Buckeye Jones

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  1. A 75 year old Harrison Ford beating up commies while hunting antiquities? Without Mutt in tow? Movie magic at its finest.
  2. This still looks stupid and unnecessarily convoluted.
  3. this election did get me to purchase Volf's A Public Faith.
  4. Does anyone actually know any "evangelical" planning to vote for Trump in the US election? I know that I've seen several articles (here, here, and here) that are about the evangelical voting bloc supporting trump in primaries, fears about the evangelical voting bloc, or calls from one evangelical or another to the evangelical bloc not to vote for trump. But other than Falwell Jr, and Pat Robertson, I hardly know any evangelicals planning to vote for Trump. My circle of evangelicals, from my home church, to my Facebook feed, to my family, only 1 person is planning to vote for Trump. So I'm curious--who are these people? How are they being defined? Do you know anyone? What makes them tick? Are you an evangelical Trump supporter? Can you share why? My step-dad, a proud, conservative evangelical, plans to vote for Trump. Mom's a Carson supporter. But my stepdad is a semi-retired small business owner who served in Vietnam, worked hard all his life, believes America is a Christian nation, believes that abortion is evil, believes that drinking alcohol is sin, and is against divorce and swear words. He's a perfect target market for a Huckabee or a Carson. But he supports Trump. I'm going to ask him why. I'm very curious how he reconciles his faith with this candidate who cheats on his former wives and sells vodka and doesn't ask anyone for forgiveness while cussing a lot. Admins--I know we're not supposed to have political topics. But this is a really interesting faith topic (at least to me). Can we keep it unless it degenerates into ugliness (i can't imagine it will based on, you know, Trump).
  5. I just finished reading "A Canticle for Leibowitz", and darned if I didn't wake up this morning thinking it is actually more likely than ever. And I'm generally not one to get caught up in anti-Trump hysteria. I wish I could read more facts than reactions, but social media gushes reaction (and spin). When the entire news industry runs up a big wave of reporting that Hillary will win! until 9 pm the day of the election, I tend to consider that news orgs are susceptible to groupthink (if they are not blatantly partisan, on left or right). I try to read the original sources as much as possible (recognizing they're just as likely to be "spin"). Oh well.
  6. Star Wars Episode IX: Now For Some More Jedi
  7. Who ya gonna call?
  8. Grumpy war vet decides not to kill his niece at the end.
  9. The Ten Commandments! er, maybe not...
  10. A bunch of failed profs plus a working stiff roast marshmallows.
  11. Don't click on her links. Even the Michael Jackson ones.
  12. So, presumably someone you know has been killed in a horrid fashion. So to grieve, you hit the showers--you know, wash away the pain. Oh, and get some with the other guy who's also washing away his sorrows with a good rinse. And of course your shower doesn't have any walls--it's just a big tunnel that goes off into darkness. Darkness, conveniently, where the nasty thing who has just eaten a few of your colleagues is waiting to eat one of you two who decided the best and most effective way to handle a crisis is to get some nookie. Only this time, it's not a freak in a hockey mask punishing you for having sex, it's a xenomorph, who predictively allows the cameraman to get a good view first, then sprays blood all over your boobs in an aesthetic manner while you figure out how to fight it off naked, saving your vengeance for a later, more clothed, chance. Can. Not. Wait.
  13. Truth be told, I envisioned both alien species as looking vaguely like Sid from the ICE AGE cartoons. That is an interesting critique of Russell's Jesuits. Of course all of them are rather easy going regarding the gospel imperative; I don't know any Jesuits nor am I very familiar with them with the exception of their collegiate basketball prowess. I took their post modern liberalism I stride, especially with the light attempts at converting Anne and with Sandoz's expectations of sharing about God with the Reshtar (though that comes with a pointed and horrifying reversal of expectations). I suspect if these were Baptists and not Jesuits the interaction with the aliens would have been much different.
