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8401  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]hellboy 2 on: July 14, 2008, 05:40:35 PM
Thankfully Meet Dave made, like, 14 dollars at the theaters this past weekend.
8402  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 14, 2008, 05:25:10 PM

Quote from: LordMortis on July 14, 2008, 05:03:45 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 14, 2008, 05:00:00 PM

hmmm...i never made that connection.  I just kept seeing Danny Kaye in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.   icon_biggrin

Never seen it (that I remember).  But I can remember loving old Danny Kaye movies growing up.  Was it any good?

it's been a long time since i saw it, but it's danny kaye in his prime.  i would definitely recommend it.  as a matter of fact, i'm going to add it to my netflix queue right now.   icon_wink
8403  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 14, 2008, 05:00:00 PM
hmmm...i never made that connection.  I just kept seeing Danny Kaye in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.   icon_biggrin
8404  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 14, 2008, 04:46:09 PM
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It failed to show proper homage to Scrubs.

 icon_confused
8405  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]hellboy 2 on: July 14, 2008, 03:39:15 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 14, 2008, 03:26:39 PM

WTF is Meet Dave?

I truly envy you...
8406  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movies]hellboy 2 on: July 14, 2008, 03:24:42 PM
Saw it saturday after 3 rum and cokes at the bar attached to the Evanston 12 cinema.  Really enjoyed what I can remember.  I agree with someone else's assessment that the continuity of HB's relationship to Jeffrey Timbor's character was off from the first one.  However, the visuals alone in this movie make it a keeper.  Plus, more Abe is never a bad thing.

Glad to hear it made number 1 at the box office this past weekend.  Good directors who take a chance and make interesting films should make money...while the people who made Meet Dave should be pushed into making DMV crash videos.
8407  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Oh how I've missed you, Mr. Cohen on: July 07, 2008, 07:33:00 PM
As in Sacha Baron Cohen, the satirist comedian behind Borat...or, as I like to call it, "The Movie That Almost Made Me Wet Myself in a Public Place".

This time he's working the world with his Austrian Male Model character, Bruno.

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It's unclear whether his Mossad retirement benefit card will be confiscated, but former spy and current political analyst Yossi Alpher is certainly feeling sheepish after being fooled by actor Sacha Baron Cohen, aka Borat.

Cohen was in Jerusalem two weeks ago filming scenes for his next movie, Bruno, based on a character the British comedian played in his Da Ali G Show. In that show, Cohen played Bruno as a flamboyant Austrian fashion and celebrity journalist, regularly interviewing unwitting members of the public who weren't aware he wasn't a real person.

Cohen's producers contacted Alpher, a writer on Israel-related strategic issues and co-editor of the Israeli-Palestinian political Web site Bitterlemons, and asked him to be interviewed along with a Palestinian for a documentary that would explain the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the youth of the world.

"The producers explained that our interviewer, a German rock star, was the perfect person to establish strong communication with our audience," Alpher wrote in a column that appeared in The Forward.

Alpher - who served in the Israel Defense Forces as an intelligence officer, followed by 12 years' service in the Mossad and senior positions at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University and the American Jewish Committee's Israel/Middle East office - realized something might not be quite kosher when the "rock star" interviewee brought up Hamas:

"Vait, vait. Vat's zee connection between a political movement and food? Vy humous?" asked the interviewer in heavily accented English, echoing the obsession with the chickpea spread shared by Adam Sandler's Zohan. "Yesterday I had to throw away my pita bread because it vas dripping humous. Unt it's too high in carbohydrates."

The absurd Hamas-humous confusion went on for several minutes, and Alpher began to smell a rat, but stuck with the interview nonetheless - thus joining the long list of prominent figures down the years who have sought to maintain their gravitas while being tricked by one of Cohen's ridiculous personas.

It got worse, Alpher acknowledged: "Then the interviewer declared, 'Your conflict is not so bad. Jennifer-Angelina is worse.'"

Alpher and his Palestinian partner exchanged puzzled glances at the comparison of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie fighting over Brad Pitt, but because they had both received a fee for their appearance, and still hadn't completely internalized that their interviewer was not exactly who he seemed, they soldiered on.

