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Mr Paisley Takes In REIGN OF FIRE!

Harry here... and next Friday when this and ROAD TO PERDITION open up, we get the weekend we really deserve to begin getting today. What the hell is up with this 4th of July? An 88 minute MIB flick is the big July 4th thing? Bollocks on the forehead of that! Meanwhile, I'm up on seeing this one baaaaad! I see it this Tuesday, and I'm quite excited. Still can't believe that Moriarty was as jonesed as he was coming out of that HALLOWEEN screening of his... Do we have 3 great ones this next friday? Can't imagine! Here ya go...

Hiya Harry.

Just got back from a covert operation to see Reign of Fire this evening in L.A. Actually, I had bought a ticket to see Lilo and Stitch, but after walking into the megaplex, I heard whispers of a private screening. Grabbing some corn and a Coke, I headed in unknowing to....ROF.

I had little expectations for Reign of Fire. I dislike Matthew McConaughey. I think his best work was in Dazed and Confused. That was a very long time ago. I do like Christian Bale. His work in Empire of the Sun is great. Also a very long time ago.

But in their current movie. I like them both.

Reign of Fire is a kickass monster/action movie if I've ever seen one. Although not everything works, I found myself comparing it to Aliens.

The basic story goes like this: A boy and his mother uncover a dormant dragon present day. This dragon escapes and begins to populate the world. By the year 2030 (give or take) dragons have destroyed civilization. They need ash to survive and ash is created through destruction. That little boy grow up to be Christian Bales character, Quinn. He leads a group of rebels in the English countryside. Hiding and just trying to survive, they hold strong in an abandoned castle. Along comes McConaughey's character VanZant. VanZant is a leader of American military forces also combatting the dragons. Eventually, the two see eye to eye and wage war together.

If it doesn't sound deep, it isn't. But it is fun. Dragons soar in the hundreds. And to date, no one has fought a dragon with explosive tipped arrows and Panzer tanks. You see it here.

I really dug the film. Anyone looking to be surprised will probably do so here. Congrats to Rob Bowman on pulling off quite a trick in a summer season full of them.

Toasting marshmallows on dragon fire...

Mr. Paisley

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  • July 3, 2002, 7:09 a.m. CST


    by Splinter

    ...I wandered around the Castle set of this puppy a loooong itme ago it seems, nestled in the Wicklow mountains here in Ireland - it was fucking amazing. I remember thinking - can you imagine they actually SUCCEEDED? Can you imagine if someone FINALLY delivered a kick-ass dragon movie??? By the sounds of it, it appears they have. I can't WAIT!!!!

  • July 3, 2002, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Hooo hoooo!

    by sezzy_boy

    Like everyone else, I really hope that ROF is as good as it has the potential to be. I can't understand why Touchstone aren't pushing it harder in the rest of the world. I think everyone is looking forward to a "proper" dragon movie, with huge battles and action. Can't wait!

  • July 3, 2002, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Oh Mr.Paisley you sound like an AIRHEAD!!!

    by workshed

    I 'dug' this movie? Come into the 21st century, hippie!

  • July 3, 2002, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by Glynyfaron

    Yes, apparently this war is waged from the hills of Norfolk. This may perplex any residents of Norfolk, famously England's flatest region. Might be good for a laugh though.

  • July 3, 2002, 7:50 a.m. CST


    by Jontheman

    It's a tactical ploy. If the running humes say 'we'll hide in the hills of Norfolk!' the dragons will go looking for them on hills - of which there are none! Good hiding place. Film looks quite good from what I've seen from the trailer, but I'll reserve my full thoughts for when I've seen it. Nice to see London devastated by dragons - the burning Houses of Parliament was a smile-bringer - like the big exploding Whitehouse in the trailer for ID4. Ahhh.... Sci-fi and political idealogy go so well together....

