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  1. I teared up a little watching the footage of early voting in Fairfax, Virginia. All those people literally risking their health (and lives!) to try and do what's right. Knowing it might not matter yet being so concerned it won't matter that they'll show up at the earliest possible moment to try and do what they can against it, I don't know. I'm kind of a huge cynic (and there's maybe a thin edge of cynicism in the actions of these people, too) but it really moved me! Probably something broken in my brain (or in my politics) that this mattered to me but the nation's longest lasting protest movement didn't bring a tear to my eye, yeah, I know. שנה טובה ומתוקה, everyone!

  2. 19 hours ago, Zathras said:

    Sorry guys, this has to go into the movie about a stereotypical absentee parent, who is a habitual fuck up buffoon with a heart of gold,  that wins the day by pure luck, who has a pissed off teen child who knows all story column.   I won't say it is horrible, just a film trying to ape the Coen Brothers way too hard with predictable tropes. 

    Can you tell me the title of the Coen Bros. movie this is trying to imitate? If it's more than one, then, which ones?

  3. I was about to post a GIF of Linda Carter shaking her head 'No.' but I thought better of it at the last second. I don't want to go down that road! Can't just be dropping easy GIFs every which way! And, besides, who am I --- Mr. In-Charge-Of-How-People-Act-In-A-Pandemic? Have fun! Stay safe!

  4. The re-design makes me nauseous. (No, wait, that's an innate feature of me as a person!)


    What I mean to say is this : the re-design induces feelings of nausea in me. I'm not exaggerating for comic effect or anything like that. When I scroll down the page it seems like I'm standing over a vast empty starfield and the posts themselves are superimposed over it, floating above a plunging abyss. It feels like I'm on top of a tall building and reading words written on large signs held up over their own heads by people walking on the faraway ground. (I get a similar-but-different type of vertiginous sensation with stuff like the old Windows 95 3D Maze or first-person shooter games — it's close to that with Nightly.net now.)


    Anyone else feeling this? Is it just me?

  5. I kinda feel like by 2016 Crowe was well on his way towards his decline and Gosling was into his ascendance. I see the movie as a story about a widowed down on his luck PI with a daughter to raise, it's the origin story of him meeting his violent but generally even-tempered partner, it's kind of a movie about a TV show that never happened — one in which the Ryan Gosling guy is sort of the main guy, the Russell Crowe guy is that guy's older partner / mentor figure. Yes, I know what the title of this movie is! I still think that's the deal. (I understand this probably makes no difference and the decision about whose name goes first in the credits is primarily a business one and was made long before the movie existed in its final form.)

  6. Excited to head on down to the ol' movie theatre and catch a double feature of Tenet (2020) and New Mutants (2018, 2019, 2020). Just gotta make a quick stop first at the Broad Street pump to fill up on well water. Will make sure to lick the handle a few times before I leave, just to be safe!

  7. Saw it again yesterday. Not to be grim but the smog alert and pollution business and stuff ("don't say and stuff!") feels especially timely with what's going down nowadays. Stay stafe, uh, entire Pacific Northwest!!!!


    It's a 'Dudes Rock' movie, yeah. Surprised they haven't re-teamed since; not necessarily a sequel or anything but another period piece detective flick would be welcome. This isn't my favourite Shane Black, nope, not by a long shot, but seeing as it doesn't feel like he's ever gonna recapture the old magic I'd sure rather watch him do this kind of self-pastiche than Iron Man 3 or whatever. Also, inadequately distributed voiceover is the sort of thing that usually irks me but both times w/this movie it was smooth sailing.


    Best bits:


    * Russell Crowe doing the biggest wettest sloppiest spit take.


    * Ryan Gosling doing the thing from Abbott & Costello meet the Universal Horror Monsters.


    * The dream sequence followed by Ryan Gosling's high-pitched scream as the car crashes.


    * Gosling throwing his own gun out the window.




    Bad bits:


    * Russell Crowe gets top billing? Whah? I mean, we meet Healy first, sure, but that character does feel like way more of a second half to Ryan Gosling's character than the other way 'round.


