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Movies and TV / Re: The 10 Best (and 10 Worst) Movies of the Year
« on: December 30, 2005, 09:33:43 PM »
Either I missed a step, or there wasn't a 10 worst list.  I was curious about that one.  It would be harder to narrow down.

Movies and TV / Re: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
« on: December 28, 2005, 11:48:29 AM »
I thought that was interesting too.  Shadowlands is a favorite movie of mine, and for a long time I thought she only had one child.  I read a quote from Douglas Gresham describing the first meeting that he had with Lewis and I think Shadowlands still caught some of the feel of that first meeting.  He spoke of his anticipation of meeting this magical man who held the keys to Narnia.  I think it was a bit of a shock for him to get there and find a quiet professor.

Movies and TV / Re: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
« on: December 27, 2005, 01:24:44 AM »
Between computer problems and being buried at work, I am just now getting to the film and your opinions of it.  It is fun reading such hearty debate about it.  

Overall, I thought the film was wonderful.  I was anxious to see it and see how they would make a children's novel into a feature film I could enjoy without slaughtering the story or hollywoodizing everything.  I was so much happier with this one than with other versions I have seen.  Kudos to the comment on expecting your ferret to talk when you came home!  I was most anxious about this element.  Most attempts at making the animals lifelike looked so cheesy to me.  I was so happy to see that I was not at all distracted by the CGI in LWW.  They really did an impressive job.

While I disagree with Skar on the level of his dislike of the movie, I must admit that I also noticed a few of the points he makes.  For instance, I was surprised at Susan's ongoing protests.  I feel they missed some of her character.  I was also bothered by the wolves climbing across the waterfall.  If they can do it, why can't the children?

A couple of other minor irritations--I also had noisy people around me.  So no, I wouldn't recommend taking your three year-old as someone asked.  I was surprised at how many other three year-olds sitting around me were taken out just a little too late. :)  I also didn't think Lucy was the greatest crier--but do you really expect oscar award tears from a child her age.  I still thought she was charming.

Really though, these minor details weren't what made the movie.  I still found myself caught up in the story, even though I already knew it.  I'm thoroughly glad I saw it, and I will add it to my DVD collection.

By the way, did anyone else notice that Douglas Gresham, the stepson that CS Lewis adopted, was one of the co-producers of the film?  I found this interesting.  I'm sure most people wouldn't notice that, but I about jumped out of my seat when his name came on screen.  I thought that made for an interesting touch.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Hey, EUOL!
« on: November 26, 2005, 01:33:54 AM »
I would laugh if the experiment actually had nothing to do with what you did with the mouse, but your response to something else.  Carpal tunnel for nothing--well, I guess scientific understanding isn't nothing, but you get my drift.  :)

Movies and TV / Re: Harry Potter 4 -- The Goblet of Fire
« on: November 26, 2005, 01:30:20 AM »
Wow, that surprises me to hear others say that they felt #3 was the worst.  It was one of my favorites.  I know that opinions are subjective, but I felt the third film was the first to capture some of the feelings that made the characters stand out.  I enjoyed the first two because they visually personified the world I loved reading about.  Really though, it wasn't until three that I felt some of the background of the characters themselves was given any justice in the films.

Yes, it was overacted at times, but I think I liked the third film best.  I really enjoyed four, but I still feel it was rushed.

Movies and TV / Re: Harry Potter 4 -- The Goblet of Fire
« on: November 19, 2005, 11:35:23 PM »
I enjoyed the movie.  I was surprised at the different level of humor.  From what I had heard about it beforehand, I thought the film would only be action, but it had some endearing personality quirks too (for instance, I giggled when it showed Neville practicing his waltzing for the Yule Ball).

I was also anxious to hear how the soundtrack worked w/o John Williams, and I was pleasantly surprised.  It came together very nicely and made a good contribution to the story.

*kind of spoiler alert--but not bad*

I have to admit though, that I felt a bit let down by the graveyard scene (although Ralph Fiennes was great).  I know that there was an incredible amount of information to condense, but that scene is pivotal and I couldn't help but feel that it was swept past with as much emphasis to it as any other scene.  I would have enjoyed it more if there had been a bit more time for what was happening to sink in.

The next scene, when he returned to Hogwarts, grabbed me a bit more.  Dan Radcliffe's crying abilities have definitely improved since PofA.  I would have liked to have savored it a bit more, and I'm still disappointed that they cut the hospital scene and Molly's motherly hug.  I know, that's the girl in me.

Overall, I'd say it was pretty darn good!  I'm anxious to hear what others thought of the movie.

Books / Re: Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo
« on: November 14, 2005, 12:51:27 AM »
I appreciate this review.  I thought about buying the book, but I couldn't bring myself to do it because it felt too much like publishers trying to cash in on the HP craze.  I haven't been able to find others who had read it yet.

Site News / Re: Introduce yourself - right on!
« on: November 07, 2005, 09:39:31 PM »
I have been lurking for a bit and decided to take the plunge into posting.  My name is Jean, and I stumbled into this forum after reading Elantris.  I am 31 and live in Idaho, and much as I hate total conformity with a group, I also studied at BYU. ;D  I received my bachelors and masters degrees there.

I am an avid reader with a loathing of bad writing.  I am also a bit of a geek and proud of it! I love the arts and perform with several groups.  I also enjoy the outdoors and have been addicted to a hobby called letterboxing for about 2.5 years.  It is a great way to explore, solve mysteries, and collect creative artwork in the process.  It is also fun to be a part of a 150 year-old hobby that most people have never heard of.  Finally, I have a goal of visiting each of the continents in my life.  So far I have three--the rest are to come.

So that's me in a nutsell.  I would think of more fascinating details, but I'm too tired to create fiction at the moment.

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