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7801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: December 04, 2008, 05:21:30 PM
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A movie that is tongue in cheek often employs silliness of plot as a part of the overall effect.
 

<edited to be 90 percent less aggressive since that wasn't my intent...it was just pre-lunch talk   icon_biggrin>

Let's just put it this way:  you're operating under the assumption that those of us who enjoyed it were expecting to feel challenged by the plot.  It was based on a comic book about a guild of super assassins.  I don't believe any of us were expecting to walk out of the theater talking about the story.  We enjoyed it for what it was, just as we enjoyed Shoot 'em Up for what it was:  a light popcorn flick for a saturday afternoon matinee.  The focus of each and every commercial for both films was decidedly on the action.  That should serve as some indication that the makers of Wanted weren't out to draw in the same crowds as those found in Terms of Endearment. 

7802  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: December 04, 2008, 05:05:58 PM
so a movie can overcome bad plot and even worse dialog by simply being tongue in cheek?  i guess paris hilton's The Hottie and the Nottie is friggin' Citizen Kane to you folks.   icon_lol

p.s. i thought we were putting away our hash?   icon_confused 
7803  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find a hairstyle (and a stylist) on: December 04, 2008, 04:47:43 PM
You feelin' okay, pete?  that post was under 1200 words....
7804  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: December 04, 2008, 04:44:42 PM
you probably should've thought of that before whipping out your hash a few posts back.   Tongue
7805  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: December 04, 2008, 04:20:12 PM
my point exactly.   icon_biggrin
7806  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: December 04, 2008, 03:34:01 PM

Quote from: Crux on December 04, 2008, 03:21:22 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 04, 2008, 02:31:13 PM

Quote from: kratz on December 03, 2008, 09:29:22 PM

Bullshit.

Thinking it is horrible has nothing to do with the far fetchedness of the premise.  It's just a really bad movie with a really bad plot, crappy dialog, and cardboard performances.

hypocrisy:  bitching about the plot and dialog in Wanted after spending multiple posts defending Shoot "em Up.   icon_lol



Shoot 'em Up never took itself seriously though.

his outburst never once mentioned the level of seriousness which the film displayed.  it specifically mentioned bad plot and crappy dialog.  both are abundantly available in either film.
7807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Gen Chronicles of Riddick still coming? on: December 04, 2008, 02:54:00 PM
Damn, this cannot come soon enough.   icon_biggrin
7808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Next Gen Chronicles of Riddick still coming? on: December 04, 2008, 02:50:55 PM
So this DOES include all the material from the xbox release as well as new material for the 360? 

if so then  eek

in!
7809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 PC! Now with the worst copy protection scheme I've ever... read about on: December 04, 2008, 02:42:00 PM
Yeah, both Impulse and Steam get my gaming dollars first if they offer something I want at the same price as the stores.  I had to rebuild my system yet again last night (thank you microsoft and vista 64 for some truly screwed up drivers that will destroy your system if you're not careful) and after i got the OS back up and running, I simply installed Impulse and Steam, logged in and then went to bed after telling them to download and install my games.  Woke up this morning and they were all there waiting for me.  no muss, no fuss.   icon_biggrin
7810  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: December 04, 2008, 02:31:13 PM

Quote from: kratz on December 03, 2008, 09:29:22 PM

Bullshit.

Thinking it is horrible has nothing to do with the far fetchedness of the premise.  It's just a really bad movie with a really bad plot, crappy dialog, and cardboard performances.

hypocrisy:  bitching about the plot and dialog in Wanted after spending multiple posts defending Shoot "em Up.   icon_lol
7811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find a hairstyle (and a stylist) on: December 04, 2008, 02:22:32 PM
It looks great, Is.  Good job!

I remember years ago when a young peterock came to these shores.  He was using a flowbee for all his stylist needs at that time.

 

I told him to ditch the $19.99 wonder tool and get himself to a real salon.  I also told him that only gay pornstars had mustaches like that. 

He found a great beautician and the rest is history....

...but he kept the mustache.

