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  1. Saw it today (I saw you there at the last minute, Peter, and but had to run out afterwards. I was definitely curious as to your thoughts -- we met at the Mill and the Cross with Ron) and was not properly rested for such a movie. But I will be sitting on it for quite a time. In response to your question, I think that it was connected to the prosecutor's story... but that's about as far as I've got at the moment... so I'm not much help.
  2. I'm still trying to find a way for all this to work. I found out I have to work on that Saturday, so while I have a ride down on Thursday with Hugh Cook (who will be reading there and leading a couple workshops... I highly recommend him!), I am trying to find a way back up to Ontario on the Friday. Hmmm. Maybe I can ask for that Saturday off.
  3. I have a couple of auditions coming up for some rather prestigious acting schools. Both schools are very strict (though pretty standard) about the monologue criteria: one monologue must be contemporary, one must be classical. They must be of opposite tones (if one's comedic, the other should be tragic in nature) and the contemporary character must be roughly my own age. As well, both monologues have to be from published plays. I have my classical piece chosen, and it is of the tragic genre (Lady Anne from Richard III). But I am having difficulties finding a good contemporary (contemporary is classified as after 1900) comedic piece from a character my own age (early-mid twenties). It's mostly the character my own age that I am having problems finding. Does anyone know of any good monologues that I could use -- anything you've come across in reading, acting, or watching plays? At this point I am open to anything -- I don't really have huge qualms over swearing, though I would prefer something that's not too vulgar. My first audition is April 11. So there's my deadline. Any help would be WONDERFUL!
  4. What I found most interesting about this year's Oscars was the amount of winners who were not American. I believe the first 5 awards went to people with various accents, none of which were American. Also, all four main acting awards -- Best Supporting Male/Female, Best Male/Female -- went to Europeans as well.
  5. I just finished The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I loved it. Niffenegger somehow managed to make time travelling seem something normal, while also writing a beautiful love story. Highly recommended. Now I'm reading The Navigator of New York by Wayne Johnston.
  6. I mean, that's exactly what I thought was happening when I watched the film. But then, none of the reviews I read mentioned this possibility. And I began to assume I'd missed a crucial detail. But now I'm wondering again... is Eli even more complicated than he seems to be? I know this was posted a while ago, but I just saw the film yesterday and I have to say that this completely tripped me up throughout the film. I totally thought that Eli was schizophrenic the whole film, until the credits were rolling and I said to my friend: "So he had multiple personality disorder?" and then he informed me that they were twins! I don't know how I missed that, but it had me quite confused, especially during the scenes at the dinner table and in the final scene. After hearing that, all I wanted to do was stay in my seat and watch it again... **Potential spoilers** Despite that, I really really liked the film. I'm believe I'm with Jeffrey on this one, though I was not struck by the references to other films because I am not quite as cinematically informed as I would like to be. Personally, one thing that got to me (and I'm somewhat surprised no one has mentioned it yet) is the moment right after Daniel is baptized. As he stands up, he says something to Eli that the audience doesn't get to hear. My memory of the moment is a little fuzzy, but to my mind, Eli does not seem perturbed by what he has said, but perhaps a little pleased. It could easily have been about the money, or some insincere comment about God's blood. Much like Lost in Translation (though a little less pivotal), it stayed with me after the film ended. Good discussion; it's given me a lot to think about.
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    To me, the stylized dialogue in Pulp Fiction worked because the situations that the characters are in are ones that most people don't frequently see every day except in the film genres that it was working with. Juno, on the other hand, was dealing with a situation that one could hear about at school, in the neighbourhood, even just walking around the grocery store. So while I admired the dialogue as a writer, it bothered me in terms of the film itself because the situation they presented was more relatable and realistic (for lack of a better word), and therefore I wanted her to be realistic. She seemed like the too-perfect indie character to me -- the witty responses, the slightly off clothing, the extensive knowledge of bands and films that most teenagers have never heard of... put together I thought it was just a bit much. But that being said, I did really like the film. Personally, I also really related to the Vanessa, Mark, and Juno story more so than the Juno/Michael Cera (I'm forgetting character name at the moment) story.
