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  1. I think almost everyone in here is in overall agreement, it's just what you value more. I totally agree that Sly is the better actor, and has in terms of film standards a better resume, given his writing and directing. But, just like in the film composer thread, I value singular achievements more than consistency as long as the person in question isn't a pure one-hit wonder. Which Arnold obviously isn't. Let's use Carl Weathers as our equals sign. Sly had to prove himself over the span of 4 Rocky films to be the alpha dog over Carl in their film world (which wasn't even Carl's choice obviously). Arnold literally walks in to a jungle shack, destroys him in arm wrestling, and Carl admits defeat in their film world. And both narratives are convincing in their own way. When I compare Sly and Arnold, I am looking for peak iconic performances, and what makes Arnold's the pinnacle is he is the most believable action star in history. That is one of a kind and will never be replicated, only imitated.
  2. Sly never won an oscar, was just nominated a few times, but Arnold doesn't need an oscar to prove his influence on the film industry. Harrison Ford is who I think is the better competitor for Arnold in this discussion. Sly indeed has more versatile credentials on paper, but Arnold pulled off roles no one else will ever do. Arnold is by far the more once in a lifetime figure. I go with Arnold. Sly is certainly amazing but more in the jack(ed) of all trades type of way. Arnold's highest highs are untouchable. Arnold is numero uno.
  3. For me, Arnold easily wins, Arnold always wins. T2, and Predator are the two films that all action movies still try to replicate (Matrix was added to the pantheon). T2 is the best action film ever made, and of course Arnold is the centerpiece, but that is still in tandem with other monumental talents like Cameron and Hamilton. Predator is Arnold's most impressive feat, because he's the only human being in history that could pull that film off, it's a once in human history occurrence. Arnold, at his acting peak, was the most convincing alpha male you could ever put in front of a camera, because he was an undefeated Mr Olympia who had the physical stature to stand up against anyone, in an era where that type of body composition was genuinely strived for, making him the best of a, then, desired list. Mr. Olympias are often smaller in stature, so while jacked, still aren't necessarily convincing alpha males if put up against people such as, Charlton Heston, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, etc. And nevermind the capability of acting. Arnold is what made absurd musculature cool, in today's era, it's considered humorous. Further, the reverse process of an actor going through a rigorous weight training regimen for a brief moment in time to be jacked for a role is also more synthetic since you know deep down they aren't as jacked as they are truly representing, it's more a symbolic closeness you are forced to accept. Arnold is the only one that truly fit the part, he's what made the part. Think about the masculinity that Arnold pulls off in Predator, Xzibit style. He is the alpha male among alphas males, while the galaxy's most alpha male systematically kills a list of Earth's alpha males, Earth's most alpha male kills the Galaxy's alpha male, making Arnold the ****ing alpha male of the whole Galaxy. Even Sly was an imposter to a certain degree, but his career isn't necessarily predicated on Jacked-only roles. My personal favorite film he's in is Cop Land, he's fantastic in that, and is a truly underrated gem. That would be the movie I'd miss the most if you erased his career.
  4. Who is Your Favorite Movie Composer?

    I think that for all intents and purposes John Williams is the best, but I agree, Morricone is the 2nd best by a significant margin...The Mission has one of the best themes in the history of humanity. Zimmer while clearly an amazing composer, doesn't make themes that stick with you after a single listen the way that Elfman, Silvestri, Vangelis, the aforementioned top two, or even John Carpenter (good call on that one clietas) do, which takes away some personal points for me.
  5. Random Thought Thread

    honestly, Federer winning is perfect for me, any time Djokovic loses I consider it a W in my book
  6. Random Thought Thread

    I am sooooo pumped for the Federer Nadal final... predictably, as a football fan, Nadal got me into watching the sport thanks to his physical style of play... and unlike the redskins, being a franchise, Nadal only has so many years left, I am SO PUMPED... I actually think he's going to lose in 4 sets though
  7. 2016-2017 NFL Gameday Thread

