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James MacKinnonWow... What an opening night!

Houston comes back over the Warriors and that Boston Game! Good god.?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zouWkSXxpGs

Absolute worst way to open a season!

Yeah, that game sucked last night. I didn't think the Celtics would do as badly as they did. Oh well... maybe next time.
Also, I tried watching the video, but the link is dead.
Oct 19, 2017 2:45 AM
James MacKinnon
Matt Norcross
James MacKinnonAs embarrassing as it is.... I'm a Laker fan... I know their season will be terrible, but I'm hoping it will be slightly better than last year.?

On the upside I can't wait to watch Golden State again this year along with the Twolves and Celtics! gonna be an interesting season!

Shaq, baby!!! I remember him playing for the Lakers like it was yesterday.

Been a Lakers fan ever since Kobe started with them...?

This year there are legitimate rays of hope. All I ask for is to be around 30 wins by the end of the season... Let me believe they're making SOME sort of progress =/

Let's hope.
Oct 15, 2017 12:50 AM
James MacKinnonAs embarrassing as it is.... I'm a Laker fan... I know their season will be terrible, but I'm hoping it will be slightly better than last year.?

On the upside I can't wait to watch Golden State again this year along with the Twolves and Celtics! gonna be an interesting season!

Shaq, baby!!! I remember him playing for the Lakers like it was yesterday.
Oct 14, 2017 1:28 AM
TeamCanadaRaptors playing win by the 3, die by the 3 this season.

If it gets them 50+ wins, fine.

I was about to say the same thing. It can be very difficult for me to predict sports outcomes, but anything is possible. So we shall see what happens this season.
Oct 13, 2017 2:00 PM
Personally, I'm more of a Hornets kind of guy... mainly because the great Michael Jordan owns that team. Jordan will always be one of the greats.
Oct 13, 2017 12:11 PM
No FaceAnother year for the T-pups to rip out my heart.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, correct?
Oct 13, 2017 2:13 AM
Alright, who's ready for some basketball? This season can't come soon enough.
https://fansided.com/2017/10/12/nba-season-preview-2017-18-5-records-broken/
Oct 12, 2017 11:50 PM
What a sick bastard that guy is. Sexual assault is serious shit that shouldn't be toyed with, and it has destroyed a lot of people's careers (or in some cases, you keep your career, but this haunts you for the rest of your life. Take these guys for example.

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Oct 12, 2017 11:47 PM
Alright guys. As promised, here is my full review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle as it can now be seen on the film's page here on Rotten Tomatoes. Enjoy.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle continues the adventures of agent Eggsy as he continues to help the Kingsman agency protect the world from any kind of evil that threatens the human race. It may not be as good as the original, but it still has many of the elements that made the first one so fun.

The movie begins as our hero (Taron Egerton) now lives with love interest Princess Tilde of Sweden. On his way home, he ends up getting into a fight with a former Kingsman trainee, which leads us to a high-octane chase scene set to the tune of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy". What we don't know is that the former trainee now works for a psychopathic villain with an eerily wholesome personality named Poppy (Julianne Moore), who plans to eradicate the world by putting them on drugs and having them die slow and painful deaths. In order to stop this evil, the Kingsman agency has to team up with their American counterparts, Statesman - which disguises itself as a whiskey distillery. And of course, that's all you need to know about the plot, what matters is how it was executed. As mentioned in the introduction, it combines the elements that made the original Kingsman so enjoyable, and definitely make up for the overlong running time and the much weaker plot line. I also enjoyed how Harry Hart (Collin Firth) ended up not being dead as earlier feared and is instead suffering from amnesia (although he later gets his full memory back), that was a pretty pleasant surprise to see.

The only flaws this movie has - as mentioned in the introduction - is that the film seems longer as it should be, and could understandably be pretty forgettable in certain parts. Plus, I don't think using Fox News as corporate synergy (the film is a 20th Century Fox Production) was the best idea.

Director Matthew Vaughn is a storytelling genius, and definitely knows how to make popcorn entertainment at its finest. Even though Kingsman: The Golden Circle isn't as good as as its predecessor, it's still worth plenty of your hard-earned time.