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    The Savages

    Your comment reminded me of something else that bothered me. It's not really significant, but Jon had to bring his girlfriend to the airport by no later than 6:30 in the morning. When they left the house it was quite light out -- like mid morning light. Which bugged me, because 6:30 AM in early November would be rather dark, with maybe a hint of the sun rising. It's one of the things I hate most about getting up early in the winter, which is probably why I noticed. Like I said, it's not significant, and it doesn't hinder the film at all (not to mention, rather nit-picky) but I couldn't get it out of my head.
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    The Savages

    I definitely thought I was going to miss this one in theatres because although it came out in November/December, I've not seen it anywhere in my little corner of Ontario... but I managed to catch it at an arthouse theatre in Calgary while I'm visiting here. It's funny, I was really looking forward to this film, but while I was watching I kept thinking "meh".... and then when it finished, I walked downtown for a couple of hours thinking about the film and by the end of the walk I really really liked it. I think I need to see it again. Both Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman gave excellent performances. As a theatre major, I was really intrigued by the fact that John was a professor of Bertolt Brecht, and that both of them chose to go into theatre in some form. Hm. I need to think on this one more.
  10. Barbara's strong opinionism is the one thing that I absolutely loved and feared about her when I had her as my professor. But I have to say that I disagree with her on this one too. I loved the film and thought it was simply beautiful. Someone mentioned a comparison to My Left Foot, but I couldn't help thinking of The Sea Inside throughout the movie. Of course, they are trying to do different things, but I found it interesting how both films approached the victim's use of imagination as a way of coping with their trapped state. IMHO, The Diving Bell did a better job at this, though I enjoyed both films.
  11. I was watching a longer trailer for this film on my Mac, when I could have sworn I saw Matt Damon in a short scene. So I looked it up on IMDB, and low and behold he is listed as uncredited. Huh.
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    I just watched Once again the other day with my parents, thinking that it was a really great story with little swearing in it (which is a big thing with the folks). There's nothing like watching a film with your parents to make you notice all the swear words. There are quite a number of f-words -- definately not as much as some, but enough that it made it uncomfortable! It made me realize just how desensitized I've become... But the movie is wonderful, especially after a second viewing. Easily in my top 10.
  13. I didn't quite know what to expect (I haven't seen the broadway version, or any other version for that matter) but I'm realizing that I am not an excessive blood kind of person when it comes to movies. It's just NOT NECESSARY. That aside, it was an enjoyable film.
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    Pixar has that wonderful ability to make what one wouldn't think cute at all into something that is just so darn cute. That little robot? Adorable.
  15. What I own right now: Arrested Development Seasons 1-3 Firefly House Seasons 1 & 2 What shows I will probably own eventually when I can actually afford it: The Office (British and American) The IT Crowd Pushing Daisies MST3K
  16. Oh dear. At least she understands fiction enough to realize when something is well written... but of all things to have a problem with! What bothers me so much about her comment is the language she uses when she talks about "enduring the task of finding 'meaning' in some pretty weird stuff". It seems to me that reading stuff that's "weird" is not something that she particularly finds worthwhile. Which I think is sad. I just finished my BA as an Honours English Major, and one of the books we had to read was Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley, which plainly and rather openly mocks the Christian faith. But it ended up being my favourite book in the course because it challenged me in what I believe and why. It was opportunity for dialogue, and while it wasn't always particularly enjoyable, I came out feeling very very positive about the experience. Of course, though I have yet to read Auralia's Colors (Christmas is coming up!), I think it's safe to say that the book does not openly abuse Christianity.
