Burt Gummer’s Rec Room- June 2012 Archive
A gathering place for firearms enthusiasts, paranoid survivalists and those who worship at the Church of Chang
June, it’s hot, dry and I can’t sleep for the mating sounds of Graboids in the background. Sounds like Don Murphy competing in the hot dog eating competition. Better break out the Elephant Gun.
Disclaimer: This is the part of the Church that is the most no holds barred. None of it is intended with malice, and although it can on occasion seem a little bit fraught, it is banter rather than venom. So, be warned that this is like taking a naked swim in a piranha tank and not recommended for the faint of heart.
Droid- what do you think about the latest IT fuckup at RBS? Useless fucking cunts.
You mean the bank not processing payments for 3 days? Collossal fuck up. Imagine the headache cleaning up after that mess. Especially as it happened around the standard pay day time, when a hell of a lot of standing orders etc go out.
Apparently, they fired 1200 IT staff and outsourced it to India to save money. Nice one. Cretins.
I don’t know how it happened, to be honest. I’ve done a lot of work in IT (of sorts) with Websites and new software/ databases and the following things should have stopped it:
1) Proper QA testing before it went anywhere near live data
2) Proper backup just in case of total failure and a need to revert
3) Implemented in stages with a backup between each stage, just in case the latest bit didn’t work and they needed to go back to when it was stable
4) Crisis plan in the event of TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION
I don’t understand how they fucked it up so badly.
I officially don’t know where to start reviewing Cosmopolis.
Unleash the inner hatred! Swear words FTW!
I’m trying to be, like, professional, man.
Well, good luck. It’s a shite book, so was bound to be a shite film. With Crones helming, I bet it’s sterile as all fuck.
Sterile. Thanks. That’s one word of the review written.
He’s stylistically wrong for the material. I’m not sure who you want, but a story about a hermetically sealed banker on a suicide mission needs to have passion etc. Crones doesn’t make films like that.
Despite my lame attempts at professionalism, the review (if it ever happens) will no doubt end up littered with swear words.
I’ve seen almost universal acclaim for Pattinson
I have universal disdain for Pattinson.
I’m sick of reviewing shit films. I should start the best of the 90’s series.
Or finish the next Arnie review.
Get that Douglas thing done- you’ve also got some awesomeness on the back burner- Total Recall.
Yeah, I started that review. Everything was “awesome”. I was making myself sick.
I just need to write the closing paragraph of the Douglas movie. I think I have a decent film after that in the birthday series.
There you go. You’ve got 3 nearly done. Easy.
1.3 more like it.
I expect to see the word Cockwomble feature frequently when describing Pattinson.
How about, instead of referring to him as Robert Pattinson, I call him Robert Cockwomble?
May as well. Do a “hereafter only referred to as R. Cockwomble”
Three Avatar Sequels are shooting concurrently. Fuck me, talk about Overkill.
And how the buggery is Weaver in them? I smell prequel.
I suspect it’ll be some mother gaia mumbo jumbo.
I do too- or it’ll be some Digital/ Hologram thing.
I saw that the other day. Pretty insane.
I’m not sure he has enough material for 3 films. Not using the same characters.
Being honest, he barely had enough material for 1.
Dunno about that. The story was fine. Told Sullys story with a satisfactory conclusion. Doesn’t really need more.
That’s what I mean- there were points when I felt that it was a bit stretched in places, but it was a self-contained story. What’s he really going to do now?
I read something where he said he wants to develop the other planets or something. I’m not sure. But to be fair, Star Wars could be viewed the same way before Luca$h made the sequels and we saw all the different planets and whatnot. He successfully expanded the universe of Star Wars. Maybe Cameron can do the same for Avatar.
That’s a shit idea. The Navi don’t have interstellar travel. I remember reading something about the oceans of Pandora as well.
wiki pretty much sums up what is known.
It’s a bit out of date that.
I honestly think he’s a bit mentally ill. Talk about making life hard for yourself.
His “thing” has become the ridiculous pursuit of what he deems “perfection”.
Just like Luca$h’s “thing” is to bum the fond memories of movie lovers.
I thought his thing was a mild wetsuit fetish?
We move in different circles, you and I. I’m out of the loop when it comes to weird fetish’s. So I’ll take your word for it.
How’s it “out of date”? It informs you of when the information became known, from 2006 to present. “Out of date” doesn’t apply. It’s merely tracking the what and when.
I mean that it doesn’t have the most recent info. That’s all.
What’s the latest info? It mentions 3 sequels and also when filming is meant to begin. Is there more than that?
Anyhoo, the producer said it’s not going to be out until 2016. So even if the others are out in 2017 and 2018, Cameron won’t make a non-Avatar related movie until 2020 at least.
Something about it not being set on the moon or some such. I’ll go and find it again.
It’ll be updated fairly fast, I’d imagine. Wikipedia usually is.
Jarv, what mobile phone provider are you on?
Ah, okay. I’m on o2 and was going to suggest you use their priority moments offer. £5 off anything at HMV. I got Take Shelter on bluray for £3.
Alas, you’re on Orange, so ignore.
I tend to use the 2-1 Cinema thing a fair amount.
Fucking Sightseers isn’t out until 30th November.
That sucks. But the latter half of the year will be better than the first half, I strongly suspect. That, Argo, Silent Hill 2, Les Mis FTW! to name a few.
This year has been poor. Very poor.
Got The Grey and Haywire coming. Hopefully they’ll be OK.
Iron Sky looks like the best film I’ve seen so far this year! Iron Sky FTW!
The Grey is probably the best film I’ve seen this year. I think it was when I ran through a list a few weeks ago.
Not really interested in Haywire.
Which reminds me, have you seen The Raid- I saw a preview for it on the White Collar screener (not misery porn), and thought it looked fairly mint until “REDEFINES ACTION CINEMA: AINT IT COOL NEWS” at the end.
Second half of the year for me:
TDKR, Total Recall, Dredd, Expendables 2 (I know), Taken 2, Argo, Cloud Atlas, Skyfall, Silent Hill, The Hobbit, Sightseers.
Looks fairly good. There’s a lot of shit that I’m just not interested in (Reacher, Spidey)
Looking at that, there’s a high chance of suck for TR, Dredd, E2, T2, and Skyfall.
Ang Lee’s making the Life of Pi. When can we expect your review?
Some possible Woody Goodness: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Psychopaths
Also has Olga Kurylenko in it.
Forgot KTS and Lawless.
Yeah, I can’t wait for that.
What’s Life of Pi? Never heard of it.
It’s an award winning novel. Has a tiger.
Without a hat.
Oops. Nope. You’ve lost the sale.
Actually, I was taking the piss. I think it’s an atrocious book- it did win the Booker Prize (Which should give you a clue).
I also think it’s unfilmable. It’s about an Indian Boy stuck on a raft with a tiger and some other animals.
In reality, The Tiger (Pi) is actually a metaphor for his inner beast as he killed and ate all the crew. But it’s 400 pages of him trying not to fall in the bit of the raft with the tiger, before some nonsense with acid pooping monkeys.
You like Ang Lee, though, so maybe he can do something with it.
I sometimes like Ang Lee. I haven’t seen all his movies, but some work some don’t. Hulk FTW!!! (had to be done)
That sounds like a pretty shitty story though.
As a rule, I don’t.
Like: The Ice Storm.
Don’t like: Crouching Tiger (if I wanted to watch Jane Austen, then I would watch Jane Austen), Brokeback (yawn), Hulk (FTF),
I think that’s all I’ve seen.
Apart from Hulk FTW, I liked TIS. CTHD and Sense and Sensibility were alright. Didn’t like Ride with the Devil. Haven’t seen Bumback, or Lust, Caution, or Taking Woodstock. Or his early films.
Forgot Lust, Boredom. Orangutan of Doom. Nailed on.
Ride with the Devil: shit.
S&S: Shit, but I was never going to like that.
Bumback is astonishingly boring. It’s a relief when Gyllenhall gets kicked to death.
I’d be annoyed at you for spoiling it, if I gave a shit.
S&S is like the Ephron convo earlier. It is exactly what you expect it to be. You know what it is going in, and whether you’re going to like it or now. I’m not sure why you even bothered watching it.
You’ve sold me.
I haven’t. I acquired a copy, but it was so lousy that I didn’t bother watching it.
TDKR, Lawless, Gangster Squad, Killing Them Softly, End of Watch (sorta), Looper (because it’s time travel), Sinister, Taken 2, Argo, The Master, Of Men and Mavericks (because it’s Curtis Hanson), Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Flight, Seven Psychopaths (!!!), Skyfall, Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty, Jack Reacher, Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby (curiosity gets the better of me).
Can’t say I’m that interested in The Hobbit or Cloud Atlas. That’s not to say I won’t see them. Probably will. Just I’m not really looking forward to them.
But that’s a big list. Especially compared to how many I was interested in in the the first half of the year.
TDKR, Lawless, Gangster Squad, Killing Them Softly, End of Watch (Not really), Looper (yuck), Sinister (fuck no. This year’s insidious), Taken 2, Argo, The Master, Of Men and Mavericks (maybe), Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Flight, Seven Psychopaths (!!!), Skyfall, Les Misérables (Gone in to before, but no), Zero Dark Thirty, Jack Reacher (maybe- although Cruise is totally wrong for it), Django Unchained(No. Cokey does Western. No thanks), The Great Gatsby (Yuck).
I love the book Cloud Atlas, so am quite looking forward to it.
I like Hawke, so I’ll see Insinister.
I do too, but it looks like utter gash. Really awful, actually.