    My brother is a Falcons fan and it is quite frankly surreal how good they've looked on both sides of the ball so far in the playoffs... The whole dynamic of regular season / postseason meltdowns and failures stuff come into play for them, especially so considering no matter who wins this AFC game they will be going against the kings of having "been there before." But damn they look good, and unlike the Panthers last year who dominated the NFC, there is that core element of their offense being sustainable from game to game since it's not predicated on the QB having to put himself in harm's way to keep the offense as dynamic as it is. Julio has been my favorite non Redskin player since he entered the league, and I usually end up in awe after watching him on a given day, he's ridiculous. Hopefully they can exorcise all their demons against either of these two teams in AFC. I have familial reasons to hate the Steelers, and yea sure it will be interesting if Brady/Belichick get to 5 rings, but disregarding my brother it would be awesome for the Falcons to win the SB. And nevermind the on-paper crap, ATL is great on O and good enough on D and ST but I have nothing but fear and respect of the Steelers and Patriots so the game should be a great one.
  8. Are you happy the Cowboys lost?

    Ha, well, I feel obligated to post in this thread because it looks as though I am the only member on ES, maybe in the entirety of ES history, that fits in my cross section. My answer is no. Nevermind was I upset about them losing, my dad essentially makes me a Cowboys fan in any circumstance where the Redskins aren't directly affected such as head to head matchups when the skins still have playoff hopes, or games that affect playoff chances in other ways once down the stretch. So, I'm rooting and am pumped up about the Cowboys *almost* as if they are my team when watching them. The major difference is, other than empathizing for my dad after the loss, I don't get the gut wrenching sensation that you get as a true fan of a team when your season ends. Aaron Rodgers is absolutely ridiculous and might be the most incredible player in any sport, so I truly love watching him play anyway. It's like watching Jordan or Mozart or Michelangelo type level of insanity when he's at his best. Just better than everyone else. With that said, my family's final team remains in the playoffs, the Falcons, and now will have their shot to make it to the SB if they can somehow corral Rodgers. The Falcons really are playing well and while Matty Ice always seems to thaw at the worst of times, they really are built properly for a SB run, much like the Steelers in the AFC, with serious threats all over the field on offense and just enough speed on D to not be entirely a pushover and capable of big plays. It started off promising this year with the Redskins, Raiders, Cowboys, and Falcons all looking legit to various extents this year, but now I'm down to 1 team, and for the Falcons to win anything they have to beat 2 HOF qbs in a row, a tall order.
  9. And, one of the most important ones of all is, Aaron was drafted well before the CBA rules cut down on practice time, which has dramatically reduced the number of reps backup QBs who are there to develop actually obtain.
  10. Letting Kirk go because of trying to pinch pennies despite liking him is the part of this equation that is a sucker's bet to me. If you have the conviction to not want him at all, that's fine and understandable, but to not want him because of a year or two of where he's ranked on the payment chart is overlooking such basic QB economics. The QB position is the one that is legitimately fairly paid in the NFL currently, all the other ones screw the players out of getting paid for current production more or less. It's so simple to understand that Cousins is up next on the carousel and because he threw for nearly 5k with a solid TD/INT ratio and had another winning record and bla bla bla, he's going to make just about or more of what the current Elite QBs made based on their contracts from multiple years ago. That doesn't make Cousins elite, but enough years have gone by where the contracts are going to be similar. I guess he should make less than Johnny Unitas made too. No NBA player should ever exceed Jordan's contract. The salary cap goes up for a reason, it's because contracts continually rise. Who gives a **** if for 1 year Cousins is the highest paid QB. Carr's contract will literally dwarf Kirk's when he's up because he's both better and younger. And so on. Aarons next contract will make Cousins contract look like change found in the couch because he's that much better relative to Cousins. This is seriously like the end of Dumb and Dumber when using the logic that Kirk by appearances shouldn't be paid the most when there are so many obvious factors why it will happen for 1 year, or maybe 2. Maybe none. And he should be let go because of it. Every time I read that by somebody I picture Harry and Lloyd making a terrible decision. Second, of any team that knows pushing the salary cap to the limits and coming out just fine, again and again and again (except when the little giants ****ing steal money) , it's us. And today, the salary cap is tougher to fill out than in the past since FA's are starting to become fewer and far between as rosters grow younger. That's why, us "saving" our money is asinine because, a smart team isn't going to waste their money on free agents when there is no QB on the roster, paying these FAs at the exact wrong time for when the team would be competitive. We aren't going to preemptively go on a giants 200m shopping spree on D after letting Cousins walk and before even drafting a QB. If we are going to spend money, it's going to be maximizing the cap after knowing our QB situation is solidified on the roster. Which for us, since QBs don't grow on trees during FA, is Cousins.
  11. I got first dibs on Blade Runner 2 (oh sorry 2049)... best sci-fi movie will easily be ruined by 70s grumpy era Harrison Ford and thanks for showing up and playing your Drive character Gosling. With typical uninspired contemporary art direction using wide shots and "epic" views of stuff that didn't have to be showcased since it oozed off the screen worrying about the actual story the first time. Why does Gosling walk up to giant statue head in a desert? Didn't Charlton Heston already have the giant statue walk-up covered in Planet of the Apes 50 years ago? Don't forget the color correction in post. Post 2000 Hollywood will never fail to unimpress. Other than that, American Psycho 2.
  12. Do you want McVay back in 2017???

