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  1. Comment on Donald Trump whisked off stage in Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd in ~news

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    I think it'd be unwise to look at this as him 'failing' upwards. Don't let him fool you for one second - if you think he's stupid, he's in your blind spot. He is a master manipulator, confidence...

    I think it'd be unwise to look at this as him 'failing' upwards.

    Don't let him fool you for one second - if you think he's stupid, he's in your blind spot. He is a master manipulator, confidence man, and troll. Who knows what he actually believes about race, he just says those things because the media is an easy target, effortlessly baited fifty times a day into putting him on the screen every time he uses racial slurs or does something controversial, because they can't help themselves and he knows it. Outrage sells better than anything else. That's what he does all day, every day. He wants to be noticed, and doesn't care about the context.

    He reacted instantly to being hit, frankly faster than I think I would have and I'm almost half his age. He turned that assassination attempt into an iconic photo in less than a minute on pure instinct. Look at his career defrauding businesses, he got away with that for decades (and still has) while running a reality TV show whose sole purpose was to make him look like a captain of business.

    Genuine morons would not be able to make it last this long. That's his mask, and it is what makes him dangerous. People underestimate him and that makes them vulnerable to him even, and especially, when they hate him. It keeps them from thinking. I've observed the man for years and I've no idea at all what he really thinks about anything.

    As for what's next, I'm going to wager he plays into the 'wake up call' moment and dials back his rhetoric for a while. Now we will see the smiling, humbled, 'presidential' Trump emerge (or at least, as much of that as he can manage - but now that things are going his way, it's easier for him, he's less desperate). It's predictable because it is what a smart confidence man would do when presented with this opportunity. Here comes the 'reinventing himself' card. His base will fall for it, and it'll play great with the evangelical community. They can forgive Jerry Falwell, they can forgive Trump, especially after God saved him from a bullet in plain daylight for all to see.

    His base is on fire right now, more than ever. They think he just survived a 'deep state' assassination attempt and was anointed by God to save America from a global conspiracy. But that's not enough for him - he has to get more undecided voters on his side and he knows that. He also knows he's already gotten as much mileage out of the controversial approach as he is likely to get, so he has to pivot to something else. I'd bet he's been worrying on how to manage that pivot for a long time and this solution just fell into his lap like magic. He is more lucky, and cagey, than people realize.

    That's why I don't want him anywhere near the white house again.

  2. Comment on Donald Trump whisked off stage in Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd in ~news

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    It's also the best rationale for why this wasn't staged. It is physically impossible to make a 'safe' shot at that distance - moving the gun itself left or right by the width of a hair would have...

    It's also the best rationale for why this wasn't staged. It is physically impossible to make a 'safe' shot at that distance - moving the gun itself left or right by the width of a hair would have killed or missed, and the wind is absolutely a factor at that distance.

    That shot did require breath control. The shooter wasn't a total amateur, but he wasn't a professional marksman either. A pro wouldn't have tried for the head shot in the first place, they'd have put five shots at center mass.

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  3. Comment on Donald Trump whisked off stage in Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd in ~news

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    I wouldn't put it past Trump to stage something like this, I can't imagine him caring about collateral damage to the 'extras' in his reality TV show. I do however think that with half the US...

    I wouldn't put it past Trump to stage something like this, I can't imagine him caring about collateral damage to the 'extras' in his reality TV show. I do however think that with half the US justice system riding his ass it would be pretty damn difficult to set something like this up without their catching wind of it. It seems much more likely to me that all of his bile and brimstone rhetoric came back to haunt him. The shooter can't speak for himself because the SS returned fire with better aim than the assassin, so we'll only know what they choose to share with us after the investigation.

    We're just going to have to wait until more information is available, and hope that all of the various psyched-out tribes crowing over this don't take it as license to escalate. If you think this is bad, imagine what would have happened if that bullet had been just one half inch closer. Making martyrs is dangerous business, and that also could have been someone's intent.

    I kinda hate the guy but I am glad he's not dead. That would have been far, far worse.

