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Everything posted by LawrenceA

  1. For more Tom Holland recommendations beyond Spider-Man, I'd suggest his breakout role in The impossible (2012), as well as In the Heart of the Sea (2015), The Lost City of Z (2016), and The Devil All the Time (2020). I've also seen him in Chaos Walking (2021), but that one was a bit of a mess.
  2. They do still issue warning points. I know of some posters who have received some. I still have yet to get any, and I've had a lot of posts deleted. They will also put people on a sort of probation where their posts have to be approved before showing up. That's why some people's posts seem to appear out of nowhere 30 minutes or more later. I'm not sure what it takes to actually get warning points, or to get probation or a suspension.
  3. The Spanish Inquisition never used an iron maiden. They were a mostly fictionalized torture device invented in the 19th century to make the Middle Ages look worse than they were, and thus the advancements of the then-modern age seem all the more enlightened. Yet maybe your use of BS, however unwittingly, to try and make a point is in itself a point.
  4. And do you wonder why? Do you think it may have something to do with the media that you continuously consume (based on your posts), and how they profit from that division?
  5. And every time they've been called on to provide proof of such in a court of law they've failed to do so. The only actual voter fraud that's been found have been a handful of cases that were all for Trump.
  6. Yes, they typically don't get locked or completely deleted unless there is a lot of direct name-calling and personal attacks, which I don't recall seeing on that animal farm thread. I may have missed some posts, though.
  7. Yeah, if you get the "you don't have permission to view" error message then it's because the thread or post was deleted. It's also possible that the mods are combining some threads that are similar, and I'm not sure if one gets an error message if a thread has been combined.
  8. Truly America's best and brightest. A real symbol of our nation.
  9. Was it in a hotel room in Russia? Was there a bloated windbag with a funny comb-over?
  10. There have been a few social media companies that have been launched that all promised "no censorship", like Parler. Within weeks, or even days, they had to clamp down as they all became hotbeds of racist groups, neo-Nazis, and worse. Some users tried to test the "no censorship" rules by posting calls to violence, revenge porn, and child porn. It has always led to swift moderation and, of course, censorship.
  11. The Wolf House (2018) Chile/Dir: Joaquin Cocina & Cristobal Leon - Another very bizarre animated film, this time a surrealist fable concerning a young woman who is exiled from her cult-like religious community after allowing two pigs to escape their pen. She hides out with the pigs in a strange house that begins to have a transformative effect on everyone. Based loosely on the real isolationist community known as Colonia Dignidad, an agrarian religious commune led by a former Nazi and convicted child molester who also worked with the Pinochet government to incarcerate, torture and murd
  12. Millennium Actress (2001) Japan/Dir: Satoshi Kon - Animated film about an aged actress who is prompted by interviewers to reminisce about her long and turbulent life through the 20th century. In an inventive narrative twist, the two interviewers are transported through time to the different eras of the actress's life to witness firsthand her experiences. Well written and worth checking out. (7/10)
  13. Faust (1994) Czech Republic/Dir: Jan Svankmajer - Retelling of the Faust legend, this time mixing live action with stop-motion animation. A lonely everyman (Petr Cepek) follows a mysterious map to a puppet theater where he embarks on a surreal journey through the Faust story. Claymation and old-fashioned stringed marionettes are combined to interesting effect. The narrative is hazy at best, and one would be advised to just sit back and take it in. Not really my type of experience, but it was unusual. (6/10)
  14. Son of the White Mare (1981) Hungary/Dir: Marcell Jankovics - Animated fantasy steeped in Hungarian folklore that follows a trio of mystical brothers that unite to save a trio of princesses from a trio of dragons. The very unique art style is eye-popping, and it adds immeasurably to the ambience. The many psychedelic touches add to the story rather than distract, creating recurring motifs and visuals cues without descending in self-indulgence. This was a flop in its home country at the time of release. Since then it has been heralded as an underrated masterpiece by animation fans. (7/10)
  15. Belladonna of Sadness (1973) Japan/Dir: Eiichi Yamamoto - Psychedelic animated film based on a French novel in which a peasant girl is raped by a feudal lord and then outcast from her village. She makes a pact with a demon in order to get revenge. I can see this being very popular with headshop-stoner crowd. It's both visually dated and unusual, particularly for Japanese animation. It's fairly sexually explicit, with a lot of nudity and bizarre sexual motifs. The artwork ranges from brief snippets of standard 2D animation stuff to still watercolors, mixed with strobing effects and rapid-fi
  16. The Wolf Girl (1974) Taiwan/Dir: Tung-Min Chen & Kuang Hui - Fantasy/horror madness about an evil wizard who promises to help a nobleman create a "ghost child", a mystical being with great magic powers that will do the bidding of its creator. However, it requires the nobleman to sacrifice his unborn child, which the mother is reluctant to do. She runs away, and gives birth to twin girls who get separated soon after. One grows up in a small village as a nice serving girl, while her twin grows up in the forest, becoming a feral "wolf girl". Everyone gets tangled up with the evil wizard a
  17. The Wife Killer (1974) Greece/Dir: Kostas Karagiannis - A philandering dilettante plots to have his older, wealthy wife killed so that he can inherit her money and run away with his young mistress. However, his choice of assassin is a serial rapist and murderer who ends up being even more trouble. With Lakis Komninos, Dorothy Moore, Vagelis Seilinos, Fragoulis Fragoulis, and Jane Paterson. This sleazy crime thriller features a lot of violence against women, so much so that even my jaded sensibilities were a bit unnerved. The performances were decent, and stylistically the film resembles ma
  18. Fox News is sick? Well, yeah, I suppose that's technically correct, but I'm not sure how much Fauci knows about mental health issues.
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