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 on: Today at 12:55:19 PM 
Started by TheChipPrince - Last post by Sheriff Fatman
SPOILER FREE REVIEW (HOPEFULLY):

Went to the midnight showing of The Last Jedi last night and have to admit to being underwhelmed with it.

One of the criticisms of The Force Awakens (which I thought was fantastic on first viewing, less so over time) was that it was essentially a re-boot of the original Star Wars film.  This one felt largely like re-boots of a selection of scenes from Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi around which they've built a new plot.  Consequently it felt disjointed overall and, as a result of trying to cram too many plotlines/characters into it, some of them didn't get developed sufficiently, even in a film that's over 2.5 hours long.

There's also too much of an attempt at forced humour in some of the scenes, particularly the opening sequences which felt a little like a Star Wars parody being played for laughs in places.  That's probably something only picked up on by those of us who've grown up through the films, so it'll be oblivious to the younger viewers who will probably love it.

My surprise is that I seem to be contrary to the critic reviews on this, so maybe my expectations were too high.  My cousin was watching it elsewhere and she had similar thoughts to mine, based on our WhatsApp chat afterwards.

That's not to say I didn't enjoy it overall - it's Star Wars after all and the little kid inside me still wants to know how it develops.  However, if I could paraphrase it, I'd describe it as "Star Wars By Numbers".  Rogue One was a much better film, in my view, despite it being constrained to a general storyline that everyone knew beforehand.

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 on: Today at 12:45:31 PM 
Started by TightEnd - Last post by nirvana
The subject is so dull now. We're not making a hash of it. They don't hold all the cards. Both sides of the negotiation don't exist in a vacuum. Parliament having a final vote seems manifestly ok irrespective of the motivations of those seeking it.the ongoing lack of integrity or grownupness on all sides remains mildly irritating.

I still feel sanguine about the whole thing. I hope we leave but can't imagine I'll be motivated enough to wave a placard if we dont

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 on: Today at 12:29:57 PM 
Started by TightEnd - Last post by kukushkin88
I voted leave, and up until this month would have voted leave again without hesitation.

On day 1 the EU definately didn't hold all the cards.

Now I think it is ridiculous to do anything other than pull the plug on the whole thing as we are making such an utter hash of it!

I'm really not trying to be argumentative but perhaps you can explain why they didn't hold all the cards? What's changed?

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 on: Today at 12:28:11 PM 
Started by Snowball - Last post by Horneris
So what we on boys?

Got a chunk on Ando/MvG final as one of the Scuy offers.

Don't know much about Wilson's opponent tonight. Anything to be aware of?

Hes good. At work we nicknamed him the Polish Van Gerwen around 18 months ago, can't fully remember why but I remember him taking out huge checkouts for fun.

Think the prices in that match are about right and it might go quite deep. Because of this, I quite like Bet Victors 7/2 on Wilson getting the most 180s on the night. He was a maximum machine in the Grand Prix despite going out in the group stages and the hope for this bet would be that Van Gerwens match doesn't last long.

Ted Evetts is an interesting one vs Gerwyn Price. Ted averaged 106 in one of his matches when winning the qualifying event, scoring huge all day and Gerwyn Price has never won a match at the worlds. Then again, Superted hasn't been overly consistent on the youth tour and as much as I despise him, Price is pretty solid. Maybe a bit of value on Ted @ 9/4 but not too much.

Maybe a double on the over legs???

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 on: Today at 12:22:17 PM 
Started by TightEnd - Last post by StuartHopkin
I voted leave, and up until this month would have voted leave again without hesitation.

On day 1 the EU definately didn't hold all the cards.

Now I think it is ridiculous to do anything other than pull the plug on the whole thing as we are making such an utter hash of it!

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 on: Today at 12:16:19 PM 
Started by TightEnd - Last post by Longines

Brexit is fucked now, EU has all the cards. They now have full incentive to give the shitest deal possible knowing that it will go to a vote (They don’t want us to leave we are a big asset to them) and why would parliament vote in a shit deal?

They should just tell the EU to go and fuck themselves when they start being pricks in the next round.

There will be violence on the streets when it becomes more apparent. 

I thought we voted leave to take back control and have a sovereign parliament making the decisions? If the majority decided a vote would be the right thing to do then I guess we should respect the majority.

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 on: Today at 12:12:28 PM 
Started by tikay - Last post by Longines
A stat on the BBC said last night was the first PL game with two Asian goalscorers.

I'm really wanting to call.

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 on: Today at 12:09:24 PM 
Started by fatcatstu - Last post by tikay
Interesting that there's been no mention of the match fixing story that broke today. Wonder if we are so desensitised to it now that it doesn't really matter any more.

It's just seemed like media hype to me, it never struck me as having an ounce of credibility.

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 on: Today at 12:05:18 PM 
Started by bergeroo - Last post by Jon MW
I don't quite understand a couple of things.

...
We've been hearing bubble and correction before I even heard of a bitcoin. When this thread started the market cap was around 50 billion and its now standing at over half a trillion. If we are in a bubble, it is hard to deny the fact that this is going forwards for more reasons than greed and speculation.

It's very easy to deny - the whole reason bubbles happen is because of speculation and greed; if we're in a bubble it's almost by definition going forward for those reasons. More importantly - what possible evidence is there for the alternative?


.... I expect the overall market cap to be many trillions of dollars and has the potential to shake up a lot of the financial sector.
...

Why do you think this?

I've seen a few people on the internet make this claim - but none of them have given any concrete reasons why they think so.

Surely if the value of cryptocurrencies keep going up (which they need to if they're going to reach that level) - it'll mean it'll never be stable enough to use as an actual currency. And if that's the case - why would it be going up so much?

And if it does become stable enough to use as a currency - why would people choose to do so?

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 on: Today at 12:02:56 PM 
Started by fatcatstu - Last post by rinswun
Interesting that there's been no mention of the match fixing story that broke today. Wonder if we are so desensitised to it now that it doesn't really matter any more.

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