Why ??!!...The whinging,moaning,complaining,ranting,letting off steam thread !!

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  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    Walecs wrote: »
    I understand that it's a real problem for Chinese people..

    Or for a community like mine. I work in Silicon Valley (in N. California, in case you forgot your AVTAK), where I teach at a school that is 77.7% Asian. They're traveling back and forth constantly, so a good chunk of our student body is walking around in surgical masks.
  • edited February 2020 Posts: 1,644
    This is kind annoying me so here goes...

    How come some film fans - including people on this site - have no problem with a 77 year old Harrison Ford coming back for another Indiana Jones film and yet many fans used Roger Moore's age - 57 - as an excuse to dislike A View To A Kill.

    It's absolute hypocrisy.

    "Yeah, let's see Ford back. He's looking good for 77!"

    "Roger Moore was too old in AVTAK. It was disgusting seeing him bedding Grace Jones!"

    Just for the record - I had no problem with recasting Bond in 1986. Roger had done enough, it made sense to recast and change direction but I can't stand people eager to see another old man Indiana Jones film. Ford looks old, he acts old, he talks old, he moves old. He's old. PERIOD. Getting old is not a crime, it happens to us all but I don't need to see old man Indiana Jones back on screen. Geez, please no.

    Rant over.

    And the chorus of No Time To Die is near IDENTICAL to Sam Smith's Writing's On The Wall. It's a blatant copy. You'd think someone at Eon would have said "hey, this sounds the same!"

    Whatever. I feel better now for getting this off my chest.

  • WalecsWalecs On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    edited February 2020 Posts: 3,157
    This reminds me that everyone hated that Harrison Ford was rumored to play Indy again in 2012 (when Disney bought Lucasfilm) yet everyone was pretty much wanking at the thought that he, Hamill and Fisher would return for a new Star Wars trilogy. People hardly are coherent with themselves.

    As for Ford playing Indy again, I was up for it 10 years ago after KotCS had been made. I was also okay with the idea four years ago when the movie was first announced and was supposed to come out last year. Now I believe he is too old and I'm skeptical that they're gonna release it next year (if they are, a younger actor will actually portray Indy and Ford will only bookend the movie).
  • edited February 2020 Posts: 1,644
    Yes, I agree. The technology exists - deep fake - to de-age actors. It's pretty amazing software so in theory Ford could act the part, record his lines and ILM de-age him in post production to around 40 years old. If it all works seamlessly it could be quite something to behold. If I were making IJ 5 I'd go that route. I'm sure if James Cameron were making it he would de-age Ford. Cameron is a visionary when it comes to the use of CGI. I doubt Disney would do that because they're a very safe kinda boring studio.

    I think an entire Indiana Jones film with Ford younger would be a gamechanger for the film industry. Actors were de-aged in The Irishman - Pacino etc - but an entire film with Ford as 40 would be a genuine gamechanger, I feel.

    But 77 or older Ford? No thanks. And if anyone says "he looks great for his age" I'm gonna say "did you think Roger Moore was too old in AVTAK?" and if they say "yes" I'm gonna scream!!!!

    I won't mention Indiana Jones anymore because there is an official thread but I didn't want to rant about some Bond fans raving about Ford as if he's some spring chicken so I thought I'd moan here instead. ;))
  • edited March 2020 Posts: 11,842
    Well, heck. My Blu-ray player is finally wearing out. My better half bought it for me 6 years ago. It's been amazing, now it only uploads certain discs. Unfortunately, the Blu-rays themselves aren't loading properly. Some DVDs are, though.

    No wonder I haven't been Bond commenting much lately.

    We're supposed to stay in, but I think this calls for a quick field trip. Sadly I'm not quite prepared to go fancy and get a 4K player. I'll have to find something that will hold down the fort until then, and until this era passes. I imagine supplies are low and I may just end up grabbing a back up DVD player if there are no Blu-ray players available.

    In my immediate area, there are only a few places that sell cheap DVD players (ones that freeze on you), so I'll have to venture out further.

    Wish me luck.