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  4. Comment on Donald Trump whisked off stage in Pennsylvania after apparent gunshots rang through the crowd in ~news

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    All of the prior calculus for this election just flew straight out the window, never to be seen again. I can honestly say I've never seen heat in comment sections like this is generating. Just...

    All of the prior calculus for this election just flew straight out the window, never to be seen again. I can honestly say I've never seen heat in comment sections like this is generating. Just about every live news stream that had comments or chat had them vaporized (I suspect by Youtube directly, they all disappeared at about the same time on every network, every channel, even Fox). I'd say it was for damn good reason. It's reaching new peaks of ugly even I've never seen before. This thread might be the only one on the net that hasn't got 'deleted' all over it.

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  5. Comment on Tildes Video Thread in ~misc

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    Let's see, here's some of the interesting stuff coming across my radar lately... TOUR of Molten Salt Research Reactor (MSRR) Site at ACU's NEXT Lab - Rusty Towell @ TEAC12 This is where the USA...

    Let's see, here's some of the interesting stuff coming across my radar lately...

    This is where the USA will bring online its first molten salt reactor since they were invented here in the 1960s at Oak Ridge National Labs. We are firmly in last place with this tech globally right now. It is the most promising candidate on the board for limitless zero carbon energy. No reactor yet, but the facility is ready to put theirs together as soon as the NRC approves their six hundred page application. That's probably a sure thing at this point, since the design is the safest nuclear project they've ever seen. I like that they had the foresight to put the chemical science engineering students right in with the nuclear energy students. Smart move on the university's part.

    Warographics gives an excellent summary of Ukraine's new hotness and Russia's biggest nightmare. These drones have implications far, far beyond anything going on in current warfare. They are completely changing the game. They can chop up shipping lanes, submarines, aircraft carriers, bridges, and damn near anything else. They are also dirt cheap to mass produce, and Ukraine is looking at becoming a major exporter of these munitions. They will have a lot of buyers.

    Perun gives a great overview of the current state of the orbital launch industry and the commercial space race. The short version is that SpaceX is now 80% of Earth's total global launch capacity (and rising), while their competition still has a lot of difficult work to do. SpaceX is further likely to achieve a literal order of magnitude increase above their current position by the time any of their competitors even catch up to where they are now.

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  6. Comment on Science fiction or fantasy recommendations for children in ~books

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    Agreed, it's a solid PG-13 but nothing graphic. I thought Anne handled that stuff with a wonderfully feminine touch, far better than most of her contemporaries did at the time. I think she was...

    Agreed, it's a solid PG-13 but nothing graphic. I thought Anne handled that stuff with a wonderfully feminine touch, far better than most of her contemporaries did at the time. I think she was gently chiding them. :)

  7. Comment on Science fiction or fantasy recommendations for children in ~books

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    Anne McCaffrey is the obvious choice. Dragonriders of Pern is one of the all time greats, and a lot of it is in smaller, bite-sized books. If she can handle C. S. Lewis she's ready for Anne....

    magic, dragons, wizards and witches, and being tired of having all happy endings

    Anne McCaffrey is the obvious choice. Dragonriders of Pern is one of the all time greats, and a lot of it is in smaller, bite-sized books. If she can handle C. S. Lewis she's ready for Anne. Plowing through two dozen books might give her confidence. The series masquerades as fantasy until the hard scifi finish, which is a nice surprise. She might like it as a bridge between genres. Only lacking requirement is no magic, but teleportation and telepathy are in and it's got a lot of dragons.

    Melanie Rawn is good choice. Dragon Prince ticks all of those boxes, with a female protagonist, action, romance, and political intrigue at about a third the density of Game of Thrones. Most of the drama comes from the majority of the characters being deeply flawed people just like GoT. Six books and I'd put the ending at bittersweet rather than happy. These books are a step up in depth and complexity that are topically more suited to teenagers, but the prose won't get in her way, it's an easy read. Fun too.

