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One of the most underrated scenes ever. Goosebumps! What are your favorite underrated LOTR scenes?
Mar 22, 2017 8:03 PM
All time greats:

- Alien
- Blade Runner
- Gladiator
- Kingdom of Heaven Director's Cut

Absolute garbage:

- 1492: Conquest of Paradise
- GI Jane
- Hannibal
- A Good Year
- Robin Hood
- Prometheus
- Exodus: Gods and Kings

There are some good movies in there as well (e.g. Black Hawk Down or The Martian), but given how amazing some of his movies are the amount of clunkers is pretty shocking.
Mar 19, 2017 12:28 AM
The Terminal.

Until that point I liked/loved every Spielberg movie. Movie made me want to kill myself from boredom.
Mar 19, 2017 12:11 AM
The trivia is often duplicate info or wholly incorrect. There are few, if any, levers for controlling quality over there.
Mar 18, 2017 8:39 PM
Emma Watson was horribly miscast.? The movie was pretty disappointing, and I say that as a huge BatB fan. Would not recommend. 5/10
Mar 18, 2017 8:29 PM
Death Proof
Mickey BusinessEh, it doesn't bother me terribly. I've slowly come to terms with the reboot/remake era we're in, so I can only hope that it's a good film on its own merits and doesn't get bogged down with fan service ala the latest Star Wars films.

I'd take the latest Star Wars films over the disasters that were the prequels any day of the week.

9/10 thread hijack attempt
Mar 18, 2017 8:23 PM
Think about the absurdity of it from an in-universe perspective. Watch the original and then the most recent one back-to-back. o_O

And whoever brought up the Transformers movies, please. F&F movies are pretty damn awful but they have, by several million orders of magnitude, more likable characters with actual chemistry.
Mar 18, 2017 8:15 PM
A false dilemma is a type of informal fallacy in which something is falsely claimed to be an "either/or" situation, when in fact there is at least one additional option.[sup][1][/sup] The opposite of this fallacy is argument to moderation.[sup][citation needed][/sup]
The options may be a position that is between two extremes (such as when there are shades of grey) or may be completely different alternatives. Phrasing that implies two options (dilemma, dichotomy, black-and-white) may be replaced with other number-based nouns, such as a "false trilemma", "false tetralemma", or "false pentalemma" ("false trichotomy," "false tetrachotomy", "false pentachotomy", etc.) if something is reduced to only three, four, or five options.
A false dilemma can arise intentionally, when a fallacy is used in an attempt to force a choice or outcome.
The false dilemma fallacy can also arise simply by accidental omission of additional options rather than by deliberate deception. For example "Stacey spoke out against capitalism, therefore she must be a communist" (she may be neither). "Roger opposed an atheist argument against Christianity, but he would say that, he's a Christian" (When it's assumed the opposition by itself means he's a Christian). Roger might be an atheist who disagrees with the logic of some particular argument against Christianity. Additionally, it can be the result of habitual tendency, whatever the cause, to view the world with limited sets of options. Conversely some believe free will is the ability to choose from beyond apparent options.
Some philosophers and scholars believe that "unless a distinction can be made rigorous and precise it isn't really a distinction".[sup][2][/sup] An exception is analytic philosopher John Searle, who called it an incorrect assumption that produces false dichotomies.[sup][3][/sup] Searle insists that "it is a condition of the adequacy of a precise theory of an indeterminate phenomenon that it should precisely characterize that phenomenon as indeterminate; and a distinction is no less a distinction for allowing for a family of related, marginal, diverging cases."[sup][3][/sup] Similarly, when two options are presented, they often are, although not always, two extreme points on some spectrum of possibilities; this may lend credence to the larger argument by giving the impression that the options are mutually exclusive of each other, even though they need not be.[sup][4][/sup] Furthermore, the options in false dichotomies typically are presented as being collectively exhaustive, in which case the fallacy may be overcome, or at least weakened, by considering other possibilities, or perhaps by considering a whole spectrum of possibilities, as in fuzzy logic.[sup][5][/sup]
Mar 13, 2017 8:43 PM
Angel is fantastic and arguably better but you're right about those Buffy episodes. They are 10/10 eps, narrowing it down to 5 is hard. The Body just breaks my heart every time. I usually skip it on rewatches. Way way way overidentify with that one.
Mar 10, 2017 4:19 AM
Special Agent Cooper
BukamaI'm currently rewatching Buffy (and eventually Angel). It stands up great, and only a few shows are in the same class (off hand, Twin Peaks, Sherlock, Star Trek:Next Gen and Deep Space Nine). It is unique to find a show that can mix deadly serious themes with relatively good humor. I don't watch Game of Thrones because I didn't like the book - precisely because it lacked humor (it can't be funny if you dislike all the characters).

