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Blue, red or yellow?
Green, orange or purple?
Black or white?
If you were on a scanlating team, would you choose to be a raw provider, a translator, a cleaner, a proofreader or a typesetter?
Wow, so many colour-related questions!
Colour or color?
Just great, bit bored though since I have hard time finding work. How you've been?
Seriously talking it's quite fun, but surprisingly lot of work
Depends how you define a pirate. I'm not a somali. But I like traditional pirate romance. And OP. So I'm in the spirit. But if all else in my life fails moving to Puntland isn't the worst solution.
The moral lessons at army mostly had me amused. Sure such things as don't leave a buddy behind were in my moral before army, but the little lessons we had on drugs, alchohol, UN peacekeeping etc. mainly had the opposite effect on me than intented.
The funniest moments seemed to be in nightwatches around 4AM at the weatherstation. But hey don't make great stories. Those always include the friends I made in army, the pretty much only positive experience there.
But the last camp we had was awesome. It was at Pori Airport where we were supposed to make METAR weathermessage to flying corps. However the airport of course had it's own personel who'd do the same thing anyways, so only time we'd need to do it was during nights when the field was closed.
When we arrived at monday morning, the order was to set one cable line. After that the liuetenant said we could take a break. The break ended at friday noon, when we were ordered to take off the cable we had set on monday, before leaving the camp.
During the week, we just hanged at the tents, went to town (Pori) few times to eat trash food and have a shower and sauna at a swimming hall. I would have died of boredom if hadn't brough my laptop or NDS. And on thursday as "compensation" that we had been dragged there we got on to a helicopter ride. It was just amazing.
It was maybe the funniest and most relaxing week I had during army. And they said I was crazy to volunteer on going to that camp.
I've seen all Monty Python material expect the newer come-back musicals. Comedy has just not been the same after Python, and I doubt we'll never see a series as genious and hilarious as it was. Do you have a favorite Python sketch or film?
Well I don't know japanese nor can't provide raws and I have no experience in cleaning or typesetting, so proofreading is pretty much the only thing I could do. But if the question is completly hypothetical, I'd like to be a translator. Studying translating (english) at uni was my second choice after film&TV.
Who the hell cares really? My english is such (an unintentional) mess up with american and brittish english anyways. But I think I use color more often, since it's a nanosecond faster to write.
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Hey Ust, i like also watching movies, i would like to know, what's ur top 5 best movies, and say why please
Tove Jansson's Moomins?
I'll be sure to check it out then, I love philosophical stuff
well,sure looks like a dog to me (and I figure I'm not the first one to have made this mistake )
Tonari no Totoro - Hayao Miyazaki (1988)
This here is mainly a manifestation on Miyazaki on the list, since I have incredbly hard time ranking his works. Totoro is in my honest opinion the closest thing to a perfect childrens film. I remember seeing this first time as a 5-year-old. It wasn't dubbed and I didn't know how to read the subtitles, but still it broke the language barriers and I could perfectly follow the story and be completly absorbed in it.
I think Totoro very well displays and draws from childs imagination. It has a wonderfull balance between fantastical elements and real life. The fact that heroines are children like any of the targeted audience really helps to make the film even more appealing. Also you don't need a world shaking crisis to break hearts and induce drama and suspension. I think most of us have "lost" our parents as kids, and know how horrible the feeling of being lost was. Sure, happily though it happened on a smallerscale than in Totoro. Like in a supermarket or a park.
Still I think also older audiences can get a lot from this film also. Like have us faintly remember how it was to be child. And there is the enviromental message too. Totoro is a very adorable creature, but not in-your-face-cute that many of the newer characters, which can be very annoying. Totoro and the umbrella is among my favorite movies scenes ever.
I think critic Roger Ebert described it well: "My Neighbor Totoro is based on experience, situation and exploration—not on conflict and threat," and described its appeal: "...it would never have won its worldwide audience just because of its warm heart. It is also rich with human comedy in the way it observes the two remarkably convincing, lifelike little girls... It is a little sad, a little scary, a little surprising and a little informative, just like life itself. It depends on a situation instead of a plot, and suggests that the wonder of life and the resources of imagination supply all the adventure you need."
Calamari Union, Aki Kaurismäki (1984)
I had to have a finnish film on the list. Even though majority of finnish productions tend to suck, the a few diamonds in them, Calamari Union being of of them. This film is very hard to describe, since is has a very unique absurd and non-sensical feel while beinf absolutely hilarious.
It tells the story of 16 men, 15 of them Franks and one Pekka. Pekka is the only one who speaks english. In hopes of better life they decide to leave Kallio to move to Eira, an other section of Helsinki. Only two of them make it there alive, only to find out, that Eira is already populated and to the paradise they were looking for.
The film is black&white and has very tasty rock music soundtrack. The scenes seem to be completly random, and the cast consists of the biggest finnish celebrities of the 80's. It feels almost like Kaurismäki and they are trolling everybody with this film. However it has the "stiff" and ironic trademark Kaurismäki dialoque and the sheer absurd serious humor. There's also bit of satire there and Kaurismäki is the best when it comes to displaying urban angst.
El Laberinto Del Fauno, Guillermo Del Toro (2006)
After reading some original versions Grimm's Tales and other old fairy tails, Disneys happy and colorfull world for a moment feels completly ridiculous. The old fairy tales are dark, and Pan's Labyrinth seems to make homage for those, while being completly new story and simply splendid film.
