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The prequels are good movies. Not great, but i think they are worthwhile and interesting in their own right, and honestly the original trilogy is placed on way too high a pedestal, even if they are pretty good movies too

Also, George R R Martin is kind of overrated as a writer. A lot of the things he gives other fantasy authors shit for are acutally not only present, but in some cases also prevalent in his own work, and whenever he tries to depict a non-white, non-european culture it ends up being a mess of orientalistic tropes, something that is not at all helped by how close paralells he tries to draw to real history

Metal Gear Solid 2 is a solid game whose pacing is awful and plot is a fucking mess at the end. Raiden is not nearly as bad as he's often said to be and he's a lot more interesting in MGS2 then the walking DEUS EX MACHINA BREAKDANCING CYBORG MURDER MACHINE he became in MGS4.

OTOH, Rose is really, really obnoxious though and the fact she's apparently Raiden's Perfect GF is kind of disturbing.

Ok I am gonna trigger some Westworld fans here, this show is not good. I am dissapointed, I was expecting something interesting but no, I get Blade Runner meets Terminator meets Cowbows and Aliens.

Seriously?! We are doing the whole, "Humans are flawed, Robotic Humans are the futurez." Skynet plot again?!

Honestly this just enforces my belief we should never make Synthetic Humans with self aware A.I.s at all, and I don't care of what value they possess.

I still occasionally find The Simpsons funny.

Mists of Pandaria was the best time period in World of WarCraft's lifespan, in spite of the stupid pandas.

Alien 3 is a pretty good horror movie. It's not on-par with its predecessors, but it's definitely not deserving of all the crap it gets.

Star Wars would be better if it didn't have the Force or lightsabers. Also, the Y-Wing is cooler than the X-Wing. Big whoop, wanna fight about it?

I honestly believe Star Wars is only beloved because of Episode V (which I can't deny is a good film). If it weren't for Star Wars Episode V, the whole series would be nothing in the modern day; sure, Episode IV would always have it's place in history (it helped revive the Film Industry, which collapsed in the late 60's), but it's nothing special, and people today would apply 'Seinfeld isn't Funny' to the film.

Batman Returns is shit

Rangaman:

  • The Saturn is a good system
  • Liking the Saturn is an unpopular opinion?

    OK, it's not as popular as the PS1/N64 or predecessor Genesis/Mega Drive, nor does it have the cult status of the Dreamcast, but it has its fair share of fans. AFAIK, most of the Saturn-related anger is directed at Sega for badly messing up its chances in myriad ways, not so much the console itself.

    Don did nothing wrong.

    I say this while not thinking I would leave my wife behind (here's hoping my wife would be smarter than this), but it's a wildly held belief that men should literally always be ready to throw his life away at a moment's notice.

    I admit, yes, the programming has got to me and I can't shake it. I did dumb things during drive bys that a 10 year old shouldn't think was his responsibility. But I realize how fucking dumb and sexist it is. We train men to be disposable, and the punch of this scene is "Look at this coward, he didn't throw his life away. What a non-male."

    And I know there's going to be a ton of people who think "It's not about him throwing his life away, it's about him being with his wife." or "They had a responsibility to the kid"

    Well, the wife that didn't value his life or safety at that moment as much as she did for the kid's life and safety. The kid didn't value their lives, either. He knew that he didn't know if he could trust them so he hid. As Husband and Wife, they have a responsibility to each other. This isn't the normal world any more. There isn't peace or civility. There are literal fucking monsters. There's waking up the next day and there's not.

    Like they said before they let the child in, they had a responsibility to protect those in that house, and they didn't. I don't think Don is a hero, and I still even admit, my programming makes me still label him a coward. But he's a coward with his head on straight about the new rules of the world. I don't begrudge him that.

    And before you think I don't value kids, I do. I also believe that if you can't help yourselves, you can't help anyone. They already had two elderly people to care for and a woman who was unhinged who wouldn't accept the fact that her boyfriend was dead. They were already struggling. All they did was kill the house.

    Batman & Robin > The Dark Knight Rises.

    Mad Max: Fury Road is not a good movie, and it baffles me this movie was even nominated for an Oscar.

    Samtemdo8:
    Mad Max: Fury Road is not a good movie, and it baffles me this movie was even nominated for an Oscar.

    I have to second this one.

    I also find myself endlessly puzzled by the popularity of the Nolan Batman films. The first was watchable enough, though nowhere near as good as Burton's, from there they went downhill fairly rapidly.

