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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Windows 10 ISO available
« on: July 30, 2015, 03:02 PM »
I have two relatively new machines each running Windows 8.  I hate it so I'll probably look to do the upgrade soon... I'll be curious to see how long it takes all of you to get it up and running.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 15, 2015, 01:48 PM »
Well after 7 snoozer episodes in my opinion the last 3 were outstanding.

The Red Woman showing up just before he's killed is the only thing leaving the door open to me... we certainly all know by now that this series isn't afraid of killing off major characters, I'd assumed Snow would be different, but at this point who the hell knows, especially with the show having out run the books.

I'm with you guys on Jon.  I can't believe he's Dead dead.  It seems very suspect that Melisendre just left Stannis's side because of the mutiny and getting shrugged off.  She needed to be back at the Castle Black for a reason (since she was still there in the books).  I'd be surprised if Jon doesn't get the Red God treatment... 

I also never thought for a moment that Sansa and Theon were dead.  If they wanted to commit suicide there were fair easier ways to do it... they were trying to get away. 

I didn't think about the Stannis angle...   Maybe he could still be alive. 

I assumed that Myrcella bought it... no reason to believe the poison wouldn't have killed her.

I also never considered that Dany may join with a new Khalasar.    Interesting to consider that though. 

Not mentioned yet... I loved Cersei's walk of absolution.   I heard that the showrunners got a lot of grief filming that scene from the local governments.

Moment of Silence for Count Dooku and Saruman.   He lived a full and amazing life and has hundreds of acting credits but he'll always be these two characters for me. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 1, 2015, 04:18 PM »
The Wights (aka Army of the Dead) seem very much like they're mindless and under the control of the While Walkers.  But I get the sense that the White Walkers are very much aware and in control of what they're doing.

I agree... I didn't pick that up that distinction until last night's episode.  Makes the White Walkers even more intriguing to me now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 1, 2015, 01:51 PM »
So was that giant Wun Wun?  You had to love the line he said to Dolorous Ed!  And those were definitely some of the fastest zombies I've seen since Zach Snyder's Dawn of the Dead.  Is it me, or does the Night's King look like an icy Darth Maul?

I think it is Wun Wun...  I thought I heard Tourmand call him that as they were running out at the end.

Until this episode, I never thought about the White Walkers having a "consciousness" and just sort of thought of them as zombie-like killing machines.   And yea... definitely had a Darth Maul vibe.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: June 1, 2015, 12:29 PM »
Best episode of the season by a mile.  I enjoyed the scenes with all the major players, especially Tyrion/Dany/Jorah , Sansa/Theon, Cersei, and the whole Hardhome Scene at the end.    Really great stuff this week.  Sort of like books 4 and 5... plodding along all season until we get all the juicy bits at the end.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Movie Thread
« on: May 27, 2015, 05:06 PM »
As for me, well, I didn't hate it, but didn't love it either.  It was a good movie for a rainy Sunday, but probably not the kind of movie I'll watch again on DVD or cable or whatever.

(not quite the ringing endorsement you were probably hoping for, Brian :()

I saw it too and felt very similarly.  Liked it, didn't love it.  It was refreshing to get a movie with an original storyline (as opposed to an adapted story) but it certainly didn't blow me away.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 24, 2015, 11:08 PM »
Loved that Cold Play Bit... There is an extended version of Peter Dinklages's song that they previewed before the red nose event.

I enjoyed tonight's episode... It's sort of refreshing to have so many divergent stories from the book now. Keeps me guessing as opposed to trying to remember if that's what happened.  Big fan of the Sand Snakes now  ;)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 11, 2015, 02:03 PM »
Overall, I think this season has been a real snoozer... sort of like the majority of books 4 and 5 so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.   I still think there is too much dilution of the multiple characters and their storylines; however, at least the last couple of episodes have been a bit more streamlined in the character stories. 

I do constantly find myself checking with the internet sources for departures from the book (so that I don't think I'm going crazy and mis-remembering!)

At this point with the departures from the books, I'm almost looking forward to next season when all the stories will be fresh and I can just sit back and watch without comparing to the source material!

Finally finished Dance with Dragons tonight. I think I have as many questions as answers!  Glad to finally be "caught up".  I went back to read the last few pages of this thread too.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: May 5, 2015, 11:55 AM »

Good, certainly not great.  Far behind some of the other Marvel movies but I still enjoyed it.

Far behind which other Marvel movies?  GOTG, IM, and Winter Soldier are probably my top 3, but this and the first Avengers round out my top 5.  Curious to know which ones you'd put so far ahead of this one?

You missed the emphasis on "some".  I don't think our opinion is much different.  I put Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and Iron Man 1 in my top 3.  After that the list really starts to jumble together.  There are parts of each MCU movie that I absolutely loved but collectively they don't stand out.  I didn't like the Winter Soldier nearly as much as most (and I can't really put my finger on why) but that's not the same thing as me saying that I didn't like it - because I did and I've watched it at least 3 times already.    So when I say far behind, all I'm really saying is that  Ultron doesn't crack my top 3.   

Sometimes I find that movies grow on me even more after second viewings... one of my favorite parts of all the MCU movies (and agents for Shield for that matter) is the "witty" dialogue and humor.  Unfortunately with the exception of two scenes (IM/Hulk and Thor/Vision) I felt like I'd already seen all the "funny" stuff in the trailers.  I suspect upon a second viewing, I won't have those same faults and will probably like it more.   

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 5, 2015, 11:48 AM »
Yeah, there's a lot of nothing happening through a big chunk of those books.  Think all those "walking across mountains" scenes from Lord of the Rings.  Except each mile with 40 pages of details about the scenery.

I've got 3 chapters and an epilogue to finish up in Dance with Dragons... I will say from fresh experience... books 4 and 5 are a grind to make it through.  I think I've been reading those two for almost 18 months.  This season starting back up on HBO finally motivated me to finish the last of the published work.

I will say, reading books concurrent to watching the series is very confusing!!  I can't keep the individual story lines straight, especially when the show starts to veer significantly from the books!   I'm looking forward to putting the printed books down and just watching the show after tonight!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: May 1, 2015, 01:52 PM »
Saw it last night as well, thought is was really well done. A bit plodding at times, but needed to break up the virtually non-stop action.

I guess I sort felt like the story was disjointed from the beginning to the end.  Parts felt super-rushed and parts felt like they were dragged out way to much. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: April 30, 2015, 11:31 PM »
Good, certainly not great.  Far behind some of the other Marvel movies but I still enjoyed it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Avengers (and sequels)
« on: April 30, 2015, 04:01 PM »
Headed to the local cinema now for an Avengers Double Feature.  The wait is finally (almost) over.

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