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Thief12And it's not just these. It's this Hollywood "recent" fetish with prequels. Just look at what Disney is making with the Star Wars universe. We have prequels for Han Solo, Boba Fett, and now Obi-Wan. Who needs that?

I needed Rogue One.

Rogue one wasn't a "real" prequel though... It was a sequel to a prequel.... Oh god I've gone crosseyed...
Aug 24, 2017 2:15 AM
Takoma1
James MacKinnon
I REALLY hope the Disney service fails, as I am not interested in paying ANOTHER streaming service more monthly fees. Soon I'll be paying more for monthly streaming than I do for cable/internet!

Yeah--I'm not in favor of the movement toward a la carte services, especially if they are per-month instead of pay-on-demand.
I like Amazon because I can buy individual episodes of TV Shows or rent movies. I currently have Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, which comes out to about $40 per month plus whatever I spend on Amazon rentals. I do not have cable (and never have).

Amazon is one of the ones I use... It's not so terrible as it comes free with the Amazon Prime membership, which has other benefits (shipping on orders etc) so that's not too brutal. Right now I scaled back so that it's just Amazon and Netflix even with just those 2 I'm at around 20 bucks a month... I got a deal on my internet and cable, so right now those 2 alone comes to a 1/4 of what the rest of my internet and cable bill is monthly.?

I don't know how I feel about the "on demand" idea. I suppose it would work depending on price. The problem I always run into with things like that is the cost per episode/movie always makes it more money than a simple streaming service. The main one I use is the PlayStation store. They charge an arm and a leg for a series, something like 2 bucks an episode. By the time you watch a season (lets say 10 episodes) you've spent 20 bucks!
Aug 23, 2017 11:19 AM
Gilly for Queen of the Andals and the First Men!!!!
Aug 23, 2017 1:37 AM
So as we all know Disney is making it's own streaming service and announced that they will be pulling their titles from Netflix in 2018...

I just thought about this today, but I wonder how much of their catalogue this covers. Me being the idiot I am initially thought it would just be the "Disney" side of things.

I was watching Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2 today when I started thinking about this. I wonder if Disney will pull all Marvel movies off Netflix. What about the shows? No more Daredevil, Luke Cage etc...

What about the Lucasfilms movies? No more Starwars on Netflix...

I REALLY hope the Disney service fails, as I am not interested in paying ANOTHER streaming service more monthly fees. Soon I'll be paying more for monthly streaming than I do for cable/internet!
Aug 23, 2017 1:34 AM
Baadrone
Robin McDonaldDid we see an indication that if you slay the leader his minions all die at the same time? That's kind of a big deal no one is talking about on the show.

The implication could be very notable if a certain theory about Bran being the Night King turns out to be true.?

This is one of many fan theories that I just hope to god Martin is too smart to right in to his books. Just doesn't work, like many others.?
Aug 21, 2017 9:56 PM
The GuyNah, I'm siding with Sansa on this one.

Does Arya even stop and ask herself why Littlefinger is collecting this information? It couldn't be to blackmail Sansa...

It was interesting to see the Dagger passed to Sansa though, she might just be the one to kill Baelish, who until this point has been one of the fiercest villains on the show.

It's the same as Sansa, neither of them think of the obvious. Who would have access to this info? Why would they use it?

Sansa's never been one of my favourites, I still blame her for Ned's death in a way. I'm not a huge fan of Bran's character either, but one of the sisters shoulda went and asked him! They know he has mystical powers now and neither of them take advantage of that!
Aug 21, 2017 5:36 PM
4 episodes in. Really enjoying it so far.?

Forgot how much I missed Daredevil! Love having him back.?

My only really big complaint at the moment is that the Hand's motivation/plan is non-existent. Otherwise I'm really enjoying it. Only 4 episodes in, so we'll see if they maintain the pace!
Aug 21, 2017 4:59 PM
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her cunt big sister wrote a letter betraying her family. arya had enough cause to off her there but didnt.
this is the same sansa that was a total cunt to her growing up, betrayed her with joffery, got her friend murdered, her pet exiled then she's writing letters home to kill their older brother. arya is accurately reading sansa's inner desires for "nice things".

In the context of this plot it would be beyond idiotic for Arya to murder her sister. This Arya/Sansa plot line is shining full light onto just how meandering and ultimately meaningless Arya's (who was one of the most interesting characters) journey has been through this series. It's funny to read so many people, last season, theorize about how all of the pointless, stupid moves characters were making was going to actually lead to something that made it all make sense (eg. why Arya was just walking about town trying to get a boat ride) but have it lead absolutely nowhere. "A girl is finally No One." .....okay.....

