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neumdaddyI liked the movie. It's not great. Not sure why movies have to be constantly remembered or whatever to be considered "not terrible."

I didn't like it but I feel the lesson here is more, it was forgettable. Which is not how it was treated at the time. You can say that about a lot of award season darlings that don't win Best Picture though.

I don't disagree with that. And yeah, I think a ton of "good" movies, given enough time, become fairly forgettable. I guess, for me, that doesn't necessarily mean they're that much "less good" because I don't remember them years later, but conversely, the ones I do feel certainly "more good" by comparison.
Aug 22, 2017 5:39 AM
Is there a resource that voters typically lean towards as more definitive? Seems like more and more are factoring sabermetrics into their voting, though certainly not everywhere.
Aug 21, 2017 7:49 PM
whathaveicreatedThe eclipse was alright. Worth dumping out a whole box of Honey Nut Cheerios? Maybe not, but hey, how often do you get to see a cresent?

I made a mad dash through downtown to get to my wife's place of work in Pioneer Square from Capitol Hill (they had glasses), and it was quite a surreal scene in the city. Loads of people everywhere, but standing in place, staring upward. Nobody crossing streets (so I breezed down the road), slightly darkened sky, and Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage" blaring on the radio. It was Seattle's Independence Day moment.

I'll see you on the dark side of the moon, WHIC.
Aug 21, 2017 7:44 PM
whathaveicreatedI'm def gonna see it now that I know it's entertaining and enjoyable.

:fresh:
Aug 21, 2017 4:44 PM
I understand that Paul Goldschmidt is the current front-runner for NL MVP, but I'm not really clear why Nolan Arenado isn't widely considered a top 3 candidate, too. I think a fair amount of folks actually do, but for others, he's kind of lumped into that next group (like top 5 or 10 candidates). I don't follow sabermetrics very thoroughly, so it's unclear how consistently valued (or not) fielding is placed in a lot of the WAR calculations, etc. (and I understand several diff publications have their own WAR formulas).

EDIT: And I know playoff destinies may well factor into this, too. If Colorado misses the playoffs, forget about Arenado-as-MVP. But if the Rockies clinch and, say, Arizona does not... that would seem to take the shine off of Goldy's case a bit, too.
Aug 21, 2017 4:40 PM
I liked the movie. It's not great. Not sure why movies have to be constantly remembered or whatever to be considered "not terrible."
Aug 21, 2017 4:34 PM
I enjoyed both seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones was very solid, while quite overlong. I haven't gotten past the first episode of Luke Cage, and Iron Fist is just not going to happen. At this rate, neither will The Defenders, for me.

Those series are unquestionably overlong and shouldn't be anymore than 8 episodes per, max. Because none of them are "great," I'm finding it harder to justify the commitment to watching something close to mediocrity.
Aug 21, 2017 4:30 PM
neumdaddy"Kidnapping a White Walker" is a terrible plot direction. It's pure setup to get some of our heroes across the wall for a skirmish. I guess this remains to be seen how it will all play out, but why couldn't you have the White Walkers overwhelm Eastwatch (crossing around the wall?) and have that be a reason to draw main characters to that area and show some fighting? (or something to that effect) There's almost no way Jon and The Hound don't survive. Everybody else, to varying degrees, is subject to some zombie death. I wonder if this is where we get our dragon-on-zombie action.

I didn't spoil myself in advance, but pretty sure others had to have predicted this as well.
Aug 21, 2017 3:45 PM
The Tormund / Hound chat was arguably the best thing in the episode.
Aug 21, 2017 3:42 PM
BobHarrisAre we doing weekly picks again this year?

I think so? Somebody needs to start the thread, because that site is still active. Even Caesar said he'd participate again this year.
Aug 18, 2017 4:27 AM
Rick and Morty has been bloodier than Game of Thrones this season.
Aug 18, 2017 4:25 AM
Meow, you kinda gotta go. I'm not sure if you were even born in the 80's, but the dance party premise - even if it is set amid re-creations of parts of the show - sounds reliably fun. And, as Zuben wisely states, just take it all in, good and/or bad. At the very least, it sounds like something unique and memorable, which should always be a thing to consider.
Aug 18, 2017 4:17 AM
Paquito
TWTCommishYou're just not allowed, narratively, to send a sizable group of characters on a Very Dangerous Mission and have them all return. If you choose to do that, you have to kill one of them by the end. It's Chekhov's Gang.


Jon Snow has a ton of plot armor, so it won't be him. I doubt it's going to be the Hound, since they want him for Cleganebowl. I'm inclined to say Gendry's safe, since it'd be bizarre to pull him back into the story, just to kill him off here. And Tormund is probably safe, since he's a convenient liaison to the wildlings.

So it'll be one or both of Thoros and Beric Dondarrion. They had Berric talking up his existential crisis to the Hound, so this mission is a good opportunity to deal with that outstanding plot point. He'll give his life to save this mission, somehow. They may also throw in a scene where Thoros tries and fails to resurrect Berric, demonstrating that Berric's done what the Red God wished for him to do.

