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September 18, 2008

Partisan politics:

"Say 'conservative' and they wag their tails. Say 'liberal' and they bare their fangs. More to the point, say either and all thinking ceases. . . . [P]eople hear this doublespeak and cheer. Why not? They have been taught that words mean what you need them to in a given moment. Turns out, all it requires is a limitless supply of gall and the inherent belief that people are dumber than a bag of hammers."

--Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer-winning columnist. The Miami Herald, 2008 (Thanks to alert WORDster Jerry Vonderbrink)

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'Hulk' good for action but not in 'Iron Man's' league

By Sara Anderson

June 19, 2008 | The Incredible Hulk may go over better with fans of the comic book but can be enjoyable for anyone looking for action and science fiction.

While The Incredible Hulk is full of action and computer-generated images, it does not have a strong plot. It lacks something that the film Iron Man had, which is comic relief and a character we grew to love. The entire movie we feel bad for Bruce Banner, or the Hulk, who desperately seeks to be normal.

The opening of the movie finds the scientist Bruce Banner in Brazil seeking to learn breathing techniques and meditation to control his "Hulk" outbreaks, which are caused by excitement and a rapid pulse. He has gone several months without one and seems to be doing well despite the fact he is away from the woman he loves, Elisabeth "Betty" Ross.

When the U.S. government tracks him down, it is one action scene after another while Banner tries to control his inner Hulk. When he is unable to last any longer he unleashes on several locals and the U.S. forces that were sent to bring him back. This event leaves one captain, Emil Blonsky, especially hungry for revenge against the green giant.

When Blonsky learns of the secret to Banner's strength he wants the same power. General Ross, who is convinced Hulk-simulated bioengineering is the next big weapon, uses controlled amounts on Blonsky. Meanwhile Banner seeks the assistance of Mr. Blue, another scientist, who thinks he can help Banner control or cure his Hulk outrages.

One battle scene leaves Betty's campus in ruins and chaos. Blonksy, who has only a small portion of Hulk in him, is defeated when matched up against the Hulk, which leaves him even more angry and vengeful. The third battle is somewhat a fair fight between Hulk and Abomination (Blonsky). The battle rips through New York from roof-top to roof-top, destroying everything in its path.

A surprise cameo by Robert Downey Jr.(Iron Man) added the perfect touch to the movie.

A great movie if you are looking for loud action.

Special Thanks to University 6



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