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    Trying to start some mini-Iran
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  1. "What Movie Did You Watch?" - 2017 Edition

    Call Me By Your Name. Now in my top three films released in 2017, absolutely beautiful. Great performances from Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
  2. "What Movie Did You Watch?" - 2017 Edition

    I thought the score wasn't as memorable as Vangelis' (save for the brilliant Sea Wall track), but wasn't bad either. My main gripes were Jared Leto hamming it up and Robin Wright being saddled with awkward exposition. Still, a 4.5/5 for me, my favourite film of last year, followed by mother!. Saw The Post and thought it was OK; had the typically beautiful Kaminski cinematography and Spielberg "oners", but the whole thing felt rather rushed and perfunctory, a 2.5/5 for me. I miss when Spielberg made films that really took my breath away; the last film of his I loved was Munich back in 2005.
  3. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Sweepstakes to have dinner with Trump in Palm Beach (open to US residents only): https://www.gop.com/florida-dinner-with-president-trump-sweepstakes-entry/
  4. Iran Protests

    A foreign stooge like me is the last thing Iran needs But seriously, there is no single figure within Iran who is universally beloved/popular who could unite the people against the regime. Only thing that comes to mind is if a popular sports figure like footballer Ali Daei were to turn political
  5. Iran Protests

    On a side-note, my dissertation (which I handed in... Jesus, 6th January 2012, almost six years ago exactly ) was titled "To what extent was culture ‘Westoxicated’ during the reign of Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, and how was this a contributing factor towards revolutionary activity?": https://drive.google.com/open?id=1l76MGKZepmIx0qIVflmDx7kaN3b_MOvi
  6. Iran Protests

    Problem is there's no figurehead to lead and unite people against the regime. There were people, especially Marxists/Leftists, who tried to overthrow the Shah for years and failed. It wasn't until Khomeini came along that the revolutionary spirit really got popular support, tapping into the religious sentiments of many in Iran who felt that the Shah was modernising/Westernising much too fast. A good example of this was the "2500 year celebration of the monarchy" in 1971 in Persepolis, Shiraz. The Shah had chefs flown over from France, avant-garde musicians such as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen playing to foreign dignitaries, Orson Welles narrating the TV broadcast... and almost no Iranians in attendance: In Khomeini, many saw a return to their roots that they thought had been discarded by a man who was only in power because the CIA (under pressure from the British) had forced his Premier Mossadegh out when he tried to nationalise the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (which later became BP): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1953_Iranian_coup_d'état Unfortunately, many of those against the Shah, including those on the Left, realised too late what a terrible deal they had made with Khomeini and the religious right, and many of those who took to the streets in protest against the Pahlavi regime would do the same once the Ayatollahs took power, like these women protesting the decree that the wearing of the hijab would be mandatory: In 2009 they tried to have Mir-Hossein Mousavi be the new figurehead of a popular uprising, but he simply did not have Khomeini's charisma. It's hysterical seeing people think that Reza Pahlavi can fly over from California tomorrow and be the new leader of Iran, he has almost as little legitimacy to be the leader of Iran as I have
  7. User has made only two other contributions to Wikipedia and one of those was a bullshit date on the Michael Jackson HISTory tour: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/109.48.186.63 People just make shit up on Wikipedia all the time. EDIT: Their IP address is based in Portugal; no reason to believe some random dude/dudette in Portgual has inside info on GNR's touring plans.
  8. The X-Wing in the water was all set up as a misdirect as that's how we'd expect Luke to return to the fight on Crait, etc. While I'm not the biggest fan of the film, I do like the shot of Luke meditating in the lotus pose on Ahch-To while force projecting. I wasn't that big a fan of TFA's score, either, but I really liked The Jedi Steps. From TLJ the only themes which stood out were Canto Bight and from 2:15 in The Spark (also used in the trailer):
  9. I'd give it a 6/10. Here's how I'd score the other films for comparison: ESB: 9/10 ANH: 7/10 TLJ/ROTJ: 6/10 TFA/ROTS/AOTC: 5/10 TPM/RO: 3/10
  10. For all their flaws, I thought the prequels had fantastic scores; ROTS has some of John Williams’ best work. From these last two films, the only track I’ve really become enamoured with is The Jedi Steps from TFA.
  11. That, and a few too many quips which undercut dramatic moments, especially for Luke.
  12. Pretty good. Preferred it to TFA, which I wasn’t that big a fan of. Rian Johnson has a much better eye than Abrams, knows how to compose a frame. ESB ANH TLJ ROTJ not fussed about the rest
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