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    • It's Been A While

      10 months ago

      NukularGear

      I'm still alive, but 19 units in college is horrible

    • Geiger Counter: Avengers: Infinity War [NO SPOILERS]

      1 year ago

      NukularGear

      Long Story Short

      Watch the movie.

      Long Story Long

      Style

      Yes


      Sound

      Yes


      Writing

      Yes


      Actors

      Yes


      Misc. Good

      Everything


      Complaints

      Not applicable


      Final Verdict: 11/10

    • Thoughts on the New Website

      1 year ago

      NukularGear

      What I Like

      The video section of the website is easily navigable. It's a lot easier to find shows, especially compared to the old site. I can find Nature Town videos so much easier now.


      It also loads a bit more quickly compared to the old site. All that's really left with it is the stress test of a RWBY episode premiere.

      What I Don't Like

      I'm not really a fan of how the community side of things is completely separate. I can't really present an option that wouldn't just be going back to the old site. At most, I can just suggest integrating community notifications with the profile dropdown thing in the corner.


      Hopefully you guys find a way to upgrade the community side of things the same way you upgraded the video player.

    • Shamelessly Plugging My Twitch

      1 year ago

      NukularGear

      I started streaming on twitch 2 weeks ago. It's been a few hours of Monster Hunter World (I'm actually kind of okay at it, I think) on Friday nights at 8pm Pacific.


      Here it is

    • Let's Talk About The Last Jedi (UNBLOCKED SPOILERS AHEAD)

      1 year ago

      NukularGear

      I want to preface the following wall of text with this: I enjoyed Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi. The following are my opinions on what the movie would need to change to be even better.


      I've said this before on twitter, but the pacing of it is what really gets me. The Finn/Rose subplot really puts a speed bump in the movie and breaks the flow. One could argue that this subplot was necessary to develop Finn and Rose as characters, but it should not come at the cost of the overall movie. This coupled with checking back in on the cruiser under Holdo's command pull the movie to a grinding halt. Does this mean I only liked the Rey/Luke portions of the movie? Essentially, yes. I feel like a lot more care was taken when writing those parts of the movies. 


      Also, the entire subplot doesn't need to exist since everything goes wrong and this is all Holdo's fault for not telling the hot-head war hero about her actual plan (which should've involved crashing the other ships into the First Order fleet, but whatever). The only reason for the subplot really is the Phasma trailer fodder and to set up the ham-handed romance between Finn and Rose.


      The other big, glaring issue I have with The Last Jedi is the Disneyisms. "But Mark, Disney owns Star Wars..." Go fuck yourself, everyone already knows the poor reception the Ewoks got when Return of the Jedi came out. I liked the porgs because they were just there. Yeah there were a few parts where porgs took center screen, but they were really short. Do we need ham-handed attacks at the 1% about war profiteering, animal abuse, and child slavery? No, not at all. We can have them in the movie, but they have to be handled with more tact than was shown. Also, go fuck yourselves, Disney. If you're going to attack the rich for scummy business practices, stop absorbing everything in sight.


      Maybe it's because I'm not a fan of most child acting, but I really hated the kids on Canto Bight. Yeah kids are the future and Disney is primarily about the kids, but I feel like they really detracted from the focus of the movie. Especially at the end. I'd rather not see some kids speaking gibberish and force pull a broom (Force FX Broom coming soon). It would've been better if the movie ended before cutting back to Canto Bight kids.

    • Geiger Counter: Star Wars: The Last Jedi [[NO SPOILERS]]

      1 year ago

      NukularGear

      Long Story Short

      Writing on par with The Force Awakens, but more visually interesting (to me anyways).

      Long Story Long

      Style

      It's a Star Wars movie. It's made to fit into the rest of the main series movies. 


      Sound

      It's a  Star Wars movie. Sound effects match up how they should. Score fits in with the franchise (but I'm not so big on these movies so I couldn't specifically pin each score to the right movie).

      Writing

      My only issue with the writing was the pacing with juggling the subplots. It made it difficult to develop some of the new characters.


      Actors

      I'll only talk about one actor in this one as to avoid any spoilers. 


