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B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know #15 brings an end to the comic book Hellboy saga (and universe)? Anyone read it? Thoughts on the ending?

I’m a little confused as to where the humans escaped to, and what happened to Liz.

Current TV Shows / Yellowstone
« on: April 10, 2019, 03:08:43 PM »
New series on... some streaming service.

Kevin Coster stars in an ensemble drama set in Montana focusing on the rivalry between a wealthy ranch owner (Costner) trying to maintain his grip on the town he helped found and owns a huge chunk of; a city slicker real estate developer who wants to turn Montana into California; and a new Indian tribal chief who has a real Xanatos vibe.

I’ve only seen the first episode but if you like neo Weaterns it’s REALLY good.

Food and Fitness / Intermittent fasting
« on: March 27, 2019, 06:22:31 PM »
Anyone try this/heard of this?

I am proud to say I started this before (but just barely) Joe Rogan made it popular. And I have had very good results with it.

The biggest change is that it finally convinced me that you can’t out-train bad eating habits, especially once you’re out of your twenties. It also showed me how fucking fat I had gotten.

General Chat / Doctor calls SWAT team on children’s parents
« on: March 27, 2019, 06:15:40 PM »

Chandler, Arizona, cops broke through the door of a family's home in the middle of the night, stormed in, pointed their guns, handcuffed the father, and watched as the state's Department of Child Safety (DCS) took custody of the parents' three kids—all because mom had decided her toddler's fever was not serious enough to merit a trip to the hospital.

What’s really important is that this is considered legal. As long as no laws were broken, we can confidently say that justice was done.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Dragged Across Concrete
« on: March 27, 2019, 12:12:44 PM »
Just saw it. REALLY good. Not just genre good but actually good. I think Bone Tomahawk was pretty well received here and this is Craig Zahler’s (the director/writer) third film.

The plot is nothing new. Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn are street cops who get suspended for the usual mild brutality, and then decide to rip off some crims. It sounds like a cliche and at first it plays as one, right down to the obligatory “turn in your badge and gun” scene (with Don Johnson as their boss). But it goes on to become more than that. The crims are really two groups: Michael Jai White (awesome) and Tory Kittles are the ones with a conscious, and the movie spends as much time with them as the cops; and then three absolute psychopaths they’re reluctantly working with.

Zahler has a great ear for dialogue, and for throwing curveballs. There’s a whole digression showing the backstory of a woman (Jennifer Carpenter) who’s only peripherally involved in the story but which becomes just as interesting as the main story.

9/10 Herochats.

Music, Movies, Tv and Books / Alita: Battle Angel
« on: March 22, 2019, 09:05:33 PM »
I'm surprised this doesn't have a thread yet. Anyone else see this?

I really liked it. I liked the comic book when I was younger - a lot, even though it was really weird. The movie is good, and faithful enough to the comic, but at the same time is different enough that it's enjoyable and doesn't feel like a straight-up refilming of the comic. Meaning I wasn't bored knowing some of the plot points that were coming.

The cast is great and has some bigish names I didn't know were in it. In fact, I watched the movie knowing nothing about the making of it, not reading any reviews, just seeing it because I've seen the comic. Jennifer Connolly and Mahershala Ali's casting was a BIG surprise but it works.

The effects are really good without overwhelming the actors and story and the fight scenes are really enjoyable. They are filmed in a way in which it is very clear what action is happening and they are fun to watch.
I thought the CGI job on Alita's face would be a distraction but I got used to it quickly and it worked to give Alita an uncanny valley appearance that makes sense given her character.

Rosa Salazar is great as Alita. She goes from confused amnesiac to earnest teen to badass warrior very easily.

This movie would be a hard sell for someone who doesn't like sci-fi, manga, comic books etc. because of its weird look and plot but for those of us who enjoy these genres this is a fun movie.

Current TV Shows / Agents of SHIELD Season 6 trailer
« on: January 30, 2019, 10:46:07 PM »
The best show on TV has a trailer for the new season and it looks amazing:


Current TV Shows / The Dragon Prince
« on: November 19, 2018, 05:13:19 PM »
This came out on Netflix recently. Anyone see it?

It's by one of the creators of Avatar, and seems to fit the same age bracket and mix of drama and humor as Netflix's Voltron. Which is great.

It's set in a fantasy, WoW-type world. Humans vs. elves and dragons. The story, voice acting and dialogue is all really enjoyable. A standard fantasy setting but it's got that Lore Building (TM) that Herochat loves.

The animation is... different. It looks like a combination of CGI and cell-shaded pictures. The character designs are outstanding. If you pause it, it looks fantastic. But the movements can be a bit jerky. It doesn't bother me at all, but it has been a source of criticism.

ICT / Morgan le Fey Vs. Dracula
« on: October 31, 2018, 10:08:19 PM »
Marvel comics edition. To the true death.

No prep, standard gear and power levels for each. Fight takes place at Stonehenge in moder day times. The fight starts off one on one, i.e Dracula can’t show up with a legion of vampire spawn, but once the fight starts, each fighter can summon minions if it is within their power to do so.

Current TV Shows / Jack Ryan
« on: September 07, 2018, 07:14:23 PM »
Anyone watching it? I'm almost finished with the season.

In the words of Astro, it's vanilla. Everything is competent. They writing is OK, the acting is OK, it isn't bad, but... It's dull and generic.

Current TV Shows / Barry (HBO)
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:42:30 PM »
Anybody watching this? Bill Hader plays a Marine turned hitman turned acting student. I thinks it’s really funny and a great dark comedy.

General Chat / Nazi pugs are NOT welcome in Scotland!
« on: March 20, 2018, 06:28:16 PM »
A while back in Scotland, a guy taught his girlfriend's pug to raise his paw in a mock Nazi/Roman salute to the command of "gas the Jews", as a joke and in order to piss her off.

The video was put up on YouTube. He wound up getting arrested for violating Scotland's hate speech laws. After a lengthy (non-jury) trial process that was marked by numerous deferments, he was found guilty today. He's theoretically facing several months in prison, and/or house arrest with an ankle bracelet monitor.

The pug remains at large.


DC Drones / The Silencer - think John Wick with superpowers
« on: March 05, 2018, 05:34:11 PM »
This is a new series from DC. Written by Dan Abnett, drawn by John Rominta, Jr.... though they're both credited as "storytellers". Whatev.

The Silencer is a superpowered assassin who used to work for Talia al Ghul. She quit to start a new life, but gets dragged back into the criminal life.

The tone of the book is very John Wick-ish, with criminal codes, neutral ground areas, third-party clean-up crews and weapons suppliers... Just with superpowers. Think John Wick meets Millar's Wanted.

It's a decent read so far.

ICT / Batman four-way team fight
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:30:03 AM »
Let’s settle this once and for all. Fight takes place in Nolan-universe Gotham.

Bale Batman and Bale Batman


Bale Batman and Bale Batman


Bale Batman and Bale Batman


Bale Batman and Bale Batman

Which team takes it?

ICT / Batman Vs. Batman
« on: February 21, 2018, 07:20:12 AM »
Bale Batman


Bale Batman

Can Bale Batman finally pull out a win?

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