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  1. #2026
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    @N'Al: Where is it you're from originally? Are you one of the great unwashed bilingual masses or a native speaker of ze German? My mother tongue is German (learnt from an English mum), but I don't always find Austrian dialects easy to understand, especially acoustically. Josef Hader, who plays the main character in the Haas movies, did a film called Indien (very much worth watching), and the German DVD we got promised subtitles - but all they did was to translate the occasional obscure dialect expression. It took me and my wife ~half an hour to get into the film linguistically.

  2. #2027
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Quote Originally Posted by faetal View Post
    Yes, because during wars, all women just go into suspended animation and don't help with anything. The fact you think it is just the case that these periods were male dominated, is almost certainly because of the way our culture represents historical accounts, particularly given who has written said accounts.
    Come on man, don't get sarcastic. I'm not saying that women disappear during wars but just that the actual fighting tends to be by men. The period of time isn't dominated by men but the major events are. The number of women who died on the front line, as part of the armed forces, in WW1 and 2 compared to the number of men... do I need to go on?

    There is no moment in history where the split isn't about 50/50.

  3. #2028
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: sup
    GET THE FUCK OUT OF THIS THREAD PLEASE

  4. #2029
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Yes, but the fighting is actually a minuscule part of what actually happens during a war. It's just that is typically the part which gets romanticised and turned into a spectacle, as it's assumed that whatever the women were getting up to wasn't worthy of mention. It's all about the brotherhood forged in combat, ignoring the people who were holding shit together back home. Why so few films about families weathering the blitz versus Dirty Dozen type films? Is it because women are boring, or because cinema is tailored more towards men's interests? Because that's the exact variable which is being probed by the Bechdel test.

  5. #2030
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Quote Originally Posted by Scots Taffer View Post
    GET THE FUCK OUT OF THIS THREAD PLEASE

  6. #2031
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Landahn
    Quote Originally Posted by Thirith View Post
    @N'Al: Where is it you're from originally? Are you one of the great unwashed bilingual masses or a native speaker of ze German?
    Bilingual? Yes.
    Unwashed? No comment.

    Was born in Stuttgart (German dad, English mum), so I tend to do alright with Austrian German. Heck, on a good day I can even understand Swiss German, which is far from the standard in the rest of Germany - I mean, Swiss German tv programmes there tend to have German subtitles.

    Haven't lived in Germany since I turned 16, though.

  7. #2032
    Quote Originally Posted by dethtoll View Post
    Out of curiosity, what's your RPG Codex handle?

    I'm not on RPG Codex.


    On a more cordial(and less entertaining note), I would like to politely ask that you do a bit more research into the issues and causes being discussed. In particular focus on their true origins, the individuals that made those movements possible (esp. financially), and their early stated motivations.

    In some(but not all) cases they are not nearly as benevolent as you think they are.


    Here's one example in the form of the American education system. The book was written by a former Reagan-era DoE official, and she has provided ample evidence(if you read the whole) book to support her points. It's also a textbook example of a wonderful sounding cause being camouflage for an agenda that can only be described as evil.


    The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, by Charlotte Iserbyt

  8. #2033
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Wow. It's really practical on a forum to reply with "read this entire book I've linked" as part of a moving discussion.

  9. #2034
    Member
    Registered: Jun 1999
    Location: Procrastination, Australia
    Holy fucking shit. A little chat about screened things turns into this, plus an excuse for Tone to show his mining of the crank fringe once more.

    Self published right wing "expose's" are always such a treat.

    Paragraph one of the fucking foreword

    "Anyone interested in the truth will be shocked by the way American social engineers have systematically gone about destroying the intellect of millions of American children for the purpose of leading the American people into a socialist world government controlled by behavioral and social scientists"

    Aaand we're done....


    Incidentally the Bechdel Test isn't meant to be taken toooo seriously. It's just an interesting little experiment in writing and character. It's not perfect, but fascinating to think how many films fail such a relatively low bar for female characterisation.
    A review for The Other Woman gave the jokey sub heading "Hollywood -1, Bechdel - nil", referring to how the film is about horrific shrieking nightmares of female caricatures setting the world back to, well, Bridewars or Sex and The City 2. But it passes the test, technically speaking.
    Last edited by Muzman; 2nd Jun 2014 at 14:00.

  10. #2035
    Quote Originally Posted by SubJeff View Post
    Stop this horrible straw manning. Please. You're being as bad as Brethren.
    Hey. At least I'm not being as thick as a brick when it comes to understanding the purpose of the Bechdel test.

