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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 03:34 pm:   

...forever.
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 03:58 pm:   

like HIGHLANDER sequels. i hated them, too.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 04:05 pm:   

Howdja feel about original?

Me, I hated it except for Clancy Brown. Christian Lambert...Ecch!
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 04:19 pm:   

The first was an OK bad movie. How do they move from Lambert getting stabbed in the stomach to a sex scene? Is stabbing him a turn on? Why exactly was Swiss/French accent supposed to be Scottish, and an Irish accent supposed to be Egyptian?

The sequels were terrible. I even tried the "Rebel Cut" of the second, where they try to remove the idea that they were aliens, but they missed a few references and that made the movie more confusing. I don't recall ever seeing the last one.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 04:29 pm:   

What was that name of the world they were from? Planet Korg? Really great.

Swiss/French accent: Scots with a lisp. :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 04:35 pm:   

i saw the original when i was, like, eleven or something. it had sword fights, queen music, and clancy brown chewing on the scenery. i gotta admit, i dug it back then. i haven't seen it for years and i think it's best that way :-)

lambert is in some awful movies though. did you ever see BEOWULF? wow. so bad.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 04:49 pm:   

Beowulf may be the worst Lambert film. At least, it's the worst of the 13 films I've seen that star him. I wouldn't call any good, but that was far below Fortress 2.
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 04:53 pm:   

my favourite bits were the shots of the castle. they looked like someones little model. i saw a lambert film last year which was about the spanish acquisition, i think. that sucked, too.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 04:54 pm:   

Yeah, Beowulf's pretty bad. He's made some almost okay movies. That one with John Lone had some cool swordfighting.

Hated Queen.

All these threads are becoming one. :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 05:16 pm:   

there can be only one!

:P
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 05:23 pm:   

That's what they said about Highlander movies.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 07:39 am:   

I hate Quentin Tarantino for making shit like Grindhouse...

(But kinda love there's a Silver SUrfer Movie...
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 08:36 am:   

The hate goes on, eh?

Hated Sonny & Cher.

Clancy Brown rules, though. Loved his charming scene with the nuns in church and taking 'Mom' for a spin. And he provides much-needed comic relief in 'Shawshank.'
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 09:00 am:   

Shawshank....Slowly I turn...
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:37 am:   

Yeah, I hear they're doing a re-make of 'Shawshank' as a comedy-musical with Nick Cage and Eddie Murphy as Dufresne and Red, Robin Williams as the Warden and Sting, Bono and Justin Timberlake as the Singin' Sisters. Something to hate for everyone!

Seriously, I loathe remakes and have had no luck thinking of an example that does any justice to the original.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:59 am:   

Well, The Thing springs to mine, and there have been others.
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Huw
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 11:46 am:   

The Fly is another one, I think. The Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake wasn't bad either.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 12:30 pm:   

Well, I haven't seen any of those three but have read 'Who Goes There?' about six times. I'll pick up Carpenter's version and have a look, thanks.

Ben? You're in luck! There's yet another Highlander sequel due to be released...
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 12:40 pm:   

Calloo, Callay! :-)

The Carpenter's good...

The new Painted Veil gets a vote, too.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 12:41 pm:   

And the French remake, the Beat that My Heart Skipped, that's from the Harvey Keitel movie, Fingers...
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 02:17 pm:   

I hate the fact that I am loving watching Britney Spears turn into a complete raving loon.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 02:23 pm:   

I hate that in you...you know?

I hate American cop shows, especially CSI...
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 03:23 pm:   

I'd join you on your hate of cop shows, but after the Wire and the Shield, it's diluted. Can I just hate procedural television?
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 03:30 pm:   

Hate what you want, when you want. Hate of any denomination is accepted.

I like Chiklis, but the SHield's worn out for me. The Wire, though I'm sure it's good, it's the same old story, and I'm weary of it.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 03:36 pm:   

The Wire was better when it was The Corner.

I hate sitcom families where a fat unappealing ignoramus obsessed with his own sagging masculinity provides a straight man for a unfathomably-attractive wife, who never misses an opportunity to point out his shortcomings, to hilarious comic effect.

I hate that guy from Ed and Love Monkey.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 03:50 pm:   

Most sitcoms are worthy of hate. I make exceptions for My Name is Earl, South Park, and some episodes of the Simpsons.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 03:53 pm:   

I watched (socially forced) a few CSI:Miami eps and it's all I can do to keep from laughing as the camera zooms in on him and his oh.so.serious.delivery. I hate that!
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ben peek
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 03:57 pm:   

i kinda hate that there's a FANTASTIC FOUR 2, with or without the silver surfer.

i also hate when bakeries put flour on the top of their breadrolls. that shit just goes fucking everywhere and doesn't add a whole lot to the taste.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 04:09 pm:   

I thought the last season of the Shield was the best of its run so far and I wasn't as hot on the last two seasons. Thought Forrest Whitaker elevated the game.

What's the deal with The Corner? Doesn't sound like something I can hate.

I hate the smell of burnt popcorn. And buttered popcorn jelly bellies. Going back to work after a week off.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 04:24 pm:   

I didn't like Whittaker in this at all, and I usually do.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 06:41 am:   

The Corner was actually a really good mini-series on HBO by Charles Dutton, based on a book by the guys who wrote "Homicide: Life on the Street." Nothing remotely hateable about it. Quite excellent.

