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About teresakayep

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    I edit magazines and books at a nonprofit educational association.
  • Favorite movies
    West Side Story Pride and Prejudice (the A&E miniseries) Magnolia Memento Night of the Hunter Say Anything Next Stop Wonderland When Harry Met Sally LA Confidential Babette's Feast
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    David Wilcox Mary Chapin Carpenter Billy Joel Simon and Garfunkel
  • Favorite creative writing
    The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Dorothy Sayers mysteries The Dark Tower series by Stephen King Til We Have Faces by CS Lewis Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott
  1. I finally saw this movie last week, and, for me, it definitely doesn't come close to Magnolia or Punch-Drunk Love, as far as PTA films go. It may actually be a better film artistically--the visuals are certainly impressive, but I wasn't drawn in to the film--or into the characters--the way I always am with PTA's films. I did, however, want to see it again, which is more than I can say for Boogie Nights or Hard Eight, both of which I found more emotionally compelling than TWBB. I think my problem has to do with my not *caring* much about any of the characters--they're interesting as characters, but I could never quite see them as people. I can see Invisible Man's point about Daniel Day-Lewis' performance verging on caricature, but those few moments ("I have abandoned my son," for example) are just enough to keep it from being a one-note performance. I think it *seems* that way because Plainview himself is putting on a show. There aren't enough to those moments to make me interested in him as a character, but I'd like to give it a second look, because the few moments I recall were subtle enough that I wonder what else I missed. --Teresa
  2. Now, tell me. Should the highlighted "has" (in blue) be "have" instead? ← Well, I am an editor, and it seems to me that this sentence, as written, does have a compound subject ("So much of my delight" and "so much of what we have been able to do"). Compound subjects do take a plural verb so has would be correct, but since it does sound wrong, I'd be inclined to recast it somehow. I like Solishu's revision--it seems to keep all the main points and clear up the awkwardness. I suppose you could make the argument, as BDR does, that "so much of what we have done" is parenthetical, but it seems to central to the main point that I'd be reluctant to see it that way. (If you take it out, the sentence seems weird.) If you do want to treat it as parenthetical, it should probably have commas or parentheses around it to make its parenthetical nature crystal clear. --Teresa
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    I had mixed feelings about this episode. I really liked the way the "what's this island all about" storyline finally took a real step forward--the plot developments (at least one other person on the island, something possibly making people go crazy, etc.) could lead to really interesting later episodes. But the episode itself was only fair. I had been eagerly anticipating Sayeed's backstory and was pretty disappointed with it--I definitely agree with Jeffrey on that one. However, I'm always excited to see any Bab5 actors getting work--even if DeLen was far from my favorite Bab5 character. (The Londo/G'Kar storyline was the one that kept me hooked.) Then again, maybe having Locke and Rousseau on the island will finally motivate me to read some philosophy! --Teresa
  4. I'm hoping I'll be able to watch it with my family when I visit them next week--I just got a cheap previously viewed copy. It will be a great improvement over our usual holiday fare (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a favorite of many in my family ) --Teresa
  5. The earlier discussion of DVC, here, includes links to articles from the Washington Times and Seattle Pacific University. I know there have been several books, both from secular and religious scholars on DVC, though I've not read any of them. I'm thinking there's at least one debunking sort of book from a non-religious scholar, but I'm not 100% sure about that. MODS: Should this thread perhaps be merged with the earlier thread? --Teresa
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    The Village

    Yup, I can buy that. The topic is perhaps just too big for a movie of this genre. So many questions arise that just can't be answered easily. That's why I say that the philosophical/theological elements of the film are less successful than the thriller elements, which I thought were quite good. The movie is a great suspense film but only a pretty good examination of divine providence. (But pretty good is .... well, pretty good!) --Teresa
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    The Village

