Posts by Caribou

    Quote from Strider

    I just hope mine being in those ten... better in the top half! :D I'm on a roll... :D:D:D

    I don't think it's an abuse of my moderator powers to say that you're definitely in with a very good chance. ;)

    I used to edit almost all my old pictures, but as I've learned more tricks I've found that it's often unnecessary. My first attempt at Obi-Wan from The Phantom Menace was edited by cutting-and-pasting in MS Paint:

    Then I had another go a couple of years later and found that I could make a much more realistic likeness without any editing at all:

    There are literally hundreds of useful little tricks that you can pick up - for example, with your Storm picture you could make the X logo using text and a circular earring, and white-out her eyes using little white beards or something like that. Obviously the logo wouldn't look quite as neat as it does here, and you wanted to use a different background - but it's something to bear in mind if you're entering contests where editing isn't allowed. It's mostly a matter of experimenting and trial-and-error. And having lots of patience helps. ;)

    Quote from Janina

    My X-Files time ended at the end of season 5. And it's the same with my DVD boxset. I wanted to watch all the seasons but when I reached season 6 I got bored again ;).

    I'm stubborn like that. Once I make up my mind to start watching a long-running show I usually stick it out unless it gets genuinely terrible. At the point I'm now at with The X-Files (mid-season eight) it's more or less a two-kinda-dull-episodes-to-one-really-good-one ratio, so I'm going to keep going with it for a while yet. I'm also surprised how much I've enjoyed the relationship between Scully and Mulder's replacement Agent Doggett, which is partly because Robert Patrick's a great actor but also because he's even more skeptical than Scully which keeps forcing her to emulate Mulder more. Although the fact that Mulder's gone altogether is something I don't expect the show to fully recover from.

    (And if you've got the boxset but not watched season six, at least watch the episode "Drive". It's an amazing bit of television and it's also the reason Bryan Cranston got the role of Walter White in Breaking Bad. Definitely one of my top three X-Files ever.)

    Quote from Janina

    Regarding LOST: Maybe it was my luck that I started to watch it around the time of the final season. Because I did not want to spoil it for me I did not discuss anything with other fans or read interviews.

    I came at it completely the other way. I watched the first two seasons religiously as they aired (after which it was cruelly cancelled on British TV, meaning I stopped for years), even the weekly repeats to make sure I hadn't missed anything. The creators were constantly marketing it like some huge internet guessing game: "WHAT'S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NUMBERS? CAN YOU FIGURE IT OUT?"-kinda thing, when the whole time they were more or less making everything up as they went along. It wouldn't even surprise me to learn that they started using fan-theories by the end to dig themselves out of some of the holes they'd written themselves into. It was such a well-made show though, I think if they'd had a couple more seasons to smooth out the wrinkles then it could have ended much more satifyingly.

    That said, because I never got chance to watch the last four seasons until years after they broadcast, I'd already heard that all the mysteries I was originally so wrapped up in never really got explained. I watched the rest partly because I really loved the first two seasons (and loved the third one when I saw it too) and partly because I wanted to see how wrong it all went, out of morbid curiosity. To be honest, even though I thought the last season in particular was mostly nonsense, I did kinda enjoy it right the way to the end and was a bit sad when it finished. The characters were great and I'd got really attached to them. But the story had stopped making sense long ago.

    Quote from Janina

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    I am still surprised some people believe the island was purgatory, even after the ending.

    I believe the island was originally conceived by the writers as purgatory, but the theory spread like wildfire on the internet and left them potentially with several seasons to write when everyone knew where it was going. So they changed it as much as they could and it all ended up a big muddle. I think the internet kinda crippled Lost in a way. If it had aired ten years earlier there wouldn't have been the huge waves of organised speculation (but then, no one would have dared make a show like that ten years earlier without the 'net promotion to justify the huge budget).

    But yeah, it's quite explicitly mentioned in the show that the island isn't purgatory, yet some people seem to have got that impression anyway... maybe they missed an episode or two.

    Overall though, despite my negative comments, it'll always hold a special place in my heart for how much I obsessed over the first two seasons, for having such memorable characters, and for being such an audaciously bold and ambitious (if ultimately failed) experiment for TV at the time. :)

    Quote from Strider

    As in the old times! :joy:

    We used to regularly get more than a hundred pictures a contest in the "golden years" ;) but, yeah, this is a big improvement. I reckon it's going to be close too, there are about ten pictures that could easily end up in the top five.

    Not all together, obv.

    Quote from Janina

    I was a huge fan of the X-Files, but this shows was cancelled years after I lost interest. So I guess it was the right time ;).

    I'm currently watching it all from the beginning because I found the boxset cheap recently, having only seen (and really loved) the first three seasons at the time. I've just finished season 7 and the lame episodes are already starting to outnumber the good ones. And I've got two more seasons of this downward slide to go, including the point where even David Duchovny had had enough and Mulder was written out of the series. :(

    Quote from Janina

    A show I enjoyed until the final minute was LOST. I really really loved it, even though some fans did not like ending.

