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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: June 11, 2017, 09:39:07 PM »
Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)

It happened, folks. This movie was really really good. Not only is it the best DC movie yet (not that that's much of a hurdle), it was honestly better than a lot of Marvel films, IMO. Gal Gadot was fantastic as Diana, and the whole idea of the "male gaze" in superhero films (and, well, a lot of movies) never smacked me as hard as it did here from the utter absence of it. Diana and all the Amazons were absolutely gorgeous and there were times quite a bit of skin was exposed, but the shots never lingered on them in a sexual way, and even when you did see it it lacked any tension, just showing reality. I'm sure that'll get some people frothing (at the lack of it, at the idea that it's a thing, at the idea that it matters, etc. etc., people will find a way), but I could not have appreciated it more. It was super nice just to see a woman kick ass and be herself without having to impress anyone.

Plus, with this movie, Diana is the only hero so far that's really about justice and protecting people. For the most part. And Patty Jenkins did a fantastic job showing her reactions to mankind's fuckups and the horrors of war. There's a moment where she's completely overwhelmed with cries of help and realizing she can't save everyone at once that's completely heartbreaking, I could almost feel exactly how (I imagine) she felt.

Lastly, those action scenes, hoo boy. A tad bit more slow-mo than I'd go for, but the choreography was wonderful, hits had impact, you could see very clearly what was going on, cuts added emphasis rather than hiding hits. It was great. That movie was great. I can't wait to see Diana ruined in Justice League.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 07, 2017, 11:47:57 PM »
That is a fantastic link

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: FES Book Club
« on: June 07, 2017, 11:31:28 PM »
I would've been bothered by his passiveness were it not addressed, but it fit nicely into the story and gave him a really nice arc, so I'm completely okay with it. If the story were solely about him, I'd agree, but everything going on around him was interesting enough that I wasn't bothered, since it fit. And I thought it was mentioned in the books that he's a pretty smart dude, and that he's read hundreds of books in prison?

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: FES Book Club
« on: June 07, 2017, 12:04:43 AM »
Neil Gaiman - American Gods

Wow hey look who took SIX MONTHS to read this book. I got like 68% of the way through then I stopped, didn't touch it for four-five months, and now finally finished the rest in one day. It's a heavy, thick book (not literally, I have it on a Kindle Voyage), incredibly dense, and took work to get through, but I'm really glad I did. It was absolutely fantastic. Gaiman is a magician with words and images.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Modern Feminism
« on: June 03, 2017, 05:35:30 AM »
I posted that comic thinking it was an obvious parody, so if it's not I will be really sad and worried about the creator.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: June 02, 2017, 06:43:55 AM »
Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)

Watch this movie. Seriously, it's worth a watch by basically anyone. However, if you're determined not to or you really just don't care, read on.

That was the most fucking frustrating thing I have ever seen in my life. This movie was so, so, so close to being one of the greatest films I've watched, so close to being an incredible work of art, and then the whole fucking thing is split apart by one motherfucking character named Rod Williams. Fuck. The whole Goddamn movie has this amazing atmosphere that only gets more and more tense as it goes on, so many times it had me literally leaning forward, heart pounding, completely absorbed, then motherfucking Rod Williams bursts into the scene all "HEY AM FUNNY MAN" and fucking shatters the entire illusion. Always at the worst fucking parts, when the film's at its darkest and deepest, he reminds you this is a fucking movie and he's a fucking awfully-written character who has no fucking place in such a good fucking film and is going to make sure that you don't fucking enjoy yourself to the fullest and don't get too fucking enamoured by the film because he's going to yank you right the fuck out of it and rub your face in the fucking dirt while making you listen to and watch his wacky fucking antics that have no place in SUCH A GOOD FUCKING FILM. FUCK.

