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  1. Let be clear, though, that as far as I can tell Disney hasn't released details as to what that $7.99 base price includes. Does it include Hulu? ESPN+? They mention the other services sort of as add-ons.
  2. I've been using the x20i for a couple years now and I love them, especially if you liked the x10i. The dual-driver design results in some great sound. They're a couple years old now and can be had at significant discount from what I'm seeing.
  3. Good to know. Also, holy game depreciation. I bought the game new at full price. Today the complete edition including dlc is $15. The dlc alone is $10. Insane.
  4. Somehow I never finished this and dove back in this weekend. Forgot how much I love this game. Quick question: Do I grab the DLC now or wait until I finish the main storyline or does it matter? For reference I only recently got to Meridian and am working through some of the sidequests there.
  5. Let me make one thing clear: I watch some of these movies. I like how they look and sound and they entertain me. Venom was fun. Deathpool was creative. And I'll watch Spider-verse just for you. I've no interest in criticizing comic-based movies as a media, why they are popular, or why they are reflective of a low-IQ public as Mr. Maher sadly did. That was myopic and just mean spirited of him and I can see why fans would take offense. Sometimes people just want to be entertained, and sometimes people find depth in things that others do not. That's what any creative form — art, call it what you want — is all about. Any engaging movie, music, literature should be exactly what you describe: an escape. And yes - film (or at least commercial film trends, Saturday matinee movies, etc.) is indeed often a reflection of what's happening around us. UFO and alien movies during the cold war, Westerns in their heyday as you say. But they all do run their course, and perhaps the first signs of that are general fatigue and critics who — albeit condescendingly as you point out — yell, "Enough!" That's great, and Marvel and DC films are probably keeping the cinema industry propped up. Lord knows I haven't been to the movies in over a year as nothing has made me want to go (other than Burning which frustratingly only had daytime screenings for what seemed like 10 minutes). But let's be fair: what you're describing is just people interacting with one another. I had a funny moments like that last night on a street corner when I and several other New Yorkers were waiting for a light to change as we were freezing our asses off. I don't mean to devalue or disparage that moment, but those things happen to people who are part of communities. Note: that's what life is all about, and that sounds like a warm, fun moment. That said, I recognize that the comic and related community is vibrant, amazing, and fascinating. I've covered Comic-Con, I've interviewed Cosplayers, I've been to E3 more times than I'd like to count and I've always been envious of the community, the depth of knowledge that people share, the excitement people have when something new comes out or a new series is announced. It just doesn't click for me. I pick up a comic and I see the story structure and I nope out. I start watching a Marvel or DC movie and I feel like I'm seeing the gridlines in the Matrix and I'm bored. Truth be told, I wish I could hop on board the suspension-of-disbelief train with this stuff, but it doesn't happen for me. It's curious... I do love supernatural movies, and one could say the exact same thing about the corny tropes and story arcs that are so tired within that genre. You're frustrated because you're simply asking too much of humanity. That sounds incredibly pessimistic, I know, but look at how huge the comic (and related) industry has become and you're just looking at a cross-section of society. There will be twats. And there will be defenders. And there will be the majority who, like you and Romier and Joey and others, will simply grin and go about your business. I hear that, and I think it's certainly possible, but this is where I get off. First off, it is absolutely fact that characters like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, et al are part of modern mythology. Anyone arguing against that has his head up his ass. BUT... I do think that avid comic fans are at risk sometimes of over inflating the value of what they're into. The storylines and characters become increasingly complex over time as multiple authors and artists re-interpret them and serve up new arcs and throw back some fan service. That's an incredibly rich ecosystem and, again, I'm jealous of those who are deeply engaged by it. But like any other art form that runs deep when it comes to passion and fandom, it's easy to overstate its immediate cultural import. If you listen to me wax bullshit about how incredibly crucial late-70s and early-80s punk rock was and is to modern society and aesthetic development you'd think I was a madman (unless you agree with me, of course). My point, I suppose, is that, yes, it was shitty for Maher (or anyone else) to point at a comic and say "haha manchild!" But it's also a wee bit tiresome for some humans to hear about or read treatises on why Superman is philosophical allegory, especially if that person or author clearly has not done his or her literary homework. Not saying they haven't, but it's a relatively common thread that's sometimes a bit embarrassing for all involved. In short: you be you because I have no problem with it. I just don't see what all the fuss is about.
  6. Me like high end restaurant. Me drink aged wine and single-malt whiskey from the un-sodden sphincter of a dead Scottish man. Me superior. Oh and punk rock and something something Muppets or Hunter S Thompson. Whichever because both make me sound cool. KTHXBYE.
  7. Fucking right. I'm into some goofy things and I'm not apologetic about it. That said, I also do not care a single lick if someone else makes fun of it. I mean, I do karate. I collect records. I have every book written about Paul Weller. I'm a dork. I just think it's funny when dorks get mad about being called dorks.
  8. Yeah I'm aware of the background of this. But they literally are asking him about it now, so he's allowed to respond in the way that he does. "But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature. And because America has over 4,500 colleges – which means we need more professors than we have smart people – some dumb people got to be professors by writing theses with titles like Otherness and Heterodoxy in the Silver Surfer. And now when adults are forced to do grown-up things like buy auto insurance, they call it “adulting,” and act like it’s some giant struggle" I mean, he's not wrong. EDIT: Also, I don't think anyone thinks Maher is an innocent bystander here. He's clearly the instigator, which is what makes all of this even more hysterical.
  9. I loved this. While I enjoy videogames (not all, but some), I have zero interest in comics, superhero movies, and fantasy fiction. I'm not really bothered by those who do, but my problem with it all is that there's so fucking much of it. As he says, literally every movie is "GLOWY THING". I'm sick of it. Every flippin' big-budget movie is a comic-book movie. And they're all the same to me. I just cannot invest myself in characters that just happen to be able to see through walls and jump on top of buildings. It's lazy writing, in my opinion. But then again, I like boring shit so I'm not a very good critic here. To be fair the same plot-trope criticism could be said for almost any overplayed genre. I suppose that's what fandom is all about. Normally it wouldn't bother me, but it does seem as though comic / superhero people get abnormally sensitive about this. Enjoy your thing and don't ask me what I thought about Stan Lee's death or his work. As someone whose career is entirely based on writing about and commenting on what happens in tech, I get asked about comics (and Stan Lee) quite a bit, so I wouldn't be surprised if he Bill was asked it. The look I get from people in my circles when I say I don't like comics and I think superhero movies are the death of Hollywood the surprise and subsequent anger is real. Few things are funnier to me, though, than comic book and superhero fans being told that they're pretty silly sometimes. The reaction is always priceless. Bill Maher is doing some high-level trolling here and it's pretty hysterical.
  10. Bummer. I've found Fandango Now to be a good source for 4K HDR streaming. It works with moviesanywhere as well, so they show up in iTunes.
  11. No Fandango Now in your market?
  12. This thread is incomplete without you guys slogging through the CD-I releases.
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