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  1. ForEvermore

    The Rest in Peace Thread

    Rest in peace to the 49 people senselessly murdered in Christchurch, New Zealand. If a person has to resort to randomly killing people to advance his alleged "philosophy" (and broadcasting the whole thing live on the Internet to boot), his philosophy simply sucks by definition, full stop.
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    The Rest in Peace Thread

    Very well said about Wings Of Desire - it is an absolutely sublime film. Completely agreed as well about the lowest-common-denominator, dumbed-down Hollywood remake of it: City Of Angels. (The remake is fine, if you like derivative love stories with one protagonist who happens to be an angel - otherwise, it's pretty much like every other love story made into a film.) Thank you for your list - I had forgotten he was in the Nosferatu film. The American Friend deserves to be much better known too. He'll be remembered for Downfall forever, but I hope he will be remembered more for the Wim Wenders films he appeared in. R.I.P., Bruno.
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    The Rest in Peace Thread

    A heartbreaking loss in cinema - R.I.P., Bruno Ganz. One of my very favorite European actors - details here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/obituaries/bruno-ganz-dead.html His films with Win Wenders are what I'll remember him most for, but his performances in Unknown (w/ Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger) and the modern remake of The Manchurian Candidate were very memorable too.
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    What are you watching on TV now?

    That is indeed a GREAT film.
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    The Super Bowl Thread

    I think that’s the lowest-scoring SB ever, isn’t it? The only one I can remember with so few points was the 14-7 game with the Dolphins against the Redskins.
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    The Rest in Peace Thread

    R.I.P., Wade Wilson NFL quarterback with the Vikings, Falcons, Saints, Cowboys, and Raiders. He was only 60 - died exactly on his birthday (Feb. 1). https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/cowboys/2019/02/01/dallas-cowboys-wade-wilson-dies-quarterbacks-coach-nfl/2747760002/
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    I've Been Going to the...MOOOOvies

    I share the disappointment of many that "Bohemian Rhapsody" got a nomination - it doesn't deserve one, period. Outside of the Live Aid scene, it was pretty meh. (I'll admit that the scene with Mike Myers was pretty funny as well.) "First Man" didn't get enough acclaim this year for whatever reason. A straight-up trade of "First Man" for "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the nominees list would be perfect. I have to disagree on "A Star Is Born", though. That film was excellent. You may not think it deserves to win Best Film, but it was always going to be nominated. I don't know what film will end up winning - a wide-open year, I think.
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    Oh, now that's interesting - you have echoed what I sensed on my own when I lived over there, i.e., we each have different concepts of what is "fair" in deciding a game/match if it goes longer than regulation time. For football/soccer, most of the world outside of North America prefers penalties to settle a draw at the end of regulation; we here prefer a team sport to be decided in a team fashion (thus, we prefer extra time ("overtime" on our parlance) and golden goal ("sudden death" for us)). I'll give you a specific example in a different sport. In ice hockey here, in the regular season, we have shootouts if neither team scores in overtime if a game is tied at the end of regulation; however, in the Stanley Cup playoffs after the regular season, where the overall champion in any given season is determined, they play overtime until one team scores a goal in actual game conditions. If that means there are 3 or 4 or 5 overtime sessions, then that's how many there will be. Of course, this is known in advance, and teams are ready for it. It also makes for great viewing - the game could both end at any time and last for an unknown amount of time. Tension each and every moment as long as the game lasts with full teams actually playing against one another the entire time. Now, of course, MLS adopts the shootout rule the same way all football/soccer leagues worldwide do - it's why they do. (To their credit, they don't observe the away-goal rule either.) However, many people here don't like penalties - in our view, it's a synthetic way to decide a game. Many football/soccer matches don't feature a single penalty attempt during the course of the match; thus, it isn't an absolutely essential part of the game. They CAN appear in games, of course, but they don't have to, and many games don't have a single attempt. Therefore, why impose penalties as the ultimate tie-breaker? It takes a team game with 11 players on each side and reduces it to a series of individual one-on-one contests, each of which is effectively a coin-flip (the shooter scores or does not). That's why we here aren't crazy about them. There's too much left to blind chance. We would prefer that a team game, with all individuals on the pitch playing at the same time, be decided in a team fashion. So, why do you think that extra time and golden goal combination is less fair than penalties? (Also, please don't regard this post as some kind of flame - it isn't meant to be at all. Very many people, esp. outside of North America, completely agree with you. I just don't understand the general mindset and would like someone to set forth why some prefer the penalties method to break regulation draws over extra time and golden goal - I can't fully get my head around it. Thank you in advance.)
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    Well, that's what they do. It gives people more to root for during the year than just how the teams at the top of the Premier League table might end up finishing in May. Anyway, Chelsea won the second leg on penalty kicks, so they will be playing Man City at Wembley on the 24th in the League Cup final. (Side note: I was relieved to see that they didn't use the away-goal rule in the semi-final. I am absolutely no fan of that rule and I'm glad that they are becoming more open-minded about not always having it. Others may disagree.)
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    2019 NFL Playoffs Picks Pool

    Oh, FFS...I've come this far... The Empire 66
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    Star Trek

    No, you're not alone - I really enjoy "Discovery". I wish to hell they would just show it on TV on CBS proper, but I guess they want to be in vogue... (I waited until it came out on BluRay to watch the whole series beyond the first show - if there is anyone on the fence about buying it, I do recommend the BluRay. The effects and picture quality are stunning.) After TNG, I didn't like any of the subsequent ST series. Of course, for me, the original ST is the gold standard (in fact, right now, I am in the middle of my yearly ritual of watching all three series, from the first show of Season 1 to the last show of Season 3 consecutively - I just began Season 3 last night - Spock just got his brain back, for those in the know...). What I like about Discovery is that it has real grit to it: it's dark. I also think that's one of the reasons that they are doing streaming only, i.e., they can get away with stuff on a streaming format that a traditional TV show might shy away from. (I guess interspecies mating was one of the tipping points.) Anyway, a good storyline and characters who are interesting are the two main selling points. The plot twist near the end of the series I was not expecting at all - that always makes for good viewing. I will re-watch the series after I end my January ritual. I guess I'll have to wait until the end of the year to get the season 2 BluRay set - but, I will definitely get it!
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    The Who Thread

    Yes, I remember that tour back in 1982. That version of The Who did die then, as the original band did when Moon went to Drummers' Heaven. Yes, that's one of the few reasons why I wasn't missing this tour. I think this is really it. (Although I also think Townshend will continue solo for a bit longer after this tour...)
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    The Who Thread

    Got my ticket for MSG, NYC this morning! I may decide to catch them in Philly too. Roger has conceded that this may be his/their last tour - not exactly news, but it was good to hear him be honest about the strong possibility. New album out by the end of the year (if you buy a ticket, you get a complimentary copy of the album when it comes out), and the show are planned to be symphonic as well - mini-orchestras from each city will be playing along with them. Looking forward to it!
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    Well, someone here in America does. During the year, there are cup competitions that are played which are independent of the Premier League games and table/standings. This most recent game against Tottenham and Chelsea was in the League Cup competition (I forget who has corporate sponsorship of the name (is it Carabao?); to me, it's the League Cup - that's the original name and that's what I'm always calling it. I take comfort in the fact that many refer to it the same way). This game was the first leg in a two-legged semi-final; there will be another game at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea's home pitch) to settle the tie ("series" in American English) - whoever prevails on aggregate will go to the League Cup final (that's a one-off - one game only). The FA Cup is the other major domestic cup competition; these games are also independent of the Premier League table/standings.
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    2019 NFL Playoffs Picks Pool

    New Orleans Kansas City