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I'm not going to get into all the issues I have with TDKR (mainly bc I haven't seen it since it initially came out and am fuzzy on details), but you could have removed Batman/Bruce Wayne completely and had essentially the exact same movie, albeit about 30 minutes shorter.

 

So you forgot that Batman saved the day?

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Batman Returns is the Batman movie where Batman truly does buggar all. He didn't even try to save the Ice Princess!

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I might be giving them too much credit for clever storytelling but did anyone think there were strong hints Ali was in cahoots with the coven and had been turned at some point after the events second film?

She sent them to that house by themselves, even though she had to know, or at least have an idea, what would happen when they got there. Also, if she knows exactly where the coven is, why has she been sitting on this info for years? Why not get the authorities involved?

She's also a loose end for the cult, and these are people that have made a point of killing anyone who even comes close to figuring out what they're up to.

I'd say you're right in thinking that. It's the only thing that makes logical sense.

Pretty good movie that really adds a lot to the whole PA mythos, even if it has the same logic problems that all "found footage" movies do. I'm not sure how the ending is supposed to fit with the established time line, but Jorge Diaz deserves an award because he sold the shit out of it.

 

 

 

One thing:

 

Was that Alex from Paranormal Activity 4 in the cage at the end? If she's still alive, it might mean Hector is too. I mean, we never actually saw them die.

I'd love to see Jorge Diaz in the franchise again.

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Or a wharehouse. With top men.

I read this as "whorehouse," which really made me wonder if you were drunk.

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Indy is nothing but an incompetent pedo. Quicker everyone accepts that, quicker we can move on.

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Oh good, these (TDKR and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark') discussions again.  Somebody wake me up when we get to Page 10 and three people are done having the same arguments over and over.

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Pretty sure the Raiders argument is fairly new, at least around here. As far as Batman, I'm convinced this forum solely exists to discuss Nolan's 3 to death. Which is fine with me.

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Pretty sure the Raiders argument is fairly new, at least around here. As far as Batman, I'm convinced this forum solely exists to discuss Nolan's 3 to death. Which is fine with me.

Oh I think the 5 pages or so last month thoroughly covered all the bases.

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I don't think you appreciate the paradigm-altering argument for what it truly is. If anything, we need another 5 pages.

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An argument that's been around for years and years but suddenly have cultural cachet because it was brought up on a shitty sitcom?

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I said "shitty" not "so bad looking I haven't even watched an episode despite Buffy being on it."

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I generally hate sitcoms as a rule (there are exceptions, but they are few) and, I mean, I really strongly dislike Big Bang Theory, but The Crazy Ones looks like it belongs in Dante, not real life.

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Steven Seagal says he's interesting in running for governor of Arizona. Well, he can't be any worse than Arnie as Californian governor. No,really. He can't be.

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Network ones,  I agree. Only ones since Seinfeld I've really enjoyed are Big Bang and 2 1/2 Men. Cable (Sunny, The League, Curb, [EARLY] Weeds) is where to find the laughs.

 

Arnie's heart was in the right place as governor. He was trying to be a real life action hero, it's hard to fault him for that. The problem with most elected officials, is that they have little grasp on both economics and actual public policy. Also, Californians, as a rule, enjoy spending like socialists but taxing like libertarians. Makes it really hard to raise revenue, and thus govern effectively, when you need 66% (or maybe 70) approval from the legislature to raise something as pedestrian as property taxes.

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California has gotten out of debt in the last year or so, and is looking significantly better than it has in years, for the record.

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You can thank the California Uber Alles for that.

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The whole "canned laughter" thing instantly puts me off a comedy. It's too dated and belongs in the '90s.

 

I also think it's something Bryan Cranston said about comedy needing space to breathe. Let someone decide for themselves if a line is going to get a chuckle.

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Can't argue with that. (And my bad, the last network show besides BB and 2 Men was Arrested Development, duh) To be honest, it's probably because I watch 90s sitcom reruns so often that the canned heat on the few shows I still watch with it doesn't bother me as much as it should.

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While I agree re: laugh tracks, it's interesting how the lack of one puts off your average viewer. You'd be surprised how many people really can't decide for themselves if something is funny. I have seen people totally befuddled by an episode of PARKS AND REC.

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Laugh tracks also affect the writing and the actors performances, who have to leave all that space at parts where the audience at home is being compelled to laugh. Sometimes it's even just a character or guest star entering the room, it's absurd. It's padding as much as anything else.

 

It's very much a style though, that'll keep churning out fucking awful shows.

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