and explore, in that regard. 

Yes. I think it's great that the Superhero genre has matured to a point where it's sparking these kinds of discussions. :)


And as I said, I didn't hate "Kick-Ass". Any movie that makes you think that much at least deserves some recognition.


Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 19, 2010, 12:16:31 PM
*Forever with the SPOILERS*

There was one concession to a happy ending that I was somewhat more ambivalent about, which were the changes with Dave's girlfriend.  In the comic, he loses her when he turns honest (in fact, she has him beat up in a fit of revenge). 

Still, for the movie, she may be needed as one of the few normally noble characters in the film (see Olivier's comments).  Also, her love for Dave is used to add suspense and tension during the televised torture sequence. 

Kick-@ss has been referred to as the Spider-man for today's generation of teens (meaning mixing of superhero with teenage angst).  Dave is clearly much less powerful than Peter Parker as Spider-man, perhaps reflective of how impotent today's teens feel in their society.  60's teens generally believed that they could change the world.  Today's generation seems much more jaded and even fatalistic. 

Happy endings, of course, work against angst, but then, in the movie, Red Mist's final words suggest that there remains a Sword of Damocles above Dave's head.  Conventional wisdom also says that non-happy endings don't sell in the U.S., but I think, more than for dollars & cents sense, that completing the arcs for Dave & Hit-Girl as the movie did it was thematically required (for reasons I've already mentioned).

Speaking of Spider-man, he has long since (in the comics) lost his teen-image and most of his angst.  Marrying a super model was pretty much the last nail in that coffin.  He's also lost all of his outsider vibe in joining the Avengers (yet one more mis-step, but then, there was little left intact of Spidey's core themes, anyways, by that point). 

BTW, RED is a very good comicbook movie, tho non-superhero, of course.     
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 19, 2010, 03:10:21 PM
There was one concession to a happy ending that I was somewhat more ambivalent about, which were the changes with Dave's girlfriend.  In the comic, he loses her when he turns honest (in fact, she has him beat up in a fit of revenge). 

Still, for the movie, she may be needed as one of the few normally noble characters in the film (see Olivier's comments).  Also, her love for Dave is used to add suspense and tension during the televised torture sequence. 


Hm, I don't know. If he had lost her due to being honest and additionally get beat up, I would have understood the relapse into his 'addiction' a lot better. And she's only a moral instance until his relapse anyway. Afterwards, her role is quite insignificant (except as a means to add suspense, as you said). The ending would have been a lot better, I think, if additionally to Kick Ass' triumph as a superhero, his girlfriend would have left him. Instead, we have a backward development in the main character that is rewarded on all accounts and has no negative consequences whatsoever. And that's what's making me - and apparantly also Ben J - feel like the movie is biased toward that 'cool' superhero show at the end instead of making the story more ambigous by also offering a more rational and realistic outlook on life. The whole conflict is simplified and made light of just for a feel-good-ending.  :-\
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 19, 2010, 04:40:56 PM
I think Dave's girlfriend may be the only good measuring stick (or point of perspective) of what selfless compassion is, in the movie (even if in simplified terms for the screen).  As presented, she wants to help people for the sole reason of helping people.  She doesn't want to do (good) for revenge (Big Daddy & Hit-Girl), and she doesn't want to do it to pump herself up (Dave).  Unlike the buddy cop, she's not conflicted in how to do so, either.  (The buddy cop, to give his character a little more slack, may believe that if he turns his old partner in, he'd be signing his death warrant.) 

Of course, the movie also kind of casts her motivation as a psychological quirk (as spoken by one of Dave's pals)... 

[Addendum]  Dave's role in the final carnage is actually the first time he's doing something superhero-ish without a selfish reason.  Thus, it is possible to see that, in the addiction theme scheme, as the point where he actually breaks his addiction (and he breaks a lot of other stuff, too).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 19, 2010, 06:20:47 PM
[Addendum]  Dave's role in the final carnage is actually the first time he's doing something superhero-ish without a selfish reason.  Thus, it is possible to see that, in the addiction theme scheme, as the point where he actually breaks his addiction (and he breaks a lot of other stuff, too).

I think it's very likely that Kick Ass' development is meant to be seen in such a positive light but that's exactly what I don't find very convincing and rather controversial.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 20, 2010, 12:03:05 AM
I think it's very likely that Kick Ass' development is meant to be seen in such a positive light but that's exactly what I don't find very convincing and rather controversial.
 

*I should add to the addendum that the final massacre is the same climatic point where Dave rejects his father's philosophy of non-responsibility, thus achieving thematic victory within the "sins of the father" scenario. 

I understand the points that you and Ben have made, Olivier.  Perhaps I take a less literal approach to appreciating fiction than most other folks.  If, say, this were based on a true story, I'd absolutely have tons of problems with it!!!  As it is, I found the ending quite satisfying on many levels. 

I wonder, however, how much of the thematic beauty I see in the movie was intentional and how much may have been a happy accident (just because an artist doesn't deliberately put something into his art doesn't mean it isn't there, despite what the lads in South Park believe).  I have more than a little apprehension that the sequel might turn out to be a major mess.   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 20, 2010, 12:01:06 PM
Different, but somewhat related topic: It will be interesting to see how the Coens will handle the theme of "children and violence" in their upcoming remake of True Grit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8QLMWN0yNs).

I'm not sure why the Coen Brothers, who are among the few truly original voices in Hollywood, have to play the remake game like everybody else. Given that "The Ladykillers" was their worst movie, I'm a bit sceptical.
On the other hand, it stars Jeff Bridges and the trailer looks really good.

BTW, RED is a very good comicbook movie, tho non-superhero, of course.     

I've seen the trailer and found it to be funny, and then I saw that Helen Mirren is in it, and now I have to see it.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 20, 2010, 03:32:08 PM
True Grit does look good, but it also looks like it's going to hit the same major beats as the original.  I'll certainly go to see it, tho.  I bemoan the fact that Westerns have been out of favor with movie-goers for a generation, now.  (Randolph Scott is one of my all-time favorite actors.)  Someday I must do Wild West UA mod, should I live long enough...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 20, 2010, 07:58:46 PM
Speaking of "children & violence," kids & teens being put into harm's way and often, then, receiving and/or commiting violent acts has a long history in comics.  I could talk about Robin and the plethora of kid sidekicks he inspired, but let me quickly focus on Bucky Barnes, since I fear that the upcoming Captain America movie will miss his importance (if not his entire character).

40's comics had Bucky engaging in many violent acts, including firing machine guns at the enemy.  He was often in dire peril, rescued by Cap, who seemed to have no trouble with allowing Bucky to head back into harm's way, again.  When Stan Lee & Jack Kirby brought Captain America back in the 60's, it was in conjunction with the story of Bucky's tragic death (long before Jason Todd, and for which Cap blames himself).  I believe that this is key to understanding Cap's character and his thematic power. 

Returned to the context of the 60's, the attitude of America's youth was changing regarding the Vietnam War and war in general.  Cap shows this.  He's no longer the eager-beaver young man who volunteers for a super-serum experiment so that he can go to war.  His moral compass remains intact, but his psyche is scarred.  He's a soldier haunted by his war-time experiences, carrying a permanent wound in his soul.  Bucky can be seen as representing Cap's naive idealism, which died in the war.  Thus, the hero was no longer simply a one-dimensional flag-waver.  Stan & Jack had cannily (or uncannily) given him a new dimension.  This new tone for Captain America struck a responsive chord in America's older, high school & college-age comicbook-buying public. 

Will the new movie grasp this understanding of the character, we shall see, but I fear not...   :-\
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on October 21, 2010, 12:21:14 AM
The Bucky Clause: "No one stays dead except Bucky, Jason Todd and Uncle Ben"

But then James "Bucky" Barnes was brought back to life, minus one arm. And then, more recently, Steve Rogers was killed, briefly (he's feeling much better now).

The Bucky Clause version 2.0: "No one stays dead."

Captain America is a complicated figure to bring to the screen. Should he be filled with patriotic fervor and go vanquish the enemies of the U.S.? Or should he be a moral compass in turbulent times, speaking out against injustice? For me, Captain America works best as a character when he is conflicted, and his personal sense of right and wrong is at odds with his call of duty.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 21, 2010, 04:02:49 AM
Didn't they bring back Jason Todd as well?

That's the downside to having so many different writers working on the same series over the years. You can come up with really good storylines and motivations for your characters, but somewhere down the line, some writer will revisit them and screw them up.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 21, 2010, 06:06:02 AM
That's the downside to having so many different writers working on the same series over the years. You can come up with really good storylines and motivations for your characters, but somewhere down the line, some writer will revisit them and screw them up.

Btw, any progress with Dark Alliance yet? Mwahahahaha!  ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 21, 2010, 09:40:49 AM
Btw, any progress with Dark Alliance yet? Mwahahahaha!  ;D

Yes, there has been great progress. I just recently came up with this great plotline where it's revealed that episodes I and II of the AT saga were just Navarre's dream.  ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 21, 2010, 10:10:11 AM
Yes, there has been great progress. I just recently came up with this great plotline where it's revealed that episodes I and II of the AT saga were just Navarre's dream.  ;D

What!? Wait till I kill him off in the last chapter, just for fun!  >:(
Or better yet, I'll also resurrect him again and in the end it is revealed he really is ^'s father. Wouldn't that be totally awesome?   ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on October 21, 2010, 12:13:03 PM
Yes, there has been great progress. I just recently came up with this great plotline where it's revealed that episodes I and II of the AT saga were just Navarre's dream.  ;D

What!? Wait till I kill him off in the last chapter, just for fun!  >:(
Or better yet, I'll also resurrect him again and in the end it is revealed he really is ^'s father. Wouldn't that be totally awesome?   ;D

Then I can kill him again and reincarnate him as Mahatma Gandhi!

No, wait, he's already done Gandhi.  :(
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 21, 2010, 08:15:38 PM
Captain America is a complicated figure to bring to the screen. Should he be filled with patriotic fervor and go vanquish the enemies of the U.S.? Or should he be a moral compass in turbulent times, speaking out against injustice?
 

If I were going to write the Captain America movie...  ;D

First of all, I wouldn't abuse the opportunity by slanting the story to support either a right-wing or left-wing political agenda.  The character of Captain America should never be used to divide Americans.  That should have been editorial LAW at Marvel Comics from day one.  It only cheapens a true icon. 

For the plot, I'd use Hydra or AIM to illustrate, metaphorically (leaving Middle East politics entirely out of the picture), the changing face of war, from that of nations against nations in Cap's original time, to the more difficult challenges of a war on terror, today. 

I'd keep Cap's basic theme of loss of innocence thru war (as I previously discussed) and I'd also play up Cap's culture shock in stepping from the 40's to the 21st century.  I might pair him through part of the movie with a jaded Gen-Xer S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, contrasting Cap's "the greatest generation" traditional values against examples of modern cultural decay ("Don't their parents know what these kids are doing?!").  This could provide good opportunities for some social commentary in-between scenes of wild, Jack Kirby action. 

I could see myself writing, for example, a scene where some femme fatale, like Madame Hydra, tries to seduce Cap, and he has a brief flashback to a WW2-era, black & white, VD training film (like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxNrmf-VoSs), and he rebuffs her with some borderline-cornball statement, like "Not tonight, sister!" or "Lady, I don't even know you!"     
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on October 22, 2010, 12:12:32 AM
Didn't they bring back Jason Todd as well?

That's the downside to having so many different writers working on the same series over the years. You can come up with really good storylines and motivations for your characters, but somewhere down the line, some writer will revisit them and screw them up.

Jason Todd is currently alive in the mainstream DC continuity. He is the second Red Hood.

Uncle Ben was brought back to life briefly in a recent issue of Amazing Spider-Man.

Thus the Bucky Clause version 2.0: "No one stays dead."

The only thing worse than having a writer screw up a character somewhere down the line is having a writer go back and retroactively fix what are perceived as being mistakes made by previous writers. Try to make sense of Supergirl's origin story. She's been the victim of both death and retconning.

Original Origin: Superman had a cousin who also survived the destruction of planet Krypton.

New and "improved" origin:  Superman had a cousin who also survived the destruction of planet Krypton, but she was killed and all memory that she ever existed was wiped out. She was then replaced by a protoplasmic being created by Lex Luthor invested with Lana Lang's memory which merged with the body of a human woman who is watched over by the guardian spirit of the long dead and forgotten Supergirl. Or, maybe, her memory of her own origin is all messed up because she suffered from Kryptonite poisoning and she really is Superman's cousin after all.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 22, 2010, 06:08:20 AM
What!? Wait till I kill him off in the last chapter, just for fun!  >:(

Not if I kill him first! Albeit the Bucky Clause might kick in. Did you read the AT notes that I sent you?  ;)

One thing is for sure: We shouldn't continue the Saga into directions where there is  the danger of adaptation decay (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AdaptationDecay).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 22, 2010, 08:15:19 AM
Did you read the AT notes that I sent you?  ;)

Huh? Don't tell me I've got to check out any notes or even play the designs of previous authors in the series?! What for? I already know what I'm going to do with the characters, I don't need to get to know them first.  :P
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 22, 2010, 07:37:23 PM
New and "improved" origin:  Superman had a cousin who also survived the destruction of planet Krypton, but she was killed and all memory that she ever existed was wiped out. She was then replaced by a protoplasmic being created by Lex Luthor invested with Lana Lang's memory which merged with the body of a human woman who is watched over by the guardian spirit of the long dead and forgotten Supergirl. Or, maybe, her memory of her own origin is all messed up because she suffered from Kryptonite poisoning and she really is Superman's cousin after all.
 

See, yet another occassion that really requires for a vomitting emoticon...
 : (====== 

(Okay, it's a work-in-progress...)   :-[
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 22, 2010, 08:44:05 PM
Halloween moods, again, this time from the incomparable Vic Mizzy: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3P_RXfOG_o
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Donnie Ewald on October 23, 2010, 06:47:45 AM
See, yet another occassion that really requires for a vomitting emoticon...
 : (====== 

(Okay, it's a work-in-progress...)   :-[
:puke:

Yep, I've added a few new smilies for the more expressive folks. Hopefully, all users will see a bit of text beside the smilies that says "[more]" which will open a pop-up window of additional smilies.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 23, 2010, 07:25:59 AM
Argh, the smiley menu is really psychedelic... just looking at it makes me dizzy...  :confused2:

:wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav:
:wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav:
:wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav:
:wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav:
:wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav::wav:


P.S. Sorry for the  :spam1: and thanks for this icon ->  :BangHead:

I use it a lot on other forums.  ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 23, 2010, 11:10:10 AM
Thanks, Donnie!   :toothy10:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on October 23, 2010, 11:25:33 AM
Yep, I've added a few new smilies for the more expressive folks. Hopefully, all users will see a bit of text beside the smilies that says "[more]" which will open a pop-up window of additional smilies.

These smileys don't seem to get along with each other.
 :boxing:       :argue:    :violent5:    :violent1:       :pain10:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 24, 2010, 03:55:22 AM
I have no idea why these smileys exist, or what they are supposed to mean:

 :sign14: :hal: :dink: :sith:  :knob:


SITH 1000? Where is the "WTF"-smiley when you need one...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on October 24, 2010, 04:11:33 AM
SITH 1000? Where is the "WTF"-smiley when you need one...

I'm sorry, I can't do that Dave.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 24, 2010, 04:15:31 AM
I'm sorry, I can't do that Dave.

Ah, yes.  :sign13:  At least I get the "Hello Dave"-smiley now.

But who is Poeminster? The stepbrother of Elminster?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 24, 2010, 03:21:33 PM
I'm wondering how soon Vix will start using this emoticon:   :whip2:  It looks tailor-made for her avatar...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 24, 2010, 08:40:24 PM
One of my favorite videos from recent years (and in keeping with the Halloween season), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8KQmps-Sog&feature=channel. 

I really like the song, and then that monster teddy just shows up from out of left field for the last half of the video --wild!    :happy8: :headbang: :toothy12:

Someday I might try to convert the midi version for UA...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on October 25, 2010, 08:04:20 PM
I'm sorry, I can't do that Dave.

Ah, yes.  :sign13:  At least I get the "Hello Dave"-smiley now.

But who is Poeminster? The stepbrother of Elminster?

I thought it might be a derivative noun form of the verb "pwn" as in "you got pwned."

The Urban Dictionary or, as I like to call it, "The Dictionary of Incorrect Definitions", offers these pearls of wisodm:

Quote
Poeminister
emoticon of unknown meaning and origin. Originaly bought to question by one GM of melbournebeats.c fame. Some dudes probably know what it means but I don't. Scholars maintain that the true meaning is probably known only to an extreme splinter group of l337 hax0rz, so leet that they use some new kind of internet that we don't even know about.
"Lisa got peominister'd in the bukake!"
"What's for dinner? Poeminister again?"
"What's for dinner? Bukake again?"
"Bukake!"
 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Darth Egale on October 25, 2010, 08:11:10 PM
I have no idea why these smileys exist, or what they are supposed to mean:

 :sign14: :hal: :dink: :sith:  :knob:


SITH 1000? Where is the "WTF"-smiley when you need one...

The Sith 1000, at least, has a specific meaning within the Star Wars expanded Universe.

Quote
In the series Fate of the Jedi, a great number of Sith appear. These Sith comprise two separate and distinct groups. The first are "the Tribe," the descendants of a Sith Empire shipwreck on an uncharted world. This group was cut off from the galaxy at large for five millennia, and thus are unaware of the Rule of Two. The second group is the One Sith, who deliberately abandoned Darth Bane's 1,000-year-old decree of only having two Sith members at a time.

The other two, Dink and Knob, are words that 10 year old boys use to refer to their genitalia, or to people that they don't like. Freud would be amused by that.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 25, 2010, 11:26:28 PM
Scholars maintain that the true meaning is probably known only to an extreme splinter group of l337 hax0rz, so leet that they use some new kind of internet that we don't even know about.
The Sith 1000, at least, has a specific meaning within the Star Wars expanded Universe.
The other two, Dink and Knob, are words that 10 year old boys use to refer to their genitalia, or to people that they don't like. Freud would be amused by that.

Well, alright. Let's develop some smileys that only have meaning for the select group of FRUA fans and members of the Forgotten Realms Unlimited Adventures Forum.

Like: "Sir Ftucis!"
Or: "Monsters Attack!"
Or a smiley that casts "Stinking Cloud"

 ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 25, 2010, 11:34:49 PM
Or a smiley that casts "Stinking Cloud"


We're halfway there!  -->   :bootyshake:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 25, 2010, 11:50:40 PM
Yeah, somebody combine that with the "Stinking Cloud"-sprite.  ;D

Or we could have smileys fighting each other on the FRUA combat grid...  :violent1: ...  :tongue3:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 26, 2010, 05:37:09 AM
We're halfway there!  -->   :bootyshake:

What the Ftucis?!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 26, 2010, 08:29:48 PM
A lighter Halloween mood...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1glNuQiE77E
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on October 27, 2010, 12:19:26 AM
Well, alright. Let's develop some smileys that only have meaning for the select group of FRUA fans and members of the Forgotten Realms Unlimited Adventures Forum.

Like: "Sir Ftucis!"
Or: "Monsters Attack!"
Or a smiley that casts "Stinking Cloud"

 ;D

Beholder fires a disintegrate ray...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Donnie Ewald on October 27, 2010, 04:31:48 AM
 :beholder:
...is now part of the popup smiley box. This poor, poor thread.   ;)

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 27, 2010, 07:11:36 PM
Halloween 'toon, with a Latin beat... 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYthOBefHMM&feature=channel
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Null Null on October 27, 2010, 07:18:54 PM
 :beholder: :beholder: :beholder: :beholder: :beholder: :beholder: :beholder:

holy square chattering skull, it's a beholder smiley! How did you do that?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on October 27, 2010, 11:23:08 PM
Sometimes you eat the bar and sometimes, well, he eats you.

More FRUA related smileys.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 28, 2010, 03:56:20 AM
Love all the FRUA smileys.  :beholder:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 28, 2010, 10:00:04 PM
What, still not in a Halloween mood...?   :dontknow: 

Halloween oughta be a big holiday in FRUAdom.  Only a few days left to enjoy the scary decorations...   :icon_cyclops_ani: 

Here's another 'toon, a bit juvenile, but the puppetry makes me think of a pop-up book gone totally psycho... 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdLxXJLrp7s&feature=channel
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on October 28, 2010, 11:45:22 PM
A lighter Halloween mood...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1glNuQiE77E

LOL @ "Vhen did all these Vampires become abstinent and vhiney?"
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on October 29, 2010, 05:41:13 PM
Ha! I liked that wolf Boy video. hehe
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 29, 2010, 09:52:05 PM
A creepier Halloween mood:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgfklKnOg4w&feature=related

I'm hoping to capture a bit of that creepiness for my Toyz mod, whenever I restart that project...   :clock:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on October 30, 2010, 12:30:04 AM
The Mind Flayer's Interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q3s4_Ku5rw&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on October 30, 2010, 12:44:38 AM
From the above video, we know that a Troglodyte has the "Trog Stench" special ability, but here is the stat sheet he filled out...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on October 30, 2010, 09:25:43 AM
There were several of these D&D cartoons created when 4E first came out.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 30, 2010, 04:20:42 PM
The Mind Flayer's Interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q3s4_Ku5rw&feature=related

LOL!   :laughing7: 

I had thought about doing a Henchmen mod, sometime, which might start at just such an interview process.  The idea would be that in an unstable and chaotic D&D world, being a henchman might be seen by its society as a respectable career choice...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 30, 2010, 11:02:19 PM
A nicely animated Halloween poem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKTUAOFCTUg&feature=more_related 

Traditional CGI -- spookiness in space:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnbijp5sQJA&feature=channel 

What scientists think Alfred Hitchcock's nightmares may have been like: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2S-UGulpCo&feature=more_related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 31, 2010, 04:14:05 PM
Happy Halloween, everyone! 

...Hope you have a creepier day than normal...   :hiding:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7vSIetlXGg&feature=more_related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CbSpBhUrCw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21WGGOg-lVQ
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 04, 2010, 07:23:11 PM
Another movie title sequence, and a direct influence in the old Miss Marple movie theme: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1480vbioxF4  

I converted that theme from midi to XMI for the title sequence to my Major Mystery serial--Chp 1: "To Smell a Rat" (Mj-M-1.zip).  I was amazed at how much (without sacrificing quality) I was able to convert, so I had to show off by putting it in the mod during the first fight, as well, where it could play longer.  It probably wasn't the best fit for that fight, but I liked the "mystery" connection to the music, and am not above subjecting my own characters to a bit of mockery.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 06, 2010, 05:39:41 AM
Sometimes you eat the bar and sometimes, well, he eats you.

More FRUA related smileys.

These (http://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=1153.msg14041#msg14041) smileys should be part of the standard lineup.  ;D

I'd also like to have this one: (http://www.kurzgeschichten.de/vb/images/smilies/drool.gif)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 08, 2010, 01:54:16 PM
Megamind is a very good movie.  Much better than Despicable Me.  Not quite as good as The Incredibles, but with many more lol moments.   :laughing7:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 08, 2010, 03:03:52 PM
I'm thinking about watching Megamind, but I've grown a bit tired of Superhero deconstructions/parodies.

Gimme a non-ironic Superhero movie! Do I have to wait until The Dark Knight Rises (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1345836/)?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on November 09, 2010, 11:45:58 AM
I liked Megamind quite a bit, too. I do not agree it is better than Despicable Me, but it is different.

Despicable Me suffered from overexposure before the film was released. I had seen most of the movie in trailers, commercials, and sneak peeks. Had I not, then I would have gotten many more LOL moments that I did.

I enjoyed Megamind more than Despicable Me because the action was more comic book and less cartoony than Despicable Me. I put this down to DM being aimed more at kids and families than Megamind being made for adults, but kids could still watch and enjoy. Also, MM had more engaging animation, imo.

I do agree neither is quite as good as The Incredibles. And I sorely wish Pixar was releasing a sequel to that instead of Cars next year.  :'(
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 09, 2010, 06:27:45 PM
I liked Despicable Me, too.  I just feel Megamind is its superior in almost every way.   :happy1: 

In particular, Megamind had greater scope.  Its characters have important histories.  Character arcs are more intricately weaved together.  There's a greater sense of the world around them and the consequences of actions. The plot hinges on more than one character being introspective and changing their outlook. 

But I'd pay good money to a sequel to either.   :hello2:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Donnie Ewald on November 09, 2010, 07:29:16 PM
 :drool: :pvp: :mvp: :pvm:

...now added to the smiley popup.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 09, 2010, 07:38:52 PM
Thanks Donnie.  :)  :pvm:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on November 11, 2010, 06:51:44 AM
I went to see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World last night. I really loved it ... and stuff.  :D

The movie wasn't promoted very well over here and apparently it's not a big success. So if it weren't for you, hans, I probably would have missed it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!   :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 11, 2010, 03:33:20 PM
I went to see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World last night. I really loved it ... and stuff.  :D

The movie wasn't promoted very well over here and apparently it's not a big success. So if it weren't for you, hans, I probably would have missed it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!   :)
 

I'm gratified that my ramblings are truly a force for good.   :sunny: 
(I'm not sure, but I think that's my only super-power..."Shablagoo!") 

I do think Tron: Legacy is going to have to work awful hard if it wants to be as satisfying a videogame movie as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  The previews are pretty cool, tho... 
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 16, 2010, 08:03:11 AM
Great article about what's wrong with many of the recent action films: How Hollywood killed the movie stunt (http://www.salon.com/entertainment/movies/film_salon/2010/11/12/decline_of_movie_stunts/index.html).

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 16, 2010, 09:09:03 AM
I certainly agree with all the disparaging comments about modern films' "intensified continuity" or "run and gun" style of choppy quick editing.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 17, 2010, 03:12:50 PM
I think the best action scenes from the last 10 years or so can be found in Alfonso Cuarón's "Children of Men".

That would also be one of my picks for top movie of the last decade.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 18, 2010, 05:35:53 AM
The first trailer for "The Green Lantern" (http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1279301913/)

There's certainly a lot of green in it.

Who's the villain with the bulging forehead?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 18, 2010, 03:43:50 PM
I'm guessing Hector Hammond (who will be in Rocco's ponderous, and slightly-delayed, SHUA project, btw).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 19, 2010, 02:52:08 AM
I guess that means that Sinestro won't be the main villain of the film?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 19, 2010, 09:02:18 AM
I don't know.  I hope they keep Sinestro a good guy until the sequel, when he's not fighting for screen time against Hal Jordan's origin (which isn't it nice that they've apparently gone the "let's make him an endearing jerk" route who clearly more than deserves godlike powers  :occasion18:).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 22, 2010, 04:11:59 AM
Smiley request (again):

(http://www.kurzgeschichten.de/vb/images/smilies/eek3.gif) - skeptical / paranoia smiley

We could replace some really useless icon (like the Poeminister) with it, should the smiley window get too crowded.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 22, 2010, 04:15:44 AM
Celebrating cinema’s greatest long takes (http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/684897/celebrating_cinemas_greatest_long_takes.html):

The antidote to the "run and gun"-editing style.

Excerpt:

Quote
A filmmaker renowned for his use of long takes, Cuarón’s work on the under-appreciated Children Of Men remains his finest employment of the technique and, some would say, the finest use of long takes, full stop.

I'm among those who would say that.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Donnie Ewald on November 22, 2010, 04:20:11 AM
Smiley request (again):

(http://www.kurzgeschichten.de/vb/images/smilies/eek3.gif) - skeptical / paranoia smiley

We could replace some really useless icon (like the Poeminister) with it, should the smiley window get too crowded.

Added. But, I think we've passed being too crowded on the smiley popup window long ago.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 22, 2010, 04:23:10 AM
Thanks Donnie.  :notworthy:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on December 02, 2010, 02:51:59 AM
From a film blog: 100 things I love about the movies (http://thedroidyourelookingfor.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/100-things-i-love-about-the-movies/)

A totally random list (somewhat like this thread) - and that's why it's great.

I agree with a lot of the points, expecially 1, 5, 12, 19... etc.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 09, 2010, 07:03:50 PM
I just got back from seeing The Warrior's Way.  It's much better than its abysmal U.S. box office would suggest, although so idiosyncratic, it's probably best suited for cult appreciation.  It's more Raimi than was Raimi's spaghetti western, and just as eccentric as a Sabata.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on December 20, 2010, 12:14:18 PM
Referring back to my Daily Show posting from page two of this thread: John Oliver from the Daily Show turned up at my workplace today (his plane was stuck at Hannover airport).

He was a bit astonished that someone in Germany would recognize him.  :D

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 21, 2010, 01:28:09 PM
Celebrating cinema’s greatest long takes (http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/684897/celebrating_cinemas_greatest_long_takes.html):
The antidote to the "run and gun"-editing style.
 

John Woo's Hard-Boiled is one of my top ten favorite movies.  I had the pleasure, the first time I saw it, of seeing it in a movie theater on the big screen, the way it should be appreciated.  Awesome movie! 

I also saw Tony Jaa's Warrior King/The Protector on the big screen.  That long take was exhausting for the audience as well as Jaa.  The movie is otherwise not much more than mediocre, but that shot was amazing!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on December 22, 2010, 05:47:57 AM
I didn't watch a lot of movies in 2010 (New Baby... Same as 2005, when my first son was born - I still have to catch up with a lot of movies from that year) - but here are the best 2010 movies I did see, in no particular order:


Still waiting for "True Grit", but I think it won't open here until January.


What sucked:



Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 22, 2010, 02:41:29 PM
My year's best, so far: 

1.  Toy Story 3
2.  Kick-@ss
3.  Megamind 
4.  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
5.  The Warrior's Way 

Yes, I know, it's a list that screams "geek," but they made me happiest.   :icon_geek: 
Expanding the list to 10 might make me slightly less geeky-looking...

6.  Inception
7.  Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
8.  Despicable Me
9.  The Wolfman
10.  RED 

...Nope, that didn't really help much, did it?   :happy1:

Worst movie I saw in the theaters this year was (and if you're thinking Jonah Hex, you would've been right if I hadn't also seen): 

MacGruber.   :pottytrain5:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on December 22, 2010, 02:49:16 PM
Nice list, hans.  :)

Of the movies listed by you, I definetly plan to see Toy Story 3, Scott Pilgrim and Red.

The others maybe... if I can find the time.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on December 22, 2010, 05:55:29 PM
Scott Pilgrim, Toy Story 3 and maybe A Serious Man. Plus the two movies from the Berlinale that I listed here.

Kick Ass and Inception get an honorable mention for being very interesting, ambitious and thought inspiring movies; I enjoyed them for the most part but IMO they couldn't fully live up to the standards they set for themselves (Inception did a better job at that than Kick Ass but the plot logic was still a bit flawed). Anyway, I'm very glad I went to see them, too.   :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on December 23, 2010, 02:46:12 AM
A Serious Man is from 2009. :evil5:


Damn, need this smiley -> (http://www.kurzgeschichten.de/vb/images/smilies/teach.gif)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on December 23, 2010, 04:06:39 AM
Ah, ok. Was it at least still shown here in 2010 or did my memory completely deceive me?  ???
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on December 23, 2010, 07:38:25 AM
Okay, the movie came out in January of 2010 here in Germany, so I guess we both have seen it only this year.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 23, 2010, 08:02:10 PM
I took my mom to see True Grit, this afternoon, as a Christmas gift.  It would definately make my aforementioned 2010 list.  Maybe not #1, but probably #2.  Best western I've seen in years, maybe ever. 

Listing my favorite westerns of all time (not yet including the new True Grit)... 

Favorite Hollywood westerns: 

1.  Seven Men From Now  (I'm a big Randolph Scott fan)
2.  The Magnificent Seven 
3.  Big Jake 
4.  Shane 
5.  Comanche Station 

Favorite spaghetti westerns (naturally heavily Leone): 

1.  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
2.  Django 
3.  A Fistful of Dollars
4.  For a Few Dollars More
5.  Once Upon a Time in the West
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on December 24, 2010, 03:34:49 AM
Now I'm looking forward to "True Grit" even more.

My favorite Westerns (in no particular order except for #1):

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Wild Bunch
Dead Man
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Once Upon a Time in the West
Duck, You Sucker
Unforgiven
For a Few Dollars More
A Fistful of Dollars
The Big Country
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on December 24, 2010, 12:24:02 PM
If you like gritty, realistic Westerns such as "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", then you might enjoy this film:

Appaloosa (2008):
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800308/

I know I did. Haven't seen True Grit yet, but I hear that Matt Damon gives a good performance and Jeff Bridges adds more depth to the character than the Duke did.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 24, 2010, 03:33:22 PM
I liked Appaloosa a lot (tho not enough to make my coveted top ten).  It's too bad the genre is held in such low regard by today's audiences, or Viggo Mortensen might be making one every year (as I'm sure he'd be very much in demand for such roles). 

I saw Tron: Legacy this morning (a Christmas present for myself).  Like True Grit, this would also make my top 5 films of 2010 (seems I offered that earlier list a few days too soon!).  Visually, it's astonishing, of course, but it also contains more philosophical and allegorical depth than critics are conceding to it (much like the original Tron was slighted).  They're messin' with my zen thing, man. 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 24, 2010, 10:28:20 PM
Merry Christmas, ya'll!    :icon_santa: 

Here's one of my favorite seasonal jingles, ...a bit in keeping with those recent Santa pics...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMgEm6lPTnw

 :blob6: :blob10: :blob6: :blob10: :blob6: :blob10: :blob6: :blob10:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on December 25, 2010, 12:54:01 AM
Cool!

But this one is still my favorite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd9s-3HwisI&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd9s-3HwisI&feature=related)

I met this guy when he was a roommate with chickenhead at Texas A&M, and this is my favorite Christmas song of the last 30 years. I've played & sung it three times for different audiences in the past 8 hours.

Merry Christmas!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 29, 2010, 07:37:01 PM
Something in the WWUA vein... 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHNhRcp3wFs&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on December 30, 2010, 05:15:35 PM
Something in the WWUA vein... 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHNhRcp3wFs&feature=related

Ha, this tribute to "Indio" is pretty amazing.

Any additional info on it? The band "Psycho Bubbles" doesn't seem to exist outside of this Youtube clip.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 30, 2010, 07:14:03 PM
Ha, this tribute to "Indio" is pretty amazing.

Any additional info on it? The band "Psycho Bubbles" doesn't seem to exist outside of this Youtube clip.
 

http://listoftheday.blogspot.com/2008/05/eastwoods-greatest-hits.html
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 30, 2010, 10:07:32 PM
I had 2 Randolph Scott/Budd Boetticher westerns in my top 10 list.  For those who don't know what the Ranown cycle of films was, this little documentary showcases some of its interesting cinematic strengths:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R56irYnzXB4&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on December 31, 2010, 03:57:33 AM
Ha, this tribute to "Indio" is pretty amazing.

Any additional info on it? The band "Psycho Bubbles" doesn't seem to exist outside of this Youtube clip.
 

http://listoftheday.blogspot.com/2008/05/eastwoods-greatest-hits.html

Thanks hans!  :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 02, 2011, 10:08:59 PM
5 Underrated Western Themes (no midis for these, alas): 

Five Card Stud:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4PN8Cvmo70

Bandolero!:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cJftwfZZEE

Joe Kidd:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1QNXc2Ei0w&feature=related

Quigley Down Under:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUbqUULwSHQ

"The Ballad of Marshal Flagg" (The Good Guys and the Bad Guys):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHDyutvvakk
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on January 03, 2011, 04:00:54 AM
Mr. Plinkett's review for Star Wars Episode III (http://www.redlettermedia.com/sith.html):

Like the previous parts, this review is epic (111 mins) and full of insights (into the film and Mr. Plinkett's deranged mind).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on January 05, 2011, 02:16:52 PM
New Year's resolutions for Hollywood (http://www.virginmedia.com/movies/features/hollywoods-new-year-resolutions.php):

I agree with a lot of these.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 07, 2011, 02:03:52 PM
I agree with a lot of these.
 

The only one I strongly agree with is to rerelease old movies to cinemas.  I've considered myself to be blessed to have seen movies like Casablanca, Vertigo, and the original King Kong on a big movie screen, among others.  I could wish that these super-mulitplexes would devote one screen each week to an oldie classic...and one for foriegn films, too.   ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on January 07, 2011, 04:53:36 PM
I agree the most with #1: "Stop with the remakes!"

Remaking old movies and TV series has gotten way out of hand, and for every good one like "Star Trek" or "True Grit" you get mountains and mountains of crap.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 07, 2011, 09:22:35 PM
I agree the most with #1: "Stop with the remakes!"

Remaking old movies and TV series has gotten way out of hand, and for every good one like "Star Trek" or "True Grit" you get mountains and mountains of crap.
 

I'm sure we'd have just as many such mountains were that prohibition adopted.   :P

Now, I bet if someone were to ask you for ten movies or tv shows you'd like to see remade, I doubt you'd have trouble filling that list... 
  ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on January 08, 2011, 01:30:20 AM
I'm sure we'd have just as many such mountains were that prohibition adopted.   :P

Yes, but we'd be spared the need to add "I mean the old one" while mentioning any classic movie.  ;)

Quote
Now, I bet if someone were to ask you for ten movies or tv shows you'd like to see remade, I doubt you'd have trouble filling that list... 

Go ahead and ask me.  ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on January 08, 2011, 03:54:47 AM
I am not a movie buff, but I did like the 1941 remake of The Maltese Falcon that had Bogart and Lorre.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on January 08, 2011, 04:57:37 AM
I have nothing against the occasional remake, if the director knows what he/she's doing. Some of the great classics are remakes.

However, the trend to remake basically everything has reached an absurd degree in recent years, as evidenced by the following lists (there might be some overlap between the lists, and some of the films on the lists have already hit the screens):

39 planned movie remakes (http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/15211/38_planned_movie_remakes_you_didnt_know_about.html)

55 movie remakes currently in the works (http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/166239/55_movie_remakes_currently_in_the_works.html)

50 Upcoming Movie Remakes (Yep, 50!)  (http://www.nextmovie.com/blog/upcoming-movie-remakes/)

They have already remade virtually the entire canon of 70s/80s horror movies, with mostly laughable results.

They are planning to remake "Yellow Submarine". They have lost their minds.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 08, 2011, 11:51:05 AM
Go ahead and ask me.  ;D
 

Okay, howzabout listing ten old movies or tv shows that you'd want to see remade as new movies...   :D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 08, 2011, 12:57:53 PM
Okay, howzabout listing ten old movies or tv shows that you'd want to see remade as new movies...   :D
 

--I'll take a crack at this game, myself!   ;D
Ten TV shows that could make great movies: 

Red Dwarf
Space: 1999
U.F.O.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Kolchak: the Night Stalker (w/ Jack Black in the title role, please) 
Land of the Giants
Manimal
The Immortal
Search
Black Adder

Ten old movies that could make great new movies:

Meet Boston Blackie (1941)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943)
The Big Sleep (1946)
The Naked Spur (1953)
I. the Jury (1953)
Tall Man Riding (1955) 
Santo vs. the Vampire Women (Mexico, 1962)
The Raven (1963)
Atomic Rulers (Japan, 1964)
Planet of the Vampires (Italy, 1965)

Ten more:

Django (Italy, 1965)
Our Man Flint (1966)
The Silencers (1966 -- Matt Helm movie)
MacKenna's Gold (1969)
Count Yorga -- Vampire (1970)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1972)
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973 -- Harryhausen)
Demon Spies (Japan, 1974 -- based on a Kazuo Koike manga)
5 Deadly Venoms (Hong Kong, 1978) 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on January 08, 2011, 03:44:59 PM
How about remaking some horrible movies for a change and try to do everything right this time?
I guess that would be a financial risk instead of a cash cow but artistically it would be the more interesting concept, as opposed to ruining the classics...  ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on January 08, 2011, 03:57:13 PM
Okay, howzabout listing ten old movies or tv shows that you'd want to see remade as new movies...   :D

Seriously: None. I'm sick of remakes at the moment. Hollywood should get its act together and come up with some new ideas. Right now it looks like movie history is about to devour its own tail.

If I'd really have to come up with something, I'd choose movies that were neither hits nor classics. I'd choose films that were artistic failures when they came out, but which nevertheless contained salvageable ideas.

(How not to do it: Making "I am Legend" out of "The Omega Man"... that's just making matters worse.)

I'm thinking about it... maybe I can come up with ten titles.

[Edited to add: Olivier has just posted the same idea while I was typing this post]
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on January 08, 2011, 04:53:37 PM
Wasn't LOST a darker remake of Gilligan's Island?  ???
(I only saw part of the first episode, so I'm not really sure.)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 08, 2011, 05:02:34 PM
How about remaking some horrible movies for a change and try to do everything right this time?
I guess that would be a financial risk instead of a cash cow but artistically it would be the more interesting concept, as opposed to ruining the classics...  ;)
 

Why remake something that has nothing of value? 

What I looked for in compiling my list were not perfect films, but ones with a good story, or one or more great characters, or a particularly interesting style, yet with flaws that might be overcome in competent hands.  Even The Big Sleep (1946), which is a deservedly revered classic, has areas that could be improved upon (give it more Chandler grittiness/seaminess, and make the story fully, logically work). 

But, perhaps we might consider a similar UA question: 
--Why remake Pool of Radiance...?   ;) 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 08, 2011, 05:06:04 PM
Wasn't LOST a darker remake of Gilligan's Island?  ???
(I only saw part of the first episode, so I'm not really sure.)
 

I thought it was Gilligan's Island meets The Prisoner.   :D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on January 08, 2011, 05:09:05 PM
Wasn't LOST a darker remake of Gilligan's Island?  ???
(I only saw part of the first episode, so I'm not really sure.)
 

I thought it was Gilligan's Island meets The Prisoner.   :D

Ah. I guess I missed the attack balloons.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on January 12, 2011, 02:12:14 PM
To reiterate my earlier point: Hollywood is planning to make movie versions of the ancient Atari games "Missile Command" and "Asteroids" (http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/01/12/missile-command-movie-atari/).

How desperate for recognizable brand names can you get? Have I mentioned the Battleship (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battleship_%28film%29) movie yet?

The only way they can redeem themselves: Make a FRUA movie.  ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 12, 2011, 06:57:09 PM
To reiterate my earlier point: Hollywood is planning to make movie versions of the ancient Atari games "Missile Command" and "Asteroids" (http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/01/12/missile-command-movie-atari/).
 

Another persuasive argument that the ancient Mayans were right, and we are nearing the end of the world.  :icon_pale:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Null Null on January 12, 2011, 07:23:54 PM
But, perhaps we might consider a similar UA question:
--Why remake Pool of Radiance...?   ;) 


'Cause we were all sick of manually rememorizing spells each time? ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on January 12, 2011, 07:31:16 PM
But, perhaps we might consider a similar UA question:
--Why remake Pool of Radiance...?   ;) 


'Cause we were all sick of manually rememorizing spells each time? ;)
Great point!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on January 12, 2011, 07:32:15 PM
Okay, howzabout listing ten old movies or tv shows that you'd want to see remade as new movies...   :D

I honestly can't think of 10 TV shows that deserve to be made into a movie. Instead I will name 10 old TV shows that should absolutely, under no circumstances, ever hit the big screen:

1) Diff'rent Strokes
2) Saved by the Bell
3) Family Matters
4) Alf
5) Joanie Loves Chachi
6) Laverne and Shirley
7) The Nanny
8) Baywatch
9) Married... with Children
10) Friends
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 12, 2011, 07:47:49 PM
Mr. Plinkett's review for Star Wars Episode III (http://www.redlettermedia.com/sith.html):
Like the previous parts, this review is epic (111 mins) and full of insights (into the film and Mr. Plinkett's deranged mind).
 

I found his thoughts about the static dialog scenes to be very interesting. 

In Guard-aeon, I basically knew what I wanted spoken in the Zodiaxor + Wily Wasp dialog scene, but I thought long about the location where that discussion should occur.  They could've been sitting at a table in some dark basement or something, but I didn't want the sense of physical momentum in the mod to stop dead.  I wanted a fast, hard-driving little mod, kinda rock & roll (one of the reasons I chose only snappy surf tunes for the music).  So, I decided that having their conversation in a speeding vehicle would work much better than a static location, even tho I could only suggest that feeling of speed to the players.     
:iroc: 
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Post by: Ben J on January 13, 2011, 08:06:09 AM
I found his thoughts about the static dialog scenes to be very interesting. 


Me too. And now I have that image of George Lucas etched into my mind; the way he's directing the movie from his comfy chair with a coffee cup in his hand, while the actors are standing in front of nothing but a green screen.  :coffee:


Another (but similarly scathing) perspective on the Star Wars prequels can be found on the site of Confused Matthew (http://www.confusedmatthew.com/The-Star-Wars-Prequels.php).

I disagree with Matthew on some of his views (he likes "Indepence Day" and his favorite film is "Moulin Rouge", while he dislikes "2001" and "The Incredibles"), but nevertheless his reviews are entertaining and always make interesting points. In contrast to Plinkett, Matthew's focus is a lot more on the mechanics of the plot, and he often disregards the artistic aspects of moviemaking.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on January 14, 2011, 06:22:02 AM
Has anyone seen The Green Hornet yet? I'm undecided if it would be worth watching; I like Michel Gondry and his imagination but the trailer didn't suggest much originality and the reviews I've read don't give a clear impression either. Some praise it as the best superhero movie ever because it lacks the seriousness and moral pretense of other movies in the genre, others say it's just action without substance; some found it better than they thought, others were disappointed. Some complain of misogyny. And some say it's Ironman meets Kick Ass, which sounds both good and bad to my ears ...  :D

What's your opinion? And if you haven't watched it, are you going to? Why (not)?

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 14, 2011, 02:38:32 PM
Has anyone seen The Green Hornet yet?...What's your opinion?
 

Lots of fun!  I think a lot of critics are misjudging it because they came in with a preconceived definition of what it should be.  It's very funny with loads of great action.  It makes fun of the superhero genre while simultaneously making love to the genre. 
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on January 15, 2011, 06:51:03 AM
Did you watch it in 3D? Would I miss something if I didn't? So far no movie has convinced me yet that the 3D experience is worth spending extra money and getting the screen framed by the rims of fat glasses, it's rather hampered my enjoyment of cinema (even though the movies I watched certainly had a part in it, too, and I admit I didn't watch "Avatar" which is said to come with an impressive 3D feeling while the ones I watched just added a few gimmicks for 3D audiences).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 15, 2011, 02:10:35 PM
Did you watch it in 3D? Would I miss something if I didn't?
 

I did.  I don't think it would detract from the movie to see it in 2D, tho.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 16, 2011, 06:42:13 PM
Does originality trump good graphics and/or good story...?  See what you think after watching the 4 SuperVillain cartoon shorts (warning -- he's evil):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLR544aufdc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGO1a8IGuz8&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPY7HYh5E18&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKAEMT1CqWs&feature=relmfu
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on January 17, 2011, 01:40:50 AM
Has anyone seen The Green Hornet yet? I'm undecided if it would be worth watching; I like Michel Gondry and his imagination but the trailer didn't suggest much originality and the reviews I've read don't give a clear impression either.

I think that Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" was one of the best films of the last ten years, but I was a little disappointed by "Be Kind Rewind"... so I guess I'll watch "The Green Hornet" when it comes out on DVD and rather wait until "True Grit" and "Black Swan" hit cinemas here and spend my money for that. Screw 3D.

I'm wondering if there is a contractual obligation for original and idiosyncratic directors to take on Superhero flicks or franchise pictures in between their more personal projects in recent years. Darren Aronofsky is planning to make "Wolverine 2" next. Not even a sequel to a good movie. No, "Wolverine 2".
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on January 17, 2011, 05:59:31 AM
I think that Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" was one of the best films of the last ten years, but I was a little disappointed by "Be Kind Rewind"... so I guess I'll watch "The Green Hornet" when it comes out on DVD and rather wait until "True Grit" and "Black Swan" hit cinemas here and spend my money for that. Screw 3D.

I can totally relate to that, I think Gondry is a good director with great visual ideas but he's not the best of script writers. Teaming up with Charlie Kaufman was an excellent idea; the scripts that Gondry wrote alll by himself though ("Science of Sleep" and "Be Kind Rewind...") could have been a lot better. And "Be Kind Rewind..." sadly didn't even score in the visuals / original ideas department. Not that it's necessarily a bad movie but knowing what Gondry did before that, it was a let-down for me, too. That's why I was a little suspicious about "The Green Hornet" because the trailer made it look even more nondescript and directed at mainstream cinema audiences than "Be Kind Review...".

On the other hand, if it's mainly the visuals and the action that make it fun, all that will probably get lost on a TV screen...  :-\


@hans: Thanks for sharing your opinion and thanks for the Supervillain links!  :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 17, 2011, 04:02:08 PM
I'm wondering if there is a contractual obligation for original and idiosyncratic directors to take on Superhero flicks or franchise pictures in between their more personal projects in recent years. Darren Aronofsky is planning to make "Wolverine 2" next. Not even a sequel to a good movie. No, "Wolverine 2".
 

I'd happily sell my artistic integrity for a fat paycheck.   :director2: 
Alas, I can't even give it away.   :sad3:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 17, 2011, 07:14:33 PM
...thanks for the Supervillain links!  :)
 

Here's some equal time for a crudely drawn superhero (parts 1&2): 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJfO3mQnNWM 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgYZeUjby2s&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on January 20, 2011, 01:23:15 PM
More superhero stuff:

The villains of the next Batman film will be Catwoman and Bane (http://www.empireonline.com/news/feed.asp?NID=29929), apparently.

Catwoman has been done three times in the movies already: As a comedic role in the sixties (Lee Meriwether), the hitherto best interpretation by Michelle Pfeiffer in the nineties (if you ignore the weird supernatural cat-resurrection stuff), and as a catastrophic failure by Halle Berry in the 2004 "Catwoman" movie.

So why Catwoman again? I'm still hoping that Talia Al'Ghul will be the other female lead.

Bane is an interesting choice. His character was completely screwed over in "Batman & Robin" (still my worst cinema experience ever), so there's definetly enough room to improve.

Still, Bane looks like a masked wrestler. I don't know how Nolan will get a good performance out of an actor wearing this outfit without people thinking: "Bring out the Gimp".
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 20, 2011, 02:37:18 PM
I wouldn't hazard an assumption one way or the other. 

While I think Nolan's (and, of course, Heath Ledger's) interpretation of the Joker rates as the best supervillain performance ever, his Ra's Al Ghul and Two-Face were kinda lackluster...   :confused4:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on January 23, 2011, 02:07:03 PM
I thought the portrayal of Two-Face was pretty good (miles above the Tommy Lee Jones version), but he wasn't in the movie for long enough. I was hoping that Harvey Dent would stick around for the sequel.

On the other hand, Nolan's Bat-Movies feel like actual self-contained movies because of this, not the kind of half-movies we get from other franchises (think Matrix or Pirates of the Carribean).

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 23, 2011, 02:34:49 PM
I think Two-Face really needs a gang in order to work -- men with machine guns, a gun moll, the whole underworld shtick -- and not just for window dressing (as in Batman Forever), but to provide depth & gravity to the threat he must represent.  He's the original Scarface of the Batman universe -- the Al Pacino or Robert DeNiro.  He is the decay of society, the cost of crime, an unpredictable explosion of violence.

I think Nolan's other second-fiddle villain, the Scarecrow, was handled much better.  In fact, IMO, the Scarecrow easily upstaged Ra's Al Ghul in the first movie.
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Post by: Ben J on January 23, 2011, 02:38:48 PM

In fact, IMO, the Scarecrow easily upstaged Ra's Al Ghul in the first movie.

I agree with that. The "wanna see my mask?" scene is really great.
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Post by: Ben J on February 02, 2011, 03:14:17 PM
Continuing our superhero obsession:

Now that a British guy has been cast as Superman (http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/751494/henry_cavill_is_the_next_superman.html), the three most popular American superheroes Batman, Spiderman and Superman are firmly under British control.

Time to take revenge and cast an American in the role of James Bond, perhaps?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on February 02, 2011, 04:44:49 PM
Now that a British guy has been cast as Superman (http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/751494/henry_cavill_is_the_next_superman.html), the three most popular American superheroes Batman, Spiderman and Superman are firmly under British control.
 

I have my suspicions about the director of the Thor movie, too...   :director2:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dinonykos on February 02, 2011, 05:26:04 PM
I have my suspicions about the director of the Thor movie, too...   :director2:

Even if Dr Blake is US American, Thor (if anything) should be Scandinavian... :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on February 03, 2011, 06:25:09 AM
The BBC has picked up on this: Film invasion of the Super-Brits (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12333396).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on February 06, 2011, 02:53:14 AM
A great fantasy webcomic (only first chapter is available at the moment, but it's very nice): The Wormworld Saga (http://www.wormworldsaga.com/)

Just click on "Chapter 1" and then scroll down.
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Post by: Dinonykos on February 07, 2011, 03:18:12 AM
A great fantasy webcomic (only first chapter is available at the moment, but it's very nice): The Wormworld Saga (http://www.wormworldsaga.com/)

Very nice!
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Post by: Ben J on February 07, 2011, 06:58:13 AM
It's only the introductory chapter so far, but it sure looks promising!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on February 15, 2011, 07:28:33 PM
A series of short, dark humor toons:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw-wLA_1o2E&feature=related

Oh, and check out the superb "TarBoy":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACHVwA1D8fE&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on February 16, 2011, 03:10:42 PM
The Great Gatsby for NES (http://greatgatsbygame.com/) - this is actually a good game!  ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on February 22, 2011, 06:42:23 AM
Because we've been talking about movie opening credits a while ago:

The 50 Greatest Opening Title Sequences of All Time (http://www.ifc.com/news/2011/02/the-50-greatest-opening-title.php)

Lots of good choices there. Some omissions (where's 'Trainspotting'?), and their #8 choice would have been my #1 choice.
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Post by: Ixnatifual on February 22, 2011, 03:06:54 PM
Heh, lots of movies I've never seen or heard of on that list. I agree Watchmen has a kickass opener, though.
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Post by: Olivier Leroux on February 22, 2011, 03:18:30 PM
The Great Gatsby for NES (http://greatgatsbygame.com/) - this is actually a good game!  ;D

Ha ha, that's hilarious! Great find! :D
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Post by: hans on February 22, 2011, 03:39:54 PM
Lots of good choices there. Some omissions (where's 'Trainspotting'?), and their #8 choice would have been my #1 choice.
 

I agree that Watchmen shoulda been no.1.   :D 

Lots of omissions.  Only one James Bond, seriously?  And have they seen any Asian movies?
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Post by: Ben J on February 22, 2011, 04:50:46 PM
Heh, lots of movies I've never seen or heard of on that list.

To my surprise, I have seen the majority of films on that list. I've counted 35 out of the 50.


Lots of omissions.  Only one James Bond, seriously?  And have they seen any Asian movies?


Yes, and some of them, like The Wild Bunch and Do the Right Thing would be a lot higher up on my personal list. But that's always the case with lists like that, they can't  please everyone.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on February 22, 2011, 05:40:05 PM
Heh, lots of movies I've never seen or heard of on that list.

To my surprise, I have seen the majority of films on that list. I've counted 35 out of the 50.

