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Wrestling & MMA / Fabulous Moolah controversy
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:14:23 AM »
With the next womenís battle royal being named after her, wwe is starting to get bad press about it since Moolah apparently was a huge piece of shit? She pimped out all her trainees to men if they wanted to get into the business, get booked, have a place to stay. Moolah also extorted money from them, having them sign long contracts to owe her money for years while she held on to the belt forever. She was basically a human sex trafficker.

It was speculated thatís the reason for the Mae Young Classic and not the Fabulous Moolah Classic.

Iíve never heard of any of this till recently, but WWE has been pretty good lately about not being tonedeaf to these things. Then again they pick and choose which scandals to acknowledge such as Warrior getting a random cause and charity being named after him despite the things heís said.

Wrestling & MMA / Jeff Hardy Arrested
« on: March 12, 2018, 10:34:37 AM »
Driving while intoxicated. Damn it. I doubt theyíll look the other way like they did with the USO brother since Jeff has a long history of this. Hopefully theyíll offer him help rather than punishment.

Wrestling & MMA / Mixed Match Challenge
« on: March 08, 2018, 11:45:12 AM »
These kind of take place in an alternate universe where the superstars are a little more themselves and have shown more personality than usual.

Braun and Bliss are the most fun to watch since they seem to have an unlikely romantic comedy chemistry and Braun is an entirely different person around her.

Second favorite are Roode and Charlotte who also have some legit chemistry with each other and it feels like a shoot. Charlotte is a totally different person around him and beyond charming. Probably her real life persona. Itís fitting since Roode is a combination of Triple H and Flair.

Lana and Rusev are killing their skits. Too bad they donít see Rusev as a face.

Balor and Sasha were awesome. They need to turn both heel and have them in the Balor Club

Wrestling & MMA / Only Co-Branded ppvs after Mania
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:48:03 PM »
After Mania both rosters will share one ppv a month, which means Roman Reigns will main event every ppv forever.

Plus the ppvs will run 5+ hours.

Okay they cannot be catering to the casual fan anymore with 3 hours of raw and 5 hour ppvs. Those are hardcore fans who are willing to watch that many hours of wrestling.

Wrestling & MMA / Triple H taking over 205 Live
« on: February 07, 2018, 03:18:07 PM »
Much lik NXT, itís going to be his baby and no longer Vinceís. Supposed to be moving forward with more of a focus on in ring action and less character driven.

Wrestling & MMA / Braun Strowman
« on: January 19, 2018, 03:27:19 PM »
Zero talk of raw and smackdown this week, but we need to acknowledge how great heís doing with his Stone Cold steve Austin push.

This is how you get someone over, not forcing wins and titles such as with Roman and Jinder.

The guy also gets subtle comedy. Heís totally into how over the top his character is.

ďI was about to tell a story!Ē

ďIím not finished till someone catches these hands!Ē

And that whole moment with the baker holding a cake backstage.

Wrestling & MMA / Newest WWE Signees
« on: January 15, 2018, 01:48:11 AM »
Candice LeRae - long overdue. Maybe one of the best female workers in the business.

War Machine - amazing hoss tag team.

Ricochet - one of the best athletes in the business.

Wrestling & MMA / Paige forced to retire?
« on: January 12, 2018, 04:47:18 PM »
Sasha kicked her in the back of the neck a couple of weeks ago, which caused her to lose feeling in her extremities, so sheís been on the shelf healing.  Now itís being said it might be retirement coming back from neck surgery and right before the first ever womanís royal rumble.

Wrestling & MMA / Daniel Bryan in 2018
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:12:32 PM »
His contract is up later this year. WWE made him retire against his own will and wants to wrestle again.

Itís unclear who heíll wrestle for right now if he gets cleared.

Dave Meltzer has been speculating that heís told WWE he wonít re-sign with them and thatís why theyíre potentially turning him heel to tarnish his character.

That sounds really petty but also really stupid.

