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  1. randomguy

    The Shield

    Julian is doing what any smart person would do. As far as Shane and Mara being scum, at this point all they are doing is trying to escape. Vic has gone totally insane, planning to kill a pregnant woman.
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    The Shield

    I wasn't a big fan of this episode or really the last season and a half or so. I feel like I did watching "A Simple Plan" where it becomes clear that the writers hate the characters and set up deliberate situations to screw them over. It's kind of silly that when both Corrinne and Ronnie were told that Vic killed Terry neither of them really cared at all. The whole show is based on that but apparently it's not actually important. I guess the idea is that people knew Vic was into some bad shit and so it doesn't come as a surprise, but that bad? Shooting another cop in the face? It's anticlamactic when the big reveal comes along and doesn't register. I love Shane, he's always been my favorite character, and for the first time I hate both Vic and Ronnie. What the hell, *they* tried to kill Shane. I'm not sure where the writers want our sympathies to lie but if they are trying to get me to hate Vic it's working. I don't see it ending well for Shane but I hope he ends up living on that goat farm. Edit: Maybe I'm just worn out by how unrelenting and heavy the last few seasons have been.
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    Tropic Thunder

    I noticed one scene where he was trying to play serious but was obviously trying not to laugh. He was giving a really eyes-bugged-out expression and alternating between stony and smiling. I love it when the actors enjoy the material and can't help but crack up, it's contagious. Great movie. I agree on the pacing, nothing got old, if you didn't like something it was over before it got annoying. So many great lines. Even the silly stuff like "when we get back to the states I'm going to teach you to juggle" worked. Probably the best laugh-out-loud movie I've seen in the theater. During most movies I'll be bemused or chuckling but during this one I was genuinely laughing hard at a lot of parts. Everything about Robert Downey Jr. was awesome. Not just his acting but also the script and the character concept. An Australian playing a black guy dressing up as an Asian farmer -- whoever thought of that needs a raise. "I'm a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude!" I hope the DVD includes some bonus material.
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    Weekend Box Office Report

    Statham needs to pick better scripts. Or maybe he isn't being offered good roles. I think he's a fine actor, hate most of his movies though.
  5. The spelling is all A's, no O's. I got 10. How the hell did you get 36?
  6. Since someone spoiled it, Matthew McCaughnawhatever getting eaten was the one good scene in Reign of Fire. And Scary Movie 2 is a great movie.
  7. Reign of Fire. It was good for one scene. If you've seen it you know exactly what I mean.
  8. The Asian remakes are bit different in that at least there is some reason to remake them in that many people wouldn't like subtitles or dubbing and have an aversion to foreign film. (Although personally I love subbed foreign films) I hear that "The Thing" is being remade as is "Escape from New York." Maybe every Carpenter movie will be remade eventually. I hear Stratham was supposed to be the main character in Ghosts of Mars and the studio forced in Ice Cube, maybe he could play that role in a remake... I don't understand the logic behind some remakes. To me it makes sense to either remake something in a new way or to fix some major flaws in the original. For example "The Thing" is a "remake" of the 1951 "The Thing From Another World" but it's actually based much more on the short story. (Which I just read the other night) It doesn't have much to do with the movie other than the basic setting, and it's far more faithful to the story which is a great reason to remake it. Now "Children of the Damned" had nothing new to say and it showed. It was just pointless. So a remake of "Running Man" that is closer to the source material could be cool, a remake of it that followed the same formula would be pointless. I think Halloween the original is a great movie but after 20 years of copycat flicks it can be hard to appreciate. You have to remember that when it came out it was something different. I guess whether you want a Michael backstory is a matter of preference, personally I like movies that don't feel the need to introduce the characters and give them origins. I don't need a real explanation for why Michael is fucked up. Also I would point out that the first Halloween is excellently constructed and shot, especially given the budget. This Death Race seems like it's just a generic, Hollywoodized version of the original that ditches what made the original interesting.
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    2008 Summer Olympics

    A lot of the gymnasts do have thick necks. I think Nastia is the best looking of the bunch. Maybe I find bitch-face hot.
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    How strong are you?

