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WooleyBy the way, I saw Get Out and I thought it was hella good.
I'm prepared to discuss if necessary.

Good, because, while I found most of the 3rd act in Get Out to be rather inventive, engaging, and entertaining, a lot of what came before that didn't do a whole lot for me...
*shifty eyes*

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Jun 27, 2017 9:55 PM
MKSWhile I think Black Christmas is a film of comparable quality, I don't think it can be the defining slasher because Billy is too abstract. A voice and hands. Much like Friday the 13th, the film was too steeped in giallo tradition to truly break away and forge something new.

Halloween is that film because Michael "the Shape" Myers is such an imposing and specific force, even if his implications are more universal. He may be intended to be an anonymous evil but he comes in such a memorable shape that he crafted the archetype that all other slashers would follow suit. It can't be a slasher film without the genre titular slasher.

The only film that predates it that's worth making an argument is Texas Chainsaw Massacre but one could argue that the film has more in common with the backwoods horror/thrillers that range from Deliverance to 2000 Maniacs than what became of the genre. I would still add all these films (BC, F13, TCM) under the slasher banner but I don't consider them the paradigm shifters that Halloween represents.

The only other one I'd consider slasher back then would be Psycho, but you could argue it either way.

And Woolley Get Out is indeed awesome. Can't wait to see it again. May even spring for the Blu which I never do.
Jun 26, 2017 6:23 PM
MaxRennGreat finale and great season. I wish Ehrlich had a more ceremonious exit and that Keenan would have made one more appearance, but I can live with it. I laughed hartest at the "Old Tron/New Tron" poll in Bighead's classroom and the reappearance of the "suck it" GIF on all the smart fridges.

I think they wanted to leave it open in case Miller returns to the show.
Jun 26, 2017 6:22 PM
Janson JinnistanSince no one wanted to start a Veep thread this year (I hate starting TV threads, btw), I'll use this one to point out how much I miss Sue this year. Jewish Jonah Ryan is fine and all, but he needs the shaming from Sue's vulpine shade.

Crazy good season of Veep this year. Can't wait for the new season.

Finale of Silicon Valley was also solid. I'm glad there was less Monica. She's kinda boring.
Jun 26, 2017 5:20 AM
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Purge: Election Year tanked the promising trend that Anarchy implied was coming. It had too many moments that utterly tanked the style they were going for, like the opening scene that starts well with an ironic use of Parliament only to have that undone by the Killer's "couldn't get a gig in a high school play" level acting. The whole franchise should have been given to either Carpenter or Neveldine and Taylor.

That scene lasted like 30 seconds and he's never seen in the movie again.

I was using that as an example because the film undercuts every success that way: bad acting and bad dialogue from villains who talk too much. The hot, masked EDM girls dancing with the Christmas lit car is a neat image, then they start talking and its always trite. I think the flaws of this one mirror the franchise the whole: provocative set up with SyFy channel execution of details.

Yeah that sounds about right. To be fair though that EDM girl just wanted her candy bar.

Man... I couldn't believe the writer/director thought that was a good hook. Something like Trick R Treat can get away with stuff like that due to the tone and Tales from the Crypt style irony/punchline, but having her screaming about wanting her candy was such an oofer.

Which reminds me, I think The Purge would work better as an anthology, just a bunch of shorts set on the same Purge night.

And Popcorn, nice review of Halloween, one of my favorite horrors. You gonna watch any of the sequels?
Jun 26, 2017 2:07 AM
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Purge: Election Year tanked the promising trend that Anarchy implied was coming. It had too many moments that utterly tanked the style they were going for, like the opening scene that starts well with an ironic use of Parliament only to have that undone by the Killer's "couldn't get a gig in a high school play" level acting. The whole franchise should have been given to either Carpenter or Neveldine and Taylor.

That scene lasted like 30 seconds and he's never seen in the movie again.

I was using that as an example because the film undercuts every success that way: bad acting and bad dialogue from villains who talk too much. The hot, masked EDM girls dancing with the Christmas lit car is a neat image, then they start talking and its always trite. I think the flaws of this one mirror the franchise the whole: provocative set up with SyFy channel execution of details.

Yeah that sounds about right. To be fair though that EDM girl just wanted her candy bar.
Jun 25, 2017 8:54 PM
*Blurry closeup of the couple holding hands.*

"What's that?"
"Um a symbol of their love?"
"Well it's not framed very well."
Jun 25, 2017 5:30 PM
MKS
Purge: Election Year tanked the promising trend that Anarchy implied was coming. It had too many moments that utterly tanked the style they were going for, like the opening scene that starts well with an ironic use of Parliament only to have that undone by the Killer's "couldn't get a gig in a high school play" level acting. The whole franchise should have been given to either Carpenter or Neveldine and Taylor.

