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  1. Argonath Diver

    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Art of the Rewatch edition

    I hardly ever watch TV anymore. Cut the cable long ago, now even my Netflix and Amazon lay dormant for the most part. I simply am not an episodic TV kind of watcher anymore. I don't really follow what shows are trending, unless I hear about something second-hand through my bar customer chatter, facebook, or sites like this. So I have no idea why the hell I got hooked on Lucifer on Netflix (just finished the first season). It's corny as all get out, but I love shows with the framework of "Okay, it's Matlock, only this time he's a ____ !" Heck, I can watch Psych and be totally content and that show is eye-rollingly schlocky sometimes. I don't recall hearing chatter about Lucifer other than vaguely remember it being a show that maybe people liked, that may have been cancelled and/or renewed. Upon looking it up, I was very surprised I'd not heard of it - I love Neil Gaiman, damnit! For a decade, The Sandman has been on my list of things I keep meaning to dive completely into, despite my general malaise when it comes to reading comics. Anyways, it'll be nice to cruise through knowing people continued to enjoy it. For now I will enjoy ridiculously beautiful people solving paint-by-numbers whodunits, with the occasional bargain barrel fight scene or CGI.
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    Trailer Thread V

    Pretty sure I read an article quoting Stahelski saying he had ideas for a couple more after this one, and Keanu is all for it as well. I agree that it seems like a relatively repeatable concept, as long as the action scenes continue to impress, and they can keep bringing in recognizable actors to do some delightful scene chewing a la the MI franchise. It's fun to look back at the cast lists of those movies and think "Holy crap she was in the 2nd one?! Oh yeah! Wait, isn't her character still alive? Who cares! Car chase!!" If John Wick movies continue to stay as entertaining as the original two, perhaps in a decade we will think the same of them.
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    Trailer Thread V

    One of my friends scored a role as one of the tatted-out secretary ladies (no speaking lines, just on the set with the others). She still isn't sure if she's going to be in the final cut, and it would be for like a second or two, but regardless, I watched that two seconds in the trailer a bunch of times, and I'm convinced I can see her. Incredible story, I know! Anyway, I really enjoy the crap out of those movies. I'll be really sad if it's a letdown, but it seems a bit inevitable.
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    MCUniverse- Captain Marvel Rises!

    I live in Queens, so I'm a bit salty they left my 'hood. My best pal is a massive fan of Spiderman, the MCU, and has a huge crush on Holland. He's very excited, but he has such rose-tinted glasses right now that any footage of Holland making quips will appease him. I don't have the heart to tell him I thought the trailer looked pretty weak. I expect it'll be lots of fun - Holland is terrific in the role even if he isn't filming scenes down the street from my apartment again. Then again, I adored Guardians of the Galaxy, and apparently am in the severe minority for thinking the sequel was hot garbage.
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    MCUniverse- Captain Marvel Rises!

    My takeaway from this is that a discussion I had a couple years ago, that I cannot differentiate Ewan McGregor and Jude Law as different people, continues to be the case. Your points are all valid.
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    MCUniverse- Captain Marvel Rises!

    I would posit that Larson, Jackson, and McGregor have more star power than Momoa and Heard. For whatever reason, this past winter didn't have many big. popcorn tentpole releases that would directly compete with Aquaman's audience; I enjoyed the crap outta Into the Spiderverse, but it never felt like a global megahit. Grindelwald was very disappointing. Mary Poppins and Ralph Breaks the Internet didn't really attract the 18-27 action movie crowd. I think Captain Marvel absolutely would have performed about the same if it'd been released this season (in Aquamans place, not directly against it, though that's an interesting aside as well) . Their endgame (snicker) goal of having that movie make a whole bunch really fast and massively hype Avengers is interesting - I dont think Us will knock Captain Marvel from first, but Dumbo might. Then Shazam and Hellboy will pull away more potential tickets (though I think those two might both be big flops). Black Panther ran over everything for weeks and weeks, and Aquaman will still sell top 5 tickets for some time - Glass will bounce it but it'll linger. Captain Marvel has a solid window in March and early April, I still think it breaks 1B global.
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    MCUniverse- Captain Marvel Rises!

    I live in Queens, so seeing it here was pretty awesome. Several spots around me were sets for it. That said, I am really indifferent about Spiderman - I didn't see the Andrew Garfield one (ones? I forget) and wasn't into the hobbit-lookalike guy either. Holland was pretty great, though, wasn't he? Then he gets the big moment in Infinity War. I wonder if Brie Larsen will be able to bring some swagger to her role a la Evans or Downey Jr brought to compliment Holland's charm in the next Phase.
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    MCUniverse- Captain Marvel Rises!

