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  1. On 3/15/2024 at 2:35 PM, SeanF said:

    A question.

    Paul may be considered as a villain, by some,  for unleashing the Jihad.

    But, was he was just supposed to kill hinself, and the Fremen to accept eternal Harkonnen rule, as the alternative?

    And drawing parallels (as some do), with Daenerys’ anti-slavery campaign, in GOT.  Is the message to oppressed peoples basically “Suck it up. You should count your blessings?”

    No. Remember that the Baron intended to annihilate the Fremen in the course of paving the way for Feyd, and, rebuilding his finances after the Atreides liquidation. And this result also doesn't solve the longer term problem of human survival. 

    On 3/15/2024 at 3:48 PM, polishgenius said:

    But those weren't the only two options. They were just the only options on the table once Paul made the knowing decision to manipulate the Fremen. The jihad isn't the inevitable result of Fremen freedom  - it's the inevitable result of achieving that freedom via Paul's manipulation of their beliefs. 

    The Bene Gesserit take some blame for that as well. It's also not clear that their motivations in creating the Kwisatz Haderach are entirely pure, or couldn't be perverted in some way. Presumably they never stopped to ask should they do this. 

    On 3/18/2024 at 3:07 AM, Loge said:

    As Werthead explained:

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    Paul really is the messiah, though the Bene Gesserit had no clue when they planted that legend that it might actually come true. Just as they had no clue who/what they had created with their breeding program. Paul is a failed messiah, though, because he refused to give up his humanity, as Leto then did.

    Paul's mission was never about the Fremen, of course, or the Harkonnen, or the emperor. The later books make that clear.


    The morality of Paul and Leto II's actions is difficult to define, given their prescience and the timescales involved. I had a whole thing about that but I'm tired. 

    But yeah, genocide is bad tho. 

  2. 1 hour ago, The Anti-Targ said:

    I've frozen parmesan in the past and it made it crumbly, taste was still fine though.

    How long were you planning on keeping it around? I had a block in the fridge that went fuzzy once but that was 500g wedge that a friend brought back from Italy for me. I just got lazy making pasta for a few weeks. 

  3. 22 hours ago, HexMachina said:

    I've also found that things like that taste better reheated next day, which again may be bollocks but I can at least see some logic in allowing the flavours to develop


    Allowing it to “mature” in the fridge overnight is definitely a thing. It worked great with a pork shoulder I did once, partly because it was easier to skim off the congealed fat after it cooled. I think you’re supposed to pour off the juice when it’s still warm and separate it that way but what do I know? Also I had 4kg of the stuff. That makes a lot of juice. Bolognese also generally tastes better the next day. This is known.  

    As far as freezing it goes: freezing/thawing will also have an effect on texture and likely flavour. Water expands when frozen; cell walls; etc. But any chemical reactions should all but cease after it’s frozen and in the absence of fresh air. This is why vacuum sealing and freezing is so good at preserving foods. 

    Bread freezes well without effecting it too much. They say cheese does too but I’ve never tried it. 

  4. 4 hours ago, polishgenius said:


    Ghislaine Maxwell...

    Just popped in to check the conversation vectors and I see they've gone off the rails nicely. Well done, people. (slow clap)... (slow clap, indeed)

    There are plenty of examples of people who are simultaneously high-profile-respectable and low-profile-scumbags. See Jimmy Saville. The idea that some low level flunkie who fetched coffee for him for a year would have detailed knowledge of his low-profile-scumbaggery is reaching just a little bit. 

    In other news, It's been two days and I still haven't seen the trailer yet! I might actually fucking make it this time!!!** FREEEEEEDOOOOOOOOMMMmm...

    **I accidentally saw the poster and yeah it's kinda cool I guess. 

  5. 12 minutes ago, Veltigar said:

    Stop trying to poop @Deadlines? What Deadlines? and get to work giving us a box office prediction. Will Dune 2 get the 700-800 Million USD @Ser Rodrigo Belmonte II needs to make a third one?

    Oh, I did that before the film came out. It'll cross a $1 billion. I'm sticking with that for now but I'll concede that it's starting to look like a bit of a stretch. Call it $850m to $1.05 Billion. 

    I'm still formulating my thoughts on the other subject. The ideas are just purring out of me. 

  6. 37 minutes ago, Ran said:

    Very different thing, but just as good, I agree. Lanthimos and Stone are an incredible team.

    It's like Wes Anderson woke up one day and got fed all the drugs and all the wrong drugs.