Do you want me to see what’s on in Frightfest?
Yeah, they’re announcing the films at the end of this month I think.
Just checked. 29th.
Where you going away to this year?
We’re supposed to be going to barcelona next month for a long weekend. Need to book and whatnot.
I heard Hugh Grant on the radio a while back talking about Cloud Atlas. He’s a cannibal or something. I may see it just for that.
Cloud Atlas is 4 or 5 stories- the two men on the ship, the detective story, modern day, and the far future.
Runs from the ship in the far past to the future and then back to the past. They’re all interlinked. It’s hella complicated.
Shite. Gone right off it. Twyker directing (good, I like him) with the Wachowskis (bad).
Hanks completely miscast as Dr. Goose.
It’s 7 stories. I forgot 3 of them. Not sure who this cannibal is though.
Going more and more off it: Berry miscast as Meronym.
They’ve spent $140m on it. That’s going to bomb, and bomb hard.
This should never have had that budget. Seriously, that’s obscene.
Fucking hell. What a waste of money. Hopefully this will kill the Wachowski things’ career stone dead.
I don’t believe this will happen.
I watched the Alex Cross trailer last night. Looks shit.
I also want to see Trouble with the Curve.
Better casting in terms of being like the novels, worse actor.
Few tidbits. Insinister was written by Massawyrm. Expect gash.
Jarv, when you see Grey, watch for a flasback scene towards the end–they use (and credit) Jami Winans Ink score for a moment. Thought that was cool.
Jarv were you able to set up an interview time with that guy? He sent me an email asking when we were going to review the movie. Said it opens on the 2nd OR something.
I didnt mind Life of Pi. Not as clever as it think it is. Movie will likely be pretentious babble, unless they really embellish the fantasy of it.
Will have it ready asap then.
Haven’t heard back. I can’t get out of fucking work for it.
Only watched it last night. Bloody hell.
Best hurry up then. I’ll do it tonight and get it to you. I’ll also do a swearier version for here.
I’ve emailed him. No worries on the review. Whenever, if I have it by Friday I’ll put it up with the new slate. Lame sauce of offerings this week. Ted, People Like Us, Madea, Magic Mike (which I missed).
I’m struggling with it, because I don’t want to be rude and it is well made. But it’s not thematically coherent, and the last act is all over the shop.
I foresee another pissed off filmmaker! You have the midas touch.
shame, that. call it like you see it. Helps if its directors first thing, cause then you can talk about how he shows ‘promise’. heh.
Fats is waxing poetic about how Nora Ephron kept his dad out of jail. dumbest story I ever heard grunted.
It’s not. It’s about his 4th or 5th.
It’s not bad, don’t get me wrong, and the premise is good- it just doesn’t know what it wants to be.
too many movies like this. guy said he sent you an email about a potential Monday interview.
I’ll get the review done tonight then.
It went in to junk for some reason.
Fuck knows why. I’d been responding to him as well.
Never mind. Sorted for Monday.
thanks man…sorry for the hectic nature. I was sending it your way cause i was hoping it’d be something fun to do.
No, it’s cool- Just obscenely busy at work. I can duck out at 4.30pm and get there in time, but I can’t get away mid afternoon.
So you can leave at your normal time then. That’s helpful.
This time of year, I’m in till 6.30 most days.
That was where you made your error. Jarv doesn’t like “fun”. He likes hard times and misery. He’s enjoying it now that it’s more of a faff.
Look, I’m being all professional and whatnot.
anyone know how to tape it using an Iphone?
Never mind. Found it.
It’s under “Memo”.
Thank you for the useful contribution.
That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.
What’s wrong with him? Seriously, why the fuck does he think that stupid fucking story about his inbred family and their legal “nightmare” is appropriate for an Obit.
It’s not even a fecking nightmare. Pay the fucking fine, in instalments, and it goes away.
Jarv and Bunnyman, why do you even bother going there or care about what goes on there?
It just seems to aggravate you.
The twitch days were great but long gone. When I last sawr the place it was filled with nothing but attention whore’s with ever more desperate sounding screen names to try and attract attention or trolls who have no life other than to attack people for liking something they don’t or just attacking someone because it makes them feel better about their own worthless lives.
It was a maddening place. I really and truly felt so sorry for the people who seem incapable of finding anything else to do but post on aicn and then bitch about posting on aicn, but who continue to do it anyway.
I would bet my bottom dollar that it still is the same if not worse.
I get it that some shut ins or social misfits or just plain assholes need an outlet to vent their frustrations, and i truly feel sorry for some of them, but it does not mean i want to be around them anymore.
That does not mean I will never go back. I am sure if/when Connery bites it or if another Godzilla or Doc Savage or Forbidden Planet movie comes out I could throw my two cents in, but why stay any longer than a minute at that place?
Business is slow now so I have some free time on my hands to post here, but I wont go there. No way.
I apologize if it appears that I am criticizing you for going there, not my intention. I am sure I visit sites -like National Review, that you would never step foot in. I just wonder what draws you back?
I’ve no idea TKD.
I go to lots of places when I’m bored. I should stop looking, but when I see he’s reviewed something, I just can’t resist.
I don’t post there any more.
Ok, well there is the old ‘train-wreck’ analogy, you just cannot look away.
I get that
It’s worse than that. He’s just so mindblowingly bad. Nuclear meltdown bad.
In other words, the same harry. Ha!
Ok, i really do get it about visiting the place because it is an atomic train wreck, but you should take your blood pressure meds before diving in.
BTW have you ever watched Rob Lowes Atomic Train?
I recommend you listen to George Clinton’s Atomic Dog first, just so your mind is in the right place.
Could follow Clinton with Ned’s Atomic Dutbin! http://www.allmusic.com/artist/neds-atomic-dustbin-mn0000324646
Awesome. Well, not really.
Then listen to Jarv’s number one favourite band in the whole wide world Atomic Kitten.
I remember back in 2001, I’d just started and we got an invite to some stupid party. A geezer I worked with got shot down by all 3 members of Atomic Kitten TWICE in a 25 minute period.
Brazen, and persistent. It wasn’t a dead loss, as the bastard went home with a barmaid.
If you have no shame you can always find someone with enough issues to sleep with you.
I just googled them, they are good looking girls – i assumed the worst, like they were some knuckle draggers.
I had never heard of them before though.
No shame in trying to get with that!
The shame isn’t in trying to get with one of them. The shame is repeatedly trying to get with ANY of them.
It’s like that idiotic The Game “negging” pick up bullshit. That’s all about the shameless process of trying and trying and trying. It doesn’t matter who it is, it just matters that you were successful or not.
Got to agree.
Back in 2001 they weren’t heinous to look at.
This is one of them now:
She’s shocking. What do the others look like?
No idea. She’s the one that got kicked out, and declined into rampant alcoholism, reality TV and spawning offspring.
I would imagine the rest look better than that.
Ah, okay. I didn’t know one got chucked out. I know next to nothing about them other than thinking they were easy on the eye when I saw them in a music video years ago.
Easy on the eye, but not the ears.
Liz McClarnon was on Masterchef a few years ago. She’s looking rough (I had to look them up to find the names)
Not any more they ain’t. Which is weird, because they’re all early 30’s.
Liz McClarnon is skeletal, while Katona needs her own postcode. They’re two normal sized women between them. No idea about the other 2
Oh, they were shite. Awful.
They got properly fucked by the Industry as well.
How many were there?
One left, then Katona “left” and was replaced with another one.
When they made it they were a trio.
Being unfamiliar with the group I have to temper my response.
If this group of girls is notorious in the UK for disgusting acts or something unsavory, then I agree with what you say – up to a point.
But, if it is just because you do not like their music, well the ears are not needed for what most men would have in mind.
The pics i saw were of a good looking trio of women, maybe not the original group, but still if I were in a position back then-when i was not married, I might have thrown a hello or two at them – provided that their behavior was not something i was offended by or that they had some diseases!
They had drugs problems, one of them was done for public indecency, and they were pretty dreadful.
I think he meant more the persistence of it.
Yes, I was referring to the shameless persistence.
Not one for shameless persistence myself. I don’t need to be told no twice.
Ha, well sometimes persistence pays off!
No, he never stood a chance. I saw it- it was shameful for all concerned. They were nice about it, first time, then second time flat out told him to fuck off.
I do agree that if you are just pursuing women for sport and will settle for any woman who might say yes then you are an immature farm animal and deserve what comes to such
Another knock against Insinister. It’s from the guy who directed The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. That’s not a good sign.
and that hellraiser movie with craig sheffer. gets better and better.
Talking about which- I watched Hellseeker the other day. Aside from being surprised at how fuckable Ashley Laurence looked in it, when I know she isn’t, that’s an amazingly bad film.
So bad, I was kind of enjoying it.
Masswyrm wrote it. Looks like Insidious. Directed by a tool.
This is a stinker.
Looking at that Scott Derrickson bloke’s wiki…
Shite he’s been involved with…
Urban Legends: Final Cut (1999) Screenwriter
Dracula: 2000 (1999) (uncredited rewrite)
Scream 4 (2011) (uncredited rewrite)
The Birds (unproduced screenplay)
Devil’s Knot (West Memphis Three story) (unproduced screenplay)
Poltergeist (unproduced screenplay)
Man. He sucks.
I wouldn’t count my chickens on ducking that Poltergeist remake yet.
out of everything, it’s the day the earth stood still remake that amazed me for sheer ineptitude and inability to understand the original source material.
Such shite. Such awful shite.
