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  1. Thanks! I used to be able to scroll down on the main Nightly.Net page and click 'Today's Top Posters' and then everyone would get ranked as my favourites in the order they were listed there! I can only love twenty Nightly.Net members at a time! And in descending order of priority! My heart could only be so full! Luckily, things have changed now there's no such thing as a 'Today's Top Posters' page and my heart is freed to love everybody here the exact same amount i.e. not at all.
  2. P.P.S. Although, yes, of course, I do hope in some way or another what I had to offer was helpful.
  3. P.S. I gotta assume whoever's marking your class's homework is blitzing through it, quick as they can, desperately trying to finish. They just want to vaguely eyeball you regurgitating the concepts delineated in the course itself in your own paraphrased but ultimately familiar language. They don't want to read anything new about the subject at hand. They just want to finish marking these papers! If these particular circumstances obtain then you asking for help from people outside the course itself may be counterproductive. Nothing anyone unexposed to the specifics of what you've been taught in
  4. Answers For The Questions About The Movie I Have Not Seen 1. Was there a protagonist and antagonist? If so, who was the protagonist? Who was the antagonist? The protagonist was Sam Worthington and the antagonist was Stephen Lang! 2. What can you infer from the title of the film? Very little! 3. How would you change the costumes? I don't think there were any costumes in the movie. Everyone just wore ping-pong balls on their leotards and then the computer managed to dress 'em up using math! 4. How would you describe the setting of the film?
  5. Answers For The Questions About The Movie I Barely Remember 1. Was there a protagonist and antagonist? If so, who was the protagonist? Who was the antagonist? Yes. The protagonist of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) was a boy named Harry Potter! The antagonist was ... Voldemort? Brendan Gleeson? The Doctor from Doctor Who ('05-'10) disguised as Brendan Gleeson? Uh oh. I'm not sure who the antagonist of the movie is. And I'm even starting to doubt there's even a singular protagonist! Oh, wait, no! That was the one before this one! The antagonist is Alan Rickman. P
  6. Before clicking on this topic I was all set to answer with "I don't have a favourite movie. I only keep watching movies in the hopes I'll find ones better than those I've seen before!" but now I realize I have to try and do your homework!???? And I have to choose to do your homework either about a movie I haven't seen or a movie I barely remember? Okay, sure, I'll try! For both!
  7. R.CAllen


    Saw it. I liked it, surprisingly enough! I tend to run hot and cold on Nolan, don't think much of him one day and am willing to give him a chance the next, can't really decide if in his bones he's any good or not. But this was one of his good ones! It's not better than The Prestige or The Dark Knight but in the sorting piles of Nolanalia it definitely belongs next to them along w/some of his TV work instead of among his two mediocre Batmans and Inception and Interstellar. The movie is a kind of Ballardian nightmare on a few different levels. It understands the essential appeal
  8. It's been a while since I've seen it but I have a great deal of affection for Season 4. Just having the core cast together without the disruptions and replacements of the later seasons really works in its favour. (I haven't gone through and tabulated it in detail but my gut feeling is it's 1 > 3 > 2 > 4 > 6 > 5 for me.)
  9. Oh no! I, naturally, hope everyone makes a full recovery!
  10. Oh boy!? Owen Wilson's going to be in the Loki show? Did they cast him BECAUSE of the impression or was that just a bonus? I remember seeing a clip of Tom Hiddleston on the red carpet and he's doing the 'burdened with glorious purpose' monologue from The Avengers (2012) in character as Owen Wilson, it was great, it wasn't just the voice, it was little asides, it was posture, he did something with the way he moved his face which made him seem like he even had the guy's nose. (It occurs to me now that I might be misremembering a deepfake where someone used a computer to synch up Owen Wilson's fa
  11. V. excited for American Horror Story : Kansas (2021)!
  12. C.A.R.S. Protection Plus? Yeah, when that is spoken aloud that particular string of phonemes registers to me as six words and math. Cee Aye Are Ess Protection Plus. It's not surprising to me many people don't automatically understand what the full name of this business is in a way that allows them to repeat it back with the necessary accuracy and precision! I don't think it's a problem with their short-term memory, per se, I don't think that's what's up. It's not like they're hearing the name properly and then failing to recall it a moment later or anything like that. I think they
  13. I've never really understood what Susan Sontag was saying on the subject. I have sometimes suspected she didn't understand what she was saying on the subject. Having your opinions about the nature of a work of art or your opinions about the intentions of the artist dictated entirely by how other audience members besides yourself react to it doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense to me. What is camp? What isn't? Is Star Trek ('66-'69) camp? Is Batman ('66-'68) camp? Are any of these questions actually answerable without peeking over someone else's shoulder to see what they ca
  14. 34/M/Toronto. Things about where I call home that I like and dislike? I try not to make those sorts of judgments about where I live, man. Every day is a gift! That's why they call 'em days! Right now I'm just scared because the numbers of people w/the plague keeps going up and up. I understand this is far from merely being a local problem but it's still plenty disturbing!!!!1!
