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ID: b216c  No.184[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

Startin’ this thread with the trailer for Marvel’s first Netflix-exclusive series, Daredevil:

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ID: f079e  No.590

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I'm honestly getting tired of the whole Infinity Gem thing. I mean, I get that it's the metaplot tying the movies together, but it's turning from an overarcing thing into pic related.

Weird Nazi tech? Powered by an Infinity Gem. Arc Reactor? Created after studying said Infinity Gem. Sentient AI? Infinity Gem.

At this point the only characters that can't trace their powers back to an Infinity Gem at some point are Thor, Cap, Hulk, and the unpowereds. (Assuming that Falcon's flightsuit is based on Stark tech, though they've never specified that so maybe him.) And frankly I wouldn't be shocked at this point that Asgardian magitech is powered by an Infinity Gem (Thor's bit in Avengers seems to imply this anyway) and that the creator of the super soldier formula got the idea from one somehow, which would link both Cap and the Hulk.

Eh. I'm probably making a bigger deal of it than it is. I'm just kind of annoyed at the extent everything seems to be revolving around these plot coupons.

ID: 89126  No.591


Was the Arc Reactor based on research from the Tesserract? It's my understanding it was mentioned in the first Iron Man movie as being created to keep "the hippies happy" by Obidiah (Starks partner). Made me think he and Tony made it after Howard Stark died, before Tony found out his dad was with Shield and before the Tesseract became known.

ID: f33d0  No.592


AFAIK the movies say nothing about the arc reactor being based off inf. gems

…they're based of 86's RL research into cold fusion - just using a different name.

>fun science fact

Paladium electrolysis processes using sea-water has a funny tendensy create more heat-energy than you put electric-energy into 'em. Basically: Cold fusion with nothing more energetic than boiling water.

The trick is finding a way to stabilize the process.

SO quite honestly: Of all the Marvel superhero-tech, the arc reactor is actually the closest thing to science fact out there

ID: fbbfd  No.593



>This New Element is an element researched and theorized by Howard Stark, and later synthesized by Tony Stark as a replacement for the palladium core in his Arc Reactor, which had been poisoning him. The element generates power similar to that of the Tesseract, which Howard Stark found and studied in the years following World War II.

ID: 67915  No.595

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Curse you and your wiki-facts woman.

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ID: 1fb0e  No.35[Reply]

So I think we missed most of if not all of last season of Game of Thrones, didn't we?
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ID: bed87  No.577

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>People that still support Stannis
>People that think R'hllor is awesome

ID: 399e7  No.578

Yeah in a GoT thread I post on at a hockey board had one guy saying "Don't any of you feeling even the slightest bit sorry for Stannis?" Thankfully the overwhelming response was "Nope."

Some Stannis fans are holding out hope that he didn't die though because we didn't get to see his mangled corpse.

ID: bed87  No.579

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Apparently the official episode summary confirms that Brienne cacked his ass.

Oh, also

>People who defend Cersei

ID: 399e7  No.580

Yeah, I think the way they used Brienne's sword swing as a cut to Ramsay killing a soldier was supposed to make it clear but the internet dreams anyway.

Cersei gets what she deserves. However, expect some Cersei revenge next season.

ID: 7296e  No.581

FINALLY I can stop sitting on spoilers from the book.
It's all uncharted territory from now on (apart from a couple of plot lines they dropped this season).

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ID: bc9e9  No.567[Reply]

Virgil "Dusty Rhodes" Runnels, October 12, 1945 – June 11, 2015

And now to sadden the smarks.

Dusty wasn't great on the stick, but he was at least memorable. Not a great worker in the ring, but he put on a grand show when he could. And by all accounts he was a solid booker and manager.

ID: 8b71d  No.570

Pretty good run for a wrestler.

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ID: fba62  No.562[Reply]

Sir Christopher Lee Frank Carandini Lee CBE CStJ, (27 May 1922 – 11 June 2015)

What can I say? From Dracula to Saruman, he'd done it all, and you owe it to yourself to watch Hammer's Dracula and perhaps The Man With The Golden Gun.