"We played it straight and square... We smiled at the idiotic questions and answered them patiently... We knew something ludicrous was happening but couldn't quite figure it out," Alpher wrote. "Our rock-star host concluded with a mind-boggling song about the epic Middle East conflict between 'Jews and Hindus.' At the crescendo, he grabbed our hands and joined them with his."

Only after the completion of the interview did Alpher realize he'd been had, and that Cohen in the guise of Bruno had struck again.

Alpher had signed a release form before being filmed for the movie, due to be released in May 2009, so he won't likely be filing a lawsuit against Cohen like some of the comedian's patsies in 2006's smash hit Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Trying to make the best of the experience, Alpher asserted, "We ourselves were not being ridiculed - only the conflict that occupies and preoccupies us." 
8408  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There Will Be Blood on: July 07, 2008, 07:29:12 PM
please don't misunderstand my post.  it wasn't directed at anyone at all.  i was simply trying to make it clear that i wasn't actually upset with anyone for not liking the movie.    icon_wink
8409  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There Will Be Blood on: July 07, 2008, 06:21:51 PM
LM is right about one thing, it is a matter of opinions at this point.  No one is wrong for disliking the film just as no one is wrong for loving it.  I absolutely loathe Clerks 2 since I thought it was an annoying bit of cliched angst using tired jokes and wrapped in the cloak of indie hipness, but i also understand that many folks around here loved it.  does that make either side any less intelligent or cool?  no. 

...it just means i won't be invited to movie night by many of you.   icon_biggrin
8410  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There Will Be Blood on: July 07, 2008, 04:56:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 07, 2008, 04:52:07 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 06, 2008, 02:59:12 PM

but the next time i see you, i'm gonna punch you in the forehead so hard that you're gonna forget who you are for 15 minutes.   Tongue

note to self:  avoid hepcat at Origins 2009.

why would you ruin your perfect streak of DOING EXACTLY THAT FOR THE LAST 3 DAMN YEARS!?!

(by the way, i was only teasin' scuba.  i actually like the guy)
8411  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Age of Conan Impressions on: July 07, 2008, 02:03:14 PM
Think I'm gonna take a little break from AoC.  Just cancelled but I'll probably check back in after a few months to see how things are going.  I'll be around until my subscription ends on july 20th, though.  I think there's a good game underneath it all but a combination of burnout on MMORPG's in general and my desire to step back from the game until it matures a bit more makes spending the money on it right now less attractive than it should be.
8412  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 07, 2008, 01:56:58 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 07, 2008, 12:54:02 PM

It wasn't until this thread derailed into football that it was moved to P&RN?   icon_confused

Football IS a religion to many Americans, you know.
8413  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/7) on: July 07, 2008, 01:55:36 PM
Game Informer had a glowing review of Civ so I'll most likely pick that one up on the 360.  I needs me a strategy fix on a console, dagnabit!

 icon_biggrin

note:  IGN gave it 8.8 out of 10.  Looking at gamerankings.com it seems the average is in the 80 percent range.  Sounds like it's a winner so far!
8414  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 04:24:41 PM

Quote from: msduncan on July 06, 2008, 03:40:57 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 06, 2008, 03:12:03 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 06, 2008, 02:28:07 PM

i personally prefer to see Off Topic remain full of goofy, fun posts and personal stories of car trouble, health issues and sexual dysfunction. 

Can you recommend an HDTV for me?

52 inch Sharp Aquos.     Abes of Maine is where I found the best deal.   Amazing set!

i wish there was an upgrade option for samsung.  my 42" 720p set just seems ancient compared to some of these new systems.   icon_cry
8415  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There Will Be Blood on: July 06, 2008, 02:59:12 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on July 06, 2008, 03:48:25 AM

I just watched it tonight with my folks.  Horrible, horrible movie.  I want nothing more than to retrieve those 150 utterly wasted minutes of my life.  The main actor did an exceptional job and the cinematography was nice, I'll give the movie that, but everything else was complete crap. 

Music?  There's ominous strings scattered throughout to no purpose.  There's no suspense, no danger, no scenes of terrible acts to warrant it.  Pacing?  What pacing?  Listening to Ben Stein read the dictionary would be a 90 minute action thriller compared to this.  Plot?  The plot was about as exciting as a narration of a day at work.

