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1  Forum / AV Club / Re: 2017 A Year of Movies on: January 12, 2018, 05:47 am
The best movies of 2017, as every year, remains Rebecca and Solomon Kane. Undefeated.
2  Forum / AV Club / Re: Black Mirror (spoilers) is good on: January 02, 2018, 10:22 am
I love black mirror but its the most inconsistent/odd show I do, I think. 4 had the same problems as 3, too many rando episodes that worked purely on a twist that is obvious and they never did anything fun with to let you ignore that.

Black Museum/Arkangel being the worst for this, the star trek one being good fun and my favourite.

Arkangel especially a throw back to the last episode with a very similar concept (recording memories) where the most interesting thing they can think to say about this concept is "what if a real psycho used it". Well then it would be analogous to a real controlling psycho not using a magic tech but being in the same position wouldnt it, then not working as a cautionary tale or an analogy and being pointless.

A lot of people on the internets seemed to complain that the show has lost its "true roots" of being a cautionary tale about technology anymore, which I dont think it ever was and the few early episodes that fit that bill were the weaker ones anyway. Im perfectly ok with it being twilight zone but about apps and that instead of any supernatural/scifi stuff they felt like that week.

The best episode ever is White Bear obvs which was incredibly powerful and you could run a class on how its twist is inherent and fundamental to its story, with 15 million spacebucks a distant second, but they both stand out as like the two near works of art in a show of otherwise at best fun/sketchy episodes.

So, disliked more than half of it, cant wait for the next season. Standard Black Mirror season.
3  Forum / AV Club / Re: Star Wars: The Trouble With Porgs on: December 21, 2017, 09:12 am
I dont think i could endure that, but I also agree Rey should have fought a sea monster. I didnt know that was on the cards but now im down.
4  Forum / AV Club / Re: Star Wars: The Trouble With Porgs on: December 17, 2017, 08:23 pm
Is there a good reason not to, everyone in the fleet thinks they are waiting to be executed and abandoning ship or stressing to the point of mutiny. For the sake of a memo saying "actually we are gonna sneak to a base and fight there, chill all".

Tension causing conflict around something people could sort in a 5 second conversation is the stuff of bad writing, and great Frasier episodes.
5  Forum / AV Club / Re: Star Wars: The Trouble With Porgs on: December 17, 2017, 07:50 pm
I had a huge problem struggling to understand why they didn't just tell Poe that they were heading to a secret base so they wouldn't have to do the stupid casino heist subplot.  Like, you know he's going to fly off the handle and do something stupid if he thinks you're all waiting to die.  There was no reason for them to withhold that information. 

Yeah there seemed to be 2 major plot problems the fleet stuff and the casino subplot just not going with the rest ... the dumb holding pattern chase nonsense, felt like something out of a videogame, lets all pause while the subplots happen. And then the whole thing was a twist kept from everyone (?) for no reason. It felt like you easily could have rewritten that to have some actual tension (something akin to the BSG chased by the cylon episode, jumping faster and faster and no way to escape etc, each jump requiring people to stay alert and then have the two plans both flawed and neither fully works, make it the meat of the movie not some background to action scene reasons) and even if not doing that... so easy to have a handwavey reason for Poe to be confused... a doubleagent or something being the reason they can be tracked, or they have to keep it secret (and it turns out to be del toro, lose the casino subplot altogether). But at this point im just rewriting the movie.

I did like the casino subplot does end up going nowhere, in that Poes whole plan just doesnt work. But Del Toro then betraying everyone and getting everyone killed is a weird way to take that, also why did Del Toro know about that to betray the rebellion, I missed anyone telling him the secret plan.

Also the Rey storyline being out of time sync with the rest, idk, thats fine but they didnt really give any sort of touches to emphasise that so it just felt like her whole week on Luke Island took 7 hours or something.

Theres a lot of strong scenes in this one and I like they completely switched up all the pairings and added the humour, lots of nice subversions of the formula so its not entirely paint by numbers of the previous plots ... but it really hangs together less as a complete story for it. Much like Empire I guess.

And needed more porgs.
6  Forum / AV Club / Re: Star Wars: The Trouble With Porgs on: December 16, 2017, 07:04 pm
I liked it fine, hung together less well as a whole story than the first one but didnt have some of its dumb overscale/logic problems.

The (increased) comedy beats and charismatic leads (ie the marvel formula) seems like a good solution for the repetitive/narrow nature of the star wars universe, definitely avoids the prequel dry dullness issues. We saw how these movies work without comedy, ie Rogue One the garbage fire. Still some inexcusable plot nonsense and subplots that make no sense, you could cut an hour out of this easily.

They could have used that hour for more porgs.

I support them reacting to the internets Mary Sue Rey claims by making BB8 the invincible charismatic problem solver in this one, nobody can hate BB8.
7  Forum / AV Club / Re: The New Releases (Film) on: December 09, 2017, 06:22 pm
Is the human theme what if our waifu bot had to fight a giant cyborg?
8  Forum / AV Club / Re: The New Releases (Film) on: December 09, 2017, 10:06 am
No it sucks and you suck. Fight me
9  Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do any of you people even do for a living on: December 08, 2017, 06:47 am
I mostly just wrote all that out so I can cut and paste it to my mother, who I believe thinks I am some sort of call centre team leader whenever she asks me about work.
10  Forum / General Discussion / Re: What do any of you people even do for a living on: December 08, 2017, 06:46 am
Im a service delivery manager which in the IT field means the highest kind of middle manager before you get into Directors and SVPs, the real lazy bastards, what I am waiting around to be.