A full, inspiring career filled to the hilt. Godspeed.

ID: 6e469  No.564

Oh man. This hurts. He's had such a full diverse and interesting life you can barely believe it.

ID: 4438d  No.565

But… he can't die.

Sheer cool-old-guyness was supposed to be keeping him alive.

ID: 6e469  No.566

he'll have to live forever in our hearts, I guess.

Man…being remembered is the lamest kind of immortality.

ID: fba62  No.568


It's the only one we've got right now. I'd rather be dead an' remembered than alive an' forgotten.

I'd forgotten until earlier this morning that Lee was part of the inspiration for James Bond–he was on the Ungentlemanly Deeds team with Ian Fleming back in the 40s.

ID: 895dc  No.569

It was going to happen.. But man, what a life that guy had. I don't think you could have a fuller one.

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ID: d3427  No.531[Reply]

With some BRIAN BLESSED to start us off.


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ID: 4dbec  No.539

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ID: 7d427  No.452[Reply]


Those of you who were hyped for a nostalgia blast or lots of glam or something goofy and 80s, get your disappointments ready. The film is just another stock-standard "nobody girl with no self-confidence suddenly gets big and has to face her fears" film with some pink hair, silly names, and all modern music and modern fashions.

And no Misfits.
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ID: 9b6df  No.465


Much better.

ID: 25729  No.466

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>All that shavehead

ID: 32458  No.503



>It is a hundred per cent true to the spirit of Jem, like 100%, and I think that people will be very pleasantly surprised. So in that way it's good - maybe lowering expectations is good. But I think people will be pleasantly surprised for sure.


>“I think you have to see the movie to understand,” she told us. “You can’t put it all in the same movie, and I feel like it really does set it up in a cool way. I think a lot of the things that people think are missing are in there. You just have to see it to understand. You can’t put the whole movie in the trailer.”

ID: 25729  No.504

>You have to see the movie to know the movie isn't bad. Pls pay us for a ticket before you criticize.

ID: e4c0f  No.509

Fire the marketing team and scrap together a better trailer then.

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ID: 4a556  No.126[Reply]

This series has some great production values for something that boils down to schoolyard debate nerdery.

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ID: 2fa5d  No.131


Saba actually could do the laser thing, if I recall correctly. They probably wanted to give him a ranged attack.

ID: 4a556  No.306

After a long delay, the alternate ending!


ID: bf2c2  No.334

Did someone say ‘Super Power Beat Down’?

Because here’s an official one, straight from DC’s CW-verse!


ID: 09ba2  No.335

>Because here’s an official one, straight from DC’s CW-verse!

Instantly lost interest.

ID: d8f65  No.451

Jason David Frank returns for another Super Power Beat Down episode! This time, Tommy—as the Green Ranger—takes on another martial arts master: Street Fighter’s Ryu!


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ID: 7dfbd  No.340[Reply]

The next Star Wars movie helmed by Abrams has a new teaser trailer. Didn't see a thread on it, so figured I'd share and see what you guys think.

First teaser:

Second teaser:

Cautiously hyped. Supposedly the "Chrome Stormtrooper" is being played by Gwendoline Christie(Brienne of Tarth), but I got no verification of it.
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ID: 2618b  No.365

I'm intrigued by the Stormtrooper. Every scene he appears in the teaser, he's got this "This is some heavy shit, man, I gotta get outta here" expression. Rebel Infiltrator? Imperial Defector? I really want to know what his story is.

Also, BB8 being a practical effect and not purely CGI is pretty neat.

ID: 7dfbd  No.369

He's one of the main characters in the group and he starts the film in a dangerous situation, but they didn't elaborate on it.

The factions are Resistance and First Order. Perhaps he's there when the First Order takes over the imperial remnant he may be a part of?

ID: 7dfbd  No.423

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Gwendoline Christie verified to be playing Captain Phasma.

ID: 7dfbd  No.425

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The dark Jedi unmasked it appears.

