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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to Koray Savas in THE LAST OF US (HBO TV) - spoilers allowed for aired episodes (game spoilers masked)   
    I think it’s important to know that it is canonical in the game that the procedure would have worked and that a vaccine would have been made from killing Ellie. I’ve seen a lot of people siding with Joel’s decision in the show because of this uncertainty.
     
    Joel is the villain, to me. 
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to Tom Guernsey in Avatar 2, 3 and 4 or how James Cameron stopped worrying and pulled The Hobbit on us   
    And I bet she’s paid less than lots of other (probably men) who are considered more famous “stars”… quite an achievement though, must watch some of the other films she’s been in lol 
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to MaxMovieMan in THE LAST OF US (HBO TV) - spoilers allowed for aired episodes (game spoilers masked)   
    Sad opinion and terrible take buddy.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to Bespin in THE LAST OF US (HBO TV) - spoilers allowed for aired episodes (game spoilers masked)   
    So "THIS IS" the new hot TV series?
     
    I watched the first Episode, and 10 minutes of the Episode 2... then I stopped it.
     
    I think Pedro Pascal is a much better actor when he wears a mask!
     
    I'm not sure about the young actress who plays the 14 yo girl too...
     
    So I discover this is a series adapted from a videogame... ah... I should have guessed that!
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to HunterTech in J.K. Rowling Just Posted A New Harry Potter Short Story   
    Even putting aside her as a person, you earnestly can't tell me someone who thought Cho Chang was a fitting Asian name doesn't have some issues with writing some foreign nationalities. Why is that considered mean to critique?
     
    Besides, after her last book had someone who legitimately gets murdered that had received online hate for their work prior, I feel like some scorn is deserved if she's no different from other famous artists that ran out of ideas post their biggest works (I personally feel owed an apology for Cursed Child existing).
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to HunterTech in J.K. Rowling Just Posted A New Harry Potter Short Story   
    I mean, I just find it an interesting discussion about the media I enjoy. A lot of the time, folks still find things to appreciate, even if it appears like they're being overly critical on stuff. I definitely have it in me to make written pieces on some of my favorite works, and approach it from the opposite angle because I can understand where someone might think it doesn't work as well as I do.
     
    Granted, I've had much more time to consume written and video essays on several subjects, so the nuance comes a bit more easily to me admittedly. The people I've discussed this particular topic with certainly still enjoy what they do about the franchise, so it isn't all gloom and doom about the subject.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to HunterTech in J.K. Rowling Just Posted A New Harry Potter Short Story   
    I figure if we're genuinely going to think about these things critically, then looking at some of the facts might help here:
     
     
    So like, while it isn't fully baseless as a name, it is inherently outdated if a more modern system would render it a bit differently. It's enough to tell me that Rowling likely shot darts at a couple of foreign names if she didn't give it this much consideration (which I wouldn't consider a crime if the topic invites cultural discussion).
     
    Edmilson's post above tells me she still has issues with it if the latest Fantastic Beasts has an example of it. And if you tell me it shouldn't matter, well that just tells me your own cultures must be fairly homogenized if no name could possibly sound weird to you.
     
    If we're gonna incorporate foreign cultures, then I sure would hope it'd be a bit better than Tom Cruise mashing up shit for a Spain scene in one of his flicks.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to Docteur Qui in THE LAST OF US (HBO TV) - spoilers allowed for aired episodes (game spoilers masked)   
    They may have, but the idiots who pull these campaigns always have a way around those kinds of protections. At any rate we're talking about IMDB which clearly has no such interventions.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to HunterTech in THE LAST OF US (HBO TV) - spoilers allowed for aired episodes (game spoilers masked)   
    But you can't trust the protests to always be in good faith, which is the main argument against it here. Given that it is a recent phenomenon, I don't think the "it's inevitable with a system like that" counterpoint works at all if this never has been an issue in the past. So I figure something like how RT did it after it happened to them in a few instances would be ideal, but the big issue is that these companies in essence hate actual moderation, so it probably isn't on their radar for now (though this being a notable case might turn that around).
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to Docteur Qui in THE LAST OF US (HBO TV) - spoilers allowed for aired episodes (game spoilers masked)   
    I've never trusted IMDB's or any other site's user-generated ratings systems. Too easily manipulated with targeted attacks from miserable basement-dwellers, not to mention culturally homogenous - like many online spaces it skews heavily male, white and American. The sample pool for IMDB reviewers has never traditionally been a cross-section of mainstream society, so it's hardly an accurate indicator of what people actually like in the real world.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to Yavar Moradi in THE LAST OF US (HBO TV) - spoilers allowed for aired episodes (game spoilers masked)   
    Wow, since my post it’s dropped even further to a 7.9 now, compared to 9.2 for the first two episodes.
     
