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malakim2099 said on September 23rd, 2008 at 9:13 am

Get out Three! Get out while you still can!!!

I feel so bad for that poor guy. But not as bad as I do for the people that sit through these films.

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those first three movies mentioned. please tell me you just made them up.

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Amen, brudda.

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Damn. This one was really strong. I wonder, though, if anyone else got a really strong Force Unleashed Darth Vader/Secret Apprentice vibe from the interplay between Bigwig and Third Junior Executive. “Most impressive,” and the general impulsive aggression Three exhibited.

Oh, and if you have any interest in that story, Chris, the comic is actually surprisingly good, while the game surprisingly bad (how hard is it REALLY to remake God of War, re-skinning and dubbing Kratos with Crashdown from new BSG?). Just gameplay-wise, though. The story – including honest-to-god Kurosawa pastiche in “Fallen Jedi General Kota”, is surprisingly moving, and fits very well into the New Hope mythos.

Anyway! Hopefully, like in Force Unleashed, Third Junior Executive will accomplish great and terrible things in accordance with his master’s wishes, before realizing that sometimes the path to power has a high road too, and consequently gets screwed right the heck over.

Huh! Sorry for the meandering.

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Fast&Furious. Because taking out both “the”s makes it ALL NEW!

The Women

Hamlet 2. Which is actually supposed to be pretty good and funny if you’re a indy theater nerd…

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Dane Cook makes me think very dirty thoughts. But they’re all about Ryan Reynolds. It’s most odd.

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It’s cool about the spoilers too, Ilan. No worries.

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Three really is starting to understand how this whole process works. He was really overwhelmed in the earlier installments. I think he might eventually become the next “Bigwig,” assuming he doesn’t throw himself in front of a commuter train on the way to work one of these mornings.

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But Lizzy Caplan is in it! I am most conflicted!

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I’m disappointed…I was expecting your next edition to be “The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas”, which deserves it more.

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I would get in line tomorrow to wait and see a movie where Batman fights Popeye.

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Hey what’s wrong with Dane Cook? I sense some hostility.

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Dane Cook’s problem is his material. Namely, he doesn’t have any. His comedy comes entirely from his energetic delivery style, but seriously, the man couldn’t find a punchline with a flashlight, a seeing-eye dog, and a platoon of Boy Scouts with merit badges in tracking.

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Just a quick question. Are you purposely getting the director bit mixed up or am I missing something? It’s the crack of 3:30 in the afternoon here, so I am just waking up, so it’s possible I’m just not getting it. But I do know the director of King of Kong did not direct this movie, Howard Deutch (The Whole Ten Yards, The Replacements… Pretty In Pink? Really?) directed this movie.

Seth Gordon (King of Kong), however, is directing a movie with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon called Four Christmases that will likely suck.

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I think I have a strange emotional involvement with Three…

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Not quite the Love Guru pitch, but still quite good.

I feel like One’s character wanders a bit. Two’s personality is consistently defined by the fact that he’s a brown-noser who likes prostitutes. One’s distinguishing feature just seems to be that he’s unbelievably dumb, usually of to the point of surreality (he think of him as Caboose from Red vs. Blue), but:

1. It’s not always completely consistent. Sometimes he’s absurdist (Batman fights Popeye!), sometimes surrealist (non sequiturs like the Vin Diesel line), sometimes just dumb.

2. The fact that he’s an idiot doesn’t distinguish him much from Two and Bigwig, because they’re all defined by being dumb — for example, it’s odd that One can even remember the term “prestige director,” let alone deploy it; that’s more of a Two or Bigwig line, I think. I can see him mindlessly repeating something he heard, but I can’t buy that he’s seen King of Kong.

Maybe there should be a fifth character named Screenwriter to fill that niche — misusing highbrow concepts to feed Bigwig’s ego and insult Three’s intelligence. (Like Justin Theroux in Mulholland Drive.) In some cases One and Two are just too dumb to even pretend otherwise.

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Now, now, Adam. Bigwig isn’t stupid. He’s just evil. There’s a difference.

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“…that works too” was the best part.

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John Seavey Says:
September 23rd, 2008 la 6:28 pm

“Dane Cook’s problem is his material. Namely, he doesn’t have any. His comedy comes entirely from his energetic delivery style, but seriously, the man couldn’t find a punchline with a flashlight, a seeing-eye dog, and a platoon of Boy Scouts with merit badges in tracking.”

Yeah but besides all that he’s funny.

I mean even Jerry “Do I even tell jokes” Seinfeld had a TV series for 1 too many years.

Dane Cook is the ROCKSTAR of comedy. And we all know that not all ROCKSTAR are great.

But I’m a Dane Cook fan.

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No, Stark. Dane Cook isn’t funny.

Accept that and we’ll all be better off.

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The “rock star” thing is my problem with him (maybe you mean the video game company, though the analogy probably works either way). I saw a youtube clip of him doing one routine that would be a mildly funny joke, but throughout the audience just keeps bursting into cheers and applause at every minor beat in the story. So the actual punchline is just an afterthought.

To be funny you have to be willing to undercut yourself. (Unless you’re Bill Hicks.)

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