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Just finished my first viewing of Gotham.....

2020.11.18 21:37 shavenyakfl Just finished my first viewing of Gotham.....

******SPOILERS AHEAD*****
...and WOW. I’ve SO enjoyed this show! SO many great moments. Almost every character was awesome and every actor just amazing. While the last season was a little over the top, even for Gotham, it was a great ride! I thought I’d share my thoughts on the series. I WANT A GOTHAM MOVIE!!

Bruce—great actor, loved the character development, even when he was being a little teenage shit. Only complaint was the self-loathing, but that’s the character, right? And the no-killing thing. Again, that’s the character.
Can’t talk about Bruce without talking about the PISS POOR NON-EXISTENT security system at Wayne Manor. COME ON! It became a cliché’. After 3 or 4 instances it became RIDICULOUS. A storage unit facility has better security!
Alfred---Just loved him so much. His devotion to Bruce was just…phenomenal. LOVED his BAD ASSNESS.
Harvey—Loved this guy. Couldn’t ask for a better partner. Would have really liked to have seen him as Captain after Jim became Commissioner.
Lee---I liked Lee. Her mixed emotions over Jim could be tiresome at times and the self-injection of the virus was a bit much, but I still liked her. Really enjoyed her in the Narrows. Was glad she and Bruce got married without incident. I was waiting for something to happen at any moment.
Ivy—Mostly a bitch, but it’s a great actor that can make you dislike them. Brought great stories, though her hatred for Bruce was a little misplaced, I thought.
Galavan—I didn’t like that dude. Which makes him a great actor. I DID like him better than Azrael though. Azrael’s demise was definitely fun. The story where Silver and Bruce get kidnapped and it ends up being a plan of Bruce’s all along was SO KEWL. I DID NOT see that coming, the way it played out.
Mad Hatter—what a performance by this guy. A little obsessive, but aren’t they all? lol
Selina—Really, really good. Her standoffishness got a little annoying at times, but she came around. I really enjoyed the development between her and Bruce. I didn’t appreciate the change in actresses in the final episode. Not being able to appear older is a tough sell. Especially since everyone else looked the same. Bruce leaving is understandable, but he really disserted her and considering her background, her desertion really set her up to become only what she does…. a villain.
Ed—What a guy, what an actor! I hope he got some recognition for his acting. Just really, really good. It pains me to say that I liked him better than Jim Carrey. Such a multi-dimensional character.
Joker—I’m a little mixed on this. FANTASTIC actor, but I don’t know that I’m a fan of the second iteration. The full-blown crazy is what I love about Joker, and the re-do was just too tame. Not sure I get the logic in why they did this in the first place. If it was a different actor, it might make sense, but otherwise, not sure I get it.
Bane—One of my few complaints. He just didn’t resonate with me. I couldn’t not compare him to Tom Hardy. The look / facemask, the voice, meh. Loved the device that Bruce stuck on him that attracted the bats, though.
Scarecrow—They did a great job with this, especially since they had a replacement actor. Tragic character, really.
Ra’s al Ghul—good villain, but a little unclear about his overall motivation. He WANTED a Batman? Why? Didn’t get why he died two different ways with the same knife. Didn’t particularly enjoy his daughter. I thought she was kind of a bland villain.
I’m not sure how I feel about the whole Court of Owls storyline. It kind of ended anti-climatically, all considering. Maybe a second viewing will change that for me. Are we to believe that all the corruption at Wayne Enterprises ended as a result? A little weak there, I thought.
Hugo Strange---LOVE this dude! The presentation and demeanor, the voice. He was just fun.
Fish---JPS NAILED this role. I could have watched her in every episode. When she dug her own eye out…holy shit that was BAD ASS. I could watch her in her own series.
Victor Zsasz---Dude always got the best lines and had the best delivery. I think my favorite line was in reference to Jim’s leadership skills. Another one I could watch a series based around.
Barbara—I didn’t like her at all for the first season, but when she goes full loco, I thought she was loads of fun. The madder she got, the more fun she became. Not sure I had the appreciation for her change in the last episode, and was disappointed Joker bested her the way he did when he took the baby. I was unclear on what she ended up doing/being in that final episode. Some successful business woman, and if so, doing what? Is that where the claim for a taller building than Wayne Tower was coming in a couple of months came from? One line explaining the what, making that more clear would have been cool.
Penguin—Penguin, oh Penguin!! THIS guy! What a guy, what an actor! LOL He’s to Penguin what Ledger is to Joker. The gold standard to which all future iterations will be compared. A few times, mainly in season 5, he could be a real ass, but considering his development over the series, understandable. His heart always got him in trouble. And the license scheme, WTF! LOL I loved the relationship he and Gordon had. And his relationship with Riddler over the series was just awesome. That killing of Butch was blockbuster. I’m mixed here, because I really liked Butch. And AFTER saving Tabitha in ‘No Man’s Land’. I get his logic, but that was a cold Mr. Freeze wishes he could achieve. 😊 That top hat and monocle TOTALLY finished the transformation EXCEPT…. where’s my weapons umbrella? How could I not get my weapons umbrellas? Admittedly, my only exposure to this character is the 60s Batman and the Devito movie, did the comics move away from the this?
Again, what an amazing show. I have to get the Blu-ray set and see some extras. This is too good to not make a permanent part of the collection. I finished the series in about two months. The same week as the final episode of Supernatural. It’s a sad week. WHERE’S MY GOTHAM MOVIE!??
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2020.11.18 15:59 usagispetrabbit Are there any gif using roleplayers here? ( Discord rp cliche master post)

Are there any people out there who like to use gifs for their roleplays? I come from the magical (trash) land of tumblr and though it hasn’t been too long, I really miss the visual that comes with using gifs in roleplays and couldn’t help but wonder if anyone on here liked using them too. This post makes me sound mean (in my head) but hear me out maybe?
About me:
I’m 32, lit/advanced lit. English is my first language. I generally write 4-6 paragraphs on average (2000+ words) and I am a really big fan of being descriptive. I have been roleplaying for 10 years (or so) now and writing a bit longer so I consider myself good at it. I really love layered plots with angst and fluff and drama and action as variety is the spice of life. I have played considerably more males than females in that time and as a female I would generally like to get a chance to play them a bit more, so this is a post for f/m plots with me playing the female. Please don’t message me and ask if I will play the male for you instead. I find it a little rude to disregard my request and frankly am playing a great deal of men already.
Requirements:
PLOT IDEAS ( please note that these are all intended to be ship/romantic plots)
Popstar x Bodyguard
Rockstar x groupie
Modern day Bonnie and Clyde
Caregiver and patient
Hitman who falls for target
Single father x nanny
The handsome guy across the hall ( apartment sol)
Werewolf x Human
New (detective) partners
Bad boy x good girl
Bad girl x good boy
Older woman x younger man
Older man x younger woman
The bad boy next door
Mrs. & Mrs. Smith
Rich guy who gets every girl meets the one girl who isn't into him and now is determined to make her fall for him
WANTED FCS
Olivia Taylor Dudley, Diana Silvers, Melissa O'neil, Gillian Anderson, Phoebe Tonkin, Tessa Thompson, Levy Tran, Fola Evans Akingbola, Yvonne Strahovski,Emeraude Toubia, Deborah Ann Woll, Olivia Munn, Kat Dennings, Julia Fox, Hayley Atwell, Chloe Bridges, Adrianne Palicki, Kylie Bunbury,Sarah Gadon, Alice Pagani, Anna Silk,Ksenia Solo, Diamond White, Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Chan,
WANTED OPPOSITES
Chris Evans, Derek Theler, Tom Holland, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Tom Ellis, Tom Hiddleston, Dylan Sprayberry, Timothee Chalamet, David Castañeda,Casey Deidrick,Nick Bateman,Tom Hardy,Shazad Latif, Hugh Jackman,Jesse Lee Soffer,Joe Manganiello,Steven R. McQueen,Louis Garrel,Charlie Hunnam,Jacob Elordi, François Arnaud,Sebastian Stan, Alex Roe, Theo James,Aaron Tveit,Thomas Doherty, Michele Morrone, Cody Christian, Grant Gustin, Justin Hartley, Oscar Isaac
This post is long enough and I doubt anyone will go for it, but if you are (by some miracle), please message me with the plot that interested you (or one you create on your own!) and the face claim you’d like to play and we can go from there. Thanks for indulging my trash post if you made it to this point. I hope you’re having a great week and that good things come your way. Stay safe and I hope to hear from you!
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2020.11.04 14:28 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Oct. 28, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
PREVIOUSLY:
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
3-4-2002 3-11-2002 3-18-2002 3-25-2002
4-1-2002 4-8-2002 4-15-2002 4-22-2002
4-29-2002 5-6-2002 5-13-2002 5-20-2002
5-27-2002 6-3-2002 6-10-2002 6-17-2002
6-24-2002 7-1-2002 7-8-2002 7-15-2002
7-22-2002 7-29-2002 8-5-2002 8-12-2002
8-26-2002 9-2-2002 9-9-2002 9-16-2002
9-23-2002 9-30-2002 10-07-2002 10-14-2002
10-21-2002

PROGRAMMING NOTE: So, after months of trying to catch up on this in my spare time, I have fiiiiinally finished writing up these 2002 Rewinds. So my question is: shall I continue this every Wednesday schedule? That would drag these Rewinds out to the end of the year. Or, should I revert back to the M/W/F schedule and be done by the end of this month?

  • Awwwwwww yeah, it's time! It's what you've all been waiting for! Our top story this week is none other than the Katie Vick necrophilia angle! Or, as WWE executive producer Kevin Dunn stated in a press release, "this was an attempt at dark humor capitalizing on the popularity of programs such as CSI, Six Feet Under and X-Files." Or, as Dave Meltzer puts it, WWE is so out of touch with its audience that, because Vince thought this was hilarious, he thought everyone else would too. It's the latest desperate attempt to create controversy and get some buzz, just a couple of weeks removed from HLA and Billy & Chuck's wedding. So a refresher if you've somehow never seen this: Triple H shows up in a funeral parlor in a Kane mask, removed the bra and panties of the alleged Katie Vick corpse in a casket, starts taking off his own clothes, climbs in and starts humping the dead body. Then he said, "I screwed her brains out!" as mush poured out of her head. We all caught up now? The live crowd in Nashville booed this loudly and a huge "refund" chant broke out during the commercial break that followed. During the show, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler repeatedly pushed the narrative that the media was gonna be outraged and it was going to be controversial. The goal was absolutely to rile up the Phil Mushnicks and other media types because Vince loves that kind of controversial publicity. But it's not 1999 anymore. The media doesn't care about what they perceive as a dying product trying desperate ratings ploys and this didn't generate much of a response from the public at all. Even TNN, which publicly apologized for the HLA segment a few weeks back, didn't even make a comment on this one. Dave talks about how WWE has become a parody of itself. Jim Ross is known for calling great matches and now he has to try to get necrophilia over. Jerry Lawler has gone from hip and entertaining to aging and creepy (man, ain't that the truth). Vince McMahon has forgotten how to do what he used to be great at: taking performers with limited talent and finding a way to make them superstars. Now in 2002, he has the most talented roster he's ever had, and he can't figure out how to make stars out of any of them (once again, ain't that the truth).
  • Anyway, this angle has pretty much killed Kane's character, barely a few weeks after returning from injury. Later on Raw, they did an angle where Kane threw Triple H in the trunk of a car and drove off, but as he did, the trunk lid popped open when it wasn't supposed to, meaning Triple H could have easily escaped. Right there on camera. "Stuff like this only used to happen in WCW," Dave says, and he's right. WWE got unbelievably lazy and complacent when all the competition was gone. Ten minutes after Raw ended, Paul Bearer (who just left the company last week after having been there for the last 12 years) wrote a post online saying, "I am horrified. I never thought that I would ever be proud to say that I do not work for Vince McMahon any longer." As you can imagine, the necrophilia angle didn't air in a lot of places. TSN in Canada cut away from the segment as soon as Triple H first began fondling the "corpse." In Australia, they also cut away midway through the segment. Raw hasn't aired yet in Europe, but word is lot of the television partners there are also planning to heavily edit the segment, if it airs at all. Otherwise, that's pretty much it. No mainstream publicity, no outraged news stories, no media outlets demanding comment. Just an increasingly desperate company doing increasingly desperate shock tactics because that's what worked 3 years ago, only to learn that the public cares less and less every time.
WATCH: The infamous Katie Vick angle
  • Latest on the Brock Lesnar vs. Lennox Lewis rumors, as of now, the absolute earliest that match could happen would be in late-2003. There have been a lot of discussions over the past week with both sides, discussing potential rules for the match and other such issues. Vince McMahon called the Nevada State Athletic Commission to get info about having the match sanctioned there. The idea is to hold it in Nevada so that it would be sanctioned and thus prove to the public that it's a true shoot and not some wacky pro wrestling stunt. Dave also offhandedly mentions talk of a Kurt Angle vs. Michael Moorer fight as well and hints that it would take place on the undercard of the same show. Anyway, Vince wanted to do Brock/Lewis in February, as a way to build for Wrestlemania (the idea being Lesnar and Angle would both beat big name boxers on the same show, which would be huge mainstream news, and then they could catapult that stardom into headlining against each other at Wrestlemania the next month. Huge back-to-back PPV buyrates). But Lewis has a boxing match in February and he's also in talks for a huge rematch with Mike Tyson in June. Because of the risk of injury in a Lesnar match, he won't risk it until after that but has said he's interested in doing it in the fall next year.
  • Anyway, they have agreed to some certain rules so far, if this fight were to actually take place. Lesnar would not wear gloves and would not be allowed to punch, while Lewis would wear gloves and could punch. If Lesnar takes him to the ground, there would be a time limit before the referee would stand them back up. So Lesnar can't just take him down and keep him there the entire fight. No word on what that time limit might be, how many rounds, length of rounds, scoring system, etc. Both men would also have to be drug tested if this took place in Nevada. Theoretically, if Lesnar could get Lewis on the ground, he could overpower him and probably dominate, but Lesnar also has no submission training. And depending on how short the stand-up time limit is, they might spend more time on their feet than on the mat, in which case, that obviously favors Lewis. As for Angle vs. Moorer, same situation. Except Moorer isn't as good a boxer as Lewis and Angle is an even better wrestler than Lesnar. So unless the rules are extremely limiting, one would expect Angle could tie Moorer in knots. But, of course, these are both pro boxers and it only takes one split second punch to end things. If these matches happen, Lesnar and Angle would be taking the biggest risks of any pro wrestler in history. And Dave isn't sure it's entirely worth it. Maybe for a short-term boost, yes. Crossover shoot matches like these have done monstrous business in Japan. But one only needs to look at NJPW to realize how badly going down that road is long-term.
  • WWE's No Mercy PPV is in the books and Dave starts by pretty much admitting that, in hindsight, he was wrong. Last month, Undertaker and Lesnar had a non-finish to a PPV main event that most people, Dave included, shat all over. But in retrospect, Dave thinks it was the best possible decision. With split brands, WWE is trying not to blow through all their potential main event feuds too fast. If Undertaker had lost cleanly last month, who does that leave for Lesnar to feud with next? They're saving Angle for Wrestlemania. Edge isn't at that level yet. Chris Benoit is the only one on Smackdown that would be a viable opponent, and it has been discussed. But this allowed them to stretch Undertaker and Lesnar out another month and this time, not only did Undertaker do the right thing and put over Lesnar clean, he did it in what ended up being the best match of Lesnar's career so far.
  • Other notes from the PPV: in the opening match, Jericho went for the lionsault in what was supposed to be the finish, but the rope broke and for a split second, it looked like Jericho was going to Hayabusa himself, but fortunately, he didn't. Dave gives him a lot of credit for keeping his cool and improvising the finish as the match fell apart after that. Torrie Wilson's dad Al Wilson continued his storyline, complete with a Bill Clinton, "I didn't have sexual relations with that woman" joke since they were in Arkansas and figured the fans would love a nearly-5 year old political joke. Torrie vs. Dawn Marie was awful (negative half star). Crowd was dead for RVD vs. Flair. Triple H retained the world heavyweight title over Kane in a sloppy, whatever match that the announcers spent the entire time talking about Katie Vick (and this was the night before Triple H fucked a corpse). They blew off the Undertaker-cheated-on-his-wife storyline in a quick throwaway backstage segment that seemed done simply for the purpose of ending this storyline asap. Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit won the Smackdown tag titles by beating Mysterio and Edge in possibly the match of the year. Dave gives it 4.75 stars. And Lesnar beat Undertaker in a bloodbath Hell in a Cell match where both men and even Paul Heyman bladed. Undertaker in particular was gushing blood everywhere. 4 stars and Undertaker put Lesnar over clean.
  • Martha Hart has released a new book, "Broken Harts: The Life & Death of Owen Hart." Dave says there's only 4 other wrestling books that he would classify as must-reads (the 2 Mick Foley books, Dynamite Kid, and Lou Thesz) but he adds this one to the list. To be fair though, it's different than most wrestling books. It's more about Martha's life with Owen, his death, and her efforts to cope with life without him while trying to get justice for him. Aside from the people who were directly involved with the legal proceedings, Dave believes he himself had more access to information about that case and everything surrounding it than anyone. But he says he learned more from this book than he ever could have imagined. The most shocking revelation that hasn't come out publicly until now is that there were almost 2 lives lost that day. Originally, Mexican mini wrestler Max Mini was planned to descend with Owen, dressed as a mini-Blue Blazer. However, he showed up late to the arena (miscommunication because he didn't speak English) and so missed the scheduled practice time. As a result, they wrote him out of the stunt and it ended up only being Owen. They still planned to do it again with both of them the next night on Raw, but of course, that never happened. Owen's death was clouded in such controversy and legal drama and media coverage that it was easy for a lot of people to forget the real pain of the family left behind. This book doesn't allow the reader to turn away from that. Martha insisted that Vince McMahon attend Owen's funeral because she wanted him to see up close the pain his negligence caused. In the same way, this book doesn't let the reader off the hook. If you're a fan of WWE, it makes you face a very ugly part of their history. It's uncomfortable and raw and real and the pain of a woman who lost the husband she planned to grow old with is visceral. Naturally, it also goes into detail on how this tore apart the Hart family and how some of them actively worked against Martha.
  • That being said, there are some parts of Martha's book that Dave doesn't agree with. Martha insists that Owen passionately hated pro wrestling and Dave has a hard time believing that. You don't get that good at something you hate that much. Did he hate that the business kept him away from his family? Did he hate the politics of it? Probably, but everybody in the business deals with the travel and hates the politics, so is that really the same thing as "hating wrestling?" There's also the issue of the Owen/Austin match at Summerslam 97 that left Austin with a serious neck injury. Martha argues that she thinks Austin's neck was messed up going into the match and argues that the Owen piledriver wasn't the primary factor. One needs only watch the footage to know how obviously wrong that is. Owen clearly botched that move in a very dangerous way that nearly paralyzed Austin. It was something Austin never forgave Owen for because he felt it was careless and possibly even intentional, no matter how much others tried to convince Austin that Owen would never have hurt him purposely. On several occasions afterward, he refused to work programs with Owen because of it. There's two sides to every story and Martha is, naturally, going to defend her husband's side. But the video doesn't lie, Owen spiked him. The Hart family also disputes Martha's version of things. Martha claims she always hated the business, while others in the family say she was a regular at the shows and it sounds like they're kinda hinting that she was a ring rat. Martha denies that and claims she only started going to the shows when she and Owen began dating in high school, so that she could see him. There's so much more but this is 2 paragraphs already. But this is pretty much the definitive book on the death of Owen Hart and the personal and legal aftermath that followed (I've never read this but I'm intrigued now. Anyone else ever read it?)
  • AAA star Gronda suffered a Sid Vicious-like leg injury at their latest show, snapping his lower leg. The footage was shown on TV in slow motion multiple times, just like Sid's was. Here you go, you sick freaks, enjoy:
WATCH: Gronda's leg go ouchie
  • Australian wrestler Nathan Jones is fielding some offers right now. Both WWE and NJPW have made it clear they're interested in using him. Right now, he's working shows for Zero-One. Between that, NJPW, and working other foreign tours, he could make way more money than WWE would give him for a developmental deal. So one would assume if WWE wants him, they'd need to make him a main roster offer. But he's by no means ready for the big time, he's still super green. Then again, WWE wanted Brock Lesnar so bad that they pretty much paid him main roster money and still sent him to developmental for 2 years, so if they want him badly enough, they could do that.
  • Fresh out of the Awful Timing Dept., it appears AJPW top star (and now President) Keiji Muto suffered a knee injury last week during a match. He was hospitalized after the show with ligament damage and was told by doctors to rest it for 3 weeks. Muto is scheduled to headline the upcoming Budokan Hall show to challenge Genichiro Tenryu for the Triple Crown title so, needless to say, Muto is ignoring the doctors. In fact, he already ignored them and returned to action the very next night, even though he was still using crutches backstage. He was part of an 8-man match and didn't do much. He's also planning to continue working all his scheduled house shows prior to the Buddokan show, because Muto is insane. His doctor told him it's inevitable that he will need at least one knee replacement sooner or later. He has no cartilage left in his right knee, so everything he does is bone-rubbing-on-bone. The doctor told him he has the knees of a 65-year old man. Of course, Terry Funk and Kenta Kobashi have been told similar things and they're both working every night on this tour too. AJPW is essentially the walking crippled right now.
  • Dave worries that Japan is going to burn out Bob Sapp sooner than later. In the next 2 months, he's booked for major shows with AJPW, K-1 and PRIDE. Meanwhile, NJPW is trying to book him against Yuji Nagata for the IWGP title at the Jan. 4th Tokyo Dome show. Sapp is the top draw at all these events and they're all relying on him to draw big crowds (the NJPW match ends up being Nagata vs. Josh Barnett but we'll get there).
  • Sting is being advertised for WWA's upcoming European tour. And yes, WWA is still clinging to life (this is their last real tour. They have a couple of shows in 2003 in Australia before shutting down for good). Anyway, this will be Sting's first matches since the final WCW Nitro in March of 2001.
  • Billy Graham underwent a successful liver transplant last week. It was dire, with doctors telling him he wouldn't live much longer without one. They got a liver from a 26-year-old woman who died in a car accident and Graham went into surgery that same night. In the days after the surgery, Graham made a remarkable turnaround that doctors were stunned by. He's now doing better than he has in years and is expected to be out of the hospital soon. Originally, doctors didn't want to use the liver of anyone under 225 pounds because Graham is such a big guy. But he was running out of time, so they finally decided to use the girl's liver because they had no other choice. Her kidneys are also being used to save 2 people who needed new ones, so this young lady's tragic death is saving 3 lives. Vince McMahon, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, and Jesse Ventura have all reached out to Graham in recent days.
  • Tom Cole, the guy who was a teenager in the early 90s and was at the center of the WWF's ring boy sex abuse scandal, has threatened a lawsuit against Bobby Heenan over something in Heenan's book. Dave doesn't really get into detail on what was written, but it sounds like Heenan may have implied that Cole was willingly having sex with Terry Garvin to try to get a foot into the company. Cole, who alleged that Garvin attempted to drug and rape him when he was a teenager, of course denies this. So yeah. (I've never read Heenan's book so without knowing exactly what he said, I'ma just move on from this).
  • Over in TNA, you may have noticed Jorge Estrada has a new valet named Priscilla. She previously appeared on the debut episode as Miss Joni in the lingerie battle royal. Anyway, in case you're wondering....she is actually Jerry Lawler's current real-life girlfriend. During the show, they alluded to it when Don West asked if she was dating Estrada and Mike Tenay said she's dating a king.
  • Ron Killings has a new rap album coming out called InVINCEable (and yes, it's spelled that way on purpose and is very obviously a reference to McMahon) and the single has been getting some airplay on Nashville's rap radio station (so I can't find ANYTHING from this album other than the cover. And even the cover was barely out there online anywhere. Not a single song or mp3 from this album seems to exist anywhere, nada. How is that possible??)
PHOTO: K-Krush - InVINCEable cover
  • The advertised lineup for WWE's Rebellion UK PPV was supposed to be headlined by Lesnar & Heyman vs. Undertaker in a handicap match. But it's not just a TV angle, Undertaker's wife Sara really is due to give birth at any moment, and as a result, he's been pulled from the tour. They're sending Booker T as an effort to make up for it, but Dave doesn't know if that means it'll be Lesnar vs. Booker T or if they'll just shuffle the card around (winds up being Lesnar over Edge in what I think would technically be Edge's first PPV main event).
  • Speaking of PPV lineups, WWE hasn't completely given up on long-term booking yet as of 2002. Because Dave runs down the tentative lineup for next month's Survivor Series, even though none of it has been announced on TV yet, and has most of it dead on, including some sort of new multi-man gimmick match called an Elimination Chamber...
  • Notes from Raw: Dave calls it "one of the most pathetic episodes of Raw ever" and says it felt like watching an episode of WCW Thunder. He talks about the Trish Stratus storyline, where Victoria and others were accusing Trish of sleeping her way to the top of the wrestling business. Trish is a babyface now and so of course, we're all supposed to be appalled and offended. But just a year and a half ago, Trish was a heel and her character was with Vince doing exactly that. So, I mean, in kayfabe....she did sleep her way to the top. Anyway, Stacy Keibler is now going to be the valet for Test because they're actually dating in real life. Big Show was traded to Smackdown, but.....they never said who he was traded for. It was never mentioned on Smackdown later in the week either. So in kayfabe, Raw just gave Big Show away. Other theory is it could be a way to explain moving Hogan to Raw whenever he comes back. And of course, the Katie Vick corpse fucking thing ending with Kane kidnapping Triple H in an open car trunk. Honestly, the recap didn't sound like this was that bad of a show. Maybe a little boring, but just an average Raw tainted by an otherwise all-time worst angle ever candidate.
  • At the tapings for next week's Smackdown, Jerry Lawler worked a dark match since it was in Memphis. The match was taped and is expected to air on Lawler's local Memphis wrestling show. Also at the tapings, during the Velocity tapings, Chase Stevens worked as a jobber in a tag team match against D-Von and Ron Simmons. You may remember Chase Stevens from last week's TNA episode, where he was challenging for the tag team titles and now he's a jobber on WWE TV, which is a bad look for TNA. There was also a Torrie Wilson vs. Nidia bikini match taped for Velocity. Just a regular match, except they wore bikinis for whatever reason. And before the show started, they had Matt Hardy come out and insult Elvis Presley to make sure the fans were booing when the show started. Later in the show, Jamie Noble came out dressed as Elvis too. And Al Wilson made an Elvis joke. So on and so forth. Dave notes that the Memphis crowd was dead for this. Yeah, about that. Fun fact as someone who has spent most of his life in Memphis: nobody there gives a fuck about Elvis. We don't go to Graceland. There is no Elvis pride among people who actually live in the city. Please stop using it to try to get heat at EVERY goddamn wrestling show that comes there. There's other things you can reference! Not even just the sports teams. You want to get heat cutting a promo in Memphis? Insult the BBQ.
  • There's some drama on Hulk Hogan's upcoming book. During the editing process, copies of it were sent to Vince and Linda McMahon, along with Jim Ross, to approve. Linda complained that it was boring and told the editors she wanted Hogan to address more controversial topics, like his drug use and marital infidelities. She also complained that Hogan didn't give Vince enough credit for his success. This got back to Hogan, who called Vince and basically said, "fuck you, I don't want to tell those stories. If y'all want that kind of book so badly, write your own. You've got plenty of skeletons in your closet too." That was more or less the gist. So anyway, the book doesn't have any of that stuff in it, at least in the current manuscript Dave has seen but as a compromise, Hogan did go back and write a lot more glowingly about Vince and credited him more for his success. Hogan was also upset that the McMahons and JR got to read and suggest changes to the edited manuscript before he did (keep in mind, Hogan had a lot of help from a ghostwriter on this, so he didn't really know what the finished product was going to look like either or how his words may have been twisted or changed by the author). That being said, Dave says he has read the current version of the manuscript and says it's actually pretty good. It has the expected Hogan spin on several things, of course, but still. It does blow through a lot of interesting history way too fast, but otherwise, the unpublished version Dave has read is decent. Full review when it comes out I'm sure.
  • There's rumors that The Rock is up for the starring role in a live-action version of the Johnny Bravo cartoon (this was true, but it got stuck in developmental hell and never happened).
  • WWE is signing a female Toronto indie wrestler named Felina and she's expected to go straight to Smackdown. Her real name is Gail Kim. They're also bringing in Nathan Jones soon for a 10-day tryout. He'll work some house shows and dark matches and from there, they'll decide if they want to sign him and what to do with him. He's got the look and charisma but he's awful in the ring. So time will tell. In a huge swing and a miss, Dave outright says, "he's got far more potential than Batista." Oh well, can't win em' all.
  • So, uh....Stephanie McMahon went on the Howard Stern show. She talked about the Chyna/Triple H/Stephanie love triangle and how Vince originally forbid them to date. She said that if Triple H asked her to marry him, she would say yes. Stern then joked that if Triple H screwed up this relationship, it would probably mess up his career, to which Stephanie pretty much agreed. Those 2 questions sure put a lot of pressure on Triple H. She blamed the declining business on the economy. Dave notes there's probably a dozen arguments against that being the reason, but what else is she supposed to do? She can't go on TV and admit that it's all collapsing because of their own failures, so there ya go. And that....is all Dave really says. He doesn't even acknowledge that Stephanie spent half the interview talking about her sex life and all the usual Howard Stern-type questions. Also, Dave Chappelle is sitting there the whole time chiming in.
WATCH: Stephanie McMahon on the Howard Stern Show
  • There's been talk that maybe Triple H shouldn't be involved in creative meetings anymore. Even if he's not in there burying people, that's still the impression the rest of the locker room gets and it's causing a bunch of heat with him among other wrestlers, some of which is justified and some of which is just hearsay because they see him as the teacher's pet.
  • Triple H did commentary for the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding contest. Dave saw it and thinks Triple H was really good. A much better commentator than Goldberg was at PRIDE. You could tell he had an in-depth knowledge of bodybuilding and brought that to the table. It was funny seeing Triple H look so small next to these guys.
  • Letters section this week is chock full of letters from people who are done with WWE after this Katie Vick angle. Just letter after letter of people saying "I'm never watching again" and "this company has lost a viewer" and yada yada.
NEXT WEEK: Raw ratings plummet in the wake of Katie Vick, Scott Steiner signs with WWE, NWA-TNA strikes deal with Panda Energy, and more...
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2020.10.22 04:42 Britneyfan456 Which Actress had the best run in the 40s?

