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David Lynch / Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Last post by Sleepless on August 14, 2017, 11:55:42 AM »
Ooooh.
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The Grapevine / The Florida Project
« Last post by jenkins on August 14, 2017, 11:49:02 AM »
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David Lynch / Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Last post by Drenk on August 14, 2017, 11:48:34 AM »
Diane is with Mr C., the plan is to take them to Vegas. She made up the story about her half-sister.
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Xix & Xax / Re: State of the XIXAX?
« Last post by Sleepless on August 14, 2017, 11:24:22 AM »
I don't know. While I'd love for it to be more active, and I post like once a year now so I shouldn't complain, xixax for me will always be a throwback to the old (for me) days of the internet (when I wasn't actually on here).

Remember when going online was an enjoyable and fun experience and not just an endless cycle of being angry at shit and having your beliefs reinforced? You had your roster of 10-15 sites you'd visit daily and look forward to updates/news/new posts on. Remember how Google used to be an actual search engine and not just a walled garden designed to keep you swimming in the same scummy stale waters forever? Fun times.

Xixax can/will keep on going forever as like a comfort browsing and posting place. It currently seems to be at the same level of activity as it was when I joined ~4 years ago when people were also posting about it being dated and dying.

Agree with all this.

I'll be the first to admit that I wish I posted more than I did, but I rarely get to see films until the home release because kids. But this is the place I visit almost every day. I love the sense of community here, the shared passions, the sense of humor. I LOLed at the title of Jenkin's new thread this morning, for example. Back in the day, we had some good arguments on here. People really going at it over different point of view, and that was healthy. Not saying arguments are a good thing, but I at least feel (and this is not an Xixax thing necessarily) that people nowadays oftentimes either don't openly disagree in an effort to keep the peace or else just troll.

Xixax will continue, but at the same time I don't want it to change too much. This is home to me. I wish instead of the shoutbox there was a thread where we could post that stuff, because I feel if I'm not paying attention to the shoutbox I miss a lot, and it's hard for me to keep track of what's going on and who's responding to what. Maybe I am just getting old.

How can I personally improve Xixax? Watch more movies - and make a concerted effort to watch more new releases in the cinema - and write thoughtful posts about them and engage in debates. Too much over the past few years, I've limited myself to hollow excitement about upcoming movies and hyperbolic comments on whichever popcorn flick I recently caught on Redbox. Twin Peaks is a godsend right now. I watched The Clouds of Sils Maria a couple of months ago. I adored it and it's been haunting my thoughts ever since. But I never wrote anything about it. I'll rectify that. Soon. It's rare these days I get to enjoy films that do that. But when I do see them, I need to take the time to sit and think and write. I, Daniel Blake was another recent one that had an impact on me, but again, I didn't write anything - just shared the trailer and urged you guys to watch it.

Can we reach out to inactive members and encourage them to come back some more? What about shared Mubi/Filmstruck accounts so we all have access to quality films, and maybe do a monthly film club so at least we know there'll be some discussion?
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David Lynch / Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Last post by Sleepless on August 14, 2017, 11:05:05 AM »
A lot of stuff and maybe I was right. Narrative things are happening, and stories and worlds are converging. When they went into the woods, I really thought they were going to run into Jerry, still lost. Naido in the real world will be interesting, and the sense of empowerment Andy's experience has given him will be interesting too. Though no-one seemed to notice he was momentarily missing? I guess because they were all hypnotized by the vortex?

The big question: So, like, Diane has never seen so much as a picture of Dougie?

Incidentally, I'm currently in Vegas for work and yesterday saw Lady Slot-Addict's doppelganger. Sad.
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Xix & Xax / Re: State of the XIXAX?
« Last post by Axolotl on August 14, 2017, 09:46:54 AM »
I don't know. While I'd love for it to be more active, and I post like once a year now so I shouldn't complain, xixax for me will always be a throwback to the old (for me) days of the internet (when I wasn't actually on here).

Remember when going online was an enjoyable and fun experience and not just an endless cycle of being angry at shit and having your beliefs reinforced? You had your roster of 10-15 sites you'd visit daily and look forward to updates/news/new posts on. Remember how Google used to be an actual search engine and not just a walled garden designed to keep you swimming in the same scummy stale waters forever? Fun times.

Xixax can/will keep on going forever as like a comfort browsing and posting place. It currently seems to be at the same level of activity as it was when I joined ~4 years ago when people were also posting about it being dated and dying.
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by KJ on August 14, 2017, 08:40:59 AM »
Daenerys appears to have a pretty intense crush on Jon. That is definitely not subtext anymore. We'll have to add some screencaps. But wow, she was basically batting her eyes at him, then when he wanted to leave she seemed equally terrified she'd lose him and inspired by his bravery and selflessness.

I was worried their relationship would feel forced but it's totally believable to me. The little glances they have given each other through the episodes - it has been one of my favorite things this season. They are also the two hottest characters so of course they would be attracted to each other!
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Lottery on August 14, 2017, 07:18:17 AM »
The dude was a genius schemer way ahead of everyone when they had the books to draw on but maybe the 'broad strokes' provided to the showrunners didn't include LF's later plans. Varys has lost his power in a way too. There's something great in the idea that all his schemes lead him to fizzle out in The North but it hasn't been that interesting to watch this season. I did really enjoy watching him skulking in the corner but it's hard to believe that ninja Arya got out-stealthed by this dude.
I suppose 'the game' becomes more irrelevant as the winter apocalypse approaches and that's why LF can't contribute much.

It's really hard to imagine how the next season will even be structured and paced.

I'm also struggling to see what they plan to do with Euron. I hope it's something really surprising. I want him to be relevant to the final WW plotline somehow and not just some edgy mini-boss detour.
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Drenk on August 14, 2017, 06:41:51 AM »
What's good has been talked about, so I'll just say:

—the show is trying to sell Littlefinger as some kind of genius ahead of everybody but the show isn't clever enough to have him do something really clever, it's the most robotic aspect of the show, let him die, please...(They'll probably gonna kill him at the end of the season, Dorne-like way, because they have nothing for him.)
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Lottery on August 14, 2017, 04:14:47 AM »
Fun, fan-servicey episode. Next week is going to be absolutely bonkers.

I have to say the pacing was bizarre this episode. Threw me off. A lot of important stuff happened in this episode. Some of it weird. It felt like half a season in an episode.
I'm still not exactly feeling the writing but I'm enjoying the ride.

Yeah, there's no way Jaime and Bronn should have been able to get out of that alive.

I was sad to see Dickon die. He seemed like a good lad. Lord Tarly's reasoning was pretty lame- he was a Targ loyalist during the rebellion. Dany was born in Westeros and her father was his king. Which seems like a pretty good link to the country. He struggled for a scene to betray Olenna and then had the choice to live under a relatively fair Targ but decided against it. Maybe he just doesn't like them brown Dothrakis stealing dem soldier jobs. Anyway, they could have been useful assets.

I think Gilly just mentioned Jon has the best claim for the throne. Also, considering the secret marriage happened in Dorne, I wonder if Elia Martell was in on it. Otherwise Rhaegar was one cold-ass dude. It would be cool and a little dark if it was revealed if he actually was all calculating and prophecy-obsessed and not actually in love with Lyanna and just saw her as a tool.

I'm happy to see Jorah again, all useful and non-gross.

Beyond the wall dream team is awesome. On a very stupid little mission but it's awesome.
Though I'm worried because they are all amazing characters and I can't picture all of them surviving.

Leave Sansa alone, you big meanie. Arya was kinda annoying in that scene.

God, Littlefinger is a fucking creep.
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