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Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

last time i tried to do a pop culture thread centered around propaganda messages but that was probably too specific

so you know what just talk about whatever dumb pop culture stuff you want it doesnt need to be highbrow

no spoiler tags allowed those things are really annoying in the finer arts subforums and im assuming we all just want to yell about how our cartoons arent communist enough i dont think anyone really cares about spoilers

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Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

how gay is the new she ra show ive heard its like insanely gay but i was also told that korra was a lesbian so im inclined to think that serious articles about childrens cartoons may not be undergoing proper journalistic rigour

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

which webcomics were a part of this renaissance i remember the quality of american webcomics pretty much always being nerdbait dogshit

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

i think there was a brief period where achewood was getting mainstream buzz but i dont even like achewood

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

the guy who made goblins is a gal now

still not sure whether its relevant or not

would funky winkabean be different if the guy who wrote it turned out to be a gal

bad zen comics

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

Uncle Wemus posted:

Everyone read that 500 page breakdown of the transformers movies that cinema d made

this thread is still public by the way no one archives anything in cined

https://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3571842&userid=0&perpage=40&pagenumber=1

i should warn you that terry van feleday is a known autist russian female and we cant rule out the possibility that putin hand picked her to spread sedition among innocent easily seduced goons about our lord and savior optimus prime

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

remember when hollywood tried to make catwoman a franchise with halle berry and decided that what catwoman really needed was a bizarre half naked dominatrix outfit with cat ears that bore almost no similarity to the way the character was popularly perceived

most of the women centered movie ideas during hollywoods last woke phase were so amazingly bad its an open question whether the people making the movies really were that stupid or if they were trying to tank the idea of women led blockbusters on purpose

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

ill have you know that the solo bumblebee movie rejuvenated the franchise by giving it the one thing the michael bay movies lacked but crucially needed gratutious pop culture references to the eighties

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

i miss the days when superhero movies were self consciously stupid and all the people involved realized there was nothing they could do to change that so they just hammed it up at every opportunity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZl69yk5lEY

todays ironically stupid superhero movies are just obnoxious as all hell because they still expect us to switch gears and start crying at a moments notice because the vague father figure that made sarcastic quips just heroically sacrificed himself over contrived bullshit

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

Pener Kropoopkin posted:

London Has Fallen is a deeply fascist movie where the main bad guy is an arms dealer, but also his whole family was wiped out by a US drone bombing his daughter's wedding. At the end he's taken out in Yemen, also by a drone bombing, and debris spews across a busy street full of people minding their own business. This is supposed to be the triumph of the movie.

the intensely creepy morgan freeman monologue is what really sells it straight up sounds like a taken villain with his unbroken comfort in the idea that no actually revenging forever is good and just especially since i have bigger bombs than you

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

vyelkin posted:

then later on the drone operator flies to Syria and hunts down the father of the innocent man he murdered and gives him all the casino winnings to make amends and the guy's father is fine with it and then the drone operator disappears from the show and is never seen again

i like how after having been told that blood money is a horrific orientalist concept for our entire lives propaganda has now shifted it to it being actually good because of its inherently capitalist nature and how money is now seen as a better means of solving problems than just not doing lovely things in the first place

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

gradenko_2000 posted:

Actually, that in itself is a weird splitting-the-difference that Clancy does: Ryan is nominally a Democrat, except his politics are of course very Republican, up to and including Clancy using Ryan's eye-doctor wife to deliver a speech on the evils of socialized medicine.

thats a pretty hilarious inversion actually since the usual practice in tv and movies with identified party members has republicans whose views on the issues are mostly indistinguishable from democrats even when bush was still around tv writers could not to save their lives think of any way to make someone with antigay viewpoints not look like a total rear end in a top hat so they were always one of the good ones who believed that gays were people actually

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude


wow thats like impressively ignorant is he really not aware of the fact that japanese industrialists owe their their entire postwar existence to explicit american support and that normal japanese people would have murdered them with their bare hands if wed have let them

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

Pener Kropoopkin posted:

If Charles Koch coup'd the US government and made us go to war with uh *throws dart* ... Canada. I'd probably go along with it too.

