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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Random Reviews
« Last post by mo on May 24, 2018, 04:59:49 PM »
Yeah, I know what you're saying, but I don't think that would help, except maybe if we go into nostalgia range. And sometimes that even works against a film, for example, I couldn't sit through The Cable Guy, or Something About Mary now.

I like silly, I like absurd, I like clever, but when it goes heavy into 'clowning' territory, I usually don't find it as funny as others around me (do). It probably goes back to a clown experience in my childhood.
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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Random Reviews
« Last post by random axe on May 23, 2018, 04:11:41 PM »
Taste surely matters.  I couldn't get into The Cable Guy, and the only scene in Something About Mary that made me laugh was when they were arguing over which one of them was the biggest stalker.

There's something about Stiller, to be honest.  I often have to see his films a second time to be really impressed -- which is not an attempt to get you to try Tropic Thunder again.  Zucker/Abrams movies are kind of the same; the jokes are somehow funnier when you anticipate them or forget them and then are reminded.  Then you get to show them to someone who hasn't seen them, and the anticipation increases.

But, for instance, I really was not impressed the first time I saw big chunks of Zoolander, but then I happened to see it again, and it was hilarious.  On the other hand, that didn't work with Starsky & Hutch:shrug:
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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Random Reviews
« Last post by mo on May 22, 2018, 04:01:15 PM »
I didnít hate it  :redface:

I just canít get into that kind of comedy, I wish I could. I mean, itís amusing, it has its moments, like the panda hat and the twig Oscar, I really appreciate the ridiculing of the tropes, but I donít think I ever laughed out loud, and I laughed out loud watching the (serious) news last night. I guess Iím kind of like Tommy Lee Jones - I canít sanction the buffoonery  :P

I donít know how to explain it, itís like theyíre trying too hard to be funny. I couldnít do any better, or even anywhere near as good, it just doesnít strike me as funny. I do enjoy a lot of comedy, just not this type, and Iím not even sure what type that is. I loved Something About Mary, and Cable Guy, so itís not like I donít like Stiller. Downey is great, and Iím not a big Jack Black fan, but I thought he was exceptional in this. He kept reminding me of someone, and I think it was either Jesse Ventura from Predator, or Peter Jason from one of the million of roles he has played over the past 50 years, maybe 48 Hours. And I agree Cruise is funny here (I think the makeup helps a lot though).

Itís not about the cast, and itís not that I donít like silly stuff. Itís like Zucker & Abrahams - I love most of their stuff, but some of it just doesnít work for me at all. I wish I could put my finger on it, but on the other hand, itís best to not over-analyze comedy (too late).

Unrelated, TIL Keegan-Michael Key is going to be in The Predator 2018  :hmm:
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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Random Reviews
« Last post by flipper on May 21, 2018, 07:23:32 PM »
I never saw Tropic Thunder. The trailers just didn't appeal to me, but if you guys say it's good, I'll give it a chance ... it's on Netflix  :thumbsup:

Tropic Thunder is a masterpiece!  Watch it!
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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Random Reviews
« Last post by random axe on May 21, 2018, 03:54:29 PM »
Horses, Al Gore, and that might be it.  :nonplused:

He's friends with Robert Duvall, and I can imagine them working together, but I don't know if they ever have.  He's also friends with Willie Nelson and . . . Gary Busey.  I can't imagine him working with Busey, though.  :lol:  I heard once that he and Clint Eastwood liked each other, but they haven't done a lot of movies together, or anything.

He's definitely a weird guy.  He likes acting, likes being in his own private element among people he knows, and otherwise he hates attention.  He seems tough as nails and really insecure, but it plays well on the screen.
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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Random Reviews
« Last post by pdrake on May 21, 2018, 03:32:55 PM »
Is there anyone Tommy Lee Jones likes working with?
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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Random Reviews
« Last post by mo on May 21, 2018, 01:02:44 PM »
I never saw Tropic Thunder. The trailers just didn't appeal to me, but if you guys say it's good, I'll give it a chance ... it's on Netflix  :thumbsup:
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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Random Reviews
« Last post by random axe on May 21, 2018, 08:52:34 AM »
Yes.  That.  He was not only funny in Tropic Thunder; he was terrific in it.

As I've said, I saw part of the movie where he played a serial killer, and he was surprisingly good in that, too.

Will Smith movies are like Schwarzenegger movies.  If you just want to see Will Smith doing Will Smith stuff regardless of the movie he happens to be in, fine.  But it's going to be a Will Smith movie, not the movie that the movie wanted to be.

I don't know how Tommy Lee Jones put up with him, considering how much Jones hated working with Jim Carrey.
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Science & Technology / Re: Geek Talk
« Last post by random axe on May 21, 2018, 08:50:14 AM »
Like so many things, Gmail keeps getting worse, but fortunately the non-JS version still works.

Getting that version to work on my phone is always a tooth-gnashing pain when I first set it up, but after that it works consistently.  So long as I only try to use one Gmail account from my phone.

We've never managed to get Gmail to work with Thunderbird here, unfortunately.  Supposedly you can do it.  An actual text-oriented low-bullshit email client makes email fifteen hundred times easier, at least on desktop.
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Science & Technology / Re: Geek Talk
« Last post by pdrake on May 20, 2018, 11:39:19 PM »
I think having my own domain has helped my email experience overall.

I shudder whenever I have to go to my gmail. I'm not sure how many messages there are there. Thankfully it's pretty rare these days.
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