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  1. I wish someone would do a really good adaptation of A Distant Trumpet. It's one of the best western stories ever written.
  2. Well, several titles stand out, though this list might be peculiar to my own tastes and experiences over the past ten years. I am deficient in the area of foreign language film making, not because I don't like it but because I never know where to begin. That said: The Lord of the Rings trilogy The New World Letters from Iwo Jima The Ninth Day The Pianist Hotel Rwanda The Passion of the Christ Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World The Departed The Dark Knight Black Hawk Down No Country for Old Men There Will Be Blood The Incredibles Minority Report United 93 Wall-E A
  3. I'd give it a B. Up was sublime. Star Trek was a blast. Wolverine was...watchable. But there has been little else to pique my interest. The year's movie slate causes no excitement either for good or bad- it's just "meh". I look forward to Public Enemies, and I might fork over a few bucks to see Harry Potter since I saw the other 5, but I can't see myself attending the theater again until some of the big late-year releases pour in. (Mind you, I loved Gran Torino, but I count that as 2008. And I still have not seen Slumdog Millionaire.)
  4. Long time, no post! I dig the new board skin. Stephen, you've started a fascinating topic. This is a subject that I have been thinking about quite a bit, having studied communications at BU, where social media are being held up as the greatest thing in history (Truman was wrong about the atom bomb apparently). In particular, I think the Amish-style withdrawal tactic that some parents use is particularly interesting. Having gone to a secular school, with secular people, in one of the most secular cities in America, I can see the appeal. Unless strong habits are built up against the various t
  5. I've been sitting here, catching up on whatever apparently went down over the past two days, finding it very difficult to know what to write. My first impulse would be to say simply how sad I am that things have come to this...yet everyone else has said as much elsewhere. I guess once again, I haven't anything that is useful to add. I have noted tension for some time between certain people, but never did I imagine that it would result in people leaving this community, or in the type of meanness or name-calling that I have caught snippets of here today, etc. Perhaps I am just clueless, but al
  6. Steven, I read your review this morning and it made me kind of sad (not because I disagree with it, but because on the contrary, your "comic-book movie" reviews are usually on target). I guess that since X3 was not that great, I shouldn't have expected Wolverine to be terrific. Perhaps Fox only had two good X-Men movies for us. Nevertheless, I'm tired of mediocre action movies based on stuff that I like! I am 21 now, meaning that when X2 came out, I was 15. It had the same kind of impact on me that the original X-Men comic books probably had on you older guys when they originally came out. E
  7. I can't help but feel that the film's lack of the earlier installments' all-star supporting cast might result in a little less interest. I am sure Wolverine will do well financially, but this time there's no Ian McKellen, no Patrick Stewart, no Halle Berry, no furry blue Frasier. Consequently, people might look upon this one as a second-rate X-Men flick. Of course, that's just my theory. So if the flick is a roaring box-office success, I can always fall back on this disclaimer.
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    I was saddened by And FINALLY,
  9. If they give us more of Captain Barbosa, I will be satisfied. As for Keira, she was starting to get annoying in the third film anyway. I think there is potential for a fun outing here, especially since a new creative team will be brought in. The thrid film was a bit stagnant, compared to the excellent first two, so maybe new blood will enliven things.
  10. All I can think of is the Robot Chicken episode 3 Fast, 3 Furious, in which Mario, Speed Racer, Vin Diesel, the Duke Boys, and CHPS Patrol officers have a bloody, casualty-laden go-cart race. Seriously, if they are going to keep making these crappy movies, can't they think up titles that don't suck?
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    Last Monday's episode was decent. I like the fact that Jon Voight is getting more screen time, though again, Renee Walker seems to be sadly relegated to the office ever since mid-March. What's with Renee's For the record, me and my brothers have been re-watching season one. It is indeed amazing just how different Jack was back then; he was a caring family man who seemed invested in his domestic life. They have done a good job at evolving the character over the course of what, according to fan sites, has been 13 years of personal hell since "day one".
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    Starcraft II

    Wikipedia, of all places, has a pretty extensive article on the development of Starcraft II. Naturally, it must be taken with much salt, but it seems that this project is indeed nearing fruition. Count me as excited. When I was but a 12-year-old, I was first introduced to Starcraft, and I loved it. There is no other non-licensed franchise game that features such a memorable plot, nor does any other game boast such imaginative world-building. Sure, Warcraft III was cool, but it ripped off Tolkien far too much to be a compelling tale in its own right. Starcraft's cybernetic, Road Warrior-esque
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    They never spell it out explicitly, though he assists Vice President Daniels with coordinating air strikes from a secure location during a national emergency. I don't think he's the Chief-of-Staff, but he seems to be holding some important job.
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    Does anyone remember the circumstances under which Agent Pierce found the president's daughter in her debut episode? IIRC, she was in the middle of some kind of business meeting...I wonder if she will indeed be connected to the corporate baddies. I agree, Crimson- the writers need to get Renee Walker out of the holding cell and back on the road with Jack. I still think that a romance between them is not out of the question. Maybe she'll be his sweetie in season eight. Last night was great, though there is some nerd minutiae that needs rectifying. If Ethan Kanin really has "known Allison for
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    I don't like the President's beady-eyed, Reese-Witherspoon-as-June-Carter-lookin' daughter. She seems like a little snitch, and will likely prove to be a major liability to the heroes. Last night, though, the writers did accomplish something significant: they gave the unlikeable Senator a realistic and (for 24) touching change of heart/understanding moment, prior to This is the kind of thing that keeps 24 working on an emotional level. Poignant subplots in the past have included I'm glad to see that for all the action that this season has featured, the creator's haven't forgotten th
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