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Buckeye Jones

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  • Interests
    any roasted coffee, home renovation, travel, raising two boys, church, Swiffer, Charmin

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    Market Research
  • About my avatar
    I think it's me.
  • Favorite movies
    (today) Empire Strikes Back, LOTR:FOTR, TT EE, ROTK, The Searchers, Braveheart, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spartacus
  • Favorite music
    Copland: Appalachain Spring, Orff: Carmina Burana, U2 Joshua Tree, Zooropa, Achtung Baby, Rich Mullins, Resphigi: Pines of the Rome, almost anything from or by Pepe Romero; Buckeye Battle Cry, The Ohio State University Marching Band
  • Favorite creative writing
    JRR Tolkien LOTR/Silmarillion, the Hobbit; Tom Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God, Resurrection of the Son of God, For All God's Worth; Edmund Morris TR biographies. David McCullough's John Adams biography, Remains of the Day, Ishiguro.
  • Favorite visual art
    John Volck's stuff. And Dan Sorensen's.

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  1. Wow, I hope I have time to go back and reread some of this stuff. I still hate Sunshine though and think it is one of the worst movies ever. I wish that could be saved for posterity. And Review Haiku.
  2. When I have time I will provide an episode by episode rebuttal. All those elements could have been addressed in six episodes, or handled in ways that could have been more dramatically engaging in eight. How many episodes were Joyce and Hopper puttering around vs moving forward? (Six).
  3. Matt Zoller Seitz is crowdfunding a book on deadwood, called A Lie Agreed Upon.
  4. I really feel like both Season 2 and S3 could have been much stronger as 6 episode seasons instead of 8. Too much filler in the middle leaving key characters in some kind of narrative stasis.
  5. The entirety of this is now streaming on Prime. I generally avoid such shows as I find the content more than I prefer to take in (the “skip 10 seconds” feature is my friend); however I’m a sucker for westerns and for the complexity and artifice of the dialogue, once you get past the vulgarity. I do believe Doc Cochran is one of my favorite characters and the engagement with loss, religion, and relationship he embodies is near perfect.
  6. Reprisal is indeed the answer, though such a bad movie. Evan, is your first one Blade Runner?
  7. Finally caught this after all these years. Of all reasons, I was prompted to pursue this after my pastor used the film as a sermon illustration. As it turns out, while his illustration was well received, it was also only tangentially tied to Bergman’s film. He related the film as ending with Death putting the knight in checkmate. Then, the curtain drops. The illustration goes that young Bobby Fischer is in the audience and cries out to his companion, “wait a minute—that’s not checkmate, the king has one more move!” A fine illustration for a sermon—when death cries victory, the King still has one more move remaining. You can find versions of this story attributed to various preachers over time. There are a couple of problems, immediately obvious to anyone who has seen the film. One, there’s no checkmate scene (Death puts the knight into Check, and tells him “mate in one move”), and two, the film doesn’t end with the chess match. If you think about it, the story is great but not feasible. The details are that Bergman places the board in such a way that only an expert chess player can tell that it is not really in checkmate, and while the common viewer would just accept the proclamation of death, the filmmaker wanted to hide the true statement that death was wrong, and the chess player has the opportunity to beat death. The further story of young Bobby Fischer calling it out so that it can be used in a sermon illustration is too goo to be true. And of course, the film ends with the knight and his companions led away in the danse macabre, so the one move was not apparently enough! But there’s perhaps an even more powerful illustration available, one true to the events of the film and accessible to the common Christian. The final scene of chess begins with the knight accidentally losing his queen. I didn’t see that, he says. Death placates him with a bit of condescension. While he does so, the young family escapes as Death is distracted. Apparently this knight was not completely honest with Death—I think the knight, understanding now his role, sacrifices himself and his party so that the innocents can escape their doom. The illustration is not that of the King having one more move, it is that of the self-sacrifice of the true martyr giving up his life for the rescue of others. He wanted to see God; through his intentional loss of his queen, he became Gods agent of grace for the family of actors. The move is not a game of chess, bound by the rules of the game; the move is the counterintuitive nature of giving up all to gain all. anyway, that’s my $0.02.
  8. What a treat! However, there were several moments where I thought we’d rented the 3D disc and had no glasses. That effect was off-putting.
  9. Way more obscure and way way worse than any Die Hard variant. Right actor though!
  10. Cincinnati shot Yippee ki yay fun no more no motives make sense. Seriously you should not watch this movie unless you have a Cincy connection...
  11. One of these things is not like the others...
  12. This is streaming on Kanopy now if anyone needs to see it or wants to revisit it. I feel a little unprepared for it as I haven’t seen even one Tarkovsky (I know, right?) and only Au Hasard Balthasar from Bresson, but I have seen Ordet so that’s something. What a fascinating film, and I can see why it topped the year’s list. I very much appreciated the Merton quotes and the austerity of the film, both in its formal restraint and in its approach to its story. Ive read quite a bit about the ambiguous ending, and lean more to one version vs the other. Now I need to go fill in my film gaps.
  13. It’s on Amazon Prime in the States. Basically a remake of John Carpenter’s The Thing, except with flowers.
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