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Just to offer the 'told you so' about my dread of the bye week for the Giants a couple of weeks ago, this past weekend's Giants loss to the dreaded Cowboys brings the G-men's lifetime record in the week following the bye to 3-14. With their 3-1 pre-bye record now at 3-2, it's hard not to recall how last year's post-bye loss helped propel a 4-1 pre-bye record into a 6-10 record for the season. Blech.

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57. Re: Looks like Doom sucks. Oct 20, 2005, 10:45 Enahs
 
Props for using "your" for "you are" when calling people morons!


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56. Re: Looks like Doom sucks. Oct 20, 2005, 10:31 Creston
 
Ouch... and I generally really agree with his reviews. I've been reading that guy's reviews for years.

Then again, if you've never played the game, what's the point in going to see the movie?
He complains that there is no well thought out plot, well duh. It's frigging DOOM. Marine. Have Big Gun. Shoot Monsters. The End.
What kind of plot did we need here? Some sort of secret alien conspiracy a la X-files, tied together with the hopelessly romantic love triangle, where Grimm can't choose between his old childhood sweetheart and the hot bimbo with the big jugs?

Give Grimm a big gun and have him shoot stuff. It's called mindless entertainment

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55. Re: Looks like Doom sucks. Oct 20, 2005, 09:45 Zathrus
 
I also expect Doom to do pretty good business - at least in week one. I think they're marketing the thing very well.

Yeah, I expect it to do well this weekend and tank miserably afterwards. And I agree -- they're doing a pretty decent job marketing it. The trailers don't scream "this movie SUCKS" by any means.

Oh, and I finally read Bernadelli's review -- he's never played Doom (unsurprisingly, the man watches an utterly absurd number of movies/year and writes up lengthy reviews on many), so he'd miss any possible redeeming values for gamers... not that I really expect there to be many.

The Fog was also marketed heavily during baseball and football games earlier this fall.

That would explain why I've never heard of it.

 
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54. Re: Looks like Doom sucks. Oct 20, 2005, 09:01 nin
 
The Fog came in #1 in the box office last week and it has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 3%.

Wow!


As for Ras, well...I don't know the Bat-mythos that well, and knew what direction he was headed in...



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53. Re: Looks like Doom sucks. Oct 20, 2005, 08:58 WarPig
 
Of course, I still expect it to do well in theaters. I mean, hell, The Fog came in #1 in the box office last week and it has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 3%.

I also expect Doom to do pretty good business - at least in week one. I think they're marketing the thing very well. As someone who watches mostly sports I've been seeing at least three to five Doom commercials a night so I'm thinking they're targeting the right demographic and they're saturating the market pretty well. The Fog was also marketed heavily during baseball and football games earlier this fall.

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52. Re: Enahs review of BatMan Begins Oct 20, 2005, 08:57 Zathrus
 
As for "Ra's Al Ghul," my only question was just who in the heck he was

He's actually one of the major "villians" in the Batman universe, but as I understand it he's not a complete psychopath like The Joker, etc. I'm only passingly familiar with the Batman universe though (basically, whatever came out on TV/movies -- never read a comic).

Here's the first link I found: http://www.batmantas.com/cmp/ras.htm

 
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51. Re: Looks like Doom sucks. Oct 20, 2005, 06:47 Zathrus
 
Here is the review of the largest noncommercial movie site.

Ouch... and I generally really agree with his reviews. I've been reading that guy's reviews for years.

Of course, I still expect it to do well in theaters. I mean, hell, The Fog came in #1 in the box office last week and it has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 3%. That's the lowest rating I've ever seen. Doom is currently at 44% (Fog was at 10% last week at this time).

 
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50. Re: Enahs review of BatMan Begins Oct 20, 2005, 05:34 Ray Marden
 
Dude, WTF were you when the film came out in theaters???

As for "Ra's Al Ghul," my only question was just who in the heck he was. I never followed the comics much, not beyond the dude in a cape fighting crime after watching his parents being murdered, and was not familiar with the character at all.
Props for using "your" for "you are" when calling people morons!
Bale was pretty good and the film succeeded for being so "realistic," at least relatively. I mean, who would normally want to imagine trying to bring Scarecrow to the theater, much less succeeding at doing so? Holmes impressed me, she seemed to be maturing somewhat, but her role still felt a bit like the token bimbo...

I believe the next film is due out in '08 and Bale was locked in for...at least a three-movie deal.

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49. Re: Looks like Doom sucks. Oct 20, 2005, 04:07 Buckermann
 
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48. Looks like Doom sucks. Oct 20, 2005, 02:54 Acleacius
 
Err the movie too
Might want to save your money or at least wait till somemore reviews come out.
Here is the review of the largest noncommercial movie site.
You see by other reviews if you are not sure of his quality/taste in reviewing.
http://movie-reviews.colossus.net/movies/d/doom.html

I guess it could have been lower 1/4 or 1/2 a star
If you have to go, maybe try matinee prices.

 
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47. Re: Enahs review of BatMan Begins Oct 20, 2005, 01:08 Dan =0)
 
Enahs, I guess I'm a moron, then...

Dan =0)

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46. Enahs review of BatMan Begins Oct 20, 2005, 01:00 Enahs
 
Enahs review of BatMan Begins:
As I never saw it in movie theaters, and just saw it tonight at home on my big big screen!


Good movie. Good action. Would love to see another with Christian Bale.

Two problems. The whole “big evil plot” (sst:with the microwave thingie to vaporize the water) was freakin lame. They really could of spent a little more time and came up with a much better evil plot.