    Because if you lay down a simple "do" or "don't," you quickly and easily learn who in your town is likely to threaten its fragile existence. It echoes the scarlet that signified the transgressor in The Scarlet Letter. And... this is interesting... the red berries could be a reference to the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. When you start picking the red fruit, you suddenly gain a very different perspective on "good" and "evil." Yeah, I get this. And I suppose the seeming arbitrariness of the rules is a way to exert and maintain control. To be honest, the yellow=safe seemed more strange than red=danger. But since the whole colored aura thing seemed to come out of nowhere and lead nowhere, it made all of the color imagery seem off to me--like there was something else that was supposed to be there that just didn't make it into the final cut. Generally with Shyam's films every detail ends up having significance once the complete truth is revealed--and the colors/aura thing just didn't. But still, I did like the movie. I don't know if I'll bother seeking it out to see again when it's on video, but I wouldn't object should the opportunity arise. --Teresa
  8. FYI, I'm right now listening to a story on NPR about Donnie Darko. They're talking about the midnight showing, the gradual growth in its popularity, the various interpretations, and the director's cut. You can hear the story at NPR's Morning Edition Web site. --Teresa
  9. Saw this over the weekend, and LOVED LOVED LOVED it. I laughed out loud and even got a little weepy at a couple of points (okay, I
  10. Maybe it's the Village that has the curse. As soon as the title came up on the screen, some lady in the theater were I saw it yelled out, "I saw you jump!" (The title appeared rather suddenly and apperently startled someone.) Thankfully there was a shusher in the theater who shushed her right then, and that was the last we heard of her. Unfortunately, the couple across the aisle from me thought it would be good to bring their baby to the movie. It didn't cry right out loud, but it made lots of those loud baby grunting sounds and some on-the-verge-of crying sounds. And THEN someone nearby, I could never decide if it was the parents or someone else kept shushing the baby. Let's see, I've also gotten hit in the head and learly had a bog of popcorn dumped on me by a gang of teenagers returning from the concession stand in the middle of Shanghai Knights. And I've sat in front of consistent question askers/answerers. But my personal favorite was the couple I sat behind at the Count of Monte Cristo. The man quietly explained every single scene to the woman with him. The firend I saw it with and I thought for a while that she was blind and he was describing the action. The trouble with that theory is that his explanations were often just restatements of the dialogue. "Oh, he just told him who he really is" and the like. The puzzle of trying to figure out what he was explaining and why consumed almost as much of my attention as the movie itself. --Teresa
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    The Village

    Well, you can add me to the list of folks who enjoyed the Village--I thought it was at least as good as Signs, but not as good as Unbreakable or the Sixth Sense. Not great, but a solid movie with more substance than the typical thriller and enough thrills and suspence for a summer movie. I guessed what the big twist was from the previews, and I actually think that the film was more enjoyable because I was pretty sure I knew what the true nature of this village was, though I wasn
  12. Yes, I have read the book, and I saw the movie just a few months later. I loved the book, and enjoyed the movie very much. The book club I'm in read the book and watched the movie together when it came out of DVD, and several of my club-mates preferred the movie to the book. (I don't believe any were as enthusiastic about the book as I was.) I thought the performances were excellent, and I am, in general, a sucker for British period romances. The "look" of the film was just right. (And fellow Buffy fans might be interested to see Marc Blucas [Riley] as one of the American suitors. It's always a pleasure to see Buffy actors getting work in good films.) Though there were several changes made in the movie, they didn't really bother me. As a rule, I'm not automatically upset my changes in film adaptations of books--it only bothers me if the changes detract from the story in some way. I didn't think that was the case with I Capture the Castle. In fact, the movie improved upon the story in some ways. For instance, The romance between the younger brother and older sister seems to come out of nowhere in the book. This is partly because the book is told from one character's point of view and she never sees any signs of their attraction. But it felt rather contrived and too convenient to me. That's less of a problem in the movie because the two characters get to exchange enough significant glances that we could get the impression that there are some feelings running below the surface there. (Of course, my own knowledge of their relationship could have put me on the alert for clues--and there could have been clues in the book that I, in my ignorance of what was to come, missed.) If I had read the book numerous times and loved since I was more young and impressionable, I suspect the changes would have troubled me more, but I thought it was faithful enough. --Teresa
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