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Fargo ND to Billings MT Slideshow

Billings MT to Twin Falls ID Slideshow

Twin Falls ID Slideshow/ Jackpot NV Slideshow

Twin Falls ID - Billings MT Slideshow

Billing MT to Fargo ND Slideshow

Most of the travel pictures were taken through a car window. We saw antelope several times, but I got no pictures. We did see some sheep. No bear or buffalo. We did see snow on trees (mostly) on the way back between Twin Falls ID and Billings MT. The default links go to thumbnails, the slideshow links go to full screen versions that walk you through.

Pathfinder: Brendan Session 10

Oct. 21st, 2017 07:51 am
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With the delivery of various documents, infernal contracts and such to the Korvosan rebel leadership the streets were once again safe.  Well safe enough for our party to buy and sell plundered goods without too much risk of the Queen's killers.  But since the city only had limited total cash reserves, most of our looted magical swag was exchanged for an airship.  Brendan still wouldn't let me add cannons.  After that was research into the best customs and celebrations to use for my upcoming wedding to Jeanie the Efreetess.  Efreetina?  Efreetah?

And with shopping and other bookkeeping accomplished we headed back to the castle to root out any remaining lieutenants.  I mean we got sort of ambushed by a patrol of Grey Maidens along the way, but the mostly fell to Sillius' glyph of stunning.  Then it was onto to the secret armory entrance and a trio of barbed devil brothers.  Who ended up fleeing after only a couple rounds after one of them was pretty quickly dispatched by Krogar and the party made their saves against their best attack.  Still a victory is a victory.

Subversion

Oct. 21st, 2017 09:36 am
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gnpCqsXE8g

Ex-KGB guy lecturing about subversion in 1983.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Bezmenov

The beginning is ... amusing. He claims that the Soviet Union is immune to subversion because it's closed off from outside influences. It might also be amusing that he claims religion is the only thing which holds a society together, but fails to notice that the USSR tried to weaken religion.

However, his claims that it's possible to take a society down by amplifying its internal disruptive influences might be true.

The part that catches my attention is that cultivating no-compromise attitudes among people is very destructive. And that if you're looking to punish the other guy rather than get a good solution for the both of you, you're heading for trouble.

Unfortunately, it takes two to cooperate.

I'm wondering whether the world is worse than it needs to be, not so much because people are personally rotten as because there are organizations encouraging bad behavior for reasons which have nothing to do with the self-interest of the obvious culprits.

I suggest that malice is not adorable. Even if it's from people you agree with against people you don't trust. And that tear-it-all-downism might actually be bad for you.

There's a challenge here because hunting for negative foreign influence can also be a destructive force.

I'm not sure what the answer is. Look for people of good will. Don't make things worse.

Hmm, this could actually work #4

Oct. 21st, 2017 02:27 am
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Finally got various shipments. Base liquid (50/50), nicotine (100mg/ml), various aromas and paraphernalia.

Playing around with this stuff is actually fun - a milli-litre of this, 10 ml of that, hmm, maybe 3 drops of #3... shake well, wait 2-3 days, try. Oh, and being able to achieve sensible levels of nicotine (the EU has made this impractical, if not outright impossible (google "TPD2"), but there's webshops that just don't care, so I've now got reserves to last me a couple years at least).

Currently on coffee+vanilla+cinnamon. Though not even close to beating the professionals (mm, creamy vanilla pudding).

Also, for the lulz or whatever: SWMBO (who quit smoking nearly a year ago) has now required me to vape in the living room, because she likes the smell.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman

Oct. 20th, 2017 03:59 pm
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Even if some of the Marston family dispute the potential f actuality of this bio-piece, the Marston and his family make for a interesting story.  And thats before adding in the whole creation of <i>Wonder Woman</i>.  Of course I do have to wonder if I'd feel the same if the core trio were played by actors even vaguely as average looking as the real people.  Rather than the very attractive Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall & Bella Heathcote.