    Likewise, Wonder Woman wasn't all that good. It was watchable enough, but nowhere near as good as the praises it got at release and seems to get ever since. It certainly wasn't a disaster, it was no BvS, but it didn't seem to have much useful to say (at least nothing that wasn't grossly contradictory like "War, Bad!" Says the woman who comes from a warrior culture that apparently does nothing all day save prepare for war and she herself was created solely to kill the god of war, as well as anyone else that happened to get in her way, making her the apparent embodiment of her people's own personal war...) nor did it seem to add much to the mythos.

    Ditto for Rogue One. Again, I certainly wouldn't say it was bad, it was competent enough if, by its very nature, predictable, but it didn't strike me as being particularly good, interesting, or adding much of anything to the mythos. Honestly if it wasn't for the Darth Vader scene at the end there -- and even that wasn't as impactful as I expected given all the hoorah about it -- I can't imagine anyone even remembering much about it twenty minutes after leaving the theater.

    Then again, I also think that Nickleback, despite the internet's hate boner, is actually pretty good. Not great by any means, but a lot better than the ravening hordes -- most of whom only bah when the rest of the herd does anyway -- give them credit for.

    Myria:

    Samtemdo8:
    Mad Max: Fury Road is not a good movie, and it baffles me this movie was even nominated for an Oscar.

    I have to second this one.

    I also find myself endlessly puzzled by the popularity of the Nolan Batman films. The first was watchable enough, though nowhere near as good as Burton's, from there they went downhill fairly rapidly.

    Likewise, Wonder Woman wasn't all that good. It was watchable enough, but nowhere near as good as the praises it got at release and seems to get ever since. It certainly wasn't a disaster, it was no BvS, but it didn't seem to have much useful to say (at least nothing that wasn't grossly contradictory like "War, Bad!" Says the woman who comes from a warrior culture that apparently does nothing all day save prepare for war and she herself was created solely to kill the god of war, as well as anyone else that happened to get in her way, making her the apparent embodiment of her people's own personal war...) nor did it seem to add much to the mythos.

    Ditto for Rogue One. Again, I certainly wouldn't say it was bad, it was competent enough if, by its very nature, predictable, but it didn't strike me as being particularly good, interesting, or adding much of anything to the mythos. Honestly if it wasn't for the Darth Vader scene at the end there -- and even that wasn't as impactful as I expected given all the hoorah about it -- I can't imagine anyone even remembering much about it twenty minutes after leaving the theater.

    Then again, I also think that Nickleback, despite the internet's hate boner, is actually pretty good. Not great by any means, but a lot better than the ravening hordes -- most of whom only bah when the rest of the herd does anyway -- give them credit for.

    Its mostly because Max is the most purest example of a wooden actor and worse a wooden actor that barely has screentime of his own. Same with the rest of the "good guy" cast. I am most certain that Mel Gibson was a way better Max than whoever this guy was. And the plot felt like a Story where Mad Max was shoehorned in, not a story about Mad Max. You can remove Max and the movie would have been almost the same.

    I thought Wonder Woman was average, and you guys all know that don't think BvS was not the worse thing ever (I have read worse comics).

    Haven't seen Rogue One, but the protagonist was boring by the looks of her, aswell as the rest of the cast.

    Nickleback is just noise for me, something I here as background music in the radios.

    Samtemdo8:
    Mad Max: Fury Road is not a good movie, and it baffles me this movie was even nominated for an Oscar.

    ...You know, I could write an entire novel's worth if I was to go into all the ways I think this is true.

    (In fact, going by all the ranting on the subject I've done, here and elsewhere, I probably have already.)

    But to keep a very, very (very) long story short, my basic problem with it - aside from its apparent belief that explosions are an adequate substitute for telling a cohesive, compelling story - is that it seems to have been made under the impression that what made Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior good was Norma Moriceau's (admittedly amazing) costume designs and the abstract concept of people chasing a truck... as opposed to, you know, the personal journey of the titular character, from lawman to lawless, from someone standing for something bigger than himself to a simple misanthropic wanderer, feeding off others to get through the day, only to eventually discover that no man can in fact be, at the end of the day, an island.

    Oh, and to add another to my list of movie puzzlements, the last Spidey movie. Everyone seemed to love it, I just found it... Serviceable.

    The whole "Aunt May is sexy" thing passed into the creepzone long before they were done, Tony's on-again/off-again/on-again support was more than a tad inexplicable, and the whole "Spidey means well, but is a klutz" thing got real old real fast (depressingly similar to how Barry "On The Spectrum" Alan was (mis)handled in Justice League), but overall it was decent enough.

