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  2. phlox

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Peter wrote: ------Sisko *calls* it murder (perhaps; I can't recall if he actually uses that word). But Klingons wouldn't necessarily call it that. From the "Sons of Mogh" transcript on line-- SISKO: We're not talking about some obscure technicality, Mister Worf. You tried to commit premeditated murder. .. . . . . . . . DAX: Sounds like you're thinking of carrying out the Mauk-to'Vor ritual again. WORF: No. I was able to do it once by telling myself it was an honourable Klingon ritual. But now I cannot help but think of it as humans do. As murder. Sisko’s character was not perfect by any means, he does some questionable things in other episodes. But I feel he made the correct decision in this case. ------I wouldn't say the Klingons are being entirely parodied. Granted, you could say some of the Klingon beliefs—e.g. about the legendary Kahless, and the afterlife of Stovokor-- are not as much parodies of religion as the Ferengi "rules of acquisition," their absurd subjugation of women, etc. About the final episode, fwiw I found the AVclub's review very insightful--and there was a surprising bit about Sisko’s ambiguous farewell -- "Sisko seems reasonably confident that he’ll come back to Kasidy eventually. (According to Memory Alpha, this was at Avery Brooks’ request. The original filming script left Sisko dead, never to return, and Brooks didn’t like the idea of a black man leaving his wife pregnant with his child.) But when he does return, it will be different." ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ A few months ago Ira Behr suggested it could take a lot more time to complete What We Left Behind….so instead of the release being timed for the 25th anniversary of DS9, it may be closer to the 30th - !
  3. Peter T Chattaway

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Delayed reaction here (sorry!). phlox wrote: : I wrote: : : Clearly Sisko doesn't *really* believe that there is room for *all* philosophies on DS9. Sisko is *angry* with Worf where he learns that Worf was about to kill his brother in a form of Klingon ritual homicide. : : Good point….in the episode “Sons of Mogh” Sisko does draw the line at murder. Well, Sisko *calls* it murder (perhaps; I can't recall if he actually uses that word). But Klingons wouldn't necessarily call it that. Animal activists call meat "murder". Pro-life activists call abortion and euthanasia "murder". Peace activists call warfare "murder" ("abstract murder", as Woody Allen puts it in Love and Death). To the extent that Sisko calls Klingon ritual homicide "murder" and acts on his definition of that word, he is placing *his* philosophy above *theirs*. : Maybe he accepts all philosophies (as taught in Keiko’s school), but not all practices. There's an interesting analogy that one could probably make here regarding recent incidents in which Christian universities have been denied accreditation (by teachers' and lawyers' societies) because of the no-sex-outside-of-traditional-marriage covenants they expect their students to sign. (But is it analogous to the schools, who accept all students but not all behaviours? Or to the teachers' and lawyers' societies, who say they accept pluralism and diversity but not to the extent of accepting a religious community's internal self-regulation?) : But also, as you noted, on the whole, Klingon and Ferengi beliefs are treated more or less as parodies of faith. The Bajoran religion is the only one taken seriously. I wouldn't say the Klingons are being entirely parodied. Their founding myth about killing the gods does have its antecedents in, say, Greek myths about the gods killing or at least dethroning their own ancestors, the Titans. The Ferengi are definitely more of a parody, but even there, some interesting things happen a la a Reformation movement of sorts. : The finale wrapped up many story arcs in a satisfying way. I hope watching it after viewing the series from the start made more sense :-) It did... although I was surprised by how tacked-on the final confrontation between Dukat and Sisko seemed, after all the much more compelling stuff about the Dominion War. In my memory, the Dukat stuff had made a much bigger impression.
  4. Peter T Chattaway

    Jurassic World 2 aka Jurassic Park 5

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  6. Peter T Chattaway

    Star Wars spin-off movies

    Exclusive: Future ‘A Star Wars Story’ Spinoffs on Hold at Lucasfilm It may be a while before we see any more movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story out of Lucasfilm. Sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that Lucasfilm has decided to put plans for more A Star Wars Story spinoff movies on hold, instead opting to focus their attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and what the next trilogy of Star Wars films will be after that film. Sources tell us that the previously rumored Obi-Wan movie was in active development, but those who were working on the film are no longer involved. It was recently reported that Logan filmmaker James Mangold was in early talks to write and direct the Boba Fett film, but that was before Solo’s release. This news comes in the wake of the disappointing launch of Solo, which was only Lucasfilm’s second A Star Wars Story spinoff, but which received mixed-positive reviews and fell short of box office expectations. . . . Collider, June 20
  7. kenmorefield

