Anything for the weekend?

So, the 6Nathon is over for another year and we can all concentrate on Sale’s annual struggle to escape mid-table mediocrity. Here’s where you can get your weekend rugby fix.

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Weekend TV Rugby Fix

Free to air channels in bold.

Friday 22nd March

06:35 Blues v Highlanders, SR (Sky Sports Action)
19:00 Merthyr v Pontypridd, WRU National Cup (BBC 2 Wales / Red Button)
19:35 Cardiff v Scarlets, P14 (Premier Sports 1)
19:35 Connacht v Treviso, P14 (Free Sports, TG4)
19:35 Edinburgh v Leinster, P14 (Premier Sports 2)
19:45 Leicester v Northampton, GPR (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 23rd March

06:35 Hurricanes v Stormers, SR (Sky Sports Action)
08:45 Waratahs v Crusaders, SR (Sky Sports Action)
10:55 Sunwolves v Lions, SR (Sky Sports Action)
13:05 Bulls v Chiefs, SR (Sky Sports Mix)
15:00 Saracens v Harlequins, GPR (BT Sport 1, Channel 5)
15:00 Bedford v Cornish Pirates, RFU Champ (Sky Sports Action)
15:00 Ospreys v Dragons, P14 (Premier Sports 1)
15:15 Sharks v Rebels, SR (Sky Sports Mix)
15:45 Stade Français v Castres, T14 (Sky Sports Mix)
17:30 Newcastle v Sale, GPR (BT Sport 1)
17:30 Ulster v Southern Kings, P14 (Premier Sports 1)
19:45 Glasgow v Cheetahs, P14 (Premier Sports 1)
19:45 Munster v Zebre, P14 (Premier Sports 2, TG4)

Sunday 24th March

05:05 Reds v Brumbies, SR (Sky Sports Action)
15:00 Exeter v Bath, GPR (BT Sport 1)
15:50 Racing 92 v Bordeaux Begles, T14 (Sky Sports Action)


985 Comments On “Anything for the weekend?”

  1. Shawshank Redemption’s box office flop vs later sales is the other example I can think of, but you might know more.

  2. @HairBearHeroe>

    I can think of examples of things that tanked on initial release that are much loved now. The Thing leaping to mind.

    I can’t think of anything as niche as Firefly that generated a movement as ardent and mental as the Browncoats, though.

    Also, inna dissimilar but not entirely unrelated note, I can think of films that only got an audience because of piracy- Ink being the best example. Which is a tiny audience forcibly getting something properly distributed.

  3. I liked Avatar and I never even saw it in 3D.

    I can see the problems with the White Messiah thing, but it’s also anti-colonialist.
    The plot line is an old but serviceable one and you’d have to cut down a lot of films for the how terrible things get near the end before the day is saved schtick, 88.9345% of all filums out there by my reckoning

    To be honest I just loved the flying scenes, they were great.

  4. @HairBearHeroe>

    Anything that has the word “cult” attached tends to qualify.

    The Thing, Shawshank (although that was a critical darling), Blade Runner to a certain extent.

    Also anything that “found its audience on DVD”- so looking at you Dredd.

    In fact, 2000AD is a strong source of this sort of thing. It’s kind of a niche publication but Hollywood has had two stabs at a Judge Dredd film and a TV series on the way.

  5. @sagmog>

    I’m increasingly coming to the conclusion that politics / morality falls along this line too, at least to some extent. We are born with certain intuitions, preferences, and value hierarchies, from which everything else sort of just sorts itself out to form our worldview. We are then really really good at filling in the gaps with reasoning that supports it.

  6. @Tichtheid>

    I can see the problems with the White Messiah thing, but it’s also anti-colonialist.

    It’s a bit worse than that. In addition to the white messiah stuff, It trades heavily on the Noble Savage trope, and the “I see you” stuff is, I think, a Zulu greeting.

    Onna base level it’s a load of Gaia theory hippy claptrap that trades in racialist and colonialist tropes. Where shit blows up real good.

    I also like the idea of attacking the Space Military with Dragons. That by itself is practically enough to get me to watch the film.

    Mrs Cat fucking hates it. Easily her most hated film.

  7. @Dr Claws Cat>

    I can’t think of anything as niche as Firefly that generated a movement as ardent and mental as the Browncoats, though.

    Even more niche, but something I’ve been following – Critical Role.

    It started off as a livestream of a bunch of fairly accomplished voice actors playing a game of D&D – subsequently, they’ve sold out live shows, set up their own production company and are currently in the middle of a Kickstarter to fund an animated series. They blew through their initial $750,000 goal (for a 44 minute “animated special”) in 45 minutes and the pot is currently at a smidge under $8,000,000 with 23 days left on the Kickstarter.

    It’s batshit.

  8. @CJ>

    That was my broader point – such as it was.
    The question then becomes “can you train yourself to get your brain to behave itself?”
    Rather than just accepting it.

  9. @CJ>

    I’m increasingly coming to the conclusion that politics / morality falls along this line too, at least to some extent. We are born with certain intuitions, preferences, and value hierarchies, from which everything else sort of just sorts itself out to form our worldview. We are then really really good at filling in the gaps with reasoning that supports it.

    CJ has just invented Confirmation Bias.

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  10. I kind of want to add Battlestar Galatica to this list. The original series and film were much derided (but awesome theme choon) and I have no idea how successful they were. Enough that there was demand for a pompous reboot that then spun off into additional things too.

    And they got rid of the choon. Disgraceful.

  11. @HairBearHeroe>

    Here’s another good one- Deadpool.

    Deadpool was a niche comic character from the 90’s. The only person in the world that wanted a Deadpool film was Ryan Reynolds. Through sheer persistence and a tiny video that he funded they managed to create enough Fan Buzz for Fox to take a punt on it. Now it’s massive, and probably the most popular X-Men thing out there.

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  12. @Dr Claws Cat>

    Would MST3K be in the same boat as this too?

    Looking at the list of all time Kickstarters, yes it would. As would Veronica Mars.

    In fact, Veronica Mars is almost identical to Firefly, except a tenth of the budget.

    Deadpool is a great shout.

  13. @sagmog>

    The question then becomes “can you train yourself to get your brain to behave itself?”

    I think you can train your brain to see the world in different perceptual frameworks. That is still different types of misbehaving though.

  14. I’ve just noticed that I’ve been posting under the moniker of “HairBearHeroe”.

    It’s like my normal username, but ye olde.

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  15. @Tichtheid>

    It was a bit unfair of me, considering that the Gaia stuff in it is by far the least offensive thing in the film. It’s just a bit dumb.

    But it’s a dumb movie. I know “unobtanium” is actually a thing, but it’ not a good choice to make it the main mcguffin of the movie. It’s the most expensive B-movie ever made.

    On a purely visceral level I can sit there and watch the stretched smurf fight space panthers and shit like that, and as I say attacking the Space Military with Dragons and Bows and Arrows is objectively awesome. It’s when I think about it at all that the film collapses.

  16. We are born with certain intuitions, preferences, and value hierarchies, from which everything else sort of just sorts itself out to form our worldview. We are then really really good at filling in the gaps with reasoning that supports it.

    At risk of disappearing down a nature vs nurture rabbit holes I don’t think we’re born with a complete full immutable set of these things.

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