    UPDATE:

    Grabbed a Philips Blu-ray player and am seeing a difference in picture and sound from my old player. Popped in OHMSS to see how the picture looks and it does have a bit more depth than my older player.
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    Today, something funny happened to me. I was about to watch a DVD (Bruce Lee's first movie, The Big Boss). So, I open the box... only to find there's no disc inside. Then I open the boxes of the other Bruce Lee movies, only to discover taht... there's no discs in the boxes either. So, I decide to see if the same is true for other boxes, and... Yes, at least two other boxes have no disc inside. The funny thing is that I remember very well having watched those movies before, when I was living in Coignières. So, there's only one logical conclusion : those discs have been stolen, probably when I moved to Bois d'Arcy, or later on, when I had to have a hole in my toilets plugged (rats were passing through). Of course, now, it's a bit too late, and frankly too much of a hassle to get the police involved, and I've already replaced four of the Bruce Lee DVDs by a Blu-Ray set with a lot of special features, but still, it smarts. Tomorrow, I'll have to check on my collection to see if there's anything else missing.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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    Never heard before that someone steals DVDs out of the boxes. Why not take the box, too?
    Sounds more like someone wanted to annoy you?!
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    No, as a matter of fact, it's quite clever. You'll notice if the boxes were missing. You don't always notice when the discs are. I moved eight years ago, and the rat incident happened some six to seven years ago, and it took me this long to realize they were missing.
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    Update on the DVD situation : Well, it's not as bad as I feared. After having checked all my DVDs, only seven are missing : the five Bruce Lee, Pulp Fiction and The Day after Tomorrow. And I have already replaced four of them. So, not too heavy a loss.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    That's low. Stealing DVD's? Even if it's no big loss, we're film fans. Such things can easily hold a special emotional value to us. I'm sorry to read that, @Gerard.
  • edited July 2020 Posts: 1,284
    Well , a buddy of mine used to borrow out vhs and other stuff , he never got it back , 1000s upon 1000s of krones.....kids took advantage of him and i told him to stop lending out as its mostly trouble
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Can I just say, Internet "James Bond" quizzes are usually frustrating, to say the least.

    Sometimes, when I have some computer "waiting" time to kill, I like to play a Bond quiz. Or at least, I used to, because I've had it with those amateur jobs! Usually, the questions are criminally simple... and yet, a true Bond fan fails to score 10 out of 10. Why? Because the makers of many of those quizzes don't know their own stuff.

    Example 1: "What was the biggest gap between two Bond film so far?" (Quiz made in 2008)

    My answer: 6 years.

    "Correct answer": 4 years. There's even an explanation: "Between DAD (2002) and CR (2006)."

    Example 2: "How many Bond films were released before QOS? 19, 20, 21, 22 or 23?"

    Okay, do we include NSNA? CR67? Define "Bond film". Assuming it's the official ones they're talking about, I say 21.

    No, it's 22. So NSNA or CR67 is included, but not both. Gimme a break, quizmaker. Define "Bond film".

    Example 3: How many actors have played James Bond so far? (Quiz from 2015.)

    My answer: 6

    "Correct answer": 8 So... Who else are we counting in? Niven? Nelson? Simmons? Define "actor" and which films we're talking about.

    Example 4: How many Bond girls does TB feature?

    Whoa, come on! Do we include the French girl? Paula? Pat? Turned out the answer was "2". So Fiona and Domino, I suppose. Define "Bond girl."

    I can go on like this. But I'm fed up with these quizzes. They often lack nuance or even basic knowledge.
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Can I just say, Internet "James Bond" quizzes are usually frustrating, to say the least.

    Sometimes, when I have some computer "waiting" time to kill, I like to play a Bond quiz. Or at least, I used to, because I've had it with those amateur jobs! Usually, the questions are criminally simple... and yet, a true Bond fan fails to score 10 out of 10. Why? Because the makers of many of those quizzes don't know their own stuff.

    Example 1: "What was the biggest gap between two Bond film so far?" (Quiz made in 2008)

    My answer: 6 years.

    "Correct answer": 4 years. There's even an explanation: "Between DAD (2002) and CR (2006)."

    Example 2: "How many Bond films were released before QOS? 19, 20, 21, 22 or 23?"

    Okay, do we include NSNA? CR67? Define "Bond film". Assuming it's the official ones they're talking about, I say 21.

    No, it's 22. So NSNA or CR67 is included, but not both. Gimme a break, quizmaker. Define "Bond film".

    Example 3: How many actors have played James Bond so far? (Quiz from 2015.)

    My answer: 6

    "Correct answer": 8 So... Who else are we counting in? Niven? Nelson? Simmons? Define "actor" and which films we're talking about.

    Example 4: How many Bond girls does TB feature?

    Whoa, come on! Do we include the French girl? Paula? Pat? Turned out the answer was "2". So Fiona and Domino, I suppose. Define "Bond girl."

    I can go on like this. But I'm fed up with these quizzes. They often lack nuance or even basic knowledge.

