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JennyLynne

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  1. Another sign that I need to read the book. I hadn't thought about Mary Ann and Larry being parallel characters, but in reflected, they certainly seem to be. Makes me wish her character was developed a little more in the film. I loved the book study scene, though. Thought it was really interesting how everyone else there seemed to agree with Sarah, while Mary Ann
  2. Was Mary Ann the woman who attended the book study?
  3. Very true. I think we also can hide from the consequences a little easier. "Oh, it's fiction! There don't HAVE to be nasty side effects!" Of course, when fiction doesn't come with real life consequences, it somehow isn't as satisfying. When film manages to combine both, we have a winner!
  4. Thanks Christian -- just checked it out, fun read. I appreciate that Sara points out how we do end up rooting for Sarah in the film
  5. I just saw this and LOVED it. Easily the best thing I've seen all year. The first comparison that came to my mind was that the narration reminded me of Lars von Trier's Dogville trilogy (well, the first two, anyway!). While Sarah is certainly not a Grace, the beginning did give the impression that she was different from the others -- more real, perhaps. The ending was absolutely phenomenal. It ended exactly how I would have wanted it to -- had I been smart enough to imagine such a perfect ending. After all the talk on this thread, I am going to have to check out the book to see where it went.
  6. Thanks for your comments, Andy. While I love the music that Daniel & company create, I certainly realize it has a select market. I would never give a Danielson album to my sister, for instance. Of course, I was incredibly excited when I saw that 4'33" was being performed at my college's New Music Concert five or so years ago. I attended and was almost giddy when it reached the program.
  7. I thought this was the best Potter film so far. I'm a huge fan of the books, but had been mostly disappointed in the movies. I thought this one was terrific. The darkness of the film didn't bother me. I thought it was appropriate given the circumstances of the plot. I thought the Weasley brother's antics provided enough comic relief -- anything more would have hindered the seriousness of the situation. I loved what they did with Umbridge. She was just as scary as I'd anticipated -- perhaps more so.
  8. LOVE the Danielson Famile! I enjoyed the film from the standpoint of being a fan, but found the documentary itself to be lacking. It seemed they kept trying to find controversy with all the folks at shows -- all of the "yeah, I'm not a Christian, but the Danielsons are cool" quotes seemed far too competitive. Since everyone seemed to say the same thing, I thought it was weird to keep pushing the issue. Overall though, I found it enjoyable. Made me want to attend another Danielson show pronto!
  9. I tend to forget this board is even here. Felt the need to stop by since tonight I begin leading a study on Velvet Elvis. stef, thanks for sharing your story! It is so nice to hear from someone in the Mars Hill family. I'm hoping this study will take us a step closer to living so openly it hurts. I personally loved the book. Rob's thoughts bring what is often book-Christianity to a way of life -- and a way of life that feels much like the upside-down thinking I find in the New Testament. It seems to me that instead of throwing theology or doctrine out, Rob tries to get to the heart of issues
  10. I liked the TV series. I thought the writing was excellent.
  11. I saw the film yesterday. I thought is was extremely cheesy, completely unrealistic and pretty darn enjoyable. I thought it made a cute family film. I think it does have audience problems, though. Most of the Christian audience who flocked to the "Passion" seem to think this (along with Bruce Almighty) are an attempt to make fun of God. At least, I'm heard that a number of times from conservative friends / acquantances. At the same time, the film is perhaps too Christian-oriented for a more secular audience. I actually like the "Acts of Random Kindness" bit, but mainly because I felt it was
  12. Thanks for linking to the article Peter -- and thanks for including our church!
  13. Interesting. . . I'll be curious to hear what else is said about this. . .
  14. For a film with a PG rating marketed mainly to a religious audience, I'd say it would be inappropriate. It is likely that a lot of kids are going to see this movie, and they (preteens/young teens especially) are probably the most likely to call the number. While I would still plan to see the movie, I would consider that a really poor judgement call.
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    Palindromes

