I am really looking forward to Dead Men Tell No Tales. It reminds me a lot of the first movie. But I think that it is a cross between the 1st and 2nd ones from what I get from watching the trailer.

The first part of the teaser is a call out to the Gold's Curse, but the second part seems squarely imbedded in Davy Jones Jr. (Cpt Salazar I believe is what he said his name was?), which makes me beg the question of how they think his performance can live up to the one we saw from Jones in Pirates 2, and also where the hell is Turner if Salazar has replaced him.

The official description says:

"Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea...including him. Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas."

I think they just want us to think that it's The Flying Dutchman so we think Turner has been replaced. Just my thought... I could be wrong though.

This one looks so much more thoughtful than 4.


I actually really like the love story in Titanic. The world doesn't hate Titanic as much as the Internet would lead you to believe.

When I first saw the movie as a kid, I didn't care if the story was a bit ham-handed and un-subtle. Now that I'm almost a decade older than Jack and Rose, I can forgive the un-subtlety of the story because Jack and Rose are actually just kids, something that obviously never occurred to nine-year-old me.

Overall I just find the love story simple and grand and sweet and to-the-point.

I have a friend that loves Before Sunrise and tries to convince me that it is better than Titanic.

For me, Before Sunrise wasn't BAD really, but it had far less depth for me.

These two people just met today, and sure they get along really well, but there's no real romance beyond that, as well as a large portion of the attraction being more sexually based. It comes off as a slightly more romantic one night stand, in my opinion. Jack and Rose have build up.

But Before Sunset? Now you learn that these two people have been on each others minds for years. That it wasn't JUST a one night stand, that it ACTUALLY meant something significant to these two people. And there's a lot less emphasis on the sexual attraction. Instead of feeling like "these two really want to bang" like I did in the first, you feel like these two are the best friends in the world, and truly have something special with each other, legitimate care and love.

In that way, it almost enhances Sunrise if you think of it as a trilogy instead of individual films, but that's not how I'm analyzing this.

  • Love Actually - I love all the different types of relationships that are shown.
  • About Time - Fun love story with time travel. Also probably the most touching father / son movie I've seen in a long time... (this one is my personal favorite)
  • 500 Days of Summer - A good representation of expectation vs reality and what a one sided relationship can be like, or one where the people want different things.
  • LaLa Land - For similar reasons as 500 days of summer. I think it's a great story about reality.. There's a message about sometimes needing to choose between your dreams and "the love of your life" or something like that.. but I think the real message was about choices and what ifs. Every choice we make can change everything, and furthmore, we don't know if the one we are with is the best person we could have been with. I think that's the saddest but also best part of the film. It's all about uncertainty, and at the end it's really that you just need to pick something and make the best of what you have. Worrying about what if or what could have been will only make you sad.

I think another important thing with La La Land is that it shows that the value in a relationship doesn't disappear if it doesn't end in a happy marriage. Like they said, they'll always love each other and each helped the other achieve their dreams.

  • Casablanca
  • Before Sunrise / Sunset / Midnight
  • Blue Valentine
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Nocturnal Animals

Yes, Nocturnal Animals is a movie which has elements of a thriller, but first and foremost, it’s a love story. An often unsettling and tragic love story. It deals with the uglier side of love.

For a recent one, I've always found Moonrise Kingdom is incredibly romantic. It's a idealized and simple portrayal of love, but that is fitting for the innocent and pure-hearted nature of young love. It captures both the hope and melancholy of just liking someone and wanting to be with them.

Also Moonlight in that it equates not only romantic relationships, but all forms of love (familial, friendships, romantic, and self) with pure respect and acceptance.


My sister wants a Xena themed birthday. Yes. That old show, staring Lucy Lawless. She absolutely loved the show and wanted to relive some of the excitement she got from it.

Thankfully they made a lot of merchandise for the show, so craigslist and ebay have been really go to me. And she has her old collection still.

We've come up with a couple of ideas, Aphrodite's love potion (just a bottle of bubbles with a bubble wand), and pin the tail on Joxer, for example but we're falling a little short. I was hoping that the lovely community here could maybe assist me with some fun party ideas for my Xena party.

