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by Ender
2019-05-13 07:15pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: SUPERTHREAD: 2020 United States Elections
Replies: 428
Views: 84770

Re: SUPERTHREAD: 2020 United States Elections

There are an almost infinite number of ways that the situation could go wrong, but suggesting that a Biden Presidency, or a Booker or Harris Presidency, would be as bad as a Trump one does nothing to help. Its not accurate, and all it does is play into Trumper/Kremlin "Both Sides" narratives and Wh...
by Ender
2019-05-12 12:33pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Pelosi is worried Trump won't step down voluntarily if 2020 is a close race.
Replies: 75
Views: 12949

Re: Pelosi is worried Trump won't step down voluntarily if 2020 is a close race.

Frankly, this isn't even worthy to discuss unless it is backed by evidence that there is a substancial voting block at hand ready to start or "prevent" a coup. And a handful of white nationalist nutjobs who come on each other hoping that their re-enactment of 1984's Red Dawn comes true isn't "subst...
by Ender
2019-05-12 12:25pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Pelosi is worried Trump won't step down voluntarily if 2020 is a close race.
Replies: 75
Views: 12949

Re: Pelosi is worried Trump won't step down voluntarily if 2020 is a close race.

I reiterate: vote Democrat in the general, but in the primaries, you first consideration should now be: which candidates do I trust most to lead us in a civil war against Trumpism? I haven't given the question enough thought to say for sure, yet, but right now I'm leaning toward Pete Buttigieg in t...
by Ender
2019-05-12 12:08pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: SUPERTHREAD: 2020 United States Elections
Replies: 428
Views: 84770

Re: SUPERTHREAD: 2020 United States Elections

Biden, though unquestionably far better than Trump, I strongly question whether that is the case. Keep in mind, the worst case scenario is not 8 years of Trump. Trump is a fucking clown with a weak grasp over the party - he has largely bent to their will than the reverse. His low attention span and...
by Ender
2019-05-12 10:11am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Vader vs Obi-Wan fight fanfilm
Replies: 98
Views: 19843

Re: Vader vs Obi-Wan fight fanfilm

The prequels feels very different from the OT, because it is not trying to be the OT. The prequels have flaws, but I think the reason some of those fans latched onto the flaws is because they felt taken out of the movie. Also because it basically became a meme right at the start of YouTube movie ta...
by Ender
2019-05-12 10:03am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Vader vs Obi-Wan fight fanfilm
Replies: 98
Views: 19843

Re: Vader vs Obi-Wan fight fanfilm

Also, the seemingly positive response to this on Youtube from ST bashers tells me that the "Prequels/Disney ruined Star Wars" OT fanboys are often complete hypocrites, and at the end of the day, its not changes to the OT they care about, or flashy effects over substance, or character and story- mos...
by Ender
2019-05-10 10:20pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Vader vs Obi-Wan fight fanfilm
Replies: 98
Views: 19843

Re: Vader vs Obi-Wan fight fanfilm

I mean the strength of the OT fights doesn't come from the action, its the emotional resonance of it. In ROTJ when Luke comes tearing out of the dark to protect Leia and just goes completely apeshit on Vader, the action is goofy as hell - it looks like Luke is just beating Vader with a baseball bat....
by Ender
2019-05-09 07:37am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Vader vs Obi-Wan fight fanfilm
Replies: 98
Views: 19843

Re: Vader vs Obi-Wan fight fanfilm

I will say that the viscousness with which Vader strikes down Kenobi here feels more appropriate. The original is constrained by the effects of the time, and that it was a stuntman in an extremely heavy suit vs a classically trained 63 year old man. The fight is a lot of them striking at each other'...
by Ender
2019-05-08 08:39pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Vader vs Obi-Wan fight fanfilm
Replies: 98
Views: 19843

Re: Vader vs Obi-Wan fight fanfilm

definitely heavy modern influences, particularly the hallway scene in Rogue One

I get what they were going for using that music, but it really doesn't fit there.
by Ender
2019-05-06 10:19pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: You are adviser to the monarch of Westeros (RAR)
Replies: 12
Views: 3818

Re: You are adviser to the monarch of Westeros (RAR)

King Robert. The hard part of all of this is always the game of thrones itself. It is easy to list out social improvements, but the point is that you need to have a base of power and maintain that base against all comers. That means picking your allies, out maneuvering your enemies, etc. It is easy...
by Ender
2019-05-05 11:58pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: You are adviser to the monarch of Westeros (RAR)
Replies: 12
Views: 3818

Re: You are adviser to the monarch of Westeros (RAR)

King Robert. The hard part of all of this is always the game of thrones itself. It is easy to list out social improvements, but the point is that you need to have a base of power and maintain that base against all comers. That means picking your allies, out maneuvering your enemies, etc. It is easy ...
by Ender
2019-05-01 10:20pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Godzilla 2: King of Monsters
Replies: 6
Views: 3025

Re: Godzilla 2: King of Monsters

But, seriously, I think it was just a mater of the right people getting a hold of the rights to the francise, and then PAYING ATTENTION to what made the original franchise work. the Godzilla reboot is brilliant because it replaces the original analogy of nuclear holocaust with the idea that an esch...
by Ender
2019-05-01 10:17pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Godzilla 2: King of Monsters
Replies: 6
Views: 3025

Re: Godzilla 2: King of Monsters

Vendetta wrote:
2019-04-26 06:10pm
It took three goes, but America looks like it might pull off a really good Gozilla movie, a good anime adaptation and a good video game movie in the same year.