    I absolutely adored the first three seasons; some of the best TV ever made. But then all the time-travel/parallel universe bullshit they started to throw in after that got really grating, and all the time the show's creators were claiming in interviews and podcasts that "It'll all make perfectly sound, scientific sense by the end". Then it turned out that the answer to all the mysteries was "The island is magic, okay? Shut up about all that other stuff. Magic. That's your lot".

    I'm pretty convinced that Lost was conceived as a show about purgatory, but far too many people guessed that within the first few episodes so the writers had to change it to keep up the mystery. They basically wrote themselves into too many corners to ever get out of, and when the show was cancelled they had to wrap up too many loose ends too quickly. So it ended up with the island being kind-of-purgatory but also kind-of-not, with a whole bunch of other pseudo-religious crap thrown in instead of the exciting, mind-blowing answers we were promised. And there were still plenty of quite major plot points that they never even attempted to resolve. I've never seen a show with so much potential throw it all away and end up feeling so empty by the end.

    Being a creative consultant isn't really the same as being a writer though. Obviously on occasion he'll have chewed the fat over episodes with people (Matt Stone being first and foremost of these) but according to the official credits at least, Trey is the sole author of almost every episode since the first few seasons.

    They have a team of animators, all under Trey and Matt's leadership. But Trey does all the writing and directing (and many of the voices) himself and has done for most of the show's run.

    Quote from TheNinthWave

    They must have fired some really talented writers.

    With the exception of Major Boobage from season 12 (co-written by Matt Stone), Trey Parker has written every word of every episode for the last fourteen years.

    I want to be Jack White. I've never felt like that about anyone before. The man is just too cool.

    But from that article:

    Quote from The Washington Post

    She added novelty and lots of mojo, but, musically speaking, Meg was a very replaceable cog

    STRONGLY DISAGREE. If anyone else played drums in The White Stripes, they would be a much lesser band, regardless of how much more like Led Zeppelin they might have sounded on occasion. Jack and Meg work together like they've got a telepathic link. He'll be off on some ten-minute improvised blues medley and she won't miss a single beat. Which is not to say that Jack doesn't need a "better" drummer for some of his many other projects, but in The White Stripes she was utterly irreplaceable. Meg 4eva yo.

    Quote from bellaXraven

    Last night I watched Kung Pow: Enter The Fist.

    ....No comment.

    A friend of mine went on and on at me to watch that, saying it was the one of the funniest films ever. I eventually watched it, and it... uh.... wasn't.

    Black Dynamite, on the other hand, which is a similar sort of premise, is all kinds of awesome.

    I'd much rather a show got cancelled early than carried on until the quality drops. Breaking Bad got it spot on. Same with comedy shows like Fawlty Towers or Flight of the Conchords: only two seasons each but every single episode is genius, and they'll stay that way forever. I remember when The Simpsons used to be the greatest TV show of all time but unfortunately these days it's being written by people who were only kids themselves when it first started and they're just doing a second-rate impression of the show they grew up with.

    To be honest, I'm amazed that South Park has lasted this long without any major drop in quality. I think the fact that Trey and Matt rule it with such iron fists has a lot to do with it. Too many cooks, and all that...

    To include images in a forum post you need to put the image url in between image tags like this: [img]inserturlhere[/img]. If Imageshack charges you for this then there are plenty of other image-hosting sites that will do the same for free; I use personally.

    There are so many great episodes, but Trapped in the Closet stands out for me because it not only totally skewered three celebrities that I can't stand, but it did the world a great service in showing everyone how ridiculous Scientology really is. And to this day I can't even hear a mention of R Kelly without subconsciously hearing him sing, "Now I'm in the closet / Now I'm in the closet tooooo" and it always makes me smile.

    Whoever said that, I'm sure they'll be a huge loss to the community here. Whatever will we do if all the racist dickheads stop using the site because they've got sand in their vagina over a few items that no one is forcing them to ever click on? Geez.

    I'm no fan of the cartoon myself, but most of these items look pretty useful in their own right. :thumbup:

    The censored versions that were originally aired are included on at least some versions of the US DVD. They're completely missing from the UK version, despite the packaging claiming it to be "complete" fourteenth season. I read somewhere that Trey and Matt were so angry at what was done to the episodes that they insisted they were withdrawn from all future releases, but I'm not sure how accurate that information is. It's a shame; I really enjoyed those episodes even despite the censorship.

    I can't believe they left both of those episodes off the DVD release altogether; they were among the best that season. The DVD is where they should have restored the full uncensored versions, not gone the other way.

    There are a lot of contenders from the old Universal films (The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Bela Lugosi's Dracula spring immediately to mind, or pretty much anyone played by either of the Lon Chaneys) but for me it's got to be Frankenstein's monster, hands down. Frankenstein and (especially) Bride of Frankenstein are just amazing films that have never been bettered, and Boris Karloff just owns that role. The scene in the dungeon where he reaches up from the chair he's chained to toward a narrow shaft of light, soon after his creation, is one of the greatest bits of acting (and cinema as a whole, come to think of it) that has ever been. Damn I love those movies.

    So. Babymetal. What's that all about then? =)