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Dan Abnett is doing the script so you might end up very surprised in the end. I certainly hope so. :)

 

I'm not a big fan of Abnett's style, but he is at the forefront of the genre. If the film is successful, I fear they will turn it into a wussfest by writing stories filled with anti-military claptrap, which is basically a hijacking. Let's keep our fingers crossed. I'd hate to have to send my Night Lords company to trash Hollywood. (HORUS REX!!!)

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I liked Robin Hood, but my son and I looked at each other and almost fell out of seats laughing at the medieval Mike boats in the D-Day scene. I could have down without Cate in armor--that appeal to PC was just silly. Otherwise, I thought the take on the legend was innovative. I can't wait for the sequel in which John is forced to sign the Magna Carta.

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I'm not a big fan of Abnett's style, but he is at the forefront of the genre. If the film is successful, I fear they will turn it into a wussfest by writing stories filled with anti-military claptrap, which is basically a hijacking. Let's keep our fingers crossed. I'd hate to have to send my Night Lords company to trash Hollywood. (HORUS REX!!!)

Games Workshop been wussifing(sp) WH40K for about a decade now just to get the little kiddies to buy their stuff.
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That's funny, the local reviewer (young guy, I usually like his analyses) panned the crap out of Robin Hood. Said Crowe phoned in the role, and it was incredibly boring overall.

 

Roger Ebert did the same thing. Convinced me not to see it.

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I caught A Clockwork Orange tonight. I can still recall the first time I saw it at the Thalia theater in Manhattan like 30 years ago. What an incredible film. Malcolm Macdowell was just off the hook. He should've won an Oscar for that role.

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I second Tommy's assessment WRT Iron Man 2. 'Twas nice. End battle anticlimatic. I thought "Eh? WTF."

 

WRT "Robin Hood," second Matt's assessment. I was hoping something really bad ass considering the trailer. Instead, I got something tame. It was nice all around, but not what I was expecting. An article on the movie months ago saying that the Robin Hood film made Gladiator look like a B-movie sure was very deceptive. I found the D-Day landings blah meh. Actually, I didn't find myself "ooh" and "ah" -ing at any part of the film. And no naughty bits dammit (was hoping the French princess would be showing a lot more).

 

All in all, the current Robin Hood film falls short of that other Robin Hood film starring Uma Thurman IMO.

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I don't do the theaters anymore, but only recently saw "The Way of The Gun". James Caan never had a better role, and the only sympathetic characters (in this borderline comedy, in a disturbing and edgy way) was Geoffry Lewis and daughter Juliette.

 

It's funny how some of the best performances come from actors past their "sell by" date in near obscure or esoteric films in the twilight of their career. Compare Clint Eastwood in "Unforgiven" or "Gran Torino" to countless earlier works with better box office draw.

 

Or Burt Lancaster in "Atlantic City". He'd had great roles, but this is the one I most remember him for.

 

Tuesday Weld was never to be taken seriously until she did "Once Upon A Time In America". Best role she ever had.

 

I always liked James Caan in Thief. It is about a group of safe cracking bank robbers. Cameo's by Willie Nelson, Tuesday Weld and co-starring Jim Belushi in his pre- cheesball days. Great movie with soundrack by ambient group Tangerine Dream.

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I always liked James Caan in Thief. It is about a group of safe cracking bank robbers. Cameo's by Willie Nelson, Tuesday Weld and co-starring Jim Belushi in his pre- cheesball days. Great movie with soundrack by ambient group Tangerine Dream.

 

Agree. "Thief" is a typical Michael Mann thriller with good music, some good performances and a gritty feel. In this case, very gritty.

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All in all, the current Robin Hood film falls short of that other Robin Hood film starring Uma Thurman IMO.

 

All previous attempts pale in comparison to the Cary Elwes version.

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Last evening, I decided to take Her Worship and our son to the theatre to see Robin Hood.

They have recently opened(in the last two weeks), a Frank's Theatre franchise here in beautiful southcentral Pennsylvania, so I thought it would be nice if I were to take Her Worship out to the new theatre complex for a most relaxing evening of distraction from our daily travails. It really is a very nice theatre complex, complete with a bar/cafe with all sorts of culinary delights and adult alchoholic beverages, a video arcade and a few other distractions. Eventually, we were even able to find a few theatres tucked away in the rear of the building.

After we procured our tickets (Her Worship paid for them...after all, a guest does have certain obligations), we managed to find our way through the maze (with very little help from the staff, I might add) to our chosen theatre. The theatre was quite nice...high-backed reclining leather seat in a somewhat gaudy bright red hue with black trim. The walls were the same red and black colors. The aisles between the seats were quite wide, plenty of leg room for a 6'2" 55-year old grandfather as well as a 6' 3" 16-year old teenager. All in all, quite comfortable...even Her Worship thought it to be a well-designed and comfortable (unusual, as very little pleases My Lady when she is forced to mingle with the lowly masses when out in public).

 

In the fullness of time (after the obligatory unending series of trailers of upcoming movies), the ownership of the theatre deigned to actually play the feature presentation. I am not the greatest fan of Russell Crowe, but must admit he is quite a good actor. The production values seemed quite high and the battle scenes at the castle at the beginning were interesting. The movie was fairly entertaining...at least up to the point where our hero, Robin Hood and his Merry Band stole the seed grain and returned to plant it. At that point, the projector went dark. Panic ensued, as frightened theatre patrons cried out in fear and confusion. What could have happened? Was it an EMP burst, a Coronal Mass Ejection, an asteroid impact??? Could civilization as we knew lay in ruins beyond the walls of the theatre? The possibilities boggled the mind...imaginations raced. What would be our fate?

