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  1. Hanyou

    Interstellar

    Nolan's latest film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vxOhd4qlnA Discuss. ---------- When I left the theater after watching this movie, I was in something like stunned silence for a good five minutes. Rarely has a movie's narrative so engrossed me. When I did come to, my first thought was...
  2. Hanyou

    The Quality of Modern Pop Music

    The Quality of Modern Popular Music This is meant to be an open-ended discussion--I don't want the parameters to be too rigid. What do you think of popular music, in the present and/or in the past, and how does it fare as artistic product? ------------------------------ Here's my opinion...
  3. Hanyou

    True Detective

    HBO's series True Detective is a throwback to pulp detective novels, as well as an homage to classic Weird Fiction. The opening theme captures the tone of the show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp0BjFl-a1Y If you haven't watched it, I don't want to spoil any specific plot details in the...
  4. Hanyou

    Sci-Fi/Action Films

    Any fans of sci-fi/action films? Discuss your favorite films in the genre, or what you think of the genre as a whole. I call this a genre because it has a very specific vibe to it. Action films range from Lord of the Rings to The Dark Knight, but I tend to think of sci-fi action as a series...
  5. Hanyou

    Fleet Foxes

    I've only recently started listening to this folk rock band (though I was introduced to them about four years ago) and I feel the need to see to talk about their music. While they're an indie band, I understand that they're fairly popular. Here are a couple of songs...
  6. Hanyou

    Music You Like in Genres You Don't Like

    What are songs/bands/artists/albums/compositions you like in genres you're not a fan of? You don't have to hate the genre--you could just be indifferent to it. -------------------- You'll find mostly prog, metal, classic rock, and classical in my library. I actively dislike much rap music...
  7. Hanyou

    Sleeping Dogs

    Sleeping Dogs has a 66% on Steam for the next 20 hours. I have exactly that long to decide if I should buy a game I've heard very little about. Has anyone played this game? Is it good? Bad? Discuss.
  8. Hanyou

    My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Discussion

    We've had a thread about this show before, but it's a ways down. With Season 3 underway, what better time to start a discussion? I know there are MLP fans on here! Feel free to discuss the show, the culture surrounding it (yes, even Bronies), the music, favorite characters, etc. You're...
  9. Hanyou

    Breaking Bad

    If you've seen this show, then you know how good it is. If you haven't and you're an adult, you should watch it. If you're not old enough to watch brutal stuff, then you should avoid it. The basic premise is that a high school chemistry teacher who learns he has lung cancer starts cooking...
  10. Hanyou

    Flogging Molly

    For those of you unfamiliar with this fantastic Irish folk punk band, here are a couple of samples: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogzlmuH7nuY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1A4QsKB4yw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8yEqco39T8 Flogging Molly, starting in 1997, released a surprisingly good...
  11. Hanyou

    The "Nostalgia Goggles" Straw Man

    You sometimes have to wonder how certain arguments become popular. One of the most ridiculous arguments bandied about by gamers is the "nostalgia goggles" straw man. Say you prefer an old game to a new one, and many times you're immediately assaulted with allegations that your judgment is...
  12. Hanyou

    Can Games Become "dated?"

    Do you think games can get worse with age? Why or why not? Do you believe people who prefer older games to newer ones are wearing "nostalgia goggles?" I hear this argument a lot in the gaming community--that older games are somehow worse because the technology used to make them, the...
  13. Hanyou

    Doom Metal

    Discuss Doom Metal. For those unfamiliar with the genre, it's basically heavy metal, with a focus on heaviness and lyrics usually covering...well...doom. Imagery and sound will usually be evil, dark, etc. and music will usually be slower than other forms of metal. Like most metal, it's all...
  14. Hanyou

    Progressive Rock/ Metal

    One of the more underrated genres of music is progressive rock. With its complex musicianship, often long suites, cryptic lyrics, lengthy instrumental sections, and (in many cases) long-winded concept albums, prog proves inaccessible to many, but dedicated listeners are rewarded with rich...
  15. Hanyou

    Power Metal

    What is power metal? It's fast, bombastic, loud, probably a bit cheesy, and technically spectacular. Sometimes it's gothic. Sometimes it's neoclassical. Sometimes it's fully orchestrated. Regardless, it's always spectacular. For those who are familiar with the genre, what are your...
  16. Hanyou

    Iron Maiden

    For the uninitiated, Iron Maiden is one of the most readily identifiable, influential metal bands in history. They rose to prominence in the 80's, and have continued to evolve and change their sound throughout their career. If you're a fan, or if you're just curious about the band, this is the...
  17. Hanyou

    Ronnie James Dio

    In honor of the metal legend, who passed away yesterday morning, I thought we'd make a thread dedicated to Ronnie James Dio and his wonderful music. For those not up on the news: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/05/16/metal-rocker-ronnie-james-dio-has-died-wife-says/?hpt=T2 This is a huge loss...
  18. Hanyou

    Steampunk

    I started this thread in another forum, but since Steampunk was brought up in the Podcast I figured this might be a good point for discussion. I'm putting this in "Future Zelda" because, while you can feel free to talk about existing steampunk elements, we don't yet have a steampunk Zelda...
  19. Hanyou

    Nightwish

    Since I made this thread, you can assume I'm a fan of Nightwish. I'll articulate why. I run the risk of seeming elitist, so here's a disclaimer: I realize these are just opinions. If you'd like, add an "IMHO" modifier to all my comments. I'm not a huge fan of post-80's metal. There are a...
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