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Yeah...well. I never did see the movie, but I wasn't really that interested to be honest. Without even knowing the plot and all the LOTR plagiarism, I was pretty certain from what I did know that it was just another fantasy flick trying to ride on the coat tails of LOTR and Harry Potter. The old saying goes that there are only really a handful of stories, and everything else is just a variation on those - but surely you can at least do something to make an age old tale your own. Mac & Me, anyone?
2 years, 11 months ago on Eragon (2006)
@NEORaven667 Actually it's probably one of Archfiend's fans, or Archfiend himself, so expect a video from him on Youtube disparaging the censorship of comments on Cinemassacre. It strikes me as the kind of desperation he'd sink to.
2 years, 11 months ago on Nerd Log - Production Design
@Boris Carloff Well he's right. The problem is that alien turtles who are masters in the art of ninjutsu is just such a cliche now. I mean, how many movies have carried that plot? Too many to mention here.
2 years, 11 months ago on Michael Bay's TMNT from Outer Space?
The first Transformers was passable. I appreciated the fact that there was no attempt to completely reinvent the Transformers in any way - they were pretty much the way they were in the cartoon. Autobots and Decepticons, Cybertron, humans caught in the middle - it was all there. The direction and script were woeful, but as a fan of the cartoon my only concern was the Transformers and how they translated to live-action, and they did so pretty well. Unfortunately by the time the third film came out I was so exhausted by trying to figure out what the fuck was going on that I didn't even care anymore - "Sam had a fragment of the allspark in his trouser pockets for the last two years? Are you fucking shitting me?!?" Michael Bay's consistent disregard for logic and logistics just makes his films frustrating to watch. A brief example - in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Sam runs away from Decepticons who were probing his memories, fleeing from an industrial looking area with warehouses and processing plants. Two scenes later he's in a forested area with snow-capped mountains in the background. What happened to the industrial area? The camera pans in every conceivable direction and you don't see this production plant anywhere! NOWHERE!?!? Where did it go!?!?!....ahem. I digress. The idea of Michael Bay bringing the Turtles to the big screen for yet another pointless reboot leaves a very bad taste in my mouth. I'm not even okay with the idea of the reboot, regardless of who does it. What's wrong with the original TMNT live action movie? Even the CG update a few years back was...satisfactory. It wasn't great, but it was a suitable rebooting of the franchise, much in the same way Sherlock Holmes was - not playing your key villain card early -- Sam was on foot!! There was no way he could have made it THAT far from the industrial area in the amount of time that had passed!! What does Bay think we are? Stupid?!?...sorry. The sad thing is that Bay has such clout that whatever he has his heart set on doing will be done. It's coming, and there's nothing to do but brace yourself. Fucking forest mere yards away from - okay, I'm done.
This reminds me so much of a film called The Borrower. After Alien Nation, it seems every director with half a budget decided to do a movie involving intergalactic fugitives and/or refugees who invariably draw the attention of earth-based police forces - with one renegade cop who doesn't play by the rules! This stuff just writes itself! *scribble scribble*
2 years, 11 months ago on I Come In Peace (1990)
This was the only Sho Kosugi ninja movie I didn't get a chance to see. Back in those days, Revenge of the Ninja was rockin, and my friends and I would watch that until the tape practically melted. Having seen it just recently, I don't know what we were thinking, but it's still campy good fun and has some cool ninja gags. Pray for Death was another one we watched constantly. Ninja III, unfortunately, never saw the light of day at our local rental store. Thanks for the review, Mike, it actually makes me want to dust off my old copies of Enter the Ninja and Revenge of the Ninja.
2 years, 11 months ago on Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
@Devil_Rising I don't believe I mentioned "Grade A" at all. Computer effects are cheaper in a lot of cases than practical effects. When you're doing a film on a budget - cost is the most important factor.
3 years ago on Nerd Log - FX Shop
@Mike/Cinemassacre Although a heap of extra work, the title cards just seemed like part of the review to me. It took the game elements and lampooned them, which is why they worked so well at the beginning. Personally, I'd love to see those title cards in future AVGN videos, if nowhere else. Your work is great and I can normally spot something new in each one every time I rewatch an old review. Having said that, I'm not the one on the end of a brush (or pen, or whatever, I'm no artist) for hours.