We could could go all old school gaming and break out your N64 and Xena fighting game and have a tournament.

As an offshoot of that idea, Xena and Gabs like to play the twenty questions game. I forgot the episode (it was in one of the earlier seasons) but Gabs was trying to guess someone that Xena had killed, but it was Callisto who killed him. To which, Xena replied, "but she was in my body at the time."

Depending on your audience, you could do a "Name that Quote" game where you take important and/or memorable quotes and try to guess who said it. She doesn't think that her friends will be able to handle this one though.

Give everyone a character name that they put on their forehead and then they have to ask questions to figure out who they are


It's tough because Netflix is super limited when it comes to romance. I'm partial to very light-hearted romcoms in the classic style, so for casual watching so it does have some options there:

  1. Brigit Jones Diary: the perfect romcom. Still the "best in show" so to speak, when judged not as a movie but as a representative of the genre.
  2. Hitch: decently funny, good characters, and a bit more guy-friendly I think.
  3. Clueless: a classic
  4. Four Weddings and a Funeral: a bit different, less linear storytelling, and doesn't have a lot of the standard cheesy romcom stuff.

Not on netflix but still good:

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind: a bit more thoughtful and with more sci-fi than he average romcom. Has some more serious moments about dysfunctional relationships and when they are and aren't worth saving
  2. Much Ado About Nothing: 93 version with Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Emma Thompson, and that guy from House, not him the other one. Straight dialogue from the play, if she's into historical settings. Just a bit of fun honestly, seeing all these major stars in what appears to be a low budget, silly movie. There's a long scene ass scene that's just the girls changing and frolicking and the guys also changing and frolicking naked in a pool. It's ridiculous.
  3. 10 Things I hate about you: has to be mentioned because it is the BEST "high school ensemble romcom of the 90s" which is honestly it's own subgenre.

Paris je t'aime (it's a series of shorts by different directors, each set in a different neighborhood of Paris), no longer on netflix.

Stuck in Love is surprisingly good, deals with love in a bunch of different ways and is really heartfelt.

The cast is great, especially the younger actors.

If you guys are open to period romantic dramas, A Room With A View is really great, with a young, gorgeous Helena Bonham Carter and an always excellent Maggie Smith. And bonus Judi Dench and Daniel Day-Lewis. Beautiful scenery in both Italy and England too.

Roman Holiday is a classic too.

It's literally impossible to not love Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck gallivanting all over Rome.

Screwball comedies are also really good choices...A Philadelphia Story is my personal favorite, not on Netflix but pretty easy to find I think. Also His Girl Friday, which IS on Netflix.

Amelie is a classic that shouldn't be missed.

I remember the book Like Water For Chocolate more than the movie, so I'm not sure if I'm just remembering the movie well because I liked the book. But it's an interesting magical realism story that Netflix calls "sensual" so you can't go wrong!


FATE is solid as a Pirate game. The rules are free and available online in various forms.

In a matter of Days/Weeks, the official FATE3.0 book is being released. The Release Candidate of it was sent around last week for proof reading.

FATE is based around one simple principle (Everything is a Character!), you build the ships the exact same way you build people. They then have quirks and personality - they suck at some things, and are great at others (Ships have skills, turning, shooting, etc.). You can resolve Ship vs. Ship combat exactly as you would person vs. person. The ship gets a "Stress Track" the same as person would, except you wouldn't take "Consequences" like 'sprained ankle' or 'gut wound,' they would be 'torn sails' or 'cracked mast.'

Also, FATE asks you, as the GM, to choose what skills are available to players in your world (space ship piloting is not needed in a game in ancient Rome, etc.) so you just customize the skill list to represent pirate skills.

When I run Gurps I tend to throw out 90% of them anyway, but I find many people run Gurps exclusively for the optional grindy-ness.

Some prefer one over the other - either is a giant tool box to put together exactly the game you want.

If you don't want just pirates, maybe you want pirates in giant sea-faring robots, pick up "Gurps Mecha" as well, etc. The Razor Coast supplements for Pathfinder are really good. Fire As She Bears will also be helpful for Ship to Ship combat. Both are available through Frog God Games or the Paizo website.