Best run in terms of anything
Ingrid Bergman: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Casablanca, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Gaslight, Spellbound, The Bells of St. Mary’s, Notorious, June Night, Adam Had Four Sons, Rage in Heaven, Saratoga Trunk, Swedes in America, Arch of Triumph, American Creed, Under Capricorn, and Joan of Arc.
Olivia De Havilland: The Snake Pit, Santa Fe Trail, Their Boots On, The Heiress, To Each His Own, In This Our Life, My Love Came Back, The Strawberry Blonde, The Male Animal, The Well Groomed Bride, Hold Back the Dawn, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Devotion, The Dark Mirror, Princess O'Rourke, and Government Girl.
Judy Garland: Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, Strike Up the Band, Little Nellie Kelly, Meet Me in St. Louis, Presenting Lily Mars, For Me and My Gal, Thousands Cheer, Girl Crazy, Babes on Broadway, Life Begins for Andy Hardy, Ziegfeld Girl, In the Good Old Summertime, The Pirate, Words and Music, Easter Parade, The Harvey Girls, Till the Clouds Roll By, and Ziegfeld Follies.
Gene Tierney: Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake, Heaven can Wait, Laura, Leave Her to Heaven, Dragonwyck, The Razor’s Edge, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Tobacco Road, The Return of Frank James, Hudson's Bay, The Shanghai Gesture, A Bell for Adano, China Girl, Sundown, Belle Starr, Thunder Birds, Rings on Her Fingers, The Iron Curtain, and That Wonderful Urge.
Bette Davis: In This Our Life, Thank Your Lucky Stars, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Little Foxes, The Letter, Now, Voyager, Beyond the Forest, Winter Meeting, June Bride, A Stolen Life, Deception, Hollywood Canteen, Old Acquaintance, Mr. Skeffington, Shining Victory, The Bride Came C.O.D., Watch on the Rhine, All This, and Heaven Too, and The Corn Is Green.
Joan Crawford: When Ladies Meet, Possessed, Mildred Pierce, Hollywood Canteen, Humoresque, Flamingo Road, It's a Great Feeling, Daisy Kenyon, Reunion in France, They All Kissed the Bride, Strange Cargo, Susan and God, Above Suspicion, and A Woman's Face.
Carole Lombard: They Knew What They Wanted, To Be or Not to Be, Vigil in the Night, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Agnes Moorehead: Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Dark Passage, Journey into Fear, The Big Street, The Youngest Profession, Government Girl, Jane Eyre, Dragon Seed, Since You Went Away, The Seventh Cross, Mrs. Parkington, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, Tomorrow, the World!, Keep Your Powder Dry, Her Highness and the Bellboy, Johnny Belinda, The Lost Moment, Summer Holiday, The Woman in White, The Stratton Story, Station West, The Great Sinner, and Without Honor.
Shirley Temple: A Kiss for Corliss, Fort Apache, Adventure in Baltimore, The Story of Seabiscuit, Mr. Belvedere Goes to College, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Since You Went Away, Kiss and Tell, I'll Be Seeing You, Honeymoon, Kathleen, Young People, Miss Annie Rooney, The Blue Bird, and That Hagen Girl.
Ava Gardner: The Killers, The Hucksters, Singapore, One Touch of Venus, The Bribe,The Great Sinner, Major Barbara, East Side, West Side, Reunion in France, Fancy Answers, H. M. Pulham, Esq., Shadow of the Thin Man, Babes on Broadway, This Time for Keeps, Joe Smith, American, We Do It Because, Sunday Punch, Kid Glove Killer, Calling Dr. Gillespie, Mighty Lak a Goat, Du Barry Was a Lady, Hitler's Madman, Ghosts on the Loose, Two Girls and a Sailor, Lost Angel, Young Ideas, Swing Fever, Maisie Goes to Reno, 3 Men in White, She Went to the Races, Blonde Fever, and Whistle Stop.
Katharine Hepburn: The Philadelphia Story, Song of Love, Adam's Rib, Undercurrent, Without Love, State of the Union, The Sea of Grass, Stage Door Canteen, Dragon Seed, Woman of the Year, and Keeper of the Flame.
Maureen O Hara: Dance, Girl, Dance, How Green Was My Valley, The Black Swan, The Spanish Main, Miracle on 34th Street, Sinbad the Sailor, A Bill of Divorcement, They Met in Argentina, To the Shores of Tripoli, Ten Gentlemen from West Point, Immortal Sergeant, This Land Is Mine, The Fallen Sparrow, Buffalo Bill, Sentimental Journey, Do You Love Me, The Homestretch, The Foxes of Harrow, Forever Amber, The Forbidden Street, Father Was a Fullback, Sitting Pretty, and A Woman's Secret.
Lauren Bacall: The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, Key Largo, Confidential Agent, and Confidential Agent.
Vivien Leigh: Caesar and Cleopatra, Anna Karenina, 21 Days, Waterloo Bridge, and That Hamilton Woman.
Greer Garson: Mrs. Miniver, The Valley of Decision, Desire Me, That Forsyte Woman, The Miracle of Sound, Pride and Prejudice, Random Harvest, Blossoms in the Dust, Madame Curie, The Youngest Profession, When Ladies Meet, Adventure, Mrs. Parkington, and Julia Misbehaves.
Claudette Colbert: The Palm Beach Story, Since You Went Away, Bride for Sale, Sleep, My Love, Without Reservations, Family Honeymoon, Arise, My Love, Boom Town, Remember the Day, Skylark, No Time for Love, Practically Yours, So Proudly We Hail!, Guest Wife, Tomorrow Is Forever, The Secret Heart, and The Egg and I.
Lana Turner: Johnny Eager, Honky Tonk, Ziegfeld Girl, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Somewhere I’ll Find You, Week-End at the Waldorf, Green Dolphin Street, Homecoming, The Three Musketeers, The Youngest Profession, Keep Your Powder Dry, We Who Are Young, Cass Timberlane, Slightly Dangerous, and Marriage Is a Private Affair.
Rita Hayworth: Gilda, Cover Girl, Blondie on a Budget, Tales of Manhattan, You Were Never Lovelier, The Lady from Shanghai, The Strawberry Blonde, You'll Never Get Rich, The Loves of Carmen, Affectionately Yours, My Gal Sal, Susan and God, Down to Earth, Tonight and Every Night, Blood and Sand, Angels Over Broadway, The Lady in Question, Music in My Heart, and Blondie on a Budget.
Joan Fontaine: Rebecca, Suspicion, The Constant Nymph, Jane Eyre, The Affairs of Susan, Ivy, Letter from an Unknown Woman, This Above All, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, The Emperor Waltz, From This Day Forward, You Gotta Stay Happy, and Frenchman's Creek.
Jennifer Jones: The Song of Bernadette, Since You Went Away, Love Letters, Duel in the Sun, Madame Bovary, We Were Strangers, Portrait of Jennie, and Cluny Brown.
Hedy Lamarr: Comrade X, Come Live With Me, H.M. Pulham, Esq., Samson and Delilah, Tortilla Flat, Dishonored Lady, Ziegfeld Girl, Boom Town, Crossroads, The Strange Woman, White Cargo, Experiment Perilous, The Conspirators, Let's Live a Little, I Take This Woman, and The Heavenly Body.
Ginger Rogers: The Barkleys of Broadway, Tender Comrade, Kitty Foyle, Tom, Dick and Harry, I'll Be Seeing You, Roxie Hart, The Major and the Minor, Lucky Partners, Primrose Path, Week-End at the Waldorf, Once Upon a Honeymoon, Lady in the Dark, Magnificent Doll, Heartbeat, and It Had to Be You.
Barbara Stanwyck: East Side, West Side, Hollywood Canteen, Ball of Fire, The Lady Eve, Sorry, Wrong Number, Double Indemnity, Meet John Doe, You Belong to Me, Remember the Night, The Gay Sisters, The Great Man's Lady, Flesh and Fantasy, Lady of Burlesque, California, My Reputation, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, The Bride Wore Boots, Christmas in Connecticut, Cry Wolf, The Two Mrs. Carrolls, Variety Girl, The Other Love, The Lady Gambles, and B.F.'s Daughter.
Veronica Lake: Sullivan’s Travels, This Gun for Hire, The Glass Key, I Married a Witch, So Proudly We Hail, Bring on the Girls, Miss Susie Slagle’s, The Blue Dahlia, I Wanted Wings, Forty Little Mothers, The Hour Before the Dawn, Ramrod, Hold That Blonde, Duffy's Tavern, Miss Susie Slagle's, Out of This World, Slattery's Hurricane, The Sainted Sisters, Isn't It Romantic?, Star Spangled Rhythm, and Saigon.
Setsuko Hara: Late Spring, Toyuki, Hebihimesama, Totsugu hi made, Onna no machi, Futari no sekai, Shimai no Yakusoku, Anî no hânayomê, Ôinaru kanô, Kêkkon no seitaî, A Story of Leadership, Kibô no aozora, Seishun no kiryû, Wakai sensei, Midori no daichi, Haha no chizu, Hawai Mare Oki Kaisen, Hawai Maree oki kaisen, Ahen senso, Bôrô no kesshitai, Toward the Decisive Battle in the Sky, Searing Wind, Suicide Troops of the Watchtower, Ikari no umi, Young Eagles, Shôri no hi made, Kita no san-nin, Koi no fuunjî, Midori no kokkyô, Reijin, Midori no kokkyô, No Regrets for Our Youth, Yuwaku, Kakedashi jidai, A Ball at the Anjo House, Onnadake no yoru, Sanbon yubi no otoko, Toki no teizo: zengohen, Fujisancho, Taifuken no onna, Kofuku no genkai, President and a female clerk, Tonosama Hotel, Ojôsan kanpai, Aoi sanmyaku, and Zoku aoi sanmyaku.
Betty Grable: Down Argentine Way, Mother Wore Tights, Down Argentine Way, When My Baby Smiles at Me, The Dolly Sisters, Pin Up Girl, Springtime in the Rockies, Coney Island, The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend, Tin Pan Alley, Sweet Rosie O'Grady, A Yank in the R.A.F., Footlight Serenade, I Wake Up Screaming, Song of the Islands, Diamond Horseshoe,
Deborah Kerr: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Black Narcissus, Contraband, Penn of Pennsylvania, A Battle for a Bottle, Love on the Dole, Major Barbara, Major Barbara, Edward, My Son, Hatter's Castle, The Day Will Dawn, If Winter Comes, Perfect Strangers, and I See a Dark Stranger.
Donna Reed: Shadow of the Thin Man, Calling Dr. Gillespie, It's a Wonderful Life, Convicted Woman, The Get-Away, Babes on Broadway, The Courtship of Andy Hardy, The Bugle Sounds, Mokey, Apache Trail, Eyes in the Night, Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case, The Human Comedy, The Man from Down Under, Thousands Cheer, See Here, Private Hargrove, Green Dolphin Street, Chicago Deadline, Beyond Glory, The Picture of Dorian Gray, They Were Expendable, Faithful in My Fashion, and Gentle Annie.
Kim Hunter: A Matter of Life and Death, When Strangers Marry, You Came Along, The Seventh Victim, Tender Comrade, and A Canterbury Tale.
Alida Valli: The Third Man, Piccolo mondo antico, The Paradine Case, The Miracle of the Bells, We the Living, T'amerò sempre, I pagliacci, Apparizione, The Song of Life, The Two Orphans, The First Woman Who Passes, Light in the Darkness, The Secret Lover, Manon Lescaut, The Last Enemy, Red Tavern, Beyond Love, Schoolgirl Diary, Invisible Chains, Stasera niente di nuovo, The Za-Bum Circus, Life Begins Anew, and Eugenia Grandet.
Anne Baxter: 20 Mule Team, The Magnificent Ambersons, Five Graves to Cairo, The Razor's Edge, Yellow Sky, The Great Profile, Swamp Water, Charley's Aunt, Sunday Dinner for a Soldier, The Fighting Sullivans, The North Star, Smoky, The Purple Heart, The Eve of St. Mark, Guest in the House, You're My Everything, The Walls of Jericho, Homecoming, The Luck of the Irish, Blaze of Noon, Angel on My Shoulder, and A Royal Scandal.
Teresa Wright: The Little Foxes, Mrs.. Miniver, Enchantment, Shadow of a Doubt, The Best Years of Our Lives, Pursued, The Trouble with Women, The Pride of the Yankees, The Little Foxes, Casanova Brown, and The Imperfect Lady.
Mary Astor: The Maltese Falcon, The Palm Beach Story, The Great Lie, Act of Violence, Meet Me in St. Louis, Fiesta, East Side, West Side, Young Ideas, Blonde Fever, Turnabout, Brigham Young, Across the Pacific, Claudia and David, Little Women, Any Number Can Play, Desert Fury, and Cynthia.
Jane Wyman: Johnny Belinda, Brother Rat and a Baby, Bad Men of Missouri, My Love Came Back, The Lost Weekend, Magic Town, Make Your Own Bed, Princess O'Rourke, Footlight Serenade, Cheyenne, The Lady Takes a Sailor, A Kiss in the Dark, The Doughgirls, An Angel from Texas, Flight Angels, Gambling on the High Seas, Tugboat Annie Sails Again, You're in the Army Now, The Body Disappears, Honeymoon for Three, My Favorite Spy, Larceny, Inc., Crime by Night, The Yearling,Hollywood Canteen, One More Tomorrow, and Night and Day.
Ann Sheridan: They Drive by Night, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Kings Row, Nora Prentiss, I Was a Male War Bride, Honeymoon for Three, One More Tomorrow, City for Conquest, Torrid Zone, Castle on the Hudson, It All Came True, Navy Blues, George Washington Slept Here, Wings for the Eagle, Juke Girl, Silver River, The Unfaithful, Edge of Darkness, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Cinderella Jones, Shine On, Harvest Moon, and Good Sam.
Ida Lupino: They Drive by Night, Devotion, In Our Time, The Sea Wolf, High Sierra, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Out of the Fog, Life Begins at Eight-Thirty, Moontide, Ladies in Retirement, Hollywood Canteen, Forever and a Day, The Hard Way, Pillow to Post, Road House, The Man I Love, Escape Me Never, Deep Valley, Not Wanted, Never Fear, and Lust for Gold.
Joan Bennett: Man Hunt, The Woman in the Window, Scarlet Street, The House Across the Bay, The Man I Married, The Son of Monte Cristo, Green Hell, She Knew All the Answers, Wild Geese Calling, The Reckless Moment, Secret Beyond the Door, Hollow Triumph, The Woman on the Beach, Margin for Error, Twin Beds, Confirm or Deny, The Wife Takes a Flyer, Colonel Effingham's Raid, The Macomber Affair, Girl Trouble, and Nob Hill.
Tallulah Bankhead: A Royal Scandal, Stage Door Canteen, and Lifeboat.
Jane Greer: Out of the Past, Pan-Americana, Two O'Clock Courage, Sinbad the Sailor, George White's Scandals, The Falcon's Alibi, Dick Tracy, The Bamboo Blonde, Station West, Sunset Pass, They Won't Believe Me, and The Big Steal.
Margaret O'Brien: Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Unfinished Dance, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, Lost Angel, Three Wise Fools, Big City, Little Women, Tenth Avenue Angel, The Secret Garden, Music for Millions, Bad Bascomb, Journey for Margaret, You, John Jones!, and The Canterville Ghost.
Lucille Ball: Without Love, Ziegfeld Follies, Dance, Girl, Dance, The Big Street, Du Barry Was a Lady, The Marines Fly High, You Can't Fool Your Wife, A Girl, a Guy and a Gob, Too Many Girls,Thousands Cheer, Seven Days' Leave, Easy Living, Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, Look Who's Laughing, Valley of the Sun, Lured, Easy to Wed, Two Smart People, Her Husband's Affairs, Sorrowful Jones, The Dark Corner, Lover Come Back, Best Foot Forward, and Meet the People.
Cyd Charisse: Ziegfeld Follies, Escort Girl, Something to Shout About, Thousands Cheer, Mission to Moscow, The Harvey Girls, Till the Clouds Roll By, In Our Time, Three Wise Fools, Fiesta, The Unfinished Dance, On an Island with You, and The Kissing Bandit.
Susan Hayward: The Lost Moment, Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman, My Foolish Heart, Adam Had Four Sons, Sis Hopkins, They Won't Believe Me, Canyon Passage, And Now Tomorrow, Deadline at Dawn, Hit Parade of 1943, Star Spangled Rhythm, A Letter from Bataan, Young and Willing, Tulsa, The Saxon Charm, House of Strangers, Tap Roots, Among the Living, Reap the Wild Wind, The Forest Rangers, Jack London, The Fighting Seabees, and The Hairy Ape.
June Allyson: The Secret Heart, Music for Millions, Best Foot Forward, Meet the People, Two Girls and a Sailor, Girl Crazy, All Girl Revue, Her Highness and the Bellboy, The Three Musketeers, Good News, The Stratton Story, Words and Music, High Barbaree, Till the Clouds Roll By, The Sailor Takes a Wife, Two Sisters from Boston, and The Bride Goes Wild.
Susan Peters: Young Ideas, Tish, Santa Fe Trail, The Big Shot, Random Harvest, Keep Your Powder Dry, Song of Russia, Assignment in Brittany, The Sign of the Ram, Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant, Andy Hardy's Double Life, A New Romance of Celluloid: Personalities, Sockaroo, River's End, Meet John Doe, The Strawberry Blonde, Scattergood Pulls the Strings, Three Sons o' Guns, Young America Flies, Money and the Woman, and The Man Who Talked Too Much.
Betty Hutton: Duffy's Tavern, Hollywood Victory Caravan, Dream Girl, Red, Hot and Blue, Star Spangled Rhythm, One for the Book, Happy Go Lucky, Strictly G.I., Skirmish on the Home Front, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, Cross My Heart, The Perils of Pauline, The Stork Club,Here Come the Waves, And the Angels Sing, Incendiary Blonde, The Fleet's In, and Let's Face It.
Celeste Holm: Road House, Gentleman's Agreement, Come to the Stable, The Snake Pit, Everybody Does It, Chicken Every Sunday, A Letter to Three Wives, Three Little Girls in Blue, and Carnival in Costa Rica.
Celia Johnson: In Which We Serve, Brief Encounter, This Happy Breed, Dear Octopus, and A Letter from Home.
Jane Wyman: Brother Rat and a Baby, Bad Men of Missouri, Johnny Belinda, The Lost Weekend, An Angel from Texas, Flight Angels, Gambling on the High Seas, My Love Came Back, Tugboat Annie Sails Again, Honeymoon for Three, You're in the Army Now, The Body Disappears, Larceny, Inc., My Favorite Spy, Footlight Serenade, Princess O'Rourke, Make Your Own Bed, The Doughgirls, Crime by Night, One More Tomorrow, Night and Day, The Yearling, Magic Town, Cheyenne, A Kiss in the Dark, and The Lady Takes a Sailor.
Angela Lansbury: National Velvet, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Gaslight, The Harvey Girls, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami, If Winter Comes, The Hoodlum Saint, Till the Clouds Roll By, The Red Danube, The Three Musketeers, Tenth Avenue Angel, State of the Union, and Samson and Delilah.
Jean Simmons: Hamlet, Kiss the Bride Goodbye, Give Us the Moon, Black Narcissus, The Way to the Stars, Great Expectations, Caesar and Cleopatra, Meet Sexton Blake, Mr. Emmanuel, Sports Day, Adam and Evelyne, The Blue Lagoon, The Woman in the Hall, Uncle Silas, and Hungry Hill.
Jeanne Crain: Pinky, Home in Indiana, Leave Her to Heaven, In the Meantime, Darling, Winged Victory, State Fair, The Gang's All Here, Margie, The Fan, You Were Meant for Me, Centennial Summer, Apartment for Peggy, and Apartment for Peggy.
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2020.10.21 22:32 Britneyfan456 Which Actress had the best run in the 40s?

Best run in terms of anything
Ingrid Bergman: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Casablanca, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Gaslight, Spellbound, The Bells of St. Mary’s, Notorious, June Night, Adam Had Four Sons, Rage in Heaven, Saratoga Trunk, Swedes in America, Arch of Triumph, American Creed, Under Capricorn, and Joan of Arc.
Olivia De Havilland: The Snake Pit, Santa Fe Trail, Their Boots On, The Heiress, To Each His Own, In This Our Life, My Love Came Back, The Strawberry Blonde, The Male Animal, The Well Groomed Bride, Hold Back the Dawn, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Devotion, The Dark Mirror, Princess O'Rourke, and Government Girl.
Judy Garland: Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, Strike Up the Band, Little Nellie Kelly, Meet Me in St. Louis, Presenting Lily Mars, For Me and My Gal, Thousands Cheer, Girl Crazy, Babes on Broadway, Life Begins for Andy Hardy, Ziegfeld Girl, In the Good Old Summertime, The Pirate, Words and Music, Easter Parade, The Harvey Girls, Till the Clouds Roll By, and Ziegfeld Follies.
Gene Tierney: Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake, Heaven can Wait, Laura, Leave Her to Heaven, Dragonwyck, The Razor’s Edge, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Tobacco Road, The Return of Frank James, Hudson's Bay, The Shanghai Gesture, A Bell for Adano, China Girl, Sundown, Belle Starr, Thunder Birds, Rings on Her Fingers, The Iron Curtain, and That Wonderful Urge.
Bette Davis: In This Our Life, Thank Your Lucky Stars, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Little Foxes, The Letter, Now, Voyager, Beyond the Forest, Winter Meeting, June Bride, A Stolen Life, Deception, Hollywood Canteen, Old Acquaintance, Mr. Skeffington, Shining Victory, The Bride Came C.O.D., Watch on the Rhine, All This, and Heaven Too, and The Corn Is Green.
Joan Crawford: When Ladies Meet, Possessed, Mildred Pierce, Hollywood Canteen, Humoresque, Flamingo Road, It's a Great Feeling, Daisy Kenyon, Reunion in France, They All Kissed the Bride, Strange Cargo, Susan and God, Above Suspicion, and A Woman's Face.
Carole Lombard: They Knew What They Wanted, To Be or Not to Be, Vigil in the Night, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Agnes Moorehead: Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Dark Passage, Journey into Fear, The Big Street, The Youngest Profession, Government Girl, Jane Eyre, Dragon Seed, Since You Went Away, The Seventh Cross, Mrs. Parkington, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, Tomorrow, the World!, Keep Your Powder Dry, Her Highness and the Bellboy, Johnny Belinda, The Lost Moment, Summer Holiday, The Woman in White, The Stratton Story, Station West, The Great Sinner, and Without Honor.
Shirley Temple: A Kiss for Corliss, Fort Apache, Adventure in Baltimore, The Story of Seabiscuit, Mr. Belvedere Goes to College, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Since You Went Away, Kiss and Tell, I'll Be Seeing You, Honeymoon, Kathleen, Young People, Miss Annie Rooney, The Blue Bird, and That Hagen Girl.
Ava Gardner: The Killers, The Hucksters, Singapore, One Touch of Venus, The Bribe,The Great Sinner, Major Barbara, East Side, West Side, Reunion in France, Fancy Answers, H. M. Pulham, Esq., Shadow of the Thin Man, Babes on Broadway, This Time for Keeps, Joe Smith, American, We Do It Because, Sunday Punch, Kid Glove Killer, Calling Dr. Gillespie, Mighty Lak a Goat, Du Barry Was a Lady, Hitler's Madman, Ghosts on the Loose, Two Girls and a Sailor, Lost Angel, Young Ideas, Swing Fever, Maisie Goes to Reno, 3 Men in White, She Went to the Races, Blonde Fever, and Whistle Stop.
Katharine Hepburn: The Philadelphia Story, Song of Love, Adam's Rib, Undercurrent, Without Love, State of the Union, The Sea of Grass, Stage Door Canteen, Dragon Seed, Woman of the Year, and Keeper of the Flame.
Maureen O Hara: Dance, Girl, Dance, How Green Was My Valley, The Black Swan, The Spanish Main, Miracle on 34th Street, Sinbad the Sailor, A Bill of Divorcement, They Met in Argentina, To the Shores of Tripoli, Ten Gentlemen from West Point, Immortal Sergeant, This Land Is Mine, The Fallen Sparrow, Buffalo Bill, Sentimental Journey, Do You Love Me, The Homestretch, The Foxes of Harrow, Forever Amber, The Forbidden Street, Father Was a Fullback, Sitting Pretty, and A Woman's Secret.
Lauren Bacall: The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, Key Largo, Confidential Agent, and Confidential Agent.
Vivien Leigh: Caesar and Cleopatra, Anna Karenina, 21 Days, Waterloo Bridge, and That Hamilton Woman.
Greer Garson: Mrs. Miniver, The Valley of Decision, Desire Me, That Forsyte Woman, The Miracle of Sound, Pride and Prejudice, Random Harvest, Blossoms in the Dust, Madame Curie, The Youngest Profession, When Ladies Meet, Adventure, Mrs. Parkington, and Julia Misbehaves.
Claudette Colbert: The Palm Beach Story, Since You Went Away, Bride for Sale, Sleep, My Love, Without Reservations, Family Honeymoon, Arise, My Love, Boom Town, Remember the Day, Skylark, No Time for Love, Practically Yours, So Proudly We Hail!, Guest Wife, Tomorrow Is Forever, The Secret Heart, and The Egg and I.
Lana Turner: Johnny Eager, Honky Tonk, Ziegfeld Girl, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Somewhere I’ll Find You, Week-End at the Waldorf, Green Dolphin Street, Homecoming, The Three Musketeers, The Youngest Profession, Keep Your Powder Dry, We Who Are Young, Cass Timberlane, Slightly Dangerous, and Marriage Is a Private Affair.
Rita Hayworth: Gilda, Cover Girl, Blondie on a Budget, Tales of Manhattan, You Were Never Lovelier, The Lady from Shanghai, The Strawberry Blonde, You'll Never Get Rich, The Loves of Carmen, Affectionately Yours, My Gal Sal, Susan and God, Down to Earth, Tonight and Every Night, Blood and Sand, Angels Over Broadway, The Lady in Question, Music in My Heart, and Blondie on a Budget.
Joan Fontaine: Rebecca, Suspicion, The Constant Nymph, Jane Eyre, The Affairs of Susan, Ivy, Letter from an Unknown Woman, This Above All, Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, The Emperor Waltz, From This Day Forward, You Gotta Stay Happy, and Frenchman's Creek.
Jennifer Jones: The Song of Bernadette, Since You Went Away, Love Letters, Duel in the Sun, Madame Bovary, We Were Strangers, Portrait of Jennie, and Cluny Brown.
Hedy Lamarr: Comrade X, Come Live With Me, H.M. Pulham, Esq., Samson and Delilah, Tortilla Flat, Dishonored Lady, Ziegfeld Girl, Boom Town, Crossroads, The Strange Woman, White Cargo, Experiment Perilous, The Conspirators, Let's Live a Little, I Take This Woman, and The Heavenly Body.
Ginger Rogers: The Barkleys of Broadway, Tender Comrade, Kitty Foyle, Tom, Dick and Harry, I'll Be Seeing You, Roxie Hart, The Major and the Minor, Lucky Partners, Primrose Path, Week-End at the Waldorf, Once Upon a Honeymoon, Lady in the Dark, Magnificent Doll, Heartbeat, and It Had to Be You.
Barbara Stanwyck: East Side, West Side, Hollywood Canteen, Ball of Fire, The Lady Eve, Sorry, Wrong Number, Double Indemnity, Meet John Doe, You Belong to Me, Remember the Night, The Gay Sisters, The Great Man's Lady, Flesh and Fantasy, Lady of Burlesque, California, My Reputation, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, The Bride Wore Boots, Christmas in Connecticut, Cry Wolf, The Two Mrs. Carrolls, Variety Girl, The Other Love, The Lady Gambles, and B.F.'s Daughter.
Veronica Lake: Sullivan’s Travels, This Gun for Hire, The Glass Key, I Married a Witch, So Proudly We Hail, Bring on the Girls, Miss Susie Slagle’s, The Blue Dahlia, I Wanted Wings, Forty Little Mothers, The Hour Before the Dawn, Ramrod, Hold That Blonde, Duffy's Tavern, Miss Susie Slagle's, Out of This World, Slattery's Hurricane, The Sainted Sisters, Isn't It Romantic?, Star Spangled Rhythm, and Saigon.
Setsuko Hara: Late Spring, Toyuki, Hebihimesama, Totsugu hi made, Onna no machi, Futari no sekai, Shimai no Yakusoku, Anî no hânayomê, Ôinaru kanô, Kêkkon no seitaî, A Story of Leadership, Kibô no aozora, Seishun no kiryû, Wakai sensei, Midori no daichi, Haha no chizu, Hawai Mare Oki Kaisen, Hawai Maree oki kaisen, Ahen senso, Bôrô no kesshitai, Toward the Decisive Battle in the Sky, Searing Wind, Suicide Troops of the Watchtower, Ikari no umi, Young Eagles, Shôri no hi made, Kita no san-nin, Koi no fuunjî, Midori no kokkyô, Reijin, Midori no kokkyô, No Regrets for Our Youth, Yuwaku, Kakedashi jidai, A Ball at the Anjo House, Onnadake no yoru, Sanbon yubi no otoko, Toki no teizo: zengohen, Fujisancho, Taifuken no onna, Kofuku no genkai, President and a female clerk, Tonosama Hotel, Ojôsan kanpai, Aoi sanmyaku, and Zoku aoi sanmyaku.
Betty Grable: Down Argentine Way, Mother Wore Tights, Down Argentine Way, When My Baby Smiles at Me, The Dolly Sisters, Pin Up Girl, Springtime in the Rockies, Coney Island, The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend, Tin Pan Alley, Sweet Rosie O'Grady, A Yank in the R.A.F., Footlight Serenade, I Wake Up Screaming, Song of the Islands, Diamond Horseshoe,
Deborah Kerr: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Black Narcissus, Contraband, Penn of Pennsylvania, A Battle for a Bottle, Love on the Dole, Major Barbara, Major Barbara, Edward, My Son, Hatter's Castle, The Day Will Dawn, If Winter Comes, Perfect Strangers, and I See a Dark Stranger.
Donna Reed: Shadow of the Thin Man, Calling Dr. Gillespie, It's a Wonderful Life, Convicted Woman, The Get-Away, Babes on Broadway, The Courtship of Andy Hardy, The Bugle Sounds, Mokey, Apache Trail, Eyes in the Night, Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case, The Human Comedy, The Man from Down Under, Thousands Cheer, See Here, Private Hargrove, Green Dolphin Street, Chicago Deadline, Beyond Glory, The Picture of Dorian Gray, They Were Expendable, Faithful in My Fashion, and Gentle Annie.
Kim Hunter: A Matter of Life and Death, When Strangers Marry, You Came Along, The Seventh Victim, Tender Comrade, and A Canterbury Tale.
Alida Valli: The Third Man, Piccolo mondo antico, The Paradine Case, The Miracle of the Bells, We the Living, T'amerò sempre, I pagliacci, Apparizione, The Song of Life, The Two Orphans, The First Woman Who Passes, Light in the Darkness, The Secret Lover, Manon Lescaut, The Last Enemy, Red Tavern, Beyond Love, Schoolgirl Diary, Invisible Chains, Stasera niente di nuovo, The Za-Bum Circus, Life Begins Anew, and Eugenia Grandet.
Anne Baxter: 20 Mule Team, The Magnificent Ambersons, Five Graves to Cairo, The Razor's Edge, Yellow Sky, The Great Profile, Swamp Water, Charley's Aunt, Sunday Dinner for a Soldier, The Fighting Sullivans, The North Star, Smoky, The Purple Heart, The Eve of St. Mark, Guest in the House, You're My Everything, The Walls of Jericho, Homecoming, The Luck of the Irish, Blaze of Noon, Angel on My Shoulder, and A Royal Scandal.
Teresa Wright: The Little Foxes, Mrs.. Miniver, Enchantment, Shadow of a Doubt, The Best Years of Our Lives, Pursued, The Trouble with Women, The Pride of the Yankees, The Little Foxes, Casanova Brown, and The Imperfect Lady.
Mary Astor: The Maltese Falcon, The Palm Beach Story, The Great Lie, Act of Violence, Meet Me in St. Louis, Fiesta, East Side, West Side, Young Ideas, Blonde Fever, Turnabout, Brigham Young, Across the Pacific, Claudia and David, Little Women, Any Number Can Play, Desert Fury, and Cynthia.
Jane Wyman: Johnny Belinda, Brother Rat and a Baby, Bad Men of Missouri, My Love Came Back, The Lost Weekend, Magic Town, Make Your Own Bed, Princess O'Rourke, Footlight Serenade, Cheyenne, The Lady Takes a Sailor, A Kiss in the Dark, The Doughgirls, An Angel from Texas, Flight Angels, Gambling on the High Seas, Tugboat Annie Sails Again, You're in the Army Now, The Body Disappears, Honeymoon for Three, My Favorite Spy, Larceny, Inc., Crime by Night, The Yearling,Hollywood Canteen, One More Tomorrow, and Night and Day.
Ann Sheridan: They Drive by Night, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Kings Row, Nora Prentiss, I Was a Male War Bride, Honeymoon for Three, One More Tomorrow, City for Conquest, Torrid Zone, Castle on the Hudson, It All Came True, Navy Blues, George Washington Slept Here, Wings for the Eagle, Juke Girl, Silver River, The Unfaithful, Edge of Darkness, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Cinderella Jones, Shine On, Harvest Moon, and Good Sam.
Ida Lupino: They Drive by Night, Devotion, In Our Time, The Sea Wolf, High Sierra, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Out of the Fog, Life Begins at Eight-Thirty, Moontide, Ladies in Retirement, Hollywood Canteen, Forever and a Day, The Hard Way, Pillow to Post, Road House, The Man I Love, Escape Me Never, Deep Valley, Not Wanted, Never Fear, and Lust for Gold.
Joan Bennett: Man Hunt, The Woman in the Window, Scarlet Street, The House Across the Bay, The Man I Married, The Son of Monte Cristo, Green Hell, She Knew All the Answers, Wild Geese Calling, The Reckless Moment, Secret Beyond the Door, Hollow Triumph, The Woman on the Beach, Margin for Error, Twin Beds, Confirm or Deny, The Wife Takes a Flyer, Colonel Effingham's Raid, The Macomber Affair, Girl Trouble, and Nob Hill.
Tallulah Bankhead: A Royal Scandal, Stage Door Canteen, and Lifeboat.
Jane Greer: Out of the Past, Pan-Americana, Two O'Clock Courage, Sinbad the Sailor, George White's Scandals, The Falcon's Alibi, Dick Tracy, The Bamboo Blonde, Station West, Sunset Pass, They Won't Believe Me, and The Big Steal.
Margaret O'Brien: Jane Eyre, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Unfinished Dance, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, Lost Angel, Three Wise Fools, Big City, Little Women, Tenth Avenue Angel, The Secret Garden, Music for Millions, Bad Bascomb, Journey for Margaret, You, John Jones!, and The Canterville Ghost.
Lucille Ball: Without Love, Ziegfeld Follies, Dance, Girl, Dance, The Big Street, Du Barry Was a Lady, The Marines Fly High, You Can't Fool Your Wife, A Girl, a Guy and a Gob, Too Many Girls,Thousands Cheer, Seven Days' Leave, Easy Living, Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, Look Who's Laughing, Valley of the Sun, Lured, Easy to Wed, Two Smart People, Her Husband's Affairs, Sorrowful Jones, The Dark Corner, Lover Come Back, Best Foot Forward, and Meet the People.
Cyd Charisse: Ziegfeld Follies, Escort Girl, Something to Shout About, Thousands Cheer, Mission to Moscow, The Harvey Girls, Till the Clouds Roll By, In Our Time, Three Wise Fools, Fiesta, The Unfinished Dance, On an Island with You, and The Kissing Bandit.
Susan Hayward: The Lost Moment, Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman, My Foolish Heart, Adam Had Four Sons, Sis Hopkins, They Won't Believe Me, Canyon Passage, And Now Tomorrow, Deadline at Dawn, Hit Parade of 1943, Star Spangled Rhythm, A Letter from Bataan, Young and Willing, Tulsa, The Saxon Charm, House of Strangers, Tap Roots, Among the Living, Reap the Wild Wind, The Forest Rangers, Jack London, The Fighting Seabees, and The Hairy Ape.
June Allyson: The Secret Heart, Music for Millions, Best Foot Forward, Meet the People, Two Girls and a Sailor, Girl Crazy, All Girl Revue, Her Highness and the Bellboy, The Three Musketeers, Good News, The Stratton Story, Words and Music, High Barbaree, Till the Clouds Roll By, The Sailor Takes a Wife, Two Sisters from Boston, and The Bride Goes Wild.
Susan Peters: Young Ideas, Tish, Santa Fe Trail, The Big Shot, Random Harvest, Keep Your Powder Dry, Song of Russia, Assignment in Brittany, The Sign of the Ram, Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant, Andy Hardy's Double Life, A New Romance of Celluloid: Personalities, Sockaroo, River's End, Meet John Doe, The Strawberry Blonde, Scattergood Pulls the Strings, Three Sons o' Guns, Young America Flies, Money and the Woman, and The Man Who Talked Too Much.
Betty Hutton: Duffy's Tavern, Hollywood Victory Caravan, Dream Girl, Red, Hot and Blue, Star Spangled Rhythm, One for the Book, Happy Go Lucky, Strictly G.I., Skirmish on the Home Front, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, Cross My Heart, The Perils of Pauline, The Stork Club,Here Come the Waves, And the Angels Sing, Incendiary Blonde, The Fleet's In, and Let's Face It.
Celeste Holm: Road House, Gentleman's Agreement, Come to the Stable, The Snake Pit, Everybody Does It, Chicken Every Sunday, A Letter to Three Wives, Three Little Girls in Blue, and Carnival in Costa Rica.
Celia Johnson: In Which We Serve, Brief Encounter, This Happy Breed, Dear Octopus, and A Letter from Home.
Jane Wyman: Brother Rat and a Baby, Bad Men of Missouri, Johnny Belinda, The Lost Weekend, An Angel from Texas, Flight Angels, Gambling on the High Seas, My Love Came Back, Tugboat Annie Sails Again, Honeymoon for Three, You're in the Army Now, The Body Disappears, Larceny, Inc., My Favorite Spy, Footlight Serenade, Princess O'Rourke, Make Your Own Bed, The Doughgirls, Crime by Night, One More Tomorrow, Night and Day, The Yearling, Magic Town, Cheyenne, A Kiss in the Dark, and The Lady Takes a Sailor.
Angela Lansbury: National Velvet, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Gaslight, The Harvey Girls, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami, If Winter Comes, The Hoodlum Saint, Till the Clouds Roll By, The Red Danube, The Three Musketeers, Tenth Avenue Angel, State of the Union, and Samson and Delilah.
Jean Simmons: Hamlet, Kiss the Bride Goodbye, Give Us the Moon, Black Narcissus, The Way to the Stars, Great Expectations, Caesar and Cleopatra, Meet Sexton Blake, Mr. Emmanuel, Sports Day, Adam and Evelyne, The Blue Lagoon, The Woman in the Hall, Uncle Silas, and Hungry Hill.
Jeanne Crain: Pinky, Home in Indiana, Leave Her to Heaven, In the Meantime, Darling, Winged Victory, State Fair, The Gang's All Here, Margie, The Fan, You Were Meant for Me, Centennial Summer, Apartment for Peggy, and Apartment for Peggy.
It’s Gene Tierney or Joan Fontaine for me
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2020.10.13 22:08 Diamond-89 MESSAGE FOR 2K AND PATRICK GILMORE ON THE WWE 2K20 SCANDAL AND IDEAS FOR THE NEXT WWE 2K22

