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Actually, he does go through periods of bushido , depending on who's writing him, so one must assume that he's up on origami and haiku and whatnot. Avatar the Wizard was Bob Holt, an actor with a long career in 'toon voices. Ben Grimm in the 60's version was Paul Frees, who you already know was an actor with a long career in 'toon voices.

The slightly earlier Marvel cartoon series -- the one with the nightmarishly catchy theme songs -- was produced by Grantray-Lawrence. One of their directors on the show was a kid named Ralph Bakshi. Everything is connected. That's why it shorts out so often. As we all go heavily armed as a matter of personal safety, I will skip the PowerPoint presentation and go straight to the reveal. I give you. An outside contractor with connections to governments and conspiracies in both the Marvel and DC Universes.

I should have known there was an answer in Tolkien's work about why eagles couldn't be used to fly to Mount Doom. I admit that it's better to not bring up a point that only a geek would pay attention to, unless of course one is willing to have the plot screech to a halt while things are explained away.

Another example of such a situation is why Charles Xavier had free access to Magneto's prison when even Senator Kelley didn't. Faren wrote about "cool ideas in search of a plot" I know what she means. I've had one kicking around inside my head yeah, that's where that sound of bells ringing comes from , wondering what to do with it. I think I've finally found a way to make a novelette out of it, but it'll probably come to naught - English isn't my native language and I have a tin ear where my own style is concerned.

Maybe I could blackmail my wife the real writer into a collaboration. Didn't Bakshi also work on the first animated Spider-man? I think Vincent di Fate was there too, but I couldn't swear to that. Actually, Carrie, I thought of that possible explanation, but it was obvious from everybody's behavior in the second movie that he wasn't clouding their minds a la Lamont Scranton. I want to be Spenser from the Robert B. Parker detective stories, and Lord Corwin of Amber.

Or Conrad, from " And Call Me Two young coeds, driving across France on holiday, somehow cross over into a Faerie Land ruled by the Queen Morgan. It is, for all intents and purposes, a typical Eurotrash softcore lesbian porn film cf "Emannuelle" , except that the in-between bits recreate a Faerie Land that has the sense of disorientation, horror, and parahuman amorality you find in medieval works like The Ballad of Thomas Rhymer or Le Belle Dame sans Merci.

The film also has a dizzily ambiguous sense of gender and sexual politics that could keep academics arguing for decades. All the sex and nudity does slow it down a bit, I suppose. Actually, to the larger point of this thread, I have in the last few years become fascinated with continental European genre films in general. The best of these e.

Kill], Profundo rosso, Dr. Orloff's Monster seem to abandon the conventions of plot almost entirely, and instead present a variety of loosely connected set pieces and striking tableaux vivants separated by long stretches of pure atmospherics. The small bits of plot and exposition that exist serves mostly to confuse the viewer. I find that much preferable to sitting through long, awkward stretches of exposition and plot contrivances and trying to make sense of things.

Of course, cinema is primarily a visual -- rather than narrative -- medium. I'm not sure whether the same approach could be made to work in a novel. Scott wrote: After listening to another Voldemort harangue I'm gonna kill you, you can't stop me, etc. You mean sort of like this? Warning: slow-loading video. With this emphasis on plot, I thought I'd bring up the Page Test : Pick a page about a third of the way in.

Read the entire page. If you like the page, buy the book. This will let you in on the Voice of the Author, which I find far more important than the plot Avram Davidson or Robert Sheckley, anyone? And, and as I have learned from bitter experience, it's a lot easier to write a brilliant first page than to maintain a brilliance all the way through a book.

BTW, a random page from the first third is unlikely to be all too spoilery for the rest. But ya never know. Smurch, I do believe you're right about Eco's essay on pornography. My memory failed there Related question: were Jean M. Auel's Stone Age romances more or less based on the same principle as pornography: long boring bits building up to hot sex scenes? Or is that an unfair assessment? The set pieces are dreamlike and spectacular, you won't care about the plot.

Very European. Canon Flummerbuff delicately dipped his wolverine in the chipped cup of Earl Grey tea three times in succession, trilling after each dip the mystic phrase "nug ymmot". The movie was kind of stupid, at least where the villain was concerned, but it looked great and needs the letterbox format to do justice to something that has Tim Curry AND Ian McKellen in it.

