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Posted on: November 13, 2008 8:36 am
 

What is the best movie ever made? Sweet 16

Onto round 3. I just want to reiterate a rule I made up for the last round. Please vote for all of the matchups. If you don't like either movie, just pick the lesser of two evils.

As we move along the choices get harder and harder.

Can Jaws take a bite out of Citizen Kane?

Will the Mockingbird break through the Rear Window or just break it's neck?

Can the Godfather withstand the Wrath of some Grapes?

Will the Wizard have enough brains, heart and courage when facing Laurence of Arabia?

Sorry couldn't think of any witty statements for the North. Feel free to add any you can think of.

Will the Raging Bull collapse before the Bridge over the River Kwai?

Can Star Wars "Force" it's way past the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life?

East

#1 Citizen Kane (1941) vs.#14 Jaws (1975)
#7 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) vs.#12 Rear Window (1954)

West

#1 The Godfather (1972) vs.#6 The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
#2 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) vs.#3 The Wizard of Oz (1939)

North

#1 Casablanca (1942) vs.#7 High Noon (1952)
#2 Gone with the Wind (1939) vs.#6 Some Like It Hot (1959)

South

#1 Raging Bull (1980) vs.#9 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
#4 Star Wars (1977) vs.#5 It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Previous results.

Round 2
http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs
/entry/5827413/11514238

Round 1
http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs
/entry/5827413/11375857

Category: General
Tags: Best Movie
 
Posted on: November 5, 2008 11:39 am
 

What is the best movie ever made? Round 2

OK, time to move onto round 2 of the Movie Vote-Off. One of the 2 seeds did not move on, only 1 3 seed won it's matchup. There was a tie between Schindler's List and Rocky, so it was up to me to cast the deciding vote. It wasn't an easy choice, which probably explains why it wound up as a tie. I chose Rocky of Schindler's List since it is one of my favorite movies. Schindlers List was a great film, but ultimately Rocky was a feel good story going against a very depressing movie. There were some oddities in the last round which force me to come up with some rules.

1. Please vote for every matchup. It makes it easier for me to keep track of the votes.
2. When making your selections please copy the matchups into your response and either Bold the movie you prefer, or delete the one not getting your vote. This way the movies are in a list order. If you just type in your choices one after the other it is a bit more difficult for me. Also, if you are using the delete method, please don't delete the seed number. If you just want to list the numbers that is fine as well.

This isn't a rule, but if there is a tough choice, feel free to comment about it. It makes it interesting to know the reason you chose one over the other. You can comment on all of the matchups if you so desire.

Here is a link to the last round.  http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs
/entry/5827413/11375857

New Matchups

East

#1 Citizen Kane (1941) vs.#15 Rocky (1976)
#4 Sunset Boulevard (1950) vs.#14 Jaws (1975)
#6 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) vs.#12 Rear Window (1954)
#7 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) vs.#9 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

West

#1 The Godfather (1972) vs.#13 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
#2 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) vs.#12 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
#3 The Wizard of Oz (1939) vs.#8 The Maltese Falcon (1941)
#6 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) vs.#7 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

North

#1 Casablanca (1942) vs.#14 MASH (1970)
#2 Gone with the Wind (1939) vs.#8 Apocalypse Now (1979)
#4 Psycho (1960) vs.#7 High Noon (1952)
#5 On the Waterfront (1954) vs.#6 Some Like It Hot (1959)

South

#1 Raging Bull (1980) vs.#14 The Deer Hunter (1978)
#2 Singin' in the Rain (1952) vs.#9 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
#4 Star Wars (1977) vs.#7 All About Eve (1950)
#5 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) vs.#6 Chinatown (1974)

I will leave the voting open until next Thursday at around 8 a.m. or so

Category: General
Posted on: October 29, 2008 8:30 am
Edited on: October 29, 2008 4:15 pm
 

What is the best movie ever made? Round 1

I had a fair amount of success with my best track, and best driver series, so I thought I would start another one, but non-sports related. You can't really use stats to support your opinion in this one, even total box office can't be used since the price of tickets keep going up, it isn't really an accurate reflection of how good a movie actually is. To get the list, I just copied the top 100 list created by AFI. Some really good movies do not make the top 64 on their list, and some of the movies I never heard of, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be inlcuded, and the ones I thought should make the list still aren't here. Some noteables that are missing include, Saving Privat Ryan, Shawshank Redembtion, Forrest Gump, Good Fellas, Silence of the Lambs, and Disney's Fantasia.

So here you go, I kept the list in the original order 1-64, then made the top 4 1seeds, the next 4 2 seeds, and so on. Then to figure out the groups, a number the 1 seeds 1-4, then the 2 seeds 4-1, and grouped the movies using a snake method throughout. Not the most scientific way, and it involved the least amount of work for me, but it works.