the canadians thought we forgot about the war of 1812

fools

we were only lulling them into a false sense of security

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

i honestly didnt understand what the big deal was about nine eleven when it actually happening either dumb precocious weirdo that i was i knew that thousands of people died all at once for stupid easily preventable reasons in other countries all the time so why would it be any different in this country

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

KomradeX posted:

And Bear and The Dragon kicks off after an abortion in China kills a catholic priest is killed in an abortion because of China's one child rule. China than invades Russia for resources where they get owned NY a single old Russian sniper and than Patriot Missiles shoot down Chinese ICBMs so DC doesn't get nuked

absolutely no one has any idea how the one child rule in china works and the internet has not improved their competency in trying to look it up instead of making assumptions based on how it appears in other pop culture

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

a chinese woman i knew in grad school was confused that i was surprised to learn she had two sisters because she didnt consider this to be remarkable at all

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

why do soviets always put the most disloyal soldiers on their super cool experimental weapons

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

i like how how the jack ryan cia is awesome franchise progressively downgraded from harrison ford to ben affleck to chris pine to now jim krasinski literally the only cia hero anyone has heard of because the tom clancy popularity window was the only time it would have ever occurred to anyone to write a character like that


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va5_rn3vG3A

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

i think i watched one episode of that awhile ago and really hated it because everyone was talking about how school choice was obviously much better than the public school system and only idiots would think otherwise since thats what the statistics say

in retrospect those words apparently meaning completely different things in england might have confused my understanding of what they were talking about

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

its an amazon show though

which really just goes to show how desperate the cia is to keep making clancy stories kind of nuts to think that jack ryan used to be blockbuster material

by the way how does this extremely ridiculous and bonkers sounding show like this have 74% on rt is it even possible for tv shows not to get a fresh rating there

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

browsing the headlines and no one seems to have noticed the propaganda elements the negative reviewers just think its bad for being too generic

the positive reviewers strangely enough seem to think its good for the exact same reason

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

vyelkin posted:

there is just so much tv now that reviewers don't bother to watch bad shows and write bad reviews, they just watch things they think they'll like and then write reviews about how much they liked them

id say we need a crying ebert icon but what possible context could it ever be used in aside from this one

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

in christopher nolans first big movie memento a major plot point revolves around an insurance agent proving that a guy has a mental illness rather than a physical one so that the insurance company can avoid paying for his health care

i bring this up because warrens new health care plan has failed to realize that even hacky gimmick writers can see the obvious hustle involved in treating mental health differently than physical health

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

late twentieth century general fiction was shockingly bad and its honestly not that hard to see how harry potter and young adult fiction was able to displace it because just about everyone was doing nutty clancy stuff

like jon grisham is a name youd generally regard as boilerplate and even he dipped into horribly aged storylines about judges running extortion rings around gay personal ads or the cia head playing kingmaker in the presidential race because the soviets are coming back as militarist whackos who undermine free and fair elections

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

which game was it where in the opening chapter youre a cia agent helping some terrorist mastermind blow up a russian airport

i remember coverage of that being pretty nuts because the gaming press was gushing about the deep moral ambiguity of the situation

i wanna say this was around the time that zero dark thirty came out because it felt like they were just copying the same extremely dumb talking points about why that movie was brilliant too

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

i like how you have to resist being mind controlled into shooting the guy or something to make sure the scene stays video gamey but then someone else shoots him anyway and no one seems to have learned or accomplished anything

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

thats just a baked in problem with the propaganda at this point the american military has spent so long loving around in areas it has no obvious strategic interests that question just pops up spontaneously time was you could just say that the soviets were doing it first they werent but theyre not the bogeyman they once were even if the democrats obviously wish they were

idiots will see this in pop culture and conclude that the work in question must be nuanced or deep to openly present a scenario where the justification for american military intervention is presented ambiguously completely ignoring the fact that all of these scenarios are in fact happening in the real world and the reason we dont hear more about them is because theyre such obviously pointlessly evil ideas that the government knows they cant actually sell them to us

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

like look at korea thats a relatively benign case where american soldiers are just sort of inexplicably there and not actually killing anybody but in the aggressive lack of any actual reason for them to be there even trump gets moments where he wonders why korean military bases are even a thing

so to take the onus off of that pop culture and the intelligence services have teamed up to create a bizarre nonsensical fantasy version of north korea where commonly held knowledge frequently contradicts other bits of commonly held knowledge and the only way to maintain suspension of disbelief about how our leaders claim north korean culture works is to just avoid thinking about it

yeah im still salty about how a dumb racist stoner movie somehow became obamas grand stand for distracting everyone from how lovely the sonyleaks made hollywood look freedom and democracy on the korean peninsula what of it

