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    Berserk Spoiler Thread

    Yeah, and it's taking longer than i expected. But that's because I'm noticing so much more than I did a few years ago when I did my last read-through. I'm actually in the midst of a bit of a write up on Guts and Griffith's first sword dance.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Art of the Rewatch edition

    I'm actually a little annoyed that the version I rented wasn't the director's cut, so I'm gonna wait for that before writing up anything too analytical. Anyway, it was a nasty piece of work to be sure. One can't help but be a little entranced (albeit sickened) by the loving attention LVT takes in rubbing the audience's face in his disgust with the stupidity, greed, and dog-like obedience to masculine authority that he sees as defining the suburban and rural white women that voted for Donald Trump. Or to the attention to creative detail that he put into the emotional and psychological cruelty of some of these scenarios. That being said, he really didn't do anything particularly new with this one. The points he makes are just nasty extensions of things that he's been saying for most of his career, with a thin veneer of Trump over everything (and lord knows nobody has covered that over the past few years...). Law enforcement is corrupt and incompetent. Women who are not stupid are cynical, and men are amoral predators who will never not disappoint. Redemption is just an enticing snare meant to lead you further into hell. Etc, etc.
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    MCUniverse- Captain Marvel Rises!

    Okay, i thought I was done being excited by MCU trailers. Like, I have yet to see the second Ant-Man. Then I saw that trailer with Captain Marvel flying around like fucking Goku blowing up Skrull ships. Also Venom genuinely has potential to sprout a fun sequel, and I hope to all gods Holy and Unholy Peter Parker hooks up with the symbiote on his way back to Earth.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Art of the Rewatch edition

