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Episode 201 - Skyscraper

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Great episode. Since Paul isn’t banned from the show, why is he avoiding doing the third Smurfs movie? He is the Smurfs movie expert now. I may have watched the movie expecting it to be on the show...I may had wasted my time. 

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The scene in the beginning where Building Man was demonstrating the Pearl's cameras, making it look like they were standing in the middle of the sky---I don't know about you but I would have done some combination of scream/faint/crap my pants. The Rock was like: "Hm." 

Also I enjoyed the graphs of the jumping-from-the-crane trajectory, but I really want to see stats about how quickly one could actually climb a crane 98 stories into the sky. This movie makes it seem like 6 or 7 minutes and the dude has a prosthetic leg. 

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On 11/9/2018 at 9:44 AM, TentPitcher said:

If The Rock was slimmed down he would look like Tiger Woods. On a side not is it proper to capitalize The when you are talking about his name? is it The Rock? or is he just Rock?

I think he's just naturally tall and broad-shouldered. He played on the defensive line on the Miami Hurricanes football team in the early '90s. At most he could maybe slim down to be a power forward in basketball or a football tight end.

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On 11/10/2018 at 10:31 AM, Cam Bert said:

Edit: because I misread and thought you said it is the number one. I'll leave my comment as is.

I mean people only go to giant buildings to do one thing and that is go to top and look around. But at this point in the movie the residential section, the garden section, and "The Pearl" aren't even open yet. So people are just able to go to the mall section which is what the first twenty floors it said? Are they that excited just to see the building and shop in it?Nobody wants to go to the world's tallest building and just go to the fifth floor. That's crazy. 

Tall buildings are really effing boring. Since I live in NYC, friends and family coming to visit always want to go to the Empire State Building and I am like "skip it." It's an office building with an expensive gift shop.

Unrelated, if Botha could get into the Pearl why not just make a run on stealing the vibrator from the safe? Maybe hold someone hostage and demand it? Or hold the Pearl itself hostage and say he's gonna burn it down unless you give me the drive? I'm just spit balling here but I think we could come up with a less convoluted heist.

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On 11/11/2018 at 11:57 AM, Peter Destructo said:

Correction! The quote from Botha is "Light a man's house on fire, and you find out what he really LOVES", not what he really knows. Which makes more sense.

And I guess the fact that no one has yet commented on how The Rock climbs 100+ stories up a crane in, what, 15 minutes? just proves how much the Fast and Furious movies have suspended everyone's disbelief on The Rock's superpowers.

Oh yes I meant to mention this as well. Botha's theory is that, in a fire, you immediately grab the thing you care the most about.

It made me laugh because about two years ago there was an ad campaign about what a family of four grabbed in an emergency because they didn't have a plan. I believe the mom had a flashlight with no batteries and the kid got the cat.

It makes me smile to think that mom really LOVED that flashlight. 

I wish I could find a link to the poster. But there is pretty ample evidence that when people panic they don't do the most logical thing. It would've been funny if the Building Man grabbed something completely unrelated to the vibrator mcguffin--like one of those ornate statues or something? Then he did get on the helicopter and was like "oooh, I forgot about that thing."

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On 11/10/2018 at 10:31 AM, Cam Bert said:

I mean people only go to giant buildings to do one thing and that is go to top and look around. 

On 11/13/2018 at 5:19 PM, Elektra Boogaloo said:

Tall buildings are really effing boring. Since I live in NYC, friends and family coming to visit always want to go to the Empire State Building and I am like "skip it." It's an office building with an expensive gift shop.

I don't know ... few things my life bring me as much satisfaction as a really great view. I've never been to NYC, but I think I'd demand that you take me to some spot where I could get a good view of the city at least once. Doesn't have to have a gift shop. 

On 11/10/2018 at 10:55 AM, DrGuts1003 said:

I think there’s some anger and resentment over the fact that when they are in the hostage situation, Pablo tells the Rock, “I got a clean shot” and the Rock stops him, believing he can be his charming self and simply talk the guy into turning himself in.

On 11/10/2018 at 12:36 PM, gigitastic said:

I want to know if he was just stewing about this for all these years and suddenly an opportunity presented itself to get revenge (if so damn he went in HARD) or if he's been planning a way to kill or destroy the Rock all this time and he just got a perfect opportunity. Like does his apartment have a creepy wall of photos of the Rock with the eyes all gouged out or something? Has he been actively plotting ways to murder/wreck this man? Because it's one thing to frame someone (still an insane reaction) but it's another thing entirely to kill him and his family.  Do the other surviving members of the Rock's former team hate him this much? Is Linda from H.R plotting to do away with him next?

This is all EXACTLY my point. First of all, I simply don't really get why Pornstacheless is angry or what he resents ... just, that he was almost killed? Okay fair enough, but there is that bullshit exchange where he gets all mad and jealous at the D"TR"J's awesome new life when his own life doesn't really seem all that bad. He grimaces when marriage is mentioned, so I guess he just really wants to settle down and have kids? And if so ... get out there, meet some women, get out of the stuffy office full of mobsters and international assassins and hit a club. Or fucking download Tinder and swipe at work or while you're the ferry. My point is, as awful as it must be to have a brush with death, what did he lose, what doesn't he have, that he wants so much?

And to your point, gigi, up until he sees Will with the tablet after the snatch-and-grab, his plan seems to be just to set Will up to take the fall for the hacking that turned the fire system off and allowed the building to burn down. Which is, what ... a couple of years in prison? Ruins his life? It's harsh but it's not murder. So I imagine the mindset up until then was "Yeah, fuck that guy because he got my neck all scarred up and now no one will love me so I'm going to help people commit crimes and blame him for it," or whatever.

On 11/10/2018 at 3:40 PM, DrGuts1003 said:

OK, something else I just thought of that I need some clarification on...

When the Rock and building guy meet Botha at the end of the film, building guy seemingly double crosses The Rock and pulls a gun on him.  Was that the plan that The Rock and him came up with or was building guy legitimately trying to go rogue?

More importantly, why would you take the chance that D"TR"J wouldn't take the gun from you and beat you to death with it? I would have sincere doubts that a few rounds from a 9mm could take that man down. 

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Okay so all the Skinny Rock talk made got me to do a quick google and rediscover a rock photo jem.

And then of course the Mantzoukas similarly couldn't be ignored, and so I give you Rockzoukas:



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