MESSAGE FOR 2K AND PATRICK GILMORE ON THE WWE 2K20 SCANDAL AND IDEAS FOR THE NEXT WWE 2K22
WWE 2K22 RENEWED Improvements and Additions [I warn it's going to be a novel]:
[Before talking about the improvements and additions I want to summarize the situation:
Given that we know that the game WWE 2K20 was catastrophic both for the game in general and for sales, and that we (customers) know that if the next WWE 2K22 is not good it will surely be the end of the partnership between you (2K) and the WWE to make way for another partnership with another game development studio, my ideas for improvements and additions of modes that I would like to see on WWE 2K22. One last interesting thing to learn that you're working hard on the next WWE 2K22 is that you're looking at the public's opinion and ideas].[ Here are my ideas and suggestions for WWE 2K22/ I'm sorry for my English I'm French]
That the bugs be removed ( I am talking mostly about the bugs of the disaster concerning WWE 2K20 )
Review and Rework the Gameplay
That all Superstars/Divas be well modeled
Improve graphics and design
That the whole audience is well modeled
Redesign of the Menus and game modes
Improvement of the WWE Universe mode (Rework this mode which is left to forget since WWE 13/ Improvement of the mode that goes in the continuity of SVR 2011 and WWE 12)
2K Showcase on R-Truth (Heel Turn 2011), The Autority (Best for Business), Tribute to Shad Gaspard "6 or 7 Cryme Tyme Matches".
Return of the Road to Wrestlemania mode with new and original story telling /On 5, 6 or 7 Superstars (Audio Voice of the Superstars, for the improvements that its remains in the continuity of WWE 12/ Subtitles must be translated for each country where the game will be sold)
For the dialogues (the voices) (There will be nothing surprising): Audio dialogs of real superstars in 2K Showcase mode, Road to Wrestlemania mode and why not Career mode (For the GM mode I don't say no to having audio dialogs but it will be a lot of work, for this mode either audio dialogs or dialogs without audio but with subtitles)
Back to GM (General Manager) mode (Improve the mode and let it remain on the same continuity of SVR 2008 either play the WWE SuperstaDiva, or play the General Manager or play the Superstar Create/ As currently at WWE there is no General Manager at RAW and Smackdown except at NXT which is Triple H when is not the possibility or not to choose the General Manager that we want why not also a superstadiva, if you put audio dialogs in this mode forgotten this idea of choosing his General Manager)
Improve Career Mode
Return of the Scenario Mode (As on WWE 13 and WWE 2K14 when stays on the same continuity by improving the mode)
That there are 3 Camera Angles that can be changed and selected in the menu settings and in the pause menu:
Camera of SVR 2010 on PS3/Xbox360 (Camera that changes angle after 3 or 4 takes)
Camera of SVR 2011 on PS3/Xbox 360 (Camera a bit close that changes angle after 3 or 4 takes)
Camera of WWE 13 when the Royal Rumble is there (opposite camera in front of the superstars' entrance)
New match type :
Special Match Referee (One on One, Tag Team Match, Triple Threat Match and Fatal 4 Way) [When is not the choice yes or no in the parameters if we want the referee outfit / Do not forget to put for the special referee the referee icon as in WWE 13)
Lumberjack Match (Customized yes or no or randomly the number of superstars that will be around the ring that you can choose is either 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 superstars and to choose or not to choose the superstars present around the ring/ That the superstars who arrive around the ring come after the entry of the two superstars / If in the ring there is a superstar who belongs to a group that is around the ring that the group around the ring is only 2 superstars if the partner of the group gets hit by other superstars and not by his own group.His own group doesn't attack his own partner if he is at the bottom of the ring but on the contrary moves backwards and doesn't react and when their partner is hit and put back in the ring by other superstars the group moves back around the ring/ If it's a Lumberjack Match with 10 superstars around the ring and that there is a superstar in the ring that belongs to the same group that is at the bottom of the ring 2 superstars minimum is the only exception not 3 superstars for the rest of the number of superstars in the Lumberjack Match that is 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 Superstars around (2 or 3 superstars belong to the same group).
(Whether or not there are 3 or 4 types of Match to Unlock in a Superstar's Road to Wrestlemania / it doesn't have to be Unlockable but it's up to you)
Street Fight
I Quit Match (Use the same I Quit system as on WWE 13, but with the referee's microphone)
Punjabi Prison Match (Type of Match to Unlock or not in the Road to Wrestlemania of a superstar example Seth Rollins)
Casket Match (Type of Match to Unlock in Undertaker's Road to Wrestlemania)
Buried Alive Match (Type of Match to Unlock in Undertaker's Road to Wrestlemania)
Boneyard Match (The same type of match at Wrestlemania 36 between Undertaker and Aj Styles)(Customized if we want yes or no the voice of the commentators during the match)(For this type of match their entries are completely different than usual in the shows, at the moment when we want to do this type of match in the Exhibition menus there is a message whether or not we want him to be Undertaker as a fighter as it is his type of match, if we put no we have the possibility to put other superstars than the Undertaker, if we but yes when choose if we want yes or no his special entrance, the special entrance of the Undertaker would be with his motorcycle with his big evil outfit like in Wrestlemania 36)
At the next Wrestlemania 37 if Roman Reigns makes are Special Wrestlemania entrance with the Superman Punch and explosions next to it.Put this type of entrance in the game if we choose as Wrestlemania arena that we are the choice if we want this type of Special Wrestlemania entrance or its normal entrance
Triple Threat Tag Team Normal and Elimination
40-Man Royal Rumble
Five against Five Tag Team / Six against Six Tag Team / Seven against Seven Tag Team Match and Elimination
Inferno Match
First Blood match
Title Match
Backstage Brawl (One vs One, Two vs Two, Fatal 4 Way, Handicap One vs Two/Handicap One vs Three) (As on WWE 13)
Championship Scramble (As on WWE 13)
If the referee takes a Special move and a Finisher by a Superstar (25 second countdown before he gets up)
Raw Underground (That this type of match is possible only for the Superstars of Raw as its name indicates it/ That the Superstars and Divas who fight is two outfits that we can choose in the parameters before starting the match a special outfit Raw Underground for this type of match (same for the referees) and a second "normal" outfit of ring/ Objective to win a Raw Underground match, Win by KO and Submission/ Choose yes or no Superstars and Divas or unknown people around the ring/ Choose with or without commentators' voices in the settings)To put Raw Underground in the WWE Universe mode choose in the settings of WWE Universe either 1, 2 or 3 maximum matches, it would be good that at the beginning we start 2 Raw Underground matches in the WWE Universe mode that it is an Intro of Shane McMahon "which presents itself and says "Welcome to Raw Underground", that it is a type of match only One against One and also playable in Exhibition mode and that it is 2 Matches Raw Underground minimums in the Road to Wrestlemania of Seth Rollins
Activate Yes or No blood in the menu settings
Create your Input (As on WWE 2K14 but to be improved)
Create your Title (As on WWE 2K14 but to be improved)
Create your Special Move and create your Finisher
Create his Arena / Create Logo and that it is logos of the former superstars and former arena for example DX logo, WCW logo and logo of the former Smackdown (As on WWE 13 and WWE 2K14 when remains on the same continuity by improving the mode)
Put your own input music on a USB stick or Hard Disk (as on WWE 13 and WWE 2K14) [Import personal music].
Create your own Titantron (As on WWE 12)
Put your own Titantron on USB key or Hard Disk (Import from Titantron)
Create your own Entrance in two different ways
1- Create your Entry simply
2 - Create your Input sound by having each different sequence (Intro/ Stage/ Ramp/ Ring-In/ Ring/ Finalize) (As on WWE 13 and WWE 2K14)
Improvement of the atmosphere of the audience (It all depends on the superstar fighting)
Changing the colors of the Superstars' outfits
That in a ladder match, table match, Money In The Bank match the ladder and the table after a shock that the laddetable is broken does not disappear whether it remains on the floor or in the ring (Break Half Open Tables) (As on SVR 2011)
Which is the possibility to ladder vertically in the ring (Ladder Positions WedgeLean) (As on SVR 2011)
Place the tables and ladders anywhere, even outside the ring like in a real match.
When a superstar takes a submission hold is that he reaches the ropes there is a count of 5 from the referee when there is no choice or not to let go of the hold until 5 if we do not let go of the hold after the count of 5 we have lost (As in reality)
Who is for WWE RAW/WWE Smackdown/WWE NXT/WWE Main Event the different commentators who usually comment every week during the shows:
- WWE Raw Commentators: Tom Phillips, Samoa Joe and Byron Saxton
- WWE Main Event Commentators: Bryon Saxton and Samoa Joe
(If at WWE Raw shows, WWE Main Event and WWE Pay-Per-Views Samoa Joe wrestles in exhibition mode and in any mode put on by Tom Phillips and Bryon Saxton as commentators)
- WWE Smackdown Commentators: Michael Cole and Corey Graves
- WWE NXT Commentators: Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett and Beth Phoenix
(As for Samoa Joe for WWE RAW commentators if Beth Phoenix is playable and is taken to wrestling only in exhibition mode and in any mode of the game put to the commentary that Mauro Ranallo and Tom Phillips)
That the RAW/Smackdown and NXT roster is filled are forgetting a minimum of Legends
Online: That the players that have Superstars create that have 100 of General and that want to play with online is in the impossibility to play online with this type of superstar, that it is maximum 96 of General either it lowers the general of their Superstars in the menu creation or they use a normal Superstars or a Superstars create with minimum 96 of General (I speak to make this idea because the superstars that have 100 General are too difficult to beat online even almost too complicated to beat bad memory on WWE 13 and WWE 2K14 on this defect)
Put the different advertisers current whether to Raw, Smackdown and Nxt
Raw Advertiser: Mike Rome and JojoSmackdown Advertiser: Greg HamiltonNxt Announcer: Alicia Taylor
In the game's menu, rather in the settings, you can have the audio voices of French, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese commentators (audio voices are only available in Exhibition matches, not in the 2K Showcase, Road to Wrestlemania mode, GM mode or Career mode. For the voices of French commentators, I am French and we are the emblematic Christophe Agius and Philippe Chereau).
That there is the possibility to make claims to the referee during the game when a superstar comes out after a fall as in SVR 2010 (claim during the game not at the beginning of the game)
That it is in the menu settings the weight sensor to be activated or deactivated by our choice.
2K Showcase :
R-Truth (Beginning Heel Turn 2011 "Little Jimmy" until the End or explains how he became Face again) :
Beginning Heel Turn 2011 rivalry with John Morrison, rivalry with Rey Mystério, rivalry with John Cena especially also the match at Capital Punishment 2011 for WWE Champion, in team with The Miz "Awesome Truth", they intervene at the match John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio vs CM Punk at Hell in the Cell 2011, The Awesome Truth intervene at the match Triple H vs CM Punk Night Of Champions 2011, Match John Cena and The Rock vs Awesome Truth at Survivor Series 2011 and thereafter rivalry with The Miz(Sorry I have on my forgot other games and many details)
The Autority: Beginning The Autority until the end of the "Best for Business" Group (Beginning The Autority Triple H attacks Daniel Bryan at Summerslam 2013 for Randy Orton to cash his Money In the Bank until the end of The Autority: Triple H betrays Seth Rollins and then rivalry between the two men) (Not just Triple H, but the entire band The Autority, including his wife Stephanie Mcmahon).
Since he had a 2K Showcase on Daniel Bryan on WWE 2K19 and there was in this 2K Showcase the rivalry Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton until Wrestlemania 30 to pass his moments and only talk about it in a promo of the 2K Showcase of The Autority
[For this 2K Showcase "The Autority" not only will it be long since it will talk about the beginning of The Autority but also the end of the band (unless the storyling without cutting to not show all the rivalries) but also I don't know if the WWE will agree that Dean Ambrose will be in the game since The Shield was with The Autority and then the two clans were in Rivalry so it's to be seen or not].
If it is not possible to put The Shield in the game in this 2K Showcase the censored same for the promos pass the moments where there is The Shield
Either a 2K Showcase on The Autority or a 2K Showcase on the Nexus (the Nexus from Wade Barrett to the New Nexus from CM Punk)
Tribute to Shad Gaspard: The 6 or 7 Matches of Cryme Time
This 2K Showcase is a tribute to the late Shad Gaspard who passed away this year in 2020, 2K Showcase of 6 or 7 Matches of the Cryme Time team (with JTG and Shad Gaspard)For the 2K Showcase put the advertisers of the time
Road to Wrestlemania (Superstars Ideas): Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar, Drew Mcintyre, Jeff Hardy, Undertaker, Bayley
Put intros to the beginnings of each Road to Wrestlemania (a bit like in Smackdown vs Raw 2011)
Logically his superstars who are in the Road to Wrestlemania will be in their own stables and will not go to any other stables.
Example : Roman Reigns is in Smackdown he won't appear in Raw as it's not his stable [Roman Reigns appearance in Smackdown and Pay-Per-Views] [Appearance of Roman Reigns in Smackdown and Pay-Per-Views].
2nd Examples : Brock Lesnar is at Raw he will not appear at Smackdown as it's not his stable [Appearance of Brock Lesnar at the Raw show and in Pay-Per-Views].
etc.....
That the storyllings be original and interesting without necessarily taking example on reality, take WWE 12 as an example (WWE 12's Mode Road to Wrestlemania was a good memory).
That it is in the different Road to Wrestlemania at times clashes in the corridors even still in the locker rooms (without abusing of course the most important is the fight in the ring)
For the Road to Wrestlemania cinematics if there are amazing moves and impressive jumps in the audience's reaction (As in the WWE 12 Road to Wrestlemania kinematics)
Idea and Concept: Why not after a while a rivalry between Roman Reigns and The Fiend? (That it is the Firefly Fun House with Bray Wyatt would be quite good of course with the intro of the Firefly Fun House)
For the Road to Wrestlemania superstars show sometimes the poster of a match of the superstar that we will control in this Road to Wrestlemania with the American commentator who speaks at the same time of this poster (As in the Road to Wrestlemania in WWE 12 without exaggerating)
Example: Road to Wrestlemania by Jeff Hardy
WWE Raw: Jeff Hardy vs Mustafa Ali poster (With Raw intro music in the background)
With the voice of Smackdown commentators Tom Phillips, Samoa Joe and Byron Saxton talking about the game.
Some Superstars/Divas who have their usual tee-shirts should have them (Whether for their Entrance, Road to Wrestlemania and My Caree I said for some Superstars and Divas if other Superstars and Divas do not have a tee-shirt.
2 Matches Raw Underground minimum in Drew Mcintyre Road to Wrestlemania (Do not put this type of match in the Road to Wrestlemania of the other supertars, 2 Raw Underground matches in the Road to Wrestlemania of Drew Mcintyre is enough)
For the Road to Wrestlemania he is the interviewer and interviewer of each team (Raw and Smackdown) when at times there are interviews of our superstar or our opponent in the Road to Wrestlemania (That it is a little interview and not several interviews)
Raw interviewer: Mike Rome, Charly Caruso, Sarah Schreiber
Smackdown interviewer: Alyse Ashton, Kayla Braxton
Having the freedom to walk around the corridors, the locker rooms and talk to the superstars and fight like in SVR 2011 (without exaggerating and that it was repetitive for the other Road to Wrestlemania of the other superstars I say this because according to many people on the Road to Wrestlemania of the game "Smackdown vs Raw 2011" it was too repetitive to go in the corridors to find a balance) that the kinematics of the Road to Wrestlemania mode remains in the continuity of WWE 12.
[Redesign of the corridors, locker rooms and parking of the Road to Wrestlemania mode as the corridors and locker rooms and parking that its not exactly the same as in the Road to Wrestlemania of SVR 2011].
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2020.10.07 16:45 beaninspirer 7 Effective Ways To Make Best Friends Forever

7 Effective Ways To Make Best Friends Forever

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How To Become Best Friends Forever?

Real friends are rare to find. You cannot choose your family, but you have the freedom to choose your friends. Best friends forever play an essential role in each other’s lives and no matter who your best friend is, he/she is the person on whom you can rely in the toughest situations of your life.
Best friends forever are just like salt and pepper or like jam and bread or like needle and thread. One is incomplete without the other. There are numerous famous besties such as Laurel and Hardy, Tom and Jerry and many others.
You may have many friends, but your best friend is a special one who is much more than the others. If you do not have a best friend yet, read on to know how to make one!

1. Besties Love and Support Each Other Always and in All Ways

Your best friend is a person whom you can always count on. He/she is your supporter, confidante, a shoulder to cry on, believer, inspiration, partner-in-crime and a person who knows all your secrets.
In short, whenever you are in a problem or have something to share, the first person you think about is your best friend.

2. Do Not Invade Each Other’s Space

Sometimes, close relations tend to lack space, and this leads to the death of many harmonious relations.
Let your best friend live his/her own life and pursue his/her interests. Being a best friend does not mean clinging to each other always.

3. Friends Keep No Secrets

A best friend is a person with whom you can open your heart and talk about any topic you want. There is no secret or shyness when you speak to your best friend.

4. Always Allow Give and Take

Best friends forever also have their personal lives. But the main essence of friendship is to give and take importance and time to each other amidst your busy schedule and personal responsibilities.
Continue reading on our inspiring blog!
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2020.10.04 03:38 Diamond-89 MESSAGE FOR 2K AND PATRICK GILMORE ON THE WWE 2K20 SCANDAL AND IDEAS FOR THE NEXT WWE 2K22

MESSAGE FOR 2K AND PATRICK GILMORE ON THE WWE 2K20 SCANDAL AND IDEAS FOR THE NEXT WWE 2K22
WWE 2K22 RENEWED Improvements and Additions [I warn it's going to be a novel]:
[Before talking about the improvements and additions I want to summarize the situation:
Given that we know that the game WWE 2K20 was catastrophic both for the game in general and for sales, and that we (customers) know that if the next WWE 2K22 is not good it will surely be the end of the partnership between you (2K) and the WWE to make way for another partnership with another game development studio, my ideas for improvements and additions of modes that I would like to see on WWE 2K22. One last interesting thing to learn that you're working hard on the next WWE 2K22 is that you're looking at the public's opinion and ideas]. [ Here are my ideas and suggestions for WWE 2K22/ I'm sorry for my English I'm French]
That the bugs be removed ( I am talking mostly about the bugs of the disaster concerning WWE 2K20 )
Review and Rework the Gameplay
That all Superstars/Divas be well modeled
Improve graphics and design
That the whole audience is well modeled
Redesign of the Menus and game modes
Improvement of the WWE Universe mode (Rework this mode which is left to forget since WWE 13/ Improvement of the mode that goes in the continuity of SVR 2011 and WWE 12)
2K Showcase on R-Truth (Heel Turn 2011), The Autority (Best for Business), Tribute to Shad Gaspard "6 or 7 Cryme Tyme Matches".
Return of the Road to Wrestlemania mode with new and original story telling /On 5, 6 or 7 Superstars (Audio Voice of the Superstars, for the improvements that its remains in the continuity of WWE 12/ Subtitles must be translated for each country where the game will be sold)
For the dialogues (the voices) (There will be nothing surprising): Audio dialogs of real superstars in 2K Showcase mode, Road to Wrestlemania mode and why not Career mode (For the GM mode I don't say no to having audio dialogs but it will be a lot of work, for this mode either audio dialogs or dialogs without audio but with subtitles)
Back to GM (General Manager) mode (Improve the mode and let it remain on the same continuity of SVR 2008 either play the WWE SuperstaDiva, or play the General Manager or play the Superstar Create/ As currently at WWE there is no General Manager at RAW and Smackdown except at NXT which is Triple H when is not the possibility or not to choose the General Manager that we want why not also a superstadiva, if you put audio dialogs in this mode forgotten this idea of choosing his General Manager)
Improve Career Mode
Return of the Scenario Mode (As on WWE 13 and WWE 2K14 when stays on the same continuity by improving the mode)
That there are 3 Camera Angles that can be changed and selected in the menu settings and in the pause menu:
Camera of SVR 2010 on PS3/Xbox360 (Camera that changes angle after 3 or 4 takes)
Camera of SVR 2011 on PS3/Xbox 360 (Camera a bit close that changes angle after 3 or 4 takes)
Camera of WWE 13 when the Royal Rumble is there (opposite camera in front of the superstars' entrance)
New match type :
Special Match Referee (One on One, Tag Team Match, Triple Threat Match and Fatal 4 Way) [When is not the choice yes or no in the parameters if we want the referee outfit / Do not forget to put for the special referee the referee icon as in WWE 13)
Lumberjack Match (Customized yes or no or randomly the number of superstars that will be around the ring that you can choose is either 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 superstars and to choose or not to choose the superstars present around the ring/ That the superstars who arrive around the ring come after the entry of the two superstars / If in the ring there is a superstar who belongs to a group that is around the ring that the group around the ring is only 2 superstars if the partner of the group gets hit by other superstars and not by his own group. His own group doesn't attack his own partner if he is at the bottom of the ring but on the contrary moves backwards and doesn't react and when their partner is hit and put back in the ring by other superstars the group moves back around the ring/ If it's a Lumberjack Match with 10 superstars around the ring and that there is a superstar in the ring that belongs to the same group that is at the bottom of the ring 2 superstars minimum is the only exception not 3 superstars for the rest of the number of superstars in the Lumberjack Match that is 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 Superstars around (2 or 3 superstars belong to the same group).
(Whether or not there are 3 or 4 types of Match to Unlock in a Superstar's Road to Wrestlemania / it doesn't have to be Unlockable but it's up to you)
Street Fight
I Quit Match (Use the same I Quit system as on WWE 13, but with the referee's microphone)
Punjabi Prison Match (Type of Match to Unlock or not in the Road to Wrestlemania of a superstar example Seth Rollins)
Casket Match (Type of Match to Unlock in Undertaker's Road to Wrestlemania)
Buried Alive Match (Type of Match to Unlock in Undertaker's Road to Wrestlemania)
Boneyard Match (The same type of match at Wrestlemania 36 between Undertaker and Aj Styles)(Customized if we want yes or no the voice of the commentators during the match) (For this type of match their entries are completely different than usual in the shows, at the moment when we want to do this type of match in the Exhibition menus there is a message whether or not we want him to be Undertaker as a fighter as it is his type of match, if we put no we have the possibility to put other superstars than the Undertaker, if we but yes when choose if we want yes or no his special entrance, the special entrance of the Undertaker would be with his motorcycle with his big evil outfit like in Wrestlemania 36)
At the next Wrestlemania 37 if Roman Reigns makes are Special Wrestlemania entrance with the Superman Punch and explosions next to it. Put this type of entrance in the game if we choose as Wrestlemania arena that we are the choice if we want this type of Special Wrestlemania entrance or its normal entrance
Triple Threat Tag Team Normal and Elimination
40-Man Royal Rumble
Five against Five Tag Team / Six against Six Tag Team / Seven against Seven Tag Team Match and Elimination
Inferno Match
First Blood match
Title Match
Backstage Brawl (One vs One, Two vs Two, Fatal 4 Way, Handicap One vs Two/Handicap One vs Three) (As on WWE 13)
Championship Scramble (As on WWE 13)
If the referee takes a Special move and a Finisher by a Superstar (25 second countdown before he gets up)
Raw Underground (That this type of match is possible only for the Superstars of Raw as its name indicates it/ That the Superstars and Divas who fight is two outfits that we can choose in the parameters before starting the match a special outfit Raw Underground for this type of match (same for the referees) and a second "normal" outfit of ring/ Objective to win a Raw Underground match, Win by KO and Submission/ Choose yes or no Superstars and Divas or unknown people around the ring/ Choose with or without commentators' voices in the settings) To put Raw Underground in the WWE Universe mode choose in the settings of WWE Universe either 1, 2 or 3 maximum matches, it would be good that at the beginning we start 2 Raw Underground matches in the WWE Universe mode that it is an Intro of Shane McMahon "which presents itself and says "Welcome to Raw Underground", that it is a type of match only One against One and also playable in Exhibition mode and that it is 2 Matches Raw Underground minimums in the Road to Wrestlemania of Seth Rollins
Activate Yes or No blood in the menu settings
Create your Input (As on WWE 2K14 but to be improved)
Create your Title (As on WWE 2K14 but to be improved)
Create your Special Move and create your Finisher
Create his Arena / Create Logo and that it is logos of the former superstars and former arena for example DX logo, WCW logo and logo of the former Smackdown (As on WWE 13 and WWE 2K14 when remains on the same continuity by improving the mode)
Put your own input music on a USB stick or Hard Disk (as on WWE 13 and WWE 2K14) [Import personal music].
Create your own Titantron (As on WWE 12)
Put your own Titantron on USB key or Hard Disk (Import from Titantron)
Create your own Entrance in two different ways
1- Create your Entry simply
2 - Create your Input sound by having each different sequence (Intro/ Stage/ Ramp/ Ring-In/ Ring/ Finalize) (As on WWE 13 and WWE 2K14)
Improvement of the atmosphere of the audience (It all depends on the superstar fighting)
Changing the colors of the Superstars' outfits
That in a ladder match, table match, Money In The Bank match the ladder and the table after a shock that the laddetable is broken does not disappear whether it remains on the floor or in the ring (Break Half Open Tables) (As on SVR 2011)
Which is the possibility to ladder vertically in the ring (Ladder Positions WedgeLean) (As on SVR 2011)
Place the tables and ladders anywhere, even outside the ring like in a real match.
When a superstar takes a submission hold is that he reaches the ropes there is a count of 5 from the referee when there is no choice or not to let go of the hold until 5 if we do not let go of the hold after the count of 5 we have lost (As in reality)
Who is for WWE RAW/WWE Smackdown/WWE NXT/WWE Main Event the different commentators who usually comment every week during the shows:
- WWE Raw Commentators: Tom Phillips, Samoa Joe and Byron Saxton - WWE Main Event Commentators: Bryon Saxton and Samoa Joe
(If at WWE Raw shows, WWE Main Event and WWE Pay-Per-Views Samoa Joe wrestles in exhibition mode and in any mode put on by Tom Phillips and Bryon Saxton as commentators)
- WWE Smackdown Commentators: Michael Cole and Corey Graves
- WWE NXT Commentators: Vic Joseph, Wade Barrett and Beth Phoenix
(As for Samoa Joe for WWE RAW commentators if Beth Phoenix is playable and is taken to wrestling only in exhibition mode and in any mode of the game put to the commentary that Mauro Ranallo and Tom Phillips)
That the RAW/Smackdown and NXT roster is filled are forgetting a minimum of Legends
Online: That the players that have Superstars create that have 100 of General and that want to play with online is in the impossibility to play online with this type of superstar, that it is maximum 96 of General either it lowers the general of their Superstars in the menu creation or they use a normal Superstars or a Superstars create with minimum 96 of General (I speak to make this idea because the superstars that have 100 General are too difficult to beat online even almost too complicated to beat bad memory on WWE 13 and WWE 2K14 on this defect)
Put the different advertisers current whether to Raw, Smackdown and Nxt
Raw Advertiser: Mike Rome and Jojo Smackdown Advertiser: Greg Hamilton Nxt Announcer: Alicia Taylor
In the game's menu, rather in the settings, you can have the audio voices of French, Spanish, Arabic, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese commentators (audio voices are only available in Exhibition matches, not in the 2K Showcase, Road to Wrestlemania mode, GM mode or Career mode. For the voices of French commentators, I am French and we are the emblematic Christophe Agius and Philippe Chereau).
That there is the possibility to make claims to the referee during the game when a superstar comes out after a fall as in SVR 2010 (claim during the game not at the beginning of the game)
That it is in the menu settings the weight sensor to be activated or deactivated by our choice.
2K Showcase :
R-Truth (Beginning Heel Turn 2011 "Little Jimmy" until the End or explains how he became Face again) :
Beginning Heel Turn 2011 rivalry with John Morrison, rivalry with Rey Mystério, rivalry with John Cena especially also the match at Capital Punishment 2011 for WWE Champion, in team with The Miz "Awesome Truth", they intervene at the match John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio vs CM Punk at Hell in the Cell 2011, The Awesome Truth intervene at the match Triple H vs CM Punk Night Of Champions 2011, Match John Cena and The Rock vs Awesome Truth at Survivor Series 2011 and thereafter rivalry with The Miz (Sorry I have on my forgot other games and many details)
The Autority: Beginning The Autority until the end of the "Best for Business" Group (Beginning The Autority Triple H attacks Daniel Bryan at Summerslam 2013 for Randy Orton to cash his Money In the Bank until the end of The Autority: Triple H betrays Seth Rollins and then rivalry between the two men) (Not just Triple H, but the entire band The Autority, including his wife Stephanie Mcmahon).
Since he had a 2K Showcase on Daniel Bryan on WWE 2K19 and there was in this 2K Showcase the rivalry Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton until Wrestlemania 30 to pass his moments and only talk about it in a promo of the 2K Showcase of The Autority
[For this 2K Showcase "The Autority" not only will it be long since it will talk about the beginning of The Autority but also the end of the band (unless the storyling without cutting to not show all the rivalries) but also I don't know if the WWE will agree that Dean Ambrose will be in the game since The Shield was with The Autority and then the two clans were in Rivalry so it's to be seen or not].
If it is not possible to put The Shield in the game in this 2K Showcase the censored same for the promos pass the moments where there is The Shield
Either a 2K Showcase on The Autority or a 2K Showcase on the Nexus (the Nexus from Wade Barrett to the New Nexus from CM Punk)
Tribute to Shad Gaspard: The 6 or 7 Matches of Cryme Time
This 2K Showcase is a tribute to the late Shad Gaspard who passed away this year in 2020, 2K Showcase of 6 or 7 Matches of the Cryme Time team (with JTG and Shad Gaspard) For the 2K Showcase put the advertisers of the time
Road to Wrestlemania (Superstars Ideas): Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar, Drew Mcintyre, Jeff Hardy, Undertaker, Bayley
Put intros to the beginnings of each Road to Wrestlemania (a bit like in Smackdown vs Raw 2011)
Logically his superstars who are in the Road to Wrestlemania will be in their own stables and will not go to any other stables.
Example : Roman Reigns is in Smackdown he won't appear in Raw as it's not his stable [Roman Reigns appearance in Smackdown and Pay-Per-Views] [Appearance of Roman Reigns in Smackdown and Pay-Per-Views].
2nd Examples : Seth Rollins is at Raw he will not appear at Smackdown as it's not his stable [Appearance of Seth Rollins at the Raw show and in Pay-Per-Views].
etc.....
That the storyllings be original and interesting without necessarily taking example on reality, take WWE 12 as an example (WWE 12's Mode Road to Wrestlemania was a good memory).
That it is in the different Road to Wrestlemania at times clashes in the corridors even still in the locker rooms (without abusing of course the most important is the fight in the ring)
For the Road to Wrestlemania cinematics if there are amazing moves and impressive jumps in the audience's reaction (As in the WWE 12 Road to Wrestlemania kinematics)
Idea and Concept: Why not after a while a rivalry between Roman Reigns and The Fiend? (That it is the Firefly Fun House with Bray Wyatt would be quite good of course with the intro of the Firefly Fun House) (If The New Day is still together in reality) One Interaction in the hallways between Jeff Hardy and The New Day
Idea and Concept : "Why not after a while a Seth Rollins Rivalry with Kevin Owens". For the Road to Wrestlemania superstars show sometimes the poster of a match of the superstar that we will control in this Road to Wrestlemania with the American commentator who speaks at the same time of this poster (As in the Road to Wrestlemania in WWE 12 without exaggerating)
Example: Road to Wrestlemania by Jeff Hardy
WWE Smackdown Jeff Hardy vs Cesaro poster (With Smackdown intro music in the background)
With the voice of Smackdown commentators Michael Cole and Corey Graves talking about the game.
Some Superstars/Divas who have their usual tee-shirts should have them (Whether for their Entrance, Road to Wrestlemania and My Caree I said for some Superstars and Divas if other Superstars and Divas do not have a tee-shirt.
2 Matches Raw Underground minimum in Seth Rollins' Road to Wrestlemania (Do not put this type of match in the Road to Wrestlemania of the other supertars, 2 Raw Underground matches in the Road to Wrestlemania of Seth Rollins is enough)
For the Road to Wrestlemania he is the interviewer and interviewer of each team (Raw and Smackdown) when at times there are interviews of our superstar or our opponent in the Road to Wrestlemania (That it is a little interview and not several interviews)
Raw interviewer: Mike Rome, Charly Caruso, Sarah Schreiber Smackdown interviewer: Alyse Ashton, Kayla Braxton
Having the freedom to walk around the corridors, the locker rooms and talk to the superstars and fight like in SVR 2011 (without exaggerating and that it was repetitive for the other Road to Wrestlemania of the other superstars I say this because according to many people on the Road to Wrestlemania of the game "Smackdown vs Raw 2011" it was too repetitive to go in the corridors to find a balance) that the kinematics of the Road to Wrestlemania mode remains in the continuity of WWE 12.
[Redesign of the corridors, locker rooms and parking of the Road to Wrestlemania mode as the corridors and locker rooms and parking that its not exactly the same as in the Road to Wrestlemania of SVR 2011].
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2020.09.07 14:06 JohnnyRock110 CHARACTER RANKING- VILLAINS