7812  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Creed to reunite? on: December 03, 2008, 08:39:39 PM
Do you think the girl in the center of that photo was aware she would forever be part of a "beef sandwich"?
7813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA4 PC! Now with the worst copy protection scheme I've ever... read about on: December 03, 2008, 08:15:21 PM
wow, this looks to be a pretty borked release.  hopefully rockstar will get their act together.  although this could be just their way of forcing people to play their games on consoles.   icon_wink
7814  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At What Point is it Stealing? on: December 03, 2008, 07:47:12 PM
Tuscan Milk is akin to Blood Diamonds, however.  The U.S. cannot condone the methods used by italians in acquiring the milk (repeatedly punching the cow in the forehead while demanding production?  it's inhuman), so Food Lion (The current Fort Knox of our milk reserves) will not stock it.
7815  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At What Point is it Stealing? on: December 03, 2008, 07:35:41 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 03, 2008, 07:20:57 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 03, 2008, 06:19:06 PM

P.S.  When did milk replace the gold standard around here?

Would you prefer fresh whole rabbit? Or maybe Uranium ore?

 icon_lol  read the "customer reviews" for the uranium. 

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I had recently purchased a used car from my friend Dr. Emmitt Brown, and was told I needed to purchase nuclear material to enjoy the full benefits of the car. I saw this item on Amazon and thought I was in luck. Unfortunately, the use of uranium in my Delorean had some unforseen consequences. As I entered a California freeway, I knew I had to speed up to 90 MPH, or I would be run off the road. As I approached this speed, many weird things started to happen, and long story short, I was somehow transported to the year 1996. Knowing the past sports outcomes of the last decade, I went to Las Vegas and correctly predicted the winner of every World Series, Super Bowl, NBA Finals. Now, I am a billionaire and married to my childhood sweetheart, after I killed her husband. Thank you uranium ore, for making my dreams come true.
7816  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Creed to reunite? on: December 03, 2008, 07:22:52 PM
From the gossip column items on the lead singer's drug and alcohol fueled exploits over the last few years, I was convinced that "christian" was the last thing they were.

In any case, this is definitely a band I can do without.  Wake me up when Phantom, Rocker and Slick get back together.   Tongue
7817  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [FFG] Android... on: December 03, 2008, 07:18:31 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on November 25, 2008, 03:48:57 PM

Quote from: Graham on November 25, 2008, 01:57:00 AM

Yeah, we had the information on this in the morning:

http://www.gamingtrend.com/News/news.php?NewsID=12928

The video is there as well.

I'm going to be trying to get a copy from FFG for review.  Hopefully I will still get Battlestar Galactica as well.

Very nice!  BSG looks to be a good game overall! 



Picked up BSG a couple weeks ago (get it now, if you're going to order from FFG as the price is going from 39.99 to 49.99 soon).  Got two games in last friday night with the gang.  Humans lost both times.  I love the Cylon mechanic in the game but you need to be careful when you're trying to hide which side you're on.  Overall, I give it 4 out of 5 stars.  I think it needs a bit more card variety to push it over the edge to greatness.

p.s. like i need another game, but damn if you folks haven't put Android on my radar now.   icon_mad  icon_wink
7818  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At What Point is it Stealing? on: December 03, 2008, 07:10:46 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 03, 2008, 06:53:41 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 03, 2008, 06:51:49 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 03, 2008, 06:40:17 PM

I'm flawed

I call baloney.

+1

My fantastic hair will sometimes blind people to this fact, I know.  But you need to look past the almost perfect pompadour I sport and see the...

...ah, who am i kiddin'.  perfect hair's enough.
7819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At What Point is it Stealing? on: December 03, 2008, 06:40:17 PM
I'm sure Arkon acts exactly how he says he does.  I have some friends who can't imagine NOT doing the right thing at all times.  I respect them and wish I could be more like them, to be truthful.

However, I'm also fully aware that I'm flawed and instead of trying to rise above those flaws, sometimes I find myself reveling in them (or, at the very least, living peacefully with them).   icon_redface
7820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Creed to reunite? on: December 03, 2008, 06:36:59 PM
I always think of this Onion article when I think of Creed.  Didn't they start out as a christian rock group or something? 
7821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's vent on: December 03, 2008, 06:31:01 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on December 03, 2008, 05:46:42 PM

Yeah, I lost my nice job at a computer company and I'm working for Best Buy now.  I hate it.  I care more about my job than most of my fellow employees and it bothers me.  I have an application out for a tech support job for a mid-sized ISP, and I'm hoping that works out.  I can stick around BB, and I know I'll be in management shortly if I do, but I don't want to be.

