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  1. mrmando


    Well, whatever other departures the film makes from the text, we can at least say there's a textual precedent for Samson having a brother.
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    No, no, Peter is quite correct about the miracle-baby part of the story. See Judges 13. The Samuel story is complicated by the presence of a second wife who mocks the first wife's barrenness.
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    Judges 16:31: "Then his [Samson's] brothers and his father’s whole family went down to get him. They brought him back and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of Manoah his father. He had led[d] Israel twenty years." That's the first mention in Judges of Samson's siblings. Judges doesn't mention the name of Samson's mother. Evidently she had more sons after Samson; or she died and Manoah married someone else; or Manoah had more than one wife.
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    My favorite part is when he denies associating film criticism with the devil on one page, and then calls film critics "diabolical" on another page.
  5. Yes, it's part of your work as an actor. Figure out why the character talks that way. Anger? Frustration? Boredom? General coarseness? World-weariness? Disillusionment? Wanting attention? For the shock value? Those are all potential motivations for the character. The motivation for you, the actor, is to find the truth behind those words (the subtext) and use your skills to illustrate that truth. Some Christians oppose acting at all, because it's pretending to be someone you're not. But not every untruth is a lie.
  6. A 31-minute edit of Jerry Lewis' infamous film has surfaced on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/160821734/c055c9bee4 Story here: http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/06/the_day_the_clown_cried_famed.html My take: While the world might not have been ready in the early '70s for a film that took this kind of a risk, let's not forget that when Roberto Benigni did it, 25 years later, he won the flippin' Oscar.
  7. I don't think it's a dichotomy. The character is saying the words, and so is the actor. Their motivations, however, are different. If I play Hamlet, I'm not plotting to kill my uncle, or even to kill Hamlet's uncle. Hamlet is doing that. But we are both saying the words.
  8. That's actually encouraging. Perhaps we're the only nation afflicted with this particular strain of evangelicalism.
  9. 1 City Lights 2 The Kid 3 The Devil and Daniel Webster
  10. In other words, the black person who shows up out of nowhere to make the white people feel better. Takes them to Boston's New England Aquarium — and when they get inside, magically, it's the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta!
  11. Well, it appears that this time out, the writers want to address practical concerns about freedom of religion & religious expression, rather than a philosophical concern about the existence of God. What remains to be seen is whether they'll address those practical concerns in the same shallow, facile manner in which they addressed the philosophical one.
  12. Nice! I'll go on a crime spree in the Prius and inspire the cops to get Priuses themselves.
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    Race (2016)

    Ah well. I suppose the challenge here would be finding an off-the-nose way of telling Jesse Owens' story. He did have a rather interesting life after the Olympics, including being kicked off the U.S. track team shortly after his victory, and supporting Alf Landon in the 1936 election because he felt he'd been snubbed by FDR...
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    Race (2016)

    This year's 42? Except 42 got a lot of hype ... and I haven't heard diddly about this film.
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