Who are you and what have you done with the real 2019?
Yeah, I saw the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer too
by Ender
2019-05-01 10:10pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: New Star Wars comic featuring Vader-obsessed fan girl causes controversy.
Replies: 30
Views: 8196

Re: New Star Wars comic featuring Vader-obsessed fan girl causes controversy.

Galvatron wrote:
2019-05-01 08:09am
Why let any of that stand in the way of clickbaity outrage though?
twitter is a markov generator with algorithms that bring the worst takes it generates to the top of the pile
by Ender
2019-05-01 10:09pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: New Star Wars comic featuring Vader-obsessed fan girl causes controversy.
Replies: 30
Views: 8196

Re: New Star Wars comic featuring Vader-obsessed fan girl causes controversy.

What's worse, though, is the contempt that seems to be present here, for the character and, by extinction, for many female fans as well as women who are drawn to abusive men. No. Let's be real clear here. This isn't "women are drawn to abusive men as empowering". This is "the power fantasy of these...
by Ender
2019-04-15 01:32pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: EP 9 teaser trailer
Replies: 192
Views: 36470

Re: EP 9 teaser trailer

The great heroes having no other avenue left and having to resort to such things might also be part of TLJ's playing with the conventions - showing the consequences and the no-other-choices people end up in, which discomforts and makes hard the happy-go-lucky power projection fantasies and escapism...
by Ender
2019-04-15 01:22pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: EP 9 teaser trailer
Replies: 192
Views: 36470

Re: EP 9 teaser trailer

I am also often troubled by the glorification of suicide attacks in media. But its pretty clear to me that in ESB Luke expected to die, and that it was pure luck that he didn't. And I don't see how Holdo ramming the Supremacy is all that different from that A wing pilot ramming the Executor at Endo...
by Ender
2019-04-15 07:28am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: EP 9 teaser trailer
Replies: 192
Views: 36470

Re: EP 9 teaser trailer

I think context is important when judging whether depictions of heroic sacrifices count as glorifying suicide. If it is depicted as tragic or a last resort, it is less problematic than if it is depicted as expected or redeeming of some past cowardice on the part of the sacrificer, at which point yo...
by Ender
2019-04-14 11:15pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: EP 9 teaser trailer
Replies: 192
Views: 36470

Re: EP 9 teaser trailer

I'll admit I read wholly different things from those events, considering Luke acknowledges how fucked up it was for him to try and kill Ben, and the "suicides to win" moments instead being acts of sacrifice so that others could live. The difference is made pretty stark as a concept when Leia dresse...
by Ender
2019-04-14 11:06pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: EP 9 teaser trailer
Replies: 192
Views: 36470

Re: EP 9 teaser trailer

I'd be fascinated to know from where you get those lessons in TLJ. or if you were asking where TLJ presents the usual star wars lessons about radical vulnerability, rejecting anger and fear, and trust and hope being greater than past hurts, the closest it comes is Luke's face off against Kylo. But ...
by Ender
2019-04-14 10:51pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: EP 9 teaser trailer
Replies: 192
Views: 36470

Re: EP 9 teaser trailer

Gandalf wrote:
2019-04-14 10:42pm
I'd be fascinated to know from where you get those lessons in TLJ.
the entire thing of everytime someone tries to do something bold it goes badly, Luke's attempt to murder Ben being presented in a morally grey stance, and Paige and Holdo's suicides to win moves.
by Ender
2019-04-14 10:35pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: EP 9 teaser trailer
Replies: 192
Views: 36470

Re: EP 9 teaser trailer

No. This is Star Wars. The reason that swashbuckling million to one chances payoff is not because of "genre conventions". It is because of The Force. The series bakes in that it functions a certain way to it's very world building, from the first movie on. Throwing out the core premise of every film...
by Ender
2019-04-14 05:31pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: EP 9 teaser trailer
Replies: 192
Views: 36470

Re: EP 9 teaser trailer

Amusingly, it took less than 24 hours for the Episode IX teaser to accumulate 4M more views than the Solo teaser currently has. The argument that Solo just wasn't that interesting (amongst all its other hurdles) to the general audience than the main saga is pretty firmly established I think. It wil...
by Ender
2019-04-14 05:25pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: EP 9 teaser trailer
Replies: 192
Views: 36470

Re: EP 9 teaser trailer

I'd say one problem with TLJ is that it uses typical framing for stuff like Poe of that suicide run to the point that details like how the suicide run was going to fail get lost in cliches like "this dangerous efforts looks like it's going to fail and a bunch of people think it will, but it just ab...
by Ender
2019-04-13 09:48pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: EP 9 teaser trailer
Replies: 192
Views: 36470

Re: EP 9 teaser trailer

Well, this entire mess could be blamed for the decision to dump 30+ years of expanded universe material. I'll wait for it to come out and watch spoilers then see it on Nexflix. I am just not vested in the series anymore. Eh, not really. Setting aside the logic there, kinda hard to say this is any w...