Hm, I've counted only 21-22 ... still got lots of classics to catch up with. Good thing youtube offers abridged versions for the younger audiences - it only takes four and a half minute to watch Do The Right Thing!  :D
(Sadly without the great intro, but with lots of F-words, so consider yourself warned.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxGiCnRzZrw 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on February 23, 2011, 03:07:48 PM
Good thing youtube offers abridged versions for the younger audiences - it only takes four and a half minute to watch Do The Right Thing!  :D
(Sadly without the great intro, but with lots of F-words, so consider yourself warned.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxGiCnRzZrw 

Weird.  :icon_geek:

Trivia: There is a totally gratuitous "Do the Right Thing" reference in "The Sect".  ;)
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Post by: Olivier Leroux on February 23, 2011, 04:16:25 PM
[Trivia: There is a totally gratuitous "Do the Right Thing" reference in "The Sect".  ;)

There is? Curses, I didn't catch that.  :(
It's been a long time since I last watched it (without muppets) but I loved that movie back in the days ...
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Post by: Ben J on February 24, 2011, 07:57:31 AM
A hint: The reference can be found in the village of Hamith.  ;)
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Post by: hans on February 25, 2011, 10:30:26 PM
Some people love this Bruce Lee title sequence, but I think it's a bit too Monty Python:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt6yiwmHkas
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on February 26, 2011, 08:33:34 AM
I took my mom to see True Grit, this afternoon, as a Christmas gift.  It would definately make my aforementioned 2010 list.  Maybe not #1, but probably #2.  Best western I've seen in years, maybe ever. 

I've finally seen it yesterday and I agree that the film is really great.
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Post by: Krys Tamar on March 05, 2011, 04:22:53 PM
I know I'm coming late to the discussion, but one thing that's been spinning in my head is a live-action "Temple of Elemental Evil" film... :o
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on March 17, 2011, 05:01:51 AM
I've been clicking through Ennio Morricone's back catalogue of film scores in the last few days. He nearly always composed awesome scores, even for obscure and somewhat trashy movies.

The score for Orca, the Killer Whale (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_icVqP1ADA) is quickly beoming one of my favorites.

And the theme from Days of Heaven (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxuvJU0MVaU) is pure awesomeness. I assume that one is not a trashy movie - I haven't seen it. Being a Terrence Malick film, I assume it involves lots of voiceovers by the characters...
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Post by: hans on March 17, 2011, 10:57:04 PM
I've been clicking through Ennio Morricone's back catalogue of film scores in the last few days. He nearly always composed awesome scores, even for obscure and somewhat trashy movies.
 

Nearly...  :P 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN1bJqU50iA 

Here's a theme from another movie that never will be considered a classic, but a wonderful piece of music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPTXKEGykjk
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on March 18, 2011, 01:55:04 AM
I know the "Navajo Joe" theme from the "Kill Bill" movies.  :)

Here's a theme from another movie that never will be considered a classic, but a wonderful piece of music:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPTXKEGykjk

I love how Arnold is much bigger on the poster than the title character is... :D

"Red Sonja" is enough of a classic for Hollywood to remake it (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0800175/). - But then again, they're currently even remaking the flops from the 70s and 80s (Tron, The Black Hole, etc.). Can't be long until they remake "Howard the Duck".

Here's what a youtube commenter said about the Red Sonja track:

Quote
sweeet. morricone makes masterpoieces to even lousy movies

I can only agree with that. It seems as if doing another movie is just an excuse for Morricone to put more music out there, and the quality of the film itself is secondary.

Too bad he's only doing Italian movies these days - many of them for TV - that you never get to see, even in Germany.

Quentin Tarantino wants to make a Western now. I hope Morricone will compose the music for that, like it was originally planned for "Inglourious Basterds".


Two more great tracks:

U-Turn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc6-Wiy8BXQ)

Il Grande Silenzio (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7LLxseEgtU&feature=related)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 18, 2011, 11:16:17 AM
The Navajo Joe soundtrack had some very fine parts, but that title theme is tough to listen to.  I remember Burt Reynolds, himself, went on the Tonight Show later in his career and ridiculed that movie, including singing a piece of the chorus "Na-va-jo Joe, Na-va-jo Joooooe" to many laughs.  (Tarantino used the much better themes "Silhouette of Doom" and "The Demise of Barbara and the Return of Joe" in the Kill Bill movies.)

I'm curious about a Tarantino western.  I wonder if his characters are going to be doing a lot of Tarantino speak "effin-this" and "effin-that" punctuating his trademarked urban dialogue style, or if he's going to try to achieve something more period, like True Grit.  He named the Michael Madsen character "Budd" in Kill Bill as a tribute to director Budd Boetticher.  Boetticher, especially in his later westerns with Randolph Scott, strove for a plain & simple, yet poetic, cowboy style of speech.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 28, 2011, 08:36:54 PM
A nice song about one of the more unusual Golden Age comics heroes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hrVWW2-nBQ

Another song about someone intimately associated with exploding:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqWcl6VNWwQ 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on April 03, 2011, 07:28:37 AM
hans, have you already seen Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch"?

It looks interestig, but it has gotten some pretty scathing reviews so far.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on April 03, 2011, 03:43:56 PM
hans, have you already seen Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch"?

It looks interestig, but it has gotten some pretty scathing reviews so far.
 

Yes.  It demonstrates that he's not nearly as good a writer as Alan Moore or Frank Miller, although the film retains his impressive visual flair.  Inherently flawed, it actually loses tension and suspense during its most ambitious action/fx sequences. 

It's like he tried to do an A-movie version of one of those cheesy, Japanese girl-team B-movies, but, at best, it's only a B-plus.     
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on April 11, 2011, 07:35:54 PM
Some superhero stuff: 

Retro edit Rocketeer trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCRAVc9ceTc&NR=1

Batman: Birth of the Joker (retro-feel fan-featurette):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hbnU4jF9fw&feature=related

Marvel Zombies (gory) fan-made trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK9Sp2LOTyo  

Crocodile Dundee's Paul Hogan as The Phantom:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8zu1_EoBxQ&NR=1

--and a new French superhero?:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCGexLX8F7w
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on April 14, 2011, 10:14:40 AM
The 50 greatest Westerns (http://www.timeout.com/london/the-50-greatest-westerns/) (from Time Out)

This is a rather odd list. Neither of the first two "Dollars" films is on it, nor is either version of "True Grit", and their top two choices are rather unusual, to say the least.

Granted, "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" is a good movie, but it's also an unfinished, messy one, and the semi-"director's cut"-DVD that came out a few years ago only made the problem worse.

I haven't seen their #1 choice, but I watched "The Long Goodbye" by Robert Altman just two days ago and loved it, so I think I'll have to check out "McCabe..." as well.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on April 14, 2011, 11:15:07 PM
An adroit horror:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIF8VdoWKCk&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on April 15, 2011, 11:11:36 AM
The 50 greatest Westerns (http://www.timeout.com/london/the-50-greatest-westerns/) (from Time Out)

This is a rather odd list. Neither of the first two "Dollars" films is on it, nor is either version of "True Grit", and their top two choices are rather unusual, to say the least.

Granted, "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" is a good movie, but it's also an unfinished, messy one, and the semi-"director's cut"-DVD that came out a few years ago only made the problem worse.

I haven't seen their #1 choice, but I watched "The Long Goodbye" by Robert Altman just two days ago and loved it, so I think I'll have to check out "McCabe..." as well.


I'm most shocked by no.9 http://www.timeout.com/london/feature/1005/the-50-greatest-westerns/6.  'Decision at Sundown’ is a good movie, but it's generally considered one of the weaker entries in the Ranown cycle (not "Randown" as they have it).  To rate it over ‘Seven Men From Now,’ 'The Tall T,’ 'Comanche Station,’ and 'Ride Lonesome’ from the cycle seems crazy.  Many, if not most critics would also strenuously object to it being rated over what they typically consider Randolph Scott's best movie, 'Ride the High Country.'  Really, it's impossible to justify this movie being rated over practically any of the 41 movies below it! 

Is this representitive of the current crop of British cinema critics? 

Do you discern any common traits from the films that they hail which would skew (bias) their thinking...?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on April 16, 2011, 04:44:15 PM
Do you discern any common traits from the films that they hail which would skew (bias) their thinking...?

I think they prefer "deonstructions of the Western myth" featuring anti-heroes over a straight retelling of those myths.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on April 21, 2011, 10:50:52 PM
Fan-made toon featuring a clash of titans! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6EixUZ5bJw&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on April 22, 2011, 08:15:07 PM
A selection of novelty tunes born of the 60's tv Batman craze...

3 from Jan & Dean:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3pW7q0TRls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3FpHxkUjC4 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCBvqER8RIY 

One from Burt Ward (tv's Robin):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT6O3FYK9iI 

One from Frank Gorshin (the original Riddler): 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAlfr7wsqcM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on April 22, 2011, 11:19:15 PM
More Batman...

Two from Burgess Meredith (the Penguin), a novelty & its sequel, "The Capture" and "The Escape":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A2XWC8pB8g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMxmD7jfE2I&feature=related 

One from, himself, Adam West:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EMZtP9VbCg&NR=1 

Fast forward to the present, here's a song from Neil Patrick Harris (alias Dr. Horrible) from the "Brave and Bold" toon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGvlAwn6XZI&feature=related

Not a song, but a rare screentest to the 60's series, which makes one wonder, what if time could be changed...? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vpl-eO6Tik
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Post by: hans on April 27, 2011, 12:02:58 AM
A Japanese superhero, not a terrorist: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szo9KH60d6M
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Post by: Ben J on April 27, 2011, 01:39:42 PM
Wow, lots of weird clips to click through. Thanks, hans.

The theme of Moonlight Mask got on my nerves really quick... :D



Meanwhile, my movie soundtrack obsession has moved on to John Barry. If the theme from "Zulu" isn't pure awesomeness, I don't know what is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qydHIjL7iMg&feature=related

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Post by: hans on April 28, 2011, 10:31:42 AM
Wow, lots of weird clips to click through.
 

Heh, heh.  Well, I think it's just been you and me keeping this thread alive, lately, so I probably throw in more than my share.   :P

I'm still working on Rocco Taku's SHUA project, so, right now, I mostly look for superhero stuff to keep the creative juices flowing. 
 :blob9:
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Post by: hans on May 01, 2011, 10:56:24 PM
I consider myself a lifetime Legion of Super-Heroes fan, even tho I never warmed up to some of their creative teams over the years. 

IMO, their greatest era (although I love Dave Cockrum) was during the Curt Swan years.  His non-flashy, realist style took all of the crazy sci-fi & alien elements and made them a cohesive, believable, and even very human universe.  Writers Jerry Siegel, Otto Binder, Edmond Hamilton, and Jim Shooter did some of their best work during his run. 

Here's an awsomely fantastic fan-made motion-comic trailer of the Legion adventure "Escape of the Fatal Five"...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrFVD5SFC08&NR=1
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Post by: hans on May 06, 2011, 11:05:48 PM
Quick comments on current comicbook movies: 

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is average but amiable.

Thor is quite good.
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Post by: Olivier Leroux on May 07, 2011, 11:50:07 AM
There's a Dylan Dog movie? Didn't know about that one yet.

EDIT: Doesn't look like it has much in common with the comics though, judging from the trailer ...  :-\
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Post by: Ben J on May 07, 2011, 02:39:52 PM
A friend from Croatia showed me his Dylan Dog comics in the 80s. They had zombies, people picking their own eyes out, a woman with 100 tits and other weird stuff.

I didn't know what the words meant, though, since the only Croatian sentence I know is "jebem ti mater".
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Post by: Olivier Leroux on May 07, 2011, 04:42:46 PM
A friend from Croatia showed me his Dylan Dog comics in the 80s. They had zombies, people picking their own eyes out, a woman with 100 tits and other weird stuff.

I didn't know what the words meant, though, since the only Croatian sentence I know is "jebem ti mater".

Yeah, I mean, c'mon, where's the woman with 100 *oops* in the movie trailer, eh?  (please excuse my Italian)  ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on May 10, 2011, 05:14:38 AM
Ralph Bakshi's Wizards (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm1dsnTuBkM) on Youtube:

This film creeped me out as a kid, and I still find it weird today.

There's something about the odd mixture of styles and tones that just doesn't feel right (cartoony animation mixed with rotoscoping, childlike naïveté mixed with Nazi symbolism, fantasy images set to a Funk-soundtrack, preaching mixed with sexism, etc.), but I still remember this flick, if only for its weirdness.

It's probably one of the things that inspired me to try and get a wild mixture of tones right (see "The Sect" for reference).
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Post by: GoldBoxFan on May 10, 2011, 11:59:59 AM
When I saw Wizards at the movie theater the film broke. We had to wait 20 minutes until it could be patched. Don't know how much of it we missed.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 10, 2011, 10:11:39 PM
I don't like all of Bakshi's work, but I love how he experimented. 

For example, compare the look of the 60's Spider-Man cartoon from season one to seasons two & three when Bakshi took over.  The clips below are from 2 & 3 for the first tunes, then from season 1 for the last, to go with "Thinking Music": 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HpZv80o2IU&feature=related
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Post by: Ben J on May 11, 2011, 04:17:37 AM
I do think that Bakshi's work is interesting - just not always successful in what he tries to do.

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Post by: hans on May 12, 2011, 12:02:46 AM
Early Bakshi shining in the terrific 60's toon series, The Mighty Heroes -- note the use music, movement, environment, and quirky character bits, which set it apart from the standard cartoons of that era:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq-eKrhmcuI
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on May 12, 2011, 03:59:14 AM
I found out that there are a lot of cartoons available on Youtube in their entirety.

To celebrate the release of "Thor", here's Valhalla (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNX_Heix390), a Danish cartoon that I used to watch quite often on VHS when I was a kid. It stars Loki, Thor and some Troll-thingy named Quark.

I can't remember if it's actually any good - guess I'll have to watch it again. ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 15, 2011, 10:41:36 PM
To keep in a SHUA mood (while continuing to work on Rocco's mod), one of the books I'm currently reading is "The Physics of SuperHeroes" by James Kakalios.  Its subject reminded me of this old article written by noted science-fiction author Larry Niven, called
"Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex":
http://www.rawbw.com/~svw/superman.html
Sometimes it gets a bit creepy to think through super-physics too far...    :icon_pale:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 18, 2011, 11:35:46 PM
Okay, maybe the ups and downs of Kryptonian sexuality are a side of Superman we'd rather not have to contemplate.  Here's a couple of (very cool) fanimations of the Man of Steel that are more in keeping with his family image: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2WVlmNqMMs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF2CMHBCa_U&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on May 22, 2011, 01:43:08 PM
Batman update:

Tom Hardy as Bane (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/167341-activity-on-the-official-the-dark-knight-rises-site) looks pretty cool.
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Post by: hans on May 22, 2011, 10:01:52 PM
Interesting... 

Do you think he'll break Batman's spine? 
(For the uninitiated, that was Bane's big moment in comics:
http://www.listzblog.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/batman-knightfall.jpg)
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Post by: Ben J on May 23, 2011, 12:05:48 AM
I don't think one movie would be enough to deal with that storyline.

As a trilogy-closer, it would be pretty depressing, so I think not.

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Post by: hans on May 24, 2011, 04:42:52 PM
Here's a quote from "How to be a Superhero" by Leigh & Lepine (not to be confused with the identically titled book by Doctor Metropolis, or a couple of juvenile books by the same name), given as an example of how a superhero may have a slogan that works to intimidate potential enemies: 

"Captain Samson
--he knows what you're afraid of,
--and does it to you,
--in slow motion!
"
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Post by: Ben J on May 24, 2011, 04:50:57 PM
Sounds a little villainous to me.  8)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on May 24, 2011, 10:29:17 PM
Do you think he'll break Batman's spine?

I hope not. The first two movies in the Batman relaunch have been successful at creating a "Year One" atmosphere. To take a storyline that happened much later in the Batman's career and inject it now, right after Bruce Wayne's first encounter with the Joker, would be jolting. I'm also not a huge fan of storylines such as this one which are heavily promoted as being "major turning points" in the character's lives, but which eventually have to be reversed.

Who wants to see Azrael become Batman? Nobody? How about Dick Grayson donning the cowl? Still nobody? Would you accept Jason Todd as the caped crusader, since he's not dead anymore? At least then we could all vote to kill him again!

Captain America is currently going through such a phase. Steve Rogers was dead just a few years ago. But the Shield is now being carried by Bucky Barnes, who also died (in 1968). The writers are currently jumping through hoops to get Steve to wear the red, white, and blue again. The process often takes years to reverse, and sometimes it is even entertaining. Regardless, it gives the writers lots to write about.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on May 25, 2011, 03:52:32 AM
According to the IMDB, Josh Pence has been cast as a young Ra's As Ghul.

If I remember correctly, there was a storyline in the comics where Bane got involved with Ra's and his organization, and was even chosen by Ra's as his heir, in place of Bruce Wayne, who refused the job (obviously).

I think this could be the direction they'll be going in the third movie, which means that the Marion Cotillard character will probably turn out to be Talia Al Ghul.

Not sure how Catwoman will factor in this story, though.

BTW a Lazarus Pit would be a quick and easy way to heal a broken spine, but I doubt that the Lazarus Pits will make an appearance in Nolan's more "realistic" take on Batman.
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Post by: Ixnatifual on May 25, 2011, 02:04:07 PM
Interesting... 

Do you think he'll break Batman's spine? 
(For the uninitiated, that was Bane's big moment in comics:
http://www.listzblog.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/batman-knightfall.jpg)
Or maybe fold him like paper.

Here's another:
http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/tom-hardy-bane.jpg
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on May 25, 2011, 02:30:11 PM
Here's another:
http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/tom-hardy-bane.jpg

That's Tom Hardy in the movie Bronson (http://fotogalerie.herr-der-ringe-film.de/data/500/tom_hardy-bronson.jpg).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on May 25, 2011, 02:33:45 PM
That Bronson movie seems to be pretty weird:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icKfEeNxXIk&feature=related
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Post by: hans on May 26, 2011, 12:21:09 AM
I'm also not a huge fan of storylines such as this one which are heavily promoted as being "major turning points" in the character's lives, but which eventually have to be reversed.
 

Me neither.  DC & Marvel are so geared toward "big event" storylines, these days, when you do find one of their titles to like, it won't maintain "continuity" (in a good sense of the word) for very long before the next "big event" throws its world upside down. 

Economics somehow has to be behind the creation of this beast.  I'm given to understand that a good selling title only sells about 40,000 copies, these days.  Has desperation spawned a mediocrity crisis ?
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Post by: hans on May 29, 2011, 11:10:13 PM
When superheroes talk like Stephen Hawking:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pfc4i0I-e0&feature=related 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnPm4RRtEAw&feature=related
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Post by: Ben J on May 30, 2011, 02:11:44 AM
I see the future of acting. :icon_cyclops_ani:
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Post by: nologgie on May 30, 2011, 02:38:43 AM
It could be worse. They could talk like Christian Bale in the Batman movies.
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Post by: hans on June 02, 2011, 10:55:38 PM
I saw POTC 4: On Stranger Tides the other day.  Quite good. 

Tonight I was watching some deleted scenes from X-Men 3: The Last Stand.  One was an extended fight sequence that should never have been cut down (to save perhaps a mere 2 minutes of running time).  But it was deemed "just fighting." 

As I was watching the new POTC, I admired the fact that they treat their action scenes (chases & fights) like show-stopper production numbers, well worth an investment of time to let them build, dazzle, surprise, & delight an audience, instead of always insisting that the plot needs to move faster (POTC 4 clocks in at over 2 hours).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 03, 2011, 02:56:00 AM
My wife and I both thought that POTC 3 was a complete mess - that's why we passed on the opportunity to watch part 4 in the cinema.

Maybe we should change our minds?

Quote
As I was watching the new POTC, I admired the fact that they treat their action scenes (chases & fights) like show-stopper production numbers, well worth an investment of time to let them build, dazzle, surprise, & delight an audience, instead of always insisting that the plot needs to move faster (POTC 4 clocks in at over 2 hours).

The insistence on plot and little else is what's hurting many movies today.

If "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" came out today, the whole climax would probably be cut to a few seconds (and the camera would shake around wildly, to make up for the lack of external action).
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Post by: hans on June 03, 2011, 03:14:32 PM
My wife and I both thought that POTC 3 was a complete mess - that's why we passed on the opportunity to watch part 4 in the cinema.

Maybe we should change our minds?
 

It harks back to the first of the series by moving in, essentially, one direction, rather than firing a broadside of competing subplots.  Moreover, it floats more charm than angst.  Plenty of fun, although few critics will likely say it's as good as the first. 

A superior film, which I just saw today, is X-Men: First ClassThor & POTC 4 were both good fun, and I enjoyed them a lot, but the new X is truly excellent.  (BTW, it also clocks in at over 2 hours.)

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The insistence on plot and little else is what's hurting many movies today.

If "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" came out today, the whole climax would probably be cut to a few seconds (and the camera would shake around wildly, to make up for the lack of external action).
 

Great example!   :D
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Post by: hans on June 03, 2011, 10:22:36 PM
Speaking of Pirates of the Caribbean and composers, here are several of my favorite non-POTC pieces by Hans Zimmer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AISphWueZdI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naovSOqgkJE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgRVJksQocM&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 04, 2011, 02:11:24 AM
Nice choices. Here are three of mine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBTIoL5vaOM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZst_2xJHAI (with James Newton Howard)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuTRSKH3Edo
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Kaz-Keith on June 06, 2011, 12:58:04 PM
Just watched 'Hurcules in the Haunted World'.  Mr. Bava's main character was the lustrous and phantastic backgrounds of the various locations and scenes.

Awesomely entertaining.
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Post by: hans on June 06, 2011, 06:49:14 PM
Just watched 'Hurcules in the Haunted World'.  Mr. Bava's main character was the lustrous and phantastic backgrounds of the various locations and scenes.

Awesomely entertaining.

It's amazing what Bava was able to do on, usually, a shoe-string budget in his films.  My favorite Bava is Danger: Diabolik for which he did some amazing-looking, but cheap, camera shots. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_rgxec6ezs 

I'm a big fan of peplum (the old, Italian muscle-man movies), but I wish I could go back in time and see them on a big, theater screen, the way they were meant to be seen.  So much grandeur and spectacle is lost in shrinking some of these movies down...   :-\
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Post by: Nol Drek on June 06, 2011, 10:16:45 PM
A superior film, which I just saw today, is X-Men: First ClassThor & POTC 4 were both good fun, and I enjoyed them a lot, but the new X is truly excellent.  (BTW, it also clocks in at over 2 hours.)

I agree with hans that X-Men: First Class is a good movie.

It has well-written dialogue and a plot, which is rare for an action movie. It is also a chance to give some love to some of the mutants who were left out of Bryan Singer's first 2 films.
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Post by: Kaz-Keith on June 07, 2011, 02:41:11 PM
I'm a big fan of peplum (the old, Italian muscle-man movies), but I wish I could go back in time and see them on a big, theater screen, the way they were meant to be seen.  So much grandeur and spectacle is lost in shrinking some of these movies down...   :-\

Oh I so completely agree.  I recently got to view Alejandro Jodorowsky's (original format) El Topo and The Holy Mountain.  I can only imagine what the experience must have been like back during the time of their release, and viewing these on a huge screen.  The movie-going experience nowadays seems so much different and for so many reasons.
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Post by: hans on June 09, 2011, 12:01:31 AM
I agree with hans that X-Men: First Class is a good movie.

It has well-written dialogue and a plot, which is rare for an action movie. It is also a chance to give some love to some of the mutants who were left out of Bryan Singer's first 2 films.
 

It's a rare film that I spend extra money on to see twice in the theaters, but I went again this morning.  Two different people in the audience, at two different points in the movie called what they were seeing "awesome."

Alas, despite critics' accolades, its box-office has, so far, been disappointing.  Even tho it was no.1 in its opening weekend, with $56 million, that's a slow start compared to the other Xs:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2011/06/movie-projector-x-men-first-class-hangover-part-ii.html  

It's a pity, since IMO this one rivals X2 as the best of the series.  X3 was good, but not great, while X-Men Origins: Wolverine was somewhat of a mess.  If this new one, at the end of the day, is considered a bust, it's a travesty of justice.
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Post by: GoldBoxFan on June 10, 2011, 12:46:42 PM
Everyone says the X-Men movie is good, but the trailer and previews don't inspire me. I don't know anyone in the movie at all. Having two iconic characters played by unknowns was a really bad idea.
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Post by: Ben J on June 10, 2011, 02:03:44 PM
I would hardly call James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender "unknowns".

McAvoy starred in "Wanted" and the Oscar-nominated "Atonement", and Fassbender's career is on the rise since "Inglourious Basterds", where he gave a knockout performance.
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Post by: hans on June 10, 2011, 02:48:04 PM
Everyone says the X-Men movie is good, but the trailer and previews don't inspire me. I don't know anyone in the movie at all. Having two iconic characters played by unknowns was a really bad idea.
 

Some analysts have said fewer folks are going to see it because of a lack of Hugh Jackman, which I might be more inclined to believe had more of them gone to Van Helsing. :P

After the last two X movies, I wasn't anticipating too much, either.  As my previous comments indicate, however, I was blown away.
:tongue9: 

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Post by: GoldBoxFan on June 10, 2011, 10:52:07 PM
I would hardly call James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender "unknowns".

McAvoy starred in "Wanted" and the Oscar-nominated "Atonement", and Fassbender's career is on the rise since "Inglourious Basterds", where he gave a knockout performance.
Just bought Wanted last month. Didn't recognize him. Didn't watch Inglorious. Seemed such a silly idea.

They just aren't royal shakespearean actor material. Not anyone can be Magneto and Professor Xavier. It's like the remade Superman. Who played him anyway? Or Lois Lane? I saw it but can't remember.
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Post by: hans on June 10, 2011, 11:43:53 PM
They just aren't royal shakespearean actor material. Not anyone can be Magneto and Professor Xavier.
 

If you see the movie, I think you'll be very impressed by their acting chops.   :D
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Post by: GoldBoxFan on June 11, 2011, 12:25:11 PM
They just aren't royal shakespearean actor material. Not anyone can be Magneto and Professor Xavier.
 

If you see the movie, I think you'll be very impressed by their acting chops.   :D
Very likely. But to get someone to go see such a movie they need to recognize the main actors.
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Post by: Olivier Leroux on June 11, 2011, 01:27:35 PM
But to get someone to go see such a movie they need to recognize the main actors.

Depends on that someone.  ;)

Just because actors are still unknown doesn't necessarily mean they're bad actors. I actually think it's refreshing to see a few new faces now and then, and personally I often find it more reliable to check who's the director and who's the screenwriter when I want to determine if a movie might be my cup of tea. Besides, I think first and foremost people go to watch X-Men movies because they're interested in superhero comics and movies, not because they're fans of Hugh Jackman.   :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 11, 2011, 03:08:51 PM
I was very intriqued by First Class's take on the younger Xavier & Magneto.  The film ends at turning points in both their lives, and I'd really like to see a sequel by all the responsible parties, to see their collective vision for those next steps...   
:happy1:
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Post by: hans on June 12, 2011, 10:37:34 PM
I would hardly call James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender "unknowns".

McAvoy starred in "Wanted" and the Oscar-nominated "Atonement", and Fassbender's career is on the rise since "Inglourious Basterds", where he gave a knockout performance.
 

It's funny, I'd seen both Wanted & Inglourious but didn't recognize either guy.  In my defense, it'd been awhile (okay, so I wouldn't recognize Superman if he wore Clark Kent glasses). :P  Plus, I hadn't read much press on the new X movie before seeing it.  McAvoy looked about the same, but his actor's aura had changed radically from moderately-geeky-assassin-in-training to confident scholar. 

Wanted was so ultra-stylish, it almost covered up its weaknesses, but still a pretty good movie.  It was soooooooo much better than the Mark Millar comicbook.  I'm not a real big fan of Millar.  Kick@ss was a much better movie than comicbook, too.  It seems like he has good, interesting ideas but fails to invest them with real heart or depth.  Fortunately, the screen writers have done a good job in adding it, so far, but I wonder of future adaptations of his work will manage as well... 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 13, 2011, 08:34:07 AM
I'm going to watch "X-Men: First Class" tomorrow. But I forgot to check if it's in 3D.

hans, you've seen it, is the film in 3D?

If yes, I'm going to make me a pair of 2D glasses (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJHX5ip68p4) beforehand.  8)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on June 13, 2011, 12:53:04 PM
I dunno if it is available in 3D, but just go see in it a regular 2D showing.

You want to see a fantastic movie that looks fantastic in 3D? Go see Kung Fu Panda 2.

Oh, if you are ever in a 2D movie and you see TWO projector beams coming out of the booth ... complain. It means that for whatever reason the projectionist left on the 3D filter. You get the 2D experience, but with all the wonderful color loss and darkening you would experience in a 3D showing. (This is common, but only in smaller theaters that do not have dedicated 3D and 2D auditoriums.)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 13, 2011, 03:53:18 PM
hans, you've seen it, is the film in 3D?
 

Nope.  Maybe it would be doing a bit better if it were, as 3D seems to be in such vogue these days. 

It's not doing bad (http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=xmenfirstclass.htm), but I know that movie mogols get nervous real easy...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on June 13, 2011, 06:32:47 PM
The last movie I saw in a theater was either Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Matrix Reloaded (or whatever the third one is called), or Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. I just buy them on 2-disc sets when they come out now. It's 46 miles to the nearest theater from here.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 13, 2011, 10:25:55 PM
The last movie I saw in a theater was either Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Matrix Reloaded (or whatever the third one is called), or Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. I just buy them on 2-disc sets when they come out now. It's 46 miles to the nearest theater from here.
 

Although I try to avoid the crowded showings, I love  :love7: the movie theater experience. 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 14, 2011, 03:13:35 AM
Glad to hear that X-Men is not in 3D.

Oh, if you are ever in a 2D movie and you see TWO projector beams coming out of the booth ... complain. It means that for whatever reason the projectionist left on the 3D filter. You get the 2D experience, but with all the wonderful color loss and darkening you would experience in a 3D showing. (This is common, but only in smaller theaters that do not have dedicated 3D and 2D auditoriums.)

Yes, I've read about that too, at Roger Ebert's blog (http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2011/05/the_dying_of_the_light.html).

The light and color loss are among the reasons I don't want to pay extra for 3D.

To me, 3D means paying more for inferior product. The picture looks desaturated, dim and blurry, the presentation has nothing to do with the way the human eye sees, and it adds nothing to the story. You can show a 3D movie in 2D and nothing about the plot is lost.

Plus, the glasses are annoying and it gives me headaches.

If more venues start showing 2D movies with dim 3D-lenses out of pure lazyness, there won't be a reason to go to the movie theater anymore.

I recently watched John Carpenter's The Thing on Blu-Ray on a widescreen TV, and the movie has looked better than it probably ever has in theaters.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on June 14, 2011, 05:04:47 AM
hans, you've seen it, is the film in 3D?
 

Nope. 

Great, then I can enjoy it, too!  :P
I didn't know it's already shown in theaters over here, thanks for the heads up, Ben J!


Although I try to avoid the crowded showings, I love  :love7: the movie theater experience. 

Ditto.  :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 14, 2011, 04:04:50 PM
I saw X-Men: First Class today in good old 2D with a nice, clear picture and vivid colors, and it was pretty good.  :)

I predict a bright future for Mr Fassbender.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Kaz-Keith on June 15, 2011, 10:11:37 AM
Although I try to avoid the crowded showings, I love  :love7: the movie theater experience. 

Hee you can learn a lot about yourself and where you fit into the spectrum of individual taste when attending a full theatre review.

I laugh inappropriately, am solemn when some of the crowd is roaring, and fall asleep easily during any screening of 'Fantasia'.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 15, 2011, 01:57:40 PM
I laugh inappropriately, am solemn when some of the crowd is roaring, and fall asleep easily during any screening of 'Fantasia'.
 

Fantasia is one of my all--time favorite movies. 
I have shed tears over the sheer beauty of the animation.   :tearyeyed: 

Art is interactive.  An audience connects with it in their own unique way.    ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 15, 2011, 03:26:53 PM
The only thing that I wasn't thrilled about in X-Men: First Class were the mutant powers (besides Xavier and Magneto, of course).

After four movies, the powers begin to repeat themselves. The red demon guy was basically a red version of Nightcrawler, the whirlwind guy had the powers of Storm, Havok was a cross between Pyro and Cyclops, the Angel character had insect wings instead of bird wings, there was another telepath, etc.

I'm not that familiar with the X-Men backstory, but shouldn't Jean Grey and Cyclops be among the first recruited X-Men?

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 15, 2011, 05:53:51 PM
WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS or even SPOILED POSSUMS!

The only thing that I wasn't thrilled about in X-Men: First Class were the mutant powers (besides Xavier and Magneto, of course).

After four movies, the powers begin to repeat themselves. The red demon guy was basically a red version of Nightcrawler, the whirlwind guy had the powers of Storm, Havok was a cross between Pyro and Cyclops, the Angel character had insect wings instead of bird wings, there was another telepath, etc.

I'm not that familiar with the X-Men backstory, but shouldn't Jean Grey and Cyclops be among the first recruited X-Men?
 

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I'm not fully up on current X-comics lore, but I'm guessing the "red demon guy" does the nasty with Mystique and their baby is Nightcrawler.  Havok is Cyclops' older brother (that much was established in the comics waaaaay back when I was but a teen).  <edit: I misspoke -- in the comics Havok was the younger brother of Cyke, so movie must've switched their birth order.>  I had never heard of the whirlwind guy or the dragonfly girl before this movie.  The power similarities didn't bother me, but I did particularly appreciate the new ones, like Banshee. 

I tried not to think about the math too much.  The Cuban Missile Crisis was 1962, while X-men was a 2000 release & X-men: the Last Stand was 2006.  Since they showed Storm (in Cerebro cameo) as a kid in First Class, that would mean that she was over 40 in the first film, and maybe pushing 50 in Last Stand.  Figure Jean & Cyclops would be at least as old.  They looked pretty good for their ages!  <edit: Halle was born in 1966, so I guess the age difference isn't that much of a stretch...>

As to continuity between the films, it's clearly been bent some (which is fine with me).  Magneto we found out did not help Prof. X build Cerebro (which was a pivotal plot point in X2), but all the credit should rightfully go to Beast.  But, so what?  I'm no more concerned with continuity in the X films as I am with the Bond or Apes movies of the past.  Just as long as the film is consistent with itself, and is a good film.  And X-men: First Class was X-cellent!    :headbang:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 16, 2011, 03:05:43 AM
Interestingly, there was a X-Men: First Class (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Men:_First_Class_(comic_series)) comic series which featured the original X-Men lineup: Angel (guy with wings), Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey, and Professor X.

They must have excluded some of the more well-known characters to gain more time to develop the Xavier/Magneto relationship. So they replaced Cyclops with nondescript-guy-who-shoots-lasers-out-of-his-stomach-instead-of-his-eyes, and so on.

And they killed off the most interesting of the new characters (Darwin) first.

But these are minor complaints. Overall, the movie was quite good.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on June 16, 2011, 01:43:33 PM
The movie X-Men: First Class is in a different continuity from the other X-Men films. As evidence of this:

1) It takes place in 1962.
2) The first class of students are not the traditional X-Men (Beast, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, and Iceman),
but are instead: Beast, Havok, Tempest, Banshee, Mystique, and Darwin.
3) Stan Lee does not make a cameo in the movie.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 16, 2011, 02:14:33 PM
!!! SPOILER ALERT !!!


According to the imdb FAQ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1270798/faq), X-Men: First Class is indeed conceived as a "reboot" of the series.

But if this is the case, then I don't know what Hugh Jackman is doing in the movie, or how they will continue the series with or without him, and how all of this relates to the Wolverine origin movie. Do they have two separate timelines for X-Men origin stories now?

Here are the interesting bits from the FAQ:

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Is "First Class" a prequel or reboot?

It's both actually. First Class goes back to 1962, to a time before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, making it a prequel in the X-Men franchise. However, there are changes in continuity because, as director Matthew Vaughn explains it, we "were trying to reboot and start a whole new X-Men franchise and therefore, making a film work on its own two feet was far more important than trying to be referential to the prior movies." [Source]. In short, First Class is an attempt to take the characters back to an earlier period (a prequel) from which future movies can be rebooted.


What are the differences with the other films?

In X2, Hank McCoy appears in human form. In First Class, he goes through his transformation,.

In X2, Sebastian Shaw is speaking with McCoy on television. In First Class, he is killed by Magneto.

In X2, Xavier says he worked with Magneto to build Cerebro, while in First Class Hank McCoy builds it.

In X-Men, Xavier doesn't know why he can't find Magneto using Cerebro, but in First Class Xavier witnesses the effects of the helmet Magneto wears, though the helmets are different designs.

In The Last Stand and Wolverine, Xavier is bald and walking, whereas at the end of First Class Xavier is wheelchair bound.

In The Last Stand, Moira MacTaggert is portrayed as being a British Doctor while in First Class she is an American CIA agent.

Storm and Cyclops appear as children when Charles uses Cerebro for the first time in 1962. Both mutants are children, which would place their adult selves in the first film at older than they actually were.

In the opening of of The Last Stand, Eric and Xavier are working together to recruit Jean Grey in the 1980s or 1990s.

Emma Frost appears as a teenager in Wolverine, in 1979. However in this film set two decades earlier she is a full grown adult.

In the first X-Men movie, Professor X tells Logan that he met Erik Lehnsherr when he was 17 years old. Although there is a difference of 18 years between 1944 and 1962, it is clear that Charles and Erik were born before 1944 as they were both depicted as young boys at that time in First Class. According to First Class, they met for the first time in their mid-20s in 1962.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 16, 2011, 02:51:54 PM
Do they have two separate timelines for X-Men origin stories now?
 

More likely 3, if the producers get their wish.  You've got the First Class timeline, the Wolverine spin-off timeline, and the original trilogy timeline.  The Wolverine sequel is in the works.  The producers also want a new, modern-day X-Men to take up from where the original trilogy left off.  And, with a decent box-office, and more-than-decent reviews, there ought to be a sequel to First Class. 

Additionally, besides Wolverine, there was hope to have other X-Men Origins movies focusing on individual members, so, possibly 4, or more, timelines (or continuities) in the future.   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 16, 2011, 03:12:36 PM
You want to see a fantastic movie that looks fantastic in 3D? Go see Kung Fu Panda 2.

I just saw it today (after waiting a couple of weeks for the moppets to subside).  Very well done!  I think I like it better than the original.  I was impressed at how fast they kept things moving! 

As I was watching the stylized closing credits, I thought to myself "I should do another OA mod, soon."  I love the genre, and the way it so easily lends itself to poetic and philosophical colorings.  However, I've got several other projects that have been waiting forever for me to finish Rocco Taku's SHUA project.  And I figure that's going to take at least the rest of the year to finish!  Oofdah! 

I was also thinking that the movie was quite like a hengeyokais-only story.  When I have incorporated one those animal races into my mods, before, they were fairly singular and rare.  I wonder if I could think of a story that would showcase a wider variety in key roles...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 18, 2011, 04:31:14 AM
Wow, the reviews (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/green_lantern/) for the Green Lantern movie are pretty bad.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 20, 2011, 08:32:10 PM
If you were wondering about what sorts of things Wonder Woman thinks about:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0G2pyNJmXCE/TXJkoGas8rI/AAAAAAAADMM/oluJwz-AslE/s1600/WW+wtf.jpg
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 21, 2011, 03:05:16 PM
Wow, the reviews (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/green_lantern/) for the Green Lantern movie are pretty bad.
 

I think that the critics are biased against giving a third comicbook movie in a row a positive review.   >:(

I saw Green Lantern this morning (in 3D).  It's very good! 

Better than Thor.  It feels bigger.  The action is better.  The sfx are better.  Although less prominent, it also contains themes of father & son, responsibility & approval issues, but done better.  The love story subplot is worlds better, and felt very real.

It's not quite as good as X-Men: First Class, IMO, but is more accessible and family friendly.  The plot, the background & rules of its galactic organization are presented very clearly.

Plus, it's more faithful to the comicbook than either of those two films. 

The criticisms in many of the reviews I've now read are baseless and bogus.  I wonder if they saw the same movie I did... 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 21, 2011, 03:08:43 PM
I want to see the GL movie more than I want to see Thor, so I'm relieved that you liked it, hans. Based on the reviews, I was afraid that this was going to be another "Catwoman".
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on June 21, 2011, 07:46:34 PM
I, too, liked Green Lantern. For much of the same reasons you cited, hans.

I do feel the whole green=will, yellow=fear was beaten into the audience a few too many times. After the third or fourth time ... I GET IT!

I also feel more could have done with Hector Hammond. Mainly in the resolution of his plot thread.

The whole father/child theme was pervasive throughout the entire movie, however:

Hal & Dad
Carol & Dad
Hammond & Dad
Sinestro & the Guardians
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 21, 2011, 10:55:35 PM
Speaking of Green Lantern, I'm pretty sure there's some sorta subtext going on in this comicbook panel, buuuuut I just can't put my finger on it...

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.comicsalliance.com/media/2010/12/cry-for-justice-supergirl.jpg
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 22, 2011, 02:40:17 PM
...I was afraid that this was going to be another "Catwoman".
 

I couldn't sit through more than a few minutes of that movie.  Was there anything related to the comics in it, at all? 

I also bailed on the Supergirl movie, lo, those many years ago. 

I'm not predjudiced against superheroine movies (my favorite is HK's The Heroic Trio), but making a good one just seems beyond the talents of Hollywood.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 22, 2011, 03:28:26 PM
Wasn't there a plan to make a "Wonder Woman" movie?

I wonder why DC is so far behind Marvel when it comes to movie adaptations. Sure, they have the Batman franchise, which is the best of them all, but there seem to be problems with all the other properties.

Let's hope the Zack Snyder Superman will turn out great.

I'd really like to see a big-budget Green Arrow movie, though I doubt that's ever going to happen.

***

Inspiration of the day: http://dearphotograph.com/

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 22, 2011, 10:08:28 PM
I'm not predjudiced against superheroine movies (my favorite is HK's The Heroic Trio), but making a good one just seems beyond the talents of Hollywood.
 

That reference may have been very obscure for some folks, so here's a music video of The Heroic Trio's theme song with clips from both their movies: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hK25g6DZm3Y
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 22, 2011, 10:44:49 PM
Wasn't there a plan to make a "Wonder Woman" movie?
 

Wonder Woman was in production for NBC as a new series, quite recently, but was cancelled in May.  Invisible jet or glass ceiling, you be the judge...!  :P 

Fanboys, from what I've heard, strenuously objected to her new "pants" look.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeWi7j0aitU&NR=1&feature=fvwp 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 24, 2011, 12:14:19 AM
The light and color loss are among the reasons I don't want to pay extra for 3D.

To me, 3D means paying more for inferior product. The picture looks desaturated, dim and blurry, the presentation has nothing to do with the way the human eye sees, and it adds nothing to the story. You can show a 3D movie in 2D and nothing about the plot is lost.

Plus, the glasses are annoying and it gives me headaches.

If more venues start showing 2D movies with dim 3D-lenses out of pure lazyness, there won't be a reason to go to the movie theater anymore.
 

From today's USA Today newspaper:

"But filmmakers and studios still must 'step up their game,' says Transformers director Michael Bay.  His third Transformers movie, Dark of the Moon, will be the first in 3-D, a novelty that seems to be wearing thin at the cineplex.

"High-profile sequels including Kung Fu Panda 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides have seen 3-D account for less than 60% of ticket sales, which was unheard of a year ago.

"Bay, who accuses studios of cheap and quick 3-D, says, 'People have been getting ripped off, and they're skeptical.  There's only one way to fix that: Deliver a movie worth seeing." 

So, maybe 3-D is losing its luster. 

I might see Transformers in 3-D, but one movie I won't will be the next Harry Potter film.  I saw the preview of it in 3-D, shown before I watched Green Lantern, and it came across as waaaaay too dark.  Well-lit, colorful movies like Pirates 4, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Green Lantern seem to take the process okay, but a movie that's intentionally filmed dark & desaturated before the process...not good.  :cwm21:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 24, 2011, 01:57:40 PM
I might see Transformers in 3-D, but one movie I won't will be the next Harry Potter film.  I saw the preview of it in 3-D, shown before I watched Green Lantern, and it came across as waaaaay too dark.  Well-lit, colorful movies like Pirates 4, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Green Lantern seem to take the process okay, but a movie that's intentionally filmed dark & desaturated before the process...not good.  :cwm21:

I won't see Transformers 3, because part 2 was probably the worst thing I've seen since Batman & Robin, but maybe I'll give an animated 3D movie a chance.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 24, 2011, 07:45:30 PM
I won't see Transformers 3, because part 2 was probably the worst thing I've seen since Batman & Robin, but maybe I'll give an animated 3D movie a chance.
 

I don't have much enthusiasm for it, myself.  Still, they say it will be more all-out destruction, which does make me mildly curious, but I may skip it if more interesting movies are released around the same time.  If I do see it, tho, I will spring for the extra 3-D cost just to see if Bay can live up to his boasts.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on June 25, 2011, 09:22:04 AM
Bay and a few other filmmakers are trying to get theater chains to brighten up the screenings. Most theaters do not like to because it burns out the expensive bulbs faster.

I literally started driving an extra 5 miles to a different theater rather than continue at the one about a mile from my house because the screens are too dark, they constantly show 2d with the 3d lenses on, and the sound has gotten progressively worse. Plus, the other has wider aisles, taller seats, longer seat bottoms, and the stadium seating actually put peoples heads at the right level above those on a tier below them. Sure, I drive father and pay about $1.00 more, but the experience is worth it.

They have better popcorn, too! heh
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 25, 2011, 03:49:47 PM
Although I've never really been a fan of the character, I must say that the new Captain America Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBCozy67VIQ) looks very nice.
Or maybe they tricked me into believing that by using a track from my favorite rock album.  ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 27, 2011, 10:28:17 PM
Who needs a budget?  Not the Turkish version of Superman:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cVM9sADdT0&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on June 28, 2011, 01:41:02 PM
Forget the budget ... that song is awesome! ^^
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 30, 2011, 12:10:24 AM
Forget the budget ... that song is awesome! ^^
 

I like these songs by Toy-Box, too: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDErgD9YNyc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0aXY2pM2sA&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 30, 2011, 02:29:44 PM
Kinda reminds me of "Aqua" and other 90's Euro-dance-trash...   And I had just successfully repressed the memory of that music's existence. :drool:

Here's some antidote. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JsvwYU9K504)  ;D

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 30, 2011, 10:03:19 PM
Kinda reminds me of "Aqua" and other 90's Euro-dance-trash...   And I had just successfully repressed the memory of that music's existence. :drool:
 

From what little knowledge I have on the subject (gained through random UTube surfs), Toy-Box is sometimes credited with some of Aqua's stuff, as well as from other similar-sounding bands.  I expect the reverse is also true.  What makes Toy-Box of extra interest, at least in my book, tho, is their camp value.  Lyrics like "I am Jane and I love to ride an elephant" are extraordinary.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dinonykos on July 01, 2011, 03:10:29 AM
Wasn't there a plan to make a "Wonder Woman" movie?

I wonder why DC is so far behind Marvel when it comes to movie adaptations. Sure, they have the Batman franchise, which is the best of them all, but there seem to be problems with all the other properties.

This is fine with me. I was always more interested in the Marvel characters, with the great exception of Batman. If I should make a list of favorite superhero characters (excluding Manga and some European comics), it would be something like Batman - a dozen Marvel characters - some non-DC and non-Marvel characters - again a dozen Marvel characters - and then, maybe, Superman, but only because I count in the time when his character was developed and his status as a prototype of superhero.

Wonder Woman may work if they either removed or greatly enhanced the greek mythology aspect - the 50:50 mixture seems rather strange to me (I am not very familiar with the development of this character during the last decades, though).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on July 02, 2011, 11:21:17 AM
Wasn't there a plan to make a "Wonder Woman" movie?

I wonder why DC is so far behind Marvel when it comes to movie adaptations. Sure, they have the Batman franchise, which is the best of them all, but there seem to be problems with all the other properties.

In 2010, 7 of the 10 best-selling comic books were Marvel franchises. Events such as "Siege", "Blackest Night", and "The Return of the Flash" probably helped to boost the sales of some titles. Notably absent from the list is Superman.

1. Avengers
2. X-Men
3. Batman
4. Green Lantern
5. Wolverine
6. Flash
7. Captain America
8. X-Force
9. Ultimate Comics: New Ultimates
10. Amazing Spider-Man
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 06, 2011, 11:57:28 PM
I saw Transformers: Dark of the Moon, today, and it was much better than I was expecting.  I did see it in 3D, too,  :glasses9: after Michael Bay's hype, and I've got to admit, he delivered, it was pretty spectacular.  It started kinda slow, but it has the longest climax of any movie from my recent memory.  Almost the whole 3rd act, really, of this 154 minute movie, is one large-scale, extended, continuous, full-throttle battle.
 :happy1:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on July 07, 2011, 03:28:51 AM
Almost the whole 3rd act, really, of this 154 minute movie, is one large-scale, extended, continuous, full-throttle battle.
 :happy1:

For long stretches, the last Transformers movie already looked like a bunch of scaffolds randomly falling into one another. I don't know if I could take any more of that.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on July 13, 2011, 08:11:38 PM
"Battle: Los Angeles" was a much better, full throttle continuous battle than than the final act of TF3. I liked TF3 much better than 2, and even a little more than 1. I just wish Bay would totally forgo the over-the-top humor. He was more reserved this outing, but ... still some unneeded stuff.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 14, 2011, 12:32:41 AM
For many years, I used to listen on the radio each week to the Doctor Demento Show.  Some examples of the demented music he'd play:

Soggy Cereal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1bQlTrv8ts  

The Hostility Rag
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1PvImWU3fk

I'm A Fool For Beans
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGg4qMKiKro
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on July 21, 2011, 01:23:36 PM
Going to randomly post some of my favorite movie themes.

Today: "The Conversation" by David Shire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUsEIdHxBPk)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on July 21, 2011, 01:51:01 PM
More superhero stuff:

I'm slightly underwhelmed by the new Spider-Man (http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2647890969/) trailer.

Do we really need to see the same story that the first Raimi film told all over again, only this time in a somber and depressing mood rather than a cheerful one? At least that's the impression I get from the trailer.
And what's up with the videogame-like POV shot? I hope that's not going to be in the actual movie.

The trailers for Captain America and The Dark Knight Rises are looking way better.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on July 22, 2011, 03:15:18 AM
Favorite movie themes continues with "Dance of the Vampires" by Krzysztof Komeda (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZhpQskh-xM)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on July 24, 2011, 02:43:47 AM
Another cool theme: Assault on Precinct 13 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDTKj5nXvgw).
By John Carpenter, of course, not the already-forgotten remake.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 28, 2011, 12:04:58 AM
Captain America is outstanding!  Best comicbook movie of the year.  One of the best comicbook movies, ever! 

And it was also very refreshing to have a superhero movie extol the old fashioned morality of the Golden Age without a hint of satire or mockery, unlike The Spirit or The Green Hornet.  It is serious without being pushed into the dark territories of Batman or Watchmen.  There is humor without a tongue slipping into a cheek, unlike Iron Man or The Fantastic Four.  Moreover, the Captain deliberately chooses to pursue heroism out of his own free will, without being backdoored into it after gaining his powers, like Spider-Man or Green Lantern.

It's a superhero and a movie worthy of a salute.   :icon_salut:

I'm slightly underwhelmed by the new Spider-Man (http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2647890969/) trailer.
Do we really need to see the same story that the first Raimi film told all over again, only this time in a somber and depressing mood rather than a cheerful one? At least that's the impression I get from the trailer.
And what's up with the videogame-like POV shot? I hope that's not going to be in the actual movie.
 

The POV shot looked much better on the big screen.  More exciting than people sitting down to dinner and talking or looking at each other in a lab someplace, etc.  Makes me fear the makers are shooting for 100% angst.   :icon_puke_l: 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on July 28, 2011, 08:15:24 AM
Today's movie theme: Krull (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3pR4qHl3Ds&feature=related) by James Horner.

Awesome score for a somewhat less awesome movie. 

I'm not sure if James Horner has lost his mojo in recent years... was there a single memorable theme in "Avatar"?



Captain America is outstanding!  Best comicbook movie of the year.  One of the best comicbook movies, ever! 

That sounds pretty good. :)

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The POV shot looked much better on the big screen.  More exciting than people sitting down to dinner and talking or looking at each other in a lab someplace, etc.  Makes me fear the makers are shooting for 100% angst.   :icon_puke_l:

On the PC screen, the shot looked exactly like something from Mirror's Edge (http://geeksandgames.de/news/mirrors-edge-neuer-spider-man-film-von-spiel-inspiriert/002912/).
It comes off as somewhat unintentionally funny, like they're trying too hard to be "contemporary" (them kids of today like video games, don't they?).

I hope they don't overplay the teen angst angle. Like Superman, Spider-Man needs a brighter, more positive vibe. Leave the darkness to Batman.
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Post by: GoldBoxFan on July 29, 2011, 11:16:01 AM
The Captain America movie does look interesting, unlike the last X-Men movie. Don't know the star of this one either. I'll be buying Thor soon to see how that went. Don't know the guy who played Thor either.

I guess there are now enough origins movie for the Avengers movie to be made now. Didn't it have the Hulk, Nick Fury, Iron Man, Thor and Captain America? Maybe the Fantastic Four? I don't remember.
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Post by: Vix on July 30, 2011, 07:15:24 PM
Avengers is already in production. It comes out next July (2012).

If you stay through the credits after Captain America you will see a teaser trailer for Avengers.

This version of Avengers is based on the Ultimates version. Though no Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne ... I am saddened. It will have Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Agent Coulson from SHIELD, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow (from SHIELD but on the team).

If you really want a great Avengers thing now, stream the Avengers cartoon series (2010) from Netflix. It is all kinds of awesome.
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Post by: hans on July 30, 2011, 08:02:41 PM
The Captain America movie does look interesting, unlike the last X-Men movie. Don't know the star of this one either.
 

Cap is played with wonderful dignity and sincerity by Chris Evans, who also played the Human Torch, Johnny Storm, in the two Fantastic Four movies.  After seeing his performance as Captain America, I forgive him for Johnny Storm.
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Post by: Ben J on July 31, 2011, 01:24:14 AM
This version of Avengers is based on the Ultimates version. Though no Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne ... I am saddened. It will have Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Agent Coulson from SHIELD, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow (from SHIELD but on the team).

The Hulk is part of the Avengers team?
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Post by: Ben J on July 31, 2011, 04:56:08 PM
Great movie theme for today: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqZFb_WiM9c) by Miklós Rózsa.
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Post by: Vix on August 01, 2011, 03:57:13 PM
The Hulk is part of the Avengers team?

Yes.

In the early Avengers comics, Hulk is both part of and battles against the Avengers. The original team consisted of Ant-Man, Wasp, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk. Loki tricks Hulk into attacking something hoping to get Thor and Hulk to fight, then the others respond as well. They figure out Hulk was tricked and band together to defeat Loki.

Loki is definitely going to be in the Avengers movie, so I suspect Hulk will wind up fighting them similarly before "joining" them.

Anyhow, in comic continuity, Hulk leaves the team (issue 2 or 3) because he feels the others distrust him. They sorta kinda fight again and wind up finding Captain America in the ice (via Namor's help). Cap joins the team then.

Sp, technically, Hulk was an Avenger, if only for a short time.
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Post by: hans on August 01, 2011, 07:05:37 PM
--"Let Hulk join, or Hulk S M A S H ! "  

--"Welcome to the Avengers!"
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Post by: Ben J on August 04, 2011, 07:47:53 AM
I wonder how (and if) they manage to give each character enough to do while at the same time telling a good story. We'll see.
The Watchmen movie handled a similar number of characters well, but it needed almost three hours for that.
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Post by: hans on August 04, 2011, 10:54:42 AM
I wonder how (and if) they manage to give each character enough to do while at the same time telling a good story. We'll see.
The Watchmen movie handled a similar number of characters well, but it needed almost three hours for that.
 

