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    [–] Jason Reitman to Direct a New 'Ghostbusters' Film, Set in the Original Universe TheVetSarge 0 points ago in movies

    They could just take the same movie and insert 5 more bad (and I mean bad) scenes into it, boom, worse movie.

    Nope. Awful is still awful. It would just be awful for different reasons. I don't think you understand the concepts being discussed here, and are just trying to shift the goalposts around.

    So yeah, I really don't know what else to say

    Best to stop then. You haven't said anything valuable yet, so there's really no reason to believe things will change going forward.

    [–] New Ghostbusters Movie Will Reportedly Feature 4 Teens As Main Characters TheVetSarge 5 points ago in movies

    Debatable. The primary problem with that film was that it derived from an abstract concept, rather than an idea for a story. That started with gender-flipping the characters (all the way down to a male receptionist) for no other reason than to do it.

    The secondary problem was thinking you can just improv 40 hours of material with no direction and still have an actual movie be assembled out of the parts.

    [–] Jason Reitman to Direct a New 'Ghostbusters' Film, Set in the Original Universe TheVetSarge 0 points ago in movies

    I disagree. I don't think they can make a movie worse than Ghostbusters 2016. It might be a different kind of awful, but the 2016 remake has absolutely no redeeming qualities other than "Occasionally Leslie Jones is okay when she plays a scene straight." Therefore, no matter what makes a Ghostbusters 3 awful, it will be just be awful for different reasons, yet no worse.

    Unless the next Ghostbusters film induces seizures in an abnormal percentage of the audience, there's no way for it to be worse.

    [–] question about the ai mistake/fix/update TheVetSarge 1 points ago in ColonialMarines

    Unless somebody at Gearbox is willing to fix that line of code, then test and release the patch (which still costs time and money), then I doubt we ever see this for consoles. Especially since they are now on legacy platforms.

    [–] ALIEN SERIES RANKINGS: Its time once again for everyone to rank the order of the six Alien films from your most favorite to least favorite in the series. TheVetSarge 2 points ago in LV426

    It actually stems from Back to the Future II. The producers wouldn't pay Crispin Glover commensurate to what the actors for Biff and Lorraine (the mom) were making, so he refused to reprise his role as George McFly.

    Robert Zemeckis then used the "Old George" prosthetics from the first film on a new actor, and unused footage from the first film to make it look like Glover was still in the movie. He sued them for misuse of likeness, and won. This then facilitated new rules from the SAG about how actor likenesses could be used.

    The difference in pay was mostly from the fact that at the time of filming Aliens, Biehn only had a handful of significant film credits to his name, whereas by the time Alien 3 was filmed, he had become a significantly bigger star. In fact, his filming schedule was part of the reason why Fox was okay with a script that didn't involve the Hicks character. They were trying to push Alien 3 through development at that point after years of script-hell, and Biehn had 3 films lined up at the time.

    [–] ALIEN SERIES RANKINGS: Its time once again for everyone to rank the order of the six Alien films from your most favorite to least favorite in the series. TheVetSarge 0 points ago in LV426

    Your obstinacy is a character flaw, not a support for your argument.

    You will clearly have nothing intelligent or valuable to add to this conversation, so I'll let you run along and play elsewhere.

    [–] TIL that the test filming of Alien 3 (1991) included the use of a (very patient) longboye in an xenomorph costume TheVetSarge 1 points ago in LV426

    Ultimately, you have to determine how much of the animal's traits actually transfer to the alien.

    The human variants seen in the first two films are still much stronger, larger, and faster than a human being.

    So realistically, whether it birthed from a dog or an ox, the creature was still going to be roughly the same size and speed, only inheriting the quadripedal traits of both animals. A lot of mediums (comic books and toys) have exaggerated the effect of birth-creature trait transfer, but when you look at the difference between the "human" aliens, and the "animal" aliens from the canonical films, you only see minor differences. The principle variation from the creatures in 1/2 and 3, aside from the lack of dorsal tubes, was the reverse-jointed leg structure, which is a feature of both animals. The idea that a Dog Runner or an Ox Runner would be substantially different from one another is almost not even worth arguing if we take for granted that no matter what it emerges from (human or animal), the final creature ends up approximately the same size, and considerably faster and stronger than whatever it came out of.

    [–] ALIEN SERIES RANKINGS: Its time once again for everyone to rank the order of the six Alien films from your most favorite to least favorite in the series. TheVetSarge 2 points ago in LV426

    Really, you can see in Alien 3, especially the Assembly Cut, all the hallmarks of what would make his later films (Seven, Fight Club, etc) so special.

    One of my favorite quotes was from Michael Biehn in the "Making of Alien 3" documentaries on the BluRay talking about the deal he forced Fox into to use his photo, and how he completely refused to allow them to use a model of him, despite a plea from Fincher himself in a phone call.

    "If I had known David Fincher would go on to become David Fincher, I'd have said 'Do whatever you want, just use me in one of your future movies.'"

    [–] ALIEN SERIES RANKINGS: Its time once again for everyone to rank the order of the six Alien films from your most favorite to least favorite in the series. TheVetSarge 0 points ago in LV426

    Yes, but since the reviewed theatrical release, there's been a significantly better version of Alien 3 released, which has garnered high praise. So nothing's been proven other than your arrogance and lack of skillful appreciation for film.

    [–] ALIEN SERIES RANKINGS: Its time once again for everyone to rank the order of the six Alien films from your most favorite to least favorite in the series. TheVetSarge 3 points ago in LV426

    Personally, I think from a pure storytelling perspective, Alien 3 sits on an entirely different and higher plane than any of the other films. It saddens me that so many people can't get over their grudge about the Hicks/Newt killings to appreciate just how fantastic of a film it is on its own. Obviously, that opinion really only applies to the Assembly Cut as opposed to the fairly butchered theatrical version.