    And Ms. Marvel, one of the best Disney+ MCU shows, is sitting at a 6.2.
     
    Really sad how much bigotry exists, isn’t it?
     
    Yavar
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to HunterTech in 95th Academy Awards (2023 ceremony for 2022 films)   
    So you literally go for an ad hominem attack instead of actually addressing anything that he has said. The conversation is only unproductive because one party refuses to entertain anything the other says, and I don't think it's TIJ who's guilty of that. If you don't want these this discussions to keep being a thing, tell us why our concerns are unfounded, because these replies have become more and more substance-less by the post, and I will be on the absolute defense if anyone implies this was mine or my companion's doing.
     
    Why must you be so absolutely certain that the focus can only be on the self-righteousness in the these matters that affect much more people than we'll ever physically see in our lifetimes? I would argue it's far more liberal to be someone so stuck up that they insist anyone wanting to change the status quo is inherently a problem (a tactic your beloved wizard author seems to admire in her writing).
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to Disco Stu in 95th Academy Awards (2023 ceremony for 2022 films)   
    Your naive self-righteousness and moral smugness are all too common and indicative that this is unproductive.  We are all of us fallen.  Peace!
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to The Illustrious Jerry in 95th Academy Awards (2023 ceremony for 2022 films)   
    The assertion that people choose en masse to identify however they may because it's morally advantageous to them or because it fulfills some self-righteous image is frankly disgusting. That's a woefully armchair assessment disguised as a genuine attempt to get a finger on the pulse of the here and now. On an individual level, the identity age isn't some malicious smokescreen with an ulterior motive for a disproportionate or overcorrective response, however fragile your definition of that might be. Casting the persecution complex net over the reactions of marginalized communities and their allies to long and very real histories of victimhood is in itself a reinforcement of those injustices. I think you know better.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to Disco Stu in 95th Academy Awards (2023 ceremony for 2022 films)   
    Speaking of straw men, I see you’re creating them with ease.
     
    The problem I see is multiple generations brought up on the mentality that victimhood, or at least perceived victimhood, is how to define moral worth.  I see huge groups of people searching out whatever marginalized status they can lay claim to and feel that sweet sweet dopamine of moral superiority.  And then keep chasing the high of rooting out wrongthink and bigotry, addicted to meting out justice and self-valorization, which of course requires constant maintenance of and renewal of their marginalized status. To be clear, this mindset is just as insidious on the right as it is on the left.   It actively distracts from the truth and is based in hate and pride just as much as the bigotry they think they fight against. 
     
    Anyway this whole thing on the thread goes back to the specific claims of the director of Till that are so transparently the claims of a sore loser trying to seek whatever leverage they think they have.  And because the Academy is a modern liberal institution they have to pretend, or worse believe, that instead of being a sore loser, they are a noble victim of injustice.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to The Illustrious Jerry in 95th Academy Awards (2023 ceremony for 2022 films)   
    Crazy how many people still think detached, performative Hollywood politics are a good litmus test for where modern liberalism is at. Not that detached, performative liberals aren't still a thing, or that Hollywood isn't at the same time capable of making an actual effort in the types of films and filmmakers they give exposure to, particularly those that have been all but non-existent historically. 
     
    Point is, reactionaries thrive on taking whatever straw man they can find and running it into the ground so they can return to their comfortable seats. The Oscars tend to be a favourite because they're annual fodder and already pretty dumb to begin with. 
     
    Lame as that may be, this thread also charts some insanely warped mental gymnastics, starting at "why does everyone make everything about race and gender, it shouldn't matter" before finally coming around to "my problem is actually just seeing other races and genders existing in media."
     
