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  1. The latest episode (no 5) was one of the best one in the show's history. Dennis' continuous decent into malicious madness is glorious. Glenn should get all the rewards there are.
  2. I binged all episodes in the past week or so. It's a truly upsetting piece of work. The thing is though that I keep suspected the documentary makers left a lot of things out; that's the only way I can explain the guilty verdicts. As for Steven, I can understand how he was convicted. Judging by what's presented in the show, there obviously isn't enough evidence to overcome reasonable doubt. But seeing as how freeing Steven at least in some way would imply crooked cops, I can understand (though not excuse) if a jury, whose core values include the idea that police are the good guys, would render a guilty verdict. As for Brendan however, it's mind-boggling how he could convicted with an obviously coerced confession and no technical evidence whatsoever. Which leaves me to wonder if the documentary makers haven't left some incriminating stuff out. This suspicion is fuelled by the fact that all the appeal courts have refused to take on his case.
  3. Songs You Never Realized Were Covers

    The fact that Dazed and Confused wasn't a Led Zeppelin original took me by surprise. (Although ZP changed enough of the lyrics to get away with not paying royalties)    
  4. David Bowie... reported deceased.

    Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Low are the only three albums of his that I really really love. But I must've listened through those three albums 50 times each over the years. God damn it, what a loss. :(
  5. Deadwood

    I'll be fucked.
  6. Ranking the LotR and Hobbit movies

    My ranking (EE for LotR, cinema version for The Hobbit films): (Nostalgia probably has a large role in my ranking of the LorR movies, as I was just a little turd when I watched them on cinema) Fellowship of the Ring: 10/10 - Amazing world building, atmosphere and casting. Might be the best cinema experience I've ever had. The Two Towers: 10/10 - Fuck it. It has its flaws, but to give it any lower score would be lying to myself about how much I loved watching it. Return of the King: 8/10 - It was a poor decision making Gondor so damn weak. The intervention of the magical ghost army made the earlier stages of the battle redundant. The symbolism of the battle, that Men could manage themselves and thus worthy of inheriting Middle Earth from the Elves, was also lost due to this. Other than that it had a ton of great scenes. An Unexpected Journey: 4/10 -  I have no idea what compelled them to make the orcs CGI, but it was dreadful. Cartoonish fights and Radagast with bird shit in his hair notwithstanding, The Riddles in the Dark was superb. The Desolation of Smaug: 5/10 - Can't for my life explain why now, but I remember I thought this was a better movie than AUJ when I saw it back in 2013 (haven't rewatched it since) The Battle of the Five Armies: 2/10 - You'd think that they in a movie that was entirely about a battle would actually make an effort to make it good. But it was shit. Confusing editing that left you wondering about the geography of the battlefield and awful CGI. The silly love affair, while awful, was the least confusing thing about the whole cunting film.
  7. European politics: Into the "right" futur

    I'd say it's a bit misguided to blame "the left" when both Germany and the UK are ruled by conservative parties.
  8. Star Wars VII - The Spoiler Menace

    Why is it called The Resistance when it's the official or unofficial army of the republic, the main ruling power of the universe? Shouldn't The First Order be called the Resistance instead?
  9. Star Wars VII - The Spoiler Menace

    Finally got to see it a few days ago. It's a damn enjoyable movie. Rey was a great character, look forward to seeing more of her. It was a bit stupid though how the destruction of the Republic's capital planet didn't have more effect on the plot, or generate more reactions from the characters. Speaking of which, why is the Republic and the Resistance treated as two separate institutions? Wouldn't the Resistance be the Republic's army?
  10. NO SPOILERS: Star Wars: The Internet Spoilers Awaken

    I have to wait until the 28th to see it. God damn.
  11. Fargo Season 2: you betcha!

    What a lovely season of television, one of the best I've seen.
  12. Any idea when the first reviews drop in?
  13. Fargo Season 2: you betcha!

    Fair question. One possibility is that they went back to the police station to make sure everything was alright after Bear's siege, then driving back to Ed and Peggy's place.   Great episode again. Words fail in how much I love this show. Kirsten Dunst was fantastic.
  14. Fargo Season 2: you betcha!

    Another fantastic episode. Nick Offerman delivered like hell.   One slightly nitpick (I know I'm not the first to remark on this). Why would Hank leave the house without checking if Peggy was alright? Maybe there're scenes cut that we haven't seen, but it seems very strange that he would just leave.
  15. Remind me again why everyone is rioting? Because the cops shot a homeless guy? It's one thing to have it in a small area of LA, but they said on the radio that it had spread to 12 (or thereabouts) states. It's also pretty unbelievable that there would be a bunch of zombies among the human rioters, and none of them would notice. You'd think those bastards would fuck off home if the cops started eating eachother right in the middle of their otherwise successful and fancy riot.   Anyway, it makes for a pretty interesting premise, as I found myself wanting those smug, psychopathic vandals (who apparently represents a majority of fictional LA's population) to get eaten alive, so I'm actually rooting for the zombies at this point.   I liked when the military arrived, although it surprised me. The zombies shouldn't actually stand a chance against them. They're only dangerous when they're close by in confined areas, and no organize military unit would ever allow themselves to be put in that position.