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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 11, 2016, 08:02 AM »
Gotta flip 1 and 2 to be chronological, but that is a pretty decent breakdown.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 9, 2016, 07:48 PM »
Both events were the result of Sokovia.  Zemo probably didn't know the extent to which the accords were causing a schism in the team.  So it was two concurrent, but independent, lines of events.

And I believe he killed the soldiers so they wouldn't cause the same harm as the Avengers.  He went to Siberia to find and kill them.

There are a couple plot holes, though.  The video camera was very conveniently present at the exact spot of the accident.  And that some plebe from eastern Europe was able to find the info and video when Tony Stark, genius security hacker billionaire, could not... that's a bit of a stretch.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 9, 2016, 01:40 PM »
Oh yeah - the little birds being street urchins was stupid, too.   :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 9, 2016, 09:17 AM »
No doubt the R + L = J theory is confirmed, IMO.

As esteemed an actor Sydow is, I'm not real happy with what they've done to the Three Eyed Raven.  The way he looked at the end of Season 4 was awesome.  I guess Sydow has the pull to avoid time in the make-up chair, so now he looks like a puppet in one of the trees on Mr. Rogers.  This was amazing...

I like Arya's story better in the book.  Basically, she cheated to get cured of her blindness (which was the result of intentional poisoning, not an effect of using masks), which left the window open for her retaining free will.  Here it looks like she's going full-on faceless, which is disappointing.

And Daenerys' story has pretty much hit a wall.  Seems like we're looking at a long stretch of garbage before she gets to do anything interesting again.

Sorry to do nothing but pick nits.  It just seems like a lot of stories have stalled out right now.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: May 6, 2016, 02:36 PM »
7pm tonight, baby!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: May 3, 2016, 12:19 PM »
In the books I believe Littlefinger is still with Sansa.  A completely different girl married Ramsey.  A young girl that sort of resembled Arya that the Boltons told everyone was Arya so Ramsey could have legitimacy in the north.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« on: April 27, 2016, 12:01 PM »
I don't know how casting an Asian person is somehow offensive to the Chinese.  This might be a case of Marvel addressing a sensitive issue without really understanding if it's a concern for the audience.  There are a dozen ways to have cast an Asian and made things more vague if the concern was really China vs. Tibet.

You don't know how casting an Asian person is somehow offensive because you haven't rigorously studied the issue.  Disney has poured probably hundreds of thousands of dollars into market research on casting, and thus THEY KNOW exactly how casting an Asian person in this role is offensive.  They know in excruciating detail.  They have reams of spreadsheets detailing projected losses for every possible casting scenario.  Disney doesn't do things half-assed.

For us to speculate on what is or isn't offensive is silly, honestly.  We have no idea.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« on: April 26, 2016, 10:58 AM »
His point is that it's impossible to "solve."  There is no choice that'll make everyone happy, so you decide which damage you want to inflict on yourself.  And they chose to upset "traditionalists" instead of upsetting the Chinese market. 

That's probably the most financially sound decision, since it's unlikely a bunch of comic book geeks are going to skip Dr. Strange because Tilda Swinton is the Ancient One.  If they'd cast someone from Tibet (following comic canon), then it's possible the Chinese government wouldn't even allow it to be released in their country.

FWIW, Tibet is disputed territory.  China says it's part of China.  Tibet claims independence.  And ethnic Tibetans are not viewed favorably by many Chinese.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« on: April 25, 2016, 04:09 PM »
Why the Ancient One is a white woman...

The Tibet v/s China angle didn't even occur to me.  It's crazy the stuff they need to consider to keep from financial catastrophe.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 25, 2016, 10:32 AM »
Where was Tristane when he got killed? Still on the boat? In King's Landing? I guess the Sand Snakes had a fast ship? (And could I love those three girls anymore?!?!)

His room in Dorne.  He didn't get on the boat bound for King's Landing.

I hope they don't draw out the Jon Snow resolution for too long.  In the book...

[SPOILERS... sort of], Jon's last word as he was stabbed was "Ghost", so as a warg I figured he sent his soul into Ghost before he died.  I'm thinking that's the case in the show as well - and that he'll go back into his body after he's resurrected, either by Melisandre or as a White Walker.

And I think a lot of that has to do with the self medicating a lot of the wrestlers are doing, along with the lack of any sort of substance abuse testing programs.

That's because it's not a sport - it's acting.  Broadway and Hollywood don't typically have substance abuse testing programs either.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« on: April 14, 2016, 01:22 PM »
Are Asians really offended by an Asian-monk character in a movie?  I'm not trying to be flippant - I'd really like to know what different groups actually find offensive.

I'll defer to Disney, whom I sure has a stack of research 4 feet tall on the subject.  But you have to understand they're dealing with source material that was pretty offensive...

So might Asians be offended to be cast as the token wise monk?  Possibly.  Even if that monk is a cool character.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« on: April 14, 2016, 08:08 AM »
Yeah, but if you're playing that game, how do you justify taking one of the few prominent Asian roles in the MU and re-casting with an impossibly WASPY white woman like Tilda Swinton? If the idea is to champion diversity, why replace a non-white actor with a white one? That just doesn't make sense to me.

I'm not sure if this was a business decision or an artistic one.  On the one hand, Tilda Swinton is an Oscar-winner that just about any director would kill to work with.  But on the business side - one thing Marvel has been openly cautious about is casting Asians in stereotypical/racist Asian roles.  There's legitimate beef with how Marvel portrayed Asians back in the 1960s and 1970s.  And that's why The Mandarin wasn't played by an Asian guy.  Marvel very may have concluded that Asian audiences would rather see a white or Indian person cast in a formerly racist Asian role than someone who is actually Asian.  That might be more agreeable than seeing an Asian in the token wise monk role in an otherwise mostly-white cast.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« on: April 13, 2016, 10:29 AM »
Looks cool but it seems to me if you are going to film an origin story about Dr Strange you would at least need the Ancient One and Baron Mordo. If they can't even be bothered to cast those roles properly, why even bother to make Strange a middle aged white dude?

It is tiresome.  And it's been explained.  These characters were invented back when racism made diversity impossible.  Disney/Marvel is using this opportunity to correct that error.  They also hope to appeal to a wider, diverse audience for better financial success.  So when the opportunity presents itself to cast someone as something other than a white male, they take it.

Strange, Stark, Thor - those characters are iconic.  Casting against ethnicity doesn't fly as well in those cases (see Johnny Storm in Fan4astic).  So you pick your battles.

If Mordo being black gets your panties in a bunch, I feel kinda bad for you.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Doctor Strange
« on: April 13, 2016, 07:49 AM »
Looks pretty wild.  Can anyone tell if it's Cumberbach saying the line about not believing in fairy tales?  It'd be a crime if they made him drop his British accent for the role.  But then he sounds normal British when he says "Why are you doing this?"...

Gonna get a lot of Matrix/Inception griping, I think.

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