My sister told me a funny story. She was nannying for a family in London, and the father of that family worked for a media company. His job at the time was to digitally shrink the black girl from the Sugarbabes so that she didn’t look so fat compared to the two skinny white girls in the group in one of their music videos.
Could he not have made her digitally less minging while he was at it?
They were appalling as well. That period really did turn out a shit load of crap girl/ boy bands.
Oh, and Rachel Stevens, who was in probably the worst band of the lot, was probably the most attractive.
Much like a guy that gropes her arse, he had his hands full. He’s not a miracle worker.
I walked out of a film (ok, turned it off the pc), which is something I rarely do. I usually don’t even watch a film unless I have an idea I will like something in it. As Jarv can attest to, I am very easily pleased sometimes.
But Jesus, Ghost Rider 2 was one of the worst films I have ever seen.
And it had Idris in it too!
Nic, who I like, had been poorly directed into unleashing full, twitchy head Nic, and it looked like a fucking Nic Cage parody.
And shoot on real fucking cameras! I’ve made short films with a better quality look than that.
Stupid action, shit direction, poor quality footage and grade, and OTT silly Cage.
Fuck it up its stupid ass 😦
I made it to the first car chase, just after the monk scene before turning it off.
haha You know that might be when it got me too!
GR screaming in some goons face for 5 mins for no reason, giving other goons chance to get some balls and escape? That one?
Haven’t seen GR Too, liked the first one more than I thought I would. This was a case of why bother from the looks.
I just realized that people are super sick of vampires & zombies, and I don’t think werewolves will catch on right now. So may I suggest that they bring back Golems.
Think how awesome it would be to see giant men made of clay smashing and killing people. And we can even update them for the 21st century: running, fast Golems.
Just a suggestion.
That and Mega Drop Bears.
The world thinks it’s ready for Mega Drop Bear.
But the world doesn’t know what’s coming.
MEGA DROP BEAR FTW!!!
That’s because the 20ft Carnivorous Koala hunts by ambush!
Dropping off the top of Syndey Opera House onto unwary tourists
MEGA DROP BEAR FTW!
I can already see the posters:
MEGA DROP BEAR
eucylyptis your ass goodbye.
‘My keyboard hates you!
Eucalyptus your ass goodbye’ really did make me spit out my morning java!
Just watched the football last night. First half was decent, but Portugal ran out of steam and the Spanish played like shit for 90 minutes. Then turned it on in extra time, but it still went to penalties.
Hilarious to see the look on that preening fuck Ronaldo’s face when he didn’t even get to take his penalty kick. Eat shit, dickhead.
Christ, I only saw the second half and it was absolutely mind-numbingly boring. One of the worst games I’ve ever seen.
I’d put it on a boredom par with England v Italy.
Portugal didn’t manage 1 shot on target in 90 minutes, according to the guardian. Spain only managed 1.
Although I do agree with you about Ronaldo shiteing it and not taking a penalty. It did make me laugh when Nani called that clown back.
It’s funny, but we talk about boring games and quality football and whatnot, but one of the most entertaining games I ever saw could in no way be described as good football- Wednesday v Hartlepool in the playoffs a few years ago.
Yes, Spain are technically brilliant, but they are staggeringly dull to watch. Got all my hopes pinned on the Krauts- who are technically good but not in Spain’s league, but are also willing to go forward.
For the most part, I like watching Spain play. For the most part, I don’t like watching England play.
Nobody likes watching England play.
a) they’re shite.
b) they’re incompetent and lack basic skills
c) they’re set out to do nothing bar defend as a result of a and b.
Spain, on the other hand, are so risk averse it feels like they’ve forgotten that the point of the game is to score those goal things.
They’ve almost become a parody of the original European Cup winning side. To be fair though, they’re missing Villa, who makes a huge difference to the way they play (they’ll actually pass it forward to the striker, whereas they clearly don’t trust the rest of them).
Germany are the best side to watch at the moment.
You know what are great games to watch? Japan vs Australia. They’ve developed a big rivalry over the past 6 or 7 years, and their games are always exciting. Japan have some great players, and both teams play a little bit more open style than I’ve seen in this Euro tournament.
In the 2006 World Cup the Aussies won 3-1 by kicking 3 goals in the last 10 minutes.
In the 2011 Asian Cup final Japan won in the 117th minute.
They just drew 1-1 in a world cup qualifier.
Neither team (especially Australia) can boast great football skills or incredible talent. But both are good to watch, particularly when they play each other.
Nail. On. Head.
Spain’s relentless possession football is as closed as it comes, just as England’s version of classic Italian Catennacio is.
This is why the Hun need to win. They’re fast, fluid, skilful and willing to attack. Curse them.
This is a good point. When Spain first came to prominence as THE force in football- they had a team with 4 defenders, 4 midfielders and two strikers (Torres and Villa).
They actually scored a hatful, and really good goals at that tournament.
Then the WC came, and Spain were more conservative. Won it, but scored less goals than any other side in history.
This time round has been a pisstake. I wouldn’t mind but Llorente is still good, and they could easily play him as a striker. Instead they’ve got 4 defenders, 2 defensive midfielders (FFS) 3 attacking midfielders and 1 striker, if they play one. Which they don’t. SO realistically it’s 4-2-4, but without any cutting edge. That’s why they’re scoring so few.
Eh? Spain scored 6 in the group stages. That’s more a lot of other teams.
4 in one game against the worst side in the tournament (and they had Torres playing in that one).
The France game was horribly dull, the second half (all I saw of this one) was horribly dull.
They’re fucking good, don’t get me wrong, but they aren’t exciting.
England scored 3 against a comparatively bad Sweden. And conceded 2.
Yes, but England are shite- and Sweden are easily better than Ireland.
I don’t agree. Sweden were pretty shit.
Better than Ireland who were utter shit. The proof is in the pudding on this one. Ireland didn’t score a goal. Conceded more than anyone else.
Sweden beat France, scored 2 against England.
I’m not defending England here, but England conceded 3 goals all tournament, 2 to Sweden- against the Ukraine, France and Italy, they conceded 1 goal.
The defence wasn’t the problem
France, who played like shit all tournament.
England, who played like shit for a lot of the tournament, but especially for the 15 minutes when those two goals were conceded. When England started playing less shit they scored 2 quick goals.
Ireland came up against far, far superior teams. Two of which made it to the semi’s, and one of those is in the final and is the best team in the world. The other? Still could make the final. They also played like shit, and were severely outgunned.
Just my opinion that Sweden are on a comparative level with Ireland.
Italy, for example. If they could kick properly, they’d have won the game the other night by 2 or 3 goals (at least) in 90 minutes. But they didn’t. They did against Ireland, which they won 2-0.
My point is, you can’t judge entirely on goal difference. I’ve actually watched part of, or all of, nearly every game. I’ve watched Sweden. I’ve watched Ireland. Both aren’t very good sides, and not miles apart.
Apparently the next Euro tournament has been expanded to 24 teams. So instead of 4-6 high quality competitive teams and 10-12 cannon fodder, you’re getting 18-20 hopeless teams.
What a joke.
Dunno about that. There are lots of good European teams that don’t qualify for it-
Belgium, Serbia, Slovakia are all quite good Tier 2 teams.
The Euros are harder than the WC, and I’m not sure it’s a good idea to allow 8 more in.
If they’re not good enough to get in the Euro’s when it’s 16, they don’t deserve a place simply because the tournament is expanded. It’s supposed to be a tournament made up of the best teams in Europe. Not the best teams and also a bunch of other ones. There are plenty of “other ones” already in the 16.
I don’t agree that the Euro’s are harder.
They are because of the way that FIFA weight the World Cup. Less European teams, who for the most part are the best in the world, qualify.
There are far more joke groups in the WC than the Euros. Simply because of how they qualify.
By your rationale, you may as well not bother with the group phases and just go from the QF onwards.
Where’s my rationale? I’m not sure where you’ve got this from.
I disagree that the Euro’s are harder. The WC has all the best European teams. Not the one’s making up the numbers. They also have good South American teams. And you get teams from all over the world, who play different styles, and are more difficult to play because you have to prepare to play a variety of styles. In the Euro’s, a lot of the teams play the same, or in a very similar, way. Preparation is easier. Unless you’re a team like Spain, who control the game, and play their way, you have to adapt your tactics to a wide variety of different styles of play in the WC. That’s why England never do well. They play one way and don’t adapt.
Plus the WC is larger, requiring an extra game that you have to survive to win.
The way you’re talking in terms of also rans and making up the numbers. They aren’t. They’re the best 16 sides- if you feel they’re making up numbers, then may as well only limit it to 8. That way there are the best sides, and then only 2 making up numbers. (PS- I’m not averse to this, as the sooner it’s over the better, and England probably wouldn’t make it at all)
Regarding the WC
They have 2 good SA sides and a lot of also rans, and even Brazil aren’t that good at the moment.
Irrelevant. I’d back France to beat the likes of Trinidad, Algeria, and so forth every time.
I never once advocated less teams. I’m against adding more because right now, there are 16 teams and in those 16 teams there are quite a few that are making up the numbers. I would advocate a 12 team competition. Because then you’d get more of the “cream”, you’d pit the best teams against the best, with no “easy” wins, such as the group that had Ireland, who was clearly outmatched. You’d also still get a couple of teams that could “surprise”. Basically, winning would be tougher, because you’d be against the best from the beginning.
The rest is rubbish.
Europe had 13 places in the last World Cup.
6 out of 7 SA teams made it into the last 16. 4 made it into the quarters. Uraguay finished 4th.