Wrestling & MMA / Raw is Balor Club
« on: January 09, 2018, 08:05:05 PM »
I donít want to get my hopes up, but theyíre finally doing something with the Bullet Club members as a faction.

Shield vs Bullet Club was the natural dream match they ignored when Aj was on Raw with the Club, and Seth was still heel. Now we get Balor Club vs Jason Jordanís Shield.

Bullet Club is a merchandise cash cow right now. I donít get why they donít do what they did with the nWo during the Monday night wars and create an off shoot like DX with former members.

AJ is still out there and Nakamura their Nemesis. Plus you know theyíll poach other members like Kenny Omega one day.

In other things, Braun destroying Brock and Kane was great.

Looking forward to Asuka vs Jaxx

Miz is just great on the mic.

Samoa Joe needs to be pushed more.

Woken Hardy...weíll see, but nothing much going on but laugh offs every week.

General Discussion / Justice League (2017)
« on: November 17, 2017, 01:16:36 PM »

Enjoyed the movie a lot. Is it great? Nope. Good? For DC fans who are already fans of these characters.

Thereís no plot, but the editing and reshooting Whedon did for the two hour mandate he had, he made into a fun live action version of Injustice and the DC cartoons.

I could have used another half hour to really flesh the characters or story out, but Snyder had no story or character for these guys, so it would have ruined a good thing I feel.

The MVP is still Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman. Sheís the most fleshed out of the team and most convincing. Maybe it helps having a good solo movie to develope her.

Batman just felt off. Way too vulnerable and missing the grit from BvS and Suicide Squad. This is more to do with the writing and directing than Affleck. Way too soft.

Flash - enjoyable. No complaints. Heís very different than CW Barry. Thatís not a dig Grant Gustin, more of a compliment to the film for making their own Barry.

Aquaman is fun, but heís 95% on land the entire movie. I think Momoa got to shine rather than the superhero. He needs a solo film in water.

Cyborg is the hardest to pull off since heís so much cgi and looks fake. Heís too busy looking and needs to be more stream lined like Iron Man. Much like Aquaman I liked the actor more than the superhero. I donít think he was used the best visually unless you love cgi on top of cgi.

Superman is fantastic. Complete opposite of Cyborg and Aquaman. I got to see Superman do Superman stuff in the best way possible.

Steppenwolf is another generic bad guy we have to sit through. Should have been Darkseid, but Snyder would have wasted him too. But they can save Darkseid for another film maybe.

Speaking of wasted, they have no clue who Lois Lane is character wise. The stuff she says is completely pointless.

Flawed film making, but I enjoyed it. Please donít let Zach Snyder near this universe anymore. This is kind of a soft reboot of the DCEU, but they need to do better like Wonder Woman.

Two after credit scenes are good.

General Discussion / Wonder Woman (2017)
« on: June 02, 2017, 11:39:15 AM »

Saw it last night. Great movie. Completely different feeling watching this than BvS and Suicide Squad.

I never thought much about Gal Gadot, but she is fantastic in this. So charming, likable, but convincing. Even the cheesy lines she had I believed her. She is Wonder Woman the same way RDJ is Tony Stark.

I really enjoyed the origin stuff on Themiscara with the amazons. Great casting. Those women look legit tough. Robin Wright wow. Who knew.

The true villain in this is war and Diana is just beyond frustrated man or the amazons won't do whatever it takes to fight or stop it. A lot of her call to action is just inspiring. Her fighting in that outfit in trench warfare totally works. It's a great costume.

Chris Pine deserves a lot of credit. He bounces off her and makes the film enjoyable. The two are great together. You can ignore the super hero stuff and those two have a good movie on their own.

I guess the actual villain is weak and generic. It's the same type of villain in almost every superhero movie now, especially mcu so it's nothing new. The common thing is more development on the hero at the cost of the villain.

Still a great film. D.C. finally offers something unique they can be proud of without looking like they're trying to catch up with Marvel. I don't know if this movie is okay for little girls, but it's great for women. It makes you want to stand up and fight.

