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-The Book of Eli was a fantastic movie.  I just watched it today, finally, and I'm incredibly pleased by it.  The cinematography was excellent, and it had a surprising amount of inspiration to its story, especially in its final moments.  The only part I didn't like was the George and Martha sequence, which felt a bit too zany and not creepy enough.  It really could have been inserted much earlier into the film in a non-related sequence as a world-building element, and I would have been fine with it.  As it stands, it was a strange break and was the only jarring moment in an otherwise spectacular bit of film-making.  
 
-Enchanted Arms is cliched in just about every possible way it can be for a JRPG, and yet I'm still incredibly hooked on it.  I'm trying to finish it as quickly as possible in order to get to my achievement score goal of around 16500 by the end of the month, but I suspect I'll be returning to it at some point in the next few years.  The characters, story, and settings are awful, but the core mechanics and the Pokemon-like "catch them all" golems are a riot.  It's weird to say, but I'm enjoying the romp much more than I enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII.  That's not to say it's the better game, but the mechanics are definitely a hell of a lot more fun and I'm finding myself more drawn into the gaming aspect as opposed to the "let's just get to the next checkpoint" feel of FFXIII. 
 
-Monkey Island 2 is still illogical and the worst in the series, but regardless of that, it's a hell of a fun game and its sense of humor holds up remarkably well.  Give it a go if you're looking for an adventure game to play. 
 
-Look for a blog on The Boondocks soon.  I have a real love/hate relationship with this show.  I think it's intelligent, witty at times, and has some of the best animation of any TV show since the 90's, but I do take affront at some of the show's stereotyped whites as being people who don't give a shit about the condition of blacks or just acting like ignorant dipwads.  Give some of us credit, Boondocks, and you'll go a long ways towards making me a more permanent fan.  Also, look for more thoughts on The Big Bang Theory, which I'm just starting to get into. 
 
-Fuck Aegis Wing.  I downloaded it for achievements, and can't even make it past the first level.  That shit got deleted after ten minutes.  I hate side-scrolling shooters.

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Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

-The Book of Eli was a fantastic movie.  I just watched it today, finally, and I'm incredibly pleased by it.  The cinematography was excellent, and it had a surprising amount of inspiration to its story, especially in its final moments.  The only part I didn't like was the George and Martha sequence, which felt a bit too zany and not creepy enough.  It really could have been inserted much earlier into the film in a non-related sequence as a world-building element, and I would have been fine with it.  As it stands, it was a strange break and was the only jarring moment in an otherwise spectacular bit of film-making.  
 
-Enchanted Arms is cliched in just about every possible way it can be for a JRPG, and yet I'm still incredibly hooked on it.  I'm trying to finish it as quickly as possible in order to get to my achievement score goal of around 16500 by the end of the month, but I suspect I'll be returning to it at some point in the next few years.  The characters, story, and settings are awful, but the core mechanics and the Pokemon-like "catch them all" golems are a riot.  It's weird to say, but I'm enjoying the romp much more than I enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII.  That's not to say it's the better game, but the mechanics are definitely a hell of a lot more fun and I'm finding myself more drawn into the gaming aspect as opposed to the "let's just get to the next checkpoint" feel of FFXIII. 
 
-Monkey Island 2 is still illogical and the worst in the series, but regardless of that, it's a hell of a fun game and its sense of humor holds up remarkably well.  Give it a go if you're looking for an adventure game to play. 
 
-Look for a blog on The Boondocks soon.  I have a real love/hate relationship with this show.  I think it's intelligent, witty at times, and has some of the best animation of any TV show since the 90's, but I do take affront at some of the show's stereotyped whites as being people who don't give a shit about the condition of blacks or just acting like ignorant dipwads.  Give some of us credit, Boondocks, and you'll go a long ways towards making me a more permanent fan.  Also, look for more thoughts on The Big Bang Theory, which I'm just starting to get into. 
 
-Fuck Aegis Wing.  I downloaded it for achievements, and can't even make it past the first level.  That shit got deleted after ten minutes.  I hate side-scrolling shooters.

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Posted by TheGreatGuero

I'm gonna have to go the other way with The Book of Eli. I thought it was pretty lousy. As a huge fan of Fallout 3, I was totally stoked when it came out and wanted to see it in theaters, but never got around to it. Finally watched it on DVD about 2 weeks ago and I was left very disappointed.  I thought the movie had a few cool moments, especially in the beginning, but I thought it got worse as it went on. I don't know about the cinematography. I thought it had it's moments, but I think it's reliance on CGI really ended up hurting the film's imagery. The world just looked way too fake to me, and like it was trying too hard to be stylish.
 
Also, I'm not a big fan of the twist. I don't mind the whole theme of faith and all that, but I thought him being blind was a lame way to go. I felt it would have been more interesting if he wasn't blind and just knew how to read braille. Also, we see the burns on his back, and yet we never learn anything about that. I would have liked to have known more about what happened to him. I didn't like how Eli essentially passed the torch to Mila Kunis. I thought that seemed real cheesy. Plus I actually enjoyed the scene with George and Martha. While maybe it was a bit too silly and could have been better overall, I enjoyed that we saw Eli looking more vulnerable and stepping out of his shell to appear a little more human. 
 
Anyway, so yeah, I didn't like it, though most people I know seemed to enjoy it. I also watched The Road about a week ago, and it's similarly a post-apocalypse movie. I thought it was a much better film. Much darker, and more grim. Not the most pleasant film to watch, and I thought the ending was kind of lame, but all in all I think it was a superior movie to Eli. Better acting, a better realized world, and more interesting characters. Maybe you should check it out.
 
Ha, and yeah, Aegis Wing is pretty lame. It'd be cool if your ship could actually upgrade it's pathetic gun.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw
@TheGreatGuero:
I despise Cormac McCarthy's writing.  The Road was a contemptible book, filled to the brim with pompous, mastubatory, self-pleasing arrogance in its approach, style, and basic refusal to adhere to the goddamn basics of the English language or story structure.  The ending is complete and total bullshit, and felt like an ADD-afflicted child who decided to give up writing his novel two-thirds of the way through because something shinier attracted his attention.  The man does characters very well, though.  I'll grant him that.  But besides that, the man can't write for shit and hides it behind pseudo-intelligent passes at trying to be novel in his approach to structure and rhythm, and instead, he comes across as a man who jacks off reading his own shit. 
 
Don't take this in any way as an attack on you or your taste in novels or movies.  Shit, the man is hugely popular, so he's obviously doing something right.  But me, I can't stand the arrogant dickweed.  Fuck Cormac McCarthy.
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Posted by RenegadeSaint

I would argue that The Book of Eli was neither "fantastic" nor "spectacular," but rather a fun piece of summer popcorn fare that makes little-to-no sense if you think about it too much.  Now Inception, that's a whole different story.  But as they say: To each his own. :)
 
I've passed on Enchanted Arms at least a dozen times, but I'd love to give it a go someday.  I do hear that it's mostly generic, but it's nice to know you enjoyed some aspects of it.  And as for Aegis Wing, I really enjoyed it!  Not a great game, but a nice little challenge that was worth my time to S-rank.  It's pretty fun in multiplayer.