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re: Most surprising/random team to ever reach #1 in the AP Poll? - Baloo
Maryland won a national title in 1953. Since 1955, they have finished in the top ten precisely once (1976). ...
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re: Star Wars actor John Boyega wonders why there aren't notable black characters in fantasy - Baloo
I've honestly got no sympathy for the "cultural appropriation" argument. Literally EVEYRTHING is cultural appropriation. That's how societies move forward and develop without stagnating. Hell, the written word is cultural appropriation from China, but I think everyone should write books. It also ...
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re: Star Wars actor John Boyega wonders why there aren't notable black characters in fantasy - Baloo
Riseupfromtherubble's post is a great example of why recasting minority actors in canonically white roles is no big deal and people shouldn't get all pissy about it. Three of the Will Smith roles were originally white characters (Men in Black, I Am Legend, and I Robot). But you can seamlessly rec...
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re: Star Wars actor John Boyega wonders why there aren't notable black characters in fantasy - Baloo
[quote], but they literally interjected a ton of minorities into late 18th or early 19th century rural France for NO reason other than adding diversity.[/quote] There's a pretty large difference between adding diversity to 18th Century France and adding it to literally a fictional world. The same...
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re: Star Wars actor John Boyega wonders why there aren't notable black characters in fantasy - Baloo
The overwhelming whiteness of fantasy and sci fi isn't a new topic. It was a big topic of conversation in geek circles in the 80s as well, it's just now the conversation is going more mainstream. These aren't new complaints. The biggest problem is that so much of fantasy is based on an idealized ...
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re: What is the appeal of superhero movies at this point - Baloo
Well, I'm not as big of a fan of it as most others, but Captain America: Civil War ended with him as a fugitive from justice. I didn't really see that as the resolution. (that's a huge diversion from the comic) Also, while agree there's a "good guys always win" problem save for Civil War, its the...
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re: Longstanding Rumor About Who Directed 'Poltergeist' Finally Confirmed - Baloo
There's also the fat Tobe Hooper had a pretty large drug habit at this point, and wasn't capable of managing a large project. But this is the worst kept secret in Hollywood. I mean, look at all the offers Hooper got to direct after Poltergeist's success.... a whole lot of nothing. Word got out. ...
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re: Arrival movie - Baloo
Arrival was an amazing film, and by far my favorite movie of last year. The way it gets into the messiness of communication and translation was fascinating, and at the movie's core, there is a moral choice for which the movie doesn't really take a side, giving voice to both sides of the argument. I ...
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re: What is the appeal of superhero movies at this point - Baloo
[quote]I agree with everything you said except to point out that this collective myth really could be anything. It's neat that it's all interconnected in terms of the MCU and the DCEU, but other genres have held this collective myth status in society before. Westerns and Action Hero movies come to m...
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re: What is the appeal of superhero movies at this point - Baloo
First off, its not like the "shared universe" comic book movies are old. Iron Man came out in 2008. The MCU just turned 10. So, its hardly run its course, considering we're just digging into the possibilities of the benefits of a shared universe (the first half was all world building). What's int...
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re: IYO, which active MLB players will be first ballot HOFers? - Baloo
Getting in 1st ballot is hard, and also a matter of timing. the ballot is still super crowded and backlogged, so even great players have trouble getting in on the first one right now. In 10 years? Things should be a lot more cleared up. But what usually gets you in on the first try are obvious, u...
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re: SEC West predictions - Baloo
[quote]Because they return literally everybody and bring in a stud at QB[/quote] Auburn had 6 All-SEC players at the end of the season. They return two, and one is a kicker. The strength of their team last season was a strong defensive line, and both Lawson and Adams are gone. If we define everyb...
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re: What is your personal favorite line from tombstone - Baloo
IKE: What's a matter with him? BARTENDER: Lunger. IKE (to Doc): Well, I hope you die....
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re: Is Adrian Beltre the most underrated baseball player ever? - Baloo
Murray is a great answer he was top 5 in the MVP voting for 5 consecutive seasons, finishing 2nd twice. His whole reputation changes if he wins one of those. Despite having that kind of dominant peak in which he was seen as the best player in baseball, a lot of younger fans view him as a "compiler:"...
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re: "Sports on Earth" list - we have 2 players in the top 10 but nobody else in the top 130? - Baloo
I think it's fair. LSU players did get some mention in the positional rankings that seem about right: 24 WR Chark 17 OL Clapp 12 DB Jackson 17 DB Toliver Hard to quibble with any of those as being too low. ...
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re: The Player - Baloo
Great movie. It was Altman's return to Hollywood movie, as he had been a bit in the wilderness in the 80s, and he came back with both middle fingers raised. It's got a lot of great subtle digs (watch the water orders throughout the movie), but also some great meta-commentary. The characters comme...
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re: The Unofficial 2017 Wimbledon Thread - Baloo
[quote]That was some impressive tennis. If she carries that over to Saturday, she will hoist the big dish. How about the challenge in the tight game up a set up and 4-0 in the second - and she was right by about 2 mm?? love the focus. Not giving an inch.[/quote] Muguruza must have felt that was a...
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re: Critics Poll: ‘Get Out’ tops the chart of 2017 favorites, so far - Baloo
I'm glad a horror movie is getting this kind of publicity, but seriously: It Comes at Night is terrifying. It doesn't have the social commentary of Get Out, so I get why it isn't as high on lists, but as a pure horror movie... damn. ...
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re: Missing Les - Baloo
Spurrier and Les were the only two people who made SEC Media Days bearable. I miss both of them. Now it's Saban and 13 substitute teachers. ...
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re: Is There Something Wrong With Baseball? - Baloo
They've done it in other sports and it's cool for a one-year gimmick. But otherwise? Meh....
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