    Also pretty typical that we still managed to get in a few knocks at today's accepted terminology, with most of the ones brought up being all-too-classic bad faith examples from the right-wing wolf-crying handbook. It may interest you to know that in real life, people prefer to be acknowledged the way they do, for one, because it's a way of taking back the decades and decades where they were exclusively referred to by demeaning slurs. I would say that's an extremely reasonable and simple request in response to ages of systemic mistreatment (which I'm sure if you perused today's headlines, you'd find still very much exists on a tragic scale).
     
    Anyway, this is one of the basest back-and-forths in my time scrolling this forum, and in combination with some of the most dire, juvenile, bottom-of-the-barrel "differently abled" jokes I've encountered since maybe high school, it's doubly pathetic.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to HunterTech in 95th Academy Awards (2023 ceremony for 2022 films)   
    Too vague and easy of a statement to misuse, given the recent crimes that we've just had here with yet more cases of police brutality and targeted mass shootings. One of them happened very close to where we live, so while the Hispanic community here would be too big to target in a similar manner, that obviously is going to make public travel a serious risk if this keeps happening.
     
    Of course, you only say this in regards to online discussion, where we're far more likely to discuss these things as if they're nothing. And maybe that's the big divide here: the subject of race should be nothing much to discuss, but because of the continued systemic abuse that occurs, our response to double down in our pride for our own kin eventually ruffles the feathers of those who are lucky enough to remain comfortable all this time.
     
    Does it look like I'm happy to be discussing these topics? Absolutely not, but of course that won't matter to the few that have managed to live their lives much more worry free. And in that sense, I envy them, because I too want to live in the incredibly idealized world where these tensions could never apply to me. And yet I can't guarantee that, so it'll just now be a matter of me having to stand my ground while you and others (most likely unintentionally, to remain charitable) mock the suffering of those I admire greatly who still have a long way to just be allowed to simply live.
     
    This will absolutely be what gets me warned, but I kind of don't care. I'm just as likely to leave as you are if I don't get banned, so make of that what you will.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to Disco Stu in 95th Academy Awards (2023 ceremony for 2022 films)   
    It’s the backbone of the modern liberal worldview: absolutely nothing about you is more important than the color of your skin, and we must focus on each others’ to the point of mania
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to Nick1Ø66 in 95th Academy Awards (2023 ceremony for 2022 films)   
    Good grief. Forget the acrimony, politics should continue to be banned on this forum simply because of the tedium.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to HunterTech in 95th Academy Awards (2023 ceremony for 2022 films)   
    Geez, the last thing I want to do is put someone in a corner, cause it's never a pleasant feeling to have. And yet I do have to remind you that despite everything, you're still here. The mods aren't ones for permabanning normally, and by all accounts a few folks still back you up. It remains an open forum, yet I guess more outsiders have invaded (especially after the rule change unintentionally weeded out some of the more troubling folks). So I don't know. You make of this what you will. I just wanted to understand your logic was all, because making assumptions never pans out well.
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    Unlucky Bastard got a reaction from BB-8 in What's John Williams' diet?   
    Maybe he eats turtle.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to King Mark in Avatar 2, 3 and 4 or how James Cameron stopped worrying and pulled The Hobbit on us   
    Well if it's reasonably entertaining and NOT lecturing us about diversity and gender/sexual identity issues, even a "bad" movie by the standards of 10 years ago will seem like a masterpiece compared to what we've been getting in the past few years.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to Holko in Danny Elfman's SPIDER-MAN (2002) - NEW! 3-CD Expanded Edition from La-La Land Records (2022)   
    Or doesn't want it.
    And if they do, they can widely access it on any streaming platform.
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    Unlucky Bastard reacted to Juanki in Danny Elfman's SPIDER-MAN (2002) - NEW! 3-CD Expanded Edition from La-La Land Records (2022)   
    There is absolutely no point. Apparently it was the composer's choice but I am sure that almost everyone who is buying this expanded, already owns the regular release.
     
    It gets more redundant, more expensive as a product and more shipping costs for people overseas.
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