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Wow... What an opening night!

Houston comes back over the Warriors and that Boston Game! Good god.?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zouWkSXxpGs

Absolute worst way to open a season!
Oct 18, 2017 11:54 AM
Tip off Tuesday night!!! Gonna be some good games!
Oct 17, 2017 6:22 AM
No Face
James MacKinnon
Matt Norcross
James MacKinnonAs embarrassing as it is.... I'm a Laker fan... I know their season will be terrible, but I'm hoping it will be slightly better than last year.?

On the upside I can't wait to watch Golden State again this year along with the Twolves and Celtics! gonna be an interesting season!

Shaq, baby!!! I remember him playing for the Lakers like it was yesterday.

Been a Lakers fan ever since Kobe started with them...?

This year there are legitimate rays of hope. All I ask for is to be around 30 wins by the end of the season... Let me believe they're making SOME sort of progress =/

The Lakers seem to have this bizarre combination of low expectations and exaggerated expectations this year...mostly a function of the whole Lonzo/Lavar thing thing...
I think they'll be entertaining and do quite well- probably in the high 30s in terms of wins.

I like BALL as a player... Hate the circus that his father brings to the picture. I'd be happy with 30 wins on the nose the way things have gone the last couple years. Anything beyond that would just be gravy!
Oct 15, 2017 7:34 AM
Matt Norcross
James MacKinnonAs embarrassing as it is.... I'm a Laker fan... I know their season will be terrible, but I'm hoping it will be slightly better than last year.?

On the upside I can't wait to watch Golden State again this year along with the Twolves and Celtics! gonna be an interesting season!

Shaq, baby!!! I remember him playing for the Lakers like it was yesterday.

Been a Lakers fan ever since Kobe started with them...?

This year there are legitimate rays of hope. All I ask for is to be around 30 wins by the end of the season... Let me believe they're making SOME sort of progress =/
Oct 14, 2017 12:37 PM
As embarrassing as it is.... I'm a Laker fan... I know their season will be terrible, but I'm hoping it will be slightly better than last year.?

On the upside I can't wait to watch Golden State again this year along with the Twolves and Celtics! gonna be an interesting season!
Oct 13, 2017 9:15 PM
Just can't believe that it's done so poorly in terms of revenue... It's been a veritable famine at the theatres this year and people STILL didn't go see this?! What the hell!
Oct 10, 2017 1:08 PM
Puffin Nubbins
FiverI have a concealed carry permit, and most people who do don't practice as much as I do...im still not a good rapid fire shot out past 10 yards.

Why? Because I'm not Rambo. I don't want to save the day. It is for the protection of my family. In a dangerous situation my plan of action is escape, evade, hunker down and hope I stay quiet enough to keep my wife and daughter safe. THEN draw my gun.

If I were forced to draw due to a blindside attack like a mugging (and not even that. They can have my fucking wallet. I'm broke), it's basically dump my rounds center mass while I piss myself and backpedal as I snarl my war-cry, "ohshitohfuckohshitohfuck!"

I don't buy into the Sheepdog mentality. The idea is that there are wolves (criminals) and there are sheep (everyday people who are potential victims). Sheepdogs are people who see themselves as front line defenders. Noble I guess, but I'm totally comfortable in saying that I am a well armed sheep and want absolutely nothing to do with being a hero.

Tl;Dr
The only way someone at that concert could have made a difference would to have brought a more powerful rifle with a good scope and a bipod and s very practiced skill set...along with his or her giant balls of steel as bullets rained down. No one is making a 400 yard shot with a carry piece.

The dude was Obi Wan. The concert goers were Anakin.

This is an exceptional case. When your average nutter starts popping off rounds in a shopping mall, that CC permit gives you an option that other people don't have.

That guns won't protect you from asteroids, car accidents, flesh eating bacteria, and nuts with rifles firing from an elevated position doesn't mean that guns serve no purpose. If they didn't the question would not be why civilians have guns, but why cops and soldiers have guns.

They had a great bit on the daily show where Jordan Klepper got his concealed carry permit then "tested" the good guy with a gun scenario at a training center where they were doing active shooter training with law enforcement officers. It went comically wrong. I'm sure he played it up more than he had to, but by and large more guns at the scene is usually not a good thing.