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of overripe bananas? The Shadow knows And then there's Lord of the G-Strings, in which the sex is numbingly dull and inexplicit, at least in the late-night-cable cut and the stuff in between is reasonably funny. There is in fact a scene in which the people who have arrived for a Titanic Battle Between Good and Evil have to wait around with increasing impatience while two elf-maidens finish going at it, which might be an internal critiquey sorta thing.

Before all the exploding gooshy bits, the leader of the human expedition shows the disposable minor characters an image of a structure whose purpose is completely mysterious to anyone who's not in the audience. His line is "The experts tell me it's a pyramid. I would have shelled out good money for Alien vs Predator if it had had Jerry Orbach in it. Yngve, my mother and her husband once recommended Jean Auel's novels to me. Knowing how closely their tastes align with mine, I decided to take a pass :. Please, Teresa, resolve the Time Paradox of modern fiction: if people's time is getting ever more precious, why is every new Harry Potter book longer than the previous one?

Shouldn't it be the other way around?? It's not just the issue of shaving off "boring parts". Fiction is getting more long-winded. And it's not just books. The original was barely 90 minutes. Commander of Nazi expedition: I am uncomfortable with the thought of this Jewish ritual. Are you sure it's necessary? Belloq: Let me ask you this. Would you be more comfortable opening the Ark in Berlin for the Fuhrer and finding out only them if the sacred pieces of the Covenant are inside? Knowing only then whether you have accomplished your mission and obtained the one true Ark?

While on the subject of Law and Order 's cast past and present Am I the only the only person who ever saw Saw Waterston parodying his insurance-spokeperson gig, except that here he tells the audience about how old people need insurance to protect themselves against really dinky robots that steal their meds? In the derail-the-author category: my first and only game of Traveller a space-based RPG, for them what doesn't know.

The GM had carefully set things up for a long, involved fight to retake a captured space station. Combat didn't much interest me, so I started asking questions about the technology: could it do this, what were the operational limits of that device, and so on, and got all the "right" answers. I ended up teleporting an asteroid into the base, got a series of good rolls that one hit all but wiped out the opposition, what with failing locks, communications, and all , and pretty much ended the game immediately.

The GM had assumed that running the combat would take all the available time, and had nothing in mind for after "you've retaken the station".

He didn't have the option of saying "you can't teleport that asteroid" because I'd already established that, yes, I could teleport it. I put the book down at that point, and I've never been tempted to pick it up again. As I recall, there were far too many things "just happening", without any apparent cause except the author needed them to happen. For specific examples, I'd have to reread the thing, a prospect that has no interest to me.

In the matter of plotting and such, I will admit I've got an idea for a tale or two, but keep discovering that I don't have an answer to "why shouldn't things be done in the obvious, easy, fast way? In a sense, this is "how do you decide what the plot coupons are? And, yes, these may be better asked--or have been already discussed--in one of the writers' forums; if so, pointers to relevant FAQs or whatever would be appreciated. And a plausible one as Harry was raised in the Muggle world.

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The only other wizard or witch who would get wise to the idea might be Hermione, because she's from the same. No one else would see it coming, as they seem, except for Mr. Weasly, to be uninterested in anything invented after the Renaissance. TNH wrote: Oh, and Voldemort could accomplish most of his aims just by having one of his minions sneak into Hogwarts with a Thompson submachine gun -- but then, I think the same thing about the X-Men's mansion. It occurs to me that Voldemort so hates Muggles that he's even less capable of learning to use Muggle tech than the average wizard -- and given the way he treats his help, it's not clear anyone would be willing to admit to knowing that much about Muggle tech by suggesting it.

I'm unwilling to re-read the book, but my visual memories of the movie which changed one of the problems but IIRC not the others were that solving the "riddles" is flat-out chess a riddle? Glen fisher said: In the matter of plotting and such, I will admit I've got an idea for a tale or two, but keep discovering that I don't have an answer to "why shouldn't things be done in the obvious, easy, fast way?

This is where likeable-but-flawed characters come in. We the author and audience may sit there and say, "No! Don't go into the Mines of Moria, you know what shadows lurk there! It's tough to remember sometimes. For years now, I've been trying to write a story about a perfectly lovely young woman who accidentally steals a mysterious, mustached man's umbrella and tries to return it to him. At every point she thinks ahead and does the right thing and it's a complete boor ten pages in.

