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Greatest Movie Character of the 90s, round 3

Been quiet around here for a while, I am working on a couple writing projects that are not yet ready for public consumption.  Hopefully I will have some updates here in the near future.

For now, you get to read my arguments for two great characters — Owen Wilson as a Peter-Pan-Syndrome-Master-Thief , and one of my favorite Jim Carrey characters.

Click here and go vote for your favorite characters.

Happy Independence Day, USA!

Greatest Movie Character of the 90s, round 2

Ok, took a little while to get through the second round, but I’ve got two more characters for you to vote for.  Two tough matchups for me in this round:

  • Jesus Shuttlesworth from “He Got Game” vs. Jesus Quintana from “The Big Lebowski”
  • Bernie Laplante from “Hero” vs. The Terminator in “Terminator 2″

Click here to read the arguments and vote

It was good to see Morpheus advance in a landslide against Malkovitch, but I can’t believe Trent Walker beat Ghost Dog and that Barton Fink was complete dominated by Tom Hanks.  I tried.  We should get some kind of prize if your character gets chosen and his box office numbers are less than his opponent.

Greatest Movie Character of 1990-1999, Round 1

Ok, here are my guys for round 1:

  • Andy Dufresne
  • Ghost Dog
  • Morpheus
  • Barton Fink

Please click the link below to read the arguments and vote.  I don’t ask you to click on ads or affiliate links, but I am asking you to vote (please)!

Who is the best movie character of the 90s?

“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
–Ingmar Bergman

Writing is a solitary endeavor. The writer spends most of the day rummaging around in the tower of words inside his head, hoping to find some discarded phrases that can be assembled in some way that provides entertainment and, on rare occasions, beauty.

So when the opportunity to face off against some fellow bloggers in order to determine who the best movie character of the 90s was, I was intrigued. It wasn’t exactly a collaborative effort, but it seemed like a 4-person competition with three other writers who like movies and pop culture would shed some light in the tower of words. It sounded like fun — trying to out-write 3 other bloggers and convince readers that my favorite movie characters were somehow “better” than other, more popular characters.


What I learned from The Sims: lessons from the virtual world

“A symbol always transcends the one who makes use of it and makes him say in reality more than he
is aware of expressing.”
–Albert Camus

“Evil, in this system of ethics, is that which tears apart, shuts out the other person, raises
barriers, sets people against each other.”
–Rollo May

When I was young I played a lot of video games.  I was good at them, and I ended up learning more about computers from 15 years of playing games than I did in four years at college and 3 years of graduate study.  Certainly Nintendo and the old Sierra games for PC like “King’s Quest” offer different lessons than courses in Artificial Intelligence, but if a young gamer pays attention to what he is doing, there’s a lot to be learned from games. I quit playing video games when I went off to university at age 18 — as much as I liked them, it seemed like I should probably spend more time in the real world, studying, playing football, and hanging out with real people doing real things rather than crushing people in Madden football or achieving global domination in Sid Meier’s Civilization.  16 years later, with the exception of a few Wii games and a bit of online poker, I haven’t really felt the impulse to come out of video game retirement.