oh hello....................................gosh it's been ages!!!!!!!!!!! i was so happy when Abbie told me the forum was still around and so many regulars were still here! i think i'm kind of a completely different person now than i was when i was last on here. mostly for the better!!!! for example i'm a hot girl now.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EjhedKfXkAMjaXo?format=jpg

i'm gonna poke around a little and see what i've missed in the last......jeez, five years. it's nice to see that some things never change, though!

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Darth Praxus wrote:
Doctor Submarine wrote:

I think this film is a true mixed bag. There's a lot that's beautifully truthful and heartfelt, but there's also a lot that's cliche and regressive too. Not the worst Pixar film, but it feels more like a distant echo of their best work than a true return to form.

And Lava is, excuse the pun, hot garbage.

I noticed your tweets on the same, I'm curious as to which aspects you single out as regressive?

It's not a major aspect of the film, but its gender politics are bizarrely old-fashioned, especially for Pixar. The main thing I'm talking about is that scene where you see inside the parents' heads and it's all "Oh dad's a dunce who only thinks about sports! Mom's exasperated with her dumb husband and fantasizes about hot South American men!" Like, what year was this written?

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I think this film is a true mixed bag. There's a lot that's beautifully truthful and heartfelt, but there's also a lot that's cliche and regressive too. Not the worst Pixar film, but it feels more like a distant echo of their best work than a true return to form.

And Lava is, excuse the pun, hot garbage.

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i'm fine, we're all fine, everything is fine

*sets self on fire*

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A month or two ago, Melisandre's actress said that she filmed a "big scene" with Kit, but that scene never actually happened on screen. I wouldn't be surprised if they filmed his resurrection as part of season 5 but are saving the scene itself for season 6. I don't think they'll put him in a new body -- Kit Harrington is too popular for the show to let him go.

Also, why does anyone think Theon and Sansa might be dead? The scene pretty clearly wasn't indicating that they both committed suicide. This was an escape scene. Presumably the snow is deep enough that it could cushion their fall.

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Tomahawk wrote:

Skyrim's faulty in that an NPC will give you a quest to do something, and then there's a GPS telling you EXACTLY where to go all the time, which renders the need for said NPC completely obsolete. "Oh, man, I lost my knife in a drinking game last night. Swell if you could go fetch it for me. I'll pay you, of course, hehe, but you might need to take care of some bandits. Here's the exact location it's at, as I've put a tracking device in it. I'm just too lazy to do it myself, and you're the only damn person in this entire country brave enough".

Instead, it could've gone down a little something like this: "Oh, man, I lost my favorite knife in a drinking game last night. I'd like to get it back, but I don't know where the guy I gave it to is. Judging by his accent and appearance, I'm thinking somewhere near Riften. Here's some money to pay him back for the knife. Good luck, and thanks!"

Now, this quest would tell you it's possibly near Riften. It may not be, but at least you've a clue. No GPS, but a clue. It would certainly make the game more interesting.

There ARE a bunch of quests like this in Skyrim, they just aren't the majority. I think this version would be really cool (and there's probably a mod that makes fetch quests this way) but from the developers' point of view I can see the argument that it discourages players from completing side quests. It forces you to pour a lot of time and effort into a quest with a miniscule reward. Tiny quests like that SHOULD be less complicated and easier to complete.

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I continue to adore this show.

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His brother was an enemy combatant. Renly knew that his life was on the line if he continued to fight in the war. Shireen was an innocent bystander.

I think you're generally right BDA, but also consider that Shireen is his only heir. Even if the sacrifice works and he wins the throne, he has nothing once he dies. The Baratheon name dies with him now. He's sacrificed his legacy to win a single battle. What a moron. bullet is right, it's character assassination.

They've definitely been setting this up all season, but they've been explicitly indicating that Mel or Selyse would do it without Stannis' consent. That would have been just as horrifying and in-line with the arc.

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It was so dumb. Stannis' primary character trait is "does not compromise." Dude stayed holed up in Storm's End for over a year eating rats because he wouldn't give it up to the sieging soldiers. But now he loses some food and he's immediately prepared to make THE BIGGEST COMPROMISE POSSIBLE? Two weeks after unilaterally declaring that he would not do it?

I think there's a version of this that works, but they need to actually develop Stannis' devolution into madness. Not have him do an instant heel-turn at the first sign of trouble. And most of Stannis' soldiers aren't Lord of Light followers. Why are they all just standing there? Presumably next week we'll find out that some of them abandoned the cause after this. If not...wow. This fucking show.

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HANNIBAL SEASON 3

I know there's a "no pop culture" rule but I'd be lying if I said this wasn't my #1 item of enthusiasm. I'll also be covering it weekly for one of the sites I write for. Never done something like that before. Does that count?

oh, and I'm interning at my local library this summer, which is super cool.

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It was rated R, so no cuts for a lower rating. In fact, George Miller got his wife (an editor who had never cut an action film before) to edit the film because he didn't want it to look like just any other action film.

