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Today is the Winter Solstice around these parts, making it the shortest day of the year, and kicking off winter. For a while there it looked like we might still have fall-like conditions at this point, but last week's snowstorms fixed that, though the last few frozen leaves are still dropping off some of the trees. Anyway, I find early winter sunsets to be a downer, so I'm always glad to mark the occasion of turning the corner towards longer stretches of daylight again.

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14. Re: National Treasure 2 Dec 24, 2007, 00:38 Warhawk
 
Is being a good movie not enough? How about good music? Good acting? Interesting set design? Appealing actors? Emotionally satisfying story?

All I've seen is one trailer that shows him apparently killing folks with a razor, so bear with me.

I have no idea why he's doing this. I don't go to a movie for "good music". He is a good actor, but I don't go to a movie just because a good actor is in it. I don't know if it is a good movie or not, never seen the musical, and have no idea what the story is about.

It might be a great film. But I wouldn't know it from the preview. From what I've seen it has more in common with a run-of-the-mill period horror flick than anything with "great acting" in it.

JMHO based on one preview....


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13. Re: National Treasure 2 Dec 23, 2007, 20:24 PHJF
 
I was about to make just such a retort before my parents' awesome internet connection dropped out (as usual)

Go comcast!
 
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12. Re: National Treasure 2 Dec 23, 2007, 18:14 Bodolza
 
I don't see anything in Sweeny that makes me want to go see it. What's the appeal?

Is being a good movie not enough? How about good music? Good acting? Interesting set design? Appealing actors? Emotionally satisfying story?

I haven't seen the movie yet, but I've seen the musical several times and enjoyed it. All the reviews I've read make it sound like Burton did an excellent job moving it to the big screen.

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11. Re: National Treasure 2 Dec 23, 2007, 14:22 Warhawk
 
I would much rather see National Treasure 2 or I am Legend, then Tim Sweeny Todd on the big screen.

There, I corrected it. I don't see anything in Sweeny that makes me want to go see it. What's the appeal?

I want to see AVP and NT. Those are the ones on my list right now. IAL comes in 3rd, I think.

Of course, having a 4.5-year old, I think we are going to see the Chipmonk movie today.


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10. Re: National Treasure 2 Dec 23, 2007, 13:29 Dan =0)
 
Everybody here f'ing hates the first AVP movie while I found it to be decent.

Hey now, I actually enjoyed it as a brainless action flick.

Looking forward kinda to the sequel, too...

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9. Re: National Treasure 2 Dec 23, 2007, 11:18 Enahs
 
An 87% on Tomatoes versus a 36%. There are some things that just cannot be argued.

Well, that means absolutely nothing. But I for one am not arguing anything as the such, because I have not seen either. Based on the previews, I would much rather see National Treasure 2 or I am Legend, then Tim Sweeny Todd on the big screen.

I enjoyed the first National Treasure. And movies are subjective. Everybody here f'ing hates the first AVP movie while I found it to be decent.

*shrugs*



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8. Re: National Treasure 2 Dec 23, 2007, 11:08 PHJF
 
An 87% on Tomatoes versus a 36%. There are some things that just cannot be argued. I Am Will Smith at least managed to stay above the 60% mark, even with the hhhooorriiibbllleee CGI.

And Dewey Cox is pulling some surprisingly high numbers, cruising at a 78%. I guess anything with Apatow's name on it can never be that bad.
 
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7. Re: National Treasure 2 Dec 23, 2007, 11:08 Enahs
 
I do, however, disagree with Enahs

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To each is own I guess. Not that I think I Am Legend is really a big screen movie either, National Treasure 2 is though.



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6. Re: National Treasure 2 Dec 23, 2007, 10:57 Dan =0)
 
PHJF: Actually, considering the party wanted me to decide, being that it was my birthday party, I swung my vote toward NT2 because I realized there were a couple members of the group who definitely did NOT want to see Sweeney Todd.

I do, however, disagree with Enahs in that I think I would have enjoyed Sweeney Todd on the big screen, if I'd go see it with friends or by myself... plus the crowd "fun" factor would weigh in on that one, too (think "Rocky Horror Picture Show", or "Freddy vs Jason").

Just my two cents ($10?).

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5. Re: National Treasure 2 Dec 23, 2007, 09:38 Enahs
 
Bah PHJF. It is a Christmas tradition that me, my brother and father go see a movie for Christmas. We are going to see either National Treasure 2 or I am Legend. I liked the first one quite a bit, and so did my father. Though, I think I would rather see I am Legend, so depending on what other people do.

Either way, Sweeney Todd is not really a "big" screen movie. I will save it for my big screen at home.



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4. Re: National Treasure 2 Dec 23, 2007, 09:31 PHJF
 
Sweeney Todd came out and your friends somehow landed on "National Treasure."  
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3. National Treasure 2 Dec 23, 2007, 02:33 Dan =0)
 
Saw it tonight with friends for my "surprise" birthday party tonight - apparently the number of friends who were actually coming was revealed to me by one of my roommates in a slip-up a couple days ago - after dinner, and I must say that the Goofy short that preceded it had me roaring in laughter.

The movie itself was okay, though Diane Krueger was hot and classy-looking as usual.

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2. Living on Downer St. Dec 23, 2007, 01:15 Cutter
 
How are winter sunsets a downer? Aren't all sunsets a bit sad in their own way? BTW I coined the subject title as an album title for my bud's band. Dunno' if they'll use it, but I like it.


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1. Boredom Dec 22, 2007, 16:51 Bucky
 
Talk about a slow day....I'm actually reorganizing all my bookmarks right now. On that note, does anyone know if exporting Firefox bookmarks will save the ones in the bookmarks tool bar as well? What about rss feeds?

Edit: Wow, it's amazing how many of my old gaming bookmarks I've had to trash. Sites that have either turned to crap, been bought out, or just plain old no longer work. Now I feel old.

I still wish the old Radium Half-Life map site would get resurrected and rededicated to Portal too. That's easily the site I miss the most.
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