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Despite preparations by residents and tourists, Irene weakened from hurricane status to that of a tropical storm by the time it hit the New York region.

Michael and Lancs Walsh board up a friend’s house in Queens as Hurricane Irene made its way to New York, Saturday, Aug. 27. Some decided to pack up and head to safer and higher ground and others to wait it out. Residents of the lower-lying beach community were on evacuation orders as of 5pm Saturday evening. (Julie Platner for the Wall Street Journal)

Stephanie Munoz, 23, and her mother Celeste Miles walk along the beach to see the stormy ocean one last time before going back inside to wait out the impending hurricane in Queens, Aug. 27. (Julie Platner for the Wall Street Journal)

Jonathan Fey paddles his way down Nassau Ave in Freeport, N.Y., after Tropical Storm Irene flooded the neighborhood, Sunday, Aug. 28. (Joel Cairo for The Wall Street Journal)

Residents of Freeport make their way through the street Sunday. (Joel Cairo for the Wall Street Journal)

Pat Sterner stands in a few inches of water in her home after her Freeport neighborhood was flooded. (Joel Cairo for the Wall Street Journal)

A fallen tree blocks Bedford Avenue near North 12th Street in Brooklyn on the morning Tropical Storm Irene hit the city. (Mustafah Abdulaziz for The Wall Street Journal)

Flood waters overtake a gas station on 23rd Street and FDR Drive, Sunday, Aug. 28 in Manhattan. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

Darren Renatta and his mother, Beth, investigate East River flood waters Sunday. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

Peter Falsetta, 58, and Thomas Kim, 46, overlook the Upper Bay from near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Sunday morning, as the eye of Tropical Storm Irene was thought to passing over Coney Island. Kim has lived in Bay Ridge for 20 years, and Falsetta has spent his life here. Neither could recall seeing the water level so high. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)

Glenn Sanchez of Tampa, Florida, plays softball in Times Square Sunday after the brunt of the storm had passed. Sanchez is a member of Elite Fire Softball, a team competing at the World Police and Fire Games 2011. The team’s Sunday game was postponed due to the storm. (Kate Lord/The Wall Street Journal)

Civilians take photos and videos of the New York Army National Guard 206th Military Police Company, based out of Latham, New York, as they leave New York City Aug. 28. The 206th arrived on the afternoon of Aug. 27 to help with Hurricane Irene damage, however the storm caused less damage than originally anticipated. The company was being moved to Farmingdale, New York, where they were going to regroup and receive new orders. (Andrew Burton for The Wall Street Journal)

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Recently we had a chance to look at 2K’s intriguing reboot of XCOM – and a full XCOM preview is coming up soon – but first there’s an interview which explains a bit about the world, and the intention to tell a story about the origin of the XCOM alien invasion in the setting of 1960s America.

In the depths of a bunker packed with strange humanoids that communicated almost entirely using the words “like”, “totally” and “hella” we spoke to something that claimed to be Jonathan Pelling, Creative Director at 2K Marin, developers of XCOM. Here’s what he had to say…

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In real life, when I’m angry with someone, I often find myself at a loss for words — sputtering incoherently until hours after the fact, when the perfect line finally occurs to me much, much too late. In the movies, though, all the characters have professional screenwriters supplying all their words for them, and are therefore much more likely to have an elegant yet terrifying threat ready at their lips the second someone crosses them.

Harry Hanrahan, also known as the guy behind The 100 Greatest Move Insults of All Time and Nicholas Cage Losing His Shit, has edited together another fantastic compilation, this time collecting the 100 Greatest Movie Threats of All Time. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking notes for the next time I need to scare the living bejeesus out of someone. (It happens way more often than you’d think… kidding. I’m very nice.) Watch the video after the jump.

It’s a wonderfully comprehensive video, ranging over decades and running the gamut from comedy to kids’ movies to deadly-serious drama. There are tons of classics (“Say ‘what’ again”) as well as more offbeat choices (“I’m going to punch you in the ovary”). I’d tell you my picks for the greatest movie threat of all time — or rather, the greatest movie threat that’s included in this video — but every time I’ve selected some, I wind up remembering yet another one I really loved.

Here’s the complete list of movies included in the montage, via Pajiba:

0’04 – The Limey, Law Abiding Citizen, Cape Fear (1962)
0’33 – Fargo, Scarface, Back to the Future Part III, Tombstone
1’02 – Coogan’s Bluff, They Live, Laughing Policeman, The Dead Pool, Casino
1’33 – Full Metal Jacket, Major Payne, In the Loop, Good Morning Vietnam
2’05 – Midnight Run, The Departed, The Big Lebowski, The Blues Brothers
2’33 – Coming to America, Punch-Drunk Love, Goodfellas, Casino
3’03 – Carlito’s Way, Kill Bill, Sudden Impact
3’30 – Pulp Fiction, Way of the Gun, Scream, Trading Places, The Running Man, Full Metal Jacket
3’59 – A Few Good Men, Smokey and the Bandit, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Speed, Gangs of New York, Miller’s Crossing, Blue Velvet
4’31 – Wild at Heart, The Wizard of Oz, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Shining
5’00 – Anchorman, The Man, Tank Girl, Diner, Mulan, The Goonies, In the Loop
5’31 – Team America: World Police, New Jack City, Training Day, Robocop, Animal House, Harvey, Talladega Nights
6’01 – The Warriors, Rocky IV, Matchstick Men, Way of the Gun, The Big Lebowski
6’38 – Stand By Me, Commando, The Shawshank Redemption, Welcome to Collinwood
6’57 – The Long Kiss Goodnight, Anchorman, Step Brothers
7’30 – Tommy Boy, Home Alone, Sexy Beast, Robocop, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Breakfast Club
8’00 – From Dusk Till Dawn, The Untouchables, Unforgiven, The Prophecy
8’32 – True Romance, Casino, Payback, Inglourious Basterds
9’01 – Ripley’s Game, Way of the Gun, Pulp Fiction
9’28 – Home Alone, Con Air, American History X, Man On Fire
10’05 – Taken, Patriot Games, Tropic Thunder
10’35 – There Will Be Blood, Dead Man’s Shoes, Robocop
10’57 – Rambo: First Blood, Predator, Hard to Kill

Discuss: What are your favorite movie threats? Which ones did Hanrahan miss?

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