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A terrible article. The 1990 were one of the best decades of moviemaking since the medium began but the Best Picture winners of the era were dogshit. Time and time again, the best pictures of a given year were passed over for trite crap (TITANIC, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, how about THE ENGLISH PATIENT, anyone? Anyone?). AMERICAN BEAUTY was the one movie the Academy got right, for a change. It isn't perfect but this certainly doesn't identify any of its flaws; that its author thinks Lester's big beef with his wife is actually about spilling beer on the couch suggests the movie would have achieved orbit had it gone any further over his head. Lucky dog! A great ep. One of TZ's best, though it doesn't always turn up on people's lists of favorites. When TWD began, Lincoln's was the 2nd-most-embarrassing American Southern accent on television. The prize was taken by Kyra Sedgwick's accent on THE CLOSER, which was [i]screamingly[/i] hilarious. After that show ended, it's been Lincoln all the way. "Thou sure art purty in thy wrath." Michael Rooker (who should have been cast as Rick) was able to take Merle, who was, on paper, arguably the worst-written characters in the entire run of the show, and turn him into someone viewers at least looked forward to seeing. That was all Rooker; the writers weren't giving him anything. Xander Berkeley, another rock-solid actor, did his best with Gregory but again, when it comes to the writing, there's just nothing there. That's the best of what one gets from TWD--talented actors doing their best to make something out of nothing. It isn't really fair to judge him or anyone else by TWD. In Lincoln's case, he's a VERY English Englishman who, in being cast as Rick, is basically John Wayne as Genghis Khan--utterly miscast. Listen to him speak with his regular voice and accent and think about how hard it would be for him just to do that part of the role and then have to try to act through that. And, of course, as with everyone else on TWD, the writers give him absolutely nothing with which to work. They've never given him anything. TWD is a show that has chewed up and spit out several great actors, sticking them in sh!tty, thankless roles. Nothing on the show, anyway. I was excited by the prospect of Hulk zombies who could do that to a bridge--perhaps laying the groundwork for a TWD/Marvel Zombies crossover?--but nothing was ever done with it. A wagon is comically easy to build (and they already have one) but to appropriate another, they go into D.C.--a place that should be crawling with a few million zombies and totally inaccessible--to get it. They were there for other things too, obviously, but the wagon is the one that gets them into trouble. One of the reasons those wagons were so popular in their day is that they were very lightweight but on TWD, it's like it's made of lead--so heavy, it cracks a floor in the Georgia state capitol building (which is the building they used for that sequence) that has had hundreds of thousands of people walking over it for decades. Later, the bridge is out and, in taking an alternate route, they declare the horses will never be able to pull the wagon through a stretch of mud. So they unhitch the horses and the people pull the wagon through that mud! A clue for the writers: a team of horses is MUCH better equipped to move a wagon than a couple guys. A horse is an incredibly valuable thing to have in this sort of world but when a few zombies appear, Rick immediately decides to abandon the wagon and let the zombies eat the horse they're rehitched to it! One random cannon-fodder character goes back to unhitch the horse but is bitten by one of TWD's teleporting zombies. Then, so he can get some medical attention, everyone goes back and, with minimal effort, kills the zombies who had been creeping up. Why not just do that in the first place? It also seems the TWD zombies have evolved to become venomous, because Random Cannon-Fodder Guy is bitten on the arm but dies on the spot within about a minute-and-a-half. No, I just think everyone involved realized the '03 HULK was just way better. TIH has been basically ignored; nothing it established was followed up on. It has been popularized by Jonah Goldberg but it has floated around various fringe-right circles for decades. When, in Europe, fascism first began filling mass-graves with leftists, Ludwig von Mises--one of the American rightist "Libertarian's" patron saints--praised it for no less than having saved civilization and said the praise it has earned for this will live for all eternity. He later went to work for the Austrian fascist regime before, in a bit of ironic justice, having to flee when the Nazis rolled in (because he was Jewish, not because he wasn't a good fascist). After the horrors of the war, when his previous position wasn't going to go over with any public anywhere, he did a full 180 and began describing fascism as "socialism." View all replies >