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du Garbandier

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  1. George Johnson, flaunting his ignorance:
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    Star Trek

    Good points all--thank you. To wit, I see nothing wrong with that sort of exploration, nor does its popularity surprise me at all. I can only say very broadly that my grouse is when this device is used as the equivalent of a sort of psychoanalytic reduction as in the Wonka example (I haven't seen Batman Begins or Trek). Kind of like the tendency of a certain kind of pop-Darwinianism that explains every away little nuance of life and choice and motivation through a lens of simplistic genetic determinism. But I realize I am being vague; I have no firm thoughts about how to distinguish between creative backstory which enlarges the narrative and that which reduces and diminishes. (Also I should acknowledge that this reductionism is by no means limited to Hollywood narrative and I am being unfair by speaking of "the Hollywood approach.") Yet I do think that such a line exists.
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    Star Trek

    Anthony Lane is rather less impressed by this film than many people here. Being pretty much indifferent to the world of Trek I have nothing to say on that score. But Lane's remarks on explanatory backstory and the beauty of "the merely given" resonate with me: Again, I can't comment on how this applies to Star Trek; it sounds as though the film is a fun romp. But I have noticed Hollywood's irritating predilection for pat rational explanation of motive in narrative, and it makes me appreciate art that does more to honor the complexity of human motivation. I suppose one could connect this trend to innocent mythmaking, to playing with myths about how these worlds of Trek and Wonka have come to be. But whereas the ancient creation myths account for the existence of worlds or aspects thereof, Hollywood's mythmaking tends to be grounded in individual lives like Kirk and Wonka and Bruce Wayne. The risk of the Hollywood approach is that in accounting for the existence of those characters, the utter complexity of the process of individual identity formation can be given short shrift. This is one reason I appreciate filmmakers like Robert Bresson, who seem disinterested in these sorts of reductionistic storytelling devices that dishonor the characters involved as well as the audience.
  4. I have no real desire to see this film, based on my disinterest in graphic novels in general and negative reviews like Anthony Lane's. But I do note that the Focus on the Family review and Slater's recapitulation/reproduction of it are actually far more graphic, salacious, and potentially titillating and enticing than any secular review I have seen, with their dutifully detailed catalogues of every bare cheek and risqu
  5. At the National Film Board of Canada. Some favorites: Neighbours (1952) A Chairy Tale (1957) Christmas Cracker (1962)
  6. It appears to have been a first down, but by the slightest of margins:
  7. Anthony Sacramone on Baehr, Movieguide, and ratings:
  8. If I may revive an earlier topic... Is Disney/Pixar hypocritical for condemning excessive consumerism (if such Wall-E in fact does)? Maybe. But does that really matter? To me: not a whit. As a Christian I am not really interested in hypocrisy-hunting since I know how much I deserve accusation. I want to delight in the truth wherever I may find it. If only the pure had the right to praise what is true and good and beautiful, who could speak? In fact--and I don't have any particular poster here in mind--if we reject a message of truth because those who deliver it fall short of it themselves, we deprive ourselves of the authority to then turn to them and correct them. My apologies if this point has already been made.
  9. Writer Jeremy Brock on "What I've done to Brideshead":
  10. Film historian David Kleingers at Spiegel Online: Also, more at Greencine.
  11. Quoth Anthony Sacramone:
  12. Wise Blood is showing today on TMC-W from 5:45-7:35 (EST), for your viewing pleasure.
  13. Trailer from the Acton Institute
  14. I note this column, which Ted Baehr begins by warning Christians against being snookered by Hollywood and concludes with a long commercial for his own book. In order to learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the ravages of Baehrism, please consult my book, Baehr Patrol: Not a Baehr in Sight (now in its second lamination). Buy now and get a free Baehr rock!
  15. From "Seven Stanzas at Easter":
  16. Now can a bride forget her jewels? Or a maid her ornaments? Yet my people forgotten me Days without number Days without number And in their want Oh in their want And in their want Who'll dress their wounds? Who'll dress their wounds?
  17. Jackie, I believe this matter has been addressed in this very thread: To quote from your own essay:
  18. The New World (IMDB link) A&F discussion thread The longing for Eden is at the heart of this film. Treating the settling of Jamestown in 1607 and the story of John Smith and Pocahontas, The New World stands as a poetic witness to the mystery of the human heart in relation to itself, to others, and to nature. Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_New_World/70021657 Youtube trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zLPM8FLMtk
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