6 out of 13 Euro teams made it into the last 16. That’s basically your Euro’s right there. 3 made it into the quarters. Europe teams finished 1,2,3.
The simple fact is, at the moment, Spain are the best side in the world. And Germany are probably the second best. Under those, there’s a lot of teams sitting just below the line.
hehe. France. Good one.
Anyway, it’s not irrelevant. It’s quite the opposite. Would you back France to beat South Africa? Uraguay? Mexico? Sweden?
Actually, I’ve missed the USA. USA, Mexico and Honduras are listed as CONMEBOL, and the others are CONCACAF. So that’s 7 out of 8 that made it into the 16.
I thought that there were only 8 Euro sides for some reason.
I picked on France because they were inordinately, but not unsurprisingly bad at that WC.
Now? I’d bet France would beat SA and Uruguay. I’d also expect them to draw with Mexico.
Look at the African sides 6- got drawn, including the hosts. One qualified. Most were in the bottom place in their group.
South American sides did well last time out.
Asia and Australasia had 5 sides. Two got out the group.
That was a funny World Cup with a lot of traditionally powerful sides playing inordinately badly- France and Italy were the worst two offenders.
I wouldn’t bet on France to beat an egg. They’re hopeless.
At tournaments, since 2000, yeah they’ve imploded spectacularly.
A more exciting way to do tournaments, actually, would be to ditch the groups altogether.
The groups are specifically designed to prevent an upset- to make sure the traditional powers tend to go through and eliminate the chance of an upset.
Pick the 32 best sides in the world by ranking, and have them drawn with the top 16 in pool one and the second 16 in pool 2.
The first 16 days are straight knock out one game after another, then on as per usual into the knockouts.
It would have the added bonus of removing Friendlies- so each international game has importance based on ranking points. It would also lose the interminable qualifying phase.
Never going to happen, due to money, but that’s what I’d like to see.
The first half was good, because Portugal played aggressive, pressing football. Spain was all over the place because they didn’t know how to play them. It was really interesting to watch.
But the second half was terrible. Extra time was okay.
Spain, also, have a number of good if not very good strikers- Llorente, Torres etc.
So why were they playing that dick up front? He was worse than useless. When he got taken off, I said to my mate that it felt like they wanted an excuse not to play a striker. He was Rooney-esque bad.
Wasn’t surprised to see Xavi taken off, either. He was having a terrible game, and I don’t think I’ve ever even thought that before.
I have no idea what that bloke was doing playing instead of Torres. It’s weird.
He was crap as well.
Torres didn’t play.
In 2008? Yes he did:
What? When did you start talking about 2008? I was talking about last night.
I was referring to the difference in style from the way they play now compared to how they used to play- when they were brilliant and exciting and much more willing to actually attack.
I’m still in this conversation.
You: So why were they playing that dick up front? He was worse than useless. When he got taken off, I said to my mate that it felt like they wanted an excuse not to play a striker. He was Rooney-esque bad.
Me: I have no idea what that bloke was doing playing instead of Torres. It’s weird.
You: He was crap as well.
Me: Torres didn’t play.
You: In 2008? Yes he did:
Gotcha- no I know Torres didn’t play, but I was just emphasising how bad Alpoodo was.
It’s a BBQ day today. I should be elsewhere chomping on delicious BBQ’d meats and swilling chilly cider.
Tell me about it. I’m on until 8 tonight as well.
Why the fuck should they have a message about Scottish independence?
Miserable bunch of feckers.
I saw that earlier. Read a few comments, shook my head at the miserable cunts in the TB and moved on.
It’s an inordinately twattish paper, the Film section in the Graun.
I’m bored though. Wonder what Fatland has got….
*goes to check*
Waste of a click.
That Kidd douchebag is such a cunt. He’s got an interview and waffles on with her about Game of Yawns for bloody ages. That she’s not even in.
Interview with who?
Um, why’s he talking about GoT then? Dick. I’d like to interview her. Well, not so much interview…
I thought she was in it, but couldn’t remember who she was. So I clicked on it, scrolled down until I found it, and he’s just wanking about how good it is.
Then the pathetic toad says “I’m just really enjoying geeking out with you to GOT”.
Talking about Banks- your employer got caught with their fingers in the cookie jar today.
Yes, there was some dodgy dealings going on there.
Not really a shock, to be honest.
This is funny though:
The “scented candles” is an extremely good touch. I feel.
Ok, so planning to start the PCN Summer Flashback series up again, after looking through the older ones published two summer’s ago. There was stuff in there from Jarv, Droid, Therewolf, Kloipy, Conti, Tom Bando, Xiphos. All cool stuff.
Starting up again next week, this time with summer 1988. Reached out to a few others to contirube, and the plan is seven days of movies from a particular summer, and then move to the next year. Looks like last time we made it through 96,97,98, and 99.
If anyone does want to be involved, here’s a basic overview of what’s on tap. I’ve looked at the stuff from 88 through 95 and it only cements what Jarv has been saying. The late 80s/all of the 90s are much stronger than people give them credit for.
Here’s 88 with asterisks next to the already claimed films:
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?*
Friday the 13th VII*
The Great Outdoors
Coming to America
License to Drive
A Fish Called Wanda
Mac and Me *
Nightmare on Elm St. 4
The Last Temptation of Christ
Just looking for seven, and have 3 taken currently.
I’ve already done Red Heat and The Blob. You can repost those if you like.
Think Jarv is doing Bull Durham as well.
That’s a great Blob review, Droid. I’ll put it up next week with a link back this way. I’m gonna print it as is, unless you have suggestions for change. I’ll nix the birthday series opening paragraph, but will link it over to your Birthday Series here.
Jarv, when were you planning Bull Durham?
Talking about which- 900 words through White Collar.
Jarv, might wait and take BD from you then. Already have two horror movies with blob and Friday VII for 88.
You know what’s interesting about that list, and the ones for the early part of the 90s? so many comedies and so many of them decent too.
I think that’s been the real deficiency in summer movies these days. The comedy has become a lost art form.
Movies in general, to be honest.
Hmph. So you don’t want my subtly titled “Flying Balls of Steel Review”?
Eh, what the hell… Maybe I’ll do ten for each year then. Just had a read and it’s a good review, and Reggie Bannister FTW!
Ironically, I remember that my parents rented phantasm 2 and the blob back to back. P2 was th eone I wasn’t supposed to watch, and had to sneak out to the living room to see, but they thought the blob would be innocuous like the old one, and it turned out to easily be the more horrifying of the two movies for an unassuming 10 yr old.
Nah, only messing. It was part of that whole series, and was a bit sarky.
“My name is Reggie, I was an Ice cream salesman, now I’m a soldier”.
Looks also like you are of the opinion, like me, that Phantasm 2 and 3 are really the only ones worth seeing. The original has spooky moments but its so incomprehensible. The middle chapters are also absurd and illogical, but reggie vs. tallman gets you through the more preposterous bits.
It’s not that- it’s that the first one is totally confused with the all a dream ending or was it?
Almost impossible to work out what the feck is going on. The 4th one is made up of outtakes, most of which should have stayed on the cutting room floor.
2 and 3 are linear, which helps a lot.
Regarding Hooligan review: Reads good to me. I think the guy will be pleased with it, despite it not being ‘glowing’. You properly critique it and lay it out, not just snarkily dismiss it ala The Guardian. Also, you have done it more justice than I would have, having no proper context for the events/history of it.
Doesn’t sound awful though, which is more than you can say for half the crap we watch around here.
I’ve changed it slightly. Sorry.
no worries. Im putting it up tonight with the other new reviews. Should help temper the utter blah of ted, people like us.
That’s three blah films then!
Aaarrrgh. Bugger. It cut off half of the second last para.
Let me fix it. Stupid iphone.
I’ll give it a touch up if you like. I just re-read it and yes, the opening and closing needs to be polished so that it works as an independent review (no b’day series references).
Cool. Re-read the Red Heat one. That’s good too. Mind if I put them both up. Prob one near start of the week and one near the end.
Remember that movie that was slated to be the third Dingos article? Last Ride. Ebert just gave it four stars. That would excite me more if he hadnt just gave Ted 3.5 stars.
Still, I should prob dust off Last Ride and give it a watch.
I read his review. It was a good reminder to watch it.
Not sure what he’s playing at with Ted though.
Go ahead and post them. I’ll rejig them slightly and email them to you.
Emailed White Collar.
I’m going to post a slightly different version full of sweary words and whatnot here- unless anyone has anything. Can you credit my first name with that one mate.
I think I’ll finish that on the weekend. I want it to be different. He’s getting two for the price of one.
Phantasm 2- Help yourself. I can take the swearwords out of it if you want:
I’ve got Bull Durham coming soon as well.
I am going to beat my assistant to death with a blunt instrument.
The fucking useless cunt didn’t pay something from last week that I asked him to, and we need delivery tomorrow. He’s off on a fucking training course so I can’t kill him.
I’ve had to redraw a PO, back date it and fax it through to them to blag credit. And blamed Droid’s employers.
does anyone know if Frankie went by ‘Nice Marmot’ at AICN? Not sure if that was him or someone else. If it is then I just had a sighting. Wish he would show up again someday. Miss that guy
No, he was Franklin T. Marmoset.
I wasn’t sure if he got banned and came back as that. Oh well. Hopefully he’s doing well wherever he is
Dunno. He weirdly dropped in a few months ago, made some comment on one of his reviews, something like “Hey, a review by that Marmoset guy. I like him!” and disappeared again.
Not sure what the deal is with him. Seems a bit flaky.
