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About Dr_Mabuse

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    Cadet, Year 4
  • Birthday 04/29/1988

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    My secret lair.
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    Reading, writing, watching movies & TV-Shows of both the animated and the live-action variety, listening to old audio-dramas/radioshows, etcetera.
  1. Review the Last Movie You Saw

    The Black Cat (1934) Granted, this movie has absolutely nothing to do with the Edgar Allan Poe story of the same name. However, it's an excellent horror-movie that features two of the genre's most legendary actors; Bela Lugosi & Boris Karloff in their prime. The entire movie takes place in the house built by architect Hjalmar Poelzig (Karloff) on the exact place were Poelzig's squadron got massacred in the war. In fact, their massacre was due to Poelzig selling them out to the Russians in order to save his own hide. Now, fifteen years later, the only survivor: Dr Vitus Verdegast (Lugosi) has shown up on Poelzig's doorstep in order to exact his revenge. The Black Cat is a superbly well-crafted movie imbued with a tense sinister atmosphere, Lugosi and Karloff plays off each other expertly with Karloff being especially good as the subtle, sinister villain. The movie also involves such themes as a devil-worshiping cult, the titular black cat and what must be a contender for the most gruesome death in cinematic history (the fact that we are spared the grisly details doesn't help matters). Highly recommended.
  2. Review the Last Book You Read

    This is true. For example, the only good thing I can think of to say about "Equal Rites" is the fact that Granny Weatherwax is introduced in that book. Soldier on though, later books in the series, such as "Small Gods" and "Night Watch" are absolutely brilliant.
  3. Potential new genre shows for 2011-2012

    I'm curious about Locke and Key myself. I haven't read the original comic (yet) but I really enjoyed A Heart-Shaped Box by the same author. Hands down one of the best horror novels I've read.
  4. Our Favorite Heroes

    Since I did a topic about favorite villains awhile ago, I thought it only appropriate to make one about the good guys (or in some cases, semi-good guys) as well. Below are some of my favorite heroes in fiction, what are yours? Dr_Mabuse's favorites: Yang Wenli from Legend of the Galactic Heroes: A brilliant tactician and a defender of democracy even when it would be in his own interest to just overthrow the government and declare himself dictator. I could also sympathise with his wish to settle down and be able to study history and drinking brandy-spiked tea in peace instead of going to war all the time. A fantastic character, possibly my favorite. Taichi Hiraga-Keaton from Master Keaton, also Dr. Tenma from Monster and Kenji Kando from 20th Century Boys. Man, but Urasawa writes some of the most compelling lead characters I've ever seen. Sanjuro from Yojimbo and The Man With No Name from The Dollar Trilogy, I have a hard time coming up with two movie heroes more badass than these two. John Drake from Danger Man and Number Six from The Prisoner Captain Harlock and Maetel from various works by Leji Matsumoto Special Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks Sherlock Holmes, naturally. G'Kar from Babylon 5: He and Londo are my favorite characters in the show and G'Kar's transition from a sort-of villain to a genuinenly heroic figure has been interesting to watch (no, I haven't finished "Babylon 5" yet, I'm still on the fourth season, why do you ask?) Mendoza from The Mysterious Cities of Gold: Great, morally ambigous character, would also have gotten an honorable mention among my favorite villains. Oh, and in the same vein; Avon from Blake's 7 Oscar Francois de Jarjayes from The Rose of Versailles I'll add more to the list as I think of them.
  5. Watch Star Trek: The Animated Series online

    While I can't say I have any real interest in watching the "Star Trek" cartoon, this whole regional protection thing just pisses me off to no end. Why even put up shows on the internet, if only people in certain countries are allowed to watch them? Perhaps I'm stupid, but I don't get it. Back on-topic, I saw a video-review for one episode at the Agonybooth. The plot concerned the male members of the crew being seduced by a bunch of evil women. It was pretty cheesy.
  6. Happy Birthday Shadow!

