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  1. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    I've played this! Loved it.

    I've played this! Loved it.

  2. Comment on What's a video game that you really want to exist? in ~games

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    I want a proper, no hand holding detective game. Closest things I've played are probably Return of the Obra Dinn and Dear Ester. Just a room to explore, no hand holding on what defines a "clue" vs...

    I want a proper, no hand holding detective game. Closest things I've played are probably Return of the Obra Dinn and Dear Ester. Just a room to explore, no hand holding on what defines a "clue" vs just set dressing, no super specific guided questions for suspects (something akin to Her Story's confession format could replace this perhaps). You can accuse someone at the very end and just know if you were right or not, no "find all the clues to form an accusation web" or "complete handholding to the finish line".

    4 votes
  3. Comment on The Fabelmans | Official trailer in ~movies

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    Usually very much not into movies about movies, but the thought of Spielberg, a once in a generation talent at complex visual storytelling and known lover of flood lighting, making a movie that...

    Usually very much not into movies about movies, but the thought of Spielberg, a once in a generation talent at complex visual storytelling and known lover of flood lighting, making a movie that will feature tons of shots of projectors is exciting.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Armageddon Time | Official trailer in ~movies

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    Yes, but probably not trailers you've seen. I've done some work for an indie theater that sometimes showed movies not fully legally and commissioned their own marketing material, most recent was...

    Yes, but probably not trailers you've seen. I've done some work for an indie theater that sometimes showed movies not fully legally and commissioned their own marketing material, most recent was C'mon C'mon (2021). Beyond that it's largely been some student films or shorts where I also edited the films themselves, most recently this:
    https://vimeo.com/739207516

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    If you wanna see the C'mon C'mon trailer I have it unlisted here: https://youtu.be/qUVQCWrt2io

  5. Comment on Armageddon Time | Official trailer in ~movies

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    When I refer to the editing and tone, I mean the trailer itself, not the movie. I've done some trailer editing in the past, and this kind of felt like a rough cut of a trailer where you kind of...

    When I refer to the editing and tone, I mean the trailer itself, not the movie. I've done some trailer editing in the past, and this kind of felt like a rough cut of a trailer where you kind of make a timeline of scenes that are important and relevant and should be included, but they don't fully flow smoothly into one another because you're gonna figure out how to smooth the edges off in the next draft.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on Armageddon Time | Official trailer in ~movies

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    This is one of those "wow this trailer is awful but the movie could be good" ones for me. Absolutely amateurish first draft feeling cuts, it doesn't carry any consistency in tone, emotion, or pace...

    This is one of those "wow this trailer is awful but the movie could be good" ones for me. Absolutely amateurish first draft feeling cuts, it doesn't carry any consistency in tone, emotion, or pace and just shows a bunch of bits of scenes sort of smattered about. But all the pieces themselves look nice enough, and it's a hell of a cast and a great filmmaker.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on White Noise | Official teaser in ~movies

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    I wouldn't really know how to market a White Noise adaptation either, but this "epic" beat filled War of the Worlds-esque direction is probably the funniest choice they could've made.

    I wouldn't really know how to market a White Noise adaptation either, but this "epic" beat filled War of the Worlds-esque direction is probably the funniest choice they could've made.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on D&D 6th Edition announced (but they're calling it One D&D for now) in ~games.tabletop

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    The nat 1 auto-fail sucks to see. 5e's design philosophy of putting the role of arbiter on the DM instead of the book so much creates a kind of adversarial relationship that the book itself...

    The nat 1 auto-fail sucks to see. 5e's design philosophy of putting the role of arbiter on the DM instead of the book so much creates a kind of adversarial relationship that the book itself insists shouldn't exist, and it's annoying to see one of the more irritating homebrews that lean into this be codified.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What's your unpopular food opinion or idiosyncrasy? in ~food

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    I don't understand cereal. People despise soggy toast yet pour milk over crunchy hard bits of sugar bread. And then say it's not supposed to be soggy and you should just eat it quickly. Why pour...

    I don't understand cereal. People despise soggy toast yet pour milk over crunchy hard bits of sugar bread. And then say it's not supposed to be soggy and you should just eat it quickly. Why pour milk on it then? Baffling.

    Quite like oatmeal though.

    Edit: doubly true of corn flakes, which becomes a disgusting slop akin to paper mache within a minute.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on ‘Batgirl’ and ‘Scoob!: Holiday Haunt’ scrapped at Warner Bros. amid cost-savings push in ~movies

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    Actors like Keaton, maybe. This was a potentially star making role for the lead, not to mention the behind the scenes folk who depend on royalties and strong prior credits for future work who have...

    Actors like Keaton, maybe. This was a potentially star making role for the lead, not to mention the behind the scenes folk who depend on royalties and strong prior credits for future work who have spent years on something that just will not release now.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on ‘Batgirl’ and ‘Scoob!: Holiday Haunt’ scrapped at Warner Bros. amid cost-savings push in ~movies

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    This seems like it would be extremely damaging to WB's relationship with talent. This is a $70 million movie starring Michael Keaton, that's not small potatoes. If that can just get shelved by the...

    This seems like it would be extremely damaging to WB's relationship with talent. This is a $70 million movie starring Michael Keaton, that's not small potatoes. If that can just get shelved by the studio whenever they want, why would talented writers and directors want to work on other DC movies instead of with the well oiled Marvel machine, which for all its shortcomings at least... releases the movies people work on.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Andor | Official trailer in ~tv

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    It's less an immediate "oh this is an LED stage" thing for me (it's a bit more immersive than a lot of shoddy green screen work in that respect) and more just how obviously restricted the...

