Annara Snow

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  1. OK, here is a question for everyone that has a very strict view on this issue that art should not be separated from the artist: Where exactly do we draw the line - i.e. when is a work seen as "tainted" by association with a person who has since been revealed to be guilty of a serious crime? Is it only if it's the director or writer, or the main star? Or just one of the stars? Producer? A supporting actor? A producer? A stunt coordinator who abused a young actress who played the main star's daughter on the set? (see: True Lies) Is the work seen as contaminated by that one person only if they were committing the crime during/in the course of making the movie/TV show, or if they did it subsequently? If hundreds of other people were involved in the work (which is usually the case with films and TV shows - it's a collaborative effort), should those works all be thrown into garbage because of one person - even if hundreds of other people who worked on it weren't involved in their crimes, and maybe some of them were the victims? Should the work be discarded only if the perpetrator's personality and opinions are reflected in the work (as with Woody Allen's films), or is it enough that they were involved in any way? For instance: are all the movies produced by Harvey Weinstein on the "do not watch!" list because of him? Is American Beauty now on the garbage heap due to Spacey? What about L.A. Confidential, where he wasn't the main star? What about Se7en, where he has little screentime but a major role as the main villain? What about Lost Highway? Robert Blake was not one of the main stars in that film, he appears in just one scene (under heavy makeup), but it's a very memorable scene. It was years before he was accused and tried for his wife's murder. Does the possibility of him being a murderer make Lost Highway automatically something I should not rewatch? In my opinion, that would be pretty ridiculous. And in terms of "do I feel uncomfortable watching it": in this case, no. I would feel incredibly uncomfortable if I had to watch The Cosby Show now and see Bill Cosby playing a lovable family man - but I feel absolutely no discomfort seeing Robert Blake playing the supporting role of an ultra-creepy person in a movie about a guy who may or may not have murdered his wife. In fact, it kind of makes his role all the more fitting.
  2. Is it connected in any meaningful way to the other DC CW shows? I'm asking because I'm not up to date on any of the Arrowverse shows, and I may check this to see what it's like.
  3. It's not a reveal, they've already mentioned that she's bipolar several episodes ago.(Well, I've also known before that because people on forums were mentioning it, as apparently her mental health issues are general knowledge from the comics. (I see what they did there when they created the character: she's Polaris, Magneto's daughter, has magnetic abilities and is bipolar...)
  4. Outside of SciFi, the 1996 John Sayles movie Lone Star also had a similar line: " it's always heartwarming to see a prejudice defeated by a deeper prejudice"
  5. Last Tango in Paris is incredibly overrated anyway. I was incredibly underwhelmed by it. Watch Intimacy instead, if you want a genuinely strong, emotionally complex, well-directed and acted sexually explicit erotic drama about people in a similar kind of "strangers as regular sex partners" relationship (minus the age gap and power disbalance).
  6. I'll have to check it out just to see how awful it can get, and if it's "so bad it's good" like The Room, or just annoying. BTW, it currently has a 3.6 rating on IMDB. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2532246/ LOL Sometimes I think I should go back to using translated subtitles, just for the hilarity of some of the translations. But it would be too distracting. That already happened many times when I was in the cinema or watching TV. The last time I was in the cinema, I watched The Last Jedi and almost groaned aloud at a badly translated line (I can't remember now what it was).
  7. How is it compared to Nemanjići? Better or worse, or the same level of bad? I haven't watched either, but I've seen countless people on Facebook and in the media talking about how utterly awful Nemanjići is.
  8. Nah. Taboo was his passion project, he's an executive producer or something and made it happen, I think it was even his idea. The show is his baby. And I'm sure he had no problems making it happen, as he's Tom freaking Hardy. Just download subtitles in English. They're really easy to find online for pretty much any show. I like to use them whenever I can, to avoid problems with bad sound or actors mumbling their lines. BTW, I do wonder who makes these subtitles you can find on Opensubtitles etc. Although they're usually fully accurate in terms of what people are saying, some of the directions are pretty hilarious (as when it describes what kind of music is playing), and at least once it was downright inaccurate/ignorant. I was watching The Americans, and there was an episode where a character from Russia was in Yugoslavia (specifically in Ljubljana, Slovenia) trying to get fake papers to get to USA. When he was at the Yugoslavian border (to Austria, I think), and the border guards were speaking in Serbocroatian, the subtitles said [Speaking Russian]. Who made these subtitles, and just how stupid were they? I don't expect them to recognize which language it is (and it would have been completely understandable if they had thought it was Slovenian), but why the heck would you think that Yugoslavian border guards would be speaking Russian to people exiting the country? Why would they be doing that?