Hell look at the Dallas shooting at that rally. There were people with AR15's wandering around and when the shooting started they panicked and ran like most other people. I'm not faulting them at all, most people would do the same thing... But by bringing that gun somewhere like that you're just making 1 more thing that police have to deal with.?
Oct 6, 2017 12:21 PM
Incidents like this terrify me. It sounds clich? but it makes me glad I live in Canada. I can't pretend we're immune to gun violence, as we're not, but it's nowhere near the scale it is in the states.?

I remember reading statistics from a few years back that said the US averages 150 mass shootings per year. They quantified a mass shooting as any shooting with 3 or more victims.... That's insanity!

I don't know what the reasoning for the high levels of violence are and I can't pretend to be a gun expert. That being said I am totally opposed to these carbine style rifles being available to the general public. In my mind they're in the same category as hand guns. They have 1 purpose... Killing people. They more of these weapons are made/available the more they fall in to criminals and lunatics hands.?

I've trained with a variant of the AR15... It's an insanely accurate and powerful tool. Absolutely terrifying to think what you could do with one of those, especially with several hundred rounds. I just hope that all the victims have a speedy recovery and the deceased families can find some semblance of peace after this. I can't imagine what it would be like to go through something like this.?

An odd side note, my family all lives in the Jasper Alberta area. One of the deceased Canadians (4 of them in total) was from the town of Jasper. She was friends with my sister. Small world I suppose...
Oct 4, 2017 6:31 AM
38 reviews, 1 fresh.... sitting at 3% now. I sense a turnaround coming!!!
Oct 2, 2017 3:05 AM
Janson JinnistanI wonder how many people chose not to make that joke already.

*please golf clap*

I liked it! The joke... not the horrible horrible remake...
Oct 1, 2017 6:11 AM
Feuer und Eis
Morris Schaeffer
James MacKinnon
B.A.Baracas98% with 42 reviews in. You guys think Ford might have tried in this one?

I doubt it. He's kinda past that stage of his career. I still think my favourite thing ever was when David Blane did the magic trick in Ford's kitchen. His response was classic Ford!


Well, this is what Empire Magazine UK, the UK's #1 movie publication, writes about Ford:

[font="Helvetica Neue", Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, sans-serif]"And if you think Ford is on easy territory as yet another timeworn version of a classic character he could play in his sleep, think again. This is possibly the best performance of his career, Deckard?s situation testing the veteran actor in ways we?ve rarely seen before.?[/font][font="Helvetica Neue", Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, sans-serif]Villeneuve must be fearless, to have been willing to push Ford like that."[/font]

I figure it comes down to the fact that Deckard will have more emotional dimensions in this film. In the original, he was somewhat of a neo-noir caricature of a protagonist. It did work for the original despite that fact, because the overwhelming futuristic vision of LA needed a relatively "standard" guide for the audience.

Genuinely excited for this. The reviews do nothing but encourage me to go see this.?
Oct 1, 2017 1:31 AM
The polar opposite of Bladerunner... 33 reviews, all rotten...
Sep 30, 2017 8:24 PM
B.A.Baracas98% with 42 reviews in. You guys think Ford might have tried in this one?

I doubt it. He's kinda past that stage of his career. I still think my favourite thing ever was when David Blane did the magic trick in Ford's kitchen. His response was classic Ford!
Sep 30, 2017 6:54 PM
Feuer und EisI know Kermode has been recently pimping his decades old documentary on the original, but now is a good time for the uninitiated to take a look at it. A good "Blade Runner for Dummies" introduction before they dip their feet into this universe. I don't mean that in a negative way either. Plenty of good alternative theories from both cast and crew in that documentary. Plus, a background check on Dick's influences for the source material. There's also a comprehensive shot for shot analysis of the film from a user here on RT. Why hasn't that been finished/resurrected?

Based on the initial strong reviews, I don't see how those not familiar with Blade Runner are going to fully comprehend what's going on. I'm just grateful we have a worthy successor to the throne.

It'll be interesting to see which way the show goes with it's "theory" run.?

I imagine they'll address a few, but suppose I'll have to wait and see. I have to go rewatch the original again... Been a few years since I've seen it.?

Sep 30, 2017 1:49 AM
With just over 30 (34 at time of writing) reviews! Gotta say that I'm surprised and relieved by this. Been looking forward to this one for awhile.

Let's see if the reviews stay positive as more roll in.
Sep 29, 2017 3:24 PM
The GuySure, Hernandez showed violent tendencies from a young age, but it is worth exploring how CTE may have contributed to them.?

