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5161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Cast Ever in a Movie on: October 28, 2004, 05:38:22 PM
By the way, one of my choices, in addition to the already mentioned The Thin Red Line, is Heat.

Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
Val Kilmer
Jon Voight
Tom Sizemore
Diane Venora
Amy Brenneman
Ashley Judd
Mykelti Williamson
Wes Studi
Dennis Haysbert
William Fichtner
Natalie Portman

Hell, even Danny Trejo, Hank Azaria, and Jeremy Piven are in it.

Mike
5162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Best Cast Ever in a Movie on: October 28, 2004, 05:35:11 PM
Quote from: "whiteboyskim"
Quote from: "whispa"
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Gah! You henceforth lose any respect from me in regards to taste in movies.


Heh, so you are saying you didn't like it? smile The first time I watched it, which was in the movie theatre, I didn't care for it much. Especially it coming out right after Saving Private Ryan. I rented it and enjoyed it the second time around.


There are few movies I have genuinely wanted to walk out of, and this one is among them. I actually stood up to leave about 3/4 of the way through because I couldn't take it anymore, and Fireball pulled me back down saying, "If there's something cool at the end, then we'll miss it and have to watch it again!" Even though he was of the same opinion as me. Awful movie, and my review in the TCU newspaper that week ripped it asunder. What was even funnier was getting hate mail from some professors who felt it was a work of art and I just didn't appreciate all the subtlety and subtext.

I understood it just fine: War is bad, we should never go to war, nature is pretty, we should never destroy nature. Hell, I get as much from watching PBS and their documentaries are infinitely more interesting. smile


So you're telling me the part of the movie from the time they first stepped foot on the island until the massacre at the Japanese camp did NOTHING for you?  I can understand the opening and closing being a bit off.  But that part of the movie was absolutely astonishing.  John Toll's cinematography was vastly superior to Janusz Kaminski's in SPR, making it a much better movie to look at and watch.  Plus, how could you not be captivated by, for example, John Cusak's attack on the bunker at the top of the hill?  Hell, the music's better, too, and that's saying something, considering John Williams wrote SPR.

Methinks you need to watch it again.

Mike
5163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA Impressions on: October 28, 2004, 05:29:16 PM
The only thing that annoys me so far is the driving mechanics.  I guess I got used to being able to just plow through things in Vice City that all the spinning out and whatnot that happens when I hit a car or hit a light pole really throws me off.  Hopefully the more I increase my driving skill the less that'll happen, but as of right now, it's a little irritating.

Mike
5164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox v. Cards on: October 27, 2004, 06:03:07 AM
GO SOX!

Hehe, there, I said it for you.

Mike
5165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Tupac Album This Year, Petition For Original Recordi on: October 27, 2004, 06:01:42 AM
Quote from: "\/\/olverine"

The Petition: Even if you are not a fan of Tupac's music, as a fan of art and music in general I stress the importance of becoming aware of this issue and signing the petition. This petition is against reworkings and additions to the artist's original vision of his work, the fact that people who did not even know the artist are altering his work is blasphemous and disprespectful to any artist who has ever had pride in his or her work. Can you imagine changing historical works from Leonardo Da Vinci in order to create a more "modernly appealing" version? Unacceptable.

Again, please sign the petition and make your voice known.


WHOA now.  This petition is a farce.  Music (well, if you can even call what Tupac did music) is reimagined all the time.  For example, every time a new classical CD comes out by a different orchestra under the baton of a different conductor, the music is different from its original presentation.  Does this make the album bad?  NO.  The music is re-recorded because it is respected.  The individuals re-recording Tupac's whatever probably respect what he's done, which is WHY THEY ARE DOING IT.  That Da Vinci analogy is wholly inaccurate in this case.

You really need to chill out if this sort of thing bothers you.

Mike
5166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA Impressions on: October 26, 2004, 11:00:51 PM
Be sure to clean up your mess after spending the night with the game, LE.

 :twisted:
5167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gaming News: New In-Game Features for College BB 2K5 on: October 26, 2004, 02:10:42 AM
The free throw change made this game an automatic IN for me.

Anyone up for online play/possible league or tourney?

I claim UNC.

Mike
5168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My big score at Tower Records today on: October 26, 2004, 02:09:49 AM
Quote from: "Freezer-TPF-"
Didn't get out today, but I might swing by the Tower in Alexandria (off Duke/LRT) after work tomorrow.


