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  1. tenpenny

    Dirty Wars

    AMC's Sundance Selects acquires the North American rights to the documentary film Dirty Wars: http://www.deadline....abs-dirty-wars/ A lengthy segment on Democracy Now about the film: http://www.democracy...cahill_and_rick From the announcement by Sundance Selects:
  2. I'm watching Mirror again, for at least the tenth time, in about as many years. More and more I've come to see the wisdom of those who say, when it comes to Tarkovsky, it really begins and ends with Mirror. I used to think Andrei Rublev was that film, or perhaps Stalker. But as great as those films are, Mirror, I now realize, affects me the most. Tarkovsky is here tapping into the deepest of wells: childhood, the bond between mother and child, the bond one has with the land of one's birth. And he's doing so in a (mostly) nondiscursive, nontraditionally-narrated way. Images, yes. Of cour
  3. Here is a demo, with a vocal, of one of our songs, "Is This A Great Country, Or What?" http://soundcloud.com/michael-s-mcintyre/is-this-a-great-country-or-4 - Mike
  4. I haven't been active much on A&F for awhile, but I'm hoping to spend more time here now. Most recently, I've been collaborating with a friend of mine to write songs. We've known each some 35 years, and I have occasionally, over the years, collaborated with him on songs. His interest in writing music has always been deeper and much more continuous than mine. When he recently asked me to work with him again, I said "Sure." Neither of us is a professional songwriter, and none of our songs have been published or recorded. We'd like to be published and recorded - who wouldn't be? - but m
  5. FWIW, a "reading" of Zerkalo (The Mirror) that Tarkovsky seemed quite satisfied with was the one by a Russian cleaning woman (the bold highlighting is mine), as he related once in an interview:
  6. "Great art rearranges people forever." -- Glenn Close, last month, at an Oscars press conference. Short video clip, here. I've been thinking about what Glenn Close said. Tarkovsky's films have certainly affected me, in a deep and permanent way. But Close's use of the word rearranges caused me to reflect: Which one of Tarkovsky's films has rearranged me the most? This is not the same question as: Which one of Tarkovsky's films do I like best, or do I think is best? I find it impossible to consistently answer the latter question – it depends on my general frame of mind at the time – yet
  7. Thank you for opening this thread. This one doesn't seem to have gotten much love here, over the years, and I'm not sure why. Underneath its grim realism, its topicality (especially for its time), and its general overall excellence, this film is also a great work of spiritual art, in my opinion. Although it has few overtly religious references, there are at least a couple that I noticed in my re-viewing last night. There may be others. Chime in if I've missed some. The first occurred when Dith Pran and Sydney Schanberg were reporting in the town of Neak Leung, which had been accidental
  8. Martin A. Hansen (1909-55) was a prominent Danish writer (Holberg Medal, 1952), primarily of fiction. Several months ago I read the English translation of his novel, Løgneren (The Liar), and I liked it so well I am now starting to read Orm og Tyr (Serpent and Bull), which many in Denmark think of as his greatest work. Because there is no English translation for it I am reading it in Danish. I can read Danish, but it makes for the slowest of slow reading as I have so little natural talent for other languages. At 390 pages it may take me years to finish it. Orm og Tyr is a nonfictional b
  9. My entire contribution to this thread seems to be throwing out isolated scripture passage, so forgive me if I seem obnoxious in doing so. However... how do you square this with Romans 8:18-23? Pardon me, but I think you may have mistaken me for an inerrantist. I am not attempting to "square" anything, much less everything – that is the burden of the inerrantist camp. And a heavy burden it is. Actually, I am not trying to deny the cosmic importance of humanity, but many Christians so take this for granted that a "stealth" sense of entitlement takes root, and a consequent hubris and
  10. How does human responsibility for sin make humans "practically equal co-authors of the universe with God"? To use the example you used earlier, if a vandal slashes a Matisse painting, thus altering it forever, does make the vandal a "co-artist" of the work? There's more in your post I'd like to respond to, but time is against me. Pardon me, but the phrase "human responsibility for sin" could give the appearance of being carefully worded to avoid any cosmic implications. As an inerrantist, do you deny the cosmic implications of human sin? In cosmic-space terms, if God's universe is a
  11. I apologize for caricaturing inerrantism. That was not my intent, and I should have shown more respect for its many subtleties, gradations and frameworks. I do have a couple of questions though. On the subject of theodicy, and Genesis 2 (rather than 1), wouldn't an inerrantist, of whatever stripe, pretty much have to believe that all suffering and death, creation-wide, is ultimately a result of Adam's disobedience to God, i.e. human sin? I mean, wouldn't one's allegiance to inerrantism require this or, at the very least, make it difficult to "interpret" one's way around it? In fact, I
  12. Ha – I love it. I too find it remarkable the lengths that inerrantists seem willing to go. To me, their best (worst) arguments have an air of "Alice in Wonderland" about them. To the degree that historical-critical analysis functions like a solvent to remove the dross of overworked exegesis that is wedded to inerrancy, more power to it. Christians ought to welcome historical-critical analysis for the light that it does shed on the Bible. Why should we remain in ignorance (about the Bible, and how it came to be)? Surely God does not want that for us. The tricky thing with historical-crit
  13. tenpenny

    Ponette (1996)

    Thanks -- what a wonderful discussion! I saw this film in 2004 and was captivated by it. At that time, I wrote the following about it. Now, I'm going to have to watch it again, and see whether I have any different impressions of it.
  14. It'll be interesting to see what comes of this long-delayed project. I'm a big Three Stooges fan myself. But the idea of making a movie about the Stooges? I never could see it. Were their private lives really that interesting? Their best work is iconic (much to the horror of many), but that's as far as it goes. Even as a fan, I have only very limited interest in the off-camera stuff. Maybe I'm not a typical fan, but if you can't attract me, the film's prospects would seem pretty thin. Certainly the non-fans (basically, all women and a decent percentage of men) will already be staying a
  15. Not quite my point - instead, it was that (1) physically painful interrogation tactics can result in useful information, and (2) psychological (non-torture) interrogation tactics generally work better. Does admitting these two presuppositions lead one to conclude that technique #1 is always morally wrong under every single conceivable circumstance? Not necessarily. But that doesn't mean we can't have a policy preference towards technique #2. Given that there is no evidence that we have killed hundreds of suspects during interrogation, I see no reason to speculate on the possibility that we hav
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