Because while she would be an interesting and charming person to have dinner with, she's way to self aware to be an interesting character. He becomes too aware to be a character any longer and sees through the fiction of the Sherlock Holmes world. In regards the complicated exposition, two items of note: -a- Indiana Jones thinking "bugger this for a lark" and shooting the Evil Big Competent Swordsman which is supposedly in the movie because Ford was tired from recovering from the Tunisian variant of some sort of bug and -b- Cheapass Games published a game sadly, now out of print titled "Before I Kill you, Mr Bond," which alows the player to vent their frustration about the explanatory lump that preceeds the Rube Goldberg tm machinery to kill The Hero, rather than a straighforward bullet to the brain.

The recipient gamer knows not a word of the Polish language - and he loved the gift. This is where competent opposition comes in. One doesn't need to make the characters flawed, in the sense of inept or incompetent; one needs but toss something actually difficult at them. About the best way of doing something I am reminded of Farmer's Riverworld books. In The Fabulous Riverboat , Mark Twain and company build a guess-what to go to the source of the very convoluted River since very few people are tempted to use the Suicide Express of explorer Richard Burton.

In a later book, someone does Twain one better and builds a zeppelin. When asked why he didn't think of doing that instead of a boat, Twain hems and haws, but you guess he never proposed an airship because he was scared of heights. Personally I think it was really Farmer slapping himself on the forehead and realizing he had to come up with an explanation of why the author never considered the better solution of an airship - beyond the fact that the whole thing started as an SF riff on fantasy book A Riverboat on the Styx.

It also costs more than the old monochrome cards, but that's Progress v2. Backing up to the "Well, I've got this brilliant idea, but there's no story to go with it" analemma, a stefnal gimmick of considerable antiquity is "Who does this hurt? It's applicable well beyond tech-based sf or fantasy working a similar groove. On the houses in the atrocious Harry Potter books, that two of the four houses are completely boring was not one of the many things I hated or found completely implausible.

Someone's got to be having a fairly normal school life there, surely. Partly that was due to which teachers got assigned to which house - obviously their personality had a strong imprint - and partly of course just the chemistry of mixing together people at random, and then keeping them together for six years, having them influence newcomers, and so on.

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Otherwise, random. Keith Kisser - I agree on the opposition. Myself I'd take this in a humorous direction as the young woman dispatches the opposition group by group, from shoving aside the gentleman who gets in her way to, finally, killing a group of twelve katana-wielding ninjas with her bare hands. This echoes some of P. Wodehouse, and his Mike character, a keen cricketer who gets transferred to another school because his academic work isn't up to scratch, and becomes embroiled with Psmith[1]. Clemens is asked why he never thought to build an airship, and he responds that of course he thought to build an airship.

However, he said he was not interested in the direct route. He wanted to sail up the river at a leisurely pace, and be admired by the crowds as he went by in the greatest riverboat ever built. As you say: Perhaps this was Farmer retconning why he, as the author, didn't think to have Clemens build an airship the first time around. I think the Harry winning with muggle-tech idea has been around for a while, but I'm not sure that it would be in-character. He started Hogwarts a little bit too young, I think, and his Muggle life has been pretty grim. I rather doubt he has the intellectual tools to MacGuyver Voldemort.

Hermione do have the brains, and a more plausible family background, but does she have the tools to apply that particular knowledge. She knows that you don't need a house-elf if you have a vacuum cleaner, but does she, for instance, learn how to pass her Muggle-tech driving test? I now have this image of Hermione in Emma Peel mode. John Steed is slightly wizard-like, isn't he.

Just how does he manage to write "Mrs Peel, we're needed" in the places where he does? Cue theme from The Avengers , mysterious event happens, cut to Hermione walking along, reading a newspaper, and wearing lates fashion. She stops, with her surprised look on her face. The camera moves to show the page she's reading, which has the headline, "Mrs. Weasley, we're needed". Pan and re-focue to shop doorway, and Harry appears, wearing a smart suit abd bowler hat, and carrying an umbrella.

One series, made shortly before he died, covers the tech that lurks behind the traction engine he rebuilt, and the few places left which can do the work needed. And many of them are using machinery which would be classed as antiques. There's a forge in Sheffield, where they're making components for modern tanks, and the hammer is around a century old, and until recently it ran on steam.

So those British tanks invading Iraq probably depended on steam power. The big difference between a riverboat and an airship is in the effort you need to build the powerplant, and even low-pressure steam needs significant background tech to be developed. Of course, this could be a little bit like the starship problem. You set off on a torch-ship, using time-dilation to make the trip within a tolerable time for the crew, and by the time they get to the destination the people back home have invented hyperdrive, and are waiting to greet you. Earth is overpopulated.

