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Currently on Season 6 of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

It's been a weird jaunt down memory lane, to be honest--but an enjoyable one, for the most part.
 

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Drive (1997) - The one with Mark Dacasacos. The guy who played Jimmy Lee in Double Dragon (1994). It's a Hong Kong style action film made in America and it is tight! How come I never saw this back in the 90s? I don't recall it ever showing up on Cinemax, Sowtime, or HBO. I do know this was a straight-to-VHS movie. I did not know this film existed until I was almost out of high school.

The plot is basically Toby (Mark D.) has an artificial heart that makes him super strong, and is trying to get it removed. Going cross country across the states to LA. He meets up with Malik Brody (Kadeem Hardison), a guy jobless and near divorce, recruits him to help him out (unwillingly at first). The action scenes are freaking awesome. How Mark never got more work than he should have did is beyond me. The stunt choreography are beautiful and carry that finesse you'd see in HK and Japanese cinema. In fact, a Japanese team did a lot of the fight coordination and it shows. Crazy, stylish, and over-the-top.

The director is Steven Wang. He directed the live-action Guyver movies and it shows. He uses some of the same crew from Guyver 2: Dark Hero. A movie I do recommend, if you're in to Henshin style heroes with gore. This dude did a lot of straight to video action movies. The version of Drive I watched is the Director's cut with everything restored. The movie ends open-ended on a sequel hook, but that obviously never went anywhere. Watch this movie.

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EDIT: This is the scene RE5 got its inspiration from. I recommend you don't watch the rest after that, if you don't want to be spoiled.

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The first two episodes of JoJo's bizarre adventure: Diamond is unbreakable.

It's more gruesome than I remember.
 

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Reference for Vijay.

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I dig it. It's more what I wanted from the anime than what the actual anime was. Just 10 years too late.

Granted you could always adapt both....;).
 
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Skyrim mod reviews.

You’ve joined every faction in Skyrim and have completed all of their tasks. Now down on your luck and no where to turn to.
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Every Khajiit player:
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In another round of needless reboots to beloved children's shows, though admittedly I'm late to finding out about it,

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An additional comment from an anonymous Rainmaker employee that posted on 4chan on 2/23/2018, before the show actually aired on Netflix on March 30, 2018:

"I feel you guys deserve an explanation and since I can't talk publicly about this without putting my job in danger I'll post this here where everyone will think I'm larping. Everybody that was working on this show knew this backlash was coming but Hefferon has his head so far up his ass he wouldn't listen to anybody and nobody could tell him to smarten up since he owns the whole company any idea he came up with was put in no matter how stupid, hell sometimes he brought his kid into reviews and had the kid give notes, also fun fact the main character shares a name with his kid and the main character's father's name is the name of his assistant. The production itself was a massive disaster as well, Hefferon got sold on using the unreal engine for lighting and rendering the series despite rainmaker having a superb traditional CG pipeline because the first ReBoot was the first CG show on TV he wanted to make this show a first as well so the first unreal game engine show on TV.

"To compound that problem those of us that came over from a traditional pipeline were given next to no training in unreal so we are figuring it out as we went along, the guy that was supposed to be the big know it all guy about unreal ended up being completely incompetent at his job but was great at kissing Michael's ass and creating conflicts by going behind the art and animation director's backs. Also wouldn't be surprised if a # MeToo story comes out about this guy as he was just creepy in general with the girls on the team. The project also went through a number of different art directors as they got fed up and quit due to the related issues this of course caused a lot of issues to the point where most environments in the show were just improvised off of single concept images. Also in the trailer you might notice some of the CG shots look extremely crappy and some look good, here's why that is.

"The creepy kiss up guy from earlier convinced Hefferon early on that reboot wouldn't need a team of lighters since "The game engine will do that automatically for us." So for the first few episodes there was no team dedicated to lighting the shots so it fell to the world builders to light those episodes and as no world building had any lighting experience you can see the results, after those episodes were complete they finally came to the realization that you actually need lighters to get good TV show level lighting so they hastily hired a team of lighters but because it was so late in the production schedule they had to hire basically anybody that applied so that means the majority of the lighters were straight out of school, and I don't think they finished up hiring that team till episode 11 or 12. Another reason for the crappy looking CG is because there was absolutely no training provided to the surfacing team on how shaders in unreal work, so you had them going in blind muddling their way through trying to figure out how to make ship work, hell the most any of us got to training in unreal for the whole project was about 2 weeks. I know to people outside the industry surfacing and lighting may not sound important but they are the subtle things that make something go from looking cheap and bad to looking good in CG.

"In summary the production was a complete cluster **** with a CEO making all the decisions, refusing to listen to anybody just making his pet fantasy project about his self inserted son, but hey he got what he wanted, he can now say reboot the guardian code is the first ever show to be made with the unreal engine and rendered in 4k plus there is some VR stuff. Watch anytime he talks about the show he'll hit on those points, hell those are the points we've been told to hit on in the handout they gave us about how we're supposed to talk about the show in public.I'm very sorry about the product we put out there, I can't imagine how hard it is for long time fans of ReBoot to look at this abomination, if you're holding out any hope for this show don't, not only did the spit on the grave of ReBoot they did it in a badly written, badly acted show. If you're wondering if they tried to do anything to placate you guys, that'd be episode 10, they have all the old main characters in that episode but only that episode and it's just as badly written and acted as they other episodes. Do not watch this show, do not support this show or if you feel the need to satisfy your curiosity about it wait at least a month after release, netflix tends to make a decision on renewing for more seasons based on the numbers after about 2-4 weeks so the last thing this show needs is to do well out of morbid curiosity during those weeks and get another season."
 

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Just seen the first epsidode of Loki.

I'm...undecided yet. If it goes as badly as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier garbage, I'll be very disappointed. As it stands, I'm hoping it will be good and answer some questions I have.
 

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Treasure Planet was my favorite Disney film back in the day. I'd watch it.

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Dude's an inspiration. I gotta step up.
 
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Right this second? 700 Sharks on Disney+.

Earlier, it was American Gospel: Christ Crucified on AGTV (my latest service subscription) and also a superb takedown of critical race theory.
 

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There was a fanfic that had him travel with Namine and Axel after the prologue. So they could replace Donald and Goofy who would just travel with Mickey.

I preferred Roxas to Sora so I'd be down for a Roxas centered KH2.

An easier pitch would be Roxas as a regular nobody who joins the Organization in the beginning of 2. He was a keyblade apprentice who died fighting the Heartless during 1. He comes back as a nobody and has to grapple with what that means because he didn't know what they were before. He does become a good guy at the end but he has to be misguided in the beginning for that to work.

He defects at the halfway point and the second trip around Disney is a redemption tour. He tries to make amends for what he did in the first half.

It's a riskier plot to what we got but I would've been fine with it.

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I'm not a big Sora fan but this is a cool angle for him.

Antipode is a fanfic that switched Riku and Sora's roles. This could've worked for that fic's storyline.
 
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