By association, off the top of my head, here's some of my favorite ensamble films (English language only):

Watchmen
Richard Lester's Three and Four Musketeers
X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: First Class
Excalibur
The Magnificent Seven
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
Alien
Murder by Death
1941
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Post by: Ben J on August 04, 2011, 11:05:40 AM
The thing is, most of these ensemble pictures put special emphasis on one or two characters. The first X-Men trilogy focuses on Wolverine, X-Men First class focuses on Xavier and Magneto, Yul Brynner is the central character in The Magnificient Seven, Alien focuses on Ripley, etc.

But  where should they put the focus in "Avengers", since all the characters are iconic*? That should be interesting.


*With the exeption of Hawkeye and Black Widow, perhaps.
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Post by: hans on August 04, 2011, 02:58:54 PM
The thing is, most of these ensemble pictures put special emphasis on one or two characters. The first X-Men trilogy focuses on Wolverine, X-Men First class focuses on Xavier and Magneto, Yul Brynner is the central character in The Magnificient Seven, Alien focuses on Ripley, etc.
 

Robert Downey Jr., being a big name star and having two successful Iron Man movies under his belt, obviously deserves a lion's share. 

Captain America and Thor should command close to the same. 

Hulk will lose out in dialog/exposition scenes, and with a new actor as Bruce Banner, should rate no better than fourth, at best (unless the Hulk turns into a major villain during some point in the film). 

Black Widow should earn extra props (or geek cred) for being a beautiful woman. 

Nick Fury and Hawkeye rate at least the supporting player time their comicbook statuses deserves. 

Everybody else will fight for the scraps.   

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Post by: Vix on August 04, 2011, 11:56:23 PM
Samuel L. Jackson has recently stated his role in The Avengers is much larger than anything seen to date, including him in combat. I beleive Agent Coulson (Greg Clark, or is it Clark Greg?) also has a more expanded role. Also, that character is going to be in a few Marvel One-Shots on the Thor and Captain America DVD releases ... basically short movies, 5-10 minutes long. (I think)
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Post by: Ben J on August 07, 2011, 04:49:07 PM
Some things that recently "rose" in Hollywood, or which are about to rise:

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 08, 2011, 12:36:20 AM
The haunting (or haunted) woman is a motif I've used often in my mods, particularly my OA ones. 

Here's screen legend Anna May Wong:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2I0QUyAD7g&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 11, 2011, 03:56:24 PM
In spite of some scathing reviews, Cowboys and Aliens is quite good. 
 :happy1:
After seeing the previews of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I expected a pedestrian, if not outright boring, first half of the film before the expected ape rebellion.  I was wrong.  The entire movie was excellent.
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Post by: Ben J on August 11, 2011, 04:05:28 PM
The only thing that makes me skeptical of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" are the CG apes - I'm a little allergic to overly obvious CGI, as I may have mentioned before - but the good reviews might convince me to go and watch it.

But first I'll watch "Captain America" when it comes out here next week.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on August 12, 2011, 05:25:25 PM
I've been doing some research into comic book artists. This one article is a nice overview.

 Reinventing the pencil: 21 artists who changed mainstream comics (for better or worse)  (http://www.avclub.com/articles/reinventing-the-pencil-21-artists-who-changed-main,30528/)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on August 12, 2011, 08:21:25 PM
The thing is, most of these ensemble pictures put special emphasis on one or two characters. The first X-Men trilogy focuses on Wolverine, X-Men First class focuses on Xavier and Magneto, Yul Brynner is the central character in The Magnificient Seven, Alien focuses on Ripley, etc.

But  where should they put the focus in "Avengers", since all the characters are iconic*? That should be interesting.


*With the exeption of Hawkeye and Black Widow, perhaps.

The focus of the Avengers movie should be on Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. Tony Stark is a hedonistic playboy who is part of the military industrial complex. Steve Rogers is a patriot who believes in the little guy standing up for what he knows is right. The interplay between these two often conflicting American ideals could make for an interesting movie.

There really is no reason for the Norse God of Thunder to be involved in the petty disputes of humans, any more than there is a reason for me to intervene in the teritorial disputes between two colonies of ants in my backyard. Having Loki be the main Villain does give Thor an excuse to be a member of the Avengers. He can provide comic relief by saying things like, "What is this facebook of which thou speakest?"

The Hulk has even less motivation for being a member of the Avengers. I hope his screen time is accordingly limited.

The Black Widow and Hawkeye will likely be given background roles as S.H.I.E.L.D. assassins, doing stunt work and racking up a body count while Nick Fury monitors the situation from back at headquarters. I'd like to see Natalia Romanova's character be more developed in the movie, as she has an interesting back story, but I doubt it will happen.
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Post by: hans on August 12, 2011, 08:26:06 PM
21 very influential comicbook artists not on the above list: 
 ;)
Frank Miller
Wally Wood
Curt Swan
Jack Cole
John Romita Sr.
Alex Toth
Bernie Wrightson
C.C. Beck
Jim Steranko
Dave Cockrum
John Buscema
Bill Everett
P. Craig Russell
Lou Fine
Jim Starlin
Barry Windsor-Smith
Dave Gibbons 
Nick Cardy
Mike Allred 
Brian Bolland
Dave Stevens
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 13, 2011, 12:04:51 AM
Surrealism in slideshow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnFdj1mogG4&feature=related
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Post by: Nol Drek on August 13, 2011, 01:35:39 AM
The 21 in the article, hans' 21, and these 7:

Gene Colan
John Byrne
Mike Grell
Bob Kane
Adam Hughes
Ed Benes
Sergio Aragones

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Post by: Ben J on August 13, 2011, 05:14:19 AM
No Robert Crumb on anybody's list?

(Okay, it's about mainstream comics, but still...)
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Post by: Nol Drek on August 13, 2011, 12:06:41 PM
I guess the list includes Basil Wolverton as a catch-all for R. Crumb, Rick Griffin, Gilbert Shelton, and other artists who worked on underground comix.
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Post by: hans on August 16, 2011, 11:13:45 PM
Exotic big band tunes:

Simba
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYFLymPZqTY&feature=related

Mambo Tonight
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxMdeuYDAeI&feature=related

Egyptian Ella
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=br83-gLyLck
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Post by: Nol Drek on August 17, 2011, 01:38:24 AM
No Robert Crumb on anybody's list?

(Okay, it's about mainstream comics, but still...)

R. Crumb probably belongs on the list in place of either Chris Ware or Basil Wolverton.

I also question the choice of Mike Mignola, even though I think he is a great illustrator. The article has this to say about Mike Mignola:
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As he let his imagination run rampant, his artwork grew darker, more experimental, and more daring: abstract backgrounds, rough faces, exaggerated anatomy, and impenetrable pools of shadow became his hallmarks.

This would be high praise, if it weren't for the fact that Frank Miller's Sin City came out about 2 years before the first appearance of Hellboy.
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Post by: hans on August 17, 2011, 04:27:34 PM
R. Crumb probably belongs on the list in place of either Chris Ware or Basil Wolverton.
 

I would object to Basil Wolverton being replaced.  Not to slight Crumb, but Wolverton was a groundbreaking original whose art (and influence) extended earlier (the Golden Age) and within the mainstream of comics (even tho his style was arguably most embraced by later alternative comicbook artists). 

My list was pretty centered on artists who've left major mainstream imprints.  Including alternative artists certainly adds a good many more names to an already crowded discussion of giants in the artform.  Even moreso if the discussion is expanded to include comic strip artists or manga or fumetti. 

Will Elder and Harvey Kurtzman are also two that should be included before Crumb, IMO, because their influences were also earlier and greater than Crumb's.  Crumb is arguably the most important creator of the alternative comics movement, but those two created and polished panel pacing storytelling techniques that have since been used almost constantly in comics, to great effect, in everything from MAD to Watchmen. 

When connecting the dots of whose contributions were most influential to the comicbook form it's difficult but important to look beyond levels of popularity, either current or longterm, however deserved that popularity may be. 
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Post by: Ben J on August 19, 2011, 11:31:10 PM
Tom Waits/Cookie Monster mashup - God's Away On Business (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5X4N2exOsU&feature=player_embedded)

A match made in heaven.
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Post by: Nol Drek on August 20, 2011, 03:00:51 PM
Thanks for that. Here's a cookie for you.
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Post by: hans on August 22, 2011, 10:38:44 PM
A couple of robot music videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zQj6iwoitg&feature=related

Video game throwback images included in this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoeuZCPLdgA&feature=related
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Post by: hans on August 24, 2011, 07:07:09 PM
The new Conan the Barbarian is not as bad as its abysmal opening weekend would indicate (barely over 10 mil!).  It's no masterpiece, tho.  Jason Momoa makes a better, more convincing Conan than Schwarzenegger, but most other comparisons of the films prove the newer to be the weaker.  It's a B-movie that probably should've been kept to Spring or Fall release instead of fighting for the last few crumbs of a blockbuster Summer.
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Post by: Ben J on August 25, 2011, 01:36:03 AM
My favorite clip from the old Conan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PQ6335puOc)

Practically anybody is a better actor than Mr Schwarzenegger, but the new Conan has several things working against it. Marcus Nispel hasn't made a good movie... ever. Not even a halfway decent one. Tyler Bates can't hold a candle to Basil Poledouris, etc.

This is one to watch on DVD, I guess.
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Post by: nologgie on August 25, 2011, 01:56:23 AM
This is one to watch on DVD, I guess.

Or not.
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Post by: Ben J on August 25, 2011, 11:30:48 PM
Or not.

Yeah, or maybe not even that. :D
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Post by: hans on August 28, 2011, 10:07:53 PM
Surfer rock and roll tunes with a Russian slant: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjYySx1_IGQ&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj4o2OCPwwc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=m_dEngPjKZg

For Guard-Æon (Shuaaeon.zip), I had decided that it would help keep a sense of speed (or dynamic energy) in the mini-mod if I used only surfer rock tunes.  That design certainly reflected a different, unusual approach in both narrative and musical cues for me, but I was satisfied with the result.  I don't think it would work as well with a longer mod, tho.
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Post by: Ben J on August 28, 2011, 11:42:24 PM
Surfer rock and roll tunes with a Russian slant: 

Nice. Now let's find some balalaika tunes with a Texan accent. ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on August 29, 2011, 12:41:27 AM
Surfer rock and roll tunes with a Russian slant: 

Nice. Now let's find some balalaika tunes with a Texan accent. ;D

Be careful what you ask for. You might get it.
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Post by: Ben J on September 01, 2011, 03:47:34 PM
Chump and Clump (http://vimeo.com/27495689)

Funny animated short.
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Post by: GoldBoxFan on September 01, 2011, 10:01:38 PM
It appears I am inspired by Terry Prachett. I didn't think anyone but Tolkien and Moorcock inspired me, but after finding my 9 Discworld novels (including an unread Hogfather several years old), I started reading/rereading them and noticed similarities in my Totenwelt campaign world. There are also some similarities in my 1978-1983 Moonshadow campaign world, but it predates Discworld so it must be a coincidence.

I never really got Discworld until I saw a trailer for the Hogfather. It looked good so I bought the DVD. It had the wizards, death, susan, the assassins, the beggars and the watch. Basically all the recurring characters except the witches and Rincewind. I had been ignoring any discworld novels that involved the witches, the watch or anything that seemed modern (I didn't like reading Moving Pictures). So I ended up with two Science Fiction collections of 4 Rincewind and 3 unconnected novels, The Truth and The Hogfather. The SFBC only had Unseen Academicals and I Shall Wear Midnight, so I bought the later. I am mostly through Pyramids again. I just ordered 7 Discworld novels and Good Omens.

After many years toiling away at killing the same monsters over and over again, I got a bit jaded. So I decided to make my new game world (Totenwelt) a more humorous world based more on faerie tales and arthurian ballads. I describe it as the Brothers Grimm meets Terry Prachett with some Hitchhiker's Guide thrown in as well. It only has one small area with your standard humanoid cannon fodder to kill. And a bunch of legends like the Jigsaw Man and Old Man Gnarly. I'm close to finishing the first module for NWN1, which I will then try to convert to FRUA.

Actually its my 4th module in Totenwelt, but the first in a series from 1st-40th level. I might consider converting one of the other ones. I also made a short parody for FRUA which is 80% complete if I can remember it to finish it.

On the comic front, I just saw the original live action Captain America (1990) with Darren McGavin, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox. It has never been on DVD, but it had commercials for the new Captain America. And I'm eagerly awaiting Thor on DVD. Now if I can only find Dolph Lungren's Punisher I think I'll have all of Marvel's live action movies.
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Post by: hans on September 01, 2011, 10:22:40 PM
It's good to see you posting again, GoldBoxFan!   :)
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Post by: GoldBoxFan on September 01, 2011, 10:40:04 PM
It's good to see you posting again, GoldBoxFan!   :)
It's only been 33 days without a post. ::)

I was checking out the 2,200+ WOTC 4th edition articles, didn't much like the August heat, played a couple hundred games of Minesweeper, and spent most of the month reading Terry Pratchett novels at the rate of 1 every 3 days. And I crossed into my 7th year as a NWN1 modder. As well as being here over a year now (1 year, 9 days.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on September 02, 2011, 02:27:11 AM
Movies are never as good as the books, unless it's a poorly written book adapted from a movie.

However, the BBC productions of The Colour of Magic, The Hogfather, and Going Postal are certainly worth watching.
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Post by: Ben J on September 02, 2011, 02:31:02 PM
spent most of the month reading Terry Pratchett novels at the rate of 1 every 3 days.

What's your favorite Discworld novel?

My top three:

1. Small Gods
2. Night Watch
3. Reaper Man
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on September 04, 2011, 08:46:57 AM
What's your favorite Discworld novel?

I know you didn't asked me, but here are mine (sorted by mini series, as it makes the decision easier on me):  :)

Witches: "Witches Abroad"
Rincewind: "Interesting Times"
Watch: maybe "Feet of Clay" but they're all quite good
Death: not sure, maybe "Mort" or "Reaper Man"? (don't remember that much of them)
Stand-alone: "Small Gods" or "Going Postal" (pretending it is a stand-alone novel; I hear the sequel is just the same in a different disguise and not that interesting, haven't read it yet)


What's your least favorite Discworld novel?

Mine was "Carpe Jugulum", by far. There were several that were a bit weak but still okay and enjoyable, but this is the only one I, for some reason, really disliked and wish it had never happened (or at least wish I hadn't wasted my time with it  >:( ).
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Post by: Ben J on September 04, 2011, 03:36:10 PM
I know you didn't asked me, but here are mine

Your contributions are always welcome. :)

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Stand-alone: "Small Gods" or "Going Postal" (pretending it is a stand-alone novel; I hear the sequel is just the same in a different disguise and not that interesting, haven't read it yet)

I thought "Making Money" was quite good, even if it wasn't as fresh as "Going Postal".

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What's your least favorite Discworld novel?

Mine was "Carpe Jugulum", by far. There were several that were a bit weak but still okay and enjoyable, but this is the only one I, for some reason, really disliked and wish it had never happened (or at least wish I hadn't wasted my time with it  >:( ).

In my opinion, Pratchett went through a weak stretch in the late 90's, lasting roughly from "Jingo" to "The Fifth Elephant", when the four "main series" began treading water.
After that, he retired (or semi-retired, in the case of Rincewind) three of the ongoing series (the exception being the City Watch), and the novels got better again. He produced some of his best novels after the year 2000, the best of which - for me - is "Night Watch".
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on September 04, 2011, 10:33:43 PM
I only have 10 Prachett novels at the moment: The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Sourcery, Eric, Pyramids, Moving Pictures, Small Gods, The Truth, Hogfather and I Shall Wear Midnight. I read eight of them in the past 2 months, am on Moving Pictures for the second time and have yet to reread Small Gods. The description of Small Gods from the publishers doesn't refresh my memory in any way.

Of these I think The Light Fantastic or The Truth is the funniest. I Shall Wear Midnight is the least funniest since it is written for young adults apparently, and seems rather dark. Moving Pictures seems funnier this time around, possible because I know the characters like the Bursar, Archchancellor and Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler from Hogfather and the Truth.

I did order Equal Rites, Mort, Wyrd Sisters, Guards! Guards!, Interesting Times, The Amazing Maurice and His Rodents and Reaper Man. One of each series though Mort and Reaper Man might be the same series. I didn't want to read several of the same series in a row, but I tried to get the earliest version of each series so I could read them mostly in chronological order. I plan on ordering 6 to 8 more every 2-3 months until I have them all. I don't want to read too much or I won't get anything done due to lack of sleep.
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Post by: GoldBoxFan on September 04, 2011, 10:46:47 PM
I also just got the Legacy Collections of Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Invisible Man and The Creature From The Black Lagoon, with 3 to 5 movies from 1933 to 1945 in each collection. I already had the Frankenstein Legacy Collection of 5 movies and Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man from the Van Helsing Boxed Collection. So when my Frankenstein DVDs got loose in the mail, the damage wasn't worth sending them back for. This time only one disk from the Wolf Man Collection came loose and took two chips out of the disk. She-Wolf of London came out fine, but Werewolf of London had a few places where it slowed down but didn't loose anything. The documentary lost a part during the Abbott and Costello Meet the Wolf Man description.

So of the 24 or so movies from the 30s and 40s classics which was best and which worst? I think The Wolf Man is the best with Dracula and Frankenstein tied for second best. I haven't seen them all yet, though I am anxious to. I Think the Creature From The Black Lagoon might be the worst. These would also be my and TSR's inspiration for Ravenloft, another reason I got them. To inspire me to get back to finishing some of my Ravenloft modules.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on September 05, 2011, 01:29:49 PM
Now if I can only find Dolph Lungren's Punisher I think I'll have all of Marvel's live action movies.

Do you have Doctor Strange (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Strange_%281978_film%29)? Or the Roger Corman Fantastic Four (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fantastic_Four_%28film%29)? What about the Spider-Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Spider-Man_%28TV_series%29) TV series pilot that was released as a movie outside the US?

Not sure if the old Spider-Man pilot/movie would count as a movie, though. Hmmmm ... And, technically, the Roger Corman FF was never released. Not even on VHS or DVD, I beleive. So that might not count, either.

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Post by: Ben J on September 05, 2011, 05:26:13 PM
Check out these great animated movie gifs (http://iwdrm.tumblr.com/). :thumbsup:

(http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lf89wxB3ja1qe0eclo1_r34_500.gif)
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Post by: GoldBoxFan on September 05, 2011, 07:45:27 PM
Now if I can only find Dolph Lungren's Punisher I think I'll have all of Marvel's live action movies.

Do you have Doctor Strange (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Strange_%281978_film%29)? Or the Roger Corman Fantastic Four (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fantastic_Four_%28film%29)? What about the Spider-Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Spider-Man_%28TV_series%29) TV series pilot that was released as a movie outside the US?

Not sure if the old Spider-Man pilot/movie would count as a movie, though. Hmmmm ... And, technically, the Roger Corman FF was never released. Not even on VHS or DVD, I beleive. So that might not count, either.
Nope, don't have them.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on September 05, 2011, 08:38:48 PM
Now if I can only find Dolph Lungren's Punisher I think I'll have all of Marvel's live action movies.

Do you have Doctor Strange (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Strange_%281978_film%29)? Or the Roger Corman Fantastic Four (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fantastic_Four_%28film%29)? What about the Spider-Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Spider-Man_%28TV_series%29) TV series pilot that was released as a movie outside the US?

Not sure if the old Spider-Man pilot/movie would count as a movie, though. Hmmmm ... And, technically, the Roger Corman FF was never released. Not even on VHS or DVD, I beleive. So that might not count, either.
Nope, don't have them.

Not missing much.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 05, 2011, 09:09:25 PM
So of the 24 or so movies from the 30s and 40s classics which was best and which worst? I think The Wolf Man is the best with Dracula and Frankenstein tied for second best. I haven't seen them all yet, though I am anxious to. I Think the Creature From The Black Lagoon might be the worst.
 

The Creature from the Black Lagoon was actually a 50s movie.  Judged among the other 50s monster movies, I consider it one of the best.  The scene where the Gill-man is swimming with the unsuspecting (and uber-beautiful) Julie Adams is a mesmerizingly primal and suspenseful piece of cinema.  All the underwater camera work was superb. 

I assume your question is limited to the horror genre, if not specifically Universal horror movies. 

For me, one of the best horror movies of all time was the original King Kong (1933). 

Val Lewton's Cat People and The Leopard Man are amazingly effective horrors despite their small budgets.

Here's a tentative my top ten favorite 30s-40s horror movies list: 

1. King Kong (1933)
2. Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1943) --cheezy but great fun.
3. The Wolfman (1941)
4. Dracula (1931)
5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
5. The Leopard Man (1943)
6. The Mummy's Hand (1940) --funnest of the Mummies.
7. Cat People (1942)
8. Mighty Joe Young (1949)
9. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) --camp over horror.
10. The Island of Lost Souls (1933)
 
Fave 50's horrors:

1. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
2. The Thing From Another World (1951)
3. The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
5. Them! (1954)
6. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
7. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
8. The Alligator People (1959)
9. The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
10. The Bad Seed (1956) --nothing's more horrible than a kid!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Kaz-Keith on September 06, 2011, 10:05:37 AM
10. The Bad Seed (1956) --nothing's more horrible than a kid!

Just have to chime in here:  we viewed this film as part of our ninth-grade curriculum.  Beat out any speeches about abstinence by a good few miles.  Still get uneasy around little girls with pigtails.


PS:  whatever happened to penmanship skills?  I feel so old.  *sigh*
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on September 06, 2011, 10:56:54 AM
I feel so old.  *sigh*[/size]

Well, you're as young as you feel!

(Yeah, me too.)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on September 06, 2011, 12:34:34 PM
I assume your question is limited to the horror genre, if not specifically Universal horror movies. 
Only from my point of view (movies I won). It's been a long time since I've seen any black-and-white monster movies on TV. I can't really judge movies I've only seen on television, where they might be edited and have commercial breaks. PBS used to show them at halloween. I remember Them!, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (both), The Thing (both), and just saw Bedlam and The Body Snatcher. It's because I haven't seen them for awhile that I bought the six sets. I also know of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Hammer Horror boxed sets.

It turns out the six boxed sets have 26 different movies. 27 if you include the Spanish cast version of Dracula, also made in 1931. 4/5 Dracula (the original comes with two scored versions), 5 Frankenstein, 5 Mummy, 5 Invisible Man, 4 Wolf Man and 3 Creature of the Black Lagoon. I like the Stephen Sommer's Mummy and Van Helsing movies, though I would have preferred rachel Weisz back for the 3rd mummy movie. Of the newest monster movies I like The Mummy's Return the best. Assuming I remembered the title correctly.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 06, 2011, 03:17:37 PM
Karloff-a-go-go!
 

One of my favorite surf tunes with clips of the original Mummy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExQocj_bhG8&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on September 06, 2011, 06:30:56 PM
The Creature from the Black Lagoon was actually a 50s movie.  Judged among the other 50s monster movies, I consider it one of the best.  The scene where the Gill-man is swimming with the unsuspecting (and uber-beautiful) Julie Adams is a mesmerizingly primal and suspenseful piece of cinema.  All the underwater camera work was superb. 

The Creature from the Black Lagoon is best when viewed as originally intended: in a theatre with your 3D glasses on. It is one of the last of the "classic" Universal horror movies.

I believe that the Creature was the inspiration for the Sahuagin race in D&D, but that's just speculation on my part.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on September 08, 2011, 09:15:55 PM
I just watched The Mummy last night. They filmed a whole bunch of reincarnation scenes which were lost except for stills. Strangely enough, no version of the Sommer's Mummy versions includes the Boris Karloff movie, though Van Helsing includes Dracula, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man. I would have thought the Blue Ray trilogy would have it.

I have never seen The Creature in 3-D though I have seen it many times on TV. I think I'll watch all three this weekend. I need to get in the mood to finish The Created by Halloween. I always try to get out a Ravenloft conversion for Halloween.

I also rented X-Men: First Class to watch in about an hour. And I ordered the Frighteners DVD. Another Strange Peter Jackson film. Always love John Astin.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on September 09, 2011, 03:53:45 AM
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Always love John Astin.

My favorite John Astin movie is Evil Roy Slade. I've never been tempted to analyze why. He plays a dual role, and is convincing in both. It's a comedy western rather than horror, so I don't recommend it for getting into the Halloween mood.

It might make a good mood-setter for a Boot Hill design.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on September 09, 2011, 10:49:46 AM
I keep forgetting my Boot Hill module is almost done. I have to playtest it and see if I can turn off vorpal weapons. I may also have forgotten to hook in ALL the sheriff plots. I'm not sure I haven't done that though. Maybe I'll try to play it this weekened.

On the other hand, I did see X-Men: First Class and it was a decent movie. I'd like to know if it takes place before or after the Wolverine Origins movie. It seems I have seen James McAvoy in Band of Brothers, Children of Doom, Narnia and Wanted, with voice in Gnomeo and Juliet. I saw Michael Fassbender in Band of Brothers and 300. Still don't remember him though. Blue Ray version apparently has a Cerebro Mutant Tracker. Wonder what that does. No history of documentary on the DVD.

I like John Astin's appearances on Night Court. I thought there were more than 10.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 09, 2011, 12:21:57 PM
My favorite John Astin movie is Evil Roy Slade.
 

I've never been able to forget how men would sing about the "Stubby Index Finger" around their campfires.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 09, 2011, 12:35:10 PM
On the other hand, I did see X-Men: First Class and it was a decent movie. I'd like to know if it takes place before or after the Wolverine Origins movie. It seems I have seen James McAvoy in Band of Brothers, Children of Doom, Narnia and Wanted, with voice in Gnomeo and Juliet. I saw Michael Fassbender in Band of Brothers and 300. Still don't remember him though. Blue Ray version apparently has a Cerebro Mutant Tracker. Wonder what that does. No history of documentary on the DVD.
 

I considered buying a DVD of X-Men: First Class, this morning.  But there were hardly any Extras.  What a rip-off!  The other X-Men movies came with full loads.  I really enjoy commentaries where the artists talk about their art.  If they don't give some good Extras, even for a great movie like this, I can certainly wait until I see a cheap, previously viewed copy somewhere. 

Walmart had Quantum of Solace for 5 bucks, but it hardly had any Extras, either, so I passed on that too.  Conversely, the older Bond films are swimming in Extras, much to my delight. 

Many movie magazines give two DVD review ratings, one for the film and one for the extras.  I don't see why these studios can't take a hint.   >:( 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 09, 2011, 01:22:31 PM
Speaking of John Astin, his Gomez Addams is one of the greatest comic characters ever created for TV.  There was an almost Marx Bros genius to his approach.  I found the gusto with which his Gomez tackled even mundane activities to be inspiring. 

Here's the Gomez Addams theme by the great Vic Mizzy: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6PkUUUtscQ
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on September 10, 2011, 01:01:30 PM
X-Men 1st Class had 22 minutes of documentaries. The Blue Ray apparently has a mutant finder which might be useful. The documentary is probably on one of the other 4 X-Men movies. The origin ones usually have one on the comic series.

I accidentally got a single disk version of Quantum of Solace when I forgot to pay attention to my DVD club. Recently I bought the 2 dvd special edition. I have every James Bond Special Edition, including the David Niven Casino Royale which has the only TV version of James Bond. Sadly Never Say Never Again has no extras. Most movies today come in 2-dvd and 1-dvd versions with the 1-dvd version falling into the bargain bin. I always check to see if a movie has a 2-dvd version before I buy a cheap one. I end up not getting many cheap ones.

The Pierce Brosnan James Bonds were the first not to have commentaries until Die Another Day? The Daniel Craig's don't have any either. Unless they added stuff to the boxed set versions. I'm really annoyed that The Shadow can only be found in Full Screen. I have about a dozen like that. I also just noticed The Mummy's Curse was formatted to fit the screen. Since when does a 1944 movie need to be reduced to fit a screen?

I also really liked the television show I think was titled Pushing Daisies. Of course, I knew my liking it would be the kiss of death. It was inventive and colorful and odd. And it had zombies.  :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 11, 2011, 09:29:48 PM
Centaurs: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPRUNwC_TfU&feature=relmfu
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 13, 2011, 03:54:43 PM
Saxophobia --fear of unprotected sax?  No, just delightful music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yMwc8olTLE&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 15, 2011, 03:11:33 PM
Awkward moment from a Mickey Mouse comic strip:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PZXV1MjFBjI/TfLJd6XztNI/AAAAAAAACLE/VOvLBFS5Uio/s1600/katt12.jpg
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 17, 2011, 11:12:56 PM
I've mentioned composer Lalo Schifrin before, in this thread, but I think his most impressive effort was for The Four Musketeers (1974).  Here's a sample:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4XVZEGfxRI 

He replaced Michel Legrand who had scored The Three Musketeers (1973).  Nothing against Legrand, but I don't think he could have handled the delicate yet emotionally complex scenes required in the second half of the tale.  Legrand was better suited for the lighter tone of the first one.  Schifrin really displayed his range in the second. 

The Four Musketeers is one of my top ten favorite movies of all time.  The Three Musketeers wouldn't be too far behind.   

The selection I linked is Milady's Theme.  One of my favorite dramatic motifs is that of the haunting woman (which I've used in some fashion in a number of my mods).  Faye Dunaway's character is a superb example from film.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 18, 2011, 12:11:06 PM
I had two enjoyable dreams, last night. 

In the first, I was a cyborg soldier from a future apocalypse.  I had been deactivated by an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) wave, and awoke, years later, alone, in the post-apocalyptic world.  My memory was gone.  Shortly, I found, and joined up with a woman who was taking medicine to her clan (someplace).  We had to avoid weird monsters and robots, and took on another survivor during our dangerous journey before that dream ended. 

In the second, I was a Ray Liotta character in some sorta crime movie.  Robert De Niro was playing my older brother, who had orders to whack me, and maybe my wife & kids, too.  The climax involved, at one point, he and I shooting fireworks at each other in the hallway of my house.  Then we wrestled over his gun and I aimed it at the capo who'd given him the whacking order, and the trigger was pulled.  Bada Boom! -- happy ending.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 19, 2011, 02:45:44 PM
I recommend James Cameron and Martin Scorsese to direct the movie adaptations of your dreams. :D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 27, 2011, 07:59:48 PM
It's hard to find happier music than this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDaPfJOXr-E&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on September 28, 2011, 02:06:23 AM
LEGO SUPER HEROES (http://thebrickblogger.com/2011/07/lego-super-heroes-are-coming/) - my son and me are collecting Lego anyway, but I fear this series will cost us a good deal of money. :D

Below: My favorite Lego minifigure.

(http://whirlblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Lego_Minifigure_Spartan_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 29, 2011, 02:42:14 PM
Adding a The Real Tuesday Weld's song as a new soundtrack accentuates the disturbing aspects of this old Felix the Cat cartoon: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmoVNCsPv1k&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 01, 2011, 10:37:37 AM
It's October, which means Halloween will be here soon (Halloween was once a big deal in FRUAdom).  So, in the interest of building up a spooky mood for the month, here's a video that I think was exceptionally well-assembled: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq_hSKKrg0Y 
--The Cast of Eerie Publications perform the Johnson-Smith Novelty Company "Horror Record"
(warning: images of campy gore abound)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on October 01, 2011, 11:16:52 AM
It's October, which means Halloween will be here soon (Halloween was once a big deal in FRUAdom).  So, in the interest of building up a spooky mood for the month, here's a video that I think was exceptionally well-assembled: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq_hSKKrg0Y 
--The Cast of Eerie Publications perform the Johnson-Smith Novelty Company "Horror Record"
I'm trying to get The Created done for Halloween. I made the areas and the step encounters. Now I need to make the creature icons and the main quest events. But not now. Today I am taking off and playing some FRUA that isn't my own.

Also, I got my 8 Terry Prachett books and have read 4. It turns out I had read them all before, plus Guards!Guards! which I just started. I sort of remember checking the library for Prachett novels after reading the Rincewind collection. I guess I read Good Omens, Equal Rites, Mort and Wyrd Sisters. Maybe even Reaper Man. At least now I own them.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 04, 2011, 11:11:50 PM
I'm currently reading the graphic novel "The Chuckling Whatsit" by Richard Sala.  Fans of MTV's old Liquid Television may remember the Sala cartoon "Invisible Hands" in six short chapters:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evs1jZnYziU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76vW7UsHQEY&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAWS6TFn0PM&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=9gYf8CWY18w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhZ2C9DlPh0&NR=1 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DECAJdWAOxM&NR=1   

Sala's storytelling technique is lots of fun.  He introduces numerous, seemingly unrelated, noirishly bizarre, high camp characters and elements, cutting from one to another as if he has Attention Deficit Disorder, while only leisurely, lanquidly bothering to tie those diverse threads together as his plot unfolds, twisting and turning in all sorts of unexpected directions.   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 07, 2011, 03:57:28 PM
More scares for the month -- two ghost songs...

Carmen Miranda's Ghost:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5p8YhhaVlA   

Ghost County, USA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRql65-4Vw8
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 13, 2011, 10:10:14 AM
I had a dream, last night...  I was thinking of how I might do an alternate, revamped version of Pool of Radiance for UA (I actually plan to do a SHUA version, one day, but that never figured into the dream).  I decided it might be fun to do an "evil" version, where the party is sent on quests in and from some wicked city, jobs including kidnappings, robberies, raids, and assassinations.  (I suppose I can blame my recent viewing of Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, or a general Halloween mood for planting such an insidious idea.) 

As my dream progressed, I became more and more immersed into the game.  The graphics improved into a Might & Magic III - V style.  Then I was walking around in the fantasy world as a character, yet still remarking on things in my mind as it were a computer game.  I climbed down a very steep cliff, leading the other party members, to find a hidden, Stonehenge-like structure in a purplish glade.  In the middle of the structure was a red crystal, which looked a bit like the open-mouthed skull UA shows when somebody dies in combat.  When we entered the circle, however, we discovered that it was a sacred site of faeries, who suddenly appeared by the dozens and immediately charged us, hurling balls of mystical energy (too white-ish/pink to call them fireballs).  We fled, the furious faeries following us relentlessly.  Several of my companions fell into traps, one to his death, and I marvelled at the sequence like "Wow, I didn't find this area last time I played this game!" 

Then I woke up.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on October 13, 2011, 10:43:09 AM
I would think the gold box games would be good to convert to DC. More items, more areas, more classes, etc. A superhero POR? Could you alter the icons and monster stats so that it would play from POR instead of FRUA?  ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on October 13, 2011, 03:39:04 PM
I had a dream, last night... 

Lucky. My dreams are like my mods ... I never finish them.  =/

But, I like the dream idea.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 13, 2011, 03:47:30 PM
I was thinking of how I might do an alternate, revamped version of Pool of Radiance for UA [...].  I decided it might be fun to do an "evil" version

Didn't you kind of do that already?  ;)

Anyway, that reminds me, I need to continue playing M&M III.  ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 14, 2011, 10:40:34 PM
Halloween mood -- haunting music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1DKy1uqGpE&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 14, 2011, 11:10:40 PM
...A superhero POR? Could you alter the icons and monster stats so that it would play from POR instead of FRUA?  ;)
 

I plan to change much more than simply icons & stats.  My SHUA version of POR will retain the basic structure of that game (build your party up from first level; recieve increasingly more difficult missions from a govt. agency; work in, and occassional out of, a particular city; options to add different types of hirelings; slowly uncover the plot of the big baddie; etc.), but much will change to reflect a modern(ish) setting and the particulars of superheroes working in society. 

A large challenge will be to find good combat balance using the SHUA superpowers setup instead of POR's AD&D magic & items system.  I'm hopeful that Rocco Taku's (wretched) SHUA project (due in 2012) will provide some good experience in this regard. 

I was thinking of how I might do an alternate, revamped version of Pool of Radiance for UA [...].  I decided it might be fun to do an "evil" version

Didn't you kind of do that already?  ;)
 

Heh, heh.  Well, Kill the Heroes of Phlan was evil, but that was more of a sequel-ette to POR & CAB & SSB. 

I did do a never-to-be-released version of POR before I joined FRUAdom, but that was monstrously awful.  It, too, was sort of a sequel as well as being a remake (and a parody).  I may, however, take one mission, which sucked less, from the mod and try to fix it up for release as a small mod,...maybe next year...  It will depend on how well I can rehabilitate the thing as to whether I, or Rocco Taku will take credit for it.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 16, 2011, 07:23:04 PM
More Halloween moods: 

Two names some of us older FRUAites may remember, not usually associated with horror, Bert Convy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_hlP_rJGvE&feature=related   

...and Merv Griffin... 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heJNcmGov_c&feature=related  
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 18, 2011, 07:22:38 PM
More Halloween moods, -- in familiar music played in an unfamiliar manner... 

Hall of the Mountain King:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvBp6htLp3I&feature=related  

Dance Macabre: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxytV9NWxiQ&feature=related   

Linus & Lucy: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBnANaOrlaw&NR=1
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 20, 2011, 10:39:36 AM
Halloween mood, --the Anti-Pixar? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhkAZWBT6LM&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 22, 2011, 05:04:56 PM
Halloween moods, circus and carnival:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ljc0oNKxVQ&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9nGCq0NLyE&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 23, 2011, 01:33:32 PM
Edwardian Halloween moods, as in Edwardian Goreian: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qgIGKobTe4 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFxEIDLG5ME 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3F5MDNQGyY&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 23, 2011, 06:58:18 PM
Speaking of Halloween moods, James Rolfe (aka the Angry Video Game Nerd) currently does his great Monster Madness (http://cinemassacre.com/category/moviereviews/monstermadness/) series again, this year he's reviewing entire horror franchises movie by movie.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 25, 2011, 08:11:39 PM
Halloween moods, --rock n' roll monsters: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7GzoEOpazQ&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E70rpOPNdN0&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 26, 2011, 07:59:10 PM
Halloween moods, --stopmotion toon inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem Annabel Lee:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0edkYeaws4
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 27, 2011, 07:45:54 PM
Halloween moods, --surf horror instrumentals... 

The Moontrekkers - The Bogey Man:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF756sQaVeI&feature=related  

Morgus & the Daringers -- Morgus Creep
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5OyTIhudKg&feature=related  
*WARNING: the album cover(?) image is rather revealing.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 28, 2011, 07:14:06 PM
Halloween moods, --unusual music videos...

One by Mannheim Steamroller: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpWTmGR2T-A&feature=related

Two by Jeremy Messersmith:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O9iI158OE4&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8j-Mf7gipg&feature=relmfu
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 29, 2011, 08:53:21 PM
Two retro Halloween songs... 

Cab Calloway's "The Nightmare":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EAKhPrjpzg&feature=related   

and "The Ragtime Goblin Man" sung by Grant Raymond Barrett:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryK17uXyPnw&feature=related  

The latter is sung as a children's tune, but the lyrics become quite disturbing...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 30, 2011, 05:43:35 PM
More retro Halloween moods: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9tGFbEYXVE&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJzWGkgFcTU&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 31, 2011, 03:57:19 PM
Final Halloween moods... 

If Halloween fought Valentine's Day, who would win? 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C9ocQeyPRc&feature=relmfu

and "Cruel Cruel Moon":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8BAtWi0spE&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 17, 2011, 09:38:22 AM
Last night I drempt I watched the movie "Highlander vs. Predator." 

You can hunt Highlanders over and over and over...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 17, 2011, 10:41:53 AM
Don't give Hollywood any ideas... :D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 18, 2011, 04:01:09 PM
I'm tempted to buy this button (http://www.etsy.com/listing/54544877/the-monsters-rejoice-as-the-party-has).

(http://img0.etsystatic.com/il_570xN.168519484.jpg)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 23, 2011, 03:02:54 PM
Immortals is a better movie than I was expecting.  Better than the recent Conan and Clash of the Titans put together. 

It's actually like 300 and the Clash remake mixed together.  It has the gods' ramifications and philosophical questioning found (sophmorically) in Clash, but handled in a more adult 300-ish way.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 29, 2011, 03:30:35 PM
Speaking of Winter...

Probably my favorite Conan short story by Robert E. Howard was The Frost Giant's Daughter.  The story was quite simple, an extended chase, really, but the primal power of REH's premise and descriptions was staggering.

Barry Windsor Smith's elegant line art for the Marvel Comics' adaptation served as terrific complement to REH's prose.  http://marvelscustoms.com/bblackwolf/albums/Conan/Conan_1/the_Frost_Giant__8217_s_Daughter_05_barry_smith_.png   

My upcoming contest mod will not be consciously influenced by the story, as I only thought about it, today (the mod is written, I'm just working on art & music, now), but, in retrospect, players may see a few parallels... 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 01, 2011, 08:40:41 PM
I waited until the kid crush was over to see it, and now that I have... 

Puss in Boots was magnificent muy magnifico!  Better than all the Shrek movies put together.  Less emphasis on gags and one-liners than the Shreks, and lots more on ambiance.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on December 02, 2011, 08:10:42 AM
Saw The Muppets last week. I loved it! (Mostly)

What kind of adventure would a Muppets UA mod be like?

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on December 02, 2011, 12:52:58 PM
I was hoping for the Muppet Movie to be good.

A Muppet mod would be cool. :D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on December 15, 2011, 06:14:48 PM
I suppose everybody already knows about the  Marvel Wikipedia (http://marvel.wikia.com/Main_Page)? ANy other comic wikis I should know about?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 17, 2011, 07:49:15 PM
A short seasonal instructional film that could save your life: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UqEhUm2B_8
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on December 18, 2011, 02:22:46 PM
I suppose everybody already knows about the  Marvel Wikipedia (http://marvel.wikia.com/Main_Page)? ANy other comic wikis I should know about?

These sites are essential browsing, IMHO:

Comic Vine (http://www.comicvine.com/)
Cover Browser (http://www.coverbrowser.com/)
International Superheroes (http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/)
Marvel Universe Appearances (http://www.marvunapp.com/)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 22, 2011, 06:49:43 PM
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a magnificent film.  Awesome!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 23, 2011, 08:48:08 PM
:icon_rendeer:  Some unusual Christmas music that I've enjoyed: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYWElEg9mXw&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7k7wXp_b04&feature=related 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0D1r2Cob9k&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x85FsIN_uF4&feature=related   :icon_santa:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 23, 2011, 11:08:25 PM
:icon_rendeer:  Some favorite toys I once got on Christmas morning:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiIYcayMm2A&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA1Cvx-XyTs&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R99hAG0tgkg&feature=related 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlxisN-FSwI   :icon_santa:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 29, 2011, 10:12:33 PM
The Adventures of Tintin is terrific! 

It has one of the all-time greatest title sequences ever, too. 

It opened last week in 5th place, here in the States, which is why, I expect, the theater I saw it in this morning had placed it on one of their smallest screens.  Clearly, this was a mistake, as the showing almost sold out.  I would expect that word-of-mouth will keep it around awhile.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on December 30, 2011, 03:30:32 AM
If you love Trolls, you must watch a little Norwegian movie called Troll Hunter (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740707/).

The scene with the cave trolls alone is worth it.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 05, 2012, 08:18:50 PM
Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol is excellent! 

I was a little wary of this one.  I loved the first two MI films, but HATED the third.  That movie made Ethan Hunt a real moron.  Which was a shame because Cruise gave it his best acting performance of the series, but unfortunately, his character was really clueless.  Fortunately, his IQ is back up for this latest one.   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 07, 2012, 11:07:27 PM
I had a Burroughsian dream last night...

I drempt I and my family were riding in a zeppelin over snowy mountains.  Suddenly, there were explosions on the nearby mountaintops, as if someone were shooting great cannons at us.  Our zeppelin plummetted into a trench between the peaks, perhaps one that had just opened up with the explosions... 

We fell for the longest time...

Then we crashed, though not too badly.  We found ourselves in a strange, inner world, where a small sun seemed to move slowly through the cavernous sky.  My father (who was much like Prof. Challenger in this dream reality), my brother, two sisters, and I (as a young man in his 20s), left the damaged airship to explore.  I carried a great coil of rope that we thought we might need.  One of my sisters carried a pistol. 

We saw strange inhabitants, large-headed gnome-like people among them, and then came the giants after us.  There were four of them, three topping 8 feet tall, and one big one over 12'.  They were hostile.  My sister had misplaced the gun, unfortunately.  I discovered they were ignorant, however, of the simplest stones and rocks type of combat.  I threw some stones as missiles, then laid into them with high-overhand swings to knock in their skulls.  They showed emotions of surprise, but none of fear, anger, or even pain.  They were eerie brutes, bald, clothed in animal skins, yet possessing some language skills. 

My brother, meanwhile, managed to blind the big one with his fingers. 

I woke up as my little sister exclaimed that she had found the pistol. 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 18, 2012, 01:55:40 PM
There's always too many ideas in my head to ever find time to do for UA. 

This morning, for old-times sake, I had a bowl of Count Chocula breakfast cereal.  It wasn't too bad.  I hadn't had one since my addled adolescence.  I wish some other old favorites, like Quisp and Quake and King Vitamin were still around... 

I thought about how I might make a mod using cereal characters as pre-made PCs... 

Quisp, Quake, and Count Chocula would have to be in the party, as those are the fond favorites of my youth.  And if I have Count Chocula, I can't really leave out Frankenberry.  For UA combat balance, I really ought to have a magical character, so I could add "Lucky" the leprechaun from Lucky Charms.  That'd leave one spot open, perhaps for the Trix Rabbit, Cap'n Crunch, King Vitamin, Sugar Bear (Super Sugar Crisp mascot), "Sonny" the cuckoo bird (Cocoa Puffs), Tony the Tiger (Frosted Flakes), or Toucan Sam (Froot Loops).  It would be nice to have a female on the team, but I can't think of a major cereal female mascot (Pebbles Flintstone doesn't count, because she didn't start as a cereal ad, plus she's just a baby!). 

The team being assembled, the rest of their "world" I would populate with other cartoon advertising characters, like Li'l Sprout and Chester Cheetah (perhaps too limiting), or Saturday morning cartoon characters, like Rocky and Bullwinkle.   

To accentuate the parody aspect of the mod, I would make the story dark and violent.  It would be interesting to see how I could contrast the innocent images of kid's breakfast cereals with adult themes of corruption and evil. 

Yeah, ...it might've made for an interesting Rocco Taku mod, but I've got better ideas to pursue.   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on January 19, 2012, 06:24:32 PM
One of my ancient mod ideas was very similar.

It was going to use the SHUA worldhack, back when it came out. The player would play a character that was sent to investigate the mysterious deaths of several cartoon cereal mascots, ala Roger Rabbit. He was going to be an anthropomorphic alligator wearing a vest. Yes, name was going to be The InvestiGator.

The InvestiGator would have met with several mascots, fought some cereal related stuff, and found out the deaths were murders. Several more mascots would die, and the investigator would find out Sunny Jim, the world's first cereal mascot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_%28cereal%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_%28cereal%29)) was behind everything, and race to stop his final murder by using a magic spoon..

The name of the mod idea?

Cereal Killer
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 19, 2012, 06:41:18 PM
One of my ancient mod ideas was very similar.

It was going to use the SHUA worldhack, back when it came out. The player would play a character that was sent to investigate the mysterious deaths of several cartoon cereal mascots, ala Roger Rabbit. He was going to be an anthropomorphic alligator wearing a vest. Yes, name was going to be The InvestiGator.

The InvestiGator would have met with several mascots, fought some cereal related stuff, and found out the deaths were murders. Several more mascots would die, and the investigator would find out Sunny Jim, the world's first cereal mascot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_%28cereal%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_%28cereal%29)) was behind everything, and race to stop his final murder by using a magic spoon..

The name of the mod idea?

Cereal Killer
 

Wow!  That's a hundred times better than my idea!  Even your synopsis is cool!   :hello2:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on January 19, 2012, 08:07:27 PM
To accentuate the parody aspect of the mod, I would make the story dark and violent.  It would be interesting to see how I could contrast the innocent images of kid's breakfast cereals with adult themes of corruption and evil. 

So the Trix Rabbit would be a prostitute and Sonny the Cuckoo Bird would be an addict?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 21, 2012, 02:09:08 PM
Think Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Crunch Berry...
 :icon_cherry: 

(edit:  Okay, when I wrote the above, I had no idea that urban slang asserts that "crunchberry" has some nasty connotations already.  Check here if you want to lose all happy childhood innocence about this breakfast cereal:  http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=crunchberry *warning: X-rated*.  Seems, you were closer to reality than my imagination, Nol.  Man, makes me regret my whole idea.  Apparently, once again, real life is much worse than art could ever be.)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on February 07, 2012, 04:54:05 PM
Scale of the Universe (http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/scale_of_the_universe_2012): This makes you feel quite small.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 04, 2012, 10:02:13 PM
"You know what really grinds my gears?"    :angry5:

A movie/tv special effect that has somehow become popular recently, but which I detest, is the superspeed blur movement of vampires, ninjas, and other assorted super beings.
(Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWBezwC48DI)

You know what I find visually more interesting and exciting than an indistinct blur that I can barely see...?  Practically anything. 
 :sad5:
Count Yorga, fangs wide, sprinting toward the audience in slo-mo was a frightening movie moment that I recall fondly.  A blink-and-you-missed-it vampire fight from today's Hollywood brood elicits only resentment in me.
 :angry9:
If they ever do a Flash, "the fastest man alive," movie, they better come up with a more interesting way of showing speed than this wore-out, weak, nonsense.
 :violent5:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 11, 2012, 08:57:07 PM
Lately I've been watching an episode or two of Dark Shadows on DVD to relax in the evening.  I was a fan, as a boy, back in the '60's. 

I'm looking forward to Tim Burton's/Johnny Depp's feature version, this Summer, but not without some reservations...  I shudder when I remember what Burton did to Planet of the Apes...  :o

It doesn't look like Quentin Collins will be in this one, but here's his theme, lyrics spookily recited by David Selby, himself: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrPV93e8znQ&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 13, 2012, 08:00:07 PM
John Carter is a terrific movie. 

When I heard it announced, my biggest fear was that the (bland) title would doom it.  I mean, what does the name "John Carter" mean to most folks?  I thought they should've named it "John Carter of Mars," or even "Barsoom" -- at least that would be less completely ordinary sounding.  But I suppose Disney spends many thousands of dollars for focus groups before they settle on a surefire title... 

Judging by the large crowd, today, for a Tuesday afternoon showing, though, it doesn't appear to have hurt the box-office.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Krys Tamar on March 15, 2012, 05:10:38 PM
"You know what really grinds my gears?"    :angry5:

A movie/tv special effect that has somehow become popular recently, but which I detest, is the superspeed blur movement of vampires, ninjas, and other assorted super beings.
(Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWBezwC48DI)

You know what I find visually more interesting and exciting than an indistinct blur that I can barely see...?  Practically anything. 
 :sad5:
Count Yorga, fangs wide, sprinting toward the audience in slo-mo was a frightening movie moment that I recall fondly.  A blink-and-you-missed-it vampire fight from today's Hollywood brood elicits only resentment in me.
 :angry9:
If they ever do a Flash, "the fastest man alive," movie, they better come up with a more interesting way of showing speed than this wore-out, weak, nonsense.
 :violent5:

They should do more normal fights, but pay attention to slowing down everything in the backdrop.  Now that would be cool!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on March 15, 2012, 11:17:56 PM
Lately I've been watching an episode or two of Dark Shadows on DVD to relax in the evening.  I was a fan, as a boy, back in the '60's. 

I'm looking forward to Tim Burton's/Johnny Depp's feature version, this Summer, but not without some reservations...  I shudder when I remember what Burton did to Planet of the Apes...  :o


The trailer is out for the new Dark Shadows.  Seems they went .. comedic? o.O
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 15, 2012, 11:52:03 PM
The trailer is out for the new Dark Shadows.  Seems they went .. comedic? o.O
 

"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!"  :sad6:

Well, this answers the question of why WB waited so long to promote it (releasing the first trailer only 2 months before the opening?!).  DS fandom must be grabbing their pitchforks.

This reminds me of the SouthPark episode where George Lucas & Steven Spielberg blanked Indiana Jones. 

My anticipation has greatly diminished.   :sad5:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on March 16, 2012, 02:03:54 PM
Drive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJaDeYTN46k) was the best movie of last year.

The new Avengers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY9DnBNJFTI) trailer looks neat, but why are they still unable to create convincing CGI characters, 20 years after "Jurassic Park"? I know many people don't mind, but the Hulk looks horrible, and I don't mean that in a good way. Get Lou Ferrigno and paint him green = a lot more scary.

P.S. I'm back, Baby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9q70zCJYBc) - after a longer absence.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on March 16, 2012, 05:28:48 PM
Drive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJaDeYTN46k) was the best movie of last year.
I rented Drive about a month ago. I got so bored that I fast-forwarded through the relationship stuff until the shootout. The two crooks were the only other interesting part.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 16, 2012, 07:55:23 PM
P.S. I'm back, Baby (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9q70zCJYBc) - after a longer absence.


Welcome back, Ben!   :hello:

 :happy1:  My vote for best movie of 2011 would go to:
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows   

Other favorites of the year were:
X-Men: First Class
Captain America: The First Avenger
Puss in Boots
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 
The Adventures of Tintin
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on March 17, 2012, 04:58:20 AM
I rented Drive about a month ago. I got so bored that I fast-forwarded through the relationship stuff until the shootout. The two crooks were the only other interesting part.

Drive is a movie that relies on atmosphere, style and performances, rather than the quick cutting and constant banter that so many other movies are dependent on these days (movies too timid to show anything on screen for longer than 0,05 seconds). And Ryan Gosling's performance was captivating.

The guys from Half in the Bag (http://redlettermedia.com/half-in-the-bag/drive-and-contagion/) absolutely nailed it in their review.

Welcome back, Ben!   :hello:

Thanks. It's good to be back. :D

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:happy1:  My vote for best movie of 2011 would go to:
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows   

Other favorites of the year were:
X-Men: First Class
Captain America: The First Avenger
Puss in Boots
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 
The Adventures of Tintin



Of these I have only seen X-Men: First Class, which was pretty good (mainly because of Fassbender and James McAvoy), and Captain America, which I thought was a decent movie, but everyone else I've talked to seemed to think it was total trash - can't really explain why.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on March 17, 2012, 10:36:34 AM
I rented Drive about a month ago. I got so bored that I fast-forwarded through the relationship stuff until the shootout. The two crooks were the only other interesting part.

Drive is a movie that relies on atmosphere, style and performances, rather than the quick cutting and constant banter that so many other movies are dependent on these days (movies too timid to show anything on screen for longer than 0,05 seconds). And Ryan Gosling's performance was captivating.

The guys from Half in the Bag (http://redlettermedia.com/half-in-the-bag/drive-and-contagion/) absolutely nailed it in their review.

I agree with the guy who was in the minority. I also liked Contagion better. Weird movie though. Like the Walking Dead without the zombies at times.

I liked Captain America. It's on my list of must buys as well as First Class. Puss N Boots was decent.  I just bought the original Sherlock Holmes (Downey) yesterday and played it again. Very atmospheric. Jeremy Brett is my favorite Holmes and David Suchet my favorite Poirot. I have the complete annotated Sherlock Holmes in a 2-volume set. Will either rent TinTin on monday or buy it on tuesday.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on March 17, 2012, 01:37:14 PM
2011 was a weak year for cinema, IMO. There wasn't a single movie that I awaited with anticipation and I guess none of the few I saw will ever make it into my top 50 (or even top 100?). "True Grit" and "Biutiful" could have been good but all in all I found them rather disappointing; I didn't think much of "Tree of Life" either. I think the ones I liked best were "Black Swan" and "Super 8" but that's not saying a lot. Other movies I've watched at the cinema and enjoyed even though they weren't great include "Winter's Bone", "Carnage", "Somewhere", "The Guard", "The Tree" and "Submarine".

