Shazam's forum posts

#1 Posted by Shazam (474 posts) -

I find that in nearly every film that uses it, people bash CGI. Comments are muttered about how "It's not real, like the old days" or that it's just  "cheap tricks to make the film seem better". Nearly everyone is bashing Computer Generated Images now. Granted, more then a few scripts have been destroyed to allow for some digital eye candy and Jar Jar Binks and the shambles that was the latest Star Wars films are prime examples of the that. But on the whole, I think CGI has enhanced film. Puppetry and stop motion animation can still be used as aspects of film but I think people should be more willing to give CGI a chance. Lord of The Rings, is a masterpiece of film. Well for me at least and I would credit that to some of the special effects. CGI allowed Peter Jackson to bring Middle Earth alive and if he had filmed it using "older, traditional methods" I don't think it would have been half as good. Ents made of play-doh ?
Does anyone else agree, or have other examples of films where CGI really helped bring out the story ? Or indeed, does anyone else disagree ?!

#2 Posted by Shazam (474 posts) -

Babylon 5. Story arcs and fantastic acting. I don't even count Season 5, it doesn't exist in my head. Season 4 is where B5 ended for me with Marcus doing the most romantic and noblest thing in Sci-Fi.  
I have to mention Star Trek, I can't really pick between B5 or Star Trek. I can't even pick which of the Star Trek series is my favorite, it's a toss up between DS9 and Next Gen. Do I prefer Cisco's screams of 'JAKE!' or Picard's screams of "THERE  ARE FOUR LIGHTS !" ? I can't decide.

#3 Posted by Shazam (474 posts) -

My heart has just officially melted. Snaps for Giantbomb !

#4 Posted by Shazam (474 posts) -

The Dark One. I'm impressed my surname is actually that badass.

#5 Posted by Shazam (474 posts) -

First I've heard of it which means that the country is not outraged. The French can go shove a baguette up their own asses, trying to unsettle the players like that is just bad sportsmanship. Other then that, who cares? We lost, now let's go drink ourselves into a stupor and perpetuate the stereotype we were so "outraged" at. ;) 
Let it be said though, too much national pride is not a bad thing. We were suppressed for 700 years, let us have a bit of a moan and get it all out. Just for a bit, then we'll shut up. Better out then in you know.

#6 Posted by Shazam (474 posts) -

I actually can't count the amount of times I've laughed at this thread so I decided to finally contribute. 

 Mona Jeff

 The Scream After Gin
#7 Posted by Shazam (474 posts) -
@Hamst3r said:
" @Shazam: Cooking method does not negate the fact that the ingredients are identical and the definition of biscuit is a small cake. Get thee hooked on phonics and read what I posted. :P "
Google has provided no rebuttal. Well played sir. I still side with McVitie's in this argument though.
#8 Posted by Shazam (474 posts) -
@Hamst3r said:
"  Common ingredients for chocolate cake: Flour, Sugar, Coca, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt, Eggs, Milk, Butter, Vegetable Oil, Vanilla Extract. Common ingredients for chocolate biscuits: Flour, Sugar, Cocoa, Baking Soda / Baking Powder, Eggs, Milk, Butter, Vegetable Oil.  Definition of a biscuit: "A small soft cake"Biscuits are cake. "
Biscuits are hard cooked, cakes are not. Also, biscuits go soft when stale but cakes go hard. Get thee to a bakery and study.
#9 Posted by Shazam (474 posts) -

I laughed at an old man who fell over right in front of me. He had a cane and as he fell it flew out in front of him, just kind of balanced magically upright. His groin fell right on this balanced cane and he just floated there for a couple of seconds. He then fell to the ground, cursing and shouting. I doubt very much if anyone could have held the laughter in. I will concede that I shouldn't have pointed but it was a split-second reaction. The people who rushed past me to help him up just turned and looked at me, shaking their heads.  
I do feel bad but I don't think I've ever laughed so much in my life. Convulsions, tears - the works. Yes I'm going to hell, but it was worth it. When I'm having a bad day I just think of that old man balancing his groin on his cane. It's the little things in life ...

#10 Posted by Shazam (474 posts) -
@dbz1995 said:
" @MysteriousBob said:
" This isn't a matter of opinion. It is fact that they are cakes. No part of them have the quality of biscuits. They're called Jaffa Cakes. End of discussion. "
However, it was argued by Her Majesties Customs and Excise and is constantly changing in classification. "
They argued it and they lost the case. Chocolate covered biscuits are subject to VAT but cakes are not. Being the greedy bastards they were, Customs took McVitie's to court. McVitie's proved that Jaffa Cakes are actually cakes because they go hard when stale. So in answer to your question, Jaffa Cakes are in fact, cakes.