The hate toward Sansa in this show reminds me of the hate some people showed toward Skylar in Breaking Bad: It's as though when you like someone enough (Arya) anyone who hinder's his/her activities is the bad guy. If you were arguing that you could understand why Arya was feeling the way she was simply because of ignorance to the whole picture, that would make sense. But, to side with the idea of murdering Sansa knowing that you do know the whole picture makes you sound like you either don't understand what's happening or you entirely lack the ability to empathize with the victim. Do you hate the soldiers that are captured by ISIS who denounce the west and praise Allah before later being beheaded? Do you understand why they may do that?

Sansa went from being the silly-princess air-head to the perpetual rape, battery and mental torture victim over the course of years. The fact that she's not catatonic is miraculous in itself. But, to claim that she deserves to be murdered, now, sounds like heartless misanthropy.

Murdered is a stretch... But to choose her over Arya!? Insanity I say!
Aug 21, 2017 7:31 AM
Wonder Woman. Loved it right until that 3rd act.
Aug 20, 2017 10:55 PM
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Death Proof
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Square M.
Northpoint
WANTED!
Death Proof

IMO Gravity > Interstellar



Loved Gravity. Was bored by Interstellar.

Agree. Interstellar was a complete waste of time and film. Not only was it boring but the pseudoscience and plot itself was absolutely idiotic.

Nolan is on a seriously bad roll. Add this and The Dark Knight Rises fiasco as well as his name as a producer on things like Man of Steel and the guy may have seriously lost it.

Nolan's insane fan base is what keeps the box office strong enough for a studio to keep giving him free reign. It's bizarre but it's why Nolan doesn't have to worry about "director jail" any time soon. He's free to make bad cinema and there is very little accountability.

Seeing as how all of Nolan's movies have strong positive reviews from well-respected, intelligent critics, this claim of "bad cinema" has absolutely no legs to stand on and fails to hold up even under the most basic scrutiny imaginable.
Also, admit you're Cspazz, WANTED!, Dick Dastardly and Justice is Served.

The insecurity is strong with this one. Whenever someone speaks critically of Nolan, a dead wife gets her wings.

I think DP and Square Organa destined to do this... FOH-EVAH!

Meh - I'm done with him. Too predictable, too whiny, and so insecure and angry that he thinks 95% of the people who criticize Nolan are all the same user. It must really chap his ass to know that multiple people don't like the guy.
At this point I just feel sorry for him. Just a lonely, angry guy sitting in a tiny room covered in Chris Nolan movie posters, yelling at forums all day long because someone dared to criticize his "lord". "NO, YOU'RE WRONG! I'M NOT LISTENING! I'M NOT LISTENING!"
Feels like I'm making fun of a retarded person, so I'm just not gonna bother any more. Let someone else bust on him for his obsession and butthurt.

Even though I like Nolan's movies (but not enough to see Dunkirk now), yeah. I hear ya.

It's worth seeing. Especially if you enjoy the period of WW2. Well done show.
Aug 19, 2017 12:15 AM
Robin McDonald
James MacKinnon
Robin McDonald
James MacKinnon
Not gonna get in to "hardcore" etc... but if you enjoy the show, read the books. They're great. Better than the show even =p

I appreciate the recommend. I'm sure its true f it ever happens it will be long after the series is over.
I couldn't enjoy the Harry Potter films until I got past the point where I read the books. ?I have
several other similar book experiences., when its a thriller, the tension and emotion of the events are often spoiled.
Different interpretations or approaches can feel like violations. But can totally work for someone not
making a cross comparison.

I read (Audible) most of the first book after the first season and opted out for now. Book fans
tend to be the most miserable and disappointed critics. That's true outside the realm of Westeros as well.
I've been that disappointed ?book fan.

But I have come in much later and enjoyed books particularly after a weak production.

The show's already WAY past the books, and at this point the 2 or more or less completely unrelated. The books and show stay close to one another until about season 3/4 (up to book 3) then they really diverge.

They're big books, long reads and not everyone's cup of tea.

That being said it's the last book that I lost sleep over obsessing over "1 more chapter then I'll go to sleep..."

I do kind of like the idea of reading that book that kept you turning pages especially if there is enough connective tissue and carefully placed back story follow it. You said what I was thinking. I thought the show for the last couple seasons has gone on ahead of the books. I'd like to read one really interesting book as I don't think I have the stamina to read multiple books for a story I sort of already know.