The story takes place in Spain 1944, the facist reign. 10-year-old Ofelia has just moved in with her pregnant mother to her new stepfathers, Captain Vidals, house. Before too long, she follows an insect she believes to be a fairy in an ancient labyrinth near by. Here she meet a Faun who blevies she is reincarnation of Underworld Realm princess Moanna, and she needs to complete 3 quests to prove her identity and reclaim her throne.
There is also a sub-plot on the real world, about spanish guerillas, rebels of the facist reign. Aften watching this film for a first time, I had goosebumps, shivers, and felt completly mind-fucked. It had a creepy magical athmosphere, and in the end the viewer just can not tell what is true and what is not.
The visuals are stunning. CGI is minimizized, leaning on heavy make-up and animatronics. And it looks absolutle beautifull. In a dark twisted way. Cinematography is unbelieveable. Spanish is refreshing to listen in such an impressive film and kudos to Del Toro for making the subtitles himself, the translator in me appreaciates that kind of attitude.
This probaply the best film in my opinion ever. I can't fully describe it, but this is just magnicicent. It is visually amazing and the story makes the viewer really think, it has really deep themes, escapism being just on of them. Brilliant, just brilliant. Totally out of this world, while still being in this world.
Memento, Christopher Nolan (2000)
This is the film that made consious on Nolan and a big fan, years before the popular fuzz that came with Dark Knight. It's psychological thriller about a man with anterograde amnesia which renders his brain unable to store new memories.
Now what impressed me most in this film was the nonlinear narrative structure, which fools the viewer to make false assumptions. The story is pretty much told backwards. Memento is presented as two different sequences of scenes, a series in black-and-white that are shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order. The two sequences "meet" at the end of the film, producing one common story.
The film makes great explorations on the themes memory, perception and self-deception, but not counting in the clever structure it isn't as striking of a psychological thriller as Fincher's s7ven for example. Nevertheless, it is still a remarkable and amazing film.
Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Sergio Leone (1966)
I wanted to include a classic on this list too, and was struggling between One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. This time I decided to write on the epic spaghetti western.
One of the things that is interesting on this film, is the fact that the critical view at the time of release was lot more negative than today. The film was descriped as dull and critizised for extreme violence. Mostly it was however, because at the the time everyone thought, that a spaghetti western just could not be art. Wow, we've become a long way from that, that especially manifested when sci-fi film such as District 9 was nominated for the Academy award of Best film. It's still a brutal film, but considering the stuff we have these days, the bashing it got from violence feel a bit amusing.
The way the film diplays absurdity of war in such a setting was something completly new. It also blames the winners, oh the blasphemy! The production was a huge and expensive in the scale nothing done before. That's shows how great the directing of Leone in this piece is. Cinematography is great. The use of ultra close-ups is just amazing. The camera is well used in creating such an intense athmosphere and epic feel. And Ennio Morricones soundtrack is legendary.
Wow, that was 5 already? But there are still so many films I'd like to mention.
If you were giving a choice of pushing a button one killing 1 million chinese and the second killing yourself which one would you choose?
Welcome to the zone and I hope you find a job soon. Best wishes on your studies.
Take care, lordHokage.
S'up Uste! Sweet, new avy x sig set!
- So what's your favourite kind of meat?
- Do you eat seafood often?
- Black, pink, white, blue or grey?
- You should participate in one of the sig contests. You're drawings are awesome and pretty amusing.
Trying to attract new and/or old members in participating in the sig contests, ain't working. Dammit.
- Iyo. The most annoying FF'er is.....? 8D
- Favourite song atm?
See ya later, dude~
Hey, Ustegius! Just noticed your thread here. Love the title, btw! Monty Python is <3333 One of my favorite clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5ba1OKY7Xc
Thanks again for the artwork you submitted for the Bleach tournament! Which one was your favorite? Which one was the most challenging to draw?
Bacon(Tenderloin) Beef Steak. Though I like lamb and duck a lot too.
- Not really, because my sister is allergic. But once a month or so. I do enjoy fish and prawn a lot. Especially high class sashimi (or sushi) is delicious. Japan has the greatest food culture in the world, imho.
- I might consider, but wouldn't bet on it. I can draw a little, but I'm not so good when it comes to designing and editing. I hope for the best with the recruiting though
- I honestly don't think any of the FF'rs is that annoying I've even come accustomed with the yawning.
- Kuriyama Chiaki - Cold Finger Girl. Is the opening for Level E, and I've been digging that animu a lot. And it's a catchy song on it's own too. Also, when I first listened to the OP, I wondered why she sounds so familiar. She played Gogo (the insane schoolgirl with a meteor hammer) in Kill Bill, and had a role in Battle Royle too.
the funniest joke in the world
Your welcome, was no biggie. I've been meaning to try to do Bleach fanart atleast once, since I used to be a bigger fan when younger. Nowadays not so My favorite was Barragan, I liked doing all the small lines in his face and for some reason drawing felt very natural and minimum of reference was needed. Hardest one was probaply Yamamoto, since I had to check the most reference for him to understand Kubos way of doing things a bit better, it took the longest to get him done. I had to revise it quite some times, and still I'm not completly happy with the result. Isshin was just a fast brushwork.
felt pretty bad for Arya too, she managed to finally find her family and than shit hits the fan...multiple times. You just know the Freys are gonna get some divine magical retribution....like being eaten by dragons lol.
soooo when's Dance with Dragons coming out? Its been almost six years
Rumors are strong of ADWD being finnished this year. GRRM and his editors even hinted, that he might have pleasant news in early january. However there was no new because I had to spent the holidays in hospital. But marketing wise not to get the novel done by the time the first (and hopefully not last) season of Game of Thrones ends would be just stupid.
I'm hopefull we'll have the book this year, or early 2012.