That scene lasted like 30 seconds and he's never seen in the movie again.
Jun 25, 2017 5:29 PM
I just watched The Purge: Election Year, which might be the least sucky movie in this franchise. There's character development, stakes, and little nuggets to expand the lore. There's also plenty of stupid moments and a third act right out of a bad action movie.
Jun 25, 2017 5:36 AM
I watched Reasonable Doubt on Netflix starring Sam Jackson which was mostly fine. The movie introduces some interesting moral and ethical quandaries for the main character that are cast aside in favor of a more cookie cutter cat and mouse thriller. So, eh.
Jun 24, 2017 6:06 PM
Yeah Viral wasn't too bad. It stays more intimate when it could've gone the usual hoarder route.
Jun 24, 2017 6:06 AM
David Chromiak
DeschainMega Man 2 is the correct answer. The original Castlevania is good but suffers from stiff, frustrating controls. The first Mega Man is rough around the edges. 2 is that sweet spot of tough but fair gameplay and great controls.

Well, I stated already that I have Mega Man 2. Opinions on Castlevania 3?

Don't think I played CV3. ROMs are a good time though, especially if you can hook a controller up to your computer.
Jun 22, 2017 7:27 PM
Sorcerer Supreme NamelessNow that is a loaded question

I'm one of those Mega Man 3 > 2 people and Castlevania 3 is one of my favorite games. Castlevania 1 > Mega Man 1 but Mega Man 2 takes that battle. Castlevania: Simon's Quest is a meme. I would take Castlevania IV and Rondo of Blood over most Mega Man games but Mega Man X is probably the preferred series, the SNES Mega Man which competes for me is Rockman and Bass. Symphony of the Night, Circle of the Moon, Harmony of Dissonance, Aria of Sorrow, and Dawn of Souls are all in my high list, I prefer the Vania side of Metroidvania but it's close, Metroid Fusion is the competitor there for me.?

I'm extremely excited about the Netflix Castlevania series by Warren Ellis. Warren Ellis is good shit and the trailer was gorgeous stuff, Castlevania has fun lore

I'll second Symphony of the Nigt and Mega Man X. Both excellent.
Jun 22, 2017 3:38 PM
WHO'S IN CHARGE OF BARTER TOWN? BLASTER MASTERRRRRR.

Mega Man 2 is the correct answer. The original Castlevania is good but suffers from stiff, frustrating controls. The first Mega Man is rough around the edges. 2 is that sweet spot of tough but fair gameplay and great controls.
Jun 22, 2017 5:27 AM
The deaf fella!
Jun 22, 2017 3:12 AM
Popcorn Reviews
DeschainEdit and untagged Spoilers:

Out of all the people "nominated" to go with the aliens the only one who was invited to be there was Dreyfuss's character, as depicted by the constant images in his head of Devil's Tower. The lady with the kid was invited too but she got her kid back so she certainly wasn't going with them.

Sorry. Must have missed this part of your comment. That doesn't answer all of my questions though. Here's everything that I'm confused about: What was the point of Dreyfuss's character going with the aliens in the first place? What are they going to do in space? Also, it appeared that numerous other people wanted to go with them as well. This only made it more confusing though. When did the government decide to choose someone to go with the aliens? I'd understand if people were nominated in the past, but they weren't. By the looks of it, everybody who got off the ship were abducted.

Not your fault you missed it. I edited it as you were replying. Dreyfuss saw a once in a lifetime opportunity to go with the aliens and see whatever they wanted to show him. The movie doesn't tell you specifically why he wants to go or what the aliens want with him but my guess is they want to show him their world or other mysteries of the universe. You don't see the government pick people but there are a group of folks lined up ready to go with the aliens if they're chosen. I'm guessing they're elite scientists and best brightest the government has to offer.

And yes the aliens abducted people against their will which doesn't gel too well with their invites. And Dreyfuss totally abandoned his fucking family go hang out with aliens. His kids are going to grow up without a dad now.
Jun 21, 2017 10:18 PM
Popcorn Reviews
DeschainI like Close Encounters but I think it's a case of being better on a technical level more than a story or character level.

Yeah, that about sums up my feelings on it. I loved the visuals and sound design, but I didn't care that much for it in terms of its story. Spielberg's done better in my opinion.

I edited my last post to respond to your spoilers too. : )
Jun 21, 2017 9:54 PM
I like Close Encounters but I think it's a case of being better on a technical level more than a story or character level.

Edit and untagged Spoilers:

Out of all the people "nominated" to go with the aliens the only one who was invited to be there was Dreyfuss's character, as depicted by the constant images in his head of Devil's Tower. The lady with the kid was invited too but she got her kid back so she certainly wasn't going with them.
Jun 21, 2017 9:50 PM
I been digging this season a lot. The past couple seasons felt like they sacrificed the lols for storytelling but brought the funny back full force here. I still want more of Bighead though. They kinda dropped him altogether.
Jun 20, 2017 3:57 PM