Francis Buck

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    Writing, reading, movies, television, video games, guitar, history, science, and philosophy.

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    Francis Michael Buck

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  1. Video Games: Excuse me Sir, the machine ate my quarter

    So I'm playing MGSV on Xbox One, and I'd like to have some friends whose FOB I can defend (plus, if they want, they can defend mine). I'm not really into infiltration just yet, but I'd like some experience defending bases in general. Unfortunately the only friend I have with the game on Xbox One barely plays it.    Do people need to be your online friends in order to have this defend/protect feature going on? I've been searching a bit on the internet and haven't found anything conclusive yet. It doesn't help that the game's "tutorials" for this mode are pretty weak and barely even cover the basics, which is even worse since this a relatively complex game system (and one sitting at the top of countless other complex game systems). 
  2. Fargo Season 2: you betcha!

    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. 
  3. Finally saw this, and it totally met my (by this point pretty damn high) expectations. It felt so fresh aesthetically and even thematically, despite being rendered in perhaps the most stereotypical post-apocalyptic setting/scenario of modern fiction -- an archetype that was, of course, basically created by this very franchise.    I absolutely loved the structure of it and the way the story unfolded. There's so little dialogue, and so much of the plot and exposition come through visual storytelling. Even the world-building, which was also surprisingly fresh and distinct, was rarely explained directly to the audience. Like most great pieces of fiction, it forces the viewer to engage with the story in order to understand it (not that there's anything wildly complex or difficult here to understand in the first place, but then that's precisely why it's nice that so little of it is force-fed to us like a lot of blockbusters would). Same goes for the characters. Furiosa and, to an even greater degree, Max, almost never verbally express how they're feeling at a particular moment, because they don't need to. Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy are good enough actors (supported by a good enough script and director) that the audience knows all they need to know from their mannerisms. I mean shit, virtually half of Max's already hilariously sparse dialogue is just a slew of different grunts, and it fucking works.    The action speaks for itself. "Intense" just isn't a strong enough word to describe it. The set-pieces are huge, fast, completely over-the-top in every imaginable way...and yet incredibly measured and well-choreographed. It never felt like an incomprehensible mess of noise and motion (like many of the fight scenes in say, the Transformers movies). The camera-work and editing serve to establish a sense of geography to each action scene. You may get lost for a moment simply because it's all so fast, to the point that you can look away for a moment or two and miss something important...but if you pay attention, the action always follows a logical (if not necessarily realistic) chain of cause-and-effect, which is something that's way too rare in a time when action movies are more popular than ever (a similar thing happened with the success of The Raid franchise in the West, which applied the same techniques to fist-fights that Mad Max does to vehicular mayhem -- of course, this is something East Asian action filmmakers have known for decades). I also loved the wonderfully unsubtle feministic edge it had. The title may be "Mad Max", but this is absolutely Furiosa's story. The interplay between the two men and six women traveling together here is great, and it never feels preachy or forced. The fact that Max spends almost half the movie bound, impotent, and is literally treated as an object (bloodbag) was great and quite clever.   Somewhat ironically, the film reminded me a bit of the Mel Gibson-directed Apocalypto, which relied decently on visual storytelling as well as lengthy-but-coherent-and-interesting action sequences.   So yeah, movie totally lived up to the hype. If you're even remotely a fan of action flicks, then go see this. It's one of the best out there, and will almost certainly be looked back upon as one of the defining films of the genre for this decade. 
  4. The Acts of Caine by Matt Woodring Stover

    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.
  5. Edge of Tomorrow [Spoilers]

    Just got out, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I like Tom Cruise -- he's great if the material is good, and the guy always puts in his all, no matter what. Emily Blunt was awesome and super badass (and ultra hot as always), though her character was slightly underdeveloped for me. Overall it was quite good though. Interesting basic premise, good amount of humor, and nice action -- it never felt too over-the-top or anything. I also really liked the aliens and their design. It was something different. Only gripe is the ending, which I was somewhat lackluster:
  6. Rick and Morty thread

    Had no interest in this for some reason. Was snowed-in today. Saw it onDemand. Remembered Sci's thread. Gave it a shot. It's awesome. Smart, dark, poignant, and hilarious. My kind of show. Thanks for rec.
  7. The Hateful Eight- Tarantino's New Movie

    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.
  8. The Hateful Eight- Tarantino's New Movie

    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.
  9. Marvel Netflix - Daredevil, Iron Fist etc.

    Assuming Sci means 13 episodes, I agree. At this point virtually anything can be fit into the Marvel cinematic universe, if done properly. People raved that they could never pull of The Avengers, because Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America wouldn't make sense together. And then The Avengers happened. Anything can work. It doesn't matter how ridiculous it is, as long as it works. Which, at this point, basically just means not having bad writing. MCU has already established that magic, space aliens, unrealistic humans (Black WIdow and Hawkeye), and sci-fi can all live in the same setting. I mean shit they managed to pull off Norse gods, which was really the biggest hurdle. Once magic is accepted, you can pretty much do anything. So I think they can pull off super Bruce Lee and blind Batman. The question is if they can make them as good as the mainline films, which is certainly a bigger challenge in a TV series than a two-hour movie (which, in my opinion, they've just barely managed to maintain quality -- most of these movies reach acceptability by the skin of their teeth, as far as I'm concerned).
  10. Marvel Netflix - Daredevil, Iron Fist etc.

    Sounds great, but as usual it's all about the writing/directing. Like Nestor said, anything can be good with the appropriate writer(s). Also I had no idea that the character from Alias was from Marvel.
  11. The Acts of Caine by Matt Woodring Stover

    That's what I meant, wasn't speaking tonally.
  12. The Acts of Caine by Matt Woodring Stover

    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.
  13. Favorite Quotes 2

    "Interesting that this thread was created." - The Board
  14. Favorite Quotes 2

    The one in my signature, obviously. Also this, by Einstein (it's probably been posted by now, ain't exactly original, but it reflects my own beliefs pretty well): "I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it." Also, I don't know the exact quote, but I liked something K.J. Parker said a few times in her Fencer trilogy. It goes along the lines of, "Most wars aren't won by the winners, they're lost by the losers". Or, "War is usually just the act of surviving long enough for the other side to make a mistake and lose by their own actions."
  15. The Best in Historical Fiction

    Heh, Shogun's like the one historical fiction for Japan that I actually read. It's also one of my favorite books ever.