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  1. 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.)
  2. Oh no! I, naturally, hope everyone makes a full recovery!
  3. 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
  4. V. excited for American Horror Story : Kansas (2021)!
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. I have been repeatedly and relentlessly pushed out the airlock by groups of what are almost certainly literal children all for nothing more than the crime of 'faking task'. As near as I can tell 'faking task' means : doing a task too fast doing a task too slow doing a task at any speed but the green bar in the upper left corner of the screen doesn't change going into a room and then leaving a room running away from someone I assume is the Impostor looking at the map in the Administration room I am not faking task! I would never fak
  19. I fell asleep a little over an hour in. Maybe rewatching Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) during a viral pandemic while playing Among Us on my tablet had a certain soporific quality and/or maybe I just didn't feel up to seeing absolutely everything come crashing down on these folks. There's still hope they'll turn things around at this point, they don't know Spock's an alien, they're calling in the authorities, as far as they're concerned normal life could very well be once again right around the corner. But it's not!
  20. I figured I would give it a try and now I can't stop playing this dumb game. I keep going, again and again, hoping to be an Impostor. But I feel like I am never the Impostor! I should have a 1-in-5 chance of being the Impostor but I suspect the system is rigged to incentivize players to ... watch more ads? pay for the deluxe version? I don't know. I know for sure it is possible to cheat/hack because one time someone managed to pull a little ventriloquist trick on me where my account was saying things in chat that I didn't type. I guess what I'm saying is I rate the game ★★★★☆ and
  21. My faltering brain registered the phrase 'limited series' in the thread title as an implicit criticism of how the show itself didn't have a great deal of range and struggled after its first few seasons to either expand beyond or deepen its own formulaic structure UNTIL memory of what those words are kicked in and then my brain was like : "Oh, right. A limited series. It's going to come back but only for a few episodes." This ALSO made my brain misfire! Could've sworn it'd only been closer to something like five years. Maybe I only caught up on the finale towards the tail
  22. This is one of my all time favourites. I think I've seen it six or seven times. Might be a few days 'til I get to it — I don't know what's wrong w/my brain nowadays that I'd rather watch something semi-newish instead of something familiar or something completely new (often it's punkt farkert) but that's where my head is for the moment.
  23. I curse via Roger Rabbit rules, generally speaking. (Although, even while I was typing this my ancient laptop froze up for a moment and I let out a 'fuuuuuuuuuuuuu-' followed immediately by me saying 'Excuse my language.' Who am I asking to do that? God, I guess.) This word in conjunction with the topic at hand reminded me of my favourite story anyone's ever told here @ Nightly.net. About how their toddler would pronounce the word 'fudgsicle' as '****sickle' and that ever since they started correcting them on it anytime THEY would say the word 'fudgsicle' the kid would re
  24. Haven't seen the show yet. I hear it's real good! 'Lazy' is one of those negative adjectives where half the time I just have to guess what the person means. Others include : 'weird', 'creepy', 'ugly', 'toxic'. I don't think a lot of stuff that gets described as 'lazy writing' is really that. Certainly for any kind of collaborative medium involving full-time pay it's almost always an imprecise way to describe what went wrong in the process. Everyone involved worked really hard for an end product that failed to sufficiently entertain, inform, and inspire. No
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