Glad I'm not the only one who hates every character, not a single one is likable. Now in a standalone film that's okay, a character doesn't need to be likable to be interesting, but if you expect me to invest more time in something I need someone to root for or care about, otherwise I have no stake and therefore no interest. I tried reading the first book and couldn't even finish it, and I was forced by my brother to watch the TV show and liked it even less.

Anyway, currently rewatching Buffy as well, almost done with season 3. Damn The Mayor and Faith are amazing, and I can't wait to start Angel again.

Gah, I am on season two of Angel right now again. The entire Beige Angel arc is incredible. Holland's elevator speech is, well, probably my all time favorite TV speech. Chilling.? Once Faith shows up in season 1 the show gets several orders of magnitude better and generally maintains that greatness throughout.

My all-time top 5 favorite Angel episodes:

1. Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been?
2. Orpheus
3. You're Welcome
4. Five By Five
5. Not Fade Away (ahh what a perfect ending and perfect statement to go out on. I don't acknowledge the comics as canon but I'd like to believe they didn't die, although it really doesn't matter I guess)

LMAO damn, limiting it to 5 is hard as hell.

I'll do Buffy I guess:

1. Passion
2. Becoming
3. Innocence
4. Restless (I've probably seen this 100 times, the S2 stuff is too heavy/Shakespearian and needs to be spaced out)
5. The Gift

As for your Game of Thrones issues, I generally agree. The archetypal qualities you want do emerge in 1-2 characters as the show goes on, but YMMV.

Mar 10, 2017 3:19 AM
IllyriaIs this or is this not in the same continuity as the DOFP ending with the school restored, Jean alive, and Wolverine happy? If so, that's some Alien 3-level legacy wrecking.

Mangold stated in an interview that this takes place well into the future(a few decades) after the epilogue in DOFP.

Yikes, that's terrible.
Mar 7, 2017 3:42 AM
Is this or is this not in the same continuity as the DOFP ending with the school restored, Jean alive, and Wolverine happy? If so, that's some Alien 3-level legacy wrecking.
Mar 6, 2017 5:55 PM
D Ray
IllyriaIs this the same continuity as Days of Future Past? If so, the DOFP ending isn't so happy anymore at all. As a self-contained story, I thought Logan fucking ruled. A pox on anyone involved in the inevitable future Wolverine reboot.

No, this is the end of the original X-Men Trilogy.

X-Men: 8/10
X-Men United: 9/10
X-Men; The Last Stand: 7/10
Logan: 9.5/10

As mentioned in various posts, this thread and others, it's a haunting film. Stewart and Jackman are the Yin and Yang of the comic book/super hero genre. No one even comes close.

DOFP didn't retcon the awful TLS ending? Am I losing my mind?
Mar 5, 2017 9:38 PM
Is this the same continuity as Days of Future Past? If so, the DOFP ending isn't so happy anymore at all. As a self-contained story, I thought Logan fucking ruled. A pox on anyone involved in the inevitable future Wolverine reboot.
Mar 5, 2017 8:31 PM

Still waiting for anything as good as seasons 2, 3, and 5 of that show. I am starting to think we'll never see its equal.

Which would you prefer: a show like Buffy which reaches apexes you couldn't have imagined in your wildest dreams -- but commits seppuku on everything it stood for in the past two seasons on a different, arguably non-canonical network. OR a show like Game of Thrones which is consistently very, very good but never reaches "Becoming" levels of greatness but also never drops below a certain quality threshold.

Also I'm totally buying one of those outfits.
Mar 2, 2017 1:12 AM
He made me smile and I miss him. RIP.
Feb 24, 2017 9:29 PM

"Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself"

Feb 24, 2017 7:40 PM
Rejoice, noids

Die-hard Star Wars fans have been begging for this to happen for years, and if this report from Making Star Wars is true, this Blu-ray set of the un-altered trilogy, which has never been made available before in high definition, will arrive sometime this year in honor of A New Hope's 40th Anniversary. Since 20th Century Fox still owns the rights to A New Hope, Disney will certainly have to make some sort of a deal with the studio if this unaltered trilogy is to become a reality, but if it's true, the news will certainly be embraced by legions of fans.

George Lucas was always adamant that the "Special Editions" he released in the 1990s were the versions of the trilogy that he always wanted fans to see, refusing to release the original theatrical versions. There was a DVD set released in November 2006 that included the original un-altered theatrical prints of each movie on a separate disc from the Special Edition movie. Fans were ultimately disappointed though when it was learned that the un-altered versions took non-anamorphic video sourced from the 1993 LaserDisc release, which was much lower in quality compared to the Special Edition. That 2006 set was the last time the original theatrical editions were released in any home video format, but there was a "de-specialized" version of A New Hope that found its way to fans last year.
Feb 24, 2017 3:17 AM
Rudy doesn't even make top 25?
Feb 22, 2017 2:08 AM