Discordian

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  1. 1 hour ago, Kyoshi said:

    Yet how many of those movies about the teachings came even a tiny, TINY bit close to Passion in terms of money? None of them. So I guess the extreme brutality and guilt trip style is what makes the big bucks. I still see no real reason for such a film. It has the substance of a Saw film, but it is apparently amazing because of its religious attachment. I really don't like that very much. Plus, anyone from the outside looking in will simply see a movie that is just gore porn and something that is horribly barbaric with no real point. Of course the Christians who are already Christians will see a point to the film, but everyone else, it is just non-stop violence with a simple story stitched on top.

    While that scene is definitely really hardcore, the one payoff it has for the film is those Hillbilly people get hardcore owned by the end. If there was one thing that movie did well, it really made you hope that the hero gets his revenge and hooooooo boy does he.

    It got the money precisely because it appealed to non-Christians. It was an actual well-made, dramatic movie rather than just a preaching device. It didn't need to go out of its way to explain itself because the story of the crucifixion is already well known so whatever effort would normally go into that was spent on enhancing the experience itself. Yeah, that may have boiled down to wonton violence but how else are you supposed to convey the cruelty of it all? It's already been done a hundred different ways but the one time someone makes an effort at a no-holds-barred portayal of the death of Jesus and you have a problem with it? Is there something in it being a Christian film supposed to mean they can't take drastic steps to get the point across?

     

    You don't have to like it but it's absolutely not hard to see why others do. Sometimes people want a show, not a sermon, and that's exactly what the Passion of the Christ offered. Its message isn't cheapened by this but rather strengthened. It made non-believers pay attention, if only for a moment, and it showed a powerful rendition of one of the most important aspects of the religion for the rest.


  2. 16 hours ago, Kyoshi said:

    Passion of the Christ

    A movie that is simply torture porn, with all the blood and gore one would ever want and that's about it. What tips this over the edge for me is the fact that many try to justify the movie because of its obvious religious attachment, trying to say that the violence is the point. The movie could have easily instead focused on Christian teachings and positive things, but instead goes for the guilt trip style and chooses sheer violence to put its message into the forefront. Even when I identified as religious I still seen no real point to this film and the obsession towards it from everyone else was irritating to say the least.

    There's more than enough movies that focus on Christian teachings. It doesn't hurt to have one that skews in a different direction. The brutality is exactly the point of the movie, to get the viewer to understand what kind of suffering Jesus had to go through, exaggerated or otherwise. It's one thing to be told the story but by showing it in such detail they make an attempt at getting the point to hit closer to home.

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  3. 1 minute ago, Desperado-04 said:

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    Hells (2008)                      

    Oh hey, I just bought this a couple weeks ago. Saw a few clips and now I have to see it.

     

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    I just finished the new Baki series. I've never seen the original but the new one was amazing. It was so unapologetically brutal. I couldn't help but love how quickly most of the fights were decided.


  4. 17 hours ago, Rainbow Dash said:

    Final Fantasy 15. Heard bad things about the game, got it anyways, best 60 hours of my life.

    The game is pretty different now than when I first played it at release from what I've heard but I thoroughly enjoyed the game. I even got all the trophies in the base game. I'll have to replay it when they finally get the last of the DLC out.

     

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    Meanwhile I finished Toy Story 2 on the PS1. The wait to play the Toy Story world in Kingdom Hearts 3 led me to replay it. I had never gotten 100% in it before so I made sure I did that this time. Didn't even unlock anything, it was just a thing to do. 


  5. I've yet to play the game but I read the manhwa it was originally based on. I've always been a little bitter that the creator basically abandoned it a mere ten volumes in to work on Ragnarok Online. He said he would go back to it someday but it's been far too long to hold out hope for that or even if he did if it would be even remotely the same.

     

    That said, one of these days I'll still try to check out the Ragnarok Online MMO and anime just to see how it turned out.

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  6. On 1/5/2019 at 3:11 PM, Oleks said:

    Started Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Gotta admire a game where picking one lock or defeating one bandit feels like a great achievement. 

