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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
  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
  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
  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 no
  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
  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 b
  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 intere
  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
  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 s
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