I wil admit though that I didn't watch any of hans' list except for "X-Men: First Class", and that one only on DVD, since I missed it. I liked it, it was well-written and entertaining. I thought about watching "Drive" but some bad reviews convinced me to pass on it; dunno, something about the story and dialogues not being all that great and the depicted violence being gratuituously brutal or something, but it seems I put my trust in teh wrong people. I'll make a note of renting it and make up my own mind.  :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on March 17, 2012, 06:49:27 PM
John Carter is a terrific movie. 

It's nice to see this for the 100th anniversary of the serialization of "A Princess of Mars" in 1912. The story is fast-paced, episodic, and there are many alien races to encounter. It reminds me of a Flash Gordon serial, and I mean that in a good way.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 17, 2012, 08:20:39 PM
2011 was a weak year for cinema, IMO. There wasn't a single movie that I awaited with anticipation and I guess none of the few I saw will ever make it into my top 50 (or even top 100?). "True Grit" and "Biutiful" could have been good but all in all I found them rather disappointing; I didn't think much of "Tree of Life" either. I think the ones I liked best were "Black Swan" and "Super 8" but that's not saying a lot. Other movies I've watched at the cinema and enjoyed even though they weren't great include "Winter's Bone", "Carnage", "Somewhere", "The Guard", "The Tree" and "Submarine"...
 

We seem to have quite different tastes, amigo.  My own seem to revolve around heroic fiction.  I enjoy watching larger-than-life heroes through many genres (action, spy, superhero, sci-fi, western, fantasy, kung fu, etc.).  While I occassionally watch something else, like comedies or horror, the tight economic times have narrowed my cine-going budget to almost nothing but heroic fictions --"blood & thunder."  (If I had more spare cash, I would probably go see Casa de Mi Padre this week.)  Of my all-time favorite movies, only Walt Disney's Fantasia isn't anchored by a strong heroic presence.   

In self-reflection, I wonder why I seem particularly drawn to the hero stuff.  Do I seek emotional reinforcement of the positive traits the great heroes emphasize, to better incorporate those into my own, less-adrenalinized, life?  Or do I egotistically seek to identify myself with someone of far superior cloth, to make me feel better about myself?  Or am I seeking their protection in my frequent escapism?  Or, any of another half-dozen pop psychology theories.   :P

I do know that I prefer them in situations far removed from normal life.  This enhances the possible metaphors, which I greatly enjoy contemplating.  I used to like grittier action hero fare in my youth, like urban vigilantes, but soured of such fare.  I find revenge to be the lowest of motivations for a hero, something better left to villains.

Inspiration, wish-fulfillment, comfort...whatever.  I know what I like.  Souls respond to art in their own, unique ways. "I yam what I yam."       
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on March 18, 2012, 03:38:48 AM
]I agree with the guy who was in the minority.

Which one? Mike, who liked the movie, or Jay, who also liked the movie? ???

2011 was a weak year for cinema, IMO. There wasn't a single movie that I awaited with anticipation and I guess none of the few I saw will ever make it into my top 50 (or even top 100?). "True Grit" and "Biutiful" could have been good but all in all I found them rather disappointing; I didn't think much of "Tree of Life" either. I think the ones I liked best were "Black Swan" and "Super 8" but that's not saying a lot. Other movies I've watched at the cinema and enjoyed even though they weren't great include "Winter's Bone", "Carnage", "Somewhere", "The Guard", "The Tree" and "Submarine".

"True Grit" and "Black Swan" were both from 2010 - and both great. :D

I agree that 2011 was a weaker year then 2010 and 2009 (which were exceptionally good years for cinema). But there are some films from 2011 that I still have to watch - Hugo, The Artist, Mission Impossible, Sherlock Holmes, etc.

 
Quote
I thought about watching "Drive" but some bad reviews convinced me to pass on it; dunno, something about the story and dialogues not being all that great and the depicted violence being gratuituously brutal or something, but it seems I put my trust in teh wrong people. I'll make a note of renting it and make up my own mind. 

It's not a movie about plot or dialogue. It's a style-over-substance-movie in the best possble way.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on March 18, 2012, 06:16:05 AM
We seem to have quite different tastes, amigo. 

I guess so. I like to watch superhero movies too but they're not my favorite genre and I think I might like superheroes more for their inner struggles than their heroic feats, the human side of the "superman", so to speak. So I'd also prefer movies with emphasis on character development over pure action spectacles.


It's not a movie about plot or dialogue. It's a style-over-substance-movie in the best possble way.

Ah. Not sure if I'd enjoy it then, but my curiosity is aroused enough to give it a chance sooner or later.


"True Grit" and "Black Swan" were both from 2010 - and both great. :D

I agree that 2011 was a weaker year then 2010 and 2009 (which were exceptionally good years for cinema). But there are some films from 2011 that I still have to watch - Hugo, The Artist, Mission Impossible, Sherlock Holmes, etc.

Ah, yeah, well, you're right and I kind of feared someone would make this objections about a few movies I named.  :) I tend to remember them by the year I watched them and since a lot them arrive her later than in the US ... I actually saw "The Artist", too (in 2012 though). It's a good movie, but maybe also a bit on the style over substance side. The performances by the lead actor and actress are great and it's fun to watch for the most part but the plot is kept simple (maybe due to it being a silent movie or in reverence to the old movies that were like this), so it doesn't offer you lots to think about. I guess that might be my one of my own prioritized incentives to go to the cinema, good stories, interesting characters, clever story-telling and food for thought. Well, that and quirkiness, probably.  ;D I love screwball comedies with creative visual ideas, too.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on March 19, 2012, 01:18:30 AM
I saw about 100 movies last year between the theater and DVDs. I went to the movies once a week for most of the year. The few weeks I missed were made up for by weeks where I saw 2 or even 3 movies. The rest were rented via Netflix DVD and/or Streaming ...

I think I'll post my favorite move for each month, based on release, even if I saw it on DVD well after the release date ...

So, a Top 12 (by month), I guess:


01 - The Green Hornet
        (Special Mention: Season of the Witch - horrible movie, but awesome if you look at it as if it were a live action D&D game session!)
02 - Drive Angry 3D
        Bugnuts insane Nic Cage movie that is all kinds of awesomesauce.
03 - Rango
        Awesome CG, wonderful deconstruction of the Hero's Journey, and a western, too boot!
04 - Source Code
        I don't like Jake Gyllenhaal much, but he was great in this Mystery Box action/thriller
05 - Kung Fu Panda 2
        I love this series, and the Nickelodeon cartoon, too.
        (Note: If Thor had stuck mostly with the Asgard and non-Earth story, it would have likely been my 2nd most favorite of the year. But, noooo ... they had to muck it up with our mudball.)
        (Note 2: Hobo with a Shotgun is another bugnuts crazy movie that must be seen to be believed!)
06 - X-Men: First Class
        Fassbender and McAvoy steal the show, as I think does Bacon. Best X-Men movie to date.
        (I really liked Transformers: Dark of the Moon, too, but X-Men was far superior story and character-wise)
07 - Captain America: First Avenger
        They did the character justice, but I wish there were more of the Howling Commandos.
        (Special Note: Attack the Block was really, really good for a low-budget sci-fi action movie, but my heart belongs to super heroes)
08 - Rise of the Planet of the Apes
        Probably my favorite movie overall this year. Fantastic all around.
09 - Drive
        For the reason expounded above. Great atmospheric thriller.
        Tucker and Dale vs. Evil was my guilty pleasure this month. So awesome for a reverse horror movie. hehe
10 - Real Steel
       A bit cliche overall, but .. c'mon! Liva action Rock-'em-Sock-'em Robots!!!
       (I just saw The Big Year two days ago, which came out in October 2011. I haven't fully processed it yet, but i think I might like it better in the long run.)
11 - The Muppets
        Ahhhhhhh, nostalgia!
12 - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
       It eeked past Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows because I enjoyed the actiony-ness of MI bettere than the cerbreal-action of Holmes.

Favorite of 2011 - Rise of the Planet of the Apes

My Highly Anticipated But Wound Up Disappointed Movie of 2011?  Cowboys & Aliens
How could that go so wrong? Still, worth watching Harrison Ford in it. One of his better recent performances.
Thor falls into this category, too, but I still watched it twice at the theaters and several times at home just for the Asgrad scenes. (Loki rules)

You guys have True Grit listed, but that was Dec 2010. I actually did not see it until January 2011, and would definitely beat out Green Hornet, but sticking to release months. :(


Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on March 19, 2012, 04:55:01 AM
Great list, Vix. Lots of movies in there that I still have to see.

Ah. Not sure if I'd enjoy it then, but my curiosity is aroused enough to give it a chance sooner or later.
(...)
 I guess that might be my one of my own prioritized incentives to go to the cinema, good stories, interesting characters, clever story-telling and food for thought. Well, that and quirkiness, probably.  ;D I love screwball comedies with creative visual ideas, too.

I didn't want to say that "Drive" offers nothing to think about. It's rather similar to Taxi Driver in more than one way: On the surface, that movie also had a fairly simple story - but it always depends on what a movie is doing with a story like that. The way it's told matters a lot.

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on March 19, 2012, 10:47:32 AM
2010 was a really good year. I still only own half the movies I liked (I buy big groups durng TV lulls). 2011 seemed to be a dismal year until the end of it. The only one I really want to see is the Adventures of TinTin. I'll probably buy that sight unseen tomorrow. I like superhero movies because I used to collect comics. They are usually old friends.

Just saw the last episode of season 2 of The Walking Dead. Didn't realize it was based on a comic. So the question is: If you have the disease in you already why do you get infected and die if bitten? Won't amputation or penicillin stop death?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 25, 2012, 03:13:07 PM
I confess to being disappointed... 

After the rip-roaring successes of the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movies, I was expecting other literary detectives to get their own full-on action hero treatments. 

Charlie Chan as a kung fu master... 

Hercule Poirot with a body buffed up enough to justify his first name... 

Miss Marple as portrayed by Angelina Jolie... 

...etc...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on March 26, 2012, 05:55:35 PM
The Rock is Encyclopedia Brown ... and he doesn't give any quarter. But he does take them.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 26, 2012, 08:03:29 PM
The Rock is Encyclopedia Brown ... and he doesn't give any quarter. But he does take them.
 

LOL   :laughing7:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 27, 2012, 11:32:51 PM
Neat quote from Adventure Time: 

Finn: "I can't just beat up the Ice King for no reason, that's against my alignment."
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 28, 2012, 11:40:36 PM
Here's a couple of surrealist animations.  Watch 'em, or don't, but then answer a question, if you would, please: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJqo90lNYLs&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCHM1do5Vqw&feature=related 

What's the most surreal UA mod you've played?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Targeter on March 29, 2012, 03:59:10 PM
I have to agree with Vix here.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes was hands down the best movie of 2011.  It really surprised me with how good it was, seeing as to how the previous remake was not spoken very highly of at all and prequels in general tend to under-perform in quality.  The story was intriguing, the pace was great, the easter eggs/throwbacks to the originals were nice, and the CGI was phenomenal.

Thoughts on other movies I watched:
Captain America - I happen to be a huge fan of this one.  They did a great job setting it up and delivering the Captain to us, had great moments throughout, and I will miss the cast from the '40s in any sequels they make.
Green Hornet - I found it annoying that they turned it into a slacker comedy, and then on top of that they threw in all these weird, stop-the-action-so-we-can-throw-special-effects-in-your-face effects.  Overall, it was okay, and enjoyable enough to watch.
Green Lantern - I tried to like it, I really did.  I really wanted DC's first Non-Superman/Batman movie in - what? forever? - to be really good, and I always thought Green Lantern was a cool superhero and had a simple yet effective costume  The new costume bugged me so much, and I felt it was so unnecessary.  The movie had some nice moments but I felt it really needed a villain we could identify and appreciate and even relate to in some way.  I didn't care at all about what was happening in the climax.  Still, I enjoyed watching it.
X-Men First Class - The relationship between Charles and Magneto made this movie.  The fight scenes were pretty cool.  Everything else annoyed me.  Ha!  I tried not to watch this from the perspective of an X-Men fan boy ("Why aren't they using the ACTUAL first X-Men from the actual comic titled 'X-Men First Class'?") but trying to view the movie from the perspective that it was a prequel to the rest of the movies was also a tarnished experience due to all the inconsistencies even with those.  And there was the question of several characters' portrayals and motives that I didn't like.  It's worth watching, but I found it hard not to cringe time and again.  ("Mutant, and proud!")

All that said, I am really looking forward to watching Avengers this year.  It looks awesome, and I'm a huge fan of Joss Whedon.  He did a great job with the Astonishing X-Men.  I'm sure he won't disappoint.

And in response to why we can have photo-realistic dinosaurs 20 years ago and still can't do the same with people... It's because the thing that we're around the most and know the most intimately is people, so we can pick up even the subtlest details that betray the illusion that what you are watching is a computer generated image and not a real live person.  We're not as picky with animals and especially dinosaurs, because we don't have anywhere near the experience with them (none at all in the case of dinosaurs.)  If you took still images of the Hulk (from any of the three movies) I bet they will all look photo-realistic enough.  It's the movement that gives it away.  Also, the Hulk is green.  Our minds will automatically know that it is fake.  If he were colorized in flesh tones, I'm sure it wouldn't look as fake to our discerning eyes.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on March 31, 2012, 03:27:26 PM
And in response to why we can have photo-realistic dinosaurs 20 years ago and still can't do the same with people... It's because the thing that we're around the most and know the most intimately is people, so we can pick up even the subtlest details that betray the illusion that what you are watching is a computer generated image and not a real live person.  We're not as picky with animals and especially dinosaurs, because we don't have anywhere near the experience with them (none at all in the case of dinosaurs.)  If you took still images of the Hulk (from any of the three movies) I bet they will all look photo-realistic enough.  It's the movement that gives it away.  Also, the Hulk is green.  Our minds will automatically know that it is fake.  If he were colorized in flesh tones, I'm sure it wouldn't look as fake to our discerning eyes.

Yes, there's a phenomenon related to that, called the Uncanny Valley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley).

I agree that it's the movements that give the illusion away. CGI characters (but also objects) often don't seem to have the right weight or tempo, or move too smoothly.

I don't quite agree with the "green" thing, though: Lou Ferrigno was also green, but there was no doubt he was real shared the same space as the other characters.

Ray Harryhausen miniatures also didn't move realistically, but they at least felt like real objects.

It's probably also related to the lighting: If something is slightly off, the eye will notice it (unconsciously perhaps).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 31, 2012, 08:03:13 PM
Here's a couple of surrealist animations.  Watch 'em, or don't, but then answer a question, if you would, please: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJqo90lNYLs&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCHM1do5Vqw&feature=related 

What's the most surreal UA mod you've played?
 

My answer to my question would be: 

Blue Kitten (Bluekitt.zip) and its sequel,
Worm's Eye (Wormseye.zip)
both by Suzanne Ferree. 

Whether fighting in a fruit combat dungeon, or fighting as fruits, these mods are so delightfully unique as to be unforgetable, and not-to-be-missed UA experiences.  The ideas and segues have a childlike sense of wonder and possibilities, making them most pleasantly surreal. 

"Doom Patrol: Crawling from the Wreckage" (Dmpatrol.zip), by Nol Drek, converts one of that superhero team's seriously surreal comicbook adventures, and so ought to be mentioned, as well. 

A number of parody mods have surreal elements, such as "The Quest for the Sword of the Things" (Swothing.zip) by Harri Polsa, and "Amway Attacks!" (Amway.zip) by Brad Foster, but the tone of those mods is more comedic than surreal. 

Other opinions...?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on April 01, 2012, 03:20:28 AM
Oh, I've overlooked your question, hans... I'll have to think about it first, but I think some of your mods had clear surreal elements as well.

Meanwhile, here are Billy Wilder's tips for writers (http://www.theuncool.com/2012/03/28/billy-wilders-tips-for-writers/):

Quote
   
1. The audience is fickle.
2. Grab ‘em by the throat and never let ‘em go.
3. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character.
4. Know where you’re going.
5. The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.
6. If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act.
7. A tip from Lubitsch: Let the audience add up two plus two. They’ll love you forever.
8. In doing voice-overs, be careful not to describe what the audience already sees. Add to what they’re seeing.
9. The event that occurs at the second act curtain triggers the end of the movie.
10. The third act must build, build, build in tempo and action until the last event, and then -
    - that’s it. Don’t hang around.

The one I like most is #7.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on April 01, 2012, 12:41:44 PM
What's the most surreal UA mod you've played?

The Crawling Chaos by John Rudy. This psychedelic cyberpunk nightmare seems surreal to me.

http://frua.rosedragon.org/pc/modules/t/thecrawl.txt
http://frua.rosedragon.org/pc/modules/t/thecrawl.zip
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on April 02, 2012, 08:26:10 PM

1. The audience is fickle.
2. Grab ‘em by the throat and never let ‘em go.
3. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character.
4. Know where you’re going.
5. The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.
6. If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act.
7. A tip from Lubitsch: Let the audience add up two plus two. They’ll love you forever.
8. In doing voice-overs, be careful not to describe what the audience already sees. Add to what they’re seeing.
9. The event that occurs at the second act curtain triggers the end of the movie.
10. The third act must build, build, build in tempo and action until the last event, and then -
    - that’s it. Don’t hang around.
 

Nice!  Can you think of examples, positive or negative, where some of these relate well to plotting for UA (using any design, including your own, or going back to the original GoldBoxes)?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on April 03, 2012, 01:18:05 PM
What's the most surreal UA mod you've played?

The Crawling Chaos by John Rudy. This psychedelic cyberpunk nightmare seems surreal to me.

http://frua.rosedragon.org/pc/modules/t/thecrawl.txt
http://frua.rosedragon.org/pc/modules/t/thecrawl.zip

I was going to post the exact same thing, Nol! Well, not word for word, but I was going to say psychedelic cyberpunk and surreal in one sentence. heh
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on April 03, 2012, 04:09:53 PM
The Crawling Chaos by John Rudy. This psychedelic cyberpunk nightmare seems surreal to me.
 

I haven't played that one, yet.  I have it on my list, tho. 

I don't make much progress on that list, I must confess. 

First of all, I give priority to new mods, letting them cut in line.  Of course, it may not make much sense that even tho I have several of your older mods on my list, too, Nol, that I'm currently playing your new one (JG1-CoT).   :P 

Secondly, my habit is to devote the first hour of my UA time, each evening, to my own mod-making, and when a lot of times I don't even have a full hour to give UA, naturally that means no time for playing.   :-[

Still, I very much appreciate recommendations!  Thanks, Nol & Vix!   ;D 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on April 05, 2012, 05:37:01 PM
Wrath of the Titans is very entertaining, as long as you don't think about it too much.  Its cosmology and a number of plot elements, upon inspection and reflection, are quite contradictory.  Still, it's exciting, visually amazing, better acted, and in pretty much every way superior to the first movie. 

In a number of ways, it's also better than John Carter.  Ultimately, however, because of its contradictions, it's less uplifting.  Still, it ought to do better business than the tragic John Carter box office, after Disney totally bungled that movie's marketing (starting, I insist, on that zero-excitement title!). 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Krys Tamar on April 06, 2012, 02:07:22 PM
In a number of ways, it's also better than John Carter.  Ultimately, however, because of its contradictions, it's less uplifting.  Still, it ought to do better business than the tragic John Carter box office, after Disney totally bungled that movie's marketing (starting, I insist, on that zero-excitement title!).

Yeah...John Carter is a bit boring name, when you're used to seeing names like "Flash" Gordon for that genre.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 08, 2012, 09:42:34 PM
Boy, the UA side of this forum has been as quiet as the UA mailing list, lately. 

I haven't been posting as much as usual 'cuz I've been channelling all my energies into my mod.  Hopefully, another couple weeks will see me enter the home stretch. 

Still playing Nol's mod periodically, but not as often as I'd like.  Never enough time... 

Here's an amusing Statler Bros. tune, ya'll might like, tho:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P6iqSqJORo&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 09, 2012, 09:27:28 AM
I had a dream, last night, that I gotta share: 

I found myself in a public bathroom, empty, except for the body of someone I knew was important, but not why he was.  Perhaps I had a bit of amnesia. 

It was dusty, the lights were out, but the sun shown through a high window.
I was a bit younger than I am now, and wearing regular street clothes. 

Upon leaving the bathroom, I discovered that I was in a nearly-lifeless city after some sort of disaster.  The building I was in, perhaps originally an office building or department store, was in disarray and badly weathered.  Other than the body I'd left in the bathroom, however, there were no others laying about. 

I didn't have much time to look around before I was confronted by team of super-villains leading a small army of henchmen.  These were minor super-villains, the type usually limited to one or two low-level tricks.  Nobody was flying around, or exhibiting godlike powers.  The henchmen were well-armed, in matching uniforms, sort of like Hydra soldiers, but their colors were more orange-red, and most wore full-face-covering helmets. 

Both villains and henchmen showed no sign of wear, indicating that they were latecomers to the city, and had not gone through whatever disaster had hit it. 

The leader of the villains, he of the evil genius variety, demanded to know who I was.  On an impulse, I decided to try a bold bluff:  "You would know me if I had my heat gun!" I replied, with a bit of an attitude.  I simply chose "heat gun" out of thin air. 

The leader fell for it, and unwittingly filled in the gaps of my bluff, himself, probably to show off his intellect in front of the others.  He identified me as an obscure super-villain who used a heat gun, even adding a bit of background information covering some of "my" old exploits.  I didn't disagree. 

I was given permission to tag along with their group, although without a heat gun they didn't figure I would be of much help to them.  They were on the march, where to and to what purpose I did not know.  And they didn't tell me, as apparently, I still didn't have their full trust. 

The city was big, and we were all on foot, stopping occassionally to eat, rest, or let some henchmen reconnoiter.  Being villains, they were generally discourteous and rude.  So, to fit in, I acted likewise. 

My snottiness rubbed one homicidal henchman the wrong way, during one rest stop, and he attacked me with a knife.  I used a martial arts wristlock to disarm him and force him to the ground.  The rest of the villains, I saw, now expected me to kill the loser.  I considered it...after all, he was a bad guy and surely deserved it, but I had an aversion to killing... 

So, judging him to be about my size, I ordered him to strip.  "You are now Underwear Man," I announced.  I took his weapons, provisions, and put on the uniform, except for the helmet, because (in character) I didn't want to blend in with the henchmen "rabble." 

That's when I woke up.  Many questions left unanswered, like what had happened to the city, or how far that disaster had extended.  I didn't even find out if the villains' goal was truly sinister or not. 

Still, of the dreams I've related in this thread, this one may be most mod-worthy... 

So, Dr. Freud, how would you analyze this one...?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on May 10, 2012, 10:25:48 PM
Sounds like you've watched Dark City recently.  :P
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on May 11, 2012, 09:29:51 AM
"You are now Underwear Man," I announced.
So, Dr. Freud, how would you analyze this one...?

Sounds like you saw a Hanes commercial before you went to bed.  ;p
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 11, 2012, 10:36:10 PM
"You are now Underwear Man," I announced.
So, Dr. Freud, how would you analyze this one...?

Sounds like you saw a Hanes commercial before you went to bed.  ;p
 

LOL   :laughing7:

In retrospect, I probably should've left out that part...   :icon_geek:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 13, 2012, 10:13:02 PM
BTW, The Avengers deserves its billion dollars.  It's a mighty awesome movie. 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 15, 2012, 08:52:27 PM
Dark Shadows is more than the inky box-office goo found under the Hulk's foot this past week.  It's actually a pretty good movie. 

Much better than what I was anticipating (or, rather, dreading), after viewing its trailers.  It suffers from some of Burton's chronic weaknesses, but moreso benefits from his strengths.  In fact, I'd say it's one of my favorite Tim Burton films. 

The ad wizards at Warner Bros. probably would've done better than to assemble a trailer of nothing but the movie's jokiest bits.  There are also horror, action, and emotional chords struck.  An entertaining blend.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on May 22, 2012, 07:43:59 AM
Would you mind elaborating about the strenghts and weaknesses of Dark Shadows? So far I've watched almost all of Tim Burton's movies, but I found Alice in Wonderland rather weak and I'm a bit put off by the Dark Shadows trailer, too. The jokiest bits didn't even put a mild smile on my face and the combination of Burton & Depp and the way Johnny Depp plays these roles begin to feel like déjà-vu. The trailer presents something that might have been original and fun to watch 25 years ago returned from the grave of the 80's, or in other words, something dusty and quite possibly undead.  ;)

I have to admit though I know nothing about the series it's based on (the feeling I get when watching the trailer might be related to the series being old, but in any case I couldn't enjoy any references and hommages to it and would only be able to judge the movie for how it appears to me from an ignorant perspective of today). Can you convince me to give the movie a try nevertheless? :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 22, 2012, 08:36:13 PM
Dark Shadows has what you would expect from a Tim Burton film:  Exquisite visuals, offbeat characters and situations, unexpected juxtapositions, and a melding of disparate elements such as light with dark ones.  What makes it a better than average Burton film, however, is that it has a clear, strong theme.  It has meaning beyond simply following a character through a series of events.

The theme of Dark Shadows is "family."  And Burton adheres to it throughout his film, which gives its oddities a fine, richness of metaphorical depth.

For example, the term "generation gap" was popularized in the late 60's, and early 70's (when most of this movie is set).  The term refers to differences between people of younger generations and their elders.  Johnny Depp's role of Barnabas Collins wildly widens that gap. 

Burton does not sabotage his theme by adding unsupporting or contradictory scenes simply because they're cool.  He doesn't abandon one theme in the middle of his movie to embrace a different one for the second half.  He doesn't give credit to a overarching theme in one scene that the rest of the movie has had nothing to do with.  These are cinematic sins that Burton has been known to commit, but, fortunately, refrains from in Dark Shadows.

Plus, it really is fun.   ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on May 23, 2012, 12:31:51 PM
I might see Dark Shadows if time and money permit.

I wanted to see Battleship, but it has such mixed reviews ... and most of the positive reviews are of the "it is not as bad as it looks." Which, to me, is akin to saying "I ate cherry flavored poop". It might have tasted just like cherries, but it was still poop.

I saw 21 Jump Street with my 15-yo last Sunday for his b-day. It is R-rated, and deservedly so, but it was still a fun movie. I enjoyed it, and he did, too. (Lots of drug use, tho centered on a fake drug; lots of drinking, LOTS of cursing, no nudity I recall; over-the-top violence with minimal gore; and a scene near the end which sorta breaks the no nudity thing, but not quite really ... don't wanna give it away.)

This weekend I am going to go see MIB3. I always though that Men in Black could make a great UA mod. Lots of hacked weapons for the Agents, weird monsters to fight. Story would be fun with a humorous tone. Ghostbusters was another movie franchise I felt would also translate well to UA.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on May 24, 2012, 03:24:52 PM
Plus, it really is fun.   ;)

Hm. Still doesn't sound like my kind of movie, I'm afraid. But I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on it, hans. Thanks a lot!  :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 24, 2012, 03:47:39 PM
I wanted to see Battleship, but it has such mixed reviews ... and most of the positive reviews are of the "it is not as bad as it looks." Which, to me, is akin to saying "I ate cherry flavored poop". It might have tasted just like cherries, but it was still poop.
 

Yeah, I passed up on Battleship, today, because of the poor reviews and mediocre trailers, to see The Avengers, again, only in 3D, this time.  I waited to see it in 3D until after the huge crowds died down, 'cuz I always want a good, central seat for 3D.  Fantastic movie.  The 3D was very nice in some parts, and maybe only detracted in a couple of quick scenes (3D and shaky cams don't go well together). 

Too many great-looking movies are coming up, too, for me to try to catch it later. 

Somewhere there's probably a toy/movie mogul saying "Hulk sunk my Battleship!"
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 27, 2012, 12:17:02 AM
It's Memorial Day weekend in the U.S.  Here's a vid both apropos, yet, somehow, not

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbbUK3vOjlE&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 28, 2012, 04:08:58 PM
Last night I drempt I was walking my neighborhood street at night, and a sportscar pulls up, and out leaps this teenage girl dressed like Nightveil (http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs51/f/2009/264/9/1/Nightveil_01_by_xanaman.jpg).  I've never been a fan of the character, but there she was.  In my dream, I didn't believe she was the actual comicbook character, but just a girl in a costume. 

Like a true superheroine, though, she challenged my motives, demanding whether or not I was up to no good.  I told her not to worry, and pointed out a life-sized lawn ornament of the golden age DC comicbook character Starman I had made (I've not made one, but there it was, lit up like Christmas -- I am a fan of that character, however).  The lawn ornament seemed to buy me some sorta geek cred, and she relaxed. 

With her was a young Molly Ringwald.  I asked Molly if she was the "sidekick."  Apparently she was. 

The two weren't on patrol, I was told, but were tracking a master criminal.  I think they were about to let me join them in the hunt, when my alarm clock went off. 

Sigh. 

It was promising to be a very unusual dream, too...sort of 80's John Hughes in a superhero vein...possibly putting me in an Anthony Michael Hall role...
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Post by: Vix on May 28, 2012, 07:31:09 PM
What the hell do you smoke before bed? You have the craziest dreams!  ;p

I do have my share of crazy dreams, tho ... Last night I had a disjointed dream about zombies, my cat, Harold and Kumar, Neil Patrick Harris, the Avenger's FB game I am playing, and the MIB.  (I had read the last issue of Walking Dead and watched Harold and Kumar's 3D Christmas just before going to bed. I play the Avengers game most every day and was planning on seeing MIB3 the next day ... today. So it all makes sense, but it was a crazy dream.)

Also, you like Starman? Have you been reading the Shade mini-series from DC?

And, MIB3 was very fun, btw.
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Post by: hans on May 28, 2012, 10:34:15 PM
What the hell do you smoke before bed? You have the craziest dreams!  ;p
   

Well, I do often have a chocolate frosted pop-tart, or two, before going to bed...but that's not immoral, and only borderline decadent. 
 :tongue8:
Still, I expect that you, and everybody else on the forum, have had probably hundreds of cool dreams, equal to mine.  The trouble is, people forget most of their dreams, often within minutes of waking up. 

I think I've only remembered the ones I've shared because I made a mental note to post them here.  Even so, I'd now have to review the board to remind myself of them.  This is the closest I've ever come to keeping a dream journal. 

I do have my share of crazy dreams, tho ... Last night I had a disjointed dream about zombies, my cat, Harold and Kumar, Neil Patrick Harris, the Avenger's FB game I am playing, and the MIB.  (I had read the last issue of Walking Dead and watched Harold and Kumar's 3D Christmas just before going to bed. I play the Avengers game most every day and was planning on seeing MIB3 the next day ... today. So it all makes sense, but it was a crazy dream.) 

Well, that explains everything but your cat...    :cat: 
Obliviously the key to the whole puzzle!

Also, you like Starman? Have you been reading the Shade mini-series from DC?
 

Every issue!   :read2:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on June 02, 2012, 01:16:13 AM
The Avengers was pretty amazing!
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Post by: hans on June 22, 2012, 10:34:57 AM
A video-game-style music video that old-schoolers should appreciate: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-tNUur2YoU&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 23, 2012, 10:27:04 PM
A few quick thoughts on some current movies: 

MIB3  --Excellent fun. 

Snow White & the Huntsman  --Aimed for the Young Adult crowd who like the Twilight movies.  Does nothing particularly brave.  Outside of the CGI, it's actually very conventional and old fashioned.  Similar to the Narnia movies, in many ways, but without the richness of subtexts. 

Prometheus  --Plenty of gory frights, but also one of the purest science fiction movies to come out in a looooong time.  Extraordinary.   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on June 25, 2012, 10:34:14 PM
A nice Gorillaz music video featuring a mix of animation styles:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_aUF46r5No&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 08, 2012, 10:05:20 PM
Great imagery in this Of Monsters and Men "Little Talks" music video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eDopW8I
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 15, 2012, 04:06:44 PM
Sci-Fi teevee shows look like they're going the way of the Westerns. 

So where did they take a wrong turn?  What were the sins of recent attempts? 

Too dark?  Too gritty?  Too political?  Too politically-correct?  Too talky?  Too boring?  Too sub-plotty?  Too incomprehensible?  Too derivative?  Too similar?  Too slavish to the demon of "continuity"...?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 18, 2012, 07:26:02 PM
Here's some nice animation in a Mogwai music video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0lYOQYTKVo&feature=related
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Post by: hans on July 20, 2012, 01:33:36 PM
Here's a short, animated film, that I don't think has been linked, here, before.  It's sort of an android in a dungeon crawl: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDvVKJtLocQ&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 23, 2012, 08:58:14 PM
An animated Kwoon music video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsipkL910gQ&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 25, 2012, 02:32:54 PM
Old Jack Black Lord of the Rings parody, to go along with the Spider-Man parody on the SHUA thread. 
(rated M for Mature due to typical Jack Black raunchy humor)  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0Ut81o5uPo&feature=endscreen&NR=1
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on July 28, 2012, 07:47:31 PM
I finally watched The Amazing Spiderman last week, but wasn't impressed by it at all. I was a fan of the Raimi trilogy (well, maybe not so much the third one, but I didn't regret watching it either), and I don't really see the new movie doing anything significantly new or better than its predecessors. I hardly had any sympathy for this new Peter Parker, and I felt that everything that originally made his story interesting was somehow distorted in such a way to make it really trivial. I didn't watch TASM in 3D, so I couldn't judge how impressive the effects were, but the story-telling was pretty weak, IMO. Besides, when it was first announced it sounded like it was going to be darker than the other Spiderman movies, but all they did was take out the humor and it didn't make the movie any more 'mature' or bleak, just a little more boring. I don't think I'll pay to watch a sequel on the big screen.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 03, 2012, 07:27:03 PM
A nice, fantasie, CGI short film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-banbg_EFs&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 07, 2012, 07:46:10 PM
A couple of M.C. Escher-related shorts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK6qa__9Kw4&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7aHMp9aOOs&feature=related 

I thought I might try to do an Escher inspired Combat Dungeon, or Wilderness, or Wallset, sometime, but I fear UA's limitations, as well as my own, would keep me from doing his detailed & mathematically-precise ideas justice. 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on August 28, 2012, 05:33:28 AM
I watched "Prometheus" and it was decent for a first act of a movie. I paid to watch a full movie, though - and this was not one.

Since the writer of "Lost" wrote the script, I assume that all the "answers" the crew is seeking are hogwash anyway.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on August 28, 2012, 03:31:40 PM
I watched "Prometheus" and it was decent for a first act of a movie. I paid to watch a full movie, though - and this was not one.

Since the writer of "Lost" wrote the script, I assume that all the "answers" the crew is seeking are hogwash anyway.

Nah, it'll turn out this was just a dream Ripley was having while she was in cryo-sleep after leaving the planet from Aliens and crashing on the prison planet.  *nod nod*
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Post by: Ben J on August 28, 2012, 03:44:11 PM
Nah, it'll turn out this was just a dream Ripley was having while she was in cryo-sleep after leaving the planet from Aliens and crashing on the prison planet.  *nod nod*

Sounds about right.
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Post by: hans on August 30, 2012, 11:10:43 PM
Facehuggers of a different variety, for those who never saw it, Oktapodi, a cgi-animation short:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=badHUNl2HXU
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on September 04, 2012, 02:44:03 PM
Facehuggers of a different variety, for those who never saw it, Oktapodi, a cgi-animation short:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=badHUNl2HXU

Never saw that one. I loved it!

Better than the last Pixar short, to be sure.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 18, 2012, 10:05:07 PM
For retro robot lovers, two Caravan Palace music videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbprVsdawS8&feature=endscreen&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=fBGSJ3sbivI&NR=1
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Post by: Milos Gulan on September 19, 2012, 09:47:58 AM
Nice :) btw lots of shooting in the next 2 vids of nice westerns, those are Bandidas, and Tombstone with Young Guns 2 which i didn't watch but Young Guns 2 soundtrack played by Bon Jovie is my fav :)

Bandidas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYvr3Uf_4VI

Tombstone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_629150&feature=iv&src_vid=ef7somoes-g&v=pS2tNzuve60

Btw I watched  WW II in Colour lately, and it is documentary in colour, very interesting to see all that as it really happened, though well also very bad things happened there. Anyway it makes me wish to have an historical mod of DC, and realistic, without spells, just things that can be played like history :) hm real knights and all other adventurous things. Maybe it wouldnt be interesting like fantasy but still it coould be very educative maybe :) 
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Post by: hans on September 21, 2012, 02:55:31 PM
Dredd is a terrific movie. 

I actually liked it better than The Dark Knight Rises.  It shares some of the same dynamics, but the suspense is better maintained, and there are less contrivances. 

I recommend it, but only for those who don't mind a hard "R" rating, most notably for the super-slo-mo CGI violence.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 22, 2012, 01:34:17 AM
Looks nice :) here is one that I like Tigerman which I watched as a kid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx_btFU9lAs and in art similiar but much more violent Fist of the Northern Star or Hokuto No Ken http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJmox_zXoyc which actualy reminded me of a cool game which has really nice sprites that maybe could be used in this game too here is intro from the MUGEN version of Hokuto No Ken http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXQ91-06nzA

And there is an editor called Fighter factory, interesting thing is that every move can be exported into pic sprites. I havent been trying to yet make sprites for DC but this tool might be very helpful as there are more then 1000 characters for this game and among superheros there are some fantasy characters too http://www.virtualltek.com/

Here is the bigest place there was for mugen it still is on but only forums still there can be found lots of things like these which are sprites and sounds http://mugenguild.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=9a425ec233eabf1cc2b06cc5f5a1695c&topic=23554.0

Actualy it seems they are active again ;) http://mugenguild.atspace.eu/start.html

Here is just a little sprite to see :) (http://mugenguild.atspace.eu/anims/re_valdoll_anim.gif)

Also here some cool links like DC and Marvel Characters and lots of others
http://mugenguild.atspace.eu/mugenwiki_dce.html
http://mugenguild.atspace.eu/mugenwiki_mce.html
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 23, 2012, 07:18:35 PM
Those sprites look nice. 

I experimented with turning animated gifs into UA animations for my OAUA mod, "An Oriental Alphabet Primer" (OA_OA.zip).  The results got some compliments. 

On another recent subject, mods as education tools, OA_OA had such a goal, or, at least, a minor objective within the greater goal of creating an interesting mod.  It gave one Asian word for each letter of the English alphabet, A-Z, thus 26 in all, along with definitons. 

That element I treated more-or-less straightforwardly as if from a children's primer (hence the title), but then married each definition to an example taken, non-chronologically, from a samurai horror novel, with each such example being grotesque or mystifying.  My intention was to tell a story in UA using the most unconventional narrative structure I could, and see how effective I could make it.

In the greater sense, then, the mod was an experiment in creating a mock "cut-up technique" story (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut-up_technique).  Yet, the educational aspect was real, too. 

IMO, educational mods ought to be just as fun as regular mods, if we want people to play them.  The educational aspects shouldn't get in the way of fun, but used in a way as to increase the fun.  At least, that should be the aim.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on September 24, 2012, 12:20:53 AM
Very interesting I have to say, I am curious about eastern languages as they can teach much  ;D. Will try soon that adventure only problem is that my characters are a bit lower level then needed (they finished Tales of Twin Dragons and I think they are around lv 5) so I will try leveling them up first. Thanks for advice btw :) also I think adventures should be educational sometimes and that can be also fun :)

Sprites are cool and they can be exported in that program Fighter Factory which I hope can be useful though I haven't tryed editing sprites yet, but DC character sprites and combat looks very nice :D. Also 2 games I found there are from Mystara Setting and I have played them, found somewhere on net :) they are like those old arcade games http://mugenguild.atspace.eu/mugenwiki_d&d.html here are some vids I am sure those game can be find as freeware http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYGNgb91MwU and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtS5mrpGHjU

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 28, 2012, 04:25:39 AM
No mods about Conan :) yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1iJZIMddpM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 28, 2012, 11:04:22 AM
No mods about Conan :) yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1iJZIMddpM
 

Hmm.  That's odd. 

Surge Protector adapted R.E.H.'s "Rogues in the House" (roguesin.zip), but I don't see it up at our archives. 

Was it withdrawn...?
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Post by: nologgie on September 28, 2012, 01:12:18 PM
Surge Protector adapted R.E.H.'s "Rogues in the House" (roguesin.zip), but I don't see it up at our archives. 

Was it withdrawn...?

If not, it was probably lost in the shuffle of changing servers some time or other, and should be re-upped.  I don't have a copy, and I'm pretty sure I've never seen it.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 01, 2012, 10:10:23 PM
I tried to contact Surge Protector at his old Yahoo address, but it doesn't appear to be active, anymore.  :(
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 02, 2012, 07:47:02 PM
Speaking of Robert E. Howard, I've mentioned before that Solomon Kane is my favorite REH hero, and that I really wanted to see his movie released in the States. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSDZNHYLDOY  
Well, I opened my paper, today, and saw that it had come to town, finally, with absolutely zero fanfare.  So, I've seen it. 
I was expecting a mediocre film, for various reasons, like the slow release, and the rumored liberties I'd heard that the makers made with the character. 
And I suppose it was, in the final analysis, mediocre. 
The acting is laudably earnest, and there are many fine sequences, but too many story elements were pretentious and hackneyed. 
Ah well, still I'm glad I was able to see it on the big screen (even if it was the smallest one at the cineplex).
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 04, 2012, 08:23:09 AM
I have to say that i like very much REH works especialy King Kull, Red Sonia and Conan. I would love to play trough their world and meet them :).

Also one of my favorites is Beastmaster. Here is link from that first movie and there are 3 parts but first one is most interesting :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGEigptwPOU also there is tv series http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJuttKZxaPM
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Post by: hans on October 06, 2012, 07:51:34 PM
Surge Protector adapted R.E.H.'s "Rogues in the House" (roguesin.zip), but I don't see it up at our archives. 
 

I found a copy and have ULed it to the UA File Archive. 

Since Surge Protector gave permission to update the mod in his docs, I don't think he'd object.  If someday he does, we can, of course, remove it.
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Post by: nologgie on October 06, 2012, 09:37:21 PM
Thanks hans!  :D
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 07, 2012, 03:59:02 AM
I have to say that when I click module listing on this site http://frua.reonis.com/ it show some error, also I hope I will be able to download it soon, as I can't find it on http://frua.rosedragon.org yet :) anyway big thanks a lot for uploading it.

Here is something I like too :) Last Samurai, I watched it on TV about year ago not all though but still it was cool http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRrckyRrG20
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Post by: hans on October 08, 2012, 02:27:16 PM
It's Columbus Day in the U.S., and so here's Fats Waller's musical tribute:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH_saJAKYhY&feature=related  
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 08, 2012, 06:55:06 PM
I had a fantastic football day :) so I guess that can be inspirative too
Newcastle United - Feeling a Moment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9MmBRORLC0&feature=related
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Post by: hans on October 11, 2012, 03:57:06 PM
Looper is very good movie. 

Paradoxes abound (even moreso than in your average time travel movie), but it has nice performances, heart, and thematic depth.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 12, 2012, 04:02:55 AM
Arthur and the minimoys, very nicely done http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adNEamH4mQ4
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 15, 2012, 08:08:37 PM
I had a pretty cool dream.  Quite cinematic. 

I was part of a band of genetic superhumans, rather like X-Men without the costumes.  The dream began mid-story, as it was apparent that we were embroiled in much intrigue.  We were sort of hiding, or on the run from our enemies, having taken temporary refuge in a small, out-of-the-way Arab city...made slightly larger by our tents. 

Inside one, large, carnival-sized tent, we had a slave-girl that we had liberated from some dark fate, but that certain of our enemies coveted.  Two stealthy villains, in Bedouin robes, had snuck into the far side of the tent and were abducting the girl.  But they were not stealthy enough to avoid my senses, and I climbed to the top of the tent more quickly and easily than a desert lizard.  My trod was so light that it wouldn't possibly betray my steps to someone inside. 

Once on top, I saw the villains, just emerged, taking the girl toward a pair of horses (or possibly camels --I was more focused on the bad guys than their mounts).  I threw two knives, with great accuracy, and which spun like something out of the Krull movie.  Scratch two bad guys.  Slave-girl safe. 

From there, our band got together to discuss some stuff.  Our leader, who was patriarchal, allowed me to give the group a demonstration of one of the keys in the grand intrigue.  Using a deck of oversized cards (perhaps they were tarots), I started a fire in the sand.  This was no ordinary fire, however.  The cards weren't being consumed (at least, not immediately).  I invited another of our members, who was a shapeshifter, to test the heat.  He held one of the burning cards in his hand, remarking that it was burning coolly.  Then it got warm, but not yet hot.  Suddenly, he realized his hand was badly burned. 

He got a bit mad, but one of the other members reminded him that his injury would vanish if he would shapeshift to his more monstrous, Mr. Hyde-like persona.  From there, began a physical training session that threatened to become a melee thanks to some hotheads in our group, like Mr. Hyde. 

As this was going on, an associated superhuman showed up with some sort of supply bundle.  He was met by our patriarch's young-adult daughter.  The man was somewhat of a loose cannon, I knew, with reddish sideburns, possibly of Irish descent.  He was wiry in build, but I also knew that he possessed great physical prowess. 

The daughter told him that her father had left instructions that he could be on his way, with our thanks, immediately after the delivery.  He asked why the quick brush-off.  A bit embarrassed, she explained that our group was accused of some bad things, and though we were innocent of them, the subject might cause some friction between our group and this Mr. Sideburns.  The loose cannon had some connections, you see, with a clan of vampires who were currently among our enemies.  (The vampires weren't our biggest enemy, though, those being even more frightful and mysterious.)   

The daughter dismissed her father's fears, but Mr. Sideburns asked "You haven't hurt any ladies, have you?"  Clearly, he had heard some of the rumors against us.  Again, the daughter professed our innocence, adding, "but father says you might do anything for --Charlene." 

"Charlene?" echoed the loose cannon, a strange, perplexed look passing over his face.  I could see, that with that name, his loyalties would now be greatly tested.  How would he react...?! 

That's when I woke up.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 16, 2012, 11:58:30 AM
Cool :D I also had a vivid fantasy dream lately and was thinking to post it here but I didn't so I will now :) here is an intro of it firstly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAC632v4Tdw

Dream was not long and we were in some place like a preparing room or something. We were all drow elves and I was I think some kind of rogue there. It was so realistic (like I was actualy playing a LARP, I best remember the feeling me being inside drow elven body and reciving instructions, it was very notable moment like playing that Assassin's creed game) and I had a nice robe and a hood and some cool weapons probably. And leader gave me something and said that we have to do some things but nothing really specified I mean I don't remember any words or anything else :) then I woke up :) It was one of the very vivid dreams and I was totaly surpised by it when I woke up.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on October 16, 2012, 01:40:08 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsO9qMdzsgM&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsO9qMdzsgM&feature=related)

Drizzt movie ... sorta.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 16, 2012, 08:12:02 PM
Drizzt is my favorite DD and fantasy character :) though I have to admit that I didn't liked the feeling of me being inside drow elven body in that dream :)

Anyway Frodo and the dwarves :D again http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0k3kHtyoqc&feature=related and before http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_JMOPCo31M

This last movie had the most wonderful music, very nice and fantastic, something like those dwarves sing in the first trailer but there is no music in the second trailer sadly so here they are, not all though :D

Greatest adventure http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8ewZr-R0rw&feature=related
I am Mister Bilbo Baggins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6dnw0CzAqQ&feature=plcp

And Dragonlance just a bit of it :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JkJyPoGYE0&feature=plcp

Edit: and this song with lyrics :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjGSeqv3nwo&feature=related
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Post by: hans on October 16, 2012, 10:16:10 PM
Having a number of fine literary stories that could have been told, from Drizzt's's to the Dragonlance epics, sure makes that abysmal Dungeons & Dragons (2000) movie look all the more wretched.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAIUf4HOgME&feature=endscreen&NR=1
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 16, 2012, 11:54:50 PM
Well genre of fantasy isn't so easy to make, I watched that LOTR Trilogy and wasn't liking it too much. Anyway part one DD movie was interesting though I guess they could make something better, there are part 2 and 3 also. I wonder what would I do given the choice of making a fantasy movie :)

Speaking of Drizzt here is a nice novel to read :) http://www.candlekeep.com/campaign/logs/log-entreri.htm and also this one :) which I will have to read  http://www.candlekeep.com/campaign/logs/log-goblins.htm and this one too :) http://www.candlekeep.com/campaign/logs/log-fear.htm
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 19, 2012, 07:10:50 PM
Halloween moods: 

Here's a couple of tunes from two groups noted for their scary orchestral works,
Nox Arcana
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtBysnK0CQM&feature=related  
and Midnight Syndicate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7FjUjrluWs&feature=endscreen&NR=1
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 20, 2012, 05:24:05 AM
:) Speaking of it here is the maybe only comic artist in Ex-Yugoslavia who did something and mostly it is his Superhero character Cat Claw beside his Gerometal Band where he is also making music. Here is preview of his works, and well I guess mostly it was done in 90-es  ;D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmSSvO337UE&feature=related

Btw I had his one of his Cat Claw comics featuring a Helloween gang and it was really cool, here is also a nice song of that german band which is one of my all time favs :) maybe because of that comic :D my fav song from that time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRPS4xBBexU&NR=1&feature=endscreen
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 21, 2012, 08:32:15 PM
:) Speaking of it here is the maybe only comic artist in Ex-Yugoslavia who did something and mostly it is his Superhero character Cat Claw beside his Gerometal Band where he is also making music. Here is preview of his works, and well I guess mostly it was done in 90-es  ;D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmSSvO337UE&feature=related
 

Quite dramatic, to see his comics art while listening to his music.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 21, 2012, 08:34:56 PM
Halloween moods: 

Two novelty songs, one for King Kong & one for Dark Shadows' Barnabas Collins.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Oonu_BcEN4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK-qm2OH1NY
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 22, 2012, 10:09:49 PM
Surreal Halloween mood: 

Indescribable funeral from Grande Dame.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mzDXifcl0E
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on October 23, 2012, 07:49:48 AM
The Iron Man 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5EjG-1U3wqA) trailer looks pretty good. Downplays the comedy elements quite a bit - I expected the opposite from a Shane Black film.

And we finally get to see the Mandarin, who is played by Ben Kingsley, Hollywood's go-to guy for playing a person of vaguely foreign, unspecified ethnicity.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 23, 2012, 08:06:13 AM
One of my favs, Punisher http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZZZBffx6oA
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 23, 2012, 11:55:02 AM
And newer seems more violent version Punisher: War Zone :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liABMxEvPAc
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 23, 2012, 01:27:13 PM
The Iron Man 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5EjG-1U3wqA) trailer looks pretty good. Downplays the comedy elements quite a bit - I expected the opposite from a Shane Black film.
 

Wow, that is quite dramatic.  IM2 had only a few moments of true suspense, where Tony Stark actually seemed vulnerable.  I think vulnerability is a key to the character who was billed as The Invincible Iron Man in his classic silver age.  Considering his bad heart, and constant threats of armor breakdowns and rundowns, the title always had an ironic ring to it.  That trailer has made me more eager to see the movie. 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 23, 2012, 06:49:34 PM
One of my favs, Punisher http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZZZBffx6oA
 

Not one of my favs, overall, but Thomas Jane's fight with "the Russian" is one of the all-time great movie fights. 
 :boxing: 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on October 24, 2012, 12:32:49 AM
And we finally get to see the Mandarin, who is played by Ben Kingsley, Hollywood's go-to guy for playing a person of vaguely foreign, unspecified ethnicity.

Indian, Iranian, Chinese, Mongolian... I guess there aren't any Chinese American actors in Hollywood looking for work... But at least Ben Kingsley is a good actor...

I read that Iron Man 3 won't delve into Tony Stark's alcoholism, which is probably for the best - such storylines are more satisfying and believable when they take a decade to develop.

Thanks for the link to the trailer, I enjoyed it immensely.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 24, 2012, 02:10:20 AM
Not one of my favs, overall, but Thomas Jane's fight with "the Russian" is one of the all-time great movie fights. 
 :boxing:

I didn't actualy spoke about movie which i didn't watched, instead I was refering to Punisher comic I used to read as younger. Maybe there is lot of violence in punisher and some things I don't like but still he has a nice story and art so he is still one of my favorites. Maybe reminds a bit of Judge Dredd whom I also like but I didn't actualy read much of it :D

Anyway I guess Judge Dredd is a cool character too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43-BefmjMFg
And :D new version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-eI5oLlIeY&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 24, 2012, 11:39:29 PM
Halloween mood: 

The Terror from Mars cartoon short.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gr4h6CF6nc&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Targeter on October 24, 2012, 11:56:17 PM
Not one of my favs, overall, but Thomas Jane's fight with "the Russian" is one of the all-time great movie fights. 
 :boxing:

That WAS an awesome fight.  Had a hell of a lot more impact than the there's-absolutely-no-need-to-fear-for-his-safety "climax" of the movie.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 25, 2012, 06:58:46 AM
More of it :D a bit older version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umYvv7K4Z_I
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 25, 2012, 06:57:53 PM
While I think that each of the Punisher movies has had a few nice elements, none has been a particulalry good movie, overall. 

IMO, they've all thought too small.  They make the character little more than Charles Bronson wearing a skull shirt.  Beyond a few flourishes, they've been mere vigilante vendetta movies. 

He ought to be battling more than a stereotypical crime family.  In the movies, he ought to be battling a James Bond-style supervillain (the big ones, like Blofeld or Goldfinger) with equally stylish henchmen, like Jaws and Oddjob.  A lone wolf vigilante versus a Spectre-type organization with all their gadgets and grandiose schemes would be much more interesting than another Death Wish sequel. 

In the comics, He ought to stay in the larger Marvel Universe with supervillains to pick off.  His first appearance was in Spider-man, and that's where his character is most interesting.  He can represent the anguish of a regular joe in a world where the supervillains prey on normal human beings.   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 25, 2012, 09:57:42 PM
Halloween moods:

Girl meets vampire song (This Is How We Do It In Transylvania) 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVqRfJEmL0g&feature=related 

Boy meets vampire song (Dracula's Daughter)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-DCvtBh_y8&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Targeter on October 25, 2012, 11:03:08 PM
The main problem that Punisher always had was that he was good at what he did.  And what he did was actually succeed in killing off his rogues gallery.  Without building up a cast of characters to go up against that readers would recognize, it was hard making his stories interesting.  I mean, did they even try to mine the comics for any characters to be the bad guys in his movies or did they just make stuff up?

Throwing him into the larger Marvel Universe kinda goes up against that same problem:  Does he suddenly become sucky at his game and the supervillains he hunts get away all the time?  Or does he start actually picking off and killing these supervillains?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 26, 2012, 03:29:38 AM
True, Punisher is a bit more realistic character then he is superhero ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 27, 2012, 12:36:55 PM
Here is an adventure I saw and liked few years ago and there was a version with 2e rules but I think later it got converted for 3e and I think discontinued to be 2e. So here it is, I think it would be nice to have something like it in DC :)

http://www.candlekeep.com/campaign/nj_main.htm

This site has nice FR Maps too http://nj-pbem.com/
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 27, 2012, 07:33:38 PM
Halloween moods: 

A couple of Dan Hillier influenced videos: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYea2P0vvo&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsaLyUTDGTo
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 28, 2012, 01:22:07 PM
:) and now something really interesting http://auroratrek.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mHyGlqsjsQ
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 28, 2012, 07:41:29 PM
Halloween mood:

CGI short, "This Way Up" featuring a pair of undertakers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiWsPtx619o&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: nologgie on October 28, 2012, 08:05:39 PM
There are icons, and then there are icons.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 28, 2012, 11:07:35 PM
Throwing him into the larger Marvel Universe kinda goes up against that same problem:  Does he suddenly become sucky at his game and the supervillains he hunts get away all the time?  Or does he start actually picking off and killing these supervillains?
 

I don't think the Punisher would need to become Foolkiller or Scourge (who might kill off several established supervillains in one issue).  That would be too wasteful, as well as unnecessary. 