This series has been renowned for its prestigious cast and antagonists, delicately written and amplified by some of the most dexterous actors in the business. What no better way to honor that than to do a ranking of them with some details thrown in; plus mentions of notable side villains. Starting with the main players:
  1. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy): Much like The Joker, this fear doctor’s motives are kept in the dark. He’s not particularly deep like the five other major antagonists, but everything else about him is done to a sharp tune. Jonathan’s twisted love of science and using the fear gas to experiment with his victims, particularly Carmine Falcone, somewhat makes him like a twisted version of Sid from Toy Story. Cillian’s performance is subtly intimidating, snide and charming. Moments including him being gassed and interrogated by Batman, and him riding a horse in a cloud of fear gas are key in the first film. He’s the only villain in any Batman picture thus far to appear in three films- including his standout appearance as the hanging judge in The Dark Knight Rises; which plays an integral role in what makes that films’ social revolution aspect so compelling, and he makes himself memorable in those scenes despite a combined near two minutes of screentime.
  2. Miranda Tate/Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard): Talia is the most divisive character in the series, but I stand by though that Marion Cotillard does a fantastic job with her (despite her four-second passing out death, which otherwise doesn’t hinder the films’ quality that much, big deal). Miranda starts out pure and charismatic, as she (apparently) wanted to bring Bruce out of his three-year seclusion (not eight as some have wrongfully assumed). Her misleading motives are sprinkled included picking up the weight of Bruce’s seclusion through a charity ball, and wanting to use the fusion reactor even after being rejected by Bruce. Hints to her true lineage come in waves, including a tender scene with her and Bruce as his life started to crumble again- her telling him about how her poor family felt rich through being by the fire. She contributes to The League of Shadows in ensuring that Gotham City would become a landscape for ruin for as long as it could for the bomb to annihilate them- including plugging herself into resistance movements so that Bane’s men could kill the special forces agents in horrific fashion, then the capture of Gordon and his partners. Her backstory with Bane and her father leaves an emotional impact, adding to the former’s humanity; also drawing influence from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities- Bane is Monsieur Defarge to Talia's Madame Defarge. She has some terrific moments like her “The slow knife that cuts deepest” speech to Batman, and her cold look that she gives as she tells her henchman to “Shoot them all” as they kill Deputy Foely. Her inclusion doesn’t make Bane a lesser character but adds to their motives, an ally and his human side (he’s not a henchman, they’re collaborators).
  3. Harvey Dent/Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart): In the Company of Men, Erin Brockovich and Thank You for Smoking are pronounced roles in Mr. Eckhart’s filmography; and precursors to his one that’s most well-known to the public. He brings an effortless bravado to Harvey Dent, as seen in his courtroom introduction with Maroni and a defendant who fake-shoots him; moments like this imbue him with a sense of character for people to latch onto in TDK aside from the classic clown prince of crime. He also has an emotionally authentic side, making him not merely a wolf in sheep’s clothing; as shown with Rachel Dawes and his commitment to making Gotham a better place. His transformation into Two-Face is heartbreaking, and built up with his frustration towards the justice system and near-murder of the schizophrenic Schiff Thomas. Some believed that his arc was being radiated to make him to become the next big bad in the third installment, but that idea was overturned early on in the making of TDK. It made perfect sense as to not force sequel-bait, plus he wouldn’t have survived long with the scars and his tragedy is the hanging balance of the story. Harvey leaves more than a strong impression, and importance that shall not be forgotten; especially when the dystopian future of TDKR becomes a sad mirror of everything that “this fallen idol” strived for.
  4. Henri Ducard/Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson): Much like Metal Gear Solids’ Big Boss; he in some ways serves as a foundation for the trilogy, as well as the shoulder devil for Bruce in the first half of Batman Begins. Liam has become notorious for his archetype/roller-coaster action pictures; but in 2005, he sizzled the screen with his small role in Kingdom of Heaven and this. Ra’s is about as radical as you could imagine for the leader of an ancient terrorist organization, but the way his dialogue is written and Liam’s performance makes you understand where he’s coming from. From a comics to film standpoint, the change of Ra’s al Ghul’s ethnicity makes enough sense here- If Ducard was Arabic, it would’ve been obvious that the Decoy Ra’s wasn’t real; and to not depict an Arabian man attacking a city a few years after 9/11. Ra’s, Bane and Talia are all Moroccan/Middle-Eastern; which still makes them foreigners/somewhat like the comics, plus Nolan valuing talent above all so this all makes sense.
  5. Bane (Tom Hardy): He very well competes with The Joker for my favorite antagonist in the trilogy, and it’s easy to see why certain people prefer him to the latter. Not taking comic book lore into account, he was the perfect choice for the final chapter rather than just settling for The Riddler or The Joker (again). Hardy made Bane his own in addition to the writing. He’s in a constant state of pain, with an animalistic glide of fighting and movement. A lot of horror about his past lies behind his impeccable facial expressions; especially in The Pit where Bane ensures that Bruce made it in there alive, and to know what lied in store for him- his body language in that scene is great. His introduction on the plane, battle with Batman and speech at Blackgate Prison are all incendiary. Hiding behind the guise of a helper of the people; he is surreal but also real, in how many in our own world can believe a madman under the right circumstances. The Nolan brothers could’ve simply written him as a tough guy (like his dreadful depiction in Batman and Robin) or an occasional roadblock for the dark knight; but they went beyond expectations and crafted an emotional and believable malefactor.
  6. The Joker (Heath Ledger): Not hard to guess, as Heath’s immortalized performance magnetized me from day one of seeing it. All of his tics, influences and horrifying motives and actions, Heath’s transformation have been discussed ad nauseum. All for good reason, “the Coca-Cola of fear” as described by critic Robbie Collin.
I have reservations about him outside of the film, more so some of the egregious fan perspectives that came up over time (of which I’m an often reluctant member of). Some act as if he’s the only reason that made TDK successful, or that he should’ve returned in TDKR- all are hokum. Joker is an integral part of a well-oiled machine, what made TDK explode in the mainstream; as well as Bruce’s story arc. He appears out of thin air in Gotham, is stopped by Batman and last seen laughing before abruptly cutting to the climax with Harvey Dent. His absence in TDKR only strengthens the film; as it doesn’t rely on him to build the story- respecting Heath Ledger’s recent passing while giving him a Voldemort effect in how the people of Gotham refuse to acknowledge him- that’s great writing. All three films successfully revolve around Batman and Gotham, the fact that we got an award-winning and resonant character for many like this Joker is just one part of the whole puzzle.

Honorable side-villains:

  1. Salvatore Maroni (Eric Roberts): Eric Roberts is macho, charismatic and sardonic as this mobster; who despite being a smaller role plays an important factor in the events of TDK. In The Fire Rises documentary; Scott Foundas of Variety Magazine cited Eric Roberts as an example of Nolan's Tarantino type-ability to bring seasoned actors from past decades into smaller-scale, notable appearances in these three films- same can be said for his other movies.
  2. Barsad (Josh Stewart): The voice actor for CASE in Nolan’s Interstellar also pays importance here as Barsad. He’s seen as Bane’s right-hand man/sniper throughout TDKR, played often quietly but chillingly by Josh. He’s integral to the opening as he pretends to be a Uzbekistan mercenary, handing over Bane and his cohorts to CIA agents, having already gained their trust; and for the rest of the film speaking in an American one (or English). Aside from the context of the film; he’s named after turncoat spy John Barsad from A Tale of Two Cities, and could very well be an homage to the infamous Deadshot (as Selina Kyle’s partner Jen is an homage to Holly Robinson).
  3. John Daggett, TDKR (Ben Mendelsohn)
  4. Carmine Falcone, BB (Tom Wilkinson)
  5. The Chechen, TDK (Ritchie Coster)- Despite having some characteristics of a typical Russian gangster, also has a level of respectability and sophistication.
  6. Phillip Stryver, TDKR (Burn Gorman)
UPDATE, 11-15-20: Bane is now #1, with The Joker at #2.
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2020.08.12 15:10 LChris24 Fate of the Kingswood Brotherhood (Spoilers Extended)

One thing I find particularly interesting about the series is the different groups of outlaws.
Previously I've looked into the fate of the Brave Companions and the Mountain's Men.
In this post I'd like to look into what happened to each of the known members of the Kingswood Brotherhood.

Background

The Kingswood Brotherhood was an outlaw band that was defeated in 281 AC. Before their defeat they were able to kidnap several nobles, evade early capture attempts and had several encounters with the kingsguard.
There is a song about them:
There was laughter all around. Then Tom drew his fingers across the strings of his woodharp and broke into soft song.
The brothers of the Kingswood,
they were an outlaw band.
No man's gold was from them,
nor any maiden's hand.
Oh, the brothers of the Kingswood,
that fearsome outlaw band . . . -ASOS, Arya III
At one point they had kidnapped Lady Jeyne Swann (it should be noted that Fletcher Dick is from a village near the seat of House Swann):
Rescued Lady Jeyne Swann and her septa from the Kingswood Brotherhood, defeating Simon Toyne and the Smiling Knight, and slaying the former. -ASOS, Jaime VIII
They were defeated due to Arthur Dayne's mental prowess/swordmanship:
"Good luck getting answers then," said Jaime. "If you want their help, you need to make them love you. That was how Arthur Dayne did it, when we rode against the Kingswood Brotherhood. He paid the smallfolk for the food we ate, brought their grievances to King Aerys, expanded the grazing lands around their villages, even won them the right to fell a certain number of trees each year and take a few of the king's deer during the autumn. The forest folk had looked to Toyne to defend them, but Ser Arthur did more for them than the Brotherhood could ever hope to do, and won them to our side. After that, the rest was easy." -AFFC, Jaime IV

Members

Simon Toyne
Due to actions of his ancestors (Terrence and his brothers), House Toyne fell into disgrace in Westeros, with the only two members mentioned leading the Kingswood Brotherhood (Simon) and the Golden Company (Miles).
At one point he entered a tourney as a mystery knight who was unhorsed by Rhaegar Targaryen:
"When he was young, His Grace rode brilliantly in a tourney at Storm's End, defeating Lord Steffon Baratheon, Lord Jason Mallister, the Red Viper of Dorne, and a mystery knight who proved to be the infamous Simon Toyne, chief of the kingswood outlaws. He broke twelve lances against Ser Arthur Dayne that day." -ASOS, Daenerys IV
He was defeated and killed by Barristan:
Rescued Lady Jeyne Swann and her septa from the Kingswood Brotherhood, defeating Simon Toyne and the Smiling Knight, and slaying the former. -ASOS, Jaime VIII
The Smiling Knight
The Smiling Knight was a madman who was also chivalrous and a deadly swordsman. He fought Barristan/Jaime/Arthur Dayne at different points.
We all do. "When I was a squire I told myself I'd be the man to slay the Smiling Knight."
"The Smiling Knight?" She sounded lost. "Who was that?"
The Mountain of my boyhood. Half as big but twice as mad. -AFFC, Jaime IV
and:
And Ser Gerold might have written a few more words about the deeds he'd performed when Ser Arthur Dayne broke the Kingswood Brotherhood. He had saved Lord Sumner's life as Big Belly Ben was about to smash his head in, though the outlaw had escaped him. And he'd held his own against the Smiling Knight, though it was Ser Arthur who slew him. What a fight that was, and what a foe. The Smiling Knight was a madman, cruelty and chivalry all jumbled up together, but he did not know the meaning of fear. And Dayne, with Dawn in hand . . . The outlaw's longsword had so many notches by the end that Ser Arthur had stopped to let him fetch a new one. "It's that white sword of yours I want," the robber knight told him as they resumed, though he was bleeding from a dozen wounds by then. "Then you shall have it, ser," the Sword of the Morning replied, and made an end of it. -ASOS, Jaime VIII
The Smiling Knight was killed by Ser Arthur Dayne, but we do not know his name. I theorized awhile back that he was Aerion Brightflame's son Maegor in this post if you are interested.
Wenda the White Fawn
Wenda was said to be young and fair. She would burn her "sigil" into the highborn captives that she had (possibly with the help of Ulmer).
No good ever came from dealing with outlaws. That vile little bitch Wenda had burned a fawn into the cheek of his arse while she had him captive.
and:
When old Lord Sumner had made him a squire, everyone had assumed he would be Ser Merrett in no more than a few years, but the outlaws of the Kingswood Brotherhood had pissed on those plans. While his fellow squire Jaime Lannister was covering himself in glory, Merrett had first caught the pox from a camp follower, then managed to get captured by a woman, the one called the White Fawn. Lord Sumner had ransomed him back from the outlaws, but in the very next fight he'd been felled by a blow from a mace that had broken his helm and left him insensible for a fortnight. Everyone gave him up for dead, they told him later. -ASOS, Epilogue
and:
"We were squires together once, at Crakehall." He would not go so far as to claim they had been friends. When Jaime had arrived, Merrett Frey had been the castle bully, lording it over all the younger boys. Then he tried to bully me. "He was . . . very strong." It was the only praise that came to mind. Merrett had been slow and clumsy and stupid, but he was strong.
"You fought against the Kingswood Brotherhood together," sniffed Lady Amerei. "Father used to tell me stories."
Father used to boast and lie, you mean. "We did." Frey's chief contributions to the fight had consisted of contracting the pox from a camp follower and getting himself captured by the White Fawn. The outlaw queen burned her sigil into his arse before ransoming him back to Sumner Crakehall. Merrett had not been able to sit down for a fortnight, though Jaime doubted that the red-hot iron was half so nasty as the kettles of shit his fellow squires made him eat once he was returned. Boys are the cruelest creatures on the earth. He slipped his golden hand around his wine cup and raised it up. "To Merrett's memory," he said. It was easier to drink to the man than to talk of him. -AFFC, Jaime IV
and:
"A woman?" He would have thought that the White Fawn would have taught Merrett to stay clear of outlaw wenches. "There was a woman in the Kingswood Brotherhood as well."
"I know of her." How not, her tone suggested, when she left her mark upon my husband? "The White Fawn was young and fair, they say. This hooded woman is neither. The peasants would have us believe that her face was torn and scarred, and her eyes terrible to look upon. They claim she led the outlaws." -AFFC, Jaime IV
The fate of the White Fawn is unknown. I posted about the Lady of the Leaves the other day and u/asongofheresy mentioned that she could be Wenda, which I found interesting.
It is also theorized that she might have some connection to House Cafferen of Fawnton as their sigil includes white fawns.
Fletcher Dick
Fletcher Dick was from a village near Stonehelm (seat of House Swann) in the Stormlands. He taught Ulmer how to use a bow and is considered by some the greatest archer who ever lived:
"You ought to have allowed for it, then. You have a good eye and a steady hand, but you'll need a deal more to best a man of the kingswood. Fletcher Dick it was who showed me how to bend the bow, and no finer archer ever lived. Have I told you about old Dick, now?" -ASOS, Samwell II
and:
As King Robert proved upon the Trident—and as the lords and kings before him showed likewise—the men of the stormlands are as hardy and fierce and skilled in war as any in the Seven Kingdoms. The longbows of the Marchers are especially famed, and many of the most famous bowmen of song and history are said to hail from the Dornish Marches. Fletcher Dick, the notorious outlaw of the Kingswood Brotherhood, was born in a village near the Marcher castle of Stonehelm, and is held by many to be the finest archer who ever drew bow. -TWOIAF, The Stormlands: The Men of the Stormlands
Fletcher Dick's fate is currently unknown.
Ulmer
Ulmer was trained in archery by Fletcher Dick. He claims to have shot Lord Commander Gerold Hightower in the hand in order to steal a kiss from a Dornish princess (probably Elia Martell). He was complicit in Wenda's branding of her highborn captives. After Arthur Dayne put an end to the Kingswood Brotherhood, Ulmer was sent to the Wall.
"Aye. I will." Ulmer, stooped and grey-bearded and loose of skin and limb, stepped to the mark and pulled an arrow from the quiver at his waist. In his youth he had been an outlaw, a member of the infamous Kingswood Brotherhood. He claimed he'd once put an arrow through the hand of the White Bull of the Kingsguard to steal a kiss from the lips of a Dornish princess. He had stolen her jewels too, and a chest of golden dragons, but it was the kiss he liked to boast of in his cups. -ASOS, Samwell II
and:
That old rogue Ulmer of the Kingswood proved as adept at dancing as he was at archery, no doubt regaling his partners with his tales of the Kingswood Brotherhood, when he rode with Simon Toyne and Big Belly Ben and helped Wenda the White Fawn burn her mark in the buttocks of her highborn captives. -ADWD, Jon X
It should be noted that Sam really enjoys Ulmer's stories and thinks they would make a good book:
I've been working at my archery every afternoon with Ulmer, as you commanded . . . well, except when I'm in the vaults, but you told me to find out about the Others. The longbow makes my shoulders ache and raises blisters on my fingers." He showed Jon where one had burst. "I still do it, though. I can hit the target more often than not now, but I'm still the worst archer who ever bent a bow. I like Ulmer's stories, though. Someone needs to write them down and put them in a book."
"You do it." -AFFC, Samwell I/ADWD, Jon II
Big Belly Ben
Big Belly Ben almost killed Lord Sumner Crakehall, before Jaime rescued him. Ben escaped Jaime and his fate is unknown.
He had saved Lord Sumner's life as Big Belly Ben was about to smash his head in, though the outlaw had escaped him. -ASOS, Jaime VIII
There is also a song about Big Belly Ben and the High Septon's goose:
Lem and Gendry played tiles with their hosts that night, while Tom Sevenstrings sang a silly song about Big Belly Ben and the High Septon's goose. Anguy let Arya try his longbow, but no matter how hard she bit her lip she could not draw it. "You need a lighter bow, milady," the freckled bowman said. "If there's seasoned wood at Riverrun, might be I'll make you one." -ASOS, Arya IV
Ben's fate is currently unknown.
Oswyn
Also known as Oswyn Longneck the Thrice-Hanged, he is only mentioned once:
"Only three hundred times." Every man at Castle Black had heard Ulmer's tales of the great outlaw band of yore; of Simon Toyne and the Smiling Knight, Oswyn Longneck the Thrice-Hanged, Wenda the White Fawn, Fletcher Dick, Big Belly Ben, and all the rest. Searching for escape, Sweet Donnel looked about and spied Sam standing in the muck. "Slayer," he called. "Come, show us how you slew the Other." He held out the tall yew longbow. -ASOS, Samwell II
We have no other characters named Oswyn in the series, and we do not know his fate. I think we can assume the fact that he was hanged three times and therefore survived at least two of them. Whether he died the final time or if the first two were a result of KB activities it is still unknown.
Other Members
We know there were other members due to the fact that not only do we only get several named members but also get quotes like this:
"Only three hundred times." Every man at Castle Black had heard Ulmer's tales of the great outlaw band of yore; of Simon Toyne and the Smiling Knight, Oswyn Longneck the Thrice-Hanged, Wenda the White Fawn, Fletcher Dick, Big Belly Ben, and all the rest.
I also just wanted to bring up the fact that Merrett says he was insensible for a fortnight due to a blow, while Jaime says Merrett couldn't sit down for a fortnight due to be brand in his ass. So im just loling picturing Merrett Muttonhead wandering around delirious unable to sit/lay down except on his stomach.
Also the question, since Wenda burned her "mark" on all of her highborn captives (like Merrett), does Jeyne Swann have one as well?
I think we can assume that characters like Fletcher Dick, Big Belly Ben, Oswyn, Wanda are dead (as the others are confirmed dead Simon Toyne/Smiling Knight, or at the Wall, Ulmer). But its still fun to theorize about possible identities.
We also should keep in mind there is an Aegon "Bloodborn" Frey) who became an outlaw.
TLDR: Thoughts and theories on the history and fates of the named members of the Kingswood Brotherhood.
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2020.07.11 08:55 Khan4546727 How do you guys feel about Shahid Kapoor?

(Spoilers for Haider below)
Mr.Negative. The best title I can think for this actor. He had a few of those family-oriented films in his earlier careers but do I have a respect for this actor. Shahid Kapoor was someone I always found charismatic.
I remember watching Chup Chup Ke and loving his performance (Although I must say that the duo of Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav seriously deserve a spin-off). I sat through Vivaah honestly for Amrita Rao but it was cool to see him in that too. Then came Jab We Met, a beautiful film but here’s where my point starts.
The performance of the twins Guddu and Charlie is probably my favorite dua role throughout cinema next to Tom Hardy in Legend. The utter split between the angry and dynamic Charlie compared to the soft and innocent Guddu. The sheer talent it took to portray such fluctuating characters but this was only just the beginning.
5 years later, came the character that was beyond belief for me. I honestly gave up on Bollywood but I came back with Hansal Mehta’s Shahid. Being impressed with it, I stick around long enough to witness one the most beautiful adaptions of Hamlet, Haider. Haider Meer’s path from being a boy searching for his father to becoming a menace to Kay Kay Menon’s character and his allies. From the Chutzpah speech, to the to be or not to be moment, the breakdown of his character at his fathers grave to the “Bismil”. I don’t think any other actor would’ve came close, sure they would’ve gave a good performance but Shahid made Haider Meer his career highlight.
Onto Udta Punjab. I would’ve been interested to see Fawad Khan’s performance as Tommy as he was considered but Shahid had done an accurate performance of the Punjabi Rockstar (Mostly Honey Singh but it was reported that it was based off of others as well).
Rangoon is a film I have issues with. On paper all the characters are cool. It was Vishal Bhardwaj film so I went in with good expectations but I don’t know. He was amazing as Nawab Malik and I loved the the whole Shahid vs Saif. The funny thing is how the media was trying to stir the drama since both actors have a past with Kareena but they enjoyed each other’s company and honestly being students of Bhardwaj’s success, I hope they work more in the future.
Aesthetically, he was charming in Paadmavaat. I know the story was more orientated on Ranveer’s Allaudin but Shahid put a shift in. I wish the story was a bit more balanced and I’m strictly speaking about the final product, I am not well versed on the history of these characters so I will not go there but I’m strictly going off of what I saw in the film.
Onto the most controversial one. Kabir Singh was a remake and look, I don’t agree with what the film was portraying a relationship out to be but I must say, without comparison to Vijay Devarokanda, Shahid was the best choice for a Hindi adaption. He gave a great performance but unfortunately, the film spread a bit of a bad message. Regardless, I’m not here to speak of controversy, only the performance.
This will go down as a success for Shahid but I hope he doesn’t collaborate with Sandeep Reddy Vanga after that whole, “You should be able to hit your partner if you love her”.
Now as far as I know, he’s only working on the Jersey’s remake. With the same directors as the original, I see this pulling some success. For Shahid and it’s good to see Shahid working with his father, especially after their last collaboration was a bit of a mess (Shandaar).
Now my questions for you are;
Any favorite performance/role of his?
Any that you find a bit overated?
A director you think Shahid should collaborate with?
How do you feel about him as an actor overall?
Is there a role in Bollywood you think he would’ve done better than the originally casted actor?
This question is for those who would like to answer;
Is their a character that you think Shahid could do justice to? As in either a remake, recast or a Hollywood/Foreign cinema.
This is honestly just to spark debate but to me, Shahid could easily pull a Batman. He’s got the playboy charms of Bruce Wayne and I’m sure he can play Batman.
A younger Shahid would’ve made an amazing Neo and screw it, he’s my pick for Han Solo as well.
Now before you begin going off in the chat, this is just a bit of hypothetical questioning I like to do to start debates amongst the community.
You don’t have to answer that last one but I would like to hear what you have to say. I believe he has the talent to play an array of characters but let me know which ones you think he would do well in a recast.
Stay safe y’all
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2020.06.25 22:28 violetpleasure1985 Violet's Confessions of a Femme Boy 5

Today it seems strange to log into this account. My masculinity has kicked in and I feel.... straight 🙄 again. That's ok, i know these thoughts come and go. For the first time in a while I'm actually not going to be a grumpy straight bloke though. Theres been a lack of female communication in my life the last few days, maybe I do bounce off them alot more than I realised. But with all my female friends busy i do feel slightly disconnected from violet, the opportunity to doll up and I just chose my male clothes. I was working with a close family friend today who asked the obvious questions about being bi, they dont see the feminine side of me so I expected a little confusion. How do you answer the question, how do u really know your gay if you've never been there? Or are you sure it's just a not phase? My answers..... tell me what would you do left in a room alone with tom hardy? And please dont ask questions you dont want the answers to when it comes to sex. You wont handle the answer... no I have never slept with a man, I've kissed a couple and maybe been in chatroom or two in my time. But my sexual actions dont define my sexuality. I choose to be with a woman, that's what I am romantically attracted to. Yes I could have caved in to my sexual fantasies but I do not need to betray my partner just for other peoples acknowledgment of my sexuality. I am bi whoever I choose to be or sleep with, but hey my sexuality runs just a little deeper than that 😉🙂
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2020.06.25 16:48 violetpleasure1985 Violet's Confessions of a Femme Boy

Today it seems strange to log into this account. My masculinity has kicked in and I feel.... straight 🙄 again. That's ok, i know these thoughts come and go. For the first time in a while I'm actually not going to be a grumpy straight bloke though. Theres been a lack of female communication in my life the last few days, maybe I do bounce off them alot more than I realised. But with all my female friends busy i do feel slightly disconnected from violet, the opportunity to doll up and I just chose my male clothes. I was working with a close family friend today who asked the obvious questions about being bi, they dont see the feminine side of me so I expected a little confusion. How do you answer the question, how do u really know your gay if you've never been there? Or are you sure it's just a not phase? My answers..... tell me what would you do left in a room alone with tom hardy? And please dont ask questions you dont want the answers to when it comes to sex. You wont handle the answer... no I have never slept with a man, I've kissed a couple and maybe been in chatroom or two in my time. But my sexual actions dont define my sexuality. I choose to be with a woman, that's what I am romantically attracted to. Yes I could have caved in to my sexual fantasies but I do not need to betray my partner just for other peoples acknowledgment of my sexuality. I am bi whoever I choose to be or sleep with, but hey my sexuality runs just a little deeper than that 😉🙂
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2020.06.02 16:59 EtherealHire So, Comrade, You Caught Your First Charge(s)