Wrestling & MMA / Adam Cole gets fired from Bullet Club
« on: May 25, 2017, 12:18:20 AM »
I don't think the Bullet Club concept really works outside of Japan. And I really wish they'd stop referencing the Club in WWE unless they plan to actually do something with them as a team. But this bullet Club firing in the states was awesome. If Kenny Omega ever comes to WWE this is the tone to use. He has the right combination of comedy and seriousness to make it work.

Adam Cole is rumored to go to NXT. Vince is suppodly a fan of him as well.

Wrestling & MMA / The Miz's promos
« on: April 23, 2017, 12:11:27 PM »
Have all been shoots lately. He's a genuinely good heel, but hard to root against him when he's just pointing out the truth every time he speaks.

The Cena stuff was 100% accurate. I didn't see it, but he said something to Daniel Bryan on talking smack that legitimately made him walk out on air. And the stuff about Dean being lazy and complacent seems to be a legitimate complaint about him backstage.

Geekville / Deadpool 2 news thread
« on: April 12, 2017, 03:16:52 PM »
Josh Brolin cast as Cable

Wrestling & MMA / Southpaw Regional Wrestling
« on: March 23, 2017, 01:16:49 AM »
This is the best thing WWE is doing right now creatively. Makes you wonder why the main rosters aren't written or acted this well. The build up to Lethal Leap Year destroys the current build up to Wrestlemania.

Wrestling & MMA / The Hardys leave TNA
« on: February 28, 2017, 09:44:37 PM »
and not accepting anymore indy bookings because they might not be able to fulfill them in the future.

Hopefully this means they're headed back to WWE, specifically to Smackdown. If they can loosely use the broken hardys gimmick, them working with the Wyatts would be amazing.

The idea of Kenny Omega was fun, but I think for the time being, the Hardys would fit better with the current state of both rosters.

General Discussion / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
« on: December 16, 2016, 03:38:26 PM »
I really have mixed feelings about this.

I think I value the film for the story it told and how this sets you up directly to watch the original trilogy directly after. It sets up A New Hope wonderfully, where as the Prequels would shoe horn things as fan service or to make you go "remember these guys?"

I just couldn't find myself caring for anyone in the movie except the droid in the film. This was partly marketed as a heist film, but really it's a war film. It puts the war in Star Wars. On top of that, it's a suicide mission, not like that poorly executed Suicide Squad. This mission actually has everyone risking it all to capture the plans for the Death Star.

So while there's all these lives at risk and at war, I wasn't emotionally invested in them. I was more into the cause.

So the droid steals the show for me as far as characters. He's not cute like BB8 or Baby Groot. He's a dry witted bad ass that I related the most with.

On the villains side I'm mixed on as well. Director Kroenig reminded me too much of Grand Moff Tarkin. It's almost a direct archetype of him and that character is in the film as his superior officer. I mean he's played well, there isn't too much there apart from the evil empire officer this faction seems to be full of.

Vader has a couple of scenes in this and it's fantastic, easily what I'll watch on loop over and over once scenes from the film are released online next year. It's the Vader we always dreamed of.

I criticized Force Awakens last year for remixing the original trilogy and not telling a new story and now I'm finding myself appreciating Force Awakens more for at least getting me into the characters and story, no matter how rehashed they were.

There needs to be something in between where it's something new and familiar.

I give this a low full price. See it in theaters for sure. Maybe not my favorite Star Wars story, but one of the best looking for sure. Darth Vader might be worth the price of admission alone.

Wrestling & MMA / Big Van Vader given two years to live
« on: November 16, 2016, 08:56:25 AM »
due to heart failure by two doctors according to his Twitter.

Growing up as a huge WWF fan, Vader was one of the main reasons that drew me to WCW in the early 90's.

I was really excited for his WWF run, but Vince didn't know how to use him and Shawn refused to put him over.