    Shocking! Positively shocking!
  • marcmarc Universal Exports
    edited July 2020 Posts: 1,431
    Breaking news: Mysterious deaths of James Bond Quiz originators
    Found dead in bathtubs, electrocuted

    Tomorrow's News Today
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    Posts: 19,368
    marc wrote: »
    Breaking news: Mysterious deaths of James Bond Quiz originators
    Found dead in bathtubs, electrocuted

    Tomorrow's News Today

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  • marcmarc Universal Exports
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    Sorry, bad joke of mine. Well, I only know the guy on the photo from hearsay, but might be funny.
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    @Darth, start writing them letters!







    I concur with the problem though.
  • mattjoesmattjoes matthaujoes
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Example 3: How many actors have played James Bond so far? (Quiz from 2015.)

    My answer: 6

    "Correct answer": 8 So... Who else are we counting in? Niven? Nelson? Simmons? Define "actor" and which films we're talking about.
    Isn't the answer 1? After all, "Sean Connery is the only real Bond", or so I've heard. (Ugh)
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Wattenscheid
    edited August 2020 Posts: 461
    Why, why, why, why do people put such a high value on their own opinions and consequently consider every other opinion to be completely invalid to the point of being impossible?

    This has taken root in movies, sports, music, and of course politics.

    Why can people not just enjoy what the enjoy, dislike what they dislike and get on with it? Why does everything have to be an all or nothing contest? I am by no means saying people shouldn't voice their opinions, quite the contrary. After all I am writing this in a fan forum that is in large part there for people to do just that. What I am railing against is people being a) incapable of accepting that somebody may have a different opinion and b) seemingly feeling the need to litigate this again and again and again and always to the last point (or rather in a very circular manner).

    How did we get to a point where people think it is completely normal to want a full movie to be redone because it didn't turn out the way they wanted it to? How did we get to a point were everyone who doesn't agree with ones personal opinion must have an agenda, must be a shill, licking the establishments boots? "This critic gave 'The Last Jedi' a good review, so they clearly must be afraid of losing access." "This journalist wrote about the allegations against Man City, so they clearly must be a secret Liverpool fan." "This studio hired a black actor so they clearly must be woke social justice warriors who want to destroy western civilisation." "This studio didn't hire a black actor so they clearly must be racist."

    Just get over yourselves. People see things differently. Deal with it.

    And it always has to be negative. Why the hell do people prefer tearing something down over and over and over again for YEARS instead of just enjoying the things they do like? So a movie in a series you like didn't go the way you wanted to. Maybe just don't watch it? Instead, these knuckleheads spend more time arguing amongst themselves and with everybody who was foolish enough to mention it, than they do enjoying the parts of the series they do like.

    Honestly, by far the best part of this forum and the larger Bond community is that even though there are parts of it that people dislike and for different people these dislikes are completely different, I have yet to come across somebody saying "SPECTRE destroyed my childhood. It has made it literally impossible for me to enjoy any of the other Bond movies. If you don't join me in my crusade (let alone profess to liking the movie) you are clearly an idiot with a hidden agenda and a cuck/nazi/imbecile."

    And always with the high and mighty tone. Nobody could possibly see things differently. It is only rational to develop a massive hate of something/somebody because of this handful of things I thought weren't good. My opinion is the only POSSIBLE opinion.

    Calm down and get on with it.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    @ImpertinentGoon

    Well, there's the Internet and its social media. Suddenly, every moron, from your neighbour to the Kardashians, can just throw "it" out there, unfiltered. Every thought that comes to mind, every opinion based on little more than a newspaper headline--or less--can be blasted out in the open. These opinions are not graded as they are in school, nor closely watched by your boss at work. All it takes is a smartphone and 30 seconds of your precious shopping time, and you can type whatever you like; and as long as you don't break their rules, Facebook or Twitter or any other such platform will just "print" it. You don't have to be eloquent, educated, well-informed, nuanced, respectful, ... Anything you type will ride the waves of the Internet.

    Consequently, people have lost the art of understanding the limited value of one's own opinion, just as they have lost the art of appreciating another person's opinion. Just check out the comment section on YouTube. Find a video about "evolution vs creationism" and read the comments. You'll have a hard time finding actual science in those comments. It's mostly just "Hey, you, why don't you just **** in your mother's **** and **** in and out **** and you should just **** under **** and **** or else die." (But then without the correct spelling.)

    The only people who might be getting in your way are PC/SJW types, who will turn your opinion inside out and attack you at full force if they find even the flimsiest reason to call you a "whatever-ist" because unmasking "bad people" shows well on their 'warrior' resume. These people, too, have lost the art of appreciating someone else's opinion. Because in 2020, an opinion can actually be called "wrong" by a bunch of snowflakes, treehuggers and about half the celebrity community. That, too, has become a serious issue.