      Kelly Marie Tran plays Rose Tico (would not have expected "Rose" to be a Star Wars name, but then again Finn and Ben are). I may have some bias in liking her character and its portrayal since she's the first Asian woman to have a proper role in a Star Wars movie. I found Rose to be a likable character, though some of her actions did not really feel natural if that makes any sense. 


      Can't go into further detail without spoilers, so if you want more of my opinions on this, message me wherever.

      Misc. Good

      - PORGS

      - Colors


      Complaints

      - A bit too comedic at times

      - A question unanswered


      Final Verdict: 8/10


    • Geiger Counter: Justice League

      1 year ago

      NukularGear

      Long Story Short

      Better than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, worse than Wonder Woman.


      Long Story Long

      Style

      This movie just oozes with Zack Snyder-isms (yes I know he left it in the hands of Joss Whedon). Lots of things just seem to be here to be cool. There are a number of non-Flash-related slow motion bits that add absolutely nothing other than maybe showing off Wonder Woman's reflexes (but we don't really need that? Probably would've been cooler to see it done fast rather than in slow motion). There are also a lot of things that could be left out to improve the flow of the movie, but that's probably a personal preference. It felt very cluttered.



      Sound

      Something I really like about the DC movies is that even though there's a CGI mess a lot of the time, there's a certain weight to every punch, kick, or projectile. This is more a thing that kind of has to do with the 12 basic principles of animation, but I feel like sound plays a major part into this as well.


      Musically, the only specific reference I could really identify was Wonder Woman's theme. Maybe that's because I've seen Wonder Woman the most out of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Wonder Woman.


      Writing

      As an amateur writer, I can say that pacing is difficult to do. The pacing is honestly kind of awkward. I feel like it slows to a crawl then tries to jump back up to 100 a lot.


      A lot of the opening is a jumbled mess, honestly. We see Batman and Wonder Woman doing their crimefighting, but then comes the mess of introducing Aquaman, Cyborg, Flash, and Steppenwolf.


      Each hero has a pretty one-dimensional personality (but that's kind of a given since they haven't been given the time to be really fleshed out).

      + Aquaman: he's a bro who thinks he's better off on his own

      + Cyborg: he's super serious, not the fun Teen Titans character most people nowadays probably know though he does say "Booyah" once

      + Flash: he's socially awkward, honestly. He feels like more of a fan than a peer


      The biggest issue in the writing of this movie is all the subplot nonsense. There's an Eastern European family that gets a subplot for no reason other to show where Steppenwolf is steppenwolf-ing. Amazons guarding a Motherbox? Fine, fine, but it should've been nodded to in Wonder Woman at least. Atlantis? Should've been mentioned in Wonder Woman or Suicide Squad. Steppenwolf as a threat gets expositioned after he's already shown his power. The exposition about Steppenwolf honestly could've been a better opening to the movie than what they had... A stupid vertical phone video of some kids interviewing Superman And then romance subplot between Bruce and Diana. 


      I think my biggest writing issue with this movie is just remedying the mess that was Batman v Superman. They bring Superman back to life since they realize that the 5 heroes we have can't beat Steppenwolf (but y'know Wonder Woman is the best fighter in DC and Aquaman is essentially invincible if you put him in water but whatever Atlantis still needs to lose their Motherbox).


      Actors

      Ben Affleck reprises his role of Batman. He uses guns. Lots of guns. And missiles. Not Ben's fault, but it's still a thing that should be addressed since BATMAN DOESN'T FUCKING USE GUNS. Ben Affleck certainly does have the presence of a Batman, but a lot of it kind of felt more like Michael Keaton's Batman rather than one that would be around in 2017. What do I mean by this? He seemed really stiff in the costume. My mom actually complained about Ben being too fat to be Batman, but that's neither here nor there. Ben Affleck does about as well as Batman as he did in Batman v Superman.


      Ezra Miller enters the DCEU as Barry Allen (the Flash). As mentioned earlier, Barry Allen is written as a pretty awkward character. He even does that thing you see in anime where the guy and girl both fall and the guy is in the girl's chest. I must preface the rest of my critique with saying that I have not watched the television series about The Flash and I am not well versed with Barry Allen in the comics. I felt that Ezra Miller certainly played the character well enough. His performance certainly felt like he was giving effort, though since the Flash isn't a lead character he couldn't shine. I'm not sure how I'd feel about him being in a standalone movie, though. Also the Flash was my dad's favorite character in the movie. 


