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Pro Wrestling / Wrestling Fan Dumbasses
« on: February 17, 2016, 09:42:34 AM »
I've read a few wrestling articles recently and realized I'm super worn out by the fans of wrestling. The comment threads on any given wrestling website or message board is literally a trainwreck of human garbage, punctuated by heavy doses of racism and general idiocy. The only other genre websites I ever read are horror film websites, and that doesn't seem to attract anywhere close to the level of dumbasses that seem to watch the same pseudo sport that I enjoy.

To the comic/sci fi/whatever fans on this site, are there other "nerd friendly" things out there that seem to attract so much open-ended venom from the fans?

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Movies / Maltin Walks Out of Zoolander 2
« on: February 12, 2016, 01:01:01 PM »
He actually handled the article very well:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/leonardmaltin/why-i-walked-out-of-zoolander-2-20160211

Good for him, too. He must have to watch so much garbage in his lifetime, at least one time he went outside and breathed fresh air instead of sitting through the last hour of yet another shitfest.

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Pro Wrestling / Daniel Bryan - Retired
« on: February 09, 2016, 06:47:14 AM »
Due to brain problems related to dozens of untreated concussions, Daniel Bryan retired from pro wrestling at the age of 34. There's a lot I could say, but Dave Meltzer said it so good in his daily column that I'm pasting it here instead:

Daniel Bryan to announce retirement

by Dave Meltzer

I wish the best of luck to Bryan Danielson tonight in his retirement speech hope everyone wishes the best for him in his post-wrestling career.  To me, Bryan Danielson was both a model pro wrestler and far more than that, a very intelligent and very honest human being.

He reached the highest rung in this profession in 2014 even when his look and size based on previously established standards of the business would have said it was impossible.  Unlike many, his rise to the top was entirely fan-driven, and I hope all those fans understand that whatever decision he has made is based on what he believes is the best for him in the long run.

It will be a long time before people fully understand the contributions he made to this industry, which is a far better place because of his involvement.  There were things dating back to 2001 that he was involved with that changed the underground foundation of the industry, and over the past few years, significantly changed talent evaluation at the highest level of the industry.

Change is slow, to be sure, but this is a different industry and he played a huge part in it.  When you really look back, from an influence standpoint, he triggered a number of changes and his contributions are actually enormous.

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Movies / Kevin Smith
« on: February 08, 2016, 11:18:41 AM »
Okay, so I just read a review of Kevin Smith's new movie and it sounds like a thousand dogs shitting on a thousand pre-existing pieces of dog shit. But in all honesty, what do you think his appeal is?

I chalk it up to the nerd fantasy, i.e. he writes nerds like they're witty bastards and he writes women like they're secretly just male nerds underneath it all. I tend to find that his fans defend him by essentially buying into his faux intellectualism ("DOGMA's actually a really deep movie..."), but deep down inside they wouldn't like if Lars Von Trier delivered those same messages about religion and relationships, they like it because the nerds got the hot girl at the end.

Incidentally, I think his best film, RED STATE, is pretty watchable and it's mainly because all that nerd hero bullshit is actually put aside for once. It actually feels like a first film, which is a bit of a knock I guess but it's also a little refreshing because it didn't deliver what I expected.

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Television / Who Could Geordi La Forge Beat?
« on: February 05, 2016, 03:20:12 PM »
Bob and another one of my coworkers have filled the long, boring hours on some of our gigs recently with a game called "Who Could Geordi La Forge Beat?" It seems they were reminiscing about the Armus episode of the Next Generation and it became obvious that with the mere removal of his visor, he's basically useless in combat. The game is quite addictive and of course many others (including myself) have joined in at this point.

So far we've determined that he could beat most sitcom children, Elmo, Dr. Smith from Lost in Space (although Bob was not convinced of that one entirely), but otherwise we've had a hard time finding fictional characters that Geordi could defeat. Leaving out any other significantly handicapped characters (i.e. paralyzed or blind people who have no powers or enhancements), who do you think Geordi could beat?


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Music / RIP Maurice White, Earth Wind and Fire
« on: February 05, 2016, 09:15:30 AM »
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35499149

From the nostalgic funk/disco jam "September" to the gloriously dope "In the Stone", Earth Wind and Fire was just shy of Kool and the Gang in the hot jams department, which is VERY fucking impressive in my book. Songwriter/founder Maurice White was one funky motherfucker, but alas, Parkinson's Disease took it's long, slow toll on him and he finally passed this week. RIP to a great songwriter.









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Pro Wrestling / CM Punk's 2nd Act
« on: February 04, 2016, 09:16:03 PM »
http://www.complex.com/sports/2016/02/cm-punk-second-act

Very interesting story about his training for his first UFC this summer.

"Twenty-five minutes after I first shake his hand, I realize how seriously the former WWE Champion and current UFC fighter takes himself. And just how frustrated he is with people who question his resolve, or ask him to deconstruct it."

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Pro Wrestling / R.I.P. Axl Rotten
« on: February 04, 2016, 08:33:09 PM »
http://www.f4wonline.com/news/axl-rotten-has-passed-away-age-44-206976

Former ECW wrestler Axl Rotten has died from mysterious causes today. While heavily into drugs in his past, he was wheelchair-bound over the past few years and was suffering from other physical problems. It is a shame because as a hardcore wrestler he could still do some actual wrestling moves. He was first known to be in a tag team with Ian Rotten in ECW during the mid-90s, then they turned on one another and did a bunch of glass matches until Ian was fired. After that, Axl and Balls Mahoney became a team and stayed with ECW until 1999, when Axl became a journeyman wrestler.


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Pro Wrestling / WWF Original Diva Does Porm
« on: February 02, 2016, 09:24:50 PM »
Vivid Video must have a total money mark on staff, because they paid 43 year old former WWF star Tammy Sitch - better known as Sunny - to do a hard core porno for their label. And boy, is it graphic. It's like watching a young stud violently bang your pill popping aunt. Click below to see the less-than-sexy trailer:

http://hollywoodlife.com/2016/01/22/tammy-lynn-sytch-sex-tape-teaser-video-sunny-side-up-wwe/

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Pro Wrestling / AJ Styles Debuts At Royal Rumble
« on: January 26, 2016, 04:56:02 PM »
2016's Royal Rumble was a huge step up from the 2015 edition, even if two of its biggest stars from that year (John Cena and Seth Rollins) are on the shelf with injuries.

The biggest news is that AJ Styles, once the hottest free agent in wrestling, spent almost 30 minutes in the Rumble, locking up with Chris Jericho, Kane, Roman Reigns and many others before getting tossed by Kevin Owens to massive boo's. It was very smart to use Owens to eliminate him, as he has both the cred and the skills so that the crowd wouldn't shit on him.

Owens was one of many highlights, with Jericho, NXT star Sammi Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Dean Ambrose putting in other notable performances. The crowd's least favorite wrestler, Roman Reigns, was beat down by the League of Nations, the latest band of McMahon-approved thugs parading through the decades-old "evil authority" storyline. And while both the League and the Wyatt Family were highlighted, in the end it was wily old Triple H who lasted until the very end, dumping Ambrose to win the Rumble AND the title. That would have made me furious years ago, but now? Bring on the Triple H title run!

Owens and Ambrose had the match of the night earlier with a Last Man Standing match involving tables and nasty power moves. The Dudleys had a nostalgic little tag match with the undercard nobodies, up-and-coming luchadore Kalisto put on a fine performance against Alberto Del Rio, and Charlotte Flair had a great match with the Irish maiden Becky Lynch. All in all it was a fun Rumble worth the watch.

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