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  1. It's The Ascension. Pocket change would do.
  2. So far, the way 'wins and losses matter' has been best used is with characters and storylines. Omega, Hangman, Cody - their losses have hit them hard, either through stipulations or just because they were beaten. The losses aren't being forgotten or shrugged off. How many times did we see Roman Reigns or John Cena coming out smiling the day after losing their title? For me, this is a much better use of 'wins and losses matter' than the rankings thing. This is where, for me, it's really shining, and it's kind of slow-burn with Kenny Omega in particular. It's partly because I followed the end of his NJPW run, and I'm invested in his relationship with Ibushi, but it's got to the point where Kenny's happiness as a character matters to me in a way I haven't had with wrestling since Daniel Bryan's Wrestlemania XXX run. The problem they're having so far is that they're not putting this in easily digestible ways for TV. It might be that they're just not getting there yet with Kenny, but they're not doing it that well with some of the smaller stuff either. The Butcher/Blade/Bunny segment has been talked about ad nauseum, but there are other examples - the Jungle Boy segment was really fun, but it needed to be hammered home that it wasn't a title shot and that he has 10 minutes in the ring with him. That just wasn't clear by the end of the segment. That said, it's still early days, and they're getting a bunch right. I'm not watching WWE, so I'm not as burnt out on wrestling right now - this is a nice, easy watch each week and I'm enjoying it, so I'm more lenient than some. But it's certainly showing how difficult it is to put together a solid two-hour show each week. They're improving on some elements - the last Preview show was a massive improvement over the first few, there's a better mix of promos and matches on the main TV shows, and they've been varying things up more. But for each thing they get right, they're slipping up somewhere else. Fingers crossed, they keep improving. I'm enjoying it a lot, and it'd be nice if they can keep building more general enthusiasm for it.
  3. It's much more of an association in the US, but it's also part of why the Tories were criticised for their anti-knife-crime campaign on boxes of fried chicken. I've been giving Cornette a pass for years, but that audio that @BomberPat posted was new to me. If he's not an outright racist, he clearly says racist things, which is a liability for any show. And a pre-taped show airing it is pretty concerning.
  4. Chris B

    WWE HOF 2020

    As @tiger_rick said, it's all nonsense anyway - but it'd be fun to see the reactions to them announcing CM Punk.
  5. To be fair to The Ascension, they showed some comedic timing and ability back during the Fashion Police segments. They'd probably do better doing that than the whole cult thing.
  6. I don't care about any of the others who have been released, and I think AEW should be very careful which former WWE talent they pick up, so they don't become TNA v2 - but I very much want them to pick up Luke Harper. While I agree with what @BomberPat said about wanting him to go elsewhere, I'm selfish enough to say that I don't really watch anywhere else outside of there and NJPW. He'd be an absolute giant in AEW. I'd have him just destroy people for a few months before a couple of big feuds. No 10 minute matches for months. And some occasional NJPW stops.
  7. You might be okay if you didn't realise you'd have difficulty getting back in time. Call your local election office tomorrow for advice, perhaps.
