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D-Ray Kenobi

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  1. If you want to get a good litmus test of someone's character today, see how quick they are to bully a passionate sixteen year old rather than offering literally anything of value instead.
  2. Answer The Call was fun, but it was very forgettable fun. The leads in it actually did a good job to save it from totally being trash. McCarthy was a little too over the top, but Wiig and McKinnon killed with what lackluster material they had to work with. I'm super interested in what Jason Reitman is doing with this. He obviously will have no apologies for both going with his indie-talkie vibe or taking it to an entirely new space. Going a totally different direction with it makes me totally in.
  3. I'd be willing to put good money on Lady Trieu being Ozymandias's daughter.
  4. I watched it last week, I liked it a lot. Something about it seemed almost subdued compared to other Scorsese movies. His stuff on this same biographical or epic scale has seemed more kinetic or fast paced, it was a bit of a change up to see this purposefully take its time a lot of places. I think that slow burn worked well for the most part, but if this was something that I couldn't have split into two different nights, I think I would have gotten a little agitated by the long running time. That's really the only knock I have against it though. The tech worked great and made those scenes
  5. I'm in the boat that you should NEVER make your job your life. Unless you're somebody like Tank that earns a room in the Mount Olympus of your career path, you should work for yourself, not your employer. I can't tell you how many projects fell out of priority at any of my jobs, but most of the time I stick with my own projects and goals until they happen one way or another. I'm not exactly at my dream job, but I am working for my dream organization. I still honestly place a bigger priority on my travel and music festival hobbies.
  6. I'm betting that you already know what the answer is, I'm sure nobody here minds help encouraging you with it though. Back around 2013, I had to leave higher education. I'd worked there for about five years and I was blessed enough to get a lot done. I taught classes, managed a conference, was editor of the university homepage, all kinds of awesome stuff. But after that five years, I pretty much ran into a dead end. The President of the University left, politics got insane, and I just took the healthy option and took an online sales job in another town that allowed me to telecommute most
  7. There was also a quick little moment at the funeral where he thought he recognized her.
  8. That was kind of my guess. Being Mandalorian doesn't seem to mean there are uniform rules and traditions. It seems like each tribe, house, or whatever all have their own things unique to them.
  9. Not showing the main character's face at all through at least half of a season is a pretty bold choice for example. It's a testament to Pascal (and likely also a stand-in) that they can emote so much through a helmet, but that would have never been a sure thing.
  10. I'm loving it. If I had any complaint at all, it's that Clone Wars already did the whole Seven Samurai episode just as well. I did like that it provided some framework for Mando to let his personality out there a little more though. Gina Carano was really good in it, she had some fun stuff to do that showed she can both act and kick ass and isn't just a glorified stuntwoman. I've got no problem with it leaning hard into Kurosawa or Westerns, I'd only have a problem if it didn't do so in a way that Star Wars hasn't done already. Also I think it's naive to expect this show to take a lot of
  11. I liked The Irishman a lot. I'd give it a B+. I also thought the de-aging effects were awesome. There were maybe only two or three shots that I even remembered that it was a thing and didn't believe those guys weren't playing younger versions of themselves.
  12. The **** did I just watch? I loved it. But seriously WTF.
  13. My wife and I were traveling last week and I caught up on a ton of stuff I probably wouldn't have seen otherwise on the plane. Godzilla: King of Monsters C+ John Wick Part III A- Men in Black International D+ Aladdin B+ Booksmart B+
  14. I can understand misunderstandings in some more complex stuff in government. It's tough to keep track of all of the subcomittees and what they do for example. But I feel like people should have a basic understanding of some of the essential frameworks written in the Constitution. I remember years ago explaining to a family member that they didn't actually vote for a President, and instead voted for an elector in the electoral college. Their expression when I showed them proof was probably the same one as if tentacles burst out of my head.
  15. I work for the federal government these days, and it boggles my mind how out of the loop that even people here are on the process of this whole thing. The government almost shut down last week when funding would have lapsed, but an emergency Continuing Resolution stop-gap bill funded everything for thirty more days. We had some conversations in meetings about how the impeachment hearings were probably affecting the CR. I mentioned that even though the Senate likely wouldn't convict, I thought it was kind of inevitable that he'd be impeached in the House. Literally most of the room though
  16. I can't speak for everybody, but certainly can for us. Being married shouldn't make a difference. You should be able to hang out with both people, or either individually. Being married shouldn't mean that one person or both people have to fall within someone else's definition that they didn't consent to. This isn't really in reaction to the comments here, but more so to the general vibe I get from some people in all walks of life. Other than us living together and having the same plans and goals, it doesn't mean anything else to us at all really. I feel like people assuming that we do or
  17. It sucks, but I think it just takes compromise and sacrifice. There's a weekly meetup in my town of a lot of entrepreneurial types. I know if I committed and stuck around, I would probably find some cool people that I'd want to hang with regularly. The cost though, is breaking through a lot of schmoozing and convincing people to let their guard down and drop the facade they put on when they're in networking mode.
  18. So here's a problem that my wife and I have run into as we're starting to get on up there, it's just insanely hard to make and keep friends. Both of us decided years ago that we weren't going to have kids. We have an awesome niece that fills that whole thing in our lives, we keep her a lot so she's practically a part-time kid that's more than enough for us. But being kid-free has kind of ostracized us from a lot of our old high school and college friends that now have one, two or three in tow. Obviously, their priorities have understandably changed and it became nearly impossible to get ou
  19. Aside from the Rian trilogy, there's just the Kevin Feige thing that he's working on. Other than that, it's all shows. I think Disney took the wrong lessons from Solo, I still think there's room for actual films. As hectic as the production of Rouge One was, it was still a solid movie that both forged new territory and kept the ethos of the OT.
  20. Thoughts on Episode 2: American Hero Story basically being this show's version of Black Freighter is awesome. The over the top way it did the viewer discretion warning and the way it almost parodied the Snyder version was so cool. I'd love it if each episode we got a quick sequence of one of the original Minutemen or Watchmen doing their thing. Regina King is so ridiculously good and I'm so glad she's the lead of this. This episode had a ton of motivations pulling her apart and she played it so well. Tim Blake Nelson is awesome too, him being the subdued and deadpan guy that's secretly amu
  21. I loved it. These are exactly how I wish more adaptations would go. Just take the ethos and world of the source material and go in a totally new direction that dovetails with what already exists. This and the upcoming Amazon Middle Earth series are the only ones I can come up with off of the top of my head, I hope this is a success and more writers and producers run with the idea. It's way too soon to say at this point, but my only concern is that the mix of Moore and Lindelof sensibility could make for some frustrating storytelling ambiguity. I can see how things like Doctor Manhattan's
  22. D-Ray Kenobi

