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Bobbin Threadbare

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    movies, religion, cinema, criticism, music, books, reviews, apologetics, Christianity

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    Motion Graphics / FullDome Filmmaking
  • Favorite movies
    Requiem for a Dream, Star Wars, The Thing, Tron, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Favorite music
    Hans Zimmer, Mozart, Beethoven, Rufus Wainwright, Death Cab for Cutie
  • Favorite creative writing
    Dave Eggers, Douglass Coupland, H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman
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    Dave McKean, Alex Ross, Frank Miller
  1. The Muppet Movie (1979)

    I can only think of one song about rainbows off the top of my head, and it is not really about the rainbow itself, but what is over it. In fact, the rainbow in question is referred to only as a directional reference, with the whole song actually being about the characteristics of an area beyond. In this sense, the song is no more about rainbows than it is about chimney tops and clouds. Given that Kermit never seems to really sing about what is on the other side of the rainbow, I think that it seems likely that his lyric is about the songs and not a musing. The remainder of the songs concerns itself with the characteristics of rainbows; their visual tangibility(or lack thereof) and their desire for privacy. Perhaps it would be useful to examine the other verses. Is Kermit asking have you been half asleep and have you also heard voices, or is he asking if you were in fact half asleep did you hear voices while you were in said state?
  2. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

    I expect Harrison to follow a similar mode to Bane, a "terrorist" who clothes his violent actions in the "injustice" that the Federation embodies. Kirk will probably at some point say that "if I had grown up like him, I would be the one in that cell." Spock will argue that injustice does not justify injustice, embodying a cold moral absolutism. The question films like this might be addressing, however indirectly & unintentionally, is "where have all the terrorists gone?"(Mali?) Have we really been so successful in suppressing their actions? Did they exist at all? Or have we just succeeded in removing their actions & the threat so far from "our comfortable existence" that the daily struggle & violence seems to not exist to most people? Harrison, in my guess, will be motivated in some sense by his desire to remind the citizens of the Federation that while Earth may be a techno-utopia, the rest of the galaxy is not.
  3. Bless Me, Ultima

    Here's a link to the official website, with a trailer. Having lived in Albuquerque since I was 14, I've heard of this book almost my whole life but never read it. I think it is required reading for most NM kids in middle school, and I just missed out on it. I always got the impression that it was more "important" as a novel than a great novel; the kind of required reading that no one ever re-visits. It is nice to see the lovely NM landscape actually standing in for New Mexico, as opposed to being identified as Texas, Arkansas, Mars, or "the apocalypse." Fun fact: I went to high school with the author's nephew. New Mexico is pretty small in population.
  4. Krull

    Ahh, the days when sci-fi/fantasy was relegated to such low-budget trifles such as this, that nevertheless had high ambitions. Compared to the standard direct-to-on-demand junk that permeates Netflix today(the Asylum anyone?), this is pretty great. At least they had the decency to find some nice looking locations to shoot the film, and a score that sounds like something impressive is happening, even when it's not. I feel that low-budget CGI & green screen has made the B-movie makers of today so lazy that we don't get an ounce of the attempted ambition that something like Krull has on display.
  5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

    I've read a lot of comments on other sites that a character like Bane, enhanced by a steroid-esque substance, is the only way to have a convincingly physical threat to Batman in the Nolanverse. Most of Batman's villains aren't much of a match in a fight. The exceptions are foes like Clayface, Killer Croc, & Bane. Of these, only Bane seems likely to be adapted into a "realistic" character.
  6. Restrepo

    If anyone is interested in some more context for this film, as well as a view of the same events with Junger's own commentary, you should read his book that he wrote based on his time in Korengal. It's a stunning and powerful book, honest about the excitement, horror and boredom of combat. It also pulls no punches about how useless the whole enterprise can seem in the face of senseless death. For example, when relating the story of Sergeant Salvatore Giunta's actions that lead to his being awarded the Medal of Honor, Junger describes that even in the wake of these heroic actions the men who were being pulled from hostile fire ended up dying anyway, as well as several other soliders elsewhere in the valley that same week. Junger describes it as "the kind of week that makes it seem like we're losing this war." Junger's descriptions of the appeal of combat, the trouble that soldiers have transitioning from combat to garrison to civilian life, the kinds of personality traits that can make a great soldier in combat can make a terrible soldier back on the base and a person who can't seem to figure out how to make it in civillian life. A great book. The best book about modern warfare that I've yet to read. http://amzn.to/ewJZzc Edited, the text posted 2x for some reason. -bt
  7. Green Lantern