The first round has some interesting matchups, is Schindler's List better than Rocky, ET vs King Kong, 2001: A Space Oddyssy vs Lord of the Rings, Psycho vs. West Side Story,

Be sure to let others know about this, the driver series resulted in a bunch of posts, but the actual votes were in the teens for most rounds.

East

#1 Citizen Kane (1941) vs.#16 Network (1976)
#2 Schindler's List (1993) vs.#15 Rocky (1976)
#3 Vertigo (1958) vs.#14 Jaws (1975)
#4 Sunset Boulevard (1950) vs.#13 Intolerance (1916)
#5 The Graduate (1967) vs.#12 Rear Window (1954)
#6 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) vs.#11 King Kong (1933)
#7 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) vs.#10 The Sound of Music (1965)
#8 The Godfather Part II (1974) vs.#9 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

West

#1 The Godfather (1972) vs.#16 Cabaret (1972)
#2 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) vs.#15 The Gold Rush (1925)
#3 The Wizard of Oz (1939) vs.#14 North by Northwest (1959)
#4 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) vs.#13 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
#5 The General (1927) vs.#12 A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
#6 The Grapes of Wrath (1940) vs.#11 Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
#7 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) vs.#10 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
#8 The Maltese Falcon (1941) vs.#9 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

North

#1 Casablanca (1942) vs.#16 American Graffiti (1973)
#2 Gone with the Wind (1939) vs.#15 Nashville (1975)
#3 City Lights (1931) vs.#14 MASH (1970)
#4 Psycho (1960) vs.#13 West Side Story (1961)
#5 On the Waterfront (1954) vs.#12 It Happened One Night (1934)
#6 Some Like It Hot (1959) vs.#11 Midnight Cowboy (1969)
#7 High Noon (1952) vs.#10 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
#8 Apocalypse Now (1979) vs.#9 Annie Hall (1977)

South

#1 Raging Bull (1980) vs.#16 Sullivan's Travels (1941)
#2 Singin' in the Rain (1952) vs.#15 Duck Soup (1933)
#3 The Searchers (1956) vs.#14 The Deer Hunter (1978)
#4 Star Wars (1977) vs.#13 Taxi Driver (1976)
#5 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) vs.#12 Shane (1953)
#6 Chinatown (1974) vs.#11 The Philadelphia Story (1940)
#7 All About Eve (1950) vs.#10 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
#8 Double Indemnity (1944) vs.#9 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

edit - feel free to comment on any choices that were tough. I will leave the voting open until Wednesday the 5th at around 8 a.m.. I will tally the votes, and post a new blog with the new matchups. The highest seed will go against the lowest remaining seed.

Category: General
Posted on: August 4, 2008 1:38 pm
 

Dumb cnn articles

A few months ago a the new Indiana Jones movie was coming out, and CNN had an article about archeologists who say that real archeology is nothing like what you see in an Indiana Jones movie. Really? You mean you don't fight off Nazi's while destroying half of an ancient temple to get to a gold idol? Duh! Most people are quite aware that archeologists spend much of their time excavating a site, slowly, just to retrieve some fragments of an object. Which they then use to write up a paper about the site.  I don't think this article enlightened anyone. I'm not just picking on CNN, if you do a google search for "archeologist say Indiana Jones is not real" you will get quite a few hits on the subject.

Then about a month ago I saw an article where the FBI crime lab says the t.v. show CSI is unrealistic. Again, Really? You mean scientists working in a lab isn't as exciting as they make it out to be on t.v.? Huh, archeology is out as a career choice, now so is being a lab technician.

Todya on CNN if you go to the Health section, there is an article that has this headline. Study: Kids' fast-food meals not so healthy. No Freakin Way. Fast Food isn't good for you? Shocking. I thought cooking food in oil was the best way. Did someone really have to waste money by doing a study for figure this out.

I am beginning to think that Americans have completely lost Common Sense.

Category: General
Posted on: July 28, 2008 7:47 am
 

Is Obama overhyped by the media?

Hopefully this blog doesn't set off a tense political debate, as that isn't my intention. I read an article by Glenn Beck last week, and he makes a really good arguement to say that the media pays way too much attention to the Presidential candidate, while all but ignoring the other guy, what's his name, oh yea McCain.

Here is one of the topics he covered.

"Sometimes it's hard to tell if Barack Obama is running for president of the United States or Mr. Universe."

If you're guessing that's a quote from Michelle Obama, you're wrong. It was the first sentence of a recent article about Obama's frequent gym visits, published by the esteemed Associated Press.

