>>41129 >This looks dumb. Honestly, I think the idea of a universe where superpowers are commonplace and acknowledged by the general public, but instead of being a superhero story the story is a mundane police procedural about the people who have to deal with these supers, is pretty compelling. I haven't read the comics, so I can't comment to the quality of the execution, but the idea itself is pretty solid. What is the part you think is dumb about it?
>>41131 Yeah, the trailer seems fairly bland for the setup.
Reminds me of an old fiction idea, where vast nuclear destruction cut off the Earth from the colonized Moon/Mars and, a thousand years later, the radiation and whatnot had calmed down enough for a survey team. The ship has problems going through the radiation cloud, crashes, and the only survivor finds a world where pretty much everyone has some kind of super power. There's rampant powerism, and the rare ones born without powers are outcasts.
Has there ever been a movie "universe" like what Marvel is doing? There have been various movies that have had a number of sequels and remakes, plus some offshoots, and some movies (like prior DC characters) come from a shared universe but do not reference each other, but I don't know that there are large sets of interconnected movies like Marvel's.
Assassin's Creed is the only gaming series I can think of that would match, too; it's had sequels and side-stories, all of which are in the same universe. Other long-running games with many entries, like Call of Duty, rarely reference other entries in the series so far as I'm aware. The Legend of Zelda games will share the same themes/items for the most part (Link, Zelda, Triforce, Master Sword) but only reference each other obscurely for the most part.
>>41136 >Has there ever been a movie "universe" like what Marvel is doing? There have been various movies that have had a number of sequels and remakes, plus some offshoots, and some movies (like prior DC characters) come from a shared universe but do not reference each other, but I don't know that there are large sets of interconnected movies like Marvel's.
Kevin Smith's movies. Although that was almost certainly inspired by comics as well.
>>41138 Freddy vs Jason might have built up to something had they kept the original ending with Pinhead, but other than the collective works of Kevin Smith and occasional novelty crossovers like Alien vs Predator, shared universes were virtually unheard of in movies. Now even outside of the superhero subgenre, we've got projects on the way like Universal's monster-verse, Warner Bros. expanding on the Harry Potter movie-verse with an adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Sony is discussing the possibility of a cinematic universe based on Robin Hood.
Assassin's Creed would definitely fit the mold well, but I'd hope that such movies would be original stories and not just adaptations of the games.
These are the first promotional materials for a film intended to revive a flagging (if not dead-in-the-water) franchise. This was the first look that the studio wanted people to have of this new Terminator film.
Some idiot in marketing is probably getting shitcanned tomorrow.
>>41231 I'd LOVE to think they're both panicking and have no idea how to use guns are are just left screaming AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA at eachother.
>>41235 I think its because of some new contract deal. I haven't been following the news but its either a) Its the same studio that started the franchise but they have to keep making films in order to keep the property (something they would clearly just doing as a middle-of-the-checklist chore) or 2) A small(er) independent studio has recently bought out the film rights for Terminator and have no idea how to do a tentpole and they're just letting a few writers make their collective fanfic.
http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/11/13/dan-harmon-on-community-season-6-and-if-the-move-to-yahoo-will-change-the-series >Harmon: Yeah, and 20 percent of Community's business is run by Alison Brie GIFs, so there'll be the usual amount of, "Oh! The elevator's working. Oh! The elevator's stopped working. Oh! It's working and not working in rapid succession. But I'm wearing a tube top!" That's the B story; I don't know what to tell you. He knows. HE KNOWS
I loved John Oliver at first, but his show is getting really repetitive. He explains an issue, does something wacky at the end with a celebrity guest star, and inbetween he always says some variation of "X is like Y: Sure, blah blah blah, but then, blah blah."
>>41311 >>41312 Because, as they proved with their attempt to catch dinosaurs and put them on display in an amphitheater in The Lost World, InGen didn't learn a damn thing from the first time this failed.