      Gal Gadot reprises her role of Wonder Woman (aka the DCEU's Golden Daughter). Diana as a leading lady is probably going to happen a lot. Gal's performance is on par with her performance in Wonder Woman. She's stronk and doesn't afraid of anything. Best hero in the movie.


      Henry Cavill returns from the dead to reprise the role of DC's poster boy Superman. I feel like his performance is kind of meh. I'm pretty sure at the moment he gets resurrected, he has a slight British accent. This would be fine if it was like "Oh he doesn't have memories or whatever" BUT NOPE HE STILL REMEMBERS BRUCE GOT HIM KILLED. I think other than this, Henry's performance is fine. He looks the part of Supes still and he gives off that Boy Scout vibe Superman usually does.


      Jason Mamoa enters the DCEU as Arthur Curry (Aquaman). It certainly feels like Jason had a lot of fun in this role. He comes off as cocky (maybe even brash). It's a drastic change from seeing him as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones. Personally, I'm not sure how I'd feel about this character getting a standalone movie, but time will tell.


      Ray Fisher enters the DCEU as Victor Stone (Cyborg). He feels robotic and cold, honestly. I didn't really like how flat his character felt. Maybe it's because I grew up on Teen Titans Cyborg who was boisterous and full of "Booyah!"s. If the DCEU plan on turning Cyborg into a standalone property, they would definitely need their best writing team to make him a sympathetic hero. With Flash and Aquaman, you at least have some sense of character and can connect, but Cyborg is kind of unrelatable (at least to me).


      Ciaran Hinds enters the DCEU as Steppenwolf. (You may know him as Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones). What to say about this guy... He doesn't have the level of understandability some other villains have. Where some places go to make the villains seem like they have some semblance of reason (Amon wanted equality; Zaheer wanted freedom). Steppenwolf doesn't seem to have any good motivations. He established as a conquerer of worlds just because and he wants Earth because it's the one planet he couldn't get. Ciaran Hinds does provide a good voice for Steppenwolf. He felt a bit menacing, but not to the point where it doesn't feel comic book-y if that makes any sense.


      Misc. Good

      Costumes

      Each actual costume looked amazing (though Wonder Woman's wedges don't seem super practical still). Aquaman's suit is the only one I can really complain about, but it certainly had a lot of detail and effort put into its design.


      Step In the Right Direction

      It's a step in the right direction. DC should work on their standalone movies before trying to throw 5 heroes together. It's made better than Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. I'd rather have had them make a leap in quality rather than a step, but you have to give them some credit.


      Darkseid

      There's an almost throwaway line by Steppenwolf mentioning Darkseid. I know it was coming, but I'm glad to finally get confirmation on Darkseid being the main villain (though it's kind of interesting that they decided to use the parallel to Thanos).


      Complaints

      Green Lantern

      In the Steppenwolf exposition Wonder Woman gives, they show a lone Green Lantern helping defeat Steppenwolf. That's literally all the DCEU will acknowledge about the Lantern Corps. Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) literally is the only founding member of the League that isn't in this movie that is about the founding of the League. Where is the logic there? Sure the Ryan Reynolds movie was awful, but come on. You shoved everyone else into the EU, where's Hal? He probably would've been easier to throw into the series since he's an air force pilot.


      CGI

      Yes, CGI. Guess what? Another superhero movie ends in a big CGI shitshow! It makes sense, since Steppenwolf is essentially terraforming the world, but I like sets and practical effects. Ideally, the two should work together in tandem, but y'know... people don't like to do that anymore. 


      Other Heroes

      This complaint isn't exactly 100% legitimate. I feel that the DCEU is going to continue to have trouble adding in other heroes to the roster. Who else is going to be added? I know Shazam/Black Adam are coming to films soon. I also know Aquaman, Batman, and Flash have movies in the works. Who else could they comfortably add with sequels/standalone films? Supergirl would be an easy call in a Superman movie. Green Lantern is just necessary (and it should be sooner than that 2020 Green Lantern Corps movie date).


