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[TOMT][MOVIE] When Harry Met Sally New Years Quote but in another movie?

2020.11.18 02:35 BlinkHouse14 [TOMT][MOVIE] When Harry Met Sally New Years Quote but in another movie?

Basically one person in this movie steals the line from Harry’s quote at New Years and their partner calls them out on it. I can’t for the life of me remember. I thought it was a Vince Vaughn movie, but I’m not getting results anywhere. Help! What movie is this?
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2020.10.29 22:17 i_rank_tvshows Community - Official* Ranking of Every Episode

COMMUNITY - Official* Ranking of Every Episode

*official in the sense that this is what i_rank_tvshows thinks and that's pretty official

#110 "Advanced Introduction to Finality" s4e13 Season 4 finale where Dark Timeline invades For all the genius the Dark Timeline gives us, this conclusion does not feel earned or entertaining. On paper, the idea seems fine: the Dark Timeline invades. But in execution, the logic is too much of a stretch to genuinely enjoy and it all feels forced.
#109 "Alternative History of the German Invasion" s4e4 German invasion snoozefest One of the most--if not THE most--forgettable episodes. Centering the episode around the revived German villains (sans what made them funny the first time, Nick Kroll) meant this was doomed from inception. Decent set up of the Changnesia storyline, but even that feels underbaked. Strong argument can be made this is the worst episode, but the one below it gets docked more for the mistreatment of the dark timeline.
#108 "Conventions of Space and Time" s4e3 Inspector Spacetime convention This episode is a shell of an idea, similar to Season 4 finale. With a promising conceit, the background of the convention could lead anywhere. Ultimately, it leads us on an unlikeable battle for Abed's favor that provides no growth or insight for the characters involved. And other cringe moments help to make this one another easy one to forget.
#107 "Cooperative Escapism and Familial Relations" s4e5 Thanksgiving at Shirley's; Jeff reunites with his father Season 4 really was the worst, right? In a show known for nailing it's holiday episodes, I was excited to see what they'd do with their only Thanksgiving entry. What we get is the 'Season-four-shell-treatment': they want to connect Shawshank with escaping Shirley's and that's literally all there is. I know others appreciate the Jeff/Father storyline, but it felt too flat for me to feel emotionally invested.
#106 "Advanced Documentary Filmmaking" s4e6 Changnesia documentary Chang is one of my favorite characters. Had the Changesia angle been more genuine, as the episode leads us to believe until the end tag, then it would rank much higher. Instead, the obvious Chang-betrayal puts us back in well-tread territory, undoing the nicer aspects of this documentary episode. Ultimately, another instance of trying to retroactively make a memorable Community episode, missing the heart that could have made it special--although it comes close.
#105 "Intro to Knots" s4e10 Christmas where they 'kidnap' professor Another entry in 'Season-four-shell-treatment' made even more apparent with it being a Christmas episode. Great setup, interesting twist, but so much wasted potential. Had they cut the Die Hard stuff entirely, it may rank higher. I found the references repetitive and annoying and it led nowhere. There's just not enough focus to appreciate what's happening. I still get immense joy from the reveal that Chang can't tie knots, but the entire kidnapping storyline is too underdeveloped to be meaningful.
#104 "App Development and Condiments" s5e8 Meow-Meow Beans HOTTEST TAKE ALERT! People seem to disagree with me on this episode the most. One of the few high-concept episodes that falls flat for me. The more the school is taken over by the app, the less invested I became. Jeff's journey to return everyone to sanity was uninteresting, perhaps due to the aesthetic choices of the world-building. Some funny moments aside, it just doesn't succeed in being much more than a concept. Love the Tim & Eric cameo; should have been featured more.
#103 "Intro to Felt Surrogacy" s4e9 Puppet musical The puppets, songs and cameos make this one a Season 4 highlight. It's enough to distract you from noticing there's not much beyond that. The storyline itself is absurd in a bad way. If they had embedded the dark secrets in much more straightforward way (and given Abed one even if he didn't end up sharing it) it would have been much more enjoyable. I would have loved to see this idea executed with the real creative team at the helm.
#102 "Economics of Marine Biology" s4e7 Greendale tries to lure rich student This one surprisingly grows on you. Initially, the prospect of Greendale selling out to lure in 'the whale' seemed like a half-hearted attempt to go zany (and revisit the Abed-college-movie terrain) but rewatching Magnitude lose his identity and remembering the P.E.E. subplot, this one has a lot of laughs and surprising amount of heart.
#101 "Laws of Robotics and Party Rights" s6e5 Convicts attend Greendale using mobile tablets There are some good jokes in here, but the execution of the main idea of telepresence robots used by criminals doesn't come off all that entertaining. I'm bored more than I'm laughing and it's a decent one to skip in rewatching.
#100 "Heroic Origins" s4e12 Comic book origin stories They pretty much the nail the conceit in this episode. The comic book interlays and the fun exploration of how it all started are ambitious if not a little forced.The discovery of Chang at the center of it all, clearing the way for him to finally join the group, is a triumph. I'm also not bothered by the yet unmentioned Froyo shop that served as an important landmark in their backstory because it feels at home with the comic cliche.
#99 "History 101" s4e1 Season 4 premiere where Abed goes to his happy place(s) Abed's imagining of Community as an entirely other sitcom (with Fred Willard as Pierce) is fantastic until you realize the real show is a shell of its former self. That contrast hurts what is actually a really fun episode. It also suffers from too many storylines not really gelling. And they waste Abed; he's just sitting there for the most part. It ranks this high because for better or worse: it sets the tone for gas-leak season.
#98 "The Art of Discourse" s1e22 Annoying high school showdown and Abed's college cliches If it wasn't for the super annoying feud between Jeff/Britta and high schoolers, this would rank much higher. The fun meta-exploration really finds a home with the college cliche fixation, but so much time is wasted on "Da-Doys!"
#97 "Intro to Recycled Cinema" s6e8 Chang Space Movie I love the bits of repurposing the old footage of Chang to fit into Abed's new movie, but the rest of the movie scenes were unremarkable. The Steve Guttenberg cameo was great and his reactions to the film are entertaining. I love the "Ham girl!" line rocketing Chang into stardom. Beyond that though, it's all too light and uneventful that it's easy to rank low.
#96 "Football, Feminism, and You" s1e6 Troy used to play football I'm very glad they dropped this version of Troy early on, but it's really the first dud in its run. It does get points for bonding Shirley and Britta in a fun way. And I suppose there's some merit to fleshing out Troy as someone who'd fake an injury to avoid a football career, but the story's still not aware of Troy's true character. Perhaps the best example of the show trying to find its footing.
#95 "Aerodynamics of Gender" s2e7 Magic trampoline This one just doesn't do it for me. Sure, the idea of a magically-calming trampoline sounds funny and they execute it well enough, it's just not something I really need to rewatch. I don't get much enjoyment from Abed's mean-girl routine either.
#94 "Basic Genealogy" s1e18 Family day at Greendale Overall, it's an enjoyable episode. It suffers in rewatching because there's not much memorable entertainment beyond Britta getting spanked by Troy's Nana.
#93 "Celebrity Pharmacology" s2e13 Anti-drug play I find Pierce extra-annoying in this episode. My main moment of joy comes from Chang taking over the role of drugs. The other storylines don't add much, but there are some good laughs throughout.
#92 "Contemporary Impressionists" s3e11 Jeff's narcissism and celebrity impersonators I find Jeff extra-annoying in this episode. Sure, that's sort of the point, but it doesn't make his extra-narcissism any easier to enjoy. The group playing celebrity impressionists is enjoyable, but this is the least memorable episode in what may be the best season.
#91 "Herstory of Dance" s4e8 Sophie B. Hawkins dance This is a Season 4 gem. Beyond the lovely Brie Larson cameo, witnessing Britta's journey to actual pride and satisfaction is one of the great emotional moments in the series. What holds it back is the unnecessary double-date trope that just lets the cliched developments feel a little flimsy. This is helped by the lack of development of Brie Larson's character in the rest of the season.
#90 "Custody Law and European Diplomacy" s2e18 Shirley's baby shower and Britta dates a war criminal The Chang-may-be-Shirley's-baby's-daddy arc was great and this episode is perhaps the most focused and rewarding concerning it. What drags it down is the unlikeable Lukka and the somewhat boring plot surrounding his being an awful human.
#89 "Advanced Gay" s3e6 Pierce becomes a gay-rights icon While it was fun to see Pierce embrace some actual character growth, it doesn't really get capitalized on moving forward. This could have been a stepping stone for him; instead, it's a wasted opportunity. Some good laughs and it sets up two important plot points: Pierce's father's death and Troy's induction to the wild world of AC-Repair.
#88 "Advanced Criminal Law" s1e5 Britta's on trial and Abed pranks Troy I love Abed's elaborate prank, even though real-Troy would have been much more gullible. All the trial stuff is gold, too, especially the setting by the pool. While it suffers from the characters not being themselves quite yet, it's still a fun episode.
#87 "Environmental Science" s1e10 Jeff helps Chang to get out of homework There's not much to this episode beyond the Jeff/Chang storyline, but it's pretty compelling to push things forward. Humanizing Chang always warms my heart and for this to be our first real dive into his life, it's a decent foundation. The Fievel arc is pretty memorable thanks to Donald Glover's hilarity and the duet sung at the end.
#86 "Paranormal Parentage" s4e2 Pierce's haunted mansion A Halloween classic that doesn't suffer (much) from the season it's in. It feels like Community and even offers Pierce some great opportunities to shine. Entertaining all around, but would likely be that much greater with Harmon's influence.
#85 "Origins of Vampire Mythology" s3e15 Britta's ex, Blade I'm always confused when I see the title because I think, "another Halloween episode?" I think that impacts my disappointment in this otherwise fine episode. The Pierce/Chang friendship makes me wish we had more. And Britta's texting/calling from the bedroom is actually pretty funny and there's a sad turn where Troy's kindness breaks the spell.
#84 "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing" s5e9 Abed and Annie play TV board game Another one shaded by my personal disappointment. I was thrilled to hear Vince Gilligan would cameo, but was bummed this was the result. The end tag was funny, though. Decent snapshot of the fallout from Troy leaving, although it's continually frustrating to see Brie Larson underutilized. Oh, yeah, there's something to do with textbooks, too.
#83 "Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts" s3e12 Shirley remarries Andre This one suffers from being forgettable beyond Troy and Abed's 'weird-down'. Of course, the wedding is a standout plot point, but one that gets shuffled away easily as the season progresses.
#82 "Basic Email Security" s6e6 Greendale is hacked While being a weaker entry in Season 6, it definitely has some strong moments. The leaked emails leads to a hilarious discussion among the group and the unified purpose for an ultimately unworthy cause is great. The kid cop gag is solid, too.
#81 "Basic Sandwich" s5e13 Part Two of Season 5 finale where Greendale is saved The episode operates as a treasure hunt and what could have been a series finale if not for Yahoo!. It's successful in its first operation although the solution being a stinky, perverted former teacher with a deus-ex-machina contract is underwhelming. It would have failed as a series finale so thankfully we need not worry about analyzing it as such. Highlight is definitely Richie's brain-robbing ability.
#80 "Basic Story" s5e12 Part One of Season 5 finale where Subway takes over Greendale Three "Basic"s in a row, wtf? Anyway, this one leaves the breadcrumbs for the eventual treasure hunt with intrigue and the idea of Subway controlling Greendale feels like dire stakes. It's a fun set-up that barely outshines its concluding half.
#79 "The Psychology of Letting Go" s2e3 Pierce's mom in a lava lamp While the heartfelt drive to get ice cream allows for a touching moment, the rest of the plots don't do much for me. Britta vs Annie seems gratuitous and Jeff's vanity was already worn out this early in Season 2.
#78 "The Politics of Human Sexuality" s1e11 STD Fair Some great laughs although the subplots don't add much to the enjoyment. Annie's search to see "it" is some good ole Reverse Porky's fun and Abed telling students to not use condoms over the PA is prime Community.
#77 "Basic RV Repair and Palmistry" s6e10 RV road-trip movie with the giant hand A fun, meta episode that feels surprising considering it's somehow new territory all the way in Season 6. Some good laughs, good heartfelt moments, and sets up the great run of episodes that follow.
#76 "The Science of Illusion" s1e20 Britta's April Fool's joke A decently funny episode made all the more memorable for being the introduction of Troy and Abed's talkshow. I'd probably rank it higher if not for the fact that I find Annie and Shirley vying to be the bad cop as too much of a 'meh' thing.
#75 "Grifting 101" s6e9 Grifting An oddball episode made palatable by the hilarious Matt Barry. While a little farfetch'd in execution, it's a fun journey that's fueled by the absurd hijinx.
#74 "Asian Population Studies" s2e12 Who will join the study group? Perhaps the most normal episode in the series. That's not a knock against it, it's just a little bland in comparison to what's around it. Some solid moments and laughs, although I find Rich perplexing and frustrating just as Jeff does because I don't know how I'm supposed to make sense of his character.
#73 "G.I. Jeff" s5e11 Jeff's animated coma A lot of people really dislike this one and I think there's decent crossover with that group also disliking G.I. Joe. I could be wrong, but that's the only way this episode is outright bad to anyone in my eyes. Because it's a dead on spoof that subverts the original show in a hilariously effective way. The clincher for me is how well embedded the conceit is with the reality of Jeff being comatose. Being able to nail the logic makes it all more enjoyable for me.
#72 "Competitive Wine Tasting" s2e20 Who's the Boss? You can pretty much throw out the main storyline of Pierce's new, suspect, love interest. That bit drags the episode down in my opinion. The strength belongs in Abed's storyline where he asserts his pop culture dominance over a professor. We do get an interesting look into Troy and how he continually struggles to have actual struggles compared to the other characters, which rings true throughout the series.
#71 "Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts" s2e21 Shirley has her baby An overall fun episode despite the Shirley pregnancy arc already being tired by this point. Britta trying to deliver the baby is gold and Chang being humanized will always please me and this is perhaps his greatest, human moment. Not the biggest fan of Pierce buying Troy/Abed's handshake, but it leads to some fun moments.
#70 "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" s5e6 Bear Down for Midterms Being the first episode without Troy, naturally it's gonna suffer. What it does well though is capture the college-based zaniness that works so well for Community, highlighting new and background characters with the singular focus on an attainable goal.
#69 "Ladders" s6e1 Season 6 premiere where Frankie tries to fix Greendale A great introduction to perhaps the most underrated character, Frankie. While essentially being another 'Repilot' it does a good job in setting the new-ish stage while providing the same amount of laughs we expect from a good Community episode.
#68 "Studies in Modern Movement" s3e7 Annie's move Troy and Abed are especially grating in this episode and it really makes you sympathize with Annie. There's some redemption with their sweet, shadow-puppet performance. The highlight, though, is the Jeff/Dean karaoke of Kiss From a Rose.
#67 "Interpretive Dance" s1e14 Troy and Britta attempt to hide their dancing from group The dancing is great and a real chance for Donald Glover to shine with his range. It also offers one of the first instances of Troy being the heart of the group, sacrificing his secret to save Britta. If it wasn't for the bore that is Jeff/Slater romance, this one would rank higher.
#66 "Intro to Political Science" s2e14 Student-body president election Solid episode whose only crime is its debate setting not being nearly as funny or interesting as the episodes' ranked higher than it.
#65 "Geography of Global Conflict" s3e2 Model-UN showdown Fun episode with some memorable moments. Not a big fan of the UN showdown as the format but it works for Annie's obsessive passion. I wish Martin Starr would have been used more, his character had potential.
#64 "Basic Crisis Room Decorum" s6e3 Greendale gave a degree to a dog This episode is when I knew this final season was going to be done the right way. This has the classic feel of a Season 3 episode but with new characters bringing a fresh twist to what we already enjoy on the show.
#63 "Introduction to Finality" s3e22 Season 3 finale where Shirley takes Pierce to court What could have sadly been a series finale, this episode delivers in all the right areas. It's a satisfying conclusion to the Troy HVAC Messiah arc and ends on a hopeful look into the future.
#62 "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism" s3e9 Foosball I always enjoy the Jeff/Shirley pairing and the connection in this episode is a strong look into their past and an example of growth. Any time Shirley can show off some unexpected skills that make her into a badass, sign me up. The anime cut of them facing off feels so right and unforced. Sadly, the B plot where Annie breaks Abed's DVD is complete (memorable) filler.
#61 "Biology 101" s3e1 Season 3 premiere where Jeff goes crazy A fun start to my favorite season. A successful foundation for what is the most ambitious season in terms of narrative connective tissue. This one sets the tone.
#60 "Course Listing Unavailable" s3e18 The group gets expelled from Greendale The momentum leading to the big gut punch at the end feels meaningful, as if the group could really be seeing its final days.
#59 "Accounting for Lawyers" s2e2 Jeff reunites with lawyer frenemy First episode where the group leaves the campus is a landmark moment. Very funny episode that gave us some classic moments like the Drew Carey cameo and the chloroform scene.
#58 "Communication Studies" s1e16 Jeff/Britta drunk voicemail Jeff and Abed's getting drunk montage solidifies this episode's entry this high into the rankings. While I'm not a big Slater fan, this is her most palatable episode by far.
#57 "Early 21st Century Romanticism" s2e15 Valentine's Day This episode really benefits from all its separate parts working together under the theme of Valentine's. Britta being needlessly defiant in the name of acceptance, Troy/Abed pursuing love only to realize their love matters more, and Jeff accepting Greendale through letting Chang move in is powerful. Even stronger, Pierce overusing his pain meds and seeing a tiny Andy Dick is funny until its made poignant by the dark ending.
#56 "Debate 109" s1e9 Jeff and Annie debate This episode gets major points for sparking the Jeff/Annie relationship, but it's one of my least favorites in rewatch. I guess it's the debate setting. Not taking away anything from the episode in terms of quality, it's solid.
#55 "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" s5e7 Jeff/Britta/Duncan love triangle and Hickey handcuffs Abed Some good character moments. I really enjoyed seeing Abed express a new emotion while be kept from seeing his movie. The Britta love triangle is interesting, but it doesn't add much beyond showing Duncan has an actual human side.
#54 "Anthropology 101" s2e1 Season 2 premiere with Betty White This one does a good job capitalizing on the drama generated in the Season 1 finale. We get the tangled mess of Jeff/Britta/Annie to good comedic effect and a maniacal Betty White cameo to boot. While the focus is completely on the romantic plot (and Abed says that can be boring) I felt like this was a good place to start the season.
#53 "Physical Education" s1e17 Jeff plays pool in shorts Jeff trying to look cool while playing pool is memorable, but it loses its comedic impact the more I rewatch it. Thankfully, everything surrounding it is pretty solid in this one, including Danny Pudi showing his range with impressions and playing his own doppelganger.
#52 "English as a Second Language" s1e24 New Spanish teacher I applaud this episode on how well it crafted the end of the first year: revealing Chang's a fraud at the risk of losing credit for the class, the tension between the group realizing they still haven't evolved beyond a study group quite yet, and setting up Troy's gifted handyman skills.
#51 "Romantic Expressionism" s1e15 Annie starts dating Vaughn Vaughn was a fun character and his relationship with Annie is memorable in the best way. The Kickpuncher stuff was solid bonding for the other characters, also allowing Chang time to find his footing within the early group dynamic.
#50 "Introduction to Film" s1e3 Abed takes a film class The first Abed-film episode that showcases surprising heart with its reveal at the end. This is perhaps the first example of how effortlessly the show is able to combine heartfelt moments with comedic ones while honoring their characters. I would argue this episode sets up the emotional center of Abed's claymation Christmas one in regards to showing the friction with his mother.
#49 "Spanish 101" s1e2 Spanish class An early outlier in my opinion: the second episode of the series actually showcases the characters well! We get hints of Chang's facade (Italian flags on flashcards/his eccentricity), we get Troy & Abed's iconic rap together, Pierce's focus on bonding with Jeff to fight off loneliness, Britta's being exposed as a lazy activist, and Shirley's baking brownies!
#48 "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking" s2e16 Pierce in hospital mockumentary A well executed mockumentary that showcases how Pierce feels about his fellow members of the study group while he attempts to manipulate them for his own means. It's a great conceit that manages to spoof the style of other popular sitcoms (The Office, Parks & Rec, Modern Family) while retaining originality.
#47 "Pascal's Triangle Revisited" s1e25 Season 1 finale where Jeff kisses Annie This one has some classic moments: Jeff/Annie's kiss, Troy eating the big cookie, Duncan/Chang fight, and Britta/Slater showdown. It's a great end point for the first season.
#46 "Social Psychology" s1e4 Annie's psychology class experiment Iconic scene where Donald Glover shows off his uncanny ability to cry comedically. The rest around that part of the episode is fine, pretty much building blocks and figuring out what else worked.
#45 "Competitive Ecology" s3e4 Lab partners A really fun episode where we get different pairings of the characters and some self-aware examining of the group itself. Detective Chang could have been a whole episode unto itself but it shares the space well here.
#44 "Lawnmower Maintenance and Postnatal Care" s6e2 Dean in virtual-reality AND JESUS WEPT! I mean it's comedic gold: Jim Rash using physical comedy to be a god in a virtual world full of boring features. It's so great and memorable, it outshines the other storylines about Britta's parents and Chang's long journey to see the nurse.
#43 "Advanced Safety Features" s6e7 Dean buys a Honda Another Dean classic episode. I was happy to see Subway the Person return because I've always shipped Britta and him. It's also chock-full of other greatness: Chang's PowerPoint presentation, Natalie is Freezing, and Billy Zane trying to hide.
#42 "Pilot" s1e1 Series premiere Where it all started. It has to be honored for that. The episode also has probably the best Jeff speech in the whole series.
#41 "Home Economics" s1e8 Jeff crashes with Abed The first instance of a dedicated pairing of Jeff and Abed. It allows them to showcase their easy chemistry and they create a bond that propels much of the show for here on out. Pierce's song is kind of annoying though.
#40 "Introduction to Teaching" s5e2 Jeff becomes a teacher at Greendale Pretty much a feel-good episode for me. It's a return to form after the gas-leak season and establishing re-pilot. We get Buzz Hickey, Abed doing Nick Cage, and Dean thinking in French.
#39 "Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing" s6e4 Chang stars in Karate Kid One of my most quoted episodes. Besides singing Gay Dean all the time, I also find myself reminding people that Ralph Macchio!...showed up.
#38 "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples" s2e5 Abed documentary Abed going meta for the first time. But it also has the heart to show his vulnerability and Shirley's powerful friendship which saves the day. Pierce hanging with the hipsters also shows some vulnerability and provides some laughs.
#37 "Regional Holiday Music" s3e10 The group joins Glee club If they had to do another musical episode (and I'm glad they did) at least it was Christmas themed, again. This one is more focused on that as a theme and manages to spoof in fun ways. Baby Boomer Santa, thank you for everything.
#36 "Repilot" s5e1 Season 5 premiere where Jeff forms the Save Greendale Committee In a similar way to the Pilot, you have to give this one the same type of credit because it brought the show back to life. While its tone is darker than everything before it, Dan Harmon works his magic to make it feel like a part of the story all along.
#35 "Virtual Systems Analysis" s3e16 Annie goes into Dreamatorium I have a secret hope for the Community movie should it ever come to be: Abed and Annie should be together. There! I said it! Episodes like this where we focus on the pairing really show how well they work together and their chemistry can be magnetic. Beyond my daydreaming, this episode is a fun exploration of the characters in the vein of Abed's other imaginative journeys.
#34 "The First Chang Dynasty" s3e21 Heist to take down Chang Community does a heist movie. They nail it. We also get another John Goodman cameo and work towards resolving the Troy AC arc.
#33 "Wedding Videography" s6e12 Garrett's marriage mockumentary The incest episode. Also the episode where Abed doesn't physically appear. Yeah, it's a weird one. But the format makes it work and the group (especially Elroy) keeps us laughing.
#32 "Basic Human Anatomy" s4e11 Troy/Abed body swap Thanks to Jim Rash, Season 4 managed to crap out a classic. A great concept, some great acting, and a fitting end to the least popular romance in the show's history, SlateJeff included.
#31 "Geothermal Escapism" s5e5 Troy's farewell with a game of 'the floor is hot lava' A late-series classic showcasing the heartbreak of tearing apart the best pair Community has to offer: Troy and Abed. Of course it's another conceptual episode, but it manages to hold its own among them while relying more on the emotional moments for effect.
#30 "Investigative Journalism" s1e13 Greendale starts a school newspaper Buddy should have joined the group permanently. His lone entry in the series radiates throughout and it's always a warm fuzzy feeling to return to it.
#29 "Digital Exploration of Interior Design" s3e13 Subway student and set up for Pillow/Blanket war Arguably John Goodman's funniest appearance. All parts are working well here to make us laugh and care about the characters. Jeff's subplot is a bit boring, but not enough to detract from the overall enjoyment.
#28 "Modern Espionage" s6e11 Underground paintball Even though they could have never returned to paintball, I'm glad they saved it for near the end of the series run so that it felt nostalgic. I also enjoyed the idea of playing the game in secret, so the whole thing took on an espionage vibe that made it feel fresh.
#27 "Comparative Religion" s1e12 First Christmas episode; Jeff fight An instant classic. As you can tell (and as I've stated) I love the holiday episodes. This being one of the earliest entries, it's grounded in more reality than those that follow. With that, it still provides all the goods, just in a winter-doodle package.
#26 "Beginner Pottery" s1e19 Pottery and boating classes Since it's a show about community college, it makes sense there'd be episodes like this: ones where we focus on the group in separate classes. The boating entry is especially hilarious and allows Yvette Nicole Brown room to show off her acting skills. Oh, and hey, look, it's Tony Hale.
#25 "Digital Estate Planning" s3e20 Video game for Pierce's inheritance Just a genius idea. Executed flawlessly. A great storyline to paint on top of it. Seriously, y'all, great job. This is only number 25?!?
#24 "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design" s2e9 Night School Kevin Corrigan really steals the show, doesn't he? It's fun watching the conspiracy unravel and the Dean really shines in the final scene.
#23 "Mixology Certification" s2e10 Troy's 21st birthday A noticeable tone shift occurs midway through this one and it highlights the ability of the show to get just as 'real' as it can get creatively 'unreal'. Donald Glover showcases his range as well. A poignant episode overall.
#22 "Basic Rocket Science" s2e4 KFC Space Simulator I credit this one with signaling that the show was going to lean into its conceptual motifs and use them as appropriate vehicles to bring a smile to your face time and time again. To call it a classic would be selling it short.
#21 "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" s5e10 D&D with Dean and David Cross Hard to revisit this well without coming up short, but this one manages to cement its own unique legacy. This one also proves that having the Dean at your table enhances your experience exponentially. Imagine what the first one would have been like with him there?
#20 "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps" s3e5 Scary stories [hums Daybreak]
#19 "Cooperative Polygraphy" s5e5 Polygraph for Pierce's wake Reader, did you know that I admire your dedication to read through my entire list? And also sperm.
#18 "Paradigms of Human Memory" s2e21 Clip episode Another genius idea: do a clip episode with clips from events that never 'happened.' This is the show operating entirely in its sweet spot.
#17 "For a Few Paintballs More" s2e24 Season 2 finale; Star Wars paintball The latter half of an incredible finale showcases all the characters having fun playing the game of pretend. Key note on the Annie and Abed watch: hottest kiss in the show.
#16 "A Fistful of Paintballs" s2e23 Western paintball I prefer this one to the Star Wars one, but only by just a little. A fine Annie episode and one the gets real on the Pierce issue in a satisfying and fitting way.
#15 "Introduction to Statistics" s1e7 First Halloween episode You can blame this one for getting me hooked on Community does holidays. And you can blame it for the Troy and Abed pairing that would propel the show onward.
#14 "Pillows and Blankets" s3e14 Pillow/Blanket fort war documentary Do you think Elroy actually does narration work?
#13 "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics" s5e3 Ass Crack Bandit I'm a firm believer that Annie is the ACB. She alone is able to perform all the acts herself. Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments.
#12 "Contemporary American Poultry" s1e21 Chicken finger mafia movie Probably Scorsese's favorite episode of Community. Let me know in the comments, Marty.
#11 "Epidemiology" s2e6 Zombie Halloween party I'll watch this one every October until I die. Bet.
#10 "Curriculum Unavailable" s3e19 Greendale Insane asylum So, I smoke weed, right? And I watched this episode and I'm ashamed to admit but...I fell for it. I said aloud, "this explains everything." I thought (and still do) that it was great fucking twist. So, it sneaks in the top ten even though most will argue it's mid-tier at best.
#9 "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux" s3e8 Dean makes Greendale commercial documentary God bless Luis Guzmán. That is all.
#8 "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" s2e11 Claymation Christmas It's so satisfying to watch Clay-Abed jump on all those cars at the beginning. And I watched a lot of these types of movies as a kid so it's the most distilled Christmas essence that show could offer me. Appreciate it.
#7 "Cooperative Calligraphy" s2e8 Bottle episode Man, do I love a bottle episode. I also just saw the monkey steal the pen for the first time last viewing. Pretty freakin' cool if you ask me.
#6 "Emotional Consequences of Broadcast Television" s6e13 Series finale One final conceptual episode to go out on: pitch me your season 7. It's brilliant, touching, and satisfying. Trust me, it'll keep you coming back just to get that impact after watching all 110 episodes.
#5 "Critical Film Studies" s2e19 My Dinner with Abed; Pulp Fiction surprise party I only wish this episode were two separate episodes so I could enjoy it that much more. A wonderful meshing of ideas and Danny Pudi's best performance.
#4 "Basic Lupine Urology" s3e17 Law & Order In my childhood home, it was commonplace to hear the Law & Order theme song at all hours of the day/night. To say this episode affected me in a profound way would not be doing the impact justice. It's fucking beautiful.
#3 "Modern Warfare" s1e23 First paintball First and best. This episode probably gave the creators all the credit they needed to get the rest of the series done, whether that was at NBC or with Yahoo! (or Netflix in the future?). I'm just in awe every time that I watch it. Feels like it's always existed; hard to imagine someone conceived of the idea.
#2 "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" s2e14 D&D with Fat Neil I'm glad I own the DVDs so that I can revisit one of my favorites any time I get the itch to do so. Pity that Chang's portrayal of a drow is misperceived to be something other than agreeing exactly with those who find issue with it. As an avid D&D player, this would had to be near the top of the ranking.
#1 "Remedial Chaos Theory" s3e3 Different timelines; Troy & Abed's housewarming Surprising no one: this is the best episode of Community. I think most of the Community-Community will agree with me, but if you don't, you best come prepared because I just did a whole list and will do more so yeah pretty official wouldn't ya say?
Anyway, thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed it.
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2020.10.25 10:07 Accomplished_Bath940 What horrifying moments do you still think about from a movi