You know, at first I thought "what the hell, trained Velociraptors", but considering that in-universe those dudes seem to be at least as smart as a dog, and the park has been sucessfuly operating for a while, it kinda makes sense.
>>41323 Sure, but it's like training a lion or any other wild animals. No matter how well you train them, wild animals can easily turn on you with little provocation. It takes generations of breeding to get domesticated breeds. Hopefully the story will contextualize the motorcycle ride with the raptors adequately so it makes sense.
>>41324 It would be easier to work with them if one could talk to them somehow... OH WAIT! //youtube.com/watch?v=Du95opzY8qg What? JP3 may be crap (espacally the toys,that fucking lego,man) but not so bad it needs to be retconned. And given how hard JP have been pushing "they are smart" thing with Raptor its clear that they are atlest Crow level. And you can train Crows or atleast help them learn things. Plus, I bet they will bring up Dolfin's in the movie with the whole Sea World thing they got going.
Just hope they get individual personality characteristics (thx google) and looks.
Even if they are as simple as: the alfa, the hungry, the sass, the lazy and the clever girl.
But do raptors dream? (yeah, I just wanted to post my fav JP comic page)
Anyway, cant wait for all the Star-Raptor-Lord fanart~
>>41322 Oh fuck that milf, she cant stop us not to do something super stupid if its fun! Yeah I dont like that story moral...
All these people getting so mad over John Boyega being the Stormtrooper in the new trailer are making me lose my shit. Sure I'll admit I was a little wary at first but that's because I simply don't know/remember that much Star Wars lore and still thought they were all supposed to be clones and look like that one Trooper who showed up in that one bit in Episode III right before they did Order 66. Once people explained the Stormtrooper recruitment thing with Luke to me I accepted it and moved on like a fucking adult instead of crying like a pissbaby.
I went in without any expectations about the characters or the overall story—I knew the general details, but that was it—and was blown away by how good the movie was on every level. Boyega’s performance in particular is astonishing; he portrays a complicated character with tons of nuance and emotion without ever once crossing over into the realm of unbelievability.
>>41349 I honestly haven't seen anybody upset about it beyond initial "I thought they were all clones?" confusion. If anything it's the people complaining about complainers who seem to be blowing things out of proportion.
>>41373 That's part of what I find fun, is that they don't prevent it just change the rules and give Humanity a better edge each time they trigger a change in the timeline. I wonder if its the same Skynet or its got some kinda Quantum Entanglement programming so that it knows about the changes in the time line.
His brand of Trutherism is all about ‘the gubmint did 9-11 to set up the second Iraq war’, so his bullshit manifested with ST:ID via the Federation waking Khan from suspended animation to develop weapons for a war against the Klingons, which Khan tried to start by disabling the Enterprise’s warp core so the Klingons would destroy the Enterprise and give the Federation a perfect excuse for war.
I can understand the joy the public and news writers are having with the email exchanges, but considering the purpose of these leaks was to terrorize the people at Sony, I don't feel good about joining in on the ridicule.
>>41447 Maybe it's because I'm so used to the Raimi films already but I'm fine with Spider-Man being off in his own little sub-verse with only rare crossover with the rest of the Marvel universe. Appearances in the Avengers and other super-crossover events, but nothing as big as what happened in Cap 2 where Black Widow showed up and SHIELD was a big part of the plot.
>Exodus: Gods and Kings made $24 million, but the budget for the film was $140 million.
You know that feeling you get when someone wins a really great award that they totally deserve and your really happy because they deserve it? You know that feeling when a Nazi is killed horrendously painfully in a film and you laugh?
That's how I'm feeling right now.
This giant pile of shit isn't even halfway to breaking even and it's already past it's opening weekend.
>>41476 Even without the whole racial controversy that movie was shaping up to be shit anyway. I'm not surprised, though I still get a bit of schadenfreude out of it. Hopefully that'll teach Hollywood whitewashing doesn't mean squat for financial success.
