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  1. I saw this film when I was about five. I remember it absolutely terrifying me. From the Wheelers, to the faces of the witch... Man. I've told so many people how much this movie scared me and so few of them believed that it even existed. It must have been that overlooked. And http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Return_to_Oz . Apparently, it's two books combined. I remember reading The Marvelous Land of Oz when I was about nine. And the second trailer almost makes me want to watch the movie again anyway.
  2. Near the beginning of August, sanshiro_sugata and I drove to visit his family in South Carolina before school started. This show got us through about twelve hours of being in the car, several wrong turns and kept us laughing and thinking. It also provided wonderful entertainment on the way back up towards school. I've never been a huge fan of Bob Dylan, and wasn't sure I was going to like this, but...holy crap. It was pretty amazing. I'm being dragged towards fandom because of this.
  3. I was homeschooled from 3rd grade until the end of high school, and the curriculum my mom picked was often strongly literature-based, so added to being an avid reader, I read a lot of books. I remember reading Lord of the Rings, but I don't remember when exactly I read it-- somewhere around age eleven or twelve. I think the first book I read outside of school that I remember considering an adult book was probably The Godfather. Other than that, I had already read stacks of novels like Johnny Tremain, other classics and several Frank Peretti books. The Oath was the first book to ever keep me from sleeping at night-- I think I was twelve.
  4. That's so...sad. My mom and sister are fans of the Anne of Green Gables books, but my personal favorites have always been the Emily books. Also, Blue Castle has always been a rather comforting tea-and-window-seat read. I'd never even heard this before, and I'm going to have to do some more research, maybe.
  5. livingeleven

    The Road

    I got to look at the USA Today article and the pictures. I experienced a mix of excitement, surprise, and perhaps sardonic amusement. The pictures look like what was in my head while I read the book-- pretty much exactly. I'm so very glad that they've found a place where they can film and capture such a sense of desperation and hopelessness. I live near the Pittsburgh area, however, and snickered when I read the comments about how "perfect" the area is, followed immediately by a twinge of remorse. For all the area's attempts to rebolster and revive their area, despite the amazing Robinson Town Center shopping district, the International Airport, the wonderful Carnegie Science Museum and the Zoo, this is pretty much Pittsburgh, for really. Dead steel town and whatnot. I read some of the comments from the article to coworkers, who were laughing and nodding in agreement. It's funny; despite all the publicity they're getting, is it really a good thing that the deadness and despondency of their area is being pointed out? I guess sometimes, any news is good news... (The Pirates need all the help they can get.)
  6. livingeleven

