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by maybeagnostic
Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Wander Woman
Replies: 71
Views: 14203

Re: Wonder Woman

Frankly, WW1 has a lot more potential to serve as a foil to Wonder Woman's honorable and god-touched upbringing. You're probably right and those sound like some really good themes to explore but nothing in the trailer or the DC movies so far gives me the impression they intend to take anything so s...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Wander Woman
Replies: 71
Views: 14203

Re: Wonder Woman

Shows how carefully I watched the trailer, I guess :D
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Batman vs Superman: The Justice League Trailer
Replies: 90
Views: 13153

Re: Batman vs Superman: The Justice League Trailer

The whole trailer fell flat for me. Batman is running around collecting team members because he figured out something bad is coming but the actual bad thing feels really unimportant because it is left totally vague and apparently he doesn't need to tell them what it is to get them to join. I didn't ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Wander Woman
Replies: 71
Views: 14203

Re: Wonder Woman

I haven't seen a DC film since the terrible Man of Steel (were there any except for BvS?) but this trailer looks better than anything else of theirs apart from Suicide Squad. It has some color instead of being drab brown-grey, Wonder Woman isn't brooding or trying to speak in a gravelly voice and th...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond
Replies: 57
Views: 12235

Re: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond

It does seem like it should be much longer than only a year between the second and third movies. Can they seriously build a new Enterprise that fast? I am amazed there was only supposed to be a year between the first and second movie. They apparently rebuilt nearly all of Starfleet in that time- no...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 38088

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

I think the situation in those countries is sort of the inverse of what Erdogan is doing now. If you go back a decade or even just a week Turkey had free press, independent judiciary, an army that obeyed the elected President but weren't his cronies, an education system that allowed the expression a...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 38088

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

These institutions were infiltrated by people who weren't his unquestioning supporters but he's well on the way to fixing that.

Soupspoon wrote:But then you've got Syria, Libya, Egypt, etc, to one degree or another...

I don't follow. Are these places where mass detainment would improve things?
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 38088

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

Yes, it is all of them. Combined with today's ban on travel for academics and scientists and the temporary suspension on all university exchange programs, higher education has been effectively suspended in the medium term.

Edit: And an English source that reports on the travel ban for academics.
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 38088

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

Apparently all scientists (presumably including all university professors as well) were just barred from leaving Turkey. I can't seem to find an English source yet but the article I read was based on an announcement on Turkish national television.
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 20, 2016 7:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 38088

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

CorruptUser wrote:If a coup wasn't justified before...
He's going after school teachers, I don't think anyone is left to oppose him at this point.
by maybeagnostic
Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 38088

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

There's only a moderate change from a week ago. A moderate change? In under 24 hours it went from a slow decline with constant opposition that is losing ground to Erdogan arresting thousands of people without justification, purging the judicial branch and the military and publicly discussing the re...
by maybeagnostic
Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 38088

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey?

At any rate the coup has failed. About 200 killed and 3000 captured.
by maybeagnostic
Sat Jul 16, 2016 6:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 38088

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey?

It does seem a bit odd to me though that the military would be the guardian of democracy. How does that work? Perhaps the better question is why does that continue to work? I don't know if democracy is exactly the right word here. It seems to me they are more the guardians of secularism which happe...
by maybeagnostic
Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another French Terror Attack
Replies: 86
Views: 14179

Re: Another French Terror Attack

Diadem wrote:The truck was apparently full with fake firearms and explosives, which seems distinctly weird.

So the attacker had an actual weapon he used to shoot at people but also a bunch of fake firearms? Strange.
by maybeagnostic
Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I read that novella years ago and immediately forgot nearly everything in it so I am very hazy on the details. At the very least its an example of a daughter from the first marriage expected to inherit before a son from the second before her stepmother made a grab for the crown. P.S. After Rhaenyra ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Actually one of the biggest civil wars in Westerosi history is between two Targaryen women fighting over the Iron Throne. There's a whole novella about it. Though Rhaenyra is the king's oldest child and had been named his successor years before, Alicent and her supporters declare Rhaenyra unfit to r...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I was talking about the show's succession, but in the books it's explicitly stated that Westeros, except for Dorne, officially follows the male line. We know they follow some form of male primogeniture but it isn't clear if in the absence of sons they default to daughters (I think that's the case) ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Very little of what happened in Season 6 makes any sense when you think about the larger narrative and the logic of the world. However, as far as Kevan and the Lannister host, I think there is only supposed to be one Lannister army at that point and it is commanded by Jamie in the Riverlands. Also, ...
by maybeagnostic
Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Is the show setting us up for another Davos-style confrontation, or will D&D simply ignore it, having gotten lost in the brambles of their convoluted plot? My money's on the latter. The Davos confrontation was intentionally set up over several episodes and it just fizzled, can't imagine that ac...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Izawwlgood wrote:I think you're overthinking it.

Very likely :)
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224150

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, Cameron to resign by October]

Let's be perfectly honest here: most of those leave folks voted the way they did because racism and xenophobia. And you know that how , exactly? I only really know of two core reasons for voting Leave. The first is to reduce immigration. The second is to reduce the power the EU has over us. I think...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I know the story of the Rat King and it is very important for the North but that has never been connected to Arya. "Hey, remember that minor character that has never been in the same scene as me but a third hand account suggests probably told me this children's story when I was young? In that s...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 20629

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

Saw a new trailer in the cinema yesterday and it was quite good. I am cautiously optimistic but this is the first DC superhero movie I might actually watch in the cinema since The Dark Knight.

