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If they didn't die onscreen, they didn't die. (TV writing 101)
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June 5, 2012 on Game Of Thrones Season 2 Finale Open Thread
While I don't think the videogame episode was one of the strongest, I was laughing almost throughout. The whole scene in the blacksmith's shop had me in stitches (that's still a thing that happens when you laugh a lot, right?) 'I am the blacksmith's wif - AHHHHH!'
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May 18, 2012 on Thursday Night TV Open Thread: Finales!
What I find most interesting about Joffrey is that he enjoys giving pain indirectly. He orders others to be the ones actually carrying it out. I think the only time he actually did anything himself was to that Butcher's Boy in season 1 (cutting him on the cheek or w/e)
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April 23, 2012 on Game Of Thrones Open Thread
Guys I figured out the mystery! Game of Thrones is really just a giant LOST flashback! Now we finally got an origin story for the smoke monster. The glowy cave was just a red herring!
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April 23, 2012 on Game Of Thrones Open Thread
A- But they didn't make it clear that (according to the source material) Katniss was using Peeta. I thought she was genuinely falling for him. B- All villains do it but it's such a worn out trope that it's silly to see ever since it was explicitly satired in The Incredibles. She would have killed Katniss multiple times already if she hadn't dodged/blocked the attack, and then she gets in a position where she could easily slit her throat and she stops to mock her. I just didn't buy it, especially after the admittedly brilliant scene when the games started and tons of kids got killed quickly and easily. C- I mean, I kind of got that but it just seemed artificial, like it wasn't done with a clear intention in mind but more of a 'this world is so much more different than ours! Look at the crazy colors!' But that's less of a legitimate complaint and more a confusion/nitpick on my part. D- I get the rebellion backstory, I just don't buy it would happen. In fact the scene of District 11 rioting was something I would have liked to see more of, and the effect the Games have on the poorer districts. It was hinted at but never really fully realized. Again I found the concept really intriguing and the execution really poor.
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March 26, 2012 on The Videogum Movie Club: The Hunger Games Open Thread
I expected that to happen, and I don't really mind, I care more about the discussion than the arbitrary internet points. That said, I'd love to hear some rebuttals from those that disagree rather than just hiding behind the ol' downvote button!
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March 26, 2012 on The Videogum Movie Club: The Hunger Games Open Thread
Yeah I read stuff about the book after seeing the film to try and understand it better, and it just made me angry that some of the more interesting aspects of the story (Katniss playing up her relationship with Peeta to get sponsors, her relationship with Rue, etc) were lessened in the film. I know there's a whole discussion about adapting novels that could happen here, but all I know is the film was weak. Perhaps fans of the book still enjoyed it, but as a film it's not very good.
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March 26, 2012 on The Videogum Movie Club: The Hunger Games Open Thread
I didn't like this movie, guys. Disclaimer I haven't read the books and saw it on a whim because it clearly is going to be culturally relevant. I like the premise. I think the fact that it is LITERALLY filled with Deus Ex Machina's hurt it a lot though. Like, I want to see the moral ramifications of these kids having to kill each other or die. Instead, the people running the game throw in fire and CG wolves to 'spice up' the games. Katniss was the only character I gave a shit about, and she was (mostly) given an out when it comes to having to kill anyone, which is where the premise would have been the most interesting. Overall there were so many cheesy lines and moments. The Katniss/Peeta (which I thought his name was Peter the whole movie and people were just saying it weird) relationship was confusing. Like, did she actually like him or was she trying to get sponsors by playing it up? When knife girl (TM) tried to stab her face multiple times why did she stop and monologue when she had the knife to her throat and could easily murder her? Why was this dystopian future filled with green/blue/pink hair? What the fuck does having these Hunger Games have to do with stopping another rebellion from happening? (The whole back story for why the games happen was really stupid) In conclusion a very interesting premise done poorly.
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March 26, 2012 on The Videogum Movie Club: The Hunger Games Open Thread
Okay so Cabin in the Woods looks like it will actually be really unique. The first part of the trailer made me think otherwise.
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December 9, 2011 on This Week In Movie Trailers, You Guys
While I get what you're saying about 'fuck you money,' I would agree more if he was JUST doing things like making fun of celebrities on awards shows. But he IS doing the projects he wants to do as well. Life's Too Short, Cemetery Junction, working with Larry David (a hero of his) on his show, etc.