Hey there comrade. If you're reading this, you haven't been arrested yet. At least not in this protest cycle. You're not in jail right now, is what I'm saying.
But perhaps you go to a protest and you get swept up in a mass of peaceful demonstrators doing nothing wrong, and get arrested. Perhaps you have never been arrested before. I have. I'd like to talk you through it so you know what to expect, and you can plan accordingly.
As a primer, right here I advise you go read the IRA Green Book. It's in the sidebar. It will help you at least as much as this.
My last arrest was for felony assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, failure to obey, and felony theft. I was not only not convicted, the verdict was nolle prosequi, which is the fancy way of saying charges were dropped. All of my record has since been expunged, under condition that I may not file lawsuits against any party or organization involved. I'm not special for getting this treatment, just white.
When you are arrested, it's not a game. It's not a "proud comrade in a picture, defiant Che" moment. Pavement tastes pretty bad and doesn't do your tooth enamel a whole lot of good either. And ain't no one gonna give a fuck in two days. Because you're not special. There's a million of these photos. But a busted mouth still fuckin hurts though. Right. That's out of the way.
Perhaps you are smarter than I am. You have planned better. You're an operator, is what I'm saying, bad to the fuckin bone, ready to ride or fuckin die. A) You're not. B) Okay comrade SEAL, let's run the tape. You have been arrested. You're not particularly slick, and you're kinda dazed from the whole busted mouth on the pavement thing, and if you aren't used to full force contact to your face you will be dazed. But you've got your hairpin, and you can pick cuffs in 3.4s (maybe it's faster, I get it, you're a fuckin whiz-bang, now-you-see-me wizard) blindfolded. Cool. How about single link, double lock LE grade handcuffs behind your back, while again you're on the fuckin deck with a busted fuckin mouth? Ah, you'll wait for the right moment, when mcchud's back is turned and he's focused on bigger and better things like jerking off on a Punisher Thin Blue Line sticker you planted as bait, knowing it's SOP and he has to do it. How do you know? Again, you're facedown suckin puddle water comrade. There's probably a not pleasant amount of CS hanging around down here. How are you going to spot that he's not observing you without risking making yourself a big and very much defenseless target? How about reaching your trusty hairpin, assuming it wasn't found and taken? What if it's just a big fuckin zip tie?
What I'm saying here is I promise you didn't plan this well enough to pull it off because you're not Tom Hardy playing an edgy protestor in a fucking movie. You're bleeding and sucking puddle water. There's some fuckin amped up absolute unit riot police fucking waiting to ice you. One excuse. It's all they want, to fuckin rip some hot shit into you. And they will. I advise you focus on surviving this encounter. You can't file a countersuit that goes nowhere if you're dead.
Perhaps you're not part of a group. You went left, shoulda gone right, and you're dolo getting ganked by a squad. Again, puddle water and busted mouth. You're on the ground, knee in back, maybe they tase you in the back while you're restrained just to instill how thoroughly dominated you are. Because you're a bitch. To them that's what you are. Their bitch. If you think otherwise they'll be happy to prove it.
Note that I'm talking best case scenarios here. Get marched into the squad car or meat wagon. Survive the encounter if you're restrained, for fuck's sake. You ain't all that.
Right, so you're going to jail. Jail, on the whole, is a rather unpleasant vacation from your day to day life. Let's prepare for it.
Step one. Shut the fuck up. This is a crucial fuckin step. Don't start feeling down on yourself, or bad, or angry, or what have you, and start running your mouth. Shut. The. Fuck. Up. In fact, you can start practicing now by not arguing with this free and very good advice. Shut your fuckin mouth.
You'll arrive at a precinct, station, or central booking depending on jurisdiction. I hope for your sake it's a local station and not central booking in a major city. Because you are not used to getting arrested. Central booking ain't the fuckin place to learn, of that I assure you. Because again, you're not hardcore, you're not used to this. You're a bitch. You might object to this, you might be very angry with me for calling you a bitch. But you are. And also I want you to get used to that because it's much less pleasant to be called shit like that in person by a bunch of uniforms than a comrade preparing you for it in a friendly forum on the Internet. So I'm gonna keep doing it, now that I've stopped and explained to you why so you can handle it. Bitch.
(Really, I'm doing it because I care about and love you comrade, and if you aren't used to this kind of language or prepared to hear it as a matter of course, this is going to be very hard. That's why. I'm not playing boot games or demeaning you here. You need to be ready for the people that are. This is game #1, and it's the softest part of the game that they're gonna play)
Why bitch though? Good question, bitch. That word needs to leave your exit vocabulary for the time being. It's the most serious insult I'm aware of on the inside. Seriously, do not ever call another inmate or detainee a bitch. Don't fucking do it. Generally speaking, jail isn't the sexual assault bonanza that movies and pop culture say it is. But jail is extremely homophobic. Having consensual relations with other men, if you are a man, is a mark of weakness in jail. And it makes you your partner's bitch (in their perception, obviously not reality), or just a bitch in general, for daring to be something other than heterosexual. I know that's hurtful and hateful and problematic and a lot of other things. I promise it won't matter when you call someone else a bitch and lose more teeth. So don't.
But it's also why CO's and cops will use it to refer to you. Because you're a bitch, the weakest and most dominated thing in existence, and they want you to feel that and they want other people to know it to ratchet up interpersonal conflict not directed towards them. So get used to being called a bitch, for those reasons. Make peace with it and shut your fuckin mouth. It won't be much of a game when you clap back, because you're not fully institutionalized, so you don't know the nuanced rules to do that properly yet. Your goal is to make it through processing and arraignment right now, let's survive the encounter, okay?
Now, the cops aren't lawyers, but maybe you don't know, when they decide what to charge you with, they fill a bucket of shit and throw it at a wall to see what sticks. And you're not gonna argue with the charges during processing, because you're a bitch. They'll remind you if you do. Cops, while you are being processed in a station post arrest, are not the people to argue with. As bad as they are on the street, you're in their fuckin house, and you are their bitch. Don't get cute. You will pay dearly.
They're gonna spray some water on your hands and not very gently roll your prints, all ten thumbs and all plus a hand print of each hand, on a glass screen for the scanner to pick up. Don't fight that. You're a bitch, but right now you're a bitch with zero intentionally broken wrists. I'm telling you, now is not the time for playing any amount of fuckin games.
They're going to get you ready for the cell. They'll take hats, any head coverings, any jewelry they're able to remove, belt, things of that nature. By the way, jail is really fuckin cold. You might actually be able to see your breath. If you're dressed for outside weather, this isn't going to be fun.
Edit: This is also where they will finish your search. You may end up naked below the waist and have to squat and cough. It may be more invasive. If you're lucky, this will be omitted. If you've been acting a fuckin fool, they are going to digitally anally penetrate you. It will not be gentle. Nor are they doing it for any other reason than to humiliate you.
But Ethereal, everyone says they take your shoelaces so you can't hang yourself!
LOL. As if cops would ever give enough of a shit to unlace your fuckin shoelaces. Take off your shoes, bitch. You can keep the socks and continue without injury, maybe, if you don't fight that.
Then, yes, the mugshot, forward, side, maybe some other angles. And you're gonna do it. I don't need to tell you why, do I? You've already started finishing it for me in your head. We're three minutes into the read, ish, you're not even actually arrested, and you're starting to become institutionalized through repetition and conditioning. It's that fast. They turn you into cattle. And cattle you will become if you want to walk to your arraignment. If you don't, they'll be happy to blunt force lobotomize you, which is a long and fancy way of saying beat your fuckin head until you figure it out. And you cannot do one single fucking thing about it.
Hey maybe you're tougher than the rest and you can fight your way out of central booking. It's not my life you're risking when you do, feel free to think I'm lying to you.
Right, so you got your ass kicked or you were smart and got processed like cattle. You're going to a cell. This goes one of two ways. A "drunk tank" style holding cell with other inmates/detainees, or a single cell. If you got drunk tank, you're in luck. Make some friends, do what you can to make the night less unpleasant.
If you got a single cell, your night has just started. Remember, you're a bitch, and you're really about to find out when that door closes. There's not a sound like it in the world. Don't think iron bars with block mates next to you. Concrete. Thick. Door too. One pane of safety glass about 9x4 inches or so in the door, that looks at a plain concrete hallway. No window. This is your hotel. Explore your digs.
You've got a metal bench in the back. The cell is very small, and this bench spans the whole width. You've got a toilet, so thoughtfully attached directly to a water fountain. Anything not metal is concrete, and it will be roughly 55 Fahrenheit or below in here. Again, you might be able to see your breath. There's no pillow, no sheets, no blanket, nowhere to put your head down and cry in futility. There is just what I have described, and a grated floor drain in the middle of the concrete floor. You will come to realize, this is more a torture chamber than a cell. You won't go fifteen minutes, this whole night, without getting physically fucked with by police or COs. Be ready. Shut your mouth, do not beg for it to stop or ask why. Just deal with it as best you can and talk to someone when you're free. You're in their house, watched by their cameras, and no one is going to come help you, and there's no one friendly who can shout loud enough for you to hear them. This is one night of solitary. Keep your mouth shut and there might not be any more of them.
Solitary is the worst thing that can happen to you. Other inmates have their problems, but by and large they get it, and you can say without saying what happened, and they will say without saying that they're sorry, they know what it feels like, and they love you and don't think any less of you. You don't have this camaraderie in solitary. You have concrete, a bench, and a floor drain. No distractions, no food, no magazines, no books, no idle guard or inmate chatter. Nothing but your mind in a cell. If you bleed, they will most assuredly hose it down that drain eventually. Survive the encounter. It's scary. You can do this. The more information you have or they think you have, or the more of a grudge they're nursing, the worse this will be for you. But they've got you until the morning, and they're gonna make the most of the time. Survive the encounter.
After the night, maybe sleepless in group, definitely in solitary, you'll likely be transported to hear the charges levied against you, and if you're lucky the commissioner's office has staff that makes a determination of bail so you don't have to be held for weeks to find out you're getting ROR-ed.
You will have a chain wrapped tightly around your torso towards the bottom of your ribcage, at least two go arounds. There will be a shackle bolt placed through a link with the butt pressed into your breastbone. This chain will be tight enough for breathing to hurt even if your ribs are not bruised or broken. Handcuffs with a single chain link will be placed on your wrists and padlocked to the shackle bolt.
You will be fettered. These are the equivalent of handcuffs for the ankles, and there's a chain between them too short to take a full step. They will also likely string a chain from the fetters to the chest shackle, short enough that you'll have to hunch. I'm not joking, they really do this.
You'll then be escorted to a transport vehicle. This is a polite and whitewashed way of saying you'll be marched, stumbling and shoeless, at gunpoint, through the hallways, outside, and into a van. They may, for effect, press the muzzle of that shotgun to the back of your head in the cell, increasing the pressure to indicate that it's time for you to move. I advise you ask permission before taking a step, because remember, you're cattle, and you wouldn't want your brains bolted out of the front of your face over a misunderstanding. If you have to choose between falling and stepping without verbal assent, well, you already know what pavement tastes like. Not joking. Don't fuck that up.
If your pants or shorts were baggy, you still don't have your belt. Your pants might fall down. It's fairly common. Make peace with yo ass hangin out. It is what it is. You happen to know there's possible freedom waiting, so don't fight. You'll be rearrested and re-charged, and re-fucked with for a whole new re-night in re-solitary. So let them cheeks catch a breeze. I bet yesterday if you felt hardcore you feel like a bitch now. You've played the game. The game sucks, doesn't it?
Right, so again if you're lucky and as is the case in my jurisdiction, you will now have a formal reading of charges and conditions for bail, meaning you will be relegated to remand, a later bail hearing, or ROR (released on own recognizance; no bail, released, must show up for trial). Of these, ROR is obviously the most preferable, but obviously you don't get to pick. Do your interview. Maybe you're going to jail, where the state will have you continued to be placed under duress and then extort money from you to let you go until your trial. Bail. You go to jail until the hearing. Real fuckin jail. For weeks to months. If you're remanded, you get no bail hearing; you're going to jail until trial. Six months to a year, easy. No game.
Ethereal, where's my phone call and lawyer been in all of this? You don't have one yet. You can't use the phone, you can't get a lawyer, no one is coming to help you. You're either getting released and your shit returned, or you're going to jail at minimum for weeks, right now. No lawyer, no nothing.
Oh shit.
Yep. And if you kept your mouth shut, when your lawyer files that omnibus motion or the ACLU gets involved or whatever, you might get released, but until then you need to sit tight through all the bullshit if you want to breathe real air again any time soon.
This is why I tell you to be careful, comrades. I've seen the cell. I've seen the concrete walls. I've fuckin done it. It's just a thing that happens to you if you belong to a certain class or color in certain areas. It's just what the fuck it is. I endured that more than once, and a lot of people endure it a shitload of times. You don't want this. You do not want to be arrested, I promise. It's not a joke, it's not cool, you're not some stoic motherfucker that just sits icy through this shit. You're cattle. You're a bitch. Because when you're in chains with a fuckin shotgun to your dome, everyone is.
Watch your shit. If you get arrested, shut your fuckin mouth, and have nothing the police want. No phone passcodes, no information, no affiliations. Be as uninteresting as a rock on the sidewalk. Don't make it worse for yourself, and don't think the cops are your friends. Cellmates too. They'll fuckin dime you out for a little commissary money. The only fuckin person you tell anything of interest to is a lawyer. (Edit: and not on the goddamned phone. In person interview when your lawyer says it's cool. All phones are always monitored in jail. Cells too. Hallways. Everything)
Oh, and don't play spades for anything real. Learn for fun, watch out because jail rules dictate jokers and two's are high.
Survive the encounter comrades. If you aren't prepared for what's up there, don't get arrested. Being proven right later is fuckin cute but it doesn't take the muzzle print off your scalp.
Small edit here: comrades, I want you to know I don't mean to call you weak. It's not weak to endure this. It's hard, and it's okay to hurt from it. There's no shame in being arrested, inherently. It happens to many people who don't deserve it. Most activists will have it happen to them at some point. It may be easier or significantly harder than this. I do not think you're a bitch, neither do your comrades. I maintain solidarity and support for everyone hurt by the system. And when you use bitch as an insult outside of this context, its meaning is greatly lightened and much less loaded, thanks largely to Aaron Paul. I just want you to realize, once you are restrained and detained, don't make it worse. They can and will show you it can be worse, and you do not need to prove how tough you are. It will result in nothing positive for you. Survive the encounter, comrade. Many of us know, and we'll be here when you're free.
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2020.06.01 17:17 richardflynn8 53 YEARS AGO - Through the lens of THEN.

53 YEARS AGO - Through the lens of THEN.
June 1, 1967 – The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is released. # ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 5/5 (MUST-HAVE!)

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by The Beatles, released on June 1, 1967. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for 15 weeks, and the UK Albums chart for 27 weeks. In 2003, and again in 2012, the album was placed at number one on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
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AWARDS
Grammy Awards
Nominated for seven Grammys in 1968, it would win four, including Album of the Year, the first rock album to receive this honor.
  • 1968 Album of the Year
  • 1968 Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts
  • 1968 Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
  • 1968 Contemporary Album
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"Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band didn’t start out life as a “concept album” but it very soon developed a life of its own. I remember it warmly, as both a tremendous challenge and a highly rewarding experience. For me, it was the most innovative, imaginative and trend-setting record of its time." - George Martin
“The Beatles definitely had an eternal curiosity for doing something different,” says George Martin, producer of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Certainly, this album was entirely different from anything which had gone before, and although it has been much imitated since, it remains today a unique, epochal record one which revolutionized the entire recording industry and caused such vast repercussions that its influence will very probably be felt for as long as the music is written and performed.
The Beatles’ musical ideas progressed in a most tangible way with each album they recorded. Geoff Emerick, the recording engineer who with George Martin formed the imaginative team which translated the Beatles’ requirements onto tape, once totted up the number of hours put into the making of Sgt. Pepper and came up with 700. Please Please Me, the Beatles’ first album, was recorded in 585 minutes.
“The Beatles insisted that everything on Sgt. Pepper had to be different,” said Emerick, “so everything was either distorted, limited, heavily compressed or treated with excessive equalization. We had microphones right down the bells of the brass instruments and headphones turned into microphones attached to violins. We plastered vast amounts of echo on-to vocals and sent them through the circuitry of the revolving Leslie speaker inside a Hammond organ. We used giant primitive oscillators to vary the speed of instruments and vocals and we had tapes chopped to pieces and stuck together upside down and the wrong way round.”
The very end of the album typifies the advanced studio trickery applied throughout Sgt. Pepper. After the last droplets of the crashing piano chord of ‘A Day In The Life’ have evaporated, come a few seconds of 15 kilocycle tone, put there – especially to annoy your dog – at the request of John Lennon. Then, as the coup de grace, there is a few seconds of non-sense Beatle chatter, taped, cut into several pieces and stuck back together at random so that, as George Martin says, purchasers of the vinyl album who did not have an auto-return on their record player would say “What the hell’s that?” and find the curious noise going on and on ad infinitum in the concentric run-out groove.
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THE SONGS
The recording of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band spanned 129 days, perhaps the most creative 129 days in the history of rock music.
The sequence of songs on Pepper is famous in itself, being – on the vinyl version – two continuous sides of music, without pauses between songs, or ‘banding’, to use recording parlance. But the lineup on side one, as first conceived, was different to how it finally evolved and was as follows: ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”; “With A Little Help From My Friends”; “Being For the Benefit Of Mr. Kite”; “Fixing A Hole”; “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”; “Getting Better”; “She’s Leaving Home.”
By suitably programming your compact disc hardware you’ll be able to hear the album as it was originally intended. Extracted from The Beatles at Abbey Road, to be published late-1987.
Here, in the order in which the recording was tackled, is a guide to the way the album was made.
“When I’m Sixty-Four”
Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on December 6, 1966. Album version mixed from take four. Writer: Paul. Lead Vocal: Paul. Producer: George Martin. Recording Engineer: Geoff Emerick. Second Engineer: Phil McDonald.
“A Day In The Life”
Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on January 19, 1967. Working title “In The Life Of…” Album version mixed from takes six and seven. Writers: John with Paul. Lead vocal: John, with Paul. Producer: George Martin. Recording Engineer: Geoff Emerick. Second Engineers: Richard Lush, Phil McDonald.
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on February 1, 1967. Album version mixed from take ten. Writer: Paul. Lead vocal: Paul. Producer: George Martin. Recording Engineer: Geoff Emerick. Second Engineers: Richard Lush.
“Good Morning, Good Morning”
Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on February 8, 1967. Album version mixed from take eleven. Writer: John. Lead vocal: John. Producer: George Martin. Recording Engineer: Geoff Emerick. Second Engineers: Richard Lush.
“Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite”
Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on February 17, 1967. Album version mixed from take nine. Writer: John. Lead vocal: John. Producer: George Martin. Recording Engineer: Geoff Emerick. Second Engineers: Richard Lush.
“Fixing a Hole”
Recording commenced in Regent Sound Studio, Tottenham Court Road, London, on February 21, 1967, and later completed at Abbey Road. Album version mixed from take three. Writer: Paul. Lead vocal: Paul. Producer: George Martin. Recording Engineer: Adrian Ibbetson (Regent Sound), Geoff Emerick (Abbey Road). Second Engineer: Richard Lush.
“Lovely Rita”
Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on February 23, 1967. Album version mixed from take eleven. Writer: Paul. Lead vocal: Paul. Producer: George Martin. Recording Engineer: Geoff Emerick. Second Engineer: Richard Lush.
“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”
Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on March 1, 1967. Album version mixed from take eight. Writer: John. Lead vocal: John. Producer: George Martin. Recording Engineer: Geoff Emerick. Second Engineer: Richard Lush.
“Getting Better”
Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on March 9, 1967. Album version mixed from take fifteen. Writer: Paul. Lead Vocal: Paul. Producer: George Martin. Recording Engineers: Malcolm Addey, Ken Townsend, Geoff Emerick, Peter Vince. Second Engineers: Gra-ham Kirkby, Richard Lush, Keith Slaughter.
“She’s Leaving Home”
Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on March 17, 1967. Album version mixed from take nine. Writer: Paul. Lead vocal: Paul. Producer: George Martin. Score: Mike Leander. Recording Engineer: Geoff Emerick. Second Engineers: Richard Lush, Keith Slaughter.
“Within You Without You”
Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on March 22, 1967. Album version mixed from take two. Writer: George. Lead vocal: George. Producer: George Martin. Recording Engineer: Geoff Emerick. Second Engineer: Richard Lush.
“With A Little Help From My Friends”
Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on March 29, 1967. Working title “Bad Finger Boogie”. Album version mixed from take eleven. Writers: John and Paul. Lead Vocal: Ringo. Producer: George Martin. Recording Engineer: Geoff Emerick. Second Engineer: Richard Lush.
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)”
Recording commenced in studio one at Abbey Road on April 1, 1967. Album version mixed from take nine. Writer: John. Lead vocal: John, Paul, and George. Producer: George Martin. Recording Engineer: Geoff Emerick. Second Engineer: Richard Lush.
Three other songs were recorded during the session. The first was taken for release as a single, the third didn’t surface until the Yellow Submarine film soundtrack album. “Strawberry Fields Forever” – Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on December 29, 1966. “Penny Lane” – Recording commenced in studio two at Abbey Road on December 29, 1966. “It’s Only A Northern Song” – Recording commenced in studio two in Abbey Road on February 13, 1967.
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THE COVER... and inserts
The Grammy Award-winning album packaging was art-directed by Robert Fraser, designed by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, his wife, and artistic partner, and photographed by Michael Cooper. It featured a colorful collage of life-sized cardboard models of famous people on the front of the album cover and lyrics printed on the back cover, the first time this had been done on a British pop LP. The Beatles themselves, in the guise of the Sgt. Pepper band were dressed in custom-made military-style outfits made of satin dyed in Day-Glo colors. The suits were designed by Manuel Cuevas.
Among the insignia on their uniforms are:
MBE medals on McCartney's and Harrison's jackets. MBEs had been awarded to all four Beatles.
The Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, on Lennon's right sleeve.
Ontario Provincial Police flash on McCartney's sleeve.
Peter Blake:
"This album sleeve was the first to feature printed lyrics and it was one of the first to have a gatefold sleeve. It was also the first to have anything other than a plain inner bag too, the first pressing coming in a slightly psychedelic sleeve designed by Simon and Marijke of the Fool. And we also had a card with the cut-outs, which I had originally intended to be a small packed with badges and pencils and such like. That was stopped because it would have caused EMI big marketing problems.'
The Beatles already had a cover designed by a Dutch group called the Fool, but my gallery dealer, Robert Fraser, said to Paul, “Why don’t you use a ‘fine artist’, a professional, to do the cover instead?” Paul rather liked the idea and I was asked to do it. The concept of the album had already evolved: it would be as though the Beatles were another band, performing a concert. Paul and John said I should imagine that the band had just finished the concert, perhaps in a park. I then thought that we could have a crowd standing behind them, and this developed into the collage idea.
I asked them to make lists of people they’d most like to have in the audience at this imaginary concert. John’s was interesting because it included Jesus and Gandhi and, more cynically, Hitler. But this was just a few months after the US furor about his “Jesus” statement, so they were left out. George’s list was all gurus. Ringo said, “Whatever the others say is fine with me,” because he really didn’t want to be bothered. Robert Fraser and I also made lists. We then got all the photographs together and had life-sized cut-outs made onto head-board.
EMI realized that because many of the people we were depicting were still alive, we might be sued for not seeking their permission. So the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, who was very wary of all the complications in the first place, had his assistant write to everyone. Mae West replied, “No, I won’t be on it. What would I be doing in a lonely hearts club?” So the Beatles wrote her a personal letter and she changed her mind.
Robert Fraser was a business partner of Michael Cooper, an excellent photographer, so he was commissioned to do the shoot. I worked in his studio for a fortnight constructing the collage, fixing the top row to the back wall and putting the next about six inches in front and so on, so that we got a tiered effect. Then we put in the palm tree and the other little objects. I wanted to have the waxworks of the Beatles because I thought that they might be looking at St. Pepper’s band too. The boy who delivered the floral display asked if he could contribute by making a guitar out of hyacinths, and the little girl wearing the ‘Welcome the Rolling Stones, Good Guys’ sweatshirt was a cloth figure of Shirley Temple, the shirt coming from Michael Cooper’s young son, Adam. The Beatles arrived during the evening of March 30. We had a drink, they got dressed and we did the session. It took about three hours in all, including the shots for the center-fold out and back cover. I’m not sure how much it all cost. One reads exaggerated figures. I think Robert Fraser was paid 1500 pounds by EMI, and I got about 200. People say to me, “You must have made a lot of money on it,” but I didn’t because Robert signed away the copyright. But it has never mattered too much because it was such a wonderful thing to have done.
~ Peter Blake
COLLAGE
The collage depicted more than 70 famous people, including writers, musicians, film stars, and (at Harrison's request) a number of Indian gurus. The final grouping included Marlene Dietrich, Carl Gustav Jung, W.C. Fields, Diana Dors, James Dean, Bob Dylan, Issy Bonn, Marilyn Monroe, Aldous Huxley, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sigmund Freud, Aleister Crowley, Edgar Allan Poe, Karl Marx, Oscar Wilde, William S. Burroughs, Marlon Brando, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and controversial comedian Lenny Bruce. Also included was the image of the original Beatles' bassist, the late Stuart Sutcliffe. Pete Best said in a later NPR interview that Lennon borrowed family medals from his (Best's) mother Mona for the shoot, on condition that he did not lose them. Adolf Hitler and Jesus Christ were requested by Lennon, but ultimately they were left out. A photo also exists of a rejected cardboard printout with a cloth draped over its head; its identity is unknown. Even now, co-creator Jann Haworth regrets that so few women were included.
The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has a widely-recognized album cover which depicts several dozen celebrities and other images.
This album cover was created by Jann Haworth and Peter Blake. They won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts in 1967 for their work on this cover.
The celebrities and items featured on the front cover are (by row, left to right):
Top row:
  • Sri Yukteswar Giri (Hindu guru)
  • Aleister Crowley (occultist)
  • Mae West (actress)
  • Lenny Bruce (comedian)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen (composer)
  • W. C. Fields (comedian/actor)
  • Carl Gustav Jung (psychiatrist)
  • Edgar Allan Poe (writer)
  • Fred Astaire (actodancer)
  • Richard Merkin (artist)
  • The Vargas Girl (by artist Alberto Vargas)
  • Huntz Hall (actor)
  • Simon Rodia (designer and builder of the Watts Towers)
  • Bob Dylan (singesongwriter)
Second row:
  • Aubrey Beardsley (illustrator)
  • Sir Robert Peel (19th century British Prime Minister)
  • Aldous Huxley (writer)
  • Dylan Thomas (poet)
  • Terry Southern (writer)
  • Dion (singer)
  • Tony Curtis (actor)
  • Wallace Berman (artist)
  • Tommy Handley (comedian)
  • Marilyn Monroe (actress)
  • William S. Burroughs (writer)
  • Sri Mahavatar Babaji (Hindu guru)
  • Stan Laurel (actocomedian)
  • Richard Lindner (artist)
  • Oliver Hardy (actocomedian)
  • Karl Marx (political philosopher)
  • H. G. Wells (writer)
  • Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (Hindu guru)
  • Sigmund Freud (psychiatrist) - barely visible below Bob Dylan
  • Anonymous (hairdresser's wax dummy)
Third row:
  • Stuart Sutcliffe (artist/former Beatle)
  • Anonymous (hairdresser's wax dummy)
  • Max Miller (comedian)
  • A "Petty Girl" (by artist George Petty)
  • Marlon Brando (actor)
  • Tom Mix (actor)
  • Oscar Wilde (writer)
  • Tyrone Power (actor)
  • Larry Bell (artist)
  • Dr. David Livingstone (missionary/explorer)
  • Johnny Weissmuller (Olympic swimmeTarzan actor)
  • Stephen Crane (writer) - barely visible between Issy Bonn's head and raised arm
  • Issy Bonn (comedian)
  • George Bernard Shaw (playwright)
  • H. C. Westermann (sculptor)
  • Albert Stubbins (football player)
  • Sri Lahiri Mahasaya (guru)
  • Lewis Carroll (writer)
  • T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia")
Front row:
  • Wax model of Sonny Liston (boxer)
  • A "Petty Girl" (by George Petty)
  • Wax model of George Harrison
  • Wax model of John Lennon
  • Shirley Temple (child actress) - barely visible, first of three appearances on the cover
  • Wax model of Ringo Starr
  • Wax model of Paul McCartney
  • Albert Einstein (physicist) - largely obscured
  • John Lennon holding a French horn
  • Ringo Starr holding a trumpet
  • Paul McCartney holding a Cor Anglais
  • George Harrison holding a piccolo
  • Bobby Breen (singer)
  • Marlene Dietrich (actress/singer)
  • An American legionnaire
  • Diana Dors (actress)
  • Shirley Temple (child actress) - second appearance on the cover
Other objects within the group include:
  • Cloth grandmother-figure by Jann Haworth
  • Cloth doll by Haworth of Shirley Temple wearing a sweater that reads "Welcome The Rolling Stones Good Guys"
  • A ceramic Mexican craft known as a Tree of Life from Metepec
  • A 9-inch Sony television set, apparently owned by Paul McCartney - the receipt, bearing McCartney's signature, is owned by a curator of a museum dedicated to The Beatles in Japan.
  • A stone figure of a girl
  • Another stone figure
  • A statue brought over from John Lennon's house
  • A trophy
  • A doll of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi
  • A drum skin, designed by fairground artist Joe Ephgrave
  • A hookah (water pipe)
  • A velvet snake
  • A Fukusuke, Japanese china figure
  • A stone figure of Snow White
  • A garden gnome
  • A euphonium/baritone horn
People who were originally intended for the front cover but were ultimately excluded:
  • Leo Gorcey - was modeled and originally included to the left of Huntz Hall, but was subsequently removed when a fee of $400 was requested for the use of the actor's likeness.
  • Mohandas Gandhi - was modeled and originally included to the right of Lewis Carroll, but was subsequently removed. According to McCartney, "Gandhi also had to go because the head of EMI, Sir Joe Lockwood, said that in India they wouldn't allow the record to be printed"
  • Jesus Christ - was requested by Lennon, but not modeled because the LP would be released only a few months after Lennon's Jesus statement.
  • Adolf Hitler - was modeled and was visible in early photographs of the montage, positioned to the right of Larry Bell, but was eventually obscured by Johnny Weissmuller in the final image.
  • Germán Valdés - was considered to appear in the first row, but he declined the offer and suggested to replace his image by a Mexican craftsmanship known as "Tree of Life". Ringo Starr agreed and placed it in the lower right corner of the cover
In the center of the scene, The Beatles stand behind a drum on which are painted the words of the album's title; the drum was painted by fairground artist Joe Ephgrave.
The final bill for the cover was £2,868 5s 3d (equivalent to £38,823 today), a staggering sum for the time. It has been estimated that this was 100 times the average cost for an al-bum cover in those days
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THE INNER SLEEVE
The album's inner sleeve featured artwork by the Dutch design team the Fool that eschewed for the first time the standard white paper in favor of an abstract pattern of waves of maroon, red, pink and white.
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NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS (UK) May 27, 1967
JACK HUTTON VISITS A …
Beatle listen-in
THE Beatles, innovators as always, last week bestowed a new experience on the pop scene -. the LISTEN- IN. They commandeered Brian Epstein's luxurious townhouse in Chapel Street, London, SW1, played their new LP, "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," at full volume and shouted pleasantly at their guests for several hours. Downstairs, a long genuine antique table groaned, as they say, under huge dishes of cold meats and vegetables served by white-jacketed waiters. To drink there was a choice of gazpacho, a cold soup, or champers. The cham-pers won handsomely.
YELLOW SOCKS
The " boys." as they are affectionately known by their management, were in fine fettle. Lennon won the sartorial stakes with a green, flower-patterned shirt, red cord trousers, yellow socks, and what looked like cord shoes.
His ensemble was completed by a sporran. With his bushy sideboards and National Health specs, he resembled an animated Victorian watchmaker.
Paul McCartney, sans mustache, wore a loosely tied scarf shirt, a striped double-breasted jacket, and looked like someone out of a Scott Fitzgerald novel.
They both spoke volubly about many things, such as the BBC ban on "A Day In The Life," one of the LP tracks.
Said Paul: "John woke up one morning and read the Daily Mail. The news stories gave him the ideas for the song. The man goes upstairs on a bus for a smoke. Everybody does that kind of thing. But what does the BBC say? Smoking? SMOKING? S-M -0 -K -I -N-G? "
Well, BBC, he was actually smoking Park Drive! Even people at the BBC do these things. So, face it, BBC!
"You can read a double meaning into anything if you want to. But we don't care if they ban our songs. It might help the LP. They'll play the other tracks. "It's exciting to see the way an LP goes. To see how many different things can be taken from it."
Both Paul and John laughed off the suggestion that "Sgt Pepper" might be their last LP as a group. "Rubbish." said Lennon, but he went on to confirm that their touring days were over.
"No more tours, no more mop tops. We could never hear ourselves playing properly. Anyway, what more could we do after playing to 56,000 people? What next? More fame? More money?
"We were traveling all over the world and couldn't move outside our hotel." Now they feel they still give themselves, via albums, to their public, but they don't have to pay so much.
Says Paul. "I even went on a bus from Liverpool to Chester the other day without much trouble. There was just a mustache involved.
"And nearly every morning I take my dog for a walk in Regents Park.
The musical ideas of Lennon and McCartney seem to be expanding all the time. These ideas encompass a whole spectrum of sounds - mechanIcal, orchestral, electronic, animal, vegetable, Mineral.
They are becoming less and less concerned with their own playing. "I don't practise," says John. "I only played guitar to accompany myself singing You could study all your life and become the best bassoonist in Israel. So what? I like producing records. I want to do it all. I want a machine that produces all sounds. Studying music was like learning French.
If there was a new method of learning music-yeah. But the present method is archaic."
"We were never musicians," agreed Paul "In Hamburg, we got a lot of practice. But reading music for us was unnecessary."
Paul conducted the 41-piece band heard on the banned track "A Day In The Life" and he felt initially embarrassed facing that sea of sessioners.
"So I decided to treat them like human beings and not professional musicians. I tried to give myself to them. We chatted and drank champagne."
John dislikes what he calls "factory musicians"
"Classical players are best on record. They can play anything. Jazzmen are the worst. They can only play from there to there." He placed his open palms two inches apart... and they all want to sound like Ronnie Scott or somebody else "
Lennon 's views are equally trenchant about jazz styles. He doesn't dig Dixieland and mainstream. " It's dying man - like the Black And White Minstrels.
"I like John Coltrane but I don't get to the clubs much because it's embarrassing. The so-called experts laugh at you - 'there's a Beatle in the audience folks. It's probably my blame, but that's what I feel."
However, he promised the MM he would go to hear Charles Lloyd's quartet when they play London in June 17.
And to prove It Lennon borrowed a pen and wrote CHARLES LLOYD in big letters on the back of his sporran.
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MELODY MAKER (UK), June 3, 1967
"A hundred different directions at once"
The Maker takes the "jolly approach" of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
by Chris Welch
Now let boring controversy begin!
WHO are the Beatles' greatest influences? Some might consider them to be William Byrd, Richard Strauss and Ravi Shankar. We humbly guess at George Formby, Lonnie Donegan and an elderly lady schoolteacher image, locked deep in the Beatles' collective childhood memory. The Beatles have always loved telling a tale, sometimes sadly, sometimes with wry humour, often mixing depressing sentiments with a chirpy bounce in the grand music hall tradition. And odd women constantly crop up in Beatle song themes. It was Eleanor Rigby on the classic "Revolver" album.
JOLLY APPROACH
This time it's "Lovely Rita " on "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Rita is a female traffic warden or "meter maid" for whom Paul McCartney (bass) expresses the desire to take out for tea. Rita is obviously one of those iron-lipped, jack-booted Femmes Fatale who stalk unwary motorists, and whose very iciness contains a sensual allure.
The novelty of an ode to a lady traffic warden is typical of the whole jolly approach of "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
Whatever the influences at work on the Beatles band, the lads have brought forth yet another saga of entertainment and achievement so solid and inspired that it should keep the British pop industry ticking over securely for another six months at least.
Already several of the tracks on this 13-song album are being feverishly covered by other artists, from Bernard Cribbins to David and Jonathan.
It's all presented like one of those phoney "live" LIN with dubbed applause and laughter coming in at the oddest moments, the effect is used with subtlety and is not allowed to spoil the musical content.
Some astute listeners have concluded that the faintly self-mocking undercurrent that runs throughout might indi-cate this is the Beatles' last album. indicate
We ran only hope that phrases heard on the album like "we hope you enjoyed the show" are simply references to the work in hand.
From the title track, which has Paul blasting away some James Brown soul through to the final "A Day In The Life" which features John, Paul and a 41 -piece orchestra, song after song prove the Beatles - creatively speaking - are bursting into a hundred different directions at once.
Yet all the music retains the Beetle stamp of humour, sorrow, sympathy and cynicism.
For example, Ringo sings a deadpan vocal "With A Little Help From My Friends." "Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite" is a tale about a trampoline expert.
George entertains with some hot sitar music. and Paul does his George Formby bit on " When I'm 64."
'Goodmorning, Goodmorning" by John is an observation on the ritual conversation gambits of those who have nothing to say.
The Beatles' new album is a remarkable and worthwhile contribution to music. Now let the boring controversies begin!
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DECEMBER, 1967 COLUMN (Robert Christgau)
Esquire
In case you've been in New Guinea or something, you ought to be told that the Beatles have a new album out. It is called Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and even before its release on June 2 it was the subject of all kinds of published and unpublished rumors. Afterward, the information barrage was overwhelming. Capitol Records sent out an extraordinary feature, spiced with terms like "modals," "atonality," and--egad!--"bowels" and casting aspersions upon the "Tin Pan Alley-spawned lyrical cliché." There were stories in Life (in which Paul McCartney, to the surprise of no one and the shock of quite a few, revealed that he had sampled the dreaded lysergic acid diethylamide; he was seconded quickly by John and George, but Ringo, lovely Ringo, has remained silent), Time (in which George Martin, the group's producer, who has a degree in music and is thus permitted to be a genius, was singled out as the brains of the operation), and Newsweek (in which the former kings of rock and roll were compared, unperjoratively and in order, to Alfred Lord Tennyson, Edith Sitwell, Charlie Chaplin, Donald Barthelme, Harold Pinter, and T.S. Eliot--and not to Elvis Presley or even Bob Dylan). The trades bristled with exciting little pieces that always seemed to contain the word "artistic." And in The New York Times, Richard Goldstein put the album down and was almost lynched.
Goldstein, who has had his own story in Newsweek, is the best-known critic of pop in the country. Like any rising star, he engendered the inevitable ressentiment, always masquerading, of course, as contempt for the phony, the sellout, etc.. I often disagree with Gold-stein, but a sellout he is not. He is unfailingly honest and about as malevolent as Winnie-the-Pooh. There are very few "pop critics" who can match him even occasionally for incisiveness, perspective, and wit. Goldstein was disappointed with Sgt. Pepper. After an initial moment of panic, I wasn't. In fact, I was exalted by it, although a little of that has worn off. Which is just the point? Goldstein may have been wrong, but he wasn't that wrong. Sgt. Pepper is not the world's most perfect work of art. But that is what the Beatles' fans have come to assume their idols must produce.
It all started in December 1965, when they released Rubber Soul, an album that for innovation, tightness, and lyrical intelligence was about twice as good as anything they or anyone else (except maybe the Stones) had done previously. In June 1966, Capitol followed with The Beatles--"Yesterday" . . . and Today, comprising both sides of three singes plus extra cuts from the English versions of Rubber Soul and Revolver. The Beatles (perhaps as a metaphor for this hodgepodge, which was not released in England) provided a cover that depicted Our Boys in bloody butcher aprons, surrounded by hunks of meat and dismembered doll. The powers yowled, the cover was replaced as a reported cost of $250,000, and then in August the American Revolver went on sale. That did it. Revolver was twice as good and four times as startling as Rubber Soul, with sound effects, Oriental drones, jazz bands, transcendentalist lyrics, all kinds of rhythmic and harmonic surprises, and a filter that made John Lennon sound like God singing through a foghorn.
Partly because the ten-month gap between Revolver and Sgt. Pepper was so unprecedented, the album was awaited in much the same spirit as installments of Dickens must have been a century ago. Everyone was a little edgy: Could they do it again? The answer: yes and no. Sgt. Pepper is a consolidation, more intricate than Revolver but not more substantial. Part of Goldstein's mistake, I think, has been to allow all the filters and reverbs and orchestral effects and overdubs to deafen him to the stuff underneath, which was pretty nice, and to fall victim to over anticipation. Although Goldstein still insists he was right, I attribute his review to a failure of nerve.
Plus, perhaps, a predilection for folk music. Sgt. Pepper, four months in gestation, is the epitome of studio rock, and Goldstein wasn't entirely wrong when he accused it of being "busy, hip and cluttered." It contains nothing as lovely as "In My Life" on Rubber Soul or "Here, There and Everywhere" on Revolver. But no one seems to care. The week after Goldstein's review appeared, Cash Box listed Sgt. Pepper as the best-selling album in the country, a position it has occupied all summer.
Meanwhile, Goldstein himself has become a storm center. The Voice, his home base, published a rebuttal by a guy named Tom Phillips, who works for the Times. (Now who's square?) Goldstein responded with a Voice defense of his review. (Title: "I Lost My Cool Through the New York Times.") Paul Williams, of Crawdaddy, complained that Goldstein "got hung up on his own integrity and attempted to judge what he admittedly [sic] did not understand." (What have you done for rock this week?) And the Times was deluged with letters, many abusive and every last one in disagreement, the largest response to a music review in its history.
The letters are a fascinating testimony to what the Beatles mean to their fans. The correspondents are divided about equally between adolescents and young adults, with age often volunteered as a credential. Needless to say, Goldstein is frequently accused of being Old. (For the record, he is twenty-three. And I am twenty-five.) One common complaint was that Goldstein missed the acronymic implications of a lush little fantasy called "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." (Singers on a trip with pretensions?) Even more common is the indignant avowal that George Harrison's "Within You Without You" did not, as Goldstein averred, "resurrect the very clichés the Beatles helped bury," and that "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," as Sherry Brody, of Brooklyn, put it, "is not like other songs by stupid groups that say I love you and junk like that." (I hope I don't sound condescending. Miss Brody's letter is not only charming--she signs, "Please write back!"--but every bit as perceptive as many of its more ambitious competitors.) Of course, the clichés in "WYWY" to which Goldstein was referring were not "I love you and junk like that." They were "self-discovery" and "universal love," the kind of homilies that used to make the Beatles giggle, but that Harrison now seems to take seriously.
"WYWY" provides the most convenient launching pad for the textual analyses that almost everyone felt compelled to send off. One writer claimed that a book by William R. Shears (Ringo's persona on the record is "Billy Shears"), called Here It Is, is full of illuminating cross-references. A high-school freshman invoked the album as an example of "tmesis--the appearance of a poem to do credit to its words." Many saw the album as "an attack on middle-class values." Some writers were sure the Beatles had arrived at their current syn-thesis because, to quote a Juilliard student, "they have refused to prostitute themselves for their fans." But others insisted that Sgt. Pepper was "for the people."
The genius of the Beatles can be found in those last two contradictory suggestions because both are true. Few of their old fans could have anticipated their present course or wished for it. Yet the Beatles have continued to please more of the old-timers than anyone but they--and the old-timers themselves--could have hoped. They really started the whole long-haired hippie business four years ago, and who knows whether they developed with it or it developed with them? All those pages of analysis are a gauge of how important the Beatles have become to . . . us.
One song on Sgt. Pepper, "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," seems to me deliberately one-dimensional, nothing more than a description of a traveling circus. It fits beautifully into the album, which is a kind of long vaudeville show, but I feel almost certain it has no "meaning." Yet one girl, "age fifteen," writes that it presents "life as an eerie perverted circus." Is that sad? silly? horrifying? contemptible? From an adult, it might be all four, but from a fifteen-year-old, it is simply moving. A good Lennon-McCartney song is sufficiently cryptic to speak to the needs of whoever listens. If a fifteen-year-old finds life "an eerie perverted circus"--and for a fifteen-year-old that is an important perception--then that's what "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" can just as well be about. If you've just discovered universal love, you have reason to find "Within You Without You" "great poetry." It really doesn't matter; if you're wrong, you're right.
One of the nice things the Beatles do for those of us who love them is charging commonplace English with meaning. I want to hold your hand. It's getting better all the time. Yeah, yeah, yeah. "Fixing a Hole," to which I alluded just above, is full of just such suggestive phrases. I'll resist temptation and quote only five lines: "And it really doesn't matter if I'm wrong I'm right/ Where I belong I'm right/ Where I belong./ See the people standing there who disagree and never win/ And wonder why they don't get in my door." This passage not only indicates the interesting things the Beatles are doing with rhyme, skewing their stanzas and dispensing almost completely with traditional song form. It also serves as a gnomic re-minder of the limitations of criticism. Allow me to fall into its trap by providing my own paraphrase, viz.: "In matters of interpretation, the important thing is not whether you're `wrong' or `right' but whether you are faithful to your own peculiar stance in the world. Those who insist upon the absolute rectitude of their opinions will never attain a state of enlightenment."
Well, there it is; I've finally done it. Pompous, right? Sorry, I'm just not John Lennon. But like everyone else, I feel compelled to make Our Boys My Boys. The first thirty times I heard "Fixing a Hole," I just listened and enjoyed it, keeping time, singing along, confident that it was obscure beyond my powers to investigate. Then I noticed that all the interpreters were shying away from that song, or making an obvious botch of it, and I couldn't resist the challenge. Now, after several false starts that had me convinced for a while, I think I've got it. It's not surprising that their ideas are so much like my own. That's what they're saying, isn't it?
For, just like Sherry Brody, I have my own Beatles. As far as I'm concerned, "Fixing a Hole" is not like other songs by stupid groups that say I am alienated and junk like that. And I have other prejudices. I can't believe that the Beatles indulge in the simplistic kind of symbolism that turns a yellow submarine into a Nembutal or a banana--it is just a yellow submarine, damn it, an obvious elaboration of John's submarine fixation, first revealed in A Hard Day's Night. I think they want their meanings to be absorbed on an instinctual level, just as their new, complex music can be absorbed on a sensual level. I don't think they much care whether Sgt. Pepper is Great Art or some other moldy fig. And I think they are inordinately fond (in a rather recondite way) of what I call the real world. They want to turn us on, all right--to everything in that world and in ourselves.
What else could a journalist think?
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TRACKS:
All songs written and composed by Lennon–McCartney except where noted.
Side one 1 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 2:02 2 With a Little Help from My Friends - 2:44 3 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - 3:28 4 Getting Better - 2:48 5 Fixing a Hole - 2:36 6 She's Leaving Home - 3:35 7 Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! - 2:37
Side two 1 Within You Without You (George Harrison) - 5:04 2 When I'm Sixty-Four - 2:37 3 Lovely Rita - 2:42 4 Good Morning Good Morning - 2:41 5 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) - 1:19 6 A Day in the Life – 5:39
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2020.05.29 14:57 chatterwrack Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Clash

