September 19th, 2004

Scorpion

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Details on the FBI's ' October crackdown on terrorism. "Specifically, the plan calls for 'aggressive - even obvious - surveillance' techniques to be used on a short list of people suspected of being terrorist sympathizers, but who have not committed a crime." Welcome to America, land of the free!

"The fact that Ralph Nader secured a place on the Florida ballot by means of the Pat Buchanan Reform Party speaks for itself. In state after state, Nader has become an extension of the Republican Party and their corporate backers."
-Terry McAuliffe, Democratic National Committee Chairman

More on how the Florida Supreme Court put Nader on the ballot, and the arguments against.

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Doctors prepare to try a face transplant.

Tom Shales is hopeful for the fall TV season.
Scorpion

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was amusing, but not great. Pretty? Yes. Overly interesting? Not really, no.

The characters were *entirely* one dimensional. In this new era of computerized film-making, when such great visuals are possible, you really need some more substance to your film than pretty visuals to go from 'eye candy' to 'good movie.' And they sure didn't.

Man, the dialogue... one reviewer said it sounded like George Lucas wrote it, and that's not far off.

You know, if you're spending all this money on the computerized backdrops, you could try to keep them from looking like matte paintings. Because, if you're not, I know of a great way to save a couple bucks.

So. Good for a couple laughs, and some decent chase scenes, but nothing that'll stick with you.

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