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Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005)
"God" awful show
7 October 2003
If you're looking for a show with 1/80 the intelligence of a Munsters rerun, you'll enjoy "Joan of Arcadia" Basically, a teenager claims to be "God", so as to get some from another teenager. I find it seriously disturbing that a supposed "God", would waste his time with one teenage girl while people are starving. If that sounds good to you, I recommend to you shows like "The Pet Psychic". CBS seriously needs to cancel this show before the entire station is judged as idiotic as "Joan of Arcadia".

My Rating: 0/0 (AWFUL)
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The Pet Psychic (2002– )
Even more fake than Survivor
7 October 2003
This woman needs to be placed in a rubber room.

If you want to communicate with an animal, try feeding it. Buying a few books doesn't hurt either.

Why anyone would believe that a human being can telepathically communicate with animals, is beyond my understanding.

And while we throw Sonya in the rubber room, we should throw Sylvia Browne in there with her, and get her to pay back all of the money she has obtained by lying to unsuspecting people (and usually grieving ones at that!)

Stay away from this show, keep its ratings down, don't even watch it for a laugh.

My Rating: 0/10 (AWFUL)
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All of the worst shows–rolled into one
7 October 2003
First of all, pertaining to the comment suggesting that all negative comments should be disregarded, I don't think the visitors to this website need to be told what they can and cannot read.

Second of all, this show reeked of cheap humor, one-liners, and funny hair styles (all of which had been done before, too many times)

Third, I don't think CBS needed another show filled with old jokes that should've been retired long ago. Still Standing fits that profile just fine.

The last thing I want to say is that this show was WORSE than Still Standing, which is pretty awful in and of itself.

My Rating: 0/10 (AWFUL)
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Still Standing (2002–2006)
Still Stupid
7 October 2003
Yet another show with cheap comedy that is mostly ripped off from other cheap comedies.

This has to be the worst show since Malcolm in the Middle, and I wouldn't recommend watching it for all the money in the world.

The boring characters make Roseanne look like artwork, and the annoying actors can speed up a good vomiting session.

"Still Standing" could be seen for what it is before it even aired for the first time. Just the commercials that air for the show are enough to make anyone ill.

CBS needs to remove this and "Joan of Arcadia" from the schedule, and replace them with reruns of "King of Queens" and "Yes, Dear", 2 shows that make Still Standing and "Joan of Arcadia" look like a school play.

My Rating: 0/10 (AWFUL)
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Judging Amy (1999–2005)
Awful and predictable
7 October 2003
This show is horribly boring, with obvious storylines that play like an episode of "Montel".

I don't see how "Judging Amy" is considered "Left-Leaning", and I certainly wouldn't call "Judging Amy" liberal (as a previous poster did) "Amy" is almost as far from liberal as Bush.

Judging Amy is simply a horrible show, with predictable storylines, and is a waste of CBS airtime.

They need to improve their comedies and stop wasting the viewing public's time with these drama shows, and their overdone storylines, many of which are drawn out for months.

My Rating: 0/10 (AWFUL)
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WWF War Zone (1998 Video Game)
The first realistic wrestling game
5 October 2003
WWF WarZone was the birthplace of realistic wrestling games, offering a variety of features, such as the first complex create-a-wrestler feature.

The commentators for this game are Vince McMahon and Jim Ross, its sequel WWF Attitude had Shane McMahon and Jerry Lawler.

Why is it that Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross aren't ever put together as commentators in a game? They spent years doing commentary together.

Anyways, I prefer Jim Ross to Jerry Lawler anyday.

Why am I discussing the commentary? Other than the different commentaries, WWF Attitude has much more features, including a detailed create-a-wrestler feature that greatly surpasses that of WWF WarZone, so one of the main attractions to WWF Warzone in comparison, is the commentary from Good Ol' J.R.!

However, there are a few wrestlers on WWF WarZone from the old days that might be a reason for some people to purchase this game nowadays (Such as Ahmed Johnson, Owen Hart and Bret Hart)

Wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans alike should enjoy this game, as well as WWF Attitude. Most of the later ones have a slow fighting system, and a few have wrestlers that are too small..
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WWE Smackdown! (1999– )
Watch the old stuff, forget WWE
5 October 2003
Watch some of these DVD collections of old stuff, from when it was WWF, but I'd stay away from WWE.

