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    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    Saw it twice. It's definitely one of those movie that will never get better than the first time you see it, because you're constantly surprised and in the dark about where they're going to take things. The second time, all the little imperfections start becoming a lot more obvious. I actively disliked the Thor part the second time. The only times it works is when it's not just a lot of fat shaming and 'oh look how pathetic Thor has become', but when there's actually some pain hidden underneath. When Thor tells Bruce not to talk about Thanos in New Asgard, for example. Or when Thor admits that he needs to contribute with something useful after Widow's death. The rest of the time, the comedy surrounding his character and the whole Asgard sequence falls flat, you just don't register it the first time. What they should have done was show Thor becoming a drunken, harsh, even slightly tyrannical ruler of New Asgard, trying to be what his father was (or better), but unable to fit the role. This would have had more gravitas, would have given him something fresh to actually talk with his mother about, and would have set up the ending where he abandons his role as king because that's not what he's meant to be. I'm pretty surprised the final battle was so short. The MCU movies have always relied on overly long climax fights, but this is the one time I would actually have loved to see more. The biggest crime in the movie: It should have been Bucky with old Cap at the end. Bucky, Steve Rogers' childhood friend, who listened as Cap told about the life he'd lived. And it should have been Bucky who took up the mantle as Captain America - it was even foreshadowed in Winter Soldier. It felt like that whole part at the end had been written for Bucky, but someone decided to switch him out for Sam in the last minute. All that said, it was a good movie. All talks of Oscar nomination and 'best superhero movie ever' is just the usual ridiculous hype over the latest shiny object, but I thought it lived up to the challenge admirably and gave us a fitting end to the saga. Probably my favorite part of the movie was the decision to start of the movie with the Avengers going off to avenge their defeat and straight up murdering Thanos in cold blood. This led to a really interesting half an hour that explored how killing Thanos gave no real comfort or closure to anyone. I could have watched an entire extra half an hour about the Avengers trying to find their place in the new world. As for the future, expect Spiderman: Far From Home to spend 30 seconds handwaving away the fact that everything is pretty much back to usual even though half the population has reappeared after 5 years of absence, and the other half has had to survive on their own for all that time.
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    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    Geez, I hope someone remembered to notify James Gunn about this change during all the Disney hubbub ...
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    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    One question though: The team puts the stones back into their proper timelines once done with them, to prevent massive changes to the whole MCU universe timeline. But Loki escapes with the Tesseract in the 'new' version of the NY battle aftermath. So does that still happen? I assume yes, because that would create a foundation for a Loki TV series that takes place concurrently with the Phase 1 / 2 / 3 movies.
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    Avengers Endgame- SPOILERS

    We got it on the 24th in Denmark as well. Scandinavia has been getting a lot of the Marvel movies days, sometimes a week, earlier than the US, don't ask me why.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    I think people need to not overreact here re: the implications for 2020. We still need to remember that Trump won 2016 by securing a number of unlikely states by a ridiculously thin margin ... while being notably more popular than he is now with his own camp, and being slightly less hated by a Dem electorate which is now eager as fuck to get rid of him ... while having 4 years' worth of now-deceased senior voters behind him ... while going up against a historically unpopular opponent who had just been stabbed in the back by the head of the FBI ... and a shit-ton of other factors such as felon reenfranchisement, voter registration drives, etc. Basically, the thing that will determine the election 20 months from now (!) isn't any of this Mueller stuff. It's whether the Dems elect a charismatic and/or young, SoMe-savvy candidate like Buttigieg who'll take a bite out of Trump's 2016 voters, or another Hillary Clinton (I'll let you decide who qualifies for that). This 'exoneration' will have strategic implications in the near future for both parties, sure. But it's not what's going to be on voters' minds November 2020.
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    Make Mine Captain Marvel! (SPOILERS)

    The humor mostly wasn't really there, but there was enough interesting stuff going on around Carol that you had to keep watching. Which is a pretty alright achievement for the 108th Marvel movie, when you think about it.
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    U.S. Politics: 5.7 Billion Problems But The House Ain't One

    Well, the Dem proposal just got more votes (1 more) in the Republican-controlled Senate than the Republican one. Obviously down to strategic voting and whatnot, but the line from now on should be "even Republican senators are turning against Trump's stupid wall, so it's all his responsibility now".
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Are we going to discuss the two concurrent raids that just happened?
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    I don't disagree with any particular point about the democratic party as an institution. But it's worth noting that Donald Trump is paying a tremendous price for his popularity among his own. He is the most hated president, probably most hated individual, in the U.S. in modern times. People who didn't much care for politics up until now have been given a real-life antagonist that'll get them to the polls, a Satan made flesh that even the most apolitical 18 year old, self-ascribed 'moderate' knows how to loathe. Democrats don't necessarily need to present a coherent platform in 2020; they just need to present someone who doesn't fracture the anti-Trump coalition. Which, unfortunately, is exactly what will happen with 90% of the currently proposed candidates, given a little push from the Russian haymakers. So I'm cynically hopeful that loathing can win the day in 2020. As for anything beyond that - Democrats' ability to be an actual party going forward, or anyone's ability to stop the cultural war on the horizon - I'm not particularly optimistic either.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    Agreed. Hence ... Beto.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    Look, the math is pretty simple. Republicans want a candidate who can bring them batshit crazy Supreme Court Justices own the libs Trump's a lock for that. Democrats, on the other hand, want a candidate who comes off as real and honest can ride a fucking skateboard to their inauguration Now tell me how many qualifies for that.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    Also, anecdotally, I put $200 on Kamala for 2020 president back in April of 2017. The odds were sky high since no one had started talking about her at that point. I would love for her to win, since it would make me rich. But now, 1½ years later, I realize that it was the wrong choice. Kamala is a woman, she's sharp, she's overqualified in terms of experience ... but she doesn't create excitement as a person, unless she has a hidden side we haven't seen yet. By this standard, I'd vote for Oprah over Harris at this point. Because excitement and personal charisma are the two main factors to bet on, going up against Trump. And it's why almost any established Dem politician will lose, be it Harris or Booker or whoever. And it's why Beto is the pick. Because he gets the excitement bonus and is actually a politician.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    Again, I can't figure out if you're taking the piss or not. By this logic, a Dem who lost an R+40 state by 1 point is a loser, but a Dem who won a D+40 by 1 point is a winner, hence we should bet on the latter person. You don't look at incomparable win conditions for something like this. You look at who overperformed, and most important of all in this day and age, who generated excitement. No one came close to what Beto did, and he is the clear pick for 2020 if he is down with it.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    Well, simple indicators like his national grassroots fundraising numbers and SoMe followers support my argument pretty well.
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    US Politics: Dead Pimps Need Not Apply

    I don't know what that means, but if it's somehow a suggestion that Beto is a losing proposition going forward, your political savvy borders on zero.
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