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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on August 14, 2017, 03:30:08 PM »
Also, as Lottery said, Randyll Tarly was a Targaryen loyalist and actually fought against Robert to keep the Targaryens in power. Wouldn't be a stretch for him to join Daenerys, but he chose suicide. Strange for him to use "foreign invaders" as a pejorative when that's what the Targaryens were. Maybe he really was hung up on the Dothraki. Or perhaps this would have been one loyalty switch too many, and he wanted to go down in the history books as a principled hero.
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by WorldForgot on August 14, 2017, 03:14:49 PM »
Daenerys kind of lost me this episode, or maybe she's always been ruthless and we're just seeing it more now.

And although it was an ultimatum, the decision was their choice; more freedom than Dany has seen from most rulers.
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on August 14, 2017, 02:59:25 PM »
Daenerys kind of lost me this episode, or maybe she's always been ruthless and we're just seeing it more now. Her whole "I'm fighting for the poor people, but if you don't join me I'll kill you" schtick its pretty evil. She couldn't have captured those guys who refused to bend the knee, or give them a more painless death?

I mean, this is the same Daenerys that crucified the masters along the road to Meereen. She's softened up. Don't forget her Dothraki training and her family history of "fire and blood" (their house words). The point of Daenerys is that she is fierce and violent (which you have to be to conquer in that world) but also has egalitarian ideals. I feel like we need to meet this story halfway with a little cultural relativism, which should be easier to accept in this fiction. (And for me, it really is.)

She invited all the remaining Lannister soldiers (including the commander!) to join her and offered her trust in exchange. But Randyll was like "nope, kill me" and Dickon was like "me too!" In the scene that followed, Dany took no particular joy in burning them. It was an explicit parallel to Ned carrying out the execution in the beginning of season 1. Dany even formally sentenced them in the same way: "I, Daenerys of house Targaryen, first of my name, breaker of chains and mother of dragons, sentence you to die."
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Drenk on August 14, 2017, 02:41:24 PM »
I never liked her. She's a spoiled child with delusion of grandeur in love with the idea of what she represents. Still better than Cersei, though.
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News and Theory / Re: Criterion Releases You Adore So Much You Can Totally Even
« Last post by polkablues on August 14, 2017, 02:27:28 PM »
I bought the Last Year at Marienbad blu-ray a few years ago and I haven't even taken it out of the plastic yet because I'm afraid when I watch it I'm not going connect with it the way I did when I first saw it fifteen years ago and it's going to tarnish the memory of that initial experience somehow, and that pretty well describes my relationship with movies these days.
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by ©brad on August 14, 2017, 02:24:05 PM »
Daenerys kind of lost me this episode, or maybe she's always been ruthless and we're just seeing it more now. Her whole "I'm fighting for the poor people, but if you don't join me I'll kill you" schtick its pretty evil. She couldn't have captured those guys who refused to bend the knee, or give them a more painless death?

Pacing is odd, but there is generally no fat in these episodes so it's easy to let slide. I agree some of the writing is great, other times it's very exposition heavy and clunky.
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Xix & Xax / Re: State of the XIXAX?
« Last post by Fuzzy Dunlop on August 14, 2017, 02:00:51 PM »
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.

Pretty much me too. I check the site daily. I wish I posted more, but I only really post when I feel like I have something to offer, and I don't really check the shoutbox all that much. A lot of times I'll just see one of you guys say something and I'll nod to myself in agreement, maybe give an upvote and move on with my day. I'm never really in the mood to give a hot take on a movie, especially since I'm not really seeing a lot of movies these days. I'm more likely to post about TV or news, but something has to either really blow me away, or be flying under the radar for me to want to post about it.

But yeah people have been talking about this site being dead for over a decade now, its like saying SNL isn't what it used to be, people have been saying that shit since season 2.

One thing's for sure...when new PTA hits we're gonna be eatin, fam.
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Xix & Xax / Re: State of the XIXAX?
« Last post by jenkins on August 14, 2017, 01:34:45 PM »
s/o to positive emotions. i believe in the pure energy of cinema, and this place as a temple for cinema. this thread, the most popular new thread, this thread is pure human. so everything essential is covered, and as long as the bills are paid here we are.

i'm going to quote Cicero and then transition into finishing my book by the end of the month as i said i would, in fact i already said that here, and there is what i say and what i do, and what Cicero said was--

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Thus it turns out that the beginning of motion is that which moves itself.
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on August 14, 2017, 12:20:52 PM »
Yup. And that exchange when he leaves:

Jon: If I don't return, at least you won't have to deal with the King in the North anymore.
Dany: I've grown used to him... *wink*

It's the equivalent of passing a note in class that says "I like you." This could be the first time Daenerys is falling in love organically. It seems to really help that Jon is her equal and carries himself as such.

Also, you know how I've been harping on their shared values? Dany, after her arrival, said to Jon: "we both want to help people." And clearly her desire in that conversation was convincing Jon that, sure, her methods seem a little violent, but so was Battle of the Bastards — they're both on the same page and want the same thing.

Anyway:

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.
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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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