I have seen plenty of disturbing things in film but can usually just brush them off by the next scene or by the end of the movie but there are certain moments that even thinking about still sends shivers down my spine. My main movie example is in brawl in cell block 99 toward the end when Vince Vaughns character is dragging the guys skin off his face using his foot along the concrete, still makes my skin crawl.
An honorary mention goes to Ozark in the first episode when Batemans partner is shot and unceremoniously dissolved in the acid along with the woman. Just the idea that a human life can be so easily taken care of and that the cartel obviously ordered all of these knowing that they would need to put bodies in them at some point freaks me out. Everytime I see a missing person with ties to the mob or a cartel, I just feel like I know they will never be found because of how this show portrayed how effective these people are at murder.
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2020.10.16 07:56 wattsandvars Trying to deceive a family that I have paranormal significance

I was some sort of grifter trying to trick this elderly WASPY couple that I had some sort of paranormal significance in order to win their daughter's hand in marriage. I looked like Vince Vaughn or David Wallace from The Office or Jared Fogle and had a couple partners in crime, one of which was a weasley guy who looked like Steve Buscemi. The heart of our scam was that we were going to rebuild parts of their home from earlier in their lives (or which only they had knowledge of) to show that I had some deep spiritual connection. We had broken into their house earlier and had pictures of their previous life to base our constructions on. Also, I interviewed a neighbor kid to find the orientation of their former house.
Anyway, the big day of the scam comes, and I'm in the kitchen/dining area of their upscale condo showing them a printed facade of a doghouse I would like to build them (based on a doghouse they had owned decades earlier when they were young). The guy seems to be kind of buying it. The woman is more sceptical and trying to figure out how I know this. I tell her I just thought of it yesterday. She finds a date on my drawing that indicates it was printed weeks ago and realizes that we had broken into their condo before that time.
She tells me she's going to call the cops unless I confess and hand over my accomplices. We call up Steve Buscemi, and he picks up his phone, but just repeats nonsense "I'm not home... I'm not home... I'm not home..." or something, because he's staring blankly at his TV in his bedroom late at night not really awake.
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2020.09.18 19:10 slumpadoochous Canadian Mafia War Casualties 2005-2020 (updated 9/18/20)

Summary of murdered and missing people connected to the MTL Mafia war. I separated them into two groups, Rizzuto Allies and Enemies. Bolded names are those whose allegiances I'm unsure of. If anyone can give me a hand rearranging the list, pointing out mistakes or missing names, that'd be awesome. Also couldn't find decent articles for some. Considering adding a third section for people who don't necessarily fit under the first two. EX) Paolo Gervasi was whacked by the Rizzutos over a disagreement, but I'm not sure if one could technically count this as a part of the war as it sort of seems like a "business as usual" killing. It did motivate guys like De Vito and Facchina to assist Desjardins when the war did break out, though.
added a changelog to the bottom.
Rizzuto/Allies Casualties:
Rizzuto Enemies:
Total: 59
Change Log:
Moves & Removals:
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2020.08.09 22:24 pm-me-a-good-song pm-me-a-good-song: #36 Arkansas (2020)
This is a really entertaining country noir based with a dark sense of humor and a winding plot that eventually comes together well, even if it may veer off course every now and then. The film is directed by Clark Duke, and he does a pretty good job with this debut, even if he might wear his love for Tarantino on his sleeves a bit too much. The pacing is great, and the dialogue is vibrant and punchy, if not a bit cliched. Duke is great as Swin, and Liam Hemsworth gives a surprisingly decent performance as his partner, Kyle. Vince Vaughn is also surprisingly not terrible. Though the film definitely has its flaws, I enjoyed it and I look forward to whatever Duke decides to do next.
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2020.07.17 08:54 thaworldhaswarpedme Thaworldhaswarpedme #178 - Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Watched on: Netflix
Synopsis: A by-the-book cop is paired with a boundless, goofy renegade for a partner to solve a case involving a tasteless and untraceable batch of cocaine.
This is the perfect example of a Saturday Afternoon Movie. Take one of the most reliable comedy duos from the early 2000's, one reboot of a popular 70's buddy-cop show, a dash of Snoop Dogg (It's Huggy Bear, Baby!) and Vince Vaughn when he was still funny and not taking himself to seriously, and you have a reliable comedy that elicits standard chuckles throughout with a few fun surprises here and there.
An absence of familiarity with the source material is no doubt an advantage as it cut down on the obvious obligatory nitpicking that would comes with it. I'm pretty sure the original guys were "cool" and while Wilson and Stiller are certainly likeable as fuck, I'd never describe them as savvy. In fact, i have a feeling they could have made nearly the exact same movie without the cash grab tie-in and made a pretty successful copper comedy on their own. They're no Tucker and Chan but they definitely riff off one another successfully and with a palpable chemistry.
The story was pretty good and there is decent action throughout. Eye candy abound with substantial presence from ex-Playmates Carmen Electra and Brande Roderick as well as the lovely and talented Amy Smart. A ridiculously loaded supporting cast are peppered throughout the film including Fred Williamson, Jason Bateman, Juliette Louis, Chris Penn and Molly Sims to name a few.
By no means a groundbreaking movie but steps above mediocre, I can safely say this an easy watch worth the 101 minutes.
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2020.02.25 22:57 MezcaMorii The Ultimate Podcast Recommendation Thread

So, you’re all caught up on Dungeons and Daddies, but can’t wait until the next episode to get your D&D or comedy fix? We’ve compiled your suggestions into one big thread so you can find your next binge-worthy podcast. Feel free to add more suggestions in the comments below!

More from the Dads

Story Break (ongoing – hosted by Will, Matt, and Freddie)
Story Break is a show where three Hollywood pros have one hour to turn a humble idea into cinematic gold. From pop culture to video games, breakfast cereals to board games, you’ll never know where the next theoretical blockbuster movie or TV show might come from!

Podcasts Referenced In-Game

Talking Sons (ongoing – Dungeons and Daddies Fancast)
Talking Sons is a volunteer made fancast that orbits around the star that is Dungeons and Daddies. Released every other week, listen to hosts discuss the latest episodes, speculate on conspiracy theories, and discuss topics related to the show.

20 Sided Stories (multiple campaigns, ongoing)
A group of actor-friends diving into your favorite worlds and genres, improvising an immersive, unscripted story in 16 episodes or less. But there’s a twist. Sage, Jess, and Travis use a tabletop role-playing game—and a variety of guests—to keep them on their toes, where every dice roll can completely change the direction of the story. The sound design is unparalleled, the comedy is side-splitting, and the game rules are original and easy to follow. Every series of this anthology is completely unrelated, so pick one that speaks to you and press play.

Hey Riddle Riddle (ongoing)
Riddles! Puzzles! WhoDunnits! Adal Rifai, Erin Keif and John Patrick Coan, three of Chicago's most overrated improvisers, are on the case to solve every riddle, puzzle, brain-teaser, and head-scratcher known to humanity. Some riddles are almost impossible, some are absolutely improbable, and some simply have not aged well. And if you don't like riddles, don't worry! This podcast is barely about them!

Fan Favorites

The Adventure Zone (multiple campaigns, ongoing)
Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy from My Brother, My Brother and Me have recruited their dad Clint for a campaign of high adventure. Join the McElroys as they find their fortune and slay an unconscionable number of ... you know, kobolds or whatever in ... The Adventure Zone...

Dimension 20 (multiple campaigns, ongoing)
Heed the call of adventure and enter Dimension 20 where Game Master Brennan Lee Mulligan, joined by comedians and pro gamers, blends comedy with tabletop RPGs.
(Note: Fantasy High, the first season of the roleplaying anthology, is available as a podcast. Further seasons can be found on Dimension 20’s YouTube Channel)
u/Bilbrath says: “ESPECIALLY the new season they just started called Tiny Heist. I wheezing belly-laughed to a point where I had to pause the video multiple times in the 2 hours and 10 minutes of their first episode… Give it at least up through the introduction of the character Rick Diggins before you decide to stick with it or not (~30 minutes).”

Not Another D&D Podcast (ongoing)
Welcome to the campaign after the campaign! Three unlikely adventurers attempt to right the wrongs caused by a party of legendary heroes who screwed up the world while trying to save it. DM Brian Murphy is joined by Emily Axford, Jake Hurwitz, and Caldwell Tanner for this D&D play podcast.

TTRPG Podcasts

Acquisitions Incorporated (ongoing)
Acquisitions Incorporated serves up locally-sourced adventure from convenient franchise locations across Faerûn. Their adventures began in 2007 with a podcast of three friends playing D&D, and inexplicably progressed to live games on-stage before thousands of audience members at PAX.

Androids and Aliens (ongoing)
The creative team behind The Glass Cannon Podcast brings you an all-new weekly adventure full of laughter, tears and six adults playing make-believe.
Set in the distant future, five strangers find themselves caught in the middle of an interstellar mystery that threatens the very existence of the galaxy!
Join us every week as characters' fates lie in the hands of dice rolls and friendships are ruined over rules arguments.

ARCS (on hiatus)
Arcs is an actual-play Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition podcast, in which three unlikely comrades journey across the mystical realm of Thirithia in search of a famed relic!
Pretty basic, right? Well, dear reader…
Join us every Thursday for a rip-roaring, spell-casting, drink-downing, chair-smashing, chuckle-having affair, replete with grins, tears, and statistically-astounding dice
Featuring radio-style production, original music and a lightning pace, Arcs is the perfect show for anyone looking for a hearty sip of comedy, drama, intrigue, and sometimes a dog.
Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a total newbie to DnD, you’re sure to get wrapped up in Arcs’ world, its characters and their uncanny ability to almost always make the wrong decision.
Join us every Thursday for a rip-roaring, spell-casting, drink-downing, chair-smashing, chuckle-having affair, replete with grins, tears and statistically-astounding dice rolls.
Sometimes very bad rolls.
… Usually very bad rolls.

bomBARDed (ongoing)
DFW band Lindby brings you a musical D&D adventure following the exploits of three bards.
u/Dr_Killionare says: “It's a goofy podcast about a band of bards thatbare an actual band that have to write songs to cast spells. It's fun, funny, even a little educational. Plus they have written some good jams.”

Campaign Podcast (multiple campaigns, ongoing)
A group of actor-friends diving into your favorite worlds and genres, improvising an immersive, unscripted story in 16 episodes or less. But there’s a twist. Sage, Jess, and Travis use a tabletop role-playing game—and a variety of guests—to keep them on their toes, where every dice roll can completely change the direction of the story. The sound design is unparalleled, the comedy is side-splitting, and the game rules are original and easy to follow. Every series of this anthology is completely unrelated, so pick one that speaks to you and press play.
u/AllenDJoe45 says: “First campaign was set in the star wars universe and it was soooooo good. I loved every episode and its worth every second. Their second campaign is SkyJacks which is a custom setting that is described as Folk Punk and is also awesome. Start at either but if you're a Star Wars fan start from the beginning.”

Champions of Earth (ongoing)
Five disaster teens find themselves the accidental wielders of elemental power suits and mecha steeds while charged with defending the earth... but their own messy lives threaten to be a bigger threat than robot kaiju, desiccated zombies, fae warriors, or a bigger menace from within. A fusion of tabletop RPG and radio drama, CHAMPIONS OF THE EARTH features an original game system and stars veteran streamers, comics pros, and indie game designers in a fast-paced high-production value sonic adventure stretching from the halls of high school to enchanted taverns to the dark side of the moon.
Part of the Nerdsmith Network. #WeAreNerdsmith

Critical Role (multiple campaigns, ongoing)
Welcome to Critical Role, where a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors sit around and play Dungeons & Dragons! Join Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and an all-star cast of world-class performers each week as they travel through imaginary realms for more adventure than you can shake a magic staff at. Need a deeper dive? Be sure to catch Talks Machina with Brian W. Foster, the official Critical Role companion show, right here on Critical Role.

The Critshow (ongoing)
An actual play podcast with the first season focusing on Monster of the Week. Join Jake, Tass, and Teej as they try their best to solve Rev’s mysteries, protect the innocent, and hunt monsters - often times accidentally making the situation much worse for themselves, and coincidentally, far more entertaining for us.
u/Steelfox13 says: “They play a little more seriously but it's got a similar laugh to episode ratio in my opinion.”

D&D is for Nerds (ongoing)
In which we sit around a table, pretend to be different people and play some good old fashioned Dungeons and Dragons. Starring Jackson B. Baly, Joel L. Zammit, Cass and our favourite DM, Adam. It’s a magical time inspired by fantasy worlds such as World of Warcraft, Discworld, the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings where anything can happen, especially horses.
u/yorkton says “D&D is for nerds has a super similar vibe, similar sense of humour, love of dumb names and the DM does all the roles so it’s mainly focused on storytelling. Also it’s not one continuous story (although some are revisited), it’s often different characters, different parts of the world and even different time periods e.g. one story takes place 500 years before another one. So there’s lots of jumping on points. For someone just jumping in I’d recommend checking out the shorter runs first like: The Auticcus, D&D is for James, Northern Bounty, trouble in Orwa”

Dames and Dragons (ongoing)
Dames & Dragons is a comedy D&D actual play podcast with a detailed original setting, lots of stupid jokes, a mystery or two, and some fumbling attempts at heroism. Join our cast of teen Guardians as they protect their Goddess from monsters, traps, social awkwardness, bread mold, and murderous ancient deities—among other things.
u/_higglety says: “ A bunch of dorky teens are in charge of body guarding the teenage incarnation of their goddess, and things go about as well as you would expect.”

Dice, Camera, Action (complete)
Five disaster teens find themselves the accidental wielders of elemental power suits and mecha steeds while charged with defending the earth... but their own messy lives threaten to be a bigger threat than robot kaiju, desiccated zombies, fae warriors, or a bigger menace from within. A fusion of tabletop RPG and radio drama, CHAMPIONS OF THE EARTH features an original game system and stars veteran streamers, comics pros, and indie game designers in a fast-paced high-production-value sonic adventure stretching from the halls of high school to enchanted taverns to the dark side of the moon.

Dice Shame (ongoing)
Comedy, action and a whole lot of shaming come together in Dice Shame, an Actual Play Podcast of Storm King's Thunder by Wizards of the Coast! Join our GM Jo; her partner Harlan, his brother Alex & their best friends Justin and Rob as they tackle the daunting world of Faerun in this legendary adventure module!
u/thelirivalley says: a play through of storm kings thunder with a great amount of comedy, mechanics, action and improv. Stars a brother team and a couple which is always fun to see and has great editing with audio effects and music.

Dinosaur Park: The 1986 Tabletop RPG (ongoing)
In the spring of 2016 we unearthed the long-forgotten 1986 Tabletop RPG that is Dinosaur Park and decided to have a quick game. This is the result.
In the following months we were able to track down the rare and much-beloved sequel, Dinosaur World: The Post-Apocalyptic RPG for Ages 10 and up and once again, have a quick game.
Finally, it wasn't until late 2017 that we were able to seek out Dinosaur Universe: The 2001 Space Simulator and once more again have a quick game.
u/Yorkton says: Initially it starts out as them trying to survive Dinosaur Park and progressively goes further and further batshit insane. Character names include Vince Vaughn, Mr. Jumanji, Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Wood (no relation).”

