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  1. Michael Todd

    Name That Film

    I don't have my Video Hound guide handy, but if you go to the back of it, it will list movies by categories. So, one could look at Christmas or Holiday movies, and see if any of the names pop out at you.
  2. Regardless of where in the British Empire they are from, Daniel Day-Lewis and Eric Bana have taken American jobs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh5pqt1sM8w
  3. It may be equally snobbish, but there is not a force or person behind Harry Potter; in Narnia, one has Aslan. Also, the thought about artistic talent is good. I will have to play around with it in my mind. Hitler was rejected from art school, and became the leader of a party which was rabidly obsessed with pure race. Voldemort was accepted into his art school, and became the leader of a group which was rabidly obsessed with pure blood.
  4. Peter, why must you throw a wet blanket on my head, while you kick sand on my postmodern philosophical toys? ::bicycle::
  5. I watched The Dawn Treader last night. I'm thinking of watching The Fighter today.
  6. Long ago, I read a book on Postmodernism, which contended that in the United States, we're given false dichotomies, to make it seem like we're making a choice, like Coke or Pepsi, but in reality, both products are virtually the same. Since then, I've noticed how one is often presented a false choice between two nearly identical recording artists, and more commonly, in films, there are often two films released within the same year, often about the same subject. I remember these instances in the late-90s, when I managed a video store, but Dante's Peak and Volcano were released in the same year; likewise, Deep Impact and Armageddon. I have more recent examples which are not coming to the forefront of my mind, but I do see the release of Spielberg's Lincoln and Burton's Lincoln as what I may call the most disparate, yet peculiarly weird example of this false dichotomy. One can choose between a serious film about Lincoln, who will be played by a tall British actor, or one can choose a trivial film about Lincoln, who will be played by a tall British actor.
  7. No offense to Rowling, but magic is never explained to my satisfaction in any of the Harry Potter books. There is no meta-narrative for the existence of magic. Magic exists, and some are able to harness it; whereas others, like Squibs and Muggles are not. There is no rhyme or reason to it. It is not like one can predict whether one will have magical or muggle children by doing Punnett squares. I don't think it is like electricity at all. Electricity exists regardless of whether someone knows how to use it or not; and once discovered, it can be taught to all comers. Electricity is a meritocracy. The magic of Rowling's world must be mastered by the elect who seemingly possessed it before they exited the womb. The magic of Rowling's world is an oligarchy of the elect. Voldemort makes total sense to me. Rowling's world is snobbish, so its villain should be the ultimate snob.
  8. Alright, so, does anyone mind telling me what I am missing about this film. I still do not get what it is about the film that so many find disturbing. I am a political progressive, and I do not agree with Fischer or Engle's views on abortion, but is the politics what people find so disturbing, or is it something else? I thought the film was heavy-handed, and I was not impressed with it as an objective presentation of American Charismatics. It blurs and confuses the distinctions between Pentecostalism and Evangelicals, and though the filmmakers never comment in word, their camera work is evidently biased against Fischer's ministry. I see its value as a piece of anti-Charismatic movement propaganda, on the same level as a movie like Marjoe, but is that what people find so disturbing - children being involved in Pentecostalism? I can't get anyone to give me a clear answer as to why it is so shocking. Also, maybe I am desensitized because I was raised UPC.
  9. Do you really think this title is witty? I've seen exceedingly more creativity in porn parody titles. Also, if one is impressed with this title, just think of the pun they could make if they ever work in an Oedipus spin on the family name.
  10. I'm with Jeffrey. I think it would have been more likely to see Laurence Olivier work with Roger Corman than to see Day-Lewis work with Ritchie.
  11. Michael Todd