My biggest problem however is stupid people. That is…hmmm…how do I say it.
The world is full of too many stupid people, and unless you spell everything out in words (as in literal words, saying stuff) they just can not follow or ‘get’ it. I could ‘understand’ and ‘feel’ where Bruce was coming from because Bale did a good job. I did not really need so much verbalization of what he felt, why he did not believe something, ect.
That part I hate the most because he is just not “Batman” too me. Fing stupid people!

Other then that…good movie, I enjoyed it.

Note in sst:If you did not see Liam Neesons character as the real Ra's Al Ghul from the start and would come back as the major protagonist in the end….your a moron!...could they really telegraph that anymore?


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45. Re: Stubbs The Zombie? Oct 19, 2005, 22:55 MeatForce
 

I am waiting for the PC version.

Uh oh.. I thought all the versions had shipped all simuletaneeous like a couple of days ago. Then I look at EB's site, it says "Pre-order Ships 11/15/2005". Now confused. Guess it's not so bad I have to wait after all..
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44. Re: Wilma Oct 19, 2005, 21:01 Gen. Hospital
 
wow, I didn't realize such a slight change in temperature had such an effect.

We're talking immense ammounts of water here. Although the temperature difference is relatively slight, the energy contained in all that water is huge, simply because there's so much of the wet stuff.

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43. Re: Stubbs The Zombie? Oct 19, 2005, 20:42 Ray Marden
 
I am waiting for the PC version.

When I first read about it, it looked and sounded great - really hilarious, too. The console version only go so-so reviews, but I will still check it out after all the Christmas crap and once everything falls into that $20-$35 range.
At the very least, I think it will be fun.
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42. Stubbs The Zombie? Oct 19, 2005, 20:32 MeatForce
 

Anyone out there picked up Stubbs The Zombie yet?

I'm going to have to wait until payday, but I'm really curious about that game... have a feeling it's going to be.. special

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41. Re: Wilma Oct 19, 2005, 20:15 Hump
 
Gulf water is about 1 to 2 degrees cooler than that in the Caribbean, which should inhibit its strength more, he added.

wow, I didn't realize such a slight change in temperature had such an effect.

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40. Re: Giants bye Oct 19, 2005, 18:13 Enahs
 
For a little while probably, until they realise what I'm doing.

Every morning pick a new random one. There are thousands out there. Some might night be blazing fast...but ehh...Slow BN is better than no BN.

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39. Wilma Oct 19, 2005, 16:09 Warhawk
 
Avian flu? Is anyone really worried about this? It always amazes me when people get in a panic about these "potential" disasters.

Nobody except the government. But they have more important things to worry about. Unfortunately, they don't.

Here's something to worry about:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,172680,00.html

Hurricane Wilma (search) swirled into the most intense Atlantic storm ever recorded Wednesday, a Category 5 monster whose powerful winds and heavy rains already have been blamed for killing at least 12 people in the Caribbean as it bore down on Central America.

The National Hurricane Center (search) in Miami said a weakened but still formidable Wilma could make landfall in southwestern Florida on Saturday. Officials ordered visitors out of the Florida Keys (search).

Wilma's force dipped slightly Wednesday afternoon, with its maximum sustained winds dropping to 165 mph from 175 mph earlier in the day, but it was still a Category 5 storm, the Hurricane Center said.

Jamaica, Cuba, Nicaragua and Honduras were getting heavy rain from the storm, though it was not likely to make landfall in any of those countries.

Computer models showed Wilma possibly making a sharp turn as it hits upper-level winds blowing east, moving through the narrow channel between Cuba and Mexico, where it threatened Cancun, before heading toward Florida.

It was expected to dump up to 25 inches of rain in mountainous areas of Cuba and up to 15 inches in the Caymans and Jamaica over the next two days. A foot of rain was possible from Honduras through the Yucatan peninsula, the weather service said.

Wilma's confirmed pressure readings Wednesday morning dropped to 882 millibars -- the lowest minimum pressure ever measured in a hurricane in the Atlantic basin, according to the hurricane center. Lower pressure translates into higher wind speed.

Forecasters said Wilma was stronger than the devastating Labor Day hurricane that hit the Florida Keys in 1935, the strongest Atlantic hurricane to make landfall on record.

But Wilma was not expected to keep its record strength for long, as disruptive atmospheric winds in the Gulf of Mexico should weaken it before landfall, Hurricane Center meteorologist Hugh Cobb said. Gulf water is about 1 to 2 degrees cooler than that in the Caribbean, which should inhibit its strength more, he added.

The strongest storm on record, based on the lowest pressure reading, had been Hurricane Gilbert (search) in 1988, which registered an 888 millibar reading.

Some Florida residents began buying water, canned food and other emergency supplies. The state has seen seven hurricanes hit or pass close by since August 2004, causing more than $20 billion in estimated damage and killing nearly 150 people.

"People have learned their lesson and know better how to prepare. We're not waiting until the last minute anymore," said Andrea Yerger, 48, of Port Charlotte, Fla.

Forecasters said Wilma should avoid the central U.S. Gulf coast devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita earlier this year which killed more than 1,200 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.

Wilma is the record-tying 12th hurricane of the season, the same number reached in 1969. That is the most for one season since record-keeping began in 1851.

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38. Re: Man - Puppy Oct 19, 2005, 15:53 Halsy
 
Yeah, kudos to him. I salute him.

Avian flu? Is anyone really worried about this? It always amazes me when people get in a panic about these "potential" disasters.


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