A prime Vader vs Brock is a dream match of mine to this day.

General Discussion / Doctor Strange (2016)
« on: November 04, 2016, 12:17:59 PM »
I've been excited for this ever since Cumberbatch's casting was announced.

I really enjoyed this. It's a lot smaller as a film than Civil War, but that's a good thing. It moves really fast, maybe too fast to be great, but still does enough to make you care for the characters and story.

It's funny because there's so much to compare superhero movies to this year alone. Deadpool and Civil War got it right in completely different ways. BvS and Suicide Squad had the right intentions but still isn't close to there yet. And Apocalypse just went backyards.

This one got it right and I have it just below Deadpool and Civil War depending on the day.

It's a pretty straight forward origin story we've seen before. Arrogant and gifted guy has to learn humility before he can earn his powers. Tony Stark and Thor both go through this in their films, except I felt they cast forwarded through his journey, a little bit.

It might have been a misstep in any other film, but the individual performances in this film really bring it up. Strange, Ancient One, Mordo, and Wong are played wonderfully by the respective actors.

And visually the movie is fantastic. Lots of comparisons to Inception will be made, but the visual effects team just takes what that film did further. Definitely should be seen on the big screen.

Only other weakness other than possibly rushing the pace of the film would be the underdeveloped generic villain. This is an on going thing with Marvel when not using Loki or Netflix, but you have a dream match between Sherlock and Hannibal and you don't do much with Mads Mikkelson, who has the acting chops to go against Cumberbatch.

Still a very enjoyable film, very different in tone and genre for the MCU, even if they're following a familiar formula now.

Looking forward to more Dr. Strange in the universe.

General Discussion / Luke Cage (Netflix)
« on: September 30, 2016, 12:19:40 PM »
Just getting into the 5th episode now.

I loved Jessica Jones and was surprised others gave up on it where as they loved season one of Daredevil better.

This makes me think the mass fan base wants more superhero and less drama. Well this is another slow burn, but great story telling. Luke Cage isn't going around busting heads non stop. You definitely get that, but it's a very grounded story about a guy fighting an urban war in Harlem from the inside out.

It's really good so far and getting better.

General Discussion / Suicide Squad (2016)
« on: August 05, 2016, 10:07:54 AM »
This movie is mostly fun, doesn't deserve the bad mouth it's receiving, but it's not great.

The biggest weakness is the choice of the villain. It ruins the third act and turns it into Ghostbusters.

They should have just copied their own source material and made the live action version of Escape From Arkham and have Joker as the main antagonist.

Will Smith walks Way with the most memorable character arc. He does the most with what he's given, kind of like Affleck in BvS.

Speaking of which, the few seconds Batman is in the film, he steals it every time. I'm beyond ready for a solo batman film.

Viola Davis is great as Amanda Waller. Best once since JLU.

Harley is probably the most believable of the funny characters. The rest like Captain Boomerang, feel like caricitures, but she plays Harley pretty well. The jokes in the movie aren't very funny, but she comes the closest to making you genuinely laugh.

I'm not sure how I feel about Jared Leto. So much hype about his method acting and how he terrorized his cast mates. He's hardly given much time to shine, but when he's on, I didn't get a Joker persona from him. He had a small role and Batman had a cameo and I felt Batman did more with his cameo than did Joker. I'd like to see what he could do as the main villain in a solo Batman film.

Rick Flagg was given almost the same amount of character work as Deadshot. And he's decent because he really tries. Nothing great. It's about the same he did as Robocop.

Enchantress kind of brought the movie down for me. Without getting into spoilers, her role was the major downfall of the film and all the imagery and action the cast had to work with.

At one point the movie switches from Ghostbusters to Gods of Egypt. It's supposed to be a semi grounded street film, but they chose to take it to Ghostbusters and Gods of Egypt territory by the end and I was kind of bored with what little that it left for the team to do.