Ya, that's the hurdle my friends and wife ran in to.... Books 1 and 2 are VERY close to the show, so if you've seen season 1 and 2, you've more or less on par with the books. Book 3 and on is when the big changes come. Book 4 was more or less skipped over in the show and book 5 they took a real left turn. Book 5 more or less ends at season 6.?
Aug 17, 2017 4:31 AM
Robin McDonald
James MacKinnon
Not gonna get in to "hardcore" etc... but if you enjoy the show, read the books. They're great. Better than the show even =p

I appreciate the recommend. I'm sure its true f it ever happens it will be long after the series is over.
I couldn't enjoy the Harry Potter films until I got past the point where I read the books. ?I have
several other similar book experiences., when its a thriller, the tension and emotion of the events are often spoiled.
Different interpretations or approaches can feel like violations. But can totally work for someone not
making a cross comparison.

I read (Audible) most of the first book after the first season and opted out for now. Book fans
tend to be the most miserable and disappointed critics. That's true outside the realm of Westeros as well.
I've been that disappointed ?book fan.

But I have come in much later and enjoyed books particularly after a weak production.

The show's already WAY past the books, and at this point the 2 or more or less completely unrelated. The books and show stay close to one another until about season 3/4 (up to book 3) then they really diverge.?

They're big books, long reads and not everyone's cup of tea.?

That being said it's the last book that I lost sleep over obsessing over "1 more chapter then I'll go to sleep..."
Aug 17, 2017 1:31 AM
SpikeSpiegalWhat's funny is I've taken more schlock in this forum for calling out Nolan as being over -rated, and especially for daring to really not like 'Batman Begins' and harp on it not being the Jesus of superhero flicks. Nolan is clearly full of himself (almost as bad as Paul T Anderson) and his followers often make Star Wars fanatics seem intellectual. At least Jedi freaks don't threaten movie critics because they don't like their reviews on films they haven't see yet. There are piles of wood with better acting skills than Christian Bale.

I give 'Interstellar' a big mediocre. Loved the robots...hated the characters...in fact, lets gets rid of most of the humans in Interstellar and just have the 'bots walk around ala' Bruce Dern in Silent Running and we'd have a better flick. Next, Anne Hathaway needs to either act fully in the nude, or retire from acting. She has no value otherwise. For the record, a gravity well with gradient so severe it distorts time would require the energy levels on the order of output from the Earth's sun to escape from. The film simply doesn't work technically.

'Gravity', IMO is a masterpiece. Nolan only wished he could obtain this level of excellence.

As for 'Dunkirk', I really liked it - director aside. Nolan tossed his over use of exposition, created a war flick where the enemy is never visible (until the end), and focused exclusively on a single storyline showed from many different perspectives. I found it difficult to find a fault with.?

Plus, unlike SPR (a film that suffers from a bit of being a bit over-rated) ?Dunkirk wasn't full of 40yr old men on the front line with more tactical information than the generals in HQ.

Conclusion: the only thing that needs to fall into a gravity well and disappear forever is this forum.?

But I kinda like these forums...
Aug 16, 2017 12:56 PM
Robin McDonald
D.H.If there's a bottom line here it's that most, if not all, of these supposedly significant moments carry little to no weight because there's no setup. They just...happen. The battle scenes work of course but all the long awaited reunions are reduced to cliff note versions. And that sucks. I can't imagine what it's like for the hardcore fans and book readers. I think these last two seasons will ultimately end up being judged harshly.

I don't think you could be more wrong. I mean I do have some sympathy if you are a book fan but good god man... HBO's Jorah and Danerys is a long story of earned loyalty tragedy misunderstanding, wronging and longing .That didn't just happen. God damn, there is a mission and scenes of changes of heart, humility, love and admiration followed by false impressions and accusations, separation, sickness, pain, working for good graces with fealty without appreciation or hope from behind the scenes. Literally years of scenes lead to what was finally an embrace, including the most recent memory that when he was last seen he was diseased. ?I was quite touched and got all soppy.
You might have more of case to make with Arya and Bran but let me ask then what you think didn't happen that should have happened. Forget Jorah, that's beyond argument.
But what just happened without setup. ?A few posts back I called this the best season of the show. ?I might have been premature only because I didn't know there would only be seven episodes. ?I felt that way because I thought the first episode beautifully set up the chessboard with all the players moving them into position. Then the show began making choices and forming alliances that pull together the whole story based on its past. At least the people I have spoken to outside the forum seem really impressed with this season.
I don't know what qualifies as a hardcore fan. I don't research and review past seasons. On occasion I will rewatch a scene. I have been known to read an online recap or a you tube review. I read most of the first book. ?I think I am a solid fan. ?I am emotionally attached to the events of the show particularly specific characters. This season is moving very fast. I consider that a plus except I am heartsick there are only two more episodes. Book readers tend to be an adaptations harshest critics. You're intelligent enough I credit you know even a television series is going to be abbreviated in its details relative to the novel.