      What bothers me more is that Flash's movie is supposed to be Flashpoint (aka the event that essentially reset the DC universe). Does this mean the DCEU is going to reset? What would this mean for movies occurring after Flashpoint?  Also, HOW DO YOU PLAN ON DOING A FLASHPOINT MOVIE WHEN REVERSE FLASH DOESN'T EVEN EXIST IN THE DCEU YET? Seriously, it would be a more reasonable move to have Barry just square off against Eobard Thawne without any Flashpoint nonsense. Or get extra comic book-y and have him fight Captain Boomerang (who has already been put in), Captain Cold, Mirror Master, or even Gorilla Grodd.


      Final Verdict: 6/10

    • Digital Struggles

      2 years ago

      NukularGear

      My friend let me borrow his Wacom tablet to try my hand at digital art. I feel like I'm relearning how to draw. I'll probably post the first thing I think is good on here.

    • Movies, Movies, Movies

      2 years ago

      NukularGear

      I saw two movies since Cars 3. I saw War for the Planet of the Apes and Spider-Man Homecoming. I really enjoyed both of them but didn't feel like a Geiger Counter was right. Spider-Man I saw a little late (all the other movies I've written about had been opening weekend at least) and I hadn't even seen Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, so writing on War wouldn't have been in good taste.

    • Gieger Counter: Cars 3

      2 years ago

      NukularGear

      Long Story Short:

      Cars 3 is a pretty good kids movie. It's a lot better than Cars 2 and it certainly feels like a lot of heart and soul went into it.

      Long Story Long

      Style

      Cars 3 makes use of a lot of tight close ups to help give that sense of speed. Lightning's return in this third installment yes, that's purposely a FFXIII reference feels like a return to form for the franchise. None of the comedy was blatantly forced, and the movie flowed very naturally. 


      Cars 3 mainly focuses on how Lightning is going to fit into the next generation of racers, and Pixar did a very good job with the designs of the newer cars. There're very clear visual differences between Lightning's generation and the next generation of racers. The newer cars have more hard angles compared to Lightning's smooth curves throughout. I'm not 100% on the aerodynamic edge these angles give, but at least these make the newer cars visually distinct.


      Sound

      Not sure what to say here. It's a Cars movie, and they sound like racecars. There's honestly not too much to critique. I do think the first movie had a more memorable soundtrack, though.


      Writing

      Pixar did what they usually do and had a bit of mature themes put into this children's movie. A lot of the writing focused it on Lightning McQueen as an aging athlete, mainly with him being unable to compete with the younger generation. I honestly feel that they hammered this in a little too well, with racers saying their grandparents told them about Lightning as a rookie and another main character (Cruz Ramirez) growing up watching Lightning's races. I mean we get it: Lightning's too old for this shit. 


      This next section dives into spoilers, so don't say you weren't warned. 

      Lightning goes on to pass the torch to Cruz Ramirez (why this character's name is 2 last names, I don't know). Cruz was initially introduced to be McQueen's young new trainer to help him get back into the game and beat Jackson Storm, the up-and-coming rookie. 


      I'm honestly glad Pixar didn't get super heavy with this. Unless for some reason you're overly emotionally invested in this franchise, it won't make you cry, unlike Inside Out or Toy Story 3.


      Actors

      Again, pairing off 2 actors for this because only 2 actors really shined to me: Owen Wilson and Cristela Alonzo. 


      Owen Wilson reprised his role as Lightning McQueen. He does a great job as both a confident experienced Lightning, and a defeated unsure McQueen. His voice work really shines as Lightning grows desperate to find that magic bullet to help him compete with these new racers.


      Cristela Alonzo plays Cruz Ramirez. She really pulls off the peppy fitness instructor she's initially presented as. As the movie progresses, however, we get to see her character reveal her motivations, and then develop into the racer she dreamt of being. Alonzo does a splendid job portraying this new character at both her high and low points.


      Misc. Good

      Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of this franchise. It's kind of hard for me to pull anything that stood out as particularly good. The movie itself wasn't bad by any means, but I can't really pull anything uniquely good about this movie. I guess the racing close ups and the drifting looked pretty cool, and Pixar's constantly upping the production values on their movies. There's a bit less Mater in this, for which I'm glad.


      Complaints

      The movie lacks subtlety. I know it's a kid's movie, but do you really have to drive in the point that Doc Hudson's dead or that Lightning McQueen is getting old every 5 minutes? I get that people's attention spans have gone down the drain, but c'mon.


      Final Verdict: 7/10

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