If the movie had been condensed into a 60 minute format, it may have risen to mediocrity maybe even been slightly interesting.  As it is, it's a character study that only spends a small fraction of the time actually developing the characters in a meaningful way.  Eventually the main character becomes as crazy as the director and writers (perhaps this was an autobiographical piece of sorts?).  This is the type of artsy, cliquey movie that the critics will rave about because it makes them look like they know what they're talking about and like they have powers of artistic analysis ordinary people are incapable of.

scuba, i've gamed with you at octocon and i and all my friends think you're a great guy (even though lawboy swooped in and stole your thunder towards the end of the roborally game) ...but the next time i see you, i'm gonna punch you in the forehead so hard that you're gonna forget who you are for 15 minutes.   Tongue

there will be blood is an instant american classic.  i place it almost on the same level as Citizen Kane in its depth and vision (although nothing will ever overtake Kane in the pantheon of great movies.  the number of cinematic innovations contained in that film still boggle the mind). 
8416  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 06, 2008, 02:28:07 PM
this really should go to R&P, though.  As it stands it's quickly becoming a flash fire. i personally prefer to see Off Topic remain full of goofy, fun posts and personal stories of car trouble, health issues and sexual dysfunction. 
8417  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Mutant Chronicles on: July 05, 2008, 08:40:31 PM

Quote from: jpinard on July 05, 2008, 08:38:05 PM

Looks awesome.  Hated Sky Captain so I hope it's not like that.  BTW, anyone konw the name of the music in the last 3rd of the preview?  IT's been used for several movie previews I think.

you know, Sky Captain looked amazing in trailers and sounded fantastic in concept.  However, I literally fell asleep while watching it.  I can't quite put my finger on what ingredient failed, but something in the mix made the whole movie fall apart for me.   icon_confused
8418  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fourth of July Reflections on: July 05, 2008, 08:29:43 PM

Quote from: Razgon on July 05, 2008, 12:49:29 PM

As a non-american, to me the OP's statements contains astounding levels of national elitism and self-centeredness (and I'm trying so hard to refrain from using words that I'll regret) I've not seen since Armageddon...


Armegeddon was a magnificent movie that taught me a very valuable lesson about this great country of ours:  if we EVER see a huge friggin' meteor approaching the earth I can negotiate a tax free future by volunteering to sit behind Bruce Willis.

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Seriously, just because his job lets him read more books than most people doesn't mean much.
  reading and comprehending are not always mutually inclusive (as Moliere has so eloquently proven  icon_wink ).
8419  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Mutant Chronicles on: July 05, 2008, 06:11:00 PM

Quote from: IceBear on July 05, 2008, 04:39:54 PM

I know it was an RPG (with a new edition coming out with the movie).  Not sure about the board game but wouldn't doubt it.

it was a board game a while back and they're releasing a new version soon.
8420  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First review of 'The Dark Knight' on: July 04, 2008, 01:53:16 AM

Quote from: rickfc on July 03, 2008, 05:03:08 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 03, 2008, 04:50:23 PM

The ONLY complaint I have about Nolan's take on the Batman franchise is his use of vehicles.  The complex psychological struggles Bruce Wayne deals with both in and out of costume tends to lose some of its gravity when he gets on that goofy bike in the commercials.  Personally, I would have preferred he placed the batmobile, batbike, batboat, batjet and the batsedgeway more in the background than he already has.

However, if that's my ONLY complaint about Nolan's direction...well, that should tell you how much of a genius I think he is.   icon_wink

I'm really looking forward to this one.  Ledger sounds like he's captured the Joker I've always wanted to see onscreen.

