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Dr Blood-Snake

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#330640 Doctor Who

Posted by Dr Blood-Snake on 10 September 2011 - 08:36 PM

Really enjoyed the last episode of Dr Who. It was pretty heartbreaking, especially

#286514 The Kings speech

Posted by Dr Blood-Snake on 31 January 2011 - 03:55 PM

Apparently they cut out all the Nazi-sympathising, as well as the Queen Mother's gin-fueled gambing and Churchill's racism. Then again, this period in British history is essentially our 'American Revolution', our creation myth and so all those unsavoury things of the time, such as anti-semetism and racism are pretty much cut out. Hell, a few years before the time-frame of the film the Prime Minister said that 'Britain reserves the right to bomb n------.' I know these were considered the 'norm' at the time (Though Lloyd-George's remark did raise a few eyebrows, even in the 20s) but I hate it when films, particularly films marketed to adults, gloss over these details (I'm less annoyed when Dr Who does it because it's a kid's show and there's a time and a place for authenticity.).

That said, I haven't seen the film, myself, though I would like to. The above paragraph is pieced together from reviews and such.

#281140 Mr. Plinkett's RotS Review

Posted by Dr Blood-Snake on 03 January 2011 - 08:52 AM

If this is the guy I think it is, then I absolutely can't stand his voice. I've heard people go on about how funny is, but I can't listen after a minute. I probably agree with him (though maybe not on Phantom Menace, which due to Nostalgia I actually like (though refuse to watch so I don't ruin those memories when I inevitably thing it's crap)), but that voice.

#267513 Filmmaking

Posted by Dr Blood-Snake on 16 October 2010 - 07:46 PM

Good luck arguing with each other in absolutes.

Remember, only a Sith deals in absolutes...wait :unsure:

#255171 If your life had a movie title...

Posted by Dr Blood-Snake on 16 August 2010 - 11:44 PM

I think I'm going to shut this down. It was a neat, but ultimatly spammy, idea.

#251753 moving Wicktures that you are watching: John Wick 3 Edition

Posted by Dr Blood-Snake on 02 August 2010 - 06:45 AM

Oh come on, the movie is good and all, but the plot, even if "based on a true story" is nicely built, is still a cliché tale of a man who's going to fight natives and end up on their side for whatever motives he had, and his understanding of the modern tech help him. It worked better because of katanas. And Ken, he's an amazing actor.

Perhaps sometimes it is not the story, but how it's told.

#244062 moving Wicktures that you are watching: John Wick 3 Edition

Posted by Dr Blood-Snake on 04 July 2010 - 05:42 PM

JJ Abrhams' Star Trek. I was pleasently surprised. I absolutely loved it.

#243753 moving Wicktures that you are watching: John Wick 3 Edition

Posted by Dr Blood-Snake on 02 July 2010 - 05:28 PM

Just watched Moon for the first time. It was cool. It successfully held my attention throughout, started at 10 past 11, then all of a sudden it had finished. It isn't a long film, and I wished it'd gone on longer but thinking back it took as much time as it needed to tell the story. I hear there's to be a sequel, so I can't for that and I can't wait to see how the story develops.

#240414 moving Wicktures that you are watching: John Wick 3 Edition

Posted by Dr Blood-Snake on 20 June 2010 - 01:41 AM

Garden State...very depressing. I think even the ending is pretty sad.

#235717 A Russian Dinner Party

Posted by Dr Blood-Snake on 02 June 2010 - 06:41 AM

I'd liked to have seen more Alex II. That guy's one of my pet historical figures since learning about him last year in Russian History. Really feel sorry for the bloke. He tried to modernise his country, make it more competative with the Western Powers (though he tried to make it all work in the context of Russian culture and politics). He ended serfdom with the declaration that 'The right to bondage is forever abolished' and earned many sniggers from my class. His reforms were really extensive as well, and even sometimes humantiarian (he introduced reform of the judicial system, right to jury etc.). Then a bunch of radicals, who wanted what he was essentially giving them, try and blow him up numerous times. They suceeded on the day when he'd just come back from talks about the creation of an elected Duma. His last words kinda get to me, 'back to the palace to die.' Alex III then succeeds him, and what do you get? A harsh reactionary ruler. Just as tragic is that the Revolutions in 1905 and 1917, and the consequential death of his family, can be linked back to his reforms.
So yeah, I have a soft spot for Alex II, and in some ways many of the later Romanovs. They could be a terrible bunch but they're still kinda tragic. Alex III was a depressed alcoholic who'd seen his father assassinated by revolutionaries and Nicky II was stupid and weak-willed and not at all cut out for the job that, at that time especially, needed a strong and clever leader. Then add in the personal tragedy of his son who was a haemophiliac, and the fact that Nicky II didn't even really want to be Tsar it paints an almost sympathetic picture. Daymn Russian history is interesting.
I mean, Russia eventually got to the point where they had a democracy, well sort of*, and the Bolsheviks just took control.

That's right, Muffy, I've just historied up this thread :P

*After the February Revolution the Dual Authority, a combination of the workes Zemstvo and the Provisional Government, decided elections should take place that November. The Bolsheviks realised if they allowed that to happen the Socialists and Liberals, who would win the election, would then be a legitimate authority with a mandate to govern. Instead of giving their enemies the chance they simply took over before the elections could be held.

#214785 The "What are you currently reading" thread.

Posted by Dr Blood-Snake on 08 March 2010 - 04:28 AM

Oh. Legacy of the Force is like, 60 pages tops.

Personally, I find that the longer the book, the better it is (most of the time). I love the LotR books, because they're like 400 pages long, I like the Harry Potter books because the last three are freaking huge...

Gimme a good book with 600-700 pages, and I could have it done in 6-7 days...

I think book length is a double-edged sword, too short and it's unsatisfying while if it's too long it can be drawn out and become tedious to read.

#189398 Famous quotes

Posted by Dr Blood-Snake on 13 December 2009 - 11:24 PM

QUOTE (The Squirrel @ Dec 13 2009, 09:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
-Richard Dawkins

Way to stick it to the man!

Despite being an Athiest my self, I don't like Richard Dawkins. He's too mean, and in many ways he's just as close minded to religion as some fundementaists are to science.