Judging from various reviews I’ve read, the film did more to make the Egyptians seem sympathetic (rather than making the people they enslaved sympathetic, which you think would be the damn point) and barely concentrated on Moses’ connection to his people. It’s as if the studio wanted a movie based around the Plagues and the Parting of the Red Sea, but didn’t want to go through the trouble of making it a good movie (likely under the logic of ‘the Biblethumpers will eat up any ol’ crap we toss ’em so long as it’s based on the Bible’).
No amount of quality acting, good directing, big-budget special effects, or even whitewashing can save a shitty script. Marketing can disguise a movie with a shit script (look at Twilight), but it can only do so for as long as people can’t actually watch the movie.
>>41492 It seems so simple, doesn't it? It's only three distinct pieces, how hard could it be?
But consider that these kids are probably tired after going through the rest of the show, under intense time pressure (they only have three minutes to do this and the shrine is near the end of the temple), nervous about running into a temple guard, and have both the audience and Kirk Fogg shouting at them. On top of all this, the temple was designed and tested by adults with no consideration for the height of the short preteen participants. More often then not they'd have to jump just to reach the pieces of the statue. The Jester's Court had a similar problem, where the kids couldn't accurately match the poses on the wall because they were just too small.
I love shit like that. Game shows that were fucked up by that difference. Designed for kids but not tested by kids. And someone saying that looking back on most of them. Yea the size difference hammered many a run. I say Nick Arcade also had a similar problem with the senors being too high for all but the taller kids. And Double Dare and their damned flags.
And as for Legends we've got on top of size. Temple Guards that screw up or take too long.
>>41507 He's got the skills to be personable, and I read somewhere that his more recent years of interviews he's given up on playing his character so aggressively. My main worry is the caliber of the guests he'll be interviewing. Before it used to be mostly political figures and intellectuals, now it's going to be almost all vapid celebrities.
>>41509 Additionally: While Colbertterman seems like a pretty known property, given the fairly set-in-stone format of the late night talk show (they are all basically the same show with a different set of guys) Larry Wilmore's Report replacement show is something that I can't even fathom. If they play off of his role on the Daily Show, it could easily get too preachy, because his TDS bits are basically Blacksplaining the News, and that could easily alienate people if it's the majority of the show. Colbert's parody of blowhard Fox talking heads played more broadly than "Black Man is Unhappy with News"
I've got HBO for the next couple months, and the first thing I watched was True Detective, partly because I was fascinated by the Two Best Friends' description of it it as a detective show in Plague of Gripes's back yard. I love when shows have less conventional settings, and it totally pulls it off. My god, this atmosphere.
Between this, Fargo, and Over the Garden Wall, I can say it's been a very good year for miniseries/shows based on single season story arcs.
You know the really hilarious thing about this? This movie was probably going to suck. Now a lot of people are going to go see it who wouldn't have, just to say "Suck it!" to Kim Jong Il.
I'm not a conspiracy theorist, and I don't think Sony could've successfully engineered a "false flag" or whatever if they had tried. And the amount of damage the leaks are doing to their reputation in other areas is way too much to pay for making a shitty movie successful, so I don't think they would have wanted to try it, either. But nevertheless, this is probably going to have ended up being one of the most successful advertising campaigns ever.
>>41554 It'll seriously damage the cinema industry if Hollywood starts doing it regularly, I imagine. Probably as bad as the Newspaper industry has been injured. I don't know if cinemas will ever stop existing entirely, but I wouldn't be surprised if it gets to the point where you only really have them in big-ish cities with a population that can support them, and if they start focusing on movies as events rather than focusing on new releases. Like movie marathons and midnight showings of Rocky Horror and shit like that.
>It'll seriously damage the cinema industry if Hollywood starts doing it regularly, I imagine.
Piracy is supposedly the biggest issue facing the box office today, yet Hollywood regularly banks billions of dollars ever year at the global box office. The problem isn’t piracy or day-and-date theatrical/VOD releases, it's cinemas not doing enough to make the experience worth the expense. (Well, that, and Hollywood cranking out shit movies nobody wants to go see in theaters or VOD.)