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  8. Comment on Box office: ‘Furiosa’ just barely beats ‘The Garfield Movie’ in disastrous Memorial Day weekend — the worst in decades in ~movies

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    While the best of today are as good as the best of any decade, I'd say there are less great movies per year now than at any time of my life. A lot more movies being made, for a lot more money,...

    While the best of today are as good as the best of any decade, I'd say there are less great movies per year now than at any time of my life. A lot more movies being made, for a lot more money, with a catastrophic drop overall in the total number per year that are genuinely new, interesting, and great. The quality has cratered, and if it goes much lower, the theaters are history.

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  9. Comment on Box office: ‘Furiosa’ just barely beats ‘The Garfield Movie’ in disastrous Memorial Day weekend — the worst in decades in ~movies

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    I'd say it's something that only the 'cool' theaters do in the USA. The 'art house' moniker is for theaters that feature a lot more foreign films and offbeat productions, they are more in tune...

    I'd say it's something that only the 'cool' theaters do in the USA. The 'art house' moniker is for theaters that feature a lot more foreign films and offbeat productions, they are more in tune with cinema culture. For example, The Little and The Alamo Drafthouse are not typical movie theaters. I don't often see it happening in large theater chains, which are the bulk of US theaters. If it does it's probably a one-off or related to promoting something else that's new, like showing older films in a franchise as a runup to a new installment being released.

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  10. Comment on Box office: ‘Furiosa’ just barely beats ‘The Garfield Movie’ in disastrous Memorial Day weekend — the worst in decades in ~movies

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    It's a shame the nearest cinema to me that is part of Flashback is a two hour and forty five minute drive away. If they were serious about this, there'd be theaters doing it in a lot more zip codes.

    It's a shame the nearest cinema to me that is part of Flashback is a two hour and forty five minute drive away. If they were serious about this, there'd be theaters doing it in a lot more zip codes.

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  11. Comment on Box office: ‘Furiosa’ just barely beats ‘The Garfield Movie’ in disastrous Memorial Day weekend — the worst in decades in ~movies

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    Rose colored? Maybe you're right. Let's compare a selection of titles I pulled from the fifteen hundred odd 90s movies I've got in the library. Judge for yourself if the 00s, 10s, and 20s are fit...

    Rose colored? Maybe you're right. Let's compare a selection of titles I pulled from the fifteen hundred odd 90s movies I've got in the library.