    Things are getting more extreme. Opinions are becoming extremely stupid, extremely defended but also extremely attacked and extremely analysed with celebrity "policing" of another celeb's opinions even more extreme, and so on. Personally, I wouldn't want a Facebook or Twitter account if one were forced on me with a shotgun to my head. I don't need to know what people are having for lunch, what their cats look like, how often baby said "burp" in the past hour and why your relationship is "complicated". If you're someone I value, someone on my shortlist, we'll talk about those things in private, or via this forum and its PM spaces. But most of all, I don't want to be showered with opinions on Facebook or Twitter. They typically have the intelligence of a dead maggot and also, I generally do . not . care. The latter is something many people fail to grasp. How come I don't care how they feel about Kanye West? Gimme a break.

    It's different when it comes to this forum, though. First of all, I actually do value the people here. Secondly, most of them actually type out full sentences and take their time to explain things. Thirdly, we do abide by a couple of rules of conduct, which allow us to keep things civil. Compared to this, Facebook, Twitter, the comment section on YouTube, ... are sewer pits filled with opinionated faeces and other garbage. And that's just my opinion. :)

    Bond was right in GE: it's a lost art indeed.
  • OctopussyOctopussy Piz Gloria, Schilthorn, Switzerland.
    Posts: 1,081
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Well, there's the Internet and its social media. Suddenly, every moron, from your neighbour to the Kardashians, can just throw "it" out there, unfiltered.

    Well said.
  • Posts: 226
    So the evil empire that is Disney have decided no more physical 4k back catalogue release's. Very short sighted i think. Not everyone has or even wants streaming services. I can live without Disney movies never been a massive Disney fan anyway, but to lose all the potential Fox movies that would benefit from an upgrade is sad news. I was hoping for a Die Hard 2 and 3 4k and an Aliens and Alien 3. And where does this leave Tge Abyss. We know they have done a 4k remaster will it now never see the light of day. Shame on you Disney
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    I HATE POP UP ADS !!!!

    There, I said it ! Some sites (Radio Times, for example) have become illegible because of them. You want to read an article, but those ads keep popping up, and you have to close them to read what you want to read. And it's even worse on mobile phones.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Wattenscheid
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    Gerard wrote: »
    I HATE POP UP ADS !!!!

    There, I said it ! Some sites (Radio Times, for example) have become illegible because of them. You want to read an article, but those ads keep popping up, and you have to close them to read what you want to read. And it's even worse on mobile phones.

    https://ublockorigin.com/
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper Hamburg, near the Atlantic Hotel
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    Gerard wrote: »
    I HATE POP UP ADS !!!!

    There, I said it ! Some sites (Radio Times, for example) have become illegible because of them. You want to read an article, but those ads keep popping up, and you have to close them to read what you want to read. And it's even worse on mobile phones.

    https://ublockorigin.com/

    I would have suggested the same...though sometimes the sites know how to retaliate!
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Hotel Kali-Yuga
    Posts: 40,821
    Gerard wrote: »
    I HATE POP UP ADS !!!!

    There, I said it ! Some sites (Radio Times, for example) have become illegible because of them. You want to read an article, but those ads keep popping up, and you have to close them to read what you want to read. And it's even worse on mobile phones.

    I abandoned comingsoon and superherohype forever because of those. I even got my pc infected.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Wattenscheid
    edited September 2020 Posts: 461
    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    Gerard wrote: »
    I HATE POP UP ADS !!!!

    There, I said it ! Some sites (Radio Times, for example) have become illegible because of them. You want to read an article, but those ads keep popping up, and you have to close them to read what you want to read. And it's even worse on mobile phones.

    https://ublockorigin.com/

    I would have suggested the same...though sometimes the sites know how to retaliate!

    Absolutely. It sometimes makes the site unusable. I use a whole battery of privacy protection add-ons (Privacy Badger, Cookie Auto Delete, Firefox Facebook Container, Decentraleyes) and sometimes it's a bit of a crap shoot which one of these is making any given site act up.
    But on the whole, I think it makes using the internet much more tolarable.
  • mattjoesmattjoes matthaujoes
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    On a related note, I also hate auto-playing videos.
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    mattjoes wrote: »
    On a related note, I also hate auto-playing videos.

    YES!!

    I hate in when you read a newspaper article for example, and a video – or rather the ads before a video – starts playing. very. very. loudly…
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Wattenscheid
    Posts: 461
    mattjoes wrote: »
    On a related note, I also hate auto-playing videos.

    +1
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