  8. Dude would have been watching attitude era in, what, his 30s? This is our future and it's not that far away.
  9. Coming up for 18 years since SmackDown: Here Comes The Pain.
  10. Gone with order of release, and it was tough to choose. 1. Battle Royale - 2000 Along with Princess Mononoke (which I'm not listing as it was 1997, even though I loved the dub), the film that got me into foreign films. It was just unlike anything I'd seen before - it's stylish and dark, but with utterly surreal touches. 2. The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring - 2001 This was just such an achievement. I knew so many people who loved the books, but the idea that there could be a version made that would make all of us nod and go 'yep, that's Gandalf, that's Aragorn, that's the Shire...' seemed ludicrous. But it all came together, and did so in a way that redefined event cinema. 3. Secretary - 2002 While you could go in assuming that it's going to be a dark kinky sex film, it's actually a surprisingly sweet, old-fashioned romantic comedy. Along with Shortbus in 2006 (which is another 'bubbling under' one), it also used sex to talk about mental health, depression and loneliness. The two leads are fantastic, and it's funny and sexy. 4. Casino Royale - 2006 Daniel Craig is a fucking fantastic Bond and it's a shame that most of the films haven't lived up to his portrayal. But Casino Royale - holy shit, it was just the coolest film of the decade. Stripped everything back perfectly. 5. The Prestige - 2006 A silly film, but one with enough style and confidence to carry it off. 6. Zodiac - 2007 I love true crime, Fincher and slow-building-tension, so what wasn't to love about this? Absolutely absorbing and great cast from top-to-bottom. 7. Hot Fuzz - 2007 As @Hannibal Scorch said, it's so close between this and Shaun of the Dead. But Hot Fuzz went and did something harder than Shaun - the tropes weren't as obvious, and it still managed to be utterly satisfying. And it's funnier. 8. The Wrestler - 2008 I don't know anyone that hasn't loved this film. I don't know if it'd still be on the list if it wasn't this place - but it'd be bubbling under. In terms of 'films that feel like they were made for me personally', this is right up there. It's just beautiful. Any film that can have so much going on in it that Marisa Tomei naked isn't the first thing I think about is doing something astonishing. 9. Anvil: The Story of Anvil - 2008 Halfway through watching this, my girlfriend and I were briefly convinced it was fake. It's just SO Spinal Tap. But it's also funny as hell and touching. I showed it to my parents, and my mum was aggressively disinterested in the idea, but got into it - by the end, she was watching with her hand over her mouth, ready to burst into tears if the final gig didn't get a good turn-out. 10. Four Lions - 2010 This is here as much for Chris Morris's previous work, but Riz Ahmed is brilliant in it as well. Genuinely funny, but doing that Morris thing of taking something complex and important and exploring it under the guise of silliness. Rubber Dinghy Rapids, Brother. 11. The Artist - 2011 It's a love-letter to cinema. Just beautiful, funny, sexy, smart... I remember my girlfriend and I went in after a bad day, a bad journey and a long wait at the ticket-booth, five minutes late, and annoyed when we sat down. And within five minutes, we were swept away. 12. Whiplash - 2014 Fuck, fuck, fuck. I've seen horror films that were less tense than this thing. JK Simmons is just incredible in it, and the final scene is just pure film - music and visuals and storytelling. 13. The Babadook - 2014 My film of the decade and Essie Davis being overlooked for even an oscar nomination is just further proof of how much horror is despised by mainstream critics. An astonishing performance in the middle of utterly beautiful horror. 14. Spotlight - 2015 Partly, this just hit home so much about how much power the church held over Catholic communities. I'd been doing a month sober when I went to see this, and it was the last day, and I needed a drink afterwards. 15. Get Out - 2017 I liked Us a lot, but Get Out just hit so many things perfectly for me. It's funny, it's nasty, it's genuinely unsettling... seeing it become such a success was lovely. I saw a preview of it with an audience that happened to be almost exactly half white and non-white. It was fascinating watching how each part of the audience reacted differently to some parts. 16. I, Tonya - 2017 Margot Robbie is just incredible in this. It also does a great job of taking a big, complicated story and telling it well. One of the best-written films in terms of that. 17. IT - 2017 A shame the follow-up sucked, but I'm a huge Stephen King fan and this was a better adaptation than I expected. 18. One Cut of the Dead - 2017 Probably the least-seen film on the list, but it's just so much fun. Utterly bonkers and keeps building and building in terms of comedy. Also, utterly unlike anything else. 19. BlaKkKlansman - 2018 Totally echo what @RedRooster said. 20. Avengers: Infinity War - 2018 Man, this was a tough one. The criteria I sort-of went with was 'did any other film do what it did better?' - which was why Four Lions beats out Death of Stalin, and Hot Fuzz and One Cut took out Shaun of the Dead. But I was wavering between this, Winter Soldier, Dark Knight and Iron Man. But I've never been in a cinema that reacted the way it did on the opening night at the end of Infinity War. There was genuine shock and reactions, and it's one of the best audience reactions I've EVER seen. So for that, it finishes off the list. Man, 2017 ended up being a hell of a year. Also, I've somehow ended up not including any Miyazaki or Pixar. A bunch of very good stuff bubbling under too. Film of the 2000s: Zodiac. Film of the 2010s: The Babadook
  11. Make sure to sit on the porcelain rather than the toilet seat as you shit yourself to death for extra points.
  12. I finally watched Cannibal Holocaust a year or two ago and was somewhat pleasantly surprised. It was, thankfully, a cut that minimised the animal cruelty (because fuck that), but I was surprised to find it at least a bit more of an interesting film than I expected. In terms of an early found-footage film, it does more with the genre than most found-footage films, and the overall 'reveal' is clunky, but I appreciate that it was trying. To be fair, I have a soft spot for interesting failures. I'm not saying it's great or anything, but I didn't think it was just shite.
  13. I rather think this election is about who you want to vote against as much as who you want to vote for. I'm seeing a lot more talk about tactical voting than in previous elections.
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