As for The Shield, hard to see how you can hate anything that brings Forrest Whitaker and Laura Elena Harring to the small screen.

American Idol was always hateable. This season, with its judges and host succumbing to the cult of personality and spending more and more camera time fussing with each other and justifying their behaviors, it's become downright detestable.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 06:54 am:   

The Corner just was the usual--burnout afro-american angst, Yawm. Didn't dig FW at all in the shield. Thought he was lame. Hated him.

Am Idol is always hateable --that's why we watch.

And I hate ben peek because he's hating on the Surfer. Didn't see FF1, but the Silver Surfer brings me to 2...
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 07:09 am:   

I started watching FF on cable, but got bored after about 30 minutes and changed the channel. What I remember was bad, but it didn't reach "so bad it's good." Silver Surfer won't get me to watch the sequel.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 07:10 am:   

I hate that there is no thread of love.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 07:16 am:   

Pretty good preview, man. Even though I'll probably hate it, I'm going to 2....



You can start a love thread, but it won't get much traffic... :-)
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 08:43 am:   

Every time I see the Silver Surfer mentioned it reminds me of being a kid and playing this superhero card game. I barely remember it, but it was kind of like War with stats, you'd both whip out a superhero card and the best stat won. The thing is, Silver Surfer might as well have been the wild card, it was by far the best card in the deck. I dunno if it will get me to FF2, hell even with Chiklis in it the first one stank.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 08:51 am:   

I believe you--I believe it stank, but I'm a chump for the siver surfer.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 08:52 am:   

...and for Doc Strange, too...
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 08:59 am:   

What superheros do we hate?

I could probably contribute to a love thread, but they remind me of old Budweiser commercials when the two buddies are "having a moment." I hate that.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 09:11 am:   

GHOST RIDER....Bigtime. ;)

i hate Spiderman, that namby pamby asshole, particularly as incarnated by Toby McGuire.

Wasn't that fond of Daredevil or Iron Man. Never cared for Captain America.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 09:18 am:   

Yeah Ghost Rider looks awful. I still remember your bit on Nicholas Cage in, I think, your Wicker Man review about his facial expressions. I hate that I can't keep a straight face watching Cage after that. Then again I don't have to. :-)

Good call on Captain America. Jeez.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 09:19 am:   

I hate Captain Marvel. He wasn't called the big red cheese for nuthin'!
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 09:21 am:   

But the Captain America film was a comedy goldmine. And the Japanese Spider Man show, complete with giant Spider Man Robot, was also hilarious. :-)

I think it's easier to come up with a list of superheroes that I don't hate. Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Batman, Wolverine, Gambit. I can't think of any others right now.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 09:22 am:   

I read this article about how the CG was changed to specifically duplicate Cage's expressions in Ghost Rider. Which just makes it even more ridiculous...

[Oh yeah and if we really understood GR we'd appreciate it like that other cinematic masterpiece The Departed]
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 09:33 am:   

Cage has expressions?
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 09:38 am:   

"Cage has expressions?"

We certainly do as we watch him.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 09:44 am:   

Yes, Cage has several. There his puissant expression, which he tries to look like he's thinking, purses his lips slightly and goes a little cross-eyed. I could go on, but I'm starting to get flashbacks.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 09:51 am:   

http://www.umich.edu/~uac/threeweeks/volume6.4/nicholas-cage.jpg
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 09:56 am:   

Well, that's a much younger Cage. He looks more fishlike now when he does it. :-)
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 10:00 am:   

http://www.plus.es/media/noticias/diaadia/20060805/060901/060901_cage_plus.jpg

:D
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 10:05 am:   

I always hated The Vision. 1) he was an android; 2) his big superpower was becoming intangible; 3) he still managed to make it with Wanda Maximov aka The Scarlet Witch, the hottest chick in comics.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 10:08 am:   

Well, that's beyond fishlike, but we're getting there.

Who the fuck was the Vision?
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 10:24 am:   

I don't suppose they imitate that shot in Ghost Rider? That might make it more amusing.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 10:25 am:   

Almost...
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 10:40 am:   

Reminds me of that Steven Seagal montage of expressions...now he can only do a blowfish.

I always found Thor to be a sanctimonious, irritating prick and tended to root for Loki.

Unsung comic hero: The Fat Fury!
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 10:53 am:   

Thor was an asshole, but I love the song...

"From the rainbow bridge of Asgard...

...the God of Thunder, Mighty Thor!"
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 11:02 am:   

http://tinyurl.com/2fswk7
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 11:05 am:   

Basically the same guy...
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 11:16 am:   

"Who the fuck was the Vision?"

He was also a member of the Avengers (a Marvel comic).
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 11:28 am:   

Was he an original Avenger? Huh. Must have blanked him out, cause I recall the Scarlet Witch.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 11:33 am:   

"From the rainbow bridge of Asgard...

...the God of Thunder, Mighty Thor!"

Gah! That cued the theme from the 'Mighty Hercules', perhaps the most pernicious cartoon themes of 'em all.

Even as a kid, I wondered why the big knucklehead didn't leave the stupid ring on at all times and roast Newton on a spit.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 11:50 am:   

Never watched Herc, watched all the Marvels...basically for the tunes.

"...is he strong? Listen, bud!
He's got radioactive blood..."