    Judge for yourself if the 00s, 10s, and 20s are fit to compete with the 90s.
    • Ace Ventura - Pet Detective (1994)
    • A Few Good Men (1992)
    • After Life - Remastered (1998)
    • Air Force One - Remastered (1997)
    • Aladdin (1992)
    • Alive (1993)
    • American Beauty (1999)
    • American History X (1998)
    • Amistad (1997)
    • Any Given Sunday (1999)
    • Apollo 13 - Remastered (1995)
    • Apt Pupil (1998)
    • Arlington Road (1999)
    • Armageddon (1998)
    • Army of Darkness (1992)
    • As Good as It Gets - (1997)
    • Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery (1997)
    • Backdraft - Remastered (1991)
    • Back to the Future Part III (1990)
    • Bad Boys - Remastered (1995)
    • Baraka (1992)
    • Barton Fink (1991)
    • BASEketball (1998)
    • Basic Instinct - Remastered (1992)
    • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    • Being John Malkovich (1999)
    • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)
    • Billy Madison (1995)
    • Blade (1998)
    • Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
    • Body Snatchers (1993)
    • Boogie Nights (1997)
    • Bordello of Blood (1996)
    • Brain Donors (1992)
    • Brainscan (1994)
    • Braveheart (1995)
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
    • Cannibal! The Musical (1996)
    • Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
    • Cape Fear (1991)
    • Career Opportunities (1991)
    • Carlito's Way (1993)
    • Casino - Remastered (1995)
    • Chasing Amy (1997)
    • City of Angels (1998)
    • City Slickers (1991)
    • Clear and Present Danger - Remastered (1994)
    • Clerks - Extended Edition (1994)
    • Cliffhanger - Remastered (1993)
    • Color of Night (1994)
    • Coneheads (1993)
    • Contact (1997)
    • Cool Runnings (1993)
    • Cool World (1992)
    • Crash (1996)
    • Crimson Tide (1995)
    • Croupier (1998)
    • Cruel Intentions (1999)
    • Cube (1998)
    • Dances with Wolves (1990)
    • Dante's Peak (1997)
    • Dark City (1998)
    • Dazed and Confused (1993)
    • Demolition Man (1993)
    • Detroit Rock City (1999)
    • Deuce Bigalow - Male Gigolo (1999)
    • Dick Tracy (1990)
    • Diggstown (1992)
    • Dirty Work (1998)
    • Dogma (1999)
    • Dolores Claiborne (1995)
    • Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)
    • Dracula - Dead and Loving It (1995)
    • DragonHeart - Remastered (1996)
    • Dumb and Dumber (1994)
    • Dunston Checks In (1996)
    • Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
    • Edward Scissorhands - Remastered (1990)
    • Ed Wood (1994)
    • El Mariachi (1993)
    • Empire Records (1995)
    • Enemy of the State (1998)
    • Entrapment (1999)
    • Eraser (1996)
    • Escape from L.A. (1996)
    • Event Horizon - Remastered (1997)
    • eXistenZ (1999)
    • Exotica (1994)
    • Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
    • Face Off (1997)
    • Fallen (1998)
    • Falling Down (1993)
    • Fargo - Remastered (1996)
    • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Remastered (1998)
    • FernGully - The Last Rainforest (1992)
    • Fight Club - Remastered (1999)
    • Fire in the Sky (1993)
    • Fist of Legend (1994)
    • Flatliners - Remastered (1990)
    • Flight of the Intruder (1991)
    • Flubber (1997)
    • Fools Rush In (1997)
    • Forget Paris (1995)
    • For Love of the Game (1999)
    • Forrest Gump - Remastered (1994)
    • Four Rooms (1995)
    • Four Weddings and a Funeral - Remastered (1994)
    • Frankie and Johnny (1991)
    • Free Willy (1993)
    • Fried Green Tomatoes - Extended Edition (1991)
    • From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
    • Galaxy Quest (1999)
    • Gattaca (1997)
    • Ghost in the Shell (1995)
    • Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
    • GoldenEye (1995)
    • GoodFellas - Remastered (1990)
    • Good Will Hunting (1997)
    • Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
    • Groundhog Day - Remastered (1993)
    • Grumpy Old Men (1993)
    • Guarding Tess (1994)
    • Guyver - Dark Hero (1994)
    • Hackers (1995)
    • Half Baked (1998)
    • Halloween - The Curse of Michael Myers - Unrated (1995)
    • Happy Gilmore (1996)
    • Heat - Remastered (1995)
    • Heavenly Creatures (1994)
    • Home Alone - Remastered (1990)
    • Hook - Remastered (1991)
    • Hot Shots! (1991)
    • House Party (1990)
    • Howards End - Remastered (1992)
    • Hudson Hawk (1991)
    • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
    • Independence Day - Extended Edition (1996)
    • Innocent Blood (1992)
    • In the Mouth of Madness - Remastered (1995)
    • Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
    • Ironheart - Remastered (1992)
    • Iron Monkey - Remastered (1993)
    • Jackie Brown (1997)
    • Jacob's Ladder (1990)
    • James and the Giant Peach (1996)
    • JFK (1991)
    • Joe's Apartment (1996)
    • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
    • Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
    • Judge Dredd (1995)
    • Jumanji - Remastered (1995)
    • Jurassic Park - Remastered (1993)
    • Killing Zoe (1993)
    • Kindergarten Cop (1990)
    • King of New York - Remastered (1990)
    • L.A. Confidential (1997)
