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1  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Dumb and Dumber To on: Today at 01:39:09 am
Here's my personal review, just highlight to see it:

SPOILERS IN YELLOW:

I am an enormous fan of the first film. When people ask me my favorite comedy film, this one instantly comes to mind. I remember the trailer looked cool and my older sister ordered it off Pay-Per-View in the Summer of 1995. Ever since then, I've seen it too many times to count and it's instantly quotable.

Needless to say, with Hollywood putting out nothing except Stepbrothers/Neighbors-type teenage gross-out humor comedies and constant superhero films and the like...it is a nice breath of nostalgic air to have Harry and Lloyd back on the big screen. Nevertheless, I went in with very low expectations and found myself reasonably satisfied.

The one big thing that bothered me was the "feel" of the comedy. In the first film, there were no doubt some off-the-wall gross-out scenes. But at the same time, it was a very serious thriller with two dimwitted guys who were down on their luck and oblivious to the fact kidnappers wanted them killed. In this film, it felt too much like a Stepbrothers/Anchorman-type of movie (both movies which were funny but in a different way than Dumb and Dumber).

For example, in the first film when the bad guy shoots Jeff Daniel's character, it's treated seriously. The music becomes menacing and Jim Carrey breaks down in tears and says, "You just killed my best friend, you BASTARD!" In this film, when Jeff Daniel's character gets shot (again), Jim Carrey makes a joke about bactine and band aids or something like that. As unbelievable as Dumb and Dumber is...the first film is believable. It is believable to have Lloyd, a dimwit, mistake a ransom briefcase for a girl forgetting her luggage. In this movie, it is not believable to show Harry and Lloyd glowing green after bathing near a nuclear power plant. Now, if they had just showed them bathing and saying, "This water seems a bit dirty", then showed a view of the power plant...THAT is the funny humor of the first film.

Also, this film makes it out to be that they don't know what sex is, when it is made quite clear in the first one that neither guy is a virgin.


Another thing that is missing is a good soundtrack. The songs of the first film became hits among the fans of the film. Only two times in this film do you hear the original score, and I think adding that score into the background of the film would have made it "feel" more like the first.

Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the film. If it keeps making the money it's making, maybe they can make another sequel and have a trilogy that redeems the love of the first.
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Dumb and Dumber To on: November 19, 2014, 03:46:42 pm

It's been out for a few days and already has made $50 million.
3  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Dumb and Dumber To on: November 19, 2014, 02:51:32 pm
I just saw this film this week.

Any fans of the original? I know Keystone Phil saw it and thought it was "horrific", I didn't think it lived up to the first one but going in with low expectations it turned out to be funnier than most comedy films these days.

Anybody else see it yet?
4  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Whom do you like (Late night talk show hosts) on: November 18, 2014, 04:04:59 pm
Fallon, Letterman and Conan.

But nobody would top this guy:
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: November 2014 Special At-large Senate Election on: November 16, 2014, 01:28:37 pm
[1] Cris
[2] Poirot
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: DEMOCRATS ONLY: Who would you vote for in the primary? on: November 16, 2014, 02:24:17 am
I know it sounds harsh, but I'm being very serious. Especially Warren. No physical appeal whatsoever.



She looks like a mean librarian.
7  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: DEMOCRATS ONLY: Who would you vote for in the primary? on: November 16, 2014, 02:05:16 am
As far as Democrats go, Brian Schweitzer is definitely my favorite so far.

I could tolerate a President Schweitzer or President Manchin.
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: DEMOCRATS ONLY: Who would you vote for in the primary? on: November 15, 2014, 10:58:50 am
Ehh what a list. Two butch old ladies and a no-name unpopular liberal Governor. Young people are definitely gonna wait in line six hours.

9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The 4 Least Significant Presidents of the 20th Century on: November 13, 2014, 03:14:47 am
1. Taft
2. Harding
3. Ford
4. Carter

It was a real toss-up between Carter and Clinton. But I think in the end, Clinton was more significant than Carter.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Democrats' Lost Generation on: November 12, 2014, 06:36:40 am
It's kind of annoying, to be honest. I wanted this year to be a more neutral year, they're more interesting to go back and talk about. Like, why did Democrats do well here, but Republicans do better there? Now it's just basically one party wins everywhere depending on the year because of the letter beside their candidates' names.

I saw a clip of Bill Maher's program where he said every election is a wave election now. Kristen Soltis Anderson made a good point though. She said, "Itís always been the case that midterm elections are frankly older, whiter people. The difference is that didnít used to mean a more Republican electorate all the time."

Seriously speaking, without African Americans and Latinos...which Democrats in the entire country, at any office level, would have won last week?
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: McCain: 55-year old Loretta Lynch "a very outsanding young woman" on: November 11, 2014, 01:41:46 pm
You sure he didn't confuse Loretta Lynch and Loretta Lynn?
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: What was the biggest surprise in your state? on: November 11, 2014, 01:39:52 pm
The fact that the Ohio Democratic Party is almost non-existent. We have almost every office. Even the Ohio Supreme Court is 6-1 Republican.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Governor Races County Map on: November 11, 2014, 01:38:47 pm
I think you made a mistake in Illinois.

Not according to the county map data online?

I have not looked at the IL map somehow since before the election, but I can tell you there's no way that Rauner would have ever won Cook County.