Teleportation is taking the excess off-world. No-one ever comes back, or sends any kind of message. The teleport is really an extermination device! I'll take a very slow starship there and check. No, in fact the teleport stuff was real and everyone in the off-world colony is on drugs. There was an actual plot in here once, I swear. I love PKD because his plots were almost always rigorously logical. Less so in the novels. The movies generally screw them up, of course. Did anyone else think that the movie of Minority Report not only spent all its time as an extended chase sequence, and made no sense whatsoever, but in fact destroyed the precise thing that was interesting in the initial short story?

Faren: speaking of plots in search of a book or movie Well, 'The Avengers' is definitely magical realism. I've always suspected that Mr Steed was one of Mr Leakey's pupils. Did you know that magic carpets, like radio waves, travel better at night? What is the explanation for a talking fish coming out of the hot water tap into my bath, and why doesn't it seem to mind the soap? Which of the three inventive brothers finally rid the Port of London of its rats, and won the hand of the PLA Chairman's beautiful daughter?

A couple of years ago a fan of Randy Milholland's Something Positive did a posting in the newsgroup about how, duplicating a joke in the strip, she screamed "I choose you, Pikachu! Now picture any female character in Harry Potter doing the same thing. John M. Ford: Pacing was the issue according to the bio Groucho by Stefan Kanfer. He says that Thalberg told the team "I'll show you how to get twice the laughs with half the jokes. Fields , scenes where they help a pair of young lovers might get women to actually come into the theater voluntarily.

David Langford: Thank you and Nick Lowe. I think. Somtow, which in one astounding scene solemnly presents a ritual at Sparta where local sex goddess Helen stands at one end of a mushy field while a line of naked young men crawl towards her, ploughing the soil with their erections as they go and ejaculating away to fertilize the earth, whipped on across their naked backsides by gangs of young virgins with switches" may force me to read the book just to see if Somtow dealt with refractory periods, or hardpan, or penile fractures.

I've now got the phrase "the plow that broke the plains" stuck in my head. Sandy B: You read it! Somebody read it! And they quoted it! Thank you--I'm very happy Nick Carter In Prague please post where you found it. I keep searching for a DVD for sale and only find Bittorrents Mark Felt got his. Woodward still doesn't know how that was done. TNH - "and Voldemort could accomplish most of his aims just by having one of his minions sneak into Hogwarts with a Thompson submachine gun".

The image of Roland stalking through the halls of Hogwarts is one for which I shall be eternally grateful. Here's an idea. In "good" fiction Obvious Plot Holes eagles and the Ring, toothbrush as a portkey are overlooked because the author very subltly inserted enough world-building to make it obvious that those aren't good solutions.

If you can accept values of world-building that include good characterization, see Keith Kisser, above , you can get authentically motivated coupon collection too. If the author did their job at all well in making the world building seamless i. After the fact, it becomes difficult to tell the difference between a good book and a bad one just through retrospective analysis for plot glitches, unless, as we have proven here, you have access to geeks devoted to that particular story who can remind you of the relevant consequences of the expository lumps.

An alternative approach for authors is to pretend that you did in fact present the expository lump, and move the story along quickly enough that no one notices. This seems to work better in movies than books: it works in North by Northwest just what was the maguffin anyway? It could be argued that Carey Grant had enough "character gravitas" to make the audience not notice.

I'm tempted to argue that Hitchcock knew that the only way he'd be able to get away with filming something with such a lame plot is because he knew he had Grant to work with. Oh, I'm thinking of "character gravitas" as being similar to the "This is where likeable-but-flawed characters come in. JKR may have been trying to do this retrospectively in book 6 where Dumbledore and Harry look back into Voldemort's past and try to analyse his character.

Voldemort's grandiose streak probably meant he was unwilling to achieve his grand goal of killing Harry in any lesser way than at the climax of a dramatic adventure and by making the portkey out of something very special. After that all that's needed is for his agent at Hogwarts to have failed to convince him of the superiority of the toothbrush plan. The thing is that movies set the pace at which we absorb the story, while in books it's the other way around and so the reader can catch things more easily.