P.S. And here's the trailer. Apparently not new but I hadn't seen it before.
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Arya, on the other hand, just did something far worse than anyone else on the show has ever done. Oh that's just nonsense. She cooked people and fed them to their father for her own enjoyment. That at the very least puts her even with Joffrey and Ramsay in their most deranged moments. Are you telli...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

But "good" people (Arya kinda has slid into evil realms recently...) and Danny partake in cheap violence, and then the show expects us to be rooting for them. I think the opposite: where a "bad" person kills for decent reasons (ie: Hound) works a lot better. This is part of the ...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Jun 28, 2016 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Very cool episode but not enough to make the whole season worth it. I think there was too much in here and they should have put some of the big scenes in other episodes. I also have to wonder how people so vociferously complained about the rape of Sansa, and now we have a repeat with the implied rap...
by maybeagnostic
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

The best ones were the ones that sailed under her personal command (since Balon did quite like her) and they remained personally loyal, is I think the deal. I think that's supposed to be the idea but those personally loyal captains of the best ships would also make up a large and important block of...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Violent rapists and plunderers don't change; they die off and you hope the new generation isn't as influenced by such local mores. I agree with the rest but I just want to point out that the Ironborn haven't really been (primarily?) pirates or raiders for a long time now. I have no clue what they a...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I don't understand how people like this episode so much. Perfect 10 on imdb and all that stuff. Sure, the small things were good- cinematography, acting, individual scenes but... I guess I was expecting it would somehow make the rest of the season gel and it really didn't. Biggest disappointment in ...
by maybeagnostic
Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Gah, this episode was terrible. I was already a bit on the fence about this whole season but the resolution of Arya's plot was so bad it retroactively made previous episodes worse just because they were building up to... that. It really feels like Arya hasn't learned anything from her time with ...
by maybeagnostic
Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

... felt to me like she was being deliberately unsubtle. But that's exactly what she's doing! Throwing bags of gold around at random Westerosi captains, standing in the open with her back to the street, walking around the streets bleeding all over the place (i.e. obviously still alive after the...
by maybeagnostic
Mon May 30, 2016 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I can't see how it could have been his idea. There is no point at which we've seen him have an idea of his own let alone get someone else to do what he wants. If it was his idea, then its a terrible one because he just admitted in front of all of King's Landing that the King isn't t...
by maybeagnostic
Mon May 30, 2016 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Kingslanding events: I really don't think Margaery cracked. She was testing the waters with Tommen and seeing what he feels about the High Sparrow. As usualy he's an instrument in the game rather than an ally. Why she decided to play it exactly this way I am not sure but I expect she and Ole...
by maybeagnostic
Mon May 30, 2016 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Warcraft
Replies: 23
Views: 6997

Re: Warcraft

Lucrece wrote:For 2001 it looks like it was animated in the Dark Ages.

At the time of release it was hailed as a great achievement in computer animation.
by maybeagnostic
Fri May 27, 2016 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain America: Civil War
Replies: 126
Views: 14771

Re: Captain America: Civil War

I must've forgotten something major about the second Thor movie. When did he refuse to be king if "Odin" is still ruling? Overall, it's only really Iron Man who shows that the hero is in need of oversight, while Cap shows that the hero is better without managerial direction, and the other ...
by maybeagnostic
Thu May 26, 2016 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain America: Civil War
Replies: 126
Views: 14771

Re: Captain America: Civil War

Captain America 1 - Cap saves an entire brigade that the military would have abandoned, saves the world from Hydra Captain America 2 - Cap saves the world from government sanctioned helicarriers, Hydra Avengers 1 - They save the world from an alien invasion, prevent a government sanctioned nuking o...
by maybeagnostic
Wed May 25, 2016 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

They have approximately 10 nearly one-hour long episodes per book. And I don't recall any scenes that felt like a "waste of time" or "unnecessary elaboration". If this TV format doesn't have enough time for everything, then it basically can't be done. And they did fine while the...
by maybeagnostic
Wed May 25, 2016 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Some degree of truncating is inevitable and maybe they've learned their lesson about leaving tertiary characters' fates less than perfectly explained with the Gendry meme. The pace at which minor characters are killed and the story progresses would have been hectic if the episodes weren't doing such...
by maybeagnostic
Fri May 20, 2016 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain America: Civil War
Replies: 126
Views: 14771

Re: Captain America: Civil War

The whole blaming Wanda for the bombing thing was spun extremely poorly. 12 people died in the buildings...but I'd say dozens more would died would have died if the blast went off on the ground no? I also thought this was handled poorly, and to boot, I felt like the ire generated here was completel...
by maybeagnostic
Wed May 18, 2016 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 348405

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I agree that scene was ridiculous, but I can imagine it done correctly and don't really have criticisms beyond implementation. As it was shot, it felt kind of faked. Oh, there is nothing wrong with the idea of the scene but it just wasn't convincing for me. Same as the Mhysa ending to season three,...

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