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Old 05-27-2009, 01:36 PM   #4381
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:09 PM   #4382
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Laid out at the pool for the first time this summer. Burned.
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Old 06-01-2009, 01:22 AM   #4383
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You should know better than that Marc.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:35 PM   #4384
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Going to see THE HANGOVER tonight. Something I know all too well. Looks hilarious, with a Mike Tyson cameo!!!
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Old 06-06-2009, 11:15 PM   #4385
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What did you think of the movie?
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:03 PM   #4386
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catman, it was hilarious!!! Funniest movie all year, and one of the funniest I've seen in the last several years, in fact. I'm paraphrasing: "Why is there a baby here? Somebody check its tag!" :lol:

Tomorrow I'm going to the zoo. A zoo date. Should be fun, haven't been since I was little. Isn't it funny how all things old become new again?

And I'm possibly going to Chicago in 1.5 weeks for a weekend. Never been. Any suggestions if I go?
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:26 AM   #4387
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The Lake is always good for a couple of hours, depending on what part of Chicago you go to. I haven't been in Chicago enough in the last 30 years to give any real advice.
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:11 AM   #4388
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catman, it was hilarious!!! Funniest movie all year, and one of the funniest I've seen in the last several years, in fact. I'm paraphrasing: "Why is there a baby here? Somebody check its tag!" :lol:
Meh. As I wrote at another site I post at:

I thought the film was merely average (** out of ****). It's a one-joke show with some occassional strong interplay between four actors who are unfortunately unable to overcome the wrought and unoriginal parts they were given -- as there's the overbearing smart-ass ladies man who wants to control everything, the *****-whipped nerd constantly harassed for being unwilling to stand up for himself, the obese imbecile whose only contribution to any scene is to be portly and mentally feeble, and the more decorous of the bunch who is the one actually getting married but lacks all forms of characterization...the latter slightly excused because he spends the majority of the film missing, but he is still as run-of-the-mill as the rest of them when he is on-screen.

Because the characters were so unimaginative, I found none of them likeable, interesting and never saw anyone of them grow or go through a meaningful transformation from start to finish, except for the flimsy tacked on tale involving Ed Helms falling for a Vegas escort which was rushed and lacked development. I also had a tough time understanding why these four...or at least Doug, Phil and Stu...were even friends to begin with. Outside of Doug, who we barely know, Phil and Stu appear incessantly unhappy with the direction of their lives, so Phil gets his jollies off by perpetually berating Stu about the missteps in his relationship which appears to be no worse off than that of his own.

While not the same in style and approach, The Hangover reminded me of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy in result. Both have great set-ups, but the story never strengthens or amounts to much outside of its initial premise. Instead, it simply attempts to escalate and increase the predicaments the friends find themselves in to an even more absurd level than the previous scenario. It's hard to care about what happens to these characters when each scene is meaningless episodic fodder designed to stretch out the screentime. And if that is not bad enough, you have to suffer through several pointless moments of male nudity, an abundance of vulgarity, an insipid cameo appearance by Mike Tyson whose time on-screen brings the film to a screeching hault (while his storyline may fit the tone of the movie, his acting is some of the worst imagineable), and of course Dan Finnerty's insufferable 50 Cent cover song which was predictable and lackluster, paling in comparison to the "Total Eclipse of the Heart" moment in Old School.

For the record, I'm all for the use of the exposure of male body parts and foul language to provide some laughs, but they need a proper build-up to work, as opposed to just being placed randomly into a scene to garner desperate laughs from the audience. By not giving us complete insight into the wild and crazy night the boys had, the end credits succeed remarkably well, with each photograph becoming that much more shameless or brazen than the one before. It was hysterical, because the filmmakers invested the time in us discovering those pictures. On the flip-side of that, things that are not amusing are a naked Asian man jumping out of the trunk, or Heather Graham whipping out a tit to breast feed, or moronic cops deciding to taser these guys for chuckles, or throw away lines and dialogue like Alan's confusion over Ceaser's Palace or his apparent pedophile behavior that makes him far more creepy than comical. Besides being random, these moments are merely diverting and empty, and reek of despair.

With that said, there were things I liked, such as Zach Galifianakis' time spent with the baby (although that creepy pedophile behavior from before makes these moments a little frightening), Ed Helms' little piano tune about their unbelievable circumstance, and the insanely great scene of discovery the morning after (the discovery of the tiger in the bathroom, the baby in the closet, Stu's missing tooth, the disapperance of Doug, etc.) where each reaction and the timing of each moment is strongly delivered. The good stuff was just so few and far between.

In torture porn, blood and carnage does not instantly make something scary. In comedy, raunchiness and lewdness does not automatically make that moment hilarious. The Hangover was just way too flat and vapid for me to recommend.


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And I'm possibly going to Chicago in 1.5 weeks for a weekend. Never been. Any suggestions if I go?
I was only there for a weekend, but they have a couple of nice parks and some great art museums, if you are into that sort of thing. They kept me entertained and occupied.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:29 AM   #4389
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Marc, as I said I haven't been in Chicago enough over the past 30 years to make any recommendations, but I have a general idea of what's happening there. What are you interested in? You can find just about anything you want to do there. Old Town and New Town (named a long time ago) used to be pretty nice places to hang out. There are lots of great restaurants, some very expensive, others not so expensive. Quality is not always determined by price, so ask around. Hotels are usually pretty full, but rooms should be available at reasonable prices. Public transportation is not bad, cabs are always there. Most of the museums and the aquarium are by the lake, and are in a small area, easy to get from one to another. There is at least one zoo. There are lots of great parks near the lake, and some inland as well. The horse track in Arlington Heights used to be pretty busy. There are a couple of car race tracks also.
Have a good time.
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Marc, as I said I haven't been in Chicago enough over the past 30 years to make any recommendations, but I have a general idea of what's happening there. What are you interested in? You can find just about anything you want to do there. Old Town and New Town (named a long time ago) used to be pretty nice places to hang out. There are lots of great restaurants, some very expensive, others not so expensive. Quality is not always determined by price, so ask around. Hotels are usually pretty full, but rooms should be available at reasonable prices. Public transportation is not bad, cabs are always there. Most of the museums and the aquarium are by the lake, and are in a small area, easy to get from one to another. There is at least one zoo. There are lots of great parks near the lake, and some inland as well. The horse track in Arlington Heights used to be pretty busy. There are a couple of car race tracks also.
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Thanks! We are staying at the Intercontinental on Michigan Ave/the Magnificent Mile: http://www.icchicagohotel.com It looks AMAZING!

We will be doing sight-seeing and have a party for our group (~15) on Lake Michigan Saturday night. It's a private deck on top of the boat, open bar, catering staff, love it! Going to the Signature Room one night for spectacular city views at night: http://www.signatureroom.com

And the best part is I'm taking someone special with me. Leave Thursday, come back Sunday.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:23 PM   #4391
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:45 AM   #4392
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Life is meaningless....bye friends.....
C'mon, old buddy. Sounds like someone needs a hug ... what's the matter?
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Have a good time in Chicago, Marc.
Mush, take it easy and have fun with life.
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