However, maintaining his status as part of the MU (which he has always technically been a part of), supervillains will naturally be bigger menaces than street thugs or mafiosos or even terrorists.  Legitimate government agencies are around to keep those real-life villains in check in the MU, just as in the real U.  It's the supervillains that have the normal authorities outclassed in the MU.  So, supervillain antagonists can and should be introduced in Punisher comicbook stories, the same way a writer introduces human bad guys. 

Whether bringing in an established, but expendable, used-up Spidey rogue, or creating brand new supervillains, the Punisher still needs story arcs, and not just a shooting gallery.  Time should be taken to build up his targets, before he puts holes in them.  (I'm only speaking of his main targets, of course, as henchmen are a dime-a-dozen.) 

Part of his being too "good at what he did" is the failure of many of his writers to give him worthy opponents.  You would expect the Punisher to blow through mere human adversaries with ease.  So, why do so many writers keep giving him more of the same?  Give him some supervillains powerful enough and savvy enough to put the contest into real doubt, and then you'd have so much more to work with...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Targeter on October 29, 2012, 01:43:00 AM
That sounds like the perfect cure for the Punisher blues.  You pretty much summed it all up and hit the nail on the head.  I do realize he used to be part of the MU back in the day (matter of fact, I'm a little confused now...  wasn't he in Civil War?  Is Max a separate universe or something?) but he really didn't jive well with it.  I never liked him much back then, either.  Still, he must have gotten popular for a reason, and there has GOT to be a way to bring him to the big screen and do a good job of it.

If we've learned anything from the past four years of cinema it's that no matter what the comic book is originally, you can still stick true to the material and make it work.  There's a reason why those comics have been around for so long, after all.

Oh, and Scourge killed off a bunch of bad guys like they were going out of style... because they WERE.  He basically cleaned house with a bunch of has-been, throw-away bad guys that nobody knew or cared about anymore.  Still, pretty fun, and the whole reason I picked up Captain America 319 back in the day.  :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 29, 2012, 07:52:34 AM
Yeah Punisher might be a bit of a Antihero but still i like him :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 29, 2012, 06:32:33 PM
Oh, and Scourge killed off a bunch of bad guys like they were going out of style... because they WERE.  He basically cleaned house with a bunch of has-been, throw-away bad guys that nobody knew or cared about anymore.  Still, pretty fun, and the whole reason I picked up Captain America 319 back in the day.  :)
 

The Scourge saga certainly drew more buzz than most Captain America storylines of the 80's.  It was a fresh idea and inherently dramatic.  It had a number of nice moments.  Ultimately, however, it aimed way too low. 

First of all, in the penultimate chapter (319), the Scourge kills 18 supervillains.  But he does it all on one page (arguably in a single panel).  If it had been a movie, it would've been one of those "blink-and-you-missed-it" moments.  It should've been a showstopper. 

I would've given the slaughter a whole issue, or at least most of one.  Draw it out, for Pete's sake.  Play up the emotions of those who find themselves in a deadly ambush.  Put some real drama into it. 

For example, I might've had the Scourge kill several, but certainly no more than half in his first burst of machine gun fire.  Maybe his first targets are the ones he needs to take out quickly, before they can use their superpowers, like Cyclone, Mind-Wave, and Mirage.  Maybe some, like Steeplejack* and Hellrazor return fire.  The rest leap for cover, behind the bar, or into the bathrooms, or kitchen.  Maybe then Scourge throws a smoke-grenade, losing himself in the smoke, and begins a cat-and-mouse game against the remaining supervillains... 

I could imagine some of the villains caught in the chaos calling back and forth "Where is he?!" and "I'm bleeding bad, somebody help me!"  What are their thoughts as they wait for death?  Are some courageous, do some try to strike a deal with Scourge, are some driven mad with fear...?  What strategies do they employ?  What fatal mistakes do they make? 

Maybe the one or two that made it to the kitchen find the backdoor blocked from the outside.  They might finally smash it down, only to find the Scourge on the other side -- their final sight! 

Finally, it would be down to one, maybe Turner D. Century quaking in some hiding place as the Scourge slowly walks up for the last, dramatic, cold-blooded execution. 

The massacre could've been so much more.  As it was, it just made me wonder how lucky these "super" villains were to have never come across a policeman with a gun during their previous crime sprees. 

Secondly, in the finale (320), we finally find out the secret identity of Scourge.  And it turns out that he's nobody special.  Brother of the Enforcer, but nobody that we'd seen before.  Hunh?  He gives a pretty weak backstory to Cap, then is assassinated, himself.  Really?  That's a climax?  Sure, more Scourges turn up way later, and thirty issues or so afterwards we find out that the Red Skull is involved, but c'mon, 320 should've been a major twist, a monumental unveiling, and instead all we got was a shrug. 

Just imagine, though, what Frank Miller might've done with that basic idea... 

* Addendum:  Yes, I know that Steeplejack had to turn over his rivet-gun upon entering the bar, but that was poorly justified and shouldn't have been done.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 29, 2012, 08:06:38 PM
Halloween moods (for the paranoid): 

Mars Attacks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMC4h1bsCpg&feature=related  

A Guy's Guide to Zombies:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWkEjT1r3Fo&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 30, 2012, 02:17:57 AM
Yes well I watched this video saying that he is anti hero and it might be as he is often too violent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euv0wV5uWcY

Anyway here is a cool vid about that :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE5tEOpJnsE
and one more (edit:btw very violent :( ) :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaOWIjrLRB8

Anyway I used to read Conan comics here when younger and they also published Punisher as a separate comic and I got about ten or more of those which i liked :) also from that time some superheroes that I like :)

Superman 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f63CswacQjc
Superman 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiwduaIGVVE&feature=related
Newer Superman Man of Steel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsGWf0DbiK4
Supermen The Legend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHPJcmrDft4

and

Batman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3ofMFPHgXg
Batman Returns http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8txDV2tYtJk
and Newer The Dark Knight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4tPLDa7c8k
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 30, 2012, 03:17:20 PM
I'm not against the idea of anti-heroes, but creators should understand how they work, and how to use them. 

Anti-heroes as protagonists only work properly against specific backdrops.  Against a dark backdrop, the moral grayness of the anti-hero will brighten.  Against a lighter backdrop, however, that same grayness will show more darkly in the character. 

For example, Batman in his Dark Knight vigilante mode needs Gotham City to be quite dark.  Full of moral decay and rampant evils.  Its police and leaders corrupted.  Observe how Frank Miller served up the (then) darkest reinterpretation of Gotham City in which to place his Dark Knight and Batman: Year One.  See also how Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan followed his example successfully for films. 

In the presence of a true hero, an anti-hero will be diminished. 

In a setting where legitimate authorities are working diligently and responsibly, an anti-hero will be diminished. 

Clint Eastwood's "Man with No Name" character is arguably the most popular anti-hero ever.  Notice the backdrops Leone used, though: 

A Fistful of Dollars -- no honest sheriff or marshal, only rival gangs. 
For a Few Dollars More -- ineffective and almost non-existent constabulary, but his character still worked more for the law than either of the other two films. 
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly -- his least moral character, but contrasted against the far greater brutality and senseless bloodshed of war. 

The more that creators try to fit a character like the Punisher in "the real world," ultimately the more senseless and repugnant they make his actions.  The real world doesn't need or want Punishers running around taking the law into their own hands.  Creators need to tailor their setting where the Punisher is needed, if they want him to have any amount of moral justification.  This is why I believe that he needs to contend with evils greater than those routinely found in the real world, in order for he and his stories to work well.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on October 30, 2012, 03:30:17 PM
I leave you with this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWpK0wsnitc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWpK0wsnitc)

also, I have the spidey comic with punishers first appearance! :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Targeter on October 30, 2012, 03:58:41 PM
I learned about Scourge through the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.  When I first got into comics it was through a friend's collection, and it was a seemingly random assortment of titles from both DC and Marvel.  This included a couple of issues of DC's Who's Who and Marvel's OHotMU Book of the Dead.  I think it was number 18.  And there were a bunch of characters in there that were listed as having died in Captain America #319.

After I started collecting, I came across this issue in the back issue bins and immediately scooped it up.  To my dismay, the story played out like you said:  The whole shebang over in a single panel.

Apparently they had created individual images for the death scenes for each and every one of those cats in the OHotMU book.

They way you describe it would play out a lot better than the way they actually dealt with that story in the book.  Just goes to show how much they really cared about those 2nd rate goons.

Oh, and your comment about smoke bombs reminded me of a scene in this awesome web series.  I recommend you guys all watch it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYvc6E-Wjbo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYvc6E-Wjbo)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 30, 2012, 07:42:31 PM
Nice finds! 

Although he was the least physically imposing of the Punishers, Thomas Jane was clearly the best actor.  He's way underrated.  It's nice to see that he enjoyed the character so much.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 30, 2012, 09:50:18 PM
Halloween moods:

Two animated music videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrwT3bhRz8M&feature=endscreen&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZu69_ouc-U&NR=1&feature=endscreen
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 31, 2012, 02:59:05 PM
Happy Halloween! 

Two vampiric.  This one a spooky animated tale:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP4CL4GSIAE&feature=related   

Something lighter in a music video: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekcsi21Coss&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 01, 2012, 05:31:52 PM
Thank You :) here is a nice song called Roads http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GurZkB1x-SE
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 02, 2012, 05:23:01 PM
Another interesting vid :) named Dragon and an Elf http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhFKCF3lzkY&feature=relmfu
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 02, 2012, 06:58:21 PM
Another interesting vid :) named Dragon and an Elf http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhFKCF3lzkY&feature=relmfu
 

Yes, that was really nice.   :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 03, 2012, 04:10:34 AM
I guess :) there is more though ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 03, 2012, 08:16:42 AM
:) More of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogfqky8y13I&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 04, 2012, 11:49:53 AM
Music:D Flo Rida - Run ft. RedFoo of LMFAO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP68g3SYObU
Bryan Adams - Run To You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCBASt507WA
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 07, 2012, 08:31:22 AM
Club I played in :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BCc-xz7Lt0
Neil Finn - Can You Hear Us (With Lucy Lawless) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpueWwIeNZc
Xenas Lucy Lawless Celebrity Profile http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeviKk2k4pQ&feature=related
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 07, 2012, 10:25:58 AM
Battlestar Galactica Final Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-8b5SDMR1k
The Hobbit (2012) Officiële Trailer 2 Nederlands http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnEno5ZE1sk&feature=relmfu
Rugby :D Serbia Cup final match Royal Belgrade Rugby Club Vs Partizan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anikv_SnWNQ&feature=relmfu
Well I might be playing for that other club as my friend that transfered there and speaking me about those guys eating some beans made serbian way with princess Jelisaveta, here about that a bit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivRKVXAEPEo
Celebrating the win http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se7COidXJM8&feature=relmfu
Some more about PRC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rby82kQigm8
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 08, 2012, 02:24:07 PM
Wreck-It Ralph is a terrific film.  It's not just fun for video game fans, but it stacks up very well against the better Pixar movies.  If they can continue this quality, Disney Animation may become Pixar's chief competitor... Hunh?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 08, 2012, 03:40:25 PM
:) Disney always had nice animated movies.

Btw Inter 1 PFC 0 :( second half, i hope they will not loose more then 1-0 :) or 2-0 as they are now doing.

An older game i liked renewed :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5jG75hgaWY&feature=relmfu
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Targeter on November 09, 2012, 11:17:10 PM
I agree.  It was an excellent film.  It does stack up well against the pixar movies, although I've heard some people say that it might be too closely derivative from Toy Story and/or Monster's Inc.  I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I normally don't care for Sarah Silverman or Jane Lynch.

I don't think you need to be big into video games to like the movie, but if you are, it is such a treat to watch.  I want to go see it again.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 10, 2012, 07:18:01 AM
:) They lost 3-1 it could be worse I guess http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtMgGb4WAnA

Anyway Wing Commander looks like a good movie too
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQC9MdupzPo
&
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAxG4u_rqug
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 12, 2012, 02:28:39 PM
I agree.  It was an excellent film.  It does stack up well against the pixar movies, although I've heard some people say that it might be too closely derivative from Toy Story and/or Monster's Inc... 
 

Yes, but I think those critics present weak cases.  Replace the Pixar movie references in their arguments with, say, Shrek or Despicable Me and it would still fit with their feeble points.   :P
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 13, 2012, 02:59:02 PM
Skyfall is an excellent film. 

They dumped the Bourne-style, indecipherably-too-quick editing of the action sequences that hurt Quantum of Solace, and finally gave Daniel Craig a truly Bondian villain. 

Addendum:  The title sequence is also one of the best ever.  It seems that today's style is to abbreviate title sequences or move them to the back of the film (often making parts of the end credits redundant).  Happily, this title sequence is superbly done, and very much enhances the mood, suspense, and excitement of the film.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 13, 2012, 03:19:42 PM
Indiana Jones :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pNlMgH2p-Y

and older game :)  Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis but definitely my fav http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET_98IcvoTI
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Post by: steve_mcdee on November 13, 2012, 03:49:33 PM
I love(d) Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis!
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 13, 2012, 04:05:35 PM
Me too, older but really good oh lol speaking of older games :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkVwpj_MUGU
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Post by: Nol Drek on November 13, 2012, 10:24:35 PM
If you like old games, check out this one from 1980:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-iOZzwIlMA

I like the Apple II graphics - that combination of white, green, and purple which makes all the text look weird. At about the 9:00 mark, you get to hear a sound effect!
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 14, 2012, 02:46:26 AM
Yeah lol older games can be cool :) I still have a nice memories from those time playing on my Apple 2e only problem with it that I didn't have any games for it :) and those few ones I did were bugged for example Bard's Tale (maybe part 2 or 3) could be played only first level or two then I had to enter a disk or something but it wouldn't continue. Anyway I still remember having a great time with Bard's Tale, searching around the town, and It was actualy my only game that was playable :) I mean worth playing on that computer :) I had a PC also Olivetti but I don't remember any better games there except Defender of the Crown and lol Frogger and some others like that, yeah Test Drive and some Street Basketball :) (found it it is called Street Jam and was a bit newer game I had http://games.brothersoft.com/street-jam-basketball-for-gba.html)

Anyway here is trailer for new version of the Bard's Tale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBMcCRnY6Uc and I might as well check the old ones as Story of Skara Brae and adventures there might be interesting too:)

Btw here is something I watched yesterday, it might be for little laugh but it is also serious as those guys are fumbling in reality so here is just to see what might happen if people are not careful :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZVsWb7Zd74&feature=plcp
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 14, 2012, 04:52:17 PM
Here is something that might be more interesting then football :) it is called Total Wipeout here is a game just to see what is it look like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzqX00rmCEA

And here is a TV Show it looks totaly amazing with real people running some really unexpected traplike courses which often change from show to show :)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsGJF6NDbQ&feature=plcp
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Post by: Nol Drek on November 15, 2012, 12:35:05 AM
60 Nostalgic DOS Games: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCNnYXh1TvU&feature=related

Takeshi's Castle Best Of: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGuYojcmZpI
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 15, 2012, 03:28:00 AM
Oh lol those shows are interesting to watch though it is surely a lot of trouble for the contestants, and those mud pools looks vary bad. Anway I wish I could make something like that for some dungeon test :) but will probably leave it for later.

Btw those courses  looks a lot like a dungeon or testing ground of a guild and it is interesting to watch :) btw there is US version too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLXIrc_jixk&feature=relmfu and christmass editions too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoO2mZB012w

Btw those games were really good, here is one more, Moonstone, A hard day's knight  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1lbCWqiqyk&feature=related

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Post by: hans on November 15, 2012, 01:17:11 PM
Ah, I remember spending mucho happy hours with Battle Chess and Mechwarrior.  :)
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 15, 2012, 01:33:05 PM
Both great games :)

Anyway I really like those Wipeout shows I wish I could get a full list of those traps :D I found also Canadian version :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa6OwaX3Hxw&feature=related
Scandinavian :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOsAnUadNkE&feature=related
and Nederalnd :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylQ-47_dzyQ&feature=related
And German too :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCpVH-f26NQ

I guess there are more :) anyway it seems that show started 2009. I hope I can found more fun shows like these :) 
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 16, 2012, 03:30:26 PM
Well I found what I searched for :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wipeout_%282008_U.S._game_show%29

It is actualy originaly US show and it started 2008. There are many others but it seems British is somehow very nicely done. US is cool but it is somehow too fast and I don't know a bit too simple when I watch it. All others are similiar except eastern European who are probably competing just for patriotic membership in the show and not for money. I think that is the case with Russian one which is renamed Though games :) and they just have a free trip to Argentina when participating it seems and winner of all shows the year/season have 2 free trip tickets to some cool location :). Croatian is similiar though they are competing for 50000 of their money - kuna (6000 euros, still nice I guess), Ukrainians probably do like Russians and Slovaks too, though Slovenians just translate the US show. Here is Russian version :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ2To9j4FWQ&feature=related

Btw I found there links for all obstacles and many other similiar shows. Also I think this show could be expanded with some theatrical elements like saving people, doing some cool things, dialogues ect and then it would be much more interesting then just running trough obstacles. Which leads me to LARP though it is not what I have in mind but it is still cool. So here is a nice vids about that:

Teaser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH50QyKfoXs&list=PL6C1A053B4D2F9F98&index=1&feature=plpp_video
Preview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfIeQn-BKVE&list=PL6C1A053B4D2F9F98&index=2&feature=plpp_video
Chapter 1 and others can be seen also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTVjjYsH92w&list=PL6C1A053B4D2F9F98&index=3&feature=plpp_video
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 21, 2012, 04:34:36 AM
Maybe I am posting too much here :) but here is something nice for a nice day :D
Saint Michael, the Archangel: Prince of Light https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jpMVlptSe0
&
The Hobbit Misty Mountains ★ 27 Verse FULL Length COVER with Lyrics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME5urFBf0kk
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on December 01, 2012, 05:12:50 PM
More music ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLEfayt8oYI
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on December 07, 2012, 08:48:01 PM
An amusing toon, "Clearance":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpMCQQ-dqac
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Post by: Vix on December 07, 2012, 09:56:38 PM
I liked it! A little too heavy on the bright saturation, but otherwise funny and well done.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 08, 2012, 01:36:05 PM
Me too :)

Well an old friend :)
Drizzt Retrospective - Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gh6IgVKtoE
Drizzt Retrospective - Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDBgTlXOSlg

And one more http://www.wandererverse.com/Bio/Jundar%20Sunstar.htm
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 08, 2012, 01:55:51 PM
One more thing :) Baldur's Gate Enchanced edition :) it seems they have done a remake of it, and lots of new classes and kits :) That is one of my fav games :) just to see those class selection as It is looking good :) kinda best I have seen for 2e Ad&d http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfaiH1LGkmI
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 10, 2012, 04:05:51 PM
Star Trek Into Darkness :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=0gH2PVVfp68&feature=endscreen
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Post by: hans on December 10, 2012, 07:07:21 PM
Star Trek Into Darkness :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=0gH2PVVfp68&feature=endscreen
 

Looks interesting.  I must say, though, they certainly took their time in making this sequel. 
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 11, 2012, 03:57:45 AM
Oh well, it could be worse, for one thing I am missing those old guys badly :(

The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-iTVag7bjY
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 11, 2012, 05:39:56 PM
And a very nice song :)

Anastacia - Deeper Love - New Song 2012 for Skoda (that is Czech car, and town in vid is Prague  :D ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGPlG9M7ysA
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Post by: Nol Drek on December 11, 2012, 11:40:10 PM
I'm looking forward to The Hobbit coming out this weekend.

www.thehobbit.com (http://www.thehobbit.com)

But I am surprised by the decision to make this movie into a trilogy. My copy of The Lord of the Rings runs 1518 pages and made sense as a trilogy because it was one to begin with.

I have my doubts about the 287 pages of The Hobbit filling 3 feature length movies, but I'll remain cautiously optimistic. I hope that poor old Tom Bombadill finally gets his chance to appear in the third film, There and Back Again.
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Post by: SilentThief on December 12, 2012, 05:04:41 PM
hard to say about the live action hobbit. I am "cautiously optimistic" (to copy a good phrase) also. But I am looking to try to get a hold of the original cartoon versions from like 1978.

ST the nostalgic
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 12, 2012, 05:28:39 PM
Me too though I can't say I am really that interested in Hobbit atm still it seems nicely done, on the other hand that cartoon from 1978 was really a treasure :) and I got it from a friend some time ago and I think that was real luck for me. Btw I GM-ed Add 2e tabletop session with a premade Thorin Oakenshield who was a leader of the company and maybe 7-9 more pregens, who after defeating a death knight with dancing sword (who killed paladin in party but was raised if I remember corectly) met a white dragon in his mountinous cave :D. They defeated him and took the treasure as it was one session game. They polimorphed death knight into a fish btw :). I always remember that game when Thorin Oakenshield is mentioned :D

And here is something like punisher but female version - Haywire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj5QE4mLUOM
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Post by: Vix on December 12, 2012, 07:47:10 PM
Haywire was a fun movie.

The reason given that they could make The Hobbit a trilogy is because they are taking stuff from all the appendices and other books and shoving it in.

My understanding was this was difficult because it was a hard hobbit to break.
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Post by: hans on December 12, 2012, 10:15:11 PM
My understanding was this was difficult because it was a hard hobbit to break.
 

LOL   :laughing7:
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Post by: Nol Drek on December 13, 2012, 12:21:24 AM
But I am looking to try to get a hold of the original cartoon versions from like 1978.

The Rankin/Bass TV movie "The Hobbit" was a gem. Having the professor's lyrics set to music was a lot of fun.
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Post by: hans on December 13, 2012, 02:18:43 PM
Rise of the Guardians is excellent fun.
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Post by: bravedogbfg on December 13, 2012, 03:30:51 PM
I am leaning towards NOT seeing The Hobbit.  I also cannot wrap my head around stretching it into 3 movies.  I imagine it goes like this:

1.  To the Mountain
2.  The Dragon
3.  Battle of Five Armies

Also, I am pretty pissed that they are all done filming, but are stretching out over 3 years. 

To protest, I will be the only guy in the world that just waits till 2014 and watched the first two on DVD and then goes and sees the conclusion.
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Post by: nologgie on December 13, 2012, 05:05:46 PM
To protest, I will be the only guy in the world that just waits till 2014 and watched the first two on DVD and then goes and sees the conclusion.

I doubt you'll be the only one.  ;)

I'm counting on the Mayans to cover my lack of Christmas shopping, so it makes no sense to watch the start of a trilogy at this point.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 13, 2012, 05:57:42 PM
Rise of the Guardians is excellent fun.

Wow that is something I like :)

Another song :D Northern Kings - We Don't Need Another Hero http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKwQKqQ8MMY
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Post by: Nol Drek on December 13, 2012, 10:33:06 PM
1.  To the Mountain
2.  The Dragon
3.  Battle of Five Armies

Or

1. To the House of Beorn
2. The Lonely Mountain Adventure
3. Three Hours of Genealogy Tables
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Post by: hans on December 13, 2012, 11:00:31 PM
Another song :D Northern Kings - We Don't Need Another Hero http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKwQKqQ8MMY
 

Which makes a sequitur to this comment: I hear that Tom Hardy is going to be the new Mad Max. 
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 14, 2012, 01:36:08 PM
Mad Max was a good movie I would love to see more of it :)

Anyway here is a nice song  Steelers Christmas Song - Bridgette Perdue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTV2A6UAyYU

and a nice movie Avatar :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRdxXPV9GNQ

I wish I could find something really interesting to watch like Star Trek TNG but that is a bit newer or anything else that it is really good :)
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Post by: Vix on December 14, 2012, 06:25:05 PM
I like Tom Hardy as an actor.

When i first heard he was playing Mad Max, I was leery. Then i started watching movies he has done and found that he can play many roles and is enjoyable to watch. So, i am excited for this new series of movies.
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Post by: SilentThief on December 14, 2012, 06:33:38 PM
Even though it got bad ratings, I liked the movie "The Last Airbender" (the cartoon was kinda cool also). Since it was only half the story, I wish they would make the rest of the story. Doubtful they will though.

Mad max was a sweet movie, especially for the 80s

ST
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 14, 2012, 08:42:00 PM
True, now thinking of it I think I like those setting of apocalyptic earth if it is nicely done. Something like it is Fist of the Nothern star, asian verison which is good but a bit more violent that I like. Also Fallout is a great one and here is a good thing to watch if You like it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9UwlAAnlmg&list=SP5E9CAB444A9CECB8&index=1
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Post by: hans on December 14, 2012, 09:27:28 PM
I liked the second two Mad Max movies much more than the first.  The first had great acting, stunts, and direction, but was too unrelentingly dark for me.  The sequels had humor (3rd most of all, of course) and many nobler facets of humanity to balance the bleakness of the milieu. 

Themes of hope and redemption are much more palatable to me than vengeance and nihilism. 

I also think Tom Hardy sounds like an excellent choice.   :)

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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 14, 2012, 10:29:46 PM
Yea, they are a bit dark in their own way but still good, anyway these Fallout films are really good I just finished watching and they will have season 2 soon hopefully http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUL0Rd5t3d8

And there can be found more :) to watch about Fallout like this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXHR_l5X7C4&NR=1&feature=endscreen though I guess playing with weapons is not good but I hope I will find more Fallout films as they are mostly interesting to watch :)
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Post by: Ben J on December 17, 2012, 07:39:23 AM
Also, I am pretty pissed that they are all done filming, but are stretching out over 3 years. 

Post-production takes time. Editing, SFX, music, etc... also all that 3D nonsense.
Only the principal photography is done.

I saw the Hobbit on friday. It was quite enjoyable, if you don't mind all the added parts. It didn't have anywhere near the emotional depth of the LOTR trilogy, though, which was to be expected. But it had dwarven musical scenes.

The film was also pretty weird in parts. Rock giants WTF.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 17, 2012, 03:59:15 PM
Cool, well those songs can be very nice, here is something from Dragon Age :) (lyrics are in the last link)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5St9phiHHE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA-rLV6hGY4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u05zJCCX9k
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Post by: Nol Drek on December 17, 2012, 09:46:34 PM
The film was also pretty weird in parts. Rock giants WTF.

I think that the following sentence from the Hobbit is the reason why Giants were added to OD&D as ranged artillery units that hurl rocks:

"When he [Bilbo] peeped out in the lightning flashes, he saw that across the valley the stone-giants were out and were hurling rocks at one another for a game, and catching them, and tossing them down into the darkness where they smashed among the trees far below, or splintered into little bits with a bang."

In fact, Stone Giants can hurl rocks for more damage (3-30) than any other variety of Giant.
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Post by: Ben J on December 18, 2012, 06:22:34 AM
"When he [Bilbo] peeped out in the lightning flashes, he saw that across the valley the stone-giants were out and were hurling rocks at one another for a game, and catching them, and tossing them down into the darkness where they smashed among the trees far below, or splintered into little bits with a bang."

The stone giants were one of the things I expected them to leave out of the movie. But they did the opposite and expanded that scene.
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Post by: bravedogbfg on December 18, 2012, 06:49:57 AM
If you liked Mad Max, check out a movie called "A Boy and His Dog".  It is pretty messed up, especially in the latter half, but the ending more than makes up for it.

Telepathic dogs, gangs, mutants, underground vaults...

You can stream it on netflix
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 18, 2012, 10:17:59 AM
Cool now I remembered one nice show on TV I used to watch as a kid, I don't remember any details but I remember that it was cool and inspiring :) and it is called
Grizzly Adams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEl4UL4rNgA
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Post by: hans on December 19, 2012, 10:55:26 PM
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is fabulous!  Loved it! 

Here's Leonard (Mr. Spock) Nimoy's classic tribute song "Bilbo Baggins":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4PRaOkQ5Bs

To protest, I will be the only guy in the world that just waits till 2014 and watched the first two on DVD and then goes and sees the conclusion.
 

Oh, don't wait.  You should see it on the big cinema screen the way movies are meant to be seen.  The cinematic compositions are incredible.  My eyes are still thanking me.   

And don't be put off by the split ups.  This one builds excellently to its own exciting climax.  Besides, climaxes and conlcusions are only small parts of the whole of a movie.  The bulk of a film's running time is always the journey taking you there, and An Unexpected Journey is a terrific one to take. 

I also quite like that they have screen time to invest in giving individual scenes the length they deserve.  It is often unhurried but always entertaining.  Rich and full.  The story is great, the actors are great in their roles, and everything is done really beautifully.   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on December 20, 2012, 03:25:07 PM
:) nice and here is something new from my fav British band :)

Girls Aloud - Something New (Jim Eliot Remix) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9rD1-vi7x4
Girls Aloud - Something New http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHSFTrcJYmM

and a Fallout like game, much faster and with lost of cool weapons :) I wish I could have it in DC :D, Also they use some kind of rendering style that turns all around to look like comic style game or a cartoon. I really like the effect.

Borderlands 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nicvyhrmTDs
Borderland 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr7QLCGg5o8
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Post by: hans on December 21, 2012, 09:15:39 PM
Harking back to earlier discussions about movie title sequences in this thread (like, way back, around single digit numbered pages), here's a music video done in the style of a Saul Bass designed movie title sequence: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=e9Xtl22x5Sg&NR=1  
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Post by: Olivier Leroux on December 22, 2012, 09:18:09 AM
I enjoyed the Hobbit as an addendum to the Lord of the Rings movies, it was fun to watch, but I wouldn't say it's a great work of cinema, at least not as far as the story-telling is concerned. The overall concept to combine Bilbo's tale with its special tone reminiscent of fairy-tales or children's books with the epic of the Lord of the Rings tomes and movies didn't convince me. The movie was constantly struggling with that task and quite undecided what it wanted to be. It's not really Bilbo's story anymore, and not even Smaugs. Both are more or less eclipsed by Gandalf, the dwarves and the threat of Sauron's return and you get the feeling they're only a footnote in the greater story (which they actually are, but they shouldn't be in their very own tale).

IMO, the tough balancing act between children's tale and epic is perfectly exemplified by the way the dwarves are split up into dignified warriors looking like downscaled humans and D&D-like comic relief characters with big ears and noses with a stereotypical dislike for table manners, elven food and music. Add to that the weird way in which their behavior switches from totally over the top silly in one scene to seriously solemn in the next ...

I didn't like a lot of the action scenes either, some actually reminded me of b-movies. But I agree with hans in that the leading actors do a fabulous job. Specifically Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman are top-notch as Gandalf and Bilbo. Their performance alone already made the movie worth watching.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on December 22, 2012, 03:29:12 PM
I only watched first movie from LOTR trilogy and it was at my friends TV, but I didn't like it too much to be honest, nor LOTR CCG they did, much prefered old MECCG :)

Anyway one thing that I liked is Dune Miniseries, they did it really good and it is one of the rare book adaptation I really liked http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PHYYPUgwMk

Btw, MECCG is excelent game, I had almost every card except really rare ones which i got copied so I had like 98% of the all cards except Balrogs Edition, and now on the net they also have some newly made custom cards. Anyway if anyone feels like playing those online here it is how it looks like. I wish I could play it with someone though it takes time to play it but :D I think it is a nice experience. Actualy I might try to play it online there if it is for free, I didn't though it would be worthy till now but now seeng those new cards I really think it might be interesting :) Anyway here are links, btw I think this is coled METW here on GCCG or Middle Earth The Wizards, and LOTR is that other new game made on LOTR film, but I might be wrong as there are no screenshots for that game :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RECgSWbz7Eg
http://gccg.sourceforge.net/pages/screenshots.php
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 22, 2012, 05:04:36 PM
Well it seems that METW (MECCG) dooesn't work, and also LOTR (Movie CCG), but MTG (Magic The Gathering) does. I hope I will be able to play MECCG there if that is possible :)
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 22, 2012, 05:40:40 PM
Well the good new is here are all the pics and this is actualy very expanded version meaning there are really a lot of new cards. Bad thing is that it doesn't work atm or I don't know how to start it, but hopefuly it might work :)

Anyway here is the link (User: ccg PW: gcc) with all the pics https://gccg.servebeer.com/ccg/metw/graphics/Metw/ amd here is how to import all to the game http://www.councilofelrond.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=2025

Sorry btw for posting 3 times but this is really a cool thing so :) I hope I am forgiven.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 22, 2012, 06:47:57 PM
And a 4th post about this, it is really awesome I have checked it out and it is called MEECG Dream Cards or DC for short. It is much much and beautifuly expanded. Original version of MECCG was done 1991-1998 and it all together had about 2000-3000 cards, and it was done as a companion to the MERP (Middle Earth Role Playing game), for example in the MERP expansion Northern Wastes there was on the last pages 30-50 MECCG cards and a map of Nothern area.

Now in MECCG DC the have it all (or at least all I know of) and that is North South, and so on, and so much more it seems like they did really a lot and even reworked some of the old cards so there can be played old way or DC way. So here is the list what i fnow of:

AgainstShadow/ - old expansion
Balrog/ - old expansion
BayOrmal/ - probably new expansion
CentralPlains/ - probably new expansion
Court/ - probably new expansion
DarkMinions/ - old expansion
Dominion/  - probably new expansion
Dragons/ - old expansion
DurinsFolk/ - probably new expansion
Firstborn/ - probably new expansion
GreatWyrms/ - probably new expansion
KingdomNorth/ - probably new expansion
LidlessEye/ - old main expansion
MorgothsLegacy/ - probably new expansion
MortalMen/ - probably new expansion
Necromancer/ - probably new expansion
NorthernWaste/ - old expansion from book
Promo/ - old expansion
Promo_de/ - old expansion
RedNightfall/ - probably new expansion
ReturnShadow/ - probably new expansion
SunLands/ - probably new expansion
TreasonIsengard/ - probably new expansion
VC1/ - probably new expansion
VC2/ - probably new expansion
VC3/ - probably new expansion
WarRing/ - probably new expansion
WhiteHand/ - old expansion
Wizards/  - old Starting set

So that is what I know of :D I am really excited about this and very happy to see new cards and all in one place :) Also this can be perfect source for Dungeon Craft or FRUA Middle Earth Adventures. They have all maps with regions sorted by type (darkhold, borderhold, free lands ect), and as I know MERP and MEECG are not longer produced for at least 10 years. Anyway for the info here is that Northern Waste expansion (4th book from the bottom) http://www.waynesbooks.com/MERPCampaignSettings.html and other books :) I had few of those and they are really nicely done.

Well I hope I am not spaming a lot :) here is also a Youtube channel for MECCG DC which I luckily found :D http://www.youtube.com/user/zirilanihsanshade/videos?view=0

For MERP it seems it is mostly forgotten, though perhaps someone still is playing it and I hope I will fins out more of it. For now just a vid about J.R.R Tolkien http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew4bsGF0G8U
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on December 28, 2012, 05:39:42 PM
New album from my fav artist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBLr3i6wYpQ

here is a song i like :) Chris Rea - Somewhere Between The Stars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI2h5NjgF3E
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Post by: hans on December 28, 2012, 09:35:14 PM
...here is a song i like :) Chris Rea - Somewhere Between The Stars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI2h5NjgF3E
 

Nice song.   :)
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 28, 2012, 10:58:58 PM
Yup ;D I like his songs mostly :) especialy this ones :)

 Chris Rea - blue cafe lyrics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Lb14kRRBc
and a vid :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P16AnOPR9M4
and another of my favs Chris Rea Windy Town http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npfl4cHJbCE

Anyway as New Year is getting nearer, here some nice songs for the next Year
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ump8nwWQcZs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7au2n32cQg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R__sWuq2Gu4
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on January 04, 2013, 04:42:50 PM
More music :) Billy Idol - New Future Weapon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLH0YEWmpQI
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 10, 2013, 05:33:17 PM
I would rate Jack Reacher as only a better-than-average action flik.  The story is poor and the title character is a bit of a misanthrope who makes too many bad decisions, but some good action sequences and nice acting make it watchable.  Still, it's nowhere near the masterpiece that some critics have made it out to be.
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Post by: Nol Drek on January 10, 2013, 09:44:06 PM
John Carter is a terrific movie. 

It's nice to see this for the 100th anniversary of the serialization of "A Princess of Mars" in 1912. The story is fast-paced, episodic, and there are many alien races to encounter. It reminds me of a Flash Gordon serial, and I mean that in a good way.

You know how people make those lists of the "best and worst" of the year just gone by? I've seen "John Carter" show up on several such lists as one of the worst movies of 2012. The reviewers often pan the movie for having one-dimensional characters and a simple plot.

I stand by my earlier review. This is a good movie.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 12, 2013, 03:19:05 PM
John Carter is a terrific movie. 

It's nice to see this for the 100th anniversary of the serialization of "A Princess of Mars" in 1912. The story is fast-paced, episodic, and there are many alien races to encounter. It reminds me of a Flash Gordon serial, and I mean that in a good way.

You know how people make those lists of the "best and worst" of the year just gone by? I've seen "John Carter" show up on several such lists as one of the worst movies of 2012. The reviewers often pan the movie for having one-dimensional characters and a simple plot.

I stand by my earlier review. This is a good movie.
 

I stand by my earlier comment that it was a good movie doomed by one of the worst titles in recent memory.   :P 

I hope Disney can do better with the Star Wars universe than it did with ERBdom.
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Post by: nologgie on January 13, 2013, 06:32:11 AM
I don't watch many movies, but I rate "John Carter" among the worst of those I've bothered watching in recent years.  They had a good story to work with, and they botched it horribly. 

I expected homage to the sacred cows of Hollywood PC-ism, but the revisions went far beyond the reasonable.  The story and motivation changes left the remnants of the original tale implausible at best.

The visuals were very nice, though.

If they had written an original story rather than butchering a classic, I'd probably have liked the result better, but I still doubt it would be worth paying to see.  Even from Red Box.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 23, 2013, 02:51:31 PM
Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand is a pure delight. 

Besides being wonderfully entertaining, it proves, once again, that all Arizonans are tough hombres.   ;D
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Post by: hans on January 24, 2013, 09:52:46 AM
I had a dream last night that was showing great promise: 

There was an alien invasion.  The aliens were like human-size, buggy caterpillars.  Their great ship was impenetrable.  The military, having failed against them, could now only listen to their demands. 

I was an army intelligence officer.  Or, rather, I think Mark Wahlberg was, but he was the hero I was identifying with in the dream. 

The alien sensors had discovered a chemical in certain air samples that acted like an insects-love-drug.  One of their demands was that the creator of this gas be delivered to them. 

The creator was Don Knotts (in his technicolor, creative prime).  It was contrived that I should join him in entering the alien ship, under the lie that I was the co-creator of the chemical.

My stated plan to my superiors is that I would try to disable the alien defenses from the inside, for as long as I could.  Don Knotts was a wild card, though.  There was no telling where he might take the dream. 

Unfortunately, I had to wake up just as we were about to enter the ship. 
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Post by: Vix on January 27, 2013, 09:51:59 PM
Man, where's dream Will smith and Jeff Goldblum when you need them?

"Welcome to Erf!"
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on January 31, 2013, 08:58:24 AM
This is site I was busy lately with. It is a religious site and well I was thinking about making some DC mod about history and religion and things like that :) It should be something like historic story though I am still thinking about it all. Anyway it is mostly in my language, though there is english version also :) with audio bible there in few languages including english :) www.svetatrojicakuti.com

Also one of the good westerns: Dances with Wolves http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9ICbZVs9TU

 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 31, 2013, 01:00:18 PM
Hansel & Gretel is a fine popcorn movie.  As anachronistic as Van Helsing, with an equal to or greater than cheese factor.  Much more exciting than some other fairy tale reimaginings (I'm looking at you, Snow White and the Huntsman). 

Rather bold to do this type of movie as an R (for brief nudity, occassional F-bombs, and lots of exploding witch innards). 

If there's a sequel, H&G should team up with Little Red Riding Hood and the Brave Little Tailor.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on January 31, 2013, 01:57:26 PM
Footloose, trailers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSF4UmPs1tw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtjI6OHVk00

and a song :)  Footloose "Fake I.D." Music Video Official [HD] - Big & Rich ft. Gretchen Wilson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwNIMM4qnrI
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Post by: nologgie on January 31, 2013, 03:55:38 PM
(Shudder) Line Dancing.  Not so bad as the horrors of Disco, but bad enough.  At least I only had to see it from the stage, and could spend much of my time making faces at the other guys in the band.  Small wonder so many musicians turn to heroin to escape.  ;)
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Post by: Milos Gulan on February 01, 2013, 02:32:44 AM
Yes lol or drink, anyway I like Irish dancing too, watched a movie 15 years ago cant remember a name but it was about their leader who were put in jail probably or something like that and it was starting with an Irish dancing well here is something like that http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSaa-2t2zmQ

And not that I am fan of disco culture but this is something like that which I like S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Asn8AQwO3xg

and Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MY29wMGpVo
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on February 02, 2013, 12:41:01 PM
Something like modern superhero :) not a Terminator but something like that... Robocop :)

I was a huge fan as a kid, I haven't seen the movie but the old arcade game I used to play at local hm arcade place was my favorite :) Also I read a book Robocop in serbian which was good :) and it seems they will do a remake soon.

Here is some trailers, old one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BukYneu04W0 

and just some info about new one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne3SrQwDjLA

Speaking about arcades ones that I liked to play were Shinobi, Double Dragon, one kung fu game I can't remember but I used to play it a lot, P47 Thunderbolt, Street Fighter 2, Pit Fighter, Golden Axe, Some football World championship I can't remember name, of course Donkey Kong and well some other probably :)
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Post by: Milos Gulan on February 07, 2013, 02:55:57 PM
Well movie conversion of an old PC game Prince of Persia, looks good I think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgWaxsLNq0o
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on February 07, 2013, 10:35:50 PM
The movie did not do all that well at the box office. not a failure, but not anything like they hoped to create a new franchise like Pirate sof the Caribbean or Sherlock Holmes.

I enjoyed the heck out of it, however. Great cinematic action scenes, and it almost felt like an Arabian D&D game to me while watching. Especially near the end.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on February 08, 2013, 03:41:56 AM
Yes it looks like a nice movie but without much depth in it though I am still tempted to watch it as it has that D&D feel while watching. Pirates of Carrebean was very good and I liked it, btw I have to mention older movie I watched 2 times in the cinema and there is few mod here in FRUA archive I just saw yesterday, it is Batteries not included. It was my favorite movie, though now looks a bit old and a bit like Star Trek TOS.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on February 17, 2013, 10:31:38 AM
Have anyone here tried Hero Quest. I have played it around 95 and it is really simple and cool game like DD, here is more about it http://greywolf.critter.net/ahq/aboutthegame.htm
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on February 23, 2013, 04:12:40 AM
Well I was thinking about making a mod for novel Cormyr A Novel. That is one book I would really like to make something about. Anyway I don't think it will happen soon if it happens at all but here is the vid about FR novels http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw6M_2FPBSM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on March 06, 2013, 01:26:01 PM
Started to work with DC again :) well I needed something to lift my spirit so http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQQ5Ab_xDyw
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on March 11, 2013, 04:52:03 PM
So here are some more vids I like

Dallas Cowboys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2RwKKSQ5iY
Lawrence Dallaglio my fav Rugby Player http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CiWQ4-nnkg
Rugby World Cup 2015 England Promo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02VPhcg8wp4
Mechwarrior Tribute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fGP29mDj0U
One more :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYoe_phkMYk
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on April 01, 2013, 02:31:38 PM
Well my mod is going good, it seems I will be able to show it soon, though not sure when, but definitely sooner then i expected. It seems it is getting back to tradional fantasy as it was before though i still hope i will be able to implement some of my ideas. Anyway just a video that looks good :nono: from Battleship movie and Thunderstruck AC/DC music :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU0bKMj9Kgo
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 01, 2013, 02:20:05 AM
I got my Certificate of citizenship for Montenegro, and new ID too :) and next week I will get a passport also :) so I am just happy as I was already thinking what will I do without ID as things were getting complicated. But now things look much brighter, so I guess new things are waiting to be done :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYP_uso2I_c
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on May 01, 2013, 06:13:50 PM
I got my Certificate of citizenship for Montenegro, and new ID too :)

Congratulations!
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Post by: Milos Gulan on May 02, 2013, 02:12:00 AM
Thank You :D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 02, 2013, 02:30:20 PM
I got my Certificate of citizenship for Montenegro, and new ID too :)

Congratulations!
 

Yes, congratulations!   :D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 02, 2013, 07:38:53 PM
Oblivion (the 2013 movie, not the state-of-being) is fairly good.  The more interesting subjects and questions raised, however, are not well-explored.  There's a bit too much American-moviemaker-cutesiness, as well, mostly embodied by Morgan Freeman's character. 

Iron Man 3 should blow Oblivion to oblivion, starting tomorrow.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on May 03, 2013, 12:58:07 AM
For me there is only one Oblivion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS4vBE53Gyk), and it's not the movie or the game.  :headbang:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 04, 2013, 09:19:18 AM
:) Game Music Video - Linkin Park ''Castle Of Glass'' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZdJ9sQY900
Linkin Park - CASTLE OF GLASS (featured in Medal of Honor Warfighter) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScNNfyq3d_w
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 04, 2013, 04:14:32 PM
:) well Counter Strike :) again :) global offensive :) I guess this can be interesting to a big fan of the game :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=97TKhJ6xcA0&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnZ8uj0kuXI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqeu1L2A_8A&list=PL67C3B7B94372B8EF
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 05, 2013, 05:31:03 PM
Here is Easter, just having a good time :D
Roxette - Stars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoG2noG5EJs
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 07, 2013, 01:49:00 PM
:) well Easter is almost over, and I didn't get my passport yet I will have to wait till the end of the week but :) here is some more music :) btw I watched an Aussie Christmas commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuFr76btbnE so I guess having a bit later christmas is not that bad (hm relatively speaking) and here is an Aussie Easter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsh-F48gQWU

Anyway here are the latest song i like :)

Kerry Harvick - Cowgirls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IErlCEVcZA
Whitney Duncan - Skinny Dippin' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vyzHkv42W8
Kellie Pickler - Red High Heels http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5Ri8GY57SI
Delta Goodrem - Sitting On Top Of The World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE-Tbd0LRPw
Gretchen Wilson - All Jacked Up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr1BiEvb6Iw
Hank Williams Jr & Friends That's How They Do It In Dixie  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFJoJuO_meg

Well Here is the list I found but I will post more vids soon probably :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vyzHkv42W8&list=PL45CF3EFAE45944AA
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on May 08, 2013, 04:04:29 AM
Iron Man 3 was very entertaining and it featured one of the better action sequences in recent years with the "skydiving" scene.

It was also a little weird and made a mockery of one of the main characters of the Iron Man saga, in a very deliberate fashion. I assume geeks will discuss this "plot twist" for years  to come.

hans, did you already see it? What did you think?


Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 08, 2013, 01:14:59 PM
Dragonheart http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRjSw-4qcgM
Sintel | Official Music Video 'I Move On' (Sintel's Song) HD 4096p http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-L5JsI5hv0
Sintel | Fantasy Animation Movie HD 4096p http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO0yXC0oyIA
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Post by: Milos Gulan on May 08, 2013, 01:55:57 PM
Lyrics http://www.leoslyrics.com/helena-fix/i-move-on-sintel-s-song-lyrics/
and a song again :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-L5JsI5hv0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 09, 2013, 03:14:35 PM
Iron Man 3 was very entertaining and it featured one of the better action sequences in recent years with the "skydiving" scene.

It was also a little weird and made a mockery of one of the main characters of the Iron Man saga, in a very deliberate fashion. I assume geeks will discuss this "plot twist" for years  to come.

hans, did you already see it? What did you think?
 

It was far better than the first two for many reasons. 

One of the most important: sustained suspense.  There is a great sense of jeopardy throughout this movie.  Whereas, in the first two, moments of true jeopardy were fleeting. 

This movie makes the tone of the first two almost rom-coms by comparison. 

They definately upped their game on this one, after The Avengers. 

The climax is deadlier and more elaborate than any of their previous Marvel entries', except for the Avengers.  That's been one of the weak points of those previous entries. 

I can only hope that the other heroes' sequels will follow suit.

I do have some ambivalence about certain points of the finale and wrap-up, but altogether this was a great movie.   :D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: steve_mcdee on May 09, 2013, 05:13:50 PM
Did anyone see Wreck It Ralph? I saw it with my 2 year old son, and I must admit I found it quite entertaining.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 09, 2013, 05:46:49 PM
Did anyone see Wreck It Ralph? I saw it with my 2 year old son, and I must admit I found it quite entertaining.
 

Some comments were made on page 44 of this thread.
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Post by: steve_mcdee on May 09, 2013, 09:55:59 PM
Thanks Hans. Nice to see that we all seem to be in agreement about it, too.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 10, 2013, 02:01:26 AM
Wreck it Ralph looks good :) btw here is a good movie about mowing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzdjOkLQw1s

I had a lot to do lately of it and with scythe that is only half long as this one and I have to say it looks easy but it is a good excercise that can tire :) btw it is easy when land is flat but i have done a hill too and there is lot of stones sometimes. Here is another vid about it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usb055-5ex0 but recently i found out that it is much easier and better not to sharpen scythe with a stone and instead use file (tool) http://www.wholelottawhimsy.com/wo/content/shopping/product;jsessionid=abc__dzHT-hn87xzgYGIs?s=4945948&c=4102722&p=4805509 It can sharpen scythe so easy and so fast that it will be ultra sharp, just a touch on a clothes can cut the pants for example and let few drops of blood from skin. So this can make it sharp but if used needs extra carfulnes, still I increased my productivity and now i can do double with same effort from last year when I used whetstone :D

I guess it can also be used for knives, here is something that is used for sharpening too, but it really needs to be extra careful as it it can be really dangerous having sharp things http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=-jUbaZOQ-fQ&NR=1

Here is a film with a band i like called Seeing Double http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JTdAUv9Uik
and music from it
S Club 7 - Don't Stop Movin' - Seeing Double Version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_2N4nkBRT8
Normal version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Asn8AQwO3xg
S Club 7 - Who Do You Think You Are? - Seeing Double Version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RkmwnmMXTI
Normal version :( I can't find
S Club 7 - Never Had a Dream Come True - Seeing Double Version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v14FBwd_r8E
Normal version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8E15HNlc-M
and another one i just hear and like
S Club 7 - Alive http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VPwUtavNXs
and another S Club 7 - Party :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X0EjwF8o0g

And another LeAnn Rimes - Can't Fight The Moonlight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=990CBfTBf0E
Well and Coyote Ugly trailer :toothy10: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lqWOOHOwlE
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 13, 2013, 02:02:36 AM
I am missing DDO, I have to turn off every program off becuase probably of my low 2gb ram and then also sometimes I have troubles connecting to the game :)

Here is a song about it - DDo Stronger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKUXglE2E-U

Neverwinter is also here now, Lv10 mage atm still it reminds me a lot of Runes of Magic, but I can say that it is still best MMORPG I am playing, beside DDO if I somehow menage to get back again :D

Runes of Magic Music Video Ft. Van Canto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CEC1iO8cZQ
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Post by: Milos Gulan on May 16, 2013, 05:08:49 AM
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7EOJ68HTn0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PerIAuv27SQ
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 20, 2013, 04:38:52 PM
One very nice song that i like to hear

Noir Désir - Le Vent Nous Portera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrgcRvBJYBE

:D Here is translation http://lyricstranslate.com/en/le-vent-nous-portera-wind-will-carry-us.html-2
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Post by: hans on May 20, 2013, 08:26:06 PM
One very nice song that i like to hear

Noir Désir - Le Vent Nous Portera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrgcRvBJYBE

:D Here is translation http://lyricstranslate.com/en/le-vent-nous-portera-wind-will-carry-us.html-2
 

That is very nice, indeed   :grommit:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 21, 2013, 12:24:02 AM
I think so too  ;D

 :o Anyway now i found a lots of translations there so here is one of my all time favorite songs and movies from Serbia. movie is called Black bombarder and it is one of rare rock movies from 1992 it is about some radio reporter who is trying to change things around himself (mainly Belgrade, then the country too). It is very cool movie a bit melancholic and sad but also with lots of good emotions which are hard to translate. The song is called Celebrating white shirts, there are few mistakes in translations but it is hard to translate it. It sings about statue of victor in Belgrade which is located in Kalimegdan Fortress in Belgrade and that is by the songs words overlooking Vienna and Durres http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP2iF4Em24U

Here is the song :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5YW3epoAGE and here are lyrics http://lyricstranslate.com/en/svecane-bele-kosulje-chic-white-shirts.html there are few more cool moments but and songs but now i can't find them :)
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Post by: Olivier Leroux on May 21, 2013, 04:53:56 AM
One very nice song that i like to hear

Noir Désir - Le Vent Nous Portera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrgcRvBJYBE

:D Here is translation http://lyricstranslate.com/en/le-vent-nous-portera-wind-will-carry-us.html-2

A good friend of mine used to hear that song a lot, so it reminds me of that time; but now it always make me kind of sad because I can't listen to it without thinking of the tragedy surrounding Marie Trintignant's untimely death by the hands of the singer.  :'(
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Post by: Milos Gulan on May 21, 2013, 05:07:18 AM
:( Sad to hear that, i didn't know it and well it is really bad. I liked the group because of that song mostly.
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Post by: hans on May 21, 2013, 04:16:12 PM
A good friend of mine used to hear that song a lot, so it reminds me of that time; but now it always make me kind of sad because I can't listen to it without thinking of the tragedy surrounding Marie Trintignant's untimely death by the hands of the singer.  :'(
 

That is too bad.  It's rather a melancholy song to begin with.  Any such association may easily push hearing it into an unpleasant experience.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on May 22, 2013, 02:36:31 AM
Well maybe but doesn't have to be like that if explanations given :).

Musicians and artist generaly i think are having troubles becuase of they art sometimes as they usualy can't make constant and secure income no matter how good they are except if someone is backging them up and they usualy then often drink or take drugs as a result. For example Jim Morrison (band Doors), Mozart, Van Gogh, Elvis Prisley, That guy from Sex Pistols ect Lately also i have found out that Esther Baxter lost her child in a fight with her boyfriend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jWVtN6ktEo also well that Whitney Houston, then one of serbian from ex Yu times leader of the band Ekatarina Velika (or EKV) was killed but i think maybe he also was taking drugs. I think i heard on tv that he was killed but now here i see he died from cancer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan_Mladenovi%C4%87

Here is a song where he plays this instrument http://www.rts.rs/page/radio/sr/story/1466/Radio+Beograd+3/1111428/Muzej+zvuka.html

Here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEOdBMECuBQ well beside Milan you can also see the place where Beocon was held at 1:15 of the song as other places where open minded people in Belgrade usualy goes. Here are the lyrics http://lyricstranslate.com/en/seks-droga-nasilje-i-strah-sex-drugs-violence-and-fear.html 

Also one more example from ex yu times is Branimir Stulic leader of the probably one of the best rock bands in ex Yugoslavia who just stoped singing and went to Holland around 1991, here is his book named I don't have with whom and none against anymore published 98 which i have and it is very nice :) http://www.scribd.com/doc/30201431/Branimir-%C5%A0tuli%C4%87-D%C5%BEoni-Nemam-vi%C5%A1e-ni-s-kim-a-ni-protiv-koga

Well here is one of his songs not one of his hits though :) (still there is a vid for it :) but only one i could find translated http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQomPob3uqY and lyrics http://lyricstranslate.com/en/meni-se-du%C5%A1o-od-tebe-ne-rastaje-i-my-soul-dont-want-go-separate-ways-you.html

So just to summ it up artists can have a bit turbulent lives :) which doesn't have to mean their art is also not so good. Hm John Lennon also was killed and alike well just another song that i remember by lennon murphy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjev3oC7hPs

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Post by: hans on May 22, 2013, 04:19:23 PM
Star Trek: Into Darkness is excellent. 
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Post by: Milos Gulan on May 23, 2013, 02:41:10 AM
Agreed :) well here is one that i like Emperor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-Is8hvLPHk

Btw that channel has very nice trailers ...

