Guy Humual wrote:
Everyone knows what we Frenchies think of [laughs] American culture, but can you think of a Hollywood film about a bunch of real-life dudes executed by the Nazis (or anyone else for that matter) that got a happy ending? Just curious.
Well, it was about this dude and his cell, so, not even Hollywood could've given it a happy ending.
[Gives clenched fist salute for Comrade Manouchian and Co.]
Thorri Grimbeard wrote:
I spent a while trying to think of the most patriarchalist work I've ever read and I got nothing. I decide, though, that the least patriarchalist work I've ever read was Pere Goriot.
That was the one we "watched." I was all excited because I thought it was the first one which was done by the guy who did Le Samourai.
Anyway, I say "watched" because I fell asleep before the 30 minute mark. I was up past my bedtime. Also [bubble bubble bubble].
On the way home, though, the comrades said it was really depressing. You know, unlike those other, cheery French Resistance movies.
I imagine that if we started calling each other names over what Tolkien's original plans were, or started insulting each other over differing opinions on Joss Whedon, they'd show up.
As it is, we're just kicking it about books and movies. Not much need for a brigade.
From the liner-notes of Belle and Sebastian's Dear Catastrophe Waitress album:
The subject moves round to "The Two Towers."
"I mean, what were the Two Towers anyway? In the film it makes out they were Saruman's bit and Sauron's bit. I always thought it was meant to be Minas Tirith and Minas Morgul."
I kind of agree with him. That would make the most poetic sense. There are four towers to chose from though. Orthanc, Morgul, Tirith and Barad-Dur.
"I'm surprised Tolkien didn't give the Hobbits a tower as well."
Well they had a sort of mound.
I remember way back when, David Gordon Green's George Washington came out, it got rave reviews in all the (British) film mags I read. I saw it, it was pretty good, but I didn't fall in love with it. Never saw All the Real Girls nor Snow Angels, but, apparently, they didn't make any money either.
I, uh, liked them better.
Mr. O'Brien, RM 101 wrote:
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We have always been at war with Eurasia! We will always be at war with Eurasia!
Orfamay Quest wrote:
So if you decided, for whatever reason, that atheism is not emotionally satisfying, you've got a head start on returning to Christianity over what you would have in converting to Jainism. (Assuming a normal Western Christian upbringing; obviously if you were raised Jainist, you're more familiar with those arguments....)
I always liked the scene in Hannah and Her Sisters when Woody Allen find atheism not emotionally satisfying and decides to convert to Catholicism.
Let's see if I can find it on youtube...
My fave part starts at 1:37.
Beats me, but here's what wikipedia says:
"Wicca (English pronunciation: /ˈwɪkə/) is a modern pagan, witchcraft religion. It was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century and it was introduced to the public in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant. It draws upon a diverse set of ancient pagan and 20th century hermetic motifs for its theological structure and ritual practice."
And, later in the same article:
"In the 1920s and 30s, the Egyptologist Dr. Margaret Murray published several books detailing her theories that those persecuted as witches during the early modern period in Europe were not, as the persecutors had claimed, followers of Satanism, but adherents of a surviving pre-Christian pagan religion - the Witch-Cult. These hypotheses, which were argued over by academics for decades, have since been widely rejected."
Yeah, pretty much with Comrade Meatrace here.
I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm not a Dawkins fan. But whenever people provide examples of him being the hate-mongering anti-religion iconoclast (in the original meaning) I want him to be, I am disappointed.
A quick Google search gets a bunch of articles about him comparing raising a child with the belief in eternal punishment to child abuse, and I shrug, and one of the Britishiznoid brethren provided a youtube link where he was allegedly yelling at Muslim school children, but it wasn't available in the States. :(
Even The God Delusion was, while unapologetically atheist, nowhere near as bile-dripping as I had hoped. :(
Film snobby article that features one of my all-time faves: Le Salaire de la peur.
You have to click the CounterPunch link to get the full article, but the Unrepentant Marxist page has pictures and Youtube links, so I linked to that.
If your pastor disapproves of you pretending to be a paladin of Iomedae and killing orcs for experience points, why not tell him you're a Nazirite serving YHWH and slaying Philistines for their foreskins?
Fawning Gruumash Fan wrote:
A) That wasn't very nice.B) Listen, you uncultured philistine, Huis Clos was the Parisian theatrical event of 1944, but if you didn't like it, well, I only wrote it in my spare time from fighting the Nazis. What have you ever done?
C) Va te faire [redacted]!