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    movies, television, reading, writing, blogging, tweeting, grilling, dinners with friends, snuggles with my kids, exploring what it means to be church, photography . . . .

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    my kids' feet in the sands of the Florida Panhandle
  • Favorite movies
    The Mummy, Pan's Labyrinth, 50 First Dates, Fellowship of the Ring, Out of Africa, A Room with a View, Signs, Casablanca, Hellboy, Serenity, Blade Runner, Jaws, My Neighbor Totoro, The Incredibles, The Wrath of Khan, Star Wars, The Searchers, Open Range, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ...
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    Jennifer Knapp, Mozart, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Billie Holiday...
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    Wuthering Heights, Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Crossing to Safety, Hannah Coulter, Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood, Starship Troopers, Atticus, Stones for Ibarra, anything by Jack McDevitt, Girl Meets God, Jesus Creed, The Divine Conspiracy, Soul Graffiti, The Rest of the Gospel
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    favorite artist: Van Gogh; favorite buildings: The National Gallery of Art on the Washington Mall; the Lincoln and the Jefferson Memorials are amazing, too

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  1. We had about the same reaction as you: not wowed, but we definitely liked it. I think Chiklis carried the pilot--really enjoyed his character. I wasn't all that thrilled with the daughter (character or power), but I do like that the whole family has powers. It could be fertile ground for exploring family dynamics, heh. Doc Jensen over at EW asked an interesting question on Twitter last night: "For those who watched No Ordinary Family tonight: It's been billed as a "family show." Is it? Where do you put the age appropriateness?" My husband and I differ on this one. I'm a bit concerned about some of the elements (the daughter's mouth and some of the violence), but he thinks it's tamer than other series aimed at families out there...
  2. I don't know if it's what you're looking for, but I've enjoyed what I've read so far of Gabriel McKee's "The Gospel According to Science Fiction: From the Twilight Zone to the Final Frontier."
  3. I know this has been discussed somewhat already, but for what it's worth, awhile back I briefly blogged about why folks (like me, heh) are drawn to disaster genre movies and compiled some ideas/links: For me, however, the draw of the disaster genre has more to do with some of the themes (as shallow as they can be dealt with) the genre tends to explore. In an article I can no longer find online, Alby James discusses the genre in terms of stories of relentless jeopardy that requires average folks to find it within themselves to “triumph over great adversity.” These characters are on the verge of being messianic in nature, James points out: And, says James, these films also make us think about things that matter: Odd as it seems to some folks, disaster films can be comforting and reassuring in that the best of them do "make us feel good about mankind" and the fate of the world. Yeah, these films tend to emphasize it's within man's ability to save himself and the world, but I like to think there's enough in these films that also echo more deeper truths, too. BTW, SDG, I absolutely loved your Emmerich vs. Bay. Good stuff.
  4. that's what folks from BeyondHollywood.com gleen from screenshots of the trailer. whether the book depicted in the trailer is THE book of reference, well, heh, who's knows. added: urm, sorry if that was a spoiler. i didn't think of it as such since it was so clearly depicted in the trailer. which is what makes me wonder if that's really THE book.
  5. omgosh, i gotta admit, that is *hilarious*! where did you get that (asking 'cause i'd selfishily love to post and attribute it on my blog)?! for what it's worth, i read the book some months ago (about which i had mixed feelings) but only just recently saw the movie. perhaps i read the book too close to seeing the film (which, on my part anyway, lead to a rather disappointing experience), but suffice to say, imho, the presence in Persiflage's photo would have made the movie a tad more, er, interesting, heh.
  6. I'm assuming this film is based on the Aboke abductions? This is a horrific and yet amazing story, and I, for one, am acutely curious as to how this will translate on film. I've read many and have heard several testimonies of survivors of the LRA and Kony's evil (yes, I confess I am opinionated on this one), and it is mind- and soul-blowing how some of these kids come out of that kind of horror with faith and strength. I still have a bracelet from Invisible Children that reminds me of their stories.
  7. sticks his head out of his office door and says, "Harry, can you come here a second? I want to show you something?" And Harry picks up a quill pen or something and boom, no more Harry, and it's hours or days before anyone suspects foul play. Heh, that's kinda like the way that Gandlof didn't just use the eagles and fly to Mt. Doom, drop the ring, and be done with it. (For what it's worth, I still love both stories.)
  8. Really good point--thanks for pointing it out. I think there is a consistant act/consequence presence in the HP universe, and by allowing the characters to make choices like these we get to explore how the choices we make can cause far more damage (and, conversely with sacrificial or loving choices, healing/goodness) than we initially imagine. By the way, I saw and blogged the film yesterday and thought it one of the best of the HP films of the franchise. It definately had its faults, but it was far more thoughtful than the previous films and I really appreciated both the time the filmmakers took in telling the story and on the characters and their relationships as well as the visual beauty of the film. It felt gentle and yet at the same time dealt with the darker tide pulling at these characters. I'm not sure how folks experienced it who haven't read the book (I've only read one or two reviews of that nature), but for me it only enriched the text. I can say that about only one or two of the other films.
  9. Someone recently asked me about the airing schedule on Twitter. After sniffing around online, I found Wikipedia has the last episode on 7/25 and the NBC schedule has the ep airing tonight as "Pt. 1". I'm hoping they give us the whole thing, but I can't find any confirmation that the last ep is 7/25. I must say, I'm still somewhat enamored with the series. I am particularly drawn to McShane's Silas, who in last week's episode (aptly titled "Javelin") does a good and interesting take on exploring and portraying that darkness Saul experienced. My husband commented after that episode that he's not sure the series would make sense to those not familiar with the biblical story--I've spent too much time interweaving the two to even think clearly about that one, heh. But I do think it is clever and, for the most part, done pretty well. I'll miss what it could have been.
  10. After watching a few episodes (up to "Lancelot"--surely not a spoiler--you knew he'd turn up eventually) I'm thinking more "Camelot 90210" or "Gossip Knights." Heh, I find it's more like an illegitimate offspring of Xena and First Knight. Yet, we can't stop watching, ack.
  11. Did you see the cable version? I didn't even know it was out there! Is it any good? Worth chasing down?
  12. I'd love to see an adaptation of Ron Hansen's Atticus on the big-screen. On the more pulp sci-fi side, I think any of Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict novels (as well as the Priscilla Hutchins series) would make great entertainment and good sci-fi.
  13. that has to be one of the best reviews i've read in a long time, heh. i still laugh out loud when i think about it.
  14. Oh please, oh please, oh please may this remake never be. I agree with Katey Rich of the above CinemaBlend: "There are some stories that are only meant to be told once."
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