I don't see what the problem is with the vehicles.  He's super-fucking-rich, he has all of the other toys and suit, so shouldn't he have a badass vehicle to get across town in?

i just find the vehicles to be a bit..well..overly unrealistic in a film that tries to ground itself in at least a modicum of reality.  it's a very, very minor complaint and i could be proven horribly wrong after i see the film.  however, that dang "batbike" in the commercials just makes me chuckle every time i see it. 

during the period i read batman comics, the vehicles were (in my memory) much less prominent.  i honestly think that it wasn't until burton's first batman that the cars/bikes/boats/etc. became almost supporting characters.  (edit:  i should revise that and bring up the 60's batman with adam west as the batmobile was huge during that show's run)

again, this is JUST an opinion.  and one that could easily be washed away in the sheer awesomeness of dark knight.   icon_biggrin
8421  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Band Recommendation: Witchcraft on: July 04, 2008, 01:30:52 AM
me like.  i'll have to pick up some of their stuff.  sweden has been churning out some great bands over the last decade or so.  must be all that "being neutral" stuff...
8422  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So any interest in doing a Forum weight loss challenge? on: July 04, 2008, 01:22:58 AM
stumbled across this site earlier today while looking for an online calorie counter.  the food diary alone is worth registering with the site...plus it's free.  according to their estimate for a healthy weight loss plan, i need to take in around 1700 calories a day.

right now i'm trying something a friend of mine swears by.  he lost a lot of weight doing the "QOD Diet" .  the gist of it is that you eat healthy every other day and then very little on the "off days".  I'm limiting myself to 500 to 600 calories on the off day though as he stressed that it made following the plan much easier.  however, the moment i feel that it's not working i'll just switch back to low calorie every day.

by the way, can anyone suggest a good, safe, natural appetite suppressant?
8423  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fireworks..what to look for? on: July 04, 2008, 01:14:48 AM
head to south carolina.  if my recent visit is any indication, they are the roadside firework store capital of the United States...
8424  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Axis&Allies and Conquest of the Empire on: July 04, 2008, 01:13:35 AM

Quote from: gameoverman on July 03, 2008, 09:37:11 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 03, 2008, 07:31:19 PM

...
Roborally

Hehe, Robo orally.

worse yet:  rob orally
8425  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hellboy 2 trailer pt2 new as of 4/4/08 on: July 03, 2008, 07:32:11 PM

Quote from: disarm on April 04, 2008, 10:36:55 PM

definitely has some potential.  the first movie was fun, but not great...this one looks a little more imaginative, and after seeing what del Toro did with Pan's Labyrinth, i'm very interested to see how the new Hellboy turns out.  i really think he's improved as a director and storyteller since the original.

Quote from: jpinard on April 04, 2008, 08:07:07 PM

Is David Hyde Pierce doing the voicework for Abe Sapien?  I loved his voice in that role.

i'm pretty sure that he's back...and i think it sounded like him in the trailers.

nope, it's doug jones finally getting to voice the character he physically plays.

del toro is one of only a few directors that get my opening day ticket money on anything they do.   icon_biggrin
8426  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Axis&Allies and Conquest of the Empire on: July 03, 2008, 07:31:19 PM
Years ago a friend of mine who worked for Chessex (a game distributor) gave me 1st edition copies of Roborally and all the expansions over the course of 3 birthdays. 

About 4 years ago some jackass stole my car.  I eventually got the car back (and then traded it in) but they'd cleared out the trunk...the trunk in which I'd placed my beloved Roborally games after a night of gaming with friends. 

Flash forward to this year's Origins.  I'm perusing a dealer's booth and I see these 1st edition copies going for 150 to 200 dollars a pop.   eek

...i think i openly wept right on the spot.
8427  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 06:33:57 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 03, 2008, 06:29:10 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 03, 2008, 05:50:23 PM

Wanted, as I've stated from post 1, is an action film on par with Shoot 'Em Up.  Both are good at what they do:  giving the audience over the top action.  Neither aspire to anything higher.  if you believe Wanted was trying to do so, then I feel you misunderstood the intention of the film. 

Yeah, you are misunderstanding me if you think that I expected Wanted to be anything other than an over the top action film... I just don't think it was good at it.  Shoot 'Em Up succeeds where Wanted fails because Shoot 'Em Up is comfortable being an over the top action flick and in fact revels in it, while Wanted wants to have story and depth that it just can't maintain... or even establish.

