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  1. Well, you inspired me to investigate my local library catalog, where I discovered that "Lagaan" is available on DVD as well as VHS. Two copies were listed as "not checked out," so I put a hold on one and rushed to the local branch to pick it up. It's not there. They told me both copies at that branch had been missing for a while, and they put a trace on them. But there's another DVD copy circulating in the system, so I'll get that copy as soon as it's returned and forwarded to my local branch. Thanks for the suggestion!
  2. UPDATED 12/3/04 Audio: Listening to - David Sedaris' Barrell Fever and Other Stories Recently finished - Bill Bryson's Neither Here Nor There Upcoming - Florence of Arabia, by Christopher Buckley Print: Recently finished - Several books for seminary classes. They're all a blur. Reading - The Da Vinci Code response book (forgot the title -- maybe The Gospel Code?, by Ben Witherington Upcoming - Class reading for the spring semester. Hoping to squeeze in some books during my winter break, but I'm not sure which title to choose.
  3. Tara, did you see "Lagaan" letterboxed? I ask because I just checked out the "formatted for my TV" VHS version from the library. An Indian friend had recommended the film, but when I asked whether the VHS would be acceptable, he warned me off it, said Bollywood filmmakers use the edges of the frame more than American films, and that I'd be missing too much if I saw it cropped. Since you've seen it, what's your take? Should I devote 3-plus hours to a cropped version, or seek out the letterboxed DVD? I'd rather watch the free rental, but not if it's going to kill the viewing experience. These multiple forums are cool, but the downside is that now I have to remember I posted about "Lagaan" in the "Looking Forward in Film" subcategory, in a thread about movie trailers.
  4. I can't resist. From the Borowitz Report: SPIKE LEE SUED BY SARA LEE Filmmaker, Pie-maker in New Legal Tussle Pie-maker Sara Lee today slapped filmmaker Spike Lee with a $90 million dollar trademark infringement suit, claiming that the director was unfairly benefiting from a positive association with the company's mouth-watering array of pies, pastries and assorted breakfast treats. Geoffrey Stimpson, a company spokesman, said that Spike Lee's attempt to piggyback on Sara Lee's good name was doomed to failure. "Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee, but plenty of people don't like Spike Lee," Mr. Stimpson said. The Sara Lee spokesman said that Mr. Lee first attempted to trick the public into thinking he had some association with Sara Lee in his 1989 film "Do the Right Thing," in which the word "pie" was used no fewer than fifty times. An official statement by Mr. Lee, however, disputed that point, arguing that the word "pie" was used as an abbreviation for "pizza pie," adding, "Sara Lee does not own the word 'pie.'" In a terse reply, lawyers for Sara Lee responded that the company does, in fact, own the word "pie" and demanded that Mr. Lee remove the letters P, I, and E from his first name "immediately." If Sara Lee succeeds in forbidding Mr. Lee from using the name Lee and forces him to remove the word "pie" from the name "Spike," Mr. Lee's full name would be reduced to "SK," legal experts say. But even that abbreviated name may be off-limits to Mr. Lee, according to lawyers for the film studio DreamWorks SKG.
  5. Gosh, I have no idea what you guys are talking about. But it sounds like there's plenty that disappoints in this film. Too bad.
  6. Christian

    Winged Migration

    Here's what I spewed in another thread: "Winged Migration" [is] a film worth talking about. It's an amazing accomplishment, which doesn't make it an amazingly involving film, but a good one that you can't help but stand in awe of. I think the thick French accent of the narrator is a drawback, especially now, with tensions between the U.S. and France running high. That shouldn't make any difference, but I couldn't help but keep thinking to myself, "Man, that narrator is so French" throughout the film. Mercifully, his commentary is brief and intermittent. The footage of the birds mostly speaks for itself, and it's dazzling. "This," I also kept thinking to myself, "is what a great family movie should be." It doesn't have a linear narrative, or much storytelling, but the kids in the audience -- and there were several -- were quiet as mice for about an hour. I think their patience reached a limit around that point -- I noticed some chatter behind me -- but they quieted down again for the last chunk of the movie's running time. "Winged Migration" isn't great storytelling, but it's superb filmmaking, and a great "G"-rated alternative if you have kids and have already seen "Finding Nemo."
  7. But it doesn't imply I want twice as much story. So you're setting up a strawman.
  8. Huh? You take from my comments that I want twice as much story?
  9. Christian

    Terminator 3

    Sorry, but until you recited those lines, I hadn't remembered them. Brings back memories now, though.
  10. Christian

    Terminator 3

    Well, it is a big ol' dumb summer movie. Perhaps it benefits from my low expectations. Yeah, I guess you have a point there. I do like those films, although I can't remember a lick of dialogue from "Aliens." "The Abyss" was one of my favorite films for a few years after its release, but now the whole alien-ending thing underwhelms me. Still, the central relationship between Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was affecting. So you disagree with my assessment of the man's output, except for his work the past 13 years. OK. I can buy that. And I'm glad to see someone else -- PTC, no less -- step up and admit his admiration for "Titanic," a film that I thought was fabulous (as sheer spectacle, of course). But oy!, that dialogue.
  11. It's one of the more interesting ones, especially some of the quotes near the end of the article, vividly describing how contemptible Christianity is among those in Hollywood: http://washingtontimes.com/national/200307...14908-2252r.htm
  12. Christian