NYT Critic’s Pick Movies

Oct. 20th, 2017 11:18 am
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This passionate historical drama from Robin Campillo follows young French activists through an emotional battle for respect and care.
By A. O. SCOTT
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Robin Campillo
Writers Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot
Stars Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, Félix Maritaud
Running Time 2h 20m
Genre Drama

Wonderstruck

Mr. Haynes’s lovely adaptation of Brian Selznick’s book centers on a girl in the 1920s and a boy in the ’70s whose lives are mysteriously connected.
By MANOHLA DARGIS
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Todd Haynes
Writer Brian Selznick
Stars Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Millicent Simmonds, Cory Michael Smith
Rating PG
Running Time 1h 57m
Genres Drama, Family, Mystery

Only the Brave


This action drama from Joseph Kosinski — about the Granite Mountain Hotshots of Prescott, Ariz. — offers some real feeling under a schematic surface.
By ANDY WEBSTER
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Joseph Kosinski
Writers Ken Nolan, Eric Warren Singer
Stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, James Badge Dale
Rating PG-13
Running Time 2h 13m
Genres Biography, Drama

Aida's Secrets


This documentary follows Izak Szewelewicz, who was sent to Israel as a toddler after World War II, on a search for the brother he didn’t know he had.
By DANIEL M. GOLD
NYT Critic’s Pick
Directors Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz
Writers Halil Efrat, Alon Schwarz
Stars Izak Sagi, Shep Shell, Aida Zasadsinska
Running Time 1h 30m
Genre Documentary

Jane


Brett Morgen’s documentary tells her story through footage of Ms. Goodall’s interactions with chimpanzees in what is now Tanzania.
By BEN KENIGSBERG
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Brett Morgen
Writer Brett Morgen
Star Jane Goodall
Running Time 1h 30m
Genres Documentary, Biography
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Black Panther     HD720p 83MB   HD1080p 159MB
Second trailer for another movie set in the Marvel Comic Universe, which, for a change, doesn't star "another white dude". It follows T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, his mettle as king - and Black Panther - is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis are also part of the cast. Directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station).

The New Mutants     HD720p 72MB
First trailer for another addition to the ever expanding X-Men universe, this time in the form of what looks like to be something very close to a horror movie. Info available so far reads: Five young mutants (Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt), just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. Directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love).

Wonder Wheel     HD720p 60MB
Trailer for the annual movie written and directed by Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris, Magic in the Moonlight, Irrational Man). This time it's a drama set in Coney Island in the 1950s. A lifeguard (Justin Timberlake) tells us a story that just might be filtered through his vivid imagination: a middle-aged carousel operator (James Belushi) and his beleaguered wife (Kate Winslet), who eke out a living on the boardwalk, are visited by his estranged daughter (Juno Temple)—a situation from which layer upon layer of all-too-human complications develop.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties     HD720p 26MB
Coming of age movie directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Rabbit Hole, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus), based on a short story from Neil Gaiman. Strap yourself in for a cosmic ride, because the aliens have landed ... in Croydon. One night in the 1970s, fanzine-toting teen Enn (Alex Sharp) and his punk buddies crash a party only to find a house full of groovy extra-terrestrials in skin-tight clobber. One alien, intergalactic megababe Zan (Elle Fanning), is spellbound by Enn. She swiftly ditches her species for a suburban safari with the homo sapien, and on their odyssey they encounter cockney svengali Queen Boadicea (Nicole Kidman). Matt Lucas and Ruth Wilson are also part of the cast.
Many festival reviewers were just as confused as I was after watching the trailer.

78/52     HD720p 53MB
Documentary that takes a look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The screeching strings, the plunging knife, the slow zoom out from a lifeless eyeball: in 1960, the film changed film history forever with its taboo-shattering shower scene. The title refers to the 78 camera set-ups and 52 edits over the course of 3 minutes.
Now in limited release in the US and available on streaming platforms.
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Sunday was the roommate's birthday and so we both took some time off so we could try and do a game of <i>Twillight Imperium</i> with expansion rules.  I think we had politics, racial tech and a some others.  This was only my second time playing, this time as the mercantile desert lion people.  It was six person game with the others playing Space Ghosts (Marcus), Super Scholars (Chris), Angry Fire Demons (Josh), Humans (Kevin) and Wandering Stardocks (Brendan).  After 12 hours we called the game, with Josh managing to add 3 points in the final scoring to finish at 6 or 7 points.  I'd done well early until my neighbors (Chris/Brendan) choose to break our trade agreements so they could engage in unprovoked attacks on me.  Though I did spend most of the last couple hours just sniping at them with ground-based multi-hex laser defenses out of spite.  Pew pew pew jerks!

Muhammad is Muslim for Motherfucker!

Oct. 15th, 2017 06:13 pm
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Muhammad was a sex addict


"You will respect mah authoritah!"


Hillary is a Russian Agent and Muhammad is her prison cellmate

You assholes ratfuck Mormons and Latter-day Saints which proves you all as "religious racists." Two can play this game, and if you censor this, you are hypocrites, because you badmouthed Mitt Romney because of his religion, and last I checked, there is no religious test in this nation. But libtards hate America secretly and overtly hate the Constitution and people who love America like Mitt Romney who tried to save this nation.

