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About Bethany

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  • Birthday 05/12/1984

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    Juliette Binoche in Bleu (Trois Couleurs)
  • Favorite movies
    Magnolia, Moulin Rouge!, Heaven, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Big Lebowski, Lord of the Rings, Waiting for Guffman, Rushmore, Lost in Translation, Fargo, Donnie Darko, The Matrix, Pulp Fiction
  • Favorite music
    Sam Phillips, Patty Griffin, Over the Rhine, Jonatha Brooke, Aimee Mann, Arvo Part, The Beatles, Bjork, Death Cab for Cutie, Radiohead, Elliot Smith, The Flaming Lips, Sandra McCracken, The Postal Service, Sigur Ros, Vivaldi, U2, The White Stripes
  • Favorite creative writing
    C.S. Lewis, Flannery O'Conner, Anne Lamott, Frederick Buechner
  1. Bethany

    Derek Webb

    I've heard that Derek has become really good friends with, and quite influenced by, Donald Miller (of Blue Like Jazz fame), and I think you can definitely see that in some of the more social commentary Derek is delving into. It'll be interesting to see where he's headed.
  2. That's beautiful, Dale. I really enjoyed listening to it. And by the way, I love the song title, but I would have to say that the title of this thread is one of my favorites of all time.
  3. ← That's who my money is on as well - especially considering
  4. I wouldn't put either film in my top five favorite films of all time, but I do enjoy both of them considerably (and WHMS). I've never really stopped to analyze all the reasons why; I'm sure some of it has to do with the pandering to the romanticized unrealistic "ideal," but mostly I just think they're really funny. That having been said, I certainly don't think they're fantastically-made films; they're more like semi-guilty pleasures. I'd take Eternal Sunshine over You've Got Mail any day, but there's a place for both in my dvd collection, just like there's place for Dumb & Dumber, Napoleon Dynamite, Zoolander, etc. alongside the "serious" films.
  5. I voted for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Sidney Poitier...Ashton Kutcher...Spencer Tracy...Bernie Mac...these things just don't equate. I'm another defender of the concept of the Psycho remake. Doesn't make for the greatest film, in the end, but it is an interesting idea. I also don't think something counts as a remake of a previous film if the new film is going off of source material (e.g. a novel) that existed prior to the first film (e.g. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dracula, To Kill a Mockingbird). Another treatment of the source material may be unnecessary when someone has already captured it on film it so well, but that doesn't mean it's a bad remake of the previous film. Just a bad adaptation of the previous source material.
  6. Bethany

    Guilty pleasures

    Dirty Dancing 13 Going On 30 You've Got Mail Sleepless in Seattle *ducks*
  7. On my latest vacation, I read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, which I enjoyed immensely. It's a somewhat surreal British mystery, with lots of great literature in-jokes. Kind of like a Harry Potter/Lemony Snicket feel, but for adults. It's not profound, but it is very clever and entertaining, which are my requirements for a light vacation read.
  8. Bethany

    The Rant Room

    I thought Master and Commander was one of the most boring films I watched all year. And it might not carry as much weight since it was mentioned in the first post, but I really didn't see what all the fuss over Sideways was about. It seemed like your standard buddy road trip flick to me...plus wine. Wheeeee.
  9. Bethany

    The Rant Room

    THANK you. This is what I've been saying.
  10. Really? I haven't heard any film students praise them too highly (well, maybe RotS). There's no accounting for taste, though, I suppose. Except when it comes to Magnolia. On that count you're just plain wrong.
  11. Congratulations, Opus! I've always thought that house is really beautiful and has a lot of character. I'm glad to know that it will still be inhabited by friends. And I expect to do some good movie-watching in the basement. : )
  12. Bethany

    Louis Malle

    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I will definitely look into some of the recommended films here, since I have enjoyed the two Malle films I've seen so highly.
  13. White Oleander... Patrick Fugit, Alison Lohman, Robin Wright Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stephen Root, Renee Zellweger
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