Here is the article. (i won’t like to Fox News but you can find it there.)
The two actors were famously embroiled in a feud while on the set of "Mad Max: Fury Road," with Charlize Theron, 44, even speaking about it publicly in 2015, telling Esquire at the time that she and Tom Hardy, 42, "f---in' went at it." The pair's co-star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley recently said it was the differences between the stars' approaches that led to "tension."
There was a lot of tension, and a lot of different personalities and clashes at times," Huntington Whiteley, 33, told The New York Times earlier this month. "It was definitely interesting to sit in a truck for four months with Tom and Charlize, who have completely different approaches to their craft." Meanwhile, Theron explained to The Times that, at the time, she wasn't taking into consideration the pressure that was placed on Hardy to play such an iconic character, Max Rockatansky, having been played by Mel Gibson in several films beforehand.
“In retrospect, I didn't have enough empathy to really, truly understand what he must have felt like to step into Mel Gibson's shoes. That is frightening," Theron said. "And I think because of my own fear, we were putting up walls to protect ourselves instead of saying to each other, 'This is scary for you, and it's scary for me, too. Let's be nice to each other.'"
She added: "In a weird way, we were functioning like our characters: Everything was about survival."
Hardy agreed. "I think in hindsight, I was in over my head in many ways. The pressure on both of us was overwhelming at times," he told the outlet. "What she needed was a better, perhaps more experienced, partner in me. That's something that can't be faked. I'd like to think that now that I'm older and uglier, I could rise to that occasion."
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2020.05.16 05:38 thirdhorse Margaret Ryswell, Lady of the Rills

Discord Name: sketch#3439
Name and House: Margaret Ryswell
Age: 22
Cultural Group: First Men
Appearance: Small and slender, Lady Ryswell cuts a decidedly unimposing figure. A pale, blue-eyed face is crowned by untamed blonde curls that hang past her shoulders. Save for the most formal occasions, her clothing is plain and modest: simple dresses at home, and practical trousers and tunics while riding or traveling.
Gift(s): Mythic (Greensight)
Skill(s): Espionage(e), Animal Tamer(e) [Wolf]
Talent(s): Old Tongue, brewing, wood carving
Negative Trait: N/A
Starting Title(s): Lady of the Rills
Starting Location: The Rills
Alternate Characters: Jon Tarly, Agnes Vance

Biography

Margaret was the first of three daughters born to Willam Ryswell, who had ruled the Rills since his father’s death during the Woe of Wolves. Four years later, Willam’s wife died in childbirth, and his subsequent refusal to remarry rendered Margaret his permanent heir. She was thus groomed for succession at an early age, receiving a broad education under her house’s esteemed maester. Maggie - as she was affectionately known - proved to be a quick learner, and soon developed a bookish disposition. Her shyness was tempered only by the influence of her shrewd grandmother, Lysara, who hoped to instill the same guile in the future Lady of the Rills.
Despite her grandmother’s best efforts, however, Margaret remained an awkward, quiet child, out of place among her own people; she had even begun to take after their maester’s southern mannerisms. Eager to broaden the girl’s horizons, Lord Willam heeded his mother’s suggestion that she ward for House Glover. At the age of eight, Margaret left her family's castle, The Withers, to live at Deepwood Motte - an unfamiliar place hosting only unfamiliar faces.
As her grandmother had anticipated, Maggie’s time at Deepwood Motte proved beneficial. She learned not only to make but also to charm new acquaintances, and developed a number of practical skills under the tutelage of Deepwood’s hardy people. Margaret was immediately enamored with the majesty of the surrounding Wolfswood, where she learned to brave the untamed wilderness of the forest. A lifelong passion for nature was thus incited, and she found camaraderie among animals both wild and tame.
It was in those same woods that she experienced what she latter understood to be her first greendream. While camping one night, Margaret witnessed a dream more vivid, personal and believable than any she’d seen before. She found herself an invisible witness to her younger sisters at home, both visibly older than they were when she left. The dream ended with her youngest sister falling and breaking a leg - and when Margaret returned to the Rills a few weeks later, her family’s account of the incident aligned with every detail of her vision.
Nevertheless, Maggie understood this to be a coincidence - until another dream proved prophetic. In 369 AC, Lord Willam Ryswell answered the King’s call to war and led Ryswell men south to fight against Lys in the Stepstones. Shortly after his departure, Margaret dreamed of her father dying to a fearsome mercenary’s blade in a battle pitched at a narrow mountain pass. When the other Ryswell warriors returned to the Rills, their news of his death confirmed what her dream had foretold.
Margaret’s uncle, Ramsay, immediately assumed the regency at the Rills. A man best suited for military matters, Ramsay was aided in this by his mother and his younger brother, Ethan - who had spent much of the past decade indulging in failed business ventures. The Rills was in good hands - and though she now held her father’s title, Maggie found the years of her regency more adventurous than any before. She began practicing at horsemanship every day, often in the company of her cousin Torrhen. The two - sometimes accompanied by other young kinsmen - would ride as far as Barrowton, where they relished in the town’s many amenities. Another frequent destination was the ruined tower of Ryder’s Well in the far north of the Rills, where their House resided several centuries ago.
Her education as an adolescent was more varied, spontaneous, and spurred by her own initiative than the rigor of her childhood lessons. Maggie began researching the mysteries and theologies of the North’s native faith, and acquired obscure tomes that allowed her to study the Old Tongue. She dabbled in numerous hobbies, most notably wood carving - often for the purpose of fashioning toys for her younger cousins - and as she approached adulthood, she developed a talent for brewing quality ales.
Around the same time that Margaret reached the age of majority and began to rule the Rills in her own right, her greendreams became a more regular occurrence. Though she remained unsure of how to interpret or act upon these visions, she began confiding her dreams in both her cousin, Torrhen, and her handmaiden, Holly, if only to ease the burden of keeping so great a secret. She thus began to find solace in her work as the ruler of he Rills, lending her a better grip on reality, but the signs did not cease. Animals, too, seemed more drawn to her; on one fortuitous night, Margaret found a wounded wolf pup in a field, which thereafter became a close and loyal companion.
When rebellion broke out across the Seven Kingdoms in 379 AC, Margaret dreamed of a falling star trailed by blood, crashing into an imposing amalgamation of red stone. She knew not what to make of this vision, though she was quite confident in her interpretation of the one that followed. In another dream, Maggie witnessed a near-death experience of what appeared to be her uncle Ramsay, only for him to be saved by her cousin Torrhen. When that same uncle insisted on joining the Winter Wolves to fight for Prince Daeron, she permitted him to gather the Rills’ finest warriors for the cause - but only after ensuring that Torrhen, too, would come along. Her vision instead proved half-true: Ramsay Ryswell perished in battle, but Torrhen still saved the life of his younger brother, Donnor.
Despite her initial failure to correctly interpret her visions of the war, Margaret was emboldened by her retroactive understanding of their accuracy. She embraced the potential of her power, and resolved to find a way to lend her supernatural wisdom to the betterment of the North.

Timeline

  • 358 AC: Margaret is born to Lord Willam Ryswell and his wife, Donella Cerwyn
  • 362 AC: Margaret’s mother dies of childbirth
  • 366 AC: Margaret is sent to Deepwood Motte to live as a ward of House Glover
  • 368 AC: Shortly after experiencing her first greendream, Margaret returns to the Rills
  • 369 AC: Lord Willam Ryswell perishes in the Second Lysene Spring; Margaret succeeds him as Lady of the Rills, with her uncle Ramsay assuming the regency
  • 374 AC: Margaret reaches the age of majority and begins ruling the Rills in her own right
  • 379 AC: Lady Ryswell permits the Rills’ finest warriors join the Winter Wolves in support of Daeron’s rebellion; Ramsay Ryswell is slain in battle

Family Tree

  • Morgan Ryswell, Lord of the Rills b. 315 AC d. 352 AC
  • m. Lysara Glover b. 317 AC
    • Willam Ryswell, Lord of the Rills b. 335 AC d. 369 AC
    • m. Donella Cerwyn b. 340 AC d. 362 AC
    • Ramsay Ryswell b. 337 AC d. 379 AC
    • m. Jorelle Flint b. 337 AC
      • Torrhen Ryswell b. 356 AC
      • Donnor Ryswell b. 359 AC
      • Jocelyn Ryswell b. 361 AC
    • Ethan Ryswell b. 340 AC
    • m. Raya Slate b. 341 AC
      • Gaven Ryswell b. 359 AC
      • Bethany Ryswell b. 361 AC
      • Karlon Ryswell b. 364 AC
  • Duncan Ryswell b. 321 AC d. 379 AC
  • m. Sarra Glenmore b. 328 AC

Supporting Characters

Archetyped NPCs

Hallis Glenmore (Warrior, swords)
  • Lady Ryswell's principal sworn sword recently fought in the Dragon's Defiance, during which a southerner knighted him in recognition of his foolish bravery and heroism. Since then, Ser Hallis - as he likes to emphasize - has vocally maintained belief in both the Old Gods and the New, much to the chagrin of Lady Ryswell.
Holly Glenmore (Medic)
  • The twin sister of Hallis Glenmore, Holly has long been among Margaret's closest friends. She currently serves as a handmaid at the Withers, and frequently accompanies Margaret on her travels.
Ned Ninefingers (Master-at-Arms)
  • Following the recent death of Margaret's uncle, the lowborn Ned "Ninefingers" has assumed the position of castellan at the Withers. Despite his lack of an education, he has proven especially adept at disciplining the household guard.
Long Tom (Scholar)
  • The son of a Barrowton merchant, "Long" Tom - nicknamed for his loquaciousness - became acquainted with Margaret during one of her many visits to the town. A shared fascination with the North's history led to his invitation to the Withers, where he routinely conducts research.
Ethan Ryswell (General)
  • After a decade of numerous failed business ventures throughout the North, Ethan Ryswell only began to show his true merit as a member of his niece's regency council. He has since remained an integral partner in the rule of the Rills, second only to Lady Ryswell in his influence.

Menagerie

Animal Tamer beasts
  • Joramun (Wolf)
Horses
  • Old Stalwart (palfrey)
  • Runner (courser)
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2020.04.26 09:41 Khan4546727 How has the quality of films dropped in the past few years?

I remember a time where bad films would be terrible and good films were good, every now and then there was a great film but I remember there would be films so bad that it confuses you as to who thought this was a good idea.
Lets start with 2010 with something like Pyaar Impossible which on paper sounds like a good idea (A geeky young man is paired together with the most beautiful girl in college through a twist of fate, leaving a strange but great love to blossom.) but that was it. I think that must've been the bottom of the barrel.
Fast forward to 2012, we have a project so bad that I'm quoting IMDB here "Akshay Kumar was very unhappy with the film and refused to promote it, even though it was made by his own production company.". Joker was a Shrish Kunder film and honestly, I commend Jacqueline Fernandez for trying a new character in Mrs.Serial Killer but I have not much faith, I'm hoping he proves me wrong but this seems like one of projects that Manoj Bajpayee did because the shoot was in the same studio as a film he wanted to do.
2013 we have Besharam and Himmatwala and how can I forget, Dhoom 3 (At the time I thought that was the lowest Aamir's career could go but ToH proved us wrong). I have never seen Besharam but I think I can agree when a consensus when critics and fans both dislike the product and that sucks because I really like Ranbir, he just has some terrible luck. Himmatwala is a bit like Rowdy Rathore or R... Rajkumar, where they are so bad that they're kind of mindless fun but Himmatwala didn't give me that kind of spark. I like Ajay Devgns presence on screen but this film is just so bad.
2014 gave us Jai Ho and Happy New Year. Jai Ho was just a shambles of a film, the only reason I had sat down to watch it was because I heard it had Suniel Shetty and Tabu but their screentime was probably 3 mins combined. This was sort of where I began to see the combination of 50 year old men and 20 year old women as Salman and Daisy Shah had been paired opposite and I felt bad for her. I actually went on IMDB to look up some trivia and I had learned that this piece of garbage was directed by Sohail Khan, so I should've seen this coming.
Happy New Year, what an idea. A group of Bollywood actors who looked great paired together. The pairing of SRK and Deepika, an iconic pairing if I say so myself, the hilarious Boman Irani and the underrated Abhishek Bachchan. Of course Sonu Sood was just there as the muscle and Vivaan Shah was just well, the hacker. This film should've worked on paper, I don't know why we don't see too many ensemble cast films nowadays. I don't mean to sound like I am defending this film, it is shite. That is all, it could've great and a great thing for SRK, a great boost for Vivaan Shah as his debut but I don't remember a positive out of this film besides the teams chemistry.
2015, the year where we get films like Badlapur, Tamasha, Bajirao Mastani, Baby, NH10 and I can go on but I'm here to talk about the shite. Brothers, Singh is Bling, Welcome Back, Dilwale and possibly the worst of the worst, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
Brothers could've been great and I commended it for trying as Akshay Kumar for putting in a great performance but the same ending, a useless item song and Siddarth just wasn't able to put out that performance that Tom Hardy did. I will say this though that Jackie Shroff was a revelation as always. I won't bash this film that much but it could've been so much better. I also love the the films theme by Vishal Dadlani as it was pretty much the workout anthem of the year.
Singh is Bling was only made to capitalize of the Singh is King title and instead of bolstering it, it impaired it. Singh is King to me is a classic, as I said earlier, group ensemble films are great and Singh is King is a great example. Why was this made film made? Welcome Back is also in this category as it used the partnering of Majnu Bhai, Uday Bhai and Paresh Rawal's character. Im not blaming it on John Abraham alone but he just didn't have the same effect as Akshay did in the original.
Dilwale was very predictable, like it wasn't like other films where you could tell where the story is going but you could tell the next scene coming up. The legendary paring of SRK and Kajol was wasted but I will say this much, this film gave us Gerua, the only positive from it besides seeing Johnny Lever on the big screen again.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo just shows how out of touch Sooraj R. Barjatya is with the current day film audience. Overacting from the entire cast and the only thing that had even given me some kind of reason to watch this film was Deepak Dobriyal and Neil Nithin Mukesh but even then, I like to think that they did this film for an easy paycheck.
2016, A Flying Jaat and Junooniyaat. that is all. I mean do I have to explain? Beat pe Booty? A generic villain and a waste of Kay Kay Menon. Junooniyaat was just a bad move for Yami Gautam as I have no faith in Pulkit at all, he's just a Salman Khan clone without the status that Salman has. Housefull 3 which I almost forgot about but I thought Housefull 3 was as bad as the Housefull franchise could have gotten. Befikre also just felt out of touch.
2017 is where the downfall began with Half Girlfriend, When Harry Met Sajal, Golmaal Again, Baadshaaho, Rangoon which just didn't feel like a Vishal Bhardwaj film, Simran which was disappointing from Hansal Mehta, Kapil Sharma's Firangi, Sarkar 3, Munna Michael, Judwaa 2, Raabta, Tubelight, Mubarakan. I mean this is where I thought, okay, we will hopefully not fall any further.
2018 hits, we get Thugs of Hindustan which paired Aamir Khan with Amitabh Bachchan and I mean like how do you mess that up? Race 3 which was just a circlejerk of Salman's ego, Bhaiya Ji Superhit. Faaney Khan or however you spell it, it doesn't deserve a spellcheck, Batti Gul Meter Chalu and the worst of the bucket, Namaste England. Zero I haven't seen yet but I was told the VFX work was amazing but its not worth the watch. Sanju was one I will defend as I know it does a lot of whitewashing but I am here to speak about what we saw on screen, not how accurate it is to what happened. Ranbir is a revelation to watch with Vicky Kaushal being a surprise, the films music is amazing but I understand that this film has a lot of whitewashing which is why some may include it on the worst films list.
2019: Kalank which was just awful, music and set designs were fantastic but that helped nobodies career. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga which honestly would've been an amazing social film. SOTY 2 which is suppose to be a film about our college years but instead, I mean do I even have to make a point here? Marjaavan, Housefull 4, Pal Pal Dil Ke Pass, Drive and Dabaang 3. Vivek's Modi biopic, Total Dhamaal, Pagalpanti. Sahoo was a weird one but one I can say has some saving grace was Panipat. Like Indias Most Wanted, I continue to wonder who cast Arjun as a main lead. Sanjay Dutt was honestly another iconic performance and Kriti was grace to watch and honestly, its just a slow film but it could've been a lot better.


Now for my questions;
What do you think was the worst film of the last decade?
The worst performance?
The worst directing?
The worst ending?
A surprisingly shit film?
A film that could've been better if the lead had been done by another actoactress?
A film that should've never been made and finally, worst on-screen pairing?

