Francis Buck

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  • Birthday 01/21/1990

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  • Location Pennsylvania
  • Interests Writing, reading, movies, television, video games, guitar, history, science, and philosophy.

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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.   Just in general, as the poster above me stated about how Iñarritu was a jerk himself (which, again, I'd heard mentioned but didn't know any details about...which is also a bit disappointing since I love pretty much all of his movies so far...)   Eh, this is why I'm hesitant about engaging with celebrity gossip stuff. It's not out of some "I'm-too-cool-and-sophisticated-to-care-about-famous-people" sort of thing, because let's be honest, talented and attractive and famous people are kinda fuckin' interesting, but just that...most of us still don't know these people at all. What we see is this tiny, granulated fraction of a human being, even in interviews and so forth. So outside of a few cases where someone is just totally outed on being unlikable and unrelatable (Bill Cosby might be a good modern example), it always feels to me like either we love this person because we've seen more good than bad, or we hate this person because we've seen more bad than good.    Which is absurd, of course, since the natural process of actually "getting to know someone" know, getting to know them. Seeing the cracks in the facade, and then deciding based on personal judgement if that makes them "good" or "bad" (and, in my personal experience, most folks are pretty goddamn gray, but that's another can of worms). And that shit's already messy in real life, let alone something as weird and abstract as our distant interpretations of people we've never met.   It's a vicious cycle and I'd like to say I'm above it but I'm not because I just spent several minutes of my life thinking and writing about it. So I'm done.    (sorry "ghost in winterfell", only that first paragraph was directed at you, I just had a mini-rant there)
  3. 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. 
  4.   Aye, I missed the post about Hardy's behavior on The Revenant. Is there more beyond that? Not that I'm incredulous (it's not exactly shocking, though like you say perhaps disappointing), just curious.
  5. I'm pretty sure it was Shia that knocked out Tom Hardy. That's partially why it got attention I think, since it seems like it should be the other way around (I don't actually agree to be honest -- Tom Hardy bulked up for a few roles and seems to have an intense personality, but that doesn't mean he's violent...whereas Shia is known to have gotten physical with people and honestly he seems like kind of a scrappy dude).    Anyway, the Rock was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the title but I'm not surprised to see he's already been mentioned. I do agree that he is somewhat wasted potential, although I'm not sure how much of that is his fault, or even if he cares. I imagine he gets hugely typecast (especially since he came from wrestling) and that there are very few people out there looking at a purely dramatic role and thinking to themselves, "Hey, what about the Rock?". Which is certainly bullshit, because I definitely believe he has the chops, but yeah. If anything I think his ridiculous physique could be a detriment in getting better roles. There's a difference between being fit or even ripped like a lot of young actors, and being...well, the Rock. He's incredibly distinctive both physically and as a public persona, which probably makes it hard for people to see him as anything other than an action star.   Regardless, one has to clarify whether they are separating the "celebrity" from their work, whatever it is. Which to me is the point of the thread, since it's not which actor or singer that everyone likes, but famous person. By that measure, I think Rock is a good one.   Attenborough and Betty White are good, safe answers. Still, if you get famous enough to be considered the kind of celebrity we're talking about, then it's inevitable that somewhere, someone hates you for likely no good reason at all. 
  6. Bakker XXXVII: One Big Happy Fanimry

    At this point I see the Gods as the true antagonists of the series, so I'm rooting for the Consult. The Inchoroi, and their alliance with Men and Nonmen, are more tragic figures when viewed in the bigger picture. They are obnoxiously evil by human standards, but ultimately their atrocities seem quaint when the implication is that of an entire universe filled with ensouled creatures bound (probably unknowingly) to eternal suffering beyond all comprehension. 
  7. 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. 
  8. Bakker's Books- What to Expect? Please no spoilers

      Yeah, that seems to be the main area people point to as when they got hooked and/or felt like the story was picking up. It certainly was for me, anyway.   I think it's partially because the first chunk of the story feels a bit sprawled out and disconnected, as well as a steady introduction of new characters, nations, customs, and so forth to keep track of. Once Cnaiur shows up -- and especially when Kellhus drops back into the plot -- it begins to feel like the world is becoming more cohesive. Plus that's when the novel gets a touch more "action" driven (both with literal action scenes and also with some more momentum to the unfolding of events overall).     ETA: It doesn't hurt that Cnaiur is probably the best written character in the series, either. 
  9. (Spoilers)True Detective Season 2: gold teeth optional

    I liked this one. Felt this was a good start to the season.   edit: RIP Velcoro's moustache 
  10. How do we decide which brutalities are worse in Grimdark?

      Even Bakker had his caninicide off-screen in the prologue to TDTCB.
  11. Even the GRRM thread in SA just became an RSB discussion by the fourth page. Something do with how many times Achamian farted so far in the series or something, I don't remember. 
  12. Bakker's Books- What to Expect? Please no spoilers

    Yeah, the actual "jokes" aren't generally that great, but Xerius for sure is consistently pretty funny. I think Cnaiur also becomes kind of hilarious (at least on a re-read, for me) once you get used to his character. He's so over-the-top, balls-to-the-wall crazy (and he knows it) that some of his reactions to things are great.
  13. Bakker XXXVII: One Big Happy Fanimry

    It seemed like Akka was only a "spy" in a loose, courtly way, but by the time the series begins it's clear that this part of his so-called career is coming to an end, considering the entire world goes totally apeshit with him thrust right in the middle.
  14. Second Harper Lee novel to be released in July

    The universe did this to combat the release of Ayn Rand's new book.
  15. Interstellar 2 - My God, it's full of SPOILERS

    Nice thread title. I'm going to be catching the movie again this weekend with a few friends that haven't haven't seen it yet, this time on IMAX. I'm looking forward to it. I still have a lot of issues with the movie, some which I can't see changing, but regardless I'm interested to see what a repeat-viewing does for my opinion on it.