    Toy Story 3

    Who knows if this is too off topic, but regarding thoughts about the opening sequence, one of the comparisons that popped into my head, was not Calvin & Hobbes, but some recent ads put out by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which are a blend of Stage Coach Westerns, Lost in Space Sci-Fi, and Pirates of the Caribbean. There is a third ad which features a father and daughter on a strange alien planet, but I can only insert two per post, so for any who are interested, here's the link: http://tiny.cc/jb2or
  12. Regarding the whitewashing issues, it was the first thing to come to my mind when I watched the trailer, "Gyllenhaal playing a Persian? Where is Paul Mooney when you need him?"
  13. So, what's up with the History Channel? That channel seems to plug films from time to time, like Angels and Demons or Kingdom of Heaven, and this past weekend I had the channel on, while it spent three hours promoting this film, with its typical pseudo-history, interspersed with interviews with Crowe and various other cast members. After watching both, I am inclined to say that I liked the History Channel programming better, but neither were very cheery. Alas, I'm a sucker. If it had not been for the History Channel, there is no way I would have spent $10 on a film which got less than 45 percent positive reviews on RT.
  14. Does the Vitajex commercial remind anyone of the I Love Lucy episode, where she is pawning Vitameatavegamin? Scratch that, I just watched the linked video. It reminds me more of an Extenze infomercial.
  15. Long before TCM, TNT used to dedicate its Thursday nights to a schedule called "Our Favorite Movies", which is where I first saw this terrific movie.
  16. It may be contrary to reason, and I don't expect anyone to believe me, but I attest that I have a half dozen close friends with gold teeth. I also know of a ministry in Mozambique that has raised 70 people from the dead. It may be preposterous, but Paul resurrecting a dude that fell out a window is pretty wild too. Anyhow, as Paul said, there is gnosis and epignosis, so I will desist from bringing up the Holy Spirit.
  17. I've never seen it. I've never seen it requested. The ministry I'm a part of is affiliated with John G. Lake's healing rooms revival led by Cal Pierce. It is sort of like a clinic, and it is only open for four hours on Thursdays. People come in, fill out a form, and then meet with a team of three trained volunteers, who have spent an hour or more soaking in prayer and worship. Some of it may be totally placebo effect, but some of it is very empirical. Since people come in voluntarily for prayer, it is mostly for physical ailments, which is good, because that is the focus of the ministry. Including me, there are about four RNs that serve as volunteers. We don't pass on medical advice. The prayer is just a free service offered to any who are interested, and we do not advertise. Each week, more and more people show up. It is really an amazing and fulfilling ministry. In closing, I've never seen a leg grow back. That'd be pretty awesome, but I have only seen a leg lengthen like a half inch. It could be dismissed, and I struggle with those thoughts fairly regularly, but to quote from the Life of Pi, "To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation." I can say it did not happen, or I can say it did. One answer causes me to shrug, and the other causes me to smile.
  18. There is a large thread that I started here in the past called Gold Tops on Pearly Chops, which discusses gold teeth, the Toronto Blessing, etc. My point is that Jesus healed all, not counting those he raised several from the dead. Death and disease are facts of life, and arguably not from heaven, for Jesus, who came from heaven, overcame them. That being said, if homosexuality is not from heaven, then it is akin to disease and death. It is a bodily appetite, arguably one that is perverse. We are called to a spiritual life, where God's Spirit leads the body, not the other way around. Being governed by any bodily appetite, let alone identifying and justifying the governance, is sort of strange, in my opinion. I don't expect anyone on this board to get into that type of thing, excepting me, but miracles are the ministry of Jesus and the divine experience of the early Church. The Holy Spirit is not an Indian giver, and the beauty of the sermon on the Mount and the direction of Jesus ministry is that there are no estates of anointing. All can do the works of Jesus, Peter, Philip, and Paul. Now, many in the mainstream church look on this with disdain, or give it a try once or twice and say it is not for them or it didn't work. To me, pressing into the Spirit one or two times is like going to workout and then being sad that one doesn't look like Ryan Reynolds. Quantum physics and string theorists point to a world which is much larger than the three spatial and one time dimension that our Kantian minds readily categorizes. There is a Spiritual world. There is a Spiritual life. Humans have a body, soul, and spirit. The spirit died in the fall, but it available to all since Pentecost. I don't want a debate. I know this is totally off topic. I just wanted to say, there is a bigger world, brothers! There is real authority, which we have as believers, because we are seated in Christ at the right hand of God the Father. Never be reticent to show the Father's love through the Holy Spirit's power.
  19. Diabetes is a malfunction of the pancreas. Are you saying homosexuality is similar? Also, the thought about two versus one leg raises an interesting point. There are like four or five verses that say Jesus healed everyone or all who came to him. Jesus instructed his disciples to pray for earth to become like heaven. Charismatics take this as literally. I'm involved in a laity-led healing prayer ministry and have personally seen legs grow, diabetes cured, teeth realign, deafness cured, and heart disease completely reversed. I do not have any gold teeth, but I have a half dozen friends who do. I struggled with this when I first saw it, but it is very difficult to deny the power of the Holy Spirit when a close friend has two molars and a bicuspid completely turn to gold. I'm a Christian universalist, so I'm fine with letting people live their lives, and most people (Christians included) operate so far outside the bounds of the Spirit, regardless of their sexual activity, that I don't see any fruit from harping on someone being gay. Alas, if it is not ideal in the same way that having one leg instead of two is not ideal, and if God does still act through humans as he did through Jesus and his Apostles, then that raises an interesting question on this subject.
  20. Is there an element of idolatry that occurs when one over-identifies with one's sexual orientation? I've heard that argued recently that that is the sin of homosexuals - they are idolatrous. Then again, I guess from that reasoning, over-identification with anything other than one's spiritual identity as a God's child could be called idolatry, like, let's say over-identifying with a particular brand of temporal politics.
  21. Greg, I just found the claim that there are no "direct" references to homosexuality to be odd. But I get it. I get it! That was then and this is now, and somehow things get lost in translation. We are using then-and-there scriptures to debate here-and-now phenomena. But know this, when I get to heaven, paradise, or whatever comes after this thing I'm living, I'm finding the dude who wrote Ecclesiastes and say, "Um, on a discussion board, Greg P. said you was wrong, there are new things under the sun." So, watch your back in the afterlife, because Solomon was willing to cut a baby in two. Do you know what he'll do to your transfigured hide?
  22. 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 says, "I wrote you in my earlier letter that you shouldn't make yourselves at home among the sexually promiscuous. I didn't mean that you should have nothing at all to do with outsiders of that sort. Or with crooks, whether blue or white-collar. Or with spiritual phonies, for that matter. You'd have to leave the world entirely to do that! But I am saying that you shouldn't act as if everything is just fine when a friend who claims to be a Christian is promiscuous or crooked, is flip with God or rude to friends, gets drunk or becomes greedy and predatory. You can't just go along with this, treating it as acceptable behavior. I'm not responsible for what the outsiders do, but don't we have some responsibility for those within our community of believers? God decides on the outsiders, but we need to decide when our brothers and sisters are out of line and, if necessary, clean house." Now, as stated, I am not coming down on Knapp. I don't care what she does, but if one does not have to look to the OT to get resources. The NT is loaded. Now, while we're at it, I want her to start wear a head covering, because in the 11th chapter of this same letter, Paul said it is shameful for a woman's head to be uncovered.
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