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  1. When are directors going to learn that they cannot age Leo DiCaprio? It's simply not possible. He'll look 12 when he's 90. And I agree that the movie looks awful.
  2. Thank you. It makes me feel that my hard work ain't been in vain for nothin'.
  3. Well, I liked it (and I'm no Tarantino fan. Quite the contrary). But I think I'm the only one around here that did, so just saying "I liked it" makes me feel like Lina Lamont. What I liked particularly was the portrayal of how a person's faith and zealousness in a good cause can go overboard, to the point where he thinks that he's the one doing all the work, not God, and that it's his job to browbeat the faithful. Because I've seen a bit of that lately, it felt realistic to me. But your mileage may vary.
  4. Gina


    I wonder what the fascination is with Nephilim lately? I've been reading a lot of YA novels for review on the BreakPoint site, and THREE of the series I'm reading involve Nephilim. And I know there are more. Is it just that vampires and werewolves got old, and people started searching through the Bible for new species?
  5. Saw it Tuesday, with a colleague. We agreed that the pacifists aren't going to like it much.
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    The Help

    I think there's a lot of truth in that. And too, you have to take into account the different ways a lot of people experience things. Maybe this is a bit of an odd example, but when I was little, my father told me that The Sound of Music was a World War II movie. (It's possible I misunderstood him and that he really said it was a WWII-era movie, but anyway . . .) After I saw it, I was all, "But where was the war?" I was expecting tanks and all the rest of it. So he had to explain that it took place right around the beginning of the war, and the Nazis were the ones that we fought in that war. My point is this: Lots of movies of that era show the Nazi threat in different ways. Because the von Trapps aren't shown as going into hiding like Anne Frank, or being mowed down on the beaches of Normandy as in Saving Private Ryan, it doesn't mean that they didn't have a difficult and frightening experience with the Germans. And just because the women of The Help aren't shown being directly threatened or attacked by the Klan, it doesn't mean they're not having a difficult time holding their own against racism. I think it's important to show how it worked in little ways as well as big, drastic ways.
  7. I think maybe he will. Justification (at least in his own mind) of what he's been saying all along. And more attention to his own writings. And more excuses to rant.
  8. And we already knew that he still has Jodie Foster's undying friendship and support. Complex, indeed.
  9. Thank you. The way "Fox News" gets thrown around these days -- I belong to one board where it's the ultimate insult, and often used in ways that don't even make sense just to put someone down -- is as simplistic as anything in the article. . . . Which, I agree, is simplistic to the point of being disturbing. And I'm a politically conservative stereotype myself. The relentless emphasis on gender roles among many Christians is getting way out of control, if you ask me.
  10. Reviewed by Jane Smiley in the Washington Post.
  11. I mentioned "Amen" by Edens Edge in the other thread. Today it's the free MP3 of the day over here.
  12. You'll enjoy this, then! From the Leverage Facebook page, side-by-side photos of the two Huttons dressed as Ellery.
  13. Rex Stout had a novel (heh) way of handling this issue: His detectives never aged. They went all the way from the 1930s to the 1970s without getting any older. It can seem bizarre at times, but you get used to it after awhile. And as Stout put it, "Those stories have ignored time for thirty-nine years. Any reader who can't or won't do the same should skip them." (Speaking of Stout and his books, a tangent: Tim Hutton's show Leverage just did an episode where the characters dressed up as famous detectives for a murder mystery weekend. I was SO hoping to see Tim dress up as his old character Archie Goodwin, but they had him go as Ellery Queen instead. A nice tribute to his dad, but I missed Archie! )
  14. Well, I was looking for something a little more objective than "OMG teh EVILLLLLLE Religious Right USED ME AND DADDY!!!Eleventy!" which seems to be Franky's level of political discourse these days. But thanks. Yes, there's a lot of that going around these days. And not just in the Orthodox Church.
  15. As someone who knows relatively little about Francis Schaeffer, though I've read a couple of his books (and my boss is crazy about him), I'm intrigued by the assumption that appears to be floating around here that while getting into art and philosophy = good, getting into politics = bad. (This is just the impression I'm getting, mind you; I don't mean to say that someone has actually come out and made that argument.) Can someone elaborate on just what it was about his politics that was so awful?
  16. Gina