He called many of the scenes, like the cropduster scene, refrigerator moments. Meaning, you watch the movie, go to bed, wake up in the middle of the night and decide upon a midnight snack. Then, finally, while looking at the contents of the refrigerator, you suddenly go waitaminutethatmadenosense. Hitchcock was a very skilled magician, very good at distracting you away from what he didn't want you to notice. Klaatu gets shot "Yes, yes, Gort, you were right, it wasn't such a good idea to point a spring-loaded gizmo at someone with a gun aimed at me".

After a brief stay at a hospital, he escapes and decides to explore human society incognito. Huh, why didn't the govt publish a photo of Klaatu? Someone who looks like Michael Rennie is going to stand out. Mitch Wagner It has been over 20 years since I read that scene from the Riverworld novels and I was bound to forget some things.

Are you sure though that Twain was NOT denying being afraid of flying? Serge: Actually, Carrie, I thought of that possible explanation, but it was obvious from everybody's behavior in the second movie that he wasn't clouding their minds a la Lamont Scranton. Well, that's clearly because we didn't see the people whose minds were being clouded. The guards don't have to have the Mojo worked on them; they have orders from On High to let this guy in. It's the On High people that Xavier had to mess with.

Yngve: Thing that weirds me out about the Stone Age books is how they can go from a technical discussion of different kinds of grass to Hot StoneAge Sex in the space of a page. I actually tend to skip the sex scenes, as I seem to lack entirely the "finds porn arousing" gene. Which means I've noticed how bad the books are. Xavier is also an expert on mutants and called in for all sorts of things involving mutants. The top mutant expert, pay him a big consultant check too. Except our accompanist, Tommy Johnson.

He's a ten-foot-tall robot. Xavier has access because he asked to visit the prisoner, and the prisoner didn't mind - just like in any other prisoner. What's she going to do? She can't smuggle in a weapon for him, because you can be damn sure they have metal detectors on the entrances. The only way round that is the injection method she used on the guard, and that would kill her on extraction.

She can change her own appearance, but not Erik's, so there's no way she can get him out. No, the only way for Magneto to get out is to break out using violence, and for that he needs a weapon, and the only way to get a weapon is the injection method. And once he's got one, he can get out by himself. I must admit the injection thing surprised me slightly - I was expecting a rather more grisly escape involving either a hip replacement or a surgical skull plate.

A combination of what Carrie and bryan suggested is probably how Xavier got access to Magneto - although his being an expert on mutants might be counterbalanced by his having been a friend of that very dangerous prisonner. My point was that the movie's writers were very smart not to bring up the issue otherwise they'd have had to spend time on it that could better used elsewhere.

It's well-written, the characters are engaging, and it has a much more interesting theory of the interactions between Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals. In Jean M. Auel's defense, I want to say that the Good Parts omnicompetent Stone Age heroine discovers neolithic contraceptive, has great sex without getting pregnant must have been successful with a lot of readers. Would this have embarrassed the readers so much, they wouldn't have dared to buy the books? Just teasing Lila: Alas, I have been contaminated by Clan of the Cave Bear et sequelae, to the point that I will watch shows about real anthropology and be disturbed by their theories not matching up with what's in the books.

Try this on other best-selling books! You'll be surprised. Serge: Looks like there's a copy of a litmus test I dunno if it's the one you wanted posted here. As for how Mystique snuck a weapon in to Magneto, it was damn clever. Not as gruesome as yanking someone's hip-replacement parts out, but having sucha guard around would have been incredibly dumb. I must say I can't help but laugh when Magneto makes a plate out of that metal and just floats away, arms crossed like an old-style comic-book magician, of the kind who'd be wearing a turban. What a showoff.

Then again, Magneto was established as a comic-book lover. Thanks, Annie G. I myself have a Susan Test: if the main female character of a movie is named Susan, or a variation thereof, she's probably going to be romantic trouble for the hero, as I am fond of reminding my own Susan. Serge: My opinion is that Agatha H. I actually had a discussion on the topic in Kaja Foglio's livejournal; my argument was, if you're going to be a Mary Sue, there have to be moments where everyone else just stands back and admires you. If Agatha took a second to look beautiful, she'd get run over by a crazed mechanical elephant, with six Jaegermonsters trying to control it, pulling an entire circus tent.

That was on fire. And full of sinister assassins. Possibly two, working on opposite ends of the tent and arguing about laminar airflow and who stole whose idea. Actually, Sandy, not too long ago, Agatha Heterodyne did find herself having to look beautiful like that's hard work for her and none of that happen. We did get a ruthless Lord who then attempted to do something surgically nasty to her, then his daughter, whose brain is inside an automaton, electrocuted him to death because she too wanted to do something nasty to Agatha. Who next found herself in a great state of undress. This is Agatha, Xopher.