ID: 7dfbd  No.426

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Poe Dameron posing with his X-Wing.

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ID: e0f77  No.296[Reply]

Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett
28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015

ID: 91737  No.297

…This sucks.

ID: 3eece  No.298

Pretty sure from now on at least every other year will be a "Year of Death".

Too many beloved figures getting too old.

ID: 72804  No.299

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For our generation, anyways; the Baby Boomers are now between 60 and 70, and the time has come for them to succumb to age, sickness, or just inevitable human frailty. And with every year that passes, the chances of someone we hold dear to ourselves as a person, an individual we keep held on a pedestal in our memory, is going to go away.

I'm approaching 40 a lot faster than I'd like, and it's getting difficult to deal with the very fact that those who helped define me as a person are footnotes now, and in a few years' time the current generation won't be able to relate. Gone too long.

Sorry for babbling, I'm having a very bad time of it lately.

ID: 769a7  No.300

Sad news indeed.
He had an insightful wit and a way with words that made his books a joy to read.

ID: ea29d  No.301

Wait, so the guy who was the topic of another thread in this very part of the board just DIED?!

Come the fuck on karma, cut us some slack!

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ID: 6624b  No.273[Reply]

Removed from Vimeo due to a copyright claim from Saban, and currently behind an age verification wall on YouTube. The embed over here still works, though:

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ID: 283c6  No.277


>I can't think of any other kid's-show-turned-movie that got anywhere even within spitting distance as dark, violent, sexual, cynical, and bitter as this was.

And assuming this was meant as a parody of such things, that was the whole point.

A parody must first work as an example of what it intends to parody. Blazing Saddles wouldn’t have been an amazing parody of Westerns if it hadn’t been a Western from the outset. If—IF—POWER/RANGERS is supposed to be a parody of ‘dark re-imaginings of shows for kids’, it must first be an example of a dark re-imagining of a show for kids. To that end, it succeeded…but then it took the ‘darkness’ level and turned that bitch all the way up to 11.

That’s where the whole ‘parody’ aspect comes in: it’s taking the ‘dark re-imagining’ idea to its logical extreme so people know just how dark that sort of approach can get. About the only thing this short didn’t do to push the ‘dark’ level to the max is have Kimberly get raped by Dawson, and that likely would’ve been a bit much even for this.

ID: 522ac  No.278

I didn't even bother watching the whole thing. I just skimmed through it.

To me, it didn't bode well that the very first thing shown is the Rangers running around like fucking space marines and firing nondescript rifles at whatever it is they're shooting at.

The whole thing just reeked of somebody trying way too hard. I just couldn't take any of this seriously.

ID: daafb  No.279


But the parody still needs to acknowledge that it is a parody. There needs to be some nod to the fact that you know you're making something ridiculous and over the top. It doesn't have to be glaring and constant, but it has to be there. Even having "Tommy" say a dead serious "Go go, Power Rangers" before the fade to black at the end would have been enough.

That nod is the difference between "I'm cranking this bitch to 11 for the lulz" and "I'm cranking this bitch to 11 BECAUSE YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"

Basically, if you have to tell everyone it's a parody, or if people have to argue over whether it's a parody, you've probably made a shitty parody.


Yeah, "trying too hard" probably about sums it up.

Plus the dude keeps slamming that "You recruited KIDS to FIGHT your WAR!" thing, both in statements about it and in the short itself. And c'mon, let's face it… the original Rangers were not kids. Even leaving aside the casting of adults in the roles, they were all high school students. It's not like Zordon was hanging around the kindergarten playground saying "Hey kid, wanna power coin?"

It just comes off as if he's trying to make some hamfisted argument about army recruitment or something, which again brings it back to the "Taking it too seriously for it to be a parody" thing.

ID: 283c6  No.282


Hey, alls I said was it was trying to be a parody.

I never said it was a good one.

ID: 522ac  No.291

As a bit of a side note, when I saw the helmet in the OP pic, my first thought was "What is that? Is that supposed to be one of the PR helmets? It looks like it's from Battle Fever J/"

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