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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Democracy Is Overrated
« on: December 07, 2021, 11:08:21 PM »
Given that all democracies currently feature such a test, this is patent nonsense.
Do what?!
All democracies have an age requirement to vote. Now, that's not what you were talking about, but it does satisfy Saddam's description of a test that he believes would be corrupted. Its existence is proof that a restriction on who can and cannot vote can be implemented in a way that doesn't compromise democratic principles.

Reaching the legal voting age is not really what anyone is talking about when they say “test” in the context of having educated voters. Seems a bit disingenuous.

I think you can make a knowledge test that is reasonably egalitarian though and that could be a good idea. It’s better than people voting on blind tradition or gut instincts.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Democracy Is Overrated
« on: December 07, 2021, 10:16:36 PM »
One suggestion I heard was that the test would be on which policies go with which parties.
so people who are more educated and smarter get to run the country the way they want to, at the expense of dimmer people with lower incomes who are disenfranchised.

That seems like an elitist gerrymandering policy to bury the poor. Have another go.

That kind of information is not difficult to come by and would require a minimum of effort. You could even provide study guides to all prospective voters.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: December 06, 2021, 05:52:54 PM »
They are a protected class, so it would be a different situation.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: The Taliban Won
« on: December 06, 2021, 01:38:01 PM »

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Terrible Political Memes
« on: December 05, 2021, 03:22:51 PM »





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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Rama Does Acting
« on: December 04, 2021, 10:14:16 PM »
Good job, Rama. There is noticeable improvement on the last run. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see you in a movie or TV show.

Thanks. The past couple of years have been rough with the pandemic and the changing demographics in Film/TV, but it’s nice doing regular training again.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Rama Does Acting
« on: December 04, 2021, 08:54:17 PM »
You know that you run the risk of some animal here taking a screencap from that video and using your face on some kind of meme or deepfake porn or something.

I wasn’t worried about that… until you just mentioned it.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Rama Does Acting
« on: December 04, 2021, 08:16:09 PM »
Thork  thinks you’re hot 😚

*sighs* I know.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Rama Does Acting
« on: December 04, 2021, 07:03:07 PM »
Nice! My dumb ass was wondering for a minute why you were being such a douche about it in the scene… then I realized that even though I don’t know that character, I’m obviously just a tool.

How long was it between first crack and final take for each? Pretty cool to see the evolution.

Right after. We do our scenes, then the coach gives us feedback and we go again. It takes a good coach or director to communicate the how and why something should change.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Rama Does Acting
« on: December 04, 2021, 10:10:22 AM »
I am, I just took my bandages off for the scene.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Video upload site suggestions?
« on: December 03, 2021, 09:38:22 PM »
Thork beat me to it, but: yes, I suspect that will be by far the easiest way forward, especially since we already have a working youtube embed BBCode.

We could probably cobble something together for Streamable or another service, but I'd prefer not to do so unless it's really necessary. Every small addition is a little bit of extra continuous effort for us to maintain.

Yeah no need. I will use YouTube.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Video upload site suggestions?
« on: December 03, 2021, 09:22:03 PM »
Out of curiosity, why is YouTube not a workable solution for you?

I don't want the videos to be as easy to find as they are on YouTube.
You can make youtube videos non-searchable and only accessible by link. The wildly popular 'Walk With Thork' series was like that.

TIL. Thanks very much!

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Video upload site suggestions?
« on: December 03, 2021, 08:31:36 PM »
Out of curiosity, why is YouTube not a workable solution for you?

I don't want the videos to be as easy to find as they are on YouTube.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Video upload site suggestions?
« on: December 03, 2021, 04:28:01 PM »
Hey, I want to uplaod and post some video clips but not to youtube.  I thought to use streamable.com, but the forum does not seem to like them.  You can see here that the embedded player doesn't work.  Does anyone know if this is an issue with streamable or the forum, and how it might be resolved, ideally by just using a different upload site?

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Arts & Entertainment / Rama Does Acting
« on: December 03, 2021, 04:21:55 PM »
I am going to share some clips from a scene study class I do.  We are given scenes that casting directors send out, prepare them at home, perform them in class and then get feedback from the coach.  The clips have our first pass at a scene and the last one.  Feel free to share any thoughts, just bear in mind that wardrobe and hair aren't the focus so some scenes I do not look the part, or even like I showered that day.  The first scene is from "Superman & Lois" where I play the dastardly billionaire, Sebastian Saint.


