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David Smedberg

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  1. --spoilers throughout-- Thinking back on this movie now, after I've had time to let my thoughts about it percolate, the scene I keep coming back to is when Carter is facing the horde of attacking Tharks, sends away Dejah Thoris and the dog (Woolah? can't remember now), and then fights like hell as he flashes back to his family's death. To save my life I cannot decide if I love or hate this scene (in the context of the whole movie). It kicked me in the gut, I really felt it. I suppose to be precise, instead of calling the scene manipulative, I should call it calcitrative . But that's not
  2. I had a feeling that SDG would throw in that aside. Back to the matter at hand: I love that article--the author recounts have so many fun anecdotes (Klaus Kinski's thoughts on the script made me snort). I personally don't really care which action movie is "the greatest", since it'd be hard to compare apples and oranges... but I do appreciate the proviso that Raiders (like, IMO, Die Hard) is holding up remarkably well after several decades. Too many action movies from that time period are almost painful for me to watch.
  3. What do you mean, David? Are you saying that The Hunger Games is promoting an idea that is contrary to American values? I didn't get anything from that article. I did get that from the article--that the American Revolution (implicitly contrasted to the French) had a vision for a better world that would replace the old order, whereas The Hunger Games might be said to be skeptical or even cynical about the possibility of a better political order.
  4. As I noted before, I never read past the first book in the series--I suspected diminishing returns and gave up. But I found myself thought-provoked by this article which imagines what George Washington would have thought of the series: And further: This contrast between Harry Potter and The Hunger Games really struck me. I hope that we haven't created for ourselves here an American tale which re-writes our most cherished values.
  5. I have only read the first book. I abandoned the series after that so I can only speak up to the end of that one. I would argue that questions about the premise of these books are just as relevant to a movie like Gladiator--even though that movie isn't as fundamentally about a murder sport as the first Hunger Games book is, it is still about one in a fundamental way (just look at the title!). I think it is easier to overlook the question when the murder-sport protagonist is someone like Maximus (who is a warrior) than someone like Katniss (who has never killed anyone before, if I remember
  6. Same for me... I have been enjoying it a lot. Of course, if the ending sucks everything will change... but I have no reason to believe it will (haven't read any spoilers).
  7. David Smedberg

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    Nope; has to be parent or guardian. And they're supposed to check I.D. Now, like I say, ticket-sellers fudge the rules all the time. If there's a guardian for one of the kids, box-office might look the other way. But the rule itself is inflexible (I hasten to add that this is absolutely true of one chain--Carmike--and that I'm assuming that other chains, such as Rave, have similar policies.) When I worked at REG, our official policy was that any 21+ adult could accompany someone under 17 to an R-rated picture. There is simply no good way to determine from an ID whether someone is a paren
  8. (Prescinding from the odd notion that obscenity is more excusable during special times of prayerful penitence.) Obscenity is more understandable when one is likely to be irritable. If I am being odd but :cuss: in a thread about a G-rated movie is normal I really don't know what to say without :cuss: myself. This thread was going so well... I am off to mourn it.
  9. I was gonna say, "How to tell when SDG is fasting"... but then I realized that this post was on Thursday, so he really hasn't got that excuse.
  10. I downloaded it to see if the game would work with my XBox 360 controller on Windows (answer: no ::pinch:, but I didn't play it through. I am already set on playing it so why ruin the experience, I figure...
  11. Attica and Timothy, I love having this kind of conversation here on A&F, thanks. I tend more towards Timothy's side, which I'll explain more in a moment. I just got back from Arriety, and it is fair to say I am over the moon with it. What a great story, well told! What a convincing environment in which the story was told! What a feeling of smallness, which helps to lend a sense of mystery--there is so much more out there, and this seems like a peep through a knothole into a mostly-unseen space. (PS For once, they could do a sequel and I would not be upset at all. At least that's how I f
  12. So, at long last I come to finish off my thoughts in this thread. I hope so. I will certainly be giving her another try--I don't know exactly when, since right now I have a few others books that have claimed my attention. The same goes for Eliot. I appreciate how you've noted that the bleakness is both these authors is not absolute--instead, it's leavened by hope. I may have failed to pick up on that hope when I read their work for the first time. The distinction between Eliot's message and his outlook on our culture is important! There is a great deal that could be said about our cu
  13. Under pressure (as in the bloodstream) fluids move differently than under air pressure, so this I presume could work the same. However, I have no idea about saliva, it would be interesting to find out if spit would feel/function very different for a borrower-sized person...
  14. Proof that they are attempting to make this Middle Earth as detailed and consistent with Tolkein's mythology as they can: Deciphering the Dwarf Contract
  15. Not really... PS I learned from that article that I had heard this rumor before and was nervous... but I guess I shouldn't be anyway because after Apocalypto wild horses couldn't drag me to this movie.
  16. Personally, I think ads are a mistake. What's a few cents? And they're ugly. "Pictures" is too vague--it depends on whether they are going to fall under fair use. Lo- or medium-res screencaps in a review certainly would. But other uses might not.
  17. Oh, I don't know, like Patrick O'Brian, authors like Dennis Lehane, or even Bernard Cornwell, have their loyal, if small, male readership base. Both Lehane and Cornwell are interested in daring and heroism. I haven't forgotten that I still need to reply to you in the thread on Greg's book, but I must point out that it is partly your fault that I haven't because I have been riveted to the couch for much of today finishing Sharpe's Tiger by Cornwell, and have just finished it--it did not peter out at the end but was immensely enjoyable the whole way through. I can see that you've classified
  18. X-Men: Multiclass? (Maybe Mike Leary'll get that one.) Multiclass? /did I get it?
  19. Christian, if you do end up getting one, note that if you are interested in a NY Times subscription, you can a Nook Simple Touch for free.
  20. 2 months ago, I would have nodded in agreement, but my experience has recently taken a U-turn, when I got the Duo I mentioned above. Windows 7 includes handwriting recognition software, so using the stylus I am now able to handwrite on the screen using a stylus, and it will convert my writing into ordinary computer text. Ever since my freshman year of college, I have been wanting to be able to write my essays, etc., by hand, but I couldn't because they had to be printed out from the computer--now I can have the best of both worlds. (P.S. I am typing this post, because I'm at my work compute
  21. Okay, how about unemployed people shouldn't be reading 75 books per year. They should be spending more time looking for a job. What about those of us who are independently wealthy and/or President of the United States? (P.S. :twisted: I wish...)
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