As for WWF SmackDown!, it was a great show, 2nd to WWF Raw, but still above WWF Sunday Night HeAT (Which is 3rd, in my opinion)

Since the days of WWF, the ratings have gone downhill (from what I've heard a total of 6 million viewers no longer tune in), action figures have been sold cheaply, and backyard wrestling is virtually nonexistent (Not that backyard wrestling was the best idea in the first place, most of the time there were too many chairs and tables and too little actual wrestling)

Bottom line, WWE is nothing compared to what it used to be (as WWF) so I'd recommend finding old recordings, they have a lot of old Pay-Per-Views on DVD, and WWE is releasing some Best-Of DVDs that include stuff from the 1990s, which is when it was at its peak, as WWF.
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Grady (1975–1976)
A short-lived classic
5 October 2003
Based on who was probably the favorite on-and-off character from Sanford and Son, Grady, this show didn't fail to deliver the same laughs as Sanford and Son, if not more.

According to the show's publicity advisors, the show's lack of popularity was largely due to the little advertising provided.

The biggest difference between this and Sanford and Son, is that "Grady" is more of a lighthearted show, with fewer arguments.

However, the lack of arguments did not prove to be a downfall for the show.

The "Box Set" (TV Land's name for themed shows, usually playing 4 shows pertaining to the same subject matter, or in Grady's case, Spin-Offs) has been used to bring Grady to a modern audience (Not that it had much of an audience in the 70s)

I'd recommend viewing it when episodes air, as they rarely do, and you won't be disappointed.
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Much harder than the original
3 October 2003
As Resident Evil 2 brought the player outside of the mansion, the sequel to Alone in the Dark does the same.

The area is much larger, the game much longer, and the graphics are slightly improved.

Graphics: 8.0 The area, as it is much larger, is also more detailed.

Sound: 10 Once again, the books, read by voice actors, provide extra background on the game's story. The music tracks are longer, and the default theme is very detective-like, fitting the story. However, eerie music takes over when applicable.

Controls: 5.0 Fighting is much more difficult, as the evil characters now carry guns. Luckily, you do too. Unluckily, it's harder to aim on the game than real life.

Gameplay: 6.0 The Save-Anywhere-Anytime system still applies. Without it, this game would be too difficult to even consider playing.

Entertainment: 9.5 Overall, more suspenseful than scary. The game's length makes up for a lot, however. It kept me busy for an entire month, WITH walkthroughs (The walkthroughs, for one thing, were all missing an important part of the game! I had to figure out the part in question on my own)
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Alone in the Dark (1992 Video Game)
Genuine horror game
3 October 2003
Alone in the Dark is loaded with eerie music, and graphics which, by falling short of most modern games, actually preserves the horror of the game. Without extreme detail, the monsters seem scarier!

I found the gameplay difficult at first, it wasn't until years after my initial purchase, that I was able to pick the game back up.

Upon trying it once more, I found that it wasn't so hard after all, especially since this game allows the player to save at any time.

The house is as creepy as the monsters inside it, providing a naturally chilling landscape, without having to splash blood everywhere for a cheap scare.

The following statistics stand true for the 3DO version:

Graphics: 7.5 Although, technically, the graphics for the characters themselves aren't all that great, the house itself is done beautifully.

Sound: 9.5 The books, read by voice actors, provide extra background on the game's story. The walking, doors opening, fighting, all have realistic sound, without overdoing it. Also, the music has a subtle horror about it.

Controls: 6.0 Fighting, at first, can prove difficult. The Action button is constantly replaced (By pausing, selecting things like Look, Fight, Push, etc. the button takes on the form of various tasks.)

Gameplay: 8.0 The main character can seem slow at times, though running is possible. Saving is fast, loading is almost as quick, and the difficulty, in the face of the ability to save anywhere, anytime through the pause menu, is easy enough.

Entertainment: 10 The house is creepy in a genuine way, without taking the easy way out by covering the walls with blood. The 2 selectable characters aren't superheros, they're everyday people, which adds to the horror, as well as the realism.

