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Other Media / Re: What are we reading?
« Last post by WorldForgot on Today at 03:06:07 PM »
Sarah Marshall has written a great piece on The Magic Kingdom and The Florida Project, the intersection of illusion and exploitation.
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You could call it Cinderella grifting: the act of making yourself appear lovable enough, worthy enough of care and attention, to get the world to offer you a little kindness. Disney’s Cinderella is where generation after generation of girls have learned that “a dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.” Anything more active than dreaming, it seems—even wishing for something when you are awake, and conscious enough to witness the strength of your own desires—disqualifies you from getting what you want. It makes you greedy. It makes you bad. All you can do is be lovable enough for the creatures around you, the birds and mice and Disney tourists, to take pity, understand your lovability, and reach out to help.

The problem arises when we import this logic to the world beyond cartoons, where pain and poverty and trauma do not, as it turns out, make their victims passive, pretty, and gentle. We would like to believe that need is always legible and appealing: that the people who most need love and care will always be immediately lovable to us, and that the more love you need, the more love your very presence will cause to well up in the hearts of others.

It is hard for human beings to accept that it does not really work this way: that if you grow up getting hit, you will learn to hit back; that if you grow up in a world where there is no one to protect you, you will learn to protect yourself whichever way you can. In America, we have learned to unthinkingly apply the terms con artist and criminal and even psychopath to people who are, likely as not, behaving in the only way the world has taught or even allowed them to behave. The word that might be more useful to us than all of the above is survivor. Sometimes being a survivor means play-acting the kind of innocent, passive suffering that people who have been able to be safe for their whole lives need in order to believe that you deserve their help. And sometimes, it means something else altogether.
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The Small Screen / Re: Fleabag
« Last post by Drenk on Yesterday at 08:43:31 PM »
Did you all watch this masterpiece of a season yet? I'm seeing a lot of American reviews: it's on Amazon now.

It begins with the pitch of a joke, and yet she makes it truly weird and devastating.
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DVD Talk / Re: Random DVD and Blu-ray announcements
« Last post by wilder on Yesterday at 07:02:23 PM »
Film Aficionado, an invaluable DVD and Blu-ray database, is shutting down June 10th
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The Grapevine / Re: The Dead Don't Die
« Last post by jenkins on May 17, 2019, 11:04:20 PM »
it should be like embargoed. it’s such a buzzkill when the same types of frustrations click together and overwhelm a fresh perspective on a new movie. then it’s like up to cult or art you know. since the majority of people trust the majority. honestly the herd mentality so fucking boring
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The Small Screen / Re: Game of Thrones (spoilers)
« Last post by Lottery on May 17, 2019, 10:57:51 PM »
You know, I used to think he had no idea where he was really going and he kept on adding on random plots but now I've come to realise that he knows a lot more about where he is going than he lets on. His delays and the passage of time have had a majorly negative effect on the perception of the last two books so what could be careful and intentional plotting appears to be superfluous and meandering (time will tell). As it stands, there are a few plotlines that are rather puzzling but as I've mentioned before, thanks to the show, you can make some educated guesses.

This is a pretty interesting description of his process:
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For example, I wrote three different versions of Quentyn's arrival at Meereen: one where he arrived long before Dany's marriage, one where he arrived much later, and one where he arrived just the day before the marriage (which is how it ended up being in the novel). And I had to write all three versions to be able to compare and see how these different arrival points affected the stories of the other characters. Including the story of a character who actually hasn't arrived yet.

I like this approach because he's really following the character through their story in the most natural way. This is the best explanation for current delays considering the number of players in the story now.
So he's carrying all these possibilities in his head and he knows that A and B should meet at C but he needs to figure out how he can get fifty other characters/events to bring this about naturally. The showrunners don't really have the same luxury.

It would have been worthwhile to pursue a different ending it seems. They were already making mind-boggling deviations as early S5 with the Dorne storyline. Some of the current story issues appear to be the result for aiming for (GRRM's) endpoints without having the proper groundwork for it. But the finale will be here very soon, we'll see.

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Also, someone has suggested that the trigger bells were taken from another character. It makes a whole lot of sense. Not so much for Dany though.
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    Last night he'd dreamt of Stoney Sept again. Alone, with sword in hand, he ran from house to house, smashing down doors, racing up stairs, leaping from roof to roof, as his ears rang to the sound of distant bells. Deep bronze booms and silver chiming pounded through his skull, a maddening cacophony of noise that grew ever louder until it seemed as if his head would explode.

    Seventeen years had come and gone since the Battle of the Bells, yet the sound of bells ringing still tied a knot in his guts. Others might claim that the realm was lost when Prince Rhaegar fell to Robert's warhammer on the Trident, but the Battle of the Trident would never have been fought if the griffin had only slain the stag there in Stoney Sept. The bells tolled for all of us that day. For Aerys and his queen, for Elia of Dorne and her little daughter, for every true man and honest woman in the Seven Kingdoms. And for my silver prince.

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The Grapevine / Re: The Dead Don't Die
« Last post by Drenk on May 17, 2019, 10:04:29 PM »
I didn't wake up and can't believe it's Saturday already, I'll post as soon as I see it. (Soon.)
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The Grapevine / Re: The Dead Don't Die
« Last post by jenkins on May 17, 2019, 09:53:25 PM »
did you see it was that true and are you gonna save it or is it ruined, question
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This Year In Film / Re: Loro
« Last post by wilder on May 17, 2019, 07:29:15 PM »
If you’re in the US, just keep in mind you’ll need a region-free blu-ray player if you don’t already have one.
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This Year In Film / Re: Loro
« Last post by strandedwriter on May 17, 2019, 07:22:30 PM »
The UK Blu-ray comes out in about a month. If that's not an option for you, I'd expect it to show up "elsewhere" around that time.

Thank you!!! Definitely ordering this.