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    The Prestige (2006)

    I think the exchange towards the end illuminates this quite a bit: Angier thought, based on his previous conversation with Cutter, that I also thought there was a nice dichotomy set up between Angier and Borden with the symbolic trick Also, I thought it was interesting that Borden tells Angier
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    David Duchovny's cameo was definitely the greatest. "I'm a hand model, Mama. A finger jockey. We think differently than the face and body boys. We're a different breed."
  3. So... did anyone else think that Nebbercracker looked a lot like Gollum? (FWIW, I'm enjoying reading this exchange very much.)
  4. A few cents worth of opinion: Superman Returns felt very much like a new "origin" story, and I think that contributes to the unevenness of some of the film. While it's not as jarring as most superhero origin films are
  5. Numerous scenes from Zoolander: David Duchovney: "It's not up to you. At the proper moment, they'll trigger you. Usually using some kind of auditory or visual Pavlovian response mechanism." Zoolander: "Audi-what-ey?" "There was a moment last night, when she was sandwiched between the two Finnish dwarves and the Maori tribesmen, where I thought, 'Wow, I could really spend the rest of my life with this woman.'" "Mer-MAN!" And pretty much anything from the first two Naked Gun movies: "It's true what they say: Cops and women don't mix. It's like eating a spoonful of Drain-O, sure it'll clean
  6. Having gone all the way through Nicolosi's Act One program, I have ambivalent feelings towards her philosophy. She is insistent that the best thing for young Christians wanting to make movies is to be absorbed into the Hollywood system and change things from the inside out. I'm afraid that she's a bit schizophrenic when it comes to understanding exactly what she wants to accomplish. Is the point to create the best stories we can on film, or is it to be covert missionaries in LA? I think she's doing good work, but she needs to stop for a while and come up with a more coherent philosophy of Chri
  7. It's been mentioned already, but Till We Have Faces is easily my favorite of Lewis's books, though in some ways it is his most difficult. Of course his works on apologetics are his most famous, and you might want to start with The Case For Christianity (an earlier and shorter version of Mere Christianity) and The Problem of Pain.
  8. Just finished Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The book aspires to be a prequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, and I think it half-succeeds in this goal. As a children's action-adventure book, it succeeds incredibly well.
  9. http://www.beautifulatrocities.com/2004/06...eit-911-vs.html
  10. How about the end of Do the Right Thing, when Mookie gets up from his considerations and tosses a garbage can through the pizzeria window? For most of the movie, Mookie is an empathic and "innocent" character that the audience identifies with. His decision was made after careful deliberation, though he apparently did think he was "doing the right thing."
  11. I concur. Having dreams of literary greatness myself, this story really struck home with me.
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    Shaun of the Dead

    True, the parallel threads of horror and comedy seem rather... oxymoronic at times. Some horror films throw humor into the horror, but it is usually black comedy. This is sitcom-type humor placed right next to disembowelments. Yet somehow it managed to pull it off. The coda felt like the perfect ironic ending to a zombie movie. After all, once the dead come back and eat the living, what's left to do?
  13. And while he's busy working out his past traumas in prose, children are exposed to philosophies from the pit of hell. (No, I don't think that Pullman is a "demon," but any story that has the death of God as its wish fulfillment might as well be demonic.) Sure, maybe he's had some terrible experiences with the Church (Catholic or otherwise), and I would hope that to be resolved someday, but he's only digging a deeper grave for himself and by his writing inviting others to join him. That being said, I agree that his writings demand a response that goes beyong a broad condemnation of his work. O
  14. The question of morality among the pagans is a tricky one, but St. Paul sheds some light on it when he says that all men have the law written on their hearts. This does not mean that every man has a full knowledge of morality and of what is required of him by God. Many people groups were and are lost in grave ignorance, and this has led to incorrect ideas of morality. For instance, if a tribe of islanders truly believe that a god lives in their neighboring volcano, and that if they do not throw a maiden into the mountain he will destroy them all utterly, then it is not precisely immoral for t
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    Sin City

    Good point. But aren't the precursors to comic book superheros fairly "goofy," as well? Robin Hood has that feather in his cap and wears green tights. Tarzan swings on vines and talks to apes. There's a kind of inherent silliness that comes with the territory, but it works well for what it is. Right, I'm not demeaning the use of "silly" styles. I think that operas are silly, too. Perhaps "melodramatic" or "flamboyant" would be a better way of saying it. Hmm, I don't know. There's something that just doesn't quite seem to work when you try to translate two-dimensional ink drawings into fles
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