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    Writing, Hiking, Bicycling, Movies

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    Computer programmer and wanna-be novelist
  • About my avatar
    A respected film critic from Mystery Science Theater 3000
  • Favorite movies
    Mirrormask, Run Lola Run, The Blues Brothers, Ronin, Wall-E, Up, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Delicatessen, Hero, Casablanca, Ratatouille, Nashville, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, Harold and Maude, Metropolitan, A Man Escaped, The Son
  • Favorite music
    Daniel Amos, Lost Dogs, U2, 77s, Midnight Oil, Decemberists, Iona, Violet Burning, Adam Again, The Choir, King's X, Maria McKee, Over the Rhine, Rasputina, The Alarm, Big Country
  • Favorite creative writing
    Neal Stephenson, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, John G. Hartness, Faith Hunter, Zadie Smith
  • Favorite visual art
    Dali, Picasso, Gerard (Mike Knott), Pollock
  1. * - repeat viewing bold - theatrical viewing March 3/1 - * October Sky (1999) 3/1 - Chef (2014) February 2/4 - The Trip to Italy (2014) 2/14 - * Casablanca (1942) 2/14 - Get on Up (2014) 2/16 - Lonely Are the Brave (1962) 2/19 - The Overnighters (2014) 2/21 - Interstellar (2014) 2/28 - * Murder at 1600 (1997) January 1/1 - * The Quiet Man (1952) 1/1 - The Red Chapel (2009 1/4 - Flying Tigers (1942) 1/9 - Calvary (2014) 1/12 - Frank (2014) 1/16 - Gone Girl (2014) 1/17 - Boyhood (2014) 1/24 - Paddington (2014) 1/24 - No New Kinda Story (2014) 1/25 - The I
  2. I saw this at the St. Louis International Film Festival, and I really enjoyed the bold surreal vision of this film, even through the unevenness of the storyline. Robin Wright is terrific, and her performance helps provide an emotional through-line through each of the three acts, even though the animated section doesn't quite deliver on what it's trying to accomplish.
  3. I have read White Teeth, On Beauty, and have recently finished NW. I find that Zadie Smith offers a human and intriguing view of how people interact in multicultural societies. She sees her characters as complex people whose identities are often colored by their surroundings, yet each possessing an innate spark, sometimes humorous, sometimes distant, but each reacting to their changing surroundings and societies and forging their lives in a way where their humanity is not bound simply to class and economic structures. I enjoy her writing in that it helps show the way forward in dealing in a
  4. Wow, it's that's time of year again. I looked back in my emails, and I never received an invite. I am interested in participating again this year, team Buffalo Hills.
  5. January The Lucy Variations - Sara Zarr Black Arts - Faith Hunter February NW - Zadie Smith Ivy - Leesa Birch March - April The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss May Swords of Haven - Simon R. Green More Information Than You Require - John Hodgman
  6. There are no words. What a tragic loss. May he rest in peace.
  7. A little late, but here is the best top 10 list I can decide on: 1. Daniel Amos - Dig Here Said the Angel 2. Over the Rhine - Meet Me at the Edge of the World 3. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You 4. Darcy James Argue's Secret Society - Brooklyn Babylon 5. Caveman - Caveman 6. Local Natives - Hummingbird 7. Jason Isbell - Southeastern 8. Arcade Fire - Reflektor 9. Richard Thompson - Electric 10. Gogol Bordello - Pura Vida Conspiracy Some honorable mentions Chris Taylor - Traveller's Hotel Rogue Wave - Nightingale Flo
  8. Crow

    The Act of Killing

    I have to say, this film is an experience like nothing I've ever seen. It's like looking straight into the heart of a criminal or an abuser in a relationship, only it's a crime against an entire country and race of people. The Bible has things to say about works of darkness being exposed by the light. I think a film like this is an invaluable educational tool and allowing publicity to shed light on the terrible things this regime did, which is the first step toward change. And in Anwar, we see the first small step toward possible change. The moment that I thought was most striking wa
  9. I'm behind on seeing the most recent films, but here's my first attempt at a top 10 list for this year: 1. The World’s End 2. Gravity 3. Upstream Color 4. In a World 5. Before Midnight 6. Fruitvale Station 7. This is Martin Bonner 8. From Up on Poppy Hill 9. Computer Chess 10. The Broken Circle Breakdown
  10. Bold - theatrical viewing * - repeat viewing December 12/5 - Country (1984) 12/20 - Taxi (2004) 12/20 - Heaven is for Real (2014) 12/20 - Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 12/21 - The Shepherd of the Hills (1941) 12/21 - We Bought a Zoo (2011) 12/24 - * It's a Wonderful Life (1946) 12/25 - * A Christmas Story (1983) 12/25 - * Home Alone (1990) 12/28 - 30 for 30: The U (2009) 12/28 - Sharktopus (2010) 12/29 - Wake of the Red Witch (1948) November 11/2 - Snowpiercer (2014) 11/8 - Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) 11/14 - The Congress (2013) 11/15 - Big Hero 6 (2014
  11. Crow

    What Maisie Knew

    I thought Onata Aprile's performance was one of the better child performances I've seen. She portrayed such an innocence while she was passed between her self-absorbed parents. I think the film showed well the vapidity of parents who claim to love their children while not willing to sacrifice their own ambitions for the well-being of the children.
  12. My five favorites, for now: 1. Daniel Amos, "Dig Here Said the Angel" 2. Gogol Bordello, "Lost Innocent World" 3. Over the Rhine, "Sacred Ground" 4. Local Natives, "Colombia" 5. Richard Thompson, "Good Things Happen to Bad People"
  13. I saw this at the St. Louis Film Festival. I thought this film was really well done. It handles sensitive material and a non-linear timeline in a compassionate, sure-handed fashion. I thought the religious conflict was handled well, without the biases that an American film would surely put in there (making the religious person a Scripture-quoting pietist, or the atheist arrogant and unlikeable). The film shows two people who came to love to each other, and how their relationship is tested. I thought the music was effective in providing an emotional relief from the turmoil of what the c
  14. Those are intriguing films on that list, in particular: The Past, Oh Boy, The Missing Picture, The Great Beauty, The Blue Tiger. Some others at the fest I would be interested in checking out are Key of Life, Computer Chess, and A Touch of Sin. I will be pretty busy this month, but am hoping to make it to some of these.
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    Gravity (2013)

    I really enjoyed the film, looking at it as an old-fashioned disaster film like those from the era of The Poseidon Adventure or The Towering Inferno. I thought this was better than most such films Hollywood has done lately, because its CGI is done in service to the viewer, in expanding the viewer's senses by engaging a positive curiosity, in placing this film in the setting of outer space. It's a nice change from all the CGI-fests that take place in ugly urban or post-apocalyptic landscapes. I think that trying to compare this film to Kubrick or some other high-art film may places too gr
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