Now because of you all we have a Messiah! President Donald John Trump, a Visionary, a Genius, and a Philanthropist who is a self-made man and more moral and ethical than any of the other morons running for President.

Hmm, this could actually work #3

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Friday evening at a company event, I tried smoking a normal cigarette. Like inhaling an ashtray.

American Made

Oct. 14th, 2017 02:51 am
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 What could have been a dark history piece on how the CIA helped create the Columbian cocaine cartels while trying to build an anti-Communist armed force in Central America is instead kind of a light action-comedy.  Mostly because of the aw shucks charisma of Cruise.  Who makes for a very oddly likeable drug smuggler.
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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
NYT Critic’s Pick R Drama Directed by Angela Robinson
In “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” the writer-director Angela Robinson tells a knotty story with wit, sympathy and economy.
By MANOHLA DARGIS

78/52
NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe
A documentary by Alexandre O. Philippe finds plenty to examine in one of the most memorable scenes in American film.
By BEN KENIGSBERG


Thy Father's Chair
NYT Critic’s Pick Documentary Directed by Àlex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi
The mess that two Brooklyn brothers make of their house in this documentary is unholy in several senses of the term.
By GLENN KENNY


The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
NYT Critic’s Pick Comedy, Drama Directed by Noah Baumbach
A career high, and not just for this film’s writer and director, Noah Baumbach.
By GLENN KENNY

-- Of Possible Interest --

Review: ‘Tom of Finland’ Is a Portrait of a Boundary-Pushing Artist
TOM OF FINLAND
Directed by Dome Karukoski Biography, Drama 1h 55m
By BEN KENIGSBERGOCT. 12, 2017

Hmm, this could actually work #2

Oct. 12th, 2017 11:27 pm
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Today is the first day in over 20 years (first in ~27, if I don't count a forced pause via hospital stay) that I didn't smoke even a single cigarette.

This feels strange.

Even stranger when I think that I did not buy this electric vapour-cloud-emitting gizmo to, y'know, quit smoking.

Fixing My Broken Give-A-Damn

Oct. 12th, 2017 10:21 am
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Sorry, My Give-A-Damn is Broken
So the thing with the rebel tendency, at least for me, is that I am motivated by desire. That is to say, I have to want something in order to make it happen– which is why grief and depression are my kryptonite. Depression makes it hard to take pleasure in anything, and grief makes it hard to be willing to engage in things you like because you don't want to risk facing the pain of loss again.

But I can't just spend my life wandering an emotional wasteland like Hipster Percival. Besides the fact that we live in a pay-to-play society, there's a more primal factor in that I need to be creating in order to be happy. But attempting to create when my heart isn't in it, true to rebel nature, is just an exercise in frustration and resistance.

This creates a kind of feedback loop– I have to be happy enough to get excited about what I want to create, in order to do the creating that will make me happy.

It's kinda like a fusion reaction: once the cycle is up and running, it's nicely self-sustaining, but if something comes along and stops it (or it runs out of fuel), it takes a vast amount of external energy to get it started back up again.

Which is roughly where I am emotionally at the moment. I need to restart my emotional pilot light– what I refer to as my Give-A-Damn. When you hear about artists wailing to the muses for inspiration, same deal. Some writers sneer at this notion, saying that "real writers write whether they feel like it or not." I would argue that those writers have probably never had to really deal with a broken Give-A-Damn, and have no idea how debilitating it actually is.

(They may also be hacks; but that varies wildly from writer to writer.)

There is some truth to the adage that once you start moving, the energy and enthusiasm will come, but it isn't an absolute. Sometimes "shut up and write" works, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes, a mental vacation is what's needed. Other times, you need to actually get inspiration from a new experience or from some great piece of work that's new to you.

So far, my Give-A-Damn has been very stubborn about not letting itself be fixed– but I am more stubborn than it is.

-The Gneech

Random Blugh

Oct. 10th, 2017 01:18 pm
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Feel like crap for no good reason today. Trying to grind through because there's a lot of stuff I want to get done and there will always be things trying to prevent me from doing them, so when those things are my own internal bad wiring I can at least say "no" to that.

Through a roundabout path I recently happened upon Gretchen Rubin's concept of "four tendencies" and discovered that, true to form, I have the rarest and most problematic tendency, that of "rebel." The tendencies are based on how you respond to expectations, whether internal or external.

  • Upholders respond strongly to both internal and external expectations. They tend to be sticklers for the rules, but also self-motivated and with a moral code that can override the outer laws and traditions of the world around them. Hermione Granger is listed as an archetypal upholder; I'm not sure if I actually know any personally.