Deep breath, and on to The Amazing Spider-Man, about which I cannot say too much as none of you will have seen it yet. Firstly, this is without doubt a well acted, well-directed and scripted film. But it is not a well-conceived movie. For rights reasons, studio Sony has decided to bring the wall-crawler back to the big screen only a few years after the failure of Raimi’s final effort, Spider-Man 3, to please critics. Webb and his creative team have done their damnedest to mark the new Spidey as a different beast from the version starring Tobey Maguire: he has a new backstory, love interest (Gwen Stacy, not Mary Jane Watson) and enemy in the form of the Lizard.
Unfortunately, and despite everyone’s best efforts, anyone who saw 2002’s Spider-Man is likely to suffer a considerable degree of deja vu. There is only so far you can shift a Spidey origins tale before it is no longer the same character, and Webb has wisely erred on the side of caution. Unfortunately, this means we still get a huge dose of poor, old Uncle Ben’s “With great power comes great responsibility” gubbins from the first movie, though the screenwriters are working so hard not to use those exact words that one can almost hear the biros squeaking in anguish. Likewise, there is a similar high school scene involving a bully. Some of the methods used to avoid repeating scenes wholesale from Raimi’s film are ingenious, but I still felt uncomfortably aware of the fact that they were being employed when I should have been able to sit back and enjoy the movie.
The worst thing about the film is the villain, the Lizard. In order to save the Green Goblin and Doc Ock for later, Webb has plumped for a lesser-known bad guy, who comes to life appallingly on the big screen. The CGI is deeply incongruous, and both Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 looked better, despite technology having supposedly advanced in the intervening years.
The Amazing Spider-Man is getting good reviews from the critics, holding an 80% “fresh” rating on the Rotten Tomatoes aggregator website. And if Raimi’s film had never existed, I would be roundly in agreement. Unfortunately, Webb and Sony have failed to do what Nolan did so impressively with 2005’s Batman Begins: namely to craft an origins story radically different from the previous iteration that feels like the definitive take on the character. The Maguire/Raimi Spider-Man feels like the definitive version for me, and I suspect Total Recall could be remade 1,000 times without approaching the bonkers majesty of Verhoeven’s film. Come on Hollywood, pull your finger out. I’ve already seen this movie.
This isn’t accurate. Nolan was lucky enough to have a character with no real origin. Burton didn’t give him a nuts and bolts origin. Merely flashbacks for character development and motivation. This is not the same as Spiderman, where Raimi spent an hour on the origin. This is the problem that the new film can’t get around. We’ve seen Parker become Spiderman. Recently. It’s fresh in our minds. It’s not something we want or need to see again.
That’s not the bit that caught my attention.
It’s a fucking huge mistake to do the origin. Huge. Because as he’s noted- we all know it- and there are touchstone moments.
That the villain sucks some balls as well, according to this guy, is what caught my eye
I just think its weird how he just competely falls off the map.
On Tuesday I posted a reaction that a good friend of mine had to seeing a critics preview of Spiderman. He went nuts over it. Thought it was the best Marvel superhero movie ever,but needs to see it again before he gives it an all time ranking.
he said the origin is handled quickly and it did not bother him.
i trust his opinion but i will caution that he is a spiderman freak who was disappointed in raimis efforts
I haven’t seen the movie so I don’t know how the adapted him, but in the comics the Lizard is one of Spider-Man’s best and most interesting villains.
And I’m going to disagree with everyone here and say when you do reboot Spider-Man you almost have to redo his origin. Why? Because Spider-Man isn’t like Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Superman, Batman, or even other Marvel characters like Hulk or Captain America. No character is as connected to continuity and the serial nature of comics like Spidey is. Everything flows and develops from what came before and leads into something else. He is much more like HP in that his story feels like a saga at times. So if you’re coming with a direction for Webhead, you almost have to go back to the beginning to show how plays out.
That is why I was pissed at Raimi right from the beginning. Once you fuck up certain things from movie one you really guarantee you’re gonna have to reboot the fucker.
I am a bit conflicted over redoing an origin of a well established character such as spidey. I understand the desire that a new regime has to start fresh and tell their own story, but I think it needs to be balanced by the realization that the buying public is already quite familiar with the origins when it comes to superstar characters.
That being said, if the origin is handled in a way similar to the way daredevil did it, I have zero issues with redoing it.
Also, if a sufficient amount of time has passed between iterations, then once again while i would not be ecstatic about redoing origin, if it was done with the same speed of DD, then no problem.
When the FF is redone, it will be begging for a new origin, and i totally support a fully fleshed out origin
The thing about Spidey for me toad is that he isn’t just a super-hero who has adventures and faces a new baddy every time. He is a character who changes and grows over time. Which means that you have to watch and see that development, which would include how he changed when he got his powers and then how he changed when Uncle Ben died.
Unlike Bats and Superman, Spidey’s big moments haven’t been villains but personal or tragic. Those are the tent poles moments in his story arc, and the things that fans refer to when taking about Spider-Man. Getting bit by a radioactive spider and the death of Uncle Ben are followed by Peter graduating from high school, him meeting Gwen Stacy and MJ, Captain Stacy dying, Gwen and the Green Goblin dying, and marrying MJ (which I actually think was a mistake but I have to admit, one of the pivotal moments of his life). Spider-Man’s story is one long saga, not just a series of single adventures, and I think the impact of these moments only work if you look at them as a continuous story.
That is why I think you have to include his origin when you reboot him. Of course, should they reboot him now, so soon after Raimi’s version, is another argument (I personally think they should have let more time pass).
And yes the FF need a new origin story, but the one who really needs one is Doctor Doom. How the hell did they fuck up the greatest super-villain of all-time so badly?
My buddy who sawr it said you must stay to the end – a secret scene.
Doc Doom is only second greatest super villain, behind Fin Fang Foom.
I do agree with your reasoning over Spidey, in that his stories have a more cohesive feel to them, still Bat’s origin is compelling and no one has yet to deep dive into how twisted it made him.
I can see his reboot in four or five years encompassing a new origin, regardless the direction taken.
Superman is the one that does not need a new origin, no matter what.
But of course we will get it.
Superman’s “new” origin should be like how they did it in his first appearance in Action comics.
In one page, about 8 panels, they explained his entire origin and concept. Same thing could be done in a movie with about 8 lines of dialogue and maybe a small three minute flashback or prologue.
One thing I really did like about Burton’s Batman is they never directly told his origin. That was very much like how they did it in the Golden Age comic. And personally, I don’t see Batman as being insane anymore, at least in the context of a comic book universe. Insane implies that what you do makes no sense and doesn’t work – in Batman comics, dressing up like a bat to take on crime seems to be very effective and logical.
And also now that I think about it Doom is third, behind Fing Fang Foom and MODOK.
Bats is not insane, he is psychologically damaged.
Without rehashing our voluminous past discussions about this, lets look at two comic book Billionaires.
Stark and Wayne – and no we will not be redoing Tony and Bruce’s orgy party either although that was a helluva lot of fun.
What motivates a billionaire or anyone for that matter to put on a costume and risk his or her life?
For Stark, it is the joy he gets from seeing his creation kick ass.
For Wayne, it is trying to assuage the emptiness he has felt since he sawr his parents murdered in front of him.
Do you ever detect joy from Wayne? No, it is a holy mission, his self designated mission that he needs to do as much as he needs to breathe.
Wayne is not insane by any true definition, but he is beyond a doubt so emotionally damaged by the traumatic loss he suffered, that he dedicated his entire life and fortune to hunting and hurting criminals.
Pay attention to that last word ‘hurting’.
With all the money and intellect he has at his disposal, Wayne could easily devise methods for taking down criminals that precluded – for the most part, having to physically engage with them.
His vanity (thinking himself above such acts regardless the consequences of not doing so in his self appointed tak) does not allow him to kill, which is a discussion for another day, but he aims to hurt them.
You always see Bats damn near cripple people -well not in Nolan movies but that is because Nolan does not know how to shoot action.
You can infer that he derives some satisfaction in meting out such punishment, because after all he has the means to avoid if it he so chose.
Yes, we are talking a comic book character, I get that, but if we are extrapolating how they would behave in near real world existence, it is my contention that Bats is nuts albeit not truly insane.
You love some Modok!
Ok, I will raise you Arnim Zola as number four!
I’m sorry fellas I have to disagree with this.
The way to handle the origin here was to do what Burton did with Batman- show very little of it. We’re all too familiar, and the last one was only 12 years ago.
Then 20 years time, if someone needs to redo the origin, then go for it. It’s too familiar at the moment.
I do agree, however, that Raimi stacked it. But that’s not the point.
I get that and while I am not thrilled by it, I will withhold judgement until I see it. It may be that it is integral – the way Conti describes, to the spiderman saga as well as the movie.
The only way i would hate it, is if they did a long involved 1/2 or 3/4 of a movie. That would turn me off
Yeah, but the problem is Jarv that Batman is Batman – everything about him is dedicated to him wearing a costume and fighting crime. His origin is almost unnecessary save for what little motivation it supplies.
Spider-Man is however the tale of a person, Peter Parker, who’s life changes when he gets bit by a radioactive spider and then feels responsible for his Uncle’s death. He is not just a costume and a concept, but an actual character. And if you don’t have continuity with that character and the action on screen, it really isn’t Spider-Man. I see excluding his origin as chopping off the first part of the Deer Hunter – without the wedding scene we don’t care about the characters. Sure, you can make a war movie and just hint at their past lives, but you are not going to care about them; same with Spider-Man, where you can give an abbreviated origin but than he no longer becomes a character but instead just a guy in a costume having an adventure, like the old Bond movies.