This game remains my favorite Survival Horror game. It is available for PC and the 3DO.

I also recommend the game's sequels:

Alone in the Dark 2: One eyed Jack's Revenge (PC/3DO/Playstation) Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (PC/Playstation)

My overall rating for this game, based on comparison to other games of the genre, is *****/*****
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Cute game, great acting, subtle maturity
3 October 2003
Willy Beamish, a clever kid with a hectic life, goes through realistic circumstances. The voice acting is surprisingly good, like most Dynamix/Sierra videogames.

The game's basic interface is a point-and-click system. Most of the game's challenge comes from being at the right place, at the right time, with the right items. Sometimes a simple mistake; such as forgetting to, or not knowing to, do something early on in the game, can affect you later on. Walkthroughs are HIGHLY recommended for this game.

Although this game's a bit cartoony, it has several subtle references to things of a mature theme, providing fun for all ages.

Graphics: 10

Basic 2D cartoony graphics are beautifully illustrated, and present an atmosphere that fits the storyline; cute, hilarious, dramatic, sometimes scary!

Sound: 10

Nearly each place you visit provides a different tune, and the sound effects are as cartoony as the graphics.

Gameplay: 8.5

Chat with friends, try different items on different things, sometimes for no reason at all. Make decisions, try to keep the meter down (A thermometer, only popping up when something happens, measures Willy's behavior, in relation to his parents' reaction.) The loading times can be frustrating, namely if you're repeating a scene you are having trouble with. If the loading had been faster, it would've recieved a 9.5 easily.

Entertainment: 9.5 Since a lot of the game revolves around communication between characters, those not playing this game can enjoy the storyline. Decision-making, as well as practicing the "Nintari", are the main attractions here, and believe me, they are a lot more fun than they sound.

[Note that the graphics and sound are subject to difference, between the PC and Sega CD Versions. I rated this game from experience with the Sega-CD version.]

Also check out Sierra/Dynamics' Rise of the Dragon, if you're looking for a more mature, violent thrill.
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The X-Files Game (1998 Video Game)
Great PSX FMV Game
18 June 2002
FMV (Full Motion Video) games, in which include FMV during most of the game, aren't very popular among the Playstation, they were very popular in the Sega CD and 3DO days. When "The X-Files" was released for the Playstation, it gave gamers a view of the magic of FMV-based games, which hasn't been seen since the, now rare, Psychic Detective Playstation game, which was a remake of the 3DO version.

Fans of the X-Files will find this game to be a great opportunity to be a part of "The X-Files", and almost anyone will find the storyline, gameplay, controls, sound, and picture to be quite satisfactory.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are also in the game, so it will give fans of the X-Files a chance to see the two in an episode that cannot be viewed on cable TV.

My Rating (Based on comparison to other videogames) ****/*****
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10/10
More Gun-Totin' Cliff-Jumpin' Action from Eidos
24 February 2002
This game is even more difficult than the original, but once again the game's Music and Graphics make up for it. Don't get me wrong, I don't think that Graphics make up for bad Gameplay, but, that's where the Gameplay itself comes to mention, despite being difficult, the controls are easy to get used to, but specifics areas are more difficult than others.

This is the Tomb Raider I play the most of in the series.

****/*****
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Tomb Raider (1996 Video Game)
10/10
The Beginning of a complex adventure
24 February 2002
I suppose you could say the Tomb Raider games set the record for highest difficult in a Sony Playstation game, but the FMV clips,controls, and music make up for the game's almost intolerable difficulty. But most of that difficulty comes from the need for a Strategy guide, which you can find online or in a store.

*** 1/2 out of ***** Stars
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10/10
Not as good as II, but still fun
24 February 2002
Lara is back, once again, and, as usual, there are more upgrades in arsenal, etc. But the game's difficult, is, as always, hair-rasing, but with some time the game can surely be finished, and definitely be enjoyed.

***/*****
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Double Switch (1993 Video Game)
10/10
Great FMV Game
24 February 2002
As a fan of Corey Haim, I really loved this game. It has alot of replayability and even a nice musical score.

