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46  General Discussion / Movies/TV Discussion / Re: Latest Movie You've Seen on: March 15, 2014, 02:20:27 pm
you ... you do know that the Great Escape is based on an actual account, right?

Yes, I know, it says right at the beginning of the movie. That doesn't change the fact that the last 50 minutes were pointless and dragged on, and could have been edited.
I'm not saying to omit what happened from the story entirely, because, as you said, it's based on actual events, and it would be stupid to cut it out, you can make it accurate to the actual events without making it boring for the viewers. Like I said, they could have showed the guys all escaping, and then cut forward back to the camp with all the remaining escapees back again, it would tell us visually that they were not successful in their escape, the remaining characters could be discussing all of what happened, and it would also tell us some characters didn't make it back as well, it would be much more concise than an hour of them running from the Nazis. The first two hours of the movie, as they plan and initiate the escape plans were much more exciting and interesting than watching them run from the Nazis.
It would be like that example of visual story telling I had mentioned, the two guys who tried to dig under the fence and got caught, the scene was basically them stating they were going to do it that night, and then cutting to them being taken to the cooler, it was quick and concise, and it tells us that they weren't successful in their attempt to escape, versus showing them trying to dig their way through for 30 minutes and then being caught by the Nazis.

Speaking of stuff that needs to be edited, saw The Deer Hunter last night. Very good movie, and about the same length as The Great Escape, except this time the first hour drags on. The movie is divided into three acts, the first act is to show what the characters are like, the second act is to show their experience during the Vietnam war, and the final act is to show how the war changed them.
The problem is, the first 80 minutes or so could have been cut down to 30 or so minutes. A good 40-50 minutes of the first act is watching them all act like drunk buffoons at a wedding for one of the other characters, like the entire wedding procession. Like The Great Escape, it's pointless and doesn't really add anything, it just drags on forever, and could have been quickly summed up. We already have a good sense of what the characters are like, now they're just padding it out, and it's not holding my attention. If they cut it down to 30 or 40 minutes, they could still fit in everything without having it drag on, we could still see what the characters are like, their time at the wedding, and their time hunting one last time before shipping out to war, except it would be better paced, and more concise.
Like I said, it's still a fantastic movie, but it could use some editing.

EDIT:

Speaking of war movies, just saw Apocalypse Now Redux. It was pretty fantastic... Unfortunately one of the scenes added by the Redux version, once again, dragged on a bit, the dinner scene with some french guys, and it dragged towards the end in the final act. But holy shit was it still an amazing movie. And dat soundtrack.
47  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: March 14, 2014, 11:56:32 am
what.
48  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: March 13, 2014, 09:40:24 pm
PP: Redditors.
"I like thing!"
"I respect your opinion, but I don't like thing, and here's my rational explanation as to why!"
"YOU DON'T LIKE THING? YOU'RE SO FUCKING STUPID"
"LE DOWNVOTES"

Jesus, this is why I prefer 4Chan.
49  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: March 13, 2014, 01:12:27 am
More Dark Souls 2. I think I've defeated 7 or 8 bosses now, just kinda exploring and figuring out where to go next. Just got to Grave of Saints. DaS2 is a lot harder this time around, I've been having to summon for help a lot more than I did in the first game.
50  General Discussion / Movies/TV Discussion / Re: Latest Movie You've Seen on: March 12, 2014, 05:36:08 pm
Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It wasn't very good. Good idea behind it, the origins of the Planet of the Apes, but just poorly executed, there's so much illogical bullshit in it that just ruins it.

Also saw The Great Escape, and it was a fantastic movie for the first 2 hours, the last hour (Well, more like 40-50 minutes) was totally unnecessary, and it just really fucking dragged on, it's basically an hour of watching the various characters as they evade the nazis, but it doesn't really offer much in the way of plot progression, it doesn't add much of anything, and then at the very end the movie returns to the POW camp where they basically explain all of what happened anyways. Earlier on in the movie there was a brilliant bit of visual storytelling where two of the characters claim they've found a blind spot in the Nazi security, and that they were going to dig under the fence to get out, the scene immediately after shows them being lead to the "Cooler", a sort of solitary confinement in the POW camp, covered in mud. What they should have done for the end of the movie is what they did for the aforementioned bit of visual storytelling, have them escape, and then cut to the camp after all has been said and done, with the remaining characters discussing what had transpired.
51  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: March 11, 2014, 08:52:36 pm
Dark Souls 2. Fuuuuuck me this is hard.
52  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: March 11, 2014, 01:14:56 am
EDF 2025. I love it, but fuck me, it seems impossible to get good weapons for the Air Raider class, and a good assault rifle seems hard to find with the Ranger class too.
53  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: March 09, 2014, 02:34:51 pm
It's okay, I bought a PS4 when I probably shouldn't have. Granted, I didn't know I was going to be fired shortly after.

But muh MGS5.
54  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: March 08, 2014, 10:07:11 pm
PP: Our fucking internet. We pay $95 a month for 1.25 mbps. I can barely do anything, watching a youtube video in 480p is a fucking struggle, and I'm amazed I can play online games as well as I can. I'm pretty sure our internet in the 90's when we got our first computer had the same download speed.
55  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: PP: Not having a Pet Peeves thread. on: March 01, 2014, 12:03:06 pm
Thought you had a boyfriend for some reason. Hm. Anyways, sorry to hear that, Hail, breakups suck. *Awkward forum hug*
56  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: March 01, 2014, 01:52:00 am
Speaking of Thief, decided to give the original a second shot, downloaded the fix that improves it for modern computers, and now that I've gotten a hang of the overcomplicated movement controls (freedom of movement is where controllers really fuckin' shine, fo rizzle) I'm having a great time with it.

EDIT: Speaking of Stealth games, just beat Gunpoint. It was neat.
57  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: February 26, 2014, 07:00:36 pm
This is why you don't Pre Order on Steam. I mean, even fucking EA lets you refund games on Origin.
58  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: February 25, 2014, 01:04:29 am
I'll drink a radioactive bleach and ammonia cocktail before I give EA money for one of their bullshit "access codes" they make you buy to play online with a used game.
You do realize EA stopped online passes last year, right? And EA isn't the only company to have had them either, there have been plenty others to have online passes. Also, Battlefield 4 is fantastic. The whole "Lol EA sux" circlejerk is getting kinda tiresome. The only reason people are flipping shit over the whole Dungeon Keeper thing is because EA made it.

Anyways, EDF 2025. Level 31 is a fucking bitch. TWO giant ant queens.
59  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: February 21, 2014, 01:15:08 am
Borderlands 2.

Almost finished with the game and holy balls, the difficulty seems to jump outa nowhere.


I can't find anything to subset this fact and fuck Lynchwood and its respawning dicks.
Borderlands 2 is incredibly unbalanced for single player, unfortunately.
60  General Discussion / Game Discussion / Re: What are you playing? Episode 2: Sequel Reloaded! on: February 19, 2014, 03:47:10 am
So thinking of using my money from my Income Tax to buy a new pc.

Wondering how I should do this, want to buy a cheap but effective computer.
This is a build I had planned. About $550-$600, and should work well enough to run a lot of newer games, maybe not at full power mind you, but it should work quite well.
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