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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."
  15. I realize I'm pulling a topic out of mothballs here, but recently my husband and I watched the first four episodes of Deadwood--and while I'm still not entirely sure how to think about the series, I must admit I am finding it compelling. Heh, we knew the language was bad before we got the DVD, so when we watched we made sure the children were in bed and turned down the television volume so low that we eventually had to turn on the subtitles so we could catch all the dialogue
  16. FYI, per Maureen Ryan's tweets, "Sci Fi prez Dave Howe says debut of Caprica, BSG prequel series, is likely to be in January." That narrows 2010 down a bit, heh.
  17. I don't know where to put my concern--it doesn't really seem worth starting a new thread for, but Overstreet's statement seems a propos to what's bothering me--which is the habit of linking to numerous movie reviews by critics who are not members of this board. This practice seems to just shut down exploration and discussion, because it takes responses elsewhere. Unless the critics linked to have an "arts & faith" perspective, what do their reviews add to A&F? Please don't take me wrong--I'm not saying that there is no value in the views/writings of secular authors/critics. I'm just asking, if A&F is "a place where we have the opportunity to build each other up" and "explore, discuss, and celebrate art and truth and beauty..." etc.---shouldn't we be doing that primarily ourselves, rather than just posting links with comments like "Oh, Joe Blow hated the movie!" Also, I'm not saying I'm without fault myself. I'll try to do better. I'm rather new around here, but I must admit that I've appreciated the links to the secular critics as well as those who may share an arts & faith perspective but are not members of A&F. For me personally, it's allowed me to encounter perspectives and opinions I may not have encountered otherwise (even if I think they are way off base, heh). I get how a "link and run" approach could be frustrating to some folks, but on the whole, I'd hope that these kinds of linkings would be more helpful than destructive. But then, that's a "newbie" opinion (do people even use that term anymore, or am I behind the times?!)
  18. Now, that is a tantalizing question. It'll leave me chewing for days, heh. Initially, I can't help but draw on the similarities between us and the Cylons. Like them, we by our nature are bound to think about our creation, our Creator, our purpose and destiny, our part in the Story. And where we come out on thinking about all that can make we ourselves dangerous in more ways than one. There's that well explored track that takes us to familiar territories like fundamentalism and terrorism, but there's also that track that takes us to people who are dangerous for another reason. I can't help but think of Scot McKnight's rendition of Mary in The Real Mary: Why Evangelicals Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus. He called her a "dangerous woman" because she "was dangerous to the powers that be because she predicted the powers that will be. . . . instead of sitting back hoping good things would happen for Israel, Mary turned the wheel of history to make things happen for Israel. This made Mary a dangerous woman with a mission to accomplish. As a dangerous woman, Mary threatened the fabric of the Jewish society and (however hard it might be to fathom) the Roman Empire." I think too of the Hebrew midwives who defied Pharaoh as well as Moses' mother and his sister. And then there are those who follow Jesus, his disciples, called to turn the wheels around us, to be the feet and arms of Jesus, to be his people, to go out into the world. In BSG, I really loved the scene where Caprica Six is trapped in the rubble and realizes that the extermination of humans is wrong, that "God is love"
  19. Last night, I finally got to watch Caprica. (FWIW, I blogged it here.) All in all, I thought it a pretty good story. To me, it felt more "literary" than BSG--maybe more dense? Perhaps some of that is because Caprica is part of a larger story, which lends a depth and richness to this part of it. I found several aspects of the pilot intriguing. First, I found it interesting that the grounding character in the series (Joseph Adama) . We know from the ending of BSG that . It'll be interesting to see if and how that will play into this series, and with Adama in particular. Also, I am interested to see where this series will go and how it will deal with religion. Gabriel McKee points out that both polytheism and monotheism are critically approached, though monotheism seems to take the brunt of it. And I resonate with Ken Brown's concern that the pilot seems to skim the subject, taking a less than thoughtful approach in its exploration--particularly when it comes to monotheism. I'm hoping it's explored much deeper in the series itself. On a last note, I loved seeing Bill Adama as a child. He was one of my favorite characters on BSG, and seeing him as a child, especially in terms of his father, only deepens and enriches our understanding of him. Note: I wasn't sure what would be considered spoilers and what wouldn't, so I pretty much hid everything I thought might be considered such.
  20. ABC's new fall season promo, featuring none other than Dominic Monaghan (aka Charlie). heh, let the speculation begin: is Charlie going to be back for the final season--or is he in the promo because he's possibly in another fall show?
  21. Interestingly, we also have a friend (in his 50s) who didn't read novels at all. One day, after hearing him talk about how he likes detective and crime films/television shows, I handed him a Raymond Chandler book and he absolutely loved it--and read the rest of our collection. Now, he reads a lot. I know it's anecdotal, but it seems there is something to finding what people connect with in order to discover (or rediscover) the world of fiction...
  22. I appreciate and resonate with this comment, about writing style being alien to today's youth (and many adults, for that matter). It could be said about a good segment of the classics. Is it an excuse to knock them off reading lists? No. But it could be a good thing to take into consideration when we consider instilling the love of reading in our children. I read a stat the other day (I believe it was in the NPR article referenced a few posts back) that Harry Potter gave a good segment of boys a deeper appreciation for reading. Anecdotedly, I saw that when I volunteered with at risk kids in an after-school tutoring program awhile back. Boys who "hated" reading were reading those books. Good stories like Harry Potter could be not only a good entrance into a change of attitude towards reading but also as a stepping stones to good stories written by more classic authors. Just a thought (which I am sure is not original, heh).
  23. i thought it was a little too obvious to be missed. heh, my little film-critic-in-the-making also articulated that their "voices" were remarkably similiar and that they "acted a lot the same" (ie, their personalities were simliar). but she really liked both movies (though WALL-E still ranks higher). btw, SHORT CIRCUIT had many more language elements in it than i remembered. and she's right at the age where she instantly notices it and looks at me with big eyes and a hand over her mouth, heh. she was much smaller when she saw GOONIES, in which all the language (as well as the more adolescent situations) went over her head (and left me looking at my husband with big eyes and a hand over mouth, heh).
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