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  1. MichaelRay

    The Road

    I had this reaction to the book. My son was about 18 mths when I read the book and it destroyed me. I wasn't looking for that experience at all, I didn't know much about the book, but that made it all the more powerful. Like you said, Christian, not everyone in the same context will respond the same way. I've been emotionally impacted by Lawhead, Lewis and Tolkien in the past. But I know that being a father, and a new father of a son, caused a response in me that I've never experienced when reading any other story.
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    . . . which will continue until the remakes.
  3. Bill Munny in Unforgiven. From deadly gunslinger to pig farmer, back to gunslinger back to family man.
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    He did stay pretty close to the book, though. This final scene in the book, if I remember correctly, was abrupt without any build or tension. I would love to see the two sequel novels made into films as well. I love these characters.
  5. Although I love the 77s and have long held them dear, I can't see their influence extending to the emergent church. Same with VOL, one of my all time favorites but I don't know if either of these bands were well known enough when they were "big," to have held much sway in any church movement, let alone today.
  6. I really liked the Swell Season album that came out a bit before Once. I wouldn't be sad it they kept moving in that direction.
  7. Perhaps if they had stayed with the story of PC instead of re-imagining the whole thing it would have done better? I and a few others I know chose not to see it in the theater for two reasons: First, we were quite disappointed with the handling of Lion, Witch and Wardrobe, and the previews made it obvious that we would be even more disappointed with Caspian. I just didn't want to pay $10 a ticket to go see something that would piss me off by the end.
  8. An older film that I've found interesting and enlightening is You Can't Take it With You, directed by Frank Capra. Again, the presence of religion is deeply felt in the way the family lives their life and in the prayers that bookend the film. You may want to try out The Second Chance too, a decent portrayal of the two different worlds in America as well as the religious response to those worlds.
  9. These are the first ones that came to mind: Magnolia Punch Drunk Love Broken Flowers Fight Club Wings of Desire
  10. I thought Jordan stipulated that if he died his notes were to be destroyed and no one was to finish the series? Maybe that's just an urban legend. I had to stop reading these because they just went on and on with very similar plots in each novel. And I began to find his minor characters much more interesting than the main characters who seemed to get stuck developmentally in the second book. I may finish them someday if the movies don't come out first.
  11. This was something in the show that always bothered me, even though I was a huge fan for most of its run. Mulder's faith was consistent and steadfast, as long as it was dealing with paranormal occurence. Scully was skeptical of everything, though she seemed to have faith in God, though not without great struggle. It almost became annoying in the episodes in which Mulder and Scully would switch roles, and Mulder, in the cases of faith in God, was more skeptical than Scully ever was and he always seemed to come out on top. So hearing about this aspect of the film isn't surprising.
  12. I like Drowning, it's not a top pick of theirs, but Film at 11 is one of my favorite 77s songs. I saw them on their Tom Tom Blues tour and they were amazing! I've also seen Mike and Mark doing their acoustic thing a couple of times and those are just really fun shows, but I'm hoping to see the full band again, they just flat out rock!
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    Sigur R

    Maybe the video should have been titled Glosoli-12 years later. I always wondered where those kids flew off to, and they seemed so innocent . . .
  14. That's such a twist from the most widely accepted Robin Hood lore it makes me wonder why they refer to him at all. Why not just create a story set in this period about a sheriff and a bandit? Is it because there's already a built in context that they now get to change?
  15. No, but it sounds earily similar to Parke Godwin's version. Same time period as Lawhead's but that's about the only similiarity.
  16. I just finished the first two books in Lawheads new King Raven Trilogy. He re-imagines the legend of Robin Hood in quite a different way and gives an excellent historical explanation at the end of Hood as to why he thinks Robin Hood was a Welsh king living long before the Crusades were ever thought about. Any other Lawhead fans who've read this?
  17. Just an FYI for you emusic people, several of Rez's albums are available there, Silence Screams, Innocent Blood, Civil Rites, Reach of Love, Lament, a live album and Ampendectomy. Sadly, nothing earlier available, but at least those of you who wore out your Silence Screams tapes can get it.
  18. Um, I've been pretty out of the loop around these parts due to overwhelming class work and regular work and family work, etc. But I wanted to chime in a bit if I could here. When it comes to post-modernism, I'm not sure we can accurately define it since we're kind of "in" it. One way that I've thought about it is as a reaction to modernist principles of basing truth on the scientific method and an empirical way of arriving at conclusions. In the same way that modernism didn't trust anything that came before it and began to apply the scientific method of reductionism to everything in life, so post-modernism seems to reject the few centuries of the way modernism arrives at conclusions. Post-modernism seems to recognize that there are things outside of our sensual grasp. I think the "philosophical pluralism" aspect is more based on the Hegelian concept of "thesis-antithesis" producing a "synthesis", rather than an acceptance as all things as valid. "Relativism" makes a sort of sense within this framework because there's an admission that life cannot be boiled down to a set of scientifically provable postulates and room should be left for the gray areas. "Suspicion of metanarratives" also makes sense because, as a reaction to the modernist metanarrative, post-modernism is attempting to create its own meta-narrative. Since this is a cultural shift that's been happening since the sixties, it would be hard to find films since the 70's that aren't influenced in some way by the streams of thought. I've found most religious reaction to post-modernism to be based more on their suspicion of Emergent churches than on an understanding of the philosophical structure that goes into the world-view. That's just my two-cents.
  19. So, the Frenchmen in Grail had if right in the ancient sense?
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    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Saw this last night, first film I've seen in a theater for a long, long time (in-laws were visiting and able to baby sit). I agree that this was the weaker of the three Bournes, but as trilogies go, I was just ecstatic that this one didn't leave me grieving the loss former love (I'm looking at you Matrix/Pirates/X-Men/Spiderman/etc). One thing I'm worried about when considering sequels is that the story is about Bourne's character arc, about him finding out who he is and now that he has, more or less, anything that comes after it will be pretty standard intrigue/spy stuff. I also think this was what weakened the story of Ultimatum, it seemed more about the action than the search. Maybe those of you who have read other Bourne books can shed some light on how the stories have avoided becoming Bond?
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    Just watched "First Blood" over the weekend at my in-laws. It had been years since I'd seen it and I was really surprised at what an homage it was to the Vietnam vets, and how scathing to the civilians who looked at them with disdain. I've been to Burma, not the northern part where the fighting is, but to Rangoon. If nothing else I hope this film raises some awareness of the atrocities being perpetrated by that government in the ongoing civil war with the Karin people. I don't think any American missionaries have been kidnapped, but the horrid acts of genocide are true.
  22. I read the book a couple of years ago and found it to be an interesting and informative read on the history of philosophy. A bit clunky at times, but it was tackling subject matter that was hardly narrative in form, so it was forgivable. It was certainly not a book that I would ever think should be turned into a film. The characters were there to form a context in which to couch the information, they weren't interesting at all. Imagine a history of philosophy textbook written as a narrative story rather than a reference book. And I don't think God ever makes an appearance in the story. I could be forgetting something but I really don't remember God coming into it other than to mention him as part of a particular worldview. So I'm not sure what Michael Caine is going to do. He may play the part of "the teacher" who has a "godlike" knowledge of history and of Sophie's life but he never ends up being any kind of supernatural being.
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