  9. Things the show did better than the books: 1) In season 2, Tyrion's line to Janos Slynt - "I'm not questioning your honour. I'm denying its existence." How did D&D manage to write such a good line and then go on to write so much awful dialogue? 2) In season 4, the scene when Oberyn visits Tyrion in his cell was faithful to the books, but improved: Oberyn telling Tyrion the story about his and Elia's visit to Casterly Rock worked much better in this context, than in the context he told it in the books (during their first meeting). 3) In season 1, it was good that they had Ned explain to Arya that Sansa couldn't openly call Joffrey a liar, because she was going to be married to him and he'll be her lord. It's something that should be obvious, really, but a large part of the fandom is really stupid about it, so making it explicit was a good call. (I don't know if even that helped with the fandom, though.) 4) Jon's made-up explanation to Mance about why he deserted the Night's Watch (because the NW was not focusing on the real enemy, the White Walkers, and was letting Craster give his sons to them) was way more convincing than the explanation he gave in the books (because he was unhappy with his social status as a bastard - how does that matter to his life in the NW, where he could rise in the ranks and become Lord Commander anyway? Mance would know that, as he was in the NW). 5) I love the scene where Sandor deserts in 'Blackwater' - it was more memorable and better than the one in the books. (Of course, GRRM wrote it...) 6) Ned's death in 'Baelor' was really well done and stronger than in the books, because we got to see his POV as well, not just Arya's, and the addition of him noticing Arya and sending Yoren to shield her from seeing him die was also really good. And... that's it. I'm drawing a blank. I don't think there's anything else I can come up with. I would say Jaqen felt more charismatic in season 2 than in ACOK, but that's simply because of the actor making the character alive, and had nothing to do with writing.
  10. Did anyone watch Sean Bean's show Legends (cancelled after 2 seasons)? I saw the first episode on TV once I didn't bother continuing. It seemed really by the numbers and unoriginal, and now that good. But then I saw a bit of season 2 and decided to watch it - it seemed interesting, and I've checked it out online and learned that you don't have to see season 1 at all to watch season 2, as it was a complete retooling of the show. I never bothered with season 1, but season 2 was amazing - a complicated drama/spy thriller, taking place in multiple European countries and over several different time periods, with the story being told in a non-linear way, with several different timelines in every episode (but not confusing) and with many twists. Bean was really good, but the other characters were also interesting and well played. Particularly the guy who played an FBI agent hunting Bean's character, who was kind of a co-protagonist - I've never heard of the actor or seen him in anything else, but he was great.
  11. Me too, but it's because I actually like it the best here. I also like the reread threads, but they got severely wrecked when so many posts disappeared. And I like the Rant and Rave threads, but now I can get the same thing from Fandomentals articles and podcasts, tumblr posts of gotgifsandmusings, turtle-paced and others, Black Goat of Kohor's or The Dragon Demands Youtube videos, Twitter profiles such as Disown the Throne, etc. The book snob rants and GoT-trashing have proudly spread and flourished far beyond the Rant and Rave threads. You aren't. Actually, I think that, if the rest of the books never came out, that would, if anything, ensure that the forum would go on forever, with people coming up with new and crazier crackpot theories all the time a and repeating old ones (as there would be nothing to prove them wrong), people speculating what would have happened, people writing their own endings and arguing whose is better, people arguing over how different or similar the show's ending was to the books, polls about who should be tasked with finishing the series, etc. AITOOAH who makes lists of all films, TV shows, books I've seen/read during a year and whether I liked them or not? (I started that a few years ago due to a couple of other forums with threads where people were doing that... I'm also now ranking my TV show seasons I've seen because of the "Rank Your TV Shows throughout the year" thread in the Entertainment section.)
