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  1. A lot of people seem to be having problems with the whole alien thing. My wife really didn't like that aspect either. She said that Aliens didn't fit because Indiana Jones is about artifacts with powers relating to God...which ever God that may be.

     

    But I look at it like this:

     

    What was Indiana Jones Really about? Indiana Jones was an archaeologist (is that how you spell it?). He's an archaeologist in this new movie.

     

    Indiana Jones was collecting artifacts with these wonderfully crazy legends around them. In this new movie, he deals with Mayan and Incan stuff. Both of which have wonderfully crazy legends surrounding them. Some of which involve the theory that Aliens built their civilizations.

     

    Indiana Jones always reflected the times he lived in. In the original movies, he was in the late 30's and he was dealing a lot with Hitler and his fascination with these godly artifacts. In this new movie, we're in the 50's....a time when the red scare was terrifying people...and a time when all of that U.F.O. stuff first started coming into play.

     

    Indiana Jones dealt a lot with religious themes. In this new movie, the same applies. He deals with an ancient civilization's religion and their gods....they're just REALLY different Gods...It's like he says in the movie after he and Mutt see the pictograph of the god with the elongated head and Mutt says God doesn't look like that....Indy says, "That depends on what god you believe in".

     

    So to me...it almost seems like a logical conclusion to go this route. Sure, there are other ways you could have gone..but I really didn't have a problem with this alien thing....or interdimensional being thing (a lot of people are starting to think these "aliens" that people have been seeing for years are actually beings from a different dimension....if you believe in that sort of nonsense).

     

    This is a well written post. I agree with most of it.

  2. OK i finally saw this film and I have to say I love it! People online with their negative comments had me thinking it was going to be a disappointment but nearly each time something came on the screen that online folks were bitching about it ended up not being as bad as they were making it out. The CGI prairie dogs at the beginning looked fine. I thought they looked real. I however did not like that they showed back up 2 other times for seemingly no reason other than a cheap laugh. It had George Lucas' name written all over it. I think that was honestly my old real problem with the film besides some technical complaints;

     

    Technical Complaints

     

    1. Mutt Williams swinging on the vines would have been better had he not been such a natural at it but it really wasn't all that bad. Reading people's comments had me thinking he was going to do the Tarzan yell. It was just a guy swinging on vines through the jungle.

     

    2. The native warriors that came busting out of the one temple. I didn't really understand that. They broke right out of these little stone chambers as if they had been sealed in there since the temple was built. These did not appear to be zombie warriors. How did they survive in there? I mean if they were just normal guys then what do they do? Get one in the morning, eat breakfast, and then go seal them self in an ancient temple just in case someone comes waltzing through?

     

    3. At the end where the big ship was coming up from under the ground and there was practically a huge tornado I thought it was unrealistic that Indy's hat just stayed on his head. He should of been holding it down as to keep it from flying off.

     

    It was surreal seeing Indy in that mock town with the nuclear blast. And the alien thing may have seemed off the beaten path but the paranormal is the paranormal. I might not rank it up there with the originals but the originals have a nostalgia factor and that is something this or any other Indy film will never be able to capture.

  3. guys you got to remember , what we got in the cartoon and in toys cant be done in Hollywood, and don't ask why, this gijoe looks more like an Ultimate gijoe. from the looks of it, but we don't know till we see it.

     

    There is no way you can look at that suit Wayans is wearing and tell me that the stuff from the toys and cartoon cannot be done. If they can do Robo Joe then they can do Ripcord in a HALO jumpsuit.

  4. I have to say these are some of the first pictures from this movie that have truly disturbed me. First of all, Snake Eyes looks weird. And it's not just the mouth. It's weird that he has regular black plants on but his entire upper body is covered in that plastic armor. It looks like he is just a bald, shirtless guy who has been painted black. Then there is Wayans as "Robo Cop" (or should we say "Robo Joe"?). The Sigma Six like armor the Joes were all pictured wearing was one thing but this makes him look like a freaking cyborg. I wouldn't expect a Joe looking that unrealistic had this film been made during the Battle Corps years.

