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Valerian and City of a Thousand Planets

2/5

The first five to ten minutes had me super interested, but all of that disappeared when Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne showcased their chemistry with each or rather their lack thereof. It was a spectacle visually, but that only goes so far as it felt like everything was just mashed together and very few things stuck. My trust in Luc Besson was already low after Lucy and now it's even lower after this.

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Pretty disappointed. Feels just like Bethesda's conference, a video playlist. There just wasn't much substance. I still don't quite know what Days Gone really is other than a 3rd person zombie shooter.

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@bisonhero: Usually maybe a little more than 1 ring of stamina, but you can get around that by having food or elixirs that restore stamina or give you more stamina. While trying to tame a horse you can eat/drink foods and elixirs.

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#4  Edited By mrpandaman

There's a white theme?

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@zevvion said:

I'm confident Cassius is still alive. Professional courtesy as he said. I also think the deaf lady is still alive somewhat. It seems whenever people say: 'Be seeing you', they agree to not kill each other. It happened in the first movie and again twice here.

If you think about it, right after John and Cassius fight we meet Lawrence Fishburne's character who John also happened to let live so we might definitely see Cassius. Basically showing that John leaving Cassius alive isn't the first time where he's left an opponent alive out of respect (He did also do this in the first movie right before he entered the club). However, I don't think the deaf lady is alive, if I remember right John stabbed her basically the same place where he stabbed Cassius, but this time he took the knife out whereas he left it in Cassius. The "Be seeing you" phrase was also said by John to Viggo and Viggo back to John at the end of the first movie and that time Viggo did die. It seems to be something they say when both parties know that they are going to have to kill each other (almost as a formality) or it can also be interpreted as "seeing you in the next life or hell."

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@rpjeff said:

One of the refrains I continue to hear from people who are already sold on the Switch is "I don't come to Nintendo Platforms for X", where "X" is literally any modern gaming quality of life feature. I understand managing expectations and I recognize the niche that Nintendo is targeting, but at some point this feels like making excuses for a company that refuses to be observant of global trends and what audiences (beyond its built-in fanbase) want.

I really want to love the Nintendo Switch, but it feels like another confused platform and it's launching with an unacceptably thin lineup. They didn't speak to their online capabilities enough, despite knowing that has been a pain point on their systems for generations now. Every component of the device is overpriced, and the very thin details on their playstation-plus style online offering sound insulting. Like it or not, we live in a world where consumers expect a certain amount of value from their myriad monthly subscription services, and offering a single 20-year-old game every month and then TAKING IT AWAY is just laughable.

This is exactly how I feel about the Switch. The value that Nintendo is putting forth, to me, just isn't worth it right now. It just may be another one of those situations with a Nintendo device where I wait and I wait to finally buy it, but then decide against it because it just doesn't seem worth.

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@ppompnmn: That wasn't my point, I should of rephrased what I was trying to say. My point was Brad (and honestly most of the staff) ignoring a valid criticism of the game and cherry picking what arguments get to be made. I get that the Doom multiplayer doesn't impact the stellar single player campaign and you can technically ignore it unlike Hitman's connectivity problem. But you shouldn't ignore what is a fair criticism of the game.

In the 2011 GOTY discussion between SR3 and Skyrim, Brad advocated for looking at the full package at everything Skyrim had to offer and Jeff argued for the Saints Row 3 story campaign being better than all of Skyrim. Basically their arguments were opposite of what they had this time around. If I remember right, Brad criticized SR3 for the bad online multiplayer (which you can ignore) and extraneous things that SR3 offered. Jeff argued that the technical problems of Skyrim (among other problems) were too much for it to be considered GOTY. Fast forward to now, Brad says the major criticism of Hitman is a technical online problem which the staff didn't seem to have too much of an issue with, it happened but it didn't detract from the overall experience. Jeff's only problem with Doom is that it isn't the full package that the multiplayer is too bad and detracts from the overall game.

I just find it funny that the arguments are essentially switched around and the staff tends to cherry pick arguments. They didn't really argue until near the end really about why one thing should be considered above the other.

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Who has the died the most?

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#9  Edited By mrpandaman

People comparing this to Overwatch is kind of like the comparison between Batman vs Superman and The Avengers.

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#10  Edited By mrpandaman

Lucy 1/5. I can't even. Some people really like this movie, but I can't get past the terrible story and character decisions. Now everyone gets mad at characters in a lot of horror movies for making stupid decisions, but that's almost par for the course for horror movies. Not exactly sure why Scarlett Johansson's character makes the insanely dumb decisions she makes especially considering she's supposed to be the smartest and strongest person in the world due to her "unlocking the full potential of her brain." I really like Scarlett Johansson, not this movie though. Why does it feel like the car scene feel so tacked on? Why does all the tension of the movie feel so tacked on? It happens just for the sake of the happening no great reason, but as the viewer headscratching turned into yelling at the screen into face-palming at everything that's supposed to be tension and drama. Lucy just reeks of pretentiousness. Maybe I'm missing something maybe I'm too dumb to understand fully, but it's been so long since a movie has made me feel so mad at how dumb it is. I couldn't ever bear to watch this movie again.

Swiss Army Man 4/5. This is a weird movie and one that is sure to be very divisive. Let me start by saying that I absolutely love the soundtrack of the movie, composed by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell both of rock band Manchester Orchestra. There's a lot of acapella and it blends very well into what's happening at times finding that I wished the entire movie was a musical despite my negative feelings towards musicals. The chemistry and acting of Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe is so on-point and it really shows. Paul Dano plays a marooned man, Hank, on the verge of committing suicide until he sees Daniel Radcliffe's corpse named Manny washed up on the beach. Eventually he realizes that Manny's corpse sputters in the water due to its flatulence and thus providing Hank a way off the island. There's a lot of crude bodily humor in the movie and not everyone likes that kind of thing. Hank is a socially awkward man who ran away from everything because he is essentially scared of being loved, to love, and being inadequate. Something that most people feel at points in their life. Manny serves as a vehicle, literally and figuratively, for helping Hank realize that and come to grips for it. By the ending, as the viewer I saw Hank's social awkwardness and could almost feel it. There was a sense of tightness in my chest as everything started to unfold. Overall, it's a movie that on paper just sounds so crude, but if you can move on past that there's something very charming about it.