Until there is actual hard evidence that day-and-date theatrical/VOD releases would hurt a film’s box office take, there is no reason to shit all over the idea other than ‘that’s how it’s always been done’. That kind of thinking is what almost led to the VCR becoming outlawed: the MPAA was frightened as fuck of the technology and didn’t want to deal with the disruption to the cinema-side business (until home video sales started outgrossing box office take, anyway).
Release windows are ridiculous. There is virtually no reason for them to exist other than ‘that’s how it’s always been done’. I can understand international release windows and all, but here in the States, I can’t think of a single reason why a film can’t open in theaters and home video/VOD simultaneously. The people who want to go see a big tentpole such as Avengers 2 in a theater will go see it in a theater, regardless of whether they could rent it from YouTube or whatever.
>>41561 The majority of movies *aren't* major tent-pole movies. Do you really think a movie like, say, Dumb and Dumber 2, is going to get a bigger cinema presence than its home presence? It's the sort of movie that people would much rather stay home and watch with friends over a bowl of weed than watch quietly in a dark theater with over a bowl of popcorn.
I think it will *help* the film industry, but I am also pretty damned sure it will hurt the cinemas themselves. Only a few blockbuster movies come out per year, and most of those come out in the summer--that's not really enough to sustain a cinema through Spring, Winter, and Fall when they're pumping out comedies and children's movies which, while great, are not really helped any by going to the theater to see.
>>41562 > I am also pretty damned sure it will hurt the cinemas themselves. Theaters just don't offer much vs. a home experience. You can get a 50" TV for $500, or about the cost of a couple watching 21 movies (non-3D, $12/person). A meh sound system would be $100-$200, or another 5-9 showings. You get no babies unless they're your own, no teenagers yammering, phone calls unless it's for you, you can pause the movie to go pee, the seating is the way you want it. As for food, it's not overpriced and you get all the variety you want.
Perhaps for a low-mid or upper-low family that only watches one or two movies a year wouldn't fall into this, but that's increasingly rare, I think. The only thing the theaters have going for them is artificial scarcity (well, when the viewer is a "law-abiding" citizen). The moment an exec figures out they can make oodles of money by just releasing the movies on basically everything at once (so that people can use the service of their choice, and thus are more likely to partake) theaters will die a sudden and gruesome death.
Execs might also realize they can save money on marketing by running a single campaign at one time instead of running several campaigns over the course of a movie's run from theaters to home video/VOD.
The Interview? Yeah, I’m not really surprised. Really, most of the press about the film pre-release was about the Sony hack/threat bullshit and North Korea’s possible response to the film. (On the latter note: it’s a good time to remember than North Korea is no joke - https://np.reddit.com/r/asianamerican/comments/2q4ofq/sony_the_interview_whats_your_take/cn2x3j7?context=3)
Really, I don’t even give a shit if the movie’s good, I’m just happy it got released (rah rah free speech and all that jazz, don’t mean I gotta go watch it). Though it does make you wonder what compelled them to make a movie about North Korea instead of just some fictional dictator or whatever.
>>41576 And in that missing the point of the whole thing. I think its quite reasonable in a sequel for them to be regulated much to the same position as they were in XGB.
No longer needed and therefore forgotten until they are needed once more. Have the reasoning why be that Ghosts are something we are conditioned not to believe in or think about so even three generations later things have gone back to "normal" as people once more close themselves off to the fantastic and even things as the StayPuft Marshmallow Man and Walking Liberty along with maybe a few RGB events become more folklore and urban legends.
Sequel Builds upon that lore and goes back to understanding why the Ghostbusters matter and will be needed at some point even if they aren't now.
A reboot misses the whole damn point and just won't work.
>People want fun and escapism at the moment. Look at the success of Guardians of the Galaxy. I think Nolan kick-started a very dark, bleak style of superhero escapism, and I think people have had enough of it.