Edit: I would also like to apolgize for any spelling errors as it is about 3:41 in the morning
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2020.04.24 05:53 Clafa7 Thoughts, Quotes, Randoms and Summaries of Movies

The Prestige:
The prestige is about two stage magicians and their journey from partners to rivals. In this Christopher Nolan masterpiece these two men find themselves at odds following a catalytic tragedy. A usual stage trick of theirs involved Julia, Robert Angier’s (played by Hugh Jackman) wife, being tied and locked up then lowered into a locked glass cage filled with water, which she then would escape from. Starting off all as friends, things were going peachily until Alfred Borden (played by Christian Bale) decided to change up the act and use a different and more difficult knot for the trick. This was against the wishes of Angier but Borden still wanted to go through with it. That night on the stage Julia wasn’t able to get out. In one of the most frustrating scenes I can think of in cinematic history, Borden and Angier (Batman and Wolverine) watch idly by in horror as Cutter (played by Michael Caine, or more famously known as Alfred) is trying to break the glass detaining Julia. Because Borden made the change without Angier knowing beforehand this caused a rivalry that continued to spiral end escalate throughout the years. As competing magicians they continually and tirelessly worked to disclose each other’s new tricks and sabotage their acts. The actions of sabotage eventually lead them to extremes which result in tragic consequences. It starts with tricks such as catching a bullet. Once Angier discovers the trick he sabotages Borden, ultimately leading to Borden losing a finger. The final magic tricks from each involves cloning, prison, and murder? A star studded cast of Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and many more, this is one movie that deserves to be watched by all.
Thor Ragnarok:
Thor Ragnarok in my opinion is the greatest of all 23 currently released marvel movies. Taika Waititi is a creative genius and was allowed to use those skills in his adaptation for this movie. The aesthetic makeup of this movie is bold, vibrant and quite simply childish, exactly something you would anticipate the inner workings of Taika’s mind to be like. What makes this film different from all the rest is the lightheartedness and quality humor that percolates throughout the entirety of this theatric masterpiece. Snide humor such as Thor and Hulk’s reunion in the arena of Sakar when Thor says “we’re friends from work” to the spectators. This line was a from a Make-A-Wish child who suggested it for the scene when he visited the set. Nearly every scene with Korg is an instant favorite, filled with one-liners made even better by the New Zealand accent. To top Korg off he is played by none other than director Taika Waititi. One thing that I did find irksome however was highlighted when watching “how it should have ended”. In the film Thor is easily incapacitated by a shocking device that is planted on him by Valkyrie. It makes you question how, if the device works so effectively on Thor then why wouldn’t they use it on Hela? The biggest change in this movie from the others, for Thor’s character perspective at least (pre endgame), was when Stan Lee hacked off his luscious locks. It seemed to completely change my image of the character but for the better. Originally, I hated that they would do such a thing. However, I like the new look and once he went back to long hair I found myself almost longing for the short haired version. When people who are against Marvel/ Superhero movies for some reason this is the film to suggest. It isn’t like all the others which cause you to feel almost comatose because the atmosphere, storyline, or whatever is not the same. Instead of responding to the question of “how was the movie” with “it was a typical superhero flick” Thor Ragnarok warrants a better response, a positive response, one that doesn’t group it with all the other superhero movies.
The Patriot:
Mel Freaking Gibson. This film is a journey and a half of the American Revolutionary war. Here’s the storyline given on IMDB
“It is 1776 in colonial South Carolina. Benjamin Martin, a French-Indian war hero who is haunted by his past, now wants nothing more than to live peacefully on his small plantation, and wants no part of a war with the most powerful nation in the world, Great Britain. Meanwhile, his two eldest sons, Gabriel and Thomas, can't wait to enlist in the newly formed "Continental Army." When South Carolina decides to join the rebellion against England, Gabriel immediately signs up to fight...without his father's permission. But when Colonel William Tavington, British dragoon, infamous for his brutal tactics, comes and burns the Martin Plantation to the ground, tragedy strikes. Benjamin quickly finds himself torn between protecting his family and seeking revenge along with being a part of the birth of a new, young, and ambitious nation.”
One of the greatest cinematic antagonists Col. William Tavington is the catalyzing factor for all sorts of emotional highs. Being the cause for the deaths of Benjamin Martin’s children at the onset of the movie, you find yourself cringing each time he makes an appearance. If you’re familiar with the Game of Thrones T.V. series then you will understand well when I say he gives the same emotional trauma as King Joffrey did. It’s not only because he killed Eddard Stark but the way he did it that caused you to despise him, among other things, that draws remarkable contrast to the emotional “attachment” you feel towards Colonel Tavington. It doesn’t help that one of the son’s he kills is portrayed by the late Heath Ledger. Two fun facts about Heath Ledger in relation to this film are such:
· “He didn’t work for a year because he only got offers for teen heartthrob roles. He was about to quit acting, and return to Australia, when he was cast in the film.” (And thank goodness because he is an incredible actor and we would have missed out on the greatest villain portrayal of all time in the Joker had he not remained in the acting world)
· “Heath Ledger said researching the American Revolutionary War for the film answered his question of why Americans “wave their flag so high.” “It’s because they went to hell and back to build their country.”
Being an American this film promotes ample feelings of patriotism and pride. Despite the fictional aspects it is always a great addition to any movie when applicable. Something about being reminded that the United States of America is the greatest and most skilled, powerful and dangerous militaristic forces can’t be undersold (some other great movie examples are Lone Survivor, 13 Hours and American Sniper)
Warrior:
Crying can be defined as: “to utter inarticulate sounds, especially of lamentation, grief, or suffering, usually with tears.” This emotion is not an unusual one to experience when watching your typical rom-com or drama, even a pixar or dreamworks animation can cause the waterworks to start flowing. Maybe there is something wrong with me but I have never been brought to the point of tears while watching a movie. Not when they put down Marley in Marley and Me, nor when Iron Man died at the end of Endgame, not even when Mufasa was killed by Scar in the Lion King (and we all know that that is at least in the top 3 of the saddest cinematic scenes of all time). So, how is it that the closest I got to crying was in a movie whose storyline is:
“Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime - and the wreckage of their broken family - within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, WARRIOR. A former Marine, haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.“
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is not the most emotionally stimulating category but yet this movie was able to bring me nigh unto tears, twice. The first was a scene involving Tommy Conlon (portrayed by the talented Tom Hardy) and his father Paddy Conlon (played by Nick Nolte). Throughout the film you feel bad for Paddy as he is just trying to make amends for the terrible father figure he was, on his journey to find his way back into either of his sons polar opposite lives. It climaxes for him when he is at the casino and is emotionally destroyed by his son. You next see him in his hotel suite listening to a tape recorder and drunk (which destroyed his sobriety that he had been working so hard on so he could be allowed back into Brendan Conlon’s life). Tommy takes over and helps his father get into bed then comforts him as he sobs himself to sleep in his son’s arms. The second scene is the finale. Brothers Tommy and Brendan fight their way through a major tournament to ultimately meet each other in the championship. Here’s the script of the final scene:
“Brendan climbs into the cage as the house LIGHTS DIM. The
crowd is going bonkers. And they EXPLODE when Tommy appears
at the end of the tunnel with his hoodie up and begins his
march toward the cage.
The Marines shower him with cheers and "Hoo-ahs." The girls
scream. The rest of the audience stamps their feet and chants
his name. But he acknowledges no one, and the hard look on
his face never wavers.
INT. COLT'S PITTSBURGH FIGHT CLUB - MOMENTS LATER
Fenroy and the crew on the edge of their seats, all staring
at the big screen.
ON TV SCREEN: TOMMY GETTING GREASED UP AND CLIMBING INTO THE
CAGE.
INT. TAXI - SAME
A nervous Paddy sits in the back of the cab as the DRIVER
navigates through holiday traffic.
INT. BOARDWALK HALL ARENA CAGE - SAME
And here it is. The two brothers face to face in the middle
of the ring, staring each other down. Tommy with his usual
controlled fire, Brendan intense, searching his brother's
eyes for some flicker of recognition.
JOSH ROSENTHAL
Gentlemen, this is the final. Five
rounds. I expect a clean fight.
Obey my commands at all times.
Defend yourselves at all times.
Touch gloves, go back, let's do
this.
As Rosenthal finishes his instructions, Brendan peers into
Tommy's empty corner.
BRENDAN
Where's Pop?
Tommy turns without answering. All business. Brendan returns
to his corner. Looks at Tess. So much emotion on her face.
96.
JOSH ROSENTHAL
Gentlemen, are you ready? Are you
ready? Let's go to war!
Tommy comes right after his brother. Just like with his
previous three opponents. A natural wrecking machine. Frank
screams at Brendan to stay calm, but Tommy is all over him,
POUNDING on him with savage intensity. As bad as the other
fights were for Brendan, this one is worse.
EXT. STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN - SAME
The crowd is tense and subdued. It's not going well.
ON MOVIE SCREEN: TOMMY KEEPS TATTOOING BRENDAN WITH HEAD
SHOTS. BEATS HIS BROTHER WITH MALICE. IT'S HARD TO WATCH.
INT. COLT'S PITTSBURGH FIGHT CLUB - SAME
Fenroy and company thoroughly enjoying themselves.
INT. BOARDWALK HALL ARENA - SAME
Tommy continues to batter Brendan, then he swoops in, picks
him up, and SLAMS his big brother into the ground. Then he
does it again. And again. And again.
Brendan, the wind knocked out of him, is on his back, trying
to protect himself from Tommy, who mounts him and starts
blasting away with a BLUR of lefts and rights. The only thing
that saves Brendan is the HORN. Which Tommy ignores, blasting
his brother with a brutal CHEAP SHOT to the jaw well after
the round had ended.
TESS
What was that!
FRANK
C'mon, Josh!
Brendan lays on the ground as Josh Rosenthal pulls Tommy off
him and admonishes him for the cheap shot. Tommy stares at
Brendan. You want more?
Frank runs into the cage with the stool and Brendan limps
over to him and sits down. Brendan stares at Tommy, who paces
in his corner like a caged animal.
FRANK (CONT'D)
Sit down. Look at me. Look at me,
Brendan! Let it go! Breathe.
(MORE)
97.
FRANK (CONT'D)
Beethoven. He's coming hard, just
like we planned. I want you to
angle out, hit, and move.
BRENDAN
Angle out, hit, and move.
FRANK
Good. Breathe. Relax. He's not your
brother, right? He's just a guy
who's in the way.
Josh Rosenthal claps his hands. It's time. Frank glares at
him as he picks up the stool.
FRANK (CONT'D)
I'm taking a little more time for
the cheap shot! Do your job, Josh!
Tess sits uncomfortably in her chair. Her husband's face is a
mess. In front of her, Callen and Sheridan commiserate. J.J.,
the TapouT crew, and Colt Boyd look on. The electricity in
the crowd is greater than ever. They want a champion.
EXT. STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN - MOMENTS LATER
Very quiet at the Drive-In. It's tough for everyone to watch
what's happening to Brendan.
ON MOVIE SCREEN: ROUND TWO. A REPEAT OF ROUND ONE. TOMMY JUST
WHALING ON BRENDAN AND BRENDAN TRYING TO HANG ON FOR DEAR
LIFE.
INT. BOARDWALK HALL ARENA - SAME
The Marines in the crowd are all on their feet, screaming for
Tommy to end it. The chant starts up again. 15,000 strong.
"Tommy! Tommy! Tommy!" Frank tries to instruct Brendan, but
he can't hear him, and he's too overwhelmed.
Tommy presses Brendan against the cage and does the same
thing Koba did. He lifts him off the ground, carries him on a
dead run, and body SLAMS him so hard the cage shakes. Then
Tommy mounts him and starts pounding away again.
The HORN sounds ending the round, but this time it's Brendan
who pops up and pushes Tommy. Tommy shoves him back.
Rosenthal has to separate them as the crowd roars its
approval.
98.
CALLEN (V.O.)
Here we go, Mom! Time to lock up
your china, the boys are at it
again!
INT. COLT'S PITTSBURGH FIGHT CLUB - LATER
Fenroy and company watching the big screen.
ON TV SCREEN: ROUND THREE. MORE TOMMY DOMINATION, BUT BRENDAN
IS SOMEHOW TAKING IT.
INT. BOARDWALK HALL ARENA CAGE - SAME
Again, Tommy is on top of Brendan, trying to ground and pound
him into submission. Frank, leaning on the apron nearby,
screams at Brendan.
FRANK
Switch! Switch!
Tommy tries to pound Brendan out, but Brendan latches on to
Tommy's arm, wraps his legs around him, and REVERSES
position, just as he did with Midnight, the Dane, and Koba.
Tommy is in deep trouble. Brendan pushes him face down on the
canvas and cranks his shoulder. There's no escape.
SHERIDAN (V.O.)
Oh my God, that's a deep omoplata!
CALLEN (V.O.)
He's doing it again! Conlon's doing
it again! This is going to be over!
Brendan applies intense pressure. Tommy's shoulder is
contorted, WRENCHED backwards, and his face is a mask of
pain. Tommy's in agony, but he won't give in.
BRENDAN
Tap, Tommy!
Tommy SHRIEKS like an animal, but still won't quit. In fact,
he elbows Brendan in the face in defiance. Brendan in turn
cranks the shoulder even more. It's at the breaking point.
BRENDAN (CONT'D)
Tap!
The shoulder twists. Twists. And then, audible only to Tommy
and Brendan, CRACK. Dislocated. Then the HORN ending the
round.
99.
Brendan, worried he hurt his brother, leans over to see if
Tommy's alright, but Tommy, like a wounded animal, leaps up
and grabs Brendan around the throat with his one good arm. He
shoves him all the way across the cage and into the fence,
and it takes Rosenthal and Frank to separate them.
EXT. STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN - SAME
The crowd fired up by Brendan's comeback, and mesmerized by
what's taking place in the cage between the brothers. It's
complete and utter chaos in there.
ON MOVIE SCREEN: TOMMY PACES IN HIS CORNER, HIS SHOULDER
WRECKED. JOSH ROSENTHAL TRIES TO SEE IF HE'S ALRIGHT BUT
TOMMY TURNS AWAY. HE'S NOT QUITTING AND NO ONE'S GOING TO
TELL HIM HE HAS TO.
INT. COLT'S PITTSBURGH FIGHT CLUB - SAME
Sheer amazement that Tommy didn't submit.
INT. BOARDWALK HALL ARENA CAGE - SAME
Tommy, flap down, tears of pain pouring down his face, stands
defiantly in his corner. In the other corner, Frank attends
Brendan. In the crowd, Tess covers her mouth. She can't
believe what Tommy allowed to happen to him.
Frank puts the stool down and gives Brendan some water.
Brendan's face is wracked with guilt and concern over his
brother.
BRENDAN
I popped his shoulder.
FRANK
Relax, breathe.
BRENDAN
I heard it tear.
FRANK
You popped his shoulder? Good. I
want you to pop his other shoulder.
This is not what Brendan wants to hear. He looks over to Josh
Rosenthal.
BRENDAN
Josh!
100.
Frank snaps. Grabs Brendan by the face.
FRANK
Hey! Hey! No Josh! Look at me! You
got two rounds left! You need both
rounds! Go in there, kick him in
the head, take him down, and finish
him!
Rosenthal claps his hands. Frank exits the cage. The wounded
Tommy stands in his corner, his ruined left arm hanging low.
Brendan makes eye contact with him.
BRENDAN
Tommy! What are you doing?
TOMMY
Shut up! C'mon.
BRENDAN
What are you that crazy?
JOSH ROSENTHAL
Let's go to war!
The BELL sounds. Round Four begins. Tommy throws useless
right jabs. He's one handed and has no chance. Brendan stays
away from him, not wanting to hurt his brother.
BRENDAN
What are you doing? It's over!
Frank screams at Brendan from cageside to take the wounded
Tommy out, but Brendan is reluctant.
BRENDAN (CONT'D)
It's over, Tommy. C'mon. We don't
have to do this.
Tommy and Brendan circle each other. Tommy throwing rights
and wincing in agony at any movement. Brendan stares at him.
Everything about him says "Quit, Tommy." But Tommy won't.
INT. BOARDWALK HALL ARENA TUNNEL - SAME
Paddy runs up the tunnel, his All Access pass around his
neck, and enters the arena. Sees Brendan and Tommy in the
cage. Quickly figures out what the situation is.
101.
EXT. STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN - SAME
Zito and the kids staring at the screen, imploring Brendan to
take the helpless Tommy out and win the championship.
INT. BOARDWALK HALL CAGE - SAME
Brendan continues to circle and not engage. Frank is livid.
He knows he'll lose the fight on the judges' scorecards if he
doesn't do something.
FRANK
Finish him! You finish him!
Tommy keeps throwing defiant right jabs at Brendan. Finally,
with no choice, Brendan fires back. He batters the
defenseless Tommy up against the cage and POUNDS away at him,
blasting his left shoulder with punches that make Tommy wince
in pain. It's anyone's guess how he can take it.
Brendan presses his brother up against the cage. Begging him
to quit. But Tommy merely responds by elbowing Brendan in the
face again. This sets the older brother off, and he resumes
pounding on Tommy until the HORN sounds and Rosenthal pulls
Brendan away.
JOSH ROSENTHAL
Break! Break!
Brendan heads back to his stool as Tommy leans against the
cage in agony. The Marines scream for him, but his eyes are
glazed over. It's unthinkable that he hasn't broken yet.
From near cageside, Paddy looks to the corner and makes eye
contact with Brendan. They exchange a small look of
understanding. A NOD. They both know what needs to be done.
EXT. STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN - SAME
The crowd wants a victory. Tito and the boys start the "Mis-
ter C!" chant again.
ON MOVIE SCREEN: FRANK ADMONISHES BRENDAN IN HIS CORNER. IT'S
OBVIOUS WHAT HE'S TELLING HIM, BUT BRENDAN'S EYES ARE FAR
AWAY. HE'S NOT LISTENING TO A WORD.
INT. BOARDWALK HALL CAGE - MOMENTS LATER
Tommy and Brendan stand for Round Five. Tommy's face is
battered after Round Four and Brendan's face is ruined.
102.
In the crowd, the "Tommy" CHANT begins in earnest. In fact,
it may be louder than ever. Having done the impossible and
carried on with one arm, Tommy is more superhuman and heroic
than ever before. But his face tells another story. Soaked in
pain and anguish. All his stoic walls crumbling down.
INT. COLT'S PITTSBURGH FIGHT CLUB - MOMENTS LATER
All eyes riveted to the screen, where the brothers circle
each other as in the fourth round.
ON SCREEN: MORE PAINFUL STABBING JABS FROM TOMMY. BRENDAN
GIVES HIM ONE LAST, LONG LOOK, BUT TOMMY RESPONDS BY KICKING
HIM IN THE LEG. FINALLY, LEFT NO CHOICE, BRENDAN SWOOPS.
INT. BOARDWALK HALL ARENA CAGE - SAME
Brendan SLAMS Tommy to the ground. His face is contorted in
merciless pain. Brendan slips his forearm under Tommy's neck
and squeezes. Tommy struggles, but he's got one arm and
there's NO ESCAPE. His face getting red from lack of oxygen.
As an anguished Tess and a shaken Paddy look on, Brendan
CHOKES his brother. As he does, he pleads with him.
BRENDAN
I'm sorry, Tommy! I'm sorry!
Tommy continues to struggle.
BRENDAN (CONT'D)
Tap, Tommy! Tap!
Tears pour down Tommy's face. Brendan is crushing his wind
pipe. Tommy's eyes bulge.
BRENDAN (CONT'D)
I love you, Tommy! I love you!
Tommy, about to pass out, no more air to breathe, slowly
opens his left hand, looks at Brendan, and TAPS his shoulder
on the Conlon family crest. Finally submitting.
EXT. STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN - SAME
While most of the crowd erupts in celebration and the kids
leap into each other's arms, Joe Zito stares at the screen.
ON MOVIE SCREEN: AS PEOPLE ENTER THE RING, BRENDAN AND TOMMY
STAY ON THE GROUND, BRENDAN CRADLING HIS BROTHER IN HIS ARMS.
103.
INT. BOARDWALK HALL ARENA CAGE - SAME
Frank makes eye contact with the jubilant Tess. Indicates she
should meet them in the locker room. Meanwhile, people pour
into the cage. Frank pushes them aside, keeping them away
from Brendan and Tommy, who remain on the ground, exhausted.
Tommy to begins to WEEP.
INT. COLT'S PITTSBURGH FIGHT CLUB - SAME
Silence at Colt's. Everyone spent from what they've seen.
ON TV SCREEN: CHAOS IN THE RING. BRENDAN HOLDS TOMMY IN HIS
ARMS AND PUSHES AWAY A DOCTOR.
INT. BOARDWALK HALL ARENA CAGE - SAME
Tommy buries his head in Brendan's chest. A torrent of
sobbing gushes from him, years of pain pouring out in heavy
bursts. From the crowd, Paddy stares into the cage and
watches as Brendan comforts his little brother, then helps
him to his feet.
Callen, Sheridan, and J.J. Riley make their way inside for
the post-fight interview, cameras trailing behind them. With
Frank continuing to run interference, Brendan pushes through
the crush of people, arm around Tommy, and exits the cage.
The crowd parts for Tommy and Brendan. Paddy watches them, a
tear in his eye. He's overwhelmed by the sight of his two
boys together again.
As the noise from the arena fades, the brothers walk through
the wild crowd and continue on through the tunnel, arm in
arm...
THE END
For me, the part the just punched me right through the gut was when Brandon started talking to Tommy, “I’m sorry, Tommy! I’m sorry!... Tap, Tommy! Tap!... I Love you, Tommy! I love you!”. As soon as this is all over Today by The National begins to play and it just causes you to melt inside. Warrior Is A Cinematic Masterpiece! And, if it can almost make me cry then it has my respect.
Batman Trilogy:
Batman Begins
The Beginning of one of the greatest trilogies out there. Christian Bale accepted the mantle of portraying the caped crusader and brought us one of the finest live action superhero movies. In a reversed dogmatism, the first film of the series was the worst of the three. Were I to make any changes to batman in general, in all the adaptations out there, the “batman voice” is one of my least favorite things. Why in the world does he need to talk like that? If people aren’t able to piece together who he is then changing his voice is more so just an awkward attempt to add another aspect to the film. Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors in Hollywood and Batman is no exception. Liam Neeson is a legend and making him the main villain, Ra’s Al Ghul,, made me happy.
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight is the best of the three, and that is because of Heath Ledger and his genius take as the Joker. Chalk full of one-liners his performance was so great that he won an academy award.
- “Do you wanna know how I got these scars?”
- “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”
- “How about a magic trick? I’m gonna make this pencil disappear. Ta-daa! It’s… it’s gone.”
He showed off more talents than with just his acting. He directed both homemade videos that The Joker sends to GCN. As Christian Bale takes this journey of toeing the line with one of the greatest villains you’re constantly on edge, as is typical of a Christopher Nolan movie, wondering how close Batman is really going to get to breaking his one rule of killing someone. One dislike or complaint that I had for the movie was the casting choice for Rachael. Although she is Jake Gyllenhalls sister, I don’t have much care for her as an actress and feel like they could have, and should have, cast someone else in the role, especially since she does play an important part in not just The Dark Knight, but through into the next movie as well.
The Dark Knight Rises
The voice of Bane is a heavy favorite among people. Plenty of memes have been created using Tom Hardy’s portrayal of him. Despite being just 5 foot 9 inches and Christian Bale 6 foot, the camera work makes it seem as though bane is a behemoth of a man compared to him. He was too big (tone wise) from his role in Warrior so in the dark knight they made him put on a little bit more of mass to make him look like he did in the movie. I remember the scene where he picked up batman and broke his back and his dialogue “I was wondering what would break first, your spirit, or your body”. The scene sent chills throughout my body and now every time the movie is on, no matter where I am or who I am with, there is without fail at least one person who will say the line along with him. When I first heard that Anne Hathaway was going to be playing catwoman I was a little upset. However, she did an incredible job and I ended up really liking her performance and my mind was changed. In this concluding film of the trilogy I was left at the end hoping that they were going to make another film with Robin since they teased him but unfortunately that never came to fruition.
Peanut Butter Falcon:
Top 3 movies of all time. Peanut Butter Falcon is the story of three people, Zak (Zack Gottsagen), Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) and Tyler (Shia LaBeouf). Let’s start with Zak. Zak is a down-syndrome kid who is confined to a nursing home because he has no family. He loves wrestling and wants to attend his favorite wrestler’s (Salt Water Redneck) wrestling school. One night with the help of his roomie, Carl, he covers himself up with lotion and slips through the bars that were put on his window since he tried to escape just a few days prior. As he is hiding out in a boat, in just his whitey tighties, the boat is suddenly boarded and takes off through the marshes. Eleanor. Sweet Eleanor, a nursing home employee is responsible for Zak. Upon his runaway she is commanded essentially by her boss to find him before he has to report it to the authorities and government. Tyler. The getaway boat driver is the main character. He lost it all essentially when his older brother died in a car crash. In an act of retaliation he burns down a fishers equipment and jumps on his boat to escape from them. This boat had a stowaway hiding in the back who almost got him caught, that stowaway was Zak. Initially Tyler is trying to get rid of Zak as soon as they get to some civilization but since Zak is determined to get to the wrestling school Tyler agrees to help him get there (after a few unfortunate events that sort of force him into it.) So Zak and Tyler, Shia LaBeouf and a down syndrome kid, brodies, set out on their journey with Eleanor trying desperately to find Zak. Tyler and Zak develop a very special and close bond with each other as they are trekking to their destination. Eventually Eleanor catches up to them and is livid at Tyler since she ran into him a few days before and he lied about knowing anything about Zak. Zak forces Eleanor’s hand into coming with them on their journey as he throws her keys into the water. The three of them set out and become a makeshift ragtag family. This is just one of those movies that you can watch multiple times a year and not get sick of. Additionally, it is because of this film that Shia LaBeouf has started to make a resurgence into the film industry and recreated himself. If you watch an emotional video you can see how much Zak changed Shia’s life and it only adds to the connection you feel to them and their characters as you embrace this heart warming adventure tale
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The announcers ran down tonight’s card. The announcement of Aleister Black vs. AJ Styles seemed to get the biggest reaction.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came out to start the show. Heyman said it was their job to hype the fans on WrestleMania but he couldn’t do it. Even though top-to-bottom, this was the most stacked card in decades, the main event of Mania was a shame. The crowd booed.
Heyman said “they” want to sell us on Drew McIntyre but he was a hyped-up fraud. Heyman said Lesnar massacred 15 of the top stars in the company in the Royal Rumble before he was hit in the balls from behind by Ricochet and kicked out of the ring by McIntyre. He called the crowd Pavlovian dogs for cheering this.
He offered no excuse for Lesnar getting eliminated but that was no reason to believe that McIntyre can pin or submit Lesnar at Mania. Heyman called McIntyre a “stupid big bitch” that’s going to get squashed.
McIntyre interrupted. McIntyre stepped in the ring and right up to Lesnar’s face. McIntyre was slightly taller. Lesnar lifted up his shoulders a bit to appear taller before laughing and nodding at McIntyre. Lesnar was about to leave, then turned around to attack, but McIntyre wiped him out with a Claymore Kick.
After McIntyre left, Lesnar continued to sell and began crawling toward his title belt as the crowd chanted “you deserve it.” Byron Saxton said Lesnar has been embarrassed. Lesnar finally got to his feet and the crowd chanted the goodbye song.
Lesnar struggled to the stage when McIntyre appeared and nailed him with another Claymore. The crowd chanted “one more time,” then McIntyre gave him another one. The crowd cheered big for Drew. This was good.
(At the beginning of the segment, the announcers said Lesnar dominated in his successful title defense on Thursday, but didn’t say who he beat. Heyman mentioned Ricochet in his promo in the context of the Rumble match, but didn’t specifically bring up Thursday, either.)
The Street Profits defeated Seth Rollins & Murphy to win the Raw Tag Team Championships
They’re calling this the “last chance” at the titles for the Street Profits. They hyped up the crowd before the match. They wore their purple and red gear which they first wore in Toronto as a nod to the Raptors.
Rollins and Murphy wore black and silver tights. They attacked the Street Profits before the match. The Street Profits initially fought them off, but Montez Ford went for a dive and was caught and driven into the barricade. Angelo Dawkins checked on him as they went to break. Jerry Lawler was so happy to see someone get caught on a dive and thrown into the barricade.
The match began during the break. Ford managed to pull off the dive on both opponents before also hitting a high cross. He gave Rollins a spike DDT and standing moonsault for two. Rollins came back with a slingblade, then he and Murphy did a combo powerbomb/kick spot.
They tried the spot again but Ford slipped out with a leg scissors takedown and Murphy kicked Rollins by accident. Ford went to the top again but Rollins shoved him to the outside, then called for AOP who watched from the stage. The referee immediately tossed them from ringside.
As they argued with the referee, Kevin Owens appeared and gave Rollins a stunner. AOP chased after Owens in the crowd and Dawkins knocked Murphy into the timekeeper area. Ford then gave Rollins a frog splash for the pinfall win. Street Profits are the tag champs.
The crowd went nuts for the finish. The Street Profits celebrated in the crowd and there were red cups everywhere. This was pretty fun. (The match was short, probably about 6 minutes.)
Charly Caruso approached Rollins and Murphy backstage. Rollins was annoyed to see her, as usual. Rollins demanded a rematch against the Street Profits at Elimination Chamber. Rollins also said Owens can name the time, place and stipulation, because when he gets his hands on Owens, he will be crucified.
Riddick Moss defeated Ricochet to retain the 24/7 Championship (8:27)
Ricochet wore trunks instead of long tights. The announcers said Ricochet was looking to get back on track after Thursday’s loss. Moss, the champion, didn’t get an entrance. Some fans chanted “who are you” at him.
Ricochet tried a springboard crossbody but Moss caught him and sent him over the top to the outside with a fallaway slam. Ricochet took a bit of a nasty bump on his way out. He was also bleeding from the mouth from an earlier spot.
After a break, Ricochet fought out of a rest hold and hit a running forearm, kick to the head, enziguri, hurricanrana, and standing shooting star press for two. Ricochet urged the crowd to get into it but they didn’t really react. Moss blocked a superkick, slammed him down, then gave him a neckbreaker variant for the pinfall win. Moss retains.
[Second hour]
There will be a new episode of the Firefly Fun House on Smackdown after The Fiend pointed at the sign last week.
Kairi Sane was shown warming up backstage with Asuka.
AJ Styles promo
Styles said he was not in a good mood. I wished he had his beautiful trophy but didn’t because of a certain someone. The crowd chanted for Undertaker. Styles said he was the talk of the town, but not in a good way. He didn’t understand how anyone could say anything negative about him because he’s phenomenal.
Styles was also annoyed with Mark Wahlberg. They aired a clip of Wahlberg who advised Styles to walk away and not go after Undertaker. (Wahlberg was doing one of those sit-down interviews plugging a movie when he taped this.) The crowd chanted “walk away.” Styles couldn’t believe he was getting advice from Marky Mark.
Styles wasn’t going to take his advice because he knew he was on a collision course with Taker. Styles wanted Taker to watch his match against Black tonight. Taker was a legend, but he was trying to hold on to a spotlight that wasn’t his anymore. The spotlight belonged to Styles.
Aleister Black entered for their match. Before it could begin, Styles said Black must not have read the contract because in order to get to him, Black has to fight the toughest man in the building, Karl Anderson. Anderson jumped in the ring and yelled, “that’s me!”
Aleister Black defeated Karl Anderson (w/AJ Styles & Luke Gallows) (5:47)
Anderson was in control after a break but Black made a comeback and hit Black Mass for the pinfall win.
The ring announcer said Black just earned a match against Styles, but you knew what was coming next. Styles said Black also had to beat Gallows. Gallows attacked Black and tossed him around ringside as the crowd called Styles an assh*le.
Aleister Black defeated Luke Gallows (w/AJ Styles & Karl Anderson) via DQ (5:30)
The referee called for the match to start as soon as Gallows rolled Black into the ring, which hardly seems fair. After a break, Gallows pounded away at Black as Tom Phillips said this is basically a gauntlet match. Lawler wondered how Black would have missed that in the contract.
Suddenly, because Gallows wouldn’t stop attacking Black in the corner, the referee called for the bell, presumably a DQ. The crowd booed and chanted for Undertaker. The OC gave Black a Magic Killer.
AJ Styles (w/Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson) defeated Aleister Black (2:26)
Despite watching Black get attacked, the referee still called for the match to start with Black down and Styles on his feet (Black did nod at the ref to go ahead and start). Styles blocked a comeback attempt and hit a brainbuster. Styles then hit a Phenomenal forearm and pinned Black the way Undertaker pins his opponents for the pinfall win. Aleister Black loses.
Caruso asked Ruby Riott if she anticipated the Riott Squad breaking up the way they did. Riott said the only person she was responsible for was herself and she was free to strike when she damn well pleased. She said there would be no friends inside the Chamber.
Jeff Hardy will be on WWE Backstage tomorrow. Becky Lynch was shown talking to some guy backstage.
Liv Morgan defeated Ruby Riott (Special Referee: Sarah Logan) (4:27)
Riott was in control until Logan backed her out of the corner. Riott got in her face but Logan said she was just trying to be the referee. Riott gave Morgan a flatliner then bonked heads with Logan by accident after Morgan kicked out. Logan and Riott argued, then Morgan applied a schoolgirl. Logan had seen enough and did a fast count to award Morgan the winner.
After the match, Morgan gave Riott an enziguri, then Logan hit Morgan with a running knee.
Randy Orton was shown standing in the dark.
The two steel cage matches were plugged for Wednesday’s NXT.
A graphic informed us that a picture of Goldberg after winning the Universal title was the most-liked photo ever on WWE’s Instagram.
There was a recap of the Orton-Edge angle.
No Way Jose danced through the back with his conga line. They stopped upon seeing Erick Rowan. Jose asked him politely if they could see what was in the cage. Rowan said he’s been waiting weeks for someone to ask respectfully and agreed to show them. They cheered. Rowan pulled an animatronic tarantula out of the cage and they all ran away. He put it back in the cage. Yes, this was as dumb as it sounds.
[Third hour]
Shayna Baszler defeated Tag Team Champion Kairi Sane (w/Tag Champion Asuka) (12:42)
Phillips explained that Asuka suffered a wrist injury, so Sane replaced her. Before the match, Asuka said Baszler was lucky that she got injured. Sane said, “I got this!” In Japanese, Asuka said she would win the Chamber and face Lynch at WrestleMania.
There were light chants of “Shayna’s gonna kill you” so Sane covered her ears. Phillips said these two had a history but didn’t explain what that history was. He did put over Baszler’s MMA background.
Baszler was in full control for a while until a distraction from Asuka allowed Sane to apply a schoolgirl for just a one count. Phillips said, “Sane nearly got her!” Baszler knocked down Sane, then Lynch entered to her music and joined commentary after a break.
Lynch said she could fight them all and her heart rate wouldn’t go over 60, plus there would be lifts and wigs flying everywhere. I think the crowd began chanting “this is boring” as Sane attempted a comeback. She came off the top for an Insane Elbow, but Baszler got her feet up and applied the Kirifuda Clutch for the submission win.
Lynch called Baszler the only catch wrestler who didn’t want to be caught because she’s been avoiding her for weeks.
Rey Mysterio and Humberto Carrillo did a quick interview with Sarah Schreiber. Mysterio said this thing between them and Andrade and Angel Garza would end when they decide it will end. (Mysterio wore a cool Eddie Guerrero t-shirt.)
Rey Mysterio & Humberto Carrillo defeated U.S. Champion Andrade & Angel Garza (w/Zelina Vega) (19:11)
Garza and Andrade both wore blue tights. Garza received a kiss from an elderly lady in the front row before the match. There were chants for Eddie early in the match.
After a second break, Mysterio tagged in and tried a 619 but Garza blocked. Mysterio followed soon later with a Canadian Destroyer but Andrade broke up the cover. Andrade tagged in and gave Mysterio a back elbow. Andrade did Eddie Guerrero’s pose and tried the three amigos but Mysterio slipped out of the last one. Carrillo tagged in and hit a standing moonsault for two.
Mysterio gave both opponents a 619 and sent Garza to the outside. Carrillo then gave Andrade a moonsault for the pinfall win. Very good match.
Rollins and Murphy will get their title rematch against the Street Profits on Sunday. Aleister Black faces AJ Styles in a no disqualification match.
Beth Phoenix segment
Phoenix said she was here to give an update on Edge when Orton quickly interrupted. Orton entered the ring and went to hug Phoenix but she didn’t budge. He offered a handshake. Phoenix said, “You think I would hug you or shake your hand after what you did to my husband, you son-of-a-bitch?”
Phoenix figured Orton would show his face and was glad he did, because he needed to hear this. Phoenix said she was here as a mother, because their kids deserved their father.
Orton said that Edge would never wrestle again after what he did to him. Orton said he owed her an explanation. Orton told a story about being taken to a live event by his dad, Bob Orton, to meet with some agents in St. Louis back in 1999. He was just a fan at the time and it was a thrill to see guys like Steve Austin, Triple H, Mick Foley, and Davey Boy Smith.
However, Edge was the one guy who went up to his dad to tell him how much he respected him and how he was one of the best bad guys in the business. Edge told them that Bob Orton was one of the reasons he got into the business. Edge then told Randy that maybe they would get in the ring one day.
Orton said he used to be insecure about being a wrestler but Edge’s words gave him confidence. Not long after that, they were tearing the house down together before becoming partners. Orton then made some bad life choices that should have buried him, but it was Edge who pulled him out of that hole. Orton was able to be a great father because Edge saved his life.
Orton was returning the favour for Edge. He got goosebumps when Edge returned in the Rumble and he knew that Edge thought that he was returning for good. But Orton was worried that Edge would end up in a wheelchair and wouldn’t be able to be there for his daughters. Orton did what he did to save Edge because he loved him, Beth and their daughters.
Orton said the truth was, this wasn’t his fault, it was Beth’s fault. He called Phoenix an enabler. He called Edge a junkie for the roar of the crowd and she did nothing to stop him. (Some people were actually cheering Orton at this point. A few others chanted “bullsh*t.”) Orton realized at this moment that he loved their daughters more than she did.
Phoenix slapped him. They stared each other down as the crowd waited in anticipation. Orton called her a bitch (off the mic) so Phoenix kicked him in the gut. Orton gave her an RKO.
They initially played this up differently than usual. The camera cut to the crowd instead of showing Phoenix down in the ring. They then cut to the announcers and you could see officials running down to attend to her. Of course, they did show two replays, then eventually showed the ring.
Natalya, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, R-Truth, and Rey Mysterio (plus D-Von Dudley and Shane Helms as agents) were among those checking on her. Phoenix managed to sit up as the show ended.
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2020.01.13 17:37 Buck_Joffrey Wealth Formula Episode 193: The Real Investors of Wealth Formula Nation: The High Paid Doctor!