  • July 3, 2002, 7:54 a.m. CST


    by Max Rockatansky

    Concept sounded cool from the get-go. Hope this is not one of those AICN-hypes like they did on The Fast And The Furious. Ugh! V8 out

  • July 3, 2002, 8:17 a.m. CST

    glad you dug it, mr paisley...

    by tommy5tone

    ...but do you reckon you could tell me WHY??? i'm sorry, but reviews that simply say "it's cool" just ain't cuttin' it. that said, 'reign of fire' does look, ahem, cool. and i'll let you know if it is - and WHY - when i see it.

  • July 3, 2002, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Sounds Cool But....

    by Snuggleskunk

    I have a sneaking suspicion this may turn into the Yanks saving everyone's butt film again. It's around 4th July isn't it? And post that date everything is centred around american glory and wonder so if this guy is leading the american rebels does it seem likely that Quinn would never have pulled it off without the goddamn US of A helping him out? COme on England's patron saint was a dragon slayer. We don't need USA help. When have they ever had to fight dragons?

  • July 3, 2002, 8:59 a.m. CST

    DragonSlayer was a kickass dragon movie...

    by Eternal

    Even today, the dragon FX is very impressive and the whole film has a grim tone that goes well with the subject. On the other hand, I despise Dragonheart that attempts to make dragons more 'friendly' with human voices, such as Sean Connery, including some ridiculous cute cgi. I hate that shit. However, in Reign of Fire, they are a force to be reckoned with. The world is theirs. If there's no cheesy ending where humans miraculously turn the tables in a single battle, I think I'll love this movie.

  • July 3, 2002, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Every review for this movie is the same.

    by Wee Willie

    The reviewer recounts the setup of the story, then says the results kick ass. I'm dying to see it.

  • July 3, 2002, 9:05 a.m. CST

    For the love of God, enough praising reviews, someone just relea

    by scorpio2nd

    I'm starting to get a good feeling about what the success of 'Reign' might mean for the adventure film genre. I know the film doesn't take place in the past but it could, along with the new Conan flick, revitalise the good old barbarian flicks. We could see a new He-man movie only done right (keep Frank Langella as Skeletor though).

  • July 3, 2002, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Hell we might even 'Tales of the Ancient Empire' the pro

    by scorpio2nd

  • July 3, 2002, 9:13 a.m. CST

    "Yanks save the day again"

    by LeeScoresby

    Tired of seeing that as a complaint. We make the films, we'll appoint our own heroes, thank you very much. And from what I can tell, it's a joint effort between the english and the americans. I understand wanting a little international representation, but they are American movies made by americans. We have no special responsibility to represent the world through cinema. If you want a hero from another country, make a film with one in it.

  • July 3, 2002, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Real Dragonheart haters should be intelligent and talk

    by Osmosis Jones

    Can there be a single Reign Of Fire talkback WITHOUT someone whining about how much Dragonheart "sucked"? Seriously, it's an inoffensive, often charming fantasy adventure, and Draco is one of Phil Tippett's greatest CG characters EVER. Lay off already.

  • July 3, 2002, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by Christopher3

    fire fire fire fire Fire Fire Fire Fire Fire FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE!!!!!! This film will attract a certain audience, that's for sure, but I'm not sure it's one the studio wants.

  • July 3, 2002, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Enough Dragons!

    by KongMonkey

    Theres been too many dragon movies done. We need some other mythical terror to enter the big screen on big time FX. What about Griffins. Slightly altered in appearance for realism, huge, snatching human prey up in their beaks. Crushing tanks under one paw, that sort of thing.

  • July 3, 2002, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Looks good, but....

    by Jontheman

    ... I hope it's not going to be one of those 'seen the trailer seen the movie' films. The concept and the images in the trailer look ace, but I hope it's not just a string of over-the-top events strung together with the usual link sequences. 'Stick some fighting in here, lads, then we'll waste some time with dialogue and stereotyped character progression'. Thanks a lot. And as for 'America saves the day' - I don't give a flying monkey's butt. Pointless getting pissed over who gets to kick arse in a fantasy/sci-fi effects movie with big fuck-off flying lizards.