  • Questioners respond strongly to internal expectations, but not so much to external ones. They always want a satisfactory explanation for anything– if they don't think there's a valid reason to follow a rule or complete a project, they won't. [personal profile] laurierobey falls into this category. I suspect Sirfox is as well, but it's harder to tell.


  • Obligers respond strongly to external expectations, but not so much to internal ones. These are people who can stick to an exercise regimen if they've got a buddy or a class, but will immediately stop as soon as nobody's "checking up" on them. Sandy Rathbun was in this group, and I suspect so was Mammallamadevil.


  • Rebels do not respond well to external or internal expectations. They can be summarized as "You can't tell me what to do– and I can't tell me what to do either." Once they decide they want to do something, there's no stopping them, but until they want to do something, you can expect them to resist with all they've got. That includes things they decided a month ago that they wanted to do, but that they don't want to do right now, which can lead them to be just as frustrating to themselves as they are to the people around them. Like I say, I am a rebel. So is Hantamouse, which is simultaneously why the two of us get along and why the two of us fight.


There's a lot more to the framework than just this, and it's also just a tool, not some magical solution to figuring out personality quirks and interactions and things. But within the framework, I think there's some interesting insights.

I was at a presentation by Ms. Rubin, and I tried to ask (but didn't get called on), "If a rebel instinctively says 'no' to any expectation, even their own, how are they supposed to keep from eventually sliding into a Bartleby-esque catatonic state of just never wanting to do anything?" I hoped that her book might have an answer for that question, but I have since discovered that... no, not really. The book had very simplistic reverse-psychology suggestions along the lines of "I bet you can't lose 20 pounds in ten weeks!" Seriously? What am I, seven?

But this is a problem that I have found myself facing over the past few years since being effectively self-employed. I used to hate my day job fiercely, and come home to work on my writing/art/etc. with the zeal of a workaholic because it was what I wanted to do. Now, the writing/art/etc. is my day job, but instead of being energized and excited and kicking ass, I am now fighting with the constant desire to sleep all day or play video games or whatever else instead.

A devotee of the four tendencies would say that's my rebel nature, and it may very well be. But that just puts a label on it, it doesn't actually give me any tools to combat the problem.

I have contemplated going back to a day job just to give me something to channel my resentment back into other than my own work. But as I get older, I don't have the endurance I used to. That Starbucks job I had in late 2015 was only part time and still left me feeling dead most of the time. I can only imagine how wrecked I would be trying to go back to 40 hours of writing code or something similar at 6 am in the friggin' morning. I can't deny the pay would be better, but if it left me too tired to do my real work, it would be literally selling my soul.

I know that I am motivated by desire. Everything I've accomplished was because there was something I wanted to happen. I created Suburban Jungle because I wanted there to be a comic like Suburban Jungle for me to read. I wrote Sky Pirates of Calypsitania because I wanted to read a book like Sky Pirates of Calypsitania. But right now I'm in a mental and emotional spot where desire is hard to come by. Grief has damaged my ability to feel enthusiasm. Frustration has damaged my ability to feel hope.

So right now, I am operating on almost 100% pure stubbornness. Which is frankly exhausting. So I guess on reflection it's not quite so random a blugh, nor quite a case of feeling like crap for no good reason. I'm fatigued.

-The Gneech

Alternate Take

Oct. 10th, 2017 07:18 am
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There was a second ship out in the storm called the Fearless, and they all perished so that the folks on the Minnow could make it to shore.

It makes sense lyrically, and it's a lot more believable than the notion that Gilligan (the entire "crew") is capable of saving people's lives.

Streaming Watch 9/25 - 10/9/17

Oct. 10th, 2017 02:52 am
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<i>Norsemen s.1</i>.  A parody of <i>Vikings</i> but  I only managed like two and a half episodes, including the last one.  I guess I just don't get Scandinavian humor.

<i>Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon</i>.  Korean drama about a young woman with super strength and a standard K-drama love triangle.  Plus gangsters, a serial kidnapper obsessed with Bluebeard and a teen fan club.  At sixteen episodes, each over an hour long it does get a bit padded, especially in the latter third.

<b>Carol</b>.  Wealthy society wife begins relationship with shop girl in the 1950s.  Cate Blanchet & Rooney Mara.

<i>Cleverman s.2</i>.  Continuing Aussie supers drama with continuing division between "normal" humans and the Hairies. 

