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  1. Football Thread 2017/18

    It was a penalty though. Ha, guess they're going to Wembley anyway! Really well worked goal actually. Haven't had another move that good this whole half. *edit* Hmm. Looks like it was flicked on by Alderweireld actually, bit of luck, probably deserved it.
  2. Thor: Ragnarok

    Why do people get so angry about other people's opinions, particularly about elements of pop culture that are of literally no consequence? It can be interesting to talk about why a film worked or why it didn't but Christ, some people need to try and have a little more perspective. Oh, and apparently I have this comment saved from the last time I entered this topic, so have that too: It's not just a straight up Kiwi accent though, I think it's got more of a Maori vibe? Which Taika does not have in interviews etc. Everything said in a Kiwi accent is scientifically proven to be 10% funnier though regardless.
  3. Haven't actually played a lot of these (just the Galaxy games and Odyssey). Will be able to rectify this when the Switch gets virtual console, as long as Nintendo don't do anything stupid like make it a subscription service. The first Galaxy game was a complete delight from start to finish though, if I was going to vote (which I don't think I really can) it would be for that.
  4. The Man Utd Thread

    Can't really tell if Newcastle were just a lot better than they've been recently, or if we made them look that way. I think we fashioned the clearer cut chances, and their goal came at a time when they were struggling to get up the pitch. We weren't exactly irresistible in attack before that though, so once they started committing more men behind the ball we looked even less threatening. They broke very well after that, and never really felt like we had them penned in properly, they did very well to avoid ending up too deep. Relegation battle is going to be interesting this season, usually it's a competition to see who is the least shit, but most of the teams down there seem to be improving, or are at least showing quality in flashes. City are not very far off being able to draw all their remaining games and still win the league. Just need 18 points from 11 now.
  5. The Man Utd Thread

    Chris Smalling has activated his striker mode and Phil Jones is our new deep-lying playmaker.
  6. The Man Utd Thread

    Valencia has just absolutely cunted Christian Atsu in the face.
  7. The Man Utd Thread

    I'm not sure why he's starting so regularly. He's excellent at the physical side of the game, but always questionable in terms of his positioning, and prone to brainfarts. He also gives you basically nothing in terms of distribution. How the fuck did that not go in from Martial? At least we're knocking on the door. Bringing on Carrick and Mata seems to have helped. Pogba probably shouldn't have started, looks like. Scary how few midfielders we have fit going into the next month or so, some big games coming in short succession. Carrick looking a little off the pace - giving away fouls as a result. Hopefully it's just a matter of game time, he was out for a while.
  8. The Man Utd Thread

    Dive from Smalling started all that. Complete smash and grab.
  9. The Man Utd Thread

    Got away with one there - it's just on the very edge of the penalty area but it is inside, and Smalling has missed the ball entirely. Ref has choked I think, seemed to have a good view of it.
  10. The Man Utd Thread

    What wonderful hold up play from Lukaku and then a wonderful ball from Matic (don't see those kind of through balls from him often) - should be in the back of the net imo, poor finishing from Martial. Not having a great game in general, to be honest.
  11. The Man Utd Thread

    Supposedly it's Sanchez who takes risks on the ball and loses it often, but right now he's the one member of our attack who's being reliable in possession. Everyone else's passing has been quite loose.
  12. Football Thread 2017/18

    Completely understand Roy's reaction there, it's a stupid question. Would much prefer the interviewers actually asked questions about the game, instead of trying to bait managers into getting fines.
  13. The Man Utd Thread

    Herrera and Rashford are apparently injured. A very front loaded team. Disappointing that Shaw is on the bench, his performances have merited starts imo and we do look much better with more natural fullbacks on either side. I say natural because Valencia has long since disappeared into the role, whereas Young can still be questionable positionally, and guilty of crowding out the winger in front of him instead of providing support. He is also quicker over distances, and much stronger. I do think Martial or Sanchez, whoever ends up on that side, would be happier playing alongside him. He would offer more variety going forward and better cover. Not that Young is a bad option, but he is not the one who will offer more in the long term, or the one that needs to get minutes on the pitch so he can build relationships with the other players. At least the club is being very clear that he will be offered a new contract.
  14. Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water

    Would this film function without some (mildly) erotic aspects? You have two romantic leads, one of whom is mute and the other is not human. In what other way could you show what they feel for each other? I see your point more with the violence / gore, this was not my favourite aspect of the film (which is not to say it was particularly offputting, just not vital), but was probably necessary:
  15. Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water

    Yeah it's my favourite of his. Absolute pinnacle of the "ghost story" genre - haunting but with emotional depth and fucking beautiful to boot. This is not quite as good, but it's still probably the best film Del Toro has made in at least a decade. It is exactly as advertised, an unconventional love story. There are dramatic and horror elements to it, but they are all in service of the romance. The performances are great across the board, but Doug Jones and Sally Hawkins are the stars. It looks absolutely perfect too, with Del Toro building a rich and "lived-in" world, as you would naturally expect. Anyone else get a Thane vibe from the creature? I guess if you're going to design a amphibious love interest there's only so many directions you can go in...

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