But that is the problem with Spider-man. He should be done as a saga, but instead they are trying to treat him as a character in stand alone films. You have to make sure you do it right the first time and map out the entire arc of the character in not just one movie but several, and Hollywood just doesn’t seem to care to do that.
And personally, I think they should wait a least another 10 years before making another Spider-Man movie, but Sony needs to keep the rights and he is too big of name property. This is a case where business defeats art.
Ah, Cheeses insane Stark/Wayne coke party. That was funny, although I still stand by my assessment that Cheeses underestimated Kent and Rogers – those two are pussy magnets.
And I couldn’t agree more about Batman. He really is almost philosophically beyond any sort of psychological assessment. He is like Nietzsche’s Ubermensch or Aristotle (or was it Plato) concept of someone so superior he was above the law.
Which was one of my problems with Nolan’s interpretation. He made him like a regular guy conflicted. I imagine someone to do what he did, to singling pursue something like that, would never afford to allow himself to have doubts and conflicts. This is his life-calling, whatever the consequences.
And you notice all our favorite villains – Fing Fang Foom, Doom, MODOK, Arnim Zola – are all Kirby creations? We should add EGO, the Living Planet, to that list.
Kent and Rogers can definitely bring in the P!
They get the wholesome on the outside, hellcat on inside sect as well as the bad girl who wants to seduce to good guy.
The issue is neither of them are closers, however that is actually a good thing for the other P hounds because think about all that frustrated P with no where else to turn but into the waiting arms of Tony and Bruce and any hangers on they might let into the joint
lll bet Tim Tebow gets the same thingm and his team mates get the frustrated left overs!
That was a great TB discussion
Conti, I have a Jack Kirby signed Thor featuring the first appearance of Ego!
I met Kirby back in the late eighties at a convention.
See, I see them both as closers. Cap just doesn’t get to meet that many women, and those he does are usually Avengers and he doesn’t shit where he eats. But he never seemed to have a problem pulling in the skirt hot spy types, like Sharon Carter, Peggy Carter (sisters!), Betsy Ross, Diamondback, Bernie Rosenthal, and I wouldn’t doubt he was having a shit load of trim when he was stationed in London during WWII.
Now Supes, he is faithful to Lois, but remember through most of his comic history he really wasn’t dating Lois, they just had feelings towards each other. Meanwhile, he was hooking up with mermaids, aliens, chicks from the future, Kryptonian girls from the past, and even Helen of Troy and Cleopatra. The guy didn’t just have girls in different time zones, but also different time periods.
Oh, the insanity that Cheeses unleashed with that party.
Supes did bang that mer chick back in his college days.
You know, I have to agree with your P assessment.
They projected the goody two shoes, but they probably did their fair share of bangin- especially during wartime.
Yeah, Rogers prolly got some French and English and maybe German tang.
Supes probably rationalized that since he could not get with Lois because he would bang her out of existence that he needed some extra terrestrial trim.
You think he banged big barda? I know she seems tight with Scott Free, but she was giving supes the eye.
And you know he did WW.
Ok, I have fully changed my mind on them, not only magnets but closers as well!
Good job C
Yeah I miss Mr Marmoset too, the first time he vanished he yanked everything here w/ him. Who knows? He was fun to read.
Yeah Bando, i just hope he’s doing well. I feel like the guy had some stuff happen in his life, other than that can’t figure out why he left like he did
Yeah it’s weird I thought he said he was gonna be out by April?
I see it on Monday and am optimistic for it, honestly. Im not that partial to Raimi’s approach, and Im not that irritated by the origin reboot. It does feel like ‘why’ a little bit, but there’s something else I think at work here.
Even though it’s been ten years since Spidey first hit the screen–by contrast, it was only 8 years between Batman and Robin and Batman Begins–I think the issue is that comic book films are fundamentally handled different than they werre in 2002.
At that point we had only had Blade–which was basically ghettoized as horror-action–and X-Men as new examples of super-hero stories. Raimi’s film still has a lot of that cartoonish, hyper-stylized ‘it’s just a comic’ feel that most superhero movies had at that time. This works for some, but not for Spidey, because he’s most interesting when he comes off as a character-drven force, not a special-effects driven force. Curious to see where Webb falls with it.
Spidey Fore might be fun. Lizard as long as he has his lab coat and purple pants gets my vote.
Marvel artists had a thing for purple back in the day
Did Banner and Connors buy there pants at the same outlet mall?
oThey went to Target.
Kloipy I guess he went wherever Pazoozoo went, but for different reasons.
Man I haven’t seen or heard from docp in forever either! I did see Mr.NiceGaius the other day
do we know why DocP left?
No idea, he took offence to someone here.
Just announced one day that he was off. Up to him.
I don’t think he announced it. He did come back claiming he was just “breaking his self imposed ban to comment”. I’m pretty sure there was no reason or justification for him to ban himself. He just threw an arbitrary hissy.
Awful news part 1:
Ryan Reynolds to take lead in Highlander reboot
Awful news part 2:
Starship Troopers is now a “remake”
GODDAMNIT. NO. I WANT ST4: RICO FTW!!!!
Did you see that the CG Starship Troopers is coming out on dvd in August?
Hmph. I’m compelled to buy that. And I don’t want to.
In other news: PLANET OF THE APES: EVOLUTION arrives today! (stupidly happy about this).
What’s that? Is that the box set?
The missus is NOT impressed. I did it on Saturday when she was asleep.
Eh. It’s only £20. Not a big deal.
Aye, £40 for me and the missus.
That’s a money making machine that play- tiny costs, sells out for 20 years.
I was referring to the box set. Only £20. I got tickets off lastminute. Cost £30 for two. Upper circle though, so not the best. I could see fine though.
No, it’s that she thinks they’re shite.
Mind you, she bought the Godfather box set the other week. Including part 3- because it’s cheaper with part 3 than without.
Yeah he vanished was kinda fun to have him here.
DocP showed up in the 3 Avatar tb @WhingeWorld(TM)
Went to see The Woman in Black last night. It was pretty good.
Now watch the film- you’ll see exactly what I mean.
The Fortune is a fecking uncomfortable theatre, though.
It sure is. Felt like I was balancing myself on the seat for the entire time.
I’ve got the movie. Might watch it this weekend.
Great play. I may go again.
Stunning considering what they’re working with.
In uber nerd Marvel funny book news…
Edgar Wright has shot a “test reel” for Ant Man. Presumably so they can see how shitty it looks on the big screen.
Never even heard of these guys.
Christ. He’s sliding down the hill fast.
In cock up news- I accidentally referred to the actor when I meant the character all the way through that White Collar review that I sent to Jonah.
Mate DON’T PUBLISH IT- I’ll correct it and send it to you again.
It’s Nick and Mike.
Don’t know what the hell I was thinking of.
I’ve fixed it and sent him a new version.
Amusing comment in the Guardian-
“Germany should know better- last time they went to Warsaw expecting to conquer all they got their arses handed to them”.
Tasteless, but it did make me laugh.
I’m now in the position of supporting Italy. Bah!
I’m supporting Spain. Fuck Italy.
Plus I need Spain to get a clean sheet, as my fantasy team is made up of their entire defense. I’m sitting 4th in my work league, and the top 3 pays out.
I didn’t see the game, but what happened to the krauts? I had them as certain to beat Italy.
Rain’s stopped play in the cricket. What a surprise.
That’s strange. It’s not raining. It’s fecking murky though.
This is a weird England side:
Cook, Bell, IJL Trott, RS Bopara, EJG Morgan, C Kieswetter†, TT Bresnan, GP Swann, SCJ Broad, ST Finn, JM Anderson
That’s 5 front line bowlers. 2 of which can’t bat. Do we need 4 seam bowlers at Lords when it’s overcast. I would argue, no.
DA Warner, SR Watson, GJ Bailey, MJ Clarke*, DJ Hussey, SPD Smith, MS Wade†, B Lee, CJ McKay, PJ Cummins, XJ Doherty
I thought we got rid of him.
Has been since KP retired. Understandable, really.
Doherty is shite. I’d have expected to see Beer or the Groundsman first.
Who’s this mckay cunt? Never heard of him.
Clint McKay. Short form player. Decent bowler.
It’s still not raining. It must be spitting or something.
Nah, Doherty’s fine.
To be fair to the lad, I’ve only seen him in the Ashes, when he was nowhere near the worst Aussie bowler on display, and Australia is a very unfriendly place for finger spinners.
However, to say he didn’t set the world alight is a bit of an understatement:
That’s not worked for shit.
Basically, he took 2 for 148 in Brisbane (terrible) then 0 for 158 at nearly 6 an over in Adelaide.
No idea about short form though.
Decent in one dayers. Average of 30-odd. Played quite a few.
Where did Australia get all these bits-and-pieces players from? There seems to be a lot of specialist ODI guys that suck in the test side.
Although that’s being incredibly generous to Smith.
Smith? Who’s Smith? I know not of whom you speak.
Australia has long been innovative at Cricket, but only sending out a side with 10 men seems a bit of a stretch too far to me.
We like a challenge.
That’s a fucking long tail Australia have got as well-
Lee in at 8. And Smith in at 6???????? I thought Wade was meant to be quite handy
Cunting it down now.
Lee often comes in at 8. He can bat. Wade is a good batsman.
Surprised they haven’t got anyone at number 6. It seems to skip from 5 to 7. Must be a typo.
Who’s this Bailey cunt as well? Any good?
