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Yeah, the main character... I find her very interesting, but she isn't the most likable. Like when she gets to the Iowa Writer's Workshop. That's a big deal, and could launch a great career, but she has to spend all her time arguing with the other students instead of learning, and she flops out.

As an older guy, what stood out to me is the extent they tend to go to in order to keep friendships going. Something bad happens, they drift apart, they get back together and have a TON of awkward conversations, then they are friends again. At least until the next crazy thing happens. Personally I have never fought THAT hard to keep questionable friends around.
Sep 15, 2017 12:19 PM
Years ago, yes. I used to love getting those emails as it was a great way to keep track of my favorite threads.

I haven't had one of those emails in years though, so I don't think it can be done anymore. ?One of the mods might know for sure.
Sep 14, 2017 3:23 PM
Hmm, was there ever an official thread for the show here on RT? Would love to see people's comments over the years. But the forum is so messed up these days I'm not sure how to search for something like that.
Sep 14, 2017 2:48 PM
My girlfriend loves this show, so I gave it a try. Wound up loving the series. I'm 41 so it was really interesting to see the way modern twenty-somethings think about work, romance, and friendship.

And wow at all the sex stuff... don't think I've seen anything quite that explicit on a TV show before.
Sep 14, 2017 2:24 PM
Sad news. He was so good in everything. Great work in The Sopranos.
Sep 14, 2017 1:59 PM
Steve BrandonSince it was the 18th anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast's U.S./Canada launch date (9/9/99) on Saturday, I've been playing Hydro Thunder, my favourite of the Dreamcast U.S. launch titles.

It's a game I play every now and then, but usually on the Playstation 2 via Midway Arcade Treasures 3 (where Hydro Thunder is based on the Dreamcast version), but I hadn't played it on the Dreamcast itself in quite possibly over a decade. Still lots of fun and I think it's aged pretty well for a late 1990s arcade game.

I used to play Hydro Thunder at the arcade back in 2003. Nice sit down unit with a wheel and a throttle. So much fun.
I have Hyrdo Thunder Hurricane on my Xbox 360. It's a lot of fun. Crazy, over the top boat racing.
Sep 11, 2017 1:30 PM
Not a movie, but when Viserys finally got his "crown of gold." Yes, he deserved it, but still. Horrible way to go.

Did some reading- not sure why- and apparently a few historical figures met their end the same way. Ugh.
Sep 11, 2017 1:11 PM
Thanks for the review, sounds like I should be able to handle that game just fine. ?Might have to give it a go!
Sep 7, 2017 7:21 PM
The Darkness sounds good, but how "shooty" is it? I am not good with FPS games on controllers and try to stick to PC for my shooting needs.
Sep 7, 2017 3:13 PM
BadLieutenantWhile I wouldn't say it undoes the goodwill the movie had built up until that point, the third act of Stripes is so baffling in its digression into Cold War action-comedy that it takes what had until that point been a potential classic on the level of Animal House or Ghostbusters and knocks it down a peg. The movie had an obvious place to draw things to a close with the end of boot camp; after all, every character's goal and motivation throughout the story was to make it through that process. Then the urban assault vehicle plot line in Czechoslovakia comes out of nowhere and only ever feels tacked on to pad the runtime.

That reminds me some of Heartbreak Ridge. Love the comedy of the grizzled old vet (Clint Eastwood) trying to whip the young troops into shape, but I'm not a huge fan of combat part of the story.
Sep 7, 2017 2:59 PM
Fall is here and it is getting to be that creepy time of the year, so it is time for some creepy games. So I'm going to reach into the past and play some of these-

Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 3

Fatal Frame
Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly

All are on the PS2, which still looks nice when using the red / green / blue cables on a modern flatscreen TV.