    It's just that for me personally if it wasn't for the car scene -- an admittedly amazing scene that was mostly carried by Keaton -- I would have pretty much forgotten the movie entirely twenty minutes after it was done.

    As with WW and Rogue One, not a bad movie by any stretch, but I'm at a loss as to why it was so near universally praised.

    Game of Thrones is an atrociously written TV-series and it is becoming more and more apparent that its' writers were saved by being able to draw on Martin's writing in earlier seasons. Once they had to do their own thing, they showed just how mediocre they are and have been consistently taking a shit on the strong foundation the first half of their show created.

    Gethsemani:
    Game of Thrones is an atrociously written TV-series and it is becoming more and more apparent that its' writers were saved by being able to draw on Martin's writing in earlier seasons. Once they had to do their own thing, they showed just how mediocre they are and have been consistently taking a shit on the strong foundation the first half of their show created.

    Is this proof that D&D were always mediocre writers and directors?

    David Beinoff's filmography:

    25th Hour
    Troy
    Stay
    When Nine Lives Rolls Over (as director)
    The Kite Runner
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
    Brothers.

    And D.B. Weiss never had any films at all so Game of Thrones was his debut as a Film/Television writer, although we has in Author of a Book called Lucky Wander Boy:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Wander_Boy

    Myria:

    Ditto for Rogue One. Again, I certainly wouldn't say it was bad, it was competent enough if, by its very nature, predictable, but it didn't strike me as being particularly good, interesting, or adding much of anything to the mythos. Honestly if it wasn't for the Darth Vader scene at the end there -- and even that wasn't as impactful as I expected given all the hoorah about it -- I can't imagine anyone even remembering much about it twenty minutes after leaving the theater.

    Honestly, for all it's flaws, The reason I like Rogue One is that 1.) It actually focuses on someone other then the Jedi and 2.) It's one of the few times we actually get to see the greyer side of the rebellion and not just the "Rebellion Good, Empire Bad" dynamic that almost every entry has that's getting really fucking boring.

    It's called Star Wars, but the actual war stuff seems to be lacking most of the time. At least Rogue One remembered "Hey, remember when this series was WW2 in space?".

    I also personally got a kick out of Tarkin being the main Villian in Rogue One, mostly because of Pragmatic Villiany(which already puts him ahead of most of the Empire, which seems committed to Stupid Villiany)and the fact I feel like at times that I'm the only one who remembers that he was the Big Bad in the first film and was one of the few people who could talk shit to Vader without getting murdered for it. Almost anyone else would get force choked for so much as looking at Vader the wrong way(or if Vader was having a bad day) but Tarkin was ordering him around and making disparaging comments about being a Force user.

    Dalisclock:

    Honestly, for all it's flaws, The reason I like Rogue One is that 1.) It actually focuses on someone other then the Jedi and 2.) It's one of the few times we actually get to see the greyer side of the rebellion and not just the "Rebellion Good, Empire Bad" dynamic that almost every entry has that's getting really fucking boring.

    I thought I was the only one that felt this way ... Rogue One is pretty much the only Star Wars thing I can think of that actually tackles mature topics with a mature degree of realism and intellectual curiosity. I mean the whole moral philosophy of Star Wars in general is so fucking babyish that naturally it fucks with everything else in the universe.

    Rogue One actually tackles mature relationships to morality in a chaotic and utterly massive galaxy. One that routinely requires cold bloodshed, routine sacrifice to get anything done, and perhaps the Rebellion isn't merely 'good' but merely a natural conflict of the galaxy. One that never really had one place of beginning, nor will ever really end for as long as you have people, good or bad, undermining all capacity to bring concepts of routine order to such a massive thing as a populated galaxy.

    That maybe the Rebellion is not a concept of moral propositions but simnply the natural friction such things as an galactic empire will just automatically have.

    And you know what? Maybe in a populated galaxy with shitloads of different cultures ... maybe, just maybe, we might see Rebels that are just arseholes to people, and the only reason why they're a Rebel is because they pay better, or they just simply hate the Empire for what it did rather than what it represents? Maybe have more criminal Rebels who fight for money in the conflict solely because the Empire broke up their criminal syndicate and there's money to be made in war regardless of where you are in it... who knows?