The story is original, the acting is nice, the controls are easy to figure out, it's a great game altogether.

My Rating: ***** out of ***** Stars (Based on Comparison to other Videogames of the Genre)
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8/10
Pretty good Remake of Assault on Precinct 13
21 February 2002
I suppose it is stretching it a bit to call Ghosts of Mars a "Remake" of Assault on Precinct 13. As you can probably tell by the name, it is like a Sci-Fi Version of Assault on Precinct 13. At times the acting on this movie will make you sick, but it is made up for in action scenes. I wouldn't say this movie is much when it comes to Horror, but when it comes to Suspense it does deliver. It also has some nice music. And if you're a fan of Blood and Gore, this movie shouldn't disappoint you.

My Rating: *** 1/2 out of ***** (I should also add that Ice Cube saved this movie from getting only 2 stars from me.)

Also Recommended: Assault on Precinct 13 (Original Version, Not Sci-Fi)
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10/10
Great Carpenter Flick
21 February 2002
This is one of the great movies in which are dark and gloomy, yet still entertaining from beginning to end. The area is small inside a precinct, therefore incorporating claustrophobia with the already existent horror/suspense.

My Rating: ****/*****

Also Recommended: Ghosts of Mars (Remake)
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Superman II (1980)
10/10
Reeve delivers more high-flying entertainment
19 February 2002
Superman is back and in a new comic-book-like adventure, that is enjoyable for both Adults and Children. The effects are a bit dated, but that doesn't make the movie less enjoyable in any way, because, in my opinion, the story makes the movie not the effects.

Available on DVD

**** out of ***** Stars
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Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
Redd Foxx delivers the comedy with flying color
19 February 2002
Redd Foxx was always a funny guy. Ever since he did Stand-Up Comedy, in which you can still hear Records and Tapes of. Sanford and Son is one of the most popular of the old sitcoms, and rightfully so. It delivers the comedy you would expect from Redd Foxx, and more...
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Dragon Warrior (1986 Video Game)
10/10
A Classic NES Game
17 February 2002
I never get rid of my old videogame systems, no matter how many newer ones I buy, and this is one of the games I still play nowadays on the old Nintendo Entertainment System. It's a fun RPG, and anyone who plays videogames should know what an RPG is (Role Playing Game). It has some nice music also. And, for the system, the graphics are rather nice.

*** 1/2 out of *****
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Out of This World (1991 Video Game)
10/10
Great Adventure Game
17 February 2002
I first played this game back in the day, on the Super Nintendo, but they remade it for the Panasonic 3DO Multiplayer, changing the music and updating the graphics. The game is a bit difficult, but once you get the hang of the controls, you won't have too much trouble, but you may need a strategy guide or walkthrough, because the game does have quite a few things that it takes time to figure out.

*** 1/2 out of ***** Stars (Rating Based Upon Comparison To Other Videogames)
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Resident Evil: Code: Veronica (2000 Video Game)
10/10
Great Biohazard (Resident Evil) Game
17 February 2002
This is one of the best of the series, ranking up there with Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (Or Biohazard: Last Escape) The game has a very good storyline in which you play as Claire Redfield in the search for her brother,Chris Redfield (Whom you probably know from the original Resident Evil) It is as scary as the other Resident Evil, and contains alot more cutscenes.

My Rating: **** out of ***** Stars (Rating based on comparison to other videogames)
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8/10
Not as good as the first 3
17 February 2002
Here we go again, a new character, Lee Butters (Chris Rock). As before, I was worried about a new addition to the Lethal Weapon team.All of the main characters from the previous 3 movies are back, but the comedy is at an all-time low for a Lethal Weapon film. The action, however, is still existent, and that saves the film from being dull. But don't get me wrong, the humor is still there, it's just not as constant.

*** out of *****
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10/10
Great movie, another new character
16 February 2002
Despite being the third in the series, which is quite often the demise of a film series, Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Joe Pesci continue to entertain. But, once again, there's a new character, Lorna Cole. At first I had doubts, as I did with Joe Pesci's addition, but they manage to work her into the mix successfully. The 4 manage to bring back the laughs, action, and drama you would expect from a Lethal Weapon movie.

****/***** Stars
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