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(Washington Post)   Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring. This is a repeat   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 14
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2013-02-02 01:38:40 PM
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Ishkur: The move is kind of tragic when you realize that he might have been stuck on that same day for well up to 10 years or more...Ramis speculated 10,000 years at one point but that would be more than enough time to get good at EVERYTHING, not just music and languages and ice sculptures and throwing cards into a hat...in addition to driving him so farking insane that he wouldn't be able to deal with real life when he got out. Could you imagine trying to handle unpredictable events in a linear temporal reality after being stuck in a predictable, closed-loop universe for so long?

There was a scripted subplot where he would go to the library and read one page a day from a random book to keep track, and before the end he had read the entire library.


See... that's not how I think about it. I always thought it would be freedom. Yes, you're stuck in one day for who knows how long... but you have the opportunity to do whatever you can imagine in that one day with no consequences whatsoever. For someone who has a lot of imagination, it opens up a lot of possibilities. Ever wanted to know what it's like to X? Do it. No consequences.
2013-02-02 01:00:25 PM
2 votes:
The move is kind of tragic when you realize that he might have been stuck on that same day for well up to 10 years or more...Ramis speculated 10,000 years at one point but that would be more than enough time to get good at EVERYTHING, not just music and languages and ice sculptures and throwing cards into a hat...in addition to driving him so farking insane that he wouldn't be able to deal with real life when he got out. Could you imagine trying to handle unpredictable events in a linear temporal reality after being stuck in a predictable, closed-loop universe for so long?

There was a scripted subplot where he would go to the library and read one page a day from a random book to keep track, and before the end he had read the entire library.
2013-02-03 12:02:35 AM
1 votes:
I love this day, it's the one day where all of Canada remembers my little home town. :)

/Wiartonian
//Phil and all the other pretenders can lick Willie albino brownstarfish.
2013-02-02 03:21:20 PM
1 votes:
Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today
2013-02-02 02:59:59 PM
1 votes:
Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.
2013-02-02 02:08:46 PM
1 votes:

Ishkur: Nothing is fulfilling if it doesn't really matter and there's no real outcome. Things have to be predicated on other things to be meaningful, and in a world without this, everything devolves into an existentialist, nihilistic waste of time.


What you're saying is already true of the Universe. When I said "no consequences whatsoever," I meant social consequences.
2013-02-02 02:06:33 PM
1 votes:

James F. Campbell: can imagine in that one day with no consequences whatsoever. For someone who has a lot of imagination, it opens up a lot of possibilities. Ever wanted to know what it's like to X? Do it. No consequences.


Yes, we all assume that's exactly what he did for the first 3 or 4 years. But he stopped doing it and why? ....because again, there's no consequences. Nothing is fulfilling if it doesn't really matter and there's no real outcome. Things have to be predicated on other things to be meaningful, and in a world without this, everything devolves into an existentialist, nihilistic waste of time.

The plot hole that always irks me about the movie is, after he's explored every manner of hedonistic and selfish pursuits (including manipulating people through painstaking processes of trial-and-error/brute force), he then begins to reform himself, and self actualization and self improvement become his goals. While this is a morally and spiritually noble turn for the character, for someone as cynical as him, there is no reason why he would believe that doing altruistic things would get him out of the loop anymore than doing selfish things.

So why learn French, or the piano, or ice sculpturing? There is no one to show it to (outside of that day and that community), no greater impact on the world at large, and everyone forgets except him. There is no indication that he will ever get out so what is the point of doing anything at all? He cannot build upon any meaningful connections of relationships he makes with anybody. He grows and matures as an individual while everyone around him remains static.

It is a type of purgatory that may seem awesome at first but would ultimately be a fate worst than death.

Decillion: The pace of the movie makes it feel like a few months. But the things he learns takes it into at least a couple of years. I can't handle the movie if I imagine any more than that. By year three there's no way he could avoid becoming an axe murderer for at least one day.


Who says he didn't? They just didn't film some of the more grisly days. But it had to last much longer than that. He spent a few months just working Rita alone (and, presumably, every other woman in town).
2013-02-02 02:06:16 PM
1 votes:

bingethinker: Ghastly: If we get 6 more weeks of winter it WILL be an early spring. God I hate winter. Loathe it with a passion. Come on Global Warming. Burn the rest of the world and make Canada a tropical paradise.

THIS. There's a Canadian groundhog (Wiarton Willie), with a similar ridiculous ceremony, and I always wondered why. Most of us are getting 10-12 more weeks of winter whether the stupid little rodent sees his shadow or not!


We're all getting at least 6 more weeks - since it's winter until March 21 or so.
2013-02-02 01:38:46 PM
1 votes:

Ishkur: The move is kind of tragic when you realize that he might have been stuck on that same day for well up to 10 years or more...Ramis speculated 10,000 years at one point but that would be more than enough time to get good at EVERYTHING, not just music and languages and ice sculptures and throwing cards into a hat...in addition to driving him so farking insane that he wouldn't be able to deal with real life when he got out. Could you imagine trying to handle unpredictable events in a linear temporal reality after being stuck in a predictable, closed-loop universe for so long?

There was a scripted subplot where he would go to the library and read one page a day from a random book to keep track, and before the end he had read the entire library.


About the insanity, I think that falls along the lines of Hitchhiker's Guide.  He had enough time to go completely insane and then come back from it.
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2013-02-02 12:26:09 PM
1 votes:
If this is a repeat, why does it not have the REPEAT tag?
2013-02-02 11:15:08 AM
1 votes:
If we get 6 more weeks of winter it WILL be an early spring. God I hate winter. Loathe it with a passion. Come on Global Warming. Burn the rest of the world and make Canada a tropical paradise.
2013-02-02 10:59:18 AM
1 votes:
Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today
2013-02-02 10:52:46 AM
1 votes:
Then why is it 14 degrees here in western Pennsylvania this morning?
2013-02-02 10:40:57 AM
1 votes:
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