3 years ago on Super Mario Bros 3 Glitches (NES)
I'm guessing that whatever effects can be accomplished for less will be the ones you guys will go with. I'm not trying to imply you're cheap, but you would want to stretch your budget as far as you possibly can. Practical over CG shouldn't really enter into the equation. Thanks for the update, lads. Things seem to be progressing pretty much how one would expect. Might sound odd, but what was the movie (or whatever it was) paused on the TV screen? My curiosity is obscure, yes, but I must have it appeased.
@bubbasmith81 Oh geez. Tell me you're not Archfiend trying to slip your anti-AVGN propaganda in - please. Because I'm guessing that's pretty much what's going on here.
3 years ago on Nerd Log - Ramblings
@Villarreal I assume (and it's just that - an assumption) that mail services would offer some kind of flat rate for certain types of mail - 1000 envelopes for $500 (or whatever). Businesses tend to do it that way, particularly for mass mail outs.
@bubbasmith81 I grow tired of the ArchFiend and his passe 'hating on everyone'. You're edgy and speak your mind - yeah, we get it. Now disappear into the abyss of know-nothing know-it-alls who've also overstayed their baffling welcome.
If possible, it'd be great to some behind the scenes stuff once the principle shoot is underway. I'd really love to see James shooting the first scene. Obviously you don't want to give too much away, but just little teasers like that and insights into the production once you really get into the meat of it would be great to see. I'm certain you'd have someone on the production who wouldn't mind grabbing a camera and shooting 30 seconds here or there. Just a thought.
@monkeykage Actually you're not the 1st on the internet to make a complete twat of himself. Not by a long shot.
3 years ago on R.I.P. Bill Hinzman
Not much consolation, but he has been immortalised in the annuls of horror movie history. His image, along with images like the Bates Motel, Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Lon Chaney's unmasking from The Phantom of the Opera, will be instantly recognised as one of the most iconic horror images. A sad loss, nonetheless.
@Mister Buckethead If by regulated you mean that companies should attempt to sell their content cheaper online as downloadable albums, movies, etc - then absolutely. I agree stuff is ludicrously overpriced nowadays, and that's not helping stem the tide of piracy. So if the solution exists in companies embracing internet downloads at a fraction of store shelf prices - that's a great compromise.
3 years, 1 month ago on SOPA/PIPA Protest
The Thing: Yes, definitely one of the greatest remakes in history - horror or otherwise. Dawn of the Dead: Not so much. To just flagrantly disregard the original, yet utilise its name is unforgivable. I'm surprised you didn't have Invaders From Mars, despite showing it at the beginning. A great remake of a B-Grade classic.
3 years, 1 month ago on Top 10 Horror Remakes
@THB306 I totally agree. The government here has done nothing but fuck up areas of commerce that they have no business involving themselves in. But the internet is powerful, and has many heavyweights in its ranks, so I'm confident if it gets too out of hand, the powerbrokers of the internet will take back control.
@THB306 I thought you were gonna say 'copyright'.
@THB306 Showing examples of material for the purposes of reviews would still fall under the fair use act - in my opinion anyway. As I said, you're talking about games that are decades old (in most cases) and no longer even in print. The games aren't being distributed, James doesn't claim any ownership of the content and the games being reviewed are original copies that are, more often than not, shown in the context of the show. If anything, AVGN generates renewed interest in forgotten consoles and games. There's always the chance (slim though it may be) that Nintendo will attempt to strike some kind of royalty deal with ScrewAttack, but even if that did happen, that's their right. The show is making money on the back of Nintendo games. If it were truly being done out of passion for classic gaming (which I sincerely believe it is) then having to hand over a small percentage of revenue generated to the maker of the games shouldn't be an issue. Again, the above is purely hypothetical.
@Mister Buckethead I don't think you're cornered into buying art blindfolded. Movies have trailers, albums have singles released and played on radio and TV. If you walk into a media outlet, pick up a movie and say "I'll see if this is any good", and it isn't - that's your problem. There are plenty of ways to research a movie and get varied opinions. If people lived by the rule that they won't buy anything because they don't know if it's any good, then there'd be no such thing as commerce.