    I can bench about 230 and I weigh about 165. I'm naturally weak and unathletic but I work out a fair amount. Right now I'm trying to do more cardio and less weights though. When I was in college I was a workout fiend.
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    Tropic Thunder

    Downey playing an Australian playing a black guy is by itself absolutely hilarious.
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    The NFL Preseason Thread.

    That pick wasn't really his fault. Maybe it was a dangerous pass but the receiver had it in his hands. Edit: He looks pretty good at this point.
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    OMG! They killed Chef!

    The other night I rewatched Escape from New York. Great movie and Isaac Hayes was pretty enjoyable in that.
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    Japanese Bug Fighting.

    When I was in Japan a few years ago there was a popular arcade-style game based on this. You could find it nearly every big toy store and a lot of department stores. I think you would collect cards based on the type of bug and then fight it out or something. Edit: Here's a random link about it: http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2007/09/12/j...rcade-game.html
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    Bernie Mac Dead

    Apparently he had some sort of auto-immune disorder. Normal 50-year-olds don't die of pneumonia very often. Man that really sucks.
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    Broadway Brett beats retirement!

    Favre hasn't really been a great player for a while. In an era where quarterbacks are supposed to first and foremost protect the ball he makes a lot of ill-considered plays - a shovel pass into a guy's back, throwing into triple coverage, etc. Although he was better last year he's been a pick machine for a while now. It should be fun to watch but I suspect both Jets fans and Favre fans will be dissapointed. I think what we saw in Green Bay is the result of three years of Favre making noise about retiring, kind of retiring, then coming back. It got absurd. The guy retired and a month later we heard that he was thinking of coming back again. He was holding everyone emotionally hostage. It's like he was afraid he was becoming irrelevant and the way to keep his name in the headlines is to fake retire every year.
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    Weekend Box Office Report

    I've never seen all of Titanic, it seems like one of those movies that will quickly be forgotten. From what I can tell the main plot is pretty pedestrian, the acting and script are fair at best and the big action set pieces at the end will be outdone by later movies. And the Leo as hearthrob angle will also detiorate.
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    Weekend Box Office Report

    Midnight Meat Train is kind of a dissapointing choice for a Barker short-story adaptation. The story itself is pretty straightforward and is basically a generic slasher until the last few pages. Out all all the short stories to make into movies in the Books of Blood I can think of a dozen others that would be more interesting. (Although a few of them have already been made into movies or at least borrowed from) That said the book(s) (Books of Blood volume 1-3 and 4-6) get my highest possible reccomendation. Anyone who likes horror fiction is really missing out if they haven't read them. The director of MMT is the guy who directed Versus in Japan. That's a great B-movie with one actually terrific performance. (The crazy gangster guy)
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    Friday The 13th (2009)

    From what I hear this movie sounds terrible. They are trying to make it more "realistic" by having Jason be some sort of crazy survival nut and running around after people. I'm not a big fan of the movies to begin with, and at this point the "inventive kills of teens having sex" genre has been played out for 15 years. I love John Carpenter and I think Halloween is a good movie but unfortunately that opened the floodgates for 20+ years of dumb knockoffs that all have the exact same plot and selling points. These days most horror movies are about who died and how and that's it.
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    Weekend boxoffice report July 25-27

    X-Files isn't a surprise. The fanbase has dwindled, the first movie wasn't very good, this one has been getting terrible reviews and looks boring. At this point I'm not sure people would get excited even about a really good X-Files movie, let alone a terrible one. It's too soon for a nostalgia bump and too late for X-Files fans.
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    This Week in Baseball 7/14 - 7/20

    Every time I've seen him come up in pressure situations on a big stage he's sucked. He may be having a great year but that situation was custom-made for failure. There is a lot of luck to pitching but when I've seen Lidge implode in the past it's been because his stuff was flat and getting a lot of the plate, and that's not bad luck, it's bad pitching.
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    This Week in Baseball 7/14 - 7/20

    Great game. Knew it was over when Lidge came in. The third error on Uggla was BS, that was a crazy crazy hop.
  23. I second Machine Girl, it was good for what it was.
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    2008 NBA Finals: Lakers vs. Celtics

    Obviously he's being gored from behind by a giant invisible Rhino.
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    Worst President Ever?

    Well the Magna Carta was originally signed in 1215 (1250?). I'd say this ruling moves us forward to that time again, from our 900 AD policies of the past few years.