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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: December 01, 2021, 01:24:12 PM »
We will just have to agree to disagree and throw down when the next Momoa epic hits the theatres.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: December 01, 2021, 04:14:26 AM »

I couldn't possibly disagree more with all of this. Every scene in a movie is important. Every scene should be done to the best of everyone's abilities. Every actor should give the best performance they can. I fundamentally do not believe that lame dialogue should be overlooked on the grounds that it's just exposition and a necessary evil, or that a dull scene should be shrugged off because it's just setting the stage for what's to follow, or that a halfhearted performance should be handwaved away because hey, maybe that character is just emotionally shallow, nothing to see here, move along. The film is the sum of its parts, both good and bad. Every line of dialogue, every scene, every character, and every performance are what make the film. If a certain scene feels it like it's only there because it has to be, and it's just something that you want to get over with quickly, then the movie has a problem.

I never said any of that.  I dont think anything should be overlooked, but not every scene is there to be mined for emotional and dramatic importance either. Some scenes have very simple purposes, and do not require as much from the performers.  Your characterization of Momoa as "half-hearted" is not something you could ever substantiate so you may want to drop it.  You don't get offers for work like he gets if you are dogging it.  It seems to underly the butt hurt you have from him though.  Also, if you think characters having varying emotional depth is handwaving then you may want to go back and have a look at fictional characters again because it's just a fact.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: November 30, 2021, 06:48:15 PM »
Greetings, fellow generic fantasy fan.
How dare you. Robert E Howard created the character in 1932. Show some fucking respect.

He sounds like a dudebro.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Just Watched
« on: November 30, 2021, 01:55:52 PM »
He’s not a poor actor

Well, this is where we disagree. Momoa is a likable screen presence, but his acting ability could be described most generously as very limited. This really isn't an especially controversial opinion. Momoa's looks and charisma are what made him the star he is today, not his dramatic chops.

He did a lot of scenes in Game of Thrones without speaking where he conveyed a lot about his relationship with Danerys. It’s not easy and he pulled it off really well. Momoa is an actor who made his mark by portraying parts with physicality and has shown chops in that, seen clearly in his fight scenes. I polled some reviews about him and I couldn’t see any negativity about him either. I imagine there is some hate for him on Reddit, because Reddit, but that’s not really indicative of a consensus.

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If something is worth doing, then it's worth doing well. Even if it's just exposition. I'm not saying that Momoa should have chewed the scenery or tried to make the whole scene about himself the way that someone like Jared Leto would have done.

Exposition should be dealt with quickly and efficiently. Which he did. That’s about as effective as it gets. Honestly, you don’t really want exposition to be drawn out in any way because it’s not written for any purpose than delivering information. I still got the sense that he respected and awed by the Fremen. There is zero need to add dramatic content to this scene. The movie already has a pretty heavy handed tone.

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Okay, so this reads as a little contradictory to me, but I'll just ignore that
It wasn’t.

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- Paul's hazy visions of a couple of Fremen standing in front of him holding bloody knives was hardly a real introduction to the Fremen,

It was at least as much of an introduction as the Momoa scene, if not more. It showed you a fierce people living in the desert and showed that they played a massive role in the movie thematically.

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and I think that a good performance from Momoa would have made Stilgar's subsequent introduction resonate more.

Why do you think that?

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It's interesting that you mention "show, don't tell," because that's the basic gist of what I think would have improved the scene. Effective nonverbal acting from Momoa would show us how impressed he is by the Fremen and how deeply he's come to respect them, instead of just having to rely on dialogue to tell us how impressed he is by the Fremen and how deeply he's come to respect them.

You are trying to make a scene that wasn’t written. The scene is a reunion where stories are shared. It’s meant to be light hearted, which is why Brolin also makes “dudebro” jokes. Duncan talks about how legit the Fremen are and they move on. The part you want in this scene is in the scene with Bardem. Why double down? There is already too much material to get through, being precious by trying to add dramatic heft to every scene would bog it down.

It’s also worth noting that not all characters should have deep emotional lives. The actors are trying to portray authentic people in extraordinary circumstances and within that you will find people who are emotionally shallow. I find it interesting that you accuse Momoa of this but never mention Bautista. His portrayal didn’t exhibit a ton of range; I don’t think it needed to and Bautista doesn’t even have the charisma of someone like Momoa.

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