Tags: movies: speed

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I'm terribly amused that I seem to be the only one who's ever seen the complete version of this scene. Though my rough reenactment of it wasn't even close. Give me a break, it's been twelve years! Here it is in all its glory:

Harry: Okay. Pop quiz, hot shot. Uh, terrorist in a crowded room, five pounds of dynamite. He's got a deadman's stick; he lets it go, it blows.

Jack: How close am I?

Harry: Twenty feet.

Jack: Taser. Put enough volts in him, he won't let go for an hour.

Harry: ...uh, fifty feet.

Jack: Nice try. (Alternate:) Blow me!

Harry: Okay. Airport. Gunman with one hostage, using her for cover. He's almost on the plane, you're a hundred feet away.
(a moment)

Jack: Shoot the hostage.


I guess I got completely mixed up and thought the scenario stayed the same and only the distance changed, but I still say the line-reading is way off. I'm not sure why they took it out, it can't have added that much time to the movie and it makes the emphasis make sense. Why not put it back in the video/DVD release? (So that people can see I'm not crazy.)

A few extensions and user scripts I've found recently.


  • Calculator. It's not the calculator itself that's the big draw, it's the fact that it converts American measurements into metric (and vice versa). I need this a lot in my job and for some reason all my old sites aren't working any longer. Maybe I need to update my Java script or something, but I'm liking this a lot more. Oh, and it also saves a history so if I need the same measurement again I can just scroll through my previous results.

  • Undo Closed Tabs Button. Allows you to add a button to your toolbar so you won't have to right-click all the damn time.

  • Online Games Toolbar. I usually keep this hidden because I don't want to be tempted, but it's great for when you're in the mood for mindless fun.

User Scripts

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αΩ | Φ | nobody said it was easy

Pop quiz, hot shot

Okay, so here's something that's been bugging me for the past, oh, 12 years or so:

At the beginning of Speed, when Harry and Jack are in the elevator shaft, this is roughly how I remember their conversation:

Harry: A terrorist is holding a hostage. You're ten feet away. What do you do?
Jack: Shoot the terrorist.
Harry: Okay, a terrorist is holding a hostage. You're a hundred feet away.
Jack: Shoot the hostage.

But in every single version I've seen since that first one in the theater, they've cut out the first part of the quiz, but they rest is the same, including the emphasis on "a hundred", which just makes the whole line-reading seem off.

Can anyone confirm or deny the existence of the first version so I can put these 12 years of unease to rest?

For some reason the "Team Piz" icons that keep showing up make me laugh. Probably because I don't get who exactly they imagine they're competing against. I keep picturing three people standing out on a rainy football field while everyone else is in the gym, holding a basketball rally.

I'm thinking of deleting all the votes at vm-caps, because I don't think they're representative of what people think. Take this cap for instance. Nine votes, with an average rating of 1.8. And before I gave it five stars yesterday, the average was 1.4. But judging by the number of views, that's not really how people feel about it.

In fact, I tried to see if there was a way of getting rid of the voting altogether, but I couldn't find anything. Does anyone know of a way?

I watched the first five episodes of The O.C. this weekend and you guys were right, it is fun again! I wouldn't say it's good, but then again I never thought so. I guess my one big problem with it is that I'm not really a Ryan fan (though Taylor seems to bring out his best qualities). It's not that I dislike him, it's just that I find him so incredibly dull.

Did anyone who wanted one not get a comment from me in my last post? Wow, that was convoluted, but hopefully you know what I mean.