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Ijiwaru Sensei

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    Theology, literature, Japan, film

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    Watashi wa eigo no sensei desu.
  • Favorite movies
    Magnolia, Lilya-4-ever, the Matrix, The Day I Became a Woman, The Apostle, The Truman Show, Twilight Samurai
  • Favorite creative writing
    Haruki Murakami, Yasunari Kawabata, Michael Horton, William Styron, Leland Ryken, Robert Alter, Flannery O'Connor, C.S. Lewis, Ha Jin, Ian Baruma, Endo Shusaku, James Agee

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  1. I have forever enjoyed Ed Wood's Plan Nine from Outer Space. It's a classic.
  2. Sure, people stutter, hesitate, use filler sounds and what not, and normal conversation is hardly structured in any formal pre-determined sense, but if I had to listen to people constantly saying "you know," "like," and "I mean," I'd be pulling my hair out. Maybe it's a generational thing, but I'd want to scream, "Put your thoughts together before opening your mouth." My film watching buddy and I often leave the theater and say nothing to each other for a good ten minutes. We are well on the road back home before we start talking about what we've just seen. Does this seem odd? I glanced at the Nixon link. Listening to other's conversations is usually going to be a bit confusing as the people talking often reference shared knowledge and experiences that the listener may not be privy to. And when they switch quickly from unfamiliar topic to unfamiliar topic, the difficulty in following becomes more pronounced. But it seems to me their conversation moves forward and has substantial content, at least for them. Is my OCD showing?
  3. Do your friends really talk that way? Do most recent college graduates?
  4. The original WICKER MAN also had me fooled with this passage, which sounds like OT scripture, but I can't for the life of me find it anywhere; "Hear ye the words of the Lord! Awake ye heathen, and howl! It is the Lord who hath laid waste your orchards. It is he who hath made them bare, because the truth is withered away from the sons of men. Desire shall fail, and ye shall all die accursed!" I
  5. Are Michael Caine's comments here more a critique of American filmmaking or American filmgoers?
  6. I would agree with you if you mean it is too easy to lump all Muslims into a single group, but it is hard to deny that there is a segment within Islam that is dedicated to the violent destruction of the West.
  7. Some other Christ-figures in film: Karl in Sling Blade. Karl is associated with the Bible, a book on carpentry, and a book about Christmas. He is baptized. He eats with outcasts. He sacrifices his own freedom to redeem the Wheatleys. Rosa in Solas. Her unconditional love and continual sacrifice eventually redeems her embittered daughter. Her association with Christ is made explicit at the end of the film with a sustained image of a cross juxtaposed with a tribute to her redeeming grace.
  8. I was asked to read over an essay about Ishiguro because of my (limited) familiarity with Japanese writers; however, I'm having difficulty finding connections between the essay and what I know about Japanese culture. I guess what I am trying to determine is how heavily influenced Ishiguro is by his Japanese heritage. I know he was born in Japan, but he moved with his family to England when he was only 5. How strong are the cultural ties, and do those ties influence his writing? I haven't read Ishiguro, but I've considered him, maybe unfairly, more a British author than Japanese--at least culturally.
  9. Do any of Kazuo Ishiguro's works deal directly or indirectly with Japanese culture? How much influence of Ishiguro's Japanese heritage is displayed in his writings? Any comments would be appreciated.
  10. How would you compare this film to Voices of Iraq, which put cameras into the hands of Iraqi civilians?
  11. Yes, "frayer" is the word I couldn't remember. Thank you. I agree with you that the film is rather flat. I thought, however, that the performance by Siyabonga Shibe, who played James, was exceptional.
  12. Can someone who's seen James' Journey to Jerusalem help jog my memory? Throughout the film James is told, "Don't be a ______." What was it that he was told to avoid being?
  13. Full story here. Well, deleting every piece of dialog between Padme and Anakin would certainly be a good first step.
  14. Many films have protagonists being tempted by another character, but certain films seem to allude directly to Satan's temptation of Christ. What temptation scenes seem to draw explicitly or implicitly from Matthew 4? In Jesus of Montreal, Richard Cardinal holds out a variety of rewards--wealth, fame, material possessions--to Daniel, who is playing Jesus in a Passion play, while both look out over Montreal. Daniel is promised all these things if he will allow Cardinal to represent him. In He Got Game, sports agent Dom Pagnotti tempts Jesus Shuttlesworth by promising him a big NBA contract if he signs a contract to have Pagnotti be his agent. In The Devil's Advocate, John Milton, who turns out to be Satan, tempts Kevin Lomax to join Milton's law firm while, once again, looking out over the city. Others?
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