3.5/5
Oct 1, 2017 2:08 AM
Death Proof

Why make a separate thread for your longer review, though? Just post it here.

That's the plan.
Sep 28, 2017 1:56 AM
I saw this movie this past Saturday. It was slow and a bit overlong, but it overcame those flaws by being as fun as the original, at least in my opinion.

Taron Egerton and Collin Firth kill it as usual playing their respective roles, and I was surprised how little screen time Channing Tatum got. What makes that even more bizarre is that he's on the posters and in the TV spots prominently. Perhaps my favorite of all the new characters that were introduced were Halle Berry's Ginger, and of course Tatum's performance as Tequila. Julianne Moore's villain was pretty nutty, I might ad.

Also, did anybody see how much of a role Fox News plays in this movie. Of course that isn't a surprise, as 20th Century Fox produces the movie, but it's definitely the first time I personally saw a bit of corporate synergy in a TCF production (correct me if there are more examples of this).

Expect a full review this weekend on the film's Rotten Tomatoes page and on the General Discussion forum.
Sep 28, 2017 12:30 AM
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PenarinHere's an interesting article on the death of malls in America. As an 80s kid I think it is sad, but the times do change-
http://time.com/4865957/death-and-life-shopping-mall/

I hope Toys R Us makes it, but it isn't looking good. The one in my town always has a decent amount of people, but it isn't much of a crowd given the huge size of the store.

As a kid, going to Toys R Us was the best thing ever. I try to take my kids there once in a while to re-create some of that magic. But honestly, if I want The Secret Life of Pets on Blu-ray and a Pokemon stuffed toy, I hit Amazon Prime.

Back when parents would throw blankets over the shopping cart to not spoil the Christmas surprise. I think the internet needs to take a cue from those days.

Same here. There's something missing without the time a child goes to a toy store during Christmastime. Walmart and Target can't be the only nationwide sources for toys in the future.
Sep 27, 2017 1:36 AM
BadLieutenant
Like I said, once the company does emerge, it will need to figure out how to position itself as an e-retailer, but I also think it should leverage and promote the actual experience of visiting its physical retail locations. Consumer sentiment polling consistently shows that Toys "R" Us is a very well-liked brand among both parents and their kids, which to me points to the notion that visiting the stores is still a positive and valuable experience for both child and parent. A lot of other brick-and-mortar retailers would kill for this company's consumer sentiment. But that kind of strategy is going to demand a lot of discipline in store management to make sure the consumer experience lives up to the advertising. To justify maintaining the big box strategy, it needs to deliver the awe for kids that a point-and-click e-shopping process can't. Toys "R" Us basically has to create the impression of being a low-budget Disney World that's worth a 20-40-minute drive.

You made my point. If you think about it, that's what FAO Schwarz was in the big cities. I went to the (now defunct) one in San Francisco as a kid, and I have to say this was a toy-lovers paradise back then.
Sep 22, 2017 3:11 AM
BadLieutenant
Matt NorcrossThe problem surrounding Toys "R" Us is that it simply could not compete with the Amazon's and the Walmart's of this world.?

It's not quite that simple. Yes, same-store sales are in decline and the company has been running net losses for a while now, but operationally it is profitable, to the tune of $480 million last year (meaning if you remove long-term liabilities like term loans and bonds from its balance sheet, the company wouldn't have a problem). So day-to-day operations are not why the company is losing money. If you look at the list of liabilities on the company's balance sheet, the biggest wad of it comes in the form of long-term debt, a legacy of a $6.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005 at the hands of Vornado Realty Trust, KKR and Bain Capital, $5.3 billion of which was paid with debt added directly to the company's books. Without that buyout, it's unlikely the company's position would currently require a restructuring.