    I haven't played it yet but it looks like it rides the line between being super realistic and still keeping the game playable, but in a good way. It's part of why I'm interested in it.


  7. Zatch Bell was a pretty creative anime for what it was imo. It got bogged down by the usual shonen issues of being too long for its own good though. Zatch and Kyo were really cool together in spite of Zatch's...weirdness. Megumi and Tia (I think that was their names) didn't show up as much as I'd like though. They were a perfect match for Kyo and Zatch both combat-wise and romantically.

     

    Now that I think about it I never did finish the series. I guess I know what I'm watching soon.


  8. Eiken purely because it was clear they didn't give two shits about the source material and seemed like they were just making it to make fun of the genre, or maybe anime in general. I'm not saying the manga isn't your standard harem fanfare but it's at least worth reading.

     

    I couldn't watch more than the first episode of Attack on Titan. It felt like it immediately threw away it's most interesting aspect, the titans themselves, so they could focus on people drama. I don't know why they thought the anime had to be more than small things killing big things.

     

    I liked the overall concept of Blood+ but the fact that fifteen episodes in and it feels like the plot of maybe three episodes stretched out just ruined it entirely.

     

    Shattered Angels had a lot of horribly unutilized characters. It wanted to be romance. It wanted to be a mech anime. It wanted to have pretty boys and elegant girls with deep backstories that drew them together. It failed in nearly every aspect. It did have one thing going for it though and that is the overall feel of the anime. It was still...gentle in a way and few anime have replicated that feeling somehow.


  9. I sincerely doubt they can do much to outpace the existing consoles. Even if they made it more powerful it wouldn't likely be worth the price without exclusives. Consoles are already too close to being half-baked PCs and this sounds like it's pushing it further into "why not just get a PC" territory.

     

    There's also the matter of people's existing libraries. Between Steam's massive list of basically portable digital games and trophy/achievement lists people aren't going to want to start over on a console that'll probably be irrelevant in a few years. That's not even getting into multiplayer. Even if you could say newer gamers could get this new console first they wouldn't likely be able to play with their friends who have the existing consoles.

     

     Having a console that isn't even going to justify its price by making exclusive games isn't going to make me want to buy it. I can get those same games on a console I already own. 


  10. 7 hours ago, Jakeduhcreeper said:

    Hey I like blue hedgehog man too haha

    and I liked unleashed so yeah that's all I have to say

    It's not particularly unusual to like Unleashed. It was a very good evolution of Sonic's formula. Now be like me and prefer the PS2/Wii version of Unleashed. It actually doesn't feel nearly as sloppy as the PS3/360 version in a lot of ways. The daytime levels aren't going at ohshitwhy miles per hour and won't try to kill you every two minutes because you don't have god-like reflexes, and the Werehog levels are downright enjoyable instead of thirty minute slogs of bad combat.


  11. We tend to get more ice than snow. If it does snow it lasts a couple of days at most. Sometimes it's melted by afternoon but the roads and sidewalks are still covered in ice. I love cold weather but if there was one thing I hate it would be trying to walk through the snow and ice to get to, from, and while working.


  12. I got fifteen platinum trophies, mostly Playstation 4 but a few Playstation 3 games too. I started quite a few games this year intending to finish them but got bored with them or generally tired of playing them.

     

    I really wanted the plats for Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment but the last couple trophies were grinding hell. Same with Toukiden Kiwami.


  13. 3 hours ago, Phosphor said:

    In high school, I just took really good notes and reviewed them a few days before a test. I tend to remember things better if I write it down. I did the same in college, but had much less time to study since I had a busy schedule. :sealed:

    These days I've found that all I have to do is write a word or two down and I can recall everything I need to know about something. That's probably why I didn't need to actually study in school. Once I saw it on the test it just clicked on and I remembered things.

     

    The trade-off is that I won't remember anything if I don't see it in writing and can forget a conversation within minutes of it ever happening. :laugh:

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