    The way the Rebellion is painted it's almost as if a religion or personality cult rather than any realistic idea of a whole bunch of people who simply don't like the Empire ort profit from tearing it apart, and maybe that's all the real reasons people will sign up to fight? Maybe Rebels just sign up for the three hots and a cot? Maybe because the Empire classed your gun smuggling operations, of which the Rebels were in receivership, as outlawed and you as fugitives ... so that naturally predicates your operations in protecting your trade against Imperials and the Rebels who now are your primary benefactors for your products and enterprise?

    I can't imagine Han getting all those goods in ANH was simply because the Rebels were gracious enough ... it's almost as if they might be used to enticing the service of more self-interested parties through actively rewarding working with them?

    Gee, IDK ... maybe an entire galaxy with alien species might not have uniform ideas of morality or uniform ideas for fighting or why one fights?

    Is it truly bad a rebel might expect a pay cheque for putting their lives on the line? Sure you can make arguments as to honour and liberation, but that doesn't feed you or your family or help you maintain the tools of your aggression or defence against the Empire. It's almost as if well paid soldiers attract decent talent to sign up ...

    Samtemdo8:

    Is this proof that D&D were always mediocre writers and directors?

    David Beinoff's filmography:

    25th Hour
    Troy
    Stay
    When Nine Lives Rolls Over (as director)
    The Kite Runner
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
    Brothers.

    Of all those, When Nines Rolls Over is the only thing that has a thoroughly positive reception, at 9,3 on IMDB. The rest of his work aggregates to slightly over 7. Now, IMDB averages is not the best measure of success, but this is also the man who wrote the train wreck of a plot that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine (which has an inexplicable 6,6 on IMDB) so it sounds about right. When your entire career in movies can be summed up as average, which is what the 7 actually translates too, much as with video games, I think the word Mediocre ("of only average quality, not very good") sums him up nicely.

    Samtemdo8:
    And D.B. Weiss never had any films at all so Game of Thrones was his debut as a Film/Television writer, although we has in Author of a Book called Lucky Wander Boy:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Wander_Boy

    Which should be enough warning signals for anyone to not let the guy become a lead writer for a highly prestigious series with an incredibly developed universe, written by one of the most prolific speculative fiction authors of the last four decades. After one book this guy decided that he was up to the task of adapting the magnum opus of the guy with this bibliography.

    To their credit I think D&D did a great job at adapting Martin's work into a TV-series. The first four seasons are still incredibly television and while they made some mistakes in those early seasons in terms of what they cut and merged, they managed to take this incredibly complex universe with enough characters for about a half dozen ensemble dramas and fit it into a functional adaptation of the the source material that was not only faithful but easy to approach for new comers. They deserve a lot of credit for that.

    That being said, the writing after Season 4 also revealed that neither of the two D's or their other writers have the writing chops to do ASoIaF justice. They bungle pacing, they fuck up characterization, they forget the very rules of the world that they established in previous seasons or they only inconsistently enforce them, they either forget about or fail to refer and reinforce the themes that earlier seasons established and show an increased reliance on brute forcing the narrative so that they can hit the plot points they want to hit to set up the final season (as best exemplified by S7E6 and its' unending barrage of contrivances, disregard for internal consistency and pure idiot balls going around). These are all signs of mediocre writers who are in way over their head.

    Cersei Lannister is a stronger character and far more deserving of final victory in Game of Thrones than Daenerys Targaryen will ever be.

    Gethsemani:
    Game of Thrones is an atrociously written TV-series and it is becoming more and more apparent that its' writers were saved by being able to draw on Martin's writing in earlier seasons. Once they had to do their own thing, they showed just how mediocre they are and have been consistently taking a shit on the strong foundation the first half of their show created.

    I find that a lot of people are liking the series less and less, especially because of the seemingly mindlessly implemented levels of all kinds of violence later in the series. In short, I agree with you, but suspect that this is not as unpopular an opinion as you think.

    Myria:
    I also find myself endlessly puzzled by the popularity of the Nolan Batman films. The first was watchable enough, though nowhere near as good as Burton's, from there they went downhill fairly rapidly.

    The second is the best but it was carried almost entirely by Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker and would have been unremarkable otherwise. The third was a convoluted, obvious, unholy mess and Bane sounded like Sean Connery huffed a whole cylinder of nitrous. Frankly, fuck Nolan. He's easily the most overrated director working today.

    As for my unpopular opinion, Uncharted is not a particularly good series. Big, noisy, dull set pieces that involve hardly any input followed by mediocre shooting sections. And almost none of the characters are likable or interesting, though the guy who voices Sully does a pretty good job. 4 is, in my humble opinion, the only good one and that's only because they managed to make the shooting sections not terrible and finally figured out how to do stealth properly.