>>41586 Except Green Lantern was kinda like that and it did shit. The reason Man of Steel sucks has more to do with Zack Snyder being a shitty director and the fact that Superman is especially incompatible for that kind of movie style than with trying to ape Nolan's works. Besides, it's not like the latest Captain America film wasn't gritty what with characters threatening to execute people at point blank, talk of shallow graves, and guys getting pureed onscreen.
Am I the only one who doesn't see what the big deal is with GotG? It's not that I outright disliked it but it wasn't nearly as funny or entertaining as everybody made it out to be. Never expected much out of Ronan because Lee Pace was already terrible in The Hobbit, but Nebula was underwhelming too, and everything involving Gamora and Quill was just cringeworthy. Loved Rocket, Groot, and Yondu though.
>>41591 Nah, the ones in Winter Soldier were pretty fucking great too. Pierce, Zola, Rumlow, technically Bucky were all really memorable and Rumlow is still around so he might be coming back for another film even if he isn't final boss material.
>Jeffrey Caine, William Nicholson and Steven Knight – whose acclaimed screenplays include those for The Constant Gardener, Gladiator and Dirty Pretty Things respectively – told the Observer that writers were often sacked without warning from the studios and would then discover that their original work has been altered beyond recognition by a production line of writers.
>Caine said that studio executives, directors or actors who “ride roughshod” over film scripts can leave writers feeling embarrassed when their names appear in the credits. Writers often find themselves blamed for excruciating dialogue they never wrote, he said, adding: “I have seen lines of dialogue in films with my name on them that I wouldn’t have written under torture.”
>>41628 >based off Journey to the West Cool, those stories were basically my childhood. Hope they have the decency to cast Asian actors though. It's TV so I'd guess actor bankability is less prioritized. Also it had better be better than Enslaved.
>>41694 While I would love to see a major movie franchise showing dinosaurs that actually look right, Jurassic Park is sort of screwed both ways. If they make feathery dinosaurs, the JP fans are going to be upset about the dinosaurs not looking like they used to, and if they make scaley dinosaurs, the people who care about dinosaur history are going to be annoyed.
>>41706 A thin coating of downey feathers wouldn't be too bad. They don't have to be decked in plumage, just some stuff on the wings and they can explain the intermediacy as genetic wonks and replacement amphibious DNA.
Since there isn't a Star Trek thread I'll ask here.
I got into Star Trek recently and I'm about to finish the second season of TOS but I want to know: How are the TOS movies compared to the series? The thing I've like the most about TOS is how campy/cheesy it is while the movies and the later series look like they are more serious and better produced.
>>41729 The movies largely excise the camp, but the good ones maintain the sense of fun and camaraderie the series had. Rule of thumb is: even-numbered movies great, odd-numbered movies terrible (except Star Trek III, which actually ain't that bad).
Everyone loves Wrath of Khan, but my favourite TOS movie is actually The Undiscovered Country with all the political allusions to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It's basically The Manchurian Candidate IN SPAAACE, which tickled an itch growing up.
I always wonder how Netflix is supposed to profit for anyone involved, but when a month goes by without me really watching anything, I suppose that happens enough across everyone to work out. I'm working on X-Files right now. I remember kind of liking that when it was on, but only remember the genie and Mulder disappearing.
>>41765 I would. Enough time has passed since the original that it would make plenty of sense for there to be a passing of the torch, plus it builds upon an established universe without having to restart/retread old ground, or in an attempt to stand more on its own it risks altering the lore to the point it's in name only. If they're going to go the latter route then it should've been an original IP, not a Ghostbusters film.
>>41766 Yea it building on Egon passing and then the rest just drifting apart again it could really work. As a reboot we already know all the beats and they won't be as good because they'll play it up as a comedy in the modern sense. Lots of swearing and toilet humor. I don't want to see that movie.