    Joker

    I've thought that this is only a comic book movie because that's how movies get made now. It feels like it's more of a reflection on the state of movies in general rather than this movie specifically. If this was just a Taxi Driver homage with some random guy, it barely would have gotten attention and probably would have been straight to Netflix.
  23. D-Ray Kenobi

    Joker

    That was kind of my view as well. This was a different kind of Joker in both portrayal and thesis. He isn't necessarily the kind of criminal mastermind that you'd think of like from Nicholson, Hamill, or even Ledger. The only personal gain he's interested in is attention, which might be the most dangerous asset of all for someone like this. For what it's worth, I was ready to hate this movie. I feel like media representation really gamed the conversation against this, it was not at all what I expected. It was dark and hard to watch but damned if I can't stop thinking about it.
  24. D-Ray Kenobi

    Joker

    I saw it last night, I thought it was extremely well done. There are going to be some very fair critiques that it borrows way too much from Scorsese, but recontextualizing it in the way that it does more than helped me push that aside. I won't go into spoilers, but there was one scene in particular that really put it over the top for me and put everything after it into perspective. It made me realize that this movie was never about a villain origin or the supposed incel themes that memes have suggested, it's instead a really harsh look at the realities of mental illness and care for people
  25. This morning I'm scrolling through feeds and seeing edgy friends joke around about how there's talk of a Civil War. I should have considered that Tweeto Cheeto would have actually invoked language like that. What is he even implying? He's the Commander in Chief, but the Joint Chiefs and various Secretaries are never going to just sign on to what essentially would be a partial coup d'état. Is he instead saying that his "Second Amendment People" take matters into their own hands on his behalf? This is going to start slipping away into real dark territory real quick.
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