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User Info: WhiskeyDisk

WhiskeyDisk
1 month ago#211
Also, just finished reading Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy. Loved it. Would recommend.

Like plot twists? This story is a chain. Made of pretzels. In a braiding machine. During a tornado.

And things don't even get weird until well into the second book. The first one just seems like a standard, garden variety fantasy novel. Oh no, strap in. It's going to be one hell of a ride by book 3.

I get the comparisons to ASoIaF, but GRRM keeps so many threads in the air at once it's hard to keep track of without taking notes. Plus, there's a lot of dead ends and cast off threads in ASoIaF.

Abercrombie keeps it manageable to where every character is used, and every thread is stitched by the end.

I'm pretty damned impressed.
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I haven't seen Endgame yet, and have no intention of seeing it for like another couple weeks. I've actually successfully avoiding any and all spoilers so far - so long as no one explicitly blurts anything out in this topic, or starts discussing it without spoiler tags, I feel like I can dodge it.

Not using Facebook or Twitter helps immensely with that. Social media is generally garbage at all times regardless, but avoiding it now is super-useful.

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User Info: I_Abibde

I_Abibde
1 month ago#213
Made it to Endgame today. I enjoyed it, but ... it is high time, in my opinion, that movies of this length start having intermissions again. My bladder still hurts.
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User Info: Metalsonic66

Metalsonic66
1 month ago#214
I had issues with the pacing in Endgame. But maaaan. The high points were SO worth it.
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Today, I discovered something that shocked me to my very core, s***tering my sense of self-identity.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-x0RstYEGs



I've always prided myself on my vast store of useless pop culture knowledge, especially as it pertains to my beloved 80s. But I didn't recognize a single one of these shows!

And, I mean, I remember some really obscure s***. Like these shows!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na9_tBeDTK0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auQSRrk3IEE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_Pt9Sgjos4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp-Lcq1TNlI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRZWKfeN1u4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDFF9sIT6jE

I don't even know who I am any more!



Actually, I think I might kinda sorta vaguely remember that The Colbys was a thing. Though I don't actually remember it being referred to as Dynasty II.

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User Info: Zeus

Zeus
1 month ago#216
WhiskeyDisk posted...
I get the comparisons to ASoIaF, but GRRM keeps so many threads in the air at once it's hard to keep track of without taking notes. Plus, there's a lot of dead ends and cast off threads in ASoIaF.

Abercrombie keeps it manageable to where every character is used, and every thread is stitched by the end.


I kinda like having at least some dead ends, etc, since otherwise things seem too perfectly neat.

ParanoidObsessive posted...
I haven't seen Endgame yet, and have no intention of seeing it for like another couple weeks. I've actually successfully avoiding any and all spoilers so far - so long as no one explicitly blurts anything out in this topic, or starts discussing it without spoiler tags, I feel like I can dodge it.


As I may have mentioned, I inadvertently spoiled a bunch of things while just trying to find out which Avenger died. Granted, knowing that an Avenger dies is a spoiler in the first place kinda.

ParanoidObsessive posted...
I've always prided myself on my vast store of useless pop culture knowledge, especially as it pertains to my beloved 80s. But I didn't recognize a single one of these shows!


Wait, not even the Jim Henson Hour? I can't recall much about it, but I remember it being a thing.

At any rate, most of those "barely memorable shows" aren't memorable in the least >_> Although I will say I saw a DVD collection for Dads at Dollar Tree some months ago. Only watched the first 2 minutes of the video, will check the rest out when I get home.

ParanoidObsessive posted...
And, I mean, I remember some really obscure s***. Like these shows!


There are countless tv shows out there so.... idg the big deal.

ParanoidObsessive posted...

https://youtu.be/Q_Pt9Sgjos4


Vaguely remember that, especially the theme.

ParanoidObsessive posted...
I don't even know who I am any more!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiOP4D_b828
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User Info: WhiskeyDisk

WhiskeyDisk
1 month ago#217
Zeus posted...
I kinda like having at least some dead ends, etc, since otherwise things seem too perfectly neat.


Perhaps, but for the purposes of this story I would argue that the tight stitching is appropriate.
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I_Abibde
1 month ago#218
ParanoidObsessive posted...
I've always prided myself on my vast store of useless pop culture knowledge, especially as it pertains to my beloved 80s. But I didn't recognize a single one of these shows!


*sees William Katt*

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CyborgSage00x0
1 month ago#219
ParanoidObsessive posted...
The Prequel Trilogy was bad enough that anyone with standards was willing to fall back on the original trilogy and forsake the prequels... but it wasn't the mere existence of those movies that burned people out, it was the fact that they were terrible. Rejection of the prequels wasn't fatigue-based, it was quality based.

To emphasize this again,no one seems to suffer Marvel fatigue, despite getting about 3 films a years for years now.

Then again, to play Devil's advocate and offer a counter-point, part of that reasoning could be because audiences have known that all the films were building up to IW/Endgame for quite a while now, something basically unique in the history if film making, always giving audiences a reason to come back.

And there IS something to be said with Star Wars having 6 films in 30 years, and then 4 in as many come out. That transition IS pretty jarring, especially if it doesn't benefit from a planned giant build up, a la Endgame (and back when Disney boldly announced like 7 different SW films and TV shows before scrapping half of them after the TLJ reactions and Solo bombed, you kinda feel they might have been trying to recreate that Marvel mega-movie thread).

Don't get me wrong, anyone that has curiously glanced at my SW posts knows that I think all the recent films, minus RO can be jettisoned into the sun, and that I have very little faith that IX can salvage the series at this point. Hell, I never saw Solo, and never will. I don't want that characterization burned into my mind.
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User Info: WhiskeyDisk

WhiskeyDisk
1 month ago#220
Even the worst MCU movies are arguably better than the majority of the Star Wars movies outside of the Original Trilogy.

That's right. I said it. Thor: Dark World, Iron Man 3, and The Incredible Hulk are still better than 2/3 of the Star Wars franchise at this point.

How low the mighty have fallen.
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