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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Lottery on August 20, 2017, 10:03:23 PM »
A lot of folks aren't happy with this episode it seems. At this point, I can definitely understand the concerns regarding writing quality but it still remains a largely enjoyable show.

Winterfell has been awful for the second half of the season, there better be an awesome payoff for all of this foolishness (I'm hoping that in giving Sansa the knife, Arya in her own weird way shown her trust of Sansa). I reckon Arya's story peaked in S4 while Sansa's S6 onwards has been enjoyable to watch. Unfortunate to see Sansa in such a lame storyline.

Anyway, the main component of the episode. So the plan was pretty damn stupid but it resulted in some pretty great scenes. I'm, of course, very iffy on marathon Gendry, supersonic Ravens, nick-of-time Dany. Pacing has been a matter of discussion this season and I thought this episode would avoid those issues but I guess not. It's sad that Thoros died- and I suppose his death was used to demonstrate the passing of time (due to exposure). Logically, it may have worked but it doesn't feel right (like last ep's KL trip).  Above all, I'm more annoyed by the waste of Benjen. You have Dany arriving seconds before imminent doom and then Benjen. It was a disappointing sacrifice. I'm just going to pretend that Bran warged the ravens to fly faster and also summoned Benjen to help Jon.

Also, it appears the conclusion of the war might just be kill Night King and blam, all the zombies die. I guess he's some sort of Super-Warg. So in a way, he's not the arch-nemesis of Jon, but he's the arch-nemesis of Bran (like the 3ER before him).
It would be cool to think that NK doesn't even see Jon as a threat, he does things slowly because he has all the time in the world, any act of war against him results in only more troops for him. He probably thinks victory is a given.
I'm still curious about WW motivations though.

Anyway, I have to say, for all its faults, a lot of it is forgiven because of that last scene with Dany and Jon. Some may call it cheesy and him calling her Dany was probably a bit odd but I'm a real sucker for those sort of scenes. I like it story-wise as she's demonstrated her worth to Jon so he believes bending the knee is the right thing to do and Jon finally joining her really touched something deep in her because she's come to admire and respect this selfless (silly stubborn hero) dude. And they're obviously in love.

- Remarkably cinematic episode
- War table shot cutting to beyond the wall was great
- Some great action
- I love all the characters in the BtW team, happy most of them survived (RIP Red Priest)
- Beric was a standout this episode
- More Jorah is always welcome, happy to see him get a long with Jon
- I was so scared that Tormund was going to die when he was getting dragged by the wights
- Dragon Wight is way hardcore
- I wonder what would have happened if Drogon turned around and sprayed NK, he's probably dracarysproof
- I miss Theon
David Lynch / Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Last post by Drenk on August 20, 2017, 09:29:00 PM »
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Anyone seen any good shows lately?
« Last post by WorldForgot on August 20, 2017, 08:48:29 PM »
RUBY YACHT show at The Airliner last night.

Holy shit... After a set form DJ Nobody during doortime, JPEGMAFIA opened (one of my favorite producers and lyricists across any genre) the support, followed up by easy-listening beach jam band B‹R G‹R. I thought they were fun, not my bag though.

Next up was Kenny Segal, the fucking wizard. He made love to an entire rack of stickered SP101 and 404s. Orgasmic music as always from Kenny S. SB the Moor traded his usual rap persona for an electric guitar-only set. Twas cathartic! You could tell he was just having a good time playing with feedback while stoned.

Then the man we were all there to see, milo. milo played mostly tracks from his latest LP 'Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!' but he also brought out guest stars Open Mike Eagle and Busdriver to do some oldies. Watching Busdriver freestyle while milo's eyes twinkled ... Legendary...