Well one more :)  Knights Of Badassdom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyougFDZ7zU&NR=1&feature=endscreen
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Post by: Milos Gulan on May 24, 2013, 09:10:01 AM
 EXILE / Rising Sun -short version- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rDGmAqv81U
Lyrics here http://www.animelyrics.com/jpop/exile/risingsun.htm
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Post by: Milos Gulan on May 24, 2013, 03:34:05 PM
Oh well maybe i shouldn't post this much but :) here is something really cool :) Franks Sinatra and nancy Sinatra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LpBXuq6gac
Oh well i found the Sid Vicous cover of I did it my way which is too bad for watching
so here is something to improve that impression
Should I Stay Or Should I Go - Bossa N´Jazz and 80s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5JnJkkocwM
 
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Post by: Milos Gulan on May 31, 2013, 01:17:51 AM
An old game :) renewed, Shadowrun  :icon_compress:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr0qqZVnDoA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=H4hhijKuVW4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkNfxW-fCtk
http://www.shadowruntabletop.com/
http://www.shadowrun4.com/
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on June 01, 2013, 03:33:06 PM
Oh well just a few more songs :)
Dropkick Murphys "The Boys Are Back"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1NZcH2haIM 
About dropkicks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysu4hcWPwIM
Robbie Williams - Different http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFCWdrnZIIs
Ke$ha - Crazy Kids ft. will.i.am http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdeFB7I0YH4
:)) hm and now i was wandering how would it feel like, if was american :angel8:
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Post by: Milos Gulan on July 15, 2013, 06:16:40 AM
I hope this is not spaming :) as i am mostly posting here :) anyway i am busy now and that is reason why i am not posting that much but i have nice plans for DC :) well i am not sure if i will be able to realize it but i can try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0LQnQSrC-g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxrndgt7gIY
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Post by: hans on July 15, 2013, 03:03:11 PM
I haven't been posting a lot, lately, as most of my 'pooter time has been going to mod work. 

I ran out of steam for WuXia stuff, but have been working on a small SHUA mod which I hope to be able to finish before Halloween.  I'll get back to the WuXia, sooner or later. 

Apropos of nothing, here's a stylish Blue Chimp cartoon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_751516&feature=iv&src_vid=6afnM7Kdpok&v=aa9SkmD0JMU  
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Post by: Milos Gulan on July 16, 2013, 04:30:11 AM
Awesome :) well i have been working a lot, i can't say i have done anything really special and most of it probably bad but i have been trying :) still as long as there are people that i can talk about Ad&d my life looks more interesting :) I am still here though i don't have time to read as i had before so i hope this 2 monts of summer will pass soon.

Three musketeers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38an1IAG1TA
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Post by: Milos Gulan on August 17, 2013, 01:34:21 PM
Well just a song to keep me motivated to survive this summer :) and return to Ad&d and FRUA&DC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GykI_Gca0p4
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Post by: hans on August 27, 2013, 03:35:59 PM
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a superior sequel. 
The original did its best business overseas, and this one looks like it will have to do the same, but which it is on its way to doing.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on August 27, 2013, 11:15:46 PM
Looks good :) reminds me of Ghostbusters, but those new movies looks much better ang i like idea of Greek mythos mixed with modern setting :)
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Post by: Milos Gulan on August 28, 2013, 09:14:25 AM
Something cool if you like PS http://www.pathguy.com/planes.htm
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Post by: hans on August 29, 2013, 08:12:22 PM
I drempt I was a ninja, last night. 

I was a gaijin ninja in modern Japan.  They thought I was a bit clumsy because I was poorly trained foreigner, but actually I was just letting them think that, so as to underestimate me.  Yet, I soon had to reveal my true abilities. 

There was magic afoot.

I was trying to nab a rival clan ninja villain who had a method of teleportation.  He teleported us both into the middle of a third ninja clan's fortress as we fought together.  Then he teleported himself out, alone, before I could stop him. 

This other ninja clan was itching to take me out, but I gymnastically fled.  Just as I was about to get completely away, ...it happened. 

They shot an arrow, and without even looking back to see it, I grabbed it out of the air!  That's right, I did one of the coolest movie ninja tricks, in this dream, and it was AWESOME!  It wasn't even to save myself, it was to save a young, female kunoichi ninja (from yet a fourth clan), who had turned up to help me.  I saved her life, oh, yeah. 

I caught a couple more arrows that they were dumb enough to keep shooting at me, then I shot one of their guys with a smaller arrow of my own that shot using my forearm as a bow...shot him right in the eye...to send a message...don't mess with this ninja.  Then I escaped with the young (totally amazed) kunoichi.

Yep.  That's the kind of dream that I likes to have.   :glasses9:
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Post by: Milos Gulan on August 30, 2013, 12:58:21 AM
Sounds good :D I wish if i could have a better dreams lol though i had a lots latley but mostly about work and maybe just some about RPGs, but at least most of those were inspiring.

Anyway interesting subject Kunoichi :) btw that Genzoman does a lot of nice art and good thing is that he does lot of research about it too http://genzoman.deviantart.com/art/Shimma-Kunoichi-44489302 and first i saw his art in Facebook game Castle Age (https://www.google.com/search?q=castle+age&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=izQgUr2gO4bOtQbV4oHoBA&biw=1920&bih=919&sei=mjQgUpmdJ-fB0gXu04HgDA)

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Post by: Milos Gulan on August 30, 2013, 01:33:26 AM
Hm I just remembered something nice :) that is Prince Valiant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pkoHHQ9pA0
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Post by: Milos Gulan on September 04, 2013, 12:53:52 PM
Well finaly a good and productive day working at home. I haven't started mod yet but i have prepared things that i need, at least basics :)

Anyway here are some vids that i found
The Hobbit 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvgpAdrlRjA
The Hobbit 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLgnkRxlKCg
Last Ship http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gZ6bpIjeLs
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Post by: Milos Gulan on September 26, 2013, 04:28:32 PM
Here is one inspirational song, from the time when music was still played on real guitars :) it is very nice cover of Bob Dylans - Mr Tambourine Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3zgHrIlQBQ
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Post by: hans on October 30, 2013, 11:19:37 PM
Happy Halloween, everybody (even if it be several hours early)! 

Here's three ooky music videos to mark the occassion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FJNZyhRfA4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=mk6j4wmpH9E&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=-_fn2R2lN8c&NR=1
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 31, 2013, 09:18:56 AM
Thanks, I wish happy Haloween to everybody too
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU1xS07N-FA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIu9yen5nc   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfZrX5YDltU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruJeDKDbr9k
http://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthof/2013/10/31/happy-halloween-oh-and-heres-a-google-video-to-show-you-how-feeble-your-jack-o-lantern-is/
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 02, 2013, 07:34:44 AM
Frozen from Disney
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Jw-AeaU5WI
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 05, 2013, 02:35:13 PM
The Dungeons and Dragons Experience Documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWCh7hoK0_Q&list=PL8231A14D5E183FB7
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 09, 2013, 04:33:37 PM
Well i have to say that i had productive week, though my mod actualy made step back. But i discovered lots of things and i am just more amazed how much things are there for FRUA to explore and much more can be done :).

Anyway music :) Madonna...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cItHOl5LRWg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sESXEepM-J8
And some acrobatics :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rEr1A4fsnI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYP4wKD-6J8
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 12, 2013, 02:37:00 PM
Wisin & Yandel - Follow The Leader ft. Jennifer Lopez :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmap94TcDNs
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 16, 2013, 07:21:00 AM
I hope i am not spaming :) i was thinking of just updating my posts, probably will do it from now on edited with a date i changed it anyway here are some vids i like, maybe some of them i posted before but not really sure now :D
Epic the Movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3z2ryJ2960
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tD5itOMWqg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6Nwdpa5PcU
Rise of the Guardians
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqHh6R_9F90
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2koEFlVqfc
Hotel Transylvania
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0_p0EfnFHE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lq_zsVzwXY
The Nut Job
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXFOEItiry8
Planes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch39vLdQi1g
Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8cgCJ7D-mg
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Post by: hans on December 24, 2013, 08:57:58 PM
 :icon_rendeer:  Merry Christmas, everybody!   :icon_santa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-x4SktRD44
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 25, 2013, 03:29:02 AM
Thank you :) well my christmas is a bit later but i am kinda getting used to have 2 christmas already, was wandering how it would be to have 3 :D today.
Anyway few more songs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VSEqoU7DA0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC_DjvueGHw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdjFeiiJaPI
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Post by: hans on December 27, 2013, 06:21:07 PM
I really loved The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

It takes considerable liberties with the source material, but that was fine by me.  The Hobbit was a children's book back in the day when children were strikingly more literate than our present batches.  Peter Jackson's version is much more in keeping with the more mature and complex tone of The Lord of the Rings. 

Evangeline Tilly is terrific in a major role not found in Tolkien's pages.  And Legolas was very welcome in his new role.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 28, 2013, 09:44:08 AM
I can imagine :)

Well for me here is one song from small Serbian band called E-Play, i guess they are something like alternative rock it seems they are still holding up after few years when i first heard them (hm maybe maybe a bit more then few years now :)). The song is called Wonderful day and it goes something like this :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpznKoohEo0
Hm it seems it is new song actualy released Nov 05. 2013. http://tekstovi-pesama.com/vesti/rock/divan-dan-iz-ugla-sastava-e-play/21260/

Will translate for those who maybe wan't to know what is it about :D

Hajde reci mi - Come on tell me
koliko godina - How many years
nama je potrebno - we need
da neke stvari prodju - for some things to pass

Hajde reci mi - Come on tell me
koliko godina - How many years
od danas jos imamo - from today we have
za ono sto nas ceka - for that what is waiting us

Hajde reci mi - Come on tell me
kako je moguce - how is possible
da nisam primetila - that i haven't noticed
da odlazis od mene - that you are going away from me

Hajde reci mi - Come on tell me
kako ne vidis - how you don't see
da divan je ovaj dan - that wonderful this day is
nazalost, ne za nas - unfortunately, not for us

Ref. 4x
Kako ne vidis - how you don't see
da divan dan je - that wonderful this day is

Ref. 4x

Ref. 8x 
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 30, 2013, 11:30:20 AM
Best wishes for New Year 8) from Serbia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwE5l2S_pHk
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Post by: Milos Gulan on January 03, 2014, 06:36:01 AM
Rugby. Lately i was thinking how american football is much more protected and cool but still following rugby:
Carlin Isles - Highlights 2013 "Fastest Rugby Player" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6POsoNQyOo
USA vs Samoa. Las Vegas Sevens 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzH0C5UV2U0
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Post by: hans on January 26, 2014, 10:13:54 PM
We've already discussed movie title sequences on this board, in relation to the broader topic of how beneficial new titles can be to a hacked UA mod.  I thought I might give my opinion on some television title intros, now, as well.  Most show titles take the lazy approach of splicing together scenes of the show and their main actors and just adding some words and music.  Those in my top ten list of favorites, below, display much more craft.

Best Genre TV Opening Credits
(Of serious, live-action types --as opposed to comedic or animated.)

1. The Six-Million-Dollar Man (1974–1978)  Does so much.  Tells the back-story, explains bionics, sets the tone.  It has an incredible dramatic arc crammed into a minute; suspenseful, thrilling, inspirational.  Amazing multi-layered imagery, with an exceptional use of sound fx and musical components.  It is beyond iconic. 

2. Buck Rogers (1979--Season 1)  The circular portals of exciting images flying by is a terrific visual experience.  (Every change Season 2 made to it was for the worse.) 

3. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964) There were multiple versions of the opening, each having the genius of Rod Serling's monologing plus eerie music plus surreal graphical elements.  Indelible.

4. The Avengers (1966? '67?--Season 5)  The one with Steed & Mrs. Peel in color.  Suave, debonair, ingratiating, flirty.  I wonder if the innuendoes were fully intentional...

5. The Prisoner  (1967)  A perfectly crafted set-up.  Taut.  Dangerous.  Intriguing.

6. Space: 1999 (1975--Season 1)  Used the "Mission: Impossible" trick of showing rapid, quick clips from the upcoming episode.  Always stylish, always exciting.

7. The Invaders (1967)  Dramatically powerful enuff to make any viewer paranoid.

8. UFO (1969) Slickly quick-cutting, without losing the effectiveness of a single image in maintaining tension, excitement, momentum, and retro-cool hipness.  --Except we didn't need to be flashed "1980" that many times.  Nevertheless, a real thrill.

9. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)  The suspense builds so nicely, it remains effective long after the end scare has become familiar from multiple viewings.

10. Tales From the Crypt (1989-96)  Campy, creepy, and fun use of camera work as the viewer's p.o.v. making it seem like we're making a long, mad dash, outside and inside, up and down, to the crypt.  Wheeeee!
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Post by: Milos Gulan on January 27, 2014, 07:37:45 AM
Nice list. I can't say i watched much except Twilight Zone.

Here is something relatively new, before it was lingerie football league now it is legends football league, they now play in Asutralia, Canada, Mexico and maybe UK too. I like helmets but i think those girls need more protection, though i have to admit they look dynamic. I am not sure what to say about female football but i have noticed that they don't do conversions like in NFL and they miss that Y like post where the conversions are made and thay have 4 quarters of time to play i guess 10 mins each or so.

Anyway here is what i watched today, only half of it till now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEHwlMrNC74
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Post by: hans on January 31, 2014, 02:20:27 PM
I, Frankenstein was worth the price of a ticket.  It's got some cheese, but is visually quite stylish.
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Post by: Ben J on January 31, 2014, 02:33:20 PM
The Wolf of Wall Street was awesome. The "Lemmon Quaaludes"-sequence was one of the funniest things I've ever seen in a theater.

While his fellow directors from the seventies have long lost their mojo (Lucas, Spielberg, DePalma, Coppola, I'm looking at you), Martin Scorsese still makes the best films (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQKS4_Y7QCI).
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Post by: Milos Gulan on January 31, 2014, 04:53:15 PM
I have read Frankenstein it was a nice book, and i think i have read Dracula though i am not remembering it so good or maybe i just watched an older movie which was good. Anyway here is newer version it looks nice, reminds of Ravenloft :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPm-vyqI-MI 
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Post by: hans on February 13, 2014, 11:37:33 AM
Last night, I drempt I Was A Teenage Vampire

It was pretty weird, but also pretty cool.  This character I was in the dream was not myself, and did not share my moral beliefs, but it was like I was a particular character in a movie that was running in my subconscious (a darker film than the emo-vampires of Twilight, but also set in modern times). 

This teenage vampire was part of a group (or cell) of 4 creatures, 3 vampires and one other.  There was my character, the newest vampire, male; another teenage male vampire, who was the leader, and who had turned me into a vampire; a teenage female vampire who was slightly built, but had been a vampire a bit longer than the leader; and another young-looking female who was immortal (some 400-years old, far older than the rest of the group) and who was akin to, but not exactly a vampire. 

I learned many things about the lifestyles and habits of these creatures as the dream unfolded. 

They were sexual creatures (although no sex went on in my dream, I had some knowledge of the backstory and history of my character prior to the events within the dream).  During the day, they were virtually comatose and vulnerable to the Sun.  The original sleeping arrangements were that my character cohabited with the female vampire (with whom I/he was somewhat smitten), while the leader slept with the other female. 

I was to learn that these arrangements were intentional, and that I was being slowly "initiated" in this aspect of the cell's social habits, as well as the more vampiric. 

The leader had recently made a change wherein he and my character changed female partners.  My character was pretty laid-back (one might say spineless), while the leader was very dominant and assertive.  So, my newcomer character had made no objections. 

I then found out that the next change of partners would pair my character with the leader.  My character was not happy with the news, but had not the courage (as yet) to stand up to the leader.  When the leader announced that the time had come, my character reasoned that he would submit to it once, and then he could explain to the leader, as diplomatically as possible, that it was not "his bag."   

Fortunately for my character, before the leader could proceed with his carnal intention, we were paid a visit.  It was another male teenage vampire, dressed more punkish than the others, who had been the one who had "turned" the leader, and towards whom the leader could not disquise his animosity.  My character was delighted for the reprive, and intriqued to learn more about this character, his history with the leader, and why the occassion of this visit. 

I assume he was bringing a warning of some importance, but unfoturnately my dream did not progress that far. 

During the dream, tho, I learned these other things about these vampires: 

We would eat (kill and drink the blood of the living) about once a week.  The leader would plan what part of the city we would hunt in, always someplace rundown and crime-ridden, and never the same area twice.  My character would hunt only pushers and gangsters, whom I/he reasoned deserved death, but the other two vampires were less particular. 

The one time I ate in the dream was quite shocking and gory, as I tore off a guy's head and turned the body upside down above my mouth, like a bottle, and drank right out of the spewing jugular.  I/he got blood all over my/himself.  This was always remedied, however, by becoming a bat, for within that process of transformation, the vampire bodies would absorb all the extra blood, so there would be not a spot left when we resumed human form some distance from the scene of carnage.   

What does a vampire think of? --Mostly, they were obsessed with self-preservation.  After hitting the bad areas of one town, they would have to move to another.  This was always tense, as they could only travel by night, and staying anyplace insecure meant risking discovery during the day.  They always had to figure the authorities were only one step behind them, even if those humans didn't believe in vampires.  They had to live off-grid, using only cash they had stolen from their victims. 

They listen to the radio a lot.  They go out among crowds and observe local customs, dialects, and fashions.  They try to fit in, and be inconspicous.  They have very few possessions, and nothing they wouldn't abandon at a moments notice.

It was not a glamorous life, but it certainly made for an unusual dream.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on February 13, 2014, 10:14:29 PM
Now that I've more time, I'll chronicle a couple more incidents from the above dream, that I, at least, found interesting. 

First, when the punkish vampire came, and while the leader of my character's group was around the corner, I said something (probably innocent enough, tho I now forget) that the punkish one took exception to.  He roughly pushed my character against the wall and said something threatening.  My character responded by saying that if he wanted to assert his alpha-maleness he should take it up with my character's leader (who I think I referred to by name, but that, too, is now forgotten).  My character pointed out that the leader was the punkish one's competitor for that title, not me. 

This caused the punkish one to switch gears, and he leered, bending close as if to kiss my character.  My character turned to avoid this, and the punkish one licked my neck (presumably where the leader had bitten me to turn my character into a vampire).  He then invited me to join up with him, but my character replied, diplomatically (or spinelessly), that I wasn't ready to make any changes right then. 

That incident, with the actions and dialog of my dream taken together make me believe that there was more than sexuality involved with the unwelcome advances of both the punkish vampire and the cell leader, but that it was a question of dominance within their social scheme. 

The other incident involved my character and the female vampire to whom I was somewhat romantically linked. 

She and my character were at a video arcade and some jerk was bothering her.  She rebuffed his advances, but he wouldn't take a hint.  When she changed her attitude and suggested to the jerk that they go someplace more private, my character knew that she planned to kill him.  So, my character also left and went to a van we were using and waited inside.  She arrived a short time later, gorged with blood.  She urged my character to have sex with her immediately in the back of the van.  She mentioned her theory that while she was so full of blood she might be fertile, and able to conceive a child.  My character replied that I didn't think it was possible for vampires to bare children, and wondered if they did, wouldn't the baby be a vampire, too, and wouldn't that mean it would never age from birth? 

My character's questions infuriated her, putting a quick damper on the rendezvous.  She yelled, defensively, that she had only been joking, and cursed my character for being so dense.  Clearly, the fact that she could never bear a child was a sore spot with her, and rather sad.   

That wasn't the end of the scene, tho, as the leader teen vampire came to the van, just as the female was angrily stomping away, and discerned that something was up.  He asked my character if she had killed/eaten.  My character didn't want to rat on her, so said something noncommitally, like he should ask her that.  He didn't take that well, and my character never saw the punch coming, waking up (in the dream) after seeing stars, with a broken jaw (that I believed in the dream would take several hours for my vampire body to heal). 

That evening, you see, had not been scheduled as a hunting night, and the sound of distant police sirens sent visible shivers down the leader's spine.   

The vampire existence in this vivid dream of mine was palpably bleak.  There was little to look forward to in the repetative cycle of their existence, and much to fear. 

It was like the proverb: "The wicked flee though no one pursues"...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on February 24, 2014, 07:10:33 PM
The new Robocop movie is pretty good.  It's tone is darker, due to the lack of the original's wild black humor.  It's handled pretty straight, for the most part, which makes the social and political commentary more heavy handed.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dinonykos on February 26, 2014, 02:33:42 AM
We've already discussed movie title sequences on this board, in relation to the broader topic of how beneficial new titles can be to a hacked UA mod.  I thought I might give my opinion on some television title intros, now, as well.  Most show titles take the lazy approach of splicing together scenes of the show and their main actors and just adding some words and music.  Those in my top ten list of favorites, below, display much more craft.
I like the title intro of "Stingray", since the music is nicely coupled with quickly changing images.
The intro to the German "Tatort" ("crime scene", can easily be found on youtube) has remained unchanged for decades, I think it is also pretty good.

I agree concerning the Six-Million-Dollar Man. That kind of intro could perhaps be transferred to a FRUA/DC design, maybe somebody has done that already?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 01, 2014, 09:20:33 PM
...The intro to the German "Tatort" ("crime scene", can easily be found on youtube) has remained unchanged for decades, I think it is also pretty good.
 

I like the Tatort opening, although it's rather short.  The eyes motif reminds me of another couple of nice (but non-genre) intros:
I Spy  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ChKPEKMw74 
and to a lesser extent,
Mannix  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuldM3o47Tg
both from the 60s.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 17, 2014, 01:11:23 PM
Last night I had a dream resembling an Arabian Knights movie fantasy from the late 50s, or so. 

I was set in the role of a vagabond thief, who had climbed thru a high window to steal a roast chicken.  I was caught in the act, however, by the owner of the place, played by a young, dashing Cesar Romero. 

He insisted on a duel with blunt foils (sure, an anarchronism, but what-the-heck).  He gave me one and we immediately stabbed at each other's torsos.  We both touched solidly, but he merrily remarked that mine had been better placed. 

"Luck," I admitted.  Cesar would not let it end with a tie, however, and we dueled twice more, in longer, energetically spritely, Douglas-Fairbanks-type bouts.  Both of which he won. 

Then I was introduced to the Winking Princess.  A shapely young woman who wore a ninja-like mask, but of satiny pink (matching her I-Dream-of-Jeannie outfit), and who had, for some reason, one eye always shut.  On the lids of that eye was a small star tattoo. 

I had the sense that Cesar and this Winking Princess were about to draft me into a marvelous adventure, but then I woke up.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 22, 2014, 03:41:48 PM
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is pretty good. 

I had resisted going to see this one because I'm no longer a big fan of post-apocalyptic stories.  It got such good reviews, tho, I broke down and went today. 

It's not as good as the reviews had led me to believe, but it is worth seeing.  One of its weaknesses, IMO, is that it is fairly predictable.  Well done, but few real surprises.  I hope that for the next one in the franchise the screenwriters will finally break out of their formulaic comfort zone.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dorateen on July 23, 2014, 02:22:37 PM
As far as the television intros go, I would have to add

The A-Team opening narration (before the theme music starts)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on July 24, 2014, 12:30:43 PM
Full agreement with you, hans, on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Visually stunning, live acting was solid (if a bit by-the-numbers), mo-cap acting and visuals were phenomenal, the action sequences were exciting ... but the entire movie was a paint-by-numbers story; entirely predictable.

I would recommend seeing this in theaters for the spectacle, but you won't miss anything by waiting for DVD or other small-screen viewing. (I have heard that the 3D IMAX version is really stunning and well done, but not Avatar levels.)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 28, 2014, 03:15:49 PM
Brett Ratner's Hercules isn't bad, but it's strictly light-weight compared to some of the other big Summer movies. 

The ads led me to believe this might be a somewhat faithful adaptation of the myths, but the story actually has a more deconstructionist slant.  While that does lead to a few interesting moments of dramatic tension, otherwise the script quickly falls into a lot of paint-by-numbers (to use Vix's phrase) cliches.

The Rock makes a pretty good Hercules (a bit dense and headstrong at times), and he's surrounded by a supporting cast of very, very fine actors, but the script doesn't take much advantage of them. 

Anyways, here's a novelty song from the old Hercules cartoon show: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzsGD3Z22XE 
I remember having a glow-in-the-dark ring with the Hercules "H" symbol on it.  I wish I still had it, even tho it surely wouldn't fit me as an adult...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on July 28, 2014, 07:04:07 PM
I agree, Hercules was a fun and decent movie. (For a Brett Ratner movie, it was positively fantastic.  :P)

I got the feeling that it might have been intended to be a more R-rated film than it turned out to be in the final cut. I think it would have been much better with the gore and gruesomeness left intact.

It was based of Radical's "Hercules: The Thracian Wars" comics, which I have not read. I was hoping for a little deeper information on Hercule's companions outside the bare-bones information we are told (and whatever mythological knowledge you may have of those characters). I am debating on finding and reading the comics, now. heh

If you see it, while there are no stingers (end credit scenes), the artistic animations of Hercule's labors fit in very well with the story told in the movie, and are well worth watching.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 04, 2014, 03:43:29 PM
Guardians of the Galaxy was over-hyped, but it's still a very good movie.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on August 04, 2014, 06:55:18 PM
Possibly over hyped, but lived up to the expectations for me. It actually exceeded them

I have seen it twice, now.

Now, I have been a GotG fan since I found them a long time ago. Not really so much this particular incarnation (which I do like), but the early gang with Yondu, Charlie-27, Martinex, Vance Astro, et al.  The reboot back in the mid 2000's was good, too with Nova, Mantis, Cosmo, Quasar and the introduction of a few of the current team of Groot, Rocket, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax.

Anyhow, the movie, to me, was funny, exciting, and had moments with all the feels.

I loved it at least as much as I loved The Avengers ... and I didn't need 5 films leading up to it.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 04, 2014, 11:28:50 PM
Guardians of the Galaxy  


...Spoiler Alert...     ...Spoiler Alert...      ...Spoiler Alert...


The biggest flaws I felt were in the tone and most conspicuously the lack of gravitas surrounding the Nova Empire. 

Glenn Close, the terrific actress, was a terrible disappointment.  She looked funny, and did little acting.  I thought the movie really needed her to give it gravitas, but, for whatever reason (her choices? the script? the director? the hairstylist?) she didn't.  She did nothing to make us take her any more seriously than John C. Reilly.  I can imagine a dozen other actresses (where's Helen Mirren when you need her) who might've commanded more respect for the character with only one commanding look. 

But then, what was true of her character was also true of the whole Nova Empire.  It felt really lightweight.  The Nova Corps couldn't stop the Dark Aster, except at the last moment when it was over their homeworld?  Why would the Kree Empire sign a treaty with these pushovers?

The light, satiric tone that the movie established early, without being counter-balanced by some doses of true drama made it hard to take any jeopardy to anybody very seriously, even when they were being blown up or frozen or crushed or atomized before my very eyes. 

This is not to say I didn't like the movie a lot, because I did, it was loads of fun, but I just consider it lightweight.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 11, 2014, 10:22:17 PM
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is good fun.   :) 

The FX are terrific and the third act is a real thrill ride.  That, and the amiable humor of the titular quartet go a long way to make up for its story flaws. 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on August 12, 2014, 12:40:12 PM
How would you rank it against Guardians of the Galaxy?

I ask because I have heard horrible things about the TMNT movie, and I suspect much of it is bitter nostalgia. I also ask because you and I have similar sensibilities when it comes to movies.

The biggest complaint I hear is Megan Fox (who I dislike as an actress) as April O'Neal makes up the bulk of the movie.

Also, isn't there a TMNT FRUA or SHUA mod out there?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 12, 2014, 02:22:29 PM
How would you rank it against Guardians of the Galaxy?

I ask because I have heard horrible things about the TMNT movie, and I suspect much of it is bitter nostalgia. I also ask because you and I have similar sensibilities when it comes to movies.

The biggest complaint I hear is Megan Fox (who I dislike as an actress) as April O'Neal makes up the bulk of the movie.

Also, isn't there a TMNT FRUA or SHUA mod out there?
 

GotG is the superior movie by two or three notches, but TMNT's strengths run along the same vein, IMO: Smart, back-and-forth ensamble humor, tho less prickly; Great SPFX, tho Earthbound; Great action, tho TMNT is slower starting, it's in high-gear for most of its second half.  Both films are lots of fun, and I didn't see anybody leave either theater without a smile on their face. 

So far, anyways, the competing films haven't split the audience.  Both did very well this last weekend.   

I'm not a Megan Fox fan, either, but she did a good job in her role. 

And, yes, Darius Whiteheart did a very nice Turtles mod, reviewed here:
http://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=371.0   :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on August 13, 2014, 12:39:58 AM
Hmmmm ... I may have to rethink it. I was leaning towards seeing Into the Storm before my kid starts school next week.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: SilentThief on August 15, 2014, 12:41:23 AM
"Korgoth of Barbaria" - pilot (and only) episode. Found this awesome little gem, when looking at totally unrelated stuff:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoxMiZxN-F0

ST
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 26, 2014, 04:26:05 PM
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is getting the snot kicked out of it at the box office. 

I think it deserves better -- at least somewhat better.  The hyper-violence, strained physics, and Mickey-Spillane-fever-dream sleeze from the first movie are back, which I expected, tho I wasn't expecting the amount of nudity added (mostly from the hauntingly beautiful Eva Green).  For those who don't mind the excessively exaggerated, noirish staples of Frank Miller's unbridled comicbook visions, there's plenty of real artistic value within the pulpish mix.     
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 13, 2014, 03:39:13 PM
Never back down 2. Movie about martial arts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVByCsB5JVk
Soundtrack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBzqoAJQl2E
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: SilentThief on October 15, 2014, 01:09:16 AM
been watching this a lot lately for some reason.
The opening and ending theme of the 1985 cartoon Thundercats.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwGgwZSgZAI

ST
ps more good stuff is the sound track (?) -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXI3IR4qkhQ&list=PLA2728BF178AB07D0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 18, 2014, 04:17:54 PM
For Fallout fans, Lore https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyPn6DXfS2g
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on October 27, 2014, 12:31:49 AM
Wasn't there a plan to make a "Wonder Woman" movie?

Wonder Woman 6/23/17

I wonder why DC is so far behind Marvel when it comes to movie adaptations. Sure, they have the Batman franchise, which is the best of them all, but there seem to be problems with all the other properties.

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice 3/25/16
Suicide Squad 8/5/16
Wonder Woman 6/23/17
Justice League Part 1 11/17/17
The Flash 3/23/18
Aquaman 7/27/18
Shazam 4/5/19
Justice League Part 2 6/14/19
Cyborg 4/3/20
Green Lantern 6/19/20
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: SilentThief on October 28, 2014, 01:03:52 AM
two shows I love to watch on demand (comcast's only redeeming feature)

scorpion
constantine

both awesome

ST
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 29, 2014, 12:38:10 PM
I'm giving up on The (new) Flash tv show. 

I've been enduring the torture of all the overblown angst scenes, hoping that maybe there would be some interesting Rogues stories, but so far the villains have been very one-dimensional and disappointing.   :sleepy4:

The special FX are pretty good, but the fight scenes hurt my brain.  I can't take any more scenes of the Flash confronting the villain (standing still before him), exchanging a few lines of trite dialog, then watches as the villain goes into action first, starting his power, or raising and aiming then and firing a weapon, all while throwing away a few more lines of dialog, before the Flash finally goes into action.   :violent5:

Why doesn't the Flash just clock the villain before the villain even knows the Flash is there, or has time to blink?  Seriously.  :icon_shaking:

This, tho, is why super-speed is one of my least favorite super-powers.  If someone really had that super-power, the fights should be over before they begin.  In order to inject any suspense, therefore, the writers have to make the hero a fool.    :puke:

X-Men: Days of Future Past had a sequence devoted to Marvel's super-speedster, Quicksilver.  While it was a wonderfully done scene, a real show-stopper, it necessarily lacked any suspense or sense of danger.  It was amusing rather than thrilling.   :happy3:

Lots of modern vampire movies also give their monsters super-speed, so they can zip in front of their victims from across a room and suddenly "appear" --providing a scare so cheap as to constitute a complete rip-off.   :protest:

Faster is not always better.   :tearyeyed:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dinonykos on October 30, 2014, 02:27:01 PM
Why doesn't the Flash just clock the villain before the villain even knows the Flash is there, or has time to blink?  Seriously.  :icon_shaking:

I am no expert on the Flash, but as someone working for the police, maybe he always wants the villain to attack first to have a moral justification for using his powers? And if the villain even shoots at him, it is an additional felony and results higher sentence?
(The tv show is not yet on air here so it is just a general guess...)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 30, 2014, 11:23:49 PM
I am no expert on the Flash, but as someone working for the police, maybe he always wants the villain to attack first to have a moral justification for using his powers? And if the villain even shoots at him, it is an additional felony and results higher sentence?
(The tv show is not yet on air here so it is just a general guess...)
 

It's more like one of TV's unwritten laws of days gone by, wherein the hero in a gunfight could never shoot first. 

It's this same ridiculous thinking that had George Lucas have Greedo shoot first at Han Solo in his revamp of the original Star Wars (A New Hope).  Of course, it was necessary to make Greedo, like so many villains before him, a very bad shot (missing Solo completely from only a few feet way).   :P
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: steve_mcdee on October 31, 2014, 03:47:51 AM
The outrage was so great that in a later edit they reduced the time between the shots so that, although Greedo still shoots first, it is only a split second before Han, meaning that Han was not reacting to Greedo. So they returned some of the moral ambiguity (which, in my opinion, was an interesting feature of the Han Solo character, but the removal of which was apparently Lucas' purpose in changing the scene in the first place) while still leaving Greedo as an unrealistically bad shot. Pointless!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on October 31, 2014, 07:45:55 PM
I've been watching The Flash as well. The characters all exist in a world where everyone is under 25 (except for token father figures). I have tolerated the dialogue and been rewarded with appearances by Weather Wizard, Mirror Master, The Mist, and Captain Cold. Other members of the Rogue's gallery that have been hinted at so far include Gorilla Grodd, Professor Zoom, and Heat Wave.

The show is uneven, granted, and I'm still trying to figure out if Flash's top speed is 350 MPH or the speed of light, but I'm willing to keep watching.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on November 03, 2014, 06:04:19 PM
I'm still trying to figure out if Flash's top speed is 350 MPH or the speed of light, but I'm willing to keep watching.

No matter what his (fictional) actual top speed is, Flash will always move at the speed of plot.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on December 26, 2014, 03:24:59 AM
New Hobbit movie is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUYqUGXxopU

For me i am trying to start again my old Ruins of castle Greyhawk campaign mixed with FR on Roll20.net, and new thing is that i got 2e version of this books. Campaign is called Northern Journey and is set in FR North, it has 3000 pages and i really don't know how to print all that, though i will try in parts. Here is link, everything has a lot of story and not much dungeons and i would like to see DC version of it :) or at least something like that http://www.candlekeep.com/campaign/nj_main.htm

Those guys converted to 3e but when 4th editon came it seems they started something on their own http://www.vintyri.org though site with PBeM is still active http://www.nj-pbem.com/ and most interesting is part with complete FR dieties from many books http://www.nj-pbem.com/data/Gods/Gods.htm

I am hoping that i will be able to use all this with DC and explore realms even more :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on January 04, 2015, 01:51:16 PM
Yes it seems i will continue to run Ad&d campaign and Greyhawk Castle for now. I expect to continue working on my DC mod too, been some time since i haven't :)
Expedition to Castle Greyhawk (3e) Intro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYbHIlkIA9U
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 08, 2015, 02:17:08 PM
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is superb. 

I hadn't been able to see it till now 'cuz of all the holiday and post-holiday hustle & bustle.  It was well worth the wait, as I knew it would be.

Seeing it causes me to wonder, tho, now that there have been two full trilogies spanning some 13 or so years, all critical and commercial super-successes, how come Hollywood (which is notorious for following trends) isn't making more of these types of movies?   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on January 10, 2015, 03:51:51 AM
I think because special effects like wizard spells and other magic which are hard to make. Also I think in D&D there is no good stories. There are some but they are all a bit not so traditional and probably not so good for movies.

Lets just take example of D&D movie, I watched first part. Spell effects were not done so good, like fireballs, dragons and so on. I am guessing that budget for that needs to be high. Story also is just some random adventure and even Jeremy Irons was there still for me it just was not so good.

I think I watched 2nd part too, as i remember a beholder not done so good. Anyway good fantasy movies are hard to make i guess. New Conan is i guess something nice, though those are like LOTR low on magic by my opinion.

Here is something I watched ten years ago on TV in Belgrade, haven't finished it yet, it is something like Xena, done nicely https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2trwbwPJno4
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on January 10, 2015, 11:06:34 AM
Seeing it causes me to wonder, tho, now that there have been two full trilogies spanning some 13 or so years, all critical and commercial super-successes, how come Hollywood (which is notorious for following trends) isn't making more of these types of movies?

I think that Hollywood has mistaken the Middle Earth novels for "Young Adult Fantasy".

My evidence:
1) Harry Potter films
2) Hunger Games films.
3) Narnia films.
4) Percy Jackson films.

At least we have the TV show "Game of Thrones".
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 10, 2015, 01:45:25 PM
I think that Hollywood has mistaken the Middle Earth novels for "Young Adult Fantasy".

My evidence:
1) Harry Potter films
2) Hunger Games films.
3) Narnia films.
4) Percy Jackson films.

At least we have the TV show "Game of Thrones".
 

I think you're right.  We've also had a slew of fairy-tale movies with young adult twists to them, ...with rather spotty results.   :P

I hear that the Shannara books will be turned into a TV series, as well.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on January 10, 2015, 05:18:42 PM
Tried reading them, but...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 11, 2015, 02:19:36 PM
Tried reading them, but...
 

I never got into the Shannara books, myself, either.  I did follow the newspaper cartoon adaptation for a little while...   :P 

The Dragonlance Chronicles by Hickman & Weis I did read, and have thought would probably make a good set of movies in the Rings/Hobbit mode.  They were critically-acclaimed bestsellers, too. 

There have been other good fantasy novels in a similar vein.  I really think it's more important to capture the scope & tone of the Rings/Hobbit movies than to try and find a classic to adapt, tho.  After all, Peter Jackson & his team took lots of liberties with The Hobbit.  Maybe Hollywood really needs more Peter Jacksons...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on January 11, 2015, 03:48:11 PM
I agree. I tried reading Shannara in high school it was recommended to me by a friend but somehow i couldn't read it, not sure why probably it wasn't that interesting. I remember that i have read LOTR back then and i couldn't stop reading it till finished.

I tried reading Shannara lately same happened :). I probably would like to see Dragonlance too though I am guessing it would be hard to do. Drizzt also. I just watched a bit of Star Wars movie i think called Revenge of Sith, didn't liked it.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on January 16, 2015, 04:24:25 AM
Well, I for one wish Peter Jackson had paid more attention to the "Young Adult" / fairy tale tone of The Hobbit. I liked the LOTR movies, but I didn't like his adaptation of The Hobbit at all.

Personally I think that "Young Adult Fantasy" books often have more interesting and universal stories and conflicts than the average genre fantasy books, or at least that their stories, settings and story-telling appeal to a wider audience. From that perspective, to me it seems rather logical that there are more fantasy movies based on young adults books than genre fantasy books, because the former have a greater audience than the latter and are generally better suited for the big screen. The "Young Adult" books are also shorter than the average fantasy epic. And it's no coincidence that they only picked a select few fantasy (for adults) authors like Tolkien and George R.R. Martin, because IMO they really stand out in terms of quality. I'd have trouble coming up with a list of neglected fantasy authors of the same calibre.

Hollywood could do more fantasy movies for a special fantasy geek audience, just like they cater to the superhero crowd, but I doubt they would get the budget of the LOTR movies, they would probably end up as half-decent action flicks for fans only, with the risk of looking very trashy.

Of course, that's just my own biased opinion; I have trouble finding fantasy books that really hold my interest for long, while most of the young adult stuff at least manages to entertain me.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on January 22, 2015, 03:40:05 AM
Star Trek Aurora Episode 2. This looks very good, i just can't believe they can make it like this http://vimeo.com/103672838

http://auroratrek.com/episodes.html
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on January 28, 2015, 03:10:56 AM
Here are most of the rules for 2e Ad&d, organized very good http://www.purpleworm.org/rules
And also the have fan material including lots of adventures http://www.purpleworm.org/content/index.php/downloads/net-books.html
And also other good things and very good forum.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on January 28, 2015, 03:21:03 PM
Here is one campaign that lasted for long and is still going on. It is set in Greyhawk and it seems they have been trough Ruins of Castle Greyhawk
Here are the links http://www.peldor.com/misc/faq.html
All adventures http://www.peldor.com/chapters/index_framed.html
And some modules that can be played http://www.peldor.com/modules/

And here are two videos about Hobbit Movie

Ed Sheeran - I See Fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fngvQS_PmQ
Billy Boyd - The Last Goodbye https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg4koastMuM

I have restarted Neverwinter Nights Offline and I am playing again. I discovered how to take screenshots in Dosbox so i decided to play again and take caps of my playing. The good thing is that they are twice smaller then before.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on February 06, 2015, 01:11:05 PM
Money's tight, right now, and there are a lot of good-looking 2015 movies coming that I'll want to see. Kingsman is already on my must-see list, which opens in another week, but I'm tempted to see a movie this week, too, only I'm split between Jupiter Ascending and The Seventh Son.  I'm not really jazzed about either one, but then, neither looks bad, either... 
  :-\
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on February 09, 2015, 12:20:35 PM
Seventh Son was okay, but it felt very rushed. There were simply too many characters with minimal to no fleshing out out of these characters. The world seems interesting, but again suffers from rushed explanations and no real fleshing out of the cooler aspects.

Jeff Daniels annoys me one again with his Rooster Cogburn voice ... can't he do anything else? Not that he was bad, just I find the mushmouthed oration tedious after so many films of it. Julianne Moore makes a great villain.

The visuals are mostly done well.

I would wait for DVD.

I haven't seen Jupiter Ascending, but have heard slightly better reviews about it than Seventh Son.

Seeing Kingsman soon, too, I hope. Which makes me think, are there any Modern spy adventures in the UA archive?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on February 09, 2015, 07:14:35 PM
...Seeing Kingsman soon, too, I hope. Which makes me think, are there any Modern spy adventures in the UA archive?
 

The only one I can think of is "LEATHER GEAR: Episode One--The Adventure of Gas" (Leather.zip) by Brad Daly.  As the title suggests, it is comedic.  Not bad, as I remember...  Here's a review from long ago...

http://frua.rosedragon.org/pc/uanews/uanl34/rv-lgear.htm 

It promises to be a good year for spy movies, as besides Kingsman, there'll be a new Bond, a new Mission:Impossible, and based on my favorite TV show of all time, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on February 10, 2015, 05:28:03 PM
Probably not going to watch Jupiter Ascending in the theatre. I think the Wachowski siblings have lost their minds years ago.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on February 10, 2015, 09:02:35 PM
I liked Cloud Atlas. I can easily see why many viewers didn't, however.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on February 16, 2015, 01:47:11 PM
Overlooking some offensive bits, I liked Kingsman well enough, but I desperately hope that it will be surpassed by each of the other spy movies to come this year.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on April 12, 2015, 12:13:13 PM
Here is Easter so I hope and pray for this place to be just better :) and for me to learn and make things good in the future, especialy to learn to work with DC better. Being here almost for 2 years and I really have to say that I have learned a lot and met some nice people, so here is just a nice song with Easter theme ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhFBX5ZSySo
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on April 22, 2015, 01:53:26 PM
One video in English about town I live in. It looks too good to be true :) Anyway I had 20+ bad days trying to get contract for beach in front of place I live and probably will have 20+ more, but there is still hope that it might happen :/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph6FPsnLJp0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on April 22, 2015, 02:29:47 PM
Looks like a very beautiful place!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on April 22, 2015, 03:48:26 PM
It does on TV, it just needs to be a bit more civilized, I mean most of the time I want to go somewhere where they have better computers and things like that :/ 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 18, 2015, 02:35:28 PM
Mad Max: Fury Road is a terrific film. 

I was a fan of post-apocalyptic movies in my youth, but as I grew older I grew far less fond of their pessimism & nihilism.  Their bleakness and sadism can be excruciating. 

I find exceptions in George Miller's Road Warrior, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, and now the transcendent Fury Road.  It is a masterpiece of kinetic cinema.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on June 06, 2015, 12:50:57 PM
Tried reading them, but...
 

I never got into the Shannara books, myself, either.  I did follow the newspaper cartoon adaptation for a little while...   :P 

The Dragonlance Chronicles by Hickman & Weis I did read, and have thought would probably make a good set of movies in the Rings/Hobbit mode.  They were critically-acclaimed bestsellers, too. 

There have been other good fantasy novels in a similar vein.  I really think it's more important to capture the scope & tone of the Rings/Hobbit movies than to try and find a classic to adapt, tho.  After all, Peter Jackson & his team took lots of liberties with The Hobbit.  Maybe Hollywood really needs more Peter Jacksons...
Sword of Shannara came out right after re-release of Hobbit and LOTR. I read it right afterwards. The first three I've read several times. But this incessant teenager will change the world in book 30 just became too much. Only one book had an adult main character named Walker Boh, and he died in the end. I did like the Magic Kingdom For Sale and Demon books though. Adult characters.

I also read the Hickman & Weis books to complement the DragonLance modules. But I hated the character that could only count up to two.

Last three years have been great for movies. My collection of dvds and blurays has sure gotten larger.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on June 17, 2015, 06:56:44 AM
I have to say that I am finaly able to make some nice 3d art, though it still takes me too much time and I still don't know how to make art and work other things at the same time. But I wanted also to say that from now on probably will not have that much time for art and will try to make something with DC. I wish I could work like Dinonykos, but if i could make something it would be good :). Will have to try and see how it goes.

Here is a band I was listening to lately called Florida Georgia Line, playlist of songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oajuSNChUOo&list=PL7kvd6yFTZAdn5N__kfxbZlbVrbmosBb_&index=1
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on June 19, 2015, 05:14:10 AM
Rugby World Cup 2015 England :) it is after summer, here just few promo videos, I am hoping that this might be interesting to not just me :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqvnQuRTbV4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcCiqW4LQWk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIWTj2-H4AE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP135L1AB3M

And :D today I got letter from State Sea Department and officaly I will have beach to run and be manager there (that means I need to clean the place, act as a lifeguard and do other needed things, I am hoping I will be able to open caffe there, but not sure for now). I actualy am curious how it will all be and will I be able to do it and there is option to renew contract for the 3 years then I will have to ask again to run it and make my payment offer. One more thing I will probably after summer have to move to Belgrade and finish some school. But for now I am just hoping that I will be able to sign the contract and do needed things, by that contract beach should be opened from 1st may but lets hope I can start it from 1 july :)

This all means I will have to be much more serious with DC/FRUA and learn how to use it and make something good with it. Also my wish is to make my own program like DC (if possible in Unity or VS or anything else that I can work with :)) and that means I will have to learn programming. I really feel stupid now that I am not able to do things I wish but I guess I need to learn lot of serious things before I can make something. I also want to say that I am glad that this place is here and it is really inspires me when I see so much creativity and good programs for RPG playing actualy possible and being developed, and I will just pray for those things to get better.

I have also been thinking about my DC Mod and I will probably try just to make it better and keep on working on it. Though I will not have that much time from now but I just need to start working with it again :) will post more of my progress soon.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 02, 2015, 02:53:45 PM
Jurassic World is really good. 

I waited a long time to see this one because the previews made it seem kinda like:
I had an idea for a script once. It's basically Jaws except when the guys in the boat are going after Jaws, they look around and there's an even bigger Jaws. The guys have to team up with Jaws to get Bigger Jaws. I call it Big Jaws.
— Peter Griffith, Family Guy

--And it kinda was, but still a great movie that maintains the tone of the Jurassic Park series.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on July 02, 2015, 10:14:52 PM
Jurassic World is really good. 

I waited a long time to see this one because the previews made it seem kinda like:
I had an idea for a script once. It's basically Jaws except when the guys in the boat are going after Jaws, they look around and there's an even bigger Jaws. The guys have to team up with Jaws to get Bigger Jaws. I call it Big Jaws.
— Peter Griffith, Family Guy

--And it kinda was, but still a great movie that maintains the tone of the Jurassic Park series.
To me the trailers look like a remake of Jurassic Park only with the Guardian of the Galaxy guy. JP had 6 big stars. JW has 1 up-and-coming star. I'll wait for the dvd.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on July 18, 2015, 03:45:34 PM
Well it is going hard on my beach and not so good, I hoped I will continue to work on my DC mod, but for now I just want to sort things for my RPG system and working on it most of the time while there :/ Wish I could talk more about it all and my beach but not sure if people are interested to hear about that :)

Anyway here is a song I like:
Ross Lynch - On My Own (From "Teen Beach 2")
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFRMOG82SF0
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rosslynch/onmyown.html
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on July 19, 2015, 09:50:43 PM
I'm wondering how Ant-Man is going to do. Looks like a quality Marvel movie and Hawkman is in it, so I'm guessing Ant-Man's in Avengers 3? It seems like a hard sell on excitement. Too many other movies about humans being small, the last one being King Kong. Not that I won't buy it on Blu-ray the moment it comes out. Still waiting for Avengers 2 and Tomorrowland to be released. Shame they quit making Marvel One-Shots. I had to rebuy several movies just to get them all.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on July 20, 2015, 01:37:50 AM
For me still in a Disney mood :) was dreaming about geting a jeep like this, probably not new, I wonder how much it would cost http://www.jeep.aztrucks.com/images/jeep_oem2.jpg

And yes probably will not be able to do anything with DC for some time as summer is really busy now, anyway another song for that, wish I could make things like this:
Lyrics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0spXHgOk_zA
Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tpufoJiivs
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on July 21, 2015, 09:50:09 AM
I'm wondering how Ant-Man is going to do. Looks like a quality Marvel movie and Hawkman is in it,

Probably not Hawkman. You mean the Falcon.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on July 21, 2015, 06:25:55 PM
I'm wondering how Ant-Man is going to do. Looks like a quality Marvel movie and Hawkman is in it,

Probably not Hawkman. You mean the Falcon.
The guy from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Apparently he got his wings fixed. Only onscreen a second or two, but I'm fairly certain it's the same guy and hero.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on July 22, 2015, 11:20:34 AM
I'm wondering how Ant-Man is going to do. Looks like a quality Marvel movie and Hawkman is in it,

Probably not Hawkman. You mean the Falcon.
The guy from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Apparently he got his wings fixed. Only onscreen a second or two, but I'm fairly certain it's the same guy and hero.

Sam Wilson aka The Falcon.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on July 22, 2015, 02:20:18 PM
My Lap Top refused to work today so I have drawn a nice map, not yet finished but almost :). Probably will use it for DC.

Just some tutorials about map drawing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6V902YqU94
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 23, 2015, 03:21:04 PM
Ant-Man is a little slow starting but is very good.  Michael Douglas lends it some important gravitas.  The beautiful Evangeline Lilly, late of the Hobbit trilogy, is well-served by her role.  The Falcon's cameo is a highlight. 

Terminator: Genisys is an enjoyable diversion, but the franchise feels as old as Arnold.  Jurassic World did a much better job of injecting new life into its. 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on July 23, 2015, 10:43:59 PM
Ant-Man is a little slow starting but is very good.  Michael Douglas lends it some important gravitas.  The beautiful Evangeline Lilly, late of the Hobbit trilogy, is well-served by her role.  The Falcon's cameo is a highlight. 
I assume the movie ends with some clue about the next Marvel Movie, like all the other one's did from Iron Man on? Avengers, Thor, Captain America, or something else? And please don't say Howard the Duck!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 23, 2015, 11:07:43 PM
I assume the movie ends with some clue about the next Marvel Movie, like all the other one's did from Iron Man on? Avengers, Thor, Captain America, or something else? And please don't say Howard the Duck!!!  ;D
 

Heh  :P  There are two teasers, one after the flashy credits and one after the long rolling one.  And, yes, one of them is for Captain America: Civil War.   ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on July 27, 2015, 04:00:46 PM
 8) More summer music, I am still without Lap Top and gathering some intel about some historical things. Wish I could make some historical RPG :) with DC too. But first need to learn it really good.
Claydee & Ermal Mamaqi - Senorita https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZyJfrQgY-U
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 28, 2015, 03:42:25 PM
Minions is a mildly-amusing, altogether minor film.  It lacks the character development and emotional resonance of the Despicable Me movies, making it a very lightweight piece of entertainment.  It's wholly a kid's flick, competently done, but nothing more.   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on July 31, 2015, 10:38:08 PM
Fantastic Four says Marvel but I'm fairly certain they didn't get the rights back. Doesn't look like your average Marvel Production with great character development. I'm referring to the trailer. Not surprising they'd restart the franchise since X-Men and The Amazing Spider-man were also restarted.

Wonder how many movies Marvel will make in a row that are continuations of previous movies. Robert Downey is already in his 50s. Can you recast Iron Man?

Superman vs Batman doesn't make any sense to me. Though it looks like Man of Steel Superman is back, unless my eyes deceive me. Don't think I'll get this one or Fantastic Four as soon as they come out. Is the Amazing Spiderman 3 out yet? It should be.

I just notice the other day that the original Fantastic Four Human Torch (Johnny Flame?) is now Captain America.  ???
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on August 01, 2015, 11:14:59 AM
Fantastic Four and X-Men are Fox movies based on Marvel characters. The Chris Evans character is Johnny Storm. The trailer for Batman vs Superman looks good to me.

After Ant-Man, we have the following movies scheduled through 2019:

Captain America: Civil War
Doctor Strange
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Spider-Man
Thor: Ragnarok
Avengers 3: Infinity War Part 1
Black Panther
Captain Marvel
Avengers 4: Infinity War Part 2
Inhumans

There are other unspecified movies scheduled until 2028, when Robert Downey Jr. will be 63. Whether the Iron Man role will be recast or not remains TBD.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 01, 2015, 12:57:41 PM
The Batman vs Superman trailer does look very good.  :happy1:

Downey as Iron Man will be in Captain America: Civil War.  He and Cap will be on different sides, this time, hence a "civil war."  I didn't like the comics Civil War storyline, so I hope they don't stick too close to that, especially killing off the Captain America / Steve Rogers character and replacing him with Bucky as the new Captain America  :puke: 
(of course, Marvel brought the original back to life in a later storyline).

Other than having the big guns of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk reappearing in the Avengers: Infinity War movies, it seems Marvel is content to rest the characters after they complete their own trilogies (minus one, in the case of the seriously mishandled Hulk).  I assume this is a deliberate decision in order to introduce other Marvel characters, as it would be more difficult to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe if the big guns were sucking all the air out of the box office. 

Everything I've heard about the new Fantastic Four movie makes me shudder, and the trailers haven't relieved me of my anxiety, but I'll go and give it a fair chance later this month.   :-\
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on August 01, 2015, 03:16:14 PM
My lap top works and I have made some progress, now I wish if I could make historical RPG beside others, focused on Serbian medieval history which is very interesting then expand it on world. Wish I could make my RPG plans real, but it will take time and lots of work and strenght but I will try preying for all that. Hoping to work on Ad&d too in the same time :). One song that I found and that I like:

Lana Del Rey - Summertime Sadness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdrL3QxjyVw
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on August 01, 2015, 07:53:48 PM
The Batman vs Superman trailer did look good, but Superman could take Batman out in 5 seconds. It's a Prelude to the Justice League explains it's existance. I don't know anything about the forming of the Justice League. Hope they have good storylines like Marvel.