    • La Femme Nikita (1990)
    • Last Action Hero (1993)
    • Last Man Standing (1996)
    • Last of the Dogmen (1995)
    • L.A. Story (1991)
    • Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
    • Legends of the Fall (1994)
    • Leon - The Professional - Extended Edition (1994)
    • Leprechaun (1993)
    • Liar Liar - Remastered (1997)
    • Little Big League (1994)
    • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    • Lolita (1997)
    • Lord of the Flies (1990)
    • Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
    • Magnolia (1999)
    • Malcolm X - Remastered (1992)
    • Mallrats - Extended Edition (1995)
    • Mars Attacks! (1996)
    • Maverick (1994)
    • Meet Joe Black (1998)
    • Men in Black - Remastered (1997)
    • Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
    • Misery - Remastered (1990)
    • Mission - Impossible - Remastered (1996)
    • Mortal Kombat (1995)
    • Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
    • Mr. Nice Guy - Uncut (1997)
    • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
    • Mulan (1998)
    • Mulholland Falls (1996)
    • Multiplicity (1996)
    • My Cousin Vinny (1992)
    • My Favorite Martian (1999)
    • My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
    • Mystery Men - Remastered (1999)
    • Naked Lunch (1991)
    • Natural Born Killers (1994)
    • Necessary Roughness (1991)
    • Necronomicon (1993)
    • Needful Things (1993)
    • New Jack City (1991)
    • Night of the Living Dead (1990)
    • Nine Months (1995)
    • Ninja Scroll (1993)
    • Nixon (1995)
    • Nobody's Fool - Remastered (1994)
    • October Sky (1999)
    • Office Space (1999)
    • Of Mice and Men (1992)
    • Once Upon a Time in China - Remastered (1991)
    • Once Were Warriors (1994)
    • On Deadly Ground (1994)
    • One Hundred and One Nights (1995)
    • Only the Lonely (1991)
    • Operation Condor (1991)
    • Orgazmo (1998)
    • Othello (1995)
    • Outbreak (1995)
    • Out on a Limb (1992)
    • Patch Adams (1998)
    • Patriot Games - Remastered (1992)
    • Payback (1999)
    • PCU (1994)
    • Perfect Blue (1998)
    • Phenomenon (1996)
    • Philadelphia - Remastered (1993)
    • Pi (1998)
    • Pleasantville (1998)
    • P.O. Box Tinto Brass (1995)
    • Point Break (1991)
    • Porco Rosso (1992)
    • Powder (1995)
    • Practical Magic (1998)
    • Pretty Woman (1990)
    • Princess Mononoke (1997)
    • Private Parts (1997)
    • Pulp Fiction (1994)
    • Pump Up the Volume (1990)
    • Pushing Tin (1999)
    • Quigley Down Under (1990)
    • Raising Cain (1992)
    • Ravenous (1999)
    • Reality Bites (1994)
    • Regarding Henry (1991)
    • Repossessed (1990)
    • Reservoir Dogs - Remastered (1992)
    • Ring (1998)
    • Robin Hood - Men in Tights (1993)
    • Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves (1991)
    • Rob Roy (1995)
    • Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    • Ronin - Remastered (1998)
    • Rookie of the Year (1993)
    • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1991)
    • Rounders (1998)
    • Rudy (1993)
    • Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
    • Run Lola Run (1998)
    • Rush Hour (1998)
    • Rushmore (1998)
    • Satantango (1994)
    • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    • Scent of a Woman (1992)
    • Schindler's List (1993)
    • Scream (1996)
    • Se7en - Remastered (1995)
    • Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
    • Sense and Sensibility - Remastered (1995)
    • Shakespeare in Love (1998)
    • Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
    • Showgirls - Remastered (1995)
    • Sister Act (1992)
    • Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
    • Six-String Samurai (1998)
    • Slacker (1991)
    • SLC Punk (1998)
    • Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
    • Sling Blade (1996)
    • Sneakers (1992)
    • So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
    • Sometimes They Come Back (1991)
    • South Park - Bigger, Longer & Uncut - Uncut (1999)
    • Space Jam (1996)
    • Spawn (1997)
    • Species - Remastered (1995)
    • Speed - Remastered (1994)
    • Sphere (1998)
    • Spy Hard (1996)
    • Stalingrad (1993)
    • Stargate - Extended Edition (1994)
    • Starship Troopers (1997)
    • Star Wars - Episode I - The Phantom Menace - Remastered (1999)
    • Stir of Echoes (1999)
    • Strange Days (1995)
    • Strictly Ballroom (1992)
    • Striking Distance (1993)
    • Suicide Kings (1998)
    • Taking Care of Business (1990)
    • Tales from the Crypt - Demon Knight (1995)
    • Tales from the Darkside - The Movie (1990)
    • Tank Girl (1995)
    • Taxi (1998)
    • Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)
    • Tea with Mussolini (1999)
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
    • Terminator 2 - Judgment Day - Extended Edition (1991)
    • The 13th Warrior (1999)
    • The Addams Family - Extended Edition (1991)
    • The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
    • The Age of Innocence (1993)
    • The American President (1995)
    • The Amityville Curse (1990)
    • The Baby of Macon (1993)
    • The Basketball Diaries (1995)
    • The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
