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Jun
28
comment Why is the Godfather part 1 classed as one of the best movies ever?
This is primarily opinion-based, but if you google your question, you'll find numerous posts that try to objectively explain its rampant popularity on best-movie lists and the like.
Jun
16
comment Thought process of Sons of the Harpy
@RowanFreeman They're also supposed to be unmatched in their discipline! Even a amateur guard should be able to identify a member of the crowd approaching the queen, reaching even melee range...
Jun
9
comment Thought process of Sons of the Harpy
Very unimpressive guards, indeed! Guards shouldn't be spectators; could you imagine the US Secret Service's efficacy paying more attention to the event than the potential threats?
Jun
3
comment Secret door in shed has fantasy world behind it
Tomorrowland seems an unlikely candidate. Time-wise, the movie was released May 22, which would've only been 8 days before--rather than 2 months per the OP's--post. Plot-wise, not much matches up: the protagonist is a young woman (as you state), and the young woman's father survives the entire film. The OP suggests that the fantasy world is accessible through a door, where in Tomorrowland access is through either a spaceship or magical elevator. Also, there are no 'fun', different creatures--TL is populated with basically humans.
Mar
18
comment In Skyfall, why did M order Eve to "take the shot?
This answer suggests M knew Bond would get shot, which was merely collateral damage and not her intent. It's much more like "putting one life at risk" to save hundreds.
Feb
24
comment How did Emmet build the Double Decker couch?
Emmet had no problem building the double-decker couch is because honestly that idea was just the worst.
Feb
5
comment Why bring Professor Xavier to Pentagon?
Put another way: Charles' presence legitimizes their story, in Magneto's eyes.
Feb
4
comment Why bring Professor Xavier to Pentagon?
I speculate given their rocky history, his presence demonstrated a dire need for co-operation, which Magneto may not have immediately grasped if Prof X was absent.
Feb
4
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Are you the moderator movies.SE deserves, but doesn't need right now?
Dec
15
comment How can Batman run and climb in the pits without his knee brace?
He could have had an operation, but an equal amount of evidence supports that Jean-Paul Valley took over as Batman for all scenes in the Batsuit!
Dec
8
comment What are the implications of Emmet's autonomous movement?
See also: Calvin & Hobbes.
Nov
27
comment So Bane was actually helping Batman all along?
...because he wrongly didn't anticipate that a broken back could be healed while in a third-world hole, malnourished and without real medical attention. The sadist in him wanted batman to witness Gotham explode.... Er. I'll be checking out now; if you're truly in agreement that an iconic villain could be an ally, there's little use to arguing.
Nov
27
comment So Bane was actually helping Batman all along?
"Bane doesn't commit any crime during the anarchy?" I feel like you are being willfully blind. Planning to destroy the city with what is effectively a bomb, and threatening to kill people who attempt to leave the city may not have happened "during the anarchy", but still count as a behavior unambiguously villainous.
Nov
26
comment So Bane was actually helping Batman all along?
I strongly disagree that a singular case of "altruism" (in the case of Talia) could possibly overshadow the countless, atrocious crimes he committed and otherwise facilitated. Consider the deathcount of the football players, implied (and unshown) victims of the entire city crumbling, psychological trauma to an entire city held hostage, unspoken victims from crimes (committed by opportunists knowing it's a lawless city), and the sadism of breaking Batman's back and imprisoning him with a TV showing his hometown people suffering....
Jun
18
comment Evidence for and against the ending of Dark Knight Rises
I absolutely agree with all points here, except one: the importance of the title "The Dark Knight Rises" in relation to the ending. The "Rises" most certainly has to refer to Batman, rising above either a) his crime-fighting sabbatical or b) (more likely) him escaping the pit and saving Gotham after Bane's takeover. At the end of the movie, he is no longer the Dark Knight, which makes his title-referenced "Rise" out to be both chronologically late and also quite frankly, underwhelming. TLDR; rising to save Gotham is far more impacting than rising to ... live an anonymous life.
Jun
9
comment Why did Magnussen need to pressure so many people to get to Mycroft?
@NapoleonWilson Ah, the comment was merely to help the reader recall the scene (as in atticae's answer), while also helping not spoil anything.
Jan
22
comment Why did Magnussen need to pressure so many people to get to Mycroft?
I'm accepting this answer because I agree it mostly boils down to needlessly convoluted chains. I'd actually posit that Mrs. Hudson would be a pressure point to John, with how he reacted in the Reichenbach Fall regarding Mrs. Hudson being hurt. In the end, Magnussen could just as well pressured John->Sherlock->Mycroft. John->Sherlock was already demonstrated in the bonfire incident and John->Mary seemed more sensible than Mary->John. All is explicable as Magnussens' hubris.
Jan
14
comment Why did Magnussen need to pressure so many people to get to Mycroft?
I'm more and more inclined to explain it as arrogance, too. In this particular case, Magnussen didn't actually get to one-up Mycroft until after Mary had already been outed AND John had forgiven her. In other words, his play on Mary ended up fruitless--only Sherlock's obsession with trying to win led him to drug Mycroft, which he could have done with or without Mary/John invited to the Christmas party (except then he would've had to go to Appledore alone).
Jan
6
comment What really happened to Michael's mother?
I think in season 4 they consulted M. Night Shymalan...!
Nov
22
comment How many people died during the last battle in Ender's Game?
@Paulster2 I definitely agree with this. Deviating greatly from the book, it is heavily suggested to me that the final battle occurred remotely and humans weren't really at the battle front at all, which takes away hugely from a point once made to Ender by Mazer that ships were not expendable.