:-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 12:31 pm:   

Don't know if he was an original, but he was a big green android who was getting the best strange in Marvel Universe.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 12:33 pm:   

He wasn't an original. I must gave stopped reading the Avengers before he came along...
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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 01:51 pm:   

the first FANTASTIC FOUR was pretty bad, as people said. but worse, is it's a real family values production, so it's loaded with all that bland, medoicre drama that you'll find in films with the olsen twins. i don't imagine this'll change for the second--but maybe you can take all the family with you, lucius :-)

i never cared for the silver surfer as a character.

the superhero i really hate, however, is superman. so bland and wholesome and jesus like. you can never do anything interesting with that. also, i hate spiderman, and those recent couple of films haven't helped that.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 02:05 pm:   

Aw fuck the family...no one gets between me and the surfer...

He's not character, man. He's the herald of Galactus. Next you'll tell me you don't like Galactus...Sheesh.
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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 02:13 pm:   

well, this *is* the thread of hate :-)
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 02:16 pm:   

"Was he an original Avenger? Huh. Must have blanked him out, cause I recall the Scarlet Witch."

He wasn't an original but in all likelihood if you remember the Scarlet Witch then the Vision was around.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 02:28 pm:   

I must have been too smitten, like Dave, with the SW...
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 03:01 pm:   

Rotten character, lame powers, but hot hot hot.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 03:11 pm:   

She must have been very real to you. :-)
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 03:16 pm:   

But the Vision could dematerialize and then rematerialize as hard as diamond.

So he could put his arm through your chest and then solidify which would hurt really bad.

And evidently most couldn't figure out just exactly what he could do that just drove the SW crazy...
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 07:02 pm:   

When I was a little kid, I loved Captain Marvel -- he was sort of the Dr Pepper of superheroes.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 07:50 pm:   

Oh well. I'm a Pibbster.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 07:58 am:   

I watched an episode of one of my hatreds, 24. It has become quite a soap opera. The bald villain from last season is Jack's brother. Jack's father is also a villain, and killed one of his sons to protect himself. It seems like there is a romantic history between Jack and his sister-in-law. Seeing one episode convinced me I was right to not watch the rest of this season.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 08:28 am:   

24 is one of those watercooler topics at work. I find the same fascination with it that I do with a train wreck. But wow, yeah, I don't think it's ever been quite this bad and that's saying something. In the 24 world, all you need to knock off a president is a little handwaving and a bomb. It's gloriously ridiculous.
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PM
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 08:30 am:   

But don't you enjoy when Kiefer yells? He's intense. No one could ever accuse him of not bringing the intensity.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 08:35 am:   

You guys won't suck me in to that dreck. I'm 24 pure and intend to stay that way. :-)
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 08:35 am:   

I think I'd feel sympathy for any character whose creators are as sadistic as Jack's. Can't they just give him a couple hours in the back room with Audrey?
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 08:38 am:   

Apologies to Kiefer fans, but I've always thought he has the emotional range of Nick Cage which puts him infinitesimally above Steven Seagal. If it wasn't for their daddies, Keef and Charlie Sheen would be flipping burgers. Loathe 'em both, and the rest the nepotistocrats Hollywood churns out.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 08:45 am:   

I sort of liked the first season of 24, even though it was completely stolen from the Johnny Depp film "Nick of Time." In one, people kidnap Depp's daughter to force him to assassinate a senator (I think). He has to rescue his daughter and foil the plot. In the other, people kidnap Sutherland's daugher to force him to assassinate a presidential candidate. He has to rescue his daughter and foil the plot.

It was all downhill after that. The high point of season 2 was his daughter being chased by a cougar (and that was only good because we hoped she'd get eaten). Each season ratchets up the threat and how ridiculous the plots are. I'm amazed that villains ever get anything accomplished, since their convoluted plans involve so many unlikely events...like last season, when the plan involved blowing up CTU, and that only worked because Sean Astin's druggie sister stole his ID card, and that only happened because he came in and relieved the acting director. What kind of villain relies on a plan that is so unlikely to occur?
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 08:46 am:   

Kiefer actually made one pretty fair movie. Freeway with a very young Reese Witherspoon, a black comedy in which he plays a serial killer. But you're right, he's no DS.
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PM
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 08:56 am:   

I prefer Kiefer to Cage but that's not saying much.

I do think that Kiefer and 24 go well together. Wouldn't want to watch either Cage or Seagal as Jack.

I'm waiting for terrorists to attempt to blow up the moon (on 24)... :-)
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 08:58 am:   

There's usually at least one person every week who swears up and down that in one or two episodes they're not going to be able to hack it anymore. I have to admit finding it hilarious to see who the moles are. Now we've almost got Jack's entire family on board. I think they must be saving Mom for a doozie lol
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PM
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 08:59 am:   

Well I want Peta Wilson and Roy Dupuis to jump on board and kick Jack's ass...
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 09:00 am:   

Mom is a space alien...
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 09:03 am:   

Mom will be the villain next season. But what can they do after suitcase nukes in the US? How about detonating bombs in a fault-line so they can make California fall out into the ocean...wait that was View to a Kill.
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PM
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 09:04 am:   

They should save the manatees.