>>41780 And with Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy on top of that. Don't get me wrong, I loved Bridesmaids both for feminist reasons and because it was just genuinely really funny. But in this case? It sounds like Feig just wants to do Bridesmaids 2 in a Ghostbusters skin, in the same way that the much-derided Fantastic Four reboot looks like Trank trying to do Chronicle 2 in a Fantastic Four skin. Rather than make it a reboot that looks like it could easily shit all over the legacy of the original films he should've just let it be a distant sequel (the time lets him get away with stuff) or a spiritual successor without having to use the Ghostbusters name directly.
>>41780 Such as? I mean, I don't disagree that it comes off as gimmicky in this instance, and that quite a few people are legit throwing around the whole "the only reason you don't like it is because you're a sexist" canard, in the same way that racism is the only reason people are put off by the FF reboot, but it's rare enough to even see female leads being cast for non-romcom films, let alone being stuntcast.
>>41786 Her movies are usually pretty good about avoiding that kind of punchline, including Bridesmaids. But the baggy jumpsuits are pretty iconic. For the film to go so low as to throw them away without justification would be fucking heretical and kill any hope I have for the movie doing the series any justice.
>>41789 Honestly, I was pretty much as worried when the rumour was it was going to star Seth Rogen.
I'm just kind of pessimistic about the entire thing, after GB3 failed to launch like 15 years ago when Aykroyd really started stumping for it initially. There's a long enough history of otherwise competent filmmakers remaking a beloved older film into something mediocre or outright bad that some trepidation is warranted.
One of the reasons reboots always suck is that they destroy the characters or setting by trying to make them something different so my way of looking at it is this:
The setting is modern day making it different from the 1980s and giving it room to be vastly updated and different in it's technology and world building.
The characters are all original.
So it is a reboot of the concept of Ghostbusters rather than the film universe itself, funny enough that is truer to the spirit of Ghostbusters than if you tried to recast the characters.
By all accounts it should be a new hope for returning reboots to what they should be, reinventions using the concept of an existing franchise that isn't really viable anymore.
That said, no I can't blame you for your apprehensions but I feel there is a little more hope this kind of reboot because it's trying to do something new from something old rather than ruin what was good by not understanding what made it good like in 99% of reboots.
>>41794 Better to reinvent while passing the torch. Doing it as this is being Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston but as women. Ehhh.
Much as the title is cringing eXtreme Ghostbusters did do a fair job at passing the torch. Both showing the old tech was out of date and in need of an upgrade and also that the old team had just moved on and that Egon couldn't handle it anymore. This is going to get the same complaints as MoS got from critics because trying to recapture the magic of the first movie just won't work.
Its why so many were burned out on the second '09 Trek movie. Tried to ape too much from a good movie instead of being its own thing and then what it took it didn't do very well.
>>41793 I'll concede that you have a point. I mean, I never dared to even consider that yet another Planet of the Apes reboot could be good, and yet those movies are among my favorites in recent times.
Jason has great interview chops, but his half-episode of hosting was extremely meh. If given a few months he might grow into that part. Shame that John Oliver already got picked up by HBO, he would be the obvious next choice.
>>41886 Yeah, I could see Aasif at least taking a swing at it. I think he'd do at least alright. I agree that Jessica Williams wouldn't work. Jordan Klepper wouldn't work, either, but he's probably too new for consideration anyway.
I'd love to see Steve Carell come back, at least for a bit. Maybe an interim host kind of thing, and they can do a take on reality talent shows where each correspondent has to pitch him or herself.
>>41888 How is his show currently doing because back when Colbert left people were saying that John could come back to take over for him once his current contract with HBO is finished. I always thought he was a far better comedian than Stewart, even if he's not necessarily as good of a liberal spokesperson.
>>41890 He's a far better one than people like Keith Olbermann and the Young Turks are. They're just partisan assholes and hypocrites to the extreme whereas Jon actually bothers to use reason and pragmatism when making political statements. Tumblr would be million times better if it followed his example rather than getting inn a tizzy because they couldn't stop frothing at the mouth long enough to do basic Google factchecking.
