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Jeff Rioux

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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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    Sigur R

    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.
  7. Jeff Rioux

    Hancock

    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.
  9. Jeff Rioux

    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.
  13. Jeff Rioux

    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.
  15. Sorry, Nick! Mild potential spoilers, kind of: Show hidden text Really? Hm. I don't know. I guess it depends on perspective. I wasn't creeped out by it at all; I was slightly amused by his attempts to hold her hand (perhaps because the attempt failed), but I was actually more touched by his desire to keep her safe and near him. That does sound a bit creepy now that I type it out, but when I was watching it, there was a greater impression of care. Maybe it's because Wall-E seemed so childlike to me, that it was more reminiscent of a kid toting around a favorite toy or new puppy than a guy carrying an unconscious girl around. Then again, I'm also in a house where my youngest brother has been hauling a balloon around with him for three days calling it his "wife." Maybe I've just been desensitized to the weirdness. Also: Show hidden text It seemed that Wall-E was trying to help EVE in her directive. That is, he was not trying to keep her locked up in his home (which would be creepy). He seemed to know that the ship would be back to get her and he tried to keep her outside (even in the rain) so that they wouldn't miss her. So he was helping her, too, though obviously there was some search for intimacy/connection too.
  16. My family saw this together this past weekend, and my kids (ages 5 and 7) and I loved it, but my wife was bored. I had to convince her to go, and in doing so I played up the love story a lot, which worked for me but not for her. I was not bothered by the things that seem to bother others, especially Alan. To be honest, I didn't even pick up on the mixing of animation and live action (is that because I'm not a discerning viewer, or because it just worked for me?). And Show hidden text I thought they were sending out EVE units all over the place, so that they might find life on some planet (any planet). Which is why they wouldn't necessarily be hanging out near earth - they would be ready to travel to wherever they found life. Or that is what I thought. One thing I wasn't as impressed with is the animation. The robots did look very cool. But there are scenes in each PIXAR movie that make you say, "That is beautiful, how did they do that?" I can think of those moments in Nemo, Cars. The scene in space should have been that scene for WALL E, I think, but it wasn't for me. And my wife made this comment as well, independently of me thinking it. But I loved the story.
  17. No, I didn't. PM/Email me and let me know! I just got back from seeing this, and urged my son to stay to the end, expecting a joke or something. But he said, "I GOTTA PEE!" so we left. So Peter, can you let us in on it a little? Embargoes lifted? Wrap it in spoiler-hidey-black stuff?
  18. My daughter made me proud when, after I explained to her that an ad for a candy bar was trying to trick us into thinking that it would make us feel young, she started singing Arcade Fire: "Everytime you close your eyes, LIES! LIES!" My five year old son made me proud, though got me in trouble with my wife, when he walked around the house singing "You can't be a pimp and a prostitute too." He likes the White Stripes. However, after Vacation Bible School last week, they only have one request: a cheesy hip hop rip off song . . . "We all get together in God's big, big, big, big, big backyard..."
  19. Dead Man Walking. Before I bought it, I owned nothing by Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, or Steve Earl. After listening to it, I knew I had to change that.
  20. I just saw this and liked it a lot. It is a bit messy at the end, but enjoyed so much of it I wasn't bothered. I agree with Peter that the depiction of the Brethren is not very much like the Mennonites in my experience, though I can imagine that there are some Mennonites that have some of these qualities. I too (like MLeary) enjoyed the soundtrack a lot. I stayed all the way through the credits to hear the Cure's "Head on the Door". At the end of the credits,
  21. I really wanted to love this album. I appreciated your review, Andy. I think that is what I, as a big fan, would end up writing - something that gave them good credit for getting more things right than they have on the past two albums, but still saying they missed. And too often bands like this do get passes. I'm not sure they are resting on their laurels. They may not have it in them right now. Though I do wish they'd try harder, and hope they'll get it back. I heard Michael Stipe say something in an interview a while ago that said Bono had helped them by telling them they not every record they made had to be their best one. Well...I wish both REM and U2 would try a little harder to make their best record again. I'm seeing REM next week in Philly with Modest Mouse and The National. I see by their setlists they are not playing anything from Reveal or Around the Sun, which is fine by me. Also, Johnny Marr joins them for a few songs during the encore. I wish they'd play a Smiths song.
  22. Robert Randolph played at Messiah in April, and at that time he said his next album would be a gospel album.
  23. I am with Jeffrey on this. I was expecting a comedy with some touching moments, but I was so pleasantly surprised by this film. Maybe I'm partial to films showing damaged people experiencing healing, but I cried throughout, and then I cried on the way home thinking about it. This is my favorite film of the year.
  24. I just saw this film, and did like it. I was primed to like it, I think, because of how sympathetic I became to Apatow after reading this great New York Times magazine piece about him. When I read it, it wasn't restricted like it is now, but you have to be a member or signed up or whatever. It is a great piece. It shows how earnest he is about comedy. One thing that I wondered after seeing it was whether women would respond to it the same way I did (my wife is seeing it with her friend Sunday, so I'll find out). All principal characters were played as fallen and likable, but to me the men seemed to get better digs in at the women. So, for example, I laughed at Rudd's character (and at myself) when he is caught at the fantasy baseball draft, but when Rogen yells at Heigl's hormones, I thought that there was truth to it, but that it put down her character (and women) in a way that wasn't dealt with again. I felt that other times too. I wasn't sure that Rudd's(/Apatow's) wife character was allowed the same likability as the other principals. Anyone else feel this way?
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