    First Reformed

    I found this quote from Schrader's interview in "The Playlist" gratifying:
  8. Andrew

    First Reformed

    I'm glad this finally is making its way to screens around the country. (My big regret at TIFF last year was missing this film.) Sid (my fellow Secular Cinephile reviewer) and I were amazed and shaken by it, so much so that each of us wrote a review. As non-believers, I'm sure our interpretations will be somewhat different from many folks here, but here's what I wrote: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2018/06/a-second-look-at-first-reformed-tolling-the-moral-death-of-u-s-christianity/
  9. NBooth

    Jurassic World 2 aka Jurassic Park 5

    Ok, so I surprised myself by liking this one. It’s got some pretty substantial pacing issues, but it’s miles better than either of the previous two movies in this series. And there was some proper dismemberment, which my inner adolescent appreciates. So. It’s not great, but it’s an improvement.
  10. Peter T Chattaway

    Top-grossing films by female directors

    Just a quick note to say that I have updated the list to reflect the fact that, as of this weekend, A Wrinkle in Time has joined the $100 million club in North America after all. It's still a flop overseas and worldwide, though, especially considering the amount that was spent on it.
  11. Peter T Chattaway

    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    It's amazing, to me, how the very same things that people cite as flaws in this film are cited by others as its strengths. (A filmmaker I respect mentioned on Twitter how awesome it was that the film recycled John Williams' music -- though "recycled" wasn't his word for it -- and I pointed him to that earlier tweet of mine in which I cited the music-recycling as an example of one of the primary reasons this movie *didn't* work for me, and we had a bit of an exchange about that.) The fact that this film ends with Han shooting first is... remarkable. How many other franchises have scenes like that, in which the new filmmakers are explicitly critiquing a change that the original filmmaker made to his own movie? (And in how many other cases like this is the new filmmaker a close personal friend of the old filmmaker?)
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  13. Joel C

    Congratulations, Joel.

    I'm super late on this (dissertation work has taken over), but I will happily add that living in St Andrews and studying here has been made all the more wonderful by enjoying friendships with folks like Joel! So many valuable conversations here on A&F since I joined in '06, which played a formative role as I was beginning my career in music, and now has come full-circle as I study theology and arts. It's been wonderful to get to know Joel and become familiar with the excellent research he's doing, and the fact that a number of us have ended up pursuing research in arts and theology only further affirms how valuable this forum has been to so many of us. Really thankful to more of you than I can name here for the many conversations which so influenced my view of creativity and faith.
  14. winter shaker

    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    I've seen Solo twice. It's proven to be my favourite of the new films (and my favourite after Return of the Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back). One of my friends commented that she didn't like it because it felt cliched, but perhaps that is exactly why I enjoyed it. I think it's because I was disappointed with The Last Jedi - it doesn't offer us the answers we expected (who is Snoke? who are Rey's parents?) but instead departs into new territory. But Solo felt like visiting old friends because we already know Han, Chewbacca, and Lando (and as a "Star Wars Story" movie this familiarity is only accentuated when compared to Rogue One where we are introduced to a cast of characters who we don't have time to connect with). I enjoyed the nods to the past (when Han shoots first at the end people cheered in the theatre). I was impressed with Alden Ehrenreich's performance as a smug smuggler and Donald Glover was terrific.
  15. NBooth

    Little Women: A Modern Retelling

    Looks less like a modern retelling than a direct adaptation in modern dress. Weirdly, from the trailer, a lot of that direct reskinning seems to work. But the stuff that doesn’t really sticks out (“Marmie”? “Oh, how I’ve missed my little ones”).
  16. Peter T Chattaway

    The Nun

    Latin Rite Catholics make up only 4 percent of the Romanian population (81 percent of the population is Eastern Orthodox), but hey.
  17. Peter T Chattaway