    I've never understood the almost cult-level worship of the original heavy metal acts such as Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Dio, Black Sabbath and so on. Yeah, like Godfather or Citizen Kane they were pioneers, but since then others have done everything they did better, and with more skill and passion. Especially the rabid frothing at the mouth for Metallica just annoys me. When did they last make an album that was universally agreed to be even good? The early 90s?

    Also, I have hated more Quentin Tarantino movies than I've liked. Kill Bills both 1&2 (more 2 than 1), Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds are all insufferably indulgent, full of themselves, smug, boring film geek wankery. Django Unchained and Reservoir Dogs were both fine, Pulp Fiction I found kinda meh, and I haven't seen Jackie Brown or The Hateful Eight. It just annoys me how everyone and their dog seem to cream and crap themselves simultaneously when he makes a new movie.

    bartholen:
    I've never understood the almost cult-level worship of the original heavy metal acts such as Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Dio, Black Sabbath and so on. Yeah, like Godfather or Citizen Kane they were pioneers, but since then others have done everything they did better, and with more skill and passion. Especially the rabid frothing at the mouth for Metallica just annoys me. When did they last make an album that was universally agreed to be even good? The early 90s?

    Also, I have hated more Quentin Tarantino movies than I've liked. Kill Bills both 1&2 (more 2 than 1), Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds are all insufferably indulgent, full of themselves, smug, boring film geek wankery. Django Unchained and Reservoir Dogs were both fine, Pulp Fiction I found kinda meh, and I haven't seen Jackie Brown or The Hateful Eight. It just annoys me how everyone and their dog seem to cream and crap themselves simultaneously when he makes a new movie.

    EDIT:

    In case of metal, it's probably cuz all those bands were "trendsetters" or were playing follow-the-leader. Which does not make sense as every band, singer, rapper, or artist always has influence or inspiration from somewhere. Though me personally I never like Metallica, always found them to be assholes. Especially when it came to digital distribution of their songs.

    Quentin Tarantino I just found okay and not all of his movies I like. That said, ever since the Harvey Weinstein situation came to like and an audio tape (from Howard Stern) reveal his thoughts about the guy. It shows that even Quentin wasn't all that there to begin with. Yeah the situation has nothing to do with the man's work, but at least a hint that something was off about him.

    Why I understand that Citizen Kane is a classic, I think it's just an alright movie. Even for its time. It didn't get much recognition. Honestly, the only reason there's so much love for this movie is so every movie critic and wannabe filmmaker want to have some form of street cred or get their genitals sucked from the other critics. And speaking of Godfather, I think three is a good movie. Every Godfather had its flaws, and Godfather 3 is no exception, but I think people went overboard on the hate.

    Titanic is James Cameron's worst film. While Avatar is his second worst film. Also it's nothing more than just a hyped up, two and a half hour tech demo. The Na'vi are all unsympathetic jackasses, and when you get down to it this film was done better back in 1999. It's called Princess Mononoke.

    Avatar The Last Airbender had a good third season. It wasn't perfect, but with some of these fans, you believe that the season shot their family. It's gotten to the point where some fans pretend at the third season of Avatar never happened. I love the show with all my heart, but it ain't perfect had its own flaws. Even season 2 for all it got right, had plenty that was done wrong. Not to mention, season 3 wasn't the only season guilty and dropping plot points or certain story elements ending anti-climacticly. If anything, the comic adaptions that came later are a sign of when things started going downhill for the show. I don't know what it was with Mike and Brian, but the weird writing directions they took in the comics make almost next to no sense. They were making mistakes and doing things you would find in bad fanfiction. Unfortunately this would continue into Legend of Korra.

    As the years gone on, I start to like Legend of Korra less and less. Moreso seasons 1 and 2, but even in seasons 3 & 4, there are a whole bunch of things that frustrate me. Suyin Beifong is a terrible character. Selfish, hypocritical, and vain. Kai was a character that can go fuck himself, even if they did fix him in season 4. Similar to Aang, they turned one of my favorite characters into an emotionally abusive and neglectful mother that played favorites with her children. It made Lin Beifong, all the more likeable and sympathetic.

    Instead of moving forward and doing things differently, I can't help but feel that Legend of Korra was trying to just copy the formula over again and claimed being different. Not to mention, all of the pointless retcons nobody was asking for; and that the universe felt more like a bizarro alternate reality, instead of a bona fide sequel to Avatar The Last Airbender. And then they to retcon things in seasons 1 & 2, only to be retconned in season 3 and 4 to make more sense. I know there's a comic book side story of sorts being done by Dark Horse Comics, and I'm barely looking positive towards it. It took place during when Aang was still Avatar, but takes place after all the other comic sequels. I just know Mike and Bryan aren't going to be directing the writing so hopefully there be some good out of that. I don't care much for the Legend of Korra comic, so I have no interest in that.