and those opinions are fine.  i just disagree with them.  i thought Shoot 'Em Up and Wanted succeeded and I felt that both were "comfortable" with what they were.  As I noted earlier, at no time did i feel that i was being preached to or that the film aspired to be anything more than an action film.  you felt that it did, although i don't see how you can justify that feeling without getting hold of the writer or director and having him post in this thread that that was his intent.  However, the opposite holds true for my side of the discussion as well.  therefore all we can do is discuss this issue using opinions as our only source of proof.  unless "having a feeling" has become admissible in most courts of law?  in that case, i feel OJ was guilty and demand a retrial!
8428  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Funniest/Craziest MMO Moment on: July 03, 2008, 06:18:22 PM
Not an experience i had personally, but one that Mr. Fed posted about years ago on OO.  It was a link to a discussion thread on an EQ2 forum concerning someone who'd had "cyber sex" with another character in his virtual dwelling in the game...without noticing that he'd left the room open to everyone and that a stealthed rogue character snuck in and had taken many, many screenshots of the whole incident.  The chat dialog was also on display in the thread.  

I remember laughing my ass off for about 2 days over that one.  Reading through the guy's protestations about what REALLY happened was comedy gold.   icon_lol

edit:  wow, somethingawful.com still has the story .
8429  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 06:13:17 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 03, 2008, 06:12:11 PM

You get so cranky.

me?  i suggested we shake and laugh. 
8430  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Hostages Rescued in Colombia on: July 03, 2008, 06:12:41 PM
Anyone interested in starting an Illinois chapter of FARC?

8431  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 05:50:23 PM
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You think that's how you show a backstory?  What made the backstory in SEU effective was the lack of the 'This happened, then this happened, then this happened' voiceover (preceded, I might add, by a 'This happened then this happened' prologue)... they just let the character establish himself, and then let slip a few key nuggets about his past as part of a conversation the bad guys are having about him... then they let you fill in the blanks yourself.  It's smarter, and it gives the audience credit for being smart enough to both figure some stuff out on their own and engage them in their individual perception of the character.  With Wanted, we were told absolutely everything about the character throughout the whole movie.  There wasn't any depth to *any* of the characters.


my example was "a way" not the "only way".  you're assigning the term "smart" because Shoot 'Em Up appealed to you more than Wanted apparently has.  However, let's not assume for one second that your opinion is fact.  i would go so far as to say that the off hand comment from the antagonist in Shoot 'Em Up was far dumber than the standard linear method used for the presentation of the backstory for the main character in Wanted. 

you also seem to work under the misconception that obfuscation equals clever.  simply put, no...it doesn't.  the minuscule amount of information given the audience in Shoot 'Em Up for Mr. Smith does not display even one iota of cleverness.  Nor does it give the audience the ability to go home feeling like they've been mentally challenged by the film.   icon_lol

Wanted, as I've stated from post 1, is an action film on par with Shoot 'Em Up.  Both are good at what they do:  giving the audience over the top action.  Neither aspire to anything higher.  if you believe Wanted was trying to do so, then I feel you misunderstood the intention of the film.  I felt that the story in Wanted (and I've already admitted it's full of holes) was a bit stronger than the nearly non-existent one presented in Shoot 'Em Up.  Neither are going to win an Oscar, however.  This is why I used Shoot 'Em Up for comparison purposes and not Lawrence of Arabia.

In the long run, the films we're using as examples of smart vs. dumb action films makes this discussion kind of goofy.  They're both ridiculously unbelievable action films.  I liked both, you liked one.  let's shake and come out laughing.    icon_wink
8432  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 05:05:11 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 03, 2008, 04:48:21 PM


So... you thought that the retarded premise was awesome? Alright.

no, i was simply hinting that if you were looking for an awesome story in a summer action film yet loved "Shoot 'Em Up" then your future as a movie critic is seriously in doubt.    icon_wink

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Shoot 'Em Up was much smarter, told a better story

To quote your earlier post:  "What the....?"

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(the Jolie 'origin' story... ugh, I think they got the idea for that one from a 4th grader). 

Jesus, what kind of 4th graders are you freakin' hanging out with?   icon_lol

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What passed for back story for the characters was either done in a crappy voice over (show, don't tell!)

yeah, you're right...remember that extended flashback scene explaining Mr. Smith's backstory...oh wait...there wasn't one!

apparently you and I both saw a film called "Shoot 'Em Up".  The only problem is that you're remembering it incorrectly.   icon_biggrin
8433  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First review of 'The Dark Knight' on: July 03, 2008, 04:50:23 PM
The ONLY complaint I have about Nolan's take on the Batman franchise is his use of vehicles.  The complex psychological struggles Bruce Wayne deals with both in and out of costume tends to lose some of its gravity when he gets on that goofy bike in the commercials.  Personally, I would have preferred he placed the batmobile, batbike, batboat, batjet and the batsedgeway more in the background than he already has.