    That's a bit reductive, I'll admit. Tongue planted firmly in cheek. people. 

    It does what it does without ever tipping over into the worst aspects of it. The visuals are trippy and stylized, without being gimmicky or derivative (Gilliam comes to mind). The film could be dismissed as being incredibly misogynist, but I think it handles the subject matter well. I'm still a bit disturbed about:


    The fact that it depicts the sexuality of a woman who literally has the mind of a child.

    I don't know how to feel about that. 

    And Stone is great in it.

    I'd definitely watch it again. 

  7. On 3/15/2024 at 3:53 PM, Werthead said:

    That's the question you are supposed to be asking.

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    The books make the argument that without first Paul and later Leto II's intervention, the human race would have become extinct within the next few millennia. Though Paul and Leto II's actions are monstrous and kill billions, they arguably extend the future existence of humanity tens of thousands of years, if not indefinitely, into the future.

    Something that is repeatedly implied is that Paul and Leto's actions kill far more people and result in vastly more evil and destruction than allowing a Harkonnen victory in Dune would have done, at least in the short term.



    I'll explain later. My tablet needs to recharge and I'm doing a lot of shitting today. 

  8. Er mehgawd. So much fucking drama.

    Or, y'know, you could, like, just not be a pussy and have the courage to not call the thing by what it is because it'll reduce the discomfort of the fear that you're so comfortable with. Or something.

    Would it be inappropriate to mention I got jabbed last week? It had been a while and I was at the clinic for something else and the clinic had a pharmacy attached to it so I roll over to the pharmacy to get my prescription filled and after I place my order I say,

    "Hey! 'You doing walk-in jabs, Motherfucker?"

    To which the Pharmacist replied, "Da Fuck?!? 'You callin' my game 'weak', Buddy?"

    "Your game is weak, Guy."

    "Well, lickitty split your ass over this way, Sunshine. We'll fix you up right. Bivalent. No side effects."

    "High five!" *smack*

    And it went on like that. True story. 


  9. Wonka

    Still trying to process this, so here goes:

    Muad'Dib, tripping balls on spice, dreams he came to earth to sell hallucinogenic chocolate. He seems very cheerful despite many hardships.

    The Lady Jessica gave him some chocolate once that is very special to him. 

    The Spacing Guild says to him, "Fuck off Muad'Dib! We sell the chocolate around here!"

    The Harkonnens tricks him into forced labour doing laundry (?) or something :huh:.

    He meets Chani in the laundry prison. They milk a giraffe for some reason. Apparently it's really easy to do if you give them mints first.

    So yeah, pretty good movie. I'm about half-way through. It's got all of Chalamet's skinny charisma and he sings too. 

  10. I just discovered this channel. This guy is amazing.

    I haven't tried this, but if you want to impress someone with a nutritious, delicious, home-cooked meal that's relatively straightforward to make, this will do it. 


  11. 8 hours ago, Kalbear said:

    That is a remarkable paraphrase; what they're saying is that long covid is not particularly different than other long-term massive debilitating effects from other viruses. It's not unique to COVID specifically, but it absolutely is real and given the amount of people who are getting covid it should still be taken seriously. 

    The opening paragraph of that article isn't quite as emphatic as the headline...

    It's also bullshit. It's a matter of precision. It doesn't matter if the symptoms are no better or worse.

    It's like saying we should do away with the term "alcoholism" or "opiate addiction" and just cover it with a general term "Substance addiction". What a useless conversation. 

    "Oh, hey, You sick?"


    "What you got?"

    "An illness."

  12. 1 hour ago, Maithanet said:

    Worked out well except for the part about Universal not making a ton of money on Oppenheimer.  It grossed nearly a billion dollars, which is a pretty astonishing feat given the subject matter, and I'm not at all sure any other director could have pulled it off. 

    The exhibitors keep roughly 50% of the gate. If what I read was true about Nolan's first dollar gross percentage, he effectively got the other 50%. That's a bit of an exaggeration but not by much.

    The deal George Lucas made with Alan Ladd Jr. and 20th Century Fox for SW:ESB would have actually yielded zero profit for the studio. "You guys made all the money on the last one; I want the money from this one.", and, "We'll do a side deal for distribution".

    Then Irvin Kershner went over schedule and over budget and Lucas had go back to Ladd for more money. 

  13. 4 hours ago, Myrddin said:

    Let's hope she got whatever that was in WW84 out of her system and she can get back to making better movies...