    I am quoting the OP because apparently the group in here that feels this thread is "stupid" didn't actually read it. An unsurprising development on the internet. This isn't about calling for McVay to be literally fired from his position, the "sky is falling and blow up the team" outlook. This is about the emotions you would have if something out of our control were to occur, which is, someone hiring him to be a HC. Maybe some posters on ES actually want him fired, but the OP isn't proposing such a thing here, so to come in here and call the premise stupid is ridiculous. It's quite fair to ask how much you want him back when the either/or is "upgrade to being HC somewhere else or staying here," not "fired or staying here." Yikes.
  13. Do you want McVay back in 2017???

    Honestly, even more than Barry, I want Boy Wonder gone. I navigated this season without posting much, mostly because the Cousins narrative this year wasn't as interesting as previous years top stories, but if I would have been part of that conversation, my incessant input would have been this... Cousins actually does worry me now a bit the way his arm strength and decision making looked down the stretch this year, but his positives are still enough where I'm fine with the tag or long term deal at whatever price, whatever. But, our redzone issues in particular, I would say were 80-20 Boy Wonder's fault. Doing the 1 WR do or die passes over and over and other dumb stupidity was on him, and not on Cousins. We don't have Julio Jones to throw to on those, we were throwing to Desean or Crowder or whoever. Some of that I think is him lacking the aggression and killer instinct as an OC and him possibly trying to appease personnel (cough Desean cough) and other dumb back scratching. And not sure why, but we never really seem to just blatantly attack matchup issues against other team's defenses, while it's literally commonplace for other teams to just do it because, why not, on a per play basis, who cares if you are letting the whole world see that a team's 2nd CB is garbage and worth abusing. He's too nice or something. Or too young. That's the whole thing with him. I don't feel like giving excuses to a guy just because he's new or young. I'll gladly take a 50 year old pizza eating cigar smoking NFL lifer over Boy Wonder and dealing with The Wonder Years of him trying to "figure it out." ----------------- I just saw the reference to Trent saying he wishes they would have ran left more... exactly, that type of thing. It's almost like he didn't do it on purpose, as if, it's a crutch to rely on matchups... That's the whole purpose of the NFL.
  14. I mean, I don't see how the Redskins ever lose to the giants ever again. The amount of bulletin board material those arrogant mother ****ers provide is just astounding for our team. This is why the Cowboys rivalry pales in comparison during this era. Just entering this thread gives me the energy to play DT and MLB at the same time against them based on pure adrenaline alone. I ****ing despise the giants.