  12. A peasant from the Riverlands. Would you rather be a bastard in Dorne, or a noble lady in the rest of Westeros?
  13. You probably are. Most of us here are loud and proud book snobs. AITOOAH who has all but stopped going to the General ASOIAF section a while ago due to the overall repetitiveness of the threads and discussions?
  14. Duh, Stannis obviously. I don't think that question was nearly as difficult as most here are (and I'm not even a Stannis fan). Would you rather have Tywin as father or Joffrey as son, if it's just one or the other?
  15. Or a dumbass.
  16. What are supposedly the two big mysteries of this trilogy?
  17. He won't drop out if there are already OK with having an extensive budget and letting him do what he wants creatively... which they should be aware at this point is what they'll signing up for with Fuller. Just like networks should know that a crappy show finished quickly on budget is what they're signing up for when they hire Scott Buck. The casting for this is going to be really interesting.
  18. Asha (BTW I love the idea of Carrie Coon as Cat) Tom Hopper (not Dickon)
  19. No. The singular event that initiated the rebellion beyond no return was Aerys demanding that Jon Arryn hand him over his wards, Ned and Robert, so he could execute them, just like he had done to Ned's father and brother. As for Brandon Stark, what makes you think he would have cared if his sister had been kidnapped or run off with Rhaegar, and that this would have made any difference to him? I mean, maybe there's a slim chance he had a mindset that women's agency was super important rather than a patriarchal mindset about family honor, but I really wouldn't bet on it, all things considered.
  20. Your grandpa has great taste. I only recently saw The Leftovers and it's a great show, and Nora/Kevin are among my favorite fictional couples now. I was rooting for them from the start.
  21. Ramsay had been openly flaying noblemen in the North, not to mention all the torturing, raping and killing of random people who he got his hands on. He's been hardly stealthy. You don't even need to have spies to find out what Ramsay is like. Heck, in the books, Jeyne Poole had heard about what Ramsay was like before her wedding, enough so to be afraid and beg Theon to help her. She apparently had better ways to learn intelligence than show Littlefinger did (not to mention was smarter than both him and show Sansa and more proactive than show Sansa, as she already realized what Ramsay was like and was trying to find an ally to get away).
  22. Robert didn't announce anything. Where are you getting that idea from? How and why would he be announcing anything about Lyanna or Rhaegar? He was over at the Vale and in no position to even hear about it before Brandon did, as Brandon was in Riverrun and much closer to where it happened. There is absolutely no indication that Robert, Ned or even Rickard did anything specifically about Lyanna being kidnapped or running off with Rhaegar. Brandon was the only one who did. The rebellion started because Aerys horrifically executed Rickard, Brandon and most of Brandon's companions - including Jon Arryn's nephew and heir - and then demanded that Jon Arryn turned over his wards, Ned and Robert, who hadn'teven done anything at all, to be executed as well. And Robert wasn't the one who started the rebellion anyway - it was Jon Arryn, by refusing to obey Aerys and calling his banners instead. Excuse me if I think that the issue of whether Lyanna went willingly or wven whether she married Rhaegar was pretty irrelevant at that point. The line "Robert's Rebellion was built on a lie" is incredibly stupid and confirms that D&D are hacks who can't keep the story straight and don't even remember what happened in it.
  23. I don't know if it's worse when it comes to abuse in terms of how graphic the scenes are, because the types of abuse the two movies focus the most are different. Both movies have some very difficult scenes. But 12 Years a Slave focuses more in general on the abuse that the slaves are suffering, without combining it with other plot elements, humor or action, like Django does. Plus the abuse happens to the central characters, while the worst of it in Django happens to minor characters and is only witnessed by the main heroes.
  24. Remember, we're on an ASoIaF/GoT forum, so their interactions may indeed be on the milder side of the, uh, sibling-like dynamics.
  25. No. LMDs can only look and sound like Daisy, they did not have her powers. (As Daisy pointed out in 4.15, when she used that to prove to Jemma it was really her, rather than an LMD.) AIDA had to go through a lot of effort to be able to build herself a human/Inhuman body with all sorts of powers, and that included stealing matter from another dimension.