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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Year of Death Continues: Arthur C. Clarke is Gone on: March 19, 2008, 04:01:13 AM
I'm familiar with him more through his scientific contribution than his science fiction, although it's hard to divide the two certainly. I got a chance to speak to him once, back in '92. Awed is the word. While not surprising in the least, his passing is more of a loss than any of the other recent who's who. Clarke was a visionary...and we can't afford the loss of those right now.

This definitely calls for a stiff drink. I have some hope that Sir Arthur is having one now somewhere, perhaps with Roy Scheider.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Great White North AKA My Home on: March 10, 2008, 01:19:36 AM
Ah, yes. Global warming.  Roll Eyes
3  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: interesting improvised weapons on: March 02, 2008, 09:27:36 PM
Corn dodger?
Sounds perverse, I like it!
A more thorough description might be a cornbread biscuit, dried to form a sort of gritty hard tack. It's just the sort of nasty thing one might find in a set of dwarven travel rations. It makes a handy distraction when thrown at an opponent who thinks of himself as too much better armed to be opposed.
4  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: interesting improvised weapons on: March 02, 2008, 02:23:24 PM
A blanket, a corn dodger and the corpse of a dwarf.
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: New Iron Man trailer and website layout on: March 02, 2008, 02:20:05 PM
How about Charlize Theron? The short spiky cut looks good on her, and she's got the right build for a classic Marvel female.

In my personal experience the short spiky cut looks good on all women with a Marvel build. Or it could be that anything looks good on them.
Touche, as we say in English. ^_^
6  Community / Off-Topic / Re: New Iron Man trailer and website layout on: March 01, 2008, 07:08:49 PM
How about Charlize Theron? The short spiky cut looks good on her, and she's got the right build for a classic Marvel female.
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: New Iron Man trailer and website layout on: February 29, 2008, 02:37:12 PM
I think Marvel has realised that some of their more recent movies haven't done as well as they could have. The X-Men and Spiderman series started off great, but had pretty much died by their third movies. The Fantastic Four missed the mark, if only slightly. Ghost Rider was okay, but aimed at an older market, as was The Punisher.
Funny, but of the ones you mentioned, Punisher and the third X-Men were the only movies Marvel has managed that I didn't find hopelessly mediocre. It took them a while to figure out what was cool about the X-Men, and after they got past trying to pile on the revisionist garbage, they just went back to old storylines. Voila. Unfortunately, they'd already lost a ton of interest with the utterly crappy X-men 2...

The Punisher also went back to its roots for a plot, and was tons of fun as a result. My initial skepticism about Thomas Jane turns out to have been entirely misplaced. The monologue at the end of the movie needed to be either cut or restyled, though.

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With Iron Man, Marvel have a chance to kick things off afresh. A good cast, good story and good effects should help them get back on track. I'm guessing that Nick Fury will show up as either a cameo, or in a slightly larger role in the second movie before getting his own feature length movie in a few years time. Then there's Captain America, and a few other Marvel classics waiting in the wings.

Based on current Hollywood trends, we may all count ourselves lucky if we don't see the Hoff reprise his role as Nick Fury. If you haven't seen that movie then you have excellent precognitive survival instincts.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: An A-Team Movie? on: February 25, 2008, 03:35:36 PM
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Whoa... that's almost heresy... how can you discount Michelle Pfeiffer in leather??!??  Shocked

Well, for a start she was in badly stiched vinyl.


Yeah... you're probably right. I've just always had soft spot for Michelle Pfeiffer, I guess seeing her wear something tight and shiny was ... well... it's a good thing.
Yeah. Kathy Long was kinda cute in that suit, too. ^_^

Frankly, I preferred Pfeiffer in Wolf...which managed to be a good movie and have a someone hot in it. And Jack Nicholson as a werewolf. How can that be wrong?
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Steampunk Star Wars... in Lego! on: February 25, 2008, 03:32:00 PM
"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought."
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Knight Rider on: February 21, 2008, 11:36:15 AM
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If I can find the person who originated the whole "Germans like Hasselhoff" meme, there'll be an extensive asskicking.

So, yeah. We don't love the Hoff. Not by a long shot.

Gatac
i think that was norm macdonald from saturday night live/ end threadjacking

You are correct, sir.

*gives foproy a cookie*

Sydney Poitier's daughter? Seriously? Man, that's classy...
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: "Are you Sarah Smurfette?" on: February 20, 2008, 08:15:19 PM
I stand smurfed.
Wouldn't that make you blue and pudgy? Tongue

No no, you're thinking "smurf," the thirty-sixth adjective definition. I was using the seventeenth transitive verb. Wink
Ah...then I stand smurfed, also. Gawd...that makes me feel dirty.
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: "Are you Sarah Smurfette?" on: February 20, 2008, 02:16:43 PM

You said it wrong

"Come with me if you want to SMURF."