    I have to say I really liked this film. It certainly goes into the list of "wow that's really good, but I don't think I want to see it again for a long time." Solondz is always over-the-top. You can't like anyone in his films, and yet you find yourself kind of liking and identifying with everything, no matter how horrifying. Aviva is an "every woman" of sorts, signaled by the changing of actresses. We are all Aviva. Even if we personally do not have the troubles she faces, we are surrounded by those who do: no (wo)man is an island. I thought her family came across just as bad as the Sunshi
  16. That could certainly be problematic! Halfway through the article I thought I was going to have to call and warn our youth pastor who is taking a group to the movie on Saturday. Good to know I can laugh at it instead =0)
  17. I think we (meaning the paper I work for) would call that kind of advertising a "wrap." While we've certainly never had an advertiser do such a thing, I've commonly heard anything placed around the publication referred to as a wrap. Also: ArkAlmighty is a wonderful program. I'm the coordinator for my church. We have an average attendance of 500 (I think?). What I think is great about the site is that needs posted are annonymous. Only the coordinator -- and the person they are matched with -- know who the person is. So if someone is shy about such things, they wouldn't have to worry about anno
  18. Wallace & Gromit: Three Amazing Adventures. This has been on the queue a LONG time, gradually working its way up. I think I added it right after I saw The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. But as seems to be typical when I respond to this, I have a hole in my "at home," so another is being shipped today, making #31 "Central Station." Does it bug anyone else that the ratings it shows are not an average, but what netflix believes you will think? There have been several films I've moved down due to lower ratings, only to discover the average is much higher. . .
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    2046

    Watching it in two chunks is probably a good plan. And once you are done with the cliff's notes, could you pass them on to me?
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    Shrek the Third

    2 was definitely my favorite. Saw three last week and thought it fell flat on its face. As Peter mentioned, there was nothing new, and certainly nothing memorable. I thought 2 did a fantastic job at using wit. . . I only recall laughing once in the third film, which disappointed me. I figured even if the story was going down the drain, it would at least have some great moments. Sadly, they were few and far between.
  21. Finally saw this over the weekend. I hadn't read anything about it beforehand (except enough insistance that I see it), so I was pleasantly surprized at the tone of the film. I didn't expect so much humor. I adored Giovanni and Ginapro. The scene with Ginapro and the tyrant in the tent was especially moving -- the look of innocence and love on Ginapro's face about brought me to tears. And as others have mentioned, the leper vignette was marvelous. What a beautiful film! From Giovanni yelling "he threw Brother Pig on the ground!" to the enthusiasm of preparing for the sister's arrival to th
  22. My #31 (out of 158) is Collateral. I'm assuming one of the DVDs I sent back will make it through processing today, so my new #31 will be Tarnation. While I do tend to move things around fairly often, generally films keep moving up, so I imagine I'll see them both in the next couple of months. I'm on a 3 at a time plan.
  23. I really like this connection, but never would have thought about it. This film only served to strengthen my fondness of Gosling's acting. Incredibly powerful. I agree that Epps was also fantastic. I thought it was refreshing that it was an inner-city school film that didn't neccesarily have a happy ending -- and where the teacher certainly wasn't a hero, although he did care for his students (shown with Drey).
  24. Late start (where the heck have I been this year?), but figure better late than never: * - repeat viewing italics - theater viewing May: 31 - Notes on a Scandal June: 1 - Flowers of St. Francis 2 - Thumbsucker 2 - Election 2 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 2 - Good Will Hunting * 6 - Brick 8 - Dear Frankie 9 - Coffee and Cigarrettes 9 - Capote * 15 - Oceans Eleven 15 - Oceans Thirteen 16 - Oceans Twelve 16 - Cool Hand Luke 18 - The Way Home 21 - The Lost Boys of Sudan 22 - Kikujiro 23 - Evan Almighty 23 - The Untouchables 23 - Stranger than Fiction July 1 - Not of This World 1 - 30 Day
  25. My list, which I'm not entirely pleased with. There are still too many high-rated 2005 flicks I've yet to see. 1. Grizzly Man 2. Me and You and Everyone We Know 3. Broken Flowers 4. March of the Penguins 5. Exorcism of Emily Rose 6. Wallace and Grommit: Curse of the Wererabbit 7. Saint Ralph 8. Murderball 9. Hot Mad Ballroom 10. Squid and the Whale HM. Sin City
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