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by maybeagnostic
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of [ERROR SPOILER REDACTED]
Replies: 9
Views: 503

Re: Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of [ERROR SPOILER REDACTED]

I'd argue those weren't a "real" trilogy in that you can watch them in any order without messing up anything. Besides the final one was the best but wasn't directed by JJ or written by JJ or any of his normal writing team so its just further (shaky) proof that JJ doesn't do satisfying conc...
by maybeagnostic
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of [ERROR SPOILER REDACTED]
Replies: 9
Views: 503

Re: Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of [ERROR SPOILER REDACTED]

I didn't recognize it as Palpatine until commenters on YouTube said as much. Strange, I recognized it immediately and I haven't seen RotS since it was first in the cinema. As for the title, with JJ directing I wouldn't expect it to mean much at all. Honestly, has he ever made anything that had a sa...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Shazam
Replies: 24
Views: 1282

Re: Shazam

Just to clarify, I thought Billy got the power of Shazam (the wizard) and also was... safekeeping, I suppose, the powers of six more wizards so he handed out five of them to his family. My assumption was that there'd be seven superheros each getting the power of one of those seven wizar...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Shazam
Replies: 24
Views: 1282

Re: Shazam

About the foster family- we as the audience got to see them have that conversation about accepting him back but Billy never heard that, did he? I feel like we saw a lot more of the foster parents than Billy ever did. Also I didn't mean that being accepted back should be something the parents di...
by maybeagnostic
Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Shazam
Replies: 24
Views: 1282

Re: Shazam

I just assumed the system failed him. The police probably could have tracked her down but she wasn't a criminal and CPS workers are not detectives. Besides forcing her to raise a child she literally abandoned would be really difficult so putting him in the system might've been the best they...
by maybeagnostic
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Shazam
Replies: 24
Views: 1282

Re: Shazam

This is the first superhero movie final fight in a long time that I found both engaging and exciting. I haven't been so invested in the actual conflict of a superhero movie since Civil War and the relatively smaller scale really worked in its favor. They also managed to balance ramping up the emotio...
by maybeagnostic
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8472
Views: 772881

Re: Trump presidency

Of course he's not smart enough to do this on his own. That's why he kept getting instructions in face to face backdoor meetings with Putin. I think that's fundamentally misunderstanding what Russia gets out of this whole situation. Their interests are to discredit the US on the international stage...
by maybeagnostic
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224235

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Well, yes, because they voted against all options that are actually possible. They didn't bother voting against revoking Article 50 because none of the people who can do so consider it a possibility. I'm not quite sure why the EU granted this extension. Aside from getting an extra two weeks of const...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 2780

Re: Captain Marvel

If there is one thing that my (amateur) study of social anthropology has taught me, its that the most fundamental and insightful aspects of a society are not typically controversial or even visible to the people within it. The really fundamental things that are fascinating to outsiders are the thing...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224235

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

A second referendum is not super popular among the public either. Not unpopular either, but not enough to give a boost. Many people feel that a 2nd referendum would be a 'vote again until you vote correctly' trick. MPs are mostly more pro-Remain than their constituency, and people know that. They h...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 2780

Re: Captain Marvel

In other news the rotten tomatoes audience score for the movie increased from under 30% on release day to 62% currently. On paper still one of the least liked Marvel movies which means that the whole downvote brigade still had some serious effect on the final score despite rotten tomatoes trying to ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224235

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I don't think the leavers could in faith argue against a 2nd referendum... From the perspective of an outsider, this has been one of the weirdest things for me in the whole Brexit crisis. I just can't understand why seemingly all British politicians agree a second referendum is unacceptable. Not th...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6807
Views: 1071208

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I don't mean to turn this into an argument but it strikes me as a weird spin to put on the story. Everyone at the sheriff's office resigned so presumably they were all "good cops" and they are protesting against some kind of political pressure coming from outside the police force, right? I...
by maybeagnostic
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 2780