Any updates?

Mike
5169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Outlaw Golf 2 on: October 26, 2004, 02:06:43 AM
Hey Driver.  Don't you have an ESPN NFL 2K5 league game to worry about before you get too far into golf?  We're waiting for you and stiffler to play so we can advance to week 5.

Mike
5170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA Impressions on: October 25, 2004, 07:21:10 PM
W00t!  An impressions thread with no impressions until page 2!!
5171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Inverted Scalpers on: October 25, 2004, 07:20:25 PM
Quote from: "jztemple"


Or, even better, how much dough would it take for you to part with your eagerly anticipated San Andreas?


If someone walked up to me, after I left the store with the game today, and offered me anything more than what I paid for it, I'd strongly consider taking it.

Mike
5172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My big score at Tower Records today on: October 24, 2004, 07:02:59 PM
Nope.  It was the Tower on West Ox Road out in the Fair Oaks/Fair Lakes area of Fairfax County.

Mike
5173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My big score at Tower Records today on: October 24, 2004, 05:06:46 PM
To answer the last two questions:

No more Ninja Gaiden.  I got the last copy.

Yes, they were on clearance.  I think they're killing the video game selection at the Fairfax store.  I don't know if it's the same way anywhere else.  Let me know if it is when you go check, though!

Mike
5174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [FF] Normally I wouldn't ask, but HELP! on: October 24, 2004, 07:23:39 AM
I'd go with your first two choices.

Mike
5175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTASA being sold Monday (10/25) at 7pm in my local EB on: October 24, 2004, 07:21:31 AM
You know, the guys at my store told me to just call at 5, and if they have it, walk in, show my "paid in full" receipt, get handed game, walk out of store.  No word of any lines or any of that nonsense.

Then again, maybe it's just because I've paid in full.  Is everyone else just doing the bare minimum deposit, or fully paid?

Mike
5176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / My big score at Tower Records today on: October 24, 2004, 05:24:06 AM
I went into Tower Records in Fairfax, VA today to do some CD browsing.  Ever since I've been going to this tower, they've had a small video game section.  Nothing major, a few of the newer titles, a lot of the older ones, almost all at $49.99.  Today I went in, and EVERYTHING, and I mean EVERYTHING, was marked at $9.99 or less.  I walked out of the store with the following titles, brand new and sealed, for $40 + tax total:

Ninja Gaiden
Splinter Cell
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
LOTR: Return of the King

W00t, I say, w00t!  Beats the TRU buy 2 get 1 free anyday.

Mike
5177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTASA being sold Monday (10/25) at 7pm in my local EB on: October 23, 2004, 05:52:57 AM
I have you all beat!  My Gamestop told me 5 PM Monday. smile

But, they also said I should call first to make sure.  So it might wind up being later.

Mike
5178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Netflix - did they cut their price? on: October 22, 2004, 02:51:07 AM
November 1, dbt, is the date of the price change for Netflix.

Mike
5179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA - What Rockstar Doesn't Want You To Know on: October 21, 2004, 08:20:12 PM
Quote from: "Covenant"
There are no load times outside.  Only when you go into and out of a building.


Yay.  So much better than the load time whenever you crossed a bridge between the halves of Vice City.  biggrin

Mike
5180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 9.0 on the Steinbrenner Scale on: October 21, 2004, 07:35:50 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
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Nomar's either going to Anaheim ...


No!! Please, God!! Don't do this to me!!  :x


Bwahahahaha!   :twisted:

Yep, current rumor has it that, with Kennedy out at least half the season, the Angels are looking to sign Nomar, have him play short, and move Eckstein to 2nd.

Mike
5181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA - What Rockstar Doesn't Want You To Know on: October 21, 2004, 07:26:22 PM
Woo, that map is HUGE.  I just hope the load times are better than they were for Vice City when you went from one part of the map to the other.

Mike
5182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / 9.0 on the Steinbrenner Scale on: October 21, 2004, 07:21:57 PM
Nomar's either going to Anaheim or back to Chicago.  Not a chance he'll be a Yankee next season.

Mike
5183  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Xbox--SW: Battlefront, Crimson Skies and Riddick FS/FT on: October 21, 2004, 05:41:56 PM
I'm confused a bit by the labeling on your post.  Does that indicate that Riddick and CS are sold, and SW is not sold yet?  Or are SW and CS sold and Riddick available?

