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Same old cold reading shtick
15 February 2004
Like John Edward, James Van Praagh is a complete fraud, preying on the grieving. He pretends to speak to their dead relatives, but in actuality any facts he presents are either obvious or vague, usually both. The audience member fills in the gaps and makes Van Praagh look like a psychic, when he is in fact the second biggest douche in the Universe.
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Complete tripe. It's a mystery how anyone falls for it.
15 February 2004
John Edward pretends to talk to the dead relatives of audience members. He gives them easy clues and lets them fill in the gaps. He never says anything specific except (occasionally) by chance, but instead says things like 'I sense a father figure' and lets his victims give it meaning.

Since the audience is desperate for it to work they let him get away with virtually anything. I've seen him say '4th Street' when it was actually '5th Street' and get credited with a hit. He says 'the car was found close to home; I'm getting a 4 or 5 mile radius' and the victim says 'yes, ten miles'. That's a miss by one hundred per cent, but the victim swallows it, because she needs him to be real so badly.

Even if he were, I don't see why anyone would want to watch this. It's utterly boring. It's the same old, same old, John Edward with his annoying voice going from audience member to audience member saying the same either obvious or vague statements over and over again.

That people fall for this is a tragedy and a testament to the horrid state of education.
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Signs (2002)
Sucked totally.
30 November 2003
Warning: Spoilers
This movie was the most illogical and predictable piece of crap I've seen in years. I loved Unbreakable and Sixth Sense, but this film feels like M Night Shyamalan's attempt to see how ridiculously absurd he can make a movie while still getting it made. He did a good job too. I can't really explain what's so bad about it without spoiling it, so:


  • Nothing makes any sense. Water-allergic aliens landing on Earth without protective suits? Don't give me that "alien logic" stuff. It's just dumb.

  • The divine message from God is "take the big bloody piece of wood and whack the alien over the head". Yeah, he'd never have thought of that himself. It takes divine wisdom to think of clobbering an intruder with a baseball bat.

  • A Middle Eastern village finds out how to defeat the aliens (water, how original!) and from there it spreads throughout the world. How? We're conveniently not told, but it managed to elude the reporter with 30 cell phones and 50 fax machines. Every Pakistani peasant got the message, but CNN missed it. Yeah. Sounds likely.

  • Did anyone believe Mel Gibson wouldn't get his faith back at the end? Even for a second?

Waste of time, money, and celluloid.
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Dragonfly (2002)
30 November 2003
Call me an soppy silly man, but I loved this movie. I loved every sentimental sugar-coated silly second of it. I don't believe in life after death and I think near death experiences are hallucinations, but this movie grabbed hold of me and didn't let go. I was genuinely surprised and touched by the ending. Great movie.
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