Dive Cloud: A Tabletop Podcast (ongoing)
Jazz music, wacky robots, and a world on the edge of technomagic revolution. But mostly friends just having fun! Join us in our D&D 5e Podcast

DnDnD (ongoing)
Join us for an adventure that's part dinner party and all improvised role-play! Each episode six friends combine forces to weave a tale of fantasy, food, and fun in a home-brewed D&D campaign. There's powerful spells, magic horses, other realms, and enough excitement and laughs for everyone to get seconds.
u/SkyRogue77 says: “The world building is amazing. They do go a little heavier on the game mechanics but the characters are fun and the people who do it have been friends for such a long time that they play off each other flawlessly. Sure it's a tad bit more serious than this podcast but definitely in the same vein.”

Dragon Friends (ongoing)
Meet Philge the Half-Orc Barbarian, Freezo the High Elf Warlock, Halfling Rogue Bobby Pancakes and Baston Indrirovich as they quest through the magical world of Faerun and beyond. Dragon Friends is a monthly comedy show and podcast where six Australian comedians muddle their way through their first Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Heads up, it gets weird, quick.
u/mooseburrito says: “Similarly light on the rules/gameplay mechanics but absolutely absurd and funny. It's run by a great group of Aussie comedians and they're starting season 6 this year. just note tho: audio quality on the first season is a little iffy and its recorded live in a theatre in Sydney”

Dumb-Dumbs & Dragons (ongoing)
Dumb-Dumbs & Dragons is a Dumb-Dumbs & Dice podcast where improvisers who’ve never roleplayed before journey into the world of Dungeons & Dragons. The show is hosted by our dungeon master, Tom McGee, and our regular players: the sneaky Tyler Hewitt, the brilliant Laura Elizabeth, and the flatulent Ryan LaPlante. With special guest comedians joining us on our journey, follow our heroes as they begin their adventures!

Dungeons and Randomness (ongoing)
Three groups play D&D in Theria. Their choices shape the world and each other. New to the podcast? Start with "Arc 3: Episode 1" and dive into the action!

The Film Reroll (ongoing)
We take famous movies and play through them as if they were a role playing game. Instead of all those pesky writers carefully crafting a plot, we let the dice decide and go from there. Inevitably it all goes completely off the rails. With Paulo Quiros, Jocelyn Vammer, Jon Miller and Pitr Strait.
u/ocleeu says: “They play through movies as rpgs, which occasionally leads things going off the rails in hilarious and amazing fashion. It’s not a single long-form campaign, but each movie is usually 2-3 episodes (with a couple outliers on either end). They don’t use D&D as their system, but it’s definitely a similar comedic improv vibe”

Find the Path (ongoing)
Welcome Pathfinders! With no other option available our heroes return to the Vault of Hidden Wisdom to hopefully find the last of the clues they originally came to Tephu searching for, and perhaps finally set out with Falto’s caravan into the Parched Dunes…
u/Lysdexicandvolingit says: "It's great because it feels like sitting down at the table with your friends. The FtP crew really know the Pathfinder system and that helps keep the pace high and lets the role playing shine through. Plus the cast is really active on FindthePathPodcast!"

Friends at the Table (multiple campaigns, ongoing)
Friends at the Table is an actual play podcast about critical worldbuilding, smart characterization, and fun interaction between good friends.
The Glass Cannon Podcast (ongoing)
In the spirit of old-school tabletop role-playing games, a collection of five super-nerds engage in an Actual Play podcast of Paizo's Giantslayer Adventure Path. Using the rules of the Pathfinder RPG system, the Glass Cannon interweaves immersive storytelling with irreverent, improvised humor to deliver the experience of what it's really like to sit around a table rolling dice and ball-busting with your best buds.
u/ardeerd says: “It's definitely more game, but it's hilarious. The DM is tough on the players and the players are good at the game, so it also keeps me on the edge of my seat a lot (there were close calls to death within the first 10 episodes).”

Greetings Adventurers (ongoing, formerly Drunks and Dragons)
Greetings, Adventurers! (Formerly Drunks and Dragons) is an award-winning actual-play, comedy podcast using Dungeons and Dragons as a framework for creating a (mostly) improvised narrative.

Join the Party (multiple campaigns, ongoing)
A collaborative storytelling and roleplaying podcast where friends create a story together, chapter by chapter, that everyone from seasoned players to true beginners can enjoy. Where else can you get adventure, intrigue, magic, drama, and lots of high fives all in one place? Right here.
u/afloodbehind says: “a great podcast that's liberal on the rules and generous with the laughs.”

LoFi Voyages (on haitus)
A homebrew 5th-edition D&D podcast about five prisoners, a boat, and a fog slowly devouring the world. Updates weekly.

Nerd Poker (ongoing)
Each week, under dark of night, in a dining room in Encino, a group of warriors led by Brian Posehn plays Dungeons & Dragons and you’re invited to attend!

NeoScum (ongoing)
NeoScum is a future-fantasy comedy podcast featuring five Chicago improvisers antagonizing their way through the roleplaying classic, Shadowrun. It follows a group of misfits and outsiders: a chromehead decker, a teenage candy-junky klepto, a kid's show wizard with a petulant thirst for adventure, and the nastiest trucker this side of the robo-Mason-Dixon. Join the irascible NeoScum crew as they make their way across a strange but familiar America in 2077, doling out street justice to every deeb they encounter – whether they deserve it or not.
u/AllenDJoe45 says: By far one of my favorite TTRPG actual play podcasts. A group of rowdy shadow runners in the dystopian cyberpunk future 2077 aggro every NPC they encounter as they take a road trip across North America. Kinda raunchy but trust me its super worth it (the quality isn't the best in ep1-5 but it gets so much better, like award winning better)

Oneshot (multiple games, ongoing)
One Shot is a podcast about role playing games. Every month, host and Game Master James D'Amato leads a group of players on a self-contained adventure. Every adventure will be wrapped up in 4-5 episodes in time for a new story, in a new system, with new players the following month. One Shot will explore ever RP system possible to give listeners a sampling of the possibilities in the wide wild of role playing.

Oxventure (ongoing, YouTube only)
Dice, danger and dubious spells! The Oxventure crew from Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra enter the imagination-fuelled world of Dungeons & Dragons! Jane is Prudence, a Tiefling Warlock with the hots for Cthulhu; Luke is Dob, a half-Orc Bard armed with the soothing lullabies of the Venga Boys, Ellen is Merilwen, a Wood Elf Druid with an affinity for animals, Egbert is a Paladin with penchant for explosives and Andy is dread pirate Corazón de León, a Human Rogue who has always been a fearsome pirate, why wouldn’t he have been, there's no secret backstory, stop asking.
u/TheShurley says: “If you're looking for light-hearted and funny over more serious role-play, as well as a British sense of humour, this is the one to go for.”

Pretend Friends (ongoing)
Pretend Friends is an actual play pen and paper podcast. Currently ‘venturin in Space Kings. Starring Nick, Paul, and Josh from Continue?! as well as Kevin Cole!

The Roaring Trainers (on hiatus)
We take famous movies and play through them as if they were a role-playing game. Instead of all those pesky writers carefully crafting a plot, we let the dice decide and go from there. Inevitably it all goes completely off the rails. With Paulo Quiros, Jocelyn Vammer, Jon Miller and Pitr Strait.

Rude Tales of Magic (ongoing)
Branson Reese and his jester's retinue, Christopher Hastings, Carly Monardo, Tim Platt, Joe Lepore, and Ali Fisher, buck and bumble through the magical backwater world of Cordelia. One hopes you enjoy both japes AND scrapes, because honestly, it would be impossible to disentangle one from the other, given their profound entwinement in this particular piece of entertainment.
u/TheBigBubNubbs says: “If you are looking for a good laugh and great characters, then check out this podcast called "Rude Tales of Magic". It is still new, but definitely worthwhile.”

Second Best (ongoing)
Second Best: A DnD Adventure is a real-play D&D 5e comedy podcast created by NYC improvisers.
Second Best follows the adventures of Bug, Yolanda, Gail, and Hue in a fantasy realm called Milarien. They’re not the finest adventurers in the land - a fact they’re reminded of a lot - but that won’t stop this determined bunch.
Stephen Bu says: “Lots of group laughs and complex problem-solving. More role play than fights. Good group cohesion.”
u/wesmikel says: “Lots of group laughs and complex problem solving. More role play than fights. Good group cohesion.”

Tabletop for the End of the World (ongoing)
Hundreds of the years into the future, America has fallen to ruin and neglect. To cope with the harsh realities, the Overseers have made it possible to everyone to plug into their True Reality system, but when the Potreblyat Corporation took over, only the rich and influential could stay plugged in.
u/finewithstabwounds says: “It's more drama than comedy but its premise is that 4 guys were in a matrix future with vr pods and stuff but they got kicked out and now they are playing DnD to deal with how bad the world outside is. They do a lot with that storytelling outside of the DnD campaign, and it's like end-of-the-world horror type stuff, but when it gets funny it is really funny.”

Tales of Nowhere (ongoing)
Join us every other Wednesday as we make our way through multiple Tabletop RPGs to tell the story of four charismatic heroes seeking to repair the multiverse. It's a journey of epic proportions that will keep you laughing as you piece together the mystery of the world, the characters, and most importantly, that extra-dimensional Coffee Shop known as Cafe Nowhere.
u/PM_ME_UR_PHOBIAS says: “The team consists of a DM, four players, and an audio specialist. Every one of these six people are talented and focus on quality of content and listener experience. This means they can review/expose their listeners to all that the TTRPG world has to offer, while telling one epic story where the characters are free to grow and change.”

The Titans of All’Terra (ongoing)
Jump into a classic fantasy story, set in the original world of All'Terra, and told through the collaborative story structure of 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons!
Join Josh, our Dungeon Master, as he leads four unlikely heroes on an adventure that will change their lives and might even save the world!

Twits and Crits (complete)
Follow the Twits through the first three seasons as they save the world from a monstrous invasion.
u/LumpyWumpus says: “It starts pretty normally but quickly goes off the rails in the best way possible.”

Unexpectables (ongoing)
Follow the travels and tribulations of Task the Kobold Ranger, Greckles the Kenku Rogue, Panic the Tiefling Bard, and Borky the Orc Barbarian, as they traverse the dangerous and mysterious lands of Alivast, and the Capital City that hosts a bungle of characters, magic and villains.

You Meet in a Tavern (ongoing)
Follow the continuing epic podcast adventures of Tug, Derf, and Karl (played by Kirk, Jamal, and Bryan) as we navigate our way through our first 5E D&D campaign.
u/Ruairidh_97 says: “Really interesting story, liked how it plays out and the guys don’t take it too seriously either!”

For Fans of At the Mountains of Dadness

Ain’t Slayed Nobody (ongoing)
We are an actual play Call of Cthulhu RPG podcast set in the Old West. Chaosium's Down Darker Trails is our foundation for scenarios. We blend humor and horror with an emphasis on sound design and role playing.

Pretending to be People (ongoing)
Pretending to be People is a mystery/horror role-playing podcast. Join Zach, Thomas, Luke, and Joe as they navigate a terrifying campaign filled with twists, turns, and laughs - all decided on a roll of the dice. Can the officers of the Contention Police Department unravel the mysteries suddenly plaguing their sleepy town? Will they die – or worse – in the attempt? This is an actual play utilizing the game systems of Delta Green and Pulp Cthulhu. This is Pretending to be People.
We are an actual play Call of Cthulhu RPG podcast set in the Old West. Chaosium's Down Darker Trails is our foundation for scenarios. We blend humor and horror with an emphasis on sound design and role-playing.

Welcome to St Paxton (ongoing)
Cthulhu & Friends is a podcast! We play the Call of Cthulhu tabletop roleplaying game using a modified version of the d20 system. Listen as we fight unimaginable beasties and try to maintain our very sanity! Featuring superior role-playing and high production values, we turn actual play into a radio drama experience. For the most optimized listening experience, we suggest you start at Season 4 Episode 1, and then when you've reached the end, go back and take it from Season 1 Episode 1.

Comedy Improv/Storytelling Podcasts

Hello from the Magic Tavern (ongoing)
Arnie Niekamp fell through a dimensional portal behind a Burger King into the fantastical land of Foon. He's still getting a slight wifi signal, so he uploads a weekly podcast from the tavern the Vermilion Minotaur where he interviews wizards, monsters, and adventurers. It's a major discovery!
u/ga1axygh0st says: “[Hello From the Magic Tavern] is improv comedy set in a DnD-like world. about a guy who gets sucked through a dimensional rift into a magical land with nothing but his podcast equipment so he starts a podcast with a wizard and a talking badgeshapeshifter. It’s a similar vibe to dndads & they have a lot of great guests on.”

Mission to Zyxx (ongoing – Freddie’s Recommendation!)
An improvised science fiction sitcom following a team of ambassadors as they attempt to establish diplomatic relations with planets in the remote and chaotic Zyxx Quadrant… better known as the “ass-end of space.”
If you’re new to Mission to Zyxx, we recommend starting at Episode 1.

Victoriosity (ongoing – Freddie’s Recommendation!)
A detective comedy drama Even Greater London, 1887. In this vast metropolis, Inspector Archibald Fleet and journalist Clara Entwhistle investigate a murder, only to find themselves at the centre of a conspiracy of impossible proportions.
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2020.01.30 18:05 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Aug. 10, 1987

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
1-5-1987 1-12-1987 1-18-1987 2-2-1987
2-9-1987 2-16-1987 2-23-1987 3-2-1987
3-9-1987 3-16-1987 3-23-1987 4-6-1987
4-13-1987 4-20-1987 4-27-1987 5-4-1987
5-11-1987 5-18-1987 5-25-1987 6-1-1987
6-8-1987 6-15-1987 6-22-1987 6-29-1987
7-6-1987 7-13-1987 7-20-1987 7-27-1987
8-3-1987 - - -
  • ”It’s unusual when the result of a match is the top story of the week, but it isn’t everyday [sic] that Bruiser Brody gets pinned. Brody went down for the three count on July 27 against Abdullah the Butcher in Fort Worth. It’s the first time he’s been pinned in nearly seven years (fans today would be dying if Roman Reigns or Okada, or Becky Lynch or someone went almost seven years between being pinned). Dave figures this streak is probably one of the longest of its kind in wrestling history. The match was a cage match with no disqualifications and Abby’s Brass Knuckles championship at stake. For the finish, Brody had Abby pinned, but Gary Hart got on the apron and Brody fought with him through the cage, which allowed Abby to hit him with a foreign object to the throat to get the pin. Dave figures this must be setting up another cage match in the future at a big show - maybe the Labor Day show in Fort Worth.
  • Going off that, there are only four wrestlers active today who are in a position where they do no jobs at all: The Road Warriors, Hogan, and Riki Choshu. Hogan’s last job (a submission in the middle of the ring) was 5½ years ago to Antonio Inoki (who had a five year streak of his own until this past June, when he took the fall in a tag match to Masa Saito). Choshu’s last job was three years ago and to Inoki as well. The Road Warriors did their last job just under two years ago, losing the AWA tag belts to Jim Garvin and Steve Regal (to clarify, AWA’s Steve Regal is not a real man’s man). Andre, surprisingly, did his last job before Wrestlemania only ten months earlier, also submitting to Inoki in June 1986. Andre’s last job before that was in February 1984 when El Canek pinned him in Mexico City, and that was the first job Andre did since getting pinned by Inoki about six years previous. For contrast, Ric Flair’s last job was against Dusty Rhodes (pinfall) a few weeks ago in Greensboro, and he’s also lost falls in tag matches but isn’t doing that anymore, it seems.
  • Corrections - Dave had some errors regarding Houston last week, including some names he erroneously said were coming in to WWF. First, August 28 will indeed be Paul Boesch’s last card at Sam Houston Coliseum, but they aren’t (yet - next week this changes) advertising the show as Boesch’s retirement. You’d think they’d make a big deal of him, since he’s been a fixture of Houston wrestling for almost 40 years, but no. Anyway, several of the wrestlers coming to work that show are being booked as independent workers, not being brought into the WWF as part of the roster, and that means Tom Prichard, Mark Lewin, and Jim Duggan are only scheduled for this show. Tony Atlas is being brought in for this show as well. There are no plans whatsoever, Dave’s told, to bring Duggan back. Notable matches will include Hogan vs. One Man Gang, Sherri vs. Moolah, Duggan vs. DiBiase, Bruno vs. Hercules Hernandez, and Beefcake vs. Johnny V in a hair match. With the update on Duggan, Dave thinks it’s a major mistake if Crockett doesn’t hire him ASAP. Negative press has blown over and he has a huge following in UWF cities and is now known nationally thanks to his short WWF run.
  • [WWF] Dave really hates Mr. T. “In 1986, when Mr. T nearly single-handedly made a travesty out of Wrestlemania II, there were many of us who thought that pro wrestling would be rid of this egomaniacal idiot. Thankfully, it took 15 months before Titan forgot that in almost every city, the fans cheared its No. 1 heel, Roddy Piper, instead of this supposed media-made face and that the card was hardly a box-office success.” Tell us how you really feel, Dave. Mr. T has been back as a referee for WWF for two weeks, and while Dave can’t say he’s been an anti-draw, it’s clear he’s not putting asses in seats and now even WWF can see it. His return to WWF a couple weeks ago in Toronto drew 6000 fans, which sounds good except it’s the lowest they’ve drawn in Toronto in years (the card was weak, so Dave can’t blame T for that). Dave goes through attendance numbers and every show except the July 24 Baltimore show had him refereeing Savage vs. Honkytonk and the crowd being well below average. So once this tour is done, that should put an end to Mr. T’s time in wrestling. At the same time, it raises big questions on Savage’s ability to draw as a babyface, though that probably shouldn’t be judged until he makes his official return.
  • WWF’s MSG show on July 25 was a big success, drawing 18,100 paid and $221k at the gate. Ricky Steamboat main evented against Honkytonk, and it’s the biggest crowd and gate for WWF since Wrestlemania. Dave will have a complete report next week.
  • On wrestlers in Hollywood, Roddy Piper has just started or is about to start filming his third movie in Rome. It's titled Buy and Cell and stars Robert Carradine. Lou Albano is doing a movie with a bunch of no-names called Complex World, and Pat Roach (an English wrestling star from the 70s) is in a movie directed by Ron Howard called Willow. Roach has a regular role in the tv show Robin Hood as well. Dave figures Piper’s continued steady work in Hollywood means time to return to wrestling and do anything meaningful is limited, if he even wants to come back.
Watch: Buy and Cell trailer
  • [JCP/NWA] July 31 saw the Great American Bash tour end with a bang. An announced crowd of 17,251 (probably around 16,000 in reality) and probably a record gate for wrestling at the Orange Bowl. Barry Windham did an amazing carry job with a guy called Incubus who is absolutely terrible, but with Windham was able to have an almost average match. Kevin Sullivan and Dory Funk had a Texas Death Match that Sullivan won when Funk couldn’t answer the ten count and then they had a post-match brawl that went nearly as long as the match. Both bled buckets and it was good. WarGames 2 gets five stars from Dave. Everybody bled except Ellering and Luger, and Blanchard had the performance of the match. Bubba wound up submitting after six straight clotheslines.
Watch: Partial raw footage of WarGames 2
  • [WCCW] The biggest surprise of the week is that Fritz Von Erich told the truth for once. The first time he ever told the truth was pretty funny - he said that telling the truth makes him look even stupider than if he had lied. Anyway, on the Ask Fritz segment of their tv show this past week, he answered a question about whether Lance Von Erich was really his nephew and said “I believe the boy’s real name is William Vaughn and he is in no way related to us and he can’t use that name anymore because I copyrighted it.” Dave finds it incredibly stupid, but also notes that it’s no coincidence he said this on the same weekend that Lance made his tv debut for Wild West Wrestling. And of course, no Von Erich coverage would be complete without noting how shitty a dad Fritz is, so another letter asked Fritz if his son Chris (currently a senior in high school) will go to college. Fritz’s answer amounted to something along the lines of how that would be “nice, but Chris already knows what he wants to do.”
  • It looks like WWF is planning a greater emphasis on women’s wrestling in the next few months now that Sherri Martel is in and champion (you might even call it a revolution). After a few (Dave prays for very few) rematches, maybe Moolah will even retire. She did hit Social Security collection age on July 21, after all. Dave’s heard that Devil Masami might be in for a tour soon and the Jumping Bomb Angels will return in the fall after having a very successful tour with WWF. They had the best match of the show on virtually every card they appeared on (not as big a compliment as it sounds, Dave notes). Additionally, Olympia from GLOW is training to wrestle for WWF and Les Thornton in Calgary has several prospective young women in his current class. The Crush Gals will not be brought in, though, as the WWF office thinks they look too boyish. Dave would have something negative to say about that except he’s gotten innumerable comments saying that the JB Angels “are so much better looking than those Crush Girls they had in last year.”
Watch: The Crush Gals in their WWF tour from 1986
  • [WWF] Andre the Giant had back surgery more than a week ago. It’s uncertain if he’ll wrestle again, but what does seem certain is that he probably won’t be back any earlier than the winter.
  • [WWF] Tito Santana will be taking Tom Zenk’s place as Rick Martel’s tag partner. They’ll get a new name, something like Attack Squad or Strike Force (Dave got it right with the second one).
  • [WWF] Chief Jay Strongbow was hospitalized earlier this week for heart issues.
  • [Stampede] The Viet Congs have broken up. They lost the International tag titles to Brian Pillman and Bruce Hart on the July 24 show. Hart pinned Cong #2 (Shinji Sasazaki, who had knee surgery after the match). Sasazaki attacked Cong #1 (Hiroshi Hase) after the match, and another guy in a Viet Cong Express outfit attacked Hase as well. They referred to him as Viet Cong #3 and he was unmasked as Gama Singh. They unmasked Hase, who kept his face covered, and Keiichi Yamada ran in to make the save. Yamada teamed with Owen Hart against Gama and Mukham Singh in the main event, which saw Jerry Morrow interfere by low-bridging Yamada and piledriving him on the floor twice before all three heels ganged up on Hart, leading to Hase unmaked making the save. So for the July 31 show we have Hase/Yamada/Hart vs. the Singhs and Morrow.
  • The North American Wrestling Association out of Edmonton is not out of business, Dave was wrong about that last week. Dave Schults and Johnny Rods walked out on the promotion, but the Western Canadians are still working. They start tv in two weeks, and Dave got a copy of their tape early and he says it is the best wrestling program on the market today.
  • Making her pro debut for Wild West Wrestling on August 18 will be Robin Smith. She’s Jake Roberts and Sam Houston’s sister.
  • Kevin Von Erich’s two year old child was run over in an accident last weekend ago and is now out of critical condition. That same weekend, Kerry, his wife, his baby, and brother Chris were in a boat accident. Kerry crashed into a dam and all were thrown into the water. No serious problems, but Chris needed ten stitches for a cut on his head.
  • Adrian Adonis has arrived in AWA, managed by Paul E. Dangerously (who now uses a mobile phone as a gimmick). Adonis is still doing the gay act. His weight has ballooned and he’s said to weigh over 350 lbs now.
  • The only other major change in AWA are the return of Jerry Blackwell and that Madusa Maceli has replaced Sherri Martel as Kevin Kelly’s valet. If they can find another woman to work there, they’ll probably give her the AWA Women’s Title too. Dave says if she ever learns she has the potential to be an effective valet, but she’s green and really only has looks and the ability to act arrogant right now. And she’s trying to be Sherri Martel, which is not going to work for someone so green.
  • [Florida] Terry Funk appeared on the July 29 tv taping in Tampa during a Mike Rotunda Florida Title defense against Dory Funk. He attacked Rotunda with a branding iron and then Dory stole the belt and they did some off the wall promos.
  • [JCP/NWA] They’ve fired Dark Journey. Part of it was simple business, part of it was personality conflicts. Suffice to say, she never got much of a reaction in Crockett country and the booking idea of pairing Tully with a black valet for heat just didn’t work. Dave’s heard two stories - she’s either going to California and opening a shop of some kind or going to Texas to work with Ken Mantell’s Wild West promotion if she stays in the business. Spoiler alert: this is Dark Journey’s goodbye to wrestling. She’s going to California, where she’ll manage a clothing shop for a while before getting licensed as a massage therapist and also doing “colon hydrotherapy” and working as a naturopath in the L.A. area today.
  • Letters this week are all over the place. One is fantasy booking an angle where Vince brings in Hector Guerrero (who’s still doing a spaceman gimmick in Crockett) to face Hogan, with a whole elaborate angle (featuring Hogan attacked by aliens, Howard Finkel abducted and held hostage, Hogan refusing to negotiate with terrorists, and a stipulation that if Hogan loses Finkel will be disintegrated live on tv) that leads to proving that even Hector can be dragged down to a lousy match and beat with the leg drop.
  • The other big letter in this issue takes issue with Inoki’s ego. The writer cannot believe they tossed aside the angles they set up just to keep Inoki in the main event, and calls him a “slimmer version of Virgil Rhodes.
  • Otherwise the letters mostly focus on awards thoughts, one asking Dave to give up the disparaging nicknames like Junkfood Dog and Outhouse Jack, and one taking exception to Dave not naming names on WWF’s drug testing. That last writer feels that the readers of the Observer “should be entitled to this information” after the first test and that Dave is wrong for not wanting to print the names of drug suspensions. A final writer, who went to the Chicago Bash show, wonders about if all the blood in wrestling might be a vector for AIDS transmission and feels some caution must be taken.
  • The Midnight Rockers are wrestling at the August 8 WFIA convention against Doug Somers and Ken Timbs. There’s no word yet on where they’ll land, but Crockett already has Morton and Gibson, while WWF doesn’t seem to want them and AWA definitely won’t want them back. Looks like their prospects are pretty dried up.
  • UWF commissioner John Ayres signed a contract to play this season with the Denver Broncos.
NEXT ISSUE: Paul Boesch retirement show announced, Road Warriors meeting with McMahon, Vladimir Petrov convicted, and more
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2019.12.16 12:58 santerton The Superman: Weapon (My DC universe movie #6)