So yeah, it was great. Just had one flaw that might have ruined it for me. Oh well.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: May 24, 2017, 11:55:28 PM »
The Americans (Joe Weisberg, Season 1, 2013)

It started a bit slowish, but I've come to love this show quite a lot by this point. The first handful of episodes rely a bit too much on relationship problems and bickering amidst sneaky spy work and disguises, but once it finds its groove and gets into a good rhythm, everything flows a lot more naturally and is handled a lot better than most shows. The subterfuge and intrigue feels a lot less forced and hamfisted, character motivations feel real, people react to things the way you would expect them to...that's a really low baseline for liking a show, I just realized, but so much other TV has made me cynical at this point.

Also there's a fair amount of speaking русский in the show, which makes me happy and means I get to listen to that beautiful accent and language and practice hearing it.

Anyway, even though I liked season one a lot, season two and three are supposed to be drastically better (I found the show because season three is one of Metacritic's highest rated seasons of television), so I'm very excited to get started on those.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Superhero Movies & Comics General
« on: May 24, 2017, 11:50:18 PM »
Just finished season three of The Flash. This show is really fucking bad. Holy shit.

Shout out two those two trees that fell down faster than the speed of sound, though.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Explosion at UK concert
« on: May 23, 2017, 06:12:23 PM »
Wow, I didn't even make the Mr. Mercedes connection.

That's super depressing, though. I hate this shit. :[

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:12:02 AM »
Well widdle Twump just didn't understand the job back then but he's learned so so much.

Nobody knew running a country was so complicated. Nobody knew.


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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: May 16, 2017, 12:02:30 AM »
Double Down (Neil Breen, 2005)

I...I want to write a summary of this film, but I honestly don't know what happened. I just...I don't know. That was somehow the worst and greatest experience of my life. I would defer an explanation to Crudblud, but I don't know if he can help any more than I can. It was a thing that kind of vaguely happened and I think I'm retarded now.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Modern Feminism
« on: May 14, 2017, 08:02:35 PM »

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: May 14, 2017, 12:00:13 AM »
Sword Art Online (Tomohiko Itō, Season 1 Episodes 1-12, 2012)

Holy shit. This is actually the worst anime I've ever seen. My nephew rants about it all the time and finally made me start watching it with him and it's like the anime version of Suicide Squad in its awfulness; every second is terrible but I can't stop watching and laughing and making fun of it with him.

I'm suffering but I'm hooked.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:38:19 PM »
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/863007411132649473

Why did we elect this asshole president, again? Also:

Because shaking up the establishment, man. Draining the swamp Replacing the swamp with a different swamp.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Superhero Movies & Comics General
« on: May 11, 2017, 02:47:24 AM »
It's even worse of a shot because that city(?) hardly looks like a city(?). It looks like Silent Hill, some place disconnected from reality; blue, orange, , washed-out and foggy.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: May 09, 2017, 05:59:09 AM »
It sounds like you watch a very weirdly specific subset of movies

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: May 08, 2017, 05:32:53 PM »
he hates movies.

Why is he an awful person?

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: May 05, 2017, 07:24:11 AM »
The Man from Earth (Richard Schenkman, 2007)

That was incredible. I'm gonna watch that again tomorrow because wew. The film is literally just a few people talking, but it's utterly captivating. It's a man who claims he's lived a long, long time telling it to people he knows at a small little going-away get-together before he leaves to something else. That's the entire conceit and concept, but the group is comprised of fellow college teachers who are experts in their fields, all testing and probing him on everything he says.

That's the whole concept and it's great, thanks to fantastic writing by Jerome Bixby. The film covers paleontology, geography, history, theology, philosophy, biology, linguology (shh), everything. It doesn't get everything perfectly right, but that's not all that important.

It was just great. I love this movie.


Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone, 2016)

I mean...on a really shallow level, I had some fun with this movie. It's really dumb but it has some funny dumb moments, but I would definitely not ever watch it again. Most disappointingly, though, none of the songs are nearly as entertaining as literally any of The Lonely Island's actual real life songs. So it's a half-baked comedy with half-baked comedy music. Never thought I'd see a movie with the Lonely Island where the songs were the worst part of the film.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Superhero Movies & Comics General
« on: May 04, 2017, 04:48:10 AM »
That first one is brilliant

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