 

After a few moments, the emergency lighting came on and dazed and confused moviegoers were able to escape from the darkness. As we made our way out into the lobby, it became obvious that there had been a power failure and the theatre manager assured everyone that it was a localized phenomenon and that the power would soon be restored. Panic soon subsided as it became evident that our modern society had indeed survived, complete with all of its technological marvels. Yes...disaster had been averted. Life would go on...babies would continue to be born, villians would be apprehended, heroes would continue to dominate sports events and common men would go about their mundane tasks on the battlefield...yes, civilization had been saved.

 

Unfortunately, we would not be able to see the rest of the movie. Apparently, modern theatres cannot simply resume playing a movie if there is some sort of power failure. They must re-start the movie from the beginning. Since tickets had already been sold for the next scheduled showing, there was not time to start the movie over. The manager decreed that even though we had already invested over an hour of our precious time and consumed large quantities of popcorn and ice-cold soda, we were to be unceremoniously ejected from the theatre and tossed out into the cold, dark night(never mind that it was 80F). Management was kind enough to hand out free passes to the theatre...so one really shouldn't complain too loudly. Still, I would like to know how the movie ended.

 

Did Robin bed Marian? Or did she sever his manhood, as she had threatened earlier? Did Locksley reveal the story of Robin's history as he had promised? What became of the King's deer? inquiring minds want to know. So many mysteries...so many questions...

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Old movie, as things go, but I'm watching the "John Adams" mini-series on DVD. I read the book, and it's evident that they had to modify some events for the movie, but I'm still impressed that HBO is keeping with the spirit of the book. I've only seen the first two episodes, which takes the story up to the Declaration of Independence, but I still had something of a problem with eyeball sweat.

 

I also couldn't help but mentally substitute certain names and issues, to see how history does tend to repeat itself.

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Old movie, as things go, but I'm watching the "John Adams" mini-series on DVD. I read the book, and it's evident that they had to modify some events for the movie, but I'm still impressed that HBO is keeping with the spirit of the book. I've only seen the first two episodes, which takes the story up to the Declaration of Independence, but I still had something of a problem with eyeball sweat.

 

I was able to score the DVDs from my local library. Excellent stuff. Dunno when I'll ever get around to reading the book, maybe when I retire...

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I was able to score the DVDs from my local library. Excellent stuff. Dunno when I'll ever get around to reading the book, maybe when I retire...

 

Just finished Episode 3, which leaves Adams sick in Holland. The producers seemed to have gone to great lengths to get the visuals as accurate as possible; some are rather graphic. The series seems to emphasize the behind-the-scenes, personal side of the story. This gives depth to the historical account in the book.

 

Some of the other reading I've done gave Adams the "crazy cousin" treatment, but from the book and now this series, he has become the Founding Father I can most identify with. Maybe I'm something of a "crazy cousin" in my family. :P

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Took the kids to see Shrek last night. Cute movie, had its funny moments but definitely not in the same class as the first. It was, however, a better way to wrap the series than #3 would have been.

 

--Garth

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Did Robin bed Marian? Or did she sever his manhood, as she had threatened earlier? Did Locksley reveal the story of Robin's history as he had promised? What became of the King's deer? inquiring minds want to know. So many mysteries...so many questions...

 

A massive space battle ensued, with lots of BDSM, nudity, and graphic sex. Oh, I forgot: tentacles.

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A massive space battle ensued, with lots of BDSM, nudity, and graphic sex. Oh, I forgot: tentacles.

 

I see...then the movie improved after the planting scene. Did Robin continue to "sleep" with the dogs?

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I really wanted an AMT long slide 1911 after that movie came out, but I got over it.

 

I have always been curious about the longslide 1911s. I wonder if anyone here might have some experience with their reliability?

My concern would be that the greater slide mass would cause failure to feed and necessitate experimenting with different recoil springs to achieve 100% reliability. Anybody have any thoughts or actual hands-on experience?

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I have always been curious about the longslide 1911s. I wonder if anyone here might have some experience with their reliability?

My concern would be that the greater slide mass would cause failure to feed and necessitate experimenting with different recoil springs to achieve 100% reliability. Anybody have any thoughts or actual hands-on experience?

 

Awww...c'mon now...it's already established that you have "other means" to tweak the function if it needs it. I thought you guys got the long slide bug from "Terminator".

 

Springfield makes one now, and bits to construct one are also available from Caspian. After getting my CDP Kimber, a 5" gub'mint feels like as long a slide as I need. :lol:

 

Here's the Springfield:

 

http://www.snipercountrypx.com/showproduct.aspx?productid=2969

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Awww...c'mon now...it's already established that you have "other means" to tweak the function if it needs it. I thought you guys got the long slide bug from "Terminator".

 

Springfield makes one now, and bits to construct one are also available from Caspian. After getting my CDP Kimber, a 5" gub'mint feels like as long a slide as I need. :lol: After more than 10 years with a Combat Commander, a 5in GM seems like a longslide!

 

Here's the Springfield:

 

http://www.snipercountrypx.com/showproduct.aspx?productid=2969

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At Household 6 request I saw "City Island" yesterday at the local art house theater. A pleasant enough diversion for a few hours, with some good actors and a funny set up. And they serve beer and wine there.

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