Black Panther is said to be in Civil War before he gets his own movie. Chris Evans contract is up so he is probably going to die in Civil War.

The Hulk is Marvel's Superman. Iron Man is Marvel's Batman. It was Thor the Hulk beat up in Avengers. Lots of rumors about who's going to die going around. Ant-Man's star has a long contract. Everybody else is up in the air. I suppose Marvel's stages are to bring in new characters so the old ones can retire. Though Stage 1-3 have the same characters. Bet Stage 4 has no Iron Man, Captain America, Thor or Nick Fury. Probably still has a Hulk.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 04, 2015, 03:47:04 PM
Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation is terrific!   :happy1:

It was originally scheduled to come out in December, but the filmmakers must've figured rather than battle James Bond and Star Wars, it would be easier to fight Ant-Man.  The weekend box-office would seem to bear them out.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on August 06, 2015, 03:59:12 PM
Looks good :) and new Terminator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNU_jrPxs-0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on August 06, 2015, 07:02:40 PM
The Batman vs Superman trailer did look good, but Superman could take Batman out in 5 seconds.

Here is a link to a website where you can vote on who would win in a battle Batman v Superman:
http://whowouldwinafight.com/batman-vs-superman/
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: steve_mcdee on August 08, 2015, 10:57:55 PM
The Batman vs Superman trailer did look good, but Superman could take Batman out in 5 seconds.

Here is a link to a website where you can vote on who would win in a battle Batman v Superman:
http://whowouldwinafight.com/batman-vs-superman/

I really don't know why I find that just so hilarious. Having said that, I voted. I cannot believe so many people think Batman would beat Superman. But I guess with anyone vs Superman it largely depends on whether they have a decent supply of Kryptonite.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 11, 2015, 05:13:31 PM
Fantastic Four is an unfantastic dud. 

It has the least amount of superhero action of any superhero movie in recent memory, and also the least imaginative superhero action. 
 :director2: 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on August 12, 2015, 02:30:28 PM
I agree about Craptastic Four.

It felt like a chunk was missing somewhere in the middle. It started out okay, not great but passable. then it dragged on, then it got stupid, then it felt like there was a missing 30 minutes, then it got more stupid and had a crappy battle.

No where in the film did I feel this group was a family, excepting that part of the family dynamic where everyone bickers. and you can tell, very easily, where they did extensive reshoots (mainly Kate Mara's horrible, horrible wig).

I did like the Thing's look (though pants would have been nice) and the grinding sound he made when he moved. The voice could have been gravelier. Reed Richards was okay; his stretching stuff was pretty cool in battle, but oftne had a rough, CGI look to them. Sue Storm was okay, power-wise (not going to talk about her wooden, resting bitch face "acting"); except for the totally horrid looking flying bubble of hers. Johnny Storm was not bad, but he looked terrible CGI when flying and the whole glowing eyes and mouth were just ... ugh.

Doom was ... just no.

I only saw this movie because we had $5 tickets to the Dragonball Z movie which was sold-out and had to use of lose the tickets. It was either F4 or Pixels.  :BangHead:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dinonykos on August 12, 2015, 02:46:47 PM
Is the Movie from 2005 better than the most recent one?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 12, 2015, 03:10:13 PM
Is the Movie from 2005 better than the most recent one?
 

Yes.  At least that one was consistently entertaining, even if on a juvenile level. 

Its superhero action was quite good, overall, as the makers thought hard about how to use each of the various powers in interesting and unusual ways. 

The 4 shared pretty equal amounts of time and focus on not only their characters, but also the interactions between pairs (only the Reed/Johnny and Sue/Ben relationships were slighted).  By comparison, the new movie only really explores the Reed/Ben relationship (although it does that one quite well).   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on August 14, 2015, 01:22:40 PM
I have started Battle of Djnins FRUA module because it has pregens as starting characters but later I have realized that all stats are 18 and switched to Rey Dyers Journey to the Rock with party that finished Castle Caldwell and are Lv2. Second time I am playing it because first time I had trouble with ogres or hill giant at start and had to leave it, but I had great time and now I am at it again :).

I really like The Realm modules and will try to play more of them. I was thinking if I could learn to make modules like that it would be great.

Also I have written down all adventures my group ever played and there is a little more then 20, but I will need to type that into computer. Probably will try to work on that some time in the future. Also I was thinking about Castle Greyhawk and somehow it seems that it will be very hard to make it interesting because of it size. I better leave that for later if I ever start it again. Probably will just try to convert FRUA modules for DC or make my own versions :)

Hm lets hope I can make something :), just a video with FR theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L8kSJShAnk

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on August 14, 2015, 03:21:43 PM
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie is marvelous!  Terrific fun with plenty of thrills! 
   :happy1:
It also has the best onscreen bromance in recent memory.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on August 17, 2015, 09:58:37 PM
I had a feeling about Fantastic Four from the trailers. Should have used the older cast.

Finally getting around to watching "Birds of Prey" tv show from awhile back. Batman's daughter and Batgirl in a wheelchair against mastermind Harlequinn (or whatever her stage name is - only know about her from Suicide Squad trailers). At least now I understand it better after watching The Flash chase meta-humans for 2 years. :)

Then I'll start Season 4 of Get Smart.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on August 19, 2015, 06:32:00 AM
I had such fun with Journey to the Rock. I have completed main story and then I went to abandoned town and wished if I could explore it. Then I started playing The Lost City and it is really cool and just what I needed. A very nicely done abandoned city with lots of interesting things. It is just perfect. I am hoping I will finish it soon.

And a nice song :) Sarah Brightman - Dust in the wind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgUN8MmPN7Q
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Post by: hans on September 02, 2015, 12:53:26 PM
A sci-fi story song by Leslie Fish, "Some Kind of Hero": 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WDRxtd-2dQ
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 02, 2015, 02:53:13 PM
Thanks, that would be much better with subtitles.

Well to summ it up, summer was fantastic, unlike last one it was best possible summer and i did great on my beach. Still dark side is strong and we will see what future will bring (like in the Star Wars, that means I have money for new computer but can't use it :( ). I probably should make a site for the beach as one for FRUA/DC as soon as I get time for it :). I was also thinking about making historical RPG seriously with DC (serbian medieval like in this movie with english subtitles which is very good and historicaly ok best I could find, it is worth watching if you like medieval things I think https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuIJ-dmcDtA ) , and just for info here is an old church site that is still active made by me, for people that might find it interesting or inspirative http://www.svetatrojicakuti.com/ and was working on my RPG rules lately instead of playing Veiled Society, mainly because my old Lap Top doesn't display it so good. I am hoping to continue it soon.

And Star Wars video :D about Dark Side https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsgmxn4c6vY
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 09, 2015, 04:37:27 PM
Interesting radio show it is called Adventures in Odyssey. It something like faith oriented adventure stories, for kids but also for older. Here is site http://www.whitsend.org/vault but You can listen it on the radio http://media.focusonthefamily.com/aio/pdfs/aio-station-list-updated-september2015.pdf

I remembered this when I was listening to story about Alibaba from CD that I got for free from newspapers. That is also interesting story when listened like radio show. And it is part of larger work called Stories from the Thousand and One Nights (or Arabian Nights). More about it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Thousand_and_One_Nights
And here is link for complete work including story about Ali baba http://www.bartleby.com/16/
And here is more I guess 50 books - The Harvard Classics The Shelf of Fiction Selected by Charles W. Eliot, LLD - http://www.bartleby.com/hc/
They are mostly works of fiction like this one XLIX.    Epic & Saga: Beowulf, The Song of Roland, The Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel & The Story of the Volsungs and Niblungs

I just found this, looks like lot of interesting things to read. Like Homers works and lots of others. Here is just Fiction listed http://www.bartleby.com/fiction/
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 01, 2015, 10:04:10 AM
It's October, which means Halloween month.  FRUAdom has a special affinity for Halloween over other holidays, as, for example, half the Monsters we battle are folklore frights. 

So, in such a Hallo-vein, to kick off this Spooktober, here's a very funny music video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx1mboWYn0c
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 02, 2015, 10:30:07 AM
For Spooktober, a CG animated horror:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzuZDQ8qKkk
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 02, 2015, 02:13:51 PM
How did I miss this :/ The Colour Of Magic - Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpUEORSbIfk
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 03, 2015, 10:22:52 AM
For Spooktober, an unusual animated music video, with some wonderful Egyptian iconography:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMCeQ-IloLg
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 04, 2015, 03:28:24 PM
For Spooktober, a little novelty song, "Children's Day at the Morgue":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKSPauDOKbM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 05, 2015, 04:00:59 PM
For Spooktober, "Mummy" a toe-tapping music video by Graveyard Train: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O4BnIW6dIM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 06, 2015, 09:57:22 AM
For Spooktober, a CGI animated short, "Mortys":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UgHPBbkJRM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 06, 2015, 02:54:11 PM
I will watch that one tomorrow :) looks good.

Just some music, hm Nightiwsh.. I was disappointed with them lately but this look very insipring, I probably should listen to it few more times :)
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUb1p8fm7Ag
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 07, 2015, 04:08:15 AM
Very nice movie :) I didn't expected it to be that good.

And a little about Vampires, will have to watch it later https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEAmXa8G7r0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 07, 2015, 12:26:23 PM
For Spooktober, a cool instrumental entitled "The Spook":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjh81ZAStFU
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 08, 2015, 03:52:08 PM
For Spooktober, Vincent Price recites a haunting poem by Oscar Wilde:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xYSCLddcVQ
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 09, 2015, 09:58:35 AM
For Spooktober, an oldie from 1934, "The House is Haunted (by the Echo of Your Last Goodbye)"...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44eWQt0_uPI
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 09, 2015, 12:30:00 PM
Dwarven music (with lyrics) :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmNk7FT7bI8
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 10, 2015, 10:44:27 AM
For Spooktober, the odd & manic animated music video from Toy Love, "Bride of Frankenstein"... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUu5wbUCbMo
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 11, 2015, 09:56:29 AM
Some computer tutorials :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaqBRX8aCQA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-OxzIC6pic
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 11, 2015, 08:04:54 PM
For Spooktober, a zombie cartoon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IANRhfclgwo
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 12, 2015, 10:17:20 AM
For Spooktober, a novelty song, "The Mummy's Bracelet"... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErQGwtR14Mw
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 13, 2015, 11:24:54 AM
For Spooktober, the Meteor's "Phantom Rider" (but be forewarned, it contains one, unfortunate f-bomb):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZi9jLAG8yg
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 14, 2015, 12:19:30 PM
For Spooktober, a CGI Grim Reaper cartoon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPrNO3qvCUM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 15, 2015, 10:07:00 AM
For Spooktober, one of my very favorites, a hauntingly disturbing song from the Pine Box Boys:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaP4I1JTthE
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 16, 2015, 09:53:46 AM
For Spooktober, surf music with an ultra-camp video, "Zombierella Vs OctopusMan":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2o89bTxrgM8
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 17, 2015, 10:39:09 AM
For Spooktober, a claymation horror!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7gz1qrkV-Q
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 17, 2015, 04:33:15 PM
Working on my mod, I will have something soon though I hoped it will go faster :) just some good music to get me into doing it better

Assassin's Creed Unity - Bring Me Back To Life - Extreme Music Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Pxntw5J31k

On the side note 200 hundred years of 2nd serbian uprising from 1815, our flag is similar to french one from those times I just recently realized like some others :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Serbian_Uprising

Edit:
And lyrics video: Bring Me Back To Life - Extreme Music Music Video (lyrics) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IztjWxOcouE
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 18, 2015, 05:55:47 AM
Assassin's Creed Unity - Bring Me Back To Life

On the GOG forums we once had a thread about memorable songs that were composed for or put to good use in videogames, and I came up with this long list of examples, which was fun, so I also added a second part to it now below). :)

Nicolas Marquis - Kat's Song (feat. Laura Ellis) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOG6gd3O4OI) (Contrast)
Courtnee Draper sings: Will The Circle Be Unbroken (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANeHmk22a6Q) (Bioshock Infinite)
Laura Shigihara - Everything's Alright (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdux5CnfPIk) (To The Moon) SPOILER!
Lisa Miskovsky - Still Alive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUXyoyuJZ8Y) (Mirror's Edge)
David Bowie - Omikron (New Angels of Promise) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viHbFlYzV00) (Omikron - The Nomad Soul)
Gone Jackals - Legacy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1de0E3RZakg) (Full Throttle)
Skrillex - Make It Bun Dem (feat. Damian Marley) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aXrLt9a6eE) (Far Cry 3)
Chiasm - Isolated (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoUCyrg5Syo) (Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines)
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Just Dropped In (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhOKhJaM1QE) (Stick It To The Man!)
Christophe Heral - Akuda House Propaganda (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxKBCLPP20s) (Beyond Good & Evil)
Olivier Derivière - Nilin the Memory Hunter (feat. Philharmonia Orchestra) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb9Q98JU3ak) (Remember Me)
Clint Bakajan - Sanchez the Outlaw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFWOl9XoxC4) (or any other from Outlaws)
Angelo Badalamenti - Fahrenheit / Indigo Prophecy Main Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGwzwL4wovI)
Kärtsy Hatakka & Kimmo Kajasto - Max Payne 2 Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u116HbMOF_Y)
Ben Houge - Arcanum: Main Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftvpi-6Z6qw) (the soundtrack also inspired live concerts based on the game music: Lively Arcanum - Villages (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDS7HZkeqZg))
Kai Rosenkrantz - Gothic Main Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8oBbRVkOEk)
Kirill Pokrovsky - The Song of the Wind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN7OG4vLQ-0) (Divine Divinity)
Mark Morgan - Deionarra's Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUt84LyH2JI) (Planescape: Torment)
Kevin Manthei - Anezka's Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOaPkzRA7A4) (Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption)
Jack Wall - Dawn Star Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhdo3M8izrc) (Jade Empire)
Jeremy Soule - Ghost of the Tavern (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNm8b8iwsVE) (Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance)
Inon Zur - Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader Menu Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz2ZpDB6pR0)
Clint Mansell & Sam Hulick - An End, Once and For All (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5JvbD2Zc9I) (Mass Effect 3) (and a nice adaptation with piano & violin by Taylor Davis & Lara de Wit  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVLWyt66Yj4))
Gavin & Marshall Parker - Return of the Sixth World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXXXDPnh0Ao) (Shadowrun Returns)
Power Glove - Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWuDwNysX-A)
Jasper Byrne - Miami (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPFDD2mqCwY) (Hotline Miami)
Stéphane Picq - Lost Eden Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-56Xgx5Ylj0)
Chris Vrenna - Village of the Doomed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuH_-JR3JCs) (American McGee's Alice)
Conroy Bumpus - King of the Creatures (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2MEp_OnpMY) (Sam & Max Hit The Road) SPOILER!
Urbanus - Spanish Waltz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N95OgD5hfYo) (Castle Crashers)
DVA - Juchu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZGJ-_zfMtY) (Botanicula)

Darren Korb - Build That Wall (Zia's Theme) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8cELTdtw6U) (Bastion)
Syd Matters - To All Of You (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FqNYEy48xQ) and Jonathan Morali - Main Menu Theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRqoOmI0_is) (Life Is Strange)
The Ink Spots - I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9D6GNzpmkM) (Fallout 3)
Django Reinhardt - La Mer (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxw0gg_django-reinhardt-la-mer_music) (Bioshock)
Patti Page - How Much Is That Doggie In The Window (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AkLE4X-bbU) (Bioshock)
Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfNqTiB0t_4) (Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Ep. 2)
Courtnee Draper - You Belong To Me (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Ag-2ifNqk) (Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Ep. 2)
The Heavy - Short Change Hero (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmzbep3BWbY) (Borderlands 2)
Alela Diane - Take Us Back (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K51MK9IvDo8) and sad theme from The Walking Dead Season One (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rcuSYrwUpk)
All In Your Head (Goth radio song) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BamqbvsHCYc) (South Park - The Stick of Truth)
Guy Whitmore - Noone Lives Forever main theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss4r7SMLnms) (and Archie Thompson - El Dorado (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3PtMTIHMVw) from In The Lounge, the soundtrack inspired by the game)
 Brighton Beach theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glftUqxT8k0) (XIII) (and my favorite song from The Thirteen Soundtrack, inspired by the game: Future Primitive Sound feat. Romanowski - Lord of the Pants (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsSrzUq1_RU))
Jared Emerson-Johnson - The Wolf Among Us (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XReH6S6esQ) and Main menu theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hNMZWlaPRU)
Brian D'Oliveira - Liberation (La Muerte de Papo) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38udbIqG0LQ)  (Papo & Yo)
Gustaf Grefberg - Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYp4EQXhC2g)
Pawel Blaszczak - Call of Juarez main theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwrED1Y6Dd4) and Gunslinger main theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyQrcpNIIdU)
Jeremy Soule - The Elder Scrolls III-V main themes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMao-aSeO2w) (and an interesting adaptation of the Dragonborn song, just with voice and violin: Lindsey Stirling & Peter Hollens - Skyrim (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSLPH9d-jsI))
Jason Tai - Theme from Alice: Madness Returns (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOP26WOOMbc)
Inon Zur - Targos Town (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW5r1QWMF9Q) (Icewind Dale 2)
Dynamedion - Madas Licht (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDbhKaEbHWs) (Drakensang: The River of Time)
Venetica main theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApAkHg4s6B8) (a pity I can't find a video with decent audio quality anymore, so here's another memorable song from the game: Send My Ships (tavern song) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xColt4K9j4E))
Beer, Beer, Beer song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11gIw_6zrlI) (The Bard's Tale, 2004)
Ian McKinney - Octodad Theme Song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTmONNEUXjI) (Octodad - Dadliest Catch)

I hope I didn't go overboard with this post, it's just so much fun reminiscing about these games, and the soundtracks are an important part of those experiences.  :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 18, 2015, 03:18:18 PM
Thanks for the links :)

More about Assassin's Creed Unity, those videos look good :)

Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSnJglaG68Q
Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzCEdSKMkdU
Story Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7DEwM7VpfU
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 18, 2015, 07:57:58 PM
For Spooktober, a Frankenstein Monster song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R4Ja2k0-Qg
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 19, 2015, 10:23:43 AM
For Spooktober, a Day of the Dead CGI cartoon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCQnUuq-TEE
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 20, 2015, 10:15:11 AM
For Spooktober, the song "re: Your Brains" by Jonathan Coulter: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zry0m1VDTH8&feature=iv&src_vid=nzuRNejNZCo&annotation_id=annotation_661782
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 21, 2015, 01:54:30 PM
For Spooktober, a steampunk horror song, "The Doctor's Wife":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjgJ71hWaJ0
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 21, 2015, 05:04:25 PM
Just some music:

Enrique Iglesias - Bailando (English Version) ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8I-7Wk_Vbc
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 22, 2015, 10:03:01 AM
For Spooktober, a rather graphic cartoon about the zombie cat apocalypse, "Meow":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNwCojCJ3-Q
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Post by: Vix on October 22, 2015, 02:04:55 PM
That was pretty graphic. Makes Happy Tree Friends seem tame.
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Post by: hans on October 22, 2015, 02:50:51 PM
That was pretty graphic. Makes Happy Tree Friends seem tame.
 

I find it interesting what commentary a juxtaposition of dark and light iconography can imply about our culture (such as the current craze over undead zombie apocalypses).   ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 23, 2015, 10:25:04 AM
For Spooktober, a CGI short about a scarecrow & a crow:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m7aC-cxY0s
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 23, 2015, 03:22:39 PM
I was researching this lately Mystara https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTesyZDmo3Q beside shown in video there is campaign expansion known as Hollow world. Reason is that Mystara planet is hollow and there are nations in the inside of planet and sun in the middle. Nations inside are somehow influenced by Immortals, one more specific thing for older D&D that I still haven't figured how it works out :/. And here are rules for Older version of D&D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YNRee3zFMI
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 23, 2015, 04:11:21 PM
And 2nd and 1st part of Mystara story. It is very interesting and it seems like a first serious D&D Setting that is made for old D&D rules. I just didn't know about it all :)

Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdpV5J13nCo
Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-mLHG_cGuc
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Platinum Bearer on October 24, 2015, 11:13:18 AM
I really like Assassin's Creed trailers, they're so well made. Black Flag has the best one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwVe4ZNeQZk (ftp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwVe4ZNeQZk)

I started making my own epically long AC trailer. I uploaded the first two parts but the video quality isn't good, I know how to make it batter now. Here's the first trailer I did for AC3 that I'm quite proud of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B74Be94Iqw (ftp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B74Be94Iqw)

But martial arts is my biggest inspiration, it's my greatest love. I'm going to get a youtube channel started for people who want to learn.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 24, 2015, 01:05:34 PM
Sure I am eager to learn it :)

Well it seems that lot of D&D modules are set in Mystara actualy which is D&D setting (later maybe Ad&d too :)). Anyway here is about Blackmoor I was missing this part of the story and some links:
http://wiki.mystara.net/blackmoor
http://www.jovianclouds.com/blackmoor/index.php
http://blackmoor.mystara.net/articles.html
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Post by: Platinum Bearer on October 24, 2015, 01:37:57 PM
Well there's no substitute for joining a club but the idea is to give people a big head start so that if they do want to take it further they can join a club and hit the ground running. I'm going to do a beginner, intermediate and advanced section. I'll try to keep the techniques as generic as possible so that it's useful whatever style people go into. I'm predominantly karate, which translates well to other styles anyway because it's probably the least stylised of the martial arts.

There's two really good youtube martial artists who I'd like to get in collaboration with to give my channel a good start so I made a compilation videos using videos that they've uploaded. Arron Gassor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgD75c5cS4I (ftp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgD75c5cS4I) That one isn't finished yet. It's going to be awesome when it's done. And Chloe Bruce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJm60_h4k68 (ftp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJm60_h4k68) I remixed the music myself for that one. I also did one for her sister to soften her up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8LPnLmvgVM (ftp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8LPnLmvgVM) I'll make them public and send them to them when I've done my first video. Should be a couple of weeks when my knees better. This is one of me from a couple of years ago after I'd been out for long time with an injury so I'm bit sloppy there but I manage to get two full speed moves out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_ht8TYME1A (ftp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_ht8TYME1A)

I'll start a topic for it when I get the channel up and running if it's okay with the admins. It says feel free to talk about anything and everything in this board so I should be okay.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 24, 2015, 03:44:23 PM
Do you have any interest in OAUA (Oriental Adventures Unlimited Adventures)?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Platinum Bearer on October 24, 2015, 04:07:39 PM
I was going to look at that when I've finished Hearkenwold.

I've thought before about equivalent classes that could work. You could just change the names and it would work, ish.
Ninja - Thief
Assassin - Fighter
Samurai - Ranger
Daoshi Priest - Cleric
Shaolin Monk - Mage
Kensei - Paladin
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 24, 2015, 05:31:59 PM
I am actualy interested in learning it from Youtube :). Only that Youtube doesn't work on my computer it seems for a few hours already and I can't watch it now :/ not sure what is going on but I hope I will be able to do it tomorrow.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 24, 2015, 08:04:08 PM
I was going to look at that when I've finished Hearkenwold.

I've thought before about equivalent classes that could work. You could just change the names and it would work, ish.
Ninja - Thief
Assassin - Fighter
Samurai - Ranger
Daoshi Priest - Cleric
Shaolin Monk - Mage
Kensei - Paladin
 

When you're ready to have a look, a good place to start is UA Newsletter #36:
http://frua.rosedragon.org/pc/uanews/uanl36/index.htm
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 24, 2015, 08:07:53 PM
For Spooktober, a very odd music video, "Down to Rest":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtdmPN0WJM0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: marainein on October 24, 2015, 11:55:01 PM
Do you have any interest in OAUA (Oriental Adventures Unlimited Adventures)?
Is there any interest in doing a DC version of an OA adventure? I'd be willing to help with the scripting if someone else can do the art side of things.

(Yes, I know we're still struggling to get the much simpler DC Pool of Radiance conversion done. I want to dream big anyway!)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Platinum Bearer on October 25, 2015, 11:43:04 AM
When you're ready to have a look, a good place to start is UA Newsletter #36:
http://frua.rosedragon.org/pc/uanews/uanl36/index.htm
Wow, that really is hacked. New spells as well. I'll have to see if I can find simple instructions of how UAShell works when I've finished Hearkenwold.

It didn't take long to decide what classes I'm going to use.

Ninja
Samurai
Kensai
Monk
Shukenja
Wu Jen

Did you come up with all the races/classes/weapons/spells or is it based on newer D&D rules?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 25, 2015, 01:02:29 PM
@Platinum Bearer Very nice, finaly got it. Looking to see more :)

@marainein I am (very) interested in all things Ad&d, that includes OA adventures. I can't say that I know much about OA but I know some. About dreaming big I do it too :D, especialy about creating my own RPG again and if possible with DC this time.

I already have my own adventure for DC (working on it :)), now I will post there what I am up to and You are invited to post what You want to make, and we will see if we can make it together. I surely need help with scripting as I still need to learn. I am not sure what You mean by art side of things but I guess I can do something. Here is the link, it will take me some time to post there about my plans http://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=2881.msg45020#msg45020 Btw I am almost 40 and need to do things right this time :)

Some I guess military rock and some motivational Special Units videos with cool music
Moonshine Bandits - Pass Me The Ammo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2zjg78ay4I
US Army Rangers | Lead the Way  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qyX7l4c4Nk
French Special Forces - Demons - Imagine Dragons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGby81N7KI0
Serbian Special Forces || "Goes Forward" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxYPtvaJjfo
And more :) https://www.youtube.com/user/KnOsSoS10100/videos
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 25, 2015, 08:27:06 PM
...Did you come up with all the races/classes/weapons/spells or is it based on newer D&D rules?
 

Brian O'Donnell and Darius Whiteheart are the two who are really responsible for OAUA.  Darius is a busy guy, but he still drops by here once in awhile.  Sadly, Brian passed away several years ago. 

I believe they stuck, as closely as they could, to the 1st Edition Oriental Adventures Handbook from TSR (http://advanceddantiansanddragons.blogspot.com/2008/06/oriental-adventures-1st-edition.html). 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 25, 2015, 08:34:52 PM
For Spooktober, a very disturbing, very dark, music video from Evelyn Evelyn, "Sandy Fishnets":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmTf-l1sD_E 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 26, 2015, 10:23:29 AM
For Spooktober, a zombie music video two-fer...
Stephanie Mabey's "The Zombie Song": 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPNqub966Tw
Kirby Krackle's "Zombie Apocalypse": 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyGOXA1r4K4
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 26, 2015, 02:35:36 PM
FRUA OA Adventures that I played were really great. I would like to help as much as I can. And looking at my previous DC mods it seems I have deleted some files that I shouldn't, but I still have some files when I was doing my DC mods in square resolutions beside standard ones. Now I wonder how long it will take me to update my current design to higher resolutions and square viewport :/ will have to check it, then I can think about doing graphics for it :)

Something from makers of D&D, I just found it need to look trough it, but looks interesting http://anthonylarme.tripod.com/dnd/index.html
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 26, 2015, 03:38:25 PM
Wow, I found my old files. Now that is a good thing :) very happy, it will be much easier I hope :D yay

Some I guess Country Rap Music and song from my very small country :) I better get to work now
The Maverick Mikel Knight "We Don't Give A Truck" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qQonhstlH4
The Maverick Mikel Knight "Cowboy Way" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnTgOXS6MV4
Knez - Adio (Montenegro) 2015 Eurovision Song Contest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4giAO-2aICo
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 27, 2015, 10:04:18 AM
For Spooktober, a morbidly odd music video "The Clay's a Calling":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8qLH2Ag6cA
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 28, 2015, 12:09:54 PM
For Spooktober, some upbeat undead in the "¡Viva Calaca! The Day of the Dead" music video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfqnulWWxbM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 29, 2015, 10:06:45 AM
For Spooktober, another funny Death CGI toon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv9c_HuK9Gg
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 29, 2015, 12:58:45 PM
Very nice I wonder how those CGI toons are made :). They look really good.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 30, 2015, 10:21:30 AM
For Spooktober, a song and dance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfB3fc_6KOM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 31, 2015, 10:53:58 AM
HAPPY HALLOWEEN, everybody!   :alien:

Here is "The Mariner's Revenge Song":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPAr7kL-mmg
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 02, 2015, 03:25:09 PM
Happy Halloween

I need some some serious dwarven music :) Yogscast - Diggy Diggy Hole (1 hour version with lyrics) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe_Z2VIqN6E
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 02, 2015, 05:08:29 PM
Happy Halloween

I need some some serious dwarven music :) Yogscast - Diggy Diggy Hole (1 hour version with lyrics) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe_Z2VIqN6E
 

Heh.  I quite like that one.   :icon_smurf:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 03, 2015, 10:36:35 AM
:) Me too. Today I have tried to do some DC door removing door script but it didn't worked, now I am trying to go trough those Manikus tutorials. I hope after I do that Wall, Backdrop and Blockage Changes to be able to do better. It feels I will really have to learn to script :) lets see if I am able to do it.

Now one interesting Disney Movie:
Brave Official Trailer #1 - New Pixar Movie (2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fPmKfcaaWk
Brave Official Trailer #2 - New Pixar Movie (2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnGNe3SB9Fk
Brave Official Trailer #3 (2012) Pixar Movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOWt1u2xpsA
Birdy/Mumford & Sons, Learn Me Right, from the Pixar "Brave" soundtrack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NDRgOFGLH0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 06, 2015, 05:59:50 PM
Is Spectre the best James Bond ever? 

Not hardly.  In fact, I'd probably rate it as only 3rd best of the 4 Daniel Craig Bonds. 

On another front, during the previews, they showed another trailer for the new Star Wars movie, due shortly.  My reaction: "I've got a bad feeling about this." 

I know that the geek world has been going wild over these SW trailers, but other than the joy of seeing Han & Leia (& Luke's hand), I haven't gotten very excited.  I used to get a thrill from every one of the old Lucasfilm SW trailers that's these new ones just aren't giving me.  Maybe the trailers themselves aren't being put together with the same visionary visual & audio sensibilities that George brought to his publicity work.  I hope that's all it is, and the new movie will be truly terrific.  Still, I don't see the same evidence of inventively mind-blowing set pieces that the old ones always promised...   :-\   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: steve_mcdee on November 06, 2015, 11:35:56 PM
Incredible colour cycling:

http://www.effectgames.com/demos/canvascycle/?sound=1

(Click Next or Prev Buttons for more, and check out the options panel too.)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on November 07, 2015, 09:42:49 AM
Incredible colour cycling:

http://www.effectgames.com/demos/canvascycle/?sound=1

(Click Next or Prev Buttons for more, and check out the options panel too.)
 

Amazing!!! 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: GoldBoxFan on November 07, 2015, 09:53:45 AM
I never thought there should be an episode 7 of Star Wars. I'm surprised George didn't redo episodes 4-6 with the cast from 1-3. Still, I'm more interested in seeing episode 7 than Jurassic World. And I really like dinosaurs. Have all those Walking With Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Mammals episodes. And the first 3 in a boxed set.  :angel:

I'm confused about the Ant-Man release. It was listed as September 19th or thereabouts when I got Avengers 2. Still hasn't come out.  ???
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: krstivoje.pushach on November 07, 2015, 04:16:16 PM
It looks like Nestor from the Iliad was a guy who really existed back around 1200 to 1300 BCE. I found a map of his real-life palace on page 62 of this paper: http://www.utexas.edu/research/pasp/oldsite/publications/pdf/companionscribes.pdf

I'm thinking that map could be a good FRUA or DC module. There could be more than one dungeon from just that one map.

The module could have only monsters from Ancient Greek myth, like minotaurs and medusas.

I need to come up with a storyline, but want to see if peope would play it.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on November 07, 2015, 07:12:44 PM
"Mad Max: Fury Road" was my favorite movie of the year so far.

Sheer insanity of the best kind!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 09, 2015, 03:57:33 AM
It looks like Nestor from the Iliad was a guy who really existed back around 1200 to 1300 BCE. I found a map of his real-life palace on page 62 of this paper: http://www.utexas.edu/research/pasp/oldsite/publications/pdf/companionscribes.pdf

I'm thinking that map could be a good FRUA or DC module. There could be more than one dungeon from just that one map.

The module could have only monsters from Ancient Greek myth, like minotaurs and medusas.

I need to come up with a storyline, but want to see if peope would play it.

Sounds cool :) yeah I might be interested in playing for sure, I am hoping that others might be too ;).

A bit more about Rugby :) http://www.livestrong.com/article/135304-ways-improve-team-spirit/
a video about a player: The Full 80 - Sonny Bill Williams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ1TZgM2_eE
and about latest World Cup in England https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DciU8ryPA0I
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dinonykos on November 09, 2015, 05:39:46 AM
...
I'm thinking that map could be a good FRUA or DC module. There could be more than one dungeon from just that one map.
The module could have only monsters from Ancient Greek myth, like minotaurs and medusas.
I need to come up with a storyline, but want to see if peope would play it.

I am sure numerous people (including me) would enjoy a module based on greek mythology, and Nestor surely is a particularly interesting character. Concerning using "Minotaurs" and "Medusas", I remember these short discussions:
http://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=2501.msg34304;topicseen#msg34304
http://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=3060.msg42963#msg42963

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 09, 2015, 10:49:27 AM
Well I haven't seen this before but sounds nice, dwarven music from Hobbit and well New Zealand band cover with some rugby elements in video (they call it haka, something like a war song I think)

Sol3 Mio - I See Fire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNByjeiimxw
Ed Sheeran - I See Fire (with subtitles, scenes from Hobbit) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnje7GCkh_w
Ed Sheeran - I See Fire (Original Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fngvQS_PmQ
There are more really good covers on the net but lol that is for now :D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 14, 2015, 10:12:01 AM
Ad&d 2e music :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY3I_eXXyUo
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on November 20, 2015, 01:57:44 PM
Huntsman will return :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W65ndip7MM

and older movie, 1st part I guess https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-UMNSVX7_I
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on December 24, 2015, 03:04:26 PM
Arthur Christmas ;D https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfBWQ4JL0Vs
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 25, 2016, 03:22:58 PM
I finally saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens (it took me awhile 'cuz of real-life unexpectedies).  It wasn't as bad as I was expecting, or rather "feared."  I actually think it's a very good movie, tho not the best SW movie, and certainly not worthy of being the biggest blockbuster of all-time. 

I thought all the young newcomer actors did terrific. 

I thought the Han Solo part was mostly very well-written, and Harrison Ford did a great job (as usual). 

The Leia part was not nearly as well-written and sorely disappointed me. 

I thought there was a lot of drag in the middle of the movie, dropping the excitement level considerably for a long stretch. 

I was also disappointed that the script repeated so many of the same dynamics and plot devices from the previous SW films.  Maybe they should name the next one Star Wars: The Force Ouroboros.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on January 25, 2016, 09:03:48 PM
Star Wars Episode VIII - The First Order Strikes Back
There is a battle on an ice planet. Rey gets trained in the force by a Jedi Master. The rest of the heroes seek shelter on a Mining Outpost which is a front for a smuggling operation, where Finn is betrayed and taken prisoner by the First Order. In a climactic scene, Rey arrives on the Mining Outpost where she battles Kylo Ren, loses her foot, and it is revealed that Kylo Ren is her brother. The heroes escape on the Millenium Falcon to the outer reaches of the galaxy, broken but not beaten, to plan how to rescue Finn and to consider the next phase of their strategy.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on January 26, 2016, 12:00:27 PM
lol   ;D 

Warning: Spoiler Alert!
 

I want to elaborate on how disappointed I was with how Leia was handled in the movie.  In The Empire Strikes Back, she and Han had one of most interesting romances to be found in any science fiction movie.  The new Star Wars captured none of that magic.  Hardly any of her moments felt in any way emotionally real. 

IMO, the reunion of Han & Leia should have gone more like this: 

Leia, stern & angry-looking, appearing every bit in total control, orders Han to follow her to a more private location.  Once they are in private, Han begins to say something, like... 

Han: "Look, Leia, I..." 

Before he can finish, Leia clasps herself tightly to his chest and begins sobbing.  Han reacts awkwardly for a moment, surprised by this drastic change in her demeanor. 

Leia: "Why, Han, why did you go?!  Why did you leave me?!" 

Han: "I thought..., I..." 

Leia: "You left me just when I needed you most!" 

Her crying eyes are shut tight, her head still laying against his chest. 

Han: "You and me were fighting all the time.  We were doing nothing but fighting..." 

Leia: "I was in pain, I was hurting so much, after Ben..."

Han (eyes misty): "I knew, I knew you were hurting, ...but I thought I was the cause of your pain.  I felt like I was a constant reminder to you of Ben, and if I didn't leave, then that pain in you would never go away..." 

Leia: "I needed you, to help me work through that pain.  With Luke gone, too, you were my only anchor!" 

Han (swallowing hard): "Leia, I would've done anything, anything to help you heal.  That's what I thought I was doing..." 

Leia opens her eyes, and they are now face-to-face. 

Leia: "Han, you only gave me another wound." 

The two see themselves in the teary eyes of the other, time pauses, then they kiss passionately.  Cue Leia theme.  Either cut away or have C3PO interrupt them to end the scene.

As it was written, however, the two talking about how it was "good" back when, they might as well have been doing the scene in a couple of rocking chairs.  Carrie Fisher could've done all her lines while sipping warm cocoa or knitting a sweater.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on January 26, 2016, 01:00:47 PM
The novelization has Leia doing much more than in the movie. I assume, since the book is based off scripts, that those scenes were cut or trimmed for the movie.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on January 30, 2016, 02:22:22 PM
Something that might be interesting to know http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/survival/wilderness/how-to-find-water.htm
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on February 15, 2016, 02:11:39 PM
Deadpool is a very entertaining movie, if you don't mind the violence, f-bombs, every variety of dirty joke, and the gratuitous nudity.  Be warned that these elements go several levels beyond what you'll find in his comics (except maybe for the violence, which was already extreme in the comics).  The comics' metafictional, fourth-wall breaking humor is carried over perfectly.   
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on February 16, 2016, 04:04:07 PM
Arrowstorm Entertainment seems to have some nice fantasy movies, I just have looked trailers for Orcs! and Orc Wars :) a bit scary but they look like Lord of the Rings though lol I am still not sure how they brought Talkien like orcs into modern world :)) https://www.youtube.com/user/arrowstorment/videos
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on February 28, 2016, 03:38:24 AM
This is one site I used to like over the years, and it was my favorite place for looking at nice fantasy images and galleries http://www.runtimedna.com/

New is that they are joining Daz3d.com and the store is going over there, but it seems that 3d freebies and store downloads will be available till the end of the year. I still can't believe that this happened, but it looks like it is time to download anything that You might find useful from there (pictures, 3d freebies, ect) because after the end of the year site may completely vanish, though I am hopping that it will not happen. I was busy with this all week trying to figure things out and download what I can.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 03, 2016, 05:56:24 PM
I had a fun dream last night.  It was rather cinematic. 

The dream was about a federal judge, sometime around the 1940s, who was taking on an organized crime family.  The family had been keeping out of legal hot water by either bribing or bumping off anybody who came after them.  This judge couldn't be bought, so they made an assassination attempt. 

Four hitmen burst into his judge's chambers and riddled the chair behind his desk with bullets, but the judge was tricky and had been hiding in the closet, with a shotgun of his own.  After their initial bombardment, he kicked open the closet and let loose with his shotgun, quickly taking down all four hitmen.  (This judge is cut from classic leading man cloth.) 

Knowing that he was just a sitting duck so long as he continued working out of the courthouse, he relocated his headquarters to a fortress-like maximum security prison.  He moved into the warden's office (the good-natured warden making other, temporary arrangements for himself). 

The crime family finally realizes that their only hope of eliminating the crusading judge is to bribe some of the inmates into creating a riot and kill the judge during the chaos. 

Unfortunately, I woke up before this promisingly exciting climax, but I'm sure the story was going to have a happy ending. 

If it had actually been a movie, I would expect that it would've been titled "Jail Judge!" 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on March 04, 2016, 06:53:01 AM
I had some nice though a bit strange dream yesterday while I got a nap in the afternoon, that rarely happen but there was a big rain and I just couldn't help it :). I am improving at art but I am behind my plan, need to finish those orcs and somehow it is not happening. Need to try again :) And there are so many people better then me, I wish I could be like them. It seems I will need to learn to model my own things too :/ I feel like I should try it, though maybe after summer. It will take time, but it might be interesting, hope to learn to make programs in the future too but for now my wish is to make something like this:

http://img05.deviantart.net/a70b/i/2015/016/6/e/ambush_in_greyhawk_city_by_jmb200960-d8e651y.png
http://img06.deviantart.net/9a9a/i/2015/068/b/0/ambush_at_the_great_library_of_greyhawk_city_by_dungeonmeister-d8l0p2p.png
http://img12.deviantart.net/2bf5/i/2013/061/1/f/highfolk_city_goes_to_war_by_dungeonmeister-d5wofn6.png
http://img00.deviantart.net/e251/i/2015/200/e/1/the_caravan_by_dungeonmeister-d9211tz.png

There is one or few more pictures that I can't look for now but very good :) might post them some time later this is just illustration how it can look like though it can look even better :D but to work it like this, it really takes a lot of time and effort.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on March 09, 2016, 05:58:26 AM
Here is one really good movie based on a true story, I watched 2/3 of it and was just amazed. You also can find more about the man who is film based upon Carl Brashear but I recommend watching the movie first :)

Man of Honor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f8tKUMacv0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on March 29, 2016, 11:07:42 PM
So, I get to the movie theater, walk up to the ticket counter and say "One adult for Batman Roman Numeral Five Superman."
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dinonykos on April 01, 2016, 07:09:02 AM
 :)

Actually, I wondered similarly when I saw the poster here in Germany why they call the Movie "Batman vee Superman". The interpretation as roman V is interesting: Could it be a symbol for the fifth non-Nolan-Batman movie? :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on April 01, 2016, 07:22:24 PM
Actually, I wondered similarly when I saw the poster here in Germany why they call the Movie "Batman vee Superman". The interpretation as roman V is interesting: Could it be a symbol for the fifth non-Nolan-Batman movie? :)
 

It's the Da Vinci Code of superhero movie titles.   :P
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Post by: Milos Gulan on April 03, 2016, 04:59:22 AM
8) Finaly got it: Batman V Superman. Btw there is probable new movie about Wonder Woman soon.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on April 27, 2016, 01:02:18 PM
Few motivational videos 8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDGHse-hSQ4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BROJYb0X_N4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur6Y-vpnf1U
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 01, 2016, 11:06:08 AM
:)) Ghostbusters, new version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3ugHP-yZXw
and a song:
Theory of a Deadman - Angel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thfpVOAC-y0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Ben J on May 09, 2016, 02:04:02 AM
Batman v Superman was utterly bizarre, one of the weirdest big-budget blockbusters I have ever seen.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 13, 2016, 06:39:44 AM
Something I watched lately. It is Disney's movie Cinderella music. It makes me wish to build something like that in my DC mod :)

Lily James - A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes (from Disney’s “Cinderella”)  https://youtu.be/Zye-4GGANzw
Sonna Rele - Strong (From "Cinderella") https://youtu.be/dnFTkW3YXOM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 14, 2016, 10:26:36 AM
"Pillow Fight Gorilla With The World!" was a song being sung in one of my dreams, last night.  At least, I assume that was the title, since those were the only lyrics being sung, over and over.  Try it.   ;)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on May 16, 2016, 12:44:05 AM
Since hans posts a lot of his dreams, I thought I'd share one I had last night ...

It was long and convoluted, but a friend and I figured out we could move things with our minds. In the dream we were calling it the Force, ala Star Wars. We started small, lifting paper scraps and pencils. then we were moving silverware and plastic cups.

The older woman who games with us became our mentor, and was helping guide us even though she could not telekinetically move things, nor knew what was really happening. She was kind of like The Sphinx from Mystery Men; helpful in an eccentric and convoluted way.

Soon my friend and I were throwing frisbees and catching them in midair and flying them back using the force. Then we were lifting heavier things like car batteries and cinder blocks. Each time we moved on to heavier objects or finer manipulation, there was a sort of clear-headed unlocking in my dream mind. I could feel and envision exactly how to do these things. It took intense concentration and we had to use our hands and arms to help focus and visualize; just like you see Force users in star Wars doing when they do things.

Soon, my best friend became our driver ... he was like Kato from The Green Hornet. Which was funny to him when I told him this dream because he is Asian (from Thailand). A fourth gaming group member joined us, and he was more of comedy relief (akin to Weasel from Deadpool.)

We wound up in a car chase on an Interstate and highway, which moved into a downtown Las Vegas-like area. The other Force-user and I were pushing cars with telekinetic shoves, ripping off car tires and tossing them into the windscreens of other vehicles, flinging the bad guys around inside their cars and pulling them out of the windows. At one point, I super-jumped into a Humvee and was fighting a bunch of guys, almost like the SUV fight in Deadpool, except i was Force-punching and using my newly discovered fine-control skills to do things like yank out eyelashes (which hurt more than you think if you've never had it happen), make seat headrests pop up to smack bad guys leaning over the seats, making seat belts writhe and bind or choke them, and turning loose coins and pens into projectiles.

The Humvee flipped over and crashed, landing on its roof. I got out and saw a large pickup truck (F250 or Titan style) heading towards my force-user friend and our Kato-like driver. they didn't see it, being involved with some other bad dudes. I set myself and knew i had to really dig deep to save them. I raised my hands, my entire body was tense, I could smell and feel blood leaking from my nose, my head was pounding with the worst migraine I've ever had, feeling as if it was going to explode. Somehow I lifted that huge truck and flipped it to the side in the air, just missing my friends, and slamming it into a building wall.

I collapsed and passed out in the dream, waking up in my bed, with the feelings of rapidly fading headache, and I swear my upper lip was wet with blood, but when I wiped and checked it was dry and nothing was wrong. I could still feel, somewhere deep and faint in my mind, drifting ever quickly into my subconscious, the how of doing what I did in the dream.

I actually got out of bed and tried, for several minutes, to move something, anything, in my room with my mind. I was standing there arm out, muscles tense, eyes focused, head starting to throb; basically still a bit asleep and thinking i could really do this.

Then a piece of paper slipped off my computer desk and floated to the ground. I about peed myself until I realized the window AC unit had literally just kicked on and blown it off. It must have slowly moved the paper closer and closer to the desk's edge over the course of the night during each of it's cooling cycles.

Most vivid dream I have had in months, if not a year or so.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 16, 2016, 05:56:49 AM
Cool, I have never been dreaming about superheroes :). Yesterday I was watching a lot music videos about Batman Vs Superman and other and I found that there is new version of Punisher, it seems to be TV show with Daredevil.

Now watching those music videos I was thinking how it would be to do a DC Punisher mod, I think I might think more about it and maybe give it a go sometime in the future, maybe do some 3d art if I get better, but now it seems there is a lot of material from TV that can be used in mod.

But first thing I was about to say is that those superheroes movies became a lot more violent, I think that they are not for children above 12 and I think they are just for 18+, even Batman and Superman and others. But Punisher is just too violent, it just have sceenes now that are problematic for grown ups too. I mean it is like Mortal Combat that was censored because it was too violent and bloody. I really am just surpised with explicit violence in this new version.

Still Punisher was my favorite from childhood, I think I started reading it from 14 and we had Conan and Punisher only in my country maybe a bit of Spiderman and Superman but that was some older comics. Punisher was relatively new and well it didn't lasted long but I still remember and like him from those times.

Here are 2 songs, and as I have said it is very explicit and violent, but I think I have found those that are least violent if that is possible. Also in this version he looks like captain of my rugby club who was also captain of national team :/ very much:

frank castle: paint it black https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GdPwuYok6k

Frank Castle (The Punisher) // Into The Shadows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRQZ4EZMmfM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on May 16, 2016, 08:55:44 PM
Since hans posts a lot of his dreams, I thought I'd share one I had last night ...
 

Very cool dream!   :iroc:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 17, 2016, 08:04:25 AM
:) A bit more about Punisher, though I like him and would like to do a mod about him I think it would be better to do something on my own where I can decide what will happen. I know something about punisher but I doubt it is good enough. For now here is how he should look like http://orcz.com/Marvel_Heroes:_Punisher_Classic_Costume, maybe I will do some art of him but for now will leave it and try to do my own DC Hero mod which might include some mention of him though I am not sure how it will be if I do it at all. One more song about him, he is a bit too violent lol Frank Castle || "Wrong Side Of Heaven" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFfEK_rumPc

Searching on Youtube about Punisher I also have found videos about DragonCon and other various Cons that look interesting and here is just a few that are most interesting and that I have watched:

DragonCon Atalanta (longer) 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XukMdQYc6Ts
The Sights of GenCon 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJgxOJCeMzI
NYC ComicCon 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV8Mr9MnYbU
...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on May 28, 2016, 08:17:39 AM
I have installed Ubuntu 16 and it works good for now, but I will need some time to get used to it :)

Just few videos to keep my motivation up, I wish I knew who are people that are speaking about it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScQ-ad9gR9M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyG9L4DJwss

I think I will have to check a bit more this channel it looks good.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on June 01, 2016, 03:17:31 AM
One interesting movie about robot fights that should replace human fights, and it is idea that I like , I found it by the song which I will  also post as a second video after trailer and that is Eminem - Till I Collapse  :sign4:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S8a180uYBM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytQ5CYE1VZw
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dinonykos on June 02, 2016, 05:27:52 AM
"One must fall" by Epic Megagames had fighting robots controlled by somebody outside the robot via an interface. I wondered quite often why such a device is not more often used in comics/movies etc. dealing with robot fights.

Some time ago I was thinking about how steering a big robot (let's say 15 ft high) could be emulated in DC/FRUA (both in combat and in the 3d-viewport). In the 3d-viewport, it could be quite easily (perspective-related) done in DC, similarly to "roof walking" as discussed by Manikus and myself here: http://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=3070.18 . I am not sure how the combats could be handled, maybe by using a pre-generated character for the robot and not allowing the party characters to fight. Not sure if that would work in FRUA, in DC it would probably be possible.

The reason why I dropped the idea was that it would mean a lot of effort to do appropriate walls.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: SilentThief on June 02, 2016, 11:24:14 PM
Hello every1. I am still lurking and pop in now and then. I was going to share a recent find which may bring inspiration:

A simple but decent little gem I found for help with generating a map in a web browser -> http://the-lost-and-the-damned.664610.n2.nabble.com/file/n5062933/DungeonBuilderLATD01.swf

its simple, generates a simple map that you can then click on the boxes to add or remove them (edit map), and could do with a save feature, but could be useful in a pinch

I hope every1 is doing well, and I hope to be a little more active on the forum.

ST
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on June 03, 2016, 09:45:33 AM
Jungle book from Disney, interesting that I found real examples of people raised by animals :/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_EN03fJIyY
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: SilentThief on June 04, 2016, 04:23:13 PM
yet another dungeon maker -> http://www.dizzydragon.net/adventuregenerator/start

this one will generate a map and put it together with random descriptive text like "This area has a pleasant, earthy smell. It is foggy here, making it difficult to see. Guano covers this area."

also populates monsters -- names no stats.

This will not work as well for FRUA or DC as this will generate diagonal walls.

ST the mappy
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on June 04, 2016, 11:48:19 PM
Very nice, it has very good character generator too. Thanks for the link :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dinonykos on June 05, 2016, 10:05:39 AM
This will not work as well for FRUA or DC as this will generate diagonal walls.

Sounds like we cannot do diagonal walls... but:

http://ua.reonis.com/index.php?topic=1401.msg15983#msg15983

 ;D
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on June 06, 2016, 12:20:10 AM
 It would be good to have them for sure :) Anyway

;D Tabletop Escapades https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz9ITYFpEq0

I will have to check what is it about, I started playing FRUA Vorak for Hire and it looks good. I am now in the mood to play FRUA and learn what I can :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on June 17, 2016, 05:02:29 AM
Londoners (Polish TV series with English subs when they are not talking English) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuef2Ey-pMc

I also will need to start following Sixus1 on Youtube, hoping to learn things good and that I will be able to it do soon.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 06, 2016, 03:23:35 PM
The Legend of Tarzan is well-done and very enjoyable.  Possibly the best Tarzan movie of all time, certainly the largest and most fx-heavy.  However, he lost the box-office fight with Dory, here in the U.S.  He was no.1 in Russia, tho.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on July 15, 2016, 06:27:34 PM
Here is video of the my beach in the morning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxlnPCRHv-Q
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 25, 2016, 03:49:57 PM
Star Trek: Beyond is really, really good.  Maybe the best Trek yet. 

...But, a plea to all action movie directors:  Enough with the shaky cams, already!
 :icon_shaking:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 05, 2016, 04:31:29 PM
A bit older videos but they for me look amazingly good :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gElr4OCRmpc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09PUVVkPDPo
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 08, 2016, 08:25:07 PM
A J-pop video that defies description:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzC4hFK5P3g    :confused2:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 09, 2016, 12:17:03 AM
Lawrence Talor, NY Giants LInebacker :) was watching things like this lately. I still need 2 weeks or so to work then I expect that I will be able to get back to my DC Module :) I miss it a lot :/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWB9ia_ZPjk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCNiGOuDvXo
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 09, 2016, 01:53:00 PM
I was looking for 2e Ad&d FR Dragons, there was collection of them on WOTC site before then they were converted to 3e, but I can't find 2e version only this http://www.realmshelps.net/monsters/knowndragons.shtml

I also found this site with really great download 2e Ad&d section and with good forum too http://www.padnd.com/

Where I have found announcment for unofficial 3rd part of Undermountain, I just might start preparing it :) http://www.padnd.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3540

And a song from that NFL video before, it seems it is from at least 1976 :) Ted Nugent - Stranglehold https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHDA5nHlDrQ
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 18, 2016, 04:48:20 PM
I wish I could somehow run trough this :) I probably will try to make it for DC one day, if I ever learn to make good mods :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9L5PRQSps4

Edit here is one nice site about it http://blackmoor.mystara.net and wiki entry I think I will have to read more about it and maybe connect it somehow to castle GH :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackmoor
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Nol Drek on September 18, 2016, 09:22:17 PM
Edit here is one nice site about it http://blackmoor.mystara.net and wiki entry I think I will have to read more about it and maybe connect it somehow to castle GH :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackmoor

From the Ruins of Castle Greyhawk, head north through the Empire of Iuz. You'll find the City of Blackmoor on a peninsula in Blackmoor Bay. If you reach the Land of Black Ice, then you've gone too far north.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 19, 2016, 09:13:00 AM
That is true but as I think of it Blackmoor belongs more to D&D and Mystara, than Ad&d and Greyhawk, though it was included there also which for me is a bit strange and I can't say that I like it. Lately I was more trying to learn about D&D, Immortals of Mystara and probably will try run Mystara and Blackmoor and then somehow connect it to Greyhawk castle. That video before also stated that Blackmoore have history in Mystara. Anyway here is about it http://blackmoor.mystara.net/greyhawk.html though i guess Mystara was also made later then Blackmoor so probably it should go first then Known world and Mystara :/

I will have to read a bit more about it though somehow it could be made to work in both GH and Mystara :). here is new map of it http://ghmaps.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Blackmoor-130902_2.jpg now Mystara version http://www.pandius.com/blk_pcat.html and finaly just a general info http://wiki.mystara.net/blackmoor
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 21, 2016, 03:07:21 PM
Something from LOTR :) it means that my plans about Tabletop and Roll20 campaigns are off and only DC will remain but now it has to be seen how much time I will have for it but it is sure that I will not give up on my dreams, though it seems that I will have a bit less time then I hoped for, for some time in the future, but I am trying to make things work for the better :)

Pippin's Song: Edge of Night (LOTR) HQ + Subs/Lyrics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmj25u5mVvg
The Edge of Night (Pippin's Song) / In Dreams - Lord of the Rings cover by Malukah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3nzbRftpeU
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 26, 2016, 04:11:11 PM
The new Magnificent 7 remake, although inferior to the classic, is well done and very entertaining.  It's a pleasure to see a true western again at the movie theater.  My overall enjoyment was only slightly soured at the end when an unnecessary, wildly coincidental, plot contrivance was revealed.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on September 26, 2016, 07:19:17 PM
The new Magnificent 7 remake, although inferior to the classic, is well done and very entertaining.  It's a pleasure to see a true western again at the movie theater.  My overall enjoyment was only slightly soured at the end when an unnecessary, wildly coincidental, plot contrivance was revealed.