    I don't know exactly what the production process was like, but based on some of the other recent DC stuff, I think it's likely the studio can take the lion's share of the blame on that one. 

    These guys saw the critical reaction to Shazam! and said, "Yes! we need more like this and more of this. WW84 and Shazam! Fury of the Gods later...

  14. Speaking of Oscars, I posted this on page one of the Oppenheimer thread an eternity ago. Like, before there was even a teaser trailer.


    I'm too lazy to look for it right now but I remember reading something about the (reported) deal with Universal. It involves a guaranteed exclusive theatrical run, no Universal tentpole film releases for a period before and after the premiere, and a substantial percentage of the first dollar gross. If I didn't know better I'd say the suits at Universal were more concerned about prestige at awards season than money in the bank. My boy Chris is getting paid, son!

    I'd say that worked out well. 

  15. 23 minutes ago, DMC said:

    Agreed, I always thought it was a pill addiction.  Downers, not uppers, but who the fuck knows?

    Amphetamines. She was trying to lose weight so she could fit in her dress for that game show that she hallucinated she got invited to. She ends up suffering from acute amphetamine psychosis.

    But, because the films heroes all descend into their own personal hells, which are utterly dehumanizing and fucking merciless, and because the symptoms for amphetamine psychosis resemble schizophrenia; Ah, fuck it. Warm up the electroshock machine and let her ride the lightning.  

    No. I don't want to watch them being mean to Ellen Burstyn again. I'll watch her in Interstellar where she's happy and surrounded by her family at the space hospital and gets visited by her younger dad. 

  16. 1 hour ago, Ran said:

    The animation wasn't to a high standard, but as someone who was reading the comics from around the time the cartoon came out, it was really cool to see familiar storylines play out on the screen. They drew in particular from the Claremont era, and also the massive relaunch under Jim Lee, so you get characters like Omega Red showing up. That was, at the time, pretty neat.

    I did most of my comic buying in the 80's. I bought the Secret Wars off the rack back in '85. Spider-Man appeared in the black suit in a Spider-Man comic (I was also collecting) before he got the suit in Secret Wars. Mind blown. I wish I kept those books. If I knew then...

    I was also a big X-Men fan at the time. But I never got into the animated show. Yeah, the animation was bad but it was also pretty underwhelming to me in general. 


    That said, Batman: The Animated Series started airing the same year, and it absolutely trounced X-Men on pretty much all levels -- animation, design, story, voice acting, writing. Spectacular cartoon. Really looking forward to the new Bruce Timm-led Batman: Caped Crusader. Hopefully it'll be out sometime this year.

    At the time, Batman TAS and Superman TAS were perfect. Everything I could want. and yeah, head and shoulders above the X-Men series. 

  17. On 2/18/2024 at 6:12 PM, SpaceChampion said:

    I don't know any of these characters, does this claim hold up?

    I can't read the subsequent posts because I don't have a twitter account.

    However, this would not surprise me. There were allegations of comic book writers in the 90's and 00's recycling old storylines IIRC. I don't think anything came of it. 

    23 hours ago, Corvinus85 said:

    X-Men '97 creator, Beau DeMayo, has been fired, just ahead of the show's premiere next week.

    Does that mean it'll have less yellow in it?

    Seriously I don't get it. Each to their own but the original run of this show might be one of my least favorite animated series. 

  18. 5 hours ago, 3CityApache said:

    Idk, Trainspotting and Requiem for a Dream are very different IMO.

    Very different. 

    4 hours ago, DMC said:

    To anyone that knows anything about the production of Requiem, it’s absolutely absurd to describe it as Hollywood sheen - or the implication they gave two shits about Trainspotting when making it, for that matter.

    Yeah, pretty much. Apart from the film being made for basically nothing, Aronofsky talks about how the was the film was shot, cut, and scored as to make the audience progressively more uncomfortable.  

  19. 2 hours ago, dbunting said:

    When I think of a movie as being the best, it is something I want to see again. I want to see things that I may have missed, or appreciate subtle things or just to enjoy the ride again. Not wanting to watch something again doesn't make it bad either.

    Clearly it's just an opinion of mine.


    Would I to want to watch it again, would I to want to own a copy (back when physical media was a thing), and would I recommend it to others? Those are the tests of a good movie for me. 

    Requiem for Dream is a special case though. That ending is pretty devastating. It sticks with you. Speaking for myself, my brain continued to grind on the fate of its characters long after the movie was over. Days. I'm talking days. 


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