  • July 3, 2002, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Cinemastic Whispers

    by durhay

    The only sneak showing I've been to was Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. Yep. Talk about Deep Hurting.

  • July 3, 2002, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Yo, Snuggleskunk

    by mizuke

    I'm as critical about certain aspects of American culture as the next... Well, American. But it seems kind of funny that a "Brit" would take issue with a movie where "Yanks" come to the rescue. I've got an idea for a movie you might like. It starts with America embracing isolationism circa 1939 and ends with you speaking German. Zeig Heil!

  • July 3, 2002, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Well you sound like a very normal guy Durhay, you should be prou

    by scorpio2nd

  • July 3, 2002, 1:06 p.m. CST

    i agree with snuggleskunk

    by yankeessuck

    yankees suck.


  • July 3, 2002, 2:50 p.m. CST

    America 2 Britain 0

    by Drcool975

    I'd rather see a movie where the American Dental Association embarks on a humanitarian mission to teach the English, the wonders of dental hygiene. Dubya said to tell Tony Blair to have his underwear pressed before his next trip to the colonoscopist.

  • July 3, 2002, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Well, the dragons should be safe unless they hold wedding partie

    by Roosterbooster

    Only kidding. But seriously, why us? Eh? Why can't you cast the Papuans or the Bulgarians as your spineless side-kicks next time? Personally, I'm getting a bit tired of being portrayed as an evil, cowardly, snobbish, liver-eating mass-murderer to a world-wide audience. This film looks like another in the series of megalomaniac everyone-thinks-we're-great wank fantasies Hollywood has been churning out for the last decade or so. And Mizuke, the US entered WW2 not to save anybody's ass but because Japan bombed Pearl Harbour and Hitler then declared war on you.

  • July 3, 2002, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Hey Roosterbooster

    by Drcool975

    You couldn

  • July 3, 2002, 3:23 p.m. CST


    by Jontheman

    Weird how a film about dragons taking over the world can begin discussions on what a country is worth! I've never had a problem with the way the British are portrayed in any film - I like to think the stories I watch centres on people, not nations. Lets face it - if a bunch a dragons turned up in my back garden, I'd be too busy shitting myself to give a crap about who saves my arse. Until a film is made where Tom Hanks helps save an individual bloke, then turns to the camera with the American flag fluttering behind him and says, with a wink, 'America did win the war all by itself, you know', I'm not going to give a shit.

  • July 3, 2002, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by mizuke

    I didn't say America entered WWII specifically to save the Brits. But you have to admit, it was a nice afterthought! (And let's not forget that Truman disobeyed congress and secretly sent you guys tons and tons of warships, ammunition, guns, etc., WELL before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Check the history books, it's there.) But on the movie, I for one am going to give it a go. I like the trailers. I like the concept. I even like the actors (including that ol' stoner Matt. Did someone say "Contact?"). And I'm not anti-British. I just get a little miffed at the unabashed America-hating that goes on all over the world. Until, of course, there's a natural disaster or a civil war breaks out. Then it's always, "Where are you, USA?" Sometimes I feel America is a little like Batman. Reviled as a vigalante thug... Until he beats the shit out of some puke who was about to rob and rape your mother. Then he's alright. (or is that a bit of a movie analogy stretch?)