Jack needs a Florida vacation...
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 09:15 am:   

Two words, Robert. Biological plague. Or have they already done that?
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 09:17 am:   

They did a fake biological weapon plot in one season (pretend to have one so Jack could get close to a drug dealer who wanted to buy it). They had to quarantine sections of the city to set up the plot.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 09:24 am:   

OK, well...back to space aliens. :-)
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 09:25 am:   

All Kiefer has to do anymore on 24 is look shellshocked. I love the visual cue of his scarred up hand that's come out several times this season, apparently even the producers didn't think he could carry the "been tortured and jailed for months" just on his acting ability.
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 09:34 am:   

Re: Keifer. I also liked DARK CITY, a fun little sci fi from a few years back.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 09:51 am:   

Kiefer did his Peter Lorre imitation in that one, he was hardly the star.
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Nicholas Paris
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 12:10 pm:   

Back to superheroes! The Vision gets extra credit for me for his cameo in a very cool Jon Lethem story (called "The Vision") in his Men and Comic Books collection.

I second whoever mentioned hating Superman - the blandest most pointless superhero of all time. When it comes right down to it, I hate just about any superhero who doesn't wear a mask. How can ya be a superhero without a really cool mask??
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 12:23 pm:   

Maybe this says a little too much about me, but one of the disspiriting things about comics growing up in the 70s was that the hottest superbabes almost always ended up selling themselves short with disappointing mates. SW is a case in point we've already considered. On the DC side, there was Black Canary, a pretty innocuous but bodacious heroine who cast her lot with none other than Green Arrow, a guy who ran around in a Robin Hood costume and whose power was...wait for it...archery. The hottest DC woman with some kind of rogue instructor from YMCA canoe camp. I still have rage issues.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 12:31 pm:   

Vision loses points for me. Now if Denis Johnson wrote about him...whoa! :-)

Dave, we're here to help. It's never too late to take up archery.
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 12:46 pm:   

What an idea! And I've been wasting my time trying to take up intangibility!

Personally, I am thinking of coming up with a superhero identity called JARTMAN. I attack villians and put their eyes out with an array of lawn darts.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 12:54 pm:   

Well, you just did come up with it, no?
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 01:38 pm:   

I hate that Jarts are illegal. I played with them all the time as a kid, and nobody was ever injured.

Right now I'm hating local bookstores. I've been looking for "Animals of the Ocean, in Particular the Giant Squid" (ties into the love thread). The bookstore next to my office didn't have it. The bookstore a few blocks from my apt didn't have it. The nearest Borders said they had it, but couldn't find it. The weird little shop near me that generally carries McSweeney's stuff was closed when I went there. I don't know why I keep trying to get things locally, I should just order online.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 01:46 pm:   

Maybe you just didn't notice the wounded and those who had fallen... :-)

Giant Squid resonates with me...I have some squidelic experiences.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 01:51 pm:   

I find cephalopods fascinating, and I'm sure a book of fake info about them will be hilarious.

One of the best metal CDs I heard in 2006 was from a band called Giant Squid.
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Mike McLatchey
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 01:56 pm:   

That reminds me of Vandermeer's squid "documentary" in Saints & Madmen. Hilarious stuff.
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 02:03 pm:   

On the AOL news site, there was a story posted about some Giant Squid they just found. Maybe you guys can find it before they take it down.

I hate that Heather Mills McCartney is going to be on next season's "Dancing With the Stars."
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 02:12 pm:   

I hate dancing with the stars...
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Dave G.
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 02:17 pm:   

It will, however, afford us a rare opportunity to see Paulina "Mrs. Ric Ocasek" Porizkova in a variety of slinky ball gowns. Yum.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 02:19 pm:   

Don't watch it. Ballroom dance just isn't sexy to watch.
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 02:47 pm:   

i'm a little late on this one (time zones and all), but i hate 24 too. i gave up half way through season one, much like i did with LOST, and will never return.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 03:03 pm:   

So what do you watch? Dial Koala 666?
:-)

There was this Autralian show they used to out on over here, had a woman forensic psychologist. Can't recall the name and it wasn't very good, but I used to watch it for the accents...
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 03:11 pm:   

on the tv here? not a whole lot, it has to be said. australian made shows are kinda--well, awful. i don't think they've made anything to appeal to me for years. it's just all bad production values, bad writing, and bad acting. or it's reality tv--a lot of local shows are that here.

about the only tv i watch with any regularity is HOUSE. hugh laurie is just cool, even if everyone else in the show is kinda boring, and the mysteries ridiculous (he has leprosy!).

but i'll probably end up downloading it soon, and just skip the telly altogether. i might have some hate for it coming along :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 03:31 pm:   

More hate...good.
I wish I could recall that show. The star was sexy in a MILF kind of way.
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Bruce Chrumka
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 03:39 pm:   

"Green Arrow, a guy who ran around in a Robin Hood costume and whose power was...wait for it...archery"

Yeah, The Green Arrow was just a ripoff character launched when DC figured out that another playboy sans super-powers might make a few more bucks. Oliver Queen, indeed. Still, I liked his cameo in the Dark Knight when Batman pounded the bejesus out of Superman.

I've always despised the swine beancounters at DC for not floating a few bucks toward those hapless guys Siegel and Shuster [even if they did sell the rights to SuperWeenie for $100] a little earlier in their lives where it might have done them more good.
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 03:52 pm:   

yeah, i know the show mean, i think. she had blonde hair? the title is blanking on me, but it got a bit of press here.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 03:54 pm:   

Yeah, that's it. Was it Jane Something, the character she played? Aw fuck...It's gone.
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 04:12 pm:   

i can't remember. the actress is fairly well known here, but fucked if i can remember her...
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 04:14 pm:   

Ah, well. When you see her, which should be any minute now, tell her she has at least one american fan. :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 04:17 pm:   

ah, no, shit. it was HALIFAX F.P. it starred rebecca gibney.

ha!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Gibney
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PM
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 04:20 pm:   

"I don't know why I keep trying to get things locally, I should just order online."

