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(Onion AV Club)   16 pop-culture windows into the world of 1993 to the left. Impassioned defense of Robin Hood: Men in Tights, to the right   (avclub.com) divider line 46
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2013-11-04 07:54:21 AM  
There's trolls, there's mods, there's tfers, there's squirrels. Come on, we'll bless them all until we get vashnigyered!
 
2013-11-04 07:57:55 AM  
"They call me Little John, but I'm actually very, very big."

/Abe Lincoln?
 
2013-11-04 08:05:52 AM  

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: "They call me Little John, but I'm actually very, very big."

/Abe Lincoln?


Ahhh Choo
 
2013-11-04 08:36:09 AM  
Hey it was a funny movie.
 
2013-11-04 08:48:24 AM  
They don't like Loaded Weapon, Hot Shots, and Fatal Instinct either. WTF?
 
2013-11-04 08:53:25 AM  

js34603: Hey it was a funny movie.


It certainly seemed like it to my teenaged self when it came out. It just doesn't seem to hold up as well as some of Brooks' other works though.

/"Unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent."
 
2013-11-04 08:58:27 AM  
I remember seeing True Romance in 1993, and the most notable thing about that movie was the Hopper/Walken scene because I think nobody in the theater expected it.  That really escalated quickly.  I don't think anyone also realized that they were watching a Tarantino written film either because that wasn't something anyone cared about then.

Kalifornia is another I remember from 1993 because it was more intense than what was advertised.  Both of those movies had Brad Pitt in roles that he doesn't do anymore.
 
2013-11-04 09:04:16 AM  
Anyone else getting a dead 404 link?
 
2013-11-04 09:05:38 AM  
Never mind, switching from mobile to desktop view fixed it.
 
2013-11-04 09:13:21 AM  
Sorry, but a toll is a toll, and a roll is a roll, and if we don't get no tolls, then we don't eat no rolls.
/I made that up!
 
2013-11-04 09:18:12 AM  

moistD: Sorry, but a toll is a toll, and a roll is a roll, and if we don't get no tolls, then we don't eat no rolls.
/I made that up!


This ain't exactly the Mississippi...now I'm on the east bank...now I'm on the west bank...now I'm on the east bank...

/Man, I really liked that movie as a 10-15 year old, and Comedy Central made sure to play it pretty much every week it seemed.  Haven't watched it in years, afraid it might lose some charm.
//You changed it TO latrine?
/It used to be shiathouse.
 
2013-11-04 09:24:22 AM  

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: moistD: Sorry, but a toll is a toll, and a roll is a roll, and if we don't get no tolls, then we don't eat no rolls.
/I made that up!

This ain't exactly the Mississippi...now I'm on the east bank...now I'm on the west bank...now I'm on the east bank...

/Man, I really liked that movie as a 10-15 year old, and Comedy Central made sure to play it pretty much every week it seemed.  Haven't watched it in years, afraid it might lose some charm.
//You changed it TO latrine?
/It used to be shiathouse.


I was 8 when that movie came out.  My dad got me Spaceballs first, then he brought me to the movies to see Men in Tights.  After that he saw I loved those films and as I got older/understood the jokes better he bought me more and more Mel Brooks.  I own most of his movies now and even though his 90s work is mediocre I still love them because they are what I watched first.

/also made me have a better respect for a lot of genres as you had to watch more movies to understand the references.
//I saw Men in Tights before the Kevin Costner movie.  when I met my wife in college she wanted to watch Robin Hood, so I brought over Men in Tights because in my mind that is Robin Hood and Kevin Costners movie is some terrible b-grade film
 
2013-11-04 09:27:35 AM  
I have to take issue with #8. Magic didn't really almost kill itself until 1995 when it released Chronicles, reprinting a bunch of chase rares and crashing the collector's market.

Alpha and Beta had balance issues, but didn't threaten to murder the game like the author suggests.

/Men in Tights is hilarious, fark anyone who says otherwise
 
2013-11-04 09:29:15 AM  
Men in Tights was never funny. Even in 93 most people thought it was kind of lame. And I like Mel Brooks.
 
2013-11-04 09:31:34 AM  
I was 11 when RH:MiT came out. It was the height of comedy for an 11 year old.
 
2013-11-04 09:57:52 AM  
"7. Star Fox warps video games into the 3-D age, one polygon at a time "

How cute...

www.stardestroyer.net

/also came out in February of 1993 (original, not the collectors edition)
 
2013-11-04 10:02:46 AM  

Burr: "7. Star Fox warps video games into the 3-D age, one polygon at a time "

How cute...

[www.stardestroyer.net image 300x370]

/also came out in February of 1993 (original, not the collectors edition)


Actually, 1993 was a banner year for gaming in general:

Sam and Max Hit the Road
Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle
Doom
Simcity 2000

And for non-PC:
Legend of Zelda:  Links Awakening

/there are more, but those are the ones that own
 
2013-11-04 10:07:49 AM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Men in Tights was never funny. Even in 93 most people thought it was kind of lame. And I like Mel Brooks.