@THB306@igivenup That's a different matter entirely, it's a publicly funded film. Privately funded films, those that are financed by investors, are made with purely profit driven motives. And if they want you to pay upfront for it, so be it. If you bought a house and wanted to sell it - would you be happy to let people live in it for six months and then buy it IF they liked it?
@igivenup PIRATEBay - that pretty much says it all. It wouldn't matter if pirated content only made up for 0.0001% of their total torrents, it's still there. And I agree that the government shouldn't HAVE to interfere, but it may have been the last resort that's now had to be undertaken. Again, allow me to reiterate that I don't support the proposed legislation, and I think it's WAY too open to interpretation. But I can understand this being a measure taken to curb piracy, and I can understand media companies' argument that it's costing them money.
@THB306 I question whether or not that's why Kurt Cobain killed himself - I think manic depression probably played a bigger role, but I suppose that's up for debate. And if people are making crap as a result of the commoditisation of art, then do you blame them? Or, do you blame the people buying it? I don't see any problem with a person, or persons making a living off their art. They put in the work, they've earned the right to get something in return that aids them in the creation of future art. I agree that the commercialism of art has its drawbacks, but without it artists may not receive the recognition they deserve.
@THB306 Just because you believe that, that doesn't mean everyone has to. The argument that art isn't business just strikes me as your opinion, not fact. Plenty of people make money from their art, and they're completely free to do so.
@veronicathegr8@brettfilms@WestBuiltAMountain I read several comments just in this section that allude to the fear AVGN will be shut down - let alone in the former SOPA thread, where are there are many more comments to that effect. It just seems like there's a lot of gun-jumping going on about things that are yet to even happen.
@christburner Questioning the opposing point of view is equally valid - why is making money from art so taboo? If you produce music then you must know that it costs money to do so.
I'll kick this off by saying I don't support the bill. However, I understand it. Piracy on the internet has become so rampant that media companies have just gotten fed up - and that's fair enough. Their intellectual property is being handed around like it's public domain. So basically, if you've ever endorsed sites like ThePirateBay by downloading stuff from there - you only have yourself to blame. Companies that should lawfully be generating revenue from sales of their product are now at their wits end, and SOPA and PIPA are the fallout from that. Also, claiming that sites such as this, or other game review sites will be shut down is ridiculous. Game developers depend on these sites to spread word of mouth about their product. There's no way they'd shut them down. Besides the fact, in the case of James' work - I don't think any company would really be terribly fussed about someone reviewing games that are, in a lot of cases, decades old. There's way too much fear-mongering going on with this whole thing, and I'm willing to bet that most of it is being generated by those who stand to lose the most. Now you can feel free to call me stupid and ignorant and whatever - I don't really care. This is a comments section, that's my comment and you don't have to agree. But I can make one point that I know to be true - if I started a channel on Youtube reviewing old games, and I used James' own theme song in the background, you'd be all over me for ripping off his song.
You'd think with a name like 'The Killing Of Satan' it'd be a much better movie. Go figure.
3 years, 1 month ago on The Killing of Satan (1983)
In the current climate of contracting every two word title into a single word, I propose we call them 'Mabies'. A little known fact is that Mabies are actually failed clones of the adult Muppets - not unlike Mini-Me. Gonzo was the surrogate used to birth the attempted clones, and as such took on certain characteristics of each embryo. This is why he resembles some form of bizarre super-species of Mupppet. Muppets, on their own, can in fact mate but it is rare. There is rumoured to be a grainy and poorly filmed 'amateur' tape of Kermit and Ms Piggy in a drunken moment of passion, but it's yet to materialise. However it's supported by the fact that they do have children of their own that only appear during Christmas dinners. Kermit's so-called 'cousin' is actually a split shot in which both frogs are actually just Kermit. Forced perspective was used to make the Kermit on the left appear smaller than the one on the right. A lot of this information has been swept under the rug by various government agencies in the hope of keeping proposed cloning techniques out of the public eye. But it's all true.