I found this page. I must read these. They sound like screaming naked fun. Xopher, don't! Not that page! Not today! The latest page contains a serious spoiler and won't make much sense besides. If you're looking to follow the adventures of Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius, then start here, at the beginning. No, of course I'm going to start at the beginning. I did read that page, but it didn't make any sense, and I doubt I'll remember the spoiler.

It was funny that the villain she's clearly evil; I assume she's the villain was speaking Linotype. He originally wanted to do the adventures of the Heterodyne Boys, but he wasn't sure he'd really want to draw them week after week. He apparently had no such difficulty with Agatha. The robot's name , which adds a strange new image to the history of Europe in I was in 7th grade, and found the sex waaaaaaaaaay disturbing, particularly since the first sex scene I came across I recall being: 1.

I was hoping for a nifty hero-quest kind of thing, and instead I got Ignorant people behaving badly towards a semi-clueless heroine. I thought grownup's tastes in books was crap for years aftewords. There's a fair number of instances of authors inserting sex into narratives that really bothered me when I was young still do , but the common thread seems to be a kind of callousness about the act instead of its presence. Callous treatment of characters at the hands of an author in general I find unappealing, which is one of the reasons why I cordially dislike That had some "unfriendly sex" in it too, didn't it?

I seem to recall C. Lewis complaining about that. And thanks for introducing me to it. It's awesome! It follows these simple criteria:. If the answer is yes to both questions, you need not wrack your brains trying to figure out who committed the crime. Book 6 makes much more sense structurally to me now. I snicker internally at some poor sap trying to suggest the toothbrush plan to Voldemort. Serge, re: North by Northwest I had a hunch it was a pacing thing in movies vs.

Pacing has changed quite a bit in movies too, I'd say NbNW flows a little slow nowadays. Lee Thompson explaining in the commentary during the lead up to climactic sequence no less! The interview with Ernest Lehman sounds facinating. Anyone know if it ended up as a dvd extra? Well, OK, unless the answer is "because he wouldn't've made it that far with that much?

It's a comic book Dave Bell: You set off on a torch-ship, using time-dilation to make the trip within a tolerable time for the crew, and by the time they get to the destination the people back home have invented hyperdrive, and are waiting to greet you. Didn't read the short story. Thought it was a hell of a movie, for the way in which it created a believable world of a couple of decades in the future, in a very "Bladerunner"-like way.

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Lots of neat details, which, of course, the characters took completely for granted because it was part of their everyday world. Colleen Lindsay: every year, on New Years Eve, I wonder why someone hasn't written the perfect cliche thriller involving the ball drop in Times Square. Serge: Mitch Wagner You know what? It's been that long--or longer--since I read that particular scene myself, and I won't swear to anything I said earlier under oath. Farmer's Sam Clemens character gave no other indication of being afraid of heights; nor did as far as I know the historical Mark Twain.

I was somewhat disappointed in the story arc that Sam Clemens went through in that series. In "The Fabulous Riverboat," he was a heroic, but deeply melancholy and troubled character; in subsequent novels he became a neurotic jerk. The pace of movies has picked up, rhandir? No kidding. I remember the opening segment of Raiders of the Lost Ark , and thinking it was a good thing that the rest of the movie did slow the pace down afterward.

Nowadays, it seems like action movies stick to that opening scene's pace. One particularly dreadful example of that is van Helsing. I don't think the Lehman interview ever made it into a DVD's extras. It's something that pops up every once in a while on Turner Classic Movies when there's a gap between movies. There's another one with Lehman where he recounts how, back in the mid-Eighties, he was channel-surfing and he kept coming across the scene of Cary Grant being chased by the crop-duster.

That's how he figured out that Grant had just died. Does it seem to anyone else that the term "Mary Sue" is getting mis-applied to characters who are merely good-looking and widely competent? The iron in your blood isn't ferromagnetic. And a good thing, too, or my head would have exploded at the very first pulse of that MRI machine a couple years back. Yeah, there are other metals that respond to magnetism; they all change their properties when corroded, that is to say oxidized. If it were, Magneto would have been able to do that to anyone But, you say, that's just not enough iron.