  17. From Annie Dillard's Holy the Firm: "How can people think that artists seek a name? A name, like a face, is something you have when you're not alone. There is no such thing as an artist: there is only the world, lit or unlit as the light allows. When the candle is burning, who looks at the wick? When the candle is out, who needs it? But the world without light is wasteland and chaos, and a life without sacrifice is abomination. What can any artist set on fire but his world? What can any people bring to the altar but all it has ever owned in the the thin towns or over the desolate plains? What can an artist use but materials, such as they are? What can he light but the short string of his gut, and when that's burnt out, any muck ready to hand? His face is flame like a seraph's, lighting the kingdom of God for the people to see; his life goes up in the works; his feet are waxen and salt. He is holy and he is firm, spanning the long gap with the length of his love, in flawed imitation of Christ on the cross stretched both ways unbroken and thorned. So must the work be also, in touch with, in touch with, in touch with; spanning the gap, from here to eternity, home."
  18. It was like I had an internal war going on --- do I want to know the whisper? No, I don't. Yes, yes I do. No, I love the mystery of it. Yes, but I am a very very curious person. Curiousity won out over mystery. But I'm okay with knowing. I agree with Stef on this one -- love it. It was a good line to keep "hidden" but it didn't dissappoint when uncovered. Most likely the next time I watch the movie I'll have forgotten what it was anyway.
  19. It looks like Atonement is leading the pack for the 2008 Golden Globe nominations. I have yet to see the movie, or read the book for that matter. While the book is on my "to read" list, I just can not get excited (by which I mean, go to a movie theatre to watch it) about a film with Keira Knightley in it, even if she is nominated for her performance...
  20. Hm. I've been meaning to go to the Festival of Faith and Writing for a while now. I should really get on that while I'm still a student! As well, it looks like one of my English professors, Hugh Cook, is going to be speaking at the one next year. Our school is premiering the play adaptation of his book, Home in Alfalfa, at the end of November, so we're really excited for him. And it'd be fun to go see him there.
  21. I'm sad that I won't be able to make it this year. Last year was my first year at the festival and I had a wonderful time. I volunteered for the duration of the festival so I mostly enjoyed the atmosphere, but I did manage to see The Nativity Story and catch the Q&A with Wallace for We Were Soldiers.
  22. I haven't read The Big Over Easy, but, taking your cue, I looked it up on Amazon and it indeed looks similar. I just finished The Eyre Affair last night and I have to say that it was a completely enjoyable read. And I zoomed through it quickly too. Though now I'm in a bit of a pickle because my semester starts next week, and, well, there are three or four more books in the series that are just begging to be read. Looks like I'll be on to Lost in a Good Book tomorrow...
  23. After spending the summer getting through six of the eleven novels I have to read for this coming semester, I decided to spend my last couple weeks of the summer reading something just for pleasure (such a rare occasion!). My brother recommended Jasper Fforde to me, and now I am neck deep in The Eyre Affair and I am loving every minute of it! This book (and subsequent books in the series) is like Douglas Adams for literature geeks. The story revolves around Thursday Next: a literary detective on the trail of Acheron Hades who has been kidnapping characters from works of fiction and holding them to ransom. As the title suggests, Jane Eyre is one of the ones to go... It's the type of book that completely renews my love for reading.
  24. While I agree that Marion Cotillard deserves an Oscar nomination in the very least, I can't say that La Vie En Rose stuck with me as much as other films this year. I will shamefully admit that I did not know of Edith Piaf before I heard of this film (I know -- gasp! Though it turns out I did know her music), and I felt that when I left the theatre, I still didn't really know who she was. This didn't really have anything to do with Cotillard -- she dealt with powerful scenes with force and vulnerability, and her work with the different stages of Piaf's life was inspiring to watch -- but it had more to do with how episodic and jumpy the film was. I had a really hard time keeping up with where we were in time and how what had happened or was to happen to Piaf built on each other. While Cotillard's performance was powerful, I didn't find myself relating to her because I didn't know really where it was coming from or where the various scenes fit into her life. I'm assuming my own ignorance about Piaf did not help the matter, but the way they organized the film did not seem justified to me. So it interested me that so many people loved the film so much (everything I had heard about it was very positive) --- did this not bother anybody else as much as it did me? Or did most come to the film with a good base of knowledge?
  25. Though I've only listened to a few songs, I think this album will appeal more to fans of Delerium than to fans of Leigh Nash. I'm quite happy with what I've heard so far, but I love both of these artists and the stuff they did together previously. It works for me...
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