>>41893 Regardless if he liked it or not he was dragged into the political arena and its getting harder and harder to deal with the parties civilly when they both view anyone that doesn't agree with them lockstep as "the enemy"
>>41895 Nah Stewart is just a spokesman for common sense, and now as the Left including even his own target audience is becoming increasingly less and less able to maintain its hold on that despite standing on their high horse lambasting the Right for the exact same thing, I'm not surprised he sees it as an exercise in futility and wants to call it quits.
>>41898 Maybe he can talk some into starting the new party system. Both of the currents are lurching toward their own destruction and someone will have to take their place. Person with intelligence and that can hold discourse could do a lot forming what is to come.
Man, I remember when Kilborne left and I was so concerned, and so dubious that Stewart would ever be able to live up to how great Kilborne was as the host of the Daily Show. I hope whoever is next manages to rise to the occasion as well as John did.
Kingsman was fucking great. Once again, Matthew Vaughn took Mark Millar's shit and turned it into gold. This film was a fantastic lampoon and celebration of the 60s spy dramas. A little too silly at times, but the self-aware humor was a hit overall. Samuel L Jackson was also hilarious. Easily beats his phoned-in Marvel performances.
The church scene easily takes the cake as the most memorable scene in the film. The fast-paced over-the-top action mixed with "Freebird" was perfect
Dunno guys. I haven't read Secret Service so I can't comment on that one, but both Spercrooks and MPH were entertaining reads, Superior and Starlight were pretty damn great, and Jupiter's Legacy has been decent so far. Millar can write some fun comics whenever he manages to reign in the edgelord inside him.
>John Oliver shits on three thing last night, the president of Ecuador, Sport Illustrated: Swim Suit edition and Big Tobacco but specifically Phillip Morris. >Phillip Morris is the main story, incredible in depth journalism, contacting of embassies, examinations of market constructs, legal rulings, trade rulings and examinations. >Story culminated in the creation of a mascot that is a diseased lung in a cowboy hat with adds posted in Uruguay and Togo by the show. >American coverage makes almost no mention of it in the coverage so far >TONS of "HOW DARE JOHN OLIVER QUESTION SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: SWIMSUIT EDITION!"
>>>/co/233253 >The text itself is tame, but the subtext—that the book glorifies an emotionally abusive relationship, regardless of how much Ana consents to Christian’s sexual whims—is far more insidious. But that’s a discussion for /mtv/, I suppose.
That's true but I still think the controversy is a little misplaced. It's not the only book to do this or is it even the worst, but it gets the most flak just because it's famous (or maybe that's the point? that it's a good launchpad for discussion? if so it feels like people are wasting that opportunity to keep taking potshots at an easy target instead). Seems to me like the whole hubbub is confusing cause and effect, and it might be better off examining the underlying attitudes that cause the book to be so popular with women in the first place rather than blaming the book itself for encouraging it when it's just feeding off those preexisting attitudes. Some of it sounds eerily like the old "D&D causes Satanism" moral panic, only this time you've got anger on the left in addition to the usual fundies gettin' mad that women dare enjoy sex.
>>41927 Jessica Williams is only 25? Fuck, I am horrible at guessing ages.
>>41930 When it's just some trashy Harlequinn romance novels that get a few thousand sales/book here and there, even if they have as much or more abuse than 50 Shades, it seems like a very small sub-set of women (and, even then, a sub-set of the sub-set of women interested in those books in general.) 50 Shades of Gray's popularity was highly unprecedented, and did thrust the issue into the limelight.
The same way that if only two or three kids are being bullied in school people just pretend it doesn't happen, but if one of them makes a threat or gets hospitalized from the bullying then it becomes an issue.
>>41953 What does the original link say? Also yeah this is how I feel about a lot of Tumblr campaigns to "promote" POCs and women that see them for nothing other than their race/gender, like them trying to get people to promote Assassin's Creed Liberation because it starred a black woman for an MC. Like, the game isn't very good? You're probably better off shunting those dollars to a game with a protagonist like that which actually doesn't suck. It's not like Ubisoft would really pay attention to those things. They need to see the forest for the trees.