So many Americans have apparently been worried that Obama might lose his great six-pack abs, the AP felt obligated to step in and put our minds at ease.

"The Democratic presidential contender exercises regularly," the Pulitzer-worthy article continued, "but over a 24-hour span this week, he took it to a new extreme. Twice on Wednesday and again Thursday morning, Obama traveled to a lakefront apartment building near his Chicago home to work out with a friend at his gym."

I don't know about you, but is this really news worthy? So the guy works out, so what. How does that help me to decide if he is going to be a good President.

It doesn't stop there. I'm sure most of you heard that Obama was doing a tour of the Middle East and Europe. Did you know that McCain did the same thing a few months ago?

And then you have the almost embarrassing way the media have gushed over Obama's trip to the Middle East. There were 200 requests for the 40 press seats available on Obama's plane, and all three top network anchors (Katie Couric, Charles Gibson and Brian Williams) made the trip and are broadcasting live from each country Obama visits.

You can't buy that kind of publicity. And neither could McCain.

McCain made a trip to the Middle East in March and didn't have to worry about finding seats for any network anchors, because none of them wanted to go. And while Obama was flying from country to country this week in a plane packed with celebrity reporters, McCain flew to an event in New Hampshire. After his Boeing 737 landed in Manchester, he stepped out onto the tarmac and glanced at the one reporter who'd bothered to show up. Yes, one.

When the whole Clinton vs. Obama campaign was going on it seemed to me that the media, CNN especially went out of there way to bash Hilary whenever they could, yet there weren't that many negative items about Obama. So did the media play a part in his eventual win?

Will the media decide who is going to be our next President? Many people who vote, don't bother to read or educate themselves about the candidates, and choose to listen to the media, then make their decision. That kind of scares me, especially after reading that the three major networks have spent 114 minutes covering Obama since June, and only 48 minutes talking about McCain.

I'm not here to make a pitch for either candidate, although I am leaning towards McCain. All I really want to stress is, research each candidate so you can come to an informed opinion before casting your vote in November. Don't let the media tell you who to vote for.

If you are interested in the article, here is a link.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/07/23/be
ck.obama.media/index.html

Posted on: July 15, 2008 3:55 pm
 

People on Wall Street really are stupid!

I'm sure most people who know me, know I don't blog very often. Back at the end of April I posted a blog asking if people on Wall Street were stupid. Reading cnn.com today shows that the answer to that question is YES! Here is some of what I wrote in April:

The topic of interest to me today? The price of gas. I doubt I will find many people here who don't think the price is too high. As of this morning, the cheapest gas I can find is $3.59/Gallon. That is just rediculous. I read articles on CNNMoney.com saying that due to the weak dollar, investers are putting money into commodities like gas and oil as a hedge against inflation. I am not an economics expert, but this seems to be a really stupid way to think. Let's see, I am worried about inflation, so I am going to contribute to running up the price of gasoline. Now ordinary folks like myself have to spend more on gas, giving me less money to spend on other things. Well this is going to hurt the overall economy because I am not spending as much on stuff I don't really need as I used to so manufacturers and store owners will suffer. Additionally, to get products to the store, you need what? Trucks! Last I checked trucks use fuel to run them. Price goes up, well heck now it costs more to get stuff to the stores. You think retailers are just going to take a lower profit margin? Nope, the price of food and clothing, and other stuff will have to go up to cover this new expense. Prices go up, last time I checked that was called inflation. So much for that hedge against inflation.

Reading on cnn.com that oil prices dropped $6.45 per barrel based on comments made by the Fed Chairmen. Here is some of the article:

On Tuesday morning, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned that high energy prices have helped to limit the purchasing power of U.S. households. High energy costs will remain a drag on the U.S. economy for the rest of the year, Bernanke told the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday.

That could result in businesses pushing a greater percentage of their high fuel and commodity costs through to consumers, he warned.

Immediately following Bernanke's speech, prices dropped more than $9, sinking below $136 a barrel, before recovering some.

"There's more demand destruction than people first perceived," said Neal Dingman, senior energy analyst at Dahlman Rose & Co. The weakened dollar, which Bernanke named as one of the reasons Americans can't spend as much, has been blamed for much of crude's runup.

Inflation:

Investors have been buying oil and other commodities to hedge against inflation, but that behavior may be changing as many begin to see it weighing on demand.

Amazing, it took comments from the Fed Chairman that essentially state the same thing I did 3 months ago before they got it. I thought these guys were supposed to be smart!
Category: General
Posted on: April 29, 2008 1:27 pm
 

Are people on Wall Street Stupid?

It's been a while since I created a blog. My last one was about the commercials in the Super Bowl. I haven't really had a topic that would require a lot of writing, so I have stuck to what I normally do, create and reply to threads on the message boards, mainly the Auto Racing boards.

