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by maybeagnostic
Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Werstwerld (Westworld)
Replies: 49
Views: 3963

Re: Werstwerld (Westworld)

Re: guns and safety concerns I am moderately satisfied with magical guns that sometimes shoot clay and sometimes real rounds even though it isn't technically possible to make rounds that are one or the other with a millisecond decision which at the end. It doesn't really detract from my enjo...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Werstwerld (Westworld)
Replies: 49
Views: 3963

Re: Werstwerld (Westworld)

Yet more on guns: If the guns can really calculate exactly where their bullet is going to end up with all the complications of moving unpredictable targets and such while also being quick enough to allow for blink-of-the-eye gun drawing fights, they must be smarter than the hosts. We also had plenty...
by maybeagnostic
Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Werstwerld (Westworld)
Replies: 49
Views: 3963

Re: Werstwerld (Westworld)

Got around to watching the show this weekend and basically saw it all over the last 48 hours. I am so happy I managed to avoid almost all spoilers. It was brilliantly planned and executed, while I got the gist of it the first time around there's plenty of stuff in here for a second and third viewing...
by maybeagnostic
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 4204

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Yeah, the point is that you can probably find a movie-specific justification for every instance, but in context it just becomes whitewashing. So you wouldn't notice except someone did and told you it was bad so now you do care that they made a change. And it is pretty damn far from whitewashing but...
by maybeagnostic
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dinosaur feathers and colours found in amber
Replies: 13
Views: 1339

Re: Dinosaur feathers and colours found in amber

I love the perspective in this image but
On closer inspection, however, it turned out to be the tail of a feathered dinosaur about the size of a sparrow.
...this quickly takes it from impressive and a little scary to absolutely adorable.
by maybeagnostic
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 4204

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

They could honestly do whatever and I wouldn't really notice. I wonder how true that is. Even among people who've read Dr Strange comics, surely plenty haven't read anything involving The Ancient One yet here we are having a huge discussion about that change when (almost?) none of us have read any ...
by maybeagnostic
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 9
Views: 1127

Re: Arrival

Re: the twist Do people really see it as a twist? I am probably biased because I read the story first but I never had the impression the story or the movie were ever trying to create an "Oh me yarm, that's what's been happening all along?!" moment. It is non-sequential storytelling...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 4204

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

"White man from the West comes to the East, harnesses Eastern knowledge and gains vast power in the process." This is a really, really old story in the West; it has deep roots in Western colonialism... The Shadow is another example; Doc Savage is another. Iron Fist is a super blatant exam...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Replies: 70
Views: 12433

Re: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Well, we are going to get more trailers before the movie comes out. This one featured Drax and Rocket, maybe the next one will be about Gamora and whatshisname.
by maybeagnostic
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 4204

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

But essentially what they did was replace Tibetan culture with white American culture. At the end of the day, there's one less Asian character, of which there aren't many in the first place. So, yeah, problematic, and worth mentioning, despite her being a great choice. The bit that really bugs me i...
by maybeagnostic
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Replies: 70
Views: 12433

Re: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)

I accept it could be a problem with the movie and, in fact, I expect you will be right that it is one but I just can't accept that it is a problem with the trailer. I suppose I am really splitting hairs at this point.
by maybeagnostic
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 4204

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Of course there are differences, and I apologize for giving the impression that I think language is the only differentiating aspect. In this case I'm talking mostly about race, and that's why I concentrate on it. I would be happy to have more variety in actors in TV and movies, and that would inclu...
by maybeagnostic
Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Replies: 70
Views: 12433

Re: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Because it was funny, colorful, fast-paced and exciting which makes it a pretty good trailer. You are not criticizing it for being a bad trailer but for not including something perfectly arbitrary that only you apparently expected it to include (i.e. lots of dialogue for Gamora).
by maybeagnostic
Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 4204

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Mordo is supposed to be Romanian but no one is upset they gave the role to a black Brit. Not the same thing. For one thing, Romanians are white - we have no shortage of white characters, making a white character black isn't a loss for white representation in culture. For another, they replaced the ...
by maybeagnostic
Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Replies: 70
Views: 12433

Re: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)

The CGI plant also got more screen time than the main character. Its almost like they only used bits of two short scenes instead of creating a detailed summary of the whole movie. That is not really the point and if you can't see it then I'm certainly not in the mood to explain it right now. I know...
by maybeagnostic
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 9
Views: 1127

Re: Arrival

Re: the military in the film vs story Basically since the scientists are working together, the aliens are peaceful and they didn't want to antagonize China but they wanted to introduce some conflict into the story, they ended up making the military excessively antagonistic. The story doesn't...
by maybeagnostic
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Replies: 70
Views: 12433

Re: I AM GROOT! (Guardians of the Galaxy)

The CGI plant also got more screen time than the main character. Its almost like they only used bits of two short scenes instead of creating a detailed summary of the whole movie.
by maybeagnostic
Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 4204

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

In an ideal world, there'd be a brilliant Tibetan actor (who could be cast without causing friction with China) who could play the role perfectly; in this world, it's hard to imagine someone doing better than Tilda Swinton. I don't see what would be better about that unless this hypothetical actor ...
by maybeagnostic
Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 4204

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Am I the only one who didn't quite get how the "mirror universe" was supposed to work? Seemed pretty straightforward to me. It was just asymmetrical- what happens in the "real world" affects the mirror universe but not vice versa so they can wreck the "mirror universe' all ...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 86193

Re: Gamergate

The Great Hippo wrote:Which is that Gamergate's nastiness comes from the same sort of macho fascist impulse that spawned the alt-right;