Hmm, this could actually work

Oct. 9th, 2017 07:06 am
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10 days ago I bought an electric cigarette. With which I do not have a bump-free ride up to now.
Some of the liquids are harsh on the throat, others on the lung, some work. Problem A is that each&every one that's ready-to-use (eg. contains nicotine) is harsh shite (probably because of a high propylene glycol (PG) content), problem B is that every liquid I have that's fine needs nicotine added as an afterthought.
Problem C is that I'm currently pretty much couch-bound with the flu, which includes a sore throat to boot, and prevents me from venturing out to aquire different liquids.

To add to this nice, problem-free experience, every liquid needs at least experimentation with different settings wrt.temperature, and probably one should test it with different heating coils, too.

So, in essence, some days work out fine, and I get by with 1-3 tobacco cigarettes (which, apart from the first one in the morning, taste like ash). Others this doesn't work at all.

Oh, and I managed to trip the smoke detector in the working room a couple times now. Guess I should switch to a different type of detector (CO/heat, methinks).
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi     HD720p 91MB   HD1080p 167MB
Full trailer for the eighth episode, written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick, Brothers Bloom). There isn't much yet in terms of official summary other than Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker. But I'm reasonably confident it will be one of the Top Ten Star Wars movies. Many actors from the last few decades return, new additions are Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro and Kelly Marie Tran. Last time it was Daniel Craig, this time imdb lists Tom Hardy as a possible stormtrooper.
Director Johnson recommends not watching the trailer because he thinks you should go into the movie "blind".

Justice League     HD720p 110MB   HD1080p 200MB
Final trailer for this comic book adaptation (mostly) directed by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300, Sucker Punch). Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), to face an even greater enemy. Together, the two work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes - Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) - it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. J.K. Simmons, Amy Adams, Connie Nielsen, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Amber Heard, Joe Morton, Billy Crudup, Ciarán Hinds, Kiersey Clemons, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg and Henry Cavill are listed as cast members.

Crooked House     HD720p 8MB
Another adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel. The suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man's widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith de Haviland (Glenn Close). Julian Sands, Christian McKay, Amanda Abbington and Terence Stamp are also part of the cast. Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Dark Places, Sarah's Key).
Certainly not as high profile as the upcoming Orient Express, but maybe still worth a look.

Replicas     HD720p 15MB
Sci-fi thriller about a daring synthetic biologist (Keanu Reeves) who, after a car accident kills his family, will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force, and the physical laws of science. Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch and John Ortiz are also part of the cast. Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor).
Will it be so bad that it will be good again?

The Man Who Invented Christmas     HD720p 86MB
Biographical Christmas movie about the "magical" journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from "A Christmas Carol". the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Spooks: The Greater Good).

Blade Runner 2049

Oct. 8th, 2017 07:47 pm
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"Like any great movie, Mr. Scott’s “Blade Runner” cannot be spoiled. It repays repeated viewing because its mysteries are too deep to be solved and don’t depend on the sequence of events. Mr. Villeneuve’s film, by contrast, is a carefully engineered narrative puzzle, and its power dissipates as the pieces snap into place. As sumptuous and surprising as it is from one scene to the next, it lacks the creative excess, the intriguing opacity and the haunting residue of its predecessor." Tony Scott

That said, it's still worth seeing, perhaps with ear plugs. I found the score liked to hit people over the head with unnecessary cluesticks or red herrings. I think it's the first movie I've had the score bounce me out of. It's goddamned irritating in the final furnace scene.

Product placement also hits notes that I didn't get from the first one, although I don't know who's paying for the Pan-Am placement. Coke, Sony, and Peugeot, I'm looking at you.

Weekly Pull 10/4/17

Oct. 8th, 2017 04:29 pm
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The Tick #1: Writers Cullen Bunn & JimmyZ & Artist Douglas Paszkiewicz.  Yet another attempt at a Tick ongoing.  We'll see how long this one manages.  Even with ninjas and murder clowns somehow seems less humor focused then previous editions.  And the creative team is promising to focus on the original mysteries of the Tick from all the way back in the original 80s run.

Paper Girls #16: Writer Brian K. Vaughan, Artist Cliff Chiang, Colors Matt Wilson, Letters & design Jared K. Fletcher & Color flats Dee Cunniffe.  Its the Year 2000!  And the girls are at the Mall.

Giant Days #31: Created/Written by John Allison, Pencils by Max Sarin, Inks by Liz Fleming with assist by Irene Flores, Colors by Whitney Cogar with Kieran Quigley & Letters by Jim Campbell.  Susan & Esther try to heal the breach in their friendship with Daisy.  And McGraw is on the look-out for his exes vengeful Spanish relatives.

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