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  • fuwalda says:

    I’d check this class out.

    “Sorry, class, but Professor Zabka is sick with the flue this week, but he’s arranged for a special guest lecture by William Atherton.”

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    haha! Yeah. I realized yesterday after watching your Tales from the Crypt videos that Morton Downey Jr. would have also been awesome.

  • Anna says:

    what a genius dream! I have the (irrational) hots for william zabka.

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Dreams, Douchiness

I had a dream last night that my friend Donald and I enrolled in an acting class that was meant to teach us how to be iconic movie douchebags. It was taught by the blond bully from The Karate Kid, William Zabka, who also played the douchebag in other great 80s films, like Back to School and Just One of the Guys.

How awesome would that class be in real life? Where did all the blond douchebags go, anyway? I could be one of those.

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  • fuwalda says:

    I was hoping you’d see this movie, since you’d let me know if I should see it or not. Good job failing on that point. Heh.

    Wasn’t there supposed to be some amazing stunt in this movie, where Tom Cruise jumped off the side of a building or something? I remember seeing the behind the scenes footage on TMZ or some thing, and they were all amazed that it was actually Tom Cruise jumping off of a building. But, come to think of it, maybe that was for some other movie that he’s currently filming. I dunno.

    Anyway, this movie looked ok, but I’ll never see it.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    Hmmm…it’s very possible that it was something in this film. There’s a sequence where he’s running along roof tops and jumping from building to building.

    Tom Cruise is admirable for doing a lot of his own stunts, and it certainly pays off for the movie-goer. But with that said, I only actually remember one stunt he did here, and I’m not 100% certain he did it, and it was a driving stunt. It’s one of these deals where the car does, like, a 180 degree skid perfectly into a parking space, and Cruise immediately steps out from the driver’s side door.

    In any event, he certainly didn’t phone in the physical stuff–I just felt that there wasn’t a lot of room for him to let loose dramatically.

    I mean, if you see it in the Redbox like I did and you’ve got nothing better to do, go ahead and rent it.

  • fuwalda says:

    Any scenes of Diaz in a bikini?

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    D00d, check the second image in the write-up. 😉

    One thing I’ll say about Cameron Diaz–she’s got no boobs.

  • fuwalda says:

    And you may be right, but I’d still hit that… two times. I’d ram on de azz… if you catch my meaning.

  • fuwalda says:

    So that stunt I was talking about is from the upcoming Mission Impossible movie:

    http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi696687641/

    Who knew they were making another one of those? Why not? It sure looks cool, although each sequel has been a distant shadow of the original. The third one was better than the second, but even that one was kind of lame, albeit fun. Anyway, I suppose I’ll see this one. It does look kind of bad ass.

  • Anna says:

    disagreeing that Cameron Diaz looked like an alien?!!>!>!?!?!?

    This made me laugh so hard—-I’m still doing it. Donald came to her defense a while back when I wrote up THe Box, and 19 comments back and forth later, he accused me of being superficial and objectifying women since every problem I had with Diaz (not just in that film, but in life) revolved around her voice and physical appearance. She is pretty (in that alien sort of way, I’ll agree) and her body is enviable. I don’t really think of her as an actress, but I suppose she’s funny. Sometimes. Now I’ll have to see this film.

    • Justin Garrett Blum says:

      heh. It’s a serviceable film. I guess I still stand by that. After seeing Cruise in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, however, I realized he was really wasting his talents here. Knight and Day was just an excuse to cash-in on Cruise’s action-hero persona.

      Cameron Diaz was funny, though.

  • fuwalda says:

    I just think you tend to spew a lot of hatred against Cameron Diaz and other women that I never hear you spew against actors. I mean, you love Jeff Fahey, Guy Fieri, and Anthony Bordain, all performers who, for all intents and purposes, are the lowest levels of humanity. Cameron Diaz is a pretty good actress. Heh. You’re just nuts.

  • Sid 6.7 says:

    Cameron Diaz? Somebody better put a camera on dee azz, if you know what im saying.