  • July 3, 2002, 4:12 p.m. CST

    It's true, how annoying that Americans make movies

    by PriestYoungblood

  • July 3, 2002, 4:12 p.m. CST

    It's true, how annoying that Americans make movies

    by PriestYoungblood

  • July 3, 2002, 4:12 p.m. CST

    It's true, how annoying that Americans make movies

    by PriestYoungblood

  • July 3, 2002, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Theres no reason to disrespect the US

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    come on you wankers whats with the Yank bashing,we`ve been afflicting them with Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley for years im sure we can put up with McConahity for one film...lets get back to the important stuff..Dragons Tanks Fire..asskicking..though i was hoping it would be giant mutant Gerbils...:(

  • July 3, 2002, 4:16 p.m. CST

    It's true, how annoying that Americans make movies

    by PriestYoungblood

    ...with Americans in them and then make the Americans the heroes. Oh, wait. You can bet if I made a movie about myself and cast myself, I'd be the baddest motherfucker in the movie. You want the British to stop being Robin and start being Batman - find a British director, British actors, some British fucking Dragons and make your own dragon movie. Then you can cast the global political climate any way you choose. It's not because American film makers dislike Brits, it's because they make the movies for American audiences, and Americans like American heroes. That's not a bad thing, mind you. I can garauntee I've written "American" more times in this post than I have in my whole life. Which is funny, because I'm not an American. What I am is a rambling idiot. Forgive me. Goodbye. Hmm.

  • July 3, 2002, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by Snuggleskunk

    OK I'm not having the fucking ww2 etc. argunment for the millionth time on this site. But 1. What the fuck? noone told me america helped with foot and mouth. From what i remember we screwed that up ourselves. 2. Seriously the dental hygiene thing is a stupid 50 year old urban myth perpetuated by austin powers. ITS NOT TRUE WE HAVE A NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE THAT PAYS FOR ALL OUR TEETH TO BE BEAUTIFUL AND YOU DUMB FUCKERS HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR OWN DENTISTRY. Fuck them up their stupid asses. Anyway next post under my name isn't me it's my best mate so whatever she says does not reflect my views.

  • July 3, 2002, 4:31 p.m. CST

    americans suck

    by Snuggleskunk

    regardless of any dental shit. the usa i do admit produce some good movies but they are planning to take over the world and turn everything into fast food joints filled with dumd-ass kids who can't think for themselves but instead will turn into clones so in my opinion fuck the americans!!!

  • July 3, 2002, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Flight of Dragons

    by Pksoze22

    The cartoon Flight of Dragons dome in movie style would be the best dragon movie ever.

  • July 3, 2002, 5:50 p.m. CST

    'Flight of Dragons' movie, now were talking. Here'

    by scorpio2nd

    You might think i'm crazy but i think Richard Attenborough (i don't know if that's spelt right) would rock as Carolinus the green wizard. Denzel Washington as whatever the blue wizard was called. Tobey Maguire as Peter Dickenson. Warwick Davis as Giles (i'm sorry but i don't know any other appropriate dwarf actors). Heather Graham as that arrow firing chick. Harry himself as Ommaddon, and Chris Klein as the big ugly ogre. Welcome any other suggestions.

  • July 3, 2002, 5:54 p.m. CST

    "I know a limpet pool of time when i see one" is the best line o

    by scorpio2nd

  • July 3, 2002, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by TC-14

    I've been to the US 3 times and loved it everytime. On the whole the people have been great, the places have been great etc.etc. But you do yourselves no favours by expressing this unbelievable arrogance to the rest of the world. 'we are the best and our way of doing things is the best' - that's the way alot of you think. Yeah that's why you've got kids blowing away their school mates with shotguns - wake up and realise you're not the best, no matter how much military power you have.

  • July 3, 2002, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Welsh save the day...

    by Tokyo Joe

    It's been a long time since I saw Zulu, but I seem to recall it being about the efforts of a brave bunch of Welsh lads who save an incompetent legion of English against the evil Zulu hordes. Or something like that... Isn't it wonderful how movies seem to improve the less you watch them!

  • July 3, 2002, 8:49 p.m. CST

    More Welsh pride...

    by Tokyo Joe

    And then there was Henry V. Another movie I haven't seen in ages. But I do seem to recall Henry being very proud of his Welsh blood at the end. Good ol' Shakespeare. Wasn't it due to the efforts of the Welsh that we beat the French? Or did I dream it?

