Buckeye Jones

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  1. I see that the Top 100 blurbs are down to the final ten. I wrote four. While it was a lot of fun, it was also a lot of work. I bet Greg & co. would have made a lot quicker progress if they'd just asked for haiku blurbs. For example, the blurb for M was really hard to write. But this haiku took thirty seconds. M 1931, Fritz Lang Violent men search Pedophile Pete Lorre Whose big speech fails him. So, now its your turn. Post your haiku reviews here. Whatever film you want. Heck, even Sunshine. Three lines. Seventeen syllables. Let 'em rip.
  2. Streaming on Netflix. Caught it last night. Couldn't sleep afterwards.
  3. Just caught this last night. It's streaming on Amazon Prime. If you haven't seen this, I can't recommend it highly enough. I'm in the marketing industry, and I'm sure I've had conversations showing clients/brands the buying power of the African-American market, and when that old footage pitching the market growth of the Negro consumer popped up it really hit home. I think the Baldwin of this film would argue that we're all commodities and profit centers for somebody but making the tie back to the slave auction advertisement was a powerful bit of editing to illustrate that specific commodification of the black man and woman.
  4. While this thread is probably not the best place for this, I wanted to note that I saw U2 live for the first time ever over the weekend at their Chicago stop for the Joshua Tree 2017 tour. Wow, what a show! I suppose they could be criticizing for returning to the Joshua Tree well, but the show felt very fresh and relevant and not at all like a greatest hits tour. I'm glad I finally got off my butt to go see a show. I'm half tempted to pick up tickets for the Louisville show in a couple of weeks and drag the kids along.
  5. In O'Bannon's earlier drafts, the eggs and the space jockey were in separation locales on the deserted planet. The ship was sending out the beacon, with the space jockey, but the eggs were in a temple filled with Alien hieroglyphics that represented the life cycle of the creature. The implication is that the Nostromo chanced upon the same planet housing a malevolent species that the space jockey did eons earlier, and both met the same fate. The creatures were unconnected to either the space jockey or the Nostromo. Of course, in that draft, no Ripley, no android, no evil corporation. Just a beastie.
  6. Haven't seen Prometheus or A:C. Not sure if I will. For those that have, how close is Ridley's fifteen year old vision/speculation to the execution in his more recent prequels?
  7. In the original Alien, the xenomorph grew super rapidly as well--its a plot point, right? They hunt for it with a cattle prod and a net, expecting to find something chestburster size. But then they encounter the shed skin and a seven foot tall xenomorph. I was curious and read what I could find online as the final shooting script, which also includes a scene where the creature raids the larder (scene 142, or page 20 at the link) and its growth is further explained when they question the head of Ash (oxygen rich environment). So its still fast but explained a little.
  8. In my church yesterday, I was chatting with one of our long-term members, Diana T., who came to the US in the early 2000's as a refugee, a war widow, and a single mother. We've known Diana for almost 12 years but until yesterday, I didn't know that on her own she's bought land in Liberia, and is in the process of raising money ($35,000) to build an orphanage for war orphans, and for the orphaned children after the war due to the war's devastating legacy. I found her willingness to sacrifice (essentially she's working two jobs to provide for her kids and to build an orphanage) so moving that I feel compelled to help her, and figure out if I can mobilize my church and community to help. I'm sorry I missed this film when it released almost 10 years ago, and am going to track it down. I hope that it gives me more insight in Diana's story and is a way to connect others to her passion.
  9. That's awesome jackfinn--should I just click the link for the virus or do you need me to download something?
  10. I can't remember anything about this book series except that some character had an African-American girlfriend (and even that I'm unsure of). I don't remember a kid at all. Is this looking anything like the book?
  11. Especially when he's like, "Jen! Jen! I haven't seen you since I abandoned you on that stupid planet with Idi Amin! But I'm so confident that you'll be the recipient of this message that I'm going to address most of it to you! And I'm reallygoingtospeedupattheendbecauseyourplanetisbeingdestroyed!"
  12. Also, that honest trailer takedown is right on the money.
  13. We re-watched this again this past weekend. I don't know that I've had a movie fall as far in my estimation from one viewing to the next. I don't think I was all that hot on it to begin with, but wow, this thing was a huge mess. Characters, plotting, story--yeesh. There were some cool visuals of the Death Star floating around doomed planets. This was a bad movie. The new droid was cool, I guess. But stuff I liked at the first viewing (the two semi-Jedis) were just lame this time. How does a blind kung fu guy take out entire squadrons of storm troopers anyway? Why are there more powerful ships here than there were in the next movie (in the timeline)? Why was Princess Leia's ship hanging out in the battle anyway? Why can you send a space station the size of a small moon through hyperspace but you have to use a big radio dish to send a data file that fits on a thumb drive? Why would the Empire blow up its own data warehouse? For a battle they were about to win anyway? Won't they need some of those other records? Did Captain Antilles take Jimmy Smits back to Alderaan, then come back to Yavin 4, and then hide his ship on some random guy's other ship for the battle? Won't AT-ATs sink in the sand? What do you think that switch Donnie Yen had to throw was originally for? (I think it originally turned off the shield generator, or some tractor beam). Why did Lucasfilm hire actors who's primary purpose was to speak unintelligibly? Seriously, how many indecipherable accents were needed for this cast? Wouldn't the Death Star blowing up a city basically create such a cloud of dust that that planet would have an extinction level event? It's like Star Wars meets Armageddon. Why do CGI people look so fake? Anyway, meh. This is a marketing win for Disney but not a product win. Yay, suits!