Did you say Abe Lincoln?
 
2013-11-04 10:08:19 AM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Men in Tights was never funny. Even in 93 most people thought it was kind of lame. And I like Mel Brooks.


Only movie I ever walked out on

/and I saw City of the Walking Dead in the theater
 
2013-11-04 10:10:34 AM  
I turned 21 in 93, and it was my first full year of college at a civilian school. Many new life experiences....

Men in Tights was great, and it only got better as I learned more of the references. Example: I hadn't seen Godfather yet, so while funny, the Dom DeLuise scene only got better. Also, Patrick Stewart.
 
2013-11-04 10:12:50 AM  
Now, what wool be interesting is trying to explain 90% of Basketball to my daughter in about 10 years.
 
2013-11-04 10:45:39 AM  

eltejon: Now, what wool be interesting is trying to explain 90% of Basketball to my daughter in about 10 years.


dude.

/victoria silvestedt playmate of the year
 
2013-11-04 11:19:02 AM  
In the year...

Two thousaaaaaand!

moviecultists.com
 
2013-11-04 11:27:32 AM  
These matches say you're lying.

img.fark.net
 
2013-11-04 11:40:24 AM  

LewDux: They don't like Loaded Weapon, Hot Shots, and Fatal Instinct either. WTF?


They are the "Epic movie" of their generation.

Read: "Awful".
 
2013-11-04 11:53:34 AM  

Strolpol: /Men in Tights is hilarious, fark anyone who says otherwise


It's a good movie, but not Brooks' best; there are too many pop culture jokes that don't hold up very well (e.g. the opening "rap").

Spaceballs is kind of the same way.
 
2013-11-04 12:01:31 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Strolpol: /Men in Tights is hilarious, fark anyone who says otherwise

It's a good movie, but not Brooks' best; there are too many pop culture jokes that don't hold up very well (e.g. the opening "rap").

Spaceballs is kind of the same way.


But Spaceballs is unique as its main parady is Star Wars. So, even with many pop culture references, many will watch just for the Star Wars jokes.

/Xenomorph doing the Michigan J. Frog song and dance was great.
 
2013-11-04 12:03:16 PM  

Strolpol: I have to take issue with #8. Magic didn't really almost kill itself until 1995 when it released Chronicles, reprinting a bunch of chase rares and crashing the collector's market.


And don't forget when Mirrodin block introduced Affinity...a sizeable chunk of the player base quit because that mechanic was too ridiculous.
 
2013-11-04 12:43:36 PM  

Burr: Burr: "7. Star Fox warps video games into the 3-D age, one polygon at a time "

How cute...

[www.stardestroyer.net image 300x370]

/also came out in February of 1993 (original, not the collectors edition)

Actually, 1993 was a banner year for gaming in general:

Sam and Max Hit the Road
Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle
Doom
Simcity 2000

And for non-PC:
Legend of Zelda:  Links Awakening

/there are more, but those are the ones that own


Man, I am getting verklempt with some of these references.  It might not have been the most original or innovative game, but for sheer entertainment value, this one is near the top of my all-time favorites.
 
2013-11-04 12:55:51 PM  
Dear lord am I getting old.
 
2013-11-04 12:58:27 PM  
Star Fox warps video games into the 3-D age, one polygon at a time

say what?????

I don't even know what to say about that. I can probably dig up hundreds of poly raster games before Star Fox. Some on consoles too.

If we include vector games, the list goes through the roof.

I do admit though, 93 was a great year when it came to 3D engines ...Star Fox not being one of them.
 
2013-11-04 01:26:29 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: LewDux: They don't like Loaded Weapon, Hot Shots, and Fatal Instinct either. WTF?

They are the "Epic movie" of their generation.

Read: "Awful".


Link
 
2013-11-04 01:27:35 PM  

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Man, I am getting verklempt with some of these references.  It might not have been the most original or innovative game, but for sheer entertainment value, this one is near the top of my all-time favorites.


I occasionally swear in longhand....

also, my reply to "There is something in my eye" is "Try digging it out with a fork. That always works for me. ".
 
2013-11-04 01:35:13 PM  

LewDux: Jim from Saint Paul: LewDux: They don't like Loaded Weapon, Hot Shots, and Fatal Instinct either. WTF?

They are the "Epic movie" of their generation.

Read: "Awful".

Link


LewDux   (favorite: Tailspin pedobear funny maker)
 
2013-11-04 02:07:01 PM  

Perlin Noise: Star Fox warps video games into the 3-D age, one polygon at a time

say what?????

I don't even know what to say about that. I can probably dig up hundreds of poly raster games before Star Fox. Some on consoles too.

If we include vector games, the list goes through the roof.

I do admit though, 93 was a great year when it came to 3D engines ...Star Fox not being one of them.


upload.wikimedia.org

This came out in 1984.
 
