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by Ben W.
Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SCIENCE VS RELIGION
Replies: 8451
Views: 841767

Re: SCIENCE VS RELIGION

Ezra, you once asked me a question a year or so ago that always slightly unnerved me: "Why don't you join us?"

Barber's done a better job of explaining why than I ever could.
by Ben W.
Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Indeed. IMO, Spielberg is better at being a kid than a grown-up, and I mean that in the best way possible.
by Ben W.
Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Well, yes, but that's not quite what I was getting at. . . I'm not a huge fan of Spielberg or Howard or any of that ilk - paint by numbers emotional manipulation. I only meant that my favourite films are usually based on stories rather than editing techniques, which is what academics tend to focus ...
by Ben W.
Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

I agree, which also echoes Steve E's comment regarding emotional versus academic impact. Virtually all of my favorite films are more emotional than academic, though a bunch qualify on both counts. Perhaps that's one reason why Spielberg is such a success. His movies are brilliant at the former, but...
by Ben W.
Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

DOCTOR WHO: DAY OF THE DOCTOR. "Spoilers" ahead, for those who are tetchy about that sort of thing. Here's my problem with the "Gallifrey Stands" idea: The events in THE END OF TIME made it pretty damn clear Gallifrey coming back was the worst possible scenario that could happen ...
by Ben W.
Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Whatcha reading?
Replies: 2033
Views: 313587

Re: Whatcha reading?

WOMEN IN LOVE, D.H. Lawrence. Does anyone out there think the minds of most writers are locked to the times they're born into? While drifting through passages of Lawrence's novel, I wondered if I would ever be capable of writing with that kind of style and impeccable turn of phrase. I'm too much a c...
by Ben W.
Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? (1969). By the time I reached the end of this miserable film, (miserable in terms of content matter as opposed to quality, BTW) I wasn't so much horrified by the sociopathic behaviour of Gig Young's Rocky, but rather Jane Fonda's bovine-like acceptance of her lot in li...
by Ben W.
Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Oh...oh, this is absolutely beautiful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptS-VTvd ... e=youtu.be
by Ben W.
Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

BURIED (2010). I wish I could talk to Rodrigo Cortes or Chris Sparling about the ending. What exactly are they trying to make the audience feel? Anger, at our governments and institutions for betraying us? Or just hopelessness? If you want a film to stir real-life action against real-life injustice ...
by Ben W.
Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Thirty-one years on from the Twilight Zone tragedy that claimed the lives of actor Vic Morrow and two Vietnamese children, I'm beginning to get a little nervous about the deity-like status that's been assigned to James Cameron, especially following his appearance on the cover of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC....
by Ben W.
Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Has anyone read director Zack Snyder's comments on the destruction of Metropolis in MAN OF STEEL? I mean, good grief: “I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling. In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted ...
by Ben W.
Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vcw2Aje5KU0

I'm so conflicted about this. I love the Muppets, but hate, hate, HATE Ricky Gervais. March 2014 is going to be a tough month for me.
by Ben W.
Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:43 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

THE PROFIT, yet another depressing reality show from CNBC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFO1tPW5GjY ...because that's exactly what we need right now in our economic climate of desperation and misery: A hard-ass lecturing us about our staggering lack of business savvy, while a television studio rec...
by Ben W.
Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Gandalfini dead at 51. Scary. So many celebs are dying and they have health care! If big stars are dying at such a young age the rest of us are in big trouble. No offence meant towards Gandolfini's family and friends, but there could be a dozen factors that might have contributed to his heart attac...
by Ben W.
Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335280

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

The name Superman, for me, should be synonymous with joy. There was no joy in MAN OF STEEL.

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