  5. *POSSIBLE MOVIE SPOILERS*

     

     

     

    I'm not sure about these Omega Force guys being movie figures. Why would they reveal Cobra Commander (the most mysterious character from the movie) so soon?. Also "Cobra TRPR" is apparently Cobra Trooper but it is my understanding that in the movie they are called Cobra Viper or Neo-Viper. You'd also think we'd get a movie Snake-Eyes first.

  6. Yo! Is EvilStar the only one who thinks this list blows?

     

    More Dukes, Snake Eyeses, and Cobra Commanders? A bunch or repaints? The only NEW characters are Blowtorch and Mainframe?

     

    Sorry, Dude, but this sux!

     

    Eff it! Looks like my stimulus check is still getting invested at the track!

     

     

    Totally agree! And we're getting Gung-Ho, Beachhead, and Storm Shadow AGAIN, but where the eff are ZAP and SHORT-FUSE???

     

     

    Come on, Hasbro! Finish the Original 13!!! Even do a half-assed job like you did with Grunt! Better than nothing!

     

    You need to get help dude.

  7. Ah frak, I've been wanting a hatless Bludd for years. :(

     

    I can cope with the Zartan body, I can cope with no elbow articulation on the armoured arm, but this is too much. The prototype head looked much better and had the advancement of removeable headgear.

     

    I suppose its saved me some cash as Ebay and importing is expensive.

     

    DTC Bludd's helmet is removable.

  8. I read Ebert's review and he said it was good. I respect his opinion over younger reviwers who are just dying to give it a bad review because A ) George Lucas is involved and B ) it's another 80s franchise being brought back. Such people wrote their review of this film the second they heard it was being made and it involved the words "rape" and "childhood".

  9. I just want to point out to the people saying that the United States was founded on Judeo-Christian principals that the 10 Commandments are not law. For example, I could cheat on my wife and not go to jail for it despite it being against God's Laws. In addition the Bible speaks a lot about Kingdoms and the idea that we are to be obedient to God or be punished. Who voted for God? The idea of democracy and republicanism actually comes from the ancient Romans (a pagan society I might add). So what are these principals that this country was supposedly founded upon? Yes Jefferson and others believed in a god. And yes Jefferson included "creator" talk in the Declaration of Independence. However Jefferson was a deist that didn't believe Jesus was the "Son Of God" or had performed any supernatural miracles. In fact he published a Bible that had all that stuff cut out. The Constitution of the Unites States has no such talk in it. So I don't think it is accurate to portray the United States has a nation founded on Christian principals just because a single document that was written by one man included a few words about his own personal beliefs in a deistic creator. If someone stood up in a church today and started preaching deistic views they would be thrown out and called a witch. That is all.

     

    one man may have wrote it, but a whole lot more signed there name to it, and the 44 state constitutions had explicit religious content to it. Most teachers back in day taught that generation to read using the Bible. All the higher education schools were Christian, and law oriented. So how that does not permeate the country, society, or culture? You do not have to like it or think that it is right, but Christian principles just like enlightenment principles are what this country was based on. One of the biggest arguments the founding Fathers had was that they did not answer to man (king George) but to God.

     

    Really that does not matter anymore. Does anyone really care how the country was founded? What matters now is what is right, NOW. What is right now is freedom of religion and separation of church and state

     

    Good point. The Founding Fathers didn't believe women should vote and condoned slavery. Should we really have to live by their personal beliefs all these years later?

    wow! what flawless logic. They also believed in freedom, liberty, and religious tolerance I guess we should throw those out too.

     

    Maybe it matters becuase after 300 years most of the population still claims Christianity of one form or another. Seems to me that understanding a foundation could be useful to understanding those who now stand on that foundation

     

    Please tell me you were joking when you brought up Muslims founding this country would not have made a difference. I believe women are actually valued somewhat here unlike Muslim countries. Also we would have the dominant technology here like all the other muslim countries, and when people were accused of things like lying and cheating we would not try them in courts, but would hack off body parts as is the traditional custom in Muslim countries. You're right. This country would look and be the same.

