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  1. We just got ours from amazon.com the other day. I haven't gotten to start it yet, because my wife got to it first. So I had to start "Through a Screen Darkly" instead...my wife and I found ourselves eating supper and reading Jeffrey Overstreet books together. I've only made it through the intro and the first few pages of ch. 1 so far, but I'm very pleased with what I've read. Our experiences sounds very similar in that I grew up with a conservative understanding of the arts, and I've had to grow out of that. You've done a great job expressing that so far, and now I've got a book I can point
  2. I've been too busy (same things that keep me consistently away )to get back here and respond, but, FWIW, I'm much more cautious in my enthusiasm than I was immediately after finishing the last book. I still think it's a carefully crafted and very fun story, and I'm sure we'll read them to our children (someday, when we have them), but I no longer think the series is . Still, a "rollicking good tale", as they say. That seems a bit harsh; I think there's more than just pretty lights (this is a very carefully crafted story, even if you don't like all the inclusions and exclusions), but ev
  3. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! It's been a long time since I've had this kind of interaction. are *not* uniquely or originally a Christian idea. Please read Lewis on this. The mere fact that the story uses these archetypical mythic elements may help us, as Christians, to identify with the story and to use the story to explain the Christian gospel as the "true myth", but it does not make the story itself Christian in nature or bespeak anything about Rowling's convictions, per se. Of course they're not unique or original to Christianity; I wasn't saying that every depiction of is Christian, o
  4. I caught myself just a few minutes ago wondering where I could get some good discussion of the last HP installment...and where should I end up but here, of course? Actually, I'm surprised there hasn't been more discussion since Saturday. *shrug* Hang on a minute...gotta figure out the spoiler tags thing...oh, man. It doesn't work for lists. Hmm. OK, so the list will be manual. Next to a list like that (and I'm sure I'm skimming the surface here) the Christian complaints against HP (as I remember them) are so pale and weak. For example, I remember some folks making much of a careful dist
  5. This is SO COOL, Jeffrey. If my wife hasn't already ordered it, I will. I'm looking forward to it.
  6. So what made you change your mind about Barry Lyndon? I remember commenting years ago (in '02, probably) on how it was probably my favorite Kubrick film and you said you thought it was nothing special -- boring, apparently. I haven't revisited it yet, but I'm curious about your change-of-mind.
  7. This is only just barely related to this topic, but I had to fit it somewhere... Be thou ware! Little Mermaid Spoilers! Is it just me, or did Disney first release a version of The Little Mermaid in which Ariel dies at the end (as in the original story) before they released the version with the happy ending? I distinctly remember our neighbors having both versions on VHS back around the time the film was released, and I remember conversations about how Disney was just making more money by releasing an uncharacteristically sad film and following it quickly by the same film with a tacked-on
  8. : But, Mandy also says she really enjoys cussing
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    : How much of Aliens greatness is based on the original version and how much on the : special edition? Ah - good thing to note. I've never seen the non-special Aliens.
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    : The original film has a fair bit of style, but it's ultimately just another one of those : a-monster-picks-people-off-one-by-one-as-they-leave-the-group-for-no-particular-good-reason-other-than-to-make-themselves-vulnerable : flicks. This is the perfect opportunity for me to ask: how many films did this *before* Alien? Halloween was released in '78, but are there any other significant films where this happens? Or perhaps I'm just showing my ignorance, and this was already a well-established plot element in scores of [b?] films since the 50's. I showed both Alien and Aliens to a friend
  11. I'm not trying to derail the thread, but is Biloxi Blues worth watching? I bought a handful of LDs on Ebay once that had that in it, and I've been unable to sell it. The reviews I found were far from complimentary. So should I watch it after all?
  12. : That whole sequence was so bad for so many other reasons that I didn't even begin to concern myself with the morality of Neo and Trinity having sex...
  13. FWIW, I don't think I cried at all during Dancer in the Dark, I just felt like my guts had been replaced with lead.
  14. : Exhibit A: "wet dream" discovery of web-shooters in first film I forgot - this wasn't actually in the film, it was only in an early version of the script. So scratch this one, and I now consider this whole thing a rather deep subtext, instead of a fairly obvious thing the filmmakers were saying. (I just re-watched the first half of the first SM tonight. Then the disc crapped out on me...)
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