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Re: What are you currently watching? Do you remember the 1966 Batman TV series? The ones with Adam West and Burt Ward and the biggest concentration of camp the human race has ever seen? The old episodes ran on Icelandic TV around 1990, and I loved it. Yesterday I watched the movie based on the show. The first ever Batman movie.

God, what a weird brain-blast. The absurdity, the constant, awful puns, the alliteration, everyone speaking like a weird poet, Batman's over-the-top Lawful Good-ism...

It's an incredibly weird movie to watch, but it's pretty awesome for it as well. I kind of admire how straight-faced West manages to be while saying complete nonsense in ridiculous tights.

Also, this is the movie that featured the legendary Bat Shark Repellent. (It was kept next to Barracuda Repellent, Whale Repellent and Manta Ray Repellent).

Honestly, I recommend giving this movie a look if you're in the mood for intentional nonsense.

May 30, 2019, 10:04:33 PM
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Congratulations Cupiscent - the thread about everyone's posts ;) @cupiscent 

Congratulations

On your soon to be 1000 post, I feel like some of my topics helped you out 😉 like this one. Did you ever feel that you would post so much here?

Welcome to your new rank Auror

May 31, 2019, 06:56:14 AM
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Re: What are you currently watching? About to start Chernobyl
May 31, 2019, 07:48:59 AM
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Re: What are you currently watching?
About to start Chernobyl
@isos81, prepare to be very confused in the first episode, but don't give up. I've watched 3 of the 5 episodes, and it's so incredibly harrowing :'(

May 31, 2019, 07:55:40 AM
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Re: Congratulations Cupiscent
And if @isos81

Post again he be a shadow op at 50 posts

See how I help people.

I'm a Shadow Op  8) Yaaaay :)

May 31, 2019, 08:28:22 AM
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Re: Congratulations Cupiscent Whose going to join me as a Dragonrider?

I feel my dragon is a Lich It’s the best  for a necromancer.

May 31, 2019, 08:58:28 AM
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Re: Congratulations Cupiscent Oh yay. Heh. Thanks. @Eclipse I certainly couldn't have done it with you! Or, really, all of everyone here. It's such a great crew to hang out and talk about great books with. Drinks all round!

Dunno about being an Auror though.  Sounds like waaaaay too much work. Can't I just sit in the corner and be a smartass instead? :D

May 31, 2019, 11:52:56 AM
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Re: Congratulations Cupiscent Oooh, I'm an Auror  too now!

May 31, 2019, 11:57:31 AM
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Re: Game of Thrones season 8 (with spoilers) I'm totally with Nora. At risk of triggering, and having read the comments with great intrigue, GoT has always been more hype than substance. Complaining of characters teleporting around is especially interesting since the very reason I gave up on the first book was illogical plotting and character movements. Catelyn in particular baffled me as to why or how she managed to travel to King's Landing only to be sent straight back home where she somehow bumps into Tyrion in a situation where one or the other is doing something entirely illogical for it to occur.

In terms of character motivations, those magical shades of grey--aka, a character without a clear motivation--I found nothing more head scratching than why Danaerys decided to go on a campaign for the Iron Throne, an object that she'd never seen, had no influence over the land she grew up in, was her brother's quest--a brother she outright dismissed in his entirety when she turned her back on him to let him die--and was arguably the source of all her misery. But power and birthright, I guess? Likewise the King's efforts to assassinate her seemed more a case of force plotting to create drama than any logical reason he had to fear she was going to depose him.

People attack this last season because GRR Martin thought it needed to go to 10. I don't doubt that. But he also said the book series was going to be finished in 3. Having wasted 800+ pages on the first book for it to ultimately go nowhere, I never thought he had an ending in mind, and nothing I've followed from the series since has convinced me that's the case. This is a magical story where winter is always coming but never actually arrives, and I believe he laid out in the opening when he stated there hadn't been a winter for centuries.
You can argue that in the course of a story you have diversions, but you have to question whether or not an author's grasping at straws to drag things out when you introduce a formerly dead Targaryen male five books in, just because you done fucked up by killing off the original male so you didn't have to deal with how his master plan of selling out his sister for a cavalry army to attack a fortified port city across the ocean would pan out.
Spoiler for Hiden:
It doesn't.

From my understanding the plot in the books has been coming apart since the third, and every TV series since 5 has been panned as 'disappointing'. Interestingly people here acknowledge how 1-5 was awesome, and 7 was a let down, but completely forget 6 even existed. People shouted down season 7 as 'filler to build to the big finale', and now they have that finale they're saying they need even more filler to bulk it out? The logic and reasoning behind the shock twist hooks never made any sense, they only worked early on because you put your faith in the creator that something WAS going to happen next as a result of them. 'Oh my God, the King just got killed by a random boar while hunting. How does this move things on?'

Then there are those who are now upset with the portrayal of women. I don't know if you're aware, but this was just how women were treated in medieval times. At least that's what's been drummed into my head whenever I've questioned this in the past. Then again, a famous American author once said of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' that if you want a bestseller make sure to sprinkle in a healthy dose of misogyny. Sex also sells hadn't you heard, so it's also not surprising that softporn in a primetime TV slot draws a lot of eyeballs. But no, it's all about those unbelievable characters and tight exquisite plotting.

At the end of the day people are entitled to enjoy what they like, and the deep analysis of character motivations even in this forum thread is a goldmine of interest, even if I think people are filling in the blanks. But that's the magic of stories. How they are interpreted is unique to each of us. As much as Martin's characters made me want to gauge my eyes out, I thoroughly enjoyed his world description. I still rate his scene with Eddard and the King in the crypt up there with the best I've ever read.

But yeah, it is what it is. GoT was never going to be the next LotR, because it never had the clear cut mission toward an ending from the get go. It was just a big fancy world made up of big fancy feuding families, most of which were probably copied from some obscure history book and renamed with odd spellings of real world names. But now it's done, winter succumbed to global warming, democracy won out and brought Starbucks to the kingdom, and now it's time to all move on to different things. Petitions to remake the series, attacks on the directors, using it to foreshadow the collapse of other franchises like Star Wars, all splashed in with GRR Martin love letters is taking the hype to an unhealthy level.
Spoiler for Hiden:
newsflash, Star Wars doesn't need GoT or its directors to run itself into the ground

May 31, 2019, 01:50:04 PM
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Re: Congratulations Cupiscent
Oh yay. Heh. Thanks. @Eclipse I certainly couldn't have done it with you! Or, really, all of everyone here. It's such a great crew to hang out and talk about great books with. Drinks all round!

Dunno about being an Auror though.  Sounds like waaaaay too much work. Can't I just sit in the corner and be a smartass instead? :D

We have many smart asses here. What we need are smart smart asses.
Oh, yeah, you pass!!  ;D

Are you calling me a smart arse @JMack ? or are you saying I have a nice arse?

May 31, 2019, 03:54:53 PM
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