  • July 3, 2002, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by TomVee

    Gotta wonder why FLIGHT OF DRAGONS script wasn't used for this. Now that's a movie, even if it is a cartoon! DRAGONSLAYER is a terrific movie until we see the princess's chewed-off foot. Then it's all downhill. I wonder whose idea it was to make such a grim movie? Beats DRAGONHEART by a mile, though!

  • July 4, 2002, 5:50 a.m. CST

    *yawn* just to provide some balance

    by Buck Teeth Soh

    Can't whinge cos I've watched too many American films in my time, and some of them were even good BUT to any idiot who keeps saying make your own films thanks, we do. And you watch 'em, too. And while I'm on, let's run through some of the international talent like Ridley Scott, Paul Verhoeven, Frank Darabont (Shawshank, you know, THAT one. He's French), Peter Jackson, Alfred Hitchcock, Sergio Leone, Ang Lee, John Woo, Luc Besson etc. And that's just the directors, see anything you like? Sure, most of them work within the American film industry cos that's where the big money is. But don't get too patriotic, cos where would you be without a Brit villain to make those Kevin Costner films watchable? Oh and DrCool? How about a humanitarian mission to give free liposuction to all you huge ass obese colonials? (Just kidding, alright?) anyway let's look at all the common ground we have: crumbling economy, led by idiots, and the rest of the world think we're wankers (with some cause, considering past and present foreign policy). Oh yeah World War II, ta very much for all the planes and bombs and stuff, came in very handy when we were fighting nazis. And they haven't gone away, so lets remember who the enemy is, okay?

  • July 4, 2002, 6:52 a.m. CST

    english stereotype

    by kross

    this is all part of the same argument with brits disliking being protrayed as villians on screen. historically the english ruled an empire spanning half the globe. they didn't do this for the good of the people they ruled whatever their faulty rationale for their behaviour that they were a civilising influence. on the contrary they were alwats ruthlessly exploitative most often brutal oppressors and at the very least stunted the developement of many cultures which given time could have been the equal or superior in art or ethicsof the so-called superior british culture. isn't it about time that the british acknowledged their ancestral crimes, after all i don't think we heard the germans complaining about the indiana jones movies.

  • July 4, 2002, 7:07 a.m. CST

    actually kross,

    by Buck Teeth Soh

    we like being portrayed as villains on screen. Tim Roth in Rob Roy, what a star! And we're quite happy to face up to our past, are you?

  • July 4, 2002, 7:49 a.m. CST


    by Jontheman

    'Face up to our past?' It's not us that's got the problem, it's everyone else. Because our fucked-up ancestors had this twisted idea of Imperialism (which, can I remind you, has been dead since the War) the rest of the world hated us, and quite rightly, too, in some cases. But they still have a problem with the fact that we had an Empire in the first place! So we ruled three-fifths of the world's surface - that was over half a century ago! If you want to talk about crimes, what about the American slaughter of civilians and refugees during the Korean war, or the slaughter of Native Americans in the name of progress, similar crimes that we Brits 'should face up to?' Don't get on a high horse and start trying to ask us questions as to why we apparently 'accept' our history when we don't. We were just as nasty as the next guy, but that's not us anymore. Why should we apologise for things that happened before we were born, things that were totally out of our hands? All this other shit like 'we saved your ass in the war', or 'we kicked your asses' is bullshit. Were you there? Did you personally save our butts? No! So fuck off and come back when you have reasons to boast and not some regurgitation of rhetoric supplied by your ancestors.

  • July 4, 2002, 7:53 a.m. CST

    On a lighter note...

    by Jontheman

    ... I'm a bit perplexed that I allowed myself to be drawn into an argument about the portrayal of nations on-screen. It's a movie about dragons, FFS!

