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I don’t like football

Chelsea supporter, eh?


Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 23 May, 2019, 06:18:31 pm »
And Comicsgate.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 20 May, 2019, 11:25:44 pm »
SHAZAM! - feels less like a superhero movie and more like one of those YA adaptations of a book series you've never heard of, right up until it turns into a Disney Channel movie.  That sounds like I thought it was mince, but I enjoyed it.  The whole family angle feels cynically constructed (unlike the themes in all the other organic, arthouse superhero movies that get released), but is also something different for superhero movies and DC flicks in particular, which tend to favor snarky jackasses going it alone.  In my heart I sort of know that the execs just banged Superman and Deadpool together and then made everything PG13, but while this lasts it's pretty good fun.

News / Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« on: 19 May, 2019, 03:34:57 pm »
Coincidentally, I'm currently watching Knights of God, and my main takeaway is that the Welsh are a violent and unsentimental people who will do well after society collapses.  Their main source of entertainment will be hunting the English.

News / Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« on: 19 May, 2019, 01:41:26 pm »
Sounds good!  Any post-apocalyptic fiction that doesn't have yet more fucking zombies in it is fine by me.

Film & TV / Re: HBO Watchmen
« on: 16 May, 2019, 02:40:39 pm »
So instead of going "Hail Hydra" they go "tick tock"?  Genius.

Film & TV / Re: Years and Years
« on: 16 May, 2019, 02:37:31 pm »
I thought the bit where the bloke just ditched his spouse and drove like the clappers to bang some rando asylum seeker from a foot fetish scene earlier in the episode - because foot fetishism is something we can all relate to - was hilarious, but in retrospect I realise it was meant to be serious.

I found the "transhuman" stuff a bit cringe, creating a connection between body dysphoria and attention seeking that I am sure was not intentional, but it's hinted in the episode that the character also suffers from some sort of depression and/or mental health issues, which is basically Graham Linehan's whole justification for equating trans issues with mental illness.*  There's a strain of online TERF that's dismissive of young trans people and part of their schtick is to dismiss them as angry kids with anime avatars looking for attention, so the whole visual filter thing... I mean, I'm probably just reading too much into it.

Spoiler tags are here for a reason, so consider watching the show before continuing: RTD does Threads, then?  Be interesting to see how WARNING: RTD IN-JOKE INCOMING he imparts important plot points once the phones and tvs stop working, though a world without screens may be asking too much of a BBC audience so I suspect they'll remain a fixture and instead of Threads we'll get that Charlie Brooker sketch about Russell Brand being elected PM, only 6 hours long and without any jokes and yes I realise that's pretty much what watching any Charlie Brooker sketch is like these days.
Also a real danger of it just being a polemic about the working class being thick, but I suppose we'll see.

* he pretty much posts about the supposed connection 24 hours a day from what I can see, and it just reminds me that until fairly recently it was the consensus of the medical profession - and they backed it up with science - that gay people were mentally ill.

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 13 May, 2019, 11:44:20 pm »
If King's Landing hadn't been hoarding Wildfire in those children's hospitals, the collateral damage would have been much lower, but you fire tactical long range arrows into sovereign territory like Cersi did and you will be met with a proportionate response - unless you dragon-hating leftists are going to seriously argue that Daenerys isn't entitled to defend herself.  It's hardly Daenerys' fault that so many people in King's Landing were brainwashed by Cersi into getting in the way of that dragon, but then they don't value life like we do and they see dying as an acceptable cost to making the only legitimate democracy in Westeros look bad.

Film & TV / Re: Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Thread
« on: 10 May, 2019, 12:25:36 pm »
Taking your argument to its logical conclusion, did half of the jizz disappear from men's balls leaving them with one scrote full of ash?

Film & TV / Re: Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Thread
« on: 10 May, 2019, 01:06:51 am »
Finally saw it, and enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the other MCU movies.

First takeaway: Cap sat with his thumb up his hole on 911.  This to me says he thought America deserved it.
Second takeaway: Cap has made out with an immediate family member, so if nothing else they kept leaning into the Back To The Future references.
Third takeaway: nothing you do to the past matters because timey wimey stuff, and now that we have established this, Captain America it is very important you return the stones to their exact time and place in history because of causality and uhhhh stuff.
Four: Cap says "shit" now?  Wat.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 09 May, 2019, 02:21:58 pm »
Wikileaks has definately doxxed people over the years, but wasn't it the Guardian that was responsible for the doxxing during their collaboration with Assange?  They were in a rush to get their story out and didn't vet security information, causing the still-ongoing animosity between it and Wikileaks - the paper was recently caught fabricating a story about a meeting between Assange and Trump aide Paul Manaforte, so I think we can assume the honeymoon is over.

There's just something about Assange and Wikileaks that feels a bit off to me. It's just my gut talking, I can't put my finger on anything specific.

Well he's possibly a rapist so I don't really know that you have to think too hard about why you find him off, and I stopped following Wikileaks on Twitter because they kept posting autoplaying footage of atrocities that seemed more about self-promotion than raising awareness, though they've also doxxed the personal information of rape victims since then for some reason or other.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 May, 2019, 04:10:12 pm »
Everyone I've seen who has defended Assange has done so with qualifiers, even the patron saint of sensibles John Oliver.  I have seen literally one person argue Assange was a force for good, and that person was George "It doesn't count if she's asleep" Galloway.    How Assange is treated is not about Assange, it is about what we tolerate being done in our name and it's just as much a yardstick of our ongoing descent as everything else.

"subtlety may deceive you, integrity never will",  etc

Ah I'm an old fashioned snob, me, I like Shakespeare for the poncy quotes.  "The quality of mercy is not strained - it blesseth him that gives and him that takes."

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 May, 2019, 01:54:56 pm »
Does this mean Chelsea Manning deserves to be held without trial and tortured for showing solidarity with Assange?  I mean, if he's bad then she shouldn't be helping him.

It's not that we were past caring, it's that we voted people who only cared for themselves into power in the hope they'd do our caring for us.

No, I'm definately past caring.  Whatever comes next, we deserve it.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 07 May, 2019, 06:25:15 pm »
If someone in the future is reading this - possibly some form of cockroach tasked with deciphering the language of the people of the corpse pits - and are wondering why we didn't even bother commenting on the fact that the fourth estate failed so badly in its duty that its responsibilities were assumed by Pamela Anderson: it's not that we didn't notice, it's just that we were past caring.

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