    • The Big Lebowski - Remastered (1998)
    • The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    • The Bodyguard (1992)
    • The Boondock Saints (1999)
    • The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
    • The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
    • The Cider House Rules (1999)
    • The Client (1994)
    • The Cowboy Way (1994)
    • The Craft (1996)
    • The Crow - Remastered (1994)
    • The Crying Game - Remastered (1992)
    • The Dark Half (1993)
    • The Demolitionist (1995)
    • The Devil's Advocate (1997)
    • The Dinner Game (1998)
    • The English Patient (1996)
    • The Fifth Element - Remastered (1997)
    • The Firm (1993)
    • The Fisher King (1991)
    • The Freshman (1990)
    • The Frighteners - Remastered (1996)
    • The Fugitive (1993)
    • The Full Monty (1997)
    • The Game (1997)
    • The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
    • The Good Son (1993)
    • The Green Mile (1999)
    • The Guyver (1991)
    • The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)
    • The Haunting - Remastered (1999)
    • The Horse Whisperer (1998)
    • The Hot Spot - Remastered (1990)
    • The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
    • The Hunt for Red October - Remastered (1990)
    • The Iron Giant (1999)
    • The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
    • The Jackal (1997)
    • The Kung Fu Cult Master (1993)
    • The Last Boy Scout (1991)
    • The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
    • The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
    • The Lion King (1994)
    • The Little Rascals (1994)
    • Thelma & Louise (1991)
    • The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
    • The Lover - Remastered (1992)
    • The Mangler - Remastered (1995)
    • The Man in the Iron Mask - Remastered (1998)
    • The Mask (1994)
    • The Matrix - Remastered (1999)
    • The Mighty Ducks (1992)
    • The Mummy (1999)
    • The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
    • The Negotiator (1998)
    • The Night Flier (1997)
    • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
    • The People Under the Stairs (1991)
    • The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
    • The Piano - Remastered (1993)
    • The Player - Remastered (1992)
    • The Postman (1997)
    • The Prince of Egypt (1998)
    • The Prophecy (1995)
    • The Quick and the Dead (1995)
    • The Real McCoy (1993)
    • The Remains of the Day (1993)
    • The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
    • There's Something About Mary (1998)
    • The Rock (1996)
    • The Rocketeer (1991)
    • The Rookie (1990)
    • The Saint (1997)
    • The Sandlot (1993)
    • The Santa Clause - Uncut (1994)
    • The Scarlet Letter (1995)
    • The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
    • The Secret Garden (1993)
    • The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
    • The Shawshank Redemption - Remastered (1994)
    • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    • The Sixth Sense - Remastered (1999)
    • The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)
    • The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
    • The Thin Red Line (1998)
    • The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
    • The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
    • The Three Musketeers (1993)
    • The Truman Show (1998)
    • The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)
    • The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
    • The Usual Suspects - Remastered (1995)
    • The Vanishing (1993)
    • The Visitors - Remastered (1993)
    • The Waterboy (1998)
    • The Wedding Singer (1998)
    • Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
    • Thinner (1996)
    • Timecop (1994)
    • Tin Cup (1996)
    • Titanic (1997)
    • Tombstone (1993)
    • Total Recall - Remastered (1990)
    • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
    • Toy Story (1995)
    • Trainspotting (1996)
    • Tremors - Remastered (1990)
    • True Crime (1999)
    • True Lies (1994)
    • True Romance - Remastered (1993)
    • Truly Madly Deeply (1991)
    • Twelve Monkeys - Remastered (1995)
    • Twilight (1998)
    • Twister - Remastered (1996)
    • Under Siege (1992)
    • Unforgiven - Remastered (1992)
    • Universal Soldier - Remastered (1992)
    • U.S. Marshals (1998)
    • Vampires - Uncut (1998)
    • Varsity Blues (1999)
    • Village of the Damned (1995)
    • Wag the Dog (1997)
    • Waiting for Guffman (1996)
    • Waiting to Exhale (1995)
    • Waking Ned (1998)
    • Waterworld (1995)
    • Wayne's World (1992)
    • What Dreams May Come (1998)
    • What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
    • While You Were Sleeping (1995)
    • White Men Can't Jump - Unrated (1992)
    • Wind (1992)
    • Wishmaster (1997)
    • With Honors (1994)
    • Wolf (1994)
    • Wrongfully Accused (1998)
    • Young and Dangerous (1996)
    • You've Got Mail (1998)
    • Zero Effect (1998)
    2 votes
  12. Comment on Box office: ‘Furiosa’ just barely beats ‘The Garfield Movie’ in disastrous Memorial Day weekend — the worst in decades in ~movies