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November 17, 2011 on Ricky Gervais Proves There Is No God By Returning As Golden Globes Host
The real Don Draper will NOT appear in the final episode and have fake-Don go back to being Armin Tamzarian.
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November 14, 2011 on How Matthew Weiner Plans To End Mad Men
Andrea shooting Dale was the stupidest thing on this stupid show. It may have been interesting if a) dudes didn't go running to him first and stand there talking to him, and b) they actually had the balls to kill off Daryl. Which, I would have also hated but only because Daryl is a good and interesting character in a sea of bland idiots. But really that whole thing served NO purpose except Andrea continuing to be useless and annoying.
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November 14, 2011 on The Walking Dead S02E05: Ever Done In It A Hayloft?
"a few people responded that it was so great and I was like, "Why's it so great?" I got it in about four seconds" My jokes often have that effect. Thanks everyone! Long time lurker and I decided to start posting recently. So far I have a caption contest win and a top five comment! I must be doing something right. I like you guys.
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November 11, 2011 on Monsters’ Ball: The Week’s Best Comments
Andy for best character on TV ever.
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November 11, 2011 on Thursday Night TV Open Thread
This was the worst. Dwight would not touch Jim's penis no matter how much he wanted to win the bet. And Jim wouldn't just let it happen like that. You're getting sloppy The Office.
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November 11, 2011 on Thursday Night TV Open Thread
Also I called him 'Jeffrey' instead of 'Jeff' because I was thinking of the Dean saying it.
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November 11, 2011 on Thursday Night TV Open Thread
Community was pretty great. I like that they don't over-do the dean's attraction to Jeffrey. I was worried it would go too far when I saw where it was going, but then Kiss From A Rose happened and my god I love this show.
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November 11, 2011 on Thursday Night TV Open Thread
re: haircut Does anyone else think Rage Comics are the worst?
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November 9, 2011 on Here Are Some Afternoon Links!
The zombie in the well plot was the WORST and least sensible thing I've seen on this show and that's saying a lot. 'We have 5 wells, but let's risk Glen's life to (maybe) save ONE of them.' Great fake tension, walking dead.
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November 7, 2011 on The Walking Dead S02E04: This SHOW Is A Discrete Feminine Product (What?)
Charlie Day's Kramer entrance was pretty spot on.
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November 7, 2011 on Saturday Night Live: Charlie Day And Maroon 5
Best use of Adam Levine = Hawk Attack Levine
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November 7, 2011 on Saturday Night Live: Charlie Day And Maroon 5
Bill was never a popular man. He was the constant butt of jokes at the office, and that big promotion he thought he was a shoe-in for was given to Kevin in accounting. His friends rarely replied to his text messages, and when they did, they never ended them with emoticons. It was all business with them. His wife of 10 years left him, citing his obsession with insects and their mating rituals a big factor for the decision. It wasn't until this year he felt he could move on and begin a new life for himself. And damnit, he was going to do just that. Halloween was his favourite holiday. Something about dressing up like someone else always made him feel safe. After the success of his previous years costumes, 'Mr. Clean,' 'Guy with a cleaver in his head' and 'Bono' he decided this year he'd go all-out. The extra mile. A real barn-burner. In doing so maybe he could stick it to Kevin in accounting. He had the perfect idea too: a character from his favourite 80's film. But that night, it was not meant to be. He arrived at the Restaurant Wine Bar expecting to be met with praise and respect. He sat at his favourite spot by the window, and ordered a rum and diet coke. The waitress scoffed at his outfit, asking 'What are you supposed to be?' and he was barely able to mumble a reply. He glanced around the bar, hoping to see some friendly faces, perhaps dressed as a Ghostbuster or Tony Montana. But all he could see was a sea of teenagers in halfhearted 'costumes' like sexy nurse, sexy fireman or sexy M&M. He wondered what happened to the Halloween he remembered, filled with ghosts and ghouls and spooky costumes from popular films. He waited in vain for someone to recognize him, to shout some catchphrase from the film. But any look that came his way was with an air of confusion and derision. His spirits fading as his drink arrived, he looked out the window longingly and wished he was back home. Wished he was in her arms. Wished he could touch her again. He sighed deeply, then exhaled softly to himself with defeat; "Beetlejuice, beetlejuice, beetlejuice. You damn fool."
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November 1, 2011 on The Videogum Why Don’t YOU Caption It? Contest: Sad Beetlejuice
Is anyone else mostly upset about the font Walter White chose? No way he would use that font.
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November 1, 2011 on Here Are Some Afternoon Links!