Mike
5184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 02:05:52 AM
Quote from: "Koz"
Why am I still scared?

If anyone could give up the lead, it's Boston in Game 7 vs. New York.


Calm down, dude.  With the pace this game has, you'll give yourself a heart attack.
5185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 01:54:57 AM
That was a bomb.

Where's "Ihatemorrowind"?

Mike
5186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 21, 2004, 01:12:32 AM
WOOO!!!!  GRAND SLAM!!!

 finger to the Yanks!
5187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Sox vs. Yankees - Game 7 on: October 20, 2004, 09:34:23 PM
Karma's gonna get ya!
5188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Where you're sitting right now.. let's see it! (56k beware) on: October 20, 2004, 08:29:35 PM
Quote from: "Rage"
You have moulin rouge posters. Now I will have to charge you if you ever hope to have your man card back. My god.


What the hell is wrong with that?  Tongue
5189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Top 5 Best New shows on TV on: October 20, 2004, 05:43:54 PM
Does Rescue Me count in here?  If so, that wins, HANDS DOWN.

Mike
5190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Netflix - did they cut their price? on: October 20, 2004, 05:42:32 PM
Yes, Netflix is dropping to $17.99 for 3-out at a time.  Effective November 1 for current subscribers.

Mike
5191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / GTA: SA - What Rockstar Doesn't Want You To Know on: October 19, 2004, 06:00:07 PM
Mmm, pre-ordered and was told I can pick this up Monday evening.  W00t!
5192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw on: October 19, 2004, 05:58:12 PM
I'll at least rent this and hope the gameplay is better than before.  But, so long as I can powerbomb everyone with Chris Benoit, I'll be happy.
5193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paper Mario 2 Impressions on: October 19, 2004, 05:57:36 PM
How would a usually non-RPG gamer like this?  Thinking about possibly getting it, but I'm not a big fan of RPGs (only played through the original Dragon Warrior on NES and FFX).

Mike
5194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Medal gear Solid 3 on: October 19, 2004, 05:38:48 PM
I'm in at some point.  But, there are too many other damn good games coming out, when will I have the time or money to play?  Guess this will go in the Christmas wish queue.
5195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Dating across cultures on: October 19, 2004, 04:11:02 PM
Quote from: "SuperHiro"
Here's a tip that helps.

"May Kwoh Ren" means American in Mandarin. If they start flinging that around, it's a good chance they're talking about you. "How Pee-yow Liang" means handsome, you're in good shape if they use this.


And what if they speak Cantonese?  slywink
5196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / nip/tuck (thoughts from a new viewer) on: October 19, 2004, 04:08:23 PM
The main reasons why I find Nip/Tuck to be so good:

1) The acting.  Always fantastic.  The chemistry has been there between the actors from day 1.
2) The writing.  Yes, I know some of the plots are out there, but the interaction between the characters would be nothing without the writing.  Plus, these characters have depth, even if you find them unlikeable.
3) The music.  From the score to the song choices, it's always great.  Hell, who thought Art Garfunkel, solo, could be used to such great effect (season 2 finale)?

Can't wait for season 3.

Mike
5197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Duante Culpepper = SUPERHUMAN on: October 19, 2004, 04:05:13 PM
Vick will never be an elite NFL QB because he can't stay healthy.  He's too frail.  He also has no concept of what touch is.  He's been this way since college (I should know, I went to the same school).

Mike
5198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Pf Changs on: October 19, 2004, 04:02:17 PM
Blah.  After going to the Peking Inn in Northern Va (this is a REALLY popular Chinese place...many visiting diplomats and politicians go there), nowhere else really compares.  Especially after 3 people in a table of 4 put away 2 peking ducks and then even more food.  We rang up quite the bill.  smile

Mike
5199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / NFL pay per view would be sweet on: October 19, 2004, 03:53:40 PM
Quote from: "Devil"
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Not everyone can get DirecTV, Devil. I've read somewhere that only 10% (!!!) of the US has the proper view of the southern sky that would enable them to have a DirecTV dish. And, as long as the NFL maintains its contract with them, no NFL PPV for cable or other satellite providers.


Move.  :wink:


No!  I will take the 5 minute walk to work over DirecTV access, dammit!
5200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Mom teaches 5 year old son how to smoke crack. on: October 19, 2004, 03:50:53 PM
Just 18 months?  Ok, LAME!
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