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#1251290
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Best/Worst Parody Movie?
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Love 'em, tolerate 'em, hate 'em, they’re definitely a thing!

I’ve noticed a few specific movie-themed threads coming up so I thought I’d pose this question as a thread in the hopes of getting more responses. What is your favorite parody movie, and why? If you are more inclined to respond to someone else’s and further that discussion than talk about your favorite, don’t be afraid to do that either.

The way I respond to parody I like tends to be a strong first reaction and fond memories, but no desire to go back to it unless I’m getting to show it to someone else for their first time.

Airplane! and Hot Shots: Part Deux are probably my favorites. Airplane! has better genre humor overall and will probably be better remembered than most movies it parodies, but I also enjoy Hot Shots for some of its specific lifts from some of my legitimately favorite movies.

As for worst, I assume I haven’t seen the worst. The duo behind Epic Movie I know did a ton more after that and I didn’t like that movie at all.

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#1251284
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Star Wars - What is wrong and what is right... Goodbye Magenta
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Stotchy said:

I hate this thread.

I love this thread.

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Ronster I don’t even hate every single test you’ve done, but your inability to follow basic advice is … laughable. How long would it take you to calibrate your monitor? I mean honestly! Take the five friggin’ minutes and maybe people will take you seriously.

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#1251280
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If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
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^This is very true. I remember even thinking ~6years ago that we could have been much more welcoming to new users. Although I never felt it myself, I definitely did see a certain amount of hazing going on throughout the forum. That’s where our agreements end, full stop.

That does not excuse how you continually abuse your power and borderline bully those who disagree with you.

As someone who has at previous points decried Off Topic’s tomfoolery led by OT’s very own Rat Pack, I have to admit–the more moderated the forums, the less fun it got. And I think it has to do with the appearance of a certain administrator more than mods asking people to, God forbid, follow the rules. The attitude I’ve seen from Jay, who admittedly is not alone in such awful behavior, is extremely off-putting. In all honesty, in other than most recent outbursts that were the final straw causing the bans, it seemed like everyone was on the run from him. And that’s no way to treat people who came to a community you run to talk about the stuff they care about.

Just a lurker’s two cents. In short, to Jay:

ChainsawAsh said:

Jeaus fucking Christ. The lack of self awareness on display here is astounding.

EDIT: removed something I regretted.

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#1245339
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Random Thoughts
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DuracellEnergizer said:

bkev said:

Handman said:

What do you look for in a friend?

I’ve kept my eye on this question for awhile now and I’m really surprised that so few people have answered it seriously.

In my defense, I’ve never had a close friend, and no casual friends since high school, so it’s not a question I could seriously answer.

No shade intended, Duracell. Sorry if my opening came off that way.

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#1245312
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Random Thoughts
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Handman said:

What do you look for in a friend?

I’ve kept my eye on this question for awhile now and I’m really surprised that so few people have answered it seriously. Then again, I’m a bit stumped by how to answer it myself. At 25, in my case, friendships either just happen or they don’t. After a certain age, shared interests isn’t enough to create a friendship; however, it can serve to maintain old ones.

Most friends I have I made around 5 years ago or further back. Not every single one, but most. I don’t go out much so I rely on people I already trust; but some of those relationships have grown stronger over the years, so it’s not a bad thing.

Proximity became a real thing in my early twenties. My first roommate out of college, who I don’t see or talk to often enough, has become someone I really trust. Low-maintenance friendships are pretty great that way–I might not be communicating with this person every day, but I trust them more than some people I talk to far more often. Shared experiences matter a lot, hence proximity mattering.

Can’t guarantee this is the sort of answer you were looking for but I wanted to contribute. It’s a hard question to answer and worth discussing.

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#1201940
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The high functioning autistic thread
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A few mainly unconnected thoughts, broken up by paragraph breaks:

I was diagnosed with aspergers-like tendencies as a child. They never gave me the full label, but they were serious enough about it to get me evaluated and all that fun stuff.

Personally I disagree with aspergers being out of the DSM, unfortunate history (involving Nazi scientists, joy!) of the name aside. While putting autism on a spectrum better defines how wide a range of symptoms there are, aspergers gave me a specific label for some of my more off-putting traits. And for whenever I feel like thinking logically, having that list helps me check myself. It’s always nice to see in writing some of the things that pop up in my life as a handicap.