I saw it and thought it was good, not great, not horrible. If you've seen many westerns, you've seen this one. It had some decent humor in it, and I absolutely loved Vincent D'Onofrio's character. Chris Prat is basically Wild West Star Lord. Or his Jurassic world character. Fun to watch, but disappointing he keeps getting the same snarky character roles. Denzel was a bit forgettable. I wish the story between Ethan Hawke and Byung-hun Lee was fleshed out a bit more.

What plot contrivance? (pvt mssg me if you don't want to post it)

The only one i can think of is when the zombie-hand shoots out of the grave in the after-credits scene.  ~.^
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 26, 2016, 08:40:44 PM
...What plot contrivance?...
 

Warning: Spoiler Alert!


The contrivance is that the bad guy terrorizing the townfolk just happens to be the same bad guy responsible for great horrors perpetrated on Chisolm's (Denzel's) family in the past.  Not only is this an almost absurdly unlikely coincidence, it threatens to seriously lessen the nobility of Chisolm's character by turning his motivation into selfish revenge. 

A couple of questions also arise that may point to some weakness in the plot: 

1.  If Chisolm knew who the bad guy was who <bleeped> his family, why didn't he do anything to get "justice" before this? 

2.  If Chisolm knew where the main bad guy would be coming from, why didn't the 7 go there to assassinate him before he could raise his army and come back to kill a slew of townspeople?  The bad guy didn't have but a handful of minions with him at that time.  Heck, at that point, the Asian assassin, Billy Rocks could've taken out the whole mess of them by himself.

Or, expanding on that thought, why send the sheriff off to the bad guy with that whole message thing, when the 7 could've tried to ambush the bad guy when he came back to town presumably without the army that he was so generously forewarned to expect he'd be needing?   

Still, it was a good time for a Western movie fan, like myself, especially as entries into that genre are so rare in modern times... 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on September 26, 2016, 10:02:01 PM
Ahhh, that is done so often I see it more as a common trope rather than a pure contrivance, if that makes sense.

Point 2 is one I thought of, as well. Why stir the pot when you can sit back and nip it in the bud easier, to mix metaphors.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: steve_mcdee on September 27, 2016, 03:52:35 AM
I haven't really gotten into Westerns -- although I love Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. (I am Australian and I suspect that maybe they naturally appeal a little more to US audiences who might have a more ingrained affinity for the setting. There is a decent Australian western, however, called The Proposition, written by Nick Cave and starring Guy Pearce. Seen it?)

Anyway, I wondered if there are any particular westerns (old or recent) that you would particularly recommend to someone without much experience of them but interested in being exposed to the genre. What are the Kind of Blue and A Love Supreme of Westerns?
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on September 27, 2016, 09:45:41 PM
I haven't seen those two movies, but here are some of my favorites.

First, from the traditional classics...

I'm a big fan of the Ranown series of westerns, directed by auteur Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott.  These were sparse, low-budget B-movies, but have garnered great critical praise.  I consider the best of them to be:
Seven Men from Now (1956)
The Tall T (1957)
Comanche Station (1960) 

From the most famous westerns director, John Ford:
Stagecoach (1939)
My Darling Clementine (1946) 
The Searchers (1956)

From John Sturges: 
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)

From Anthony Mann:
Winchester '73 (1950)
The Naked Spur (1953)

From George Stevens:
Shane (1953)
From Fred Zinnemann:
High Noon (1952)
From Richard Brooks:
The Professionals (1966)

Next, some with a more modern sensibility:

From Clint Eastwood:
High Plains Drifter (1973) 
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Unforgiven (1992) 

From Sam Peckinpah:
The Wild Bunch (1969)
From George P. Cosmatos:
Tombstone (1993)
From the Coen Brothers:
True Grit (2010)

"Spaghetti Westerns" (Italian made):

From Sergio Leone:
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) 

From Sergio Corbucci:
Django (1966)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 28, 2016, 02:00:49 PM
Cool, I haven't watched much of the western movies but I like them and these are my favorites:

Dance with wolves (staring Kevin Costner)
Bandidas (Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz)
The Quick and the Dead (Sharon Stone,Gene Hackman,Leonardo DiCaprio, Earle Blunt)
Tombstone (Kurt Russell & Val Kilmer)
Young Guns 2 (actualy I have not seen this movie, though I saw some parts on You tube and I can't say I like it that much, but Bon Jovie did album for this movie called as the movie Young Guns 2 and it was my first album that I got as a present ant it is still favorite of mine :) Here is one song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eILf0r4K7k8
and Wyatt Earp (Kevin Costner & Dennis Quaid)

Maybe I could remember some more but that is for now :)

Anyway Fiji won first Olympic medal in Rio 2016 in Rugby 7. And now some motivational video NFL, I am hoping that I will start doing my mod soon, I am still thinking what to do and how
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wjLFoYaTQ0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34B3WcXjR_U

I might play some Greyhawk FRUA in the future as I have realized that I don't know much :/, but I think I will not give up on it though I am still in the mood to just do things on my own Ad&d DC.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 28, 2016, 02:46:24 PM
They actualy have headphones :) wow https://www.quora.com/Do-NFL-quarterbacks-have-radios-in-their-helmets-to-talk-to-coaches
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 01, 2016, 11:30:07 AM
It's October, Halloween month! 

Here's a very trippy, animated music video, Fever The Ghost with "SOURCE" to kick it off: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RHFFeQ2tu4
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 01, 2016, 02:27:21 PM
Here is Queen of Spiders Session, I will have to listen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPwzeRZfDkw

I realized that I will actualy do Greyhawk DC mod in the future, probably :), and that will include Keep on the borderlands, Greyhawk Ruins, Temple of Elemental Evil, Scourge of Slavers, Queen of Spiders and I will have to do Greyhawk City (town) too. I was thinking what to do and how but that is what I would like to do. So I will try playing those FRUA games first and then try doing something on my own. I would like to do Mystara too and Forgotten Realms, but for now will stick to Greyhawk, though it will be my second DC campaign.
 
Here is also a list of D&D modules and explanation of codes and other notes that might be useful https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dungeons_%26_Dragons_modules

And here is a link of interesting D&D site, particulary because of Ad&d NPC generator http://www.adnd3egame.com/dnd.htm#other

And finaly some Spelljammer Ships http://lost.spelljammer.org/ArielsSJ/smallship.html
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 02, 2016, 04:10:21 PM
Halloween mood: a short toon entitled "Schrodinger's Cat"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNalMWLnt0o

I referenced said cat in my mod "The Untimers -- Issue #1: "ParadoXikill!" (shua-mu1.zip)   :cat:
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 03, 2016, 08:55:40 AM
Greyhawk Adventuring site, interesting beceause of very nice desription of gods and history of Greyhawk. I will need to read trough this http://dark-exodus.obsidianportal.com/
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 03, 2016, 04:06:11 PM
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a great movie.  IMO, Burton's best.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 03, 2016, 08:23:12 PM
Halloween mood: The Puppini Sisters swinging the song "Spooky"... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2v3Ej7z46E
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 04, 2016, 12:42:49 AM
One more western that might be good to see, a remake of old 1960 version, Magnificent Seven:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-RBA0xoaWU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deSRpSn8Pyk
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dinonykos on October 04, 2016, 12:27:04 PM
One more western that might be good to see, a remake of old 1960 version, Magnificent Seven:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-RBA0xoaWU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deSRpSn8Pyk
I am completely confused now - is this not the same remake that made Steve ask about westerns?  ???

Hans' list is a pretty good selection, but he missed the very important European "Karl May Westerns"!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKoOY-QEEuI

 ;D I'm just kidding.

I liked Cowboys & Aliens - it did not completely convince me in every aspect, but I think it is a good inspiration how to do crossovers, as is Wild Wild West. I am not aware of a nice High-Fantasy-Western crossover, though!
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 04, 2016, 03:19:27 PM
I am completely confused now - is this not the same remake that made Steve ask about westerns? 
 

Yep.

I am not aware of a nice High-Fantasy-Western crossover, though!
 

The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), starring Tony Randall in multiple roles, although a comedy, I believe is the best of that rare breed. 

More recently, The Warrior's Way (2010) blends the wild west with fantasy, but the fantasy is of the Asian martial-arts variety (like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). 

For a Halloween mood, in the western vein, here's an animated music video entitled "Drink With The Living Dead"... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsObv4b-qYg
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 04, 2016, 04:09:57 PM
I don't know how I missed this song, as Keeper of the Seven Keys is one of my all time favorite songs :)

Helloween & Candice Night - Light The Universe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qIHXR8jQr0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: steve_mcdee on October 04, 2016, 05:47:47 PM
I suppose Back to the Future Part III is a Wild West / Sci-Fi crossover.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Vix on October 04, 2016, 11:51:38 PM
I wanna see Magnificent Guardians of Jurassic Parks and Recreation.

A ragtag band of space cowboy civil servants fight to protect a small dinosaur themed city park from being taken over by an unscrupulous oil baron who wants to turn all the dinos into petroleum.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Dinonykos on October 05, 2016, 01:53:30 AM
The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), starring Tony Randall in multiple roles, although a comedy, I believe is the best of that rare breed. 
How could I not remember this one - that was one of me favorite movies when I was a child (and it still is).

I wanna see Magnificent Guardians of Jurassic Parks and Recreation.

What a great concept! The theme park should perhaps be run by a magic user who was banned from the Forgotten Realms and used his power to summon creatures from the Mesozoic...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 05, 2016, 08:34:32 AM
I suppose Back to the Future Part III is a Wild West / Sci-Fi crossover.

That is a good one for sure. Oh well I remembered Mad Max, I haven't watched new one :/ but here is a nice video about it and some Dark Sun vids that I will have to watch soon ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOMkHf8mZOs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFPT_bLhonU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mklq_NsMX0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 05, 2016, 11:07:02 AM
I wanna see Magnificent Guardians of Jurassic Parks and Recreation.

A ragtag band of space cowboy civil servants fight to protect a small dinosaur themed city park from being taken over by an unscrupulous oil baron who wants to turn all the dinos into petroleum.
   

Lol!   :laughing7: 

Here's a light Halloween mood that may be apropos, "Dinosaur Macaire"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eezFciKfcVw
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 06, 2016, 02:05:24 AM
It is very cool :) I finaly got my DC running in 640*480 resolution and editor in 1280*1024 and it looks great. Now it is time to try playing with it, I still have a lot work to do outiside while weather is nice and need to pack things from the beach for winter but I am expecting to be able to work more seriously from now.

I am almost out of videos :) but after some time I have found 2 that are interesting to start my day with :/ AC/DC and Football and NCAA Michigan state Spartans, I will watch it later to the end, now need to go to cafe with my dad as rain is starting :) today it seems it will be day for DC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyNCpw5gfbU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37Q_rthlVL0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 06, 2016, 02:38:47 PM
Halloween mood: the animated short "Sebastian's Voodoo"... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ePWK0qfisE
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 07, 2016, 04:29:55 AM
One movie that I liked for some time now and music from part 2

Halsey - Castle of Snow White and The Huntsman: Winter's War (unofficial music video) 720p HD Lyrics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Z-T5VcP88
Halsey - Castle (The Huntsman: Winter’s War Version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk0xkd8qs9I
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 07, 2016, 10:50:54 AM
Halloween mood song: "Dark Town Sally"... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T--Hg9h4yqo
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 07, 2016, 01:40:05 PM
Retro RPG review Part 1: 1st Edition Dungeons & Dragons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ozzRjBnq70

I will have to watch trough this and there are few more parts.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 08, 2016, 12:36:50 PM
Halloween mood: a (dark) Claymation Simpson's couch gag... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NT2ZiPIukw
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 08, 2016, 03:35:49 PM
Dark Superheroes I guess, I found it with a song about Harlequin, here it is
Harley Quinn & The Joker - Kill For You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RvbyHo0g3c

Suicide Squad - Official Trailer 1 [HD] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmRih_VtVAs

And I guess official song from the movie
Sucker for Pain - Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons w/ Logic & Ty Dolla $ign ft X Ambassadors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-59jGD4WrmE

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 09, 2016, 03:35:24 PM
Halloween mood: a music video from the goth Siamese-twins team, Evelyn Evelyn, "Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn?"...   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skUK-OlU4H0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 10, 2016, 03:46:21 PM
Halloween mood: sibling rivalry among vampires... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37yqOOZ_U0U
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 11, 2016, 12:12:49 PM
Blog with Old School RPG Theme http://oldschoolfrp.tumblr.com/
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 11, 2016, 02:21:45 PM
Halloween mood: The Moon-Rays with their instrumental "Tana Leaf Rag" (Tana leaves were the ingredient necessary to feed the old Universal Picture's mummies to enliven them)...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uFAyWfB-9g
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 11, 2016, 03:50:34 PM
Ryan Riback - All That She Wants (cover of Ace of Base) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSsdAjPU-ss
and original song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d73tiBBzvFM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 12, 2016, 02:37:01 PM
Halloween mood: a CGI short, "Roadkill Redemption"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKIVAODCIes
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 13, 2016, 02:27:52 PM
Halloween mood: a very odd music video, "Lewis was an Odd Boy"... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy_KPAdCrok
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 14, 2016, 07:16:49 AM
Roadkill Redemption was great :)

I am reading this book now, try to finish it and I probably will try roeading the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia from Library in Serbian. Now here it is how it is in English, I will try looking it too :) it seems like a kids fantasy novel but I think it is interesting for now, and will keep reading, and I really like that it starts in London and storytelling is very nice and it is illustrated.

Here is part 1 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician's Nephew Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m-bzIuvjVQ

Btw, I think I like reading while trying to work with DC, I have to say that it definitely goes better then playing FPS :/
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 14, 2016, 10:52:25 AM
Halloween mood: a CG toon taken from an H.P. Lovecraft tale, "The Mountains of Madness"... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wLC_vByu0k
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 15, 2016, 09:56:57 AM
I remembered this guy:
Sledge Hammer! - OFFICIAL CLIP - OPENING SEQUENCE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQl6r0fqRAI
Then I found this too:
Rihanna - Sledgehammer (Official Music Video) Star Trek Beyond https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Text-mCZjOo
STAR TREK 3 Beyond Trailer 2 (2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=e7143358-83d4-4558-b765-dd68212e052c&feature=cards&src_vid=Text-mCZjOo&v=QfztsKReONA
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 15, 2016, 10:58:23 AM
Halloween mood: a bouncy sea-chantey, "To The Bottom Of The Sea"... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMC4Nq1QqYk
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 15, 2016, 03:11:40 PM
More SF:

ROGUE ONE : A Star Wars Story - FINAL TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGqc_srpUzA

Edit:
And maybe a bit better version
ROGUE ONE : A Star Wars Story - ALL TRAILERS (Ultra HD 4K) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgEzAkWV2hY
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 16, 2016, 12:00:50 PM
More SW, it seems on this channel there is more things to learn:

The First Sith - Star Wars Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDaBiHVdpWk
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 16, 2016, 05:04:35 PM
Light Halloween mood: "Porkchop 'n Flatscreen X Mortal Kombat: Ayane goes to hell!" 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbzRaqvDKlI
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Darcnyss on October 16, 2016, 05:57:47 PM
I get most of my fantasy inspiration from reading lots of fantasy novels, especially the expansive collection of Forgotten Realms novels. I admit, some of them are just plain cringeworthy, but many more of them are just plain brilliant.
Fantasy CRPGs, of course.
And fantasy movies, most recently, the 5 part crowdfunded Mythica series of movies.
www.mythicamovie.com
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 16, 2016, 08:40:55 PM
I get most of my fantasy inspiration from reading lots of fantasy novels, especially the expansive collection of Forgotten Realms novels. I admit, some of them are just plain cringeworthy, but many more of them are just plain brilliant...
 

Howzabout giving us a Top Ten list of your favorite FR novels, or Top Five, etc....?
  :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Darcnyss on October 17, 2016, 03:45:35 AM
Ah yes. It's quite a list, really, and in no particular order:
Once Around the Realms by Brian Thomsen. By far the funniest FR novel I've ever read. Basically a retelling of Around the World in 80 Days, but Phileas Fogg is replaced by Volothamp Geddarm (Volo to his readers)

The Finder's Stone series and Masquerades by Kate Novak and Jeff Grubb. Alias, Dragonbait and Olive Ruskettle. What more is there to say?

The Heroes of Phlan series. Though not literary masterpieces, c'mon, it's Pool of Radiance, and it's awesome!

The Songs and Swords series by Elaine Cunningham. Elfshadow was the first FR novel I ever read, and what got me hooked in the first place...

The Cleric Quintet by R.A. Salvatore. The second series I read. Just superb writing, memorable characters and an overall good story. Love the Bouldershoulder brothers!

The Elminster series by Ed Greenwood. Finding out about the origins of one of Faerun's most famous' back story was a real treat.

The Sellswords Series by R.A. Salvatore. Simply because it focuses on two of my favourite characters from Salvatore's Legend of Drizzt series: Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle.

And there are so many more, though the novelization of the Baldur's Gate series was a painful read, Shandril's saga was a tedious read, and the Double Diamond Triangle saga just felt like an overly long retelling of some sub-par D&D adventure by a less-than-able DM....


Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 17, 2016, 05:40:34 AM
Cool, finaly someone to talk about that lol.

For me I have to say that I was mostly FR fan, but lately I am turning to Greyhawk a bit more then I expected. One Novel that is for me Particulary interesting is Gord the Rogue By Gigax. I have read only first part but it was very interesting.

Now from FR novels I have read a lot, most interesting were:

Cormyr the Novel, because there were dragons and elves before humans, and I really liked how it was done. Beside it was one big and hardcover book.

Drizzt Saga, I have read most of them except maybe few latest, I also like it very much.

Elmister stories, I think I have read most of them at least first one and one about Myth Drannor, not Elminster in hell though.

I have read one book abaout Alias, and it was really cool, with some red dragon. Now I can't remember good.

One book about harper witch spellcaster with yambia, can't remember name.

One with some south witch, now I can't remember name either hm that land of magic Halrua or near.

Avatar Trilogy, now thinking about it, very nice story and later Trial of the Cyric the mad too. I guess story of Baldur's Gate games are after that.

Anyway. I am off to library to get 2nd book about Narnia today probably. It was really a cool story, something like Sharlock Holmes. Part I liked most is when Lion creates world of Narnia with his song and it was just incredible :) and unexpected.

And a bit of NFL
Detroit Lions Hype 2015-2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3pKmMPRFPU
And yesterday Dallas vs Greenbay match https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL5svfnvWpQ
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Darcnyss on October 17, 2016, 05:51:49 AM
The Alias book with the red dragon was the first in the Finder's Stone Trilogy, Azure Bonds (based on the Gold Box game Curse of the Azure Bonds)

The harpers books you are referencing I think might be The Parched Sea and The Veiled Dragon by Troy Denning. Ruha the witch I found to be a very interesting character.

The Avatar series was also an enjoyable read, I must agree.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 17, 2016, 10:14:12 AM
That is right, it was The Veiled Dragon, and yes Ruha was a cool character. And yes Probably it was first book, actualy now I remember her meeting Dragonbait and so on :). It was very cool book. I have read one more about Waterdeep, small one, I think there were 9 parts and they could somehow be read not in order :). Hm lets see if I can find it.

Oh well seem people on this forum are into Ad&d after all this could be interesting to people who like FR. I was thinking to print it but those backgrounds would be a problem for my printer. I think most of this material goes into Arcane Age time, I was thinking to run something with this but since yet I haven't read it, maybe someone can help :) Here is the link, there are lots of sourcebooks there from FR early history http://phasai.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=48

Like for example this one http://phasai.deviantart.com/art/Ardeep-Realm-of-the-Moon-138528540

Also I have found somwhere on the net, huge collection of Fanfiction FR mostly but also other Ad&d setting, and now I am thinking that I should download it before it is gone. But I can't remember where I found it. There were really a lot of stories there. I am just lucky that I got Ad&d Adventures from RPG Archieve before it went down. 2e Only though I think.

Anyway I better go to libarary now :)

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Darcnyss on October 17, 2016, 01:33:53 PM
And keeping with the Halloween theme, here's some cutesey creepy.  The Birthday Massacre - Long Way Home
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PNImrKK8nIc
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 17, 2016, 02:34:51 PM
Ok, here it goes, I think I have found it. Maybe not the best but still it is D&D. https://www.fanfiction.net/book/

There is lots of FR and DL, some RL and maybe others. I also remember reading very nice fanfiction on the Candlekeep site. I think I will have to sort this :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Darcnyss on October 17, 2016, 02:46:45 PM
Though I am a bit wary of fanfiction sites, I'll go and take a look.

In the meantime, some more Birthday Massacre ...https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TEQjVQbnvI4
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 17, 2016, 03:28:23 PM
One more NFL video, off for today :D:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3uJuGmloyE
Original song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io0fBr1XBUA
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 17, 2016, 03:44:19 PM
Halloween mood: a gothic fusion dance... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6eYfSVt83M
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 18, 2016, 03:41:06 PM
Halloween mood: an animated short, "Sleep Walk"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcqDWQGfJlY
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 19, 2016, 12:53:19 PM
Halloween mood: a song in homage to Edward Gorey, "The Hipdeep Family"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y11RAC_I0E
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 19, 2016, 03:23:06 PM
Free Boldie Movie Creator, tools for making videos and edit them, and record from a webcam too :) Here is the list of features http://movie-creator.com/benefits.html
2 more days for free here http://sharewareonsale.com/s/bolide-movie-creator-giveaway-coupon-sale

You need to give them email, they ask to share it on social webs like FB but You can choose last option I dont use FB, Google ect. And You will get the key. Loader is small but with it you can download file and choose to save it without installing and save it for use any time later.

French plane, song Green Day, Boulevard of Broken Dreams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m15Jd1A5OPU
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 19, 2016, 03:34:45 PM
I hope it is ok to post links like this. Just a free program like games, in that thread for game trading. Btw that The I of the Dragon seems like a nice game, new for me that Dragons can breathe fireballs for a distant hit beside normal breath weapon.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 20, 2016, 02:31:21 PM
Halloween mood: a CGI short, "Road's End"... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQN-KvFvTJg
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 20, 2016, 03:39:00 PM
About Halloween https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twog7XFOXnM
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 21, 2016, 11:01:34 AM
Here is some 3d art that I like with GH and FR pictures http://jmb200960.deviantart.com/gallery/
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Post by: hans on October 21, 2016, 04:23:15 PM
Musical Halloween mood: The Voronas with "I Love My Monsters"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSU3nvpJ9sM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 22, 2016, 11:07:38 AM
Halloween mood: talent show horror dance from India... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQR2rXNYRLw
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Post by: hans on October 23, 2016, 04:40:47 PM
Halloween mood: a short, Russian(?) cartoon: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyAD4iV-7ZA
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 24, 2016, 09:15:06 AM
2 videos from Hellcats, TV series. It looks great what I have seen so far.
Aly Michalka - Brand New Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWJg3pVCT6o
HellCats 112 'Sectional Cheerleading ChampionShip' Routine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I33r-QIisNo
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Post by: hans on October 24, 2016, 11:29:20 AM
Halloween mood: "We Will Fall Together" an animated music video by Streetlight Manifesto...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOqenYis1iQ
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 25, 2016, 09:51:45 AM
Site about Prince Valiant http://users.telenet.be/fsg/Pv/pv.html
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 25, 2016, 08:13:21 PM
Halloween mood: a CGI short, "Neco the Clown"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CytQ06zK2qY
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 26, 2016, 01:48:37 PM
Halloween mood: "Mademoiselle Noir"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-mthNHRUKg
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 27, 2016, 12:49:43 PM
Original song by Sting - Brand New Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA46ZNjrzeY
lyrics are cool and this video from Hellcats TV series I posted before https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6I7X2WnnFA
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Post by: hans on October 27, 2016, 02:30:21 PM
Halloween mood: an improvised dance to the Swingrowers' "Midnight"... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_do9JjoX3s
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 28, 2016, 10:46:51 AM
Halloween mood: an animated, side-scrolling nightmare, "Kaizo Trap"... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qM8GfrNjVg
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 28, 2016, 03:43:52 PM
I feel so unproductive lately :) hope it will change soon :D https://www.facebook.com/SNFonNBC/videos/1330433893676233/
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Post by: hans on October 29, 2016, 10:52:49 AM
Halloween musical mood: "The Haunted Phonograph"... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_PuNjtiCyc
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Olivier Leroux on October 30, 2016, 04:43:15 AM
There are several dark bard songs composed for the Skyrim Total Conversion mod Enderal (http://enderal.com/?lang=en) (by German modding team SureAI)  that might fit the Halloween theme. They were even translated to English, although I think the original German versions are much better. For example:

Das Lied vom Schwarzen Wächter (https://youtu.be/zWrd1ixqAa0?t=14) / The Black Guardian (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcpqY5yZc7o)
Das Lied vom Alten Mann (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DkywUNpd8k&feature=youtu.be&t=31) / The Aged Man (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uf5yavcXB8)
Das Lied vom Winterhimmel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-GASKS3N4o) / The Winter Sky (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw7PWr8znuE)
Das Lied von den Wildmagiern (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSvgXWfGnZQ) / The Wild Mages (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjjcKbcNiEk)
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 30, 2016, 06:11:46 AM
I like english version very much. I listened to the first song and it is very nice and inspiring.

Something Wild (From "Pete's Dragon"), but that channel is full of nice songs from Disney movies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2lVEiwKVFM
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 30, 2016, 06:26:48 AM
And a bit different version of it:

Lindsey Stirling - Something Wild ft. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (From Disney's Pete's Dragon)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytMqO-WQpQ4
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Post by: hans on October 30, 2016, 04:03:59 PM
Halloween mood: If Quentin Tarantino were to work in Claymation, the result might look something like this... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqaWt7wPMWw
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 30, 2016, 05:43:12 PM
Aslan by Kendall Payne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m76wSTnwZAk

Starting to read 3rd book of Narnia, hoping that I will start working with DC soon. I am trying to bring my dad into all this, not sure if it is a good idea but I think it might be good :)
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Post by: hans on October 31, 2016, 10:26:04 AM
Happy Halloween! 

Here's a music video entitled "Scary UFO"... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N9fOjOOLow
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Post by: Milos Gulan on October 31, 2016, 04:57:21 PM
Happy Halloween!

Just some music:
Miranda Lambert - Somethin' Bad ft. Carrie Underwood  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4Yzj-m_SBk
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Post by: Nol Drek on November 04, 2016, 08:02:49 PM
There were a lot of Flash Gordon knock-offs during the Golden Age of Comics. I just discovered "Space Patrol" by Basil Wolverton from "Amazing Mystery Funnies v2 #12", Centaur Publishing, December 1939. http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=20547
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Post by: hans on November 05, 2016, 03:37:31 PM
Wolverton is a favorite of mine.  A unique visionary.  His offbeat style heavily influenced many underground cartoonists. 

Here's a nice slideshow of his sci-fi comics work: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZrbSk6-hSs 

Here's a slideshow of his more famous, humorous grotesques:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuS1XosskzY 

Here's a slightly animated version of his classic sci-fi comic story "The Brain-Bats of Venus"... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDGZ0iPnKRc
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Post by: Nol Drek on November 05, 2016, 03:56:08 PM
I always liked Basil Wolverton's covers for Plop! magazine in the 1970's and his famous "Beautiful Girl of the Month" cover for MAD magazine.

I wonder if his Brain-Bats were the inspiration behind the Mind Flayers in AD&D.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 07, 2016, 11:26:26 AM
One nice site with cool maps https://rpgcharacters.wordpress.com
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 14, 2016, 03:13:30 PM
Here is one maping program free for 2 more days, I think it can be used in RPG maping, there is nice library of items and You just need to grab it and put on the map.
It can export maps in HTML and probably they can be interactive. http://sharewareonsale.com/s/fldraw-floor-plan-software-giveaway-coupon-sale
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 18, 2016, 03:44:50 AM
Nice FR map, and there is more on that site http://www.elventower.com/archives/672
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Post by: hans on November 24, 2016, 10:01:26 AM
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! 

http://i0.wp.com/www.powerlineblog.com/ed-assets/2015/11/Hobbit-Thanksgiving-copy.jpg?resize=580%2C434
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 24, 2016, 12:50:25 PM
Happy Thanksgiving :)

Thorin Oakenshield - Broken Crown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4pXKkc4_Mg
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Post by: GoldBoxFan on November 24, 2016, 03:05:53 PM
Happy Thanksgiving, or whatever you celebrate!
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Post by: Milos Gulan on November 25, 2016, 01:56:25 PM
Here was St Michael's day, when You mentioned. 2 days of good food for me before fasting. I watched this, this morning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n2giWjdiVI
and this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvzPtRxeTC4

On the good side, I introduced DC to my dad and he showed interest and it seems he might help too. I think I should hurry up my books and publish them as soon as I can, If I could finish something before summer it would be good :). 

And one NFL New Orleans Saints song: Mike Bleed Da BlockStarr - Dats My Team (Official New Orleans Saints Theme Song)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkbH6dZB1Y0
Edit: and one more :) Govenor Reiss "Saints Anthem Remix" Official Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaP-Pb74r9E
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Post by: hans on November 29, 2016, 03:05:54 PM
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a delightful film. 

IMO, the Harry Potter movies got too dark, starting with Order of the Phoenix.  Happily, FBaWtFT re-strikes the earlier films' balance of plenty of humor and fun adventure as counter-weights to the (still present) adult dangers and intrigues.  FBaWtFT is also, ultimately, more touching than any of the Harry Potter films. 

I understand that there are now plans for 4 sequels.  I would love to see a whole movie of a younger Newt Scamander's adventures in Hogwarts, but perhaps we shall see glimpses in flashbacks from the future films...
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 01, 2016, 05:41:13 PM
Well, just a song from a Swedish band I never heard before, but I like this song: Titiyo - Come Along  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLsVGwNWOA4
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Post by: Milos Gulan on December 16, 2016, 10:20:19 AM
One interesting Board game that I have played with my friends https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/823/lord-rings
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Post by: hans on January 02, 2017, 02:26:13 PM
Star Wars: Rogue One is a very good movie. 

However, it is the worst of the Star Wars films (at least, for children).
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Post by: Milos Gulan on January 20, 2017, 11:19:32 AM
Nice song: Artists Of Then, Now & Forever - Forever Country https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9gAXwYZtfk

And something lol I will have to deal with soon :) http://www.fm-hn.com/
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Post by: Milos Gulan on January 30, 2017, 05:07:44 AM
Here is few links about Keep on the Borderlands:
http://alphastream.org/index.php/2015/10/16/adapting-classic-adventures-like-keep-on-the-borderlands-to-dnd-next-or-5e/
https://campaign-41877.obsidianportal.com/wiki_pages/restwell-keep
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Post by: Milos Gulan on January 31, 2017, 09:41:06 AM
One more link for Keep on the Borderlands that expands it a bit with more random events https://rpgcharacters.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/tuesday-map-the-castellans-keep/
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Post by: Milos Gulan on February 02, 2017, 12:24:20 PM
Free for a limited time, Human 3d models for Unity (I think they are made by DAZ, at least they look like that). You'll need to turn search parameteres to free in Unity store and they will be visible beside few others https://www.facebook.com/DAZ3D.FanPage/posts/10154821379555540
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Post by: Milos Gulan on February 05, 2017, 07:14:41 AM
Another piece of GH, this time cartoon walktrough to village of Hommlet http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/village-hommlet I found it here http://greyhawkery.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-few-greyhawk-things.html

Btw today my group play 4th session of Greyhawk Ruins and my plan is to finish it soon and to get back to DC and my work outside as soon nicer weather will start :/. They explored 3 levels of Zagyg's tower and surprisingly did very good but things now are starting to be harder :) Anyway I wish I could start GH DC mod, but for now it will have to wait.

And an interesting song done by Bards of Greyhawk called Rogahn and Zelligar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppr9Gue8v40

Few NFL motivational videos about Falcons:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEPu1MCcSys
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=532WOB7Flus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dVyuQAkI5s

And it seems Superbowl 51 is today http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2017020500/2016/POST22/patriots@falcons#menu=gameinfo&tab=preview
One more video about it :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANZLWtwYvoE

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Post by: Nol Drek on February 05, 2017, 04:35:08 PM
I also like Jason Thompson's D&D Walkthrough Maps (SPOILER ALERT):
https://rendedpress.blogspot.com/2016/11/list-of-d-module-walkthrough-maps-by.html
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Post by: Milos Gulan on February 07, 2017, 04:45:37 AM
Wow, thank You! I will have to read trough it :D

On more NFL song :D Keize Montoya - Feed Me (Official Video) Dallas Cowboys Anthem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcZCrtx8DgQ
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Post by: hans on February 14, 2017, 02:52:05 PM
John Wick: Chapter 2 knows how to film hand-to-hand combats.  The vomit inducing (in Chinese audiences) Bourne shaky-cam & ultra-quick-cuts style that has been too in vogue is hopefully dying away.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on February 14, 2017, 05:39:39 PM
Just a song with LOTR edit, Castle of Glass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRYiYYtdsN0

Btw my group played 4th session of Grayhawk Ruins and surprisingly they killed lich and diamond golem and got big treasure, and later we played one more session making it second session of The Gates of Firestorm Peak.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on February 21, 2017, 12:26:01 PM
One more session of The Gates of Firestorm Peak and it will probably be end for now, time to focus on other things.

NFL video about latest Superbowl: Tom Brady - Five Rings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOZS4YwqNMU

Edit: it seems there is more nice videos there like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dbS5ODe1bU
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Post by: hans on March 06, 2017, 09:36:26 PM
Logan is a good movie, tho long and bleakly dark.  Be aware that the hard "R" rating is deserved, mostly for butchery violence, plenty of f-bombs, and a teeny bit of nudity.  Not a kid movie.
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Post by: Kaz-Keith on March 06, 2017, 09:59:48 PM
Logan is a good movie, tho long and bleakly dark.  Be aware that the hard "R" rating is deserved, mostly for butchery violence, plenty of f-bombs, and a teeny bit of nudity.  Not a kid movie.

Hey Hans :)  I am curious if the look and feel of the film, apparently done with a purposeful eye towards elevating a comic book movie to a graphic novel movie, works as the creators desired?  'Watchmen' was as close to the concept as I've personally experienced, and 'Deadpool' was just too spot-on and humourous for me to find it 'dark'...  Is this the example then?  Curious what you thought.
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Post by: hans on March 07, 2017, 03:23:42 PM
Hey Hans :)  I am curious if the look and feel of the film, apparently done with a purposeful eye towards elevating a comic book movie to a graphic novel movie, works as the creators desired?  'Watchmen' was as close to the concept as I've personally experienced, and 'Deadpool' was just too spot-on and humourous for me to find it 'dark'...  Is this the example then?  Curious what you thought.
 

I have no idea how happy or unhappy the comic creators, or their fans, might be with this movie, as I have never read or seen the "Old Man Logan" graphic novel upon which this is said to be based. 

Speaking then, just in terms of the film, some elements seemed a little gratuitous, or at least gratuitously over-used, but I also recognize that there was a true, serious attempt to set a very different tone from the X-men movies, including the previous two Wolverine solo outings.  In some ways that tone could be considered neo-nior-ish (not in the visual, graphical sense of Sin City, but thematically, and in storytelling content). 

IMO, Watchmen is a masterpiece, while Logan is not.  That is, I do consider it a good film, but one that fails to reach the heights (or depths?) of drama that I believe the filmmakers were shooting for (at least failing to hit those targets consistently).  I don't know how much this might be a reflection on the source material, however...
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Post by: Kaz-Keith on March 09, 2017, 12:48:17 AM
IMO...

 Over the years, I've come to understand that your view is uniquely clear and concise and something that serves as a proper litmus for my own way of thinking.

 Thanks for this review - it does help me to decide whether the film is worth my while  :)  It sounds like Logan isn't exactly what I enjoyed about Watchmen, though the fact that it is trying to do something uniquely different (just as Deadpool did) is enough to whet my appetite.  Also, I fear this might be the last of Jackman's Wolverine, so this is also impetus for me to view.  Again, thanks for this and your other reviews.  I've come to rely on yours and Nol's opinions (and Nologgie's :D) on what is worth putting energy into.
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Post by: hans on March 09, 2017, 03:46:04 PM
Thanks for the compliments!  8)  I do hope you take my opinions with a grain of salt, tho, as I have on occasion read some of my own, older posts and have then said to myself: "wrong."   :P
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Post by: Milos Gulan on March 20, 2017, 02:01:51 AM
Indiana Jones, I was thinking about it lately and there is also Young Indiana Jones version that I should check a bit more :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNUyNaLZdD8
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Post by: Milos Gulan on March 28, 2017, 02:56:45 PM
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies - Billy Boyd: The Last Goodbye - Official Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8ir8rVl2Z4
and some Conan links
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conan_chronologies
http://conan.wikia.com/wiki/Chronology
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Post by: steve_mcdee on March 30, 2017, 03:24:48 PM
Drawing of a beholder, by my four year-old son.
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Post by: Dinonykos on March 30, 2017, 11:58:09 PM
Excellent!

EDIT: Have you considered him doing the art for you?  ;) Seriously, seeing this made me think again that a design in a sketch-like or child's-drawing look would be interesting if it was done with consistency. The thing is that it would probably be not less effort than any other style.
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Post by: steve_mcdee on March 31, 2017, 01:47:44 AM
Actually, yes, I have seriously considered it ... Generally, if I were to do a drawing or painting, trying to make it as good as I can, it is nowhere near professional enough. For that reason I tend to do some pixel-art work like icons and walls, and design/effects stuff using photoshop, but using converted images by professional artists. But using a small child's artwork, I could create a fairly consistent feel that is not trying to be realistic. One challenge would be how to deal with combat icons to make them consistent as well. Anyway, I would need to work out what sort of module I think this would be suited to; not my ever-continuing epic, I think.
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Post by: Olivier Leroux on March 31, 2017, 02:41:47 PM
One challenge would be how to deal with combat icons to make them consistent as well.

Only if you want the design to feature standard UA combat; you could also think of different ways to handle combat or make a design completely without it. Your son could be involved in more than just the drawing of the images, he could also come up with parts of the story himself, and/or decide what kind of game it is, what the players should do in it etc. It will probably have a smaller audience if it's not a traditional goldbox design but something more experimental and kiddy, but I think among the regulars of this forum there would be enough to take an interest nevertheless, and it could be a fun experience for the two of you to work on it together. You could also avoid 3D view if you find it hard to come up with a consistent style for walls and backgrounds, and use a hand drawn overland map instead.
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Post by: Dinonykos on April 01, 2017, 01:37:54 AM
One challenge would be how to deal with combat icons to make them consistent as well.
Only if you want the design to feature standard UA combat; you could also think of different ways to handle combat or make a design completely without it.
While I regard consistency as very, very important, I never had problems with, e.g., combining comic-style viewport graphics with pixel-art-style combat graphics. Furthermore, I think there could be ways to transfer a child's paintings to icons with some effort.
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Post by: Milos Gulan on April 02, 2017, 06:43:21 AM
I think it might be very interesting too. I mean I like the idea and would like to see how it will develop.

Here is some from my group... We played much more then I have expected. First is beholder made by my friend of clay, he probably will paint it after it is finished as he did with lots of D&D minis for board game that he collected that is Legend of Drizzt, Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon ect that You can see we are playing on 2nd picture and finaly 3rd there is Ad&d 2e :)

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Post by: Milos Gulan on April 18, 2017, 05:18:36 PM
Happy Easter! Here is list of Mega dungeons http://darkangel866.blogspot.com/2017/04/megadungeon-list.html

And something Interesting I never heard of before, El Raja Key
https://www.threelinestudio.com/store/el-raja-key-archive/
http://beyondfomalhaut.blogspot.com/2017/01/review-el-raja-key-archive.html
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Post by: hans on April 30, 2017, 05:11:16 PM
Here are several CG animated shorts from simon pure music featuring an elf heroine: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aikCY5pk9c 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NaeF1UgLKo 

This third, the origin story, is rather dark: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixRN18xcuPo
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Post by: Milos Gulan on May 02, 2017, 10:33:51 AM
Interesting movie about try to achieve dream :) I have watched it on TV: The Astronaut Farmer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=390WaPcxnFI
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Post by: Milos Gulan on May 05, 2017, 08:45:18 AM
Found this song about Isle of the man Tourist Trophy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDDtcbh8N7k
and about its history https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daCth-fI9j8
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Post by: Milos Gulan on May 24, 2017, 03:19:07 PM
Here is something interesting, I finaly found it. Forgotten Realms story called Sanctuary http://www.candlekeep.com/library/articles/sanctuary.htm
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Post by: hans on June 05, 2017, 03:46:40 PM
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a worthy addition to the franchise.  More than that, it contains the most satisfying conclusion of any of the Pirates films.  It ends so well that I kinda hope this will be the last of the series, so they don't spoil it.   :P
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Post by: Milos Gulan on June 06, 2017, 02:47:18 AM
I am reading Unfinished Tales by Talkien and when I finish it I think I will finish with most his bigger works. Here is one link about it and there is a lot more on that channel

The Dragons of Middle-Earth  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljQeDuCKXJs
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Post by: hans on June 13, 2017, 03:50:05 PM
Wonder Woman is, on balance, a terrific movie.  I was only disappointed in the climax.  Others may enjoy it all fine.
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Post by: Nol Drek on June 13, 2017, 09:49:42 PM
Wonder Woman is, on balance, a terrific movie.  I was only disappointed in the climax.  Others may enjoy it all fine.

Wonder Woman is the best DC superhero movie since The Dark Knight. I was worried that it would be as gloomy as the last few films have been, but I was pleasantly surprised. The scenes with the Amazons fighting on Themyscira were magically choreographed. The battle scenes at the front in World War One had me on the edge of my seat. Chris Pine does an excellent job playing against gender stereotypes as the damsel in distress. Act Three was not as strong as the rest of the movie, but only because it contained all the things I have come to expect to see in Act Three of a superhero movie.

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Post by: hans on June 14, 2017, 01:26:56 PM
  Here's what left me disappointed from the climax of Wonder Woman


*Spoiler Alert*


1.  She suddenly gets new powers, or discovers new levels of her powers with which to then defeat the big bad guy she is currently fighting.  It's a deus ex machina.  A cheat.  The movie had very nicely established her abilities during the previous two hours and should not have conveniently changed the rules for her at the last minute. 

2.  It got a little bit cheesey.  It wasn't as blatant as spouting such Saturday Morning Cartoon tropes as "You've just got to believe in yourself," or "Use the power of love," but it definitely moved, if but marginally, in that direction.  A slight, but disappointing to me, tonal change which contrasted with that of the excellently done Steve Trevor action climax. 

After the near perfection of the movie up until that point, I was let down, but it wasn't enough to ruin the movie for me.  I still think it was terrific. 
   :happy1: 

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Post by: Milos Gulan on June 16, 2017, 09:12:30 AM
I have passed lifeguard course and got my licence :) yay it was not easy lol but it was cool :) thank God lol I got it otherwise it would be really bad for me.

Anyway I wanna be a Lifeguard song :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5O2D17bK2U
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Post by: hans on June 16, 2017, 02:47:17 PM
I have passed lifeguard course and got my licence :) yay it was not easy lol but it was cool :) ...
 

Congratulations!   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Milos Gulan on June 16, 2017, 03:04:02 PM
Thank You. :) just feel much better then if I didn't make it. I was thinking today about it, but anyway it was great.

Another video about lifegards, UK this time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7PG1B51se4
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Post by: hans on July 08, 2017, 02:29:05 PM
Things seem slow, so here's an animated short, "KAIE and the Phantasus's Giants":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-KEspCLNxw
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Post by: Milos Gulan on July 10, 2017, 11:09:22 AM
Something interesting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranger_Creed

And lifeguarding is thing that I am lately occupied with: Baywatch theme song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqNXE07fKuw
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Post by: hans on July 20, 2017, 04:05:52 PM
Halloween is still afar off, but I had another dream where I was a vampire that was kinda interesting.   

The tone was quite different from my previous dream of being a vampire (which I related here back in Feb 2014). 

I was fairer-haired, for one thing. 

It was daytime.  I was in a round building.  It was building that was regularly used, perhaps a small school, but there were only two other people in it at the beginning of my dream.  One was a non-vampire woman who was perhaps in her 30's, a bit frumpy, who was something like a personal assistant to me.  The other was a more beautiful woman, somewhat mysterious, whether vampire or human I do not know.  I did know that she was in some sort of trouble. 

Before I could talk to her, the building was invaded by a handful of other vampires.  One tough guy wrestled with me while others tried to kidnap the mystery woman.  These vampires were led by a pale, lean gent, also fair-haired, who might even have been my double.

I had a thick, polished, wooden knife that came to a bevel point that I used to stab the vampire who I first fought.  I chased after the others, along a circular corridor that ran through the building, separating inner and outer rooms.  The woman who was my assistant I could hear was being held in a room by another vampire.  And I knew he was waiting in ambush for me to come through the door of that room.  However, I was familiar enough with building to know that there were two doors to that room.  I started the main door swinging open while I ran, almost flying like the wind, to the secondary door, bashing it open and plunging my wooden knife into the surprised vampire. 

By this time the other vampires had taken the mystery woman out of the building.  The Sun was out, and I had to protect my flesh from its rays.  Still rushing, I threw on a broad-rimmed black hat and black, woolen coat, leaving only my hands possibly exposed.  My assistant, tho, gave me her multi-colored umbrella as I went through the outer doors, which made me a little silly-looking but which I gladly took. 

The leader of the other vampires had taken the mystery woman into a large sedan car.  They were in the back seats, while a vampire driver could also be seen behind its tinted windows.  The car was already on the move, but I raced across a gravelly field to cut it off before it reached the main road.  While running, the Sun's rays hit one of my hands and I almost fell,  The flash of pain was stunning. 

Yet, I managed to intercept the car so that we were on a collision course.  I jumped up to hit the windshield feet first, hoping to take out the driver.  However, I almost crumpled against the windshield which must have been reinforced and bullet-proofed.  Spinning, I managed to grab the driver's door handle, but this too resisted my vampire's enhanced strength.  The car was almost a tank!  But, no matter how well-armored, I could still flip it up onto its side, which I did. 

The next move was theirs, but this is when I woke up.   

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on July 21, 2017, 12:22:30 AM
Cool, I had such a strong dejavu feeling in Red Cross hotel when I was on my Lifeguard course in a room with 2 mates. It really was amazing, just felt somehow that I was from my dream had same scene before and that somehow I had insight in stream of time from before and it happened.

Anyway I got this and need to learn to use and make things for my DC campaign :) I expect that I will be able to make a lot but with time https://www.daz3d.com/modeling-in-hexagon-fantasy-tower

I should watch also Manikus made 3d tutorials but as I am too busy. I hope that I will do it eventualy, wish I have a good list of all that. Will need to search on the net. Hope to improve my knowledge :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on July 21, 2017, 02:44:50 AM
Only that I can make Hexagon work again like it did before. Screen flashes and it crashes when I try to make new primitice :( and it gives some error for graphic card when I click on it I get this http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3006

But here is one Greyhawk pictures source https://www.pinterest.com/thenordicninja/greyhawk/
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Mechanaut on July 21, 2017, 04:51:48 AM
Only that I can make Hexagon work again like it did before. Screen flashes and it crashes when I try to make new primitice :( and it gives some error for graphic card when I click on it I get this http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3006 (http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3006)


You can try disabling the optimization features, for a slower, but more compatible display.
(http://i66.tinypic.com/3538rr9.jpg)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Mechanaut on July 21, 2017, 04:52:59 AM
Only that I can make Hexagon work again like it did before. Screen flashes and it crashes when I try to make new primitice :( and it gives some error for graphic card when I click on it I get this http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3006 (http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3006)


You can try setting ''fast transparency", and disabling the OpenGL optimization features, for a slower, but more compatible display.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/3538rr9.jpg)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on July 21, 2017, 02:59:51 PM
Thank You very much :) I fixed it thanks to this before few hours https://www.daz3d.com/forums/discussion/48053/installing-hexagon-2-5-on-win7-64bit-for-the-technically-challenged
And I have installed Hexagon on my older lap top and it seems to work at least I can create primitives but I hope it will work. I might be able to create some cool things for DC if I go trough tutorials :)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 28, 2017, 03:13:03 PM
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is probably the best movie I've seen in theaters in all of 2017.  Tragically, a bad choice of release date crippled its debut in the U.S.
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Mechanaut on July 28, 2017, 06:56:01 PM
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is probably the best movie I've seen in theaters in all of 2017.  Tragically, a bad choice of release date crippled its debut in the U.S.
I'd never heard of it before this mention of it.  The effects look good.

It seems to have been skewered on Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/valerian_and_the_city_of_a_thousand_planets/

**Points for casting Herbie Hancock as the defense minister.  8)
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on July 29, 2017, 11:20:15 AM
I'd never heard of it before this mention of it.  The effects look good.
 

Like the majority of movie-goers, I would speculate.  Partly a problem with the advertising campaign, partly the aforementioned release date.  If you have a movie without a familiar subject, and with no big stars, releasing it smack in the middle of Summer Movie season, it's gonna get overshadowed by the bigger names. 
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on August 13, 2017, 05:11:07 PM
Just a video, I hope I will soon start again to work on my DC mod ... Basilis Poledouris - The Atlantean Sword - Conan The Barbarian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlBcDnRzmM0

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Mechanaut on August 13, 2017, 05:46:10 PM
That's one of the best soundtracks ever written IMO. 


I believe that his daughter became the youngest BMI member at the time; for writing part of the music for one of the compositions.


(I think it was the flute track, in what was later named "the orgy".)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOUs6er51bI
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on August 27, 2017, 02:40:56 PM
This looks like a movie I should watch :) Newsies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLRKUCXzfHM
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 02, 2017, 05:17:33 PM
Ok here is one video by Sixus1 that hoped I figure out, I mean I should watch those tutorials now just to find them. I hope that I can learn from it... Lately I wish I could get Zbrush and use it but maybe it will happen with time, for now I hoped to learn about DS, I just need to find video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG2ICUP6tK8

And something about Carrara, I am trying to figure if it is useful but it is probably and I think I will add it to my collection of programs to use for 3d art making :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUZmB8DGyX8
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on September 15, 2017, 01:59:02 AM
Here is a channel with people playing Greyhawk. I will have to watch it. I think first episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CWOsI12-bs
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 01, 2017, 04:09:22 PM
To celebrate October, for a Halloween mood, here's Flipron's "Book of Lies" music video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvWm0gED86o
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 02, 2017, 03:08:45 PM
A trippy visual treat in anticipation of Halloween, "Love & Theft":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEUxlwb2uFI
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 03, 2017, 03:08:44 PM
Halloween mood: "The Little Man Who Wasn't There" song...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZR3k13OJyg 

...that jazzy song was inspired by the famous poem: 

Antigonish by William Hughes Mearns

"As I was going up the stair
 I met a man who wasn't there!
 He wasn't there again today,
 Oh how I wish he'd go away!"

 When I came home last night at three,
 The man was waiting there for me
 But when I looked around the hall,
 I couldn't see him there at all!
 Go away, go away, don't you come back any more!
 Go away, go away, and please don't slam the door...

 Last night I saw upon the stair,
 A little man who wasn't there,
 He wasn't there again today
 Oh, how I wish he'd go away...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 04, 2017, 03:10:41 AM
A little bit about programming: How to Learn Code (The 3 Main Ways) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0m9O39IRPE

And a song:
Imagine Dragons - Thunder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKopy74weus
Imagine Dragons - Thunder (Lyrics / Lyric Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFhs7WVvuXk

Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 04, 2017, 01:40:26 PM
Halloween mood: an animated short, "Tainted Goods"...
(Language warning: beware, does include a quick F-bomb)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adi9Ijhvn1Y
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 05, 2017, 01:07:47 PM
Halloween mood: A gothic vampire belly dance?...
Yes, there is such a thing... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wULlcqejGqs
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 06, 2017, 03:27:07 PM
Halloween mood: a CGI Animated Short, "Sang d' Encre"...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U4e7bqAet4
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 07, 2017, 10:28:08 AM
Halloween mood: animated music video, "The Sticks" by Mother Mother... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOIlBbDxx2c
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 08, 2017, 03:59:15 PM
Halloween mood: R Rated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a series of slightly edgy, animated Potter skits... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YySflxQ200A
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 09, 2017, 11:10:27 AM
Halloween mood: Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion Song, "1000 Doors"... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pA8hZqXWHY
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 10, 2017, 03:05:25 PM
Halloween mood with an OAUA flavor: an excellent CGI animated short, "A Fox Tale"...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xe72U7mXNg
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 11, 2017, 09:26:26 AM
:) Airbourne - It's All For Rock N' Roll https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0q9a5QS6WQ
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 11, 2017, 12:19:28 PM
Halloween mood: identical twins do a spider dance... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahE38_g5Np4
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Null Null on October 11, 2017, 04:29:04 PM
Anybody seen Blade Runner 2049? I was thinking about watching it and then making a cyberpunk mod with the Buck Rogers hackset (with the time I don't have)...
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 12, 2017, 02:51:34 PM
Anybody seen Blade Runner 2049? I was thinking about watching it and then making a cyberpunk mod with the Buck Rogers hackset (with the time I don't have)...

I've thought about it.  It does look cool.  But at a 2 hrs., 44 min. advertised runtime, I just can't fit it into my schedule, right now.   :P
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 12, 2017, 03:00:45 PM
Halloween mood: Alice Cooper's "This House is Haunted"...
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8eOuqEwpi0
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 13, 2017, 10:31:37 AM
Halloween mood: an animated short 'toon, "Most Ghost"... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxKwb3qAWWk
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 14, 2017, 11:12:23 AM
Halloween mood: "Short Stacks" video by The Ditty Bops...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LAhtVqDRpY
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 15, 2017, 08:38:31 PM
Halloween mood: an animated short "3D - Horreur"...
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P5awj3VU_g
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 16, 2017, 03:08:12 PM
Halloween mood: The Cog is Dead's song "Danger on the Dance Floor"... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7ZzmBV-X1Y
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: Milos Gulan on October 17, 2017, 02:09:22 AM
The Brothers Grimm trailer, it looks interesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohxNxVlk2GQ
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 17, 2017, 03:46:34 PM
Halloween mood: an animated short "Wolfsong"...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FJvh4va78s
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 18, 2017, 02:20:19 PM
Halloween mood: a gross but funny short, "An Alien Claymation"...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUA39MKf3Lw
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 19, 2017, 02:19:22 PM
Weird & retro sci-fi Halloween mood: Dasha Rush's "Dance with Edgar Poe"...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeZbdssL3MQ
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 20, 2017, 12:32:41 PM
Halloween mood: "Herschell Goes to Heaven"... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Aj6p4cd75Y
Title: Re: Inspirations: Movies, Music, Websites etc.
Post by: hans on October 21, 2017, 08:01:48 PM
Halloween mood: Birdeatsbaby with "What the Water Gave Me"...
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb-BUYcOWNQ