2013-11-04 02:11:19 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Men in Tights was never funny. Even in 93 most people thought it was kind of lame. And I like Mel Brooks.


"When Things Were Rotten" was the better Mel Brooks Robin Hood spoof.
 
2013-11-04 02:22:16 PM  

Entity79: Strolpol: I have to take issue with #8. Magic didn't really almost kill itself until 1995 when it released Chronicles, reprinting a bunch of chase rares and crashing the collector's market.

And don't forget when Mirrodin block introduced Affinity...a sizeable chunk of the player base quit because that mechanic was too ridiculous.


Affinity wasn't the problem, really. Strategies that abused Arcbound Ravager and Disciple of the Vault were. Affinity is a fair mechanic when you take away the combo-tastic pieces and the artifact lands.

That being said, they overcompensated by making the following Kamigawa block relatively neutered. All things considered, Mirrodin taught them a lot about the importance of balancing cards. I think they've only screwed up badly once since then, and it was with a brand-new card type that they were still trying out (Jace, the Mind Sculptor).
 
2013-11-04 02:22:52 PM  
Men in Tights was always a good movie to me, even when I've watched it recently.

Also True Romance is probably the best movie from 1993.
 
2013-11-04 02:32:20 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Men in Tights was never funny.


Yeah, actually, it was. It wasn't ROFL funny, but just the way it insulted Kevin Costner's Robin Hood made it worth seeing, at least once.

The Firm, on the other hand, was a terrible movie. The fact that it got Academy Award nominations only strengthens my belief that the Oscars are nothing but a popularity contest.
 
2013-11-04 03:56:56 PM  
The phrase "Let's all get fershnickered!" is a permanent part of my vocabulary thanks to Men in Tights.
 
2013-11-04 04:24:09 PM  

RatMaster999: This came out in 1984.


that was the first thing that came to my mind ...though because it does not raster polys, I figured it might not count ...

Starglider and Starglider 2 will for sure...1988
 
2013-11-04 04:37:24 PM  

Strolpol: Entity79: Strolpol: I have to take issue with #8. Magic didn't really almost kill itself until 1995 when it released Chronicles, reprinting a bunch of chase rares and crashing the collector's market.

And don't forget when Mirrodin block introduced Affinity...a sizeable chunk of the player base quit because that mechanic was too ridiculous.

Affinity wasn't the problem, really. Strategies that abused Arcbound Ravager and Disciple of the Vault were. Affinity is a fair mechanic when you take away the combo-tastic pieces and the artifact lands.

That being said, they overcompensated by making the following Kamigawa block relatively neutered. All things considered, Mirrodin taught them a lot about the importance of balancing cards. I think they've only screwed up badly once since then, and it was with a brand-new card type that they were still trying out (Jace, the Mind Sculptor).


Yeah, for the most part the releases have been careful in making sure that any immediate win condition combo fuel requires at least three very specific cards and some defense for all of them.  Printing Memnarch was a great learning tool for R&D, I think.  The later sets have been great at making cards which have good combo potential but not game-breaking combo potential, barring being used for Vintage and the like.

Also Jace still makes me laugh.  He's so brokenly overpowered I cannot think how anyone couldn't have seen that, and yet here he is, in print.  Still, at least he's relatively easy to defend against.  Just make yourself untargetable or throw down with some sort of "counter target activated effect".  I cannot count the number of players I've been up against who've gotten so excited they can't sit still when they finally bump Jace up to 12 tokens, only for me to nullify the effect with something and then swing next turn for the kill since that was their only win condition.  One understated thing about overpowered cards: they tend to make people play stupid.
 
2013-11-04 04:50:33 PM  

Perlin Noise: RatMaster999: This came out in 1984.

that was the first thing that came to my mind ...though because it does not raster polys, I figured it might not count ...

Starglider and Starglider 2 will for sure...1988


i.ebayimg.com

1983.
 
2013-11-04 05:12:42 PM  

Gordon Bennett: Perlin Noise: RatMaster999: This came out in 1984.

that was the first thing that came to my mind ...though because it does not raster polys, I figured it might not count ...

Starglider and Starglider 2 will for sure...1988

[i.ebayimg.com image 300x225]

1983.


upload.wikimedia.org

1984
 
2013-11-05 08:01:45 AM  

Gordon Bennett: Perlin Noise: RatMaster999: This came out in 1984.

that was the first thing that came to my mind ...though because it does not raster polys, I figured it might not count ...

Starglider and Starglider 2 will for sure...1988

[i.ebayimg.com image 300x225]

1983.


That's a good pick for super early, though I doubt it is rasterized polys. If so, than its simply amazing for the time. The movie Tron (1982) used very little poly rendering. It was mostly done with boolean, combined mathematical objects (except for the MCP and a few other things)
 
2013-11-05 11:57:41 AM  
Men in Tights was mildly amusing ONCE back when it came out.


It is nigh-unwatchable now, and the rap is just BLECHARGRGHGHG

If you haven't seen it by now....  don't bother.
 
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