    Larry Crowne

    I do love your writing. ("Talia is the kind of woman who isn’t really named Talia but likes to call herself that, and she’s played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who really is named that, and acts like it." Bwahaha!) And I love that analogy about the prom king and queen. Especially since Julia Roberts makes me twitch.
  17. Why on earth would he want it?
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    Super 8

    My problem wasn't that the alien's character comes out of nowhere. I might take a stab at expressing my problem by saying that the alien's behavior is arbitrary and unconvincing, and the confrontation and subsequent resolution is tacked-on, unrevelatory and uncathartic. I agree with this. I was with the "Wait, what was that?" kid. And I didn't like how there were certain "grand gestures" made without anything really done to earn them, if you know what I mean. And yet I still liked the movie pretty well. I don't enjoy being scared every five minutes -- and I scare extremely easily -- but I really liked the kids, and I swooned over Kyle Chandler a lot (shut up, I'm a girl, it's what we do), and in general I found it a fairly satisfying evening. But I'd have enjoyed it much more if they'd stuck to the "kids making a movie" idea and left the monster out.
  19. If this is what they want, why not just let Guillermo Del Toro make his vaguely sci-fi flavored western retelling of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS? Beats the pants off of making a classic, noble hero into something he shouldn't be. Looks like someone might be beating Del Toro to the punch, now: - - - WB plans futuristic 'Count of Monte Cristo' EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. is heading into the future with "The Count of Monte Cristo," snapping up Ian Shorr's "Cristo" script and setting it up with Kevin McCormick's Langley Park. Studio bought the script pre-emptively on Thursday and is fast-tracking the project with "Cristo" already submitted to directors. John Zaozirny and Bobby Sabelhaus are exec producing. "Cristo" is described as a futuristic re-telling of "The Count Of Monte Cristo," Alexandre Dumas' classic adventure novel. The tale -- first published in 1844 -- centers on a young man who's unlawfully sentenced to an infamous island prison and escapes, then transforms himself into the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo and systematically destroys the men who manipulated and enslaved him. . . . Variety, June 30 - - - Wait a minute, one of the producers on this film is named John Zaozirny? One of the guys who wrote for me when I was an editor at The Ubyssey back in the mid-1990s -- indeed, I believe he went on to be Culture Editor a year or so after I left -- was named John Zaozirny. Is it possible...? Could be. That's definitely not a common name. (Every time I hear or see "the future" used that way, I hear it in the voices of the Mystery Science Theater guys. "Food courts of the future!" "Lesbians of the future!")
  20. Sounds like Twitter needs some new hashtags. #notintendedtobeafactualmovie #goingtohaveexplosions
  21. A good friend of mine has a saying about period movies that are full of anachronisms. He'll watch the trailer or look at the poster and say disparagingly, "It's going to have explosions." This one . . . this one is definitely going to have explosions.
  22. Well, it's fitting, since the movies tend to be so noisy. The first two nearly gave me a headache. Alas, Mike Nelson & Co. keep putting out RiffTraxes of them, so I'm compelled to keep watching them!
  23. Gina

    New Stuff Worth Hearing

    Lately I've been listening a lot to Edens Edge. (No, I didn't forget the apostrophe -- they don't use one. ) Here are a few of theirs: " (live) " (live) "Amen" (official video)
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    Peter Falk

    I think that's true. One girl I know said that she had never had a grandfather in her life, and that he was what she imagined grandfathers should be like. I've seen a lot of well-deserved tributes to him (and written a couple myself), but that one was especially sweet.
  25. Golly. The guy raises daddy issues to an art form.
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