Man, this team is full of people I’ve never heard of.
Bailey is the captain of the 2020 side. Short form specialist.
Although he does want to play tests, and has a decent average at state level.
Nearly 30 though. Still, worked out OK for Hussey.
In all honesty, no pisstaking, this is he-who-does-not-exists record:
5 matches, 10 Innings, 259 runs. Average of 28.77. 62 overs bowled 3 wickets for 220 runs.
His ODI record is even worse. 30 matches Average of 23, top score of 46, 144 overs, 22 for 755- average in the 30s.
What the fuck is he doing coming in at 6?
I had to endure years of England picking the likes of Ronnie Irani, Mark Ealham and Jimmy Ormond, when nobody could work out how the hell they were getting in the side. It looks like Voldesmith is the Aussie version.
You just need to pick Mitch again, and things will be going nicely to plan for 2013
Back on again.
England were trucking along at 6 an over, so Clarke’s bought on Lee to put the brakes on. Sensible.
I honestly don’t get it. Did he get a central contract? Because he’s a fucking pub player.
He must have some downright incriminating photos.
Have to say, though, Aussies bowling very nicely at the moment. Fucking nowt to hit there.
I think they just pick him to annoy you. See also: XJ Doherty
Is that Hussey the younger?
That’s the only rational explanation. Although, I have no major qualm with Doherty.
David Hussey’s a good short form batsman.
Anyone but Spain.
Christ, Italy’s football is monumentally boring as well though. Catenaccio v Tika Taka= zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Can both sides lose?
Spain vs Italy: Requiem.
Whoever wins, we lose.
I was going to say whoever wins, football loses.
Football is almost beyond parody it’s so fucking dull now- particularly in tournaments. Even Brazil don’t play Samba football any more. Melo could play for bloody England he’s that much of a clogger.
Did you hear Lawrenson co-commenting on the Italy/ Germany match? Does he even think about what he’s saying?
“The Germans need to step on the gas…”
Fuck’s sake, Lawrenson…
Seeing as though they’ve remade Total Recall and Showgirls, and are remaking Starship Troopers and Robocop, what other Verhoeven remakes can we look forward to?
A PG-13 Basic Instinct?
Well, I’m being a bit facetious there, but the trailer I saw for Showguys (aka Magic Mike) makes it look pretty much the same. More a hybrid of Showgirls and that Demi Moore one.
Farrell seems to be addicted to making lame remakes.
Didn’t realise how comparatively badly Prometheus did at the box office.
Budget of $130m, BO of $260m so far. It’s not that bad. And it will sell shitloads of dvds.
Yeah, I was just under the impression it was up at the $450m mark for some reason.
Bayvengers has crossed the $600m mark in the US alone.
Not a surprise. Depressing, more than anything.
This means we can look forward to another million prequel films for Bayvengers 2.
Never even heard of this. Want to see it, and it’s on in Finchley Road.
I saw something about it the other day. Doesn’t interest me much, I have to say.
I like the cast, and I think we’re good at horror. I want to go to the cinema next week, but don’t want to see The Amazing Menstrual Man, so will probably see that.
Where’s your review? Slacker.
Prometheus is still on in Camden. May go to that. Lots to choose from.
Been busy. Haven’t had time.
I think you’ll need to watch it again.
I think you need to watch it once. And the Freud movie. Your Cronenturd movies await.
Aye. When it comes via Lovefilm. Got to complete my series.
When he’s off he really is a terribly boring director.
To be fair, that Freud movie’s alright. Just alright though. 1.5… maybe 2.
Get’s a lot of mileage from my goodwill towards Fass and Viggo.
What, you mean that R.Pattinson doesn’t cut it for you?
If by “it”, you mean my wrists, then yes. R. Cockwomble makes me want to cut my wrists.
Nice one. Forgot about it
Yep. I bet Ruffalo get’s his own Hulk movie too. Probably one’s about Black Widow and Hawkeye as well. That, we do not need.
This is their chance to make the Ultimate Hulk ever- so we will never ever need another one.
Just think about how awesome it will be if they ramp up the daddy issues AND have him scared of his own penis. That’s character depth, man.
Speaking of this, I watched the new Total Recall trailer last night. That showed WAY too much of the film. It also showed why it will be lame. They appear to repeat the hooker with 3 boobs bit. Except that the shot in the trailer is from the neck up, so you can’t actually see that she has three boobs. It’s just a hooker opening her blouse and Farrell looking at her tits. So you have to have knowledge of the original film to even get the joke.
It might be a different shot in the film, I don’t know. But you definitely won’t see boob.
England are going along too nicely here. I don’t like it. Need a wicket or 10.
I blame you entirely for that.
It means I didn’t get to use my “Cometh the hour, cometh the SHERMAN” gag for Bell’s century.
Probably for the best really.
Smegging hell. Cook and Trott in. That’s the cricket equivalent of valium. Although Cook does rattle along in ODI’s at a strike rate of about 90 nowadays.
Hehehehehe. Cook’s hogging the strike- 2 then dot dot dot 4 and then a single to keep strike.
Feeling a bit sorry for Doherty here. Bowled 2 overs, the first one was played watchfully for 3, then the second was spanked for 10, so Clarke pulled him.
Shermi’s an idiot. He hit that.
Twat. Should have referred it.
Shite. Cook’s just got himself out.
In trouble. England’s middle order is pants.
Doherty’s gash. Trott’s just twatted him over the top.
Dunno what they’re playing at here. Sun’s out, so the ball shouldn’t be doing much. Batting far too slowly.
Good toss to win, this one- you definitely want to be chasing today.
Oh, I see. Playing Cummins out and then scoring off Doherty.
Bloody Trott. 18 off 31. Cunt. Bopara’s taking risks because of his inability to score at pace. Great Test number 3/ opener in that he’s a bugger to get out, but hopeless ODI player.
Need one of the kids.
Exactly. Out he goes. Pah!
Trott’s even defending Doherty! Bah! I hate him.
If he gets out to Doherty, then he should be dropped and never play for England in ODI’s again.
What a cunt.
What did you say? Never play for England again? They should be so lucky.
I wasn’t joking. Doherty has been utter pish, and missing a fucking full toss on leg stump? What the fuck?
Right Morgan- 5 Balls. Lay the hurt on him.
This is ridiculous, we’ve got a saffa/scot and a paddy in. Feck’s sake.
I’d bin Kieswetter in a heartbeat, and play Bairstow as Keeper. He’s better than Kieswetter anyway.
Kieswetter isn’t anywhere near the best Keeper/ Batsman eligible. He’s selected to hit sixes, but he’s basically useless. He’s a mediocre keeper, a good 20/20 batsmen and shite in every other form of the game.
Cricinfo have cracked the point of Smith- he’s in for his fielding. Seriously, that’s the best they can come up with.
Dunno. I saw the name, and I didn’t recognise him either.
Morgan is such a good ODI player. It’s a real shame he sucks in the long form.
Christ. He’s just monstered Watto’s second last over for 19.
Who’d be a death bowler?
Much more than I thought- Morgan with 89 off 63 balls made up for Trott’s shitness.
Challenging, but not ungettable total.
McKay best bowler, cummins was fast but relatively expensive, and Trott failed to Doherty, who should have gone for a lot more.
Lee bowled well early on, and then got hammered at the death, and Watto was patchy.
I think England’s bowling should be better than that.
Looks like the early overs are crucial.
Warner on the rampage. Seen off the new ball. Aussies to win from here.
Trott lost this.
Having said that, the Run Rate is starting to get near 6. If they get Warner this could be interesting.
If they get Warner and Clarke cheaply, then they’re fucked.
Jarv, Im moments away from publishing the Hooligan review, but wanted to check something. I’ve linked to your other reviews on my site, but wanted to verify–since I used the first name–that you were ok with me linking back to here from that review.
Oh shite. Best credit it as Jarv, then.
Good point. Don’t want Len to actually find me.
Posted man. Take a look. Again, good review. I’m interested in seeing it, even if it’s not necessarily great.
That Storage 24 review sounds interesting. i do like Clarke, as a writer maybe more than an actor, but he’s fine there too. He made a decent turn out of Mickey on Who as well.
I’ll have a quick look. I’ll put this one up here as well.
Mate- that’s the one with Nick in it not Mike. Nick’s the actor. Let me send you the more recent one again
damn, how did I manage that…it’s been corrected. There was one more Nick in the latest you sent, in that first paragraph, but I’ve changed it.
Cheers. Totally my fault.
Fuck knows what I was thinking of when I wrote it.
It’s an OK film. Very hard to review, because it really is stuff that you’ve seen elsewhere. While the actors are all good, the story does run out of fizz.
Hey I will do Willow if you like, that one I remember it well.
Hey Bando! Kloipy called Willow on Friday . Is there another one you want to do? i start putting them up tomorrow, starting with Droid’s Red Heat review.
If there isn’t one for 88 you want, you can have first dibs on 89 if you like. Some good stuff in there.
Saw Ted last night, if you liked Hall Pass and The Change up (and none of you did) then you should enjoy Ted. Can’t believe the mostly positive reaction to it, and how NOW everyone admits to liking Family Guy. It’s ok it has a few laughs here and there, I probably laughed more at Hall Pass and it’s about even with The Change Up without the overuse of cussing, but all three are solid bromance movies nothing more.
That’s My Boy was funnier.
Watched ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ tonight.
Not a fan. Sorry.
Yeah I have a feeling the FX will look shitty on the small screen.
