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    I have no interest in watching any more films...

    I have no interest in watching any more films about the trials and tribulations of Americans as they wage their war of terror on the world. In the course of learning about the Vietnam War, I've read...
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    Speaking of works of the past that speak to the...

    Speaking of works of the past that speak to the present more strongly than one would've imagined possible, check out this from E. M. Forster's 1909 story The Machine Stops:

    "We created the Machine...
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    I don't think "outrage" is the correct response...

    I don't think "outrage" is the correct response to someone's innocent use of an antiquated term that is now perceived as dehumanising, but certainly one should be free to inform the speaker of that...
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    I haven't seen it and have no intention of doing...

    I haven't seen it and have no intention of doing so. Going by what I've read in Salon (e.g. this, this, and this) it is an example of the worst kind of war film: dishonest, propagandistic, and...
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    The recent restoration of Metropolis (1927)....

    The recent restoration of Metropolis (1927). Apparently Fritz Lang didn't like it, and sure, the message is rather simplistic. But whether because it's a 'silent' film, the expressionist style, or...
  6. Let's face it: anyone who cares enough to wade...

    Let's face it: anyone who cares enough to wade through the mountains of evidence and procedural bullshit necessary to figure out what has happened is either "invested in one of the teams" or part of...
  7. There's regurgitating PR material, reviewing...

    There's regurgitating PR material, reviewing games, and then a spectrum of activity that could well be described as journalism. Granted, it likely constitutes only a tenth of all games writing, but...
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    Let's Play videos are the future of video game...

    Let's Play videos are the future of video game archiving.
  9. Your use of the word 'atrocity' in this context...

    Your use of the word 'atrocity' in this context is atrocious.
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    The argument against permitting insults to...

    The argument against permitting insults to religious figures would primarily come in the form of arguing-from-consequences along the sane lines as laws against shouting 'fire' in a crowded theatre,...
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    Obscenity clauses, libel, incitement to violence,...

    Obscenity clauses, libel, incitement to violence, the restrictions on Nazi propaganda in Germany, truth-in-advertising laws, etc.^ The point is not that such restrictions are unjustifiable (although...
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    It is easy to make the claim all speech should be...

    It is easy to make the claim all speech should be free, but when this stands at variance with the laws of every country that claims to value the concept, it is unclear how useful such a sentiment is....
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    Someone who uttered those words could indeed be...

    Someone who uttered those words could indeed be accurately described as excusing terrorism, but it is possible to express similar kinds of sentiments without doing so. As such, your 'quote', being...
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    Because that's the sick sort of society we have...

    Because that's the sick sort of society we have become.
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    So ... is Tei really gone? /sadface Also, the...

    So ... is Tei really gone? /sadface

    Also, the Christmas console bundles are tempting.
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    Speaking of which, anyone know of an English-language source for Russian news and analysis that isn't either a Kremlin mouthpiece or part of the western infowar apparatus?
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    I don't agree with all the criticisms in the...

    I don't agree with all the criticisms in the article. Murph was ok, I think, and I liked the film's first act more than most critics seem to. But the points about Zimmer and Dr. Brandt, absolutely....
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    Interstellar I share the general consensus...

    Interstellar

    I share the general consensus that this is a film that reaches for the stars yet fails to get there, falling into the chasm between its two poles of stern grandeur and...
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    Nymphomaniac Vol. II has an ending. More...

    Nymphomaniac Vol. II has an ending. More precisely, it has one of THOSE endings. I've seen people defend it, and perhaps their defences would even be convincing, if I were willing to be convinced....
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    Warning: I am trying to take your gu-- I mean...

    Warning: I am trying to take your gu-- I mean games away.



    Indeed. And I don't know if someone else has brought this up over the course of fifteen pages, but undoubtedly the trigger for the...
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    If you've seen Dogville, the Volume I/II split of...

    If you've seen Dogville, the Volume I/II split of Nymphomanic roughly parallels the tonal shift that occurs partway through that film. Volume II is certainly a much darker film, but a more...
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    No, the great majority of the disruption is...

    No, the great majority of the disruption is caused by overreacting to the very minor threat posed by terrorists. To be fair, Tony Abbott appears to realise this, which is why he has called for people...
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    And so merely hours later the response has...

    And so merely hours later the response has already caused more disruption than the terrorists.
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    It's a function of today's more competitive...

    It's a function of today's more competitive market too. If Sony or Microsoft ruled the roost they would be able to impose stricter QA standards on publishers, but doing that today that just means the...
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    Now that I think of it, it gives me some vague...

    Now that I think of it, it gives me some vague tinglings of familiarity also, but I can't place it. And just as I write, it comes to me -- the montage of orgasms in Amelie!

    Such references...
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