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Thank you, Michelle
Michelle? The random woman who lives at the corner of Christopher Street and 7th Avenue, who is a senior marketing producer for a certain retail chain? You rock. Thank you ever so much, and good luck next weekend with that woman.

"Oh god. [He] is the cobra kai to my myagi."
That just means it is time to sweep the leg!

TMNT was pretty hilarious in its lavish layers of clichés and randomness. Saw it with _yggdrasil, mystedraveneyes, and runstaverun in the city tonight. Now? It is sleep time.

EDIT: Spoilers exist in the comments. Be careful if you don't want TMNT ruined for you. I think that might apply to one or two people, max. Hah.

Current Location: 40.742319,-74.035454
Feeling: sleepy sleepy

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Comments
metallian From: metallian Date: March 24th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Ha! That video was awesome.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 24th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Saved By The Bell, Raising Arizona, Karate Kid... yeah. Retro overload.
idunn From: idunn Date: March 24th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Yeah, man, the first sign of a bad movie is starting off with a narrated flashback. Second sign is when you take a mild-mannered TV reporter and turn her into an adventuring anthropologist and samurai. Guess journalism degrees don't go far enough nowadays.

Splinter being a soap opera whore was unexpectedly funny, though. My inner first-grader was pleased.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 24th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Laurence Fishburne mapping everything out from the start was made all the more hilarious by being immediately followed by a rapid fire sequence of WTF moments.

As far as April O'Neil, Tomb Raider? Let's not forget Casey Jones in a tie, them putting the time scepter in the display case...

I think my inner first-grader pleasing moment was Donatello doing phone support.
idunn From: idunn Date: March 24th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

"Sir, have you tried turning it ON first? ... sir, this isn't that type of hotline!"

You're forgetting Raphael's total emo existentialism as he defeats his own brother in combat then runs away in a ball of tortured angst ... then drops to his knees and cries NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO in a way that would make Anakin Skywalker proud.

Hope that didn't spoil anything for anybody. I have a feeling we're in the minority as far as wanting to see this movie was concerned. I do want to see the original live-action again, though. Casey Jones was awesome and not a loser in that film.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 24th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: "Sir, have you tried turning it ON first? ... sir, this isn't that type of hotline!"

Casey Jones has always walked that fine line between awesome and loser, from Eastman and Laird's depiction of his apartment full of televisions and his battles with alcoholism to the comic relief moments of the movies.

I assume you got up and made it to the salon in time?
idunn From: idunn Date: March 24th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: "Sir, have you tried turning it ON first? ... sir, this isn't that type of hotline!"

I did, and my hair looks awesome.

Casey had his funny moments in the first movie as well, but he was also tough. The latest depicition really dumbed him down ... but what do you want, it's for kids, right?
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 24th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: "Sir, have you tried turning it ON first? ... sir, this isn't that type of hotline!"

You are also older. I know you want to watch the original again, but you'll never be able to watch it as a jaded almost-24 year old for the first time, and you'll never be able to watch last night's CG version as a wide-eyed kid.

As awesome as Star Wars was, I still think far too many of the Episode 1-3 bashers have such thick rose tinted lenses for Episodes 4-6 that they're more distorted than the fuzzy glow filter Barbra Walters gets. Luke's a whiny little snot-nosed emo punk, yet they bitch when his father's the same way at the same age, y'know?
idunn From: idunn Date: March 24th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: "Sir, have you tried turning it ON first? ... sir, this isn't that type of hotline!"

Well, being honest, let's face it: TMNT, as an entire entity, sucks. It's about anthropomorphic turtle ninjas with surfer dude accents throwing out really bad quips in the heat of combat. The storylines are total retreads. The characters themselves are not deep. I only watch it because it brings back happy childhood memories, when shallow shit was appreciated for its cool animation and/or references to pizza.

