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Jeff Rioux

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    reading<br />playing with my kids (I have two)<br />music<br />film<br />Boston Red Sox<br />thinking about theology and culture

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    Direct college student activities
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    Bob Dylan
  • Favorite movies
    Jaws Moulin Rouge Edward Scissorhands Memento Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Garden State Spellbound In America
  • Favorite music
    Bob Dylan Wilco Radiohead Pedro the Lion Beck Over the Rhine REM U2 The Smiths The Cure Talking Heads
  • Favorite creative writing
    John Irving (favorite is Prayer for Owen Meany) Flannery O'Connor Stanley Hauerwas David Dark John Steinbeck
  • Favorite visual art
    Matthias Grunewald's Crucifixion (Isenheim Altarpiece) Edward Hopper

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  1. Already happening - and we can't be happier. That ain't Manny being Manny. That's Manny being goofy, which he is. But just wait. It'll happen. Will it be the haircut issue? Or will he not run out a double play ball and get benched by Torre? Manny is the kind of player that you love when he's happy (and he is in LA right now), and infuriates you when he gets the slightest bit disgruntled (which maybe won't happen in LA). But Boston is certainly not to blame for Manny being Manny.
  2. For some reason, With Honors was the first film to pop into my mind. But I don't recommend it for this festival.
  3. I loved the film. Loved the ambiguities, the ferry, yes Heath Ledger, all that. So this is a minor concern. Show hidden text The Joker is a lawless individual who becomes so frustrating to Batman that Batman himself chooses to "break the rules" by using the cell phone sonar thing that Lucius doesn't want him to use. I like that Batman struggles here and decides (arguably unethically) to use this technology. What I don't like is this: because such a big deal is made out of it (Bruce's keeping it a secret from Lucius, Lucius protesting loudly and threatening to resign because of the technology), and because it serves the story well by making Batman choose to break the law, this should have been something that was unavoidable - that Batman couldn't have done any other way. It seems that the technology doesn't serve a big purpose in the end. I know it helps Batman find The Joker, but it just seems that if this technology were absent, The Joker could have been found with some other form of (ethical) cleverness. I wished that I had been left with the idea that they really did have to use the technology, otherwise many more would have died. This would have added to the impact of the ambiguity in the decision.
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    I'm wondering if you mean that you'd switch it out for Wolf Parade because you love WP and can't stop listening to them, or because Wolf Parade is far more accessible, easier to listen to, and super-catchy. Because I've noticed that tendency in myself, too, to not give as much credence to more "challenging" listens like Sigur R
  5. That is what good music does, I think. Not the only thing good music does, but one of them.
  6. It would be if it portrayed them as fat lazy slobs who couldn't even stand up to give a "hi ho off to work we go". But they are portrayed as lazy slobs who can't even clean up after themselves. Hey! I'm short, and I can clean my house! Maybe I should be offended.
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    I had a pretty good day. There was a big neighborhood game of baseball in my backyard today. I finally fixed my washing machine. Why am I in such a bad mood? Because I wasted my afternoon seeing Hancock. I am disappointed in myself for going to this movie. I typically have some sense of what I'm getting into. I've either heard a buzz or I've seen the critics response or a friend has recommended it. Here I knew nothing except the trailer. I went to see Wanted, but I was late for that and decided to see Hancock instead. There are so many things wrong with this movie. Do not waste your time.
  8. Just finished Cormac McCarthy's The Road. I've been reading the Harry Potter novels for the first time. I teach a college writing class, and one of the assignments to first year students is to have them illustrate their relationship with popular culture through a narrative essay using a specific event or series of events. For the first time this year, reading Harry Potter (sometimes in secret under their covers) was used in these essays, and by several students, actually. So if this is such a formative experience for them, I figured I better know them. I've read the first five, and will start six now that I finished The Road.
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    The Road

    I just finished reading this. Great work. It gave me bad dreams. Like opus, I kept imagining how scenes would be filmed (knowing the film was in production). It'll be a very gray film. And Pittsburgh was a good choice of location for that reason, as it is gray and coal-stained. That report that Jeffrey posted is exciting - sounds like the father-son chemistry will be great.
  10. In my work, I struggle with a lot of these concerns. This is a different direction, as it is not worship in a church setting (and I don't think my concerns translate completely to the church setting). I book concerts at a college. I have not wanted to book worship concerts, because of some of the concerns listed here, and others. But students really do want me to book these concerts. I have tried to say that we book popular music - this is our expertise. I have no expertise to know what a good worship artist sounds like. Also, I think the reason the students look to the student activities board to book worship concerts is due to an association (which is a bad thing, imo) that has happened because of the Christian music industry - why do these students associate worship experiences with rock concerts? Because when they go to see a worship concert, they pay admission, there is a light show, they see some sense of performance (maybe only sometimes?), there is a merch table. Again, I'm not talking about worship leading in a church. But what do I do with my struggles booking shows? We decided to try partnering with our College Ministries so we could do these shows (they lend their expertise on worship, we lend ours on running shows). We did Jeff Deyo a few years ago, and had Keith and Kristyn Getty last year. Students did not know who the Gettys were, but they definitely felt like the good kind of worship leaders (and songwriters) that are being described by Andy and others here. But I'm still left with my struggles. Why do we pay artists big money to come to town, and charge money so that they can lead us in worship? We have local churches that do that, and many of them do it very well. And if the Student Activities Board is sponsoring concerts like The National and Wilco, and also worship concerts, isn't it equating the two at some level, saying that these experiences are similar? And if I do these things, what do I call them? Worship concerts? Shows? Those terms seem problematic.
  11. I saw Smokey and the Bandit with my family in 1977. I clearly remember the scene where Burt Reynolds looks right into the camera and smiles. It was so big (it may have been the drive in). I was five years old. I think I also saw Star Wars in the theater that year. So which ever movie came out first, that would have been my first film.
  12. This is off topic slightly, but there was no teaser trailer for next year's Pixar movie at the screening of Wall-E that I saw. It seems they have always had a teaser for the following year's feature before their films. Am I wrong? And what is the next film? IMDB suggests that it will be Up, which I haven't heard that much about (maybe there is a thread about it here, but with a title like "Up" it is hard to find). From what I can tell from Pixar blog and IMDB, the upcoming films will be (maybe in order): Up Toy Story 3 Newt Bear and the Bow Cars 2 John Carter of Mars Bear and the Bow looks to be released at Christmas 2011, so maybe they are going to move towards two a year? Sorry, this got even farther off topic than I had intended.
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    Sigur R

    Oh, that's what you meant by "not work-safe." Unfortunately, I was confused by that terminology (I did not equate work with, well, work), and just downloaded the video, at work, and watched it. When it started I quickly shut the door, and then was paranoid the whole time that someone would peek in through the few cracks in my window. I am enjoying the album. I've listened to it several times over the last few days. The first half is so different in tone than the second half. The second half is SOO quiet.
  14. Show hidden text Good thought about the solar panel connection. Do you think, as I suggested, he was also trying to help her with her directive? I had thought that is why he was bringing her around - so she wouldn't miss her ship. And I do find Prince Charming kissing Snow White to be creepy (but agree with you that Wall-E holding her hand was an expression of love - and not creepy.
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