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1  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: October 28, 2017, 08:29 am
it follows

spooooooky

(no actually it's very good and interesting with some good creepy bits and also the soundtrack fucking rules)
2  Forum / Linkies / Re: Long Reads- Journalism, Essays, Fiction on: October 14, 2017, 03:42 pm
a really good short story: https://granta.com/The-Husband-Stitch/

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I donít need to tell you the moral of this story. I think you already know what it is.

and a really good essay about that short story: https://electricliterature.com/what-i-dont-tell-my-students-about-the-husband-stitch-690899157394

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Then, No, I thought, Iím not a fucking witch. Believe anyone who smells gas. If someone smells gas, believe them.
3  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: October 08, 2017, 07:21 am
Blade Runner 2049

Roger Deakins should cinema all of the tographies

this movie definitely had some issues but it's gorgeous and moving and probably better than every non Rutger Hauer portion of the original
4  Forum / AV Club / Re: Winter is coming (HBO's Game of Thrones) on: August 28, 2017, 08:25 am
this show is dumb
5  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: I want to start a podcast on: August 09, 2017, 01:22 pm
i will be inside your podcast

(what is a podcast)

(is it like a spaceship)
6  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: john mccain is a feral ghoul on: July 28, 2017, 07:23 am
but so does this http://screengrabber.deadspin.com/bah-gawd-its-the-rattlesnake-1797324485
7  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: john mccain is a feral ghoul on: July 28, 2017, 07:23 am
this still applies: http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/john-mccain-is-a-man-of-a-principle-1797303097
8  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: July 07, 2017, 11:34 am
Wonder Woman was awesome.

It's far from flawless, but like Donnerís Superman, it absolutely nails the main character, the love story, most of the set-pieces, and, above all, the heart, and so gets away with all manner of flaws that could have taken down most movies. (the first act, in particular, is pretty rough, but it pretty much all comes together as soon as Steve Trevor shows up) Gal Gadot is just perfect -- her physicality perfectly conveys the power of this demigoddess, but she also conveys her complexity, her naivette, her femininity, her passion and her compassion. And Chris Pine is absolutely wonderful as Steve.

The romance between Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor is honestly the best love story in a superhero film outside of Donnerís Superman. Not that those are usually the strong point, but they did a phenomenal job with it.
 
The fight scenes are largely done in Zach Snyderís style, but Patty Jenkins does it so much better than he does. The slow-motion bits are used to show off the grace and precision of Diana or the other amazons (something Snyder does), but itís not overdone. Nor do the fights go on forever; theyíre carefully tied into story, emotion, and stakes. Jenkins really figures out how to make that style of action scene properly kick ass.

If Warners is smart, theyíll give her basically the deal they gave Nolan: run off and do your own thing (The Prestige, Inception), then come back and do the sequels, and do whatever you want. And pay her mightily for Wonder Woman 2.

I agree with all of this, esp. how much better and smarter jenkins is than the man himself about appropriating snyer's signature style.

re: gadot and naivete -- I thought that both the script and performance do a great job of doing the funny fish out of water stuff without ever making her seem silly or stupid. it's all just great reflections of how her personality and attitude clash with the world around her: carrying her sword and shield with the dress because why would you ever not be carrying your sword and shield? and treating the revolving door as some kind of warrior's feat of agility. it all serves to make her alien but also to emphasize how powerful and assertive and self-assured she is.

tilting that tone slightly in the wrong way could easily have made that whole sequence (and others) feel really condescending, but instead it's largely awesome
9  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: who's into magic: the gathering on: July 07, 2017, 10:34 am
i'm not into it... sorry.

fuck you :(

like I mentioned I'm going to the latest set prerelease tonight at midnight tonight. m:tg until 4 am in a room of smelly nerds yaaaay

also I think the format I'm leaning toward is actually casual-level commander, because it seems like the best format now for more social-friendly games and also encourages very stupid and funny gameplay mechanics. like this dumb thing where you try to win by throwing all your mountains and forests at your opponent's faces
10  Forum / Food / Re: Earlier this evening on: July 02, 2017, 06:43 pm
technically I didn't make it, but someone decided to buy us a fancy-ass stand mixer from our wedding registry nearly 2 years after we got married. so anyway my wife used it and made a homemade triple-layer chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream icing



good moist cake, excellent slightly fluffy buttercream frosting. shit was tasty A+ would eat again also will eat again because there's a shitload of it left over
11  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / Re: who's into magic: the gathering on: June 28, 2017, 11:42 am
honestly I haven't even used MTGO myself; I've played with it on a friend's computer and read/seen enough of it to not want to pay an entry fee to get access to a Windows 95 program.