I hate the resistance that folk have toward the internet.

Succumb...
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 04:49 pm:   

That's it! Thanks. My passion has a name: Gibney. :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 05:11 pm:   

this really should've been in the thread of love :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 05:14 pm:   

Well, yeah... But that name. Gibney. You gotta hate that.


And I was sorta right about Jane...Jane Halifax.

The Halifax River runs through my hometown. I think it's fate. :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 05:18 pm:   

when the restraining order is taken out against you, man, be sure to post it up here ;)
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 05:30 pm:   

Nothing can restrain me....:-)

Naw, I thought she was kinda hot, but you know, when am I gonna be in Australia...

...of course, there is the possibility of emigration.

What rhymes with Rebecca...?
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 05:37 pm:   

Ben, I'm with you on House. Hugh Laurie makes it entertaining. The plots and other actors don't. I suppose it's just fun to see a good actor playing an asshole. He just disappears into the role, it's hard to imagine it was the same guy who was in Fry & Laurie or Blackadder. However, he wasn't interesting in Flight of the Phoenix.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 05:41 pm:   

http://www.rhymezone.com/r/rhyme.cgi?Word=Rebecca&typeofrhyme=perfect&org1=syl&o rg2=l

Mecca or Azteca seem the best.
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 05:56 pm:   

Mecca... that has possibilities. :-)
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PM
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 06:06 pm:   

"What rhymes with Rebecca."

Tribeca!
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 06:22 pm:   

Yeah, I thought of that, but don't like the becca-becca thing. Too close.
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 07:09 pm:   

are you guys trying to compose love poetry about rebecca gibney? man. this thread is getting weeeeird

:P

as for hugh laurie, yeah, robert, it's hard to imagine him from BLACKADDER. i almost went and saw FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX cause he was in it, but came to my senses...
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PM
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 08:38 pm:   

Becca, that's weird how I knew a Becca completely other than yours. Coincidence of experience.

And if you want bad love poetry...well:

Folk would think love for Shepard to be rather daft,
Cuz he was only interested in giving them the shaft :-)

Better stop while I'm still alive.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 06:53 am:   

Giudecca.

Michael Pekka.

Jose Consecca.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 07:03 am:   

Unh-uh. No.
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 09:05 am:   

I hate the fact that I missed the entire hate-filled discussion of the Worst Superheroes Ever and Their Worst, Most Implausible Romantic Entanglements.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 09:17 am:   

Andy, you can always make a new hate-filled contribution. Go for it.
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 10:20 am:   

Ahh, but then I will be hated for retarding the discussion's forward progress by dredging up old business.

Well, whatever, here goes. . .

I've generally hated whatever romantic entanglements Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four has gotten involved in. Particularly when he appeared to have double-timed his best buddy, Ben Grimm, by stealing away Alicia (okay, yes, I know that Johnny's Alicia was later revealed to be a Skrull spy, complete with the requisite goofy-looking tri-fold green chin, but it doesn't change the fact that when Johnny started making the moves, he thought she was the real deal). Also, it's hard for me to believe that, when approaching climax, the ol' Human Torch hasn't occasionally lost control and shouted his battle cry -- Flame on! Which, of course, could explain why so few of Johhny Storm's romantic entanglements have lasted more than eight or ten issues long.

Also, that whole flirtation thing between the Vision and Mantis was completely lame and unsupported by any character development whatsoever.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 10:26 am:   

Well, I'm not enough of an FF fan to be able to comment on your post. But I will ask if you're looking forward to the new movie and the appearance of the Surfer.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 10:27 am:   

Whatever became of Mantis? I was always intrigued by her, but felt they never really developed her character.
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Andrew Fox
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 11:04 am:   

Lucius, although I'm sure I'll draw fire for admitting this, I actually enjoyed the first FF movie. I went in with very low expectations and took my stepdaughter to see it while the family was vacationing in Biloxi (pre-Katrina, of course). It wasn't an artwork for the ages, by any means, or even a perfect FF translation, but I found it entertaining and inoffensive, occasionally funny, and it didn't leave a bad taste in my mouth after I walked out. Plus, Natalie liked it a lot. I've always been a big Silver Surfer fan (especially of his first series, drawn by John Buscema -- nobody else can touch him when it comes to portraying the Surfer's love, Shalla Bal), so I'm looking forward to FF2. I can't say for certain that I'll get around to seeing it in the theater, not with three kids in diapers, but I might sneak away with Levi, my 3-year old, in tow and take a chance, see if he's able to sit through it.

(Here's an aside about Levi's potty-training saga which you Spidey-haters out there might appreciate. Dara and I have been working with Levi for about seven months now on the potty-training thing. He's got number one down pretty much pat, but number two. . . well, nope. Until yesterday. Dara bought him a couple of packs of Spider-Man underwear. He was wearing a pair of them when he began to make his typical "here it comes" face. Dara rushed him to the toilet, but Levi was extremely conflicted about doing it on the potty (some kind of fear about losing something precious, I'm told). She finally convinced him to do the right thing by asking him if he really wanted to crap all over Spider-Man. He avoided doing so yesterday, to my wife's enormous relief. But you just know he's going to slip up, one of these days. . . and then Spidey's back in the black uniform again.)