The live-action movie probably sucks. It's been a long time since I've seen it. I LOVED The Goonies. But the last time I watched it, I was probably eight. drewuniversity showed the movie as part of its usual weekend movie lineup during my junior or senior year, and I was crushed: instead of the cool movie I remembered, I was seeing horrible cheesy writing coupled with atrocious CGI effects and contrived plotholes.

It is, indeed, very hard to look back on your childhood through the eyes of a jaded, cynical adult.

Having seen all six episodes as an adult, I would argue that Luke was more realistic. He's brash, headstrong and impatient, hence a real person. Anakin as a six-year old was so sickeningly precocious and smart and sweet that he could've felled a diabetic at fifty paces. NO SIX-YEAR OLD IS LIKE THAT. How the hell do you identify with someone who's perfect to the point of supernatural? The acting for adult Anakin, and most others in the later trilogy is also rather stiff and wooden.

But hey, it's hard to strike gold twice in a row. You've got to pick your battles. I think Lucas' storyline for the pretrilogy was very admirable and even brilliant, he just made a lot of mistakes in its execution. If you want brilliant writing and acting and everything, try pulp fiction, not space opera.
idunn From: idunn Date: March 24th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: "Sir, have you tried turning it ON first? ... sir, this isn't that type of hotline!"

Heh, that's Pulp Fiction, capitalized, not the cheap paperback stuff.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 24th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: "Sir, have you tried turning it ON first? ... sir, this isn't that type of hotline!"

Yeah, though the original black and white comic wasn't so kid-friendly. Still not deep mesmerizing fiction, but not quite so "cowabunga".

Child actors are always tricky, and all too often ruin a movie.

WTB a KotOR movie. That could be positively awesome.

Heh, as I reply about how bad childhood media looks through hindsight, I am watching TiVo'd Voltron. Wow have we come a long way.
csmole From: csmole Date: March 25th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: "Sir, have you tried turning it ON first? ... sir, this isn't that type of hotline!"

Child actors fall into 3 camps: adenoidal, ridiculously precocious, and DAKOTA 'FUCKING EVERYWHERE' FANNING.

On another note, Transformers pre-Galvatron (ie. pre The Movie) also looks like shit these days, the whole 'moving mouth superimposed over static scene' thing being very prevalent.

You can't go home again! You can't go home again!
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 25th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: "Sir, have you tried turning it ON first? ... sir, this isn't that type of hotline!"

The last place I lived was with a guy who was obsessed with all the eighties cartoons. He's got one and a half USS Flaggs, every other vehicle at least once, etc. One night we watched some of my favorite episodes of the old "Yo Joe!"

Wow was that bad.

So bad.

The only one that didn't made me want to rip my eyes out while living there and catching up on the past was Galaxy Rangers.
csmole From: csmole Date: March 25th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Well, I can't speak for all universities, but MY journalism degree totally equipped me with 1337 ninja skillz.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 25th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Martial Arts, Offensive Martial Arts, AND Defensive Martial Arts? So that's how they do it in Australia. Here we're just friendly with them and corner them with a microphone. You beat the news out of them?
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 25th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Only by administering a beating first may we get a truthful answer. It should be mandatory before any interview with a politician, IMO.
csmole From: csmole Date: March 25th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Er, that was me. Lest I find someone else who thinks the same way I do; woe betide the world.
idunn From: idunn Date: March 26th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I should've studied journalism. All I did was politics.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 26th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Maybe if Drew had a great journalism program, it would also have a great student paper or television station.
idunn From: idunn Date: March 26th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC) (Hard link)
What?? And give up its weekly dose of drama and yellow journalism??? Who'd want to let that go?
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 26th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Heh, watching this now and thought of you:

(birthday gift from a wonderful friend)
idunn From: idunn Date: March 26th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Heh, watching this now and thought of you:

It took me a minute of wondering if I reminded you of a shriveled old man until the camera pulled back, and I got it.

Great birthday gift, thanks :)
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 26th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Heh, watching this now and thought of you:

Heheheheh, I meant that I got it for MY birthday.
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