    There's also the fact that Asami and Korra pairing was an ass pull at the end of the day. If anything, that pairing was done to seem progressive, but now it's made the show age worse. Because there are kid shows I have seen, that done homosexual or lesbian pairings better and more thoughtfully. See Loud House or Steven Universe. It's appearing edgy for the sake of appearing edgy instead of telling a good story. Which when you think about it, was Korra's main problem the whole time. It wanted to act like it wasn't a kid show out of insecurity in the claim to be more adult. When it was quite the opposite.

    I never liked Inception. I will praise a visual effects, but Christopher Nolan has a problem of "show, don't tell". He relies way too much on exposition instead of letting the audience figure out from themselves. I know not everybody can get a smart movie, at least get her an audience a freaking chance to figure it out. It doesn't help that movies like Dark City, which he took his inspiration from and is a fan of, and Existenz did those ideas better. Hell, even Evil Within 1 and 2 took his concept to better heights than Inception.

    Black Lagoon is a cynical, overly edgelord, poor man's piece of crap version of Cowboy Bebop. And Revy can be thrown into a dumpster fire for all I care. There I said it.

    bartholen:
    I've never understood the almost cult-level worship of the original heavy metal acts such as Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Dio, Black Sabbath and so on. Yeah, like Godfather or Citizen Kane they were pioneers, but since then others have done everything they did better, and with more skill and passion. Especially the rabid frothing at the mouth for Metallica just annoys me. When did they last make an album that was universally agreed to be even good? The early 90s?

    Also, I have hated more Quentin Tarantino movies than I've liked. Kill Bills both 1&2 (more 2 than 1), Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds are all insufferably indulgent, full of themselves, smug, boring film geek wankery. Django Unchained and Reservoir Dogs were both fine, Pulp Fiction I found kinda meh, and I haven't seen Jackie Brown or The Hateful Eight. It just annoys me how everyone and their dog seem to cream and crap themselves simultaneously when he makes a new movie.

    I prefer the first 3 Tarantino movies over his more whackier latter ones. Kill Bill Part 2 was the better one.

    As for Metal, eh all of them are good with good tunes.

    Dragonball Z has never made sense to me. The appeal. Most things I can kind of understand the reasons why others would enjoy, however adult people who's opinions I would otherwise respect seem to be quite into it, but it's like it's written by little boys who are trying to one-up each other in the playground in a manner that would otherwise be perceived as overcompensating if they were anywhere close enough to puberty to conceive the mere possibility of such insecurities. Was it a kind of US childhood phenomenon that has basically seeded sufficient nostalgic roots in the common psyche to maintain itself throughout adulthood? Or is there some deeper level of storytelling that belies itself to my uncultured unadapted mind?

    Xsjadoblayde:
    Dragonball Z has never made sense to me. The appeal. Most things I can kind of understand the reasons why others would enjoy, however adult people who's opinions I would otherwise respect seem to be quite into it, but it's like it's written by little boys who are trying to one-up each other in the playground in a manner that would otherwise be perceived as overcompensating if they were anywhere close enough to puberty to conceive the mere possibility of such insecurities. Was it a kind of US childhood phenomenon that has basically seeded sufficient nostalgic roots in the common psyche to maintain itself throughout adulthood? Or is there some deeper level of storytelling that belies itself to my uncultured unadapted mind?

    EDIT:

    Dragon Ball Z is one of those stories that age worse with with time. The power level Gap, the useless of upgrades, and gimmicky power ups that don't mean anything by the next season. It doesn't help that a lot of Shonen shows of copy DBZ's worst trends. Hell, it's why I avoid most shounen shows. The only shounen show recently that has gotten my interest is My Hero Academia. And that's because it avoids that usual Shonen tropes. Shows like it and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, at least involve some type of strategy. It's more about outwitting your opponent than freaking power levels or buffing up. Even one of my favorite anime, YuYu Hakusho, suffered from power-upitis around the fourth season. Luckily, that was the last season and the show knew to end. It doesn't help that even Team Four Star stuff is better than the canon. And they're huge Dragon Ball fans. Akira Toriyama is definitely not a good writer, and is known for pulling stuff out of his ass constantly. It's why I would never watch Dragon Ball Super, a glorified fanfic that is somehow worse than GT.

