November 19th, 2000

Lord Yupa

The 6th Day.

I went and saw The 6th Day last night, the new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.

It wasn't bad. Not something I'll call my favorite all time movie, but it was quite a bit better than I expected. Especially because way too many movies even related to Sci-Fi tend to be poorly done.

Also, I would definitely not call it a Total Recall remake (Which reminds me, I heard there's going to be a Total Recall 2, directed by Jonathan Frakes (Of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame)). The plots between the two movies really aren't close to being the same. Whoever started that rumor, they're way off.

Overall, I'd give it a solid "Worth seeing" rating. If you're a big fan of Arnold, then go see it in the theater. If you like decent action flicks, go see it in the theater. If you don't have a big thing for Arnold, or aren't into action flicks, you might be better off renting it. I don't think this will be a huge blow everything else away 'blockbuster', but I'd be surprised if it didn't do fairly well. It is a good movie.

I also saw a preview for the new Dungeons & Dragons movie, and the new Final Fantasy movie. Both looked pretty good, really.

The D&D movie had some great special effects, which I expected, so it all depends on the acting and plot, now. I've heard good things about the actors, and I know Jeremy Irons is decent, and Marlon Wayans is in it too, along with the guy who played Jimmy on Lois and Clark (can't remember his name;-), so the plot is my big concern. Hopefully it won't suck.

I do sympathize a little with them, though. This has to be a tough movie to make, much like X-Men. if you make it too simplistic, mainstream, and commercial, your real fans will turn on you, and hate you. Same thing if you try to change too much. On the other hand, if you don't introduce it in a way that people who aren't familiar with it can understand, then you end up with a lot of unhappy customers. Not fun.

The Final Fantasy movie looks visually amazing. When it first came on, I think I was the only one in the theater who recognized that it was prolly Final Fantasy. I immediately saw that it was Computer Generated animation (CGI), but I have to admit, after watching it for a minute I was almost second guessing myself. It looked *that* good. I'm impressed. Even if the movie totally blows, I'll watch it just for the visual effects and eye candy. ;-)
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Lord Yupa

The West Wing.

Okay, I just couldn't help myself. This is a transcript of a scene from the TV show, The West Wing. This is from an episode about 3 weeks ago. I truly loved this scene, so I thought I'd share it with everyone. ;-)


There�s an election day scene that amuses hugely even as it demonstrates Sorkin�s fearless faculty for combining controversial ideas, dramatic situations and circular-saw-like wit. The scene, a real show stopper, finds the president stopping in on a White House gathering of radio talk personalities. As Bartlet struggles though a speech extolling the gabbers� contributions to the airwaves, Bartlet is distracted by the sight of a Dr. Laura-like radio psychologist seated nearby.

BARTLET: It�s a good idea to be reminded of the awesome impact, the awesome impact. . . I'm sorry. You're Dr. Jenna Jacobs, right?

JACOBS [obviously pleased to be recognized]: Yes, sir!

BARTLET: It�s good to have you here.

JACOBS: Thank you!

BARTLET: The awesome impact of the airwaves, and how that translates into the furthering of our national discussions, but obviously also how it can, how it can. . . Forgive me, Dr. Jacobs. Are you an M.D.?

JACOBS: A Ph.D.

BARTLET: A Ph.D.

JACOBS: Yes, sir.

BARTLET: In psychology?

JACOBS: No, sir.

BARTLET: Theology?

JACOBS: No.

BARTLET: Social work?

JACOBS: I have a Ph.D. in English Literature.

BARTLET: I'm asking �cause on your show people call in for advice and you go by the name Dr. Jacobs on your show and I didn't know if maybe your listeners were confused by that and assumed you had advanced training in psychology, theology or health care.

JACOBS: I don't believe they are confused, no, sir.

BARTLET: I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an abomination!

JACOBS: I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President. The Bible does.

BARTLET: Yes it does. Leviticus!

JACOBS: 18:22.

BARTLET: Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I had you here. I wanted to sell my youngest daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. She�s a Georgetown Sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, always cleared the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be?

Bartlet only waits a second for a response, then plunges on.

BARTLET: While thinking about that, can I ask another? My chief of staff, Leo McGary, insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself? Or is it okay to call the police?

Bartlet barely pauses to take a breath.

BARTLET: Here�s one that�s really important, because we've got a lot of sports fans in this town. Touching the skin of a dead pig makes one unclean. Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be together to stone my brother John for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads? Think about those questions, would you?

The camera pushes in on the president.

BARTLET: One last thing. While you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, in this building when the president stands, nobody sits.

Jacobs sees that, in fact, the president is standing and she is the only one in the room sitting. After a moment, she rises, holding her tiny plate of appetizers. After the president exits, Sam Seaborn sternly approaches a thoroughly belittled Jacobs.

SAM: I'm just going to take that crab puff.

Sam snatches Dr. Jacob�s crab puff, then hurries after the president.
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