     

    The only flawed logic is the one where you assumed I was saying that we should throw out everything the Founding Fathers believed. I never said that. But it makes an easy straw man for you to knock down when you pretend that I did. What I was saying is that just because the Founding Fathers believed in it does not mean that we should be bound to believe the same way. How many people brought up "Founding Father" arguments when they were trying to pass the 19th Amendment? Many I'm sure and yet their opinions on the subject were disregarded.

     

    And no I wasn't joking when I mentioned Muslims. I was making a point. A point you obviously missed and that being democracy is not a Christian thing. I could have named Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, etc. and regardless of what the difference may be between countries founded by such group it's not as if democracy was something that could only have happened in a Christian society. That is to say I did not mean "same" as in the countries would have been identical but rather "same" in the sense that democracy may or may not have been present.

     

    I find it ironic that you bring up the treatment of women here.

  10. I just want to point out to the people saying that the United States was founded on Judeo-Christian principals that the 10 Commandments are not law. For example, I could cheat on my wife and not go to jail for it despite it being against God's Laws. In addition the Bible speaks a lot about Kingdoms and the idea that we are to be obedient to God or be punished. Who voted for God? The idea of democracy and republicanism actually comes from the ancient Romans (a pagan society I might add). So what are these principals that this country was supposedly founded upon? Yes Jefferson and others believed in a god. And yes Jefferson included "creator" talk in the Declaration of Independence. However Jefferson was a deist that didn't believe Jesus was the "Son Of God" or had performed any supernatural miracles. In fact he published a Bible that had all that stuff cut out. The Constitution of the Unites States has no such talk in it. So I don't think it is accurate to portray the United States has a nation founded on Christian principals just because a single document that was written by one man included a few words about his own personal beliefs in a deistic creator. If someone stood up in a church today and started preaching deistic views they would be thrown out and called a witch. That is all.

     

    one man may have wrote it, but a whole lot more signed there name to it, and the 44 state constitutions had explicit religious content to it. Most teachers back in day taught that generation to read using the Bible. All the higher education schools were Christian, and law oriented. So how that does not permeate the country, society, or culture? You do not have to like it or think that it is right, but Christian principles just like enlightenment principles are what this country was based on. One of the biggest arguments the founding Fathers had was that they did not answer to man (king George) but to God.

     

    Really that does not matter anymore. Does anyone really care how the country was founded? What matters now is what is right, NOW. What is right now is freedom of religion and separation of church and state

     

    Good point. The Founding Fathers didn't believe women should vote and condoned slavery. Should we really have to live by their personal beliefs all these years later?

  11. the crazy thing is....everyone acts like the people teaching the bible arent men..they have people that twist things like any other "evil men" do(slave owners used God to justify what they did). the fact is that Jesus was real, if u say that he wasnt, then.....read book!

     

    What Book would that be? The Bible? Do you believe in Vishnu? No? Well read a book. I suggest the Vedas.

     

    someone tell me how the things that are taught in the bible are bad....love, peace, happiness....those are some good things to me.

     

    Sounds like some good things to me too. But then there are the bad things such as the anti-homosexual message. Is stoning people to death for being gay really love and peace? Sounds like murderous rage to me.

     

    i believe in God, tell me the harm in it!, tell me what bad comes from it! i rather believe in God than man, man is ignorant, self rightous, and just men....nothing more.

     

    There is no harm in believing in a god so longer as you can handle it mentally. The people who kill in it's name obviously cannot.

     

    I'd also like to pint out that from an atheist point of view "God" is just man masquerading as something bigger and better. Like the whole anti-homosexual thing . . . does God despise gays or do some men despise gays to such an extent that they put an anti-homosexual message in the Bible as the supposed words of God?