I stand smurfed.
Wouldn't that make you blue and pudgy? Tongue
13  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Knight Rider on: February 20, 2008, 02:14:18 PM
Bah...the car didn't have the voice of Micheal Medved (kinda what the original KITT sounds like to me, though I know it isn't), the new driver isn't as completely useless as David Hasselhoff (although he did get angsty useless toward the back end), KITT's creator has DoomBots, and there is an angry lesbian FBI agant available for backup (on the off chance you need someone shot in the crotch). What's not to like?

Yes, the commercial breaks were too long and too frequent. That's not really new to TV, and isn't really a reflection on the show.

Yes, they haven't shown a lot of the cool gadgets off yet...you were expecting them to what? Take the whole friggin' bag of goodies out in the pilot? They ONLY showed camo and friggin' NANO-ARMOR??? How jaded is that? This is not exclusively a show for people with 5+ gadgets per car that are changed up by the agency once a week. Aside from which the age of the Roger Moore Bond is dead. Come back to the happy place, where the show is about the characters.

And the car had character. Val Kilmer character, not annoying "40+ Jewish Guy Who Still Lives With His Mom" character (are you getting that I didn't like the original KITT voice?). The car has a conversation with a human character that reveals its depth as a thinking machine. Yeah. I know. The original KITT couldn't honestly have a conversation like that without someone thinking he was gay in the 80's. And besides, who's he gonna have a deep conversation with anyway? David Hasselhoff? Riiiiiiiiight.

The bad guys had character...almost likable character at times. I'd have had a lot of fun beating those guys up in a Spycraft adventure.

The new driver is an ex-Ranger, and actually comes off as competent with or without the car. The attempt to delve into his past left him a little on the depressive side for my taste, but he was past it by the time they dropped him and the car out the back of a plane at the end. I like the idea of a developed, skilled human character as the driver, rather than a driver who functions as another gadget for the car, allowing it to walk into buildings by proxy and do dialogged comedy. And the fight scenes (first with the mob mook and then with Henchman 1) were fun. I'll eat a lot of crap in a flick for a fun fight scene...I even watched all of Laser Mission. ^_^

The other Foundation characters look to be seeing some development, as well. A wuss mechanic who's an old friend of the driver and who makes eyes at the FBI agent he seems unaware is batting for the other team. A "I play by my own rules" FBI agent who seems to have a personal connection to this whole thing that hasn't really been explored yet and who seems to show no signs of the usual bookish personality we'd expect from a female FBI agent in this genre...and she seems to be as capable as the driver of collecting eye candy. The old guy has Doombots. He doesn't need character. He's got Doombots. It's like having multiple characters...^_^

My one real beef with the show? I'm not german, and I'm not that big on Micheal Knight/David Hasselhoff. And I'm really not big on crammed in cameos, which s what the funeral scene felt like. They should have waited a few episodes to actually have him show the first time, had him actually participate in the episode, and gotten him a suit that didn't add 50 pounds to his already old and chunky physique.

Anyway, that's the other side of the coin for you.
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Streaming vintage shows on: February 20, 2008, 01:36:39 PM
If you have a Netflix membership, they also have a lot of this stuff available to watch online. They also have more of the 90s shows. I've been watching Seaquest DSV over the last week...
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Dark Knight on: February 15, 2008, 11:04:06 AM
Ug. HATE the costume.

"I wanted it to be all texture-y so it was interesting to look at."

Uh, dude, are you aware that you are working with a comics icon, a media where they go to fantastical lengths to keep designs sleek and simple because they have to hand draw the character an average of 112 a month?

Simplicity really is the goal here. The world has managage to find Batman interesting to look at for 50+ years.

May I suggest Monsieur Morgenstern shut it and be glad the suit doesn't have nipples again? ^_^

Seriously, I like the new suit. It fits with the "Now I own a hi tech company...Ho, Ho, Ho" element of the chaaracter they've presented thus far. He shouldn't be showing up in dark blue underoos like it was 1940 and he and Robin bat for the other team.

I think a far more pressing concern for a lot of folks is the blatant presence of guns on the bike. Since the point where he stopped being just another Lamont Cranston rip off, Bats hasn't really been keen on packing a piece around...and this incarnation of Batman has already thrown the gun away. We'll see how it play out, I suppose.
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