Francis Buck

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    Francis Michael Buck

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  1. I'm pretty damn psyched for this. Honestly, at first I didn't even pay any attention to last season's existence other than hearing that it was happening, despite Fargo being one of my favorite movies, as I just assumed it would be some weird spin-off that either aped the movie's style, or that the story or was just completely different.   Then it turned out to be kinda both, but it was awesome. One of the bigger TV surprises I can think of in recent memory. I'm kind of especially anxious about season two after feeling like this was a disappointing year in television for me personally. I mean, if you had told me a year ago that out of the three main shows I was hyped for -- True Detective, GoT, and Better Call Saul -- that the weird spin-off from Breaking Bad would be the only one to not just meet but actually exceed my expectations...I probably wouldn't have believed you.    So yeah, hoping for S2 of this to be great.   ETA:   Actually I forgot, but Mad Men this year was huge for me and I adored the finale. Though in that case I can say that I was never truly concerned about the show, having faith that Weiner and the crew behind it would deliver. It didn't shock and awe, exactly, but that was nice. It felt like the ending I always wanted without knowing it, and afterwards seemed completely natural and totally satisfying. 
  2. I've had the first book for a while and stopped and started it several times, for no particular reason really as I enjoyed what I was reading, but I've finally started properly getting into it. I'm about half-way through and it's pretty damn cool. Some of the writing feels slightly weak at times, but it's never overly offensive and so far it has been made up for with the characters, plot, and very creative setting.
  3. Honestly, even though I'm sure I would've enjoyed The Hateful Eight, I'd rather see him make something else. I want to see a more modern crime tale along the lines of his first three. That being said I wouldn't be shocked if he ends up just making The Hateful Eight in a few months.
  4. We'll never get another Kill Bill. QT has said at one point or another that he was going to make a sequel/prequel of pretty much every movie he makes (aside from Death Proof and Jackie Brown, to my knowledge). The Vega brothers prequel, the Kill Bill sequel, the Inglourious Basterds prequel, etc. I'm not sure if he just likes trolling people, or if he genuinely wants to do these projects but then gets wrapped up with something else, but it has definitely become a pattern.
  5. That's what I meant, wasn't speaking tonally.
  6. I need to check this series out. I'm either going to go for this or The Book of the New Sun once I finish the Dune series. I think I might go for this though. i feel like something a little "lighter" (relatively speaking) after blasting through all six Dune novels.
  7. I just recently blasted through every GGK book on Kindle, aside from Ysabel (started it, didn't really like it). Out of Sarantium, UH, RoS, Lions, and The Last Light of the Sun, I think UH was my favorite. I agree with polishgenius's critique of Lions. The gimmick got old, quick. It's unfortunate too, because the only time he really should have used it, in my opinion, was the final fight, where it actually made some sense thematically, but by the time it got there I just kind of worn-out on the trick. I thought UH was almost perfect, but the ending fell a little flat. In particular, I didn't like how: And I still want to read Tigana. It was actually my first choice after Lions, but there's no Kindle version, and it's not at my library, so I'll have to pick up a paper copy at some point. Actually, I think several of GGK's books would have been a bit better if the villains had a little more of the spotlight. They seem to flutter around the edges, and then their real actions all happen in info-dumps of prose about wars and the various states of the civilizations involved, etc., which is something I generally can't stand. I just don't think it's compelling writing at all, in any of the forms I've seen it.
  8. I honestly don't see the worth in a D&D movie. For starters, you could pretty much use anything that's in D&D in a separate fantasy world without any trouble. It's pretty generic fantasy stuff. And even the brand-name is not really the most appealing thing in the world. I feel like D&D has a really strong nerd-stigma associated with it, even in this "golden era" of geekdom.
  9. What's kinda sad is that that song is significantly better than 90% of rap on the radio.
  10. Best episode yet. I honestly do not understand how someone can say these changes were negative; by doing so you're basically just claiming that GRRM's story is completely perfect and cannot be altered whatsoever in any way. Having the dragons be stolen adds an awesome boost to Dany's storyline that was sorely needed. You can tell that they're really going to be make the HotU intense and very important to Dany's story this season. And the alterations to Theon's subplot only served to make his arc even more tragic and powerful than it was. Alfie Allen's acting this season has easily been in the top five of the show; he really just adds a whole new dimension to that plot. And beyond anything else...Ramsay has been confirmed! How can you not be fucking psyched about that?
  11. Shadowbaby was nothing like I imagined...and far more awesome.
  12. I have a question. Was the big guy at the end of the episode supposed to be Gregor? Not the bald Amory Lorch, but the dude that pushed over Yoren's dead body with his sword. He looked like a really big guy, but he was wearing Lannister armor and it was kinda dark. I hope it's not Gregor though, only because it would be weird for him to wear Lannister armor instead of his intense black super-armor, which is like half the reason he's so damn hard to kill. If that's the case, it'll probably be the first thing to really bother me at all so far this season (I mean it's hardly a big deal whatsoever, just a stupid little personal gripe, but still it doesn't make much sense that he wouldn't wear his own armor, since he's the lord of his own house and not a part of the Lannister family, just a bannerman).
  13. I always had the impression that Margaery was a bit of a shcemer. Certainly not on the level of Olenna, but still more than competent. She easily holds her own against Cersei (which really isn't much, but still). I definitely wouldn't say she's totally "innocent" either, at least in the sense of a pawn being moved around while she's completely oblivious -- she definitley knows what's going on around her, and she knows the role she has to play.
  14. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't they call it the Gray Wedding in the books?
  15. Just submitted mine...there's some good lookin' people on this site! *removes creeper face*