    The animated Green Lantern: First Flight might be an interesting parallel. Hal Jordan leaves earth in the first 5 minutes and never goes back. It plays a self-contained story that also sets up GL as an ongoing hero.
  8. After Earth (a.k.a. One Thousand A.E.)

    Pretty sure they're making a big mistake there, as Shyamalan was the sole credited writer of 'The Last Airbender,' right?
  9. Great commercials by great directors.

    As long as we're talking Wes Anderson, here's a youtube playlist that has several of his commercials. My personal favorite is his American Express ad("FRANCOIS!!!!") Or how about Michael Bay's distinctive but, considering his current work, rather restrained Got Milk ads. Lots of quick cuts and dolly shots, but nary an explosion in sight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DYx33x0_ns&feature=related
  10. TRON

    If anyone's interested, I picked up the Tron: Betrayal Issue 1 at my local comic book shop a couple weeks back.
  11. The Amazing Spider-Man

    In comics there is a definite divide between newer & older Spider-Man fans over Mary Jane/Gwen Stacey. Gwen Stacy is generally preferred by older fans(presumably those who read the stories starring her in the 60s & 70s) and is highlighted in books like Marvels or Spider-Man: Blue. Generally, Gwen Stacy is Spider-Man/Peter Parker's "first love," while Mary Jane is the one he eventually settled down with. To further confuse things, the recent( & AWESOME) Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane series introduces Gwen Stacy as a new arrival in town who quickly becomes Mary Jane's rival for Peter's affections. Is it considered spoilers to talk about Gwen Stacy's fate in the comics? It's been 37 years after all.
  12. Blue Like Jazz (2012)

    It looks like the Blue Like Jazz is already $6,000 over their fundraising goal, with 19 days left to go. Now we'll see if Taylor can pull the movie together and actually begin production on the 25th. I find it interesting that the site lists the project location as Nashville. Will it be standing in for Portland?
  13. Converting two-dimensional films into 3-D

    Too bad that shouting at the screen is unaffected. On the other hand, it is much hard to read a cellphone screen while wearing the active shutter glasses. So less texts maybe?
  14. Converting two-dimensional films into 3-D

    I attended a discussion on 2D/3D conversion at a film festival recently and the person leading the panel brought a clip from the trailer to Revenge of the Sith that had been converted to 3D as a demonstration. It looked really good, although I'm not sure that it added much of anything to the visuals(but I'm fairly anti-3D anyway). He also mentioned that many film executives don't understand what is involved in 2D/3D. As he put it, it makes every single frame of the film into an effects shot. I think Lucas's greatest mistake is releasing the prequels first. All other things being equal, they spoil the original trilogy's plot twists and have jokes that make no sense if you haven't seen the others first. Also, did anyone else read this article? A senior astronomer at SETI gives his opinion on 3D movies. The most interesting quote to me: "And can you seriously picture a macho, sports bar crowd shouting at a televised football game while decked out in stereo goggles?" I've worked with the active-shutter 3D glasses at my job, and I find the 3D glasses to be an anti-social experience. I can't have a conversation with someone while wearing them. So when 3D tries to come to the home market, am I going to want to pull glasses on & off whenever I want to discuss something with my family & friends? Or, more practically, and I going to spring for 10 pairs of $70 glasses for all my friends to watch a movie in 3D?
  15. Blue Like Jazz (2012)

    FWIT, Second Chance is by far the best "Christian movie" I've ever seen. Funny, biting, a call for social justice. If only as many churches would play it as played the pabulum of other "Christian movies." Given the way movies generally run their finances(by cooking the books so that, for tax purposes, they never make a profit), I'm not surprised that anyone trying the Hollywood method of filmmaking would think it a nightmare.
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