I like cockatrice + a skype call or just text chat to walk through turns, but can't really vouch for its active community, since every game I've played with it has been a private one with friend(s). I'd be a little nervous hopping onto random games with strangers, because of the lack of rules automation and the fact that I am a dummy who has to say "no wait I don't think I can do that" 1-2 times per turn

I convinced two of my friends to come with me to an HOU prerelease event next Friday (we are actually going to a midnight event for some fucking reason). it'll be my first time checking out the local game shop; if it's not a total nightmare in there, I might start trying to pull together a couple of decent paper decks for FNM.

but it's really hard to decide what kind of paper decks I'd buy before knowing the general level of competitiveness. the thing about hearthstone that I hated most was that the online system is binary: either you spend no money and remain perpetually at beginner-level, unable to rank past 15 or playing casual games (or playing a degenerate hyper-cheap aggro deck, which I've never found especially fun), or you constantly pour money into the game just to struggle your way up to the mid-tier of competitiveness.

magic appeals way more to me because it has so much less randomness and so much more counterplay; it is a game of actual interaction with your opponent. buuut there's still that huge variance of power level, and the price curve goes much higher.

like, since my two friends are new, I bought some bulk cards to throw together playset of four different decks I found that do different interesting things and play at equal-ish levels to each other; the cards for all four decks totaled about $10. they're trash, but they're equitable trash, which makes them still a fun gameplay experience. but if the people playing FNM Modern around here are reasonably competitive, it's plausible I'd end up needing to invest $200+ just to not get laughed off the table.

anyhow: goat, what got you out of it? just getting bored of the shifts in Standard meta? I'm considering Modern because the higher initial investment is relatively static rather than needing to re-invest at set rotations, but can imagine the meta being just as static for the same reason

also, this is a deck I will be trying out if any of us play on cockatrice, because it is a silly theme + has a good description with upgrade paths if I ever actually get it in paper: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/budget-ninja-miscreants/
12  Forum / Games and Stuff With Wires / who's into magic: the gathering on: June 26, 2017, 11:16 am
how to explain magic, 2017 edition: it's like hearthstone but way more complicated and expensive!

I used to be into it in like middle/high school days which was, jesus, well more than a decade ago, but due to learning about several friends' continuing interest, the itch to spend all my money on cardboard has returned

Magic Duels is a free-to-play version on Steam that is good but is being killed off soon, but regardless is a good and polished intro to the base gameplay mechanics if you're curious

MTG:Online is a piece of shit software that looked and felt like it had been made a decade earlier when it was released and hasn't been updated very much since. it is honestly criminal that they make people pay money to use it

I've been playing with a few friends online using a freeware program called Cockatrice that lets you use any cards you want and is at least not any uglier/less intuitive than MTGO. the only downside is it doesn't do rules automation, but that just makes it so you do a Skype call and play the way you'd play in real life by talking out your turn, which is honestly better.

so if anyone's into the game we should do that some time

but here is also a thread to discuss Magic in general if anyone cares to. I think I searched and did not find a thread like this on our forum a little while ago, but if I am wrong and there is an older duplicate thread, who the fuck cares
13  Forum / General Discussion / Re: Spaceboy asks stupid questions and you answer them! on: February 13, 2017, 09:13 pm
oh jeez man thank god we finally got that one wrapped up
14  Forum / General Discussion / i'm going to be in london and paris in a month, what do I do on: February 12, 2017, 01:33 pm
london from march 9 to 13, paris from 13 to 16

we have planned some specific tourist-y stuff for one of the london days and are otherwise still formulating plans. if anyone living in the area wants to meet up, cool, but even if not what do people do in these places? we will be stealing ideas from my sister and her boyfriend who were just recently visiting the same locations, but other suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated
15  Forum / General Discussion / Re: What is a good gift? (NICOL CERTIFIED GOOD THREAD) on: January 19, 2017, 08:53 am
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnnUqaoFz2U" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnnUqaoFz2U</a>
16  Forum / Science! and Sports / Re: Talk About The NFL-N-Stuff Here on: January 15, 2017, 11:12 pm
football, my friends
17  Forum / Science! and Sports / Re: Talk About The NFL-N-Stuff Here on: January 08, 2017, 08:20 pm
drunk as fuck and hte packers won

WOOOOOOOOOOOO go pack go

jordy hurt? fuck it throw it to cobb 3 TDs like it ain't nothin bitches
18  Forum / General Discussion / Re: When work attacks. on: January 04, 2017, 01:46 pm
had my first-ever panic attack last night

oh no work is great why do you ask
19  Forum / AV Club / Re: What book(s) are you reading right fucking now on: December 29, 2016, 12:55 pm
oh I guess to follow up I did eventually read acceptance, the third book in the southern reach trilogy

better than the second which bogs down a bit too much in extended details that all turn out to be red herrings. closer to the first book and has (within the space of a single chapter) one of the most poignant, understated, and heartbreaking human-animal friendships I've ever read. some really fantastic weird-fiction imagery and language, closes things off emotionally and narratively in a satisfying way without betraying the fundamental (and crucial) inexplicability of the premise. it's good stuff

just a few pages into between the world and me [/i]by ta-nehisi coates. it is as beautifully written, intellectually rigorous, and emotionally charged as you might expect having read anything else by coates
20  Forum / AV Club / Re: rogue 1 spoilers on: December 29, 2016, 12:52 pm
yeah the leia was distracting. I felt like her face was moving too much (like overcorrecting for the usual lack of detail in CGI people faces), was maybe too waxy/perfect looking? and regardless they lingered on the effect like a beat too long

the actual emotional resonance worked okay for me mostly I think because I learned about carrie fisher's death literally minutes before the movie started, so recognizing where they were going with that last image I was already ready to be taken with it before it happened
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