I really enjoyed it, and it's a shame that it's bombed as badly as it has. It's flawed in a lot of ways, but it's stuck with me in a way few flicks have this year, and had some really striking moments (I'm thinking of the ship rigging / Neo Soul bridge crosscutting and Hugo Weaving's Old Georgie confronting Tom Hanks as they climb the Hawaiian volcano).
Not to mention how shockingly well paced it was. Almost three hours, and I don't think I was ever bored.
Sadly the film's dialogue doesn't measure up to the visuals, and the themes are far more eloquently expressed through the editing and the connections between the actors (like Jim Sturgess's freeing slaves across different stories) than when a character gives a big speech about the meaning of the movie, which is mainly a dull word salad of new-agey buzzwords. Sonmi's big climactic broadcast kinda lands with a thud. I much preferred Hugo Weaving's big harangue about the naiveté and futility of the abolitionist movement, which *was* actually quite moving, given what the audience knows about that history.
The strengths definitely outweighed the weaknesses, though. And it has Hugh Grant eating people and Keith David running around in pretty much the exact costume from Shaft, so that's a big plus.
I own that figure, and it is pretty great. There's a lot of subtle work in the sculpt that you can't really tell til you have it in your hands, like the asymmetry Each side is not just a mirror of the other, which gives it a nice look. The atomic breath extra was nice too.
The only thing is that it is very posable, but it is really meant for display, not for playing with. For instance, the joints aren't loose at all, which is great for locking it into whatever position you like, but I know I was surprised by just how stiff it was.
Worth $50+? Tough to say, I know I grew up loving old Godzilla movies, but never had a Godzilla toy that wasn't crap, so this tickled my nostalgia enough for the splurge.
I love Firefly as much as the next geek, but The Wire is just on a different level. I went into it with unfairly huge expectations (after all, you can only be told its" the greatest TV show ever made" so many times before that sinks in) and it more than lived up to the hype.
@TheHT: an eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind
(also the death penalty is just as expensive as life in prison for developed countries)
An eye for an eye makes the whole world one-eyed and obedient.
Is that the 'very good reason' though? Money?
Norway's more lenient, rehabilitation-focused corrections system has produced a shockingly low recidivism rate. Around 20% of their convicts reoffend after release (America's rate, for example, is around 60%). Will that do?
What people need to understand is that whether or not someone is a good reviewer has nothing to do with how similar your rating of the game would be with theirs.
One of my favorite film critics is Michael Phillips, despite our very different tastes in movies, because his reviews are always well written and informative enough that reading them gives me a good sense of whether *I* would like the movie.
I'm excluding someone like Star Trek's Q, because picking a group of inconsistently-written, supposedly omnipotent beings doesn't seem to be in the spirit of this question.
I'm going to go with Babylon 5's Vorlons. Millions of years more advanced than us, almost impossible to communicate with, them going to war basically means they start blowing up every planet with even a tangential relationship with their enemy, and, of course, they've got those funky shower curtain costumes. Babylon 5 is a space station that basically functions as a kind of Space United Nations for all the different aliens, and having the Vorlons open up an office there is as much a surprise as if God had descended down and opened up an embassy in Washington DC.
Warhammer 40k's Tyranids are also pretty damn unbeatable. Imagine the Zerg, but am order of magnitude more powerful, and they've already consumed a few galaxies before moving into our own. Those awful flesh-tearing mouths? They aren't connected to a digestive system! That mouth exists only to tear your face off!