I work for an IT services company which means they do all the computing stuff for big companies or govt offices basically (its a french company, but we are the UK/Ireland division). But they also run their call centres, do the websites and data centres and platforms whatever it is they need to function basically. So a fair sized bank would be 100 people doing leadership and audit etc their end, then they hire via a contract 2000 of us providing all the resources and infrastructure for x amount of years then we compete for it again, I would run the 2000 (though various other middle managers and division heads) and report back to the owners. Thats what we call "the service" and im delivering it as the ultimate management owner, so service delivery manager.

I now have been promoted up from running a specific service though, I run an internal division called Big Data and Cyber Security, that division provides all the security stuff basically for all my companies accounts basically. I only vaguely know what big data means but if you use it a lot when theres a lull in conversation that seems to suffice.

I do not know anything about computers and usually whenever I tell people I work in IT as a field people start asking me how to fix a laptop. When what I know is how to fix management structures and review reports. I may not know that either actually but you arent my boss.

I do not generally tell people my companys name as if anyone recognises it in the UK its probably because of all the disabled people they murdered through negligence when running the govt department that assessed benefits. I did however go to 2 corporate dinners where I was sat next to the woman who was in charge of the division did that and had to go to parliament to explain etc, got drunk both times and started asking her about it, she insisted it was just acting out govt standards so they had to conform, she did not then appreciate the "ah just following orders, like the nazis" comparison I made to that both times I am reliably informed.

Making contacts and networking is a big way forward in my role and im clearly very good at that.

11  Forum / AV Club / Re: The New Releases (Film) on: December 08, 2017, 06:27 am
Well the trailer didnt ruin the plot for me but Nav did. So now I am never watching another marvel film.

Until they buy fox in the next few days I guess and we can finally see the movie where Hulk fucks The Thing.
12  Forum / AV Club / Re: The New Releases (Film) on: December 06, 2017, 07:46 am
I don't get people saying he looks bad. He's a big purple space man. He looks about as good as that concept is ever going to look.

It sounds like you do understand people saying he looks bad, you are just justifying it to yourself and really you should learn to love yourself more.

But yes it looks like the same shitty cgi they used for him before and I guess I thought they would put more effort in for the movie hes in for more than 30 seconds and especially in daylight looks pretty dumb. Still time for them to polish it up though.

Anyway the movie looks fine or whatever you cant really tell anything from the trailer apart from needlessly telling you some minor plot points, I hope its not as badly written and dumb as the last avengers, civil war had a lot of characters but still had a smooth/good plot by really just focusing on a few and using the rest for one big action scene. Also it had an interesting villain which im not sure we have this time. I hope they take the same tact/lessons from that anyway and all the others featured are glorified cameos or just there for a few plot points. I am assuming the guardians at least wont actually come to earth and just be there for space thor stuff at the start and jet off, as that seems like the first character overload problem.

But I assume it will probably be fine, most marvel movies at this point are pretty good, simple dumb fun to a formula with lovable characters. The clusterfuck of this being what they worked towards for so long with now so many threads and characters could negate that though. But if its bad I will get to pwn nerds online like Nav/Bsam who insist its not, so win win really.
13  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: October 26, 2017, 07:46 am
Thor 3 is pretty great, replace plots and character growth with none stop jokes and wacky events is a solid fit for the Thoriverse. Like guardians wacky space hijinx meets spidermans comedy over action approach, take out anything approaching character arcs, got gold.
14  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Going to live in the United States of AmeriKKKa. Need help. on: October 20, 2017, 07:17 am
If nav is in I am out.
15  Forum / General Discussion / Fine art on: September 14, 2017, 07:28 am
I need some fine art prints. What is the good fine art these days. (I can finally decorate my new house as the plaster is set, I have all my other bases covered ... polish hitchcock movie posters, pixies album cover art, vietcong propaganda posters, internet comic artist art, some mod art and original stuff etc all the standard bases)

I generally like mythology, nudes and apocalypse definitions in my classics gallery - I actually have a few older prints and no doubt I could just pick up less dog eared versions of those, but I want the opinion of the internet.

Whats the best mythological depiction of a nude in the apocalypse, or whatever you are into and think looks good on a wall.
16  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: August 19, 2017, 08:02 am
Defenders - a criminal lack of Collen Wing.
17  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: I want to start a podcast on: August 09, 2017, 07:50 am
I will come on the episode where you get PFT
18  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: The DM Online Board Game Club for Cool Kids Who are Popular on: May 18, 2017, 05:32 am
Same, only specifically for Game Of Thrones the game, and only communicating via shouting KING OF THE NORTH.

19  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thread for people who haven't posted in roughly a decade on: April 28, 2017, 05:32 am

20  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: Hey guys what's going on in this thread on: April 27, 2017, 07:19 am
I really appreciate this thread to congratulate me on my new promotion/move at work. You guys are the best internet acquaintances a man could have.
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