The good news is that a bankruptcy will convert that debt to equity, meaning the lenders will gain control of the company and/or sell it off to someone else, thus wiping a huge portion of those liabilities off the balance sheet. While there's talk of store closings, so far it's of minimal scope. The company is almost certain to emerge as a going concern. The biggest thing it will need to figure out after emerging from chapter 11 will be a digital strategy. It had an online partnership once upon a time with Amazon, but that soured when Amazon allowed other toy vendors to sell on its site and Toys "R" Us subsequently sued to get out of the deal. The ship has probably sailed, but I'd guess Toys "R" Us would jump at the chance to take that one back.

All I have to say is I hope they get out of this mess sooner or later. This chain filing for bankruptcy is an American icon, and it would be really sad to see it go.

And another thing... you gotta wonder what Hasbro, Disney, Mattel and others think about this recent bankruptcy.
Sep 22, 2017 1:53 AM
The news will probably come as a shock to some people, seeing that this is a retail icon. But quite frankly, I'm not surprised in the least. The problem surrounding Toys "R" Us is that it simply could not compete with the Amazon's and the Walmart's of this world. Its heyday was the 80's and 90's, and its competition overtook it over the years. Add that to the fact that it was simply too expensive, and you get a very damning situation.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-toys-r-us-bankruptcy-20170919-story.html

Personal story... I remember going to a local Toys "R" Us location in Greensboro, North Carolina when I was 7 years old. It was just after Star Wars: Episode I came out, and they had a huge Star Wars section filled with light sabers and action figures galore.
Sep 21, 2017 9:57 PM
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Matt Norcross
Feuer und Eis
To the above poster, I haven't visited the LA Universal Studios in ages. I will certainly check it out when I return.

I went to the one in Orlando (never been to Universal Studios Hollywood, admittedly). I had never felt so much adrenaline riding a theme park attraction. It definitely puts that Dinosaur ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom to shame, and makes it look like the outdated Barney's Day Out in the Park.

Now to go back to the movie, the introduction has to be my favorite part of the film. It gives you a little background about how Imhotep got so evil.

That sounds pretty damn awesome. Last time I went to the Hollywood Universal Studios park was well before the 2008 fire (around 2002, I think). I only got to attend Backdraft, Psycho, Jaws, ET, Jurassic Park, and one where a bridge would break apart (don't know the name). The whole Backlot Tour with a few rides in between, basically. They also had little stunt shows where people would show you how practical stunts were achieved back in the day.

I remember watching an NBC News story on that fire at Universal. That took away a lot of fan favorites, and I felt very sad for the employees and guests to see a lot of the elements that made the park what it was back then just totally destroyed.
Sep 13, 2017 2:19 PM
last splashThe Mummy better than Temple of Doom? HA!

Actually I saw Temple of Doom when I was young and it is dear to my heart. I saw the whole trilogy in the theater.

I think both of them are equal in terms of the kinds of thrills they offer. They are the epitome of true escapism.
Sep 13, 2017 1:55 AM
FiverI really do love the movie. It's a great throwback to the 80's adventurers flicks that aped the 1930/40s serials.

I think it's just a ridiculously fun time. Actually, my wife and I named our daughter Evelyn and we call her Evey for short.?

Really? That's awesome!
Sep 12, 2017 3:20 PM
Feuer und Eis
To the above poster, I haven't visited the LA Universal Studios in ages. I will certainly check it out when I return.

I went to the one in Orlando (never been to Universal Studios Hollywood, admittedly). I had never felt so much adrenaline riding a theme park attraction. It definitely puts that Dinosaur ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom to shame, and makes it look like the outdated A Day in the Park with Barney.

Now to go back to the movie, the introduction has to be my favorite part of the film. It gives you a little background about how Imhotep got so evil.
Sep 12, 2017 1:25 AM
Feuer und EisI found it be a better action/adventure film than Temple of Doom and Crystal Skull. It's one of those rare silly action films that ages like fine wine despite it not attempting to be anything other than popcorn entertainment upon its release (similar to Predator). You continually find more things to like about it as time goes on.

If you ever get the chance to go to Universal Studios either in Orlando or Hollywood, go on Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, it's about as fun as the movie itself, and is by far one of my favorite Universal rides next to the likes of E.T. Adventure and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.
Sep 12, 2017 12:03 AM