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

if i was going to pick one thing to be bothered about zombieland it would probably be the twinkies

like i seriously cant tell if it was product placement or if the people who made that movie really did seriously believe that twinkies are some kind of magic god nectar

picking that of all foods to fetishize is admittedly kind of funny in the context of the fat person mockery though

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

just spitballing here but if they want to be seen as less liberal making fun of democrats would seem like a better way of doing that than hiring a guy who makes chink jokes

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

alec baldwins corpulent and generally hideous trump probably wouldnt have stood out that much if they hadnt cast hillary as an attractive woman half the real hillarys age and then proceeded to treat her so sympathetically that we got this weird as hell moment after the election

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG-_ZDrypec

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

yang promised to reach out to shane gillis gotta wonder if hes rethinking this beer summit idea since its the thing most likely to piss of his base of asian american liberals

https://twitter.com/AndrewYang/status/1173713011174977543?p=v

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

Serf posted:

yang doesn't have a base. he has fans. he's not a serious candidate, just a guy looking to stroke his ego and get some name recognition for whatever his next big venture is

and yet hes consistently polling at or above the level of any candidate outside the big three

not disagreeing with you by the way i just think thats really funny

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

weird to think that in the old days comics used to be worried about selling out

now its what if people get mad at my edgy uniqueness and prevent me from selling out

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

i got to the part in strangers thing where the kids insist that winston is the worst ghostbuster and that surprised me because the cined thread really seems to like winston someone told an anecdote about playing ghostbusters with his friends as a kid and adults thinking it was cute he wanted to roleplay as winston and they didnt understand why anyone would think that was strange

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

vyelkin posted:

they just ignore it all because it's an homage to 80s movies and in 80s movies the soviets were the omnipotent bad guys who could do anything anywhere at any time

the main weakness of stranger things is that its fairly uncritical of eighties culture and ideology which is kind of surprising since the show mostly avoids pop culture fetishism like the main references the show makes are in fairly logical contexts like dressing up for halloween or playing with dolls or dumb nerdy games of dungeons and dragons and the kids just completely forget that all of that stuff even exists when theres actually serious plot going on

i think the main strength the show has that let it get so big is that theres a fairly solid internal continuity the writers dont just pull poo poo out of their asses and expect us to accept it without question they also understand that plot twists work not because theyre random lol surprises but because looking back you can actually see the obvious foreshadowing and sometimes even figure out yourself where the misdirection is coming from and how something is about to go horribly wrong

in a sane world this would just be the bare minimum requirement for most of the fiction we consume but alas the main dominant influence right now is jj abrams who learned the worst possible lessons from the eighties

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

im convinced that we have trump to thank for that particular plot development you can see them try to pivot to having the soviets be just as evil as the americans in season two with that weird line about how they have to keep everything secret because what if the soviets try to reproduce it since the soviets would think having hellspawn monsters running around the world is a good thing for some reason and this is presented as if its a sincerely persuasive argument

up until that point soviet is just a code word for bogeyman that doesnt really mean anything which is how everyone saw cold war red baiting before 11/9 and what a coincidence filming for season 2 started on 11/7

Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

Peanut President posted:

winston as an everyman is what makes him good though, he's the straight man

im inclined to agree the eddie murphy version of the role was a mary sue deliberately designed to lure him into taking the part and its easy to see why they realized it didnt work with the rest of the movie at all once that plan failed

of the many problems with the ghostbusters remake the most obvious one is that it didnt have any straight men or women for that matter the whole thing felt like a cartoon because everyone was trying way too hard to be funny

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Some Guy TT
Aug 30, 2011

whatever marginal advantage the racial justice protestors gained from being masked was greatly outweighed by the fact that the racial justice protests were larger than the covid protests by a scale or two of magnitude

ive thought the joker movie was a dumb idea since the first ive heard of it but this sounds like an especially stupid criticism people in comic book movies murder each other all the drat time and half the time theyre coded as the explicit good guys why would this particular comic book movie be any more inspiring

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