The topic of interest to me today? The price of gas. I doubt I will find many people here who don't think the price is too high. As of this morning, the cheapest gas I can find is $3.59/Gallon. That is just rediculous. I read articles on CNNMoney.com saying that due to the weak dollar, investers are putting money into commodities like gas and oil as a hedge against inflation. I am not an economics expert, but this seems to be a really stupid way to think. Let's see, I am worried about inflation, so I am going to contribute to running up the price of gasoline. Now ordinary folks like myself have to spend more on gas, giving me less money to spend on other things. Well this is going to hurt the overall economy because I am not spending as much on stuff I don't really need as I used to so manufacturers and store owners will suffer. Additionally, to get products to the store, you need what? Trucks! Last I checked trucks use fuel to run them. Price goes up, well heck now it costs more to get stuff to the stores. You think retailers are just going to take a lower profit margin? Nope, the price of food and clothing, and other stuff will have to go up to cover this new expense. Prices go up, last time I checked that was called inflation. So much for that hedge against inflation. What really ticks me off? The value of the dollar has declined 10% in the last year, how much has oil gone up? Over 80%. The price of gas since September has gone up 58%, I don't know about the rest of you, but my last raise was nowhere near that.

The country is also in the middle of a housing crisis, with banks in trouble because they were stupid, and gave out loans to people they knew couldn't afford to pay. What does our government do? They bail out the banks. So my tax dollars are going to companies that took too big of a risk, yet this same government is doing nothing to help me. The Fed is considering another reduction to the prime rate. I pray this doesn't happen because that will just cause the dollar to decline further, which in turn will drive oil prices even higher. It's time for the government to intervene and lower the price of oil. I know that both of the democratic candidates say they will tax big oil for their windfall profits, I only believe one of them since the other voted to give the oil companies a tax break to begin with when they voted for Cheney's energy bill. Additional rant within a rant, To all Democrats, vote for Hillary. I am neither Dem nor Rep, I voted for Bush both times, this last time for the simple fact that Kerry was an idiot. I can't vote for Obama, and do not want to vote another Republican into the White House.

It's got to stop somewhere. I would buy one of those scooters that gets 70+ mpg if it weren't for the fact that people don't know how to drive nowadays, and I have something against being a speedbump. Riding a bike wouldn't work either, to get to where I work, I go up and down a bunch of very steep hills. I would be too exhausted to actually work.

OK, I guess that's enough from me, let me know what you think. Is my thinking way off here? Any economics professors out there who want to tear apart my arguement feel free.

Category: General
Posted on: January 15, 2008 8:22 pm
 

Opinions on the boards here

OK, I guess for my first official blog I will spout off about these boards in general. I know many people have their own personal pet peeves about these boards, but for the most part I really enjoy my time here. Occasionally you run into an individual whose sole purpose in life is to act like an idiot. You have a few option when dealing with individuals like this. You can lose it with them, but this usually ends up bad for you since the guy causing trouble will just create another screen name if he gets banned because they don't care. You can ignore them, and they will most likely go away eventually. Or the final option, the one I choose to use is to use logic when replying to them, while at the same time choosing your words carefully so that they look more stupid than their post show. A way these boards could help with this would be give us the ability to ignore posters. We can add people to our favorites, so we know when they post, why not give us the ability to not even see the posts by these individuals.

Another troublesome item on these boards is the fact that if you rate a post high, it gets adjusted to half the value you wanted to give. If I wanted to give someone 2.5 stars, I would do that, if I choose 5 stars, then my rating should be  starts. I rarely give out 0's, if I don't like a post I will reply and give my opinion which lets the person know what I thought just as much as a 0 would.

Are there other issues, sure. I hate when you copy and paste information, the post comes out with all sorts of html coding, thus making the post virtually unreadable.

I haven't played with all of the new functionality, still not sure what the permalink is designed to accomplish, but I'm sure I will figure it out.

I am glad we finally have the chance to post blogs. That has been listed as coming soon for close to a year now. I am also glad they give the option to the All-Stars as well because all to often a troll will rile someone up enough that they can give a bogus warning to the person knocking them down from SuperStar. While it is nice to see the top 1k icon on my profile, as I am sure the people in the top 100 or top 10 like it as well. I would like to see just how close I am to the top 100, so if anyone knows how I can get this information please pass it along. If I lost the icon, I wouldn't care too much, even if I get knocked back to all-star doesn't bother me. I have said many a time that I want to be able to post here, and upload my own av. Everything else is just not that important.

Well that's about it for my first blog, not sure how often I will create these, I guess if I have something long-winded to say I will use this forum. Usually, I use postings since I don't have that much to say.

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