  14. I have no idea how to turn the quotes off on this one. I will note that Darryl's comment in the copied thread may be the most pertinent. Groundhog Day seems like a perfect film for "waking up" but it's already been featured.
  15. Joel-- I unexpectedly got a chance to attend a lecture by Tom last night at a local church here in Cincinnati. Totally random event that I learned about due to a friend's post on FB. Wow--I think if you have the opportunity to take a course, you definitely should. Two tidbits: 1) Wright writes out his entire lecture, and while he's not appear to read verbatim, I was close enough to see the notes pages were all text. 2) Apparently, he's a very warm and personable instructor, forming relationships and whatnot with the students. So much so that he gave a lecture at this local Cincy church because he taught the senior pastor as a student twenty years ago. That's an endearing quality.
  16. The lies at the end of this didn't bother me so much as the abandonment of its own mythological structure. Its a kind of prometheus story tacked on a Japanese construct but not with internal integrity. 1) The Moon King and the daughters are the moon + stars. 2) Hanso is a mortal, who after many mortal failures preceding him, is about to complete his quest to get magical armor. 3) The magical armor somehow is offensive to the moon & stars. 4) Daughters go off to kill anyone who gets the magical armor. 5) Daughter A falls in love with Hanso (he's different due to adorable combination of samurai + West Texas accent) 6) Moon King unhappy with development uniting eternal "heavenly folk" with mortal man (it's the Lay of Luthien in neo-Japanese clothing). 7) He steals ensuing baby's eye (why? I never got this, or rather, never believed that the explanation for the eye stealing was sufficient.) 8) Sisters find boy; boy goes on quest. 9) Boy finds armor 10) Boy confronted by Moon King--back at the village where the third piece of armor was hidden in plain sight. 11) Boy attacked by Moon King/floating alien from the Avengers, LOSES armor. 12) Boy defeats Moon King anyway, using a THIRD string to play a chord that transforms Avengers alien/Moon King into old duffer. Still no armor. 13) Villagers tell Moon King nice falsehoods to make him feel better. 14) Dead parents show up aglow. 15) While My Guitar Gently Weeps plays. Huh? SDG and others are right--amazing (but still a muddled) initial 90 minutes. Last 15 minutes utter nonsense. From a mythic standpoint--why was there no, zippo, zilch, nada tie back to the celestial part? Why not extend the myth to its mythic conclusions? Why does Grandpa want the eye? What good will that do him? Were the sisters blind? Was he blind himself? No! What's the scoop with the armor? Was it the worst macguffin ever? Why does the moon king turn into an old duffer? Why does he turn into a floating Alien from the Avengers? Where is Loki? What the heck? Still, some of the images and the characterizations and the cinema of it--so beautiful. My kids loved it (11 and 9). I just don't understand how a movie loses its way like this--it must have taken years to make--how do you miss the end? What was originally written? What did they intend to communicate? What could this have been? Ah, well, I probably blinked.
  17. Wright's work, "The Resurrection of the Son of God" is majestic. I've read all of his "Christian Origins and the Question of God" series, but could not finish his two volume work on Paul. I'm no academic but Wright's work is pretty accessible for the non-technician. In his "Paul" works, he gets more technical, and to my untrained eyes, much more engaged with esoteric conflicts in academia; of course this is where the Pauline action is, I guess, ever since Sanders' work in the 70/80s. I'd have a hard time imagining reading just a selected volume from the series without having read the foundations, but if you go in to ROTSOG knowing that Wright's spent a great deal of ink locating Jesus and the gospels in the 1st century milieu of II Temple Judaism in conversation with the messianic expectation as a end-of-the-exile event, and that Jesus was essentially redefining the Israel identity around himself and his followers, then you'll be relatively grounded. The book follows his standard template: Describing the concept in relation to its contemporary Jewish context, then in terms of its relationship to contemporary pagan thought, then in the double criteria of similarity and and disimilarity to both, he paints the topic as a new innovation that demanded a response. I found it exhilarating.
  18. Richard Widmark dies at age 93. Always see him as Jim Bowie in the Duke's Alamo. Long distinguished career spanning almost 2/3 of the history of film.
  19. A 75 year old Harrison Ford beating up commies while hunting antiquities? Without Mutt in tow? Movie magic at its finest.
  20. This still looks stupid and unnecessarily convoluted.
  21. this election did get me to purchase Volf's A Public Faith.
  22. 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).
  23. 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.
  24. Star Wars Episode IX: Now For Some More Jedi
  25. Who ya gonna call?