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Its one of the things that has always bothered me about GOT - certain things will happen in specific episodes that technically occur over a good chunk of time. But because they occur in the same episode or few episodes it seems like occur closer together. A recent example would be the massive fleet Euron was able to build.

No one will ever accuse GoT of being expertly paced. Glacial periods of nothing, nothing, nothing, chit-chat, Winter is Coming, blah, blah and then BAM! we're epic battle, months are past by on the show and we're getting caught up again.

Very true. Re-watching Season 1 it's funny because Bran is apparently bed ridden and unconscious for like a month... The show makes it look like a couple days tops.

Put your phone away when you watch. Robb literally says to Cat that she never left Bran'd bedside for weeks and weeks. Episode 3 or 4.
Jul 20, 2017 6:28 AM
[font="lucida grande", "Lucida Sans Unicode", tahoma, sans-serif]Everything bad that has happened to the people on this show is related to Bran being a dumb bitch. Peeping tom, boom accidentally starts a war that gets the majority of his family killed. Warged when he wasn't supposed to and got marked and now is just going about ruining magical spells that protect humanity left and right. Made Hodor a retard. Is boring to watch on TV. Fuck you Bran.[/font]
Jul 18, 2017 8:24 AM
how's that fan service?

that's her character

nothing was worse than sheeran's escapism-killing cameo, winking and the camera and saying buy my new song on iTunes. That crap deserves criticism, not pseudo fan service Lyanna stuff.
Jul 17, 2017 10:01 PM
Favorite moments:

1. Opening scene Arya's revenge. totally epic. I saw every moment coming, it was not a surprise but it was still so satisfying. get it girl.

2. Loved The marching army of Wights, the zombie giant! Such a short wordless scene but told a great deal of storytelling just from that one image.

3. Bran & Meera arrive at the wall. When word gets back to Jon & Sansa, won't Bran take precedence over both of them in the order of succession? He's the oldest surviving legitimate male offspring of Ned Stark. But he's a cripple and a child, so maybe the lords of the north will still prefer a grown man to be their king?

4. Sansa & Jon already butting heads. Saw that coming. Sansa actually had the better idea (rewarding the loyal) but she was stupid to contradict Jon in front of everyone. They are stronger as a unified front, they should not let underlings see them arguing. It's like mom and dad fighting in front of the kids.

5. Cersei and Jaime on the giant map. Basic expository scene that was a good summing up of where all the houses align.

6. Euron's ship is so fucking cool! All black ship with black sails and that amazing kraken on the prow. It's a work of art! Euron is going to get Cersei an engagement gift. What do you think: Dragon's head, or Tyrion's head?

7. The citadel is another amazing piece of scenery! The design of that chandelier- it's made of small mirrors that reflect the sunlight from the oculus into every dark corner of that vast library. Super cool, reminds me of something Da Vinci would have invented.
Why do the soup bowls at the citadel look just like the bedpans? Why does the soup at the citadel look just like the diarrhea? Why is the grandmaester so nonchalant about the Night's King and the coming winter? it's not really comparable to the end of human dynasties.

8. The way Tormund looks at Brienne. Tells Podrick he's a lucky man to have his ass beat by Brienne.
Jul 17, 2017 6:44 AM
IllyriaWeed is tight. Weed is tight.

I had no idea you were still even posting here. And um yes, weed. Sure...

I'm sorry alright, you can come wherever you want.
Jul 14, 2017 8:26 AM
Weed is tight. Weed is tight.
Jul 13, 2017 8:43 AM
I mean we now have a British Superman, why not a Yankee 007? Johnny Depp anyone?
Jul 12, 2017 8:43 AM
Richard CollinsIf you were forced to remake your favourite film at gunpoint who would you cast as the lead in it?

Favourite Film: Ben Hur

Starring Gerard Butler or Brad Pitt as Ben Hur...
Eric Bana(or if he wasn't cast as Ben Hur, Gerard Butler) as Sulla
And practically the whole cast of either Troy, Gladiator or Kingdom of Heaven as every other part. If I could find a part for Russell Crowe I would.

Fuck Christian Bale.... Thankyou for wrecking Heston's other great biblical film.

Imagine if Bale had been cast as Balian in Kingdom of Heaven. Sigh.?
Jul 8, 2017 1:10 AM
[font="Source Sans Pro", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]1. The Lord of the Rings (Jackson, 2001-2003) -?10/10[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]2. Braveheart (Gibson, 1996) -?6/10[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]3. Blade Runner (Scott, 1982 -- "Final Cut" version) -?9/10[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1984) -?10/10[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]5. Alien (Scott, 1979) -?8/10[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]6. Gladiator (Scott, 2000) -?4/10[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]7. Kingdom of Heaven (Scott, 2005 -- "Director's Cut" version) -?9/10[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]8. The Princess Bride (Reiner, 1987) -?8/10[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]9. Scream (Craven, 1996) -?10/10[/font]
[font="Source Sans Pro", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]10. Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan (Meyer, 1982) -?8/10[/font]

[font="Source Sans Pro", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]It's actually a pretty decent list, I agree.[/font]
Jul 7, 2017 11:07 PM
"1. The Lord of the Rings (Jackson, 2001-2003)
2. Braveheart (Gibson, 1996)
3. Blade Runner (Scott, 1982 -- "Final Cut" version)
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1984)
5. Alien (Scott, 1979)
6. Gladiator (Scott, 2000)
7. Kingdom of Heaven (Scott, 2005 -- "Director's Cut" version)
8. The Princess Bride (Reiner, 1987)
9. Scream (Craven, 1996)
10. Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan (Meyer, 1982)"

