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[–] toats 1 point 65 points (+66|-1) ago 

Not to sound old but this is relevant - there was a time not long ago when a [movie] had to offer [...] a great, immersive story for it to be considered a success. Nowadays you can just throw in a lot of visual effects and explosions and action and it's easy to cover up the lack of real substance in a [movie] - for [the first couple viewings] at least.

Adapted from @omegletrollz' comment on game stories

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[–] libby 6 points 16 points (+22|-6) ago 

I'm impressed and pleased by your correct use of ellipses and square brackets. You didn't study journalism or English by any chance?

Anyway, it's a nice change for a grammar Nazi to get to offer a commendation instead of correction. Keep up the good writing!

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[–] toats 3 points 31 points (+34|-3) ago 

I like language and I recognize the importance of grammar for conveying ideas with clarity. :)

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[–] 9-11 1 point 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

you cant bad mouth anything from hollywood - so change the subject

https://i.sli.mg/Y327w1.jpg

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[–] USA42 1 point 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

Do grammar Nazis have awards? Can you give him an Iron Cross in recognition of his defense of proper grammar? What other awards can you give out?

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[–] omegletrollz 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I am very super famous! Glad you like my comment - I have been front-paged and gilded twice back on reddit, featured on v/bestof here but never been remixed / cross-commented :)

I do think that movies are a different medium than video games though - even early movies bet heavily on "special effects". Movies are inherently a visual medium so I don't really feel bad about going to watch a super-hero movie with lots of action and cool effects like X-Men. Games on the other hand are an activity - they must be engaging first and pretty later. A game like Battle for Wesnoth is a thousand times better for me than any latest-generation Call of Duty or Far Cry. They lack substance - what really makes a game interesting and worthy of my time and no amount of cool effects or pretty scenes can make up for it. Movies on the other hand are already made of starting passively at a screen for a couple hours - if they can entertain me with a few great effects for this period then it's OK - it won't make a great classic but it could be worth my time.

As far as movie effects go I hope that we eventually come back to animatronics because most current triple-A FX just look like crap.

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[–] ScottRockview 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

This is a great review of the movie "San Andreas".

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[–] Jamie_Dodgems 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Yet again, this video remains relevant. If you think that using spectacle to cover up for writing deficiencies is a new development, you don't know your history.

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[–] 4029009? 18 points 45 points (+63|-18) ago 

Movies are no shittier than they've always been, and good movies mixed in with the shit. When you look into the past those shitty movies are filtered out already, giving you the impression that things were better back then.

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[–] dannyduchamp 2 points 30 points (+32|-2) ago 

I'd agree with film and art, but I don't think there's no good music now, it's just been pushed underground.

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[–] Turnip_Time 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I think a large part of the reason behind that is that the barrier to entry has gotten way lower for all those industries.

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[–] Gigan 1 point 6 points (+7|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Maybe you've just gotten more cynical? Or, you may not be the target audience of pop culture anymore.

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[–] demi_god_dylan 3 points 9 points (+12|-3) ago 

I watch a lot of encore westerns and they play loads of shit western movies, and every now and then something good like Quigley Down Under comes on. It always bugs me when people say our movies and music are worse than the old stuff, it's not.

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[–] antiplebbitor 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Bullshit. MGM - hell, all the old studios would churn out thirty or forty pictures a year to stay afloat. They had to have mesmerizing characters and a decent plot or America would stop watching.

Now studios have CGI and cool effects to mask their total lack of character development and shitty absurd "plots."

But don't take my word for it - pick any 1940s movie at random and you will find it far more watchable than any movie randomly selected from 1990-2016, ultra-rare exceptions notwithstanding.

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[–] barset 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

This. I don't think people understand how many movies are out there. There's a shit load of trash from the 30s to current. The difference is everything is easier access and more on point more people are pirating movies. The top downloaded movies week in and week out are mostly shit but like always if you dig a little you'll find some gold. Just gotta find what suits you. Do you want the current comedy geared for the mass market or something a bit more niche. I'm more of a niche person but occasionally I want some nonsensical fluff like The Witch Hunter which was total shit but kind of fun.

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[–] Salicaz 1 point 43 points (+44|-1) ago 

It's just reboot after reboot after reboot mixed in equal measures by comic/marvel stuff.

I'm fucking bored of it all.

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[–] KingMortales 2 points 10 points (+12|-2) ago 

Star Wars and Ghost busters to name a few.

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[–] Truly 4 points 4 points (+8|-4) ago 

95%?

I can't even think of a handful of movies that fit this description in the past year. It is something that is very stupid when it happens, but it is not that widespread right now.

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[–] ThisWeirdIndividual 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Lol there's truth to this.