3 years, 1 month ago on Overanalyzers #11 (Muppet Babies)
It's funny, a friend of mine and I were discussing the other day that it would have been interesting if Andy was the killer in Child's Play - using the doll as a scapegoat. Now if we could find a way to combine the tension and horror of Child's Play and the ambiguous plot of Pinocchio's Revenge to make 'Pinocchio's Child Revenge'!Wait...that just sounds wrong...
3 years, 1 month ago on Pinocchio's Revenge (1996)
Funny...you're pretty much exactly how I pictured you. I'm guessing you'd be the one doing most of the explaining to the neighbours then?
3 years, 1 month ago on Mrs. Nerd Speaks
I would have thought reserving a couple of more unique pieces of memorabilia for ebay auctions would have been the way to go. But I guess this is a good idea too. I won't lie and say 'hell yeah, I'm gonna donate!' - the fact of the matter is I have two kids and bills to pay. What I will offer is my best wishes for the project. Drive safe, enjoy shooting in Cali and don't let the pressure build too high.
You can take comfort in the fact that that Motherfucker will keep us plenty entertained until you're done.
3 years, 1 month ago on AVGN autograph memorabilia - Final month for fundraiser
Ironically, your explanation as to why the game is good makes a lot of sense. You're either an unintentional genius....
...or you could just say that you fucking suck.
3 years, 2 months ago on Angry Video Game Nerd: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Re-Revisited
You could almost do a years worth of shows covering poorly made Robocop rip-offs. Although, this is the first one I've witnessed that directly rips off imagery from Robocop.
3 years, 2 months ago on Robo Vampire (1988)
Good luck with the shoot. The most promising aspect of your production is your unwavering enthusiasm for the project. I'm hopeful that the AVGN movie will have the same 'out of left field' success as movies like Wayne's World and Clerks.
I wish you and your crew all the success in the world, James. You guys have certainly earned it. Thanks for the update, and to quote you directly - get this fucker in the can.
3 years, 2 months ago on Nerd up!
@Spellmouse Valid points, and I thoroughly agree that companies taking advantage of internet sales, both to increase revenue while curbing piracy, is an avenue more preferable to simply trying to stamp out piracy. I also agree that piracy won't be stopped in one swift stroke by any counter-measure you could possibly dream up (short of killing everyone on the planet). My main problem here is that there are a lot of arguments against SOPA that are almost entirely baseless. At what point did it become such a taboo for people and/or companies to want to make money from their products? What makes everyone believe that the government or big business is suddenly concerned with shutting everyone down and putting a gag on the internet as a whole?
I appreciate your counter-points, and you're absolutely right. I just wish everyone would adopt your rational attitude. Oh, and yes - Livefyre 'smushing' is a pain.
3 years, 2 months ago on SOPA and Protect IP
No - it's about piracy. If it were about censorship the law would dictate that you can't purchase, listen to or watch whatever piece of media the government disapproved of. As far as I can see, the bill makes no claim of that nature. @kingharkinianzc
Well I don't believe media companies 'expect' you to do anything. If you wanna pay $24.99 for a movie, then do so. If you don't - flip the company off and don't buy it. I know the shelf price of a DVD or CD isn't nearly what it costs to make, but producing a single DVD movie is a little more than $0.30. Having said that, I tend to agree that decisions like this are profit driven (on the part of the manufacturer, at least), but it's also about law. You can't murder someone because they murdered someone else - despite the fact it seems like a just action. You expect that if someone breaks into your house that they'll be held accountable, so you can't just pick and choose the laws you want to be upheld simply because the end result is someone making more money, especially when they're making that money from sales of a product that nobody is actually obligated to buy.
I've mentioned already that if they start abusing the laws and targeting people for seemingly benign infringements, then many of the below arguments will certainly hold water. But, at the moment, the intent of the law is to curb piracy of copyrighted material - more power to it. @AJY84
@Dakari777@RikuHimawari Could could could...but will they do what you said? I remember in '99 when hundreds of idiots were talking about how computers 'could' crash and bring the entire world to a halt at the turn of the century - but they didn't.
And I know that companies like Sony see most of the return from the sale of their products - that's just how business works. But remember that Sony hires artists to create...whatever, and that artist may, or may not enjoy royalties from said product. Suggesting piracy is acceptable based on that premise (which isn't what you said, I know, but it's implied) is just ridiculous.
