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Comment: Re:The human eye is proof God exists (Score 5, Insightful) 168

by Jeff Flanagan (#48667231) Attached to: Human Eye's Oscillation Rate Determines Smooth Frame Rate
Smart people don't choose to believe things because they want them to be true like you do. An idea doesn't have to give you a warm fuzzy feeling to be true.

If religious people had any proof, it would no longer be religion. Of course they don't, because the supernatural is imaginary. Too many people fail to grow out of their childhood superstitions, and never develop an evidence-based adult worldview.

Comment: Re:Except that they have no debts (Score 3, Insightful) 260

by Jeff Flanagan (#48663125) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help
>then Obama gave in to Castro, basically ending another "cold war" but this time with USA's political defeat,

That's absurd propaganda from the ignorant conservatives. They hate all progress, and are learning-disabled due to preferring dogma over evidence, so it's best to ignore them.

Comment: Re:Limited Theatrical Release (Score 4, Insightful) 176

by Jeff Flanagan (#48662307) Attached to: Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release
We've been cowardly for a long time. Remember how America shit its pants over 9/11, and went on a fear-and-hate-based killing spree in the middle-east?

Americans believe a lot of things about themselves that are absurd lies. "Land of the Free" is another one, despite the insane war on users of politically incorrect drugs.

Comment: Re:Nonstop action? Whattabore. (Score 1) 324

Nice. I'm happy to hear this about your young friend. Of course not all people turned into idiots, but they seem to be Hollywood's market.

I also enjoy action movies in addition to smarter stuff; They look and sound pretty intense in my home theater. What I object to is the dumbing down of once-smart franchises.

Comment: Re:Action movies are boring. (Score 1) 324

>Like the drawn-out philosophical conversations between Wesley and Picard in TNG.

I've been rewatching TNG. It holds up very well, and is actually much better than I remembered it. This is another option for people who want to watch some real Star Trek instead of these action reboots.

Comment: Re:sounds like relevent expertise (Score 1) 324

I haven't been to the theater in a couple of months, but the recent Planet of the Apes, and Guardians of the Galaxy were both good, so there's a fair chance you can find something decent. Most movies are crap, but there are still occasional good ones.

Comment: Re:Shift! (Score 2) 324

>But hey, less lens flare amiright?

It seems like a reasonable tradeoff, and the first Trek reboot began with a Fast and Furious type scene of Kirk in a sports-car, so this change started happening with J.J. at the helm. I recommend watching the original series on BlueRay instead. It looks beautiful, and was brilliant for the time it was made.

Comment: Re:Action movies are boring. (Score 3, Insightful) 324

Modern action movies are incredibly boring.

There's nothing interesting about seeing normal human characters defy death ten or twelve times per minute.

There's nothing interesting about seeing them engage in combat or driving or some other activity at a level that even those with years and years of training and experience couldn't manage.

When a character has practically no limitations, there is no risk. When there is no risk, there's nothing interesting happening. The result? Bored viewers, even if the on-screen activity is rapid and frantic.

I agree completely AC, but most people seem to not share our view of these mindless action movies.

Comment: Re:Nonstop action? Whattabore. (Score 1) 324

It might be that movies that don't have a lot of action are now unmarketable to the mainstream. I've been watching a lot of older films and TV lately, and the difference is remarkable. People used to go for media that contained clever ideas, and intelligent conversations. This has radically changed. A big part of this is Hollywood's fault, but the sadly public went along with this change to mindless action and fast-moving CGI. There's still plenty of material from before this change to keep anyone entertained for many years.

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