I also payed $10 for a used copy of Resident Evil on the GameCube (which I can play on my Wii). This is the 2002 remake of the very first Resident Evil game. I played it years ago but never finished it.
Sep 7, 2017 1:49 PM
Here's the full review from Pauline Kael. Available on laserdisc!
[font=Times New Roman]Breakfast Club[/font]
[font=Times New Roman]US (1985): Drama?[/font]
[font=Times New Roman]97 min, Rated R, Color, Available on videocassette and laserdisc[/font]
[font=Times New Roman]Set mostly in the library of a suburban Chicago high school, this encounter-session movie by the writer-director John Hughes is about five students-a cross-section of the student body-who in the course of serving a 7-4 Saturday detention peel off their layers of self-protection, confess their problems with their parents, and are stripped down to their "true selves." The five are: a champion wrestler (Emilio Estevez), a popular redhead "princess" (Molly Ringwald), a grind (Anthony Michael Hall), a glowering rebel-delinquent (Judd Nelson) who wears an earring, and a shy, skittish weirdo (Ally Sheedy). With the exception of Sheedy, who's a marvellous comic sprite and transcends her role until she is jerked back into the script mechanics, the movie is about a bunch of stereotypes who complain that other people see them as stereotypes. Hughes has talent, and when the kids are just killing time the dialogue has an easy, buggy rhythm, but this is a very wet enterprise. It appeals to young audiences by blaming adults for the kids' misery and enshrining the kids' most banal longings to be accepted and liked. Judd Nelson, who is supposed to represent what authorities want to crush, has the worst-conceived role, though Paul Gleason's part as the callous dean is a close runner-up. Also with John Kapelos as the school janitor. Universal.?[/font]
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[font=Times New Roman]I get what she is saying (and the dean is quite the asshole), but for me the movie has gone on to become an 80s teen classic. I remember seeing the edited for TV version a time or two in 90s and it seemed innocent enough. Then I finally caught the real thing on DVD and was shocked by a few things. Especially the "have you ever been felt up" sequence.[/font]
Sep 7, 2017 1:39 PM
According to imdb-

[font=Verdana, Arial, sans-serif]John Hughes[/font][font=Verdana, Arial, sans-serif]?later said that his biggest regret about this film was using the breaking glass effect during the marijuana scene.[/font]

[font=Verdana, Arial, sans-serif]So there we go![/font]
Sep 5, 2017 3:23 PM
I like the scene where Theoden gets all armored up and ready to fight-

Where is the horse and the rider?
Where is the horn that was blowing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like wind in the meadow.
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.

Which borrows a bit from The Wanderer (Anglo-Saxon poem)

Where is the horse gone? Where the rider?
Where the giver of treasure?
Where are the seats at the feast?
Where are the revels in the hall?
Alas for the bright cup!
Alas for the mailed warrior!
Alas for the splendour of the prince!
How that time has passed away,
dark under the cover of night,
as if it had never been!
Sep 5, 2017 2:52 PM
I don't get that part where the jock smokes a J and then goes on rampage. He runs around, screams, and breaks a window.

Shouldn't he just giggle and eat some chips?

I really do like the movie though.
Sep 5, 2017 1:56 PM
Why are we doing anything vaguely diplomatic over TWITTER?

Sep 5, 2017 1:52 PM
Can I join the clubs?

Never seen THX1138 but it has been on my radar for years.

edit- I just now got into American Graffiti and it was fun to see THX 138 on the license plate on the yellow car.
Aug 31, 2017 6:04 PM
[font=sans-serif]"When a Man Loves a Woman" by Michael Bolton hit #1 in 1992.[/font]


That song was terrible. And I'm a sucker for a good love song.
Aug 31, 2017 6:01 PM
LOTR was mentioned. The Blu-ray trilogy must have 4 hours per movie of amazing behind the scenes stuff. And like 4 commentary tracks that get way down into the details. Love it :)

But yes, it does suck to buy a new movie and the only feature is "original tralier" and "interactive menus." Wolf of Wall Street is like that. One of my all time favorites, and I want to know more about it, and there's not much of anything on the Blu-ray. Maybe in the future, when they release the 10 year anniversary edition, it will have some commentaries. Like Taxi Driver- it has 3 commentary tracks, and they are all great.
Aug 31, 2017 5:31 PM
As a country, don't we probably have 1000s of people with advanced degrees in international relations, diplomatic studies, negotiation and conflict resolution? And I imagine a great deal of them are in Washington.

Instead, we got Trump firing off random tweets like a coked-out stripper on meth talking BS about NUCLEAR WAR with North Korea.

This seems... unwise.
Aug 31, 2017 5:06 PM