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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 fr
  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.
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    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 To
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    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 sociopathi
  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
  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
  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 Jok
  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
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