  • July 4, 2002, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Sorry, mate

    by Jontheman

    Quick apology to Kross, here. I jumped right in feet first, and now that the red mist has cleared I see that some of my comments were backed up by rant and swear words. I don't even know what country you're from! I just get a little rattled when people make assumptions about the way a nation feels towards it's own sense of identity and history, especially my own, of course! I'm sure I made a few assumptions myself, and defending my own country so passionately is commendable but can also have that 'what are they afraid of?' kind of feeling. Americans, germans, Fremch, Italians, Asians - it's something we all hate to happen and belting out lots and lots of the rhetoric I am so fond of accusing other people of belching out comes to the fore. I said in an earlier post I didn't care about representation on screen as long as it works within the context of the film. I still stick by that.

  • July 4, 2002, 8:58 a.m. CST


    by mizuke

    They're probably Taliban Dragons anyway. Goddamned, militant, muslim fundamentalist, flying, dragon-breathing worms!

  • July 4, 2002, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Dragons uber alles

    by Buck Teeth Soh

    They're certainly imperialist, and assuming they are intelligent and can talk then they must have a superior culture as well. Let's just hope they sound like Alan Rickman and not Homer Simpson.

  • July 4, 2002, 9:24 a.m. CST

    I'm suprised...

    by Pksoze22

    People remember Flight of Dragons. I always felt I was the only one on I like your ideas for the cast scorpio2nd. Though James Earl still has to be Omadons voice. I'd like to see it made into a movie. Just for the scene where all the Dragons are flying and then start falling asleep due to the music. That would be amazing with today's technology.

  • July 4, 2002, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Reigh of Plot Holes

    by Electric_Monk

    As posted before, I saw a sneak preview of Reign of Fire at 12:15 on a Monday afternoon here in Chicago on 7/1. I took the day off after a busy weekend of a wedding and going to the Pride Parade, I had no plans to see a film, but my friend at Borders called and, well, a free film is a free film. Alas, I was expecting more than I got. First off, the film opens (present day?)with young Quinn visiting Mom at the construction site were she's the boss (oh so politically correct). Quinn has been excepted into some private school, but Mom says they can't afford it. Let's ask Dad, but then the boy mumbles something about dad, like he forgot he was dead or something. And while it's not essential to film to know what happen to his father, then why give us the impression that there is something we should know? After to forgettable co-workers discover a large cavern in which they've been digging, Quinn ventures in (some needs to read their OSHA handbook book again) and discovers a very large dragon, who promptly gets out (killing the two forgettable co-workers). As the dragon races up the elevator shaft, it stops briefly and stares into the car that carries Quinn and his mom. She, of course, dies. And the dragon escapes. Then we subjected to images and monologues that say that after the dragon gets out, all hell breaks loose in the world. Soon there are millions of dragons, scorching the Earth fast than Saddam did in Kuwait. And what the dragons don't destroy, we the people do, by using nuclear weapons, thusly destroying what is left of the world. Of course, my question at this point is: how does one male dragon, who has somehow survived millions of years in the underground of London, spawn so many other dragons? Big plothole number One. Flash-forward to 2020 (that is displayed on the screen) and we meet a real buffed Quinn (Christian Bale) all grown up, and an obvious go-go boy - hey, life maybe a shithole, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't work out. He's kept a rag-tag fugitive fleet

  • July 4, 2002, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Hey Fluffy

    by Electric_Monk

    You're right about animals that lay eggs, but if this is true then, it should've been explained. Or there should've been a male and a female dragon. The point is, there is no explanation as to why and how a male dragon was able to spawn so many millions of female dragons. Maybe for you you don't need that, but I do. I also understand your point about Star Wars and The Matrix. The things is, and this is happening more and more, is no pays attention to continuity anymore. Reign of Fire had a good idea, that was squandered away. It was a "high concept" story that once again shows Hollywood is putting the cart before the horse; hitching their ideas on the thinnest of threads. And over the last two decades, most of these "high concept" stories have become pedantic in nature, and usually ends with big explosions and a lot of death, leaving many unanswered questions, especially when their metaphor gets too complex. Fire may do well at the boxoffice, for it is mindless and is about as deep as puddle. I got to see for free, so I guess I should not bitch. But we should be asking more from even these type of "blockbusters". Logic is not required, but large gaps in the plot and stupid dialogue will will ruin any picture.