    Terminator 3

    Continuity gripes aren't my bag, so I'm much more free to enjoy these films as sheer spectacle. And this film delivers -- big time. Although I haven't read SDG's full review of the film, I second everything he's written up to this point in the thread. I also think this film's characters and relationships are stronger than those in T-2, which is the prime example of James Cameron's affinity for special effects over dialogue and characterization. Now, I'm not saying the T-3 characters are deep. They aren't. But I'll take the half-baked romance and silly quips of T-3 over the whiny Edward Furlong and the sappy father-figure stuff of T-2 any day. Also, as someone whose eyes glaze over whenever there's an onscreen car chase, I must say that the crane sequence in T-3, while a disgusting waste of money, is amazing to behold.
  13. Christian

    Babette's Feast

    Sorry I've been so delinquent in reposting the link to that article, Russell. It can be found here: " and " on either end of the Web address, but I don't think it will look right when I submit. If it looks funny, now you know why.
  14. Not me. I agree with you, 100%. Saying that I didn't think the film amounted to a masterpiece doesn't mean that I thought it was terrible, but just so-so. It's missing something, and I think you may have tapped into it with your comment on the running time. The ending is quite abrupt. John, your comments are well taken, and I see your point without agreeing with your conclusions. You felt sated at the end of the film, but others, like me, were let down. Still, I envy the experience you, and others, had watching the film. I love it when a film sends me soaring. I wish I could say I experienced the same thing, but I didn't. Like Dan, I might watch the film again. It's certainly got a lot going for it, and it does have some notable performances, but the end product just misses. I'm not sure why.
  15. Thanks, Dan. Believe it or not, I still haven't seen the article in its final form. The RELEVANT folks faxed it to me, but page 2 didn't come through. I expect to receive my author copy any day; they told me it was mailed before the subscriber copies, but at a postage rate that results in it arriving after the subscribers get their copies. :? Anyway, I'm told the article was cut down some from the original, which was a broader article about Christianity, the Bible and comedy, using "The Simpsons" as the primary example. I'm glad to hear you didn't perceive the final product as a striaghtforward fan-appreciation celebration of "The Simpsons," which is what I hoped to avoid. The rest of the issue looks strong from what I see on the RELEVANT site. Odd, though, that I'd end up writing in "The Movie Issue" about something other than movies!
  16. Christian

    2003 Film Journals

    1/3: Changing Lanes 1/18: The Last Metro 2/1: Gabbeh 2/1: Taste of Cherry 2/5: Mulholland Drive 2/7 (SNOW DAY!): Once Upon a Time, Cinema (Makhmalbaf) 2/7: The White Balloon 2/7: Amelie 2/11: Genghis Blues 2/15: Gangs of New York 2/17: The Cyclist (At this point I lost track of my thread. In between Feb. 17 and the resumption of the dated thread with my May 10 viewing, I saw...) The Burmese Harp Pather Panchali La Promesse Babette's Feast Nosferatu (1979) Holes 5/10: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (AMC, longer cut) 5/16: Standing in the Shadows of Motown 5/23: Stalker 5/24: Nine Queens 5/24: The Devil's Backbone 5/28: Rosetta 5/31: Sunshine State 6/2: Richard III (Ian McKellan version) 6/3: Aparjito (completing the Apu trilogy for me, albeit out of sequence) 6/7: 25th Hour 6/8: The Singing Detective, episode 1 (filmed for television [the BBC], but I think it counts...) 6/11: The Singing Detective, episode 2 6/11: The Singing Detective, episode 3 6/14: Spirited Away 6/15: The Singing Detective, episode 4 6/18: Startup.com 6/20: The Singing Detective, episode 5 6/22: The Singing Detective, episode 6 (a satisfying conclusion, rife with redemptive significance) 6/27: Winged Migration 7/5: Terminator 3 7/5: 1776 7/14: The Big Kahuna 7/15: Himalaya 7/18: Divided We Fall 7/19: The Element of Crime 7/23: In the Bedroom 7/26: Nashville 7/30: Ghost World 8/4: Panic Room 8/8: Thirteen Conversations About One Thing 8/12: Code Unknown 8/31: The Gleaners and I 9/13: American History X 10/5: Lilo and Stitch 10/9: Children on Their Birthdays 10/11: Lost in Translation 10/11: Finding Nemo 10/13: Adaptation 10/17: Down With Love 10/18: Toy Story 2 10/27: Pirates of the Caribbean 11/4: Moulin Rouge 11/7: Finding Nemo 11/12: Master and Commander 11/20: Bowling for Columbine -- after all the hype, a major disappointment. Surprisingly muddled. And I like Moore's other stuff. 11/27: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) 11/28: The Pianist 12/5: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House 12/6: A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie 12/13: The Silence 12/19: Seabiscuit 12/20: Songcatcher 12/22: All About My Mother 12/23: Talk to Her 12/31: Persuasion
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