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Mr. Timnus

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  • Occupation
    Manager at a ministry for troubled teens
  • Favorite movies
    Forrest Gump, The Painted Veil, Donnie Darko, Braveheart, The Big Lebowski, Fight Club, The Mission, Beyond the Gates, Crash, Zoolander
  • Favorite music
    The Decemberists, The Beach Boys, Jars of Clay, Belle & Sebastien, the Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Iron & Wine, Simon & Garfunkel
  • Favorite creative writing
    The Brothers Karamazov, Blue Like Jazz, Velvet Elvis, the Divine Conspiracy, The Great Divorce, The Stand
  1. I saw the movie on Thursday night at midnight and stayed up until 4 AM reading people's thoughts on here. I have read every post since then and have thoroughly enjoyed the insights and opinions. I have had to tell everyone who asked me about the movie that I have mixed feelings. I don't think I went in with very high expectations. For the Phillip K. Dick fans, it would be like going to see Paycheck and expecting it to have the quality and depth of A Scanner Darkly. They were just made for two separate audiences, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I struggled so much, though, in having
  2. I had an interesting idea while reading through these posts. I think I'm going to do a study on God's view of leadership compared to how the world sees leadership. I think it would be neat to compare the portrayal of Peter, and to a lesser extent Susan and Edmund, in C.S. Lewis' books and the movies. Obviously the post-modern world displays a great distrust for leadership and authority, which unfortunately has usually proven to be true in both the church and the state. It makes sense why they would portray Peter as power-hungry and arrogant because of his leadership. However, I think the
  3. I am currently reading Watership Down by Richard Adams. I feel like everyone I know read it in either high school or college, except me of course. I think what drew me to this book were the references to it in Donnie Darko. It is an incredible story and it has given me a huge respect for rabbits. So far, one part that has really stuck out to me is the story in chapter 31 of El-ahrairah and the Black Rabbit of Inle. I particularly enjoyed the end of the story where Lord Frith tells El-ahrairah "Wisdom is found on the desolate hillside, El-ahrairah, where none comes to feed, and the stony b
  4. I saw a Dell advertisement today and apparently their new desktop contraption is considered "beautiful." I'm trying to not let that sour my perception. I would definitely not try to make an overarching definition of beauty. I would agree that it is a very subjective term. However, I do think there are some common themes in all music and art that we can agree on. It has been cool to see the differences in everyone's lists but also the similarities. I can't believe I forgot this in my original list but a song that touches me everytime I hear it is Big Country by Bela Fleck. Even though
  5. Joel, you are the mabn for starting this topic. How can we really be authentic with each other if we can't confess our guilty pleasures. Here are some of my current favorites: -Also, Delilah by the Plain White T's -The Way I Are by Timbaland -Bubbly by Colbie Calliat -Big Girls Don't Cry by Fergie -Clumsy by Fergie -Irreplaceable by Beyonce -Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston I would say one of my biggest guilty pleasure songs for a while, and I'm ashamed to admit this, is Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue by Toby Keith. While the song pretty much goes against everything I stand for and
  6. I almost put Superman by Five for Fighting on my list but I think I was too embarassed. I'm glad that you bridged that gap for me, haha. I also would like to add Mad World by Tears for Fears, Blue Bird by the Rosebuds, and Iris by Goo Goo Dolls to my list. As far as definition of beauty. For me, it just seems like there are certain songs that just reach you in some way. Maybe it is just a purely subjective post-modern thing. I have definitely enjoyed reading many of the submissions. It's given me lots of great ideas. Thanks guys!
  7. I love Older Chests on this album, also.
  8. I was listening to my Ipod last night and thinking about songs that I really could only describe as beautiful. I'm including my list but I wanted to hear other people's favorite songs. I'm always looking for new music, especially songs that are really powerful. Here's my list: -The Trapeze Swinger by Iron and Wine -Just Dreamin' by Fred Eaglesmith -Ariel Ramirez by Richard Buckner -We Both Go Down Together by the Decemberists -Lua by Bright Eyes -A Pirate Looks at Forty (The Jack Johnson Cover) -Hurt (The Johnny Cash version) -Hallelujah (really any version but I especially like the Jeff Bu
  9. I, too, was unable to read the entire article but skimmed through most of it. Unfortunately, I feel like I have to agree with the author's overall point. Not that I would express it in the way he did, but I feel like his sarcastic response is out of reaction to a very real ignorance and unchristian attitude that many Christians have towards Islam and the Middle East. There was a quote in there from Medved that made me take a second glance.
  10. I think I have to humbly disagree with this statement. I feel like the writer/director/whatever's intentions with this movie was to make a monster movie that defied the normal genre. Specifically, it was not focused on the big picture (where did the monster come from, what was the world doing about it, etc.) but on how it affected the lives of people in the city. Given that, I personally felt like they could have done a better job of creating characters that the audience would cheer for. It reminded me a lot of Cabin Fever. (I would never recommend this movie to anyone. I would explain th
  11. I definitely agreed with this observation of the characters. I feel that the character's personalities and motivations really took away from the overall feel of the movie. For one, I think it is hard to empathize with these characters from the very beginning because of their post-college age, professional/yuppie backgrounds. Although I would not consider myself totally in this category (other than being about the same age), I feel like I am familiar with and have many friends who are in this culture. Maybe I'm just being judgemental but I feel an overall distaste for the materialism and se
  12. Mr. Timnus


    This is actually my first post on this site. I have truly enjoyed reading the forums and would like to get in on this discussion. I actually saw Sunshine for the first time on DVD last night. I am a huge science fiction fan so I was excited about this movie. I definitely enjoyed it overall. The reason for my post was really to discuss the philosophical implications of this movie. I feel like there was a lot more of an underlying message then what I have heard people mention in this thread. There is the obvious, science vs. religious fanatic. I struggled with that one. Was the message
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