About Mantis, yeah, when she first appeared in the 1970s, she was maybe one of the more intriguing examples of Marvel's infatuation with the kung-fu craze, but the writers sort of lost control of her when they let her get sucked into the middle of that whole Celestial Madonna thing, upon which she ended up marrying a sentient tree that had taken the outward form of her dead lover, the Swordsman. Then she was pretty much left in comics limbo for the next dozen years, until she showed up as a supporting character (and potential love interest) in Ron Marz's Silver Surfer run. By then, in addition to her original martial arts abilities, she'd also taken on sentient-tree powers and the ability to survive in the vacuum of outer space (required, I guess, to be a convenient second-stringer in a Silver Surfer series). I don't know if she's shown her face anywhere since the early 1990s, though. I actually prefered her second incarnation to her first; the writers let themselves have more fun with the character.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 11:14 am:   

I didn't catch the first movie, but I'm so very there for 2. :-) I liked Buscema, but then I like all Surfer and Galactus stuff.

Potty-training...God, that brings horrid flashbacks.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 01:57 pm:   

I hate the astounding, almost insurmountable level of hokiness and cynicism surrounding the Anna Nicole Smith media circus. A festival of non-news involving an almost universally-derided character being dressed up in the kind of false gravitas that lets these skels justify their shallow and heinous actions. I also hate that nasal, bald-pated hambone judge who made a bloody spectacle of himself and trashed the dignity of his office in some misguided attempt to audition for his own infotainment shitfest.

And while this all plays out, the object of their affections sits rotting in a coroner's meat freezer. Sick-making.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 02:01 pm:   

I hear they're gonna sell her on ebay.

A judge....trashing the dignity of his office? Never heard of such a thing.
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 02:46 pm:   

well, if you're gonna do it, at least be corrupt and peddle some influence. this guy just made a poltroon of himself.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 03:11 pm:   

Poltroon...Next you'll be calling him a rakehell. I jsut think he and everyone concerned are assholes.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 03:32 pm:   

I'm thankfully ignorant of the ANS stuff. I've done my best to ignore it.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 03:40 pm:   

good call, robert...
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Lisa Goldstein
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 04:18 pm:   

Jack's tattoos on LOST. If they don't turn out to be central to at least one of the mysteries on the show, I will be very annoyed.

Writers who begin conversations by telling you their novel just sold in Spain. ("Sunny out today." "Sunny in Spain, too, where I just sold...")

Whiners. Manipulaters. Whining manipulaters.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 04:23 pm:   

Prepare to be annoyed, Lisa.

Anyone particular in mind, re: Spain?

Hmm. I know a whiner... :-)
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Lisa Goldstein
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 09:37 pm:   

I guess I should have been clearer. I hate _other people_ who whine. There's nothing wrong with my own whining.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 09:45 pm:   

Right. I gotcha. I hate them, too. Other people, I mean. :-)

We hates other-people whiners, we does, doesn't we, preciousssssss....
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 11:12 pm:   

Right. I gotcha. I hate them, too. Other people, I mean. :-)

We hates other-people whiners, we does, doesn't we, preciousssssss....
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ben peek
Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 04:51 am:   

i hate people who say, 'what's your favourite movie,' and you say, 'you know, i don't really have one--it depends on genre, mood, you know--lotta good movies' and then they tell you theirs is FIGHT CLUB, as if that means something. it does, but not what he wants it to mean.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 05:01 am:   

My favorite is my friend flicka... :-)

Yah, it's a dorky question. Dorky answer, too.

BTW, I almost commented on yr blog yesterday, re the Shadows, which I think is very lovely, certainly better than our American awards and every bit as iegitimate despite nominating a 20 year old story. I mean, when Marquez calls the Nobel an international lizard hunt, what's legitimate about any award. But I felt I shouldn't in the end comment because it's Aussie turf... :-)

I hate awards and Fight club.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 05:11 am:   

I hate people who ask what kind of music you listen to, you respond saying some styles or bands you like, and then they respond that they like all kinds of music and offer no elaboration. Why would they expect you to elaborate but won't do the same.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 05:23 am:   

You know, I've often thought I should carry a handout for when people ask that sort of question,about a thrity thouusand word summary that they could read while you talk to someone more interesting...
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ben peek
Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 09:05 pm:   

with the guy last night, i just kept telling him scorcese was awful. i like some scorcese, as we've all discussed him here before, but the dude's belief that THE DEPARTED was genius (and the rat at the end great) just made me more and more wanting to get out of the conversation. he was just some random dude, too, at my cousins engagement.

losers.

ah, the australian awards. i dunno why--they mean nothing to me, but i just can't stop poking at them. maybe it's cause they all bitch and moan about not being respected in the world, and then... well, you know, have all this idiocy. though i hear that money is going to be going up with australian awards these days on a regular basis--i could be changing my opinions on them all if they offer enough cash :-)

(i'd take a nobel for cash.)

where's the marquez quote come from, btw? i never heard that.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 09:21 pm:   

JUst some interview I read.

I love to win a shadow for the resin statue of the little babe--it's prettier than a neb or a hugo. I kinda like the WFA, Easter Island Statues
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ben peek
Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 09:35 pm:   

you know, i keep hearing from people who tell me they like the statue (though never for any reason outside the trash quality). i think it's mail order. doesn't that just make it better, somehow?

anyhow, i suppose you could always buy your own little babe statue?

:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 09:36 pm:   

I almost forgot. I wastched a Mixed Martial Arts PPV and, among other celebs, Nick Cage was there in the crowd. He so obviously was there for face time, had no interest in the sport. Stay the fuck out of my sport you horse-faced, surpassingly ugly creep! You and Harrison Ford, too. Ass clowns.
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ben peek
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 09:31 pm:   

i hate the oscars, too.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 09:36 pm:   

Get in line, pal. Don't you feel all warm and fuzzy now that Scorcese got his love doll? ANd for such a great movie. They even gave the rat a little Oscar made of cheese.

The ones I gave a shit about were Gore's and the Donnermark guy who won for the Lives of Others...which wasn't perfect, but at least it beat out Pan's Labyrinth.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 10:16 pm:   

Whitaker, Mirren, and Morricone yah!

Thought GUIDE FOR RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS was sadly overlooked.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 10:23 pm:   

and THE DEPARTED...I distinctly recall seeing the blood splatter before hearing Sheen's body hit the pavement. Well maybe they'll get it right next time :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 10:36 pm:   

scorcese actually won, hey?

i saw this great quote by clint eastwood that said, 'yeah, scorcese's got a good chance this year. i lot of people have a lot of sympathy for him.'
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 11:00 pm:   

Eastwood...yeah. THat like hasn't worked for him.
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PM
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 11:01 pm:   

Given everyone else that's won over the years then why not Scorcese? In fact if you live long enough and make enough films then your chances are good. So I would have preferred some sort of lifetime achievement award.

But THE DEPARTED ain't so great.
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ben peek
Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 11:06 pm:   

yeah, well, eastwood's a patchy film maker, but i love that quote. i even put it up on my blog :-)
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 01:57 am:   

It's a shame that Scorcese won this year. I haven't seen Departed, but the last few he's done have been bad (especially Gangs of New York). I looked through his credits to see how long it was since his last good film, and after looking at that, I'm not sure why he's so highly regarded. Goodfellas wasn't bad, Raging Bull and Taxi Driver were good. But what else has he done that's worth noting? A Michael Jackson video, a remake of Cape Fear...maybe it's just a good track record compared to somebody like Joel Schumaker.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 05:05 am:   

I was going to say, Schumacher's been around long enough to win. Or why not Chris Columbus? I like Scorcese's early stuff, but Taxi Driver (crazed Vietnam vet goes oevr the edge) was patently a B movie.

BTW, Kelly, I wached The Departed again, the first hour, and I can't go along with comedy. I don't believe the actors and director do either, after listening to them talk all weekend about the film on E.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 05:09 am:   

Thanks for the tip on the babe statue, BTW, which I didn't see earlier. I'm getting me one. :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 06:46 am:   

Rakehell, no. But poppinjay, definitely!

Let's bring back some Elizabethan putdowns!
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 06:50 am:   

I bite my thumb at you, sir!
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 05:27 pm:   

you could start your own award, man. perhaps the biggest hate?

for scorcese the last film i liked of his was BRINGING OUT THE DEAD, but then i liked the connelly novel a lot, and thought it did a good job of capturing it.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 05:33 pm:   

Well, I just think he's a consummate hack and I can't stand Nick Cage. The best thing about it was Ving Rhames.

I could start an award, huh? I'll study on that.
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 05:58 pm:   

yeah, i didn't think it'd work for you. the novel is cool, though, so if you can break yourself off from the cage images when you read it, worth a go...

best with the award. i only respect them ones that comes with a cash prize, just so you know ;)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 06:04 pm:   

I read it a long time ago -- it was pretty good and one reason I objected to the movie so much.

As for the rewards, I've got a full change jar.
BTW, on the latest movie thread, there's an url of a review for Highlander 5....
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 06:57 pm:   

you could call it the 'Change Award' ;)
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 06:59 pm:   

I want to call it Pennies From Lucius.
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ben peek
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 07:04 pm:   

all you gotta decide now is what it's for.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 07:24 pm:   

Okay. It's for...Hmm. Need to think.
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Jeffrey Ford
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 07:37 pm:   

Lucius: Here's something I hated to read: Patrice has passed away. There's a notice up on Locus Online. He was a really great guy.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 07:47 pm:   

Oh, Christ. That's really shitty. Thanks, Jeff.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 12:05 pm:   

I hate Ticketmaster.
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 12:27 pm:   

I hate the fact that Ticketron and Ticketmaster were allowed to merge. Doesn't anti-trust exist in this country anymore? And now XM and Sirius, the only two companies in the satellite radio industry, are making noises about merging? Sheesh.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 12:33 pm:   

Anti-trust...no. If it was still around, we wouldn't have Ma Bell again (this time under the name AT&T).
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 01:56 pm:   

I hate the antÓ-sex league...And Metatron...
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 03:14 pm:   

Well I hate Ticketmaster because they charge an absurd amount of money. It shouldn't cost more than a dollar or two to surcharge a ticket.

I recall paying Ticketfuckers $8 for a $26 ticket. While there were others that sold tickets to the same show their prices were even higher.

For $8 I ought to get a CD. You mean I can't get a CD for $8. Well that's another thing to hate.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 03:16 pm:   

Well I found the anti-sex league to be hilarious to read. If kids would stop having sex maybe they'd do their homework or my lawn :-)

Metatron---what is this? Is this Talmudic Lucius time? Are we going to have to check your wrist?

