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Mark

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  1. Mark

    Lost

    Agree that deliberate biblical parallels are always a strong possibility on Lost. Where the writers are going with it, I have no idea. About that Flannery story Jacob was reading - why "Everything that Rises Must Converge," and not something more overtly dealing with faith, sacrifice and redemption, like "Wise Blood"? The Lostie writers use lots of literary references, but I was thinking the mother-son relationship in "Everything that Rises" fits right into the woefully imperfect parent-child relationships that fill the back stories of most of the show's characters. Random thoughts for the
  2. Mark

    Lost

    That was exactly what I came away with. Seemed like the symbolism was setting up the bearded guy as a Lucifer figure, rebelling against Jacob/God, trying to overthrow and kill him. But then I thought that seemed too obvious and biblically symbolic for a show like Lost.
  3. Mark

    Lost

    Not blacking anything out, assuming everything here is spoiler-ish territory ... My head is spinning, and I have nothing valuable to say about last night. Well, lots, maybe, but I can't sort it out - except that I loved it. Loved the whole setup with Jacob as God figure, bearded man as Lucifer wanting control figure, and Jacob's repetitive line that everyone has choices and free will. Curious about what everyone here thinks from a theologically informed perspective. Also very curious about the idea of bodily resurrection (because Locke's body is clearly dead ... but where is Locke's soul? a
  4. So, as the thread title suggests, I just watched I'm Not There, and loved it. Perplexing and maddening, but a near-brilliant antidote to the typical musical biopic. But I don't so much want to talk about the movie. Searching through various opinions and IMDB threads, I found some clever soul had posted the question - which six actors would portray you if you got the Dylan treatment? Thinking this through, I realized you've gotta reverse engineer the process and figure out, "who are my six personas"? Then figure out which actors would best portray those personas. Not to say you can't have mor
  5. Christian, I don't know if this makes you a transgendered woman or a heterosexual male, but it gave me the biggest laugh of the week. Coffee-spitting everywhere.
  6. Here are the matchups; please PM your partners with name, address, etc.: Crow & Texas Sara Mark & smooth death Ben Johnson & Joel C Anders & opus Jason P. & Kyle Matt Conner & The Trout Holy Moly, I didn't see your post until after drawing names, but yeah, reissues do count. Any '07 acquisitions count, they don't have to be new releases.
  7. Giving this thread a bump before deadline on Thursday. Good to see we've got a nice turnout with an even dozen. (unless Holy Moly wants in, but then we'll have to stipulate he sends his CD within the calendar year )
  8. Thanks, Kyle, I haven't been around in awhile, but had to come out of the woodworks to troll for some good music from you guys. Actually 2007 was a pretty good music acquisition year for me, and I cleaned up at Christmas! (a bunch of gift CDs, plus some swap mixes, and a couple of gift cards)
  9. Last year around this time, I posted this: Anyone interested in doing another CD mix swap, consisting of the best music we acquired in 2006? A friend and I just swapped our "best of '06" mixes, based not on original release dates, but on the stuff we bought/got in the last calendar year. Neither of us buy many brand-spanking-new releases, so the format worked well for us. (Some of the songs I got from past A&F swaps made the cut.) Does anyone care to revive the format, but with the best music we acquired in 2007? Same rules apply. If you're interested, post a message here in the next cou
  10. On May 11, 1965, Johnny Cash was arrested in Starkville, Mississippi, after performing at Mississippi State University. Urban legend has it that Cash was urinating in a flower bed, but told police he was "just pickin' flowers." (Cash wrote a song about it called "Starkville City Jail".) Now, one of Cash's biggest fans has devised the "Flower Pickin' Festival" in Starkville, to be held Nov. 2-4, which will include a pardon by city officials, a church service that looks at the role of grace and redemption in Cash's life, and, of course, music. An AP story about the festival is below. The offi
  11. Riddle starts off younger, but then becomes a Hogwarts student and the increasingly basiliskian Lord Voldemort over the course of the book, IIRC. Joseph Fiennes would be extremely wink-wink stunt-casting, considering his older bro is the scary incarnation of You-Know-Who, but Joe seems a bit long in the tooth to play Riddle as a Hogwarts student. (He's 37, according to IMDB.) Interesting rumor about Naomi Watts. Personally, I pegged her Aussie best friend, Nicole Kidman (Her Paleness!) as Narcissa. Or Cate Blanchett. But then Cate ends up in every fantasy cast I assemble. And she's already fi
  12. I never regularly watched Gilmore Girls, and wish I had. But this is the main reason network TV series don't win me over much. Either a show is great and low-rated and gets canceled prematurely, or it's great and ends up on artificial life support for years after tanking creatively (see X-Files, Cheers, and add your own favorites here). All the more power to the Lost folks, who realized an end game is the only way to go (even if that move was prompted by the hard, cold realization that viewers were losing faith and tuning out this season).
  13. Mark

    24

    Milo spills the beans on next season. I hope he's right; the show needs to shake up its traditional structure. Get rid of the White House, too!
  14. Whatever happened to jam-packed, two-hour season finales? Last season flamed out with a whimper, too, with very little suspense and a predictable 1-2-3 finish. The "mind-reading" task in the vault wasn't bad, it just didn't belong as the final competition. So little suspense. Overall, though, the season turned out better than it could have. Even though Eric & Danielle shouldn't have been an "all-star" team in the first place ... Let's petition CBS for an all A&F edition. Do we have any supermodels hanging around here?
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