  • July 5, 2002, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Dragonslayer was top....

    by Jontheman

    But I do remember when I was a kid wishing that there was more action - swordplay, that kind of thing - but now that I'm all grown (physically, at any rate) up I can appreciate the great film it is. The dragon (Vermithrax?) was great to look at and well designed.

  • July 5, 2002, 9:10 a.m. CST


    by mizuke

    America, much like Primus, sucks!

  • July 5, 2002, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Hey Americans! Just remember whose language you are talking!

    by TC-14

    Even if it is a fucked up version of proper english.

  • July 5, 2002, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Hey TC-14, try inventing something useful this century

    by Drcool975

    I can

  • July 5, 2002, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by mizuke

    You DID read snuggleskunk's (or, more the point, his girlfriend's) last post, right? I wouldn't want to take credit for that if I were you. But hey, I'll give credit were credit is due. Sing it with me: "You say fag, I say cigarette. You say laurie, I say truck. Fag. Cigarette. Laurie. Truck. Let's call the whole thing... Aw, what the fuck!"

  • July 5, 2002, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by Gambit8370

    I can hardly believe what I'm reading. Why, you do realize what a bunch of prissy little whining bitches you all sound like, do you? So rather than starting WWIII between the USA and Great Britian over these petty little nuances, how 'bout we raise our glasses and toast each other for the fortitude and stability we both have. Bless both our countries for the freedoms that are allowed us (subtly paradoxal). And pray that we both maintain our positions as major players in the chessboard that is the modern world we live in. We have fought on opposite sides as well as on the same side. We have spilled each other's blood as well as nurtured each other's wounds. We stand by each other in times of need, and are usually the first to complain or bitchslap the other when they get out of line. God Bless America and God Save The Queen! And if any fire-sputtering dragon comes a-calling to either of our countrysides, we know that we can always count on our distant cousins across the pond to rush to our aid! BTW, I am an American, but I truly have British blood coursing through my veins! Peace.

  • July 5, 2002, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by Jontheman

    Gambit... that was beautiful. I think we need to hug. Honestly, though, I agree. I came here to talk about big fuck-off dragons - what do we get? Shitloads of 'mine is bigger than yours'! Hooray! Hooray for the ability to expres opinions! Especially the continuously repeatable yawn-inspiring ones.

  • July 5, 2002, 11:13 p.m. CST

    What the hell?

    by Rick Sparks

    How did this turn into an "England" versus "America" bit? Damn, that debate is almost as bad as the "South shall rise again" crap from the Civil War that we deal with here in the states. Anyway, all I really wanted to say is, if I don't see at least ten people chowed on by dragons, it won't be worth the price of admission. And I'm not talking, running away from dragon, got flambe'd, oops!... I'm talking MUNCH MUNCH CRUNCH DEM BONES. And I don't care if the people being eaten are from the U.S., England, or fricking Zimbabwe. So there.

  • July 6, 2002, 3:13 a.m. CST


    by crikey

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  • July 9, 2002, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Hooray for free tickets!

    by tucson

    We saved $16.50 this evening, because of them. The film was a big "just okay" to me. The dragons were well done, and the start of the film/discovery of the dragons good-looking and interesting; it pretty much devolved from there. The whole thing struck me as soulless. I didn't really care about any of the characters (have I seen the Mad Max films too often and therefore jaded by orphans and people in post-Apocalyptic enclaves? or the token female soldier--gonna need a lot more than one to repopulate the earth, kiddos!). The science was suspect (since when does nature allow the top of the food chain such free reign and invulnerability to eat itself into oblivion? And the perfect parasite DOES NOT kill its host, which the dragons seems pretty keen on doing). Awww, heck, it was free. I wonder where I can sign up to get two hours of my life back...