I find that hard to accept when there was plenty of nastiness on both sides. Unless you are saying that both sides of Gamergate were inspired by a macho fascist impulse?
by maybeagnostic
Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Super-Epic-Mega-Crossover thread (Spoilers)
Replies: 11
Views: 1234

Re: The Super-Epic-Mega-Crossover thread (Spoilers)

Never watched LoT and gave up on Supergirl after suffering through three episodes but just based on how previous The Flash and Arrow crossovers have gone, I find it surprising people can get excited for a crossover. I think both shows can't even manage their own casts much of the time so mixing them...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13562
Views: 1579223

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

This is quite fun. Got 3/6 the first time around, 4/6 the second and 6/6 the third. I am pretty terrible at drawing parrots and I am frankly amazed it recognized my scorpion:
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by maybeagnostic
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 49
Views: 3064

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I don't think it's a huge spoiler, it's also mentioned in passing in one of the trailers, but I'm going to spoil this anyway: The keep talking incredibly casually about erasing muggles' memories, without any regard to people opinions and willingness to rule over themselves. They talk about it o...
by maybeagnostic
Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 9
Views: 1127

Re: Arrival

I saw it. Still processing. I was afraid they'd "Hollywoodize" the story too much and while there was some of that going on, I didn't mind too much. They downplayed the science some and beefed up the conflict but that was necessary to reach a mass market audience and they preserved most of...
by maybeagnostic
Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 4204

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Without spoiling anything significant from the movie, the scene involves Strange being offered a series of possible patients in search of a challenging but possible case (i.e. one that only he can pull off but he is confident can be pulled off). He turns that one down because it is too risky and he ...
by maybeagnostic
Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 461806

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

CorruptUser wrote:Did you just call me a trump suppprter? What in the actual fuck?

You are with us or you are against us, nuance is not allowed :P
by maybeagnostic
Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 461806

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Out of the over dozen candidates in the primaries, there were only two candidates against the status quo. They were both outsiders that did much much better than predicted and the constant media attacks against them served more to galvanize their support than to convince undecided voters to vote aga...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 461806

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And that choice (which they have every right to do!), is racist. I agree with everything else you said up to this point but this last step of your reasoning goes too far. The way I understand your position and correct me if I am wrong, everything short of putting protection of minorities as their m...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 461806

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I am going to go out on a (very long) limb here and say virtually everyone willing to vote for Hillary did so and it wasn't nearly enough. I'm not sure how you can say that seeing as how she won the popular vote. It's a fact more people wanted her as president than wanted Trump. But the US system d...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 461806

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Basically how much abstention regret (<-needs a good portmanteau, like "Bregret" from Brexit Regret) is happening now? I am not even sure there was all that much regret when Brexit happened but there was some amount of it for sure. With this election though, I haven't seen a single person...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 461806

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It's not a good place to be when you're *hoping* the president will break their campaign promises. How about if you never seriously expected him to keep to the promises but really wanted to show a middle finger to the establishment and prove they don't control you? Putting a wild card like Trump in...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 461806

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

There you go then, both sides do it. So why did it lose the election for the liberals? Why is this a factor according to you? It just sounds like "stop being mean about me" while not caring what republicans say about dems. And I've seen this so many times the last year- "We aren't be...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 461806

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I am honestly not sure what to think about the results. On the one hand Trump is a pretty despicable person and I never would have voted for him (not that I have the right to vote in US elections). On the other hand the democratic supporters have been so vicious and petty throughout this campaign th...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 4204

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

I saw the movie last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It looked gorgeous, the action sequences were very inventive and the humor was on point. It will likely end up among my personal top 3 MCU movies along with Winter Soldier and Guardians. The only bit that really bothers me about it was... ...the ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond
Replies: 57
Views: 6124

Re: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond

I actually quite liked Jaylah, I felt like her backstory and motivations were very clearly realized despite getting very little exposition, her arc likewise was very clean and direct, if perhaps a bit compressed seeming. I don't know, it just didn't click for me. Some alien from an unknown species ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Oct 12, 2016 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Luke Cage
Replies: 23
Views: 1746

Re: Luke Cage

I am halfway through the show and I like it a lot so far but its starting to lose steam a little. I think it might be the lack of a powerful villian or credible threat- so far Luke Cage seems to regard his opposition with more annoyance than real concern. The other thing that I was really disappoint...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond
Replies: 57
Views: 6124

Re: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond

Finally saw the latest movie recently (nothing like being stuck on a plane for 11 hours to motivate you to take a risk on a movie) and I quite enjoyed it. Better than any of the others in the new continuity for sure even though it still had a few problems- mainly that no one outside the Enteprise's ...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5241
Views: 618863

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It was usually spoken: "Tony just bet ten grand." Even that argot was adapted by shortening it to just G (written) or (spoken) G or G's as in, "Tony just bet ten G's." I've never seen it written before, just spoken but I am pretty sure there shouldn't be an apostrophe there. It'...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 461806

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

ucim wrote:It is equally valid to wonder if there is something more hidden that Trump fears getting out, that he distracts the electorate with unfounded fearmongering.
Oh, he most certainly is but "she is no worse than Trump" is a particularly poor defense of someone's suitability for the presidency.
by maybeagnostic
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 461806

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Even if she was seriously ill, that's no reason not to vote for her. If she were ill to the point where people doubted she'd be able to finish her term, that seems like a good reason not to vote for her (but possibly for her VP). Pneumonia isn't the kind of illness that would affect her ability to ...

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