You're forgetting Jorah, but I basically wrote out the same above, before deleting and simplifying to "Jon & The Hound won't die." I think Jorah, along with Gendry and, to a slightly lesser extent Tormund, seem more likely to survive. Tormund is still the face of the wildlings and they'll be used in the battles yet to come. Gendry & Jorah were just re-introduced to the broader story, and it'd be odd for both of them to be felled one whole episode after a reunion. But I wouldn't put it past the show.

That leaves Beric & Thoros, and I think both are going to eat it (with Beric seeming the most likely to me). I'm sure they'll be a play on Beric being continuously resurrected by Thoros, only to die and be resurrected by the Night King - as a wight! Oh, and the other wildlings that are joining them are so going to eat it.

I also think there's going to be some sort of unexpected rescue, which is where I'm casually sticking to my dragons-arriving prediction above.
Aug 15, 2017 4:01 PM
Meow
?MeowWhy give Arya a bag full of dead peoples' faces and not let her use it during her confusing covert Littlefinger bullshit?

"I gotta sneak around!" said the girl WITH THE WORLD'S MOST PERFECT DISGUISE.

Well, at least to the audience so far, they're setting it up as Arya underestimating Littlefinger. If Arya realizes she's being counter-watched, or whatever, I suspect she'll start leveraging items from her actual bag of tricks.
Aug 15, 2017 3:54 PM
"Kidnapping a White Walker" is a terrible plot direction. It's pure setup to get some of our heroes across the wall for a skirmish. I guess this remains to be seen how it will all play out, but why couldn't you have the White Walkers overwhelm Eastwatch (crossing around the wall?) and have that be a reason to draw main characters to that area and show some fighting? (or something to that effect) There's almost no way Jon and The Hound don't survive. Everybody else, to varying degrees, is subject to some zombie death. I wonder if this is where we get our dragon-on-zombie action.

Anyway, the rest of the episode was spotty but not as outright bad as others are making it out to be. I'm also struggling with Littlefinger's end game here, and the convenience with which Tyrion and Jaime are just suddenly seeing each other again, 3 seasons later, and it didn't even feel like a big deal (since the plot is just hurtling forward). Bronn didn't even give a knowing glance to Tyrion, or vice versa! C'mon, guys!
Aug 14, 2017 5:39 PM
Esoteric AllusionGame of Thrones isn't a show I would enjoy watching at a viewing party. There's some shows I think that would be fun for. Like sports, those are when participating with others is part of the fun. Game of Thrones is something I just want to quietly enjoy.

I mean, I get this, because shows I quite enjoy (even if they're suffering in quality relative to their earlier seasons) are still shows I like to enjoy privately, too. But surely you understand how it can be appealing to a "viewing party" format, too? As noted upthread, it can even be mutually enjoyed without some ongoing discussion that interrupts the episode (as in, everybody is quietly enjoying, save the odd "heck yeah!" moment).

Weirdly enough, I'm way more sensitive to this with sports, and would rather *not* watch my team play with other friends who are not fans. It works better when all are on an equal standing with regard to the onscreen events, which is why I think GoT viewings are still generally good fun.
Aug 14, 2017 5:34 PM
ZubenIs ten or so people getting together to watch a tv show a "party" though?

Get-together? Hang? I mean, it's a viewing party, which suggests it isn't a larger kind of throwdown. How many people can you fit in a living room to watch a show? 10 seems normal for these kinds of things.
Aug 13, 2017 12:32 AM
whathaveicreated
NimChimpskyWatching a show I like and want to watch in the context of a "viewing party" sounds awful.


Don't worry, you weren't invited.

Heh.

I think viewing parties for a show like GoT, which can be deliriously entertaining at its best, can be good fun. I'll certainly re-watch by myself, but it's not like we're talking about a group of 20 people here (unless we're talking WHIC's cousins). I think it's more about 6 to 8 people, and we're not drunkenly joking through the whole ep or anything. (because I'd hate that, too)
Aug 11, 2017 11:09 PM
MosesEzekiel Elliott is suspended for 6 games. Does anyone want to explain the thinking behind this? Especially in relation to Josh Brown's initial suspension.

I haven't really been following the case, but my main thoughts on the whole thing are: Fuck the Cowboys and Fuck Jerry Jones. I'm sure it'll get appealed down to 4 games or less...
Aug 11, 2017 11:00 PM
whathaveicreated
neumdaddyOregon is going to be totes insane, so I'm almost less tempted to go for it from Oregon. I may try for Wyoming, buuuut... still not sure.


I thought about Oregon until I heard that Madras, a town of 6,700, is expecting 100,000 visitors. Fuuuuuuuuck.

Yeah, it's going to be a mega-shitshow. For as cool as this thing will be, that's also a massive turn-off.
Aug 9, 2017 6:37 PM