There is no doubt that football is a violent sport, we've all heard the horror stories of players reaching middle age and basically becoming crippled, but in a league where it just so happens that 90% of players' careers end before they reach their retirement and health benefits is the league doing enough?

Not to mention the fact that they have some of the most relaxed drug testing policies of any major sport - you cant tell me that steroids dont play a factor in how much bigger and stronger players are now then they were 40 years ago.

It's not just football. It's contact sports in general.?

The same argument can be made for hockey players. Again I'm not saying that CTE didn't play a part in his terrible terrible personality. But to say that it's the? "cause" minimizes his personal demons. It'd be like saying that everyone who has a concussion or CTE turns out to be a killer. It's just not that simple. You can not blame the disease (or condition in this case I think...) for his actions.?

I think the NFL is doing what is reasonable, and as I said before I'm of the opinion that these men go in knowing the risks. They also know that they will be GREATLY compensated for these risks.?

Hell if you're gonna feel sorry for athletes that get destroyed look at combat sports like boxing and MMA. Essentially every shot those men take to the head undefended is a concussion. The vast majority of fighters make less than 100k a year, only when they really break out do the "money fights" start rolling in.?

Sep 23, 2017 6:50 PM
I'm always conflicted on the whole CTE/NFL should do more discussion.?

Part of me agrees that the league SHOULD do more to limit concussions and other head/brain injuries. I think they've made some strides, but at the end of the day any contact sport is dangerous, and there's only so much the league can do before it changes the game completely.?

But when I hear about former players complaining and wanting to sue the league I have a hard time jumping on that bandwagon. Those men made hundreds of thousands (and some millions) of dollars a year. Were there risks involved? Absolutely! As someone who played football (nowhere near their level mind you...) I can say it doesn't take a genius to figure out that doing that for 15 years will wear your body down..

I find using THAT as an angle to sue the league for anyone related to this psychopath just sad. I think you'd be hard pressed to convince a jury that the reason he was a murderer was that he got a concussion or 2 in the NFL. As someone else pointed out. This guy was a violent asshole before he got in to the NFL.
Sep 23, 2017 7:00 AM
I don't think they've ever given it an official release date, though it was rumoured to be some time in November. Who knows. I just can't wait!!!!
Sep 22, 2017 10:34 PM
Feuer und EisIf the recidivism rate is near non existent for minor offenses, the system is winning. If it's low for major violent offenses, it's still winning, but at what price for the victims.The people whose voices are often drowned in the celebrity of such, for lack of a better phrase, piece of shit lunatics. ?All I can say is that Canada is doing something right if the prison population is low, and very few are returning. Maybe some sick fuckers are basking the glory of "That's all I got? Where's the book deals when I get out?" I dunno.

I think an ideal mix would be something similar to the American system for major offences (rape murder etc) but something similar to the Canadian system on the property related stuff (theft, mischief etc).?

I dunno. Just disheartening to see things like this.?
Sep 22, 2017 10:27 PM
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying the American system is the right way to go by any stretch of the imagination.?

The Canadian system works on lesser crimes (property offences etc) but for someone to serve 6 years in prison for slashing a man's throat then stabbing him 5 times THEN? stomping on his corpse... It just makes no sense to me.?

I understand what you're saying about crime rates being the lowest in decades, but that's kind of across the board if memory? serves correctly. I believe in general North America is at an unprecedented low (though I can't pretend to pay much attention to Mexico's crime rates...) since some time back in the 80's.?

That does not mean that we should still not be punishing people for their crimes. I understand what you're saying about the law being used as a "hammer" in these situations, but some times a hammer is what's needed.?

I can think of several examples in the last few years here in our small town where the sentencing side of things just completely let the community down. We had one file where a guy stabbed another guy in the heart, killed him in the street after the kid tried to run away. The guy was convicted of manslaughter and served 6 years in jail. We had a guy drinking and driving hit and kill 1 girl and cripple another... He was sentenced to 1 year probation. 0 jail time...

I get it, you don't wanna be locking people up for eternity for stealing a TV... I agree with that and I think the population at large does as well... But when you're letting murderer's go with THIS little time (there's usually parole at 2/3 of the sentence unless the person doesn't behave in jail as well =/) I think it just undermines the system.?

Sep 22, 2017 7:42 AM