If you have seen my other works you know the thrill. This is sequal to my first "The Superman" story.
Thanks to u/dblade20 for being my co-writer
Okay, here we go:
Act 1:
Story starts at view of Metropolis. Van parks at enterence of art museum. Group of masked criminals raid in and point their guns at people in art museum. Police partners, Commissioner Dan Turpin (Chi McBride) and Inspector Maggie Sawyer (Anna Paquin) get information about robbery and drive there fast as they can. There is also fuzz in Daily Planet going on. Perry White (Vince Vaughn) has odered Jimmy Olsen (Logan Lerman) and Clark Kent (Ian Harding) to report about robbery. Jimmy replies he haven't seen Clark all day. Perry wonders where in hell is he. Criminals are almost out of the art museum but just in right time man from sky drops in front of them. They are in shock as they realize, it is Superman. Criminals start to shoot him, but of course, Superman is bulletproof and walks right in front of them grap all their guns and crush them. Then all criminals surronder. Superman smirks. Right then, police arrive and Superman greets them. Dan does not look pleased
Clark arrives to Daily Planet. Perry is pissed and tells him he is late. Clark apologizes and blames it on "traffic". Perry responds that he can make it up for interviewing robbers at police custody. Clark agrees to do it. At same time Lois Lane (Nina Dobrev) arrives to work. "Sorry I'm late. I had interview with mayor about his war against poverty in this city" Lois says to Perry and Clark, with smirk on her face. Perry praises her. Clark meets with Jimmy and they talk about the robbery stopped by Superman. It is also revealed that it has been a year since Superman showed up to the world and stopped attack of Brainiac. Clark and Jimmy are packing their things and going to police department to interview robbers, but then news come to tell that terrorist named Winslow Schott (Nathan Lane) with three other inmates have escaped from prison last night. Clark is in shock.
In prison, Lois has arrived to interview staff. Warden tells to Lois that Winslow has been model inmate and there has not been any thought of him breaking out in 15 years he has sit in there. Warden reveals that Winslow managed to escape by hacking security cameras, killing four guards and have three other inmates to dress up as guards and escorting him out. Warden is just wondering how Winslow managed to get his hands on such tech, since prison's security is put together by Lexcorp, which is one of the world's biggest tech giants and only geneiuses could crack their walls. Lois is getting suspicious.
Same time, Clark and Jimmy have arrived to police department and are escorted to interogration room by Dan Turpin. Dan tells to duo that those robbers have a lot of sucess in many robberies around country, besides Gotham City since they have not even dared to try there. Group calls themselfs, "Experts". Experts usually rob different museums, banks, labs and factories and sell the product to highest bidder. Experts have been mostly in shadows since their boss and founder of organization died couple years ago, but Dan thinks they finally have new leader, but is not sure who he or she is, but who ever it is, he/she has made more sloppy and unorganized missions than last one. Clark, Jimmy and Dan have arrived to the door. Clark is almost opening it up, but Dan says one last thing before letting him in, "keep your guard up". Clark nods his head and he and Jimmy enter the room.
One of the robbers named "Georgey" is sitting on chair and is handcuffed. Dan is looking at them behind glass. Clark introduces himself and sits on a chair. Georgey says he told nothing to cops so he won't tell nothing to media either. Clark asks why, and robber tells he has loyality to his boss. Clark asks what he can tell about his boss, Georgey only awnsers that "he is one of scariest guys out there" Clark listens to his heartbeat with super hearing, indicating that he is lying. "Really? How scary? Is he like, Roman Sionis or Bruno Mannheim type of criminal boss scary?" Clark asks from him. Georgey makes obvious fake laughter and replies that his boss is scarier than any of them. After somewhile Clark and Jimmy come out of the room and Clark says to Dan "You were right. He is one tough cookie. Good luck with him". Dan nods his head and Clark and Jimmy leave.
Act 2a:
Lois is driving her car and parks it in front of gigantic skyscraper which is main HQ of Lexcorp. She walks into HQ and says to clerk she wants to talk to CEO of Lexcorp, Lex Luthor. Clerk replies that Luthor is very busy man and doesn't have time for every little chat. Just when she said that, bald man dressed in expensive suit walks, he is Lex Luthor (Billy Zane). "Lois! Long time no see. How's my favorite reporter?" Lex says as he walks towards Lois. "Hey Lex. Have time for little interview?" Lois asks him. "Of course. Come, let's talk in my office" Lex replies and two walk to the elevator. As elevator doors close, Lex says he has missed her, "Bullshit, Lex. I was just one of your toys", Lois replies. "Not just any kind of toy. My favorite kind of" Lex replies back with smirk on his face. Lois looks pissed, Lex laughs and says he is just messing with her. Lois replies that she has noticed that a lot. Elevator has arrived to top floor and in front of the door stands Luthor's assistant and bodyguard, Mercy Graves (Alisha Wainwright). "Morning Mercy. Could you cancel meeting with Dr. Donovan and move it for tomorrow?" Lex asks from her. "Of course, Mr. Luthor. I get right on it" Mercy replies. "Great!" Lex says to before entering in his office with Lois.
Lex offers Lois a drink, but she refuses. Lex pours himself a glass of whiskey. Lois takes recorder, puts it on and starts interview. "Have you heard that Queensland Prison had prison break last night? Inmates, Winslow "Toyman" Scott, Franklin Atwood, Marcus Hernandez and Tobias Clinton were ones that escaped" Lois asks. "Yes. I'm aware of it" Lex replies. "But how? Your company put 100 million dollars to that prisons security. It should be one of the worlds top quality. You promoted it as "unhackable" and "foolproof"." Lois responses. " I have no idea, Lois. Perhaps Schott was even smarter than we thought" Lex responses. "Unlikely. More plausable is that he got either assitence or right epquipment to shut down your tech" Lois replies. Lex is quiet for while, but then says with frustrated voice "What are you trying to say, Miss Lane?" "Nothing. Only that somehow, somebody either got his or hers hands on your tech and learned how to use it, or it's one of your scientists or... You, you're self" Lois responds. Lex replies back "Nonesense. I had nothing to do with it. Tell me Lois, what man like me gets out of this?". "More money. You brake him out, he does his crimes and you get part some of the earnings" Lois responds. Lex laughs. "What's so funny?" Lois asks. Lex turns again to Lois and responds "Schott is a terrorist. He killed his boss and few other people because they shut him down. He was not motivated by profit. Most likely Schott will keep his head down and stay out of crime till the day he dies. Nothing that I can benefit from. Besides, if you know me, you know that I hate terrorists. Just ask our military". Last question Lois asks from him is "So, what will you do for now?". Lex responds that he will get bottom of the issue and if it is someone working for him, he will bring them to police". Lois thanks for the interview and leaves the office. Lex is shown looking at her and finishes his whiskey.
Later that day at evening Clark has been baffling over robbery case and is trying to think. He is interupted by Lois. Both exchange what have they been up to. Lois suggests they get some food.
Clark agrees and two head out. Lois and Clark are walking towards chinese restaurant and are talking. Lois tells Clark that she hage huge doubts about what Lex told her and that he at very least knows something. Then Clark hears something watches over him with side eye in slow mow and then tells Lois to take cover as drone with machine gun start to shoot at Lois and Clark. "What the hell?" Lois shouts as she keeps her head down. Clark finds a pipe and sneaks behind drone and smashes it and finally stomps on it. Drone is destroyed. "Are you okay?" Clark asks from her. "I'm alright. Thanks Smallvile" Lois says while smiling. "Don't get offended by this, but I didn't know you had such heroism in you" Lois teases him. Clark smiles and replies "Not just a boy scout". Both laugh. Then she starts to investigate the drone. Lois regonizes it as similar drone that Winslow Schott used for killing his former boss. It has no label or outstanding color to link it. Clark puts gloves on and picks up smashed drone. He tells Lois to calm down and that he will bring drone to police. Lois thanks him and walks away. Clark runs to alley and opens his shirt revealing his Superman suit. He flies trough night sky.
Same time at Lexcorp's Reascher Center Lex and Mercy enter labarotory to check on something. Mercy asks from Lex about trouble that Lois might bring to him, Lex says he has got it covered. Then he enters code to even more secret room and in it is Brainiac's ship. He has had it since Superman stopped Brainiac from destroying Earth about 6 months ago. Even that he had ship with him for that long, ship is so large and Lex has not had much time, he has not studied everything on it or in it. He walks in the ship trying to find something to study. He has been studying Brainiac's native language, Coluan and understands most things that are written. He finds room where "Yet to be studied materials" is hold. He looks around and one material catches his eyes. Green glowing rock. Text info about it says that it was found on planet Kautnom and that it's place of origin is from Krypton, Superman's home planet. Lex wants to study its secrets.
At North Pole, Superman arrives to Fortress of Solitude. He puts smashed drone in front of supercomputer's scanner and asks it to analyze the fingerprints and drones material's place of origin. Computer can not analyze fingerprints, since its maker wore gloves, but it does regonize that drone was flew from one of Metropolis warehouses. Superman flies at high speed towards warehouse. He arrives to warehouse and x-rays it and sees short chubby man working on desk and regonizes it as escaped Winslow Schott. Superman brakes the door open and shouts "It's over Winslow! Give yourself up now and I don't need to hurt you!" Schott chuckles and turns around in his chair and responds "Not a chance. I still have huge plans for the city that turned on me" and then dozen machine gun drone appear and circle around Superman. Winslow then pushes a button on his laptop and drones start to fire. Superman destroys all drones with heat vision. Winslow is in shock. As Superman starts to walk towards Winslow, someone shoots powerful energyblast at Superman which sends him flying against wall. Superman stands up and sees someone in robotic armor, it is one of the other guys that escaped from prison. Winslow laughs and introduces one of his new inventions. Superman asks while catching his breath "That thing hurt me.. But how?" Winslow responds "Shhhhh.. Magican never reveals his secrets" and laughs. Superman tries to fight a man that shot him and maneges to punch him few times, but is again shot by energyblast. Superman is again on the ground. Winslow himself gets into his own robotic armor and before flying away he says to Superman "Stay out of my way Superman or I have to kill you as I will the entire city". Two fly away, as Superman looks at the night sky, feeling humiliated.
Act 2b:
Next morning Clark arrives at work and sits on his chair and sighs, still in pain from last nights fight. "You okay, Kent?" asks colleague of Clark's, Dirk Armstrong (Bruce Campbell). Clark responds he is fine and only didn't have much sleep. Dirk nods his head and tells he has had same thing for a while and goes on a rant about, what he thinks are stupid decisions made by Senate. Lois arrives at work and Clark asks her how she is, Lois says she is fine now and asks from Clark have police found out anything. Clark thinks for few seconds and responds investigation is still on process and will inform if they find out anything. Dirk asks what they are talking about. Lois tells about drone that attacked her and Clark and how Clark destroyed it. Dirk laughs and couldn't believe Clark had it in him. Clark responds he is man full of surprises. Perry White comes out of his office and shouts "Clark, Lois pack your things! There is situation in Lexcorp!" Lois asks what is going on and Perry responds that "Experts" are trying to rob it.
Cut to Lexcorp, armed men are raiding it and telling everyone to stay on the ground. They are dressed in militia like suits and are heavily armed. Their boss is finally shown. He is big, buff guy who wares similar milita armor than rest of them and huge navy blue trench coat. He takes of his biker helmet and reveals his face (Conan Stevens) and starts his typical bad guy monolouge to camera "Metropolis! Today we have gathered here to witness history! Experts will take down Luthor and take his wealth! Nobody can stand in our way! Experts are more powerful, more fierce than ever before, thanks to me! It is time for me to introduce myself. I am Big Sir! New king of Metropolis!". Criminals start to chant his name. "Hands up in the air!" shouts police officer. Group of police and SWAT's lead by Dan have surrounded Lexcorp. Criminals turn thrir guns at police and start fire. Police and criminals gun fight begins, meanwhile Big Sir with 4 henchmen get into elevator and are heading to laboratory. Big Sir makes radio call and commands drones to send backup for his men. On other end of the call is Winslow who does just that and dozen drones are flying towards Lexcorp from harbour.
Jimmy arrives to Lexcorp with his scooter and opens his camera back, taking of his camera and walks towards Lois to talk with her, Clark is interviewing Maggie. Soon, loud bang is heared and 2 cops are carrying injured SWAT man. Maggie contacts Dan with radio phone and asks situation. Dan tells they need more men while managing to shoot two henchmen. Clark quickly thanks for the interview and runs somewhere. Lois calls for him and is sucpicous.
Big Sir with henchmen are searching laboratory trying to find something to steal and trying to find Lex. Same time Winslow's drones have arrived as back up, but one of them is flying up. Jimmy is filming it. Drone smashes trough window. Drone is in some hallway. Big Sir finds locked door that could have been hacked by Winslow, gets destroyed by Big Sir instead. In secret room there is some epquipment and Lex Luthor. "Oh, Hello Mr. Ratchett" Lex says to him. "Give me all your money or get smashed into red paint, tweep" Big Sir says to him. Lex laughs and says "I don't think so". Big Sir is almost ready to punch Lex, but is killed by Winslow's drone. There is speaker in drone where Winslow declares he has overthroned him "Sorry David, but I can't let idiot like you run this organization. It has so much potential, but your small brains can't control it. From this day on, Experts is lead by me, Toyman". Big Sir dies. Drone then commands henchmen to escape by secret escape enterence. Drone flies away. Lex is shown smirking as Experts leave.
Same time men having fight with police get order to flee. Men obey the order and try to retreat, but then Superman appears behind them and is like "Going somewhere?" with smirk on his face. One of the men try to hit his head with rifle, but this nothing to Superman. Superman knocks all criminals out with one punch. Then Superman goes to talk to Dan. "Are you alright, Commissioner?" Superman asks from him. "Yeah yeah" Dan replies, but continues with "We had this covered. We don't always need your help". Superman replies that he doesn't think so and if criminals wouldn't have tried to flee, they could have taken all the police down. "I have been cop for 25 god damn years! I always have defeated every single crook in this city. Even some of those freaks from Gotham were handeled by me. I know I can take down Experts. Regardles are you helping or not" Dan replies and walks away. Maggie comes to talk to Superman and apologizes for his outburst and says that he is having hard times right now. Superman is understanding and says he will do anything he can to help. Maggie appriciates it. Then Maggie calls out that has anyone seen Lex Luthor. Superman is also watching around him. Then he sees how Big Sir is carried in bodybag and wonders who killed him.
Meanwhile, Lex is working in research center. He is studying piece of green rock he found in Brainiac's ship. He makes some notes at same time and one of them reads that it could be used as some sort of energy source, even for weaponry. He also has found out even it has radiaton like properties, it is not harmful for humans. Then one of the scientists bring suitcase in to Lex's table. Lex opens it and there is tube of blood in it. Lex pours little bit blood under microscope and out of curiosity let's rock radiate sample of blood. He notices how little by little blood just boils to nothingness. Lex smiles and says "Bingo".
At night time, Clark, Lois and Jimmy are spending night in bar. While having their drinks and joking around. They see from tv, how Lex thanks Superman and police for saving his HQ from destruction and also saving lifes of his employees. Lois says to Clark she forgot to ask, but where did he disapper at one point. Clark thinks for a while and replies he tried to find better camerashots. Somewhat after that, Dan gets into bar and orders a beer. Clark asks how is he. Dan responds "Could be better". Lois asks about drone that attacked her and Clark. Dan gets confused, but then remembers that Superman brought it to station. Lois turns on Clark and he says that he run into Superman while he was on way to station and offered to help. Lois is getting little suspicious. Dan continues that they didn't find any fingerprints on drone, so they can't do much, but Dan is almost certain that drone belongs to Winslow. Lois is wondering why would he want to kill her. Clark doesn't know what to say.
Later that night, Clark and Lois are walking on streets of Metropolis. They get inside apartment house where Lois lives. Lois thanks for their night out. Clark says he had fun time with her. Both smile. Then suddenley Lois kisses Clark. Clark is bit stunned, but kisses back and both of them enter Lois' apartment.
Next morning at Daily Planet, Jimmy is editing pictures he took to look little better and Lois comes in very happy and saying "Wonderful morning" to everyone at building. Jimmy asks why she is so happy at morning since usually she is very cranky at mornings. Lois replies it is woman's secret. Jimmy is confused. Then Lois tells Jimmy to pack his camera, because they need to get in press conference held by Lex Luthor.
Meanwhile, Clark goes to Smallvile, to visit his adoptive parents, Martha (Mary Steenburgen) and Jonathan Kent (Don Johnson). It is revealed that Clark has day off and that is reason why he is in Smallvile. Clark, Jonathan and Martha are sitting and talking in living room. They ask about his job, his "another job" and when Martha asks about his love life, Clark goes akwardly quiet. "God damn, son. You have found someone?!" Jonathan asks from him, all excited. Clark stutters while and says its nothing serious yet. Martha replies to this "What are you waiting for? You clearly like this woman. Do something before someone else takes her". Clark says he would want to, but is afraid can he be both good boyfriend and a Superman. And that how would she react if she knew the secret. Jonathan starts to explain to Clark that one of the most important things in relationships is honesty. If Clark truely wants to be with that woman, he must trust her.
After that it is shown that Luthor's press conference is being televised. He sees Lois in crowd. Lex walks up to his stand and starts his speech "Ladies and gentemen, representives of medias. Thank you for coming here today. As you know, for years, Lexcorp has being huge supporter of our military. Last year, we have donated 200 million dollars to our military. I may not be a soldier or any kind of officer, but I know this. Best way to end conflicts is to prove that we are stronger than our enemy. When our enemies see, that we have more efficent arsenal than them, they will show a white flag. Militarily, USA is one of the biggest countries and still, small incets bite on us. Today, I will present to you repeal against it. This is my offer to both Senate and our military to think about. This, is our future. Ladies and gentemen, I present to you, Lexobot!", Lex takes of curtain and reveals 8' tall robotic armour. Clark is in shock. He remembers that. Winslow and his goon used that to beat him. Same time, something strange is happening in press conference. Laughter is heard on speakers and Clark regonizes it, it is Winslow. He starts to speak. "Hello Metropolis, Toyman here. Sorry to interupt, but I need to step in. That Lexobot belongs to Experts!" and then five Lexobot armoured men, including Toyman himself fly to the scene. Lexobots coloring is just bore brighter and multicolored than one that Lex presented. Police open fire, but Toyman blasts one of the cops to ashes. "Anyone else wanna try?" Toyman says and laughs. Crowd screams in terror and Lois is scared. Clark stands up and says "Those people need me". Martha wishes good luck and Jonathan says to give that psycho a hell. Clark nods his head, opens his shirt and starts to fly towards Metropolis.
Act 3:
At conference, crowd of people are running in fear, Lexobots are fighting police and Toyman is talking to Luthor. "I hope you don't mind recoloring. I just needed to suit me better" Toyman says abd continues "It is the end of the road, Lex. Finally I get my revenge on Luthors!" Toyman says to him. "What the hell are you talking about?" Lex asks from him. "Didn't you know? Your uncle was on lead board of company I worked in! He was the one who suggested to my boss to fire me!" Toyman angrily responds. "I thought you already moved on from that! Besides you already killed him all those years ago, why kill me!?" Lex asks from him. "Because I don't want Luthor blood line to continue. You stole my idea.." Toyman responds. Lex is confised. "Lexobot was my idea, only in smaller scale. It was meant to be a toy, but it was reason I got fired, because "It is too dangerous" Hah, few electric shocks here and there" Toyman continues. "You and your sister are last of your family and I will kill you both!" Toyman says and laughs. "Keep your filthy hands away from my sister!" Lex furiously shouts at Toyman. Toyman just smirks. Then Lex says to him calmly "This.. This was not part of the plan". Toyman says he is not his master and will do what ever he wants. Just before Toyman could blast Lex to ashes, someone quickly saves him. It is Superman. "It is over Winslow. Leave those citizens and police alone. I'm here" Superman says to Toyman. Lois and Jimmy are watching in distance and Jimmy is recording. Toyman tries to blast Superman, but he blocks it with his heat vision. They go at it for while, but they are evenly match. Superman asks from Lex, how Toyman got his hands on Lex's bot. Lex responds he has no idea, but speculates that Toyman had insider working for him. Superman is suspicious. He doesn't know why, but he just is. Before he can think any further, Toyman calls his name and Superman sees how Toyman with 2 other henchmen try to attack to the crowd. Superman saves a lot of people and tries to keep bots away. Just as Toyman almost kills a little girl, Superman gets into blasts way and gets hit himself. He gets slammed against police car.
At same time Dan and Maggie with SWAT team arrive. Maggie goes to ask is he alright. Superman gets up on his own. Same time Lex tries to run towards his own Lexobot, but it gets destroyed by Toyman's henchman. Henchman is nearly ready to punch Lex, but gets hit by bazooka in bot's back. Bot is critically damaged. Lex manages to run away to safety with help from Mercy. Superman realizes it. Bot's weak spot is in its back. Before he can tell it to Dan, he his confronting Toyman. He is wearing SWAT uniform and firing Toyman with machine gun. This does nothing to Lexobot and Dan runs out of ammo. Instead of using energy blast, Toyman tries to kill Dan with missiles. He is locked on to him and before firing, he asks "Any last words?" Dan responds to his "Do it, you bitch". Toyman gets angry, shouts and fires the missiles. Dan closes his eyes, ready to face his death, but Superman saves him just in time. Superman shouts "Now!" and SWAT with police are firing behind Toyman's bot, causing minior damage. Superman asks if Dan is okay. Dan replies he is and before Superman goes continue the fight. Dan says "Thanks". Superman nods his head and swoops back into action. Toyman kills all the police that shot at him and then tries to attack the crowd, but is hit back by Superman's heat vision. Toyman then yells "Forget the police and citizens, men. Our top priority is now Superman. Kill him!" All men start to fire at Superman, but he quickly dodges them and one by one destroys Lexobots by blasting heat vision in bot's backs, leaving Toyman for last. All henchman are down as Toyman himself. Superman rips Lexobots front open and stands over Toyman. "You have lost, Winslow. You are going back to jail" Superman says to him. Toyman laughs, takes his phone and says "Just one more kill" and presses phones button. One drone appears and it flights towards crowd. Going towards Lois. Just before Lois is getting shot. Superman punches it to ground and stomps on it. Right in front of Lois. Lois regonizes that somewhere. She looks closely at Superman and then she realizes it. She hugs Superman and whispers to his ear "Is It really you... Clark?" Superman gets stunned, but then returns back to talk with Toyman.
Superman is asking why he tried to kill Lois. Toyman responds, because he wanted to see if he could make Superman fail and just as Toyman tries to says something about Lex and how he should get after him, all Lexobots explode, killing all henchmen and Toyman. Superman is shocked and feels bad for not being able to save them.
Later at evening, remaining Experts surrender and team is dispatched. Dan and Maggie are arresting them. Lois writes article about Toyman's defeat and death. Clark walks up to her and greets her. They start talking when everyone except them have left Daily Planet. Lois asks from Clark why he has not told her, he is Superman. Clark responds because it is the only way to keep people around him safe. Lois asks could that be reason why Toyman knew to attack her and Clark responds it could be, but he is not sure. Then Clark asks Lois to keep what she found out as secret and Lois promises it. Both smile and then kiss. Lois asks could they have something more than friendship and Clark responds sarcasticly "Maybe" and they laugh. Clark then says he has to do one "Superman thing", but will be right back to her in few minutes.
In Lexcorp, Lex is in his office, playing some music and enjoying glass of whiskey. Lex gives permission to Mercy to go home and will go himself in a minute. Mercy wishes good night and heads out. Then Lex turns around in his chair to view the city and then sees how Superman lands on his balcony. Superman walks towards door while looking at Lex. Lex says door is open with smile on his face. Superman opens the door and walks in front of table which on other side Lex is. "How can I help you?" Lex asks him. "Something shady is going on. I know it" Superman says to Lex. "I'm sure you know a lot more about Winslow's escape and attacks" he continues. Lex smirks, stands up and replies "Well, it would seem you are not as dumb I first thought". Superman asks what man like Lex could benefit from Toyman on large. Lex starts to explain "As you know, "Experts" were this citys biggest enemies. Not only to my fellow people, but to me too. I needed a way to make them leave the city and I thought, I needed someone who was on my control and let him or her dethrone their leader. Winslow Schott was my choice. He might have been sociopathic mad man, but very intelligent. When he would be leader, he would leave this city and then them and I could start minior buisness deals. All sides would win". "You are multi-billionaire, Lex. Where would you need more money? And illegal one to that matter? Do you realize how many people got hurt, because you let him out?!" Superman asks from him angrily. "First off, money is only minior benefit, but you know the tax man. They can be ruthless, so extra money on safe doesn't hurt much. And secondly, His attack at my press conference, was not part of my plan. Schott broke our deal. He should have left Metropolis very moment he killed Big Sir. Plus, keeping this citys people safe was my ultimate goal. If I knew he was going to double cross me I would have blown him up before this days events! " Lex responds back. Superman is surprised and asks "You killed him? " Lex smirks and says "I had to, but don't worry. I still have one Lexobot on storage.". Then Lex continues "But after all this, do you know why I really did all this? Goal is to keep people safe, but our #1 was not Experts. Hell, not even top 3. Biggest threat to this city and entire Earth, is you" and coldly stares into Superman's eyes. Superman is shocked. "Me? What for?" he asks. Lex responds "Think about it. You are in our tiny little human eyes, a God. You can fly, you have super strength, you can shoot laser beams from your eyes! If you would one day decied to either become crazy dictator or wipe out all life on Earth.. We couldn't stop you. You see, too much power like that corrupts. I did all this, because it is my duty to protect humanity from threats.. Like you". Superman responds that he is not evil and will never be. Lex responds "We don't know that. Besides, even if you are this "all powerful and all good" being, you make humanity weak. For centuries, man has survived and overcome many things, without help from metahumans or aliens like you". Superman replies "You think you could have beaten Brainiac without me?". Lex looks to him and says "I could have". Superman responds to this "Then where were you when he attacked!?". Lex replies "Finding out his weakness! Then, I found that only way to beat him was someone or something with equal or more strength than him. I started working on my suit, but before it was finished. You came". Superman smirks and says "Looks like you can't do everything". Lex is lookung angry. Superman then says "Well, it was a good chat, but now I'm taking you in". Lex laughs and says "No. I don't think I will" and takes out that green rock in tiny box from this pocket. Superman is getting weaker and starts to cough. Lex walks around Superman and tells that he found it from Brainiac's ship and rock is from Krypton and has named it, Kryptonite. He doesn't know why rock's radiation hurts him just yet, but doesn't care. Superman is nearly begging Lex to put it away and Lex does so. Then he says "There is more than that tiny lump. Meanwhile you played game with Schott, my scientists have found even more this stuff. Here in Earth. I have already made multiple weaponry out of this. You can't even imagine what things you can make from this. I'm not saying this as a threat, but warning. You don't reveal my involment in Schott's escape and rampage nor me helping him trying to kill you and I will keep this rock away from you. Sounds like a good deal?" Superman responds "I don't make deals with criminals". Lex smirks and replies "If kryptonite won't keep you away, maybe I have to make a visit to Miss Lane's house". Superman is confused. Lex laughs and continues "You think I have not seen, how every where she is, you are there. Somewhere from above, making sure she is safe. You must really like her and from what I have seen and read, she likes you too. So, If you will not do what I said out of fear for kryptonite, I suggest you do it for Lois. Afterall, you do love her? " Superman is angry and his eyes are shining red "Don't you dare to hurt her. This is between you and me!", he shouts at Lex. "And I will. If you, take my offer". Superman thinks for a while and says "Alright. I will". Lex smiles and says "Good dog", then when Lex is offering whiskey to Superman, he has already left. Lex smiles and looks at his window.
Back in Planet, Clark has returned and is taking Lois to dinner. Lois asks if everything is alright and did his "Superman thing" go well. To this Clark responds "Yeah. Everything is alright"
The End
Post-credit scene
Lex has come to his mansion and Mercy is there. "How did it go?" she asks. "Just as planned" Lex responds. Mercy has prepared champenge bottle. "I seriously was pretty scared if he was going to brake all your bones and drop you from very top of Lexcorp". Lex chuckles and says "He might be dumb, but not that dumb". Lex opens champenge. "Now, he is in belief he is safe. We can move to our next step. Dr. Donovan has just started project and in few months, we will celebrate death of Superman" and two clink glasses. Same time, someone is watching them. Camera pans to distance and we see their stalker. It is Batman (Wes Bentley). He broods for while and then goes to night's darkness.
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2019.12.13 05:54 JLGoodwin1990 My picks for top five best and worst horror remakes. What are yours?

