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#3026340 Cam Newton is the only QB in NFL history to....

Posted by twylyght on 18 October 2014 - 10:09 PM

"All you need is one." Jack Black said the same thing about cock push-ups

#3025465 Villains

Posted by twylyght on 17 October 2014 - 08:53 PM

The best villains IMO are the ones who have clear motivation.

How about a lone wolf serial killer who, in order to escape capture, uses black magic to put his spirit inside the body of a toy. When a little kid gets said toy for his birthday, the serial killer has the kid do his bidding in order to send his spirit into the kid's body?




The villain with seemingly no motivation can be done, but it is REALLY hard to do well for myself.  Like you, I like my bad guys to have serious depth... with that, I give you a couple of MANY that were a credit to turning the villain-concept on its head:




The way that Magneto's character was realized by Bryan Singer was perfect in my mind.  Given his history, I completely understand why he came to be who he was.  Moreover, in the original film, I would likely be conflicted as to whose side I would be on.  I thought his plan to make the leaders of the enemy, enemies themselves as an elegant and effective solution not only to bring a halt to the coming war, but perhaps even a lasting peace.  Not to be outdone, one of the more revolutionary heroes in turn called out Magneto on his hypocrisy at the moment of his revolution.  The continued development of Erik throughout the series has done quite well when compared with the vast majority of one-trick ponies that have littered Hollywood's history.




Tom Hiddleston's realization of one of the absolute most iconic villains in western literature has shown to be poetic and tragic where it needs to be, impish as only he can deliver, and as layered as any character to provide a depth that is still being plumbed in Marvel's universe.  Like Moriarty, Loki has undergone many iterations that have been done quite well.  It is nice to see a blockbuster get it right in its own way.




Same actor, same director, many of the same players around him, and two villains that are quite similar.  But the formula is so damn good, and Luke Goss delivers a modern day sympathetic Frankenstein's monster like no other that I've seen in recent memory.  In many ways, these characters throw their villainy about in an act of passive suicide.  Until they get the release they recklessly seek, they set upon a war-path that a herd of bulls in a city of china shops couldn't match.  All of it to seemingly bring a noble end to their cursed existences.


I have plenty more in the category of complex villains.  In the meantime, keep 'em coming.  You guys have brought some great ones to the table.

#3025440 Villains

Posted by twylyght on 17 October 2014 - 08:27 PM

I prefer villains with no motivation for what they do. That gives the hero no leverage over them. It's pure chaos


I would expect that you might like these cats then:




This little gem came out of NOWHERE for me... I was expecting some hackish flick with little to offer, but came away shaken a few times.




Then of course.... who could forget Mr. Giger's contribution to many a nightmare?


Putting a bit of a spin to the evil of the senseless and coupled with institutional evil gave us a yarn that yielded all sorts of memorable villains






#3024205 Villains

Posted by twylyght on 16 October 2014 - 08:33 PM

Time for my own first bout of entries.... Ledger's Joker was definitely on my list.


For this entry, I'll tack on game changer followed by a classic.  First up is Keyser Soze.  While there has been tons of attempts to pull off the reveal to the effect that Bryan Singer managed in this film, few have come close.  Credit to Spacey for playing the role to the hilt.  A Mastermind and Crime Lord has never been so convincing.




Next up.... As ruthless goons go, Verhoven pushed the envelope to a ruthless edge never captured for such a wide audience in Terrance Boddiker




It was the first time I remember catching my own jaw drop in horror at what one human being could do to another.  The embodiment of sociopathic goon, the level of graphic violence wielded by this man shredded whatever veil of inhibitions shield us from our darkest selves held such wretched impulses at bay.

#3022975 WR Stat Tracker

Posted by twylyght on 15 October 2014 - 08:02 PM

First glance tells me math isn't a priority for this outfit. Not sure I'd bank on its veracity

#3018247 3 frame look at Burfict ankle twist

Posted by twylyght on 13 October 2014 - 07:45 AM

I've always had the opinion in addition to fines intentional injuries should be out for as many games as the person they injured. Like the leg whip on Chuck

My thought would be to give this guy an option. 1) you're out as long as the guy you injured is out. 2) you can play, but every cent if your paycheck goes to the guy you injured until you injure someone else. Then you're banned until one of those two can come back. At that point THEY decide your fate on whether or not you get to play. If yes, paychecks to cover the injured parties until the slate is clean

#2942273 Goodell will be fired/resign by next week

Posted by twylyght on 10 September 2014 - 08:44 PM

The level of naïveté is at an all time high on this board

#2726109 Main Reason for Americans' Relatively Poor Health? Inequality

Posted by twylyght on 03 April 2014 - 04:09 PM

Arsen is busy bringing this down to Delhommey's level.  Let him work his usual magic

#2726064 Main Reason for Americans' Relatively Poor Health? Inequality

Posted by twylyght on 03 April 2014 - 03:45 PM

Faultlines, Animal Spirits, Predictabily Irrational, Thinking Fast and Slow, Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, Beyond the Keynesian Endpoint, The Communist Manifesto, etc.
I am sorry that I am beneath your intelligence and that I do not own a computer, paragraphs and my cellphone what an inconvenience. Paragraphs, use your imagination because that is all you have when it comes to reality. You grasp to insults and not so witty cliches has me stomped. Please continue.


Delhommey's grasp of the English language (and mastery of statistics) is on full display in this thread.


This is what happens when he ventures outside of his wheelhouse (vapid snark)

#2725972 Main Reason for Americans' Relatively Poor Health? Inequality

Posted by twylyght on 03 April 2014 - 02:17 PM

Personal accountability is not a statistic to be considered much less measured as far as people like Delhommey are concerned.  Jase has started to hit on some metrics that would be indicative of motivation and how that drive behavior in an environment that allows for said outcomes.  


Kudos to him for bringing some actual meaning to a gross measure assumed to be valid of its own end.

#2725910 Main Reason for Americans' Relatively Poor Health? Inequality

Posted by twylyght on 03 April 2014 - 01:30 PM

Here's the table I promised, which implies a threshold effect that was mentioned in the harvard study, but not the article.

But even then, the threshold only catches 4 countries, there are numerous other factors and questions to be answered.


Thank you for daring to question the mighty stat. Next question would be... How was a death determined to be avoidable? How were these stats collected? What constitutes the measurable quantity and the decision to deem its importance insofar as how the qualitative conclusions are derived?

Until we even start to ask those questions, the rest of it is throwing poo against the wall to see what sticks.

#2725865 Main Reason for Americans' Relatively Poor Health? Inequality

Posted by twylyght on 03 April 2014 - 12:54 PM

We are among just a handful of countries with fat poor people.

Statistics. Correlation. Causality.

Someone missed their first day of class.

#2723872 Climate Risk: Worst is Yet to Come

Posted by twylyght on 01 April 2014 - 05:03 PM

Apparently the number of failed predictions that a faith can endure is infinite

#2723736 Climate Risk: Worst is Yet to Come

Posted by twylyght on 01 April 2014 - 02:34 PM

Jeez, if they could lock threads like these and put them in a time capsule for you fools to revisit in 20 years.... 


Have fun getting worked by these carnies at the IPCC

#2723321 Rich guy RAPES his daughter, gets probation because he wouldn't ¨fare wel...

Posted by twylyght on 01 April 2014 - 08:57 AM

How child molesters fare in prison is one of the few things that work in the penal system.

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