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Mr. Timnus

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  1. I saw the movie on Thursday night at midnight and stayed up until 4 AM reading people's thoughts on here. I have read every post since then and have thoroughly enjoyed the insights and opinions. I have had to tell everyone who asked me about the movie that I have mixed feelings. I don't think I went in with very high expectations. For the Phillip K. Dick fans, it would be like going to see Paycheck and expecting it to have the quality and depth of A Scanner Darkly. They were just made for two separate audiences, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I struggled so much, though, in having read Prince Caspian and desiring the depth of that book. (My friend and I had to laugh when Aslan's Howe was being pummeled by Telemar catapults and, in slow motion at about two octaves lower than necessary, Susan shouts "Brace yourselves." And was it really necessary for Peter to jump off of that column or rock or whatever it was before he attacked Miraz?). However, I still got goose bumps in the end when Aslan awoke the trees and called forth the River god. That is just such a powerful picture. Overall, I still can't say whether I liked the movie or not. Regardless of the quality of the movie, I know that the Lord will use it in people's lives. I was reminded of this last night. I work at a residential facility for teenagers that are having problems at home. Going into one of the boy's rooms last night, I noticed that he had a "moviefied" copy of the Chronicles of Narnia with the sexy Caspian on the cover and the full page photo inserts. Worried that they had published a "dumbed down" version of the book to be more consistent with the movie, I looked over the book and was encouraged by these words on the front cover, "The Original Novel by C.S. Lewis." I realized then that, at the very least, this movie will lead people to read the books, to revisit Lewis' desires and intentions in writing these novels. No matter how discouraged we may be by Hollywood and the church at times, it is so essential to know that "Aslan", Christ Jesus our Lord, will always triumph.
  2. I had an interesting idea while reading through these posts. I think I'm going to do a study on God's view of leadership compared to how the world sees leadership. I think it would be neat to compare the portrayal of Peter, and to a lesser extent Susan and Edmund, in C.S. Lewis' books and the movies. Obviously the post-modern world displays a great distrust for leadership and authority, which unfortunately has usually proven to be true in both the church and the state. It makes sense why they would portray Peter as power-hungry and arrogant because of his leadership. However, I think the picture that Lewis tried to create, which is very Biblical, is that authority is more a responsibility and a burden than a privilege. I remember someone quoted one of the actor's from the movie who stated something about how it would make sense for Peter to struggle when he returned to England because of the power and authority he had in Narnia. From a world's perspective that would probably be true, but in the Biblical sense not so much. A Peter who saw his true authority as coming from Aslan and felt the weight of responsibility of ruling a kingdom of his followers would not, I would think come back with a "greater than thou" attitude. I think this bears a lot of consideration for those of us who are Christians as we realize that we are all called to be "Peters/True Kings of Narnia" in all areas of our lives and that this leadership is a great responsibility. It is also a privilege but not one that sets us above those around us. I hope that would make sense. I would definitely love to hear others' input as I attempt to put my thoughts together in a more concise and clear fashion. I really would like to use this as a source for a study on leadership.
  3. I am currently reading Watership Down by Richard Adams. I feel like everyone I know read it in either high school or college, except me of course. I think what drew me to this book were the references to it in Donnie Darko. It is an incredible story and it has given me a huge respect for rabbits. So far, one part that has really stuck out to me is the story in chapter 31 of El-ahrairah and the Black Rabbit of Inle. I particularly enjoyed the end of the story where Lord Frith tells El-ahrairah "Wisdom is found on the desolate hillside, El-ahrairah, where none comes to feed, and the stony bank where the rabbit scratches a hole in vain." Anyways, this is probably old hat for most of your but thought I would share. Tim
  4. I saw a Dell advertisement today and apparently their new desktop contraption is considered "beautiful." I'm trying to not let that sour my perception. I would definitely not try to make an overarching definition of beauty. I would agree that it is a very subjective term. However, I do think there are some common themes in all music and art that we can agree on. It has been cool to see the differences in everyone's lists but also the similarities. I can't believe I forgot this in my original list but a song that touches me everytime I hear it is Big Country by Bela Fleck. Even though it is totally instrumental, something about it just reaches straight to my heart. I think what is cool about finding beauty in art is that it really is a picture of God's beauty in creation. "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men..." Sorry, I tend to rant and go on tangents when I start posting. Please tell me if I'm being annoying. I will admit that I was a huge Carman fan at one time in my life. He had some pretty sweet music videos. "I think I'm going to make and A&F "Beauties" comp disc, or at the very least a Playlist, gathering songs I do not know from this thread." Stef, definitely send me that list when you make it.
  5. Joel, you are the mabn for starting this topic. How can we really be authentic with each other if we can't confess our guilty pleasures. Here are some of my current favorites: -Also, Delilah by the Plain White T's -The Way I Are by Timbaland -Bubbly by Colbie Calliat -Big Girls Don't Cry by Fergie -Clumsy by Fergie -Irreplaceable by Beyonce -Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston I would say one of my biggest guilty pleasure songs for a while, and I'm ashamed to admit this, is Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue by Toby Keith. While the song pretty much goes against everything I stand for and epitomizes much of what I find wrong with America, the part where he goes "We'll stick a boot up your a** it's the American way" made me laugh everytime.
  6. I almost put Superman by Five for Fighting on my list but I think I was too embarassed. I'm glad that you bridged that gap for me, haha. I also would like to add Mad World by Tears for Fears, Blue Bird by the Rosebuds, and Iris by Goo Goo Dolls to my list. As far as definition of beauty. For me, it just seems like there are certain songs that just reach you in some way. Maybe it is just a purely subjective post-modern thing. I have definitely enjoyed reading many of the submissions. It's given me lots of great ideas. Thanks guys!
  7. I love Older Chests on this album, also.
  8. I was listening to my Ipod last night and thinking about songs that I really could only describe as beautiful. I'm including my list but I wanted to hear other people's favorite songs. I'm always looking for new music, especially songs that are really powerful. Here's my list: -The Trapeze Swinger by Iron and Wine -Just Dreamin' by Fred Eaglesmith -Ariel Ramirez by Richard Buckner -We Both Go Down Together by the Decemberists -Lua by Bright Eyes -A Pirate Looks at Forty (The Jack Johnson Cover) -Hurt (The Johnny Cash version) -Hallelujah (really any version but I especially like the Jeff Buckley cover) -Fly by Nick Drake Anyways, just some songs that really touch me. Looking forward to hearing everyone else's lists. Tim
  9. I, too, was unable to read the entire article but skimmed through most of it. Unfortunately, I feel like I have to agree with the author's overall point. Not that I would express it in the way he did, but I feel like his sarcastic response is out of reaction to a very real ignorance and unchristian attitude that many Christians have towards Islam and the Middle East. There was a quote in there from Medved that made me take a second glance.
  10. I think I have to humbly disagree with this statement. I feel like the writer/director/whatever's intentions with this movie was to make a monster movie that defied the normal genre. Specifically, it was not focused on the big picture (where did the monster come from, what was the world doing about it, etc.) but on how it affected the lives of people in the city. Given that, I personally felt like they could have done a better job of creating characters that the audience would cheer for. It reminded me a lot of Cabin Fever. (I would never recommend this movie to anyone. I would explain the story of why I was so "fortunate" to see it but it's too long to explain here). The characters are so shallow and inept that I found myself celebrating when they were killed because I was so annoyed. Cloverfield definitley did not go to that extreme but I did struggle at points. However, as I said in my first post, I can definitely see where they were coming from in creating the characters the way that they did. I don't totally disagree with you, Stef because I do see your point. I think that maybe we're both partially right. Also, as I am a newcomer to this board I don't want to start off my time by coming off as abrasive or argumentative. I really do value the opportunity to discuss the Arts and hear different viewpoints. Thanks!
  11. I definitely agreed with this observation of the characters. I feel that the character's personalities and motivations really took away from the overall feel of the movie. For one, I think it is hard to empathize with these characters from the very beginning because of their post-college age, professional/yuppie backgrounds. Although I would not consider myself totally in this category (other than being about the same age), I feel like I am familiar with and have many friends who are in this culture. Maybe I'm just being judgemental but I feel an overall distaste for the materialism and self-centeredness that pervades what I see as a perfect example of our culture. However, in thinking about this, I can also see how their experiences of losing everything they value (except apparently cell phone coverage which I have always found poor in subways and from what I have heard was practically non-existent because of network overload during 9/11) would create a good contrast against their previous lifestyles. ::Spoiler:: Secondly, I struggled with Rob's motivation to return for Beth. I mean, I understand why he did it but I feel like the director was attempting to create a love story or at least a strong emotional tie between the audience and these two characters. I don't feel like there was sufficient background to really make you feel for Rob or support his, what sometimes seemed insane, efforts to return for Beth. However, a friend did point out that there were lots of subtle hints that they had a very strong relationship beyond sleeping together. Perhaps, on seeing the movie a second time I would appreciate that part of it more. Overall, I did thoroughly enjoy the movie and really felt like it was captivating and exciting while still retaining some depth and power in the storyline and characters.
  12. Mr. Timnus

