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  1. (In other news, I read somewhere--probably Tumblr--that the skyline in the poster is actually London. Which could indicate that we'll be seeing more of JJVerse!Earth than we ever saw of Prime!Earth, at least in the movies)

    As far as I am aware, Star Trek has NEVER shown us the London of the future. San Francisco many times (it's Starfleet HQ after all), Paris a few times (home to the office of the Federation President), but not London.


  2. I'm one of the kids who grew up going to the midnight book releases, and let the series be this magical home for me, so I've found myself absolutely impotent about judging the merits of the films as films-- it's the only place I have the problem. I'm happy to let myself have at least one thing I'm thoroughly caught up in, and am looking forward to the inevitable sobfest that this Thursday night is going to be. Ebert tweeted something about it being satisfying, but a bit over the top. Perhaps it's ROTK ending syndrome-- a surfeit of closure. But I'm glad they do that, for the people like me. Sometimes, gifts to fandoms are appropriate-- at least when I'm in one :).

    FIRST POST ALERT!!! Welcome to Arts and Faith, Lauren!


  3. FWIW, Green Lantern has a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, 18% lower than Mr. Popper's Penguins.

    I noticed yesterday how low the score was, and linked from RT to Dave Poland's positive review, which is no longer linked on RT today. Anyway, it begins:

    This is when Rotten Tomatoes does a disservice to movies.

    Green Lantern is not the best comic book movie of the summer. But it’s nothing like the as-of-this-writing 19% on Rotten Tomatoes bad. Not even close.

    I'm in total agreement, but I'm often out of step on superhero movies. I liked Green Lantern much more than, say, Thor, which was generally well liked, at least among the early reviewers, some of whom heralded it as great summer entertainment.

    Poland again:

    It’s not the comic book movie we have come to expect lately. It actually looks like a comic book… much more so than Thor, for instance, which also spends a fair amount of time in other worlds. Thor looks like sets and some cool CG around them. Green Lantern is immersive. And it’s a certain kind of comic book… not Burton, not Nolan, not Singer. Director Martin Campbell is not shy about making reference back to Donner’s Superman, with a bit of Lester in there.

    He goes on to point to problems in the second half of the film.

    The screening was an interesting an experience. I sat among several squirming-in-their-seats critics who could barely contain their contempt for the film. All the while, I was thinking, "This isn't so bad." I kinda liked it. :)

    I think part of the problem is that the Rotten Tomatoes ratings from individual critics are either up or down, fresh or rotten. There's no in between. And RT translates SDG's C+ -- which, as I understand it, is not really a bad score, it's actually slightly above average - into a "rotten" tomato.

    Also, for whatever it's worth, the user rating on Green Lantern at RT is much better -- 65% liked it, as of this writing.


  4. Everyone still here? I am not sure exactly when this was predicted to happen. Just checking in...

    The rapture was supposed to take place at 6 PM in each time zone, accompanied by an earthquake that would make the one in Japan earlier this year look like nothing. So far, it's past 6 PM in almost half the world (Jerusalem passed it half an hour ago), and there are no reports of said earthquakes or people disappearing.


  5. I've seen some counter-Campbellite Facebook Events like "No end of the world on May 21" and even "post rapture looting" ... and while I almost never RSVP to FB Events and have NEVER created one, I thought I might use that venue to express the thought that a lot of very confused people may need prayer this Saturday evening and beyond.

    Facebook Event: Pray for Campbellites (6:00 PM Saturday, May 21)

    Um, Campbellites? Doesn't that usually refer to the "Churches of Christ" movement?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campbellite


  6. Camping has also declared that the "age of the church" ended in 1988. Reportedly this means God has no further use for churches, and the only true body of believers is Camping's radio ministry/parachurch organization; furthermore, anyone remaining a member of a church after May 21 will go to hell, or something like that (this on a cursory review of secondary sources). If you want a third strike, that ought to do.

    Would I throw the first stone at Camping? No, but I might mail him one with his name on it.

    Camping doesn't believe in an eternal hell. He teaches annihilationism -- that the souls of the damned will cease to exist.

    He also teaches -- get this -- that Christ's real death for sin took place "before the foundation of the world", and the cross was only a demonstration. :blink:


  7. I saw this last night, and I am quite willing to believe that everything that was most annoying about the film is probably not to be found in the book. At least, I hope that's the case, for the book's sake.

    But I do want to ask one question: Why on earth would anyone think Percy Jackson had stolen the lightning bolt? It's made pretty clear, right from the get-go, that Percy Jackson has NO IDEA who his real father is, or that he has any connection to the ancient Greek gods. NO IDEA whatsoever. It is even clarified, repeatedly in the film, that one of the REASONS why Percy Jackson and the other demi-gods have never seen their divine parents is because Zeus decreed that none of the gods should make contact with their offspring. So... if someone was going to steal Zeus's lightning bolt, why on Earth would they frame one of the demi-gods? Why would anyone believe that the demi-gods were responsible? And especially a demi-god as obviously clueless about his true nature as Percy Jackson?

