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    Marvel Cinematic Universe 9: Returning to the Fold

    I'm not a pescaphobe. I have several fish friends, and I know all the lyrics on Story of the Ghost.
  2. I think they're all funny enough actors, and their characters are bonkers enough in multiple ways, that his repressed sexuality changing to confident sexuality won't suddenly ruin his character.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe 9: Returning to the Fold

    Bill Mauer has gotten increasingly more of an irritant than a provocateur, in my opinion, in the last decade. I have a hard time watching a full episode of his show these days. More importantly, hey Infinity Wars, everybody!! Now having the opportunity to watch it on my home screen, I still find the constant hammering home of the "One life is equal to all the lives" thing over, and over, and over the most jarring part of the movie. All the first-introduction scenes were perfect, we finally get a menacing villian for the first time in the entire movie collective, a decent amount of the one-liners hit well, but man oh man, did we really need a good six or so major moments where a good guy had to choose to save their friend vs saving the world? Jee whiz, guys. Long time to wait til March and Captain Marvel. I wonder if we'll see a teaser before the big winter releases come out.
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    Amazon and WB discussing new LORD OF THE RINGS TV series

    Their press release directly mentions Frodo. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is the clearest direct info we have confirming that the series will be adaptations of the LotR novels, and not going to necessarily focus on Aragorn or other stories from Middle Earth. I should re-read the novels this summer, maybe imagine which parts I feel they could improve on the movies, which still are just fantastic entertainment to me.
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    Robert Stanek strikes again!

    Does Amazon have any reason and/or ability to shut down this type of thing? It doesn't necessarily seem illegal, but it's definitely scummy. Since they don't condone sock puppet reviews (although I'm sure they still abound), wouldn't they also want to dissuade others from creating these obviously fake authors solely for the purpose of fake author reviews? Plenty of writers use pseudonyms, but certainly not often for this kind of weird, surely-unprofitable, duplicitous skullduggery.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Prequel

    Saw Mission Impossible: Fallout tonight. It was excellent fun, about the same level of thrills and banter as Ghost Protocol was. Cruise is bonkers with his stunts, Cavill did a fine if a bit wooden job, and the mild comic relief of Rhames, Baldwin, and Pegg worked well enough. It's been a bit of a running joke with a friend of mine that after having seen The Greatest Showman a few weeks ago with him, that Rebecca Ferguson's (lip synced) song Never Enough has been in my head non-stop ever since. So every time she was on screen, I was nearly popping with the urge to belt out "NEVER ENOUUGGGH! NEVER! NEVER!", and I had a hard time taking her otherwise badass and lovely character seriously at all. I wonder if the random guy next to me was wondering why I kept forcing back loud snickers every single time she was on screen.
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    MLB 2018: Bonfire of the Metropolitans

    He pitched terribly in Arlington but just fine on the road, an odd split. Cards got no chance catching the Cubs this year, so I'm pretty ambivalent. I hope the Dodgers come through.
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    MLB 2018: Sho(hei) Me What You Got

    Our first bit of rookie magic for the season. Both kids have talent, but are more likely to get knocked around a second time through a lineup than to pitch through one three times again. Fortunately for non-Cards fans, we have plenty of down-trending veteran hitters and the worst bullpen I can remember to keep us firmly in third or fourth place in the Central. I'm ready for another trade deadline with "We like our chances, we have the right pieces and are putting it together for another exciting low-80s win season!" as the theme. I like what I've heard from Schlidt so far, but I don't see how he can trick our entire outfield into hitting like outfielders again, or somehow remotely zap our baserunners every time they start to do something idiotic yet again on the basepaths, or revert us from having the worst goddamn defense in baseball. Firing Matheny made me ever so happy, since it was under his watch that we collapsed into this error, mistake, and poor-effort prone team. I'm not advocating a complete re-build, and the large casual fanbase of redbird nation would be furious, but I'm all for shucking off three or four of our guys for middling to above-average prospects.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe 9: Returning to the Fold

    With this and the baseball pitcher Hader's much, much worse tweets coming out within a week, I would like to offer my services to any public figure. Give me a thousand bucks and I will exhaustively examine your last ten years of tweets, facebook statuses, instagram follows, World of Warcraft emotes, Pokemon Go creature names, online fantasy forum strawman arguments, google image searches for celebrity nude pics, voting records, pant size changes, and unlistened-to voicemails from your mother. Seriously, I feel like every celebrity, politician, or sports figure needs to get some college intern to at least go through every tweet or public facebook post, because antagonists certainly are doing it.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Prequel

    I have a good projector and really large screen, in my very normal sized apartment living room. It's great. Nature stuff is among my favorite things to show to guests. My girlfriend and I were stoked to start the series, until the first episode was worse to watch than anything, ever. Oh my god, neither of us would leave the room, stop the show, or look away. We just made those horrific noises that scared dogs make at a kennel. That episode was horrendous. Those nightmare armies of crabs walking through the forest? Then blood-stained penguins to step on your shattered soul? Jesus Joseph and Mary. We've never re-watched it. Stick with Mountains for those amazing goats, bear cubs, and adorable murderous big mountain kitties, then the best episode ever, Cities (We live in NYC). You're right, though, Planet Earth 2 is shockingly beautiful on a quality set-up.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Prequel

    As a career service industry person, I unequivocally loathe Ramsay and all those "Look at this wretched place, we'll turn it!" shows. I'm sure if you took a bunch of quotes from my positively lovely, well-liked little pub, out of context, we'd sound like a bunch of inhuman scum who hate everyone and have terrible work habits. I think they pay people to exaggerate their issues the same as all these other reality shows that are a shoddy depiction of actual people. Never once have I seen that Bar Rescue show and thought "Okay that place seems like a real establishment and that seems like a normal daily work staff." I will say that I've seen some things on that show that were definitely horrifying. Like, okay they couldn't fake the level of stupidity of the kitchen ticket system, etc.
  12. I have disliked Adam Levine Zach LaVine even in his Timberwolves days, both my casual eye test and advanced statistics agree. He just doesn't help a team win, even if he is making a lot of shots. I feel like my Bulls are going to regret this overpay. Since I'm constantly wrong about everything I chat about on baseball and basketball forums, I really do hope that he somehow becomes a very different player, and helps our young guys develop into a real core. I sure doubt it.
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    Round of 16: : LET THE (Knockout) GAMES BEGIN!

    He definitely had his ankle very lightly stepped on, which was a shitty thing for that Mexican player to do, and acted like his entire foot was torn off. Sheesh.
  14. Stardust was absolutely great. I wouldn't really say it's epic fantasy, but I think that Mirrormask is a tremendous fantasy spectacle to watch on a large screen, preferably while a bit far from sober. It's a goofy sort-of-for-teens movie, but some great imagination went into that film.
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    NBA Free agency 2018: Where's the King landing?

    NBA Draft day is one of my favorite days in sports. An absurd amount of intrigue, secind guessing, and hundred-page internet forum fights. I think the Bulls draft thread(s) over at realGM will break 200 pages today alone. I know I will have about 15 tabs open tonight ajd my f5 key will be earning its worth.