    I'm firmly in the camp that would have rather seen them go in a different direction with Alien 3 (I liked Gibson's core ideas and would have liked to see what would have happened with some more revisions, as well as some of what Dark Horse Comics did). But Alien 3 happened, and I also fully appreciate just how great of a movie it is.

    [–] ALIEN SERIES RANKINGS: Its time once again for everyone to rank the order of the six Alien films from your most favorite to least favorite in the series. TheVetSarge 1 points ago * (lasted edited 7 hours ago) in LV426

    Alien - The classic. It establishes all of the canon, has a great mystery to it, and better yet, doesn't tell us what any of it is. Simple, yet perfectly crafted.

    Aliens - This film, while perhaps a little weak from some story perspectives, has great characters and established a lot of the iconic world-building for the setting/universe of the Alien films. Oddly, I prefer the Theatrical Cut over the Special Edition, as a lot of the extras Cameron added back in are unnecessary, or damage the pacing and tension. Cameron just had some darlings he couldn't kill. I'd love to make a 140-142 minute supercut one day if I ever get the motivation.

    Alien 3 - This might be the best of the three films from a cinematography perspective (Assembly Cut only), but it has its share of flaws. For a heavy character piece, it neglects quite a few of them. The reliance on rotoscoping and other computer-insertion means the FX don't hold up well. And obviously everyone kinda wishes they'd chosen another direction for the script. However, Fincher made do with what he was handed, and what he created, despite Fox's interference, is pretty fantastic. There is so much more depth and meaning in Alien 3 than any other film in the series. And Goldenthal's score is equally fantastic. The series was so much better off for having guys the caliber of Fincher and Goldenthal touch this series, as troubled as the film's production was.

    Done. The other three films are equally bad and have been discarded for lack of value. Can just list them sequentially for the purposes of your tallies. 4, 5, 6. Not sure why you insist on the Theatrical versions of the films, given the official nature of the extended/edited releases. Heck, Fox treats the Special Edition of Aliens as the canonical version, for example.

    [–] First photo of Ecto-1 from the new Ghostbusters movie, coming summer 2020 TheVetSarge 1 points ago in movies

    Yeah, I imagine Murray was just willing to do that because it was voice work he could phone in (like Garfield) and he didn't actually have to interact at great length with anyone else, or a director.

    [–] First photo of Ecto-1 from the new Ghostbusters movie, coming summer 2020 TheVetSarge 9 points ago in movies

    That might actually be a relief.

    Ghostbusters 3 died in 1993 when Bill Murray stopped talking to Harold Ramis.

    [–] Jason Reitman to Direct a New 'Ghostbusters' Film, Set in the Original Universe TheVetSarge 1 points ago in movies

    Sometimes you capture lightning in a bottle. Whether or not you want to see it, we're talking about whether or not Bill Murray wants to sully the memory of the original more with another substandard sequel. And that was why he claims he didn't want to do any more Ghostbusters films. Aside from Garfield which was just voice work he was obviously phoning in, he's never done another sequel.

    He also didn't get along with Harold Ramis for a long time after Groundhog Day. They didn't speak for like 20 years.

    [–] Jason Reitman to Direct a New 'Ghostbusters' Film, Set in the Original Universe TheVetSarge 1 points ago in movies

    I didn't say Ghostbusters 2 was awful, but it wasn't nearly as good as the first, and wasn't well received. The original is a classic, the sequel was not. There was no indication that a third movie would turn that around.

    [–] New Marshal in town TheVetSarge 2 points ago in Deadlands

    Every RPG is a "Use what you want" situation for the Game Master (Marshall). I don't think there is any place in the established lore where all of the railroads meet, but that doesn't mean there can't be one for your version of the world. There are no "rules" on how you build your campaign.

    I always only used the established background sparingly because a lot of it is kinda silly, written by people who just "wanted certain things to happen" rather than consider how or if it would reasonably be expected to happen. The upside to Deadlands is that it takes place in a reasonably well-documented era of history, so you can patch together a campaign that only uses certain elements with just a small bit of work.

    [–] Jason Reitman to Direct a New 'Ghostbusters' Film, Set in the Original Universe TheVetSarge 3 points ago in movies

    I don't want to encourage whatever you think is the punchline to this "joke." I imagine it will be as clever as the 2016 Ghostbusters.

    [–] What TV show is misunderstood by a large portion of it's audience? TheVetSarge 2 points ago in television

    I thought it actually got worse as it went along. Peaked around season 2 or 3, then was all downhill from there.

    [–] What TV show is misunderstood by a large portion of it's audience? TheVetSarge -1 points ago in television

    the good guys ultimately prevail in the end

    I'll go out on a limb and suggest most viewers have no idea who the "good guys" are in Game of Thrones, lol.

    [–] What TV show is misunderstood by a large portion of it's audience? TheVetSarge 1 points ago in television

    To be fair, it wasn't just Cartman using that word. All of the kids were. In fact, if anything Cartman is used more sparingly in that episode intentionally to divorce the message from just being about how Cartman is usually horrible.

    I don't think you've seen it in a while if you remember it as "Cartman vs Motorcyces."

    [–] What TV show is misunderstood by a large portion of it's audience? TheVetSarge 2 points ago in television

    Maybe she doesn't actually approve, she's just polite and trying to drop hints.

    [–] What TV show is misunderstood by a large portion of it's audience? TheVetSarge 1 points ago in television

    I don't see how you can watch the show and see Don Draper as someone to aspire to. He's such a deeply unhappy person.

    I mean, a lot of people are already unhappy. They don't get to be wealthy and have sex with attractive women at the same time.