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  1. Just curious: have you seen FF7:AC?


    Uh, no. I haven't. Some might say that this indicates a clear and present flaw in my judgment of that movie's quality. And by "some" I mean "anyone with brains" and by "judgment" I mean "illogical and unfounded presumption". So, yeah, you got me there.


    As the de facto leader of animation, yeah it is. Under their stewardship, American animation has fallen into a terrible rut.


    I'd blame their competitors for that rather than Pixar themselves. Dreamworks and other studios took a look at the nature of the movies Pixar has been making and threw out cheap'n'quick imitations. They should have followed their example rather than just playing a game of monkey see and monkey do. You refer to Pixar's role in the marketplace as stewardship but I just see the sad fact that Hollywood approaches these things with the wrong mindset.


    Really, both our positions are a little unreasonable. You (and to be fair, others) think a creative and well-run studio should have more variety in their product rather than sticking to what they do best. I (and, scant evidence aside, others too hopefully) would like the entire dynamic of how movies are made to be changed. Both of us are wishing for things that are unlikely. Pixar is probably never going to decide that it has the job of presenting the entire plethora of styles and genres to the American public and their competition isn't about to spontaneously focus on a specialty rather than just tossing out more and cheaper versions of Pixar's style.

  2. Nathan has his own show (called Drive or some ****)


    And look at what a steady gig that turned out to be! FYI : that show was canceled after two nights on TV. The remaining episodes are being thrown on the air over the 4th of July.


    I, for one, remain uninterested in the prospect of even EU materials for the 'Verse. The comic series Joss Whedon co-wrote with Brett Mathews was a pretty uninspired (albeit well drawn and with a few cool moments) link between the series and the movie. Even if they did a Firefly : Season 2 ala the current Buffy comics I probably wouldn't be too enthused about getting it. Probably the only thing that would perk my interest would be something completely new from what's currently available rather than more of what we've received i.e a book, movie, live-action series, or comic. If there was a Firefly computer game or animated series (heck, a radio drama) that would really draw my attention and would be the sort of thing I'd be up for.


    And this is coming from someone who loved the series and the movie so much I say "BEE-jway neen hen BOO-TEE-TYEH duh NAN-shung!" whenever I re-watch 'em.

  3. Wow. I'm surprised to see that Final Fantasy drek getting any votes at all.


    As can be seen here I am quite biased in this matter. And while I was exaggerating slightly, well, The Incredibles is just an amazing movie on so many levels that I become honestly surprised when someone admits to disliking it. I have a similar level of devotion to Brad Bird's previous film "The Iron Giant" with a slightly greater tolerance for the possible idea that someone somewhere might somehow not enjoy it quite as much as I do.


    Related tangent--I never saw Polar Express, but the trailers looked freaky enough. That movie was 100% mocap, I think. And the characters looked utterly lifeless.


    Yep. That's a psychological phenomenon referred to as the 'uncanny valley'. Basically, detail equals cuteness so long as there's a sizable gap between the level of that detail and the actual reality of the object being presented. If you get too close but don't hit it on the dot the subtle wrongness of the image starts to creep you out like a mechanical creeping machine from Creeptown, Missouri. Ahem. If you want a better explanation minus the vagueness and the crazy then this should be more than enough.


    As for why I don't particularly like Pixar's stuff (save the Incredibles), it's because they constantly reinforce the thought in America that animation is a strictly for kids thing. Sure, they make it enjoyable 'enough' for adults, but what have they put out that you can honestly say is not at it's heart a kids' movie? I want the American attitude toward animation to move more towards how it is in Japan. Could you imagine CG movies w/ the plot & action of stuff like Princess Mononoke, Ninja Scroll, or Grave of the Fireflys? It would destroy any present Pixar crap. I would love to see a Miyazaki movie in CG, but who would finance such a high priced risk?


    Isn't that a little bit like disliking a pizza store because people are choosing to eat there rather than frequenting sushi restaurants or even opening up their own? Is it really Pixar's job to expand the genre expectations of the American public any more than they already have? And I think that it's the one studio that HAS struck down the notion that animation isn't strictly a kids thing and opened up the public to the idea that these movies can be enjoyable to everyone attending them.


