Explorer3

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  1. Opinions on DSC's supposed TV-MA rating?

    I'm mainly concerned about the violence. One thing I've noticed about some of the Marvel shows on Netflix is the strange bursts of graphic violence. Sometimes I wonder if they really need to be that excessive...I hope the new Trek isn't as extreme in that department.
  2. General DC Discussion

    I don't really like the idea of Whedon directing the Batgirl movie. He tends to insert a particular type of dialogue that can feel grating -- there's too much smug humour and wordplay, and as a result scenes can feel a bit artificial. I don't think he's bad at what he does (I remember liking some of his previous work) but I do wish they had gone for a different director. That being said, I don't know much about the actual character, so maybe the Whedon style will suit her.
  3. The Man of Steel - Next Superman Movie

    Superman seems like a character I should like, but I haven't found an interpretation that really gets to me. Man of Steel definitely had problems, but I did like a few moments: Clark trying to cope with his powers as a child, and hiding away, or the scene where an obnoxious man in a bar dumps beer all over him and throws a cup at his head, and Clark walks away. (Although the bit just after that, with the messed up car, ruins it a bit.) There's also him explaining the symbol on his chest to Louis, and that it stands for 'hope'. I'm a big fan of Captain America, and I've seen people comparing that character to how Superman should be depicted. (It sounds like they've actually done something like this with the new Wonder Woman.)
  4. Hard Time

    I think this might be one of the most depressing episodes in the entirety of Trek. Really heavy.
  5. General Marvel Discussion

    Thoughts on the upcoming films: Spider-Man: Homecoming: I'm always fond of Spider-Man, but the latest versions of the character haven't impressed me. Garfield's version was okay, from what I saw, and the latest guy seemed to work in Cap 3, but nothing clicks like it does when you watch Maguire in Spidey 2 from 2004. The fact that they've set it in high school is also depressing. I actually like seeing an awkward adult version dealing with his life -- seeing an awkward teenager doesn't feel as unusual. I'm also just not that interested in a high school setting. I don't think the new film will be bad, mind you, but I doubt that it will leave much of an impression on me. Thor: Ragnarok: I'm not particularly enthusiastic about it. It might be fun, but it doesn't look like it'll be anything special. We'll see, I guess. Black Panther: This one looks more interesting. The character came across well in Cap 3, and the director is Coogler, who did a good job with Creed. I just hope he'll be able to add a distinctive touch to it, now that he's working under Marvel. I'm definitely curious about this one. Captain Marvel: Really interested to see this too. I don't know much about the character at the moment, but the actress, Larson, seems to have done very well with the movie Room. (I never saw it, just going by what I've heard.) Avengers: Infinity War Part 1: To be honest, I'm a bit concerned about this one. Cap 3 needed less characters, in my opinion, and I don't see my opinion changing with this film. I worry that it will be far too chaotic. The odd looking cartoonish villain doesn't look interesting either, but I'll wait to see how they handle his character.
  6. Favorite Sci Fi Novels

    I would go with Dune and Ubik. The former is a classic with substance, and the latter is a typically creepy but interesting work by PKD. I haven't come across a good SF book in a while...I should do some research on the stuff that is supposed to be good at the moment. Apparently two decent modern works are Ancillary Justice and The Three-Body Problem.
  7. Muhammad Ali; 1942-2016

    Ali might be the most charismatic person I've ever seen. (The footage I've seen of him, that is.) Really charming. Obviously, he was important for far more than just boxing, but even in boxing alone he was probably the greatest heavyweight of all time. Boxing is ultimately quite a cruel and brutal sport, and yet you sometimes forget that when you watch him effortlessly dancing around the ring in his prime. I like that you mentioned When We Were Kings, Sehlat Vie. Great documentary.
  8. General DC Discussion

    Glad to hear about this being good. I doubt I'll see it in the cinema, but I'll happily watch it when it comes out on DVD or streaming.
  9. Before Star Trek, back to the start...

    I must have first seen Trek when I was quite young, but I didn't actually become a proper fan of it until I was an adult. When I was a kid I used to love the 1994 Spider-Man cartoon, and so I've always had a soft spot for that particular superhero. (On that note, I thought Maguire's Spider-Man 2 was pretty good when I saw it years later, in terms of live action stuff.) As I grew older I got into Star Wars, which I absolutely adored for a long time. I played Star Wars games and I read Star Wars books. At some point I started watching SF like the new Battlestar Galactica, Firefly and Babylon 5. For some reason, I didn't really get into Star Trek -- maybe, at the time, I thought it wasn't dark or cynical enough? Either way, I started watching more DS9 and TNG and finally understood what made it a great franchise. I even liked a few Voyager episodes... I think DS9 is what probably made me a serious fan. Such a great show.
  10. Favourite Film Scenes

    Sehlat Vie: Maybe I'll watch it one day...Roger Ebert wrote about it for his 'Great Movies' list, if I remember right. Hmm, I'm trying to think of more scenes for this thread. Maybe the one where Yoda lifts the X-Wing out of the swamp in ESB. The music and visuals combine to leave the viewer in awe.
  11. Favourite Film Scenes

    Oh, gotcha. Sehlat Vie: I would, but I'm a wimp when it comes to horror/creepy stuff in general, so the idea of watching a shark terrorise people sounds like it would be tough to watch...
  12. Favourite Film Scenes

    Eh, Jaws 3 is comparable to The Lord of the Rings and The Grandmaster? *Looks it up online and finds out that it's apparently awful* Aww, come on...even if people don't like the films I listed, I'd be surprised if they considered them to be that bad. (Or were you joking about Jaws 3 being comparable to the original movie?)
  13. Favourite Film Scenes

    I don't think I ever saw Jaws... As for my own choices -- there are probably a few scenes I could name from The Lord of the Rings movies. - Theoden's 'horse and the rider' speech during the battle of Helm's Deep. There is a real melancholic air to it, as you see the advancing enemies and kids being handed weapons. - After the group believe that Gandalf has died, there is a great moment where they're all mourning, and Aragorn looks around for Frodo. He sees Frodo walking away, and when he calls to him Frodo turns around and looks as if he's mentally crushed by everything. He doesn't say anything, you just see how he feels from his expression and the music. It works well in getting the emotion of the moment across. - Eowyn walks outside, despairing, and the flag nearby rips off in the wind and settles on the ground in the distance, just as members of the fellowship are entering Rohan. Gorgeous visuals and music here. There are probably more, but I'll list them at another point. I was also thinking of another film recently -- Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster. It's a flawed work, but I quite like certain elements of it. There is a fight scene between Ip Man and Gong Er that has an artistry about it that is reminiscent of stuff like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It's an interesting 'fight', because it mixes their competitive desire to win with a romantic attraction. Aside from that, I like the elegance of it all.
  14. Favourite Film Scenes

    Apologies if this has been done before -- if so, I can post on that topic instead. I thought about making this in the Hollywood section, but I assumed that would mean we would have to exclude a genre like Science Fiction, which would be a shame. What are your favourite film scenes in general, and why?
  15. Rocky Balboa: The Franchise

    I actually haven't seen all the movies in the series, but I particularly like Rocky Balboa. Stallone gives a great performance. I also watched Creed, which was a solid work with interesting visuals. No idea what is going on with a potential Creed 2...isn't Coogler still busy with Black Panther? If so, I hope that they wait until he's free before making the next movie, assuming that he's interested in directing and writing it again.