Re: Captain Marvel

And then there's the question of the Infinity War pager - if Captain Marvel is off exploring using the FTL drive rather than jump points, light-speed comms from jump points would take years to reach her... She specifically upgraded the pager for this purpose though so it fits with the idea that the...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224235

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Is there realistically a chance to negotiate an extension at this point? May has already set a third vote on "her" deal for next week and, despite today's vote, I can't see how Parliament can decide on getting an extension before that. This means they won't even be able to start discussing...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 2780

Re: Captain Marvel

So both the answers to my original questions and the FTL discussion make a lot of sense but are mostly not based on stuff explicitly established in the movies*. That's not really a big deal but I do like my plot critical thingamajigs to be slightly better established if the conflict of the movie is ...
by maybeagnostic
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 2780

Re: Captain Marvel

The trailers had me really worried because they really didn't make the movie look very good but those scenes actually came off pretty well in the theater. My only complaint is that it was perhaps too funny for a movie that wasn't a straight up comedy. About he twist(s): The skrull possibly being goo...
by maybeagnostic
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Shazam
Replies: 24
Views: 1282

Re: Shazam

I've never read the comics so this might be a stupid question but can he say Shazam without transforming? It would be kind of hilarious if a journalist asks him who he is, he says "I'm Shazam" and transforms into a kid in front of the cameras.
by maybeagnostic
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Shazam
Replies: 24
Views: 1282

Re: Shazam

It's in both trailers but the first one had the whole scene. I guess we technically don't know what his superhero name will be but I doubt anyone thinks he'd be called Captain Marvel.
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 22
Views: 2121

Re: Aquaman

I don't have an issue with movies that show truly evil villains; nor do I have an issue with movies that try to give their villains reasonable motives. But there needs to be some level of parity between the character, their motives, and the acts that they commit for it to make a compelling story. B...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 22
Views: 2121

Re: Aquaman

For a twist take on that that theme: " Aquaman Is The Same Story As Black Panther (Except Killmonger's The Hero) " https://screenrant.com/aquaman-movie-black-panther-comparison-killmonger/ An interesting take but it suffers from not taking the actual movie into account. In fact Aquaman is...
by maybeagnostic
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Cobra Kai (Is that a rattlesnake?)
Replies: 1
Views: 628

Cobra Kai (Is that a rattlesnake?)

This series was a rather pleasant surprise. I haven't seen The Karate Kid since I was a kid myself and I never saw the remake so I am not much of a fan but I think they did a great job of balancing homage with developing the story in new ways. They got both original actors (Ralf Macchio and William ...
by maybeagnostic
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 22
Views: 2121

Re: Aquaman

Between this and Bumblebee, this Christmas had some big turnarounds for franchises I've never enjoyed or even watched very much of. Still, Aquaman had the same major problem as Wonder woman. Namely the big CGI fight at the end that was probably very expensive but felt too cartoonish and any sense of...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Que She-Ra, She-Ra
Replies: 11
Views: 1972

Re: Que She-Ra, She-Ra

I wouldn't really compare it to Steven Universe or Avatar. I guess its not bad for a kids' show but I didn't really see anything deep or complex enough in it to hold the attention of an adult. Then again I just had it running in the background while doing other stuff so maybe I missed something very...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8472
Views: 772881

Re: Trump presidency

As to the SC being (not?) staffed by enough Trump loyalists, I thought the same of the Republican Party itself while he was running in the primaries. I thought the same as he ran for the actual election. I thought the same as one by one the members of the Republican Party fell in line behind him. I...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Hilda
Replies: 5
Views: 2430

Re: Hilda

CorruptUser wrote:In terms of story, this is the closest we are ever going to get to a Gunnerkrigg Court tv show...
Ok, I'm sold. Somehow Netflix failed to recommend it to me.
by maybeagnostic
Sat Sep 08, 2018 6:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8472
Views: 772881