    Might as well throw my two cent into the ring.

    Black Panther was just OK, not the best Marvel film to come out recently, in fact I got more enjoyment out of Spider Man Homecoming since at least Homecoming didn't make me cringe by using an outdated meme as a joke. Plus I feel that some people's personal politics get in the way of the film's quality.

    Outlaw Star was a better sci-fi western anime than Cowboy Bebop and CB only got as popular as it did because it came out at the right time and had a good dub. Anything else about it was very meh.

    I think Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7 was a pretty good game.

    CoCage:

    Xsjadoblayde:
    Dragonball Z has never made sense to me. The appeal. Most things I can kind of understand the reasons why others would enjoy, however adult people who's opinions I would otherwise respect seem to be quite into it, but it's like it's written by little boys who are trying to one-up each other in the playground in a manner that would otherwise be perceived as overcompensating if they were anywhere close enough to puberty to conceive the mere possibility of such insecurities. Was it a kind of US childhood phenomenon that has basically seeded sufficient nostalgic roots in the common psyche to maintain itself throughout adulthood? Or is there some deeper level of storytelling that belies itself to my uncultured unadapted mind?

    Elise, Dragon Ball Z is one of those stories that age worse with with time. The power level Gap, the useless of upgrades, and gimmicky power ups that don't mean anything by the next season. It doesn't help that a lot of Shonen shows of copy DBZ's worst trends. Hell, it's why I avoid motion and shows. The only shown in Show recently that has gotten my interest is My Hero Academia. And that's because it avoids that usual shown in tropes. shows like it and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, at least involve some type of strategy. It's more about outwitting your opponent than freaking power levels or buffing up. Even one of my favorite anime, YuYu Hakusho, suffered from power-upitis around the Four Season. Luckily that was the last season and the show knew to end. it doesn't help that even Team Four Star stuff is better than the canon., and they're huge Dragon Ball fans. Akira Toriyama is definitely not a good writer and is known for pulling stuff out of his ass constantly. It's why I would never watch Dragon Ball Super, a glorified fanfic that is somehow worse than GT.

    If you're looking for a good action anime with a focus on strategey, try Hunter X Hunter 2011. Plus it has one of the better power/magic systems in anime.

    CoCage:

    Dragon Ball Z is one of those stories that age worse with with time. The power level Gap, the useless of upgrades, and gimmicky power ups that don't mean anything by the next season. It doesn't help that a lot of Shonen shows of copy DBZ's worst trends. Hell, it's why I avoid motion and shows. The only shown in Show recently that has gotten my interest is My Hero Academia. And that's because it avoids that usual shown in tropes. shows like it and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, at least involve some type of strategy. It's more about outwitting your opponent than freaking power levels or buffing up. Even one of my favorite anime, YuYu Hakusho, suffered from power-upitis around the Four Season. Luckily that was the last season and the show knew to end. it doesn't help that even Team Four Star stuff is better than the canon., and they're huge Dragon Ball fans. Akira Toriyama is definitely not a good writer and is known for pulling stuff out of his ass constantly. It's why I would never watch Dragon Ball Super, a glorified fanfic that is somehow worse than GT.

    That is quite a helpful provision of information, thankyou. That writer's name has come up before I believe in ways that were also not very flattering, now it makes a bit more sense as the pieces fall into place. Still, if it pays the bills for him, there's not much incentive to improve. Was not aware it was part of a larger genre. Kind of assumed it was a solo act

    Food is a medium, right? Well, today it is because I gave one of the Internet's favorite and most meme-able foods yet another try today, and I've decided: I hate tacos.

    Specifically hard shell tacos; second only to the coconut, I don't think a more inconvenient food has ever been conceived since the invention of mastication. Whose brilliant idea was it to serve shredded cheese and lettuce on a bed of greasy, ground meat tucked into a thin cornmeal envelope that shatters like a window pane with the slightest pressure applied by teeth? I don't think I've ever eaten a taco that wasn't a messy pile of regret within 3 seconds of me trying to eat it. Bite it from the top? Great, a flavorless mouthful of razor-sharp cornmeal shards, cheese and lettuce. Bite it from the bottom? Grand, a greasy mouthful of corn mush and heartburn, oh, and let us not forget the ensuing avalanche of cheese and lettuce that comes to rest somewhere between the bridge of the nose and the corner of the eye. Just saying, if I was in a plane crash and stranded in the mountains with nothing to eat but Taco Bell tacos or the corpses of the deceased... well, of course I'd eat the tacos, but I wouldn't be happy about it.

