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  1. Hands down, the best long form, retrospective film review ever. Although Ryan Gosling is absolutely right: James Cameron totally phoned-in the title design. When will the nightmare end?
  2. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/regina-king-son-ian-alexander-jr-dies-at-26-1235079451/
  3. I thought the same thing. I even suspected Lotti might be the pit girl for a time. p.s. isn't the pit girl wearing Jackie's necklace? I thought Rockies too. There is a mountain range in northern Ontario, but you have to squint a little to make it look like what's in the show. That part of the country would also make more sense to find a cabin owned by a French speaker, being further east. And if they are in Northern Ontario, they'd be screwed trying to find a road. There are parts of that province where roads and towns are pretty thin. However, there is a fair amount of fly-in fishing and hunting tourism. I would imagine they're going to see a plane sooner or later. Not the one that blew up that is. That could be how they end up getting found: a pilot of a plane with floats sees the wreckage from the air and lands on the lake to check it out. And the compass going crazy is totally a thing. My home town was just inside the Canadian Shield. In grade 6 (I think) we went to the local ski hill in the spring for orienteering. We were warned that if we stood on a at a particular spot on the course to get our bearing, the compass would go mental because we were probably standing on top of an iron deposit. Walk 20 feet in any direction and it was fine.
  4. You're right. The two scenes are close together and I connected the two somehow.
  5. I laughed my ass off for most of that episode. I'm like, "This idiot is so obviously going to die." She learned to fly from studying the flight manual? Seriously? On the other hand, It betrays a desperation that might not be obvious from scenes as-shown. I wouldn't be surprised if we get alternate flashbacks depicting a much grimmer, nastier situation. I still blame Misty though. p.s. Melanie Lynskey (adult Shauna) is a Kiwi? I had no idea.
  6. Yeah but, like, there's energy coming up out of the ground, man. If that scene takes place just before the first snow, that bear would have spent the entire summer fattening itself up and preparing to enter its den to hibernate 'till spring; so weakness from hunger doesn't seem plausible to me. And how is it possible that they spent the entire summer there and this is the first live bear they encountered? A bear weak from hunger would attack. A scared or confused bear would bolt or attack. A bear surrounded by terrified humans would get aggressive. Everything about that scene is just weird.
  7. The ceremonial feast depicts 8 survivors. Tai, Shauna, Misty, Natalie, Travis and Lottie definitely made it out. The stature and head dress of the one on the far right suggests one of them is Van. That leaves one that isn't accounted for, although the costumes they wore to Doomcoming would probably provide a clue. I'm pretty sure we saw Javi die in episode 10. Here they are, looking like some Grizzly Adams version of Slipknot. Misty is serving dinner. https://soaps.sheknows.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/yellowjackets-antler-queen.png?resize=1024%2C598 The best liars always do. I don't know. I got the sense that scene was being told from Shauna's or Lotti's POV. Tai is also present. Travis and Natalie (the people most likely to protect Javi) are not. If you look at the individual reaction shots after Lotti stabs the bear, it's more stunned silence than anything else. And there was something really off about that bear. p.s. I also thought it was strange that none of them make any effort to seek protection inside the cabin. And none of them mention the word, "bear".
  8. ... anymore. Jonathan Ross gave Kit Harrington a lie detector test once and he passed it with flying colors. These creative types are crafty, lying bastards. If the flashback scenes are told from the POV of one of the surviving characters they might.
  9. Adam was definitely a a cult member. Did anyone notice the line about taking off for the weekend to, "A cabin in the woods"? That seems like an odd suggestion given what he claims to know about her. I'd have to rewatch but I'm pretty sure one of the guys who grabbed Natalie was also one of Adam's concerned family members on TV. Please, please, please don't fuck this up like American gods. We know Tai is an unreliable narrator. It's also a pretty good bet that, through starvation and/or low dose poisoning, the '90's events are not told accurately. I'm also betting the mental breakdown started long before Doomcoming. Remember how in an early episode one of the girls warns the others to not eat the berries? In a later episode they're out searching for food and one of them complains there are no berries left? They also seem pretty chill about drinking fermented berry juice. I'm thinking the animals might be a proxy for humans. I'd bet money that the bear was actually Javi. Why would a bear behave like that? The "bear" laid down because he was hungover from the night before. He didn't attack them because why would he attack his friends? He didn't react to Lotti approaching him because why would he? There are also parallels with the opening "dinner" and the bear feast. It's possible the wolf attack was actually one group of girls attacking the other. Why does the pack evaporate when Tai kills one of them with an axe? Why don't they bring the wolf carcass back for food? Did they consume it already? I'd have to go back and rewatch but are there any minor characters who disappear after that scene? That would be the confirmation.
  10. Just finished it. Hell of a cliffhanger. Those bastards. The Offspring played over a slo-mo slow walk at the high school reunion: Perfect! p.s. that bear was not a bear.
  11. These guys must be defectors from other animation studios who banded together to start their own company or something. The portfolio of in-house projects on their website is remarkably thin. A few music videos, one other series and Arcane. That's it. Incredible.