    Little Women: A Modern Retelling

    Links to our threads on the once-in-development Olivia Milch / Sarah Polley / Greta Gerwig movie and dystopian CW TV series. From the studio that gave us the God's Not Dead trilogy:
  18. Joel Mayward

    The Rider

    Thank you for sharing this, Darren!
  19. Darren H

    The Rider

    I haven't seen many 2018 films yet, but The Rider is among my favorites. I'm guessing I'm the only arthouse film critic who lives on a horse farm and has spent a lot of time around rodeo riders, so it was fun to talk horses and horse culture with Chloe Zhao. I'm proud of this interview.
  20. Joel Mayward

    The Rider

    Thanks for starting this thread, Andrew. This is currently my favorite film of 2018. I went into it with zero knowledge of the story's premise apart from "horses," and was deeply moved by the film's characters and the strong directorial vision. Here's my review.
  21. Andrew

    Leaving My Father's Faith

    I forgot to post about this one here. In this time of religious division and incivility, this documentary - about Bart Campolo's deconversion, his dad Tony's reaction, and their ensuing dialogue - is refreshing. Ken was good enough to introduce me to this one (thanks, Ken!), and I recommend it highly. Here's my review: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2018/05/leaving-my-fathers-faith-a-famous-preacher-dad-and-his-humanist-son/
  22. Andrew


    Be forewarned, this is a disturbing film to watch, but its spiritual themes are fascinating: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2018/06/hereditary-the-horrifying-potential-of-biological-and-spiritual-inheritance/
  23. kenmorefield

    Slumdog Millionaire

    I did a "10 Years Later" on Slumdog:
  24. Peter T Chattaway

    First Man

    Links to our threads on director Damien Chazelle's previous films Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009), Whiplash (2014) and La La Land (2016). Links to our threads on previous films about the Apollo missions Apollo 13 (1995), In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).
  25. Peter T Chattaway

    The Lego Movie 2

  26. Peter T Chattaway

    Joker standalone movie

    Link to the unrelated Joker origin movie that is also in development. Links to our threads on other DC Cinematic Universe films Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018), Wonder Woman 2 (2019) and Birds of Prey (in development), as well as the in-development Flashpoint, Shazam!, Black Adam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens and Justice League Dark movies and the not-yet-dated Superman, Batman and Justice League sequels.  Links to our threads on the Batman 2.0 films Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Links to our threads on The Lego Movie (2014), The Lego Batman Movie (2017) and The Lego Movie 2 (2018), at least one of which has the Joker. - - - Jared Leto’s Joker Is Getting His Own Movie (EXCLUSIVE) Warner Bros. is looking to expand on Jared Leto’s version of the Joker, which debuted in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” with a movie of his own. Sources tell Variety that Leto is set to star and exec produce an untitled standalone film, paving the way for future movies branching from “Suicide Squad.” Plot details are currently unknown, but the studio’s idea is to expand on the world created by “Suicide Squad” and tie into future installments of that property. Warner Bros. already announced that Margot Robbie’s version of Harley Quinn would be getting her own movie with a “Birds of Prey” feature, and the next goal was setting up a film for Leto’s Joker. When Warner Bros. announced last fall that it was developing a Joker origin tale from Todd Phillips, the studio emphasized that this did not mean the end for Leto’s Joker. Rather, Phillips’ film would fall under a new origins banner that would be separate from the current cinematic DC universe. This new banner would allow multiple actors and versions based on the same character with no overlap, and WB has already tapped Joaquin Phoenix to star in Phillips’ Joker pic. Variety, June 5
  27. Peter T Chattaway

    Pixar: The studio, its history and process

    BREAKING: John Lasseter Will Remain Employed By Disney Through The End Of 2018 John Laseter, 61, the disgraced chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar animation studios, will remain employed by the Walt Disney Company through December 31, 2018. He will continue to work in a consulting role, the Walt Disney Company said today, though he will not have an office at either studio. At the beginning of the new year, he will depart the Walt Disney Company. The company did not offer a reason for his departure. The Walt Disney Company has not announced who will take over Lasseter’s roles at Disney and Pixar. The New York Times, however, spoke to a person briefed on the matter, and the expectation is that Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee will be promoted at Walt Disney Animation and Up and Inside Out director Pete Docter will take on “greater responsibilities” at Pixar. . . . Cartoon Brew, June 8
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