    Like, seriously, if I'm supposed to believe that this ENTIRE story is set in motion by the fact that Percy Jackson has been falsely accused of something, I would like to have SOME sense that there is a REASON why any of the gods might fall for this accusation. Any reason whatsoever.

    There's no point in even discussing the movie's other flaws, narrative and otherwise, when there's this big fat gaping hole in its logic driving the whole thing.

    Having just watched the film (almost a year later), I can't help but agree. I found it a fun ride, and the Medusa scene beats the one in the remake of Clash of the Titans, but the logic of the whole premise that sends Percy on his quest is fatally flawed. And they don't even bother to explain, in the end, how

    Luke

    managed to steal the lightning in the first place.


  8. They're actually calling the sequel Wrath of the Titans?

    I finally got around to watching the new version of Clash of the Titans this evening - found it entertaining, though the actions scenes often times seemed overdone, especially the ending battle. So I went to instantwatcher.com to see if the original Clash was still available on Netflix streaming, as it was at one point last year. It was not, but there was a 53 minute film called Wrath of the Titans, supposedly an "animated" sequel to Clash (whether the original or the remake, I am not sure; the release date is listed as 2010.) From the user reviews (which almost uniformly pan Wrath) it sounds like it is essentially a "motion comic" rather than a true animated film.

    Link to the 53-minute Wrath of the Titans on Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Wrath_of_the_Titans/70140893 (ONLY available streaming, not on DVD)


  9. Anyone know when/if the Catholic News Service is going to review Black Swan? A lady on the Catholic Match message boards complained today that she found the film "morally offensive" and would like to have been warned. This was in the midst of a thread calling for a boycott on the Coen Brothers' remake of True Grit (started several months ago by another lady who describes herself as a die-hard John Wayne fan; and who subsequently explained her thread was intended to be lighthearted).

    I think Black Swan is morally offensive too, but I can't review everything. I would not be surprised if CNS were shying away from this one. Perhaps someone might consider linking to my True Grit review in the discussion on that film.

    CNS finally reviewed it:

    http://usccb.org/movies/b/blackswan.shtml

    For some reason it's not on the CNS site but it is on the USCCB site. My experience is that reviews usually appear on the CNS site first. :unsure:


  10. That makes for an interesting question, as next week, schools will be back in session... will the film see a much increased drop after this weekend? Has the lack of interference of school given the film an extra boost?

    To your second question, definitely yes. According to box-office analysis websites, most films get a boost around Christmas & New Year's -- it's an annual occurrence. It's the "rising tide that lifts all boats", as one site put it.


  11. Anyone know when/if the Catholic News Service is going to review Black Swan? A lady on the Catholic Match message boards complained today that she found the film "morally offensive" and would like to have been warned. This was in the midst of a thread calling for a boycott on the Coen Brothers' remake of True Grit (started several months ago by another lady who describes herself as a die-hard John Wayne fan; and who subsequently explained her thread was intended to be lighthearted).

    I think Black Swan is morally offensive too, but I can't review everything. I would not be surprised if CNS were shying away from this one. Perhaps someone might consider linking to my True Grit review in the discussion on that film.

    SDG, I linked to your review of True Grit in the thread and so did one other person. :)


  12. Anyone know when/if the Catholic News Service is going to review Black Swan? A lady on the Catholic Match message boards complained today that she found the film "morally offensive" and would like to have been warned. This was in the midst of a thread calling for a boycott on the Coen Brothers' remake of True Grit (started several months ago by another lady who describes herself as a die-hard John Wayne fan; and who subsequently explained her thread was intended to be lighthearted).


  13. Box Office Prophets talks about some of the problems inherent in continuing the series:

    (from page 3 of the above link)

    The next book in the series, The Silver Chair, doesn't feature any of the characters from the first few books apart from side characters like Aslan, and without that thread running from one film to the next the audience could lose interest. It'd be like making Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest without Captain Jack Sparrow. Some people might be drawn in by franchise recognition, but most people would need a somewhat familiar face to latch onto. It also doesn't help that the stories get less focused as the series goes on, so the studio would either have to change them and risk alienating the more passionate fans, or make films that casual moviegoers might find a bit weird and off-putting. It's an unenviable situation.


  14. Queen Elizabeth "shed tears" at Narnia film ending: Neeson

    Describing a poignant scene toward the end of the third film in the blockbuster series, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," actor Liam Neeson said he became emotional during its royal world premiere earlier this week.

    "I shed a tear the other night and I was told the Queen shed a few tears as well," he told a news conference on Thursday.

    http://omg.yahoo.com/news/queen-elizabeth-shed-tears-at-narnia-film-ending-neeson/51575

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