    * The Tarantino trunk shot when Gosling's daughter tries to sneak along w/them to the party. No salt in my sugar bowl, Shane! Get that outta here!


    * The 'You will never be happy :)' thing is cookie cutter dumb dumb screenwriting. I hated it the first go around and I hated it watching it again this time.

  8. Feel like the following is the obvious joke about a film that's been delayed for three years based on a concept that's nearly thirty eight years old in a film franchise that is itself two decades out from the start but nevertheless —


    Old Mutants! They should've called the movie Old Mutants!


    (Also : they apparently managed to leap the hurdle of correctly spelling 'Sienkiewicz' in the closing credits but somehow goofed on 'McLeod'.)

  9. I'm going to post something I didn't bother to post one of the umpteenth other times this has come up for discussion. I think it's relevant to what you're saying, Spider-Man!




    I feel like I may (no, definitely, do) have more than most to be embarrassed[1] about in terms of Old Stuff On Nightly Dot Net but I never and nonetheless feel that the Archives shouldn't be deleted.


    Interrogating this feeling, on my own behalf, doesn't result in reasoned argument in my head why you're wrong and I'm right.


    I just get a bone-deep sensation arising from within the innermost depths of my being of something or other to the extent that archives, of any sort, shouldn't be destroyed.


    I can't really defend this feeling w/o grabbing for a dictionary, and I know from decades of online experience (and the occasional sitcom episode) that anyone who tries to start an argument or speech with 'Webster's Dictionary defines' has already lost.


    I feel like we're all ghosts, this is our graveyard, we've all chosen to haunt this place, and now some of us want to disinter our own corpses and cremate 'em because they're afraid SPOOKY OTHER PEOPLE are going to come along and, I don't know, stage a disrespectful marionette show w/our corpses. Leave our bodies in the ground! Just put up a nice li'l gate or something! We don't have to be afraid of the SPOOKY OTHER PEOPLE (or each other) so much so that we commit sacrilege, that we deny ourselves, that we pretend we can unhappen the things which have happened!


    [1] Although, certainly, less to lose if any of that stuff should come to light.

  10. You know, I thought about writing a Yoda origins fanfic set 900 years in the past, where we meet a young Yoda before he joins the Jedi Order and he's an eccentric little ruffian who pickpockets. I envisioned including a line where he's telling a story about a log to distract some people, ending with, "Had a child, that log did," inspired by the video above.


    EDIT: Oh wait, I thought this was the parody of Empire with the seagulls.

    We are getting a younger suspiciously smooth looking Yoda in some upcoming spin-off stuff, apparently.




    Yoda is overrated.

    Nope! I love a good Yoda in a Star Wars! Love the little orange Yoda in the new ones, love the bébé Yoda in THE MΛNDΛLORIΛN, love the one or two little Yoda(s) in R1 shooting their guns off all over the place. Gotta have my Yodes!

  11. Hi! I know what the Archives are! I know they're stupid! I assume pretty much everyone else here @ Nightly.net understands those two salient facts as well! I still don't want the Archives to be deleted. Thank you!

    I tried to do the time capsule this past year but nobody bit. And this is the year that would have been the best to see where people were in January versus December.

    V. optimistic to assume even one person among all of us will still be alive come December!

  12. I don't think and have never thought that everything that has ever been posted to Nightly was saved in the archives. I do think that everything that was saved has been saved in the Archives ... (???) ... I feel like I kind of understand how and what the Archives are.


    I don't think deleting everything but a dozen threads and ones people here actively would want to continue posting in is a great solution!


    I think that one of the times I spoke up about this in the past I mentioned password protecting them or hiding them or making them inaccessible to all but administrators. I understand that by talking about this again and again the best possible outcome I'm likely to receive is something like : "The Archives have been sent away to live on a farm upstate. There's lots of room for them to run around, plenty of fresh air, they're happy, they're not in pain anymore. No, you can't go and visit." I get it! Oh well!

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