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    That's the rumor. I'm only interested in what a judge has to say, not what either side of the culture war thinks. That's why I'm interested in the lawsuit, it'll be a welcome peek behind the...

    That's the rumor. I'm only interested in what a judge has to say, not what either side of the culture war thinks. That's why I'm interested in the lawsuit, it'll be a welcome peek behind the curtain. Last I checked she wasn't suing over contract, she was suing saying she was discriminated against for her opinions - which she obviously was, as you said yourself. I look forward to reading Disney's internal emails on the topic after discovery. I doubt she'll win, honestly, but I am highly entertained by Disney's discomfort over this mess.

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Box office: ‘Furiosa’ just barely beats ‘The Garfield Movie’ in disastrous Memorial Day weekend — the worst in decades in ~movies

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    Well, judging by what DavesWorld said above, even filling that one theater, on one night, could still net a theater as much money as they'd make in a month with a popular new release - as long as...

    Well, judging by what DavesWorld said above, even filling that one theater, on one night, could still net a theater as much money as they'd make in a month with a popular new release - as long as the theater got a larger cut of the revenues on the older movies. I suppose it depends on if the studios give enough of a damn about keeping theaters alive to tweak the contract and pull a bunch of prints out of a warehouse for a while.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Star Citizen crowdfunding passes $700 million in ~games

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    Oh, if only. Can the one true king of scope creep finally knuckle down and get it out the door?

    Oh, if only. Can the one true king of scope creep finally knuckle down and get it out the door?

    1 vote
  15. Comment on Box office: ‘Furiosa’ just barely beats ‘The Garfield Movie’ in disastrous Memorial Day weekend — the worst in decades in ~movies

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    Well, I wouldn't say it has to be fine dining. Sports-Bar level is fine, as popcorn is not tough to beat. Some bars I used to frequent would just keep menus from nearby restaurants and place a...

    Well, I wouldn't say it has to be fine dining. Sports-Bar level is fine, as popcorn is not tough to beat.

    Some bars I used to frequent would just keep menus from nearby restaurants and place a takeout order for you to be delivered at the bar. That might work out better if the theater is already near good restaurants. They don't make as much, but they don't have to invest either, and the restaurants will always be glad for the extra business.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Box office: ‘Furiosa’ just barely beats ‘The Garfield Movie’ in disastrous Memorial Day weekend — the worst in decades in ~movies

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    Great take on the situation. I wonder why they don't show older movies more regularly. It costs very little to roll out the Back to the Future trilogy, for example, and I will sure as hell be...