    To sum up : me like Pixar much. Greatly looking forward to Wall*e.


    (Err, I actually haven't seen their last two films. Mostly because they looked thoroughly mediocre from their trailers and I didn't want to be disappointed if they turned out to be even less than awesome. So I have to admit that I don't really know what I'm talking about here.)

  4. Meh. That was a pretty mediocre episode 'till the reveal at the end. Maybe I only feel that way since the past few episodes have been pretty high quality and I was expecting better.


    Russel T. Davies is rather fond of his little word games, isn't he?


    Sam Tyler as The Master is a really inspired piece of casting. Back when I first saw the preview shot of him with an airmask stuck to his face and knocking out the opening beats of the show's theme song with his signet ring, well, that was great.
  5. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


    Well done this week. A number of nice touches kept it from being just so-so and pushed it up to a higher level. That bit at the end was a little much for my taste but it would have completely petrified any nearby eight year old kid.


    Was the policeman's comments about the TARDIS's dissimilarities from a real police box a complete cut-n-paste from real fandom discussion or was it the result of the show's producers themselves knowing such an obscure fact? Eh. I should just watch the Doctor Who Confidential program to satisfy my urge for behind the scenes info.

  6. Good point, UK. I think that was actually the reason given why Paul McGann wasn't shown regenerating into Ecclestone, despite the fact that McGann eagerly offered to Russel T. Davies his own cameo experience. They didn't want to confuse the kiddies.


    I think most grown fans (myself included) over-estimate the degree to which the show should be taken seriously. It's really aimed precisely at a bright albeit sleepy eight year old boy, not the thirty year old Jon Pertwee fan. To put it another way, I think one's enjoyment of Doctor Who is directly correlated to how often you find yourself hiding behind the sofa when the monsters of the week show up on screen.

  7. Then again, didn't the Eccleston-Doctor not know who he regen'ed into? (I seem to recall him looking into the mirror at Rose's flat.)


    Yep. Tweaked his ears, cleaned his teeth and said "Oh well, could have been worse". Oddly enough, the pilot also showed evidence that this version of the Doctor had already had substantial adventures within the recent span of Earth's history, while alone and companion-less. Which seems kind of contradictory to me.


    Oh, and an aside, does the Martha-loves-the-Doctor seem kinda rushed to anyone else? I mean, I'd expect it to happen but it feels a little early in the game.


    I suspect it'll be something of an unrequited crush rather than the full-blown Ross 'n' Rachel fest that was Billie Piper's character. The Doctor won't love her back. But, yeah, too soon.

  8. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


    This two-parter is the best it's been for a while. John Smith desperately pleading for his life ("I'm not a story") was a highlight. Especially liked the little sequence where the headmaster went out to parlay with the Family of Blood ("Do you think they'll thank the man who taught them war was glorious?") and the farewell between the Doctor and the nurse.


    In regards to my theory, which was based on footage that was some sort of psychic projection or dream sequence, I still think there's some inkling that the show will eventually show Susan's origins. Didn't the Doctor say a few episodes back something along the lines of "I was a dad once"?

  9. There's a certain irony to hardcore Doctor Who fans getting upset over the inclusion of the Paul McGann '96 movie into continuity when the episode in which it happens contains the very elements they were so pissed about in the first place.


    It was a little weird to see the girl from 'Spaced' making out with Doctor Who.


    Do you folks count stuff from the episode previews that run in the credits as spoilers? Just in case...

    The teaser for the second half of this two-parter showed Doctor Who getting married and later holding a newborn baby. Assuming that 's actually what happens, does this mean that the show is advancing an explanation for one of the 1st Doctor's earliest companions, a little girl who called him "Grandfather"? That'd be cool. Plus, it would give the fans who go crazy over the mere notion of the Doctor having any sexual proclivities an apoplexy to have all this thrown at them in the space of two episodes.


    Oh. And I particularly liked the Doctor's elaborate taped instructions to Martha. "I'll be human, so make sure I don't hurt anyone. You know what humans are like."

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