    Samtemdo8:

    Its mostly because Max is the most purest example of a wooden actor and worse a wooden actor that barely has screentime of his own. Same with the rest of the "good guy" cast. I am most certain that Mel Gibson was a way better Max than whoever this guy was. And the plot felt like a Story where Mad Max was shoehorned in, not a story about Mad Max. You can remove Max and the movie would have been almost the same.

    But then again, Max Rockatansky has never been the star of any of the movies. Max is the quintessential type of Australian typecast of a central protagonist that suffers their world and is often left without any answers to address it. You could remove Max from the first movie, world still falls to the hypothetical 'societal collapse theory', nothing gets better, nothing is seen to improve, that was big in Australia during the 60s and 70s about 'cultural degradation'.

    George Miller was a conservative of Australian political dialogue of the 70s that believed without a strong cultural heritage (art, political conscience, etc) that Australia was destined to 'cultural annihilation' inthe age of the culture wars of the Cold War. That Australia was threatened as if by the idea of a dissolution of a desire to pull forward as one new society, to overcome and achieve a unified national image of itself.

    Basically all the progressives of Australian politics of the 70s were; "More art funding, but the young'uns are alright and need more native entertainment."

    Conservatives were like; "More art funding 'cos young'uns aren't alright and need civilizing."

    And George Miller being a doctor who saw the ridiculous road death tolls from drinking, recreational drug use, and then driving (and racing), wasn't exactly hung up on the idea Australian youth being okay. Having seen two of his friends die in a motor vehicle accident when he himself was young and a lot more rough and tumble, drinking and getting into fights himself.

    Max Rockatansky, much like Australian characters of the time, were swallowed up by the world that confronted them.

    They couldn't be traditional heroes, nor have traditional heroic typecast tales about them. The key themes of many Australian films at the time that separate them from other Western media, is the individual is largely nothing compared to the social forces that threaten them. Threaten them with insanity, barbarism and in a sense hopelessness unless there is a guiding hand. A unified desire to rise ourselves up collectively.

    If you want to see an active example of this, I suggest Wake in Fright. Probably the best piece of surrealist horror where cultural degradation itself is the primary motivator of the protagonist's fall from grace. Wake in Fright is just amazing. Like easily one of the best horror films ever made, which is 'horror' in terms of something very real could happen, but from the basis of an already maddening world where people do not collectively hold themselves to 'higher values of civilization'.

    It's hard to explain why it's so good without watching it. It's brilliant, and also sums up a lot of fears politicians had as to the conditions of their still very recent nationhood. Watch Wake in Fright, and you get Max Rockatansky. There is a reason why even during the Cold War, the first Mad Max has fuck all to do with nuclear war. Because that wan't actually the biggest fears Australian politicians had. That was an addition of later films.

    There is also why there was a big push during the 60s and 70s to show Australian actions during both World Wars. Because definitively these were moments which the Australian government could point to and construct the narrative as to the possibilities of a nation pulling towards some idea of universal 'greatness'. Also why roughly at this same time you had a whole lot of politicians pushing the idea that Australian independence was born not on 1901, but in 1915 ... as Australia firmly entered the world stage and shaped world geopolitics.

    Speaking of the problems ofthe film I found, however ...

    The core of it is how Fury Road is shot.

    In Mad Max 2, you had stunts that were long shots and were incredibly dangerous. And the stunt doubles knew it. You saw them wobble. You see active fear of; "Don't fuck this up or I die." So there is a palpable fear when leaping onto vehicles, and there were long shots that followed the entire event of boarding the truck.

    In Fury Road, the sheer number of action-schlock jump cuts diminishes this given the natural idea of showing real fear of the stunt doubles doing what they're doing has been ixnayed for simply the act of doing it, as if to highlight as if some inhuman like insanity makes it seem shot in a way that is schizophrenic.

    Though arguably you can't get away with the same stuff you used to concerning basic health and safety...

    Pirates 3 At World's End.

    I am starting to appreciate this movie.

    Why is it bad again?

    Samtemdo8:
    Pirates 3 At World's End.

    I am starting to appreciate this movie.

    Why is it bad again?

    Its not awful imo. The only problem is I find a little boring and the multiple Johnny Depp thing was kinda annoying/unfunny. That aside, I admire the scope of it, the battle was really good and the ending was nice.

    Its certainly better than On Stranger Tides and Dead Men Tell No Tales.

    American Hustle is overrated trite and David O. Russell is a hack.

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