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Newsday / Re: Four Seasons Total Landscaping
« Last post by RottingCorpse on January 20, 2021, 01:40:25 PM »
Man, that has to feel great. DC has been a city under siege for close to a year now.

I'm just happy comeptenet people are going to be running shit fro a t least a little while. It transcends politics for me almost. Just give me some actual god damned leadership.
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TV / Re: The Charlie Brooker Thread
« Last post by nacho on January 20, 2021, 01:25:03 PM »
I haven't watched it yet, but as soon as a saw previews, I was like, "This is just American Brooker."

It is Brooker. It's the 2020 Newswipe.
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TV / Re: Superhero TV
« Last post by nacho on January 20, 2021, 01:24:18 PM »
I'm really looking forward to getting this one in me. I'm all about the Lesser Olsen.
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Newsday / Re: Four Seasons Total Landscaping
« Last post by nacho on January 20, 2021, 01:21:03 PM »
So I've been crying since Gaga took the stage. So far so good. All the church bells have been ringing since he was official, here in the burbs and all across the city.
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TV / Re: Superhero TV
« Last post by RottingCorpse on January 19, 2021, 01:13:03 PM »
WandaVision is like somebody at Marvel zapped into my brain and took all the shit I love and tried to cram it into a TV show. It's such a loving homage to the history of television. They've really dug hard into the details here. Crispness aside, this feels like TV from the 50s and 60s. (And one assumes, 70s, 80s, and 90s once they get there.) Yet there's this ominous Blue Velvet undercurrent of "things aren't right," even when it seems all is well. It's omnipresent, yet it still gets me in the moments where they bust out into full on "let's really creep the audience out" mode. We've seen the weird conspiracy undertones a hundred times, but you got to hand it to Marvel for having the balls to stylistically swing for the fences here.

It's also the first Marvel property to take what you know from previous stories and use it more for effect than for plotting. (Spoiler alert: Vision died in one of the last two blammo movies and now he's back with so far no explanation.) It never lets things get comfortable even though everything around the characters is trying to let them do so. I don't think they'll go to as dark a place as they're implying, but for now it's spooky good fun.

I see no world where Marvel sticks the landing on this thing. (I have a feeling the big mystery will be all too familiar when revealed.) They'll be too busy setting up the Colostomy Man film trilogy. That said, the first two episodes are an absolute joy. I'm genuinely stoked to keep watching.
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Newsday / Re: Four Seasons Total Landscaping
« Last post by RottingCorpse on January 19, 2021, 12:59:28 PM »
All this is good news if my Roman analogy steers the course. If the American Republic fails we can look forward to an authoritarian regime that puts us in the center of a kleptocratic, culturally-genocidal empire that lasts for hundreds of years! We're, arguably, already at that stage. *hums McDonald's jingle*

Sorry? I couldn't hear you with this revolver in my mouth.

I can't believe the softball media coverage on this. Usually, I roll my eyes at the "I can't believe the softball media coverage on this" people, but I'm just shocked that it's mostly covered like, "Just another day in Trumpland." "He'll be gone soon." "Don't look this way. Look that way."

I'm actually pretty terrified about tomorrow. I've seen more than one comparison of the National Mall to the Baghdad Green Zone. I fear downtown DC in the 2020s is going to resemble downtown Beirut in the 1980s for the foreseeable future. I think the U.S. is about to get a (long overdue?) taste of what its like to live in one of those countries we destabilize.

I'm absolutely terrified about tomorrow.
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TV / Re: The Modern Western Discussion (was "sci-fi western discussion")
« Last post by RottingCorpse on January 19, 2021, 12:48:31 PM »
Still haven't watched season two, though I did finally break down and subscribe to Disney+ yesterday.

So, welcome to the HiveMind.
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TV / Re: The Charlie Brooker Thread
« Last post by RottingCorpse on January 19, 2021, 12:46:25 PM »
I haven't watched it yet, but as soon as a saw previews, I was like, "This is just American Brooker."
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Newsday / Re: Four Seasons Total Landscaping
« Last post by nacho on January 19, 2021, 08:44:24 AM »
It's all playing political chess, even something as clearly un-American as a Capitol fuckin siege. I guess it shouldn't really surprise me. All the people sticking with Trump are still betting his masses of followers will follow and bolster their own campaigns.

Trumpism is probably here to stay in some form or another, but as far as Donald's sway on it goes, I think he's toast. We'll see the GOP limp away and come back in two or four years with a Trumpist who actually knows what they're doing and that's when we'll be in real trouble. I sometimes wonder how much Trump's bumbling, self-obsessed MO on the daily actually may have saved us from the worst of the possibilities he presented had he been a competent human being. Although, 10 months into a pandemic, social unrest unlike any we've seen since the 60s, a completely devastated economy, historic unemployment, and on the brink of our second Civil War... not sure how much worse it can get.

I have been talking to folks a lot about the fall of the Roman Republic. It all starts 40 years or so before Caesar with Sulla's dictatorship where he slowly dismantles the sharply divided Republic. His actions push the polarization (the elite vs. the common folk) to insane levels and results in a 50/50 divide in the senate, essentially crippling any progress Rome can make.

Sulla has an ignominious exit and essentially lives in sad exile, writing his memoirs, and being an occasional statesman for his extremist supporters in the Senate. His actions and precedents, though, pave the way for Caesar. i.e., that "Trumpist who actually knows what they're doing and that's when we'll be in real trouble."

All this is good news if my Roman analogy steers the course. If the American Republic fails we can look forward to an authoritarian regime that puts us in the center of a kleptocratic, culturally-genocidal empire that lasts for hundreds of years! We're, arguably, already at that stage. *hums McDonald's jingle*
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Newsday / Re: Four Seasons Total Landscaping
« Last post by Nubbins on January 18, 2021, 12:17:45 PM »
It's all playing political chess, even something as clearly un-American as a Capitol fuckin siege. I guess it shouldn't really surprise me. All the people sticking with Trump are still betting his masses of followers will follow and bolster their own campaigns.

Trumpism is probably here to stay in some form or another, but as far as Donald's sway on it goes, I think he's toast. We'll see the GOP limp away and come back in two or four years with a Trumpist who actually knows what they're doing and that's when we'll be in real trouble. I sometimes wonder how much Trump's bumbling, self-obsessed MO on the daily actually may have saved us from the worst of the possibilities he presented had he been a competent human being. Although, 10 months into a pandemic, social unrest unlike any we've seen since the 60s, a completely devastated economy, historic unemployment, and on the brink of our second Civil War... not sure how much worse it can get.
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