Eel, have you tried any of the tech placement services?  I know they're mostly scams, but some of them do help you get your foot in the door.  A friend of mine has used them a few times to get placed on Exchange admin jobs.  The last one kept him around after the contract ran out as a full time employee.
7822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At What Point is it Stealing? on: December 03, 2008, 06:19:06 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 03, 2008, 04:10:08 PM

So if you find a wallet that has 5.00 and a well worn picture of some adorable but obviously underfed children you'll return it  because the guy is broke, but if the wallet has 500.00 in it and one of those black american express cards, you don't because the guy obviously has no worries about money?

Not sure why the store size makes a difference.

In the case of the latter scenario, I would return it.  However, I would also return late at night and start living in the guy's crawlspace.  He's rich, for cryin' out loud. 

P.S.  When did milk replace the gold standard around here?

Sincerely,

Hetz
7823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At What Point is it Stealing? on: December 03, 2008, 02:36:49 PM
I'll be honest:  I probably wouldn't unless it was a small store run by someone who I knew.  I would love to say I would, but I know a combination of being too damn lazy to drive back there, combined with my innate love of keeping my money would get the better of me.  Would I actively steal something?  No.  But when it falls into your lap like this, I can't fault people for succumbing to their baser desires.   icon_frown
7824  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: FINAL WEEK!: Food Lion: Buy 6 Milks Get 1 Free: FINAL WEEK! on: December 03, 2008, 01:42:28 AM
 icon_lol

okay, that answers my previous question....
7825  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Fantasy Flight Games holiday sale on: December 03, 2008, 01:41:03 AM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 02, 2008, 10:31:05 PM

Quote from: kadnod on December 02, 2008, 08:43:01 PM

Fantasy Flight is having a pretty decent sale on some of their board, mini and card games.

If you are in the market for apes wearing power armor, this is the deal for you!

Sale ends 12/9.

Any of those $5 board games worth a damn? Particularly for 2 players?

Unfortunately, the ones I see listed are either games I wouldn't recommend or that I haven't played.  The only exception is Wreckage, which I've heard some good things about. 
7826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BSG prequel movie and series on: December 02, 2008, 09:06:27 PM
There are 4 words that when uttered, cause me to almost magically rise from my couch and turn off my television:

"SciFi Original Movie Event"
7827  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Fantasy Flight Games holiday sale on: December 02, 2008, 09:00:17 PM
Aren't they raising their prices on everything soon?  if so, this is a doubly good deal. 

I got Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game a couple weeks ago for 39.99.  Great, great game. 
7828  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: FINAL WEEK!: Food Lion: Buy 6 Milks Get 1 Free: FINAL WEEK! on: December 02, 2008, 08:58:01 PM
I start to laugh because I think SL's got a running joke going here, then I stop as I think perhaps he's being serious. 

I'm just so confused...
7829  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's vent on: December 02, 2008, 08:53:47 PM
I had to stop looking at my 401K balance.  I know it's not an actual view of dollars in my possession, but it still freaks me out to see the value I've lost. 

Also, as I get older, I start to realize I can't really stand IT work.  However, I'm afraid to make a career change this late in life.  Maybe someday I'll give myself the kick in the pants to go out and try to find something I love doing.   icon_frown
7830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BSG prequel movie and series on: December 02, 2008, 08:47:14 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 02, 2008, 08:36:32 PM

Quote from: hepcat on December 02, 2008, 08:26:31 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on December 02, 2008, 08:25:21 PM

Welp wont be watching ti...probably wont make it a full season.


So YOU'RE that Nielsen fellow I keep hearing about!

Too bad he couldn't save Stargate Atlantis  icon_twisted

Wasn't that the show that included a smart eccentric guy, a rough and tough alien warrior, a no nonsense military guy and a hot alien babe?  or was that one of the other 732 shows using that same cast that I'm thinking of?
7831  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: BSG prequel movie and series on: December 02, 2008, 08:26:31 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on December 02, 2008, 08:25:21 PM

Welp wont be watching ti...probably wont make it a full season.


So YOU'RE that Nielsen fellow I keep hearing about!
7832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man makes working Gears of War gun/chainsaw on: December 02, 2008, 07:20:26 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 02, 2008, 07:05:31 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on December 02, 2008, 06:47:53 PM

Boo. It's an electric chainsaw. Back to the drawing board.