This is my list and reasons why I selected them. Hopefully a good one
Best Remakes 1. The Thing (1982) - We all know how tense, frightening and atmospheric John Carpenter made this flick, improving upon the original Howard Hawks version, while bringing the story more in line with the original short story it was based on)
  1. The Fly (1986) - David Cronenberg took the premise of the 1950s original, which is one of my more favorite 50s B Movies, and injects his own body horror style into it for one of the more viscerally disturbing films I've seen.
    1. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) - Phillip Kaufman and W.D. Richter took another of my favorite 50s B Movies and updated it in a way that stayed true to the source material, but brought the fear into a more contemporary setting. Donald Sutherland and Veronica Cartwright gave amazing performances. And. My God. The ending has stuck with me since I first saw it.
    2. The Ring (2002) - One of the few Americanizations of a Japanese horror to actually pull the cultural change off without ruining everything (The other being the 2004 Sam Raimi produced remake of The Grudge). Naomi Watts played spectacularly in her role as Rachel, and David Dorfman pulled off the slight creepiness of Aiden well. Not to mention, Daveigh Chase made Samara a sinister and terrifying villain. The voice of Lilo from Lilo and Stitch. Who'd have figured?
    3. Evil Dead (2013) - When the announced this, I was almost certain they were going to completely ruin what Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell had made iconic in the 80s original. But, when I saw this in theaters, I was pleasantly surprised. It didn't try and copy the exact same characters, but basically inserted New ones into the same situation. You could tell Fede Alvarez was a big fan of the original, and the actors and actresses were convincing in their roles. Not to mention, the film more or less avoided the bane of my existence for 2010s horror films, the jump scares.
Worst Remakes 1. Psycho (1998) - Just....just freaking why? Gus Van Sandt, you did not need to do this. You are not Alfred Hitchcock by any stretch of the imagination. It's literally a shot for shot remake of the 1960 masterpiece. Nothing was changed, not even the dialogue, which, when you hear the style of speech from the late 50s and early 60s coming from people from 1998...yeah, that takes you out quite a bit. William H. Macy was the only good part of this film, and even he couldn't save it. And Vince Vaughn? Anthony Perkins, actually intimidated me. You? Couldn't even intimidate a paper bag into crumpling. IN THE RAIN.
  1. The Fog (2005) - This one hurts. This literally took one of my all time favorite horror movies, the 1980 John Carpenter original, and basically took everything that was good about it, and threw it out the window. Tom Welling was not bad playing Superman, but, yeah. In this, I couldn't stand him. The movie was also sadly the last thing that Debra Hill, John Carpenter's partner since Halloween, ever worked on before her death.
  2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) - This movie, I'm not even going to give the honor of saying why. We all know this holds not even a wick to the 1984 original. Jackie Earle Haley was amazing in Watchmen, but as Freddy Krueger? No. Just, no.
  3. Black Christmas (2006) - The film that basically started what we know as the slasher genre today. The 1974 original, I mean. This, basically just took that, slammed in some moderately good looking actresses into it, and tried making the eye candy and gore lull us into not noticing that the script was utter garbage. The whole production process was botched from the beginning, including scenes filmed only for the trailer that made it seem better than it really was. Part of the 2000s trend of remaking horror classics, but mucking it up in the process. And the killers? When I first saw them, I kinda laughed. Especially at the way Billy looked.
  4. The Invasion (2007) - Hey, look, we have one Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake on both the best and worst lists! Honestly, as good an actress as Nicole Kidman is, and I loved her in another horror movie, The Others, here, she and Daniel Craig just come off as bland and forgettable compared to the original, and the 78 remake. The story, while updated, just didn't seem to grasp me as much, and I felt no tension like I did with the others. This film is probably the reason why we haven't heard about another remake of this series for a while.
Those are my picks. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Are there any picks that you would add to this list? Let's have a discussion!
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2019.06.12 16:14 snittermansconfusion How can I make my boyfriend [WANT] to make an effort for my pleasure?

Sex with my boyfriend is like sex with pretty much every other man I’ve been with (I’m 28, three one-night stands and eight long term boyfriends since high school). I initiate, there’s 1-2 minutes of kissing/fingering, then I’m on top until he cums, and then sex is over and we put our clothes back on. I can cum from just penetration, but only with a lot of foreplay (around 10 minutes), way more than most men have ever been able to tolerate (obviously foreplay gives most men blue balls so it would be wrong/borderline abusive for me to insist on more foreplay when it gives my partner noticeable physical discomfort). I have a vibrator I can get myself off with sometimes, but…that’s pretty much just me masturbating. My boyfriend won’t actively leave the room while I’m trying to get off, he’ll snuggle with me and whatnot, but it causes me extreme resentment that I initiate sex every time, do most of the work, and never get off, especially when I already give him at least one blowjob to completion every week.
I’ve been gentle but explicit when telling my boyfriend (and all previous partners) exactly what will get me off (oral after sex, because 1-2 minutes of fingering before sex is not enough foreplay to get me ready to go), and was told “after I cum I’m too tired to do anything else”, as most of my exes have told me. I’m not trying to say that my boyfriend is lazy, obviously this is just how sex is for most straight women. It’s not any different from any sexual relationship I’ve had in the past, and I’ve had a LOT of sex. But it also causes me physical discomfort to be right about to get off, but not get any release almost every time. Using my vibrator is more of a weekend/special occasion thing because he prefers sex to be a 3 minute quickie on the couch and logistically I can’t use my vibrator when I’m unable to lay down/get comfortable.
To be clear, I have explicitly made my sexual frustration clear (as I did with exes), only to be reminded that 80% of women don’t cum from sex, so it’s really “just a difference in anatomy, it has nothing to do with anything the man is or isn’t doing”, basically the same “this is your fault, not my fault, you’re just broken” speech all my exes have given me.
I’m not trying to say that my boyfriend is lazy, the fact that all of my exes have behaved the same way proves that this issue is solely my fault, that men act like this because they feel I am undeserving of their effort. So over the last year I’ve poured effort into being the kind of woman my boyfriend will feel deserves sexual satisfaction. I spend the overwhelming majority of my “free time” in the gym/hiking/rowing so that I can get the right body, I upped my skincare game and even paid for a lesson from a professional makeup artist so I’m always “pretty enough” (I never expect sex/attention when I’m not fully made up, obviously). I wear nice lingerie. I plan all the dates, pay half the time, and cook a delicious meal when we don’t go out. I look fantastic, I swallow any frustration that would lead to an uncomfortable conversation, I make ALL the effort. I am the Cool Girl from the Gone Girl speech.
And it FILLS me with resentment that this isn’t enough. I have already told my boyfriend that I needed more and was explicit with what I needed, but I got maybe two weeks of hand-holding and French kissing (he hates kissing) before things went back to normal. What am I doing wrong here?? I don’t want a pity orgasm once a month because he feels like he has to go down on me or I’ll leave, I want him to WANT to please me. It’s like that scene in the Breakup where Jennifer Anniston is like “it’s not enough that you do the dishes, I want you to WANT to do the dishes!” and Vince Vaughn is dumbfounded and says “why would I WANT to do the dishes??” I hate that my pleasure is the dishes, I hate that my body is just a disgusting, dirty chore no matter how much effort I put into my appearance. How do I show my boyfriend that I deserve an effort? How do I show him that my pleasure has value? How do I get him to WANT to do the dishes??
Tl;dr: Boyfriend doesn't really think I deserve him making an effort to get me off due to our "anatomical differences" making it harder for me to get off. Besides my appearance, how do I show him that I deserve an effort?
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2019.04.13 13:04 DentinDublin Dragged Across Concrete-Thoughts