  14. I just finished reading The Sparrow, and actually tweeted Russell to ask her if Silence played an inspirational role in the creation of the novel. She replied, no--didn't read it until well after The Sparrow was complete. But the parallels are so similar, with Rodrigues and Sandoz experiencing the crises of faith in God and God's will in mission as disaster to others strikes. The Sparrow, of course, spins Sandoz into tragic and harrowing irony as he encounters the Singer who inspired the mission itself--less subtle, I think, than Silence's denouement. But what a novel--I can't believe it was a first novel. I read Thread of Grace years prior, and while I found it rich and compelling, it was not near the staggering accomplishment that is The Sparrow.
  15. That would be admirable restraint if they just had him in the background instead of giving him a line or two. Small world syndrome and all that. I'm still a little surprised that we didn't see all those Death Star imperial officers we see in the original Star Wars arguing about the fleet etc.
  16. Saw it. Enjoyed it. But SDG's criticism rings true. Haven't seen a movie in a while where the good guy kills the cat instead of saving it.
  17. It's the exact same movie just in New York and without John Candy.
  18. If only there was a way to repost Ryan's and my contributions to that other thread...
  19. Also, I realize the second post in this thread is an Ahem to the OTHER gilmore girls thread. However, since both threads have been abandoned for years, I don't feel too bad. Plus Chrismo is correct--the other one didn't show up first in the search. So, :P.
  20. I agree that 3 had the atrocious padding. I'm not sure I'd agree on 4, at least as far as "atrocious" is concerned. The "Wild" scenes could have been trimmed/consolidated, and Emily's new docent gig was surely a little padded, but I'm not jiving with the complaints of the Life and Death Brigade I've read elsewhere. I think a lot of the well-done tension in the show, encapsulated here, is Rory's embrace of the wealth and privilege that being a Gilmore entails vs. Lorelai's rejection of it on anything other than her terms. They both leverage that wealth, but in very different ways (some of which, I'm sure, is so that Sherman-Palladino can indulge her extravagant production designs.) I thought 4 was as strong as anything else in the revival, though i think this would have been a stronger show cut as 8 45 minute episodes instead of 4 90 minute ones.
  21. I find it fascinating to see just how much the show allows Rory and Lorelai and Emily to spiral out of control and get mired into self-defensive ruts of their own making. I find a lot to admire in that, with such a hyped build up that could have just turned into a greatest hits or fan service, the Palladinos seem genuinely willing to let their characters suffer the consequences of their own actions, to squander the talents and graces given to them, and to face the full force of their own foibles. It was a show that I guess always was able to allow these characters to have real warts, but Lorelai almost always comes across as a bit unbreakable and self-reliant. Now we see that facade crumble and crack. I like that about these first three episodes. I also really like the destabilizing impact of Richard's death. So far, there's no real life lessons that get wrapped up in tidy bows. There's heartbreak, and a bit a healing, and then grief punctures through the scar to warp the centers of these characters and send them spinning off into new waves of difficulties. But that musical...oh, boy.
  22. Anyone catch the revival on Netflix yet? We're 3 episodes in, with 1 to go. I still haven't seen seasons 6 or 7, so read up on them to have a little more context. So far, so good (though the stupid musical in ep 3 didn't need to be more than 3 minutes long to show me it was a stupid musical. 20 minutes--ugh.).
  23. I coordinated an office outing to see this one today. A nice escape from the mayhem of this week! In Cincinnati, we're awaiting a verdict on Ray Tensing, a university cop that shot Anthony DuBose about a year ago, essentially because he was frightened. So it's a pertinent film to take in, in some respects, as it wrestles with fear on multiple levels. My only regret is that I didn't see it in 3D. The kaleidoscope effects would have looked even more dazzling there. I'm sorry I missed the original thread--waited to read it until after I'd seen it. Anyway, well-done. I'd love to hear more about its creation, understanding how the tension (assuming there's always some) between the corporate MCU and the specific artistic vision was engaged with and resolved. How does one make a specific and personal (at least at the film-production level, knowing that it takes a village) creation in the midst of a structured and engineered franchise, with strategic goals and vision?