However, if that's my ONLY complaint about Nolan's direction...well, that should tell you how much of a genius I think he is.   icon_wink

I'm really looking forward to this one.  Ledger sounds like he's captured the Joker I've always wanted to see onscreen.
8434  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 03, 2008, 04:03:40 PM

Quote from: kratz on July 03, 2008, 03:38:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 01, 2008, 06:50:25 PM

But Wanted is like Shoot 'em Up (another recent fave of mine) in that it's there to display great gun fights and over the top action.  However, unlike Shoot 'em Up, Wanted has a better story with a fully developed (albeit hard to swallow at times and containing more than a few little holes) story driving it.

What the ...?

Shoot 'Em Up was on a *completely* different level, and, very importantly, never took itself seriously... Wanted never laughs at itself even for a second.  It actually expects us to think that this retarded premise is awesome.

I never said that it was passing itself off as a retelling of Henry the VIII, for christ's sake.  I said that it at least contained a story.  I love Wanted, but it was purely a vehicle for the gunfights.  The story was so full of holes that when i saw it at a cinema it actually allowed the film being played in the theater next door to pass through it at times.  Wanted, while also full of holes, at least tried to establish some backstory for its characters, enabling viewers to understand the protagonist's actions. 

I honestly thought Wanted didn't take itself as seriously as it could given the plot that evolves throughout the film.  If you didn't understand that some of the film's subplots were basically laughing nods to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the Matrix...well...I don't know how to respond to that diplomatically.   icon_biggrin

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  It actually expects us to think that this retarded premise is awesome.
 

No, I think that's more a fault on your part.    slywink
8435  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So any interest in doing a Forum weight loss challenge? on: July 02, 2008, 08:07:12 PM
Weighed myself last night:  219.2

Weighed myself this morning after waking up:  211.8

Weighed myself after showering:  215.6

...returning scale after work.
8436  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Mutant Chronicles on: July 02, 2008, 07:12:38 PM
Yep, I was at Origins.  Unlike Ceekay I did not go just for the chance to dress up in a sailor moon costume and wave around a plastic sword that I named "Sir Knocker".

and i'm not sure about what came first:  the game or a comic book.  i'm thinkin' it's a game first, though.

and mcnutt:  the video didn't look that dark on my system.  those images you posted are almost unviewable.   icon_confused
8437  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Mutant Chronicles on: July 02, 2008, 07:01:40 PM

Quote from: McNutt on July 02, 2008, 06:21:17 PM

Shooting everything in the dark is a pet peeve of mine.  Mostly it's done at night to create "atmosphere" (see most horror movies), but sometimes it's done because that's the director's style (see David Fincher).  This movie makes even the daylight scenes very dark so that you can't make out much detail at all.  The shot probably was illuminated, but during postproduction it appears they darkened everything up significantly. 

hmmm...i still don't think it's that dark.  at least to the point of distraction that it appears to be for you.
8438  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Mutant Chronicles on: July 02, 2008, 06:14:15 PM

Quote from: McNutt on July 02, 2008, 06:12:33 PM

Do they not want us to be able to see anything?  Why was everything shot in such complete darkness?  I couldn't even make out a most of the faces.

really?  i didn't think it was too dark.  it seemed to have a sepia tone to everything, but not to the point of obstruction.   icon_confused
8439  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] The Mutant Chronicles on: July 02, 2008, 05:55:15 PM
Looks like it might be fun .  I like the look of it.  It's like the director is trying to channel a WWI film.

I just wish the damn game had been released at Origins.   Tongue
8440  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies] Wanted impressions on: July 02, 2008, 05:40:59 PM
I have to laugh when I read some of the vehement diatribes against films and then go back and check out some of their previous posts.

day 5:  Wanted sucks!  It's mindless!

day 3: I thought Resident Evil 2 was great!

day 1:  The Sex and the City movie isn't that bad!

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