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  1. Getting a kick out of it. There's actual character development going on, and it gets around to questioning (almost) all of the cheesy original films' assumptions.
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    Name the film

    And at long last ... I've figured out that said film is THE BURGLARS (LE CASSE), 1971. Directed by Henri Verteuil, this film was shot in both French and English. It is set in Athens. Jean-Paul Belmondo is Azad, the thief; Omar Sharif is Zacharias, the detective. Ennio Morricone soundtrack! Exciting car chase through Athens involving a Fiat! (I've been to Athens; people there drive as if they were in a car chase all the time.) Looks somewhat cheesy, but I think it'll be worth rewatching. Can't find it streaming, but will probably buy a DVD pretty soon. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068347/
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    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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. That's actually encouraging. Perhaps we're the only nation afflicted with this particular strain of evangelicalism.
  11. 1 City Lights 2 The Kid 3 The Devil and Daniel Webster
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  17. Some version or other of Les Miserables, methinks ... Title: Les MiserablesDirector: Lewis MilestoneYear: 1952Language: AnglaisIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044907/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  18. The Merchant of Venice Director: Michael Radford Year: 2004Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379889/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Titus Director: Julie Taymor 1999 Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120866/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1YouTube Link Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): (It's about the abnegation of mercy) Blade Runner Director: Ridley Scott Year: 1982Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083658/?ref_=nv_sr_1YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  19. Should be an entertaining trial, especially the part where the Pure Flix attorney yells "Why do you hate God's Not Dead?" and D'Souza cracks up on the witness stand.
  20. It's screening at the Seattle International Film Festival. I may take my son, who's a big fan of the TV series.
  21. It's a Norman song, but it's performed by "Fishmarket Combo," whoever they were. Don't forget the car crash scene cribbed from Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry.
  22. Box office results from Week 2 are finally in. Three screens added, but overall take is down by more than half from Week 1: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=davidandgoliath.htm General consensus from supporters of the film is that "Judge not, that ye not be judged" somehow applies to film criticism (but it's OK to call critics "lukewarm" and "carnal" in the interest of promoting nonjudgmentalism), and that David and Goliath somehow shouldn't be compared to "Hollywood" films, even though Chey himself compares it to Noah and Lawrence of Arabia.
  23. I haven't bothered to track down all the Psalms he quotes and try to judge whether they're anachronisms. In some scenes David is carrying a scroll, upon which he seems to be composing the 23rd Psalm. One IMDB commenter pointed out that in one of his harangues Eliab refers to this scroll as if it were already canonized as scripture! The unwavering David we get in this film may be "Biblically correct" as far as 1 Sam. 17 is concerned, but the film does not take into account the additional dimensions of David that we find elsewhere in the Bible ... so in that sense its Biblical correctness is badly distorted. Best scene in the film, however, is a meditation by David on the nature of faith, the night before the fight: "Faith is knowing ... and not knowing," and a few other epigrams on that pattern, which gives him a touch of humanity. Not enough to save the film, but I'm glad it's there.
  24. I've been dropping in on other discussions of the film. Threads at GodVine, Christian Post et al., and the film's own Facebook page are stacked decks, where negative comments apparently aren't tolerated. One GodVine commenter was suspicious of the film because a couple of the assistant directors have "Muslim names" (news flash: in this interview Chey says his entire crew were Muslims); even that remark was deleted. Comments at IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes are more of a level playing field, although it would appear that loyal fans are trying to use them to skew the ratings. Curiously, though, even most people who disparage the film still seem to have imbibed the "Biblically correct" Kool-Aid, except for one IMDB commenter who gave an even longer list of deviations than I did. No one else seems to be bothered by the "land for peace" scene, which IMHO is the film's most significant departure from the 1 Samuel text. I didn't mention it in my review, but Simon Davies, who portrays the Israelite commander, plays the entire scene with a cheesy grin on his face ... perhaps he couldn't quite get over the preposterousness of the thing. Not to mention that Abner (that's the Israelite commander's name, although Chey doesn't appear to know it) is still alive at the end of 1 Sam. 17. I'm guessing people will swallow almost any number of small-to-medium deviations from the text as long as the filmmaker doesn't mess with their concept of the central character. I.e., nobody would object to Noah wearing trousers if he didn't [a] require the assistance of "rock-monsters"; {b} get his wires crossed and begin to wonder whether God intended the destruction of all mankind, including himself and his family; [c] call God "the Creator" instead of, y'know, "God." D&G gives us an unambiguously heroic David who is miles away from "Aragorn syndrome." His faith in God doesn't waver for a second, and for most viewers that seems to expiate all the ways the film departs from its source material, whether those viewers ultimately decide they like the film or not. The great irony here is that if you look beyond the Goliath episode and take David as a whole, he probably expresses more doubt than any other character in the Bible. All those psalms of lament: "Why aren't you listening, God? How long will you leave me hanging?"
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