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[–] 9-11 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

the reboots are terrible, now they are going to try removing all the white males to make money.

https://youtu.be/jq7zA3WVTpw

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[–] Datawych ago 

What was the stat? Like 18 out of 20 of the top-grossing films of [some recent year] were reboots of old series?

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[–] sinjinsmythe 3 points 25 points (+28|-3) ago 

At this point I can barely even find a tv show worth watching too. I read more now.

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[–] jeegte12 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

there are plenty of good shows on netflix. if you still have cable or satellite then there's nothing i can do to help you.

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[–] Datawych 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

there are plenty of good shows on netflix

Ehhhhhh. Not really any good new shows.

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[–] PM_ME_YOUR_ELBOW 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I watch a good bit of football on CBS,FOX, etc. and I see why people are switching to Netflix. The new shows they are trotting out look so bad.

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[–] geovoat 1 point -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Such as?

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[–] firex726 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Actually for TV shows I am finding quite a few, but with shorter seasons I burn through them quickly.

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[–] White_Raven 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Small suggestion:

Into the Badlands is great, imo. Also, Ash vs Evil Dead is the cheesy shit fest we all wanted (yet manages to contain actually quality as well). Though in general TV is complete and utter horse shit. Idiocracy was apparently a prophetic piece.

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[–] watitdew 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

Fargo Season 2.

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[–] sinjinsmythe ago 

I did like Fargo seasons 1 and 2. Good stuff.

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[–] hyperoperation 2 points 23 points (+25|-2) ago 

If you defecate all over your valuables it decreases the probability that someone will steal them.

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[–] antiplebbitor 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You are surely amongst the very wisest of mankind.

I wish we had more people like you in this world.

Too many people these days have no hobbies, no self-reliance, and no skills of merit.

You are the sort of person this world is in desperate need.

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[–] ThisWeirdIndividual 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Well, give me a house, a nice backyard, no shitty neighbourhood and I'd be a blacksmith myself.

Will wait for answer

Thanks

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[–] cyks 1 point 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

And here I am with all this meth.

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[–] White_Raven 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I have taken to reading again, something that I loved dearly as a kid/young teen. I forgot how much higher quality a turd book is compared to a great TV show/movie. R. A. Salvatore has literally contributed to my personal happiness in life. If I could meet the man, I'd shake his hand and buy him dinner.

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[–] boogieman_ ago 

If you've never read them, you should try The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson. It's an amazing ride. The best part is, you can find them for a dollar or two used in hardback edition. It's one of my favorite series.

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[–] boogieman_ 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

Gardening is amazing. It's not hard at all as long as you keep the scale reasonable. It's when people go too big that they fail. 2 or 3 4x4 square foot gardens take only about 5 minutes a day to have a show worthy garden (no weeds etc.) When people start planting whole packets of seeds (C'mon who needs 200 ft rows of carrots lol) things can get out of hand. Even if things get out of hand, you usually still get usable produce.

I'm mainly a tomato man myself. I've started making my own cages with cement reinforcing mesh. They are about $5-7 for a cage and the stakes to keep them staked down. My plants have been over 10 ft tall for the last two years. I found a really cool book "How to Grow World Record Tomatoes" by Charles H. Wilber. I plan on trying to grow some insanely tall tomatoes with this method. I've got to 10' by basically digging a round nose shovel full of dirt out of the grass lawn, putting a solo cup of Ol' Roy dog food in the bottom, and planting the plant in that hole. I plan on making 10 ft tall cages, and letting the plants grow over them and back to the ground this year. We'll see how it goes.

If you are looking for something to watch this winter, there is a youtuber called praxxus55712 that has a lot of interesting gardening videos. He also has a channel called the vodoo garden, where he grown strange plants indoors. It's pretty entertaining too.

I've actually grew veggies in my basement under lights. It was a pretty fun experience. I plan on trying hydroponic lettuce next winter. It's probably gonna cost $10 a pound for lettuce, but I think it will be a fun hobby for the wintertime.

I've been looking into raising quail for meat, but it's kind of hard to do living in town. That's why I looked into quail, they are very tasty and take up very little room.

Sorry, I seem to have written a book here... There is so many cool hobbies out there, and you actually have time for them if you're not watching TV all the time.

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[–] retsopertidder 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Movies peaked in 1998/1999. It all declined afterwards, continually getting worse and worse. Today's movies are mostly sequels, remakes, reboots or other unwatchable crap.

I used to pirate and even purchase hundreds of movies each year. Nowadays it's only a handful per year that's actually worth to pirate. I will never, ever pay for this crap again. I don't even care about the new Star Wars movie. I don't feel like watching any more of J. J. Abrams' lensflare fests.

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[–] BASH_SCRIPTS_FOR_YOU ago 

1999

[some joke about date cut off and the matrix triligy]

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