Re: Trump presidency

These last few years are the best evidence yet that the Founders weren't wise statesmen who deserve our utmost deference. Its a foundation myth, those are always bull. The US' is only noteworthy in how recent it is and even in that aspect it is nothing exceptional. We should have abandoned it... Wo...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Thor: Ragnarok
Replies: 35
Views: 9114

Re: Thor: Ragnarok

It seems probable that, given what we know, Asguardians enjoy a ridiculous advantage over their enemies. Pretty much every one we've seen is obscenely overpowered. Um, like who? I am pretty sure every time we've seen an Asgardian other than Thor* fight, they've had their ass handed to them by just ...
by maybeagnostic
Mon May 28, 2018 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Boba: A Star Wars Story
Replies: 25
Views: 6391

Re: Boba: A Star Wars Story

I'm not much of a Star Wars fan in general but Boba Fett's popularity in particular has always been a complete mystery to me. How did some faceless dude with not even five minutes of screentime before his ignoble death become so interesting to the fans? As to the lack of excitement for Solo, a strai...
by maybeagnostic
Thu May 17, 2018 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 21525

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

A few thoughts on the ramifications of Thanos' plan, I believe some were already covered but I mostly skimmed the topic. Firstly, about the effect of wiping out half the population and what the odds of wiping out a whole population (of city, country or planet) are related to that- it isn'...
by maybeagnostic
Thu May 03, 2018 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 21525

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Spoiler:
Well, yeah, sure, but it isn't food or oil or living space that's scarce, it's resources, whatever that means.
by maybeagnostic
Thu May 03, 2018 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 21525

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

That's not what I mean. "I want to kill everyone that opposes me until I'm the only ruler" is a shitty position to have, but it's a reasonable motive for a villain. "I love death so much I want to impress her with how many people I kill" is also a reasonable motive. ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed May 02, 2018 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 21525

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Just because the movie is based on a comic book doesn't mean it has to be a silly plan (neither do comic books consist only of silly plans). Magneto's plan to turn all world leaders into mutants in the first X-Men movie was grandiose and campy in a comic-book way but was definitely not silly. Right...
by maybeagnostic
Tue May 01, 2018 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 21525

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

It's a comic book movie, of course the plan is silly. At least that what I tried to tell myself even though I would've also preferred something that made more sense. Not quite as silly as being in love with the personification of death, I guess. I agree the whole story won't be very sat...
by maybeagnostic
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 21525

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Just saw it, didn't expect too much, enjoyed it. Much like Avengers 1, little of what happens makes much logical sense if you really think about it but it is fast paced, exciting and there's plenty of cool colorful fight scenes. The emotional scenes were a bit of a mixed bags- some landed ok but oth...
by maybeagnostic
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 83
Views: 18843

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

I don't believe they've had anything to say with the first season so far so it can't be that much worse in that regard. I also can't think of any other show that's felt so rushed and most shows I watch do end up picked for a second season so I don't think that really explains anything. Mostly it jus...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 83
Views: 18843

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

So next weekend is the season finale and I am still iffy on the show. It's not terrible but I just don't care about any of the characters or their universe. I think the problem is for all the twists and big reveals, there is never enough good build up. The doctor died before I had even learned his n...
by maybeagnostic
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 28368

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

But that's not really surprising, most people haven't had the opportunity to get their heads wrapped around orbital mechanics, and unless you have some idea how things move in orbits, orbital mechanics are a weird way to move around. If you're trying to tell a story set in the future odds are a dis...
by maybeagnostic
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 28368

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

And it is internally consistent or at least as much as anything else in Star Wars. But with regards to ramming it's not consistent at all. Why didn't they just use the other ships that ran out of fuel, to ram the enemy ships instead of just letting them slowly drift towards them, if ramming is a fu...
by maybeagnostic
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 28368

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

even a fairy tale like SW ought to be internally consistent. if you pull a magic superweapon out of your ass after 2 hours of running away, you have to expect the audience to ask why you didn't do so earlier. And it is internally consistent or at least as much as anything else in Star Wars. there i...

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