Tons of talk now about how this movie was a victim of studio interference with the reshoots and editing in a ton of random music to make the movie more fun due to the BvS complaints. It still doesn't fix the problem of the main villain.

I'd give this film a matinee.

General Discussion / The Conjuring 2 (2016)
« on: June 11, 2016, 12:01:30 PM »
The first Conjuring might be the last good and scary horror movie I saw. It wasn't a perfect movie, but the good definitely out weighed the bad in legitimate scares.

Skipped Annabelle, but this one was another very scary horror film. James Wan has figured out the perfect beats to scare you, including throwing off the audience who are ready for it.

They don't waste time in this. It's approached with skepticism, but the ghost makes itself known every chance it gets and and erases any doubt that there is danger and you're going to be a part of it.

Negatives would be it is a bit long and they explore little side ghosts that could have been cut out, took me out of the movie for a bit, might be a spin off, but don't.

Still, if you liked the original, found it scary, this is just as scary if not more effective. I'd say James Wan right now is the best horror director.

General Discussion / X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
« on: June 02, 2016, 10:00:06 AM »
I was avoiding seeing this due to all the controversy, the controversy that it sucks. Sound like another comic book film?

The common defense seems to be, "it's not as bad as people say". That's a fair assessment, but not a good thing. I found it to be a dull, boring, CGI heavy soul less film, with a few good moments.

It shares similar problems with BvS. Tons of characters and action, but not a lot of story, narrative, or personality. If you loved how fun they made the Deadpool universe while still maintaining a sense of drama or great superhero action, get ready for Bryan Singer to ignore all that.

The good: Magneto. Michael Fassbender brings a ton of acting and character work. He's one of the few people who has actual motivations for his actions. Same with Professor X. Quicksilver steals the show again, but it's a repeat of his DOFP scene shot differently. Nightcrawler, Cyclops, and Sophie Turner as Jean are all likable as the new team.

The Bad: Apocalypse is the ultimate generic overpowered villain who wants to destroy the world. He sucks. Anyone could have played him with his auto tuned voice and lame monologues. And that's really the plot of the film. He wants to destroy the world and the X-Men must stop him. There isn't much more depth than that. There's other side stories that are pretty disjointed and don't go anywhere such as Quicksilver realizing Magneto is his dad. Wolverine is just in there and is gone.

And there's just so much CGI destruction at the end it's boring and pointless. There might be a 10-15 minute sequence where Magneto floats alone by himself in a magnetic field looking into the distance. You just don't feel for any of it.

Singer brings back his generic black uniforms for the team because superhero costumes will never work in live action.

Better or worse than BvS? That depends on what you rally liked from both. I got the best live action Batman ever from BvS along with Alfred and loved those Batman/Bruce moments. I didn't love anything from this. I guess this is less offensive in the same way than BvS because Jesse Eisenberg wasn't in it. I dunno, they both suck and have their moments.

As far as this movie goes, I give it a low rental. No excuse to be making this kind of X-Men film. It's going backwards, especially with Deadpool showing us how fun an X-Men universe can be with real X-Men and comic book uniforms and costumes. Stop trying to make Bryan Singer happen.

General Discussion / 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
« on: April 03, 2016, 10:51:50 AM »
This movie came out of nowhere, which is really cool these days where we know too much about big movies due to the internet.

Is this a sequel to Cloverfield? Nope. Not at all. Don't expect THAT monster to show up because it's not that movie.

It is a damn good movie however. And the less you know going in, the better. So I'm reluctant to talk too specific about it, but I still want to set it up and sell this movie on people.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is driving, gets in an accident, and wakes up in an under ground bunker with John Goodman. He seems unstable, crazy, but good natured at the same time. According to him, they can't ever go outside because something terrible is out there that will kill them all. So the whole movies is a mystery horror thriller where you're asking yourself what's going on, what do we do, and is there any good decision to make at all considering the choices.

The trailers to their credit only give away the first few minutes of the film, so you get a ton of fresh story telling going in.

John Goodman is great in this. See it.

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