  12. I'm not saying it wasn't there at all in the first season. The social dynamics and hierarchies at street level and within the drug trade were especially interesting. I'm just saying it's a bit soon. If it falls short of that (which it will), that's fine. Having great visuals ain't no sin. It is a visual medium after all. For me, the difference between this and other action/SFF oriented stuff (eg. the MCU) is that I can re-watch this and not just surf the action or comedy bits. The dynamic between VI and Jinx and Silco is especially well done. The world building is great and yeah, there's some political economy thrown in as well. And it's able to do this while keeping a tight focus on character and story, something The Wire was also especially good at. Bring on the second season.
  13. Well, that would be the gold standard, but keep in mind that it took The Wire a few seasons to become "The Wire of social commentary." The first season was a somewhat straightforward "cops vs. criminals in the inner city" story. Also, The Wire's impact had a lot to do with a gritty realism that you can't get with an animated fantasy series. By definition. As I commented in the "watching" thread, I loved this series. Gorgeous animation ('90's Disney with a mix of Bluth Studios and Nelvana) Compelling characters and some real emotional gut punches that didn't feel forced or cheesy. I also loved the steampunk aesthetic, which seemed "just right". Great production design. Not overdone. Zaun seemed more Art Nouveau and Piltover more Art Deco. I might seeing things but I though that was a nice touch. I also commented there that they used an Alphonse Mucha painting in the under-city landscape. It's derived from his commercial work (a JOB rolling papers advert). What I didn't know is that Mucha had a bunch of non-commercial work, specifically his Slav Epic, which was a collection of massive canvasses he did for an American client. Maybe I'm crazy, but if I squint a little bit, I think there's some inspiration from those works on the aesthetic of the series. I wouldn't be shocked if that was the case. Best SFF series 2021? If I had to choose between this and Squid Game that'd be tough. I'm not sure on that one. As far as animated series go I'd say, "definitely". With all due respect to Love Death + Robots, that's a different animal. A short film anthology isn't a series. There is room in my heart for both. Arcane certainly scratches an itch for me that The Bad Batch didn't. Not to dump on that show but I found it a bit boring and a bit repetitive. I didn't even finish the season. Between that and the last season of The Mandalorian, I'm done with Star Wars. I haven't seen What If? or SW: Visions, but I doubt they're as good.
  14. And there are plenty of examples of film studios that failed without interference from the Wall street types. Be that as it may, there is an angle to this story the article is ignoring. And regardless of how they got there, there is a pretty good business case for spinning off Warner Media. I'm sure the debt service on that $40-odd billion is several hundred million a year. Look at Disney. According to Google Finance, Disney's net income, for FY2019, was $11.05 billion. This crashed to a $2.86 billion loss in FY2020. Bob Chapek became CEO in Feb. 2020. If I was evaluating his performance over the last year, would it be remotely fair to do so without accounting for Covid? Of course not. Disney, by the way, is also a company who came into this pandemic carrying a significant debt load due to the Fox acquisition. Unlike other studios, they were also positioned to be hit especially hard because of their parks business. It wouldn't surprise me if they made an equally dramatic announcement before this pandemic is done. I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to sell off a piece of the Avatar sequels or the Kingsman Franchise. Maybe even a small stake in Pixar. This is all speculation of course. As an aside, it seems to me that Warner Media has been treated a bit too harshly in the entertainment press over the last year. When they announced they were doing simultaneous streaming/theatrical releases for WW84 and throughout 2021, people lost their minds. On the other hand, instead of delaying, Disney released Artimis Fowl and Mulan on Disney+ and there was barely a peep. Black Widow will be getting a simultaneous streaming/theatrical release this summer and I can't detect any criticism at all.
  15. Gulf and Western ran their studio "at some remove"? All that stuff I heard about Charlie Bluhdorn must have been wrong then. It's interesting to me that "Covid" never appears once in that article. Imagine you're ATT and you're carrying a lot of debt going into a recession. One of your subsidiaries, Warner Media, is especially hard hit because box office receipts have cratered world-wide due to the pandemic. Further, they are unlikely to fully recover for another year, if ever. In hindsight, you probably launched your streaming service 6 months later than you should have and the roll out wasn't as successful as it could have been. You have the choice of continuing to carry this costly business unit or turn it into the kind of cash that you could really use right now. The $40-odd billion in debt that ATT is erasing with this transaction; how long would it take Warner Media to generate that in after-tax profits in the normal run of things? A decade? More? So what do you do? Maybe it's just that simple. It certainly seems a lot more plausible than a clash of cultures between wall street and main street Hollywood, especially since the corporations have been in there for decades.
  16. The spun-off company will be taking a big chunk of ATT's debt with it. The sale will probably generate a considerable amount of cash. Win win. Costs of restructuring. Infrastructure costs associated with a massive increase in content; marketing; cost of cutting deals to expand HBOMax's reach, etc. They spent almost half-a-billion for Friends.
  17. What the hell? https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-05-16/why-att-is-spinning-off-hbo-cnn-warner-media-discovery
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