Dude is a huge Ridley Scott fanboy.
Jul 7, 2017 10:46 PM
3rd different Spiderman in ten years ffs. No thanks. Also Civil War was very disappointing for me. Zero stakes. The forced Spiderman stuff was some of the most cringe-worthy efforts I've seen in years. The forced Ant-man stuff beyond stupid. I think I'm done with non-GotG comic books movies

edit wow the shitposting is spectacular. lowest common denominator DC vs Marvel gibberish. punch yourselves in the groin if you actually care about that and are over the age of 12.
Jul 5, 2017 6:44 PM
In an era of remakes, it saddens me that it doesn't look like Harry Potter will be remade as films anytime soon. For such wondrous, magical books -- they never really captured the spirit in the films. At all. I view them the way many view the SW prequels. I will note one exception: the scene where Harry soars over the Castle with Buckbeak in Prisoner of Azkaban. That is the only moment in eight films that hit me like the books did.

The best book for me, and one of my favorites of all time, is Goblet of Fire. Naturally the film is by far by far BY FAR the most disappointing. It has the best source material. The story is about growing up. About the loss of innocence. About love and romance. Real goddamn stakes. The movie doesn't breathe at all and bounces from Task 1 to Yule Ball to Task 2 to Task 3. The cemetery scene in the books is legendary and heart-breaking. In the film it's wholly unearned.

Now I'm upset : )?
Jun 29, 2017 8:41 PM
Robin McDonaldI started it once. I believe you and considered starting it again but its still four hours!
I think they handled riddles in the dark well and the subsequent scene at the tree before the eagles felt like something out of the book
But I know it wasn't just the bloat that put me off. Bilbo just wasn't a character to fall in love with. Stuff that shoulda coulda
been funny just wasn't very. ? We didn't get to share in his sense of wonder about Rivendell because there was no scene. ?
It was turned into a council of wizards. I had high hopes for Desolation of Smaug. I heard the barrel rider scene was fun but
I just hated it right away. Smaug didn't feel like a fun chess game where Bilbo comes into his own matching wits with the dragon.
It crosses the t's and dots the i's but the right spirit is not there. ?Not for me anyway. I didn't think twice about not seeing Return
of the King. To be diplomatic its probably great for someone who wanted to sustain a sense this was the same universe as Lord of the Rings.
I'm glad it worked for you.

The reason I think George Miller would have been the right director is because at least until they get to the mines, the book The Hobbit feels more like Miller's Babe than almost anything else I can think of. The kind of light humor joking, taunting and knowing innuendo and passing on of wisdom that goes on between the animals has a warmth and approachability akin to what I experienced reading The Hobbit. One fun chapter lightly passing on to the next like the telling of a book. Then at the end having established a Bilbo we love and have concern for Miller could have turned on his wonderful action sensibilities and put on a memorable show.

Desolation of Smaug?trailer. I remember this trailer. Its all about death and dread, betrayal, fear, fire and frightening monsters. No alchemy can turn this into The Hobbit I knew or ever I hoped to see.

For you I would recommend the Fiona van Dahl 2 hour cut. Download it here:
This is as good as its going to get for you. This one has also been pretty well-reviewed. The pacing reminds me of a JJ Abrams movie (for better or worse). Please do me a favor and check it out and lmk your thoughts. Also let me know if you need help torrenting/downloading it.

Some of my favorite parts about it:

- Gollum is scary and mysterious again
- Bilbo falls in love with Rivendell
- The characters feel mythic and the narrative context of each scene is nearly identical to that of the book.
- Every encounter feels important and every life-threatening moment feels tense and suspenseful.
- Fiona manages to nail the depiction of Gandalf, Bilbo, Thorin, Thranduil, and Bard impeccably as they appear in the text. Gandalf is mysterious, manipulative and unpredictable, shanghaiing Bilbo into his grander plans while orchestrating geopolitical shifts in the East; Bilbo is adventurous, clever, and adaptable while remaining an individual character with agency amidst the happenings around him; and Thorin is pig-headish but noble at heart, a representative of all the goods and all the evils of dwarves. Thranduil?s role remains as a counterpart to the Elves of the West, representing the superiority complex that immortality may bring, and Bard is faithful to his depiction as the mysterious folk-hero intertwined with the fate of the Dwarves.
Jun 29, 2017 7:08 PM

question: why did spacey's character turn good and help him at the end? that seemed pretty out of left field to me.?
Jun 29, 2017 7:01 AM
Thread took a weird turn but seriously bros please check out the fan edit. It's wonderful.
Jun 29, 2017 6:42 AM
Truth is, the studio strongly underestimated the backlash/word-of-mouth of Prometheus. Ridley himself got immensely butthurt once the internet drooled with anticipation at the Blomkamp Alien 2.5 idea. He big league'd Blomkamp out and inserted himself back in. Shame.
Jun 29, 2017 5:46 AM

I'm shocked that the studio allowed these to be released. I've never seen a director be so candid about the behind-the-scenes drama

ALSO -- if you're interested in a good Hobbit fan edit, here you go:

It has been widely praised and condenses 3 films to 1. It's a wonderful film and the editors did an incredible job. Check it out.
Jun 28, 2017 9:42 PM
It's the best action film ever made and probably the best female heroine you'll find. Over 30 years later and we're still waiting for something better.
Jun 28, 2017 4:27 PM
The RLM videos about this movie have me dying.
Jun 27, 2017 7:01 PM
Robin McDonald
It was not a banner of truce.

"[font=Roboto, arial, sans-serif]Is there any in this rout [/font][font=Roboto, arial, sans-serif]with authority to treat with me[/font][font=Roboto, arial, sans-serif]?"[/font]
Jun 27, 2017 6:15 PM