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  1. This video is one of the oddest and creepiest...

    This video is one of the oddest and creepiest yet.

    On one hand these Putschists are random and stupid and dopey (that hilarious bit where they struggle for some minutes to understand that Cruz's...
  2. So AXIOS is doing a series on Trump's...

    So AXIOS is doing a series on Trump's long-gestating coup attempt.
    https://www.axios.com/trump-election-premeditated-lie-ebaf4a1f-46bf-4c37-ba0d-3ed5536ef537.html

    This one here argues that Trump...
  3. I am aware because I have read quite thoroughly...

    I am aware because I have read quite thoroughly J. W. Rinzler's account of the production of A NEW HOPE and Paul Hirsch's recent book on his career with a special focus on his work editing the final...
  4. But that's not even remotely comparable. Avi Arad...

    But that's not even remotely comparable. Avi Arad was one producer among many on the projects he worked on. He represented Marvel Studios and insisted on character consistency and presentation but...
  5. The flipside to that is that Lucas actually did...

    The flipside to that is that Lucas actually did work in the same way on the prequels as in the original. He prepared extensively on the OT and changed stuff on the spot when it wasn't working. He did...
  6. When did Avi Arad create characters and stories...

    When did Avi Arad create characters and stories and decide the aesthetic of an entire film, its look, its sounds, and its design?

    Avi Arad bought Marvel Studios, he didn't create the characters....
  7. Because what you describe isn't "internal story...

    Because what you describe isn't "internal story inconsistencies".



    No they aren't. It's basic film literacy. A movie is not a book, and it's understood that movies will only confirm essential...
  8. It's not lackluster or dull, it's showing Samuel...

    It's not lackluster or dull, it's showing Samuel Jackson can be a calm, methodical, rational presence. He cast Jackson against type to show off his range.
  9. Two things can be true at once. -- The...

    Two things can be true at once.
    -- The Republicans were scumbags to turn what is an ethics issue into a case of impeachment all for the sake of partisan political gains and points scoring.
    -- Bill...
  10. Essence is stuff like plot, theme, character, and...

    Essence is stuff like plot, theme, character, and motivations...and everything in the prequels was established in the OT.

    Many people said that the Prequels made the Jedi come off as...
  11. When you come at the King...yada yada yada... ...

    When you come at the King...yada yada yada...

    A thread asked for "Why Lucas didn't direct more films" rather than explore they why of that, and the what of it, someone decided to do Prequel...
  12. As I said "everything in the PT is consistent to...

    As I said "everything in the PT is consistent to the essence of what was established in the OT"

    Stuff like this doesn't qualify as "essence".

    In the case of Leia remembering, what she clearly...
  13. Everythin in the PT is consistent to the essence...

    Everythin in the PT is consistent to the essence of what was established in the OT.

    I can go to the mat for that.
  14. A NEW HOPE was a crazy draining experience. And...

    A NEW HOPE was a crazy draining experience. And it definitely did a number on him. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI which he merely produced also brought more involvement from him than...
  15. The same reason why James Cameron never directed...

    The same reason why James Cameron never directed more movies than he could have. Or Terence Malick or even Stanley Kubrick.

    All of them were rich enough (Malick is privately wealthy thanks to oil...
  16. I don't think one cancels out the other. It's not...

    I don't think one cancels out the other. It's not the case in international relations that "naked displays of military and economic might" alone lead to power and influence and access to resources. ...
  17. Unilaterally exiting a treaty to spite the...

    Unilaterally exiting a treaty to spite the previous administration, like Trump did with the Nuclear Deal is certainly a break with norms. As is his stance towards NATO and subservience to Putin.

    ...
  18. Well regardless the issue of a President having...

    Well regardless the issue of a President having an affair with an intern at a white house screams "HR disaster" at the very least and workplace sexual harassment at another end. Obviously, Bill...
  19. That itself goes back to Truman and "who lost...

    That itself goes back to Truman and "who lost China" (as if, as Chomsky so memorably pointed out, China was America's to lose).



    Thanks. Your response is pretty awesome too.



    Absolutely.
  20. In retrospect, I think Bill Clinton should have...

    In retrospect, I think Bill Clinton should have resigned for the sake of the party. He should have resigned and had Al Gore be President. If Gore had been presiding incumbent (and if he didn't do...
  21. There was even the flag of India in that crowd...

    There was even the flag of India in that crowd (no doubt because of Trump's anti-Muslim policies appealing to the very right-wing government by Modi, a good contingent, not majority mind you, of...
  22. Trump himself is a personal force. Let's put it...

    Trump himself is a personal force. Let's put it this way, if there had been no Donald Trump -- Obama still gets elected, Home Alone 2 still gets made, a lot of life and society would remain the same*...
  23. Populism has always been about rhetoric. It's not...

    Populism has always been about rhetoric. It's not really a tangible political idea. You can have populist liberals, democrats, socialists, conservatives and you have had that across the ages. Occupy...
  24. Not a coherent philosophical ideology like...

    Not a coherent philosophical ideology like Marxism or Liberalism or even some varieties of Conservatism.

    But yeah, Trump does have ideas that people respond to. All of them really bad ideas...
  25. Yeah but what if you get to a situation where the...

    Yeah but what if you get to a situation where the Republicans get the house and senate and you have a Dem President, either in 2022 or 2024, then Republicans can Impeach the Dem and even get a senate...
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