Some of the FX was outstanding – particularly the close-up stuff. Unfortunately, the rental disc I had wouldn’t play in either the DVD or Blu-ray player, it would only play on the PC – so that didn’t help either, watching the film on a little monitor instead of a 50-inch plasma.
I just didn’t rate the story. Though I did like how they set up the decimation of the human population.
What’s not to like? It’s the story of Moses, told with apes.
James Franco was crappy in it though.
Saw Ted yesterday. Much better than I expected. Not a great movie, as deep as a rain puddle with a weak 3rd act, but succeeded as a comedy – I laughed during it.
Hehehe wow that’s high praise from you, I think the last time you laughed Clinton was still in office.
I laughed many times while Bush was in office.
I didnt much care for it. I mean, the set-up was decent–and some jokes, like the one involving Sam J. Jones and Flash Gordon was pretty funny–but, like K-boom says above, its not that different than Family Guy, albeit it has this warm fuzzy crap tacked on to it to make it feel like a real movie.
I liked Wahlberg, he gave it best shot. Still, to me, the jokes either felt tremendously lazy, ran on for too long–the fight scene comes to mind–or were honestly kind of embarrassing to watch (not because of the raunch factor but because of how pathetic and hard some of them were trying for laughs).
Here’s how I felt. At the end of the day, if you replace McFarlane’s Ted with say, Seth Rogen as a real stoner, slacker friend and don’t change a single other thing, then it becomes a tired, irritating excuse for a movie.
Ted is a gimmick and isnt used at all well. By the time the third act is up, you see where its going and you sort of don’t care anymore.
Comparing it to hall pass and change up is kind of harsh–only because those two were perhaps the worst comedies of recent memory–but I see the correlation. Not that it matters. it made big bucks, so Im sure we aren’t rid of mcfarlane on the big screen just yet.
Also, kind of hypocritical for SM to take potshots at Sandler, as if his movies are really that much more high-brow than ‘Thats My Boy.’
Well I never watch Family Guy, so it probably helped it feel “fresher” and more original.
Yeah I didn’t like the Jack and Jill joke that was lame. But yeah that’s what I’ve been saying about it, Ted should’ve just been some actor, I agree with everything else. There were also a lot of carry over references to Family Guy. The I don’t sound like Peter Griffin, the Airplane reference and the Ryan Reynolds gag.
American Reunion – It was okay. On par with all the others. Worth a watch once, if you’ve seen the other films. Couple of chuckles here and there, but mostly a very moderately entertaining diversion.
Lockout – Having my expectations lowered by the poor reviews and whatnot helped this one out a lot. Again, it’s a moderately entertaining diversion. Goes a long way on the strength of Guy Pearce.
Last Ride – Not quite the amazing film Ebert makes it out ot be, but a solid film overall. And he’s right, it does look good. Particularly the salt flats part.
And, I finished the story part of Arkham City. And watched Spain entertainingly drub the Italians.
The Grey. Enjoyed it, loved the use of City Surf. Maybe Carnahan is going to leave off the trash?
England drubbing the Aussies. I’m now starting to feel sorry for Mitch. The crowd treat him like a pantomime villain, and he’s just so shit that it’s embarrassing for all concerned.
Cummins gone home injured, which is a shame, but why on earth is a teenager breaking down as much as he seems to?
England should win this series, and I really struggle to care. I’ll watch it while it’s on, but it’s totally needless, and basically I can’t get worked up for it. Not like the Ashes, our the Indian Annihilation last year.
Regretted not watching Spain, finally, from what I was reading, they were entertaining, but I assumed in advance that Italy v Spain would be a totally mindumbing battle of Tika Taka v Parked bus defence. D’oh.
Well done Spain- can’t argue with three tournaments on the bounce, I’ve just seen too many terminally boring games with them in, and so I can’t warm to them.
What’s strange, though, is that the most entertaining side I’ve ever seen (Brazil 82) won the sum total of F All, and I’d rather watch highlights of them any day of the week over the far more successful, and far more gifted Spain side.
I’ve enjoyed watching Spain many times over the past 3 tournaments. I don’t understand the “dull” and “boring” comments, but hey ho. Not to worry. They were simply ridiculous in the first half last night. Their skills are so good. Iniesta seems like the ball is attached to his foot by velcro.
Anyway, good on them. They’re simply miles better than anyone else. Conceded one goal in the entire tournament. Well deserved winners.
And as for the cricket. I forgot it was even on. I didn’t even see the result until this morning.
England were just so far ahead of Australia in terms of batting, and while sub-par (for what I’d consider to be England’s “new” standards) in the field, didn’t have shite bowling like Johnson and Doherty.
Johnson in particular was embarrassingly bad. Went for a shit load, barely looked like taking a wicket, and kept putting in idiotic no balls. However, the crowd now reckon (with some justification) that they can get to him, and he’s taking an unacceptable amount of stick- it’s not football, so don’t behave like a terrace.
Bit more on this- Watson and Bailey got hopelessly bogged down. Horribly so, actually. Neither of them seemed to be able to hit Swann and Bopara off the square.
Some late hitting helped Bailey’s S/R, but he was all over the place. Him and Watto (who otherwise batted very well), meant Australia were a minimum of 30 runs light.
Aussie press not too chuffed:
Interesting, there’s a fair amount of comment about wasting Wade at 7.
Stop picking the likes of Forrest and Smith at 6, than. And if you do pick Johnson, for no reason that I can possibly work out, then you need an all-rounder in case he doesn’t come off- someone that can bowl 8 tidy overs for less than 6 per over and maybe spank 30-odd runs.
Don’t know if Australia has anyone like that.
It’s obviously subjective.
However, it doesn’t do it for me watching games like them against France (worst game of the tournament) where they just suffocatingly pass it back into their own half until everyone falls asleep- let alone the stultifying second half+ extra time v Portugal (I do accept that I didn’t see the first half, which I’m told was much better). I’ve seen as many, if not more, terminally shite games with them in (and usually them to blame) than I have good ones.
It’s not that I don’t appreciate the skill, because I do, and they’re clearly a level ahead of everyone not called Pirlo, but I find there to be as much of a chance of them being awfully boring as there is of them being in an exciting match.
A team to admire, rather than love.
Nothing else to say- well deserved winners, scored more, conceded once, and while we can argue about style that’s what goes in the history books.
Here’s a good example for you then, to give you an idea of what the game was like. I saw them go backwards, a long ball back to Casillas, once during the entire game.
Typical. I finally miss them playing positively.
They really do make Italy into their bitch nowadays.
That’s a description of the “jokes” in Family guy.
I saw them doing the leg holding one again. Peter has now done it 4 times and Lois once. NOT FUNNY.
Although I did, for the first time in a long time, actually laugh at an FG joke last night.
No interest in Ted at all. The trailer was more than enough for me.
This looks like it could be fun. Although it’s probably not, when you consider who co-wrote it.
Roth is trying to be cokey now.
Automatic pass on that- which is a shame, because it’s a good cast.
Fatland has a massive 8 reviews for Amazing Spider-Man.
Christ- if we ever want to know why ASM blows:
You certainly get a gut check from him.
Presuming it does blow, that is.
Ebert gave it 3 1/2. But since nearly everything these days get’s 3 1/2 from him, I remain skeptical. The review certainly doesn’t read like a 3 1/2 movie, when you compare it to one of ours for example. But we are less lenient on films I suppose.
That in itself is the fucking problem with this movie.
If there’s any justice, it’ll absolutely tank.
It won’t unfortunately. The only hope is that it underperforms and then Batman comes out and sweeps it aside.
Dunno, I’m not so sure.
There’s no real interest or desire for it amongst the great unwashed. If anything there’s almost a “fuck no” attitude about. Also, Ice Age 95 and Madagascar 3 are out around the same time, which is going to take a lot of the kiddie “pester” money.
I can’t see it bombing, but I can see it struggling a lot.
I wouldn’t be so sure. The yanks just flocked to Ted. Spiderman will do over $100m opening weekend I bet.
This is true- To quote P.T. Barnum- you can never go broke overestimating the stupidity of the American Public.
with an OUCH final paragraph:
Ouch. Very, very ouch.
Yeah- it was “Deflating a movie as I have seen all year” that got me.
Can’t be worse than Piranha 3DD, Cosmopolis or Ghost Rider 2.
No, I doubt it. However, it can be more deflating and disappointing.
Piranha 3DD is basically DTV, nobody expects anything from it.
Cosmopolis is a glorfied art film, that nobody gives a fuck about
Ghost Rider 2 has the get out of Jail free card that is how bad the first one is.
The thing is, though, that I don’t think it can be as bad as the Raimi films, which have to be 2 of the most unjustly overrated funny book adaptations and one totally fairly maligned piece of shit out there.
I’d go 1 Chang for Spidey 1 (and that’s being generous), 1.5 for Spidey 2, and Orangutan of Doom for Spidey 3.
Piranha 3DD followed a much better than I ever thought possible (even with my dislike of the feeding frenzy) remake.
Cosmopolis was from the director of Eastern Promises and A History of Violence.
Ghost Rider 2 starred The Hairpiece.
I had expectations for all of them. Sure, GR2 may have been me deluding myself, but I never expected to turn it off after less than 10 minutes. That’s half the time I gave Gamer and Sucker Punch.
GR also was directed by the crank monkeys, who you hate.
The expectations, taking Cosmopolis out for a second, are totally different from a summer tentpole. None of those three are.
Hold this thought for a moment anyway, I’m redoing the Rec Room
Yeah Spidey Fore just seems so pointless. At least the Lizard could be fun but am not holding my breath.