Not gonna get in to "hardcore" etc... but if you enjoy the show, read the books. They're great. Better than the show even =p
Aug 16, 2017 4:19 AM
Robin McDonaldI think The Time Machine deserves some mention, particularly the fifties film.

An intelligent movie, making fun observations at least for its first couple acts. No complicated mental tricks or double backs.
It makes on fairly simple observation. In one dimensional space you don't move, in two dimensions you move forward and bad,
in the third dimension up and down. And time is the fourth dimension we could want to move in, and he believes he has created a
machine to solve that problem.
He's going forward to a destination, then he comes back to pick up some stuff and then goes back to the future.

I was a big fan of the original and the remake!?

Personally I enjoyed the remakes notion of time travel being non-linear to a point, but after that it's all up for grabs!?

Like you said. Just a fun movie that didn't require too much thought.?
Aug 15, 2017 11:42 AM
Robin McDonald
ashvirtuallyCersei's admonishment to Jaime, "Don't ever betray me again", gave me chills. Like, I'm genuinely worried for him because Lady Olenna had him pegged; he really does love her and that love is dangerous when dealing with Cersei.

Also, [SPOILER] she's not pregnant; I think this is some sort of game she's playing with Jaime. She's a piece of work.


Gilly's reveal - wow, ok, so that changes everything I thought. Will it be discovered before they bone or after? And what is Dany going to do when she realizes her claim to the Iron Throne isn't what she thought?


The distance travel in such short times is becoming distracting for me, if only because the show is vague about how much time is passing in their travels.


There are only two episodes left and the penultimate one is always a mindbender, so I expect next Sunday's episode is going to be nuts and this excursion north of the Wall is going to lose us some people we love.

I couldn't believe it when my roommate told me there were only seven episodes this season.
I can't tell you how much I need this show right now and its almost over. The only upside is I did the month trial for HBO now and I will be able to watch the remaining episodes legitimately.

I always subscribe when GoT is on then cancel sub as soon as its over... totally worth it =p
Aug 15, 2017 4:45 AM
ashvirtuallyCersei's admonishment to Jaime, "Don't ever betray me again", gave me chills. Like, I'm genuinely worried for him because Lady Olenna had him pegged; he really does love her and that love is dangerous when dealing with Cersei.

Also, [SPOILER] she's not pregnant; I think this is some sort of game she's playing with Jaime. She's a piece of work.


Gilly's reveal - wow, ok, so that changes everything I thought. Will it be discovered before they bone or after? And what is Dany going to do when she realizes her claim to the Iron Throne isn't what she thought?


The distance travel in such short times is becoming distracting for me, if only because the show is vague about how much time is passing in their travels.


There are only two episodes left and the penultimate one is always a mindbender, so I expect next Sunday's episode is going to be nuts and this excursion north of the Wall is going to lose us some people we love.

The show has always been a bit vague when it comes to time... This season it just seems to be worse than the others... John goes from Dragonstone to Eastwatch in the blink of an eye as if nothing has happened. I mean I know you're supposed to assume that "some" time has gone by, but how much? One of the slight annoyances in the show.?

I agree I don't want to watch 4 episodes of John on a boat just to remind me it took him 2 weeks to get there... But SOMETHING would be better than nothing.?
Aug 14, 2017 8:39 PM
Finally got to see it today!

I'm a sucker for war movies, specifically World War 2, as my grandfather fought in the war and ever since I was a kid it's just been a fascination of mine. I'm also a sucker for Nolan movies. I can't think of one of his shows that I didn't like.?

It's not Nolan's best movie, but it's also not his worst. The story is straight forward and easy to follow. The pacing is quick, and as someone else mentioned it barely leaves you with any room to relax or catch your breath. The direction and shots are spectacular. Specifically the aerial portion. Those dog fight sequences had me on the edge of my seat and seem about as authentic as you can get.?