  15. Welp! This may be the end of Nightly Movie Club if no one but the person who suggests the movie is going to, y'know, watch the movie! Certainly the end of my participation in it from now on. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the 200+ views and the 'like' from Jacen123 (did one hundred and twenty two other Jacens register before you back in '99?), no question, they are a comfort to me. They are a balm to my spirit. I feel like Frodo on the rock in Mordor surrounded by lava at the start of the many many endings of Peter Jackson's adaptation of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. I feel
  16. AT&T appears to have given up on using its stable of universally recognized intellectual properties to make for real money one dollar at a time. What are they doing instead? Desperately trying to survive & thrive in the imminent post-apocalyptic media future wherein consumers are maybe subscribed to one or two feedbags/firehoses of 'content' and that's about it. That's what this is, that's what shovelling tens of millions of dollars into Zack Snyder's open mouth is, that's what the stuff going down at Detective Comics Comics seems to be for. Just a complete abdication of any kind of st
  17. This week's Nightly.Net movie of the week is His Girl Friday (1940) starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. The movie was directed by Howard Hawks. The Internet tells me that "it is a screwball comedy about a newspaper editor using every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying." Okay! His Girl Friday (1940) is a black'n'white movie. No need to adjust your television set! The colours are absent by design and deliberate intention! Not unfortunate error! It is widely considered a classic and was selected in 1993 for preservation in the United S
  18. Even though this has been anticipatable for the past nineteen months or so, nevertheless, actually hearing this news was still like being told of the death of a mountain or an ocean. An impossible loss.
  19. One of the kids who play the Among Us game said something in chat that just endlessly amuses me : "blue dead. rest in spaghetti never forgetti". I gather that it's a meme, it's a thing the Twitch streamers say, but I still find it very funny nonetheless.
  20. I'm kind of slow on the uptake but I just put it together that if the weather's real bad on Election Day this could actually be a landslide. absolute best case scenario : terrible weather all across the United States delivers Biden an absolute landslide in the electoral college, 413-125 Biden win Texas, Florida, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Iowa and Maine. no, no, absolute best possible case scenario : 462 - 76. The President wins Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, an
  21. A small thing about Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020) that kind of blows my mind. Almost always when it is Borat speaking his native tongue Sacha Baron Cohen is saying something in slow but fluent modern Hebrew that's usually roughly approximate to what gets subtitled into English. I assume that Maria Bakalova's fake Kazakhastani is actually Bulgarian or a language spoken in Bulgaria (Turkish???). I don't think either of them understands the other's language, like, I don't think this Bulgarian
  22. Saw it again. I like all of Edgar Wright's stuff, been a huge fan since Spaced (1999-2001), I feel like The World's End (2013) is the best of the Cornetto trilogy and may actually be his best movie period, good to see A New Leaf (1971) and Deep Cover (1992) and Frailty (2001) make the top 1000 list, but just about every encyclopaedic-level cineaste kind of hates his breathing guts. I'm not a mindreader but I think they find him cutesy, glib, a sort of chameleon who has no substantial aesthetic and just assembles his screenplays with smarmy incessantly repeated half-jokes. (They also might
  23. Oh! Me! I do! I'm going to reply privately because I don't want to deliberately post in that specific thread! Sorry! (Oops. Scratch that plan.) I have read Patrick J. Deneen's book, did not like it, and don't think it'll help give you particularly concrete answers as to why a smart person you like would disagree with you. Matt Taibbi was a good writer, very accessible style, sharp, but I think the last couple of years have sort of ... broken? him. As it has done for us all, certainly. I'm guessing he might be more able to offer up something close to what y
  24. This is another favourite! Rewatching it now will be, like, even more depressing than the last one because it's literally just scene after scene of where I live abuzz with people and excitement. Great! Great to see!
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