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    The top ten most important things you should know about me:<br /><br /> 1. I became a Christian when I was 16 years old.<br /> 2. I have been married to a wonderful woman (Christina) for 10 years.<br /> 3. I now have 3 children:<br /> * Carey-- named after William Carey, first English speaking missionary to India.<br /> * Wesley-- named after John Wesley, English pastor/theologian who started Methodism<br /> * Calvin-- named after John Calvin, Swiss theologian.<br /> 4. I had another daughter, Marty (named after Martha, friend of Jesus), who passed away when she was 6 months old.<br /> 5. I am an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)<br /> 6. I design software for Silicon Valley-based company VERITAS Software<br /> 7. I am an Adjunt Professor teaching Religion and Philosophy classes at NC Wesleyan College's RTP campus.<br /> 8. I am an independent filmmaker with my own film company, Quickening Productions, LLC. My first "official" short has begun screening this Fall.<br /> 9. I love theology, philosophy, history, Latin, computers, education, chess and film.<br /> 10. You'll just have to wait on #10 :)

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    Software designer; religion professor; filmmaker
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    Amadeus; Blade Runner; Empire Strikes Back; The Godfather; LOTR;
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    Classical music
  • Favorite creative writing
    Tolkien; Lewis; Calvin;
  • Favorite visual art
    I must confess I'm not an expert when it comes to the plastic arts. I tend to like landscapes, such as by Bierstadt and Cole.

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  1. I just took my family to see it, mostly because I was taking the day off for Thanksgiving. It was fun and the cinematography was impressive. I've included a brief review on my new blog. Ron I saw the contradiction in messages as well: Essentially the two messages it was trying to convey were typical Hollywood: 1. We need to learn to love ourselves for who we are; 2. Humans are the greatest threat to the planet earth. I find it rather ironic to combine both those thoughts. So which should we work on first? Should we humans just learn to accept ourselves despite our greed and destructi
  2. Agreed! I wouldn't know where to start!
  3. I actually wrote a paper on Blade Runner for my undergraduate film class. I wrote on the motif of eyes. The film begins by cutting back and forth between a single shot of an eye and the cityscape. It ends with Rutger Hauer's "I have seen things you wouldn't believe" speech. (Reminiscient of his earlier "if you could see the things I've seen with your eyes" line.) The whole theme of empathy is about getting people to see through someone else's eyes (perspective). Rachel "remembers" seeing a seen of a spider eating her young by actually borrowing the experience from Tyrell's neice. And
  4. I'm sorry if this is OT, but I'm shocked they've never made a Half-life movie. It has a lot of potential. I always pictured Ed Norton playing Gordon Freeman.
  5. You should simply rejoice that you are free to post without fear!
  6. First, in the spirit of full disclosure, Blade Runner is and has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. Every time I return to it, I find something new to chew on. I'll try to reply to several discussions on this thread. Regarding high concept/low concept: Pure science fiction (as opposed to Space Opera ala Star Wars) is extremely difficult to do because it is primarily about ideas. Abstract ideas are difficult to film. I imagine this is why some of the best "pure" science fiction films 2001, Blade Runner, etc. are also not real crowd pleasers and at times can be downright b
  7. I sincerely thank you for the encouragement. I was posting fairly regularly before but just got busy with other things. Being a son of Adam, I suffer from a sick form of pride that stays my hand from posting unless I'm convinced I have enough time to compose a decent post. I hereby repent and will endeavor to post more frequently as would be in keeping with the fruits of repentance.
  8. Essentially I have always viewed RDogs like all of QT's films, as a postmodern morality play. It is no accident that the film begins with a debate over whether it is right or wrong to tip a waitress --- a debate carried on by professional criminals as they get ready to pull off a major robbery. [Just as he does in Pulp Fiction when he has two hitmen discussing whether it is right or wrong to massage a married woman's feet, on their way to a hit.] As the film continues we see an ever-shifting morality that is determined by the individual's own perception of the situation rather than an abso
  9. Yes! Talk about a character who stamped out all hope of redemption for himself and others. He personifies the most evil aspects of Nazism and Anti-semitism. And yet there are amazingly human touches that prevent him from becoming so demonized we can't identify with him. In particular I'm thinking of his interview for a maid in which he refuses to get too close to a Jew because he's concerned that she might catch his cold. Chillingly effective!
  10. If we're talking about evil characters in literature, I would have to include Iago from Othello . There's no struggling like Angelo from Measure for Measure . There's no explanation given. He's just evil through and through.
  11. Two immediately come to mind: Silence of the Lambs: Hannibal Lecter The Highlander: The Kurgan
  12. Oh, but he has! Occasionally, but he has. And sometimes, spectacularly. ← Jeffrey, it's funny that you would mention Ebert's FOTR review. It is one of only two times I ever wrote to Ebert about one of his reviews. [For the record, he never responded to that one -- but he did respond to my email about his Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie review.]
  13. Yeah, The Horse and His Boy will be a thorny one given the current climate. Recently with the LOTR movies, the old debate about whether Tolkien was being racist cropped up. In the case of Narnia, it is even more obvious. Lewis very clearly intended the Calormenes to be Muslims. As I read the description of Calormene architecture, especially in TH&HB, it is very obviously Arabian/Persian. Even the description of the political system of the Tisroc sounds a lot like certain Muslim nations. That having been said, I hope they do TH&HB. It is definitely one of my favorite books in
  14. In case you haven't seen, an article in World on Walden Media's involvement of TLTW&TW. It also talks a bit about the marketing strategy: http://www.worldmag.com/displayarticle.cfm?id=10307
  15. The one called "Death and the 19th Century" sounds fascinating. However, this is coming from someone who's favorite undergraduate class at Duke was a seminar called "Death and Dying".
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