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Why do comedy movies focus on making the protagonist a jerk?

I have random thoughts every now and then that dive deep into my mind and make me really think, like today's random thought about Mr. Waternoose in Monsters Inc. The whole film is about how a monster whose job is to scare kids for energy, and learns that his job isn't exactly what most would call "cool." The end of the film shows Sully confronting his boss Mr. Waternoose about kidnapping a child, to which Mr. Waternoose responds "I'll kidnap a thousand children before I let this company die." This line got me thinking that Mr. Waternoose, while possibly trying to secure his lucrative position as an executive of Monsters Inc., is also just trying to keep the community's electricity going, and maintaining the jobs of hundreds, I presume, at Monsters Inc. Yes, it's wrong to kidnap children, I get that, but is Mr. Waternoose really a bad guy?

This same thought process kind of goes with other comedies like RV, not exactly the film of choice for most …

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I'm Old

I was watching the 2002 smash hit Big Fat Liar a few weeks ago, and came to the conclusion watching it that I am now an old person. I will be 22 on the 18th, which may not seem old to some people, but by golly, watching a film I loved that came out when I was 6 years old made me feel like a crazy old person talking about all the things discussed in the film that don't exist anymore.

One scene in particular really stood out. The two main characters are walking up to a receptionist's desk, featuring a Macintosh running Mac OS 9, the receptionist's car keys featuring a Saturn keychain, the main character brings up the TV network The WB, and everyone uses a flip phone, and possibly a beeper. All things that either no longer exist, or have been completely replaced by new technology. All things I remember very well, in fact I can still remember the call sign for my local WB affiliate. I remember using iMacs and iBooks running Mac OS 9. I still love the Saturn cars, and I had a …

More Cars I'd Like to Own One Day

It's been a while since I made my previous dream car post, filled with no-so-normal dream rides of mine. Here are a few I wanted to add to that list.
Lincoln Mark LT
The 2004-2009 Ford F150 is probably my favorite generation of F150; I just love how cool it looks. So add Lincoln's design language, and you have a truck that I've wanted to own since I was a kid. It's not much more luxurious than the F150, but it certainly is fancy looking, I must say. It competed with the Cadillac Escalade EXT, which was based on the Chevrolet Avalanche, which isn't so much as truck as it is a SUT, like what the Explorer Sport Trac was. So while, yes, the EXT had a bed, it wasn't an actual truck. That's why the Mark LT was awesome; it was the truck for the ballers who needed to get work done. Just don't scratch the paint.First Gen. Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ
Oh boy, being 10 years old when the Fusion was first released, it was such a futuristic-looking car, for …