The entire movie had a very "claustrophobic" atmosphere and I absolutely loved the way that Nolan treated "the enemy". You don't see any of the Germans, it's like an old monster/horror movie where they're there. You KNOW they're there... But you don't see them. Makes them seem almost supernatural.?

The dialogue is sparse, but fitting given the circumstances. I know a lot of people have complained about the character development etc, but it's an evacuation where Germans are shooting at you! That opening sequence gives the perfect introduction to the movie! There's chaos!?

Overall I really enjoyed it. Not the best Nolan movie, not the best war movie... But damn good none the less.?
Aug 14, 2017 7:44 AM
Spencie ReturnsHoly shit, that fucking team headed north! All the cool kids have banded together to go do something stupid, what's not to love? Seriously, though, how do they intend to get a White Walker or Wight by its lonesome? They didn't even toy with the idea of say having Bran lead one off by itself. I'm stoked, though. The only downside here is that this is Game of Thrones, so there's no way they're all coming back. I'd say Jon, Gendry and the Hound are the only ones who are unquestionably going to return home.

Gilly thinks she's hot shit now that she can read.

I'm eager to see Sam's reaction when he finds about his mean dad and dumbass brother.

Gendry opting for a hammer is a nice touch, I hope the spinoff is about Robert's rebellion just so I can see him smashing heads with one.

Not relevant to this episode, but I'm calling it now that for whatever reason, I don't think it will be as obvious as we think, Bran will use a dragon and kill Dany with fire. I know the dragon thing has already been hinted at, but I think we've been mislead to believe that Dany is immune to fire so much as just the fire that birthed her dragoons.

They don't touch on it much in the show anymore, but Dany is more or less immune to fire.?

Loved this episode. This season is a marked return to quality for the show. The big thing for me is the small moments. The dialogue between characters.?

They're most definitely rushing things, but they're at least recognizing that character development is more important than big reveals and "surprises".?

What really stood out for me in this one was Tyrion surveying the battlefield and his interaction with Dany and the men (specifically the Tarly's) after.?

Someone asked how the "A Team" heading north will get a whitewalker/white (or zombie or whatever you wanna call them).?

I think that Jorah is probably gonna die then turn. Suppose we'll see next week!

If I had to rate this season in terms of quality I'd put it right beside season 2 or 3. I think season 1 is still tops because they did such an awesome job setting the table. Season 2 and 3 where great and so far this season is right beside them.?
Aug 14, 2017 7:11 AM
Takoma1To me, time travel movies break down into two categories: the "march to the inevitable", and the "things can change". (I'm more a fan of the latter, because in "march to the inevitable" movies you are sometimes just checking off boxes like "Oh, that's why the door handle is broken" or "Oh! That's the red shirt he was wearing!" and it's just an exercise in stage-setting).

My favorite recent time-travel movie is Predestination. It's a movie whose time-travel element serves the narrative, but the narrative itself is driven 90% by the emotional connections to and between the characters. It doesn't matter that certain "twists" are obvious, because there is enough emotional stuff happening with the characters that their reactions are the only ones you really care about. Plus the central performances from Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook are on point, and it has a haunting, unforgettable last line of dialogue.

I know what you mean about sometimes saying the title of a movie being problematic, because even saying that it is time travel gives away a big plot point. That's how I feel about one movie that is sort of time travel and sort of paranormal (I'll put it in spoiler text here: I'm talking about a certain horror movie in which a boat, dead seagulls, and a little boy all play major roles--Triangle.)

I liked the "short hop" time-travel of Edge of Tomorrow, and I thought that the movie was very smart in the way that it showed how the characters built and learned from their previous ventures.

Timecrimes is really solid with the time-travel, but the movie itself was so depressing and misanthropic (and mildly exploitative in my opinion) that I rarely recommend it or ever want to rewatch it, despite its technical proficiency.

I think that Frequency managed a nice twist on time-travel plots. The horror-comedy Detention has some hilarious moments involving time-travel.

I'm also a big fan of the low-key sci-fi/romance Happy Accidents.

Edge of Tomorrow is EASILY one of my favourite time travel movies!!! Very well done!

It's a narrative devise that can make or break a movie. I find if it's done well it works well and regardless to whether is the march to the inevitable (my thought is linear...) or the things can change (non-linear) it can work, but it has to be done well. I suppose that's a pretty silly caveat, as the same can be said about essentially any type of plot devise.?
Aug 13, 2017 9:07 PM