I have my “on” and “off” days so to speak. Some days I have random bouts of TMI when I’m trying to bond with people. Other days I’m suddenly an uncomfortably quiet presence in a room. Still others, I’m less off-putting and even well-liked. But I think that has more to do with mood than social aptitude.

Some people in the autistic community aren’t into the hierarchy involved in labeling people as high vs. low functioning, and I understand why, but honestly? For the moment being I think it helps Joe Schmoe know that every person’s experience on the spectrum is different.

I’ve warmed to Sheldon Cooper as a representation of the spectrum. His quirks aren’t always shown as flaws and htey do come in handy for him at times. Plus, it’s hard to show nuance with any mental condition in popular culture – whether it be difference, mental illness, etc. It’s easier to make it the defining trait, hard to make an incidental part of character. He doesn’t represent me, but I hope someone out there who’s on the spectrum positively identifies with him as a piece of themselves widely visible on TV.

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#1185978
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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I rewatchd TLJ last night at the $2 theater. I think it held up better than I expected. My only real complain was that it’s a bit on the long side due to all the subplots, but it never drags enough that that’s a dealbreaker.

I definitely thought it was worthwhile to watch again on the big screen, but I don’t think I’ll revisit this the way I do the OT. The good stuff in this movie, however, far exceeded the parts I liked in TFA. I’m excited for Episode IX.

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#1183563
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If you need to B*tch about something... this is the place
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paja said:

For some reason my Pc Audio is not working and it say’s “No Audio Output Device is installed” This is Bullshit

I’ve been dealing with this with my MacBook Pro for a long time now. It turns out my Logic Board is fucked, but I am not paying more than I would for a Windows computer (quoted at $700!) just to get this almost 4-year-old machine fixed! And that was a 3rd party store no less. Goddamn Apple.

So I’ve been using this instead. https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-External-Adapter-Windows-AU-MMSA/dp/B00IRVQ0F8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1521181924&sr=8-3&keywords=audio+usb

Allows me to use headphones again. I kind of miss having speakers, but it hasn’t bugged me enough to look at getting a new computer.

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#1155410
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the beatles
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^I love their harmonies all the way through their career, but there is something special about their earlier work. It never fails to bring a smile to my face, or even more if I’m feeling sentimental. They were the first band I really explored (which, given how much merchandise there is of theirs everywhere to this day, is not all that surprising.)

My love of The Beatles at this point in my life comes down to being sentimental. Anyone out there in the same boat? If so, what songs still get you? I gotta give it to the Abbey Road medley, I’ve cried to that at least once or twice.

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#1130915
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Random Thoughts
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^Really? Interesting. I’ve found Firefox near unusable for over 5 years, at least compared to Chrome, but Quantum on Mac OS so far is by and large a huge improvement. Hope it’s a small glitch and they fix it soon.

I’d like to switch from Chrome mainly because the older I get, the less I trust their data mining. It could be said of anywhere online though, to be honest, but Google knows… everything.

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#1112589
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Star Trek: The Original Series (Unaltered in HD)
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ChainsawAsh said:

bkev said:

An official restoration isn’t happening any time soon, as those early DCAU cartoons were edited on video. It’d take a lot of effort to get it done. Maybe they will sometime, but I don’t think the demand is there.

I wouldn’t mind an upscale project, but the DVDs suit me just fine for now.

Think you’re in the wrong thread.

Lol, yes. That keeps happening to me.

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#1112588
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Batman The Animated Series restoration.
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It would take a lot of work they’re probably not willing to go through right now. The editing, as with most of the early dcau, was done on video. It’s stuck in 480 unless they go the TNG route and redo a lot of stuff, though probably not as extensive of a change as in that case.

I’d love to see it but don’t see it happening any time soon. Maybe someone could do an upscale Avatar-style, but I’m perfectly content with the DVDs for now. They even downscale decently on Amazon streaming.

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#1096353
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Episode VIII : The Last Jedi - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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Man, I really want to read these articles–but I made it through the first page of this EW story and thought to myself, “too many spoilers!”

I will likely cave at some point but man. When did marketing and spoilering become so hand-in-hand? Is this across all movies now? Am I just overthinking it because of Star Wars? Why am I asking you all of these questions?