S Craig Zahler is a very talented writer and directer, his first film taken on both duties Bone Tomahawk was universally praised likewise was his second, however by the time the cast of his third feature was announced people began to address some issues they saw in his work. His leads tend have all been white, hetero, patriotic, typically racist and violent. Was he sneaking an alt-right agenda into his movies ? His first saw white settlers being attacked by beast like natives, his second saw a skinhead Christian brutally murdering ethnic gang member but this time he went too far....casting Mel Gibson. As far as any of Mr. Zahlers personally beliefs I know of none and will making these points based solely on his three films. Are his film designed to be right wing agenda pieces ? I don't believe so? Can alt-right, Nazi assholes view them as such ? Absolutely. This is art, you can re-interpret and bend it to argue any point you want. Bone Tomahawk was a western/grindhouse horror anyone taking any serious political ideology from it has to remember it functions on a fantastical element. Brawl in Cell Bock 99 is a tougher sell, but there exceptions that don't fit the right wing narrative, the prison guards are protrayed as sadistic, Nazis themselves and at least one is brutally killed by our lead. I could go more in depth and may do on another post at a later date. This brings us to his latest, Dragged Across Concrete. It caught immediate attention for the casting of Mel Gibson and then to add fuel to the fire, he would be portraying an openly racist, violent cop. Now, let's answer the most important question, is it a good film? While, I personally enjoyed this film the least of his output, I think it may be his best. Similar to Jackie Brown by Tarantino, this is a more mature, challenging piece, less designed to be simply popcorn fodder. Secondly, is this a Nationalist, white fantasy ? Not even close, this actually seems to be a response to some of those criticisms. A large theme of the film is the parallel between Gibson and his partner (Vince Vaughn) and two, African-american criminals (Michael Jai White and Tory Kittles) who's paths they collide with. All four men have their share of negative aspects but are all bound by unshakable moral cores be it loyalty to a partner, protecting bystanders or constantly avoiding a violent outcome. Zahler further pushes this idea through repeated/shared dialogue and visual motifs.The criminals were "white-face" and the cops wear black safety masks hiding their race. Eschewing any notion that these men are defined by the race but by their morality and decisions.
There are racist, misogynist and homophobic comments made by characters in the film, almost entirely by our "heros" but this is character work, it's not designed to sound appealing. The film itself is the definition of a slow burn, we draw out each role and situation until things inevitably turn south. One detour into the morning of a bank teller pays off stunningly and shockingly, which causes us to re-define the decisions of our characters and the situation they have allowed themselves to be in. Likewise, the conclusion of the film is surprising but true to the themes and story. Key individuals make decisions either based in decency or prejudice and pay for every choice made. Anyway, with all the discussion online about the film, I felt like sharing my own take/review. Anyone care to discuss further, get in touch !
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2019.04.11 19:40 Honest_Richard True Detective Season 2 and the Tibetan Book of the Dead: Part 1/3
Summary: The second season of True Detective is an integration of the afterlife concepts described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead and a noir-style police procedural. Many of the jarring narrative moments that appear unnecessary (e.g., Ray's shotgunning to the chest in the second episode), undeveloped (e.g., Antigone's revelation about her being kidnapped and raped as a child), and the seemingly terrible dialog excerpts ("And I never lost a tooth“) are often clues to the underlying state of the 4 main characters.
The (not?) Obvious Connection
Episode 1 of Season 2 is entitled "The Western Book of the Dead." There are two published works with this title that I am aware of, but the contents of these two books do not meet any significant themes of Season 2. One of the books is New Age nonsense from a con-man, the other is a short, nihilistic poem. That nihilism might make for an appealing link to Season 1, but its got little to do with Season 2.
I'd contend that the "Western" in the 1st episode's title is simply a juxtaposition of "Eastern," and that we were always supposed to view Season 2 through the conceptual lens of the Eastern (i.e., Tibetan) Book of the Dead. We were supposed to see "Western Book of the Dead," relate it to the well-known (if not widely read) Eastern version, and ask ourselves how it influenced what we were going to be seeing.
Of course, it might seem ridiculous of Pizzolatto to expect us to make this link. I'd agree, if not for two points:
1: When Season 1 referenced the Yellow King, the internet immediately set to work trying to uncover the relationship between it and Robert Chambers The King in Yellow: sales for the century-old book skyrocketed on Amazon. It seems reasonable that Pizzolatto would have expected the internet to attack this pretty obvious clue with the same gusto. Unfortunately, this was not the case: while I have seen some boards ask the question regarding a possible relationship, no one to my knowledge actually did the leg work of attempting a connection.
2: It would not be the first time that Bardo-concepts played out on the screen. Jacob's Ladder (1990) was a film whose screenwriter directly cited the Eastern Book of the Dead as inspiration. Further, I feel that this film was a direct influence on season 2, and should be watched; in my analysis of Season 2 episodes, I will be highlighting what appear to be pretty obvious nods to Jacob's Ladder. Finally, I'd like to take a line from that movie that I will be referencing again:
"If you're afraid of dying, and you're holdin' on, you'll see devils tearin' your life away. But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freein' you from the world."
Relevant info regarding the Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Bardo Thodol (also known as the Tibetan [or Eastern] Book of the Dead is a short, Buddhist funeral text. From the Wiki:The Tibetan text describes, and is intended to guide one through, the experiences that the consciousness has after death, in the bardo, the interval between death and the next rebirth.
Take a look at it: its a very short piece, and only the first ~20% is relevant to True Detective (Season 2). When I discus concepts like the "face-to-face" moments, the connection to Ray's name to the use of "rays" in the text, it will help to have seen for yourself how prominent they are.
Basically, the idea behind Bardo-concepts is that, following the moment of death, there is a movement of consciousness through a series of stages, with the goal of the dead individual's self/soul/spirit surrendering its identity (i.e., ego) and all of it's baggage accumulated over a lifetime. Once this is achieved, the spirit can return to its source for rebirth. Below, I'll be describing the 3 main stages (or Bardos) following death.
Bardo-stages following death
In the Tibetan Book of the Dead, there are three main Bardos, or stages, following the moment of death. The following is a brief explanation of them.
1) "Chikhai Bardo: The Primary Clear Light Seen at the Moment of Death."
The initial Bardo following death is simple: a light of unsurpassed clarity is witnessed. If the dying person is prepared, he or she recognizes they have died and they release their identity and return to the source for rebirth.
Pretty much no one ever does this, including Season 2's four main characters.
From the text:
"The first [glimpsing] of the Bardo of the Clear Light of Reality, which is the Infallible Mind of the Dharma-Kāya, is experienced by all sentient beings..."
O nobly-born (so-and-so), listen. Now thou art experiencing the Radiance of the Clear Light of Pure Reality. Recognize it. O nobly-born, thy present intellect, in real nature void, not formed into anything as regards characteristics or colour, naturally void...
...Thine own intellect, which is now voidness, yet not to be regarded as of the voidness of nothingness, but as being the intellect itself, unobstructed, shining, thrilling, and blissful, is the very consciousness...
2) "Instructions Concerning the Second Stage of the Chikhai Bardo: The Secondary Clear Light Seen Immediately After Death"
Should an individual fail to recognize the indicator of the Clear-Light of the first Bardo, a second Bardo is then initiated. Basically its like a sudden bizarre dream involving places and people from the dying individual's life. Space and time get all confused, with a mishmash of times and places colliding.
Following the clarity of the light in the first Bardo, this second stage is a confusing mess. The description of the imagery is indicative of the self being drawn into the proverbial ego trap that is the third Bardo, but without the third stage's apparent reality. If you ever wondered what was up with that crazy dream sequence at the beginning of S2:E3 (following Ray's shotgunning to the chest), this Pizzolatto's depiction of the second Bardo.
From the text:
"Thus the primary Clear Light is recognized and Liberation attained. But if it be feared that the primary Clear Light hath not been recognized, then [it can certainly be assumed] there is dawning [upon the deceased] that called the secondary Clear Light... When the consciousness-principle getteth outside [the body, it sayeth to itself], ‘Am I dead, or am I not dead?’ It cannot determine. It seeth its relatives and connections as it had been used to seeing them before."
3) "Instructions Concerning the Experiencing of Reality During the Third Stage of the Bardo, Called the Chönyid Bardo, when the Karmic Apparitions Appear"
At this point, a real narrative can occur, because the third Bardo appears, for all intents and purposes, to be regular life going on following a close brush with death. However, its really all a big illusion, designed to force the ego to release its hold on the self so the latter can move on for rebirth; its a big dream that gets so nightmarish that dreamer has to wake-up; its a fish, stuck in a puddle that is evaporating in the heat.
"At that time, sounds, lights, and rays – all three – are experienced. These awe, frighten, and terrify, and cause much fatigue..."
"Assuming that the deceased is karmically bound – as the average departed one is – to pass through the forty-nine days of the Bardo existence..."
"Alas! when the Uncertain Experiencing of Reality is dawning upon me here, With every thought of fear or terror or awe for all [apparitional appearances] set aside, May I recognize whatever [visions] appear, as the reflections of mine own consciousness..."
For those of you who have seen Jacob's Ladder, you might remember how that movie depicted the third Bardo experience. Vanilla Sky (2001) and Donnie Darko (2001) are two others that demonstrate this concept (though I am not aware of any reference to the Eastern Book of the Dead by their creators).
These stories are ultimately about a slow self-acceptance and surrender to our own mortality, and are effective in leading one to contemplate that each of us might be in our very own third Bardo right now, making our way toward the acceptance of our own annihilation.
Character analysis
Below is some evidence for each character, including name symbolism, dharmic challenges (i.e., reason for continuing on into the third Bardo), relationship to rebirth (working under the idea that children are figurative devices to indicate rebirth in S2), and any further, salient evidence to support my position. More robust analysis of the characters will occur in the episode analysis section.
Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell)
Name: First name, Ray, can be in linked to the Bardo Thodal in its constant repetition of "rays" of the clear light being filtered through the ego to create the third Bardo illusion. A Kindle word search shows repetition of "rays" occurs 21 times. Last name is similar to Velcro, a fabric known for having trouble letting go.
Dharmic challenge: Ray is haunted by his apparent inability to do better as a father and police man than his own father (indicating dharmic lineage and non-escape from rebirth). He has become a man of violence, incapable of healthy relationships, and a prisoner of vices. In episode 7, he admits that he is a "Bad Man." Of the 4 main characters, his arc is the most about redemption.
Relationship to rebirth concept: The real mystery of Season 2 is not who murdered Ben Caspere: its whether or not Ray is the father to the ginger-kid, or if the man who raped his wife is. Its only at the end of the season and his "life" in the third Bardo, do we get confirmation that ginger-kid was indeed Ray's son. This is indicative that he has achieved rebirth.
Further evidence: Let's start big, with Ray's shotgunning at the end of episode two, moving into episode three. At the beginning of episode three, Ray is sitting at a table across from his father. In the background, a Conway Twitty impersonator sings "The Rose," a song about releasing fear and being reborn. His father foretells Ray's death in the final episode, "running through trees," until they "shoot you into pieces." As he describes this soon-to-be event, the lyrics sang in the background are:
It's a dream afraid of waking That never takes the chance/ It's the one who won't be taken Who can not seem to give/ And the soul afraid of dying That never learns to live.
"Where is this?" Ray asks his father. "I don't know," his father responds. "You were here first."
Ray then looks down, and sees his shotgun wounds.
This, in accordance to the working theory, is Ray's encounter with the second Bardo. It is already constructing the events that will move him toward release, but he is not ready accept his death. This results into a transition into the third Bardo, with him appearing to wake up on the floor with no apparent wound or serious injury. This series of events appears to be little more than a David Lynch homage with serious compromises to narrative integrity, unless considered in light of the Bardo Thodal. Video of this scene below:
During episode 6, Ray gets upset and tries to self-destruct via cocaine and alcohol bender, but is unable to despite his best efforts. The Bardo can't let him go until his dharmic equation is solved. This will be discussed in greater depth in the episode analysis
Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn)
Name: In Season 1 of True Detective, time was often described as a repetitive loop or flat circle, a ouroboros (i.e., a serpent constantly devouring its own tail). This corresponds to Nietzsche's view of 3-dimensional space-time. From Thus Spake Zarathustra:
Oh! how should I not burn for Eternity, and for the marriage ring of rings...the Ring of Recurrence?
Yet, the killer from Season 1 was attempting to elevate himself from the "the loop and the disk" via his horrific, ritualistic essentially elevate himself from a "King (in Yellow)" to godhood. This was likely an homage to Alan Moore's From Hell and his depiction of Jack-the-Ripper, who engages in ritualistic murders with the purpose of transcending 3-dimensional space-time.
Moore's work (also including Neonomicon...another likely influence on Pizzolatto for Season 1) is highly influenced by his own occult beliefs and practices, including an admiration of Aleister Crowley's mysticism. Its worth noting that Crowley was a proponent of ritualist, magical sex acts; a copy of his Book 4 is visible on the desk of Caspere when Ray initially investigates his house in episode 1.
One of Crowley's most well known contributions to Western occultism is his Thoth tarot deck. This deck's Wheel of Fortune card (which most directly describes the movement of 3D space-time) contains three central figures: a serpentine Typhon figure at the bottom (symbolizing death and the underworld), a sphinx at the top (indicating transcendence to godhood) and a monkey in the middle (symbolizing man rising from the underworld toward godhood). Image below:
Semyon (a homophone for "Simian") is the monkey attempting to rise from his own death and position in the underworld (both criminal and mortality state) to rise to a godhood (i.e., freedom from the constraints his life has placed on him).
Dharmic challenge: Frank has given himself an impossible task. His third Bardo began in childhood, but he continues to struggle against releasing his identity no matter how hard his dharmic path becomes. He is willing to commit any act of violence in this task. He represents total ego, and refuses to die no matter the agony inflicted on him.
Relationship to rebirth concept: Due to his refusal to release ego, he and his wife are unable to have children, despite every conceivable effort. It tortures him, and remains a goal throughout the season.
Further evidence: Frank provides the greatest insight into the experience of someone trapped in the third Bardo. Early in the second episode, he provides the following:
"My old man back in Chicago, when I was a kid… (laughs) he used to lock me in the basement when he’d go on a bender. Usually last the night. Let me out the next day. Thought he was keeping me safe, I guess. This one time, I was six - he puts me down there. I wake up and it’s locked. It had happened before. Anyways, so I guess he ended up arrested, I guess.
Well, by the second morning I was out of food. The third day the light bulb burnt out. Pitch black in there. That’s when the rats started coming out. I dozed off and I felt a thing nibbling my finger. I woke up, it was, you know, chewing my finger.
I grabbed it in the dark with my hands, I started smashing. And I just kept smashing it until it was nothing but goo in my hands. 2 more days I was in there. In the dark. Til my dad comes home.
Ever since, I wondered: what if he never comes home? What if I’m still in that basement in the dark? What if I died there? That’s what that reminds me of...something’s trying to tell me that it’s all papier-mache. Something’s telling me to wake up, like… like I’m not real. Like I’m only dreaming.
In the above monologue (technically a dialogue but I only included his parts), Frank describes his fears of dying at a young age in a basement (i.e., a literal underworld). He was trapped in the underworld of the basement, and stays in that underworld (i.e., a life of crime); all of his efforts throughout the season are about escaping the underworld, but he cannot. And he continues to starve: "Never do anything out of hunger. Even eating," he tells an associate. An odd line that harkens to the Tibetan "pretas" (i.e., hungry ghosts) that inhabit their own Buddhist hell realm.
Finally, in the last episode, following his ambush and stabbing by the cartel, another intensely literal Bardo sequence is provided, as he walks through the desert and is tortured by visions of his past. The Bardo ultimately had to take him into the wasteland to abolish his ego. Video below.
Antigone Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams)
Name: One of the most jarring and apparently unnecessary tangents that occurred in Season 2 was Antigone's recollection of her abduction and rape as child. She tells her father she remembers her abductor's face, but nothing else comes of this plot line. Further, a bizarre emphasis was placed on the 4 days she spent in a cave following her abduction.
When considering her namesake, the Classical Greek figure Antigone, this narrative component becomes much more rich. In Greek mythology, Antigone is the daughter of an incestuous relationship between Oedipus and his mother. While attempting to secure a burial for her brother, her tendency to ignore man's laws in favor of her own moral compass leads to her internment in a cave-like crypt for 4 days. After this, the crypt is opened to reveal she is dead.
When watching her discussions about her abduction with her father (episode 7) and with Ray (episode 8), it is made apparent Antigone has no memory of the 4 days in the cave, telling Ray, "He must have slipped me something." Antigone died in that cave, and like Frank, her third Bardo was playing out over the course of her life from childhood.
Dharmic challenge: Antigone's most obvious struggle is with healthy sexuality and relationships. Not surprising, given the defining event of her childhood. Further, she struggles with authority (both exercising it correctly and surrendering to it).
Relationship to rebirth concept: Antigone gives birth to a child in the final episode. This is a figurative rebirth for her as well, as she has now engaged in a committed relationship to another person (her child), with a transition from archetypal maiden to mother.
Further evidence: After watching a few minutes of episodes 7 & 8 to remind myself about the details of her abduction, I noticed Antigone made multiple comments regarding her abandonment of who she had been prior to the recollection of her abduction. Of the 4 mains, she is the one character who seems most willing to let go of who she was. Perhaps this is why she is still alive at the end?
Suspicion: My wife and I have debated this, and I'd be glad to hear your thoughts. Did anyone else get the impression that Antigone was insinuating she remembered her abductor was actually her father when the two of them were talking in episode 7? He seems so apologetic and nervous, and they both say so much while staying so vague. I'll discuss it further in the relevant episodes.
Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch)
Paul is tricky. Here are some suggestions.
From Reddit user u/friendmefriend:
I think Paul's name comes from Polynices, a character in Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone's brother. He very well could be her brother, as his mother fits the part of a former Caspere party girl. Heck, lots of the party girls in the present timeline could be the daughters of the party participants, as they wouldn't know (in line with Oedipus not knowing his wife was his mother). Anyway, Polynices goes to war despite Oedipus cursing him, foreseeing his death in battle.
Given Pizzolatto's history of teaching literature at the college level, this explanation seems very possible. Another thought I had during a discussion with Reddit user u/HBICmama:
A previous commenter suggested a link to the Biblical Paul, but I couldn’t think of any correlation at the time. However, it occurs to me that Paul was on the road to Damascus when he witnessed a bright light from the heavens that put him on his new path. Similarly, Woodrugh witnesses a flash of light during his suicide attempt in episode one. He then stops his bike, finds Caspere’s body, and is put on his path.
User u/HBICmama also suggested the following for Paul's last name:
And I’m only somewhat serious with this one but the last name is maybe because he’s ashamed and trying to hide his sexuality? Like he ‘rues’ how much he desires ‘the wood’ (erect penis)?
Dharmic challenge: Paul is our only character who truly attempts to live by his principals. He consistently tries to make the honorable choice as he sees it, both in his work and relationships; unfortunately, his ideal-self and actual-self are not compatible. This incompatibility between how he believes he should act in the world and his own innate character results in external events that lead him a suicide attempt in the first episode, and also force him to abandon his own concepts of honor in the episode 7, resulting in his release from ego-identity (i.e., his death following the shootout). Due to his commitment to (sometimes misguided) principles, Paul arguably achieves the cleanest Bardo release of the 4, as he is celebrated as a hero after his death.
Relationship to rebirth concept: Paul's girlfriend gives birth to his child after he dies, indicating rebirth.
Further evidence: In the final minutes of Episode 1, Paul has accelerated his bike to over 100 mph and shuts off the headlamp. His suicide attempt is apparently interrupted by...a flash of light? There are no oncoming cars (Paul is actually heading into a rock face), but a bright light suddenly flashes over him. He is then able to successfully bring his bike to a stop before hitting the wall in front of him, despite the small amount of space between he and it.
I'd contend that this is not terrible editing with needless lens flare, but our indicator that Paul did just kill himself (i.e., the flash of light of the first Bardo following death), but was not prepared for complete ego-release (the tortured look on his face as he drove through dark is not indicative of a man who has made peace with his own death, self-perpetuated or not). In the moments following his miraculous stop, he talks to the voices in his head much the same way Frank did as he dealt with his own hallucinations in the desert. Following this, he sees the body of Caspere and is enfolded into the investigation that brings our main characters together.
My wife doesn't agree with the above, and feels that he died in the incident that gave him his scars. She feels that his romance with a fellow solider in the desert (as the place of annihilation...discussed later in episode analysis) was a move toward his releasing his identity, but his ego was too strong for him to acknowledge he wasn't who he thought he was. My wife is really smart, and she's probably right. If this is the case, than his suicide attempt was doomed due to his not meeting the dharmic demands of the third Bardo.
Concepts Frequently Utilized Throughout Season 2, a couple of concepts were consistently utilized that appear to be direct references to the text of the Bardo Thodal. See below.
The Face-to-Face
"And also in the case of any other person the reader shall set him face-to-face...
As stated earlier, the Bardo Thodal is a funeral text for priests. When an individual is dying, priests are instructed to sit across from the dying and read the contents to help guide them through the Bardos. The importance of "face-to-face" is stressed over and over again: according to a Kindle search, the phrase shows up 79 times, literally nearly every page.
The concept of "face-to-face" is utilized to great effect in Season 2. Every episode contains at least one example of two characters sitting directly across from one another, engaged in intense dialogue. These dialogues are very different from the rest of the season. Frequently containing intense head-on camera work and haunting music, these intimate scenes demonstrate a dream-like quality with little to do with the crushing force of environment portrayed in the rest of the season.
Many of these "face-to-face" scenes occur in the bar that doubles as a human trafficking hub. Figuratively, such a setting can be described as an in-between place for individuals on a journey (i.e., from place to place, from life to afterlife). One of the most intense "face-to-face" moments occur in at the beginning of episode 3, in the previously discussed meeting between Ray and his father, following his shotgunning. Note that, while this does occur in the bar, Ray speaks with his dad at a side table, rather than the rear-corner table where he meets with Frank.
As I rewatch Season 2, I will be making note of "face-to-face" encounters.
The Ambush
May [I] be led safely across the fearful ambush of the Bardo...
Variations of the above prayer in the text occur multiple times. When emerged in the third Bardo, an unspecified and personalized ambush situation occurs for the spirit of the newly dead, approximately in the first "seven days" of immersion.
This directly describes the ambush/gunfight at the end of episode 4. This sequence represents a major turning point for the plot and our main 4. Further, Season 2 is filled with ambushes. In the episode analysis section below, descriptions of ambush concepts as they occur will be described.
Death and Rebirth
An underlying theme through the season is the juxtaposition of polarities (e.g., death/rebirth, east/west, lighting themes that contrast orange, high-pressure sodium colors against blue, metal-halide tones). ____________________________________________________________________________________________
Episode Analysis
In the below section, each episode will be briefly analyzed. For the sake of this post, salient info considered will be that which points to a relationship between Bardo-concepts and Season 2, including visual and audio (e.g., music and suspect lines of dialogue). It might get a little tangential at times, but I will try to keep my inclusions to info that will enrich your viewing of Season 2, and are at least debatably tangible.
Personally, I would recommend watching the episode before coming here and looking at my analysis. If you have read this far, you are probably as equipped as me to look for these concepts, and you might find your viewing more fun when you start noticing things in the background and dialogue. Then check back here and see how what you saw compares to what I saw.
Episode 1: The Western Book of the Dead
Initial reference to Bardo-concepts is provided in the first minutes by the series chosen theme song: "Nevermind" by Leonard Cohen. The lyrics describe a man who has been forced to let go of everything, to go somewhere else, and become someone different. T-Bone Burnett selected the music for both season's, and while his selection for the theme song of S2 was highly debated, it perfectly encapsulates Bardo-concepts. Further, u/Cornbread_madefish provided me with an incredible piece of information regarding a documentary on the Bardo Thodal:
1985 2-part documentary filmed in Ladakh and the States, first part entitled "The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life"; the second part "The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation" was a co-production between NHK (Japan), Mistral (France) and FBC (Canada). Narration in the English version is by *Leonard Cohen.***
First scene shows us Ray in the car with his son, Chad. Given the lack of any shared features in their appearance, the immediate question is whether or not they are actually related. This is immediately reinforced in the following sequence, when the lawyer asks if a paternity test has been performed. Ray is terrified that the boy is not his because he is the one anchor he has to stop his complete ruination as a man. This is explored further in upcoming episodes. When asked about his previous employment and it's potential impact on his case, he states, "No, I welcome judgement." This is indicative of a man who cannot admit that he has done bad things, with a hint of foreshadowing (i.e., death before judgement).
Next, we meet Frank and his wife, Jordon. Their house is Eastern in style with small zen gardens, reminding us of the East/West theme. Suspect Line: "Behold, what was once a man," spoken at 9:49; indicative of transition from one state of being to another.
Following this, we see Frank and Jordon at work in the Casino, and we learn about another polarity dynamic at play: Frank is at a crossroads, where he might be able win (via real estate deal) or lose it all (via the burgeoning investigation into the business affairs of Vinci). Suspect Line: "Never do anything out of hunger. Even eating." This line occurs at 10:48 and is discussed in Frank's character analysis above.
Following this, we get an arial shot of our main setting, the fictional city of Vinci. This is a Latin word meaning "victory," or "to conquer." However, given the defeats and losses throughout the season for our 4 mains, we have to ask: victory for whom? I'd contend that the city itself is the proverbial conquerer, that it attains victory in forcing all of our mains to abandon their identities. This is reinforced by the following scene in the mayor's office, where we learn about the fears of the local officials regarding the possibility of a state investigation; they are rats on a sinking ship, fish in a bowl that has started to leak. This is how the third Bardo operates: it constricts the ego to nothing.
We also learn about the importance of Ben Caspere, pronounced "Casper." The obvious connection is to one friendly ghost. This is salient, I believe, because Caspere is essentially the ghost haunting Season 2. The hunt for his killer leads our main 4 to all of their revelations regarding the nature of the world they live in and their attempts to impact it in a major way, yet the resolution of the hunt for the killer is ultimately a comparatively minor event with little importance. As his killer drives him out of the city, we see the raven mask. Ravens are often considered psychopomps (animals that act as spirit guides to the underworld) in some Native American traditions; similar traditions see the raven as a trickster-god that shapes and changes the world, while also causing mischief and trouble. They are also notorious for eating the eyes of the freshly executed; Caspere will later be shown to be missing his eyes (burned out via hydrochloric acid).
In the next sequence, we learn about Antigone. Our initial introduction occurs with a physical partner, after an apparently unsuccessful attempt at initiating a novel sexual act (suspicion: it was butt stuff). Following this is Antigone's raid on the porn studio where her sister is working, during which she reveals that her whole reason for staging it was "she had heard a rumor." These scenes provide us with a good look at her character: she is unafraid of abusing the power her position affords her for personal reasons, and is very hypocritical regarding what is acceptable behavior for her vs other people.
Next we meet Paul Woodrugh. Via cultural priming from years of television presenting California bike cops as masculine/sexual beings, we are quickly given a clever twist on a trope, with Paul refusing the opportunity for sex with a beautiful, blonde starlet. This refusal immediately results in him getting put on leave; further, he expresses concern that he is being unfairly viewed due to his involvement with the private-security group, Black Mountain, that we later learn was part of some shady dealings in Afghanistan. "We were working for America, sir," he tells his superior as he leaves the office, visibly frustrated (an American flag is hung just outside the door as he leaves). This creates a picture of a man of principle who consistently finds himself in bad spots despite trying to do the right thing as he sees it. Of course, a strong, willful ego that can follow its principles is still just ego at the end of the day.
Following this is our initial look at Caspere's house of pleasure. As Ray and Dix enter, a bizarre moment occurs when they spot a realistic, nude woman floating in a bowl of milk. A Lynchian touch that, when considered with the rest of Caspere's belongings, indicates it is a fertility-fetish art piece. Other such flourishes occur with the sexual paintings on the wall, as well as the obsidian, female sculptures visible throughout the house (the Black Madonnas are known objects of reverence for ancient Magdalene-gnostic cults that celebrated the sexual aspect of the Biblical Mary...a movement considered heretical for their contrasting the virginal mother to the sexual maiden). Death is also present in the form of the crowned female skeleton, a symbolic object recognizing the commonality between the tomb and womb, the places of darkness we originate from and return to. [Edit: the name of this skeleton will be revealed in episode 6.] As stated previously, Aleister Crowley's Magic: Book 4 is visible on the desk (~24:58...the big, blue brick with the caduceus on the spine...thanks to my wife for spotting this), along with a copy of the Kama Sutra. Caspere's home is, like Season 2 as a whole, a commentary on sex and death, where East meets West, where the darkness of tomb and womb blur into a singular place.
After receiving a lead concerning a missing woman, Antigone and her partner visit the Panticapaeum Institute, where her father is lecturing. Above him is a statue of Kali Ma in her most fearsome aspect: that of the world-destroyer. The statue holds the severed head of Shiva as she prepares to mount his dead body; this act will lead the world's recreation. A revered Hindu goddess, she is the liberator of souls, and the Eastern equivalent of the Queen of Death in Caspere's house.
Antigone's father tells his listeners that they must simultaneously hold two thoughts: the "Universe is meaningless," and "God did not create a meaningless Universe," and that this is "how we must live now, in the final age of man." An apparent paradox, unless the characters are no longer in a creative Universe, but a destructive one that is collapsing around them. Behind Antigone, a small plaque invites donations in consideration of "dharma."
Personal suspicion: while discussing her sister's current career to her father, he becomes irritated with and says, "I've never been good at guessing your needs." Antigone is visibly upset by this for a moment. I continue to think there is evidence that he was the unnamed man who abducted, molested, and killed her as a girl. Again, discussion on this point welcome.
Following the painful scenes where Ray yells at his son in the schoolyard, there is a throw away line at 38:34. "I used to want to be an astronaut," Ray says into his recorder. "Astronauts don't even go to the moon anymore." The disgust this last line is spoken with is powerfully indicative of how fed up with life he is; there aren't any dreams worth having for him anymore. Except for his hope that he is a father.
Following this we observe Paul at his girlfriend's place, and his need for pharmaceutical enhancement to achieve erection prior to sex with her. While further revelations in the season are necessary to understand his own proclivities, this scene on rewatch further demonstrates how far Paul is willing to go to meet his own ideal self (i.e., a man has sex with women, even if he doesn't really want to).
I did not take notes on the scene where Rays beats the father of the boy who bullied his son, but my wife reminded me of something clever; as such, this might be out of sequence, but its close. Visible behind the father in the doorway is a large picture for Luna Park, an Australian theme park that was the site the famous Ghost Train Fire in 1979, which resulted in the death of 6 children and 1 adult. Possibly, by referencing this tragedy just prior to Ray committing a cruel bit of violence, it is indicative of some final innocence or decency being extinguished (especially given his behavior and dialogue with Frank at the end of this episode and in episode 2); possibly just a nice visual touch. One other piece of content worth noting during the beating: Ray tells Aspen that his dad is "doing this for you," or that he is taking his son's beating for him; conversely, this is Ray saying he is doing this for his own son. This sets a precedent that will continue in the season, with Ray refusing to acknowledge that he does terrible things because of his own anger.
Following this is Frank's meeting with Osif. During these scenes, two things are made abundantly clear: Frank wants out of the underworld, and Osif is not having it. Frank is a mean demon in the underworld, but Osif is the Devil, and the Devil is not letting anyone go. In the background, a photo is visible of a crocodile with a serpent trapped in its mouth. Osif is the crocodile (an underworld god, Typhon or Anubis in the Tarot), and Frank is the serpent (often a replacement for the monkey, or simian, in well known Tarot decks). Image below.
Finally, we observe the face-to-face in the bar. As Lera Lynn sings "My Least Favorite Life," Frank encourages Ray to date, "have some kids" and otherwise become someone else. Ray isn't having it: following his brutal assault on another father, he is determined to get as obliterated as possible, pounding expensive scotch and snorting cocaine. Frank is operating from a place of confidence, describing his own attempts at having children (i.e., achieving rebirth via ascendence) in light of his expected success in business and upcoming escape from the underworld.
lulz Frank...
Link to part 2 of analysis:
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2019.04.05 18:33 tonytr87 IJW: Dragged Across Concrete (2019)