Well, considering you'd have to keep the gas chainsaw running for it to be any use, the electric is probably a bit more stealthy.

It's a freakin' chainsaw attached to an automatic rifle.  Where were you planning on running your stealth mission with this thing?  The main floor of a Ford plant on a Wednesday afternoon?   icon_biggrin
7833  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [History] 8 rebellious US regions on: December 02, 2008, 06:42:04 PM
  This article on 8 US regions that have tried to secede from the union made me chuckle.

My personal favorite is the Conch Republic.   icon_lol

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In the early-1980s, the U.S. Border Patrol set up a checkpoint at the entrance to the Florida Keys in an effort to stop illegal drugs and immigrants. The time to check everyone's identification at the checkpoint resulted in a 20-mile traffic jam that turned tourists away, thus damaging the economy in the Keys.

After numerous legal attempts to have the checkpoint removed, on April 23, 1982, Key West mayor Dennis Wardlow declared the Florida Keys were seceding from the Union.

Moments later, now-Prime Minister Wardlow symbolically declared war on the U.S. by breaking a stale piece of Cuban bread over the head of a man dressed in a U.S. Navy uniform. One minute later, Wardlow turned to the Admiral in charge of the U.S. Naval Base at Key West and surrendered, thus ending the Conch Republic's Civil Rebellion. He then immediately asked for $1 billion in federal aid to help rebuild his war-torn nation's economy.

While officially the Republic only existed for one minute, the tongue-in-cheek spirit of the rebellion lives on. Today you can buy Conch Republic citizen and diplomatic passports (both of which have been used for international travel, though they are not intended to be official documents) and even an official flag of the republic (complete with the awesome motto, "We seceded where others failed"). The community has even minted a series of limited edition one-conch dollar coins that can be used as legal tender while in the Keys.
7834  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Man makes working Gears of War gun/chainsaw on: December 02, 2008, 06:18:36 PM
There's such a fine line between "Awesome" and "Amputee".   icon_wink
7835  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sons of Anarchy on: December 01, 2008, 06:37:01 PM
I liked the first season.  I started off kinda wary, but it quickly won me over. 
7836  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Bond movie trailer rules on: December 01, 2008, 04:46:39 PM
I saw it over the thanksgiving holiday.  I really enjoyed it.  Craig continues to breathe new life into a character that was rapidly becoming a goofy caricature of an action hero. 
7837  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Shield: Season 7 (the final season)(spoilers inevitable) on: November 21, 2008, 05:22:09 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 20, 2008, 02:18:52 PM

Quote from: stimpy on November 19, 2008, 09:35:28 PM

One of the best uses of dramatic pause that I've ever seen.

No doubt...that was one of the best episodes in 7 seasons I think.  I didn't expect that interview to go down that way - I never expected him to admit to everything.  It was a bit of an 'unburden yourself, Mr. Faust' kinda thing.

I was surprised as well.  Him turning on Ronnie was completely unexpected...even if it was for what he thought was a noble reason.  I just loved Olivia's line, "Do you have any idea what you've just done to me?" after about the 28th admission of a felony.   icon_lol
7838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir Impressions? on: November 21, 2008, 04:20:16 PM
I WOULD have impressions if I wasn't spending 4 hours trying to decide what characters to roll up.   icon_biggrin
7839  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTORO Volume 2: Mines of Moria (impressions/screens) on: November 20, 2008, 08:48:18 PM
Unfortunately, Lich King hit the shelves first so I'll be playing that for a few months.  However, I fully intend to come back to LOTRO for a spell when things settle down.  Sounds like they added some great content!
7840  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes - What Happened to a once promising show? on: November 20, 2008, 08:24:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 20, 2008, 07:54:51 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 20, 2008, 07:30:43 PM

They've vowed to go back to what made the show good - focus on characters and character moments - but in all honesty I think it's too late for that.

It's never too late!

Next episode opening scene:

Mama Petrelli abruptly sits up in her bed in the middle of the night.  "What a horrible, progressively worse, and internally inconsistent dream I just had!  We must not let this happen."

Plot continues on a different path from the point of the season 1 finale, and we pretend season 2 and 3 never happened.

Yatta!

...then Patrick Duffy walks out of the shower and we cut to Bob Newhart waking up next to his first wife.
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