    I know I'm a bit late, but nevertheless, I too wish you a happy birthday.
  7. Review the Last Movie You Saw

    "Edge closer"? IIRC, in one scene, Mr. Freeze is entertained by a group of his henchmen singing "I'm Mr. White Christmas, I'm Mr. Snow" and while he's watching them, he'swearing polarbear slippers. If you ask me, that's pretty camp (or at least really silly). Speaking of which, the movie's portrayal of Mr. Freeze was one of the reasons why Batman and Robin is such a terrible movie. I'm sure everyone here is familiar with the 90's Batman cartoon by Bruce Timm & Paul Dini and how it re-invented the character of Mr. Freeze, transforming him from a one-note gimmick villain to a genuinely tragic character who evoked the sympathies of both the audience and the characters in the show. Now, "B & R" kept Freeze's backstory and raison d'etre but all the emotional resonance is essentially undermined by scenes like the one I mentioned above. Oh, and if you've got to have Arnold as Mr. Freeze, at least have him play the character in a similar way to how he played The T-800; as a cold, seemingly emotionless being who rarely speaks and when he does, it's short and to the point, not as a bad saturday morning cartoon villain who spouts cringe-inducing lines like: "Ice to meet you!" or "Do you know what killed the dinosaurs? The ice-age!" Seriously.
  8. Waterloo's favorite comics from 2010

    I've heard good things about Atomic Robo so I think I'll have to check that one out. As for me, much like the movies, most comics I read under 2010 was older stuff. However, if I had to pick a comic of the year (based on when I read it and not when it was originally published) I'll have to go with the recent french translation of El Eternauta; an awesome 1950's sci-fi comic from Argentina about an alien invasion. A gripping story, well-rounded and sympathetic protagonists and atmospheric artwork all contribute to make one of the greatest comics I've read. If only it was available in english.
  9. 2010 Film Favorites

    It's been years since I last went to the theater. These days I actually prefer to wait until the movie comes out on DVD. Most of the movies I watched during 2010 were old ones that I hadn't seen yet, as such I'm afraid I can't contribute all that much to this thread.
  10. Favorite One-Episode Characters

    One of the key elements for a good TV-show is to have a cast of interesting, recurring characters. However, every once in a while a character shows up for only an episode and yet, leaves just as much of an impression in the minds of the viewers as any recurring character. This thread is for talking about our favorites of these so-called "one episode wonders". Below are a few of mine: *Hank Scorpio from "You Only Move Twice" ("The Simpsons") Ok, so he has appeared multiple times in the comics but I'm not sure if they count as canon or not. At any rate, a very funny and memorable character; basically the best boss anyone could wish for and one of the greatest parodies of a Bond-villain to appear in any medium. *Sebastian from "Comes the Inquisitor" ("Babylon 5") Personally, I found "Comes the Inquisitor" to be the most memorable episode of the show's second season and I think the main reason why is because of this guy. Sebastian was an excellent antagonist; callous and completely merciless in his treatment towards his charges. His farewell speech to Sheridan was great as well. *Hugo DeVries from "Masonic Mystery" ("Inspector Morse") Morse's own Prof. Moriarty, expertely played by Ian McDiarmid, he didn't get much screen-time but you could feel his evil prescence throughout the show. *Mr. Bookman from "The Library" ("Seinfeld") Not much to say about this guy except that I always crack up watching his episode. Library books are serious business. *Kaworu Nagisa from "The Beginning of The End or "Knockin' on Heavens Door" ("Neon Genesis Evangelion") I'm a bit on the fence regarding this character since he has appeared in basically every version or alternative continuity of "EVA", often as a recurring character. The character's enigmatic personality and the various mysteries regarding his existence can surely be brought forth as reason to his popularity. Not bad for a character who originally appeared in one episode and died after less than ten minutes screen-time. Of course there are also all the various characters who populate "The Twilight Zone" such as Anthony Fremont or Talky Tina, but I don't wish to come of as long-winded.
  11. Happy Holidays

    Christmas? Bah! Humbug! Sorry, I couldn't resist. Happy Holidays from me to all of you.
  12. Legend of the Galactic Heroes

    I've started writing, it may take some time before I'm finished though. Especially since I'm going away on Monday and won't have access to a computer. By the Way, Waterloo; is there anything I should think about when writing for The Lower Decks? Any special guidelines to follow or anything like that?
  13. Legend of the Galactic Heroes

    Just finished the last episode: Such an amazing show, I can't help but feel a bit sad that it's over.
  14. Duke Nukem Forever in 2011

    Has there actually been any other game that has taken more than a decade to develop and release (that is, assuming it actually gets released in 2011)? I can't think of one.
  15. Review the Last Movie You Saw

    NausicaƤ of The Valley of the Wind (1984) For quite some time I was quite wary about watching this film, despite the overwhelmingly positive reviews I'd read. After all, the manga it was based on didn't end until ten years after the movie was released. However, now that I watched the movie, I have to say that it's an amazing work of fiction in it's own right; it's compelling characters, engaging storyline (that manage to have an enviromental message without it feeling forced) and amazing visuals, making it one of the greatest animated movies I've seen.