    The Road

    I just finished this book. I started it once last year, immediately after reading Children of Men, and it was just depressing me too much as a follow-up. Got it from the library Monday, finished it nearly in one sitting. I am now looking forward even more to this. Viggo Mortensen was a great choice, too.
  7. Your economics sadden me. They have no place in comic book film. Even if they are true numbers. (Just kidding.) So. I'm anxiously awaiting the chance to maybe see this in IMAX. Still mulling over it in many ways. And in response to an earlier question from a fellow newbie, I think that the ambiguity of the Joker's scars is a throwback to his mysterious origins in the comics, and also necessary to the general creepiness of his character. In fact, I'm not even sure he remembers how he got them. Which raises another interesting point: Not that amnesia is a case for insanity or sociopathic behavior, but how much of the Joker's background do we think, from this film, that he even has a handle on? People this disconnected tend to not only completely expect people to always believe them, no matter how outlandish their tales are, but also tend to believe themselves just because something comes up in their brain and sounds good to them. How much of the Joker's apathy perhaps comes from a completely missing past, in which there are no connections (severed, abused, cherished and lost, etc.) whatsoever to tie him to humanity? Just...thoughts. Perhaps especially important because it is our sense of identity in Christ that is often most important to our own self-worth and treatment of others. I think this film is saying a lot about the topic of identity, and not just what we choose to do with that.
  8. Bleh. It's...okay. I'm a long-time X-Files fan, and it just...didn't work for me. I don't know what it was exactly, other than to say it was a number of things. Interestingly enough, the faith angle was one of the parts that didn't bother me as much. A little, yeah. But as a film...it...man. I can imagine a number of scenarios that would make an awesome X-Files movie, and none of them include a way to "save" this one. It wasn't an absolutely horrible movie-- it's not the worst film I've ever seen. I did really enjoy seeing Mulder and Scully working together, , but hm. Not the worst movie I've seen. But not my favorite X-Files episode either.
  9. *snicker* Actually, the great thing about Batman is that the Joker doesn't have to be in the next film. There are entire stretches of comic without even so much as a mention of him. Definitely a central villain, but by no means someone they NEED to recreate if there's another film. Also, as far as Catwoman goes...I don't care who plays her quite as much as how they portray the character. And to be honest, she's never going to make it as a major villain. A side-character, at the most, to thrill some people that would recognize her. But her "real self" is high society, she's mostly concerned about animals and crimes of theft, or animal protection. A love interest, yes. An ambigious, conflicted love interest who can't make up her mind, but not a major villain or even character, I don't think. I do think that this means that another movie would need a different kind of handling, a different approach. I think it would need heavy leaning towards detective work, instead of something quite as chaotic. Not that The Dark Knight didn't involve some, but something more in the line of good police drama might be in order. I'd like to see a film that doesn't try to top The Dark Knight as much as it does match the story-telling, acting and direction level on a slightly changed playing-field. This showed Batman/Bruce Wayne's life at a crucial turning point-- the decision to remain Batman. I'd like the next film to show more of what he's dealing with on a daily basis when the world isn't exploding, and how that plays out for him. Maybe even a young Dick Grayson would be nice. (Not Robin yet, I don't think...) This is why the Penguin might work really well; far more business and quiet, behind-the-scenes treachery than outright in-the-streets fighting. But anyway! The Dark Knight. I think it was true to the comic book series, in the sense that the story had depth and complexity. Anyone who has tried to read Batman comics recently will know how many series each story stretches over, and the sorts of stories they handle. "Bruce Wayne: Murderer?" springs to mind, even though that's a few years old. Not to mention Bane's origins, in the late 1980's "Knightfall" series. (It was 1980s, right?) Yeah. I still loved it. I want to see it again, but I'm waiting so I can see it in IMAX. Oh! And although they were brief, did anyone else enjoy the Michael Caine/Maggie Gyllenhaal scenes as much as I did?
  10. I've not read it yet, but could it perhaps be tragic in the sense that she's chosen things she cannot repair? The Greeks didn't necessarily define tragedy as something that struck all the characters uninvited, but rather the culmination of choices and direction that could not, in a human lifetime, be repaired or ever made the same again.
  11. From the Chicago Tribune. A coworker gave this to me tonight. Joss and Co. break...the Internets? Funnily enough, the first-day freeze was the reason I bought it on iTunes.
  12. Reading Saturday now, and really enjoying it. About a third of the way through. I thought it was interesting that, so far, it's been noted a few times that That said, I'm liking it even more after the realization. Did anyone else think about this? Or perhaps agree with it now?
  13. Because this got pulled up to the top and I just noticed it, I'll note: I borrowed The Crane Wife over a year ago. I'd never heard of The Decemberists before. I listened to one song, didn't know if I really liked Meloy's voice or not, and then fell asleep listening. The next day, I had that first song stuck in my head all day long. It's now one of my favorite albums.
  14. Okay, I saw this film Saturday night (late...late Saturday night) and plan to rewatch it in IMAX sometime soon. I'm still frantically gathering thoughts, the first of which is generally, HOLY CRAP!. I'll try to piece together some of what follows that so this makes sense. I'm a huge, huge Batman fan. Always have been. And that being said, the four '80s-'90s Batman films disgusted me. Even Nicholson. I venture to say I hated him in that role. He just...wasn't the Joker. Not for anybody who grew up with my strain of the comics. So when they initially announced Ledger for the role of the Joker, I was relieved to think that finally, someone was going to portray this side of Batman's story properly. The movie blew me away. I braced myself for something merely dark, for something I'd tolerate because it was Batman-related and not completely horrible. I avoided reviews (thought not spoilers, oddly enough-- I just didn't want to know what other people thought of the movie before I got to think about it; I'm sorry to everyone that reviews for a living or as a hobby). But I wasn't expecting the depth of story, the reality and richness of the characters. I forgot that I was watching Ledger, or Eckhart, or Bale, or even Caine. I still forget that it was Gary Oldman. I believed that they were their characters. Which brings me to note that . One of the big things I got out of the movie, though, was something sanshiro_sugata noted when we were leaving the theater: Batman's role as a Christ-figure. I even realized at church the following morning that . In a way, it was rather encouraging and inspiring to begin making a lot of connections, even if they weren't intentional. There was a lot I've already gotten out of this film, a lot that I'm still thinking about, and it's something I need to see again. But it's something I'm going to ask people to see, I'm going to keep talking about, not just because it's a good film-- but because there is so much potential here for conversation that goes beyond just petty details and superficial humor or action sequences. Wow. I almost feel like I should thank someone. Everyone involved. Man.
  15. So, after being interested in this for a while, I finally rented the first disc from Blockbuster and watched the first four episodes. Same! This one scene captured some of the emotion and horror of such a nuclear disaster that I wish the rest of the show had managed to pull off. It didn't. I haven't watched more than four episodes, so things might get better, but these episodes lost me. Overall, it was...weak, as a post-nuclear disaster show. I wanted it to capture the terror and response of Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank, and other similar stories, and it ... didn't. It felt fake and too..."easy" and neat for the characters... Anyway. Yeah.
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