~ The vibe is big, the room is small ~
It's not surprising to me that he apparently made a movie about submission. Hey. Maybe it will be called The Master (for real this time).
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Can't figure out my anticipation level of PTA's movie. I bow down, but Mike Leigh's 50 Shades?
This Year In Film / Re: Good Time
« Last post by modage on August 20, 2017, 05:57:06 PM »
Mostly loved this one. When I first saw the trailer I thought "You literally could not pay me to watch this movie" but then I listened to the Bros. on a podcast talking about the movie and decided to give it a shot. My impression from that first trailer a while back was that it would be some kind of scuzzy indie drama featuring R.Patz and I had no idea that this would be an intentionally trashy (but not self-consciously retro) propulsive thriller. I laughed out loud several times at some of the more outrageous turns. There are two in particular in the middle of the film that basically come back to back that really sealed the deal for me. My only criticism (on first view) was that I wanted the energy to keep up throughout the finale and I thought it kinda dragged in the final 10-15 min or so and the ending was not the one I was expecting from the film I had just watched, however, I wouldn't be surprised if rewatching it made it sit better knowing where the film is heading.

As an act of filmmaking this movie is really something. And it's always exciting to feel like you're in the hands of a filmmaker(s) who know exactly what they're doing but also you have no idea what they're capable of. Like, when he finds out the girl is 15 and you're just sinking in your seat going "ohGodohGodohGod, don't doooo it," that's a great feeling.
The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Drenk on August 20, 2017, 08:12:36 AM »
An article written last year.

"The creators of Game of Thrones also struggle with these multiple contexts, and their struggles are often direct causes of the storyís controversies. For the author, George R.R. Martin, the issue is this: how do you take a series whose momentum is based on sabotaging how stories are supposed to workÖand then make the story work? His inability to answer this successfully is, in my opinion, the most likely cause of his later novels taking three times longer to come out than his earlier ones. There isnít an answer, I suspect, and diminishing returns are inevitable.
For the television series, itís more complicated. The crucial question is this: How do you take a story thatís written as a deliberate repudiation of 1990s fantasy norms and make it work, twenty years later, with an audience that didnít necessarily grow up with Terry Brooks and Robert Jordan novels? The story is generally strong enough that itís managed to survive and thrive; the failures of the Starks are not just reversals of fantasy convention but overall storytelling convention. But the longer the series goes, the less able it is to draw upon such clear subversions."
Other Media / Re: What are we reading?
« Last post by jenkins on August 19, 2017, 10:39:38 PM »

basically, when one is dead one doesn't feel sensation, so one does't feel bad (even if one's dead body is tortured, btw), so there is nothing bad about death. Cicero hardcore praised the Spartans, quoting "Set forth bravely, Spartans, today perhaps we will dine among the dead." he said everyone should read Roman writers, who used Latin, instead of only praising Greek writers, who should still be read, since Plato rules and Socrates forever seriously, but read them in Latin, he said. reading is helpful because the purpose of philosophy is to alleviate fear, dread, and anxiety. Cicero mad namedropped and shittalked. there are three different stories about a perfect gift being death. his point is that life is a pain in the ass throughout its entirety, and when it's over it's over. so live it, love it, you know. Cicero was yolo af i'm just saying.

this is my second favorite quote--

I speak of the dead, who are non-existent. We, who exist, wouldnít say we lack horns or wings, would we? Has anyone said such a thing? Of course not. Why? Because, when you donít have something for which you have no use or arenít by nature suited, you donít lack it, even if you perceive that you donít have it.
David Lynch / Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Last post by Drenk on August 19, 2017, 04:58:02 PM »
Yes, I think it will have an ending or some kind of convergence. But I think the show takes pleasure in creating little pieces of scenes that seem to build to something before adding something unrelated. The scene at the RR with the woman/zombie in the car happened four episodes ago. Then some kind of time loop took place. And we're not even really thinking or expecting the show to follow up something that crazy. This is a very special construction. In a way, the show seems unconcerned by the build up.
David Lynch / Re: The Official Twin Peaks Thread (TOTPT)
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on August 19, 2017, 04:51:45 PM »
I wouldn't say that until it's over. And I actually don't that's been true so far.

I was recently catching up with a podcast, and it was funny to hear them say "I doubt we'll ever see this character again"... then 4 episodes later, that character suddenly shows up in a pivotal scene. That has been happening constantly. It's actually becoming an intricate web of callbacks and the smallest things being continued.

Speaking of which. Entertainment Weekly's A Twin Peaks Podcast is nothing short of amazing. Two very well-informed Lynch theorists take Twin Peaks very seriously but are also delighted by everything. This is one of the best TV podcasts I've heard.
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