    I think the point rankling a lot of people is the choice to place your war banner down over this one character, when there are Mary Sues, flat characters, unlikely characters, overly attractive vs station in life characters, and all sorts of absurdity in comic book movies. Because they are comic book movies. When the fellow said "She comes across as two dimensional", I truly figured he was being tongue in cheek. Who really gives a flying fuck if Shuri is too young, smart, pretty and cool for you? She's a silly character in a silly movie. And she is now a role model for a whole lot of young women that think science can be cool. Just imagine her off-screen father figure is Stellan Skarsgard's character's twin brother. I've never gone to a premiere and seen a crowd more excited. I enjoyed the movie, as I do most of the Marvel movies, without really caring about stupid shit like "wait, why could Captain America hold back Thanos at the end with sheer will, enough that Thanos is even surprised? That's kind of silly." Because he's fucking Captain America, and he's friends with a young black girl who invented robot punching hands. Get the fuck over it already and go buy some of the tie-in toys for your niece.
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    MCU - X

    It's ... a comic book movie?
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    NBA 2018: Fear the Deer

    I'm really happy about Chicago moving Holiday and cutting Payne. We gotta get our kids playing better basketball together, and hopefully luck into one of the Duke wings or someone truly impactful; we seem further from a championship ever at the moment. I enjoyed Holiday's game, I hope he gets some playoff minutes. I loathed Payne so, so much.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Art of the Rewatch edition

    American working a British pub in NYC checking in. Over my years here, mostly working Irish pubs, a Scottish one, now English, I've met people from just about every corner of the world. I can confirm that for a typical American (ie, one who hasn't spent many hours around Glaswegians, rural Cork lads, and the like), heavy Scottish, northern English, and fast-talking Irish accents are generally harder to understand than most English spoken by a non-native speaker. Even though they share most words, American English and Scots English may as well be two different languages. Someone from, say, Morocco who speaks English as his 4th best language is generally easier to understand for most of us, simply because he learned his words in an RP accent, which a proper Corkonian would never bother to try. I find it utterly fascinating. I have more Irish friends these days than American, and often enough once a couple of them are having a chat, I sit directly next to them blissfully absolutely unaware of their conversation, and I've been around heavy UK and Irish accents for my career nearly a decade.
  12. Heh, ya i don't want to derail it too much from the usual chatter here, but the new league starting next weekend will see a whole lot of activity. It's both adding the usual new content, and returning two of my favoeite past league mechanisms. It has a steep learning curve, so I hugely advise going over to the poe subreddit, lots of great guides for new players. The game is free, but certain stash tabs make life incredibly more efficient, so about 20 bucks into it will be very, very helpful if anyone decides to stick with it. Torchlight and especially Grim Dawn are fun single player games, and GD has some superb endgame systems rivaling POEs complexity, but I think PoE will be atop the isometric ARPG list for the foreseeable future. The world is an illusion, exiles!
  13. It's certainly not for everyone, but I'm always drawn back to the extraordinary complexity you can get to once you feel how all the systems on your character building interact, and then how many different end-game goals you can make. I consistently see a new meme build go up that uses a variety of items, skill and support gems, passive and ascendancy trees, pantheon buffs, flask use and mechanical skill that completely baffles me. It's fucking great for guys like me that spent a million hours in D2 making crazy builds with random items. I put probably 2k hours into D3, sure, but I haven't logged on in years and am content never to again. There is literally nothing left about it I find appealing. PoE keeps pumping out ridiculously satisfying new content and systems every 3 months. Hell, there are now 6 completely independent systems of crafting a white item into a rare one now. My exact subset of gamer is precisely what this game is shooting for, so I am obviously going to be biased. I wish I could quit it and go play the beautiful cinematic PS4 games most people play now, but I get bored in an hour, and go back to crunching numbers in Path of Building (a 3rd party app that lets you map out your entire character's many facets and gear, some guys spend more time tinkering in it than they do actually killing monsters). Red Dead Redemtion 2 is like a fantastic dram of whiskey, that I enjoy, put down, and walk back into my PoE crack den to mainline heroin with an IV for 3 days. I'd probably be a better person if I'd never re-tried it for about the 3rd time and finally plunged into its unending depths. (current league name joke)
  14. I dropped Diablo 3 permanently once I became a proper Path of Exile junkie. Every league I tell myself I'm gonna skip this one, and spend more time elsewhere, and every league is amazing and addictive as hell. Super excited for the next league starting the 6th, loads of new and old conrtent to enjoy. It's just so much more complex and rewarding than D3 ever was, and the development company is bar none my favorite in the industry.
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    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Kruppe alone caused five editor fatalities from hyperventilation or cardiac arrest. Erikson is better (or worse) off left to his own devices.