>>41953 >>41957 A lot of self-described "social justice advocates" have this really nasty habit of thinking they know everything about a person/group of people and having the right to speak over them, and then have the nerve to get really mad when we disagree with opinions that were never ours to begin with. God forbid we don't conform exactly to these presumptions of theirs, suddenly we're just full of self-hate and internalized categorism, or we need to shut up and back down because we just don't understand or appreciate the good they're doing for us!
Look at what happened with the whole Frozen Saami POC kerfluffle, or the great big Chihiro gender debate where actual trans people got bullied off Tumblr in the name of transgender rights, or every single time a white girl gets accused of cultural appropriation because she took legitimate interest in a foreign culture instead of staying inside her boring WASP bubble. This whole attitude needs to fucking stop. It's patronizing as fuck.
>>41930 >>41936 >>41962 I will make it very simple for you. These books/movies are for masturbating to, not for basing your life around. Rape and domination fantasies are actually really common among women, which is not the same as saying that women want to be raped or dominated. It's just something that, when it's in a fantasy or a piece of fiction, is sexually exciting to them. Much like how a man with an incest fetish may have no desire to fuck his own sister.
>>41963 >Rape and domination fantasies are actually really common among women, which is not the same as saying that women want to be raped or dominated. I've always thought this was more of a fantasy for completely handing over control of yourself, with no ability to take it back unless the other person gives it back, an extremely deep level of trust. Bondage is largely based off this, but the rape fantasies come from doing the same without the ropes. However, there's no anglo cultural example of completely and consensually giving yourself to someone, body and soul, with no control, so the term "rape" is used as the closest proxy. Women with a "rape fantasy" almost certainly don't want to be raped, but there's not a good term for it. Non-restrictive bondage?
Perhaps "ragdoll fantasy" is a better term, as the the desired outcome is for the other party to control the submissive's body as they see fit.
>>41974 He doesn't even look that "rich", I mean my room when I was a kid was bigger than his.
Also, am I wrong for finding it a bit creepy that Richie has a life-like robot (which was preasumably given to him by his dad) who looks like a teenage girl wearing the stereotypical sexy french maid costume?
>am I wrong for finding it a bit creepy that Richie has a life-like robot (which was preasumably given to him by his dad) who looks like a teenage girl wearing the stereotypical sexy french maid costume?
>>41979 Well we are dealing with a Sitcom in the current Disney style. So when going for a Robot don't go for looks just have her act Wooden and Stiff. And remembering how things went last time they tried. Its for the best I think.
>>41994 They likely recently realized they still owned all The Harvey Comics stuff when they needed stuff to fill that massive 300 hour docket.
Harvey Comics had the rights jumped a bit before they were sold to Universal and those were sold to Classic Media in the early '00s and after a long string of deals Dreamworks bought them in 2012 and renamed it Dreamworks Classics. They also own Felix the Cat under that brand.
I wonder with that what they'll get MIR to produce. If they want to dig into it they do have a stock of Gold and Sliver Age Superheros like Black Cat and Kitten
>>42005 Now you say that like it's supposed to prove you don't hate Marvel but it's clear you REALLY hate Marvel, because no one who doesn't have an insane hate boner would EVER compare Man of Steel, that fetid shit log, to the highly enjoyable if by the numbers Guardians of The Galaxy.
>>42000 That's interesting its like the Nick News thing they had on Immigrant Children. Most really want to go back to their home countries. They just want to go back to a home where they wont be murdered.
Anyone with a lick of sense knew American Sniper would never win Best Picture.
>Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.
>His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
hahah oh god I saw Kingsman, and it wasn't until I talked with a few friends about the film I realized it had a complete action seqquence excised from the cut I saw. And from what I hear it was the best one in the movie.