    Great take on the situation.

    I wonder why they don't show older movies more regularly. It costs very little to roll out the Back to the Future trilogy, for example, and I will sure as hell be there on opening night for the triple feature. The movies do not have to be new releases - the social experience is still there. I know that art-house theaters do this already, like The Little or The Alamo Drafthouse. I don't see it that often, though, and it's a shame. I'd visit every weekend for a month to check out a selection of Fellini films, like they do with film festivals. There's a gargantuan catalog available and a lot of it is both great and unknown to younger generations.

    It would be a major shot in the arm to the declining theaters, and this is definitely the year to do it or die trying.

    8 votes
  17. Comment on Box office: ‘Furiosa’ just barely beats ‘The Garfield Movie’ in disastrous Memorial Day weekend — the worst in decades in ~movies

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    Ouch. I skipped that one so I wouldn't know... been skipping a lot lately, honestly. I'm not above grabbing an hdcam copy - if by some miracle the movie turns out to be good I can always turn that...

    Ouch. I skipped that one so I wouldn't know... been skipping a lot lately, honestly. I'm not above grabbing an hdcam copy - if by some miracle the movie turns out to be good I can always turn that off and go to the theater with some friends. Hard to miss the visuals when it's all bad cgi, in some ways the hdcam rips are better because they wash out the edges. :P

    I also have 2TB of anime on the server to keep me company, and some of it is pretty damn good.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Box office: ‘Furiosa’ just barely beats ‘The Garfield Movie’ in disastrous Memorial Day weekend — the worst in decades in ~movies

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    I'd like them to lean more into the social aspects of movies, that's the one thing they can offer in person. Standing in line for over a day for Phantom Menace let me meet every Star Wars junkie...

    I'd like them to lean more into the social aspects of movies, that's the one thing they can offer in person. Standing in line for over a day for Phantom Menace let me meet every Star Wars junkie in the area code. When Return of the King aired, I watched all three LOTR films back to back to back with a theater of Tolkien nerds, and that was a blast. The midnight premiere of Office Space was a theater full of sysadmins, which was unexpected and awesome. Nothing will ever compare to the buzz of the first showing of The Matrix, though. That was pure electricity. The only time I've driven home from one show just to throw all the flatmates in the car (by force if necessary) so we could catch the next one.

    Maybe put a bar and a kitchen into the theater. Then I can spend more money at the theater rather than the nearby restaurant and save myself a lot of time too. It'd beat eating popcorn and candy.

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Box office: ‘Furiosa’ just barely beats ‘The Garfield Movie’ in disastrous Memorial Day weekend — the worst in decades in ~movies

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    I'd also add that reshoots are not a traditional Hollywood phenomenon. They have really taken off in the last decade. Nothing drives up a budget like a bad focus group review leading to a new team...

    I'd also add that reshoots are not a traditional Hollywood phenomenon. They have really taken off in the last decade. Nothing drives up a budget like a bad focus group review leading to a new team of writers and a litany of expensive reshoots. It's pretty hard to maintain a level of coherence with so many groups changing things just to check boxes on forms.

    Time was, the script was well and truly finished - and focus tested - before the shooting began, or at least, that was the goal to strive for. Anything else was just too expensive to tolerate.

    10 votes
  20. Comment on Does anyone have experience or advice on cutting sugar consumption? in ~health

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    The best thing about it for me is that I am right next door to a wildlife preserve. Planting fruit bearing trees is better than the pines that are hanging around. At least the fruit trees can feed...

    The best thing about it for me is that I am right next door to a wildlife preserve. Planting fruit bearing trees is better than the pines that are hanging around. At least the fruit trees can feed the wildlife, as well as me. It draws in all kinds of creatures. I need to get some pears, cherries, plums, and berry bushes in the mix.

    1 vote