You were right, the data map I looked at had Cook Country red for some reason. Still, it was the only county Quinn won.
14  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Governor Races County Map on: November 11, 2014, 01:35:32 pm
I think you made a mistake in Illinois.

Not according to the county map data online? You're right the site I had didn't show Cook County blue. Fixed.
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Governor Races County Map on: November 11, 2014, 01:20:55 pm
This one was more fun for me to color in than 2012.

16  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Sexual harassment? on: November 11, 2014, 02:39:03 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwdoXbxFwuY#t=58

Steven Chowder tries Cat Calling real women with different reactions.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How do Democrats increase midterm turnout? on: November 05, 2014, 08:00:26 pm
Unfortunately, the Democratic side suffers more from this affliction.

It's true. Republicans like me are nerds. While I made sure to vote, follow election coverage, google two judges to make sure that I was voting for the Republicans...my sister called and complained that Chicago Fire got interrupted by Election Coverage.

She didn't vote. Had she voted, it probably would have been straight Democrat.
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Were the Florida early voting numbers wrong? on: November 05, 2014, 04:57:57 pm
How in the hell did scott get reelected only winning 4% of the early vote, yet in 2010, while getting 13% of early vote, barely winning?

Most people vote on election day.
19  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Congratulations to Forum Republicans on: November 05, 2014, 04:11:18 pm
I am gonna say something that's accurate.

My prediction maps for the Senate and Gubernatorial races was probably friendly to Republicans. MY Predictions were incorrect because they were NOT friendly enough to Republicans.

If Naso's prediction is too pro-Democrat...you KNOW it's a bad Democrat election.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Where did the Democrats go wrong? on: November 05, 2014, 01:06:03 am
Men who aren't liberal tend to view the Democrats as p*****s.

Thus, they don't vote for us, even when it's in their clear best interest. We have to change that perception somehow.

You think the 70 year old liberal woman in your signature in 2016 will do that?
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: The "I voted" thread on: November 04, 2014, 06:04:22 pm
I accidentally voted for a Democrat for Judge. I feel sick. She was campaigning and I hadn't heard of her opponent. She was listed without an affiliation. Googled her and sure enough...Democrat. Damn. I hope my vote isn't the crucial difference.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2014 General Election - President and Regional Senators on: October 26, 2014, 04:11:17 am
PRESIDENT

1. Lumine

SENATE

1. Cassius
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ohio in 2016 on: October 21, 2014, 03:46:53 am
Ohio is always and will always be crucial. The Cuyahoga area is crucial for the Democrats. Republicans have to do well near Hamilton County and the Cincinnati area.

^ This! ^

Barack Obama became the first Democrat to carry Hamilton County in 2008 since Lyndon Johnson from 1964.

Obama carried Hamilton County, in both 2008 and 2012, above his Ohio margins.

I disagree with those thinking demographics will have the state of Ohio trend Republican. No Republican can carry Ohio if they're not carrying Hamilton County.

And the talk of demographics isn't the entire picture. After all, Obama carried Iowa in both his elections in part because he carried the state's white voters. They were more than 90 percent of the size of the state's vote in both 2008 and 2012. And Iowa tilts a couple percentage points more Democratic than national margins.

This means people's backgrounds, from particular states, says more than what is general considered.

Iowa was an odd case. Obama would have lost 46 states if only whites voted, but he still would have won Iowa.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Scott Brown: If Romney was president, there'd be no concern about Ebola on: October 18, 2014, 01:15:38 pm
I don't have the time to search though an 8 minute video to get to the gotcha sound bite you find so offensive.  Did Brown say or mean in the U.S.?  If he did, he's probably right.  Romney wouldn't have been so politically correct as to not ban travel from the affected countries.  The Liberian ebola patient would have come here in the first place.  And there would be no Ebola in the U.S. right now.

Even your party's sitting Senators in tough races have recently come out for closing the borders with the affected West African countries.  So Brown isn't exactly outside of the mainstream here - and is on the right side of public opinion.

Exactly. We care too much about offending people. We really have to stop caring so much about feelings and emotions. It's ridiculous. This is why I think liberals are fundamentally flawed. I'd take Christian old fashioned tradition over flawed new-age "enlightened" liberalism any day of the week.

I always get the impression that liberals are worried that if they stand for something, they are going to offend someone. For example, they always act "above it all".

You can say, "Ebola is a growing problem in African nations, should we ban travel to prevent any spread to the U.S.?" Whether you agree or disagree, it's a legitimate question. Liberals roll their eyes. Why? Because they are worried about being deemed offensive, racist, whatever...if they agree with your position. Therefore, they try and make you out to be over-exaggerating, or simple-minded, in order to make themselves feel better. My take on the issue is, I don't care who may be offended. If I have something to say, I'm going to say it. Period. No gray area. I care more about helping to stop the spread of a deadly disease than whether or not an exchange student can come into my country to study liberal arts.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Democrats that vote in presidential years but don't in mid-terms. Who are they? on: October 18, 2014, 11:42:06 am
People like my younger sister. She voted for Obama twice. Watched the debates, yada yada. She has no clue there is an election in two and a half weeks. None what-so-ever. But she'll know about the election in November 2016.



How weirdly selfish of you to help make sure she stays uninformed.

I told her there was an election and she made a comment about all the political signs, but she doesn't care about a midterm. The last thing on her mind is whether or not David Joyce is re-elected to Congress or not.
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