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  1. It's not the same thing though is it? Psycho would glorify murder if it allowed Bates to get away with it. It doesn't - the bad guys lose, the pathological behaviour is curtailed. In Whiplash, the ending redeems the bully - "he was right all along, because without him spurring on his students, the protagonist would never have unleashed his inner genius" or whatever. The message is clearly "put up with bullies, because you need to get to breaking point to excel". I'd have had no problem with it if the protagonist had excelled on his own, through his own effort, if Tenner had just disappeared once his role was spent. But it's the fact he returns to the bully that I find disturbing.
  2. Some movies do wind me up like this one.. Rocky is different because he doesn't actually win, does he? I've got no problem with most of the acting in Whiplash - I think Tenner (?) was incredibly convincing and threatening. What I object to is the message - that greatness demands bleeding knuckles and putting up with bullies. It clearly doesn't, if you take one look around at some great artists, or athletes, etc.
  3. Nah, my main problem with it is it endorses the idea that if you want to be great, you need to endure bullying because it will propel you to a shining future. Which is dangerous, as many people do put up with bullying and when asking friends what they should do are often told "well, what do you want? just stick it out and come out the other end". Bullying is just bullying, it doesn't make anyone great. Did Charlie Parker play the sax until his lips bled? Did he f*ck... He did practice many, many hours a day, but you only endure that because you enjoy it, not because it will "make you great".
  4. So driving potential candidates to suicide is a worthy price for an entire career where one - ONE - candidate exceeds the expectations of a top performing arts college? If he'd spent his lessons reading a newspaper, the law of averages still says he'd get one or two greats over the course of his career. Also, does having scarred hands make you a better drummer? I don't know a lot about drumming, but I know that bleeding hands and scars would make you a worse player of just about every single classical instrument.
  5. How did he not conform to it? The psychopath wanted him to grow through self-abuse, and that's what he "did". I don't think Charlie Parker, or Louis Armstrong, or anyone that's great at art got there by abusing themselves. There is no joy in his drumming, he doesn't play because he has to, but because he "wants to be great". That's bs, and it's a dangerous modern trope that costs lives. Psychopathic bullies aren't the gateway to greatness, they're just bullies.
  6. Dreadful movie, if you know anything about jazz the whole concept of going to a conservatory school to learn how to play jazz by a score (lol), and directed by a conductor (!) is ludicrous. And don't get me started on the whole "you need to suffer and bleed if you want to be great" - that level of effort will at best turn you into Salieri, never a Mozart. What I found worse was
  7. shesaid


    Potato counts as a veg in SA.
  8. How about some fantasy classics? Pinocchio, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland.. just the first three that come to mind.
  9. He wouldn't be able to sit quietly taking notes throughout the projects though.. which is a pity, he'd be comedy gold!
  10. Or that Google just see this as more people using their searches, or companies like Mark's paying them to get their clients' sites moved up. They're not exactly an impartial party to the whole deal.
  11. I'd eat it for the leeks and pick out the turkey bits. I don't like turkey... it's like dry, expensive chicken
  12. You are not that great a judge of character if you think Mark is more authentic than Bianca. The man has very strong psychopathic traits, and a scary talent for getting people to think he's a sweet guy and thus deflecting criticism. He's survived the boardroom four times thanks to that. And none of the advisers were able to say anything greatly negative about him either.
  13. They're all cows (not just the women, the men too). To perform at that level in the business world you need a high streak of ruthlessness, single mindedness and the ability to ignore "sensible" advice and go with your gut feelings. You can't be a successful entrepreneur without stepping on toes occasionally. I couldn't play that game, but I don't hate the people who do - it's the rules of the game.
  14. Screening twenty 30+ page business plans (assuming most are the standard length) means having to judge the businesses completely out of context - and then it becomes all about the plan and not the apprentice. This way, they weed themselves out first and his advisers only have to look at five of them once the candidates have shown themselves as the cream of that crop. I liked that he stated that the process is all about showing that you can start a business for £250,000 - the process is about sorting the best from that lot, and then giving them a chance to present their business plan. Obviously you can start a business with much less money, but he's not interested in small or medium enterprises. This is about sme entrepreneurs taking it to the next level. Notably, the process highlights that team work is what makes/breaks a task - they always end up in the boardroom when there's backstabbing or lack of leadership.
  15. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father (imo the best!) Tex Murphy: Pandora Directive (more of an FMV game, but it was amazing) The Longest Journey Zork Nemesis (I really loved the atmosphere of the world) The NeverhoodKings' Quest VI (the one where they go to the Green Isles)
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