    Sunshine

    This is actually my first post on this site. I have truly enjoyed reading the forums and would like to get in on this discussion. I actually saw Sunshine for the first time on DVD last night. I am a huge science fiction fan so I was excited about this movie. I definitely enjoyed it overall. The reason for my post was really to discuss the philosophical implications of this movie. I feel like there was a lot more of an underlying message then what I have heard people mention in this thread. There is the obvious, science vs. religious fanatic. I struggled with that one. Was the message that humanity can save itself? I felt like there were definitely some underlying themes of that throughout the movie. For instance, Capa's description of the nuclear detonation when he is testing the payload in the first part of the movie. He describes this man-made explosion as beautiful. Interestingly, Pinbacker describes his experience with the sun rays as "beautiful" in the message watched by the captain. Could the director be saying that this man-made explosion is the same as the sun representing the creation of God? Maybe that is too simple. There were several things in the movie that are truly baffling me. Obviously, the sun plays a huge role in this movie and I think has a very symbolic purpose although I can't really figure that out. The scenes that I am thinking of are when the captain stays on the shield and is destroyed by the sun and when the psych officer seems to be obsessed with seeing the sun and is eventually destroyed by it in the observation room of the Icarus II. In both of those scenes there is a joy on the faces as those men are killed. Another scene that baffles me is when the biology officer is killed by Pinbacker. After she is dead, blood is trickling from her wound onto the tiny plant that she had discovered before her death. Perhaps a picture of blood/sacrifice bringing life to a new world? Anyways, just some random thoughts. If anyone has anything to add or discuss I would love to hear your thoughts.
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