Lucius' been hangin' with Ashton K again :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 03:18 pm:   

No man. With Demi...
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 03:31 pm:   

more, more, more!
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 03:42 pm:   

Well, she's less now that she's desiliconed.
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PM
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 03:52 pm:   

My guess is that she's still inflatable (one way or another)...
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 07:06 am:   

I hate that I've had a sprained ankle for two weeks and it still hurts.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 07:18 am:   

I've had that before, it took about 3 weeks before I was walking normally, and the ankle hurt in cold weather for about 4 months after that.

What made it worse was that was the beginning of my trip to New Zealand. I was on crutches for the flight. That wasn't bad, I was pushed in a wheel chair to the front of security lines in Pittsburgh and New Zealand. What I hated was the Los Angeles airport. I had a 6 hour stay there. To get food during the layover, I had to hobble outside, and catch a bus to another terminal. In that terminal, I had to ride an elevator up one floor, cross to the other side of the building, then take another elevator up to the food court.

After I was done, I had to reverse the process. Finally, when it came time to go to my flight, the elevators were broken, so I couldn't get a wheelchair (they didn't bother telling the help desk until the second time they called asking for a wheelchair). Up the stairs on my own, hop on one foot through the metal detector, and then hobble all the way down to the terminal.

I really hate the LA airport.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 07:21 am:   

Sprains can be worse than breaks, especially a high ankle sprain. Yeah, LAX is bad, but you know what's worse? The LA bus terminal. It's like Noah's Ark for freaks.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 07:50 am:   

My bus experiences have been tame. The worst I dealt with was a woman who saw me reading and based on that thought I'd like to hear about "A Purpose Driven Life." I feel thankful that I haven't had to deal with people who talk to their pet iguanas (happened to a friend).
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 08:11 am:   

The drunks are the worst. There are a whole lot of drunks on buses. It'd be oaky if they drank quietly, buy they tend to become garrulous. However, sometimes they're entertaining. My wife used to give me a bus trip for Christmas, however far she could afford, because I liked writing on buses, and one time, on the way to Davenport, Iowa, I started talking to this hooker, she was kind of pretty in a damaged way, peroxide blond, a little on the thin side, except her upper front teeth were missing, and she started telling me stories about johns she'd had. Great stories, scary and hilarious. But she was drinking wine, and had this penetrating reedy voice. Half the people on the bus wanted to fuck her, half wanted to kill her, and because I was sitting with her, they decided we were together and I was her pimp or something. So we stopped at this Post House in Indiana, middle of the night. During the half hour stop I fielded a couple of death threats, a few inquires as to her price and availability. Finally she got back on the bus with the driver for a closed-door session. After that, the driver made it clear that she was cool. She was going home for Xmas, and she talked non-stop through the night. I wrote a lot of it down. Whore-r stories.
There were guys sitting on the armrests of the seats, listening. If we'd wrecked, they would have died. I got off in Davenport and someone took my seat. It was a weird night. Hope she got home all right. :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 08:19 am:   

The worst I had was a guy wearing a head bandage who owned a porno shop in Hartford and insisted on talking about astrology all the way to Boston. What I would have given for a toothless hooker...
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 08:27 am:   

I just act like I'm sleeping on the bus which is a great conversation killer.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 08:30 am:   

I had a great time. There are horror stories, though. I won't get into them.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 09:01 am:   

Lots of hustlin' especially at bus stations.

Poor folk are still doing CDs and so hustlers are out selling stolen CDs.

I'm approached and the conversation begins. I'm.asked what kind of music I like. I respond, "Jazz". I'm given a quizzical look and then I'm left alone.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 09:07 am:   

You don't frequent the right bus stations. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 10:16 am:   

I hate mice -- just inadvertantly killed one. I hate killing them even more. I have now killed three mice in my life.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 11:28 am:   

My advice: don't eat at KFC/Taco Bell in Greenwich Village.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 11:52 am:   

Nope. Won't.
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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 02:01 pm:   

i hate the fact that we have a private and state owned bus system in sydney. the private buses run out where i live, which is generally considered the poorer part of sydney, and of course, are more expensive.

i once met a girl i went to school with on a bus. i kinda didn't want to talk to her, so i hoped she wouldn't recognise me. but she did. she had her two kids with her, and kept referring to them as her little shits in a most loving way. other than that she didn't have much of interest going.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 02:10 pm:   

I once met a girl/I went to school with/on a bus...

That whole para, it's like a song. it's got such beautiful sentiment... :-)
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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 02:14 pm:   

if only i had a band. and some musical talent. :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 02:18 pm:   

You don't need musical talent. Just do it deadpan monotone with a punk instrumental tape...

We're talking big bucks, man.

Big.

:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 02:20 pm:   

It'd be good to have a couple more verses.

I once met a guy/I went to school....

I once met a large Arab...

like that, you know.
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PM
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 02:29 pm:   

Didn't want to talk,
Hope she wouldn't stalk.

Her kids, [pause]
she called, [pause]
the shits.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 02:34 pm:   

yep.
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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 02:59 pm:   

i once met a guy i went to school with. he was in the methadone program.

that's true, actually.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 03:52 pm:   

Even better.

I might now some guys like that myself.
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ben peek
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 05:00 pm:   

everyone does, i figure.

'this guy i went to school with had a bullet round his neck. no ones quite sure what happened to him'

it just writes itself :-)

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