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Knight and Day

Knight and DayKnight and Day

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Knight and Day is the sort of film about which it’s more or less pointless to write a review, because I doubt anybody at this point is still on the fence about whether or not to see it. And nothing I intend to say will change your mind in the slightest if you had written it off. With that said…

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Slowly Walking Away from a Giant Explosion, Revisited

A while back, I asked the question about the first example in film of a person walking slowly away from a giant explosion. Almost a year later, I discover this video:

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  • fuwalda says:

    I used to be a big Hulk fan, because it used to be a great comic. I haven’t read it in years, however, because it’s been terrible every time I’ve tried. I always look at the comics whenever I go to the comic shop, however, because they always look insane. I’ve wondered about that Red Hulk nonsense. Thunderbolt Ross? That’s news to me. That’s just about the dumbest thing I’ve ever hear. You know, aside from all that other stuff you mentioned.

    And Jeph Loeb is an interesting character, who has seemingly based a career out of being awful. He was a big movie producer/writer before coming over to comics and writing bad stores there like he wrote bad movies back in Hollywood. For some reason he’s always been popular even though his stories are always complete shit. Rob Liefeld always gets raked over the coals for his Heroes Reborn stories (and rightly so!), but nobody ever remembers that Jeph Loeb wrote those awful stories.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    I’m still hating on Jeph Loeb for the one issue of The Ultimates volume 3 that I read. It was so gawd-awfully terrible that I’ve more or less blocked it out of my mind. The only thing I can remember about it is that I read it. But it was clear that this was a guy who just had no idea what he was doing.

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Red Hulk killed who now?

I haven’t read mainstream comics in a number of years now, and I’ve never really been a fan of the Hulk books. But while I was being super productive today (/sarcasm), I learned through a Google search that Uatu–my boy, the Watcher–apparently got knocked out cold by the Red Hulk. This is not nearly the stupidest thing that has ever happened in comic books, but it did make me curious enough to find out a little bit more about the Red Hulk.

So according to a guy in this thread, the Red Hulk dominated an Odin-force Thor, chopped off Terrax‘s head, choked out the Silver Surfer (which as this poster pointed out, doesn’t even make sense, since the Surfer doesn’t need to breath–I mean, he lives in freakin’ outer space) and absorbed the power cosmic, and he beat the Grandmaster. Maybe he did some more stuff, too, but that’s what was mentioned in the thread.

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  • Echelon says:

    Free 2 Play seems to be the new route for games that just didn’t meet expectations.

    I was very excited about Age of Conan when it came out, I followed it up until launch, had a guild and all of that overly nerdy dedication to something that doesn’t yet exist (see SWTOR for the current example in my life). When it was launched the first 10 levels were absolutely amazing. Tortage (Noob) Island was so well put together that I could just imagine the rest of the game.

    Unfortunately the rest of the game was only a fracion as good as those first 10 levels. It was tightly put together, the quests were interesting and close, so you were constantly progressing. The combat was interesting and because things weren’t difficult yet, it felt fun instead of like the combo system was just in the way.

    I will say that the open world PVP was about as good as you’re going to find (outside of Shadowbane).

    Had the new guy been more concentrated on making the rest of the game like Tortage, the game wouldn’t be going free 2 play right now, no doubt. The game ends up being just another example of how important a good launch-first 3 months is.

  • Justin Garrett Blum says:

    There is something that I sort of like about Funcom’s pricing model: it’s pretty simple for one thing. There are only the two tiers of membership (unless I’m mistaken). (1) Free subscribers and (2) premium subscribers–basically, just people who pay the monthly fee that Funcom has charged since the game launch–who get everything simply as a result of playing the game.

    Something that burns me up is when people talk about games offering a subscription pricing structure where the standard $15/month subscription only gets you so much while microtransactions get you all the stuff you really want to have. Perhaps I’m naive, but if I’m paying a monthly subscription, I want everything.

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Age of Conan Going Free-to-Play

Age of Conan fatalityFollowing up on the comments thread from the last post, I just discovered that Age of Conan is going free-to-play this summer, so it might be worth having a look. It IS a fun game, though maybe I’ve overstated things saying it was better than WoW half a year after their respective launches.

It sounds as though the free-to-play option will allow you to experience much of the game up to level 80, which is really the best stuff anyway. After you reach the level cap, it kind of sucks, because the PvE becomes incredibly tedious, and the PvP is really just dominated by overgeared players.

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