    Finally saw Crazy Rich Asians. Good god that movie was shit. I would have fucking loved if they'd stayed with the college roommate's (or whatever she was) family for the entire movie. They were great. Everything else was shit. Everything. Saw If Beale Street Could Talk last night. Another fucking masterpiece by Barry Jenkins. Better than Moonlight IMO. The Death of Stalin was about the blackest black comedy I've seen that could still get genuine belly-laughs out of me. I enjoyed Vice, but it wasn't anything special. Kind of heavy-handed tbh. There's a long post forthcoming about The House that Jack Built. God fucking damn...
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    EDIT: Whoops, thought I'd posted this the other day. Imma go in reverse order here. Not trying to be a dick, but I don't know why I should take your opinions about a specific film seriously when you have not seen the film under discussion. I mean, I've watched a lot of bullshit just so I could properly explain how and why it's bullshit later. Not saying you have to do that just to have an opinion, but it is odd that the opinion you've formed is strong enough that your initial reaction to my giving Snyder perhaps more credit than he is due, is to claim I claimed anything he did was a "masterpiece" and that I "drank the koolaid" about BvS. There are certain shows, figures, books, etc. that seem to pull very strong and simultaneously very shallow opinions from large groups of fans. Or maybe anti-fans is a better word, idk. Kinda like Twilight in the early 2010s, or Justin Bieber at any given damn point. This shit is all a mile wide and one inch deep. I was that way over those Eragon books for a long time. Of course, I did actually read those... I'm not being cool, I just took the few seconds to make the requisite criticism of Snyder's skills as a director that would get us past the "Snyder bad" phase of the conversation. And look, it worked! This, to me, is a contradiction. You're talking about scene composition like it's formulaic and there's no artistry to it. I agree that his characters lack depth, but there is a lot of ground between "useless hack" and an otherwise talented director who needs some creative handlers for depth of character and narrative structure. And I would also argue that if we're talking about Sucker Punch, the lack of depth is deliberate. I men, they're named things like "Sweet Pea" and "Baby Doll"... Well, actually I said that Sucker Punch was about how many of the staples of nerd culture (comics, video games, anime, etc.) claim to empower women, but are really just escapist fantasies that let them forget about their problems for a little bit. A lot of this is only true in the context of an empowerment fantasy. I would argue that the whole point of Sucker Punch is to spit on the idea of an empowerment fantasy. I don't think he was trying to make a point about people being marginalized, so much as he was giving the middle finger to all of the "truefans" who declared a fatwa on him after he made Watchmen. He was basically saying that their obsession with comics and fantasy stories does nothing real to make their lives or the world around them any better, and if they're going to retreat into fantasy worlds, then the least they could do is clear the way for those who do have the will to act to step up (again we see shades of Snyder's career-long obsession with The Fountainhead). It was essentially one massive spite project. It was mean-spirited, and wrong-headed, and vitriolic, and as much of a mess as you'd imagine a movie made entirely to say "fuck you" to a person's critics would be. But it did come from a genuine place, not one meant to pander to an audience (which is more than I can say for some of the "competition"). I never said it was a masterpiece, but there is something there beyond pretty visuals.
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    Working on a longer reply to others as well, but this doesn't really clear up what you were trying to say for me. I know there's some drama out there about whether or not some of the footage Snyder shot before stepping down exists, but otherwise I really don't know what you meant about me "drinking the Kool-Aid".
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    Ok reading back over all this I realize that I came off like an overly-sensitive, pedantic little prick. Still not wrong tho. Tbh Im getting annoyed about being billed as defending BvS (or calling it a "masterpiece" apparently), because I really did think the movie was a hot fucking mass, and that Snyder is pretty ham-handed about narrative. But you're also doing him a disservice to write him off as a half-smart Michael Bay, good at visuals but nothing below the surface. 300 is a good example. The graphic novel was basically one giant recruiting ad for the US military. The Snyder version, yeah it had that, but it also had some Starship Troopers levels of deconstruction that goes largely uncommented on. The way the Spartans idealize an antiquated version of masculinity, going so far as to turn down a reasonable peace offer because bowing to Xerxes would make them look "totally gay", while seemingly oblivious of the overwhelmingly homoerotic nature of their own alpha-praising culture. Also, I like the Star Wars prequels. Bring it.
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    OK, I didn't react the way that I did because somebody disagreed with me. Far from it, I'd love to have a discussion about this. But you basically responded to my post with "Snyder bad", when the point of what I said was never even something like "Snyder good." I mean, I even gave you the chance to clarify what you were responding to or disagreed with, and you literally came back by saying "no, I didn't have anything to say. Just Snyder bad." I guess I was a little ungenerous with Heartforce in what you quoted, but cmon. If you're gonna go full Peggy Hill and refer to commonly accepted truisms as "my take", you can't exactly expect me to bite my tongue... And btw, there's a difference between mild bewilderment, and whatever the fuck Mormont was accusing me of in his last post.
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    I have no idea what the fuck any of this bit means. Not what I said at all. I think the last line of that post actually made it kind of clear that I was commenting on the way life can imitate art beyond any control that we have. Forgive me if I'm not blown away by the depths of knowledge implied in this statement. I mean, you just said you haven't seen the movie that I was basing a lot of my point on. Do you actually know anything about Zach Snyder, or are you just parroting the popular wisdom that's bandied about and repeated on every movie podcast?
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    See, i didn't actually give him any credit for anything though. I said that he tried and failed to accomplish something, and that the way he walked from the project kind of mirrors the end of the Fountainhead. I do find it interesting that what I said was touted as "defending" Snyder, when I really made no reference whatsoever to any previous comments or criticisms on the man. It seems like anything other than "thing bad" in reference to these movies garners this kind of reaction though, so I can't say I'm surprised. What an insightful observation. I have never heard that about him before.
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    Lol, is that the "gist of my point"? Anyway, could one of you please point out where I said anything like that? I don't think I ever made a single comment about the substance of any of his films in relation to his directing style or anything like that. Unless you're referring to my thoughts on Sucker Punch, but I'm far from the first person to have made that observation that the film was a fairly passive aggressive swipe at nerd culture.
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    Ah, my bad. I thought you were expressing an original thought. Sorry about that.
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    DCEU: Suicidal Insanity

    Not really sure why you quoted me here. My point was that Snyder's professional career has kind of paralleled a story he's been obsessed with for years, which he is now adapting. Which bit was this comment directed at?
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    Denis Villenueve to direct Dune

    IMO he's a little seasoned for the role. I like the idea of him as Duncan, but I also think it'd be a mistake for them to cast anybody most known as a Game of Thrones actor.
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