If you get too much iron in your blood, you likely have a stroke or heart attack. The injection given that character would likely have been lethal if it had that much iron in it! Supposing this animated corpse walked into the prison, wouldn't he set off the metal detector? An amount of metal equivalent to several bullets? And remember, this isn't a cheapass airport metal detector we're talking about; this is one that goes off if there's a pin in your pantscuff, because they have to keep all metal away from the bad guy. Supposing that the metal detector won't detect tiny, tiny bits of ferrous iron in the walking corpse, and Magneto's whole grisly extraction works.

How does it happen that he gets the metal dust to form solid objects? He's apparently liquified the iron at room temperature because it would also lose its magnetic properties if heated above its Curie point, C And even if you assume that he's just superskillful and is holding all these little bits together in the desired shape, and if he stopped they'd fall back into dust again, well, that only gets you part way home. He could do the bullets, but not the floating plate. Think about it. Or maybe you want to round out the day with an adult activity: the Sam Adams Brewery Tour.

There are, unfortunately, always Jewish patients who come from all over the world for treatment at the one-of-a-kind hospital. The hospital is right nearby, just outside of Brookline. The W Hotel downtown is a beautiful and friendly hotel. Its location makes it convenient to use the subway and walkable to many attractions. Alternatively, you can try one of several charming kosher bed-and-breakfasts run by the Yarmush family: Sharon Woods Inn, Bertram Inn, and Samuel Sewall Inn, all located a bit further from the attractions, but within walking distance of shuls and kosher food.

Purchase a hop-on-hop-off trolley pass and a harbor cruise ticket. Note that the passes also include free admission and discounts to other Boston attractions. Most of the kosher restaurants are in Brookline, which is a to minute drive from most of the attractions listed. If you are staying at a hotel, the nearby groceries generally carry kosher products, so you might want to buy breakfast and prepare lunch to take along.

Or you can pick up some food at the kosher grocery, the Butcherie. Stamford may not be a famous tourist destination, but with its plethora of kid-friendly activities and as home to Stamford Yeshiva, it makes a great trip for frum families. Well, okay, a trafficky breeze, perhaps, but still a very manageable drive. Enjoy the beautiful outdoors at Stamford Museum and Nature Center, which features a hands-on zoo, an indoor planetarium with rotating exhibits, an excellent wooden playground with slides of various size, and peaceful hiking trails which are easy enough for kids, too.

Some of the trails are wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. You can get close up to the animals , and if you ask nicely enough, the caretakers will let you pet the iguanas and ferrets. Next, head over to the Stepping Stones Museum for Children. They have free parking. They also have bowling, billiards, and arcades to keep the scaredy-cats and younger kids entertained. Hey, stop laughing! Pick up fresh rolls and pastries on your way home from Shacharis. Be sure to buy enough to make sandwiches for lunch, too.

The kids will love the tidal pools where you can touch baby sharks, jellyfish, and rays. Cascade Caf? The aquarium does not allow outside food or drinks, so eat your pre-packed lunch in advance. After the aquarium, if your kids or you! They offer lots of activities, including laser tag fun minute sessions , ice skating nice long skate sessions , excellent mini golf, a great driving range, mini bowling, arcades, and more.

You can also come here in the evening for some night mini golfing. Prices seem to fluctuate, and they vary for the different activities. We recommend the Stamford Crowne Plaza used to be the Sheraton. If you want a spacious room, request a corner room. The hotel is owned by frum people, and is conveniently located right near the Stamford Yeshiva, so you can access minyanim easily. And the best part? You can also try Stamford Suites. The hotel has not been renovated or updated in a while, but it does have very roomy suites with a full kitchen, and a separate pull-out sofa bed.

You can visit Beldotti Bakeries, where everything is delicious. Six Thirteen Restaurant is an excellent meat restaurant that offers free parking.

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With frum communities sprinkled throughout and nearby the area, Washington is a classic and convenient destination. They seem to have a Mona Lisa effect and follow you as you move.

There are endless steps to get to the top, so if you have a stroller or wheelchair with you, ask a park ranger to guide you to the elevator. For the rest of the kids, running up the steps is part of the Lincoln Memorial experience! Next, check out the Jefferson Memorial. The Jefferson Memorial is a majestic, striking building with an unmatched view of the Washington skyline and a serene tidal basin in front of it. The bronze statue inside is nothing special, but the simple stone renditions of famous Jefferson quotes give this place a majesty and significance.

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