Unfolding like a novel, Dallas filmmaker S. Craig Zahler’s pulpy morality tale is both character piece and sprawling crime drama. Zahler follows two corrupt-ish police officers (Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn) and an ex-con (a terrific Tory Kittles) on his own journey in the fictional city of Bulwark, a place of typical poverty and plenty of crime.
Long-take dialogue in stake-out cars, fire escapes, and getaway vehicles is interspersed with brief flashes of violence, all of it evoking real life through good ol’ peace and quiet. Zahler doesn’t avoid the in-between moments, the eating, thinking, driving that people do when they’re not talking or taking real action of some kind. That’s real life, even if, in Zahler’s case, real life involves the occasional monologue or clever zinger. Loaded with odd lingo and too-clever talkiness, Concrete eschews realism for pithiness sometimes, alternating between the sound of real people and the sound of actors on a stage. Vaughn and Gibson are in top form as Tony Lurassetti and Brett Ridgeman, suspended without pay and cast adrift without purpose following a leaked video of their rather tame strong-arm tactics. As their mellow lieutenant (Don Johnson) put it to Ridgeman, “You’re losing perspective and compassion. There’s a reason I’m sitting behind this desk running things, and you’re out there with a partner that’s twenty years younger than you.” The long years are more than weathering for a cop, they’re hardening, forcing you to grow old and awful when faced with depravity every beat and every day.
Worried for his young daughter who’s at the mercy of neighborhood bullies, and his ailing wife who’s at the mercy of multiple sclerosis, Ridgeman concocts a scheme to take back what they feel they’re owed for so many years toiling away. Lurassetti, himself hard up for money with hopes of marriage, tags along reluctantly, and thus begins their inevitable descent into a criminal underworld they know all too well, one ripe with men even meaner than they are, men for whom other people are mere accessories. Thomas Kretschmann is a high-end dealer on a mission, and Kittles’ ex-con and his childhood friend (Michael Jai White) are the hired help, two guys just trying to get by like the cops on their tail. They know they’re in over their head the minute they meet two sidekicks with a chilling demeanor and a trigger-happy finger, both decked in goggled masks and black, pseudo-Special Forces outfits. These various cons, cops, and criminals will eventually meet in the barren wasteland of a far-gone warehouse district, to dish out their own version of justice as Zahler dishes out fatalism. His movie is grim in spots, depicting a world of casual violence and nonchalance. He stops just short of cloying cynicism, opting for moral ambiguity and a glimmer of hope in equal measure.
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2019.03.07 09:49 flashroardon What’s the most realistic romance/love movie you’ve watched DOT?

So I’ve just watched a couple of romance type movies and was wondering what movie portrayed or presented a realistic depiction of love to you?
For instance I really related to Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy, for a semi depiction of a long distance relationship. The semi anxiety when they are away, the relief when they’re there, temptations, etc
And weirdly thought the ending of The Break Up with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston was kind of like how I’ve interacted with my previous partners.
Thoughts? Recommendations for other movies to watch? Just trying to see whether my DOT experience exists in main stream movies 😅
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2019.02.03 05:15 RusevReigns "How will this show be remembered?": True Detective

Current popularity: The first season averaged 0.98 18-49 but grew to 1.57 by the finale. The second season averaged 1.15 but is widely rejected. The third season has declined to 0.39.
Critical acclaim: The first season has 87 on metacritic, the second 61, the third 71.
Airing future: It is available on Amazon Prime and HBO Now with the rest of HBO’s catalogue. With WarnerMedia starting a streaming service it’s possible HBO’s highly valuable IP will find its way there in the future.
Rewatchability: I believe rewatching is popular with its fans, with the edge to the first season obviously. For the crime genre the mystery is comparatively less important than the emotional journey, character dynamics and directing. The allusions and clues can be caught when rewatching.
Social or political credibility: Poor in season 1. The female victims are a combination of victims, mistresses (Alexandra Daddario) and uses the trope of the wife (Michelle Monaghan) sleeping with the husband’s partner to get back at him. An example of criticism it received at the time. The second and third seasons improve in this area with Rachel McAdams strong female role in Season 2 and Mahershala Ali and Carmen Ejogo in Season 3 giving it black leads and another strong female.
Star power: Huge for it with movie stars like Matthew McConaughey at his peak, Woody Harrelson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell, Mahershala Ali. Cary Fukunaga could build a resume as director.
Relate-ability: Low. Middle aged detectives is hard for many to compare to and much of the first and third season takes place in the past.
Accessibility: Ok. Slower, darker and more artistic than most crime dramas. Only 8 episode storylines make it easy to quickly bang out the acclaimed first season.
Age and gender demographic: Has some fans in their twenties, but crime genre and middle aged characters skews makes it friendly to people over 30. Fanbase skews male.
Influence: Helped fuse art and TV and led to crime dramas like Fargo and American Crime Story, although did not originate the anthology format as American Horror Story predated it.
Genre competitors: Most crime shows this era are procedurals that lack young fans or acclaim so this should help its quality stand out more. For the true crime fans there is little competition among scripted TV series.
Shippers: Non-existent
Imagery potential (Memes, t shirts, etc): Low as it has new characters every season. The deer antlers image is somewhat unique to it. Minimal memes other than the “time is a flat circle” quote. McConaughey and Harrelson’s characters could potentially be put on t shirts.
Overall: True Detective will never be totally forgotten based on the actors IMDBs alone. Its first season is acclaimed enough to be remembered as a borderline classic and last remnant of “everyone agreed” era despite questions about its female roles. The series never had huge ratings due to its darkness and artistic sensibility compared to broad shows and the second season hurt the brand. Going forward its relatively older fanbase will hurt it. Overall it’s likely be considered a classic by its niche true crime fanbase but could be moderately remembered by the rest.
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2019.01.30 15:52 santaschesthairs 2019 is looking to be a really, really exciting year for film. I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 50+ upcoming original/adapted films that are showing real promise, and 25+ major franchise/sequel films. Includes summaries, links, and details. Enjoy!

TL;DR: this year is insane.

Let me dive right in - hopefully I hit the 300 character minimum.

Original/adapted/stand-alone films:

A horror film from break-out director Ari Aster (Hereditary).
A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into a bizarre and violent competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Directed by Ari Aster. Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter and William Jackson Harper.

Ad Astra
A sci-fi film with Brad Pitt - I’m itching for a trailer.
Army Corps engineer Roy McBride embarks on a mission across the galaxy to discover the truth about his father, who disappeared in space 20 years ago while searching for signs of alien life.
Directed by James Gray. Starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Ruth Negga.

Knives Out
Rian Johnson is a touch controversial after The Last Jedi, but he's undeniably very talented. He directed the best Breaking Bad episode after all.
Modern-day murder mystery in the classic Agatha Christie whodunit style.
Directed by Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi, Ozymandias). Starring Daniel Craig, Lakeith Stanfield, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette.

The Irishman
A Scorsese film with Netflix that’s gone seriously over-budget, bound to be enjoyable.
A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.
Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.

Little Women
A Greta Gertwig film with an outstanding cast. I’m excited. I also have a feeling this will have some play in the 2019 Oscars
Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Directed by Greta Gertwig. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, James Norton, Louis Garrel and Bob Odenkirk.

Velvet Buzzsaw
You’ve probably already seen the trailer. An art-world horror-satire from Dan Gilroy, on Netflix in Feb.
Big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.
Directed by Dan Gilroy. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Toni Collette.

Uncut Gems
Adam Sandler taking on a serious role by the directors of Good Time (2017). If it has any of the same intensity or grit as Good Time this could be awesome.
Set in the diamond district of New York City, Howard Ratner, a jewelry store owner and dealer to the rich and famous, must find a way to pay his debts when his merchandise is taken from one of his top sellers and girlfriend.
Directed by the Safdie brothers. Starring Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield and The Weeknd.

The Report
This got pretty great reviews at Sundance, I’m excited.
The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.
Directed by Scott Z. Burns. Starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison.

Ford v. Ferrari
Awesome cast, great story, and directed by the guy behind Logan.
Follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II with the mission of building from scratch an entirely new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.
Directed by James Mangold. Starring Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal and Tracy Letts.

Late Night
This got some pretty great reviews at Sundance.
Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.
Directed by Nisha Ganatra. Starring Emma Thompson Mindy Kaling.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Holy shit.
A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Dakota Fanning,James Marsden, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Damon Herriman and Scoot McNairy.
jesus christ i cannot wait

If this is as spoopy as the trailer uh oh.
Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.
Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker.

The Lighthouse
Next film from the guy behind the VVitch
The story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives in early 20th-century Maine.
Directed by Robert Eggers. Starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

High Life
Really good reviews, sci-fi that looks like it could be pretty trippy.
A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.
Directed by Claire Denis. Starring Robert Pattinson.

A Terrence Mallick movie, so it's going to be divisive, but the plot does have potential.
Told through real wartime letters, this love story finds a couple in conflict with the members of their close-knit town, their church, their government, and even their friends — all of which brings them to a dramatic choice.
Directed by Terrence Mallick. Starring August Deihl and Valerie Pachner.

I know every movie is called a sign of the times, but this one seems particularly geared towards the current politics. Really good Sundance reviews.
A star athlete and top student, Luce’s idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.
Directed by Julius Onah. Starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Octavia Spencer.

The Souvenir
This one just got rave reviews at Sundance.
A quiet film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man.
Directed by Joanna Hogg. Starring Honor Swinton-Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton and Richard Ayoade.

Untitled Noah Baumbach Project
This one is obviously a bit unknown. But the cast looks amazing, and if it turns out as good as The Meyerowitz Stories, I can't wait to watch. Will be a Netflix film.
Directed by Noah Baumbach. Starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johannsen, Laura Dern and Greta Gertwig.

Honey Boy
Great reviews from Sundance, 100% on RT as of now.
The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life.
Directed by Alma Har’el. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges and yada yada.

Queen & Slim
Very interesting premise, and Daniel Kaluuya.
The film centers on a black man and black woman who go on a first date that goes awry after the two are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop. They kill the police officer in self-defense and rather than turn themselves in, they go on the run.
Directed by Melina Matsoukas. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith.

The Farewell
Another film with good reviews out of Sundance.
A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.
Directed by Lulu Wang. Starring Awkwafina.

Long Shot
A comedy with a cool cast by Jonathan Levine.
A political journalist tries to hook up with his old babysitter, who now holds an important government position.
Directed by Jonathan Levine. Starring Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Alexander Skarsgård.

I was disappointed with Bohemian last year, so I'm reminding myself to be sceptical, but I hope this is excellent. Trailer here.
The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.
Directed by Dexter Fletcher. Starring Taron Egerton (as Elton), Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The Goldfinch
Based on the bestselling book. Director of Brooklyn.
A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals ‘The Goldfinch’, a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.
Directed by John Crowley. Cast includes Ansel Elgort, Finn Wolfhard, Aneurin Barnard, Oakes Fegley, Ashleigh Cummings, Willa Fitzgerald and Nicole Kidman.

Big Time Adolescence
It's a little too early to tell from the Sundance reviews, but I really hope this is good. Pete Davidson and the guy who plays Sam in American Vandal star.
A 16 year old virgin with a growth hormone deficiency slowly gets corrupted by his hero, an aimless college dropout.
Directed by Jason Orley. Starring Pete Davidson and Griffin Gluck.

Triple Frontier
The cast for this Netflix action thriller is awesome. If the trailer and director is anything to go by though, this looks really promising.
Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South American drug lord.
Directed by J.C. Chandor (Margin Call). Starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam and Pedro Pascal.

Chaos Walking
I hope this is amazing, but the premise sounds incredibly difficult to pull off. Good cast and director, so fingers crossed. I'm using the book description here.
A dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.
Directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). Starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

The Rosie Project
Few details are out. Ryan Reynolds, based on a good book.
An unlucky-in-love university professor creates an elaborate questionnaire in an effort to find a wife and meets an unconventional woman who doesn’t match any of his “requirements”, but might be the perfect woman for him.
Directed by Ben Taylor. Starring Ryan Reynolds.

The Beach Bum
The trailer looks completely wack. Make sure you watch it:
An irreverent comedy about the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious stoner and lovable rogue who lives large.
Directed by Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). Starring Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron and Isla Fisher.

I don't know much about this one, but the director previously made Snowpiercer, Okja and my favourite, Memories of Murder. I'm excited.
All unemployed, Ki-taek’s family takes peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an expected incident.
Directed by Bong Joon-Ho. Starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Jo Yeo-jeong and Choi Woo-shik.

I Am Mother
This one comes from nowhere. An indie sci-fi with with an interesting plot, and good Sundance reviews.
A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot “Mother”, designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.0
Directed by Grant Sputore. Starring Hillary Swank , Clara Rugaard-Larsen and Rose Byrne.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
You’ve more than likely heard of this one. Ted Bundy film starring Zac Efron. I’m not sure how excited I am for the film, but Efron’s performance is apparently very good.
A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
Directed by Joe Berlinger. Starring Lily Collins, Zac Efron and John Malkovich.

The Nightingale
The second film from the director of the Babadook. Really promising (and slightly divisive) reviews out of Sundance. Fun fact: you can kinda measure the divisiveness of a film on RT by comparing the percentage meter with the average rating. If the percentage is high but the average rating is low, it shows that the film is all-round solid and inoffensive. If the percentage rating is lower but the average rating is still high/moderate, it means there’s a large gap between those who loved and didn’t like it. Anyway, back to the Nightingale. I’m excited - doubly so since it’s an Aussie film.
In 1829, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
Directed by Jennifer Kent. Starring Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman and Ewen Leslie.

The Dead Don't Die
Another awesome cast, definitely one to look forward to. The plot summary isn’t out, but it’s a comedy zombie flick.
Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Austin Butler, Steve Buscemi and Tilda Swinton.

Tilda Swinton seems to be working a lot, woah.
Memoria revolves around a character (portrayed by Tilda Swinton) who suffers from exploding head syndrome, a psychological condition in which a person experiences loud noises when falling asleep or waking up.
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Starring Tilda Swinton and Jeanne Balibar.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
The trailer for this, particularly the music, wasn’t good. The content of the trailer shows a lot of potential though, and the book is apparently really good. Also: Richard Linklater.
When architect-turned-recluse Bernadette Fox goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica, her 15-year-old daughter Bee goes on a quest with Bernadette’s husband to find her.
Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Cate Blanchett ,Emma Nelson, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Tom Hanks seems made for this role. Should be good.
The story of Fred Rogers, the honored host and creator of the popular children’s television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968).
Directed by Marielle Heller. Starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys and Chris Cooper.

High Flying Bird
I’ll make this quick: Excellent reviews so far. Netflix in Feb. Steven Soderbergh. Shot on an iPhone. Moonlight writer.
During an NBA lockout, a sports agent, Dean, presents his rookie client, Erick Scott, with an intriguing and controversial business opportunity.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11). Starring André Holland Zazie Beetz Jeryl Prescott Kyle MacLachlan Caleb McLaughlin Zachary Quinto.

The Cradle
I don’t know much about this one but the plot intrigues me. For some reason it reminds me of Denis Villeneuve's early film, Incendies (if you haven’t watched yet, make it your next film - it’s incredible.)
A young couple not ready to expect their first baby track down a cradle, only to make a discovery that will change their family forever.
Directed by Hope Dickson Leach. Starring Jack O'Connell and Lily Collins.

The Woman in the Window
A Rear Window-esque movie with a great cast and director. Really hoping this is great, cos I love these kind of plots.
An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
Directed by Joe Wright. Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Wyatt Russell.

Gemini Man
The plot is crazy, but the cast and director can definitely pull it off.
Henry Brogen, an aging assassin tries to get out of the business but finds himself in the ultimate battle: fighting his own clone who is 25 years younger than him and at the peak of his abilities.
Directed by Ang Lee. Starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Yet another film with great reviews from Sundance.
Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.
Directed by Joe Talbot. Starring Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan and Tichina Arnold.

Blinded by the Light
Sundance musta been real great this year, cos once again we have another movie with good reviews out of it. Apparently wholesome and inspiring.
In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Directed by Gurinder Chadha. Starring Viveik Kalra, Nell William and Hayley Atwell.

Before You Know It
Good reviews. Sundance. Family comedy.
A long-kept family secret thrusts codependent, thirty-something sisters Rachel and Jackie Gurner into a literal soap opera. A journey that proves that you really can come of age, at any age.
Directed by Hannah Pearl Utt. Starring Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock and Judith Light.

Little Monsters
A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.
Directed by Abe Forsythe. Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, Alexander England and Nadia Townsend.

Jojo Rabbit
I'll watch anything Taika makes, but this looks insane - one of my most hyped. (I accidentally deleted this from the list while editing!!)
Jojo Rabbit is about a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive patriotic beliefs. However, this all changes when a young girl challenges those views and causes Jojo to face his own issues.
Directed by Taiki Watiti. Starring Taiki Watiti (as Adolf Hitler), Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson and Alfie Allen.

The Lodge
A spoopy film that was well received at Sundance.
Two siblings spend the night alone with their new stepmother. Stuck in a remote mountain cabin, the trio are terrorised by a supernatural force.
Directed by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala. Starring Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher and Lia McHugh.

World War I film. Plot unknown.
Directed by Sam Mendes. Cinematography by Roger Deakins.

Dragged Across Concrete
Two policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.
Directed by S. Craig Zahler. Starring Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and Jennifer Carpenter.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things
A Charlie Kaufman film, set for Netflix.
An unexpected detour causes a woman who is trying to figure out how to break up with her boyfriend to rethink her life.
Directed by Charlie Kaufman. Starring Brie Larson and Jesse Plemons.

My thoughts

Feel free to ignore lol
After finally managing to finish this compilation, reading plots and wikis and watching trailers, I cannot believe how many good films there are coming out. This is reminding me of 2017, when I made a similar post - and 2017 was an absolutely amazing year overall, especially in light of the relative disappointment of 2018. There’s just so much promise in every category - horror, thriller, biopics, drama, action, comedy… and if you count zombie films as a genre unto themselves, then yeah, that too.
Of course, I cannot wait for Tarantino’s flick. But after that it’s hard to pick ordered favourites - Knives Out, The Dead Don’t Die, Us, The Report and Luce are films I cannot wait for, but there are so many others I’m pumped for - and I haven’t even gone into the blockbusters.

Speaking of…
For the franchise and sequel films, I haven’t gone to the effort of adding plot and cast details. They’re huge, you’ll hear all about them anyway.