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George Miller strongly discouraged seeing it in 3D, for the record.

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Darth Praxus wrote:

Belated appreciation: this album and Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly are what finally allowed me to break through a musical barrier and appreciate rap, and your review was the reason I picked up the former. Thanks so much for that!

big_smile So glad to hear it! I had that moment a couple years ago with Kanye's Late Registration, and I haven't looked back since. And yeah, To Pimp A Butterfly is awesome. So weird and unique. Here are some of my favorite albums EVER to check out. I highly recommend that everyone reading this give these a listen.

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid M.A.A.D. City

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (my fave of his is 808s and Heartbreak but that's more electropop than rap)

Drake - Take Care

Jay-Z - The Black Album

Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday

(i contend that this is one of the best pop songs in history)

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels and Run the Jewels 2

And if you're up for something weirder...

Death Grips - The Money Store

Death Grips - No Love Deep Web

clipping. - midcity

(if you're wearing headphones, beware)

clipping. - CLPPNG

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I loathe the iOS Podcast app. Slow and buggy and very few features. Downcast is where it's at. Best podcast app by a mile. I load audiobooks in there too because iOS is also terrible with those.

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Copy pasted from Letterboxd.

Joss Whedon: A really great writer who has no business directing something on a scale larger than mid-2000s network TV. This is a butt-ugly movie. No less than half of it looks like a video game cutscene, somehow re-creating a high frame rate through awkwardly fast camera and character motion.

And honestly, this movie makes me think that calling Whedon a really great writer might be giving him too much credit. Pick any individual dialogue scene out of this movie and it's great. But structurally this film is a damn nightmare. It's bafflingly minimalist, with each shot and scene whittled down to be as short as possible while still conveying the information. I understood what was going without much trouble, but the movie feels like a "previously on" segment, quickly getting across all its plot information without doing much of anything else.

It's fun, sure. Funny. But it's also the most crassly produced thing Marvel's put out to date. I'm officially done with these movies.

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Joss's attitude in the press recently has revealed a real animosity towards Marvel. It's very clear that he hated the process of making Age of Ultron and finds their whole production structure to be total misery. Recently he came out and said that Edgar Wright's Ant-Man script was amazing and Marvel was stupid for not just letting him do his thing. That's not something you say about a studio you want to maintain a relationship with. I don't think he just wants out because these movies are exhausting to make. It really seems like he's sick of the whole studio.

I haven't seen Age of Ultron yet, but looking at Marvel's upcoming slate, it might be the last MCU film I see for a couple years. Nothing looks all that appealing to me until Black Panther and Captain Marvel, which I'll get behind for diversity's sake. Even if some crazy unexpected talented director hops on one of these, I'll know that it won't be their movie. It'll be Marvel's movie. At this point, I've seen what Marvel can do, and I'm not interested. The ones I like are the first Captain America, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3. Well, the first Cap was a period war movie and he's not in that period anymore, so no more movies like that. Joss is leaving, so nothing else like Avengers. And Marvel fans HATED Iron Man 3, so I don't expect them to take cues from that film going forward.

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excellent, now I have an excuse to finally watch this.

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Mysterious! I'm in. Mostly for the opportunity to talk about how great Ex Machina is.

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Ooh, I'm interested. What sort of thing are you thinking?

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Teague wrote:

Ex Machina.

Ex Machina.

Ex Machina is the good shit.

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I wish I could take credit for it! We agonized over what to call the damn thing, the one we landed on was a suggestion from a friend.

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http://moviefail.com/stark-contrast-gam … s-to-come/

I don't think I made a topic about this last season, but since we've essentially relaunched with the addition of a name, whatevs.

This is the podcast that my friend and I do covering Game of Thrones. I've read the books, he hasn't. We have vastly different views on filmmaking. So our perspectives put together make for a...stark contrast.

Get it? You get it.

Anyway, I hope you like it, and of course we'd love some feedback. You can subscribe through iTunes, unlike last season, so that's cool.

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avatar wrote:
Doctor Submarine wrote:

Also remember that this is a 2001-monolith thing. The future humans wanted to engineer a situation where the present humans would significantly advance their science and culture. The point wasn't just to save their lives, because if it was they could've just stopped the blight. They wanted to advance the human race.

But the future humans are already advanced. If we had a time machine now, why would we feel compelled to go back to the Palaeolithic and help them along? "Here's how you smelt metal you numbskulls. Are here's how you plant seeds. And you can domestic x,y,z species but not these ones. Now stop hitting each other over the head with clubs and get civilized.

Because it's a closed-loop thing. If they don't help the past humans become advanced, then they'll die off and never become the future humans.

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Also remember that this is a 2001-monolith thing. The future humans wanted to engineer a situation where the present humans would significantly advance their science and culture. The point wasn't just to save their lives, because if it was they could've just stopped the blight. They wanted to advance the human race.

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Serious question for you:

Who cares if something is silly or unrealistic? Why is that inherently a bad thing?