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  1. I am on a search -- and I figured if anyone could help, it is you all. I would love to track down Majid Majidi's "Barefoot to Herat." It seems to simply not exist -- even the link on his website comes back broken. Do any of you know the story here? Is it possible to actually see this film? 

  2. Due to the cautious, conservative town I live in, SM JUST hit the screens here (I'm guessing only because of the Oscar nod). The same things that bugged our dear Overstreet also bugged me... and yet, I find I really like the film anyway. I don't think it is an award-winner, and I also REALLY wanted Jamal to get the last question wrong... but I find that I like the simplistic fairy tale story being told over this much darker tale of slum life.

    I think the comparisons between the brothers is really telling. They are the two musketeers, but they respond to the pain of their life in vastly different ways. And honestly, I don't think I would have the same worldview Jamal did -- despite everything he went through, he seemed to think the best of those around him. Even when he was desperately angry with his brother, he stayed. I was originally going to write that I wouldn't have.. but then I think of my sister, and I'm not so sure.

    Honestly, torture doesn't work to draw me in, it serves to push me away. I don't want to see it, but know that there are times I must. So I didn't view the beginning as a gimmick.

    I think Jamal was consistent throughout the film. While *I* wouldn't have returned to the game show, I think Jamal is the type that would. He seems to view the abuse, the bad as the exception -- even though it has really been his only experience.

    I find that refreshing, somehow...

  3. I liked the book overall. I agree that the writing itself could be (greatly) improved, but I think the writer addresses some difficult subjects well. I love God as a big, black woman. I don't understand why there was a continued reference to the masculine after all of the talk about how God is beyond gender, though. Okay, if God is appeared as a woman to break the male stereotype, why is God immediately a man again after Mack makes peace with his Dad?

    I do REALLY wish this were just a first draft, though. I'd love to see a more polished version of THIS book.

  4. Strangely enough, I read the book. It was also the first Peretti I'd read since high school and my only encounter with Dekker. I was bored during lunch breaks at a prior job, to which I commuted. So there was no going home, the town was sleepy and someone in the office happened to have placed that book on the "share spot" of the table in the break room.

    Hello Christian horror books. Terrible theology and just overall bad.

    I think they may be in trouble if they are now aiming this in a direction other than the Left Behind clan.

  5. ZEN??? And I thought this was a CHRISTIAN site ;0)


    I find questions at the end of reviews a strange concept. While I appreciate good questions, what happens if the review was negative? If the reviewer decided the film wasn't worth our time, why should there be questions at the end? Then again, unless you are on a Web site specifically designed for the discussion of such things, there may not be a better place to include questions...

  6. Granted, I haven't seen this yet, and was only able to stomach the first half hour of "Facing the Giants..." but I find myself struggling with the placement of ministry films in the regular film world. I certainly appreciate what the church is doing, and think it is really cool that they are putting so much time and effort into a rather unique ministry. But as my theater prof (at a Baptist school, no less) always said: "Effort does not equal excellence."

    Opening weekend has already shown there is a market for it, and the Sony quote reveals that, of course, the film industry is ultimately a money-making game.

    But should there be lines on what is mass-marketed in an entertainment industry? Should these low-budget, volunteer efforts be applauded, but confined to other venues?

    Of course, not everything high-budget and out of Hollywood can be considered "excellent" either, and I guess that hasn't cast it out of the public theater....

  7. Noise is the most preposterous, unbearable moviegoing experience I've endured in years. And that includes Run, Fat Boy Run. I might have to go back as far as Dreamcatcher to get anywhere close.

    This makes me very, very sad. As soon as I saw this title, I was thrilled. I LOVE The Believer and have been waiting for Henry Bean to do something else...

  8. Wow, thanks for sharing that Peter. I've been REALLY excited about this film, since I spent a summer in Fremont, Calif studying Afghan culture. Somehow, I didn't even think about what effect the film could have on its actors. That is rather scary.

  9. I really liked the film in spite of plot holes. I wouldn't put it on a list of greatest films of all time or anything, but I found it enjoyable. I'd probably even watch it again. I thought the filming and cinematography was great -- a lot of beautiful shots that made the film fun to look at.

    I don't see Ben Wade as being inconsistent with himself. I see him as being a guy who doesn't really care whether he lives or dies

    and therefore is willing to "risk" his life to get on the train. In the end, he isn't overly interested in spending time in prison, so we see his intent to escape.

    I thought the film was excellent from a moral standpoint. There was a lot I'd love to explore in a group. One of my favorite lines was "immorality ain't got nothin' to do with it." I think that was the question of the film -- what role does morality play when you are dealing with those who are immoral. Interesting thoughts to explore.

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