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Old 06-15-2008, 12:41 AM   #601
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dont' see what was so wrong with M. Night being in it
Me either. He's in ALL of his movies. It's what he does. Hitchcock did it too, just much more subtly. It's not like M. Night wasn't in The Sixth Sense too

I dunno, I think that so many people were just floored by the twist in The Sixth Sense, and so they're all judging the rest of his movies on a 'Is it as good as The Sixth Sense?' scale, and thus nothing else is living up.

I still think he's a talented film maker though.
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The good thing is, PFan, that you will hopefully grow up to be a good Little League coach.....you've seen what makes a good coach, and what makes a bad one. Who knows where life will take you, but, I wager you'd be good at it down the road.

I'm 158 years old, so things were different...but when I played Little League, the parents did not attend in droves and the ones that did usually were supportive. Very few problem parents. Different era, though...we all walked to our games, walked back home, not every kid needed an SUV to take them to the game, etc.....I loved it, actually.
On a personal level, I never have any problems because everyone there absolutely adores me. I'm old enough that I keep it relatively professional, but I'm still young enough that it's impressive how well I do, to them anyway. And it's one of those situations where no one would say something bad about me or to me. Even the coach I despise the most loves me, because he loves U2 and I play it frequently at the fields.

And, overall, most of the parents are genuinely nice people that are there for the right reasons. However, there are enough exceptions to make it noticeable, enough stories to make you shake your head, and just too much that has happened to make me consider returning next year. I was already on my way out the door due to my constant busyness this year which will only increase next year, but it's been set in stone by the actions of some of the coaches. Hearing a coach, out loud, telling his player that he needs to lie to umpires for the sake of calls, hearing a coach yell at a player for lining out to third base, seeing coaches jumping up and down and screaming because a kid made an illegal headfirst slide into home plate, seeing a coach yell "make a freaking play!" to his center fielder after an error ... it adds up.
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That's cool.

I don't like when the filmmaker thrusts himself unnecessarily into the story like that though, that's just me. Mel's a decent actor - love him in the Lethal Weapon movies and of course, Ransom ("GIVE ME BACK MY SON!")

Another aspect of the movie I didn't like was just how fucking convenient everything is. The girl leaves water everywhere, alien's allergic to water; alien's got toxic shit, Little Culkin has asthma. Also, if an alien race is deathly allergic to water, why come to a planet that's comprised 2/3 of that? I mean, come on. Maybe it'd be too obvious if the girl left Dr. Pepper everywhere.
Ransom Mel AND Gary Sinese

Yeah, it did feel convienent, especially the water thing, but what bothered me is that it took Mel saying Swing Away to get Joaquin to grab the bat and attack the alien (btw when Mel Went "Her last words were 'Swing away'. Do you have any idea what that means" my first thought was: She's a big U2 fan?) but hey, it was still entertaining

OK! Lady in the Water
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Me either. He's in ALL of his movies. It's what he does. Hitchcock did it too, just much more subtly. It's not like M. Night wasn't in The Sixth Sense too

I dunno, I think that so many people were just floored by the twist in The Sixth Sense, and so they're all judging the rest of his movies on a 'Is it as good as The Sixth Sense?' scale, and thus nothing else is living up.

I still think he's a talented film maker though.
It's that he wrote himself into larger parts into each one of his films. He tops himself with Lady though, that was ridiculous.

Hitchcock walked across the screen for two seconds - it's hardly comparable to this, I think.

He's still got talent, that's for sure, but needs to get his head out of his ass.
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I'm 158 years old, so things were different...but when I played Little League, the parents did not attend in droves and the ones that did usually were supportive. Very few problem parents. Different era, though...we all walked to our games, walked back home, not every kid needed an SUV to take them to the game, etc.....I loved it, actually.
it was the same way when i was in little league i guess i was right on the cusp of when everything changed.
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I still think he's a talented film maker though.
I look forward to him displaying that talent again, after 3 bombs in a row.

He's not an actor, not even close.....he should not be giving himself roles that matter/have lines. Hitchcock inserted himself in films for brief periods of time, just the once, and it was done as a lark.
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Yeah, there's always a group of great guys working that. They keep the whole league afloat, at least the one I was in. I'll always remember when my dad tried to coach instead of just being an "assistant coach" and it was all kinds of awful.
My father's coached for years. He and most of his brothers coach various sports. He's pretty good. He coaches baseball and basketball. This year wasn't very good for his team due to a mix of injuries and a poor player draft. But my brother did make the international 12 team, so he'll be competing to go to the Little League World Series starting in a week or two.
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I vote we kill the next person to start a Coldplay thread in EYKIW.

Especially because they consist of idiots chiming in with "OMGZ I H8S CODPLAY BCOS TEHY SOUND A BIT LEIK U2!!!!1111!!!eleven!"
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It's that he wrote himself into larger parts into each one of his films. He tops himself with Lady though, that was ridiculous.

Hitchcock walked across the screen for two seconds - it's hardly comparable to this, I think.

He's still got talent, that's for sure, but needs to get his head out of his ass.
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It's that he wrote himself into larger parts into each one of his films. He tops himself with Lady though, that was ridiculous.

Hitchcock walked across the screen for two seconds - it's hardly comparable to this, I think.

He's still got talent, that's for sure, but needs to get his head out of his ass.
Very true. And I agree about Lady in the Water. It was still good, despite his presence. I wonder if people would be willing to enjoy it more if he'd cast someone other than himself in that role.
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My father's coached for years. He and most of his brothers coach various sports. He's pretty good. He coaches baseball and basketball. This year wasn't very good for his team due to a mix of injuries and a poor player draft. But my brother did make the international 12 team, so he'll be competing to go to the Little League World Series starting in a week or two.
That's pretty cool to hear about your dad and brother. Hope he does well with the LLWS.
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I vote we kill the next person to start a Coldplay thread in EYKIW.

Especially because they consist of idiots chiming in with "OMGZ I H8S CODPLAY BCOS TEHY SOUND A BIT LEIK U2!!!!1111!!!eleven!"


can the same rule be applied towards people who start "omg this dude said something bad about U2. everyone get your torches, time to burn him alive!"
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My Dad coached me and my sister at various times. He played HS and college ball, and his Dad played in the Minors, so he knew what he was talking about. Outside of making me pitch one year when I clearly had great velocity but zero command of my pitches, he was a great and patient coach. Which is kind of funny, because he would often be a little bit impatient with many other things.
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I'm reading this kid's reviews of Crystal Skull and Ang Lee's Hulk and want to go into a Glengarry-style rant on him.

Pfan, it's the kid I was telling you about.
Link please.
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(btw when Mel Went "Her last words were 'Swing away'. Do you have any idea what that means" my first thought was: She's a big U2 fan?)
Often my mind can't help but go to Signs when I listen to Wire.
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