Don't get me wrong. I don't support these proposed bills. But I just don't see where the bill, in its simplest form, is wrong. Naturally there will most likely be those who attempt to distort it for their own gain, but the moral high ground being taken by some people in this debate is essentially the same thing.
We'll agree to disagree. Contentious topic, indeed ;)
@kaneda_bjf I agree totally that closing or blacklisting sites without a hearing, or basing that decision on flimsy or no evidence is an abuse of the new laws - but as I said, we're yet to see that happen. Any law is open to exploitation, and many laws are open to interpretation. People seem to be in uproar over this particular set of laws because they see it as an infringement on their right to freedom of speech (or freedom of expression), which it isn't. That's like saying the law against graffiti is a violation of freedom of expression. It's their to protect the rights of other people, not to infringe on the graffiti artist.
Whether or not the bill is passed, and the new laws come into effect is yet to be seen. But, if it does, I think that it will just be a minor inconvenience to most internet users. I'd like to think the powers that be (HAHA...haha...hmmm) will have sense enough not to be too gung-ho in their enforcement.
At the risk of being flamed out of existence - I don't know what all the fuss is about. So long as you're not distributing copyrighted material without the consent of it's publisher (which is illegal anyway), you don't have too much to be concerned about. You can still use sections of copyrighted material under fair use laws, and that can be argued in your defense. There seems to be this consensus that the government 'may' use it do this, or 'may' use it to do that. It's all conjecture. Contrary to popular belief, the US government isn't in bed with M.A.D or KAOS - their goal isn't to rid the world of fun. But among their actual obligations is upholding the law. Now I've downloaded stuff before and have enjoyed the fruits of internet piracy (as I'm sure most of us have), but now the party's over. Media companies the world over have been on the backs of their countries' governments, and now those governments are taking steps to satisfy them. Keep in mind that distribution of copyrighted material is against the law - that's just a fact. Scenario: You're a musician who independently releases an album - hoping that the revenue from that album will allow you to make another. All of a sudden you find out that 50% of the people who own your album (in whatever format) have obtained it illegally, essentially robbing you of 50% of your revenue.
This is why anti-piracy laws are in place. I've read a lot of comments on this very site directing people to buy James' DVD sets so that he can continue to make them. Now comparing James to big companies like Sony and Universal is comparing apples and oranges (for now, anyway), but everyone started from humble beginnings at some point. The logic applies whether it's a humble internet show host or a multi-billion dollar conglomerate. The right for a company or an individual to curb (or even stamp out) the piracy of their own product, be it artistic or whatever, is just that - the right.
Now, of course, the piracy will continue and people will just find new methods for slipping it under the radar, but whining and stamping your feet just strikes me as pointless. The bill hasn't even passed, so nobody yet has exploited it or over stepped the mark. Whether or not that happens, I suppose we may soon find out, but for now it's a bill designed to protect the artist and/or company that are behind the creative process.
I can understand everyone's point of view on this, but I just think it's too early to start screaming blue murder. And getting all riled up because you can no longer download a game or app, instead of paying for it, isn't going to change anything.
I'll ask this here, rather than clutter up your inbox too much. Is it possible to get the box set encoded for Region 4 in PAL format? I have a region free DVD player, but (if it's not that much of a fuss) it'd be nice to be able to throw it in any old DVD player and not have to worry about it's Region capabilities.
I guess I should be sending an email to Chad over Screwattack, but I figure if you guys can answer here then I can contact Chad regarding that type of order.
3 years, 2 months ago on AVGN Volume 5 DVD is out now!
Well I guess with so many games featuring the Devil in a starring role...
That may make for a nice series of videos - Satanic games!
3 years, 2 months ago on AVGN Bible Games 3
James your dedication, enthusiasm and regard for your fans is truly commendable. I'm a budding screenwriter myself, but watching your short films and series is continually motivating me to say "Screw it!" and shoot my own short. Your love of films and film-making is something you just don't see in the commercial, cookie-cutter, production line of Hollywood. I anxiously await the AVGN movie, and wish you all the luck I can possibly muster when you have production underway.
3 years, 3 months ago on ROLFE: A No-Budget Dream (2002)