    Great reading though, the last 5 pages or so. Rock on, TTLG.

  11. #2036
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Don't pretend you understand a goddamn thing itt.

    Quote Originally Posted by Muzman View Post
    A review for The Other Woman gave the jokey sub heading "Hollywood -1, Bechdel - nil", referring to how the film is about horrific shrieking nightmares of female caricatures setting the world back to, well, Bridewars or Sex and The City 2. But it passes the test, technically speaking.
    It was pretty amusing tbh. The best jokes weren't in the trailer and it was a fun diversion. I especially liked seeing whassisface Lannister in something else. It may have caricatures but it doesn't paint women in nearly as bad a light as Sex and The City.

  12. #2037
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: sup
    You guys are fucking exhausting. Honestly.

  13. #2038
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Somewhere
    Last movie seen - Frozen
    Bechdel Test - passed

    Also this piece of amazingness Dragonstrike

    remember, Sharp swords settle scores.

  14. #2039
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    Quote Originally Posted by Scots Taffer View Post
    You guys are fucking exhausting. Honestly.
    SORRY WE'RE SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT DAD

    ----

    Actually, I've been watching a lot of movies lately with some friends. We watched X-Men First Class last week; I plan to see DOFP soon.

    Next week we plan to watch the Orson Welles classic "The Trial" which Subjeff still needs to see as punishment for dismissing it out of hand because "no film would really be able to capture the Kafka." (Trust me, it succeeded. I mean it's Orson Welles for god's sake.)

  15. #2040
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Just watched this weeks latest Game of Thrones episode and I want to go shoot someone. AHHHHHH. God dammit.

    That is all.

  16. #2041
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Yeah. Goddamnit Game of Thrones! Every time it's just gaaaahhh.

    dethtoll - I never watch films of books. Ever.
    Telepathy is not mind reading. It is the direct linking... ...of nervous systems... ...separated by space.

  17. #2042
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Just series?

    I've read the GoT books but it was still brutally executed enough to knock the wind out of me.

  18. #2043
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    I want to shoot someone over GoT too! But probably not for the same reason.

    Quote Originally Posted by SubJeff View Post
    dethtoll - I never watch films of books. Ever.
    That is a patently ridiculous course of action, and one that you've probably accidentally violated anyway.

    Go watch The Trial. You'll like it. I promise. I swear.

  19. #2044
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Quote Originally Posted by faetal View Post
    Just series?
    Ha ha. No, I was just kidding. Of course I watch films of books. Blade Runner is one of my favourite films (and the only film I can think of that I prefer to the book, mostly because the book is even bleaker and the Rachel character is, errr, wrong).

    You don't like GoT dethtoll? I think it's pretty much the best thing on tv atm and I especially love/hate it because, as this week showed, no matter how much you love/hate someone - no one is safe. No one!

  20. #2045
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    No, I don't, but I'm not interested in having yet another debate about it where I get treated like some kind of weirdo for not liking it or my reasons thereof.

    I don't like most TV in general, though.

  21. #2046
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    I'm just interested is all. Did you like Breaking Bad? We recommend stuff to each other on this forum, often just by way of review (see Scots post re: Grand Budapest Hotel with N'Al and then me piling in to agree), so knowing where each other stand and why is useful. E.g. I know you like Team Ico games and Journey, and I do too. So I'm more likely to trust your opinion on games of that sort. You hate Dear Esther though so we don't share the same taste in the real arty wank (which I like).

  22. #2047
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    I thought the movie Kafka was pretty good. It mixed Kafka's life with The Trial and The Castle, and it was maybe more on the playful and less the unnerving side of his style, but it was still recognizably Kafkaesque.

  23. #2048
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    Quote Originally Posted by SubJeff View Post
    Did you like Breaking Bad?
    No.

    I'll argue video games all day long, but television as a medium is just about useless to me and people tend to react very weirdly to that in ways they don't normally do when discussing video games or movies or books. I refuse to engage in that anymore.

  24. #2049
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Landahn
    It's the 90th anniversary of Kafka's death today!

    Just, like, so you know.

  25. #2050
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2002
    Location: melon labneh
    I also don't watch a lot of series or TV for that matter, I've yet to finish the first season of BB, although I know I will. I can get behind the sentiment that TV shows themselves and TV show people are often a weird bunch with a lot of annoying sub-culture shenanigans going on.

    Anyway, I think dethtoll would really enjoy True Detective.

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