     

    do u think im going to put my faith science? the same science that contridicts i self every chance it gets. i refuse to believe that a big bang made thinking intellengent beings...or that a fish changed to a horse that changed to a monkey that changed into a man. do u guys really think that u were once monkeys?

     

    The same science that makes your computer possible? Science contradicts itself because it is an ongoing process. As time goes on we learn more and more. That is why the science of 500 years ago barely resembles the science of today. Religion on the other hand becomes trapped in time. No matter how many advances we make the unscientific aspects of the Bible are still going to be there and if someone does dare to try and correct them they are branded a heretic.

     

    As for your other comments here:

     

    1. The Big Bang is not a sentient being that "makes" things. If you make it out to be such then you are making it into God.

     

    2. Fish changing into a horse may seem silly but how about a fish changing into another fish, changing into another fish, changing into another fish, changing into another fish, changing into a sort of amphibian, etc.

     

    Doesn't seem quite so silly then.

     

    3. It's more accurate to say men came from apes than monkeys. And yes I do believe in evolution. It's sound science.

     

    i dont care if u guys believe in God or not! just come up with proof that he's not......

     

    And I don't care if you believe in a god or not either. However I must admit it annoys me when people reject science in order to believe. That is not necessary! Maybe evolution was programmed into living things by God so that they would not die on the planet of ever changing climate that HE created!? Just a thought.

     

    As for proof. I offer no proof that there is no god. It would be foolish to attempt such a thing. However seems unfair that atheists should have no come up with proof that there is no god when theists do not have to offer proof that there IS one. And no the Bible isn't proof. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

     

    i just dont see how in '08, when its very aperent that most of the country are christians, that people are in amazment that religion is being shown on figs?!

     

    Well maybe that's just the thing. It's 2008 and not 1808. How many Muslims extremists are there in Cobra? How many G.I. Joe figures have a cross around their neck? When it comes to religion, toy companies have avoid it like the plague. As such it is kind of amazing that we are actually getting an Indiana Jones action figure line seeing as how there are so many religious themes (both Christian and Hindu) and the fact that every other character looks to be Muslim. And that's not to mention the Nazis.

  12. I just want to point out to the people saying that the United States was founded on Judeo-Christian principals that the 10 Commandments are not law. For example, I could cheat on my wife and not go to jail for it despite it being against God's Laws. In addition the Bible speaks a lot about Kingdoms and the idea that we are to be obedient to God or be punished. Who voted for God? The idea of democracy and republicanism actually comes from the ancient Romans (a pagan society I might add). So what are these principals that this country was supposedly founded upon? Yes Jefferson and others believed in a god. And yes Jefferson included "creator" talk in the Declaration of Independence. However Jefferson was a deist that didn't believe Jesus was the "Son Of God" or had performed any supernatural miracles. In fact he published a Bible that had all that stuff cut out. The Constitution of the Unites States has no such talk in it. So I don't think it is accurate to portray the United States has a nation founded on Christian principals just because a single document that was written by one man included a few words about his own personal beliefs in a deistic creator. If someone stood up in a church today and started preaching deistic views they would be thrown out and called a witch. That is all.

     

    one man may have wrote it, but a whole lot more signed there name to it, and the 44 state constitutions had explicit religious content to it. Most teachers back in day taught that generation to read using the Bible. All the higher education schools were Christian, and law oriented. So how that does not permeate the country, society, or culture? You do not have to like it or think that it is right, but Christian principles just like enlightenment principles are what this country was based on. One of the biggest arguments the founding Fathers had was that they did not answer to man (king George) but to God.

     

    State constitutions aside (we are talking about the Unites States itself here) there is a difference between the country being made up by a Christian majority and thus that being reflected in it's society and the nation actually being founded on Christian principals. There is nothing inherently Christian about the United States' foundation. The country could have been founded by Muslims and there would be no difference. Don't think that Muslims would found a democratic country at that point in time? Perhaps not but what about democracy is Christian? Like i said in my earlier post it's a pagan thing. That's why Washington DC looks like ancient Rome and not ancient Jerusalem.

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