    It's less an immediate "oh this is an LED stage" thing for me (it's a bit more immersive than a lot of shoddy green screen work in that respect) and more just how obviously restricted the cinematography gets whenever it's employed. On the first season of The Mandalorian, The Batman, and Kimi, it's largely used as literal window dressing in shots that wouldn't be super flashy or dynamic anyway, so it doesn't distract from the overall look. The Obi-Wan show and the recent Thor movie on the other hand looked like they were shot in nothing but cobbled together medium shots for so much of their runtime because of the staging and blocking restrictions you get from that set.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Andor | Official trailer in ~tv

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    It's a bit funny that Disney has hyped up their Volume rear projection sets for all these recent shows and movies, and this, the one show that isn't making extensive use of them and is instead...

    It's a bit funny that Disney has hyped up their Volume rear projection sets for all these recent shows and movies, and this, the one show that isn't making extensive use of them and is instead relying on some actual locations and sets, looks immediately substantially visually better.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Will Smith: It’s been a minute… in ~movies

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    "I will say" and "I want to say" are not automatically and immediately hypotheticals instead of present statements, that's not how language works.

    "I will say" and "I want to say" are not automatically and immediately hypotheticals instead of present statements, that's not how language works.

    6 votes
  15. Comment on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever | Official teaser in ~movies

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    I've been pretty disinterested in this based on a general growing disinterest in superhero movies and all the behind the scenes troubles they've had on this one, but wow that's a good trailer....

    I've been pretty disinterested in this based on a general growing disinterest in superhero movies and all the behind the scenes troubles they've had on this one, but wow that's a good trailer. Looks lovely visually, like they actually filmed in some real places instead of entirely on a green screen, and Angela Bassett's single line is great. Also the musical transition is really damn clean.

    5 votes
  16. Comment on Sanderson’s First Law for magic systems in ~books

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    Yeah Sanderson's breakdown and construction of magic systems totally works for him, he's very good at what he does and I get the appeal, it's just not what I like from fantasy.

    Yeah Sanderson's breakdown and construction of magic systems totally works for him, he's very good at what he does and I get the appeal, it's just not what I like from fantasy.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on Sanderson’s First Law for magic systems in ~books

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    As someone who's not a big fan of Sanderson's, there's one thing I've always felt a bit annoyed by with his magic rules: they're a little too...mechanical. There's not a consideration for tone or...

    As someone who's not a big fan of Sanderson's, there's one thing I've always felt a bit annoyed by with his magic rules: they're a little too...mechanical. There's not a consideration for tone or the reason a story might use magic, only one for the internal mechanics of it. In my opinion, magic "solving problems" is not a matter of internal consistency or importance, but one of what the story is saying about its world and why through its use of magic. The Hobbit is a children's fairy tale that's filled with levity and silliness, and it's about a strange and wild world through a sheltered untrained newbie's eyes, so vague magic solving problems without being set up in advance is totally fine. I think some deus ex machinas are also totally fine if they serve a proper purpose within the story like deliberately shrinking the characters' place in the story in relation to the world around them (Avatar: The Last Airbender's lion turtle ending for example).

    4 votes
  18. Comment on Jordan Peele exists in a space of his own in ~movies

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    I hope he fares better because I quite like his work, but the level of hype around Peele because he came out swinging so hard on the first go around reminds me a lot of Shyamalan's hype around the...

    I hope he fares better because I quite like his work, but the level of hype around Peele because he came out swinging so hard on the first go around reminds me a lot of Shyamalan's hype around the time of Signs, when he himself was often compared to Spielberg, and...we all know how that went (though I'm a bit of a Shyamalan defender myself).

    7 votes
  19. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    first episode of the The Rehearsal was one of the best TV episodes I've seen in years. It was like a deconstructed top down view of social anxiety projected onto physical spaces. Spoilers The...

    first episode of the The Rehearsal was one of the best TV episodes I've seen in years. It was like a deconstructed top down view of social anxiety projected onto physical spaces.

    Spoilers The moment when he actually reveals the secret and she easily accepts it got me genuinely teary eyed. So many times in my life where I've run a conversation through in my head a million times, making the theoretical fallout worse and worse, only for the actual confrontation to be basically nothing. No one cares about your mistakes more than you do.
    3 votes
  20. Comment on Are critics and audiences starting to sour on Marvel movies? in ~movies

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    The Marvel "phases" are kind of just a marketing tactic in a sense, but they do exemplify breaks in the style of storytelling I think. The early movies in phase 1 were very simple origin stories...

    The Marvel "phases" are kind of just a marketing tactic in a sense, but they do exemplify breaks in the style of storytelling I think. The early movies in phase 1 were very simple origin stories that were mostly self contained, and it's really phase 3 when the build up and interconnection really started settling in, in my opinion at steep cost of making the films unsatisfying as self contained stories. Now with the whole thing being more scattershot and individual again as they seem to want to set up the pieces for something, I think their formula has just lost the simple archetypal storytelling that the studio originally found success in, and doesn't have the sheer momentum of the interconnected epic upcoming confrontation either. Sort of a worst of both worlds.

    3 votes