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Maedhros

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  1. I think rather the war in Ukraine is the reason. Turkey is more important to NATO and the EU than ever.
  2. https://variety.com/lists/best-martin-scorsese-movies-ranked/ Controversial pick for #1, but it really is a phenomenal film.
  3. Elrond (and his friendship with Durin) is the best part about the show I think. They nailed the "kind as summer" Elrond from the books, unlike Hugo Weaving who is nothing like the character. People like his Elrond because they like Hugo Weaving...who's just being himself. He also looks just as much an elf as bloody Hugo Weaving with his receding hairline did. --- As for the show. The hate and unreasonable criticism it's getting is so over the top. I've read all of Tolkien' writings (including the obscure stuff) a gazillion times and the feel I'm getting is that these guys know Tolkien better than Peter Jackson did. While the showmakers take liberties at times, and invent stuff left and right they kind of have to as there are so many blank spots to fill in, in the second age. The dialogue for the most part is Tolkienian (more so than PJ - "let's hunt some orc!"), and he even had so much dialogue to pick from the books. I'd rate it a decent 7/10, with the expectation that things will get even better now that they've sat things in motion. Big kudos to them that they manage so much with so little to go from, AND with big constraints put on them in terms of where these characters have to end up. I especially loved the dwarven stuff, and the orcs looked better than ever. The dialogue was at times beautiful, and some scenes were much better than they could be expected to be (like the intense back-and-forth with the two Durins).
  4. Living standards declining in 90% of countries: https://www.dw.com/en/un-index-shows-living-standards-declining-in-90-of-countries/a-63052023 Coronavirus/war in Ukraine/global warming cited as main reasons.
  5. Liking House of the Dragon so far (bar that action scene at the end of episode 3). It's taking its time, and laying some really good groundwork for upcoming conflicts. Kudos to the writers for being very loyal to the story by GRRM. Rings of Power I had very low expectations going into, and I'm reasonably happy with it. They clearly care about the lore, despite the weird scriptmaking decisions at times. It's just frustrating that they don't have the rights to Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, etc. They're also gonna miss out on some key events that they don't have the rights to in the future).
  6. @BartimaeusI quite disliked Jojo Rabbit, and feel very alone in that camp (what's up with EVERYONE loving it so much?!). It wasn't smart and it wasn't funny. Though very different, I think Death of Stalin did satire much better. In terms of Taika Waititi, I vastly preferred his Hunt for the Wilderpeople. When I think about it, I think I've just grown tired of his style of quirkiness. What We Do in the Shadows isn't as funny as it used to be either.
  7. Seems like early reviews of the new Game of Thrones show are pretty positive. Even GRRM's assistant/helper who was very vocal in his criticism of Game of Thrones enjoyed it. Also liking the look of Rings of Power, despite being very annoyed that Bezos couldn't add a couple hundred million more to get the rights to all of Tolkien's works. Gonna be a bit weird to have a second age show based solely on what's mentioned in Lotr and its appendices, when there's so much good stuff in Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, etc.
  8. Everything Everywhere All at Once. Great film that I think a lot of people will miss out on sadly. Do yourself a favour and watch it.
  9. Is episode 6 released? Can't seem to find it -- Had the same issue with Dark as @Lexx. Really enjoyed the first season.
  10. You need a bachelor's degree to be police over here and I support that. Defunding isn't necessary, but spend all that money on education instead. -- On a complete sidenote, North-Dakota has the happiest people in the US. Kentucky the most miserable ones. According to this https://amerisleep.com/blog/happiest-states/ anyway. Anything to take from this? States up north seem to do better than states in the south. Worldwide Finland has the happiest people according to https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/happiest-countries-in-the-world - that I refuse to believe knowing Finns to be miserable bastards. Danes are far more happier in my experience.
  11. Was home alone yesterday. Made pan fried chicken breast (@ 60 celsius, with lots and lots of butter and garlic), ramson that I picked in a nearby forest, celeriac puree and a red wine sauce. Paired with a beautiful red from my favorite aussie winemaker - By Farr. Wish I made more!
  12. Some of the shows I've seen lately: New season of Stranger things started out nicely, but lost all suspense and nerve along the way. The first two episodes of Obi-Wan were very mediocre, as pretty much all Star Wars content after Empire Strikes Back. Waste of potential as usual. Barry season 3 is great, and a true contender for best show of the year. That motorbike chase scene in the last episode was a highlight.
  13. Been playing Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI (2008) these last years every now and then. The game is really easy once you master it, so I try to give myself really difficult challenges such as letting the game go on for a few years, and then take over a faction that's about to be destroyed. I wish there was a better editor for the game, as there's so much potential in it.
  14. I rather liked the new Batman film. It's rather low key, so not neccesarily something you need to watch at the cinema. More a crime thriller than a superhero film. It should have been at least 15 minutes shorter, and a few scenes annoyed me - but overall good. Also, best portrayal of Gotham so far.
  15. The Kanye documentary was solid though, and rather insightful for someone like me who isn't familiar with the hip-hop culture of the early 00s.
  16. Watching the winter olympics. "We" (saying that as someone who don't even know how to ski) just set the record for most gold medals in a single winter olympics ever, with 15 gold medals. If you ever need a new sport to watch, I recommend biathlon. Combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. If you miss a shot during the shooting rounds, you get penalty laps or added time. It's really fun, and can be really nerve-wrecking to watch, especially at the last shooting round.
  17. Boba Fett show was incredibly lacklustre. Reeks of bad planning. https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/02/amazon-the-rings-of-power-series-first-look I'm so annoyed Amazon didn't buy the rights to The Silmarilion and Unfinished Tales. They're gonna make a show based on the second age with next to no source material. So, basically fan fiction. Lame.
  18. I saw the new Matrix film. Despite a lot of cringe, I didn't dislike it as much as I thought I would.
  19. Mark Rylance is brilliant. Wolf Hall is the best show no one saw.
  20. Finished Witcher season 2. Overall quite pleased with it. It's certainly much better than Wheel of Time, but I hope that show gets an equivalent upgrade in quality for its second season. Jaskier though, meh. Still annoys me that they're reducing him to almost 100% comic relief. In the books he's learned, funny and cunning in his own way. His friendship with Geralt feels very genuine there. Hope to see more of that in season 3.
  21. https://www.businessinsider.com/congress-stock-act-violations-penalties-consequences-2021-12?r=US&IR=T Rules for thee and not for me
  22. Watched a couple of episodes of S2 Witcher. A clear step up in quality from the first season, but I'm a bit annoyed with all the unnecessary changes from the books. I'm not a book purist (omitting Tom Bombadil in Lotr was the right move!), but I dislike when they change things for no apparent reason.
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