Franchise/Sequel/Remake films

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Star Wars: Episode IX
Zombieland 2: Double Tap
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Toy Story 4
It: Chapter Two
John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Lion King
The New Mutants
Alita: Battle Angel
Dark Phoenix
Men in Black International
Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Artemis Fowl
Charlie’s Angels
Kingsman 3
Sonic the Hedgehog
Frozen 2

I’m genuinely delirious. I told myself I would get this post done before I went to sleep and I am now totally exhausted. There were far more movies than I anticipated. This year is ridiculous and it has been mean to me. Of course, if I missed anything let me know and I’ll add it once I’ve woken up!
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2018.02.27 18:25 earhere After watching Season 2 of True Detective again, I'd like to offer my Thoughts on Its Flaws

Season 2 of True Detective is regarded as rather lackluster, especially when compared to the masterpiece which is Season 1 of True Detective. Thoughts about Season 2 range from "Good but not as good as the first season" to "Complete garbage" and while I agree that it is not as good as the first season, it's also not completely terrible. There are many flaws in it, but I would like to outline the major ones:
  1. Characters - This is the most glaring issue with Season 2 that I had. Simply put, there are too many characters to follow in too short an amount of time. Since True Detective is more of a character study than a police procedural like CSI or Law and Order; the focus is more on the characters. With double the amount of main characters while still being hamstrung with eight episodes, there is a net loss in the ability to grow and learn more about these people while also crafting an interesting narrative. Coupled with this is the issue that the male detectives sound so similar to one another. In Season 1, while Rust had the Matthew McConaughey barely above whisper voice, Woody Harrelson's thick southern accent worked as a good contrast. With Season 2, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn all have the gravelly broken man voice; making it slightly difficult to distinguish them from each other aside from the visual. With the increase in characters, you also increase their side characters and the number of issues that the viewer needs to keep track; which isn't good considering you only have eight episodes for the story. I mean look at this: You have Colin Farrell dealing with his divorce and the paternity of his son; Taylor Kitsch dealing with his latent homosexuality and the bullshit the lady said getting him admin punished; Rachel McAdams getting raped as a girl and dealing with her sister being a cam girl and she doesnt like her dad or something; and vince vaughn his partner got murdered and he has to deal with not being able to have a child and he lost all his money so he needs to make more money; that is just too much. Dealing with all of that as well as having to solve the actual crime, it's just too much. Maybe if they had 12 or 13 episodes this could've worked, but they didn't, so it doesn't. They needed to get rid of Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch's characters and Don't make Colin Farrell corrupt. A story about a police and a criminal conducting their own separate investigations into the same murder and coming together would've been really interesting. Instead we got a mess of a story with too many characters and a main character who contributed almost nothing to the actual investigation. Another issue is that none of the police seemed to mesh with one another. Season 1, Marty and Rust made good character foils. You had the broken depressed pessimist in Rust and the guy who has his head somewhat altogether with the family in Marty. Whenever Rust said some crazy shit or something Marty would bring him down to earth level; and Rust did the investigations better than Marty could. With this team of characters they don't really work hand in hand. Colin Farrell does nothing and Vince Vaughn does more investigating than him. Also, with Vince Vaughn trying to be philosophical when talking to his wife I didn't buy that. He's trying to be like Rust in Season 1 but no gangster talks like that, so it was distracting hearing him say this bs.
  2. The Murder - Another glaring issue is just how convoluted the murder mystery is. The end result is the guy was killed because he was working with corrupt cops who stole some diamonds in 1992 and the victims killed him. Yet, we have to deal with a porn ring, Russian mobsters, Mexican gang members, and a host of other things to get to that point. Also while Season 1's investigation was a more noble cause (investigating the murder of a woman which led to going after child molesters) Season 2's investigation is less so (a corrupt public officer killed by other corrupt people) making it less interesting for the viewer to watch. As convoluted as it was, I found myself less interested in the guy's death and the investigation. Colin Farrell's character also wasn't that good an investigation, which led me to asking why they even bothered having him on the team. Yeah I get the bosses didn't want him to solve the crime considering it would've exposed them, but even after when the lady from nightcrawler has them investigate he still doesn't do shit. It's Rachel mcadams and taylor kitsch that do all the work. Why even have him on the team besides he's a main character and needs to be.
  3. Over the Top - Just that this season was far less grounded in reality compared to the first. A guy with a bird mask shooting a cop with nonlethal ordinance was kinda off kilter, but what got me the most was the shootout in episode 4. It's a cool scene with all the violence, but objectively it is very unrealistic. If we are to believe that Vinci is a mad max hell hole that constantly needs swat teams everywhere, which it did not appear to be, then I could believe that a tactical team would be unavailable. Despite this, one would imagine that they would bring more than 10 police officers to serve an arrest warrant in a gang warehouse with a suspect wanted for murder and is armed and dangerous. Still, the shootout with the gang members with assault rifles mowing down police officers left and right felt less like a True Detective episode and more like something out of a Michael Bay action film; what with the machine guns and the big explosion caused by gunfire? Also, there was the scene where Vince Vaughn and Ray assault the Russian guy's place to steal money which I found far fetched. Frank bought a whole bunch of artillery before he even thought Colin Farrell would help him, and somehow their plan works out. I found odd that there were a lot more shootouts this season than the previous, and I guess that people complained that it was too boring season 1 without a lot of gunfire, so they ramped up the number of shootouts and bullets; though if the story were more interesting the gunfights wouldn't have mattered as much.
  4. Darkness (It's not a good thing) - A final note is just how depressing the show was and how dark it felt. I get that True Detective isn't a happy wholesome family TV show, but Season 1 had some moments of levity, though not many. This season, no one had a good ending. Season 1 they got their guy and they both lived and were made better people by the end. Season 2 everyone is worse off, and it just feelsbadman.
That's all.
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2017.10.23 11:40 TalonsAlight Replacing the Free Agents - Arrieta, Lackey (Part 2 - Internal Options, Trades w/ Non-Contenders)

During the... less hopeful moments of the postseason, various voices of the GDTs were theorizing about what moves to make to prepare for the next championship. Good idea. Let's examine the ways the roster may change this offseason.
If you have any trade suggestions with non-contenders to add here, I'd love to hear them.
Replacing the FAs: Jake Arrieta, John Lackey
Looking for: Well, two good starting pitchers. Say 5 WAR per season between the two, preferably for a while.
Current internal options:
Eddie Butler (R), Mike Montgomery (L), Adbert Alzolay (R), Jen-Ho Tseng (R), Alec Mills (L), Luke Farrell (R), Duane Underwood (R)
MLB-Ready starting pitchers:
Pitchers are at roughly Alec-Mills (#6/#5 ceiling) level or better (some are better used in the pen)
  • You know what to expect from Montgomery by now, but in case you don't: decent fastball and curve, passable change. Command is a bit below average.
  • Butler has a good fastball and change, but his breaking pitches haven't yet developed. They may never. Average command. Above average deception, but hitters often see past it after facing him more than once in a game.
  • Alzolay's got what it takes to be a #3/4, if his secondaries develop. Fastball sits at 94 with life and touches 97. Good command. Possible June/July call up.
  • People make Hendricks comparisons to Tseng, as they will whenever a soft-tossing, right-handed, off-speed specialist is turning heads in the Cubs' system. This is a best case scenario. I would be fine if he was good for 25 starts of 4.40 ERA ball.
  • Mills is very similar to Butler in that is stuff and command are passable, but neither is usually good enough to weather multiple trips through a lineup.
  • Farrell and Underwood are more likely relievers. Farrell profiles like a right-handed Zastryzny, with a deep, fringy, four pitch arsenal, with fringy command, but doesn't have his deception. Underwood hasn't developed as expected, as injury issues have perhaps kept his stuff from playing up, and it's looking less likely he'll command his pitches. In the pen, he could air it out his plus fastball and average breaking stuff, and they may play up. But, he was healthy for all of 2017, and held his own as a starter, so who knows.
Trade Discussions: (for the record, I'm lukewarm on quite a few of these trades)
Possible areas of need or improvement: C, 1B?, OF
You can almost envision their 2020 starting lineup from here, but not quite. C/1B/DH Zack Collins isn't likely to be ready to start at those positions during that time. I'm one to geek out over this sort of thing, and I honestly don't know who the fuck their 2017 catchers were. I'll assume Carrotini is better. He's in a perfect position to see if he can outplay projections. If not, he can be a great three position backup for Collins.
Their top OF prospects but won't be ready opening day 2019. In 2017, CHW used a mishmash of fringy prospects to varying degrees of success in the OF along with Avi Garcia. Not sure any will be around for contention. If they want a slightly higher level prospect to try out for 2018, I'll suggest Mark Zagunis.
Also, they have a ton of pitching prospects to audition, so they may want to carry an additional pitcher at add a RH super utility-type to compliment Nicky Delmonico, say Chesny Young.
Trade Suggestions:
  • Caratini or Zagunis for Fulmer
  • Chesny Young for Danish
Possible areas of need or improvement: SP, 3B, LF
Cubs and SDP don't really match up well. Their left side doesn't look so hot come 2019, I'd send them Zagunis, but I don't want any of their starting pitchers, except Strahm and possibly Wood. Zagunis is too much for Wood and not enough for Strahm in my view. Plus the latter is going for an extended audition with them. I see AAAA 3B as better than the Cubs', unless their high on Jason Vosler.
SDP giving up Wood is unlikely with KCR paying more or less his entire salary, and he can be flipped (if he does well) or held (if he tank commands). The Cubs are unlikely to ask for Wood again after he more or less threw batting practice in 2017, but I know some of you would like to see him in Cubbie blue again, so here we are. SDP got him presumably with the intent on flipping him if he can improve his line. If not, he's a tank commander and helps SDP's draft chances. No matter the case, I'd rather not move more than low-level prospects for him.
Trade Suggestions:
  • Two of (Daury Torres, Jason Vosler, Manuel Rondon) for Wood
  • Charcer Burks for Wood
Possible areas of need or improvement: LF, RF, CF, SP
I expect SFG to try to contend in 2018, but out of those teams who have starting pitchers to shuffle, SFG is the least likely to contend.
They had a fun AAAA carosuel in LF and a past-prime Hunter Pence in RF. Also, Denard Span's defense is deteriorating in CF. It stands to get internally a little better for them with many interesting OF prospects in their system, but it would be surprising if their OF AAA stock were 'first division' or 'contender' better.
There's a great deal of ambiguity with their rotation: Matty Moore has an option, which SFG has a good chance of picking up: he was quite good in the second half of 2017. Ty Blach's pitched past expectations to a respectable 2017, and fellow young Ty Tyler Beede banging down the door of the majors. Good chance they wouldn't mind not having to deal with the rest of Shark's ~$60M contract. Or at least the vast majority of it.
Cueto is the wild card here. He's a catch 22: if he's worth trading for, he'll become a FA. Only way he's available for a trade is if he accepts his option, having stuff not worth pursuing and becoming a project. If this is the case, and he's fixable, he's a great potential bargain bin selection. So I won't suggest trades for him.
Suggested trades:
  • Zagunis for Moore
  • Zagunis for Shark + $5M/season
  • Almora for Shark + $11.8M/season
Possible areas of need or improvement: SP, 3B?, 2B?
Even though they only won 66 in 2017, they're closer to contention than their record indicates: they have an interesting core of position-playing prospects hitting or soon to be hitting the MLB. Even their questionable areas have viable options. Makiel Franco hasn't been good for a while, but he was in 2015 and is still quite young. Their 2018 options at 2B aren't likely to be black holes of production (Cesar Hernandez, Scott Kingery and Freddy Galvis assuming defense wunderkind J.P. Crawford gets SS).
In other words, I don't see them bringing a position player in unless he's their guy. Think this Cubs' FO wanting Zobrist in spite of still having the perfectly sufficient Starlin Castro at 2B. It's reasonable some teams may feel this way about Baez or Happ. Baez fits better since he could do some 3B in the event Franco slumps.
This being said, it's really hard to worst-to-first, especially with their rotation. And with a broad bevy of back-enders in AAA and the big club, this won't change without nearly unprecedented improvement. Both teams' wealth of young position-playing talent and large pool of #6/5 guys makes them unlikely trading partners, but I'll try: if PHI wants to sell high on Jerad Eichoff, now might be the time: he's been getting more hittable year over year. Alzolay's development perfectly coincides with the opening of PHI's window of contention. The downside for PHI is that Eick is their only reasonably reliable SP not named Nola, and his team-friendly contract goes will into said window. PHI may be willing to give up some of their back-end pitchers for some of the Cubs' interesting, distant prospects in the lower minors.
Trade suggestions:
  • Jose Paulino or Michael Rucker for Lively or Eshelman
  • (Baez or Happ, whoever you like less) + Alzolay + Paulino = Nola + Lively
  • Alzolay for Eickhoff
Possible areas of need or improvement: SP, OF?, SS?
There are so many questions surrounding CIN, mostly involving their timeline of contention. Also, they're division rival, so I'm going to pass on heavy theorizing and big trades.
But I'll do some theorizing and trade suggestions. Will Cozart accept a QO? CIN could stand to get a little more consistent production of Jose Peraza at 2B, as well as Billy Hamilton in CF. The latter, I have a strong hunch, will be traded this offseason. Ditto LF Adam Duvall. Which is a great opportunity to give them Zagunis if CIN likes him better than the players they've got, namely Phil Ervin or Patrick Kivelhan. Zagunis should be able to get you somebody who can become a back-end innings-eater, right?
Which of their young, struggling-in-the-MLB, post-hype Howitzers do you want? I imagine they'll cost you Alzolay or de la Cruz. This isn't my preferred move, in case anyone cares: too big of a trade with a division rival. As of now, I doubt I'd make it, for the record.
Trade suggestions:
  • Zagunis for Davis
  • Alzolay or de la Cruz for Stephenson, Garrett, Reed or Finnegan
Possible areas of need or improvement: SP, OF, high-ceiling prospects
The tear-down is on. And there's no timeline of competitiveness; good chance literally nobody currently on their 40-Man is there next time they contend.
Mikie Mahtook, JaCoby Jones, Alex Presley, Jim Adduci have gotten auditions for them in the OF in 2017. Hard to envision any being there several years when they contend. DET may be interested in some of the Cubs' high-minors OFers. Mark Zagunis, Charcer Burks, Trey Martin, Eddy Martinez et al may fit this bill for them.
Their SPs, in spite of their historically bad season, are still a good source of trade value. There's the risky Daniel Norris whose injury history and subpar 2017 should bring his trade value down, but his previous history of effectiveness, pre-arbitration status and already high team payroll will probably keep DET's demands unreasonably high. Pretty sure I know how to get him for a very low price. Perhaps could use scare quotes around 'very low price.' Stay tuned.
Michael Fulmer Is one of them 'young, cost-controlled starters' that, since the Cubs got Quintana is a no longer one of chicubs' clichéd phrases. He'll command a haul at least on par with Q, though Fulmer is a superior option - he's younger, has better stuff, is cheaper and has more time under team control. I know how to get his price down:
Justin Zimmerman has signed what is on pace to become the worst contract ever given to a pitcher, and his salary just gets higher starting in 2018. I'm sure DET wants him off the books and off their roster. He and his contract make for an interesting trade chip, especially if Bosio and the crew and fix him. Fwiw, his slider is still reasonably effective.
If DET's goal is to unload payroll over prospect hoarding, he and his salary can be leveraged with Norris or Fulmer to make interesting things happen. I'd go into the logistics of a trade involving Fulmer, but they're so unlikely not even I care enough to read them. I'll let you dream, though.
Trade suggestions:
  • Zagunis for Zimmerman + $17M/season
  • Alzolay + de la Cruz + Zagunis = Norris
  • Robert Caro for Norris and Zimmerman
  • ????? for Fulmer
  • ???? for Fulmer and Zimmerman
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2017.10.15 05:37 TheUncleRyRy Brawl in Cell Block 99 (now on VOD to include Amazon) - from the director of “Bone Tomahawk” and starring Vince Vaughn

I just finished watching this film and I have to say I liked it more than Bone Tomahawk. S.Craig Zahler uses a strong sense of space, blunt violence, and grindhouse overtones to produce a straight story with practical effects chaser.
Vince Vaughn gives a strong human performance that makes you laugh with him and believe he is capable of more than all that he does. He is physical, kinetic, and subtle in a way that makes you want to rewatch the film toreview his mannerisms.
There are quirky characters, comedic lines, diverse camera work, and an awesome sound design that await you.
The music is fun and adds to the grindhouse/exploitation overtones.
  1. Can anyone explain the joke, if it exists, about the conversation partner in 99? What about Christopher Bridge?
  2. His backstory- former addict, but was he military?
  3. Did you appreciate the scene of his capture and why he went back? Did it seem unnecessary or undeveloped?
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2017.09.07 21:56 Spartan596 1 Month after my 5 year relationship, how it's been going and what I've been doing. (Long)

Hey guys, I just want to start by saying that this will be pretty long, I don't know if you guys will actually read this, but it will be pretty therapeutic to write, and I gained some relief by reading the stories of others. Honestly I have been waiting for this day, exactly 1 month after my girlfriend left me, just so I can write about how this last month has gone for me. I plan to write a new update every month to keep track of the differences, this one will probably be the longest because I am also going to explain the relationship a bit.
I am a 26 year old Man and I met my girlfriend when I was 21 and she was 18. Just 10 days before our fifth anniversary she broke up with me. She texted me that she wanted me to come over to her house to talk, which of course I knew was a bad thing, she had only ever done this once before, a year ago, and that was because she thought that I was losing interest, which I wasn't. Just like everyone else here she was my best friend, someone that I dared to share my intimate side with and fall in love with. Unfortunately I didn't see this coming at all and as she read her letter to me crying I sat there in shock wondering where the hell it all went wrong. She said to me "while its obvious that we love each other very much I don't think we are soulmates". After talking so much about the future and marriage this just blew me away. We had our differences yes but we so seldom disagreed, we barely argued or fought, we were always mature and respectful to each other. It's astounding to see how problematic some of the relationships of my friends are only realize that they are still in it and mine, that I thought was going so well was over.
Week One This is as best as I can describe it what hell on earth must feel like. You are all familiar with it because you have either felt it or still feel it now. The night she broke up with me I slept maybe an hour over the course of the whole night, and I must of eaten a hundred calories in 5 days. I lost 10 pounds almost it seems like over night. She gave me the note she wrote to me and I couldn't stop just going over it, and when I wasn't reading it I would just stare at it folded up on the desk as if it was a nightmare that would end. It's odd having someone you plan to spend to rest of your life with, someone you talk to every day, someone you have elected share all your weird quirks with, and then all of a sudden you aren't meant to speak to them again. The day after she broke it off I decided I had to try and fight for her back. I wrote my own letter and asked her if she would give me a chance to say my piece to her. A couple days after the break up she agreed to meet with me, and so we sat in my car at the park. I bared my soul to her, I told her that even though her fears of the future are valid, everyone has fears, and that we could fight them together. I was absolutely sure that I could convince her. After I finished reading the note (which was difficult through all the sobbing) I asked her to give us one more chance. She said "I'm sorry, I can't" I asked why not and she said very sternly "I can't okay??" she then got out of my car closed the door and drove away. Shock, dismay, confusion, sadness, frustration, anger, disappointment. What happened?!?! Just the day before we spent the whole day together, getting breakfast, going to the movies, heading to a friends house to watch the new Game of thrones episode, you told me you loved me before you went home. And just like that you ended it.
Week 2 Week 2 was not a lot easier than week 1, it was still a living hell, I wrote her a goodbye letter. Crazy huh? You are in love making plans of the future one day, then the next day you are saying goodbye forever, if that doesn't break someone I don't know what does. Week 2 I made the decision that I hated feeling this way and that I wanted to get better. I decided to read this subreddit and and ton of articles for advice on how to feel better, and vowed to follow all the advice I could, and I have done just that. I have gone to the gym daily since the second week (which is easy for me I have been a gym goer for 4 years). I signed up for a drawing class a piano class, and an animation class as I am an aspiring animator. I immediately started looking for jobs in other countries: Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, only to realize that they aren't going to take you unless you have a ton of experience under your belt. At this point I am going through the same things that everyone else is going through, I dream about her every night, I wake up only to realize my life has been flipped upside down into some kind of hell, and I think about different scenarios throughout the day, the what if's and what not. I disabled my facebook and unfollowed her from Instagram and snapchat. Not that it really mattered she barely ever posted anything, but I have like 40 of her family members on my facebook, and her dad posted a picture of all of them at the park. It killed me, it wasn't even a big deal, just a stupid park picture, but man did it hurt. So I decided I am done with most social media until I can go onto facebook and not care about the things I see her in (this might take a while).
Week 3 I got some advice from another redditor who had posted in breakups four years ago. I thought it was crazy he was going through a tough break up when my relationship was just getting started. He gave me all sorts of advice, but with him and many others the biggest advice has been to latch onto friends and family. I have done exactly this, I have seen my friends almost daily since this happened. I have always been there for them through tough times and they have been more than ready to be there for me through this tough time. The redditor told me the advice and said to me "If all else fails watch Swingers". A 1996 film starring a young Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, about what we are going through, a tough break up and Jon's healing process. I felt instantly better after the movie was over, it was amazing, the next day which will have been about exactly three weeks later was the most normal I felt after the relationship. The emotions were still around of course, but I was doing my absolute best to accept my new reality. She did so many drawings for me over the years, it killed me to take them down, she made me an album every year on our anniversary too. I looked through each one one more time and gave all of these things to my parents. They have been so strong for me, they told me whatever I want to give to them I can give and they will put away for me at which point I can choose to look at these things one day or not, its up to me. My parents are awesome. Seriously, maybe give it some time, but watch Swingers.
Week 4 In the last month there has been only three full days that I have not cried over this situation, I have never been one that is very good at hiding his emotions. I got very angry yesterday with her, why the hell didn't she think that it would be a good idea to MAYBE talk to me before ruining my life? She told me these things the night she broke up with me about her fears of the future and things she wanted to do with her life. She didn't trust me to support her or possibly go on these journeys with her, she thought we were growing apart. What she didn't understand is that I didn't care where I lived or when I got my dream job, I was with my dream girl and I would have done anything to keep her around. But you know what? She wouldn't have done everything to keep me around. I guess my mistake was loving someone more than they loved me. And if she thinks for a second she loved me the same then that's bullshit, she would have fought for it, she would have talked to her partner of five years before blindsiding him... I guess it doesn't matter now does it, none of it matters. There is no point in wondering why she didn't talk to me first, or wondering if I had said certain things at certain times, perhaps this was always going to happen. Doesn't make it hurt any less. I think the things I will miss the most are just the little cute things she did. The things that I never told anyone about that I loved, the laugh she did if I was slightly tickling her, there was a noise she would make if she saw something cute on the internet. I miss touching her, I always touched her, she was always so soft and delicate to me, but so damn strong willed. We always talked about how perfect together we were... Last night my friend was in the passenger seat of the car and noticed a heart that she had drawn on the inside of my windshield in the top right corner. It had been there for at least a year and I loved it, I never washed it and I would yell at people who noticed it not to touch it. I have been reluctant to clean it off, it was a part of her and a part of me. Last night he noticed and he held an alcoholic cloth to it and said "you tell me right now if you want me to clean this off or not" I said "just do it..." he wiped it off and I drove away crying all over again. The things we find important in our lives...
So a month in, and I am doing my best to accept my new life, I am following all the advice being given about bettering myself and doing the best I can not to feel this way. I am not interested in wallowing in self pity, I have not taken a blow to my self confidence or self esteem, I know that I did everything I could in that relationship, and I will never have to wonder "what if" because I didn't break it off. I have a lot of life to live and a lot of love to give, and I know that someday I will find someone willing to give that love back. If you have read this far then I appreciate you, you're awesome, I'm awesome, and one day we will find happiness again. It's okay to feel sad, let the emotions out when they want to come out, and by god please latch onto your friends, become a yes man and go out whenever they ask. I miss my girl very much, but this life is about me, my happiness is what's important right now and I aim to be happy again as soon as possible. If anyone has any questions for me or just wants to talk feel free to PM me, I did that to a couple of people, and just typing out what I was feeling helped a lot. Good luck my friends, we are all in this together, and we will come out better on the other side.
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