Catch the full episode: https://www.wealthformula.com/podcast/193-the-real-investors-of-wealth-formula-nation-the-high-paid-docto
Buck: Welcome back to the show everyone. Today my guest on Wealth Formula Podcast is the poster child of successful high paid professionals taking ownership of their personal financial situation. His name is Dr. Ian Kurt. He is a neuroradiologist and he is also a member of our private community Wealth Formula Network. He's an active participant there and in Investor Club and Physicians Wealth Formula, he's all over the place. Anyway Ian, welcome to Wealth Formula Podcast.
Ian: Thank you Buck, appreciate it.
Buck: So I want to just start out because you know obviously we've done this kind of show once before, we did it with Jerry and you know aka the mascot but your story's a little bit different and I think it there there represents probably a lot of individuals who listen to our show, not that Jerry didn't, but this is a slightly different one in that you are a doctor. So tell us just so that we have an idea who you are, where'd you grow up, you know what was it like, why did you become a doctor, etc.
Ian: Sure so I grew up in a middle-class family of five, had two brothers, grew up in Michigan, my brothers and I were pretty athletic we were involved in you know all kinds of ball sports ended up playing soccer being pretty proficient at that followed that through college and my mom was a schoolteacher my dad was in real estate. He was in many areas of real estate from being an agent to a broker to a developer in shopping malls and multifamily to landlord family houses and you know with specific sort of attention to the the subject matter of this show I in reflecting back my dinner table conversations had a lot of words that I didn't have any context for at the time but in reflecting back they were common so things like leases and taxes and sued and attorneys and assessments and all of those things like I just associated them with what my dad did and and and I didn't really have a great context for just that association. The other thing that you know in growing up we were he was it he was an active real estate investor so he believed in being very involved with his properties. He believed in sweat equity he didn't like to do things on his own and so what that meant for me as a kid and maybe yourself as well as we were I was dragged to two construction sites I was sweeping up after the crews for the day my pirate salute was to be able to take the the mountain Dew bottles that they left and and bring those in for deposit you know I was tasked with helping put concrete down and drywall and painting and realize that I wasn't good at any of that. I didn't like it. I knew the association that the real estate could provide you know it provided a you know a nice existence for our family but I wasn't that interested in the active portion of it.
Buck: Actually that's very familiar to you know my story I you know you probably know a little bit about it but my dad to this day primarily I mean he's almost 81 I guess he's you know he is like you know apartment building or you know small apartment building kind of guy maybe some mix commercial use but he's very, very much hands-on and you know he's very scrappy and when I was a kid he used to do a lot of like lower income stuff and um so you know and he rented his own places and so I remember my childhood being like the phone ringing and it was like tenants ringing off the hook and it was like swearing going on and stuff like that I mean it was like I mean I'm not even joking I was like embarrassed to bring friends home because of the conversations and the yelling and screaming it was that kind of like tenant.
Ian: I'm laughing because I had the same experience like you know the phone would not stop ringing it actually wouldn't ring during the day and then you know come dinnertime it would it would ring off the same experience.
Buck: You know yeah so so then of course in my experience you know because I was just about to ask you you know why you became a doctor but for me part of it was a absolute repulsiveness, you know I was just repulsed by everything I saw as a child and I'm like you know what I want nothing nothing to do with real estate and I'm gonna do something you know that I'm like that that is as far away as possible and ultimately land into becoming a physician. Now how about you, why did you why did you become a doctor?
Ian: Similarly I mean I if I have sort of a superpower it's it's that I can see sort of associations in people and personalities and so forth and I had aspirations to live a good life you know I wanted to make some money I wanted to be able to take vacations and to do the things that I wanted to do but as I said like I knew my skill set wasn't aligned with that. So what else well you know the guys on my soccer team that had parents who were physicians they seem to drive nice cars quick good house is it you know that seemed like a logical progression then and as I looked into it you know frankly the the grind of the path aligned with my character so you know I could I cannot work most people I'm like I have this discipline I've perseverance and those attributes you know serve well the aspiring physician when you're going when you're jumping into hoop after hoop after hoop. I had to learn that path on my own though. I was you know the first person in our family to become a physician and you know this is some other business owner there's in our family kind of look at me like really that’s what you want to do? But ultimately I figured out you know jumped through all the required hoops and became a physician.
Buck: So people actually were trying to sort of talk you out of it?
Ian: Well not necessarily talked me out of it but I do recall a very vivid conversation when I knew that I got into med school. One of my co-captain’s dad who was an oral surgeon he's like I'll see you in a decade. And I'm like oh yeah and it's true like I talked to my wife about this frequently I can't remember my 20s that well. Like my 20s were spent in white-walled you know hospitals just grinding and you know there are life events that happen that I look at pictures where I was involved I can't really remember very well and he was right I mean you you it's a tremendous sacrifice a tremendous amount of work that is required on that path and being the first through I didn't really know enough.
Buck: Well so many things you're talking about just ring true for me too again because it's like alright for me you know there was always this idea of the doctor thing in the back of my head but you know on the other hand you know I my brother was supposed to be the one who was good at science and math and you know I didn't want to compete with him and then when he decide he didn't want to be a doctor somehow I ended up doing it. But you know it's so hard when you're a young kid and you know you're pretty good at school you're good at other stuff you know like it's amazing how quickly in some respects you have to make that decision right and I totally hear you also about like forgetting or just not remembering your 20s I mean that is absolutely me as a surgical person it's just I look back and that's one of the real especially for guy who doesn't practice anymore to give up his twenties and look back and say well gosh you know was it worth it but yeah it’s a tremendous sacrifice. So ok so during this period of time though I mean growing up middle middle class maybe upper middle class you know not really wanting for anything per se but you know not being rich came being a kid, did you even think about money I mean did you think was it was it a you know I know you kind of alluded to the fact that you know you thought maybe a doctor would be you know you'd be comfortable but did you really think about money?
Ian: I did I did but I it was all the abstract he was I never really at the time I it was just sort of like beyond associations I associated a certain profession or certain status or with with affluence certain associations I didn't have any association. I didn't have an association with a large business owner who might be able to maybe advise or I didn't know any movie stars so the local nucleus that I had access to the association that aligned with what my aspirations were in terms of that were for physicians.
Buck: Yeah great they were sort of like the type of star that you could become.
Ian: Yeah yes it was it was achievable and it was achievable because it was a reasonably predictable path and the thing that you needed to be okay with was you were gonna you were gonna sacrifice and keep your head down and grind.
Buck: The funny thing is you know and I think about back in those days, one other thing I want to mention is that you know I my dad didn't even my dad didn't want me to be a doctor that it was ludicrous. He was in real estate and he was doing well and told me you do make more money than all the doctors. I said yeah and and he said well so do you want to be a doctor do you want to make money and I just thought he was full of it and I was like you just don't understand. I'm like highly-evolved than you dad.
Ian: But you understand now?
Buck: Yeah. But so okay so you've got you know you see these guys but back then again now we're talking about you and I are around the same age so we're watching people in the 80's and 90's and I remember if you look back at those those guys back then and the surgeons and the you know the radiologists stuff they were making they were making seven figures back then right. So like seven figures in the 80s is like a million dollars in the 80s is like three million bucks today right I mean and they had massive tax benefits because the Reagan tax law that took away all these passive losses we're not that was not in place right so they were writing off all this income they basically had tax-free like you know three million bucks a year in today's income. They were you know it was insane right. Times have changed. Doctors make less there's more work there's you know the tax loopholes are closed. When did you really start thinking about personal finance?
Ian: Personal finance probably I began to sort of recognize it probably late in residency and the reason was before we like early in residency my wife was an HR consultant. So she worked from home and we had dual income we didn't have any kids while I wasn't making a ton of money you know we could survive without it without an issue. We weren't like we didn't have a ton of kids on a residence budget and my wife would it wasn't hurting we were forced to sort of focus in on that. But then we had our first child and she stopped working and I realized that in order to make this thing work for the last two years of training I needed to moonlight.
Buck: Where were you training.
Ian: This was at Duke so we were down in Durham yeah yeah and so you know you're working a ton right as a resident in a fellow anyways and then to pile on you know to one to two weekends a month of travel and additional work just to make ends meet because at the time I didn't know that there was another way other than trading time for money and that forced me to sort of alright at least think about our household budget I got to make more than what we're spending and but that was also tempered by the fact that I'm almost at the finish line and once I make it to the finish line then there's this bountyett
Buck: Significantly better. Not what they did in the 80s and 90s but at least you know you'd be in much better shape.
Ian: Sure sure. That's what I was counting on. And it you know it's true so when you start into practice here's where I made some in my estimation some mistakes right off the bat. Like I fell victim to what I think most people do when they're really on a tight budget and you know and now somebody says okay we're gonna we're gonna quadruple 10x whatever your paycheck for the same thing you've been doing essentially and you're gonna work less you're gonna make more what do you do with that okay let's let's live like we're supposed to live let's live like that like that image that that made you go into medicine in the first place.
Buck: So right away you bought the big house get the nice car you know get Packer season tickets.
Ian: You have to live like for generations to get Packers seats
Buck: But you still moved to Wisconsin though, so I mean that was pretty cost-effective.
Ian: So yeah so I did like there were a couple smart things that we did. One is like I really took my job search seriously I knew certain things that I wanted, I wanted private practice I want to have influence in the way that I practice, I want to have some influence in to the operations of the practice. I wanted to you know leverage the area that we were decided to live in so it's we generally have better reimbursements lower cost of living you know those kind of parameters and so I did my homework there and fortunate to have joined an outstanding practice and it's the same practices that I work at today but I did fall victim to yeah we bought you know the lake house big house and and you know I woke up about six months later into it I'm like man what did I do, I got an issue here I got a problem and I need to solve it.
Buck: Were you thinking about investing at this point or were you just in sort of spend mode and getting into golden handcuffs mode?
Ian: Well I didn't I wasn't in total spend mode other than those big assets but I realized that I had I quickly realize that I did have a problem and so I fortunately I recognized that a problem and fortunately I have character attributes that like you know I'm hardwired to solve problems. So when whenever people hear personal finance debt who do you relate to so I went down the demon Dave Ramsey, alright so I started the baby steps. Well I started slamming money at every debt and in a year and a half we like paid off our student loans paid off her car's paid off her house we were like we did that debt-free screen right and that was that was pretty cool
Buck: Would you would you have done that same thing now?
Ian: On the finance side yes.
Buck: The house too?
Ian: yes I would I would and we can have some conversation we can but here's what happened is that the Dave Ramsey like first four steps or five steps or whatever I think I'm very effective I think they're I think they're well intended and it's a it's a programmatic way to get yourself into a good foundation. Beyond that where the advice is to pick mutual funds and you know you know this is how you invest, I had so much success in the first part I just mindlessly followed it through
Buck: So then you were investing so what did your investing look like?
Ian: It was just that it was like okay three index funds it was small cap large-cap index plow it into that. Our practice had you know some tax deferred 401ks and DB plans like maximize that you know maximize your HSA maximize your 529 get some additional money to invest plow that into a you know portfolio of dividend stocks that was it it was like automated take it out of my paycheck I don't see it you know the conventional the conventional sort of advice.
Buck: Did your dad ever say Ian, what are you doing?
Ian: He didn't you know but what he did okay he didn't he's more nuanced than that fortunately but he encouraged me to co-invest with him and some vacation rental development and so while I was on this sort of mindless automated I also was sort of led into real estate investing with him and that was great, it was great you know we those have been very successful I've learned a lot from those who have been very effective now and at the time you know our timing was really good and that was helpful to sort of at least lead me out of going all in with the conventional stuff.
Buck: So you know there's a couple things I think about too like what makes you know what kind of leads you to where you are now? For me one of the you know one of the I think really valuable things from having my dad being a real estate guy and even though I completely rejected it was repulsed by it etc, I also had this keen sense that what he was doing was working because in my case you know he did pretty well and and I didn't pay for college and I didn't pay for med school he paid for it and I know I'll say it out loud yeah I mean I was lucky he paid for that stuff and so if he did that I'm thinking well you know people saying that real estate is risky well I don't know about that the one time I saw him lose money it was during the dot-com era. So I was sort of primed for it and for me it was a you know it was a truly seminal moment after reading the Kiyosaki Cashflow Quadrant book shortly after getting married and I completely was like whoa what is this whole you know idea behind sort of taking personal finance into your hands and cashflow an entrepreneurship and all these things it hit me like a bolt of lightning and I could define that as a point that really changed the trajectory of my life. Do you have that kind of moment or was it all very gradual?
Ian: Well ironically I read Rich Dad Poor Dad in med school and it struck a chord with me then but I dismissed it because I couldn't see a path where I was in the path of becoming a physician, how I could do both, how I could be a business owner. I was kind of I was like okay this is this is important stuff this is relevant, I align myself with that sort of thinking and cash flow and creating different streams of income but the way that I'm gonna get to ultimately the I quadrant which is what I thought was sort of the the you know the ultimate destination was that I was gonna join a practice and kind of be an SB type person and then just pile cash into the I quadrant. I couldn't see a way to become you know a pure business owner as a physician I didn't I didn't have any sort of connection to that but I've always thought about that all the way through. And you know my path through medical school and like I'm nowhere near the smartest person, I'm not the you know I'm not the whatever I just work my way through and I figured out different interstitial avenues where it's just a little bit atypical you know like I didn't go to lectures I went to coffee shops to study because it was more time effective and I could do it you know that kind of stuff. Like why go take notes when something else is gonna do it for you and then read it twice as fast so I yeah totally totally did that and it was looking for ways to sort of unconventionally hack my way through and like that's sort of approach in the quote-unquote alternative investing approach that Rich Dad Poor Dad in the line with sort of those tactics that I was already doing and a very very small scale. I just the other thing with real estate is that my only exposure at that time was the active real estate side and I couldn't see how I would be able to effectively do what my dad was doing as a full-time practicing physician. I was completely aware that many many many people made money in real estate and many many people who had money put money in real estate like that was very apparent and I knew that. So I knew like at some point I wanted to get involved in real estate but the only sort of thing like I talked about the the the lexicon at the dinner table, I recall silent partner like he's a silent partner in that and I didn't know what that meant but come to find out a quote-unquote silent partner is a limited partner is it's a person in a syndication, the person who's investing money it goes along for the ride but I didn't know that there were avenues like that available.
Buck: So when does when does this all turn like you know I mean now you know when I know what I know of you is and one of the reasons I wanted to have you on is I think of you as one of the more thoughtful more sophisticated individuals within our you know ecosystem right within the Wealth Formula you know private community and somebody who's really thought about a lot of this different stuff and who's really for the most part all in. But there had to have been some kind of moment where you're like okay I'm all-in and I'm done with stocks bonds and mutual funds and I believe that I know what I'm doing and I can you know, I can take personal finance issues into my own hands and make these decisions and I have made a decision that hard assets are the way to go.
Ian: Yeah it happened about probably four or so years ago where it was April again and every April up until that point I was nauseous. Taxes I mean it that's what it did. I was I you know every year annually I would be nauseous looking at that bill and just thinking man there's got to be a better way, yeah well it's a good problem to have is what I hear you know you're making a lot of money and it's a good problem to have and so I would just shelve the problem till the next year and you know like I said about four or five years ago I just got disgusted I'm like okay I'm gonna solve this problem. I'm a problem solver. I'm gonna solve this problem. And so I went into the deep dive and one thing led to another you know a lot of different topics within you know sort of personal finance and business and asset protection and all of these things started weaving themselves together and the information that I learned and one thing led me down another route and all that knowledge started to compound and when I actually took action on the things that I was learning I realized that that action began to produce results that were not linear they were compounding results and when you see that play out in real time that is enough of motivation for me to continue.
Buck: I'm curious how you found Wealth Formula.
Ian: Part of that deep dive like you know I became a podcast junkie. I would find you know a topic and I would like search a guest and I would listen to everything about that guest I would find wherever they were I would listen to a topic I would listen to all podcasts that had that topic. And you know I stumbled upon you being interviewed by another person I'm like okay this guy it is my age is a physician is you know Midwest you know had some real estate roots like okay like there's some commonality here, let me let me deep dive on this guy and so I listened to a few other interviews and I'm like okay that makes sense let me let me follow up.
Buck: Yeah it's I mean it's it's a nice right I mean high paid professionals and we're not talking about jumping out of you know trying to escape the cubicles we're talking about good problems to have but you know listen here's the deal right I mean one of the things that people kind of talk about they say is well you know my situation right now though Buck is different than you and they're right I mean I I'm like you know I'm not a practicing physician anymore, I'm a business owner, I'm a real estate person, all these things that I have changed my facts as Tom Wheelwright would say so that it would affect my tax as well, but you, you are doing something I think is really unique which is kind of kind of that, you know you're not changing your entire life all you're doing is taking charge of something that a lot of people do not take charge of and what I think is really interesting about that because I think that for most people for most people for most professionals who are making you know multiple six figures or seven figures whatever the answer is not to quit what you're doing and start something you know start overdoing something else because you got inspired by it. That's usually not the answer as much as it was the answer for me being an entrepreneur is a curse, it's not a you know it's something that I am right, it's something that I have gone into because it's in my DNA, it's not for everybody. And for most people you know there there is this opportunity as you kind of alluded to to take that money and you know go directly from a you know a W quadrant or a S quadrant to the Robert Kiyosaki would say self-employed or wage earners or whatever and then take that money and really build up the investment quadrant. And I think that what I admire about what you have done is exactly that right? If I was not an entrepreneur, if I did not have this desire or curse to go in that direction and put my family at risk all the time, I would have stayed in medicine and the solution would have been to do exactly what you're doing. So what are you doing now?
Ian: Well you know to that to that point I think a lot of people you know to your situation would make excuses right, I can't because I'm not that person and you know for me my why became big and once the why becomes big the how will really reveal itself. And so my why was okay I'm gonna figure this thing out and then the house has been a Plinko board of discoveries as I've gone through it. So basically what I do now is my approach I guess to you know setting up my portfolio in simplest terms is it's a teeter totter and on one side of my portfolio is there is asymmetrically risk-adjusted fairly illiquid cash flowing tax-efficient investments okay. So I'm expecting a higher rate of return I'm expecting more predictable to return I'm expecting tax advantages I'm willing to give up liquidity to obtain those and on the other side of the teeter-totter would be very liquid very safe basically cash in various forms that serve as an opportunity fund to take advantage of some of those opportunities when they come up on the other side of the teeter-totter as well as to literally ensure against life. Life is gonna deal you stuff that you're that you know you weren't expecting and if you have if there's a problem that can be solved by money you don't have a problem so if you have a cash reserve to handle those kind of things you know it's a huge stress relief. And so that's basically what the teeter totters are, it's not balanced by numbers. It's balanced by how effective each component of those portfolio is doing.
Buck: So for me it's very similar as you know for me when you talk about the teeter-totter in the one side it is you know it for the most part it's a real estate right, equities people talk about stocks and they use equities and mine is equity in real estate. So that's all my equities all my real estate. On the other side as you mentioned there is some level of liquidity and for me you know I'll use the Wealth Formula Banking type stuff so and then I'll have like a small percent ten percent five to ten percent where it's completely like I could lose all this money or I could 10x it you know like the currency or something like that. What do you use specifically are your is your equity primarily real estate equity is it passive is it active you know do you have a philosophy on that?
Ian: Yeah so it's primarily real estate as well but I like to have a mix of active and passive. So there's a lot of benefits to passive real estate investing right I mean you can hitch a ride with great operators who that's their game they have access to deals that you're never gonna get they have management systems in place that there's no way that you're gonna have the time to to implement yourself but what you do give up in that environment is control okay. So they may decide that they're gonna dispose of an asset at a time that's not it's not timely for you personally, that's sorry that's the way it goes. I like to mix that with some actively controlled real estate investments so that if I did want to sell or dispose of one of those assets or I did want to do something to it I could. And so those are sort of the two components of the you know illiquid side, I do like to balance that I know not everybody does and not everybody has to right but that is that's kind of how I approach it. I have the approach that like all investments have pros and cons they have their strengths they have the weaknesses and it's a board game of creativity and strategy to match the investments pros and cons to what you're trying to achieve within your own life and so that that's what I do repeatedly.
Buck: What's on the what's on the liquid side is it just cash or do you use you know the insurance products like you know Wealth Formula Banking type products or are you a cash person or you what do you use personally on that liquidity side?
Ian: I use both I use both cash, money market and I use high cash value life insurance. So you know I think it's too simplistic to say that it's just a teeter-totter and it's just these things that go in isolation is actually a flow. And so I try also to have each dollar perform more than one task. So if you were to take you know if you were to follow that dollar through you might put it into in this analogy you would put it into a high cash value whole life okay and so the additional benefit you would get some death benefit you would get some asset protection, some anonymity, you would get some compounded tax-free growth in that, now you can borrow that out and redeploy it into the other side on the real estate where you're going to get tax advantage, you're going to get some leverage, you're going to get some you know some insider trading if you will in the expertise of the operator and then there's going to be a value add component perhaps to that project where you're going to get that dollar back in a tax advantage way to be real deployed. And so now that dollar has just gone through the system and and flowed through and it's not linear in its benefit its exponential in its benefit. You keep repeating that cycle and good things happen.
Buck: Velocity you know you've got you've got mass velocity and leverage. I'm gonna ask you some rapid-fire questions. How much does tax efficiency affect your investment thinking now compared to before?
Ian: Oh it's night and day actually it's first and foremost.
Buck: I mean it's one of the things that I think is is a huge game-changer for people like to understand is that pretty much when most people invest in stocks and bonds whatever it's all after-tax income, it's not gonna affect what you are going to pay in taxes but the way Ian invests, the way I invest obviously it's not only going to create equity and create returns, but it's actually going to reduce our tax obligation for the year in which we invest it. That is a huge huge deal. I mean anybody who starts talking about compounding and fees and all this other you know stuff they talk about you know in that stocks and bonds world they completely like I mean do they have any idea what they're missing out on? This is crazy.
Ian: Yeah you know it it's uh if you look at your the the and your on your personal budget what is your highest expense it's gonna be generally it's gonna be taxes unless you've addressed it already and if you could come up with a way to take that off of your liability side and your under balance or the law side and you could deploy it into something that's going to be an asset it's going to generate revenue for you it's going to put money in your pocket later on you can't compound any faster.
Buck: And one of the nice things for Ian is that he's passed that there is a point of initial pain we're like okay you don't have a lot of investments you don't have a lot of gains to offset those losses because unless you're a real estate professional you can't do that. Well Ian passed that right, so he's got returns coming in that typically are just going to be you know tax-free so that's huge but it takes some time. Okay next question do you have a retirement account why or why not?
Ian: I do and it's through our practice and it's not ideal, it's not my preference, but given my personal circumstances, it still is the best play initially. I have done another one of my deep dives and I figured out some ways to put money away in a pre-tax way and then have it be processed around so that it will not be taxed at the same rate that it will be that it would have been.
Buck: Through some of the whole life or through some of the insurance?
Ian: That's one way so you know there's probably four or five different ways I'm still sort of analyzing those but but it can be done let's put it that way so it's a way to arbitrage that money.
Buck: Yeah next question. People talk about college funds for kids you've got kids? Doing these 529s and all that mumbo jumbo?
Ian: I used to. I don't anymore. I used to back in this sort of like days where I was just mindlessly plowing things out that 529 that's what you're supposed to do I did that and I don't anymore. I took a look at them they're they're generally fee laid in, they're very restrictive and you know the benefit that you gain at least from my perspective doesn't doesn't offset the gives that you have to do the restrictions they have to endure to have those so I have stopped funding them on my project task list is to see how I can unwind those in an efficient way, I haven't.
Buck: Yeah that itself is somewhat of a challenge I think just because like 529s they're really like they have to be used for education right basically it and there's just a lot of disadvantages 529s at you know we've talked about many times in Wealth Formula Network but we won’t get into that anymore. What about you know just some other basic stuff for people who are in their situation, your situation, basic advice in terms of what you've done, not advice but you know what have you done for asset protection?
Ian: Asset protection you know you if you align yourself with the mantra of own nothing control everything, you'll be fine. And so that means they're getting your personal name off of you know your your your assets place them in trust put them in entities use you know considering insurance products you know start businesses that kind of thing you need to get like depending on your specialty at least for the professionals you may be at risk for you know a suit, it might be frivolous whatever, but what you want to do is is make sure that you at least are cognizant of that and take action to sort of mitigate that. And so if you get things out of your out of your name but yet maintain control through various vehicles that's generally good advice.
Buck: Estate planning?
Ian: Yeah you gotta have a will and a living trust, okay, will and living trust.
Buck: You’ll be amazed at how many people I talked to that they've not gotten that advice and the amount of danger your family is in if you don't do that is incredible.
Ian: People have their head in the sand, I mean for better for worse like a lot of professionals have large egos because they've they've earned the right to be a specialist in their field, right they they are the one and only person that knows the most about Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome right but they know in their heart that they are out of their league in some areas of personal finance. You have two options stick your head in the sand and just kind of ignore it and then that doesn't apply to me, or cede control to somebody else who's supposedly looking after things or you actually just like you know set your ego aside and realize that you need to take ownership of these activities and and that you know eventually everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences, I mean like you you know your actions or non actions result in your situation.
Buck: You know I think I think Ben Hardy who's an author who's on here before I think one of his quotes is effectively like changes in habit all right change is gonna happen now whether or not you grow is not inevitable. Yeah the change is gonna happen whether you like it or not. You are you know obviously a big believer in personal growth abundance mentality, you're part of multiple groups are part of Wealth Formula Network and all this. What do you learn from these kinds of things?
Ian: I feel it's as I've gone through this process in this journey like I am more and more aligned with you know the Jim Rohn quote that you are the average of the five people you surround herself with. So I have made it a point to surround myself with people who are you know a half level to a level above in whatever area that I'm you know interested in in growing into, you know. So I'm a long course triathlete I've done a bunch of iron man's and bunch of marathons and so forth for a long time I did a deep dive into triathlon and I align myself with people who had been there done that could could help me in that you know learn aerodynamics on the bike and learn power and so forth I did the same thing here with with with tax advisers I did the same thing here with with finding people who are of similar mindset in similar profession and you know the problems and the challenges that we face have commonalities and maybe we can help each other. And then I also sort of align myself with sort of the hero's journey where you know your and one point your apprentice and a knight is sort of helping you and and at some point you are faced with becoming the night and going out and slaying the dragon and that process in itself will give you experiences that you can never predict and you know you're going to slay that dragon and then eventually you're going to come back to you know the town and you're going to tell everybody how you did it and you're gonna lend a hand down and help somebody else.
Buck: That's exactly what you're doing right now my friend. The hero's journey. We're always I mean it I always now every year two or three times of the year I learned something in personal finance that or you know some sort of strategy or whatever that absolutely blows my mind or I just think of something a different way and I'm like damn what was I thinking, right? So it's a constant learning process but I think it's been fun you know having people like you to roll things off on Wealth Formula Network and you know have that sort of camaraderie. But I want to thank you in this is I know you were saying that you're not you're you know you're not you you told me you were not a polished podcast guest, but I think this is a really useful you know discussion and you know you're talking about real world stuff, you're talking about everybody's stories that who are listening to this show, so I want to thank you for being on Wealth Formula Podcast.
Ian: No, thanks for the invitation and thanks for all that you do and keep on keeping on my friend.
Buck: Got it. We'll be right back.
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